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Stay hydrated, stay efficient

A hydrated mind

Many people are so used to being dehydrated, that they no longer recognize the normal signal of thirst. Any loss of water equaling 2-3% of our body weight will begin to affect performance adversely.

Water is required for everything from regulating blood pressure and body temperature to making sure your heart works correctly and that your brain is capable of doing its daily tasks. Loss of 4-5% of body weight in water results in reduced carrying capacity of the blood for nutrients (to the brain), as well as reduced ability to remove heat from the body. If you don’t stay hydrated you will be more susceptible to “brain fog”.

A hydrated body

The human body is full of water, your muscles and your brain are about 75% water, your blood is about 82% water, your skin is made up of about 70% water, and your bones are about 25% water.

In addition to helping your body maintain a stable temperature, staying hydrated — ideally by drinking water every 15 minutes or so during sporting events — helps keep your muscles strong and active. Water helps your body transport oxygen to your muscles, which means they are also more efficient during physical labor.

If your body is not hydrated, it doesn’t work efficiently. Even mild dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%. Slower metabolism means more fat stored and less used as fuel for your body.

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Put these 5 things into your mouth instead of a cigarette.

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.

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Who wants great hair? Men and Women of all ages. Go get Biotin? You can do better!

Biotin

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.

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Cold sore remedies found at the health food store

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.

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What to look for when buying Resveratrol.

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.

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Top 3 things to consume for immune support and anti aging.

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.

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Oils – Beyond the Omegas

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.

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Goji Water

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!

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Product review: Amanprana ORAC Botanico Herb Mix

ORAC Botanico Herb Mix

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.

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Staying hydrated may prevent poor immunity, fatigue, headaches, dry skin, and back pain.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, water helps your body get rid of waste materials through bowel movements, sweat and urine. If your body can’t excrete waste products you would eventually be poisoned by them, resulting in death. Staying hydrated will help support immune health, pain prevention, weight loss, and so much more.

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Coconut Oil Terms Defined?

Coconut Oil Terms

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.

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Coconut Oil Quality Defined?

Coconut Oil Quality

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.

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11 Ways to Eat Goji Berries

11 Ways to Eat Goji Berries

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 yogurt

In cookies (replace raisins or chocolate chips)

In smoothies

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

In vodka

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!

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3 ways to consume more water everyday. Drink Spa Water, Eat Fruit and Veggies, and drink Tea.

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.

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Guest Post: Get Hair Volume Naturally

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.

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