How to “Dress” Up Your Daily Fruit & Veggie Quota {Guest Post}

According to research backed by the American Heart Association, people who habitually consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables experience a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. In fact, this study revealed that, of the 2500 test subjects monitored, women who ate about 9 daily servings and men who ate about 7 were 26% less prone to develop clogged arteries in older age.

In addition to supporting cardiovascular wellness, fresh produce contains essential nutrients like protein, antioxidants, fiber, and a plethora of other vitamins and minerals. So, incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet can yield balanced wellness and physical longevity.

The simplest, most straightforward way to boost your fruit and veggie intake is to replace that typical lunchtime sandwich with a crisp, colorful salad. Then, top it with this healthy homemade dressing which features the antioxidant-loaded nutritional supplement, Nutri Maqui. Your heart, immune system and other vital organs will thank you for giving them the nourishment they crave!


Nutri Maqui Superfruit Salad Dressing

Nutri Maqui salad dressing ingredients

Ingredients

 ½ cup Grapeseed Oil

1 tbsp. Nutri Maqui Superfruit Juice

1 tsp. Whole-Grain Dijon Mustard

½ tsp. Lemon Juice

Nutri Maqui salad dressing preparation

Preparation

  1. Pour all ingredients into a small decanter, then whisk until they are thoroughly combined.
  1. Chop a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and raw nuts (e.g. carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, raspberries, avocadoes, almonds, cashews), then arrange them over a bed of leafy greens (e.g. spinach, kale, arugula).
  1. Drizzle the dressing on top, then toss the salad to evenly distribute all ingredients before serving.

So. Many. Colors. Amiright?!

Nutri Maqui salad dressing before   Nutri Maqui salad dressing after


Huge thanks to Nutri Lifescience, LLC, for supplying the research, content and graphics for this post.

 

Dealing with Fatty Liver Disease? There’s a Supplement For That! {Guest Post}

Citrus Bergamot

Fatty liver disease is a condition that develops when precariously elevated levels of triglyceride fat clog the liver cells. This fat build-up occurs due to a process called steatosis, otherwise known as the “abnormal retention of lipids within a cell.” [i]

Although this health concern can be linked to various causes, fatty liver disease is most commonly caused by alcohol excess or obesity. Poor nutrition, resulting from a diet high in saturated fats and refined sugars, is a prevalent issue within today’s “fast food” consumer culture. In fact, an estimated 70 to 90 million Americans suffer from fatty liver disease due to their unhealthy eating habits. [ii]

This illness is also associated with another medical condition called metabolic syndrome, which slows the body’s response to metabolizing fat, often leading to coronary plaque blockage, cardiovascular disease or Type-2 Diabetes. [iii] When fat isn’t adequately utilized, processed and absorbed, the liver becomes inflamed, lipids penetrate other organs, and blood sugar spikes.Bergamone capsulesDespite the risk factors of fatty liver disease, there are viable ways to reverse its harmful effects. For example, taking nutritional supplements to support cardiovascular and cholesterol health have been found highly advantageous in protecting against fatty liver-related damage. Nutri Lifescience’s naturally formulated Bergamonte supplement is particularly effective because it contains citrus bioflavonoids that promote healthy inflammatory response, safe blood sugar levels and optimal endocrine function. [iv]

Bergamonte’s wellness properties can be attributed to its active ingredient, extracted juices from the Bergamot plant. This citrus fruit is native to the Calabria region of Southern Italy where its polyphenol (i.e. micronutrients that fight degenerative illnesses such as cardiovascular disease) [v] content has long been used for cholesterol maintenance.

bergamot

In order to experience positive results with Bergamonte, those who suffer from fatty liver disease should ingest a recommended dosage of 4 capsules each day, either before lunch or dinner, over a minimum 4 month period. Then, to continue maximizing this supplement’s benefits, take 2 capsules daily throughout the subsequent months of usage.

Releasing bioflavonoids into the liver and targeting fat build-up is a gradual process (just like hair growth, for example), so Bergamonte users are advised to follow this regimen carefully while waiting patiently for these health improvements to become noticeable. However, with persistence and consistency, Bergamonte can support physical defenses against fatty liver development.

Bergamonte Supplement


[i] American Journal of Physiology, 2006

[ii] Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, 2014

[iii] Mayo Clinic, 2015

[iv] Natural Health Solutions, 2014

[v] American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2004

Thanks to Nutri Lifescience, LLC for supplying the research, content and graphics for this post! Learn more by following this natural supplement company on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramPinterest and YouTube.

Bergamonte a Day Makes Your Heart Say “Yay!”

bergamonte cardiovascular support

image courtesy of Nutri Lifescience

If you’ve taken even a casual interest in my social media escapades lately, chances are you’ve noticed  I’m a big believer in Nutri Lifescience dietary supplements. These products, made with wholesome and premium-grade ingredients from around the world, are ideal for promoting both physical and mental wellness, vibrancy and longevity.

