Bacon is without a doubt one of the most popular foods in the world, especially in places like the United States. Whether people like the chewy variety or the crispier kind, whether they decide to bake it in the oven, fry it in a pan, throw it on the grill or simply microwave it, people love bacon. All the grease, the fat, and the salt pack in so much flavor. It goes without saying then that bacon, though incredibly delicious, is not the healthiest food one could consume. If you’re curious about what bacon can do to your body, read it here!

There are a lot of shock and awe info-graphics and the like that quickly demonize certain foods, drinks, or other products for the sake of sensationalism. Oftentimes these articles will use scare tactics such as large words, obscure definitions, and cherry-picked facts to sway opinion, making something out to be much worse than it actually is. Instant noodles, for example, were a target on more than one occasion. Typically, these articles dramatically increase the severity of ill effects, as well as decreasing the time it would take for such effects to be truly problematic. All in all, very dishonest writing.

With all the fanfare aside, it’s important to know that there is both good news and bad news about bacon. Keep in mind that moderation is key to most things in life, and bacon, sadly, is no exception. Let’s go ahead and lead with the bad news first.

Sodium

When it comes to bacon, sodium is without a doubt, one of the largest concerns. Sodium is found in salt, and salt is used extensively in the production of bacon. This is because the use of salt to cure bacon is the most popular means to do so. Furthermore, one must also take into account all of the natural salt found in bacon. In small amounts, sodium is helpful. However, high sodium intake is associated with higher blood pressure due to the effect sodium has on blood vessels. This can lead to heart attack, strokes or other serious heart diseases.

Fat

Fat is another significant factor in the equation of bacon deliciousness; in fact, nearly two-third of the energy that is found in bacon comes from its fat content, and half of that fat is saturated. Bacon also contains cholesterol. Fat and cholesterol both come in many forms; some of them are better for us than others.  For example, there are saturated and unsaturated fats, and HDL and LDL cholesterol. Saturated fat and LDL cholesterol are both bad for the body in excess and can lead to heart disease, as well as other serious illnesses, such as certain kinds of cancer.

If this information has gotten you down, don’t fret over it too hard. Yes, there are definitely things to look out for with bacon, but despite all of the negative attention, bacon is not *all* bad. It actually contains some nutrients that the body needs. Here’s a little good news about bacon.

Protein and other Nutrition

While protein is the obvious answer, bacon also provides significant levels of various other nutrients aside from protein. The body needs protein for a number of things, most notably the building of muscle. A single slice of bacon can contain anywhere from 7 to 25% of the daily recommended value of protein, depending on the type of bacon and the method of preparation. That being said, bacon does provide other helpful nutrients, such as B-12 and B-6 vitamins, which are responsible for many of the processes that keep your body running smoothly. Other nutrients include zinc, potassium, selenium, and magnesium.

So, bottom line: do you have to give up bacon? Well, no, not really. Bacon can contribute to health in moderate amounts, and when eaten in excess, it can cause harm; it’s how much bacon you eat, combined with the rest of your diet, that determines just how harmful bacon is. If you have several strips of bacon with every meal, you may want to diversify your diet; however, a few strips here and there will not hurt, especially as part of a balanced diet, which includes lots of potassium and magnesium (think leafy greens) to offset bacon’s sodium content.

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On average, Americans are working more and sleeping less. According to Gallup polls, full-time employed citizens work an average of 47 hours per week, which equates to nearly six full days. And of course, more work leaves less time to decompress and sleep properly, precisely why most adults only catch about 6.5 hours of sleep, or 1.5 less than the recommended eight hours. All this fatigue means we reach for more caffeine to stay productive in our over-demanding lives. But caffeine is a drug like any other, and while it may seem harmless, you may be unknowingly hooked. Read ahead for 5 Signs you’re Hooked on Caffeine, and How to Cut Back:

1. You are Always Exhausted

While coffee or soda can give you an extra spring in your step, too much can leave you exhausted by midday. Some call this a “crash” and for good reason. Like any drug, there are both effects and withdrawals, and they often work in opposition to each other. While a healthy amount of caffeine can safely boost your energy levels, too much will just leave you worse off than before. If you are constantly fighting to keep your eyes open at 3 pm, it may be a sign that you’ve gone overboard.

