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Be Mindful of Your Product’s Expiration Dates, All The Time

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Sometimes, we buy more groceries than what we need. The sense of impulsiveness takes over and once line-up at the counter, we really aren’t sure if we are about to purchase a whole stack that’ll eventually be useless. Once home, we look at out kitchen pantry and noticed piles of cartons and a plethora of brands we never really pondered on until that moment.

Checking the labels, we assume that we must consume or use it immediately, but the bold expiration date screams at us, saying that it’s too late for us to use them. In the course of household management, it is very important that we know when food will expire and when is the best time to consume it. Listed below are some key pointers that we can lean on if we’re unsure if that piece of meat or that stash of cereal is still good for human consumption.

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The first thing that a consumer should know is how to read labels pertaining to a product’s expiration date. If you see the words ‘Sell-By’, this is something vital for the store from where the purchase has been made as this let employees know how long a product can stay on the shelf. This is also an indicative measure that people should certainly consume it before that day arrives.

‘Best if used Before/By’ explains the specific date when the product is at its peak freshness. While not really an indicator of safety, this label dictates when it is best to use a product for its optimum quality. On the other hand, ‘Use By’ reminds consumers that this is the date when the product will start its inevitable deterioration. Consuming the product a couple of days after the Use By date won’t really harm you for as long as you do it nearest to the indicated date.

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As a guide, people must know that there’s a huge difference between the shelf life of raw versus cooked food. If it is poultry and you haven’t removed it from the bag, then it will last for 1-2 days when it’s raw and 3-4 days when cooked depending on method. For beef, veal and lamb, it can be stored for 3-5 days and can be consumed after 3-4 days.

Sausages and ground meat work the same way as poultry; just make sure that the place of storage is far from moisture and direct heat. As for eggs, the shelf life for raw and shelled eggs would be 3-5 weeks, while cooked eggs can last up to a week if boiled. For canned food such as meat, fish and poultry, you can stack it up without any harm from 2 to 5 years and if we open them without finishing them, they can last for another 3-4 days.

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In storing food and avoiding the risky trick of not being aware of the product’s expiration dates, make sure that you set your refrigerator on below 40 and the freezer should be at 0-degrees Fahrenheit. Unpacking your goods immediately after grocery shopping will seal in freshness instead of leaving it on the countertop where moisture and heat can greatly diminish its quality. If you’re not ready to consume it, then leave it cold in the freezer to extend its shelf life.

See More:

Do Food Expiration Dates Really Matter? – WebMD
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/do-food-expiration-dates-matter

Is Your Food Expired? Don’t Be So Quick to Toss It | TIME.com
http://healthland.time.com/2013/09/18/is-your-food-expired-dont-be-so-quick-to-toss-it/

Paul Intalan

Distinct Mobile Phone Etiquette from all over the World

Girl talking on cell phone at movie theater with annoyed boy

We have all been connected through the advancements of technology over the last couple of decades. Luckily for this generation, people seem to live just a couple of meters apart thanks to the benefits of mobile phones as a major necessity. These devices have improved over the years, making it easier for us to communicate in ways we never thought possible.

We are now immersed into a reality wherein our lives are connected at every turn, giving us endless possibilities in doing things with the help of people on the other end of the line. As it proves to be a part of life, mobile phones follow certain rules when in use, which is also known as cellphone etiquette. Read on and know the diverse sets being used all over the world, so learn and be amazed by these overlooked guidelines.

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Aside from the usual guidelines such as not talking loudly in public or putting the phone down during a very crucial meeting, cellphone etiquette has evolved in different countries. The majority follows the strict rule of putting your mobile device on silent mode when in public places such as the cinemas, places of worship and restaurants.

In Egypt, it is quite a custom that before going deeper into a conversation, people must exchange some pleasantries first for five minutes in order to set the mood of the call. Also, Egyptians are so confident with the people of their nation that they are willing to give out their mobile numbers to whoever wants them, may it be a complete stranger or not.

