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Fight Diabetes Naturally

by Megan Fleming on October 10, 2014, no comments

Fight Diabetes Naturally with Urban Remedy
Common diseases, such as diabetes, threaten our quality of life and even kill us. So why aren’t we fighting back?
Most of us know that our diet greatly affects whether or not our body functions well. Change is never easy, but the benefits are so incredibly

Modern times call for modern warriors: those who are willing to seek the truth and live the truth. Truth: You hold great power over your own health. Truth: When you feel empowered to make healthier choices, you help make the world a healthier place.

Remember a time when diabetes wasn’t a common theme of childhood. Our bodies need to be nourished with foods that are intended to keep us healthy. When you enter a mainstream grocery store, there are NOT a lot of real food options. Instead, there are” food substances.” The enormous list of ingredients, along with the added corn syrup and sugar in nearly all processed foods, is unfortunate. Food is meant to be healing, but the wrong kind of food can be harmful.

Live with food wisdom. Examine your diet. How much of it is made up of fresh living foods that are feeding the needs of your body at a cellular level? How much sugar are you consuming on average each day?  Read the labels on the food you buy. Just because something says, “All Natural,” “Healthy,” or” Good for You,” doesn’t mean it is. If a food product has a long list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce, put it back on the shelf. It doesn’t belong in your body.

Cleanse and Nourish your body regularly with foods that will help you heal and promote good health. Not all cleanses are created equally. Natural raw juices can be high in sugar. Make sure you are choosing a low glycemic cleanse that will help regulate your blood sugar rather than spike it.

Between Cleanses, choose a disease fighting diet. A disease fighting diet simply means one that is going to support the overall functioning of your body, promoting health at every level. Raw juices, raw foods, whole foods and nutritional supplements are your very best friends.

If diabetes runs in your family and you want to give yourself the best chance at good health, start by changing your diet. If it is true, you are what you eat, then choose to eat what is alive and vibrant!

Eat what is alive and vibrant with Urban Remedy Food is Healing

A Salad a Day Keeps the Weight Away

by Rebecca on May 13, 2014, no comments

At Urban Remedy, we have noticed the negative stigma attached to salads, and are just curious: What gives?! Salads can be delicious, nutritious, fresh, and a great weapon against weight gain. Here are a few helpful hints for how to get the most out of your salads.

untitluntitluntitlKale Salad Solo.jpgBye Bye Bread: Eating bread is one of the worst ways you can start a meal. Packed with gluten (unless you are eating a gluten-free variety), bread expands in your stomach filling you up, but with simple carbohydrates that spike your metabolism. These simple carbs diminish your immediate appetite, but leave you starving 30 minutes later. Instead, starting  your dinner with a salad course layers your stomach with leafy-green roughage, leaving you still hungry for the main event. Roughage is also rich in fiber (a mineral with laxative properties) to keep your regular digestion on track.

Oil-based Dressings: Vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat soluble, meaning they dissolve in fat. So, if your diet eliminates all fats, these vitamins will have a hard, if not impossible, time absorbing into your body. The best way to combat this problem? Use oil-based salad dressings. Olive or nut oils are packed with omega-3 fatty acids (the good kind of cholesterol), and provide your body with the best kinds of fats to aid vitamin absorption.

lettuceCollageMix those Greens: Different kinds of leafy greens sport different benefits. Mixing a variety of different leafy greens into your bowl bumps up the number of vitamins and minerals your are getting out of one meal. Plus, having this variety of flavor keeps the palate interested, so your salad doesn’t taste boring. At Urban Remedy, our Zen Salad and Shredded Kale Salad apply this mixing method for ultimate health benefits and taste bud satisfaction.

Don’t dread your salad! Just keep is fun and fresh, and you’re sure to be weight-free and flavor-happy!

Coffee: The Benefits Behind your Buzz

by Rebecca on April 28, 2014, no comments

What’s our newest Urban Remedy obsession? Cold- pressed coffee! This delicious antioxidant oracle makes mornings burst with energy and afternoons perk right up. In addition to tasting delicious we just cannot get enough of are the health benefits!

So, Coffee is Good for me?

health benefits of coffee
Coffee is actually one of the highest antioxidant per capita drinks available on the market today. Studies have shown that the free-radical-fighting antioxidants in coffee have also proven to lower liver cancer risk. This bean-brewed elixir can even protect against cirrhosis of the liver. Research also demonstrates that coffee can boost certain hormone-regulating proteins crucial in maintaining the body’s decreased risk of type-II diabetes development. Sounds like a wonder drink to us!