2. You are Freaking Out

According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 40 million adults struggle with some form of anxiety, making it the most common mental illness in our country. Some common forms are social anxiety, general anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or phobias. While these numbers sound bleak, most cases are highly treatable with different forms of therapy. However, caffeine, being a stimulant, only aggravates anxiety issues. If you are chugging a coffee before an important meeting or interview, you may want to reconsider.

3. You are Tossing and Turning

Modern life comes with a variety of stress. Demands from work, school, or family life can literally keep one up at night. The National Sleep Foundation defines chronic insomnia as “disrupted sleep that occurs at least three nights per week and lasts at least three months.” If you are frequently having to count sheep at night, your java intake may be to blame. Although a coffee buzz only seems to last a few hours, it effects can still linger long after bedtime. And what’s worse, that lack of sleep will only cause you to reach for more coffee in the morning, and thus a vicious cycle is created.

4. Your Head is Pounding

As with any chemical dependency, a sudden decrease or abstinence of usage will result in withdrawal. And the intensity of withdrawal symptoms can provide a good indication of how dependent you actually are. If you are experiencing headaches in the morning before you get your morning fix of joe, you may be hooked, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Also, if you are reaching for some over the counter pain killer meds to relieve the pounding, just read those labels. Some headache medications contain caffeine, which could skyrocket your heart rate and blood pressure when combined with coffee or soda.

5. You Need More than Ever

Have you looked at the sizes of the cups at your coffee shop lately? They keep getting bigger. Even Europeans, who traditionally love coffee, drink far less than Americans when it comes to the actually ounce-for-ounce comparison. That’s because they more often choose small quantity coffees, like espresso and cappuccinos, as opposed the over 20 ounces a cup that Starbucks sells. (A trenta is their latest size–over 30 ounces!) If you are reaching for more and more coffee for the same buzz, you may be addicted.

How to Cut Back:

1. Swap with Green Tea

Green Tea is an excellent alternative to coffee. It still contains caffeine (about 35-70 mg, compared to 150-200 mg in coffee) but with far less of a jolt than the average brew. It is also a great source of antioxidants and has been proven to optimize brain function and aid in fat loss. Some recent studies even suggest it may lower the risk of cancers and other diseases. For maximum results, boil water and steep tea for 3-4 minutes. Add agave or almond milk for a sweet and creamy taste.

2. Try a Morning Workout

If you seek caffeine as a way to wake up every morning, maybe try exercise instead. Just 10-20 minutes of vigorous activity, like a brisk walk or run can boost energy levels all day long. In fact, regular exercisers reportedly experience more mental alertness, greater focus, and sustained energy, which means they rely less on coffee and sodas for the same high. Gym-goers also sleep better, which reduces the need for morning coffee and experience more productivity and a better sex life. That’s some great benefits!

3. Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration comes with a slew of symptoms, including poor digestion, lack of focus, fatigue, and irritability. If you are unaware of how little water you had on any given day, you may overlook these symptoms and instead grab a coffee or soda to help perk yourself up. The problem with this is that caffeine is a proven diuretic, meaning it causes even more dehydration. If you are experiencing sleepiness of a mental fog, try sipping a few glasses of water first. Most likely your body will be happier and you can forgo the trip to the soda machine.

4. Get enough Shut-eye

You probably keep hearing that sleep is the answer to so many health ailments, from colds to cancer, and it’s true. More and more evidence is proving how healing and beneficial sleep is to our overall wellness. However, it’s continually unrepresented in the health industry simply because it isn’t particularly interesting or marketable. The bottom line is that sleep is incredibly important, and getting enough of it will help wean you off of caffeine, and less caffeine will help you rest more soundly: a win-win situation.

5. Eliminate Sources of Extra Caffeine

While coffee, tea, and sodas are the most obvious sources of caffeine, you’d be surprised to know there are many others. Chocolate contains about 12 mg per ounce, and the darker the chocolate, the more the drug. Dark chocolate bars can contain up to 30, the equivalent of a soda. Other culprits are pain relievers, diet pills, and some ice creams. This is especially troublesome to those who like to curl up in bed with a bowl of Ben and Jerry’s. Choose yogurt, berries, or some herbal tea instead.

