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20
JUL

10 Easy Ways To Make Every Day A Detox

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Health Foods at 11:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Performing regular body cleanses and detoxes are essential for good health and healing but some people tend to think detoxing should be a one-time event, ranging from 24 hours to 2-weeks. Detoxification should actually be a daily process in which a person makes lifestyle changes to clear their body of toxins as we are often in contact with harmful organisms and pollutants. In order to prevent a buildup of these toxins over the years, we present you 10 easy ways to make every day a detox.

1. Natural Food

Eating pure, organic food is one of the best ways to improve your body’s detoxification process and reduce the intake of toxins. Choose fresh organic vegetables and fruits instead of fast food, processed foods as well as GMO products and pesticide contaminated foods.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is also an easy way to detox your body. Remove toxins present in your skin to induce greater circulation through daily oil massages and skin brushing. Before taking a shower, take a dry loofah sponge and brush your body to improve results.

3. Drinking Water

You can purify your body by drinking lots of water. Staying hydrated all day and having adequate amounts of water is essential as your body needs water to produce saliva, help with perspiration, and remove plenty of toxins each time you go to the bathroom.

4. Exercise

Exercising helps you sweat and consequently release toxins through your skin. Sweating it out in the sauna can also help your body eliminate waste through increased body temperature and perspiration.

5. Herbal Teas

Drinking herbal teas can offer different cleansing benefits as these infusions are a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are high on health benefits. Look for ingredients such as ginseng, ginger, peppermint, spearmint, lemongrass and cinnamon.

6. Purify the Air

Breathing clean air is another way to reduce your exposure to toxins. Clean up the air in your home and keep up a high-quality, toxin-free air by reducing smoke, fumes, mold, and microorganisms.

7. Vitamin C

Increasing vitamin C intake is especially helpful for detox since it induces the production of glutathione, which is a compound that flushes toxins out. Try to eat fruits high on vitamin C such as oranges, pineapples, and papayas regularly.

8. Probiotics

Probiotic supplements are one of the best ways to enhance detoxification. These products, as well as digestive enzymes, can help your body digest and process the food you’re eating.

9. Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy is an effective way to detox the body. While hot water relaxes blood vessels and dilates them, cold water stimulates them, and this process may decrease inflammation and naturally remove toxins from tissues.

10. Fiber

Increase fiber intake as the kidney and liver are crucial for the filtration of the toxins in the body and thus promote overall cleansing.



17
JUL

Switching To Natural Deodorant? Here’s What You Need To Know

Filed Under: Personal Care at 4:37 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
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There’s a lot of information swirling around about the ingredients in conventional deodorant and how they can negatively affect your health. Maybe after a little research of your own, you decide to ditch the stuff for something natural (good on you!) With enthusiasm, you apply your new natural deodorant and go about your day, only to discover it’s not exactly what you were expecting—as in your getting hit mid-day with sticky pits…what gives?

If you can relate to that experience, you are not alone! I found myself in that exact situation when I first made the switch and almost reached the point of giving up. I tried several products before I finally found what worked, but once I did I never looked back! Natural deodorant works wonders when your body adjusts to it—I’ve found I’m even sweating less than I used to. It’s a very different product than conventional deodorant and antiperspirant that requires a little bit of knowledge to get it to work properly.

Don’t be like me, blindly trying product after product, here are tips for choosing a natural deodorant that works for you!

1. Understand the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant

Unlike deodorant, antiperspirant physically plugs up your pores to prevent sweat from escaping and keeping you dry and fresh using aluminum particles. Having bone-dry pits all day is super convenient, but our bodies were meant to sweat and clogging up your pores with chemicals only band-aids the actual problem: bacteria growth. Natural deodorants won’t physically stop sweat from happening, but they will reduce the amount of sweat and help tame odor. Eventually, your body will get used to it and balance out naturally.

2. Know the types of natural deodorants out there

When it comes to natural deodorant, the good news is, you have options! There are a lot of great products to choose from so you’re bound to find the one that works for you.

Sticks – the most recognizable form of deodorant, these make for great on-the-go application since they are easily thrown in a bag and can be stealthily applied at work if necessary (come on, we’ve all been there, stress happens).

Sprays – these tend to be a crowd favorite as there’s usually no risk of any residue getting on your clothes. The downside is having to hold your arms up for several seconds until it dries, and you may need to reapply frequently.

