What do your nails say about your health??

What do your nails say about your health?? Think there’s no connection between the two? Think again. Every cell in your body, including those of your nails, are made up of what you are feeding your body. Every cell in your body is constantly being regenerated - the old cells die, the new cells emerge - that’s why what you put in your body is so important. The better the quality of nutrients you put in your body the more resilient and youthful your hair, skin and nails will be. But it’s not just about what the eye can see! Your heart, brain, joints etc will also be resilient and healthy and that helps with preventing heart disease, diabetes, neurological illnesses and even cancer.

Problems in the liver, heart and lungs can show up in your fingernails. Your nails should be pink and smooth. This changes as one gets older due to diet and lifestyle choices that impact your health and wellbeing. The good thing is that when it comes to your body and health you can reverse course and achieve optimal health.  

Here are a few things to be on the lookout for, in between manicures.

Yellowish tinged nails (that don’t come from nail polish staining), that can crack and split, can indicate a fungal infection.

Very pale nails can be a sign of anemia, malnutrition, congestive heart failure or liver disease.

Rippled or Pitted nails can be an early sign of psoriasis or inflammatory arthritis.

Dry, brittle nails that frequently crack and split have been linked to thyroid disease.  

Puffy nail fold - reddish puffiness around the nail is a sign of inflammation and possible infection.

Verticle beaded ridges can indicate hormonal changes, thyroid issues, stress and/or diabetes.

Action Plan for Healthy Nails

Drinks lots of water - keeping your body hydrated keeps your nails and cuticles hydrated. Aim to drink half (½) your body weight in ounces.

Do NOT cut your cuticles - your skin is your largest organ and protects your body from bacteria and viruses, when you cut your cuticles you risk infection. Exfoliate and push back your cuticles.

Eat plenty of nutrient-dense foods - choose foods rich in quality, grass-fed protein, zinc, biotin and selenium & omega 3s! Your greens: spinach, broccoli, swiss chards etc; your cold water fatty fish and seafood: salmon, sardines, oysters etc; your nuts and seeds: almonds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts etc; your lean proteins: grass fed beef, chicken etc; your beans and legumes: black beans, garbanzos, pinto beans etc; your fruits: watermelon, blueberries, avocados, pineapples etc; and last but not least, your gluten-free whole grains: quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal and other gluten-free grains.

Keep your hands and nails moisturized - each time you wash your hands you strip away the natural oils in your skin, replenish them with a good moisturizer and some cuticle oil. Tip - you can use coconut oil for both purposes!

If you notice any of the above-mentioned signs on your fingernails, see your dermatologist or primary care doctor to make sure you catch any issues and make sure you eat healthy, nutrient rich foods and avoid processed foods.

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Foods to Relieve Migraines

Several of my good friends have suffered from migraines at one point in time or another. The pain, from what I’ve heard, is excruciating, they are unable to focus or go about their regular day to day routine. In an effort to help out those who may suffer from migraines I am writing this post. The best medicine for your body really does come in the form of a good, solid, clean nutrient-rich diet.

The pulsing and pounding pain that comes with migraine headaches is thought to be caused by the swelling and inflammation of the blood vessels in the head. There are many medications that are designed to treat the symptoms but there is no cure and some medications may work for some but not for others. Numerous studies have shown that changes in diet and lifestyle may be highly effective at preventing and treating migraines (and easier on your liver!).

Here are some key nutrients your body needs and that will help keep migraines at bay.

  1. Magnesium - is a mineral that plays a key role in stabilizing the walls of the blood vessels. Several studies have shown a connection between low levels of magnesium and migraine headaches; with magnesium supplements being shown to reduce headaches. Magnesium can also improve the quality of your sleep, which can help with migraines too. Eat dark leafy greens like Spinach and Swiss Chard, nuts and seeds like Pumpkin and Squash seeds, Avocados, fish like Mackerel and add some raw cacao powder (real chocolate) to your greek yogurt or smoothies.