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In Russia, locals have a very sensitive way of answering a call and don’t expect them to start the conversation when they pick up. They are leery and conscious about the people they are talking with, and the common ‘Hello’ is replaced with a firm ‘Who is it’, something we might find a bit offensive especially when we’re calling a person we know.

Russians also have this innate inclination to downloading and using ring back tones, so expect a lot of these even on public numbers. Voicemails are also not a huge feature in this country, so if you want to reach someone badly, exert the effort by calling them at a later time.

Unlike most cellphone users, Brazilians deem it rude if a call is left unanswered. They make it a point to answer phone calls no matter where they are or what they are doing at that moment. Oddly, some Brazilians have this habit of asking ‘Who are you?’ even if they initiate the call.

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The Chinese are so used to patronizing mobile phones that even while they are talking to you face-to-face, they won’t hesitate to answer a call or respond to a text. Also, they are known for being patient callers as they will ring you for up to 15 times just for you to pick up the call.

On the other hand, Indians have this habit of setting their ringtones at the loudest volume so that they won’t miss out on any notifications. People in the United Kingdom will regard you as rude or unbecoming if you talk to them while you’re eating or munching on snacks, so be sensitive about these things.

See More:

What the Proper Cell Phone Etiquette Is Around the World
http://gizmodo.com/what-the-proper-cell-phone-etiquette-is-around-the-worl-1145033797

How Cell Phone Etiquette Is Different Around The Globe
http://www.blogher.com/how-cell-phone-etiquette-different-around-globe-infographic

Paul Intalan

Go backpacking and see the world out there

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They say that you’ll never know what’s on the other side without taking the risk of seeing it for yourself. This is true as traveling is an enriching journey that will raise awareness and learning apart from the formal teaching we get from learning institutions.

The education we get from traveling firsthand is more than visual. Knowing different cultures from diverse places will bring us to a new level of understanding and will help us become more adaptable towards others. The world is big and getting to other locations and immersing into the things you find in there will allow you to become more receptive to the uniqueness of varied facets of the world.

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Backpacking is a way of leaving what you are accustomed to for a period of time and going to places that, most of the time, you have never seen before. Aside from the fact that it is more convenient than carrying travel suitcases, backpacking is one way to reduce your worry especially during the course of walking from place to place. You want to focus on enjoying the sights without spoiling the trip, don’t you?

The actual trip can be challenging especially if you are doing it for the first time. Saving yourself from the hassle of carrying big luggage will be smart. The rule of the game would is ‘if you can’t carry it, don’t bring it.’ This mantra will help you distinguish between things that are important from those that are not so vital. It makes you appreciate the little things as necessities come first.

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Backpack travelling is also good for your health as the usual destinations include nature that provides clean air. Your lungs will thank you not only for the new sights, but for the pure air that unspoiled surroundings can give. The new scenery also relieves stress and calms the mind. These are the major reasons why many are engrossed with backpacking.

See More:

Top 10 Benefits To Backpacking:
http://www.exploremyworldtravel.com/benefits-bacpacking

The Benefits of Backpack Traveling:
http://www.travelguideline.net/benefits-backpack-traveling.html

Aira Algado

The Rigorous Art of Practice Really Does Make Things Perfect

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In a world where every day is a competition, the only way to win is to be the master of everything. No matter where we are, there will always be the impending challenge of being the best, and while we usually don’t take everything seriously, there’s something within us that wants to win every battle. Whether you’re at school, work or even in public, a certain blocker will arise, leaving you with no choice but to fight back.

While it is an accepted fact that nobody is perfect, it is quite imperative to at least be on top of things by mastering the important aspects of daily living. The golden proverb ‘practice makes perfect’ might have been regarded as a joke, but isn’t it something that we should take seriously moving forward?

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As some studies state, it takes an estimated 10,000 hours of rigorous and tedious practice before you become an expert at something. Deliberate practice might mean so many things and a checklist should always come in handy for you to be sure that you’re on the right path.

