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    Chia Seeds

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    The tiny chia seed is a superfood which can help with weight loss, diabetes, and hypercholesteremia. Each serving gives you a healthy dose of fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. Unfortunately, it may bring on constipation, flatulence, diarrhea, and an allergic reaction. Chia seeds can also cause thinning of your blood. They could even be a choking hazard if you don't prep the seeds correctly


    Chia seeds, a superfood dating back to Aztec times, is now enjoying a rebirth of sorts. It features in every nutritional A-list as a rich source of fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Granted, chia seeds are a great source of nutrition as part of a balanced diet. They are also constantly marketed as a weight-loss aid and scoffed down in large quantities by weight watchers. But you can have too much of a good thing, and this superfood is no exception. Here are some side effects you need to watch out for.

    5 Downsides Of Chia Seeds

    1. Tummy Troubles

    Chia seeds are very high in fiber content Ė at nearly 11 gm per ounce serving, it takes care of a sizeable chunk of the American Dietetic Associationís recommended fiber intake of 38 g for men and 25 g for women for the day.1But a high-fiber diet doesnít work for every body type. Too much fiber in one go can lead to flatulence, constipation, and diarrhea. Itís a good idea to eat chia seeds with a lot of water or soak them first. Soaking makes it easier to digest them. It also offers the added benefit of releasing all the nutrients stored inside.2

    2. Blood Thinning Effect

    Chia seeds can act as natural blood thinners, helping prevent your blood from clotting. If you are already taking blood-thinning medication like warfarin, steer clear of chia. For the same reasons, avoid chia seeds right after a surgery to avoid excessive bleeding.3

    3. Allergy Alert

    Chia seeds have a lot of protein in them and thatís bad news if you are allergic to the protein in chia. A 100 gm serving has about 16.54 gm of protein.4For those with a nut or seed allergy, chia seeds may be off the table. Get tested to check anyway. Reactions can range from skin rashes and hives to watery eyes, vomiting, and diarrhea. Also watch out for repetitive coughing, wheezing, difficulty swallowing, and a hoarse throat. You may also feel dizzy. As inflammation flares up in the larynx, tongue, and mouth, you could find it difficult to talk and even breathe. If your allergy is more severe, you may go into shock, your pulse may weaken, and your skin may turn pale or blue.5

    4. Choking Hazard


    Chia seeds have gained notoriety as a choking hazard. As one Time magazine report highlighted, incorrect consumption can lead to complications.6When you donít pre-soak your chia seeds or eat them without roasting, you run the risk of gagging or choking on them. You may even end up in the ER as a result. Why? Because the seed when dry and unroasted absorbs as much as 27 times its dry weight in water. When this happens it turns gelatinous and expands hugely, plump with water. This sticky mass can get stuck in your esophagus, making you choke.7

    5. Prostate Problems

    The case for and against chia when it comes to prostate cancer isnít closed just yet. While some research indicates it could decrease the risk of prostate tumor growth, other research contradicts this. For instance, one study indicated that consuming foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like chia seeds, could trigger prostate tumorigenesis in men. This could imply an increased incidence of prostate cancer.8Previous research had a contradictory view. Researchers claimed that the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid did not increase prostate cancer risk and believed it even marginally decreased the risk.9The jury is still out on this one, but you may want to hold off on binging on chia.

    How Much, How Often?

    On the whole, the chia seed is a powerhouse of goodness. No wonder every nutritionist loves it. Ayurveda also recommends adding chia to your regular diet, conscious of its high fiber effects. But since the superfood is still not fully understood, additional studies will be needed before it can be declared safe for consumption by those with certain conditions like high triglycerides and low blood pressure, and even pregnant women.

    Just ensure you donít rely only on chia for your daily fiber intake. If you are aiming to lose weight, having more of it wonít lose you much. After all, you will have added on extra calories from the seeds as well. Typically, 1Ė1.5 tablespoon taken up to twice a day should be fine for most people. Thatís the equivalent of a 20 gm serving that has 139 calories each time.10


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    Maybe there's a corn shortage in Jamaica?

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    I was in Turkey a few years back and had a million Turkish Lira in my pocket, it still wasn't enough to rent a car for a week. Now they're about a quarter a piece. Wonder if the stuff I have laying around is still redeemable.
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    today? or next /Monday?

