How To Become Happy For Absolutely No Reason

Happy For Absolutely No Reason

In the modern day it’s easy to walk around and take a glance at other people’s lives and see how they live, as well as how people measure their success.  A lot of people are on a quest for material success and like to measure their life upon how much they have and how much they’ve accumulated whether big or small.

Very few live for life’s greater experiences and quest to change the live’s of others by deeply listening to their needs and being present when needed.

When success is accumulated it isn’t uncommon for people to begin to compare themselves to others and forget about the essentials of treating others genuinely.

How we choose to define our happiness is subjective of course, but ultimately we all share some basic human desire’s and one of those desire’s is to be ultimately happy.

No matter how big and wonderful the things are that you want and desire, you still have to learn what purpose and meaning are in life in order to pave a successful road towards happiness.

Here is my list of principles for How To Become Happy For Absolutely No Reason:

  1. Live life with a mindset of abundance rather than a scarcity mindset. By transforming your mindset you take the first step to begin to transform your life around.
  2. Have a sense of buoyancy as if you’re floating yet in control of your life’s destiny. Picture yourself as being in control of what’s possible in your lifetime.
  3. Travel to a place outside of your home country and see how life compare’s to your regular place of residence. Seeing new places can expand your life’s experiences in a positive way and change your perception of the world.
  4. Develop a sense of liveliness, energy, and vitality. Add in some adaptogenic herbs along with a B-Complex vitamins into your daily routine and notice the difference in your energy and clarity. In addition eat more raw foods. If you start supplementing with adaptogens you can begin to bring your adrenal glands into a homeostatic balance.
  5. Have a Sense of Flow and Direction in Your Life. Open up about your feelings and emotions with other people and develop stronger bonds of trust with people in your circles of influence.
  6. Develop an abundance of love and compassion towards others and yourself.
  7. Develop a sense of strong body language and a sense of confidence. How you present yourself to others is a reflection of your inner development. If you begin to believe in yourself you will begin to notice a huge difference in the way you present yourself to the world.
  8. Have something that you’re absolutely passionate about. Find something that drives your motive that isn’t necessarily driven by specific rewards.
  9. Develop a schedule that allows adequate alone time for yourself as well as social time around others.
  10. Have something that gives you a true sense of purpose. Connect to a cause that is higher than yourself and pursue that. Serve other people through your community and give back to others.
  11. Develop a sense of gratitude for simple necessities in life and forgive the people that need to be forgiven.
  12. Develop a feeling of peace in your life. Meditation, spending time outdoors in beautiful nature, reading spiritual books, and doing yoga can each help with developing peace. For the benefits of meditation check out this info-graphic link.
  13. Learn to be in the present moment. Often times we get caught up with being busy or we let technology take over our time rather than spending that time making eye contact with others and forming strong conversational bonds. Focus on the present moment and don’t let the chaos of the world over-stress you. Don’t get overly caught up with past experiences or focus too much on future endeavors. Simply enjoy the moment!
  14. Read some new books. By reading you put new information into your brain and as a result learn new ideas to take with you around the world.
  15. Eat a clean healthy diet that is full of fresh vibrant fruits and vegetables. Cut out processed foods from your daily food choices. Add in as much of a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables as you can in order to reap the benefits of the various phytochemicals and antioxidants.
  16. Eat more meals around other people rather than eating by yourself. For further information and studies on the psychological benefits of eating with others, check this book out.
  17. Make your #1 drink of choice water. As tasty as juices are they are full of extra sugar which can lead to unwanted weight gain in a similar fashion as soft drinks. Fruit juices lack fiber and they have extra calories. Soft drinks have a lot of sugar and no vitamins and minerals to add any benefits to your health. In regards to alcohol, I enjoy beer and vodka but nothing makes you feel better than drinking good quality water.
  18. Add tea as one of your beverage choices. Adding a cup of tea to your daily life can help you relax and soothe your stomach. Green tea is full of polyphenols and tannins which help bring medicinal properties to the table. Not to mention the catechins and antioxidants can help with protecting cells against free radical damage and inhibit plaque formation.
  19. Take 5-HTP or GABA and get your brain’s neurotransmitters into a state of balance. When you get your neurotransmitters into a state of balance it can also help with bringing your hormone’s into balance.
  20. Learn to control your emotions and live in a state of flourishing. It’s easy to fall victim to emotions and get into arguments over little small things or to get angry at others when we shouldn’t. To eliminate this try to do more deep breathing exercises and work on your self-control.
  21. Don’t let bad situations or negative people bring you down to their level. Surround yourself with like-minded people who share some common goals and values in life.
  22. Stay single rather than enter a toxic relationship with someone. You’re better off being patient for the right person in your life than to enter a toxic relationship. Find someone with good rapport and synergy. Studies show that being single can be better for your health and often times single people are in better physical shape without having to deal with responsibilities of a partner. With that said I think relationships are still a key part of living a healthy life, it’s just a matter of developing the right one’s.
  23. Fall in love with somebody and see how your whole state of mind changes as well as your life around you. Check out this interesting article here for further info.
  24. Develop a regular workout routine that fits around your fitness goals. Whether you wanna have a beach body, be fit, or become a bodybuilder hitting the gym is one of the greatest ways to improve mood and self-confidence.
  25. Don’t complain or blame others if your life goes bad or if you make the wrong choices. Tell yourself that you will improve and take full responsibility for your actions.
  26. Focus on uplifting others that surround you. Don’t emphasize putting others down, nobody likes it when someone says things intentionally to put other people down.
  27. Kick out old bad habits and create new positive one’s. If you have addictions or currently participate in activities that are causing harm in your life, first add new good habits into your day-to-day life and then work your way into replacing or eliminating the bad habits. You can begin to make changes by working with me.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” -Aristotle

