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AI in Fitness: A Look at What’s Ahead

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Using a smartwatch or fitness tracker can help give you insights into useful health data.

Imagine having a close friend who knows exactly what you need to feel your best - sounds cool, right? Well, artificial intelligence (AI) is stepping into that friend's shoes, transforming how you might approach your well-being. And when it comes to your doctor and healthcare specialists, AI is on the case, piecing together clues about your health to keep you feeling your best.

But what does this mean for the future of healthcare, fitness and wellness? Put on your step counter and get ready to jog through the exciting world of AI - where technology meets health!

Where Fitness and Artificial Intelligence Collide

The power of AI in the health and wellness industries is profound. From advancing medical research to refining diagnostic processes and improving healthcare quality, AI is already making significant strides. As usual, Google is at the forefront of these new technologies, with initiatives such as:

  • Applying AI to mental health resources on Search.
  • Matching skin conditions with Google Lens.
  • Scouring medical records, research papers, imaging and clinical guidelines.
  • Recording and translating heart sounds with smartphones.
  • Scanning patients’ eyes to find indications of disease.

These are prime examples of how technology is becoming an integral part of our health journey and just the beginning.

AI in Wellness: Tools of the Trade

As AI reshapes health and wellness, the toolkit for professionals also expands:

  • ChatGPT revolutionizes interaction with personalized advice.
  • Google Bard offers innovative wellness insights.
  • Fitbit tracks and analyzes your physical activity for tailored health guidance.
  • Asensei connects users with customized coaching experiences.
  • HealthKit integrates health data for a comprehensive wellness overview.
  • Zing Coach generates customized workouts and healthier eating tips with a dash of motivation.

Embracing AI means joining forces with technology to make health journeys more engaging and personalized, ensuring the care you receive is as unique as you are. By leveraging AI as a tool, health coaches and professionals can elevate their services, offering personalized support that meets clients where they are.

As we look to the future, integrating AI into the health and wellness industries promises a landscape where personalized care is the norm and more options are available.

Essential Considerations for AI in Fitness & Health

One of the most exciting prospects of AI in health and wellness is its potential to make fitness and health guidance more accessible to a broader audience, offering support regardless of location, mobility or personal circumstances. This democratization of health and wellness services ensures everyone has the opportunity to lead healthier lives. However, with great power comes great responsibility.

As health professionals and organizations explore this next wave of AI, the following principles are critical:

  • Maintaining the human touch
  • Ensuring accuracy
  • Addressing concerns around privacy and security
  • Collaborating across sectors
  • Recognizing AI as one tool among many

We must navigate these challenges thoughtfully, ensuring that AI serves as a supplement to health expertise - not as a substitute. New guidelines like the Health Care AI Code of Conduct illustrate the importance of collective efforts to ensure AI tools enhance healthcare quality and safely meet patient needs.

In addition, Google's AI Principles, emphasizing fairness, safety, and effectiveness, serve as a guiding light, reminding us of the historic medical ethos: "First, do no harm.” The potential for AI to amplify existing problems is very real, so a concerted effort must be made to ensure these technologies benefit everyone responsibly.


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Health enthusiasts everywhere are eager to try new technologies to up their fitness game.

The Human Element Remains Key

At the heart of this technological transformation is a simple truth: AI cannot replace the personal touch that professionals bring to their clients. This requires a careful balance of technology and human insight, without losing sight of the personal connections and nutrition that is at the heart of wellness.

As you navigate this new landscape, remember that technology is just a tool to enhance our human capabilities. A high-quality multivitamin embodies the harmonious blend of technology and the essentials of nutrition. As AI enhances our capabilities, it's crucial to remember the foundational importance of nourishing our bodies from within.

Life’s Abundance Multivitamin stands as a testament to this balance, combining the precision of modern science with the wisdom of traditional wellness practices. It's a symbol of how technology, when integrated with the core principles of health, can create a holistic approach to overall health.

Looking Forward to a Healthy Future

Always ready for a workout, AI is the friend who's up for anything, making exercise feel more like playtime. It's there to celebrate your wins, big or small, because sometimes choosing an apple over a cookie is the day's most significant victory, and we all love a personal cheerleader.

With AI as your sidekick, your health journey is more than a list of goals - it's an adventure filled with personalized guidance, motivational nudges and insightful feedback. This approach makes healthier choices feel less like chores and more like exciting challenges to conquer. And after all, the best journeys are those taken with friends, even if one of them happens to be a!

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The Rise of the Skinimalist

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Applying minimalism to your skin care routine contributes to your overall well-being.

Remember the time you tried to whip up a gourmet meal and ended up with a mountain of pots and pans, yet a simple sandwich would have done the trick? That's what's happening in the skin care world right now. We've all been there, seduced by the latest 10-step skin care routine promising porcelain perfection. But let's be real – who has the time or the bathroom counter space?

