1. Mind your antioxidants
Known as the body’s “master” antioxidant, glutathione (GSH) combats free radicals and helps support immunity, the gastrointestinal and nervous systems, and more. Your body is most vulnerable to oxidative insult when you wake up—especially if you had a drink the night before, since the body uses glutathione stores to metabolize alcohol, says Lise Alschuler, ND, author of Five to Thrive (Active Interest Media, 2011). A low-nutrient breakfast of coffee and toast will send levels even lower, making this a great time to supplement with glutathione’s precursors, glutamine or N-acetylcysteine (NAC).
2. Moisturize and protect
Every morning, address the two most important skin care concerns—moisturizing and UV protection—by applying one dual-action natural cream.
Look for a product with nourishing oils, protective antioxidants, and minerals zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to fight UVA and UVB rays. If you plan on spending more than 10 minutes in the sun, make sure you also use an SPF 30, or a moisturizer that includes an SPF 30.
3. Sleep tight
Sure, you feel better, but it’s no myth you’ll look better too when you get sufficient rest. Why? When you’re anxious or not getting enough sleep, cortisol, the “stress hormone,” increases and attacks collagen—the important protein that keeps your skin taut. But during sleep, your body produces human growth hormone (HGH), which rebuilds and rejuvenates skin cells. Aim for eight quality hours nightly. If that’s not feasible: Tack on an extra half-hour per week, squeeze in 20-minute naps when you can, and exercise regularly to improve circulation and release stress-fighting endorphins.
4. Focus on cooking technique
Minimize damage from advanced glycation end products (these distort skin’s collagen) by boiling, steaming, poaching, or stewing your foods. “We don’t say, ‘never enjoy a grilled food,’” says Alan Logan, ND, coauthor of Your Skin, Younger (Cumberland House, 2010). But something as simple as poaching an egg, rather than frying it, can make a significant difference in AGE levels. In fact, high water content in the Japanese diet may be one reason why Japanese people tend to have fewer visible aging signs than Caucasians, says Logan.
5. Take skin-supportive supplements
What you put into your body is just as important as what you put on it. In addition to loading up on water- and nutrient-dense foods, supplement with collagen, a protein found in our connective tissues that helps keep skin wrinkle-free, and hyaluronic acid (HA), the hydrating sponge-like substance that provides skin with elasticity and moisture, to support a youthful complexion. As we age, we experience the loss of both, making supplementation important. Learn more about collagen from sponsor BioCell.[hr]
Are you getting enough quality sleep?
One of the biggest contributors to early aging is poor-quality sleep, according to Andrea Purcell, ND, Portal to Healing Naturopathic Clinic, Costa Mesa, CA.
“Many people go to bed with lights on or surrounded by ambient light, which can interfere with sleep schedules and quality.”
Stress prematurely compromises hormone production and, over time, your cells aren’t able to repair themselves. We age because stress and lifestyle factors such as improper sleep and hygiene cause hormone depletion. But by triggering the release of growth hormones, sleep helps rebuild healthy cells and decreases the aging process.
Fight it: Sleeping at the right times helps our bodies repair the damage done during the day. And you don’t need to get a full 10 hours; you just need to maximize your hormonal release by sleeping at the right time. Your brain releases the hormone melatonin in response to darkness, usually between 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. This triggers the release of a hormone called prolactin between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.; which activates the human growth hormone (HGH) throughout the night and helps repair and replenish the body.
Too much fat and salt?
If you eat a high-fat diet and too many high-sodium processed foods, you are more likely to experience accelerated and worsened cardiovascular aging, according to Douglas Seals, PhD, professor at University of Colorado at Boulder. Such dietary habits can also lead to weight gain, especially in the abdominal area. As you age, you typically gain body fat—it’s where that weight accumulates that determines if it will affect your heart and cardiovascular system. Fat accumulated around the abdomen is a different kind of fat that secretes molecules that are harmful to your heart.
Fight it: Eat various fresh green vegetables for their antioxidants, which can help protect your brain and heart from free radicals and the development of oxidative stress. Do aerobic exercise at least three to four days a week and eat a healthy diet low in fat and sodium and high in fresh, nutrient-rich foods.
