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Natural Bad Breath Remedies for Dental Health

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 »

Motivation Tips for Lasting Weight Loss Success

Motivation is an important part of long-term weight loss management. And while you may be struggling now to achieve your goal weight, studies have shown that over time, it gets easier. Researchers have found that people who successfully maintain their weight loss for 2-5 years increase their changes of long-term success.(1) Start in the Kitchen: While many people think that long hours in the gym equals weight loss, about 80 percent of slimming success really happens in the kitchen. Long-term weight management means making lifestyle changes, not just following fad diets. So to stay motivated, focus on setting simple goals like eating a balanced diet, choosing low-fat options when you can and eating regular meals. Reaching small goals, like choosing an apple over a doughnut can help you stay motivated little by little, until long-term healthy habits stick. Find Inspiration: Professional athletes and figure models don’t get on the covers of magazines without hard work and a commitment to their goals. While you don’t have to look like them, pinning up a few pictures of someone who is inspiring to you may help you stay focused. Choose someone you admire and find out how they reached their goals. This can help you to stay motivated when working out or eating healthy is the last thing on your mind. Make Friends: A Stanford University found that participants who received a phone call about how their progress was going every two weeks increased the amount of exercise they did by about 78% Read More »

18 Metabolism Boosting Foods for Weight Management

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 »

3 Meatless Monday Main Dish Recipes
Posted By on February 24th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 76
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Meatless menus can be tricky. But it’s well-known that diets rich in whole natural foods including raw fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins support overall health, and longevity. If you are considering taking a step towards a healthier lifestyle, or simply would like to try out a few meatless meals, here is are 3 vegetarian main dish recipes you can use to increase your intake of fruits, veggies and meatless protein sources. Ricotta Stuffed Squash Naturally sweet, easy to make and super healthy, this stuffed squash pairs well with a bed of quinoa, lettuce or just on it’s own is simply delicious. Ingredients: 8 yellow squash 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 purple onion, finely chopped 1 fresh clove garlic, minced 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed 2 eggs 2 cups ricotta cheese 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon low-sodium Italian seasoning 1 pinch ground black pepper 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Trim off ends of squash; cut squash in half (lengthwise). With a teaspoon scoop out seeds and part of the pulp leaving shells about 1/2 inch thick. Steam squash shells over boiling water until crisp-tender (about 5 minutes). Plunge into cold water, drain well and set aside. In a small frying pan over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of the coconut oil. Add onion and garlic and cook until they are done. Squeeze the spinach to Read More »

3 Salad Recipes for Spring Eats
Posted By on February 24th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 76

Salads area a delicious addition to any meal. And with the warm Spring season approaching you’ll definitely want to try these fresh salads, loaded with flavor and more than just a few of your favorite veggies. Spring Salad Recipe #1 – Watermelon, Heirloom Tomato and Feta Salad Add color and spring time flavor to your meal with this fresh-tasting salad. With a mix of fresh mint, sweet basil, parsley and chives this gorgeous watermelon salad pops! Ingredients: 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped mixed fresh herbs 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 4 heirloom tomatoes, cut into chunks 1 cup (1-inch) cubed red seedless watermelon 1 cup (1-inch) cubed seeded yellow watermelon 1/4 cup vertically sliced red onion 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese Directions: Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Add tomato, watermelon, and onion; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese; toss gently. Spring Salad Recipe #2 – Roasted Rhubarb Salad Ready in minutes, this mixed green salad also offers a sweet taste from raising, along with a healthy dose of essential fats, and the refreshing flavor of goat cheese. Ingredients: 2 cups 1/2-inch pieces fresh rhubarb 2 tablespoons sugar 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon minced shallot 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 8 cups mixed baby greens 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese or feta 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip) 1/4 cup golden raisins Directions: Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss rhubarb with sugar in Read More »

45 Ways to Make a Lifestyle Change
Posted By on February 24th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 76

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 »

Aromatherapy For Energy
Posted By on February 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 75

Low energy levels sometimes can’t be helped. But prolonged periods of fatigue can be the indication of serious health problems. More than just drowsiness, fatigue can include a loss of motivation, and your good mood. Here are a few ways aromatherapy can work to help boost energy levels, and improve other areas of your overall health. What is Aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the use of plant-based oils for the psychological and physical benefits of the unique volatile organic compounds contained in each plant essence. This practice has been used for centuries due to its wide range of benefits. The essential oils of peppermint have been established as effective for boosting both mental and physical energy, reducing pain and more! Peppermint Oil for Energy The essential oil of peppermint contains a wide range of active compounds including limonene and carvon but the most noted constituent found in peppermint oil is menthol. This is the unique compound that gives the herb an aromatic fragrance, cooling feeling and invigorating ability. Aromatherapy for Athletic Performance Studies have shown that the energizing scent of peppermint has beneficial effects on physical performance. But the stimulating effects go beyond aromatic benefits. Studies have shown that when people consume  peppermint essential oil, work, energy and power levels increase during exercise. Aromatherapy for Cognitive Performance Peppermint has also been shown to improve mental energy and mental performance. After inhalation of peppermint aroma, researchers found that airflow force increased, thus supplying more oxygen to the brain. Another study revealed that peppermint aroma Read More »

How-To Beat the Mid-Day Energy Slump
Posted By on February 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 75
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Energy that lasts all day isn’t just a myth. You can get through the entire day without reaching for sugary foods, coffee or energy drinks just to get to 5 pm. Here’s how to maintain energy levels and avoid energy slumps that can leave you fatigued. What is the Mid-Day Energy Slump? Starting out the day with energy is easy, but by mid-afternoon a sharp energy decline can set in. This familiar energy low is often referred to as the mid-day slump, and many people experience it. If you are one of the millions of people who wants to take a nap in the afternoon but simply can’t, you aren’t alone. While there are many reasons for a loss of energy in the afternoon, including lack of sleep, hectic schedules, poor food choices and other causes, an energy drink or sugary food option will only leave you looking for more of the same types of foods in order to just make it through the day. But there are ways to increase energy levels that won’t leave you, or your waistline wishing you’d made different choices. Eating for Energy As you start to feel energy levels become depleted, it can be difficult not to reach for that quick fix. But instead of grabbing for an unhealthy food choice for fast energy like those with simple sugars, bright colours and shiny packaging (soft drinks, candy and donuts) try to choose a healthier option that will offer your body lasting energy sources like 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 »

Boost Energy & Reduce Stress With These 3 Tips
Posted By on February 17th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 75
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Energy levels can easily be depleted, and for a variety of reasons. If you are of the millions of people out there who battles fatigue every day, it could be lack of sleep, dietary choices or even just stress that’s wearing you down. So here are 3 ways you can reduce stress levels and boost energy. The Stress Response and Your Energy Levels When you are under stress, the adrenal glands in your body produce hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. While short periods of stress are actually good for the body and can improve alertness, when you are under prolonged periods of stress the body can over produce these stress hormones, causing adrenal fatigue. This tired feeling at the end of the day is often perceived as physical tiredness and can keep you out of the gym, which only further depletes energy levels. If you struggle to find the gusto to maintain a regular fitness regimen, here are 3 tips to help reduce stress levels and fight fatigue. 1. Smile: Studies have shown that the simple act of smiling may trigger a positive feeling in the body, even if you aren’t really feeling happy. The emotional expression of a feeling, whether it’s happiness, sadness or anger can actually make you feel that emotion. Making the mere facial expression of happiness (a smile) also triggers the production of a feel-good brain chemical called dopamine. So why not smile? 2. Listen to Music: The soothing abilities of music are well known. Studies Read More »