Category Archives: Health

The Importance Of Nature

AdrianneHo_PumpIron_ArmsStreet culture is just as important to Sweat The Style as natural environments. Finding the balance between the two and coming to some sort of inner peace weekly brings so much joy and relaxation. Nature helps put matters in perspective and eliminate the stress of day to day city living. Never really into sunbathing, it’s always important to bring a few light exercise acessories and find that all important balance. On the west coast Point Dume in Malibu is one of those special places.

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Sandoval Peace Interior Aromatics

SweatTheStyle_Product_SandovalPeaceScent is incredibly important whether on body or in the home. Sandoval has bottled up a thoughtful blend of meditative, calming notes of palo santo, sandalwood, frankincense, and patchouli, that create a peaceful, calming feel. Hand made in California with natural essential oils and absolutes makes this a Sweat The Style got to. Great to refresh yourself or your environment. Serenity Now! Serenity Now!

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Acai Power

SweatTheStyle_AcaiPowder Thousands of years ago, Brazilian natives worshiped the healing properties of a dark purple berry indigenous to the rain forests of the Amazon. That berry is the hard-to-pronounce acai (ah-sah-EE) berry which grows on the acai palm trees found throughout northern South America. Thousands of year later, the rest of the world has finally caught on to this superfood superfruit and now it’s everywhere—in health drinks, in protein bars and most popularly as a powder formed from ground freeze-dried berries.
But what is it about acai berries that has the nutrition world in such a frenzy?
Acai berries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world – even beating out the highly acclaimed blueberry! Among acai’s many antioxidants is one particular nutritional powerhouse called anthocyanin. Commonly found in fruits rich in red and purple colors, anthocyanins have been shown to strengthen cardiovascular heath, boost immunity, rev energy and prevent premature aging (the Brazilians consider the Acai berry a “beauty berry”). And acai berries have more anthocyanins than any other food! In fact, acai’s ORAC level (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is over 3500—hundreds of times higher than your average berry.
Beyond antioxidants, acai berries also pack more protein per weight than almost any other fruit with nearly 8% of it’s weight coming from amino acids (or 8 grams per 100 gram serving). Acai berries are also rich in Omega fats with nearly 50% of its weight being fat, most of which coming from healthy unsaturated fats such as Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. This makes acai berries an excellent food for improving the look and texture of hair, skin and nails.
I like adding a tsp or two of acai powder into my morning smoothies and juices. If you’re purchasing acai juice, be sure to read the label as many companies have jumped on the acai train and produce acai products with excess sugar and additives (or juices that are mostly water or made from other fruits). Overall I consider this superfood a super add-on to any diet, especially those of you wanting to take your health—and beauty—to the next level.

By: Beata Rydyger BSc RHN, She Lives Clean

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SweatTheStyle_turmericThose who cook with turmeric don’t need to be told the benefits of being caught yellow-handed. But for those who aren’t familiar, a refresher is in order. A common ingredient in curry, this stain-inducing golden spice has been a culinary staple of many cultures for thousands of years, and for good reason.

Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric — and the culprit behind its yellowy pigment — boasts a number of medicinal benefits. In fact, it is considered the wonder spice for combating inflammation. But let’s not give away all its benefits just in this little introduction.

Here are 10 health benefits of turmeric that’ll have you seeing yellow in no time.

1. As mentioned above, turmeric’s anti-inflammatory properties are out of this world, working as well as some anti-inflammatory drugs. Those with rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease have noticed significant improvements when including the spice in their diet.
2. Studies have shown that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of neural plaque associated with Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
3. Turmeric is a natural antibacterial agent and antiseptic, useful in disinfecting cuts, scrapes and even bug bites.
4. When combined with cauliflower, turmeric can lower risk of prostate cancer.
5. Regular intake of turmeric may slow signs of ageing and actually extend the average lifespan.
6. Turmeric may delay liver damage and boost detoxification.
7. A powerful anti-fungal and anti-parasitic agent, turmeric can be used to treat yeast and parasite overgrowth.
8. Turmeric paste is an excellent home remedy for sunburn (it’s actually an active ingredient in many commercial sunscreens).
9. A strong antioxidant, turmeric combats free radical attacks to strengthen the immune system.
10. Turmeric is an insulin moderator and thus may have a positive influence on diabetes control.

