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Joy McCarthy's "Joyous Health": Four easy health hacks

In Part Two of our "Canadian Books for a Better You" series, we dip into nutritionist and blogger Joy McCarthy's hot-off-the-presses book Joyous Health for four easy (and surprising) tips on giving your health a tune-up. (Oh, and there are also brownies.)

1. Drink lemon and water. First thing in the morning, squeeze a quarter to a half of a fresh lemon in about 2 cups of warm water, then down it. According to Joy, this simple morning drink cleanses the body, increases bile (which flushes out toxins), reduces body acidity (acidity is regarded as a cancer magnet), prevents constipation, clears skin AND reduces heartburn. That's at least one more thing than a double-double can do.

2. Chew more... Munch on your food until it's a paste. You'll help break down your food sooner, absorbing more nutrients and easing the burden on your digestion.

3. ...but not on gum. Ever feel gassy and bloated after you chew gum? As Joy explains, this is because gum tricks your brain into thinking there's food on the way, and you end up producing (and wasting) a ton of digestive enzymes, leaving less for when you actually do eat food.

4. Eat brownies. Ok, Joy might not actually say "Eat brownies" in quite so many words. But she does include a recipe for some surprisingly sumptuous Black Bean-Chia Brownies (the recipe's also here, on her blog) which are not only loaded with superfoods like chia, raw cacao and coconut oil, but manage to turn a can of black beans into... well, the most delicious way we've ever eaten a can of black beans.  

Joy McCarthy, CNP, RNCP, is the nutritionist behind Joyous Healththe blog and the new book from Penguin Canada. Follow her on Twitter @joyoushealth.

Photo credit: Nicholas Collister  

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