How delicious does this mason jar Greek salad look?!!Creating a healthy and delicious quick, grab-and-go lunch can be difficult.

I know, it's convenient to stop for fast food, purchase a TV dinner, or boxed lunch. Problem is, most of those foods don’t have enough nutrients to fuel your body.

That’s why this Mason Jar GREEK Salad and other Mason Jar Salads and Meals are so great!

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The mason jar allows you to separate ingredients so your water absorbent veggies don’t get wilted or soggy and no separate dressing container is needed! Just dump into a large bowl, mix and enjoy!!!

These salads can be made anywhere and can be customized to your liking. So whether you have a full sized kitchen or you live in a dorm room, making these Mason Jar Greek Salads are a breeze.

MASON JAR GREEK SALAD

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together hummus, lemon juice, minced garlic, and salt. Add water, if needed, to thin out the dressing.
  2. Pour dressing in the bottom of the mason jar then begin to layer your salad.
  3. Start with the chickpeas, then the cucumber, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese-optional, lettuce and sprouts or micro greens if you're "ETERNIFY-ING" your salad with a superfood punch!
  4. Place the lid on the mason jar and store in the fridge.

Salads will keep for about 3 days.

ENJOY!

ETERNITY WARRIOR - Who We Are

It’s no surprise that these two health fanatics teamed up to create the most transformational 6-week, online program offered! While Blake’s main focus is exercise and Nicole’s is Functional health- They BOTH revere QUALITY over quantity any day! Combine Blake’s knowledge of how to shock the muscles for optimal growth and change, all the while keeping your joints and ligaments safe by using the best stackable resistance bands on the market today along with Nicole’s passion for functional testing, health, teaching, healing, and high-quality supplementation….And BADA-BOOM BADA-BING….one fully complete MIND-BODY TRANSFORMATIONAL program is born!

Whether your goal is weight loss, more energy, less bloating, hormonal balance, etc….

Together, Blake & Nicole are committed to creating ETERNITY WARRIORS everywhere!

 

The 6-week Eternity Warrior Transformation Program (OUR SIGNATURE PROGRAM) is truly complete and has something for everyone! And the best part is…You can do it from the comfort of your own home with your very own accountability coach. We only offer this 6-week Transformation Challenge TWICE A YEAR (and actually recommend repeating it twice EVERY year for optimal health. RESET & RECHARGE your body and mind. Get back on-track & become an Eternity Warrior for life!!!

Are You Ready to RECHARGE Your Body & RESET Your Mind with our next 6-week TRANSFORMATION Challenge?! CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT!

Exercise inflammation. Kind of an oxymoron right? If exercise is GOOD FOR US….than why does it cause inflammation, right? Isn’t inflammation the crux of all dis-ease in the body? Yes and No.

Exercise Inflammation is an immune system response due to tissue damage. Its purpose is to remove cellular debris from the site of damage and initiate repair.

Every workout causes microscopic damage to muscle fibers, but the inflammation process repairs this damage during the following recovery period (provided, there IS a recovery period!), which begins about two hours after a workout and typically resolves after 48 hours.

The good news is that this mild form of inflammation promotes training adaptations such as satellite cell proliferation, an essential step in the development of bigger, stronger muscle fibers! a.k.a.- a good thing!

This type of inflammation even makes you more resistant to muscle damage in the future (a phenomenon known as "the repeated bout effect").

Although ironically, even though inflammation repairs tissue damage caused during exercise, it may cause further damage, known as secondary muscle damage (between workouts -without you even knowing it!) This is usually the main reason you feel sore, and why you sometimes feel even more sore after two days! Ouch!!!

Secondary muscle damage is believed to be caused by the release of free radicals from active neutrophils. If you persist in training too hard and resting too little, you may enter a cycle of persistent tissue trauma and chronic inflammation! Ever feel like your body can't make it through another workout? Do you suffer with chronic inflammation like tennis elbow, and sometimes notice your injury "flares up" on different occasions and sometimes, it's fine? That's post-exercise induced inflammation at it's best!!!

Joint tissues also suffer damage during exercise and undergo a subsequent inflammation response.

When joint tissues fail to regenerate fully between workouts, they may become chronically inflamed and/or degenerate to the point of a a more long-term, chronic injury- such as runner's knee or tennis elbow.

The most important thing to remember is that regular exercise is overall, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. It's a known fact!

A few recent studies have shown:

Overall, we need to make sure that we make the recovery process just as important as our workouts! Otherwise, we end up with a chronic low-grade "fire" burning inside of our body, eventually leading to EVEN MORE INFLAMMATION and potential issues like those listed below.

