One of summertime’s greatest joys? Travel to faraway places. One of its biggest headaches (other than the TSA lines)? Jet lag. It’s the traveler’s equivalent of a hangover, with the main difference being that you probably had no fun getting it, and the pain will last longer than the alcohol-induced kind. And why does jet lag still have such power over us?
A few hundred years ago our food was neither stripped of nutrients, nor loaded with chemicals, antibiotics and hormones. We slept according to the rhythms of nature and our biological systems were under much less stress. But the modern world has taken a huge toll on our bodies and minds and the stress of keeping our head above water is quite different. We may not have needed to supplement our diets then, but I strongly believe that in this day and age, supplementing with key nutrients is essential. The basic premise behind supplements as I see it is to augment our systems so that they can function optimally and do what they were designed to do. Supplements merely supplement a healthy, high-quality diet—they won’t replace one.
Supplements enhance and support the benefits of a healthy diet. While we all have our go-to supplement regimens, we interviewed the Be Well Health Coaches to find out their favorite Be Well supplements.
Vitamin D. It’s the cornerstone of good health, so it’s mind-boggling to me how often vitamin D levels are overlooked or given short shrift by primary-care physicians. Numerous studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and devastating health problems, many of which might well be avoided if we paid more attention to filling the D-gap. If your doc gives you the brush-off when you ask him or her to measure your vitamin D level, then you need to take charge. Educate yourself, get tested (or test yourself), and then work with your doc to develop a plan to get your D up to an optimal level. Your continued health may depend on it!
When you’re fighting a cold, a headache or other minor ailment, home remedies can offer powerful support. Through research, education and lots of trial and error, I’ve built up quite a supply of natural remedies, and my medicine cabinet is overflowing with ingredients to help me and my family through everything from digestive complaints to cold and flu season.
Here our the top 10 natural remedies to support your health and the health of your families and friends.
Did you know that the body is constantly regenerating itself? It’s true! Your cells are constantly dying off while new ones are being created. This regeneration happens at different rates throughout the body and can actually be affected (both positively or negatively) by the food that we eat. It’s super important to prevent aging from the inside even before you think about the outside options of beauty products galore.
While Frank is not a big coffee drinker, he loves the taste of coffee; in fact coffee ice cream is probably his biggest guilty pleasure.
This Mocha Choca Smoothie is seriously delicious and really good for you. It’s Frank’s current go-to breakfast smoothie, and since it’s loaded with protein and healthy fats, it keeps him feeling full, satisfied and energized all morning.
Have you tried the new tasting Cleanse Shakes? It’s fruitier than the original one and that’s because we’ve enriched it with extra organic fruits and vegetables so you’re getting an added dose of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Plus, the pea protein is now organic!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and who doesn’t love to indulge a little; I do! This Antioxidant Cherry Chocolate Smoothie recipe shows you how you can indulge and feel good about it at the same time.
Both the antioxidant benefits of raw cocao and cherries make this combination a rich, tasty one. Raw cocao is loaded with phytochemicals that may reduce LDL cholesterol–and we all love that feel-good boost of endorphins we get from this pure source.
I love herbs and spices, not only for their flavors but also for their medicinal effects. And if I had to pick one health all-star, it would have to be turmeric, the spice born of the curcuma longa plant that gives curries their rich golden yellow color. It’s more than just a tasty flavor-enhancer though. The chief polyphenol in turmeric, curcumin, has healing and protective powers that make it a nutritional force to be reckoned with. Here’s my in-a-nutshell guide to this miraculous gift of nature – and how to put it to work for you:
There are those who embrace winter and those who have to brace themselves for it. Not only does the profusion of cold and snow tend to drag spirits down, but the lack of daylight really does a number on mood, often sending it to a dark place. Be it a slight case of the blues or full-on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), the symptoms tend to leave people feeling fairly lousy, with some combination of exhaustion (despite oversleeping), carb cravings, feeling withdrawn, moody or blue.