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Juicing For Cancer!

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Ovarian cancer is the ninth most common cancer among women, excluding non-melanoma skin cancers. Drink this juice to wellness and protection of your ovaries.

Ingredients: 3 carrots, 1 green apple, 1 and 1/2 cup kale, 1 cup cilantro, 1/2 collard greens, 1/2 in. ginger root, 1/2 lemon….

Jamie Foxx: Fit & Fine!

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The November issue of Men’s Fitness Magazine featuring your boy hit newsstands yesterday! Who already has their copy? Go check it out today. I hope to inspire you. Shout out to Ben Watts for the dope photography work.

Lemons The Natural Cure!

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Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus fl…avor to our foods.
However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7.
1. Freshen the Fridge Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.
2. High Blood Pressure Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.
3. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.
4. Mental Health Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.
5. Refresh Cutting Boards No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.
6. Respiratory Problems Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.
7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
8. Prevents Kidney Stones Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
9. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
10. Anti-Aging Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.
11. Fruit and Vegetable Wash You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.
12. Treat Infections Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.
13. Deodorize Your Garbage If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.
14. Keep Guacamole Green You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.
15. Purges The Blood We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavours. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.
16. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.
17. Oral Health Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches
18. Lighten Age Spots Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
19. Create Blonde Highlights For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.
20. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.
21. Clean and Whiten Nails Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
22. Cleanse Your Face Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.
23. Freshen Your Breath Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
24. Treat Flaky Dandruff If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.
25. Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well. Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective
26. Remove Berry Stains It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.
27. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.
28. Headaches Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.
29. Chills and Fevers Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less the lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.
30. Diptheria Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.
31. Vaginal Hygiene Diluted lemon juice makes a safe and sane method of vaginal hygiene. Though it is a powerful antiseptic it is nevertheless free from irritating drugs in douches and suppositories.
32. Forget The Moth Balls A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms.
33. Stomach Health Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
34. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
35. Soothe Poison Ivy Rash You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
36. Remove Warts You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
37. Bleach Delicate Fabrics Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
38. Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
39. Replace Your Dry Cleaner Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.
40. Boost Laundry Detergent For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
41. Rid Clothes of Mildew Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
42. Eliminate Fireplace Odor There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace — unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.
43. Neutralize Cat-Box Odor You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odors or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.
44. Deodorize a Humidifier When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning.
45. Reduce Asthma Symptoms In addition to a general detoxifying diet, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms.* If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure.

Amy Winehouse: Real Divas Don’t Live, They Die…..

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Squats: Drop It Like It’s Hot!

970413_565551556819420_1207773859_nDROP IT LOW:  When squatting, drop until your thighs are AT LEAST parallel to the floor to give you the most benefit on each rep 🙂

KHLOE KARDASHIAN: Happy Birthday!

Kim Kardashian & Khloe Kardashian QuickTrim In-Store Appearance

Lemons:10 Benefits of Juicing Lemons

lemonconfitdayprep11. Antibacterial

When you ingest lemon juice the acid from the lemon juice acts as a antibacterial force inside your stomach.

You can also use lemons to clean your cutting boards and counters. :)

2. Vitamin C

Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C helps destroy H. pylori, which is a type of bacteria in your stomach. H. pylori is being research for it’s ability to cause stomach ulcers.

Here is a great stomach and gut tonic. This will help you go to the restroom and it will help your stomach fight off any unwanted bacteria like H. pylori. The tonic includes: 1 cup of warm water, 1/2 lemon (juiced), 1 teaspoon of ground flaxseed.

3. Alkalize the Body

Believe it or not but lemon are alkalizing for the body. Many people think since lemons are sour they are actually acidic inside your body. Inside your body lemons don’t act acidic, instead they have alkalizing properties that keep your pH balance.

It’s best to start your day with warm water and lemon juice.

4. Liver Cleanser

Lemons help stimulate your liver and helps flush out toxins like uric acid and also liquefies the bile. This is part of the reason why lemons are used as a great cleanser.

5. Vitamin P

Vitamin P is a flavonoids. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that help neutralize free radials associated with cellular damage and aging. Flavonoids also help reduce inflammation.

6. Anti-cancer Properties

Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer properties like limonine which slows the growth of tumors. (1)

7. Protection Against Rheumatoid Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a type of degenerative disease that occurs with aging. Foods rich in vitamin C helps protect agains inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

8. Cleans You Out and Aids in Digestion

Lemon juice like most fresh vegetable juices contain pectin fiber. Pectin fiber is a type of water soluble fiber that helps reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Another great thing about pectin is that it keeps you feeling full and reduces cravings.

9. Natural Diuretic

Lemon juice and warm water also help increase the rate of urination. This is great because toxins and other harmful substances are pushed out of your body, leaving your body in a alkaline state.

10. Hydration of Lymph System

Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed just to name a few.

When you have these symptoms it might mean that your adrenals are “fatigued.” Your adrenals function in secreting necessary hormones, regulating stress response, regulating blood pressure and much more. So keep your adrenals happy by staying hydrated.

***Remember lemons and lemon juice can strip off the enamel from your teeth

Alicia Keys: Weight Loss

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SOUL CYCLE: The Future Of New York Fitness!

