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Muscle Building & Cardio: How to Get the Best Results
Posted By on January 20th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 71
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Muscle building and cardio go hand in hand. But as you may have guessed doing long cardio workouts may reduce your overall body composition in a way that reduces overall mass. If your goal is to build muscle overdoing the cardio may actually inhibit your body’s to build the muscle mass you work so hard for. Building Muscle Mass If you want to gain muscle, doing cardio for extended periods of time may hinder your results. Studies have shown that doing weight training followed by 30 minutes of cardio may impede the body’s ability to build muscle. This is because cardio is a fat burning exercise, when completed at a moderate pace for a long duration cardiovascular exercise raises the heart rate which ultimately increases your metabolism, even when at rest. When the heart rate increases, your body goes into fat burning mode, not muscle gaining even when both weight training and cardio are done together. The key to muscle building is to do weight training exercises while also incorporating short interval, high intensity cardio routines into your workout. How to Get There Short interval, high intensity cardio has been shown to burn more fat, but can also help maintain muscle size increases. To achieve your muscle building goals and get the most out of your workout, spend only about 20 minutes on high intensity cardio and the rest on resistance, or weight training. A moderate workout that includes slow running for a long period of time may damage overall Read More »

9 Ab Workouts for a Bikini-Ready Body Without Crunches
Posted By on January 20th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 71
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Abs that look great in a bikini start during the winter. Who doesn’t want those perfectly sculpted abs you see gracing the covers of magazines? If you want them though, you’ve got to work for them. And you can’t have bikini ready abs unless you get started on them right now! The summer season may seem far off in the distance, but the reality is those fit, tight & toned abs take time to develop.  And if you’re ready to get working on your washboard, we’ve got ab exercises you can do without having to fit 100 crunches a day into your routine to get there. You can do these ab exercises 2-3 times a week in the convenience of your own home. Grab some dumbbells and an exercise ball, and skip the crunches. 1. Standard Plank: Start in a push-up position making sure your hands are under your shoulders. Tighten your abs, and keep the weight over your shoulders. Hold for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times in a 30 minute circuit. 2. Side Plank: Lie on one side with forearm with your elbow to support your upper body, and keep your legs straight. In the position, lift your hips off the floor. Hold for 1 minute, and then switch sides. 3. Plank Walks: In the plank position with abs tight, bend one arm to bring the elbow to the floor, bring the other arm down. Push back up to start position, and repeat.  Do these for 1 minute. 4. Read More »

NoGii Bars Are Your On-The-Go Gluten-Free Solution
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NoGii Bars are formulated to satisfy the whole family, and deliver superior taste and nutrition without any burden. These delicious gluten-free bars are the creation of Elisabeth Hasselback who designed these bars as a solution to gluten-free eating on-the-go. She knew that gluten-free diets can be difficult to maintain, so Elisabeth got together with her friends and family to develop bars that nourish the body and support a healthy gluten-free lifestyle, anywhere. And after many focus groups, NoGii Bars were born. With so many food choices out there you can improve your health and refuel your body with NoGii Bars and skip not-so-healthy temptations when you’re on the move. NoGii High Protein Bars: This gluten-free protein bar contains 20 grams of high-quality protein that fits right in your pocket for pre- or post-workout refueling. Delicious and a great foods choice these bars come in a variety of flavors including Peanut Butter & Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Coconut, and Cocoa Brownie. A great meal option, these bars are just the right fit for your next gluten-free food choice. NoGii Super Protein Bars: The all-natural solution to high protein meal options that go anywhere you go, NoGii Super Protein Bars offer ultimate taste and high energy. When your protein needs demand the highest amounts of protein for fuel you can count on 30 grams of superior protein to deliver. NoGii Super Protein Bars come in delicious and classic flavors including Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Crisp and Rocky Road. NoGii D’Lite Bars: Satisfy Read More »

3 Gluten-Free Recipes That Are Surprisingly Easy
Posted By on January 20th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 71
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Gluten-free menus don’t have to be difficult to make. If you’re going gluten free this year, here are 3 go-to recipes you can use any day of the week! Gluten-Free Pizza Crust This is a must-have recipe for anyone ready to go gluten-free. Add any of your favorite toppings to customize this dough, and make pizza night your way. Ingredients: 1 cup tapioca starch 1 cup sorghum flour 1 cup potato starch 1/2 cup brown rice flour 1/2 cup GF millet flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 teaspoon fine sea salt 3 tablespoons organic light brown sugar 1 and 1/4 cups warm water (between 110 – 115ºF) 1 teaspoon organic light brown sugar – for proofing the yeast 1 packet (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast 1/4 cup good olive oil 1/4 cup beaten organic free-range egg whites (or egg replacer for two eggs) 1/4 teaspoon light tasting rice vinegar Directions: Grease two 12-inch pizza pans and dust lightly with gluten-free cornmeal or rice flour. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the GF flours and dry ingredients. Proof the yeast in 1 cup warm water with a pinch of sugar. Add the proofed yeast and water to the dry ingredients. Add the oil, eggs and vinegar. Beat the dough until smooth and sticky. Add the remaining 1/4 cup water if you need to. The pizza dough should be creamy smooth and not too thick- it’s not sturdy like typical bread dough. Will have the Read More »