Right now, I’m particularly loving Nutri Lifescience’s Bergamonte vegetarian capsules. Conveniently sized and easy-to-swallow, Bergamonte can be ingested on a daily basis to support optimal cardiovascular and cholesterol health.

This supplement contains naturally pure properties from the juice and albedo of a citrus plant called Bergamot, grown in coastal Southern Italy where its nutrient-rich extracts have long been valued for heart health maintenance.

bergamot

image courtesy of Nutri Lifescience

So, that’s why I’m fan-girling over here — because Bergamonte fuels my entire body with nourishment, energy and invigoration, so I can tackle an on-the-go lifestyle.

But, don’t blindly take my word for it (although I do speak from personal experience)…Try this incredible product for yourself!

Incorporating a Bergamonte regimen into your existing routine couldn’t be simpler. Here’s how the process* works:

  • During your first month of usage, just follow the recommended dosage of 2 capsules twice daily on an empty stomach before lunch and dinner.
  • During your second and third months of usage, maintain the results you’ve already achieved by taking 2 capsules once daily, also on an empty stomach.
  • Keep going!!! At the end of those 3 months, I’m betting you’ll be so amazed by Bergamonte’s positive affect on your cardiovascular and endocrine systems that committing to long-term usage will be a no-brainer!

 *Nutri Lifescience strongly suggests that you have current lab results-on hand before beginning this process, then undergoing another lab test after 3 months of continuous usage.*

Easy peasy, right? This dietary supplement fits into every schedule and activity level. Just swallow, then go! Talk about foolproof.

Plus, from NOW–April 5, Nutri Lifescience will be offering 10% off  each 60-capsule bottle. This discount is an ideal opportunity to inexpensively test out Bergamonte’s 3-month regimen. So, click the Amazon link and place your order while this fabulous, limited-time incentive still lasts.  And did I mention FREE shipping? Holla!

Thanks to Bergamonte, cardiovascular vitality, cholesterol wellness and even weight management can be achieved the natural way.

Bergamonte bottle

image courtesy of Nutri Lifescience

Behold: the Not-so-Average Avocado

I’m an avocado aficionado. And not just because of Chipotle guacamole (Although, real talk: what’s more delectable than a creamy, gloppy mound of Chipotle guac? Uhhh…what is “NOTHING for 200,” Alex!)

But — I digress — there’s more to this superfood than a slathering of lusciousness on top of your burrito bowl.

The avocado is truly a nutritional powerhouse, which may just be the best news you’ve heard all day. Why? Because you can enjoy all that rich texture and flavor without  questioning your life choices afterward.

YAAAAAAAS!!!

avocado good fat

image courtesy of Theresa Garnero — defeatdiabetes.org

This wondrous fruit runs the full spectrum of health benefits, thanks to 15 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and a veritable pantheon of essential nutrients.

For example, in just a single serving, here’s what you’re ingesting:

  • Vitamin C (17% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B5 (14% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B6 (13% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin E (10% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin K (26% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Potassium (14% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Folate (20% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin A (Trace Amounts)
  • Vitamin B1 (Trace Amounts)
  • Vitamin B2 (Trace Amounts)
  • Magnesium (Trace Amounts)
  • Manganese (Trace Amounts)
  • Copper (Trace Amounts)
  • Iron (Trace Amounts)
  • Zinc (Trace Amounts)

Sorry, butter. You should be so lucky to have these star ingredients on your nutrition label.

So, seeking weight management without compromising taste? Grab an avocado! Dying for a Loreal spokesmodel-worthy mane? Yup. There’s an avocado for that! Or, how about a clear complexion? Yet again…avocado for the win!

Now that’s one all-inclusive superfood, which is why I can’t resist sneaking avocados into practically everything I cook — from Asian to Mexican and even some Italian dishes. Versatility at its finest, folks!

And speaking of versatility, here are 5 reasons to make this oval-shaped stud muffin your body’s new BFF:

1. Antioxidant carotenoid properties reduce fine lines, wrinkles, UV damage and other visible signs of aging, while improving skin’s overall firmness and elasticity.

2. Monounsaturated fatty acid properties improve cardiovascular health by lowering harmful cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which cause heart disease.

3. Slow-burning energy properties promote weight loss due to a high density of healthy fats, which satisfies hunger and provides the body with expendable fuel.

4. Numerous protein and vitamin properties stimulate hair growth, while adding noticeable shine to otherwise lackluster locks when used as a deep conditioner. 

5. Anti-inflammatory properties decrease the risk of arthritis-related pain by alleviating joint irritation, while strengthening bone density with potassium. 

So, on the off-chance that sheer delight of shoveling down guacamole isn’t enough incentive to make avocados a regular fixture in your diet…

Oh, who are we kidding?! Of course, it is!

In fact, I might just bite into one right now. Skin and all.

avocados

Who’s judging? We’ve all been there.

*information compiled by authoritynutrition.com and healthiestfoods.co.uk

P.S. Got a favorite avocado recipe in your repertoire? Feel free to share in the comments below!