Supplements To Help You Quit Smoking

natural ways to quit smokingWe all know that smoking is one of the biggest risks you can impose on your health. Unfortunately, nicotine is highly addictive and a lot of smokers out there find it too difficult to quit because of the withdrawal symptoms and a severe habit.

Smoking usually starts because of seemingly innocent reasons – wanting to fit in as a teenager or a college student, not wanting to miss out socially or being stressed at work or because of difficult relationships. However, addiction will sneak up on you very easily and getting rid of it is going to be a long journey requiring some serious effort.

Nonsmokers might find it very hard to understand the addiction. In contrast, if your family member or loved one is struggling, you should keep an open mind and a calm approach, because they need all the help and support you can provide.

Increased Health Risks Of Smoking

Around 480,000 deaths in the United States are caused by smoking every year. This is 1 in every 5 deaths. Smoking causes even more deaths every year than HIV, alcohol or drug use, traffic collision injuries and firearm-related incidents all combined. (Source)

Smokers are at a much higher risk of developing heart disease like coronary heart disease, stroke, damaged blood vessels, blood clots and high blood pressure.

how to stop smokingFurthermore, smoking damages your lungs and puts you at a risk of respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Sad fact: smokers are about 12 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.

And of course the most feared disease of them all – cancer. Not only does smoking increase the risk of developing lung cancer by 25 times, it can cause cancer in almost all parts of your body.

It’s especially important to quit smoking if you’re a woman. Not only when you’re pregnant, but also when you’re already trying to conceive. If you’re a smoker, you’re at a higher risk of developing different issues like premature birth, ectopic pregnancy, membrane ruptures and an early separation of placenta.

You’re also more likely to have a miscarriage, stillbirth and at a higher risk of birth defects and sudden infant death syndrome. Keep you and your (future) baby safe and seriously consider all of the risks associated with smoking.

How To Quit Smoking & Treat Withdrawal Symptoms

Nicotine addiction is both physical and mental. Pulling through the physical withdrawal symptoms requires a very strong mindset. Nevertheless, the longer you’ve steered away from cigarettes, the easier it will get to manage those cravings and over time your withdrawal symptoms will get smaller and smaller.

Exercise

If you’ve developed a strong smoking habit, it will be very hard to figure out ways to do with that time instead. Try to get your mind off of smoking as much as possible. Studies have shown that all types of exercise (from yoga and Pilates to HIIT workouts) have positive effects on reducing your cravings to smoke.

smoking cessationNot only are you keeping yourself occupied, you’re actively helping your body to get rid of the toxins you’ve put in it. You’ll also feel that you’re not out of breath every time when taking the stairs or running to catch the bus, because your body is getting used to the physical activity.

If you’re used to having a cigarette after a meal, when driving your car or drinking coffee or alcohol, it is extremely important for you to replace your smoking habit with a healthier one. Try walking up and down the stairs for around 5 minutes, or go for a quick walk. This helps to distract your mind, reduce cravings and also get in a small workout!

Another tip is to practice deep breathing whenever you feel a craving. Some studies have shown that if you do it every 30 minutes, you’ll feel less cravings to smoke and it helps you manage withdrawal symptoms like irritability and anxiety.

Diet & Supplements

Healthy and balanced diet is extremely important if you’re trying to quit. Smoking reduces the amount of nutrients in your body, which in the long run can be very dangerous.

Fun fact: Meat can make cigarettes taste better. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables make cigarettes taste a lot worse, so try incorporating more fresh foods into your diet.

black currant oilAdding foods high in antioxidants to your diet is crucial. Antioxidants help fight free radicals and prevent further cell damage in your body. Cell damage leads to premature aging, but also makes your body more susceptible to harmful cell growth. You should also eat plenty of foods containing vitamin C like bell peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes, blackcurrants and more.

