Friday, January 27, 2012

Want to Feel Like a Superhero? Try Superfoods

Superfood sounds like something we all need to be superheroes in our lives, right? But what are they, really?

Superfoods are super-concentrated whole food sources of essential nutrients, especially nutrients that our bodies do not make by themselves. Superfoods give us more "bang for the buck" than other health foods like salads because they are much more concentrated, delivering more nutrition gram for gram.

Many superfoods are green, such as:

Blue-green and green algae
Chlorella and spirulina
Wheat and barley grasses

Here are some other superfoods, according to Dr. Perricone (as featured on Oprah):

Açaí
The Allium Family
Barley
Beans and Lentils
Buckwheat
Hot Peppers
Nuts and Seeds
Sprouts
Yogurt and Kefir

Variety is important when incorporating superfoods into your diet. Also, be careful as some of the items on the second list above can prove fattening if you eat them in excess. Otherwise enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Caffeine, Prozac, Ambien – The Staple American Diet

I'm being sarcastic, of course, but not really. While indulging in watching TV, another staple of the American lifestyle, I loved this quote from "Royal Pains," when asked what medications she takes:

"In addition to my blood pressure meds, the same as everyone else. Ambien to go to sleep, caffeine to wake up. Paxil to make it through the day ..."

With 20 million Americans complaining of chronic stress and 95% of doctor visits being for stress, this quote is to be believed. Americans ARE on a lot of drugs to go to sleep, wake up, and stay calm and collected.

But there is another way ...

Natural Solutions to Wake Up and Go to Sleep
While there are definitely people who need pharmacological solutions for waking up and going to sleep, there are also natural solutions worth exploring--solutions that are not addictive and do not interfere with the body's normal waking and sleeping cycle.

Here are 3 quickies worth trying:

  • Wake Up: Instead of chugging caffeine, try taking a brisk walk and a hot shower. Note that you may have "caffeine headaches" for a week or so when you go off caffeine. You can alleviate these headaches by taking a dose of slow-release magnesium with tonic water each night and each morning as needed. Magnesium calms the nerves while tonic water has quinine, which eases any aches and pains you may have upon waking up caffeine free.
     
  • Go to Sleep: If you have trouble sleeping, try some homeopathics. Hyland's Calms Forte works wonders. Avoiding caffeine will also help your body sleep at the right time. A warm bath before bed can also help.
     
  • Stay Calm during the Day: Take several capsules of bluegreen algae during the day. The  whole algae cell keeps you physically energized yet calm, while the  center of the algae calms your mind and increases mental energy.

These are simple natural solutions that may really help your body behave energetically yet naturally during the day ... as you wake up, go through your day, and go to sleep!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Stress Relief – Natural Solutions

Did you know that more than 20 millions Americans suffer from health problems related to chronic stress?

Or that 95% of visits people make to healthcare professionals are for stress-related issues?*

Are we a stressed-out nation or what? Luckily we are also a nation that has easy access to bunches of natural solutions that can relieve stress.

Natural Solutions for Stress Relief
There's something on the natural solutions menu for everyone. Consider these solutions:

++ B Vitamins from Probiotics: These are the vitamins, especially B-12, that help us relax and soothes our nerves. Unfortunately, when we are stressed we burn through our body's supply of B vitamins. You can replenish your body's B vitamins naturally by replacing the beneficial bacteria in your gut. These beneficial bacteria, called probiotics, produce the B vitamins in our bodies. When you take probiotics like acidophilus, bifidus, or full-spectrum mixes you basically give your body the ability to KEEP producing B vitamins, especially when you are stressed.

++ Healthy Protein: Stress also increases our body's need for protein, so you need to increase your protein intake when stressed. To avoid all the side effects associated with various protein sources, feed your body only "good proteins." These include whole grains, soy foods, sprouts, and blue-green algae. These good proteins support your body's ability to handle stress, both physically and mentally.

++ Antioxidants: Nothing makes you feel stress more than various aches, pains, and chronic health conditions. To avoid aggravating these conditions, take antioxidants. These "scavengers" literally go around your body cleaning up the toxins and substances that make your aches and pains worse during stress. Antioxidant-rich supplements include sprouts, coenzyme Q10, and vitamin C. In addition, many people find that avoiding wheat helps decrease general aches and pains.

++ Lifestyle Fixes: In addition to paying attention to nutrition and supplements, you can also decrease the effects of stress by getting plenty of sleep, drinking plenty of well or spring water, exercising regularly, avoiding caffeine, and calming yourself with a daily spiritual practice like meditation.

All of these natural solutions are simple to add to your daily regimen. Adding just one of these solutions to your life will improve your body's reaction to stress in ways that will amaze you!

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