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For many – if not most – of us, it’s a constant battle between our cravings for fattening food and wanting to lose weight. Drinking freshly squeezed organic juice is a great way to feed your body condensed nutrients that are easy to digest.

Fresh juice gives your body a break from the digestion process and fills you up, making it easier to lose weight. And as a bonus, because fresh juice has not been heated (heat destroys many beneficial micronutrients), your immune system has more energy to heal whatever might be ailing you.

You can be very creative in making fresh juice. Look for interesting varieties of fruits as they come to market (Satsuma tangerines, kumquats, Key limes, blood oranges), vegetables (try jicama, ginger, fennel, lacinato kale) and herbs (like spearmint and lemongrass) and mix them (fruits with fruits, vegetables with vegetables, herbs with either) in new combinations.

If you have never taken a mouthful of cantaloupe juice you simply have not lived, or strawberry juice mixed with apple. Blueberry juice is a taste of liquid heaven.

The produce in supermarkets is grown with chemical fertilizers. Fruits and vegetables are usually sprayed with various pesticides thus toxins become lodged in the fibers. When juicing, most of the toxins are left with the discarded pulp. Because fruit is far lower on the food chain than animal products, toxic build-up is much less. Cows, pigs and chickens accumulate and concentrate toxic chemicals and pollutants from the environment. Unlike meat, fruit and vegetables are equipped with antioxidants and detoxifying agents which help keep the body clean of toxins.

Yes, fruits and vegetables do have pesticides and toxins present, but eating a diet high in raw fruits and vegetables will assist your body in remaining protected, mucus-free and clean. If you are blessed enough to afford organic, pesticide-free produce, then we encourage you to do so. But for most of us, organic is simply not an option. Many desperately sick, even with terminal cancers, have been healed by juicing standard produce from the local grocery store. “You do your best and God will do the rest”. During a cleansing fast, do not start resorting to bottled dead juices that have been on the shelf for six months. You are setting yourself up for a more difficult fast. There is a rush of well-being when you swallow a mouthful of living juice.

Why Fresh Juice?

Fresh juice provides us with minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, proteins and much more. All of these factors are vital to maintaining good health. You will find that when you make fresh juice a daily part of your diet, you will have increased energy, a glowing complexion, strengthened immune system, stronger bones and a reduced risk of disease. It is recommended that you drink at least 16 ounces of freshly squeezed juice each day.

There are many bottled juices available on the market today. One of the problems with these is that many of their valuable nutrients are lost during the bottling process. If you make your own juice and drink it fresh, you will have control over the quality of the fruits and vegetables you are consuming, and in many cases you will save money.

No matter what your age, it is never too late to start drinking your fruits and vegetables. Juices can flush toxins from your body, are good for your weight, heart, circulation and overall well being. Juices contain no saturated fats or added sodium and can be helpful in lowering your cholesterol.

Some Guidelines on Fresh Juice Storage

Here are recommendations for storing fresh raw vegetable juice beyond the time of juicing:

  • When juicing for storage, try to use only fresh organic vegetables.
  • Immediately after juicing, juice must be decanted into small bottles and then immediately refrigerated.
  • The juice must be stored in thick-walled plastic HDPE bottles or glass bottles, each with tight-fitting, air-tight, screw-cap seals.
  • The bottles must be filled all the way to the top, leaving little or no airspace at top.
  • The size of the bottle or container must be small enough that once it is opened and some contents used, the remainder of the contents must be used within 8 hours to prevent oxidative damage.
  • Juice an extra lemon into your juice for the citric acid that may help preserve the juice.
  • Start out with the cold produce, to ensure your juice is cold.

Fresh juice dangers

Many people think fresh juices are good in any quantities and surely harmless. However, this is not the case. Same juice can help to one person and damage another one.

You should not overestimate medicinal power of juices. You know, first of all, these are foods. Their medicinal influence is not so marked, like medicines’ one. You cannot cope with a disease due to juice therapy, you just can support your organism.

You need to drink fresh juices right after you prepare them. Even short-term keeping in fridge reduces medicinal value of juice, although its taste can remain the same.

