Don’t Forget about Water ~ Your First-line for ‘Detox’?

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Okay, so we all know that without water we dehydrate and wither away ~ Got it! But do you really know about how the water is used by your body to keep you alive including detoxification?

Talk about detoxification ~ water flushes waste products out of your kidney and liver, lubricates and cushions your joints and keeps your eyes, mouth and nose tissues moist. It regulates your body temperature and protects your internal organs. Your lungs are 90% water and that brain sloshing about between your ears is 70% water. Your blood is more than 80% water. Every system in your body depends on water. In fact, about 60% of the average human body is simply ~ (wait for it…) WATER!

drinking waterAnd you’re not just losing water through your sweat and urine. You lose more than 1 cup of water daily in just the vapor you exhale from your lungs. Which is why you can survive for weeks without food, but you can live only a few days without water.

But you’re wondering…”Hey wait! Can’t I get water from my food?” True, about 20% of your liquid needs can come from solid foods (although this also depends on the food in question, because watermelon for instance, is made almost entirely of water). You still need to receive the rest of your daily hydration by drinking water (ok and water-based beverages). But not so fast ~ not all water based beverages. While most studies have found that in moderate amounts, caffeine has only mild diuretic effects, alcoholic beverages (yes, even beer) can actually contribute to your daily water needs. So we can’t count those towards your total intake.

Do you really have to drink 8 (8oz) cups of water a day to avoid dehydration?
Good question ~ the science on that has changed. The answer is NO! You possibly need MORE!! The old standard “8 by 8” rule isn’t really supported by hard evidence, but it remains popular because it’s so easy to remember.

In February 2004, the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine issued new recommendations for water. The media only picked-up on the first line of the report which proclaimed that the vast majority of healthy people can adequately meet their daily hydration needs by simply drinking when they are thirsty. However, if you continued reading beyond that line (towards the bottom), while the report did not specify exact requirements for water; it did set the following general recommendations for women and men:

  • Women need an average of approximately 91 ounces (or ~11 ½ cups) of total water per day.
  •  Men need an average of approximately 125 ounces (or ~15 ½ cups) of total water per day.

Best solution is to keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as: “Drink at least 8 (8oz) glasses of water a day,” If you’re in a temperate climate, with no illness and fairly sedentary ~ you may be able drink a little less water. It goes without saying that consumption of salty, sodium rich foods will require a little more. (Why am I craving potato chips suddenly?)

…And about that ‘only when thirsty’ part of the report. Actually, for some people, thirst is not always a good indicator of their hydration needs. Your water needs increase in hot climates and with heavy physical activity. Consider that athletes who train several hours a day in the heat should NOT rely on their thirst. They need to instead stick to a strict drinking schedule.

Children and the elderly also may not be able to rely solely on thirst to guide their water need. These populations have a less acute sense of their thirst. Older adults may even take diuretic medications or have reduced kidney function, both of which significantly increase fluid loss and consequently increase fluid needs.

Did you know that mere lack of water is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue? A 2012 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, conducted by the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory showed that mild dehydration can cause mood swings, anger and difficulty concentrating.

The Nationwide Food Consumption Surveys indicate that a portion of the population may be chronically mildly dehydrated. Dehydration of as little as 1-2% of one’s body weight has been shown to impair your muscle endurance. At 3-4% dehydration, your muscle strength and endurance significantly drop and your actual performance is impaired.

Go drink a glass of water!

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

How to Boost Your Body’s Detox System through Super Foods

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Did you know that most people don’t realize that the body has an awesome detoxification system?!

You’ve got three critical organs involved in your constant detox process:
• Liver: Your first line of defense against toxins ~ it acts like a filter in preventing toxic substances contained in the foods you eat from passing into your blood stream.
• Colon: Not simply a passive inner tube ~ this organ has bacteria that produce both healthy and unhealthy chemicals. Its main role is to flush out toxic chemicals before they can do you any harm. That’s why you have to keep your colon flowing smoothly.
• Kidneys: They’re constantly filtering your blood and getting rid of toxins in the form of urine.