  2. Salt (Sodium) - when over-consumed causes water retention which in turn increases blood pressure; which can trigger migraines. The salt you should avoid is regular, white table salt and processed and pre-packaged foods which may contain hidden salts. Swap your regular salt for Himalayan sea salt or celtic sea salt and use it sparingly. Avoid processed and pre-packaged foods.     

  3. Know your food triggers - 90% of all migraines have been linked to food allergies and sensitivities. If you are unsure of your food triggers, keep a food diary in order to identify your trigger. Avoid foods that you’re sensitive/allergic to in order to prevent/relieve migraines.

  4. Low GI Foods - migraines can be triggered by sudden drops in blood sugar levels which is why you want to eat regular meals, avoiding foods that are high on the Glycemic Index. Choose foods low on the Glycemic Index - these foods take longer to digest, keeping you satisfied longer and keep your blood sugar levels stable.

  5. Eat a diet rich in Omega 3s - they have been shown to decrease the frequency of migraines in certain people. Omega 3s have a strong anti-inflammatory effect on your body which is good to keep your blood vessels healthy and protect your cell membranes. Eat nuts like almonds and walnuts, fatty cold water fish like salmon and halibut and seeds like chia and flaxseeds.  

  6. Vitamin B2 - may help in reducing the frequency and duration of migraine headaches. It works to boost energy production in the body with research showing that it can improve energy production in brain cells which can be impaired in people who suffer from migraines. Eat nuts and seeds like almonds and sesame seeds, lean meats, hard boiled eggs, fatty fish like mackerel and salmon and seafood like squid, oysters, mussels and clams.

  7. CoEnzyme Q10 - adding more foods that contain this nutrient has been shown to ward off migraine headaches in some people and it’s a powerful antioxidant which helps with repairing and maintaining your cells. Foods that are rich in CoQ10 are walnuts, pistachios and sesame seeds, wild salmon, sardines, spinach, and organ meats like heart or liver.

I don’t know if you’re noticing a pattern but I certainly did. An anti-inflammatory diet is very helpful when it comes to migraines (and other things!). Move your diet in that direction and start enjoying your life!

Beat your Migraine Smoothie

2 cups coconut water

½ cup pineapple

½ cup organic cucumber

1 organic celery rib

2 organic kale leaves, de-stemmed

1 organic lemon, juiced

Blend all the ingredients until you reach a smooth consistency (add more/less coconut water to taste). Enjoy!

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Why Chlorella??

I am always super pleased when I find a food that heals and rejuvenates my body. I’m naturally curious and when I started reading about the health and healing benefits of this algae I became hooked!! Chlorella. When I first began my journey to heal my body I wondered how I would go about cleansing and detoxifying my body of all the chemicals, pesticides, hormones, toxins I had ingested for over a quarter of a century. I figured it would take the next 20+ years to really get on the right track and avoid the cancers, heart disease, obesity, diabetes etc that are now rampant. But thankfully, that is not the case! The body is truly an amazing organism.

Every single one of us, no matter how careful we are, ingest toxins. It may not be via your food, you eat organic and hormone, antibiotic-free and humanely raised, but it can be via the water your drink or the air you breathe. Like it or not environmental pollutants are part and parcel of modern life. Doing something about it on a larger scale will take time and the efforts of conscientious individuals but you can do something about it on the smaller scale - your body and your family’s bodies.

Why you should get some chlorella in your life?

  1. An awesome detoxifier! It is capable of removing alcohol, heavy metals and certain pesticides, herbicides & PCBs from your body.

  2. Supports your immune system by rejuvenating your blood and restoring your white blood cells.

  3. Enzymes aid in digestion and create healthy gut bacteria.

  4. Excellent source of pure, digestible protein! 60% vs the 18-30% in animal products like beef, chicken and fish.

  5. Extremely rich in vitamins and minerals! Vitamin C and E and all of the B vitamins, amino acids, folic acid, beta-carotene, lysine, iodine, iron and calcium.

  6. Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) dramatically increases the rate of rebuilding and healing of the body’s tissues (even rebuilding nerve damage) and fights free-radical damage.

