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5 Fast Ways to Weight Loss
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Weight loss doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, effort and a commitment to drop those unwanted pounds. But if you want to speed up the process here are 5 ways you can loose weight faster. Cut Calories: One pound of fat equals about 3,500 calories. And while calories provide your body energy from the carbohydrates, fats and proteins you eat, having a surplus of calories can lead to weight gain. But the same is true for weight loss. If you want to loose one pound of fat, create a calorie deficit of 500 calories every day and you’ll be on track to lose about one pound per week. Drink More Water: Water is an essential nutrient found in every cell of your body. Also used to help cleanse toxins, pollutants and waste from the gastrointestinal system, water is a zero-calorie drink that can boost your metabolism and help you reach slimming goals faster. Prepare Your Own Food: Packaged foods often contain ingredients that you don’t recognise, or can’t pronounce. Often times packaged foods also include large amounts of sugar (high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, glucose and sucrose) listed as one of the first ingredients on the label, which can contribute to unwanted weight gain. Avoid these foods by preparing meals and snacks ahead of time to save on empty calories. Switch Your Milk: You can cut excess calories from your daily diet by making the simple switch from 2% milk to 1%, or skim. Once you get used to the difference Read More »

Natural Bad Breath Remedies for Dental Health
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Bad breath can put a damper on your day, and your overall health. Intrinsically linked to your overall health, and immunity, good dental hygiene is important, and so are dental habits. So here are a few ways you can keep your mouth healthy, clean and smelling fresh. Parsley: Rid your mouth and your body of bad breath odors by chewing on that little green garnish. Parsley is one of the greatest herbs for oral health an you can use this as a simple mouth rinse by stein the leaves in hot water like tea. Also an excellent digestive aid, parsley acts as a diuretic to help reduce bloating and rid the body of excess water for slimming effects, and a flatter belly. Yogurt: Recent studies have shown that a single serving of this creamy treat may help reduce the amounts of odor-causing compounds in the mouth called hydrogen sulfide. Also healing to balance bacteria in the mouth and in the gut, this sweet treat may help to support overall oral health and healthy eating habits. Also a good source of vitamin D, yogurt promotes a mineral absorption to promote strong & healthy teeth and bones. Berries: Sweet little berries contain large amounts of antioxidants including vitamin C known to help create an inhospitable environment of “bad” bacteria that can cause gum disease and gingivitis, major causes of halitosis. Getting large amounts of this immune boosting vitamin also gives your overall health a boost and can help support regular digestion to Read More »

18 Metabolism Boosting Foods for Weight Management
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Metabolism that works to burn calories even when your body is at rest can help your reach your weight loss goals faster, and support long-term weight management. Here are 18 metabolism boosting foods to add to your diet to help you reach your ultimate goal. 1. Almonds are packed with nutrients, and in a small portion. You’ll get a good amount of healthy calories, and nutritionally dense calories at that. For one serving of almonds, you’ll also get a healthy dose of protein, which builds muscle for improved energy expenditure, along with fiber to help you feel full and improve nutrient absorption to support a healthy metabolism. 2. Apples contain about 15% of your daily fiber requirements to help reduce the absorption of glucose into the blood stream, and help manage blood sugar levels. The fiber content of apples may also help you feel full. 3. Beans are loaded with fiber and protein to help you feel full, and help maintain regular digestion to help keep a healthy metabolism. 4. Berries are naturally sweet, and contain antioxidants that help keep stave off infections. But they’re also loaded with vitamins that boost metabolism along with other nutrients to support healthy body systems. 5. Broccoli contains high vitamin C content that the body needs to absorb calcium, and other nutrients. Since calcium promotes weight loss, this tasty green veggie may help burn calories. 6. Cabbage contains large amounts of vitamin B, which aid in the production of energy, and boost metabolism. 7. Read More »

