Give Your Heart Some Love with These Foods

How important is your heart health?

Our heart is one of the most vital organs keeping us alive. Heart disease is common among both men and women in the US. In fact, according to the CDC, heart disease is the number one cause of death. However, there are steps people can take early on to prevent heart disease and develop a healthier heart.

Lifestyle choices play a big role in helping reduce — and even avoid — heart-related problems.

One of the simplest lifestyle changes you can do for a healthier heart involves changing what you eat.  A healthier diet, along with regular exercise, will pay off for the rest of your life and have you feeling great!

Here is a list of foods that are great for your heart’s health:

Beans, nuts, and seeds

  • Beans a great source of protein and fiber. They also help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart attacks.
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, have unsaturated fats, fiber and helps lower levels of LDL cholesterol.

Salmon, Tuna and other oily fish

  • Fish, especially salmon and tuna, are rich in omega-3s, which may help decrease triglycerides and reduce blood clotting.

Olive Oil

  • Extra virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidants and a great source of monounsaturated fatty acid which has been shown to reduce one’s risk for heart disease.

Sweet Potatoes

  • Are a great source of vitamin A and lycopene which is believed to play a role in preventing heart disease.

Oranges

  • May boost your immune system and contains potassium, which helps lower blood pressure.

Swiss Chard

  • This dark, leafy green is an excellent source of potassium, calcium, and magnesium–all of which are minerals that help lower blood pressure. This plant also has fiber and vitamin A, which reduce blood pressure and inflammation.

Fresh Tomatoes

  • Not only low in calories, but tomatoes are high in fiber and potassium. This fruit is also high in lycopene, which a powerful antioxidant and the reason for giving the tomato its red color.

So, by incorporating a healthier diet and exercise into your daily life, you can give your heart the best chance to live longer and stay healthier!

Six Reasons Why You Aren’t Losing The Weight You Want

Spring is here!

You’ve been working hard to fulfill that weight loss resolution you made for the New Year when, all of a sudden, your hard work isn’t helping you lose any more weight!

The reason?

You may have hit a weight-loss plateau.

Here are some common reasons why you may not be losing the weight you want:

  • You’re not getting enough sleep

This can cause one to feel hungrier in the morning and increase your cravings for dense, high-calorie foods. Seep also causes one to feel fatigued throughout the day, which can make you feel less motivated to get up and go to the gym.

  • You’re stressed out

Believe it or not, your stress levels can affect your weight-loss efforts. According to WebMD, an increase in stress means an increase in the cortisol hormone levels, which causes higher insulin levels. Higher insulin levels will cause blood sugar levels to spike and then drop, causing one to crave sugary and fatty foods. To help prevent this, learn what triggers your stress and take 5-10 minutes every day to practice deep breathing or learn about simple meditation.

  • Your portion sizes are too big

You may be eating more than you think so, unless you’re counting every individual calorie, you aren’t going to lose weight if you’re consuming more than you’re burning. Since the calorie intake will need to be adjusted from when you first set your weight-loss goals, try further cutting your calories and matching them to your body’s current needs for weight loss.

  • Your metabolism has slowed

The metabolism can slow down for a variety of reasons, but one of the main reasons is due to age; especially if you aren’t preserving your muscle mass. Try incorporating high-intensity training (HIIT) to challenge your body and help boost your metabolism.

  • You don’t stick to your workout plan on the weekend

Eating healthy all week can cause you to want to cheat on the weekend and cut back on your exercise routine, both of which will hurt your weight loss goals.

Instead, give yourself a few treats and incorporate some moderate exercise in your day. Going on a walk or playing sports with a group of friends are two easy and enjoyable ways to get your body to move.

  • You do the same workout every day and you’re doing too much cardio

When you do the same workout every day, your body adjusts to the exercise you’re doing. Hence, you will not see as many weight-loss benefits from your workout like when you first started exercising. Try switching up your workouts every two to five weeks to beat the plateau and see maximum results from your exercise regimen

These were just a few reasons why you may not be losing the weight you want.

Read more here for more reasons why you may not be losing weight.

Don’t become disappointed when your weight-loss results suddenly decrease or come to a sudden stop. Instead, focus on everything YOU HAVE accomplished from your hard work. Hopefully, with a little extra push and finding out what is causing your plateau, you will reach those end goals you have been striving for.