 

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Once upon a Soul there were two women desperately searching for some CARDIO. Julie Rice was living in Los Angeles. A busy talent manager – she could barely stop her hectic “movie biz” schedule to fit in a workout, let alone enjoy it. After searching high and low for an exercise that would keep her not only physically in shape but also mentally inspired, she found indoor cycling. The music and the energy kept her coming back and yet she felt it could be even more….

 

Elizabeth Cutler grew up in Chicago.  While studying abroad from the University of Colorado she did some SOUL searching and wound up in a monastery in India, at the National Palace Museum, and in a traditional japanese house in Kyoto.  Eventually she returned to Colorado where inspiring cardio was just one mountain around the corner. Hiking was a natural and breathtaking way to stay fit and happy. She sold luxury real estate and practiced Jin Shin Jyutsu (ancient practice and philosophy of healing aka grandparent of acupuncture).  After meeting her husband she moved to Manhattan.

 

Shortly after both women had relocated to New York City, they began searching for some type of cardio exercise they could fall in love with. But unfortunately, no luck. There were certainly enough ways to burn calories, but nothing that made their hearts sing. Ultimately they realized they would have to create it! Elizabeth and Julie met at a lunch and the rest was SOULhistory!  They both believed indoor cycling could be inspiring; they both believed you could incorporate upper body and core workout into the routine; and finally they believed with some great branding, a beautiful environment, and outstanding customer service, the 45-minute class could be transformed into a special experience each time.

 

Elizabeth combed Craigslist and found the “rear lobby” at West 72nd Street. Julie learned all she could about renting towels and passing out schedule cards up and down the avenues of the West Side of NYC.  Slowly, the riders began to come. They saw an opportunity to supply their patrons with proper fear, after they read more about cycling shoes here, they got in gear and made sure to have them available from the start.

 

Today both are amazed at the community that has become SoulCycle. The inspiring instructors, dedicated riders, and tireless studio soul team. It is truly a labor of SOUL. Both continued to be inspired BY and AT SoulCycle.

Detox: SUPER GROUP!

Why Detoxify?

Toxic substances can be found everywhere – environmental toxins, chemicals in hair and skin products, toxins in our foods and even the water we drink can cause detrimental effects to the body.

That’s why it’s important to eat foods that nourish cells and provide vital antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals. That’s why I love juicing fresh vegetables and fruits. When you juice your body is instantly getting all the nutrients in that juice (that’s why it’s important to juice organic produce). During the Alpha Reset you are providing your body what it needs – nutrients and rest. The amazing juice that you drink will help your body flush out toxins.

The best way to flush toxins out of the body (in my opinion) is to juice dark leafy vegetables, herbs, and superfoods!

Superfoods are just like the name entails foods that are super great for you. Foods that are high in antioxidant activity, high in phytonutrient content, and nutrient powerhouses that provide a vast amount of polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.

Here are just some of the benefits of my favorite superfood juice recipe.

1. Wheatgrass

Wheat and barley grasses are classified as young cereal grasses. They have a dark green hue and as they grow the amount of chlorophyll decreases and the cellulose increases. Wheatgrass has concentrated amounts of vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium, magnesium, and amino acids. (1)

Wheatgrass can be beneficial in promoting the production of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a chemical that is responsible for carrying oxygen. Adequate amounts of hemoglobin in the blood can help with improving blood sugar related disorders, improving healing of wounds and infections, and for helping prevent infections. Wheatgrass has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for arthritis.

Other benefits of wheatgrass include prevention of gray hair, reduction of high blood pressure, and lowering cholesterol (remember not all cholesterol is bad, more on this in another post).

2. Kale

Kale is a great superfood. Packed with calcium, phosphorus, iron, rich in vitamins and minerals – this superfood is a must have ingredient in all my juice recipes.

Kale contains antioxidants like beta-carotene which helps to boost the body’s immune system. Due to it’s high antioxidant activity, free radicals are neutralize and molecules are prevented from oxidizing. According to Barone et al. (2002) one cup of cooked kale has 5.8 mg of beta-carotone.

Need calcium? Well look no further, according to Organicauthority.com, kale contains more calcium per calorie than milk and it’s easier to absorb. Calcium is important in preventing osteoporosis. Remember get some sun, vitamin D is a necessary component for absorbing calcium.

3. Lemons

Lemons are my absolute favorite. I add lemons to every juice! Start your day off with one cup of warm water and lemon juice.

Like cucumbers and parsley, lemon helps flush toxins out of the body, especially out of the liver. Lemons are also packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system thus helping the body fight off infections.

Lemons contain flavonoid with help improve blood flow and helps reduce inflammation. Many people think that since lemons are sour that they are acidic for the body but in actuality lemons help balance out your body’s pH level.

4. Celery

Celery is a functional food that is packed with flavonoid antioxidants, vitamin A, C, K niacin and riboflavin. Celery also has anti-inflammatory properties like apigenin.

Have you ever heard people say that celery is high in sodium? Well you might be surprised because even though celery does have natural sodium  which is a concern for people with high blood pressure – celery actually helps lower blood pressure due to a compound called phthalides. These compounds are believed to lower blood pressure by reducing the body’s hormone levels that constrict blood vessels and therefore increase blood pressure (Barone et. al, 2002).

Check out my Superfood Juice Recipe and let me know how you like

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