Vitamins are essential nutrient groups that take part in most of our body’s processes and except for Vitamin D our body cannot make any of them. So we need to get them from the various sources of food in our diet and no single food source can supply all the vitamins we need, which is why we need to consciously consume an array of foods and have enough servings of fruits and vegetables a day instead of picking and choosing a few healthy foods. It is also essential to get updated on some of the recently discovered and not frequently talked about vitamins to make sure we are covering all grounds when it comes to good health. Here is a vitamin 101 for you….
Among the recently discovered vitamins, B13 considered more of a substance than a vitamin itself, helps metabolize other vitamins and folic acid and treats liver problems and multiple sclerosis; found in root vegetables like carrot and beet. Vitamin K, which is virtually unattainable as a supplement is useful for reducing heavy menstrual flow in women and can be incorporated in your diet through yogurt and alfalfa sprouts. For our beauty needs, Vitamin H also known as biotin aids in flawless skin and healthy hair and is found in abundance in dairy products, liver, beef and kidney. Another lesser known one, vitamin F helps found it nuts and seeds, reduce bad cholesterol and burns fat in our body by breaking down saturated fats.
Moving on the better known vitamins, A is an important anti-oxidant that fights free radicals in the body and aids in the building and strengthening of bones and skin, reducing the chances of chronic illnesses and the ageing process. To amp up on Vitamin A load up on beta-carotene found in apricots, carrots, cantaloupe, and pumpkin, and lycopene-rich tomatoes, watermelon, and guava.
Vitamin C is a treasure house of disease-fighting properties, aids in wound healing and plays a role in the formation of red blood cells. Vitamin C also boosts levels of brain alertness and increases concentration. The levels of vitamin C decline in our body with age so its essential to substitute it with our diet once you are 30+. Food sources of vitamin C include broccoli, grapefruit and grapefruit juice, kiwi, oranges, pepper, potato, strawberries, and tomato.
Vitamin E plays a key role in the formation of blood cells, maintenance of our body cells, fights skin-cancer and slows down ageing but be wary with this one because taking too much vitamin E daily increases the risk of bleeding. Food sources of vitamin E include margarine, corn oil, cod-liver oil, hazelnuts, peanut butter, safflower oil, sunflower seeds, and wheat germ.
Vitamin B group is especially important for women’s health, especially B6 and B12 and folic acid. These B vitamins are essential for brain function and building DNA and are especially important during childbearing years and pregnancy to prevent birth defects, and fight different types of cancer. Vegetarians and women over 50 specially need to watch out for B12 related deficiencies that can cause anemia. For B6 include avocado, banana, beans, cereal, meats, oatmeal, poultry, seeds; B12 dairy products and eggs; and get folic acid from spinach, greens, beans and citrus fruits.
Vitamin D helps to activate calcium and phosphorous, in the absence of which our bones get depleted leading to conditions like osteoporosis, which mainly afflict post-menopausal women. Turn to fish and sunshine for your regular fix of this vitamin.
Vitamin K, although not considered essential plays a critical role in promoting strong bones and maintaining normal blood clotting in older people. The best food sources include green leafy vegetables, soybean oil, broccoli, alfalfa, cooked spinach, and fish oil.
While you can have vitamin substitutes, they are best absorbed in the body in their natural form. The deficiency of these essential vitamins can be compensated by medicinal supplements but consult your doctor because there are severe consequences to consuming mega-doses of these vitamins.no comments
Spring and summer brings in bright sunshine and blooming flowers but it also means congestion, sneezing and other annoying symptoms arising from pollen or ragweed insensitivity, if you are one the many unlucky ones. If you suffer from these common seasonal conditions instead of refraining from your favorite foods or spending time indoors, try these natural allergy-fighting foods and herbs that can relieve your symptoms and let you enjoy the season to its fullest:
Broccoli: This wonder food can fight your allergies in two-ways: clearing up blocked sinuses and soothe your allergy with a high concentration of Vitamin C. A cup of raw broccoli packs about 80mg of Vitamin C and research indicates that about 500 mg is adequate for reliving allergy symptoms.
Citrus fruits: Loaded with Vitamin C, fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons are your go-to fruits for warding off allergies all season long. A large orange has about 100 mg and a grapefruit about 120 mg of Vitamin C, stepping you closer to the 500mg count. Studies have also shown that high levels of vitamin C help reduce histamine, chemical involved in allergic reactions, release in the body and make histamine break down faster.
Onions and garlic: added frequently to foods in a range of cuisines including Asian and Italian dishes, these flavor enhancers are packed with quercetin that fights allergies with anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Also try apples, cranberries, red grapes and tea for quercetin related benefits.
Herbs: Garnish with parsley to inhibit the secretion of allergy inducing histamine. Other useful culinary herbs include rosemary, oregano, lemon balm, sage, marjoram, peppermint, and thyme that have large concentrations of rosmarinic acid that suppress allergic reactions.
Kale: This leafy superfood also delivers double protection from allergies: clearing up blockages and introducing plenty of cartenoid, which are anti-oxidant rich plant pigments known to battle allergens, thus, boosting your ability to battle the nasty allergies.
Collard green: Another dark leafy green that works wonders for fighting off hay fever with phytochemicals like cartenoids. To increase its absorption in your body, eat the veggie with some fat source like lightly sautéed it in olive oil.
Mushrooms: Rich in selenium, a trace mineral that can produce special proteins with antioxidant properties, they can help prevent and treat allergies. Similar selenium-rich foods include cod, shrimp, halibut and brazil nuts. To get the most out of selenium’s antioxidant benefits, eat selenium rich foods together with foods that contain vitamin E.
