Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tips and Tricks for Reading Food Labels

With today's food sources being questionable as to where they come from, how they are grown, and the nutrition they actually provide, a food label is often your best friend. There are so many different labels out today on foods that unless you know what each one really means, you may not be getting the real information you are seeking. It would be great if we could all grow our own food, not have to deal with checking a food label and know that we are getting the freshest, most nutritious food. But most people either don't have the time, make the time, have the knowledge or desire or the space to do this. For that reason, let's take a look at some tips for picking the best quality food and for reading a food label so you know what it is really telling you.

1. Organic – Organic food products are those that have been grown and processed by organic farming methods. There have been studies reporting that organic food is more nutrient rich and has more antioxidant benefits than non-organic food. If you find the USDA Organic label on food products you will know that at least 95% of the ingredients are organically grown. To qualify for this label, a product must be free of synthetic growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and irradiation can't be used in the production or processing of it. This is true at least for the 95% organic ingredients. The other 5% might have additives or synthetics from a list of approved substances. If your label only says it is made with organic ingredients, but does not have the USDA label, then it may be only 70% organic ingredients and not produced by synthetic methods, but it does not contain enough organic ingredients to qualify for the USDA organic label. Ingredients claiming to be organic must not have or have been produced with chemicals, additives, synthetics, pesticides or anything genetically engineered. If a product is claiming to be 100% organic then there should be an ingredient list on the label that includes information on who has certified it as organic. What may surprise you is that even foods with the USDA certification are not necessarily free of heavy metals or GMO ingredients. Heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, cadmium, mercury and aluminum are not tested for in order to receive the organic certification and the National Organic Program has policy that finding trace amounts of genetically modified ingredients in a product does not constitute a violation of the regulations. If GMO's are found in a product, the agency that certifies it will take steps to prevent future occurrences however. Products coming from other countries (especially those that have large pollution problems) that are labeled organic are more likely to have the heavy metals than the ones grown in the U.S., so be aware of that.

2. Naturally Grown – A label that says Certified Naturally Grown means the product is very similar to the ones with the certified organic label. The difference is that the farm it came from was not certified by the National Organic Program of the USDA. This could be due to the high costs and the hoops farmers have to jump through to be in the program. Certified Naturally grown is a label that came about through a non-profit organization where farmers become inspectors for other farmers. Do not confuse this with products that label themselves as "natural" without any type of certification. The USDA defines All Natural as being a product with nothing artificial and has gone through minimal processing. This claim is not certified by a third party, but products making the claim of being natural should have an explanation on the label of why they are natural. In most cases natural is not anywhere near the same as organic, so read those labels carefully when selecting products claiming to be natural.

3. Fair Trade – FLO (Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International) gives a certification for products in which workers have safe working conditions, receive fair compensation for their work, no forced or child labor is used and workers are allowed to join trade unions. Products carrying this label must be grown, produced and processed in a way that promotes social, economic and environmental development.

4. Heart Check Symbol – If you are particularly interested in a diet that promotes a healthy heart, look for the American Heart Association's symbol on food labels certifying that the product meets their guidelines and is a participant in their certification program.

5. GMO - Foods that have been genetically modified or genetically engineered are not required to be labeled as such in the United States. Here's a tip though that will let you know what you are getting in your produce. Look at the PLU number on the produce. If it has a 4 digit code number then it was grown by conventional farming methods and if it has a 5 digit number that begins with 8 then it is genetically modified or engineered. If you are looking for organically grown produce, look for 5 digit labels that start with a 9.

6. High Pesticide Levels – Some fruits and vegetables have higher levels of pesticides than others. A non-profit group called Environmental Working Group has tested and come up with those that test as highest for pesticide levels. For that reason these might be the fruits and vegetables that you will want to buy organic. They include apples, grapes, peaches, strawberries, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, kale, summer squash and spinach. To save on your food budget you might consider buying conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that are low on the pesticide level list instead of organic. These would include kiwi, mango, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, cantaloupe, asparagus, avocado, cabbage, sweet corn, eggplant, onion, sweet potatoes, and frozen sweet peas. Since organic selections do cost more than their conventionally grown counterparts, you might also stick to organic for the foods you eat the most of and go with conventionally grown for those foods that you don't eat as often.

