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In this category you’ll find articles on how you can benefit from healthy smoothies, the history of smoothies, the best smoothie tips ever, and other smoothie related subjects, such as a history and list of health benefits of exceptional smoothie ingredients like maca and cacao.

The Skinny on Fat: Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

The Skinny on Fat: Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

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Contrary to what you have long been told, fat is not your enemy. Even if you are trying to lose weight, there are certain types of fat that you should always include in your diet. Fat that is an integral part of any weight loss plan.

You might be surprised to find out that in addition to certain fats from nuts and vegetables, you should also include saturated, animal fats. You have long been told that these fats will cause heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and a number of other life-shortening diseases, but the experts have been wrong for a long time.

Learn more about fats, what they are, which ones you must avoid, and the huge impact the good ones can have on your health.

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The Wonderful Health Benefits of Tea

Tea Health BenefitsTea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water, and for good reason. Teas are tasty, relaxing, healthful, and drinking a cup of tea is a time-honored way of socializing with others. People have been drinking tea for thousands of years.

True tea, which means beverages made from the leaves of the tea plant, was first discovered in China, but cultures around the world make their own versions of tea from other plants. For instance, there is rooibos from Africa and yerba mate from South America. As you explore smoothie recipes and healthful ingredients, consider using tea as your liquid base. With teas you can add both interesting flavors and important health benefits.

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Detoxing with Smoothies

Detoxing with SmoothiesDetox is a trendy word in health and beauty circles. It is short for detoxification, which refers to removing toxins from your body or cleansing your body of pollutants and chemicals. Detoxing is an integral part of maintaining and achieving vibrant health, and can also be a quick route to losing weight.

We’re bombarded by chemicals and toxins on a daily basis. These come from the foods you eat, the air you breathe, the beauty products you apply to your body, and many other things you come into contact with. Ideally, we’d avoid coming into contact with all the bad guys, but that’s not possible. Our best bet is to reduce exposure and consume foods that help our body get the toxins out.

My personal detoxification strategy is to consume foods that bind to and help pass toxins out of the body, as well as those that support the body’s natural detoxification efforts. You can accomplish both of these at the same time with smoothies.

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Save Your Teeth with Smoothies

Healthy Teeth Smoothies

Practicing good dental hygiene, flossing and brushing regularly, seeing your dentist for check-ups and cleanings, go a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums in good health. But, hygiene is not the only factor in your dental health. What you eat and drink can also deteriorate or fortify your teeth.

Everything you put in your mouth has to get past your teeth and gums, and therefore impacts their health. If you know which ingredients harm, and which ones help, you can craft smoothie recipes that will not only not harm your teeth, but can even heal and strengthen both your teeth and gums.

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Smoothies vs Juicing: Which is Better?

Smoothies vs JuicingTo the untrained and inexperienced eye a smoothie and a juice might seem like the same thing or at least very similar. Although both are drinks that are typically made with fruits and vegetables, there are some significant differences between the two.

Smoothies include a greater variety of ingredients and have a thick consistency, while juices are simpler recipes and leave out the fiber and pulp of produce.

In terms of health and nutrition, both smoothies and juices can be great additions to your daily diet. There are pitfalls to watch out for with both, and you should always make your own rather than relying on store bought products. The latter are often high in calories, sugar, and preservatives. To help you decide which is better for your lifestyle, or to convince you that both juices and smoothies have a place in your diet, here is some more information about both.

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Stomach Soothing Smoothies

Stomach Soothing SmoothiesDigestion problems are not just uncomfortable, painful, and embarrassing, they are also fairly common. Many people struggle with disorders of the digestive tract, including those that cause discomfort and inflammation like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, acid reflux, ulcers, and just plain old indigestion with no particular diagnosis.

Rather than attacking your discomfort with drugs and medications that can cause side effects and may not even work, consider a natural approach. There are many ingredients that you can include in your daily smoothies that will help to soothe your irritated digestive tract.

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