Amazing Benefits of Omega 3!

You may not know how deficient you are in Omega 3 Fats.

Because they go so unnoticed, Omega 3 deficiencies are the sixth biggest killer in America. The deficiency could lead to a number of serious mental and physical problems and may be an underlying cause of over 96,000 deaths per year. It is also an underlying cause of breast and prostate cancer and heart disease.

Omega 3 comes from both plant and animal sources, the most common animal source being krill oil and fish oil. The two types of Omega 3 fats in these fish oils are EPA and DHA.

The primary plant source comes from flaxseed, chia, and hemp. If you’ve had a BumbleBar before, you’ve probably tasted the earthy undertone that comes from the brown flax seeds that are mixed in with our recipe. With that delicious flavor comes some pretty impressive health benefits. These small little seeds are full of Omega 3’s.

There are more than 30,000 studies exploring the various benefits of this fatty acid, especially for heart and brain health. Studies have shown that when our body get a sufficient amount of omega-3 fish oil, we can gain more muscle. Researchers theorize that this is the effect of nutrient partitioning. In other words; calories that might originally be stored as fat can be partitioned into muscle

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BumbleBar Supports Planned Parenthood!

In loving memory of Carolyn Wilson. 

For over 25 years, BumbleBar has supported all different kinds of health conscious events and organizations. Planned Parenthood is one of those inspiring organizations, helping men and women across the United States. We gladly send BumbleBar donations to Planned Parenthood Fundraisers on an annual basis.

Often volunteers will host events to spread the word about this amazing organization, as well as earn donations for the cause. BumbleBar gladly donates our energy bars to these types of fundraisers, keeping the volunteers full, happy and motivated. Planned Parenthood offers support to millions of women and men throughout the United States. Eighty-four percent of Planned Parenthood health care patients in the U.S. are age 20 and older. An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center at least once in her life. Furthermore, Planned Parenthood provides more than 270,000 pap tests and more than 360,000 breast exams in a single year, critical services in detecting cancer. Plus, hey provide more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests. Read more statistics here.

I stand with Planned Parenthood

 A big thank you to the staff at Planned Parenthood for all they have done and are continuing to do for communities around America.

Cafe Mom has written a list of just why PP is AWESOME. We agree and want to share the first eight on the list:

1. Guaranteeing us our right to, as you put it, manage our own fertility.
2. Existing to help women.
3. But also serving men.
4. Providing annual care to 2.5 million people.
5. Two!
6. Point!
7. Five!
8. Million!!!

If you are interested in making a donation or learning more about Planned Parenthood, you can do so here. Now, more than ever, they need our support! Join us in the fight for commonsense policies that foster the sexual and reproductive health and rights of individuals, families, and communities.

Natural Cold & Flu Remedies

Sniffly noses go hand-in-hand with snow and icy weather. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite natural remedies to aid even your worst seasonal cold & flu symptoms! Take a look…

Severely Chapped Lips:

Aloe vera’s excellent healing properties help to heal dry and burned lips. You can apply natural aloe vera gel or fresh aloe vera pulp directly to your lips to cure them. Jojoba oil also works well. Also, drink a lot of water! Make sure you stay hydrated at all times and remember that soda, tea, juice, and coffee are not substitutes (they can actually make the problem worse). If dry air caused by cold weather is your problem, then try using a humidifier.

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Sinus Congestion:

If you have sinus pressure and congestion and need quick relief, try chewing on some peppercorn. To use black peppercorns to relieve your sinus congestion, take 4-5 peppercorns and slowly chew and swallow them. Relief is imminent. Don’t have peppercorn? Try eating a spoonful of horseradish. Also, nettle is highly nutritive and is especially helpful if your sinus congestion is caused by allergies. Several cups of nettle tea can be consumed daily. Alternately, take 4 nettle leaf capsules twice a day, with or without food.

Watery / Itchy Eyes:

Try soaking 2 chamomile tea bags in hot water for 1 minute. Once they’ve soaked, put them in a bowl inside your freezer. Leave the bags in the freezer for 15 – 30 minutes. Once they’re cold to the touch, close your eyes and lay the tea bags over your eyelids. Rest this way for 10 minutes. Once you remove the tea bags, your eyes should feel less itchy and water less.

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Fatigue:

If you’re feeling tired this winter, try cutting down on your intake of fat and seek a diet that consists of higher fiber and more carbohydrates. Spinach is also a great food to implement into your daily diet. Eating spinach once a day is an old-time remedy for relieving fatigue. It contains potassium as well as many B vitamins, all of which are important for your energy and metabolism.

Sore Throat:

If you’ve had a sore throat before, you know how painful it can be! We recommend gargling with very warm salt water every night, to prevent infections and inflammation in your tonsils. Natural peppermint oil is also a great remedy to keep in your bag during the winter. You can dab a bit on your tongue if you start feeling a sore throat coming on, or simply rub a few drops on your chest to act as a vapor. It smells delicious and your scent will be perfect for the season!

 

Introducing The Five Best Plant Proteins – And Why They ROCK!

