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#ad Fall means changing leaves, hot apple cider, pumpkin picking, Oktoberfest, Halloween fun, and Thanksgiving dinner! But it's also the start of the flu season. If you don't want to miss out on any fall fun, get your annual #FluShot ! Flu Myth: The flu vaccine can give you the flu. Reality: The flu vaccine stimulates your body to produce antibodies to help protect you from flu viruses. The flu vaccine can: Keep you from getting the flu. Make symptoms less severe if you do get sick, reduce the risk of being hospitalized. And it's free with most health insurance plans! If you're ready to get your flu shot, head to your local #ACMEPharmacy at @acmemarkets Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are easy to make online (ages 3 and up). Plus, you'll get 10% off your groceries with any immunization! Visit the pharmacy for details. *(Not valid in NY, NJ, or AR). See our story to book an appointment near you at https://lnk2.io/wwYcsth

Healthy, delicious, and packed with plant-based nutrients with medicinal qualities, these Ginger Turmeric Omega Immune Shots will nourish your system and help boost your immunity in time for cold and flu season. Made with citrus, ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and omega fatty acids, these shots are bursting with powerful nutrients that can help support your immune system and act as a digestive aid. Plus, they only take a few minutes to prep! Bursting with superfood goodness, these healthy “wellness shots” are made with a few simple, but powerful fresh ingredients including Udo’s Oil from @FloraHealthy. Udos' Oil is a special blend of healthy plant-based omega fatty acids in an optimal ratio to help support the immune system. Take these shots daily to promote healthy immunity, or double up when you need extra support. Either way, your body will love them. The best part is these wellness shots are incredibly easy to make. For the quickest prep, let your juicer do the work. If you don’t have a juicer, we’ve included a blender/straining method that is more labor intensive but will still get the desired result. TAP OUR LINK for the recipe! https://onbetterliving.com/ginger-turmeric-shots/

While you can get an apple any time of year, fall is when they’re truly in season and they shine in all their apple glory. So what do you do when you have an abundance of apples? Make an apple dessert of course! We’ve rounded up 23 deliciously scrumptious apple desserts ranging from traditional to unique to please just about any palette. So next time you want to whip up something sweet this fall, be sure to try one of these delicious apple dessert recipes! TAP OUR LINK to see them all! https://onbetterliving.com/apple-dessert-recipes/

If you love banana cream pie but don’t feel good about all the sugar, fat, and calories that come with it, then you’ll love this recipe for our Healthy Nutty Banana Cream Protein Shake. It’s bursting with banana flavor! A healthy spin on the flavors of a creamy and delicious banana cream pie, this probiotic rich protein rich shake is free of refined sugar and also has a boost of plant-based omega-3s from Udo’s Oil 3·6·9 Blend from @FloraHealthy Besides fresh banana, this shake also includes ingredients like Greek yogurt, protein powder, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, walnuts, vanilla extract, and Udo’s Oil 3·6·9 for a boost of healthy plant-based fats. It's just as delicious as the classic dessert, but healthy enough to enjoy every day! Use it as a satiating breakfast, pre or post-workout shake, or even a healthy afternoon snack. Yes, this Banana Cream Protein Shake‌ tastes amazing! But since we’re using only whole ingredients, this shake is bursting with protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy fats. It will power you through your day while doing your body right! Plus, it takes only about 5 minutes to make and does well with ingredient substitutions if you need to make a swap. TAP OUR LINK for the recipe! https://onbetterliving.com/banana-cream-protein-shake/

Part of reaching your fitness goals is all about finding ways to fire the flames of motivation within you. Having someone keep you accountable is 100% key to achieving your goals! Even professional athletes have trainers. Why? Because it works. This is what makes an app like @futurefitapp better than the rest. What other app gives you the opportunity to be trained by an elite coach that will create a personalized fitness plan for you and personally motivate you each day to make sure you're hitting your goals? Over 80% of Future coaches have trained pro, collegiate, or Olympic athletes and over 95%+ have a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. They know exactly how to get your butt into shape, whether you're just getting back into a routine or you're looking to take your workouts to the next level. As someone who always struggled big-time with exercising consistently, Future and my coach @lorigray_cpt somehow worked some magic and now I can't get enough! I can't wait to see where it all takes me. Need more motivation to get fit and not give up on your fitness goals? TAP OUR LINK for 17 Ways To Stay Motivated To Exercise and get your first month of Future for just $19! https://onbetterliving.com/fitness-motivation #FutureofFitness #FuturePartner

