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E3 Live: Superfood and Your Heart’s New BFF

by Rebecca on October 14, 2013, 17 comments

E3 live, or blue-green algae, is a Superfood with a wide variety of health benefits, but the underlying reason for its amazing impact on the body’s overall function is its astoundingly high levels of chlorophyll.

What is Chlorophyll?

Basically, chlorophyll cells are the fraternal twins to hemoglobin cells, the building blocks of our bloodstream. The only difference between the two is that at the center of hemoglobin lies iron, whereas the center of chlorophyll houses magnesium.

 But What does it Do?

Since these cells are remarkably similar, chlorophyll can actually aid the job of hemoglobin. It can rebuild our blood cells, thereby increasing our blood cell supply. This increase results in a wonderful domino effect, making more blood cells available, thereby reducing the heart’s workload pumping blood throughout the body, conserving energy, and promoting mental calm. Talk about super!

Research also links E3 Live to increased white blood cell migration throughout the body. E3 Live actually improves immunity levels by actively getting more immune system cells to areas in need of help, keeping your cells protected when bacteria and viruses attack. Superfood? More like Super hero!

 Taste E3 Live in the Urban Remedy Super Green Juice Cleanse, and feel super inside and out!

Nanized Tinctures: Waste Less Nutrition

by Rebecca on October 10, 2013, one comment

Here at Urban Remedy, we get a lot of questions about nanization and tinctures when people ask about our nutrition Spikes. If I’m eating healthy, why would I need a supplement? Today is the day we settle all the confusion!

What You Didn’t Know about Your Nutrition

Eating right has always been a cornerstone of nutritional doctrine, however did you know that oftentimes nutrients you consume are never actually absorbed into your body? No matter how healthy we keep our diets, nutrients are often wasted. Some are over-consumed thus overhauling the body’s ability to absorb all of the nutrition coming its way, and leaving many nutrients unused, while others are simply consumed in a form that cannot assimilate into our various bodily systems. What a waste!

Now there are other options. Adding nanized tinctures into your diet is a great way to boost nutrient assimilation, or absorption, into the body.

What is Nanization?

Nanization is the molecular process that breaks down herbal compounds into nano-sized phytonutrients to facilitate digestion. Basically, nutrients are nanized, or pre-digested and cut up into teeny tiny little particles so that they can be better absorbed into your body, increasing nutrient assimilation.

At Urban Remedy, we offer a variety of different spikes comprised of perfectly dosed nanized tinctures that target a wide range of symptoms. Paired in conjunction with our juices and smoothies, these spikes can increase nutrient assimilation, helping you waste less of the good stuff!

Want to Prevent A Breakup? These 3 Foods May Help

by Neka on August 6, 2013, 8 comments

Essential Ingredients That Could Improve Your Relationship

foods to eat to keep you healthy and in love

Those summer nights… Super fun, right? As the summer winds down and stressors return, relationship strain looms near. In fact, Health magazine just profiled different contributing factors that lead to increases in relationship stress. Though this threat lingers close to summer’s end, fear not coupled-off folk! There are foods you can eat to combat these problems, and keep you and your honey stress-free, and that summer loving lasting all year long.

 

Sleep Problems: The couple that dreams together, beams together? Yes! A good night’s sleep can make or break your relationship. Here are some sweet solutions for deeper sleep.

 

  • Stevia: When baking a treat for your sweetie, try replacing normal sweeteners with Stevia. This sugar supplement is free of carbs, calories, and that pesky stimulant… caffeine. Reducing your caffeine intake balances your body’s natural rhythms, letting more of your nights be for sleep. We love stevia so much we use it to lightly sweeten our Relax cashew milk.

 

  • Agave: This natural sweetener has a low glycemic index, which provides sweetness without the unhealthy blood sugar spike associated with white sugars. With a steadier blood sugar, your body has an easier time falling and staying asleep.

