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Antioxidants, Probiotics, Recipes and Nutrition
Summer is here and we’re busy making plans for barbecues, picnics and outdoor fun.  As the days get longer and warmer, our activity levels often increase and our dietary needs change.  Some of the important things to remember are to maintain a balanced diet, to avoid dehydration, and to try to choose proteins and carbohydrates that require less energy to metabolize. Oh yes, and remember to use sunscreen!  Did you know that recent studies suggest augmenting sunscreens with antioxidants to boost immunity to sun damage?

Summertime offers us a wealth of choices for fresh produce, and buying foods in season provides optimal flavor and lower prices.  Visit farmers markets and roadside stands or even your local supermarket for healthy fruits and vegetables that are perfect for summertime meals and snacks.  Some of the best at this time of year are summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, apples, pears, plums, grapes, strawberries and melons.

Have you ever tried frozen grapes on a hot summer day?  They’re sweet and refreshing, and so good for you! Here are some more summer treats that offer health benefits along with great taste.
  1. Sweet summer corn contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help to protect your eyes from the sun’s damaging rays.
  2. Watermelon is about 90% water and helps to keep you hydrated while satisfying hunger with minimal calories.
  3. Tangy and refreshing, raspberries are a great source of dietary fiber and they contain pectin, which helps lower cholesterol.
  4. Tropical fruits contain vitamins, antioxidants and enzymes. Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that helps to digest proteins. Oranges are a good source of potassium, which can lower the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease.
  5. Cauliflower is the new superstar in healthy foods. You’ll find it in everything from cauliflower fried “rice” to cauliflower pizza dough, and pureed, it’s a wonderful substitute for mashed potatoes.
  6. Iced coffee. Yes, really. While caffeinated beverages act as diuretics and in quantity can lead to dehydration, a single cup of coffee each day may reduce the risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer by about 10%. And a frosty glass of iced coffee on a hot day is heavenly.
  7. When grilling burgers, try using lean ground meat and whole wheat buns; add unexpected toppings such as guacamole, pineapple slices and feta cheese. These substitutions can reduce fats which require more energy to digest and lead to increased body temperature.
  8. Instead of meats, there are other wonderful sources for proteins such as nuts, seeds, sprouts, beans, soy products, yogurt and cottage cheese.
  9. Adult beverages seem to go hand in hand with summer parties, but alcohol is a powerful diuretic. Alternating drinks with water or fruit juice can prevent dehydration.
On the subject of picnics and barbeques, it’s important to remember hot weather safety tips. Food spoils more quickly in the warm temperatures, especially on sun-filled patio buffets. Make sure grills and prep surfaces are cleaned often and foods are not left out in the sun.

Here’s to summer fun and great seasonal foods. Bon appetit!
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Affiliates, Recipes and Nutrition, Thrive! Newsletter
In our May, 2016 edition of ‘Living Well’, we share tips to help you keep your health and wellness resolutions. Get some of our favorite health and wellness inspirational Instagram channels, and find daily inspiration to help you stay on track to achieve your personal goals. We also share a delicious ‘healthy swap’ Asian inspired recipe to try, and our special upcoming free training webinar on social media marketing tools for Affiliates. Please double click the newsletter to view in full screen size.
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Health, Recipes and Nutrition
Nothing can spoil summertime fun faster than having a cold or, even worse, the flu. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to help stay well and avoid any nasty bugs that are going around. While you’re probably making sure to wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitizer when necessary, that’s only one part of the fight against summer colds and flu. What you eat also plays a big part in keeping you healthy and helping your body stave off infections; it’s important to eat whole, unprocessed foods and drink plenty of water. Here are some natural (and delicious) power foods that can boost your immunity–you might find some surprises on this list.
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Fitness, Health, Recipes and Nutrition

Whether you prefer jogging, Pilates, or a full circuit workout, getting physical feels great and is great for our health. However, there is a downside–the muscle soreness afterwards. However, there are some things you can do to manage and even prevent that aching feeling.