So what can we do to limit post exercise inflammation and its negative effects? The most effective thing you can do is to reduce the amount of muscle damage you experience in the first place during workouts is to learn about HOW exactly to reduce damage, yet still maintain the adequate amount of inflammation to aid in healing and eventually growing our muscles.

 

Here are my Top 5 Hacks to Reduce Post-Exercise Inflammation

PACE YOURSELF

Studies have shown that untrained individuals become more resistant to exercise-induced muscle damage after just a single workout. So start at your own pace (verses trying to be the HULK right away!) and GRADUALLY BUILD on your OWN strength. Your muscle fibers will thank you later!

It appears that the inflammation response triggered by the first workout increases the activity of neutrophils in the next workout, protecting the muscle fibers from excessive damage.

 

INCREASE PLANT FOODS IN YOUR DIET

Plant Based foods such as real organic fruits & vegetables provide a plethora or nutrients and fiber that our bodies THRIVE ON! Although when most people think of plant-based diets, they think they won't be able to get enough protein. This couldn't be further from the truth! Protein sources such as lean meat, fish, dairy and eggs are not healthy in large amounts like the typical American consumes. It's okay to have organic, intelligent sources of these foods in small amounts, however- there are plenty of plant-based options out there as well. These include organic tofu, nuts and seeds, vegetables and gluten-free grains such as quinoa, to name a few.

As long as you’re eating a variety of healthy foods, getting enough protein on a plant-based diet is perfectly possible.The British Nutrition Foundation confirms that most vegans get enough protein intake from their diet without the need for supplementation.

However - Here at Eternity Warrior, we value convenience and know how difficult it can be to LIVE FRESH in a busy and toxic world. Which is why we've created two AMAZING Vegan (HEALING) Superfood Shakes! CHECK THEM OUT HERE!!!

 

BODY CARE

Of course, we know that the ultimate "rest"-oration for our bodies is rest and relaxation. This includes a good night's sleep for optimal repair. Having trouble getting in your zzz? CHECK OUT OUR EW E-GUIDE FOR MY TOP SLEEP HACKS https://eternitywarrior.com/collections/all-products/products/sleep-solutions-guide. Overall rest helps with muscle recovery. Deep tissue massage also helps to reduce the soreness by increasing blood flow, activating lymph and overall decreasing inflammation that creates those oh-so sore feelings. Other body care ideas to incorporate include things like hot tubs, hot Epson Salt bath soaks, and even cold plunges or cryotherapy has been shown useful in reducing post-exercise inflammation and overall keeping your body from feeling overworked and fatigued.

 

HYDRATE OFTEN

How much? At least HALF your body weight in ounces. For optimal effects, hydrate with clean, filtered water. I personally believe the Kangean Japanese Water Systems are SUPERIOR to any other water filtration systems on the market. (If you're interested in purchasing a Kangean water filter system, feel free to private message us and we will be happy to lead you to the right source!)

Add electrolytes if needed- Very important if prone to cramping or sweating a lot! My FAVORITE electrolyte personally is in capsule form and is from Douglas Labs. It's called Klean Electrolytes. CHECK IT OUT HERE. (Register as a “new patient” and receive a 10% discount of all pharmaceutical-grade supplements!)

 

ADD THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS

Most people think Collagen, Glucosamine, MSM is what you need for healthy joints and less inflammation and although they can help prevent further breakdown, there are other necessary nutrients specific to preventing post-exercise induced inflammation that should be incorporated for optimal health!

BCAA’S, Added Superfoods, Healthy Fats, Particularly, Omega-3 Fats & Antioxidants (especially for those of us that have the genetic SNP that increases your need for antioxidants!) are what we really need to heal and fight any workout-induced damage caused by free-radical damage.

If you DO have the genetic SNP that increases your need for antioxidants -welcome to the club! J/K
Although, if you’re not mindful enough to find out if in fact you "HAVE THIS SNP OR NOT", and don’t have these additional nutrients “on-board”, and taking them regularly, you may be setting yourself up for accelerated aging and overall bodily breakdown and continuous damage.

Check out the blog, "Top 10 Tips to Lower Inflammation" to REALLY keep that fire flame low!

SPECIALITY TESTING COMING SOON!

-MICRONUTRIENT TESTING
-FOOD INFLAMMATION TEST
-GENETIC WELLNESS REPORT
-PERSONALIZED NUTRIENT AM & PM PACKETS

It has to become a lifestyle change, only then will the right supplements help to calm the fire, and eventually become quenched for good!