For a treat rich in allergy fighting properties, try this mushroom and green pea risotto that is packed with the healing properties of wonder foods such as garlic, onion, mushroom and parsley:
Mushroom and Green Pea Risotto
(Sourced from Healwithfood.org)
2 Tbsp olive oil
2/4 lb crimini mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 2/3 cups long grain brown rice, uncooked
4 1/4 cups vegetable broth (allergen-free)
3 tbsp parsley, chopped
1/4 lb frozen peas, thawed
Salt and pepper
Fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large saucepan. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook, constantly stirring, for a few minutes until mushrooms soften. Transfer to a plate and set aside
Using same saucepan, heat another 1 tablespoon olive oil, and add minced garlic and onion. Sauté for a few minutes until onions begin to turn translucent. Add rice and cook for a few minutes, constantly stirring.
Add half a cup of broth. Cook, stirring occasionally, until almost all broth is absorbed. Add another half a cup of broth each time liquid is absorbed until all broth is used and rice is almost cooked (use water if you run out of broth towards end.
Add peas, chopped parsley, and sautéed mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes, constantly stirring. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving plates and garnish with fresh parsley.
How fit is your beauty? Are you looking tired, feeling bloated? Has your hair lost its luster? Experiencing unexplained breakouts? Sounds like you need a Beauty Detox, the popular new nutritional plan founded by health guru and nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, that focuses on amping up beauty from the inside out! With fans like, Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Dr. Oz, Olivia Wilde, Hilary Duff, and more, The Beauty Detox is one hot read, gaining a lot of buzz in the health world as it promises to help restore everything from the body’s PH to skin’s youthful radiance leaving you looking (and feeling) your most beautiful.
Taking a holistic and manageable approach to wellness, The Beauty Detox offers women (and men) information on how to turn their health around with one simple ingredient: food!
Instead of forcing you to embark on a short-lived restrictive diet plan, Snyder spills the details on the natural healing powers of plants, encouraging you to embrace plants and fruits into your diet for the long-run. She says, “I want our largest organ, the skin, to breathe… We can eat and cleanse our way to profound beauty. The right products can greatly support this but the right diet is critical to the overall program.”
The Beauty Detox touches on important topics like:
• The best kinds of foods to eat—and the ones to avoid
• The importance of learning how to eat, including the correct order and combinations of foods
• The importance of minerals, enzymes, and probiotics
One thing we absolutely loved about The Beauty Detox was her chapter on fruit, the ultimate beauty food. What makes fruit so powerful? Snyder says, “We can think of fruits as the cleansers for the body and greens and other vegetables as the builders. Fruit helps to dissolve toxic substances and cleanse our tissues and system.” Fruits that help you stay healthy and gorgeous include apples, bananas, blueberries, cherries, goji berries, guavas, peaches, mangoes, strawberries and so many more.
Another reason why we enjoyed The Beauty Detox is Snyder’s stance on the classic dairy debate. Should dairy be a main component of your diet or should you avoid it? Snyder’s advice is to stay away from dairy as much as possible because of its main protein casein. While casein helps cows build stronger, larger, it is harder for our stomach’s to break down this protein, resulting in excess energy being wasted on digesting this protein. Instead, substituting other calcium-rich produce like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, and cucumber, can provide the same health benefits found in dairy without any negative effects.
When it comes to health, the old saying “You are what you eat” is truly expounded in The Beauty Detox. If you fuel your body with you overly processed junk food, chances are you aren’t going to look and feel the best. Snyder’s book builds on this notion and adds her own advice about nutrition and diet. We learned so much about the importance of plant protein, how enzymes affect our body, and why it is so important to eat foods in a certain order. We can’t wait to try her Glowing Gorgeous Smoothie which is packed with all kinds of essential enzymes and vitamins.
If you are interested in learning more about the Beauty Detox, click over to Kimberly’s website where she shares all kinds of tips and suggestions for readers.
We are also sharing this deliciously refreshing strawberry recipe that will leave your tastebuds satisfied and skin glowing. With Fourth of July right around the corner, feel free to serve this gorgeous salad to your family and loved ones. Enjoy!
Red White & Blue Salad
Adapted from Whole Foods
Serves 8 people
1 cup (about 4 1/2 ounces) raw, unsalted cashew pieces
2 pitted dates (about 1 1/2 ounces), roughly chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved
11 ounces blueberries
1/4 cup roughly chopped mint
Put cashews into a large bowl, cover with water and set aside at room temperature to let soak for 4 hours or overnight; drain well. Transfer to a food processor; add dates, vanilla and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water and purée until smooth. In a large serving bowl, toss together strawberries, blueberries and mint. Serve with cashew cream.
Per serving: 160 calories (70 from fat), 8g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 20g total carbohydrate (3g dietary fiber, 11g sugar), 4g proteinno comments
So, you have a little bit of a sweet tooth. You aren’t the only one. Americans consume about 135 pounds of sugar each year on average. There is no coincidence between this and the fact that in 2010 the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported that 68% of adults in the U.S. were overweight, and 37% were obese. The question is how can you avoid becoming a percentage of those statistics? A good starting point is by monitoring your sugar intake. If you have to satiate that sweet tooth of yours, replacing sugar with natural and more health beneficial sweeteners is a good start however, merely replacing artificial sweeteners and refined or processed sugars is not enough. Even when you substitute your sweetener with a more nutritional alternative, it comes down to this; sugar is sugar, and limiting your intake in any form, natural or not, is imperative to staying slim and in good health. Here are the facts on some of those sweet spots…
Refined table sugar, though it appears to be a simple and unprocessed additive, is conventionally grown, chemically processed, and striped of all beneficial properties by the time it gets into your food or sugar bowl. Many health advocates believe that refined sugar is one of the leading causes of health problems in the U.S. due to its acidic effect on the body, causing calcium and other mineral depletion from bones and organs. Over consumption of sugar is the leading cause of obesity in the U.S.
