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Monday, September 21, 2015

4 Ways to Naturally Increase Your Energy

The Monday blues; waking up feeling tired and groggy, not having enough energy, it's a big complaint for most of us. In fact, the biggest complaint we hear at Raw Vitality is not having enough energy or having inconsistent energy. Clean, true energy is the hallmark of good health. High, consistent energy levels are a prime indication that your health is at its optimum. Unfortunately most of us don't have enough of it! So, we turn to energy products, drinks powders, supplements, caffeine, sugar, anything to help get us up and going. Unfortunately all of these things just continue to cycle of low and inconsistent energy and they do nothing to cure the underlying root cause of low energy levels.

The root causes of low and inconsistent energy are: not enough movement & exercise, too much stress, not enough life balance, adrenal fatigue, too big of burden on digestion, too much toxicity and nutrient deficiencies. To really cure these root causes and create long term sustainable high energy levels you must engage in a total health transformation focusing on all the key areas that contribute to prime health and energy: 1. Nutrient Dense Eating, 2. Balanced Consistent Exercise, 3. Healthy Stress Management, 4. Green Living Practices to reduce your exposure to health harming toxins, the very principals we address and correct in any of our 30-day Raw Vitality programs. However, if you are looking for a quick fix to increase your energy and create sustainable energy levels throughout your day and want to do it naturally, without relying on health and adrenal harming products here are 5 Ways to Naturally Increase Your Energy....

1. Fresh Morning Juice

Two of the biggest contributors to low levels of energy, especially first thing in the morning, are too much toxicity and not enough nutrients!Fresh juicing helps to correct both of these problems. At Raw Vitality we recommend juicing first thing in the morning, in the 1-2 hours after rising. This helps assist the body in naturally cleansing from the day before and infuses the body with a ton of vitamins, minerals, fresh living enzymes and all the other wonderful plant chemicals that help you to get up and moving and feeling great. If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to juice fresh each morning check out our quick video:

2. Get Moving!

When you are feeling low in energy the last thing you usually want to do is get up and get moving but that is preciously what will help to boost your energy levels. There is an interesting paradox in health that the more energy you expend the more your body creates so the more you move and exercise the more energetic you will feel. Exercise helps to address all the key areas that contribute to low energy including naturally detoxing the body, increasing oxygen levels, reducing stress and better assimilation of nutrients. In Raw Vitality we teach the importance of daily walking. A quick 15-30 minute walk in the morning will help raise your energy levels and keep them consistent throughout the day. You can also take a quick outdoor walk anytime you eel your energy levels start to dip throughout the day.

3. Take a Deep Breath!

Our breath is key to increasing and maintaining energy levels, that is because our breath is responsible for so much. In fact 80% of toxins are removed from our body through our breath and most of us breathe much too shallow meaning we keep too many toxins trapped inside of our body which saps our energy. Taking 5 minutes each day to focus on the breath and to breathe deeply is key to increasing energy. Deep breathing exercises will help to remove built up toxins, reduce stress and leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

4. Eat with Your Digestive Rythms

Think of how sleepy and groggy you get every time you eat a really big meal. Our digestion processes uses up to 80% of available energy all day every day that is because digestion is one of the most important processes your body engages in. When we eat too much, eat too heavy of foods or eat out of tune with our natural digestive rhythms this puts an even bigger burden on digestion and leaves us feeling sleepy and without much energy. By eating in rhythm your digestion and eating fresh, light foods you free up lots of digestive energy and overall energy increases. In Raw Vitality we engage in a 3 day Digestive Reset process which helps align digestion with its natural rhythms which means more nutrients are absorbed and more toxins removed. To maxamize digestion and icnrease energy eat in the following way:
  1. Breakfast - 1-2 hours after rising. Should be satisfying and fresh. No heavy animal products or cooked foods. Keep it light and healthy setting you up for success the rest of the day. 
  2. Lunch - Should be the biggest meal of the day when you are putting out the most energy. Smack dab in the middle of your day when digestion is at its peak. 
  3. Dinner - 3-4 hours before bedtime. Also should be satisfying and not too heavy. Many people eat the largest meal at dinner, weighing down digestion which is a big contributor to low energy levels in the morning. To help digestion you can also take a 15-30 minute walk after dinner and before bed. 
By making just these few switches in your daily routine you will start to feel your energy levels skyrocket and stay consistent throughout the day. If you need to complete a bigger health overhaul join one of our 30-day Raw Vitality programs which focuses on the 4 Keys to Health, Vitality & Longevity increasing your overall health and energy. Learn more about Raw Vitality and our natural and preventative health care programs at