Some of the determining factors for you to be coined as someone who’s serious about mastering a skill include practicing your skill at any available moment, constantly striving for improvement, an intense assessment of your own performance, self-evaluation of your little successes along the way and looking into aspects that you’re not good at while learning from them.

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One good example of treating practice as the best tool for success is the famous story of Bill Gates. Now raking in a net worth of $61 billion, Gates started his venture by joining the Computer Club at an early age in the glorious year of 1968. After 3 years, Bill Gates was observed to spend a little bit more time than usual in acquiring as much knowledge as he can about computers in the University of Washington’s computer centers and laboratories.

Two years later, the computer wizard tested his skills by working as a computer programmer even if he was just in his senior high school year. In 1975, he dropped out of the eponymous Harvard University and launched the mogul company Microsoft using his experiences. If measured, Bill Gates followed the 10,000-hour rule (from 1968 to 1975) and came-off more successful than he ever thought he would.

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Practicing involves very solid self-discipline for it to come to fruition.

Some advice for mastery suggested by life coaches include consciously surrounding yourself with people who have the same mindset as yours, building expert habits along the way, cascading to others what you’ve already learned, not wasting time on small things and petty life drama, deliberately practicing as much as you could, getting a coach to check up on you every now and then and appointing someone to wake you up whenever your oversleep.

See More:

Does Practice Always Make Perfect? | Wonderopolis
http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/does-practice-always-make-perfect/

Practice makes perfect, study confirms
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160129170533.htm

Paul Intalan

Getting Extremely Wealthy is Synonymous to Hard Work

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Many of us think that being wealthy is an impossible dream. Sure, there are people who are born so rich that they do not even care about how they will live their lives. Unknown to us, there are also human beings who worked their way up to the top and are now lying on a bed of diamonds, which they rightfully deserve.

We have all been stuck with the negative delusion that having a lot of money should come from the blood that flows within us and not on the effort that we exert when we strive for it. Yes, being rich is actually a choice, and if you want to start now, you’d better act the soonest. Below are some of the statistics collated from different people who have made it big, together with the things that made them reach the pinnacle of their existence.

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According to the latest Forbes Magazine Wealthiest People in the World List, you might want to look up to people like Carlos Slim Helu ($73 billion net worth), Bill Gates ($67 billion), Amancio Ortega ($57 billion), Warren Buffett ($53.5 billion) and Larry Ellison ($43 billion) as your role models. They are known to be the richest people on Earth today, and their habits would make you re-think how you’re faring in your life so far.

A study shows that wealthy people maintain a to-do list and never strayed from their original plans. Also, they are always goal-oriented, backed up with comprehensive and specific plans that need to be carried-out in a specific timeframe. More so, wealthy people are observed to wake up three hours before the start of their work to compose themselves, make room for finalizing their plans for the day and do necessary things that make them human.

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Some of the odd things that have been gained from this study include rich people listening to audio books even while in commute, reading for 30 minutes about anything every single day and having an innate desire to peruse things that enrich their intelligence. Out of the 100% of respondents, it has been categorized that 76% of those who are healthy are also those with fat bank accounts because they exercise religiously for four solid hours weekly.

Also, their television habits are hugely different compared to poor people who watch reality shows more than 1 hour daily. Furthermore, wealthy people care for their health so much that they deviate from eating too much junk food and unnecessary carbohydrates compared to how poor people deal with the food they eat.

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Rich people also have a strong belief that there should be lifelong, educational self-improvement that must be acquired for them to flourish as workers or leaders. They are also firm believers that good habits definitely create wider and bigger opportunities for them to be better human beings. They also have this strong tendency of avoiding bad routines as they know that this can result to disastrous effects in the long run.

See More:

9 Success Habits of Wealthy People That Cost Nothing
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/249269

15 Daily Habits Of Wealthy People – Lifehack
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/money/15-daily-habits-wealthy-people.html

Paul Intalan

Free thy self from clogged nose and press right points

Young woman having flu, feeling bad, blowing her nose, wrapped up in blanket.

