Unboxing Yumami

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Most of you know the four basic tastes: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. But what about umami? Discovered in Japan in 1908, umami is the fifth taste and is used to describe foods having an inherent savoriness.

Umami, which means “delicious” in Japanese, actually comes from an amino acid called glutamate. Foods containing high quantities of amino acid glutamate, like parmesan cheese, mushrooms and seaweed are considered “umami” foods.  Glutamate-rich ingredients are frequently paired with foods containing the other umami-related amino acids inosinate (meat and fish) and guanylate (dry mushrooms). These pairings are known to optimize the umami flavor.

Why is umami flavor so good?

  1. Spreads over the whole tongue and lasts longer than other tastes
  2. Facilitates the production of saliva
  3. Makes you feel satiated by eating less

Historically, certain methods such as salting, drying and preserving meats served to concentrate umami, however, many people mistake the presence of salt to be the umami flavor. The food itself is what contains the umami, and the way we prepare it is what either draws out that flavor.

A popular example of umami comes from  Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire where along with wine and olive oil, a fish sauce called garum was one of the most common and desired food products. Garum was stored in clay jars along with fish bones to enhance its umami flavor. These bones and clay remains have since been discovered by archeologists and anthropologists still exhibiting traces of umami.

Umami flavors since then have been cultivated through fermented beans, tomato products, meat products and much more around the world. Processes continue to be used today that emphasize this rich flavor.

One product takes this flavor and applies it to snacks we can enjoy on the go! We love Yumami Popped Nori Chips, a healthy and delicious way to snack while getting that satisfying umami flavor. Each bag of popped rice chips contains gluten-free grains and superfoods artfully combined with umami-rich nori seaweed and sea salt to satiate midday or late-night cravings! They’re low sodium without sacrificing flavor, and won’t leave your fingers greasy.

Shop Yumami products here.

Have you tried Yumami Popped Nori Chips? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Cryotherapy: 7 Things You Need to Know

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Cryotherapy: you may have seen celebrities all over social media being treated by this unique form of therapy. But what do we actually know about cryotherapy? At first glance, one might shy away from probes and freezing temperatures, but we dug a bit deeper to get you the facts on what cryotherapy really is and its benefits.

What is cryotherapy?

According to MedicineNet, cryotherapy is “a pain treatment that uses a method of localized freezing temperatures to deaden an irritated nerve. Cryotherapy is also used as a method of treating localized areas of some cancers (called cryosurgery), such as prostate cancer and to treat abnormal skin cells by dermatologists.” 

Many also claim that this method of standing in this freezer tank improves sleep, athletic performance, aid in weight loss and even slow the aging process.

How, exactly, does it work?

Buzzfeed sent a few of their employees to try cryotherapy, check it out!

 

Does cryotherapy actually work?

Being that cryotherapy could be anything from the frozen chambers you saw in the video, or putting an ice pack on your body, the use of ice in treating swelling, inflammation, and pain is common knowledge. The difference between an ice pack and cryotherapy is that the entire body is exposed to temperatures as low as -200 degrees F, essentially taking a bath in liquid Nitrogen. Although cryotherapy has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation from arthritis and other joint-related pain centers, the claims of anti-aging, weight loss, and increased athletic performance have yet to be proven.

Synopsis: It’s up to you!

Effects from cryotherapy are not negative, however, we would not rely on it for all of our weight loss needs, as no scientific evidence backs this statement. However, if you suffer from joint pain or just want to try it for fun, we definitely recommend giving cryotherapy a try!

 

Have you tried cryotherapy? Tell us how it went in the comments below!

 

 

9 Exercises You Can Do at Home

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Let’s face it, fitness is important.

After a long, busy day, though, it can be difficult to find the motivation to head to the gym.

The good news, though, is that you don’t have to drop your fitness routine just because getting to and from the gym is a hassle. There are plenty of exercises that you can do from home that will help you to stay fit. No matter what your fitness goals are, you don’t need to spend every day in the gym in order to see results; there are tons of great exercises that you can do at home using nothing more than your own body weight.

