There are so many fad diets out there these days that attract people with there fast weight loss and celebrity lifestyle image. The fact is that nearly all of these diets only really offer short-term weight loss solutions and can be extremely unhealthy. I've put together a list of 5 popular fad diets - along with reasons NOT to try them!
Claims to lose a 14 lbs in 10 days, defeat cellulite, give glowing skin and no more bloating. This diet is meant to complement other detox methods such as massages, colonic irrigation, saunas, fasting, etc. Food such as fish, meat, eggs, dairy, wheat, salt, sugar, etc is banned, while fruit, veg, beans, seeds, nuts are allowed. This results in a lack of nutrients, a lowered immune system, a temporary weight loss, mainly water. It can lead to yo-yo dieting, nausea, sickness, and headaches. It is said to cause food cravings, resulting in eventually giving up! It can also cause eating disorders and there is no good evidence of it actually working!
Some protein sources are better than others, according to science. Here’s how to tell whether a protein is—or isn’t—high quality.
You’ve probably heard that you need more protein in your diet — and for good reason.
You might think of protein as the main building block for muscle, but it’s so much more.
Protein is also essential for maintaining a strong immune system, bones, tendons, and is responsible for many metabolic reactions. There is also a clear relationship between protein and weight loss.
Here’s the thing:
"NOT ALL PROTEINS ARE CREATED EQUAL."
Quality counts. But what’s the difference between protein and “high-quality protein?”
It can be a confusing distinction and one that doesn’t receive enough attention.
The good news: Distinguishing high-quality protein from lesser-quality protein is easier than you might think.
Your high-quality protein sources
If you just want a list of high-quality protein sources, we have you covered. The top sources are:
Dairy products; milk, whey powders, cheese, and cottage cheese, yogurt
Seafood and fish
Blended meals (beans and rice)
Vegan protein powders with multiple protein sources
If you want to better understand why all proteins are not created equal, then keep reading.
You might notice that the majority of the high-quality options are from animal sources. That’s simply because, by and large, animal proteins are of higher quality than their veggie-sourced counterparts. You’ll soon learn why.
But never fear plant-based friends: you can still fill your diet with the protein you need even if you never want to put any animals in your mouth. We’ll show you how later in this post.
protein digestibility (i.e. “Can your body break it down?”)
amino acid content (i.e. “What’s really inside the protein?”)
the resulting amino acid availability to support metabolic function (i.e. “Will your body be able to use those amino acids the way you want it to?”).
The process of digesting any food begins in your mouth when you chew. But protein is unique among the three major macronutrients in that your body’s digestion of it truly begins in the stomach and continues into the small intestine.
Within those organs, acidic digestive juices, powerful enzymes, and other components fully break down intact proteins into smaller chains of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
Before a chain can be absorbed into the bloodstream, it must be shortened into individual amino acids. Only then, when these amino acids hit the bloodstream, can they be transported to working tissues, reassembled into larger proteins that the body needs.
They may also be held for a short time with other amino acids in what’s referred to as an amino acid pool. The body can turn to this pool and take the exact amino acids it needs to create a larger protein molecule required for one function or another and leave behind what it doesn’t require at the moment.
MORE PROTEIN ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER. QUALITY COUNTS.
While the process might appear cut-and-dry, it’s not that simple. And like many processes within the body, it isn’t 100 percent perfect. In other words, less than 100 percent of the protein you consume will be digested, absorbed, and put to use.
Scientists can measure a protein’s digestibility in the lab is by monitoring nitrogen absorption and excretion. (Protein is the only macronutrient that contains nitrogen, which is why this works.) The outcome of this test typically produces a digestibility score.
Proteins that are highly digestible receive scores close to 100% (digestible). Lower scores are less digestible. If you were to consume a protein with a digestibility score of 90%, then for every 10g you consumed, you would absorb 9g and excrete 1g.
In general, animal proteins — such as dairy, eggs, and meat — score highly. Vegetarian proteins typically score lower.