4 Fitness Trends of 2014
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Fitness regimens can get boring day after day, as you force one foot in front of the other on the treadmill searching for something on the monitor to keep your mind from wandering between the pain in your legs, to tomorrows to-do list. So here are the top 4 fitness trends of 2014 you can use to switch things up. 1. Online Workouts: Can’t drag yourself through another gym workout? Try a group fitness class… online! You won’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home to try out dance workouts, kickboxing, cycling, Pilates, bodyweight workouts, cardio yoga and so much more. 2. Yoga as Cross Training: With all of the high intensity workouts out there like Tabata training, CrossFit, and kick boxing, yoga offers a combination of benefits that help improve performance and speed the recovery period. As a cross training exercise, yoga provides tons of benefits that go beyond flexibility, including stress relief, detoxification and a reduction in the risk of injury during intense workouts. Make it a part of your routine and use some of the specific forms of yoga to meet your needs. 3. Fitness Trackers: Uncomfortable chest straps and jiggling pedometers are sooo last year! Try a wearable fitness device you can strap around your wrist for comfort and innovative tracking that synchs with your mobile device. With more features that your average fitness monitors, these new tracking devices allow you to verify workouts, compare statistics, chart performance patterns and improve your results. Read More »

6 Ways to a Healthy Lifestyle Change
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Lifestyle changes are on the minds of many people on January 1st, but as the year goes on it’s easy to forget, or simply give up on the idea of a new you. If you have already quit working on your resolutions for 2014, here are a few small changes you can work on to revive your resolve. 1. Have a meatless meal once a week. Plant-based diets offer so many health benefits including boosted immunity, regular digestion, urinary tract health and so much more! Make it a meatless Monday, or Tuesday for the next 30 days to make this habit stick. 2. Spread the love. Saying words that communicated love, gratitude and affection can have a profound affect on your mood, and thus your overall health and feeling of well-being. Say something kind to at least one person every day for the next 30 days to make lasting lifestyle change. 3. Exercise. The benefits of a single 15 minute workout are profound. If you can’t get out the door to the gym 5 times a week, that’s ok! Just get your heart rate up once a week, every week for the next 30 days to make a change in your lifestyle. 4. Take your vitamins. It’s estimated that about 75 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. And that’s just one vitamin. Add a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to your table every day for the next 30 days to boost your overall health, and make a lifestyle change towards your Read More »

3 Workouts for Better Results in 2014
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Workouts can get boring, and doing the same one’s ultimately drag you into a plateau and even worse, can cause you to quit. So for 2014 we wanted you to know about the hottest fitness classes out there so that you never get bored, stop progressing or are tempted to give up. Here are some of the hottest workouts out there. And if you haven’t heard of them yet, here’s a good reason to add them to your resolution list, or three. #3 Workout for 2014 – HIIT & Tabata Workouts: High Intensity Interval Training, and Tabata workouts are all the rage lately. And that’s because they deliver big results, in a small amount of time. Not only that but they tend to be fun to do also since rest is worked in in these routines more than the actual exercise. And the great thing about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is that you can apply the idea to any exercise, or fitness regimen. Here’s an example of a HIIT Burpee workout: Start standing, then crouch to a low squat position with the hands on the floor. Then kick feet back to a plank, then down into the bottom of a push-up. Push off the ground and quickly return to the squat position. Then jump up as high as you can before squatting down again and jumping back into the next push-up. #2 Workout for 2014 – Dance Cardio: There are tons of dace group fitness classes to choose from. Whether Read More »

5 Women’s Herbal Remedies
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Women have unique needs when it comes to overall health. And there are many herbs out there that can help reduce specific symptoms associated with women’s health conditions. Here are just a few herbal alternatives for common health problems, specifically for women. 1. Vitex: Also known as casteberry, this herb has traditionally been used to reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome as it helps to balance hormone levels. Many women use this herb as a tonic for reducing cramps, headaches, mood changes, water retention, constipation and breast tenderness. Containing a variety of active compounds, vitex works to improve production of a hormone in the body called luteinizing hormone, that helps to regulate the menstrual cycle. It’s this action that makes chasteberry a favorite women’s herb. 2. Black Cohosh: This women’s herb has been used for a variety of medicinal purposes by native American Indian, and became a popular treatment for women’s health in the mid 1950’s. Containing a wide range of active constituents, black cohosh seems to have beneficial effects on estrogen levels in the body. Often called an herbal estrogen, this root herb may help to reduces common symptoms of pre-menopause including hot flashes, irritability and other discomforts. 3. Licorice Root: This herb contains a unique compound called glycyrrhizin that makes it useful for reducing digestive complaints along with discomforts of PMS including cramping. Also able to help maintain hormone levels in the body, licorice may help to balance estrogen levels in the body to promote the overall health Read More »