Artificial sweeteners such as Splenda, Equal, or Sweet & Low are comprised of cancer causing chemicals that are toxic. Ironically using these sweeteners can indirectly lead to weight gain, which is usually why you are using the sugar substitute to begin with!
High Fructose Corn Syrup is believed to be one of the major contributors or health problems in our society. It is used as a sweetener in many processed food products on the market because of its cost effectiveness in comparison to sugar. It is thought to be a leading cause to illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, liver failure and certain cancers, among others. Check the nutritional information on your foods and try to avoid using foods that list high fructose corn syrup as an ingredient.
Stevia is a sweetener derived from the extract of the South American Stevia plant leaves. Although it is tremendously sweeter than table sugar, Stevia is not a sugar. Unlike other popular sweeteners, there are no known side effects and the product has been approved by the FDA. This should not be confused with other mass market variations of the product such as Truvia, which have not yet been deemed as 100% safe due to the side effects.
Raw Honey is a healthy sugar alternative in moderation with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, enzymes, carbohydrates, and phytonutrients, raw, unprocessed honey is considered a superfood and remedy for many ailments including allergies and cold symptoms.
Agave Nectar is sweet syrup made from the Blue Agave plant, Agave Nectar is obtained by the extraction and purification of “sap” from the agave plant, which is broken down by natural enzymes into the monosaccharides (simple sugars): mainly fructose (70-75%) and dextrose (20-26%). It is thought to have antibacterial and digestive benefits by practitioners of natural medicine.
Maple syrup is made by boiling sap collected from natural growth maple trees during March & April. It is refined sap and is therefore processed. It is much more nutritious then refined table sugar and high fructose corn syrup, there are better choices.no comments
Trapeze School New York
Are you looking for something outdoors and off the beaten path to add to your exercise routine? Well it doesn’t get more unique than Trapeze School New York! With 4 locations across the country, TSNY is dedicated to making flying trapeze available to anyone who seeks inspiration, challenge, fitness or just a couple hours of unique fun. TSNY’s mission every day is to create a safe, fun, challenging environment where students strive to surpass their own limitations, not to mention gravity’s! Currently 3 out of their 4 schools in the U.S. have outdoor classes including New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington DC.
Perfect for anyone over the age of 6, the Trapeze School offers group and private classes in flying trapeze, silks & rope, balancing & acrobatics, and trampoline. Perfect for anyone with even the smallest streak of dare devil in them, these full body workouts are safe and challenging, without being impossible. TSNY enables you to push your body to the limit as you defy the laws of gravity and let go of your inhibitions.
If you are wondering what to wear, although the net is soft to land in, it can be a little rough on exposed knees, shoulders and toes, so wear comfortable close fitting clothing that covers those points of impact. Tights, yoga pants or snug sweat pants always work well, and shirts with sleeves (even very short ones) are a good idea. On hot days, you should also bring a towel. If you have long hair, put it up with a rubber band (not plastic hair clips). Classes run at about $47-$65 a class depending on the time of day, day of the week, and the class you take, however you can often find great deals on packages to the Trapeze School on sites like LivingSocial.com or Groupon.com!
Broaden your horizons and your view of them from out doors and in the air! Check out their website and a class! newyork.trapezeschool.com
A healthy body comes in all different shapes and sizes. Whether you are an hourglass or a pear shape, knowing your body type can make a world of difference when tackling your weight loss goals. While you are on your path to better health, whether its to lose weight or build muscle, there are some simple things you can do to look and feel great on your way to your goal. Eating, exercising, and even dressing specifically for your body are all things you should take into consideration in order to look and feel your best. If you naturally have a “Pear Shaped” body, whether you are trying to lose weight or not, you will not have the same nutritional & fitness needs as someone with an “Hour Glass” body, and you certainly would not wear the same types of clothing. If you look good, you will feel good, and feeling good is the most important step in achieving and maintaining your ultimate goals. Statistically, individuals that feel better about how they look at any size, and have knowledge of their body type, are more likely to both reach their ideal body goals, and stay there! Use the information below to help determine which body type you are, and what positive behaviors best suit your needs!
Fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and dairy 2-3 servings a day, about 3 servings weekly of fish, nuts and seeds, limit intake of meat and eggs to 2 servings per week, avoid oily foods
Cardio should be balanced with training. Any cardio technique is fine, so keep a variety! This is the ultimate body frame for fitness. A balanced upper/lower body training program with a variety of exercises works well. A well balanced routine for the abdominal muscles should include lower abs, upper abs and obliques.
Just about every cut and style works for this body shape. Just wear clothes that fit you, avoid wearing anything too tight that would add the appearance of bulk. If you have problem areas, see what other body types do to conceal them, and dress accordingly.
Small meals 5-6 times a day should include 2-3 servings of grains, nuts & seeds, minimally processed dairy products, oils, and 1-2 servings of vegetables, meats and/or eggs.
The stepper is a good form of cardio to burn calories and add thickness to those skinny legs, as well as the treadmill on an incline. Avoid the elliptical machine. For weight training, exercises including Squats, Leg Presses and shaping exercises such as Extensions and Lunges are ideal. Use moderate to heavy weight and keep the repetitions on the lower end. Upper body resistance training should consist of low weight and high reps in all muscle groups for toning. Upper abdominal exercises such as simple curls are great for tightening up the stomach.
Pick pieces that are shaped but not tight. Bring attention to the bottom half of the body. Avoid high necklines and high waistlines.
Pear Shape Body
Restrict intake of grains to no more than 2 servings per day, protein-rich vegetables and beans (2-3 servings per day), limit dairy and red meat to 2 servings per week, avoid sweeteners & use of condiments.
Lower body cardio can be effective to rid the excess weight in the lower body, such as walking, cycling, or elliptical machine. Light to moderate resistance training, using Shoulder Presses, Lateral Raises, and Pulldowns will help build upper body muscle for balance. Avoid Squats, Leg Extensions and Lunges. Focus abdominal exercises on the lower abs with low lifts and hyper extensions.