Post-workout muscle soreness is a result of your muscles doing more activity than they’re used to, which leaves microdamage, or tiny tears in your muscle tissue. Even ordinary activities like strenuous housework can cause aches and pains. Usually, soreness occurs when:

  • You’ve undertaken a new activity;
  • You’ve increased the intensity of a workout;
  • Your muscles have undergone “eccentric” contractions (in other words, the muscle has been shortened instead of lengthened, as in doing bicep curls or running downhill).
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Health, Recipes and Nutrition

After a good workout, you’re not only sweaty and exhilarated but, more often than not, you’re absolutely starving. Although the temptation to reach for a greasy burger or a salty bag of chips may be great, that’s not really what you need. In order to keep your body looking and feeling its best, you should refuel yourself and replace the electrolytes and liquid you’ve lost while sweating up a storm. In addition, you’ll need to provide your body with protein to help you build muscle tissue. One of the easiest ways to replenish yourself after a hearty workout is with a cool, nutritious smoothie–especially when they taste sweet and rich. Try one of these deliciously decadent smoothie recipes for a tasty post-workout treat that won’t leave you feeling hungry for fat filled or sugar drenched snacks.


Coconut water (not to be confused with coconut milk or coconut cream) is a delicious all natural beverage that comes from young coconuts. It’s often referred to as Nature’s own sports drink because it contains fewer calories, more potassium, and less sodium than many popular sports drinks. The addition of yogurt makes this smoothie just as satisfying as the cream filled orange popsicles of your childhood–but without the empty calories. Feel free to substitute a non-dairy yogurt if desired, but stick with the vanilla flavoring or you won’t get that cream popsicle taste.

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Dr. Robert Keller, Probiotics, Recipes and Nutrition

 

Cholesterol is a natural product which is always present in the body; there are two different kinds of cholesterol, and you should know where your levels of both of them stand. If you’ve been told you have too much LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol that can lead to plaque in the arteries), change your eating habits and level of physical activity.

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Antioxidants, Health, Recipes and Nutrition

We may be able to reduce the signs of aging in our bodies through staying fit and taking care of our skin, but how can we prevent our brains from showing those signs? Research has shown that an age-related decrease in brain function is something that can be reduced.   Your brain, like your heart, needs a certain mix of nutrients for optimal functioning, including proteins, sugars, and healthy fats. While regular social interaction and physical and mental activity are also very important for maintaining good brain function, we may be able to increase the chances of keeping our brains healthy and fit by adding some brain-boosting foods to our diet.

 

Antioxidants help your body fight off infection and may reduce the risk of strokes and heart disease. They also can reduce the damage that free radicals can cause to the sensitive tissues of the brain, and promote healthy blood flow to the brain. A recent study showed that seniors who ate more antioxidant-rich foods such as cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens retained a slightly younger mental age than others who did not eat many such vegetables.

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Health, Life Balance, Recipes and Nutrition

After a long winter, summer’s here and it’s heating up fast, but don’t turn to ice cream and cold soda for relief from the heat. Here are some simple, healthy, fruit-based smoothies you can make yourself; they’ll help keep you going through a long day, either at the office or at home keeping up with a busy family.

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Recipes and Nutrition

Are you a breakfast skipper? A 2011 study by the NPD Group (a market research company) showed that about 18% of men and 13% of women don’t eat breakfast. You’ve probably heard more than once that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and studies increasingly suggest that this is true: skipping breakfast has been linked to a larger risk of diabetes in women and heart disease in men. Other studies presented in medical journals show that those who eat breakfast regularly test better on memory exercises and may have an easier time losing weight.


With all that in mind, it’s a good idea to make breakfast a regular part of your daily routine. You may not have time to make egg white omelets or whole-grain pancakes every day, but a healthy breakfast is as close as your blender. In minutes, you can blend up a fresh, nutritious smoothie that you can even put in a travel mug and take in the car with you.

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Health, Recipes and Nutrition

Your heart is a hardworking muscle that never takes a break, so it’s important to do all you can to support its proper functioning. We can best take care of our heart through diet and regular physical activity; if you’re getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity 3 to 5 days a week, you’re off to a great start. But you’ll need to eat properly to fuel yourself, as well as to help keep cholesterol and blood pressure from getting too high. We can suggest a few delicious additions that can be good choices for a heart-healthy diet.


If you’re trying to cut down on sodium in your diet, fresh herbs can add a lot of flavor to your meals without the addition of salt, sugar, or trans fats. Fresh basil added to heart-healthy olive oil is a great alternative to heavy cream sauces for pasta, and is a wonderful dressing for a caprese salad with tomato and mozzarella cheese. Rosemary adds an exotic Mediterranean flavor to vegetable and lean meat kabobs, and is excellent as a flavoring for roast chicken. Thyme makes a wonderful addition to omelettes made with egg white or egg substitute, and is a good seasoning for baked fish or vegetables. Rosemary, thyme, sage, and oregano also contain antioxidants.

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