Would you like to skip the gym, stay home, and sip iced coffee? Well, at least you’ll be able to do two out of three! Here’s a look at nine simple exercises that you can do from the comfort of your home, no rowing machines required!

  1. Superman

A simple exercise, Superman is great for stretching your core. Start by lying face-down on the floor with your arms outstretched in front of you. Lift your arms and legs off the ground at the same time, almost as if your fingers and toes are being pulled to stretch you out. Super!

  1. Pushups

The humble push-up can be a tremendously beneficial exercise. Pushups are great for working out your upper body as well as your core. When doing pushups, make sure that you maintain a proper plank-like position the entire time. Keep in mind, too, that activating your core and holding the position will give you the most from this exercise. Find pushups too boring? Try switching things up with one of these ten variations.

  1. Side Plank / Front Plank

It might have been a viral prank not too long ago, but the health benefits of planking are no joke! While this move is best known for working your core, planks can also target more than 20 muscles; including your shoulders, back, arms, and legs. A truly versatile move! Check out 47 variations of the plank if you’re looking to mix things up a bit.

  1. Lunges

When done properly, lunges can be great for working out the lower body. They can help to correct imbalances and strengthen your body evenly. There is a wide variety of different lunges that you can do including bodyweight lunges, side lunges, and walking lunges, just to name a few. You can even amp it up if you prefer to by adding in a bicep curl with hand weights. Show off!

  1. Mountain Climbers

Another great total-body exercise, mountain climbers can also be done from home. This fast-paced exercise can also be adjusted based on your tolerance and energy levels. If you’re looking for a more advanced workout, then go faster! A great move if you want to brag to friends about your mountain climb! Learn how to do mountain climbers.

  1. Jump Squat

Because regular squats are just too easy! Instead of simply squatting and standing, squat and jump! Ready to get the party started? If you are really looking to amp things up you can perform the 180 jump squat with a twist; great for agility. Just take care that you do it properly to avoid injuries. Here’s how!

  1. V-Up

V-ups are great for the core and are a good go-to move for perfecting your abs. To do a v-up, start by doing a sit up, then raise your legs and touch your toes, creating a “v” shape when you finish.

  1. Reverse Crunch

The reverse crunch is good for building up your lower abs. Start by lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Keep your arms out and your palms down on the floor to support yourself. Engage your core muscles and lift your feet off the floor, raising your hips. Hold your position briefly.

  1. Burpee

Burpees help build muscle and strengthen your heart. They get your heart rate up and body moving. Burpees are fairly easy and can be modified by adjusting your speed. Just make sure you maintain proper form while performing this move.

These exercises are perfect for those days when you’re just not feeling the gym, or for when you’re traveling. For more variety, you could add some resistance bands to your workout and easily target your biceps, triceps, chest, upper/lower back, abs/core, and legs.

Now all you have to do is get up and get moving! No more excuses now!

What’s your favorite at-home exercise? Share with us in the comments!

Your Monthly Splurge: August

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With summer officially in full swing, most of our thoughts are on vacation and fun days out. Just because you may be craving some time off, though, doesn’t mean that your fitness routine has to suffer! Sometimes, splurging on a few new accessories is all we need to keep ourselves motivated and on-track.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some fun accessories that are perfect for workouts. Pick up one, or two of these cool pieces; guaranteed to keep you going through the lazy days of summer!

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Active Accessories On-The-Go Hair Band Bracelets

Ladies! You know how important good hair bands are for keeping your hair out of the way when you’re doing your workout! These hair band bracelets from Active Accessories are sturdy and strong. Best of all, they won’t damage your hair! A must-have addition to your summer gym kit.

