We all need to drink plenty of fluids in addition to the water we get from fruits and vegetables.
Too many people drink sweetened soda pop, fruit flavoured squash and fruit juices without realising the incredible amount of sugar and sweeteners, colours and flavourings included.
Better Choices would be –
1. Water – filtered perhaps
2. Coffee – yes coffee!
3. Tea – green, fruit, white or black
4. Flavoured Water – add your own lemon or lime or add up to 50% fruit juice ( not from concentrate)
5. Wine – a small glass of red for anti-oxidants
6. Smoothies – better than fruit juice as you get the fibre too
7. Hot Cocoa – natural and organic
8. Milk – great post exercise for recovery. Water, protein and fats in a great ratio.
9. Coconut Water – great rehydration, full of nutrients.
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I love it because it helps metabolise stored body fat laid down when your fatty (bad) estrogen dominates. Loved by fitness models as a healthy way to strip fat!
I choose Nature’s Way – available on Amazon.
This is a typical story from a regular user of DIM Plus. ….
Why I Love Nature’s Way DIM PLUS
Tammy Darnell, Yahoo Contributor Network
Oct 25, 2013 Menstrual BleedingCruciferous, VegetablesPerimenopause
When I was in my late thirties, I started going through all the hormonal changes that a lot of women start to experience. For me though, the symptoms were exacerbated. I experienced heavy menstrual bleeding, acne, mood swings, sleeplessness, hot flashes, you name it. In other words, I was one hot mess. I tried every remedy that was out there, including the bio-identical hormone therapy. That worked for a while, but it quickly became something that I couldn’t financially afford anymore. So, I found myself back at square one.
Then one day, I was told about this all natural remedy called DIM PLUS by Nature’s Way. I had never heard of anything like this before. It’s an estrogen metabolizer that’s made up of all of these cruciferous vegetables combined together in one pill. It’s supposed to get rid of the bad estrogen and help with some of the symptoms I was having . I didn’t even know I had bad estrogen in my body. So, I thought I would give it a shot.
I took the pills as directed. What happened next was absolutely astonishing. Within 2 months my menstrual cycle flow was reduced by over half. I no longer suffered from the extreme fatigue from losing so much blood every month. My acne cleared up, and I started feeling like my old self again. There were absolutely no bad side effects from taking this. I highly recommend Nature’s Way DIM PLUS for any woman who is going through the perils of perimenopause. It’s the best $20 a month that you will ever spend.
Try it – it packs the punch of kilo’s of veg in a couple of easy to swallow caplets daily.
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Improve your health by adding more Essential Fatty Acids.
The hint is in the name – essential – so you know you must eat them, as your body can’t make them for you. So, what are they?
You will find them in oily fish, nuts, seeds and of course in bottles at your supplement store.
I think this is the easiest way to improve your health. If you google fish oils and almost any disease you can think of, you will see study after study showing improvements in symptoms and apparent cures.
In terms of fat loss I know that if you fake an appropriate daily dose you will reduce your own body fat stores. Skin and digestive tracks will be soothed as will joint inflammation.
But, which fish oil should you choose? Cod liver oil is better than no oil, Fish oil better than liver oil, Krill oil better still.
If your fish oil capsules give you fishy burps, or are very cheap – consider how they are made and where the fish have come from. You may discover that they are contaminated with growth hormone, heavy metals and more.
Ideally you want oils from fish caught in the open ocean, preferably a cold ocean. So, focus on quality and value rather just on cost.
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4. Add More Fibre – Wholegrain
Choose Whole Grain
Most people already know to choose whole grain foods over their more processed white alternatives.
Whole grains are made up of the bran, germ, and endosperm. The more refined grain like white bread and white rice remove the bran and the germ. In doing so, it strips the food of fibre and nutrition. Keeping all 3 parts of the grain intact helps keep blood sugar levels under control, and provides your body with more fibre and nutrition.
3. Add More Fibre – Veggies
Veggies are Your Friend
Most people associate veggies with bad-tasting, flavourless food.
That’s too bad, as veggies are as close as you’re going to get to eating negative calorie foods. While these foods don’t technically exist, you can practically eat them to your heart’s (stomach’s) content without worrying about weight gain. Get creative.
Try making baked cauliflower poppers, garlic cauliflower mashed potatoes, or even some zucchini spaghetti and meatballs.
Make Pizza crust from cheesy cauliflower mash, use leftover roast veg in wraps, as a base for your soups and stews.
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2. Add more fibre to your diet – Spinach
Sneak in the Spinach
Spinach is my go-to veggie of choice to get more fibre in your diet. It’s just too easy to add it to everything.
I use it as the base to my salads, but you can also sneak it into your food. I add it to all of my protein smoothies. I just grab a handful and blend it up. The great thing is that you can’t taste the spinach.
Other than the slight green colour change to the liquid, you wouldn’t even know the spinach is in there. I also like to add it to my omelettes, scramble and frittata.
I even found frozen spinach- great in soups, stews and casseroles.
I just need to remember to defrost it!!
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1. Add More Fibre to Your
It’s no surprise that fibre is good for you. It slows down gastric emptying and slows the release of glucose into the blood. That alone will improve your insulin sensitivity, and in return, improve your health and body composition.
Fibre also adds bulk to your meals, which will help fill you up and control your hunger.
Are you eating the American Heart Association’s recommended 30 grams of fibre a day? Increased fiber intake is associated with a reduction in hunger, a reduction in body weight, increased insulin sensitivity, and a lowered risk of developing diseases   . Here are 11 ways you can adjust your nutrition to get more fibre in your diet.
Use Ground Flax Seed
I’ve started putting this stuff in everything. Ground flax seed has 4 grams of fibre in a 2 tablespoon serving. In addition to fibre, it’s packed with essential omega 3 fatty acids. Try sprinkling the flax on top of your salads, or you could add it to your yoghurt, smoothies and shakes.