7. Searching Out Organic Sources – Look for farmers' markets in your area. If there aren't any real close then you might consider making a periodic trip to stock up on organic products and either freezing or canning them for future use. If you have a food co-op in your area that you can join or shop at then you may be able to get organic products at a lower cost than the grocery store. Also look for CSA's in your area. These are Community Supported Agriculture programs in which you are actually buying a share in the crops produced by a particular farm for that season. You pay a fee and you receive a division of the crops produced each week. If none of these alternatives exist for you, consider starting your own organic garden or do some patio gardening. If nutritious, organic food is a priority for you then you can find a way. At the very least, find out what day the store you normally shop at receives their produce and buy on that day to get the freshest fruits and veggies. Consider buying extra of items that are in their natural growing season and freezing or home canning them for later.

Why You Don't Have to Worry About our Superfood Supplements
Our superfood algae supplements are assured to be grown, harvested and processed by strict guidelines taking nutrition, quality, and sustainability into account. These algae products start with the finest grade of raw ingredients such as certified organic wild-harvested bluegreen algae, mushrooms organically grown from wild spores, plant based enzymes and high quality botanicals. They include products with certifications such as Kosher, Halal and the USDA organic certification provided by Pro-Cert Organic Systems. You can see all the individual product certifications HERE. These products are also manufactured at on-site NSF Good Manufacturing Practice and GMP for Sports registered facilities. GMP is overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with a strict set of guidelines food and supplement producers must adhere to from harvesting raw materials, through the manufacturing process, all the way to a finished product and including maintenance of the facility, employee training and validation of testing equipment. It is not an easy certification to claim and we are one of the few algae supplement companies that can claim it.

With our products, harvesting, cooling, cleaning, water removal, freezing and storage is all done in less than 5 hours of time to protect nutritional quality with attention given to minimal environmental impact and preserving the unique sustainable ecosystems the raw ingredients are obtained from. And in addition to the GMP certification and the USDA Organic Certification, we undergo the meticulous inspections of our manufacturing facility, records and testing procedures performed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture to meet criteria for the ODA Food Processing License.

I know that all the various food labels out there today can get confusing and take a little more time to look for. In the long run though, it makes you an informed consumer and lets you know what to look for to find products that are a match for your values and health concerns. Finding the freshest and most nutritious food sources that you can will pay off for any extra time or expense with benefits to your health. I hope you find some of these tips useful in knowing what to look for on food labels and how to get the best food for your buck that you can. If you have any other tips to share, we'd love to hear them. Just leave a comment below and share what you've found with other readers.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Reap the Benefits from Nature this Summer

With summer here, are you just itching to get outside? The reality for many of us however, is that we are stuck indoors working on computers or at desks with fluorescent lights overhead instead of out soaking up sunshine and connecting with nature. We may get a break during the day to have lunch outside, but that half hour or hour doesn't quite do the job on accessing the health benefits that come with being outside in nature. Here are a few reasons to make sure you put getting outside more on your to-do list this summer.

Reduce Stress – We all deal with various levels of stress and become overwhelmed with all the daily tasks we are responsible for from time to time. Outside activities such as hiking, gardening, and walking are all ways research has confirmed can reduce stress. Getting away from the chaos of city life and experiencing the calm, quiet environment nature provides as well as the soothing smells of trees and flowers is a great way to recharge your spirit, mind and body. If you live in a more city environment, find a state park, BLM land, hiking trails, a river or lake, or even a city park to get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer.