What about alcohol?
As you age, your body doesn’t process alcohol as efficiently as it does when you are younger, according to Avid Oslin, MD, associate professor at University of Pennsylvania. Alcohol consumption leads to a pattern of impaired executive functioning and impaired memory and interacts with many medications, particularly in older adults. For some medications, alcohol will change how much of the medication is needed to control the underlying condition, such as insulin regulation, which can result in an increase in side effects from the medication. For other medications, alcohol can interfere with how the medication works and thus make the medication less effective (for example, antibiotics and antidepressants).
Fight it: Stick to moderate alcohol intake only; no more than one drink per night and try to make it red wine, which contains antioxidants. Remember: a 70-year-old who consumes the same amount of alcohol as a 40-year-old will have a higher blood alcohol level and will show more impairment. Also, your brain doesn’t tolerate as much alcohol as you age. Thus moderation is always the key.
Those individuals who live a vegan lifestyle may have difficulty getting an adequate amount of protein into their diet, or are simply getting bored with the protein sources they’re consuming now. But incorporating protein into your diet can be both easy and delicious with Naturade’s VeganSmart. It’s also perfect as a meal replacement shake for anyone. Whip up a shake in the morning or bring it to work for a healthy afternoon snack. Choose from a variety of flavors, including chai, chocolate and vanilla – pleasing a wide range of palates. However, this protein powder offers you much more than a creamy, delicious taste.
There are so many good things that can come from blending up your favorite flavor shake using VeganSmart:
One of its main purposes, of course, is to provide vegans with protein. This protein powder contains five different non-GMO plant-based proteins, providing all of the essential amino acids in precise proportions for constructing and repairing tissue and muscle. Whether you choose chai, chocolate or vanilla, your body will be getting about 20 grams of protein, which is half of the daily recommended value.
Along with protein, you’re also getting 22 vitamins and minerals as well as 6 grams of fiber, which helps to support normal and healthy cell function and keep you regular. It’s also rich with omega-3s to keep your brain, heart and circulatory system in tip-top shape.
Your stomach will thank you for this cool and satisfying shake because it contains a blend of enzymes which assist in digesting foods more completely for greater absorption of nutrients. With nutrients able to be better absorbed into your system, you’ll be on your way to better health. VeganSmart is also packed with 1 billion colony-forming units of good bacteria, otherwise known as probiotics. They support great digestive health and help to maintain healthy intestinal flora.
Normally, you can’t say that you got the nutritional value of various fruits and vegetables when drinking a frosty shake. But VeganSmart provides nine different fruits and vegetables, which contain antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids – all of which support your overall wellness.
This all-in-one, nutritional, low calorie shake can be enjoyed at any time of day, and is an easy and delicious way to look after your body. Simply grab a blender, pour in 9 to 11 ounces of cold water, non-dairy beverage or juice, and mix in two level scoops of your favorite VeganSmart flavor. Just blend and enjoy! Feel free to add your VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake into your smoothie recipe of choice as well – it’s a great way to add flavor and nutrients.
The #NaturadeSmoothie Contest is under way. So far the feedback has been great! We have had a bunch of mouth-watering recipes that have sent us back to our blender over and over again. To help you get into the mix here are a few of our favorites:
- Blend 1 banana
- 1 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon each honey and lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup ice
- 6 oz raspberries
- 9 oz strawberries
- 100gms acai frozen bar or 4oz blueberries
- 1-2 bananas
- 1 cup almond milk
- 4-6 frozen coffee cubes
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- splash of flavored coffee creamer (sugar free)
- 1-2 tsp. coco powder
- 1-2 scoops pea protein vanilla
- 1 scoop lite whip cream
Blend together in a blender until all mix and enjoy!
There are a wide variety of ways to shed pounds and feel healthier. However, some methods are no-brainers when it comes to improving your health and vitality. While working out regularly is important, maintaining a balanced diet is just as vital. Some think that skipping daily meals will help them lose their unwanted weight, but this actually slows down the metabolism. What does do the trick, however, are meal replacements. More specifically, smoothies! That’s right, this delicious and refreshing drink actually has a number of health benefits.