Wonderful benefits huh?? There are loads of studies from ones from Japan that cited positive results when used after the nuclear catastrophes to studies that have shown improved immune function in people undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy to being used to help treat patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. When starting to incorporate chlorella to your diet it is best to start slow - aim for 3 grams a day (~½ teaspoon). Once your body gets used to it, you can increase to 1 teaspoon a day. You can look for cracked-cell wall chlorella supplements or powdered chlorella. Make sure it comes from a clean water source. I usually take 5 tablets every day and occasionally add powdered chlorella to my smoothies and even my guacamole.

Some recipes to try…

Aurea’s Super Guacamole

4 ripe, organic avocados

1 organic tomato, diced

1 organic red onion, finely diced

1 handful organic cilantro, finely chopped

1 tsp cumin, organic

1 tsp garlic powder, organic

1 tsp himalayan sea salt

2 organic limes, juiced

1 tbsp chlorella, powder

1 tsp cayenne pepper, organic

*Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mash the avocados and stir everything together. Enjoy!

Detox Summer Smoothie

1 large handful baby spinach, organic

1 banana, organic

12 cherries, organic

1 cup almond milk, organic

1 cup purified water (optional)

1 tsp chlorella powder

*Place all ingredients in a blender (make sure the cherry pits are removed) and blend. Feel free to add the purified water if you want a smoother consistency. Happy Blending!  

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Slow Aging with Glutathione

There is a lot of talk about antioxidants and their importance to our health and the rejuvenation of our cells. We’re a (very) youth-oriented culture, what can I say? I don’t think any human being can actually say they look forward to aging or falling ill or death… But alas, they are all part of our humanity. That being said, it doesn’t give one carte blanche to binge on Haagen-Dazs and cheesy-crust pizza. Aren’t we alive to actually feel alive?? So why would we do things, to our bodies and minds, that undermine the quality of our years on this planet?? For some it is ignorance. For others, it is being led astray by shiny packaging that promise ‘nutrients’ and ‘low-insert the latest whatever here’ but instead give your body chemicals and disease. For others it is apathy. I can’t help the latter. No hay peor ciego, que el que no quiere ver. (None are more blind than those who refuse to see.) But I can offer my knowledge and expertise to those who are seeking and desire to make changes. Woohoo!! :)

Let’s talk about Glutathione - the body’s master antioxidant and detoxifier. Your body produces glutathione for protection and survival but sometimes it doesn’t produce enough of it. Stress. Poor dietary and eating habits. Illness. Aging. Low levels of Glutathione have been linked to many illnesses and premature aging.

Some benefits of this master antioxidant are:

  • improved sleep

  • improved mental focus

  • living longer

  • improves condition of hair, skin and nails

  • increased energy

  • improved sports performance

  • slows the aging process

Foods that Boost Glutathione Production

  1. Sulfur-rich veggies like onions, garlic, parsley, leeks, shallots

  2. Cruciferous veggies like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, bok choy, brussel sprouts, kale, watercress

  3. Grass-fed red meat and grass-fed organ meat

  4. Organic Turmeric

  5. Fruits like apples, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, bananas

  6. Avocados

  7. Squash

  8. Tomatoes

  9. Raw milk and eggs

Getting regular exercise and actively reducing stress levels also work to boost your body’s production of Glutathione. Always go with organic fruits and vegetables! If you desire to reap the detoxifying and rejuvenating effects of boosting Glutathione don’t add chemicals, pesticides and toxins. When it comes meat, dairy & eggs, the same is valid. Go organic, grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free!

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Power Orange Foods

Did you know that orange foods are loaded with beta-carotene and that it boosts your immune system, aids in the prevention of cancer, heart disease and infections and protects your eyes?? I think it’s fascinating what food does in our bodies! If I can keep my immune system healthy then I can have more energy and enjoy my life even more! And that gets me excited! So let’s talk orange foods! And by orange I do not mean skittles or foods that have been magically colored by the “food” products fairy. I mean real, natural, whole, nutritious fruits and vegetables. I keep going back to this because our society has gotten so far away from eating foods our great-grandparents would recognize as food. As a result we are now a sicklier population than we ever were. Our bodies were not designed to get sick whenever the seasons change. Can you imagine living back when we were hunter-gatherers? How efficient would our species have been if we were so prone to illness? We never would’ve made it this far, evolutionarily, if our bodies were predisposed to illness. But, we can change this trend! We can be healthy and lead vibrant lives. All it takes is being more aware today than we were yesterday.