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CFRR Coaches and Crew Members are thrilled to announce and celebrate our well-deserved August 2018 Athlete of the Month Lisa Collier!!

On May 9th, 2017 Lisa walked through our doors willing and ready to begin her CrossFit journey with the same drive and determination we all witness still to this day!! 

Lisa’s quest in her own health, wellness and self-improvement has given her strength she never knew she had and the self-worth she’s always deserved. She is committed to improving form, technique, reaching her goals and crushing every grueling WOD she faces!!

Lisa unknowingly inspires those around her and is truly a staple amongst our community.


Having a slow metabolism, or having it slow down due to age does not have to mean the end of the world. Even though we may all not be born with a body that can’t get enough energy, we can take steps towards raising our metabolism somewhat. Eventually, you’ll be able to rest easy, knowing that your metabolism is finally working the way you want it to. But first, you’ll have to try out these 8 Science Proven Ways to Boost Your Metabolism.

Never Skip Breakfast

People often laugh when someone explains that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it is a serious thing. Eating breakfast can serve to wake your metabolism up in the morning and keep you burning energy all throughout the day. Failing to eat breakfast can make you desperately hungry for food later and can contribute to poor diet decisions by lunchtime and completely ruin all plans for healthy eating by dinner. Breakfast will help you concentrate throughout the day and have the fuel to do the best that you can.

Drink Green Tea

Green Tea is somewhat of a miracle tea. It almost seems like green tea can do everything when it comes to improving your health. In addition to being a great way to start the morning, it can also help boost your metabolism. It turns out that green tea is high in catechin, which is an ingredient that is known to boost metabolism and help people lose weight. It also happens to be calorie free so if you enjoy the taste, feel free to drink it all day.

Eat Spicy Foods

Foods with very hot spices will do much more than just burn your tongue. Spicy foods are also known to help you burn energy. One major ingredient of spicy dishes is cayenne pepper, which is high in capsaicin. Capsaicin has been known to require a great deal of energy to expend it through your system and can help regulate your glucose levels. Capsaicin is also great for clearing up your sinuses before catching a cold and dealing with different forms of arthritis. Some say that after eating something very spicy, they experience a moderate period of bliss.

Try to Eat the Right Amount

If you are hoping to stay around roughly the same weight, you might think it’s okay to start eating less or eat more if you believe you have a high metabolism. This way of thinking wouldn’t give you the best result, however, as eating at your maintenance level (matching your metabolic rate) is the best way to keep your weight in check. Not eating enough can result in your body upping its’ fat reserves, while eating too much will just add unneeded fat.

Gain More Muscle

You may enjoy the size that you are currently at or simply hate lifting weights, but it may be in your best interest if you want to have a high metabolism rate to start gaining more muscle. Muscle tissue burns much more energy than fat does and raises your resting metabolism so you are burning a decent amount of calories without even going to the gym. It also weighs more than fat as well, so having more muscle will eventually make you leaner.

Eat More Protein

When it comes to choosing between foods with a high level of protein, carbs, or fat, the answer should be to pick the one high in protein, Protein is a vital nutrient for many functions of life and a crucial building block for a great metabolism. Protein takes longer to digest as it consumes more energy than fat or carbohydrates, making it a solid choice to last you throughout the day as you will feel fuller than usual. Protein can also serve to maintain your lean body mass which will help you stay lean overall.

Laugh More

Laughing can do a whole lot more than just being a response to a funny moment or situation. Laughing can also help you lose weight. Laughing for only ten minutes a day can be enough to burn energy and boost your metabolism a little. There is also the added benefit of feeling better throughout the day as you continue to smile and can affect how you interact with the outside world entirely. It can even help you make friends, which could potentially result in you laughing more and having an even better metabolism.

Workout Harder <— “CrossFit”

Instead of doing your usual routine and going home without much sweat on you, try upping the intensity by doing HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) next time. One of the great things about HIIT is that it doesn’t take much time and can be very fun to do depending on your fitness level. Studies show that doing HIIT exercises such as sprinting instead of slow and steady cardio like jogging can have you burning calories even after you leave the gym since it forces the mitochondria to work harder and uses up much more oxygen than usual.

