7 Ways To Naturally Boost Your Child’s Immune System

7 ways to naturally boost your childs immune system
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Children’s immune systems can take a hit if they’re not being supported by healthy foods. As a results runny noses and constant colds can be pretty common with children in school. Having a strong immune system is not just about great genes. It’s about eating the right foods that can help strengthen your child’s immune system and prevent colds and flu. In children the immune system isn’t fully developed until they are 14 years old, which is why younger children are more susceptible to illnesses and infections.

Child eating vegetables

1. Eat healthy food

Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals and fibre. Children should be encouraged to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables – there is a rainbow of colours to choose from – which provides a rich source of antioxidants, instead of sugary snacks and fast food, which are high in fat and sugar. There is strong evidence to show that the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables can prevent chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases. Unless there is a major change in eating habits, more than a quarter of the next generation are piling up horrific health problems. I often blend vegetables into the food we have. A great tip is to add pureed broccoli and kale to stews or soups or add diced carrots and tomatoes to veggie burgers and bakes. Bell peppers, oranges, strawberries and other berries, carrots, squash, leafy greens, and apples will provide lots of vitamin A and C (which can help boost the immune system). For adults, aim for half your plate to be filled with fruits and vegetables, and for kids, aim for at least one third of their meals and snacks to consist of fruits and vegetables. 

Children Sleeping

2. Getting enough good sleep

Most children are not getting the required amount of sleep. Depending on age,  children need between ten and 14 hours of sleep per day. A lack of sleep can affect your childs immune system. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as a common cold virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast your child recovers if they do get sick. Quality of sleep is hugely important when it comes to building a child’s immune system. A top tip is to start small, by turning off devices such as a TV, tablet, games console or smartphone an hour before bed and set a consistent time for your child to go to sleep. Reading bedtime stories can help get a routine in place and is a great way to help them relax before they go to sleep. 

Child wash hands

3. Regular hand washing

Children frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make them and us sick. Touch transmits up to 80% of infections. By teaching your children to wash their hands after sneezing, coughing and going to the bathroom. Washing hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds can remove bacteria and viruses and can reduce the chance of lung infections by up to 45%. Antibiotics often are prescribed unnecessarily for these health issues. Reducing the number of these infections by washing hands frequently helps prevent the overuse of antibiotics—the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance around the world. Handwashing can also prevent people from getting sick with germs that are already resistant to antibiotics and that can be difficult to treat.


4. Toothbrushing Routine

Make sure that your child has their own toothbrush and it isn’t shared with siblings. If a child does get sick, then throw out their toothbrush straight away and replace it with a new one.  Store children’s toothbrushes away from the toilet so that bacteria don’t spread in the air, to the toothbrush. A toothbrush holder inside a cabinet is an ideal place to store a child’s toothbrush. Brushing teeth at any age helps prevent the build up of dangerous bacteria that can cause a variety of health problems inside and outside of your mouth. This is especially important for babies who are still developing a healthy immune system and have extra sensitivity as their teeth are coming in.

Children Exercising

5. Daily Exercise

Exercise increases the amount of natural killer cells (NKC) in both children and adults. Children are becoming increasingly sedentary, which is detrimental to their immune system.  A lack of exercise in children can result in health problems and obesity. Studies have shown that moderate intensity exercise has a beneficial effect on a child’s immune system. To get your children into a lifelong fitness habit, be a good role model. “Exercise with them rather than just urge them to go outside and play.” Why not try some family sports like skiing, hiking, cycling or tennis?

Childrens Prebiotics and Probiotics

6. Prebiotics and Probiotics

A child’s gut is home to an enormous population of bacteria. Homeostasis in this vast terrain is critical for the uptake of essential nutrients. Prebiotics are non-digestible nutrients that promote the growth of beneficial gut microbes. Think of them as food for good bacteria that promotes the growth of these good guys, thereby increasing their population in your child’s intestine.

Probiotics are bacteria or yeast that improve gut health. When your child consumes foods that contain probiotics, she increases her gut’s ratio of good bacteria to bad.

You can help restore your child’s bacteria balance by giving them foods that contain friendly bacteria such as yoghurts, or milk with added probiotics and by serving up food with prebiotic ingredients. Unlike probiotic bacteria, prebiotics are not destroyed when cooked, so are easy to include in everyday meals.


