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The Secret Culprits Preventing You From Loosing Weight…

There is nothing worse than doing everything right, by the books, to realize you aren’t reaching your end goal weight…When the sweat, blood and tears don’t quite get you to your goal, there may be an underlying habit that is stopping you… Take a look at these 4 habits that may be robbing you from your goal weight:

You’re opting for diet soda.

Diet soda lures you with the promise of being a healthier option, but that’s hardly the case. Research shows that calorie-free, artificially-sweetened drinks may actually contribute to weight gain and increase cravings for real sugar. Opt for water instead.

You’re watching your favorite show while you eat dinner.

Sorry, “House of Cards” fans. You may want to pause your marathon when you’re eating. People tend to consume more when they’re distracted than they would if they were mindfully focusing on their meal, according to Harvard Health. It all comes down to your brain processing what’s going on in your body, which it can’t do as effectively when you’re watching Frank Underwood tear through the White House.

You’re not eating enough.

Kiss that cleanse goodbye. Slashing calories isn’t always the best way to get healthy, particularly if it means you’re not getting any nutrients at all. The ideal avenue to a healthy weight is to engage in a balanced diet. That means eating plenty of natural fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats

You’re not sleeping enough.

Getting proper rest can improve every aspect of your life — including the number on the scale. Research shows that sleep deprivation can lead to weight gain. Rack up Zs to help drop pounds.


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Kick The Prescriptions: The Herbs You Need That Heal

A lot of times, getting prescribed a medication for insomnia and anxiety is considered the easy way out for both the doctors and the patients, but it is most definitely the harder route on your health and body. Which in hindsight, may cause more insomnia and more anxiety.   Doing the research to find effective natural remedies can be tedious which is why I wanted to save you the trouble and share this list of herbs that can replace your prescription and leave you feeling rejuvenated and inspired, instead of worn down and expired:

1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D was the herb that started it all for me, and it’s still my go-to. Vitamin D is sunshine in a bottle. It will naturally boost your mood, fight diabetes, and combat muscle and bone pain. It has scientifically been proven to lower blood pressure as well as fight against depression.

2. Passionflower

Passionflower is an herb for depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Passionflower has been shown to work as well as some benzodiazepine medications that are usually prescribed to patients for anxiety. Daytime drowsiness was less prevalent in patients who used passionflower over benzos (like Valium or Xanax).

3. Lavender

Lavender is an anti-anxiety warriors. Not only do I grow lavender plants for medicinal use in my tea, bath, and skin care, but I also use lavender oil for aromatherapy. Put 2 to 10 drops on your pillow at night for a restful sleep. Boil a pot of water, add organic lavender essential oil, and inhale deeply for an amazing relaxing at-home spa ritual.

4. Ashwagandha

Stressed? Anxious? Sluggish? Ashwagandha naturally lowers the stress hormone cortisol, providing anti-anxiety relief similar to that of lorazepam. It’s lovely in a tincture or tea form daily, and an added benefit is that ashwagandha is a proven cancer fighter!

5. Rhodiola

Rhodiola is great for increasing energy, relieving stress, and enhancing memory. Rhodiola seems to enhance the transportation of important serotonin precursors (like 5-HTP) in the brain. It’s a potent adaptogen, meaning that it normalizes the functions of your body, like those that deal with stress, illness, and fear. It also increases anti-tumor activity by increasing your body’s resistance to toxins, making it a powerful cancer fighter.

6. Melatonin

Melatonin is most potent in our bodies when we are around 3 months old, and it steadily decreases as we age, so every single day it becomes more and more important to incorporate melatonin into your life. Not only does it help with anti-aging, melatonin regulates your circadian rhythms, naturally promoting restful sleep.

7. Chamomile

Want to soothe aches and pains right at the source? Chamomile is amazing for sleep patterns, immunity, and menstrual cramp relief and arthritis and osteoporosis. Chamomile goes straight to the bones, stimulating osteo-based cells, lubricating joints, and reducing inflammation from the inside out.



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Bone Marrow to Prevent Leaky Guy Syndrome and…

It’s nice to have a little guidance and information when it comes to incorporating healthy habits in your diet; especially when it comes to trying something new! If you haven’t heard, incorporating bone broth in your diet is the new thing and for good reason! Take a look below to see all the benefits bone broth has to offer for your body and health:


1. Heal and seal your gut.

According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

2. Protect your joints.

Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

3. Look younger.

Bone broth is a rich source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of “plumping” products these days, but why stick it on the outside when you can drink it? Not only is drinking it cheaper, but it can make your skin, hair, and nails look just as radiant.

4. Sleep better, and feel better.

The glycine in bone broth has been shown in several studies to help people sleep better and improve memory.



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3 Effortless Hacks To a Healthier You

Staying healthy is a conscience choice and often times it’s a hard lifestyle to maintain. However, there are 3 very easy habits that you may or may not be doing already that can help you maintain your healthy lifestyle easily! These hacks take little to no effort at all and are worth doing for the health benefits that come with them:

Stay pH balanced.

Drinking lemon water throughout the day is one of the easiest things you can do to alkalize, or neutralize acid in the body. Though lemons are not alkaline themselves, they possess a low sugar content and high alkaline mineral content, having an alkalizing effect on the body. Lemon’s citric acid enhances your body’s ability to naturally flush out toxins from your body. Drinking lemon water has also been proven to aid in digestion.

Here’s how to do it: Cut half a lemon and juice it into a large glass or water bottle (at least 8 ounces). After squeezing, dump the rest of the lemon into the glass. Refill your glass with lukewarm or room-temperature water for easy all-day lemon water.

Add fruit to your diet.

I’m not a big fan of juicing or juice diets mainly because eating a whole fruit gives you higher nutrient density. If you are looking to eat clean but don’t want to spend $10 on a fresh juice, there is a super simple solution: Eat a whole fruit.

The fiber contained in a whole fruit or vegetable is not available in juice. Fiber lives in the roughage, pulp and skin, which is extracted when juicing.

Reduce carbohydrate intake with one easy tweak.

Eat your sandwiches open-face or bun-less. Let’s get one thing straight, I’m anti-diet, but sometimes I need to cut back on carbs. One slice of wheat bread has around 78 calories and 14.3 grams of carbohydrates. Instead of altering your entire diet, make small and easy adjustments to prevent calories from piling up.



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