<thrive_headline click tho-post-8941 tho-test-65>Keto Drinks: Your Guide to Keto-Friendly Beverages</thrive_headline>

Keto Drinks: Your Guide to Keto-Friendly Beverages

Originally published on HVMN by Ryan Rodal

If you’re considering the keto diet, you may think it’s extremely difficult maintain. The low-carb, high-fat diet will certainly require a lifestyle change, but it may also illuminate hidden sources of carbs in your everyday diet—especially in regards to sugar intake. People tend to underestimate this one. This is no truer than with beverages, as folks usually overlook how much sugar is in some of their favorite drinks.

Many everyday beverages may contain more calories and carbs than you would believe possible. To make matters worse, the majority of these carbs will come strictly from refined, processed sugar.

The glass of orange juice you had with breakfast? That’ll be 120 calories and 10 grams of carbs. The morning trip to your local coffee shop? That drink could have as many as 600 calories and 75 grams of carbs. The soda at lunch? It’s worth 200 calories and 40 grams of carbs.

These hidden calories from sugar may be compromising your health and weight loss objectives. Drinks such as juices, sodas, and flavored coffees come jam packed with large amounts of processed sugar, which spell disaster for a ketogenic diet. By following our guide below, you will be closer to staying keto-friendly, and learn how to dodge the constant sneak-attacks from sugar lurking in our everyday diet.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8741 tho-test-64>Basics For Starting a Low Carb Diet</thrive_headline>

Basics For Starting a Low Carb Diet

Low carb diets have become popular because they are an easy way to lose weight fast.

But, before starting on this eating plan, educate yourself on the types of foods you can eat.

It is also helpful to have a quick reference guide for counting the grams of carbs in various foods.

In the beginning stages of the diet, you will want to limit your daily net carb count at about 30 grams. Net carbs are the total carbs minus the fiber.

The daily carb intake varies so you will need to determine the best level for you to continue losing weight. The key is to eat fewer carbohydrates than your body burns in a day. Typically, the carbs can be slowly increased as long as weight loss continues.

People with slower metabolisms will need to keep the carb count extremely low for the duration of the diet in order to continue to lose weight.

Taking a supplement to boost metabolism or consulting a doctor regarding prescription medications may be required if ongoing weight loss becomes difficult. Continue reading Basics For Starting a Low Carb Diet

<thrive_headline click tho-post-8608 tho-test-58>How to Make Fluffy Low-Carb Pancakes | Full Recipe</thrive_headline>

How to Make Fluffy Low-Carb Pancakes | Full Recipe

Want the recipe of the best, fluffy low-carb pancakes?! You ask and you shall receive ☺️❤️
Full recipe in my last video on my YouTube channel.
I’ll show you a main staple in my home : low-carb, sugar free pancakes! These pancakes are completely grain, dairy free and also sugar FREE which is super important if you have children.
If your children love pancakes and you want to give them something sugar-free and without too much wheat. These are perfect for them
They are full of nutrientes, protein and and good fats (necessary for our brains) The sweetness for they recipes is giving naturally with half a banana and believe me it’s sweet enough, so you dont need stevia, sugar or any other sugar substitute.
Your whole family will love them! ❤️

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8563 tho-test-56>The Top 6 Phytochemicals Found in Food</thrive_headline>

The Top 6 Phytochemicals Found in Food

There’s quite a bit of buzz around phytochemicals in food. Phytochemicals, also known as phytonutrients, are naturally occurring chemicals found in plants (hence the phyto-).

They are the compounds that give fruits and vegetables their vibrant variety of colors, smells, and tastes. With the rainbow of vegetables, you see regularly, you can imagine how many types of phytochemicals there are!

 

Phytochemical Basics

There are literally thousands of phytochemicals out there. Scientists are busy studying their potential benefits. Since you aren’t a plant, the only way to reap the benefits of phytochemicals is to eat a diet full of a variety of types of fruits and vegetables.

 

There are 6 phytochemicals scientists have spent the most effort researching:

1. BETA CAROTENE is found in orange-colored and dark green leafy vegetables. Beta-carotene is critical for eye health and also plays a key role in maintaining a healthy and strong immune system.

2. LYCOPENE is the red pigment found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, watermelon, raspberries, and strawberries. It’s a powerful antioxidant and is linked to reduced prostate cancer risk. Lycopene is better absorbed after it’s been cooked, such as in tomato sauce.

3. LUTEIN is found in green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach, as well as in cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussel sprouts and broccoli. Like beta-carotene, lutein is critical for eye health and may help prevent macular degeneration.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8556 tho-test-53>A Silent Killer – Inflammation</thrive_headline>

A Silent Killer – Inflammation

Inflammation is a biological response of the body to protect itself. It responds from harmful internal and external stimuli and starts healing. It is a part of the body’s immune system and protects us from infections, wounds and tissue damage.

Inflammation can be acute where it can start quickly and become severe quickly. For example, acute inflammation can cause diseases and conditions like sinusitis, a sore throat from cold, acute bronchitis, etc.