Get Your Vitamin D – Vitamin D is necessary for your body to absorb calcium. Children need this vitamin to build strong bone and adults need it to maintain bone health. Being out in the sunshine is the best way to naturally give your body the Vitamin D it needs. Be sure to observe precautions against damage from the sun to your skin while getting out and soaking up those much needed rays.

Be Happy – Natural light is reported to give your mood a boost. Getting outside for exposure to sunlight is a great way to improve mood. Not getting enough time in the sun can actually lower production of serotonin and dopamine while be out in the sunlight releases endorphins.

Have Fun Exercising – You know the health benefits of exercise. Everything from weight loss to heart health benefits from exercising. Summer is a great time to experience all sorts of exercise that is also fun. Canoeing or kayaking, hiking, biking, skating, walking, swimming and lots more summer activities can help you get extra exercise while having fun at the same time.

New Earth invites you this summer to find any excuse to get outdoors more and experience the health benefits this can provide. We would also invite you to share your outdoor experiences on social media using #NewEarthLife and give others ideas on how to live a New Earth Life. You can also share on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ProsperityAbounds/.

Source: 
Nature Is Calling and for Good Reason

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Pop This to Enhance Physical Performance and Reduce Stress

Our energy level, overall health, mental functioning and physical performance are tied into what we feed our bodies. The problem is that between busy schedules, poor food choices and food sources that lack all the nutrition the body needs, it is often hard to get in all our nutrients. The type of lifestyle many of us lead also keeps us under a lot of stress which is also detrimental to our health. This is why so many people are turning to nutritional whole food supplements that can help fill in the gaps for the lack of nutrition in the diet. When looking for whole food supplements, I look for those rich in essential nutrients to get the most nutrition I can by popping the least amount of capsules into my mouth. I also don't want to have a whole cabinet full of supplement bottles. That's why I find this whole food supplement program perfect for me. Everything is pre-packaged in convenient daily packets of capsules that are easy to grab on the go and that are loaded with the nutrition of marine and freshwater algae, wild mushrooms, sprouted grasses and grains, as well as probiotics and digestive enzymes. Take a look at all the nutritional value this program has to offer.

AFA Bluegreen Algae
AFA bluegreen algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth being loaded with phytonutrients, plant based proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids and micronutrients. We have to get amino acids from the foods we eat for the body to have usable proteins for energy, muscle building, keep organs healthy, feed skin, hair, and bones and aid the body in repairing and regenerating. AFA bluegreen algae has all the essential amino acids similar to the proportions found in human breast milk. The green color of algae comes from chlorophyll created by photosynthesis that acts as a powerful antioxidant and that the body uses to stimulate liver function and excretion of bile, strengthen immunity, and detoxify chemical pollutants. Another powerful antioxidant found in AFA is glutathione that is important for many metabolic functions, including iron metabolism, the synthesis and repair of DNA and proteins, and enzyme function. Our brains and nerve cells require omega-3 fatty acids such as ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to function properly and our bodies can't make these on their own. Some people take fish oil supplements to get these essential fatty acids, but actually fish can't synthesize them either. They get it from the algae they eat, so why not go right to the source? AFA bluegreen algae also contains PEA, an amino acid precursor functioning as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator, phycocyanin that has powerful antioxidant properties and is a rich source of phytonutrients, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, necessary trace minerals such as copper and chromium, 20 different amino acids including carnitine, and tyrosine, and a wide variety of vitamins including vitamin A, B vitamins (which also help in coping with stress), and vitamin K.