Enter New Wave Skinimalism: the skin care equivalent of finding that one perfect pair of jeans that goes with everything. Get ready to embrace the joy of simplicity and radiant, happy skin with just a few high-quality, effective essentials. Your skin will thank you!

What is Skinimalism?

The skin care world has been a battleground for the past three years. On one side, the Korean glass skin trend champions the ‘more the merrier' approach, requiring an elaborate, multi-step routine (complete with double-cleansing). But on the other side, more grounded practitioners are voicing a different mantra: less is more.

This debate has set the stage for the emergence of skinimalism. But skinimalism isn't just a trend - it's a movement towards a more sustainable, effective, and skin-friendly approach.

Here's what makes up the core of skinimalism:

  • Quality over quantity. Opt for high-quality, effective products rather than rolling the dice on a clutter of just average tubes and jars.
  • Streamlined routines. Emphasize a few impactful steps over an overwhelming regimen.
  • Ingredient awareness. Prioritize brands with potent, beneficial ingredients and avoid unnecessary fillers.
  • Sustainable choices. Choose cleansers, moisturizers and serums that are good for both your skin and the environment.
  • Personalization. Tailor your minimal routine to suit your unique skin needs.

In this ongoing 'war' in skin care, skinimalism emerges as the clear winner for many, offering a mindful, more sustainable approach to skin health and beauty.

The Science of Skinimalism

Think of your skin as a soloist in an orchestra. Just as a solo can be drowned out by more than one instrument playing, your skin gets overwhelmed when bombarded with double-digit steps. Each serum, cream, or lotion is like an instrument in your skin care song - too many and the melody gets lost.

Cutting your skin care back to just a few premium items lets your skin take center stage. Interestingly enough, this simple approach is part of larger, science-backed research. Minimalism benefits not just your skin but your overall well-being, leading to better health and more fulfillment.[1]

This all goes to show: Adopting a minimalist skin care approach is more than skin deep. It's part of a mindful lifestyle that values intentional choices for your overall well-being. We hope this trend stays because it puts emphasis on quality in every aspect of life - something we’re all about!

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Life’s Abundance skin care products provide an easy start to a skinimalist routine.

Simple Skin Care: The 4-Step Routine

Following the insights from this recent research, you now understand it's all about honing in on impactful ingredients to achieve better skin health. Here’s how we do it with our Skin Care Kit:

  1. Cleanse. Begin and end your day by gently cleansing away dirt and makeup. Our Facial Cleanser, infused with organic aloe leaf juice, argan oil, and a blend of fruit extracts, ensures your skin stays soft and balanced, not dry or tight.
  2. Rejuvenate. Elevate your routine with our Facial Serum, a potent blend of squalane, green tea, and a mix of organic oils like hemp seed, prickly pear seed, and tomato seed oil. This step corrects and protects, giving your skin a youthful glow.
  3. Hydrate. After cleansing, nourish your skin with our Facial Moisturizer. Rich in organic hemp seed oil, olive fruit oil, and antioxidant-rich pomegranate, it deeply hydrates, leaving your skin feeling plump, smooth, and naturally radiant.
  4. What about the rest of your body? Complete your routine by taking care of your whole body. Our Body Lotion, featuring organic shea butter and acai fruit pulp, banishes dry, dull skin and ensures all-over smoothness.

This is a skinimalist’s dream, offering a complete regimen for vibrant, healthy skin - free from unnecessary steps! By adopting this 4-step routine, you’re taking a mindful approach that emphasizes quality, natural ingredients, and overall skin wellness. This is skin care that’s as safe and effective as it is simple.

[1] Jain VK, Gupta A, Verma H. Goodbye materialism: exploring antecedents of minimalism and its impact on millennials well-being. Environ Dev Sustain. 2023 Jun 8:1-27. doi: 10.1007/s10668-023-03437-0. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37363025; PMCID: PMC10249935.


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From Sea to Seed: Take a Deep Dive into Omega-3s

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Life’s Abundance premium Omega-3 fish oil supplement is an easy way to get more healthy fats in your diet.

Omega-3 fatty acids are more than just a health buzzword; they're essential fats that play crucial roles in our body, from supporting brain health to maintaining cardiovascular wellness. But what does that mean for you?

First things first, meet the fatty acid trio: DHA, EPA, and ALA. If you find this alphabet soup confusing, we’ll help you demystify their benefits, where to find them, and how to use them effectively in your diet. Quick tip: Just because a food shouts, "I'm rich in omega-3!" on the label, it doesn't mean it's a VIP pass to DHA and EPA paradise.

Whether you're a seafood lover, a vegetarian, or someone who prefers supplements, get ready to dive into the sea of omega-3 knowledge and emerge with a treasure trove of information that will empower you to make healthier choices. Let's get started!

DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) and EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid)

Where to Find Them
DHA and EPA are primarily found in fatty fish. These two omega-3 fatty acids are the stars of the show when it comes to health benefits. They’re responsible for many of the positive effects that omega-3s have in your body.

Why They Matter
They play crucial roles in brain health, cardiovascular function, and overall wellness. Research shows these fatty acids are particularly beneficial for people with cardiovascular diseases and ADHD.

Best Sources
The best sources of DHA and EPA are:

  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Sardines
  • Mackerel

These not only provide a rich supply of omega-3s but are also great protein sources. However, there's a catch (pun intended)! Our oceans and waterways are increasingly polluted, leading to fish contamination.

How to Use Them
Our oceanic friends are facing significant challenges due to pollution, with contaminants like methylmercury, PCBs, arsenic, and DDT affecting their habitats. However, if you're a seafood enthusiast looking to source your omega-3s from fish, there's no need to worry. You can make informed choices by consulting reliable resources.

A great place to start is the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch, which offers guidance on sustainable seafood choices. Additionally, for the cleanest and safest options, it's also wise to refer to the Environmental Defense Fund and the Environmental Protection Agency, as they provide updated recommendations and information on fish consumption. By doing this homework, you can enjoy your seafood while supporting environmentally friendly practices.

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Omega-3 supplements can help provide DHA and EPA which are fatty acids found in cold water fish.

ALA (Alpha-Linolenic Acid)

Where to Find It
Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA) is the omega-3 fatty acid found in plant sources. It's an essential nutrient, especially for those who prefer a plant-based diet. Unlike its counterparts, DHA and EPA, ALA is accessible in a wider range of common foods.

Why It Matters
ALA plays a vital role as the starting point for omega-3 fatty acids in our body. Although it's not as directly beneficial as DHA and EPA, ALA is crucial for maintaining a balanced diet, especially for vegetarians and vegans. It's important for overall health and, though the body can only process a small amount when converted to DHA and EPA, contributes to the benefits associated with these fatty acids.

Best Sources
The champions of ALA are flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, which are incredibly rich in this nutrient. Other great sources include:

  • Chia seeds
  • Walnuts
  • Hemp seeds
  • Plant oils like canola and soybean oil

These sources are not only rich in omega-3s but also bring additional nutrients and benefits to your diet, making them an excellent choice for anyone looking to boost their omega-3 intake naturally.

How to Use Them
Incorporating these foods into your diet can be both delicious and beneficial. Sprinkle ground flaxseed on your oatmeal, toss chia seeds into your smoothie, snack on some walnuts, or use walnut oil in your salad dressings. With these simple additions, you'll enhance your diet with essential ALA and enjoy a variety of delicious flavors.

Fish Oil Supplements: A Convenient Alternative

If you'd rather skip the dinner plate altogether, omega-3 supplements from fish oil are your trusty sidekick. They’re a popular way to get your DHA and EPA without worrying about dietary sources. Easy to take and offering a potent omega-3 punch, a lot of people like the convenience and efficacy of fish oil capsules. However, the quality of fish oil supplements can vary.

When shopping for premium fish oil supplements, check if the fish oil has been purified and concentrated to remove contaminants. Look for products tested for quality, purity, and concentration by independent bodies like the International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS). Transparency is key, and reputable companies should publish their test results.

So, whether you're serving fish up for dinner or popping omega-3 capsules, make informed choices, and your health will thank you!

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Do Probiotics Actually Help Your Immune System?

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Probiotics supplements can help your family stay well during cold and flu season.

Have you ever wondered if all those yogurt ads were on to something with all their talk about probiotics? Well, you’re in for a treat! In this article, we’re meshing a true probiotic success story with some eye-opening scientific research.

As cold and flu season rolls in, we want to shed light on the potential benefits of probiotics in supporting your immune system. Yes, it’s true! Probiotics could be your secret wellness weapon to staying healthy. Find out why they’ve become a favorite among health enthusiasts and doctors alike, and explore the world of the immune-supporting, microscopic bacteria everyone is talking about.

A Real-Life Probiotic Success Story

Our journey begins with a relatable tale from one of our very own employee-owners. It’s a story of family health challenges and the noticeable change brought about by a probiotic supplement. Read on to hear how one simple change made the biggest difference in a family’s overall health.

“I have a beautiful 5-year-old daughter who’s been in and out of daycare for a few years, and she would get sick every other week. She’d either have a fever, a cough, or a runny nose - but most of the time, all three. And, of course, she'd give whatever germs she brought home to the rest of the family. ”

How many parents can relate?

He goes on to detail the recovery process from one of these persistent colds: “My daughter seemed to bounce back rather quickly, but once I would catch it, it would take a very long time to recuperate. I tried everything from sleeping in a different room when she would have one of her all-night-long coughing spells, but it wouldn’t help. I’d always end up getting sick.”

