Cordyceps Sinensis for Athletes

swimmingThere are plenty of athletic supplements on the market. Every shopping plaza you come across is likely to have either a GHC or Vitamin Shoppe. With so many sports supplements to choose from, it can be hard to determine which supplements are safe and effective. Unfortunately, most of them are not.

When I need a boost in my fitness, I turn to an adaptogen herb called Cordyceps Sinensis. This magical little herb is called an adaptogen because it has the ability to adapt to benefits the body’s unique individual needs. Adaptogens work to normalize any aspect of the body that isn’t functioning properly while simultaneously boosting overall health. Adaptogen herbs also cause little to no side effects.

Cordyceps is perfect for athletes or anyone who wants to boost their fitness. Cordyceps has been used to boost energy, endurance, and stamina. Cordyceps is also beneficial to athletes because it has the potential to boost oxygen capacity and lung function. All of these benefits allow athletes to train longer and harder, with much less fatigue. Cordyceps even works to combat stress within the body which may contribute to reduced post-workout muscle soreness.

Cordyceps doesn’t only benefit athletes. Cordyceps has a number of other health boosting properties such as the ability to battle weakness and fatigue, boost the immune system, improve sexual function, and boost overall health and wellness. Cordyceps has been celebrated for centuries as health boosting herb with incredible properties. The first records of cordyceps dates back nearly 1500 years ago! It is no wonder that cordyceps is such an effective way to boost athletic performance.

The next time you are about to waste money on an expensive and potentially dangerous sports supplement, I hope that you remember this article and turn to a natural herbal remedy, like cordyceps sinensis, instead!

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Quick Spirulina Recipes

spirulinaI love Spirulina because it is a nutrient dense superfood that makes me feel great. Spirulina is packed with vegetarian protein, amino acids, fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and chlorophyll. In many ways, it is similar to a multivitamin- but completely natural! Most multivitamins are synthetic supplements that aren’t even properly utilized by our bodies. Basically, most multivitamins are a waste of money and they may even cause more harm than good. Luckily, Spirulina is the perfect natural alternative.

The problem with Spirulina is that it doesn’t taste very good. I hate taking capsules, so I always buy organic Spirulina in the powder variety. I have tried making Spirulina smoothies- I simply add a tbsp. of Spirulina to my favorite fruit smoothies made with fresh or frozen fruit, almond or coconut milk, ice, and sometimes fresh greens. I’ve also tried adding Spirulina to yogurt and granola. I’ve also added Spirulina to fresh pressed juices and kombucha, but that requires a bit of getting used to if you are not a health nut like me! I’ve also added Spirulina to savory recipes such as omelets, garlic bread, guacamole, pesto, soups, and more. You can even add Spirulina to baked goods and use it to add nutrients to pancakes and waffles. The best part about adding Spirulina to baked goods is that it turns them a fun, healthy, bright green color without the use of nasty and dangerous synthetic food dye!

I have recently run out of Spirulina recipes so it is up to you guys to help me out. Please post your favorite Spirulina recipes so that I can try them all. I am always looking for fun, new, healthy recipes and lately I’ve been on a Spirulina kick! You can also send your favorite recipes to me by email!

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Rhodiola Rosea for Stress Relief

rhod-3Rhodiola rosea is an amazing adaptogen herb that works to combat stress while simultaneously increasing energy. I know what you are thinking; “That doesn’t make sense! How can the same supplement boost your energy if it also works to calm you down!?” Well, believe it, because its true. Adaptogens have the amazing ability to normalize any aspect of the body that isn’t functioning properly. Rhodiola rosea specifically works with your stress and energy levels, but it also works to boost overall health. The best thing about adaptogen herbs is that they cause little to no side effects.

Rhodiola rosea isn’t only effective for working with energy levels, the amazing plant also has the ability to boost the immune system, increase sexual desire, alleviate anxiety, improve mental function, reduce stress, regulate blood pressure levels, and increase longevity. If you ask me, rhodiola is a superstar supplement for boosting anything that ails you- that’s how adaptogens work!

