Why Do I Need to Detox?

This time of the year can be two-fold for many people. On one side, we want to get in shape and lose weight and have tons of motivation to do so. On the other side, we’re drained from the holidays, tired, in a brain fog and frustrated. To steal the term from Dr. Mark Hyman, many of us suffer from FLC Syndrome – Feel Like Crap Syndrome.

What does this mean? We ALWAYS seem to be tired, drained, sore, and achy. If this sounds like you, a detoxification program will work wonders for you. Now, before I go on, many people get freaked out by talking about a “detox”. In reality, when done correctly using a legitimate and researched program, detoxification programs can be extremely effective. Here are just 3 of the benefits to cleansing.

Rid your body of toxins. I bet you thought I would say lose weight? Well, that is a great benefit, but we build up so much garbage in our body due to improper diets, environmental toxins and chemicals. These chemicals hang out in our cells and lead to chronic disease and immune problems. Detoxing your body will flush these out of our cells, which provide so many benefits.

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Are you Taking Echinacea this Winter?

Echinacea is a North American coneflower that has been used for over 400 years as an herbal remedy. Echinacea was much more popular before the introduction of antibiotics, however, it is regaining popularity due to the many health benefits it provides. Many of Echinacea’s chemical constituents are, in fact, powerful immune system stimulators and can provide a significant therapeutic value.

Here are some of the benefits of taking Echinacea:

Boosts the Immune System – According to a study, Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58%. If you do catch a cold, it can cut down the duration of the cold by one and a half days.

Alleviates Pain - It is an especially effective natural pain reliever for the following types: bowels, headaches, herpes, gonorrhea, measles, sore throats, toothaches and tonsillitis.

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Stress Over the Holidays: How to Cope

Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression. The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it's no wonder. When stress is at its peak, it's hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones

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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Unfortunately, living in Iowa, we are not in the “sunshine state”. We live in the Midwest, and because of this, research has already told us that we tend to be deficient in vitamin D over the winter months.

Our main source of vitamin D comes from the sun, and it is absorbed through the skin. There are several wonderful benefits to vitamin D, including: enhancing immunity, helps eye problems, may help treat psoriasis, necessary for growth, necessary for thyroid function and normal blood clotting, required for the absorption and utilization of calcium and phosphorus by the intestinal tract, and prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and hypercalcemia.

So, how do you know if you are deficient?

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Simple Diet and Fitness Tips for the Holidays

We’re starting to get ready for the holidays – filled with so many delicious desserts and family favorites. It’s also a time when we tend to over-indulge and put on a few pounds.

We wanted to look at 5 easy ways to fight off the extra weight this season.

  1. Say hello to H2O. So many of us do not get adequate water in winter – mainly because we tend to look at hot beverages instead. Remember, we need half of our body weight in ounces per day. This will also help with digesting those extra snacks, so drink up!

  2. Find your best fitness friend. A workout buddy is very helpful with keeping you on track with your workouts. Make sure you find someone with similar exercise interests, goals and abilities, so that you get the most out of it! When you hold each other accountable, you can accomplish so much more.

  3. Police your portions. When filling your plate, start by adding vegetables to half of it. Then add your protein, and finally finish with your heavier caloric dishes. This will ensure that you don’t overdo it with calories and that you get your veggies in. So many of us do not eat the recommended vegetable and fruit servings per day, which makes such a huge difference in sleep, energy levels, and digestion.

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