We’re excited to announce that our very own Fadi Malouf is going to appear in the next Save The Bros video! If you haven’t seen the first one, check it out below and prepare to be warned about the potential collapse of the entire bro nation.
What is Save The Bros, you ask? It’s an initiative by Organic Valley to encourage all the gym rats of the world to stop pumping their bodies with “synthetic junk.” They make a protein shake called Organic Fuel that is made with all natural ingredients – including 26 grams of high-quality protein. Good stuff.
So check out the video below for a good laugh. And if you’re a bro, take a minute to think about the toxins you may be putting in your body each time you chug a protein shake and check our Organic Fuel – if not for you, for the fate of bro nation as we know it.
If you have ever had or have migraines you know, they are painful sometimes even can be disabling. They are changes in chemicals and blood vessels in the brain, which send pain signals leading to the head. Often can lead to feeling of nausea, and vomiting, I often find when I have one there are sensitivities to light, noise, and smell.
I have been a sufferer of migraines from childhood. Knowing how awful they are, and I spent too many nights, going into the darkest room around, pray it would go away and hope to fall asleep! As I grew older working at a dental clinic in the Air Force, I found new smells and certain foods that would trigger these headaches. Every Monday or a long period away from work without fail, BOOM there would be a headache. After countless unsuccessful attempts to battle them on my own, it was when I started working with Fadi Malouf and David Baldovin we took them on with nutrition as my key to helping prevent and alleviate.
With the guidance of the Body By Fadi’s Team, I have learned certain foods can help prevent, alleviate, or reduce the severity of the migraine.
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Some foods such as spinach or other dark leafy vegetables are high in magnesium that will help alleviate migraines. Common causes like stress, alcohol intake, and menstruation in women absorb magnesium in the body. Eating such vegetables like spinach or kale will help restore levels. Currently learning how to create delicious smoothies with these and other ingredients below, thanks to Coach Scott Black’s book Living On High Speed.
Ginger – I found taking ginger will help with an upset stomach that may often come with a migraine.
Peppermint- I read a study done back in 1966 showed a solution containing 10% peppermint essential oil was as effective as 1,000mg of acetaminophen (the ingredient in medicine like Tylenol) I drank Peppermint Tea and also at times just massaged peppermint essential oil onto my temples.
Fish – Help reduce the frequency and severity of the migraine, Omega-3 Fatty Acids, as well act as an anti-inflammatory. Fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel and trout are excellent sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acid.
Since taking they’re advise with proper nutrition, it helped a ton. Going from weekly on sets to just about gone. And now knowing what I know thanks to their help I can tackle them right at the start. Enjoying my working out routines and not spending my precious time in the dark, silent world.
Please leave your comments below and make a requests to assist with your migraine headaches.
Pears are in season! They are sweet, delicious and richly flavored pears offer the crunchiness of apples yet are as juicy as peaches and nectarines.
Pears are packed with health benefiting nutrients such as dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins, which are necessary for optimum health.
Pears are a good source of dietary fiber and regular eating of this fruit may offer protection against colon cancer. Most of the fiber in them is non soluble polysaccharide (NSP), which functions as a good bulk laxative in the gut. Additionally, the gritty fiber content binds to cancer-causing toxins and chemicals in the colon, protecting its mucous membrane from contact with these compounds.
In addition, pear fruit is one of the very low calorie fruits, provides 58 calories per 100g. Just a few sections a day in the diet can bring significant reduction in weight and blood LDL cholesterol levels.
They contain good quantities of vitamin C. Fresh fruits provide about 7% of RDA per 100 g.
They are moderate sources of antioxidant flavonoids phyto-nutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds, along with vitamin C and A, help the body protected from harmful free radicals.
The fruit is a good source of minerals such as copper, iron, potassium, manganese and magnesium as well as B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6).
Although not well documented, pears are among the least allergenic of all fruits and are therefore recommended by health practitioners as a safe alternative in the preparation of food products for allergy sufferers.
Since several of the vitamins and minerals are concentrated in significant quantities just underneath the skin, pears should be eaten as a whole along with its skin to get maximum benefits.
Here is a delicious recipe for a low-fat Pear and Spinach Salad.
This is a nice fall salad that makes use of wonderfully fragrant ripe pears. The hardest thing about making this pear and spinach salad is not eating the pears ahead of time. Feel free to add some slivered red onion or a half cup of sliced mushrooms or a tablespoon of crumbled feta cheese to this delicious salad to contrast the sweetness of the pears, raisins or cranberries.
•1 10 ounce package baby spinach
•3 ripe Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and sliced
•1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
•1/4 cup chopped walnuts
•2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
•3 tbsp white wine vinegar
•1 tbsp lemon juice
•Pinch of Himalayan salt (optional)
Wash and dry spinach and place in large bowl with pear slices. Sprinkle raisins and walnuts on top. Whisk oil, vinegar, lemon and salt and drizzle over salad.
Per Serving: Calories 164, Calories from Fat 46, Total Fat 5.2g (sat 0.5g), Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 39mg, Carbohydrate 26.6g, Fiber 3.8g, Protein 2.8g
Formula 5/3/12 is your fat loss success formula: Eat 5 meals a day every 3 hours with a 12 hour fast.
This formula is not only good for fat burning but those seeking muscular gain can also benefit from eating 5 or 6 meals every day.
Reasons To Eat 5 or 6 Meals Each Day
Speeds up metabolism.
Long term consumption of hard to digest large meals that are poor nutrient dense meals causes your body to “shut” down and hibernate. When this occurs the body stores more of your consumed meals as fat and stores toxins that are hidden inside of the processed foods you consume inside of your fat tissue.
