Why You Should Drink Half Your Body Weight In Water Every Day

 

Drink Half Your Body Weight in Water

In addition to eating a nature-made, plant-based diet for optimal health and wellbeing, unless you have kidney disease, you should be drinking half your body weight in pure filtered water each and every day, and even more if you live in a hot climate like I do, here in Phoenix, Arizona. This often overlooked and undervalued aspect of being properly hydrated can have lasting and significant negative effects on one’s health. In fact, even as little as 2% dehydration can cause negative reactions in your body.

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Spring Clean Your Body With These 20 Detoxifying Superfoods

How Most People Manage Their Health

The two times of the year when people seem to scramble to lose weight, clean up bad lifestyle habits  is New Years and when the weather turns warm. While this is not a bad thing, ultimately you should strive for a more consistent way of keeping your body at a healthy weight set-point and free of disease, imbalances and toxic overload. Healthy living should be a lifestyle, not a fleeting effort. And, yes, a healthy lifestyle is MUCH EASIER than trying to correct, compensate and overcome all those unhealthy lifestyle choices.

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Attention Beer Drinkers: Are You Aware of All the GMO’s and Other Dangerous Ingredients Commonly Found in Beer?

GMO Ingredients in Beer

Beer manufacturers are not required to list ANY ingredients on their labels. Those who do are doing it on a voluntary basis.

It’s important to expose companies that use harmful ingredients in our products. This information is hidden from the public with millions of dollars of false advertising, laws, etc. You can always vote with your money. As this information about GMO beers spreads, we will see a decrease in production of these beers and the companies may eliminate the harmful ingredients altogether.

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Quick Reference Stove Top Grain Cooking Guide

Quick Reference Stove Top Grain Cooking Guide

I love preparing grains in my rice cooker (with water or vegetable broth adjustments), but cooking grains via the simple stove top method is still a tried and true preparation method that can easily be mastered by anyone. The only difference being that you’ll need to keep watch over your saucepan and heat vs. just setting the cooking timer on the rice cooker after adding in your grains and water (or my preference, vegetable broth).

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9 Skin, Health and Household Uses for Cucumbers

Cucumber Uses

Cucumbers are one of my favorite vegetables. Not only are they incredibly versatile in the kitchen, being an easy addition to cold salads, grain salads, raw food recipes and salsas, they are also incredibly versatile when it comes to other uses such as skin, health and household uses. Keep reading to see what surprising benefits you can put cucumbers to use for.

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5 Reason to Add Wheatgrass to Your Daily Diet

Fresh Wheatgrass

(article by Anna Hunt)
There are a million and one ways to tweak human health and consciousness, but food should always be at the top of the list. The impact that quality food has on our well-being is above and beyond all else, which is why the father of modern medicine, Greek physician Hippocrates, as well as the Chinese physicians of antiquity looked to food and diet as the end-all-be-all of good medicine for the human body.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates

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5 Easiest Vegetables to Grown Without Gardening Skills

Grow Green Beans

(article by Christina Sarich)

If Monsanto, Dow and Dupont chemical companies won’t listen to our pleas for non-GMO, organic food, we’ll just have to take growing our food into our own hands. Following is a list of 5 of the easiest vegetables to grow, even if you’ve never even watered a chia plant. Make sure you get heirloom, organic seeds to avoid perpetuating GMO seed monopolies.

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Must-Know Trick to Fully Absorbing the Nutrients from Juicing and Smoothies

Juicing Tricks

Freshly prepared juices and smoothies are worth their weight in gold when it comes to nutrition and health. Fresh juices and smoothies are incredibly nutrient-dense, yet is your body actually absorbing all those health-promoting nutrients? You probably know that some vitamins are water-soluble (vitamin C, B vitamins), while others like Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble.

So, how exactly does that relate to preparing and consuming fresh juices and smoothies?

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How to Store Dried Fruits and Vegetables

How to Store Dried Fruits and Vegetables 2

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of drying produce or you’re just getting your toes wet to the process, knowing how to properly store your freshly dried fruits and vegetables is critical in preserving your yield, and preventing mold and insect contamination. If you’re new to dehydrating fruits and vegetables, you may want to first read my article “4 Easy Ways to Dehydrate Produce”. Once you’ve taken a few attempts at dehydrating produce, you’ll want to master these easy techniques of storing your freshly dried goodies.

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4 Ways to Filter Water with Fruit

Filter Water with Fruit

(article by Mae Chan)
There is a cheap and easy way for any community in the developed (or underdeveloped) world to purify their water. The peels of some of the most widely consumed fruits in the world are remarkably efficient at absorbing a wide variety of harmful pollutants, including heavy metals, and they can be transformed into effective water filters with only minor preparation.

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Increase Weight Loss and Fat Burn by 20% With This Vegetarian Food Staple

Weight Loss

As the weather turns warmer, people often start to ramp up their weight loss efforts via new exercise programs, new diet programs and even sometimes turning to dangerous methods I won’t begin to list here. Fitting into your skinny summer shorts, sleeveless dresses or bathing suit is always as easy as eating a healthy plant-based diet and getting regular, moderate exercise. That being said, there is a common vegetarian food staple that can easily increase your weight loss and fat burn by 20% or more, and it’s incredibly versatile in the kitchen and downright cheap to purchase. What is this magic weight loss food?

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Magical Uses of Coconut Oil for Natural Weight Loss, Skin Care and Optimal Health

Magical Uses of Coconut Oil

There is so much goodness to be had from coconut oil that many a book has been written on the subject. Coconut oil should be in every household, not just for it’s extraordinary benefits in cooking but also for the plethora of additional health benefits it offers, such as weight loss, skin care, anti-aging, immune support and keeping dangerous diseases and even cancer at bay.

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