BUT ~ for this detox action to truly work, you have to maintain these 3 key organs. How? by nourishing your body with the right nutrients. Here are a few things for you to consider for your own detox cleansing diet:

1) Garlic. Absolutely, hands down, one of the most powerful detox foods you can eat. It supports the healthy production of digestive enzymes in your liver, and is a key component in your body’s manufacture of glutathione, (a nutrient that Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D., refers to as “the mother of all antioxidants.”) Garlic is also essential in our body’s production of various sulfur compounds and bio-active selenium, 2 more nutrients that are necessities in your detoxification process.

2) Green Leafy Veggies. Yep, we’re talking about kale, spinach, alfalfa, wheatgrass and chard ~ all are chock full of chlorophyll, a powerful cleansing nutrient that is sometimes referred to as “nature’s green magic.” It’s the lifeblood of the green plant world, yet chlorophyll is a natural blood-builder and cleansing agent for the human body, and is known to help scrub clean cell structures throughout your body and also promotes healthy new cell life. Studies show that Chlorophyll also halts the growth and development of toxic bacteria inside the body, and is generally known to neutralize toxins.

garlic & lemons3) Lemons. I know ~ when you think citrus fruit, you naturally think citric acid ~ and then equate that with making both your digestion and body acidic, but the truth is quite the opposite. They actually balance pH in your body. How? Citric Acid is a “weak” acid, which means that once it has done its job in providing energy for you in metabolism, it’s then eliminated easily via sweat and respiration. AND it’s alkaline forming in that it stimulates the formation of calcium carbonate in your body. This calcium carbonate then neutralizes the “Strong” acids in your body.
PLUS Lemon’s alkaline minerals are plentiful, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and selenium. This means that after the citric acid in lemon has done its job and is easily eliminated, you are left with a very alkaline end product from the fruit itself.
Start your day off right with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime in 6oz of filtered water. In addition to priming your digestive tract for food and spurring the production of digestive enzymes; citrus fruits are rich in Vitamin C, which is recognized as one of the most powerful detoxifying vitamins and makes a little lemon juice another effective way to regularly detoxify your body.

Vibrant Tip: If you don’t have time to squeeze lemons in the morning, try starting your day with a scoop of Vibrant Cleanse in warm water for an energizing and detoxifying boost.

4) Chia & Hemp Seeds. High in Omega-3 fatty acids, they are also efficient intestinal cleansers. Dr. Edward Group III from the Global Healing Center, reports that Omega-3 rich seeds and oils in general help lubricate the intestinal walls and draw out toxins in order to eliminate them from your body. Chia seeds are especially effective. Just add a couple of tablespoons full to a glass of filtered water (stirring gently with a fork for a minute or two) until you get a gelatin like texture. This gel-like coating, elicits a powerful detoxification effect in your gut.

6) Sea Vegetables or Algae. Talk about you green superfoods ~ these are always recognized for their powerful alkalizing effect on the body. Sea Vegetables, Seaweeds as well as, some Sea Algae varieties like spirulina and chlorella are also remarkable detoxifiers. They literally suck-up toxins in your digestive tract and easily purge them from your body. Both Sea Vegetables and Algae are also rich in trace minerals (and other nutrients), which reinforce your body’s natural detoxifying systems.

Not to toot our own horn but, a great way to quickly and easily get optimum nutrition through an amazing and tasty combination of these powerful detoxifying superfoods, is our Green Vibrance ~ which is not just a green drink but as you can see from the list of ingredients, is full of natural detoxing supplements.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

Sugar That’s Good For You

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Good News that You Can Use…about Sugar!

I’ve received quite a few questions from my last blog about sugar and wanted to respond.

First: Why are so many foods off-limits when you’re trying to detox and reduce your sugar load?

Rice, potatoes, wheat products (like bread or crackers), fruits, and even green veggies are all converted into forms of sugar and used for quick energy by your body.