Bring attention to/emphasize the top half of the body and away from problem areas. Avoid clingy skirts and tapered pants. Wear lighter colors on top and darker colors on the bottom.
Small meals 5-6 times a day and include 2-3 servings of grains, nuts & seeds, minimally processed dairy products, oils, and 1-2 servings of vegetables, meats and/or eggs in their diet.
Cardio should be kept to a minimum, preferably the stepper, and more focus should go on the resistance training. This should be intense and brief. Each muscle group should be trained once weekly. You want to put emphasis on building muscle, therefore keep the repetitions in the low to mid range. Abdominal exercises should be equally balanced in upper & lower abdominals, and heavy in the obliques.
Wear draped fabrics with patterns to create curves. Wearing halter tops and accessories will help this as well. Also wear fitted pants, or skirts with pleats or gathering to add shape to your bottom.
Restrict intake of grains to no more than 2 servings per day, protein-rich vegetables and beans (2-3 servings per day), limit dairy and red meat to 2 servings per week, avoid sweeteners & use of condiments
Routine cardio, such as the treadmill on an incline or the stepper, are necessary to generate overall weight loss. The elliptical machine should be avoided as it leans out the legs too much. Weight training should be focused on the legs to create balance with the upper body. Include more Squats and Leg Presses to bring the lower body up to speed with the upper body. Abdominal exercises should include heavy oblique work & lower abdominal lifts.
The secret is not to hide any part of the body, but to show it off, nobody looks good in a straight oversized tent dress. The clothes must be fitted (not tight) and curve hugging.
Fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and dairy 2-3 servings a day. About 3 servings weekly of fish, nuts and seeds. Limit intake of meat and eggs to 2 servings per week, and avoid oily foods.
Heavy cardio is important for this body type, so choices should be focused on trimming the upper body using the treadmill or the stepper. Concentrate on lower body for weight training with Squats, Leg Presses, Extensions and Lunges. Focus on abdominal exercises that narrow the waist by working the obliques. Avoid over working the upper abdominal muscles.
The same rule applies here as it does to the apple shape. The clothes must be fitted (not tight) and curve hugging. Bring attention to/emphasize the top half of the body and away from problem areas.no comments
The Lychee Berry has a long history of cultivation and usage, that dates back as early as 2000 BC. This delicious and nutritious super fruit has stood the test of time as a fruit revered for its delicious flavor, luscious texture, and superior health benefits. This timeline outlines the lychee’s journey through time, from the ancient trees in China, right to your Lichi Super Fruit Soft Gels. Pretty impressive for such a little berry!
Lychee crop cultivation becomes prominent in southern China and Malaysia. Fresh lychees were in such high demand that the Imperial Court of the Sung Dynasty would have special courier services with fast horses expedite the fresh fruit to the palace from Canton.
Horticultural writings of Chinese farmers mention dozens of lychee varieties thriving, despite its extreme environmental sensitivity, attesting to its popularity and precise cultivation. 293 lychee trees were measured as growing up to 100 feet tall.
The Han Dynasty royal records describe the planting of lychee trees in the palace by the order of Emperor Hanwu. The trial of this order ended in failure when the trees could not survive the northern climate, thus resulting in using express horsemen to deliver the fruit to the palace, much like his predecessors.
T’ang Dynasty Emperor Hsuan Tsung organizes weekly delivery of the fruit over 600 miles from southern China to his palace in the North, for Lady Yang Kuei Fei, his concubine, to woo her.
Chinese Fruit Culture book is written about lychee, fabling it to be the world’s romantic fruit, as a sign of love, affection and sensuality. The book states that to win a lady’s heart, a man should give her a fruit basket filled with lychees.
Chinese writer, Sung Chio of the Ming Dynasty writes his treatise on the lychee, organizing a lychee club, and citing all of the favorable and unfavorable circumstances under which he, his family, and his friends consumed the delicious fruit. The treatise was printed in the Imperial Encyclopedia, and later in Chih Wu’s great work on Chinese Botany.
Lychee is introduced to the West Indies.
Lychee trees are imported to Hawaii, making their first appearance in the United States.
Reverend WM Brewster imports lychee trees to Florida.
French scientist Henri Boulard documents observing patients using lychee to control cholera symptoms
Hermes references “Lychee” colors with its Kelly handbags and has great success with the line when actress Grace Kelly popularizes the purse.
“Growing Lychee in Hawaii”, a popular leaflet published by the University of Hawaii, presents guidelines on everything from how to select the best-performing trees to how to properly prune, fertilize, and irrigate them.
Horticulturist Francis Zee makes a preliminary exploration of a wild lychee forest on China’s Hainan Island, making contacts with some of China’s leading horitculturists and making plans to return and continue his studies on the fruit.
Paul M Gross PhD identifies lychee as a super fruit on naturalnews.com
Yahoo executives discuss their $44.6 billion dollar acquisition by Microsoft over lychee martinis.
Leading health & wellness product company, Bainbridge & Knight has great success when it introduces the Lichi Super Fruit dietary supplement , featuring lychee extract in its proprietary blend of ingredients to the mass market.
Muy Caliente! Spice Up Your Tastebuds!
Make room in your spice rack for cayenne pepper, one of the hottest ingredients around. Made from ground dried cayenne pepper, this spice not only adds sizzle to your dishes, it also helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle. High in vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium, it perks up your system with its flash of hot heat and bold flavor. Found in Lichi Super Fruit’s exclusive formula, cayenne pepper is one spice you should always keep around while living the Lichi lifestyle.
Here are five reasons why you should add a little sprinkle of cayenne pepper to your dishes.