But there’s another wrinkle in the process. Your body’s ability to absorb nutrients compared to its actual requirements don’t always line up.
Amino Acids: What’s Inside Your Protein?
Every source of protein has a different amino acid profile. These amino acids— or the component parts that a protein will become when you digest it — are a big determinant of whether or not a protein is considered high quality.
Your body can produce many amino acids on its own. But there are some it can’t make. They are:
Any food that contains all nine essential amino acids is known as a “complete protein.”
Why Animal-Based Protein is the “Easy Button”
Animal protein sources mimic the protein composition of human tissue. Which is why meat naturally offers a highly usable blend of amino acids—including all nine essential amino acids (with some exceptions, which we’ll get to in a second).
As a result, we humans can use protein from an animal source in a very efficient manner.
Animal proteins range from the obvious—beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and fish—to fluid sources such as milk. All of these are high-quality protein sources that are highly bioavailable (your body can put them to use easily).
NEARLY ALL ANIMAL PROTEINS ARE HIGHLY BIOAVAILABLE — MEANING YOUR BODY CAN PUT THEM TO USE MORE EASILY.
This includes dairy, which supplies a wealth of amino acids, including a high amount of leucine. So perhaps it’s not surprising that studies involving chronic exercisers have found that consuming milk-based protein after resistance exercise promotes muscle protein synthesis, more muscle, and less flab.
While collagen and bone broths are popular for their potential to support joint health and other tissue function within the body, collagen protein is high in only 3 amino acids (glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline) while being fairly devoid of the other essential amino acids.
Bone broths may deliver health benefits, but they alone won’t help with muscle building or fat loss (or satisfy your body’s amino acid requirements, unless you add chicken or beef to the broth, in which case, you’re all set.)
What About High-Quality Plant Protein?
THEY SAY PEA PROTEIN IS THE NEW WHEY.
Conversely, most plant sources (but not all) have an amino acid profile that differs drastically from that of humans.
Many (but not all) plant proteins are low in various essential amino acids, especially leucine. This is important to note because leucine plays a critical role in turning on muscle protein synthesis (MPS), which is key for building and repairing muscle tissue.
The big exceptions are soy and select sources of pea protein. These vegetarian sources contain all, or nearly all, of the essential amino acids you require.
Outside of those sources, most plant-based proteins are not complete. All this means is that consuming one lone source of plant protein cannot support body growth and maintenance.
But there’s a simple fix. If you combine different plant protein sources, then you can receive adequate amounts of all nine essential amino acids.
Examples of complementary proteins include combining legumes and grains, such as red beans and rice, or vegetables and legumes like you’d find in a 9-bean vegetable soup.
WHEN YOU EAT COMPLEMENTARY PROTEINS, THE COMBINED SOURCES EQUAL A COMPLETE PROTEIN SOURCE.
You don’t have to do this at the same meal. Your body will store the amino acids as they come in, and then resynthesize proteins as it needs by pulling from body cells and blood supplies later. So even if you had rice at breakfast and beans at dinner, you’re covered.
Often you need to eat more plant-based protein to get the equivalent amount of amino acids that you would from a smaller amount of animal protein.
So really, the main takeaways here are:
The exact amount of protein you need will depend on the quality of the protein you eat.
If you consume a lot of plant-based protein or are exclusively plant-based, you may need to increase your total daily protein intake, even more, to compensate for the lower protein quality.
If you are vegetarian or vegan, eat a diverse mix of foods, and you may want to research the amino acid profiles of the foods you eat.
The following paragraphs summarize the work of Arthritis experts who are completely familiar with all the aspects of Arthritis. Heed their advice to avoid any Arthritis surprises.
The answer to the question who does Arthritis affect? is very simple. It can affect anyone. Arthritis is not only found in the elderly, but it can also strike at any age.
Arthritis is not really one disease, it is a word that is used to cover over 100 medical conditions, relating to the joints of your body, ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, in fact anywhere that you have joints.
