Everyday Stress Reducers (esp. during the holidays)

Posted on December 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

*Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning.
*Prepare for the morning the evening before.
*Don’t rely on your memory. Write things down. Plan ahead. Write things down.
*Drink more water.
*Make duplicates of all keys.
*Allow 15 minutes of extra time to get to appointments, and one hour extra time to arrive at an airport (for domestic departures).
*Eliminate (or restrict) the amount of caffeine intake.
*Relax your “must do’s.” The world will not end if there are dishes in the sink.
*Drink more water.
*Focus on your blessings. Count them.
*Say “No!” to extra projects, too many social activities, and over-committing.
*Unplug your phone. Take a long bath or read a good book without interruption.
*Drink more water.
*Get up and stretch periodically, especially if you sit for extended periods.
*Get enough sleep. It’s your body’s restoration time.
*When feeling stressed, stop what you’re doing and intentionally take several slow, deep breaths.
*Drink more water.
*Treat yourself to something special like a massage or facial.
*Take a hot bath to relieve tension.
*Do something thoughtful for somebody else.
*Schedule a realistic day by allowing extra time between scheduled events or appointments.
*Become more flexible.
*Drink more water.
*Do one thing at a time. Finish it before you move on.
*Allow yourself time for privacy, quiet, and introspection.
*Learn to delegate what you can. Be willing to delegate.
*Drink more water.
*Take a lunch break every day and take it away from your work area.
*Forget about counting to 10. Choose to keep your mouth shut.
*Have a forgiving view of events and people, and know we live in an imperfect world.
*Have an optimistic view of the world. Believe that most people are doing the best they can.

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Smoothies, Antioxidants and Healthy Eating

Posted on August 16, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends, Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Smoothies can be a convenient way to take your nutrients on the run. The versatility of ingredients means smoothies can be infinitely tailored to your taste and preferences.  Retail available smoothies, and smoothie products, usually contain pasteurized ingredients which means the fruits and/or superfoods predictably have a loss in some vital nutrients.  The best choice is to make your own smoothie with fresh, organic ingredients.

                                           

An early-in-the-day smoothie takes little time to prepare, and can keep you feeling satisfied and energized through lunch. You can customize your own super foods and add-ins as there are no rules, just endless combinations.  Here’s a healthy smoothie idea that’s full of nutrients and is delicious.

* 2 Tbsps.each of linseeds and hempseeds that have been soaked overnight. This releases their goodness and makes them easier to absorb. (They’re packed with essential fats for physical and mental health.)

* One scoop of our Greens First morning antioxidant blend, or one scoop of our Red Alert afternoon antioxidant blend.

* Frozen Acai berries (high in antioxidants and other powerful nutrients… the current darling in the antioxidant world), or frozen raspberries

* 25 Fresh Blueberries (the age-defying fruit)

* 4 Frozen strawberries (loaded with zinc and other nutrients to help you feel great)

* 1 banana (packed with potassium and one of the best ingredients to thicken and bulk out a great smoothie recipe)

* 1 small packet of Stevia (the sweetener that’s good for you and is highly alkalizing. It’s better to sweeten a smoothie naturally with fruit or sweeteners)

* A pinch of bee pollen (a great longevity foods and also helpful in keeping you from getting colds and flu)

* Enough water to make it a nice consistency (essential to our lives)

There are many other smoothies you can make but the best smoothie is one that offers you healthful benefits and tastes great!

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Dr. Robert Young, “Greens” & the Alkalizing Diet

Posted on July 23, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

GREENS FIRST contains only 30 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving; mixes easily without a blender; contains 49 super foods, extracts and concentrates including super greens, vegetables, fruits, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids, enzymes and lecithin; each 9.4 gram scoop mixed with 6 to 8 oz. of water is proven to have the antioxidant power of 10 plus servings of fruit and vegetables;* contains Certified Organic Fruits and Vegetables.