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    Doesn't matter. Monday is ALWAYS a bad day.

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    So I'm on a show site in Vegas and the last couple of days we've had crew meal lunches. Went in today and a coworker/vegetarian pointed out the sign next to the salad listed the ingredients which included "bacon" and then concluded with "vegetarian". And the salad obviously had bacon on it. How stupid is the person that typed that up not to notice? And why wouldn't they put the bacon in a bowl next to the salad so that you can have it if you want it but those of us that don't want it still have something to eat?

    Last year on the same show we were ordering out for a runner to go pick up. The same coworker order a vegetarian "turkey" sandwich, actually him and another guy. When the runner placed the order, he was told they were out of the faux turkey so he went ahead and ordered real turkey. Fortunately, I had ordered something different and got something I could eat. And that runner was not hired back this year.
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    Guide to Dairy-Free Eating
    Why Go Dairy-Free?

    Dairy products are deeply problematic on both health and ethical grounds. On the health side, countless people whoíve quit dairy found that their chronic congestion, digestive problems, ear infections, or acne vanished within a few weeks. You might therefore consider going dairy-free for a month to see if doing so significantly improves your quality of life. Having said that, itís important for everyoneómeat eaters, ovo-lacto vegetarians, and vegans alikeóto read up on nutrition to ensure the diet they follow isnít deficient in any nutrients.

    Nutritionally speaking, dairy is bad news everywhere you look. Almost half of the calories in whole milk come from fat, and nearly all of its carbohydrates come from sugaróall of it in the form of lactose, which many people canít properly digest. Worse yet, the fat in dairy products is every bit as saturated as the fat in beef. Dairy also has absolutely no fiber or iron. And if all that were not enough, you might contemplate why the FDA refuses to answer the question about whether there is pus in milk products.

    On the ethical side, many dairy cows are never allowed to graze outdoors; they are confined to cramped stalls on factory farms. Although a cow can live twenty years, practically all dairy cows are slaughtered before before they turn five, as the milk production of aging cows canít match that of younger animals. Modern dairy cows are impregnated each year in order to maximize their milk yields, and their calves are often sold to the veal industry. So if you oppose veal crates and the killing of young calves for food, you should know that buying dairy products helps to keep the veal industry afloat. For detailed information about the dairy industryís cruel farming practices, see Jonathan Safran Foerís superb book Eating Animals.

    How to Go Dairy-Free

    If the idea of rapidly removing all dairy products from your diet seems daunting, you can ease into it. Think about the dairy products you currently consume: chances are that there are one or two such foods you love, but a dozen others you eat regularly that youíre not crazy about. If, for example, you regularly consume whole milk, yogurt, ice cream, American cheese slices, butter, and cheese pizza, it might be that yogurt and pizza are the only foods from this list that youíre especially fond of. So get rid of the others, and youíre immediately more than halfway to being dairy-free! But the real key to success in eliminating dairy foods involves not cutting them out, but rather crowding them out with superior non-dairy alternatives. And luckily, there are all sorts of non-dairy products on the market that are truly wonderful:

    Butter: Earth Balance and Soy Garden are delicious vegan margarines, and both are free of dangerous trans fats.

    Yogurt: Silkís Peach & Mango soy yogurt is sensational, and may be the best vegan yogurt on the market. Other brands of soy or coconut-based yogurts include So Delicious, Trader Joeís and Nancyís.

    Milk: Soy, rice, almond, coconut, and even hemp seed milks are widely available, not just at natural food stores but also at most supermarkets. Theyíre sold both in aseptic juice boxes stored at room temperature, and in conventional milk cartons in the refrigerated dairy case. Note that ďcoconut milkĒ may refer to a pour-it-on-your-cereal milk alternative thatís similar to soy milk, or it may refer to canned coconut milk which is a much thicker and fattier product thatís perfect for Thai curries.

    Cheese: The number of vegan cheeses on the market has soared in recent years,and we list all the top brands on our vegan cheese page. If the product doesnít label itself as vegan, always check the ingredients for casein or sodium caseinateóthese are proteins extracted from milk that are used in some soy cheeses.