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Our Athlete of the Month is Charles King. Charles has been a member here for almost 2 years. He went through our 15 one-on-one Fundamentals process to where he could learn proper form before hopping into group classes. Charles now does Personal Training twice a month and is consistent in attending group classes 3x/week. 

   After our 12 week Wendler cycle he increased his Back Squat by 10 pounds. Charles will go out of his way to introduce himself to new members and is super easy to talk to. You can find Charles as a regular in the Monday, Wednesday, Friday 6:00 am class. He has maintained his weight, lost 4.4% body fat since joining CFRR, and gained 6lbs of muscle. All without injury!

   Congratulations Charles and be on the lookout for his Athlete of the Month workout on July 30th.


How often have you been stopped by your mother during a meal for adding too much salt, or received a questionable glance from her for taking extra dollops of butter? What if we told you that these foods (and several others) are not as bad as they are thought to be?

Certain foods have been demonized by health watchdogs, calling them perpetrators of slow death. But are they actually? Let’s take a look at all the foods that have earned themselves a bad name, but aren’t nearly as bad dietary options as they seem to be.

Fizzy Water

In grocery stores, you will find aisles upon aisles with all kinds of fizzy flavored water. While some people find it refreshing, there are others who fear that consumption of this water will lead to kidney stones. They are also thought to strip your teeth of enamel and suck calcium out of your bones. These are some serious accusations for a harmless drink! But luckily for you, there is no truth to them. The fizz is not all that bad for your body; in fact, it can actually be as good as drinking plain water, experts explain. Carbonated water contains carbonic acid that is created by breaking down carbon dioxide in water. This process adds only the bubbly stuff you see in the fizzy water, not calories or caffeine. Some types of carbonated water, such as tonic, mineral water or club soda, may add vitamins, sweeteners, or sodium. Be sure to read the labels before buying.

Gluten

Gluten-free has become the buzzword in the world of fad diets. But most people, before hopping on the bandwagon, often wonder if there is really such a thing as gluten intolerance. According to experts, only 1% people around the world suffer from a genetic condition, also known as celiac disease, that makes them gluten intolerant. You are most likely just following a craze without knowing its health implications. Whole grains are healthful and supply you with necessary nutrients. By taking grains out of your diet, you are depriving your body of essential vitamins and micronutrients that strengthen your body. If you don’t have celiac disease, you could be doing more harm than good by avoiding gluten.

Caffeine

Caffeine is often believed to damage your health in the long run and even restrict your physical development. However, experts say that an average adult can safely consume up to 400 mg of caffeine every day. Each cup of coffee usually contains no more than 120 mg. So if you are staying within this limit, caffeine will not do you any harm.

Eggs

The yoke in eggs is believed to have a huge amount of cholesterol that can choke your veins. However, despite the high levels of cholesterol found in eggs, eating them will not increase the levels in your body. According to expert nutritionists, it is not harmful to include eggs in your daily diet. The cholesterol present in eggs is not enough to be a health risk.

Artificial Sweeteners

Some artificial sweeteners have been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. However, the Food & Drug Administration has examined many studies on popular sugar-free brands and they are all believed to be safe. However, this does not mean that the foods containing artificial sweeteners are always healthy.

Cheese

There have been plenty of news publications that liken cheese to crack, calling it as addictive as drugs. However, the study that was supposedly the basis of this claim did not actually find anything associated with cheese being addictive like a drug. In fact, according to a survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers, cheese landed in the middle when people were asked what they find the hardest to give up or cut out of their diet. Pizza ranked high on the list, hence the speculation that cheese is the problem. Some even suggested that consumption of cheese breaks down a protein in our bodies that makes it addictive. However, there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to prove this claim. But cheese is high in calories and will keep you on the treadmill longer.

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

It has been reported often that GMOs are not only bad for the environment, but also bad for our bodies. However, according to a report from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, GMO crops do not pose any more danger to the environment than any other crop. There is also no scientific evidence to back the claim that they are unsafe to eat compared to non-GMO foods.

