Archive | May, 2012

Green Smoothie Quick Tips and Facts

31 May
  1. The top three health benefits of drinking green smoothies include better digestion, more energy, and weight loss.
  2. Green foods, such as spinach and kale, contain chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals.
  3. Chlorophyll regulates blood sugar, cleanses, purifies, and heals the body. A molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood.  Dr. Ann Wigmore, a holistic health practitioner, stated, “Consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion.”
  4. Green smoothies are packed with insoluble plant fiber capable of carrying many times its own weight in toxins out of the body.
  5. Green smoothies are great for kids because you can “hide” nutritious vegetables.
  6. Incorporating more raw plant foods into your diet can help reduce fatigue, body aches, depression and help improve skin.
  7. By blending greens in a smoothie, food is “pre-chewed,” which helps our bodies receive the full nutritional value from our food. As humans have evolved, our teeth have dulled and are no longer capable of fully breaking down leafy greens!
  8. By mixing fruit in with your greens, you will be surprised how good a green smoothie can actually be. A ratio of 60% fruit to 40% greens is recommended.
  9. Green smoothies are easy to make, and quick to clean up after.
  10. By consuming greens in the form of green smoothies, the consumption of oils and salt is greatly reduced.
  11. Regularly drinking green smoothies forms a good habit of eating greens. Generally after drinking green smoothies for a few weeks, many people start to crave and enjoy eating more greens.
  12. Learn to prepare a really delicious green smoothie so that you are always looking forward to the next one.
  13. Always rotate the greens you are using. Almost all greens in the world contain minute amounts of alkaloids. Tiny quantities of alkaloids cannot hurt you, and even strengthen the immune system. However, if you keep consuming kale, or spinach, or any other single green for many weeks without rotation, eventually the same type of alkaloids can accumulate in your body and cause unwanted symptoms of poisoning. Please note that you don’t have to rotate the fruit in your green smoothies. Most commonly used fruit have very little or none of the alkaloids and cannot cause the same toxic reactions as greens. At the same time, rotating fruits will enhance the variety of flavor and nutrition in your smoothies.
  14. Choose organic and locally-grown produce whenever possible. The absence of pesticides and other toxic chemicals is only one of many benefits of organic food. The most important reason to consume organic food is the nutritional superiority of organic and locally-grown fruits and vegetables in comparison to conventionally grown produce.
  15. It is very important to consume fruit that was allowed to ripen on the vine because it provides the best nourishment. Tree-ripened fruit is several times more nutritious and when consumed shortly after picking, it retains significantly more nutrients.
Want to learn more? We recommend picking up Green Smoothies Diet: The Natural Program for Extraordinary Health  by Robyn Openshaw

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

www.greensmoothiesblog.com

www.greensmoothiegirl.com

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Mira Receptionist Erin McKamey and Mira Esthetician Lindsay Chesak

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Taking the First Steps for Your Baby

10 May

We believe children are a gift from God. Very great responsibility comes with raising and nourishing a child, and it starts no later than pregnancy! Nourishing a child in the womb is very important, and a mother needs to be mindful about what she eats and drinks. Choosing a good prenatal vitamin is a good place to start, because women don’t always get the supplements they need from the foods they eat.

A good prenatal vitamin should contain 400-800 milligrams of folic acid. Folic acid is very important during pregnancy (it is even wise to take it if you are not pregnant but might become pregnant) for the healthy development of the child’s nervous system. A good prenatal vitamin should also contain calcium, iron, vitamin C, zinc, copper, vitamin b-6, and vitamin D.

A pregnant woman must also be precautious towards any medicine she takes during pregnancy, whether it be aspirin, cold medicine, allergy medicine, etc. The FDA has created categories in regards to the potential risk of a medicine to an unborn baby. Category A is the safest, progressing to category B, C, D, and X. The use of any medication should be avoided throughout the duration of the pregnancy as much as possible, especially the first trimester. If a pregnant woman does need medication, she should most definitely call her doctor to see what she/he recommend. Most medications that a doctor will prescribe are a category B or C. Pitocin, a synthetic form of oxytocin, is a drug often used in the delivery room in either induce or speed up labor contractions. There has been much controversy surrounding this drug, which is a category X drug, the worst category of drugs for pregnant women.

Some women may choose the natural route for remedies for sickness during pregnancy. Natural remedies can be an excellent, pure, and healthy choice, but you must also be careful and do your research and ask advice, because even natural remedies can be very powerful and you want to use them wisely!

Being knowledgeable about diet, supplements, and medication is so important during pregnancy – there is a tiny life growing inside you! Give your baby the most loving head start in life that you possibly can! We do love those babies J

Sources –

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/prenatal-vitamins/PR00160

http://depts.washington.edu/druginfo/Formulary/Pregnancy.pdf

http://www.childbirth.org/articles/pit.html

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Mira Stylist Assistants Tiffany Arndt and Hannah Sempsrott