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With a few natural items and some purposeful behavior you might do better at staying healthy by supporting your immune system function.

Prevention:

  1. Hand washing is the best way to rid yourself of the germs you pick up through contact, but also important is not touching your face…specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth. These are three easy areas for germs to enter the body and cause illness.  Avoid rubbing your eyes, wiping your nose without a tissue, and touching your mouth unless you are sure your hands are clean.
  2. Keeping an even body temperature is also important because that way your body doesn’t have to work as hard to regulate your temp. AND fight off germs. While being cold doesn’t make you sick (germs do) it certainly makes your body work harder to keep your temperature at 98.6 degrees which lessens its ability to keep you healthy.
  3. Eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep is crucial to keeping your body and immune system in the best state possible to defend you against illness. Avoid processed, fatty, calorie-laden foods and beverages and be sure you’re sleeping as close as possible to 8 hours each night.
  4. Vitamins and supplements are great at filling in the gaps of your personal nutrition that you can’t quite meet with diet alone. Besides a good multi-vitamin try taking individual supplements that are specific to aiding the immune system and fighting off germs.

Natural Remedies:

  1. Vitamin C: supports the immune system and fight off colds.
  2. Ginger: helps bring down inflammation, clear congestion, and supports the immune system.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: helps to alkalinize the body (most people are more acidic) and being more alkaline may be more effective at fighting off viruses that cause colds and the flu.
  4. Honey: boosts the immune system and soothes sore throats and coughs.
  5. Eucalyptus Oil: breathing this potent oil helps open nasal passages for easier breathing.
  6. Neti Pot: this is a small pot that flushes out the nasal passages and can be effective in relieving sinus symptoms.
  7. Avoid Sugar: sugar weakens the immune system and can prolong a cold.
  8. Eat Healthy & Light: doing so allows for less energy going to digestion and more energy available for the immune system.
  9. Rest: The body needs a lot of rest and sleep (yes, they’re different) to allow it the time and energy to fight off germs and recover.  Overdoing it will only make the illness last longer.

 

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The Many Benefits of Tea

by Michelle on March 4, 2020

Tea has been around for centuries as both a beverage as well as a medicine.  It’s said to originate in Southwest China around 2737 BC as a medicinal drink and it spread across Europe during the 16th century.  Tea was originally brewed using loose leaves but with the invention of the tea bag in about 1903 it became faster and much easier to brew a cup…thus increasing its use.  Today tea is almost as popular as coffee since more people are generally more health conscious and recognize the many benefits, both for health as well as weight loss, that a cup can provide.

Some of the many benefits of tea include its antioxidant content, it may boost the immune system, it can soothe the digestive system, it helps with weight loss, may help protect bones, can help brighten your smile, may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, might help manage diabetes, and it has a lowered caffeine content compared to coffee.  With all of these benefits it’s no wonder many more people are becoming interested in adding tea to their diet.

The beneficial element in tea is called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)…the most abundant catechin (an antioxidant) in tea, and is a polyphenol (another antioxidant) important for its potential to affect human health and disease.  Polyphenols have antioxidant properties as well as catechins but they also play an important role in preventing and reducing the progression of certain diseases like diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases.  In addition, they play an important role as a prebiotic, increasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which is important for health, weight management, and disease prevention.

With so many types of teas out there here is a quick overview of some you might like to try first:

Black Tea:  Made with fermented leaves and has the highest caffeine content and is the base for many flavored teas like chai; studies have shown it may have health benefits in protecting the lungs from damage caused by cigarette smoke and may reduce the risk of stroke.  Caffeine = 60-90 mg/8 oz. cup

Oolong Tea:  Made with partially fermented leaves and has more caffeine than green tea but less than black tea; studies have shown it can help lower bad cholesterol levels and can aid in weight loss.  Caffeine = 50-75 mg/8 oz. cup

Green Tea:  Made with steamed leaves (unfermented) and has a high concentration of EGCG; it may aid in treating a whole host of various diseases as well as being beneficial for increased metabolism, weight loss, and weight management.  Caffeine = 35-70 mg/8 oz. cup

White Tea:  Made with uncured and unfermented leaves; studies have shown it has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.  Caffeine = 30-55 mg/8 oz. cup

There is also a category of teas known as “Herbal Teas” that are made from herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots and they can also include tea leaves as well.  They have lower concentrations of antioxidants than green, oolong, black, and white teas and varieties like ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos (red tea), chamomile, and echinacea all have a variety of health benefits.