The truth behind happiness is that it is something that attracts and appeals to people across the  world and it is not defined by any age, color, race, religion, or sex.

Happiness is the ultimate desire and arguably one of life’s greatest missions. This commonly shared goal is something that shockingly enough may even outweigh the importance of wealth, status, a good job, fame, and sex.

The lifestyle that we live ultimately defines our level of happiness and if you’re not experiencing happiness or if you feel high levels of depression or anxiety, chances are that you need to make drastic changes to your life in order to make way for happiness.

The better we develop our relationships and how we talk and influence other people, the more we start to live happier, feel healthier, and live within more peace.

Although some believe that happiness is defined by acquisitions many people often complain about gadgets and the large numbers of responsibility that accompanies having a lot of materials. But before you go around throwing away money in the garbage and selling everything you own, remember that money definitely has a place of value in society.

Money has a way of transforming the lives of others when it is used and applied in the correct way. Building a strong career, and finding a balanced social life for life’s thrills are essential pre-requisites for happiness. Without having access to money in the first place it’s hard to launch into the real world and make an initial stamp on the world.

To live the life of your dreams and become happy for absolutely no reason, you must work on self-development and focus on the good in life. Show that you care and give praise to others when needed. Also, remember happiness comes from within, not from outside where people often chase after things they believe will one day make them happy.

If you’re dependent on outside circumstances in order to become happy, you are just temporarily fixing your condition.

References:

Shimoff, Marci. “Happy For No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy from The Inside Out.” New York, NY. Free Press, 2008. Print.

How To Detox Your Body and Prevent Illness With One Main Remedy

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If it weren’t for discovering the fermented tea known as Kombucha, at times I wonder where my health would currently stand. I truly do wonder how many times I would have to stop by the pharmacy if it weren’t for discovering Kombucha through my father. This is an old folk remedy/tonic that has roots tracing back to Siberia in Russia. It is generally used to upgrade the immune system and kick start the digestive system with an abundance of healthy live enzymes.

This probiotic drink is often drank in order to help nail down all the chaos and flu like organisms within the body and prevent all the unhealthy candida-like infections from growing inside your gut or intestines. By including a strong probiotic beverage in your daily life, you can help prevent many health problems from occurring further down the line. The key role of Kombucha is detoxification and rejuvinating a body in a state of ill health. If you are truly sick inside your body, it will take a long time for Kombucha to make a big difference in your health. Personally I had to drink it daily for about 16 months before I saw major changes with my state of vitality and overall health. As a result of following through, I did not get sick and I did not have to resort to antibiotics or fight off cold’s or flu’s. I remember at the same time many other people around me in my environment were getting struck by illness left and right, while I remained immune.

Kombucha contains a floating culture on top of the beverage that goes through a process of fermentation. This culture, is known as a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. It contains many important trace minerals, vitamins, acids, and bacterium’s from the fermentation process. The kombucha is a living organism so it includes a long list of bacteria’s and acids. Some of these bacteria’s and acids included inside the drink include:

Bacterium gluconicum

Bacterium xylinum

Acetobacter xylinum

Acetobacter xylinoides

Acetobacter Ketogenum

Saccharomycodes ludwigii

Saccharomycodes apiculatus

Schizosaccharomyces pombe

Zygosaccharomyes

Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Acetic acid

Acetoacetic acid

Benzoic acid

propenyl ester

Benzonitrile

Butanoic acid

Caffeine

Citric acid

Cyanocobalamin

Decanoic acid

Ethyl Acetate

Fructose

d-Gluconic acid

Glucose

Hexanoic acid

Itaconic acid

2-Keto-gluconic acid

5-Keto-gluconic acid

2-Keto-3-deoxy-gluconic Lactic acid

Niacinamide

Nicotinic acid

Pantothenic acid

Phenethyl Alcohol

Phenol, 4-ethyl

6-Phospho gluconate

Propionic acid

Octanoic acid

Oxalic acid

Riboflavin

d-Saccharic acid

(Glucaric acid)

Succinic acid

Thiamin

plus 40 other acid esters in trace amount.