1. Cayenne pepper may help prevent a big spike in blood sugar after a meal, according to new research. The University of Tasmania study found that after eating chili-seasoned foods, blood sugar levels in adults were lower than those who ate non-seasoned foods.
2. Cayenne is believed to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, or the clumping together of blood platelets that leads to blood clots.
3. Acting as a natural detoxifier for your system, cayenne pepper helps your body dispose of the unwanted fat and toxins that exist in your organs and bloodstream.
4. Cayenne pepper’s active ingredient, capsaicin, helps clear your stuffed-up nose or congested lungs by stimulating the mucus membranes in your nasal passages to drain, allowing you to breathe more clearly.
5. Studies have shown that cayenne pepper can be used as a natural topical pain reliever, thanks to its high level of capsaicin. In these studies, pain from sore muscles or arthritis was effectively alleviated by topical application of capsaicin.no comments
Adrienne Bailon is the latest celeb to start living the Lichi lifestyle. Introduced to Lichi Super Fruit by her BFF Julissa Bermudez, Adrienne is now hooked. Having the support and motivation from a friend who’s working hard right there along side you can make all the difference when it comes to making a positive lifestyle change, and sticking to it!
“My best friend Julissa and I always share everything! So when she told me about how great the Lichi Super Fruit Diet is, I had to try it! I started the detox cleanse this week, and I’m really starting to notice a difference in how I feel and the amount of energy I have!”
Julissa and Adrienne are living the Lichi Lifestyle, how about you?
Introducing the BFF Lichi Super Fruit Challenge…..what better way to get into shape, than with a friend? The first 5 friends to email, facebook or tweet “Lichi & Us” to Team Lichi, will get their very own Diet system just like Julissa and Adrienne’s to try at home….and we want to see the results! Send us your pictures of you and your BFF “before & after” your Lichi Challenge. Take additional pictures, make a video, or write a blog to track your progress. The winning BFF’s will become stars on our website and featured amongst our list of celebrities living the Lichi Life!no comments
Achieving “balance” in your life is not just a trendy idea brought on by the ever growing popularity of being “zen” over the last decade. When it comes to being in great overall health, you need to achieve overall balance. Believe it or not, this type of balancing act actually starts on the inside! Keeping a balanced, healthy pH in your body is important when it comes to both achieving and maintaining optimal health. The term “pH level” refers to the acidity of a given environment or substance, in this case, your digestive system. This pH level is determined by the balance between acid and alkaline levels. Your body naturally strives to keep a healthy balance between the two. A pH imbalance can affect how disease-causing bacteria survive within your body, which can make you ill, effect your mood, your energy levels, and ultimately your weight.
A change or shift in the ratio of acidic to alkaline foods in your meals, and the addition of probiotics to your daily diet, like Lichi LactoSpore Probiotic Vitamins, certain juices, soy beverages, or yogurt, can help to support a healthy pH balance in your body. This will aid in balancing out your pH level by providing the body with “good bacteria”. In tandem with taking probiotic supplements, eating a diet of roughly ¾ alkaline food, and ¼ acidic food could be the solution to keeping a healthy and balanced pH level. Alkaline foods include fruits, vegetables, tubers and legumes that are low in sugar. Acidic foods include animal proteins, dairy, grains, alcohol, and pretty much anything processed. The following charts from The Wolfe Clinic are a great tool to help guide you decide what foods to eat to maintain your body’s zen!
According to NaturalHealthSchool.com…
“Most people who suffer from unbalanced pH are acidic. This condition forces the body to borrow minerals—including calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium—from vital organs and bones to buffer (neutralize) the acid and safely remove it from the body. Because of this strain, the body can suffer severe and prolonged damage due to high acidity—a condition that may go undetected for years.”
Imbalance of pH within the body can cause such problems as:
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At Getting Gorgeous with Degree!
If you were looking for a place to get pampered, this past weekend’s Getting Gorgeous event was the right place to be. Held in Chelsea, New York, the event focused on wellness, fashion, and beauty for all women. Hair styling stations were set up, with a line that wrapped around the room. Beverages and cupcakes were being passed out. I can’t lie- I happened to enjoy one delicious cupcake from Georgetown Cupcakes but I earned it after an intense morning workout!
This event was simply fantastic for one reason: it was all about the women. The minute you walked in to the room, you could just feel the excitement of the women around you. Everywhere I looked there tons of women smiling, laughing, and having a great time. Why? Because for those hours, you were free to socialize with your fellow blogging pals, enjoy some treats, and discover new products that offered to rock your world.
Lichi Super Fruit was lucky enough to find a comfortable spot in the event’s gift bags thanks to Vera, cofounder of the Getting Gorgeous Event. Lichi Super Fruit is all about developing the best you and we couldn’t have found a better event to be a part of.
If you were one of the lucky attendees who walked away with that swag bag, you might have noticed a tag with a promo code on it. That promotion is only good till April 10th so get moving ladies! Stock up on your Lichi product and get your glam on!1 comment
The battle for the title of world’s most powerful super fruit is ripe with competitors, with nutrient stacked fruits, such as the acai berry, acerola, baobab, blueberry, goji berry, and pomegranate all vying for their chance to be named or re-named the most potent super fruit of all.
When it comes to delivering the coveted health benefits of weight-loss, fat burning, increased energy, anti-aging, and more radiant looking skin, all these fruits pack punch, but ounce for ounce, none quite measure up to the mighty, mighty super fruit, known as the lychee berry.
This ultra-rich, marvelously lush fruit, contains more Vitamin C than any citrus, more polyphenols than grapes, and a higher ORAC value than many leading super fruits.
In laimens terms, what that means is the lychee berry on average contains a higher concentration of antioxidants than many of it’s counterparts, making it a formidable contender as the undisputed Super Fruit Champion of the world.