Some of the foods that contain high levels of antioxidants are dark leafy greens, blueberries, carrots, eggplant, broccoli and many more. You can also add high antioxidant supplements to your diet like CoQ10, Black Currant Oil, Lycopene, Borage Oil, Olive Leaf Extract or Organic Ceylon Cinnamon to boost your healing process even more. These supplements will help prevent DNA damage and give your body lots of nutrients.

Tip: If you feel that drinking coffee is a huge trigger for you, try replacing it with green tea. It’s high in antioxidants, makes your metabolism work faster and gives you energy!

Another great supplement is our Lung Support 30-day detox program. It’s designed to help cleanse your lungs from waste caused by smoking, environmental toxins and air pollution. In addition, it helps reduxe inflammation and production of mucus. Say hello to comfortable breathing again!

Furthermore, as we already mentioned, smoking puts you at a much higher risk of developing heart disease. If you already struggle with any, supplementing with high quality Citrus Bergamot, Berberine, Organic Ceylon Cinnamon or CoQ10 will help protect your heart.

But what about stress, anxiety and irritability? Our Holy Basil will take care of all that. Also, take Magnesium Glycinate to help manage stress even better and get a good night’s sleep. These are also great if you’ve started doing more exercise after quitting – they help your body adapt to stress and Magnesium (but also Electrolytes!) will help reduce muscle soreness and promote recovery.

pineapple enzymeTo get rid of the mucus and coughs that might’ve been worrying you, supplementing with Bromelain is a great way to naturally cleanse your body and reduce inflammation.

And if you’re feeling tired all the time (this is a common withdrawal symptom!), start your day by taking a few MCT Oil capsules. These will give you instant energy, because those fatty acids will be immediately burned for energy and not stored as fat.

Likewise, there are plenty of small tricks to get you off of cigarettes. Download an app where you can track all the money you’ve saved since you quit, and track the days for how long you’ve been cigarette free. Try to pay more attention to what’s around you and enjoy life without the need to smoke cigarettes.

To conclude, nicotine addiction is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. Make the decision to quit now and use everything in your hand to get rid of it. You and your loved ones will all win. The trick is to be positive, make a proper plan (and stick to it!) and remove all tobacco products from your life.

If you have quit smoking successfully, share your best tips and tricks in the comments!

5 Supplements To Boost Your Energy Levels

5 Supplements To Boost Your Energy LevelsWe already know all the basics to maintain high energy levels while living our busy lives. In theory: eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. However, the reality is that it might not be enough.

There’s always so much to do, but never enough time or energy. Instead of reaching for that cup of coffee every time you’re feeling tired, we have a few supplements up our sleeve that will do the job (and maybe even better!).

Here are 5 food supplements to naturally combat fatigue and boost your energy levels:

MCT Oil

MCT OilMCT stands for medium chain triglycerides aka medium chain fatty acids. Your body can digest MCT’s a lot quicker than any other type of fat. They’ll go directly to your liver where they will immediately be used for energy. Here’s a blog post about the differences between MCT oil and coconut oil.

To get that bulletproof coffee effect, take your MCT softgels with a cup of coffee. Instant energy is guaranteed and you’ll power through the day with no effort.

CoQ10

CoQ10Coenzyme Q10 aka CoQ10 is used in your cells to produce energy that’s necessary for cell growth and maintenance. If your body is not producing CoQ10 properly, not only does it speed up the aging process, you may start feeling tired and fatigued all the time.

With age, certain diseases or taking some prescription drugs may lower your natural CoQ10 levels. Adding a high quality CoQ10 supplement to your diet can help increase your energy and stamina. Plus, it can boost your cognitive awareness too!

PS! Your body absorbs CoQ10 best with a fat containing meal. Take it with MCT Oil for best results.

Magnesium Glycinate & Electrolytes

magnesium glycinateMagnesium supports the energy production in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) that helps fight fatigue. Magnesium Glycinate is hands down the best form of magnesium that you can take.

The essential mineral magnesium and the amino acid glycine create a strong bond, and glycine will help magnesium be absorbed better by your body. Furthermore, the added glycine has also benefits on sleep efficiency, cognitive awareness, attention and memory.

