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Everything Electrolytes: Why You Need Them and Where to Get Them

healthy hacks Oct 26, 2018

Whether you exercise regularly or not, your body needs electrolytes. These are necessary minerals that help us balance fluid in our bodies, muscle movement, and brain function. These minerals are potassium, magnesium, chlorine, calcium, and salt. Making sure your body has plenty of electrolytes to stay charged is essential, even with the cooler weather this season.

Electrolytes help get your nerves active and regulate the water flow into your cells, which makes muscles contract as they should, awakens you, keeps blood pressure in check, and of course, keeps you hydrated. You probably already know that in summer, you’ve got to stay hydrated. But in fall and even winter, many people slack off, thinking because they’re not sweating from the heat that it’s not necessary.

While it’s undoubtedly true that the more active you are, like during your workout or while running a marathon, you need more electrolytes. However, even at rest, we need electrolytes to keep our...

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5 Reasons Your Weight’s Not Budging Even When You’re Trying

weight loss Oct 23, 2018

Even when you think you’re doing everything “right” — you could still be doing something that’s sabotaging your goals. With the slew of “diets” out there that leave us entirely confused, it can be hard to discern what the correct steps to take are to actually reach your health goals. I totally get it, it’s a difficult road to be on.

Start by taking an honest look at your habits, and digging a little deeper with these 5 reasons your scale might not be budging.

1. You’re not sleeping enough

We’ve said it before, and we’ll repeat it: you need sleep! If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more prone to feeling hungry when you’re not and more likely to choose fattier options instead of more healthy ones when it’s time to eat. Even worse, lack of sleep affects how much cortisol your body produces which can contribute to weight fluctuations.

2. You have zero chill

Your stress level directly correlates...

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Fall's Best Produce to Put on Your Table

clean eating Oct 19, 2018

Do you look forward to Fall produce every year? Pumpkins, apples, squashes... there are so many delicious produce options that we wait all year long for that Fall delivers. Pumpkin season is officially here, and while pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pies might not be the healthiest options -- pumpkins are excellent for creating hearty, warming soups in your slow cooker that will boost your health and immune systems. You can also make a delicious and healthy snack out of roasting the seeds.

Aside from the great pumpkin, here are some more fall seasonal produce you should snap up from your local farmers market to put on your table.

Apples

Like pumpkins, we see a lot of apple-based recipes in fall. But let’s not forget that fall is prime apple season too. You can enjoy the fresh-picked taste of this ultimate natural health food right out of your fruit bowl, sliced and topped with natural nut butter, or even added to your salads.

Winter Greens

Why should kale get all the...

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Foods that Trigger Inflammation

clean eating inflammation Oct 12, 2018

You've likely heard a lot about inflammation, but do you understand what kinds of foods cause it, and what effects it has on the body?

Inflammation is your body's response to invaders, and it shows that your body's white blood cells are working hard to fight for you. For example, when it comes to arthritis, your immune system is trying to fight off invaders that don’t really exist. As a result, your body starts to attack itself, and the inflammation ensues.

Inflammation can be caused by a variety of factors, such as an insect bite or an autoimmune disorder. However, it can also be caused by the foods that you eat, and eating these foods regularly can have some poor outcomes in your body.

So, what are these effects?

Foods can be a trigger for inflammation, which is the worst kind, as it often has to deal with your blood vessels. When blood vessels become inflamed continuously, this can cause damage to the vessels, which is then used by the fats in your bloodstream as a means to...

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5 Ways Gratitude Impacts Your Health

gratitude healthy hacks Oct 05, 2018

When we think about our health, we think in terms of what we're eating, what we're drinking, how much we're exercising -- but we rarely think about our health being related to what we think about.  

If this is not something you consider regularly, start really digging deep into the idea that your thoughts, your attitude, and your mental tone have an incredible amount of power over your health.

The best place to start is with gratitude.  We all have something to be grateful for, so it's the perfect place to begin.  Here’s why gratitude is so essential to your health...

1. It boosts feelings of satisfaction

Show your gratitude by putting it in writing. Get out your thank you cards and start writing. Write them to your kids’ teachers. Write one to your parents, to your spouse, your best friend. Writing letters of gratitude will ensure you feel good inside and out, and you'll be spreading those good feelings to those you're writing to. 

2. It builds...

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