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The Importance of Sleep for Weight Loss

When you’re on a mission to loose weight, every aspect of your life is connected to your goal.  That includes sleep!  You may not realize that even this most sedentary and restful state is essential to your overall weight loss, not to mention your general health and wellness.

Sleep is the time when our bodies relax and repair, but our bodies and brains have far from shut down.  After an active day – whether from physical activity, concentrating hard or being in an emotionally draining situation – our bodies need to recharge.  Having this long period of rejuvenation prepares the body for the next day.  Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep nightly.  It’s important to determine your exact sleep quota to ensure you maximize this period of reparation so you are not drowsy and sluggish during your days.  And get this: research shows that those who maintain a regular sleep schedule are more likely to have less body fat.

More Sleep = Easier Weight Loss

sleep_courtesy of functionalfitmag.comLack of sleep can derail your weight loss goals for several reasons:  First, if you don’t have energy, you probably will not find the strength or motivation to exercise.  And exercise is the number one way to effectively reach your weight loss goal.  We’ve certainly all been there.  We didn’t get a good night sleep and we just cannot muster the energy to hit the gym.  But when we wake up rested, we feel ready for whatever our day has in store, including a great workout and maybe some extra calorie-burning activities throughout the day, too!

Sleep deprivation may also change the way our bodies metabolize food and cause us to eat more unhealthy foods.  That’s a double whammy when it comes to weight loss!  Not achieving your body’s necessary sleep quota can slow your basal metabolic rate, which is the speed at which we metabolize while at rest.  A speedy resting metabolic rate is the lowest hanging fruit in the game of weight loss so you don’t want to miss that easy opportunity to burn calories and fat.  As if being tired weren’t enough, our bodies crave unhealthy carbohydrates when we are sleep deprived.  This change in appetite adds tons of unnecessary calories to our diet.  Combined with a reduced basal metabolic rate, these cravings can have a devastating effect on your weight loss goals.

Boost Your Sleep & Weight Loss Potential

Moringa Source has two great ways to boost your sleep and weight loss potential.  As you know, we are the leaders in all-natural Moringa nutritional products.  But did you know that Moringa can help you have more restful, restorative sleep?  Along with the incredible nutrients that Moringa offers that satisfy our bodies nutritional needs, Moringa triggers calming and sleep-inducing hormones.  By adding Moringa to your daily health routine, you can improve your nutrition and your sleep habits, all at once.

natura-veda-weight-loss-kitAdditionally, Moringa Source’s Natura Veda weight loss system includes the ideal set of all-natural supplements for weight management.  Our system combines four phenomenal supplements that provide superior nutrition to keep the body healthy and strong, suppress the appetite, speed the metabolism to burn through fat and calories more effectively and efficiently and provide energy to be your best every day, including maintaining your weight loss program.  In addition to Moringa capsules, our system includes Garcinia Cambogia, Green Coffee Been Extract and Raspberry Ketone.  The best part, these are Mother Nature’s gift to all of us who are working hard to lose weight the natural and healthy way.

Sleep is an important part of a weight loss program, and fortunately one of the easiest to perform.  Make it a priority to find a regular sleep routine that maximizes your daily energy.  You’ll love what it will do for your overall weight loss goals!

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!