Information about your Health
BE HEALTHY INFORMATION
- Sleep Well
- Heart Stress and Anxiety
- Adrenal Glands
- Immune Health
- Amazing Olive Leaf Extract
- Better Energy
- Best Skin Ever
- Boost Digestion
- Curcumin and Boswellia
To Prevent Cancer As long ago as 2001, a study found that nurses who worked the night shift had up to a 36% increase in their risk for developing breast cancer. The more years they worked the night shift, the higher their risk became. Why does this correlation make sense? Melatonin, our sleep hormone, is also an extremely powerful hormone in fighting against breast cancer, but only for women who go to bed early and sleep in a dark room. When night begins to fall, our pineal gland begins to produce melatonin, and as we fall asleep, the level goes much higher. Between midnight and one, an even higher spike in melatonin occurs, but only if we have been asleep for some time. Melatonin works with Vitamin D, making its cancer-resisting effects 2000% stronger. Sunshine and sleep, the two ends of the daily spectrum, both work to keep us healthy. For a good night’s sleep, you may want to add extra melatonin, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Gaia’s Sleep Thru is a very popular combination for restless sleepers who fall asleep easily but wake in the middle of the night. Magnesium gel is helpful for those who have tight muscles or soreness in the lower back. Warm baths containing lavender and chamomile oils, a period of quiet prayer or meditation, an uplifting book, and other aspects of a relaxing nightly ritual will help you drift off into a good night’s sleep.
Help For Diabetes (Type II), Pre-diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Insulin resistance, midriff weight gain Hemp Hearts High in healthy fats and proteins, hemp hearts are recommended to be eaten at breakfast time with a bounty of raw vegetables: spinach, celery, carrot, bean sprouts, avocado, lemon juice, and some berries, yogurt, or cottage cheese. This combination provides a consistent blood sugar and energy for six hours, and works as a digestive cleanse as well. Avoiding refined carbohydrates and focusing on vegetables for the rest of the day results in stable blood glucose and weight loss of up to thirty pounds a month. If this seems too strenuous, doing this for just two days a week, keeping caloric intake under 500 calories, provides a slow steady weight loss with reversal of the symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome: high triglycerides, high LDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and weight gain. Give this program three months before having your blood work rechecked. Sugar Reg by Nature’s Sunshine Combining GTF Chromium, Vanadium, Cinnamon bark extract, Bitter melon fruit, Gymnemna leaf extract, Nopal, and Banaba, this formula helps reverse insulin resistance and deliver glucose from the bloodstream to the muscle tissue of the body, thus lowering blood sugar. Chromium is vital in insulin function, and Nopal, a prickly pear cactus, has a well-documented history of lowering and balancing blood sugars. Take 1-3 capsules with each meal or snack. GTF Chromium by Nature’s Sunshine The element Chromium provides the central atom of the Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF) molecule that works with insulin to transport glucose (blood sugar, quick energy) out of the blood and into the cells. GTF also contains two B vitamins and three amino acids (protein molecules), as well as zinc and manganese. One problem with our modern SAD diet is that trace minerals like chromium have been removed from processed foods (white rice, white flour, white sugar), are no longer found in the soil, and are not replaced by the petroleum-derived fertilizers used in agribusinesses today. By adding chromium to the diet, the intestines can create molecules of GTF, and the liver can more effectively control blood fat levels and filter toxins. Take two at lunch and two at supper.
