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Benefits of Borage Oil
Posted By on March 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 78
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Borage oil is derived from an herb native to Syria. Containing the highest amounts of omega-6 essential fatty acids of any natural compound available, borage oil offers many health benefits and may be especially helpful for women. Omega-6 Also known as gamma linolenic acid or GLA, Omega-6 is a fat that helps to maintain a variety of body processes to support your overall health. Needed to maintain cellular fluidity, the structure of healthy joints along with proper brain function, GLA is an essential nutrient throughout the body. Many people get more than enough of this fat from food sources including red meat, poultry and eggs, but borage oil offers a plant-based source of this unique omega-6 fatty acids, which is metabolised differently than other sources to provide powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Benefits of Borage Oil Studies have shown that borage oil supplements may increase the production of prostaglandins called PG1 in the skin, supressing chronic inflammation. Borage oil has similar benefits when applied topically, and is known to reduce skin conditions including eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and neurodermatitis. Women’s Health During menstruation, women produce an inflammatory substance called prostaglandins. Omega-6 works to reduce the production of this substance, easing aches and pains associated with PMS. Due to this ability, borage oil is widely used for the reduction of common premenstrual symptoms including cramps, backaches, breast tenderness and headaches. See other products and conditions: Oils, Women’s Vitamins, Omegas & Fatty Acids.        

Breast Lifting Exercises for Naturally Beautiful Boobs
Posted By on March 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 77
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Breasts are possibly one of your favorite body parts. And if you’ve ever wondered how to defy gravity and give the girls that extra lift, here’s your chance. These breast lifting exercises work to build your chest muscles, when incorporated into your workout regimen 3 to 5 times a week. Try 15-20 reps of each breast lifting exercise three times. All you need is some dumbbells. Pectoral Flys—Lie on your back with your arms to your sides grasping the dumbbells. Lift the dumbbells above your chest; your elbows should be pointing out to the sides. Lower your arms, and repeat. Push-Ups—You know the drill, but focus on keeping your core tight and your body straight with your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. T-Plank—A twist on the classic push-up; place dumbbells on the floor to grasp while in the push-up position with your legs wider than your hips for stability. Lift your right arm while holding the dumbbell and open your body all the way to right making a “T” shape. Return to the starting position, and do on the left side. Alternate and repeat for a natural breast lift. Brest Lifting Push-Up—Lie down on your back and hold a dumbbell in each hand. Extend your arms straight up turning your palms to face inward, while keeping your elbows tight against the body. Lower the weights to one inch above the chest, and press up. Repeat. Dumbbell Lateral Shoulder Raise—Hold dumbbells in front of you. Raise upper arms to your Read More »

45 Ways to Make a Lifestyle Change
Posted By on February 24th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 76
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A healthy lifestyle isn’t something that just happens over night. But if you are ready to make a big change in your life towards a healthier lifestyle, you’ll need to remember that making a change really just means reaching one small goal at a time. So here are 45 small changes you can make. Turn it into a checklist, and soon you’ll be well on your way to the ultimate healthy lifestyle you desire. 1. Get to sleep on time, every night. Turn all the lights off, all your devices off and just tune out to get quality Zzzzzzz’s. 2. Buy local, and/or organic. 3. Try a mind/body workout. 4. Make someone laugh, every day. 5. Start a daily meditation practice. 6. Exercise at least 15 minutes every day. 7. Practice breathing techniques. 8. Eat fruits and vegetables every day. 9. Cut out one processed food from your diet. 10. Take a nature walk. 11. Kick your shoes off. 12. Keep negative people out of your life. 13. Keep a journal of the best thing that happened, each day. 14. Address emotional issues before they become unhealthy habits, like overeating or not exercising. 15. Stop eating when you feel full. 16. Cut down on the refined sugar. 17. Cut out one carbohydrate-dense meal a week. 18. Drink enough water every day to turn your urine clear. 19. Smile at a stranger when you feel bad. 20. Clean up after yourself no matter where you are. 21. Sit up straight. 22. Read More »

