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The Next Big Trend in Water is Green

September 30, 2015

Water has been become a trendy drink these days. Bottled waters from streams far and wide started the trend, followed by vitamin infused waters. Coconut water took the stage for awhile, for it’s supposedly stellar hydrating properties.Juice bars now sell the popular Master Cleanse concoction of water, lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper for about $9 a bottle. On Monday,Twitter was filled with jokes about only drinking water from Mars in the future.

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Today’s “next big thing” in the water-verse, is chlorophyll water. Popping up at juice bars all over town, this emerald green bottled water is touted as increasing energy, improving digestion and neutralizing toxins in the body. Now scientists are claiming that chlorophyll water actually helps control hunger.

Studies show that adding cholorphyll compounds to high fat meals reduced appetite, controlled blood sugar and therefore aided weight loss.

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Chlorophyll, which is derived from marine plants, has been around for about 50 years and has been shown to be non-toxic. The reported side effects from consuming high levels of the compound are greenish tinged body waste, and increased susceptibility to sunburn.

 

You can purchase the water from juice bars and trendy health food emporiums, or simply add a few drops of chlorophyll from the vitamin shop to your own water for the same benefits.

Photos: top: via Twitter | bottom: via Pressed Juicery 

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Coconut Sugar

March 9, 2015

 

4093600152_compThe coconut seems to be the source of many healthy byproducts. We have long been aware of the hydrating benefits of pure coconut water, the dairy free milk that comes from inside the coconut, and the plethora of things that can be done with coconut oil. Recently, we have been hearing more and more about the natural sugar that is derived from the coconut tree.
Often referred to as coconut palm sugar, it is a naturally occurring sugar made from the sap of the plant,which is extracted and heated to create the commercially used sugar.

While regular table sugar and high fructose corn syrup don’t contain any vital nutrients, coconut sugar does.

Among the minerals found in coconut sugar are iron, zinc, calcium and potassium. TIt also contains various antioxidants and a fiber called inulin, which may slow glucose absorption.

So, should we be replacing all of our sugar and sugar substitutes with coconut palm sugar? Maybe, or maybe not.

The American Diabetes Association warns that the claims regarding the low glycemic index ranking of coconut sugar were not tested, and that the use of coconut sugar should be treated the same as that of regular table sugar. Both products have the same amount of calories and carbohydrates per teaspoon.

Another downside of coconut sugar is that the tree cannot produce both coconut sugar and actual coconuts, which are the source for coconut oil, coconut milk and shredded coconut. It’s lack of sustainability is a concerning factor for both producers and consumers.

Like honey and agave, coconut sugar is another sweetener that does not provide health benefits, but could potentially be better for you than white table sugar.The verdict: None of these should be considered “health foods,” and should be used sparingly.

photo: Glasshouse Images

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Hangover Helper

December 31, 2012

7764600015 New Year’s Eve is upon us, and the celebration often involves large quantities of alcohol, resulting in an inevitable hangover.

While resolving to practice moderation might not work in “real time,” having the right foods on hand to ease the effects of over- indulging is a good idea.

Here are a few foods that are hangover helpers:

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Asparagus contains enzymes that help breakdown the alcohol in your body. Eating asparagus for dinner can jumpstart the process. Asparagus is also a natural diuretic, which will not only help the alcohol pass through your system more quickly, but will also help avoid the bloating associated with a night of indulgence.

Coconut water contains the same amount of electrolytes as many of the popular sports drinks, without all the sugar and additives.  An earlier study found that Zico Natural Pure Premium Coconut Water contains the most electrolytes of the conventional brands.

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Bananas are rich in potassium, which will strengthen your muscles and help overcome that weak shaky feeling, often experienced after a binge.

Tomato juice is a great way to hydrate, and is packed with vitamins and minerals that are depleted after a night of partying.

Organic, Pasteurized Eggs contain protein, which breaks down toxins in your body.
Eggs produced by grass fed hens replenish vitamin B levels as well.

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Quinoa is a trendy grain and a health powerhouse. It helps to restore amino acids lost during drinking and absorbs a little of that “icky” feeling in your stomach. Just remember to rinse the quinoa before cooking it, to make it easier on your digestive system.

Honey is loaded with antioxidants and naturally occurring fructose, which helps flush out the system. Drink it in some soothing tea, add it to your quinoa for a morning meal, or spread it on some toast.

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Much of what you are feeling the morning after is a result of dehydration. Try sipping a glass of water between cocktails, and be sure to down a large glass before bed. Sipping water throughout the next day will provide ample rehydration, and flush out your system.

Whatever you do, please don’t drink and drive! Plan ahead for transportation home from the celebration to insure a happy and safe New Year.
Happy 2013!!

photos: Glasshouse Images


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