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Juicing: Natural Energiser JuiceI am of no doubt that drinking freshly juiced vegetables and fruits has massively improved my health in so many ways. Now Men’s Fitness are sharing some juice recipes to help boost brainpower, immunity and energy levels!

The article talks about how the juicing trend has taken off and that juice cleanses or detox programs that flush toxins from the body provide genuine benefits. But there’s more to juice than its detoxifying qualities.

Men’s fitness says “By juicing your own fruits and vegetables to supplement your regular diet, you can improve your general health or even target specific areas, like the immune system.”

Juice for immunity:

“You want to make sure your juice has beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E,” says Angela Ginn, R.D. You can increase its beta-carotene kick and sweetness by adding mango, apricot, or both.

Ingredients:

1 golden beetroot
3 large carrots
4 stalks celery
½ cucumber
½ thumb of giner
1 medium pear

Juice for cognition (attention, memory, producing and understanding language, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making):

Look for foods with antioxidants that boost cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain. Beets, a natural vasodilator, are a great starting point, but you have other options, too. “It would be more of your blueberries and blackberries,” says Ginn. You can also enrich your juice with potassium from sources like bananas or coconut water to keep your brain cells firing efficiently.

Ingredients:

1 beetroot
1 sweet potato
3 medium carrots

Juice for energy:

Energy is calories,” says Andrea N. Giancoli, R.D., “but there are some vitamins and minerals that are important for the release of energy and for metabolizing foods so we can get energy— vitamins like b2 and b6, and minerals like magnesium and copper. And you can find all of those in spinach.” Pumpkin and sweet potato would be good additions, too, with low-glycemic carbs for sustained energy.

Ingredients:

1 apple
2 large carrots
2 stalks celery
½ cucumber
2 cups spinach

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Cystic Fibrosis A Race We Must Win2013 Miles in 2013

I am doing my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust as I have been surprised since I started fundraising for the CF Trust just how many people are unaware of this disease and so I hope my efforts will not just raise money, but also awareness of the UK’s most most common life-threatening inherited disease.

The first person to commit to sponsoring my 2013 mile challenge has committed to 1p per mile (£20.13 in total) and this got me thinking. I am hoping that as many as possible of those reading this will commit to do the same and the best thing is, if each person does this on a “pay as you go” type approach all you will need to part with is approx £2 just after each pay day. In January I completed 205.9 miles, in February I completed a further 200.9 miles, in March I completed 185.7 miles and in April I completed 192.1 miles. If you can please spare £7.85 to help the Cystic Fibrosis Trust it will be greatly appreciated.

The easiest way to give your sponsorship is to visit my Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/2012-AYearWithoutBeer-CF.

2013 Miles in 2013 – The rules

The rules for my 2013 miles in 2013 challenge are quite simple:

  1. All miles must be completely self powered (no motors, sails, etc)
  2. I must be able to evidence all miles, either via GPS or with a picture of any static gym equipment

To complete my 2013 miles I will be running, cycling, rowing and who knows, I might even try a few other self powered methods along the way.