10 Amazing Reasons to Drink Green Smoothies

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I’m often asked if my green smoothies taste bad or if they are easy to stomach.

When the truth is… they’re quite tasty.

For non-smoothie drinkers, the thought of drinking spinach or kale may not sound very appetizing.

But honestly, after you add your fruits and plant-based proteins, you really don’t taste the greens.

You just taste the goods and they truly are good for you.

Smoothies are a wonderful way to get the vitamins and nutrients that fruits and vegetables supply to the body, naturally.

But if you really want to drink a healthy green smoothie that will give you all the benefits of eating the raw vegetables and fruits then you should stay clear of unhealthy ingredients.

1. Great Source of Fiber

Fiber is essential when it comes to a healthy digestive system.  So, when you drink your fruits and vegetables, you get an opportunity to get a substantial amount of fiber as well.

Fruits like bananas, apples and berries are packed with fiber so keeping them in your recipes will give you optimum results in reaching your recommended daily amount.

Also, unlike juicing, blending your fruits and vegetables this way allows you to get the full benefits because the actual fruit is never separated from the juice. 

Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally: 9 Techniques

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You may have heard that high blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer”. 

Silent since it may not present any symptoms whatsoever in the beginning.

However, if high blood pressure goes undetected and untreated, it can lead to serious problems such as heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke.

Are you aware that there a several natural techniques that can lower your symptoms?

Now, this doesn’t mean to stop taking medication that has been prescribed to you by your doctor. But rather make some adjustments that can be beneficial to your blood pressure levels as well as your health.

These tips can help to lower your risk for this deadly disease and help to boost your overall well being.

1. Take Natural Supplements

(Make sure to consult a medical professional before adding supplements to your daily routine)

Dr. Adam J. Story, DC, a Californian chiropractor, suggests the following supplements for lowering blood pressure.

  • Magnesium: Eating more fruits and vegetables is a great way to increase magnesium in your diet
  • Calcium: 1500 mg is the suggested amount if you are not getting much calcium daily
  • Potassium: Bananas are a great way to increase potassium  
  • Folic Acid: A B complex vitamin is suggested
  • Co-Enzyme Q-10: Helps the heart as well as blood pressure levels
  • Garlic: Great to add to in foods or in supplement form
  • Fish oil: Wild fish such as Salmon is good or a fish oil supplement
  • Vitamin D: Natural Vitamin D comes from the sun, however this can be found in supplements

2. Lower Stress Levels

Being stressed or feeling stressed out can attribute to high blood pressure and should be avoided when possible.

Because stress levels can creep up on you, recognizing the changes your body goes through is key to recognizing these changes so that you can help to cut down on increased stress.

How Mature Women Can Stay Beautiful

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 “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~Sophia Loren

There is something to be said about an aging beauty.  The way our looks and our bodies begin to transform can feel like unfamiliar territory.

And getting older is sneaky, isn’t it?

Your days turn in to weeks and your weeks turn in to years.

Before you know it… you’re mature, gray hairs, wrinkles, menopause and all.

This process has left many of us fighting with “father time” for our looks on a constant basis.

And it doesn’t help that older women are not commonly celebrated as being beautiful.

In fact, media consistently associates beauty with being young and attractive.  Leaving us older women chasing our youth and searching for the latest and greatest anti-aging solutions on the market.

9 Foods That Can Help You Stay Beautiful

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One of the best choices for a healthy lifestyle is to follow a diet full of natural foods.

Being healthy on the inside will promote beauty on the outside.

Eating green vegetables, fruits and whole grains will help you to live the lifestyle you deserve.  However, there are certain foods that can help promote a beautiful appearance such as younger skin, longer hair and strong nails.

Eat these 9 foods and reap the benefits of looking and feeling youthful.

1. Cabbage

Cabbage is often at the top of the list in many diet plans.  This may be because it is low in calories and high in nutrients. 

It grows in various colors such as white, purple and red and is high in fiber which helps with cleansing the body.

Eating cabbage on a regular basis can help to prevent skin damage, hydrate and aid with skin problems.

5 Health Concerns Women Over 40 Should Monitor

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When it comes to health concerns, there are certain signs that women need to pay close attention.   Although we are focusing on women over 40, it is still encouraged to evaluate and monitor health changes at any age.

However, there are certain issues that are more common in women who are over the age of 40.

Keeping close tabs of the way our bodies look and feel can be vital as we get older.  These changes shouldn’t be overlooked, and should be examined by a medical professional, regularly. 

Being aware of your bodies needs and seeking treatment is essential.

1. Mole Health

Self-examination is something that should be done from time to time. 

Look over your body for any moles that you currently have or new moles that may have developed. 

The Skin Cancer Foundation identifies an unhealthy mole with the “ABCDE” characteristics.

