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3-Day Detox Menu for Overall Health

Detox can be a great way to give your digestive system a rest. Working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to digest foods and beverages that you consume the gastrointestinal system is directly linked to your immune system and is responsible for a good part of your overall health and a feeling of well-being. Maintaining regular digestive and a healthy gut should include a detox period in which you allow this system to rest. But many people don’t know how to properly to a detox diet. Here is a 3-day detox menu to help you give your digestive system a rest: Recipes: Morning Detox Tea 1 green tea bag, 1 slice lemon, 1 tsp, Stevia Breakfast Detox Drink 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. flax seed , 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 12 tsp. lemon Lunch Detox Drink 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. flax seed , 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 12 tsp. lemon Dinner Detox Drink 1/2 cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 Tbsp. lemon, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp. flax seeds Detox Bath 2 1/2 cups Epsom salt and 10 drops lavender oil 3-Day Detox Menu: Day 1 Morning Detox Tea 1/2 Multi-Vitamin Lunch Drink 1/2 Multi-Vitamin and Omega-3 Supplement Snack: Favorite Drink Dinner Drink Detox Bath Day 2 Morning Detox Tea Lunch Drink 1/2 Multi-Vitamin and Probiotic Supplement Lunch Drink 1/2 Read More »

Digestive Health Foods: The Best and the Worst
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Digestive health is something that affects your immunity, energy levels, overall health and sense of well-being. While another gift-giving holiday approaches, along with tons of tempting foods, including chocolates, cakes and candies to and from your Valentine, your digestive system may need an extra boost after the goodies are gone. So here are the best, and worst foods for your digestive system to help you maintain a feeling of vitality all year long. Best Foods for Regular Digestion: Papaya contains digestive enzymes including papain that helps to break down proteins in the digestive tracts. After a hearty steak dinner with your loved one, sweeten the meal and support your GI tract with a few slices of this delicious fruit. Avocado is a nutritional powerhouse that offers a combination of essential fats including Omega-3, and Omega-6 to support healthy mental functions, muscle building and joint health, but it also aids in the release of existing enzymes in your mouth that support the digestive process. Bananas are a great on-the-go snack and you can add them to your daily menu to help neutralize the acidity of gastric juices. This promotes regularity and satisfies a sweet tooth. Leafy Green Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients including a specific compound that promotes intestinal health. They also can help to balance bacterial levels in the gut to support immune system function, and a healthy gastrointestinal system. Mangos are just plain delicious, and they provide the body enzymes that help to cleanse the Read More »

3 Natural Anti-Aging Tips
Posted By on February 3rd, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 73

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 »

Oh Goodness! Meet the Goji Berry

The Goji berry is well known for it’s powerful antioxidant abilities, but what you may not know about is all the other goodness the goji berry has to offer. Not just your average berry, this little superfruit is quickly climbing to the top of the list of foods to add to your diet. Goji berries are a popular superfood – and for plenty of reasons. But if you aren’t familiar with these sweet little red goji berries, here’s an introduction. About the Great Goji Fresh or freeze-dried, this bright berry has been consumed in China for generations and is well known for its ability to reduce health problems. Like cranberries, strawberries, blueberries and cherries, the gogi berry is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other compounds that help minimize free radical damage that can hurt healthy cells and damage DNA. Nutrient Content One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, goji berries contain amino acids in some of the highest concentrations of any food. This means they are great for a pre, or post-workout snack for the development of lean muscle building, healthy skin and proper function of many body systems. Goji berries are also loaded with antioxidants including carotenoids (also found in sweet potatoes and tomatoes), along with vitamin C to support a healthy immune system. The mineral content of the little goji berry includes 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, along with calcium, selenium, zinc and other trace minerals.A true superfruit, Gogi also provides anti-inflammatory Read More »

Weight Loss Tips That Help You Feel Full
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Weight loss can’t happen if you are always hungry, or craving foods. Hunger isn’t something you can just ignore and you shouldn’t. But how can you keep that full feeling longer after you eat to keep from reaching for tempting snacks? Here are a few tips to help you stave off hunger and cravings during your weight loss so you can reach your ultimate goal weight. Eat More Often Eating 5-6 smaller meals a day helps maintain feelings of fullness for weight loss, and provides your body essential nutrients before hunger sets in. Skip the Starches Starches usually contain fast-digesting carbohydrates that can leave you just reaching for more in a few short hours. This is because when these starches convert into energy in your body, they are converted into glucose (or sugar) leaving your body needing more to just feel balanced. Avoid blood sugar spikes to support weight loss efforts by reaching for a high protein option instead. Stay Conscious Mindless eating is responsible for the consumption of tons of calories that you never would have eaten if you were paying attention. Don’t eat socially, watch portions and never sit in front of the television with a full bag of anything. Being aware of how much you are consuming can help you keep calorie consumption controlled. Foods for Weight Loss When you are hungry it’s just going to be harder to stick to your new diet. But if you are feeling full it can be easier to skip snacking Read More »

5 Smoothie Recipes: Because You Can Never Have Enough
Posted By on January 6th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 69

