Category: healthy living

How to Have a Healthy Digestive System

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Time and time we have heard that healthy living starts with the gut. Thousands of health experts would agree and suggest ways to “lose your gut” Question is, what does having a healthy digestive system really mean?

Well, in a nutshell it means you able to “move” your food easily and often. Having a healthy digestive tract will give you more energy , a healthy glow on your skin and hair and much more. Being healthy really does start with the gut. So how can we clean our act up and be healthy? !

Start with a cleanse.

Just like you take your car in for an oil change ever 5,000 miles, our bodies need to be cleaned out as well. Especially if you drink coffee, tea, alcohol, eat sweets, meat, breads and/or smoke. If you do any of these, you should be cleansing your body at least once a year, if not twice a year!

What does a cleanse consist of?

A cleanse is normally 7-10 days and you will cut Caffeine , alcohol, Red meats, sweets, dairy and breads/starchy foods and fried foods from your diet. You’ll probably thinking, what can I eat then? These 7-10 days you will be eating Dark leafy greens, Colorful veggies, Fruits , eggs, light fish, white meat chicken is okay in moderation, herbal tea . The goal here is to not cook your food this week. You also DO NOT want to starve yourself. Oh yeah, one major thing, this week you are drinking lots and lots and lots of water!

A sample day during this cleanse week will be:

Wake up: Cup of Hot Water with Lemon, then you are permitted to take any vitamins/supplements which have been in your routine already (new supplements are not recommended during this week)

Breakfast: Yellow Banana and non-dairy yogurt , if you need protein try TLS whey protein shakes, chocolate is delicious!

Lunch: Salad with Spinach , kale or dark leafy greens mixed with peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, pumpkin seeds. Hold the dressing! if you really need dressing, a dash of olive oil is okay. A second option for lunch can be a small piece of white fish (tilapia) and hummus/veggies

Dinner: Fish or chicken, small sweet potato or veggies

Snacks (1 between breakfast/lunch and 1 before dinner): Hummus/veggies, almonds, protein shake , hard boiled eggs, herbal tea.

Water intake: You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces. For example a 150 lb. person should be drinking @ least 75 ounces of water per day. if each cup is 8 oz. that’s 9.3 cups of water. (keep in mind most water bottles are 24-36 oz). Therefore you only have to refill 3 or 4 times per day. Easier than you think!

Other than the diet, taking the right cleanse supplement can help you release more waste and help you stay more alert throughout the week. I personally have used Nutriclean 7-day cleanse and love the results i had with this. The first few days you will feel weak! All of us that have gone through the cleanse will tell you, however by the end of the week you will have an unbelievable amount of energy that you have never had before in your life. Embrace it because you did it!

Stay Healthy

Julie

Curcumin Helps Ease Joint Pain

Exercise and the demands of daily life can be damaging to your joints. Running, bending, jumping, crawling, sitting…all these activities can damage your joints later in life, which is why it’s important to take care of your joints NOW rather than later!

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A clinical study was formed of 100 volunteers who had OA (osteroarthritis) , and the results are phenomenal!!

According to exloresupplements.com, Osteoarthritis (OA) is known as degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease and represents a group of mechanical abnormalities involving the degradation of joints, including the cartilage that grows at the ends of bones as well as the erosion of bone immediately under the cartilage.

The loss of cartilage can be painful and cause stiffness in joints that make it hard for people with OA to move and do social activities. Millions of elderly people are affected by this! Poor lifestyle choices and poor diet choices are the major causes of OA, sometimes its heredity.

Effective treatments for this painful condition are few and far between, and basically involve the use of high doses of pain-relieving drugs, which cause even more damage to your body, corticosteroid treatment, or, if a suitable medical infrastructure exists, surgical procedures are recommended..and we all know that’s never easy nor cheap! Generally nutritional supplementation is not effective; however, the incredible curcumin has been shown to be an exception to the rule.

As joints are destroyed, inflammation increases dramatically.

The study briefly mentioned previously, measured the safety and effectiveness of taking a Curcumin supplement for 8 months here are the results, according to exploresupplements.com:

  1. Pain was reduced in the curcumin group by 2.3-fold
  2. Stiffness was lowered by 2.3-fold
  3. The ability to do physical functions was improved by 2.5 times
  4. Strongly significant improvements in social and emotional functions and general well-being were observed in the curcumin group
  5. The treadmill test indicated that individuals in the curcumin group improved by 3.9 times in physical performance compared to the control group
  6. The amount of inflammatory protein markers in the blood of the curcumin-treatment group decreased significantly compared to the control group, suggesting that curcumin can regulate in a beneficial manner the activity of all the major inflammatory components involved in OA, and
  7. Curcumin treatment reduced the use of pain-killing drugs (NSAIDS, acetaminophen, celecoxib) by 63%.