Leftovers Made Lovely: 3 Recipes for Left Over Veggies
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Leftovers got you down? No need to stress over the short life of your favorite fruits and veggies. While one of the hardest parts of including fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet on a daily basis is that these foods only last so long in the fridge. And who likes to throw away good food? We’ve got the solution to this quandary. Here’s a few great ways to use up those tasty foods, before they turn on you. Leftover Sweet Potatoes. Once you boil, or bake ‘em, sweet potatoes can store in the fridge for quite a while. But when you see that time is running out, go a head and add these savory spuds to your menu with sweet potato pancakes. Here’s the recipe: Ingredients: Sweet potato leftovers, mashed 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking powder 2 tablespoons honey 2 cups milk 4 teaspoons melted butter, and enough to grease the skillet 2 whole egg, or egg substitute 1 teaspoon fresh ground cinnamon Pinch of nutmeg Directions: In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix together and whisk until smooth. Cook batches in buttered skillet on medium high temperature until bubbles form on the surface, then turn over and cook until dark golden brown. Serve with fresh honey, nut butter, or maple syrup. Leftover Veggie Medley. Ok, so you’re scanning the fridge and you notice you’ve got some bell peppers that have seen better days, the Kale is wilding, hmm an onion, an eggplant is on Read More »

5 Sodium Soaked “Health” Foods
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Low-sodium foods are a great way to reduce your salt intake. If you have concerns about blood pressure levels, you might find large amounts of salt lurking in all kinds of foods that may actually seem healthy. Here are a 5 foods that you make consider “healthy” that often contain large amounts of salt that can hurt your heart health. 1. Canned Soup: These delicious comfort foods are wonderful to warm tummies on a cold day and satisfy your need for veggies. But many canned soups on average will contain large amounts of sodium. A cup of chicken noodle soup may contain as much as 744 mg! Choose low-sodium options when it comes to canned soups and always check the label. A “healthy” option may contain less sodium than reduced-sodium varieties of some brands. 2. Sauces & Dressings: Keep your salads as healthy as you can. Topping a delicious plat of veggies and greens with a dressing that contains tons of sodium (230-500 mg per servings is average). And canned varieties of tomato sauce may be antioxidant-rich, but also probably will contain sodium levels as high as 670 mg. Choose a glass jar, or no salt added option when possible when it comes to marinara. And are you ready for this? Just a single tablespoon of soy sauce may contain 1,000 mg of sodium. Choose a vinegar and lemon juice blend instead to marinate meats. 3. Bread: Even the healthier whole wheat bread varieties that offer a good source of Read More »

NoGii Bars Are Your On-The-Go Gluten-Free Solution
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NoGii Bars are formulated to satisfy the whole family, and deliver superior taste and nutrition without any burden. These delicious gluten-free bars are the creation of Elisabeth Hasselback who designed these bars as a solution to gluten-free eating on-the-go. She knew that gluten-free diets can be difficult to maintain, so Elisabeth got together with her friends and family to develop bars that nourish the body and support a healthy gluten-free lifestyle, anywhere. And after many focus groups, NoGii Bars were born. With so many food choices out there you can improve your health and refuel your body with NoGii Bars and skip not-so-healthy temptations when you’re on the move. NoGii High Protein Bars: This gluten-free protein bar contains 20 grams of high-quality protein that fits right in your pocket for pre- or post-workout refueling. Delicious and a great foods choice these bars come in a variety of flavors including Peanut Butter & Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Coconut, and Cocoa Brownie. A great meal option, these bars are just the right fit for your next gluten-free food choice. NoGii Super Protein Bars: The all-natural solution to high protein meal options that go anywhere you go, NoGii Super Protein Bars offer ultimate taste and high energy. When your protein needs demand the highest amounts of protein for fuel you can count on 30 grams of superior protein to deliver. NoGii Super Protein Bars come in delicious and classic flavors including Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp and Rocky Road. NoGii D’Lite Bars: Satisfy Read More »