Fatty Foods

Healthy fats found in foods like avocado, nuts, and olive oil supposedly make you gain weight. This myth is unfounded because there is not have any scientific evidence to prove this concept. In fact, if recent studies are any indication, experts suggest that incorporating healthy fats into your diet can actually keep you thin, as opposed to making you fat. One should eat moderate amounts of fish and nuts to keep their metabolism fired up and actually lose weight, and not the other way round.

Carbohydrates

There is no other food as crucified as carbs in the world of dieting. Carbohydrates include bread, cereal, rice, and potatoes that are believed to be the real reason for your weight gain. Even though it cannot be disputed that limiting your carb intake, especially the white processed kind like rice, pasta, and bread, can actually be a good thing, not all carbs are bad. Some carbs, such as potatoes, are actually healthy. They are a rich source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. Similarly, whole grains are also a source of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for your body. Eliminating carbs from your diet can do you more harm than good. Though this does not mean you should eat pasta every night.

Fish

Fish, they say, has high mercury content that can be bad for your health. Mercury is indeed present in fish, but it is present mainly in large predators like sharks and marlin. It is not found in high amounts in in smaller fish. If mercury is still a concern for you, then consider consulting the list of guidelines prepared by the FDA to get a clear understanding of the mercury levels in different seafood. According to the FDA, oysters, mackerel, salmon, trout, herring, and sardines are all thought to be low-mercury options.

Salt

Salt is considered one of the leading causes of heart problems and weight gain. The jury is still out on this claim, as there is no scientific evidence that proves this myth. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension involving 6,000 participants found no link between reduced intake of salt and reduced risk of heart attacks. The study included participants who had high blood pressure, disproving that link as well. While the key is to consume in moderation, there is no compelling evidence that proves that salt is bad altogether.

Butter

Butter is one of those foods that people are quick to cut out of their diet. It is often believed that consuming butter is a leading cause of obesity and heart diseases. However, butter contains fat-soluble vitamins, such as A, E, and K2. While vitamins A and E are already present in most of the foods you eat, it is K2 that is worth a mention here.

K2 is a vitamin that not many know about, but is actually quite good for the body. In addition, butter also contains healthy saturated fats. If recent studies are to be believed, there is no correlation between saturated fat and cardiovascular conditions. But most importantly, contrary to popular belief, butter actually reduces your risk of obesity. Believe it or not, eating high-fat dairy products does not make you fat.

Wine

A lot has been said and written about wine. Some experts say that wine increases your risk of cancer, while others say that it is good for your health. However, the latest studies are in favor of wine consumption, albeit in moderation. Consuming two four-ounce glass every day is actually good for your body. Wine has noted benefits in reducing the risk of heart attack and type 2 diabetes.

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If you’re concerned about your health, you’re probably aware that blueberries are something of a superfood. Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are a topic of rigorous study by scientists interested in determining all of the benefits they hold. If you are unfamiliar with blueberries, or not a fan of them, you may want to consider adding them to your diet. When consumed regularly, blueberries provide a number of positive benefits, protecting the body against disease and helping to mitigate existing illness. Whether fresh or frozen, consider these reasons to make blueberries a healthy habit.

1. Blood Sugar Stabilization

While you might think that blueberries, being a fruit, would be harmful for diabetics and those at risk on account of their sugar content, the opposite is actually true. Blueberries can help diabetics control their blood sugar levels. This is because of a component of blueberries that actually seems to stimulate the production of insulin, which then makes blood glucose much easier to handle. Blueberries not only increase the glucose tolerance of the body, but they also reduce insulin resistance. In those who don’t have diabetes, blueberries may actually reduce the risk of diabetes developing.

2. Nerve Protection

The process of oxidation causes damage to all kinds of cells, and nerve cells are no exception. Given the sensitivity of nerve cells, this sort of damage can cause a host of problems when it affects the cells of the nervous system, including reduced mobility and cognition, as mentioned earlier. Fortunately, the neuroprotective effects of blueberries don’t just shield the brain. In fact, they can also protect the nerve cells themselves, which increases their

3. Protection from Heavy Metals

One thing you probably don’t think about is the accumulation of heavy metals in your body’s tissue. Unfortunately, some of our industrial applications, such as the burning of fossil fuels, create pollution in the form of metals that are fine enough for us to inhale. Cadmium is one of these metals, and in high enough doses it can be toxic. However, believe it or not, blueberries seem to have some effect against this buildup. A study revealed that the anthocyanin found in blueberries can bond with the cadmium, making it less dangerous to surrounding tissue.