Let’s go way back to our earliest ancestors.  Often referred to as hunter-gathers they were really more gather-scavengers.  Let’s face it, when it comes to hearty animals of the forest and wilderness our early ancestors could barely fend for themselves. Their bodies had to adapt to easily be able to use whatever foodstuffs became available as sources of energy aka glucose (sugar). The basic evolutionary problem was to find quick ways to raise blood sugar to give your brain and your nerves enough energy as well as red blood cells, which also require glucose. So from an evolutionary sense when something is important, the body creates redundant means. It was necessary for the body to learn to convert a larger variety of nutrient sources for the energy necessary to keep us alive.

Secondly: Are there any healthy sugars?

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Let me introduce you to Monk Fruit Extract. It is NOT a High-Fructose Syrup or a Sugar Alcohol. Only 3 (three) calories per serving, which is technically considered zero calories by the FDA.

While to us it’s new, it is Centuries old to the Chinese who have been using it under the name Luo Han Guo fruit, as a natural sweetener and healing remedy throughout many dynasties.

This amazingly sweet fruit extract does not elevate insulin levels, doesn’t raise cholesterol, or (here’s the surprising one) stimulate fat storage. Made from natural fruit, it has been clinically proven to speed up the fat burning process without stimulating insulin production. Monk Fruit extract is completely natural and safe for diabetics, children, hypoglycemics and anyone who wants to significantly improve their diet!

The fruit is used only after it has been dried and can be ground into a powder that contains natural substances called mogrosides (from the same family of glycosides found in Stevia). These natural compounds make Monk Fruit Extract 300 times sweeter than sugar! 1 teaspoon is equal in sweetness to 3 Tablespoons of sugar! The glycosides it contains are responsible for some of the health benefits associated with the fruit. There are some excellent studies which have been conducted, that confirm the nutritional and healing properties of Monk Fruit Extract. Here are a few facts:

Diabetes – It has been found that Monk Fruit Extract has a powerful effect on diabetes. The extract has been shown to decrease blood sugar, total cholesterol, triglycerides and improve liver function. In addition, it increased the HDL (“good” cholesterol) while protecting the antioxidants in the animals livers. In the British Journal of Nutrition, it was reported that not only was there a reduction in sugar levels, but also there was evidence of lower lipid peroxidation or cell damage and urinary albumin levels in the rats receiving Monk Fruit extract– which indicates it is also protective of the kidneys from diabetic damage.

Heart Disease – A 2002 study published in the Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis found that the mogrosides in Monk Fruit Extract have antioxidant properties that prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Oxidized LDL cholesterol plays a role in the formation of plaque in arteries and increases the likelihood of heart disease and strokes, therefore Monk Fruit Extract may defend against heart disease.

Lowering Cholesterol – A study published in the April 2008 online issue of Nutrition Research found that Monk Fruit Extract had a powerful impact on the health of diabetic rats. When given the extract for 4 weeks, the rats showed decreased levels of blood sugar, total cholesterol, and triglycerides, as well as improved liver health. In addition, there was an increase in HDL (the “good”) cholesterol levels and protective antioxidants found in the rats livers. These results indicate that Monk Fruit Extract may have a role to play in the management of diabetes and diabetic-related cardiovascular damage.

More good news~ We use Monk Fruit extract almost exclusively in our (flavored) products at Vibrant Health. Please remember when cooking with Monk Fruit Extract that you’ll need less than your recipe requires when you substitute it for White or Brown sugar – use up to 50 percent less (1/4 to 1/ 2 cup).

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

The Amazing Maximum Vibrance

Dear Ted,

I want to thank you for your training back in the winter. Since attending the training I have been consistently purchasing Max Vibrance, Green Vibrance, Joint Vibrance, Vibrant Cleanse, Super Natural C and Rainbow Vibrance for my own personal use.
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Since I have started taking Max Vibrance on a daily basis I have lost 10 pounds of belly fat and I am digesting my food better. The best part of this is in the morning my cats cry and tap me on my legs until I give them a bowl of Max Vibrance. When I clean my Vita Mixer out I use the water to feed my house plants. My annuals that weren’t supposed to live longer than the fall have bloomed all winter and continue to grow healthy and vibrant into the new summer!