                   

ALKA-FIZZ is not a medicine to cure any disease. There is no approved therapeutic claim, but it will add bicarbonates [HCO3] to the blood stream. Bicarbonates in the blood stream are one of the primary substances for life and basic elements of nutrition that keep your blood alkaline and available to neutralize acids.*   The decline of bicarbonates in the blood with a corresponding increase of acids and a lowering of the arterial pH may promote aging and chronic conditions.  Some may say that the reduction of bicarbonates is an unavoidable result of aging. However others suggest that the reduction of bicarbonates is the primary cause of physiological aging and by adding bicarbonates we may delay the aging process and prevent age related adult degenerative conditions.  For more information, read the following:  http://www.greensfirst.com/5039/gf_content2.asp?node=83

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10 Easy and Great Health Foods From Your Pantry

Posted on July 18, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

These 10 great health foods meet at least three of the following criteria: (1) Are a good or excellent source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; (2) Are high in phytonutrients and antioxidant compounds, such as vitamins A and E and beta carotene; (3) May help reduce the risk of heart disease and other health conditions;  (4) Are low in calorie density, meaning you get a larger portion size with a fewer number of calories; and/or (5) Are readily available.

     Almonds – Packed with fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron, calcium (more calcium than any other nut w/ 75 milligrams (mg) in one serving or about 23 almonds), and vitamin E.  Also a great plant source of protein and most of the fat in almonds is monounsaturated fat – a healthier type of fat that may help lower blood cholesterol levels.

Apples – An excellent source of pectin, a soluble fiber that can lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels, and fresh apples are a good source of vitamin C – an antioxidant that protects your body’s cells from damage, helps form the connective tissue collagen, keeps your capillaries and blood vessels healthy, and aids in the absorption of iron.

Blueberries – They’re are a rich source of phytonutrients (plant compounds) which may help prevent urinary tract infections, improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.  One cup of blueberries is also a low-calorie source of approximately 3.6 grams of fiber and 14mg of vitamin C in only 84 calories.    

Broccoli – Broccoli is a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber, and broccoli contains phytonutrients – a group of compounds that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamins A and C – antioxidants that protect your body’s cells from damage.

Red Beans – Small red beans and dark red kidney beans are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and thiamin. They’re  low-fat and low-calorie sources of protein and dietary fiber, and contain phytonutrients that may help prevent chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Salmon – Salmon is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and is a good source of protein.  It’s also an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which is a type of fat that makes your blood less likely to form clots that may cause heart attacks. Omega-3s may also protect against irregular heartbeats that may cause sudden cardiac death, decrease triglyceride levels, decrease the growth of artery-clogging plaques, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke.

Spinach – Popeye had it right.  Eat your spinach!   The plant compounds in spinach may boost your immune system, and may help keep your skin and hair healthy.  Spinach is a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, iron and magnesium, and is high in vitamins A and C and folate.

     Sweet Potatoes – You can tell sweet potatoes are high in the antioxidant beta carotene by their deep orange-yellow color. Foods rich in beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in your body, may help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of some cancers. Sweet potatoes are also fat-free, low in calories, and are a good source of fiber, vitamins B-6, C and E, folate and potassium.

 

Vegetable Juice – Vegetable juice is an easy way to include veggies in your diet and includes most of the nutrients, vitamins and minerals found in the original vegetables.  Vegetable juices that include tomato juice, and tomato juice, are good sources of lycopene, an antioxidant that may reduce the risk of heart attack, prostate cancer and possibly other types of cancer.  (Be sure to choose low-sodium vegetable juices.)

     Wheat Germ – The wheat germ – the part of the seed that’s responsible for the growth and development of the new plant sprout – is a highly concentrated source of niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin E, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc.  It also contains protein, fiber and some fat.    

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S.A.D., or the Standard American Diet

Posted on July 12, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

S.A.D., or the Standard American Diet*, rarely includes the minimum 5-to-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables recommended by the National Cancer Institute and the United States Department of Agriculture.  Their concern is primarily about the epidemic rise of cardio-vascular disease, obesity, cancer and premature aging in the populace.  People will only eat what they like and, quite often, what is convenient.  Our goal is to provide good-tasting, instant and healthy super foods that can help bridge the gap between a S.A.D. and an optimal diet.

 

Greens First is our morning antioxidant blend containing 49 super foods, extracts and concentrates, including super greens, vegetables, fruits, probiotics, soluble and insoluble fibers, herbs, spices, natural flavonoids, enzymes and lecithin.  Each 9.4 gram scoop is easily mixed in 6-8 oz. of water, contains only 30 calories and 3 grams of carbohydrates per serving, and is proven to have the antioxidant power of 10 plus servings of fruits and vegetables (see our Greens First Scientific White Paper link below).  Greens First contains Certified Organic fruits and vegetables.  Adding Greens First to your diet may help to boost energy, promote a healthy heart, improve digestion, fight aging, promote normal cholesterol, assist weight management, and more.

