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Fight Depression with a Healthy Diet

by Megan Fleming on August 19, 2014, no comments

fight depression with a healthy diet by Urban Remedy

An astounding number of Americans suffer from Depression.

Studies show, that despite current efforts to treat depression, it is becoming more prevalent. The U.S. Center for Mental Health Services even states that 1 in every 33 children suffer from depression. That is a hard statistic to accept. With depression rates rising, especially in children, shouldn’t we be asking more questions?

What is causing this significant increase in depression?

For one, just the rate at which we move on all levels has increased. With technology, transportation allows us to move to and from places more quickly than ever. Our brain processes information at a high speed rate alongside the internet. We are able to do more and know more as the world around us continues to move faster.

What does our high speed world do to our nervous system and our actual ability to keep up?

In our pursuit of survival, success and happiness, have we forgotten the importance of slowing down and making time for our self? An important aspect of slowing down and tuning into our intrinsic world is that we learn to listen to our own body.  The multi-tasking mode of our society can drawn us away our internal self and nature. In fact, studies have shown that the lack of unstructured play and time in nature is greatly contributing to emotional disorders in children. Are adults any different? I think we all need time to play, be and get lost in nature.

How has our diet evolved and changed over time? Does what we eat affect our emotional health?

Another aspect of everyday life that has significantly changed over time is our diet. The average American diet is high in calorie and low in nutrition. We have been taught that it is the brain that controls the rest of the body, but the brain, in fact, receives most of its signals from the gut. If the enteric nervous system, (the intrinsic nervous system of your gut), is not receiving the vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins needed for nourishment it cannot do its job. So perhaps those unfriendly blues can be attributed to a deficiency in your diet.

How do you support your mental and emotional health with diet?

Support the health of your gut by eating foods that will fuel your brain and stabilize your mood. Food intolerances can contribute to emotional symptoms; by eating simple whole foods and a plant based diet can help your body cleanse and eliminate food intolerances. Increase your intake of B vitamins, Folic Acid, Amino Acids, and Omega 3 Fatty Acids through a nutrient dense diet.  Mood boosting foods include: dark leafy greens, beets, carrots, celery, avocados, lentils, walnuts, almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, spirulina, chai and cacao, just to name a few.

No matter what the symptom may be, whether it affects the mind or body, treating just the symptom can never heal the root cause. Focus on creating whole health. Whenever you focus on healing the whole, all the parts that make you who you are, move into balance. A balanced body and mind know how to leave the blues behind.

A balanced body and mind leave the blues behind eating for mental health by Urban Remedy

Holistic Healing Diet

by Megan Fleming on August 12, 2014, no comments

Holistic Healing Diet Be a Healtier You by Urban Remedy
Because the word holistic is so freely used these days, I find myself using finger quotes every time I say, “holistic.”

The term has earned its badge amongst wellness communities because it seeks to further our understanding of health. It challenges us to move beyond the, “treat the symptom,” model.

The holistic model is based upon healing at a whole level. When you give your body, mind and spirit what it needs to feel happy, whole and healthy, there is nothing else. There is the saying, “When the diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when the diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” Food as medicine connects us to our roots and invites us to have a deeper connection to the land and the foods we eat.

At Urban Remedy, we are more than a juice brand. We are a holistic lifestyle brand.

In choosing the word holistic, we are acknowledging that good health is built on wisdom, practice and commitment. Finding your path is not always easy. We understand that having the knowledge to make better choices is what empowers people. We love that our commitment to understanding health and healing at a core level is something we can share with you.

So when we toss that word, “holistic,” out there, we are really saying,… “Hey, there is a deeper relationship you can build with yourself, with the foods you eat and with the world around you. If you are committed to a truly holistic lifestyle we are committed to you.

Holistic Healing Diet by Urban Remedy

What Is The Difference Between Organic and Non-GMO??

by Rebecca on March 18, 2014, one comment

Assortment of fruits and vegetables inside boxEver walk through the grocery store and wonder, what’s the difference between organic and non-GMO labeled foods? So have we! At Urban Remedy, we’ve been investigating the differences between organic and non-genetically modified foods, and here’s what we’ve found…

Here’s the problem: Not all organic foods are completely GMO-free. Shocker!

The term organic refers to the chemical-free process by which food is grown. With that in mind, one would think these organic foods, free of chemicals, are also free of genetic modification, designating them as non-GMO foods. Unfortunately, existing USDA mandates protecting organic crops from GMO contamination fail to recognize the simple truth, that man-made laws have no power when faced with the force of Ms. Mother Nature.

Accidental crop contamination can occur from things like natural cross-pollination of crops by wind or birds carrying seeds from one field to another, or by finding minuscule traces of non-GMO ingredients in animal feed. These uncontrollable instances lead still-organic foods to no longer be completely GMO-free.

In fact, according to FDA mandate, the only certifiably non-GMO foods available in grocery stores are those labeled as ‘100% Certified Organic’. However, not all organic foods are labeled as ‘100% Certified Organic’. Some foods are also designated as ‘Certified Organic’ or ‘Made with Organic’, meaning most of their ingredients are organic, but not all. Recipes for products like these can allot between 5%-30% of space for ingredients like corn starch and soy lecithin, two items the USDA lists as non-GMO, but are possibly, not. So tricky!

Surprised by this little loop-hole? Here’s another! Certain antibiotics are also USDA approved for use on organic produce as fire damage preventatives. Yuck!

foods to eat to keep you healthy and in loveWith this information in mind, we’ve concluded that its better to think of foods labeled as organic as, instead, mostly organic. Your best bet to avoid genetic modification is to stick with foods labeled as ‘100% Certified Organic’ or explicitly as ‘non-GMO’.

 

The Greatest Antioxidants in Your Kitchen

by Rebecca on January 16, 2014, one comment

During the wintertime, eating antioxidant rich foods eliminates potentially cancer-causing free radicals from your bodily systems, adding energy to your body and calm to your mind. Here are five ingredients packed with all the antioxidants you’ll need for enough energy to weather, well, the cold weather!

 Chia Seeds: Packed with healthy omega oils, easily digestible protein, and antioxidants, chia seeds may help with diabetes, hypoglycemia and celiac disease. At Urban Remedy we love chia seeds in our Chai meal replacement smoothie. Mmm spiced deliciousness!

Vanilla: It’s not just an ice cream flavor people! Vanilla is a powerful antioxidant. For full vanilla flavor, nothing beats our Urban Remedy cookies, healthy enough to snack on any time of day!

 

Black Currants: Black currants contain phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals. Sprinkle some dried currants on any salad for some beautifully bright tartness.

Cacao: Chocolate-y and delicious cacao is antioxidant-rich with essential minerals like magnesium and iron. Delicious in brownies or brittles, this super-food is super-scrumptious.

Garlic: Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with its antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. At Urban Remedy, our kale chips pack all that garlic-y goodness into one simple snack.

Fuel your body with antioxidant-rich foods this wintertime and hibernate happy!

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!

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: Lemon

by Rebecca on October 30, 2013, no comments

Feeling under the weather? Try adding lemon to your diet! The citrusy punch of lemon is sure to boost your health and awaken your insides. Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoid, which benefit the liver and may clear mucus. At Urban Remedy, all of our cleanses are brimming with lemony goodness to rejuvenate your liver and revive your inner wellness goddess!

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