Having a stuffed nose is uncomfortable and annoying. This health condition makes us realize the beauty and importance of smooth breathing. Sure, nasal congestion is curable, but medications sometimes do not deliver the immediate and desired effect that the situation calls for. Aside from discomfort in breathing, a stuffed nose can also come with headaches, nausea and loss of taste that further aggravates the condition.

Alleviate the pain and agony by resorting to the method of acupressure. By pressing specific points and putting pressure on particular sections of the body, a clogged nose can be temporarily relieved. Unknown to the majority, the body has several sections that affect other parts of the body. With the right points being pressed and/or massaged, the pain will be relieved.

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Start with the easiest point to reach. Have your hands do the job as you press the joint in between thumb and index finger hard. Retain this activity for around two minutes and repeat until the pain and the cold goes away. This trick may be helpful, but is not recommended for pregnant women. Doing this with a baby in the womb may cause premature contractions.

Flush the mucus out by massaging the bridge of the nose, starting near the eye socket. Massage the both sides of the nose lightly with two thumbs each. The mucus will eventually melt and excreted though the nose.

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Massaging the space between the eye brows will deliver favorable result. Touching this section will soften the mucus and prevent it from solidifying which is the main reason for clogged nose. Massage until you feel better or do it in five minute intervals.

Focusing on the cheek area beside the nostrils will also help. Usually, mucus gets stuffed in this region and putting pressure in this section will liquefy the building thick fluid, making it easier for the body to flush it out.

See More:

Curing Nasal Congestion with Acupressure Points – Causes, Symptoms
http://www.modernreflexology.com/curing-nasal-congestion-with-acupressure-points/

Acupressure Points for Sinus Problems & Nasal Congestion:
http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/acupressure-points-for-sinus-problems-nasal-congestion/

Aira Algado

Tailoring Sleeping Patterns to our Personal Lifestyles

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Sleeping is the way for people to rest their tired bodies after a long day at work. It is through sleeping that the entire body recuperates from stress gained from the daily challenges of being ‘human’.

We all get accustomed to the usual sleep cycle, which amounts to exactly eight hours every day. Technically dubbed as the ‘monophasic cycle’, this type of sleeping pattern is the most convenient out of all the other types.

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The monophasic cycle also lowers the risk of sleep deprivation, making it the most followed pattern of all. The eight-hour rule also presents the best retention of sleeping and waking hours, which is best suited for those who are working regular hours and people who don’t have the luxury of napping within the day.

However, monophasic cycles require the body to look for long sleeping hours and might cause hassles when someone needs to compromise sleep once in a while. Monophasic cycles are also inconvenient for professionals who have shifting schedules and late-night office activities.

Unknown to the majority, there are alternative sleeping patterns and cycles that might be reasonable to other needs, which are known as (1) biphasic cycle, (2) everyman cycle, (3) dymaxion cycle and (4) uberman cycle.

Akin to the monophasic class, the biphasic cycle consists of 5-6 hours of sleep at night and one nap taken within the day. The advantages to this type of pattern is the essence of taking naps as this improves and refreshes memory and brain functions, stress reduction and can work as a physical booster when followed appropriately.

Biphasic patterns are best suited for those who live in areas such as the Mediterranean and Latin America, along with people who don’t have any issues with sleeping well at night.

On the other hand, the everyman cycle is comprised of a core sleep time of 3.5 hours with three 20 minute naps scattered within the whole day. The everyman cycle will help a person become flexible when the napping episodes are diligently practiced beyond the recommended napping time of 20-30 minutes. This also offers longer waking hours, making it appropriate to those who work on double shifts with the need to stay awake longer.

