We all know by now that organic fruits and vegetables are typically pricier than non-organic fruits and vegetables, but is the small amount in savings really worth the risks involved? We always encourage others to buy organic, but understand that sometimes, it’s not an option. When we are put in a position to pick and choose which fruits and vegetables are safer to buy non-organic, we turn to the Dirty Dozen list.
The EWG (Environmental Working Group) released 2018’s “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits and vegetables. These 12 fruits and vegetables (non-organical) were shown to have the MOST pesticides out of the rest of the fruits and vegetables. So, if you’re going to have these fruits, it’s important to consider buying them organic!
Here is the list below from the EWG, with the percentages of detectable pesticide residues for those that were supplied:
1.) Strawberries: 22%
2.) Spinach: 97%
3.) Nectarines: 94%
4.) Apples: 90%
5.) Grapes: 96%
6.) Peaches: Over 97%
8.) Pears: Over 50%
10.) Celery: Over 95%
12.) Sweet Bell Peppers: Nearly 90%
This information is shocking - but there’s no need to be afraid of fresh produce, as long as you buy it organic! If you can’t decide whether or not it’s worth the price difference, remember that it is ALWAYS better to invest in your health above all else!
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Causes & Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
It’s May - National Blood Pressure & Stroke Awareness month. With high blood pressure being one of the leading causes of many health issues including strokes, aneurysms and heart attacks, it is so important for us to be mindful of the choices we make when it comes to our health and lifestyle.
Often times, no symptoms for high blood pressure occur, however some symptoms can include headaches, ringing in the ears, and irregular heartbeat. High blood pressure can be a result of stress, consuming alcohol, smoking, and physical inactivity.
So - what are some things that you can do to reduce your blood pressure naturally?
Consume a Healthy Diet!
Take a Magnesium Supplement!
Stick to a Regular Exercise Regime!
If you suffer from high blood pressure, do not continue to let it get worse as it can lead to a number of other serious health concerns. High blood pressure CAN be managed with a healthy lifestyle - so make the right choices!
Still unsure of what some of those choices entail? If you need the educational tools, coaching and accountability, contact us today by clicking here. We've coached thousands of patients on our wellness program who also suffered from high blood pressure – view testimonials by clicking here!
SETTING YOUR DAY UP FOR SUCCESS!
A lot of us with busy schedules and lives tend to neglect some much needed self care! Ask yourself: Is there a certain thing (or multiple things) that you do every morning that make you happy, centered or more productive?
If not - you're not alone. A lot of us tend to wake up to an alarm clock, struggle to get out of bed, and begin to rush out the door to get to work or school.
When you start your day off in a rush, you may notice that you've begun the day with stress. And if stress begins that early on in the morning, there's not a whole lot of hope for the rest of the day!
Here are some healthy morning habits that we recommend you give a try:
First Thing's First:
When you first wake up, take a few deep breaths. Take a moment to give your body a gentle stretch. As you inhale and exhale, try not to think about what you're going to do next, or any tasks you need to complete that day.
Instead, try to focus and think of one thing you are thankful for. Beginning each day with gratitudes is a great way to get your day started on a positive note.
After waking up from a night's sleep, your body needs to be hydrated! After all, it just went 7-8 hours without any water. Try to drink a full 8oz glass of water upon waking up. Adding half of a squeezed lemon to the water can also help to detox the body.
Exercise is so important for our mind and bodies. Studies have shown that exercising makes us feel more productive, energized and happier. We recommend getting your exercise in early as a part of your morning routine, to set your day up for success!
Meditation can seem daunting to some if they have never given it a try, but we assure you - there's nothing to worry about! Most of us have busy schedules, and a lot to accomplish throughout the day. It is so important to take care of yourself by taking the time to connect with yourself, get your body and mind centered.
If you are new to meditation - try downloading an app on your phone or listening to an online video for a guided meditation to help you get started!
Eating a Hearty Breakfast!
Skipping breakfast is a huge NO in our book! If you don't take in enough calories and protein, especially first thing in the morning after sleeping for 7-8 hours, you may notice you'll feel lethargic, unproductive and stressed throughout the rest of your day.
