Intermittent Fasting: Yes or No?

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Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting (or “IF”) is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It is a very popular health and fitness trend, with some research to back it up.

You simply restrict the hours you eat each day rather than what you eat. No conscious “dieting” required! There are many IF approaches, such as the common 16-8 protocol (when you eat in an eight-hour window, for example, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) or the one-meal-a-day pattern (in which you eat everything in one meal, such as lunch or dinner). But as long as you’re doing it for at least 12 hours, you should get a lot of the benefits.

The research

In 2014, biochemist Valter Longo, the head of the anti-aging department at USC, had both mice and human cancer patients fast for four days. During the fast, both the mice and the cancer patients discarded old blood cells; once the fast was broken, their bodies produced shiny, new cells to take the place of discarded ones, thus effectively regenerating their immune systems.

The results of Longo’s study led him to conclude that prolonged periods of fasting could reduce the harsh side effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients (in fact, some patients are already trying this on their own), or even boost immunity for healthy people.

A 2015 study from Yale Medical School went one further, finding that both dieting and fasting produce a compound that prevents the immune system from making a protein linked to inflammatory diseases like diabetes and atherosclerosis. That study also assessed both human and mice immune cells.

Other Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Greater Fat Burning

Research has shown that fasting for relatively long periods may result in greater fat-burning and accelerated fat loss, even when total daily calorie intake remains the same. Most people find that they’re able to have a few more of their favorite “cheat” foods during the feeding window and still see results. This is why IF is such an appealing diet for many people.

Adherence

Other reasons why so many individuals love IF are that’s it’s relatively easy to get used to and stick with, and it’s a diet you don’t have to discontinue—ever. You can do intermittent fasting long-term with no adverse health effects. Instead, you’ll actually see health benefits from IF.

Who should do Intermittent Fasting?

People looking to improve their health and become a better fat-burner. Not everyone is a good candidate. Below are some requirements if you want to try IF:

  • You’re eating a healthy, well-balanced diet which includes adequate healthy fat, protein, and fiber from vegetables.
  • You can eat three meals a day and no snacks without hypoglycemic symptoms such as light-headedness, confusion, blurred vision, getting hangry, dips in energy, etc.
  • You’re getting sufficient sleep (7 – 9 hrs.)
  • You’re exercising regularly (not too much and not too little).
  • As a woman, you are not experiencing hormone imbalances
  • You are not underweight, already restricting-calories, have/had an eating disorder.
  • You’re not pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to get pregnant.
  • If you’re an insulin-dependent diabetic, you’re being closely supervised by a doctor.
  • You don’t have a chronic renal disease.

There is still a lot to know about IF

Overall, it sounds like there is a ton that’s just not totally understood about intermittent fasting right now. Some people swear by it, while others may find it negatively affects them physically or mentally. Until there is more research that supports health benefits as a result of fasting, it might be better to choose nourishing foods you enjoy eating and helping you reconnect and trust your body when it comes to food. If you do choose to try it out, just make sure you are getting enough nutrients on your non-fasting days.

Wheatgrass Vegan Cheesecake

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Vegan Mini Cheesecakes
Vegan Mini Cheesecakes

Wheatgrass Vegan Cheesecake! The title pretty much says everything so you already know all of the amazingness that comes with this awesome recipe. Its raw, vegan and it has not one but two superfoods in it! What more do you need? Oh… and did I mention this is a guilt-free dessert?  With just one of these powerful cheesecakes, you will get energy from the cocoa beans and lots of vitamins from the wheatgrass. GREAT! It’s super easy to make too, just follow the instructions below.