It also contains a good amount of water-soluble vitamins and minerals…

Vitamins and Minerals included are the following:  B1(thiamine) B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5  (Pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine ), B15 (pangamic acid),  Biotin (Folic Acid), Choline,  Inositol,  PABA (para-amino benzoic acid) ,  RNA (ribonucleic acid). Acetamidophenol, Acetic acid, Acetoacetic, acid, Benzoic acid, 2-amino-, 3-phenyl-2-propenyl ester Benzonitrile, 4-hydroxy-2(4H)-Benzofuranone, 5,6,7,7 a-tetrahydro-4,4,7 a-trimethyl-2,6-Bis(t-butyl) -4-(dimethylbenzyl) phenol Butanoic acid, 3-methyl 1-Butanol, 3-methyl- 2-t-Butyl-4-(dimethylbenzyl) phenol, Caffeine, Citric acid, Cyanocobalamin (B-12), Decanoic acid, D-Ribo-hexos, 2,6-dideoxy-3-0-methyl-, 2,3-Dihydro-1-methylindene, 2,5 Diketo-gluconic acid, thyl Acetate Fructose, d-Gluconic acid, Glucose, Hexanoic acid, (1H)Imidazo[2,1-f]purine-2,4(3H,8H)-dione, 8-ethyl-1-methyl-7-phenyl-  Itaconic acid,  2-Keto-gluconic acid, 5-Keto-gluconic acid, 2-Keto -3-deoxy-gluconic acid, Lactic acid, 5-Methoxy-1- (3-methoxy-4-methylphenyl) -1,3,3,6- tetramethylindan, Malic Acid,  Niacinamide. 

These vitamins and minerals that are included all play a strong role in the immune boosting abilities of kombucha. All the enzymes help support the intestinal flora in order to balance the endocrine system. This supports and helps the body’s ability to heal itself. This drink is a popular detox formula due to the antioxidants and polyphenols that are present inside.

Some of the noted health improvements that people have noticed from consuming the beverage includes the following:

  • Correcting digestive problems (from A to Z, including obesity and lack of appetite).
  • Helping maintain a correct PH-balance in the body.
  • Correcting High blood-pressure.
  • Aiding with Rheumatisms and arthritis.
  • Correcting Mycoses, primarily candida albicans.
  • Less Migraines, stress (work-related and other), chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia.
  • Alleviating issues with Psoriasis, eczema, acne, allergies, abscesses, ulcers, hair-loss.

In Michael Roussin’s “Analyses of Kombucha Ferments,” he reports most ferments contain an analgesic, an anti-arthritic compound, an anti-spasmodic compound, hematinic and counteractions for hepatotoxins, some anti-fungal, and several anti-microbial / anti-bacterial compounds in the beverage. With such great benefits from this beverage there isn’t too much reason to avoid this drink tonic!

With that said, I must warn you that if you decide to make the beverage yourself at home versus buying branded Kombucha from your local health foods store, you must also be aware of what you’re doing. This is a fermented beverage and if you do not use proper sanitation and tools for preparation, you can make your beverage go bad and mess up your scoby or worse yet, get sick from not following proper directions with the fermentation process. Make sure to take proper care of your scoby if you decide to make this tonic yourself where ever you currently reside. Good luck and give Kombucha a try at the store or with your own home brew!

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Works Cited

Kasper, Ed. “Analysis  of Kombucha Ferment.” Analysis  of Kombucha Ferment. Happy Herbalist, 2007. Web. 06 Sept. 2015.

“The Benefits of Kombucha.” Ingredients and Benefits. Joomlashack, n.d. Web. 06 Sept. 2015. https://www.crudessence.com/en/services/ingredients-and-benefits

Young, Molly. “KOMBUCHA: ANTIOXIDANT MOONSHINE.” More Intelligent Life. The Economist Newspaper, 2012. Web. 06 Sept. 2015.

Fresh Blueberry Papaya Post Workout Shake

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Attention fitness fanatics, hippies, health nuts, and workout warriors. My recipes and culinary artistry has been at work over the last months, and I am happy to say that I’m steadily becoming more comfortable with playing around in the kitchen.

With all the ingredients and kitchen essentials I have been able to formulate some winning formulas for a Semi-Vegetarian type lifestyle.

I am glad to share one of my latest recipe’s, Fresh Blueberry Papaya Post Workout Shake. I must note this particular recipe isn’t actually included in my recent ebook A Semi-Vegetarian’s Success Guide.

This recipe contains some powerful fresh ingredients that are bound to keep your body feeling fresh, healthy, and revitalized.

Fresh Blueberry Papaya Post Workout Shake

Ingredients:

3 raw eggs (organic brown free-range)

1/4 cup frozen blueberries

1/4 cup fresh spinach

1/4 cup freshly chopped papaya

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup almond milk

Directions

Place your ingredients in a to-go Magic Bullet blender. Theoretically this recipe could work in any blender, however it’s much easier to use when in a Magic Bullet since it is a small serving that can be quickly slurped down straight from the cup or used to-go. Be careful to clean the bottle out, since it contains remnants of raw egg which can grow bacteria and make you ill.