So let’s get our immune systems going! These are some orange foods to add to your diet:

  • Carrots - I’m sure we all remember Bugs Bunny and his carrots. If Bugs were a human being he’d have great skin as the vitamin A in carrots help slow down the aging process and keep skin clear.

  • Butternut Squash - loaded with fiber and potassium, this vegetable is low in fat and helps build stronger bones.

  • Sweet Potatoes - help with acne due to the anti-inflammatory nature of its vitamin A.

  • Papayas - make sure you buy these organic to avoid any genetic tampering with this fabulous fruit! It promotes a healthy digestive system.

  • Pumpkin - the ubiquitous fall vegetable, it keeps our eyesight sharp (like all orange veggies) and aids in weight loss. Pumpkin seeds can protect your body against heart disease.

  • Orange Tomatoes - these little guys have been shown to contain a form of lycopene that our bodies can absorb more easily. So if you see them, give them a try to protect your body from cancer and heart disease.

  • Cantaloupe - full of vitamin A and C, both powerful antioxidants, and they are sweet! Just be careful with these if you are allergic to mold.

  • Apricots - these little fruits are packed with iron, fiber and potassium. I love adding these to my Chicken Tagine. Be careful with them in dried form! The added sugar will cancel out the health benefits.

  • Golden Beets - like their red cousins, these are low in calories but full of fiber and potassium. They help with the elimination of toxins.

  • Guava - this tropical fruits is packed with lycopene, which for dudes, helps protect against prostate cancer. It also has 60% more potassium than a banana.

Make sure you add a little bit of a healthy fat when eating these foods! Vitamin A/Beta-Carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin. A little coconut oil, some extra virgin olive oil (if you’re eating it raw), a nut butter like almond butter, an avocado or some nuts and seeds will help your body absorb it. Who knew that the nutrients that make vegetables and fruits orange had powerful effects on your body?!

Power Orange Smoothie

2 large handfuls organic baby spinach

2-3 cups purified water (or ½ organic nut milk & ½ purified water)

1 cup organic mangoes, frozen

1 cup organic papaya, fresh or frozen

½ cup organic apricots

2 tbsp organic coconut oil

2 tbsp chia seeds

Add the purified water (or liquids of your choice) and ingredients in blender. Blend and serve.

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Get Glowing Skin!

There are days when I look at my skin and I can notice every little line and when the unevenness makes me think about what I’ve been up to over the last day or so. I know when I reflect I often realize that I didn’t eat as clean and well as I usually do and/or I didn’t get adequate sleep. So I have to get back on the proverbial horse. It’s not easy to be on top of your eating and sleeping habits but if you stay on it, you’ll have more and more days when you wake and admire the glow and smoothness of your skin. In terms of the foods we eat, not all of them are created equal in their ability to rejuvenate and beautify our skin. I won’t go into my anti-sugar tirade.. suffice to say it causes wrinkles and a host of other chronic illnesses. But I will share with you the foods that increase collagen production, fight off sun damage, reverse dryness and reduce redness/inflammation.

  1. For skin redness/blotchiness, add Flaxseeds, either whole or ground, to your diet. Flax is loaded with Omega-3s, B vitamins, zinc and folic acid. These nutrients are essential for healthy skin.

  2. Suffer from dry skin? Eat wild salmon, mackerel, artic char and herring 3-4 times a week; cold water fish are rich in Omega-3s.

  3. Signs of sun-damage? Add tomatoes, sunflower seeds and almonds to your diet; tomatoes are rich in lycopene which helps you skin resist the effects of the sun’s UV rays and the vitamin E in sunflower seeds and almonds also protect the skin from free radicals caused by UV rays.

