Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Eat Superfoods for Super Health

We'd all like to be at the top of the ladder when it comes to health and one way to do this is by eating super foods. What exactly are superfoods? They are super-concentrated whole food sources of essential nutrients, especially nutrients that our bodies don't make themselves. These foods are super rich nutrition sources for vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polyphenols.

Super Foods
We know that eating a diet of whole grains, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats is the best way to eat for optimal health, but there are some foods in these categories that deliver an extra nutritional punch. These include foods like:

Sprouts – loaded with antioxidants to repair cells damaged by free radicals
Tomatoes – that contain the antioxidant lycopene that can aid in the fight against free radical damage to white blood cells, help protect skin from sun damage, lower cholesterol levels, and is an anti-cancer agent.
Hot Peppers – that contain capsaicin which can help to speed up your body's metabolism for a short period of time, improve digestion and provides the antioxidant abilities to fight off free radical damage.
Blueberries – full of antioxidants that can lower risk of cancer and conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's.
Kale – that contains phytonutrients believed to stimulate the liver to make enzymes that can lower the risks for cancers to develop.
Chia Seeds – full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fiber, with significantly more calcium than milk and as much omega-3 as wild salmon.
Broccoli – provides folic acid, vitamin B9, for healthy skin, aids the brain in producing serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine which are all brain chemicals affecting mood, help red blood cells stay healthy, reduce the risk of death from stroke and reduce the risk of heart disease. It also has cancer reducing properties and is loaded with Vitamin C.
Black Beans – are full of antioxidants, iron, fiber and one cup gives you 15 grams of protein without the unhealthy fats from meat protein sources.
Oats – a rich source of magnesium, potassium, phytonutrients and fiber, this superfood helps lower cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease, and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
Salmon – loaded with omega-3 fatty acids that the body must get from foods, selenium, bioactive peptides (small proteins), vitamin D and tryptophan, a nonessential amino acid that helps in producing serotonin. Is good for fighting inflammation, balancing cholesterol levels, brain and heart health, mood stabilization and improving circulation.

AFA Bluegreen Algae at the Top of the Super Foods List
According to Christian Drapeau, MSC, author of Primordial Food, AFA bluegreen algae is uniquely structured to be especially beneficial to the health of humans with its broad spectrum of phytonutrients like chlorophyll, carotenoids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. As other plant and animal life has come and gone, algae has survived over 4 billion years remaining one of the premier sources of chlorophyll and a true superfood. Bluegreen algae has a cell wall of glycogen which we use as food and much like cells found in animals and easier to digest than the cellulose cell walls of most plants. Some of the unique properties of bluegreen algae that qualify it as one of the top super foods are:

  • 22 amino acids, providing a complete source of protein in an amino acid profile nearly identical to human breast milk, including 8 essential amino acids meaning the body can't produce them and they must come from food sources and 10 non-essential amino acids.
  • essential fatty acids, including the right balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 
  • phenylethylamine (PEA), the mental energy activator 
  • powerful antioxidants, such as chlorophyll, superoxide dismutase, glutathione, and phycocyanin
  • more than 65 vitamins (including B12), minerals, enzymes and trace elements
  • an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber
  • loaded with chlorophyll
  • contains around 3% nucleic acids which aids in cell repair and growth, supports the immune system, helps manage stress and supports memory function. 
  • has amino acids that are able to pass through the blood-brain barrier to help build neurotransmitters and support other brain functions.
  • has glyco-proteins which are extremely absorbable by the body as they need very little digestion


As you can see, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, AFA wild bluegreen algae, is truly a super food by the definition of being super concentrated nutrition. The AFA harvested from Klamath Lake in Oregon is a sustainable food and a raw wholefood as it comes from a natural wild environment. Alage grown in artificial ponds can't compete nutritionally with the rich nutrients found in Klammath Lake and this environment with no pollutants or artificial chemicals. Studies on this form of algae over the years have recorded results of the superfood nutritional benefits for health including the support in fighting off damage from free radicals, the overall nutritional value and brain function support.

In this same category of superfoods are other wild foods including mushrooms, sprouted foods and other types of algae. An easy way to get the super food nutritional punch of AFA bluegreen algae along with these other wild foods is a supplement program with all these in convenient packets of capsules. This program provides packets with two forms of AFA bluegreen algae from Klammath Lake, probiotics, and digestive enzymes and packets of wild foods with a mushroom blend, a proprietary blend of kale sprouts, red clover sprouts, wheat sprouts, and Dunaliella salina algae, and a blend of nine colorful algae. That's a lot of wild, raw food, superfood nutrition put together that is easy for you to grab on the go. So no matter how busy you are, you can still get all the superfood nutrition and benefits.




