All posts tagged: benefits

Wellness Wednesday: Pearl-tastic Beauty

No longer reserved for classic necklaces and earrings, pearls are being utilized in a variety of interesting ways. While the notion of using this remarkable ingredient is nothing new (most things are cyclical if you think about it) it has been a popular ingredient used in health and wellness products lately. You can find pearls on the ingredient list of powders, supplements, beauty products and more. So what is it about pearls that would make us want to ingest them and spread all over our faces? Well let’s first delve into where they come from. Pearls are formed inside oysters as some sort of defense mechanism. In a very simple explanation, when the oyster detects a foreign particle inside it’s shell it secretes the same nacre substance used to form it’s shell to cover the particle and over time this creates a pearl. Pearls contain beneficial minerals including calcium, amino acids, protein and much more, all things that contribute to healthy, youthful looking skin. So it’s no wonder we think skin care and beauty when …

Motivation Monday: The Power of Music

Happy Monday everyone! The start of the week is a great opportunity to set some goals and add an intention to set the tone for your week. I was feeling a little overwhelmed on Saturday morning thinking of all the errands, homework, research, laundry, etc. I was trying to accomplish before I was due to my Pilates studio lesson. I knew I would be in class for 5 hours so I was trying to make the morning as productive as possible. I noticed my anxiousness and in result tried to slow down and see what I could do to prioritize what needed to be done first. I sat down, made a list beginning with the tasks that were time sensitive. Once everything was on paper, I began to feel a little better. Next I made myself a nutritional breakfast knowing the day I had ahead and all the energy I needed to power me through the day. Lastly, I turned on our speaker in the kitchen and BLASTED my favorite playlist. Before long my list …

Wellness Wednesday: Trippin’ On Shrooms

Mushrooms are having a moment in the health and wellness industry. No longer are they categorized as just fancy infused oils, pizza toppings or for psychedelic trips, they are impacting wellness in a major way. Mushrooms are a good source of B vitamins, which help provide energy in the body by breaking down proteins, fats, and carbs. Aside from vitamins, mushrooms are also high in important minerals including selenium (which works as an antioxidant) and potassium (which helps control blood pressure & support our muscles and organs). Below I’ve outlined some common forms being utilized today: Mushroom Coffee Benefits: made from wildly harvested chaga, the mushrooms blended with pure coffee combats common side affects from caffeine meaning no more jitters or crashes and supports the adrenals. Mushroom Tea Benefits: reishi mushrooms are made into tea which studies have shown positively affect the body in many ways including fighting inflammation, liver disease, heart disease, anxiety/depression, diabetes, viruses, digestive problems and much more. Mushroom Powder Benefits: there are multiple varieties to get in powder form but the cordyceps …

Wellness Wednesday: Cuckoo For Coconuts

Coconut oil has been all the rage. While the health benefits and versatility of what it can do are impressive, I feel like it’s been done…we know it’s amazing and we understand what it can do for us. Seeing it everywhere made me think of where it comes from and if in fact the fruit itself is as impressive as the oil and water we see lining the shelves. After reading all about the coconut fruit, I found it to be just as fascinating as the counterparts we know and love. So here it is, my list of benefits I found useful and interesting about the coconut as a whole. Top 5 Benefits of Coconuts Minerals-consuming a cup of shredded coconut gives us a high % of our daily recommended servings of minerals manganese, copper, selenium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. Fiber-(this one surprised me) raw coconut is rich in dietary fiber! One cup of shredded coconut meat equals 7 grams of fiber which can help lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol in our bloodstream. Immunity boost-fats …

Fit Friday: The 411 On Superfood Elixirs

While they are a convenient way to incorporate healthy additions to your foods, superfood powders and supplements can begin to resemble potions and elixirs if you don’t know what they’re for or what to do with them. It can be overwhelming trying to decipher trending superfoods and what their actual purpose or benefits are. To make it simple I included a little cheat sheet below of popular ones and how you can integrate them into your diet. Maca (Root) Benefits: increased fertility (both male & female), hormone balance, immunity booster, increase in energy, stamina, memory & focus Forms: root is ground into powder How to use: mix in smoothies, smoothie bowls or juice Cacao Benefits: excellent source of monounsaturated fats, vitamins, minerals, protein and other nutrients as well as rich antioxidant properties Forms: powder or nibs How to use: mix in baked goods, protein balls/bars, smoothies, smoothie bowls, oatmeal or on top of yogurt Spirulina Benefits: rich in chlorophyll (gets its energy from the sun), high in protein and a great source of antioxidants, B …

Wellness Wednesday: Super Powder Matcha

You’d be hard pressed to walk into a coffee shop or juice bar and not find something of the matcha variety. I’ve seen everything from doughnuts to lattes using the green powder to tint and flavor drinks and food while also adding a nutritional punch. When I first came across matcha it was in the form of brewed tea and I was instantly drawn to the rich, slightly bitter flavor (I may be in the minority but I’m not a huge fan of sweet teas and drinks). I knew it was high in antioxidants but that was pretty much the extent of my knowledge. After enjoying a luscious almond-milk matcha latte (so yum!) my curiosity was piqued to find out some other benefits of the ancient tea. Below is what I found to be the most intriguing benefits of matcha and I’ve also included a simple way to enjoy the super powder at home. Top 5 Benefits of Matcha Detoxes-there are high levels of chlorophyll in matcha (hello vibrant green color!), which removes heavy metals …

Wellness Wednesday: The Incredible Edible…

One thing that has frustrated me about the health and wellness industry is the back and forth claims that seem to change with the season. Dairy is bad, dairy is good, fat is bad, fat is good, go grain-free, be sure to get your grains! It can be exhausting trying to keep up and is one of the reasons I decided to start this blog. Weeding through the trends, finding the research and relaying it back in a simple way has always been my goal with MSF. One of the controversial topics that I’ve personally struggled with is the debate on eggs. Through my own health journey there were times I was eating only egg replacements, flax eggs, egg whites, 2-3 whole eggs a day, it was confusing to decide what I “should” be doing. I’d like to lay it all out and cover what we do know about eggs, so you can make an informed decision for yourself and decides what best for YOU. What do we know for sure about eggs? For one, the …