Clean Cut Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup

Clean Cut Chilled Avocado & Cucumber Soup

Purely summer refreshing!  This super quick and easy summer go to cold soup can be made in 10 minutes and tastes delicious ocean or pool side!  Pair with a Clean Cut summer cocktail and enjoy!

Clean Cut Chilled Avocado Cucumber Soup 

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled & seeded & cut in pieces + 1 cucumber diced to stir in at finish
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded, quartered
  • 1 scallion, cut in pieces or chopped onion
  • 1 garlic cloves
  • 2 T. fresh parsley
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ c. plain greek yogurt
  • 1 c. cold water-may add more to desired consistency
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Mint leaves

Puree all ingredients except 1 diced cucumber in blender till smooth. May add additional water at end to thin slightly. Stir in diced cucumber stirring after transferring to bowl.  Add some mint leaves for taste and garnish.

Adjust any seasonings to taste.

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Are You Dehydrated?  Why Himalayan Pink Salt Could Be Your Answer!

Are You Dehydrated? Why Himalayan Pink Salt Could Be Your Answer!

Are You Dehydrated?

How can you be? You drink half your body weight in ounces, right?
Some classic signs of dehydration are: Dry mouth, muscle cramps, heart palpitations, light headedness, weakness, decrease in urination or it’s a dark yellow color.  Do you have any of these?
We’ve been told that water makes up approximately 45 – 75% of our body weight.  We want to absorb this water into our cells (known as intracellular). When we can’t absorb it correctly the water stays on the outside of our cells (known as extracellular), this is when we retain water, swollen fingers and feet. Water is actually a nutrient that we cannot live without it.
Here’s a Fun fact:  there are three ways we lose water, sweating, elimination (urination and bowel movements) and breathing… yes breathing.  You know that smoke you see coming out of your mouth when it’s cold out… yup it’s water. The combination of all three is approximately 2.2 liters of water a day (2.0 liters a day from sweating and elimination and 0.2 from breathing). Now you know why you’ve always been told, 8 cups of water a day = your 2.2 liters (roughly 68 ounces), note if you add exercise into your daily routine you water intake must also increase.
So how can we ensure all the fluids we are drinking are being absorbed into our cells keeping us hydrated and supporting our overall cellular health?
The solution:  Himalayan Pink Salt.  This really is the salt of the earth.  It’s the salt that does the trick.   Here’s a little history on this essential nutrient:   Himalayan Pink Salt is mined in the Himalayan Mountains from an ancient sea bed (approximately 250,000 million years old) which maintains its purity.   You may ask “why not sea salt”… for example: Celtic Sea Salt ? Well as we all know the oceans are contaminated; hence so is sea salt.

Here’s how this amazing natural product works.  Himalayan Pink Salt is very different from table salt.  Table salt has been stripped of all its nutrients and minerals leaving it with just one, sodium chloride, which will not absorb into your cells.  Himalayan Pink Salt has 84 trace minerals needed to keep our bodies regulated and working properly.
First, I’ll tell you how to use it in your daily life then I’ll list all the amazing benefits of this mineral from the earth.
STOP using any other salt ever, ever again.  Replace it with Himalayan Pink Salt.
According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, adding 1/8-1/4 tsp to every liter of water you drink has enormous health benefits. You can cook with it, top your food with it or even just eat it straight up. I can promise – you will NOT retain water using any of these methods.  Additionally, forget all the sports drinks, most of them contain nothing but sugar or a sugar substitute.
The health benefits match some of those with magnesium.  Imagine how simple it is to put these two in your life and how much better you will feel.
The BENEFITS of Himalayan Pink Salt:
  1. Improves hydration, giving your body 84 minerals it needs to allow your cells to absorb water
  2. Balances PH levels bringing them to a more alkaline level (healthy zone)
  3. Balances blood sugar levels (works with your thyroid and adrenal glands and supports hormone balance, which all lead to weight management)
  4. Improves vascular health, lowering blood pressure
  5. Cleanses the sinuses, post nasal drip, lung function and acts as an antihistamine
  6. Reduces risk and aids in asthma
  7. Increases absorption in your gut and helps detox the digestive tract
  8. Calms inflammation of the skin, like an eczema
  9. Helps reduce the signs of aging by hydrating your skin with antioxidants properties
  10. Improves your sleeping habits
  11. Increases bone strength
  12. Reduces muscle cramps and acts as a natural electrolyte
  13. Helps the central nervous system communicate, which is the center of it all
  14. Oh…. and enhances libido 🙂
Site *Dr. Alan Mandell
Not only is this salt delicious, now you can enjoy it knowing it will actually hydrate you along with all these other amazing health benefits.  Another easy, cheap, simple tip to add to your already new healthy lifestyle.
What Is Magnesium and Why We Love It!

