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Happy Digestion, Happy Thanksgiving!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Thanksgiving Day doesn’t have to be followed by indigestion. Overeating is as common as turkey on this traditional holiday but a bit too much of turkey, sweet potatoes, gravy, stuffing or cranberry sauce should not ruin the rest of your holiday weekend. Oh, don’t forget about dessert as people tend to overeat pumpkin pie, apple pie and many other delicious traditional desserts.

Since you want to feel well on Friday, after all it is Black Friday, and you may want to go out shopping, quickly fix your post-party indigestion with digestive enzymes.

Digestive enzyme supplements help your body efficiently digest food, alleviating occasional digestion-related discomforts, a common thing on Friday after Thanksgiving Day. Heartburn, irregularity, gas, bloating, constipation are often a direct result of inadequate enzymes. Natural digestive enzymes may be the relief you need for late Thursday as a variety of products can provide quick relief, making your feel better even before bedtime.

Look for a few natural ingredients in the supplements that support the digestive system. Bromelain from pineapples and papain from papayas are two natural digestive ingredients and supplements can provide higher amount of these enzymes.

Additionally, when you eat, you are using up your natural supply of digestive enzymes but as you age, digestion becomes more difficult for your body and, therefore, older people have lower quantities of natural digestive enzymes than younger people do.

Digestive enzyme supplements can provide the relief you need and, on a long run, regulate your supply of digestive enzymes.


How To Eat Well This Holiday Season

Filed Under: Ask The ND,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Nutrition at 10:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
iStock_000076793023_SmallI can’t believe the holiday season is just around the corner. Before we know it, we’ll be dusting off the decoration boxes, preparing our shopping lists, wrapping gifts and spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

The stretch from Halloween to New Year’s is a difficult one. It offers a lot of temptations when it comes to eating and drinking. Even the most disciplined individuals can struggle to stay on track. There seems to be a stigma that it’s “ok” to overeat and overindulge throughout the holidays. Remember healthy eating isn’t necessarily about avoidance, it’s ok to enjoy your favorite dish, snack or dessert but moderation is the name of the game. And be mindful! This busy time of year can also lead to a significant decrease in our physical activity levels. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Here are some tips on how to have a healthy holiday season.

Tips For Healthy Eating

  • Know your numbers! In order to maintain a healthy weight you need a balance between the amount of calories you consume and the amount of energy/calories you burn off.
  • When you arrive at a holiday party, check out all the options for food and make a plan on what you are going to enjoy.
  • Eat mindfully. Use all your senses and be in the moment. Pay attention to the food you’re eating. Minimizing distractions allows us to notice our body’s cues like satiety, and may help to reduce overeating.
  • Try wearing tighter fitting clothes to keep you more mindful of how your stomach is feeling.
  • Don’t skip meals. Individuals who skip meals to save calories for a larger dinner are more likely to overeat.
  • Offer to bring a healthy dish to the holiday party or dinner.
  • Cut back on unnecessary calories such as gravy, butter, cheese, sauces, whip cream and other toppings.
  • Alcoholic beverages like wine, eggnog and beer are full of calories. Reduce the number of alcoholic beverages you drink by switching between alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
  • Bring your own plate. This may sound strange but there are many dishes on the market right now that can help you control your portion size and prevent overeating.
  • Try eating off a different color plate then your food. Research has shown that the high contrast between food and the color of the plate used causes individuals to put less food on their plates.

Health Consequences Of Overeating

  • Simple sugars found in sodas, candies, cookies and other processed treats can do harm to our body. An example of this is the link between sugar and the immune system. The immunosuppressant effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.
  • Even short term overeating can have lasting effects. Research has shown that short term overeating (such as a 4-week period) coupled with a decrease in physical activity can lead to an increase in body weight as well as fat mass that lasts long after the short binge.
  • Long term overeating can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic effects.
  • Short term effects of overeating may include nausea, feeling winded, bloated or gassy, drowsiness or heaviness in your stomach. Lastly, because overeating pushes blood toward the digestive tract, your heart may have to work harder.


What To Do If Your Plans Fail

We all know exercise is important to maintaining health, but did you know that it may also help after you have overeaten. One research article found that 15 minutes of walking about a half hour after a meal may help to control blood sugar levels. To really see the benefits of walking, one must do this after every meal. Another study found that a brisk walk for 30 minutes right after a meal was more effective for weight loss than waiting one hour after eating. Make sure you’re comfortable and aren’t experiencing any discomfort from overeating before you go out for a walk.