Cremes/pastes – if taking a literal “hands-on” approach to applying your deodorant doesn’t bother you, then you might want to try a paste. Although they’re applied with your fingers and sometimes messy, these tend to have the best results. I use this one and never have to reapply at work and it even passed the sweaty, hot yoga test!

3. Embrace your sweaty self 

Like I mentioned earlier, deodorant is not going to plug up your pores and stop sweating the way antiperspirant does. A common misconception that sweat is the odor offender, but in actuality, the smell comes from bacteria that builds up in our armpits. If you have an event where you need to be certain sweat is kept at bay, consider using an antiperspirant sparingly for those critical moments (there are natural options for those too!)

4. Be patient!

Like many natural solutions, this takes a little time to work! Your body will need to adjust to not being blocked up with aluminum from conventional products, and it might take some trial and error with different brands and formulas. For me, I learned baking soda was way to harsh of an ingredient for my sensitive skin, so I opted for formulas that weren’t as baking soda heavy. Other people swear by baking soda formulas! You’ll have to find what works best for you. Just be patient and have fun with it!

Have you ever given natural deodorant a try? What are some of your tricks and tips for staying odor-free?

 



13
JUL

5 Key Ingredients to Look For In A Meal Replacement

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Convenient and tasty, it’s no wonder meal replacement supplements are popular right now. They’re a great choice for people on weight-loss diets, and also help folks on a fitness program as well as those running on a tight schedule. With so many options flooding the shelves, it can be hard to choose the best for your needs.

The majority of top-quality meal replacements contain most if not all of these ingredients but some products may adjust the quantities to target a specific nutritional need. If you are interested in trying out a meal replacement and perhaps joining this eating trend, let’s look at 5 key ingredients to look for in a meal replacement.

1. Protein

Protein is essential for maintaining muscle mass and muscle repair but it also plays an important role on fat burning and metabolic rate. Every single meal replacement product contains protein but some of them may come from vegan sources.

2. Vitamins and Minerals

The importance of vitamins and minerals requires no explanation but its addition to meal replacement supplements ensures that you are not missing nutrition required to keep your body healthy. Low sugar carbs are a main source of vitamins and minerals.

3. Healthy Fats 

Healthy fats are extremely important to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they can improve joints, control inflammation, support brain health and maintain eyes and skin in great condition. Good sources of healthy fats include coconut oil, olive oil, flax seed oil, almond butter, almonds, and walnuts.

4. Low Sugar Carbohydrates 

Low sugar carbohydrates provide sustained energy for your body as they are loaded with vitamins and minerals. Low sugar carbohydrates are broken down slowly to minimize peaks and troughs in blood glucose levels and are often a valuable source of fiber too.

5. Probiotics

Considered a plus in many meal replacement supplements, probiotics keep you healthy by topping up the bacteria in your gut. Adding probiotics to your meals can help minimize digestive upsets, weight gain and issues digesting food properly. Look for foods high in probiotics such as natural yogurt, Greek yogurt, raw cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and acidophilus.



12
JUL

How To Choose A Resveratrol Supplement

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Ask The ND,Supplements at 3:10 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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Some of the biggest buzz words in science, as well as the wellness world right now, are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Everyone is looking for ways to stay healthy and live longer. Enter Resveratrol. For years now, researchers have been studying resveratrol trying to find the exact mechanisms in which it may help promote a longer healthier life. Resveratrol belongs to a class of plant-derived chemicals known as polyphenols—which have been studied with growing interest due to their antioxidant and anti-aging properties. In plants, polyphenols are responsible for the vibrant colors and help to prevent against ultraviolet radiation, pathogens, oxidative damage and any harsh climate conditions.

Benefits of Resveratrol

  • Strong antioxidant
  • Promotes anti-aging effects on the body.
  • Protects the cardiovascular system in the following ways:
    • Improved health of blood vessels (endothelial lining)
    • Improved circulatory system function
    • Improved cholesterol/lipid profiles
    • May protect heart muscle
  • Improves nitric oxide availability
  • Promotes anti-inflammatory mechanisms
  • May protect the nerves against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • May help offset effects of obesity and poor diet/lifestyle choices
  • May have cancer-preventing benefits
  • Can help improve blood flow to the brain
  • May improve exercise endurance.