Acidophilus and Bifidus
The beneficial bacteria that lives in our intestines is constantly at risk from things like stress, antibiotics, processed foods, pesticides, chlorinated drinking water, environmental toxins, and antacids. We need these friendly bacteria, or probiotics, however to keep the digestive system healthy and functioning properly so the body can get all the nutrition it can out of the foods we eat, in producing B vitamins, and to help support the immune system in fighting off foreign invaders. Acidophilus helps keep the small intestine balanced by cleaning out the harmful by-products that can interfere with proper digestion and in helping the body process food. The acidophilus found in this supplement program also contains the pre-biotic inulin which comes from GMO-free chicory root to feed and nourish probiotics. Bifidobacterium bifidum or bifidus works in the large intestine which is responsible for absorbing water from food and taking what the body doesn't use out as waste. The bifidus offered as part of this supplement program is freeze-dried through a process that preserves the effectiveness of the bacterial organisms and includes bluegreen algae and inulin as a prebiotic.

Enzymes
Digestion requires a lot of energy and the more we use in digesting foods, the less we have for physical and mental performance. Ideally, we would eat foods that give us the enzymes we need to properly digest foods to get the nutrition we need. Unfortunately, cooking and processing of foods kills off the food's natural enzymes. Even raw foods often don't have the enzymes we need unless they are fresh from the garden which most of us don't have access to. Food enzymes are necessary to work with the body's digestive enzymes for digestion to work properly. The enzyme supplement offered in this whole food supplement program has 16 natural plant based food enzymes to help the body breakdown fat, carbs, protein and fiber and some AFA bluegreen algae mixed in.

Algae and Seaweed Combo
Included in this program is also a whole food supplement that combines nine colorful algae for a supply of minerals and phytonutrients from the lake and sea. Included are dulse, kelp, fucoidan, Ecklonia cava, bladderwrack, Dunaliella salina, spirulina, chlorella and pure wild grown AFA bluegreen alage from Klamath Lake. Chlorella is a green microalgae grown through freshwater aquaculture that is loaded with nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides, polysaccharides, and minerals. Spirulina is a type of bluegreen microalgae that is a rich source of chlorophyll, phycocyanin, a broad spectrum of minerals and phytonutrients and vitamins A and K. Kelp is a wild algae that is found in all the oceans on the earth and is rich in micronutrients and minerals including vitamins C and E, calcium, magnesium, boron, and trace elements. Bladderwrack is a brown algae from the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that has vitamins and minerals and fucoidan which is a sulfated polysaccharide. Dulse is a dark red sea algae which contains phytonutrients and pigments that are high in plant based protein, and important vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B6, B12, and A, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and manganese. Dunaliella Salina is a sea microalgae high in carotenoids (beta-carotene, alpha carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein), antioxidants, important vitamins, minerals and a high concentration of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Ecklonia Cava is an edible seaweed which is a rich source of phlorotannins, including triphlorethol-A.

Sprouts and Algae
Offering a nutritious source of chlorophyll, glutathione, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients from kale sprouts, red clover sprouts, wheat sprouts, concentrated wheat sprouts, and Dunaliella salina algae is this sprouts and algae supplement included in the program. The kale sprouts are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin K as well as other minerals and vitamins, lutein and zeaxanthin compounds, carotenoids and flavonoids. Red clover sprouts are a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and antioxidants. Wheatgrass juice is a natural source of antioxidants and phytonutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll and the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Wheat grass also does not contain wheat allergens such as gluten. Wheat sprouts are a good source of fiber and protein and have a variety of essential minerals, vitamins, amino acids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as high levels of active enzymes and none of the gluten or other allergens linked to wheat.

Mushrooms and Algae
The last supplement included in this wholefood supplement program provides the powerful nutrition of mushrooms with algae. Reishi, maitake, cordyceps, wild black trumpet, and Poria cocos mushrooms are combined with AFA bluegreen algae providing beta glucans, polysaccharides, triterpenoid compounds, fiber, polyphenols, protein, enzymes, minerals, trace minerals, beneficial phospholipids, unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, and plant sterols such as ergosterol. Much research has been done in recent years with various varieties of mushrooms and report how mushrooms are able to benefit improved blood flow, balancing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, regenerating nerves, supporting the kidney and liver, reducing the risk of heart disease and have properties that are valuable in immune system support.

