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Thanks Theanine, for All You Do!

Theanine is the unique compound found in green and black tea leaves responsible for its calming, and energizing effects. Tea is a great source of this amino acid, but you can also find theanine in supplement form. Since it provides so many health benefits and is involved in nervous system function, the stress response, energy production and sleep, you may notice a variety of changes in your healthy lifestyle by adding this nutrient to your daily consumption. If you haven’t heard of theanine, here are just a few things that it does in the body: Theanine helps calm mental anxiety. Tea ceremonies have been used by monks for centuries before, or even as a mediation because tea contains theanine that helps to keep the mind alert but calm for long periods of time. This unique compound also stimulates the production of gamma-amino-butyric acid, a neurotransmitter in the brain that also improves feelings of well-being for deeper relaxation. Theanine may help lower blood pressure. Clinical studies have shown that this compound can actually lower blood pressure. It works to block the binding of l-glutamic acid and glutamate receptors in the brain, which offers anti-stress effects. Research has shown that theanine can significantly inhibit blood-pressure increases while also improving mental performance when compared to placebo. Theanine boosts your immunity. This amino acid has also been shown to improve the immune response in your body by improving gamma delta T cells. The increased resistance to infection includes common cold and the flu along with a reduced Read More »

3 Soda Alternatives to Cut Calories, and Sugar from Your Diet
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Soda is so satisfying, with all it’s fizzy bubbles and sweet flavors. Problem is, soda is also loaded with sugar, artificial ingredients, and outright toxins. Not only that, but those ingredients are often the cause of unwanted weight gain (even the diet varieties). So if you want to cut back on your sugar intake, soda consumption, calories, and the amount of artificial ingredients in your diet, here are a 3 delicious recipes for sparkling soda waters that are sweet & satisfying, without all of those harmful ingredients. Non-Alcoholic Sangria Sparkling Water can be made alcoholic if you want, but there’s no need to add anything to this besides what’s listed below to satisfy sweet cravings. Ingredients: 2 cups boiling water
2 black tea bags (or 2 teaspoons loose-leaf tea in an infuser) 2 cinnamon sticks 1/4cup honey 3 cups pomegranate juice 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds 1 lime, sliced into thin rounds 1 apple, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks 3 cups carbonated water Directions: 1. Pour boiling water over tea bags and cinnamon sticks and steep for 5 minutes. Discard tea bags and stir in honey until dissolved. 2. In a large pitcher combine tea, cinnamon sticks, pomegranate juice, orange juice, orange, lemon, lime, and apple. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour but overnight if possible. 3. Just before serving, stir in carbonated water. Serve sparkling sangria soda water in glasses over ice with citrus slices. Strawberry Read More »

Caramel Apple Treats for Ghouls, Ghosts and Goblins
Posted By on October 28th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 59
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Caramel apples are a traditional Halloween favorite. This year, you can make this healthy classic to satisfy sweet cravings. Skip the candy and make these gooey apples in just about 30 minutes from start to finish. Classic Caramel Apples This is your basic recipe for this Halloween fav. But follow other recipes below to switch it up a bit. Ingredients: 6 apples, washed, dried, and stems removed 2 tablespoons milk 1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels 6 chopsticks Directions: 1. Remove the stem from each apple and press a chopstick into the top. Butter a baking sheet. 2. Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl, and microwave 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly. 3. Dip each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Allow extra sauce to drip off then place on prepared sheet to set. Butterfinger Caramel Apples MMMMmm Butterfinger. Who doesn’t love that buttery taste of this Halloween candy? It’s even better when rolled onto a caramel apple. Try this delicious homemade recipe. Ingredients: 6 tart apples, washed, dried, and stems removed 1 (14 ounce) package caramels 2 tablespoons milk 24 pieces NESTLE® BUTTERFINGER® Bites Candy, chopped 6 chopsticks Directions: 1. Line tray or baking sheet with wax paper. Remove the stem from each apple and press a chopstick into the top. 2. Microwave caramels and water in large, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 2 minutes; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. 3. Dip each Read More »

20 Motivation Quotes for Day-to-Day Success
Posted By on October 28th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 59

Motivation makes the difference between short bursts of success, and long-term achievement of your health, fitness, weight loss and wellness goals. It’s good to have a mentor, support system and plenty of motivation quotes handy to stay on track. Never underestimate the abilities of a kind word, or a listening ear as you approach lifestyle changes. Just finding a few people that get it can be helpful. But if you find that nay-sayers are a plenty, here are 20 motivation quotes to keep in sight so you reach your finish line, one step at a time. 1. Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it. 
– Plato 2. Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year. 
– Franklin P. Adams 3. Running is one the best solutions to a clear mind. 
– Sasha Azevedo 4. Happiness lies, first of all, in health. 
– George William Curtis 5. Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. — Arnold Schwarzenegger 6. Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body. 
– Cher 7. I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently. 
– Ernest Hemingway 8. Strength does not Read More »

Low-Glycemic Foods That Cure Food Addictions
Posted By on October 28th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 59