Hormonal Imbalance and How to Fix It – the Natural Way

What are hormones and why are they so important?

According to the hormone.org, hormones are special chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands. These chemical messengers are secreted directly into the blood and control most of our bodily functions.

What is a hormonal imbalance and why should you care?

A hormonal imbalance means that your body has too much or too little of a certain type of hormone in your bloodstream which can affect your everyday life in several ways. For example, a hormonal imbalance can cause unexplained weight gain or weight loss, cause long-term fatigue, impact your blood pressure and cause bloating.

Thus, having a healthy hormone balance means  your body will function better physically, mentally and emotionally.

What can you do to balance your hormones?

While hormone imbalances can require working with a specialist, your lifestyle and diet may help balance your hormones naturally.

According to this medicalnewstoday article, these lifestyle changes will help reduce  the likelihood of hormonal imbalances:

  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Reduce your sugar and refined carbohydrate intake
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Reduce and manage stress
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid packaged foods and focus on an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Get enough sleep

One should also consider taking 100% natural supplements to help balance one’s hormones and to ensure you’re getting the proper amount of daily nutrients. Check out products like Women’s Armor and Men’s Armor that contain natural ingredients that help balance and stimulate hormonal production.

Fast Guide On Intermittent Fasting and the 16:8 Plan

Intermittent fasting is one of today’s most popular health trends. Intermittent fasting is an eating schedule where one eats “normally” on some days and goes without food for a specified amount of time on others. Not only does intermittent fasting help you lose weight, but studies have shown that it can curb cravings, improve blood sugar level, and helps heal the gut (read more about this here).

While there are a variety of different intermittent fasting methods, the “16:8” fasting schedule seems to be the most popular and easiest to follow.

What is the 16:8 fasting method?

In summary, this fasting model involves only eating during an eight-hour window and then fasting for the remaining 16 hours.

How do you get started with this 16:8 fasting method?

First, it’s important to talk to a healthcare professional to make sure fasting is right for you. Once your healthcare professional gives you the nod, you need to choose the eight-hour intake window that suits your lifestyle. For example, if you’re someone who needs breakfast and doesn’t care much for dinner, schedule your window from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s very important to listen to your body while fasting. According to this article by Mindbodygreen, if you’ve never fasted before, it’s highly recommended to start with only a couple of days a week, or gradually increasing your fasting window from 12 to 14 to 16 hours.

What kind of meals should you eat during your 16:8 fasting?

During the eight-hour window, you have the freedom to consume whatever you want. However, this does not mean to splurge on unhealthy foods during this time. But rather if you want to get the most out of your diet you should stick to clean proteins, healthy fats and whole food sources. Read more about meal plans here.

Your doctor may also suggest you take 100% natural, plant-based supplements, like Executive Armor, to ensure you are taking getting the necessary healthy nutrients while you are adjusting your diet.

This diet, just like any diet, is sustainable if you stick to a strict regimen. So if done correctly, the benefits and results of the 16:8 intermittent fasting could be worth it.  Whether your goal is weight-loss or any of the other health benefits it brings, this diet allows you to have the flexibility to adjust the frequency and timing according to your health goals. Whether you decide to incorporate this diet every day of the week, or simply a few days of the week, is up to your individual goals and progress.

Don’t Let Age Dictate Your Metabolism

Your metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Every time you eat, digestive enzymes in your body break down the food and turn it into energy that your body needs to function on a daily basis.

 Why does your metabolism change over time?

When we’re younger, our metabolisms are quicker because we are constantly growing which requires more energy–so we’re burning more calories and fat. However, as we age our metabolism naturally slows down and, according to this “Self” magazine article, we also lose muscle mass.

Hormones have an impact on your metabolism

As women age, they lose estrogen, and as men age, they lose testosterone — both of which contribute to higher fat and lower muscle mass. Since muscle tissue burns more calories and fat and boosts your resting metabolism, a loss of muscle mass means you will burn fewer calories throughout the day. Read more about this here.

Good News: Lifestyle choices can reverse the process and help speed up your metabolism

  • Eating more protein and healthy fats: protein makes you feel fuller longer and it will assist with building and preserving lean muscle mass.
  • Strength training: incorporate weights into your workout to help increase your muscle mass.
  • Consuming less sugar: sugar contains empty calories and require less energy to process.
  • Sleep: too little sleep means your metabolism slows down to conserve energy.
  • Reducing alcohol consumption: alcohol contains a ton of sugar and empty calories.