ETERNITY WARRIOR - Who We Are

It’s no surprise that these two health fanatics teamed up to create the most transformational 6-week, online program offered! While Blake’s main focus is exercise and Nicole’s is Functional health- They BOTH revere QUALITY over quantity any day! Combine Blake’s knowledge of how to shock the muscles for optimal growth and change, all the while keeping your joints and ligaments safe by using the best stackable resistance bands on the market today along with Nicole’s passion for functional testing, health, teaching, healing, and high-quality supplementation….And BADA-BOOM BADA-BING….one fully complete MIND-BODY TRANSFORMATIONAL program is born!

Together, Blake & Nicole are committed to creating ETERNITY WARRIORS everywhere!

Whether your goal is weight loss, more energy, less bloating, hormonal balance, etc….Our signature program offered twice yearly- The 6-week Eternity Warrior Transformation Program is truly complete and has something for everyone! And the best part is…You can do it from the comfort of your own home with your very own accountability coach. We only offer this 6-week Transformation Challenge TWICE A YEAR (and actually recommend repeating it twice EVERY year for optimal health. RESET & RECHARGE your body and mind. Get back on-track & become an Eternity Warrior for life!!!

Are You Ready to RECHARGE Your Body & RESET Your Mind?!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR SIGNATURE TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM!

Stay tuned for more & more ETERNITY WARRIOR CHALLENGES, coming your way!!!

Keto Diet Risks and Side Effects

When you’re thinking of following any diet plan, it’s crucial to learn more about its risks and side effects. Every diet that restricts some type of food group will have a number of risks and side effects – major or minor depending on the diet

With the keto diet, there are a few factors you’ll need to consider before deciding whether or not it’s right for you. Here are some of the key risks and side effects to be aware of before starting the diet.

 

What Short-Term Side Effects Can Occur?

When you’re just starting out with the keto diet, there are a lot of short-term side effects which can crop up. This is because you’re making drastic changes to your normal diet.

Anything drastic you change is going to be a shock for the body. If you’re used to consuming a high level of carbs each day, suddenly reducing them can have a number of effects. These include:

It’s really common for followers of the diet to experience flu-like symptoms and fatigue. These tend to last for up to three days, and they can be accompanied by hunger and lightheadedness. Excessive thirst and frequent urination also go hand in hand.

While these side effects can be difficult to deal with, they are only temporary in most cases.

 

Understanding the Long-Term Side Effects

If the keto diet is followed for long periods of time, you may also experience a few long-term side effects. Children following the diet can experience kidney stones. In fact, it is estimated that around 5% will suffer from kidney stones as a result of the keto diet.

There is also an increased risk of a bone fracture. This occurs due to acidosis and changes within the insulin style growth factor 1. The bones can be eroded over time and they can also become much weaker. Therefore, it is advised you take vitamin supplements to ensure you’re still getting the nutrients required from your limited diet.

 

What about the Risks?

As well as the side effects above, there are also a few risks you’ll need to be aware of. If you’re diabetic, there is the chance you’ll develop ketoacidosis, a potentially dangerous condition.

If you’re following the keto diet for weight loss, there’s also a risk you could regain the lost weight once you finish the diet. In fact, the keto diet has one of the biggest weight-regain rates of any diet. This basically means when you go back to eating normally, you’ll start to put the weight back on that you’ve lost.

Over time, you may also lose muscle mass with the keto diet. It can also decrease athletic performance.

So, while the Keto diet can provide wonderful short-term benefits, it does produce a number of side effects and risks.

The above are just some of the most common you’ll need to be aware of. As it isn’t a diet you can follow for the rest of your life, it’s important to understand the short- and long-term side effects that you may need to deal with.

Are You Ready to RECHARGE Your Body & RESET Your Mind?!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR SIGNATURE TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM!

Stay tuned for more & more ETERNITY WARRIOR CHALLENGES, coming your way!!!

Most Americans today have “some” degree of inflammation.

Think of it as a slow burning flame inside your body, burning at various states depending on OUR LIFESTYLE CHOICES.

Inflammation is a “good thing” when we injure ourselves because it helps us to heal. Chronic inflammation is the difference you feel in your day to day. For example, some days you feel great, and other days you’re a complete mess! Right? Why is that? One word: INFLAMMATION

And the degree of this inflammation is different in every BODY!!!

I hate to use a gun analogy these days, but if you think of GENETICS as the loaded gun…. YOUR LIFESTYLE HABITS & ENVIRONMENT!!

