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The Difference Between Blending & Juicing

Blending Vs Juicing, the big question: Which is better, blending your whole foods or juicing them?

Well the answer most people weren’t expecting is: Both

Most people do realize that both blended smoothies and freshly extracted vegetable juices offer exponentially better nutrient absorption than whole, raw foods. However, they are not the same thing, no matter what you hear from an infomercial or read in a magazine.

Although many  people refer to high-powered blenders as “juicers”, blenders retain the fiber, as apposed to where juicers are specially designed to separate the fiber, leaving only a liquid packed with nutrients.

The major difference is, when the juice is separated from the pulp, your body easily consume a much larger volume of vegetables than you could by drinking a smoothie containing pulp.

Here’s an example; if you blend a smoothie, you might want to include up to 7-10 leaves (depending on size) of kale along with some fruit. Those 7-10 leaves of kale will yield only about 1.5 oz of juice.

Now here’s the thing, since we can easily drink an 8 oz serving of juice without fiber, the volume of concentrated nutrients available in 8 oz of vegetable juice would be much greater than a large smoothie containing just 1.5 oz of juice.

When drinking fiber free juice (especially on an empty stomach) eliminates strain on the digestive tract. The reason why is because the juicer has already done most of the digestion work for you, having separated the fiber from the juice. So without fiber to digest, the juice can be efficiently transported into your bloodstream within 25-30 minutes.

Here’s the great thing about this efficiency; it’s that the nutrients have practically no time to degrade. So we know that the best vitamin and mineral complement to a whole food diet is plenty of freshly extracted vegetable juice.

Although juicing is great for delivering concentrated nutrients to the cellular level, it does not replace need for salads and smoothies. A well-rounded diet of whole foods packed with fiber is still extremely important to a healthy diet.

Smoothies, blended soups, and blended salads are excellent ways to get a variety of raw, whole foods with fiber into your daily routine. This is mainly because they are filling and substantial due to their fiber content, they also help curb the temptation to eat too much cooked foods.

So in conclusion, both methods are not only recommended, but also very beneficial in their own respective ways.

Adding in a liquid multivitamin, for example 3 Second Health‘s citrus flavor liquid vitamin supplement is perfect for smoothies. Talk about a power packed, nutrient-rich meal, this is the best way to get all of your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in one shot “so to speak”.

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The Importance of Trace Minerals

Vitamins and Minerals are important for your body to stay healthy. Most people nowadays are familiar with  vitamins, but minerals are sometimes left in the dark. What a lot of people don’t realize is that your body uses minerals for many different jobs, including building bones, making hormones and regulating your heartbeat. Also, having the proper balance of minerals in the body can make the difference between disease or sickness and optimum health.

Minerals are the nutrients that exist in the body, and are as essential as our need for oxygen to sustain life. Minerals are also found in organic and inorganic combinations in food. In the body only 5% of the human body weight is made up of mineral matter, which is vital to all mental and physical processes and also for total well being.

So let’s talk about the difference between macro-minerals and trace minerals. Macro-minerals are minerals your body needs in larger amounts. They include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, potassium, chloride and sulfur. Your body needs just small amounts of trace minerals. These include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride and selenium.

A diet rich in green vegetables and fruits, and whole grains grown in fertile soil may afford some assurance of minerals, but much of our soil today is depleted and lacking in essential nutrients. The best way to get the minerals your body needs is by eating a wide variety of foods or taking a vitamin and mineral supplement like 3 Second Health.  Adding mineral-trace mineral supplements to the diet, will provide some insurance. If there is a problem with poor digestion & assimilation, the best method might be to add a liquid multivitamin supplement to the diet, to afford easier absorption & rapid assimilation. Liquid vitamins are becoming more of the “go to choice” for people who want quality and maximum absorption.

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Top 5 Benefits of Cleansing

Did you know that when you do a detox, you remove many toxins from your body.  These toxins can exist everywhere including in the air you breathe, the foods you eat and even in the medications we are prescribed. (believe it or not!)  A detox cleanse can be very beneficial and can make you feel much healthier, although you should realize that engaging in a well-researched protocol and continuing to give your body the nutrients it needs, will help your body function properly while supporting the cleanse.  Now, if there’s a detox done wrong, it will just drain your body of energy even more. If you perform the detox correctly, it will result in higher energy levels and an increased sense of wellness.  So here are 5 of the benefits that you can look forward to enjoying when you complete your own detox cleanse:

1. Increase Energy Levels: If you have a lot of toxins in your body it will decrease your energy levels.  Instead of going out with your friends or participating in the different activities you normally love, you’re more likely to just lie on the couch all day.  However, if you do a detox, your energy levels are typically restored making you feel refreshed with the energy to do everything you want to do.

2. Get Rid of Excess Waste: When you do a detox, you can clean your colon and eliminate all this excess waste you are carrying around.It could be possible that you’re carrying around excess fecal matter in your body.  This excess waste can add on weight and just make you feel lethargic.