It is important to read labels when buying rhodiola rosea or any other supplements. Rhodiola rosea should be wild-harvested from the Siberian Mountains. It should be extracted to the ideal ratio of 3% rosavins to 1% salidrosides. It also important that the supplement only contains pure rhodiola rosea extract; it should NOT contain fillers, flow agents, or any other artificial ingredients. When buying supplements, it is super important to read the labels and only purchase from brands that you trust. Look for whether or not the company is backed by the Better Business Bureau and make sure that the company never uses auto-ship programs to avoid credit card scams and hidden fees.

Rhodiola rosea is an amazing adaptogen herb. If you’d like to learn more about this magical little plant, please watch the video below.

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Super Food Spotlight: Kale

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Research continually shows us the importance of filling our plates with healthy, nutrient-rich foods, rather than junk food. Many different healthy food options exist, but within these options some foods are such nutritious standouts that they earn the special title of “super foods.”  Foods like dark leafy greens, berries, and other brightly pigmented fruits and vegetables are great places to find super food selections.

 

Learning the benefits different super foods offer helps us to make educated choices so we can use use our dietary choices to improve health, energy levels, and fight diseases. Today we’ll take a closer look at one of the top super foods: kale.

 

Benefits

 

Kale is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In particular, kale is a significant source of vitamins A, C, and K. Additionally, kale provides potassium, iron, fiber, protein, and the essential fatty acid omega 3.  It also provides the antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids, among others.

 

These nutrients work together to offer a host of health benefits. Their antioxidants help fight against damage from free radicals to ward of diseases like cancer. The vitamins help strengthen immunities and protect vision. Furthermore, the many nutrients in kale work together for heart health, decreased cholesterol, and system detoxification.

 

How to Add Kale to Your Diet

 

With so many remarkable benefits, you may be wondering how you can incorporate kale into your diet. Thankfully, kale can easily be added to almost any diet. You can sauté kale as a side dish, toast it to use in place of chips, or mix it into a salad.

 

Because it is not always easy to keep enough kale around the house, you can also look into using a fermented organic kale powder.  Powder makes it easy to add the power of kale into smoothies, juices, and more.  

 

Whether you choose kale powder, fresh or frozen kale, or a combination thereof, look for organic options to assure you are not adding chemicals in with your kale. Include other unprocessed, whole foods into your diet along with your kale and you will have a diet rich in nutrients.

 

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More Than a Morning Wake-Up Aid: Coffee Shines for Weight Loss

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Coffee drinkers have long sworn by the magic of their black gold, but they now have some compelling scientific evidence to back up their beliefs. Study after study correlates coffee consumption with everything from reduced likelihood of many disease rates to better eyesight.

Most people pour their morning cup of brewed coffee to help them wake up and face the day, but it turns out they may be doing much more for themselves than giving themselves a little jolt of caffeine. A 2006 study performed by researchers at Harvard University showed that those who regularly drank coffee reduced their risk of developing Type II Diabetes by as much as 35 percent. With the rate of Type II Diabetes in America rapidly rising, this finding could prove to be particularly significant.

More recently, a study headed by Chang Y. Lee with Cornell University showed that the chlorogenic acid in coffee beans helps prevent retinal degeneration in mice with the implication it could do the same in humans. While regular coffee consumption will provide people with some of this powerful antioxidant, people may want to consider supplementing the amount of chlorogenic acid they get from coffee by taking an extract from the pure green coffee bean. Raw green coffee beans contain significantly more of this potent antioxidant than their roasted counterparts.

Yet another significant advantage coffee offers to its consumers is being an ally in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s. A study published in a 2009 edition of Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that middle-aged people who regularly consumed three to five cups of coffee had a diminished rate of Alzheimer’s and dementia compared to those who did not drink coffee regularly.

Despite the benefits, there are those who simply do not care for the taste of coffee. For those folks, they may be able to get some of the same benefits by considering a green coffee bean supplement. As with any supplementation, it is important to consult with a physician prior to taking a chlorogenic acid supplement.

But for those who love coffee, it is important to remember not to offset the potential benefits from coffee by loading it with sugar. Otherwise, drink up knowing there are likely multiple health benefits that accompany your favorite morning brew.

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Should I Take Vitamins?

fishoilOne of the questions I get asked constantly by my clients is “Should I take vitamins?” My answer is a bit more complicated, but basically, yes! Almost everyone I know should be taking at least some type of supplement. Which type of supplement will vary from person to person, but even the healthiest people on the planet can still benefit from supplementation.

