Super Genes by Deepak Chopra M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi PH.D. Book Review

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The book Super Genes by New York Times Bestselling Authors Deepak Chopra and Dr. Rudolph Tanzi explores epigenetics, conscious behavior of the environment and how these interact to affect your health and well-being. After reading this book, I felt there is a lot of loose ends. Some were tied with logical facts that help you to understand how you are a part of something that is much more ancient that most scientists give credit to. I feel this book does a lot of repeating throughout the chapters. It does explain how what you eat and how you deal with stress effects your overall health. Also, it takes into account your DNA and how your parents and other relatives plays a big part of your health. Long before you are born your DNA will determine your future health risks and problems. I feel this book is a good read even though it is repetitive.  I do like how this book and the authors explain different cases. They tell you about real people and how that person’s life was changed, sometimes for the better. Also, they go in depth about case studies and experiments, I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for by honest and unbiased review. I do not think this is a book that I would have purchased on my own. I feel that receiving the book free is why I read this book. I do like reading books about health and ways to improve your health, However, I just was not that impressed with this book.

Fitness Finds from ProSource

 

Fitness, for me, is not just about the workout, but overall muscle health. I need to have a positive mental state so that I will have the will power and want to better myself. I experience aches and pains from my many different types of workout routines. I always like to switch things up so I will not get bored. I am unaware of what is causing my discomfort and pain so I am not sure how to treat it. That is why I am always on the search for any tools or massages that can help to relieve my pain. I can’t afford a professional message after each workout or yoga session. That is why I am glad I found ProSource! They have a wide variety of foam rollers, massage balls, arched back stretchers and acupressure mats. I highly recommend trying them out.

 

Soothing Cucumber and Avocado Mask

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1-2 Tbsp Aloe Vera gel

Peel the cucumber and place in the blender. Cut the avocado in half and scoop one half out into the blender. Add the Aloe Vera gel, and pulse until you reach desired consistency. Apply to clean, dry skin and leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and moisturize  immediately after.

 

Ginger Detox Water Recipe

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Ginger is a powerful detoxifier that can increase your metabolism. Lemons are also considered to be a detoxifier, since they have a natural diuretic that helps to remove toxins from your body.

  • 2 lemons
  • 2 inch (5cm) ginger root
  • 1 quart (1 liter) spring water

Grate the ginger and cut the lemon into wedges, then add them to a pitcher. Refrigerate for three hours before serving. Add ice if desired.

Lime Mint Water Recipe

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Water that is infused with lime is a good way to boost your metabolism. Limes contain a lot of vitamin C which is also good to prevent colds. I love adding this water to my diet no only for the detox benefits but the health benefits as well.

  • 2 limes
  • 2 quarts (2 liters) sparkling water
  • 1/cup fresh chopped mint

Slice the lime into thick slices and place at the bottom of pitcher. Then pour the sparkling water and add chopped mint. Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours. Strain the liquid before serving.

Broccoli and Chickpea Salad Recipe

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  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1 can chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup sliced shallots
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese

Steam broccoli until tender. Steam chickpeas just to heat through. Allow broccoli and chickpeas to cool slightly. Whisk together lemon juice, oil, garlic, ginger, and thyme in a large bowl. Add broccoli, chickpeas and shallots. Toss to coat and season with salt, pepper, and top with parmesan cheese.

 

Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe

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  • 6 cups broccoli florets
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 cup minced carrot
  • 1/2 cup minced celery
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lb. cheddar cheese shredded (about 4 cups)

Steam broccoli. While broccoli is steaming melt butter in pot. Add onion, carrot, and celery. Cook until tender. Stir in flour to coat vegetables and cook for 1 minute. Slowly add broth while stirring. Bring soup to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Slowly add cheese in 1 cup increments until melted. Allow soup to simmer but not boil then add broccoli. Cook for 1 minute and then serve hot.