Category: Healthy

How to Make Your Own Healthy Fruit Drink

Why would you want to make your own healthy fruit drink? Because it’ll have more antioxidants, of course!

There are tons of so-called “healthy fruit drinks” on the market. You see them in the fridge at the grocery store – some even have pictures of sparkling pomegranate and blueberries, and claims like “source of antioxidants”.

Is this kind of juice that healthy though? Don’t fall for the commercials you see on TV.

The boxed and bottled juice at the store (no matter how healthy-looking the label is) is not healthy for three reasons:

1. It contains up to 1 tsp of natural sugar per ounce

Not good for diabetics, obesity, or those with high blood pressure.

2. It has no fiber

Fiber soaks up and binds all the toxic matter into one package for the body to eliminate. It also balances pH, promotes weight loss, slows sugar absorption, reduces cancer, reduces cholesterol, prevents hemorrhoids and ulcers, and strengthens the heart.

Learn more about healthy fiber foods here.

3. It is pasteurized

The fruit juice is heated at high temperature for preservation reasons. This means it loses its beneficial enzymes, and 25-80% of nutrients and antioxidants!


Making your own healthy fruit drink is such a better option. Plus it saves packaging, and it’s easy.

Of course, eating ripe organic fruit is still the best and easiest option. But sometimes you want something a bit more exotic, or to entertain guests.


It’s as simple as throwing everything in the best blender for smoothies. You should research on the internet before choosing the blender which you will use for making smoothies for along time.

If you want the benefits of fibre, use your blender to make these delicious smoothie recipes:

(Hint: the recipes yield 2-3 servings, so share your healthy fruit drinks!)

2 bananas

1 pint strawberries

½ avocado

1 cup water


2 bananas

1 pint blueberries

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice or 2 whole oranges


2 frozen bananas

2 mangos or 1 ½ cup frozen mango chunks

GREEN SMOOTHIE (You haven’t had a green smoothie? TRY THIS OUT!)

1 banana

1 mango

1 kiwi

2/3 handfuls of spinach

3/4 cup water

• Green smoothies – the new way to eat leafy greens

•Click here for more amazing smoothie recipes and fun



If you like a light clear drink, you can juicecombinations of fruits (using a juicer).

This way you can also sneak veggies into the juice, without compromising flavour or sweetness.

Use a juicer to make these healthy fruit drinks:


5 pears

3 carrots

1 apple


3 apples

½ lemon

1 bunch kale


2 apples

1 beet

3 carrots

Some of these healthy fruit drink recipes are from Fresh: The Ultimate Live-Food Cookbook by Sergei and Valya Boutenko.

I love using it for light and fresh antioxidant-packed recipes. There’s over 250 easy recipes, and they are totally original. Sergei and Valya’s simple and gourmet food has flavour unlike anything you ever tasted.

“Not only do Sergei and Valya prepare the most delicious raw foods, which is talent enough, but the clarity, wisdom, and insights they share about foods and health are breathtaking. This book is a must-read for any aspiring health seeker – no question. What they teach now is unbelievably cutting-edge, and everyone should know it.”

The Incredible Benefits of Antioxidants

There are many benefits of antioxidants. They have major significance in the prevention of many diseases. This includes cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease, some forms of cancer, and age-related disorders.

Your body needs antioxidants to:• Slow down aging, live longer

• Look and feel healthier, younger and more vibrant

• Fight off most any degenerative disease

• Reduce the risk of cancer

Even in the 1990s, people still weren’t generally aware of what antioxidants did. Many people thought that they were a digestion aid.

Now, most people know that antioxidants are vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that work as a network to keep the body youthful, the heart strong, and the mind clear.

Antioxidants prevent oxidation.

Antioxidants have long been used to prevent foods from spoiling.

If they do that to food, imagine what they are doing for the inside of your body!

An apple turns brown when you slice it – it’s called oxidation. The inside of our bodies suffer a similar reaction over time, with the accumulation of free radical damage.

By squirting lemon (a powerful vitamin C antioxidant) on the apple, you can prevent it from turning brown as fast. This is similar to how the benefits of antioxidants save our bodies from “spoilage” (disease and aging).

Eating a diet high in these nutrients, and even helping it along with therapeutic antioxidant supplementation, has tremendous benefits for your mental and physical health.

“By controlling free radicals, antioxidants can make the difference between life and death, as well as influence how fast and how well we age.

The more you understand about antioxidants and how they work, the more you will understand and appreciate the profound role they have in keeping you healthy and happy.

Their role in the human body is nothing less than miraculous.”