Summary

I hope that this recipe can be used by anyone looking for a little boost. The amount of serving can be buffered with depending upon how much smoothie you want to intake or if you’re trying to put on more  body mass.

Again, be sure to purchase and get a copy of my latest new ebook. It’s now available on amazon and my website!

How To Prioritize The Development of Healthy Habits

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In order to develop healthy habits and make any significant changes to your life you have to be willing to take steps forward in the direction of  positive change.

For me I have always considered my health to be a vital part of my life. I first made my biggest changes when I was a junior in High School. I made it my goal to develop my lifestyle to a point where I would place my health as my greatest wealth. Ever since I can gladly say that I feel pretty great almost everyday, and I feel that my mind can always find a way to be grateful and thankful.

I have had to change the way I think and go about my life, but as a result the change has been magnificent. When you prioritize your health. You begin to notice great changes in your body and your mind. As George Bernard Shaw once stated, “Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not. ” A healthy body makes for a healthy mind. It’s my goal now to make other people smarter, healthier, and less ignorant.

Some people say ignorance is bliss, however when it comes to health and what you consume I’d say leave the ignorance aside and start getting healthy.

I’m about to show you my list of developing some quality habits that will help you step up your game and become a healthy happy person who has more vibrancy…

Ways To Develop Healthy Habits

  1. Avoid Fast-Food. (If you’re traveling or in a hurry, see if you can select healthier choices on the menu, but if possible it’s best to avoid fast food because it really is cheap food that lacks nutritional value.)
  2. Exercise Everyday. (It doesn’t matter what you like to do, just get up and move around. Sitting on the couch munching on Doritos won’t lead you towards a healthy body. Get your heart pumping and stretch your muscles out.)
  3. Always Keep A Bottle With You. (Sorry guys and gals, I’m not talking about a bottle of beer or vodka! Although that can be fun it doesn’t exactly fit into the healthy habit list. Stay hydrated with water, whether you’re at school or work. Drinking good quality water really helps detox the body and it will leave your thirst quenched.)
  4. Spend Time Outdoors. (Make sure to spend more time outside soaking in some rays and getting vitamin D. Too much exposure can burn, but a careful dose will keep you feeling happy and healthy. In our technology crazed world, nothing beats some nice old fashioned time with nature in the woods or exploring the natural wonders of the world.)
  5. Look Into Ingredients. (Read labels and make sure the ingredients you consume aren’t so nasty that your dog or cat wouldn’t even eat it. It pays off to eat healthy and have an idea of what you’re putting into your body. Also down the road, you’ll have less hospital bills because your not eating some chemicals from Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.)
  6. Proactively Seek Things. (Rather than waiting for certain things to come your way or opportunities to fall into your lap you have to be a go-getter. At the same time it’s important to not look too desperate and be patient with goals. Some goals require less work than others.)
  7. Keep A Quotes Journal. (Recording good quotes will keep you motivated and they will make you wiser. If you have the intelligence to implement  the wisdom of other people, you will make great strides.)
  8. Keep A Personal Learning Journal. (If you read books or do any type of self-educating it is essential to record what you learn. School is one place to learn, but the outside world is always full of learning. You will see many benefits from this activity and you will continually advance in more ways than one.)
  9. Make It A Priority to Make A Positive Impact on Somebody’s Life Each and Everyday. (Too often we let kindness slip away from our fingertips. Whether it’s fear, one’s ego, or laziness a lot of times we don’t fulfill our greatest potential. All this can change. What our world really needs more of than ever, is more love and good feelings.)
  10. Develop A Provider Mentality. (When you are always looking for a way to do more for others and provide more benefit, you will build a great level of trust and loyalty.)

Anytime you strive be take care of yourself and increase your awareness of what you consume, you are steadily improving. Here are a few websites that can help with developing a better core background knowledge in the field of health and wellness…

  1. Shirley’s Wellness Cafe
  2. Earth Shift Products
  3. Earther Academy Videos

Reflecting upon how I’ve traveled my journey of life the last few years, I now look back and I am really glad that I have taken the time to do my own research and constantly challenge myself to learn more about health and wellness. I have always wanted to make the world a better place, but one day I realized that the world would not change unless I decided to change myself through changing my own ways and habits.

It’s easy to be lazy or be spoon-fed nonsense. Make the time and dedicate yourself to learn and make the proper changes to your life. The media or food industries are businesses and they will try and sway you towards their schemes. Don’t let advertisers sway you in the direction of unhealthy habits. You’ve got the freedom to make your own choices, so make them wisely!

Take the time to shape your mind and your health and you’ll be forever grateful!

-Peter

Comparing and Contrasting The World’s Healthiest Diets

Comparing The Healthiest Diets

When I think about some of the healthiest diets that are currently in existence, I think about the major food groups that are emphasized and how the foods are incorporated into the diet.

