The Benefits of Eating Kale

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Kale is one of the most overlooked vegetables in the world. People have been using it as garnishes for other dishes for as long as I can remember. Its usually the last thing left in the dish waiting to be disposed of. Kale happens to be a super food. It has been used for over 2000 years in Europe brought to popularity during Roman times and the Middle Ages. It only came to the U.S. in the 17th Century.

Facts about Kale:
1. A serving of Kale has more absorbable calcium than a carton of milk!Who would have thought that this green leafy food would be a calcium powerhouse.

2. Kale give more bang for your buck in the Vitamin department. One cup of raw kale has only 30 calories and contains more than 600% of Vitamin K, 205% of Vitamin A, 135% of Vitamin C, PLUS Iron, Fiber, Magnesium, Copper, Sodium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Folate, Omega 3s, and 2 grams of protein. Yes, I said PROTEIN!

3. Kale belongs to the cabbage family and is related to not only cabbage, but brussel sprouts and collard greens. All of these vegetables possess phytonutrients which reduce inflammation, reduce certain types of cancers, such as: colon cancer and prostate cancer. It improves the livers ability to detox and helps protect your brain cells by reducing stress. Kale is AWESOME for a healthy mind and body.

4. Kale has no fat and no cholesterol. It’s loaded with beneficial anti-oxidants that help protect your cells from free radical damage. Free radical damage is basically daily aging of our bodies. As your cells break down, this process causes us to age. Kale fights against that along with other high antioxidant foods.

5. Kale contains Zea-xanthin, an important dietary nutrient that gets absorbed into the the rental macula lute in the eyes where it provides antioxidant and protect e light filtering functions. It helps prevent retinal detachment and offers protection against age related macular degeneration in the elderly.

6. Kale is best after the first frost when all the starches in this green leafy veggie begin turning into sugar. Although I love it just about anytime of year.

7. Kale comes in a variety of colors and textures. Try them all to see which ones you like best.

Want to add kale to your diet? Here is a good resource for Kale recipes. Enjoy!

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Benefits of Eating Berries

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If someone offers you a pill for weight loss or to prevent vision loss such as that caused by macular degeneration, you would take it right? Well no need for pills, just hop on over to your local grocery store and load up on fresh or frozen berries. Berries contain antioxidants and phytochemicals, which are naturally occurring nutrients in our bodies that help protect cells from cell damage (oxidative stress) caused by free radicals. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help improve your health, protect your skin and hair, and prevent certain diseases. All fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but nutrient-rich berries are some of the absolute best sources. Some of the best sources of these health benefits are Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Boysenberries, Cranberries and Blueberries.

There are several powerful antioxidants that appear in berries, including anthocyanins, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanins give berries their vibrant color, reduce inflammation, and may help prevent and manage arthritis. Anthocyanins work together with quercetin to help slow age-related memory-loss. Quercetin can also decrease the inflammatory effects of chemicals in the synovial fluid of the joints for people with inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

Studies have shown that woman who eat two servings of strawberries or one serving of blueberries a week experienced less mental decline over time than peers who did not consume berries. Berries are also able to be included in diets of those suffering with diabetes. While they are a “sweet” fruit, they contain a high level of fiber which can be useful in diabetic diets. They can count as a serving of fruit. Its always better to eat fresh berries than those that have been processed or used in a pie or muffin.

People who eat at least two servings of berries a week have a 25 percent less chance of developing Parkinson’s disease than their peers, according to research published in the journal Neurology. The same research showed that men with the highest intake of flavonoids — which are abundant in berries — reduced their risk by 40 percent. Flavonoids are being studied to help ward off certain types of cancer. Research published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis suggests that flavonoids and other compounds found in berries may help reduce colon cancer risk. Besides eating them plain, you can also get your berry servings by adding them fresh or frozen to other high-nutrition foods such as yogurt, oatmeal, and salads.

