Tuesday, February 25, 2014

How to Do a Juice Cleanse the Right Way [Infographic]

There are many good reasons for doing an organic fruit and vegetable juice cleanse.  Perhaps the most important benefit of a cleansing regimen is to help the body release and flush out accumulated harmful toxins and chemicals.  This, in turn, helps various organs (such as the liver and kidneys) and bodily systems to function better.   In this sense, detoxing can aid in healing.

Other benefits of a juice detox include:

✿ Reduced appetite

✿ Reduction or ultimate elimination of cravings for sugar, salt and caffeine

✿ Weight loss, including belly bloat

✿ Improved stamina and energy

✿ Re-hydration of the body

✿ Increased mental clarity

✿ Restored healthy sleep patterns

✿ Improved immune function

✿ Improved digestion

✿ Nourished and regulated colon

✿ Radiant complexion, healthier hair and nails

Although juice cleanses potentially offer a wide range of health benefits if properly carried out, they are not appropriate for everyone.  Individuals who are pregnant, nursing, have diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease and certain other diseases, illnesses or chronic conditions should not embark on a juice fast without first consulting with a qualified medical professional.  A juice detox may still be possible for such individuals if they are closely medically supervised.

Juice cleanses can also have certain side effects.  To minimize side effects and avoid pitfalls, certain "rules" of juice cleansing should be considered and observed.  This infographic illustrates and explains how to do a juice cleanse the right way.

How to Naturally Cleanse Your Body
15 Foods that Cleanse the Liver
Colon Cleansing Foods
Spring Detox Health Tips
Benefits of a Sauna Detox

Infographic source: Healthfitnessnme (blog has been removed)

Monday, February 24, 2014

Zinc Deficiency and Daily RDA [Infographic]

Zinc Deficiency and RDA
[Infographic] from Naturalhealthyconcepts.com
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Dietary Supplements, zinc is an essential mineral that is involved in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism.  (See:  Zinc - Fact Sheet for Health Professionals)

Zinc promotes immune function and wound healing, supports healthy cell growth and development, and accelerates the catalytic activity of approximately 100 enzymes.  It is also thought that zinc aids in balancing blood sugar, enhancing thyroid hormone production and promoting a stable metabolic rate - these three functions of zinc, together with some recent studies, suggest that zinc may play a role in boosting metabolism and aiding in weight loss.

Since the majority of Americans get adequate amounts of zinc on a daily basis from meat and poultry, most Americans likely do not have a zinc deficiency.

However, the NIH warns that a daily intake of zinc is required to maintain a steady state because the body has no specialized zinc storage system.  

Furthermore, apparently whole-grain breads, cereals, legumes and certain other foods contain "phytates".  Phytates bind zinc and inhibit its absorption.  It is suggested that vegetarians and vegans (who eat a lot of whole grains and legumes) may require higher daily zinc intakes - as much as 50% more of the RDA than non-vegetarians. 

Other groups at risk for zinc deficiency include pregnant and lactating women, alcoholics, and individuals with gastrointestinal and other diseases.

This infographic illustrates some of the signs and symptoms of zinc deficiency and common food sources of zinc.  It also includes a chart of the recommended daily amount of zinc.

Supplements vs. Food Visual Guide
10 Daily Nutrients

Infographic source:  Natural Healthy Concepts

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Healthy Fats - Cooking and Storing [Infographic - Poster]

Healthy Fats:  Achieving Wellness by Using Nourishing Fats
from NourishingMedicine.com
There is currently a huge divide in the weight loss and wellness community regarding fats in the diet.  This is creating a lot of confusion about which fats are healthy, which are unhealthy, which contribute to weight gain (and specifically belly fat) and which promote weight loss.

Regardless of which side of the argument you may be on, it is important to understand some basic characteristics of various types of fats and how to properly use and store each type.

For example, some type of oils (such as coconut oil) are ideal for high heat cooking, i.e., frying, broiling and grilling.  Other oils are suitable for medium heat cooking. These include avocado, macadamia nut, peanut, sesame, rice bran and olive oil.

Certain other oils, such as flax, hemp, grape and pumpkin seed oil, should never be exposed to heat but are ideal drizzled on salads or over already cooked food.

Proper storage of oils, including medicinal oils with may come in supplemental form in capsules, is just as important as proper use in order to maintain the nutritional integrity of each type of oil (or fat).

This "infographic" is actually a poster that is available for purchase from NourishingMedicine.com.  It is an easy reference and guide to cooking and storing various different types of fats and oils and includes a few basic facts about fats, including some of the key benefits of healthy fats and dangers of unhealthy fats.  Note:  regarding this poster, we are not sure how safe it is to store butter and other animal-derived fats on the counter top.

Fats:  The Good, Bad and Ugly
Fat Facts
The Benefits of Vegetable Oil (Olive, Coconut, Flaxseed, Sesame, Avocado and Peanut Oils)
Healthy Oils
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