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The Dos and Don’ts of Stress Management

Do you get stressed about your stress?  Stress is an unavoidable part of life, and that’s not all bad.  Some amount of stress is healthy when it is motivating, energizing and pushes us to reach goals.  But too much negative stress can have long-term health consequences ranging from heart disease and ulcers, to skin conditions and panic attacks.

Because you cannot throw your stress away completely, it’s important to learn stress management techniques that will help you cope with stress.  Dealing with stress in productive ways will not only improve your health, but also your relationships, self-esteem and overall outlook on life.

Here are some helpful Dos and Don’ts of stress management:

citrus fruits_courtesy of care2.comDO eat foods that are known to reduce stress and anxiety.  These foods include fatty fish with omega-3 fatty acids, eggs and citrus fruits with a range of Vitamin B and green tea with L-theanine.  These have proven to have a calming effect on our bodies, and subdue feelings of panic and irrationality.   Guess what?  Moringa also has these relaxing nutrients in a simple daily supplement!

DON’T be idol for long periods of time.  Moving about and stretching can release muscle tension and get blood flowing throughout your body.  That includes to your brain so you should be more focused and effective when you return to work.  Exercise is a great way to release stress.  But even if you don’t have time for a full workout, stretch your muscles or strike a yoga pose occasionally to achieve a similar effect.

DO find enjoyable ways to relax.  Everyone defines relaxation differently.  For some it includes gardening or taking a hike.  For others, relaxation is a day at the spa or watching a movie.  However you chose to unwind, be sure to build it into your weekly schedule to ensure you turn off your daily stressors, if only for a short time.

breathing_courtesy of caregivers-oasis.comDON’T hold your breath.  Your body needs oxygen to pump blood through the body.  Long, deep breaths oxygenate your muscles and your cells, which not only calms you, but also gives you energy.  To avoid a variety of stress-related health and wellness issues ranging from panic attacks to digestive issues, try stress-reducing breathing techniques on a regular basis.

DO take breaks often.  Especially if you sit at a desk and maintain a high level of concentration throughout the day, try to take periodic breaks.  Even two or three minutes of resting your eyes or focusing on something new can reduce your stress and breathe new life into your work when you return.

DON’T keep it all bottled up.  Talking to someone else and getting perspective on whatever is stressing you can be extremely helpful.  Sometimes simply verbalizing your problems is a welcome relief, and often someone else can offer advice on how to improve your situation.

starter_pack_2DO take Moringa to help improve your stress management strategy. The amazing power of Moringa applies to stress-reduction as well.  First, when you give your body the proper nutrients it needs – like those found in all-natural Moringa – you give yourself the opportunity to perform at your best.  When your nutrition is balanced, your mental and emotional state is more likely to be in check.  Moringa also stimulates hormones that help calm the body, even during stressful times, so you can better handle any situation that comes your way.

Learning to control our stress by employing stress management techniques and adopting foods in our diet for optimal stress and anxiety reduction can improve our overall health and wellness.  These small lifestyle adjustments can make a big difference.  We hope you’ll decompress with a cup of Moringa tea and start working some of our dos and don’ts into your daily habits.

5 Simple Desserts That Are Good for your Health + Boost Nutrients with Moringa

If dessert is your favorite meal of the day, we’ve got some treats coming your way.  At Moringa Source, we’re always on the lookout for yummies that don’t add rolls to our tummies.  And beyond the weight control issue, we want to eat the healthiest and cleanest ingredients to keep our bodies in the best shape possible.  And yes, that means desserts, too.

Don’t roll your eyes or stick out your tongue at the thought of “healthy desserts.”  You’d be surprised what tasty foods are actually good for your health.  With a few minor adjustments, you can be on your way to healthier treats.  And here’s one secret we are proud to share when it comes to cooking and baking:


Just add Moringa!

A little bit of nature’s most nutritious superfood, Moringa, goes a long way for your health.  With just a couple scoops of Moringa powder, you can add heaps of nutrition to your diet.  And we don’t mean just a few vitamins and minerals.  We’re talking over 90 phyto-nutrients your body needs and craves to thrive, including a myriad of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids that form proteins.  Combined, these nutrients can improve your physical, mental and emotional health with a range of benefits such as stable blood sugar levels, sustained energy, better focus and many anti-aging advantages.

Now, here you have them.  Five simple desserts that are good for your health and how to incorporate Moringa to boost your nutrition:

Dark Chocolate…anything:  Chocoholics, you’re in luck!  Studies show that dark chocolate is healthy for our bodies because it contains free radical fighting antioxidants and can lower blood pressure.  (But everything in moderation, of course.) You know what else has these same effects?  Moringa!  Next time you’re making fondue, mix in a couple of teaspoons of Moringa powder to your dark chocolate melting pot.  Then dip away with sweet strawberries, plump pineapples and all of your other favorite fruits.

Berries and Cream_courtesy of restorativenutritionri.comBerries & Cream-ish:  Fresh and light, berries are an incredible source of antioxidants and vitamins.  Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and pomegranates are easiest to come by and simple to slice into a berry-licious medley.  Add some Greek yogurt or soy yogurt mixed with Moringa powder rather than heavy cream to keep this a light and fit dessert.