If you want to set your child up for success, feeding them a balanced diet with a variety of whole foods is the key to helping them grow up healthy while supporting their development. But for many parents, it’s easier said than done. A study published in JAMA analyzing the diets of American children from 1999 to 2016 found that more than half (56%) had nutritionally poor and highly processed diets while getting less than half the recommended 4-5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Children who eat high amounts of processed foods may not only be lacking the nutrients they need to grow, but they can also be at risk for obesity and chronic diseases down the road. Even if you are doing your best to feed your child a healthy diet, you may feel they still aren’t getting all the nutrients they need from food alone. Examples would be if your child is a picky eater, they have an allergy to groups of foods, or maybe they have a condition that may need more nutritional support. So should your child be taking a multivitamin too? A multivitamin can be a good way to help fill your child’s nutritional gaps and give them some healthy support. A diverse diet containing a variety of healthy foods should give your child the nutrients they need. But a multivitamin can still be a good way to help support their nutrition, energy, and immunity. Kid’s Multi Essentials+ from @FloraHealthy is made just for kids. It’s an all-natural, liquid children’s vitamin and mineral formula in a super delicious fruit base that any kid will love. Plus, it contains a variety of antioxidants, essential minerals, and vitamins including A, B’s, C, D and E for healthy growth and development. TAP OUR LINK to learn what to look for in a children's multivitamin and the full benefits of Kid’s Multi Essentials+ from @florahealthy.

Recipe: Red Wine Summer Sangria 🍷 If you’re entertaining guests this summer, Sangria is the perfect refreshing cocktail! Originally from Spain, Sangria is a wine based cocktail with a bit of brandy, fresh fruit and a hint of sweetener. Always a crowd pleaser, Sangria is not only easy to make, but it can turn an inexpensive bottle of wine into an irresistible refreshment. For best flavor make up the Sangria the night before and allow to chill in the refrigerator . Add the ginger ale to the Sangria pitcher just before serving so the Sangria can maintain those lovely carbonated bubbles. For the fruit we’ve added limes, oranges, apples and strawberries, but you can also add other fruits, like nectarines, blackberries, blueberries, pineapple and starfruit. The choice is yours! Sangria is wonderful because it is so delicious. But it's almost a shame to make it with an expensive wine. Use a fruity inexpensive red for this recipe. We recommend using a Spanish Tempranillo or Garnacha. But a merlot or cabernet would work just fine too! Servings: 6-8 (recipe easily doubles or triples for larger parties ) Ingredients 1 (750 ml) bottle Inexpensive Fruity Style Red Wine (Try Tempranillo, Garnacha or Merlot), chilled 1⁄4 cup lime juice 1⁄2 cup orange juice 2 ounces (1/4 cup) brandy 1 ounce (1/8 cup) triple-sec 2 TBS Simple Syrup 1 1/4 cups ginger ale, chilled 2 oranges, sliced 2 limes, sliced 2 apples sliced or cubed 1 cup strawberries, sliced ice Directions 1. Begin by pouring these into a large pitcher: red wine, lime & orange juices, brandy, triple-sec & simple syrup. 2. Stir and place in refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. Overnight is best. 3. Just before serving add the ginger ale and sliced fruit to the pitcher. 4. To serve: Fill a glass with ice and ladle in the chilled sangria. Make sure to include the slices of wine soaked fruit in each glass. 5. Enjoy!

Getting enough iron can provide us with a variety of benefits while preventing health concerns like low iron, fatigue, weakness, and more. If you’re concerned about your health, you most likely make sure you get enough of the big vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, C, D and calcium. But there’s one nutrient in our diet we often overlook, even though it’s just as important for our health: Iron (Fe). The fourth most abundant metal on earth, it’s no wonder iron affects our health in a variety of ways. An essential mineral required by every cell, iron is a vital building block to hundreds of proteins and enzymes in the body. Plus, it’s required for a variety of reactions that range from everything from oxygenating cells to energy production, gene regulation, cell repair, and DNA synthesis. Low iron can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms, including: Fatigue Weakness Pale skin Shortness of breath Dizziness Brittle nails Dry skin Cold hands and feet Unusual cravings for ice or dirt Are you getting enough iron? 💡 TAP OUR LINK to learn about the health benefits of iron and how one breakthrough, plant-based, iron supplement called Ferritin+ from @FloraHealthy can keep you feeling fantastic. https://onbetterliving.com/iron-benefits/