Ingredients for the crust:

🌱½ cup almonds
🌱1 Tbsp Cocoa Beans
🌱1 tsp coconut butter
🌱2 dates
🌱¼ Tsp vanilla extract
🌱Pinch salt
🌱2 tsp coconut oil, melted

Ingredients for the filling:

🌱1½ cups cashews, soaked for at least 3 hours or overnight
🌱½ cup almond milk
🌱4 – 5 tsp lime juice
🌱¼ Tsp vanilla extract
🌱2 Tbsp maple syrup
🌱1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
🌱1 tsp Wheatgrass Powder
🌱2 tsp coconut oil, liquid
🌱Pinch of salt

Process

🌱In a food processor pulse the almonds until partially broken.
🌱Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture is sticky, but still crumbled.
🌱Press into molds, and form an even layer. Best to use fingers.
🌱Place in the freezer for 30 min or until it firms up.
🌱To prepare the cream filling, first, rinse and drain the cashews.
🌱Blend all ingredients together, (except coconut oil) in a high-speed blender until nice and smooth.
🌱Add the coconut oil liquid, and blend again at slow speed for just a few seconds until incorporated.
🌱Pour cream over the base. Garnish with berries.
🌱Place the mini cakes in the freezer for at least 3 hours.

30 min before serving, remove the cheesecakes from the molds and place in the refrigerator.

Enjoy!

 

Author:

Violet Simpson @thebuddingviolet

Can Apple Cider Vinegar make you Lose Weight?

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Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most common types of vinegar produced worldwide. It is touted as a natural health cure, with a number of suggested health benefits. Some of these health claims have potential, with small studies to back them up. Others, however, have little to no evidence of their validity.

What Is the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet?

The diet centers on apple cider vinegar, which is low in calories and contains B vitamins. B vitamins are a building block for good health, playing a key role in keeping you energized and with a good metabolism.

You can buy apple cider vinegar at most grocery stores or online. The premise of the apple cider vinegar diet is to simply increase your intake of the vinegar. Some people do it by drinking it straight or diluted in water, usually at mealtimes, while others make a point to use it regularly in their meals.

The Truth

You’ve heard it before but we’ll say it again: there’s no magic bullet for weight loss, and apple cider vinegar is no exception. Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet, minding portions and adding more activity. However, there may be small health benefits associated with apple cider vinegar. So while we wait for the researchers to dig deeper, we’ll be enjoying these salads that use apple cider vinegar in the dressing. Most of the studies about ACV have been done on animals—or in really small groups of people. There is one study of people that showed ACV may slow digestion of food and liquid, which may help stabilize blood sugar. But overall, there is not much science to support many of the claims.

Still, ACV is just fermented apple juice—and fermented foods can increase the good bacteria in the gut that are linked to healthier weights.

Warnings

Although most healthy people can take apple cider vinegar in small amounts with no problem, taking too much may cause throat or stomach irritation. It can also interact with certain medications, such as insulin or diuretics. Do not take any home remedy, including apple cider vinegar, without talking to your doctor first. Tell him if you are taking any prescription, over-the-counter or herbal medications to avoid potentially dangerous interactions.

Should you give it a try?

Unfortunately, there’s no definitive yes or no answer. If you decide to increase your intake of apple cider vinegar, I suggest eating more salads that are topped with a dressing made from apple cider vinegar and oil. This will increase vegetable intake, which is helpful for weight loss, and will also get in the vinegar you want.

No matter what, don’t think of apple cider vinegar as weight-loss magic. Though it may aid in digestion and increase satiety, it should always be in addition to — and not instead of — a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Vegan Protein Balls

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protein balls

Are you ready? I’m about to provide you with an incredibly easy, incredibly delicious and incredibly healthy recipe. I’m talking about raw protein balls. These little power balls contain a lot of proteins and are extremely delicious and easy to prepare. They are high in essential fats and antioxidants too. It is a big lie that eating healthy means giving up on delicious chocolaty treats, there are a ton of ways for you to put chocolate in your diet in a healthy way and these power balls are here to show you that.

What’s in it?

Organic Cocoa Beans

Cocoa beans are high in flavanols, theobromine, and other natural components. Antioxidant-rich Cocoa beans contain many healthy ingredients that work together for optimal benefits. You can also mix it with smoothies and granola, or use as a topping when substituting for regular chocolate chips. Before looking at cocoa beans for sale, you probably want to understand some of the benefits offered by this superfood. You have likely already heard that they are rich in antioxidants, but what does this really mean for your overall health? In the case of cocoa beans, the many antioxidants found in the cocoa beans will work for a variety of health benefits.