Even if you aren’t trying tea for any health reasons, it’s sure to help you relax by causing you to slow down a bit while you enjoy it…and that’s reason enough to give it a try if you haven’t already.  While tea seems relatively harmless compared to prescription medications use caution as some may not interact well with your prescriptions or any treatment you might be undergoing for a particular ailment.  Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding tea to your routine to make sure it’s advisable.

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This quote from Hippocrates, a Greek physician born in 460 BC, sums up what more and more people are incorporating into their healthy lifestyle practices.  With all of the problems modern pharmaceuticals can cause with many side effects, not to mention the high costs, people are looking to food, herbs, and natural remedies to be healthy and heal.

There are many resources out there to help you start a more natural plan for health and wellness and many people are finding they need their medications less and less by incorporating a healthy eating and exercise regimen.  As always, please be sure to check with your doctor before ceasing any medications or making any major changes to your diet just to be safe…but if you get the go-ahead have fun!

Here are some helpful charts that can get you started on understanding how to arrange a healthy plate and what foods are beneficial:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you start eating healthy you should be feeling more energy, improved mood, and better sleep as a result.  Weight loss is also a part of the deal as your body begins to function properly and shed the excess weight once it is properly fed.

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These days many more people are opting to follow a Vegan diet out of want instead of need.  It used to be that the only “non-meat” diet was a vegetarian one, but now vegan plans are everywhere.  Just to make sure everyone knows, many vegetarians still eat eggs and dairy products and some will even eat fish.  However, vegans eat nothing that is from an animal…not even their milk.  This means no eggs, milk, cheese, etc.

Vegans, as well as vegetarians, sometimes have a difficult time getting an adequate amount of protein into their diets so it’s important to make sure that supplementation with key vitamins is a part of your protocol.  Using quality sources of protein is also crucial to being health if you choose a vegan diet lifestyle.

Here are just a few you can incorporate:

Tofu                              Seitan                            Tempeh                          Soy Products

Nuts                              Seeds                             Beans                              Peas

Protein Powders          Protein Shakes           Vegan Meat Substitutes

Keep in mind that not all vegan proteins are created equal and some could pose issues with slow/stalled weight loss, especially on our drops protocol.  Also, just in general, keep a close eye on any artificial sweeteners used in vegan shakes and powders to make sure that Aspartame is NOT an ingredient.  It’s a pretty bad sweetener and Stevia or Sucralose is better.

Following a vegan diet plan isn’t so easy so we have put together some good alternatives that anyone (not just vegans) can use either exclusively or occasionally while on a diet and taking our products.  You can email [email protected] for an extensive list of these options and ask any questions you might have about any of our products or the diet.

Also, if you have any suggestions for future blog posts on topics you’re interested in or things you would like to know more about please be sure to email Support with those items and we would be happy to look into posting about them!

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Healthy Super Bowl Treats?

by Michelle on January 31, 2020

This Sunday is more than just a big football game…it’s potentially the derailment of all your hard work getting healthy.  Diets tend to fall by the wayside on Super Bowl Sunday but they don’t necessarily have to; and you don’t need to be a rabbit snacking on just veggies!  Here are some recipes on our website that can help you stay on track while enjoying good snacks:

https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipes/

Boneless Hot Wings:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/boneless-hot-wings/

Fried Chicken Tenders:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/fried-chicken-tenders/

Baked Italian Meatballs:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/baked-italian-meatballs/

Ground Beef Tacos:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/ground-beef-tacos/

