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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 »

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 »

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 »

10 Stress Relievers That Work in Less than 5 Minutes
Posted By on December 23rd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 67

Stress can build up over the holidays and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to unwind. But you can sneak any of these stress relievers in (for just 5 minutes) and get back your sense of serenity. 1. Have a Laugh. Keeping your good humor and having a laugh has short-term effects on your stress levels. The physical change that occurs in your body as a result of laugher relieves your stress response and also relaxes muscles. So take a time out and make a joke for an instant stress reliever. 2. Repeat a Mantra. Keeping your thoughts focused on positive ideas can really help reduce stress. Here are 5 mantras for stress relief you can quietly repeat to yourself when tensions get high, to bring your awareness back to the present moment: Everything I do is by choice. I’m not supposed to have all the answers. I will slow down and become conscious. This too shall pass. I will accept the things I cannot change. 3. Take a Step Outside. Breathe in the fresh air and fill your lungs. Slowly release the breaths and let them clear your mind of all thoughts just for a few minutes. If there is sunshine, try to soak it up. Researchers say that the vitamin D in the sun’s rays has the ability to boost your mood. 4. Listen to Music. Put on your favorite playlist, sing along to one of your favorite songs, or just play something you have never heard before Read More »

5 Magnesium Rich Foods for Your Good Mood

Magnesium is an essential nutrient used in the body to help maintain energy and a good mood. During the holidays stress, anxiety, irritability and fatigue can drain your energy and leave you reaching for tempting foods that give you a quick pick-me-up from sugars. But you can improve energy levels and maintain your holiday spirit with a healthy dose of magnesium. These foods offer a good source of this important nutrient and other essentials that support energy production and healthy brain functioning: 1. Spinach offers a variety of important minerals including magnesium along with protein and dietary fiber and vitamins including A, C, E and B complex vitamins to support energy production and the healthy functioning of your immune system. This leafy green veggie also offers essential fats like omega-3 and omega-6 in a balanced combination to support brain functions for you good mood. 2. Quinoa is one of the healthiest foods out there, as it has one of the most impressive nutritional profiles available. This light & fluffy grain offers essential and non-essential amino acids along with dietary fiber and vitamins including B complex vitamins to help keep energy levels up. Along with that, quinoa offers a variety of minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc to help maintain healthy nervous system function and your holiday spirit. 3. Kidney Beans offer large amounts of protein along with a wide range of B vitamins including Thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folate and pantothenic acid to help reduce fatigue during the Read More »

15 Jokes to Tell to Keep Holiday Spirits Bright
Posted By on December 9th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 65

Kids need to feel noticed, included and engaged and during the holidays it can get pretty lonely at the kids table. Parents get busy planning parties, managing to-do’s lists and end up entertaining guests. This can make it difficult to manage the kid’s changing schedules. But it’s not all that easy on kids either. They need to feel that they are a part of things but that can become a task in itself for busy parents. So to keep kids engaged, and their holiday spirits warm and bright tell these simple jokes. Share them with young party guests, or your own children to keep them feeling included during the fast paced hustle of the holiday season. 1. Question: What do you do when a teacher rolls her eyes at you? Answer: Pick them up and roll them back to her! 2. Question: What kind of milk comes from a forgetful cow? Answer: Milk of Amnesia. 3. Question: Why don’t bananas snore? Answer: Because they don’t want to wake up the rest of the bunch. 4. Knock knock, Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? Olive you! 5. Question: Why was the strawberry sad? Answer: His mother got into a JAM! 6. Question: Why do pandas like old movies? Answer: Because they are black and white. 7. Question: What did the pencil say to the sharpener? Answer: Stop going in circles and get to the point! 8. Question: What is a cat’s favorite breakfast? Answer: Mice krispies 9. Question: Which day do fish Read More »

Tea Time: Varieties of the Mighty Leaf for 5 Common Ailments
Posted By on December 9th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 65
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Tea lovers know that there are many ways to make a cup. And just as every person takes their coffee differently, tea can be prepared to please each palette. You can steam sweetened milk and serve it as a latte, or have it straight up with a touch of lemon to enliven the senses. But tea doesn’t just taste great, it also offers an herbal option to support many of your body processes. Here are 5 common ways tea can improve your healthy lifestyle: Boost Energy: Waking up in the morning without a cup of freshly brewed coffee waiting can be daunting. But many people are ready to make the switch from coffee to other alternative beverages to cut down on caffeine consumption. If you are one of the many people who needs that extra energy boost they get form coffee in the morning, mid-afternoon and even evenings you may benefit from switching over to tea to keep energy levels up. Try matcha, peppermint, mint and green tea verities to boost energy without the coffee. Relax & Sleep: Winding down at the end of a long day is esier with a hot cup of soothing herbal tea. Ancient cultures often used the simple act of drinking tea as a meditation, and while you might not have the time for a traditional tea ceremony you can sip away the stresses and troubles of your day with a warm cup of lavender or ginseng tea, and ease into restful dreams with a Read More »

11 Things You Don’t Need to Forgive
Posted By on December 2nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 64

Forgive and forget right? WRONG! There are somethings that are simply unforgivable. And at some point you just need to say to yourself, “It is what it is” and know there’s no need to look back. Here are 11 things you don’t need to forgive a mate, or a date for: 1. Not telling you upfront that they are separated or not actually divorced. This really just means they are still married. That’s a no go. If they cheat on this one, they will cheat on you. Maybe not with another, but in some significant way. This isn’t something to fib about. Don’t forgive it, forget it. 2. Not changing their choines (that’s underpants) every day. Keep it clean! You go to great lengths to stay presentable for them, the least they can do is maintain a clean daily wardrobe. Maybe he wore that t-shirt yesterday, but those boxers? Ew! 3. Trying to tongue kiss you with morning breath. That’s just not the time for a passionate kiss. If they haven’t considered that you may not like the taste of what lingered in their mouth all night, they may not be the type of guy to hold the door open for you, or girl that attends to any other things you may need her further into the relationship. Ask them not to and if they continue, see if this lack of consideration extends beyond the bedroom. Don’t forgive it, forget it. 4. Falling asleep while you are talking. Listening is a Read More »

3 Essential Oil Uses for The Holiday Season
Posted By on December 2nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 64

Essential oils offer tons of uses and benefits when used alone, or in combination as a synergistic blend. But during the holiday season and through the winter, they offer some uses that you may find particularly interesting. Here are 3 ways you can use essential oils during these cold winter months, and warm holiday season to keep your home and your families healthy & bright. Sop Stuffiness and Congestion A combination of a few essential oils and a hot pot of steaming water fresh off the stove can ease pressure on sinuses in a way that also pleases other senses. Get a double dose of congestion relief and relaxing aroma therapy with a blend of your favorite fragrant essential oils. Add your favorites to the classics for sinus relief. Add just a few drops in hot water and breathe in a blend of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, lemon and rosemary oil vapors for fast and soothing relief. These essential oils have been used separately and in combination for centuries to clean out congestion and relieve sinus pain. Add just a few drops of to full glass of water and these oils also work from the inside out! Naturally Fragrance a Room Don’t need any chemicals in the air this holiday season? Us either! Create a naturally sweet smelling room that’s inviting and healthy without the use of those common household air fresheners that can irritate your health, and the health of your guests. Try a blend of traditional favorites like cinnamon, Read More »

Everyday Getaways You Can Take Close to Home

Getaways don’t have to take you so far from home that you don’t get through the laundry, miss the kid’s game, or forget to stock the fridge. You can break away from hectic schedules and your everyday lifestyle, even for a few minutes a day and feel like you’ve been away all weekend even if you can’t afford to go too far from home by taking a mini getaway. Try these simple “getaways,” this week to break free from the grind, without going far from home: Try Mind/Body Exercise: You may fee like you’re on another planet the first time you hear someone say “breathe in happiness, and breathe out anger.” But the truth is, group meditations and mind/body classes that challenge your comfort zone really can take you away. The combination of calming and invigorating fragrances, people that may, or may not have anything in common with you and a new ideas for your mind to process can help you break away from those day-to-day habits that can leave you feeling stuck. So grab some free flowing clothes and give Yoga, Tai Chi or group mediation and take a getaway! Go Where Your Pet Would Go: If you have a four-legged friend, imagine where they would go if they stepped out your door for a getaway. Take them along with you to a nearby park, or natural reserve and just play. Walk, run, skip, toss a ball around, and bring along a set of headphones if you want. Make Read More »