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The dymaxion cycle is somewhat harsh to the general populace as this only entails 2 hours of sleep with four 30-minute naps in a day. Under this category, the person who follows this will have the longest waking hours out of all the cycles, which means more production. Within the time period after each nap, there is an estimate of 5.5 waking hours to be used by the individual to perform tasks, making it fit for eliminating lazy periods and procrastination.

The dymaxion cycle has been dubbed as the most difficult pattern to follow and is only advantageous to those who don’t need much sleep like elders and those with the DEC2 gene known as the ‘short sleepers’.

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Lastly, the uberman cycle is described as the type that requires 6 to 8 equally distributed naps that last for 20 minutes each. Similar to the dymaxion cycle, it will only eat up 2 hours of sleep in a day and this is recommended for those who need to stick to a rigid schedule.

The only positive thing about the uberman cycle is strengthening one’s capability to fall asleep anytime of the day without any difficulty.

See More:

11 Bizarre Sleeping Habits Of Highly Successful People
http://www.businessinsider.com/11-bizarre-sleeping-habits-of-highly-successful-people-2013-11

Weird Sleep Habits | Prevention
http://www.prevention.com/health/weird-sleep-habits

Paul Intalan

A Fact Sheet about the Concept of Weddings – A Must-Read

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One of the most festive and overwhelming occasions that a man and a woman undergo is the sanctimonious ceremony of getting married.

All over the world, weddings are regarded as events brimming with love and never ending happiness. We can observe that almost everyone attending this ceremony are all smiles as it is just right to be merry when two people are bonded by the power of marriage.

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We have all seen the outward appearance, from the color of the general motif to the towering cakes that the couple will share, up until the absurd dance numbers and the tear-jerking speeches. It’s just true that weddings are celebrated well. While it is only the superficial things that we know about weddings, there are different facts and figures that this article will impart for you to understand weddings differently and deeply, so read on.

The word bride, taken from ancient languages, means ‘to borrow’ in Old English and ‘to cook’ which is derived from old Proto-Germanic vocabulary. The bride is the most beautiful woman on her wedding day, and the information presented above is just to help you become aware. It has also been deduced that the practice of giving wedding rings to each other as a sign of union and devotion came from the Ancient Egyptian times.

As studies have shown, men are more likely to ask for weddings than the opposite since they are ones who fall in love with a woman at first sight. There are also some instances when it was proven that the more money a couple spends on their wedding, the higher the probability that they will divorce soon.

The tradition of being wed in June comes from the 1500s when women took baths in May, making the next month their target dates since they “smell good.” Ironically, the World Marriage Day is not held in June but rather on February’s second Sunday.

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As expected, weddings worldwide are celebrated in June when a whopping 15% get hitched, while October trails behind at 14%. On average, most brides wait until their 27th year before deciding to tie the knot, whereas grooms are usually two years older at the age of 29.

While we are immersed into the idea that wedding ceremonies should be held within the confines of a religious place, 24% of couples out there are adventurous enough to spend this special day outdoors or far from their place of residence.

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As for wedding colors, 44% of entourages wear the color Ivory or White, followed by the color Blue at 37%, the feminine Pink at 28%, the feisty and playful Metallic at 26% and the innocuous Purple at 23%.

Weddings are special events in life that need your full attention and love. Despite the fact that you may know all of the aforementioned things, it is best for you to contemplate on your whole heart, life and soul before diving into the mystical world of weddings.

See More:

10 Surprising Facts About Wedding Traditions : Brides
http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/07/surprising-facts-wedding-traditions.html

Little Known Facts Wedding Trivia
http://www.lkfshow.com/funfacts/weddings.html

Paul Intalan

The therapeutic effects of pottery

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Adult life can be really stressful and having an outlet to unwind from pressure and stress is somewhat important to retain balance and well-being. Aside from hitting the gym, there are other recreational activities that grown-ups can resort to in order to preserve equilibrium in life.

If you are the kind of person who does not want to get physical, then choosing a more relaxed hobby is the best way to go. Art is a wide field of human activity that allows people to exert their creative juices from within. Not only is it functional, but it also promotes imagination that provides mental relaxation and tranquility.