But why the contest? Can’t all super fruit just get along! Apparently so. Leading health and wellness product developer, Bainbridge & Knight, has been on the forefront of high quality, natural ingredient dietary supplement innovation, engineering super fruit diet products that harness the goodness of many of nature’s super fruits, foods, and herbs.
Once such herbal dietary supplement is Lichi Super Fruit Diet. Engineered with Lychee, Acai, and Tea extracts, Lich Super Fruit Diet’s exclusive formulation contain an optimum level of fat oxidizing, metabolism boosting, appetite suppressing, and antioxidant ingredients that work together to produce the most naturally occurring weight-loss, fat burning, energy optimizing, and anti-aging supplement on the market.
Promising benefits from a slimmer waist line, to improved skin tone and texture, Lichi Super Fruit Diet is a must try! With March being National Nutrition month, and with many of us looking for ways to continue to improve our health, whether we’ve reached a plateau, or just haven’t been able to lose those last few pounds, incorporating a natural dietary supplement maybe just the thing to help us achieve our health and wellness goals.
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According to the USDA, over 75% of the U.S. population is overweight, and 61 million of that 75% is classified as obese. However even with all the caloric intake necessary to maintain an obese state, almost the same number of individuals, 7 out of 10, or 70% are malnourished, in terms of certain vitamin and nutrient deficiencies.
What that means is that Americans are consuming a large amount of food, just not the right foods. But how can that be? We live in a super image obsessed, celebrity driven culture, where bikini body dreams have half the U.S. female population on a diet, accounting for more than 40 billion dollars worth of diet products purchased a year. However, most women aren’t experiencing any results, and if they do lose a few pounds, they are unable to maintain the results for good.
Chances are the woman in question may be trying all the right things, but doing them the wrong way. Perhaps she’s exercising, but not eating right. Perhaps she is eating right, but not exercising. Or for certain, she’s taking a weight-loss pill thinking, if this really works it will burn off the 3 Twinkies I just ate.
Maybe, maybe not, but what does work is a consistent life pattern of healthy dieting and regular exercise. There are no magic pills, no amazing contraptions, or special body creams, that can physically alter what a few miles on a treadmill could not. However, there are ways to help jump-start, or enhance the process of loosing weight, in ways that no physical exercise, or simple meal can achieve.
That is because weight is the culmination of a number of factors that change and fluctuate with time. As you grow older, each bikini season looms more formidable, as thighs simply refuse to be tightened, and as tummies just won’t tuck. There are so many metabolic and hormonal changes, that occur in women approaching their 40’s, that if not chemically treated, cannot be otherwise solved.
Take for example estrogen, the hormone that causes all women to ovulate. As you age, estrogen production drastically decreases. Because fat cells also produce estrogen, the body begins to make more fat cells to maintain the level of estrogen it is used to, hence that sub-cutaneous layer of visceral fat that just appeared out-of-no where!
So what do you do? Work out harder, diet more strictly, thereby depleting and depriving your body of essential nutrients, so you wind up on the wrong side of 7 out of 10? No, in order to maintain adequate nutrient levels as you age, you need a supplement.
Dietary Guidelines for America 2011 recommends American’s take some form of supplement, but that still won’t account for the excessive fat production, and other metabolic changes that occur as women age. So in addition to a vitamin supplement, one might think they also need a dietary supplement that chemically works on fat, metabolism, and appetite suppression. While that used to be the case, there is now a crop of next generation health and wellness products, that are scientifically bridging the gap between simply powering weight-loss to actually improving health.
One such innovator on the cutting edge of this technology is premium health and beauty products developer Bainbridge and Knight. Their most recent dietary supplement release, Lichi Super Fruit Diet, is a one of a kind supplement, specially formulated to not only aid in oxidizing fat cells, increasing metabolism, and suppressing the appetite, but as it is also rich in vitamins like B3 and minerals like Chromium and Magnesium, as well as antioxidants derived from the Lychee Berry, Acai Berry, and herbs from Green Tea, White Tea, and Black tea, to provide a whole host of benefits, in a patented formula that achieves weight loss, while promoting tremendous health gains.
Said Bainbridge & Knight VP of Sales Mark Horowitz says, “We are pleased to see Lichi Super Fruit Diet enter into the market. The brand so far, has been very well received, which is a testament to a smarter, more informed consumer, who wants high-quality products with natural healthy ingredients that delivers results”.
Bainbridge and Knight is one of the first health and wellness manufacturer to harness the ancient power of the Lychee Berry, long harvested in Southeast Asia for it’s vitamin and mineral content, the lychee berry contains one of the highest concentrations of naturally occurring polyphenols -which assists in weight loss, combating free radicals, and has also been proven effective in reducing visceral fat, which typically forms around the belly. Lychee has also been known to help bolster the immune system and boost metabolism.
Said Dr. Thomas Redner, “Lichi is not a magic bullet; it should be thought of as a bullet in a loaded gun. The other important aspects to keeping the weight off are diet, exercise and attitude. Maintaining bodily and mental discipline is also crucial to a healthy lifestyle. In other words Lichi is an invaluable long-term supplement to optimize not only your overall weight management goals, but your wellness goals too”.
Lichi Super Fruit Diet, fuses clinically proven natural ingredients in a never before seen way, promising benefits from improved skin tone and texture, more vitality, greater energy, a slimmer waist line, and a healthier, younger feeling you. To try Lichi Super Fruit Diet for yourself, visit your local CVS, Duane Reede, Walgreens, GNC, or Rite Aid.
