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Resveratrol: Justifying your favorite treats

Posted 9 May 2018 by prehab

200786-425x283-red-wineOur red wine fans out there: rejoice! In moderation, red wine is a powerful source of one of the best antioxidants out there—Resveratrol.  With such a wide variety of benefits such as reducing risk of cancer, dementia, reducing high LDL (the bad cholesterol), reducing inflammation in all areas of the body, and more, there is no reason not to include Resveratrol in your everyday diet. However, as a health coach, I don’t recommend over-doing the red wine.  While Resveratrol is an anti-inflammatory agent, alcohol itself is inflammatory so drink moderately and really enjoy every sip…there is medicine in the enjoyment, you know! So where exactly does this Resveratrol in wine come from? You can find it in the skins of deep colored fruits (mostly berries), including grapes. There are actually low levels of Resveratrol in white wine as well but since it spends less time in contact with the skin, red wine is much more powerful in terms of antioxidant content.  I encourage you to include organic blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, or other dark colored berries, pistachios, and raw cocoa (not high in sugar, please) in your regular diet because these are also excellent sources of our beloved Resveratrol. A little dark chocolate with a glass of red wine? Enjoy! Rest assured that you are ingesting some powerful anti-aging and anti-inflammatory elements. Still curious? Read a fabulous article by Dr. Axe below:

https://draxe.com/all-about-resveratrol/

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L-Theanine: One of the Best Reasons To Drink Green Tea

Posted 19 April 2018 by prehab

We’ve all heard that drinking Green Tea is good for us. Probably, we’ve heard that it is a good source of anti-oxidants and has a low-caffeine level that still gives us energy. However, did you know about the highly valuable, calming amino acid, L-theanine that green tea holds? L-theanine promotes alpha-wave brain production, causing us to have a similar brain activity to that which we experience after a meditation session. Basically, L-theanine changes our brain waves enough to improve cognitive function and create a sense of open-minded calm. Preliminary studies show promise that L-theanine can help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, schizophrenia, sleep troubles, and more.  Get your L-theanine from green tea or matcha tea. Read more in this fascinating article by Klara Mudge:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/l-theanine-everything-you-need-to-know-about-this-plant-based-powerhouse

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