Another great supplement to boost your energy levels is Electrolytes. It has lots of different minerals and nutrients, including magnesium, that help fight fatigue. Fluid and electrolyte loss in your body can leave you feeling tired, especially after exercise or during menstruation.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

green coffeeWe all know someone who says how they can’t function before they have their first cup of coffee in the morning. But what if you don’t drink coffee? Green Coffee Bean Extract is the perfect solution for that. 

Green coffee beans are regular coffee beans that haven’t been roasted yet. This means that you’ll get all the energy, and a high amount of a chemical called chlorogenic acid that has all sorts of amazing health benefits. Also, no need to worry about the coffee breath! Read our blog post about green coffee HERE

Take Green Coffee Bean Extract 30 minutes before a meal for the best results. This way it will also help manage your blood sugar levels, so no more feeling tired and sluggish after eating a hearty meal.

Holy Basil Leaf Extract

Tulsi Leaf ExtractHoly Basil is an all-round supplement you can use to fight stress and fatigue. It’s especially great if you’re going through a mentally and/or physically challenging period, because it helps your body to adapt to stress. It supports brain function and mental alertness, and helps you feel relaxed and refreshed in no time.

Holy Basil contains a fat soluble vitamin K, which is a key player in promoting brain function. Take it with a fat containing meal or with a healthy fat supplement like our MCT Oil for maximum absorption.  

Bonus: Biotin

Biotin converts the food you eat into usable energy and supports your metabolism. Your skin, hair and nails need energy for growth as well. If you’ve noticed that your skin has been looking dull and your hair and nails breaking all the time, your body probably isn’t getting enough energy that it needs.

Some medications can affect your body’s biotin levels, so adding it to your diet may be exactly what your body needs. But first make sure to consult with your doctor!

What are your favorite tips and tricks to combat fatigue and boost energy?

Hormonal Balance: What, Why and How?

hormonal balanceMost of us have heard about hormones and the importance to keep them balanced. But what are hormones exactly? Why is hormonal balance important? And how can you do it? Let’s find out!

What Are Hormones?

Your body consists of many different types of hormones that all have their purpose. To put it simply, hormones act as messengers in your body that control major important bodily functions. Hormones help communicate signals between organs and tissues that makes your body act a certain way – this includes physical and mental processes.

Hormones are part of the endocrine system and the endocrine glands produce hormones. Some of those glands are: adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, parathyroid, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, thymus and gonads (ovaries and testes).

The most commonly known hormones are:

    • Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone – testosterone is the male sex hormone and estrogen and progesterone the female sex hormones;
    • Cortisol – a k a the stress hormone that regulates how your body responds to physical and mental stress;
    • Adrenaline – another stress hormone that helps your body respond to stress;
    • Ghrelin – this is the hunger hormone that sends signals to your brain when your body needs more food for energy;
    • Insulin – helps move sugar into cells where it can be used as a fuel for energy;
  • Melatonin – helps you sleep better because of its increased levels when it’s dark.

Why Is Hormonal Balance Important?

We partly answered this question in the last paragraph, but let’s clear it up a little. Hormones regulate your body’s functions. When your hormones are properly balanced, your body should work like a charm. The cooperation between different hormones in your body is crucial for hormonal balance.

However, when your hormones are imbalanced, there’s too much or too little of some hormones in your body, it can cause serious health problems that might actually need medical intervention. This happens because your body can’t or will falsely send out signals to your organs and tissues that ultimately has negative effects on your health and well being.

Some of the symptoms of hormonal issues include:

    • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping;
    • Muscle weakness and pain;
    • Different skin problems like rashes, acne or dry skin;
    • Hair loss;
    • Changes in heart rate and blood pressure;
    • Weight gain or sudden weight loss;
    • Digestive issues, bloating, chronic constipation or diarrhea;
    • Changes in appetite or thirst;
    • Decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction and infertility;
    • Stress, depression, irritability and anxiety;
  • Bad PMS and menopause symptoms, breast tenderness.

