Travel Often? This App Helps You Adjust to Different Time Zones!

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Do you feel like you lose valuable vacation time because of jet lag? Is it hard for you to adjust to new schedules? Blame your circadian clock.

The circadian clock is, to put it simply, your internal clock. Powered by light, your metaphorical clock controls your sleep patterns. A new app called Entrain developed by the University of Michigan researchers can utilize what makes you tick to adjust to jet lag faster.

How does it work? Entrain’s app developers explain: your body is based on a number of rhythms, circadian rhythms, which regulate repeated patterns in your body such a temperature, immune system and sleep. 

The app uses answers you provide based on a number of questions, and then it tells you where you are in your daily rhythm based on a number of factors. Then, it provides suggested schedules so you can adjust to a new time zone faster.
"The schedules are computed using techniques from the theory of optimal control," the Entrain website states. "The big idea is that, given equations describing the human circadian clock, we can ask what light stimulus moves that clock from one ``phase'' to another in the least amount of time."

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Daylight Savings!

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With daylight savings coming to a close, we're about to see A LOT LESS sunlight over the next 6 months. It's a bummer, we know.... 

As we are all aware, we receive Vitamin D naturally through sunlight. With the winter months upon us, it makes it a much more difficult to get enough Vitamin D that our bodies need through natural sunlight. That is where our UpGraded D3 comes in great!  Simply by taking a soft gel in the morning before you start your day, you're ensuring yourself that you body is getting the Vitamin D it needs. 

Since Daylight Savings is coming to end this weekend, we thought we would share some Savings with you. This weekend only receive 10% off your bottle of UpGraded D3. Stock up for these winter months and help keep your energy and mood levels up! 

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Grains on the Brain? Think Again!

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Mental illness is a pervasive issue in the United States. An estimated 18.2 percent of the population suffers from ADHD, anxiety, bi-polar disorder or other mental illness annually, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Chemical imbalances, major life event, workplace or even diet can contribute changes in a person's mental state. And according to David Perlmutter, MD, what you eat could affect your mind more than you think.
Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, explores how grains and carbs could be destroying brain cells in his book "Grain Brain."

Whether they're healthy or unhealthy, whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and mental illnesses, he says. In "Grain Brain," Perlmutter explains how the human brain actually thrives on fat and cholesterol, spurring brain cell growth. With changes in dietary choices and lifestyle habits, a person can remedy our most feared maladies without drugs, he says.

Have you found some foods affect your mental health more than others? If your answer is "I don't know," then read "Grain Brain" and think again.

4 Natural Ways to Treat Arthritis

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Do you have arthritis? If so, you are one of 54 million Americans (one in 4), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). So even if you don't, chances are you know somebody who does. 

While many doctors can prescribe to eliminate bothersome symptoms such as inflammation and pain, some natural remedies can provide the same amount of effectiveness without risk of addiction or side effects. 

There four natural ways to treat arthritis could lead to relief for someone who has been diagnosed:

  1. Physical Activity: The remedy for many ailments, fitness is part of an essential health and wellness lifestyle. Low-impact activities such as swimming, biking and walking all can aid in reducing arthritis symptoms, according to the CDC.
  2. Ginger: First used in Asian medicine centuries ago, ginger alleviates inflammation, similar to ibuprofen and prescription medications such as Celebrex, according to the Arthritis Foundation.
  3. Chiropractor: Although visiting a chiropractor may realign joints that are out of place due to arthritis, it is not a treatment for the symptoms. Organizations such as the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network support it as long as active joints are not swollen/inflamed during a visit, which might worsen arthritis.
  4. Glucosamine: Arthritis wears down joint cartilage, and glucosamine supplements could slow the process, according to the Arthritis Foundation. In addition, joint mobility significantly can improve.

Knowledge is power, so be sure to forward this to a friend or family member who could benefit! 

Ignore the Haters - Coconut Oil is Good For You

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Recently, the American Heart Association (AHA) published an online circulation leading people to believe that coconut oil is unhealthy. A surprise to many, an overwhelming amount of articles have been published shaming the previously glorified tropical product. But don’t go believing the hype just yet. Hear us out before you panic. 