Where can you find resveratrol in foods?

  • Peanuts, grapes, purple grape juice, red wine, Japanese knotweed and a variety of berries such as blueberries and cranberries are great sources of resveratrol.

How much resveratrol do you require?

  • The standard dosage ranges from 250mg-500mg, but many researchers recommend anywhere between 100mg to 500mg per day. The best route to take is speaking with your health care provider to find the proper dosage for your body before starting any resveratrol supplements.

What’s in your supplements?

  • When choosing a resveratrol supplement, it’s best to look for supplements that use whole grape skins. One of the best sources of resveratrol in nature and for supplementation are muscadine grapes, as they tend to have the highest concentration of resveratrol.
  • Resveratrol comes in two forms, the cis form and the trans form, both of which refer to its chemical structure.
    • The trans form is regarded as the more biologically active form. If possible look for supplements that list the percentage of trans resveratrol the label.
    • The cis form is still active, but more research has been conducted on the trans form. As a result, we have not seen all of the benefits in the cis form that can be seen with the trans form.
  • Many professionals believe that the purity level of trans-resveratrol should be around 98%.
  • Look for products that explicitly say “resveratrol” on the label and not “red-wine complex” or proprietary formula. 300mg of resveratrol is not the same as 300mg of red wine complex.
  • Try to avoid supplements with fillers and additives.
  • Always read the ingredients label before purchasing any supplements!

Other Helpful Information

  • Resveratrol may inhibit platelet aggregation, which means it may increase the risk of bleeding in individuals who are on anti-clotting medications.
  • Although red wine is a good source of resveratrol, it is important to not drink large quantities as alcohol may have toxic effects on the body.
  • It may be best to take your resveratrol supplements in the morning as they may be slightly more bioavailable vs. in the afternoon or evening.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take resveratrol as it has not been well studied as safe.
  • Some supplements such as quercetin can work in conjunction with resveratrol and may boost its effectiveness.



11
JUL

What Are Phthalates And Why To Avoid Them

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Natural Cleaning Aids,Personal Care at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Checking labels for potentially dangerous ingredients has become a must for shoppers. A number of chemicals used in hair care and personal care products have reached a new level as companies work to grow their profits and improve production efficiency. Some of these ingredients required to accomplish that can be harmful to your health, especially phthalates. Let’s have a quick look at this chemical ingredient.

What Are Phthalates?

Phthalates are chemical compounds often used in plastic products to increase flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. Phthalates are found in many shampoos and hair products, personal care, toys, electronics and a variety of household products including detergents, adhesives, plastic wrap, plastic containers, flooring, furniture, wallpaper, shower curtains and other things made of vinyl or PVC. Additionally, food products contain phthalates because foods such as milk, butter and meats are commonly packaged or stored in plastics containing this toxin.

Why Are Phthalates Dangerous?

Phthalates are known as endocrine disruptors because they mimic the body’s hormones and can interfere with natural hormone activity. This can cause abnormalities in the body and may lead to fertility problems and cancer. Phthalates are colorless and odorless liquids and these toxins can be absorbed into the body not only with food but through the air and skin too. Plus, higher temperatures result in higher concentrations of phthalates in the air.

How to Avoid Phthalates

You can reduce your exposure to this harmful chemical by taking a few simple steps. First, don’t microwave food in plastic containers as heat allows phthalates to leach out of products. Second, use glass and stainless steel for storage and drinking, particularly hot beverages. Lastly, phthalates are used in perfumes, eye shadow, moisturizer, deodorant, nail polish, liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner and hair spray. Shop only natural personal care products and check the labels to ensure they are phthalates-free.



7
JUL

How To Make Fruity, Delicious Hibiscus Tea Roll-Ups

Filed Under: Health Foods,Recipes,Teas at 11:07 am | By: Madeline Reiss
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This recipe is one of my all time favorites. Growing up I was a candy fiend and could never get enough of the gummy, chewy sweets. When I finally decided to cut out sweets and focus on healthier foods, I scoured the Internet in search of healthy ways to get a candy fix and keep my diet on track. Although the conventional, Fruit Roll-Up branded snacks invoke nostalgic memories of grade school cafeteria lunches, I knew the excess sugar and artificial flavors would only worsen my candy cravings!