Usually the symptoms from hormonal issues are revealed over time. If you’ve noticed that for a prolonged period of time you’ve been struggling with some of the symptoms we covered above, or there’s some other chronic issue that you can’t find an answer to, make sure to see a doctor who can take further tests from your saliva, blood or urine.

How To Balance Your Hormones?

The first thing to start with is a proper review of your habits and lifestyle. You should eat a healthy and balanced diet consisting of greens, protein and healthy fats.

hormonal balance

It is normal that when you age, some hormones start to act differently as well. For example women during menopause, puberty, being pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding or during menstruation all go through natural periods of hormonal imbalance. So ladies, if you’re reading this, make your life easier and provide your body the nutrients and exercise it needs.

For example, some fats like Black Currant Oil and Borage Oil contain a high amount of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) that is an essential fatty acid and such a helpful way to balance hormones naturally. Also, GLA may help support your adrenal gland activity (Source), and another study showed that MCT Oil can be a great way to promote insulin sensitivity (Source).  

Holy Basil Leaf Extract also helps regulate your hormones, including the stress hormone called cortisol. Thus it promotes hormonal and mental balance. In addition, Calcium D-Glucarate is amazing for those struggling with high levels of estrogen as it helps your liver remove the excess estrogen from your body.

Furthermore, studies have shown that consuming a proper amount of protein helps inhibit the hormone ghrelin that we mentioned above. If you eat enough protein, you’ll feel satisfied longer and your body won’t start sending signals about being hungry too early. (Source)

And of course you know that a healthy lifestyle includes regular physical activity as well. I know, I know! It’s boring and tiring and who has the time anyway?! But even walking every day will help! Or go for a swim, hike, run, or pump some iron at the gym. Switch it up if you feel that you need some variety, so you wouldn’t get bored of it. Exercising regularly helps reduce high insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity (Source).

Another common cause of hormonal imbalance is being overweight. Therefore, it is so important that you move regularly and avoid processed and sugary foods. Not to mention, they deplete your body of Magnesium, which has an important role in regulating hormones. For instance, magnesium has shown to help with melatonin production, so you could sleep better, and lower cortisol a k a the stress hormone in your body as well (Source)! Another good source of magnesium is our Pumpkin Seed Oil.

hormonal balanceEven more, stress can be a symptom of hormonal imbalance, but also the cause of it. If you’ve noticed a big pimple on your face right before an important meeting or event, or feel so irritated after working 60 hour weeks for two months then it’s time to take some time for yourself to just relax and destress.

Selenium has also been shown to play an important role in supporting thyroid health. Selenium helps reduce inflammation in your thyroid and reduce the risk of hypothyroidism (Source). It protects your thyroid gland from abnormal enlargement (Source) and is said to be an essential mineral to support thyroid health, prevent thyroid diseases and promote overall well being (Source). You can read more about Selenium from this blog post.

The Takeaway

I think we can all agree that hormonal balance isn’t just another health fad, but a serious issue that should be dealt with. Start with prevention by exercising regularly, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and don’t forget to destress and relax.

I also mentioned some of our natural food supplements that all have a way to promote hormonal balance. Those were Holy Basil Leaf ExtractCalcium D-Glucarate, Black Currant Oil, Magnesium, Borage Oil, Selenium, MCT Oil and Pumpkin Seed Oil. Click on the links to read more about them and see what would work best for you!

However, if you already suspect there might be a serious hormonal imbalance in your body, please make sure to see your doctor and get all the necessary tests done. This is the only way to determine what might be the issue and how it could be solved.

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Keto Guide: MCT Oil vs Coconut Oil

mct oil vs coconutFor the last decade, probably most of us have heard about the magical elixir called coconut oil and how you should consume it every single day to be healthy and happy.

