We all know sleep is important. Sleep is essential for our bodies to function properly and just as important as eating healthy and exercising. When you sleep, your brain signals your body to release hormones and compounds that help decrease the risk for health conditions, manage your hunger levels, maintain proper immune function and retain memory. But, did you know your sleep could be affecting your fitness goals and your gains in the gym?
From professional athletes to recreational sports competitors, some are always looking for a performance edge. This results in some seeking out banned performance-enhancing substances. These synthetic substances alter the athlete or competitor's body in a way that was not possible without it. Resulting in increased strength, endurance, and overall increased performance. Many of these substances called "PED's" or "Performance Enhancing Drugs" can have negative effects on the body over long term use and are not allowed in most professional sports competitions. The good news is, mother nature provides her several performance-enhancing substances without the risk and consequences of their synthetic, PED counterparts!
Tired of that extra baggage around your waist? Maybe you want to get back into your favorite pair of jeans? Or maybe you just want to be healthier and live a better lifestyle. Whatever your reason may be, weight loss is a goal that many people have. The problem? Making that goal a reality. Many seem to struggle with weight gain and managing a healthy bodyweight their whole lives. Getting that weight off once it is on your body can be tricky for some. This can be attributed to all kinds of factors, including the environment (exposure to toxins ect..), diet, lack of exercise, motivation and more. I will break down several factors to take into consideration when trying to lose weight and natural paths to success for your weight-loss goals!
It seems like every grocery store and supermarket that I go to has this kombucha stuff. What exactly is it and why should you buy it? As I have mentioned in a previous article, kombucha is an excellent plant based source of healthy, gut friendly bacteria called "Probiotics." These living microorganisms can promote better digestion, manipulation of intestinal microbial communities, suppression of pathogens, stimulation of epithelial cell proliferation and differentiation and fortification of the intestinal barrier. They are essentially microscopic marines that protect our gut and promote our overall health and wellbeing. But is gut health the end of kombucha's fermented fairytale?
Few things in life are certain. The biggest of those known certainties is that our body ages over time. A process that nobody is fond of and that scares many. But, what if there were ways to slow this process down? Well there are and this can be achieved 100% naturally through ancient practices, techniques and traditions along with a little help from mother nature.
It’s a well known fact that writing your goals out and making a plan increases your ability to achieve them. This same outline can be applied to your physical fitness and exercise goals. Whether you are training for a physique contest, building strength for powerlifting, or just trying to get back into your favorite clothes. Planning your workouts out and sticking with your plan can really maximize your results. Seeing these results first hand is added fuel to your fire to keep you pushing forward and keep you chasing after your goals!
While supplementation is something most people hear about now a days, it hasn't had this mainstream popularity for that long. In fact, not too long ago the weirdo "health nuts" were the only ones using supplements. Then came the increase in demand for protein powders, pre-workouts, post-workouts and other fitness supplements from the bodybuilding community. Which spilled into the athletic community to help power high performance athletes. This caused the information to get out to the public on the benefits to these supplements, leading us to the present day where even the busy stay at home mom uses supplements to fill nutritional gaps, boost energy, replace a meal like breakfast and more! But, where did this story of supplementation really begin?
Tired of that extra baggage around your waist? Maybe you want to get back into your favorite pair of jeans? Or maybe your just want to be healthier and live a better lifestyle. Whatever your reason may be, weight-loss is a goal that many people have. The problem? Making that goal a reality. Many struggle with weight-gain and managing a healthy bodyweight their whole lives. Getting that weight off once it is on your body can be tricky for some. This can be attributed to all kinds of factors, including environment (exposure to toxins ect..), diet, lack of exercise, motivation and more. I will break down several factors to take into consideration when trying to lose weight and natural paths to success for your weight-loss goals!
With more and more people becoming conscious and aware about what they eat and put into their bodies, the demand for healthier foods is increasing. This increase in consumer consciousness may be directly related to the ever expanding body of evidence that proves organic foods are healthier and more nutritious. All while the genetically modified counterparts and the pesticides used along with them are proving to be more dangerous for the environment and deadly for people all the time.
Lack of energy is something that almost all of us experience, some on a more regular basis than others. This has resulted in increased dependance on stimulating compounds such as caffeine, to maintain our daily lifestyles. From the coffee we brew in the morning to the energy drinks or soft drinks that we consume throughout the day to keep us going. Caffeine has become a fuel that many run on and desperately need. While caffeine itself may not be harmful, the other ingredients that tag along in some of these beverages definitely are!
