As New Year's Eve is still around the corner and many of you are still in the holiday hazy fun food and drink phase, I've decided to share my definitive #1 trick for avoiding that notsogood 'day after fun' feeling. It also happens to be an excellent tool for digestion in general and for whitening teeth!
And unlike my last, epic blog 5 Cold & Flu Care Faves, I'm keeing this pithy as possible because I don't want to take a single extra precious minute away of your family and friend time. I've made the key copy bold and brown!
#1 Holiday No Hangover* Fave (*from fun food and drink):
Activated Coconut Charcoal.
Bulletproof Upgraded Coconut Charcoal
Key Tips to Remember:
For my definitive list: Fave Ways to Avoid Holiday Hangovers and a link to stock up with all the items on the list at the bottom of this post.
More scoop on coconut charcoal below courtesy of Bulletproof.com:
Time tested for over 10,000 years, activated charcoal is the world’s oldest detoxing remedy. For centuries, charcoal has been used in Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, and Western Medicine as an absorbent agent to many poisons and intestinal issues.
Fast Detoxing for Better Digestion & Rejuvenation!
Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent material with millions of tiny pores that can capture, bind, and remove up to 100 times the charcoal’s own weight in toxins. Just four capsules of Upgraded Coconut Charcoal has about the same surface area as a football field, which makes it ideal for removing potentially toxic substances from your digestive tract. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged unwanted toxins and gas so they can easily leave the body.
Toxins from low quality, processed food, and environmental pollution are a real problem. It is important to help your body eliminate them to promote a healthy digestive system and brain. Chronic exposure to toxins produces cellular damage, allergic reactions, compromised immunity, and more rapid aging. Regular use of activated charcoal is easy on the colon and can remove unwanted toxins from your body, leaving you feeling renewed and more vibrant, often in minutes!
Try it even once and you’ll feel a difference!
Why Upgraded Coconut Charcoal is the Best Available Charcoal
Common charcoal tablets come in ineffectively small doses or inconvenient, messy powders, and are typically made from substandard (often unidentified) materials that are cheaper than our pure coconut shells.
The ultra fine and highly purified Upgraded Coconut Charcoal uses acid washing, a more expensive extra step that removes toxic heavy metals that are a problem in many preparations of charcoal. The finer the charcoal grains, the better it works. Upgraded Coconut Charcoal is so fine that it required a new method to packing its ultra fine grains into capsules without damaging the manufacturing machines. This added step results in charcoal with the most surface area to create maximum adsorption.
Charcoal is proven to bind to mold toxins and many other organic poisons that may be present in the environment and in the body.
Use & Ingredients
Because activated coconut charcoal is mainly used to remove toxins from the body, it is great to use when consuming food of unknown quality, eating out at restaurants, or drinking alcohol. If you are feeling moody or suddenly tired, activated charcoal can act as a detox and get you back in the game faster.
Toxicology studies show activated charcoal to be harmless, not interfering with sleep, appetite, or well-being. Everyone responds differently to different doses, so to avoid potential undesirable effects such as constipation, please consult your doctor and use only as suggested:
As always, please share your feedback with me in the comments section below! And if you found this blog helpful, please share with your friends! xoMB
Find more of Magen's hangover prevention tips in her Holiday Hangover Faves.
Organic Avenue (my favorite juice vendor) calls me the "Juice Fairy" and in a lot of ways I am, but I'm more of a juice zealot. For over 25 years I've been juicing veggies and preachin' the benefits of drinking greens to anyone who will listen and I'm still tweakin' recipes and discoverin' new stuff every day about the best ways to get my greens. Two green juices or smoothies are an essential part of my daily routine and my Optimal Mind Body food plan. They give me energy, loads of essential nutrients I might not otherwise get from my salads, help curb my cravings for processed food, enhance my digestion and I actually think they make me a better person or at least a nicer person to be around. My saying is "two juices a day keep the doctor, the need to diet and the depression away."
Thanks to friends and juice pioneers like Doug Evans, Jill Pettijohn and Joe Cross, this country's in the midst of a juice revolution. Now we can find (or have delivered to our door) fresh green organic juices in more places than imaginable-even at Starbucks.
Unfortunately most (more than half) of the juices or smoothies you'll find in stores or that we make are surprisingly high in sugar. While the sugar found in fruit is not bad, too much sugar, even fructose, the sugar found in fruit, raises your insulin levels and leave us wanting and needing more sugar to feel better and more energized. Ultimately too much sugar also leads to insulin resistance which can lead to a whole host of health problems, including diabetes.