However, recently another oil has been making its name on the market – MCT oil. Fun part about it is that coconut oil is most commonly known for its high MCT content and what health benefits MCT’s provide.

Both of these have been praised as the holy grail of supplements, but what exactly is the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil? Let’s find out!

 

 

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. These coconuts are harvested from the Cocos nucifera tree, also know as coconut palm tree.

Coconut oil is used for various purposes. Mainly in cooking – in baked goods, for frying, pastries, snacks and much more. Coconut oil is also used in hair and skin care because of its protecting and moisturizing properties.

Unrefined extra virgin coconut oil (that’s the good stuff) has a strong coconut smell and flavor. When coconut oil is stored below 76 °F, it is solid and white. When stored above 76 °F, coconut oil melts into a transparent liquid.

 

What is MCT Oil?

MCT’s aka Medium Chain Triglycerides aka Medium Chain Fatty Acids are naturally found in coconut oil. MCT oil is usually extracted from coconuts, but it can also be sourced from palm oil (PS! For the sake of rainforests, we always recommend using MCT oil sourced from preferably organic coconuts). This makes MCT oil a concentrated form of some of the beneficial fatty acids found in coconut oil.

Coconut oil’s MCT content is approximately 60%, making coconut oil a great source of these valuable fatty acids. However, the MCT content in MCT oil is usually 99-100%. That 100% is made up of capric acid (C:8) and caprylic acid (C:10) where usually the majority is caprylic acid. MCT’s are easily metabolized for energy production and don’t need to go through the digestive tract. This also means that MCT’s are less likely to be stored as fat.


Table: MCT Oil vs Coconut Oil

mct oil vs coconut

 

Why Take MCT Oil?

mct oil vs coconutMCT’s are more easily and rapidly digested than any other type of fat! Therefore, you’ll gain immediate fuel for energy. MCT fatty acids don’t go through the regular metabolization process in your digestive system. Instead, they are directly sent to your liver where they are instantly burned for energy. This makes MCT oil an excellent way to fuel your body fast and naturally.

Since MCT’s are easily absorbed and sent directly to you liver, they’ll give you a shot of stable energy and have the ability to speed up your metabolism. Once MCT’s are in your liver, they’ll possess a thermogenic effect and won’t be stored as fat.

When taking MCT Oil, you’ll surely notice all the new energy you’ve gained and might notice your body composition changing as well (to the better of course!). When MCT’s have been processed by your liver and converted into energy, your body starts releasing ketones. You’ll get into nutritional ketosis and your body starts burning fat for fuel (rather than using glycogen).

Caprylic acid in MCT oil helps maintain a healthy gut. Not only has MCT oil antibacterial properties, but it gives your digestive system a little break, because the oil is being processed in your liver instead. Additionally, MCT’s are widely prescribed to people who suffer from malabsorption issues where their bodies won’t absorb essential nutrients properly.

 

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Why Take Coconut Oil?

mct oil vs coconutMCT content in coconut oil is approximately 60%. Coconut oil consists roughly of 45% lauric acid, 8% caprylic acid and 7% capric acid. It’s important to keep in mind that although lauric acid is also considered as an MCT, it is being metabolized more like a long-chain fatty acid. For this reason, lauric acid goes through a longer digestion process and might be stored as fat when consumed too much.

Coconut oil has amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties. Lauric acid gives coconut oil significant immune system boosting abilities to support overall health and wellbeing. Give coconut oil a go if you want to prevent common colds and viruses, or even help relieve them!

Lauric acid, which isn’t usually found in MCT oils rather than coconut oil, has many great health benefits. Lauric acid promotes good cardiovascular health by supporting healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure. In addition, caprylic and lauric acids in coconut oil can reduce inflammation and moisturize your skin and hair – both externally and internally.

 

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Conclusion

Although coconut oil and MCT oil may seem to have many fairly similar health benefits, they are actually different and can be used for various reasons. Now that we’ve covered all the main differences between MCT and coconut oil, let us know – which one do you prefer?

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