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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Why Natural Supplements Beat Synthetic Ones for Mood and Memory

Our bodies need a variety of vitamins in order to function. If we don't get enough of the vitamins we need we can experience fatigue, brain fog, depression, and our organs will not work properly. Our bodies for the most case don't make vitamins and we depend on the foods we eat to supply them. The problem today is that the foods we have access to are much less nutritious because of factors such as pesticide and fertilizer use, mineral depleted soils and genetically modified foods. For this reason, many people are turning to adding supplements to their diets to get all the vitamins they need.

Food, Mood and Memory
Many researchers and doctors now agree that food has a dramatic impact on our moods and brain functions. Specific food for the brain is needed to keep our brains healthy and our moods stable. There are many studies showing the negative and positive effects that foods such as coffee, alcohol, sugar and fats have on mood and brain function. For example, Prevention Magazine reported results from one study in rats, that eating chicken soup led to better agility, better sleep and feeling better in general. According to Kate Geagan, RD, we need a combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to build energy and the ability to handle life starting at our body's cellular level. That is what she believes we should strive for rather than a quick sugar or caffeine fix that causes a short lived rise in blood sugar levels and leaves us tired or cranky after the crash.

Elizabeth Somer, Registered Dietician and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness has this to say about the food mood link:
 "Most people understand the link between what they eat and their physical health. But the link between what you eat and your mood, your energy, how you sleep, and how well you think is much more immediate. What you eat or don't eat for breakfast will have at least a subtle effect by mid-afternoon, and what you're eating all day will have a huge impact today and down the road." 

And Jennifer Nelson, M.S., RD. and Katherine Zeratsky, RD. sum it up like this:
"...when you eat fruits, starchy vegetables and whole grains throughout the day you keep your body fueled and your blood sugar level on an even keel. And you're getting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Combining carbohydrates and proteins enhances the availability of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter said to have a calming effect and to play a role in sleep. In addition, simply knowing you are taking care of yourself can boost your mood. And we're all familiar with the power of comfort foods. For example, drinking a glass of milk before bedtime can trigger a comforting memory of your childhood."

The Problem With Synthetic Vitamins
You can see how important vitamins and minerals and the right foods are to our moods and brain functions. You may have already realized this and are eating a balanced diet of whole foods to get the nutrients you need naturally. If so, then we applaud you. But most people in this country aren't doing this. With their busy lifestyles and fast paced schedules, they are not getting the optimal nutrition in their diets and instead are consuming way too many fast food and processed refined foods. If they are aware that their diet is not optimal, then they may be supplementing, but with what? It's easy to pick up some bottles of vitamins at the supermarket while shopping and too many people are doing this thinking that it is improving their health. The problem is that most of these vitamins are synthetic. Not only do synthetic vitamins not work the same way in the body as vitamins from whole foods, they can actually be bad for you.

Vitamins have various components such as enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, and activators that must all work together to produce the results your body needs. Whole food vitamins and supplements are made from concentrated whole foods and have all these parts naturally whereas synthetic vitamin supplements only have a part of the components. So when you take a synthetic vitamin and it needs a component it is lacking it takes it from your body's stores. This can lead to a depletion of those nutrients in the body. This is why sometimes when you start taking a synthetic vitamin, you feel positive results for a while. These positive results then start to drop off because the vitamin has used up the components it was taking from the body to make it work and now has nothing to complete it. For example, synthetic vitamins don't have the trace minerals needed and therefore takes them from the reserves the body has which can cause a mineral deficiency. An additional problem with synthetic vitamins are some of the additives they contain to allow them to have a long shelf life and increase the potency. For example, many synthetic vitamins are created from coal tar derivatives. Coal tar is a carcinogen. Yuck! At the very least, these vitamins are often a waste of money because since the isolated vitamin can't be used by the body in many cases, like if there are no stores of the components it needs for it to steal from the body, then the body simply eliminates it through the urine. Have you ever taken certain vitamins and then noticed a bright yellow color to your urine? If so, you were more than likely taking a synthetic vitamin and literally flushing money down the toilet. Not only is this hard on your wallet, but also on your kidneys.

