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Replace your toxic coffee with dandelion root coffee

Ever thought you would have to give up your morning coffee? How can you talk down on people suffering from addiction when you are battling your very own? This is the question I had to ask myself. What makes one addiction any better than the other?
They all have side effects that target healthy cells causing damage that can not be reversed! People who drink coffee normally have sleep issues. This is the only time the body can repair itself from damage caused that day!
Let’s discuss the cause & effect of drinking too much coffee!
  • Consuming too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and even exacerbated panic attacks!
  • Coffee’s laxative effect has been attributed to the release of gastrin, a hormone the stomach produces that speeds up activity in the colon. What’s more, decaffeinated coffee has been shown to produce a similar response
  • Studies have found that higher caffeine intake appears to increase the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. It may also decrease total sleeping time, especially in the elderly
  • Rhabdomyolysis is a very serious condition in which damaged muscle fibers enter the bloodstream, leading to kidney failure and other problems.
  • A detailed review suggests that although caffeine triggers certain brain chemicals similar to the way cocaine and amphetamines do, it does not cause classic addiction the way these drugs do. However, it may lead to psychological or physical dependency, especially at high dosages.
  • Blood pressure increases, which is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke because they may damage arteries over time, restricting the flow of blood to your heart and brain.
  • Coffee, as well as other caffeinated beverages, is known to boost energy levels. However, they can also have the opposite effect by leading to excessive fatigue once the caffeine is out of the system.
  • Causes overactive bladder due to the compound’s stimulatory effects on the urinary system!
 

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Dandelion root coffee

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Dandelion root “fresh”
As I sit here doing my morning to-do list I’m sipping on my coffee but not your normal Starbucks or Folders. I now have a degree in nutrition & with that comes replacing unhealthy habits with new healthy ones!!
 
I recently started making dandelion coffee. It’s been about 2 months or so give or take I’ve been replacing one bad drink I loved with a nutrient-rich alternative every week.
 
Dandelion Root
Dandelion contains high amounts of potassium, a mineral, and electrolyte needed to stimulate the heartbeat. Potassium assists the kidneys to filter toxins more effectively and improve blood flow.
 
The reason I truly love it though is it contains a beneficial amount of polysaccharides which naturally reduce stress on the liver and support its ability to produce bile! I had to take a self-love journey in order to train my brain to achieve the goals I put in place for myself!!
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Summer & Salads

Get on your salad game…

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Salads are for summer as summer are for salads. Do you hear me! You can enjoy a nice fresh salad and not get board if you change your mindset. Uncooked salads are live foods that the body needs to stay healthy. Undisturbed nutrients is what I like to call them. Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, sweet peppers, etc. You can even make a healthy homemade dressing with a dash of salt and pepper for flavor.

Best times to prepare salads…

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Anytime of course…breakfast, lunch, or dinner. How about all three! I eat fruit salad for breakfast then maybe avacado salad for lunch then dinner it may be a steak salad. Yes sometimes I just have to add some meat…lol I used to love my fries in my salad but the way my body gains weight I had to give it up.

Including the kids to create their own healthy salad with their veggies of choice is a parental accomplishment. The kids are healthy which in turn makes the parents happy it’s a win win situation.

7 Great benefits of adding salads to your daily regimen…

 

1. Salads give us the fiber our bodies need…

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Your leafy greens and raw veggies are a superb source of natural fiber, if you consume enough fiber each day there are several health advantages:

  • Fiber helps to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
  • It helps to control blood sugar.
  • Adequate fiber intake helps with weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
  • It normalizes bowel movements, and aids in the prevention of bowel disease.
  • Proper fiber intake has been shown to reduce the recurrence and prevention of a number of cancers including colorectal, breast, mouth, throat and esophagus.

2. Nutrition goes a long way…

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Diets rich in fruits and veggies can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems & have a positive effect on your blood sugar which can help keep your appetite controllable.

It’s important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, in as many different colors as possible. Combining them in a salad is both easy and delicious! Loaded with vitamins and minerals, eating a salad a day will also increase the level of powerful antioxidants in your blood.

The basis of any salad, leafy greens, offer a huge nutritional benefit. Among the best of the super greens group are your kale, spinach, beet greens, watercress and Romaine lettuce.

Brightly colored fruits and vegetables in the “red” family are of a particular nutrition benefit. This includes produce with orange, purple, red and burgundy flesh. Examples would be tomatoes, red and orange peppers, carrots,strawberries, nectarines, peaches, plums, blueberries, blackberries,cranberries, and pomegranates.

Carotenoids are a class of compounds synthesized from the yellow, orange and red pigments of plants. This includes vitamin A and all its varied compound forms such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin. All of which has substantiated positive effects, plus antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits within the body.

3. Salads will help you incorporate healthy fat into your diet…

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Mix some raw or roasted seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sesame, sunflower and ground flax or chia to boost your daily intake of good fats. Experimenting with various oils in your homemade dressings will help with this, as well.

Slicing a quarter of an avocado and adding it to your greens will also give you a boost. These foods also help the body to absorb all of the protective compounds, phytochemicals, and lutein.

Adding a healthy fat to your salad via the dressing, or by adding  an avocado will also make it more filling, as fats are among the most satisfying to the body.

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Low vitamin K levels have been linked with low bone mineral density in women. For healthy bone growth, a recommended full daily serving can be found in just 1 cup of watercress (100%), radicchio (120%) or spinach (170%).

5. Protect your eyes…

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The carotenoids found in the green leafies like spinach, Romaine and Red Lettuce help the eyes to adjust from bright to dark, and to filter out high intensity light levels, protecting them from the formation of damaging free radicals.

6. Protect your precious heart…

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Romaine lettuce contains two key nutrients in significant levels that help to protect the heart muscle: folate and fiber. High levels of folate have been shown to assist in the prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease. You only get one heart so protect it with the foods you consume. Love helps the heart to function but healthy foods keeps it pumping!

7. Improves your overall skin tone…

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The high levels of water found in salad veggies improves hydration in our bodies, which is necessary for youthful wrinkle free skin.

Add herbs for a nutritional boost. This healthy salad includes roast beef, basil, tomatoes, thyme, garlic, sesame seeds, peanuts, onions, & sunflower seeds.Thai_Roast_Beef_and_Herb_Salad_0

Adding fresh herbs goes a long way toward improving your nutrition, as many are densely packed with vitamins and various phytonutrients. Because these vitamins and phytonutrients are produced so intensely, they’re especially nutritionally dense – meaning they’re thermogenic, and may help to naturally increase your metabolism.