Ten tips to get your 3 fruits a day

First: How much? You need around 3 servings of fruit daily. One serving is equal to one piece of a larger fruit, such as an apple or banana, or roughly a handful of smaller fruit such as grapes, berries, or apricots. Use fruit in your morning smoothie. We recommend making vegetable smoothies, too, so you… [Continue Reading]

How to save money on fruit

Don’t you wish we could all pick fruit off of our own trees? Unfortunately, for those of us who don’t live in the Hot Spots, fruit can be expensive. So here are some tips on how to save money on fresh fruit: Buy fruit loose, rather than pre-packed. The price will probably be a lot… [Continue Reading]

Fruit – it gets you going!

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When you do physical activity, fruit will give you added power! Fruit is: a ready source of energy high in water content, to help you rehydrate a great source of potassium to replace lost electrolytes (apricots, raisins and figs are especially high in potassium) a source of magnesium to help prevent muscle cramps a source… [Continue Reading]

Moving with the seasons

As part of the Akea community, you know the importance of working regular physical activity into your daily routine—just as people do in Longevity Hot Spots. You might find that you enjoy different types of movement during different seasons. You may not like running outdoors in the depths of winter or doing something too vigorous… [Continue Reading]

Top 10 Reasons to Eat Fruit

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Eating fruit regularly is associated with a stunning array of benefits: a lower risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, and functional decline associated with aging. That’s one reason there are so many fruits are included in Akea Essentials. Fruit tastes great. Know why plants developed that sweet, juicy fruit around their seeds?… [Continue Reading]

Get that heart going!

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We want your heart thumping—and not just for love! (Though we highly encourage that, too.) Some of the most beneficial forms of movement are the aerobic ones—the ones that get your heart pumping harder and make you feel almost out of breath. Why? Aerobic activity increases cardiovascular fitness in your heart and lungs. Aerobic activity… [Continue Reading]

What about coconut oil?

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Coconut oil contains mostly saturated fat as well as 3 percent monounsaturated and 3 percent polyunsaturated fats. But, despite the high saturated fat content, raw coconut oil does not seem to increase cholesterol. In fact, it’s been found to decrease cholesterol levels in some studies. Coconut oil is safe for cooking. It also contains artery-protective… [Continue Reading]

Movement – fitting it in

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Movement is a natural part of the day in Longevity Hot Spots. So how can it become part of YOUR day, too? You don’t need to join a class to get moving—though you may prefer the company and support of a class. You don’t even have to change your busy schedule. Here’s a list of… [Continue Reading]

How to Avoid the Worst Fats

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We’ve talked about health-boosting fats like extra virgin olive oil, avocado, fish and nuts. Now let’s look at the less desirable fats and ones you want to avoid altogether. Saturated fats from meat and dairy products are pro-inflammatory and should be used in moderation. Coconut oil is one exception. So, what are saturated fats? Let’s… [Continue Reading]

Using olive oil in cooking – tips from Hot Spots

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First, let’s cover some basic principles… Choose extra virgin olive oil. It tastes better and is higher in beneficial nutrients including vitamin E. Use regularly to make salad dressings and in cooking. Always cook olive oil on a low heat in a heavy-based pan. Very high heat can damage it somewhat, creating trans-fats. Cooking tomatoes… [Continue Reading]