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5 Marathon Training Tips for Beginners
Posted By on November 4th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 60

The NYC marathon is just a few days a way. And if you’ve been packing in that Halloween candy, you may be feeling a little sluggish. So if you’re ready to get back on track, you can train for a marathon (even if you’re a beginner) in just a few months! Use the NYC marathon to jumpstart your motivation. Here’s a few steps you can follow to get your body in gear for running a marathon: 1. Develop a Training Schedule If you want to be marathon ready in 8-10 weeks you can do it. But you’ll need to create a training schedule that allows for a few weeks of light running, so your body can prepare for some hardcore training later. Ideally, you want to increase your weekly mileage by 10% each week. So plan ahead. Increasing your total mileage by more than 10% a week can cause damage to your body. 2. Choose a Course A flat running surface is hard enough. But your first marathon will probably also include the challenge of hills. While many marathons take place all over the world, starting with a flat course to begin your training is a good idea. Then scope out a few other courses that include a variety of surfaces, terrain and traffic to prepare your body and mind for what’s to come. 3. Create Your Training Program Don’t just assume that by increasing your running duration, and speed that you’ll be ready for a marathon run. You need Read More »

Anti-Aging Lifestyle Changes That Reverse the Aging Process
Posted By on November 4th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 60

Anti-aging products line the shelves, but there are less expensive ways to reduce the signs of premature aging. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on procedures and serums to shake those fine lines and wrinkles. No matter your age, you can slow the aging process with a few simple lifestyle changes.   Anti-Aging Foods We all know that a healthy diet offers tons of health benefits including healthy skin, and a feeling of vitality. But eating a diet rich in whole grains, fruits and veggies can also help  maintain your youthful appearance. There are specific foods that can help reduce the signs of aging including those fine lines, wrinkles, and aches and pains that come along with the wisdom of your years. Here are a few foods to add to your diet, to promote a younger looking countenance, and a flexible body. Vitamin C is found in hot chili peppers, guava, bell peppers, fresh herbs, leafy green veggies, broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi, papaya, citrus fruits, and berries. This anti-aging nutrient aids in the production of soft tissues, and promotes the regeneration of healthy skin cells. Also helps to plump skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines. Omega Fats are found in fatty fish like salmon, seeds and nuts along with other foods. This nutrient is an anti-inflammatory agent that can help reverse the aging process by reducing skin redness, and plumps the skin while also hydrating at a cellular level. This nutrient has also been shown to Read More »

Fix Pick Product Highlight: Jason Natural Ester-C Super-C Cleanser Gentle Face Wash
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Jason Natural Ester-C Super-C Cleanser Gentle Facial Wash is our Fix Pick for an anti-aging cleanser that promotes healthy skin at any age. You may not realize it, but washing your face with a high-quality facial cleanser can promote anti-aging, and reduce acne while also speeding the healing process of damage caused by everyday wear and tear on your skin. At any age, acne, and free radicals can damage your healthy looking skin and cause unwanted effects including scaring, and lasting fine lines and wrinkles. Free radicals are the compounds found in toxins in the environment, and UV rays that can cause cellular damage and even cell death. But the unique compounds found in Jason Natural Ester-C Super-C Cleanser Gentle Facial Wash help reverse the damage caused by free radicals while keeping skin clean, clear, healthy and radiant. Common Face Washing Mistakes Many people purchase a variety of expensive products to treat symptoms of aging, and acne while never really addressing the cause. While a good gentle cleanser can remove topical dirt, makeup and rinse away the day, opting for a nutrient-dense wash like Jason Natural Ester-C Super-C Cleanser can actually improve the health of your skin and treat the symptoms at the root. Follow these face washing tips to maximize efficacy of your routine: Wash You Hands First That dirt and grime that’s on your face won’t go away if you’re washing with dirty hands. Your hands need to be the first thing you clean up before you splash Read More »

Fall Colored Foods for Overall Health
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Fall colors are simply stunning, and if you like to celebrate the season with harvest foods, and autumn colors you can also bring them right to your table. We don’t mean as décor, here. We’re talking about creating a meal that includes all of those vibrant change-of-season colors we only get to see during this time of the year. Red, burnt orange, yellow and other fall colored foods provide a unique blend of nutrients, and by adding them to your menu you can gain all the health benefits of those lovely fall colors. Red foods are a nutritional powerhouse. The unique compound found in the pigment of these foods includes lycopene, which is currently one of the most powerful antioxidants available. It has been shown in recent studies to help reduce your risk of developing chronic illnesses, and heart disease. This carotenoid antioxidant also supports healthy eyes, and vision and offers tons of overall health benefits. Try strawberries, beets, cherries, cranberries, tomatoes, raspberries, watermelon, pink grapefruit, red cabbage, red bell peppers and more! Orange foods offer a healthy dose of an anti-aging compound called beta-carotene. It’s that compound that gives these foods their lively color, and provides most of the health, and beauty benefits. This nutrient is known to support eye heath, cognitive functioning, and helps prevent pre-mature as it protects from sun damage and promotes healthy cellular regeneration. A pre-cursor to vitamin A (retinol), it helps neutralize free radicals in your body that can hurt immune function, and youthful Read More »