I am an assistant vitamin manager at Sprouts. Since the training I have been introducing my customers to your products. I haven’t had any complaints except that we can’t keep it on the shelf between orders. I went from ordering 4 Joint Vibrance to 12! Today when I was talking about your product to a customer I noticed that another one listen very intently and purchased the product I was telling my other customer. That is very common anymore for me. I usually get “she is smart and knows her stuff” by my repeat customers to customers that are listening in. It makes me feel really good that customers even notice a difference in their health taking this product and respect what I have to tell them about it.  Our store doesn’t sell Max Vibrance yet although I heard it is in the works. However, I tell my customers about it anyway and have been doing “Special Orders” for them. I think and say this is the best product in the whole store!

I am wondering if you make packets of Max Vibrance?  I would love to have some when I travel. I take the protein shake samples with me on the road. I end of giving them away to people we meet because I start raving about what’s in my bottle!

Thank you for taking the time to read my email. I just love your products and wanted to let you know that I can’t keep my mouth shut about them; I have to tell the world that there is something great out there and I don’t want them to miss out!

– Dee Martinez, Sprouts Assistant Vitamin Manager (and a Customer Support favorite caller)

Maximum Vibrance vs. Green Vibrance

What's the difference between Maximum Vibrance and Green Vibrance? #vibrantblog

What is the difference between Maximum Vibrance and Green Vibrance? You ask and we answer!

Maximum Vibrance is designed as a meal replacement. With 120 ingredients, a full serving contains 80 plants, 23 grams of protein, 26 antioxidants, 100% Recommended Daily Intake of all Vitamins & Minerals. In order to pack all known nutrients into Max Vibrance, we looked at a combination of Green Vibrance, Rainbow Vibrance, and PureGreen Protein. We balanced the combination out so there was not a lot more of one nutrient than another.  As if that wasn’t enough, we also added an organic plant-based vitamin package to it! Because it’s essentially 3 products in one, as well as a meal replacement, the serving size is naturally bigger than Green Vibrance.

With the backbone of Green Vibrance at heart you are also getting support for all the body's systems in your Maximum Vibrance. It packs a strong antioxidant punch due to the components added from Rainbow Vibrance (a full spectrum anti-aging superfood containing red, yellow, green and blue fruits and vegetables). With the vegan protein combination of yellow pea, spirulina, brown rice, and alfalfa (same formula as Pure Green Protein) as well as some protein found in the other ingredients, there are 23 grams of protein in Max. 

Green Vibrance is designed as a multi-purpose supplement, but not a meal replacement as it does not contain a protein supplement. You are probably already familiar with the concept behind Green Vibrance, which is to support all of your body’s systems. With 25 billion probiotics and 7 digestive enzymes, it supports digestion which improves absorption of all other nutrients. Green Vibrance is a strong multi-vitamin providing broad spectrum nutrition, circulation support, digestion support, and immunity support.

While Maximum Vibrance may have first sounded like a more awesome version of Green Vibrance, you now know it is just a whole different breed of awesome. Which is the best choice for you?

Considerations:

Protein intake: How much protein do you need? Are you vegetarian/vegan? Note: When taking Maximum Vibrance you want to make sure you are very well hydrated (VERY well means more water than you think) as dehydrated proteins require a lot of water to be absorbed.

Supplement Requirements: Do you want a meal replacement? A full serving of Maximum Vibrance is 46.9 grams, though many take a half dose (1 scoop Maximum Vibrance/1 packet) for a super healthy snack. It’s filling both ways. Or do you want a broad spectrum green supplement and don’t have a need for a meal replacement?

Nutritional needs: Some people may not want/need Maximum Vibrance daily because of the sheer number of nutrients and/or protein, but still want to incorporate it into their routine– an idea might be to take it in combination with Green Vibrance (example: Take Maximum Vibrance in place of a meal 3x a week and have a Green Vibrance smoothie in place (or in combination with) a meal 2x a week).