Stress and Anxiety
FOR STRESS & ANXIETY SUMA, by Nature’s Sunshine The feelings associated with stress are often accompanied by a feeling of being overwhelmed, that there is too much to do, and not enough time to do it in. This “adaptogen” combination works amazingly quickly to provide energy and restore your confidence that everything is “under control.” Sometimes called “Brazilian ginseng,” Suma overcomes stress and fatigue while improving health and vitality. Take three capsules, 3x a day while dealing with a busy hectic schedule, or while convalescing from any illness. GABA PLUS, by Nature’s Sunshine Gamma-amino-butyric acid is the primary relaxing neurotransmitter, functioning to induce a sense of tranquility and calmness. In its absence, constant anxiety-related transmissions to the cortex lead to feelings of anxiety, panic attacks, high blood pressure, excessive perspiration, a “racing” mind, and an inability to lie down and go to sleep, or to return to sleep if awakened in the middle of the night. GABA receptor sites are located throughout the brain and body, and they work to prevent anxiety from exhausting the brain and nervous system. GABA calms and relaxes the nervous system. Take one capsule twice a day, 12 hours apart; or up to two, twice a day, as needed. Nervous Fatigue Formula, by Nature’s Sunshine For those suffering from chronic stress and exhaustion that is not relieved by sleep, this Chinese formula helps stabilize the adrenals, maintain healthy magnesium levels, and quickly eliminate heart palpitations. It also helps quicken recovery time from illness, chemotherapy, or radiation. It is recommended for persons with chronic constipation, high blood pressure, muscle spasms, and a tired mind. For best results, take three capsules early in the morning, and more throughout the day as desired. There are eighteen herbs in this combination that work synergistically to relieve stress and fatigue.
Me? Stressed? The Magic of Vitamin C & The Adrenal Glands Adrenal Glands are located on top of the kidneys. They secrete hormones like adrenaline that effect blood pressure, heart rate & sweating. They also secrete many different hormones that control the use of fats, proteins & carbohydrates as well as male sex hormones & mineral corticoids that control blood pressure & levels of salt and potassium in our bodies. Some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C are found in the adrenal glands. If you are feeling depressed, overwhelmed, fatigued, emotional irritability, or an inability to cope, adrenal fatigue may be the culprit. The body’s tissues use more vitamin C during times of stress than at any other time. Our bodies do not produce vitamin C; we must get it from food and supplements. Bioflavonoids are a key component in the vitamin C arsenal for adrenal health & support. Use a 2 to 1 ratio; that means for every 1,000 mg of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) you need 500 mg of bioflavonoid. Bioflavonoids have antioxidant qualities & combined with vitamin C, they protect & preserve its nutrients. (Antioxidants help fight infections, inflammation, viruses & some types of chronic disease.)
Viruses & Disease Headlines: Today’s News Is Scary But we’re not scared, because we know that our immune system is very powerful; please let us help you activate your immune system all year-long. Our amazing immune system is designed to attack, neutralize and eliminate all substances which are alien from our bodies, including; pet dander, pollens, viruses, various bacteria, yeast and fungi. A strong immune system is our most powerful frontline defense against all viruses --including the recent nightmare viruses such as the Entero-virus, the Ebola virus, stronger versions of the Rhino viruses and the chicken pox virus that causes shingles. After the initial crisis you often feel worse instead of better because your B-cells (which originate in the marrow) don’t arrive on the scene for 4-7 days. B-cells produce antibodies which blocks the effectiveness of the bacteria or the virus. Other cells work against invaders too. Tcells include the Cytotoxic which track down and kill viruses and bacteria. Helper T-cells produce more infection-blocking antibodies. At the VERY first sign of illness it is imperative that you help your immune system activate quickly by taking natural supplements which are designed to kill viruses and stop their replication; therefore reducing the severity and duration of the illness. · Gaia has spent the last decade perfecting their herbal defense formulas. Their Quick Defense is designed to use at the onset and it provides a rapid response with its Echinacea Angustifolia, Andrographis leaf, black Elderberry fruit and ginger root. Their Whole Body Defense is geared towards prevention -- designed to support everyday wellness; it also contains Echinacea plus Astragalus root, Larch gum and Maitake mushroom PE fraction. · Use Silver