Meal replacements can not only help you slim down in no time, they can also help reduce your cholesterol levels! And don’t worry, just because they’re healthy doesn’t mean they don’t taste good. They’re filling and delicious! Starting off your day with one of these can work to boost your metabolism without packing on unwanted calories of typical meals like fast food and frozen options filled with preservatives. Here are a few smoothie ideas you can use to replace one meal a day and get on your to that goal weight:
Ready for the best news you’ll hear today? You can actually have chocolate in your diet and still lose weight. By replacing one of your daily meals with a chocolate-soy smoothie, you get that chocolate taste without all of the added sugar. The soy protein works to lower your cholesterol as well. According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, soy protein works to lower total cholesterol and non-HDL cholesterol significantly more than milk. So go ahead and skip that sugary donut and reach for a chocolate smoothie instead. Your body will thank you!
If you’re more of a fruit fan, opt for a delicious strawberry taste that will please your taste buds and the scale. By replacing meals with this low-calorie smoothie, you may lose weight, decrease your cholesterol and improve overall heart health. To enhance the flavor even further, try adding some fresh fruit to the top.
A smoothie that incorporates natural vanilla will help you get on your way to slimming your waist. Instead of a calorie-packed meal, a replacement smoothie provides balanced nutrition and will help you maintain a healthy diet. Many wonder if meal replacements like these actually keep you full - the answer is yes. With a healthy level of dietary fiber, smoothies help curb your hunger so you don’t have to overindulge later on. When mealtime comes around, you’ll be craving this sweet and refreshing alternative.
A few smoothie tips
Any flavor you choose is sure to be delicious, but there are a few things you can do to enhance this delicious meal replacement. If you especially love fruit in your morning smoothie, Lunchbox.com suggested adding some on top. It really enhances the flavor.
If you’re always on the go, consider making a number servings at night so that you can have a few smoothies ready to go whenever you may need them. This makes it even easier to shed the pounds, even with a busy schedule.
Hello Everyone, I’m Team Naturade athlete Dustin Hinton and I just wanted to introduce myself and share a quick smoothie recipe with you.
Less than 2 years ago I was a 5’7′, 220lbs. single dad, with a serious gut, I couldn’t swim one lap, I didn’t own a bike, and a 1-2 mile run would be a sheer terror for me to complete. After losing a family member to cancer, very quickly, I decided to make a big change. I’m pretty much an all or nothing kind of guy so I immediately picked a huge goal.
My goal was to complete the Ironman Louisville 140.6 mile triathlon in front of my hometown, my family, and my friends, and more importantly, my 4 year old son Boston would be at the finish line. In my mind I had this one idea, If I can complete the Ironman I would have to get into shape.
What is Ironman?
It’s a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and a full 26.2 marathon with a 17 hour cut off. So just get to the Ironman, the right way, by eating clean, training hard and smart, and being honest with myself. But my goal had another twist, I wanted to do this plus complete every other race distance in within ONE year… I wanted to go Couch to Ironman in one year… Everyone thought I was a nut…
During the process I became Vegan, started eating super clean, joined a local running group, cycling group, taught myself how to swim from YouTube videos, I completed 5k’s, 10k’s, Olympic Triathlons, Half Marathons, Full Marathons, 70.3 Half Ironman Triathlons, Century Rides, and by the time I was in the car driving to home for Ironman Louisville I had lost 58lbs. On August 26th, 2012, I jumped in the water at Ironman Louisville at 7am and 140.6 miles later I was holding my son at the finish line as an Ironman. A dream come true.
It doesn’t end there. I have been training hard, learning, getting faster, physically stronger, and mentally stronger. I am about to take on Ironman Mont-Tremblant 140.6 mile triathlon (The Ironman North American Championships) in Quebec Canada on August 18th. I also Qualified for the Hy-Vee U.S. Olympic Distance Championships on Sept 1, 2013. As a Naturade Athlete I want to show you how to train smart, hard, stay healthy, eat clean, and consistently live an active healthy lifestyle. I look forward to writing some fun articles, giving you my favorite recipes, and connecting and reaching out to anyone who needs a little advice or maybe just a little pep talk.
