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Self-Care: 3 Simple Ideas for Loving Yourself Well

February 12, 2019
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With our never-ending to-do lists, work days, and responsibilities, sometimes we forget to take care of the most important person in our lives: ourselves. But our body is pretty miraculous. We can put ourselves on the back burner for days, months, or even years and our body will still be pretty okay. Eventually, though, it starts to catch up. If you’re feeling worn out, burned out, or if you’re dealing with a bad case of the blahs, your body may…

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Eating Better, Feeling Worse? Why It Happens & What to Do

February 7, 2019
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New year, new diet. “I will eat more plants”, you tell yourself, or something similar. A while later you are eating healthier. Your clothes fit a bit better. You feel good about your actions. However, on another level, you feel bad—maybe even worse. Digestive irregularity or discomfort and maybe headaches, mood swings, or fatigue. What gives? What might be happening—and how to fix it Eating better can confuse your body for a time.  How much you change your nutritional status,…

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The 3Fs – Cleansing in the New Year

January 29, 2019
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It’s a new year and time for a new start. Lots of people embark on a cleanse in January. Some folks overdid it with the eggnog and gingerbread cookies during the holidays and they need a reset. (Sound familiar?) Others cleanse the first week of the new year because it’s a time for looking forward and resolving to take good care of yourself. (Carpe diem!) But whatever your reasons, a cleanse is not the same as a fast. You don’t…

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Level Up! 5 Habits to Raise Your Iron and Energy Levels

January 24, 2019
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In a previous post, I exposed four sneaky energy saboteurs. Today, I’ll help you get the upper hand on your iron and energy levels. Get enough protein. Including enough protein-rich food during the day serves many purposes. It helps keep blood sugar steady1 to avoid energy spikes and crashes. It helps to maintain muscle so we can get through the day more easily. It’s often found in nutrient-dense foods, which helps us feel more vital overall2. A critical thing protein…

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Are Probiotics Unnecessary?

January 19, 2019
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Health advice changes frequently, which can be super-confusing if you’re trying to do the right thing. (Remember when eggs were bad and margarine was good? Yeah, us too.) Last spring, a widely publicized review cast some doubt on the value of taking probiotics. At least that’s how it got covered in the media.[1],[2]  The real story is more nuanced. The review was led by Dr. Saman Khalesi of Central Queensland University in Australia and published in the European Journal of…

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4 Reasons You Are Still Tired

January 17, 2019
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Iron deficiency is the leading cause of female fatigue. It’s the world’s most common nutrient deficiency. These four things make it hard to absorb iron. Do you recognize some bad habits? Washing your meals down Water dilutes stomach acid, (more on this later!), so drinking during meals is never great. However, the real culprits here are tea, chocolate drinks, and coffee. Compounds like polyphenols, oxalates, tannins, and chlorogenic acids in black and green teas, coffee (including green coffee extracts), and…

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Cleanse Happy with Flor-Essence

January 9, 2019
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A cleanse is a wonderful opportunity to practice supporting yourself. Instead of seeing it simply as maintenance—or worse yet, as a kind of penalty for having enjoyed life—doing a cleanse, especially during winter months, should be a form of self-care. Warming meals and practices In winter, choose pungent herbs and spices (cumin, cayenne, black pepper) to overcome hibernation mode and stoke the metabolic fire. Warming ginger, cinnamon, fennel, and angelica soothe and reduce phlegm. They promote digestion, dilation, and circulation.…

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Iron & Re-Energizing after the Holidays

January 8, 2019
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Are you feeling rundown—even after having some downtime over the holidays? Do your legs feel “heavy,” or are you feeling a bit out of breath? If so, you may be dealing with a very common mineral deficiency: iron. In the body, iron has the very important job of making hemoglobin. Without enough hemoglobin in the blood, your tissues don’t receive enough oxygen. And without oxygen, your muscles and tissues don’t work as well… which leads to the tiredness you’re feeling.…

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Lifestyle Recipes

Pink Drinks from Vibrant & Pure

December 31, 2018
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Rosemary Bee(t)’s Knees with Pink Aquafaba Foam 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup water 2 small or 1 large sprig of fresh rosemary 2 ounces gin 3/4 ounces rosemary honey syrup 1 ounce fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoons aquafaba 1/4 teaspoon Salus Red Beet Crystals Bring honey, water, and rosemary to a boil in a small saucepan. Let simmer for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to be infused. Set aside and let cool. Blend gin, cooled rosemary honey syrup mixture,…

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