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3-Day Detox Menu for Overall Health

Detox can be a great way to give your digestive system a rest. Working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to digest foods and beverages that you consume the gastrointestinal system is directly linked to your immune system and is responsible for a good part of your overall health and a feeling of well-being. Maintaining regular digestive and a healthy gut should include a detox period in which you allow this system to rest. But many people don’t know how to properly to a detox diet. Here is a 3-day detox menu to help you give your digestive system a rest: Recipes: Morning Detox Tea 1 green tea bag, 1 slice lemon, 1 tsp, Stevia Breakfast Detox Drink 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. flax seed , 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 12 tsp. lemon Lunch Detox Drink 1 cup water, 1 Tbsp. flax seed , 1 cup raspberries, 1 banana, 1/4 cup spinach, 1 Tbsp. almond butter, 12 tsp. lemon Dinner Detox Drink 1/2 cup mango, 1 cup blueberries, 1 1/2 cup coconut water, 1 cup kale, 1 Tbsp. lemon, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp. flax seeds Detox Bath 2 1/2 cups Epsom salt and 10 drops lavender oil 3-Day Detox Menu: Day 1 Morning Detox Tea 1/2 Multi-Vitamin Lunch Drink 1/2 Multi-Vitamin and Omega-3 Supplement Snack: Favorite Drink Dinner Drink Detox Bath Day 2 Morning Detox Tea Lunch Drink 1/2 Multi-Vitamin and Probiotic Supplement Lunch Drink 1/2 Read More »

Valentine’s Day: A Gentlemen’s Guide
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Valentine’s day is almost here, again! And guys if you are wondering what you should do to celebrate this year, try to be a gentleman. Here are a few of the top supplements, and romantic products to help warm things up a bit, and maybe even spark something more. Top Valentine’s Day must-haves for gentlemen: Maca: Derived from a root herb, maca also comes in powdered form and adds easily to baked goods. Slip this sup into a sensual smoothie to heat things up. Used by ancient Aztec warriors to boot energy, stamina and libido, maca is effective for both men and women and also contain large amounts of amino acids, B vitamins, minerals and enzymes for a feeling of virility and vitality. L-Dopa: Also known as mucuna pruriens, this testosterone booster also improves mood. If you’re looking for a way to get through Valentine’s Day, dinner and stay in the mood with increased sexual capacity though the evening, L-dopa might just do the trick. L-dopa is a precursor to feel-good brain chemicals including dopamine to help keep a healthy libido all through the day, and night. Ginseng: This well-known adaptogen is known to boost natural energy levels, stamina and reduce stress. Used in China as a tonic, a cup of ginseng tea may also boost testosterone production, moot, stamina and strength. Ginko: Another remedy used in traditionally Chinese herbal medicine, this libido booster helps to increase blood flow to brain, and other important body organs. Gingko also aids in the production Read More »

6 Ways to a Healthy Lifestyle Change
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Lifestyle changes are on the minds of many people on January 1st, but as the year goes on it’s easy to forget, or simply give up on the idea of a new you. If you have already quit working on your resolutions for 2014, here are a few small changes you can work on to revive your resolve. 1. Have a meatless meal once a week. Plant-based diets offer so many health benefits including boosted immunity, regular digestion, urinary tract health and so much more! Make it a meatless Monday, or Tuesday for the next 30 days to make this habit stick. 2. Spread the love. Saying words that communicated love, gratitude and affection can have a profound affect on your mood, and thus your overall health and feeling of well-being. Say something kind to at least one person every day for the next 30 days to make lasting lifestyle change. 3. Exercise. The benefits of a single 15 minute workout are profound. If you can’t get out the door to the gym 5 times a week, that’s ok! Just get your heart rate up once a week, every week for the next 30 days to make a change in your lifestyle. 4. Take your vitamins. It’s estimated that about 75 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin D. And that’s just one vitamin. Add a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement to your table every day for the next 30 days to boost your overall health, and make a lifestyle change towards your Read More »

3 Day Gluten-Free Diet Menu
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Gluten-free diets aren’t just for those with celiac disease. In fact, many people find that a gluten free diet offers many health benefits even if they don’t have severe allergies to this type of protein. If you are considering going gluten free, here doctors suggest removing foods containing gluten from your diet for a few weeks, to see if there are any benefits gained from leaving this common ingredient out completely. Here are a few things to watch for if you are wondering if a gluten free diet might benefit your health. Common digestive upset including gas, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. These are also often symptoms experienced after consuming gluten for adults, and children. Keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin on the back of the arms is sometimes the result of a fatty acid, and/or Vitamin A deficiency, secondary to the malabsorption of fat caused the damage gluten can do to the gastrointestinal tract. Brain fog, a sluggish tired feeling after eating and fatigue is also common for people after consuming gluten. Immune system problems including reoccurring infections, or the diagnosis of autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis or even multiple sclerosis. Dizziness, or a  feeling of being off balance and other neurologic symptoms are common for those with even slight gluten intolerance. Migraine headaches and/or chronic fatigue, and pains that doctors cannot pinpoint the cause of. Sudden mood changes, anxiety, depression, and trouble paying attention for extended periods of time. Going Gluten-Free Gluten is Read More »