In conclusion, the study proved that a low dose of curcurmin improved the flexibility of joints in the curcurmin controlled patients and greatly improve their quality of life. There was also no signs of toxicity from the curcumin group. OA is a chronic disease, therefore it is possible to continue a regimen of curcumin daily.

Curcumin can also be used as a detox supplement.

Interested in learning more on this amazing supplement? Click here

How to Pick the Best Weightloss System for You

Losing weight is a hard battle for most people, especially with all the Companies that claim it is “so easy” to lose weight with this pill and that shake and that exercise move…that vegetable..oh my! How do you keep track and know the company is the right one to follow for you? Nothing is perfect but here are some guidelines that can help you start the right track for yourself:

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1. Is the company Researchable?

The other day I was in a conversation about this “weightloss system” that actually worked, but when I asked what the Company name was or what  the product was called, the recipient could not tell me the name, and mentioned I had to speak with “someone” to find out this information. The company name should be AVAILABLE PUBLIC, and if its not , RUN.     You want to be able to research basic things like the products, about the company and any success stories freely by yourself without some salesy distributor shoving the information down your throat. This will help you make the best informed decision. If you are unable to find these basic things about the company then I would RUN, this may be a SCAM…

2. Does the company tell you will lose weight by taking a “Magic Pill” or drinking a “Magic Shake”?

If the company tells you do not have to add a physical fitness routine to your Weightloss Plan, I would be concerned on this one too. Taking some pill or drinking a shake is not healthy for losing weight…YES there are HEALTHY protein shakes that should be added to your daily nutrition plan, but it should be replacing a big meal of yours and certainly not more than one meal. Be weary, most companies won’t use the word “magic”, as they know people won’t listen..but they might say something like “Miracle weightloss pill” or “weightloss shake”. The most important thing to keep in mind on this one, is how they implement their “pills” and “shakes”, is it instead of eating? Or is it as a supplement, to supplement what you are not getting in your food?  It should be the 2nd one.

3. How long is the Program?

Weightloss can NOT happen in a month, at least not healthy weightloss. If the company tells you will lose a large amount of weight in a short amount of time, again I’d run. You will either be wasting your money or getting yourself on a dangerous system that involves starvation, which can lead to more serious problems. Yes, if you cut your food you will lose weight in the short term; but it’s not sustainable and not Healthy at all!

4 Does the Program allow for flexibility?

No human body is a like, we all need different nutrients for different issues that we may have. If the program seems like a “one-size-fits-all” system, I would think twice about starting the system. Weightloss programs should allow for flexibility within the program. There should be different Programs designed for “certain” types of people; including men vs women and active vs. sedentary. There is no program that is perfect for Everyone, one person may need more iron, another may need more protein…the program should teach these differences and be adaptable.

After doing my research, I found a program that fits all of these guidelines and more!! It’s called the TLS Lifestyle System (TLS stands for Transitions Lifestyle system, was later renamed TLS Lifestyle System or just TLS).

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TLS is just that, a lifestyle system, that implements simple changes in your busy lifestyle to get you to your ideal healthy weight. TLS follows the low-glycemic system and adjusts based on past family history and the type of person and lifestyle you lead. Check it out here

Oh, yeah the best part is you will earn cashback off of the products you order to help you lose weight!

Introducing the New Beauty Wonder Fruit

 

pricklypearMost Beauty Mavens know about the Incredible Benefits of the Great Aloe plant leaf. Few Beauty experts know about an even better wonder fruit…the Prickly Pear.

The Prickly Pear is a Cactus-born fruit Originated from Mexico, and its also been found in the Southwest of America. Though this plant has an initially intimidating appearance, its reddish orange flower bulbs are both beautiful and edible. This sturdy plant can thrive in various areas, even in droughts, and is tolerant of different types of soils, temperatures, and moisture levels.