Juice Plus Childrens Health Study

7. Juice Plus Healthy starts for families

It can be very frustrating when your child won’t touch their fruit & vegetables, but are happy to eat sugary food! Juice Plus+ Chewables deliver added whole food based nutrition from up to 30 different fruits, vegetables, berries, and grains in a tasty, soft chewable form. The appealing taste comes from two all-natural sweeteners – tapioca syrup and organic cane syrup – with absolutely no high fructose corn syrup. It contains no artificial flavours or artificial colours and is 100% vegetarian; the ‘chewiness’ comes from fruit pectins, not gelatin. They will just think they are eating sweets!

One key component of the Healthy Starts for Families initiative with more than 1.5 million participating families and nearly 20 years of results, the Family Health Study helps you document the lasting, positive effects of the changes you and your family make.

›› 1 Register: Register as a Juice Plus+ customer and purchase the Juice Plus+ Capsules.

›› 2 Join: When you join the Family Health Study as a customer bonus and study participant, you receive our Juice Plus+ Fruit and Vegetable Blend Capsules, or Soft Chewables for your child, for a maximum of four years for free.


Since starting the Family Health Study, families have reported:

Were missing fewer days of school
Were visiting the doctor less
Were taking fewer over-the-counter and/or prescription drugs
Were consuming less fast food and soft drinks
Were drinking more water
Were eating more fruits and vegetables

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Juice Plus Shake Ideas and Recipes

Juice Plus Shake Ideas and Recipes

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to make your Juice Plus shakes taste better, check out the following yummy vegan protein shake recipes. If you don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast, then a Juice Plus vegan protein shake, which also contains good fats, fibre and a ton of vitamins and minerals, will keep you fully fuelled until lunch.


What is Juice Plus Shakes

Juice Plus plant-based protein powders are a great supplement for anyone looking to increase their protein intake, including omnivores, vegans, and everyone in-between. Juice Plus plant-based protein powders come from many sources including pea protein, pumpkin seed, rice protein and soy protein. These offer a versatile option for those who have a sensitivity to typical dairy-based protein powders such as whey or those who are simply looking to add more high-quality, easily digestible protein to their diet.


Juice Plus Shake Main Ingredients

Acerola  cherry  powder,  pomegranate  powder,  pumpkin  powder,  amaranth,  millet,  quinoa,  broccoli  sprout,  alfalfa  sprout,  radish  sprout, rice bran, apple powder, spirulina, chickpeas powder, rice protein, pea protein isolate, pea protein.


Juice Plus Shake Main Proteins

Pea Protein: Pea protein powder is made from field peas — which are nearly four times higher in protein than sweet peas — helping pea protein powders pack up to 80% protein content. Handily, pea protein is allergen-free too, meaning it’s suitable for vegans and those with food allergies.

Soy Protein: This vegan protein has been used for decades and comes from defatted soy flour. After processing, it can contain up to 90% protein content and has a neutral.


Pre-workout and Recovery

Juice Plus shakes also make a great Pre-workout and recovery protein shake, they give your muscles all the fuel they need to perform to their maximum potential during and after your workout. After a hard workout your body is crying out for high-quality protein to repair the damaged muscle tissue so they can grow back bigger and stronger.


Weight and fat loss

One of the key ways to losing weight is to reduce your calorie intake while still eating enough essential vitamins and nutrients, and drinking plenty of water. Juice Plus shakes are packed with healthy compounds, but it’s also got protein and fibre to keep you feeling full.


Juice Plus Shake Ideas and Recipes

Here is a list of healthy Juice Plus shake recipes is everything you’ll need to start your day off on the right foot. These shakes are packed with nutrition, high in protein, creamy and delicious. Whether you’re taking your breakfast shake on the go or using your shake before and after going to the gym or looking to lose those few unwanted pounds, this list is sure to have a shake or two that’s just right for you. All the shakes on this list are vegan and gluten free.

Chia and berry smoothie recipe

Chia, and Berry Vegan Shake

Chia seeds give this vegan smoothie its thick texture, while cardamom adds a distinct sweetness. We use a mix of raspberries and strawberries here, but feel free to experiment with your favourite fruits.