Whether it’s pain and inflammation somewhere in your body, skin flareups, stomach issues, headaches or fatigue, joint pain- these inflammatory symptoms are different for every “body”.

So, what is CAUSING these uncomfortable inflammatory “flare-ups”?

I’ve created a list of TOP 10 FACTORS THAT CAN CAUSE INFLAMMATION IN THE BODY:

These include:

1. A poor diet...ESP. Eating few fruits and veggies

2. Processed and fast foods

3. Sugar

4. Gluten

5. Stress

6. Poor digestion

7. Lack of daily exercise

8. Nutrient deficiencies (Eternity Testing...coming soon!)

9. Poor sleeping habits (Check out my Sleep Solutions E-Guide! https://eternitywarrior.com/collections/all-products/products/sleep-solutions-guide

10.Unidentified food intolerances (Eternity Testing...coming soon!)

All these factors can cause our level of inflammation to rise. Engage in these unhealthy habits long enough and whal-lah! Chronic inflammation sets in and starts to destroy!!!

So we must do our best to avoid these manifestations of inflammation by keeping inflammation low in the first place!!!

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Come Check Out our Facebook Group: "The Eternity Warrior Group" and JOIN our tribe of growing warriors!

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Inflammation is becoming a common term in the health world lately. And as more research is uncovered, we now know that inflammation is the start of all dis-ease in the body. Unfortunately today, most Americans have some degree of chronic inflammation.

It is this type of inflammation that virtually destroys our entire body!

And chronic inflammation can be a forrest fire to put out!!!! What's the alternative? Avoid these manifestations of inflammation by keeping inflammation low in the first place!!!

Lucky for us, there are dietary & lifestyle habits that can help radically reduce our level of inflammation.

Most fruits and veggies have numerous amounts of nutrients, although certain kinds have specific anti-inflammatory properties.

To keep inflammation at bay in our body- Follow these 10 IMPORTANT STRATEGIES!

10 IMPORTANT STRATEGIES TO LOWER INFLAMMATION...FOR GOOD!

Increase "the right" Fruits & Veggies in Your Diet

These include: Green leafy veggies like kale, Swiss chard, and spinach, lettuces as well as colorful veggies like squashes and beets for example and

Fruits such as dark berries- These in particular deliver the highest doses of ani-inflammatory properties.

"Superfoods" also work excellent for combating inflammation.

However, some folks may need to watch out for vegetables from the nightshade family. Certain people with pain in their joints especially benefit from avoiding this category of vegetables!

What are nightshades? These include potatoes, tomatoes and eggplants. They contain a chemical alkaloid that may cause pain in some people, triggering symptoms of inflammation.

If you don’t eat a lot of veggies, or you don’t eat a wide variety on a daily basis, you may want to invest in a good quality phytonutrient supplement.

 

Get in Healthy Fats

Eat cold-water oily fish (such as WILD salmon, anchovies, tuna and mackerel) or nuts and seeds, such as walnuts, ground flaxseed, and pumpkin or sesame seeds.

Still not convinced you can add these into your daily diet? Try an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to your regimen. Fish oil can be one of THE DIRTIEST SUPPLEMENTS in terms of contamination, so make sure to take a pharmaceutical-grade brand.

 

Spice It Up a Little

Turns out herbs and spices are good for more than just adding flavor to our food.

Many contain beneficial compounds that can reduce inflammation and help to ease pain. Capsaicin is a naturally occurring ingredient in chili peppers and rosemary. Ginger contains vanillin and zingerone. Other anti-inflammatory compounds are found in turmeric, basil, cumin, coriander, dill, garlic, oregano, pepper, sage, and thyme as well as goji, green tea extract and spiraling.

 

Pull Out Your Sweet Tooth

Not only does sugar really pack on the pounds it also ramps up inflammation.

Stick to complex carbohydrates to avoid surges in blood sugar like apples, asparagus, beans, broccoli, blackberries, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, green beans, leafy greens, pears, raspberries, spinach and strawberries.

Investigate If You Have a Food Intolerance

Gluten/wheat, eggs, dairy, soy, corn, and grains in general and even some forms of nuts can be bothersome to some people. To determine whether you have sensitivity to a particular food, try eliminating it for at least two weeks and see if symptoms such as lethargy, headaches or bloating subside.

Try a simple plan of lean, clean protein and organic veggies (avoiding the "nightshades") for one month and see if your pain subsides. Trust me, you may be amazed!

