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Bust the Cold and Flu this Season

January 8, 2016

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A week into our smoothie challenge and we’re feeling great! But with this cold and rainy weather we need to make sure we’re getting the right nutrients to boost our immune system. Be sure you get a good boost of Vitamins A, B2, B6, C, D and E and minerals selenium and zinc.

Here are a few of our favorite immune boosting, cold and flu fighting smoothies.

VITAMIN C IMMUNITY BOOSTER GREEN SMOOTHIE

2 cups spinach, fresh
1/2 cups orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 cup water
1 banana
1/4 cup carrots
2 cups strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries

*Courtesy of Simple Green Smoothies at http://simplegreensmoothies.com/

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                      Peek inside our blender: spinach, water, oranges, strawberries, banana and ginger

GREEN SMOOTHIE COLD-KICKER

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 – 3 kale leaves, with stalks
  • 1/2 cup cruciferous greens (leaves of broccoli, cauliflower or cabbage)
  • Optional: a handful of goji berries
  • Water as needed to blend

GREEN SMOOTHIE FLU FIGHTER

  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 1/2 lime, peeled
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 inch of ginger root, peeled
  • 1/2 cup parsley
  • 1 cup of your favorite leafy green
  • 1/2 of a ripe bell pepper
  • Water for blending
    *Courtesy of Body Enlightenment at http://www.bodyenlightenment.me/blog/
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Let’s Talk About Vitamin C!

August 13, 2014

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We’ve always hoped to have a place where we could provide some education and our view on health, fitness, skincare, and beauty. So today, we thought we’d share some information on Vitamin C.

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Vitamin C is often talked about as the secret to looking younger. Even Dr. Oz has endorsed Vitamin C as an anti-ager taking a decade off of your skin. It turns out that we have Vitamin C naturally in our skin, but as we age, the amount of Vitamin C begins to decline, which results in wrinkles, fine lines and saggy skin. Therefore, to keep your youthful appearance, daily application of Vitamin C is recommended.

Used topically, Vitamin C can help to rebuild collagen and repair cells that have been damaged by the sun. It was once considered a challenge to harness vitamin C into an effective topical solution, since it oxidizes so quickly. Unless protected, Vitamin C rapidly degrades and loses its antioxidant ability as soon as it’s exposed to oxygen. However, there have been huge advances in harnessing Vitamin C into an effective and gentle formulation and many effective Vitamin C serums are now available.

Vitamin C and Kale Serum

We’re excited to try the newly released Citrus & Kale Potent C+E serum by Eminence Organics, which has 16% activity of vitamin C. Studies have shown it to reduce 47% of free radical damage in just 3 hours!

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Some products are great for repairing the skin and ideal to put on your skin at night, when you are resting. However, this serum provides the extra protection your skin needs during the day as you are exposed to light and toxins in the environment.

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Since this serum has such a high absorbency rate, it’s best to drop it directly on your face instead of into your hands. We put 4 drops directly onto our face and rub it in. Wait about 20-30 sec for the serum to absorb and then apply your favorite SPF moisturizer. Let the SPF moisturizer absorb and then apply your makeup as usual.

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