Luckily, Alvita has provided an easy-to-make, healthy fruit roll-up recipe using their hibiscus tea! These roll-ups are fun to make and customizable depending on your fruit flavor preference. Bake up a batch on Sunday to keep the kid’s (or your own) lunches stocked for the whole week!

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
2 teabags Alvita Hibiscus Tea
1 cup sliced peaches (frozen is fine)
1 cup strawberries
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Pour the boiling water over the Alvita Hibiscus Tea Bags and let steep for 5 minutes.
  3. In a blender, puree peaches and strawberries.
  4. Pour tea into a saucepan. Add sugar and heat to medium heat until liquid has evaporated by 50%.
  5. Add pureed fruit and lemon juice into tea mixture and continue to cook until the mixture thickens, around 20-30 minutes.
  6. Spread mixture onto a baking sheet lined with either a splat mat or wax paper in a  very thin layer.
  7. Bake for 3 to 4 hours until the mixture is barely sticky anymore.
  8. Let cool for 20 minutes.
  9. Peel off of used wax paper and place on fresh wax paper. Cut into long strips. Roll up for storage or eat immediately.

Looking for a low-sugar option? Substitute sugar for your favorite natural sweetener. Let us know how your fruit roll-ups turn out in the comments!



5
JUL

How Toxins in Your Home Are Affecting Your Health

Filed Under: Environment,Health Concerns & Ailments,Home,Natural Cleaning Aids at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
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Fresh, clean air is essential for a healthy lifestyle but how can you ensure that the air you breathe is actually good? That’s a difficult task but there are many ways you can reduce a number of toxins in your home which may be affecting your health.

Exposures to toxic chemicals in your everyday life can actually increase your chances of becoming sick. A good number of these indoor pollutants are not easily detected but can still affect your overall health.

For example, chemicals released from modern building furnishing materials as well as chemical fumes from paints and solvents may only be noticed in the first couple of days but these potentially dangerous gases may hang around for weeks, sometimes months. Additionally, combustion gases from fireplaces and wood burning stoves, carbon monoxide fumes from attached garage as well as chemicals from cleaning products can stick around inside your home and damage your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to get sick. Removing these toxins from your home allows your immune system to regenerate naturally, and fight off all infectious diseases.

So, how to avoid these toxins? A few simple steps can significantly improve the quality of your home’s air.

First, increase fresh air supply (in other words, open the windows). Proper ventilation is the key to filter out some of the toxins and maintain healthy air inside your home.

Second, indoor plants can also help to purify air quality as plants can up oxygen levels by absorbing chemicals in your air.

Lastly, keep your home clean by regularly dusting and vacuuming to minimize the number of airborne particles. Choose natural cleaning products to reduce the amount of chemicals inside your home and definitely avoid disinfectants as some of these products contain immune-toxicants such as cresol, phenol, ethanol, and formaldehyde, which reduce the ability of the immune system to fight the germs they are killing.



29
JUN

4 Surprising Health Benefits of Hempseed Oil

Filed Under: Health Foods,Supplements at 12:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Can you think of a supplement which offers a variety of proven health benefits but it has yet to become popular in the United States? Hempseed oil comes to mind as this intriguing oil perfectly fits the label of a multi-purpose natural remedy.

Hemp oil is still considered sketchy to some as its association with cannabis has kept it from common use by many people. However, it’s important to understand that hemp is a health food and not marijuana. Hempseed oil contains virtually no THC, the psychoactive element in cannabis, and will not make you high!

Hemp seeds are rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 6, and omega 3 as well as tocopherols, and vitamin E antioxidants. Plus, hemp seeds are packed with minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, calcium, and phosphorus. A great source of high-quality nutrients, hemp can certainly provide a lot of health benefits. So, let’s look a 4 surprising health benefits of hempseed oil.

1. Cholesterol

Considered a great product to promote proper cardiovascular function, hempseed oil can help lower cholesterol by accelerating metabolic processes as it contains an optimal 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Higher metabolism ensures that fats burn at a quicker rate and are not deposited on the artery walls. An excellent vegetarian option for omega-3 and omega-6, hempseed oil is also a safer, mercury-free fatty acid supplement.

2. Immunity

Hempseed oil is a great product to boost the immune system. The essential fatty acids in hempseed oil have been shown to promote and regulate healthy flora in the intestines and support immune system response and function, increasing the resilience of the body against the common cold and flu.

