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Fit Bottle Giveaway

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We are excited to announce TWO winners! Rust and Jill both left comments regarding significant outdoor plans, and Fit Bottles are the perfect companions for hiking and camping! Thank you to all that entered!

What if you could safely drink the water anywhere in the world, and you had the power to do that in the palm of your hand? That would be awesome, right? Now you can! We are excited to introduce you to Fit Bottle. Enter to win one in the comments section at the bottom of this post!

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Feel like you can’t start a healthier lifestyle without a jump start?

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Are you always saying
 “I am going to start Monday” and never do!? It’s important to stop that way of thinking so you stop setting yourself up for failure. 
All you have to do to obtain a healthier lifestyle is this – jump start NOW, do not wait – it is just an excuse.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Planning a cleanse stressing you out? Skip it and detox everyday instead.

Your friends and yoga teacher are doing it, your co-worker is pounding juices all day, and your favorite blogger is promoting a system. Is the feeling like you should “do a cleanse” looming over your head? What is stopping you?

“The idea of preparing for it keeps stressing me out so I keep putting it off”, is the most common reason people give. Even if you plan to order a pre-made cleanse and don’t have to shop for any of the ingredients, you still have to “plan” for how this is going to fit into your schedule of work, play, working out – you know, everyday life.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Do not eat after 8:00 p.m. Break the habit of late night meals or snacks.

The body’s number one priority is to breakdown and utilize nutrients from the foods we eat, and to eliminate the wastes. Sleep is when your body likes to repair, recover, and rejuvenate. If you regularly go to bed with a belly full of late night meals or snacks, you are robbing your body’s chance to put all energy towards repair and recovery.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: Fruit in the morning, a great way to “break-fast” and start your day. Try it!

The rules: Eat ONLY FRUIT in the morning until 12:00, and never eat fruit as part of, before or after, any other meal. The USDA recommends 2-4 servings of fruit per day. With the fruit in the morning rule, this is easily accomplished and done for the day!

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Everyday Cleanse Series: 15 Lifestyle Changes to make today so you are detoxing all of the time.

We will break all of these tips down in future posts, but if you truly commit to these lifestyle changes to the best of your knowledge today, you will be well on your way to cleansing everyday. The need for regular participation in harsh, strict, questionable or stressful cleanses or detox diets can be eliminated.

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Everyday Cleanse Series: 4 Tips to keep in mind if you jump on the juicing or cleansing bandwagon

If you have jumped on the juicing bandwagon, hopefully you are juicing fresh and drinking it right way. If not, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Watch sugar content. If the juice you are drinking has fruit as the main, or first ingredient, you may be consuming more sugar than you really want to at one time. If you find your juice is impacting your blood sugar in a negative way, one solution is to dilute the juice with some pure water.

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Book Review: The Master Cleanse Made Easy

I have had a 25 year fascination with cleansing and fasting as a way of achieving optimal health, as well as an alternative healing therapy, and have many books in my library on the subject. The idea of giving your body a rest from food and digestion always made sense to me, as that is obviously what happens to most people when they get sick – they “lose their appetite”.

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5 reasons not to buy bottled water in plastic

Bisphenol A or BPA is an estrogen mimicking chemical in plastic linked to impaired brain function, immune function, hormonal function, and metabolism. Also remember, BPA can affect babies and toddlers as well. If you are using plastic bottles, switch to glass to avoid BPA contamination.

Phthalates make plastics, like polyvinyl chloride (PVC), more flexible. Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that have been linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive effects, as well as cancers and tumors.

Dioxin – Ultraviolet rays from the sun or high temperatures will accelerate leaching of the chemicals from plastic bottles into the water. This includes dioxin, which is also released into bottled water when it is left in the sun. Dioxin has a strong link to breast cancer.

Pharmaceuticals – Disposing of your unused prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in the garbage instead of down the toilet doesn’t mean this eliminates the threat of your water supply being contaminated. Drugs that were never meant to be used together get combined into the drinking water you consume every day. Millions of people have drug allergies. Could the unusual symptoms you’ve been exhibiting be due to ingesting small doses of the drugs you’re allergic to from your drinking water or bottled water? There is no guarantee that pharmaceuticals are not present in your bottled water. About 40 percent of bottled water is nothing more than bottled tap water.

Environmental – 67 Million bottles are used each day and about 10% of those actually get recycled. If we factor in the cost of fuel for transportation of these bottles, and the fact that usually more water is used to process and fill the bottles, than actually makes it into the bottle, bottled water really just starts to sound absurd.

What to do? Don’t buy bottled water in plastic. Transport filtered water from home to ensure a safe supply on the go. Using a glass or steel bottle will bypass the risks associated with carrying filtered water in plastic. When you must buy bottled water on the go, check the coolers for glass bottle options like Mountain Valley Spring Water, Voss, and Perrier to name a few.

And don’t forget – consider the quality of water you are using on a regular basis for cooking, washing, and showering.

Featured photo shows an Instagram photo of Melanie using a glass bottle in her car on the go.

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