So you read this “How To” and had a whole plan on how to prevent overeating. You scoped out the party, ate foods in the right proportion and tried to eat mindfully, but something with your plan went awry and now you have overeaten. Well that’s ok, in fact I wouldn’t worry. No, really, don’t worry. Researchers out of Canterbury have found that individuals that feel guilty after overeating are more likely to gain weight than those who don’t feel guilty. So for one night, if you eat a little more then you intended, don’t fret! Every day is a fresh start!

Happy Holidays!


Want Something Sweet? Pick up Dark Chocolate

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
17 Holiday ChocolatesWith the holidays coming up, chocolate will be around you. No matter how hard you try to avoid it, at least one time (but possibly many times), you will just have to eat a piece of chocolate, or two, or three. The good news is that not all chocolates are the same and we are here to talk about the health benefits of dark chocolate.

Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and contains vitamins and high concentrations of minerals, such as potassium, copper, magnesium, and iron, which can be beneficial for your heart. Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate three times a week can help lower your blood pressure. Dark chocolate can also help improve blood flow, reduce the formation of blood clots, and prevent arteriosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. Plus, the copper and potassium in dark chocolate may help reduce risk of stroke and cardiovascular ailments.

Moreover, dark chocolate helps control blood sugar as the flavonoids can keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate is also known to reduce insulin resistance by helping your cells to function normally and regain the ability to use your body’s insulin efficiently. Dark chocolate has a low glycemic index which will not create huge spikes in blood sugar levels.

Lastly, can chocolate be good for your teeth? If it is dark chocolate, the answer is yes. Unlike most other sweets, dark chocolate contains theobromine which has been shown to harden tooth enamel and lower your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.

It is important to remember that while eating dark chocolate can lead to all these health benefits, chocolate is also high in fat and should be eaten with moderation, particularly if you are on a weight-loss diet.


AHCC: What Is It?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
AHCCSome supplements can be very effective but, sometimes, they aren’t among the most popular ones. These hidden gems can be extremely useful for certain conditions and that seems to be the case for AHCC products, one of the best supplements to help maintain a healthy immune system.

Short for Active Hexose Correlated Compound, AHCC is an alpha-glucan rich nutritional supplement produced from medicinal mushrooms, particularly from the mycelia of shiitake of the basidiomycete family of mushrooms. A popular alternative medicine in Japan and China, AHCC is known to have a variety of biological effects and beneficial influences on healthy blood activity, serum health, and blood pressure levels.

AHCC supplements are available to the general public without a prescription and many people use it for general health maintenance and treatment of acute infections. AHCC is considered as functional food and, therefore, able to maintain its legal status. In Japan, AHCC is the second most popular complementary and alternative medicine used by cancer patients.

A variety of different studies suggest that AHCC may have immune stimulatory effects due to the presence of glucans. Polysaccharides comprise 40% of the composition of AHCC, including beta-glucan (β-glucan) and acetylated α-glucan. Produced by culturing the mushroom mycelia, acetylated α-glucan is unique to AHCC and these glucans are polysaccharides which are known to have immune stimulating effects.


How To Avoid GMOs

Filed Under: Ask The ND,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition at 10:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
iStock_000076092929_MediumThey surround us every day and many of us don’t know what they are or where they came from. They lurk in our supermarkets waiting for us to consume them. Genetically modified organisms or “GMOs” as they’re called, are living organisms whose genetic material has been altered in a way that doesn’t occur naturally. But what does that mean? In simpler terms, it means the food has been altered by scientists. For example, apples that are less prone to browning, plants that are genetically altered to be more resistant to insects and plants that contain more nutrients.

More than 60 nations require labeling of genetically modified foods, however the US isn’t one of them. In fact, GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed foods in the United States. GMO ingredients can now be found in foods, baby formulas, beverages, personal care products, supplements and much more.

Benefits to Avoiding GMO Foods
While some scientists and researchers believe GMO crops are safe and may have their own benefits, this might not be the case. Many of the foods engineered for GMOs worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, there have been large increases to the number of herbicides applied to GMO crops. The most common herbicide used on genetically modified crops is Glyphosate, which has been labeled as a “probable human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Several studies have also found that GMO foods can harm the kidneys, liver, heart and other organs, as well as introduce new unanticipated allergies. These crops have also caused problems for farmers, including herbicide-tolerant “superweeds”, compromised soil quality, and crops that have shown an increase in susceptibility to disease.

