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Activated Charcoal is recognized as an age-old remedy for victims of poisoning. Activated charcoal also started showing up in health-focused foods and beverages as a way of combatting the toxins that we ingest in processed foods each day. It may just be a fine black powder, but activated charcoal packs a powerful punch when it comes to promoting digestive health. What is it, and how does it work? Food-grade activated charcoal comes from coconut shell-based charcoal. It becomes ‘activated’ when the charcoal is brought to extreme temperatures in the presence of steam. This process produces millions of micro-pores on the surface of the carbon. Each pore is so small and complex that just one teaspoon of activated charcoal has the same surface area as half a football field. That’s crazy! It’s these microscopic pores that allow activated charcoal to do their job. Activated charcoal is an adsorbent (not to be…

From childhood, we’re told to eat more “leafy greens” and that when it comes to vegetables, “the darker the better!” It is important to include leafy greens in our diets because they are low in fat, high in fiber, include abundant vitamins, and are rich in folic acid. But that’s not all! There is one more little-recognized element found exclusively in green fruits and vegetables. That element is Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green. It is found in kale, spinach, apples, kiwi, green beans and more. Studies have shown that a diet rich in chlorophyll provides many health benefits. Here are just three to get your started: Chlorophyll helps curb hunger and limit those pesky cravings. In addition to suppressing hunger, chlorophyll promotes the secretion of a hormone called CCK, which assists in metabolizing fat and protein. This makes intentional consumption of chlorophyll a natural and healthy…

The average adult body consists of up to 65% water. That’s crazy! We use that water to complete almost every bodily function, including regulating body temperature, moistening body tissue, and lubricating joints. A few other functions, such as breathing, digestion, and sweating, each send that water out of our bodies. Not sure about you, but for me these are each part of my daily routine, so consciously replenishing my 65% is essential. Our bodies run at tip top shape when we take in 2 liters of water every single day. I know it can be tough (and boring) to drink that much plain water every day, so I thought it’d be fun to share some delicious infused water recipes that may motivate you to stay hydrated! Citrus Medley: Fill your glass with slices of as many citrus fruits as you’d like! Think grapefruit, orange, lemon, and lime. The result will…

This week, we have a guest blogger giving some tips for the optimal nutrition to give you the best workout possible. Ryan Hartman is the Wellness Director and a Health Coach at City Fit Concierge. Enjoy! ———————————  It is official. The seasons have finally changed and the temperatures are heating up. With that comes beautiful flowers, more time outside, and a renewed effort to hit the gym. While we can do all of the bicep curls we want, your body needs the proper fuel to maximize the time spent in the gym and get results. A slice of pizza before the gym just isn’t going to cut it, but what counts as good food to consume before and after a workout? Do you need carbs, proteins, fats, or some combination thereof? Let’s lay the groundwork that if you aren’t eating a balanced, healthy diet on a regular basis the foods you consume right…