J | Diet Mantra

J: JUICING, JUMP ROPE, JUMBLED UP? JOURNEY

Juicing

Juicing is one of the most powerful healing tools available since all the nutrients are quickly digested and absorbed by the body. Fresh juices supply the body with ample Vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed for nourishment and regeneration of the body’s cells, tissues, glands and organs.

Juices have curative properties. For example, wheat grass juice improves the quality of blood; orange juice improves immunity levels and papaya juice improves digestion.

What about the fiber?

When you extract juice from fruits and vegetables, fiber is lost, so you need to include other sources of fiber in your diet. Fiber provides the body with roughage and is essential for proper digestion and optimal health.

Consume the juice immediately

Fresh juice should be consumed as soon as it is made. Light, air and heat initiate the process of oxidation (chemical reaction with oxygen), which causes the juice to lose precious enzymes and nutrients.

Juice combinations

Use fresh fruits and vegetables of the season to make your own combinations.

Be creative! Here are a few recipe suggestions:

Cucumber-apple juice

* 1 cucumber
* 1 apple

Method:

Blend in a juicer

Carrot-celery juice

* 3 carrots
* 1 tablespoon chopped celery
* 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Method:

Blend in a juicer

Pineapple apple juice

pineapple-juice

1 bowl chopped pineapple and apple

Method

Blend in a juicer

The one-day body cleanser

Sometimes the body needs rest and a complete break from solid foods. Choose a suitable day in a week or month, and drink a large glass of fresh fruit or vegetable juice every two to three hours. You’ll clear poisons and wastes away from the body and feel refreshed and invigorated.

Vegetable/ fruit juice: Benefits

Pomegranate

* Useful for curing digestive disorders
* Diarrhea and dysentery
* Intestinal worms>
* Increases liver function
* Increases immunity levels

Black grapes

* Migraine
* Kidney troubles
* An excellent blood builder
* Relieves constipation
* Increases liver function
* Beneficial in reducing pain and palpitations of heart disease

Bitter gourd

* Piles
* Diabetes
* Respiratory disorders
* Useful for treatment of alcoholism. Prevents liver damage.
* Useful for lowering high blood sugar levels. (Hyperglycemia)
* ncreases body’s resistance against infection
*Useful for individuals with high blood pressure (hypertension)

Papaya

* A digestive aid
* Intestinal disorders>
* Cure of roundworms
* Skin disorders

Carrot

* Improves eyesight
* Improves skin, hair
* Prevents tooth decay
* Useful for curing digestive disorders
* Improves general immunity

Sweet lime

* Common cold
* Influenza
* Increases body’s resistance and immunity
* Anemia
* For bones and teeth

Celery

* Rheumatism
* Nerve disorders
l* Improves hemoglobin

Watermelon

* For strong teeth and bones
* Aids digestion
* Kidney troubles
* Especially good during heat-related conditions, such as heatstroke, dehydration.

Jump rope

Rope jumping or skipping requires practice. With practice the skill improves and then you don’t need to jump as high to get over the rope. Also, in time the overall body movements become more efficient.

Interesting fact

A beginner works at 85 percent of his maximum energy capacity, while an experienced skipper may be cruising along at only 40 percent of his energy capacity, and also skipping a lot faster.

A convenient exercise

Skipping is convenient and does not require a lot of space or any special equipment. You can carry the rope with you anywhere.

Why skip?

skipping-rope

Skipping workouts provide excellent fat burning benefits in minimal time. Skipping strengthens the muscles of the legs, abdomen, back and arms with its circular rhythmic movement. It is an excellent exercise for the heart and lungs, and is considered one of the most efficient workouts to increase cardiovascular fitness.

Rope Length

If the rope touches the feet while you are skipping, it means that the rope is too short. If it touches the ground, it is too long. To determine the correct length of the rope, place the center of the rope under one foot. Stand up straight. Then with your arms against your sides, bring hands to your shoulders while pulling the rope tight. This should be the length of the rope suited for you. The ends of the rope have handles or a knot, to make it easy to hold while skipping.

Safety guidelines

* Wear supportive cross-trainers, tennis or basket ball shoes while skipping.
* Avoid jumping on floors laid over concrete and other hard surfaces. If you don’t have a wooden or carpeted floor, place a thin exercise mat on whatever surface you have access to.
* Stretch all major muscle groups of the lower body, especially your calves.

Jumbled up? Organize your life

organiser

What do you do when you are jumbled up or wound up and afraid to face all the work that needs to be done? The best way to deal with this is – planning. Start the day by making a list of what needs to be accomplished. When you rush into activity without any direction or plan, you actually end up wasting time.

Get organized

* List everything that you need to do.
* Mark ‘urgent’ for work that cannot be postponed.
* Plan to cancel or postpone that which is not urgent if you run out of time.
* Set a time limit to work – and stick with it.

* Make it a rule to finish one task before you start the next.
* Do whatever you do with complete focus and concentration.
* Have clarity of thought and work with a relaxed state of mind.

Don’t waste precious time – plan your holidays and weekends, too!

Make a mental list of people you want to catch up with, movies you want to see or books you want to read.

Journey

Life is a journey. So no matter how busy your world becomes, don’t lose sight of simple joys and pleasures, the little things… that make life worth living.

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