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Yoga Poses for Your New Year’s Figure

by Rebecca on January 2, 2014, no comments

 

At Urban Remedy we know that this New Year you want to look and feel your best. Celebrate a renewed commitment to yourself with some easy to do yoga moves. Here is a list of our three favorite yoga poses to keep your energy up and your waist trim!

Eagle Pose: Bending your legs and balancing on one foot, wrap your other leg around your stable leg hooking your foot behind your calf. Then cross one arm over the other and wrap until both palms touch. Hold, then switch sides. This wrapping and balancing pose aids digestion, keeping your waist slender and your look fabulous!

Bow Pose: Lying on your stomach, reach around and grab each leg in hand. Gently push against your hands with your legs and lift your body like a bow off the ground. A few minutes in this pose massages and stretches your stomach muscles and boosts your energy making you a sharp shooter.

Spinal Twist: Lie on your back with your arms stretched out in a T-shape. Keeping your arms in place, cross one leg over the other. Hold, then switch sides. This twist massages your organs and glands, increasing circulation and digestion for a quick little slimming trick!

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Cranberries

by Rebecca on December 31, 2013, no comments

Cranberries are this holiday season’s tangy superstar. Fresh, sweet, and festive, these berries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants making a dish with cranberries the healthiest companion for all of your traditional holiday favorites.

Why so healthy? The antioxidants in cranberries help eradicate cancer-causing free-radicals from the bloodstream and body, lowering your risk for mutant cell growth.

Feeling a cold coming? Pop a few cranberries for a kick of Vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts your immune system, helping you fight off even the peskiest virus.

Oh and if that’s not enough… the phytonutrients in cranberries act as anti-inflammatories keeping your body and mind mellow in wellness this holiday season.

This year, keep calm with cranberries!

Ingredient Spotlight: 5 Pumpkin Facts

by Rebecca on November 28, 2013, no comments

Health benefits of pumpkinPumpkins, they’re not just for carving! Pumpkin is a winter squash packed with nutritional benefits. It’s the perfect seasonal ingredient and here are five reasons why…

1) Pumpkin is a great source of fiber. Eat some pumpkin to keep your digestive system running smoothly for a happy tummy.

2) Pumpkin seeds help reduce bad cholesterol, so they are a perfect snack after gorging on Thanksgiving dinner. Try roasting them up for more fabulously nutty flavor.

3) Full of beta carotene, pumpkin is a great antioxidant and perfect for ridding the body of free-radicals. This winter give your body that cancer-free, care-free feel with a hearty helping of pumpkin.

4) After a workout, pumpkin seeds are the perfect snack because they are full of potassium, a mineral that keeps your muscles cramp-free.

5) Don’t let cold and flu season get you down! Pumpkin is full of vitamin C to boost your immunity and keep you virus-free all winter long.

This season, pumpkin is more than just harvest décor. Snack on some pumpkin for a happy, healthy you!

So You Want Skin that Can Weather Any Storm…

by Rebecca on November 26, 2013, no comments

Happy skin? Happy life! While cleansers and creams are definitely essential skincare components, eating the right foods keeps you glowing from the inside out all winter long. Test out adding these four ingredients to your diet for simply radiant skin.

Tumeric: Used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory to treat digestive and liver problems, Tumeric also boosts skin health. Thirsty? Boost your glow with a juice.

Carrots: Yes, they are good for your eyes, but did you also know carrots are great for your skin? Try a handful as a crunchy afternoon snack, or drink them down in an Urban Remedy Beam juice full of carrots and Jewel Yams, another skin-healthy treat!

Cucumbers: Purify your skin with the fresh taste of cucumber. Slice some cucumbers into your salad and feel the effects… on your face! At Urban Remedy we use cucumber in all of our juice cleanses, so drink up for skin that just won’t quit!

This season, eat right and that dry, chapped, winter skin will never see the light of day! Stay skin happy!

Ingredient Spotlight: Seeds

by Rebecca on November 21, 2013, no comments

At Urban Remedy we love seeds. Full of antioxidants and omega oils, seeds are wonderful additions to any juice or salad. They add that extra boost of healthy. Here are three types of seeds we can’t live without.

Chia Seeds: Chia seeds have healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein and antioxidants and may help with diabetes, hypoglycemia, and celiac disease. At Urban Remedy we love chia seeds in our Chocolate Banana meal replacement shake. Such a sweet, healthy treat!