How To Judge Your Vitamin Supplement
So how do you know if a supplement is synthetic or natural? First take a good look at the label. If it says "100% natural", then you are off to a good start. If it only says "Natural", then keep looking. That's because manufacturers are allowed to say a product is natural as long as it has 10% natural food sources included. The other 90% could still be synthetic. Next look for the list of ingredients. If the ingredients contain actual food names that have the vitamins in them then you have a whole foods product or a natural supplement. This means that the nutrients and vitamins are coming from foods the natural way the body was intended to receive them rather than synthetically made. For example, if the label says Vitamin C, then you have a synthetic, but if it says Vitamin C from acerola cherry powder then that is a natural supplement. Another clue on the label as to whether you have a synthetic or natural whole foods supplement is to see if there are ingredients ending in –ate or –ide. These are salt forms which are synthetics added for increased stability. If you see acetate, bitartrate, chloride, hydrochloride and other similar ingredients listed then that is a clue it is a synthetic product. Also, anytime you see the "dl" form of a vitamin listed then you have a synthetic. An example of this is "dl-alpha tocopherol" for the form of Vitamin E.

To insure you are getting high quality natural whole food supplements and vitamins, look for ingredients that come from real foods so they are as close as can be to the natural way the body should be getting its nutrition. Another thing to check is the company that is manufacturing the product. See what types of ratings the company has or certifications that cover all aspects from harvesting, to processing, manufacturing practices, testing, packaging and quality control. Make sure it is also a company that is of long standing with a good reputation for quality and that can show clinical studies to support product claims.

Natural Whole Food AFA Bluegreen Algae
Our AFA bluegreen algae products you can be assured will always show you the whole food sources right on the label along with a variety of certifications they qualify for including certified organic. This is a company of long standing with a list of scientific studies behind it supporting the benefits of bluegreen algae and whose products are manufactured in a NSF Good Practices registered facility ensuring that the product contains only what is listed on the label and nothing else.

When it comes to food for the brain to boost mood and memory, this supplement not only gives you the whole food nutrition of AFA bluegreen algae, but also eleuthero (a form of ginseng), Ginkgo biloba, Lion's Mane, bee pollen, wheatgrass juice, and noni for extra antioxidant power and foods found to increase mental clarity and concentration. Bee pollen is reported to have a high amino acid content useful for stimulating memory and concentration. Wheatgrass juice has been found to provide nutrients that support brain health and clearer thinking. Many people have used gingko for a long time to promote increased memory and mental concentration by increasing circulation and providing increased oxygenation of brain cells.


This form of algae with the cell wall carefully removed provides you with an abundant source of raw materials from whole foods for supporting activity in the brain. But don't just take our word for it. Take a look at what others have to say about their results with AFA bluegreen algae.

"I eat Super Blue Green Algae because it is a whole, wild-grown food that has helped me build a strong, healthy, energetic body and a sharp mind. I will be 64 this year going on 40 and I live my life accordingly. "
- Marylin Ash, Peterborough, NH


"I looked for something for more energy and less stress for the past 30 years. I never got the results from the vitamins, minerals, and herbs I have tried. I am sure I tried them all. I received information on the algae in 1995, thought it was too good to be true; it wasn't. I will never be without my algae. I love feeling energetic and being able to handle everything with such focus and stamina."
- Pat Shoup, Mansfield, OH

For optimal health, eating a balanced diet of organic whole foods can't be beat. But when you need some help getting the nutrition your body needs and turn to supplements, make sure you are getting natural whole food supplements. Synthetic just won't do the job and can do more harm than good in some cases. Hopefully we've given you some things to think about when it comes to your nutritional habits and you'll know how to find the best products to supplement your diet.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Best Healthy Foods for High Energy Workouts

Exercise is a key ingredient for a healthy lifestyle for everything from weight loss to aging gracefully, but did you know there are healthy foods that can help your high energy exercise workouts before and after? Whether you exercise a lot or a little, your body needs the right healthy foods to give it the energy to perform. For those who are really into doing high energy workouts or sports, this is even more vital. Here are some of the food categories to make sure you include in your diet to support your body for intense, high energy exercise.

Protein
You need protein to build strong muscle and maintain muscle integrity and strength. Protein also keeps blood cells healthy which is important for getting nutrients and oxygen to the muscles. Good proteins come from lean sources such as beans, soy, and dairy, whole grains, sprouts, nuts, leafy greens and if you need a meat fix then opt for white meat chicken, turkey, seafood or lean cuts of beef. Be sure to take the skin off the chicken before cooking as it contains lots of saturated fat. Whole grain rice combined with beans makes a tasty complete protein. The whole algae cell form of AFA bluegreen algae gives your body access to proteins necessary for physical energy. AFA bluegreen algae is not only a rich source of protein, but also contains all eight of the essential amino acids in perfect balance recommended for people. According to Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, sports nutrition expert, author and nutrition professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, consuming protein after exercise is best so that it can repair and build muscle.