About 60% of Arthritis sufferers are actually of working age and of course, even the very young can suffer this debilitating disease. The result of Arthritis can be stiffness in the joints, together with pain and it can bring on a feeling of everything being too difficult to do, or cope with on a daily basis.
The disease has no cure, and at this point in time, there is no prediction of any cures in the near future. However, there are many things that can be done to manage the problems and even help to prevent further degeneration within your joints.
As with most medical conditions, early intervention is important, it is absolutely no use leaving the condition until it is too bad to do anything.
The important thing for sufferers to do, is to keep the joints supple and the muscles strong, it is no use resting the joint, the vital element is to keep it moving. Exercise is very important, Walking, swimming, gentle weight lifting, tai chi, and yoga, are all very good for keeping the joints mobile and supple.
I realize that when you are in pain, you will feel that resting the joint is the best way to go. Wrong, research has proved that it is the worse thing you can do, as I said before, you must keep it moving. Exercise is very beneficial, but you must not do high impact exercise, as this can do more harm than good to your joints.
I have previously written an article about Glucosamine and Chondroitin, this can be very useful in helping with pain and sometimes even helping to restore some of the tissue in the joints. Some Medical Practitioners are even recommending this to their patients, the main problem is, that Glucosamine is made from shellfish shells, and if you are allergic to shellfish, stay clear of it, though there is another type recently on the market, that is not made from shellfish, so people with shellfish allergies, please be aware of what type you are thinking of using.
You may not consider everything you just read to be crucial information about Arthritis. But don’t be surprised if you find yourself recalling and using this very information in the next few days.
There is another problem with Glucosamine capsules and that is from all reports, if you stop taking them, the pain and stiffness will return.
Glucosamineis excellent, but exercise is even better, usually, when you exercise, you also lose some weight, this can improve the symptoms of Arthritis because your back and joints are being subjected to less strain.
Good quality food can help, plenty of fruit and fresh vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and beans, stay away from what is called junk food, the immune system is what controls all of your health, it is the system that you were given when you were born and medicine has not developed anything to compare with the way it performs. The important factor in the immune system is that it must have healthy natural nutrition to function efficiently, that means it must be fed correctly. If your immune system is functioning 100% efficiently, well you just would not have any health problems.
If you have any of these problems, joint swelling, muscle stiffness in the morning that lasts for a while, tenderness or pain in your joints, not able to move the joint properly, then you should consult with your normal physician, also you should consult with your physician before embarking on any exercise program, let the physician tell you what you can do, to improve your condition.
There is no doubt in my mind that all is not lost, you really can help yourself, but get professional advice first.
There are many Arthritis Information Center’s throughout the western world, just look in your telephone book, I am sure that there will be a number of listings under Arthritis.
To all sufferers of Arthritis (Worldwide many millions) I hope that you will get some benefit from reading this article, Please pass it on to anyone else that you know that also suffers this problem.
As your knowledge about Arthritis continues to grow, you will begin to see how Arthritis fits into the overall scheme of things. Knowing how something relates to the rest of the world is important too.
For most of my life, I considered myself fairly healthy. I was not overweight, very slim in fact. I usually ate two to three meals per day, not a lot of junky type foods, so I thought. I was about to learn the hard way that my lifestyle and eating habits were not healthy at all.
My diet was like most of North America's diet, a lot of processed food, soda, drinks, not real juice but man-made sugary drinks, fast food and lots of fat! I also smoked 2 packs a day of menthol cigarettes. I also became less active as time went on.
I considered my lifestyle and eating habits perfectly normal. This is how I observed most people living their life. What I did not realize was all the dyes, preservatives and hydrogenated oils I was consuming, not to mention exhaust fumes, solvents, chemicals pesticides, and heavy metals in our environment.