4. Better Digestion

Because of the antioxidant properties of blueberries, cells in other areas of the body can perhaps receive a little more protection from carcinogenic sources. This means that blueberries can help combat inflammation and cancer in the digestive tract, which breaks down the food we eat, as well as related organs. Additionally, blueberries, like a number of other fruits, provide a little bit of fiber to the body, which can help improve the digestive process by bulking up stool. Consider whipping up a blueberry banana smoothie to get a healthy dose of antioxidants and potassium.

5. Reduced Dementia/Alzheimer’s Risk

As mentioned earlier, blueberries can contribute to mental health. This is good news for those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, given that these conditions have no cure. However, there are ways to delay and mitigate such illnesses, and it’s thought that blueberries do this by limiting the damage to brain cells due to a flavonoid called anthocyanin. This flavonoid has antioxidant properties, which means it protects the cells from damage. Specifically, the anthocyanin content of blueberries helps to preserve brain cells, which ultimately results in the brain staying stronger for longer.

6. Heart Health

Blueberries are not just good for your eyes. They may also play a role in heart health, given that they are suspected to improve blood pressure. This is in part due to their modest potassium content, which contributes to more elastic blood vessels. In general, blueberries are thought to reduce blood pressure by restoring elasticity to blood vessels, so the heart has an easier time moving the blood through the circulatory system. Based on one study of pregnant women with higher blood pressure, there is a theory that additional nitric oxide production plays a role in the reduction of blood pressure.

7. Vision Protection

Blueberries are also beneficial in the sense that they contribute to eye health. While they do not have large amounts of vitamin A like you’d expect from a vision boosting food, they do have other nutritional offerings that have similar effects. Specifically, the compound pterostilbene protects the eyes’ corneal cells from the damage brought on by inflammation. Inflammation, when left unchecked, can interfere with cells and increase the likelihood of serious ailments such as cancer. However, pterostilbene prevents oxidative damage and keeps the eyes healthier longer.

8. Improved Memory and Motor Function

Blueberries have been found to have a positive effect on both memory and motor function, particularly for older adults. Specifically, a study was conducted over a twelve-week period on seniors over the age of 75. They consumed blueberries on a daily basis and were compared to a control group who did not consume blueberries. At the end of the experiment, those who consumed blueberries regularly were able to outperform those who had not in both cognitive and motor function tests. This suggests that those at greater risk for dementia should consider making blueberries a regular part of their diet.

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This month’s Athlete of the Month is none other than Jody Pitcher! Jody has been a member at CrossFit Round Rock for almost a year now. Her great sense of humor, quick wit, and drive to become a better athlete are some of the things that make Jody such a special part of our community. You will usually find her in the 6pm class throwing down with the rest of the crew!

Jody first started her CrossFit journey in Peoria, Illinois in 2016 and became a member at CrossFit Round Rock in June of 2017.

Jody loves to help people and has been a nurse for 15 years. Seaton Williamson Hospital is lucky to have such a driven individual.  She is an incredible athlete, and even more importantly, she is an incredible friend. We can’t wait to see all of the amazing things you accomplish, girl! Good job.

 


Water can get pretty boring after awhile. But when you’re thirsty there is nothing better to quench your thirst or fuel your body quite like water. A healthy and unique alternative to plain water is adding some cucumber. This beverage not only hydrates your body but also has tons of great health benefits from cucumbers. Here are just a few reasons to start drinking cucumber water.

1. It keeps your muscles healthy

The silica in cucumbers helps keep your connective tissues healthy, especially when they are consumed regularly. Getting more cucumber into your diet is as easy as adding it to your water. Just a few slices in your water bottle can provide the trace elements you need.

2. Cucumber water is good for your skin

Not only do cucumbers have silica, they also contain tons of antioxidants. These antioxidants help keep your skin clear and supple. If you suffer from acne, you can even use cucumbers to relieve redness and soreness from painful acne bumps.

