Yesterday marked that summer is officially here and if you have not already started to achieve that summer bod you have been fantasizing about all winter, you might be feeling all is lost. Truth be told, you will not score drool-worthy 6-pack abs overnight, but these helpful tips may give your summer slim down the boost it needs.
Drink more water, is what people always say to lose weight, but it is not because it’s a no calorie option. Our bodies are 60% water and every cell need it to function properly. By increasing water intake, you will also raise metabolism and the rate calories are burned.
Eat Real Food
Summertime is when there is an abundance of colorful and flavorful produce to fill your plate. A great substitute for eating hot and heavy foods that become very unappealing as the temperatures rise. Fruits and veggies are the best source for antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, and vitamins which the body requires to maintain healthy functioning. Consuming fruits and vegetables will also provide the body with fiber which helps you feel full longer. Fiber may help to eliminate fat and lower cholesterol, as well as slow down sugar and fats entering the bloodstream. This gives a steady supply of energy, helping to power through those long summer days.
Need inspiration, check out these yummy and quick summer snack ideas.
Beautiful sunny weather and long hours makes for a perfect reason to take your workout outside. Check out local hiking spots, go for a bike ride, or take up swimming. Summer offers a whole new way to make your workout fun and exciting. However, summer could also mean heat thus creating potentially dangerous conditions.
When the summer weather has you wanting to stay cooped-up with the A/C blasting there is a few simple fixes for scorching calories without the heat.
Don’t let vacation or rest days sideline your progress….
Getting some R&R is not only good for your mind, but your body too. It may help with lowering stress and give fatigued muscles time to recover. If you are away on vacation , get out to explore and take in some local fare. Vacation gives the opportunity to take in new flavors, sights, sounds and the chance to reignite your motivation.
In 1994 a bill establishing National Men’s Health Week was signed by President Clinton on May 31st. Since then, not only has the awareness week grown from a week to a month, but it is no longer recognized as just a national observance. In 2002 the Men’s Health Network led the charge with representatives from six leading men’s organizations from around the world to work together and launch International Men’s Health Week (IMHW).
Men’s Health Week ends on Father’s Day and even if you already have the perfect gift for dad, there is no better way to celebrate the leading men in your life then by helping to support their health and safety.
Health Plus® Inc. was founded in 1981 in the back of a small health food store. Owners Pat and Rita Mediratta saw a need among their customers for a fiber product that aided in regularity and occasional constipation. They began importing Psyllium Husk from India and bagging it in the back of their store. Jump forward 36 years and we are now considered to be the founder of the cleansing market with our flagship, trademarked products Colon Cleanse® and Super Colon Cleanse®.
Health Plus has been a FDA registered manufacturing facility since 1989 and is cGMP compliant. Our commitment is to provide safe top quality innovations that you can count on every time. We do this by upholding the most comprehensive quality assurance programs in the industry that are centered on rigorous procurement standards and testing protocols.
With over 36 years of experience in gut health, Health Plus is entrenched in ensuring our customers are up to date with the most current research on the digestive system. Which is why we have introduced the Prebiotic Formula™.
The trillions of probiotic cells in our digestive tract are living organisms that need food to survive. These probiotics don’t eat just any food, they feed on prebiotic fibers. Prebiotic fibers are non‐digestible to the human body but highly digestible to probiotics, which is why it is so important to ensure you get enough prebiotics daily to feed the thousands of strains of microflora in your digestive tract. Our unique formulation provides you with multiple sources of prebiotic fibers such as FOS, Inulin, Burdock Root, and Arabinogalactan to feed the majority rather than supplementing with just a few probiotics. Each strain of probiotics has a particular function and the thousands in our bodies work synergistically to maintain a well-functioning digestive system. This is why it is essential to maintain a healthy gut microbiome.
Research shows that there are over 100 trillion bacterial cells in one single individual, which outnumber human cells by ten-fold. There is estimated to be over 160 different species of colonized bacteria at any given time, with at least 1,000 individual bacterial strains. Significant variability has been identified in human gut microbiome composition, with ongoing research identifying factors that affect an individual’s digestive bacterial composition. Factors such as age, diet, geographic location, disease state, and antibiotics have been identified as contributors to variation in our gut genome. Thus, making it increasingly challenging to decipher who needs what strain of probiotic to supplement their naturally occurring bacteria.
Prebiotics are fibers that our digestive systems cannot breakdown. The molecular configuration of these prebiotics is what makes them different from regular sugars. The difference between these fibers is two switched molecules. These two switched molecules cannot be broken down by our digestive system. This permits them to reach the large intestine, where the trillions of bacteria feed, colonize, and flourish.