So how did he break this never-ending cycle of Pre-K germ invasions?

“When my daughter turned five last year, and we were preparing her to enter Kindergarten, we knew she’d be exposed to even more germs than ever before. I made it a point to start taking Life's Abundance probiotics; it has been a miracle worker. In the past, when my daughter was sick, she'd spend the night in our bed, and I would get sick. Now that I’ve boosted my immune system, I wake up completely unphased. It’s worked so well that I think it’s time to start including it in my daughter’s routine, too! ”

Yes, you read that right. Probiotics were the key to improving his overall health and have the potential to safeguard his family.

And for all the doubters out there, we’re happy to share that science backs up the power of probiotics. A rigorous study in 2018 exposed the immune-supporting effects of these little gut-friendly supplements.

The Groundbreaking Study in a Nutshell

In this super cool study, researchers invited a bunch of adults who were, unfortunately, catching colds way too often (like four or more times a year, yikes!). They were given a probiotic drink concocted with not one, not two, but three different types of good bacteria.

For 12 whole weeks, these participants enjoyed their special drink, turning themselves into probiotic-sipping machines. And it worked! The probiotic group saw a big drop in those pesky colds and flu-like symptoms. It turns out probiotics were giving their immune system a super boost.

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Life’s Abundance premium probiotic supplement contains 25 billion CFUs to help support your overall immune health.

How Probiotics Help Your Immune System

Two major, eye-opening findings proved probiotic supplementation can:

  1. Reduce cold and flu symptoms. Participants who sipped on the probiotic drink had fewer instances of upper respiratory infections. That means fewer days of feeling miserable with a cold!
  2. Increase immune markers in your body.* This means a big spike in good players for your body's defense team, which equals a stronger immune response to viruses and colds. [1]

All that to say, this is a big win for the probiotic team! This study shows consuming probiotics can definitely give your system a leg up in the immune game.

Choosing the Right Probiotic: 25 Billion CFUs

Before you run off to stock your fridge with probiotic drinks, keep in mind that not all probiotics are created equal. The study mentioned above used specific strains of Lactobacillus in hefty doses. So, if you're looking to replicate these benefits, you'll need to choose your probiotics wisely.

The precise composition of our 25 billion CFU probiotic supplement is a testament to this. Featuring strains like Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum, our formula stands apart in its potential to improve your health.

Studies show the remarkable abilities of these strains, from alleviating symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis [2] and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) [3]*. While more research is essential to fully understand their impact on respiratory infections, the current findings underscore the power of these small but mighty warriors.

So next time you see one of those yogurt commercials, think about the awesome benefits of probiotics. Why not try our supplements and experience these benefits yourself without the yogurt? Every time you take a supplement, you're supporting your daily routine and giving your body a boost of potent probiotic power. And remember, a happy gut is a happy you!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

[1] Zhang, H., Yeh, C., Jin, Z., Ding, L., Liu, B. Y., Zhang, L., & Dannelly, H. K. (2018). Prospective study of probiotic supplementation results in immune stimulation and improvement of upper respiratory infection rate. Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology, 3(2), 113-120.

[2] Singh, A., Hacini-Rachinel, F., Gosoniu, M. et al. Immune-modulatory effect of probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis NCC2818 in individuals suffering from seasonal allergic rhinitis to grass pollen: an exploratory, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Eur J Clin Nutr 67, 161–167 (2013).

[3] Martoni, C. J., Srivastava, S., & Leyer, G. J. (2020, January 30). Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 and Bifidobacterium lactis UABla-12 improve abdominal pain severity and symptomology in irritable bowel syndrome: Randomized controlled trial. Nutrients, 12(2), 363.

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Seaweed Surprise: The Unexpected Ingredient in this Natural Pre-Workout Drink

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In recent years, seaweed has become a popular health food with research showing it may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.

Take a moment and picture yourself leisurely walking on a beautiful beach, enjoying the soft sand beneath your feet. Suddenly, you encounter an unexpected annoyance: seaweed entangling your toes. It's a peculiar feeling, with slimy strands clinging stubbornly to your skin. You can't help but feel annoyed as you try to shake it off. It's a gentle and perhaps funny reminder that nature has its quirks.

But from the vast, blue depths of the mighty ocean to your very own body, seaweed has made quite a splash in the health and wellness world in recent years. It’s clear as the pristine waters of Iceland: this oceanic treasure isn't just for mermaids and beachcombers anymore! So what makes this beachy “weed” so great?

From its newfound status as a superfood full of minerals and anitoxidants to its numerous health benefits, we’ll dig up all the salty details on seaweed in this blog. So grab your beach towel and keep reading to learn more about this water-loving plant!