Overall, there are four main diets that tend to come to my mind, when I think about the healthiest and most nutritious foods around.

  1. Raw Foods Diet
  2. Juicing Diet
  3. Mediterranean Diet
  4. Paleo (Primal) Diet

Through my research I have found these four diets to be the best due to the bio-availability of nutrients and the overall health benefits when strictly implemented.

Over the course of time, it has been quite interesting to see how diets and overall eating habits have progressed and evolved. For years I have been pounding my head with all sorts of research on nutrition and diets, as I have continually searched for a diet that provided the optimal amount of nutrition for human needs.

I have come to a point where I really regard four particular diets as being the most superior in their level of nutrient density as well as helping prevent certain diseases and illnesses. What makes these four diets superior in particular is the overall bio-availability of key phytonutrients and antioxidants.

The first diet that I would really like to review is the Raw Foods Diet.

The Raw Foods Diet

This diet which is becoming increasingly popular amongst young women and some men across the U.S. and other western countries is definitely a power-house in regards to providing the human body with the highest amount of quality nutrients.

In Adam and Eve’s original garden, food was picked up raw right off the tree with no cooking involved whatsoever.

After all, in nature when all food is in it’s raw form and ready to be picked, it is at it’s peak level of nutrients. Raw foods are never cooked or heated above a certain temperature of 116-118 degrees Fahrenheit. The only exception for heating foods in a raw foods diet involves the use of dehydrated foods, also considered to be a part of raw food recipes. The major idea behind raw foods, are that they are mostly plant based. Most people who consider themselves raw foodists do not include any raw meat, fish, or unpasteurized dairy.

The raw foods diet provides a substantial amount of vitamins and nutrients, however due to excluding meat it can be hard to sustain enough protein and caloric intake for people who partake in a lot of physical activity.

Having a proper knowledge of nutrition is important in order to increase energy levels and prevent illness. In a raw foods diet the food goes straight from the tree, bush, or ground right to you. I believe when you participate in this process, you are fully engaging in healing your body.

Fermented foods, dehydrated foods, and sprouted foods are all included along with fresh foods in the raw foods diet. According to raw food guru Jeremy Saffron, “Ten percent of a raw diet should be dried foods, ten percent cultured/fermented foods, twenty percent sprouted foods and sixty percent fresh foods” (Rost 401).

In order to eat a raw foods diet, you will need a few utensils and kitchen tools. Having a cutting board, blender, food processor, dehydrator, mason jars, and nut bag are great tools to have for preparing particular recipes.

Conventional wisdom would tell you to eat a lot of fresh foods since they provide an array of vital nutrients; however few take the time to obtain fresh food or create their own produce. The biggest advantage of eating fresh foods is that they can be identified right away, and you know that it hasn’t spent weeks on a produce shelf or traveling across the world. With the increase of farmer’s markets and more DIY grow kits, it is becoming increasingly easier to obtain raw food that you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle.

The biggest reason people make a lifestyle switch is in order to provide the body with more core vitamins and minerals to cleanse the body of toxic additives, chemicals, and substances. Raw foods are a great way to eliminate harmful substances from the body and it generally leads to greater overall health. According to Jeremy Saffron, “Students also find that raw food gives them a more balanced blood sugar level and helps them think more clearly and stay more focused” (Rost 401). If you ask me I think eating as many raw foods as possible is the key towards living a balanced, healthy, happy, and positive life.

Eating 100% raw may not always be possible for everyone depending upon one’s job and schedule demands, however if you take the effort to make certain lifestyle changes I think that it’s very possible to start implementing more raw foods. When you eat more raw foods, you clean up your intestinal flora and you include more probiotics and enzymes. As a result this flourishing helps eliminate the need for many diseases or illness’s to grow in such an oxygenated environment.

The Juicing Diet

With juicing comes great health and few illnesses. Juicing coincides with the raw food diet.

Juicing is the act of extracting water and concentrated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes by removing pulp and fiber. When you juice, it is a great way to enjoy a wide variety of nutritional density.

The biggest dilemma when it comes to juicing is maintaining a refrigerator that is well stocked. For many people nutritional deficiency is common and many symptoms of ill health irritations such as skin problems, digestive disorders, and inflammation are correlated with imbalance. One of the most rejuvenating things you can do, is detox your body and cleanse your body through fresh juice healing.

Juicing which works in synchronicity with the raw foods diet I mentioned, provides nutritional advantages of plant foods in concentrated form that is easily absorbed by the body. Most Americans eat refined foods that are high in sugar, calories, unhealthy fats, and cholesterol.

With all the poor diet habits of typical American families we have people who are suffering deaths each year that can be prevented through healthy dieting. According to The Surgeon’s General Report and Nutrition and Health from 1987, “The estimated total deaths and percent of total deaths for the 10 leading causes of death, five of the top ten leading causes of death are diet related” (Murray 3). Naturopathic Doctor  Michael T. Murray boldly mentions in his book, The Complete Guide To Juicing the following causes of death being diet related….

