Ok, I love spring.
Tried a celery, lemon, mint and apple crush today and it was yummo!
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The “Upper & Lower Abs” MYTH

I’m sure you’ve heard the terms upper and lower abs plenty of times. The simple truth is there is no such thing as upper or lower abs. They are one and the same, or more accurately the Rectus Abdominis muscle. 

The Rectus Abdominis runs the length of the abdomen from the Xiphoid Process (the bottom tip of the sternum) to the Pubis bone (in the pelvis). It is split into right and left halves, NOT upper and lower halves. These right and left halves are separated by the Linea Alba, a thick band of connective tissue, and also crossed by three fibrous bands that give the appearance of the six-pack.

The muscle as a whole may contract differently in certain areas, depending on the exercise. For example, while performing a classic crunch with your lower body stationary, the upper portion of the Rectus Abdominis may contract with stronger force than the lower half. Or if you were performing a reverse crunch, where you bring your knees into your chest while keeping your upper body stable, the lower portion of the Rectus Abdominis is contracting differently than the upper portion. All this means is that there are a variety of exercises that activate the Rectus Abdominis muscle in different ways. All the more reason to use a progressive program that has plenty of variation with exercises that target all planes of motion, joint angles and muscle activation patterns.

There you have it – the infamous upper and lower abs are in fact all just one muscle. So the next time you hear someone tell you they know a great exercise to target your lower abs you can give them a little anatomy lesson. Unfortunately as long as there are late night infomercials, there will always be the MYTH of upper and lower abs.

Everyday I start my morning with herbal tea and fresh squeezed lemon, immediately followed by water and aloe. Through out the day I’ll have a big bottle of water with added chia seeds. I usually rotate between herbal tea, aloe, and chia water when I’m not drinking veggie smoothies or juices. At night before bed I have hot water with Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and a teaspoon of honey. I aim to hydrate 30 minutes before eating solid food so that the water doesn’t dilute my body’s ability to break down food. We should be drinking half our body’s weight in ounces each day so be sure to drink your water!!!💦🐳🙌 #hydration #water #health #routine #cleaneating #clearskin #healthybody #fitfam #fitspo #beauty #detox #solution #healthtips #weightloss #acne #headaches #cure #medicine #drinkup #whatveganseat #rawvegan

Are you low on cash and want to detox but the detox programs you come across cost too much?

Well, there are many ways to detox naturally and here are a few.
📌Side Note: It is still good to do a full body detox (My favorite: DHerbs.com) when you have the means to but in the meantime you can always start out using food.
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What are some ways you naturally detox without spending a “fortune”???
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8 BENEFITS OF USING AN EXERCISE/STABILITY BALL AS A CHAIR

1. Forces Proper Spine Alignment. Because an exercise ball is not stable, your body needs to try to balance itself on it. The perfect spinal posture is coincidently the easiest to balance with. Thus, your body will automatically try to align itself into the proper posture. This helps improve your spinal health, and decrease back pains.

2. Causes You To Frequently Change Positions. An exercise ball causes to you to change your position often to balance. For example, if you turn 45 degrees to face the phone, your body will assume a new position. This helps reduce damage caused by prolonged sitting in the same position.

3. Fitness Is At Your Fingertips. Another great thing about using this alternative to a chair, is that you can do stretches or mini-workouts whenever you want, without getting up. If you’ve ever stuck waiting for a minute or two, you can make productive use of that time with a quick workout or stretch. Because it’s much more convenient, you will probably do it more, thus resulting in better health.

4. Improve Your Balance. This one is very understandable. Sitting on an unstable surface all day will improve your sense of balance, as well as the reactions of your muscles. The result? An overall better balance.

5. Increase Your Core Strength. Your body primarily uses your core (abdominal) muscles to help compensate for changes in balance. Thus, you’re essentially getting a low-key abdominal workout. This may not sound like a lot, but consider the amount of time you spend on your computer at the office or at home. Those hours can build up, and result in a strengthening of your core.

6. Improves Your Circulation. Using an exercise ball will keep blood flowing to all parts of your body throughout the day. A desk chair on the other hand, reduces circulation to some parts of the body after prolonged use.

7. You’ll Feel More Energetic. It has been proven that staying in one position will make you more tired, while moving around and being active with give you more energy. With an exercise ball as a chair, you will feel much more energized after you finish your work.

8. It’s Cheap! Exercise/stability balls can be purchased for as little as $15 which is much cheaper than buying a regular chair, plus it provides you will all of the above benefits!

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10 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism Besides Exercise

Metabolism is basically the rate in which your body burns energy. Exercise is crucial to a healthy metabolism. You should still exercise. However, there are some additional methods that can help keep that engine revved up.

1. Eat foods with omega-3s - Foods like avocados have omega-3 fatty acids that contain a myriad of benefits. Don’t get turned off by the word fatty. These acids help regulate blood sugar and inflammation, which can help keep your metabolism steady. For easy recipes that include avocado click here.

2. Don’t forget to eat breakfast - It’s the most important meal of the day for a reason. Eating breakfast is crucial in maintaining optimal energy levels throughout the day. Skipping breakfast sends your body in to starvation mode, which conserves energy by slowing down your metabolism.

3. Snack when you are hungry - Snacking during the day not only keeps hunger at bay, but it keeps your energy level consistent. This will keep your metabolism revved up by maintaining normal blood sugar levels. The key is to eat healthy snacks. For several snack ideas click here.

4. Spice up your life - Add some hot sauce or chile peppers to your meal. Spicy condiments contain capsaicin, which has been shown to increase resting metabolic rates by spiking hormone levels. A number of delicious spicy recipes exist.

5. Drink some green tea - Green tea contains phenols, which are chemical compounds that increase your body’s internal furnace. Drinking green tea throughout the day can keep that furnace and those calories burning.

6. Eat dark chocolate -  Dark chocolate (70% cacao and up) contains caffeine and the antioxidant catechin which, are both know to be metabolism boosters. Just don’t over do it.

7. Include more lean protein in your diet - Foods containing lean protein require a lot more of your body’s energy to burn, which increases your metabolism. They also keep you full and satisfied longer then other food choices.

8. Don’t ever skip meals - Missing meals actually convinces the body that it’s starving so it slows down your metabolism. If you’re hungry you should eat.

9. Take some time to de-stress - Stress causes the production of cortisol which among other things can slow down your metabolism. Read a book, get a massage, or just relax. Making time to alleviate stress will benefit your life in more ways than one.

10. Get some shut eye - A good night’s rest is essential for a healthy metabolism. Sleeping eight hours nightly increases energy levels throughout the day, and helps to keep stress hormones and blood sugar levels stable.

(Source: BuzzFeed)

I’ve been juicing for a week now and I miss food so much hence the angry face. Although, I’m so happy I did it! I finally have a flat stomach (abs are coming son!) I feel healthy, I’m getting rid of all of these toxins in my body, I have so much energy now I think I’m going to juice for one more week. No more crappy food is going in this body. Bye bye sweets! Ima miss you 😭 Summer here I comessss #healthtip #cleanse #juicing (at 7 Day Juice Fast)

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