Low-glycemic foods can help you beat food cravings and even food addictions like those to sugary foods, and carbohydrates.   Why are carbohydrates such a dietary enemy? Well, because they act in the body the same way as sugars. This means that when you eat a high-carb meal, you get a quick feeling of happiness, and energy followed by a crash. And that makes you just want more! This can lead to unwanted weight gain, and blood sugar highs and lows that can sap your energy leaving you simply addicted to those foods that you thought were making you feel satisfied. While sweet, processed food can conquer cravings short-term, the reality is they are really just creating those cravings in the first place. Want to really kill cravings for not-so-good-for-you foods? Try adding low-glycemic foods to your menu and cut out as many processed foods as you can. They often contain large amounts of sugars that can lead to food addiction, and cravings. Low-Glycemic Foods Barley Reduced-fat yogurt Prunes Blackeyed peas Chickpeas Navy beans Soy beans Peanuts Cherries Apricots Broccoli Cabbage Romaine lettuce Red peppers The Glycemic Index Low-glycemic foods have been shown to support weight loss efforts as those foods that have low-glycemic rating are also more satisfying than high-glycemic foods, so you tend to eat less when you add these foods to your diet. Getting to know the foods you eat based on their glycemic rating can help support your weight management goals because some foods are deceiving Read More »

Goal Setting Tips to Help You Accomplish Your Ultimate Ambition
Posted By on October 28th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 59
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Goal setting doesn’t have to wait until New Years. You can get started on those weight loss goals, lifestyle changes and healthy habits today! But it’s ok if you aren’t ready to make them happen right this second. You’ve got time before all of those holiday temptations make their way across your plate, and your palette. So, here are a few tips to help you get to your goal setting before you feel like you have to. Now’s as good a time as any. Goal Setting It’s not as easy as it sounds…or maybe it is, but the success of achieving your goals isn’t as easy. Here are 3 tips to help you set your goals: 1. Decide What You Want to Achieve. This is so important! Set your sights on what your ultimate goal is, and don’t limit yourself. As you begin to work towards your goal, it will get easier to attain. So dream big. 2. Separate Out What’s Irrelevant, or Distracting. Those nay-sayers are everywhere. And so are all of the voices that tell you to quit, that you don’t need to make a change, that your weight is just fine the way it is, ect. But YOU are the one that decided to make a change. So remove anyone, and anything that may stand in your way. You’ll be glad you did. 3. Motivate Yourself. If you tell yourself that you have to be perfect, you are more likely to fail. So go easy on yourself Read More »

5 Homemade Disinfectants for a DIY, Holistically Clean House!
Posted By on October 28th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 59

Homemade house cleaners can keep those immune system irritants out of your body, and the common toxins found in conventional cleaning products away from family, friends, and house guests. Keep your home sparkling clean as the seasons change with these homemade, DIY house cleaners. They disinfect, and keep chemicals out of your home for a naturally fragrant and non-toxic clean house. #1 – DIY Homemade Dishwashing Detergent is a great way to get a fresh scent in your home and a natural anti-bacterial wash for your dishes. Ingredients: 1 cup of borax 1 cup of washing soda 1 Tablespoon white vinegar Essential oils (optional) Try fragrant, anti-bacterial oils like orange, lemongrass, peppermint, or aegle. Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and use in place of traditional, chemical laden detergents. #2 – DIY Homemade Bathroom Cleaner works like a soft scrub to kill germs and remove gunk from countertops, the shower, toilet and more! Ingredients: 1 cup of baking soda ¼ cup of borax 1 Tbsp. of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint castile soap ¼ cup of water in a spray bottle Essential oils (optional) Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together and shake well. #3 – DIY Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner disinfects surfaces, and makes a great duster that also kills germs. Try this simple recipe for an all-purpose disinfectant and remove all of those toxic household cleaners under the sink. Ingredients: 1 Tbsp. of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint castile soap ½ cup white vinegar 4 cups water Essential oils of lavender, and tea Read More »

Best Vitamins for Fall Health

Vitamins support your body all year, but which are the best to take during the Fall season for good health? While a balanced diet can provide the rage of nutrients your body needs to function optimally, there are specific vitamins that become more important during these Fall months. To fill nutritional gaps, taking a multi-vitamin can help keep your body strong, happy and healthy all year. But there are others that you may need, especially over the next few months. Vitamin D has been linked to strong and healthy teeth and bones and recent research has shown that this vitamin may also help lower the risk of colon, and breast cancer. Getting the recommended daily amounts of vitamin D can become more difficult during the cloudy days of Fall, so a supplement may be something to consider. Vitamin D foods include: fatty fish, fortified foods, soy products, meats like salami, dairy, eggs and mushrooms. Vitamin B is actually a group of eight different vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and Vitamin B12. These vitamins support the production of energy on a cellular level and promote a healthy metabolism, the conversion of nutrients in the body, and are also involved in fat and carbohydrate oxidation. Vitamin B is also necessary for the production and communication of neurotransmitters. So as the days outside become less and less welcoming, give yourself and energy boost, and promote optimal brain functioning with a blend of these essential nutrients. Vitamin B foods include: Read More »