As you can see if you are looking for whole food supplements that give you the most nutrition bang for the buck, are convenient and easy to take on the go, and loaded with the components straight from nature that you may be missing from your diet, this one has a lot to offer.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

5 Things Most People Don't Know About Healthy Brain Function

The brain is one of the most important parts in the body. It is responsible for voluntary and involuntary body functions, such as movement, personality, heart rate, emotions, mood, thoughts, and storage of knowledge. You may start noticing how important the brain is as you age and start having symptoms like memory problems appearing more and more, but you don't have to wait until you start having problems to do something. Maintaining healthy brain function and keeping your brain in good working order are things you can start early. According to Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, and other experts, there are nutrients that the brain needs for healthy brain function and foods that are good food for the brain as well as foods that are bad food for the brain and interfere with brain function. Magee points out that diet plays a big role in the chemical and physiological structure of the brain and this has an effect on our behavior. Since diet is so important in maintaining healthy brain function, it is number one on our list of 5 things to know about maintaining a healthy brain.

1. The Brain Needs Specific Types of Foods
You can literally eat your way to a healthier brain. Glucose, essential fatty acids and specific amino acids are necessary as good food for the brain. If you find that you have problems staying mentally focused, alert, or find yourself moody, depressed or experiencing brain fog, it may be that your brain is nutrient or oxygen deprived. The brain demands a lot of nutrition to keep it working properly, but it also is protected behind the blood brain barrier which makes it more difficult to get the nutrition it needs to it. The blood brain barrier is a layer of cells that only allows the smallest fat-soluble molecules and micronutrients to reach the brain. The solution is to concentrate on eating foods that have the specific nutrients the brain needs that can also pass through the blood brain barrier. According to Mark Hyman, MD and other nutritional experts, omega-3 fatty acid is one of the best food for the brain and that 99% of people don't get enough of this fat. Instead, our diets consist of an overabundance of omega-6 from oils such as corn, soy and safflower and the typical junk food/fast food diets many people indulge in and not enough omega-3 that in the past humans got from fish, wild game and wild plants. Studies including one from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 reported findings that participants had increased risk of mild depression and mood difficulties if they didn't have enough omega-3 fatty acid intake. Deep water fish, flax seeds, chia seeds, avocados, nuts and olive oil are all good sources of omega-3 to add into your diet.

The other two nutrients that are good food for the brain are glucose and amino acids. Glucose is the sugars your body makes by digesting carbohydrates. Complex carbs are healthier for you than simple carbs so adding whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice and quinoa, and starchy vegetables like potatoes, beans, peas and lentils to your diet will help feed your brain. In the amino acid category, glutamine, GABA, isoleucine, phenylalanine, arginine, taurine, methionine, valine, lysine, glycine, leucine, alanine, and histidine are essential for a healthy brain. These protein building blocks can be obtained by eating lots of fruits, vegetables, unsaturated oils and whole grains. 

2. AFA Algae Has Nutrition To Help With Brain Function
Since we are on the subject of nutrition for the brain and how it needs lots of glucose, amino acids and essential fatty acids, we have to point out that AFA bluegreen algae contains all of these. It is a rich source of phenylalanine, an amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier faster than any other amino acid and has all 20 amino acids our bodies need. The brain's main source of energy is glucose. It also needs protein however and proteins are not able to pass through the blood brain barrier until they break down into amino acids. AFA bluegreen algae has the amino acids that are the building blocks of healthy nerve cells and neurotransmitters needed for proper brain function. It also provides a perfect ratio of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, helps maintain normal, healthy blood chemistry that feeds the brain, and provides an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber.

