Enzymes.

In my previous post I named the supplements that I take every day.

This time I want to talk more detailed about enzymes. Why is it important to take enzymes every day? What do they do to your body?

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Enzymes are very important to our health and beauty. Over the years, our enzyme reserve becomes diminished. Therefore, our body may not be digesting foods, even properly combined food, as well as it once did when we were children. We know that any amount of poorly digested food ferments and putrefied in the digestive tract, stimulating the growth of unfriendly bacteria and the creation of their toxic, acidic by-product and waste, which then become absorbed into the blood and deposited in tissues all around the body, especially soft-tissue areas, such as the joints. Toxins in the blood also negatively affect our skin and our physical appearance.

Digestive enzymes are therefore a critical aid to us. They can be taken daily and right before meals and should be ingested before any meal that contains cooked food. They give our bodies an extra boost of lipase, amylase and protease, to help efficiently digest fats, starches and proteins. We could all use the boost.

Here are some of their specific benefits:

1. Improve the absorption and assimilation of Beauty Minerals and nutrients;

2. Help to slow the aging process by preserving the body’s own enzymes;

3. Promote efficient digestion;

4. Free up Beauty Energy to rebuild and replace damaged cells, including the collagen of the skin;

5. Increase energy;

6. Enhance cleansing, which can improve acne and other imbalances;

7. Decrease bloating, gassiness and constipation.

When you choose a digestive enzyme supplements, be sure to look for one that is vegan and plant-based, rather than one that contains enzymes from bovine animals ( cows or oxen) or other animals or animal products. Plant enzymes may be more active at a fuller pH range than animal-based enzymes. Choose a supplement that contains a blend of lipase, amylase and protease, to help efficiently digest fats, starches and proteins. Cellulase is another category of digestive enzymes and can also be useful in a supplement, as it breaks down cellulose and chitin, a fiber similar to cellulose that is found in the cell wall of candida.

There are a lot of food contains enzymes too.

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Source:

” Beauty Detox Food” by Kimberly Snyder.

Supplements.

I am not a big fan of supplements, and believe only in healthy, clean, natural eating. I don’t believe in multi-vitamins, or any other pills that assure you in healthy and long life.

I do take some supplements and would like to share with you today, what works for me.

1.Garden of Life Raw Probiotics, Women, 90 Capsules
RAW Probiotics Women goes Beyond Probiotics offering a broad range of benefits specifically targeted for women:

  • Supports colon health, bowel regularity and overall digestive function
  • Supports gut-related immune system function and overall immune system health
  • Supports healthy microbial balance by promoting healthy bacteria in the gut
  • Supports healthy nutrient absorption and assimilation
  • Relieves occasional gas and constipation
  • Supports vaginal health and healthy thyroid function
  • Emerging science suggests vitamin D supports breast health

Probiotics should be purchased from the store, from the refrigerator, otherwise they are not effective at all. They need to be ALIVE!!!!

I personally take them twice a day in the morning and at night.

2.Garden of Life Raw Enzymes Women,90 Vegetarian Capsules

  • Helps your body process difficult-to-digest foods such as dairy, grains, sugars, nuts, seeds, beans, broccoli and cabbage†
  • Supports colon health and overall digestive function†
  • Supports gut-related immune system health†
  • Reduces occasional post meal gas and bloating†
  • Supports bone health and a healthy metabolism†
  • pH optimized enzyme support for the entire digestive tract†
  • Emerging science suggest that vitamin D supports breast health†

I try to take these 3 times a day before every meal.

3.NONI JUICE CERTIFIED ORGANIC

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The best price as I said I found on Vitacost.

Noni Juice and Aloe Vera juice I add to my morning lemon warm water with some apple cider vinegar and honey. This drink gives you energy, speeds up your metabolism, cleans your colon system, helps your skin to glow.

4.Lily of the Desert Organic Aloe Vera Juice Inner Fillet — 32 fl oz

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You can find it on Amazon or Vitacost.

5.Country Life Max-amino with b-6 (blend Of 18 Amino Acids), 180-Count

I take Amino Acids after every workout. These are the best for me.

Does Not Contain: Yeast, corn, wheat, soy, gluten, milk, salt, sugar, starch, preservatives or artificial color.

They help your muscles to heal after the workout, support your health and if you take them before exercising they will definitely give your the energy to hit your workout the best way.

6. Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Powder, Vanilla, 2.2 Pound

I don’t really take protein powders very often. It is an emergency food for me. If I don’t have time to make some food, I just make a protein shake with berries, almond milk and this vegan protein powder.

These are the supplements that I usually take.

Do you take any supplements? What works for you?

Share your thoughts and experience.

Weightlifting and Raising Metabolism.

My favorite part of exercising is weightlifting. You don’t have to lift heavy weights to look fit and have a great body, you just need to do it regularly and know the techniques.

Why is weightlifting such a great way to stay fit? It isn’t just because of the great look you will get-weightlifting has a multitude of health benefits because it raises your metabolism.