Each juice should be used differently

Fresh Carrot juice

Fresh carrot juice is a king of vegetable juices. It contains much beta-carotene, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, cobalt and other mineral substances. All this makes carrot juice especially wholesome for children and people with weak immunity and problem skin.

Beta-carotene is very good for sight. However, you need to eat some fat food right after you drink carrot juice, this way it is assimilated better. Salad, seasoned with vegetable oil is the best variant.

Fresh Tomato juice

Tomato juice stimulates alimentary canal work, reduces risk of cancer. It is very useful for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It is low calorie and that’s why overweight people also can drink it. Fresh juice keeps drastic phytoncides, suppressing fermentation and putrefaction processes in bowels.

Drink tomato juice 20-30 minutes before meal, as it increases stomach and bowels readiness for food digestion. Addition of salt reduces juice’s medicinal qualities. Instead of salt you can add pounded garlic and fresh green: parsley, fennel, cilantro. Tomato juice is contra-indicated while gastritis, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis and cholecystitis acute conditions.

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Most doctors including Angelo Cuzalina agree that sugar is not good for the overall health, and it is certainly not good for the teeth. These types of drinks are the major culprit for tooth enamel damage, and a new research suggests that these drinks are also bearing the fault for the tooth caries in children.

The results of the research have been published in the Journal of General Dentistry, by consuming energy or sports drinks for only as little as 5 days consecutively, the teeth are already exposed to a high risk of decay and enamel damage. Moreover, the energy drinks have proved twice as harmful for the teeth as the sports drinks.

Jennifer Bone, who is the spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry says that quite often, patients come to her office with oral health symptoms such as tooth sensitivity or tooth decay, and they simply cannot find a reasonable answer for these symptoms.

Certainly the dentists make a thorough review of the patient’s everyday diet or snacking habits, and of course they ask the patients about what type of drinks they do consume. The patients are basically stunned to find out that it is the sports drinks or the energy drinks the ones that cause these symptoms in the first place.

Researchers from the Southern Illinois University School of Dentistry have analyzed many different types of sports drinks and energy drinks. According to the findings, the sports and the energy drinks from different brands contain different amounts of acidity levels.

The researchers even put tooth enamel samples into these drinks in order to notice the damage caused by the fizzy beverages. They allowed these samples to be soaked for about 15 minutes, and then soaked the samples in artificially created saliva.

In as few as five days, the researchers could notice quite some damages to the tooth enamel on the samples. Dentists around the world including the dentists from Mt Pleasant Dental highly recommend that people who consume such sports or energy drinks on a regular basis, should always rinse their mouths with water after drinking.

This way, all those bad sugars which will be later transformed into harmful acids by the bacteria, will be flushed away and the damages can be thus avoided.

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The British government is looking into the effect of hard water on eczema sufferers. The aim by a study supported by the Department of Health is to test the effect of installing water softeners into eczema sufferers’ homes in a bid to alleviate the painful condition.

Scientists will test the effect on children between 6 months and 16 years old who have moderate to severe eczema. The reason why water softeners are being installed is because past studies have revealed a correlation between hard water areas and a prevalence of eczema.

In the UK, nearly 20% of children have eczema conditions of some level and it is usually found on the ankles, face, knees and neck.

The study originally started in 2007 with 230 participants and before it comes to a conclusion in August 2009, the study leaders want to enrol another 80 participants.

The study involves the children’s parents keeping a record of the eczema symptoms and the child wearing a wrist band that detects scratching at night. Also, for 3 months a water softener is installed in the home and then removed for 4 weeks to observe if there is any change to the symptoms.

One mother tells the story of her son’s participation in the study:

Anne-Marie said “Dylan (her son) had bleeding sores, and even changing him was heart-breaking. Every time his skin was exposed, he started scratching. And he wouldn’t sleep for more than an hour without waking up to scratch.”

“We had about a dozen different creams on prescription and I was at my wit’s end,” she added.

The water softener resulted in a fast and pronounced improvement in the baby’s condition.