 

Heart Health: The fact is… a healthy heart increases the healthful years you and your partner have together. Do your part to maintain the health of your heart. We promise you’ll thank us!

 

  • Garlic: Bursting with flavor, garlic promotes heart health, and spices up any date night menu. Improving your overall circulation, garlic keeps your energy up for those passionate summer nights. Any excuse for garlic is a great excuse for flavor, so try cooking with garlic for your next date night adventure for a heart healthy love fest. And don’t you worry… two garlics cancel each other out people, it’s a fact. A delectable, delicious fact.

 

Passion Poppers: A relationship devoid of passion is never worth the trouble. Thankfully, nature produces some of the best ingredients to fuel your fire.

 

  • Cinnamon: Spice up your love life with a dash of Cinnamon. This spice, warm and sweet, reduces fatigue and acts as a natural aphrodisiac. Keep things spicy with a dash of cinnamon and enjoy your summer of love.

gluten free cinnamon oatmeal cookies

  • Maca Root: Naturally boost your libido and maintain that stamina with this ancient root veggie. Sprinkle maca root powder into a smoothie, serve with two straws, share, and enjoy. You are welcome.

 

 

Summer loving? It never has to end. Add these ingredients, and keep your summer of love lasting all year long.

Go On, Get Happy: Foods That Improve Mood

by Neka on August 1, 2013, 31 comments

 

No one loves a downer. Anxiety, stress, and depression are feelings we all want to avoid. But did you know your diet can contribute to your mood? Mend that diet, and let your happy summer rage on.

foods that improve mood

Cardamom – An herbal upper, cardamom benefits your body’s main detoxifiers, the liver and kidneys, strengthens the heart, while also elevating your mood. With your body refreshed and mind cleared, cardamom helps you stay your best self so you can enjoy make the most of anything that comes your way.

 

Masala – Used as an Ancient Indian medicine promoting mental calm and clarity, this chai spice is the perfect remedy for a racing mind. Try sharing some chai masala tea to relax after a long day. A calmer you makes for a happier you.

 

Banana – High blood pressure throws our bodies out of whack, and studies have found this physical ailment predominantly exhibited in participants evaluated post-breakup. Bananas, high in potassium, naturally maintain blood pressure, and thus are perfect relationship fuel. One banana a day keeps you balanced to play!

 

Maintaining your best disposition is easy with the right ingredients. Eat to improve your mood, so you can chill out for the best summer possible!

5 Essential Herbs for Your Perfect Garden

by Neka on July 30, 2013, 27 comments

Herb Garden Your Day Away

Planet earth called, and your next summer hobby is here. This season… plant an herb garden! Growing your own herbs not only gives you direct access to your own fresh private ingredient supply, but gardening contributes to the overall wellness of the planet… our shared home. Environmental responsibility is all the rage this season, so plant these crops for your personal patch of herb perfection.

essential herbs for a perfect garden

Basil – Though sweet as can be, this herb packs a punch! With incredible immunity boosting power and anti-inflammatory properties, this leafy green relieves physical stress and empowers your body against infectious pests. Mix with pine nuts, parmiggano cheese, and extra virgin olive oil for a yummy pesto spread!

 

Chives – Garlic-y in flavor, this green herb garnishes any dish with professional pizzazz. Part of the allicin family along with onions and scallions, this herb keeps your blood pressure in check by lowering bad cholesterol, helping you stay calm and cleansed. Keeps chives on-hand, and impress any guest with that extra special something on every plate.

 

Rosemary – Asthma got you gasping? Rosemary contains anti-inflammatory compounds that actually reduce the effects of asthma attacks. This herb also aids your circulatory and digestive systems, for an energy filled, more vibrant you. Try a sprig of Rosemary in soups and stews for that next dimension of flavor!

 

Mint – Fresh and sweet, this leafy green pairs perfectly with chocolate, blueberries, and lime! Mint reduces body heat, clears rashes, and relieves head and eye aches, helping your body stay clear and refreshed after a long hot summer day. Add mint to your lemonade and cool off with double the freshness!