In this new existing data the AHA reiterated that saturated fats, which coconut oil contains, are bad. They suggest that individuals replace the saturated fats in their diet with unsaturated fats to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, the research doesn’t state that consuming saturated fats will increase your risk of disease. In fact, there’s not any data out there that’s strong enough to prove a connection between saturated fats and cardiovascular disease. Period. 

There are definitely proven benefits to coconut oil consumption: it’s shown to promote weight loss, it’s said to be a great anti-inflammatory and it’s been found to have anti-viral properties - just to name a few. But if you’re still worried about consumption, don’t go clearing out your cabinets just yet. Coconut oil is said to be a great body moisturizer, makeup remover and teeth whitener, so you can still put it to good use. 

These Healthy, Sweet Shakes are a Must-Try!

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Shakes are the perfect snack when you're on the go and need something to keep you full and energized. Thankfully, they can also be healthy and delicious! Here are some recipes we thought you would like. 

Healthy Chocolate Frosty:

This is not your typical Wendy's frosty. It tastes the same, but it healthier for you. The secret ingredients: bananas and Greek yogurt!

  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 cup chopped frozen banana
  • 1/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1.5 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp of flax-meal (optional nutrition boost)
  • 1 or more tbsp of sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar if you're using unsweetened yogurt, almond milk and cocoa powder. (optional)

Instructions: Combine all of your ingredients in a high-quality blender, and blend until the mixture is nice and smooth. Pro tip: Start off with a little less than 1 cup of almond milk and add more as needed. 


Ice Coffee Protein Shake:

This iced coffee protein shake is low in calories, high in protein and still gives you the boost of energy you need to start your day.

  • About 2 Cups of Ice
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 Cup Cold Brewed Coffee (unsweetened)
  • 1 Chopped Frozen Banana
  • 1 Scoop of Protein Powder (chocolate or vanilla)

Instructions: In a blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth (start with less ice and keep adding more until you get the consistency you like). Add a little plain Greek yogurt or peanut butter to make it richer.

Experiencing Inflammation? Don't Eat These Foods

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Chronic inflammation has been credited with causing cancers and expediting the aging process. It's also been said to play a serious role in the onset of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Crazy to think that something as common as "swelling" could be so dangerous, right? But it could also be prevented, so long as you're willing to adjust your diet. 

Here are a few foods you should consider avoiding if you want to reduce inflammation:

1. Anything Fried

Fried foods contain a thick layer of fat, also known as batter, around it. As unhealthy as this unnecessary fat is, it's actually the temperatures that fried food's prepared at that's the primary cause of inflammation. Fried foods are prepared at temperatures between 350-375 degrees Fahrenheit (177-191 degrees Celsius). At this range, the food forms glycation, which is very unhealthy.

2. Trans Fats

In the past, processed foods were notorious for containing excessive levels of trans fats. It's wise to check labels for hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil – and if you see that, put it back on the self. These trans fats damage the cells that line our blood vessels, which actually stimulates inflammation. 

3. White Bread

White breads and pastas are quickly broken down into sugars and are absorbed by the body. The refinement process that these two foods undergo irritates the body and as a result causes inflammation. If you love breads and pastas, no problem. Just opt for whole grain varieties instead. 

4. Alcohol

Alcohol technically isn't food, but the danger it imposes on health can't be ignored. Heavy consumption of alcohol causes inflammation. Bacteria can penetrate through the intestinal wall when heavy consumption occurs which initiates an autoimmune response that involves irritation and inflammation.

5. Gluten

Gluten free diets have become recently popular. Gluten is a substance in cereal grains and wheat .It is known for causing bloating and digestive problems. These and other findings are persuading more individuals to stop consuming the substance altogether. 

Like most things in life, it's all about moderation. We're not saying you shouldn't ever indulge, but just be mindful of what you're putting into your body - and how much of it. 

This is Why Meditation is a Game Changer

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If you could be more productive, less stressed, and get a better night's rest, would you? We're going to take a wild guess that your answer is yes. But did you know that there's one simple solution to all of these problems? 