Health status: Are you very active? Prone to sickness? What’s your lifestyle like? Find the product that fits in with your lifestyle and health needs. Maybe it’s one or the other or maybe it’s both to meet dynamic needs.

Taste: Maximum Vibrance is a naturally sweeter taste as it has a lot more fruit from Rainbow Vibrance and Pure Green Protein Vanilla. Green Vibrance tastes more like the greens, but even those that have trouble with the taste have found recipes or ways of mixing it up that have them looking forward to their daily dose.

Price: As you may have guessed, Maximum Vibrance has more stuff in it, so it costs more. If you want a multi-vitamin and the best meal replacement available, then Maximum Vibrance is your jam and the price is so worth it! If you were already taking Green Vibrance, Rainbow Vibrance, and Pure Green Protein then Maximum Vibrance is a cost effective combination. Otherwise, stick with Green Vibrance. (Shop here for price and availability)

The choice is yours and the best part is: you can’t lose with either product!

What are the differences between Green Vibrance and Maximum Vibrance? #vibrantblogAbout the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Is Sugar Really that Bad for You?

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When we cleanse or detox one of the first things to be eliminated from your diet is sugar.  You’ve probably wondered ~ Is sugar really all that bad for you?  Well…….

If we put to the side for a moment things like weight gain, belly fat, hormone imbalance, the negative effects it has on your energy and metabolism ~ oh, and its role in high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes; and only consider the range of its effects on your cellular health ~ yeah, it’s still pretty bad news.  One simple answer is that it causes premature aging. How?

You know that your cells accumulate damage over time with age and that’s absolutely natural. Let’s look a little deeper.  Let’s divide aging into two major categories; one will be natural genetic causes of aging while the other is forced damage (from toxins in your environment, etc.). Simply stated, your cells have a limited capacity to divide, but you normally don’t reach that capacity. The more rapidly you make cells divide, the more rapidly they age. Now add sugar into this picture. Sugar increases insulin. One of the key effects of insulin is to stimulate cellular proliferation and division and Bingo! ~ it increases the rate of aging of a cell population by that alone! This is how sugar causes aging.

Now let’s take that same concept of rapid cellular growth and think about another huge topic ~ Cancer.  Again, breaking it down to the simplest definition, cancer is growth caused when cells multiply uncontrollably, destroying healthy tissue.  It’s been shown that the increased insulin levels we just talked about are pro-inflammatory and pro-cancer and can directly promote tumor cell proliferation via the insulin/ IGF-1 signaling pathway.

Researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have uncovered new information on the idea that sugar “feeds” tumors. The findings may also have repercussions for other diseases such as diabetes. The research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. “It’s been known since 1923 that tumor cells use a lot more glucose (sugar) than normal cells. Our research helps show how this process takes place, and how it might be stopped to control tumor growth,” says Don Ayer, Ph.D., a Huntsman Cancer Institute investigator and professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah.

During both normal and cancerous cell growth, a cellular process takes place that involves both glucose (sugar) and glutamine (an amino acid). Both glucose and glutamine are essential for cell growth, and it was long presumed that they worked independently, but Ayer’s research shows they are inter-dependent. He discovered that by restricting glutamine availability, glucose utilization is also stopped. “Essentially, if you don’t have glutamine, the cell is short circuited due to a lack of glucose, which halts the growth of the tumor cell” Ayer says.  The take away message here is pretty obvious.  When the sugar was removed, the cell was able to resume its normal functioning and the cancer stopped its growth.

So now I’ll ask you.  Is sugar really that bad for you?

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

To Detox or Not to ‘Tox’?

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to detox or not to detoxDetox?!  Is this about drug or alcohol detoxification? Nope!!  We’re going to talk a little about the science of how your body gets rid of toxins and waste.  Because basically when these build-up ~ you get sick!  So let’s talk about some simple things to boost your body’s ability to detoxify and clear out waste.