4 Health Benefits of Seaweed

Did you know seaweed packs a nutritional punch stronger than a current from a speedy dolphin? It's true! Imagine a treasure trove brimming with vitamins A, C, E, and K alongside minerals like iodine, calcium, and iron - it's like a marine multivitamin but tastier!

Eating seaweed may provide the following health benefits [1]:

  1. Supports a strong immune system: A 2020 study showed that edible seaweed is a good source of vitamins and minerals, going above and beyond the recommended dietary intake (RDI)! [2] It’s like a busy nutrition squad that forms a healthy force field around your immune system - making sure no sneaky viruses or bacteria can crash the party and that you stay as healthy as possible.
  2. Supports digestive health: Looking for smooth sailing in your digestive system? Look no further than seaweed! It’s full of fiber which aids in digestion and prevents any backups. Say goodbye to digestive woes and hello to a happy tummy with the help of seaweed.
  3. Supports heart health: When it comes to matters of the heart, seaweed doesn't flounder. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, it’s a strong swimmer in the heart health pool - that’s because it contains certain compounds that may protect your heart. [3]
  4. Stabilizes blood sugar levels: Brown seaweed contains fucoxanthin, an antioxidant that gives this curious sea vegetable its color. Researchers discovered it positively affects the body’s ability to maintain blood sugar levels and prevent blood sugar spikes after a meal. [4] That’s a win for stable blood sugar enthusiasts everywhere!

So it’s really no secret anymore: move over spinach, seaweed is the new nutritional powerhouse. It's no ordinary sea plant - it's an immune-boosting wonder. Sure, more research is needed, but early findings indicate this treasure trove of health benefits is waiting to be unlocked.

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Life’s Abundance Minerals & Antioxidants powdered drink mix is an easy, delicious way to take advantage of the benefits of seaweed plus 10 superfruits and 74 other trace minerals.

Understanding Seaweed: The Ocean’s Protector

Think of seaweed as nature’s underwater garden, thriving beneath the surface without you ever noticing. This fascinating aquatic plant grows in shallow waters worldwide and comes in various shapes, sizes, and colors. There are three main types of seaweed: brown, red, and green. Brown seaweed is the biggest while green seaweed is the smallest.

This aquatic superhero also acts as a natural filter for the ocean, providing a refreshing cleanse by whisking away excess debris and nutrients. It also absorbs carbon dioxide from water, making the planet a healthier place to live. Talk about going the extra nautical mile.

Not to mention it’s the home and sustenance to countless marine creatures: crabs, lobsters, and an eclectic mix of friendly fishies. It’s like their very own seaside cabana and an endless salad bar in one!

In conclusion, seaweed is incredible. Not only is it a delicious and trusted ingredient in cuisine, but it’s also the ocean’s own superhero and protector. It’s crucial to supporting a diverse and thriving aquatic life - and to your next workout!

Sustainability and Seaweed Harvesting

Imagine Life’s Abundance like a farmer carefully tending the fields. Planning, researching, and caring for our crops is a top priority, and seaweed sourcing for us means a meticulous scientific approach. This steadfast commitment to quality helps us continuously discover, prove, and deliver unique natural ingredients. But here's the twist: instead of fields of wheat or corn, the fields we source seaweed from are the underwater gardens of the Icelandic Westfjords.

However, there is a growing need to be careful about cultivating seaweed. If it’s not done sustainably, more harm than good to our marine ecosystems is in the near future - not to mention the damage that can happen to local communities when harvesting is done irresponsibly.

By working with manufacturers with independent marine resource experts, local government, and internationally recognized organic certification bodies, we know our seaweed is harvested with practices that follow the highest quality standards available today.

So, as you embark on your journey towards a healthier lifestyle, remember that choosing products made with sustainably-harvested seaweed is not only good for you but also for the beautiful world we call home. With a commitment to sustainability and a shared vision, together we can create a brighter, greener future for generations to come.

Minerals & Antioxidants Drink Mix: Harness the Power of Seaweed

Looking to add a little seaworthy sparkle to your health and beauty routine with the power of seaweed? Our Minerals & Antioxidants natural pre-workout drink makes it easy to get a daily dose of seaweed goodness. When combined in a powdered drink mix with 10 superfruits and 74 plant-based trace minerals, reaping the health benefits of seaweed can be as easy and delicious as a summer mocktail on the beach - with no added sugar!

The invigorating, bright flavors will surely charge your day and taste buds with every delicious, berry-powered sip. (Pro tip: adding ice and fresh lemon juice is the easiest way to take it to the next level.) Not only can you enjoy the beneficial compounds in seaweed, but you'll also get other essential minerals and antioxidants in every sip - helping you stay fit and healthy.

