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Sometimes, a person needs a day off from dieting and counting calories….just to binge on everything in sight. After a few days of indigestion, guilt begins to set in. We say to ourselves: How can I possibly make up for all that I ate and drank over the weekend? The first thing that may come to your mind is a juice cleanse to lose weight you may have gained and remove all those toxins you consumed. However, are juice cleanses a safe option for you?
Why remove toxins? Daily, we eat foods and drink liquids which contain toxins like colorants and preservatives. These can cause inflammation and weaken our immune system. Toxins also make us more at risk to illnesses. Although our colon, kidneys and liver filter toxins, sometimes we overload them with more than they can handle.
How juice cleanses work:
The olive tree, Olea europaea, is very hearty, drought, disease, and fire-resistant. Many olive trees in the groves around the Mediterranean are said to be hundreds of years old, while an age of 2,000 years is claimed for a number of individual trees–which has been scientifically verified.
The nutritional benefits from green olives are many:
· Olives contain both vitamins, minerals and are high in sodium content. Do not eat too many if you have high blood pressure.
· Olives contain 4.44 mg of iron, which is 24.7 percent of the daily value.
· One serving of olives contains 4.03 mg of vitamin E, or 20.1 percent of the DV. Vitamin E helps to protect your skin from ultraviolet light.
· Olives include 0.34 mg of copper, which is 17 percent of the DV. Copper aides your body in the utilization of iron and reduces tissue damage from free radicals.
· Olives have 4.3 g of fiber or 17.2 percent of your DV. Dietary fibers helps the digestive system.
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The olive (fruit) tree is native to the Mediterranean region and Western Asia and spread to nearby countries from there. It is estimated the cultivation of olive trees began more than 7,000 years ago. The ancient Greeks used to smear olive oil on their bodies and hair as a method of grooming and good health. There are many types of olives, depending on the region they were grown in and how they were cured.
When growing up, I can still remember my father taking my sister and me to an Italian Deli shopping on Saturdays. The aroma from all those different cheeses, salamis, and freshly baked breads was mesmerizing. One item he always bought–black salt cured olives. Our family served them as a side dish or added to salads and in pasta sauces. Cured bitter black olives are also delicious with warm French bread.
Here's his recipe:
· 1 Pint black cured olives
· 1/2 tsp. crushed garlic
· 1/2 tsp. crushed red Chile (optional)
· 1/2 tsp. dry oregano
· 3-4 tbs. olive oil
· 1 qt. empty plastic container
· Place black olives in quart container –filling with water to top
· Let olives sit for a few hours to remove excess salt
· Drain water from quart container
· Add rest of ingredients; place top on and shake.
· Let sit at room temperature for a few hours before refrigerating
Just a few of the many health and nutrient benefits of black olives are:
Every Italian family has their own special recipe for pasta sauce. But no matter what you say, my father's was the best—passed down from generations who immigrated to American from Italy.
When we woke up on many a weekend, he already had a large pot simmering on the stove…and did we ever love that smell which filled every room in our home!
Here's a family recipe for some tasty pasta sauce:
Some Sundays, my father would tell us stories about his Grandmother's delicious baked pizza dough. Grandma would then either add all the trimmings for a pizza… or drizzle olive oil on it… sprinkle a little garlic salt and black pepper and serve it warm right out of the oven.
Here's our family's secret for an authentic Italian Pizza dough recipe:
Remember how your mother always used to make you eat carrots in order for you to see better? True or false? First of all, mom was kinda fibbing just to get you to eat em’, because carrots can neither improve eyesight nor give a blind person back their vision. Carrots contain beta-carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A—a crucial nutrient for maintaining your eye’s health.
Here’s how carrots CAN help your eyes:
Humans have been hunting for honey for at least 8,000 years as depicted by cave paintings in Valencia, Spain. Here, on rock etchings, two hunters are shown collecting honey from a honeycomb in a wild bee nest. In ancient Egypt, honey was not only used as a pastry sweetener, but also for embalming the dead and for offerings to, Min, the fertility god of Egyptians.
Fast forward to today. Is Honey really that good for your honey? Of course it is! Following are just a few of the many health benefits reported in the literature for this busy bee’s, natural sweetener: