Detox Supplements for Support

The concept of “detoxing” and using detox supplements may seem to be a trend, as it has become very popular lately and has gotten a lot of media attention as well. The truth is that detoxing has been around for a long time - a really long time, _really, really, really, long, long time!_ 

Detoxing the body has been a central concept in two of the world’s oldest healing systems: Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this post I’m going to cover - and hopefully demystify - detox support (for example, supplements), rather than go into great detail about specific detox habits and practices.

I will identify some of the most common supplements, and if you’re interested I suggest researching them in greater detail. This may not be the most exciting article but I believe the info will be welcomed and useful - I will try to keep it concise and productive, so here we go:

While detoxing there are basically two primary...

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How Much Water Should You Drink a Day?

By Vonie Kalich

Water is the “Life Force” of our bodies. We can survive without food for sustained periods of time, but without water… we would quickly perish! This begs the question, how much water should you drink a day?

Drinking Water Facts

  • Our bodies are made up of 50–78% water, depending on your age and gender. Infants (percentage wise) are made up of more water than are adults. Women have less water (percentage wise) than men.
  • According to H.H. Mitchell, of the Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, our heart and brain are composed of 75% water, while our lungs are about 83% water. The skin is 64% water, our muscles and kidneys make up 79% and our bones contain 31% of water. (1)

How Drinking Water Sustains Our Bodies

  • Aids in digestion (via saliva) & converts our food into necessary components
  • Mucousal membranes are moistened
  • Aids in cell growth and reproduction
  • Flushes out body waste - if there’s not enough water, the body will extract...
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Why Does My Pee Smell After Eating Asparagus?

By Teri Sprouse

Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time for a whole different crop of fruits and vegetables!

One of the vegetables I’m most excited about cooking in the springtime is asparagus.  To my ultimate pleasure, grocery stores and farmers markets are filled with asparagus right now - and it’s often on sale!

Unfortunately, one of the _very_ unpleasant side effects of eating asparagus is “asparagus pee” - a seriously stinky pee which starts within 15–30 minutes of eating asparagus.

I have often wondered if this pungent pee was normal or a sign of faulty digestion.  I was happy to learn that it’s totally normal!  In fact, between 22–50% of people report detecting stinky urine after eating asparagus.

There are competing theories about what causes asparagus pee.  Some researchers believe only some people produce “asparagus pee.” Other experts...

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What is Nutritional Balance?

Nutritional Balance and Healthy Lifestyle

By Jennifer Oechsner

I believe the key to overall health and wellness is balance. The concept of balance applies to all of the areas in our lives: life balance, balanced fitness and of course - nutritional balance.

When determining what a balanced diet means for you, there is a sea of information to sift through about nutritional balance. After one internet search, you’ll be bombarded with diet trends and buzz words. Often, you’ll come across conflicting information and it’s tough to know who to listen to. The more you search, the more confused you may become.

On top of this, over time things come in and out of favor in the nutrition world and food villains shift. I remember the “no-fat craze” starting when I was in college. I’m sad to say, but I ate fat free cheese, sprayed that fat free butter spray on veggies and I thought that if I got those gooey breadsticks without the...

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Motivation to Workout

Finding the Motivation to Workout

By Joel Wasmann

Let’s face it: we don’t always feel like working out. Finding the motivation to workout isn’t always easy. Yes, some athletes are fitness nuts and have seemingly endless fortitude, but to be honest - these types of people may be a little “for real nuts,” too. The rest of us enjoy working out sometimes, and other times find motivation hard to come by. Sometimes we are too busy, feel too tired… I could go on, as there are endless reasons for lack of motivation. Anyway, I would like to offer a few tips that have worked for me, that may help give you a little motivation when it’s a depleted.

  • Change it up a bit: Sometimes a workout can become stale and this is a common reason for losing the motivation to workout. When a workout becomes dull it’s time to change it a little - or a lot. Workouts should be interesting, keep your attention, and be satisfying. It is...
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Fitlandia Partners with Whole9

Our Partnership with Whole9 Nutritional Program

Fitlandia has teamed up with Whole9, specialists in the field of nutrition and a respected authority in the health and fitness community, to provide our members with a comprehensive nutritional program designed to make you the healthiest you’ve ever been. Why are we focusing so much on what you eat? Because we believe nutrition is the foundation of any good fitness program, and the gateway to optimal health. And we think your nutritional habits play such an important role in achieving your health and performance goals that we’ve asked Whole9 to design this nutrition program for our clients.

Eat Real Food as part of your nutritional program.

Our belief is that a good nutritional program should be centered around eating real food. We know that fad diets, crash diets, miracle pills and “meal replacements” are not part of a balanced, sustainable path towards improved health and fitness. Instead,...

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Intermittent Fasting for Health

By Joel Wasmann

Here’s a health concept that may have come across your radar lately - it’s definitely been talked a lot about in recent years! The basic idea is simple: occasionally eat less than usual for a short period of time, usually 12 - 24 (or up to 36 hours) at one go.

What is Intermittent Fasting for Health & Weight Loss?

Intermittent fasting is not to be confused with detoxing, or actual “fasting,” which is a long-term fast. The growing popularity of intermittent fasting can be attributed to its possible benefits regarding blood sugar regulation, digestion, and metabolism - and therefore weight - management.

The History of Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

This concept of intermittent fasting may be newish to us in modern times, but the practice is actually quite old; another modern health topic trying to regain some of the lifestyle methods of our ancestors. 

Humans couldn’t always...

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Conquering Seasonal Affective Disorder

Disclosure: This article contains sponsored links with companies we believe support our values and mission. The small compensation we receive goes toward keeping our mission to end dieting alive at no cost to you!

Seasonal transitions and seasonal affective disorder can be difficult even for the healthiest of people. During the winter days are shorter, Vitamin D is in short supply and we tend to hide in our homes and socialize less because of the cold winds and snow that can plague us during the winter months.

Maintaining balance through these transitions is critical to our health and wellbeing. If we let winter get the best of us and don’t care for our bodies the way we should, an imbalance can occur and physical symptoms like colds, the flu, coughs, skin problems, insomnia, seasonal allergies, or aches and pains can begin or worsen.

Imbalances during these transitions can also bring about psychological and mood disorders like SAD (Seasonal...

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Healthy Spring Cleaning

By Jennifer Oechsner, Warrior Flow

As the days become longer and the first cherry blossom buds blossom in Portland, I have a strong desire to clean house. It’s time to eliminate some clutter–in both my closets and my body.

During the colder, wetter winter months it’s easy for us to become stagnant. We spend more time indoors and less time being active, and heavy comfort foods seem so much more appealing. Not only that, but those New Year’s resolutions we were so sure about just 2 months ago may have fallen to the wayside. It’s time to turn things around!

Step 1: Lose the clutter. Fill (at least) one garbage bag with things you no longer use. Here are a few things that come to mind for me, and I’m sure you can come up with your own additions:

  • Those t-shirts that stay scrunched in the bottom of the drawer
  • The old, ratty tennis shoes you keep saving “just in case”...
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How to Generate Positive Vibrations

Using a pendulum, our Premier Practitioner Kelli von Heydeykampf shows us the vibrational power of our thoughts. Since human have a negative bias, it’s a great exercise you can do right at home to experience your own negative or positive vibrations. This technique can help you become more conscious of the power of your thought patterns and help you increase your overall positivity. Positive thoughts = positive health!

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