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Pottery is a great choice when it comes to picking up a diversion to get away from the exhausting demands of the modern world. This ancient art is considered as therapeutic and is recommended by experts as it promotes positive effects to our health.

Taking up pottery not only serves as a creative outlet, but it also promotes focus in the person performing the act. Since this activity requires attention especially on molding the desired shape and design, external factors are set aside which is responsible for reducing stress.

Pottery is like meditation but with a tangible outcome. This is beneficial as this skill can also be used in other areas of life. With the fad of multitasking being encouraged, being focused is something that needs to be practiced most of the time and pottery is an activity that best improves it.

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Pottery also develops motor skills as it requires the movement of the wrists, hands and arms. In a world where everything is just a click away, constant movement is set aside which takes a toll on our health in the long run. The movement this activity requires is good especially for those who suffer from joint pains and carpal tunnel syndrome.

As pottery allows you to create your own designs, it gives a sense of control. It helps the person channel self-expression and inventiveness. The relaxation it gives is also helpful especially for those who suffer from depression and other disorders.

See More:

Healing Benefits of Pottery:
http://healingtouchpottery.blogspot.com/2011/02/healing-benefits-of-pottery.html

Why pottery is therapeutic:
http://www.slideshare.net/speed4mileswv/why-pottery-is-therapeutic-5403822

Aira Algado

Join the Bandwagon Called Juicing and Be Healthy

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Now known as a very huge trend among the health-conscious, juicing is sure to become popular again in discussions over social media posts and gym talks now that summer is fast approaching. While we’ve all known the philosophy behind this method long before it became a craze, many people have come to believe that since there are experts coming up with better juices, it is suitable to ride the wave.

A plethora of self-help books have hit the stands, lots of television segments showing proper methods of juicing and we just can’t stop sharing the good news to each other. Furthermore, if you’re one of the remaining few who don’t really care about juicing, read on and you might just be converted.

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One of the main reasons why juicing immediately stretched its influence is the promise of weight loss. Dieticians, nutritionists and medical practitioners have shown blatant support for this fad as it involves ingredients that are natural and harmless if consumed in its most original state. How juicing aids weight loss has been summed up to three core reasons which are calorie reduction, detoxification and increased intake of fiber.

It has been said that juicing allows people to have better intake of numerous fruits and vegetables without the hassle of compromising the taste. Also, since the fruits are not given any special treatment aside from extracting their juicy contents, antibodies, vitamins and minerals are harnessed in their best state, resulting to better metabolism and smooth digestion.

Studies have also shown that juicing involves not only drinking, but also using fruits and vegetables in our soups, stocks and recipes.

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They say that all fruits and vegetables are eligible for juicing but few stand above the rest. It has been shown that the orange is the most juiced fruit, comprising a whopping percentage of 80.50% from the respondents of a recent survey. Following oranges are apples (56%), carrots (46.50%), pineapples (27%), shockingly, celery at 25.2% and tomatoes at 18.9%.

Canadians are the most prolific juicers who consume 13.9 gallons of produce per year individually. The Unites States follows with 11.3 gallons, then Germany (10.2), Austria (9.8), Sweden (9.4), Australia (9.1), Finland (8.7), the United Kingdom (7.7), the Netherlands (7.4) and New Zealand (6.6).

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As mentioned, the wonders of juicing didn’t just pop up out of nowhere as there are certain rituals in Korea which made use of green juices during ceremonial rites and burials dating back by more than two thousand years. Also, juicing has been used by old civilizations not for losing weight, but for treating illnesses as herbal medicine.

Since the human race knows no bounds in innovation, juicing can now be processed through three methods such as centrifugal, masticating and triturating.

See More:

Benefits of Juicing | Reboot With Joe
http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/juicing/benefits/

The Healing Properties of Juicing | The Dr. Oz Show
http://www.doctoroz.com/article/healing-properties-juicing

Paul Intalan