Though not as well known as other super foods, Prickly Pear has incredible health and beauty benefits that any skincare expert can appreciate. Here are some of the benefits of the amazing fruit:

  • Prickly Pear can be eaten raw, boiled, or grilled. It’s also often used in juice and jams.
  • According to the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, preliminary studies have shown that the consumption of prickly pear extract may decrease blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes.
  • Research also shows that eating this fruit can actually help curb a hangover.
  • Prickly Pears are full of essential dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and antioxidants

Prickly Pear seeds also reduce dark circles, signs of aging as well as softens your skin. Each small seed is approximately 5% oil, almost 60 lbs. of seeds must be used in order to extract just 34 oz. of oil. Additionally, this plant’s oil is known as an excellent deep conditioning treatment, making hair extra glossy and shiny.

Wow! Sounds like a Beauty Wonder to me! Next time you’re out shopping at Whole Foods, make sure to find “Prickly Pear” in that healthy Juice you want to buy. One option that I know tastes delicious is Frusante, Available here.

Are you going to try this incredible fruit?

Try this Summer Weightloss Shake

With the hot Summer heat, we want something cold to drink, but choosing that Frappuccino at Starbucks does not do our Bikini Weightloss goals any good. I found this Shake on Social Media and wanted to share. It looks Incredibly Yummy!! What do you think?

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Here’s the Ingredients:

2 scoops TLS nutrition shake *small handful of lightly salted cashews (amount as pictured!) *1/2 scoop of MochaTonix to kick me into gear and get me moving! *1 frozen banana *10oz unsweetened GMO free coconut milk or Almond or Soy whichever you prefer *small handful of ice & blend!!

 

What do you think?

Where will you take your PURE H20 Filtered Bottle?

Water is essential for keeping us hydrated and staying awake throughout the day. Water also helps us with our weight-loss goals. You should be drinking at least half of your body weight in ounces everyday. Having a handy Water bottle by your side that is lightweight and keeps your water cold is Ideal for helping you stay hydrated.

With all the worry about where our drinking water comes from, having a Filtered bottle makes even more sense!{ Unless you like clogging our landfills and recycling centers up with your Plastic bottles (Which by the way can cancer if you leave those plastic store-bought bottles in the Sun)}.  Introducing a Better Water Bottle that you will be sure to fall in love with! The PUREH20 Filtered Stainless Water Bottle!!

USA_PureH2OWater-Bottle_-SocialMediaGraphic_CS24855Whether you’re a Gym lover :

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Or taking your Dog for a walk

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Or even chilling at the beach or park at a summer picnic

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Ready to stay hydrated? Go here to get yours today 🙂

Where will your PURE Bottle go?

Another great Tutorial using #MotivesCosmetics

The incredibly talented and beautiful @ElyMarino created this beautiful look using all #MotivesCosmetics. What do you think?

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1.Begin by applying “Birch” (mavens palette) underneath the brow bone! Taking “Vino” Apply in the crease and blend till there are no harsh edges

2.Taking “Raven” (mavens palette) apply in the outer “V” and sweep in the crease! Blend!!

3.Using “MoonLighting” pigment pat over the entire lid keeping underneath the crease

4.Using “Little Black dress gel liner“apply onto the water line! Smudge out using Raven, Moonlighting, Naughty Mauve and to highlight the inner corner use Allure” paint pot! Making sure to slightly over lap each color to get a nice transition between colors

5.Apply mascara to both top and bottom lashes

 

Pretty pretty..what do you think?

Which Drink is Better?

As summer approaches and the weather warms up, the first thing we want is something cold to drink. I was curious to find drinks that Panera Bread advertises as their “Summer Drinks” to be anything but nutritious, refreshing or healthy. Now, there are a few options on their menu you can choose to satisfy these requirements. Lets first look at their “Frozen Mocha”

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Craving coffee and something sweet? Many people choose Frozen Chocolate drinks as their drink of choice. Besides the 540 calories in the drink, lets look deeper at whats in the drink…

Water, mediterranean blend (100% arabic coffee extract, cane sugar, natural & artificial mocha flavor, xanthan gum), half and half (milk, cream, disodium phosphate), bittersweet chocolate flavored syrup (corn syrup, sugar, water, sweetened condensed milk [pasteurized milk, sugar], alkalized cocoa powder, natural flavors, glycerin, guar gum, xanthan gum, potassium sorbate as preservative, salt, carrageenan, chocolate, citric acid), whipped cream (cream, water, sugar, non-fat dry milk, mono and diglycerides, carrageenan, dextrose, natural vanilla). 

Way too many gums, corn syrups and words that I can’t pronounce! This drink is anything but healthy.