So there you have it, 10 health benefits of turmeric. As for the best way to consume turmeric to ensure complete absorption in the digestive tract combine with an oil (such as olive oil) and black pepper. Supplementation may also be beneficial.

By: Beata Rydyger BSc RHN, She Lives Clean

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Benefits Of Acidophilus

AdrianneHo_Supreme_BoxerBrief-6AdrianneHo_Supreme_BoxerBrief-7Exercise and a good diet aren’t the only things that help achieve a flat stomach…

SweatTheStyle_AcidophilusHaving a proper balance of “good bacteria” in your body plays a large part as well.
If you have recently ran a course of antibiotics or have been going on a sugar bender, you may benefit from taking probiotics like acidophilus. Probiotics are the healthy type of bacteria living in your digestive tract. They can help reduce bloating, optimize digestion, improve immunity, as well as add a nice glow to your skin. If you experience upset digestion, probiotic supplements taken first thing in the morning will bring you some relief.

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The Importance Of A Good Daily Multivitamin

SweatTheStyle_Supreme_PillboxFor the average person, it’s difficult to get the proper amount of nutrients from food alone. The best thing you can do for your body is eat a balanced diet and supplement it with a quality multivitamin. There are many on the market but the highest quality are non-GMO verified and made with organic fruits, vegetables and whole foods like New Chapter. They not only address nutrient deficiencies but promote optimal health. Multivitamins are probably the single most important supplement you can take.

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Neal’s Yard Green Complex

SweatTheStyle_NealsYardOrganicGreensComplex New year, new start. Greens Complex with Chlorella from Neal’s Yard Remedies is an easy to use organic blend of essential nutrients, vitamins and trace elements that support the gut, brain and help build muscles. Greens complex is an ideal source of non-animal protein for vegans and vegetarians. It contains a vast array of nutrient-dense ingredients including spirulina, green tea, chlorella and spinach, which have been carefully blended to be a natural source of soluble fiber. The wide variety of natural herbs, minerals, and vegetables help keep the body alkaline, clean, healthy, and strong. It’s easy to take as it can be added to smoothies, juices, or sprinkled on top of salads.

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Winter Water

AdrianneHo_SupremeUndefeated_2Being prepared during the cold winter months means more than just adding layers to your wardrobe; it means increasing the amount of fluids you’re drinking daily. That’s because the air outside becomes much drier when the temperature drops and winds increase. To make matters worse indoor heating sucks moisture out of the air inside. So to avoid dehydration increase your daily amount of water consumption to stay hydrated all year around.

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Smart Water

AdrianneHo_BlueTechPack_13Every time you sweat you expend water from your body. That’s why it’s so important to rehydrate after a workout and properly hydrate throughout the day. A good way to calculate how much water to drink is the following…

You need a half ounce of fluid per day for every pound of body weight.
Divide that number by 8 to get that number in cups.
For example if you weigh 120lbs, you need to drink 60 oz. of fluid, which is 7.5 cups for the day.

Now that’s called smart water!

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7 Benefits of Pumpkins

AdrianneHo_Supreme_HailMary_5Pumpkin season is here…
SweatTheStyle_PumpkinPumpkins don’t only taste great but they have a tremendous amount of health benefits…
1) Contain Vitamin A which aids your vision.
2) Great source of fiber which keeps your waistline in check.
3) The seeds can help your heart as well as boost your mood and immune system.
4) Their beta-carotene help prevent cancer.
5) Reduce bad cholesterol.
6) The carotenoids in pumpkin help protect the skin keeping it wrinkle-free.
7) They are an awesome source of energy after a great workout!

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