Cost: About $7.00

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Water Resistant Cell Phone Armband

Let’s face it, your phone is a big part of your workout routine, but it can be difficult to carry it around with you the whole time. A phone holder like this water resistant armband is an ideal solution, allowing you to keep your phone on your arm for safekeeping while you’re running or tackling the weights! Armbands aren’t for you? Consider this Dimok Running Belt Waist Pack if you’d rather stash your stuff at your waist.

Cost: About $11.00

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Getting Pizza Exercise Mat

An exercise mat will make your on-the-floor workouts more comfortable and fun. Plus, it’s a lot more hygienic! An exercise mat provides a layer of protection between you and the gym floor, and having you own mat will let you do your routine anywhere! Choose a mat with an inspirational saying, or get something a bit more lighthearted. This Getting Pizza Exercise Mat is a great way to show the world that you have your priorities in order!

Cost: About $32.00

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Everest Gym Bag With Wet Pocket

Can you ever have too many bags? A new gym bag is a great way to jazz up your workout and is the perfect mid-summer pick-me-up. This Everest Gym Bag includes a wet pocket, so it’s ideal for both the gym and pool.

Cost: About $27.00

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Bulu Blender Bottle

If you’re hitting the gym, you’ll need to make sure you’re getting your post-workout protein in. This Bulu Blender Bottle is an inexpensive and simple solution for making fast and easy shakes on-the-go. The perfect way to shake up your workout routine!

Cost: About $15.00

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Black Mountain Resistance Band Set

Adding resistance bands to your workout can be a great way to build strength. Since resistance bands are lightweight and portable, you can easily take them with you anywhere, even when you travel. Squeeze in an intense workout wherever you are without the need for a gym or machines. These resistance bands from Black Mountain will allow you to do exercises that are designed to target your biceps, triceps, chest, upper/lower back, abs/core, and legs. The workout potential is endless!

Cost: About $27.00

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Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle

Love to swim? Who doesn’t this time of year! Whether you’re doing laps in the pool, or watersports at the beach, you can bring your tunes along with the Underwater Audio Waterproof iPod Shuffle. The Shuffle is comfortable and easy to wear, just clip the iPod on your suit or goggles, and you’re good to go. Perfect for swimming, surfing, or dancing in the rain!

Cost: About $190.00

Whether you have travel plans this summer or are going to be doing a staycation, make your August workouts enjoyable with some of these fun items. Summer comes just once a year, so be sure to make the most of it; these gadgets and accessories will have you feeling comfortable, relaxed, and ready to go this season!

 

Have you tried any of these products? We’d love to know what you think in the comment section below!

Feeling Blue: The Blueberry Story

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Need a pick-me-up? Reach for a nutritional powerhouse: the blueberry.

Blueberries may be small, but this little fruit packs a powerful punch!

While blueberries are often regarded as a superfood; this wasn’t always the case. The once-humble blueberry’s journey from relative obscurity to popularity wasn’t until 1916 when the berry was first cultivated commercially. Soon, blueberry mania was sweeping the country, as blueberries were being sold across the states. Today, blueberries can be found almost everywhere and in everything from muffins and cereals to bath products and even pet food. Why is this? What’s the story behind our love of this fruit? More importantly, do these berries deserve their reputation as one of the world’s most powerful superfoods?

With this in mind let’s uncover some of the facts surrounding the blueberry and its nutritional content. Here’s why you’ll want to think about adding blueberries to the menu more often!

Benefits of the Blueberry: What’s the Scoop?

When it comes to blueberries, there’s a surprising amount of goodness that’s packed into one small berry! Blueberries are loaded with nutrients; including trace amounts of micronutrients like manganese as well as vitamins A, K, B-6; and a significant amount of Vitamin C which functions as an antioxidant. While it’s long been known that Vitamin C can help to strengthen the immune system, this vitamin also improves the production of collagen for healthy and smooth skin and contributes to gum health. Blueberries are also packed with dietary fiber. One cup of the berries has about 3.6 grams. Research indicates that blueberries may also provide cardiovascular benefits, raising HDL (good) cholesterol and lowering LDL. Blueberries are also related to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels and may also assist in the prevention of macular degeneration as well as urinary tract infections. No wonder this berry has such a positive reputation!