Gel on your hands regularly. This kind-to-skin formula kills any germs on your hands for up to four hours. · Use Oregano Oil on the arch of your feet every night. The trans-dermal abilities of this potent oil will reach every cell of your body and disinfect it in less than twenty minutes. · Take Elderberry D3Fense every morning. Its track record is unsurpassed for keeping us healthy all season long. · Keep your intestinal flora strong with plenty of Pre-biotic foods: raw carrots, raw asparagus, cold cooked yams, onions and celery and cold potato in potato salad, raw organic garlic, and all fermented foods like Kombucha and pickled beets. Don’t forget to take Bifidophilus Flora Force daily. · If you find yourself feeling a bit under the weather, but with no fever, take two Trigger Immune immediately. · Gogi juice & Gogi berries enhance the activity of immune cells and help to activate them when the body is under attach. This fruit (from the Himalayans and the Ningxia Provence of China) has been used since ancient times. These potent berries grow in the wild and are hand harvested. Gogi, known as The Happy Berry, has been prized for its antioxidant benefits, ability to increase energy, provide protection and support for cells, and offers mood enhancement. The Natural Market, 148 Main St., Groton, MA, 978.448.5075, thenaturalmarket.com
Properties of Olive Leaf
The Amazing Properties of Olive Leaf Since the 1800’s, olive leaf “tea” has been used as a very safe remedy for fevers and infections for both children and adults. After the introduction of penicillin, olive leaf fell into disuse until recently, when scientific studies found olive leaf extract effective in treating infections that are frequently drug-resistant, such as athlete’s foot, thrush, vaginal yeast infections, and stubborn toenail fungus. It is particularly useful in fighting Candida albicans and chronic yeast infections, reversing all symptoms. In recent studies, olive leaf extract has been shown to be powerfully anti-microbial against over 130 infectious diseases, including; Herpes I and II · Staphylococcus aureus, responsible for most hospital-acquired illness · Candida albicans · Parasites In addition, olive leaf extract has the interesting side effect of modulating blood pressure, lowering it if high, but leaving it alone if in the normal range. It inhibits the oxidation of LDL Cholesterol, preventing the formation of plaque in arteries and capillaries. It can also normalize heart-beat arrhythmia, relieves angina (chest pain), and improves blood flow for those with peripheral vascular disorders. Olive leaf extract also (like many medicinal plants) works as an anti-inflammatory for pain in cases of osteo-arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Containing elenolic acid, olive leaf is the primary destroyer of viruses, and also kills flatworm, hookworm, round-worm, and tapeworm parasites. Happily, there are no side effects from taking olive leaf extract in either laboratory animals or in the thousands of human study participants. Occasionally Herxheimer reactions may occur, as yeast dies off, if taking a large initial dose of the extract. However, these flu-like symptoms normally last only a few days, followed by great progress in recovering one’s health.
Better Life: Three Supplements to Change Your Life Boosting your energy resources is something only you can do for yourself. Whether you’re frazzled and fried, vibrant and vivacious, or down in the doldrums makes a great difference in your quality of life. These three supplements have been proven to lead you to the spring in your step that you may be missing. 1) Phosphatidyl Serine An essential compound in the membrane of each cell, this phospholipid has been proven to reduce cortisol levels when taken as a supplement. For diabetics, it helps with glucose utilization, and also helps to prevent peripheral neuropathy. For men, it has been proven to buffer stress-related rises in cortisol. Take 400 to 800 mg per day. 2) Rhodiola A super-herb in the arsenal against stress-related disorders, including adrenal exhaustion, rhodiola defeats stress-related fatigue, improves mental performance under stress, improves memory and concentration, decreases cortisol levels, and acts as a awakening agent for the nervous system. With gingko, it improves physical endurance by increasing oxygen absorption and preventing fatigue. 200 mg once or twice a day may work wonders for you. 3) Relora Are you stressed out, overweight, and unable to fall asleep mid-evening (9-10 pm)? This herbal combination helps lower cortisol levels, especially in the evening, which will improve your sleep cycle. It also combats stress-related eating that sends blood sugar levels and energy levels on a roller coaster ride and causes extended dips that function like depression. It also eliminates anxiety in premenopausal women. The recommended dosage is 250 mg three times daily.