Anne-Marie described the effect of using softened water in the home: “Less than two weeks after the softener was installed there was a dramatic improvement. Now there’s barely a mark on him. He’s a completely different baby.”

From Portsmouth University, Professor Tara Dean who is looking after the study said: “If water softeners are found to improve the symptoms of eczema it will be a breakthrough for both patients and doctors.”

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Black tea promotes healthy arteries and increased blood flow due to antioxidants called falconoids, which give tea its flavor. Cholesterol levels drop as tea consumption increases. Tea is reported to reduce the risk of cancer, yield fresher breath and fewer cavities, and help build bones. It also contains approximately half the caffeine of coffee, and is a rich source of vitamins and minerals.

Making a Cup of Black Tea

The single most important thing to remember in all of this process is heat. The tea leafs impart their taste to the water most effectively when the water is actually boiling. To make really good tea you must go to every length possible to exclude coldness from the equation.

Tea in the cup is easy. If someone asks you for a cup of black tea and you put a bag in a cup and add boiling water no one is going to complain. However… to make a REALLY GOOD cup of black tea…

Boil a kettle with freshly drawn COLD water. Add a little boiling water to the empty tea cup to warm it. Put a single bag of black tea into the bottom of the cup making certain that the tea takes up as much of the visible surface area as possible.

When the water is boiling pour it into the cup by taking the kettle to the cup and trying to make certain that as much boiling water hits as much tea as soon as possible. Leave to infuse. The tea in tea bags is so fine that two minutes should see you right.

Always take out the tea bag before giving the cup to someone else especially since if you leave a tea bag in then soon enough all the air caught within it will escape and the tea bag will sink to the bottom of the cup where it will lie in wait for the unwary and then, just as you move to drain the last dregs of the drink, it will rush from the darkness like a some satanic seal desperate to invade your mouth and propigate it’s evil children in the cavities of your cheeks. Well may be it’s not that bad, but it is really unpleasant to get that big cold wet kiss of a sulking tea bag.

Don’t add sugar. Sugar is unnecessary, unhealthy and masks the delicious flavor of tea. Most importantly when making a cup of black tea is NEVER “top up” a cup with more water. “Topping up” does not make more black tea in the cup it makes the same amount of tea diluted with more water. This will kill the taste of your tea and make you generally hated by all right minded tea drinkers. Be prepared when adding the water first – realize that you will have to take the tea bag out and realize that you will probably need to leave a little room for milk.

People drink Black tea with sugar, milk and syrups. In the US and Europe people often just want a slice of Lemon with their black tea.

People all over the world always choose drinking tea with cookies, sweets or cakes sitting in front of the TV or talking to friends.

Black Tea Recipes

Iced Black Tea

Pour one cup of boiling water over two tea bags, let steep for 3 to 5 minutes. For stronger flavor, steep longer, or use more tea bags. Remove and squeeze out tea bags. Add ice and enjoy. Make a larger quantity using more tea bags and water, and refrigerate the rest to drink throughout the day.

Egg Nog Delight

  • 6 Red Rose English Breakfast tea bags
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • Ground nutmeg

Brew Red Rose tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cool tea. Add beaten eggs, condensed milk, vanilla, salt, tea, milk and mix well. Serve in mugs. Top each mug with whipping cream and ground nutmeg.

Earl Grey Punch

  • 1 and 1/4 cups of brewed Earl Grey (made with two tbsps. leaves)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/4 cups of orange juice
  • 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup gingerale
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 sprigs of mint (optional)
  • Dark rum to taste (optional)

Mix all ingredients together leaving out the ice cubes. Chill in refrigerator. Remove mint, add ice cubes and serve.

Enjoy your favorite Black Tea!

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Not all drinks are good for our teeth. Besides sugar it is the PH value of some drinks that has negative effects on your teeth.

All warm Pickwick teas, also the fruit flavoured teas, are pH-neutral and do not effect the dental enamel. Therefore, tea is not only a delicious drink, but also a drink that can be drunk all day long.