 

Thyme – Lemony in scent, thyme is rich in Vitamins A, C, B-6, iron, and magnesium. Whoa! This herb helps the body battle potential threatening infections and free radicals that could later cause cancer development. In this social season of family hugs, party high-fives, and other potential germy interactions, it’s never been a better time for thyme!

 

Freshen up the backyard, and grow your personal herb oasis, to heal yourself and mother earth all at once!

 

 

A Summer Of Berry Benefits

by Neka on July 26, 2013, 6 comments

Happy Very Berry Summer!

Summer time is all about berries, and rightfully so. Berries are nature’s candy, sweet, tart, and good for you! This season get your berry on, and incorporate these fruity bites into your daily diet to benefit your body’s immunity levels, circulatory system, and slim you down to your healthiest you. Plus, buying in-season produce is easier on your wallet! Oh yeah!

blueberry health benefitsBlueberries – Blue and good for you! Blueberries reduce the cell damage, improve vision, and promote weight loss. They are the perfect treat to slim you down for your bikini beach moment!

raspberry healthy benefits

Raspberries – Purifying the blood, Raspberries help your body’s leading detoxifiers, the liver and kidneys, working efficiently to cleanse and reinvigorate your digestive and circulatory systems. Eat a handful of these sweet, tart treats and keep your body so fresh and clean. Or, whip up a Raw Raspberry Cheesecake from our founder’s own home recipe.

Acai Berries – This super food is high in Omega fats, those trusty immune system strengtheners. Stock up on acai, and spend less of your summer sick!

Goji Berries – Go Goji! Also known as wolf berries, these dried berries resembling raisins or cranberries are high in anti-oxidants, which rid the body of the free-radicals, pesky uncharged molecules that can obscure cell DNA and lead to cancer down the road. Goji berries, for the win!

Blackberries – PMS ruining your summer fun? Blackberries can help! These dark, anti-oxidant-rich berries contain plant-based estrogen called phytoestrogen that can actually reduces the symptoms of PMS leaving you free and happy even during your gloomiest time of the month! Plus, blackberries have a perfect balance of sugar and fiber, to keep your blood sugar regulated throughout the day! Keep blackberries around, and have a happier summer.

 

Summer is here, and the berries are ripe. Sweet, tart, dried, or fresh, these fruits will give you a burst of energy to keep your body healthy, active, and happy all season long. Grab a handful today for your sweetest summer yet!

 

What is your favorite summer berry recipe? Leave us a comment and share your berry love!

5 Foods That Will Actually Make You Happier

by Neka on July 19, 2013, 27 comments

Women have it rough. Sabrina Tavernise of The New York Times recently wrote an article examining statistical conclusions marking a rise in female painkiller addiction. Some studies have even found that women are more likely to have chronic pain than men, which increases proclivity for reaching toward a tiny orange bottle to alleviate mental and physical pain. But pills don’t have to be the answer; the path to a pain free life can be found…in your food. No, seriously! Each food we eat has its own benefit toward the health and happiness of our minds and bodies. Check out these five essential ingredients for a Vitamin D rich, anti-inflammatory centric diet that will keep away the pain, one bite at a time.
Health benefits of celery
1. Celery isn’t just for crudités.
This vegetable is a great calming agent for the liver and nervous system. Toxin buildup over time increases mental anxiety and physical distress, thereby leaving the body more susceptible to chronic pain. Eating foods that maintain the liver, the body’s main detoxifying organ, keep its natural purification on track. Eliminating toxins, celery leaves your body clear, relaxed, and refreshed.

health benefits of cucumber

2. Cool as a Cucumber? Absolutely.
Did you know that cucumbers naturally cool the body from the inside out, purifying the skin and reducing excess body heat? Cooling down our bodies relieves some of the physical effects of inflammation that increase chronic pain, which is why fancy spas place cucumber slices over eyes to reduce puffiness.