The Power of Probiotics

In our guts we have good bugs and bad bugs. Antibiotic use, stress, poor diet or eating foods we’re intolerant to all lead to inflammation and upset this delicate balance. By adding acidophilus, bifidus and other probiotics into your diet you’ll be sure to help your body keep the bad guys at bay.

 

Move More

Exercise is somewhat of a double-edged sword when it comes to inflammation. Sometimes, a heavy workout session can cause acute inflammation, but overall it works to reduce the risk of future “chronic” inflammation. Do something that you like so you stick with it. Get your heart rate up to 70% of maximum, and throw in an occasional burst of all out sprinting for the most benefit. Add two or three strength-training workouts a week and you’ll be good to go! One of the best things about this quarantine, has been partnering with LIVEEXERCISE.COM and Bodylastics, Inc. Blake and his team have created the most amazing "hub" for online workouts, including but not limited to the stackable-band system for the safest, most effective strength and toning workouts!

 

Clean It Up

Smog, pollution, mold, dust and bugs in general can all spur inflammation. Make sure you clean your living areas (work and home) frequently.

Try to use natural based cleaners to reduce exposure to harmful chemicals (yet another inflammatory booster). Exercise away from a lot of traffic if outdoors, and do what you can to reduce your carbon footprint. Inhaling and ingesting toxins on a daily basis puts us at risk for toxic buildup (which comes with a long laundry list of uncomfortable symptoms that we often times overlook as something else!). Keep an eye out for the upcoming ETERNITY WARRIOR PROGRAM....for a great way to assist your body in not only getting rid of these yucky compounds- but to also improve your overall health, body composition, energy, digestion, sleep (really…the list just goes on!).

 

Sleep Soundly

Experts recommend sleeping between six and twelve hours every night. Of course sleep requirements vary depending on age, activity level and overall health. What’s important is that you make sure you get it in. If you’re not sleeping well, get to the bottom of why that is and fix it. Your health and longevity depend upon a good zzzz. I've tried literally ALL the sleep supplements available. CLICK HERE to register for your own personal pharmaceutical-grade supplement account through Wellevate, then search....OrthoMolecular OrthoSleep. It's truly THE BEST one I've found yet!! It's also recommended in my Sleep Solutions Guide found on the SHOP PAGE.

As you can see, there are many ways to combat inflammation.

Overall, laying this foundation outlined above is first and foremost.

Just taking a supplement or a pill will NOT WORK for long!

It has to become a lifestyle change, only then will the right supplements help to calm the fire, and eventually quenched for good!

 

Stay tuned for ETERNITY WARRIOR CHALLENGES, coming your way!!!

ETERNITY WARRIOR - Who We Are

It’s no surprise that these two health fanatics teamed up to create the most transformational 6-week, online program offered! While Blake’s main focus is exercise and Nicole’s is Functional health- They BOTH revere QUALITY over quantity any day! Combine Blake’s knowledge of how to shock the muscles for optimal growth and change, all the while keeping your joints and ligaments safe by using the best stackable resistance bands on the market today along with Nicole’s passion for functional testing, health, teaching, healing, and high-quality supplementation….And BADA-BOOM BADA-BING….one fully complete MIND-BODY TRANSFORMATIONAL program is born!

Together, Blake & Nicole are committed to creating ETERNITY WARRIORS everywhere!

Whether your goal is weight loss, more energy, less bloating, hormonal balance, etc….

Our signature program offered twice yearly- The 6-week Eternity Warrior Transformation Program is truly complete and has something for everyone! And the best part is…You can do it from the comfort of your own home with your very own accountability coach. We only offer this 6-week Transformation Challenge TWICE A YEAR (and actually recommend repeating it twice EVERY year for optimal health. RESET & RECHARGE your body and mind. Get back on-track & become an Eternity Warrior for life!!!

Are You Ready to RECHARGE Your Body & RESET Your Mind?!

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!!

Mega-foods a.k.a. Superfoods, (aka- now, "eternity foods") are a special category of foods found in nature. They are small foods with LARGE benefits and contain superior sources of antioxidants and other nutrients. We all may be adding more salads and veggies into our diets (or not!), but there’s concern over the quality of foods due to the current-day farming methods & mineral-depleted soil -which makes including superfoods on a daily basis, a rather intelligent choice, as well as including quality (hopefully) personalized nutrients.

 

ACAI BERRIES & GOJI BERRIES

Acai berries are harvested in the rainforests of Brazil. These little berries have more antioxidants than any other food! They contain 10 times more antioxidants than red grapes and 30 times the anthocyanins of red wine. Loaded with phytonutrients these little berries can help to strengthen your immune system and even help to lower cholesterol because of their monounsaturated fat makeup. The acai fruit tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate.

