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Healthy Winter Diet Ideas

Winter is here. Even though that doesn’t mean much to us Floridian’s, we can still follow everyone else’s winter diet plans! Our foods are so much limited in the winter, but here are 4 foods that you should be eating more of over the next few months:

Pomegranates are loaded with antioxidants! Remember, only the juice and seeds inside are edible. When refrigerated in a plastic bag, pomegranates keep for up to 2 months. It is proven to fight high cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. It also increases the speed at which heart blockages melt away.

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Kale thrives in the winter months. It is particularly rich in vitamins A, C, and K. When they are steamed, their benefits of lowering cholesterol are much higher than if you ate them raw. Kale is also believed to fight cancer with a substance called sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. The body is normally missing the minerals your body needs, but Kale is a plant-based source of calcium and magnesium that will replenish the body.

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Oranges are the juiciest in the wintertime. Not only do they give you the best source of vitamin C, they can help you fight off any cold or allergy you may have from the “colder” weather. It is a great snack for any time of day. It is important to drink orange juice in the morning so your body can hydrate and get the vitamin C to function for the start of your day.

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Potatoes are a great source of vitamin C and B6. They are also a good source of foliate, which is especially great for women of childbearing age. Did you know potatoes have more potassium than a banana does? Believe it! Potassium is a mineral that is part of every body cell. It helps regulate fluids and mineral balance for the body. It also helps lower blood pressure.

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More Reasons to Eat Fruit!

backgroundNot only is fruit a yummy snack, it also has numerous health benefits to keep your body healthy!

Cherries are great for calming your nervous system, while grapes help relax your blood vessels. Preaches are filled with potassium, fluoride, and iron which are all essential nutrients your body needs. Apples can help your body fight against infections, and oranges contain lots of vitamin C, which also help keep away sickness. Watermelon can help control your heart rate which helps your body perform better. Bananas are a great energy source and are way healthier than coffee when you need that extra boost. If you suffer from arthritis pineapples contain many nutrients which are known to help fight against it. Strawberries are good for fighting cancer and aging. Along with this, mangoes are known to help prevent several kinds of cancer.

Mix them up in a fruit salad, or try a cool and refreshing smoothie! Either way, be sure to include plenty of fresh fruits in your diet. For more health tips, visit our pinterest http://pinterest.com/massageenvycf.

Florida Sun is Dangerous, How to Protect your Skin from Damage

Living in Florida, we get plenty of sun which means plenty of Vitamin D! Vitamin D is naturally produced when the sunlight reaches your skin and it’s essential to stay healthy. In order for your organs and cells to function properly your body requires around 600 IU daily. This is easily obtained through 15-25 minutes of sunlight exposure, but sun exposure should be monitored and sunscreen is a MUST! If you’ve been getting your sun time in, you’re helping your body prevent many diseases including diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, MS, osteoporosis and psoriasis!

With all these benefits it’s also important to consider the other outdoor factors that can affect your body, particularly your skin. Everyday environmental factors such as sunlight, smog, pollution and stress can leave you feeling listless despite having your daily dose of Vitamin D. All of these factors can also age your skin, which is why we developed our Environmental Shield®Vitamin C Facial. Our scientifically proven spa facial has been designed to reverse the signs of aging that result from these factors. Rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C, our facial spa treatment features patented Murad® infusion technology, which delivers pure Vitamin C directly to the skin to maximize wrinkle fighting, collagen production and free radical protection. Pigmentation will fade, fine lines and wrinkles will be smooth, and you will enjoy clearer skin.

Prevention is the best medicine, and even if your skin is not showing the signs of sun damage there is never a better time than now to start a preventative skincare regimen. Stop in today or visit http://www.massageenvy.com/facials.aspx to learn more about what you can to to protect your skin while living the the sunshine state!

6 Easy Mood Boosters

1. Make a gratitude list.

“The most effective way I know of to shake a bad mood is to brainstorm everything possible that you’re grateful for and write it down,” says Amy Wood, PsyD, author of Life Your Way. She suggests starting with broad strokes, like being thankful the sun is shining or that you’re breathing. “You’ll find that once you get the ball rolling, more and more ideas will come to you. Studies actually show that it’s impossible to feel gratitude and unhappiness simultaneously. That’s why this strategy works so well, and so quickly!”

2. Practice mindfulness.

“If you’re in a slump, you may also be stuck ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Both of these thoughts are nonproductive,” says Simon Rego, PsyD, director of Psychology Training at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Instead, he suggests practicing mindfulness, which involves being present in the moment without judgment. “Try taking five minutes and eating your meal in a mindful way, paying attention to how it looks, smells and tastes with each bite, before swallowing it. Or take a quick mindful walk, considering the sights, smells, sounds and temperature with each step.” By focusing on the present, you’re less likely to dwell on the outside circumstances that are making you unhappy.

3. Practice a random act of kindness.

According to Dr. Rego, doing nice things for other people will make you feel good about yourself. Try holding a door open for someone else, offering a compliment or smiling at a stranger. These acts of kindness lead to positive thinking about yourself, and usually garner a positive response, like “thank you,” which can easily put a smile on your face, he says.

4. Have A Laugh

“Set up a YouTube channel with your favorite comedy sketches and comedians,” suggests Cory Bank, PhD, founder of StompStressAway.com. “Have it saved so that if you’re in a bad mood you can take a three-minute break and infuse some humor into your day.” Belly laughter will make your endorphins kick in within minutes. Plus, he notes, “you’ll feel better when you take a short break from your day-to-day reality.”

5. Eat An Orange

According to celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, foods packed with vitamin C, like citrus fruits, green peppers and broccoli, are proven to cheer you up. In fact, a study published in a 2010 edition of Nutrition found that vitamin C therapy can help improve the moods of patients who are hospitalized for long-term or critical care. Dr. Sams also stresses the importance of vitamin C (as well as other antioxidants, like vitamins A and E) when it comes to boosting your mood because it helps stabilize free radicals in the body, which are known to accelerate aging and increase the risk of heart disease and cancer. When these highly reactive atoms are neutralized, it prevents them from also damaging brain cells, resulting in better health and improved mood.

6. Just Breathe

Sure, we do this all day long, but breathing in a certain way has the power to relax us as well as lift us out of a slump. Dr. Sams is an advocate of diaphragmatic breathing. “Take a five-count breath in, and a five-count breath out. The goal is to manage your breath, instead of having your breath manage you.” When you breathe into your diaphragm as opposed to just your chest, which many of us do when we’re feeling stressed, you will absorb a lot more oxygen into your system. “Our brains thrive on oxygen—it’s very powerful in boosting your mood.”