3. Healthy Skin

Hempseed oil can support healthy skin and promote beautiful hair and nails as it helps increase the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues.  Hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. Plus, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties from hemp may protect against the aging process while soothing the skin, reducing skin dryness to alleviating itching and irritation.

4. Hormonal Balance

Hemp is the only edible seed that contains gamma-linolenic acid which can help regulate hormonal balance. Gamma-linolenic acid is eventually converted to the protective hormone prostaglandin PGE1 that regulates the hormonal balance and supports menopausal health.



26
JUN

Why You Might Have Gut Issues & 4 Ways To Fix Them

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Aids,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 2:30 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
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Hearing a lot of talk about your gut microbiome lately? There’s a lot of information circulating around the wellness world about how important it is to keep our microbiome balanced…but what exactly is a microbiome? In short, it’s the complex ecosystem of microbes—bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc—located in our bodies, the majority of which live in our gut and digestive system.

Why it’s important to keep your gut healthy

 So far, researchers have found poor gut health as a root cause for a number of diseases, ailments and health issues. The Standard American Diet (SAD) has been linked to the state of our of digestive health, so what we eat greatly impacts our microbiome. As additional studies about the microbiome continue to surface, we are learning more and more about the different ways our gut can have a serious affect on our overall health.

1. Vitamin production and nutrient absorption

It makes sense that nutrients need a healthy environment to do their job! Research shows that bacteria live in the gut and feed off undigested food, and in turn produce vitamin K for the body to use, as well as B vitamins that help generate and maintain energy. Microbes also help with the absorption of nutrients such as antioxidants, helping the body to fight free-radicals and inflammation.

2. Immune system regulation

According to studies like this one, 80% of our immune system greatly relies on the functionality of our microbiome. Because of this, researchers are able to deduce that autoimmune diseases like IBS, type 1 diabetes, lupus and arthritis can be traced back to an unbalanced and unhealthy microbiome.

3. Mental health and brain function

While not responsible for deep thoughts and understanding, the second brain (a.k.a your gut) is responsible for housing 95% of our body’s serotonin levels. Researchers say there is actually an elaborate system of neurons embedded in the walls of our gut, which can explain why gastrointestinal distress can affect our mental health and create mood swings.

4. Weight management

Some research shows that the condition of our microbiomes can greatly affect weight gain and our ability to lose weight, and obesity has also been linked to an unbalanced gut. Our microbes appear to have influence over appetite regulation, and our diet is crucial in determining the type of bacteria, good or bad, that develops in our gut.

What we can do to keep our gut healthy and balanced

If you have concerns about your digestive health, talk with your doctor about the best approach. Every person’s microbiome is different, so work with a physician to create a plan that suits your specific needs. Below are a few tips to offer guidance and help start a conversation with your doctor.

1. Be wary of inflammation

We are learning more and more that diet and lifestyle play a huge role in maintaining good gut health.  Staying away from foods that cause inflammation, like refined vegetable oils, refined carbohydrates and sugars and trans fats can help keep your gut in check. Dairy can cause inflammation and many people find they have sensitivities. Making sure to incorporate high-antioxidant foods and anti-inflammatory foods like cruciferous vegetables, healthy fats, and probiotic-rich foods.

2. Be mindful of stress levels

Too much stress weakens your immune system and causes inflammatory responses in the body. Chronic stress throws off the balance of bacteria in your gut, and when your body thinks it’s in danger you become more susceptible to infections. Try working in some mindfulness meditations in the morning. Even just 10 minutes a day can help keep your stress levels in check.

3. Exercise!

Speaking of stress relievers, exercise is extremely helpful in reducing the stress that can cause damage to your microbiome. Research shows that exercise is critical for balancing your gut, and sitting at a desk all day can actually negatively impact your gut flora. Try to get up, walk around and stretch every 20 minutes or so, and make an effort to work more intensive exercise into your schedule.

4. Supplement when advised and necessary

When paired with a healthy diet that reduces inflammation and the amounts of bad bacteria in your gut, probiotics can replace the bad with the good. Talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement regiments, and make sure to get a good quality probiotic. Getting a healthy amount of antioxidants in your diet is a great way to help to prevent free-radical damage from disturbing your microbiome.

Want to know more about prebiotics and digestive health? Learn more from our ND, Dr. Jeremy Wolf!