References: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Center for Health Statistics, USA, CDC, and Dietary Guidelines for America.no comments
There are only a few short weeks until Lichi Total Body Detox hits the shelves, but there is plenty you can do to get ready for your cleanse in the meantime! Many people jump right into a detox or cleanse with little to no preparation. This is why you often hear complaints that cleansing and detoxes are “too difficult” or they “didn’t work”. The truth to a good detox is that it is only as hard as you make it and it will only work if you let it. If you haven’t already made a substantial effort to change your habits and lifestyle, now is the time. Many of the cleanses on the market recommend a full month of a restricted diet before beginning the program. Lichi Total Body Detox suggests simply a healthier diet for 1-3 weeks before starting your cleanse for best results. The 4th week, you will add Lichi Total Body Detox either to what you have already been doing, or the juice or raw food cleanse of your choice. Either way the results will astound you, and you will be looking and feeling your best in no time! The following tips are some suggestions on how to prepare for your Total Body Spring Cleaning!
Start with your cabinets and refrigerator, and clean house! Try to get rid of anything processed or full of preservatives. Chances are if its 5 ingredients or more down the list, and you can’t pronounce it, you shouldn’t be eating it. Use the canned vegetables and soups if you don’t want to be wasteful, or donate them to your local soup kitchen. Do the same with the white flour pastas and other packaged foods. If its’ expired, throw it out! Now it’s time to take your personal inventory. Keep a journal and start writing down everything you eat and drink in a day. This will help you analyze your diet, and assist you in making better decisions when you eat.
Keep It Fresh!
Snacking is usually where many people tend to let their healthy habits go awry. Keeping food around the house before, during and after your cleanse like fresh vegetables, seeds, nuts and fresh fruit help out when it comes to snacking. Most of us tend to reach for the “quick and easy” snack foods, which often times are pre-packaged or processed. These types of foods are full of preservatives, artificial flavoring, sodium, and artificial sweeteners, which can possibly put you at higher risk for disease. Plan ahead when you make your grocery list. Replace the chips and dip with carrots and hummus, or the snack bar with a piece of fruit and a handful of sunflower seeds. The results you feel from eliminating the foods containing toxins in your diet will happen quickly!
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Make an effort to drink 8-16oz of water in the morning right when you get up. Continue to drink frequently throughout the day. Replace soft-drinks or other sugared beverages with water. Try to eliminate alcoholic beverages also. For a little pizzazz, add a wedge of lemon, lime or orange. Drinking plenty of water will help flush your body out as you cleanse and detoxify. A good rule of thumb for drinking water is to divide your body weight in half, which is the amount of water in ounces you should try to drink each day. If that seems like a lot, stick to the old eight, 8oz glasses of water routine. If you are still thirsty, drink more!
Plan Your Meals.
Try to incorporate whole foods into your daily menu. Substitute your simple carbohydrates with whole grains such as brown rice or quinoa. You can make a pot of these versatile grains and use them throughout the day. Brown rice or Quinoa with blueberries, banana and a dash of almond milk is a great substitute for cereal in the morning and is high in both fiber and protein which will help jump start your metabolism and keep you energized throughout the day. In the evening, these whole grains make a great side with a little olive oil and sea salt, or any other spices and seasonings you make like to compliment your meal. Buy fresh instead of frozen vegetables, and steam them until they are tender, but still “al dente”, or a little crunchy in the middle. This ensures that they retain the highest vitamin and mineral content possible, next to being raw. Try to substitute red meat for salmon, which is high in protein and omega 3’s, and poultry for a while flaky fish like sole or tilapia. If you can’t cut down on the meat and poultry just yet, try to buy hand fed or free range brands. Many of the leading brands these days are treat their livestock with antibiotics and hormones, which just add to the toxins in our bodies when digested. When you sit down to a meal, take in all the smells, the color and the texture. Be mindful of each bite, chew slowly and try to experience the meal with all of your senses. This will help you eat less and digest your food better.
Take a Breath!
Now that you have hit the ground running on your cleanse, now you can do it (literally) with your exercise routine. Get outside and get some fresh air. Take a walk, go for a jog, do some gardening, go for a bike ride, participate or organize a cleanup of your local park. Spring is in the air, and if you take advantage of it you will feel rejuvenated and energized. If it’s still too chilly to take to the outdoors, take a yoga class. Yoga postures are designed to tone and detoxify the body through a series of stretches, twists and breathing exercises. Proper breathing is important when doing any type of physical activity. Whether you are doing cardio, lifting weights, swimming, or anything else that exerts energy and force in motion, you should be careful not to hold your breath, and to breath evenly and deeply. A good rule of thumb is to focus on your breath while working out, and inhale on the exertion of energy, exhale on the release. This brings oxygen to the muscles when they can use it and need it the most. If you are holding a pose or weight for a lengthy amount of time, breath through it. Proper breathing also helps your endurance as you work out.
Follow these simple steps and in 1-3 weeks you will be ready to start your Lichi Total Body Detox in addition to your new healthy diet, your juice cleanse, or your raw food diet detox. Good luck and happy spring cleaning!
Did you know that if you drink two ounces of fresh wheatgrass juice in the morning on an empty stomach, that it equals nearly 3 pounds of vegetables when it comes to the vitamin and mineral content? Wheatgrass is a raw, potent super-food that is an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, sulphur, cobalt, and zinc. This is basically most of the vitamins and minerals needed to sustain the human body. The nutritional value of wheatgrass is equivalent to having a balanced meal. Because of this, wheatgrass is a fantastic supplement to a weight loss or weight management regimen due to its ability to curb cravings. As a complete protein, wheatgrass contains 30 enzymes and nearly 70% chlorophyll. Chlorophyll aids in rebuilding blood cells, leveling out blood pressure, supporting the immune system and fighting bacteria, reducing and clearing up sinus pressure, neutralizing body and breath odors, soothing skin irritations or injuries while rebuilding and repairing the skin cells, stimulating healthy tissue growth. The high beta-carotene content is thought to deduce the risk of free radicals in the body that cause cancer significantly.
According to DynamicGreens.com, the following are some of the wonderful health benefits that one could experience when incorporating wheatgrass into their diet!