One cup of tea contains approximately 0.25 milligrams of fluoride. Fluoride is well known about its positive effect on teeth. One’s daily fluoride need is somewhere between 1.4 and 1.5 milligrams. Thus tea consumption also contributes to meet our fluoride need.

People who have abandoned their morning cup of coffee for a healthier cup of herbal tea might want to think again, say British researchers. They found that many herbal teas seriously damage teeth by eroding protective enamel. “Many of the herbal teas tested were found to be more erosive than orange juice,” University of Bristol researchers report in the Journal of Dentistry. Some teas were three times as acidic as juice. A spokesman for Twinings teas says saliva dilutes and neutralizes any acid in herbal teas, adds The Week magazine.

What’s your poison, coffee or tea? Most adults prefer one or the other. After all, caffeine is a super pick-me-up. Hot or cold, black or doctored, our favorite daytime drinks are laced with it.

However, our best beverages can wreak havoc on our beautiful smiles. Like tobacco, coffee beans, tea leaves and even colas can stain teeth brown. The more you sip, the more they stain.

Some people stop taking tea after their dentist asked them if they smoked because of teeth stains. Well yes, tea does stain. It contains tannic acid. You’ll have an idea when you see the thin film on the surface of cold tea. Coffee, red wine and fruits such as apples and blueberries also contain this chemical and can stain teeth.

Effect of Black Tea on Teeth

Dental caries is the prime cause of premature loss of teeth in children. Tea contains high percentage of fluoride along with polyphenolic constituents which act on GTF of S. mutans in plaque synthesis. Combination of fluoride and polyphenolic constituents inhibit caries activity.

Herbal Tea May Damage Teeth – Study

Drinking herbal tea may damage teeth by eroding enamel, the results of a new study indicate.

Researchers analysed the erosive potential of a variety of herbal teas by measuring their pH levels, which shows whether a substance is acid or alkaline. Acidic substances are known to damage teeth. The ability of the herbal teas to erode enamel was also measured. Enamel is the hard, white, outer layer of the tooth.

The study found that while some of the herbal teas had high pH levels, indicating that they are alkaline and do not damage teeth, many of the teas tested had low pH levels, which means that they are acidic and can damage teeth.

“Many of the herbal teas tested were found to be more erosive than orange juice”, the researchers from the University of Bristol Dental School said.

“Many studies show a high prevalence of tooth wear, even in young patients. One factor that may be contributing to this problem is the consumption of herbal teas that are often considered to be ‘healthy’ alternatives to other beverages”, the researchers added.

Dentists treating patients with enamel damage should advise their patients of the potential risk of some herbal teas, they also said.

Something To Smile About – Tea And Teeth

Tea is not only a delicious drink. Drinking tea is good for your teeth!

“Drinking tea may ward off tooth decay.”
A study suggests chemicals in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions. It raises the prospect of adding tea extracts to toothpaste and mouthwash to protect the teeth.

It found that caffeinated green tea was the best at fighting viruses, followed by caffeinated black tea. Decaffeinated blends were less effective as anti-viral agents.

Tea-drinkers beverage of choice contains fluoride, a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and guards against decay. Studies also show that tea may reduce dental plaque and bacteria in the mouth, thereby helping to prevent cavities and gum disease. Green tea contains a bit more fluoride than black, but a few cups a day of either may help to save you from the dentist’s drill. “It’s important to choose a healthy diet, and that includes beverages,” says Blumberg, noting that Americans tend to opt for drinks with no nutritional value. “If it’s a choice between soda pop or [freshly brewed] iced tea – and you’re looking for the healthful choice – it’s a no-brainer.”

Apparently drinking tea (without sugar, naturally) has a number of beneficial effects in preventing tooth decay. Many of the natural properties of tea, especially fluoride, which has been absorbed from the soil by the tea plant, contribute towards oral hygiene and a reduction in dental erosion.

And if you’re not a dentist, then that simply means, it helps prevent stinky breath and those who are dentists from shoving whirling drills into your mouth while grinning manically.

Another tea study found that polyphenols–chemicals found in tea–can help prevent bad breath. Laboratory experiments revealed that polyphenols can retard the bacterial growth that causes bad breath.

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