I'm sure we have all walked into a retail store and found ourselves overwhelmed by the amount of health and personal care products. With so many companies making similar products, which ones are the right ones to buy? Is it the cheapest products with the best price? Maybe, but lots of times those cheaper products with the better deals are filled with harmful chemicals and additives. That's where this guide comes in! I'll walk you through some of the hidden, harmful ingredients that find their way into our soaps, shampoos and deodorants. All while recommending ways to find natural products that will get the job done without the use of chemicals or dyes.
Now that we have all stuffed ourselves over Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about the New Year and New Years Eve. This is the last hooray for the holidays. One final blow out to bing out on snacks, munchies and junk food. Not to mention the alcohol that may be involved! So, what is a person to do that is thinking about starting the new year out right? Someone that wants to get after their goals and become the best version of themselves they can be in the coming year. Well, thats where this “Holiday Detox” combo comes in handy. Not only will it detoxify your body and promote your gut health, but you can even prevent some of these harmful effects from happening, even when eating junk foods and drinking alcohol.
One of the best traits that we have as a species is our ability to adapt over time and evolve. As we learn new things and gather new information and ideas, our outlook on the world changes along with our lifestyles. This can be seen in many areas of our daily lives, the big ones like technology and modern medicine have changed the way we live and how long we live for drastically. This is breakthrough science and innovation that we should be extremely proud of and embrace. We should also look to these practices and apply the same model to our diet and nutrition. The more knowledge we learn about the effects of certain foods, the more we should evolve our diet. This is something that MorelliFit and it’s founder Micheal Morelli have done by eliminating their “Whey Protein” and replacing it with a clean, smooth and delicious “Superfood Plant Protein!" This was a result of the new information on how dairy effects the body and Micheal Morelli’s decision to evolve his diet and the diets of others along the way!
We all know exercise is good for you. It strengthens and builds the muscles in your body, helps you lose weight and sweat toxins out of your body. But did you know that exercise can also boost your immune system, reduce stress, delay brain aging, increase memory retention and more? This is a powerful practice that when performed on a regular basis can greatly improve and preserve your overall health and wellness!
While there are many nutrient dense foods that fall under the "superfood" category, there are some that seem even more super than the rest. One of these powerful plant foods is the coconut! This is one of the most versatile superfoods because it can be used and consumed in so many ways. Young green coconuts are harvested and drained for there "coconut water" which turns into "coconut milk" in the mature coconuts. Both of these liquids pack all kinds of nutrients and health benefits on there own. On the inside of the coconut shell in mature nuts is the "flesh" of the coconut. This can be harvest to eat or processed into oils and nut milk. Even the shell of this powerful superfood provides us with some charcoal and coir from the fibrous husk! I'll break down all these aspects of the coconut and benefits that go along with them, which will have you going nuts over these coconuts!
Winter is coming! That means cold and flu season will be coming right along with it. Yes, that dreaded time of year where runny noses and coughs run rampant throughout work places, schools and supermarkets. When liquid hand sanitizer is used as if it were holy water to expel these evil flu demons. This is also the time of year a lot of antibiotics are prescribed and lots of over-the-counter cold and flu medicines are sold. These antibiotics can devastate your healthy gut bacteria, which can cause all sorts of health problems. The over-the-counter cold medicines are very popular and readily available. While some may think this is a great thing, it has lead to the abuse and misuse of these medicines by both adults and teenagers alike. Luckily these things can all be avoided through the power of mother natures herbal plant medicines!
Who doesn’t love coffee? Okay, besides that one weirdo friend of yours who doesn’t like the taste (they are probably a psychopath by the way!), most people love coffee! We love it to the point where it is a staple in most homes. Something I know we freak out about in my house when its gone! But, why is this? What sort of powers does this magic bean possess? In reality there are many, but the big one most people would shout out when answering this question is, Caffeine! Or coffees ability to wake us up and get us going! While this is important to most of us, especially in the morning, there are other properties in coffee that may be even more beneficial.
We have all seen those infomercials on the latest and greatest prescription drugs, designed to mask the symptoms of all your health problems. Hopefully we have all also listened to the long list of side effects and complications that can occur from taking these prescribed drugs. Of the drugs that are prescribed, pain relieving are one of the most common. Risk factors of these drugs can range from addiction and abuse to a 50% increased chance of having a heart attack with common pain-relievers, including ibuprofen! No worries, mother nature has our back. She provides us with plenty of natural pain relieving options that come without the added risks!
Its been well documented that those who have been diagnosed with "Celiac Disease" cannot consume foods that contain gluten in them. This is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide. Two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. So, what exactly is this gluten stuff, where does it come from, and are only those with celiac disease effected by it?
Do you have trouble focusing throughout the day? Or find yourself feeling drained and you still have 6 hours left to go? Have no fear, the "New Superfood Reds" are here! Not only does this blend of superfoods help with your mental clarity, focus and overall energy, but it also helps detox the body, fight aging, while boosting your metabolism and immune system along the way!