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Brighten Your Day with Tumeric

Turmeric is a root with bright orange flesh, reminiscent of a fiery summer sunset, that packs some amazing health benefits. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables tend to be chock-full of antioxidants, and turmeric is no exception. Antioxidants help protect our bodies from free radicals that float around on a molecular level and essentially cause oxidation (think rust) in our bodies. Not good. Among the ways these free radicals may present themselves in our bodies is as chronic inflammation. While inflammation is necessary to our bodies are part of the healing process, say when you scrape your knee or twist your ankle, inflammation left unchecked can create all kinds of havoc in our bodies. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, cancer, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, even Alzheimer’s. Here’s where turmeric takes center stage. One of its main components, curcumin (which gives curry and Ball Park mustard their brilliant yellow color), is a strong antioxidant and a powerful anti-inflammatory. So, without consuming a gallon of yellow mustard each week, how can you get the benefits of curcumin and turmeric? Turmeric can be taken as a nutritional supplement. It’s often recommended to take it with a few black peppercorns to aid its absorption. A flavorful way to get turmeric’s benefits is this golden-colored turmeric milk from Kris Carr. The recipe includes ginger, also an anti-inflammatory, plus nutrient-rich almond and coconut milks. Cinnamon and cardamom add sweetness and spice to this delicious recipe, which can be consumed cold or hot. Turmeric milk makes a fabulous Chai tea latte and is great in place of creamer if you drink coffee. If you need an antioxidant boost, or simply want to add some spice to your life, give this recipe a try and brighten your day! Resources https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric/ http://kriscarr.com/recipe/turmeric-milk/

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Brighten Your Day with Tumeric

Turmeric is a root with bright orange flesh, reminiscent of a fiery summer sunset, that packs som...

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Friday Vibes 12.2.2016

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm crushing on this week. Motivate: "Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them, just find a different way to stand." -Oprah Winfrey Market: With the holidays right around the corner we've officially entered the season of giving. I'm so excited to use these gold-foil tags on gifts this year! Material: HUGE tea drink right here. I find the benefits of tea quite fascinating and here's a list of eleven reasons to go for green specifically. Munch: Dying over the combination of sweet and savory flavors in this Holiday Honeycrisp Salad. 

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Friday Vibes 12.2.2016

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Trust Your Gut. Then Take Care Of It.

A gut reaction may be more than you think. New research shows that our gut is in regular communication with our brain, and can have a direct effect on our moods. Part of the story is in the function of serotonin, a neurotransmitter found mainly in the GI tract. Its primary function is to regulate the movement of the intestines, so it makes sense that when we get a queasy feeling in our guts when we’re nervous. But serotonin is also known to contribute to our feelings of well-being and happiness. Lack of serotonin is thought to be a cause of depression. Another element to this “gut feeling" is the teeming microbiome that lives inside us. Sorry if you’re squeamish about this stuff, but we have trillions of tiny critters inside us that contribute to our health and wellbeing. These microorganisms include bacteria, archaea, and others you might remember from high school biology. Called commensal organisms, these are the “good guys” in our system, not the disease-causing sort. The fascinating thing about the gut biome is that it is actually communicating with our brains. Scientists have dubbed our gut the “second brain.” It may just be that your “gut feeling” is really initiating in your gut and sending a message to your brain! The flora in our intestines is an important part of our overall health, and now researchers include our mental health in that equation. The wrong ratio of “ingredients” in our body’s biome stew may lead to anxiety and depression. Remember serotonin? It turns out the microbiota in our guts influences the level of serotonin we have in our system. Without enough of the good stuff, you may be prone to feeling blue. The bacteria that resides in our gut often come from foods we eat, but can also come from the soil our food is grown in. Mycobacterium vaccae is one such bacterium that also appears to be linked to increased serotonin production. As kids and gardeners can attest, playing in the dirt isn’t a bad thing! Stacking the cards in our favor Studies have shown it can take just a few days to see benefits from an improved gut biome. Here are a few easy ways to influence what’s happening in our gut: Ditch the sugar & wheat. You knew it was coming! Sugar and wheat both can lead to inflammation in the gut, which can lead to less-than-optimal conditions for your microbiome. Take a probiotic. You can take supplements as well as eat naturally fermented foods, such as yogurt and sauerkraut. Some probiotics even include soil bacteria. Exercise. Exercise is known to be a mood booster and stress buster, along with all the other physical health benefits it brings, making it an important part of your gut health, too. Resources http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gut-feelings-the-second-brain-in-our-gastrointestinal-systems-excerpt/ http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/antidepressant-microbes-soil.htm  http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-guts-microbiome-changes-diet/