High-Risk Crops for Being Genetically Modified:
– Corn
– Soy
– Alfalfa
– Canola
– Cotton
– Papaya
– Sugar Beets
– Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash

Hidden Ingredients That May Contain GMOs:
Amino Acids
– Aspartame
Vitamin C
– High Fructose Corn Syrup
– Maltodextrins
– Xanthan Gum
– Monosodium Glutamate

Tips to Avoid GMOs:
– Look for foods that are Non-GMO Project verified
– Choose foods that are Certified Organic or “100% Organic” as they cannot include any GMO ingredients
– Know your ingredients and avoid the at-risk foods & ingredients
– Dairy products can be derived from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone; look for labels with no rBGH, rBST or artificial hormones
– Most frozen fruits and vegetables are non-GMO unless from one of the high-risk crops
– Check packaged foods such as breakfast cereals, chips, baking mixes and protein bars to see if they GMO ingredients

LuckyVitamin makes it easier for you to find non-GMO products! We carry over 3,000 Non-GMO products you can easily search for using our “Specialty” tab. We’re also a proud sponsor of the Non-GMO Project!


Evening Primrose Oil

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Primrose OilEvening primrose oil supplements are considered by many herbalists as one of the best sources of omega-6 essential fatty acids, particularly gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Sometimes abbreviated as EPO, this natural, plant-based oil is made from a small yellow colored flowering plant native to North America and Europe.

Known to provide a variety of health benefits, evening primrose oil has been used successfully for decades to help boost fertility in women. Containing high levels of the omega-6 essential fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that the body uses for growth and development, evening primrose oil may help boost fertility efforts by strengthening the placenta, helping to increase cervical mucous, and strengthen the uterine lining which is the nurturing environment a fertilized egg needs to implant and grow. Europeans have been using it for years to treat all types of infertility issues including prolonging the life of a sperm within the reproductive system.

Recent studies indicate that the GLA present in evening primrose oil works well at reducing inflammation throughout the entire body, including the reproductive system where inflammation can cause blockages and other infertility concerns. This is due to its ability to convert the GLA found in the plant oil to hormone-like compounds that help to reduce inflammation.

Additionally, these anti-inflammatory properties may offer additional benefits such as helping ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and chest discomfort. This amazing oil is also recognized as an efficient remedy for eczema and a number of other skin problems due partly to its GLA content and other essential fatty acids which are necessary to correct skin health.


Nutrition Guide for a Health Breakfast

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BREAKFASTA strong and healthy breakfast is the foundation for a healthy diet. How many times have you heard this advice? Or something similar to that?

No doubt that breakfast is the best, nutritious way to start out your day but the two main questions are: what should be added? What should be avoided?

Let’s start with the add-ons. Fiber and protein are the essential ingredients for a healthy breakfast. If you can mix this two for your breakfast on a daily basis, you will get a great energy boost and likely feel less hungry until lunch and during the rest of the day. Good choices of high fiber breakfast include oatmeal, cereals, whole grains, whole-wheat rolls, and granola. For protein, eggs, peanut butter, and lean meats are great choices.

On the list of things to be avoided, sugars and carbs are leading the way. Carbs can be added with moderation. Keep in mind that even if you are trying to cut down on carbs, but you absolutely must have it, the first meal of the day is the best time to add it.

Sugars should not only be avoided for breakfast but for every meal, anytime, any day. A combination of these two, sugars and carbs, can really affect your eating habits. Take a look at doughnuts for example. An average donut contains between 300 and 500 calories as well as 30-50 grams of sugar. With such a huge amount of sugar in a small package, your body pumps out lots of insulin, and this huge blood sugar peak leads to an even bigger sugar crash. This extreme up-and-down leaves you hungry soon after your breakfast and you are likely to crave even more refined carbs.

Remember: eating breakfast refuels your body, enhances your mood, improves your concentration, and helps you maintain a healthy weight. Eating a “healthy breakfast” can be quick and easy, and provide you with benefits that last the entire day.


Sleep Problems? Melatonin May Help

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SleepMelatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that has been used for years to improve overall sleep. Known as one of the best sleep support supplements, melatonin has the ability to help people fall asleep faster as well as sleep for longer hours.