Metabolism, as we know, is the problem word when it comes to trying to lose weight. The slower our metabolism the harder it is to lose fat and keep it off. Now there are hundreds of theories why one person has a slower metabolism than another. Certainly life-style and eating habits have a lot to do with it, as do genetic factors. Plus everyone’s metabolism, no matter how good shape they are in, slows with age. There is however one undeniable biological fact- muscle raises your metabolism,fat does not. The more muscles you have the more calories you burn. Weightlifting builds muscles.

Experts agree that to raise your metabolic rate and keep it higher, it is the best to combine weightlifting with other exercises and increased physical activity.

And finally, while weightlifting and exercise are the surest way to give your metabolism a boost, you also must adjust your diet and limit your fat intake.

The best way to keep a revved up metabolism going is to give your body constant fuel to burn, eat small amounts of food all day long.

Think about it like keeping a fire roaring in the fire place, keep throwing in wood and it will continue to consume fuel and burn bright and powerful-don’t feed it and what happens? It will slowly die down until it goes out.

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Bulu Box. August. Review.

Last week I got my second Bulu Box.

What is BULUBOX?


Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that’s $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at BuluBox.com.

This months I got:

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1.CocoaVia. Heart Healthy Mix.

This mix supports cardio-vascular health with the natural taste of rich chocolate packed with cocoa flavarons. You suppose to mix it into your milk, oatmeal, yogurt or protein shake.

I saw it at the store before, but didn’t want to buy the whole package, so I was happy to try it from the Bulu Box. It tastes pretty good, and I might have it sometimes in my protein shake.

The ingredients though didn’t make me happy: soy lecithin, carrageenan, sucralose etc. NATURALLY FLAVORED on the package flashes the RED LIGHT for me. This ingredient always hides tons of chemicals in it:(

2. Shapeology Burn Blend.

I got it this month again. I already said what I think about supplements like this.

Never tried it.

3. PowerBar Performance Energy Blend.

Fuel your body before, during and after exercise with natural ingredients like bananas and blueberries. Energy Blends make the perfect on-the-go boost for the endurance athlete in you.

Sounds good, and tastes good, but it’s easier for me just eat the real fruits. If I don’t have anyhing to snack on, and can’t get any fresh fruit, I would probably go with it. But you can also buy just baby puree food and have it as a snack.

4. Twin Lab Power Fuel.

Power Fuel intensifies your muscle pump to boost performance and ignite strenght gains. It utilizes four types of carbohydrates, absorbed sequentially, to put your muscles into overdrive and keep them there rather than spiking and crashing.

It’s a good supplement for heavy-weight lifters. I can use it from time to time, but in general, I feel totally ok during exercising without it.

5. Garden of Life RAW Organic Protein Powder.

Packed with protein, vitamins and live probiotics, Garden of Life Raw Protein is a great meal replacement or post workout drink. Raw Protein is vegan, gluten, dairy, soy free and still tastes delicious.

I love Garden of Life. I had their protein powder(chocolate) before, and it tastes good. This time I got Vanilla Spiced Chai and it tastes delicious. This sample was good.

6. Online Training. Daily Burn.

Get your sweat on and burn fat anywhere with access to an enormous library of workouts spanning all areas of fitness at DailyBurn.com.

I got the gift card to use on this site, to upload different workouts and exercises and use them for 1 months for free, and 20$ store credit to spend on nutritional supplements .

I always look for new workouts and exercises to try, so this gift card is used already:)

In general I like my first box more than the second one, but I still found some nice samples in August box to use. I will definetely share my experience with the next month BULUBOX.

But for now if any of you want to try the BULU BOX there are a few promo codes that you can use to save money.

1. Follow this link:

http://www.bulubox.com?acc=47d1e990583c9c67424d369f3414728e

2. You want to try BULU BOX for FREE? Use this code BULUGAN227 and you will get 10$ off from you first box . That means you get your first box for free, and don’t need to pay for shipping.

Or sign up for 3,6 or 12 months and get 50% off

The code BULUGAN227.