Vitamin C is another strong antioxidant found in berries. It is largely responsible for the health of collagen, which helps maintain cartilage stores and aids in joint flexibility. Eating vitamin C–rich berries will contribute to radiant skin and healthy hair, and may reduce the risk of arthritis, high blood pressure, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

In addition to antioxidants, berries are “juicy foods,” which means they contain mostly water. Juicy foods are great for losing weight because they fill you up quickly, since their high water content bumps up the volume while driving down the calories. Berries also contain fiber and folate. Fiber aids in weight loss and helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Folate may protect against cardiovascular disease and age-related memory loss, and since folate contributes to the production of serotonin, it may also help ward off depression and improve your mood. IBS sufferers take note: Some people with IBS experience discomfort after eating berries. People with a strong inherited risk for heart disease may find that a diet rich in raw fruits and vegetables, including berries, can reduce their chances of having a heart attack, according to a study published in PLoS Medicine.

Remember, if you can’t find fresh berries, frozen (unsweetened) berries are a good substitute during the off-season months — and just as nutritious!

 

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30’s, 40’s, 50’s… OH MY!

LIFE…In your 20’s you can conquer the world, you are feeling unstoppable. Your 30’s you think about settling down and starting your own family. You hit 40, the vision starts to get worse and the reading glasses get added as a necessary accessory. You hit 50 and it seems like everything begins to fall apart. Its as though a time clock just went off reminding us that we are entering THE ZONE.

The Zone I am referring too is the one where you log into your Facebook account and see all the updates of your friends… the aches, the pains, the illnesses and surgeries of aging. Weren’t we JUST in high school a few short years ago? Wow how time flies! Gratitude lists begin showing up more and more as status updates. Don’t look at the things that are wrong, look at the things that are right, that are going your way. Sounds like a plan to me. But when you go for your annual physical and the reports are not as peachy as they were before, or you look in that mirror and see that new line that wasn’t there yesterday, or that dark freckle thats starting to look a little off, or the indigestion that you seem to get every single time you sit down to a nice dinner, your brain begins to wander and you start thinking…aging sucks! Then it hits me!

If I want to feel my absolute best and be in the same shape I was in when I was younger, sitting on my butt in front a computer screen all day is not going to work anything out on my body, except maybe my fingers. Time to put the wheels in motion and take charge of my life, while I am still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. I need to be the best me I can be that will allow me to “grow up” gracefully. So I began to do some research into a variety of products that would help me slow down the aging process, that were not filled with hype and unfulfilled promises. I found a product line by a company called Pharmanex. This company has the key to slowing down the aging process. With their recent aquisition of LifeGen Technologies, they have over 30 years of research on how and why people age. I began taking some of their products and let me tell you, that stuff changed my life! I am not one to rave about a product nor promote a product on this blog very often (if you are an avid reader, then you know this already). But this stuff is truly a life saver. Supposedly it has an ingredient that can re-start the mitochondria in your cells. The mitochondria slows down as we age and causes most of our problems as we age. The mitochondria is the brain of every single cell we have in our bodies. Its the powerhouse of our cells. I not only sleep better at night, but I feel like I have the energy of the 30 year old. Its pretty incredible! The best part is my blood work from my physical came back better then it had in years! This link can give you more information on how to slow down the aging process for yourself and feel year younger. I PROMISE! Let me know how you feel after you try one of these products.

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Coffee an old antioxidant, making new strides

When the Ink Spots sang “I love the java jive and it loves me” in 1940, they could not have known how right they were!

Coffee not only helps clear the mind and perk up the energy, it also provides more healthful antioxidants than any other food or beverage in the American diet, according to a study released Sunday.

Of course, too much coffee can make people jittery and even raise cholesterol levels, so food experts stress moderation.

The findings by Joe A. Vinson, a chemistry professor at the University of Scranton, in Pennsylvania, give a healthy boost to the warming beverage.

“The point is, people are getting the most antioxidants from beverages, as opposed to what you might think,” Vinson said in a telephone interview.

Antioxidants, which are thought to help battle cancer and provide other health benefits, are abundant in grains, tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables.

Vinson said he was researching tea and cocoa and other foods and decided to study coffee, too.