It can be chronic in response to unwanted toxins in the body like cigarette smoke or excess body fat. This may extend from months to years that may lead to conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and non-infectious conditions like tuberculosis, peptic ulcer, hepatitis, etc.

 

What causes chronic inflammation?

  • Stress: Stress causes activity in the brain that can lead to physical pain which may lead to an inflammatory response in the body. Hence, people suffering from stress may experience inflammation.
  • Poor diet: Some foods like simple sugars, high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, trans-fat-rich foods, processed meat, fried foods, etc. can trigger the inflammatory response in the body. So the consumption of these food items should be restricted.
  • Unhealthy lifestyle: Consumption of alcohol, smoking, leading a sedentary life and being overweight creates a stress in the body that triggers an inflammatory response.
  • Pollution: Pollution causes damage to the cells which may cause inflammation.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6538 tho-test-3>3 Easy Steps to Greater Happiness</thrive_headline>

3 Easy Steps to Greater Happiness

You deserve to be happy, but there are days when it’s easy to get sucked into negativity and despair. When nothing seems to go your way, when the craziness around you starts to influence your own thoughts, and hen you wish you were as awesome as so and so…

There are a few simple strategies that you can implement today to start increasing your levels of happiness. Every day is a new opportunity for growth and today you can choose to honor your right to wholehearted happiness.

 

  • Let Go of Perfection

When you expect perfection, you set yourself up for disappointment. Because nobody’s perfect, and thinking you need to be is just setting yourself up for failure. Or worse, for not even starting.

On the road of self-improvement, there will be potholes, cracks in the pavement and distractions on the sidelines. This is completely normal and natural. Judging yourself too harshly for not being perfect is a major happiness killer.

  • Eat More Fermented Foods and Probiotics

Fermented foods might not seem to have much to do with happiness from the outside but on the inside, they make a huge difference. By adding probiotic-rich foods like sauerkraut, kefir, kimchi, miso, yogurt and kombucha into your diet, you’ll strengthen your body’s ability to produce serotonin, the happy hormone.

Serotonin is produced in large amounts in the gut, but when our gut bacteria isn’t healthy, our body’s have a hard time producing serotonin and transporting it to our brains.

The gut is often referred to as the second brain and for good reason. A balanced probiotic rich gut makes it easy to produce hormones that flood the brain with positive feelings. Recent studies are even looking to probiotics as a way to treat depression and anxiety!

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6464 tho-test-6>Youth Beauty Secrets</thrive_headline>

Youth Beauty Secrets

There is a saying that age is just a number. It is true. No matter what your age is you should look fresh, healthy, and vibrant, and not just from the outside—you should feel good from the inside, too. You can’t control your age, but you can control how you feel about yourself.

Staying young and healthy is all in your hands. What you do in your daily routine has a profound effect on your health. Plenty of older adults are considerably more healthy and active than many young people who are inactive or have poor habits.

Looking the way you feel gives you the confidence to face the world. People are attracted toward you and it makes you feel proud. In order to stay young in body and spirit, there are things you need to add and things you need to remove from your routine. Let’s look at some of the things in your life that have an enormous impact on your health as you age.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6177 tho-test-9>10 Immunity Boosting Foods For the Cold and Flu Season</thrive_headline>

10 Immunity Boosting Foods For the Cold and Flu Season

“Cold and Flu” season is right around the corner, and it seems that everywhere you go you run into someone sneezing! How can you boost your immunity so you can stay healthy this Fall and Winter? Getting sick is not only uncomfortable, but it also impacts your productivities, your energy level and even your relationship (have you ever got snappy because you have a sore throat or a headache?)

If you have kids, I am sure you can relate how hard it is not to get sick from those little slimy hands – they are like petri dish on legs! Do you know that on average, school-age kids in America experience eight to ten colds a year? [according to The Children’s Hospital Guide to Your Child’s Health and Development]

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-5915 tho-test-10>4 Ways to Use Coconut Oil</thrive_headline>

4 Ways to Use Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is not just a kitchen ingredient; it has a wide range of other amazing uses that promote great benefits for your health and physical care.

Coconut oil has been increasing in popularity over recent years. With the current campaigns against the use of unhealthy fats, this powerful oil is in growing demand. The health benefits of coconut oil can be used in different ways.

Coconut oil is composed of 92% saturated fat, with 2/3 of it coming in a medium-chain fatty acids form. The body is able to quickly metabolize this type of fatty acid in the form of energy. Lauric acid is one of the most powerful components of coconut oil, which is recognized for its strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties.

To improve your overall health, here are some easy ways to take advantage of coconut oil.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-5896 tho-test-11>10 Ways to Support Digestion and Lose Weight </thrive_headline>

10 Ways to Support Digestion and Lose Weight 

Weight loss does not have to be as daunting as it seems. By understanding the physiology of digestion, we can improve it and let our bodies to lose the extra weight itself. Digestion is a function of the parasympathetic nervous system. Our job is to keep it activated while we are eating for effective and efficient digestion. Here are some ways to do that:

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