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Health

Juice Fasting

Author: Sharon Hopkins

Fasting is one of oldest and effective ways of burning huge amounts of accumulated waste products in the body. Previously, people used to fast by drinking water only throughout the day. Experts say that fasting on juices, both vegetable and fruit, is much gentler and beneficial in normalizing all body processes. 

Juice fasting is one of oldest and effective ways of burning huge amounts of accumulated waste products in the body. This method is a safe detoxifier.

Steps To Juicing

Juice fasting involves intake of juices diluted with water every hour or two from morning to night. Avoid consuming solid foods or other types of liquids such as canned juices if you are on juice fasting. The total juice intake in a day should be about 7-9 glasses.  Vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, iron, calcium and enzymes contained in these juices supply much-needed nutrients for the body’s own healing activity and thereby speeding up the recovery process.

The Benefits of Detoxing

While on juice fast, ensure that your bowels are flushed out regularly. Juice fasting has many advantages, and it’s the safest method to detoxifying and eliminating dead or damaged cells and tissues. It reduces the cholesterol levels; treats symptoms of allergies, acne, and headaches by flushing out toxins – making one feel good and healthy. 

How To Juice

Juice fasting can be done with almost any fruits or vegetables that are eaten raw. Best veggies for juice fasting are tomatoes, cucumbers, celery and carrots. A combination of apple and carrot juice or apple and tomato juice i.e. a combination of a fruit and a vegetable is a healthy and nutritious drink. You can use huge varieties of fruits and vegetables in combinations or separately. They give the body its daily calories and enhance health. 

First, peel the off skin from vegetables and fruits. Rinse in filtered water. After extracting the juice, dilute it with water in equal parts. Make sure that your juicer does a good job of extracting the juice. Consume the juice immediately after extraction.

Consult With Your General Practitioner First

Before you start your juice fasting, consult your GP in case your body does not agree with juice fasting. The first signs of symptoms that may appear when fasting are foul breath, a coated tongue, and a bad taste in the mouth.

These are symptoms that you may experience until your body has cleared out all wastes. In short, exclusive diet of juices of vegetables and fruits is an effective way to restore health from diseases, cleanse and regenerate tissues and rejuvenate the body.

Wealth

3 Credit Tips That Will Save You Hundreds Each Year

While extremely convenient, credit cards can be a very costly consumer product. Most people don’t realize just how expensive carrying around a credit card in your wallet can be. Each year many big spending credit card consumers can throw hundreds or even thousands of dollars out the window using credit cards. Even if you’re not a big credit card spender, almost anyone can save hundreds of dollars each year with these 3 credit card tips. 

Never Pay the Minimum Payment 

Your credit card company usually makes sure you know that there is a minimum payment. Even if you owe thousands of dollars, your minimum payment can seem extremely low, sometimes only 3% of your total balance. However, what the credit card companies don’t tell you is that if you have a large balance and only pay the minimum payment for the next few years you will cost yourself possibly thousands of dollars in interest costs alone. In fact, that purchase at the record store for $50 over time will double. To avoid paying interest only and never touching the principle make sure you always pay more than just the minimum payment. 

Transfer Your Balance to a Lower Interest Credit Card 

Most Americans receive several credit card offers each month and most have some very enticing interest rate offers. For instance, many credit card offers will transfer your existing high interest rate credit card for free to the new card and allow you either zero percent interest for 6 months or a very low interest rate for a specific period of time. If you have a high balance in which you pay hundreds of dollars each year on interest payments, in many cases it is in your best interest to accept these offers and enjoy zero or low interest for the next 6 months to a year. 

Use a Debit Card Instead of a Credit Card 

It’s no surprise that many times we use credit cards out of habit. But why use something that is so expensive when we don’t need to. We can easily pay for that meal or fill up our car with gas with our debit card and not pay any interest. Debit cards are just as convenient as credit cards and usually accepted everywhere credit is as well. Use your debit card to avoid high interest fees in the long run and you can literally save hundreds in interest fees each year. 

Summary:

While extremely convenient, credit cards can be a very costly consumer product. Most people don’t realize just how expensive carrying around a credit card in your wallet can be. Each year many big spending credit card consumers can throw hundreds or even thousands of dollars out the window using credit cards. Even if you’re not a big credit card spender, almost anyone can save hundreds of dollars each year with these 3 credit card tips. 

Never Pay the Minimum Payment! 

Lifestyles

10 Steps To Clear Thinking

Does your mind sometimes feel like a television station you can’t quite tune in? You know there’s an interesting program on – or several, but everything is mixed with static. What if you could “tune in” at will, have clear thinking whenever you want it? Try some of the following out and see how this works for you. 

Ten Clear Thinking Techniques And Tips  

1. Take a walk. Science will eventually prove this to be a great way to improve the quality of your thinking, but don’t wait for the proof. Aren’t there enough other reasons to take a walk anyhow?  

2. Stay away from sugar. If you want to understand what brain fog is, eat a sugary donut on an empty stomach, then do math problems twenty minutes later. What you will experience, along with the “sugar blues,” is brain fog. At least lay off sugar and simple carbohydrates when you need to think clearly.  

3. Organized space means clear thinking. It’s rare that a person can actually work better in clutter. An organized working space means you won’t have the thought “where is that…” distracting your mind.  

4. Get better sleep. Sleep requirements vary, but the minimum for most is somewhere around five hours. Some suffer if they sleep less than eight hours. The research, however, indicates that after a certain minimum quantity, the quality of sleep is more important to normal brain function.  

5. Try meditating. No time? Just close your eyes, relax, and watch your breath for a while. Accept that your mind will wander, but continually return your attention to your breath. Five minutes of this, and afterwards you’ll feel a boost in your brainpower.  

6. Resolve your “mind irritations.” Watch your busy brain. Maybe a call you need to make has been bothering you, just below consciousness. Find these stressors, and do something to let them go. For example, make that call, or put it on a list, and your mind will let go of it for now. Just seeing a problem and saying, “There’s nothing I can do about this until Friday,” will often stop unconscious worrying.  

7. Don’t drink alcohol. At least don’t drink too much. While moderate amounts can be conducive to creative thinking, all the evidence says that it is bad for the long-term health of your brain.  

8. Make decisions quickly. Nothing gets in the way of clear thinking like a dozen decisions hanging around unmade. If nothing else, decide when you’ll make the decision.  

9. Get some fresh air. Go outside and breathe deeply through your nose. You’ll get a good dose of oxygen to your brain, and the change of surroundings can help clear your mind.  

10. Satisfy your physical needs. Clear thinking is easier if you aren’t too hungry, thirsty, or hot.  

You can think more clearly starting today. There are certainly more than ten ways, but you really only need to make a few of them a habit. Why not try one or two right now? 

Summary: Try out some of these ways to clearer thinking. Make one or two of them a habit, and you’ll start seeing a difference.