TIME TO TRY GUAYUSA

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Guayusa (pronounced gwhy-you-suh) is a small holly tree that grows primarily in Ecuador and is finally coming on the world stage for consumption. Just as many people have heard about Yerba Mate (another Amazonian plant used for herbal teas/infusions) and its stimulating properties, so now guayusa is being enjoyed and shared for its pleasant taste and ability to give energy and focus.

Guayusa has a similar caffeine content to that of coffee and yet because it contains other polyphenols such as theobromine (found in dark chocolate), theophylline (in the caffeine family), and the amino acid L-theanine–the unique combination of these polyphenols helps guayusa pick you up without letting you down (you know, giving you the jitters!). The amino acid l-theanine helps to promote relaxation and calms stress without promoting sleep or tiredness. In addition, guayusa contains 1 1/2 to 2 times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea.

Even better yet, because guayusa doesn’t contain tannins, it lacks the bitter taste that is often associated with a poorly brewed cup of tea or Yerba mate. The taste is smooth and slightly sweet. So if you are a looking for a great replacement for coffee as a pick-me-up that doesn’t contain the mycotoxins of coffee—check out guayusa for your daily energy, mental focus, antioxidant boost. Our friends at The Jam Coffeehouse have organic guayusa as part of their Happy Tea blend and they would be glad to serve you. Also, you can buy guayusa tea (loose leaf and in tea bags) online!


OLIVE LEAF

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The olive tree is a pretty incredible plant. Everyone knows about olive oil and thereby olives, but it seems the olive leaf is undeservingly under-appreciated. The olive tree loves a warm climate where frost cannot touch its precious fruit and in many places individual olive trees are thousands of years old. Time-tested food and medicines are something LFA loves and seeing that olive leaves have been used medicinally for thousands of years and have a wide range of reported benefits, makes us all the more appreciative of this plant.

The unique molecule that provides many of the benefits is called oleuropein which can lower blood pressure, prevent arteriosclerosis, prevent cancer, prevent free radical damage, and strengthen immunity. Another favorite aspect of olive leaf is its antimicrobial activity, that is, it shows anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-protozoal, and anti-bacterial properties. It is hard to find remedies against viruses that are as effective as olive leaf. Olive leaf seems to impair the ability of viruses to use amino acids to replicate. In a 2003 study, olive leaf killed candida and e. coli, showing powerful antimicrobial activity.

Anecdotal evidence shows that people who use olive leaf for viral infection of all types experience excellent results. Often we forget how many ways viruses affect us, everything from chicken pox, cold sores, herpes, measles, mumps, rubella, flu (influenza), rotavirus, HIV, shingles and more have hit us hard or someone we know. Due to its far-reaching benefits, always having olive leaf on hand for year round health support can make it an invaluable tool to an individual or family. We recommend Olivus brand for its combination of quality and cost-effectiveness. It can be one of your go-to panaceas.


THE CEREAL DAYS

Did you eat cereal as a kid? Many of us growing up in the U.S. are well acquainted with breakfast cereals and while the majority of breakfast cereals are atrocious when it comes to nutritional value and in fact they do more harm than good, there are some that we would recommend occasionally if you are looking to enjoy memories of your youth.

Some important things to look for are organic, non-gmo, unrefined sweeteners, stable fats (no vegetable, soy, or canola oil), and ideally sprouted grains.

Here are some we like (in varying degrees of meeting the criteria):

Probably our current favorite are cereals from One Degree Organic Foods. We love that they sprout the grains and use coconut palm sugar to sweeten.

Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Cacao Crisps – Organic brown rice, organic coconut palm sugar, organic cacao, organic sunflower oil, organic sunflower lecithin, unrefined salt, tocopherols (vitamin E).

Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Crisps – Organic brown rice, organic coconut palm sugar, unrefined salt, tocopherols (vitamin E).

Organic Sprouted Ancient Grain O’s – Organic Khorosan Wheat, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Palm Sugar, Unrefined Salt, Tocopherols (Vitamin E).

Organic Sprouted Ancient Maize – Organic Sprouted Maize, Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Organic Sprouted Buckwheat, Organic Sprouted Amaranth, Unrefined Salt, Tocopherols (Vitamin E).

Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Choco Chimps – Great for those who used to like cocoa puffs. Organic Whole Grain Corn Meal, Organic Corn Meal, Organic Cane Sugar, Fair Trade
Cocoa, Natural Flavor, Sea Salt.

Nature’s Path EnviroKidz Cinnamon Jungle Munch – Organic Whole Grain Corn Meal, Organic Corn Meal, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Brown Sugar, Organic Molasses, Organic Cinnamon, Sea Salt.

Kashi Organic Promise Cinnamon Harvest – Organic Wheat, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Cinnamon, Natural Cinnamon Flavor.