I’m Dustin, and this is my son Boston… First, I’m a dad before anything else, after that I’m a 31 year old vegan expatriate Hoosier living right outside of New Orleans, LA.
On June 12th, 2011 I had a bit of a wake up call and began my road to the ironman 140.6 mile endurance event and after that I’ve got some big plans, so it won’t end there… This is my outlet to vent, rant, promote, and let everyone know what’s up.
Naturade® Weight Gain Powder recognized as the category leader by consumers & health food stores nationwide for the 5th year in a row
We are very happy to announce that Naturade has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award 2013 for its Weight Gain nutrition drink mix for the fifth year in a row. The annual Vity Awards –The Oscars of the natural products industry– honor the industry’s top-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer Magazine.
Naturade® Weight Gain™ obtained first place for the weight gain category. Naturade® Weight Gain™ is an all-natural, nutrient dense food formulated to help magnify caloric intake and gain weight fast. It provides balanced nutrition with 10 grams of protein per serving plus no added sugar, no aspartame and no artificial ingredients of any kind. Bodybuilders and athletes enjoy Naturade® Weight Gain™ because they enhance the body’s utilization of nutrients for optimal calorie absorption. Naturade® Weight Gain™ is also recommended by doctors for therapeutic weight gain and recovery. In the gym, on the field, or on the road, Naturade® Weight Gain™ tastes great and is easy to prepare.
“Having Naturade Weight Gain recognized as the leader in this category for the fifth year in a row is an honor for us,” said Claude Tellis, Naturade’s CEO. “We extend our sincere thanks to all the retailers who voted for our products. This affirmation of Naturade’s commitment to the highest quality standards is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of our entire team. At Naturade we continue to work at developing innovative new products and improving our existing formulas. We are very proud that Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”
Orange, CA June 01, 2013 – Naturade, division of Prevention, LLC, a well recognized manufacturer and marketer of nutritional supplements since 1926, with retail distribution across the natural products channel, as well as the mass retail channels, has announced the promotion of Derek Dearwater to division President. In the new assignment, effective June 1, 2013, Dearwater have full P&L responsibility of Naturade.
“We are thrilled to have Derek on our team working in this leadership role in the company,” says Claude Tellis, CEO of Prevention, LLC, “Derek continues to add brand equity and shareholder value to Naturade every day he’s on the job. Since his first day of hire on 9/17/12 as EVP, Sales & Operations, he has made amazing progress by creating two new exciting brands to add to our portfolio of products with Naturade BP Health™ and Naturade VeganSmart™ All-In-One Nutritional Shake. He also developed well positioned line extensions to our Vitali-T-Aid® and FlexAid® brands. On the business development front, Derek delivered over 20 new distribution points across our national accounts and added three important new vendor alliances to Naturade with Walmart, H-E-B and Kroger.”
“I have always considered myself to be very fortunate to be a member of the Naturade team, and it’s a great honor to serve as the division President”, Dearwater said in a release. “I am extremely motivated to continue building on Naturade’s success across all of our science-based brands, while contributing towards a strong company culture that is based on core values, to include integrity, service, teamwork, innovation and certainly a hard work ethic.
Dearwater previously worked for Niche Products, Inc. as EVP/Managing Partner, a master brokerage and consulting company specializing in OTC Healthcare and Nutraceutical sales, marketing and operations. Prior to Niche Products, Dearwater has worked in the consumer packaged goods industry for 26 years in various sales management, marketing and operational roles for companies such as Wyeth Consumer Healthcare (Pfizer), Leiner Health Products (NBTY), Shell Oil Products and GlaxoSmithKline.
Dearwater holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania.
Naturade has been well known for its commitment to improving the health and well-being of consumers with innovative, natural products since 1926. For seven decades, the company has developed a range of beneficial products that improve health and beauty by restoring the natural balance between nutrients and foodstuffs. Naturade has taken the reins as an innovator in the natural products industry as a provider of natural health products worldwide.