 

ginger health benefits3. Ginger is nature’s tummy tamer.
Ginger naturally lessens inflammation, while also regulating your digestive system.

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4. Ginger’s cousin Turmeric contains the pigment curcumin, which has even more benefits for the body. Numerous studies have shown curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone, as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Curcumin is a completely natural pain reliever, and thus eliminates pain without toxic side effects such as ulcer formation and intestinal bleeding that are possible when taking leading pain-relieving drugs.

health benefits of cinnamon

5. Cinnamon isn’t just for cookies.
With just a little sprinkle, cinnamon reinvigorates your body by increasing circulation, opening up breathing airways, and reducing fatigue. Full of energy, your body is better suited to combat the chronic mental and physical pain of lethargy. This spice will liven up your insides, leaving your body lighter and pain-free. Oh, and did we mention it is a natural aphrodisiac?

Just remember, when relieving chronic pain, pills are not your only option. Simple foods and spices available right in own kitchen can nurture your body’s natural defenses. Treat yourself to nature’s cure for pain relief and feed yourself some happy.
Try a power dose of good stuff for your body by scheduling an organic juice cleanse.

Food for Cough

by Rebecca on January 28, 2013, no comments

The New York Times recently posted an article arguing that Vitamin D and Calcium are no help in curing your wintertime cough. At Urban Remedy we are always searching for the best ways to help you feel great, so here is a list of ingredients that may in fact sooth your upper respiratory struggles.

Cinnamon: Warm and spicy cinnamon is thought to increase circulation and open breathing, perfect for someone struggling with a cough. As an added bonus, cinnamon may reduce fatigue and act as an aphrodisiac. Now who says cough cures can’t be sexy?

Carrots: Carrots support liver function and digestion while also providing high Vitamin A supply to benefit the immune system and the skin. A strong immune system will help battle any residual viruses causing your cough, so be sure to snack on carrots until the phlem settles. At Urban Remedy, we drink our carrots in our Beam juice. Healthy and completely delicious!

Lemons: Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoid which benefit the liver and may clear mucus. With mucus cleared, that cough is sure to improve in no time. Try some hot water with lemon for a warm, soothing treat, or Boost your immunity with a juice for delicious relief.

Cardamom: Cardamom is said to benefit the lungs, kidneys and heart while elevating the mood. Healthy lungs help your breathing stabilize, and your cough clear right on up! This month Nourish your body, for a cough-free season.

E3 Live: E3Live is a powerful bluegreen algae that improves your immunity. By fueling your strong immune system with the soldiers it needs in battle against even the deepest cough, your health will triumph this season. Refresh you immunity with a juice for ultimate protection.

 

 

Skin & Food

by Neka on August 10, 2011, 27 comments

Acupuncture views nutrition in a complex light, through the application of Oriental medicine wisdom to dietary habits. In short, certain foods are considered too yang, or hot to eat in excess during the warmer months, while others are prized for their yin ability to cool the body.  Overall, the goal is balance between the internal yin and yang of the body.

A healthy, nutritional diet, getting good quality sleep and moderate exercise can keep your skin and physical form at it’s best. Be sure to integrate these items into your diet to help keep you looking your best!

Carrots and Sweet Potatoes - Healthy skin is directly dependent on the amount of vitamin A in our diet. Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant to neutralize harmful elements in our skin, helps to prevent wrinkles, resist infection and maintain the skin’s elasticity. One of the best places to get Vitamin A is vegetables that are deep orange in color.

Blackberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, and Plums - In a study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, these four fruits weighed in with the highest “total antioxidant capacity” of any food. Antioxidants and other phytochemicals in these fruits can protect cells from damage and disintegration, thus guarding against premature aging.