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/baked-stuffed-tomatoes/

Hamburgers:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/hamburgers/

Chili:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/chili/

Crab Cakes:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/crab-cakes/

Black Pepper Shrimp:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/black-pepper-sauteed-shrimp/

Dark Chocolate Fruit Slices:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/dark-chocolate-fruit-slices/

Homemade Diet Soda:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/homemade-diet-soda/

Bloody Hot Thin Mary:  https://www.creativebioscience.com/recipe/bloody-hot-thin-mary/

There are many options out there that go beyond the typical Super Bowl fare that not only will keep you on track but taste great as well!  ENJOY!!!

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It happens to us all at one time or another, and colder weather seems to bring it on even more.  Helping your body fight off the bacteria and viruses that cause the common cold and even influenza is easier when you eat items that aid your immune system…and can even make your symptoms better.

Here are some of the beneficial foods that can get you on the path to beating that bacteria and even in overcoming whatever virus plagues you:

Garlic:  Allicin, garlic’s major active component, is responsible for its antimicrobial & antibacterial properties.  Garlic helps promote healthy gut flora which rids the body of toxins, bacteria, and viruses.  Eating garlic is the best way to reap the benefits but you can also take a garlic supplement.

Beef:  An immune system booster and a good source of zinc (important in the development of white blood cells…the body’s defenders).  The extra protein in beef also supports the body in building antibodies & fighting off infection.

Sweet Potato:  A great source of vitamin A which plays a key role in maintaining the health of your mucosal surfaces (inside the nose, in the gastrointestinal tract, and your skin).  Keeping these mucus membranes healthy is key to keeping infections at bay.

Turmeric:  A superfood that has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine for a myriad of applications.  It’s high in antioxidants and is considered a natural anti-inflammatory that when taken on a daily basis is known to relieve the body of toxins.  People who consume turmeric are less susceptible to colds, coughs, and congestion.

Dark Leafy Greens:  Items like spinach, kale, Swiss chard & arugula are great sources of vitamin C (a cold-fighting powerhouse).  Getting adequate amounts of Vitamin C can reduce the duration of a cold.

Wild Salmon:  This food item is rich in not only healthy omega-3 fatty acids but also Vitamin D, which is critical or fending off colds and flu.  It’s been shown that healthy levels of Vitamin D helped people have fewer respiratory tract infections and aided in helping you feel better faster after getting sick.

Chicken Soup:  The hot broth raises the temperature in the body and airways, loosening mucus secretions.  The amino acid cysteine in chicken resembles a medication that’s used to treat bronchitis (keeping the lungs clear) while the protein and vegetables give your body a “super-vitamin” of sorts to aid in getting better.

What to Avoid:  Dairy (tends to promote mucus production), fatty foods (may cause stomach upset), sweets (sugar can suppress the immune system and cause inflammation), spicy foods (may cause stomach upset).

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Dieting myths to ditch!

by Michelle on January 15, 2020

With the “new year new you” craze in full swing there are a lot of things you’re going to be hearing about what you “should” be doing, eating, thinking, etc. but here are some things that aren’t worth much when it comes to dropping pounds, getting healthy, and just feeling better in general.

Myth #1

You can eat whatever you want if you workout

Weight loss requires fewer calories eaten than burned…that’s it!  You must work out AND eat smart/healthy to see results.

Myth #2

You’ll burn more calories/fat if you don’t eat before a workout

You have to properly fuel your body in order for it to garner the benefits of a workout.  Also, if you’re overly hungry afterwards you run the high risk of eating more calories than you just burned…undoing everything!

Myth #3

All calories are created equally

Eating 300 calories of chicken is NOT the same as eating 300 calories of cake!  The body uses and stores calories differently depending on the nutrients that each food is comprised of.

Myth #4

You can’t eat at night if you want to lose weight

Eating too many calories all day long is what causes weight issues…not just at night.  Although, eating too late at night can interrupt quality sleep and/or cause digestive problems.

