Start Fresh in February

2/10/2016 12:20 AM

Feeling a little uninspired by your new year's resolutions? We're here to help. Try these simple tips to get back in touch with your goals for 2016.

Ideas from Real Simple, Feb. 2016.

1. Appreciate silence.

2. Explore a new part of your community.

3. No electronics before bed.

4. Focus on your breath for 5 minutes.

5. Switch coffee for herbal tea.

6. Start a gratitude journal.

7. Tell someone you appreciate their work.

8. Take a brisk walk.

9. Spend time with a beloved pet.

10. Expect nothing. Welcome everything.

11. Make and share a workout playlist.

12. Plan a mini vacation.

13. Write a personal mantra.

14. Stretch.

15. Buy local, farm-fresh produce.

16. Take an art class.

17. Get a massage.

18. Slumber deeply with a soothing sleep mask.

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Body Ecology's Fermented Protein Shakes, available in Coconut and Chocolate flavors, are clean, vegan and completely gluten-free. Protein is used by our body every single day for many important functions, including the formation of enzymes, hormones and neurotransmitters.

Highlights:

  • A complete, vegan protein source
  • 15 grams of protein/serving
  • Free from gluten, soy, dairy (and guilt)
  • Supports weight management
  • Promotes the building of muscle
  • Delicious flavors (without the bad stuff)
  • Fermented for maximum bioavailability of nutrients
  • Probiotics to feed a healthy gut
  • Supports the immune system
  • Supports a normal inflammatory response

Fermented? Yes! Here's Why:

  • Removes anti-nutrients, like phytates and tannins, which bind to important minerals and interfere with your ability to thrive.
  • Pre-digests the food for you, making it easier to digest as you rebuild your inner ecosystem.
  • Enhances the levels of vitamins and antioxidants in food, making it more nutritious.

What's Inside:

  • Pea Protein Concentrate - Mad...
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Whole Formulas offers five potent oregano oil formulas for both internal and external use (depending on the product). Learn more about this incredible herb below.

The Whole Formulas Oregano Oil Line

Oregano Oil, 1 fl oz

Oregano Oil Capsules, 60 ct

Healthy Feet with Oregano Oil, 1 fl oz

Healthy Gums with Oregano Oil, 1 fl oz

Healthy Nails with Oregano Oil, 1 fl oz

Oregano at a Glance

Oregano (Origanum vulgare), a member of the mint family, is native to Asia and the Mediterranean. Its name is derived from the Greek words “oros,” meaning mountain, and “ganos,” meaning joy. This fragrant herb is used extensively in cooking, and is typically dried or extracted through steam distillation for medicinal purposes.

Oregano is packed with antioxidants and may display powerful antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and antiseptic activity. It's theorized that carvacrol, its active chemical component, may work by inhibiting the growth of yeast and several bacteria strains, including Escherichia coli and Bac...

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Article from mindbodygreen, here.

It’s nearly impossible not to have a love-hate relationship with sugar. From freshly baked birthday cakes to our favorite Thanksgiving pies, sugar occupies a delectable place in our diets.

But while it tastes oh-so-scrumptious, sugar comes with drawbacks. It can cause a number of emotional health problems, such as depression and anxiety, and is addictive.

The tricky part is, sugar sneaks into our diets in unexpected ways and under different names — such as molasses and corn syrup. But to maintain optimal health, it seems best to stick to a low-sugar diet.

We’ve listed 10 so-called healthy foods that aren’t as nutritious as they seem on the surface:

1. Almond Milk

Dairy-free might be in vogue, but that doesn’t mean alternatives are always healthier. Many boxed brands of almond milk contain around 7 grams of sugar. Luckily, many big labels have “unsweetened” options - or make it yourself (it's easy)!

2. Whole Wheat Bread

Many people probably think of whole wheat...

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Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and is involved in more metabolic processes than any other amino acid. In particular, it’s the preferred source of fuel for immune cells and the cells that line the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

Glutamine's Involvement in Gut Immunity

#1: Glutamine helps T-cells and macrophages do their job! It’s essential for proper GI, immune and muscle function.  

#2: Glutamine helps maintain the structural integrity of the intestinal lining by preserving healthy gut mucosa and protecting the villi that line the gastrointestinal tract. In fact, nearly 70% of the immune system is located in the gut.

To carry out its important role in immune function, the gut must be in tip-top shape, however, due to poor diets, the overuse of antibiotics, excessive alcohol consumption, and a myriad of other reasons, many guts are not. But the amino acid L-glutamine has the ability to support a healthy gut and healthy immunity.

When Does The Body Need More Glutamine?

Ther...

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Green juice is all the rage right now, so why not Green Soup?!

This sophisticated soup practically glows—a hint of what it can offer your body with its copious amounts of vitamins and minerals. The beautiful deep green color comes from cucumber, celery, watercress leaves, wheatgrass powder, and even avocado!

If you’re not familiar with watercress, it’s a leafy green that grows naturally around slow-moving waters. It adds a tangy, peppery flavor and contains more than 15 vitamins and minerals, with vitamin K by far being the most prominent, and vitamins C and A not far behind.

Watercress is also bursting with antioxidants, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin, which are highly concentrated in the macula of the eye—the part of the eye responsible for central vision and high-resolution visual sharpness. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are studied for their involvement in in supporting healthy eye and macula function because of their anti-oxidant capacity to fight free-radicals.

Note: English cucumbers ar...

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