Do You Still Consume Sports Drinks?

Like softdrinks, I've given up drinking sports drinks. It's quite hard at first, with all the manufacturers advertisements everywhere, but I've learned to live without it especially after I found out what health disasters these kind of drinks will do to me.

In exchange for "increased energy" and "improved performance" sports drinks may be bad for your teeth. It's 30 times more erosive to one's teeth than regular water. The citric acid content of sports drinks will also soften your tooth enamel. Sugar-free and low calorie sports drinks may also contain artificial sweeteners which is worse than sugar itself.

So what do I drink instead of sports drinks? Fresh water. It's refreshing, thirst-quenching and won't burn a hole in my pockets!

The Benefits of Juicing

I stopped buying commercially processed juice drinks years ago. Those things are most likely packed with sugar and pasteurized, killing off the fruit's yummy vitamins and enzymes. Instead, I learned how to create my own raw, fresh juice using the process simply called juicing.

is when you make a juice drink using raw and fresh fruits and produce. I personally like beetroot juice but I experiment with all types depending on my mood. Aside from tasting absolutely good, raw juice has many health benefits. People who have tried juicing says it helps with weight management. Raw juice also helps increase energy and boost the immune system.

One thing to remember when juicing is that it is not a replacement for all your veggies and fruits. Treat it as a supplement to your diet. Also, try to use organic as much as possible.

Health Benefits of Turmeric

I just love experimenting with spices. I use them all the time instead of artificial flavorings. One of my favorites is earthy and bitter turmeric.

Turmeric belongs to the ginger family. Its rhizomes are gathered, boiled for several hours, dried, and then ground into an orange-yellow powder that we all come to know (and love!). You might be familiar with turmeric as a common ingredient in curries and other South Asian cuisines. It is also used a lot in Middle eastern food. The town of Sangli in India is by far the largest and most important turmeric trading center in Asia.

Like many spices, turmeric has more than a handful of health benefits. In fact, it is considered as one of nature's most powerful healers. Turmeric's active ingredient is called curcumin.

Here are some of the health benefits one may get by adding turmeric to their diet.

  • Turmeric is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
  • Very useful in disinfecting burns and cuts.
  • May help prevent melanoma.
  • Helps detoxify liver.
  • A good natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Lowers risk of childhood leukemia.

Looking for Alternative to Crackers? Here's Jicama!

One of the hardest part in dieting is craving for the food that you once loved. Anyone who's been through a diet knows what I'm talking about ;) As for wheat-free dieters out there, here's a good alternative to wheat and grains --- Jicama!

Jicama, also called Mexican Potato or Mexican Turnip, refers to a Mexican vine, although the edible part of it is its tuberuos root. Its often eaten raw and is compared to a potato or pear.

To better enjoy Jicama, here's a wonderful recipe from Luci Lock.

Full instructions and ingredients here.

5 Health Benefits of Capsaicin

Capsaicin is the stuff in chili peppers that makes it hot. It's also a great source of many benefits attributed to eating chilis. Here are just some of those health benefits:

  1. Helps fight against cancer. More specifically, prostate cancer. As one study found out, capsaicin inhibits the growth of human prostate cancer cells in petri dishes and mice.
  2. Helps relieve pain. Capsaicin is a know treatment for osteoarthritis pain.
  3. Fights inflammation. Capsaicin is also a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.
  4. Helps burn fat and in weight loss. As a thermogenic agent, capsaicin will increase metabolic activity.
  5. Promotes heart health. Capsaicin helps reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation.

Vegetable Spotlight: Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi, or German Turnip, is a vegetable belonging to the cabbage family. There are different varieties available, including Purple Vienna, Gigante and Purple Danube. It can be eaten raw or cooked, but yours truly likes it raw as a snack.

Kohlrabi tastes like a cabbage heart or a broccoli stem but much sweeter. A young stem can be compared to an apple because its crisp and juicy, but less sweeter. It's also fleshy and contains less skin. Kashmir is a big Kohlrabi eater, serving this delicious vegetable 3 to 4 times per week.

Health Benefits of Kohlrabi

  • Helps stabilize blood sugar
  • High in fiber
  • Effective against edema and candida
  • A good source of Vitamin C & potassium
Roasted Kohlrabi Recipe
  • Fresh kohlrabi
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Vinegar
Trim ends of kohlrabi, remove skin and dice into medium cubes. Set your oven to 450F. Toss kohlrabi, olive oil, salt and garlic. Spread on baking sheet and put into oven. Roast for about 30 minutes with occasional stirring. Add vinegar and serve!

How to Tell If Fruits Are Genetically Modified

I'm quite picky when it comes to fruits. Especially if said fruit came from a big, over-commercialized supermarket. I always go for organic products and almost never buy genetically modified (GM) produce.

For one, conventionally grown or organic fruits tastes much, much better than their GM counterpart. GMOs will also reduce biodiversity, some scientists believe. So how can you tell if a product is genetically modified or not? Check the labels.

  • Has a four-digit number - Conventionally grown
  • Has a five-digit number beginning with 9 - Organic
  • Has a five-digit number beginning with 8 - Genetically Modified (GM)
So there you go. Avoid products with a 5-digit number starting with an 8!