In support of AFA bluegreen algae as good food for the brain, we cite studies such as ones by Gabriel Cousens, MD that report AFA bluegreen algae use with Alzheimer's patients has shown improvement in symptoms like hand tremors, attention span, judgment, reasoning and short term memory. In addition to AFA bluegreen algae alone, another whole food supplement that lends support to the brain is this supplement with blue green algae that has the added ingredients of bee pollen, vitamin A, enzymes, antioxidants, gluten-free wheatgrass juice, Hawaiin noni, eleuthero, ginkgo, and turmeric. 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. Gingko has been used for a long time to promote increased memory and mental concentration by increasing circulation and providing increased oxygenation of brain cells. Curcumin, found in turmeric, has been the basis of much research and found to have benefit for enhancing memory, for enhancing nerve growth in areas of the brain and as an antidepressant. It is also being studied and used in relation to treating Alzheimer's.

If you find yourself needing supplemental support to maintain good brain function, here is a formula to consider:
•    1-2 capsules AFA blue-green algae a.m. or noon
•    1-2 capsules AFA blue-green algae (no cell wall) a.m. and/or noon
•    1-2 capsules acidophilus (probiotic)a.m.
•    1-2 capsules bifidus (probiotic) p.m.
•    1 capsule algae/ubiquinol (active form of coenzyme Q10) supplement a.m.


3. Your Brain Needs Exercise
Physical exercise not only keeps your body fit, but also keeps your brain fit. There are several reasons exercise is important for a healthy brain. First, exercise helps keep your weight down and excess weight is a contributor to diseases that affect the brain such as stroke and Alzheimer's. Regular exercise helps reduce the risk of plaque buildup in your arteries and keeps the pathways clear for blood circulation thus reducing the risk of heart attack. When blood circulation is compromised, the brain doesn't get the oxygen and nutrients delivered to it that it needs. No matter what your lifestyle or physical restrictions are, it is important to do some kind of exercise that will get the heart rate going and blood pumping. If you have physical restrictions, check with your healthcare provider to see what types of exercises you can do safely to accomplish this. Studies report there is a link between how active a person is and cognitive ability, so find some way to pause in your day to get your body moving.

4. Wine Can Give Your Brain a Boost
This is certainly not a tip for anyone who has a problem with alcohol or who is pregnant, but for those who don't or aren't, there have been many studies showing health benefits of drinking one or two glasses of wine a day. Too much alcohol of course is not good for you and especially not for your brain. Overindulgence can lead to definite negative results on various brain functions and brain cells. But studies such as one conducted in France with 4,000 people over age 65, have reported that those drinking one or two glasses a day of wine showed 45% less risk of developing Alzheimer's. Part of the health benefits of wine are attributed to resveratrol. If you are not a wine drinker, you can also get this flavonoid in red grapes or red grape juice.

5. Stress Will Eat Your Brain
Anxiety, anger, depression or anything causing you chronic stress can destroy the memory parts of your brain. When we are under stress it triggers the release of cortisol in the body. This raises blood sugar levels and blood pressure. That is the reason that we often crave sugary and fatty comfort foods when we are stressed. This extra cortisol release can lead to the body storing body fat which can lead to weight gain, interfere with getting good quality sleep, reduce energy levels, and be responsible for poor memory and decreased cognitive function. Depression in particular leads to an increase in cortisol in the blood which is carried to the brain. Brain imaging shows that this increase in cortisol has detrimental effects on particular areas of the brain such as the hippocampus which deals with short term memory. Eating foods with magnesium, B vitamins and chlorophyll can help your body deal with excess stress. As your body becomes stressed it uses up these stress relievers more quickly so that just when you need them the most, they are the least available to you. Eating lots of leafy greens, halibut, oysters, nuts and seeds can give you the extra nutrition you need to support your body through the times you are coping with stress. If you struggle with depression, seek help from your healthcare provider as there are various treatments that can help.

Don't wait until you find yourself suffering with brain fog or loss of memory and cognitive brain functions. Start feeding your brain the nutrition it needs to stay healthy now. If you are already experiencing some of these symptoms, give some or all of these tips a try and give your brain the support to do the best job it can for you.


