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Calorie counting is for cooked food; different rules apply to raw food, and a high-raw diet is the quickest and easiest way to sustained weight loss, says Angela Stokes.
How many overweight wild antelope have you ever seen? What about morbidly obese zebras waddling around the savannah? Wild animals don’t deal with overweight or obesity issues. Wild animals don’t usually eat cooked or processed foods. They eat raw foods in their natural state and maintain ideal body weight.
Amy Levin offers up five fabulous cleansing recipes.
This beverage is especially beneficial for stiff joints and provides a source of lubrication for the entire system. Turmeric was used thousands of years ago and it’s still used today in Hindu religious ceremonies. This spice is believed to improve fertility. It’s a good antioxidant, great for the immune system and wonderful for egg health. The creator of this original drink (which calls for dairy milk), Yogi Bhajan, recommended cooking the turmeric before eating it.
With so many self-declared health experts and raw chefs flooding the internet with recipes and advice, it can be hard to know who to follow. One woman worth watching without a doubt is Ella Woodward, the voice behind Deliciously Ella – a fabulous foodie blogger that promotes wellness, plant-based foods, and, above all, tasty dishes that make you want more. She’s got a fantastic book out filled with some of her most popular recipes, two of which we’ve included here.
Get Fresh! Editor Sarah Herman caught up with Ella to find out about her student stock cupboard, dream kitchen, and where she’s headed next.
Endurance athlete and raw fan, Brendan Brazier talks lean muscles and protein on a plant-based diet.
Having been a competitive endurance athlete since the age of 15, I found that – once I overcame the initial pitfalls – a plant-based, whole food diet offered several advantages. Among them: I didn’t get sick as often, I was able to train harder, and I stayed light – yet became stronger. Clearly these are significant advantages when pursuing peak athletic performance. However, remaining light while having the ability to build muscular strength – and therefore functionality – was certainly one of the greatest attributes this novel way of eating bestowed upon me.
As endurance athletes, we don’t aspire to build muscular size (bulk), but rather to simply develop what muscle we do have to be strong, and thereby function efficiently. Building strength while not packing on bulk will raise strength-to-weight ratio. That’s good. And as a direct result, endurance takes a leap forward.
But what about strength athletes such as bodybuilders, can they benefit from a similar plant-based diet? Yes, in fact they can. While endurance athletes aim to develop efficient muscles without increasing their size, bodybuilders are quite the opposite.
Most of us think of minerals as being necessary for strong bones and teeth, but minerals do much more. In addition to providing us with shape and support for our skeleton, minerals are the “spark of life.” Minerals are essential in the diet and each plays unique and often multi-factorial roles as they act at all levels of the body – cells, tissues, organs, and the whole organism. All of our body processes depend upon the action of minerals to activate the enzymes which perform bodily functions we take for granted.
PUBLISHED: 12:12 GMT, 11 May 2015 | UPDATED: 18:45 GMT, 11 May 2015
FEMAIL tries Elle Macpherson's daily urine tests for five days to see if her much-loved pH balance strips really can help to achieve an alkaline balance - and a healthier life
One Femail reporter spent five days testing her urine to monitor whether her body was more acidic, or more alkaline
Elle, 51, recently revealed that she carries a pH balance urine tester kit with her wherever she goes to ensure her body is always alkaline
The model credits her unbelievable appearance to a strict alkaline diet, because she believes 'most ailments come from having an acidic body'
Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Chris Hemsworth are also believed to be devotees of the controversial diet
When 51-year-old Elle Macpherson revealed that her secret behind her age-defying appearance was carrying around a pH balance urine tester kit, many were left in disbelief. Was the key to mimicking the supermodel's seemingly eternal youth, and her enviably trim and toned abs, really just a few urine samples away?
After Elle candidly told the Evening Standard last month that she totes around a pack of urine strips to check if she is an 'alkaline state' - because she believes 'most ailments come from having an acidic body' - the Femail team was determined to see whether this was just another bizarre celebrity beauty ritual or an accessible way to keep your body perfectly balanced, as the ageless supermodel suggests.
Juice Master Jason Vale sings the praises of nature’s most health-enhancing elixir.
