5 Easy “Better Brain” Tricks for Improved Concentration

No, it’s not just you. We all tend to have a little more trouble concentrating as we age, largely due to normal age-related changes in brain function. But the good news is that you can improve your brain function and the health of your brain in myriad ways, according to research. Here are just five of them.

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October 9th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Top 5 Best Fruits & Veggies for Maximizing Weight Loss

It’s no secret that losing weight as we get older can be a real struggle. More than two-thirds of all-American adults are overweight or obese, and nearly 50 percent of adult women are considered obese or extremely obese, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

The best way to lose weight, of course, is to develop a healthy diet that includes plenty of whole, plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, and whole grains. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society, half of your plate should always consist of fruits and vegetables, which are packed with fiber, essential minerals, and vitamins C and A.

Try to eat fruits and veggies in a rainbow of colors, since their colors indicate certain nutrients and compounds. Accepted guidelines recommend eating as many vegetables each day as you please and eat two to four servings of fruit. Here are five diverse fruits and vegetables that have proven weight-loss benefits. Add these to your daily diet for better health and more efficient, lasting weight loss.

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September 27th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Diet Soda: What You Don’t Know is Probably Hurting You

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Diet soda hit the market in 1962, when Diet Dr. Pepper was released–and subsequently flopped. The following year, The Coca-Cola Company gave us TaB, marketed to consumers (read: women) who were trying to “keep tabs” on their weight. TaB was the best-selling soft drink on the market by 1982, but its popularity took a tragic nosedive with the introduction of Diet Coke in 1983. Diet Coke remains the most popular diet soft drink and the second most popular soda in the country, coming in on the heels of regular Coke.

According to the American Journal of Public Health, about 20 percent of American adults consume diet beverages, many of them in the belief that diet soda is healthier than sweetened versions. Unfortunately for diet soda die-hards, this is proving to be a costly fallacy in terms of health and weight. The truth is, diet soda may be

September 14th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Natural Diuretics You’ve Got to Try

As we get older, water retention and weight management become increasingly common problems, and by the time we’re in our 50s and above, swelling, bloating, and kidney stones may be par for the course. That’s when we may turn to diuretics, a class of drug that increases the volume of urine and helps remove excess water and sodium from the body.

But prescription diuretics can have some unpleasant side-effects, including fatigue, cramps, headaches, rash, and lightheadedness. Unless you require prescription diuretics to control high blood pressure, liver disease, or congestive heart failure, you may be better off going the holistic route and opting for one or more of these natural diuretics first.

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August 17th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Is the key to better sleep…what you eat?

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Every night, around 60 million Americans have trouble getting a good night’s rest.

And, judging by the odds, that means you’re probably one of them…

I know I am!

You see, no matter how hard you try or how aware you are of an issue, sometimes these things creep up on you.

And what starts out as just one or two nights having trouble getting some shut-eye…can turn into a more chronic problem.

But what a lot of people may not realize is that while you’re sleeping, your body is still hard at work — especially your gut.

August 15th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

The Gut-Brain Axis: How a Healthy Gut Maintains Optimal Brain Function

Your gut and your brain are connected in a number of ways, both physically and biochemically. This connection is known as the gut-brain axis. Research shows that gut health affects brain health, and vice-versa. Here’s what you need to know about the gut-brain axis to promote better functioning of your gut and your brain.

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How the Gut and Brain Are Connected

Around 100 billion neurons reside in your brain. Neurons are cells that govern how your body behaves. Surprisingly, your gut contains around 500 million neurons, which connect to the brain through the nervous system.

August 9th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

7 Foods That May Be Causing Your Digestive Woes

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According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive troubles, including chronic constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and irritable bowel syndrome. Diagnosing and treating digestive troubles can be tricky, and in many cases, food is at the heart of the problem.

But figuring out which foods are the culprits can be tough, and it requires an elimination diet, which involves removing foods from your diet that could be causing your symptoms. The foods are re-introduced later, one at a time, giving you the opportunity to identify which ones are causing symptoms.

These seven foods are commonly associated with a variety of digestive problems. Try eliminating all of those you feel may be contributing to your troubles and see if your symptoms improve.

July 23rd, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Are these Brazilian fruits the answer to fighting free radicals?

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On the weekends, I absolutely love riding my bike down to my local farmer’s market.

The farmers set up their tables, end to end, up and down the streets…

The air always smells of fresh herbs and fresh food. Street performers play as people shop for their groceries. I love taking my time, strolling from vendor to vendor, sampling all the brightly colored fruits being sold.

Now, even though I like to try a little bit of everything, I must confess, I’m always on the lookout for my favorite fruit: pitanga.

July 19th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Can you eat more AND weigh less?

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You want to have the healthiest life possible…it’s why you’re a part of the Thrive Naturals community.

That means there’s a strong chance you’ve already started making many healthy changes to your lifestyle.

But did you know there’s one EASY thing you can do with your diet that could:

  • Promote a leaner figure and lower body weight
  • Encourage smooth, comfortable digestion

That easy thing I’m talking about — is adding more plant-based foods into your diet.

July 11th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Joint Pain Causing Discomfort? This easy answer may surprise you.

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Joint pain can make the simplest tasks feel monumental, and the older we get, the more likely we are to have painful joints. Bursitis, hypothyroidism, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis are just a few of the many causes of joint pain, and once you experience it, you’ll do everything you can to soothe it.

Krill oil is a popular supplement that can effectively reduce joint pain. Krill are teeny, tiny crustaceans that feed the world’s whales, penguins, and other marine creatures. Resembling little shrimp, krill are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. Krill oil has been shown to reduce joint pain caused by inflammation.

July 6th, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments