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4 Steps for Healthy, Youthful Looking Skin

4 Steps for Healthy, Youthful Looking Skin
Can we reverse time and bring back the youthful glow to our skin? YES! We can peel years or even decades off our skin with just a few simple steps. First, let’s talk about why our skin ages, and a big part of that story is collagen. Collagen is a protein that gives our skin it’s firmness, elasticity, and the plumpness of youth. We’ve got tons of collagen when we’re younger, but as we get older our collagen production slows down and we begin to show...

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Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe
Perfect for a fresh summer salad paired with your favorite berries! This sunflower seed oil-based vinaigrette is super flavorful and offers some of the benefits that come from sunflower seeds themselves—such as increased energy, uplifted mood, and support for your cardiovascular system. Talk about good mood food! Sunflower seeds have been cultivated for thousands of years, originally by the indigenous people of Mexico and Peru. Brought to Europe b...

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Grandma’s tips for staying happy and athletic at any age

Grandma’s tips for staying happy and athletic at any age
How often do you joke that you’re getting old and out of shape? Do you expect heart function, breathing ability, and muscle strength to decline? Many of us do. Instead, we could stay open minded. Since expectations may influence behavior, I invite you to challenge those beliefs, and your health outcomes. Many older athletes, known as masters athletes, are showing us what’s possible. According to a 2002 study, maximum heart rate and VO2max (breathi...

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Fuel Yourself For ‘The Mother of All Jobs’ With EFAs

Fuel Yourself For ‘The Mother of All Jobs’ With EFAs
Do you recall that #WorldsToughestJob video, where they interviewed for a fake job? Interviewees were stunned by demands for broad skills, unusual dedication, and an increased workload around the holidays…with no rest or pay! The fake interview was actually an award-winning American Greetings ad, and the job, of course, was motherhood! I say “of course”, because although the ad was exaggerated, even frustrating in its portrayal of motherhood, it’s ...

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Chocolate-Sacha Inchi Banana Cake

Chocolate-Sacha Inchi Banana Cake
Sacha Inchi seeds (also known as “Star seeds”) have been used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon in Peru for their nutritional properties. Sacha Inchi oil (US/CA) provides a rich, well-balanced ratio of omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 polyunsaturated fatty acids. With a pleasant, mild, and nutty taste, Sacha Inchi can be enjoyed daily drizzled over salads, in sauces, soups, sandwiches, pasta, juices, and any other cold or hot dish....

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Beauty and the Beastly Low-Fat Diet – is Eating Low-Fat Aging You?

Beauty and the Beastly Low-Fat Diet – is Eating Low-Fat Aging You?
I believe that low-fat living is really the pits for our skin and aging. Here’s why: When fat comes out of foods, sugar is used to replace flavor and moisture. Sugar, especially fructose, creates Advanced Glycation End Products, a factor in aging. It stops collagen from doing its thing. Essential fats protect against UV sun damage. Omega-3 modulates the UVR-induced inflammatory response in the skin. We all know smoking is terrible for your s...

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All About Sacha Inchi Oil

All About Sacha Inchi Oil
Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) also known as “Star seeds” or Inca peanuts have been used for centuries by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon in Peru for their nutritional properties. The fruit that these seeds grow in is inedible, but when lightly roasted with low heat the seeds take on a crisp nutty flavor. Dr. Oz-approved superfoods: Made Dr. Oz’s list of Best Weight-loss snack of 2010. “Inca peanuts have 3 times the amount of Omega-3s and ...

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So You've Done a Cleanse...Now What?

So You've Done a Cleanse...Now What?
Many of us woke up on New Years Day feeling the after-effect of a month of indulgences. The tired, foggy, exhausted feeling that can inspire even the most dramatic dietary changes and cleanses. And now it’s a few months later and we’ve persevered. We’ve even enjoyed some of it (isn’t an evening mug of Flor-Essence (US/CA) surprisingly lovely?), and now what? Where do we go from here? How do we continue these great feelings of health and vitality in...

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Athlete Spotlight - Damian Stoy

Photo Credit: Lindsey Hintz New this year to the Flora ambassador team is Damian Stoy. He's the owner and founder of Wholistic Running which offers professional coaching with an emphasis on injury-free running and holistic nutrition. Here is his athlete spotlight. "As you know, I'm a passionate vegan athlete and the vegan market is exploding. Flora is the premier company able to bring plant-based products to all types of athletes. I'm such a huge f...

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Athlete Spotlight - Heather "Anish" Anderson

Photo credit: Adam Walker New this year to the Flora ambassador team is Anish Hikes (Heather Anderson). She has set the self-supported FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and the Arizona Trail. She's kind of our hero. You can learn more about her in the athlete spotlight below. Full Name: Heather Anderson Nickname: Anish Birthday: 7/11/1981 Age I am: 35 Age I feel: Ageless My occupation: Personal Trainer and Public Speaker What...

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Clean Green Super Sauce

Clean Green Super Sauce
Adding more healthy fats into your diet triggers the release of new fresh bile from the liver. This helps your body to flush old, stagnant bile and any fat-soluble toxins trapped with it! Cilantro and parsley are traditionally used to help remove heavy metals. Together this is one amazing sauce! Do not omit the salt – in winter it is important to combine greens with salt to keep the right electrolyte balance in the body. <43> Adapted from Pin...

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What to Eat When on a Winter Cleanse

What to Eat When on a Winter Cleanse
A winter cleanse can reduce our toxic burden and leave us feeling fabulous! Below are guidelines for a happy detox. They include; Pick the right winter cleanse program What to avoid What to include Troubleshooting tips Here we go! Pick the right winter cleanse: Is it right for the climate? Unless you are sunbathing on vacation, stick to a warming approach –> teas, soups and broths, cooked veggies. Why: Foods from different climates hav...

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