Even if you exercise often and eat a diet of 100% healthy and organic foods, your body will still be lacking some of the nutrients that it needs to function optimally. This is because our soil is so depleted that many of our nutrient dense foods are lacking the very nutrients that they used to contain. We have over-farmed and destroyed our soil with chemicals and thus our food just isn’t as healthy as it used to be.

The next question I get asked is which vitamins should people be taking. Well, that answer will vary depending on the person who I am talking to. As a general rule of thumb, I believe that everyone should be taking a nutrient dense superfood multivitamin like spirulina or chlorella.

I also think everyone can benefit from an excellent probiotic supplement. Did you know that your health is almost entirely dependent on the bacteria found in your body? Probiotics keep the bad bacteria at bay while providing your body with the good bacteria that it needs.

Last but not least, I think everyone should be taking traditionally processed cod liver oil and desiccated liver. These naturally nutrient dense superfoods contain many of the nutrients that most Americans are deficient in such as vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, and omega fatty acids. Think of superfoods as nature’s multivitamins and you will be able to provide your body with the nutrients that it needs.

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Traditional Strength and Endurance

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Looking for a way to boost your energy and endurance naturally? Look no further than desiccated liver supplements! That’s right; the old school body building supplement known to build muscle and decrease recovery time is actually an endurance boosting superstar, as well.

Before crazy caffeinated pre-workouts and scary synthetic protein powders existed, traditional body builders would supplement their diets with desiccated liver pills. It is no surprise why they did this, as desiccated liver supplements are packed with amino acids and protein that help build muscle and decrease recovery time.

Grass fed beef liver benefits energy and endurance because it is packed with B vitamins that create energy at the cellular level. Desiccated beef liver also contains an ‘unidentified anti-fatigue factor’ that helps athletes train longer and harder.

For all of the above reasons, desiccated liver supplements benefit all athletes, not just body builders. Desiccated liver supplements can be an effective training tool for athletes who compete in any sport, ranging from marathon running to surfing, and everything in between! Even if you do not play a particular sport or consider yourself an athlete, desiccated liver supplements can benefit your energy levels in all areas of your life.

Since I started taking desiccated liver supplements, I’ve noticed that I can run much farther on my cardio days. On my strength training days, I’ve noticed that I can lift heavier and do more exercises in a session. I’ve also noticed greater muscle gains, and decreased recovery time. I can’t image training without it!

In order to find the best desiccated liver supplement, search for a grass-fed beef liver supplement that contains zero synthetic nutrients, fillers, flow agents, or any other artificial / unnecessary ingredients. Always buys supplements from companies that you know and trust, and consult with your doctor before starting any new regimens.

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Chelsea Fitness

Hi guys! I’m Chelsea and I’m here to talk to you about health and fitness. I’m a certified personal trainer and health coach. I created this website to share exercise programs, weight loss tips, recipes and clean eating information, supplement reviews, and more! As a health coach, I recognize the important of healthy living, but I understand that not everyone has access to health education. This is one of the many reasons I created this website; to educate and inspire others!

I’m going to start by sharing my absolute favorite fitness tip and that is: fitness is NOT one size fits all. What do I mean by this? Well, I mean a few things. First and foremost, no matter what shape, size, age, or gender you are, it is important to move your body and literally ANYTHING can be your first step in the right direction. It is very rare that someone reaches such a heavy weight that they can no longer move at all. If you can walk, you can exercise (though you should check with your doctor just to be sure!).

This brings me to my second point: exercise, by my definition, means consciously deciding to put your body in motion. This can include walking, jogging, sprinting, hiking, biking, swimming, yoga, volleyball, basketball, gardening, crossfit, weightlifting… have you gotten the point yet? Any conscious decision to move your body for about 30 minutes to 1 hour per day can do wonders for your physical fitness, health, and wellness.

Equally important as exercising, a clean diet is an absolute must. I’m here to help educate you about how to fuel your body with clean, wholesome, nourishing foods. Eating healthy isn’t hard, it just take a bit of planning and creativity. I’m glad that you found my blog and I hope that you subscribe to stay up to date with my latest tips. Have a great day!

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