• Do you need coffee in the morning?

• Do you have a hard getting to sleep?

• Do you get aches in your joints?

• Is your hair too oily or dry?

• Do you have acne, blemishes, zits, blackheads or dry skin?

• Do you sweat excessively?

• Is your pee a bright or dark yellow color?

• Do you get constipation, diarrhea or nausea?

• Do you have low energy and no motivation to exercise?

• Does your weight get in the way of things you want to do?

• Do you get too sore the day after you exercise?

• Do you have cellulite?

• Do you have bad breath?

…The list goes on.

If your answer is yes for any of these, it’s because you aren’t getting the benefits of enough antioxidants in your system.

As Bryce Wylde from the Antioxidant Prescription says, “We live in an era strangely cursed and blessed”.

The toxins that create free radicals surround us! There’s no getting away from them.
Free radical creating factors are in our water, our soil, our air, and embedded into our lifestyles (lack of sleep, deadlines, work, and relationship stress).

To balance the damaging free radical load that causes “dis”–ease, aging, cancer and the like, we should be getting more antioxidants than ever. That is done by consuming more antioxidant rich foods, herbs and even supplements.

Unfortunately, the case is the opposite. The average American doesn’t get nearly half the recommended intake each day, and can’t feel the many benefits of antioxidants.

Want to make a change?

Not Sure About Red Wine Antioxidants…?

There is a lot of buzz about red wine antioxidants; namely its resveratrol, quercetine and bioflavanoids.

But does this mean you should start drinking red wine for your health? Or is this an excuse to continue alcohol consumption?

We look at arguments from two health experts:

In the recent field of antioxidant study on the body, many professionals will recommend moderate intake of red wine (no more than 1 wine glass a day) for its high antioxidant content.

What about the alcohol content though? Health professionals have always told us that alcohol is a definite no-no. There is no place for it in a healthy diet – because of its effect on the liver, kidneys, and cells in general.

o the debate is up on red wine antioxidants.

I will present both sides of the argument, and then let you decide what is right for you.

Personally, I believe that moderate consumption of red wine in social situations is nothing to be afraid of. But I don’t think taking it up as a daily hobby is necessary if you feel you need more antioxidants for your health.

There are better ways… consider flavanol rich chocolate!

Nevertheless, here are the arguments:

It is established that red wine antioxidants are greater than those in black tea, orange juice, and apple juice.

Dr Bryce Wylde (author of The Antioxidant Prescription) says “One glass of red wine (preferably Cabernet because of the higher ORAC value and the procyanidin content) per day for women and two for men is ideal.

By glass, I mean no more than 150 to 300 mL (5 to 10 ounces). Lots of studies suggest that red wine can keep you smarter, maintain a healthy and strong heart and protect your blood vessels from plaque development.”

The most studied antioxidant in red wine is resveratrol.

Dr Wylde tells us that “The potent antioxidant substances resveratrol and quercetin, found in red grapes, also protect your heart against damaging free radicals.

But the amount of resveratrol in red wine isn’t enough; to reap resveratrol’s benefits, you’ll need the supplement form…Resveratrol in the high amounts found in supplements can protect against cancer and reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases, gastric ulcers, stroke and even osteoporosis.”

Red wine offers many other health benefits, including a reduction in platelet aggregation (blood stickiness) and flexibility of blood vessels that go to the brain.

It’s interesting to note that the antioxidant value of red grape juice in its pure form is nearly as good for you as red wine. Drinking wine occasionally at parties does not necessitate alcoholic help, but doing so with increasing frequency and in much larger quantities might.

For some, it might be best to just avoid red wine for the reason that alcohol is highly addictive.

Dr Wylde also acknowledges the risk of over-consumption, because many of us can find it hard to stop drinking at one or two glasses.

Going over the limit (more than a glass or two) leads the creation of free radicals, not protection from them.

Warning about the negative effects of alcohol consumption.“Liver cirrhosis as a result of alcohol abuse is one of the ten leading causes of death in the United States.

Individuals with a family history of alcohol problems should not begin drinking in response to any positive studies of the benefits of red wine, nor should those with pre-existing health conditions, including:

• Arrhythmias or irregular heartbeats

• High blood pressure

• Liver disease

• Severe acid reflux

• Sleep apnea

• Stomach ulcers

Alcohol may also interfere with certain prescription medications, making them lethal or ineffective.

Excessive or chronic use of any alcohol can result in a number of health conditions:

• Elevated levels of triglycerides in the blood

• Increased risk of breast cancer

• Increased risk of cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx and esophagus

• Increased risk of liver cancer

• Liver cirrhosis

• Obesity

• Osteoporosis”

When it comes to red wine antioxidants, it’s all about moderation.

