You just quit smoking – Yay!! Or maybe you are still “planning” on quitting, but you just haven’t made that full commitment. Either way, your intention is to improve your health, so congratulations! Let’s look at what you could put in your mouth instead of a cigarette.
We recently posted about “What to look for when in the market for a good B Complex supplement”. One of the ingredients in a good B Complex is Biotin. We see lots of “pins” of Biotin supplements on Pinterest boards for hair, skin, nails, beauty, and wedding prep. The brands typically shown are … meh.
If you are prone to the dreaded cold sore, below is a shopping list of supplements you may want to look into that can really help discourage the appearance, and/or support the disappearance of them. These supplements can be taken all year long or as needed seasonally.
Although resveratrol occurs naturally in grapes (especially Muscadine), nuts and other fruits, buying resveratrol as a supplement means that it is extracted from the herb Polygonum cuspidatum. The resveratrol from Polygonum cuspidatum is just like that of grapes and other sources of resveratrol, but unfortunately, Polygonum cuspidatum is known to be a toxic herb when consumed over time.
As you “age” everything in your body ages including your immune system. Fortunately, super foods and supplements that offer outstanding immune support are also anti aging powerhouses. It is really hard to choose the top 3, so these are based on price, availability, and effectiveness.
We all know by now that healthy oil combinations include omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s. In recent years omega 7 has found its way into the limelight as well. These fatty acid chains in healthy oils are essential to our total body health. Most people understand the importance of including these in their diet, whether from food, supplements, or both, based on their understanding of the omegas.
I had forgotten how much I love goji water! I recently ended up with a surplus of goji berries, and didn’t want them to go to waste. I gave some to Michelle and she made raw, vegan goji berry bites, and I made goji water! As you may have guessed, goji water is easy to make, and the health benefits are outstanding!
I was very excited to try the Aman Prana High ORAC Botanico herb mix, mainly because I am so excited about this entire company and the products they are making available. All of the Aman Prana products, including coconut oil, matcha, and Gula Java coconut blossom sugar, are rated according to their ORAC value, glycemic (GI) value, Bovis value – this is a frequency value that measures the energy and vitality present in our bodies and foods, and Yin and Yang value – a popular measure in traditional Chinese medicine. These measurements alone, found on all of their products, set Aman Prana apart from any other company that I am familiar with.
In the world of supplements and super foods nothing is as straightforward as it seems. This holds true for something as simple as coconut oil, whose quality and processing is anything but a simple process to understand. Let’s look at some of the coconut oil terms that are most commonly associated with superior quality, especially in the health food industry.
This is the companion post to: Coconut Oil Terms Defined? In this post we look at additional information to keep in mind when searching for a high-quality coconut oil super food. There are many books and blogs touting the health benefits and healing properties of coconut oil, most of which are probably true, but only if you know what you are buying.
Here is a hint: anywhere you would use, raisins, cranberries, or currants.
In a salad, ANY kind of salad. Fruit salad, greens salad, chicken salad
On hot or cold cereal
In trail mix
In cookies (replace raisins or chocolate chips)
As a tea, or in addition to another tea, like green tea and goji
In water (Spa Water)
In ice cubes, a decorative and healthy addition
Or keep it simple and just grab a handful out of the bag and enjoy!
Finding good goji berries
When you purchase goji berries, they shouldn’t be hard as a rock. Purchase a high quality brand, and you won’t have that problem. Feel the berries in the packaging before buying and if they are not “soft” like raisins, skip that brand. Of course, there should be no additional ingredients, additives, or preservatives to keep them soft, so make sure to read the label!
Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below!
3 Ways to help you to consume more water:
1. Make Spa Water! Throw organic fruit and herbs into a pitcher of water and keep chilled. The pretty colors as well as the fresh flavor of the water makes it a nice change of pace. Organic is really important here since those ingredients you add will be sitting in that water a while and you don’t want to drink a concentration of herbicides, pesticides, waxes, chemicals, colors or preservatives. Melanie has started a Pinterest Board called Spa Water to give you some ideas.
There’s nothing worse than hair that just lays flat. No matter what you do, or how much product you put into it, you just can’t get that bouncy volume that everyone looks for. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be this way. Here are a few things that you can try to increase your hair volume naturally.