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Key Components to Look for in a "True Cleanse"

Cleansing has become a clique term at this point. Too many products and programs have used marketing jingles and rhetoric to try to rope people into protocols and procedures to quickly loose weight or feel better in some way that are simply completely unhealthy and downright harmful to the body and mind. Cleansing in its truest sense is time honored health process that removes and cleans the body of built up toxins, releases stored weight, reverses and slows the symptoms of aging, increases energy and vitality and builds overall health. It is also one of the best ways to practice preventative health care. Accomplishing this many goals in one health process can be a difficult task, but if done correctly can be done healthfully and effectively, however cleansing cannot be done by any type of quick fix scheme. 

Why Cleanse

Cleansing is more needed today than at any other time in history. The sheer number of toxic chemicals that are released into our environment and absorbed by our body on a daily basis is staggering. The CDC estimates we each have between 200-400 chemicals lodged in our body tissues and circulating throughout our body, many of which are carcinogenic, or cancer causing. We know this to be true by the dramatic increases of cancer cases in the past several decades with estimates of cancer rising by up to 75% in the next decade. Other health conditions like autoimmune disorders, type 2 diabetes, spectrum disorders like Autism, attention problems like ADD, hormone imbalance and infertility, to just name a few, have all been linked to toxic chemical exposure. It is said that the amount of toxins our grandparents were exposed to in their lifetime we are now exposed to in a single day! This makes sense if we look at how many people where dealing with chronic health conditions and diseases at that time, say 50 years ago, compared to what we see today. The number has increased by staggering amounts. 

Our body is a self-healing and self-regulating intelligent machine! It knows these toxins are toxic to body systems, especially vital organs so traps and stores toxins the body is not able to remove quickly in our fat cells. This ensures they are somewhat neutralized and away from vital organs. The liver and kidneys are most responsible for filtering and removing harmful toxins but after a lifetime of exposure to these toxins, or even say 20 years, both organs are run down, tired and not as easily able to get rid of or deal with the voluminous amounts of toxins being processed through the body, this means more toxins are left to circulate throughout our system or become stuck in our fat cells. 

Health Conditions Reversed, Healed & Prevented Through Cleansing

Health problems, symptoms and many diseases are directly related to toxicity and toxic chemical exposure throughout life. By cleansing, in its true sense, you reduce your exposure to these toxins and support the body in removing the toxins, once and for all, from the body, even those trapped in fat cells. True Cleansing also boosts immunity and all other functions of the body to health and healing happen much more quickly and completely. Once these toxins are removed the body can begin to heal, begin working more efficiently, can regenerate, restore and release excess stored weight. So many times in the Raw Vitality 30-day program we see health symptoms begin to clear up naturally as the body is cleanses. Toxins are also directly related to lower energy levels, crashes throughout the day, foggy brain or not being able to think as clearly, and lowered physical performance in all ways. Once toxins are properly cleansed and eliminated all areas of health begin to improve. 

Cleansing to Lose Weight

Excess weight, especially as we age, that just doesn’t seem to budge is most often related to toxicity. Toxins trapped in fat cells will not be released if the body knows they cannot be flushed from the body permanently. Once the liver and kidneys are supported, new toxic chemical exposure is lessened and the body’s immune system and self-healing mechanisms are supported and functioning at their highest, stored toxins will be released, the excess fat cells will be dissolved and the extra weight will naturally drop. 