Blueberries and Cognitive Function

Next, let’s look at the cognitive benefits that blueberries have to offer. Cognitive function tends to decline with age, but research indicates that it’s better preserved by eating a diet rich in plant-based foods. One recent study indicates that blueberries, or concentrated blueberry juice, could help to improve brain function in older people. When scientists researched blueberries for their antioxidant activity, looking for delayed and reversed signs of age-related cognitive decline, they concluded that blueberries might help to protect against deficits in both memory and motor function.

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Blueberries and Mental Health

In addition to the range of health benefits that have been associated with blueberries over the years, there’s another area where these berries have been shown to offer a strong level of support: mental health.

Few things are more damaging than stress; especially when you’re down. This can lead to a frustrating spiral that can be difficult to break; one that drains you both mentally and physically.

During stressful situations, your body releases cortisol, a hormone that is produced by the adrenal gland. Cortisol travels to the brain; providing an emotional response. Blueberries, though, can help to counter the effects of this hormone’s impact on your mood. Interestingly, blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants known as anthocyanins which can help to boost brain function.

Finally, high consumption of fruits and vegetables has long been associated with better mental health and mitigating depression. Blueberries specifically, though, have been shown to have a measurable effect on positive mood within just two hours of eating them.

Whether or not blueberries can make an acute difference in mood, evidence shows that there are plenty of reasons to feel positively toward these berries. It’s no secret that at the very least, blueberries can lead to improved health overall; providing you with valuable nutrients and antioxidants that are essential for health and well-being.

It’s easy to see why some nutritionists believe that if you make only one change to your diet it should be the addition of blueberries. So go ahead, get some of these berries for yourself, and start looking for ways to work them into your diet. They’re great in smoothies, with yogurt, in savory dishes, or even on their own. Whether you eat them frozen, fresh, or straight off of the bush there are plenty of benefits to be gained from this small yet powerful superfood!

Do you love blueberries? We’d love to hear from you! Tell us your favorite way to enjoy them in the comments below.

Unboxing Micronamin M2 Thermogenic Weight Loss Supplements

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Weight loss pills sound great, like a quick fix without having to do the whole “exercise” thing. However, it’s hard to tell how the pills will actually work, if they’re safe and what supplement is right for you! If you’re anything like us, you want to make sure the supplements you are using are not only effective but right for your body.

There are things to look out for when searching for the right diet or weight loss pill but, don’t worry, we did all the work for you!

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Different diet pills do different things, for example, some help to curb your appetite which causes you to eat less. Others boost your metabolism or work as supplements to reduce hunger and the urge to eat. When choosing a weight loss pill, it’s important to know which one is best for you. According to positivehealthwellness.com, appetite suppression pills are favored above other weight loss pills because they send signals to your brain that you aren’t as hungry as you should be.

Weight loss pills that boost your metabolism help your body burn more calories throughout the day. Using these, you can eat the same quantity of food, but your body will burn it faster than without the metabolism boost. 

In order to safely take weight loss pills of either kind, you need to know how many calories your body needs every day. This can vary depending on how often you workout, how much weight you are trying to lose, and the standard caloric intake for adults. 

WE LOVE M2 Thermogenic Fat Burner precisely because it is the best of both worlds. This caffeine based fat-burner both suppresses appetite and boosts metabolism to shed those unwanted pounds! Designed for both men and women, M2 Thermogenic Fat Burner gets rid of that pesky fat by targeting fat receptor sites and releasing stored fat. Even better, M2 Thermogenic Fat Burner is formulated with all natural ingredients, providing your body with clean energy and safe but effective results! Shop M2 Thermogenic Fat Burner here.

 

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Unboxing Micronamin AR -15 Whey Protein Powder

micronaminblogcWhey powder is all the hype right now. But…what exactly is it? 

