Mar 222013
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1.  Warm Water & Lemon

This has been a drink I often have.  It’s something so simple that is easily overlooked but is loaded with a bunch of health benefits.  I’ve come across studies that have mentioned to replace your morning cup of coffee with this drink.  I’m sorry, I will never get rid of my morning coffee.

The key ingredient is of course a lemon which has an oil nutrient known as D-limonene.  It’s a natural compound that is loaded with antioxidants, it has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, aids in increasing metabolism which leads to weight management.

Best way to prepare your morning kickstart to health is by squeezing the juice from half a lemon into a mug of warm water.  It MUST be warm water.  Here are a few more reasons this drink is considered one of the Healthiest Drinks:

  • Boosts immune system.  Lemons have a packed with vitamin C and potassium.
  • Helps with digestion.  The warm water helps the shuttling of the lemon minerals and vitamins through your intestines to grab a hold of toxins.
  • Clears skin.  Did you know vitamin C helps decrease in blemishes and wrinkles? I didn’t.
  • Hydrates the lymph system.  Helps prevent dehydration and adrenal fatigue.  When you suffer from adrenal fatigue your body doesn’t function properly which leads to toxin build up, stress, fatigue, and a bunch of other crappy stuff.

2.  Coffee

I had to.  It’s a drink I will never stop, so I have to find the benefits of coffee.  Just to clear things up, I am not talking about the Cafe Mocha Latte or whatever fancy drinks you can find at Starbucks.  This is just straight up black coffee.  This is what I had to dig up:

  • A study discovered that participants who consumed 3-5 cups of coffee per day, decreased their chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
  • A study done in Japan showed that men consuming 1-2 cups a day reduced their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease my 38%.

I honestly had to put coffee on this list to make me feel better about my coffee addiction. (Cough: You can always buy me a cup of coffee in the right sidebar)

3. Green Tea

When I travelled to Japan, I was obsessed with their green tea.  I even bought a full on tea ceremony kit.  The sushi restaurants had green tea dispensers at the table.  GENIUS.  I am definitely going back for another visit.  But anyways, green tea.  Without knowing the health benefits, for some of us who do consume green tea can tell that it does something to our bodies.  You may feel a bit lighter and you may find yourself waking up at 3 am to use the restroom.

Green tea comes from infused Camellia sinensis plant.  So of course just like anything with me. I wanted to find the health benefits behind this ancient drink from Asia:

  • Weight loss.  Green tea increases your metabolism.  Remember fast metabolism means an easier time managing your weight.
  • Lowers Cholesterol. There are bad cholesterol and good cholesterol.  Green tea helps keep the bad cholesterol under control.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure.  What else can I say? It helps lower your blood pressure.
  • Diabetes.  Helps regulate glucose levels by slowing down the rise of blood sugar after eating.  This also means it fights to prevent high insulin spikes which leads to fat storage.
  • Heart Disease.  When I saw this, I immediately read more.  I take heart disease very serious because it runs in my family.  Scientist have found green tea to protect against the formation of clots, and help keep blood vessels stay relaxed to control blood pressure.

4.  Red Wine

Now, this is in moderation.  Studies have shown that 1-2 glasses a day can help increase your HDL, that’s the good cholesterol.  The same kind of cholesterol that Coconut Oil helps increase.  Red wine is known to have a compound called resveratrol which makes all the magic happen along with other antioxidants and flavonoids that can be found in red win.

Disclaimer.  Although research found benefits of 1-2 glasses of red wine a day, DOES NOT mean you can do simple math and think, So that means I can have anywhere from 7-14 glasses of wine within the week.  WOO! Aloha Friday here I come!

Easy there tiger.

5.  Black Cherry Juice

One of my uncles, well more than one of my uncles, suffer from gout.  At a one point he was in so much pain that he had to get drugged up and couldn’t even walk.  As we all tried to research what else could he do to help, we came across Black Cherry Juice.  What I found not only helped him but also grabbed my attention when it mentioned how it helped in muscle soreness from exercise.

The money making compound for on Black Cherry Juice is anthrocyanin.  This compound is found to have awesome abilities to make wonders happen.  Here is a quick list to give you an idea:

  • Anti-inflammatory agent.  Like I said, it helps out with gout.  It has also been found to help reduce muscle soreness following workouts known as DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness).
  • Aids in sleeping.  It releases the hormone melatonin which helps your body relax and fall asleep naturally.
  • Other benefits: lowers blood pressure, protects the heart, good eye health, and anti-arthritic.

Note: If you choose to get Black Cherry juice, make sure the bottles doesn’t say from concentrate. It should say PURE.  Concentrate means there are additives in there you don’t want.  Also, the juice has a pretty big bite so feel free to dilute it a little.

6.  Aipa’s Muscle Shake

spinach protein shake

I have to throw my favorite healthy shake I make practically every day, if not a couple times a day.  I’m definitely a chef at heart who loves to play with with and experiment. This is a great shake to have as a meal replacement.  Don’t have time to make something to eat? Take 5 minutes and create this shake:

Step 1: Pick a Fruit (banana, strawberries, mangos, pineapple, froze berries, NO concentrated froze fruit)

Step 2: Pick a Veggie (kale, spinach, swiss chard, cucumber, powdered greens, etc.) – personally I’m not a big fan of throwing veggies in my shakes, I’m just throwing this option out there.

Step 3: Pick a Protein Powder (whey, casein, soy, etc.) – there are some protein powders out there that mix better than others.

Step 4: Pick a Nut/See (almonds, walnuts, cashews, or some sort of nut butter)

Step 5: Pick a liquid (milk, almond milk, soy milk, water, green tea)

I’m all about experimenting and figuring out exactly what works for me. Here is a recipe I’ve used quite often:

  • 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein
  • 4 of Greek Yogurt (Fage or Chobani)
  • 1 banana
  • 1.5 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • dash of cinnamon

The nutritional break down: 471 Calories
Protein: 35 g, Carbs: 50 g, Fat: 13 g

Mahalo. Aloha. A hui hou.

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