  • 220ml almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop of Juice Plus Complete Vanilla Powder
  1. Puree ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Spinach, Avocado, and Cucumber Vegan Shake

Cucumber lends its cooling flavour to this green vegan smoothie, which packs in 2 cups of antioxidant-rich baby spinach

  • 220ml almond milk
  • 2 big handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 scoop of Juice Plus Complete Vanilla Powder
  1. Puree ingredients in a blender until smooth.
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Cheesecake Vegan Shake

If you love smoothies and milkshakes… and you like strawberries, you’ll love this one! This Strawberry Cheesecake recipe is perfect for kids and you!

  • 220ml almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut yogurt
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop of Juice Plus Complete Vanilla Powder
  1. Puree ingredients in a blender until smooth.

If you would like more delicious Juice Plus Shake recipes please sign-up for our FREE 10 day smoothie challenge, were you will get access to 12 incredible more recipes.

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10 Day Smoothie Challenge

10 Day Smoothie Challenge

Join the free 10 day smoothie challenge

We’re challenging you to drink ONE smoothie a day, for 10 days. It can be your breakfast, a snack, dinner, dessert etc— whatever works best for YOU and your awesome lifestyle. Simple habits are the most effective to transforming your health for the long run. Success comes when we embrace a simple & healthy lifestyle that encourages us to live our best life…

Smoothies have become a family favourite in our home, they’re ridiculously easy to make, filled with fruits and vegetabes, and are ready in seconds. What’s not to love, right, especially if you are health conscious but a lazy cook like me ?

We have been drinking them for 7 years and NOW we’re challenging YOU to drink ONE smoothie a day for 10 days. We will provide the shopping list and recipes to help you succeed. All you need to do is say “yes” and stick to it.

Smoothies are an excellent way to help us all get in as many nutrients as possible to keep our bodies strong as there’s never been a better time to boost your immune system than right now.

I’d love for you to join us we kick off on Monday 13th April and dont worry I’m using recipes which contain ingredients that are easy to find at most grocery stores.

We believe that smoothies are the gateway to a healthier life. Just by drinking one a day, you’ll begin to have more energy and crave healthier foods naturally. You’ll look back in a year and be like “Wow! I can’t believe all this goodness came from that smoothie challenge!”

Every day is a perfect day for a smoothie! Grab a blender, your ingredients, and step up to the challenge!

Once you start fueling your body with leafy greens, vegetables, and fruit with a daily smoothie, you’ll start craving them more and more—and the results will begin to unfold.

Why our FREE challenge works

We provide the shopping list, recipes and a support group to help you succeed and to keep you motivated. Smoothies are loaded with nutrients and packed with fiber and healthy fats that keep you full and energised.

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Juice Plus+ and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Juice Plus and MD Anderson Cancer Center
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Published research at M.D Anderson shows that Juice Plus helps bridge the gap for cancer survivors

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Publishing in the March 2012 issue of the Gynecologic Oncology Journal

Studies have show that higher consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with an improved prognosis in cancer survivors. However, few people – including cancer survivors – actually meet the current guidelins for fruit and vegetable consumption. Therefore, researcher at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center theorised that Juice Plus might help bridge that gap between the amount of fruits and vegetables that cancer survivors should be eating on a daily bases and what they actually eat.

In This study, ovarian cancer survivors were randomly assigned to one of two diet intervention groups. The first group was told to follow Women’s healthy Eating & Living (WHEL) diet, which includes 10 serving of fruits & vegetables a day. The other group was told to eat 5 servings of fruits/vegetables a day, but also took Juice Plus+ Fruit & Vegetable Blend capsules as well as drink Juice Plus+ Complete Shake. Since it was a dietary intervention, no placebo was possible with this study design.

After six month, results showed that the “5-a-day” diet that also included Juice Plus+ was basically equivalent to the Women’s healthy Eating & Living “10-a-day” diet by various measures assessed. For example, both diets increased blood levels of key antoxidants and phytonutrients; both diets maintained similar levels of key markers of cellular health, and both diets maintained the “healthy-related quality of life status” of the participants. In addition, subjects following the “5-a-day” diet with Juice Plus+ products had better protein status than those following the “10-a-day” diet. Study also shows that soy is a safe protein source for ovarian cancer survivors. Just as we always advocated, researchers concluded that Juice Plus+ is not meant to replace fruit & vegetable consumption, but to complement it. For these women who had difficulty eating 10 servings of fruits & vegetables every day, Juice Plus+ really did help “bridge the gap”.