Instead of  choosing the Frozen Mocha, to crave your Coffee Sweet tooth, choose an “Iced Mocha”, this is still going to be high in sugar, but there’s a whole lot less artificial ingredients in this one. Now the hot version has 360 calories at Panera Bread, but I’d bet it’s a lot less over ice. A basic Iced Mocha at any Coffeehouse consists of; Espresso, chocolate syrup, Milk (soy is best option when available, if not then Whole MILK), and Ice.

Another popular Summer Drink is the Frozen Lemonade, this contains 160 calories. But there really is no nutritional content or benefits like drinking Iced Tea. It’s basically all sugar. Here’s the ingredient list of Panera Bread’s Frozen Lemonade : Water, lemonade concentrate (sugar syrup, water, concentrated lemon juice, citrus pulp, natural flavor).

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I’d be wary of the “natural flavors” That could mean anything really… and we have no idea what exactly it is.

A better choice, would be the Acai Berry Iced Tea. It’s fruity and refreshing, and with 0 calories there’s nothing to worry about!

Low-Fat Strawberry Smoothie with Ginseng

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Wow. This one is the most misleading overall! You see “smoothie, low-fat, and ginseng”…so you think That’s Healthy. You couldn’t be more wrong on this one! I heard from a source that Panera Smoothies are made with a powder base, and there are no FRESH fruits in ANY of the smoothies. So stay away. Here’s a look at the ingredients:

Strawberry fruit base (strawberry puree, apple puree, water, sugar, grape juice concentrate, natural flavors, vitamins [vitamin C, niacin, pantothenic acid, B6 and B12], panax ginseng), organic low fat french vanilla yogurt (cultured pasteurized organic low fat milk, naturally milled organic sugar, organic natural vanilla flavor, pectin, vitamin D3, cultures including S. thermophilus, L. bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, Bifidus, L. casei and L. rhamanosus), water.

Strawberry fruit base? grape juice concentrate? natural flavors? All things to be wary of. It is 280 calories , just because there’s only 1.5 grams of fat does NOT make this a healthy drink.

A better option? The Iced Green tea with 90 calories or even better the Tropical Hibiscus Iced tea (which is delicious) which is a fresh brewed 0 calorie Iced Tea.

What are you drinking?

 

All drink ingredients can be found at Panerabread.com

10 Foods that should be Banned in the US

10 Banned Foods to Avoid

Are you eating food that’s already banned in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.

<img src="https://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/banned-foods-infographic.jpg" alt="10 Banned Foods to Avoid" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;">Are you eating <a href="https://www.mercola.com/infographics/10-banned-foods.htm"><strong>"food that's already banned"</strong></a> in other countries but is still allowed to poison and kill Americans? Learn these pernicious ingredients and common foods through this infographic. Use the embed code to share it on your website.</p>

Summer Picnic Fashion

Hi my Lovelies!

Summer is Officially (un-officially) here, which means bring on the Picnic parties. Ever not sure what to wear or bring with you to that picnic party ? Whether it’s a summer BBQ at the Park with a few friends or a picnic at the Lake or Beach, don’t forget these essentials!

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You don’t want to be the person squinting to see your food or at your friend when she’s talking to you about her latest boyfriend break-up do you? Having a nice pair of shades and a Hat will also protect your beautiful skin from Skin Cancer. Try a trendy Fedora hat or a wide sun-brim hat, paired with your favorite shades. Designer or Not Designer, any will do the trick. Try this hat from Sierra Trading Post.

Sunscreen!

Unless you want to leave the picnic looking like a lobster, you might want to slap on some Sunscreen, at least 45 SPF. Try Cellular Laboratories De-Aging Sunscreen SPF 50+. Wearing Sunscreen also protects your skin from not only skin cancer, but from those ugly aging spots. Be careful of the “cheap” brands of sunscreen also, they can have more chemicals than actually good ingredients to protect your skin.

Picnic Style Prints

If you’re going to a 4th of July Picnic, you probably want to take the opportunity to wear some Red, White and Blue colors. The plaid look just screams Patriotic, don’t you think?
Just don’t overdo the plaid, one plaid piece per outfit, either a skirt or a plaid top paired with a pair of jeans will suffice.

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Want to be a little more feminine and wear a dress? A maxi dress is both comfortable and stylish. Try this one from Kohl’s without breaking the bank either! Comfortable enough to sit on a picnic table with or even on the ground, yet it’s cute and stylish for your feminine side!

 

What are you wearing to your next Summer Picnic? Have any other suggestions?

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