Archive for August, 2011

A Berry Antioxidant-Rich Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry lemonade may be refreshing, but go for a berry smoothie if you want antioxidants!

Summertime smoothies are refreshing – but they’re also great ways to get in your antioxidants. As we all know, antioxidants help us to fight the signs of aging, boost our immune systems, and achieve an overall level of wellness. Antioxidants usually come from a healthy diet, but if you want to get an extra boost of these nutrition essentials, then why not try a smoothie that’s rich in berries?

Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries…all berries are rich in antioxidants as well as nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin E, dietary fiber, and manganese. In a smoothie, you get antioxidant power as well as several servings of fruit – all in one tasty beverage. It’s perfect for enjoying as a snack or as part of a healthy breakfast. Serve chilled as a refreshing summer treat – oh, and it’s gluten-free too!

Berry Antioxidant Rich Smoothie
•    ½ cup frozen blueberries
•    ½ cup frozen raspberries
•    ½ cup frozen strawberries
•    6 oz. coconut water
•    4 oz. Greek yogurt (or rice yogurt if you want dairy-free)
•    ½ tablespoon of honey

In a blender, combine together the berries, coconut water, and yogurt. Blend until smooth.

Like other berries? You can modify this recipe and substitute in blackberries, loganberries, huckleberries, currants, elderberries, gooseberries, or mulberries so that you have 1 ½ cups of mixed berries total.

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Natural Liver Cleansing

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Our livers are the cleansers of our body, and as such, it’s important to be sure that we’re caring for the liver properly. If you’re concerned about natural ways to cleans and care for your liver, be sure to check out liver supplements and products that contain these natural ingredients:

Milk Thistle: This herbal remedy encourages good liver function through the presence of silymarin, a compound that protects the liver by inhibiting substances that could cause cell damage. Silymarin in milk thistle also stimulates cell regeneration and liver repair after being damaged, as well as the preservation of glutathione levels in your body.

Globe Artichoke: This herbal remedy contains compounds called caffeylquinic acids, which can regenerate liver cells and assist in healthy liver function.

Dandelion Root: This liver cleansing plant has been studied extensively for its medicinal properties and most recently, the Australian Journal of Medical Herbalism noted that dandelion root has regenerative properties that can aid in health concerns ranging from indigestion to jaundice and liver swelling.

Turmeric: If you’ve ever eaten Indian cuisine, you’ve likely crossed paths with this spice. Turmeric is known for regenerating liver cells, aiding in the cleansing of toxins, and reducing inflammation.

Have questions about natural liver cleansing? Give us a call at 1.877.465.0844 and we can help you in your search for natural products to aid in healthy liver function.

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5 Easy Ways to Care for your Eyes

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Give your eyes a rest.

In our last post, we talked about some practical dietary considerations that you can utilize to take better care of your eyes. In this post, we’ll dive into some lifestyle changes you can make so that your eyes feel less strained – and so that you can see more clearly.

Here are five easy ways to better care for your eyes:

1.       Give your eyes a chance to relax every once in awhile. This is a great exercise for when your eyes feel strained or heavy. Start by rubbing your palms together for about 30 seconds. Once they feel warm, cup them over your closed eyes. Breathe deeply and focus on relaxing your eyes in total darkness for a minute or two.

2.       Get your eyes checked at least once every year. August is National Eye Exam Month and it’s a good reminder! Getting your eyes examined can help you stop eye problems before they start.

3.       Don’t strain your eyes. That means taking reading and computer breaks and not working in dimly lit rooms. Also, adjust things so that you can read more comfortably. Eye strain is an easy way to not only get a headache, but to also damage your eyesight.

4.       Always use eye protection. If you go outside, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to protect you from harmful ultraviolet rays. Too much sun can contribute to eye disorders like cataracts, so wearing a hat and sunglasses is vital. Not sure if your sunglasses block UV rays? Look for a label on the classes that say they block UV-A and UV-B rays.

5.       Dry eyes can also become a problem, so it’s important to keep them moisturized. Use artificial tears if needed, but you can also make changes to your environment. Use an air purifier and a humidifier to improve the air quality and rid the air of allergens that can aggravate the eye.

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