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Gluten Free – Is It Right for You?

While you may not know every ingredient in your food, we bet you’ve heard of gluten.  But do you know exactly what gluten is?  Let us help you out – It’s the protein found in wheat, barley and rye.  Gluten is in many common baked goods, from breads and cereals, to cakes, cookies and pies.

Gluten-free diets have become somewhat common and that begs the question:  Is it a fad or actually a healthy way of eating?  The answer lies in how and why you are going gluten-free.  For some, a gluten-free lifestyle is medical matter.  Those with celiac disease, which is approximately 1% of the population, develop serious complications when they consume gluten.  This autoimmune disease can affect the brain, nerves and cause permanent damage to the intestines.  Therefore, the only solution for people with celiac disease is eliminating gluten from their diet.

Other people have gluten intolerance or sensitivity, meaning they may have some symptoms of celiac disease but without the long-term effects and damage to the body.  Gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity usually presents as gastrointestinal distress, fatigue or headaches.  Most people with this diagnosis can consume some gluten but problems occur after they cross a tolerance threshold within a certain period of time.  Fortunately for people with celiac disease and any level of gluten sensitivity who are still craving their sandwiches and pastries, there are many gluten-free alternatives on the market.

In recent years, celebrities have increasingly piqued the public’s interest in gluten free diets for its potential weight loss effects.  But this weight loss theory has some exceptions.  Remember those gluten-free alternatives we just mentioned?  Well those come with a price and we’re not just talking about money.  Many gluten-free products have more fat and calories than their gluten-full counterparts.  They may also lack the fortified nutrients that many breads and cereals have.  Plus they could have added salt or less fiber as well.  So using gluten-free substitutes in a weight loss diet is not going to do the trick.

Instead, reducing or eliminating the consumption of gluten products in exchange for other whole grains – such as quinoa, flax, cornmeal or rice – and focusing meals on proteins, fruits and vegetables can be part of a weight loss solution.  And this is where going gluten-free can be a healthier lifestyle.

If you lead or are considering a gluten-free lifestyle, you’ll be pleased to know that Moringa is naturally gluten-free!  As one of nature’s most nutritious superfoods, it

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contains over 90 naturally-occurring phyto-nutrients.  It is perfectly calibrated with a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat and is considered a raw, whole food.  Moringa supports weight loss goals by giving you tons of energy and keeping your body satiated from its superior nutrients.  It also helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels and assists in building muscles for a stronger and healthier body.

We know you will choose a diet that is right for your lifestyle. Whether it is gluten-free or not, we hope you’ll make Moringa part of your daily health routine.  And we’re here to say, Moringa is not a fad!

The Best Superfoods for Weight Loss

If your diet is getting stale or is lacking nutrition, superfoods to the rescue!  Superfoods are the best nutrient-packed foods that our bodies need for energy and to keep all systems running, not just smoothly, but excellently.

Just like superheroes, not all superfoods are created equally.  As nutritionists and biologists learn more about how our bodies process foods, they are also discovering how foods can help us perform at our optimal level.  By unlocking the potential that foods can offer, we are giving our bodies – from our brains to our muscles to our organs – the chance to be their best.

Most nutritionists don’t agree on the very best superfoods.  Why?  Because each superfood has something different to offer the body, making them somewhat subjective; therefore, we need a variety of superfoods to thrive.  Some are chock full of protein, others have astounding antioxidants, and still more are hailed for their fiber content.  And each of these important aspects of superfoods can benefit us differently.  Some boost our immune systems, assist weight loss and support healthy blood sugar levels, while others reduce inflammation, aid cognitive function and decrease risk of many diseases.  A healthy diet consists of many superfoods every day.

Additionally, superfoods come in all shapes, sizes and consistencies.  Some superfoods are easy to come by: we can simply go to a local grocer and shortly thereafter fill our plates with these raw foods.  Others are found in very specific climates around the world and have to extracted or ground for edibility.  We can supplement our diets with these superfoods by consuming them through capsules, teas or adding pure powders to our food.