One of the most popular new super drinks of the 21st century is wheatgrass. I say ‘new’, but what I mean of course is new to most. Wheatgrass shots have in fact been around for centuries. The famous Swiss doctor Bircher-Benner was using powerful green juices as far back as the 1800’s and it is reported that as far back as the 16th century green juices were used to help treat all kinds of disease. And of all the green juices on earth, none is more nutritionally powerful than wheatgrass. In fact, it has been said that just one little shot of wheatgrass has the same nutritional value as 1kg of other leafy green vegetables. Whether that stat is actually true or not (after all how can one ever really know?) one thing is for sure: a tiny amount of this super green liquid can have a tremendous impact on every aspect of your health.
PUBLISHED: 22:10 GMT, 17 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:35 GMT, 18 May 2015
"Underneath her clothes, Faith Eckersall wears an usual accessory that she credits with her good health. When the 50-year-old wakes up, she picks up a stretchy band with six magnetic beads strung on it, and loops it around her waist.
KIKI always has a finger on the pulse with their comprehensive food and food supplement range. With a rapidly growing portfolio, and new contemporary branding, KIKI has always ensured that only the highest raw quality ingredients are selected. Each product is carefully and ethically processed to preserve and maximise the beneficial and potent elements. No fillers, binders or preservatives are ever added.
KIKI has not only just launched their new labels and branding, but also their new raw, Certified Organic range which include Coconut oil, Spirulina, Chlorella, Aloe Ferox Juice, Moringa Leaf powder, Pea Protein and Wheatgrass. Watch this space for more to come...
It is becoming widely recognised that the 21st century is putting undue stress on our bodies and immune systems. Processed food, pesticides and being bombarded with electrical pollution is taking its toll. Yet with better diet and the eradication of many deadly diseases, the possibility of our living to be 80 or 90 is practically taken for granted. To achieve this though, we will have to become familiar with ways of healing and maintaining our own bodies.
The general trend is to look for more natural ways of self-maintenance. Over the last few years, the public both in the UK and throughout the world is opening up to complementary and alternative medicine, actively searching for non-intrusive, drug-free and ultimately, safe methods that are known to work. We are entering a new era in self-managed health care, and ‘soft’ medical alternatives are increasingly preferred over drugs and surgery whenever possible. Magnotherapy is all of the above, and more.
Is a vegan diet – especially a raw vegan diet – actually dangerous? Are there things in meat, fish, eggs and dairy that you just can’t do without? To give the short answer, there are various nutrients that are either absent from plant foods, or hard to get enough of, and it is down to each of us to choose whether we want to get them from animal foods or from supplements – or be deficient in them, which is a third choice we have at our disposal.
Deficiencies can be quite deceptive. You may think everything is fine, only to find years later that you have a chronic deficiency, for instance of vitamin B12, that’s difficult to reverse and can significantly impact your health, and your quality of life, for the worse. Of course some of those who prefer to live without supplements or animal foods seem to be doing just fine, even years later. It’s rare, but it does happen.
“We must learn to balance the material wonders of technology with the spiritual demands of our human race.” John Naisbitt
It’s a worrying fact that we’re exposed to more pollution in our own homes than when we’re outdoors. Building materials, air fresheners and toxic chemicals in our cleaning and personal care products all add up.
The key to your best health and looks? Achieving the perfect bowel movement, says Tonya Zavasta.
Your external beauty is at its best when your internal organs are in the best possible shape, consistency and colour. Beautiful is not something extra the body needs: to be beautiful both inside and out is the natural state of one’s body. The vitality of internal organs, working properly, transcends your skin and brings a radiance to your face. This is when beauty does penetrate the skin.
So when we admire sparkling eyes, fabulous skin and lustrous hair, in a way we are admiring the teamwork of a healthy liver, colon, kidneys, and so on. How profound the direct meaning of the phrase “beauty comes from within” really is. Many negative skin conditions, such as acne or rosacea, are not skin problems, they are gut problems. So if you want to have a beautiful complexion, achieving an ideal bowel movement is a good place to start.
Health is about more than what you eat. Dr Brian Clement lists his top tips for physical and emotional health.
All too often, health-minded living fooders become ultra-focused on diet as the be all and end all. Although nutrition is an essential and powerful ally in the conquest of aging and disease, it alone cannot afford you complete, well-rounded and stable health. Over the many years I have directed the Hippocrates Health Institute, and in the 1970s, while heading health centres in Europe, I have discovered that there are many contributors in the process of creating physical and emotional health.
We will explore the key components that have validated themselves after my work with hundreds of thousands who either were battling disease or raising their level of well-being. Many perceive the thought of embracing more than one aspect of health- building to be an overwhelming proposition. What has become a revelation to me is that each of the seven major attributes in creating competence systematically affects the others, making each much easier to adapt and utilize.