What Is Magnesium and Why We Love It!

What is the deal with MAGNESIUM?

Magnesium has the ability to relax your muscles and nerves.  Ever get a leg cramp, eye twitch, racing heart, constipation or insomnia?  You are probably missing magnesium.

What does magnesium do?  It aids in regulating muscle and nerve function, levels out our blood sugar and pressure, makes protein and builds strong bones.

This super mineral found in green leafy vegetables, dark chocolate, flax, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, dried herbs, beans and lentils, brown rice, avocados, almonds, yogurt and bananas (to list a few) contains this super mineral that seems to cure most of the population’s chronic ailments.  See chart below for a list of the top 46 out of almost 100 symptoms.

According to Dr. Carolyn Dean, 80% of the US population is magnesium deficient.  With that statistic, I would say most of us are walking around missing this crucial mineral.  Even if we eat most of the foods listed above and if the farmers don’t add magnesium to their soil these foods themselves are deficient, leading us to use an over-the-counter supplement to ensure we are getting the correct amount daily.

WHAT IS MAGNESIUM GOOD FOR AND WHAT ARE THE DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS?

Below is a list of forty-six conditions that you may experience if you are low on magnesium:

    1. Acid reflux
    2. Adrenal fatigue
    3. Alzheimer’s disease
    4. Anger
    5. Angina
    6. Anxiety and Panic Attacks
    7. Arthritis
    8. Asthma
    9. Atherosclerosis with calcium deposits.
    10. Blood Clots
    11. Bowel issue or disease
    12. Brain dysfunction
    13. Cold extremities
    14. Cholesterol elevation
    15. Confusion
    16. Cystitis
    17. Depression
    18. Detoxification
    19. Diabetes
    20. Fatigue
    21. Fibromyalgia
    22. Food cravings (sweet, salt, carbs)
    23. Headaches
    24. Heart disease
    25. Hypertension
    26. Hypoglycemia
    27. Indigestion
    28. Inflammation
    29. Insomnia
    30. Irritable bowel syndrome
    31. Kidney disease
    32. Kidney stones
    33. Migraines
    34. Muscle cramps or spasm
    35. Muscle twitching or weakness
    36. Musculoskeletal conditions
    37. Nerve problems
    38. Obstetrical and gynecological problems
    39. Osteoporosis
    40. Parkinson’s disease
    41. Paranoia
    42. Raynaud’s syndrome
    43. Restlessness
    44. Shortness of breath

 

  1. Sports injuries
  2. Tooth Decay

Source: Dean, The Magnesium Miracle, 3rd ed. (2014)

What type of magnesium should you take?  There are many types of magnesium and they all work, but the top two that provide the highest amount of absorption are Magnesium Glycinate which is best for those trying to correct their deficiency.  The other is Magnesium oxide or citrate.  These have a 60% absorption and a stool softening property.  If you take too much of any magnesium your body has the ability to ride it, usually causing diarrhea and not allowing you to overdose on it.

How much is the correct daily dose?  This answer varies on how deficient you are, how active you are, if you are on any medication and your current diet.  As a rule, a male or female 19 year or older should start with 400 mg daily. If you don’t have any immediate effects, like sleeping better or less leg cramps – up your dose to 600 mg daily and so on.  Some people take as much at 1200 mg daily. You will know if you have taken too much… if it causes diarrhea.

When should you take it?  Again, this depends on how you tolerate it.  Before bed is always a good time to start because, as mentioned, it relaxes you and helps for a better night’s sleep.  You can also take it in a powder form (known as CALM) and sip on it throughout the day or take a shot at night. If you find you like 2-3 doses spread throughout the day – that also works.

Our bodies have a system called ATP.  This is how we create energy. ATP has a cycle known as the KREB cycle.  Magnesium is responsible for 6 of the 9 steps in this system. If knowing that small piece of info doesn’t make you question how important magnesium is for us –  I’m not sure what will… except maybe giving it a try and seeing how much better you will feel overall.

Brands we have researched and have come out on top in studies:

Mega-genics Magnesium Glycinate

Now Foods Magnesium Citrate

Life Extension Neuro-Mag

Dr. Best High Absorption 100% Chelated (I take this one)

Viva Labs

Natural Vitality CALM powder (comes in flavors)

JigSaw Health

Solar Citrate

KAL Glycinate

Sundown Naturals

 

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