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The Best Juice for What’s Bugging You

The Best Juice for What’s Bugging You

The Best Juice for Healthy Skin “Fruit and vegetable juices, prepared in the right combinations, can help you to remove crud from your blood and tissues and restore alkalinity and balance to your system,” says Noelle Swatland of GreenLemonade.com. “You see the benefits of this crud removal in younger looking skin and greater energy.” Swatland’s favorite skin booster? Cucumber. “Consisting of over 90-percent water, cucumbers are a naturally cooling and hydrating food,” she says. Plus, they’re rich in minerals such as potassium, magnesium, and silica, which is believed to improve complexion and youthful radiance of your skin. Ingredients: 1 to 2 cucumbers 1 small piece apple (optional, for sweetness) The Best Juice to Fight Aging When stress, free-radicals, and lack of exercise and sleep attempt to age your skin, Patty James, certified natural chef and author of More Vegetables Please!, recommends…

Top 20 Artery-Cleansing Foods

Top 20 Artery-Cleansing Foods

Avocados “Instead of using a whopping dollop of mayonnaise on your sandwich, try using thin slices of avocado,” suggests Megan Madden, a registered dietitian in New York, NY. A 1996 study done by researchers in Mexico found that people who ate avocado every day for one week experienced an average 17 percent drop in total blood cholesterol. What’s more, their levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol decreased and HDL (“good”) cholesterol increased. Finding it tough to work avocado into your diet? Try drinking it in this delicious smoothie. Whole Grains The soluble fiber found in whole grains such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and oatmeal binds the cholesterol in your meal and drags it out of your body, Madden says. “And, when your body needs to utilize cholesterol in the future, it draws on your blood cholesterol supply, effectively lowering your total…

15 Creative Alternatives to Coffee

15 Creative Alternatives to Coffee

Green Tea Can’t make it through the morning without your daily java? Try brewing some green tea, which has slightly less caffeine than a cup of Joe but enough to give you a boost without any of the coffee jitters. The refreshing drink is also packed with health benefits, says Nadine Taylor, registered dietitian and author of Green Tea: The Natural Secret to a Healthier Life. “Catechins are powerful antioxidants and potent disease fighters that are found primarily in green tea,” she says. Nutty Smoothies Nuts, which are high in protein and fiber, make a healthy afternoon snack, but they’re also nourishing whipped into a smoothie. According to certified nutritionist Angela Pifer, smoothies made using ingredients like cashew milk, protein powder, and nut butter help elevate your blood sugar levels. “A 3 p.m. slump is not innate to us,”…

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11 Nutrition Myths That Can Cause Weight Gain

11 Nutrition Myths That Can Cause Weight Gain

MYTH: GOING VEGAN WILL MAKE YOU LOSE WEIGHT “While various research shows that vegetarians and vegans, on average, consume fewer calories and less fat than omnivores (a 2009 Oxford study found that vegetarians weigh 3 to 20 percent less than their meat-eating counterparts, and a National Cancer Institute study found that subjects who consumed four ounces or more of red meat weekly were 30 percent more likely to die of any cause than those who ate less), these numbers may be misleading,” says Rania Batayneh, MPH, a certified nutritionist and owner of Essential Nutrition for You. Going vegan solely for weight loss can backfire, big time. If you aren’t vigilant with a vegan diet, it’s easy to lack in vital nutrients, vitamins, and proteins, which give you energy and help keep your metabolism stoked. Many first-time vegans may also find…

5 Reasons Your Salad Is Making You Bloated

5 Reasons Your Salad Is Making You Bloated

Fix your bloating woes Between healthy fast-casual shops popping up on every corner and Instagram-worthy mason jar salads filling the office fridge, vegetables are staging a revolution. But if you’re feeling a little bloated post-green feast, don’t be so quick to look for other causes—the culprit may be in your bowl. “You can turn a salad into a burger pretty quickly if you’re not careful,” warns gastroenterologist Robynne Chutkan, MD, FASGE and founder of Gutbliss, whose expertise lies in finding solutions for all your GI concerns. Between oily dressings, excess fiber, and often-forgotten sources of salt, there are plenty of opportunities for a once-healthy salad to go south—for your gut, that is. But fear not, you don’t have to quit your Sweetgreen habit just yet. All it takes is a little intel and you’ll be tossing together salads that’ll make your tastebuds…

8 “Healthy” Foods That Are Only Healthy Sometimes

8 “Healthy” Foods That Are Only Healthy Sometimes

The quest to maintain a well-balanced diet can be confusing — especially when labels are marketed as healthy (just take the KIND bar controversy, for example). Next time you’re trying to make the best choices at the grocery store, remember these eight foods, which can mask themselves as healthy yet sabotage weight-loss goals. And, when in doubt, scrutinize the labels or make your own versions at home. 1. Granola While granola might seem like a healthy choice with ingredients like rolled oats, nuts and dried fruit, the danger lies in the sugar levels and portion sizes. Make sure to check the nutrition labels and opt for the brand with the fewest grams of sugar. Then, stick to the portion size suggestion — it’s far too easy to overindulge if you’re not careful. Or try this recipe for homemade granola. 2. Nut butters Similar to…