  1. Heart Disease.
  2. Cancer.
  3. Stroke.
  4. Unintentional injuries.
  5. Chronic obstructive lung disease.
  6. Pneumonia and influenza.
  7. Diabetes Mellitus.
  8. Suicide.
  9. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.
  10. Athersclerosis.

Out of those deaths 2,125,100 were all diet related. It just goes to show how many deaths could have been prevented through implementing better eating habits.

When you include the juicing diet you receive a lot of soluble fiber which helps lower cholesterol levels and aid with digestion. As a result you will feel very nourished with this diet and you will absorb key nutrients and sustain high energy levels.

The Common Excuses

There really are no problems with juicing. The biggest problems that people come up with really just exist in the mind. People often complain about the cost of buying a juicer, the pain of cleaning a juicer, or the pain of buying tons of fruits and vegetables. My response is if you REALLY care about your health, it’s better to invest in juicing than to spend your savings on healthcare and pharmaceutical drugs that USUALLY doesn’t help resolve your health.

The key is to focus on preventing illnesses before they get out of hand. By the time you’re taking drugs and getting all sorts of treatment your health is usually already out of whack.

The reality is that whether you want to slowly become healthier by implementing raw juice every day, or if you want to go full into a healthy diet of juicing, you aren’t going wrong either way.

All it really takes is some small persistent changes in order to make a difference. You can begin juicing once a week, once every day, or three to four times a week. Depending on the state of your health and your personal needs, juicing will improve your health significantly.

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet, is often considered very heart healthy because of the abundance of omega 3 fatty acids present inside of seafood. The Mediterranean Diet is high in good fats such as monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which help provide the heart with level balances of cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.

In addition, the healthy omega 3 fatty acids present in fish also compliment by lowering triglycerides, decreasing blood clotting, and help moderate blood pressure.

In a traditional Mediterranean diet, you generally will eat the following:

  • Eat seafood twice a week.
  • Eat a complete vegetarian meal once a week.
  • Eat lots of vegetables.
  • Use good healthy fats.
  • Eat fresh fruits for desert.
  • Limit red meat to a few times a month.
  • Use fresh herbs and spices instead of salt.
  • Eat your bread with dipped olive oil.
  • Often include a glass of wine with dinner.

Overall, the Mediterranean diet is a very healthy diet especially when you implement it on a consistent basis. I feel like this diet closely resembles the Paleo diet in that they both advocate avoiding processed meats along with limiting high fat dairy products. The major point with eating a Mediterranean diet is getting a healthy dose of fresh fruits and vegetables along with whole grains.

This diet, is also considered much healthier than the typical Standard American Diet, due to the whole grains being served in much lower quantities than American dishes. Typically Mediterranean dishes only contain about 1/2 to 1 cup serving size of pasta along with bread and olive oil. Check out one of my recipes!

The Paleo Diet

Also known as the hunter and gatherer diet, the Paleo Diet is based upon eliminating all grains from the diet and focusing on eating quality meats along with fruits and vegetables.

The Paleo Diet requires one to eliminate all processed foods and emphasizes that you make your own flavorings, sauces, and condiments. This can all be done through the use of herbs and spices along with a mortar and pestle.

The meats are mostly game meats, organ meats, and grass-fed beef. In combination Paleo emphasizes herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, eggs, and berries in order to have a diverse diet that has a lot of flavor and nutrients.

One main difference between the Paleo Diet and Mediterranean Diet, is the allowance of red meat. In a Mediterranean Diet, red meat is generally frowned upon and it is seen as having little value to human health. This difference has many arguing back and forth, as some claim that red meat is a potent source of B vitamins and amino acids such as Acetyl L-Carnitine. The amino acid can also be supplemented with separately from the diet, if one chooses to stay away from red meats.

I personally believe that red meat shouldn’t be completely avoided. I think that having small amounts of red meat is the best. As experts would say, consume everything in moderation. The amino acid Acetyl L-Carnitine has been proven to have protective properties of the central nervous system, the heart, enhance memory, as well as address symptoms of depression.

The Paleo diet is more than a diet it is a lifestyle switch just like the raw foods diet. However, if you have the mindset to stick with it you will be quite pleased with how your health turns around and feel more energetic, thin, and healthy. Your body will thank you in the long run if you can transition into a Paleo lifestyle.

Difficulties With The Diet

The reason most people have a difficult time transitioning into a Paleo diet, is due to a common addiction to refined grains that often leads to weight gain. Many people struggle with meeting their daily needs without grains. Many people turn to grains and carbs as a quick fix of energy and as a result many people’s guts and digestive tracts pay the costs in the long run. It seems that this addiction to grains is partly due to its easy access and it’s convenience in that the carbohydrates are quickly converted into energy through our bodies metabolizing mechanisms. The toxicity particular grains contain, makes it best to avoid them if you can gradually cut them out.