Meditation is the technique of resting the mind to attain a heightened level of consciousness and awareness. In this state, your mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. It's the perfect way to escape the outside world and focus on creating a better you. And it actually improves sleep, reduces stress, and increases productivity. Here's how:

SLEEP

The amount and quality of sleep you get in a night affects every aspect of your life. The average adult should be getting seven to eight full hours of sleep a night. So then why do only ⅓ of adults actually meet that benchmark? Stress. Stress is one of the main reasons adults have trouble falling asleep. Meditation can help fight insomnia and gives you the deep rest you need to be as healthy, happy, and energized as possible to hit the ground running the next morning. Remember, a productive day starts with a full night's sleep!

STRESS

Stress causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase, which has many negative side effects for your overall health. Meditation helps release unnecessary, built up tension. It can help you to relax, refocus, and recenter, and this peace of mind can ultimately help to better manage your stressors. 

PRODUCTIVITY

Meditation can help improve brain function and increase productivity. Everyone has busy schedules, and most of us don't put enough time aside to take care of ourselves.  However, studies prove that even putting 15 minutes aside for meditation can help improve decision making, focus, and clarity to make the rest of your day more productive. 

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Healthy Tailgating Snacks

It's officially tailgating season! While burgers and buffalo chicken dip are some of our favorites, they're certainly not the best for the body. So today we're giving you a few of the tastiest, healthiest tailgating recipes we've tried. Give them a shot this weekend! We promise you won't be disappointed. 

1. Sweet Potato Skins

  • 2 medium or large sweet potatoes
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ cup light sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • ¼ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake sweet potatoes until tender, about 45 to 60 minutes. Let cool briefly, then cut in half.
  • In a skillet set over medium heat, melt the butter. Add shallots and cook until beginning to soften, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted, another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh of each sweet potato half, being sure to leave enough that skins hold their shape. Add cream cheese and sour cream to potato flesh and mash. Stir in chickpeas and spinach. Season with salt and pepper, and mix to combine.
  • Drizzle a bit of oil over each skin, then bake for about 5 minutes to crisp. Add chickpea-sweet potato mixture to each skin, then top with mozzarella. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted and bubbling. Serve.

2. Baked Avocado Fries

  • 2 firm avocados
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups panko or regular breadcrumbs
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  • Prepare the ingredients for the breaded coating in three separate wide, shallow bowls. Whisk the flour, salt, and pepper in the first bowl, beat the eggs, and place the breadcrumbs in the third bowl. Arrange the bowls in an assembly line: flour mixture, eggs, then breadcrumbs. Place a baking sheet next to the bowl of breadcrumbs.
  • Use a chef's knife to halve the avocados, cutting from the stem end to the base. Remove and discard the pits. Cut each half into 6 (½-inch-wide) slices, and remove and discard the skin.
  • Working with one avocado slice at a time, coat in flour, then egg, and finally breadcrumbs. Start with coating in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Dip the flour-coated avocado slice in egg, making sure the egg completely coats the slice. Roll the avocado slice in the breadcrumbs. Make sure it is fully covered and well coated.
  • Place the breaded avocado slice on the baking sheet. Repeat the process with all the slices, spacing them about 1-inch apart on the baking sheet.
  • Spray the avocado fries with cooking spray. Transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake until the fries are golden-brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven halfway through cooking and flip each avocado fry over with a flat spatula or tongs to ensure it cooks and browns evenly.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let cool 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

3. Buffalo Wing Popcorn

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 8 cups popped plain popcorn
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat parchment and a large bowl with nonstick spray; add popcorn to bowl. Set baking sheet aside.
  • Bring sugar and ¼ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil, swirling pan occasionally, until caramel is a deep amber color, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in hot sauce and butter (mixture will bubble vigorously). Return to a boil and cook another 3 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salt, baking soda, and cayenne. Working quickly and carefully (caramel will be very hot), pour caramel mixture over popcorn and toss to coat.
  • Spread out popcorn on prepared baking sheet and bake, tossing once, until dry, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool.