Flaxseed: Whether blended into a smoothie or toasted and tossed over a fresh kale salad, flaxseed is a wonderful source of fiber. Hailing from ancient Babylon, flaxseed is a longtime cherished ingredient sure to steady digestion and possibly even reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds make a great bagel topping and also work wonders for eliminating bad cholesterol and reducing high blood pressure. Imagine that! Our Urban Remedy kale chips are covered in sesame seeds, and we can’t get enough!

Looking to shake things up? Try sprinkling some seeds over you next meal, and watch your health blossom!

Energize Your Way Through the Time Change

by Rebecca on November 18, 2013, no comments

The times they are a changin’! As days get shorter and darkness creeps in just after 4pm (yuck!) here are four foods you can eat to boost your energy.

Dates: Dates replenish energy and are rich in LDL cholesterol-absorbing fiber. Snack on some of these chewy sweet morsels for a quick afternoon boost. At Urban Remedy, we love dates in our cookies! Guilt-free and sinfully sweet.

Spinach: Spinach is rich in Vitamin A and helps build and cleanse the blood. Cleansed blood moves easier through the body, easing the heart’s pumping effort, and boosting your overall energy. All of our Urban Remedy juice cleanses are full of spinach, so drink them down to power up!

 Burdock root: Used in many folk remedies as one of the best blood purifying herbs, burdock root is a wonderfully energizing ingredient. Clear yourself and pump up with the delicious taste of burdock root.

 Beets: Beets clean the blood and benefit the liver. Clean blood, clean body, energized spirit! Taste the deliciousness of beets in our Urban Remedy after party juice for a power packed boost.

 Boost your energy this winter with these energizing ingredients and be the life of the party all day long!

Ingredient Spotlight: Mint

by Rebecca on November 14, 2013, no comments

Simply fresh and completely delicious, mint naturally cools the body, clearing the head and eyes, calming rashes, and removing liver qi stagnation.  A sprig of mint adds gourmet flare to any chocolatey dessert or herby sweetness to your coziest cup of tea! Here at Urban Remedy, we use fresh mint flavor in both our Signature and Purify cleanses.

Snack your Way to Lower Cholesterol

by Rebecca on November 11, 2013, no comments

Snacking on these 3 ingredients is sure to bring your cholesterol in below par!

Dates: Dates, nature’s finest candy, replenish energy and are rich in LDL cholesterol absorbing fiber. At Urban Remedy we love the sweet taste of dates in our Chai meal replacement smoothie and our Cookies! These treats are all raw, gluten-free, and all kinds of spicy sweet for simply happy snacking!

Jewel Yams: High in vitamins A, C, and fiber, eating these root veggies may in fact improve your skin and eye health in addition to lowering cholesterol. At Urban Remedy, you can catch us sipping on some jewel yams in our Beam juice.

Rice Wine Vinegar: Powered by 20 different amino acids, rice wine vinegar lowers cholesterol and boosts your immune system. Try adding apple cider vinegar to a quick vinaigrette over a crisp green salad or crunch on kale chips Urban Remedy style and get all the benefits of rice wine vinegar plus a mouthful of flavor!

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Cashews

by Rebecca on November 7, 2013, no comments

Nutty and hearty cashews are power-packed with minerals like manganese, copper, potassium, and iron. Potassium helps keep the heart beating, while iron aids the blood in carrying oxygen throughout the circulatory system, together fueling one energized body. In cooler months especially, a diet full of potassium and iron ensures our bodies receive enough of a boost to power through wintertime. Grab a handful of cashews for a quick afternoon snack, or drink them down with delicious cashew milk!

Glowing Skin in 3 Ingredients or Less

by Rebecca on November 4, 2013, no comments

Your perfect skin? Now it’s possible and might we add, deliciously so! Here are 3 ingredients to help your skin stay young and luminous as long as you like.

Cucumbers: Crisp and refreshing, cucumbers are natural dieuretics that cleanse the blood, cool excess heat from the body, and most importantly purify the skin. Lucky for you, at Urban Remedy, all of our juice cleanses incorporate cucumber-y goodness. Yum!

 Carrots: Crunchy and delicious carrots support liver function and digestion. They are also high in Vitamin A, which benefits the immune system and the skin. Anti-age with a swig of our After Party juice and get the glowing skin you deserve.

Tumeric: Turmeric, used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines, is a spice hailed for its anti-inflammatory prowess. While often prescribed to treat digestive and liver problems, tumeric can also help clear and prevent skin diseases. Try adding a dash of tumeric to your next dish and boost your skin healthy.