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5 Simple Sustainable Living Tips to Improve Your Health

Posted by Megan Faletra on Apr 22, 2018 2:01:18 AM

 

Earth Day is the perfect time to think more about how our choices affect the world around us. Whether you’re already an earth-loving master recycler or a beginner looking to learn more about sustainability, embracing a more sustainable way of living can be a wonderful way to improve your own health and the health of our planet.

But, getting started may feel a bit overwhelming, which is why we have listed some of our favorite simple tips to help you begin embracing sustainable living in your own life today.

Tip #1: Say Goodbye to Plastic Water Bottles for Good!
Statistics show that if we don’t change the amount of plastic we consume and dispose of soon, by 2050 there may be more plastic in our oceans than there are fish. Luckily, there is a lot we can do in our daily lives to keep this from happening. Simply switching to a reusable glass or stainless steel water bottle is an excellent way to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles entering our landfills and oceans. It’s also so much better for your health, as endocrine-disrupting chemicals are present in plastic water bottles and can leach into the water over time. This isn’t good for your hormones or your health and is just another reason to choose the reusable option.

Tip #2: Switch to Reusable Food Storage Wraps and Containers
Switching to reusable bees wraps or cloth bags is a great way to reduce your need for plastic wrap and ziplock bags for food storage. Switching your plastic tupperware to glass tupperware is also a great way to not only reduce your exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals (found in the plastic), but will also help to limit your plastic use on a daily basis. Once you buy glass tupperware containers, you can have them for years, making them a much better long-term investment as compared to plastic tupperware that gets gross and discolored pretty quickly.

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Topics: wellness, facts, information, blog, blogger, food, health, healthy, superfoods

8 Funny Facts About Superfoods You’d Never Believe Were True

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Apr 20, 2018 2:12:01 AM

 

Anyone following a superfood-rich diet knows there's a litany of information surrounding the benefits of various ingredients – things like new clinical studies, antioxidant ORAC levels, essential fatty acid balance – the healthy details are endless! And although this data is motivating from a wellness standpoint, let's just say the minutiae doesn't exactly make for edge-of-your-seat reading. But superfoods aren't all cut-and-dry facts and figures! Read on for a taste of some superfood info that definitely errs on the side of fun.


1. Um, what did we do to Chia? While Chia was a staple superfood for many ancient Central American cultures, we culturally forgot about eating the healthy seed for several centuries. When it finally came back in the US in the 1970s, instead of being a food, it was turned into a novelty item, known as, yes: The Chia Pet. Even weirder, the first Chia pet to market in 1977 wasn't even a pet at all – it was just a “Chia Guy,” a sculpture of a man's head with the ability to grow an impressive height of Chia sprout hair. Luckily, Chia has since made its way off terracotta figurines and back onto our plates.

2. Mushrooms: they're just like us. Mushrooms – including all of the incredible medicinal varieties – are more closely related in DNA to humans than plants and produce vitamin D by being exposed to sunlight just like human skin. Mushrooms also have their own immune system, which may partially explain why they're so good for immunity, too.

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Topics: wellness, facts, information, blog, blogger, food, fun, funny, health, healthy, superfoods

Superfoods 101 with Miranda Hammer: Chia Seeds

Posted by Miranda Hammer on Apr 18, 2018 2:22:53 AM

Chia Seeds are the focus of the next installment of my Superfoods 101 Series. This series was created with the intention of diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe to highlight the versatility of superfoods.

What are Chia Seeds?
Chia Seeds are now mainstream and can be easily found in supermarkets and on restaurant menus. Chia is an herb that is part of the mint family and is of Central American origin. Similar to Goji Berries and Maca, Chia Seeds have been consumed for thousands of years and are thought to have been a staple in the Aztec, Mayan and Incan diets.

Chia Seeds are multidimensional and incredibly absorptive. They become gelatinous when mixed with liquid and can serve as a thickener in recipes. The gel-like consistency is ideal for making a pudding or overnight oats, they can be sprinkled in raw seed form on yogurt, oats, vegetables or salads, or they can be added to a smoothie for a boost of nutritional benefits.

Aside from their versatility, what makes these little seedlings a superfood? They are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory. Inflammation occurs as a result of environmental and internal stressors that cause the body to react defensively. Over time, an inflammatory state can be detrimental to one’s health. Gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, such as Crohn’s, IBS and celiac disease, along with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer's, are all related to inflammation.

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Topics: wellness, chia, chiaseeds, fiber, antioxidants, blog, blogger, food, health, healthy, superfoods

How Changing the Way I Looked at Food Changed My Life

Posted by Lila Zimmerman on Mar 1, 2018 2:14:51 AM

You can frequently find me wandering through the local farmers’ market, hiking out in nature or swimming in the ocean. I love anything related to health, well-being and mindfulness, but my journey to embracing this lifestyle did not happen overnight. The first time I began to understand the magical powers of eating healthy was my senior year of high school when a teacher showed us a clip from the acclaimed documentary “Forks Over Knives.” I went home and watched the rest of the film on my own and continued to educate myself on the baffling reality that healthy, whole foods have super powers, and that food is medicine.


My mother studied nutrition in college, so growing up, my family dinner table was always stocked with fresh fruits and loaded salads, and my snack drawer was filled with granola bars, dried fruit and trail mixes. I definitely had a strong foundation for a healthy diet, but that did not shield me from the inevitable impact of mainstream media where females are encouraged to live up to an unrealistic image of beauty. As a teenager, I began to believe the only way to achieve a thin body was to restrict my calories and follow various fad diets. I lost weight but felt lethargic all the time, my skin was dry and my hair was brittle. I was far from thriving and learned these diet trends were not sustainable long term.

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Topics: wellness, blog, blogger, food, foodie, health, healthy, superfoods

Five Superfoods That Help Reduce Stress

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Feb 13, 2018 9:41:00 PM

We’ve all been there: it’s a stressful day, and suddenly reaching for a bag of chips or a plate of cookies becomes borderline instinctual. Although comfort foods might give us an instant feeling of satisfaction, nutrient-dense foods can fight stress on a much deeper level. So many of our favorite superfoods (packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients) can support the body holistically, which ease the mind and body long-term. Read on for some of the best superfoods you can eat to fight stress and get your day back on track!

Cacao
We know Cacao is the foundation of all chocolate products, and an exceptional source of healthy antioxidants and minerals. But it’s Cacao’s impressive magnesium content that makes it a particularly good stress fighter. Foods high in magnesium have been proven to relax the muscles, help ease tension, and reduce aches and pain associated with stress.

There are so many ways to incorporate Cacao into desserts, but don’t forget it’s also a great ingredient to add to a morning smoothie to start the day on the right note. Try turning a standard smoothie into a stress-fighting shake with Cacao and other healthy ingredients! Other high-magnesium foods on the savory end of the food spectrum include kelp, wheat bran, almonds, Cashews, buckwheat and garlic.

Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass is naturally very alkaline, which relieves inflammation and promotes a calmer state of mind and body. Not only that, but Navitas Organics Wheatgrass Powder contains a whopping 70 minerals and vitamins, hundreds of live enzymes, amino acids, and antioxidants, which help put the body in a state of balance. For a one-way ticket to your “happy place,” try my Warm Detox Juice to de-stress and regain focus.

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Topics: nuts, stress, blog, blogger, cacao, Maca, matcha, superfoods, wheatgrass

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