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Juice Plus Vs Multivitamins

Juice Plus Vs Multivitamins

The purpose of the article is to clear up a misconception that Juice Plus is a multivitamin, and explain the difference between whole food nutrition i.e. Juice Plus and manmade synthetic multivitamins. Our bodies can only absorb small amounts of nutrients at any one time, and not the large amounts that are contained in most manmade synthetic multivitamins we can buy in most shops or pharmacies, if the synthetics are absorbed by the body at all.

How much are you flushing down the toilet

If you were to look at the amounts of vitamin C that is found in foods, take an Orange for example, has between 60-80 mg of vitamin C, is relatively small compared to the amounts of vitamin C found in some multivitamins. Manmade synthetic vitamins are synthesised, isolated, and are not always from natural sources, and are not always bioavailable. Synthetic vitamins are foreign to the human body and your body will expel as much of it as possible. It is questionable how much of the vitamins is even entering your system and how much money you are, literally flushing down the toilet by using synthetic vitamins.

When you eat real food, you’re not consuming a nutrients, but rather a whole range of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients that work synergistically together. This makes sure that you body can absorb as much of everything as it needs as possible. For example, studies show that natural vitamin E is absorbed twice as efficiently as synthetic vitamin E.


Orange Vs Vitamin C

Compare Juice Plus with synthetic vitamins

How does Juice Plus compare to synthetic vitamins, you a really can’t compare them. Juice Plus is a whole food concentrate supplement, not a manmade synthetic supplement. Juice Plus was developed because:

  • We do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.
  • We cannot always get seasonal, fresh produce.
  • The soil and our foods can be very nutrient deficient.
  • We do not eat the dense nutritious fruits and vegetables. If we do, we cook them and destroy a large part of the necessary enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Keep in mind frozen, processed, and canned foods can be deficient, to say nothing of foods that are shipped in from distant places that are losing their nutrient value.
  • We do not eat a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  • We know that Juice Plus+ is bioavailable. Do you know if the supplements you are taking are bioavailable?

Most people believe that eating more fruit and vegetables is good for them, they help to boost their immune system, and give them all the necessary nutrients their bodies need. But when those same fruits and vegetables are turned into concentrated powders and put into a capsule, these same people become suspicious and wonder how we get fruits and vegetables in a capsule. Juice Plus+ is not dehydrated fruits and vegetables. It is the concentrated, fresh juice powders. If you remove all the water from a glass of orange juice, what would be left is the powder, which is the concentrate.


The Power of Synergy

It’s believed the synergistic effects of phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables are responsible for their potent antioxidant activities, and the health promoting effects that we see in diets rich in fruit and vegetables. This explains why no single antioxidant can replace the combination of natural phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables to achieve the health benefits. The whole sum total is greater than it’s parts. If your supplements aren’t giving you whole foods, but instead isolated forms of nutrients, you need to rethink your vitamins.

Juice Plus Research

The research that has been done on Juice Plus is extraordinary to say the least. Juice Plus has almost 40 published medical studies and there is not enough room on this article to go through them all, but here an overview of some of these:

  • One research paper done in June 1996 showed how absorbable Juice Plus+ is. This was published in The Journal of Current Therapeutic Research (vol. 57, June 6, 1996). It demonstrated that taking Juice Plus+ for only 28 days increased beta-carotene 510%, alpha-carotene 119%, and lutein increased by 44%. Lycopene increased by 2, 046% and alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) increased by 58%. These were all blood studies. Blood was drawn before, during, and after the experiment.
  • Another study at the University of Arizona measured the effects Juice Plus+ has on the immune system. The results showed that after taking Juice Plus+, T-cells were increased (they fight cancer and viruses), natural killer cells increased (these attack tumor cells and infections), and cytokines increased (hormone-like substances that stimulate the immune system).
  • A DNA study was done at the medical department at Brigham Young University. The average age of participants was 68 years. This study showed that the antioxidants contained within Juice Plus+ significantly reduced the level of DNA damage in the body. When the DNA gets damaged, cells begin to mutate into cancer cells and the immune system is weakened.

These studies have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Juice Plus+ is not only absorbed through the digestive tract, but affects the interior cells of the body. The double edge research shows that nutrient contents of blood are affected plus the immune system is improved at all ages.