His team analyzed the antioxidant content of more than 100 different food items, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, spices, oils and common beverages. They then used Agriculture Department data on typical food consumption patterns to calculate how much antioxidant each food contributes to a person’s diet.

They concluded that the average adult consumes 1,299 milligrams of antioxidants daily from coffee. The closest competitor was tea at 294 milligrams. Rounding out the top five sources were bananas, 76 milligrams; dry beans, 72 milligrams; and corn, 48 milligrams. According to the Agriculture Department, the typical adult American drinks 1.64 cups of coffee daily.

That does not mean coffee is a substitute for fruit and vegetables.

“Unfortunately, consumers are still not eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are better for you from an overall nutritional point of view due to their higher content of vitamins, minerals and fiber,” Vinson said.

The proof is in the Scan

There is a machine called a Biophotonic Scanner that was put out by a company called Pharmanex.  This company has the right ideas, keeping folks younger longer by addressing the genes that start to fade as we age.  This new technology has recently made a break through in the health care industry.  About 6 months ago I had my first scan using the biophotonic scanner and  my score was disgraceful coming in as an “F” according tot he technician tending the machine.  It was mentioned to me that there was a great new supplement on the market that could raise my scan score guaranteed. Started taking it and it raised my score, meaning I now have more anti oxidants in my body.  But the kicker is, since I started drinking more coffee my score rose even more. Not only does coffee make me human in the am, it is an incredible anti oxidant!  Yea coffee!!!!  finally something that good for you.

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ReDesign in 90 Program

I have been dieting for the past several months and I am so happy to say that in those several months I have lost 15 pounds using NuSkins ReDesign in 90 package.  Finally I found a diet system that works!  Not only does it work but its GUARANTEED to work or you get your money back and for every pound you lose NuSkin will donate a meal to a starving child through their charitable arm called Nourish the Children.  Its crazy!!  What other diet program guarantees weight loss?

Your success with the reDESIGN in 90 Weight Management challenge is important and Nu Skin wants to ensure your success. To start the redesign in 90 Weight Management challenge, maintain for 90 days, and  ensure Nu Skin’s Nourish the Children (NTC) donation,* you will need to complete the following:

1.       Purchase the reDESIGN Weight Management Package. This package contains the reDESIGN in 90 Weight Management Quick Reference Program Guide and a month’s supply of Nu Skin’s innovative dietary supplements to support your challenge. (Purchase of this package is required to officially enter the reDESIGN Weight Management Challenge.)

2.       Set up your Automatic Shipping Rewards (ADR) Package. A $100 minimum ADR must be on your account ordered and shipped for months 2 and 3 of your challenge.  We recommend the following reDESIGN Weight Management ADR packages.

3.       Enroll in the reDESIGN in 90 Weight Management program atredesign90.com.  Enrollment includes entering goals, entering beginning and target weight, and submitting a “before” picture that follows the photo taking tips listed in the program.

4.       Follow the Weight Management program daily and at the end of your 90 day challenge, share your success.  You will need to submit your final weight, an “after” photo, and a written or video testimonial at redesign90.com.

*For every pound lost and recorded on your daily tracker, Nu Skin will feed one child for one day.

We are excited you have chosen to take the reDESIGN in 90 Weight Management challenge and
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AgeLoc Galvanic Body Spa. Remove Cellulite NOW!

ImageErgonomically designed for ease of use and handling during body treatments, the new ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa with pulsating technology features a proprietary ageLOC body conductive surface designed to deliver 10 times more ageLOC to your skin when used with AgeLOC Body Shaping Gel. The ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa targets the ultimate sources of aging while diminishing the appearance of fat and cellulite and smoothing skin to provide a slimmer, more toned appearance. It also features a self-adjusting current, lighted display, and audio indications, making it an easy to use in-home anti-aging body system. Newly developed, patent-pending galvanic pulsating technology is optimized to maximize anti-aging effects on the arms, abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. The skin on the body is thicker and less sensitive, making it benefit from and respond to a pulsating galvanic current. It also helps stimulate, purify, and refresh your skin to reduce the visible signs of aging—for a slimmer, smoother, firmer, youthful looking you today and in the future.