We recommend consuming a high protein breakfast with healthy fats! Some healthy examples to include in your breakfast are eggs, bacon, non starchy veggies, and avocado!
We can't stress enough the importance of taking care of yourself. You will find what works best for you in regards to your own personalized morning routine, but we highly recommend being cognizant of how you are starting off your day with the goal in mind of setting yourself up for a productive day with less stress!
STRESS AWARENESS MONTH
Tomorrow is April 1st, which means we are one day away from National Stress Awareness Month. Most of us experience stress and anxiety, so its important for everyone to understand that keeping it at bay is crucial to reaching optimum health and wellness.
Why? Not only does it effect our mental health, but you can read all about just some of the devastating effects that stress can have on the body as well here.
Here are just some of the things that have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety - naturally.
Ashwaganda has been shown to aid in regulating the body’s reaction to stress. it has also been shown to improve focus and provide a natural energy boost!
Despite magnesium being a vital nutrient for many different functions in the body, it is one of the most common deficiencies. Magnesium helps to keep anxiety at bay, and relaxes the muscles and the nervous system. You can read more about the benefits of magnesium here.
Consuming anti-inflammatory foods have been shown to stabilize the body’s reaction to stress. Examples of anti-inflammatory foods include the following:
Lavender has been shown to have calming effects, which helps to reduce anxiety symptoms. You can use it topically by applying a few drops to to your wrists or temples, or diffuse it in an essential oil diffuser.
Like lavender, chamomile also promotes relaxation and can also be applied topically or used in a diffuser.
A combination of a healthy diet, sleep schedule, exercise regime and overall lifestyle are the keys to a healthy mind and body.
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ALL ABOUT FAD DIETS
Fad diets usually consist of a restrictive or unusual diet plan that is meant to help people lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. The problem with these diets is that they are unsustainable, and so people get sick and tired of the restrictive pattern, can’t take being hungry any more, lose their motivation, and ultimately end up binging or overeating. They are also likely to try another fad diet down in the line in hopes that the next time will be different. This is also known as “yo-yo” dieting.
You may have heard or even tried some of the following examples of fad diets:
OTHER RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH FAD DIETS
Not only can fad diets end up causing you to gain weight, but they can also wreak havoc on your hormone health, metabolism, mental health, and sometimes even your wallet!
Long-term under-eating has been linked to infertility and insomnia as a result of hormone imbalance. A healthy diet and lifestyle is crucial to hormone health, so starving your body of essential calories and nutrients can potentially cause serious damage.
Many yo-yo dieters often feel guilty for failing on their diet attempts, sometimes so much that it leads to chronic stress, depression or anxiety.
Lastly - they can be extremely costly, especially if the diet does not promote long-term health and sustainability. Diet companies that insist you purchase their frozen or packaged processed foods, along with a membership or signup fee, can cause a lot of strain on your wallet.
LOSING WEIGHT THE RIGHT WAY
Learning how to eat the right foods (and enough of them) is where it all starts. Additionally, incorporating smart physical activity (not overdoing it), a good support system, and adapting healthy lifestyle habits, are all pieces of the puzzle to lose weight in a healthy way.
It all starts with education. On our weight loss program, we make sure everyone has the proper education and understanding of why our program is designed the way it is. We are interested in long-term, sustainable weight loss and overall health - NOT a quick fix or magic pill. We want you to feel good - not hungry, lethargic and irritable!
If you're ready to stop wasting time and money on fad diets, and if you're ready to stop going hungry and potentially causing damage to your body - call us today! We want to help you reach your goals the right way.
The Conflicting Information about Weight Loss
Weight loss can be achieved on a variety of diets. Low calorie, low carb, HCG, etc. The problem, however, lies in sustainability and overall health.
Starving yourself of an adequate amount of calories is ultimately starving your body of essential nutrients, which can lead to a number of health problems such as anemia, hormone imbalances, vitamin deficiencies and more. You may feel lethargic, irritable, and unable to focus.
When people go on these restrictive diets, they may lose weight temporarily- but most of them also end up gaining some or all of their unwanted weight back. This is what most people call "yo-yo dieting" - and it's not a fun or healthy cycle to be a part of.