The supplements you choose are entirely up to you. Just make sure there is research to back up the bioavailability. Juice Plus+ has been proven to be bioavailable

Juice Plus Research

JUICE PLUS+ is the most thoroughly researched brand name nutritional product on the market today. Since the 1st clinical research study involving JUICE PLUS+ was published in 1996, 38 clinical studies were conducted on JUICE PLUS+ by researchers at leading hospitals & universities, & were published in many peer-reviewed journals focused on nutrition science, exercise physiology, cardiology & other disciplines. Even more clinical studies on JUICE PLUS+ are underway.

Gold Standard of Scientific Evidence

It’s impressive that Juice Plus+ was subject to 38 published research papers. But what stands out is their quality. In medical research, certain types of studies are considered “Gold Sandard” of scientific evidence, producing results that are untainted by bias. These studies are characterized by the following 5 traits:

  1. Clinical: A clinical study is performed in humans, as opposed to animals, cells or test tubes.
  2. Placebo-controlled: A placebo-controlled study tests effects of active pill or intervention vs. identical “dummy pill”.
  3. Double-blind: When neither the researchers nor the participants know who is receiving the active pill or intervention & who is receiving the placebo, the study is called “double-blind”.
  4. Randomised: In a randomised study, subjects are randomly assigned to 1 of few study groups, which help ensure the resulting groups have similar characteristics.
  5. Peer-reviewed: A professional or scientific journal in which every article was reviewed by other experts in the field, allowing them to evaluate the validity of a study before itis published, is known as “peer-reviewed”.

All of the 38 studies conducted on Juice Plus+ are human clinical studies, and most of them are placebo-controlled, double-blind, and randomised. All have been published in peer-reviewed professional and scientific journals.

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How Can Juice Plus Boost Your Immune System

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Juice Plus+ Provides Immune System Support

During these difficult and challenging times in the world at this moment, immune system support is increasingly crucial to maintain your health throughout these troubling times. While exercise and sleep are essential to a healthy immune system, it is also important to have a healthy and consistent diet rich in nutrients and phytonutrients from fruits, vegetables and berries.

Juice Plus+ is a whole-food-based product that utilises nutrients from 30 different fruits, vegetables, berries, and grains to help contribute to the normal function of the immune systems. Regular consumption of Juice Plus+ capsules provides the body with a mixture of nutrients that support key immune system functions and strengthen the body. This has been proven through a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, which supports Juice Plus+ as a tried and true addition to your daily regimen and overall immune system support.

Expert Reviews on Juice Plus and the Immune System

Mitra Ray, PhD – Nutrition, Juice Plus+ and Immune Health

Dr. Mitra Ray is a former research biochemist from Marysville, Washington who studied cell biology. In this video, Mitra addresses the connection between good nutrition and a healthy immune system, ensuring our body is able to fight off new diseases, viruses, and bacteria that we haven’t seen before.

Matt Brown, MD – Support a Healthy Immune System with Juice Plus+

Dr. F. Matt Brown, Jr., a practicing physician in Boone, North Carolina specializing in internal medicine, urges the consumption of whole food nutrition to help support a healthy immune system.

Andrew Clarke, MD – Immune System & Juice Plus+

Dr. Andrew Clarke is the owner of The Clarke Clinic for Health and Prevention — a general internal medicine practice with an emphasis on education and nutrition. In this video, Dr. Clarke discusses the benefits proper nutrition provides for boosting the immune system, and how Juice Plus+ plays a part.

The best way to supplement your diet with nutrients to support your immune system during these troubling times is to increase your daily fruit, vegetable and berry intake,  this is the key to overall optimal health and an easiest way to do that is with Juice Plus+ Premium Capsules.

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Intermittent Fasting Is All the Rage—But Is It Healthy?


When you hear the word “fasting,” you probably think of gimmicky diets—and, um, feeling “hangry.” But a growing body of research suggests that cycling super low-calorie days into your normal eating plan could potentially improve your health (more on that later). But before you skip lunch and let your gut start growling, read on for everything you need to know about intermittent fasting. 


What is intermittent fasting (IF)?

In very basic terms, IF is occasional starvation done in a strategic way. The idea is to cycle between periods of regular eating and fasting, during which you severely restrict your calorie intake or don’t consume any food at all. Some people fast for hours, while some may go for a full day or longer.