Walking through my local farmers market last summer, I came upon the illusive lychee berry fruit. Humble and unassuming, it caught my eye despite the bright blueberries and luscious strawberries piled around it. You see, I grew up with these fruits. Raised in a Chinese home, this sweet and tangy fruit was a common snack. My mom would tell me about how her mother used to serve lychee berries for breakfast and how it was arranged next to the mangoes, papayas, and bananas.
Not only is it sweet, the lychee berry fruit is quite nutritious. After searching for it on NutritionData.com, I realized how amazing the fruit really is.
o Low in saturated fats
o Very low in cholesterol
o Low in calories (depending on serving size)
o Good source of Copper
o Very good source of Vitamin C
I spoke to a local doctor and he provided a plethora of information regarding lychee berries. A rich source of Vitamin C, lychee berries act as an immune system booster, supporting our adrenal gland and boosting the capacity of our white cells to deal with infections and stress. Lychee also increases the metabolism, which translates into burning more calories. An increased metabolism ultimately leads to the weight loss. Because of these amazing attributes, the lychee berry is considered a “super fruit.”
Move over Acaí, there is a new fruit in my kitchen and its name is lychee berry. I can’t wait to try it in salads, and as a light dessert on a sticky hot summer evening. Has anyone else tried this fruit? Any suggestions for me on how to serve it or use it as a meal?no comments
There’s no denying that Kim Kardashian has one of the hottest bodies in Hollywood, but is it her diet pill or her devotion to her healthy diet and exercise routine that keeps this siren slim? When it comes to weight loss supplements, it comes down to a balance of both. While QuickTrim does have healthy ingredients in it, after doing some research on the product, it is clear that you can definitely have a body like Kim’s, and achieve it in a much healthier way with Lichi Super Fruit Diet. Lichi’s natural ingredients help boost energy and increase your stamina, helping you work out longer. The tea extracts and cayenne help to control appetite, and increase your body temperature allowing your body to safely and naturally burn calories. The low dosage of naturally occurring caffeine is just enough to give you an energy boost with no side effects, so you won’t be up all night and can get enough sleep, which we all know is crucial in successful dieting and proper health.
Don’t get us wrong, we love you Kim, but you really need to discover Lichi!
After looking into the product details and reviews, here’s what we found…
Lichi Super Fruit
from tea extracts
processed caffeine anhydrous
950mg Proprietary Blend
of beneficial, natural
herbs & extracts
207mg blend of herbs &
extracts- this is not enough
to be efficacious.
|Negative Side Effects||None||
Insomnia, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, vomiting, headache, loss of appetite, kidney damage, reduced blood circulation to the heart, raised bloodpressure, and increased heart rate.
|Website||Informative resource for dieters to utilize before, during and after their diet for tips on exercise, nutrition and much more. Serves as gateway to a whole community of people on the same path.||Sales oriented only, little information about the product or how to diet and exercise.|
Chris’s Agave-Lime Salmon w/ Mango Jicama Salsa
Approx 480 Calories per serving (salmon & salsa only)no comments
Did you know that yoga can burn fat, boost metabolism and aid in digestion?
The physical results that occur as a result of practicing yoga are not only a beautiful body and increased flexibility. The real benefits and results happen on the inside! Through yoga, the changes that occur in your body are ones that improve your overall health and cause chemical reactions within your body that can accelerate weight loss.
Doing yoga is known to result in easing or even getting rid of stress. Many people don’t realize that stress is a huge factor in weight gain and weight retention, especially in your belly and hips. When your stress levels go down, your body’s sensitivity to glucose in your blood increases, causing your body to kick into fat-burning mode. When your stress levels are high, the opposite effect occurs, making it more difficult to lose weight, or even just maintain it. The chemical reaction is just one factor. Another point to consider is that many of us tend to over eat when we are stressed. Not only do we over eat, we gravitate to comfort foods, which we all know generally tend not to be steamed vegetables and brown rice! Savory foods and sweets are harder for your body to break down, and slow down the digestive tract. It’s a vicious cycle that can be avoided if you start with a couple of yoga classes each week!
This past Sunday, February 27th all of Hollywood was buzzing about the beautiful bodies that donned the red carpet for the 2011 Academy Awards. Dressed to the nines, the stars flaunted their fabulous figures, and indulged some of their weight loss secrets.
Diet and detox were the common denominators that many of the stars revealed as integral parts of their health and fitness repertoires. Such methods include use of products rich in super-foods, antioxidants, poly-phenols, and feature ingredients like lychee, acai, resveratrol, green tea and aloe, among others. All of these ingredients can be found in Lichi Super Fruit products, the best way to look and feel great, just like your favorite stars!
In a huge market over-saturated by health and diet pills, getting onto the shelves as a new product can be difficult. With such steep competition as less healthy diet products like Alli, SlimQuick, or Xenadrine, finding a place among the ranks of these diet pills in mass market retailers has not come easy to any other product, until now... Lichi Super Fruit Diet has made quite an impression on retailers like Rite Aid, GNC, CVS, Duane Reade, Walgreens.com, ShopRite, Harmon, A&P, Circle K, Weis Markets, Pathmark and many others who have decided to carry the product in 2011.
So why is Lichi regarded as such an asset to retailers’ shelves? It stands alone among the competition as a safe, effective, natural and healthy weight loss alternative. Besides making you feel and look fantasic, there are no negative or long term side effects like there are with the competitive products, such as jitters, digestive problems, irritability, headache or increased blood pressure (to name only a few). However, the lack of negative side effects isn’t the only reason that makes Lichi Super Fruit Diet stand out among the masses. The product’s website, www.LichiSuperFruit.com, serves as a place where you can get health and fitness tips, identify your body type and its individual needs, and connect with a whole community of people on the same journey as you are to help support and guide you on your path to better health.no comments