Organic Hemp Seeds

Stocked with Omega-3 fatty acids and a high amount of protein, hemp seeds are among the healthiest and most nutritious seeds you can eat. We recommended a usage of 3 tablespoons a day. For an added boost of protein, mix with cereal, yogurt, or smoothies. From the variety of nutrients to high-quality amino acid profile, the structure of this great food will keep you on your toes. One of the first benefits you will notice from consuming these seeds is the increase in energy you can experience. This energy is a result of the rich amino acid profile and strong protein content as well as the healthy fats found.

Organic Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are naturally high in Omega 3, Essential Fatty Acids, Fiber, and Protein.  Add to your favorite smoothie, baked goods or oatmeal. Chia will add a burst of nutrition and nutrients to all of your favorite foods. Chia Seeds improve the body’s metabolism. To accomplish this, you should consider buying chia seeds. Among the various superfoods out there today, this natural energy source has a wide variety of benefits.

What you’ll need

  • 1 cup of Dates
  • 1 teaspoon Chia Seeds
  • 2 teaspoons Hemp Seeds
  • 3 teaspoons of Cocoa Beans
  • Desiccated Coconut Flakes
  • ½ teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1 dash of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

How to prepare

  • Soak 1 cup of dates in water for 2 hours
  • Grind the cocoa beans with the hemp seeds until they are powdered.
  • Put the dates in a blender without the water and add the powdered hemp seeds and cocoa beans.
  • Add the chia seeds, cinnamon, cocoa powder and vanilla extract.
  • Blend until you have an even mixture.
  • Roll into balls covering them with coconut flakes or more cocoa powder.
  • Pop in the fridge or enjoy immediately any time of the day.

See? I told you they were easy to make. You can try covering them with cocoa powder or more coconut flakes! You can have this healthy treat as a dessert or as a snack when you are feeling hungry and don’t want to overeat. Go ahead and give these little power balls a try. You won’t regret it. Don’t be afraid to eat the whole batch because these are guilt-free goodies.

Kids love them too!

Chia Seeds Bubble Tea

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bubble tea
bubble tea

Summer is approaching, the temperature is rising and nothing says summer like a glass of refreshing iced tea.  Imagine a hot summer day, all you want to do is sit down and sip on a refreshing beverage. But what’s even better than regular iced tea? Bubble tea! I’m sure you’ve heard about bubble tea before, it’s the latest tea trend out there. Today I want to introduce you to a healthier, easier and more affordable version of bubble tea.

Today I’m going to walk you through on how to make a delicious Bubble tea that will also make you lose weight, give you a natural energy boost and even suppress your appetite. It also contains Chia Seeds which are known to be a superfood and are a source of protein, beneficial antioxidants, essential omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber.

We are going to be using Kou Tea, which is a Tea known to be a uniquely blended slimming tea that contains Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Pu-erh Tea & White Tea. This powerful combination provides the energy you need throughout the day, it keeps your appetite in check and makes you lose weight too!

For this amazing recipe you’ll need:

  • 1 tea bag of Kou Tea special slimming blend
  • ½ tsp. Organic Chia Seeds from Sun Pyramid Health
  • 1 tsp. Natural Sweetener
  • ½ Almond milk
  • Lemon Slices
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  • Bring 1 cup of water to boil.
  • Steep Tea Bag in Hot water for 1 minute.
  • Discard Tea Bag and pour tea into a glass with a lid.
  • Add some almond milk
  • Add chia seeds to the tea and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Top with ice, garnish with lemon and it’s ready to serve!

And there you have it, a delicious and healthy version of Bubble Tea with tons of health benefits!

What Avocados do to your Body?

