Beet Your Greens

beet tops

beet tops

Did you know you could use your beet tops to make a highly nutritious smoothie? Beet greens contain large amounts of Vitamin K, which is an important element that aids in blood clotting, may help fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and works with calcium to boost your bone strength. Beet greens also support healthy vision and a robust immune system as they are rich in Vitamin A. Rainbow Vibrance is a Critical Cellular Care product which concentrates the nutrition of approximately two-thirds of a pound of fruits and vegetables in each small scoop of 5.9 grams. Each serving carries an exceptionally high antioxidant value (expressed as ORAC units) from a broad range of specially selected fruit and vegetable powders and extracts. This smoothie, with its deep burgundy color, is a tasty snack for your immune system.

Ingredients

1 cup chopped beet tops

1 apple

3-4 kale leaves

1 tsp flax seed

1 scoop Rainbow Vibrance

1 tsp honey

8 oz water

Handful of ice

“You Are What You Eat”

From Entertainer and Performer at Walt Disney, Doug Hall. Thank you, Doug for your professional vote of confidence!

If I eat well, I perform well….no questions asked. I am an entertainer with the Walt Disney Company and with the physical/mental demand of my role, the quality of my performance is the outcome of how well I take care of my body. I truly believe that “You are what you eat”, which is why I make sure that eating clean and nutrient dense foods is at the forefront of my nutritional lifestyle. 

 

If I eat well, I perform well….no questions asked. I am an entertainer with the Walt Disney Company and with the physical/mental demand of my role, the quality of my performance is the outcome of how well I take care of my body. I truly believe that “You are what you eat”, which is why I make sure that eating clean and nutrient dense foods is at the forefront of my nutritional lifestyle.

 

I have been using Green Vibrance for almost three years now, and holy cow the difference I see and feel. Some might say the taste is less than appealing…I could care less because I know how potent it is with the nutrients I need for my body to function at 100%. I need my body to recover quickly between performances and from day to day so that every time I step onto a stage, I am giving everything I am capable of doing.  I know that in Green Vibrance, there is an Adaptogen Blend and an Enzyme Complex Blend, among numerous other nutrient blends. The Adaptogens help my body adapt to physical and mental stress…The Enzyme Complex helps my body break down and absorb the nutrients that I am putting into my body. I love Green Vibrance for this reason….it helps with so many functions in our body….I don’t have to buy a lot of different supplements because it has such a variety.

With the help of Green Vibrance, my nutritional lifestyle and view about food has transformed from eating like a 1st grader to eating solely to care for my body. There is the idea, “Eat to live, don’t live to eat”….Green Vibrance not only has helped me understand this idea, but also to actually follow this lifestyle.  I don’t crave the junk food….I don’t even consider it anymore.

It is safe to say that Green Vibrance has changed my life. It is a part of my daily nutrition, no questions asked.

 

***The staff at Vibrant Health would like to thank Doug for his Green Vibrance testimonial, and for sharing his Green Vibrance Superfood experience with us. Do you have a Green Vibrance story to tell? Send it to us at socialmedia(at)vibranthealth.us!***

 

Anti-Inflammatory Zinger–Muy Picante!

zinger

zinger

Do you get headaches? Is it a migraine, a tension headache, a sinus or a cluster headache? I could get another headache just trying to pinpoint what type of headache I actually have, what caused it (weather? genetics? diet?), and how to avoid them in the future. All I know is sometimes my head hurts and sometimes it just feels a little foggy. With the hesitant summer we are having on the East coast, the pressure is all over the place causing joint pain and other aches. So whether you get bad headaches or you would just like to drink something that rocks for brain function, circulation, and the fight against inflammation, then this is the drink for you. This drink packs a little (or a lot if you so desire) spice, so you can feel like you are having a fiesta while you’re taking care of your body.

Ingredients

1 serving Green Vibrance®

1/8 tsp. (or to taste) Cayenne pepper

1 cup brewed Gingko tea or any detox tea

1/2 cup spinach

1 banana

1/2 cup sliced cucumber

1/4 tsp. (or to taste) fresh ginger

Optional antioxidant bonus: 1 Maximized Curcuminoid Tablet

Directions: In an electric blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, serve immediately.

Kale Chips with Field of Greens

kale chips

kale chips

Ingredients

A bundle of kale (purple kale is slightly better for chips, but any kind of kale works)

sea salt

Field of Greens

coconut oil

Directions: Preheat oven to 275’F. Cover your baking sheet in aluminum foil (optional). Tear or chop your kale into ‘chip size’ pieces and arrange on pan. Using a spoon, drip the coconut oil onto each leaf (don’t drown your leaves – a little goes a long way). Sprinkle your sea salt (scarcely) and Field of Greens powder onto your leaves. Place in oven for about 5 minutes or until crispy.

As Most of Us In Sports Should Know

By Track and Field Sprinter Thierry Jean-Bart

When it comes to creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, what comes to your mind first? A balanced diet filled with the best super food? Yoga? Exercise? I won’t disagree with you on those thoughts. Exercising and yoga in addition to having a sound diet filled with green super foods, antioxidant drinks, and detox cleanses is a no-brainer. However, while most of us think solely about our diets and getting to the gym, there is one huge missing link in completing a healthy lifestyle that too many of us completely leave out and that is to receive help from a professional athletic therapist.

