The Element of our Air

That breath we take!

Oxygen is probably the number one source that fuels the body; we need good clean air to breathe everyday. Without it, we would surely die and the average oxygen content in our air is around 22% worldwide (7% is the minimum we need to survive) But a lot of us live in an environment that exposes us to dirty air and pollutants. Such as outdoor smog, carbon dioxide, particulate matter outside and in, carbon monoxide indoors and out, as well as chemical exposures.

We can ingest chemicals for example through the workplace or doing cleaning tasks around the home. We may work somewhere where solvent based chemicals are used indoors or out inhaled through the air or absorbed through the skin. We need to always be aware of such things that surround us and use precautionary measures such as respirators, proper ventilation and gloves.

Sometimes we don’t have an easy option of just avoiding these substances and by living healthier we can build up our resistance to help the body fight against things like smog, indoor pollution and even chemical exposures. Taking supplements, eating organic foods, drinking herb teas (they really help rid the body of toxins), using tinctures (herbal remedies) and eliminating harmful allergens or foods from the diet.

Not everyone can own a “hyper baric chamber” (we will discuss the use of one of these in the future) or hangout at an “oxygen bar” (if there was one even nearby). We need to boost or build up our bodies with nutrients to help us stave off free-radicals that build up or form in our bodies under different types of daily exposures through the air we breathe. That is why studying ways to improve our health and daily habits is so essential. This is not a simple task and takes time to acquire knowledgeable traits and habits.

Everyone should take time to learn all they can regarding living a more healthier lifestyle. My goal here on Health Junk is to give readers insight that may help us improve our health or make living more enjoyable through feeling better. I was just touching on the subject of the air we breathe and bringing attention to it.

Cheers!

Easy Get-Started Detox

One of the best things a person can do to improve their health, would be to do a detox.  You may ask what is a detox? A detox is an internal cleansing of sorts. When my kids were younger I would try to explain with the following scenario by asking; if you had someone dump a 2 liter bottle of coke over your head, you would turn out very sticky and feel uncomfortable, right? Well, your insides feel the same way when you have been eating different junk foods for a long period of time, maybe years; or consuming large amounts of a certain type of food taking you out of balance with your body’s harmony. So keeping things simple, it is good to clean the inside of our body’s periodically, just like having a fresh tune-up on our automobile. Things last longer with less potential problems throughout our lifetime.

I will be touching on detox several times in the future and different ways of accomplishing the task. Sharing some different ideas on how to clean and rid the body of toxins. This usually helps one  maintain better weight control. For now you can start by creating a mildly detoxifying menu. Start with avoiding the foods and substances that you tend to over consume. This might mean eliminating the “big five”: sugar , wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol. Then emphasize alkaline choices in your diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables (particularly greens) and alkaline grains like millet and quinoa.

I will throw some example recipe’s at you for starters below:

Breakfast – Creamy Millet with Apples & Honey Serves 4

Millet is a small, yellow bead-like grain with a nutty taste. As the seasons unfold, try different fruits cooked with the millet: Currants in winter, peaches in summer.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
1 cup millet
1 apple, cut in thin slices or grated
2 1/2 cups apple juice
Pinch of sea salt
Raw, uncooked honey

1. Place millet in a fine mesh strainer; rinse under cold water and drain. Combine millet, apples, juice and salt in a two-quart saucepan and bring to boil. Cover and simmer on low heat 20 to 25 minutes until all the water is absorbed. Serve in bowls with a drizzle of honey on top.
For babies ten months and older, omit salt and don’t use honey as topping; puree and serve.

Lunch – Brown Rice and Hempseed Salad serves 2

Hempseed delivers good fats, which reduce inflammation and fuel the brain. Raw parsley, carrots, onions, and lime juice add fiber and vitamins with live enzymes — plus a zingy taste. You’ll feel very clean after you’ve eaten this. Follow with a hot cup of detox tea, if you like.

1 cup cooked brown rice
½ cup shelled hempseed
1 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 cup grated carrots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 bunch (1¾ ounces) chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed between your fingers
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes or dried Aleppo pepper
? cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
¼ teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients; toss and serve.
PER SERVING: 467 cal, 40% fat cal, 22g fat, 2g sat fat, 0mg chol, 15g protein, 57g carb, 6g fiber, 357mg sodium

Dinner – Roasted Asparagus with Lentils Serves 2

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, asparagus is a natural detoxifier; it also contains inulin, a carbohydrate that increases beneficial gut flora. Cayenne pepper, surprisingly, is healing for your innards, unlike other peppers, which can irritate.