Tip: Through acai berries into any breakfast bowl, acai juice into any smoothie, or acai pulp into just about anything!

Goji berries are grown on vines in the protected valleys of inner Mongolia and Tibet. These tart little berries have 500 times more vitamin C per ounce than oranges and actually more than any other fruit. They are a superb source of minerals & vitamins A, E, and B vitamins. They also contain and protein. Best of all they are an excellent antioxidant making them an ideal natural whole food for reversing aging and protecting against disease.

Tip: Goji berries make a delicious little snack or mixed into your trail mix with nuts and seeds. Move over raisins, goji berries have come to town!

 

MACA

Maca powder is from the Maca root, a flavorful ancient superfood from Peru. Maca has been cultivated for at least 2000 years and was consumed by Inca warriors to increase strength and endurance. Maca works wonders for our endocrine system which helps to regulate metabolism, increase energy levels, improves sexual development & fertility, regulates hormonal imbalance, rebuilds weak immune systems, speeds wound healing, and enhances memory and cognition. Talk about a SUPER food!

Tip: Maca is quite potent and only recommended in small doses (1/2 – 1 tsp. daily) otherwise, too much of a good thing may lead to insomnia and hyperactivity. So sprinkle sparingly over your morning breakfast bowl, smoothie, or really just add to anything you’d like.

 

RAW CACAO

Raw cacao – without all the sugar and dairy (that’s in your common Hershey bar) has amazing health benefits. Raw cacao provides a ton of antioxidants – to be specific 14 times more antioxidants than red wine and 21 times more than green tea! It also contains a hefty dose of magnesium which has been found to be the most common deficient major mineral even for people following a balanced diet.

Tip: When shopping- look for 100% Organic raw cocoa. Make a natural hot chocolate with raw cocoa, try a raw brownie, cake, or cookie recipe or just make a chocolate smoothie with it.

 

CHIA SEEDS

Chia seeds are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, fiber, iron, antioxidants, calcium, vitamin C, and potassium. These little seeds are fantastic for weight loss because they swell up to form a gel when combined with liquid so they create a feeling of fullness and satiety.

Tip: Add to smoothies, sprinkle over salads, toast, or even make a healthy chocolate “rice” pudding made from coconut milk, raw cocoa, and chia seeds of course!

 

ALOE VERA

Aloe vera has been used since Egyptian times as a skin moisturizer, and healer for burns, cuts, bruises, acne, and eczema. This is mostly due to the high concentration of natural sulfur (MSM) that it contains. Aloe alkalizes the digestive tract aiding common conditions like indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn, and ulcers. It also helps to improve skin conditions, boost immunity & purifies the liver.

Tip: Scoop the raw flesh out from inside the aloe plant and add it into foods to disguise the naturally bitter taste. Add it into healthy desserts, smoothies, or just chug it back with some cranberry juice.

 

HEMP SEEDS

Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious seeds on the planet, with a wide spectrum of health benefits coming from their concentrated source of essential fats, complete proteins, enzymes, and other nutrients. Hemp seed is a highly digestible complete protein source and the top superfood of choice for muscle growth and repair. The seeds contain all amino acids and have a good amount of healthy Omega-3 fats.

Tip: Since hemp seeds are a complete protein, feel free to skip the animal-based protein and sprinkle some seeds over your salad or over veggies for a lighter, nutritious meal.

 

BEE POLLEN

These little golden nuggets are an extreme source of super nourishment and protein, containing all required nutrients and over 5,000 enzymes. It is a natural antidote for fighting allergies, improves fertility and helps to aid in recovery from illness. Research shows that pollen counteracts the signs of aging and increases both mental and physical capability.

Tip: Increase your bee pollen intake gradually. Start with a granule or two of bee pollen daily and gradually build your consumption to about one tablespoon per day.

 

3 SUPERGREENS: SPIRULINA/ CHLORELLA/ KELP

Spirulina’s synthesis of sunlight converts concentrated amounts of protein more efficiently than any other living food. Spirulina powder offers a total protein content of 65%, the highest in all the plant kingdom! Chlorella is a natural, green, superfood-based detoxifier! It contains high levels of protein with an “intelligence” that bonds with heavy metals and chemical toxins, totally eliminating them from the body. Kelp is an excellent source of minerals that can deeply nourish all the glands and organs. Kelp is used in many cultures all over the world. It can be used as a powder, added to foods, or taken as a supplement. It is also one of the most bio-available sources of iodine, helpful for those with an underactive thyroid.