In summary, it’s safe to say seaweed is making a run for the title of Superfood of the Century! From its role in the ocean ecosystem to the numerous benefits it offers our bodies, it's clear that seaweed is more than just a leafy green beneath the waves. So here’s to riding the tides of health and vitality! Just grab your glass and make waves of wellness with a natural pre-workout drink mix made with sustainably-harvested seaweed, superfruits, and coconut water. Yum!





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3 Eco-Friendly Ideas for Mother’s Day Gifts

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Mother’s Day is a special holiday that celebrates the strong, beautiful ladies in our lives.

As Mother’s Day approaches (yeah, we know…time flies), finding the perfect gift for an environmentally-conscious mom can feel like a daunting task with the number of online retailers out there. We've all been there: a last-minute Google search brings up hundreds of ideas and picking just one can be overwhelming, easy to put off, and oops - you missed the shipping window!

Now you’re hurriedly searching for some generic gift from the corner store that doesn't really capture your unique gift-giving style.You know the feeling when your recipient gives you a polite "Thank you", but you can see the disappointment on their face as they open yet another bamboo toothbrush. The good news is, if you’re reading this, you can avoid this scenario.

So, grab your favorite mug of coffee, tea, or wine (no judgment here), and explore some thoughtful, eco-friendly gifts that will please any Mother Earth-loving mother - with time to spare!

Why Does Being Eco-Friendly Matter?

Before we get into the gift-giving, let's talk about a couple of reasons why being eco-friendly is the bee's knees. First off, reducing waste is an intregral part of taking care of the Earth. It's like Marie Kondo-ing the planet - say bye-bye to excessive packaging and unwanted ingredients, and hello to minimalist products that spark joy for Mother Earth.

Plus, many eco-friendly Mother’s Day gifts are made from natural, organic, or non-toxic materials, which are better for the health and well-being of both the recipient of your gift and the environment. For example, choosing clean, natural skincare products reduces exposure to harmful chemicals and promotes a healthier lifestyle for all the mommas out there.

So, let’s get eco-fabulous together! It's time to show the world that every gift-giving season is an opportunity to make our planet green and gorgeous and inspire others to follow suit.

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Give the gift of radiant skin with an eco-friendly skincare kit that includes all the essentials.

3 Eco-Friendly Gifts Ideas for Mother’s Day

Below are gift ideas that will please any woman in your life with an added nod to sustainability:

  • Spring flower bulbs: There are a whole bunch of gorgeous bulbs that can bloom during spring and summer, and they're perfect for adding a pop of color to anyone’s yard. Plus, they're like a little invitation to all the fluttering butterflies and charming hummingbirds to come join the party! You can arrange some of these bulbs in a cute basket for a lovely gift that your loved one will absolutely adore. How delightful does that sound?

  • Skincare kits: Every woman deserves healthier, more radiant skin. So indulge your favorite momma with the gift of healthier, more radiant skin with our all natural skincare kit. The kit includes our Facial Moisturizer, made with organic botanicals, so you can be confident that she’ll have a clean and effective skincare routine - powered by nature.

    A good facial moisturizer utilizes the power of plants to provide natural hydration, leaving the skin soft and smooth. There’s a bonus! Our skincare kit includes all the essentials: a cleanser, facial moisturizer, serum, and an all-over body lotion. So your lucky lady will have everything she needs for a simple skincare routine to be ready to slay the day!

  • Bamboo cooking utensils: If the woman you have in mind is a culinary queen, make her day and help her create a zero waste kitchen with bamboo cooking utensils. Plastic can sneak harmful chemicals into your food, so bamboo is a fantastic alternative to the more common plastic or rubber spatulas that tend to degrade over time. They’re not just practical, they’re strong and sturdy too - so she can keep flippin’, stirrin’ and servin’ with confidence. Best of all, they’re biodegradable (meaning they’ll break down naturally over time).

Show the Ladies Some Love!

Whether you choose one of the gift ideas above or buy a handpicked bouquet of flowers, knowing your purchase is also eco-friendly and aligned with a sustainable mindset will bring you a sense of satisfaction in making a positive impact on the planet. Your loved one will feel truly special and appreciated, knowing that you took the time to choose a gift that comes from the heart.

When you gift your mom or the mother-like figure in your life with a gift that also respects Mother Earth, you’re saying, “I care about you - and the planet.” And it doesn’t get better than that!

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Things You Didn’t Know Multivitamins Can Do For You

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Science has found that taking a multivitamin each day may give your mood a natural boost. 

Have you ever wondered what exactly a multivitamin does for your body? It's a common supplement that many people take, but do you really know what it's supposed to do and whether it actually works?

First off, let's define a multivitamin. It's essentially a supplement that contains a combination of vitamins and minerals. The idea behind taking one each morning is that it can help fill in any nutritional gaps in your diet and ensure that you're getting all of the nutrients your body needs to function properly. But do they really live up to their claims? Let's take a closer look.  