It may seem as though every time you turn around you’ll hear of yet another detox diet, bath, plan or new approach towards detoxing but, really ~ your body does it all the time.  You’re doing it now!  In fact, if it weren’t detoxing constantly we’d all be in a heap of trouble. There are so many stressors that consistently assault your system at any one time including:

•Unhealthy Diet (okay, that one’s obvious)

•Stress (mental & emotional ~ even anger, jealousy, isolation, loneliness, and hostility  all translate into toxins in your system)

•Food Allergies

•Environmental toxins and volatile organic compounds (VOC’s).  A source can be from building materials (such as floor and wall coverings, particle board, adhesives, and paints). Exposure may often happen if you work or live in a “tight” building with poor ventilation or windows that don’t open, in a large urban or industrial area, or are exposed to molds and the toxins they carry.

•Medications – including acetaminophen (Tylenol), acid-blocking drugs (Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid, Prilosec, Prevacid), hormone-modulating medications in pills, patches or creams (birth control pills, estrogen, progesterone, prostate medication), ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. as well as, artificial sweeteners (like aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and saccharin).

•Heavy metals, mercury, lead, petrochemicals, residues, pesticides & fertilizers (approximately 1 in every 4 people store heavy metals)

•Yeast, bacteria or fungus, inside your gut, as well as hormonal & metabolic toxins that need to be eliminated

As your body’s natural detoxification system is overloaded, you begin getting symptoms. This may take years of accumulated stress and toxins. Even low-level toxins profoundly affect the proper functioning of your cells and biological systems.  When symptoms do appear, they’re often so unclear and common that you may not immediately recognize them as a problem.  Also, it’s important to note that some people are naturally better than others at getting rid of toxins.  Actually, problems with poor detoxification are at the root of most illness.  This includes ~ Autoimmune diseases, Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Food allergies, Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Heart disease, Arthritis, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia syndrome, Digestive diseases like Crohn’s disease, ulcers, colitis and inflammatory bowel disease, Menstrual problems like heavy bleeding, cramps, PMS, menopausal symptoms, mood changes & hot flashes.

Are you wondering what you can do?  Limiting exposure is important but, equally important is learning to support your body to maximize elimination of toxins and waste ~ You can feel better! Your skin, liver, kidneys, intestines and even lungs help you detoxify. But for optimal functioning it is important to make sure all these parts of healthy detoxification are working well together. They depend on the right food, exercise, adequate sweating, vitamins, minerals, complimentary (or special) nutrients, as well as phytochemicals and making use of stress management techniques.

Here are the ‘Big 8’ for helping your body to ‘Detox’ naturally:

1. Water ~ that’s right the clear non-flavored stuff – drink plenty of clean water, at least eight to ten 8oz  glasses of filtered water daily.

2. Move your bowels, at least once or twice a day. (If this has been difficult for you, consider taking two tablespoons of ground flax seeds daily and supplementing with acidophilus).

3. Get rid of the “white stuff.” Yes, this means white flour and white sugar.

4. Eat 8 to 10 wonderful servings of organic colorful fruits and vegetables every day (especially from the family of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, collards, kale, cabbage, Brussels sprouts & kohlrabi. Don’t forget to also have plenty of garlic and onions, which help increase sulfur in your body which aids detoxification.)

5. Avoid stimulants, sedatives and drugs such as caffeine and nicotine and try to reduce alcohol intake.

6. Movement ~ Exercise 5 days a week (Focus on your cardiovascular system but, also get in some strengthening & stretching exercises.) It is vital that you sweat profusely to release toxins through your skin.

7. Take a high-quality multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.

8. Make it a point to get deeply relaxed every day to get your nervous system in a state of calm, rest and relaxation.

You’ll find green veggies are always at the top of the list for removing toxins. We at Vibrant Health have committed ourselves to helping you find ways to fit amazing nutritional value within your busy schedule. Field of Greens is a unique combination of 100% certified organic green veggies. A daily serving is a reliable way of infusing your body with a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients which will assist your body’s natural ability to remove those pesky toxins and waste.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

Green Vibrance and Field of Greens: A Comparison

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Here at Vibrant Health, we are often asked about the differences between Green Vibrance and Field of Greens.  Why would you take one over the other? Can you take both?