    Ice Cream: There are a number of excellent brands: Turtle Mountainís ďPurely DecadentĒ pints are outstanding, and conventional ice cream producer Double Rainbow makes several excellent varieties from soy milk. Ben & Jerryís has even gotten into the act with four ďNon-DairyĒ flavors that are certified vegan. Also, both So Delicious and Tofutti make vegan versions of those junky but delicious ice cream sandwiches you ate as a kidóyou wonít even be able to tell the difference! Plus donít forget about sorbets, which tend to be vegan and are lighter and often more flavorful than ice cream. If you love the flavor of coconuts, you owe it to yourself to try Luna and Larryís Coconut Bliss.

    Cream Cheese, Sour Cream, and Mayo: Once again, youíre in luck. Follow Your Heart, Daiya and Tofutti make superb vegan versions of cream cheese, which are available at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joeís, as well as many natural food stores. Follow Your Heart and Tofutti also make vegan sour cream. There are also several vegan brands of mayonnaise, the most popular of which is Just Mayo by Hampton Creek, which is carried by Walmart, Costco, and natural food groceries nationwide.

    Coffee Creamer: Thereís no need to put cream in your coffee: both So Delicious and Silk make vegan creamers that blend perfectly into coffee.

    Pudding. Bestselling cookbook author Mark Bittman concocted perhaps the best chocolate pudding recipe youíll ever try, and it doesnít contain a drop of milk. ZenSoy makes refrigerated vegan pudding cups made from soy milk and almond milk.

    Dairy-Free Cookbooks

    The easiest way to find a dairy-free cookbook is to choose one with vegan in its title. There are hundreds of vegan cookbooks available, and since a vegan diet excludes all animal products every vegan cookbook is by definition dairy-free.

    Start with a cookbook offering a diverse assortment of easy recipes that can be prepared in minutes. Two excellent choices are Robin Robertsonís Quick-Fix Vegan or Mary Matternís Nom Yourself. If you want to make meals and desserts that are a little more upscale, check out titles like Happy Healthy Vegan Kitchen or Eaternity.

    There are entire books devoted solely to vegan baking. Two comprehensive titles are The 100 Best Vegan Baking Recipes and Whole Grain Vegan Baking. If sweets are your thing, be sure to check out Chloeís Vegan Desserts. Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar.

    Whether you want to reduce your dairy consumption or cut it out entirely, youíll probably be surprised by how easy it is. So why not make a commitment to try out a dairy-free lifestyle for a month?

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    I found this article a good reference.

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    Iron Deficiency and Women
    While iron might not be as hot a topic as protein or carbohydrates, itís actually the most common nutrition deficiency in the world (including in the USA).

    Only two percent of adult men are iron deficient, but it increases to 9-12 percent of Caucasian women and nearly 20% of black and Hispanic women. Even in the general, non-runner, non-vegan population, there are a lot of people who are iron deficient, and female athletes may be at an even higher risk.

    A 2011 study of female collegiate rowers in New York found that 30% of the athletes tested had low iron stores. Yup, nearly a third of all women in the study.

    All thatís to say that iron deficiency is common among all women of childbearing age, and itís probably even more common for athletes.

    Why Female Athletes are at Risk for Anemia

    You run, practice yoga, and eat plants. Thereís nothing to worry about, right? Like it or not, there are a few situations when your healthy exercise habits may actually increase your risk of certain issues, and this is one of those times.

    Female athletes are at a greater risk for iron deficiency because along with losing iron in blood monthly through menstruation, we also lose iron through sweat, and our iron absorption is reduced through exercise-induced acute inflammation.

    There are other factors which could be of particular concern to runners, such as hemolysis (the rupturing of blood cells from a repeated foot strike), but thereís some controversy on the research so letís skip it for now.

    Then thereís the whole cycle of diminishing returns, which is far too common in runners and other athletes. When youíre no longer seeing the results you want, your instinct is usually to push harder, leading to even more fatigue and depletion of iron stores, instead of stepping back to give yourself the chance to fully recover between workouts.

    And thatís a cycle nobody wants to get stuck in.

    How to Know if Youíre Deficient in Iron


    If youíve made it this far into a No Meat Athlete article, Iím willing to bet you already agree eating a whole foods plant-based diet is healthy and ideal. And that for the most part, all the hoopla around whether or not we get enough nutrients through plants is not of concern.

