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Hit the refresh button with green juice

Green Juice Refresh

Nothing is better than a fresh green juice after a 4 mile run with my hubby. I thought I was going to die for most of it but I made it and I feel great. Running with a buddy is so great for motivation!

Check out my refreshing after-run juice and make sure you get out and move your body today! Exercise is beneficial for every single part of you.

Juice:
a few collard greens
some dandelion
1 cucumber
2-3 bok choy leaves
swiss chard
1 lemon
2 green apples
tsp of spirulina

Insert all but spirulina into juicer. Add the spirulina powder to the juice and shake it well to dissolve the powder.

Experiment with your greens until you find a good balance. Rule of thumb for juices is 1 piece of fruit for every 3 veggies.

What is spirulina? Well, it is algae, which grows in the ocean, AND a superfood! It is 60-70% protein (depending on the type) and is also a perfect protein. That means that it contains all essential and non-essential amino acids that humans need. It is used as a dietary supplement by many because of its immense benefits:

Boost the Immune System
Improves Digestion
Reduces fatigue
Builds Endurance
Cleanses the body by clinging to free radicals
Boost Energy Levels
Control Appetite
Maintains Healthy Cardiovascular function
Supports the Liver and Kidneys
Reduces Inflammation
Reduces Allergies

Nutrex – Organic Spirulina: this is a trusted brand and it’s organic!

xoxo
D.

Benefits of an alkaline diet

Your body is constantly trying to maintain it’s perfect pH balance. That means a balance between acidic foods and alkaline foods. By reducing the amount of acidic foods that you consume, you are naturally balancing your pH level. The best balance is 80/20. Consuming 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods.
Here are some benefits of an alkaline diet:

– More energy
– Weakened or disappearance of acid reflux, indigestion, IBS, allergies, bloating, arthritis, migraines, constipation, etc.
– Stronger immune system
– Graceful aging
– And so much more!! Each person is different and therefore may feel the wonderful effects differently!

Eating alkaline foods helps ensure the cells in your body are healthy, this allows your body to absorb food’s nutrients more efficiently. The coolest thing about all this is that disease cannot survive in your body if it is alkaline. If your cells are healthy, so are you!

Here is a basic list of which foods are alkaline and which are acidic. If you want a more comprehensive list, please visit http://www.energiseforlife.com You can print out a chart of all this detail, absolutely free!

Alkaline Foods: 

VEGGIES!
FRUIT (only a few here, most are acidic- see below- but should still be eaten in small quantities daily as part of your 20% acidity)  i.e. Avocado, tomato, lemon, grapefruit, coconut.
NUTS & SEEDS
SPROUTS
BREADS (sprouted and gluten free)
GRAINS, BEANS (again gluten free)
OILS
GRASSES
OTHER i.e. tofu, herbal tea, almond and goat milk

Clean green juice: Bok Choy, celery, basil, cucumber, grapefruit, apple, & a lemon. So refreshing!

Acidic Foods:

MEAT
MOST FRUIT
DAIRY
EGGS
SWEETENERS
DRINKS i.e. coffee, alcohol, energy drinks, etc.
OTHER i.e. white bread, pasta, pizza, candy, junk food
SOME NUTS & SEEDS: cashews, peanuts. walnuts, hazelnuts
SAUCES i.e. mayo, ketchup, soy, pickles, vinegar

This may seem very daunting. But remember, slow and steady. If you feel this is too much for you right now then don’t do it. Just as your body finds a pH balance, you have to find a mind and body balance that fits for you. It is much more beneficial to start slow and pick up pace later than to start fast and drop off completely after a few days. BALANCE!

xoxo
D.