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Trust Your Gut. Then Take Care Of It.

A gut reaction may be more than you think. New research shows that our gut is in regular communic...

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Friday Vibes 11.25.2016

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm crushing on this week. Material: Hmm...Captain Obvious? The NY Times on how a happy spouse may be good for your health. Munch: Mix up your smoothie routine with these fun and unique recipes. Mantra: I will breathe. I will think of solutions. I will not let my worry control me. I will not let my stress level break me. I will simply breathe. And it will be okay. Because I won't quit. Motivate: "Great things are done by a series of small things brought together." -Vincent Van Gogh On that note, it's the last call for our Best Holiday Ever 21-Day Mini-Challenge! Join us to combat the holiday season of treats and temptation. Sign up here. 

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Friday Vibes 11.25.2016

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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On Wine and Weight Loss: The SadFace Chronicles

I learned something amazing about how alcohol really screws up our fat processing abilities – amazing, and sad, for those of us who like to enjoy a glass of wine now and then. If you are looking to lose body fat, then you need to lose the booze. Here’s why: Alcohol essentially shuts off the vital system your body uses to access and burn stored fat. Among the myriad jobs your liver has, once alcohol enters your system, the liver must rally the troops and usher all of its resources to detoxify your body. While the liver is focused on detoxing, it isn’t focused on burning fat. And since it takes about 10 hours to fully remove the alcohol from your body after one drink, you can begin to see how detrimental drinking can be to your fat loss goals. One study found that after just one and a half drinks the body’s fat-burning ability is stunted by 75%. That means anything you're chowing down on along with that drink has a much greater likelihood of being converted to fat instead of being used as energy. And, yes, because alcohol lowers our inhibitions, it’s likely we’ll go for a larger-than-necessary portion, second helping, or other less-than-ideal option, which can make a bad diet scenario even worse. The science behind how the body processes alcohol is fascinating – it involves not only the liver but also the kidneys and the brain. For guys, it even affects testosterone levels. Some of you may have seen the too-good-to-be-true news floating around social media that drinking wine before bed makes you skinny. As you know, when it sounds too good to be true, it probably is...and that is the case here. Yes, women who replaced a carb-y or sugar-laden snack with a glass of wine seem to have fared better and, yes, red wine contains antioxidants that can be beneficial to our bodies. But it has also been made clear that wine may be acting as a coping mechanism for stress in addition to (still) feeding that ever-present sugar dragon. This temporary fix isn't doing you any favors. Instead of reaching for a glass of wine, try another relaxation technique such as yoga or meditation to squelch the stress and squash the dragon. And while it's totally okay to mourn the loss of wine, your fitness goals are sure to thank you. Resources: https://www.wholelifechallenge.com/the-hard-truth-about-happy-hour-and-your-health/ http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/70/5/928.long http://www.builtlean.com/2012/11/26/alcohol-weight-loss/ https://paleovalley.com/articles/full/discover-why-drinking-a-glass-of-wine-before-bed-can-help-weight-loss 

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On Wine and Weight Loss: The SadFace Chronicles

I learned something amazing about how alcohol really screws up our fat processing abilities – ama...

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