A full night of sleep may be a common, often a daily thing for many people, but others may struggle to fall asleep and may not sleep for longer than a couple hours. Sleep disorders have been increasing rapidly in the past years due to many reasons such as stress, poor eating habits, inadequate sleeping schedule, just to mention a few.

Melatonin supplements are labeled as a natural aid to better sleep but this incredible product offers additional health benefits. For example, melatonin helps to build up the immune system and, consequently, provides a spark of energy in your body. Plus, melatonin is known to support the endocrine system as well as promote muscle relaxation.

Melatonin works in two different ways as it helps people to fall asleep faster and better. In average, it takes at least ten minutes for most people to fall asleep, but some people may need at least half hour to get into deep sleep. Several reasons may stop you from falling asleep, such as noise, stomach problems, stress, inability to promote relaxation, and lack of concentration. Additionally, studies have shown that melatonin can promote a better, more relaxing night of sleep, without waking up several times per night. Uninterrupted sleep is hard to accomplish but is essential to recharge your system, so you can wake up full of energy the next morning.

Melatonin supplements vary from 0.5 mg to 5mg of melatonin but large doses can be counterproductive. Check with your health practitioner before start taking melatonin.


The Easiest Way to Reduce Stress (and You’ll Love Doing It)

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 9:00 am | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
iStock_000003309008_MediumI’m not sure there’s a day that doesn’t include stress in my world. Whether it be work-related, family-related, or just plain adult life-related, it’s always there. We read articles that say to beat stress you should meditate, get a good night of sleep, or exercise. Sometimes there just isn’t time for that, but there is always time for this fast, no-cost solution. Laughter. When they say laughter is the best medicine, they’re right.

Nothing works faster to bring you back into balance than a good laugh. You can feel it the minute you start – you begin to feel calmer and it immediately brightens your mood. I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t take much for me to burst into giggles (in fact I’ve earned the nickname “Giggle Queen”), but we’re not all the same. Find whatever makes you laugh and take a minute to enjoy the giggles. Whether it be cat videos, a good joke, or a memory of something hilarious that happened, take a break and have a good laugh. You’ll enjoy a host of benefits for mental and emotional health, but also physical benefits as well. Want to know how laughter affects your body? Let’s break it down.

  1. Laughter reduces the effects of stress hormones which lowers your stress and anxiety levels
  2. Laughter increases the production of antibodies which helps to protect your immune system
  3. Laughter burns calories (10-15 minutes of laughter can burn anywhere between 10-40 calories)
  4. Laughter lowers systolic blood pressure and relaxes your muscles
  5. Laughter releases endorphins and increases your pain tolerance

See, there’s no reason not to laugh! Make it a goal to laugh everyday and enjoy the benefits that come along with it.


“A” Great Vitamin for Your Health

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Vitamins and Minerals at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
In the vitamins’ alphabet, B’s C’s and D’s are often the most popular choices but it’s important to remember that A’s should also be considered. Vitamin A promotes a ton of health benefits as this important nutrient is responsible for many functions in our bodies.

Vitamin A plays a significant role in the immune function, skin health as well as our vision. Deficiency of A may affect eyesight and may lead to night blindness. Vitamin A often works as an antioxidant, fighting cell damage and promoting cell grown, but it also has many other uses, so you need to ensure your “A intake” is up to the task. Sources of vitamin A include carrots, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, liver, and dairy products such as butter. Supplements are available and can be taken without any major side effects.

Carrots carry the reputation of the best, most common vitamin A source. Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene, which the body can convert to vitamin A. Additionally, vitamin A is often tagged as a supplement to improve vision but it has other benefits too. This vitamin is required for proper growth and is considered an essential nutrient for kids, especially since it helps building up a strong immune system and strong bones too. Plus, it’s one of the most important vitamins to maintain beautiful skin.
Vitamin A works both ways for skin care: internally and externally. Intake of vitamin A promote beautiful skin and may help prevent skin problems such as acne and eczema. For topical use, vitamin A is often used in many lotions, creams and moisturizers products for its ability to heal and hydrated the skin.

Lastly, vitamin A association with vision and cell growth gets all the attention but it’s important to remember that vitamin A has an important role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys and other vital organs.


Fish vs Flax: What Are the Benefits?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fish FlaxThe debate never ends. Which one is better: fish oil or flax oil? As a source of essential fatty acids, both products can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet but what are the benefits?

