5 Benefits Of Raw Foods & Juicing

A variety of different types of fruits, including grapes, strawberries and plumsWhat are the benefits of eating raw foods and juicing?

Proponents of raw food diets stay away processed foods and restrict anything cooked above 116 to 118 degrees Fahrenheit  insisting this prevents diseases and promotes optimal health. Going raw means lots of fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, seeds, and beans. And while devotees of this diet enjoy munching their food whole, it’s becoming increasingly popular to juice as well. Here are some reasons why people are going raw and drinking juice:

You get plenty of antioxidants. That’s because the main components of this diet are fruits and veggies packed with antioxidants, substances that help protect your cells from damage. Why is this important? It can not only help your body fight certain illnesses, including cancer, but it can help you look and feel younger and more vibrant.

It aids in digestion. Raw food fans believe that eating whole, unadulterated food packed with enzymes will allow your body to cleanse itself. And any diet based on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is good for your digestive tract, helping to prevent constipation, and possibly reducing your risk of conditions such as diverticulitis and diabetes.

It has heart benefits. The raw food way of eating is high in fiber and low in saturated fats, and this has been shown to reduce your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease. Also, raw foods are high in antioxidants and magnesium, and low in sodium — adding up to more good news for your heart.

You’ll likely lose weight. Counting calories with raw foods and juice is not equivalent to the calories you count on a traditional diet of cooked and/or processed foods. Nothing is wasted, as the body knows how to assimilate all the calories in raw live foods, whereas a regular diet of 2,000 calories for example, might only have about 1,200 useable calories and the rest is “wasted” or stored as fat.

It may help you quit smoking. You may find after following a raw foods diet that you don’t want to put “bad” or unhealthy products back into your system. A raw foods diet that incorporates juices for a prolonged length of time might help resolve all kinds of habits: smoking, alcohol, even nail biting. (By the way, these are usually symptoms of a pH imbalance, or rather, being too acidic).

LeBron James’ Fitness Secrets

Lebron James(BlackDoctor.org) — LeBron James’ workout plan is about what you’d expect from the most precocious superstar in sports — a blend of cutting-edge training techniques and classic muscle-building exercises.

LeBron James’ Workout Routine

His staple moves are pushups and pullups, and his only good cardio exercise is his mini exercise bike. Use the body sculpting exercises for a body that looks and performs like a pro’s. Begin each session with calisthenics and core moves. Then do the exercise ball  for each day as pairs, or supersets, moving from one exercise to the next without rest so as to make these truly fast fat burning exercises. Do each superset three times, resting 45 seconds between supersets in order to lose weight and build muscle. Starting an exercise program is fun and interesting but be sure to add excitement to it as it gets old in order to avoid a plateau. This weight loss workout schedule is 5 days/week.

Superset 1 Pushup

Assume the classic pushup position, with legs straight, hands beneath your shoulders. Keeping your body rigid, bend your arms to lower yourself until your chest is just off the floor. Then push back up until your arms are extended. Do as many reps as you can.

Grab a chinup bar with an overhand grip (palms forward) and your hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Hang with your arms straight and pull your shoulder blades down. Pull your chest to the bar. Then lower yourself to the starting position. Aim for 10 reps. Pushups and pullups are always good exercises to lose weight and great exercises to get abs.

Superset 2 Dumbbell Snatch

Assume an athletic position (knees bent, hips back), holding a dumbbell in one hand below your knees. In one movement, jump as you thrust the weight overhead, keeping the weight close to your body. Land softly. Aim for 5 reps with each arm.

Cable Single-arm Row
Grab the handle of a mid-pulley cable with your left hand, pulling your right arm back. Row the handle to your torso as you extend your right arm. Then resist the weight as you return your arms to the starting position. Do 10 reps with each arm.


Superset 1 Dumbbell Squat

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a pair of dumbbells at your sides. Keeping your back naturally arched, bend at the hips and knees and lower your body until your thighs are at least parallel to the floor. Push back up. Do eight to 12 reps.

Swiss-ball Hamstring Curl

Lie on the floor with your ankles on a Swiss ball, arms at your sides. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line. Squeezing your glutes, pull the ball toward your butt with your legs. Then roll the ball back out. Do 12 reps.

Superset 2 Dumbbell Stepup

Holding heavy weights at your sides, lift one foot and place it on a bench. Then push your body up until your weight-bearing leg is straight and your other foot hangs off the bench. Return to the starting position. Do 10 reps with each leg.

Dumbbell Calf Raise
Hold a dumbbell in your left hand and stand on your left foot. Rest the instep of your right foot across the back of your left ankle. Hold onto something for balance. Rise on your toes as high as you can. Do 12 reps with one leg before repeating with the other leg. This is a good stability exercise.

Cardio (treadmill exercise, other cardio exercise machines, mostly exercise bike workout)


Superset 1 Dumbbell Incline-Bench Press

Lie faceup on an incline bench and hold a pair of dumbbells at the sides of your chest with an overhand grip (palms forward). Press the weights straight above your chest. Then lower them to the starting position. Do 10 reps.

Lat Pulldown

Sit at a lat-pulldown station and grab the bar with an overhand grip, hands slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Keeping your head and back straight, pull your shoulder blades down and then pull the bar to your chest. Let the bar rise. Do 10 reps.

Superset 2 Dumbbell Single-arm Overhead Press

Stand holding a dumbbell at shoulder height with your palm facing toward your body (as shown). Press the weight straight up and then slowly lower it. Do six to eight reps before repeating with the other arm.

Dumbbell Single-arm Row
Hold a dumbbell in your right hand, arm straight, and place your left hand and left knee on a bench. Use your upper-back muscles to pull the dumbbell up and back. Pause, then slowly lower the weight. Do 10 reps on each side.

Superset 1 Single-leg Squat

Stand on a bench. Hold your arms in front of you and flex your right ankle so your toes point up. Keeping your torso as upright as possible, bend your left knee and lower your body until your right heel touches the floor. Push up. Aim for five reps per leg.

Single-leg Swiss-ball Leg Curl

Perform as you do the Swiss-ball hamstring curl, but use only one leg. Lift your left leg and bend your knee toward your chest. With your right leg, pull the ball toward your butt and then push it back out. Aim for 10 reps with each leg.

Superset 2 Dumbbell Side Lunge

Stand holding dumbbells at your sides. With your left leg, take a wide step directly to the left. Bend your left knee and push your hips back until your left thigh is parallel to the floor. Then push back up. Do 10 reps in each direction.

Unstable Jump Rope
Skip rope for 45 seconds on a cushiony surface, such as a stretching mat. The instability will help strengthen your ankles. This is more of a fitness exercise program.