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SAY WHAT? New Study Links Mental Clarity to Alcohol

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We are used to seeing labels on alcohol bottles warning us that too much consumption can result in memory loss or a daze.  However, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Graz in Austria proves that alcohol consumption can actually lead to mental clarity and spark creative thought.

Seventy volunteers between the ages of 19 and 32 were given both alcohol-free and regular beer before taking a series of tests. The experiment showed volunteers performing better on a word problem test after drinking a pint of beer than they did after drinking the non-alcoholic drinks. The researchers did note, however, concentration and memory issues were apparent during other skill tests.

"While many activities usually benefit from high cognitive control, some may actually suffer from too much focus," said the study's lead author Dr. Mathias Benedek. "Alcohol may reduce fixation effects by loosening the focus of attention. Thereby, alcohol may facilitate a broader associative search and the effective solving of creative tasks that are prone to fixation effects."

The study states that although the pint of beer enhanced creativity, researchers never tested how consuming a higher level of alcohol would affect creativity and clarity.  Changing the age of participants and the amount of alcohol consumed could affect the outcome in a study like this.

So for those of you who like to kick back at the end of the day and enjoy a few beers, you might actually be benefiting from it.

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Sore Muscles? Try This!

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As we grow older even the most routine bodily movements can begin to cause aches and pains. But a recent study proved that these effects can be diminished with one common supplement: Fish Oil.

What Is Fish Oil?

Fish oil comes from the tissues of oily fish. The best sources of this oil are cold-water, fatty fish. When it comes to human consumption of fish oil, you can get it directly from eating seafood or by regularly taking a fish oil supplement.

Fish oil is a concentrated source of omega-3 fats, which are also called ω-3 fatty acids or n-3 fatty acids. Research has discovered multiple health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, and they have been proven effective in the treatment and prevention of hundreds of medical conditions.

Fish Oil Benefits:

One of the more recently discovered medical benefits of fish oil supplements and omega-3 fats is increased range of motion and reduced muscle soreness. This particular study included 24 young, healthy men who consumed either a fish oil supplement or a placebo prior to exercising.

After the 8 week study, the men who took the fish oil supplements had a significantly better range of motion in their joints compared to the placebo group. This study also found the fish oil helped reduce muscle soreness and fatigue after exercising.

What do you do to prevent muscle soreness after exercising? Have you tried consuming fish oil for this purpose? Go comment on one of our recent social media posts to let us know! 

Brain Boosting Tips

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Everyday life can be exhausting, making it easy to rely on substances like caffeine, sugar and energy drinks to keep up and remain focused. But did you know you can actually get the same, if not better results, with a few small adjustments to your diet? 

This week, we challenge you to save yourself the money and mental crash that come along with products like coffee and soda. Instead, try switching up your diet. Here are a few brain-boosting tips to consider:

1. Eat Real Foods

This includes whole, organic, fresh, local and unprocessed foods. Processed foods contain various chemical compounds that are harmful to your health. Always read the ingredients on the box before putting it in your cart.

2. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables

These colorful foods come loaded with brain-boosting stuff like phytonutrients. The reds, yellows, oranges, greens and blues mean these foods contain powerful anti-inflammatory, detoxifying antioxidants and energy-boosting, brain-powering molecules.

3. Eat Plenty of Healthy Fat

Many people don't realize this, but there are good fats and bad fats. Unsaturated fats are good for you. They are in foods like peanut oil, nuts, seeds, avocado and more. Try to eat unsaturated fats in place of saturated fats or trans fats.

4. Optimize Proteins

Most people need 30 grams of protein per meal to build muscle. When you lose muscle, you age faster and your brain takes a huge hit! Eat protein at every meal, including omega-3 eggs, protein shakes, peanut butter, chicken or tofu. 

5. Avoid 'Brain Poisoning"

Eliminate sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food additives and preservatives. They poison your brain and disrupt your biochemistry.

Have any other brain-boosting diet tips? Comment on one of our social posts to share! You might just inspire our next article. 

