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The 221 B.C. Drink for Modern Times

So, lately we’ve been seriously addicted to drinking Kombucha because it makes us feel really, really good! The other day a person even remarked that the whole office had glowing skin (not in a freaky radioactive way, but in a healthy, vibrant way). Plus, when we drink Kombucha we feel more energized to complete our work during the day.

Turns out that there’s good reason for our newfound “glow.” Kombucha contains beneficial probiotics that help the digestive and immune systems (take that flu!), contains live active enzymes that help recharge the body’s cells, and contains polyphenols that help fight free radicals. So where do you get this magical drink? Our favorite is GT’s Kombucha that can be purchased at health food stores around town including Whole Foods.

Here are some more interesting facts about Kombucha from one of the first and best to hit the market GT’s Kombucha.

o    Kombucha has been a health-promoting and life-enhancing wonder food since as early as the Tsin Chinese Dynasty of 221 BC. Its popularity has been documented throughout history in all corners of the world, from Russia to India, Germany to Japan.

o    In his autobiography, Nobel Prize winner Alexandr Solzhenitsyn wrote that drinking Kombucha helped him survive the Siberian slave camps of the former Soviet Union.

o    Kombucha may be known by many different names in other parts of the world, including Manchurian Tea, Manchu Fungus, Tea Kvass, Mo-Gu Fungus japonicus, Kwassan, and many others.

o    A report on NBC’s Dateline stated that over three million people regularly drink Kombucha.

Now that’s something to toast to! Cheers!…Now drink up!

Lose weight with hot celebrity workout

Break the weight loss barrier with a complete system consisting of an innovative workout, ground-breaking nutrition plan and guided meditation to remove obstacles.  Developed from more than 20 years of experience by Cameron Shayne, Budokon fuses elements of martial arts, yoga and meditation into one exhilarating workout that keep celebrities like Jennifer Aniston coming back for more.

Product Details

Instructor(s): Cameron Shayne
Media Format: DVD
Length: Disc 1 – 1 hour 20 minutes, Disc 2 – 1 hour 10 minutes, Disc 3 – 56 minutes

Workout Breakdown:

Disc 1 – Learn the basics

The pose guide’s main purpose is to get you going in the right direction. It includes a helpful breakdown of Budokon moves such as modified crescent, cat stance front kick and pivot punch so you can learn the mechanics before you start the practice. The DVD also contains a 50-minute workout with step-by-step instruction which helps you ease into Budokon without getting. It begins with fast-paced Ashtanga yoga sequences to deeply stretch the body, followed by classic martial art moves to build strength and ends with a brief meditation to prep the mind. It’s important to remember that in this system, the longer the practice, the less intense the workout. You’ll also find an interview with Cameron where he talks about his background and why he created Budokon. Little know facts include that he got into martial arts because he was bullied as a child and he once was a body guard for Charlie Sheen.

Disc 2 – Accelerated and maintenance workouts

Now, you can apply what you learned with disc 1 with two accelerated routines based on the initial 50-minute practice. The 40-minute routine includes minimal instruction and the 30-minute workout includes very little so you can do the workout at a truer pace. A helpful rule of thumb when deciding when to accelerate your workout is when the workout speed your presently doing feels comfortable enough that you’re beginning to anticipate Cameron’s next move.

Disc 3 – Self empowerment

Make the most of the energy you’ve created with your workouts as Cameron guides you through key areas of self-discovery to help you overcome weight loss challenges. You’ll be surprised what you learn about yourself and how little changes in attitude can lead to big results.

Weight Loss Guide and Workout Plan
This guide  teaches you how to set healthy goals in 3, 4-week stages and contains information about food combining to effectively lose weight and recipes from New York’s edgy Pure Food & Wine restaurant. You’ll also find a 12-week workout guide that includes weekly goals and a workout schedule.

From the instructor Cameron Shayne: “The Budokon practice for the average person out there, what it brings to our culture that is so material, focused and driven – it brings you back to the Earth. It brings you back to some tranquility, some center, some real true art. You want to feel art again? Practice something like this. Budokon cultivates people, it cultivates the human spirit.”

For more information about to purchase this workout, please visit www.budokon.com.

Which Common Herb is Better Than Botox?

Looking for a way to shed years off your appearance without resorting to chemicals or even more drastic measures? If so, make sure to check out this age-defying herb that is touted for its natural ability to help heal and nourish the body.

Nettle, a member of the Urticaceae family, is a nutrition-packed herb that has been used throughout time to help promote better health. In fact, some two thousand years ago Caesar’s Roman troops were ordered to gather as much nettle as possible from England because of its many benefits.

Nettle is rich in chlorophyll, and is a good source vitamins A, C and E, iron, calcium and phosphates – key nutrients to help turn back time. It has been used to help prevent infections, combat viruses and bacteria and revitalize the body after childbirth.

When it comes to helping one improve their appearance, nettle serves as a magic tonic for hair and skin. It helps heal blemishes, just like these other innovative natural acne treatments.  Specifically, it helps increase circulation to make brittle hair feel more luxurious and strong. And guys – listen up – it has also been touted for helping to prevent hair loss. On the smooth skin front, it helps to soothe irritation and relieve acne and eczema to promote a more youthful appearance.

The easiest and perhaps best way to consume nettle is by making a simple tea. You can find high quality organic loose leaf nettle at sites including Mountain Rose Herbs. Try combining a bit of organic loose leaf peppermint with nettle to produce a delicious tea blend.

If you are new to nettle or herbs in general, consult your health care provider before adding nettle into your daily routine. If your current health care provider doesn’t know anything about nettle or its vast benefits (or treats you like an idiot for asking about it), then ask around or do your own research into the healing benefits of herbs.

Think Beyond Your Facewash: Check Out These Innovative Natural Acne Fighters for Your Best Skin!

Chances are this morning you utilized regular skin care products to keep blemishes at bay, but surely there must be more that you can do to promote clear, glowing skin? Check out these innovative natural acne fighters that work in new ways to help you get great skin.

Hyland’s Calendulated Oil – Introduced to US settlers as early as the 1600’s, Calendula boasts a long history of effectiveness for its healing power on the skin. Hyland’s Calendula Oil is used as a local application for simple skin irritations and blemishes causes by dryness. Also great for dry hands, chapped wind-blown faces and rough elbows!

Dessert Essence Tee Tree Oil – Continued scientific testing has revealed tea tree oil to contain over 100 different chemical compounds, making this singular leaf-derived oil an effective antiseptic and detoxifying agent. Studies have shown that tea tree oil has similar effectiveness to treating acne as benzoyl peroxide but without burning, itching or drying the skin.

Mountain Rose Herbs Organic Strawberry Leaf TeaStrawberry leaf contains high levels of calcium and vitamin C and plenty of trace minerals. A favorite to help heal eczema and rashes, you can either use the loose herbs to make a delicious tea or apply it directly onto the face as a hot compress to get glowing skin.

Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help regulate the pH balance of the skin. To make a fabulous natural toner, simply put one tbs. of Apple Cider vinegar into one cup of filtered water, mix thoroughly and dab on skin with a cottonball. Works great to balance and nourish for super soft, clear skin!