Key Components to Look for in a True Cleanse

True cleansing, in its purest form must accomplish several main objectives: 1) Remove Toxicity, 2) Reverse Deficiencies, 3) Increase Immunity, 4) Balance the Body, 5) Release Excess Weight. To accomplish all of those things at the same time may seem like a daunting task but can be done with the 4 main ingredients to a True Cleanse. 

Fresh, Whole, Nutrient Dense Eating & Juicing

To flush toxins, restore deficiencies and accomplish all of the other key aspects of a true cleanse, nutrient dense foods and juices are a must! Nutrient dense foods and juices provide the nutrients the body needs to heal, restore and repair. They also help to reverse deficiencies and help the body start to release excess weight and increase immunity. Whole fresh organic foods and juices need to be at the top of the list if you really want to cleanse your body. Cleanses that focus on not eating, skipping meals and replacing them with processed powders or products will not truly cleanse your body, will add more toxicity and create a state of imbalance. Many times individuals come out of a “Cleanse” more unhealthy then when they started. Fresh foods and juices are key to true cleansing. 

Movement & Exercise

If you want your body to release built of toxins you have to move your body. As toxins are released from storage in the body they must be moved out of the body effectively. Movement and exercise is the best way to do this. The immune system also relies very heavily on the movement of muscles to move lymph, in fact lymph, the fluids that contain our white blood cells, cannot move without muscle movement. Movement will also help your body to release excess weight, reduce stress which causes more toxicity and bring greater balance overall. A cleanse that does not incorporate exercise and movement is not a true cleanse as toxins released they will not be removed quickly or effectively. 

Stress Management

If you are utilizing a cleanse to lose weight or help heal or prevent a health problem, you can’t overlook the role of stress. Stress has been dubbed the silent killer because it plays a main role in most all health conditions, the development of health problems, the worsening of health conditions and increased weight gain. Stress is near the top of the list of weight imbalance. As cortisol levels rise in the body, weight begins to be stored. If you aren’t implementing a way to bring down your stress levels it will be very hard to get rid of excess weight. Stress also created more acidity in the body and increases the rate of aging. Acidity is toxic to the body and when we are stressed the inside of our body can be 30 years beyond our calendar age. Healthy stress management practices like meditation, yoga and deep breathing help to reduce overall stress, increase your immunity, reverse health problems and balance weight. Learning and using healthy stress management practices are key to a true cleanse. 

Reducing Exposure to Toxins

If you focusing on getting rid of built up toxins in the body the first thing you need to do is decrease your exposure to new toxins. There are many toxins you are exposed to that you have little control over, For instance you don’t have any control over the air you breathe, or the environment you live in. However, there are many areas of toxic exposure you have lots of control over. In fact most toxins come into your body through the foods you eat, the products you use on your body and in and around your home. By learning green living practices and beginning to use them in your everyday life you can begin to reduce your exposure to toxins, which means less toxic build up in the body. A true cleanse will teach you how to start reducing your exposure to more toxins. 

Raw Vitality's True Fall Cleanse

Raw Vitality’s True Fall Cleanse begins on Monday September 28, 2015.

The True Fall Cleanse is a 30-day online guided cleanse that focuses on the 4 main ingredients to a true cleanse; Fresh, Nutrient Dense Eating & Juicing, Exercise & Movement, Healthy Stress Management & Green Living Practices. Included in the cleanse is all the materials and education you need to not only cleanse and balance your body, release excess weight, increase energy and vitality but also create practices that keep you your most healthy and toxin free for the rest of your life. The True Fall Cleanse also includes an online health portal to connect with others on their health journey, track your progress, access workout and yoga videos, ask questions, get support and access all of your cleansing materials. Join our Raw Vitality True Fall Cleanse and get your most healthy and balanced naturally!