5 Superfoods You Should Know

When it comes to health, what goes in your mouth plays a huge role. Today, I’d like to tell you about superfoods.

What is a superfood?
 
Superfood is a term coined to describe food products that are low in calories and jam-packed with nutrients and minerals. They also contain active ingredients that prevent diseases and promote good health.


 
Here are 5 Superfoods that are easy to incorporate into shakes, smoothies, salads, or on the side of one or more of your meals.

  1. Acai Berries  — Acai berries are technically not a berry but a drupe. They grow on acai palm trees found in Central and South American rainforests. They are rich in healthy fats yet low in sugar. Being high in antioxidants, too, acai berries are used in most beauty products in the form of acai oil.
  2. Blueberries — Just like acai berries, blueberries are rich in anthocyanin, the pigment that gives the berries their deep black and bluish-purple colors. Blueberries are low in calories but loaded with nutrients including Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and manganese. They are rich in antioxidants so they make the best defense against aging and cancer.
  3. Tea — There is nothing like a good ol’ cup of tea! Any tea contains antioxidants, but if you want more, green tea has double antioxidant content. There are a lot of benefits in drinking tea, such as preventing heart disease, some types of cancer, and diabetes. In addition, tea helps in burning fat, protects the brain from damage due to oxidative stress and aging, and kills some bacteria and viruses. All of these benefits are made possible by the catechins found in tea. Some of my favorite teas include lemon balm, dandelion root, peppermint, and rooibos.
  4. Chia Seeds — These are the tiny black seeds of Salvia hispanica, a plant in the mint family. Chia is the ancient Mayan name for “strength.” No wonder chia is a great energy source. In addition to the many nutrients in chia, it is composed of high soluble fiber and protein. Chia seeds are high in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. They should be soaked prior to eating because they hold 12 times their volume in water!
  5. Dark Chocolate — I’m talking about high-quality dark chocolate with high cocoa content. Although dark chocolate contains stimulants and caffeine, it’s lower than coffee. Why dark chocolate is a superfood is because it is very nutritious, containing antioxidants and minerals. Among the active compounds in dark chocolate are flavanols, which support blood vessels for healthy blood circulation. In addition, dark chocolate was found to increase HDL and lower LDL, thereby lowering one’s risk for heart diseases.

 
It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!

Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
~Rebecca

How to Prevent Bone Loss

How to Prevent Bone Loss

Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime?
 
And did you know the number one culprit for developing osteoporosis?

 
Eating foods high in sugar, salt, and caffeine, which basically compose the modern American diet, was proven to increase the excretion of calcium from the body and contribute to osteoporosis.
 
Calcium is a common mineral found mainly in your bones and teeth. Calcium is necessary to maintain bone mass to support the skeleton, so without it being deposited in your bones, you’ll eventually lose bone mass, making your bones weak and brittle so that you will easily get fractures even with a little tension.
 
Too often, though, the focus of preventing bone loss is to just take in more calcium, take supplements. This strategy misses the boat AND can lead to other health conditions that are more life threatening such as heart attacks and stroke.

So let’s instead look at this issue a bit more holistically. Here are 3 tips I’d like for you to consider:

1. Slow your calcium loss by focusing on fresh, unprocessed foods. Replace sugar-rich and high-salt foods, as well as caffeinated drinks with other options like monk-fruit sweetened treats, herb & spice seasoned dishes that use sea salt versus processed salt in moderation, and choose non-caffeinated or limited caffeinated beverages.
 
2. Supplement wisely
 
Most of us don’t get enough calcium in our diets. Yes, food is the best source of calcium and all other nutrients your body needs, but the truth of the matter is there is a steady decline in the quality of nutrition we get from our food. Not to mention our hectic lifestyles which increase your stress hormone cortisol…which increases nutrient loss!
 
So if you are not getting the right amount of calcium from your meals, it’s better to take calcium supplements to get 1000-1200 mg of calcium daily.
 
However, calcium is not the only mineral that is important for bone health. You have to take other vitamins and minerals for calcium to do its work.
 