What a Multivitamin Can (and Can’t) Do 

Let’s face it, even the best multivitamin can’t completely counterbalance the effects of eating fast food for every meal. But what it can do is help make up for the gaps that even the healthiest diet may present.

Some studies have found that people who take them regularly have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. In addition, certain groups of people may benefit from taking a multivitamin. For example, pregnant women may benefit from one that contains folic acid, as it's important for the development of the fetal brain and spine. Older adults may also benefit from taking a multivitamin, because they may be at a higher risk of nutrient deficiencies due to changes in their body's ability to absorb nutrients.

While this is all excellent for the body, science now suggests that multivitamins may offer additional benefits - specifically for the mind.

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Give your diet a daily boost with all the nutrients you need and none of the extras that you don't.

Memory and Cognitive Health 

Good news for those who don’t quite have the best memory - a multivitamin may help. A recent study found that taking a daily multivitamin may actually improve your cognitive health. In fact, in a blind study of over 2,250 adults over 65, those who took multivitamins daily for three years appeared to experience 60% less cognitive decline than those who took a placebo. 

While more research is needed to solidify this exciting new link, previous studies seem to back up its findings. They have also suggested that multivitamins may be able to improve memory and brain activity in seniors as well.

Mood Benefits

Feeling a little down? A lack of vitamins and proper nutrition has long been linked with not only physical but psychological illnesses. Science has found that taking a multivitamin each day may give your mood a natural boost. 

Even better, researchers have found that multivitamins and supplements may have the ability to decrease stress and fight depression in people of all ages. Know anyone who could use a little less stress in their life? 

Is Taking a Multivitamin Right for You?

Don’t get us wrong – if you think you may be suffering from a mental health issue, then a trip to Vitamin Shoppe® is no substitute for a visit to your healthcare professional. But if you’re looking for a way to supplement a healthy diet, then investing in a good multivitamin may be a great choice for you.

It’s important to keep in mind, however, that not every multivitamin is created equal. Some may only contain minimal vitamins and nutrients, while others may throw in every ingredient in the book. This is where a little knowledge in proper label reading can go a long way!

Finding the Perfect Multivitamin Balance 

We realize just how tricky it can be to find a multivitamin that doesn’t over or underdo it. That’s why we created our own Multivitamin, which contains the right blend of essential vitamins and extracts.

Delivered in veggie capsules with no magnesium stearate, you can rest assured that our multivitamins are non-GMO, gluten-free, and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives. Give your diet a daily boost with all the nutrients you need and none of the extras that you don't.

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3 Recipes To Start The Year Off Healthy

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So this is the year you’re really going to reach your wellness goals, right?  Starting your health journey - or restarting in some cases - might be on that list and we know it can be overwhelming to constantly think of a menu of healthy options to eat. So, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite quick and easy recipes to help you spend less time cooking and more time feasting.

Frozen Berry Bites

frozen berry bites

Frozen Berry Bites are a great on-the-go snack for the whole family.

Ready to have the whole family join in on the “healthy eating” journey? These Frozen Berry Bites require no time in the oven and are quick and easy to make with the kids. And, with our nutrient-packed Greens Blend in the mix, this will help everyone achieve their 5-9 servings of fruits and veggies. Whip this up for easy, on-the-go snacks, or when you’re craving a scoop of ice cream after dinner. 

Cherry Lemonade Recipe

cherry lemonade

Cherry Lemonade keeps you hydrated with a nutrient-packed punch.

As you gear up to start heading to the gym more often, you might be tempted to grab an energy drink on the way out the door. Make the smarter, less-sugary decision by making this five ingredient recipe including our Minerals & Antioxidants. The best part is you can make it in advance and store it in the fridge for up to five days, so you can have it ready to go on those extra sleepy mornings. 

Vanilla Pro-tains

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Vanilla Pro-tains make for a delicious, sweet breakfast or side.

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so why not make it count with a delicious, yet healthy, recipe? All you need are three ingredients and you’ll be able to make this quickly on a stove top or in an air fryer. Plantains are already packed with nutrients, but with our Vanilla Plant Protein, you’ll get an extra protein punch.

Have an easy, healthy recipe? Share your go-to below!

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Why You Should Take Probiotics In The Winter

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Probiotics ensure your body has the support it needs to keep your health goals on track.

Along with joy and cheer, people also tend to spread germs during the holidays! And even if the seasonal bug doesn’t get you, sometimes the accompanying holiday stress of shopping, hosting, cooking and lack of sleep will. And these things will take a toll on your health. That’s why it’s so important to introduce probiotics into your daily routine.

Why Probiotics Are Particularly Vital During The Winter Season 

While they often get a bad rap, it's important to understand that not all bacteria are created equal. In fact, the average human gut contains over 100 trillion bacteria, many of which have important health benefits!

