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Last Updated on May 25, 2018

The Ultimate List of Superfoods

The Ultimate List of Superfoods

If you’re looking for natural ways to get healthy and you’ve ever thought about taking a supplement of some kind or eating more of a certain superfood, you’ve probably read a lot of posts and blogs about different kinds of superfoods. There are so many superfoods out there, so where do you begin? A good place to start would be to determine what you need a supplement for. Is it for energy? Digestion or metabolism? Sleep? Healthy skin?

If you need some help, I’ve created this list to get you going in the right direction when it comes to finding the superfood that best matches your needs:

Green tea

Green tea comes in the form of tea, matcha, and supplements, and is effective for many things, such as depression, weight loss, diabetes, and other health issues.

Black tea

Like green tea, black tea is good for your immune system, your digestive system, heart health, and stress relief.

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Coffee

I, for one, am a huge fan of coffee. Sometimes it gets a bad rap, but it actually has several benefits. It helps lower your risk of cancer and diseases, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s, and heart disease. It’s good for your metabolism and it helps fight depression. In order to reap these benefits, you have to skip the creamer and the sugar, and take it black.

Turmeric (Curcumin)

Turmeric is a spice that comes from a plant and is often used in cuisine. However, turmeric supplements are recommended for those who need help with weight loss, fighting bacterial infections and inflammation, and preventing cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil can be recommended for just about anything. No joke. In fact, there’s almost a hundred ways you can use coconut oil with food, on your skin or in your hair, and even around the house.

Fish oil

It sounds kind of gross, but fish oil is actually beneficial for a number of things, such as depression, fat burning, stronger bones, clearer skin, hearth health, and more.

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Melatonin

Don’t get confused—this is not a sleeping pill. Melatonin is actually a natural hormone in your body that helps regulate your sleep cycle and it’s the only hormone you can buy over-the-counter. So, if you suffer from restless sleep or sleeplessness, a melatonin supplement will raise the level of the hormone in your body, and hopefully help you fall asleep.

Garlic

Not only is garlic delicious, it’s also super good for you. It has lots of nutrients that help detox the body, as well as, help prevent Alzheimer’s. It also helps lower the risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. It’s even good if you have a simple cold.

Pine pollen

Pine pollen is a natural energy booster that’s helpful for working out and continual use promotes energy increase. It comes in a powder or as a pine pollen tincture.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is well-known for being a great antioxidant. It’s also good for your skin, as well as lowering the risk of having a stroke.

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Ginger

Ginger is great for digestion and metabolism, and not only does it help prevent colds, it also helps prevent different cancers and strengthens immunity. It’s also a great ingredient in all kinds of food!

Cinnamon

Cinnamon isn’t just a delicious spice. In fact, it’s also good for your immune system, blood sugar regulation, muscles, and energy.

Lemon

Lemons have been known to help regulate your metabolism, which helps you lose weight and improve your digestive system. They’re even good for things like acne and hangovers.

Honey

Because honey is sweet, it doesn’t sound as healthy. Honey can be a great sugar replacement and has been known to curb appetites. It also works as a great antioxidant.

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Chia seeds

Like many other things on this list, chia seeds are good for digestive and heart health, weight loss, energy levels, and more.

Water

Of course water is on this list, water is the best! It’s one of the most natural things in the world and the amount of benefits regular consumption comes with are endless. But, to name a few, it helps with weight loss, digestion, anti-aging properties, skin health, detoxification, and sleep regulation.

Many of the things on this list come in the form of supplements, but are also good for cooking or drinking. Some of these things are even amazing combined and make a pretty good smoothie.

If you’re looking for natural and simple ways to be healthier, try out some of the things on this list and develop a routine that works for you!

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

If You’re Staying In

  1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
  2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
  3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
  4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
    • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
    • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
    • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
    • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
      • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
      • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
      • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
        • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

        If You Want to Get Away

        1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
        2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
        3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
          • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
          • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
          • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
          • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
          • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
          • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
            • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
            • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

            New & Exciting Experiences

            1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
            2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
              experience.
              • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
              • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
              • Experience white water rafting.
              • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
              • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                  • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                  • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                  • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                  Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                  Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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