Paleo Friendly Supplements

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The Paleo diet is a lifestyle combination of fitness and diet that includes only whole, local, organic, and wild caught foods. It is called the Paleo diet because the principles are based off of human evolution. Paleo diets differ from group to group and person to person, but most people who practice Paleo agree on these three rules:

1. Only eat foods that can be picked or hunted in nature.
2. Avoid foods that cannot be eaten raw.
3. Only eat meat products from animals fed their natural food.

There are many Paleo friendly supplements available today. Most experts agree that the most important for the Paleo lifestyle are:

ProbioticsPrescript Assist is a highly recommended pro/prebiotic supplement.  Prescript-Assist combines 29 nutrient rich, soil-based, pH-resistant organisms with Leonardite prebiotic to help re-establish the normal balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in the intestine.  Benefits inlcude supporting a healthy immunity, healthy digetion, and overall health.  Prescript Assost is Paleo friendly, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan friendly.

Omega 3s and Vitamin D-  Healthy Fish Oil is high in omega 3s and vitamin D.  Vitamin D and Omega 3 fatty acids can provide a number of health benefits, including stronger bones, lower blood pressure level, healthier cholesterol levels and aid in cognitive functioning.  A Paleo Friendly source of fish oil is Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil.  It comes in various flavors and forms.

Coconut Oil-  Coconut Oil  is a medium-chain fatty acids which makes it easier to digest and converted into energy. The medium-chain fatty acids found specifically in coconut oil also have the amazing ability to kill germs and viruses while simultaneously providing many important health benefits such as healthy skin, hair and nails.

Collagen/Gelatin-  Collagen is found in every part of our body  and is essential for the health of our bones, tendons, ligaments, skin, muscles, cartilage and more.  Collagen is found in the hides and bones of animals, which most do not consume regularly.  Supplementing with collagen restores your youth from the inside out, and helps prevent osteoporosis and other age related health issues.

It is recommended to always verify the sources of your supplements before taking them and purchase only 100% natural, non-toxic, filler and flo-agent free supplements from a reputable source for maximum health benefits.

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Simple Tips for Better Heart Health

Mercola_ubiquinol_heart_health-1024x864Few, if any, things are as integral to life itself as the heart. As such, maintaining good heart health is one of the most important things anyone can do for overall health, wellbeing, and longevity. Like with most things, preventative care is easier and preferable to treating a problem. Follow these simple, yet important, steps to improve and maintain good heart health.

  1. Get regular exercise that raises your heart rate. In the simplest terms, the heart is a muscle. While its function and structure may be more complex than many other muscles in the body, it still needs to be exercised for optimal fitness. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise that puts your heart at an elevated rate at least five days per week. As you exercise your heart will becomes stronger and more efficient. Something as basic as a brisk walk around the block can offer your heart the exercise it needs.
  2. Supplement with Ubiquinol. Ubiquionol is the active form of ubiquinone, which is found in the popular supplement called CoQ10. A recent study showed that patients suffering from congestive heart failure experienced significant improvements to the health of their hearts when taking ubiquinol supplements. The implications for heart health of those not in congestive heart failure are promising, though more research is needed. For those interested in trying the powerful ubiquinol supplement for heart health, Mercola’s Ubiquinol provides a high quality, natural supplement without any artificial fillers or synthetic additives.
  3. Get Plenty of Omega 3s. The essential fatty acid omega 3 is vital to optimal heart health. While diet gurus once mistakenly told people all fat was bad for the heart, research has shown it is the type of fat that matters. While unhealthy fats like trans fats can have negative effects on the heart and arteries, omega 3s actually help the heart. Omega 3s have been shown to reduce internal inflammation and fight against heart disease. Good sources of omega 3s include tuna, salmon, and walnuts. Many doctors also recommend an omega 3 supplement as it can be challenging to get sufficient amounts through diet alone. Like with ubiquionol, look for a version free of synthetic fillers. Try Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil for a high quality fish oil that isn’t heat processed and therefore retains all the nutrients many brands process out.

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Three Supplements You Should Add to Your Daily Routine

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Walking down the supplement aisle of your local health food store is enough to make any head spin at all the choices available. While some TV personalities may make it seem like you need an arsenal of supplements, in reality just a few supplements a day can give you everything you need.

 

  1. Multivitamin- Taking a host of different vitamin supplements is unneeded and will ultimately give your body far more vitamins than can be absorbed. However, even the healthiest diets likely have a few nutritional gaps. A multivitamin is a good way to fill in these gaps. Avoid multivitamins with mega doses and artificial fillers and opt for one with high quality ingredients in moderate amounts.

 

  1. Rhodiola Rosea- What makes this supplement a good choice is its adaptogenic characteristics. The adaptogenic nature of the supplement makes it able to meet multiple needs in the body, without altering biological function. Rhodiola Rosea adapts to help the body fight off physical and chemical stressors, protects cells, and provides energy. People with a particular health conditions may benefit from taking an additional supplement to meet their specific needs, but for most people Rhodiola Rosea will make a great choice for a supplement to benefit overall health and well-being.