On our weight loss program, we do not promote starving yourself. We want you to eat! We just want you to eat the right foods, and try to avoid unhelpful foods.
Three Fat Burning Foods
Like we always say - in order to achieve optimum health, you must embrace a lifestyle that is filled with healthy food, exercise, adequate amounts of sleep, and stress management.
In order to transition and maintain a healthy lifestyle, we strongly encourage having a healthy support system to not only keep you motivated, but keep your mindset positive!
If you are in need of support - our team is here for you! On our weight loss program, we address ALL of the root causes of weight gain with our comprehensive approach, in order to see long term, sustainable weight loss!
Not ready to start our weight loss program, but still interested in some extra support? We have just begun a 90 Day Weight Loss Challenge that is completely free and open to the public! PLUS - Everyone who participates and loses weight gets a prize. See the video below for all the details!
EXERCISE - DOES IT MATTER WHERE WE DO IT?
A lot of people tend to avoid exercise completely. They may say they don't like going to the gym, completing home workout videos, or that they are just plain bored of their exercise routine.
Exercise is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. However, not everyone enjoys the same type of exercise - we have to find what works for us individually! If you're bored of your current exercise routine, we encourage you to try switching things up a bit.
Here are four benefits of exercising OUTDOORS:
#1: VITAMIN D
With most of us being Vitamin D deficient, it's important to try and get more of this essential vitamin in on a daily basis. We do encourage supplementation, however being outside and soaking up some sun is important as well! (Just don't forget some sunscreen!)
#2: RELIEVE ANXIETY
Exercising in general is great for releasing endorphins, therefore improving your mood. Additionally, being outside in nature has been shown to be a mood-boosting activity that can just makes you feel better inside! Combine them both, and you should start seeing some benefits there!
#3: IT'S FREE!
No gym membership is required! Most places outside are absolutely free. Additionally, if you wanted some privacy for weight lifting, yoga or stretching, why not try it in your backyard? You'll still get the same benefits of exercising outdoors, but in the privacy of your own home.
#4: CHANGE OF SCENERY
We often hear from people that they get bored of their exercise routine. If you don't change things up every once in a while, the same old routine can absolutely get boring!
The outdoors are limitless. You can go on a hike, take a walk or jog around your neighborhood, visit a park or a beach, just to name a few. Changing the scenery will keep things interesting!
Exercise is important, no matter where you're doing it. But remember - you can't exercise away an unhealthy diet. If you're ready to embrace a new lifestyle with coaching, accountability and endless support - contact us today!
If you're a wellness member with us, you know we're having a group hike session on Saturday, March 24th at 8am! Exercising with friends / loved ones also helps to further motivate ourselves as well as make exercising more fun. We can't wait to see you all!
How can you naturally boost your productivity levels?
It's no secret that poor diet, lack of exercise, high stress or lack of sleep (or a combination of the four), can lead to us feeling sluggish, unproductive, fatigued, and generally not our best. On the flip side, the World Health Organization states that productivity levels can increase by 20% with the proper nutrition and treatment of micronutrient deficiencies.
Rather than reaching for temporary energy boosting stimulants such as coffee or energy drinks, we encourage you to try some of these NATURAL tips to not only boost your productivity, but set you on the path to living an overall healthier, happier life!
Tip # 1: Incorporate Productivity Boosting Foods Into Your Diet
What types of food boost productivity? We've put together a short list of high protein foods that have been linked to healthy brain function:
1.) Eggs: High in protein and improves cognition
2.) Almonds: Improves memory and cognitive function
3.) Salmon: Can improve memory and brain function
Please be advised- Eating these three foods along with a poor diet of processed foods and sedentary lifestyle will not make much of a difference! Eating these three foods in combination with a healthy balanced diet and living an active lifestyle is key.
Tip # 2: Simple - Exercise!
Have you ever been so tired, but pushed yourself to get a work out in anyway? If so, you probably remember feeling much more energized after the workout was done. This is common for most of us, because exercise can actually be responsible for a natural energy boost!
We recommend doing your best to incorporate more low-level intensity exercise in your lifestyle to start. Take a walk on your lunch break, lift some light weights during TV commercials, and opt to take the stairs rather than the elevator if you can!
