Friday, May 26, 2017

Your New Favorite Smoothie is Here

If it isn’t obvious by now, we’re health nuts over here. We have a Vitamix in the office and we love a good smoothie for a midday pick me up. Because we’re a group of innovators, we’re always looking for new recipes—as much as we love acai, when your COO brings (literally) a whole freezer full of smoothie mix back from Hawaii, it’s easy to feel a little stuck and stir crazy (pun intended).

So we reached out via email to our entire community (Which you can sign up to be apart of at the bottom of this page) and asked you to share your favorite smoothie recipes. We always offer a gift when we ask these questions and this time we gave away our Skin Detox Guide and offered to share the recipe with all of our readers! We got some really awesome recipes but this one was our absolute favorite because it sounds too good to be true. It comes from Shaazia and we’re thrilled to share it with you.

Here’s what she says:

My favorite go-to smoothie is nutrition packed, it is extremely satisfying and filling.

Creamy Coconut, Maca and Date Delight

1tbsp Coconut oil
1tbsp coconut sugar
1tbsp Flax flour
1tbsp Maca
Half cup of coconut milk
Half cup ice water
6 pitted Dates(soaked overnight)
1tbsp of nut butter
1 banana

Blend it together and enjoy.

Have anything to add or a favorite recipe of your own? Let us know in the comments below!

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

5 Benefits of Adding Collagen Peptides to Your Morning Coffee

Guest post By Aimee McNew of Paleo Hacks

A morning cup of Joe has become a staple for many of us, and research shows that coffee can even have some great health benefits of its own. Still, if you want to take your coffee game to the next level, why not supercharge it with a nutrient that can boost your body? Enter: collagen peptides, a popular supplement that has been popping up on almost every blog and health food store in the last few years.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of the nutrients found in gelatin, which is a gummy substance that comes from the bones of animals, primarily livestock, poultry, and seafood. Collagen doesn’t have any flavor, and for many, this means it’s easy to consume regularly.

While bones are rich in collagen, they are also packed with other amino acids like glycine and glutamine, which have numerous benefits for the whole body. Collagen makes for an easy protein powder add-on or swap for those who want a dairy-free protein powder that also nourishes the gut.

The Benefits of Drinking Collagen Every Day

With collagen, you can turn your morning coffee into a superfood while balancing the effects of caffeine with protein, meaning you can stay energetic for a longer period of time. (Bonus: try adding grass-fed butter and coconut oil with the collagen for a supercharged, bulletproof coffee for breakfast in a pinch.)

Collagen supports a leaky gut.

Leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability, is a condition where the gateways of the small intestine that prevent unauthorized particles from entering the bloodstream become weakened or damaged due to food sensitivities, toxic agents, chemicals, age, or other conditions. We want these tight junctions running at full capacity to avoid complications with autoimmune disorders, hormone imbalances, digestive problems, and to just protect general well-being.

Collagen contains glutamine and glycine, two amino acids known to actually repair the gut wall and to help turn leaky gut around.

Collagen improves digestion.

To make the most of our diet, our small intestine needs to absorb the good nutrients. Without sufficient digestive function in the stomach or small intestine, we may eat a great diet, but not reap all the benefits of it.

Collagen can protect the mucosal lining of the digestive system, which plays a huge role in absorption and complete digestion.

Collagen strengthens hair, skin, and nails.

Our hair, skin, and nails are a reflection of what’s going on inside of our body. Amino acids like those found in collagen can be nourishing for hair and skin because it renews cells and provides more lubrication and elasticity—the opposite of dry and brittle. It can also help to reduce signs of aging on the skin, including wrinkles and fine lines. Collagen is also beneficial for those experiencing hair loss, including alopecia.

Collagen aids the liver in ditching toxins.