Peter Horvath, Ph.D., associate professor in the department of exercise and nutrition sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo told WebMD that, “Whey is the most commonly used, because it’s a water-soluble milk protein,” says Peter Horvath, PhD, associate professor in the department of exercise and  sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “It’s also a complete protein, so it’s got all those advantages.” Complete proteins have all 9 amino acids we need to meet our dietary needs! 

Milk has two proteins: casein and whey. Whey can be separated from casein, and whey is also a byproduct of cheese production! 

Okay, so now we know what Whey Powder is and why people love it so much. But how can it benefit you specifically? Let’s break it down to see the benefits of Whey Protein.

  1. Weight Loss

Studies show that consuming whey protein can lead to faster weight loss and an ability for the body to retain and strengthen lean muscle.

     2. Anti-Cancer Properties

Although more research is needed, promising results were found through using whey protein in anti-cancer treatments. 

     3. Asthma

Yet another developing method of care for children with asthma is whey protein! A study published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition found that children with asthma who were given 10 grams of whey protein twice daily for a month had an improved immune response.

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Whey protein has many more advantages and dozens more are being developed. 

Though we should be careful when using whey as a protein supplement, negative effects are mainly tied to allergy restrictions. Being a milk protein, those who are lactose-sensitive or lactose-intolerant should not use this as a protein supplement. Some are also specifically allergic to whey, so you should consult with a professional if you aren’t sure if you are allergic or not. Normal consumption of whey protein shouldn’t cause any adverse effects, but over-consumption of large quantities of whey protein can cause stomach pain, cramps, reduced appetite, nausea, headache and fatigue.

Next question: What Whey Protein Powder is right for me? 

So many whey powders, so little time! However, we recommend using Micronamin AR -15 Whey Protein Powder for your whey protein needs. With 24 grams of protein, 6 grams of BCAA’s (Branch Chain Amino Acids), 5.5 grams of glutamine and 2 grams of creatine per serving, Micronamin AR-15 Whey Protein Powder contains the highest quality ingredients for the best results. unnamed

BCAA’s are vital for stimulating protein synthesis in the body. Glutamine preserves muscle tissue and is essential for the growth and maintenance of lean muscle. Micronamin AR-15 is formulated for those who wish to build muscle, or just the everyday person who wants to gain strength and lose some weight. Better yet, Micronamin AR-15 works closely with veterans and donates a portion of the profits to aiding non-profit veteran organizations!

Shop Micronamin AR-15 protein powder here!

 

Have you tried Micronamin AR-15 Whey Protein Powder? We’d love to hear what you think!

 

Unboxing Micronamin 12 Guage Pre-Workout

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When it comes to fitness/working out/going to the gym, most of us are just satisfied with the fact that we actually made it to the gym that day. We leave all of the protein powders, the pre-workout powders and special formulas to the meatheads. What you may not have known are the many benefits that pre-workout powders can have for the average gym-goer! 

Don’t believe us? Well, let’s take a closer look at what pre-workout powder is, and what it does!

Why use pre-workout?

Pre-workout is a combination of ingredients designed to make you feel different when you work out. By “different” we’re talking about a major energy boost. Pre-workout is like a boost of energy that allows you to workout that much harder. People who regularly use workout supplements do this to gain muscle faster and workout that much harder to get the body they want. 

Jordan Moon, an exercise physiologist, told Live Science,”You’ve got ingredients that are going to increase blood flow, increase heart rate, increase focus, increase blood flow to the skin and give you a little tingle.” 

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Sounds good, right?

Having an extra boost that lets you work harder and get the results you want sounds great, and it is! However, there are some things to look out for when deciding what pre-workout to use. Pay attention to the ingredients. Many protein powders contain energy boosters like creatine, caffeine and Beta-alanine. These ingredients are not in-and-of-themselves dangerous, however, moderation should be observed because too much can be dangerous. More importantly, you should look out for illegal additives found in some supplements on the market. Specifically, amphetamine-like stimulants. Even products that contain all legal ingredients may have included large quantities of caffeine which can be dangerous for the heart.

