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Top 4 Travel Destinations for 2014
Posted By on January 13th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 70
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Travel is an important part of your overall health, as it helps to break habits and change up a regular routine. But you don’t have to think small. Go big in 2014 and set your sights on these fantastic travel destinations. This year, save up your vacation days and hit some of these top four spots for travel. 1. Cape Town, South Africa Travel here if you want to develop your meditation techniques in the place where Nelson Mandela found inspiration. In a speech, Mandela once said, “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.” Visit Robben Island prison, and the fist place Mandela made his home as a free man. The country has since transformed and offers fashion shows, architecture open houses, sustainable farms, galleries and performance spaces and welcomes the public to art studios for an annual visual arts spectacular making Cape Town a cultural destination. 2. North Coast, California Just over a hundred miles north of San Francisco sit the bluffs of the Mendocino Coast. Travel here and observe marine life and view humpback whales as they pass, sea lions, and watch the foamy waves ebb and flow here. With over 1,300 acres of hiking access to 12- miles of coastline, fields of wildflowers, cypress forest and cliff areas, the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands is a great place to see the North Coast. Also home to the California Coastal National Read More »

3 Ways Nature Acts as Inspiration
Posted By on November 25th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 63
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Nature is what connects us to other people, our pets and our  deeper selves. Ever do your Yoga routine on the top of a mountain, in the grass or on the beach? Sinking your hands into the ground and feeling the earth beneath you in it’s many forms has a way of creating a connection that eases tension in every day life, and lasts much longer than the time you spend out there in the elements. But it’s so easy to get caught up in a fast-paced lifestyle and start to worry more about whether you have toothpaste than your connection with nature. So here are a few things to remember so you don’t neglect your time with Mother Earth: 1. Nature inspires you imagination. Wondering how to handle the holidays this year? How do you get that perfect gift for the special people in your life? Set aside an hour or two this week to get away from magazines, catalogs, the television and other things that can get in the way of your imagination. Get out and do your cardio in the park instead of on the treadmill and see what comes to mind. Handmade gifts that celebrate your memories with that person like a custom painted flower pot or picture frame might be better than anything you can find in the stores. So let those creative juices flow, and see what you come up with. 2. Nature enriches your life. When you stand and gaze at a beautiful Read More »

Everyday Getaways You Can Take Close to Home
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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 »

4 Weekend Workouts That Preserve Your Free Time
Posted By on November 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 62
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Weekend workouts don’t have to take up your precious R & R time. You can blend together recreation, and calorie burn with these weekend workouts that are fun, and also tone that physique you work so hard to maintain. 1. Group Fitness Classes Weekends are a great time to try something new. Use your weekend freedom to head to your local gym, or community fitness center and try a group exercise class. There are tons of options and while Zumba or Yoga classes may not be your cup of tea, there are dance classes, mind/body workouts, spinning and more options to choose from. The key to maintain your sexy, fit body is to keep your body guessing. So if you are looking to burn some calories over the weekend, have fun doing it! Try a few group fitness classes while you have the chance, and beat that fitness plateau with a smile on your face. 2. Hit the Road No matter where you live, you can take a short day-trip and find a hiking trail that can help you build that mind/body connection. Get out and take an hour or two on the road to find those special places to do your yoga routine, or cardio. While you increase your endurance in the gym Monday through Friday, you can really put it to the test on a weekend trip. Improve your overall physical performance by taking a hike this weekend! 3. Make it Play Time Your furry friend is loyally Read More »

7 Fall Travel Must-Haves for Men
Posted By on September 30th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 55
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Fall travel means you’re going to be exposed to allergens, cold weather, and all kinds of challenges that can get in the way of looking, and feeling your best. Guys, if you have a few business trips coming up you don’t want to let fatigue, or seasonal changes get in your way. Here are 7 Fall travel must-haves you’ll need in your travel bag this season. Guard against fatigue, and signs of wear and tear from your trip with these 7 travel essentials: Men’s Multi: Optimum Nutrition, Opti-Men Popping up in different cities means fast-paced schedules and fast food. Even if you grab something form a health food café, you just can’t get the meals you want for the fuel your body needs. Opti-Men offers over 75 distinct ingredients your body needs for the foundation of everyday health, and performance with a feeling of vitality. Formulated with amino acids, antioxidant vitamins, essential minerals and botanical extracts, no matter what your trip includes, you’ll nock ‘em dead. Shaver: Flex 4, Disposable Flexible Four Blade Razors You may have a schedule, but you still want to look good! If you couldn’t squeeze your electric razor in your bag for this trip, you’ll need a disposable razor that works when you travel. With exclusive technology, spring-mounted blades, and a lubricating strip with aloe vera and vitamin e you can get a smooth shave, quickly and easily. Pivoting head and ergonomic grip allows for a comfortable shave without cuts, or nicks. Bar Soap: Himalaya Read More »

Hit the Road! Printable Vacation Workout for People On-the-Go
Posted By on September 30th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 55
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A workout at a hotel while you travel may seem like a daunting task, but this great workout can help you stay on track so you achieve your fitness goals, even when you’re on-the-go! Printable Vacation Workout Body Weight Warm-Up You can get through this warm-up in about 5 minutes. Prisoner Squats: 10 reps (hands behind your head), then move quickly to Kneeling Push-ups: 6 reps, then move immediately to Prisoner forward lunges: 6 reps per side Repeat for 2 sets. Strength Workout Step-up – 12 reps (each side) No rest – go directly to: Kneeling Push-ups or regular – 12 reps Rest 1 minute Repeat this cycle 2 more times for a total of 3 supersets. Dumbbell Row – 8 reps (for more intensity, add weight) No rest – go directly to: Dumbbell Chest Press – 10 reps (on bench, SB Ball or the Floor) Rest 1 minute Repeat this cycle once more for a total of 2 supersets. Plank – 60 seconds (plank with forearms on floor, with palms down. No rest – go directly to: Superwoman – 60 seconds No rest – go directly to: Side Plank – 30 seconds each side Repeat this cycle 2 more times for a total of 3 supersets. Interval Workout Warm-up for 5 minutes using the same mode of exercise you will use for intervals (i.e. if you are going to run /bike for intervals, make sure you warm-up with running /biking, progressing from light to more intense exercise) Perform various Read More »