50 Things Kids Love
Posted By on November 3rd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 60
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Kids really aren’t all that different from adults. We all need to play, rest, be loved and supported and have people in our lives that recognize our strengths along with our weaknesses. Parents, we know you get busy but there are tons of things that kids want to do, need to do and wish you would do that you may be overlooking. Print this list out and keep it handy whenever you feel like the little ones aren’t on the top of your priority list. You can put a smile on small faces with any one of these. Kids love it when… 1. You ask them about their favorite part of the day. 2. You remember details that are important to them. 3. They hear “I love you. 4. They feel respected. 5. You hang their artwork. 6. You point out a success instead of a failure. 7. You say “please. 8. They know they are good at something. 9. You listen. 10. You laugh at their jokes. 11. You ask about their friends. 12. They get to pick out an outfit. 13. It’s ok to make a mistake. 14. You don’t yell. 15. They get to play. 16. They don’t have to worry. 17. You forgive them. 18. You laugh with them. 19. They get a compliment. 20. They get to help. 21. You watch a movie with them. 22. They get to lick the spoon. 23. You let them pay for something. 24. They don’t have to be Read More »

3 Slow Cooker Recipes Under 500 Calories
Posted By on November 3rd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 60
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Slow cooker meals are quick and easy to make, and they stay warm while you’re away. Hot ‘n ready meals when you get home? It’s simple with a slow cooker, and can help you reach your weight loss goals! Just prepare meals ahead of time for food that’s ready when you are. You can even get to the gym during your regular meal prep time so you don’t have to worry about when you’re going to squeeze your cardio in. Adding a slow cooker meal to your menu just a few times a week can reduce stress, cut calories and leave you feeling warm and satisfied. Try these delicious slow cooker recipes this week for easy-to-do meals that won’t hurt your waistline. All are under 500 calories. Slow Cooker Black Bean Chili is a hearty classic made with warm spices that blend during the simmering process. Loaded with protein, fiber and other important nutrients, this full-flavored treat also supports your weight management goals. Add the chili to wraps, salad, or rice to make tasty next-day meals. Ingredients: 1 pound dried black beans, (2 1/2 cups), rinsed 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup mustard seeds 2 Tbsp. chili powder 1 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, or ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds, or ground cardamom 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped 1 pound mushrooms, sliced 8 ounces tomatillos, (see Ingredient Note), husked, rinsed and coarsely chopped 1/4 cup water 5 1/2 cups mushroom broth, or vegetable broth 1 6-ounce can tomato paste Read More »

5 Flu Season Supps That Help Prevent Infection
Posted By on November 3rd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 60
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Flu season is upon us, but you don’t have to fall victim to sneezes, aches and pains, runny nose and sick days. Staying healthy is much easier than getting healthy. And you can significantly reduce your risk of catching those pesky colds and flus this year by adding these supplements to your daily regimen. Never underestimate the power of prevention during the sneezing seasons! Here are the top flu season supps, to stave off sickness: Goldenseal is an herb that has a long history of use for it’s medicinal benefits. Native American tribes of the Northeast have used it for the treatment of a variety of illnesses and an insect repellant because of its powerful antimicrobial activity. This herb is particularly helpful for sinus congestion, as it helps maintain healthy mucus membranes. This herb supports immune function, and when taken along with echinacea may be especially helpful to stave off respiratory infections, cold and cough. Echinacea is a popular herb used to treat cold and flu symptoms as it offers anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. This herb works well to keep away the cold and flu. But it also helps reduce the severity of cold and flu symptoms, and speeds the healing process. When taken along with an antioxidant like vitamin C or vitamin E, echinacea can significantly reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. Zinc is a mineral that is traditionally used to support a healthy immune system, promote wound healing and support healthy cellular development. Recent studies have shown Read More »

Sneak in Spirulina! 3 Ways to Serve Up Optimal Health

Spirulina has recently been shown to improve academic performance in school-aged children. What is Spirulina? This edible algae isn’t the most delicious of all of the superfoods out there, but none really shell out the same nutritional profile as spirulina. It contains about 60% protein, compared to 25% found in meats. And it provides all the essential and non-essential amino acids, along with fatty acids like omega-3’s. It also offers energy boosting vitamins like vitamin B, and beta carotene, along with minerals like manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and others. As a supplement, this nutritional powerhouse offers tons of health benefits, and a range of nutrients that are great for people of all ages. The remarkable abilities of spirulina to fight infections in the body, promote weight loss, maintain normal cholesterol and prevent inflammation linked to heart diseases have been well known for years. Spirulina also works to increase energy levels, helps reduce food cravings and can reduce symptoms of depression, fatigue, and stress and anxiety in children and adults. But how do you sneak it into your daily diet? Powdered spirulina supplements are available, and that makes it pretty easy to get this superfood into your daily consumption. Here’s 3 ways to sneak in spirulina, without even noticing. 1. Garden of Life Perfect Food, Supergreen Formula is a powdered form of a blend of green superfoods including spirulina. The mixable powder formula provides nutrients from organic grasses, and is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and micro-nutrients not found Read More »