There are quite a few differences between Green Vibrance and Field of Greens which we will get to, but the reasoning behind taking one over the other or simultaneously, is most often based on what you are looking for in a particular product or products.

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What are they?

Field of Greens is actually one of Vibrant Health’s oldest products on the market, born out of consumer request and feedback for a product that was “just the greens.” Improved over the years, the greens are the most alkalizing and dense as you can get.  Additionally, it is raw, kosher, vegan, domestically sourced, and 100% organic. An important aspect of Field of Greens’ ingredients to note is that nearly all ingredients include the whole leaf (and stem when applicable) as well as the juice in very concentrated amounts. Example: Wheat grass whole leaf powder 680 mg & Wheat grass juice powder 320 mg

This is done because there are a lot of nutrients and fiber in the whole leaf, but think about the idea behind juicing: breaking down the cellulose. Research supporting juicing explains our bodies lack the enzyme to break down cellulose, or plant fiber, so without the presence of this our body can focus on absorbing nutrients. However, cellulose is vital as it cleanses the intestines, keeping them clear, which can help prevent colon cancer. Think of Field of Greens as the best of both worlds. Whole plant and juice in one. The chlorophyll from the greens supports intestinal health along with the fiber content helping to eliminate heavy metals, cholesterol, and toxins before they can be absorbed.

Green Vibance is a broad spectrum green Superfood containing 74 ingredients which offer support for every system in your body. The probiotics in Green Vibrance aid in regulating digestion and promoting immunity by breaking down proteins for easy assimilation, transporting minerals and B-vitamins across the intestinal mucosa, and creating an unfriendly environment for bad bacteria and yeast. The chlorophyll and fiber content in Green Vibrance, just as in Field of Greens, help to cleanse and detoxify the body. Additionally with liver support ingredients such as milk thistle and chicory root, it aids the very organ in your body which denatures unneeded and toxic ingredients from food and modern chemicals. There are also antioxidants and immune support beyond those found in the fruit and vegetable content, from herbal components such as green tea, gingko biloba, and astralagus. Bone health is also supported with cissus quadrangularis and boron. Green Vibrance is a non-GMO product, with most ingredients certified organic.
Which is better?

As you can see the two products are very different. Both have greens rich in vitamins and minerals, and both cleanse and detoxify. The decision to take one over the other or both may be influenced by these considerations:

For the rawist: Field of Greens is a raw food. The exact definition of raw food varies, but the general consensus states that a raw food is a food that has not been altered by any method that would change its basic chemical structure through heating. The temperature at which changes take place is designated at or over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Ingredients in Field of Greens have been dried at temperatures ranging from 40 degrees to 94 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest in the industry.

For the vegans: As a 14-ingredient raw food, Field of Greens is exactly the pure green food vegans seek. There is some debate as to whether or not Green Vibrance can be deemed vegan.  With the switch to Version 14, Vitamin D3 in Green Vibrance now comes from lichen (a moss-like substance that grows on rocks and tree trunks), making it a plant-based and vegan source. The cause of debate is now the probiotics. Some vegans may deem probiotics as an animal-sourced ingredient while others may deem it a bacteria and therefore in a class of its own. Humans and other animals live in symbiotic relationship with the probiotic bacteria that inhabit our gastrointestinal, skin surface, and urogenital tissue. Bacteria used today have no other original source than the commercial laboratory in which they were bred and grown. So, we leave the vegan descriptor for Green Vibrance up to the consumer.

For the Kosher: Field of Greens is certified Kosher, and at this time Green Vibrance is not.

In sum: Field of Greens is just the greens, in more concentrated doses than in Green Vibrance because that is the focus of the product. It is very alkalizing, detoxifying, and energizing.  Green Vibrance has probiotics, digestive enzymes, herbs and botanicals in addition to its greens designed to support all body systems.

