National Green Juice Day

Today is National Green Juice Day! In honor of the 21st annual Healthy Weight Week, a time to celebrate diet-free living habits that last a lifetime, we thought sharing a delicious green juice recipe would give the leafy greens the spotlight they deserve.

Digestive Aid Green Juice

  • 1 stick of celery
  • 2 handfuls of fresh kale, or any leafy green could be substituted
  • 1/4 fennel or a cucumber
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger root
  • 2 pears

Nutritional Value (Roughly)

  • Serving Size: the whole recipe
  • Calories: 237
  • Sugar: 32.6g
  • Sodium: 56mg
  • Fat: 0.7g
  • Carbohydrates: 60.4g
  • Fiber: 12.9g
  • Protein: 3.3g

Instructions

Chop the ingredients (peeling the ginger and pears is optional) and place everything into the juicer. Strain the juice for a less textured drink (also optional). Voilà, you can enjoy the juice freshly made, or store for later in a fridge or freezer.

Recipe and instructions sourced from Simple Vegan Blog

https://simpleveganblog.com/digestive-aid-green-juice/

Thyroid Awareness Month

January Is Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck and under the voice box. It produces hormones that help the body control the rate of metabolism and regulate the production and consumption of energy. When thyroid function is accelerated, the condition is called hyperthyroidism; when slowed, it is called hypothyroidism. Imbalances in thyroid function may be a result of environmental, autoimmune, or genetic factors. Additionally, thyroid issues may lead to cancer.

Thyroid disease affects roughly 200 million people worldwide, and thyroid cancer is on the rise, with roughly 52,000 new cases diagnosed in 2019, according to the American Cancer Society. Three out of four thyroid cancer diagnoses are made in women.

How to Perform a Thyroid Neck Self-Exam

  • Use a mirror and focus on the lower middle area of your neck, above the collarbones and below the Adam’s apple (larynx). Your thyroid gland is located in this area of your neck.
  • While focusing on this area in the mirror, tip your head back.
  • Take a drink of water and swallow.
  • As you swallow, look at your neck. Check for any bulges or protrusions in this area when you swallow. Reminder: Do not confuse the Adam’s apple with the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is located further down on your neck, closer to the collarbone. You may want to repeat this process several times.
  • If you do see any bulges or protrusions in this area, see your physician. You may have an enlarged thyroid gland or a thyroid nodule and should be checked to determine whether cancer is present or if treatment for thyroid disease is needed.

More information can be found through the American Thyroid Association, www.thyroid.org