Diminishes the desire to overeat.
Puts less stress on your colon.
Easier for your body to digest.
Stabilize blood sugar levels.
Use a timer: your watch, smart phone, tablet, computer or other timer and set it to beep every 3 hours. Eat when it tells you to eat.
Pre cook and pre package your food and keep it on hand.
Carry easy to eat foods everywhere you go: Boiled eggs, healthy supplements, fruits and vegetables are good examples.
The term “Superfood” is often misused, over-used or even misunderstood by many people. But generally most experts do agree that there are certain foods that are low caloric / high nutrient foods.
Superfoods typically contain superior sources of anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and other essential life giving nutrients that other foods do not.
Superfoods can be found in various forms and locations. Unfortunately, most cannot be found in your local grocery stores or even farmers markets.
In the next few postings we will be discovering what superfoods are the best and which we choose to use.
In this first post we will be discussing what we call the daily basics. These superfoods or supplements are not normally considered superfoods but with them you will feel super!
The Daily Basics
Enzymes – Many nutrition experts call enzymes the ―spark‖ of life because they play a necessary role in virtually all of the biochemical activities that occur in the body. They are essential for digesting food, for metabolizing nutrients, for stimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy and for repairing tissues, organs and cells.
The functions of enzymes are so many and so diverse that it would be impossible to list all. But the easiest designation is that enzymes are often divided into two main groups: digestive enzymes and metabolic enzymes.
Digestive enzymes will be the focus for this discussion.
Digestive enzymes breakdown the foods you eat. They metabolize the nutrients like vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals enabling them so they can be absorbed into the bloodstream for use in multiple bodily functions.
While the body does manufacture a supply of enzymes, it can and does also obtain enzymes from the fruits and vegetables you eat. Unfortunately enzymes are sensitive to heat and most will denature at temperatures between 102 and 115 degrees. Therefore, maintaining a temperature at or below 100 degrees, or consuming raw foods yields the highest and most benefit from the enzymes.
Taking enzyme supplements before every cooked meal will greatly improve your nutritional absorption rate of cooked foods. And taking enzymes after a raw meal will greatly improve your absorption rate of living foods.
For the best benefit, any enzyme supplements you chose should contain all of the major enzyme groups to include amylase, protease and lipase.
For even better digestion also use the following items on an as-needed basis: apple cider vinegar, HCl pills to quickly strengthen weak stomach acid, Celtic sea salt and at night take probiotics.
Probiotics – In a healthy state, the body has a higher concentration of good bacteria than bad, or disease-causing, bacteria.
But most of us do not live in a healthy state. Instead the human body has become full of bacteria-destroying elements called antibiotics. Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria alike. These nasty little things are in many of the foods you eat; milk, fish, meat and anything else that big farms raised. Animals that are raised in crowded conditions and live in close proximity to each other, contract and share diseases with each other. To combat sickness, farmers administer massive amounts of antibiotics to livestock. When meat or milk products are consumed, these antibiotics persist and are transferred to you. These antibiotics deplete your bacteria levels and drain your immune system leaving you vulnerable to infection.
Research on probiotics is fascinating. In short, probiotics are the best line of defense your body has to defend itself from infection. Most people do not realize it but the ―gut‖ carries as much as 70% of your immune system. And in your gut sits millions if not billions of bacteria. These bacteria keep us healthy and aid in many other functions. Probiotics are good bacteria and should remain in high levels in your gut. I recommend consuming natural and supplemental probiotics on a daily basis!
Good bacteria can be obtained through two sources. The first is direct from the Earth. As children, we play in the dirt and bacteria invades the body. Yes, some of the bacteria sources are harmful but much of the soil based bacteria is beneficial. But in this clean world of antiviral soaps and cleaners and most of us no longer working outdoors I fear we have lost touch with nature. This departure from nature, coupled with the bacteria killing cleaners moves us farther and farther away from good bacteria and good health.
The second way to obtain good bacteria is to purchase probiotic supplements. There are many on the market. Look for the highest probiotic count possible when purchasing these supplements. Probiotics that utilize ―soil based organisms‖ are better and stronger.
I suggest you ingest ample amounts of probiotics every day and go outside every now and again and walk barefoot through the dirt and grass (watch out for the dog poo). You will be much happier and healthier for it.
Essential Fatty Acids – All fats are not created equally. PERIOD.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are fats that the body cannot produce on its own and are available through one of two sources: 1) Plant sources like Flax, Borage, Primrose, Hemp, Chia and other plants. 2) Fish, specifically deep sea fish like mackerel, salmon and krill.
EFAs remain liquid at room temp and stay liquid in your body. EFA’s help tremendously with many bodily functions such as, but certainly not limited to, hair growth, digestion, cell repair, cell detoxing, skin repair and growth, proper brain functions, stabilizing blood sugar levels, keeping proper HDL/LDL levels in balance and much more!
The primary function of essential fats is to coat and protect your cell walls. Your cell walls are susceptible to damage without this protective barrier.
I recommend that you put a little research into this subject and you will be the better for it. I highlight a few other facts about EFA’s later in the book but please note that this is yet another substance the body requires daily.
Green leafy vegetables – Green leafy vegetables are the rock stars of the plant kingdom. They are highly nutritious and readily available. But if you are American then you probably do not eat enough of them.
Fresh, raw, green, leafy vegetables contain high doses of chlorophyll, easily digestible proteins, enzymes and a wide range of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. These particular vegetables also act as a health tonic for the brain and immune system and a cleanser of the kidneys.
Leafy greens are denser in nutrients than other vegetables and contain awesome amounts of calcium.
Leafy greens should definitely be a large part of your daily diet!