Are you looking for a multi-purpose supplement that essentially rules out the need for a multi-vitamin? Or are you looking for a dense green raw food supplement that is Kosher and Raw? Now that you know the differences, you can see they share important commonalities, would be great in conjunction with one another but also stand strong on their own.

Leisure Smoothie

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You’ve been working hard. You deserve a break. Labor Day weekend is a time to honor your hard work, so sit back, relax and let your Rainbow Vibrance smoothie do the work for you! Be patriotic, be healthy, be vibrant!

In this smoothie: Cauliflower contains a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, and boron. Strawberries and Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which benefit cardiovascular health as well as cognitive function. Their phytochemical content is also said to have anti-cancer properties, prevent wrinkles, counteract bad cholesterol, fight inflammation and regulate blood pressure. Rainbow Vibrance contains phytochemicals and plant fibers which can help rid the body of heavy metals an toxins. Coconut milk is said to be antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.

Ingredients

5-7 florets of Cauliflower

1/2 cup blueberries

1/2 cup strawberries

1 cup coconut or almond milk

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The Importance of Proper Skin Care

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By Rachel Louchen, Guest Contributor and Writer

It seems like a new skincare product comes out everyday, making huge claims of being “the end-all-be-all for your skin” or “the best innovation for skin since soap”. In addition, they are backed up with rave recommendations from dermatologists or boast celebrity endorsements. But skin care products are just one tiny piece of the puzzle. After years of spending hundreds of dollars on the newest “it” cream, toner, and serum, I know that the secret to good skin starts internally, from a steady and consistent regime of diet, hydration, and exercise.

When considering the basics of good skin, hydration is key and I don’t mean covering yourself with moisturizer. It doesn’t matter if you’re using top of the line products every night, if your skin isn’t hydrated internally, it is going to show up on your face. Skin is your largest organ and simply can not be at its best without plenty of water, absence of it causes skin to be dry, which brings out fine lines and wrinkles, as well as lack of radiance. Stay hydrated throughout the day, and stay dewy.

Another major factor for good skin is diet. Your body runs better on greens and natural products than on processed and fast foods, and of course your skin reflects these choices. Choose foods with antioxidants and “healthy fats” which come from salmon, nuts, and fortified eggs, these contain omega-3 fatty acids and help skin retain its natural moisture barrier. The jury is still out on whether fried food causes breakouts (dermatologists say acne is mostly genetic), but eating foods with no value certainly does not help skin. Try snacking on foods that will help your body retain water and keep skin moist, like leafy greens, vegetables, and fruit. Alcohol is very dehydrating, so moderation is key and be sure to drink tons of water in between servings, because nothing shows up on your face more than a night of cocktails. Additionally, while this may be common sense, smoking can really accelerate the aging process. If the health benefits of laying off the nicotine don’t convince you, just consider that smoking depletes your body of vitamin C, which is essential to keeping skin moist and plump.

While some people may insist that exercise makes them break out due to sweating, exercise is also a great stress reliever, and stress can seriously wreck the skin. Yoga and low-impact running can do wonders for your mood and keep the skin clear. The best tip I can personally give for maintaining healthy skin long-term: sunblock. UV rays are very damaging to the skin, and are the cause for premature aging, not to mention the long-term exposure risk of skin cancer. Start using sunblock daily, no less than SPF 15, and give your skin a fighting chance. Additionally, puffy, dark under-eye circles are not a good look; make sure you get a solid seven hours of sleep!

Lastly, we’re not completely immune to the plethora of skin care advertisements, if you are considering trying new cleansers or foundations, just remember; skin likes being on a constant regimen, switching up skincare products can be stressful for your skin, so avoid products with alcohol, fragrance, or coloring. Starting at the source, by treating your entire body well, is the best advice for good, clear, and radiant skin. Because the best skin possible is healthy skin.

Rachel Louchen is a writer based in Great Barrington, MA. She enjoys covering the Berkshires and taking advantage of all the area has to offer…except camping. Follow @fancyrachell