Fitness

Chia Seeds: Nature’s Complete Superfood

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For all you fans of regular (and sometime intense) exercise, chia seeds are a must try! My experience: I ventured into Whole Foods last week and got caught up at a sample stand full of these Australian grown wonders. After a quick try and a curious discussion with the expert, I made the purchase. Did I mention it is only $6.99 for good sized bag of these miracle seeds?

Why they rock: This ancient seed has more Omega 3 and Dietary Fiber than any other food from nature.

The story: This rich nutrient has been left out of the modern diet because it is very hard to grow, as they requires specific climatic conditions. The Chia Co. was so inspired by this miracle seed that they took the initiative to grow it themselves. They harvest it naturally, exactly 15 degrees from the equator to produce the highest quality seed, in the unparalleled environment of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.

How to Eat: Sprinkle them of salads, mix them in your cereal, blend into smoothies (try these recipes), and add them to your favorite soups!

The Fitness Boost: These chia seeds come in shot packets, which you can carry along on a long run or to the gym. Pour them into your mouth, and let them sit next to your cheek for about a minute, and finish off with water. The nutrients absorb straight into your system, giving you a burst of energy and endurance! The alternative: pour some seeds into your water bottle before you hit the treadmill, and drink throughout your work-out for extra vitality!

 

These can be purchased at your local Whole Foods or online!

Find out the Culprits of this Man-Made Disease

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Cancer is a fast spreading epidemic that we all seem to be impacted by in one way or another. I have been fascinated over the last year to find that by altering your diet, daily life activity, and stress levels, it can be nearly impossible for cancer cells to even live in your body. So what are the leading culprits of this disease?

In an interesting article by Dr. Mercola, some reasons are brought to light:

*Pesticide and other chemical exposure

*Pharmaceutical drugs

*Processed and artificial foods (plus the chemicals in the packaging)

*Obesity, stress, and poor sleeping habits

*Wireless technology, dirty electricity, and medical diagnostic radiation exposure

*Lack of sunshine exposure and use of sunscreens

Dr. Mercola’s Top Tips for Cancer Prevention:

1. Avoid fructose and sugar.

2. Optimize Vitamin D.

3. Exercise.

4. Get appropriate amounts of high quality animal-based omega-3 fats.

5. Eat according to your nutritional type.

6. Deal with your emotions and past hurts.

7. Maintain an ideal body weight.

8. Get appropriate amounts of high quality sleep.

9. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners, and air pollution.

10. Reduce your use of cell phones and other technology.

11. Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them. Better yet, eat as many raw veggies as you can!

Read the full article here.

One Simple Way to Tone Your Arms

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Two months ago, I hit a work out wall. I was B-O-R-E-D. So I started boxing with the incredibly talented, hard-core Rudy Barrientes. Can I just say this has renewed my excitement for exercising? This fun, challenging, personally competitive and stress relieving addition has revealed to me that my body can perform to extremes that I never thought was possible.

I never expected these lessons would come with daily homework. I guess that resulted from my inability to do ten “real” pushups in my first session.

Here is the assignment that took my arms to a whole new level: Do 100 pushups a day for one week. You can spread them out. Make sure your form is correct. The next week, increase to 150 pushups a day, and  increase to 200 the following week. Once you have hit this point, maintain the pattern every day or every other day. Now I do 200 pushups in every session, and my arms have dramatically toned up without adding bulk!

Make this a part of your everyday routine! Side note: push-ups are guaranteed to strengthen your abs and chest as well.

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Customizing Your Health: What Nutritional Type Are You?

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Nutritional typing is of high importance when aiming to reach your highest potential health. Are you a carb type?  A protein type? A mixed type? Finding the result can open up a world of optimal results, increased energy, and an improved immune system. Take the free, involved test here at Dr. Mercola’s website.

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Real Ways to Create and Maintain a Flat Belly

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Yahoo Health has formulated 10 (super helpful) expert tips to keep your stomach flat and toned…yes please! Read on for these fitness suggestions.

Eat at the magic hour: Have a snack that contains protein between 3 PM and 4 PM. It will boost your metabolism and balance your blood sugar.

Beef up on a belly-zapping hormone: Eat as close to zero grams of sugar as possible. This will keep your insulin levels low, and also keep your glucagon levels high. Glucagon, a hormone, helps keep your belly flat

Chew on this: Chewing prevents bloating. Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and better-digested food means less gas and bloating.

Size matters: Eating portion-controlled meals will reduce your abdominal flab.

The key to decreasing ab-flab is to build muscle while improving your overall state of health. One of the ways to do this is to keep your insulin sensitivity high! To do this, incorporate these tips into your life:

Tighten the reins on refined carbs: One of the primary reasons people develop diabetes is their overconsumption of refined carbs and sugars, which causes their pancreas to continually pump out more and more insulin.

Have some healthy fats: Another way to increase your insulin sensitivity is by optimizing the rate at which your body processes carbohydrates by eating plenty of healthy fats.

Stay active all day: Most people hit the gym regularly, but they succumb to long periods of inactivity during the rest of their day. This is asking for trouble.

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Green Lemonade: An Energizing Detox

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Juicing is one of the best ways to bring your body to optimum health as it makes your skin shine and your energy soar. The advantages are endless: it allows you to absorb all the nutrients from fruits and vegetables (after all, heating them destroys their chemical compounds a bit), it makes the optimal daily veggie requirement possible, and it is a great way to digest raw foods. Plus, it is a fun way to mix up your appetite!

Try this ultra-cleansing, nutrient-packed drink!

 Green Lemonade

What you’ll need:

1 kale leaf

3 small trees from a head of broccoli

1/3 red bell pepper

1/3 yellow bell pepper

2 lemons (peeled)

Happy juicing! Let us know your favorite recipes.

 

 

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