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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!

Cold and Flu Season? Catch Us If You Can…

by Rebecca on September 18, 2013, no comments

Foods as Cold and Flu Season Remedies

 Cold and Flu season is upon us, unfortunately. At Urban Remedy we were wondering if eating certain foods can help you avoid catching the cold and/or flu? We’ve found… they actually can! This year, beat the bug! Feed your body the right foods to help reduce your chances of contracting cold or flu viruses.

 Carrots: Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which supports your immune system. Whether you eat them raw as a crunchy afternoon snack or blended into a juice, carrots are a great snack for an immunity boosted you.

At Urban Remedy, we use carrots in our Beam juice. Brighten your week with this sweet treat!

Garlic: The antioxidant properties of garlic help support immunity and maintain healthy blood circulation. Pack a snack of kale chips for a garlicky and delicious cold and flu fighting remedy.

Acai: Antioxidant-full superfruit acai berries contain high levels of omega fats that fuel healthy immune systems. Our Greenberry smoothie is brimming with all of the acai goodness you’ll need to battle even the toughest viruses.

Need a stronger immunity boost? Try our Immuno immunity nutritional supplement! Paired with a juice or just on its own, this nutritional supplement filled with nanized tinctures feeds your body all of the immune system building goodness it needs to weather cold and flu season without a single sneeze.

 This cold and flu season, fight viruses from the inside out. Rest up and outsmart any cold or flu with an immunity boosting diet!

Super Sweets: Natural Sweeteners that are Actually Good for You

by Neka on August 21, 2013, 9 comments

Healthy alternatives to sugar
      Satisfying your sweet tooth and snacking healthy are no longer mutually exclusive. At Urban Remedy, we couldn’t go without our sweets and so have found yummy substitutes for refined sugars. We’re just here to help satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you slender.

What Is So Bad about Refined Sugar?

      Refined is an adjective best kept away from your sugar. White, or refined, sugar has gone through a purification process that eliminates all vitamins and minerals, with little more than a remote possibility of nutritional value, and creating a product that is “pure” and easy to duplicate. We hate to break it to you, but the only thing pure about white sugar is that it is purely unhealthy.
      Without any of the vitamins or minerals of raw, natural sugar cane, eating white sugar satisfies your taste buds and adds calories to your diet without supplying your body with any vitamins or minerals of nutritional value. What a waste!

Sweet Substitutes

      Now, finding natural sweetening substitutes for sugar has never been easier. Here are two great options for sugar substitutes!

Stevia

Stevia is a 100% natural sweetener derived from plant leaves. Free of carbohydrates, calories, and caffeine, stevia is a wonderful solution to satisfy your sweet cravings.
At Urban Remedy, we use stevia in our pineapple coconut protein shake. Drink up for a quick trip to your sweetest paradise!

Agave

Agave Nectar has a low glycemic index, which provides sweet flavor without the unhealthy blood sugar spike associated with white sugars. This sweetener is big on yum and long on fun!
You can find agave nectar in our brittles and other meals in the bottle!
Dates

Dates are high in fiber absorbing LDL-cholesterol and naturally replenish energy levels, making them the perfect natural candy. At Urban Remedy, we make our gluten-free cookies with dates, and they are sinfully delicious. At home you can throw 1-2 in a smoothie, use them as a sweetener in recipes, or pop one in your mouth for a tasty sweet treat.

          Next time your sweet tooth has you craving sugar, satisfy it naturally! Feed it a naturally sweet treat, for a satisfying snack and a healthy body! Dessert is finally good for you. What a sweet deal!

4 Foods That Actually Protect Your Kidneys

by Neka on August 12, 2013, 7 comments

Healthy Kidneys… Longer Life… Loads More Fun!

5 foods that protect kidneys

Jane E. Brody of The New York Times recently investigated kidney cancer, a lesser-funded, yet vast-reaching killer among cancer species. Our kidneys are important as they rid waste from the bloodstream, and emit important hormones that stimulate our bone marrow’s production of red blood cells, maintain our calcium levels, and regulate our blood pressure levels. High-profile work if you ask us!

Studies have shown that diet can significantly affect one’s chances for developing kidney cancer. Scared you’re at risk? Luckily, our bodies are resilient! Knowing which kidney-friendly foods to eat can actually help you strengthen and maintain the health of your kidneys, and live longer!