Fasting isn’t one size fits all

IF may mean something different depending on who you talk to. One of the more commonly known fasting systems is the 5:2 diet, which involves restricting calories for two non-consecutive days a week and eating without calorie restraints on the other five days. (Jimmy Kimmel credited the 5:2 diet with his weight loss in a Men’s Journal story last year.) 


Others may fast on a day-to-day basis by eating only during a specific time window. Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging in Maryland who has researched the subject extensively, shared with the New York Times that most days he skips breakfast and lunch and eats all of his calories within a six-hour window starting in the afternoon. And, Hugh Jackman revealed that he fasted for 16 hours and ate within an 8-hour window to get in shape for his role as Wolverine in 2013. 


The health benefits of fasting go beyond weight loss

Fasting may improve your overall health and extend your life, likely due to the ways that it affects cell and hormone function, according to several studies. In one recent study in Cell Metabolism, for example, periodic fasting was linked to lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and aging.


So why does fasting have such a positive health impact? During the fasting phase, many cells die and stem cells turn on, which starts a regeneration process and gives rise to new, younger cells, study author Valter Longo, PhD, recently explained to Health. “It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not,” he said.


Other studies have shown that intermittent fasting may decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, as well as inflammation. Additionally, IF may improve insulin resistance, which, in turn, helps stabilize blood sugar levels.


RELATED: 49 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Feeling Full


It typically focuses on when to eat, not necessarily what to eat

There’s no one-size-fits-all fasting diet; plans can be highly individualized. Some folks allow themselves to drink black coffee and green juice during the no-food period, while others may give themselves a cap of 500 calories on fasting days.


For instance, Kimmel told Men’s Journal that on fasting days his “meals” might consist of peanut butter and an apple, the whites of hard-boiled eggs, or possibly a bowl of oatmeal. “The rest of the week I’m a glutton—pizza and pasta and steak,” he told the mag.


But here, Kimmel reveals one of the issues with fasting diets, says Libby Mills, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “The focus isn’t always on nutrition,” she says. “A lot of the time it’s just about calories.” 


“Some people may also interpret the normal eating time as free rein to go calorie crazy,” Mills adds, “which can backfire.”


It can help with weight loss, but it may not work for everyone

Hey, it helped Kimmel and Jackman shape up. But Mills warns that while a fasting program may aid weight loss, it’s not a plan that is practical or sustainable for everyone.


“It’s not something that I personally recommend in my practice because I think there are lots of ways to get a jumpstart on weight loss without going cold turkey with food,” she explains. “You can instead focus on eating more vegetables and fruits. That way you’re focusing on picking healthy calories and adding nutrients. It’s a positive change as opposed to an all-or-nothing mindset.”


You also don’t know how you will react physically and mentally to calorie restriction, she adds. “You may not know how your body will respond to, say, low blood sugar,” Mills says. “Or, some people find that fasting seems like a piece of cake until around 3 o’clock, and then suddenly cravings come on and you end up eating all sorts of things you normally wouldn’t.”


The bottom line? “You have to consider how you personally are affected by restriction,” she says.


RELATED: 4 Reasons NOT to Try Intermittent Fasting


You should talk to a doctor before trying a fasting diet

Your personality is just one factor to consider before you try IF; your overall health is another.


“Whether you’re thinking about trying a fasting system for preventive reasons or as a treatment, the doctor should be involved,” Longo says. “There are many factors that must be considered, like your current diet, or whether you have diabetes or a metabolic disorder.”


Also, it’s important to determine with a health or nutrition professional what sort of system makes sense for your lifestyle.


“An athlete with a perfect pescatarian diet may benefit from only fasting twice a year,” Longo explains. “But someone with high cholesterol and excess abdominal fat may see more improvement by doing it more regularly.”


The long-term effects of fasting diets aren’t well understood. Much of the research on the topic has been done across short time frames. And while experts have done some studies in humans and are doing more, a lot of the current info is from animal samples.


A lot more research needs to be done, Mills says. But if you are curious about incorporating fasting into your eating plan, you should ask a health professional to help you design a plan that ensures you are eating the right foods on both fasting and non-fasting days to guarantee you stay in good health.