4 Foods for Sustained Energy
Posted By on February 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 75
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Energy levels can be supported by eating foods that offer nutrients that sustain you, mentally and physically.  Eating a wide variety of foods that include different colors of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and a few of your favorite superfoods is a great way to boost overall health, and help maintain energy levels throughout the day. But many people have trouble getting through the day without the help of an afternoon cup of coffee, or three. So, this week we’re going to talk about the best foods for energy. 1. Beet Juice: This sweet and richly reddish purple juice adds easily to tons of fresh juice and smoothie recipes. But the taste isn’t the only reason to add it to green goodness blends. Beet juice has recently been discovered to boost energy levels, and stamina! Studies have showed that this is because beet juice increases plasma nitrite concentration, reduces blood pressure and has positive effects on the body’s responses to exercise. And if that’s not enough, the rich colour is indicative of the antioxidant content of this root veggie – it’s loaded with them. 2. Teff: This ancient grain contains large amounts of a newly-discovered type of fibre, known to help maintain steady blood sugar levels. This can help eliminate energy highs and lows caused by simple carbohydrates while also supporting weight loss efforts, colon health and a feeling of vitality. With a mild flavour, this gluten-free grain is easy to use in the kitchen, and versatile enough to boost the Read More »

Valentine’s Day: A Gentlemen’s Guide
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Valentine’s day is almost here, again! And guys if you are wondering what you should do to celebrate this year, try to be a gentleman. Here are a few of the top supplements, and romantic products to help warm things up a bit, and maybe even spark something more. Top Valentine’s Day must-haves for gentlemen: Maca: Derived from a root herb, maca also comes in powdered form and adds easily to baked goods. Slip this sup into a sensual smoothie to heat things up. Used by ancient Aztec warriors to boot energy, stamina and libido, maca is effective for both men and women and also contain large amounts of amino acids, B vitamins, minerals and enzymes for a feeling of virility and vitality. L-Dopa: Also known as mucuna pruriens, this testosterone booster also improves mood. If you’re looking for a way to get through Valentine’s Day, dinner and stay in the mood with increased sexual capacity though the evening, L-dopa might just do the trick. L-dopa is a precursor to feel-good brain chemicals including dopamine to help keep a healthy libido all through the day, and night. Ginseng: This well-known adaptogen is known to boost natural energy levels, stamina and reduce stress. Used in China as a tonic, a cup of ginseng tea may also boost testosterone production, moot, stamina and strength. Ginko: Another remedy used in traditionally Chinese herbal medicine, this libido booster helps to increase blood flow to brain, and other important body organs. Gingko also aids in the production Read More »

21 Valentine’s Day Quotes You Can Use
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Valentine’s Day offers the opportunity to share your loving feelings with a special someone. But sometimes the words are hard to find. Here are 21 quotes that you can use this year to express love, affection and other feelings that sometimes your own words just don’t do justice. “No matter what has happened. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you will do. I will always love you. I swear it.” –Defiance by C.J. Redwine “And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.” –Across the Universe by Beth Revis “I love you the way a drowning man loves air. And it would destroy me to have you just a little.” –The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson “I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I’ll never love you any less than I do, right this second.” –Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl “I am catastrophically in love with you.” –Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare “I love you. Remember. They cannot take it” –Delirium by Lauren Oliver “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” –The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing, how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” -The Essential Rumi “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love Read More »

Workout Playlist: 50 Songs That Get You Moving!
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Workout today! Why not? You’ve got the tunes to get you amped up so you can power through. Here are 50 of the top workout tracks to add to your mobile device. Take ‘em anywhere to keep your heart rate up, your feet moving and your mind off the burn. You really can push yourself harder, you just can’t listen to all of those voices in your head that tell you you can’t. So crank up the music, and go hard! Showtek – Booyah – Original Mix Steve Aoki – Boneless Sub Focus – Turn Back Time Avicii – Dear Boy – Radio Edit BlasterJaxx – Fifteen – Hardwell Edit Kryder – Aphrodite Avicii – You Make Me Armin van Buuren – This Is What It Feels Like – W&W Radio Edit Tiësto – Red Lights Zedd – Clarity – Tiesto Remix David Guetta – Sunshine Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (Promise Land Remix) [feat. John Martin] Zedd – Stay The Night – Featuring Hayley Williams Of Paramore Ellie Goulding – Burn – Tiësto’s Club Life Remix Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers – Radio Edit MiMS – Move (If You Wanna) The Monster -– Eminem Timber -– Pitbull Work B**ch -– Britney Spears Wake Me Up -– Avicii Leaving You –- Various Artists Roar -– Katy Perry Can’t Hold Us -– Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Till I Collapse –- Eminem Blurred Lines -– Robin Thicke John Doe -– B.o.B. (feat. Priscilla) Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now Read More »