Supplements for a Sharp Mind

Memory loss is more common as we get older. No matter your age, though, we all have had one of those moments where we forgot something important. While this is normal and nothing to be concerned about, there are healthy supplements you can take to improve memory - and hopefully minimize these occurrences.

1. Omega-3 Fish Oil

You may have heard of this being referred to as ‘brain food’. Omega-3 Fish Oil supplies  a rich blend of nutrients needed by brain cells, including protein, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), vitamin D and phospholipids.

Including foods like salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines and fresh tuna into your diet at least twice a week will help brain function. However, if you eat little or no fish, taking a supplement with 600 mg to 1 g of DHA and EPA will help you get your omega-3s and improve brain function as well.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

The Ginkgo biloba tree is 270 million years old. One of the oldest surviving species. Its fan-shaped leaves contain unique antioxidants called ginkgolides and bilobalides. Ginkgolides and bilobalides relax blood vessel walls, reduce blood stickiness and increase red blood cell flexibility which improves brain function.

Ginkgo is one of the most widely used herbal medicines for improving short-term working memory, concentration and thought processes. This supplement is known to improve blood circulation, oxygen levels, glucose and other nutrients the brain needs.

3.) Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in red grapes, red wine, lingonberries, cranberries and redcurrants, as well as the red skins of peanuts.

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect brain cells from age-related decline. Taking resveratrol supplements has beneficial effects on word retention and recall. This occurs due to significant increases in connections between brain cells in the hippocampus (a part of the brain involved in memory processing).

A study involving healthy postmenopausal found that taking 75 mgs of resveratrol supplements twice-a-day improves blood circulation in the brain and enhanced mood and cognition.


Eating healthy and being mindful of the things you put in your body isn’t just about looking good; it’s also about keeping your mind feeling its best. What are some ways you exercise your memory? Head to one of our social media pages and comment on a post to fill us in! 

4 Quick, Healthy Treats for Your Weekend Barbecue

It's officially summer and time to take advantage of those foods that are now "in season." Even though most people think of barbecue when they think of summer cookouts, there are quite a few summer dishes that are equally healthy and satisfying. Here are some of our favorites, all of which are sure to surprise and delight the rest of the guests. Plus, they are so fun and simple to make that the kids can even help! 

1.) Cucumber Sandwiches

For those of you who try to cut back on calories by avoiding bread, try this delicious substitute: cucumbers! Cucumbers are in season and make great mini sandwiches. Simply cut them into thin, round pieces, and put your choice of deli meats and cheeses in between. You can hold them together with a toothpick so that they don't fall apart upon transport. 

2.) Fruit Skewers

Most of you are used to chicken or shrimp skewers at a barbecue. Try substituting these heavier items with light, fresh fruits for a different summer treat! All you have to do is cut up your favorite fruits into 1-inch portions. Layer them onto a wooden barbecue skewer, alternating and creating a pattern for a nice aesthetic. We think that kiwi, watermelon, strawberries and grapes are really great for these! 

3.) Watermelon Pizza

Who knew watermelon could be this fun?! Create your very own watermelon pizza with your favorite fruits as a topping. The secret ingredient, otherwise known as your "sauce", is coconut yogurt (as shown in the image above). Like the other options, watermelon pizza really is what you make of it. Try different toppings to figure out your favorite combination. 

4.) Smoothie Popsicles

Freeze your smoothies in the summertime for a nice grab-and-go treat. It's also a great way to cool down on a hot day. And the best part: no added sugar like most store bought popsicles. Simply blend your favorite frozen fruits together with a little bit of water to create the base. Then pour your mixture into popsicle trays and freeze. You can get the trays off of Amazon or even at Target. The best part is that they are plastic, so they can be used time and time again! 


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C'mon Get Happy: 4 Ways to Force Happiness

We've all had one of those moments in life where it seems as though things just couldn’t get any worse. In them, it's important to stay focused on the positive. Otherwise, the negative can completely consume you. Here are a few little things that can go a long way for your happiness when done consistently:

1.) Do A Good Deed

Giving back always feels good. Whether you partake in a 5k for charity, volunteer an hour of your time at a soup kitchen, or donate food or cloths to people who need them. When you give back, you put someone else’s happiness above your own. As a result, you feel happy that you were able to positively impact another life.