 

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24
JUN

10 Great Sources of Antioxidants

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods,Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Green breakfast smoothie in bowl with superfoods like chia, quinoa, goji, fresh berries and sunflower seeds.

Adding antioxidants to your diet is essential for overall good health. Antioxidants are molecules that stop the process of oxidation, a common chain reaction in a cell that eventually leads to the damage or death of the cell. Foods rich in antioxidants can help to reduce this oxidation process, keeping the cells healthy. Measured by the ORAC scores, let’s look at 10 great sources of antioxidants to add to your diet.

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the best antioxidant foods and can be easily added to your breakfast. Loaded with antioxidants, particularly wild blueberries which have a 14,000 ORAC score, blueberries can also be added to your diet in juice, smoothie, and yogurt form.

2. Goji Berries

A popular superfood, goji berries have a 25,000 ORAC score and have become a staple source of antioxidants. Goji juice is one of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of this amazing berry.

3. Kidney Beans

Beans contain cysteine, which is an antioxidant that helps flush out free radicals from the body. Kidney beans in particular are one of the best sources of antioxidants among all types of beans.

4. Cranberries

Cranberries are known for their high antioxidant properties, especially flavonoids that may increase the antioxidant activity in the body, but the fresh fruit isn’t so easy to add to your diet. The best option is cranberry juice, when the fruit is usually processed to supply the juice in the market.

5. Dark Chocolate

Some people may be surprised by this but dark chocolate has a 21,000 ORAC score and is a delicious option of a high antioxidant food.

6. Nuts

Nuts are rich sources of vitamin E, which in turn are a great food source to supply antioxidants to your body.

7. Broccoli

Broccoli contains a high amount of vitamin C, making it another food source rich in the amount of antioxidants. Plus, broccoli has selenium which helps fight the damage to human body cells.

8. Fish

Fish has high amounts of selenium, which helps to save the cells of the human body from getting ruptured or damaged in any form. Among fish, you can consume various types like shellfish, salmon, and cod to keep the adequate amount of antioxidants flowing in the body.

9. Coffee

Yes, a good cup of coffee is a rich source of antioxidants. Like many teas which contain lots of antioxidants, coffee is an easy way to get antioxidants on a daily basis.

10. Ripe Bananas

Did you know that the riper a banana is, the higher is the antioxidant property? That’s right. A ripe banana plays a big role in controlling the oxidation process in the body.



23
JUN

Turmeric Tea “Golden Milk” Shortcut Recipe

Filed Under: Health Foods,Recipes,Superfoods,Teas at 10:34 am | By: Madeline Reiss
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Looking for a delicious way to get your daily dose of turmeric? Golden milk has taken over the wellness world for it’s creamy, spicy flavor and health benefits, and its calming effect has made it a nighttime beverage of choice.

Did you know you can make golden milk with tea? So convenient! This amazing recipe from Alvita is super anti-inflammatory and makes for a wonderful, healthy nightcap.

Ingredients
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 teabags Alvita Turmeric Root Tea
¼ tsp ginger powder
¼ tsp black pepper
1scoop Reserveage Collagen Replenish Powder
2 tsp honey (optional)

Instructions
In a small saucepan, heat almond milk until hot, but not boiling, about 3-5 minutes. Add tea bags and let steep for 5-8 minutes. Remove tea bags and add in ginger powder, black pepper and collagen powder, stir until combined. Pour into mugs, add honey if wanted and drink immediately.

Have you ever tried golden milk? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!



22
JUN

Meet Maca Powder: Your New Superfood Staple

Filed Under: Health Foods,Superfoods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are looking for a new superfood to add to your diet, look no further. Originally from the Andes Mountains of Peru, Maca is a vegetable related to radishes and turnips that contains high levels of protein, fat and minerals. Maca can be eaten baked, dried, or mixed with vegetables, and its popular powder version can be used for delicious and refreshing maca shakes. Let’s look at what makes maca powder a very special superfood.

1. It’s packed with nutrients

Maca is it a natural source of healing nutrition. Loaded with nutrients, maca has a higher calcium level than milk and is very nutrient dense. Maca root powder is comprised of approximately 18% protein, 75% carbohydrates, and 5% fiber. It has over 20 amino acids, including 8 essential amino acids and a rich source of phytonutrients. Maca also contains 20 free-form fatty acids (such as lauric, linolenic, palmitic acid, oleic, and steric acid), vitamins B-1, B-2, C and E, and a variety of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sulphur, sodium, and iron.