Tip: For an easy trick-Get these greens in their concentrated powder forms and add to your smoothies!

 

TUMERIC

Curcumin is the principal curcuminoid of the popular South Asian spice turmeric. Used for more than 2,500 years in India turmeric is considered a powerful natural healer. It acts as a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, a natural liver detoxifier, is an anti-inflammatory, and speeds metabolism.

Tip: Add this special spice to scrambled eggs, omelets, chicken or shrimp dishes, stir-frys or even into your smoothie!

 

COCONUT

Young coconuts are one of the highest sources of electrolytes in nature. The molecular structure of coconut water is identical to human blood plasma, which means that it is immediately recognized by the body and put to good use. Drinking the juice from a young coconut is like giving your body an instant blood transfusion.

Tip: Grab a coconut water to prevent dehydration. It’s a much better alternative to commercial sports drinks that contain loads of artificial ingredients, sugars, and colors.

To get cutting-edge nutrition potential and to ward off illness- Make a point to include these extraordinary foods in your daily routine.

Is our body too acidic? Let's hope not!

When looking at our bodies, there are many factors that make cells and tissues work properly, such as hydration, temperature, availability of nutrients, and PH.

What is pH balance?

The pH stands for “potential of hydrogen” and is a measurement of hydrogen ions in a particular solution – the more ions, the more acidic the solution, and vice versa.

But why is this so important? Our bodies are designed to operate within a very narrow pH range, which is around 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14.

A pH of higher than 7 is alkalizing, a pH less than 7 is acidic, and a pH of 7 is considered neutral.

Although not entirely an accurate testing method....If you want to know whether you’re more on the alkaline or acidic "side", you can easily test that at home. Simply get some test stripes, which you can use, for either your saliva or urine to show you the results.

When we eat too many acid-forming foods, the kidneys can’t always keep up with the acid waste and they start accumulating it in our tissues.

An acidic state in our body is very damaging and impairs the body’s ability to repair or detoxify and will cause a person to be more susceptible to disease and illness.

Therefore, for optimal health and wellness, an alkaline state is preferred!

Whether a food is alkalizing or acidifying is based on the amount of acid waste that is produced when it’s digested.

Though there is still no clear scientific consensus, we could find an overall tendency of plant-based foods being more or even highly alkalizing, while meat and dairy as well as processed foods are a lot more acidic.

 

Signs Your Body is ACIDIC:

1. Fatigue or chronic fatigue

2. Feeling tired, low energy

3. Brittle nails and hair

4. Low bone density, osteoporosis

5. Heavy breathing

6. Gaining weight or being underweight

7. Digestive issues

8. Arthritis, diabetes

9. Headaches, acne

10. Bad immune system

11. Infections, allergies, candida

12. Heart problems, cancer

This doesn’t mean that all we should eat are alkalizing foods. It’s very commonly advised to opt for a balance of 80% alkaline-forming food and 20% acidic-forming food so that our body does not become too acidic.

 

Benefits of a MORE alkaline diet:

1. Deeper more restful sleep

2. Reduction of candida overgrowth

3. Increased mental acuity or alertness

4. Enhanced memory and cognition

5. Easier weight loss

6. Increased energy

7. Better bone health

8. Reduced muscle wasting

9. Proper cell functioning

10. Healthy tissues

11. Mitigation of chronic diseases

12. Improved cardiovascular health

 

Acidic foods to cut out or reduce GREATLY:

1. Meat, fish, shellfish

2. Milk, eggs, butter, cheese

3. Coffee, soda, alcohol

4. Processed and refined food

5. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined grains

6. Tobacco, preservatives

7. MSG, canned food

 

How to Start Alkalizing Your Body

First, drink a lot of water to flush your system and support natural detoxification. Extra points if you add lemon to it –remember that acid-tasting food doesn’t automatically mean it will make your body acidic! After waking up, drink a huge glass of water. For more alkaline effects, add some apple cider vinegar to it.

Choose fresh, organic, GMO-free food whenever possible.

Stay as close to the natural state of a food as possible, meaning eat it raw or steamed as opposed to frying it.

Make salads a staple in your meal plan. Leafy greens are the most alkaline foods and also rich in vital micronutrients. Use spinach or kale for best results, the darker the better.

Limit animal protein to smaller portions and choose only organic.

Incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet by snacking on them, making fresh smoothies or green juices.