Calm Your Mind: 8 Easy Techniques

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“Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.”  — Dalai Lama

When your mind feels like it is on constant overdrive, busy and anxious, it can become very challenging for you to find a sense of balance.

That’s why it is important to step away from the mundane stresses of life and relax.

Feeling this way can keep you restless, stressed and even stagnant in achieving inner peace and advancement.

Try some these techniques to help you calm and your mind and body and spirit.

1. Spend Time Coloring

Coloring has been recognized in the medical community as being an excellent way to relax the brain and refocus.  It also been said that coloring can put you into a meditative state of mind.

Dr. Sheila Jowsey, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, states that Mindfulness space stress reduction is a way of turning off the mental chatter in your brain.  Therefore, doing an activity like this is a great way to unwind.

Adult coloring has become very popular and many of these coloring books can be found at your local checkout counter. 

7 Natural Tips To Boost Your Energy

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1) Eat with Purpose

You are eating for pleasure if you often crave foods that are tasty but offer no nutritional value such as foods that are processed and high in sugar.

In this case, you may want to make some changes to your diet.

One of the main keys to having great energy has to do with The foods we are putting into our bodies.

Eating foods that are processed with little to no nutritional value are not beneficial to your health or energy levels.

Therefore, it is encouraged to eat, healthy grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein. You may also want to consider visiting a nutritionist for a health plan that is suited for you.

Flexitarian Diet: What You Should Know

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Are You A Flexitarian?

You may be a flexitarian if you eat a plant-based diet with occasional servings of animal protein throughout the week.

There are many reasons that people choose to eat this way which includes losing weight, feeling better and improving the environment.

However, if you find yourself eating more natural foods, but not necessarily eating meat at every meal, then this might be you.

The Purpose

The term, Flexitarian, started around 2003 and was recognized by the American Dialect Society as the “most useful word of the year.”

However, Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietician and nutritionist, was the first to design a guideline and diet plan relating to this way of eating.

Her book, The Flexitarian Diet, is a guide to following this healthier lifestyle.

In it, she helps the reader transition from a diet high in animal protein into a more vegetarian diet that encourages less meat intake.

The diet is broken down into 3 flexitarian levels:

Beginner: 2 meatless days per week (26 ounces of meat or poultry per week)
Advanced: 3-4 meatless days per week (18 ounces of meat or poultry per week)
Expert: 5 meatless days per week (9 ounces of meat or poultry per week)

Is Alcohol Making You Fat?

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So, you finally did it.  You’ve changed your diet for the better and boosted up your workout time.  But no matter how hard you try, it seems that you just can’t get the weight loss results that you want.

So is that cocktail that you like to have after a long day affecting your weight loss goals?

It is suggested, by many nutritionists and medical experts, that alcoholic beverages be avoided when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

However, if drinking alcohol is part of your lifestyle, then you may want to make some adjustments.

There are a few key components to consider when it comes to healthy weight and alcohol.

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the average U.S. standard drinks contain the following.

Why You May Not Be Losing Weight

Calories vary quite a bit when it comes to alcoholic beverages.

Although it has become popular to drink lower calorie versions of alcoholic drinks, it isn’t often promoted or encouraged when drinking socially.

Mixed drinks such as Pina Colada’s and White Russians still remain to be the most popular drinks among many restaurants and bars.

And if you happen to visit during happy hour, you may notice that these drinks are usually part of the special or offered in a super-sized glass.

So, many times, you aren’t getting the standard serving size when you order.

The calories in these drinks can range anywhere from 300 to 750 depending on the serving size.

Most of the calories come primarily from the mixers that are added to the alcohol.

Therefore, you may want to steer away from these types of mixed drinks if you are trying to lose weight. Continue reading “Is Alcohol Making You Fat?”

Why You Should Ease Into Yoga This Year

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Yoga is commonly described as a combination of meditation, breathing techniques and controlled poses.

But are you aware that Yoga has been defined as a spiritual and physical practice that has been in existence for thousands of years?

In recent years, both modern and natural health practitioners rely on Yoga to assist patients with relaxation, natural healing, and strengthening the body.

In fact, doctors at the Montifiore Medical Center in New York have been prescribing young cancer and ADHD patients with yoga as a form of therapy.

It was found that these patients had experienced significant relief in pain and anxiety when practicing these poses.

So why should you do it?

If you recall doing any form of stretching or breathing techniques at the end of a cardio class, then you may have already practiced Yoga.

Yoga is often used because of its breathing, stretching and relaxation components.

There are many forms of Yoga that range from beginners to advanced.  So, there is no need to feel anxious about learning some of these wondrous techniques and adding them as part of your daily routine. Continue reading “Why You Should Ease Into Yoga This Year”