Okay, but What about the Caffeine?

Yes, caffeine is a stimulant, and yes, you’ll find it in caffeinated coffee. There are 95mg of caffeine in a generically brewed caffeinated cup. Though when consumed in excess caffeine intake can result in unpleasant side effects, in moderation, this natural stimulant boosts energy and can even reduce risk of Parkinson’s disease. An all-natural energy boost with preventative properties? Yes please!

Oh, and What’s this about a Cold Brew?

When you think coffee, you probably think heat. Even an iced coffee must come from that previously brewed hot liquid, right? Not necessarily. You can also cold-brew! The cold brewing process garners the same coffee from the same ground coffee beans, but with added benefits. For example, cold-brewed coffee has lower acidity levels due to the lack of heat during the brewing process. This lower acidity level, while aiding digestion, also gives the finished product a slightly sweeter flavor. The down side? This process does take significantly longer than a heated brew; 12+ hours.

Oh but don’t you fret! At Urban Remedy, we’ve got your Cold-Brew ready to taste right now. For an extra special treat, try our Cold-Brew Light and Sweet, lightly sweetened with a touch of coconut sugar. Easy and delicious!

Final Fun Fact: Cold-brew coffee is very popular in Japan. Who knew?!

Young at Heart

by Rebecca on April 22, 2014, 2 comments

foods to eat to keep you healthy and in loveMaybe you’ve heard that love makes the heart grow fonder? Well, at Urban Remedy we believe healthy eating makes the heart grow stronger! Heart health starts with the food you eat to keep your circulatory system spritely. Here are a few of our favorite ingredients for maintaining heart health.

Garlic: High cholesterol levels are dangerous foes in the heart health game. With cholesterol-clogged arteries, blood (and therefore oxygen) cannot easily access the heart, putting this vital organ in danger of failure. Garlic has shown to lower cholesterol levels, making this herb a vital ally in your quest for heart health. At Urban Remedy, we love garlic in our kale chips!

Beets: Beets are blood cleaners. Full of antioxidants and nitrates, beet juice rids the blood of free radicals, keeping circulation efficient. Those perks not enough? As exercise is equally, if not more, important to your heart’s health, beets have shown to boost stamina, helping you hit the gym longer. We pack our After Party juice with the all that delicious beet power to keep your heart healthy, energy up, and taste buds happy!

03_31_14_heartHealthBurdock Root: Burdock root, used in many ancient folk remedies, is one of the best blood purifying herbs. It’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties have shown to soften hardened arteries and eliminate toxins from the bloodstream. With increased artery flexibility and purified blood, the heart can more easily and steadily receive oxygen. At Urban Remedy, burdock root keeps our Beam juice heart healthy and totally delicious.

Cardamom: Cardamom, a spice native to Middle Eastern cuisine, can help lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure occurs when blood, muddled with toxins, pushes against its travel ways (i.e. your arteries) at an increased rate, slowing circulation and causing the heart to work harder. Purer blood travels better. Cardamom’s antioxidant levels cleanse free radical particles from the blood easing circulation, and pressure off the heart. An added perk? Cardamom is also a mood elevator! Nourish yourself with a healthy dose of Cardamom, to boost the moods of both your heart and mind! Huzzah!

Your heart does so much for you. This week, be your heart’s hero. Exercise and eat right to help your heart win its fight, for health.

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’.

 

We Go Nuts for Nuts!

by Rebecca on January 30, 2014, no comments

During this holiday season, chestnuts will not be the only legumes roasting on our open fire. Nuts are packed with protein and minerals to sustain your energy all season long. Here are a few of the nuts we go nuts for here at Urban Remedy.

Cashews: Power-packed with minerals like manganese, potassium, copper, and iron, cashews are a perfect snack to fuel your body on a cold winter’s day. Minerals keep your bones strong and your impulses sharp. They also keep your hormones balanced. Relax and sip some cashew milk before bed and dream sweet!

Walnuts: Proud members for the tree nut family, walnuts are a perfect snack to boost heart health and protect against type 2 diabetes. Rich in Vitamin E and Omega-3 fatty acids, these legumes decrease your bad cholesterol, refueling your bloodstream with goodness. They can also lower your risk for excessive clotting. Quickly caramelized and tossed in a salad? Well don’t mind if we do!