We spray our homes with chemicals to kill off nasty little critters. We walk outside on the grass that has just been sprayed with more chemicals. We put chlorine in our pools and we can't go outside at any time without being exposed to the exhaust fumes from cars, planes, etc.
Some of our food supply is deficient in nutrients. We do not eat the way our grandparents and great grandparents ate. Their food was richer in nutrients. We, over a long period of time, have depleted our soil and the constant deluge of chemicals used to obtain a larger yield of crops is what gets in our system.
What does this all mean? We live in a highly toxic environment!
There are various types of detox methods that help your body rid itself of its toxic overload.
Colon cleansing is one of them! The majority of people have some difficulty with their colon, constipation being one of the big ones. Colon cleansing can be done naturally with eating foods high in fiber or taking fiber supplements. A diet that includes vegetables and fruits such as raspberries or blueberries are a great source of fiber. In fact, 1 cup of these fruits has as much fiber as eating 10 bran muffins. Imagine the carb count of 10 bran muffins! It is also a must that you consume a lot of water. This helps hydrate and nourish your body and flush toxins and fecal matter out of your system.
Diet is so important! Where possible eat organic. We have enough chemicals and pesticides and processed foods to deal with. Just use your common sense and eat real all natural foods just as Mother Nature intended. Instead of that candy bar for quick energy, eat a piece of fruit instead.
Fasting is still a valid therapy for detoxing. When you eat, the body spends many hours processing the food through digestion, nourishing the cells and elimination. When you stop eating and drink a lot of fluids, the body can then concentrate on eliminating toxins and healing the body. Fasting can be 1 to 3 days or as much as 10 days if done properly and under the care of a licensed practitioner. Also, a visit to a licensed nutritionist can help you with vitamin and herbal supplement selection that suit your particular needs.
You can also get spa detox footbaths or detox foot patches. These are awesome because they draw toxins out through your feet. I personally know what these detox baths can do. You would be amazed as to how mucked up the water looks after 30 minutes. The color the water turns is directly related to where you are detoxing from such as the gallbladder, liver, lymphatic system, etc. Check out our recommendation for a high-quality body detox product here.
Our current environment calls for taking action in caring for our bodies. Detoxing is a great way to alleviate toxic build up. You'll feel awesome and have the energy to spare.
Detox for vitality is the name of the game. I hope this helps.
The Yin-Yang symbol is a result of the Chinese Philosophy in regards to how the universe functions.
The black and white shapes within the circle represent the interaction of two energies called “Yin” and “Yang”; they are not completely black or white nor can they exist without each other. The curve of the symbol reminds us of the constant change of balance between yin and yang, which represent all the opposite principles one finds in the universe.
The Yellow Emperor said, ”The principle of Yin and Yang is the foundation of the entire universe. It underlies everything in creation.
Yin, the darker element, is passive, dark, feminine, moist, death, small, and corresponds to the night; yang, the brighter element, is active, light, masculine, dry, birth, large and corresponds to the day.
The cyclical nature of Yin and Yang mean several things to a student of Chinese medicine and philosophy:
All phenomena change into their opposites in an eternal cycle of reversal.
Since one principle produces the other, all phenomena have within them the seeds of their opposite state. For example, sickness has the seeds of health and health contains the seeds of sickness.
Even though an opposite may not appear to be present, nothing is completely devoid of its opposite state.
Traditional Chinese Medicine applies the philosophies of Yin Yang to treat disease. When the body is in a balance between Yin and Yang, health is predominant; when Yin and Yang are imbalanced, the diseases occur.
According to Chinese medicine texts, diseases caused by yang pathogens usually present themselves with heat symptoms while diseases caused by yin pathogens usually present themselves with cold symptoms. Efforts to diagnose Yin or Yang pathogens result in intake forms with questions such as, Do you prefer hot or cold drinks? or What is your optimal time of day?
Once a Chinese medicine doctor has determined the nature of an imbalance, he or she aims to restore balance through a variety of approaches such as acupuncture, herbs, and recommended changes in diet or lifestyle. As the balance is restored in the body, so is health.