Carbohydrates
Your body can only easily digest a certain amount of carbohydrates before it then converts those carbs to fat to store away so it’s important to eat the right kinds of carbs and limit them according to your activity level. Eating carbohydrates after a workout helps your body produce insulin which is needed for muscle building. They also help replenish your energy after an extreme workout by replacing glycogen and glucose. Many experts also recommend adding a lean source of protein such as chicken or dairy to your after exercise complex carb grain snack. Eating foods with carbohydrates from whole grains such as wheat bread, brown rice, and cereals can help increase levels of serotonin and are absorbed slowly by the body which means they help keep blood sugar levels stable and keep your energy level stable. Eating bread, cereals, rice, fruits or vegetables before exercise gives your body the carbs it needs for the energy to do a workout.

Fluids
Drinking lots of pure water helps flush toxins out of the body, replaces the fluid lost from sweating during exercise, and keeps the circulation and body organs working efficiently. Water is essential to every function in your body, and the more stressed your body is, the more water you need. So the more high energy your workout is, the more hydration you need. Since extreme physical activity can increase your body temperature, water is needed to keep your body temperature down to safe levels. Whenever possible, avoid chlorine and other additives to your water. Chlorine tends to kill the beneficial bacteria in the gut, your first line of defense against illness. Stay away from tap water and drink plenty of spring or filtered water to keep your body pure and detoxified. Drinking water during the day and then drinking extra 2 hours before a high energy workout will help your performance. Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD recommends sports drinks with carbohydrates and sodium for exercise or sports activities lasting over an hour in a hot and humid environment or for people who sweat excessively.

Good fats
Eating foods with monounsaturated fatty acid helps give you the energy needed for exercising, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps muscle strong. This is the type of good fats found in foods like peanut butter, olive oil, nuts, olives, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil and avocados. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are also in the "good" fats category and our bodies do need some fat in order to function properly. Fat is needed to dissolve certain vitamins that are vital for a healthy body. Research has found that eating MUFAS helps keep blood cholesterol and blood sugar levels stable, reduce buildup of plaque, support healthy blood circulation, reduce the risk of heart disease and help burn off belly fat. They are also more filling so you don't have to eat as much as with other foods to satisfy hunger. And really who wants to exercise when you are stuffed and bloated? PUFAS can help release fat, increase metabolism and the body burns them faster than saturated types of fat. PUFAS are found in fish and fish oils, bluegreen alage, nuts and seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of PUFAS and have many benefits for physical and mental health

Supplements
In addition to eating healthy foods for high energy workouts, we have a natural supplement solution that supports the body engaged in an active lifestyle, that exercises regularly, that participates in sports or that is prone to overdoing it physically. This box of 60 packets gives you 30 packets of supplements to take before a workout and 30 to take after a workout – two packets each a day for a month's supply. The capsules in these packets have a variety of ingredients already measured out for you that:

  • provide a nutrient rich, whole food source the body needs for physical energy
  • have amino acids found to reduce muscle damage
  • have anti-inflammatory properties
  • provide nutrition found to support joints and cartilage
  • have antioxidants to aid against damage from free radicals 
  • provide protein rich plant sterols known to support sports performance
  • provide cellular nutrition
  • nourish and protect the body from tissue breakdown resulting from the intensity of post-workout

Since this supplement is already measured and packaged for you, it’s easy to take with you to the gym, up a mountain, or anywhere you go. These capsules contain ingredients such as bluegreen algae, wheatgrass juice, cordyceps and Lion’s Mane mushrooms, bee pollen, turmeric, noni, vegetable-based glucosamine, chondroitin, bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase. Individually these each have their own benefits to support mental concentration needed during sports and extreme workouts, joint and cartilage support, and anti-inflammatory properties. Collectively they add up to a great whole food source for physical energy to prepare your body for a high energy workout and to support its recovery after a high energy workout.

Now that you have some ideas of what healthy foods your body needs before and after a high energy workout, get going! Eat well, hydrate appropriately and support your body so that whatever sport, exercise or activity you enjoy, you perform at your peak level.

