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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The 5 Most Important Holistic Health Strategies to Natural Longevity & Beauty

We all want to stay looking young and vibrant. Many of us go to great lengths to ensure we will beat father time and stay ahead of the ticking clock with expensive lotions, potions, treatments and even surgeries. But the truth is, staying and looking young and vibrant is an inside job, not an outside one. No matter how many expensive creams or lotions you buy, no matter how many beauty treatments or surgeries you subject yourself to, you will continue to age at a very rapid rate unless you attend to your internal health and well being. Nothing you do on the outside will ever be able to cover up the effects of poor health on the outside.

Aging is a natural part of life. There is nothing we can do to escape the natural aging process other then honor and embrace it. However, there are many things we can do to support healthy longevity and decrease the external and internal effects of rapid aging or aging that is happening much too quickly. Here in the West we age much more rapidly then is natural and that is directly caused by our eating and lifestyle practices. Our ways of eating and living cause us to age much more rapidly which decreases our health and vitality, sets the stage for developing chronic diseases and health problems later in life and increases the look of aging on the outside of our body, including deep lines and wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots and all the other unpleasant outward signs of aging we try to avoid.

There are many practices you may be engaging in now that are increasing your rate of aging and look of aging on the outside and they include:

  • Poor eating habits including reliance on processed, fast and convenience foods
  • Not getting enough nutrients especially antioxidants
  • Not getting enough hydration
  • Exposing yourself to and taking in too many toxic chemicals
  • Too much stress in your life without healthy stress management practices
  • Not getting enough exercise or movement
  • Getting too much exercise, exercising too intensely or being inconsistent with exercise

While the common path in the West is to age rapidly, live with disease and pain in our later years and then most likely die from a chronic health condition, most all of that can be avoided with attention to these 5 most important areas to increasing longevity and natural beauty as we age....

1. Fresh, Whole Nutrient Dense Eating

There are many problems with the way we commonly eat in the West which directly contributes to aging, disease and decreased natural beauty. The most important areas to pay attention to are eating diets made of food products, not real foods, which are low in nutrients and high in toxic health harming chemicals and eating very few fresh plant based foods while eating high amounts of animal based products. By eating food products instead of real foods we are not getting the nutrients we need and are taking in many chemicals and additives that are harming our cells and causing them to age much more quickly. Foods that are not fresh or plant based are also low in water content so contribute to a cycle of dehydration which causes many of the unwanted skin and joint problems we hope to avoid in our later years. Diets that are high in animal products and low in fresh plant based foods are also more demanding on the digestive system, taking energy away from daily repair and healing, and are very acidic, all which contributes to rapid aging and health problems later in life. By making a switch to a diet that is HIGH in plant based foods, is at least 80% fresh and organic we avoid many of the problems common in most of the population later in life. You can also add in daily fresh juicing to increase the amount of fresh whole nutrients you are taking in each day while helping your body to naturally cleanse and detoxify each and every day. You can download 10 Fast, Fresh and Healthy Recipes directly from the Raw Vitality web site or join one of our 30-day online programs to learn how to shop, prepare and eat fresh, whole nutrient dense foods simply and sustainably.

2. Reducing How Much You Eat

It's interesting that in our world we see health problems related to both starvation and deprivation and at the same time problems caused by over consumption. Balance is the key here and reducing the amount of food you eat is a proven method for extending your life span. Since the 1930s, investigators have consistently found that laboratory rats and mice live up to 40 percent longer than usual and also appear to be more resistant to age-related diseases when fed a diet that has at least 30% fewer calories than they would normally consume. The point is not to deprive yourself or allow yourself to feel unsatisfied and hungry but rather to monitor your portion sizes and snacking habits. You should only be eating when you are hungry and only to a point you feel satisfied. You should feel heightened levels of energy and vitality about 30 minutes after eating and not sluggish and tired. This is a good sign you are eating the right amount of calories for your body and decreasing the health problems and increased rate of aging associated with over consumption. 

3. Stay Active, Consistently and in Balance

In the West we have a tendency to live very sedentary lifestyles that include little to no movement especially during the day and then to engage in very strenuous activity several times a week for periods of time and then not at all for other periods of time. We all know or have experienced times when we decide to start working out. We become excited and go into an exercise program our routine with all our might only to all but stop within a month or two. We at the same time mostly work jobs that require us to be inside and sitting most of each day. This is an extremely unhealthy cycle and way of living and being and contributes to rapid aging and decreased vitality and health, especially as we age. A better approach is to engage in exercise or movement that is not as intense but that is consistent, something sustainable that you can do long term without starting and stopping constantly. Taking time for a brisk 30 minute walk each and every day is a great approach as is creating an exercise routine that is balanced by including some cardiovascular exercise, weight bearing exercise and stretching. 

4. Manage Your Stress

Medical research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggests that up to 90% of all illness and disease is stress-related. It is estimated that 75-90% of all doctor's office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually and more then 43% of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. Stress is literally tearing our health apart. Stress also ages us much more rapidly, as much as 32 years more internally then your chronological age, during stressful periods of time. Stress is often inevitable in life, how you deal with your stress, however, is completely under your control. Implementing and using daily healthy stress management practices is extremely important. In Raw Vitality we teach the use of yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises to help manage stress in a healthy way and prevent it from wrecking your health or aging you much more rapidly.

5. Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins

The most toxic place on Earth is right inside your home. That may be shocking to hear but it makes sense when you begin to understand how many toxic products you are using inside your home, in and around your home like in your garden and lawn and most especially your body and personal care products. Commercial personal care products are loaded with toxic chemicals that have been linked to a variety of health problems and we are slathering them on the largest, most absorbent organ of our body each and every day, our skin! Toxic chemicals found in these products directly harm cells and increase the rate at which we age, they also contribute to the process of chronic diseases and pain as we age. Your best approach is to start using green living practices to reduce your exposure to health harming toxins and moving to using greener cleaner versions of your products as you run out of commercial products. Any of our Raw Vitality 30-day programs teach the most effective green living practices and how to implement them into your daily life so you can decrease your exposure to health harming toxins and increase your natural longevity and vitality.

By following these 5 simple holistic health strategies you can increase your healthy longevity, decrease the problems commonly associated with aging and naturally increase your beauty without having to spend all that money on expensive products and treatments to make you artificially look younger!

To learn the most effective natural strategies for Health, Vitality and Longevity join one of our 30-day holistic health, natural healing and preventative health programs. We offer a variety of programs to fit your individual needs. To learn more visit:

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

5 Health Tips for Your Healthiest Summer Ever!

Summer is finally here! One of the most fun and exciting seasons of the year. A season filled with outdoor activities, more time with friends and family, sunshine, BBQ's and so much more! Summer is also a great time to turn your attention to your health. Increasing your overall health can help you fell better in those little summer clothes and give you the energy you need to keep up with the kids busy summer schedule or make all those summer soirees!

This summer you CAN become your most healthy with Raw Vitality. Jump start your Summer with our 7-day Quick Summer Detox and Energizer Program beginning online on June 15th! Still a couple of spots left so get registered today at

In the meantime follow these easy Raw Vitality tips to increase your health, energy and vitality during the summer months!

1. Move Your Exercise Outdoors

Summer is a great time to take your exercise outdoors. By moving your exercise outdoors you can increase your overall health and vitality in a couple of key ways. Exercising outdoors increases your exposure to the sun, thereby increases your levels of Vitamin D. Increased Vitamin D levels means a stronger and more healthy immune system, stronger bones and greater hormone balance, especially important for women. Exercising outdoors also gives you the opportunity to increase your oxygen levels and ability to detox by exposing you to more fresh air and encouraging you to take deeper breaths. If your choice of exercise requires you to be inside, schedule a 20-30 minute outdoor walk each day or if you don't have a solid exercise routine in place begin by walking outdoors each day.

2. Plant A Garden

Gardening is a great way to decrease your stress levels while increasing your health. Reducing the impact of stress on your health is imperative to healing and prevention. Stress reduction techniques like meditation and yoga are taught in our Raw Vitality program but during the summer months you can also incorporate planting a garden! This almost guarantees you will increase the amount of fresh fruits and veggies in your diet and what a great way to begin a daily juicing routine, also a key holistic health strategy of Raw Vitality! Gardening can be a great way to increase your activity levels as well and help you engage in more deeper breathing which we know more quickly detoxes your body and reduces stress!

3. Get More Sun

While the trend and advice over the past years has been to "shun the sun" by encouraging the slathering of layers of sunscreen, wearing clothes and hats that cover all visible skin or staying out of the sun completely this advice has left many Vitamin D deficient, immune deficient and not feeling very vibrant or healthy! The sun is imperative to our health, not only for all the reasons we discussed above but because it brings us greater energy and vitality. The rule of thumb is to not let your skin burn, but anything up to that is great for your overall health and wellbeing. Learn your skin type and allow yourself to get enough of this vital nutrient each and every day, especially during the summer months!

4. Drink Fresh Juice

Fresh daily juicing is one of the key healing and preventative health strategies we teach in all our Raw Vitality programs. Why is fresh juicing so important? Juicing is different then blending or drinking smoothies because it removes the fiber from the plant. Yes you want and need fiber, and should be getting lots of it from a fresh, whole diet, but juicing allows your body to absorb a large amount of fresh nutrients and enzymes without having to digest meaning more of the nutrients are available for your body to use. Juicing also helps to flush toxins and restore balance at the cellular level. Summer is a great time to begin fresh daily juicing because you will have access to so much fresh produce at reduced costs! You can juice each day very simply and inexpensively by following the Raw Vitality 5 ingredient rule. Learn more about how to juice easily and inexpensively by watching our short video.


5. Give Your Products a Face Lift 

Do you know where the most toxic place on earth is?  You may be shocked to discover the most toxic place on Earth is right inside your home. That's right, the inside of your home is the most toxic place on Earth and the reason for that is simple, because of all the toxic products we use inside our home, especially our body and personal care products. Commercial personal care products are loaded with toxic chemicals that have been linked to a variety of health problems but most especially weight gain and lowered energy levels. So if you are really wanting to increase your energy and shed some extra pounds this summer cleaning up your products is a MUST! Choose products that are organic and green. Raw Vitality will be offering Beauty Counter products in coming weeks which are toxin free. Check back for details on this amazing product line. In the mean time, as you run out of products make the switch to something that will help you be healthier long term!

This summer you CAN become your most healthy with Raw Vitality. Jump start your Summer with our 7-day Quick Summer Detox and Energizer Program beginning online on June 15th! Still a couple of spots left so get registered today at

Get a free taste of Raw Vitality with 10 Fresh, Fast & Healthy Raw Vitality Recipes at