In a generation when physical fitness is given topmost attention, people are always on the lookout for the newest and most effective means for weight loss. Acupuncture, the method of inserting thin, filiform needles on certain points in an individuals body, has been found to be one effectual method for losing weight.
Not many people may find the idea of being inserted by needles quite comforting in their quest for weight control. However, this ancient Chinese alternative treatment seeks to deliver a control mechanism, enabling the patient to manage hunger cravings more successfully in the long run.
The Skinny on Acupuncture Weight Loss
It has been found that weight gain is directly related to emotions. Other than physical hunger, people reach for a huge chocolate bar or a big platter of burger and fries because of the sense of comfort derived from food and eating. More often than not, excessive weight gain is an emotional issue, rather than a mere physical one. You may not realize it, but you tend to take in more food whenever you're stressed, upset, or pressured.
In Acupuncture, there are specific spots on the body being targeted by the hair-like needles. These spots are linked to certain areas in the body and by stimulating these spots; the patient will achieve a greater sense of inner balance. As these points are inserted by the needles, certain hormones are released throughout the body. These substances work by helping you manage hunger and efficiently control the impulse to overeat.
How Acupuncture Induces Weight Loss
Most acupuncturists will target the spots behind the ear when it comes to promoting weight loss. When these points behind the ear are stimulated, endorphins are released in large doses. Endorphins are called the feel-good hormones, and these are also often referred to as natural pain and fever relievers. The release of endorphins is what makes you feel better after an increased level of physical activity, as in the case of a good workout.
These bodily compounds allow the patient to experience better relaxation, thus considerably alleviating stress. There is a greater possibility of enhanced weight loss when the patient has already achieved emotional wellness. Endorphins are also released whenever the body experiences low levels of bodily pain, thus their moniker as a natural pain reliever.
Patients of acupuncture typically experience minimal to no pain at all, however, most of the points are located near nerve endings and muscle tissues. As the needles are embedded in the body, signals are sent to the brain thus promoting the release of endorphins from the pituitary gland.
There are also other points in the body that serve as gateways for better weight management. One of these placements promotes a decrease in an individuals appetite, while another has the ability to reduce water retention in the body. The acupuncturist may choose a multi-targeted approach, depending on the requirements of the patient.
Consulting with a Professional Acupuncturist
There are a number of acupuncture practitioners in existence nowadays, offering a host of services. If you are considering this form of treatment for your weight management, make sure that you settle with no less than a trained and professional acupuncturist. A poorly trained acupuncturist may not be able to pinpoint the specific meridian points and worse may cause unnecessary bodily pain and discomfort.
Moreover, your acupuncturist may require an herbal supplement for your treatment, to encourage a longer-term effect. Your sessions need not be maintained for an extensive period; however, you may be required to visit your acupuncturist during the entire course of the sessions.
There are other means of losing weight successfully, and this does not include crash dieting and strenuous workouts. If carried out by trained professionals, acupuncture can be the answer for effective weight management. While it is far from being a cure-all, it may just be the right weight loss solution for you.
BCAA stands for branched chain amino acids and is increasingly being recognized as an important supplement in the field of sports nutrition. In short, the term refers to three essential amino acids - leucine, isoleucine, and valine.
Amino acids are widely known as the building blocks of protein. When protein food is eaten it gets digested into individual amino acids and short chains of amino acids that are sufficiently small to be absorbed into the bloodstream. They are then used by the body to build and repair tissues amongst other things.
Amino acids are split between those classed as essential and those labeled non-essential. This simply means that essential amino acids cannot be made by the body, whereas non-essential amino acids can. There are nine essential amino acids and each must be obtained from the diet. The nine essential amino acids are histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
Non-essential amino acids are just as important as the essential variety and the term simply means they can be made by the body from vitamins and other amino acids. The non-essential amino acids are alanine, arginine, asparagine, aspartic acid, cysteine, cystine, glutamic acid, glutamine, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine.