How Natural Energy Drinks can keep you awake on a Road-trip

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Codfish! The noun that would come to Seamus’ mind when describing me on any mode of transport. As unflattering as it sounds, it is, unfortunately, a true story. Motion, what can I say? Any form of motion sends me straight to sleep and I just love it and am wholly unapologetic about my ability to drift into the land of nod, when I’m not behind the wheel, I promise. However, on a recent last minute trip this skill was not going to come in handy and not something I wanted to take advantage of. 

An amazing opportunity to travel to Florida and share our success with entrepreneurs came up last minute and Seamus and I agreed that it was something we could not turn down. We knew we needed to make it work. Our business is always insanely busy at the end of the month, when this trip fell, so in order to squeeze every minute out of the working day I knew I needed to stay awake on the transatlantic flight. I had a list of tasks I needed to complete before touching down in the sunny states and sleeping was not one of them. A huge challenge for me! 

I knew succeeding would require some type of intervention.

Fizzy energy drinks have never worked for me, I’ve always been haunted by a New Years Eve when I indulged in one too many fizzy energy drinks and thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest as I lay in bed, head spinning and incredibly nauseous, hours after midnight. I’ve also never loved the shaky, fuzzy feeling I get when relying on strong coffees to keep my eyes open and my mind alert. These options have just never worked for me. Therefore, I was extremely excited when my delivery of Juice Plus UpLIFT arrived in time for the trip. Juice Plus UpLIFT is an all plant-based natural energy drink that fuels your body and mind with essential B-vitamins, natural caffeine and elite ingredients in a convenient energy drink. I was really excited to see if Juice Plus UpLIFT could help this sleeping beauty turn into an efficient Erica.

Before boarding the plane I enthusiastically mixed the goods, as per the instructions, with 240ml of cold water (UpLIFT can be mixed with your preferred liquid of choice- sparking water, fresh juice etc), took a few good gulps and started on my to do list with high hopes. Miraculously, I stayed awake through the entire journey – 10 hours including connections. The trip flew as I buried myself in my work and could hardly believe it when the pilot called for the air stewards to get ready for landing. I’d felt great the entire journey, fatigue free. Mary 1 Motion 0. I was so pleased that my first experience with Juice Plus UpLIFT natural energy drink was a positive one which really helped to get the trip off on a productive start.

Why not start a Juice Plus+ franchise – it’s good for you


“Don’t sell Juice Plus+ – it’s all sounds too good to be true,” my husband said three years ago.
“Juice Plus+ sounds like a pyramid scheme,” a friend warned when I revealed my new found love for the product.
I must admit I too was sceptical about the whole thing. In fact if it hadn’t been for the respectable nature of the gentleman who first introduced me to Juice Plus+ then I would probably never have taken the leap of faith that I did.
My husband and I are now delighted that we took the road less travelled though.
Indeed after a few months of both taking the product and encouraging others to do the same I thought: ‘Where have you been all my life, Juice Plus+.’

In hindsight, starting a franchise business, which involves selling a product that transformed my health and would soon transform my life, was a no brainer. Of course it was a daunting prospect in the beginning. I was completely new to what’s known as network marketing. I tried my best to ignore advice from people who had for whatever reason misinterpreted what the franchise model was all about.
I didn’t give in to the intentions of the scaremongers who branded it a pyramid scheme. For a start I knew that a pyramid scheme involved investing heavily in stock. Then of course was the small matter of pyramid schemes being completely illegal.

It helped enormously that my mentor in Juice Plus+ was a former school principal. He’s a pillar of his community who in his spare time runs his own thriving franchise business. That’s the whole joy of the Juice Plus+ business model. Franchise owners can run hugely successful businesses on their own time. There is no financial investment required, only your time. Return on investment is measured in commission gained from sales. It is a concept that is an integral part of the Irish dream; the harder you work, the more money you make. Everyone works for each other which encourages tremendous teamwork in the Juice Plus+ family.

Most importantly though is the product, which is the highest standard whole food supplement you’ll find anywhere.
Becoming a successful mentor is all about finding the right people to work with. It’s about partnerships that click.
The people I work with come from various walks of life. They include stay at home mums, school teachers, high flying professionals and already successful business people.

My greatest partner of all, however, is my husband Seamus – a man who would never have entertained the idea several years ago. Coming from a traditional business background and working on the assumption that you never get something for nothing, Seamus soon came to believe that rethink was in order. Both the high quality of the product – which he discovered through using it – and the warm reactions of those who purchased it helped change his mind quite quickly.

Seamus is now one of the key advocates for the business model and reaped the rewards from it in a time when his own business was destroyed by economic crisis and construction crash. It did take a leap of faith but it is one which has paid off for us and those we mentor. So when someone tells you “don’t sell Juice Plus+” I agree with them – I say don’t sell Juice Plus+ until you read our story.

To find out more about how to start a new and rewarding career as a Juice Plus+ franchisee simply get in touch.

7 Immune Boosting Fruits & Vegetables


For an easy, tasty way to help out your immune system, try this simple prescription’just eat more  fruit & vegetable

What’s better than treating a cold or flu? Preventing illness in the first place’which means, in addition to avoiding exposure to viruses, you need to cultivate a healthy, strong immune system. Regular exercise, quality sleep, frequent hand washing and vitamin D supplementation are all important lifestyle habits to keep you healthy.

Perhaps even more important is maintaining a vitamin-rich diet, including lots of colourful fruits and vegetables. Eating more fruit, in particular, is an easy diet upgrade to make. “Fruit is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fibre and water, presented in a convenient and usually sweet-tasting package. The taste is a major benefit, as most people will like fruit even if they don’t like vegetables’especially children, who can be averse to eating their greens.”

What’s so great about fruit & vegetables? Like all fresh, unprocessed produce, there packed with immune-boosting nutrients, and each variety of fruit & vegetable has its own unique nutritional profile, which is why it’s best to eat a wide variety. It’s also best to eat it as close to its natural state as possible: fresh, especially when in season, and frozen.

Eating just one of these foods won’t be enough to help fight off the flu, even if you eat it constantly. Pay attention to serving sizes and recommended daily intake so that you don’t get too much of a single vitamin and too little of others.


1. Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit is nutrient-dense and full of vitamin C. In fact, just 1 cup of kiwifruit provides about 273 percent of your daily recommended value. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient when it comes to boosting your immune system to ward off disease. One study even found that kiwifruit may support immune function and reduce the likelihood of developing cold- or flu-like illnesses.


2. Red Bell Pepper

If you think citrus fruits have the most vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable, think again. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. They’re also a rich source of beta carotene. Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C may help maintain healthy skin. Beta carotene helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.


3. Blueberries

A classic antioxidant-rich berry, blueberries are easily available frozen for a fraction of the out-of-season price of fresh ones. Blueberries contain flavonoids—a type of antioxidant that can help reduce damage to cells and boost your immune system. In addition, blueberries have plenty of vitamins, including vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, dietary fiber and manganese. Blueberries are great on their own or in an immune-boosting smoothie with other healthy ingredients. 


4. Broccoli

Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table. The key to keeping its power intact is to cook it as little as possible — or better yet, not at all.


5. Mango

One cup of mango provides about a quarter of the daily target for vitamin A, a nutrient that’s essential for proper functioning of the immune system (including the production and activity of white blood cells). On top of this, the same amount of mango provides nearly three-quarters of your daily vitamin C needs.


6. Spinach

Spinach made our list not just because it’s rich in vitamin C. It’s also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. Similar to broccoli, spinach is healthiest when it’s cooked as little as possible so that it retains its nutrients. However, light cooking enhances its vitamin A and allows other nutrients to be released from oxalic acid.


7. Raspberry

As a good source of vitamin C, they also help the immune system. Raspberries are also a really rich source of naturally occurring flavonoid and phenolic compounds. These valuable micronutrients have an antioxidant effect, which helps neutralise changes in cells that might lead to illness and disease.

Juice Plus+ provides nutrition from fruits and vegetables, as well as grains, plants, to help you bridge the gap to a healthy lifestyle.​


Juice Plus+ utilises nutrients from 30 different fruits, vegetables, berries, and grains to help boost immune systems and reduce common cold symptoms. Regular consumption of Juice Plus+ capsules provides the body with a mixture of nutrients that support key immune system functions and strengthen the body against the cold and flu viruses. This has been proven through a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, which supports Juice Plus+ as a tried and true addition to your daily regimen and overall immune system support. Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake, really is the key to overall optimal health and an easy way to do that is with Juice Plus+