Read your labels

UnknownEat to live, don’t live to eat. If you want to live  healthy and long life you have to watch what you are eating. The global food market is a big fake “bubble”. When you go to the grocery store, you see tons of different products: green and bright veggies all year long, multiple kinds of cheese and meat, cereals, bread that never goes bad, milk with expiration date in 2 years, sauces, dressings,dips, cookies, sodas, candies, pastas etc. A lot of companies use the word “Natural” that works as a “magic” word for a lot of people. They believe “natural” means healthy, good for you and your kids, but in real it means” my product is packed with chemicals, but I will call it healthy, because, there is no government controls about it”.images
First, the term “natural” is not synonymous with “organic”. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service defines “natural” as “a product containing no artificial ingredients or added color and is only minimally processed. Minimal processing means that the product was processed in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the product. The label must include a statement explaining the meaning of the term natural( such as ‘no artificial ingredients; minimally processed’).”
Before you put something in your shopping cart and later eat it, please read the label, check the ingredients, even organic ones.
Here is the top MUST-AVOID-ingredients list:
1. Trans fat, aka hydrogenated oils. Found in: any vegetable oil that has been hydrogenated( hydrogenated soybean oil,hydrogenated safflower oil, etc.), margarine, chips and crackers, baked goods, and most fast food.
2. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or corn sugar. Found in: soft drinks, most processed foods, breads, cereals, candy, flavored yogurt, salad dressings, canned vegetables.
3.Artificial sweeteners( sucralose, aspartame, saccharin). Found in: most diet or sugar-free foods, including soda, desserts, sugar-free gum, beverage mixes, baking goods, sweeteners, cereals, breath mints, even chewable vitamins and toothpaste.
4. Artificial colors( Red no.40, Yellow no. 6, Blue nos. 1 and 2). Found in: candy, beverages, cereals, cheese, bakery products, and ice-cream.
5. Sodium nitrites and nitrates. Found in: hot dogs, bacon, ham, luncheon meat, cured meats, corned beef, smoked fish, and any other type of processed meat.
6. Growth hormones(rBST, rBGH). Found in: nonorganic dairy products and meats.
7. Monosodium Glutamate. (MSG). MSG is an amino acid used as a flavor enhancer in soups, salad dressings, chips, frozen entrees, and many restaurant foods. Don’t be fooled if you don’t see it as a listed ingredient-MSG is often camouflaged under the guise of sodium caseinate, hydrolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, or autolyzed yeast. Found in: Chinese takeout and restaurant foods( ask to hold the MSG), many snacks, chips, cookies, seasonings, soup products, canned foods, frozen dinners, and lunch meats.
8. Butylated hydroxyanisole(BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene(BHT). These are preservatives commonly found in most nonorganic cereals, chewing gum, potato chips, and vegetable oils. Found in: potato chips, gum, cereal, frozen sausages, enriched rice, lard, shortening, candy, and Jell-O.
9. Antibiotics. Found in: conventionally raised livestock( including poultry) and farm-raised fish.
10. Pesticides. Found in: the majority of nonorganic fruits and vegetables.

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Running.

Running is probably the most convenient workout. There is no equipment involved; you don’t need to be a member to the gym; you don’t need to be a skilled athlete. It’s also one of the most eficient ways to blast fat and burn calories-about 600cal an hour. You’ll also reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, boost your mood, temper stress and build the muscle, especially in the lower body and core.

Running is my favorite type of cardio. I feel so good after every workout, it makes me happy, gives me the energy and my body feels great.

When my daughter was born, I didn’t workout for almost a year, and when I came back to the gym, I started from running. I ran 5-6 times a week, for 45-60 minutes. I lost some weight pretty fast, but it wasn’t enough for me.

I read a lot of books and changed my diet multiple times. I changed my workouts, tried different combinations. Some of them worked, some were not.

Last winter, I was running too much, and my toes started hurting. I could barely walk, and stopped running for a while.

For today, I run 2-4 times a week. I wish, I could run more, but I just don’t have time. I also do some weight lifting workouts and it really helps.

I probably made a lot of mistakes during my fit jorney, but I learnt some lessons:

1. Pick the comfortable shoes for running. It is really important. I personally use Asics Gel-Speedstar Running Shoes. Make a small investment in gear now and you’ll feel more comfortable and avoid aches.

2. Eat before the running workout, otherwise you will eat “a cow” afterwards. But don’t eat too much-a full stomach can be a culprit. It is very important to eat 1 hour before your run. Some of the choices might be brown rice- gives you energy, while fiber keeps you feeling full; berries-their antioxidants can work to help promote a healthy heart and even stave off soreness; nut butter-a tablespoon of nut butter spread on a piece of whole-grain bread can power up your run; protein shake- works great if you run early in the morning, and don’t have time to fix the breakfast. It will give you the energy and make you full for a few hours.

3.Don’t start too fast. Give your body some time to get used to the demands of running. Walk for 2-5 minutes. You have to condition your muscles, tendons and bones, not just your heart and lungs.

4. Turn up the music. Music can power you up that hill. It really helps you run faster, motivates you and just boost your mood.

I love using some of the Apps on my phone.

Fit Radio

Pandora.

FTNS

AudioFuel Running Music

5. Do different running workouts every week. It will help your body to get stronger and leaner and also you won’t get bored from the same routine. You can try intervals training-start with a two-minute speed burst at a challenging but sustainable pace, followed by three minutes of easier recovery jogging. Repeat six times for a total of 30 minutes. Try different combinations of running, jogging and walking. If you use the treadmill, try to do the work out with incline( very effective).

6. Decide what your goals are. If you are trying to loose weight, it’s better to start your workout with running. If you’re trying to build the muscles, do the cardio at the end of workout, or as a separate workout the other day.

7. Drink plenty of water. Don’t drink too much, just try to have little sips during your run. Coconut water works great as a post workout drink because it rehydrates and provides important muscle relaxing nutrients to help in recovery.

8. Listen your body. If you feel you can do more, just increase your speed, push yourself to better results. If you feel the opposite, do it slower, let your body rest, avoid injuries. One injury might keep you away from the gym for weeks,so you have to learn listen to your body and find the right workout for yourself.

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