The BCAA's are especially important to athletes because they are metabolized in the muscle rather than the liver. This means that they can be used either to build new proteins or be burned as fuel to create energy. Supplementing with BCAA's has been shown to result in measurable gains in both muscle strength and size. Taken before a workout BCAA's can improve performance and delay the onset of fatigue. They also operate as anabolic agents allowing the body to burn fat and not muscle.
As a supplement that has no reported side effects, branched chain amino acids offer many benefits to the serious bodybuilder.
The body needs cholesterol for digesting dietary fats, making hormones, building cell walls, and other important processes. The bloodstream carries cholesterol in particles called lipoproteins that are like blood-borne cargo trucks delivering cholesterol to various body tissues to be used, stored or excreted. But too much of this circulating cholesterol can injure arteries, especially the coronary ones that supply the heart. This leads to the accumulation of cholesterol-laden "plaque" in vessel linings, a condition called atherosclerosis.
When blood flow to the heart is impeded, the heart muscle becomes starved for oxygen, causing chest pain (angina). If a blood clot completely obstructs a coronary artery affected by atherosclerosis, a heart attack (myocardial infarction) or death can occur.
Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. More than 90 million American adults, or about 50 percent, have elevated blood cholesterol levels, one of the key risk factors for heart disease, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's National Cholesterol Education Program.
Cholesterol-lowering supplements containing Policosanol or Red Yeast Rice are known to assist in lowering cholesterol levels.
Policosanol is a natural supplement derived from sugar cane. It is a mixture of eight higher primary aliphatic alcohols isolated and purified from sugar cane wax. One of the newest and more successful substances that benefit those suffering from high cholesterol is Policosanol, which is a safe and natural extract from sugar cane wax. It works by helping the liver control production and breakdown of cholesterol. Policosanol promotes healthy platelet function and helps to maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range.
Red Yeast Rice
Red Yeast Rice is the product of yeast ( Monascus purpureus ) grown on rice and is served as a dietary staple in some Asian countries. It contains several compounds collectively known as Monacolins, substances known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis. Red Yeast Rice is proposed to be a mild aid for gastric problems (indigestion, diarrhea), blood circulation and spleen and stomach health.
Most of you surely won’t dream of living forever, but every one of us would like to live long enough to e able to watch his grandchildren grow, or even meet his great grandkids.
Being able to add more candles to the birthday cake every year would be amazing, so we are here to tell you that it is actually possible in a certain( delicious) way.
Scientists struggle to find out the secret to living longer throughout the ages, and a 2003 study named The 90+ Study, tried the same, by studying the oldest-old which is becoming the fastest growing age group in the world.
Researchers used the data from a 1981 study, named The Leisure World Cohort Study (LWCS) when 14,000 participants were mailed surveys that they had to fill out.
The team of experts was trying to answer several questions, to determine the factors linked to longer life, and the modifiable risk factors for dementia and mortality, and to examine the epidemiology of dementia, the rates of cognitive and functional decline, and the clinical pathological correlations in the oldest-old.
Participants did neurological and neurophysiological tests twice annually, and information about their medical history, diet, activities, medications, and lifestyle habits were carefully collected by the researchers.
Among the other findings, researchers found that those who drank alcohol in moderate amounts lived longer than the others.
According to them:
“ Using data from our 1981 survey, people who consumed one to two glasses of alcohol (beer, wine or hard liquor) per day had 9-15 percent lower likelihood of dying compared to those who abstain from all alcohol. Participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day in 1981, cut the same risk of mortality by 15-35 percent.”
Yet, note that the key is moderation.