Try to eat some carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, eggplant, cucumber, potatoes, or celery every day.

Soak and sprout your nuts and grains for more alkalinity.

 

Alkalizing foods to eat abundantly:

1. All Vegetables, especially when Green and Raw

2. All Fruits like Melon, Apple, Berries, Grapes, Lemon. Some are slightly acidic, like Blueberries, Cranberries, and Plums.

3. Leafy Greens like Spinach or Lettuce, Cruciferous Vegetables like Broccoli, Kale

4. Pumpkin, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Beets

5. Mushrooms, Sprouts, Legumes

6. Nuts & Seeds like Coconut, Almonds, Chia, Sesame

7. Onions, Garlic, Leek and Herbs/Spices like Parsley, Ginger

8. Wheat Grass, Algae like Spirulina and Chlorella

 

Other ways to alkalize your body:

Like mentioned above, our food choices are not be-all and end-all to our body being acidic. Just like there are other factors that can cause our body to be acidic, there are also other ways of shifting yourself back towards alkalinity.

Eat slowly and chew every bite around 30-40 times. Be careful not to overeat and overload your system.

Make meditation a habit & do some deep breathing exercises to reduce stress.

Throw away your chemical-filled shampoos, cleaning products, or air fresheners. Try to find and use natural products instead with only minimal ingredients.

Go for a walk or work out, since it helps to move acidic waste products in order for your body to better eliminate them. Extra points for getting some sunshine.

Overall, if you keep these guidelines in mind, you'll be able to tell when and how to adjust your body when necessary!

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There has been a lot of controversy over the almighty jo and many people are confused as to whether it would be helpful or harmful to include coffee in their daily regimen. There have been a number of studies conducted lately regarding the effect of coffee on our system, and believe it or not- it does have superfood-like qualities!

...A Superfood?

A study performed by Harvard researchers found that drinking up to six cups has the potential to cut diabetes risk in half! Other studies show that people who drink it are 80 % less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, have a 25% reduced risk of colon cancer, 80% reduced risk of colon cancer, and are 50% less likely to develop gallstones.

Other beneficial properties include fewer asthma attacks, headaches, cavities and elevated mood.

Beneficial Boosts

These beneficial boosts to our health are attributed to the compounds discovered in our precious jo. It appears that coffee contains the antioxidants, chlorogenic acid and tocopherols. Trigonelline is another compound in coffee that gives it its bitter taste and contains antibacterial properties. The caffeine in coffee can also enhance our athletic ability by causing our muscles to make stronger contractions, which in turn helps us to burn fat more efficiently. The downside however is that drinking coffee may cause you to ignore fatigue and your body’s natural cry for relaxation.

If we choose to ignore these signs and continue to drink down the “jo” –day in and day out– we may end up with what’s known as chronic fatigue syndrome due to exhausted adrenal glands.

Possible Coffee Con’s

If you suffer from anxiety, drinking jo can exacerbate symptoms and may cause more frequent panic attacks. This reaction is very individual so if you find that coffee causes nervousness, rapid heartbeat or trembling, you may want to start decreasing your intake to prevent such reactions.

Coffee also takes between 3-6 hours to get out of our system depending on your genetic predisposition to metabolize caffeine.

If you have problems getting enough sleep, you may want to limit your intake to a morning cup if at all. In addition, unfiltered may also increase cholesterol levels in some people. Other folks that should limit or avoid caffeine include certain heart patients, pregnant or nursing women, and people at risk for osteoporosis since caffeine intake has been shown to attribute to calcium loss in the urine.

There are pros and cons to everything, so depending on your current state of health and what issues you are dealing with, it may or may not be the "right" superfood for you!

How to start LIVING FRESH when it comes to drinking coffee:

  1. Purchase organic. It is one of the most heavily sprayed crops with pesticides, so keep it (and your body!) clean by opting for organic.
  2. Dress it up wisely. If you don’t drink black-Avoid using unhealthy additions such as sugar (yes, even the brown kind), liquid coffee creamers, and powdered creamers. Instead use healthier choices such as stevia, raw milk or unsweetened almond or coconut milk, or even coconut creamer. Yum!
  3. Limit your intake. If you find it keeps you up at night if you have a cup too late, then limit your Jo-drinking to 1-2 cups only before the 2pm mark.
  4. Avoid at all costs if you suffer from adrenal/ chronic fatigue or anxiety. As enticing as it seems, especially when you are tired all the time, caffeine will only run your body down more, so make sure you take steps to support your adrenal glands with the right nutritional plan and adaptogenic herbs.

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