When it comes down to it, what pre-workout is the right fit?

We recommend Micronamin 12 Gauge – Extreme Pre-Workout! With 16 fully-dosed ingredients, this pre-workout is formulated to boost endurance, energy, strength and focus! With fast activation, you’ll start to feel its positive effects after just five minutes. Micronamin formulated this pre-workout supplement for anyone, whether it be the jocks or the everyday gym goer! Because of this, they stress safety and recommend taking Nitric Oxide with this pre-workout to maintain healthy blood flow while supercharging your workouts! Shop Micronamin 12 Gauge – Extreme Pre-Workout here

 

Have You Tried Micronamin 12 Gauge – Extreme Pre-Workout? Let Us Know What You Think In The Comments Below!

 

Thinking of Going Paleo? Don’t Make These Five Mistakes!

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If you’re looking to get into a healthy new routine, then the ultra-popular Paleo diet may seem like a great option! A chance to get back to basics while cutting out modern processing, additives, and other nasties that we all know are bad for us.

Based on things that our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have presumably eaten way back in the day, the Paleo diet involves adhering as closely as possible to what our diets would have looked like before the advent of farming. This diet’s packed with things that could have either been hunted or gathered including meat, fish, nuts, veggies, and some fruit. It also does away with the modern staples of grains, processed foods, sugar, and usually dairy as well.

While going Paleo can be a healthy lifestyle change for some, the truth is that the benefits will vary greatly depending upon your individual approach and how well this diet suits your body and lifestyle.

If you’re considering Paleo and wondering if you could reap the benefits of this diet then you’ll want to ensure that you’re doing it in a healthy and manageable way!

Fire up the grill! Here’s what you should know about going Paleo and five mistakes you’ll want to avoid along the way!

  1.       Not Replacing Nutrients

Perhaps the biggest controversy surrounding Paleo is the fact that it involves giving up some very prominent food groups, particularly dairy and grains. While there’s much debate about the importance of these foods in your diet what isn’t open for discussion is the necessity of the nutrients found in these groups. If you’re cutting out these food groups, make sure you replace them with others to ensure that you’ll still be getting the nutrients! A good way to get started with Paleo is by easing into it. Start by eating more veggies to maintain your fiber intake. Stock up on nutritional powerhouses like dark, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, and look to get vitamin D from egg yolks and mushrooms.  

  1.       Failing to Plan

As with anything in life, failing to plan is, well, planning to fail! With the Paleo diet, this is certainly the case. You can’t simply eliminate grains and dairy and expect great results. In fact, many of the benefits of Paleo are due to eating more nutrient-dense foods rather than just cutting things out. Finding success with Paleo starts with careful planning. This includes making a meal plan, buying ingredients, and ensuring that you’re getting enough variety to make this diet beneficial and sustainable.

  1.       Not Being a Careful Shopper

Don’t fall for the packaged foods! Just because a box says it is “gluten free” doesn’t mean it’s Paleo-friendly. In most cases, it’s best to avoid processed foods altogether and choose whole foods like grass-fed meat, poultry, fish, and cage-free eggs. Stock up on a variety of veggies, some fresh fruits, and avocados. Look for healthy oils such as olive and coconut. Buy some nuts and purchase sweet potatoes and yams. This will give you a good variety of ingredients to work with, and lots of healthy options for making some delicious and nutritionally dense meals. Loaded omelets, chicken salads, and freshly grilled meat with a side of sweet potatoes, asparagus, and avocado are just a few amazing Paleo meal ideas.

  1.       Going All or Nothing With Food Quality

One thing that often holds people back from going Paleo is the cost. However, while it’s true that the best Paleo diet involves grass-fed beef and organic produce, you don’t have to break the bank to experience the benefits of this diet. If you can’t afford to stock your fridge with grass-fed meat, opting for grain-fed beef is still a better option than throwing in the towel and having pizza every night! Avoid processed food and instead try to focus on whole food alternatives like meat, eggs, nuts, fruits, and veggies. Try to shop at farmers markets. They’re often a lot more affordable than the store. You can experience many of the benefits of Paleo without spending a fortune.