3 Natural Anti-Aging Tips
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73
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Anti-aging is a word that’s on the minds of many people, both men and women. But you don’t have to spend a fortune on expensive anti-aging treatments, beauty products and procedures to maintain your youthful appearance. Here are 3 natural beauty tips, that actually work. 1. Sweat It Out: Just one 15-minute workout can help improve circulation in the skin to reduce dark circles, offer a natural rosy color to your complexion and also increase sweat production giving you a healthy, anti-aging glow. Not only that, but a sweat session also helps remove stored toxins and pollutants in the body, via the largest detoxification organ of the body: your skin. 2. Eat For Anti-Aging : Maintain your youthful appearance, and feeling of vitality by nourishing each cell from the inside out. Here are some of the best anti-aging foods out there, to add to your menu: Avocados: Loaded with healthy fats including Omega-3, and 6 avocados are delicious anti-aging veggies that can be used topically to support soft, supple and youthful looking skin. Keep them in your fridge at all times. Turmeric: This spice adds tons of flavor to your favorite recipes and contains a unique compound called curcumoids that enhances the actions of other antioxidants in your body to protect cells from free radical damage. This may help slow the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Hemp Seeds: Toss these on top of salads, yogurt, hot cereals or anything else that a slightly sweet & nutty flavor works. These soft seed hearts contain Read More »

Motivation Monday: How to Support Your Support System
Posted By on January 27th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 72
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Motivation is an important part of reaching your weight loss, fitness and lifestyle goals. And when you think of motivation things that come to mind may only deal with yourself but your support system also needs you to motivate them, just as much as you need them! So how can you give back to your current workout buddies, healthy dieting friends, and other people in your life that work with you to help you achieve your goals? Here are a few tips to help you be a valuable member of your support system for yourself and everyone else in it. Self Motivation Staying motivated can become difficult when you are constantly bombarded by images in the media that encourage lifestyle habits that don’t align with your current goals. But you can keep yourself focused by surrounding yourself with your own vision of what success is. Visual Inspiration is a great way to counteract media messages of what your body type should be, what you should eat, and how you should behave. Choose a professional athlete, model or fitness trainer that inspires you. Find about their successes, failures and motivation to get better acquainted with what it takes to get where you want to be. Go ahead and take quotes from that person, images and other items that inspire you and place them in your work space, living areas and other places to stay on track, and properly motivated. Setting Small Goals is a vital part of lasting success. Set short-term, Read More »

4 Running Tips for Winter Workouts
Posted By on January 27th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 72
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Running workouts can be difficult when it’s cold outside during the winter months. It’s important that runners stay on their game even when the weather isn’t agreeing with a quick run outside. But if you’re going to continue your regimen outside when it’s super cold, it’s important to remember these details. 1. Stay Visible. Wear bright clothing and have something that’s reflective. You could wear a reflective vest, or just have some sort of detail on your clothing that’s reflective. Also bring a head lamp to make sure that cars, and other people, can see you, especially if you’re running while it’s snowing. Running with someone will also make you stand out more 2. Safety Over Speed. Running in the winter means you’re probably not going to be running at your normal speed.  Take it slow and be mindful of icy patches. Falling and hurting yourself because you were running at a faster speed won’t be worth it when spring and summer come along. Instead, work on your endurance this winter—run at a slower pace, but over a longer distance 3. Stay Warm. If you’re going to run outside this winter, dress right! It’s important to cover all the major extremities, like your nose, fingers and ears. Wear gloves, wear a hat, or try balaclavas (Balaclavas go over your whole head, and have holes for your eyes and nose; similar to what you may wear skiing or snowboarding). For the rest of your body, wear some wool, especially on your feet. Read More »