3. Strengthen You Immune System: One of the best benefits of doing a detox is that you can strengthen your immune system.  After you detox your body, you will start to notice that you don’t get sick as often.  Your body will be able to fight off illnesses better because it is not filled with contaminants. This is something everyone could benefit from especially during the flu seasons.

4. Clearer Skin & Stronger Hair: Most people experience better looking skin and hair after a detox cleanse. This is because the toxins do effect your skin, hair and nails. After eliminating these toxins, don’t be surprised if you start getting complements on your appearance.

5. Increase in Mental Focus: Everyone wants to mentally feel better as well. Getting rid of toxins and help you think clearer and focus better. Mind over matter is what it’s all about; everything starts with your brain working first. If you’re focused on your health, then you’re going to feel better about yourself.

The bottom line here, is that a good detox will leave you feeling your best. If you are curious on how to detox, you should speak to your doctor.  He will teach you how to detox properly and recommend the best detox for you.  The best detox is one that leaves you feeling better, not worse, and if you want to make sure you treat your body well while detoxing, make sure you take in the proper nutrients like vitamins and minerals. Having a daily multivitamin is good, however it’s important to make sure you can absorb the nutrients within the daily multivitamin supplement.

3 Second Health offers a liquid vitamin that not only tastes great, but also provides you with all the key vitamins and trace minerals your body needs!

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The Importance of Pre/Post Workout Meals

OK, so we all know that breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day.  However, for people who train regularly at their local fitness facility or training center, food is more than a means of staying alive. What you put into your body is fuel for your workout as well as how you manage muscle gains and fat loss on your body. Food can help you to recover in a better way and help you build muscle or lean yourself out. What you eat before and after your workout is extremely important. There are many different meals and snacks that you can have throughout the day to give your body the right amount of fats, carbohydrates and protein that is going to not only satisfy your hunger but provide fuel for your workouts.

The Question is… How important is nutrition when training?

Well the answer is simple, your body needs certain foods to sustain itself and to thrive. When you exercise you use a lot of your body’s resources and nutrition is there to replenish what was taken away. It’s essential to not only exercise but to have good nutrition as well, it’s really hard to have one without the other. They are both equally important when you look at your optimal health. When you have good nutrition your body gets energy, fat, amino acids, calcium and so much more. These things are necessary to a healthy lifestyle.

Most people nowadays do realize that Pre And Post Workout Nutrition is important, but having right diet is 80% of the battle when you are looking to redefine your physique. Weather you Are looking to loose weight, lean out, bulk up or build more muscle the right nutrition will amplify the effects of what from your workouts. It’s important to have a very clear goal so you can choose the proper nutrition plan for what you’re trying to accomplish.

Why It’s Important To eat Before A Workout?

We’ve learned that studies have shown that eating a meal 45 minutes before an intense workout can make your workout a lot stronger. This isn’t hard to understand why. By eating before your workout you increase your energy, which allows you to workout longer and at a higher intensity level. If you are prone to early workouts than you don’t need to have a heavy meal, a lighter option will work just as well. You can opt for a low-fat yogurt or even a glass of fruit juice to raise your blood sugar levels.

It’s very important to know when using supplements to cycle your pre-workout supplements. Your body can get accustomed to a supplement and begin to not work as effectively. So it’s important to change them up from time to time…Even changing the brands will help because they all have different formulas for the most part.

Why It’s Important To eat After A Workout?

The importance of eating after a workout is to restore the energy lost during the workout. Plus you want to rebuild muscle and fueling them with food or the right supplement is an excellent way to do that. You can rebuild the tissue that break down during a workout by eating within two hours after your workout. Many people like to down a protein/carb-packed shake, which is a great way to rebuild.

So the bottom line is that, if you want to see results, please understand the importance of having the right nutrients in your body, (at the right times) is key to your overall success.

Starting out with a great liquid multivitamin in the AM is important. This will assure you get the correct amount of vitamins and minerals your body needs.

Having a liquid vitamin will also assure you get the best bio availability! Taking a hard tablet is just not recommended.

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Vitamin C Deficiency Symptoms

Are you getting enough Vitamin C? Did you know that a lack of vitamin C in the diet can result in vitamin C deficiency anemia? What’s very important to understand is that an acute vitamin C deficiency results in the disease scurvy. Signs and symptoms begin to manifest after 45 to 80 days of vitamin C deprivation. By that time, the body’s stored vitamin C pool falls to about 20 percent of its optimal amount.

With vitamin C deficiency, lesions occur in loose connective tissue and result in a range of not only physical but also psychological impairments as well.  To treat a vitamin C deficiency, it’s recommended to use citrus fruit such as orange, lemon or lime or with supplements. Supplements that have the right amounts of Vitamin C, (at least 1000mg) like taking a liquid vitamin that has this amount in it.

Not all liquid multivitamins have the proper amount of Vitamin C, so be sure to check you labels when choosing the proper brand.

Let’s talk about some of the symptoms so that you’re aware of what to look for when possibly noticing a Vitamin C deficiency.  Here’s a list of symptoms to look out for…