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Get in My Belly

The Ultimate Body Applicator helps to tighten, tone, and firm your trouble spots.. and for many, the biggest trouble spot is the stomach. While using the Applicator, it is in your best interest to drink lots of water and maintain a healthy diet. Here is a list of 10 foods that are especially helpful to eat while undergoing your easy, mess-free, apply from home, wrap treatments. These foods will help to bust belly fat, improve digestion, beat bloating, and boost your metabolism.

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Chia Seeds

Loaded with fiber, omega 3s, protein, calcium and more, these little seeds also have the ability to absorb up to 12 times their weight in water to help keep you hydrated! Read more.

Ways I like to use Chia seeds:

  • Protein Drink
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs
  • Ground Turkey
  • Yogurt
  • Sprinkle into lemon water
  • On top of toast with peanut butter and banana

You can really incorporate Chia seeds into most anything. Here’s 31 healthy ways to cook using Chia!

Benefits of Collard Greens

Winter is a wonderful time to start adding this leafy, nutrient packed veggie to your diet. I have to admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of collards, that is until I tried them at 4Rivers (a bbq restaurant in my area). They were phenomenal and I crave them regularly. Naturally I got curious about the health benefits of this green leafy plant. So here goes, the collard green.

  • The leaves and stems are good in minerals like iron, calcium, copper, manganese, selenium and zinc.
  • Rich in many vital B-complex groups of minerals such as niacin (vitamin B-3), pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine (vitamin B-6) and riboflavin.
  • Amazingly high levels of vitamin-K. Provides 426% of recommended daily levels per 100 leaves.
    • Vitamin K has a potential role in the increase of bone mass. It also limits neuronal brain damage in Alzheimer’s disease patients.
  • Excellent source of vitamin-A (222% of RDA per 100 g) and carotenoid anti-oxidants such as lutein, carotenes, zea-xanthin, crypto-xanthin.
    • Vitamin A also required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for healthy vision. Consumption of natural fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
  • Very low in calories (provide only 30 calories per 100 g).
  • Contains no cholesterol.
  • Leaves contain a very good amount of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber that helps control LDL cholesterol levels and offer protection against hemorrhoids, constipation as well as colon cancer diseases.
*Source: nutrition-and-you.com - Read more.

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Diet – Food Pyramid

Read more about this food pyramid.

*Image from Dr. Weil's website.

What in the World is Carrageenan?

Carrageenan is a polysaccharide (a carbohydrate molecule) that is derived from red seaweed. It is made by boiling the seaweed and extracting the carrageenan. It is often used in conjunction with agar, guar gum, or xanthan gum in foods. It is rampant in processed foods but is also found in many foods branded “organic.”

For over 50 years the food industry has been using carrageenan in foods and, thankfully, the studies go back just as far. Researchers have time and time again proven carrageenan causes allergies, induces inflammation, and leads to a host of health problems. Yet, this emulsifier is still allowed to be added to foods!

Carrageenan is a powerful allergen found to cause anaphylaxis in humans. Researchers actually use carrageenan to produce allergies and inflammation in animals to better study their reactions to pain medication or antihistamines. Because carrageenan is found in baby formulas and other milk products, many people mistake their reaction to carrageenan for a dairy allergy and go on drinking plant-based milk substitutes — which also often contain this allergen as well.

This text is not my own and was taken from the Ark of Wellness blog. 
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Why You Should Drink Wheatgrass

      • Cleanses blood
      • Lowers blood pressure

Metabolic booster

      • Restores alkalinity—a key to reduce the risks and effects of chronic illnesses of the digestive tract
      • Detoxifies blood and liver for protection against carcinogens and other illnesses

Balance thyroid functionImprove healing, energy, brain function.

  • Topical treatment for skin infections, burns, cuts, rashes and more.
  • Improves breath

– Read more: http://theorganicwhey.com/blog/2013/06/09/11-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass/

Summer Smoothie Recipes

Recipes compliments of the Food Network:

It’s maximum support for your best health, all in an orange or berry flavor.

For added nutritional benefits, add Greens to your smoothies. Greens provides eight servings of fruits and vegetables, a blend of 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes to give your diet a nutritional boost.

Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend until smooth.
Ginger-Peach Green Tea Smoothie

  • 2 cups frozen peaches
  • ½ cup low-fat peach Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup brewed green tea
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
Honeydew-Almond
  • 2 cups chopped honeydew melon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • Honey to taste
Blueberry-Pear
  • 1½ cups frozen blueberries
  • 1 chopped pear
  • 1½ cups each maple or plain yogurt and ice
  • Sugar to taste
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Tired of eating that apple each day? Try Greens, today.

  • Detoxify, alkalize, and promote pH balance within the body
  • Acidity-fighting magnesium and potassium blend
  • Cutting-edge probiotic support for digestive health
  • 38 herbs and nutrient-rich superfoods
  • 8+ servings of fruits and vegetables in every scoop
  • Free radical-fighting antioxidants
Pomegranate-Cherry
  • 1 cup frozen pitted cherries
  • 3/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups ice
Mango-Acai
  • Two 4-ounce packages frozen acai berry puree
  • 1 cup chopped mango
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 cups ice
Cucumber-Kale Blend
  • 1¼ cups vegetable juice
  • ½ peeled cucumber
  • 3 kale leaves
  • Juice of ½ lemon
Apple-Spinach Blend
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 chopped peeled apple
  • ½ cup silken tofu
  • ¼ cup each milk and orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon each wheat germ
  • Honey
  • Lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice
Veggie Blend
  • 1¼ cups tomato juice
  • ¼ cup carrot juice
  • ½ cup peeled cucumber
  • ½ cup celery stalk
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¼ cup spinach
  • ½ cup ice