    But research shows that while omnivores can also develop anemia, vegetarians or vegans may be at a slightly increased risk.

    Now donít panic ó thereís nothing to freak out about. As a vegan, simply be on the lookout for the symptoms, like:

    Tiredness or weakness
    Pale skin
    Headaches or lightheadedness
    Declining athletic performance
    Cold hands and feet
    Hair loss
    Loss of appetite
    Cravings for ice, dirt, or clay
    If youíre thinking any one of those (except for maybe the dirt cravings Ö) could be the sign of a dozen other things, then youíd be right. But that doesnít mean you can ignore them.

    Iron deficiency occurs when your stores of iron decline below normal levels, and anemia refers to low hemoglobin, the measure of iron circulating in the blood. When either of those take place, it will likely trigger one or more of the symptoms above.

    And if that happens, do yourself a favor and talk to a doctor.

    Side note: If you have very heavy periods, thatís also something to report. Large blood losses may make it difficult to avoid anemia.

    A doctor will assess your iron levels by testing your hemoglobin ó whether or not you have enough red blood cells (low levels make you anemic) ó and your ferritin. Low ferritin levels indicate a deficiency in iron stores. The good news is, if your ferritin levels are low, your body will automatically start absorbing more iron from the foods you eat.

    Doctors measure your levels through a simple blood test.

    Your doctor can then determine if an iron deficiency is a sign of something more serious, like chronic infections, cancer, celiac disease, or uterine polyps (do I sound like a drug commercial yet?). But most likely itís just a simple absorption problem.

    Letís take a step back to break down how iron absorption works, and how to prevent a deficiency from developing in the first place.

    Understanding Iron Absorption

    There are two types of iron: heme and non-heme iron.

    Heme iron comes exclusively from animal source foods, and itís more easily absorbed by our bodies than non-heme iron. Interestingly, however, only about 40% of the iron from animal-sourced foods is heme iron. The rest is non-heme, which comes from both animal sources and plants.

    For the typical omnivore, only about 10% their iron is heme iron, because the majority of iron they consume actually comes from grains and veggies. All iron found in plant foods is non-heme, and while non-heme iron isnít as easily absorbed, our bodies donít need both non-heme and heme sources to thrive.

    Bored yet? I bet this will get your attention:

    Our absorption of non-heme iron can be further reduced by calcium intake and by compounds in soy, coffee, and tea.

    In fact, a cup of coffee may reduce the iron we absorb by up to 39%, and a cup of tea by 64%. So after eating an iron-rich meal or taking an iron supplement, I recommend to wait two hours before enjoying coffee or tea.

    That sounds worse than it is. You can avoid this issue altogether by keeping coffee and tea to break time instead of during a meal.

    How to Increase Iron Intake and Prevent Iron Deficiency

    Like any nutrition-related issue, the focus should first be on prevention ó or in this case, increasing iron consumption and absorption before thereís a problem.

    I like to start in the kitchen, since there are a ton of iron-rich plant-based foods we can easily consume on a daily basis, including:

    Legumes ó lentils, kidney beans, soybeans (tofu, tempeh), lima beans
    Grains ó barley, quinoa, buckwheat, fortified cereals, brown rice, oatmeal
    Dried fruit ó apricots, flaked coconut, dried prunes, dried pears, and sun-dried tomatoes
    Nuts and seeds ó cashews, almonds, macadamias, pumpkin, squash, pine, pistachio, sunflower
    Vegetables ó dark leafy greens like Swiss chard and collard greens, tomato sauce
    Other ó cocoa powder, blackstrap molasses, prune juice
    Find recipes that incorporate several of these ingredients, like this Chickpea Tagine or Lentil Soup, or (and this is my favorite) simply combine many of the foods above into one giant iron-rich stir-fry with greens, legumes, and other veggies on top of a bed of quinoa.

    Top it off with raw nuts and seeds for an extra punch (and crunch).