Smoothies are a great way to consume healthy, whole food sources of calories. They are a part of full-body detox, pre-workout energy, post-workout recovery, and weight management, and you can never have enough combinations of synergistic fruits, vegetables and proteins. So here are 5 smoothie blends to add to your recipe box. Directions: To make them simply combine all ingredients in a blender, and add liquids to taste. Purée until smooth and pour into glasses saving left overs in a closed container. Smoothie Recipe #1: Berry Blend Packed with antioxidants, and natural sugars for energy, this berry smoothie also provides enzymes and ginger to ease the digestive process, and support a healthy immune system. Oh! And it’s sweet & delicious. Ingredients: 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries 3/4 cup chilled unsweetened almond or rice milk 1/4 cup frozen pitted unsweetened cherries or raspberries 1 1/2 Tbsp honey 2 tsp finely grated fresh ginger 1 tsp ground flaxseed 1-2 tsp fresh lemon juice Smoothie #2: Super Greens Get a healthy dose of detox with this smoothie. Bright in green color, it’s bursting with nutrients that promote a body cleanse along with a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for your overall health. Ingredients: 1¼ cups chopped kale leaves, stems and tough rib removed 1¼ cups frozen cubed mango 2 medium ribs celery, chopped 1 cup chilled fresh tangerine or orange juice ¼ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley ¼ cup chopped fresh mint Smoothie #3: Sweet ‘n Green This sweet fruit and veggie blend Read More »

Jumpstart Your Weight Loss With a Body Cleanse

Weight loss doesn’t just mean going on a diet, and even if it does you may be interested to know that body fat is harder to burn when it contains toxins. Improve your weight loss efforts with a full body cleanse and detox and get your fat burning potential into high gear. Scientists recently found that environmental toxins linger inside the body and store in fat cells. But the body won’t burn that fat if it contains toxins, because that would release those harmful compounds into your body. So your body holds on to those fat cells to keep the toxins from entering your blood stream. You can switch your body into fat loss mode by doing a full body detox. Here’s how: Drink Plenty of Water: This essential nutrients helps your body to expel toxins and supports weight loss efforts. Not just out of your urinary system, or through your bowels or even out of your skin via perspiration but even at a cellular level. Within each cell, waste is made and needs to be expelled and by consuming the recommended amounts of water (8-10 glasses a day) you can keep your cells functioning optimally to support all body systems and weight loss potential. Remember: fat cells can’t burn up if they can’t remove the waste they contain. So give your body enough water to clean those toxins out. Don’t Skip Your Sweat Sessions: The skin is the body’s largest detoxification organ in the body. It works to eliminate Read More »

7 Colon Healthy Foods for a Healthy Body
Posted By on December 23rd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 67
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Colon health is important to the proper functioning of a variety of body systems. A colon that is working optimally supports your immune function, body healthy skin, weight management, detoxification and so much more. Here are a few foods you can add to your diet to cleanse your colon and maintain your healthy body: 1. Apple Cider Vinegar is a cleansing vinegar that also offers a fiber found in apples called pectin which promotes healthy gastrointestinal system and offers a carbohydrate that acts as a thickening agent to promote regular digestion. This kind of vinegar isn’t as bitter as other types as it is made from apples and has a sweeter taste that works with recipes easier than regular vinegar. 2. Sea Salt with Water helps maintain hydration in the colon to support regularity. Water is a nutrient needed to remove toxins and pollutants from every cell in the body and since your digestive system is one of the detoxification systems, cleansing the colon further encourages detoxification. 3. Fermented Foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles and yogurt contain beneficial bacteria called probiotics that help maintain a healthy gut. A balance of “good” bacteria can help reduce the overgrowth of “bad” bacteria in the colon to keep digestion regular and improve the natural detoxification process of your digestive system. 4. Seeds like chia and flax seeds offer large amounts of dietary fiber, along with healthy fats and amino acids known to help stabilize cell walls. They also may help reduce inflammation that Read More »

Clean Eating Starts With These 6 Tips
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Clean eating habits won’t stick unless you make a commitment. Lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight, and if you have a few things in mind of the new you this New Year success happens by meeting one small goal at a time. Clean Eating Consuming foods that are in the most natural form offers tons of health benefits. And if you think of it as a diet, you might be likely to cheat, or even quit eating clean. So think of it this way: it’s just a lifestyle change. But to make it stick you’ll have to take it one meal at a time. Here are a few small changes you can make towards clean eating long-term success: 1. Eat 5-6 Small Meals a Day. If you are hungry, you’re more likely to reach for fast and easy foods. Oftentimes these are convenience foods that are processed and offer a quick fix for your cravings, but very little when it comes to nutritional value. Eating throughout the day gives your body a steady supply of nutrients in small amounts to keep cravings and hunger at bay. 2. Drink At Least Two Liters of Water Every Day. This essential nutrient is needed within every cell to promote the healthy function of all body systems, and helps remove toxins from your body. Not only that, but consuming the recommended amounts of water every day also supports regular digestion and can help you feel full between meals. 3. Know Your Label Lingo. Sugar goes Read More »

Black Rice: The New Antioxidant Superfood?
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Black rice has been eaten as a part of ancient Chinese diets, and was considered so rare and nutritious that only emperors would eat it. But now, while black rice is still considered rare, researches have found that adding its unique flavor and blend of antioxidants may boot overall health. Black rice has a dark color and will be available at a grocery store near you soon. Like brown rice, black rice is packed with fiber, and antioxidants including anthocyanins. Anthocyanins This type of antioxidant is what gives blueberries their reputation for being one of the top health foods around. But this same compound (responsible for the purple color of acai berries, and the blue color of the blueberry) is what gives black rice its color, and antioxidant abilities. The health benefits associated with consuming this antioxidant include anti-aging effects, reduced oxidative damage after intense workouts, improved immune function and much more. And while many people get the antioxidants they need from whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, black rice offers anthocyanins in large amounts, and a variety of meal options. It’s rich black color turns into a deep purple when cooked and makes an impressive presentation. But that’s not all… Nutrient Content While black rice provides tons of healthful antioxidants, it also offers a good source of other nutrients like vitamins, minerals and fiber to promote overall health and weight loss goals. Just 1/4 cup of black rice offers calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, B complex vitamins, a Read More »