  • Diabetes is a common risk factor in the development of kidney cancer. Studies have found links between the nutritional value of superfood chia seeds and diabetes prevention. Filled with healthy omega-oils, easily digestible proteins, & antioxidants, chia seeds are easily blended into any juice or smoothie, and add tasty crunch simply sprinkled over a salad. At Urban Remedy, we use chia seeds when blending up a green smoothie!
Health benefits of chia seeds
  • Sweet and tangy, raspberries purify the blood, benefiting the kidneys as well as the liver. We love raspberries in the Warrior juice in our Signature Juice Cleanse!
Juice cleanse from Urban Remedy
  • Cardamom is actually prescribed medicinally in some cultures to break down kidney stones. Nourish your kidneys with a healthy dose of cardamom… on us!
The health benefits of Cardamom
  • Unlike white sugars, agave nectar contains a low glycemic index, which creates natural sweetness without causing unhealthy blood sugar spikes. Steady blood sugar levels keep organs like the kidneys… involved in sifting through our blood and weeding out toxins… functioning at a constant rate rather than overworking them during sudden rapid increases. Urban Remedy brittles are sweetened with a touch of agave for that perfect kidney-aiding taste.

Good kidney health is well worth the trouble of restructuring your diet. Add these ingredients into the mix for a longer life, a happier body, and more energy for all of your summer fun!

Want to Prevent A Breakup? These 3 Foods May Help

by Neka on August 6, 2013, 9 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, 28 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, 5 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!

10 Foods to Beat the Heat

by Neka on July 24, 2013, 2 comments

July is hot, and possibly the easiest time of year to dehydrate. Knowing which ingredients to eat alongside your daily dose of water helps maximize your body’s energy levels, and lets you enjoy more of your best summer. Here are ten ingredients to help conserve your body’s water, to stay hydrated and balanced longer in this season of heat.

foods to cool the body

Lettuce – Just a leafy garnish for your burger? Not anymore! Lettuce is rich in water, and provides at edible addition to your body’s general H2O intake. Try it in a salad, or as a tasty lettuce wrap around your favorite filling, washed down with water for double the hydration!

Celery – Celery is high in silicon, and good for the joints. Cartilage, low in blood cells, cushions our joints. Blood cannot carry nutrients through cartilage, because cartilage itself is not comprised of blood cells. It thus becomes our body’s water supply, which nourishes our joints. Eating more celery increases the amount of silicon in the body, making this nutrient more easily accessible, and lessening the workload on the body’s water sources. Ease up on your body, chomp on some celery, and keep those joints limber!

Brown Rice Protein – During the summer time, the water in our bodies scurries about relieving the symptoms of dryness and mucus production that the season’s allergens produce. Brown rice protein reduces allergens in the body, leaving your body’s water free of hydrate you in different ways.

Carrots – These crunchy orange veggies keep your digestion on track, and are high in vitamin A, which benefits the immune system and clears the skin. With healthy digestion and immune systems, all water necessary in aiding any problems in those areas can be redirected elsewhere. So, get your healthy glow on, and carrot up! Ever tried carrot juice? It’s delicious!

Blueberries – Bursting with anti-oxidants, a handful of blueberries reduces cell damage in the body, lowering your risk of future cancers. Healthy cells use the water in your body more efficiently, and therefore sustain your hydration longer. Try these sweet treats on their own, in a salad, or baked in a muffin. Yum!

Cucumbers – Cucumbers are diuretics that flush out your system and reduce wastewater from reabsorbing back into the body. Keep your body running on fresh fuel.  Try some cucumber sliced up, for a crunchy and fresh beach-time snack! Alternatively add some cucumber to your juice to make a refreshing juice.

Beets – Deep in color and taste, beets clean the blood and benefit the liver, the body’s main detoxifying organ. Toxin-free, we stay hydrated longer. So beet out those toxins, for a fresher, clearer you.

Garlic – A real heart-healthy treat, garlic is an herbal bulb that improves blood circulation. Healthy circulation keeps the body’s operations smooth, and requires less strain on our hydration supply. Try some on date night, because you know what they say… two garlic mouths cancel each other out…

Spinach – This leafy green rich in Vitamin A builds and cleanses the blood. Clear blood means a more effective body system. Try sautéing spinach in some extra virgin olive oil for some extra inflammation reduction!

And above all else…

Ionized Water – Resulting from an electrolysis-induced non-neutral pH, studies have shown that ionized water better balances the body’s natural pH and better sustains cellular hydration. Bring some in a water bottle on a hike for fresh, cool relief.

Eat smart, conserve your body’s water this summer, and have fun longer!

To keep your body regulated this summer, we recommend considering a juice cleanse. This will help remove toxins from your body that could prevent your body from performing optimally in summer heat.

5 Foods That Will Actually Make You Happier

by Neka on July 19, 2013, 28 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.