Let’s start with fish oil. A great source of omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acid linoleic acid (LA), fish oil contains two other important omega-3 fatty acids not found in the other plant-based foods: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), both famous for their health benefits. EPA is effective for inflammatory conditions including rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis, asthma and eczema, as well as an excellent product for heart disease as it increases levels of good HDL cholesterol, and lowers blood pressure. DHA is important for brain health, vision, learning, cognition, and may help prevent Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis. Fish containing high levels of omega-3s include salmon, sardines, mackerel, tuna, and herring. You can also take fish-oil supplements, a great alternative if you don’t regularly eat fish.

Now on to flax oil. Also an excellent source of omega-3, flax seed oil may be the best source of plant-based omega-3 fats. However, omega-3 fatty acids are not all the same as the ones in flaxseed. The main difference is regarding EPA and DHA. The omega-3s fatty acids in fish oil contain EPA and DHA and these are the omega-3 fats most people need in their diet. The human body has an ability to take the omega-3 from flaxseed and them into EPA and DHA, but this is not an efficient process unlike fish oil. On the other side, flaxseed has other health attributes as it an excellent source of dietary fiber, an essential ingredient for a healthy diet. Plus, flaxseed contains high amounts of lignan, a phytochemical that may have cancer protective effects.


Supplements to Help with Inflammation

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
InflammationPain and swelling are often the result of a very common health problem: inflammation.

This serious issue can target a particular area such as joints, skin, sinuses, prostate, bladder or gums. In some cases, inflammation can become a body-wide condition and may last for years, leading to wide range of health problems including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis as well as neurological degeneration, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

If you are dealing with inflammation, natural alternatives may help your body fight infection, promoting quick and effective relief with virtually no side effects. Fish oil and turmeric supplements are two very popular choices but you do have a few other natural options.

First, bromelain supplements have been used to efficiently treat inflammation for many years. Obtained from the stem and fruit of the pineapple, this protein-dissolving enzyme contain anti-inflammatory properties that help fight infection. Bromelain is good for an acute injury or inflammation caused by ongoing injury, such as osteoarthritis, with its ongoing damage to joint cartilage.

Quercetin is another great option as this anti-inflammatory product can reduce the production and activity of pro-inflammatory biochemicals and block the release of histamine, the biochemical that causes allergic symptoms like runny nose and itchy eyes.

Rounding up the field, curcumin supplements. This yellow turmeric spice found in curry contains anti-inflammatory properties which can prevent and support a variety of health problems including eye issues caused by inflammation such as chronic anterior uveitis and macular degeneration.


4 Adaptogenic Herbs for Positive Living

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Sports Nutrition at 10:45 am | By: Guest Blogger

Imagine if your body had a secret pack of tiny ninjas that it could unleash on anything that threatened its sense of balance and well-being. Work got you stressed out? There’s a ninja for that. Feel a cold coming on? There’s a ninja for that. Feeling exhausted because you stayed up too late watching Netflix? There’s a ninja for that. Mother-in-law on her way into town? There’s a ninja for that too!

When you ingest adaptogenic herbs, it’s like you’re arming your body with a pack of super awesome mini ninjas. Adaptogens are a class of herbs that help your body deal with stress. Whether that stress is physical, mental, or emotional, they hold the power to support and balance your system, whatever that may mean for you. How neat is that?

Below are four fascinating adaptogens that we’ve included in Skoop A-Game Plant-based Greens Blend. These adaptogens are perhaps our favorite part of this super greens blend. When taken daily, the steady stream of adaptogens in your system sets you up to deal with life in a more energized, balanced, positive way. The stressors may still be there, but your response to them can improve, and the negative physiological consequences of stress can be diminished.