With so many nutrients, it’s no surprise Maca offers a lot of health benefits. Maca has a positive effect on hormone balance as well as energy levels and it can also help to enhance the immune system, stamina, memory and focus.

2. It tastes great

Maca flavor is another highlight as this pleasant tasting root is usually available in powder form after being harvested and grounded down. Maca has an earthy taste with a nutty flavor, making it a perfect complement to smoothies. Like the rest of the roots in the cruciferous family, it’s low in calories as one teaspoon of maca powder has only 10 calories.

3. It’s incredibly versatile

Versatility is another good word to describe maca. Considered an “adaptogen”, a name given to certain herbs and plants that help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, illness, or stressful situations, maca has been considered a very potent aphrodisiac with the ability to increase sex drive and improve fertility, increasing semen volume and sperm counts. Consuming maca often makes people feel more energetic, and help them to restore proper hormone balance and elevate “feel good” endorphins.

Wondering the best way to get Maca in your diet? It’s an excellent choice for smoothies and shakes, and maca beverages can taste really good. Check out this easy-to-make peanut butter and banana Maca smoothie below!

Peanut Butter & Banana Maca Smoothie

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Ingredients

Just add all the ingredients to the blender (add a little ice if desired) and enjoy!

Have you ever tried Maca? What are your thoughts? Let us know below!



20
JUN

5 Reasons To Add Acai To Your Diet

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods,Superfoods at 9:19 am | By: Madeline Reiss
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These days, everyone is on the hunt for antioxidant-rich, nutrient-packed superfoods—and it’s no surprise why! Purchasing food with the most benefits is not only great for your health but also ensures the most bang for your buck. Acai berries are increasing in popularity—you’ve probably seen vibrant, Instagram-worthy acai bowls all over social media—but are they worth the hype? While new and trendy in American culture, these berries have been used for their medicinal properties in Central and South America for centuries. Let’s explore some of the properties of acai and how you can reap all of their sweet, juicy benefits.

1. Antioxidants, antioxidants, antioxidants…

Acai’s best quality is its amazing antioxidant content. While a lot of berries contain high levels, none quite pack the free-radical fighting punch of acai. According to a study done by the Natural Standard Research Collaboration (NSRC), acai has one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits in the world. Because of this, acai has powerful healing properties that earned them the superfood title. Adding Acai berries to your diet will help boost your body’s ability to fight free radicals, helping to prevent cancer and other diseases.

2. Skin health & anti-aging effects

Another amazing result of Acai’s high antioxidant content is its effect on the skin. It can help slow down the aging process caused by oxidative damage to the cells. It also increases the regrowth and regeneration processes in the body due to ample amounts of vitamin C and Iron and can help skin stay firm and youthful due to its fatty acids content.

3. Healthy digestion

If you’re in the process of switching over to a healthier diet, incorporating acai into your new routine can help cleanse the body of toxins collected from unhealthy eating habits. Like other berries, they’re a great source of fiber which helps keep the digestive system functioning properly.

4. Immune system booster

Due to its high vitamin C content, Acai berries are helpful at boosting your immune system. Their phytochemicals and antioxidants help increase the functionality of immune cells, making it easier to fight infections and ward off free radical damage.

5. Energizing effects

Acai berries can help increase the body’s energy levels and stamina. They contain amino acids which are incredibly helpful in boosting energy, as well as other properties that help improve cognitive function and focus—reducing fatigue and brain fog.

The best way to get acai…?

I’m all about the acai bowl craze. Not only do they taste as amazing as they look, but they’re an easy, versatile way to work the beneficial berries into your diet. I opt for the dried powder acai, but frozen works just as well!

Energizing Acai Bowl Recipe

Smoothie bowl with fresh berries, nuts, seeds and homemade granola for healthy breakfast

Ingredients

1 tbsp acai powder
1/2 avocado
1 cup spinach or kale (or another leafy green you prefer)
1 serving of plant protein (This one is my favorite)
1 dash vanilla extract
3-4 drops of stevia if you like extra sweetness
1/2 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries
Assorted fruits, nuts & seeds for toppings (i.e bananas, strawberries, blueberries, almonds etc)

Instructions

Add all ingredients together and blend away! The mixture should be thick enough so that you can eat it with a spoon. Pour into a bowl and top with whatever you like. I like to keep my sugar intake low, so my go-to toppings are chia seeds, hemp seeds, and sliced almonds, but many people add additional fruits like bananas & blueberries. It’s highly customizable to your nutrition needs!

