Month: March 2017

IT’S TIME TO SAVE OUR SUPPLEMENTS

For many of us, we use our supplements as a preventative measure to frequent visits to the doctor and/or unnecessary prescription medication! Although there may be a time and place for prescription medications, and we always look to our trusted doctors for support and advice, we continue or diet of healthy foods and supplementation to stay healthy!

Shouldn’t we get the same tax benefit on this preventative care as we on prescription medication?

Current legislation is aiming to do just that! And YOU can get involved too! SaveOurSupplements.org wants to help us tell congress to cover dietary supplements in HSAs and FSAs through “Repeal, Repair and Replace” Efforts to Improve Access and Lower Costs for Americans!

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HEALTHY RECIPE HIGHLIGHT: MEGA OMEGA RECIPES

It’s no lie that a lot of the time our diets lack in the recommended daily value of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients that tends to get overlooked is Omega-3 Fatty Acids. The word “fat” tends to get a bad reputation, but actually, there are certain healthy fats that our bodies need to function and can benefit from. Omega-3 intake is linked to cardiovascular improvements like lowered blood pressure and lowered risk of heart attack. For our mental and cognitive states, Omega-3 is associated with boosted mood and happiness as well as increased memory functioning. For the musculoskeletal system, Omega-3s are known to help with joint pain.

Hopefully we can all agree that Omega-3s are a necessity, especially as we age and are facing the threat of more health related issues. Omega-3s have all these great unlimited benefits, but unfortunately come from very limited sources. Fish (seafood), certain nuts and seeds, and egg yolks are the main food sources of the nutrient. If you don’t typically get your hands (or mouths) on any of these Omega nutrient foods, it is very important that you are using supplementation as an alternative. That being said, we wanted to share a couple of our favorite and easy Omega-3 rich recipes.

First up is Lemon Garlic Salmon Foil Packs with Green Beans and New Potatoes. We love this recipe because it is very low maintenance. It takes very little food prep and makes an entire meal in perfectly proportioned foil packets. The 6oz of salmon in the recipe can pack a mega Omega punch with 1,000-2,000 mg (depending on where the fish came from). The veggies and the fish are perfectly seasoned with hints of lemon and garlic making it a deliciously filling meal.

If fish isn’t your thing, we also wanted to share the Coconut and Chia Seed Crusted Chicken Fingers with you. Chia seeds contain the plant based version of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. We love this recipe because, again, it is easy and takes little time to throw together. It gives the great crunchy texture of fried chicken and still tastes amazing without adding the extra calories and fat. The chia seed serving in this recipe offers around 500-1000 mg of Omega-3s.

Although, both of these recipes provide sufficient amounts of Omega-3s, it is important to iterate that supplementation is still necessary. Chances are, you are not going to have these meals every day, and with Omega 3 resources being so minimal, we need to be smart about our nutrient intake. Our Omega-3 Priority product is one of the best Omega-3 supplements on the market offering a premium blend of the fatty acids that is pure and concentrated. Watch as Omega-3s make mega improvements on your health!

YOUR POSITIVE ATTITUDE CAN HELP YOU LIVE LONGER

Positive Attitude Good HealthCould laughter really be the best medicine? Continuing with our Four Pillars of Health, we wanted to look into how having a positive attitude and positive outlook on life can affect our health. Interestingly enough, these qualities are found to increase longevity in several cases.

A compelling study conducted on centenarians investigated the population’s outlook on life through an emotional screening survey. The surveys found that the centenarians all possessed similar optimistic emotional traits, drawing the conclusion that positive attitudes, lacking neurotic tendencies, lead to a longer life.  

Being in a sad or depressive state can also take a toll on your immune system. Another study found that after taking a personality style evaluation and being exposed to a respiratory virus, participants who scored in the positive personality range became less likely to develop the virus symptoms.

Having a positive outlook on life can also reduce stress, anxiety and their effects. Stress has been linked to heart attacks and other coronary problems. By staying positive in every situation and learning not to sweat the small stuff, the risk for heart issues is decreased.

Along with positive outlook on life, being young and jovial at heart has also been linked to longevity. One study found that self-perceived age was associated with higher mortality. Individuals were interviewed and asked how old the felt versus how old they actually were. The majority of participants reported that they felt younger than their actual age. After reviewing these numbers against their health statuses, the study found that self-perceived age emulates appraisals of health, physical limitations, and well-being.

Feeling young at heart, having a positive attitude, and an overall positive outlook on life all affect your health and essentially, the longevity of your life. With so many things that are out of our control in this life, we have the choice to control our attitudes and how we react in all situations. Life is too short, so we should all make an effort to enjoy it and make it last as long as we can. Stay positive and young at heart, friends!

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3384436/

http://www.health.harvard.edu/heart-health/optimism-and-your-health

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress.aspx

http://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2020288

 

IS THERE A SUPPLEMENT FOR LUCK?

luck health supplementationDon’t you just envy the people that can integrate all the healthy habits into their lives without a hitch? I would love to drink the same water as these naturally healthy people. Or maybe, they’re all in on some secret “lucky” pill that makes them uber fit. Whatever the case, it always feels like an uphill battle for the average Joe to implement a new habit into their routine. For most of us, it can take weeks, even months to adopt a new routine. In fact, a study that was published in the European Journal of Social Psychology reports that on average, it takes 66 days to fully develop a new behavior.

Sadly, there is no supplement for luck, and some of us just aren’t graced with the naturally healthy gene, but that doesn’t mean there is no hope for us. As mentioned, new habits take time and discipline, but that hard work will pay off and can lead to a healthier, longer life.

Make your new habit forming transition a little easier with the aid of supplements. Whether you are looking to eat a little healthier, or just have an overall healthier lifestyle, supplements play an important role in both of these habits. As humans in this day and age we typically fail at eating nutritiously. We have diets that lack in many essential vitamins and minerals which in turn, relates to the development of health problems. This is why supplementation is crucial for our health.

Lucky for us, the success rate of adding a supplement to your regimen is very high, the hardest part is remembering to take it! Starting off with this small change can garner gradual positive changes over time. When it comes to being healthy, there really is no luck involved. Those “naturally healthy” individuals had to start somewhere, and may have adopted the healthy habits early on. Chances are, they take supplements as well. So don’t try to turn everything around over night, you will only become disappointed and frustrated. Start small and stick with it so you have room to continue to grow your healthy habits. Try taking some supplements, incorporating more vegetables in your meals, and/or integrating longer walks into your weekly schedule. The journey to a healthier, well-balanced life is attainable for all of us, lucky or not.

Source:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/forming-new-habits_b_5104807.html