While coffee has some liver-boosting benefits of its own, collagen can be an extremely useful support in helping to bolster the body’s main detox organ. The liver has lots of responsibilities on its shoulders, not the least of which is taking out the trash. The liver filters the blood, removes toxins and chemicals, and prepares them to be eliminated from the body via the bowels and the bladder. When the mechanisms behind these detox pathways are compromised, the body stays more toxic.

Collagen supports the liver because it is rich in amino acids, especially glycine. Glycine can protect the liver against damage, which is essential for an organ that handles such a high volume of toxic substances.

Collagen eases aches and pains.

Here’s where collagen is perhaps most impressive. It can actually help to reverse the aches and pains that come with normal aging as well as more serious and chronic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritic conditions plague more than 50 million adults and almost 300,000 children, and those numbers are only continuing to rise. It’s estimated that 78 million adults will have some form of arthritis in the next 25 years. Arthritis can be life-altering and debilitating. It’s amazing that a simple superfood like collagen can have such a significant impact on how our joints function.

Approximately 150 million American adults drink coffee. Can you imagine how many cases of arthritis or other chronic pain conditions might have the potential to improve if those coffee drinkers added collagen to their morning cup of java? Collagen can also help reduce inflammation and address hormone imbalances that drive obesity and diabetes.

The Ease of Collagen

We exist in a society that rarely consumes the whole animal. If you think about it, generations past didn’t face many of today’s degenerative diseases as frequently because their diets were naturally richer in bone broth, organ meats, and other amino-acid rich foods.

While collagen can be increased in our diets by drinking bone broth, there is a huge percentage of Americans who either won’t go to the effort of making it or who will try it and be put off by the distinctive taste. Coffee, on the other hand, is more universally appealing. We can return to the nutritional roots of our ancestors by getting more collagen into our diets, one scoop at a time.

What do you think, will you give it a try? Let us know in the comments below!
References:

“Arthritis Facts.” Www.arthritis.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.

Glycine ameliorates liver injury and vitamin D deficiency induced by bile duct ligation. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.

Karger.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.

Lin, M., B. Zhang, C. Yu, J. Li, L. Zhang, H. Sun, F. Gao, and G. Zhou. “L-Glutamate supplementation improves small intestinal architecture and enhances the expressions of jejunal mucosa amino acid receptors and transporters in weaning piglets.” PloS one. U.S. National Library of Medicine, 04 Nov. 2014. Web. 18 May 2017.

Rubio, I. G., G. Castro, A. C. Zanini, and G. Medeiros-Neto. “Oral ingestion of a hydrolyzed gelatin meal in subjects with normal weight and in obese patients: Postprandial effect on circulating gut peptides, glucose and insulin.” Eating and weight disorders : EWD. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar. 2008. Web. 18 May 2017.

Samonina, G., L. Lyapina, G. Kopylova, V. Pastorova, Z. Bakaeva, N. Jeliaznik, S. Zuykova, and I. Ashmarin. “Protection of gastric mucosal integrity by gelatin and simple proline-containing peptides.” Pathophysiology : the official journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2000. Web. 18 May 2017.

Schwartz, S. R., and J. Park. “Ingestion of BioCell Collagen(®), a novel hydrolyzed chicken sternal cartilage extract; enhanced blood microcirculation and reduced facial aging signs.” Clinical interventions in aging. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 18 May 2017.

Seppa, Nathan. “The Beneficial Bean: Coffee reveals itself as an unlikely health elixir.” Science News. N.p., 23 Sept. 2015. Web. 18 May 2017.

Trentham, D. E., R. A. Dynesius-Trentham, E. J. Orav, D. Combitchi, C. Lorenzo, K. L. Sewell, D. A. Hafler, and H. L. Weiner. “Effects of oral administration of type II collagen on rheumatoid arthritis.” Science (New York, N.Y.). U.S. National Library of Medicine, 24 Sept. 1993. Web. 18 May 2017.

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To Drink or Not to Drink: What Happens to Your Skin When You Give Up Alcohol

Guest post by HowTonight.com – a blog focusing on health, nutrition and many more.