Plant-Based Beauty Oils That Tame Frizzy Tresses
Posted By on January 20th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 71
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Oils that come from natural sources like coconuts, seeds and other plants can help tame frizz and fly-aways for sleek looking strands all winter long. Many hair care products contain artificial ingredients and while these products may work to cleanse, and maintain healthy hair short-term, they may also cause damage to healthy strands. Using a natural plant-based oil as a serum can coat hair strands and nourish follicles to help maintain healthy hair root to tip, and even repair damage. These oils can also help to keep your hair looking shiny and beautiful without the high cost of other products. Here are a few of the top plant-based oils that work for luscious hair, and other beauty purposes. Keep these oils in your cabinet as many of them offer a wide variety of uses and can even nurture healthy skin, hair and nails from the inside out when consumed. Coconut Oil is loaded with omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids and a unique compound called medium chain triglycerides that deeply hydrates each hair strand and smoothes away frizz like no other oil can. Because coconut oil provides rare fatty acid compounds it is able to lock in essential moisture in hair, and encourage the growth of healthy hair from the follicle as it nourishes the scalp. Macadamia Nut Oil is found in many top-of-the-line hair care products as it contains proteins, and healthy fats that help restore damaged hair strands on the cellular level. Promote healthy hair growth and calm Read More »

Ginger: Our Fix Pick for Herbal Remedies
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Ginger has been used for centuries as an overall health tonic. But this natural sweet root herb offers a variety of specific health benefits. Some are well-known, while others are currently being suggested through recent research. Read on to find out why we chose ginger as our Fix Pick for the top herbs out there. Pregnancy: The nausea that accompanies pregnancy for some 80% of women during the first trimester is often called “morning sickness.” But these symptoms can come at any time during pregnancy and since doctors aren’t quite sure what causes it, anti-emetic drugs are often used, but can cause in increased risk of birth defects. To if you’re looking for a natural alternative to reduce the nausea associated with pregnancy, ginger root offers natural antiemetic effects along with anti-nausea properties successfully used to combat nausea associated with this condition. Studies have shown that ginger power and ginger extract may be effective to reduce nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Immunity: Used as a home remedy for centuries, ginger has been researched and found to have abilities that support the functions of a healthy immune system. As it helps to break down toxins in the body, especially in the lungs and sinuses, ginger also helps to cleanse the lymphatic system. By doing this, it helps to keep the body clean and prevent accumulation of pollutants and toxins that make the body susceptible to infections. Especially helpful to staving off respiratory problems, ginger can be sued at the first signs Read More »

7 Natural Sore Throat Solutions
Posted By on January 20th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 71
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A sore throat isn’t just irritating, it can be down right painful and the first sign of an illness. At the first signs of an infection use any one of these 7 natural sore throat remedies to reduce the pain, and irritation and reduce the duration of the oncoming illness. Alone simply mixed with water any of these top 7 will work, but you can also mix any combination of them together for maximum results. 1. Cayenne: This hot spice blends with water and lemon juice to make a sore throat elixir to speed the healing of a sore throat. The natural antioxidant properties of this pepper makes it effective for reducing congestion along with clearing out bacteria and viruses that can cause common infections. 2. Sage: This curative herb works well with a drizzle of honey in hot water to ease sore throat pain. Just steep the herb in hot water for 10 minutes and strain out the leaves. Add a touch of apple cider vinegar for added cleansing benefits as a gargle. 3. Ginger: This sweet root herb provides compounds that soothe inflamed tissues of the larynx. Mucous membranes in this area may also benefit from candied ginger candies. Ginger tea is also a great option for those with common respiratory infections, or a sore throat. 4. Water with Lemon: Just a squeeze of lemon an warm water delivers powerful anti bacterial and antioxidant properties that can help reduce the duration of a common infection. The lemon juice adds Read More »

Top 7 Brain Boosting Foods
Posted By on January 20th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 71
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Foods that help improve your overall health just taste better! There are specific foods you can add to your diet to improve different aspects of your health. And if you’re looking to boost mental functions including memory, focus, concentration and focus, here are the top 7 foods for brain power. 1. Broccoli: All of the health benefits of broccoli aside, this tasty green veggie also packs a healthy dose of a combination of vitamin K along with a B vitamin called choline that gives broccoli it’s brain boosting ability. These vitamins aid in brain development along with strengthening existing cognitive function. Not only that but you’ll also get a dose of folate, another brain booster. 2. Walnuts: These delicious nuts contain healthy omega fats that have been shown to offer a variety of health benefits and support healthy joints, skin, hair and nails along with the communication of neurotransmitters in the brain. Not only that, but the antioxidants, omega fats, and vitamins in walnuts also help protect brain cells from oxidative damage that may improve mental functions. 3. Quinoa: This light & fluffy grain provides the glucose your brain needs to function. The complex carbohydrates contained in this great grain also offer fiber, and protein to help stabilize blood sugar levels, supplying energy for your brain. Not only that, but quinoa contains a combination of b vitamins essential for optimal brain function. 4. Red Beets: The bright red color of beets is caused by the content of the unique antioxidants Read More »