5 Superfoods for a Healthy Heart

There seems to be lists of foods that help with (insert) condition, and other foods that help with (insert) condition. The truth is, many of these foods overlap, and there’s good reason. Many of the foods that I’m about to go over are important for your overall health. So, don’t think of it as ‘I’m eating this for my heart’, but rather incorporate it into your diet for the overall health benefits.

Salmon and other fatty fish. Omega 3 fatty acids have been researched and shown to prevent heart attacks by helping the heart maintain its rhythm. Long chain omega 3’s in particular are helpful, which are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

Dark Leafy Greens. Salad greens, spinach, kale, swiss chard, collard and mustard greens are rich in vitamins A, C, E and K and contain antioxidants which help the body get rid of toxins. They also contain high amounts of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which have been shown to regulate blood pressure.

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Are You Ready to Switch to Natural Beauty Products

Last month, we discussed why natural cleaning products are important. Now, we’ll take a look at natural skin and beauty products. Why such a big push? Because we are learning more about what some of the chemicals in these products can do. And think about it – we use these products every day. Deodorants, lotions, body washes, shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, toners, perfumes, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, eye shadow, powder, foundation, hair styling products, etc. Many of us use these items daily, if not multiple times per day. Here is a look at some of the top reasons to consider making the switch.

Absorption. Skin is our largest organ and is there to protect us. It has been researched that more than 50% of what we apply onto our skin may be absorbed into our bloodstream. This raises a question "why would you put something toxic onto your skin and poison one of the most important organs you have"? Not to mention about the effect these toxic might have when they are absorbed into the bloodstream.

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Clean Eating 101: Meal Planning

I know that recently we’ve been talking a lot about our Purification Program. They are great for our bodies and provide numerous benefits. I also realize that detox programs are not for everyone. In fact, if your diet is not great, it can be a huge shock to your system and people flat out get cranky!

So what do we do? We want to lose weight and get in shape, but where do we start? We need to end the love affair that we have with food! I know, I know, that sounds horrible. But really, 80% of our efforts to lose weight comes from food and not from exercise. Really. And when it comes to clean eating, I recommend taking things slow and plan it out.

Begin by looking at your diet. I mean, take a really good look. How often are you eating out each week? Do you really need to? If so, can you make healthier food choices? Do you eat breakfast? What do your snacks look like? How many of your snacks are pre-packaged and processed? Do you have a game plan each week for dinners?

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Are You Ready to Switch to Natural Cleaners?

Have you ever stopped for a minute to consider exactly what you are using when cleaning your house? Unfortunately, some of the ingredients can be down right scary, and yet we breathe them in, touch them with our hands and feet and let our kids stick everything in their mouths!

There are alternatives to consider with household cleaners. I’m going to list a few here, but check out this website and look into it yourself! https://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners#.Wk01sVWnEdU

At our house, we use quite a few Seventh Generation products. We like their laundry detergent, dish soap and dishwasher detergent. We use Norwex dryer balls in place of our fabric softener and they are great.

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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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