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Source: 
http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/what-eat-before-during-after-exercise?ecd=wnl_wlw_071313&ctr=wnl-wlw-071313_ld-stry&mb=Xenvmz6dAtHtkRjp7Is6CeHnVev1imbCfXusP2Lh3sM%3d


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What Causes an Allergy and Avoiding Fall Allergies

Many people associate seasonal allergies with Spring when plants start blooming, but if you consider what causes an allergy you'll see that Fall allergies are also a real possibility. In these days of global warming when more moderate temperatures last longer Fall allergies are affecting more and more people that were accustomed to getting some allergy relief in winter months. Leonard Bielory, MD, researching impacts of climate change of allergies, warns that with rising levels of greenhouse gases and temperatures, the pollen season will be longer. In fact his research has shown that pollen counts can be doubled by these conditions (http://www.oprah.com/health/Seasonal-Allergy-Cures-Relieving-Allergies). This is bad news for the 35 million people who suffer with symptoms from seasonal allergies. Stanley Fineman, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, concurs that these milder fall and winter temperatures trigger pollen and mold to be released earlier than normal causing fall allergies to start sooner and allergens usually introduced in late summer linger on into the milder fall weather conditions. (http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/how-ease-seasonal-allergy-symptoms)

What Causes an Allergy?
Basically, what causes an allergy in the case of seasonal allergies is the body is reacting to ingestion of pollen and other like substances such as pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites. Once we ingest any of these substances, the body produces histamine to wash away these irritants. Ideally, the body would have enough digestive and metabolic enzymes, protease in particular, to break down the protein skin around the pollen that protects it from sprouting prematurely, which would neutralize its impact. People who suffer with allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, running nose, itchy eyes and nose and coughing, may have a deficiency in digestive and metabolic enzymes or do not produce enough histamine or produce weakened histamine.

Natural Solutions to Fall Allergies
There are natural solutions seasonal allergy suffers can use to reduce the misery of allergy symptoms without having to lock themselves away in a sterile bubble. Here are a few that can help you find some relief from those pesky spring and fall allergies.

1. Know Your Enemy
First it is helpful to know what causes an allergy attack for you. Not all allergy sufferers show symptoms to the same things. You can either do this by keeping an allergy journal and finding out what counts are high on the days you have the worst symptoms or you can see an allergist and get tested. A skin test can be done where the allergist scratches your skin and introduces a small amount of various allergens. The doctor then watches for a reaction of the scratch turning red and/or itching to see which allergens you are allergic to. Blood tests are also able to determine some types of allergies. Once you know what you have reactions to, you can plan accordingly to reduce your symptoms.

2. Keep Your Air Clean
Keeping your windows closed and using an air purifier can help keep pollen out of your house and reduce the amount of pollen you breathe in. HEPA filters in an air purifier can filter out 99% of the pollen, dust and mold that may be in your home. Opening windows allows pollen to invade your home and settle into carpet and furniture, so keeping windows closed can help reduce the amount of pollen able to get inside. Stanley Fineman, MD recommends using an air filter that has a MERV rating of 8 or more to reduce the chances of reacting to pollens that do get into your house (http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/how-ease-seasonal-allergy-symptoms). Using a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your house to below 50% can also help in controlling dust mites and mold.

3. Eat Your Probiotics
Supporting your immune system is one of the best ways to help control symptoms from fall allergies. The stronger your immune system is, the more allergens it is better able to tolerate. One study in the Journal of Nutrition compared subjects who ate 7 ounces of yogurt a day for a year to those who did not eat yogurt and found the yogurt eating bunch to have less allergy symptoms. These results are attributed to the probiotics found in yogurt, as introducing the good bacteria into your digestive system gives your immune system a boost. If you get your probiotics from yogurt, make sure to read the label and look for "live active cultures". If you aren't getting enough probiotics from foods, consider taking a high quality probiotic supplement.

4. Cover Up
Spring is not the only time of year that yard work needs to be done. Many people plant fall gardens and others have leaves to rake. These activities can trigger pollen and mold being released into the air. If you have allergy symptoms as a result, start covering your nose and mouth with a mask when working outside. Disposal masks are available at most hardware stores and are fairly inexpensive.

5. Keep It Clean
If you know you have allergic reactions to mold, watch for mold in places like shower curtains and carpet, and get rid of them as soon as you see signs. Using hot water to wash sheets and blankets weekly, and using allergy friendly pillows and mattress covers can also help reduce your symptoms.