Tip # 3: Get enough sleep!
Not getting enough sleep can be detrimental to your body long-term. It can play a part in developing depression, gaining weight, and make you more susceptible to getting sick. Another problem that can arise by not getting enough sleep is a decreased attention span, inhibiting your ability to focus and be productive for the day.
If you're having trouble getting adequate amounts of sleep, try the following in combination with a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle:
We know making lifestyle changes can be difficult without guidance, proper education and a healthy support system. This is why at Thrive Functional Wellness Center, we coach people by taking them by the hand and giving them the tools they need in order to be successful.
If you're looking to take charge of your health today, contact our office here.
THE BIG DEAL ABOUT STRESS
Many of us are aware through personal experience of what stress can do to our emotional health. It can contribute to the development of depression, anxiety, and irritability, which ultimately can affect our productivity, our relationships, and our overall wellbeing.
But there's more. Have you ever wondered what can stress actually do to the body? Here are just three of many risks that stress can be responsible for:
A WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM
Chronic stress can contribute to inflammation within the body, which leads to damaged tissues. The body begins to try and minimize the inflammation, which ultimately causes the body to suppress the immune system.
Inflammation can also lead to a number of other complications, such as Diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease.
HEART ATTACK AND STROKE
Stress is responsible for increasing the body's heart rate and blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a number of problems such as blood clots, damage to the blood vessels, chest pains, heart attack and stroke.
There are many potential causes to sleep deprivation, such as thyroid disorders, poor diet, hormonal imbalances, and commonly– stress. Stress can deprive us of the ability to wind down and relax – thus keeping us up at night.
Sleep deficiency is more serious than most people think. Of course, you will experience drowsiness throughout the day from not getting enough sleep, but prolonged sleep deprivation can also lead to more serious health concerns like depression, Diabetes and certain cancers.
Stress is common – but it shouldn't have to be. You have the ability to take control of your health today, NATURALLY. Think about how much stress is holding you back in life, and just imagine what life could be without it.
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HEART DISEASE - WHAT CAUSES IT?
It is a known fact that what we put in our bodies can contribute to illness. On the flip side, it's also important to understand that what we put into our bodies could also prevent illness.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Many factors can contribute to heart disease such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity - all problems in which a healthy diet could help with.
We've compiled a list of 3 unhealthy foods and drinks to avoid, along with their healthy alternative. Also - You may be pleasantly surprised at how delicious the healthy alternatives actually are!
Instead of Potato Chips, Try Baked Kale Chips
We know what you may be thinking, especially if you're not a fan of this particular leafy superfood. Hear us out!
Potato chips are not only usually full of saturated fat and canola oil, but they are also high in the substance Acrylamide, which studies have shown may cause cancer and nervous system disorders.
Kale is made up of heart healthy components such as fiber and potassium. Studies have shown that it can not only improve cardiovascular function, but it may also even combat cancer. When you bake kale, it becomes crispy - like potato chips! Be sure to season it with some healthy spices such as cumin, which has also been linked to improving blood sugar and cholesterol levels!
Instead of Fried Chicken - Try Grilled Chicken!
Most fried foods, including fried chicken, are loaded with trans fats, which can raise cholesterol levels and contribute to weight gain.
Instead of stopping through the drive through to grab some fried chicken, opt for grilled chicken. It is an unprocessed, single-ingredient food high in protein and healthy fats. Consuming enough healthy fats has been shown to lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body.
Instead of Soda - Consume Black Tea!
Soda has basically no nutritional value. Not only are they incredibly high in sugar, sodium and caffeine, but they also contribute to dehydration and are bad for your oral health. Studies have shown that just one soda per day can increase most people's risk of heart disease by a whopping 20%.
Black tea (with no additives), on the other hand, has been shown to increase heart health by lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk for Diabetes. Plus, it has properties that contribute to helping an upset stomach and reducing stress hormones!
Of course, the foods listed above are an example of what to avoid and consume to contribute to heart health. However, your overall diet, exercise schedule, sleep schedule and stress level are all factors of optimum health as well.
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