  4. For fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin, help your body increase collagen production by eating foods rich in vitamin-C like guavas, yellow and red peppers, broccoli, kiwis, kale, strawberries, mangoes, pineapples and oranges.

   Between the nuts and seeds, the cold-water fish and the abundance of organic fruit and veggies there should also be plenty of water! Hydration is essential in order to help our bodies get rid of impurities. You don’t want them to make themselves known ON your skin. At the end of the day, you can spend hundreds of dollars on quality, expensive creams (which I admit I do) but if you don’t nourish your skin with the right foods it will be a huge waste of money. Bottom line?? Invest in yourself!! In your body! You only get ONE!!

A few other tips to take your skin and body to the next level of beauty and health:

  • Eliminate processed foods

  • Cut dairy out of your diet

  • Eliminate wheat/gluten

  • Stop eating sugar

I know these few things are probably the toughest things anyone can do. I’ve done them. I know how hard it is. You will feel so much better once you kick the habit though! Start with baby steps like making half your plate veggies at lunch and dinner. Raw is good. Steamed or Sauteed. Just get your half a plate of veggies in! Then you can move on to reducing your intake of one of the categories listed. Remember that easy does it. Start by noticing how much of it you eat and then start reducing it incrementally. Be patient and stick to it. Treat your body with kindness during the process and you’ll see how your skin glows and is more supple. AND you will lose inches and pounds too! Health & wellbeing will be a part of your day to day too! It’s a win-win, on so many levels…

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Beautify with Açaí

I’ve been putting açaí in my smoothies and raw desserts for a couple years now and I love it!! It is a wonderful addition. What has me disturbed is that now I am seeing “acai” everywhere and in everything. The ‘issue’ with this is that these companies are using the the acai berry as a marketing tool to lure customers into purchasing and consuming these products and the acai berry is miniscule part of their product. So, I am going to share the health benefits of this amazonian berry and let you in on what to look for and where on the ingredient list it should be in order for you to receive its full benefits!

The açaí berry is a little berry that grows in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil and has been used for centuries by the native people of Brazil for its medicinal properties. It is considered to be a powerhouse for nutrients and antioxidants. It only grows in the tropical regions around the equator, in South America, which means the plant has to have high amounts of protection from the sun’s UV rays, in the form of antioxidants.

A few top health benefits of the açaí berry:

  • High levels of essential fatty acids like Omega-3,6,9 and oleic acid - all of which are great for beautifying your skin and hair

  • Highest known ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) values of any fruit or veggie - promoting longevity

  • Boosts energy levels

  • Contains 19 different amino acids - needed to build healthy proteins in the body

  • Enhances brain and nerve function

  • Rich in minerals like calcium, phosphorus and vitamins like beta-carotene and vitamin E

  • Improves the function of the immune system

  • Promotes cardiovascular health

Always look for your açaí to be:

  1. Organic - it’s pointless to eat something this powerfully healthy and rejuvenating while at the same time pumping your body with chemicals and toxins

  2. Properly Freeze-dried - when buying açaí berry powder you want it to be freeze-dried within hours of harvest in order for it to retain 30-50% of its original antioxidant levels

  3. Fair-Trade - this certification contributes to the sustainability of the rainforest communities, where the açaí berry is grown, by guaranteeing fair wages and improving the quality of life through better health-care, housing and education

  4. As much açaí berry skin as possible - the nutritional components of the berry are found in the skin

I pick up the Sambazon brand of ‘fresh’ frozen açaí berry from my local health foods store or Whole Foods, but you can also find it at Trader Joe’s. They come in little packets that you can throw into the blender to make a delicious smoothie or you can thaw them and mix it with coconut water.

When buying a ‘juice’ that contains açaí look for it to be the: 1st ingredient or one of the first 3 ingredients - as ingredients are listed in order from highest concentration to lowest. Sambazon makes an açaí berry juice where açaí is the first ingredient. This juice is very sweet because of the added agave syrup, but you can water it down (with purified water) to your liking. I water the juice down by half. (The juice contains 24 grams of sugar, per serving,  which is equal to 6 teaspoons! That’s a lot..)

