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Smoothies and Juices

Why is Juice or Smoothie so healthy?

It seems like the internet is bombarded with this topic these days, which makes me wonder… Why should I really juice or make smoothies?

The interesting thing with smoothies:

  • Invented as early as the 1920’s, due to more families had access to the newly invented refrigerator.
  • The fridge made it possible to preserve fruits and vegetables longer than usual and was thus a great way to store more in the house.

Why is Smoothies and Juice claimed to be healthy?

Nature have been supplying us with natural food which enriches our bodies with vitamins and minerals aiding the body to function at its best. Having a smoothie or a juice is an easy, quick, and great way for anyone who wants to be healthy to stay healthy.

“Once upon a time, all food was organic”

“We are what we eat” is a common phrase. I may not be one to talk about this topic without being a hypocrite, but this is a thing that stands close to my heart. Many of you may not have heard of Jack Lalanne who was the front figure for making smoothies popular in America, the same time as Arnold Schwarzenegger was working towards body building to become Mr Olympia, was the first who introduced smoothies into the diet.

Today, we all know that smoothies and juice can benefit in the way of supplying our body with the right building blocks so we can thrive and our body have the right proteins to recover from training or to build muscles. If you have the right juice/smoothies, it can even speed up injuries.

Quick on Why I juice:

  • Don´t need to change my normal diet, only adding juice and smoothie as supplements.
  • Immune fighting capabilities/strengthening my immune system. (Not been severely ill, or had a severe bout of flu for over the past 3 years, since I started to juice)
  • Right building blocks for all the cells in my body, so I can go to the gym, make a smoothie/juice and be refreshed and replenished for the evening/the next day.
  • Cancer fighting capabilities my smoothie/juice indigence.
  • Increases mood, and energy levels, which increases sex life!
  • Positive effect on improving my quality of life and pro-activity
  • Most important, it makes me feel super awesome!

Juices and smoothies have another superb effect, which is the synergistic effects of the phytochemicals natural in the food. It is this synergistic effect that give you an abundance of health benefits like:

“Reduced risks of cancer, cardiovascular disease, stroke, Alzheimer disease, cataracts, and some of the functional declines associated with aging.

Prevention is a more effective strategy than is treatment of chronic diseases.”
(Re: article 2003 American Society for Clinical Nutrition)

There are many reasons for doing whatever you want to do and now you got my reason to why I juice and make smoothies. It is simply a part of my lifestyle.

As a bonus I will include a video a friend of mine posted:
(Be aware, it is over an hour long video. Worth watching!)
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-not-to-die/

Kin Fai Ng (Ray)
(08.08.16)

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HEALTH GURUS

Buddha

The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant
Richard Cecil

It is known to man that in order to spend more time in happiness and freedom one will require a certain kind of mindset. The power each and everyone has over their own mind is unbelievable and incalculable, and literally bottomless. The ones that think they have hit the bottom, you probably have, but there is always an option. An option to opt out, to do something better, to improve. In the end, if one hit bottom, the only way from there is pretty much up. But how do we get up from the bottom?

It is no secret that we all possess the power to achieve whatever we want. It is the moment we set limits to our challenges that we have the chance to hit rock bottom. Many people have said this, and yes, I shall say it again! Don´t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits!

The thing is, your mind which is your brain, if you don´t challenge it intellectually, physically, as well as nurturing it, it will at some point switch to autopilot mode. I mean, how many have experienced this autopilot mode, that they look at their own life as a movie where they are playing the role as spectators in their own life? Being passive as life goes by? Let me tell you that I have been in this period where I merely existed and did not truly live. It was not until I started to challenge myself, intellectually, physically and as well as nurturing my body that I slowly started to change! If I can do it, I’m certain that anybody can!

Now, are you curious about “How to challenge your mind? And how to shift your mindset?” I’m no expert, but if you will let me, I will share my experience of what I know so far and how I believe to acquire a powerful mindset!

I have tried to divide my experiences into a few chapters. There are no certain order to what to read first or last, and it is entirely up to you how you want to read this.

Chapter 1 –
Chapter 2 –
Chapter 3 –
Chapter 4 –
Chapter 5 –

If you want to join me on this journey, I will have to let you know that quick fixes belongs in the categories of fairy tales. This journey is going to be long, but changes is never easy, and every journey no matter how tough or hard it is, it will begin with a single step. If you are looking for “quick fixes”, I salute you for being affected by today’s microwave culture, and that you probably are wishing for a “fairy tail”! But if you feel you have the perseverance and willpower to look for the changes and the future you deserve, then I hope I can help you and hopefully inspire you to make your first steps towards it by sharing my journey.

You must know that personally, I approach the human body holistically.

Holism is an ancient health care tradition that was largely forgotten in the last century. It recognizes the patient as an entity comprised of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components. Without encompassing all these, successful treatment is unlikely.
Doc Evans

Nutrition

Wiki Common

When talking about  Health, we HAVE to talk about nutrition since it is a huge part of it.

