Nopalea At The Spa

By Frank Yaconis

Nopalea Juice, which is made from the Prickly Pear Cactus, appears to be one of the most useful plants in the world for human consumption. You can eat it, you can drink it and now you can be massaged by it. Apparently, a Mexican luxury resort treats its interested guests to massages with a prickly free version of the plant mixed with Agave and tequila.

A cactus massage is only one of the interesting services offered to guests at spas around the world. Adventurous spa goers can also see out the following services, that include obtaining a fish pedicure, where fish eat the dead skin off your feet; a snake massage where a masseuse dribbles one or two snakes on your back and lets them slither around; a facial made from thin gold strips laid on the face, which is said to have originated with Cleopatra; a rear-end buffing and waxing procedure; and bathing in a pool of wine or a vat of beer.

For those of us who view the cactus as a food and medicine (it is renowned for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties), there are many ways to ingest it.

The prickly pear cactus grows all across North America, where it is a native species, but it has also been transplanted around the world. But remember it is a native to Mexico and the southern United States.

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Its use as a food and medicine dates back to the Aztecs who also ate it and harvested it for its medicinal qualities.

If you want to drink the plant for its benefits, the easiest method is to buy Nopalea Juice, which is an all-natural mixture that combines the cactus with Agave juice and several other tasty and healthy fruits. It is overflowing with a variety of vitamins and minerals.

There are many ways to eat the plant. You can grill, broil, fry or boil the pads, which are called Nopalitos. They are delicious and taste a bit like asparagus or green beans. Many people just add oil or butter and eat them plain this way. By the way, nopalitos means cactus stem.

The fruit of the prickly pear cactus (which is where the term “pear” comes from) can also be eaten. The plant erupts into beautiful blossoms, as well that are yellow, purple or red. They are also edible.

Did you know that the meat and fruit and blossoms from the cactus are made into numerous foods? They are used for making candy, with tuna in a salad, in chili, stews, salads, salsas and even soups. Authentic Mexican restaurants will almost always have them on the menu. A very popular way for a restaurant to serve the cactus is with eggs or in tacos. With eggs, they are called heuvos con Nopales, if you see that you know it is the cactus.

The cactus is very good for you — so nutritious. It is chock full of dietary fiber and has numerous vitamins and minerals. It is a great way to eat something healthy, while you are also taking steps to prevent future diseases and ailments. Good for your body now and later.

About the Author: Frank Yocanis has been researching and writing about the health benefits of

Nopalea Cactus

for the past decade. He has even traveled to the Sonoran desert half a dozen times to study


in the plant’s homeland. He is excited to share how this antioxidant-rich drink can change your life.


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How To Get Rid Of Arm And Thigh Fat

By Chris Chew

Generally speaking, men tend to store fat on their bellies whereas women have more propensities to store it on their arms, thighs and butts. That is why getting rid of flabby arms and thighs are a concern for many women.

Having flabby thighs and arms are not only unattractive, it is also an indication that you might be overweight and may need to lose body fat all around and not just the thighs and arms as they are a big clue that you are out of shape.

The good news is that the flabs on your arms and thighs are nothing more than undeveloped muscle and excess fat and this can be remedied through correct eating and exercises. If you are looking for quick fixes like some magic pills and potion, you will be disappointed because there is none.

Although some science are emerging that there may be some truth in spot reduction, it is early days yet and even if it is true, its effects are barely perceptible. So in order to get rid of the fat and tone up your thighs and arms, you have to combine a regimen of diet and exercise. You need to diet to lose the flab and exercise to tone up the body parts sexily, especially with weight training exercises.

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Okay, before you yell at me that training with weights can build big bulky muscles on you, I will pre-empt you by saying that it is not that easy for girls to build bulky muscles because women simply do not have enough testosterone to promote bulky muscle growth. Even young men raging with testosterone need years of training before they can develop big muscles.

Those pictures of female bodybuilders which you see take years of professional training, supplementation and genetic predisposition for them to look that way. However, if you do not train with weights, your arms and your thighs will not look firm with sexy muscle curves and tone even after you lose some fat there.

What about diet? I am not talking about any fad diet or starvation diet. Simply reduce your intake of sugar, processed carbohydrates that are found in confectionaries and pastries and avoidance of starchy food can already help you to lose weight progressively. Since your arms and thighs store more of your body fat, you can visibly see the reduction of your flab week after week.

When coupled with a good cardio and weight training program, not only will your arms and legs become more slender, the sexy curves will soon start to show. More better news will come in the form of your total body transformation as you will also lose fat from your entire body, you will also look and feel much fitter and healthier.

The trick of getting rid of arm and thigh fat may be easy, but it will take a firm commitment and determination on your part to be successful. So just don’t read this article on how to get rid of the jiggles in your arms and thighs, go and do something about it now that you know how to.

About the Author: Chris Chew is a fitness and health consultant. Read his free articles at

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