By getting plenty of prebiotic fibers daily you are supporting the growth of bacteria that your body needs to maintain symbiosis and overall health.
For centuries, cultures around the world have been using plants to aid and support dietary needs. Fast-forward to modern times, people are incorporating more plants into foods, drinks, and supplements in effort to achieve optimum health. As part of a weekly spotlight, here is a deeper look at a commonly used ingredient that helps support a natural lifestyle, but you might know very little about.
A reddish pigment known as “the King of The Carotenoids,” astaxanthin is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are produced by normal aerobic metabolism in organisms and are unavoidable. However, protecting the cells improves immune system function.
There are two sources of astaxanthin that can be found on the market, natural (Haematococcus pluvialis) and synthetic versions. Naturally occurring astaxanthin is derived from algae and can be found in micro-organisms and marine animals such as shrimp, lobster, crab, and salmon. The best food source to obtain the antioxidant is from wild pacific salmon.
Astaxanthin is considered such an amazing antioxidant because it is 14 – 65 times more potent than either Vitamin C or E. For better adsorption, it is suggested that astaxanthin be taken with a meal or food that contains some healthy fat, such as olive oil.
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Ancient plants have been used by cultures around the world to aid and support dietary needs for centuries. Fast-forward to modern times, people are incorporating more plants into foods, drinks, and supplements in effort to achieve optimum health. As part of an ingredient spotlight, let’s take a deeper look at a commonly used herb that helps support a natural lifestyle.
This sweet leaf is today’s hot new diet fad to hit the shelves of grocery store and health food markets in snacks, foods, and supplements, but this centuries old herb has some history. Stevia Rebaudiana grows naturally in Brazil and Paraguay where for hundreds of years it has been used to sweeten foods, treat burns, and aid stomach discomfort.
Steviol Glycosides is the sweet component that is often extracted from the leaves. The process of extracting the glycosides starts with soaking the leaves in hot water. The leaves are also dried and ground into powder. However, Stevia leaves are sometimes just cooked or chewed raw. Stevia has a sweet licorice flavor that is naturally 100 – 300 times sweeter than traditional sweeteners.
Over 1500 years ago Guarani Indians use Kaa he-he (sweet herb) to sweeten bitter mate, a tea-like drink.
1887 - An Italian doctor hears his native guides describe the strange plant and has broken leaves sent to him and he announces discovery.
1899 – A Swiss botanist documents the plant and sweet taste in detail.
1918 – A botanist for U.S. Department of Agriculture learns of the sweet leaf and within 3 years the government and sugar producers start to take note of its commercial potential.
1931 – Two French chemists isolate the glycoside that gives the plant its sweet taste.
1970 – After strictly enforcing artificial sweeteners, Japan adapts stevia as alternate option.
1994 – Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA): Supplements are now regulated by the FDA for Good Manufacturing Practices.
FDA on Stevia
The Food and Drug Administration reviewed and regarded steviol glycosides as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) and does not require approval to use as a food additive. Though stevia’s leaf and crude extract are not considered GRAS.
Ancient plants have been used by cultures around the world to aid and support dietary needs for centuries. Fast-forward to modern times, people still seek and utilize plants by incorporating them into foods, drinks, and supplements to achieve optimum health. As part of a weekly spotlight, we will take a deeper look at commonly used herbs that help support natural living.
Eating healthy or incorporating natural ingredients into ours diets is as easy as actually enjoying what you are actually consuming. Here in the test kitchen, not only do we want to discover recipes featuring ingredients with amazing health benefits, but taste great too.
Turmeric is known for its bright yellow aromatic powder and warm, slightly bitter taste. This is why we love the combination of the turmeric with the white chocolate, as it creates the perfect balance in flavors.
For centuries, ancient cultures around the world have been using plants to aid and support dietary needs. Fast-forward to modern times, people still seek and utilize plants by incorporating them into foods, drinks, and supplements to achieve optimum health.
Over the next six weeks, let’s take a deeper look at commonly used herbs that help support natural living.
Spring brings a sense of renewal with the change of the season as we start to shake off the last days of cooler temperatures. It is also the time people like to “spring clean” their health and fitness by eating clean or trying new regimes. This recipe is not only perfect for those chilly spring nights, but its nutrient packed ingredients are yummy for the tummy and good for it too.
Recipe type: Main Dish / Soup
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins