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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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Health, Life Balance, Our Products

Your skin is your body’s largest and most visible organ, so keep it feeling, and looking, as fresh and young as possible. Healthy skin is a must if you want to avoid cosmetic cover-ups or costly surgery fixes for skin problems later in life. With a few simple changes to everyday behaviors, you can keep your skin healthy and youthful looking for years to come.

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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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Health, Life Balance

Sometimes, life can be stressful. The demands of family, work, and the always-ringing phone can take their toll on your physical well-being. If you’re having trouble sleeping or suffering from aching muscles due to stress, there are some simple ways you can take action right now to help relieve the problem. You may not be able to eliminate stress from your life entirely, but you can choose to protect yourself with natural, healthy habits.

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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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Chronic Inflammation Rob Keller MD

Doctors are trying to get a message across.  You are what you eat.  And while we have heard that time and time again, researchers are realizing and publishing the findings that bear the incredible link between the foods we eat (or avoid eating) and health complications including cancer, heart conditions and chronic inflammation.   The good news is that studies have shown that dietary modification can go a long way to helping to treat and even eliminate chronic inflammation.

If you suffer from painful inflammation, the next step is to evaluate which foods are in your diet that may be causing the problem.

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Magazines can be pretty hard on the average woman.  After all, we know that the girl that appears in the wrinkle cream commercial isn’t a day over thirty.  That’s just how media works, selling us an ideal that is not very real.  We love organizations such as Dove who have the audacity to show women as they really are.   Beautiful at any age and taking a vested interest in their health, fitness and well being.  That is the real face of the modern woman whether she is thirty years of age or in her fifties, sixties or seventies.


We know that real beauty comes from within.  It also comes from making your nutrition a priority and we know that the majority of people over the age of fifty are in fact taking care of themselves.  They are online and learning about lifestyle changes that will allow them to remain fit and healthy for years to come.   That is why we chose our motto, to inspire all age groups to take the critical active role in their own health management to increase vitality and longevity.

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