Have you ever wondered about WHAT to eat, and HOW MUCH in terms of proteins, sugar, fat, fibers, vitamins, minerals, yadda yadda yadda, badda bing bada boom? Don´t you find it tiring?

I find it TIRING that the MEDIA is constantly bombarding us with what food is best to eat, what food have the best nutritional value, and brands and so on and so forth. If you are like me, getting tired by all this fad, I highly recommend you to STOP listening to the mass media and start to find books, OR articles that are supported by research. A good example of such a book is “The China Study“. This book is after my opinion, based on sound research. “click on the link if you want to know more”.

Now, I´m not here to spout or force feed you with my opinions and views on what Good Health/Optimal Health is or what you should do in order to obtain it. I´m only trying to inform you because I myself am very interested in having a good health, and so by being updated on evidence based research helps me to stay on my toes and you wont believe the energy I have experienced!

I started to understand the human body a little better when I embarked on my journey to become a chiropractor, and the knowledge and insight I have acquired has helped me and also changed my opinion and views on many things. Nutrition is one of them, which means that it is only the last 4 years I have been largely focused on the nutritional aspects of my life. I used to believe that life was too short to be on any types of diet. I ate literally whatever I could come across and was a real food junkie. My diet included a lot of fast food, restaurants, pubs, processed food from the local store, soda/lemonade etc. However, when I started to notice how fast my “love handles” developed, I quickly realized that I’m not going to be young forever and it was about time to do something about it. Even though I always have been fit to some degree, I noticed that my cardio and general health was affected. I also have suffered with hives since the age of 18. (Hives is a very annoying allergy which causes severe itching all over the body)

Nutrition has certainly been a big factor in regulating my weight and also helped me with reducing my medication I have been taking for my hives. Now, as I said, nutrition is a big part of achieving good health, but there are several other “keys” in my opinion to Good Health/Optimal Health.

Superfoods!

super-foods

Why eat Superfood?
If you don´t know what superfoods are, let me tell you that you are probably eating some of it already. Superfoods are living foods. Foods that have not been tampered with by the big corporations into processed food or fast food. Food that comes from mother nature. Natural soil rich with nutrients so the plant can be full of essential nutrients.

“How do you nourish your body? Fast food? Processed food? Or ‘al a naturale’? Do you want to be healthy or sick?”

Food don´t only fill you up, but did you know that food can energize you and help you feel more awake and focused. The choice of food can also help you to decrease the time you have to stay bedridden due to seasonal diseases. Superfoods can help you do be healthier!

Your choice to juice, make smoothies, make healthy soups and salads. Eat nuts, and bake your own bread, instead of buying everything already done from the store. Small changes can lead to something big. It takes about 21 days for a new habit to become natural routine. I challenge you!

In general, superfoods are natural! The more natural, the better! If you are interested in food and diet, this is definitely a website to browse!

http://foodmatters.tv/content/superfoods

Good overview on superfoods:
– Green Superfoods
– Fruit and Nut Superfoods
– Bee Superfoods
– Seawead Superfoods
– Herb Superfoods

http://foodmatters.tv/content/superfoods

Dr. John Bergman

Dr. John Bergman is to my opinion certainly one of the “Great Minds”. He is a chiropractor practicing in California who you should check out if you have not heard of him before.

Why I recommend Dr. Bergman is because I share some of the values when it comes to his health talks. He hosts talks on how to adapt to a healthy lifestyle in the sense of how and why you should eat natural foods. Why having enough sleep is important for your health. Why a good exercise routine or active lifestyle will benefit your over all health. He not only talks about the external factors, but he also hosts talks about almost everything you can find under the sun about you´r body! You will find relevant topics such as; Diabetes, Head Aches, Migraines, Immune System, Adrenal system, GERD/IBS, Alzheimers, just to mention a few. I have inserted a link at the bottom of the page directed to his YouTube Channel and I highly recommend you to have a look if you are interested. After all, this is all free and what do you have to lose if you find something relevant to you? -Ray #KinFaiNg-

Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you: you must acquire it.
– Sudie Back –

Quote: Dr Bergman was propelled into Chiropractic by a severe auto accident, with 2 broken legs, fractured skull and sternum along with several organ injuries. With great need and a passion for healing and regenerating Dr Bergman began studying the body’s recovery process. Dr. Bergman obtained his degree in Doctor of Chiropractic at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles (CCCLA), California. Dr. Bergman teaching at CCCLA: Human Anatomy, Physiology, Biomechanics, and 4 Chiropractic techniques: Full Spine Specific (Palmer Method), Thompson, Diversified, and Extremity Adjusting. As a past Instructor Dr. Bergman has an extensive knowledge of human anatomy and human physiology that few can match. Dr. Bergman’s practice has continued to grow serving hundreds of families, focusing on corrective and wellness care and is dedicated to pediatric development and adult health care. With Dr. Bergman’s unique approach and direct experience of recovery from severe injury, many successes can be achieved in even with the most challenging cases.”
[http://bergmanchiropractic.com/meet-the-chiropractor.html]

https://www.youtube.com/user/johnbchiro/videos

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