Can we honestly say it is healthful though?

Yes, there are many antioxidants in red wine, which we know are necessary to combat free radical damage, but we should weigh the pros and cons carefully.

Do the negative effects outweigh the positive effects of red wine antioxidants?

MD Gabriel Cousens (MD, homeopathic physician, Tree of Life, author of Spiritual Nutrition) believes that maintaining healthy cell “terrain” is the key to optimal health.

He talks about fermentation in the body by microscopic life forms – mycrozymas. They are living colloidal elements that feed off and ferment the sugar in our system.

The mycrozyma is the smallest living unit in nature and in our bodies, much smaller than cells.

When the body got too acid/toxic the natural fermentation process in the body is accelerated, and there is a “morbid evolution” of the microzymas.

They mutate into bacteria, yeast, fungus, and eventually mold. As these “morbid” forms from the microzymas develop, they feed on our vital body substances and produce more toxins, which we call mycotoxins.

This toxic process is behind all degenerative disease and aging.

Gabriel Cousens knows what he’s talking about. He has been studying cell biology and observing this effect in people’s blood samples for many years.

Dr Cousens affirms that alcohol is one of the factors contributes to mycotoxic process. He advises us to avoid it in general.

In his book Spiritual Nutrition he writes:

“…Red wine also has a number of phenolics, the most important being resveratrol and quercetin, which alter gene expression and enhance phenotypic expression to protect against blood clot formation as in heart disease. Resveratrol also has certain anti-aging qualities that are recently being touted to mimic the calorie restriction effect.

However, red wine also has the downside of being alcohol. Alcohol does many things to disregulate and undermine healthy gene expression, particularly in the neurotransmitter systems, as well as other systems in the body. Resveratrol, quercetin, and the bioflavanoids can easily be gotten from substances other than red wine.” (P 322)


My conculsions…

Do not fear red wine!

The truth is that most of us drink, at least socially.

Of course organic Cabernet red wine is a far healthier choice than liquor, beer, or even white wine. In fact, in small quantities it has beneficial effects (moreso for people of Mediterranean descent).

Just remember moderation is key.

However, this is not a reason to take up drinking a glass a day (if you don’t already). There are still many better food and drink choices if you want the equivalent of red wine antioxidants’ boost to your diet.

If you are concerned with complete and optimal health, have the exisiting conditions mentioned above, or are doing a cleansing diet, you should avoid red wine – due to the alcohol content.

Otherwise, in Bryce Wylde’s words “Live a little!” and enjoy a few benefits of red wine antioxidants.


What They Don’t Want You to Know About Acai Drinks

Acai drinks have taken America by storm, but are many claims just hype?
There are some misconceptions about the healthfullness and freshness of the acai fruit drink. Especially the juice available in the grocery store, or even health food store.

The truth is, that unless you live in Brazil (near an acai palm tree), you’re not going to get fresh acai.

Even though it’s not fresh, it’s still better than drinking pop, or pasteurized milk, or whatever else you might have eaten instead of drinking the sweet, deep purple juice. But it might not be the miraculous potion it’s cut out (and priced) to be.

You can’t get fresh squeezed acai berry juice anywhere else in the world.

So then, what are you getting?

Conventional juice is ALWAYS pasteurized. Whether it is “flash pasteurized” or just “pasteurized” makes little of a difference.

When a food is heated past 120 F, ALL of its enzymes are destroyed, and it loses up to 80% of its other nutrients, including vital antioxidants as well.

Everything that’s bottled and sitting in the fridge at the grocery store is pasteurized (it’s the law here in North America). Check the bottle and you will find the label!

Many commercial acai berry drinks (very potent before processing), become just another pasteurized fruit drink, with water and many additives. Because the acai juice was initially very nutritious, it retains many nutrients, even after pasteurization…but not nearly as much as it could!

Drinking fresh juice made with local berries might be more healthful.

Try juicing black currants, black raspberries or black berries. Or just eat them by the handful. Black currants grow throughout North America, and this little known berry is an antioxidant powerhouse too!

If you want something more, you can try the exotic acai drink and experience it for yourself. Make sure you choose the best quality.

What to look for in acai drinks

Th good news is you can still get the amazing benefits of acai in certain kinds of juice, you just need to know what to look for.

Even though most acai berry drinks are pasteurized, they are still much healthier than pop or milk, and most other pasteurized fruit juices anyways!