Check out our top weight loss superfoods in both categories:

Best Easy-to-Find Weight Loss Superfoods

  • Apples – Filled with fiber, this satisfying fruit can help you eat less and reduce calorie intake in your day.  Plus apples have the antioxidant quercetin that protects cells.
  • Beans- Another fibrous food group, beans and legumes also have protein, making them ifruits-veggies_courtesy of naturalhealth365.commportant to sustain meals for longer.
  • Eggs – Forget the bad wrap eggs used to get about excessive cholesterol.  Along with 9 essential amino acids, eggs have lots of choline that can block fat from absorbing into the body.
  • Flaxseeds – These small seeds have it all: protein, fiber, magnesium, potassium, zinc and the fatty acid alpha-linolenic that reduces inflammation
  • Olive Oil – This healthy cooking oil alternative provides the good type of fat, monounsatured fat, which may alter our fat burning and fat storage genes.
  • Quinoa – This grain-like complete protein has important amino acids to build muscle and supercharge the metabolism.
  • Salmon – Omega 3s in fatty fish like salmon help the body burn fat.  Plus, they are some of the best brain foods as well.
  • Soy – Soy is packed with protein, which burns more calories during digestion than carbs and fat.  In fact, adding soy to your diet can burn up to 70 extra calories a day.
  • Spinach – Low in calories and high in tons of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need, spinach is a nutritious stand-alone or add-in to many dishes.
  • Yogurt – Nonfat or lowfat yogurt, especially protein-rich Greek yogurt, helps slow the hormone cortisol that can cause flabby bellies.

natura-veda-weight-loss-kitBest Weight Loss Superfood Supplements

  • Moringa – One of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, this phenomenal plant offers over 90 bio-nutrients in one swoop.  With the perfect ratio of fat, carbohydrates and protein, this is a whole food that will sustain your energy and keep you satisfied throughout the day.
  • Garcinia Cambogia – This dual-action weight loss superfood not only suppresses the appetitive, but also burns carbs before they turn to fat and helps burn through stored fat.
  • Green Coffee Bean Extract – With the right amount and type of caffeine, green coffee bean extract helps reduce fat absorption while also speeding up the metabolism.
  • Raspberry Ketone – This superfood works its magic by regulating glucose levels and fatty acid oxidation resulting in more fat burning and a boosted metabolism.


Summertime Skin Care Guide

Does your skin experience seasonal moodiness?  Dry and flakey in the winter…oily and full of blemishes in the summer?  Or maybe it’s opposite for you:  greasy, clogged pores due to excessive lotions in the winter…scaly and peeling from sun exposure in the summer?  Whatever your skin situation is this season, Moringa-infused skin care products may be your summertime skin care solution.

trio_productMoringa oil is one of the best skincare product ingredients.  There are two reasons Moringa oil is so fabulous:  The first is the exact same reason Moringa is so good for your insides – it’s bursting with the best nutrients Mother Nature has to offer.  Just like your internal organs, your skin requires good nutrition too.  There are four very important vitamins for your skin and Moringa has them all:  Vitamins A, B (B1, B2, B3, B6 and B7), C and D.  Along with over 40 additional antioxidants, these ingredients help heal skin, support cellular regeneration, rebuild tissues, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production, boost blood circulation and reduce premature aging of the skin.

The second reason Moringa is ideal for skin care is a compound called oleic acid.  With over 70% oleic acid, Moringa oil has the unique ability to penetrate deeply into layers of skin.  By treating skin more deeply than other skincare agents, Moringa can repair damaged skin more effectively and rapidly encourage skin rejuvenation and a refreshed appearance.  If you’re wondering how Moringa skincare products make your skin look and feel when applied topically, you’ll be happy to know that it absorbs smoothly and quickly.  Unlike other oils, Moringa oil’s fast-absorbing oleic acid density ensures it does not leave the skin feeling greasy.

Moringa-infused skin care products are an excellent choice for gorgeous skin from face-to-hands and lips-to-legs this summer.  Moringa body butter or Moringa hand and body lotion keep your entire body smooth and moisturized.  For added hydration, try Moringa body wash in the shower as well.  Pure Moringa oil can also be applied directly to skin.  It is especially helpful on extremely dry patches around the elbows, knees, hands and feet, and works wonders for quickly healing sun burnt skin.

Natura_Veda_All_ProductsFor the face, Moringa Source is proud to offer the finest all-natural Moringa-infused skincare system from Natura Veda.  It includes a facial cleanser, hydrating mist, daily moisturizer, nighttime cream and nighttime eye serum.  The nighttime products deliver a high concentration of retinol for rapid overnight repair of fine lines and wrinkles.  Natura Veda’s apricot exfoliant scrub helps cleanse and exfoliate skin, while the clay mask seals in extra nutrients leaving younger looking, firmer, refreshed skin with each use.

Keep in mind, beautiful skin also requires a healthy diet.  So lay low on the greasy foods and be sure to take your daily dose of Moringa to get your glow shining from the inside out this summer.