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

90 Days to a New You

guest contributor Barbara Swanson

Summer is often the time we use to be active and "get in shape". What if you could use this as a springboard for a year-long health change for the positive? The New You Challenge is a lifestyle protocol for you to use for 90 days. We are pretty sure you will see differences if you stick to it!

What are the benefits people notice?

  • More restful sleep
  • Better mood
  • More energy
  • Better mental focus & clarity
  • More regularity
  • Better digestion
  • Clearer skin
  • Firmer muscle tone
  • Just plain 'feeling good'! 


The "New You" Lifestyle Guidelines
Get enough SLEEP: Get at least 8 hours a day. Rest is the #1 deficiency in Americans (other than water). If you can't do this, take a power nap of 20-30 minutes during your day.

Be more ACTIVE: Whether you walk, run, work out or garden, increase your activity 5 minutes a day, adding another 5 minutes every 5-7 days.

Drink more WATER: Most important to this process is drinking enough water. Most people are slightly to severely dehydrated. As you begin the New You program, your body will begin to cleanse and detox. In order for this process to work well, water is essential. We recommend at least 50 ounces daily, and for most people, 64 ounces is even better. A rule of thumb is to drink ½ your weight in ounces.
Example: If you weigh 150 pounds, drink at least 75 ounces. This may be a big increase, which can be difficult at first, so start with a minimum of 50 ounces and work up.

We STRONGLY recommend you drink purified water. A faucet filter is not only less expensive than plastic bottles, it is better for our planet. Even a Pur or Brita filter is better than plastic bottled water. If you have a local spring water source, you could use that instead.

Tips to make it easier to get this amount in daily:
a.  Make herbal or white tea. Using loose leaf, or 2-3 bags, make ½ gallon in the morning, then store in glass quart bottles. Drink throughout the day for better absorption of the water as well as added nutrients and antioxidants from the tea.
b.  Use a straw and drink from a cup--makes it easier to get more down at a time.

Coffee/carbonated drinks: Drinking coffee daily, if you have only 1-2 cups, is not terrible. If you drink carbonated drinks, I strongly encourage you to stop them--they leach calcium from your bones and can also cause digestive issues.

NO synthetic sweeteners AT ALL!!! Far healthier options:

  • Stevia
  • Monkfruit
  • Maple Syrup (in small amounts)
  • Honey

REMOVE processed & fast foods: They are not only empty calories, they are usually full of toxic additives, colorants and chemicals. You not only don't get nourished, you actually can make yourself sick.

EAT whole foods
Protein: Try to eat a maximum of 3-4 ounces/meal. No more than 4 ounces of meat daily is really necessary for most people. This will really enhance better assimilation, which may help increase energy.

Vegetables: Add veggie protein sources, such as beans or quinoa.

Eat one meal daily as a salad--mostly raw vegetables, with added protein or potatoes or rice.

There are a lot of other tricks and tips to enhance turning back the clock on aging--but if you accomplish these, you are well on your way to feeling younger!

OPTIONAL
Enhance your changes with our whole food supplements. Below are some product suggestions with links for more information on each. Using these is optional. We know these products can help maximize your benefits. And of course, with the 90-day money-back guarantee, it is risk-free. (shipping costs are not refunded). However, the main protocol works, with or without adding these supplements.

New You 90 Day Challenge Products
Good: Add these combo packets of algae, probiotics and enzymes
Better: Add the above combo packs PLUS digestive enzymes
Best: Add both of the above and this antioxidant stem cell support supplement

Challenge Product Protocol
AM with breakfast: Take one of the combo packets
At lunch and dinner: Take 1 enzyme with each meal
At bedtime: Take 2 capsules of the stem cell support supplement and 1 enzyme

It's that simple! You are getting powerful superfoods plus enzymes and 2 key probiotics in an easy-to-use program.

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