2.) Spend Time Outside

So many of us are cooped up in offices working our lives away that we don’t really realize how being inside affects our mood. During your lunch break or between meetings, try to get outside and walk for a few minutes. Fresh air clears the mind and leaves you in a better mood.

3.) Reflect on the Positive

At night, before you go to bed, write down three good things that happened that day. This is a great way to focus on the positive, no matter how big or small. That way, before you go to sleep, your mind is left thinking about the good parts of your day. This could even improve how you sleep at night.

4.) Practice Yoga

Yoga focuses on breathing control and getting in touch with your own body. 
Yoga helps the brain to produce more of the chemical GABA, according to an article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a chemical that regulates nerve activity. It can impact mood and anxiety.


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5 Ways You Benefit from Infused Water

Health experts say that a person should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Although doing so has several health benefits, there are some people who avoid drinking water simply because of the flavor - or lack thereof. That's where infused water can come into play! 

Infusing your water with different types of fruits tastes good and is good for you! Here are some ways infused water will benefit your health:

1. It gets more nutrients into your diet.

Mixing fruit in with an ice-cold glass of water packs your drink with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.  

2. It helps protect against disease.

Fruit infused water lowers the risk of diabetes, obesity, cold, flu and heart disease. It also decreases your chances of developing cancer by maintaining the body's pH levels in normal range. 

3. It boosts your metabolism.

The active compounds in fruit speed up metabolism, causing your body to burn more calories throughout the day.

4. It helps maintain a healthy body weight.

Infused water contains fewer calories and sugar than soft drinks. Some fruits suppress your appetite and reduce cravings. This will help you feel full longer between meals.

5. It gives you energy.

This high-vitamin drink provides energy with antioxidant and electrolyte power. 

So give it a go this weekend! Cut up some lemons, strawberries or both and add them to your bottle of water! You'll be surprised by how good it will taste and how great it will make you feel. 


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4 Foods that Fuel Focus

4 FOODS THAT FUEL FOCUS

You know what the say— when you eat better, you feel better. Food is the fuel that regulates your energy and mood, both of which can significantly affect your focus.  
 
Here are a few foods to work into your diet that are proven to increase concentration:

BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries have been proven to boost concentration and memory for up to five hours. The antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and keep the mind fresh. 

GREEN TEA

Green tea helps you focus because it contains caffeine and l’theanine. L’theanine is an ingredient that’s been shown to increase alpha-wave activity. The two ingredients combined produce a better ability to focus attention, with improvement of both speed and accuracy.

NUTS

Nuts and seeds are great for your body in the long-term. They are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. They’re also rich with essential oils and amino acids that aid your focus.

DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark chocolate helps you focus because it contains a small amount of caffeine, which has been proven to heighten mental alertness. Dark chocolate also contains magnesium, which stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin. This release makes you feel energized while heightening your mood.


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Have You Heard of These Healthy Snacks?

If you're trying to lose weight or eat healthier, you're most likely focused on what you’re putting into your body for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But what about when those mid-day munchies arise? 

While a bag of chips from the nearest vending machine might be a quick fix, especially when you're at work, it's definitely not a healthy option. Just like you would prep your meals to ensure they meet your weight loss needs and goals, it's important to plan out your snacks! Here are a few that will keep you fueled, focused and most importantly—FIT!

APPLE NACHOS

This snack is made of four simple ingredients: apple slices, powdered peanut butter, cinnamon and dry muesli. Apple Nachos is a balanced snack that has a fix of protein and fiber. Just spread the peanut butter on the apple slice, sprinkle on some cinnamon and top it off with some dry muesli and your ready to go!

TUNA-STUFFED AVOCADO

According to author of Body Kindness Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D., the tuna and avocado duo is packed with protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation and keep cholesterol in check. This is a good mid-day snack to keep you feeling full for longer.