3. A low-calorie beverage

Water has zero calories, making it a guilt-free beverage. Don’t worry about adding some cucumber because they only contain 45 calories per serving.

4. It cleanses the body

Cucumber is best known for its ability to detoxify the body. It is an integral part of cleansing, especially in juices that assist in removing toxins from our body.

5. It’s hydrating

It’s important to stay hydrated. Not only for weight loss purposes, but also for health purposes. Staying hydrated also helps you maintain the right temperature for your body. Proper hydration can even assist in your cardiovascular system functioning properly.

6. It provides more energy

Sugary energy drinks only prove to provide you with a burst of energy right before a heavy sugar crash. Even caffeine can cause adverse effects on your energy levels. Since cucumber water is effective in ridding the body of toxins, it can help prevent fatigue and promote focus.

7. This drink has vitamins and minerals

We all need vitamins and minerals every day. Some of us take supplements, but most of our vitamins and minerals come from our food. Something as simple as adding cucumbers to your water can help provide a boost in intake of your daily vitamins and minerals. You can even add berries to boost the antioxidant levels in the water.

Fortunately, cucumber water is super easy to make. Simply add a few slices of cucumber to your water. Spice things up by adding lemon, lime, or mint leaves. Enjoy!

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Salt: it really is the spice of life. For those who delight in every morsel of their meal, giving up salt is akin to living a spiceless, cheerless life (or worse).

And yet, it is not uncommon for many people to be put on a low-salt diet, especially if you have a history of high blood pressure. This is because the salt we typically tend to consume – known as “table salt” – is less of a nutrient and more of an irritant.

The surprising truth is that table salt is industrially stripped of most minerals and nutrients before it reaches our table. The brighter, whiter, and shinier it is, the more industrial treatment it has gone through, and hence is lower in nutritional value. This kind of salt can dehydrate us. It also contains way too much sodium, which is always bad for your heart.

Does this mean salt is downright bad for our health? Or that we have to give it up completely? Fortunately, the answer is no. The trick lies in picking the right salt.

Enter Himalayan salt. Hand-mined from the foothills of the Himalaya mountain range in South Asia, this is considered among the purest varieties of salt available, and is truly a rock star among its peers. It also helps that it does so much good for our entire being. In some places, it is even used in the treatment of cancer. Read on to find out 7 worthwhile reasons why you should consider making the switch.

1: It Is Packed with 84 Essential Minerals, Including Iodine


There is a myth that this kind of salt is low in iodine, which is an essential nutrient. So let’s bust that one first. Himalayan salt comes brimming with 84 useful minerals. This is one powerhouse of mineral content, and yes, that definitely includes iodine.

It also has less sodium content than table salt, making it another win. Finally, it is subject to far fewer chemical and industrial treatments, so the salt retains its natural flavor and chemical composition.

For instance, did you know that table salt undergoes an anti-clumping treatment, which also makes it less easy to dissolve in water? You can see this for yourself when you dump a spoonful of salt in a glass of water. Within minutes, the salt settles at the bottom.

The same thing gets replicated in our body, and we can end up with unhealthy salt deposits that not only dehydrate us, but can also clog our organs (particularly the heart). As if this isn’t bad enough, table salt is also cleaned and bleached using chemicals, so it can lure you with its shine. Unfortunately, this shine comes at a harmful, chemical cost.

On the other hand, Himalayan salt is sold in its pure crystal form – uneven shape, color and all. But when you serve it at your table, you can rest assured that your food (and your body) continues to have access to every one of those 84 beneficial minerals.

2: It Enhances Hydration and Balances Water Content


As Himalayan salt is sold in an unrefined form, it does not have the dehydrating properties of chemically treated salt. What’s more is that it has the ability to actively improve the absorption of mineral-rich water – the minerals coming from the salt itself – both inside and outside our cells.

Now consider a spoonful of this salt added to a glass of water. Leave it to rest for a bit, and you end up with “charged” water, charged powerfully with 84 essential minerals! You can imagine the dramatic healing this mineral-rich water can trigger. For this reason, you should consider introducing this salt not just into your cooking routine, but into your bathing and breathing routines too. Find out more below.