Myth #5

You can eat as much as you want as long as it’s healthy

While healthy food options contain very beneficial elements they also contain calories…some more than others.  Be sure to keep track of not only the portion size of healthy fare but ALSO the calories!

Slow and steady wins the race is the best approach to permanent weight loss!  Eat better, eat less, and move more…that’s what works every time!

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Tis the Season…to get sick!

by Michelle on December 18, 2019

With the weather turning colder and most of us spending more time inside, it’s easy to see why getting that lingering cold and cough happens to so many of us.  If just one person at work, at home, or even in a crowded store or restaurant is sick there’s a good chance someone within their vicinity will get sick as well.  And the multiple germ-ridden surfaces are major contributors on the fast track to illness.

It seems no matter what you do there is still a sniffle, cough, and/or sore throat that makes an appearance at the end of the year.  Maybe this year you can not only shorten the stay of these unwanted visitors in your body but possibly prevent them from rearing their ugly heads all together!  With a few natural items and some purposeful behavior you might do better this year at staying healthy.

Prevention:

  1. Hand washing is the best way to rid yourself of the germs you pick up through contact, but also important is not touching your face…specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth. These are three easy areas for germs to enter the body and cause illness.  Avoid rubbing your eyes, wiping your nose without a tissue, and touching your mouth unless you are sure your hands are clean.
  2. Keeping an even body temperature is also important because that way your body doesn’t have to work as hard to regulate your temp. AND fight off germs. While being cold doesn’t make you sick (germs do) it certainly makes your body work harder to keep your temperature at 98.6 degrees which lessens its ability to keep you healthy.
  3. Eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep is crucial to keeping your body and immune system in the best state possible to defend you against illness. Avoid processed, fatty, calorie-laden foods and beverages and be sure you’re sleeping as close as possible to 8 hours each night.
  4. Vitamins and supplements are great at filling in the gaps of your personal nutrition that you can’t quite meet with diet alone. Besides a good multi-vitamin try taking individual supplements that are specific to aiding the immune system and fighting off germs.

Natural Remedies:

  1. Vitamin C: supports the immune system and fight off colds.
  2. Ginger: helps bring down inflammation, clear congestion, and supports the immune system.
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar: helps to alkalinize the body (most people are more acidic) and being more alkaline may be more effective at fighting off viruses that cause colds and the flu.
  4. Honey: boosts the immune system and soothes sore throats and coughs.
  5. Eucalyptus Oil: breathing this potent oil helps open nasal passages for easier breathing.
  6. Neti Pot: this is a small pot that flushes out the nasal passages and can be effective in relieving sinus symptoms.
  7. Avoid Sugar: sugar weakens the immune system and can prolong a cold.
  8. Eat Healthy & Light: doing so allows for less energy going to digestion and more energy available for the immune system.
  9. Rest: The body needs a lot of rest and sleep (yes, they’re different) to allow it the time and energy to fight off germs and recover.  Overdoing it will only make the illness last longer.

Make this year the one that doesn’t end in illness, missed work, missed fun, and too much misery over poor health.

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To help you keep track

by Michelle on December 11, 2019

Regardless of what holiday you may celebrate this time of year, food seems to be a uniting theme of them all.  And if you’re trying to keep from gaining weight it can be difficult with all of the delicious temptations.  Here are some charts that will hopefully help…keep in mind these are just estimates, read labels carefully:

APPETIZERS/DIPS/SNACKS

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Olives (green) 1/2 cup 77 8g
Cheeseball (w/ nuts) 2 Tbsp. 246 20g
Mixed Nuts 1/2 cup 407 35g
Crackers 10 177 7g
Potato Chips (regular) 1 oz. (10 chips) 150 10g
Tortilla Chips (regular) 10 chips 140 7g
Onion Dip 2 Tbsp. 60 5g
Ranch Dip 2 Tbsp. 70 6g

 