  1.       Giving Up Portion Control

Paleo, when done correctly, will leave you feeling satisfied. Still, this doesn’t mean that you should throw portion sizes out the window! If you’re looking to lose weight with Paleo, remember that an ounce of nuts is still an ounce of nuts. It’s important to get a balance of protein, carbs, and nutrients; and to keep portion size in mind as well. Loading up on the wrong foods, neglecting veggies, and failing to get enough exercise can all lead to weight gain; even with Paleo.

Paleo-style eating offers a number of great qualities including a focus on whole foods, lean protein, veggies, and healthy fats. However, it’s not a silver bullet that’s designed to ensure health and success. Your best option may be to begin by embracing the best points of Paleo and slowly working them into your diet. See how you feel and how your body reacts. Learn what works for you. The best meal plan is one that will give you energy, strength, and health. Whether that’s Paleo or a different diet altogether is something that you’ll want to discover for yourself!

 

Thinking of going Paleo? What’s holding you back?

 

Unboxing Genial Day

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Feminine health. A slightly uncomfortable topic for some but don’t worry, we’re staying completely scientific with this one. Keeping that area healthy is very important, and pH levels play a huge role in this. How to avoid things that can throw off your pH balance down there, and how to maintain feminine health will be our focus for this post!

For starters, what is pH? Your body’s pH is the scale of acidity and alkalinity. The pH scale runs from 0-14, anything higher than 7 being of a low acidity (alkaline) and anything lower than a 7 being acidic. PH levels are present everywhere! For example, a lemon has a low pH level (or high acidity levels) while a loaf of bread has a high pH level (or low acidity levels).

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In relation to vaginal health, a healthy pH level would be between 3.8 and 7, so a more acidic state is healthiest at your body’s natural state. 

Why is this important?

Having the appropriate pH level is extremely important in relation to feminine health, as acidic levels aid the body in creating an environment for the healthy bacteria that keeps the vagina healthy and protects it from infections and diseases, as most harmful bacteria cannot survive this level of acidity. PH levels above a 4.5 can leave the vagina susceptible to yeast infections and inflammation. Yeah. Not comfy. 

Feminine Products: Help or Harm?

Although the world is filled with products created to help get and maintain feminine health, some of these products can actually throw off your body’s pH level and cause irritation. Tampons seem harmless enough, however, they are both good and potentially harmful for your body. Although Tampons absorb menstrual fluid and bacteria, this can keep your body from maintaining healthy levels of good bacteria. This then gives the bad bacteria a surface to grow on. Some health experts suggest using a menstrual cup in place of a tampon, as a cup collects menstrual fluid instead of absorbing it. However, it’s not a guarantee that you will get an infection from using tampons, so to each their own!

Another area that could alter your body’s pH levels is douching. If you don’t know what douching means, it’s a device used to clean the inside of the vagina. Some women feel the need to do this, however, this can actually be harmful. Seeing as the vagina cleans itself, cleaning it “artificially” can reduce your body’s acidity levels and leave the area susceptible to infection. Also, the fragrances and materials used in these products can irritate the skin.

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A healthy way we’ve found to maintain feminine health without reducing or altering your body’s pH levels is to use Genial Day organic feminine products and underwear! These liners, pads, and panties are all pH friendly, free of chemicals and are air-permeable. What sets Genial Day apart is their devotion to making feminine products that are good for your skin and fight harmful bacteria growth. We love these products because not only are they dermatologically tested to help maintain feminine hygiene healthy pH levels but also because they are eco-certified and environmentally friendly!

If you take your feminine hygiene as seriously as we do, we highly recommend giving these a try! Check out Genial Day’s full line of feminine products here.

Have you tried Genial Day Feminine Hygiene products? Tell us what you think!