3: It Improves Electrolyte Balance


Notice how those athletes guzzle on energy drinks, run after run, drink after drink? They surely those need five vital electrolytes contained in that drink: sodium (in moderation), magnesium, calcium, potassium, and chloride. What they don’t need is the harmful impact of spoonfuls of sugar and caffeine also dumped into that drink.

This is where Himalayan salt trumps that energy drink, as the 84 minerals include those five electrolytes essential for peak health. A glass of Himalayan salt water will provide you with more energy than any Red Bull can, but with none of the side effects. Isn’t that what we all want?

4: Lowers Acidity and Improves Digestion


The “junk” we typically love to put into our mouth these days is highly acidic in content. French fries, pizzas, burgers; they are all serial offenders. Over time, this leaves us with an overloaded digestive system, significantly lowering our metabolic rate too. It’s one heck of a vicious cycle, and can even result in kidney stones and unprecedented weight gain.

This vicious cycle can be given a good u-turn by balancing the pH in your body so it is neither too acidic nor too alkaline. Himalayan salt sole can do this for you, healing your digestion and raising your metabolic level to its peak. To do this, make it a daily routine to drink one full glass of mineral-rich water, created as follows:

  • Soak Himalayan salt in a jar full of water (1:4 ratio). Stir, cover and leave overnight to sit. You will end up with Himalayan salt sole.
  • The next morning, mix 2-3 spoonfuls of this sole with normal drinking water in a glass, and consume on an empty stomach to experience its healing benefits.
  • A small part of the salt will remain without dissolving into the water. This is okay. The sole can be used for days until it runs out. Also, avoid metal utensils (like the lid), as this can oxidize the water and cause more harm. It Can Help Control Your Blood Pressure

5: It Can Help Control Your Blood Pressure


Now this is sure to surprise you, as the medical community has led us to believe that salt in any form is packed with sodium and bad for our heart. Heart patients with high blood pressure are even put on a low-salt diet for this very reason. But as we have already learned, this is not the case with Himalayan salt.

Further, this salt also dissolves easily in water. Therefore, unlike table salt, the little sodium content that does exist gets quickly absorbed and eliminated from your system. So you can safely consume moderate amounts of this salt in your food without adversely impacting your blood pressure

6: A Himalayan Salt Bath Can Detox Your Body


If you love pampering yourself every other month at a luxurious spa, you are sure to appreciate getting the same detox, much more cheaply, right within the comfort of your home. And it is economical enough that you can treat yourself to a Himalayan salt-induced detox every other week!

To do this, simply pour a cup of the salt into your lukewarm bath water and allow it to rest for a few minutes. Then soak in the goodness of those 84 beneficial minerals. Health experts suggest that we soak for no longer than 20 minutes, as this is more than enough to rejuvenate our entire body from the outside. Our skin is also revitalized by this natural energy kick.

7: It Decongests Your Adenoids and Respiratory System


We can’t say this enough, as it is the retention of those 84 minerals that provides Himalayan salt with all of its magical properties. Consume it through your food, and you are cleansing and strengthening your body from the inside. Drink it every morning, and your stomach stays neutral and happy. Soak in its warm salts, and your body feels vibrant and alive. Yet another option to soak in its goodness is to simply inhale its miraculous properties.

For this, you can indulge in some “Spelotherapy” in special spas that are filled with this salt air. Merely inhaling it is enough to decongest the nostrils, ease pressure on the lungs, improve immunity against allergies, and heal the symptoms of various skin-related disorders like dermatitis.

You can also self-administer this therapy at home by investing in a salt inhaler. (You fill it with Himalayan salt mixed in hot water and inhale its vapors for 10-15 minutes.) This is especially beneficial if you struggle with allergies, as this can give you relief in minutes. Buy yourself some pretty Himalayan salt lamps too. They not only look good, they also purify the air within the room.

In summary, the benefits of Himalayan salt are potentially endless, as they create one big virtuous cycle for good health. However, this doesn’t mean you can go on a binge. While we recommend making the switch from table salt, we will still urge you to use it judiciously. Salt makes our food (and life) good, but it has its place and should never be used in excess.

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All Made Simple – by: S.George

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