That's why probiotic supplements are designed to ensure that your body has all the support it needs to enjoy the benefits of healthy bacteria. 

Probiotics Play A Key Role In Preventing Illness

Probiotics help maintain your body’s count of friendly bacteria, which act as a tiny army to combat viruses. When an intruder is detected, these bacteria play a key role in the production of natural antiviral proteins. Probiotics ensure that your immune system has plenty of reinforcement in the fight against the seasonal cold and flu.

Probiotics Promote Proper Digestion

Let’s admit it - one of the best parts of family gatherings is all of the delicious food. Just remember that the more you eat the more your gut will have to work. Healthy gut bacteria not only boosts the immune system but also plays an essential role in digestion. Probiotics can help ensure that your digestive tract maintains enough healthy bacteria to avoid issues such as bloating, constipation, acid indigestion, and IBS.

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Healthy gut bacteria not only boosts your immunity but also plays an essential role in digestion.

Sleep So Good You’ll Think You Hibernated

All of the logistical planning involved in family gatherings, holiday getaways and hectic shopping sprees surrounding the season can often result in a less predictable winter sleep schedule. Unfortunately, when your sleep cycle is thrown off, your body's healthy bacteria count will often follow. The good news is that the opposite is also true. Not only can probiotics help keep your gut healthy, but science now suggests that they can also lead to an improvement in the quality of sleep.  

Probiotics Can Help Counteract Holiday Cookies

It’s inevitable that most of us will overindulge during the holidays - whether it’s cookies, cocktails or grandma’s casserole, but it doesn’t need to stress you out.  Science has linked probiotics to the prevention of weight gain, so enjoy those extra peanut butter kisses, and pop a daily probiotic capsule as a great way to ensure your body has all the support it needs to keep your health goals on track.  

Alleviate Stress During The Winter Season

Between shopping, parties, and potlucks, winter can get hectic, but it turns out that the benefits of probiotics don’t end with immune and gut health. Research has also shown that they can relieve stress and depression while boosting cognitive function - just another reason to add them to your arsenal. 

At Life’s Abundance, we want to help keep you happy and healthy all season long. That's why we created a premium probiotic formula with at least 25 billion CFUs per capsule. This formula was developed with an award winning probiotics manufacturer in the USA, focused on supplying the highest quality strains that are vigorously tested using top technological advances. We go through this extensive process so you can get the full benefit out of our probiotics.

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5 Tips To Manage Holiday Stress

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Tip: To banish stress, breathe in, hold it, then let it out slowly.

“I’m so stressed.” How many times have you heard that from family, friends and just about anyone you encounter?  It often seems worse during the holidays, because so much is demanded of us with so little time to accomplish anything. No wonder there’s more stress, anxiety and tension - just thinking of that endless holiday to-do list can raise your blood pressure.

Bring it back down to normal with these five tips on how to manage holiday stress, before it wreaks havoc on your sleep or your peace of mind. Nobody wants those disturbed.

Gratitude. Be thankful for what you have. Most people are fully content in life without having an Aspen ski chalet or a 90-foot yacht. Psychologists have researched that, when you celebrate what you already have, you tend to be happier and healthier. With that, stress has less of a chance to take hold, and you’re less concerned about keeping up with the Kardashians.

Breathe. You’re in a mad rush to grab a bottle of wine for your best friend’s holiday party and the person on line in front of you forgot their wallet. While they shuffle off to get it in their car, you’re left in line waiting. And waiting. That’s when oxygen becomes your best friend. Take a deep breath through your nose, hold for a count of four, then let it out to the count of eight. Repeat five times and your mindset will shift from red hot to rosé all day.

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Tip: It's proven. Playing with your pets calm and relax you.

Play with your pets. Fact: pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression. They have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels which guard against heart problems. Even better? Playing with dogs or cats elevates your levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax you. Pets do so much for us, it’s only natural to want to reward them. Try Pork & Apple Sausage Treats for dogs or Turkey Hearts Freeze-Dried Treats for cats. Both are Y-U-M.

Let go of perfection. Throttle back on anxiety when your 9-year-old’s rendition of silent night needs more work before the holiday pageant. Instead of trying to improve it to the level of Mariah Carey, relax, sometimes it’s better to just let good enough be enough.

Don’t abandon your healthy habits. Yes, it’s snowing. Yes, it’s cold. But a short jog can help raise your spirits and get your endorphins flowing. Refreshing runs, or even a brisk walk, are a good start. Now keep up the good work by refreshing your skin. Keep that summer glow of yours from fading with our Facial Serum. A few drops is all it takes to revitalize, hydrate and pamper your skin. So now a petal-soft complexion is definitely in season.

Remember, the key for a happy, healthy holiday season and beyond is to catch stress before it starts - so you can concentrate better, sleep better and feel much better for the holidays.

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