When looking for acai juice you want 100 % pure, sugar-free acai. It should be thick, unfiltered, and in a glass bottle. One of the best brands is best brands is Sambazon, but Trace Minerals Reasearch also makes a great acai drink with an ionic trace minerals complex.

An Alternative to “Flash Pasteurized”.

There is one good method that preserves the highly perishable acai berries – FREEZE DRYING.

Look for freeze dried organic acai products. Make sure it isn’t spray dried (at a high temperature with the carrier agent maltodextrin) and check the ingredients: it should be 100% acai.

BEWARE OF THE FREE TRIALS. There has been an explosion of free trial scams for acai weight loss products all over the internet. These free trial offers send the lowest quality product – spray dried butchered acai powder that is mostly filler – 75-95% dried corn starch!

Your best option is to buy (good quality) freeze dried powder and make your own acai drinks at home.

If you are going to purchase organic, freeze-dried acai, I recommend Madre Labs, Simply Acai.

Here are some delicious drink ideas:

Acai “Juice”

• 1-2 scoops freeze dried acai

• 1 cup water or freshly squeezed juice of your choice

Super Food Powerhouse Chocolate Smoothie:

You’ll be so buzzed from this you’ll want to jog to work in the morning! (Hint: skip the coffee) In your blender, combine:

• 3/4 cup almond milk

• 1 tbsp Acai powder

• 2 tbsp raw cacao powder

• 1 tbsp coconut oil

• 1 banana, or a few drops of stevia, to sweeten

• ½ tsp maca

Juice (freshly squeezed):

• 1 apple

• 3 carrots

• 2 tbsp Acai powder

Stir together until dissolved, enjoy.

Drinking Pure Antioxidant Water – Wetter Water

The basic substance on which all life is based is water – antioxidant water. Without water, life doesn’t happen.

So what is the mystery of water?

What is the mystery of the chemistry of life?

Any farmer can tell you that if there is not an adequate amount of moisture in the soil, no matter how abundant the nutrients may be, it will not germinate seeds.

water_jugThe same thing happens in our cells.

If the cells of the body are not being adequately hydrated with antioxidant water – regardless of how much nutrition we are providing them with – the intracellular processes begin to shut down.

We begin to lose life.

Choosing what water will best serve us then becomes very simple.

In order to remain our healthiest, most vibrant and efficiently operating selves, it is absolutely essential that we choose healthy, life-giving antioxidant water.

Unfortunately, the water coming through our taps today is anything but healthy.

Studies have shown that water in the United States contains more than 2100 chemicals, many of which have been implicated in causing cancer.

19 major US cities have water flowing through their pipes that is considered to be “highly polluted.” (Source: Clean Water Action Project of 2002, the Ralph Nader Group).

In its clean, natural form, water acts as a universal solvent that helps to bind toxins in the cells and remove them from the body. If we are drinking dirty, polluted water, not only are we stopping the natural process of detoxification and elimination, we are continuing to bombard the cells with all kinds of unhealthy materials.

Dr. Patrick Flanagan, founder of Phi Sciences and creator of Crystal Energy, has found a way to reverse this process. He has found a way to allow us to continue to detoxify our cells with pure, healthy, antioxidant water.

For over three decades, Dr. Flanagan has studied the remote regions of the world, including the Hunza Valley region of northern Pakistan, where the inhabitants are known to live long, active, and healthy lives –often living to be well over 100 years of age.

Other factors set aside, what he found in studying these places was that the surface tension of the water was much lower than what we find in the developed world. Lower surface tension allows for water that can be more easily absorbed into the cells of the body, thereby facilitating hydration, nutrient uptake and toxin removal.

Essentially, Dr. Flanagan had discovered “wetter water.”

Micro-cluster minerals, which are found in Crystal Energy, alter the structure of drinking water and reduce the surface tension. In effect, this produces the same effect on our water that has been found naturally in these pristine parts of the world.

By structuring water, we are creating “wetter water.” It has been demonstrated that “wetter water” is better assimilated by the cells, therefore greatly enhancing cellular hydration. Structured water also acts as a powerful antioxidant, which helps to keep us looking younger longer by slowing down the process of aging.

If you want optimal health, Dr. Gabriel Cousens strongly recommends that you begin drinking pure, structured water today. It is absolutely central to the practice of good health.

Crystal Energy is one of the most simple, direct ways to begin regaining your energy and vitality. Everyone should be using it. Your cells may be starving for water, and your whole body may be suffering as a result.

One bottle of Crystal Energy will last for up to three months, and so you will have adequate time to experiment and begin seeing the results. Many Blessings.