Friday, July 2, 2010
Beetroot Juice Reduces Blood Pressure and Increases Exercise Performance and Fun Facts Friday
For the last month of so we have been adding a beet to our daily fresh veggie and fruit juice. I liked the color it provides to the juice as well as the nutrition. According to a recent study the nitrate rich beetroot juice also reduces blood pressure as much as nitrate pills. Now I don’t know about you but given the choice of fresh vegetable juice or a pill I am going with the veggie every time. Previous studies have shown that beets enhance exercise performance. I think adding beets to your diet is a win/win.
Beets add a beautiful purple color to fresh juice. So far it has hasn’t mattered what else I put in the juicer if there is a beet in there the final juice comes out magenta. If you haven’t tried adding beet to your fresh juice I highly recommend it.
Fun Facts Friday:
Today I have a few things to do so I wanted to post the fun facts questions earlier than normal. I am going to stick with Laura Jill’s idea of positivity in the questions today because I think it is such a wonderful idea to look on the bright side. I know we all have things in our lives that would rather change but focusing in the negative things doesn’t help and I think it only makes things worse.
1. What was the best moment of your life? Is there something that stands out to you as just being perfect? For me it was the look on my husband’s face when Venice first came to view as we took the boat from the airport to the city. Venice was where we started our honeymoon. I had been to Venice before but the look on Dan’s face made it all new for me. I only wish I had a picture of that moment. He reminded me of a child at Christmas, it was the perfect moment. ;-)
2. What do you do to give back? I always think I should do more but give back as much as I have time for. We donate money and items to charity. I also see my blog as a way to give back. Fighting cancer is such a time consuming process. I hope that my recipes and links to articles helps other people in terms of requiring less time to research and experiment in the kitchen.
3. If you could make one change in the world what would it be? This is one of the questions that I ponder off and on. There are so many things that are broken in this world. Given our situation I have to choose the notion that all people would completely understand the impact of eating an unhealthy diet and leading a sedentary life. I would love to see cancer and heart disease on the decline in my life time. I hope my blog helps people to realize that diet and lifestyle do have an enormous impact on health.
Today is going to be a little busy for me. I will try to come back tonight with an update but that may not be possible. If the day gets away from me I will fill you in on our food today tomorrow.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend. I love long weekends. Talk to you again soon.