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Nutrition

Juicing for Allergies

Juicing for Allergies offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. Juicing is the fastest way to get these great nutrients into your bloodstream and give your body an alkaline boost.

Juicing for Allergies
Juicing is also a great way of relieving allergies.  Some of the most powerful vegetables that restore health and balance are: parsley, celery, cucumber, ginger root, and garlic. Combine these vegetables with alkalinizing fruits such as lemons, limes and apples and you will have a juice containing wonderful anti-inflammatory agents that can help relieve symptoms from seasonal allergies.Here are some great reasons as to why you should include these vegetables and fruits to your juicing regimen.

  1. Parsley helps to inhibit the body’s release of histamines reducing sinus swelling and congestion.
  2. Celery is a great source of calcium and magnesium; celery has a calming effect on the central nervous system. Celery’s strong water removing powers helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body.
  3. Cucumbers are 95% water which keeps the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins.
  4. Gingercontains compounds that are anti-microbial  which inhibits the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi. Ginger has also been shown to activate an important part of the immune system.
  5. Garlic is a natural antibiotic that wards off infections, viruses and even allergies. Juicing two raw cloves of this powerful antioxidant will fight off all types of allergies because it boosts your immune system and helps us to breathe better.
  6. Lemons and limes contain remarkable phytochemicals that are high in vitamin C and anti-oxidant properties. They are potent detoxifiers with an antibiotic effect that is protective against bacteria.
  7. Apples assist in cleansing out the system and acts as an anti-septic, diuretic and detoxifier.

When juicing, a good rule of thumb is to keep your ratio, three vegetables to one fruit.  That being said, feel free to add a little extra of whatever fruit or vegetable you prefer in order to make it pleasing to your taste buds.

When taken regularly during allergy season, these freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are the quickest way to reduce inflammation while hydrating your body and drenching your cells in life giving nutrients.

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Food for a Healthy Heart

There are foods that help to keep your heart functioning at its best. Some foods can help lower your blood pressure. Others can help keep your cholesterol in line. So feel free to add these food items to your shopping cart for a healthy heart:

Food for a Healthy Heart
SalmonThis fish is a top choice because it’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s have an anti-clotting effect, so they keep your blood flowing. They also help lower your triglycerides (a type of fat that can lead to heart disease). Aim for at least two servings of oily fish each week.Other fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids include: Tuna, trout, sardines, and mackerel. 

Nuts

Nibbling on nuts can cut your risk of heart disease in half. Walnuts for example have lots of good fats. When you use these monounsaturated fats in place of saturated fats, you cut your LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise your HDL (good) cholesterol. Walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fats.  Keep in mind that they should be eaten in moderation.

Other options include: Almonds, cashews, pistachios, flaxseed, and chia seeds.

 

Berries

Berries are loaded with polyphenols. These are antioxidants that mop up damage-causing free radicals in your body. Most also deliver fiber and vitamin C, which are both linked to a lower risk of stroke.

Other options include: Strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries are great choices.

 

Legumes

Legumes (lentils, black beans, kidney beans, lima beans) are a top-notch source of soluble fiber. This type of fiber can lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol. If you buy canned beans, look for low-sodium or no-salt-added varieties as sodium can raise your blood pressure. Rinse them in water to wash off any added salt.

Other options include: Eggplant, okra, apples, and pears are also good choices for soluble fiber.

 

Oatmeal

Oats have a type of fiber called beta-glucan which can lower your LDL cholesterol. One and a half cups of cooked oatmeal or a little over a cup of cooked barley gives you the amount of beta-glucan you need daily to help lower your cholesterol.

You can also find beta-glucan in barley, shiitake mushrooms, and seaweed.

 

Olive oil

A foundation of the Mediterranean diet, olive oil makes a great choice when you need to limit saturated fat. Fats from animal products and trans fats (partially hydrogenated oils) raise your bad cholesterol and can make fat build up inside your arteries.

Other options include:  Canola oil and safflower oil.

 

Avocados

These fruits get their creamy texture from good (monounsaturated) fats, which lower your bad cholesterol. They also seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect, so you don’t get chronic inflammation that creates hardening of artery walls.

 

These wonderful additions to your regular diet can play an important role in your formula for a healthy heart!

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