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Revitalive’s Pick of the Week: Flax Seeds!

flax seeds
At Revitalive Café, we offer a delicious menu of smoothies, which are made fresh when ordered. You may have tried our Berry Bliss smoothie, the classic Evergreen, or our rich Maca Mocha. But we also have a variety of options of smoothie boosters to give an extra kick of protein, flavor, antioxidants, energy, omega 3’s…you name it! Flax seeds, one of our smoothie boosters, provide several of these benefits.

Flax seeds have a unique and powerful combination of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. They are also a great source of protein! By themselves, these nutrients have a number of health benefits, and acting together, they are capable of even more. Lignans, the lesser known of these, have antioxidant effects, and flax seeds are the best source of them in human diets. Flax seeds have seven times the amount of lignans as sesame seeds and over 300 times the amount as in sunflower seeds!

Flax seeds are also one of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.

The fiber in flax seeds is a combination of both insoluble fiber and soluble fiber, which work together to keep things moving in the digestive system, not too fast and not too slow. Flax seeds are especially known for their soluble fiber content, called mucilage. Mucilage can improve the body’s absorption of nutrients by forming a gel that slows down the rate that food travels from the stomach to the small intestine.

Together, the nutrients in flax seeds may have the following benefits:
• Reducing inflammation
• Protecting against cancer, especially breast, prostate, and colon cancers
• Improving cholesterol ratio
• Regulating digestion
• Lowering blood pressure
• Preventing of heart attacks
• Increasing absorption of nutrients

If you buy whole flax seeds, it is best to grind them before using them; if swallowed whole, they will go undigested through the digestive tract, preventing you from gaining any of their wonderful benefits.

Next time you’re getting a smoothie at Revitalive this summer, try out flax seeds as a booster or try one of our many other nutritious options!

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Photo: http://naturalremediespocketguide.com/8-tips-balancing-cholesterol-levels-without-drugs/

References
SFGate: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-ground-flaxseed-smoothies-5332.html
University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/flaxseed
WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed
World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=81
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/

Holiday Shopping Specials

Want to give the gift of health this holiday season? Well then a Revitalive gift card is the perfect gift for any family member or friend!

Gift cards can be used for juicers, Vitamix blenders, juice cleanses or healthy meal plans!

Purchase gift cards from now until December 24th for  these major discounts:

  • $100 gift card – and receive a 5% discount
  • $250 – 10% discount
  • $500 –15% discount
  • $750 – 20% discount
  • $1000 – 25% discount

Come in and do your holiday shopping today!

Healthy Halloween Tips!

Halloween is tomorrow! You are probably getting your costume ready (or, more  likely, your kid’s costume), buying candy to give out, carving pumpkins and all sorts of fun stuff, but you probably aren’t thinking about how much sugar you will be consuming. Too much sugar can be harmful to your diet, and we have seen a lot of studies on this in the news recently, like the “60 Minutes” episode, “Is Sugar Toxic?” (click here to see the segment).  Some effects of high sugar consumption include high cholesterol and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Now don’t get nervous, if you have a few pieces of candy you will be fine, but be cautious of overindulging! If you find yourself overindulging, you’ll probably notice that you are feeling sluggish and not like yourself. If you’re looking for a way to detox while giving your body the essential nutrients it needs, try one of our cleanses today. Also visit our cafe for some healthy candy alternatives!

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

We are Eco-Friendly!

Here at Revitalive we do our best to make sure everything, from the floor in our café to the bottles for our juices, is eco-friendly and made with all natural products. When building our café we made sure to use recyclable material for the floor and all natural wood cabinets. When selecting bottles for our juices we chose plastic over glass because it is safer, eco-friendly and easier to ship.  We use HPDE bottles that are made at local, family-run company in York, Maine. And you may have noticed our new super cute labels – well they are eco-friendly too! They are made from TerraSkin, which is made out of mineral powder (more than 75%) and a small quantity (less than 25%) of non-toxic resin combined to create an environmentally friendly paper. No trees are harmed and no paper or water is used in the process.

So, as you can see, since we use all eco-friendly products, we are so excited to be participating in the Tannery Composting project (as we explained in our last post)! Do you use anything that is eco-friendly? We’d love to know!

We Are Part of the Tannery’s Composting Project!

We are so excited to be joining the Tannery’s composting project!  (For those of you that don’t know, the Tannery is where our café is located.) Compost is organic material that can be used as a soil amendment or as a medium to grow plants. It is created by combining organic wastes (i.e. yard trimmings, food wastes, manures) in proper ratios into piles; adding bulking agents (i.e. wood chips) as necessary to accelerate the breakdown of organic materials; and allowing the finished material to fully stabilize and mature through a curing process.

The goal of the composting project is to reduce trash pickup at The Tannery from three times a week to one-two times a week. We will be composting all our food scraps, napkins, utensils and take out containers. All restaurants/cafes in the Tannery will be participating!

Here are some fun facts about composting:

  • An average household produces 600 pounds of compostable yard waste yearly
  • Compostable material makes up 20 percent of a community’s residential waste
  • If you compost, you can reduce the amount of garbage you generate by up to 80%
  • Compost-enriched soil can also reduce erosion, alleviate soil compaction, and help control disease and pest infestation in plants.
  • Compost can promote higher yields of agricultural crops
  • Compost can provide cost savings of at least 50 percent over conventional soil, water, and air pollution remediation technologies

What’s Up with the Alkaline Diet?

Have you heard of the alkaline diet and wondered what it’s all about? Well, here’s some info for you! First, let’s start with some background information: What is alkaline? It has to do with our pH, which is the measure of exactly how acidic or alkaline we are. A pH of 0 is completely acidic, and a pH of 14 completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Sound familiar from science class?

Now, in your body you don’t just have one pH level. For example, the stomach has a pH ranging from 1.35-3.5. It must be acidic to help with digestion. However, blood must always be slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. The theory of the alkaline diet is that eating certain foods can help maintain the body’s ideal pH balance to improve overall health.

The alkaline diet is mainly vegetarian. In addition to fresh vegetables and some fresh fruits, alkaline-promoting foods include soy products and nuts, grains, and legumes. During the diet, it is important to drink lots of water and avoid processed foods, coffee, and alcohol. It’s helpful to use green drinks to neutralize excess acid in your body (a Revitalive Green Juice would be perfect!) Here are some good alkaline-promoting foods:

  • Leafy ‘salad’ greens: lettuces, spinach, red and green cabbages, kale, swiss chard
  • Colorful vegetables: sweet peppers, beets, cucumber, zucchini, squashes
  • Olives and various kinds of nuts
  • Vegetable juices: but make them fresh squeezed (like our juices!)
  • Sprouts
    : seeds, grains and legumes

Benefits of the alkaline diet include:

  • Improved energy levels
  • Healthier teeth and gums
  • Improved immune function
  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Slower aging

Hope this info was helpful! Think you might want to give it a try?

P.S. Everything on our menu fits perfectly with the alkaline diet!