Greens First Scientific White Paper:  http://www.greensfirst.com/gestion/GreensFirstWhitePaper.pdf

(* The Standard American Diet, aka S.A.D., tends to be high in animal fats, unhealthy saturated and hydrogenated fats, and processed foods, while being low in fiber, complex carbohydrates and plant-based foods.)

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“Store Wars” (too fun, I had to include this)

Posted on July 8, 2008. Filed under: Just FYI | Tags: , , , , , |

If you loved “Star Wars,” you’ll delight in “Store Wars.”

This was too fun.  I had to include it.  Sit back and enjoy!

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Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC)

Posted on July 7, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The method for measuring the antioxidant capacity of various foods is called ORAC which is the acronym for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity.  ORAC was developed by scientists in the NIH, specifically in the National Institute on Aging division (but the method is not approved by the NIH).

A wide variety of foods had been test for their ORAC values in the past, but the following chart is more current and reflects the 2007 results.  The importance of a food’s high ORAC value is that it indicates a food’s antioxidant value, and a high value is believed to be correlated in the Free-radical theory of aging. 

This more current list from 2007 was compiled by scientists within the United States Dept. of Agriculture and includes ORAC values for 277 foods commonly consumed in the USA (grains, seeds, nuts, spices, vegetables, fruits, etc.).  It’s also considered to be more accurate than the previously published ORAC numbers because it shows that all plants have variable amounts of both hydrophilic (water-loving) phytochemicals and lipophilic (fat-loving) phytochemicals that contribute to total ORAC. 

USDA data on foods with high levels of antioxidant phytochemicals

Food

Serving size

Antioxidant capacity per serving size[6]

Cinnamon, ground

100 grams

267,536

Aronia black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

100 grams

16062

Small Red Bean

½ cup dried beans

13727

Wild blueberry

1 cup

13427

Red kidney bean

½ cup dried beans

13259

Pinto bean

½ cup

11864

Blueberry

1 cup (cultivated berries)

9019

Cranberry

1 cup (whole berries)

8983

Artichoke hearts

1 cup, cooked

7904

Blackberry

1 cup (cultivated berries)

7701

Prune

½ cup

7291

Raspberry

1 cup

6058

Strawberry

1 cup

5938

Red Delicious apple

1 apple

5900

Granny Smith apple

1 apple

5381

Pecan

oz

5095

Sweet cherry

1 cup

4873

Black plum

1 plum

4844

Russet potato

1, cooked

4649

Black bean

½ cup dried beans

4181

Plum

1 plum

4118

Gala apple

1 apple

3903

 

 

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Antioxidant [super] Blend…Not A One-Note Samba

Posted on July 1, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Eating or drinking one or two ingredient antioxidant supplements is like having an orchestra with one or two instruments.  It’s not a full complement. 

 Dr. Passwater says the following about antioxidants in his book, “The Antioxidants”:

 “Combinations of antioxidants are like a balanced symphony working together. A symphony orchestra produces sounds so much more harmonious than merely having 20 drums playing. It is not the quantity, but the blend. The same is true with antioxidant nutrients: you get better results with moderate amounts of a full complement than you get with using very large amounts of just one nutrient… In general, the different reducing agents in the body “talk to one another” freely, and thus, it is probably important that all of our pools of reducing agents be maintained. For this reason, most of us in the field recommend that a person take a variety of antioxidants (a “cocktail”), not just a single substance.”

Dr. Passwater concludes: “The importance of synergism is that the antioxidant nutrients each contribute to the total protection. They work together in the antioxidant cycle and reach all body compartments–fat and water-based, blood and internal cell. They protect against all types of free radicals and reactive oxygen species. No one antioxidant can do all of this.”

Our morning blend of antioxidants – GREENS FIRST – is a full complement of start-the-day-right vegetables and fruits in a pleasant tasting blend.  Our afternoon blend of antioxidants – RED ALERT – is a fruit and vegetable mix to give you that bit of a boost in the afternoon you need.  Both blends are a synergistic, phytonutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich complement of certified and organic vegetables and fruit.