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avocado

Avocados could just be one of the most overlooked and underrated superfoods on the planet. Even though they are often considered a vegetable or superfood, avocado is actually categorized as a fruit. This little wrinkly and unappealing food is loaded with health benefits that you simply can’t afford to miss out on. And the taste? While you may not prefer a plain avocado, when you catch a glimpse of all the delicious recipes that are in store for you, you’ll definitely want to start adding this amazing fruit to your diet on a weekly basis. Heck, even a little hot sauce, Himalayan sea salt, and pepper can bring out its true flavors. So let’s dive into the health benefits of avocados and just how they may help you shed unwanted body fat.

Avocado health benefits

Avocados contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin E, vitamin C, B vitamins, and folic acid. They are rich sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and dietary fiber with roughly 50 calories per 1-ounce serving. The high-fat content of avocados promotes satiety, helps regulate blood sugar, aids in hormone regulation, and in the absorption of essential fat-soluble vitamins.

In addition to monounsaturated fat, avocados also contain phytosterols, plant sterols that compete with cholesterol for absorption, therefore helping reduce blood cholesterol levels. What’s more, research suggests that avocados may reduce markers of inflammation associated with heart disease. Other phytonutrient compounds in avocado include glutathione, which acts as an antioxidant potentially for cancer protection, and lutein, which promotes healthy vision.

What makes Avocados a Superfood?

avocado superfood
avocado superfood

What Science says about Avocados

There have been studies made to see if avocados might have more lipids than other fruits and vegetables, which, while rich in carotenoids are lipid challenged, impeding nutrient absorption. Researchers found that adding avocados to salad and salsa can significantly enhance your body’s ability to take up the benefits of carotenoids, due primarily to the lipids in the avocados.

The yellow-green color of avocados prompted another study, since color in other plant-based foods indicates carotenoid and other “bioactive” action, indicating possible cancer-fighting properties. The premise was that the monounsaturated fat in avocados might help your body absorb important bioactive carotenoids in combination with other fruits and vegetables, and therefore significantly reduce your risk of cancer. Another study showed that the lipids extracted from avocados might prove photo-protective against harmful effects of radiation, such as sun damage, inflammation, and even skin cancer if ingested before exposure.

Is Agave Nectar Healthy or Worst Than Sugar?

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agave nectar
agave nectar

What is Agave Nectar?

Mainly produced in Mexico, agave nectar is a syrup that is made from the Agave (tequila) plant. Agave nectar has grown in popularity in the past decade, but some health professionals are questioning its potential health benefits. It has been touted as a healthier sweetener option compared to regular sugar. It is in a liquid form and is a viable substitute for vegans who don’t want to eat honey. But is agave really healthy or is it just another scam?

Nutritional Profile

Agave nectar is low in glucose and therefore doesn’t spike blood sugar levels much. This gives the sweetener a low glycemic index. It is about 1 1/2 times sweeter than regular sugar and contains roughly 60 calories per tablespoon. This is about 20 calories more than the same amount of table sugar.

Because agave nectar is sweeter than regular sugar, you can generally use less of agave than you would sugar. Because of this, agave nectar can be a lower calorie choice because you are using less amount.

So what’s the truth about agave nectar?

During digestion, table sugar breaks down into half glucose and half fructose, while agave nectar breaks down into about 90 percent fructose. So, unlike sugar and corn syrups, agave nectar has a low glycemic index, which means that it’s extremely sweet without giving you a huge spike in blood sugar.

The thing is that fructose isn’t as easily absorbed into our bloodstream as glucose, and it actually gets filtered out by our liver. It’s deemed as better because it doesn’t make our blood sugar rise as quickly. But if we eat a lot of it, our liver will be taking a lot of the fructose out of the system, leading to more fatty deposits around our liver.

NOT a Healthy Sweetener

While it is true that agave nectar is low in sugar, agave is very high in fructose. The concentration of fructose in agave is actually higher than in high fructose corn syrup. And, though it is true that agave won’t spike your blood sugar like white sugar will, this fact does not make it healthy. Using a concentrated fructose product like agave may spare your pancreas, but it does a number on your liver. Metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, fatty liver, very dangerous belly fat can be worsened or even caused by excessive consumption of fructose which agave nectar has in spades.