Resources

  1. Boose, Greg, and Robert Segal. “The Mediterranean Diet.” : Myths, Facts, and Health Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet. Helpguide.org, Apr. 2015. Web. 12 June 2015.
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Comparing Two Pre-Workout Giants: Razor 8 and C4

Comparing Two Giants

Nowadays it seems like a lot of people take all sorts of supplements whether it be to help with muscle growth, muscle fatigue, muscle recovery, or just general health maintenance. Not to mention more people are using supplements for their health rather than going to the doctor and getting prescription medicine which is a good thing. It is way better to be healthy than to be sick in ill health.

It’s no secret, some people take better care of their bodies, minds, and overall being than others. So the average person may ask, how do I get better at being a healthy person? Or, how can I build my body into better shape so I can be good looking when I’m an old man or woman?

Well one secret step that some people take in order to get into better shape or more fit whether it be Mariusz Pudzianowski style, or just your typical fit person who just looks well all the time, is to take some muscle building supplements. Muscle building supplements are used for both fuel and recovery.

By utilizing muscle building supplements it can help you achieve an edge on your competition, however with that said, I don’t believe that all supplements are completely necessary to maintain a healthy body. A lot of healthy people get really cut and fit by just diet alone and having a strong balance of whole foods.

So with this post, you don’t have to 100% take my advice, but if you would like to become a lean, mean, green machine it helps to take a periodic supplement or go through cycling of certain formulas on and off. Doing so in the correct order can help your body become more sculpted and strong like a piece of art.

The following is a comparison between two Pre-Workout formulas C4 and Razor 8:

Cellucor’s C4

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PROS

With C4 I really feel immediate results as my motivation, endurance, and power is enhanced. I believe this is in large part due to the large amount of Beta Alanine in this product. Beta Alanine is a strong non-essential amino acid that helps with endurance and defeating fatigue during workouts so more repetitions can be accomplished. The main effort in any workout is to become focused and driven towards gaining growth, which I definitely feel with this product. I’ve noticed that, whether utilizing weights or doing resistance exercises Beta Alanine helps me tremendously, and it is extremely helpful if you’re a vegetarian or you fail to eat a lot of meat. The main property Carnosine which works with Beta Alanine is what does the most help in enhancing endurance. Another great non-essential amino acid present in this formula is Arginine AKG, which stimulates more lean body mass, less pain, and less stiffness during a workout. Arginine AKG is also known to help prevent sterility in men. One of the last things I generally love about this product is the high dosages of B vitamins and vitamin C, which add a nice little boost of energy as well to your workout.

CONS

C4, the well-known product sold by the supplement giant Cellucor is a great product as it shows results and helps you perform strongly in the gym. Despite the results it has some cons that I would like to mention. Personally it falls short in a couple of areas, one being that it contains a lot of artificial ingredients and unknown patents that provide a boost within the workout room, but may be hurting the body with the chemicals. I prefer to stick with more natural ingredients and less fillers, so seeing artificial colors like Red 40, and Sucralose (an artificial sweetener) provide some worry. I feel that these particular ingredients sway health experts away from this product, because of the lack of better quality substitutes such as beet red as a color dye, or stevia as a natural sweetener substitute. So for me personally, perhaps if these ingredients were changed I think the product would be substantially better and more appealing. I feel as if C4, would attract a much larger crowd to their already dominant line of products if they took certain ingredients out of their recipe and focused on the more natural whole food culture ingredient wise. Besides those ingredients I don’t have much more critique.

C4 can be bought here!

 All Max’s Razor 8

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Razor 8 is a supplement on the market that I like mainly because it has less filler ingredients, artificial colors, preservatives, and unknown secret ingredients.

PROS

With the All Max Razor Eight, you are getting a superior product, with two forms of Creatine and natural body fat trimming ingredients it makes for an interesting blend. The powder is rather easy to mix with water and it tastes more natural with less chemicals involved. There are less filler ingredients in Razor 8 than the counterpart C4, as well as no artificial dye coloring, which is a major plus. Razor 8 also doesn’t include aspartame a dangerous ingredient linked to cancer and brain damage. The use of Green tea, Yerba Mate, and Grapefruit extracts is wonderful, as they are naturally derived and serve a great use in trimming body fat. The Green tea, Yerba Mate, and Grapefruit formula also helps curb appetite in order to help one achieve a more cut and ripped body frame. Another benefit that I’ve noticed is that Creatine in combination with caffeine can help improve focus and overall mental clarity for learning as well. This however, also could be due to exercise in general, which is related to increased neural functioning in the brain and improved academic performance.

CONS

With All Max Razor Eight I do have a few set backs. One set back is due to the use of Synthetic caffeine and the other being the use of some a pharmaceutically derived ingredients which are made in a manner that causes suspicion. The use of Yohimbine for example is both interesting but at the same time, it must be monitored. Yohimbine increases blood flow dramatically through the body, so it should be taken in low dosages, as it can aggravate high blood pressure or aggravate psychological problems. Due to the different side effects depending on the person, I’d advise one to take lower doses in order to figure out how your body may respond to this particular mixture.

