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Leafy Greens for Spring

Leafy greens by Liz Freeman of Free & Abel 

janssens market Leafy greens are some of the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upward to the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen. Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, napa cabbage, green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.

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How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.

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September Events – Janssens

Dana Hebert – The King of Cake will be at Janssens on September 15 creating a sugar sculpture in the store.  

Dana Herbert, owner of Desserts by Dana has earned a lot of attention for his big win on Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker, the hit show on TLC. We are now carrying his amazing desserts in the bakery.  photo: Desserts by Dana

September 19th: Liz Freeman – Eating for Energy

What would your life be like with an abundance of energy and vitality? What foods are best to eat to increase your energy? Please join Health Coach Liz Abel for a free lecture on Wednesday  9/19 from: 7:00 – 8:00pm at Janssen’s Market.

September 20th: J Cafe Farmer and Chef  –March of Dimes fundraiser. 

Rosh Hashanah – Sept 16 – Menus are online and in the store Yom Kippur – Sept 25 – Menus are online and in the store

October 22-27th:  Janssens Market celebrates our 60th Anniversary  Celebrations all week! 

The Power of Healing Foods

The Power of Healing Foods- Ayurveda, which translates as “knowledge of life,” dates back 5,000 years to the ancient Sanskrit texts, the Vedas. It’s a system of healing that examines physical constitution, emotional nature, and spiritual outlook in the context of the universe. It’s widely known as the sister science to yoga, and in accordance to the principles of ayurveda, these healing foods enliven your body, stimulate its repair, and rejuvenate your health.

Lemons are both purifying and nourishing, and they stimulate digestion. For reducing toxins, drink unsweetened lemonade as many times during the day as desired.

Dates and Figs are prized as excellent sources of energy. They also help build tissues. Eat one or two every day.

Almonds are nourishing and life-supporting. Ayurveda recommends blanching and peeling almonds because their skins are slightly toxic. Eat several almonds daily to increase strength and energy.

Ginger is often referred to as “the universal medicine.” It promotes good digestion and helps remove ama. Dried ground ginger is more concentrated in its flavor and its effects. To aid digestion, sprinkle a thin slice of fresh ginger with lemon juice and salt, and eat one-half hour before a meal.

Try inserting one or two of these suggested foods into your everyday routine and see what the change can do for you! For more tips on how to improve your nutrition and enhance your life, we encourage you to enjoy a complimentary 10 day trial membership at our Nemours fitness center. Contact us to get started!

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How to Stay Cool When Exercising This Summer

How To Stay Cool When Exercising This Summer

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Did you know that exercising in the heat puts stress on your heart and lungs? Exercise, along with high air temperature, raises your body temperature and increases your heart rate. Normally, your body adjusts adequately on its own. But if you’re exposed to heat for too long, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and even heatstroke can occur. You don’t want to spend any of your summertime in the ER, so here are the top summer fitness tips from Plexus Fitness to help you stay cool.
Get out early … or late
Avoid exercising in the middle of the day when the sun is hottest, usually between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., give or take. If you do go outdoors during these times, avoid direct sun and try to find shade – or exercise in a pool.
Drink up
Water, that is. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, drink every 15 minutes or so on hot days. If you’re sweating profusely or exercising for an hour or more, include sports drinks, which contain added electrolytes and minerals.
Know when you’ve had enough
When it’s hot enough to melt asphalt, skip the wind sprints up Suicide Hill, especially if you have these symptoms: weakness, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, rapid heartbeat or nausea or vomiting. Stop. Get out of the heat. If you’re with a group, have someone stay with you. Drink water and wet your skin to cool off. If you don’t feel better within 60 minutes, develop a fever higher than 102 degrees, or become faint and confused, seek immediate medical help.
Dress appropriately
Even if you feel that black biking shirt brings out your best features, skip it in lieu of a white or light-colored top. Black and dark colors absorb heat. Think lightweight or invest in some of the new fabrics that wick away moisture.
Have a back-up plan
Plan to work out indoors on hot days. Find an air-conditioned gym like Plexus. No time to get to the gym? Walk the mall – briskly and with athletic shoes, not four-inch wedges. Or jump in a pool. But skip the raft with the built-in cup holder until you’ve done at least a few laps.
Make this summer your healthiest one yet – go to www.plexusfitness.com to register for a 10 day membership to our Nemours club and start reaping the benefits of regular exercise!
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