What is unique about the ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa?

The ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa was designed for use in combination with ageLOC Body Shaping Gel on body areas—not on the face and neck. This instrument was designed to target a larger surface area with a patentpending ageLOC conductive surface that captures 10 times more key ingredients between the conductive surface and the skin (when compared to the body conductor attachment). Secondly, this design is more ergonomic for easier use and handling during body treatments. Thirdly, the ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa and ageLOC Body Shaping Gel target end benefits/results (i.e., appearance of cellulite, slimming, toning, etc.) that are different from those targeted on the face. Lastly, the skin on the body is thicker and less sensitive, making it more apt to benefit from and respond to a pulsating current.

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What is the difference between a pulsating galvanic current and a constant galvanic current?

A constant galvanic current is one that has a steady flow. It does not waver or vary in amplitude. A pulsating galvanic current is one that varies between two different, pre-established levels. Please note these are very different than alternating currents (AC). Within alternating currents, the polarity fluctuates between positive and negative poles. A pulsating galvanic current is better suited for the body.

What is the benefit of using a pulsating galvanic current on the body?

Direct (galvanic) currents, whether pulsating or not, can assist in the delivery of like charged key ingredients to the skin by improving osmotic flow. This is increasingly important for enhancing delivery of key ingredients to areas with thicker skin. Additional research has shown that the pulsating current enhances fluid vibration. Pulsating galvanic currents aid in stimulating skin and increasing cellular communication to help purify and refresh skin and help reduce the visible signs of skin aging. Pulsating galvanic currents are optimally designed for use on the body where the skin can benefit from enhanced fluid vibration.

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•  Optimized pulsating galvanic current aids in stimulating

skin, helps purify and refresh skin, and helps reduce the
visible signs of aging.
•  Laboratory research demonstrates that treatments with
a Galvanic current can enhance the delivery of
anti-aging ingredients for up to 24 hours.
PRODUCT BENEFITS
•  Aids in delivering key ingredients to the skin.
•  Optimized pulsating galvanic current aids in stimulating skin, helps purify and refresh skin, and helps
reduce the visible signs of aging.
•  Laboratory research demonstrates that treatments with a Galvanic current can enhance the delivery of anti-aging ingredients for up to 24 hours.

WHO SHOULD USE GALVANIC BODY SPA?

•  Women and men looking for a firmed, toned, younger looking body.
•  Women of any age with cellulite and other signs of aging on the body.

USAGE

For optimal results, use your ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa with ageLOC Body Shaping Gel once a day threedays a week on thighs, arms, buttocks, and abdomen.

You can buy your own Galvanic Body Spa Here!  It offers Guaranteed Results or your money back!

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Cellulite? Have I Got News For You!

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If you have those lumpy, dimply skin that often resembles cottage cheese or orange rinds, it’s quite normal. 9 out of 10 women have certain degree of cellulite on their thighs, buttocks, bellies and arms. But, why just woman?

Cellulite occurs when pockets of fat pushed up against connective tissue underneath the skin. Female skin tissue is thinner and less porous therefore, when fat cells push up, they’re more noticeable.

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Tips to help minimize its appearance so you can wear bikini confidently next time you go to the beach!

  1. Avoid too much sugar and salt in your diet. Sugar stores in fat cells and causes expansion, salt causes fluid retention.
  2. Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily helps to flush out toxins that hide in the fat layers beneath the skin. Hydration helps to plum up the skin making it look less lumpier.
  3. Switch to non-elastic undergarments made of smooth fabric with an invisible edge. Create even pressure on skin and prevent fat from being pushed up and deposited in unwanted areas. Thong and Capri length undergarments are also good choices.
  4. Massage DO work! By creating friction, you can loosen or soften those fibrous connective bands between the skin, stimulate circulation and drain excess fluids. When fat cells aren’t full, the lumps look smooth.
  5. DO NOT take diuretic products. Diuretic reduce fluid buildup for a brief period of time, and can negatively impact your digestive system.

Or alternatively, try ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa…

 

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