Veggie-filled smoothies don't always have to be green! We've created this carrot pineapple smoothie that is antioxidant-rich shake. The result is a beautiful orange color (with carrots as the vegetable source) and tropical flavor you'll want to sip year round.
Whether you were more of an orange or apple kid, chances are juice has been a part of your diet since you were old enough to drink from a cup. As an adult, fruit juice is still undeniably delicious and makes a great mixer for brunch cocktails. But, it can also send our blood sugar into a tailspin. For this reason, we recommend drinking fruit juice in moderation on the 21-Day Clean Program. Green juice made from vegetables, on the other hand, offers many health benefits and can make a healthy addition to your diet both on and off the cleanse.
It’s the day after a vigorous spin class and your glutes are so sore you can’t sit, stand, or lie down comfortably. While you could pop a few ibuprofen, finding relief from post-workout muscle soreness could be a bit simpler. We’re talking about CBD, which you’ve probably heard of in the context of edibles, tinctures, skincare, and even lattes. While CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, it won’t get you high. However, when applied topically, it may soothe aches and pains and help you recover faster after a workout.
How does topical CBD work?
To understand how CBD could impact your post-workout recovery, it’s important to know what is. CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is one of two major cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The other is tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. The difference between CBD and THC comes down to the arrangement of a single atom. It might not seem like a big deal, but this slight variation has a huge impact on how each compound affects the body.
THC has the unique ability to bind to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in areas of the brain responsible for memory, cognition, emotion, and motor coordination, while CB2 receptors are sprinkled throughout the central nervous and immune systems. CBD can only bind to CB2 receptors, which means it delivers many of the same benefits as THC without the psychoactive effects. When applied topically, CBD is absorbed through the skin where it can interact with nearby cannabinoid receptors and reduce inflammation in injured tissues.
The link between exercise, inflammation, and CBD
When it comes to building muscle and getting toned, a little bit of inflammation is good. In fact, it’s crucial for getting the results you want. Working out causes micro-damage to our muscles, triggering the body’s natural repair process and allowing tissues to grow back stronger. The problem occurs when too much inflammation is left unchecked. When we overdo it and push beyond what we’re conditioned to do, inflammation can lead to poor workout performance and exercise injuries like sprains, strains, and joint pain.
Fitness fanatics and serious athletes often rely on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to soothe post-workout pain and aid the recovery process. However, popping over-the-counter painkillers too often could have some unexpected and troubling consequences for people who vigorously exercise. Multiple studies have shown that NSAIDs may overtax the kidneys during prolonged workouts and reduce the muscles’ ability to recover afterward.
CBD provides a natural alternative to pain relief. And, when applied topically, CBD never reaches the bloodstream. It offers localized relief from muscle and joint pain without the potentially harmful side effects of taking NSAIDs. This being said, there isn’t much research on the long-term effects of CBD products, and doctors aren’t sure whether continued use of CBD is effective or even safe. If you do decide to try topical CBD to aid in your post-workout recovery, there are a couple of things you can do to enhance the effects.
How to use topical CBD for the best post-workout recovery:
1. Shower before applying topical CBD. Our skin has low permeability, which makes it difficult for bacteria and other harmful substances to get in. This also makes it tricky for the skin to absorb good stuff, like CBD ointments and salves. After your workout, thoroughly wash off any sweat, dirt, and other substances that could create a barrier between the CBD and your skin. This will help create an optimal environment for absorption. Dry-off thoroughly before applying CBD.
2. Don’t be shy with application. Because the skin absorbs cannabinoids at a low rate, a liberal application is key for feeling the effects of topical CBD. You may also need to apply more than once. With each application, massage and rub the topical into your skin. Keep in mind, it could take over an hour for the pain-relieving benefits of CBD to kick in. Follow the instructions on the label for reapplication, up to several times daily.
3. Check with your doctor. As when incorporating any new treatment into your wellness routine, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor first, especially if you’re taking other medications or supplements. CBD has powerful healing potential, but the total effects on the body haven't been fully explored.
Food combining principles have been around for a long time. Generally, food-combining eating assigns foods to different groups. These are usually broken down into carbs and starches, fruits, vegetables, proteins, and fats. Some guidelines also classify foods as either acidic, alkaline or neutral. Food-combining diets specify how you should combine these groups in a meal.
Breathing is one of the most important activities we engage in. Our lives are dependent on a constant flow of oxygen being delivered to each cell. In the yogic tradition, the breath is said to carry a person's life force. “Pranayama” is a Sanskrit word made up of the two words, “prana” and “yama” (or “ayama”), and is translated to mean “mastery of the life force”.
Fiber can do so much for us. It can help manage weight, improve gut health, increase energy, and lower cholesterol. All fiber is found in the tough cell walls of plants – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains.
This spicy cider is made with a slew of health-enhancing ingredients. At first, the ingredients may sound odd but the result is a spicy, sweet, and sour combination that you can dilute in juice or water, or take straight as a health shot to improve immunity. The base for this drink is apple cider vinegar, which has long been used for health and medicinal purposes.
Cryotherapy — where the body is exposed to extreme cold therapy treatments for several minutes — has become increasingly popular in recent years, especially with athletes and movie stars. But what are the benefits, and are the treatments effective or just a lot of hype?
Cramps, bloating, headaches, breast tenderness, food cravings, and mood swings. Many women around the world endure period-related symptoms in varying degrees of intensity during their cycle. While not always pleasant, menstruation is our bodies’ way of helping us shed what we no longer need. But what if you are also on the 21-Day Clean Program?
Perhaps you've wondered what the health benefits are of sweatin’ it out in the sauna. With a new resurgence of saunas you don’t even have to join a health club to reap the benefits. Boutique sauna studios are popping up from coast to coast, where people are invited to slip into plush robes and sweat it out solo or with a friend for the price of a spin class. Why does it seem like everyone in the wellness world swears by a daily sweat session in a heated room?