Chocolate Açaí Bowl

2 packets Sambazon açaí, frozen

1 ripe banana

½ cup organic strawberries

½ cup almond milk

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp shredded coconut

Blend (minus the shredded coconut) until smooth in texture using a high powered blender, like a Vitamix, or a regular blender. Serve and sprinkle the shredded coconut on top. Enjoy!

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Why you should get to know Turmeric

There are many roots and spices that have been used for thousands of years, staples of the Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicinal practices. Modern science is now verifying what has been known by ancient societies for millenia. One of these is Turmeric. It is a root spice that is used in Indian and Middle Eastern cooking. Turmeric is even used in Latin American cooking! Peruvian cooking uses it in native dishes such as Papa a la Huancaina and Aji de Gallina, two of my favorite dishes! Turmeric is the underground stem of a ginger-like plant. When you find it fresh it looks like a smaller, thinner cousin of the ginger root, only with a bright yellow orange interior. Powdered turmeric is bright yellow.

I love using Turmeric in my cooking. It adds a warm and aromatic flavor. Just be careful not to go overboard with the Turmeric because it can add unwanted bitterness when used in excess.  

Why use Turmeric??

  • Powerful antioxidants - this is especially important considering how many chemicals we are exposed to, our cells and DNA need every bit of protection!

  • Potent anti-inflammatory - prolonged inflammation in the body leads to chronic illnesses, heart disease, arthritis, neurological illnesses etc. Raw turmeric is best for this purpose.

How to use Turmeric??

  1. Raw - in homemade dressings, sprinkling it on vegetables and in your smoothies/juices

  2. Cooked - it is a delicious spice on chicken, fish, beef, tofu, even on brown rice and quinoa. Get creative!

It can even be used topically for a sun-kissed glow but that is for another post! :)

Turmeric Dressing

½ cup extra virgin olive oil, organic

2 organic lemons, juiced and zest

½ avocado, organic

3 garlic cloves, organic

Turmeric root, fresh, thumbnail size

1 tbsp raw honey

Himalayan sea salt, to taste

Blend all ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

Sunny Salmon

1 lb wild coho salmon, fillet

1 organic onion, sliced

4 organic garlic cloves, crushed

1 bunch organic scallions, diced

1 tbsp turmeric powder

1 tbsp himalayan sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tbsp organic tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)

2 tbsp organic coconut oil

1 cup purified water

Start by heating the coconut oil in a sautee pan over medium heat. Add the garlic (after letting it stand for 15 minutes to allow all the enzymes to be fully active), onions, scallions with ½ tbsp of sea salt and allow it to cook until the onions are translucent. Add the remaining spices and stir well. Place the salmon in the pan, allow each side to cook for 2-3 minutes and then add water and cover. Allow to cook covered for 10-15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Enjoy the recipes and feel free to experiment with this delicious spice! Get creative with Turmeric and allow it to infuse your body with its healing energies!

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Why Eat Greens??

There is tons of information out there about the importance of eating Greens. Dark Leafy Green Veggies. Green Cruciferous Veggies. Green vegetables are crucial for body’s health and wellness. Essential for a beautiful complexion and for strong hair and nails. Green veggies also help your body shed excess pounds and maintain it! They are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals your body needs to be healthy and fight off disease!

Here is what Greens do for your body:

  1. Their Fiber is very important for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight! And it can also help lower cholesterol, blood pressure and helps keep your blood sugar levels stable.

  2. The High Water Content are essential for keeping your body hydrated and contributing to beautiful skin and hair.

  3. Rich in Calcium and Potassium that helps maintain strong teeth and bones, reducing the risk for osteoporosis and helps manage blood pressure levels.

  4. Their Anti-oxidants, Vitamin C, Lutein & Zeaxanthin, help reduce risk of cataracts and keep your eyes healthy. The vitamin C helps your body produce collagen which in turn keeps your skin and hair beautiful.