Naturade pioneered the introduction of soy protein powders in the 1950s and over the years, Naturade has manufactured and distributed a variety of health-related products including vitamins, nutritional supplements, skin care and hair care products. In 2005, Naturade expanded its Naturade branded product portfolio with the acquisition of Ageless™ Foundation Laboratories, a line of anti-aging products, and Symbiotics®, a colostrum-based line of products to enhance immune system functions.
Naturade’s commitment to quality is well regarded as a standard of excellence in the dietary supplement industry, thus offering a healthier way to life naturally. The company’s priority and standard of excellence demands effective, nutritional quality controls. These controls are integrated through every phase of product development and production. Naturade’s commitment inspires the company to pursue greater and more advanced technology to ensure only the highest quality possible in its products. www.naturade.com
Foods containing soy have a lot to brag about: Soy has no cholesterol, protects against poor heart health and tastes delicious. It may even show promise for boosting mental health and promoting healthy bones – it's no wonder so many parents are jumping on the soy bandwagon and incorporating these healthy soyfoods into their child's diet. The American Heart Association even supports soyfoods as part of a heart-healthy diet.
The benefits of soy for children
Soy contains many essential nutrients that are vital for growth and development. It also is a great source of protein and can be substituted for meat, dairy or vegetables. Products containing soy tend to be lower in both fat and calories when compared to those meat or dairy foods. Therefore, soy is extremely helpful in maintaining a healthy weight. Soy products are also lactose-free, allowing children who can't have dairy products to enjoy a glass of soy milk. Those with nut allergies can also enjoy a soy nut butter and jelly sandwich or snack on roasted soy nuts. Soy is also a quick fix for children who have wheat allergies.
Children should be eating 2 to 3 cups per day of milk or milk equivalent, about 5 ounces or protein per day and approximately 2 ½ cups of vegetables. With soyfoods, reaching these equivalents is super simple. There are so many soy products out there, giving even the pickiest of eaters a few options. From soy dairy-free frozen desserts and soy pasta to soy chips and soy nut butter, there is plenty to choose from! Here are a few ways to help your children enjoy soyfoods and all of the benefits that come along with them:
- Whip up a protein-rich fruit smoothie for your little one using a protein powder like Naturade Total Soy. Make sure to add in all of their favorite fruits and cool crushed ice to amp up the natural sweetness and keep them coming back for more!
- Opt for meatless pizza and use soy versions of pepperoni, sausage crumbles, deli ham or bacon as healthy and tasty alternatives.
- Make some homemade trail mix using honey-roasted and chocolate-covered soy nuts, whole-grain cereal, raisins and dried fruit.
- For a morning meal that will leave kids satisfied, spread some soy nut butter on whole wheat toast for a perfect alternative to peanut butter.
- Chocolate soy milk works for a refreshing and sweet drink.
- Pack soy yogurt in their lunch for a creamy treat packed with lots of calcium.
- Cut up their favorite veggies to dip in hummus made from soybeans – this also makes a tasty sandwich spread.
- Add soybeans to your family garden to teach your children about new foods and the benefits of soy. They can be planted alongside potatoes, cucumbers, corn, strawberries and celery.
- Use soy milk in their favorite cereal for a super simple way to up their soy intake
- Have veggie burgers for dinner – they're tasty and lower in saturated fat and cholesterol than regular hamburgers
Naturade® Weight Gain Powder awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its all natural Weight Gain powder for the 4th year in a row
We are very happy to announce that Naturade has been awarded the prestigious Vity Award for its Weight Gain nutrition drink mix for the 4th year in a row. The annual Vity Awards honor the industry’s best-selling products based on a nationwide survey of health food stores conducted by Vitamin Retailer magazine.
We are honored and proud to have Naturade’s Weight Gain recognized as the leader in this category for four consecutive years,” said Rick Robinette, the company’s President. “Growing consumer demand for our all natural, gluten free, no sugar added formula has helped Naturade to become the dominant natural brand in this category. You can find Naturade’s Weight Gain in many retail chains including The Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, select Walgreen’s stores as well as in your local health food and organic grocery stores. Our product is ideal for therapeutic use, as well as athletic weight gain & recovery. We are very proud that Naturade Weight Gain clearly delivers what our consumers are looking for in a high quality weight gain product.”