Jim Becker, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, neurology, and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the associate director of the University of Pittsburg Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center stresses the importance of moderation as well:
“The data are generally consistent with the idea that moderate intake of certain kinds of alcohol, and in particular red wines, are associated with certain positive health outcomes. But that doesn’t mean that if you suddenly decide at the age of 70 to start drinking now that that’s necessarily the solution. ”
Dr. Steven Lamm, MD, clinical professor of medicine and medical director of the Tisch Center for Men’s Health at NYU Langone Health, adds:
“Alcohol is known to injure every organ in your body. It’s considered a poison. However, there is a paradox and that is that a very mild or moderate amount in some of these population studies — which are notoriously unreliable in my opinion — do seem to suggest that it reduces the risk for heart disease.”
The Mayo Clinic recommends one drink to people older than 65, and two drinks to men younger than this age, a standard drink is 12 fluid ounces of beer, 1.5 fluid ounces of distilled spirits, and 5 fluid ounces of wine.
Studies have shown that the moderate consumption of alcohol lowers the risk of diabetes, ischemic stroke, and death due to heart disease.
Therefore, feel free to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your lunch or dinner, but never go overboard. The excessive consumption of alcohol leads to severe health issues and a heightened risk of death from all causes.
However, the findings of a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that regular exercise can inhibit the negative effects of hazardous drinking. Moderate aerobic activity “appeared to wipe off completely” the risk of cancer and all-cause mortality deaths due to alcohol.
So, we strongly advise you to have a glass or two of your favorite wine during the day, but make sure you also go for a run or walk first.
Herman Smith-Johannsen apparently knew all this, when he said:
“The secret to a long life is to stay busy, exercise often and don’t drink too much. Then again, don’t drink too little.”
“Many people, usually those who are not accustomed to having coconut in their diet, often refer to coconut water and coconut milk interchangeably. But these two drinks are actually different.
Coconut water is the raw, clear liquid you get when you open a fresh coconut that develops naturally in the fruit.
Coconut milk is a manufactured product, made by grating the coconut milk, adding water and squeezing out the juice. This results in a white and creamy liquid, not too different from dairy milk. It is used in many ingredients, such as curry and sauces.”
Coconut water is delicious and refreshing, and is a rich source of various nutrients, like iron, manganese, amino acids, magnesium, fiber, protein, carbs, calcium, antioxidants, vitamin B and vitamin C, micronutrients that boost immunity, and cytokines, which have powerful antithrombotic, anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.
“Naturally refreshing, coconut water has a sweet, nutty taste. It contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk or oil, coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts.
It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams of sugar, 61 milligrams of potassium, and 5.45 milligrams of sodium.
In comparison, Gatorade has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 milligrams of potassium, and 13.75 milligrams of sodium.”
You can drink it or add it to smoothies, and it will provide a plethora of health benefits:
1. Coconut water alkalizes the body and prevents the detrimental effects of acidosis;
2. It is high in minerals and electrolytes, so it hydrates the body and prevents headaches due to dehydration;
3. It treats indigestion, gastroenteritis, stomach ache, and acid reflux;
4. The high content of cytokines nourishes the skin and prevents premature aging;
5. Coconut water is low in fat and cholesterol, boosts blood circulation, and has cardio-protective properties and lowers the risk of heart disease, strokes, and atherosclerosis;
6. It is a potent diuretic that stimulates the production of urine and treats kidney and bladder disorders;
7. It treats excessive sweating, diarrhea, and vomiting caused by dehydration;
8. It energizes the body and is especially useful as a sports drink;
9. It lowers the formation of crystals and stones in the kidneys;
10. It is low in calories and high in bioactive components that accelerate metabolism and digestion, so it helps weight loss;
11. Since it is rich in magnesium, potassium, and vitamin C, It regulates hypertension and lowers the risk of blood clots;
12. It lowers blood sugar and insulin sensitivity in diabetics;
13. It hydrates the body and prevents oxidative stress due to excessive alcohol consumption, so it relieves hangovers;
14. The high levels of calcium and magnesium relieve muscle tension and stress;
Therefore, start drinking this amazing natural drink and enjoy its refreshing taste and countless medicinal properties!