    When it comes to absorption, itís not just about what you eat, but how you eat it. As you prepare your food:

    Pair iron-rich meals with a food source of vitamin C, which will increase the absorption of non-heme iron. Itís super easy to do, as many iron-rich and vitamin C-rich foods go together (think hummus made with lemon juice or black beans with lime and red peppers).
    Cook in cast-iron cookware, especially if youíre making an acidic food like tomato sauce. A small amount of iron will always leach from the pan into your food, but acidic foods enhance this process ó that is a good thing!
    But, of course, there are times when iron levels drop below normal, no matter what sort of prevention measures youíve taken in the kitchen.

    Iron Supplements

    If you become iron deficient, increasing iron intake through food might not be enough to get you back on track, and a supplement may be needed.

    If you do take an iron supplement:

    Take it with food so you donít upset your stomach.
    Consider taking a vitamin C supplement along with it to increase absorption.
    Donít take a calcium supplement at the same time (spread them out throughout the day).
    Avoid taking it directly after a hard workout, when absorption may be reduced.
    Avoid coffee and tea within two hours of taking the supplement, or better, avoid them all together.
    Thereís absolutely nothing wrong with taking supplements when you need them, but when you do, take them in a way that allows for the best absorption rate.

    Iron is Your Friend, Donít Neglect It

    Looking after our iron stores is an important part of maintaining our health and performance as plant-based female athletes. Since anemia is such a widespread issue, itís one area of nutrition that I always recommend you attack preemptively, before it becomes a problem.

    Many of us can do that on a whole foods, plant-based diet and a well-planned training regimen. But for some, extra care through supplementation is needed.

    Whether thatís you or not, all female athletes should take iron seriously, and if a symptom or issue is to ever arise, donít hesitate to get it checked out.

    Maintaining proper iron levels is one of the best ways to ensure that you get the most out of your training.


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    After the gym and prior to our evening ride, we did a big walk .... some random pics along the way

    Mid day treat... vegan supersonic cookie for me and a double double cupcake vegan for Chris

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    jackfruit... medieval weapon on the outside... bubblegum on the inside
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    ginseng... looks like people
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    Building muscle mass as a vegan is easy if you take the time to monitor your macronutrients

    Has anyone ever told you that getting all your macronutrients from a vegan diet is impossible? If so, you should ask that person where her or she got that information because that belief is wrong. The truth is that as long as you eat the right kinds of calories, fill yourself with protein, train hard, and rest even harder, almost anyone can build muscle mass without relying on any animal products. In fact, a plant-based diet is better for your muscle-gaining efforts, which is one reason vegans have advantages at the gym. Still, many bodybuilders are leery of adopting a plant-based lifestyle for fear that removing steak from their diets will turn them skinny. This also isnít true, as a plant-based diet is a stellar way to put on muscle, so long as you go about it correctly. To understand what kinds of foods you should eat to supplement your bodybuilding, it's important to look closely at the kinds of nutrients that are in your meals.

    The role of calories
    Understanding the science of weight gain comes down to the role of macronutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, and fats), which are the main energy providers in our bodies. Eating the correct ratio is essential for bodybuilding success, and while it's important to experiment with daily calorie levels to learn what works best for you, a 2010 study found that male bodybuilders increased their muscle mass best at 18 to 23 calories per pound per day. Because vegan food is naturally lower in calories than meat-based meals, building muscle mass with vegan macronutrients requires extra attention to your calorie levels. If you don't eat more calories than you burn in your workouts, weight gain is almost certain not to happen.

    Looking at protein
    No bodybuilder will last long without protein, a nutrient responsible for supporting the growth of body tissues, building antibodies, synthesizing enzymes and hormones, and repairing exercise-induced muscle damage. Contrary to popular belief, vegan dieters aren't hindered when it comes to proteinóinstead of meat, they can rely on plant-based sources such as soy and pea protein. The key to building solid muscle mass is a well-balanced, protein-rich diet. This means eliminating the foods your body isn't equipped to handle (such as junk food and sugary snacks). These food-like products damage our bodies and raise our body fat percentage with unhealthy levels of carbs and fats. Increased body fat hurts more than our competitive edgeóit actually slows muscle growth due to an increase in insulin resistance. Because insulin is needed for muscle growth, this is bad news for bulking up. On the other hand, the opposite problem can also occur. Eating too much fresh produce and not enough high caloric foods might make you short on macronutrients and your weight gaining goals. Building muscle on a vegan diet requires mixing healthy fats and proteins into every meal. For best success, aim to eat at least six meals a day, combining carbohydrates with protein-rich sources like beans and tofu to get plenty of protein. A sprinkling of high-fat nuts will also make a difference for your health, especially when it comes to recovering after intense workouts.