If you've ever visited the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, chances are you were served a rendition of these satisfyingly delicious Authentic Baja Style Fish Tacos. Crispy fried fish is wrapped in a warm corn tortilla and then garnished with shredded cabbage, fresh cilantro and then drizzled with creamy chipotle sauce and finished with a squeeze of fresh lime. TAP OUR LINK for the recipe! https://onbetterliving.com/authentic-baja-mexican-fish-tacos-recipe/

One of the best things about the summer season is the amazing bounty of fresh fruits that are available. There’s strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, watermelons, peaches and one of my absolute favorites — the nectarine. Juicy, sweet and little tart there is nothing better than a perfectly ripe nectarine on a hot summer day. Wonderful as a healthy snack on its own or sliced into salads, the nectarine is just darn delicious. But have you ever found yourself with an abundance of nectarines and are looking for a new and creative way to use them? We thought why not bake them into a yummy, buttery crisp? With a crispy, crumbly buttery almond flour and oat topping, this gluten-free and grain-free Nectarine Crisp is an easy and delicious way to use up that bounty of summer fruit. This gluten-free and grain-free Nectarine Crisp is a yummy twist on the classic crisp while using healthy and hearty ingredients. Tons of summer flavor without all the guilt. Don’t have enough nectarines? Try adding in peaches, plums or berries. In place of the almond flour, you can always substitute regular wheat flour, cassava flour or a gluten-free blend with a 1:1 ratio. TAP OUR LINK for the recipe! https://onbetterliving.com/nectarine-crisp/

Scungilli Salad is a traditional dish usually served in Southern Italian and Italian-American homes for the seafood-centric Christmas Eve holiday meal known as “Feast of the Seven Fishes” (Festa Dei Sette Pesci). But cool and lemony, with fresh ingredients like celery, red onion, green olives, parsley, and olive oil, Scungilli Salad, also makes a seafood treat that’s perfect for enjoying during the warm summer months. “Scungilli” from the Italian word “conchiglia,” is essentially sea conch or whelk. Scungilli that are sold in the United States is usually wild-caught channeled whelk or knobbed whelk that are harvested in the Northeast coastal waters of the Atlantic Ocean, including New England and Long Island. Scungilli has a similar texture to perfectly cooked calamari. If you love shellfish, you’ll most likely love scungilli as well. It’s tender and firm, with a mild, slightly briny, and sweet delicate flavor. There’s no fishy taste, so no need to worry about that. The thing about scungilli is that it’s hard to find fresh. But luckily today, you’ll most likely find this edible mollusk cooked, sliced and ready-to-go in the can at well-stocked fish markets, Italian markets, or International grocery stores. If you love seafood, don’t hesitate to give this one a try. TAP OUR LINK for the recipe! https://onbetterliving.com/scungilli-salad/ #scungilli #scungillisalad

Research shows that eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet is the key to long-lasting health, better immunity, and a lower risk of chronic disease. But according to the 2015-2020, Dietary Guidelines for Americans report, most Americans simply aren’t consuming enough essential vitamins and minerals in the foods they eat. And a poor, junk food filled diet may not be the only thing to blame. Decades-long studies have pointed to a continual decline in the amount of nutrients in our soils and the food grown on them. A variety of factors may be at play, but it’s been suggested that the decrease may be due to modern commercial agricultural growing methods which aim to maximize quantity over quality. This means even if we are eating the right amount of veggies, they simply may not have the same nutritional punch they once did.  For example: * Too little iodine in the body can lead to hypothyroidism * Too little calcium can cause osteoporosis  * Low magnesium can cause dizziness, muscle cramps, and personality changes when severe. * Lack of Vitamin C can weaken immunity and in extreme cases lead to scurvy, a condition where your gums may bleed and your connective tissues weaken. * Low B12 in the body can lead to weakness and anemia * Vitamin D deficiency can cause lower immunity, muscle weakness, bone loss, and an increased risk of fractures. For children, it can cause soft bones and poor growth. As we get older, our bodies can even have a harder time absorbing nutrients. This can lead to deficiencies, which ‌can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms and chronic diseases. If you suspect you have a nutrient deficiency, it’s best to discuss it with your doctor. But in the meantime, supplementing with a daily multivitamin can be a great way to support your health and keep deficiencies at bay. We love Daily Multi Essentials+ from @FloraHealthy. This yummy liquid formula is rich in antioxidants vitamins A, C, and E, protects cells from free radicals, and includes a full range of B vitamins for energy production.  TAP OUR LINK to see the benefits that taking a daily multivitamin can provide! https://onbetterliving.com/multivitamin-benefits/