Better options

Need a truly healthy low glycemic sweetener? Unprocessed stevia leaf would be a good choice. It has a GI of zero, is 30 times sweeter than sugar and has been used for centuries in South America as herbal food and medicine. Just make sure to always avoid processed versions.

Tea vs Coffee

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tea vs coffee

Coffee or Tea? A popular question that we’ve all probably been asked at some point in our lives. It is the ultimate friendship maker or breaker, personality definer and apparently life-changing. But really where did this came from? A hot cup of coffee can perk you up in the morning whereas a cup of tea can help you relax and sleep well. But, which one is better for your Health?

Coffee or Tea?

Everyone has they own opinion on which one tastes better for them but we don’t really take the time to consider which one is better for our overall wellbeing. Various studies have pointed to tea drinkers having lower odds of skin, breast, and prostate cancers. Tea in general but mostly green tea is rich in compounds like antioxidants, which can limit cell damage and boost the immune system; and polyphenols, which have been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It also may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease through a polyphenol known as EGCG, which prevents the formation of plaques that are linked to that brain-damaging illness.

Tea Popularity

In 2015, Americans consumed well over 80 billion servings of tea or more than 3.6 billion gallons. About 85% of all tea consumed was Black Tea, 14% was Green Tea, and the small remaining amount was Oolong, White and Dark Tea. The U.S. is the third largest importer of tea in the world, after Russia and Pakistan, and the only western country to grow in tea imports and consumption. Hot tea has been growing steadily over the past 5 years, as consumers embrace its health benefits. Total category sales for hot tea have increased more than 15% over the last 5 years – however, growth has slowed in the past year.

Tea Health Benefits

Human population studies have found that people who regularly consume three or more cups of Black Tea per day have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke. The current body of research suggests that drinking tea can offer significant heart health benefits ranging from reducing heart attack risk to lowering Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, or “bad” cholesterol, with benefits seen with just one cup and upwards of six cups a day. A Harvard study found that those who drank a cup or more of black tea per day had a 44% reduced risk of heart attack. In a large population-based study, adults who drank just over two cups of green tea per day reduced their risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 22-23%. A study found that participants who drank five cups of black tea per day along with a diet moderately low in fat and cholesterol reduced their cholesterol by about 11% after three weeks. Black tea reduces blood pressure, and, it helps counteract the negative effects of a high-fat meal on blood pressure and arterial blood flow. We have our own tea recipe to lose weight, check out!

Coffee Benefits

With over 400 billion cups of coffee thought to be consumed every year, coffee is one of the world’s most popular drinks. Increased coffee consumption may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes – the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers gathered data from three studies. The researchers found that the participants who increased their coffee intake by more than one cup a day over a 4-year period had an 11% lower type 2 diabetes risk over the subsequent 4 years. In addition, caffeine in coffee may help control movement in people suffering from Parkinson’s. Another amazing thing that coffee does is that it can lower the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. Some of the results suggest that if you drink three cups a day, the risks are reduced by more than 50%.

The Verdict

Both green tea and coffee contain caffeine, as well as high amounts of antioxidants and some minerals. The health benefits from both beverages could be due to their antioxidant effects. Tea has numerous proven benefits for those who drink it regularly. Despite its cultural acceptance and lovely aroma, coffee has a ton of bad side effects and is very nearly a drug upon which millions of Americans are dependent.

Coffee consumption is more likely to result in jitteriness, nervousness, irritability, and dependency, while tea is way smoother. Regardless of which beverage you choose, it’s always a good idea to use little to no sugar, artificial sweeteners, and high-fat milk and cream.

Is Buying Organic Food worth it?

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organic food

Organic food sales are growing, yet most people continue to buy conventional food. Even though non-organic food is full of chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides. Not something you would like to eat. Even the healthiest looking tomato could contain chemical food additives that will make them stay “fresh” for long periods of time. Scary, right? Thankfully you have the option to buy organic food now! What we really want to know is if organic food is truly worth buying? Or is it just another trend designed to make us pay even more money for our food.

