Natural Cures Not Medicine: 03/16/13

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Why water should be the first thing you have when you wake up.

When you wake up, water first!

  • When you wake up in the morning, drinking water on an empty stomach stimulates activity in your organs, essentially waking them up.
  • Drinking nothing but water first when you wake up allows the body to detox by removing waste that accumulated while you slept.  
  • Starting the day with a 16 ounce glass of chilled water can boost your metabolism by up to 24%, helping to to lose excess weight.
  • A glass of water first thing in the morning will cleanse your digestive system thus making it easier for the body to absorb more nutrients.
  • Since water helps the body remove waste and toxins, beginning your long day with a glass of water will have a positive effect on the health of your skin, leaving it looking more healthy.
  • That first glass of water when you rise from your slumber stimulates production of more muscle and blood cells.
  • Kick off your day with a glass of water and it will help to balance your lymph system. 

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High protein foods for vegetarians!

Here is a challenge: find a way to maintain your meat-free diet and still get enough protein.  Luckily nature is up to the challenge and there are a few delicious choices, so dig in!
Some of these foods are not only protein rich but also have some special health benefits:

Avocado contains a good amount of natural protein and also is packed with monounsaturated fats which help manage cholesterol and prevent heart disease.  

Spirulina has a whopping 19 amino acids and is loaded with chlorophyll which helps with the production of blood cells.  

Broccoli contains plant protein but also has powerful antioxidant properties and is even thought to be an effective anti cancer.  

Kale packs a protein punch and brings a good amount of vitamins and antioxidant power to the table.

Figs, while also a rich source of plant based protein, can also help with ulcers, diabetes and lower the risk of heart disease.

A quick rundown on the most common high protein vegetarian foods.

Cutting meat out of your diet can have several positive impacts on your health, but make sure you include protein and iron rich foods to balance your nutritional profile. 

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Natural ways to beat a hangover!

We all look forward to the weekend.  Spending time with friends, taking a load off, and sometimes unhealthy practices such as heavy drinking can ensue.  The price to pay for a great night can be an awful morning, unless you have the right natural approach to slaying your hangover.

When you drink several, usually 5 or more, alcoholic beverages, you can most likely expect to feel pretty rough the next morning.  Hangovers have been attributed to dehydration but the truth is that dehydration just plays a part in the process.  Toxicity better explains the problem and the combination of toxicity and dehydration can take a toll and interfere with your ability to complete tasks set forth for the day after the debauchery.  When you binge drink, several chemical reactions occur within your body, causing it to retain water and go into "fight mode" to remove toxins.  This process can feel similar to a viral infection and is where the infamous hangover begins.  There are a few natural ways that you can treat the symptoms of having too much fun and thus too much to drink.

In the early hours after heavy drinking, you will regret the memories.  Here are a few tools to help you cheat your hangover:

Bananas:  Binge drinking has the tendency to wipe out the potassium in your body.  Bananas will help restore that balance and will give your blood sugar a boost.

Honey:  The Royal Society of Chemistry claims that eating a breakfast comprising of toast with honey on it is the best ways to best a hangover.  Like bananas, honey is rich in potassium.  Honey also has antioxidants and provides a robust energy and immune boost.

Water:  Though not the cause, dehydration worsens the dreadful effects of a hangover.  Don't wait till the morning after you party, drink water before, during, and after you consume the cocktails and leave out the pain medications which react badly with alcohol.

Avoid caffeine:  Some people will tell you to drink an energy drink, coffee, or tea when you have a hangover to help you feel better, but the truth is that caffeine is not your friend and will actually dehydrate you further.  Instead, go for fruit juice but if your stomach is upset you may want to avoid orange juice since it is so acidic.

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Is spirulina worth the hype?

It looks strange, tastes odd, and heals everything!
Spirulina is a type of algae that is very high in protein and nutrients.  When cultivated properly, it is one of the most potent nutrient sources available.  Since spirulina has a high amount of proteins and amino acids, it is very useful to vegetarians and vegans.  High iron content along with protein also make spirulina a good food source when pregnant, recovering from surgery, or whenever your immune system needs a boost.  This green super food is also very high in chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and aids in the production of new blood cells.  Spirulina is also a great source of calcium for people who live a diary free lifestyle. 

Utilizing a high-ph environment, you can cultivate your own spirulina!

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