MELON WITH HOT SAUCE

Sweet and hot? Trust me it tastes better than it sounds! This is a fantastic combo to indulge in. You are getting a sweet flavor and high-water and fiber content from the melon while receiving a pungent kick and added boost in your metabolism from the hot sauce. 

SPICED NUTS

Nuts are a great boost of energy. The best nuts to eat for weight loss are Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds pistachios, peanuts and cashews. Adding spice to your nut mixes like, for example, curry powder is not only good for flavor but also helps reduce inflammation and aids digestion.

POPCORN

Popcorn is healthy but it depends on what you accompany it with. That movie theater popcorn covered with thick layers of butter and salt is definitely not what we are talking about. However, instead of butter try sprinkling nutritional yeast on your popcorn at home. Popcorn is full of fiber and has few calories and by adding nutritional yeast you’re also adding a great source of vitamin B12. This vitamin helps boost metabolism and burn stored fat and calories. 


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Foods That Fight Inflammation

5 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is the body's natural response to infection and injury. But it's not as terrible as you might think! Your body is actually bringing nutrients and immune cells to the inflamed area as a way of healing.
 
Ibuprofen is used to reduce common inflammations like headaches, toothaches, back pains or menstrual cramps. However, whole-body inflammation, which is a more chronic form of inflammation, is sometimes not cured as easily. Whole-body inflammation can form from arthritis, heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. 
 
If you are suffering from severe inflammation, choosing to eat anti-inflammatory foods can increase your daily comfort. Here are a few to work into your diet:
 
1. Foods High in Omega-3s
 
One cause of inflammation throughout the body is an imbalance in the consumption of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
 
Foods to try: salmon, avocados, nuts, trout, sardines and anchovies. 
 
2.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil contains a natural anti-inflammatory agent and may be partly responsible for the low levels of heart disease. Use it for cooking instead of butter or vegetable oil.
 
3. Antioxidant-Rich Foods
 
These include fruits (non-citrus) and vegetables. The more colors you eat, the better. Each color represents the presence of different health-promoting phytochemicals. 
 
Antioxidant-rich foods to try: strawberries, blueberries, cherries, plums, watermelon, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers and sweet potatoes
 
4. Spices
 
Seasonings have anti-inflammatory properties, so they are a great choice to use when cooking. A little flavor will go a long way for your health!
 
Spices to always help in your pantry: ginger, garlic, cinnamon and turmeric
 
5. Green Tea
 
Green tea contains certain phytochemicals that help fight inflammation and preserve joints longer. However, studies suggest that consuming three to four cups a day would be needed to see benefits.


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4 Interesting, but STRANGE Health Tips

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We may not realize it, but our small daily habits could be keeping us from living a healthier lifestyle. Here are a few strange, yet helpful tips that could go a long way: 

To eat less, eat more
It's all about what you're putting into your body, not how much. For example, did you know eating a cheese stick with an apple will aid in weight loss - more so than eating a small, 100-calorie pack of pretzels? This is because eating carbohydrates spikes your blood pressure and makes you crave carbs more. Try to stick to snacks with more protein and fat to stay fuller longer. In the end—you'll end up eating less.

Exercise when you're tired
It's always hard to find a good time to work out. Whether it's before your workday or after, many people avoid the gym because they don't have the time or energy. However, exercising actually helps energize the body.  According to a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, everything we do uses oxygen, so when you exercise it helps you work more efficiently and you don't tire as easily.

Gain weight to drop a few pants sizes
Many people make the mistake of measuring the success of their diet from the number they see on the scale. In reality, the number you see on the scale might be going up, but you might be going down in size.  How is this possible? One pound of fat weighs the same as one pound of muscle. However, the difference is that fat is bulkier than muscle tissue and takes up more space under the skin.  Therefore, when you see the number on the scale going up, you might actually be gaining muscle and getting rid of fat, which ultimately slims you down.

Never brush your teeth directly after a meal
Research shows that brushing your teeth too soon after meals and drinks, especially those that are acidic, can do more harm than good. Acid attacks the teeth, eroding enamel and the layer below it, called dentin. Brushing can accelerate this process. It is recommended that you wait 30-60 minutes after a meal to brush your teeth.

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