MAIN DISHES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Roasted Turkey (no skin) 4 slices (4 oz.) 190 6g
Baked Ham (fresh, cooked) 3 slices (4 oz.) 345 21g
Beef Brisket (cooked, lean) 3 slices (4 oz.) 291 15g
Beef Pot Roast 3 slices (4 oz.) 387 27g
Rib Roast 3 slices (4 oz.) 336 21g

 

SIDE DISHES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Cornbread 1 square 152 5g
Biscuit 1 2″ roll 106 5g
Crescent Roll 1 100 6g
Cornbread Stuffing 1 cup 363 18g
Giblet Gravy (w/milk and flour) 1/2 cup 178 13g
Sweet Potato Casserole 1 cup 276 6g
Mashed Potatoes 1 cup 238 8g
Green Bean Casserole 1 cup 143 8g
Carrots (glazed) 1 cup 217 12g
Cranberry Sauce 1/2 cup 209 0g
Potato Salad 1 cup 277 15g

 

DESSERTS

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Cheesecake 1/12 of 9″ cake 412 25g
Apple Crisp 1 cup 402 9g
Pumpkin Pie (w/o whipped cream) 1/8 of 9″ pie 323 15g
Apple Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 356 17g
Pecan Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 456 21g
Sweet Potato Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 295 14g
Coconut Cream Pie 1/8 of 9″ pie 429 24g
Bread Pudding 1 cup 311 10g

 

BEVERAGES

Food Item Serving Size Calories Fat Grams
Eggnog (w/whole milk and alcohol) 1 cup 439 19g
Eggnog (w/o alcohol) 1 cup 342 19g
Wine (dry, red or white) 7 oz. 142 0g
Wine Spritzer 7 oz. 91 0g
Beer 12 oz. 148 0g
Apple Juice/Cider 1 cup 117 0g

 

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Happy Pets…Happy Holidays!

by Michelle on December 4, 2019

If you’re like me you just can’t believe it’s already the first week of December!  Maybe you’ve waited until now to put up your decorations or perhaps they’ve been up for a while.  Whichever applies, if you have pets this means there is some important information you need to be aware of.

Pets of all types need to be considered both for safety as well as comfort when it comes to the holidays.  Here is a list of the main items to be aware of as well as some treats that we might love but must be kept away from our pets:

  1. Christmas Trees: Cats can climb up the trunk of the tree and dogs might try to jump up and get ornaments (or the climbing cat), knocking over the tree and injuring themselves.  Also, if you have a live tree the water basin it sits in poses another hazard.  Many times adding a preservative to the water keeps the tree fresh longer but is poisonous to pets who might drink it.
  2. Imitation Snow: Also called “flocking”…is poisonous and can flake off, falling to the floor where it’s easily ingested.
  3. Edible Ornaments: Cookies, cranberry and/or popcorn garlands, candy canes, etc. all are alluring to pets and pose a possible toxic problem.  Be sure to put them high up on the tree (out of reach) if you do wish to use them.
  4. Tinsel: Whether you like the single shiny strands or a garland it needs to be kept far away from pets.  It’s toxic and can clog their intestines and lead to poisoning.
  5. Light Strands: Keep lights out of reach since both cats and dogs might love to chew on the cords, posing an electrocution problem as well as a toxic hazard.
  6. Plants/Flowers: Poinsettia, Holly, Mistletoe, Christmas Cactus, English Ivy, and Amaryllis are considered toxic and result in gastrointestinal irritation & depression of the central nervous system.  They can even cause death.
  7. Foods: Chocolate, onions, garlic, chives, grapes, raisins, most nuts (especially macadamia nuts), and dairy can cause everything from mild irritation to a fatal toxic reaction.

Our pets, like small children, are naturally curious and tend to put everything into their mouths.  Keeping them safe needs to be a priority and keeping them stress-free is also important.  This time of year there is more clutter in the house with the decorations and sometimes extra people so be aware of the stress that the altered surroundings and visitors can pose.  Pets can stay safe with some planning and hopefully stay calm when they’re needs are considered.  These things can make them more pleasant when socializing with house guests and save you from some stress as well.

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