  1. Astralagus

Astralagus is an herb, the root of which has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. It helps your immune system function optimally and increases overall vitality. And get this–one of the many ways it accomplishes this is by increasing the activity level of Natural Killer cells–yes, this is an actual scientific term. (The ninja metaphor doesn’t seem so outlandish now, does it?) Natural Killer cells are able to bind to stressed cells or virus-infected cells, and essentially assassinate them on a cellular level.†

  1. Cordyceps

Here’s yet another bizarre but true fact: cordyceps is a fungus that grows on the back of a species of Chinese caterpillars. (Our particular cordyceps is cultivated using oats, without the use of caterpillars.) Can you imagine being the first person to try ingesting this stuff? Who knows how or why that came about. But we’re grateful to that adventurous soul, because this natural compound has the power to combat fatigue, increase resistance to stress, support aerobic capacity, and even, ehem, help things along in the bedroom.†

  1. Reishi

Reishi is a mushroom that prefers to grow out of the Japanese plum tree, but will settle for an oak tree in a pinch. This power mushroom has serious immune system-boosting effects that go way beyond just fighting off a case of the sniffles. It may even play a role in slowing down the aging process. And like so many of its adaptogenic cousins, its fatigue-busting properties can’t be beat.†

  1. Rhodiola

Rhodiola is a flowering plant that grows at high altitudes in Eastern Europe and Asia. This super-herb fights depression and fatigue and enhances mental clarity. It also boosts stress resistance in two different ways. Rhodiola can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol by supporting and balancing the system (the HPA axis) in our bodies that produces cortisol. It may also enhance the neurological mechanisms of dealing with stress.†

All of these adaptogenic herbs have more benefits than we can list here. Although they’ve been used safely and effectively for thousands of years within Chinese medicine, the western world is just at the tip of the iceberg in terms of utilising these astoundingly powerful natural remedies. If you’re looking for a positive boost, give Skoop A-Game a try and learn what it means to get your super on.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Healthy Dipping? Salsa!

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Gluten Free,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Salsa dip

Snacking doesn’t necessarily have to be unhealthy but did you know that one of the most popular dips actually offers a ton of health benefits? Yes, that’s salsa. Fresh tomato salsa has several health benefits when made with fresh ingredients and low salt. The most common ingredients in tomato salsa are hot peppers, onions, lime, and olive oil. These ingredients provide a source of essential nutrients such as vitamins C, beta carotene, minerals, antioxidants and much more.

Fresh red tomatoes are high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and contain the wonderful lycopene ingredient known to prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries.

Hot peppers such as jalapenos are often used in salsa and contain vitamins A, K and C, as well as folate and lutein. Jalapenos are also known to speed up the metabolism helping you burn fat more efficiently. Capsaicin, the chemical responsible for a pepper’s spiciness, plays a role in the treatment of some health conditions, and may help relieve indigestion and stomach pain.

Lime juice has antioxidant properties and may help to prevent infections. Onions contains vitamin C, or ascorbic acid. Olive Oil is likely the best choice of oil to be used for salsa for its multiple health benefits as it contains mono and polyunsaturated fats, which unlike saturated fats, may help lower cholesterol levels in the blood, reducing your risk of heart problems.

Fresh tomato salsa is often served with Mexican dishes such as tacos, chips and fajitas but you can also eat it with healthier alternatives like chopped carrots and celery sticks, making a very healthy snack full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Plus, you can use salsa as a healthy garnish for grilled fish or chicken, boosting the meal’s nutrient content and adding flavor without the use of salt or fat.


Healthy Heart Powered By Resveratrol

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
ResveratrolResveratrol supplements have been one of the best-selling items for cardiovascular support for many years. The reason for such a successful run may be explained not only but its efficiency but also by the number of health benefits provided.

Resveratrol is a flavonoid antioxidant present in grape skins and red grape juice that has been shown to have anti-aging properties. Studies have concluded that regular resveratrol supplementation may help to promote longevity but the question is: how?  This member of a group of plant compounds called polyphenols is capable of reducing oxidative stress, which prevents premature aging of cells.

Resveratrol is considered an efficient product as it protects the endothelium, the delicate inner layer of your arteries, from oxidative free radical damage. Plus, it helps to protect the production of nitric oxide, the critical chemical produced by the endothelium that keeps blood vessels optimally dilated.

Additionally, resveratrol can be effective on improving blood flow in the arteries. Impaired blood flow in this vessel is linked to risk factors such as obesity and hypertension but research suggests that consuming of a highly bioactive form of resveratrol may lead to a rapid increase of blood flow within the hour. This process of protecting the endothelial lining of your arteries is essential to maintain blood flows as it should.

Lastly, resveratrol helps reduce inflammation and prevents oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol, making it more difficult for platelets to stick together and form the clots that can lead to a heart attack. Resveratrol helps prevent insulin resistance, which leads to diabetes, when the body becomes less sensitive to the effects of the blood sugar-lowering hormone, insulin.