Thierry

As most of us in sports should know, it’s that special time of year again called “National Athletic Therapy Month.”  It’s the month where we remember and celebrate the importance of having athletic trainers in our lives and encourage our friends to seek out an athletic therapist this month and see all they can do for you. Now, not all of us understand the difference between athletic therapists and personal trainers. So I will give a brief explanation of the two and I hope to leave you more aware of how athletic trainers can be a blessing to have in all our lives.

Personal trainers responsibilities are to assess the capabilities and needs of a person through assessments, develop exercise programs tailored to an individual based on their assessments along with helping a person to develop attainable goals. They make sure exercises are being performed with proper technique and form adding motivational methods to help their clients achieve maximum potential performing activities safely in gym and non-gym environments.

Athletic therapists responsibilities include injury prevention and reconditioning musculoskeletal injuries. They address everything from posture to creating detailed conditioning programs including proper warm ups, choosing proper equipment, environments and facilities to be used.

Every day people get injured in sports related and even non-sports related activities because preventative injury techniques are not being used before the activities. These are the techniques that athletic therapists teach us to implement within our exercise routines to keep us from getting hurt as well as to maximize our knowledge in preventative injury measures. Sometimes these measures may seem extremely tedious, but they are vital to the lifestyles of people from the Elite Athlete to the Weekend Warrior.

So along with all the natural fitness supplements, juice cleanses, and green drinks we use to support our internal health, we can always use the help of an athletic therapist to keep our bodies’ athletic ability in check so we can get the best workouts possible without getting injured. So go out, get an athletic therapist and take care of your body!

Happy National Athletic Therapy Month!

Safely Easing into the Senior Years

So you feel as though the calendar years keep zipping off….But wait! Did you know that persons 65 years or older represent over 12.9% of the U.S. population? That comes to about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be around 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000 ~ a whopping 19% of our population.

And here’s some more good news. Many Americans are able to age in good health and remain active participants in society throughout their lives. But now I’m going to shock you…

You probably consider our U.S. health system as the best in the world for living a long healthy life. Unfortunately, you’re wrong. Based on a stunning new report, Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries (a disadvantage which extends to age 75). “We were struck by the gravity of these findings,” said Steven H. Woolf, professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and chair of the panel that authored the report. ‘Americans are dying and suffering at rates that we know are unnecessary because people in other high-income countries are living longer lives and enjoying better health’.

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The report represents the first comprehensive look at multiple diseases, injuries and behaviors across the entire life span, comparing the United States with 16 peer nations – affluent democracies that include Australia, Canada, Japan as well as, many western European countries.

You’re probably wondering just how the US has cultivated this less than prestigious ranking. The panel’s inquiry noted several possible explanations. See which one you feel is the culprit:

Health Systems – The US, unlike its peer countries, has a comparatively large uninsured population and less access to primary care. Americans are more likely to find their health care inaccessible or unaffordable and to report lapses in the quality and safety of care outside of hospitals.

Health Behaviors – While the findings do show an upside – (Americans are currently less likely to smoke and also to drink alcohol less heavily than people in the peer countries), we have the honor of consuming the most calories per person, have higher rates of drug abuse, are less likely to use seat belts, are involved in more traffic accidents that involve alcohol, and are more likely to use firearms in acts of violence.

Social and Economic Conditions – Here too an upside doesn’t quite play in our favor, for while the average income of Americans is higher than peer countries, the US also has higher levels of poverty, income inequality and lower rates of social mobility. Other countries are outpacing the US in the education of young people, which also negatively affects health. Additionally, the panel found that Americans benefit less from ‘safety net’ programs that can buffer the negative health effects of poverty and other social disadvantages.

Physical Environments – U.S. communities are more likely than those in peer countries to be designed around automobiles, and this luxury discourages physical activity and further contributes to obesity rates.

Now, get ready for another shock…

Falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide.

Age is one of the key risk factors for falls. Older people have the highest risk of death or serious injury arising from a fall and this risk increases with age. 20–30% of older people in the US who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as bruises, hip fractures, or head traumas. This risk level may be in part due to physical, sensory and cognitive changes associated with ageing in combination with environments that are not adapted for our aging population.

For older individuals, fall prevention programs can include a number of components to identify and modify risk, such as:

  • screening home environments for fall hazards;
  • identifying risk factors, such as medication, treatment of any correctable visual impairments and implementing appropriate assistive devices to address physical and sensory impairments; treatment of low blood pressure, the health supplements Vitamin D3 and Calcium, as well as the kind of balanced nutrition to be found in our Joint Vibrance formula version 4.0 with type 1 and type 2 collagen for improved bone health.
  • muscle strengthening and balance retraining facilitated by a trained health professional;
  • community-based group programs which may incorporate fall prevention education and Tai Chi-type exercises or dynamic balance and strength training; use of hip protectors for those at risk of a hip fracture due to a fall.