  5. They contain Beta-carotene which supports the growth and repair of your body’s tissues. Your body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A as needed so it is safer to eat your greens than to take supplements.

  6. They’re an excellent source of Folate which help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and memory loss and it supports the production of serotonin which can help protect you against depression and contribute to healthy moods.

  7. The Vitamin E in green leafy veggies help maintain healthy skin and may help protect your eyes from degeneration.

The great thing about Greens is that you can eat as much of them as you want! I’ve never heard of anyone getting fat from eating kale and swiss chard, have you? I know that whenever I feel as if I’ve gained a little weight I increase my green intake and the inches come off. Not only do I lose inches with more greens but my complexion and hair start looking even better! As if I needed more reasons to eat my greens! I’m definitely sold on the beauty benefits of greens! Make half your plate Green! Try it for yourself and enjoy a more beautiful complexion and a healthier body!    

 

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Help your Body Burn Fat!

Too many women are obsessed with the number on the scale. I know because I used to be one of them! Every now and then I still get a little fixated on that number and have to remind myself that what’s important is FAT LOSS and how one gets there is through proper, healthy nutrition and exercise. What you may not know is that when your body stores excess food as fat and these fat cells accumulate toxins. The hormones and antibiotics in factory-farmed meat go into your fat cells. The hormones and antibiotics in non-organic dairy products also go in your fat cells. The pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc in non-organic fruits and vegetables? Right, in your fat cells! The chemicals in the air we breathe and in the water we drink… Are you getting the picture?? All these environmental pollutants end up in our bodies. Gross huh??

But your body isn’t supposed to be a haven for toxic chemicals, your body is very capable of eliminating the toxins it comes into contact with. The issue is that nowadays our bodies are exposed to so many chemicals and pollutants that it can’t eliminate them as efficiently and quickly as it used to! So they go into your fat cells in the meantime and overtime this leads to chronic illnesses. Your task is to help your body along!! Helping your body rid itself of these toxic chemicals had the added benefit of getting rid of those excess inches, especially around your midsection!

Here’s how to lose fat and inches by helping your body shed these yucky, toxins:

  1. HYDRATE!! Drink plenty of water! ½ your body weight in ounces is your goal! This may sound like a lot but when we realize that almost ¾ of our body is water, it doesn’t seem like so much. A good way to know if you’re drinking enough water is the color of your urine - if it’s yellow (and you aren’t taking supplements that affect this) you’re not drinking enough water. Your pee should be clear or very, light yellow. If you carry around your water with you, use a stainless steel bottle to avoid the added chemicals which leech into the water from plastic bottles. At home, get a good carbon filter for your water or a reverse-osmosis filter if you wanna get fancy!

  2. FIBER!! and I don’t mean Metamucil. I mean real, nutritious fiber found in Green leafy vegetables and other veggies, whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, legumes like black beans, lentils and garbanzo beans and fruits. A plate colored by carrots, spinach, onions, peppers will give your body plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to heal and protect your cells and fiber to escort the unwanted toxins out! Aim for ½ your plate in veggies! ¼ whole grains! (if it says “Whole Grain” on the box it’s a marketing ploy, please don’t fall for it.) ¼ lean, clean protein!

  3. GREEN TEA! Green tea has lots of antioxidants and boosts your metabolism while helping to inhibit your appetite.

  4. WILD SALMON! The Omega-3s in wild salmon helps shrink fat from your midsection and improves your metabolism.

  5. AVOCADOS! These little fruits are awesome at helping your body burn fat by encouraging your body to burn its fat stores and they help protect your cells from free radical damage.

  6. CHIA SEEDS! These tiny seeds are packed with Omega-3s, fiber and protein, that fires up your metabolism, helps your body burn fat and helps suppress your appetite.  

Just by adding some of these foods on a regular basis you will encourage your body to start shedding its fats stores and you will also notice improvements in your how your skin looks, and the health of your hair and nails too! Your whole being will benefit from nourishing your body with healthy, whole, nutritious foods.

 

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