Food For Life Organic Sprouted Grain Cereal, Cinnamon Raisin – This cereal might remind you a little of Grape Nuts. Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat, Organic Raisins, Organic Malted Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Barley, Organic Sprouted Whole Millet, Organic Sprouted Whole Lentils, Organic Sprouted Whole Soybeans, Organic Sprouted Whole Spelt, Filtered Water, Sea Salt.

Arrowhead Mills Organic Sprouted Multigrain Flakes – Organic Whole Grain Sprouted Barley, Organic Whole Grain Sprouted Wheat, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice, Organic Whole Grain Rolled Spelt Flakes, Organic Pear Juice Concentrate, Sea Salt, Mixed Tocopherols, Ascorbic Acid.

Arrowhead Mills Organic Maple Buckwheat Flakes – Organic Whole Grain Buckwheat Grits, Organic Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Organic Whole Grain Buckwheat Flour, Organic Maple Syrup, Sea Salt, Organic Honey, Ascorbic Acid, and Natural Vitamin E.

Do you have any cereal stories to share? What are some that you like? Leave us a comment below and let us know!


THINK YOU ARE EATING HEALTHY BY EATING FISH?

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Most people think getting fish is a healthier option than other meat. While this may have been true at one time, taking into account the current state of the oceans and fish farms, eating fish may be one of the least healthy options. A recent article from Mercola.com highlights some of the problems:

“This elevated toxicity is quite significant. According to toxicology researcher Jerome Ruzzin Ph.D., in Norway, farmed salmon is one of the most toxic foods in the world! Overall, tests show farmed salmon contain five times more toxins than any other food product tested.”

“Farmed salmon also suffer other disturbing mutations. The flesh of the farmed salmon is “brittle,” and breaks apart when bent — a highly abnormal feature. The nutritional content is also wildly abnormal, which may have consequences for your health. Wild salmon contains about 5 to 7 percent fat whereas the farmed variety can contain anywhere from 14.5 to 34 percent. Many toxins readily accumulate in fat, which means even when raised in similarly contaminated conditions, farmed salmon will contain far more toxins than wild.”

“Fish farming, which began about 65 years ago, is considered by many to be one of the least sustainable approaches to farming.”

Even though there is so much contamination in the oceans and waters of the earth, there are some practical tips for finding and eating healthy sources of fish. First, we always recommending getting wild-caught fish and avoid all farmed fish. Second, look for smaller game fish as they typically have less toxins in their flesh–wild-caught salmon (Pacific or Alaskan, as all Atlantic salmon is farmed), herring, sardines, and anchovies all make better options for fish. Third, eat plenty of plant-based mineral rich produce as these foods can help protect your body against heavy metal contamination.


DETOXIFICATION WORKSHOP

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Join us on Thursday, February 11, 2016 for a Detoxification Workshop. Tim will break down the basics and importance of detoxification for your body. Anyone living in the United States is constantly exposed to elements that will overwhelm the body’s detoxification systems and make it extremely difficult to achieve optimal health without some sort of focus on detoxification. This seminar/workshop will help guide you through principles that you can use along your health journey to always help your body heal from any illness.

What: Detoxification Workshop
When: February 11, 2016 at 7:00pm
Where: The LFA Gym – 2428A Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
Cost: $20 – RSVP required by Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016

Contact us to RSVP or if you have any questions!


HOW DO YOUR EGGS MEASURE UP?

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The Cornucopia Institute released an organic egg scorecard. Being that many organic farms and producers are actually owned by corporations which oppose organic methods and practices, it is important to see if the farm or producer actually cares about QUALITY products and not just the name ORGANIC in order to sell more product.

Here at LFA we love working with local farms that are truly providing organic, pastured, nutrient dense foods. We recommend purchasing eggs that are at least 3 EGGS (3 stars) and up on the scorecard! The Organic Egg scorecard is a great way to check up on how some farms and producers are doing. How do your eggs measure up? Check out the scorecard.


JANUARY NUTRITION CHALLENGE

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For the month of January we challenge you to get rid of 1 thing for 30 days. Pick something that you know will benefit you by giving it up and something that will challenge you. Some recommendations from our staff include: refined sugar, soda, coffee, alcohol, or vegetable oils.


JUICE CLEANSE WITH THE POST EAST

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Life Fitness Academy has teamed up with The Post East to formulate a powerful all-organic juice cleanse for you. We put our heads together and carefully selected juices that will provide you with energy, be easy to drink, provide a rounded-out nutritional profile, and have plenty of tree foods to provide optimal mineral size and form.

We have three options for you, plus you can have add-on’s or contact The Post East to mix things up even more. For ease and convenience we have order forms available at the gym so you can drop by, make your selection and have your organic juice delivered to the gym to be picked up when you have your sessions.

Contact us if you have any questions!