There are a lot of reasons to give up alcohol. Some people do it to clean up their diets, others do it for health reasons, and still others may do it in an effort to change the physical effects that it has on their body. When we quit drinking alcohol, it certainly has a internal physical effect and since we know that our internal bodies affect our external bodies, it changes the outside too.

You probably know that the skin totally shows the effects of years worth of alcohol consumption but did you know that giving up alcohol can actually improve your skin? If you are considering giving up alcohol, take a look at what it can do for your skin and then consider if this will matter to you.

Dehydration No More

Alcohol has the ability to affect every mucous membrane in the body from the liver to the pancreas to the skin. The first effect of alcohol is dehydration, it actually pulls water from the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are a result of that dehydration, and that makes regular drinkers look older than they actually are—sometimes up to even 10 years—but within a few days of quitting alcohol, your skin will look younger and feel more hydrated.

Inflammation Reduction

Alcohol inflames the tissue in the body and repeated inflammation of the skin can create a histamine reaction, which looks like flushing and redness of the skin. At first this may not seem like a big deal, but as an individual keeps drinking overtime, this redness may become difficult to correct and does not always go away. Reducing alcohol consumption can help clear up that flushed face.

Clear Complexion

Alcohol is a diuretic, meaning that you urinate more, and it decreases the body’s natural anti-diuretic hormone—the hormone that helps the body reabsorb water. Less water in the body will lead to skin that is visibly parched, this can come with a whole host of issues like dry, flaky skin or make your skin more susceptible to dirt and grime getting into pores, which can cause blemishes. Staying hydrated and reducing alcohol consumption can have the unexpected results of clearing up skin issues.

Skin Regenerates

The best thing to know is that the skin, like many organs in the body, has the ability to regenerate. The rate of rehydration for the human body depends on how much damage has been done but it’s possible for every skin type. For those that have been drinking steadily for 15 to 20 years it is an amazing step to quit, but it may be difficult to bring the youthful appearance back so stay the course, stay hydrated, and use really great skin care products to boost your skin care goals.

How to Help Yourself

Whether it comes as an elective decision or a necessary one, quitting alcohol may not be easy, but you can do it, especially once you learn the type of benefits that you will reap. Of course, consult with your doctor before quitting cold turkey, but come up with a plan to quit. Hold yourself accountable by putting it in writing. Some individuals find it helpful to do a cost-benefit analysis by writing out 3 to 5 statements for the pros and cons of having a drink and comparing the pros and cons of not drinking.

Avoiding temptation all together is also a great strategy. This is more than just avoiding places and people, it is also about being conscious of your own routines and personal environments. You may also choose to share your plan of quitting with those who are close to you. These are the people that care so much about seeing your success and will be there for you when it gets rough. Additionally, you should be celebrating your success. These rewards are totally up to the individual, but absolutely celebrate your success.

References
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“Look what giving up drink for a month can do to your face: Mother who enjoyed five glasses of wine a week is transformed after going cold turkey.” Daily Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 19 Sept. 2013. Web. 17 May 2017.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How to Be More Grounded Using Aromatherapy

Being grounded can mean different things to different people but we consider grounded as being in the present moment—making it through dinner with a friend without taking out your phone, being able to focus enough to fully put your mind into a work task, or simply keeping your thoughts centered on what’s going on around you.

Being grounded can also mean having a clear vision of ourselves and keeping our reactive, ego-centric behaviors in check.

There are lots of practices that can help you be a more grounded person. Our friend (and famed herbalist) Brigitte Mars says that when her daughters feel like they need to be more grounded, she tells them to eat root vegetables to pull their energy centers down into the Earth.

You probably have your own method of grounding, whether it’s doing yoga, eating well and staying balanced, or surrounding yourself with close friends that keep you in check.

We have our own ways of grounding too, but we have found that aromatherapy is a helpful tool for reach down into our foundations.