    Beyond macros
    Monitoring your macronutrient and vitamin intake is important for general health, regardless of a personís health goals. For this reason, pay attention to your daily iron intake and add some dark leafy greens, beans, and dried fruits to your plate for some non-heme iron. If you are a menstruating female, an iron supplement is also a smart idea. Calcium is another mineral our bodies require. Because it helps with bone maintenance and muscle contractions, calcium is imperativeónot getting enough will have us keeling over at the gym from muscle cramps. Vegans can get more than enough calcium if they fill their plates with almonds, collard greens, spinach, and other dark green vegetables. When all else fails, a calcium supplement can help increase calcium levels. If you feel like your appetite isn't where it should be and your testosterone levels seem low, a lack of zinc might be to blame. It's best to aim for 40 milligrams of zinc everyday to enhance your muscle-building efforts, so be sure to eat plenty of zinc-rich foods such as almonds, fortified oatmeal, and pumpkin and sesame seeds.
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    Letís separate food facts from fiction


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    Are nuts good for you?
    Get the facts:
    Nuts are packed with protein, fibre and essential fats. The type of fat in nuts is largely unsaturated fats. Nuts also provide some calcium, vitamin E, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium and are a source of antioxidants.

    A small handful of nuts (30 grams) eaten each day may reduce your risk of developing heart disease and has been linked with lower body weight and lower risk of obesity. Use a handful of nuts as a substitute for unhealthy snack options such as muffins, cookies, chips and chocolate. A 30 gram serving is about the size of a golf ball. Each type of nut contains its own unique nutrients, eat a variety.

    Is honey better for you than sugar?
    Get the facts:
    Honey is another form of sugar. In fact, your body handles naturally occurring sugar in food, and processed sugars and syrups in the same way. While some people consider honey to be more natural, it is still a type of carbohydrate or sugar and a concentrated source of calories with very few other nutrients. Excess sugar in any form gives extra calories and raises your blood sugar. Whether you choose to use honey, brown sugar, agave syrup or white sugar, the advice would be to use small amounts.

    Can drinking lemon water help with weight loss or detoxification?
    Get the facts:
    Lemon water is often promoted to help burn fat, lose weight, or detox, but there is no evidence to support that it works. Unfortunately, lemon water does not work to burn fat in the body. Adding lemon juice to your food or drink may add a refreshing light taste, but it will not reduce the fat absorption from your meal. There is also no evidence to show that it can significantly increase your metabolism to lose weight.

    Lemon water also does not serve to detoxify the body. There are many complex systems already built into the human body to help with detoxification. The best way to keep your bodyís organs healthy is to limit the intake of alcohol, and processed high fat and sugary foods. Overall, lemon water is a healthy beverage. It is free of sugars and calories, and works well to quench your thirst. Drinking lemon water to replace sugary beverages like soda, fruit juice, or sweetened caffeinated beverages would be a healthy change. So, if drinking lemon water helps you drink more water and stay hydrated, then by all means drink up!


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    The staff should give you your own vegan nutrition column.

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    They could sticky it here at the top of the Nutrition forum.
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    I sure hope there isn't a downside to eating nuts, especially peanuts as I buy them by the 3lb can and eat about a pound a week at work. I don't have a weight problem btw so the fat content is not a concern for me.

    Though honey is pretty much another form of sugar, the fact that it never spoils makes it pretty amazing stuff. I remember reading recently a lady was asking how to keep bees away from her pool. Her neighbor had a hive and I think she was allergic and the bees were always at her pool. The reply was that the bees needed a water source to be able to make honey. The guy said to go ahead and kill the first ones that appeared and when they didn't return, the hive would get the message that that was not a good water source. Someone then mentioned that when they were a kid, there were always bees in the outhouse from their beehives. She also mentioned that she never ate the honey for that reason.

    I imagine the lemon water for weight loss and detox is as mentioned, as a substitute for other drinks, especially soft drinks. The lemon mostly just provides some taste for someone not used to plain water.
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