And try incorporating Women’s Armor or Men’s Armor into your daily routine to help regulate hormones and promote the growth of lean muscle mass.

Make Your Popcorn Snack Healthier with These Easy Tips

DID YOU KNOW?

January 19, 2019, is national popcorn day?

Commercially-prepared or microwaved popcorn can be high in calories and hurt your weight loss efforts. But the good news is that there are easy ways to keep your popcorn low in calories and make it a better snack choice.

This Cleveland Clinic Article provides ways to make your popcorn healthier:

  • Air-pop or make popcorn on the stove top
  • Choose healthier cooking oil, like coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • Try to avoid microwavable popcorn because it tends to be filled with less healthy artificial flavoring
  • Avoid purchasing popcorn that is anything more than your basic already popped kernel to limit the number of chemicals and sweeteners
  • Limit the amount of sweet kettle corn purchased or look for low-sodium versions
  • Pair your popcorn with protein to help control your portions by feeling fuller longer
  • Be healthier with toppings by adding spices and seasonings instead of popcorn butter or powders

Read more about this here.

Tricks to Help You Stick to Your Health Goals Next Year

Setting health and fitness goals for the new year is common and a great way to prioritize what one intends to accomplish. However, many people try to accomplish too much with no concrete plan behind their goals, which leads to many people not achieving their goals. Thus, setting resolutions that are realistic and feasible is half the battle.

Here’s how you can actually stick to your health and fitness goals for the upcoming new year:

  1. Create healthy habits that you will be able to follow through with
    • Incorporating realistic healthy habits into your lifestyle will make it easier to consistently keep up with your health goals. For example, try not to eat anything four hours before bed, have a salad with at least one meal a day, drink 3+ liters of water a day, or take the stairs, not the elevator. There are plenty of easy healthy habits one can adopt that fit easily into their lifestyle.
  2. Tell all your friends and family your new health goals for the year!
    • Telling people close to you what your goals are will not only make you try harder to follow through, but will enlist them to support you. Also, finding a workout partner or joining a workout class can make your workouts more enjoyable and help you schedule and make you show up for the time set aside for exercise.
  3. Give yourself small wins during your workouts
    • If you’re working towards a fitness goal, sometimes people can get discouraged by not immediately seeing results. So, break up your goal into smaller victories so your end goal doesn’t seem that unattainable and you’ll continue to be consistent. For example, if running a 5K is your goal, start by walking 30 minutes each time, then slowly incorporating periods of running, always for at least 30 minutes. One day, you’ll find yourself running the entire time – and want more!
  4. Realize that everyone is allowed to cheat from time to time
    • Don’t make drastic changes to your diet or fitness routine because you WILL burn out. Give yourself an exercise break or a treat from time to time so you don’t feel deprived and over-indulge later.

Healthy Tips for the Holiday Party Season

We have all been there: staying healthy during this time of the year is HARD WORK.

Luckily, Ladell Hill of Executive Armor has some tips for those who will consume alcoholic beverages at their holiday parties this season.  Of course, Ladell’s first health tip would be “don’t drink alcohol,” but he knows everyone isn’t like him!

But first, what does alcohol do to your body?

Alcohol contains an abundant amount of toxins and has a negative effect on various parts of the body, including the brain, liver, heart, and pancreas. However, it is your liver that is impacted the most when one consumes alcoholic beverages. This organ helps detoxify your body by getting rid of waste and plays a huge role in fighting infections.

When one consumes alcoholic beverages, your kidneys filter some of the alcohol out but the remainder is sent to your liver. The alcohol is broken down into a chemical called acetaldehyde which is toxic for your body.

What should you do?

Alcohol can cause a great deal of damage to the body and isn’t recommended for those who want to live the healthiest lifestyle. However, for those who do consume alcohol responsibly and in moderation, here are some suggestions on how to be healthier about it.