Almonds: Did you know an efficient bloodstream makes for an energized body?Hearty and protein-rich Almonds help alkalize the blood and relieve qi stagnation in the liver. This process cleanses your whole body, helping your bloodstream function more efficiently. At Urban Remedy, almonds make our brownies, cookies, and brittles extra delicious. We know what your friends are getting for the holidays…

 

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!

In Support of Fruit!

by Rebecca on January 14, 2014, no comments

The Well section of the NYTimes just ran a piece in support of fruit! Here at Urban Remedy we are major fruit supporters. Here is a list of our favorite fruits, and what makes them so good for you.

Bananas: One of the best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure, bananas are the perfect fruit to eat after a workout, first thing when you wake up in the morning, in a juice, or just as a snack any ol’ time of day! Normal blood pressure keeps your circulation steady, providing your body with an even flow of oxygen and therefore energy throughout your entire day. Another fun potassium fact? This mineral also aids muscle cramping, so ladies, you know when you’ll need ‘em. At Urban Remedy we love bananas in our Chocolate Banana smoothie and our brittles.

Blueberries: Blueberries are full of antioxidants that reduce the kind of cell damage possibly responsible for cancer development. Talk about a superfood! That’s not their only claim to fame… Blueberries also improve your vision and promote weight control. Whether you drink them down in a juice, yummy smoothie, or just grab a handful on the go, blueberries are a fantastic fruit to add into your diet. We love sipping on some blueberries in our young love juice and greenberry smoothie. Sweet and super!

Raspberries: Nature’s sweet tarts, raspberries purify the blood and benefit the liver and kidneys. Pure blood carries increased levels of oxygen to your organs, naturally boosting energy, while a healthy liver and kidneys amplify your body’s detoxing efficiency. Sounds fabulous to us! You can find raspberries in our warrior juice as well as our PB&J smoothie. Drink your way to a healthier you.

Mood Boosting Yoga Poses

by Rebecca on January 9, 2014, no comments

The winter can be stressful. At Urban Remedy we want your winter memories to be family filled instead of catastrophe ridden. Here are a few yoga poses to destress after even the most anxiety inducing holiday soirée season.

Child’s Pose: Kneeling on the ground, sit back on your heels and touch your forehead to the mat with your arms either stretched out in front of you, or lying by your sides. Often encouraged as a resting stance during challenging classes, child’s pose stretches your low back, while also reseting your nervous system. With child’s pose in your back pocket, that failed holiday casserole will never get you down again!

Standing Forward Bend: With your feet planted shoulder width apart, slowly fold over one vertebrae at a time until your hands reach your shins, feet, or the floor. Considered an inversion because your head is below your heart, this pose increases blood flow to the brain, reinvigorating your mind with energy and clarity. Perfect for another round of grandpa’s ‘jokes’…

Corpse Pose: Shavasanah, or corpse pose, is typically the final pose of any yoga class. Used as a gateway to post-workout meditation, this pose is a perfect remedy for calming all pre-holiday party jitters. Lie on your back with your palms facing up and focus your attention on the breath. If your mind needs a bit more help calming down, try counting down to 10 without any other thoughts popping into your mind. A thought popped up? Start back at 10. Just like that, you’re a countdown away to holiday bliss!

Ingredient Spotlight: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

by Rebecca on January 7, 2014, no comments

Rachael Ray’s not the only foodie in love with EVOO. Here at Urban Remedy we know that extra virgin olive oil contains phytonutrients like polyphenols that protect against inflammation, an underlying cause of many health issues. With lower inflammation, you’re less likely to feel that achey stiffness of winter, for a season full of energy and cheer!

Why Extra Virgin? Extra Virgin refers to the grade of oil you are getting. Extra virgin olive oil is the highest grade olive oil, equipped with the purest and freshest olive flavor. Mmm!

Where can you use extra virgin olive oil? Pretty much anywhere you would normally use butter. Also, if butter is just too near and dear to your heart to lose try using a half butter/half EVOO combo to get that same buttery taste with less calories and fat. At Urban Remedy we love extra virgin olive oil on our kale chips, the perfect crunchy salty snack on a cozy winter’s day.

 

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