Protein is an essential part of any balanced diet. It’s great for building, maintaining, and replacing tissues in your body, especially in your muscles, organs, and immune system. A protein-rich diet helps you feel full longer, so you won’t find yourself snacking on chips and dip three times a day. Protein powders are the next big thing. Surveys show that plant proteins, pea and hemp protein, were found to be the most popular choices among respondents for proteins, and their usage is projected to increase drastically over the next couple years.

Scientists say that proteins look like “a necklace of amino-acid-shaped beads.” Amino acids can be used and reused to make the proteins in your body and help with digestion and heart health. Scientists have found 22 amino acids, 13 of which your body can produce without even thinking about it. The remaining 9 are called “essential amino acids.” Your body cannot naturally generate them and you need get them from the foods you eat.

Meet some of the best plant proteins:

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Pea protein is one of most hypoallergenic protein powders. It contains no gluten or dairy, making it easy on the tummy and merciful to bloating. Pea protein produces peptides that delay the emptying of your stomach and the secretion of ghrelin, the hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry. It also decreases the risk of coronary heart disease, increases muscle thickness, and regulates blood pressure and sugar. Pea protein also has a nearly complete profile of amino acids, comparable to soy, which contains eight of the essential amino acids.

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Rice protein is another allergen-friendly protein. Here at BumbleBar, we use raw and sprouted rice protein. Rice protein is low fat and low calorie, and has about 24 grams of protein per serving. Like other proteins, rice protein helps with weight loss, lowered cholesterol, and muscle recovery after exercising.

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Nuts are another great source of protein. Pumpkin and squash seeds yield the highest amount of protein at 29.8g per 100g, with peanuts coming in at a close second with 24.4g of protein per 100g. Almonds are also awesome. There are 20 grams of protein in just one cup of almonds, and they are also an excellent source of Vitamin E, fiber, and unsaturated fats. Almonds have also been especially helpful in lowering cholesterol.

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Other high-protein nuts and seeds include flaxseed. Flax contains about 18 grams of protein in one cup, and sesame seeds, which contain about 17g. Even the craziest nut, the coconut, has about 7g of protein per 100g. Nuts and seeds, in general, are a great, low-calorie source of protein and a heart healthy snack.

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Hemp protein is gaining fame as a protein powerhouse. This amazing plant includes 20 amino acids, including the nine essential ones your body can’t produce on its own. Being one of the few sources of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), it’s been shown to help people with ADHD and breast pain. Hemp seed oil and powder will not make you high, but it will make you healthy and happy.

Some sources may tell you animal-based proteins are better for your diet because they contain a more “complete” profile of amino acids. However, animal proteins have a higher concentration of sulphur. This sulphur is then metabolized to acid-generating metabolites, resulting in a lower physiological pH. Meat consumption also raises huge environmental and health concerns. Plant-based protein is simply better for you and the environment. Next time you’re jonesing for a heart healthy, environment-happy, tummy-toning snack, look for these great sources of plant protein!

Every Step You Take..

Our team now parks farther away and has the opportunity to take a few more steps before getting to work! Did you know that each step you take contributes to the calories you burn throughout the day? It seems like common sense but it’s something we often don’t think about! According to Shape Up America, you’ll burn one calorie for every 20 steps you take. Shape Up America! encourages a goal of taking 10,000 steps per day to burn 500 calories, which equals a pound of fat over the course of a week.

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I’m sure you’ve heard ideas like “take the stairs instead of the elevator” and “get off the bus one stop early” to get more steps in your day – and these are great ideas! But BumbleBar has some 21st century tips to add some pep in your step! Let’s check ‘em out…

  • If you have a desk job, try scheduling a “walk & talk” collaboration with your coworker, instead of the normal conference room meeting. That way you can conceptualize ideas, solve problems, and discuss workplace matters, all while getting some exercise. You could go outside and enjoy the grounds around your job location, or, if the size of your workplace permits, just take a stroll around the indoor facility and explore new areas you haven’t spent much time at before.
  • This one’s simple! Set a reminder on your phone to “walk the long way around” and make sure that it goes off a few times a day. Small reminders like this will instill the idea that just a few more steps makes all the difference!
  • Here’s my personal favorite… download the Pokemon Go App! In order to play the game, you must literally walk with your smartphone to “catch” Pokemon in different locations. The GPS on your smartphone will not only keep track of your location, but it will keep track of your steps! It’s great exercise and fun. (Just make sure to follow the rules & always be safe!)

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This tip seems like a no-brainer, but in today’s modern world, some of us need a reality check! If you need to talk with someone and they’re within 0.25 miles of you – don’t text, call, email, DM, or Skype them – walk over and talk with them! This will make you not only more sociable and personable – but you’ll definitely be getting a few more steps in!

If you have any other suggestions for us, let us know here. We would love to know how you get extra steps in throughout the day! And before we go, here’s one more healthy hint – no matter where your steps take you, always keep a BumbleBar by your side!

Love,

The BumbleBar Team

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