6. Up Your Nose
One of my favorite natural solutions to fall allergies is to use a neti pot. Dr. Oz has also cited this as a good way to wash allergens out. The first time I heard about using a neti pot I didn't think I'd be able to pour saline water in one nostril and let it run out the other nostril. That just sounded gross to me and possibly painful. Once I gave it a try though, it was nothing like what I thought and I am a true believer now.

7. Supplements
Make sure you are getting enough digestive enzymes to help reduce symptoms of fall allergies. Protease and other digestive enzymes can help fight off symptoms when pollens are ingested. Support your immune system by beefing up your antioxidants. Bluegreen algae, whole algae and without the cell wall, acidophilus, bifidus and our favorite sprouts supplement help support not only your immune system, but nourish and strengthen every cell organ system and body function. You can get almost all these powerful superfoods in convenient daily packets with acidophilus, bifidus, enzymes and 2 kinds of algae to take on the run and help stretch your budget.

Fall can be a wonderful time of the year. Getting ready for holidays, spending time with family, fall gardening, watching the leaves change color, and cooler weather can all be more enjoyable by understanding what causes an allergy and following some or all these tips for beating the symptoms of fall allergies.

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http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/how-ease-seasonal-allergy-symptoms
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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Get a Dose of Sunshine Inside and Out

Most of you probably already know the benefits of being in the sun like for getting your vitamin D and you probably know the dangers that go along with that dose of sunshine. But did you know you can get your sunshine inside as well as outside?

Sunshine for the Outside
The good thing about getting out for a dose of sunshine is that exposure to sunshine is needed for our bodies to create Vitamin D. This is an important nutrient for bones since Vitamin D gets the calcium from the intestines and kidneys into the bloodstream. Without Vitamin D, even if you get enough calcium, it can end up as waste material eliminated from the body instead of being used to strengthen bones. Of course, you do have to not overdo your dose of sunshine so as to protect your skin from damage and possible skin cancer. When you go out to enjoy outside activities in the sun, be one of the one in seven Americans that wears sunscreen daily. Make sure that your sunscreen has the ability to protect you from UVA and UVB rays as both these are damaging to skin. A truly quality sunscreen must have a strong UVB filter plus as many as three UVA filters.

Sunshine for the Inside
Chlorophyll is a substance that is very dense in blue-green algae and is an invention of nature that allows organisms to capture sunlight and convert it to usable sugars and foods, which we humans need in our diet. So basically, when you swallow a few capsules of blue-green algae, you are swallowing a little chunk of sunlight. True, chlorophyll converts that sunlight so that you are not actually swallowing light molecules, but you are swallowing a bunch of stuff that your body needs, including amino acids, sugars, vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals.

How Algae Works Like a Dose of Sunshine
There are many similarities between the effects of being exposed to sunlight and the effects of eating blue-green algae. Many people, when exposed to natural sunlight, report that they are in a better mood, and that their nerves are soothed. This is because exposure to sunlight increases the production of endorphins and serotonin in the brain. Eating a couple of blue-green algae capsules or tablets has a similar effect. This algae is a strong source of phenylalanine, an amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier faster than any other amino acid. Once in the brain, phenylalanine acts as a precursor to tyrosine and other mood-elevating substances. Bluegreen algae is also rich in trytophan, which has been shown to elevate mood, but only when accompanied by other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, most of which are in the algae. Once trytophan arrives in the brain, it increases both endorphin and serotonin activity ... just like sunlight!

Getting the benefits of sunshine inside and out is easy with AFA bluegreen algae and the right sunscreen. You can have the best of a sunny day anytime by enjoying your time in the sun soaking up your dose of sunshine and giving your body the benefits of sunshine from the inside out.

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http://www.self.com/flash/beauty-blog/2012/05/what-you-need-to-know-about-me/
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

How to Fight Fat with These Foods and Supplements

Want to know how to fight fat? Certain kinds of foods can actually help you achieve weight loss without feeling starved. Having a basic understanding of the types of foods that will make you feel full without packing on a lot of calories will allow you to design your own "diet" without feeling like you are dieting. Here are some tips that can help you decide what foods to eat when you are deciding how to fight fat.

Feel Full Longer with Protein
Protein foods take longer for your body to digest than other types of food. This means you feel full longer after eating protein foods and your body burns up more calories than it does digesting other types of foods. You want to stick with lean sources of protein foods that will give you the most nutrition and the least calories. That would include:

Greek yogurt – Look for brands that are non-fat or low fat and be sure to check for sugar content on the label. Instead of getting Greek yogurt with fruit added in which tends to have more sugar, you can get plain and add in your own fruits. You also want to check the label to make sure the kind you buy has probiotics with live active cultures to support your digestive system.