These vitamins and minerals include:
 
Vitamin D–helps absorb calcium and balances calcium and phosphorus levels. Your skin produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight and there are also dietary sources of vitamin D such as egg yolks, liver, and oily fish. However, if you aren’t getting outdoors regularly, you likely aren’t going to get the production of Vit D you need. Vitamin D deficiency can be a problem (easy to have it tested by your doctor, and I recommend yearly testing). If your Vit D levels are low, it will inhibit healthy bones. You may need to increase your dietary intake, outdoor sun time or consider supplementation.

Vitamin K supplementation increases bone mass and mineralization of the bone matrix. A long-chain vitamin K2 molecule known as menaquinone-7 (MK7) decreases the risk of bone breakage and protects against osteoporosis. When combined with vitamin D, MK7 promotes bone health by increasing the production of osteocalcin in osteoblasts while decreasing the production of osteoclasts. Osteoblasts build bones while osteoclasts break down bones.
Natto, egg yolks, liver, fermented foods, and dark leafy greens are food sources of MK7. I also recommend Microbiome Labs’ MegaQuinone K2-7 supplements which have natural vitamin K2 as well as K1 and minerals to help its absorption.

Boron is a mineral that prevents calcium loss and promotes calcium absorption.

Phosphorus is the other mineral needed for bone mass. It has to be in balance with calcium levels because too much of it would cause calcium to leave the bones and bind with it to remove it from the blood.

Magnesium helps absorb calcium and affects the parathyroid hormone to regulate calcium metabolism.

Daidzein is an isoflavonoid found in soy that maintains bone health. Always opt for organic, non-GMO soy.
 
3. Do Weight-Bearing Exercises
 
Supplementation alone is no good without you moving. Weight-bearing exercises are essential for bone formation and in strengthening the muscles surrounding your bones. When these muscles, which are pulling and tugging on your bones, are strong, your bones get stronger too.
 
In addition, weight-bearing exercises improve your balance, strength, and coordination which will help you to avoid falls and injuries.
 
It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
~Rebecca

Oil for Varicose Veins

Before we delve into varicose veins, I want to make sure you know that I am teaching a new online class this Fri, Dec 4th! The details and link to sign up for free are on the right under Upcoming Events.

Okay so back to your veins. Do you have varicose veins? If you are overweight or obese, pregnant, older, on hormonal birth control or hormonal therapy, or if you sit or stand for prolonged periods of time (more than 4 hrs at a time), you could be at higher risk for developing varicose veins. Varicose veins are more common among women than men because female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) tend to relax the walls of veins.

Varicose veins are typically described as having heavy, uncomfortable legs accompanied by dull pain. Feet and ankles can swell and you can have nighttime muscle cramps.

In a healthy vein, blood from all the different parts of the body flow toward the heart. This function is carried out smoothly with the help of tiny valves inside the veins. These tiny valves open and close to allow the blood through and not move backward.

When the walls of the veins are weak, the tiny valves are destroyed and blood flows backwards causing the vein to swell (varicose).

There are different treatment options for varicose veins, some of which are invasive while others are as simple as wearing compression stockings and elevating the legs to relieve the swelling.

But another great and natural remedy for varicose veins is amaranth oil!

Amaranth oil is produced by pressing amaranth seeds (from the amaranth flower). Amaranth seeds are packed with nutrients and antioxidants and benefit your health in many ways besides vein health.

Specifically, there is one nutrient and one antioxidant in amaranth oil that is responsible for the relief of varicose veins.
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Rutin – Amaranth is high in flavonoids including rutin. Rutin strengthens the walls of the veins and even repairs the damage that is already there. Even if you don’t have varicose veins, taking amaranth oil can help prevent its development in the future.

Squalene – It is a very powerful antioxidant that regulates blood circulation and even prevents damage on the walls of veins due to high blood pressure. It is otherwise known as Omega 2.

Squalene, which is also found in olive oil and in high amounts in shark oil, protects the body against cancer, regulates cholesterol levels, and helps keep the cells and skin healthy.

Here’s the link for my preferred amaranth oil. Check it out and let me know what you think.

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
~Rebecca