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Herbal Cleanse First

Posted on June 30, 2008. Filed under: Weight Weight Weight | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

  THE TOXIC WORLD WE LIVE IN
More than ever before, we live in a toxic world.  We ingest toxins into our bodies from the water we drink, the air we breathe and even the food we eat on a daily basis.  Our health depends on our body’s ability to eliminate toxins.  Our bodies are designed with 7 channels of elimination.  Our blood, colon, kidneys, lymph, liver and lungs all work together to cleanse toxins out of our system.  But, our internal natural cleansing system is being challenged by a toxic burden larger than any other time in history.  When we become overloaded with toxins, our bodies are forced to store those toxins within our bodies, causing problems for the cells.  Cells become clogged and stressed from toxicity and they do not work as well, resulting in our bodies feeling run down, loss of energy and even feeling sick.

Herbal Cleanse FIRST  is a 7-Day, 24 Hour Internal Cleansing Formula that is naturally and nutritionally designed to support your body.

DAYTIME DETOX & CLEANSE:  The DAYTIME Formula is a special mixture of detoxifying herbs such as alfalfa, dandelion root, uva ursi and milk thistle among others to assist detoxify and cleanse your body of impurities.

NIGHTTIME FIBER:  The NIGHTTIME Formula is a blend of unique fibers with stabilized rice bran, cascara sagrada, bentonite trace minerals and other herbs to attract and help move impurities out of your body.

DAYTIME Formula
ALFALFA LEAF
contains vitamins A, D, E, and K and trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and protein.  This leaf has been traditionally used to help promote healthy digestion and bowel function.
DANDELION is a rich source of potassium and lecithin.  Plus it contains more vitamin A than carrots!  This plant has been used in the treatment of liver disorders & detoxification, appetite loss, indigestion, and fluid retention.
MILK THISTLE contains silybin, which functions as an antioxidant and is one of the most potent liver protective agents known.  It helps to increase intracellular concentration of glutathione, a substance required for detoxifying reactions inside the liver cells and assisting in stimulating production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones.
PAPAYA contains papain, a protein-dissolving enzyme that helps to ease many stomach ailments and is an exceptional aid to digestion.  A rich source of minerals and vitamins A, C and E, papain also stimulates the bowels in times of constipation, helps to stimulate digestive acids and the production of bile, which may also lead to a healthier liver and pancreas.NIGHTTIME Formula
CASCARA SAGRADA
is a mild but extremely effective colon cleanser and laxative that acts principally on the large intestine.  The bark is rich in hormone-like oils and is considered excellent for cleansing and detoxifying programs.
STABILIZED RICE BRAN is one of the best natural sources for fat-soluble phytosterols, which provide health benefits associated with blood-sugar control, prostate health and cholesterol metabolism.  This nutrient rich product offers more than 120 known antioxidants.
LACTOBACILLUS is a “good” bacteria that your body needs to maintain proper health.  They are common, even necessary, inhabitants of humans and other animals.  In humans, they are present in the gastrointestinal tract and are an important genus of the gut flora.  The production of lactic acid makes its environment acidic which inhibits the growth of some harmful bacteria.
BENTONITE TRACE MINERALS contain water-absorbing properties.  Bentonite has been used as a bulk laxative and as a suspending and stabilizing agent, as well as, an adsorbent or clarifying agent.

 
 
 

 

 


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Age-Related Macular Degeneration & Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Posted on June 22, 2008. Filed under: Antioxidant Blends | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Australian researchers reviewed 9 published studies and concluded that eating fish twice a week reduced the risk of early and late AMD – Age-related Macular Degeneration.  The studies included over 3,000 people with AMD and found that a diet high in intake of omega-3 fatty acids was correlated with a 38% reduced risk of AMD.

Outer cells of the retina are continually shed and regenerated.  With a sufficient dietary intake, the [long-chain] omega-3 fatty acids were found to be integral in the formation of the layer of nerve cells in the retina.  The researchers tempered their results by stating the consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may be associated with a lower risk of AMD, but there is currently insufficient literature, prospective studies and randomized trials to support an unqualified conclusion and recommendations.

                

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