Lean Meat - If you eat meats stick with white meat chicken with the skin off and fish. These are great protein sources that are lower calorie and lower fat than other types of meat. Many types of fish have the added benefit of omega-3 fatty acids which are great for brain and heart health.

Eggs – Having a protein fix for breakfast instead of a carb filled breakfast gets your day off to a good start and keeps you feeling full longer so you don't have to snack before lunch. There are only 75 calories in an egg and 7 grams of protein. People concerned about cholesterol can stick with egg whites.

Milk – Drinking milk is another way to get protein and make you fill fuller without a lot of calories. Go with skim milk to avoid the fat of whole milk and you'll still get the added benefit of calcium and vitamin D.

Quinoa – This grain has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per cup full. You also get iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin E when choosing to add this to your meal. Be sure to get either pre-washed or rinse it very, very thoroughly before cooking. I've had many people try quinoa and tell me it had a bitter taste that made them not like it. That taste is not present if the grain is washed enough beforehand. This is also a very versatile dish that you can add beans or veggies or really get creative with.

Beans – Beans are not only a good lean protein source, but are also great for fiber. Fiber is another one of the things that makes you feel fuller longer without a ton of calories. Beans are another versatile food that can be used to create a variety of tasty meals. Enjoy being creative or you can find hundreds of recipes online.

Powdered Protein – Here's a good tip for how to fight fat with protein for busy people on the go. Use a protein powder to make a smoothie drink that can be a snack or even a replacement for a meal. Powders that contain whey protein rather than soy show better results for slimming down. Our favorite powdered protein supplement not only gives you 22 grams of protein per serving from whey, but includes bluegreen algae, sprouts and protein-digesting enzymes as well as the omega-3 and omega-6s and all the other amino acids and whole food nutrition from blue green algae. Blending this powdered drink supplement with low fat yogurt, pure fruit juice, skim milk or into your favorite green smoothie can help you stay away from fatty foods and satisfy hunger to combat overeating.

Speed Up Metabolism 
Increasing metabolism is another way of how to fight fat. Some foods that can help increase metabolism include:

Hot Peppers - Capsaicin is a chemical compound that creates a sensation of heat from irritating nerve endings. It is mostly found in various types of peppers and has been found to give a boost to metabolism.

Green Tea - Green tea has catechins which can help increase metabolism. Some studies have reported an increase in metabolism of 4-10% when drinking two to four cups of green tea a day.

Water - Staying hydrated also helps keep your metabolism working at its peak. Being even mildly dehydrated can slow down your metabolism, so be sure you are drinking plenty of water.

Enzymes - For a natural and healthy way to keep your metabolism high and your fat content low, add enzymes to your regimen between and at meals. Enzymes help boost your metabolism. These enzymes contain amylase, cellulase, lipase, protease, and lactase for more efficient digestion to avoid the after-meal energy slump. These enzymes with an extra boost contain cayenne and other substances found to increase metabolism, burn fat, digest a broad spectrum of substances, and clean up waste in the body.

Fill Up with Water and Fiber
Another way to feel fuller without lots of calories is to eat foods with a lot of natural water content. These types of foods include:

Raw fruits and vegetables – Eating water filled raw fruits and vegetables for an in between meal snack or with meals instead of drinking juices gives you the satisfaction of chewing which takes longer than drinking a glass of juice. Leaving the skins on fruits gives you some extra fiber that helps you feel fuller too. You know raw fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods you can eat for everything from vitamins and nutrients to antioxidants that help fight off cellular damage. Since fruits taste sweet they can also address your sugar cravings and help you stay away from refined sugar sweets.

Whole Grains - Bulgar wheat such as in tabouli and oatmeal from whole grain oats are both high in fiber which helps fill you up, stays with you longer and are low in fat and calories. Tabouli also has protein. Since both are cooked to absorb water they both also make you feel fuller that way. Brown rice is another good water absorbing grain that can fill you up without a lot of calories.

Soup and Salad – Starting your meal off with a soup or salad is another way to get filled up with water content foods to prevent overeating at dinner. Both could even be the entire meal with lots of veggies and some lean meat or beans added in. With soup, stay with broth types instead of creamy and use oil and vinegar dressing on your salad to keep it low calorie.