  • Fill up on proteins such as eggs, nuts and trail mix first so that whatever you drink isn’t immediately digested into your bloodstream.
  • Alcohol depletes a wide range of nutrients from your body, such as many B vitamins, zinc, and magnesium. To help restore and replenish your body the next day: consume fish oil, cod-liver oil, any type of dark leafy greens to help replenish those nutrients that will be depleted due to alcohol consumption.
  • Try to include coconut oil in your diet the next day to help eliminate toxins from your body and help repair and protect the liver. Read more on where to buy coconut oil and its benefits here.
  • Always drink plenty of water before, during and after alcohol consumption to help flush the impurities from your body and re-hydrate your body

If you don’t plan ahead and have access to some of the foods to help you recover, aka a plant-based organic multivitamin the next day, such as Daily Armor, to help replenish the vitamins and minerals your body needs to work efficiently.

Then after the holidays are over, think about incorporating our Cleanse Armor product to help flush out those unwanted toxins that have been accumulating.

Beware: That “Free” Bottle of Supplements Could Cost You a Lot this Holiday Season!

Have you seen or heard the ads about getting a ‘free’ bottle of supplements?  Here is one way some companies give away these ‘free’ bottles:

  1. The ad tells you to text the word ‘BIG,” or something like that, to an easy to remember short code, like 10101
  2. Once you do that, you’ve just given away your phone number! So, of course, you get a call! Sometimes they will also send a URL for you to connect with in a reply text, or do both
  3. At this point, and after much salesmanship, you will learn 2 things.  First, they may admit that the ‘free’ bottle is a free ‘sample size’ bottle, not the regular size bottle. Second, they only need your credit card information to pay the $1.99 shipping charge
  4. Congratulations!  Whether you do this on a call or online, you’ve just signed up for a $89/month subscription to their product — without knowing it!  You’ll find out when the first charge hits the credit card bill, assuming you notice.

If that is the way some companies choose to do business, what does that say about their products? About their label of ingredients?  Would you really trust them even if their outrageous claims are sooo appealing?

I only know one way to do business, and that’s the honest way.

Hi, I’m Ladell Hill, co-founder of Executive Armor and I’ve been producing herbal supplements for over 30 years.  I produce an honest product that contains 100% natural, gluten-free, herbal ingredients with no fillers or additives.  Sourced only in North America and manufactured only in the USA.  And my products work!
Look at ME, instead of an overweight former athlete or photoshopped head on a cut body  I not only stand by my products, I use them too.

Let us help take you to a new level of Health & Wellness in 2019.

Happy Holidays!

Ladell Hill
Co-founder, Executive Armor

What Your Body Needs NOW for a Healthier You Next Year

The holidays always seem to put us on a backward slope when it comes to our health. It’s cold outside, we tend to eat unhealthier “comfort” foods, our social calendars are booked, and we neglect our exercise routine…

While a well-balanced diet and regular exercise are essential for the body to work efficiently, taking the right supplements can help fill in any nutritional gaps and improve one’s workout.

Supplements are not meal replacements; they are meant to be taken as an addition to a well-balanced diet and regular exercise. And some supplements contain ingredients that provide a wide spectrum of benefits that will get you started on your health goals going into the new year.

Flu season is amongst us…how can we prepare?

Many of us get sick during this time of year. Ladell Hill, Co-Founder of Executive Armor, explains that cold weather is tough on the body and its health. Days are also shorter during the winter months and levels of vitamin D in your body decline. Luckily, one can take natural remedies that help fight off those sickly invaders.

Herbs found in Daily Armor, like garlic and artichoke, can help strengthen the body’s immune system during the cold weather months. Artichoke, for example, is naturally rich in zinc, magnesium, and Vitamins A and K. Daily Armor contains natural, bioavailable herbs which contain these nutrients —    along with plenty of other natural ingredients —  that help boost one’s immunity.

What can we do about that typical winter weight gain?

There are natural ingredients that can help detoxify your body after consuming unhealthy foods and beverages.  Ingredients such as grapefruit and dandelion contain properties that help with the detoxification and the weight loss process of your body.

Senna leaf is another popular aid for weight loss. The active compounds in Senna also work to help reduce constipation and bloating. These ingredients, amongst many others, can be found in Cleanse Armor.

Ladell Hill adds that white willow and turmeric are great herbs to consume during the winter because they help reduce inflammation and can aid with any type of weight loss efforts.  Both of these herbs are found in our Pain Armor product, along with ingredients like Skullcap and Boswellia, which are also great at fighting inflammation and relieving discomfort, any time of the year.

Thus, whether you’re trying to lose weight, become more active or simply want to be healthy going into the new year, Executive Armor can help you!