Almond Butter, Banana and Honey Sandwich:  Feeling a bit nutty?  Try almond butter instead of peanut butter.  Ounce for ounce, it has as much protein as meat, plus it has more Vitamin E, Magnesium and Iron than peanut butter.  Mix in Moringa powder for even more benefits from those three and many other nutrients.  Spread the almond butter and Moringa powder mixture onto whole grain bread, waffles or a tortilla, slice bananas and drizzle honey on top for a delightful sandwich for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.

Green Tea Popsicle:  Who’s in the mood for frosty treat?  We love this simple recipe for green tea popsicles that calls for a bunch of antioxidant and fiber-rich foods, including protein-packed Greek yogurt, an avocado, almond milk and matcha powder (green tea powder), as well as vanilla extract and honey. Green tea has a ton of health benefits for the heart and brain, and is helpful as a natural weight loss tool.  We recommend stirring in 2 teaspoons of Moringa powder with the Greek yogurt before blending the ingredients to give your delicious popsicles even more of an antioxidant punch.

Oatmeal cookies_courtesy of sweetpeaskitchen.comRolled Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:  Here’s a twist on one of grandma’s specialties.  There are thousands of ways to make oatmeal cookies but try replacing some of the higher fat and calorie and less nutritious ingredients like quick oats, white flour, butter and eggs with better choices such as rolled oats, whole wheat flour, vegan butter substitute and egg whites or egg substitute.  Between those substitutions and adding Moringa powder, you will increase the fiber and mineral content significantly.  Also, along with the raisins, throw in some dark chocolate chips or antioxidant-rich dried fruits.

So next time you’re on the hunt for something sweet for dessert, try these five tasty and nutritious treats.  And don’t forget to add the Moringa powder to reach your maximum nutrition potential!

Bon Appetite!

Slimming Down for Summer Starts NOW! Tips to Kick-Start Your Weight Loss

natura-veda-weight-loss-kitSpring has officially arrived and that means we’re one step closer to slipping back into our shorts, tank tops and bathing suits.  If you’ve been longing for all sorts of fun-in-the-sun activities, the wait is almost over.  Hooray!  But if you’re dreading your summer attire because you’ve packed on a few extra pounds this winter, don’t fret.  We’re here to help!

Losing weight in healthy ways takes some time so starting now is the first step in the right direction.  Dropping pounds quickly usually means crash diets, dangerous weight loss pills or costly gimmicks and procedures.  Ask any doctor and they’ll tell you that the healthiest way to lose weight is the old fashioned way:  Diet and Exercise.  And making positive changes in these areas just takes a little attitude adjustment and some planning.

When it comes to your diet, you may be stuck in a pattern of making unhealthy choices because they are easy.  You may also make poor choices because you are uninformed about good nutrition.  Our theory on nutrition is not starvation or restriction, but rather ensuring the body gets all of the essential vitamins, proteins and other nutrients it needs so you feel satisfied without having to resort to high-fat, high-calorie options to fill you up.  Once you learn what your body needs, you’ll quickly recognize the difference:  less cravings, more energy and weight loss.  

The USDA’s Choose My Plate website is a great resource for educating yourself on healthy food choices so that eating right becomes a way of life, not a temporary diet.  Supplementing your diet with whole foods like Moringa can also help fast-track your efforts to retrain your body, and mind, on proper nutrition.  And if you’re looking for easy, it doesn’t get much easier than taking two Moringa capsules in the morning and two Moringa capsules at night. 

Using a combination of additional all-natural supplements is another great way to jumpstart weight loss.  Once you’re offering your body great nutrients, you want to make sure you are burning through both stored fat and your daily caloric intake.  Everyone metabolizes differently and has different percentages of muscle mass so there is not one tried and true formula for weight loss.  The general idea is to increase the metabolic rate and ensure you are burning, burning, burning all day long, even when you’re at rest.  This will help create a caloric deficit and allow you to shed pounds faster. 

So what are the best all-natural weight loss supplements?  In addition to Moringa, we recommend:

Garcinia Cambogia, an herb that blocks the enzymes that cause fat to be stored in the body, suppresses appetite and reduces cravings.

Green Coffee Bean Extract, a metabolic booster that contains chlorogenic acid which inhibits the release of glucose (sugar) into the blood stream and prevents fat from being absorbed.

Raspberry Ketone helps break down fat through a protein hormone that regulates glucose levels and fatty acid oxidation, as well as a phenolic compound that attacks fat naturally.

Once your nutrition is balanced and you have more energy from all of the wonderful foods and nutrients you’ve added to your diet, you can ease into your exercise routine.  Keep it simple at the beginning.  Start with 20-minutes a day at a low intensity and increase it from there.  Make sure you’re selecting exercise activities that you enjoy.  Remember, working out is not all about hitting the gym.  There are plenty of other ways to exercise that may better fit your interests and lifestyle, like swimming, biking, hiking, or playing sports.  You can even add a little “umph” to household chores such as vacuuming, mowing the lawn or folding laundry to make the work more cardio-intensive and to incorporate more muscles. 

The final tip to kick-starting your summer slim down is to plan ahead.  Plan your meals so you always have healthy options available.  Plan to keep a healthy snack with you at all times, so when hunger strikes – you’re not resorting to the vending machine. Plan your workouts so you are sure to fit them into your schedule.  If you need to, find a buddy to keep you on track.  The more effort you put into planning – making a schedule or meal plan or including family and friends – the more likely you will be to stick with it. 

We’re looking forward to being part of your summer slim down solution!