¾ cup dried red lentils
1½ cups water
2 large cloves garlic (or more to taste), minced
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 bunch (1 pound) asparagus, tough ends trimmed Olive oil cooking spray Zest of 1 medium lemon Juice of ½ medium lemon
1 cup cooked brown rice
4 green onions, green tops only, finely chopped
In a small saucepan, combine lentils, water, garlic, cayenne, and coriander. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer steadily for about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat broiler and place oven rack as close to heat as possible. Spray a baking sheet with oil; spread asparagus on it in a single layer. Coat asparagus with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt and pepper. When broiler is very hot, cook asparagus 3-5 minutes, until crisp. Remove from oven and transfer to a large platter to cool a bit. Add half of lemon zest and juice, tossing to distribute flavors.
When lentils are tender, stir in cooked rice and green onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. To serve, fill two shallow bowls with rice mixture and top with roasted asparagus; drizzle remaining lemon zest and juice over all.
PER SERVING: 419 cal, 6% fat cal, 3g fat, 1g sat fat, 0mg chol, 26g protein, 78g carb, 15g fiber, 17mg sodium

We will be adding many more detox recipes to help provide you with a great mix of healthy detox options.

I remember the days after my change from being a junk food junkie

The purpose of this blog is to share many thoughts about the different products and ideas regarding ones health consciousness. To search out some various options for eating and living healthier while still enjoying the best things in life. Looking for those pleasant discoveries to charm our taste buds while delivering to our bodies health and vitality.  Learning by chance what physical endeavors can make our bodies feel and function at enduring levels.

I remember the days after my change from being a junk food junkie and enduring the strides it took to transform to a health junkie. On more than one occasion I had heard different people say to me; you like that health junk, huh? I’d respond; I’m trying to like it. It does make me feel a lot better.

From here we can explore what our world has to offer. That can help us along the way to enjoying a much more healthier lifestyle without the compromise of the things we enjoy. We will also look for discoveries relating to health longevity or life extension. And expose the things that can shorten a persons life or possibly make one ill.

Dorito chip alternative’s

Looking for some alternatives to those MSG smothered chips called DORITOS?

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I’ll tell you what, back in the early nineties I was addicted to Doritos and had been since a teenager. I can remember cruising down the highway on a long trip from Oregon to California in my ‘68 Mustang loaded down with some friends, Doritos, different types of candy, and our Big Gulp cups filled. Just enjoying the drive. Wow! The memories; just living wild and free. So I thought. What I didn’t know was how I was polluting my body and preparing it for the possibility of many future ailments. I remember how my stomach felt after arriving at my destination. Uuuuhg!  Many can relate to what I’m saying here?

It is truly amazing how eating a bunch of junk foods while traveling can make a person feel so bad. Being young, it’s not quite as horrible. Like a lot of things we pollute our body’s with, it will start to take its toll on us. My goal here is to find us some alternatives we can completely replace these nasty little varmints with.

Lets take a look at some alternatives:

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Quite some time ago, on one of my visits to a health food market I spotted these chips made by Mexi-Snax (they just happened to be on sale for only $2.59) and noticed they offered a variety of different corn chips, looking similar to Doritos. I decided to throw a couple flavors into my shopping cart. After leaving the store and unloading things into my car, feeling a little hungry for a snack (I’m sure some of you can relate to this) I grabbed a bag of the Nacho flavored Mexi-Snax. Got behind the wheel, opened the bag and got started.  Enjoying half the bag on my way home. I will tell you these chips weren’t quite as appealing as Doritos, but they did seem fresher. If I were comparing taste and flavor against the Doritos Nacho flavor, I would have to give the Mexi-Snax a “4” on a scale of 1-5. While giving the Doritos a “5”. Now comparing the overall freshness and quality, I’d give both a “5”. After doing my research on the ingredients I would give the Mexi-Snax a “4.5” and the Doritos a “2”. I would have gave the Mexi-Snax a “5” but near the bottom of the ingredients list the company lists “other natural ingredients” and that could mean they are hiding the possibility of some MSG. You have to go deeper by doing your due-diligence to find out what “other natural flavors” might mean. Many large companies are good at hiding their unhealthy ingredients under the term “natural” and many other different names. This is done intentionally to mislead health conscience consumers.  pico14ozNow, after trying the Pico de Gallo flavor, I found a new love! These things are so full of flavor without the addiction of MSG laden chips. Mexi-Snax makes several other flavors and you will have to do a little trial and error to find the flavors that fit your taste. I have tried all their other current flavors and they are all pretty good.  I prefer the Pico de Gallo the most.

Give them a try and see what you think?

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Getting things started with this blog!

Hello everyone! My name is Jay and I will be bringing some great discoveries in the world of health. I hope you enjoy what you read here at Health Junk. I’m looking forward to sharing about different ways we can bring enjoyment to our lives while improving ones health. Are you ready for some great information? Then stay tuned for much more to come regarding healthy snacking, utilizing herbs and vitamins, eating organic foods, doing light exercise and stretching, protecting ourselves from environmental hazards or over exposure to unhealthy substances.

Some subject areas I may tread lightly on while indulging heavier into others. Just hang on while we navigate through some exciting health issues that won’t break the bank or kill your taste buds. Remember, when a person is a junk food lover like I once was for several years, it’s not that easy to change over to healthier ways. Unless there is some enjoyment while doing it.