7 Sunscreen Oils That Offer Natural UV Protection
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Sunscreens have an SPF or sun protection factor, which is the reason most people purchase them. But recent research has shown that common sunscreens also contain ingredients that can be toxic, and really cause more harm than good. Here are 7 oils that have a natural SPF so you can use them as an alternative to conventional sunscreens that often dry out skin, and may be potentially harmful. 1. Carrot Seed Oil has an SPF of about 30. That’s right, this kind of oil won’t make your tan darker, but it actually provides protection from UV rays without all of the toxic chemicals in conventional sunscreens. Due to its content of vitamin A it offers natural UV protection, and an antioxidant value that helps prevent free radical damage caused by sun exposure. 2. Wheatgerm Oil has an SPF of about 20. This oil contains vitamin E which is also a great sun protectant for skin. It also helps moisturize skin and prevent free radical damage caused by UV rays. 3. Hazelnut Oil has an SPF of about 15. This is a lighter sunscreen oil that also has astringent properties. It nourishes the skin and is quickly absorbed to provide moisture, and UV protection. 4. Coconut Oil has an SPF of about 10. This natural sunscreen offers protection from UV rays and actually will block about 20 percent of them. Pacific islanders have used coconut as a sun protect and for centuries, so there’s really no need to use a toxic Read More »

5 Natural Bug Repellents for an Insect-Free Summer
Posted By on July 14th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 44
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Natural bug repellents can help keep away flying, biting and crawling critters so you can get outside this summer without having to worry! You can make your own bug repellent at home with a few of the right essential oils. Or try one of the great all-natural products from Burt’s Bees, designed to keep bugs away without the harsh chemicals of conventional bug sprays (and the awful smell). 1. Rosemary as a bug repellent can be used as a spray to keep bugs away. Use this essential oil with other essential oils to make an effective natural insect repellant that’s safe for everyone. Try this simple natural bug repellent recipe: Add 1 part of rosemary oil to 10 parts of rubbing alcohol and put it in a spray bottle. You can also add essential oils derived from any of the following herbs, in equal parts. Good for keeping away mosquitoes, ticks, flies, midges, chiggers, and fleas. 2. Mint is a non-toxic alternative for bug repellent as its essential oils are useful in keeping away those flying pests like mosquitoes, and flies. Great for an insect repellant in your home, or yard it works even when placed in a sachet. Mint is a natural bug repellent that’s great for traveling, as the crushed leaves release essential oils that have a scent the bugs don’t like. This can keep them away outdoors, or indoors while freshening your space. Also great as a spray to keep away ants and spiders. Add 1 part Read More »

Beat Bugs This Summer With Burt’s Bees – Herbal Insect Repellent
Posted By on April 22nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 32
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Burt’s Bees beats bugs on any outdoor adventure you’re planning this summer. There’s nothing worse than having mosquitoes, flies, and other pests crash your outdoor party. There are tons of natural options you can choose from to keep these unwanted guests away. Here are just a few: Protective Clothing. It’s just common sense to protect yourself with long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. So, also try to wear longer socks, and take a good soapy shower before you head out into infested areas. Try breathable fabrics instead of jeans, and heavy long-sleeved clothing so you can still feel the warm summer air. Eat for Insect-Free Fun. You can take a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and swallow fresh garlic cloves to keep mosquitoes from attacking. Vitamin B1, when taken daily as a supplement can also repel insects. Essential Oils. 10-15 drops of essential oils added to castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s soaps are effective at keeping insects and other bugs away. Try lemon balm, pennyroyal, lavender, and rose geranium. Have a good wash before going outdoors or just add a few drops to cheese cloth and set it on the table. When added to the skin, just a few drops of essential oils, diluted in carrier oils can keep the bugs away. Try this recipe for homemade insect repellent: Ingredients: 10-25 drops essential oil (lavender, rose geranium (for ticks), coriander seeds, peppermint, cajeput or citronella) 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel Directions: Combine ingredients in a glass Read More »

Vitamin D3 Benefits Are Only A Day At The Beach Away
Posted By on July 30th, 2012 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 4
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Sun exposure and supplements provide the body with Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is one of the many of the Vitamin D group that provides significant health benefits through normal consumption and in the case of Vitamin D3 simple sun exposure. If you get 15-20 minutes of exposure to sunlight a day without sunscreen your body will absorb the amount of D3 it needs to help maintain normal levels of calcium for strong bones maintain blood levels of calcium and phosphorus and even help regulate your immune system. If you’re not in an area where daily direct sunlight is readily available certain foods are high in Vitamin D3 and can produce the same effects in the body. Egg Yolks, fortified milk and salmon are just a few of the more common contributors. Second only to the sun, a very common addition of Vitamin D3 to the body is through natural supplements. There are two existing types of Vitamin D that provide similar sets of benefits to the body with the only real distinction being the form in which the body receives it. Vitamin D3 is a Vitamin D that has been synthesized in the layers of the skin after exposure to direct sunlight. Vitamin D2 is the form of Vitamin D ingested through fortified milk. Although both Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B2 are considered interchangeable Vitamin D3 is understood to be more effective at raising the levels of Vitamin D in the bloodstream. The increased calcium level benefits from using Vitamin Read More »