With good nutrition, consistent movement activities, stimulating brain games, meaningful daily interactions as well as, a bit of attention to the make-up of our surroundings we can all safely ease into the senior years.

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

Raspberry-Omega 3-Cacao-Juice-“Summer Smoothie”

raspberry

raspberry

We often are asked if you take Green Vibrance, do you need to take another vitamin? The answer in most cases is no, however we usually suggest adding an omega supplement to get your essential fatty acids. This juice tastes absolutely delicious, masking the algae taste that can be so hard to handle, while offering omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from hemp milk, electrolytes from coconut milk, added magnesium from cacao, and a hefty antioxidant boost from all the ingredients, especially the diversely beneficial Green Vibrance.

Ingredients

1/2 cup hemp milk

1/2 cup coconut water

1 serving Green Vibrance®

1.5 cups raspberries or about 4.5 oz

Handful of grapes (large grapes, approx. 1/2 cup)

1 tsp. cacao powder or nibs

Directions: In an electric blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, serve immediately.

When I’m “On The Go”

By Rachel Louchen, Guest Contributor and Writer

When I had an eight-hour desk job, I used to dream about days when I could be out of the office, and going to different locations everyday, but it really isnt as glamorous as it sounds. Between irregular lunch breaks, overall running around, and work sometimes taking precedence over sleep, the appeal of travel wears pretty quickly and worse of all, so does my body.

Poor food choices happen frequently and meetings tend to offer lots of caffeine and sugary breakfast desserts, but partake in either of those and your downward spiral of exhaustion finally ends in a sugar crash. Maintaining a busy work schedule is impossible without proper nutrition (and, in my experience, a solid eight hours of sleep).

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Vibrant Health offers great nutritional supplements that help me maintain my body, so it can handle what I put it through. On my busiest days, I add protein to a liquid beverage, because I can always make time for a vitamin drink. Pure Green Protein Mixed Berry and Chocolate are really delicious and make me feel full and energized.

Another problem with traveling, as much as I hate to admit it, eating in the car happens a lot. In between meetings, and driving from one location to the next, it’s often my only chance to sit down and put some food in my stomach. I always bring a Green Vibrance or two in my purse because it has all the organic nutrients I need, and the packets make it so easy for traveling. When faced with little time, the best route to go is an all-in-one, which is why my absolute favorite is Field of Greens. It packs in super foods that my body needs to maintain the work I am putting it through, and it saves so much time (and money) that I can get greens like kale, broccoli, and spinach in one sitting. After every time I have my raw food drink, I feel really healthy, and invigorated, like I did something good for myself. Vibrant Health offers really convenient packets that can be grabbed on your way out the door, slipped in a pocket, and used at your earliest, once again, convenience, perfect for anyone on the go.

 

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

Sunblock Smoothie

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sunblocksmoothie

There is no actual sunblock in this smoothie, don’t worry. However, this smoothie is rich in Vitamin E and Vitamin C which, according to The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, when consumed regularly people saw a reduction in sunburns caused by exposure to UVB radiation, as well as a reduction of factors linked to DNA damage within skin cells. According to Dr. William Campbell Douglass, skin cancer is rising by 4.2% annually despite the fact that we spend less time outside and wear more sunscreen. With this knowledge, we must turn to nutrition. Lycopene, found in tomatoes (also in your Green Vibrance) and Astaxanthin (found in Rainbow Vibrance) have been proven through research to act as internal sunblock and prevent wrinkles.

Vitamin C (found in spinach & kale) also encourages collagen production, which is what gives our skin elasticity and firmness. Additionally, beta-carotene (found in kale, carrots, & spinach), and vitamin E (found in spinach & carrots) help eliminate age spots and ease psoriasis. Zinc and selenium also found in this smoothie help decrease inflammation and additional detoxifying agents and enzymes help promote clear skin. The antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals from this smoothie in conjunction with a broad spectrum sunblock, provide protection for your skin and DNA by preventing sunburn cells from forming. Enjoy your summer healthfully and vibrantly!

Ingredients

4-6 Kale Leaves

1 tomato

Handful of Spinach

2 Carrots

2 Celery Stalks

1 Small Cucumber

Dash of Ginger (optional)

1 serving Green Vibrance®

1 serving Rainbow Vibrance®

 

Directions: In an electric blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, serve immediately.

Afternoon Mood Booster Green Smoothie

mood booster

mood booster

Sometimes we are just cranky. There could be a million reasons why, but we crave a pick-me-up and we often reach for the coffee or other vice. This smoothie is a savory and smooth green drink rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6 and B12, protein, natural anti-inflammatories, and much more. No one could be in a bad mood after this mood booster.

Ingredients
1/2 cup brewed green tea

1/2 cup almond milk

1 scoop Pro Matcha Protein Natural

1 tbsp. wildflower honey

1 1/2 tbsp. flax seed ground or whole if you like some grit

1 tbsp. Chia Seed

1 banana

1 cup chopped pineapple

1/4 cup chopped pineapple

1/2 cup chopped mango

1 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt

Dash of grated ginger

Handful of ice

Directions: In an electric blender, combine all ingredients until smooth, serve immediately.