Have you tried acai berries and experienced the benefits? What are your favorite ways to eat them? Let us know below!



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JUN

Refreshing and Healthy Sparkling Water

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Nutrition,Water Purification and Storage at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Ever wonder if drinking sparkling water has any health benefits? It sure does. It’s water in a very refreshing form but other than keep you hydrated, sparkling water has also a few other benefits to your health.

Proper hydration is key to optimal health and adding carbonated water to your drinking routine may help you meet your daily fluid needs to stay hydrated. Sparkling water is a calorie and sugar-free fluid that can maintain adequate hydration by helping your body cool itself, keeping your mouth, nose and eyes moist, promoting optimal joint and muscle function, maintaining healthy skin, cleansing your body of toxins, and improving cardiovascular health.

Additionally, sparkling water offers a little more.

It can help improve Indigestion, particularly if you’re feeling sick to your stomach after eating. Drinking a glass of carbonated water might help as it can reduce bloating and nausea, and may even prevent vomiting.

Sparkling water can help alleviate constipation as well. Research has suggested that carbonated water along with the intake of foods high in fiber help when you’re dealing with constipation. Fluids, such as carbonated water, can help enhance the way fiber work in your gut and make stools normal and regular.

Sparkling water is also a healthful alternative to soda as carbonated water is just plain water with dissolved carbon dioxide. When choosing a sparkling water, opt for a variety that’s high in minerals and free from sugar and artificial sweeteners, flavorings and colors. You may add fresh fruit to your sparkling water for some natural sweetness or even mix in with juices such as orange, apple, blueberry, or cranberry. You can also make flavored carbonated drinks with slices of orange, lemon, lime, cucumber, or sprigs of mint.



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JUN

7 Reasons To Take An MSM Supplement

Filed Under: Supplements at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
close-up of adult woman holding her arthritic hands

Suffering from joint pain, muscle cramps or even wrinkles? Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supplements may be able to help. MSM offers a variety of health benefits because it contains anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties. It’s found in green plants, animals and humans, and this naturally occurring mineral supplies sulfur to make other chemicals in the body. MSM supplements have gained considerable recognition for its results in relieving arthritis but MSM has much more to offer. So, let’s check out 7 reasons to take an MSM supplement.

1. Joint Pain

Known to help decrease joint inflammation, improve flexibility and restore collagen production, MSM has the ability to make cell walls flexible and elastic. If the concentration of MSM in the body is too low, the new cells lose some of their necessary flexibility, resulting in pain. MSM make cell walls permeable, allowing water and nutrients to freely flow into cells and toxins to properly flow out. Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility and reducing joint pain, and when combined with glucosamine, MSM is an excellent natural treatment for arthritis.

2. Muscle Cramps

MSM can also help reduce muscle cramps. Research suggests that MSM can act like a natural analgesic, helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility. Plus, MSM may help muscle recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries.

3. Wrinkles

Essential for proper collagen production, MSM is one of the best products to prevent wrinkles as well as dry and cracked skin. MSM works together with vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues and can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health. Using an MSM supplement helps to hold on to precious collagen and keratin because sulfur is required for the production of these youthful compounds.

4. Weight Loss

MSM is important in insulin production and blood-sugar levels, directly affecting energy levels and carbohydrate metabolism, two important aspects to any weight loss program. Additionally, MSM’s ability to alleviate joint problems and reduce pain can help people become more active.

5. Hair Growth

MSM has been shown to help boost both collagen and keratin levels, two nutrients needed to form new hair strands. MSM can help reverse hair loss by providing the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin.

6. Detox

One of the most important features of MSM is that it makes your cells more permeable, allowing toxins and metabolic waste products to easily be moved out of the cells, while essential nutrients and hydration can be moved in.

7. Energy Booster

MSM is known to naturally increase energy due to the increased permeability of the cells, less energy is required to deal with the accumulation of toxins.  This results in more energy being redirected towards activity and necessary healing.