To keep calories, body fat, sugar cravings and inflammation at bay, as a standard recommendation, just as some of my fave functional medicine doctors like Dr. Mercola, I strongly advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. A small apple has 15 grams of sugar, a big apple, 23 grams and there are a whopping 47.8 grams in one cup of blueberries. See below for more info on highest and lowest glycemic fruits.
This is why when it comes to drinking green juices, I suggest 80% green veggies: kale, chard, cucumber, celery, cilantro, parsley, etc. and only 20% low glycemic fruit: 1/2 avocado, as much ginger & lemon as you like and only 1/2 an apple or pear. And if you buy a juice, 12 grams of sugar or less per bottle, not per serving.
To help you decide whether to make or buy your green juices and smoothies, I've answered some of the FAQ's about the benefits of drinking your greens, the differences between pressed and other juices, the pros and cons of juicing versus blending, blender recos, etc. in a previous blog post.
HERE ARE MY FAVE WAYS TO GET THE HEALTHIEST LIQUID GREENS IN YOUR LIFE:
1. BUY THEM:
Mellow Love : 6 grams of sugar
Stand and Deliver: 4 grams of sugar.
Simple Green: 8 grams of sugar.
Essential Green: 12 grams of sugar.
Unfortunately, I could not find a low in sugar green juice at Whole Foods. I tried Suja, it was great but it had 20 grams of sugar. For juices higher than 8 grams of sugar (per juice), my suggestion is to drink 1/2 in AM & 1/2 in afternoon, to avoid a sugar rush or pour half in a water bottle and fill both with water OR get a Multigreen Kombucha which is delicious, low in sugar AND good for your digestion/gut health. Swap one green juice out for one Kombucha and do 1 of each per day if you get bored with just green juices.
The Whole Foods and Starbucks juices are bottled with a special process that allows for a longer shelf life-up to two weeks! So if spoilage is your concern, choose these:
Reach for the juice furthest back on the shelf. Those are usually the freshest. Look at the expiration date. Organic Avenue says that you can wait 1-2 days after the expiration max although to maintain the best quality, consume by the expiration before or on the expiration date.
For a great NYC Juice Roadmap check out this awesome blog by Well and Good.
2. MAKE YOUR OWN JUICES OR SMOOTHIES
It really doesn't take more than five minutes to make a delicious juice or smoothie, if you have everything you need. I'm partial to my MB Green Smoothie because all you need is a blender, it's yummy, it has avocado and fills me up.
TIPS: Keep organic frozen veggies stocked in your freezer for your juices. All Whole Foods have organic frozen kale, spinach and lots of other frozen yums, you can keep on hand to reduce the amount of waste that comes from unused fresh veggies.
3. STIR THEM INTO YOUR WATER:
I use Innate Green Powder from Mountain Health Products for when I'm traveling to a 3rd world country or other places, where it's hard to find organic green veggies. I also use it to supplement my juices back home.
IF YOU WANT TO DO YOUR OWN JUICE CLEANSE CLICK HERE FOR MY FAVE MB CLEANSE SCHEDULE. You can use an combination of store bought or homemade green juices or smoothies. But I recommend you add a vegan protein shake and a salad or soup as well.
Need more guidance, want someone to customize and guide you through your own juice cleanse or just don't want to go it alone? Schedule an appointment for a consultation.
I have a lot of weight loss recos. These are a few of the newer ones mixed with some of my time-tested advice.
1. TRY GREEN COFFEE BEAN EXTRACT
There’s been a lot of well-deserved buzz about this new weight loss supplement. After doing some research and seeing the results of Dr. Oz’s experiment, I decided to give it a try. I lost a surprising 2% body fat in 5 days. Other people have reported weight loss of up to several pounds in the first couple weeks. I believe this supplement works and recco you give it a try. This supplement is NOT for children, anyone who pregnant or nursing, is allergic to coffee or caffeine and or has any major medical problems including diabetes or a history of heart attack or stroke. Results vary so keep that and these other key points in mind:
2. DO A MINI CLEANSE
3. TURN YOUR IPHONE/IPAD INTO A PERSONAL TRAINER-TRY AN EXERCISE APP
Getting your exercise in around the holidays is not easy. If you cannot get to the gym or your fave fitness class try this user friendly iPhone Gorilla Workout app.
With 3 different levels it provides short, equipment- free, easy to follow workouts that will get your heart rate up and keep your waistline down. And it’s only 1.99 If you have time, combine one of these workouts with only 30 minutes of interval training: elliptical, jog, stationary bike. If you have the money and more time, get the P90X App. It is in a class of its own.
*I buy all my supplements from Mountain States Health Products They are the most reputable supplier I know with a wide range of high quality products. MB Fitness clients receive 10% off your first purchase. Email Sarah to place an order. She has all of my fave brands as well as my various nutritional protocols on file. Or email me with questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
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