We have 5 Essential Oil Blends in our line and each blend is designed to smell amazing, support your wellbeing using a unique aromatherapy experience. We wanted to make sure you understood why we chose the ingredients in these blends and how each synergistic blend is created as a tool to support your health and happiness.

We’ve covered which oils we love for staying calm, being vibrant, or opening our hearts.

Now for a big one—our Grounded Essential Oil Blend.

Essential Oils For Grounding

Vetiver Essential Oil Works on Your Heart

Vetiver is in the grass family (Poaceae), but unlike most grasses, which spread their roots in a mat-like fashion, its roots grow downward into the earth. It is the taproot from which vetiver essential oil is extracted.

Get yourself firmly rooted with vetiver. It has a sweet, heavy and earthy aroma that many people love. This is a great oil to mix with a carrier oil like grapeseed, coconut, or almond and use for massages.

Copaiba balsam to Get You Moving

A balsam is a mixture of essential oil and resin. Copaiba balsam comes from a plant in the genus Copaifera, a name meaning ‘copal-bearer,’ describing their resin-producing nature.

Many species in this genus are native to the South American rainforests and are threatened with extinction. As with any essential oil you purchase, it’s important to look into the sourcing to make sure this plant is being harvested sustainably.

Copaiba balsam stimulates the mind, helpful for pulling you out of stagnant hours and getting you going again.

The creamy, woody scent of this balsam provides a delightful base to accompanying oils like sandalwood, cedarwood, and ginger root.

Patchouli for Relaxation

You’d probably recognize patchouli if you smelled it. It’s loved by many naturally-inclined folk. It’s often used in incense and experienced a surge of popularity during the 1760’s and 70’s hippie movement.

Because the patchouli plant (Pogostemon cablin) is fairly easy to grow and produces a good amount of essential oil, this is one of the cheaper ones. One thing to note is that patchouli is rare in that it gets better with age, so a properly aged essential oil product will often be more expensive.

So how does patchouli ground us?

The scent of patchouli is relaxing. It works on our crown chakra, which connects us to our spiritual center. Using patchouli oil can help uplift your mind and clarify your thoughts, keeping you in touch with the things that matter to you.

Patchouli mixes well with everything from bergamot to cedarwood to lemongrass. Blend it up and use it everywhere from in your shampoo to in your diffuser to as your perfume.

Ginger Root for Relationship Support

Another root that helps you get grounded.

As an essential oil, ginger’s properties really shine. It’s a great addition to a massage oil, also because it works on your sacral chakra.

Your sacral chakra deals with your sensuality, your emotions, and how you interact with the world. Someone with a balanced sacral chakra is warm and open, with strong intuition.

This is the oil you want to use if you feel ungrounded in your interpersonal relationships. Maybe you don’t have a clear sense of yourself or how you relate to others in a group setting. Maybe you’re feeling unsure of your relationships in general.

Add ginger to your essential oil routine to get back some of your emotional mojo. One cool way to use it would be mixing it with a carrier oil and applying it to your pressure points while meditating.

Buddha Wood Essential Oil for Acceptance

Used to spiritually purify the air, buddha wood has a scent that’s sweet, woody, earthy, and smoky. Its essential oil is soothing. Using it helps you clear your mind, making it ideal to use in your meditation practice.

Buddha wood essential oil can help you adopt a feeling of acceptance, helping you to move forward in life with a realistic perspective that is very grounding. Buddha wood is often used as a base note, and we recommend balancing it with sweeter oils like peru balsam.

Grounded Essential Oil Blend

We use all of these essential oils in our Grounded Essential Oil blend because we think being able to connect with the harmony and balance of our true self takes everything from acceptance to support to relaxing into who you really are.

We know that something like becoming more grounded can seem like an ethereal or even unattainable thing, but there are practices you can develop to help. This certainly isn’t limited to using essential oils, but they are one tool that you can employ to help you be a more grounded person.

What do you do to become more grounded? Let us know in the comments below.

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