Razor 8 pre-workout formula can be bought here!

Overall, these are both formulas that work well, but be careful and assess your tolerance first. Everyone’s body chemistry is different. Also, if you have worries contact your doctor, or medical professional about what supplements support you best.

Works Cited:

Freedman, Lisa. “Supplement Guide: Beta Alanine.” Men’s Fitness. America Media, Inc, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015. <http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/supplement-guide-beta-alanine&gt;.

Freedman, Lisa. “Supplement Guide: AAKG Arginine.” Men’s Fitness. America Media, Inc, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2015.<http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/supplements/supplement-guide-aakg&gt;

“Yohimbe: MedlinePlus Supplements.” U.S National Library of Medicine. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 10 Oct. 2014. Web. 05 Mar. 2015. <http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/759.html&gt;.

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How To Upgrade Your Health This New Year

Uprade Health City 2015

If you’re like most people who strive to improve themselves my guess is that you want to make this new year, your year to remember. So let me begin this post with a positive affirmation. “Beginning with each new day, you will create a greater year for yourself.”

What better way to have a great start, than to have a game plan set up on how you’re going to execute your health and fitness goals in perfect fashion.

I have made myself the promise that from this day forward, I am going to dedicate my time and effort to make kind-hearted people become the best versions of themselves.

The majority of people like to climb up the ladder, whether it be in regards to finances, job security,  spirituality, or overall health. I don’t know very many people who wish they were more unhealthy and destroyed their body more with toxins and foreign substances that degrade one’s level of health.

In order to reach a state of optimal health and be well, it will take a high level of discipline and commitment. I have spent a large amount of time studying natural medicine and the topic of holistic health, so I would like to give some valuable advice for start.

To start off the year properly design a list of your favorite foods and what you eat on a typical week. After writing each food down on a list, grab a pen and check off each food that contributes to a healthier life or increases vitality.

Once you have checked off the foods that you feel are helping lead you to an increased state of wellness, begin to divide these check-marked foods into specific categories. Depending upon the food group that the specific food falls into, now ask yourself whether that food belongs on the list of Foods to Avoid.

My List of Foods To Avoid Includes:

  1. Foods Containing Trans Fats. (Mostly Deep Fried Fast-Food.)
  2. Foods With Excess Sugar. (Cookies, donuts, soft drinks.)
  3. Refined Grains. (White rice, white bread, white pasta.)
  4. Processed Foods.
  5. Foods With Unknown Ingredients. (I call these foods chemical soups. Stay away from MSG, aspartame, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and other preservatives.)

After you have narrowed down your food groups and identified the foods that you eat, make sure you stick with the foods that are helping to contribute to a higher level of vitality. Once you become committed to “saying goodbye”, to your unhealthy foods and bad habits of junk food consumption, you can begin to realize some changes.

The next step towards upgrading your health this year is to get yourself in the right frame of mind. If you are not in the right frame of mind you won’t get fit and healthy. You need to dig deep within yourself, and find motivation to exercise, eat the right foods, find inner harmony, and surround yourself with the right minded people.

If you wake up each day, you must have something motivating you, or someone to live for. Living in the western world most people are fortunate enough to have access to all the tools and knowledge needed to live healthy and successfully.

To reach for higher ground and enhance your life, don’t just look for prosperous health, but make it happen by stretching your mind and body. Make a commitment towards reaching the gym, hitting the workout with drive, and strengthen your body.

Be sure to take these steps this year…

  1. Detox Your Life.
  2. Put Yourself In Situations That Make You Happy.
  3. Exercise With Weights, Sports, or Martial Arts.
  4. Do Yoga or Meditation.
  5. Think Positively Each Day.
  6. Read More Books.
  7. Be Realistic With Your Health.
  8. Be Optimistic About Your Health.
  9. Reconnect With Your Inner Spirit.
  10. Take Whole Food Vitamins and Minerals.
  11. Laugh and Spend Time With The People You Love.
  12. Get Enough Sleep Each Night.
  13. Avoid Toxic Media and Television.
  14. Look To Live In A Clean Environment.
  15. Get Enough Fresh Air Each Day.
  16. Manage Your Stress and Cortisol Levels.

Every day you can strive to make your life and your environment a better place, but it starts with you and only you.

In order to make each day better this year, aim to reach a state of natural balance. If you at least become aware, you’re half-way towards entering a state of optimal health. Once you become aware, take steps even further by taking action on your path towards optimal health.

A lot of people talk about what they want to do and they do it for a short time, but they fail to be consistent their goals. Make this this the year where you’re consistently persistent with getting what you want with your overall vitality.

Sources:

100 Ways to Stay Young. Parragon, 2011. Print.