Supplement Support for Extra Exercise
When looking for how to fight fat, no matter what you are eating, you have to balance the number of calories consumed with enough activity to burn the calories off. According to how physically active you are normally, you may need to increase your exercise if you are trying to drop some pounds. If you are increasing your exercise (and have checked with your health care provider that this is OK for you), your body may need some extra nutritional support before and after workouts. This box of 60 packets gives you 30 packets of capsules to take before a workout and 30 to take after a workout – two packets a day for a month's supply. The capsules in these packets contain ingredients such as bluegreen algae, wheatgrass juice, cordyceps and Lion's Mane mushrooms, bee pollen, turmeric, noni, vegetable-based glucosamine, chondroitin, bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase that provide nutrient rich whole foods for physical energy, amino acids to protect muscles from damage, anti-inflammatory properties, support for joints and cartilage, antioxidants, and more. Since this supplement is already measured and packaged for you, it's easy to take with you to the gym too.

This should get you started with how to fight fat and being able to plan a diet for yourself that will keep you feeling full, be low in calories and that you'll enjoy. So be creative and employ these tips to get started on your way to a healthier and slimmer you.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to Increase Energy with Good Mood Foods

We all do better at our jobs, relationships, and daily life when we feel good and energetic, so when looking for how to increase energy you can certainly turn to good mood foods. Eating good mood foods can affect the chemicals in your brain and affect your metabolism which boosts your mood and increases your level of energy.

Besides certain types of foods that are good mood foods, eating breakfast, eating small meals throughout the day, exercising, and staying hydrated can also boost mood and energy levels. Drinking water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help keep you hydrated which stabilizes your metabolism and energy level. Eating a breakfast with fiber from whole grains, one of the good fats and lean protein will give you more energy throughout the whole day. Eating smaller meals throughout the day instead of the 3 basic heavier meals helps stabilize your blood sugar levels which keeps your energy and mood levels up during the day. Staying active and exercising can also increase your energy and mood for the day. Exercise releases endorphins which are feel good chemicals, relieves stress and helps you get better quality of sleep which also improves mood.

Good Mood Foods
So what foods are good mood foods and how do they work to increase mood and energy? Here are some foods that can help give you a mood boost and why they do so.


  • PEA, phenylethylamine, is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is linked to energy, mood, and attention. It is a vital part of your brain function and is responsible for feelings of pleasure as well as mental acuity. The body does make its own PEA from the amino acid phenylalanine, but often it can't make as much as it needs. AFA blue-green algae, cheddar cheese, dark chocolate high in cocoa, soybeans, lentils, peanuts, and eggs are all good mood foods with PEA. 
  • Carbohydrates can give you an energy boost and improve mood by raising your serotonin level. Getting carbs from whole grains which the body absorbs more slowly than simple carbs helps stabilize blood sugar levels and give you a more steady long lasting energy. 
  • Magnesium is needed for the body to change sugars into energy. If you do not get enough magnesium in your diet, you may have low energy. Bananas not only have magnesium, they also are a good source of potassium which also can help boost energy. Halibut, bran cereal, black beans, kidney beans, brown rice, nuts such as cashews and almonds and lentils are all good sources of magnesium. 
  • Selenium is another mineral that boosts mood. Brazil nuts, oysters, tuna, salmon, flounder, crimini and shiitake mushrooms, lean beef, chicken, turkey and pork are all sources of good mood foods with selenium. Too much selenium can be detrimental though so stay in the recommended amounts which according to the RDA is between 15 and 55 mcg depending on your age. Lean beef, chicken, and turkey not only give you selenium but also boost dopamine and norepinephrine to increase alertness and focus. 
  • Ubiquinol is an active antioxidant form of coenzyme Q10 which is important for stress relief and improved energy. An easy way to add ubiquinol to your diet is with this algae supplement that has ubiquinol combined with reishi and oyster mushrooms, polyphenols from olives, and bluegreen algae. 
  • Turmeric is good for increasing serotonin in the brain and has been used in Chinese medicine for a very long time to treat depression. With this supplement you not only get  turmeric, but also other ingredients known to positively affect energy levels such as wheatgrass juice, cordyceps mushrooms, bee pollen, noni, and green tea. 
  • If you prefer a liquid energy boost, this one, designed for daily renewal of mind and body, gives you organic wild microalgae(TM), Cognizin(R), Sustamine(R), green tea, vitamin D, carnosine, blueberry extract, all in a 2 ounce shot.


How to increase energy is an easy question to answer now. You just need the right good mood foods, some lifestyle and diet changes and supporting supplements and you'll be on your way to being able to increase your energy, stamina and improve your mood. It's as simple as eating your way to a happier you.

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