 

 

  1. Omega 3 Fatty Acid- Fatty acids help with both brain function and heart health. Omega 3 is considered an essential fatty acid, meaning that the body cannot make it on its own so it must be obtained from external sources.  While our diets typically provide more than enough of essential omega 6 fatty acids, it is difficult to get proper amounts of omega 3s. An omega 3 supplement can help assure you are getting enough of this supplement.

 

 

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Using Protein Shakes to Fill in Gaps in the Vegetarian Diet

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Following a vegetarian diet offers people multiple health benefits, if followed correctly. According to an article published by Brown University, vegetarians are at a decreased risk of heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and several other health conditions compared to their meat-eating counterparts.

As great as the benefits of a vegetarian diet can be, there can also be risks associated a vegetarian diet. One such risk is relying too heavily on processed foods. Potato chips, sugary cereals, and many other junk foods are all easy to eat and technically vegetarian options. However, a diet filled with these foods is depleted of nutrients and full of additives with the potential to do great harm to one’s health. But, choosing healthy whole vegetarian foods with zero to minimal processing can eliminate this risk.

In addition to knowing what foods to leave out of a balanced vegetarian diet, it is also important to know what foods to include in a vegetarian diet. Because removing meat from the diet removes a common protein source, vegetarians must take care to consume adequate protein levels for muscle building, energy levels, healthy cells, and overall well being.

An easy and nutritious way to combat low protein levels in a vegetarian diet is with the use of protein shakes. Vegetarians should look for a protein powder that contains quality sources of protein such as brown rice, hemp, or mushrooms. A blend of two or more of these protein sources offers even greater benefits by combining the nutritional advantages of each different source.

Besides being a good source of quality protein, protein shakes make it easy to increase protein content. Vegetarians struggling to get sufficient protein in their diets can simply make a shake for breakfast or for an afternoon energy booster.

People interested in a vegetarian diet should in no way be deterred by these potential risks of a vegetarian diet. Rather, people should take an informed approach to their health and be active about making wise choices on what they include in their diets.

 

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The Easier Way to Make Green Smoothies

I hate to admit this, but I almost never have fresh greens in my house. What do I mean by greens? I’m talking about the leafy green vegetables -kale, spinach, collards, lettuce- that none of us are eating enough of. I don’t ever have them in my house because it seems like whenever I buy plenty of greens, some of them end up going bad, so I usually just buy a little at a time. When I do buy them, I eat them right away to avoid spoilage.

Almost every morning, and after every workout, I make a protein shake with almond milk, fresh fruit, vegan protein powder, and ice. I always want to make my protein shakes into green smoothies by adding a handful of nutrient dense greens, but I rarely have them on hand.

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I needed to find a solution to my dilemma because I knew I wasn’t eating enough greens and actually love green smoothies. I started buying organic green powders and it has done the trick! I add organic kale powder, organic chlorella powder, and organic spirulina powder to every smoothie / protein shake that I make. They taste great, they are simple to use, and they have a shelf life of over two years! That’s the best part for me; organic green powders require zero refrigeration and they last forever! No more worrying about keeping fresh greens in the house!

If you’d like to try adding green powders to your protein shakes to make them more nutrient dense, you can buy organic greens powders online, just make sure that you are buying a pure and USDA certified organic product from a reputable company

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Cocoon Nutrition, Health and Fitness

Hey guys! Tom here, welcome to my health blog! I’m a personal trainer and fitness instructor. I created this blog to keep my friends & family motivated, but anyone can join in on the fun! I use this blog to post new and exciting exercises, fitness tips, recipes, diet tips, and general information on health and fitness. I hope to eventually create an interactive food and exercise journal, but that may take me a while!

My dream is to one day open my own heath and fitness center that would include a traditional gym, crossfit box, a lap pool, a nutrition consultation office, and health focused café. I’m still young, so for now I am working as a personal trainer as I complete my kinesiology degree. I am constantly working towards my dream while inspiring others to get into the best shape of their lives. Basically, I’ve got the best job in the world.

I love helping other people reach their goals which is why I created this health blog. I hope to keep you guys updated on popular supplements, new diets that I find effective / interesting, and I’ll even try to teach how to love exercise. Believe me, it is possible. I have seen plenty of clients go from absolutely despising exercising to being completely addicted to the gym.

My goal is to inspire everyone to lead a healthier lifestyle. You don’t have to become a total fitness freak, like myself, in order to be healthy. You simply have to make small changes that lead to greater health and happiness. This could be riding your bike to work, picking up swimming again, walking to lunch, taking a yoga class, walking your dog on the beach, going to farmer’s markets instead of the supermarket… I could go on forever, but I don’t have to because you’ve already found my blog.

This is my first post, but I hope to update the blog a couple of times per week. I encourage you to browse my site. I hope you enjoy my health and fitness tips, and I hope you subscribe to my feed! Stay up to date with my posts for the latest news in health, fitness, and general well being. Have a great day!

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