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10 Benefits of a Juice Cleanse You Didn’t Know

10 Benefits of a Juice Cleanse You Didn’t Know

Everyone is doing it! Well, maybe not quite everyone, but it seems that lately you can’t open a magazine without hearing about someone doing a juice cleanse. The juicing fad is drawing in people like fruit flies to a brown banana. Alright, maybe that imagery brings some negative connotation to it, but it isn’t meant to be a bad thing. Gulp down these 10 benefits of a juice cleanse.

1. Eat Eight Tomatoes in One Go

That’s right, by juicing your vegetables and fruits, you are able to consume a larger amount of them at once. For those that are having a struggle meeting the recommended 4–6 servings a day (also known as practically everyone) this is a great benefit.

2. It Breaks the Cycle

Junk food has evil powers; it definitely holds me under its spell from time to not-so-occasional time. A beautiful benefit of starting with a small-scale juice cleanse, say three days, is that it helps to ward off the control junk food holds over you. It helps to break the cycle and reset your stomach, making those urges a little easier to fight.

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3. Give Your Liver a Rest

The liver’s function in the body is to detoxify – in fact, it’s our go-to guy. Every single thing that passes through our mouth passes through our liver for a detoxification before it can enter the rest of the body. By doing an organic juice cleanse, you give the liver a little less to process. Which, with much of America’s diet today, is practically the equivalent of giving it a night off.

4. Rehydrate Your Body

Most people do not drink enough water, with other more inadequate beverages, like coffee and soda, being their main fluid intakes. By partaking in a juice cleanse, the amount of adequate beverages you drink helps your body out in many ways. It helps to ensure your body is working more efficiently, flushes your system and often increases your alertness. Afternoon crash? Say goodbye to that.

5. Your Skin Will Glow so Much You’ll Practically Have a Visible Aurora

Going on a juice cleanse will rehydrate you while filling your body with a lot of vitamins, nutrients, flavonoids, anthocyanins and the like. Just being well hydrated positively affects your skin; adding a surplus of easily absorbed nutrients skyrockets those effects. The result is the glowing complexion that would typically come with a lot of money or a long vacation.

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6. Reduce Your Stress Level and Catch Those Zzz’s

When you juice a variety of fruits and vegetables, you’re able to diversify the nutrients your body receives. Leafy green vegetables are high in magnesium, a relaxing mineral that has a mellowing effect that can help improve sleep quality. That’s not all magnesium does either. Magnesium and vitamin C help to ward of the stress hormone cortisol.

7. Diversify Your Diet

By juicing, not only are you able to consume more fruits and vegetables, you are also able to add more to your diet that you wouldn’t normally eat. Not the biggest fan of beets? Juice one with some greens and fruits. When juicing, it’s recommended to add a rainbow of produce to diversify your benefits. It is much easier to hide the taste of your least favorite but oh-so-good-for-you veggie with other flavors in a juice than on a plate.

8. Absorb Nutrients Faster

Many avid juicers argue that by solely consuming fruits and veggies your intestines do not have to work as hard to break down multiple types of nutrients. In fact, there is hardly anything to break down, so most of the nutrients are easily and readily absorbed. This is great considering 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables.

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9. Shed Some Pounds

A juice cleanse is an easy and great way to jump start a diet. As I mentioned earlier, it helps to ward off cravings and control your appetite. Naturally low in calories, yet still delivering concentrated healing and beneficial nutrients, it supplies the body with everything it needs while helping to shed it of water weight, and in some cases, fat.

10. Increases Your Energy

It may sound backwards that drinking solely juice will give you energy, but it does. After your body adjusts, you will feel more clarity and have more energy. Some feel so much better that they never even miss their daily coffee.

These are just a few of the many benefits of a juice cleanse.

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Also check out the benefits of certain fruits that would serve you well when juiced!

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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