15-Minute Kettlebell HITT Workout Routine
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74

Kettlebell workouts using a High Intensity Interval Training technique, (HIIT) can help to jumpstart weight loss efforts and all in just a short 15-minute workout. Here is a short training routine you can do with just your body, and a set of light kettlebells. Dip and Kick Words abdominals, butt, hip flexors and legs Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding kettlebell in left hand; bend left elbow out to side so that left hand is in front of shoulder and ball of kettlebell rests on back of left forearm. Extend right arm out to side at shoulder level, palm down. Lower into a squat, then stand up and kick left leg forward to hip level. Return to squat; continue for 30 seconds. Switch sides (holding kettlebell with right hand and kicking with right leg) and repeat for another 30 seconds. Kettlebell Lunge Works abdominals, arms and legs Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding handle of kettlebell in left hand, arms by sides. Lunge forward with right leg, bending both knees 90 degrees, and pass kettlebell under right thigh to grab handle with right hand. Pushing off right heel, return to start position. Repeat, lunging forward with left leg and passing kettlebell under thigh to left hand. Continue, alternating sides, for 1 minute. Booty Burner Works abdominals, but and chest Lie faceup on floor with knees bent and heels on floor; grasp a kettlebell in each hand by the handle, arms by sides. Bend elbows to bring kettlebells by sides of Read More »

Digestive Health Foods: The Best and the Worst
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Digestive health is something that affects your immunity, energy levels, overall health and sense of well-being. While another gift-giving holiday approaches, along with tons of tempting foods, including chocolates, cakes and candies to and from your Valentine, your digestive system may need an extra boost after the goodies are gone. So here are the best, and worst foods for your digestive system to help you maintain a feeling of vitality all year long. Best Foods for Regular Digestion: Papaya contains digestive enzymes including papain that helps to break down proteins in the digestive tracts. After a hearty steak dinner with your loved one, sweeten the meal and support your GI tract with a few slices of this delicious fruit. Avocado is a nutritional powerhouse that offers a combination of essential fats including Omega-3, and Omega-6 to support healthy mental functions, muscle building and joint health, but it also aids in the release of existing enzymes in your mouth that support the digestive process. Bananas are a great on-the-go snack and you can add them to your daily menu to help neutralize the acidity of gastric juices. This promotes regularity and satisfies a sweet tooth. Leafy Green Vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients including a specific compound that promotes intestinal health. They also can help to balance bacterial levels in the gut to support immune system function, and a healthy gastrointestinal system. Mangos are just plain delicious, and they provide the body enzymes that help to cleanse the Read More »

4 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Losing weight isn’t easy, and it takes time, dedication and a commitment to reach your goals.   And many people, weight loss can become a challenge after just a few weeks following beginning a new diet. This is often due to the slowing of progress that many people experience when they first start out called a weight loss plateau. If you have started out strong, but have found that the weight has just stopped coming off, here are four reasons you might not still be seeing results. 1. You Eat ugar. Sugar offers a short burst of energy, but it also causes blood sugar spikes that may be slowing your weight loss. Sugary foods may also be downright addicting. Researchers recently tract the brain activity of 106 high school students and found that those who consumed sweeter beverages experienced a greater activation in the brains pleasure center than those who consumed lower-sugar beverage. Choosing low-sugar options may help reduce the internal reward system from being activated when you consume those not-so-good-for-you sugary foods, and reduce mental stimulation causing you to want to eat shortly after a sugary snack. 2. You Skip Breakfast. Eating small meals throughout the day can help maintain steady blood sugar levels to help keep you from reaching for sugary foods for weight loss success. Not only that, but by eating in the morning you also stimulate your metabolism and give your body energy from healthy foods to sustain you from the start of your day. Eating Read More »

21 Valentine’s Day Quotes You Can Use
Posted By on February 10th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 74
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Valentine’s Day offers the opportunity to share your loving feelings with a special someone. But sometimes the words are hard to find. Here are 21 quotes that you can use this year to express love, affection and other feelings that sometimes your own words just don’t do justice. “No matter what has happened. No matter what you’ve done. No matter what you will do. I will always love you. I swear it.” –Defiance by C.J. Redwine “And in her smile I see something more beautiful than the stars.” –Across the Universe by Beth Revis “I love you the way a drowning man loves air. And it would destroy me to have you just a little.” –The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson “I never loved you any more than I do, right this second. And I’ll never love you any less than I do, right this second.” –Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl “I am catastrophically in love with you.” –Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare “I love you. Remember. They cannot take it” –Delirium by Lauren Oliver “There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” –The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen “The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing, how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” -The Essential Rumi “I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you. I love Read More »