Effects of Chemicals in Our Food

Fruits and vegetables that are not organic food will almost surely contain Pesticides. According to “Pediatrics” published in June 2011 by Harvard University School of Public Health, these pesticides are linked to attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in children. Preservatives like nitrites convert into carcinogenic substances in our body. Fats and sweeteners that are common in processed foods can increase your risk of obesity and diabetes according to “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” published in April 2004.

So what do we do now if all of our food is contaminated somehow? Over the last couple of years, more and more people are changing to organic food. Organic food is considered to be safer, healthier and even tastier than regular food. It is also said to be better for the environment and the animals. But, what is organic food?

What is Organic Food?

Organic foods are foods that have been grown or farmed without the use of artificial chemicals, antibiotics or hormones. They are also free of artificial food additives.  Meaning that organic foods won’t contain all of the scary substances mentioned before. This means they are a lot better for your health and overall wellbeing

Should we Change to Organic Food?

Buying organic is something you should with no doubt consider if you don’t want to suffer from the consequences associated with the chemicals in our food. It is always a good idea to get your products fresh from the farmers market and always read the labels. But there are a few things you might want to take into consideration when you buy organic food.

Organic Labeling Standards

There are different categories of labeling based on product composition. It could say 100 percent organic, Organic or Made with Organic Ingredients and each of them mean different things.  I will explain what each of the different labels means so that when you go to the supermarket you don’t feel frustrated with all of the different types of organic. There are so-called rules for labeling organic retail products. These regulations cover the wording allowed on the front and back panel of a product. These regulations are addressed under the “Product Composition” section of the USDA organic regulations. They cover the wording allowed on both the front panel and the information panel of a packaged product.

Organic

The label “Organic” is used to label products that contain a minimum of 95 percent organic ingredients. Up to 5 percent of the ingredients may be non-organic agricultural products that are not commercially available as organic.

Made with Organic Ingredients

This label can be can be used to label a product that contains at least 70 percent organically produced ingredients (excluding salt and water). There are a number of detailed constraints regarding the ingredients that comprise the nonorganic portion.

100% Organic

“100 percent organic” can be used to label any product that contains 100 percent organic ingredients (excluding salt and water, which are considered natural). Most raw, unprocessed farm products can be designated “100 percent organic.” Likewise, many value-added farm products that have no added ingredients—such as grain flours, rolled oats, etc.—can also be labeled “100 percent organic.”

Containing Organic Ingredients

When you see this label it means that only a part of the ingredients in this product is truly organic. How many? Well, it is usually up to 50%. So have in mind when buying products with this label that only half of the ingredients there are organic. The rest will contain chemicals and artificial additives.

Specific Ingredient Listings

The specific organic ingredients may be listed in the ingredient statement of products containing less than 70 percent organic contents—for example, “Ingredients: water, barley, beans, organic tomatoes, salt.”

Is Organic truly healthy?

Some people make the mistake and think that because a label says organic what they are buying is completely healthy. You can find organic chips, cookies, ice cream and that doesn’t mean they are healthy. They still contain high levels of oil and sugars. Organic food is definitely safer, your chances of getting pesticide residue are much less with organic food. Organically grown foods have more nutrients – vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients – than commercially grown foods. Because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. Organic farming supports eco-sustenance or farming in harmony with nature.

Methods used to grow crops organically help reduce pollution by ensuring sustainability over the long term, thus its goal is to produce food while establishing ecological balance to prevent soil fertility and pest problems. This results in dramatically decreasing, if not eliminating agrochemical needs which cause environmental contamination.

Crop diversity has dramatically decreased in the past 50 years due to the prevalence of crops grown in monoculture. This makes plant species less resilient to disease. Foods that are organically grown preserve agricultural diversity helping to ensure food security and safeguard biodiversity.

Good Organic Brands for you

There are a few organic and healthy brands you might want to have in mind if you truly want to eat healthier and nutritious food.