Traveling can be a great way to give your mind a break, have new experiences, relieve stress, and find some much needed happiness before having to get back to your daily grind. Whether you’re traveling for business or you’re finally on that vacay you've been dreaming about for months, one of the hardest things to maintain besides healthy eating habits can be a fitness routine. And that means when you get back home, it can be even harder to get back in the groove. I have to admit, sticking with my fitness routine while I’m traveling or even in general hasn’t always been easy. A total game-changer for me when it comes to staying active and accountable whether I’m home or away is with a fitness app called Future. Future is designed on the science of what motivates us all to stay on track with our fitness goals. And I’m proof it works. There are a lot of fitness apps out there, but @futurefitapp is pretty unique. With Future you will have access to your own professional level fitness coach who will custom design workouts for you, track your progress, and message you daily to keep you accountable. Every single day! And it’s my relationship with my coach @lorigray_cpt that keeps me energized to get those workouts done and conquer fitness goals I didn’t think I could before. It’s really been incredibly effective for me especially while I'm traveling. TAP OUR LINK to see Fitness Tips For Travelers! Plus, as a reader of Better Living, you can try Future for a full month for just $19 with a 30-day risk free trial! See the blog now! #FutureOfFitness https://onbetterliving.com/fitness-tips-for-travelers/

We can’t see or feel it. But inside our gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) lives an interconnected system of microorganisms totaling approximately 100 trillion cells housing up to 2000 types of bacteria What’s incredible is that this invisible colony living inside our guts, which also includes fungi (yeast) and viruses too, collectively weighs about the same as our brain at approximately 3 pounds. Bacteria conjure up feelings of wickedness, but most of the bacteria in our guts are there to help us. In fact, this network of “good bugs” makes up 70-80% of our immune system and is our frontline defense against harmful pathogens and microbes. The microorganisms from this complex system, known as the “gut microbiome,” primarily live in the large and small intestine, but we can also find them in other parts of the body, including in the nose, mouth, and skin. And they have a variety of complex effects on our health. Not only do they reduce the pH of our guts to make it more unfavorable to bad microbes, but many also secrete antimicrobial compounds and block them from receptor sites in the gut. Referred to as probiotics, beneficial bacteria are an important part of our microbiome where they: promote good digestion and regularity strengthen and provides energy to the gut lining produce vitamins including Vitamin K and B Vitamins like B12 enhance the absorption of nutrients support healthy hormone balance and metabolism Whoa! When gut conditions aren’t ideal for the beneficial bacteria, the bad guys can crowd out the good. The good news is that there are certain things you can do to keep the good bacteria in your gut flourishing so you can get the benefits they provide. 💡 TAP OUR LINK for 9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health and learn how probiotics from @FloraHealthy can give your gut health a boost and lay the foundation for optimal digestion! https://onbetterliving.com/improve-gut-health/ #guthealth #healyourgut #probiotic #probiotics #probioticsupplements #microbiome #leakygut #guthealthmatters #digestivehealth #foodmatters #healthygut #wellness #nutrition #naturalhealth #healthydiet #healthylifestyle #instahealth #healthy #healthyhabits

Sure, having access to a lot of equipment in a flashy space is nice, but the “gym scene” doesn’t work for everyone. And staying fit at home has a variety of advantages: you can do it when it’s convenient for you, there’s no commute, no wasted memberships, and no need to feel self-conscious or deal with the shenanigans of working out with strangers. When it comes down to it, ‌ you’re going to need to find ‌exercise you enjoy if you want to make it a habit. You don’t need to pick just one form of exercise. Choosing a few styles can provide a variety of benefits while keeping your routine fresh. 💡 TIP: Need help programming a fitness routine? I highly suggest giving @FutureFitApp a try. It’s been a game changer for me! So if you’re looking to build a workout routine without leaving the house, TAP OUR LINK for some tips and tricks on how to stay fit at home! https://onbetterliving.com/how-to-stay-fit-at-home/

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