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Thyroid Juice Remedy

Your thyroid is a set of multiple glands that work to keep your body running smoothly. They deliver messages (hormones) between themselves and other body parts so that all of those tiny cells are regulated and functioning at the proper levels. The hormones produced by the thyroid (T3 and T4) are essential for life and have many effects on metabolism, growth and development.

Thyroid health is important, because if your thyroid isn’t functioning properly it can lead to developmental defects or weight gain. Food is our medicine, so consuming the proper foods will help support your thyroid to ensure it remains in tip top shape. Carrots contain ample amounts of beta-carotene which is the precursor for vitamin A in the body. If you are low on vitamin A, your ability to produce thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is limited. This vitamin is required by the body to convert T4 to T3.

B-complex vitamins are required for good thyroid function. Cucumbers contain B vitamins, so they are a good choice when trying to nourish the thyroid glands. Without B vitamins the thyroid and adrenal glands fail to secrete their hormones, and won’t be able to utilize its iodine raw material efficiently to make hormones. B vitamins are especially useful in individuals with an overactive thyroid.

– 1 cucumber
– 5 stalks celery
– 5 carrots
– 1 cup young thai coconut water
– 1 lemon

Juice the above ingredients, and add coconut water last.

Drink once every day.

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Blueberry Dream Come True

Delicious blueberry popsicles perfect for a hot summer day.
Blueberry popsicle

– 1 cup blueberries
– ⅛ cup liquid sweetener (Coconut Nectar for example)
– 1 lemon juiced
– 1 and a half cups of coconut milk

1) Pour sweetener and lemon juice over berries and mix gently.
2) Put coconut cream in a medium mixing bowl and whip until thickened adding in the blueberry mixture while whipping. Some of the berries will break down releasing their juices and creating texture. If you want the berries whole hand mix them in gently using a rubber spatula. If you prefer a quicker alternative and a more purple colored pop simply blend all of the ingredients together.
3) Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
4) Place a 6 inch twig or paddle pop stick in place and freeze for 2 – 6 hours or until completely frozen.
5) Run the mold under warm water for a few seconds and gently pull from mold.


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The Fab Fat

Have heard coconut and coconut milk are off limits because of their high fat content?
Coconut is indeed high in saturated fat. (A half cup of shredded raw coconut contains 13 grams of fat, 12 of which are saturated). But that does not mean you should avoid it altogether. Those saturated fats are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which unlike other saturated fats, do not get stored as fat. In fact, research indicates consuming MCTs can actually accelerate metabolism and fat loss. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2008, researchers found overweight subjects who consumed an oil entirely composed of MCTs and who reduced their overall caloric intake lost more weight and more body-fat than the control group, who were given olive oil, which primarily contains monounsaturated fats, so next time you are hankering for coconut don’t deny yourself this tropical treat. It may bring you one step closer to your beach-ready physique.

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Coconut Water And Its Benefits

Coconut water
Coconuts are one of the richest sources of electrolytes, chlorides, potassium and magnesium with some amount of sugar, sodium and protein. Coconut water has the highest concentration of electrolytes than anything else found in nature. This makes it an excellent source of hydration. The potassium content benefits blood pressure and heart function. Coconut water is also found to have dietary fiber, manganese, calcium, riboflavin and vitamin C. Some research has shown coconuts to have cytokinins which have significant anti aging, anti carcinogenic and anti thrombotic effects.

The water of fresh green coconuts is actually fat free and has zero cholesterol and some studies even go as far as to say that it increases the HDL levels in the body. It is low in fat though rich in vitamins and the potassium level is twice the amount found in bananas. Drinking coconut water helps a person to lose weight as it is low in fat and it keeps a person feeling full and reduces food cravings. It is a storehouse of important nutrients, B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, thiamin and pyridoxine, and folates. It has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. These help when a person has flu or herpes, both of which are due to viral infections.

Many athletes may want to consider adding coconut water to their post-workout nutrition regime. On a macronutrient level 1 cup of coconut water contains 46 calories, 2 grams of protein, 9 grams of carbs and 1 gram of fat, but the micronutrients give this beverage its health power. It also boasts 252 milligrams of sodium, 600 milligrams of potassium, 60 milligrams of magnesium and 58 milligrams of calcium. Sodium and potassium are critical electrolytes that must be replaced after workouts. Coconut water appears to be more of an effective post-workout recovery drink than Gatorade and other sports drinks.

Coconut water
A study published in the Journal of Physiology Anthropology and Applied Human Science reported subjects consumed coconut water after working out in a heated room and achieving a state of dehydration. The coconut water rehydrated them just as well as a carbohydrate-electrolyte beverage, but was easier to drink and caused no stomach upset. Because it contains fewer calories than sports beverages, try mixing your post-workout protein(s) with coconut water to improve recovery.

Coconut water is generally recommended during pregnancy as it helps in constipation, heart burn and slow digestion. The lauric acid present in coconut water has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which boost the body’s immune system.

Tender coconut water is very beneficial to a person with kidney stones due to its minerals, potassium and magnesium content. This water also acts as a diuretic as it increases the flow and production of urine. Most urologists recommend coconut water every alternate day as it can reduce the size of kidney stones and even help eliminate them.

Also coconut water is wonderful for the skin. When coconut water is applied to affected skin areas with acne, spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and eczema and left overnight for two to three weeks, it clears up the skin and gives you a youthful-looking smooth skin. It can be applied to hands and nails for its smoothening and repairing properties.

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High Protein, Low Carb Chocolate Cups

Here is a high protein, very low carb chocolate cups Recipe. Enjoy! 🙂

Melt a bar (50g) of 99% chocolate (for example from the brand Lindt), 2 tsp coconut oil, and a bit of your favourite sweetener in a glass bowl on top of a boiling pot of water.

While melting the chocolate, mix the following in a bowl to form the protein “stuffing”.

1/4 cup of chocolate protein powder
1/4 cup of ground mixed nuts
1/8 cup of coconut flour
1/4 cup of ground oats
1/2 cup of almond milk

Once the chocolate is melted, pour a thin layer into silicone muffin mold/chocolate molds. Once you have 10-12 pieces poured, place in freezer for 10 minutes.

After the chocolate has hardened in the freezer, place stuffing on top of frozen chocolate base, leaving room for more chocolate on top. Freeze for 10 more minutes.

Once the filling has set, pour the remaining 1/2 of your chocolate on top of each piece. Freeze for 10 more minutes and then eat. YUMMIE!