Salmon, Walnuts, Olive Oil, and Flax Seed – Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are responsible for skin repair, moisture content, and overall flexibility, but because the body cannot produce its own EFAs, they must be obtained through the diet.  Fish, walnuts, and flax seed oil are among the best sources for omega 3 fatty acid.  Eating good-quality olive oil helps keep skin lubricated and keeps it looking and feeling healthier overall.  Which olive oil is the best for your skin? Those labeled “cold pressed”, “expeller processed”, or “extra virgin” are the least processed forms. As a result, they contain the highest levels of antioxidative substances.

Whole Wheat Bread, Brown Rice, Turkey, Tuna and Brazil Nuts – Selenium is an antioxidant mineral responsible for tissue elasticity and healthy skin.  It may play an important role in preventing skin cancer, as some recent studies are showing that skin damaged by the sun may suffer fewer consequences if selenium levels are high.

Green Tea Green tea’s ability to slow down the development of some signs of aging is attributed to its high levels of polyphenols, which have been well-documented for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea may help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer according to a study published recently in the Archives of Dermatology, which shows that whether taken orally or applied to the skin, green tea can reduce the risk of damage from ultraviolet light and thus reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Water – Hydration plays a key role in keeping skin cells healthy. It is essential to maintaining your skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Keeping cells hydrated helps cells move nutrients in and toxins out, which helps keep skin clean and clear.

 

 

Diet and Fertility

by Neka on May 22, 2009, one comment

I recently attended a two day fertility workshop with the renowned Dr. Ni. This inspired me to post about the role of diet in fertility. Dr. Ni is a 38th generation Traditional Chinese medicine Doctor, 38 generations of information passed from father to son pretty amazing. He has a calming and loving aura about him, most of all a humility where many have grand egos.

There are many conflicting view points regarding diet and fertility. Traditional Chinese medicine is big on eating meat as there is nothing in the plant world that has that dense yang energy as meat, especially red meat. Most important in promoting fertility is tonifying the kidney yin and yang energies. Red meat is a strong kidney yang builder. Dr. Ni advises his patients to eat meat, including red meat, chicken and turkey, eggs, milk, and soy products. His no-no’s are sugar except for fruit. In contrast the Harvard nurses’ health study showed women who consumed less animal protein and more nuts, seeds, and beans tended to be more fertile. Also, low sugar intake, and removing the whites: all refined sugar, flour, potatoes, and rice as they can create problems with ovulatory infertility. Blood sugar imbalances can wreak havoc on hormones which in turn affects ovulation. Choosing the complex carbs like brown rice, whole grains, & high fiber foods were linked to greater chance of getting pregnant. Another interesting thing the study showed was eating or drinking full fat dairy products were more conducive to fertility than low fat dairy products. So go for the full fat Ben and Jerry’s. Not really as ice cream contains sugar and in Traditional Chinese Medicine cold is not spleen friendly so cold sugar products are not conducive to keeping the spleen energy flowing in the right direction which is important in fertility. Things like full fat plain yogurt or cheese is more what I would recommend if eating dairy at all.

For vegetarians that want to strengthen their yang qi i would recommend eating walnuts, quinona, raspberries, cooking with ginger, cinnamon, rosemary, cayenne pepper, and garlic. Chai is a great tea for warming the kidneys.

My recommendation to women and men who are looking to procreate is to look at your individual constitution and make a plan based on your unique make up. For example a woman who is in their later 30’s and feeling warmer in the afternoons and evenings, gets irritable easily, has a lot of PMS, and bleeds less than she used to I would treat totally different than a woman in her 20’s who runs cold, is tired all the time, eats lots of junk food, and has heavy bleeding. These are two totally different constitutions and would have very different dietary recommendations.

Lastly, the most important thing to remember is to choose foods that are in their natural form, are whole grain, organic, and minimally processed. Foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, small amounts of organic meats, nuts, seeds, sea vegetables and plenty of clean water. I don’t know anyone whose health has improved from eating white sugar, preservatives or white flour. So staying away from processed foods alone is a good start.

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