Bear Naked

Bear Naked Morning Power Packs are 100% pure and natural granola bars. The brand also includes energy bars, snack bars, and trail mixes.

Applegate Farms

Applegate Farms is a natural and organic meat company they make preservative- and antibiotic-free deli meats, hot dogs and sausages.

Mary’s Gone Crackers

Gluten-free, whole grain and clean ingredients when snacking is a must.

Dr. Bronner’s

They mostly make the world’s best soap, but their coconut oil is now available in stores and it’s the best-tasting Fair Trade coconut oil currently available. Hopefully, they bring more products with integrity to our food supply.

You can find a lot of organic brands out there you just have to be careful and read the labels carefully. Have in mind that we are what we eat and if anything I don’t want to be pesticides, hormones and food additives that are terrible for my wellbeing.

Stay Organic!

10 Tips to Boost your Energy

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Are you the type of person that has a lot of plans and goals but procrastination and lack of energy end up taking the best of you? It is usually not hard to develop ideas and make plans. However, everyday life rapidly breaks through our enthusiastic projects; then there is often a lack of time and energy. And again, we are not able to do all that we want to do. So, to help you have enough energy for all the things you want to accomplish, we’ve put together 10 tips on how you can get more energy and be unstoppable

Find your Fuel

A car needs fuel to be able to drive at full speed – we do too. What is your “fuel”? Are you looking for your own personal energy stations? What gives you energy? Where do you refuel? Make sure to identify the places or things that give you energy. It could be taking a relaxing bath, going to the movies, doing yoga or walking. Whatever it is, make sure to do it often and not until your batteries are completely empty.

Reduce Carb Consumption

While they do provide your body with energy, foods heavy in carbohydrates can leave you feeling sluggish. Stick to whole-grain, low-glycemic carbohydrates that take the body longer to digest and avoid the crash and burn effect. Nuts, legumes, sweet potatoes, oats, and brown rice are all low-glycemic carbohydrates that will provide the body with a steady supply of energy.

Eat Chia Seeds to Boost Energy

These magic little seeds will boost energy levels and provide your body with a lot of nutritional value.  The essential fatty acids (omega-3 and omega-6) found in chia seeds help regulate glands, fight adrenal fatigue, and combat inflammation, which keeps your body feeling fresh.

Carbonated water with some lime

A refreshing glass of carbonated water with a slice of lime or lemon is a double-powered energy booster. First, since fatigue often signals dehydration, a couple of glasses of H2O can restore your energy. What’s more, the citrusy scent of lemon or lime makes you feel awake and refreshed. Plus, the drink’s iciness gives you a sensory wake-up call.

Chew some gum!

You’ll get a little burst of energy from the invigorating flavor and scent, not to mention the physical act of chewing (it’s hard to chew if you’re asleep).

Stretch it out

Stand in a doorway, facing forward with feet several inches apart, and reach to the sides of the frame. Grab the frame with your fingers, then push your chest forward until you feel a stretch in your torso and back; hold for 30 seconds.

Eat an energizing snack

Look for a healthy bite that combines protein with complex carbohydrates, such as a hard-boiled egg with whole wheat toast, cheese on multi-grain crackers, or an apple with peanut butter. A healthy snack is the best way to get some energy and it also curves those cravings for sugary and high in fat foods.

Drink up

What’s the only nutrient that has been shown to enhance performance for all but the most demanding endurance activities? It’s not some pricey sports drink. It’s water. If your body is short of fluids, one of the first signs is a feeling of fatigue.

Take care of your body

Only a healthy body can bring full performance. If you want to make the best use of your day you should pay attention to your body. A versatile diet with fresh products will provide your body with the necessary nutrients. Drink enough water and make sure you get enough sleep to boost energy.

Stay in motion

Movement creates new energy. Sports activities strengthen muscles and increase endurance. The moment you start feeling lazy go for a walk or just do some physical activity. You will be amazed at how much fresher and more energetic you feel afterward.