Best Skin EVER
Your best skin EVER - Ageless, Nourished, Protected & Improved Our skin regenerates itself every 27 days. It contains 3 layers, the epidermis (the top), the dermis (the middle) and the hypodermis at the base. Our skin is made up of 75% collagen, along with elastin and keratin. This collagen layer holds the epidermis and dermis together and maintains the skin’s structure. Collagen prevents wrinkles and unfortunately, at the age of 21, it starts to diminish by 1% each year. Elastin is responsible for the elasticity of skin and can prevent its sagging. Collagen is not something that can be applied externally; but taken internally; it works to repair aging skin and improve joints. >Biosil has been shown to ‘turn on’ the body’s actual collagen generating cells and in double-blind studies, it has demonstrated to enhance and repair damaged skin. >Vibrance, an orange-pineapple powder mix that has 10,000 mg. of collagen per scoop, is a powerful tool to rebuild skin and joints. >Doctor’s Best Collagen contains 1,000 mgs of collagen. >Hyaluronic Acid holds 300 times its weight in water and helps hold moisture to thinning and aging skin which in turn promotes greater elasticity. >Lysine is an essential amino acid which the body does not produce but which helps in the formation of collagen. >Biotin is actually a group of B vitamins also known as Vitamin H. This supplement is linked to increased keratin levels in the skin and the thickening of hair and the repair of thin brittle nails. >Vitamin C is an essential building block for our body to increase its levels of collagen and elastin while helping to diminish the effects of UV damage to skin. Other skin healthy supplements include omega-3 oils, B-complex, vitamins, A, D, E + the minerals zinc, selenium & silica. Moisturize at least twice daily Moisturizers are an essential part of skin care, especially those with UV protection built right in. Apply yours to the skin while its still moist from a shower or bath and rub in deeply to plump the epidermis layer. Our favorites include Argan oil which keeps skin dewy all day & night. Our superior skin care brands include Derma E, DeVita, Giovanni, Now, Earth Science, MyChelle & Jason. All are free of parabens, phthalates, & petroleum-based chemicals and do not test on animals. Protect from harmful UV rays Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and tanning beds are collagen’s worst enemy. Alexander Michels, PhD, explains, “Small amounts of UV light are good for you, helping your body make Vitamin D, but longer exposures to UV are harmful, damaging collagen and collagen-producing cells.” The Natural Market has a selection of toxin-free sunscreens from SPF 15 to SPF 30, for both adults and children. You are what you eat & so is your skin! Great skin starts with nutritionally dense healthy foods & plenty of fresh water. Choose foods that are rich in antioxidants. Lutein is found in dark leafy vegetables and Lycopene is contained in red fruits & vegetables. Both of these nutrients help the body produce more collagen. Because collagen consists of protein, be sure to get protein from safe sources such as protein powders.
BONE AND STRUCTURAL STRENGTH Calcium The bones serve as a reserve for calcium in the body; 98% of all calcium is stored in the bones, with a tiny but essential amount circulating in the bloodstream to enable nerves and muscles to work properly. When the blood maintains its alkalinity, at 7.38 pH, the calcium in the bones and the sodium in the stomach and joints remain safely in reserve. However, a high-protein diet or a diet that includes soda (phosphoric acid) drops the pH of the blood dramatically, and requires buffering minerals to be released into the blood to maintain its essential 7.38 pH. A serving of kale or collard greens or other high-calcium food along with each protein serving (meat, egg, cheese, fish, protein) is a good way of balancing calcium with the acidic phosphorus and nitrogen in the meats. Another option is to carry calcium supplements to balance the proteins in your meals if you (like many Americans) are eating on the road. Please, keep your protein intake to 50-60 grams a day, and eliminate soda with phosphoric acid from your diet entirely. Lifetime Calcium-Magnesium Citrate, 2 tsps. 2 x a day, away from Strontium supplements Vitamin D Once thought of as the “sunshine vitamin that prevents rickets”, now Vitamin D is recognized as a hormone-like substance that supports immune health, bone density, mood, and avoidance of many cancers. For those living above the line between San Francisco and Philadelphia (this includes all of Massachusetts), supplemental vitamin D is essential. High levels of D allow intestinal absorption of both Calcium and Phosphorus (needed by bones), aid calcium transport to the bones, and reduce calcium loss through the kidneys, sparing calcium stores in the bones. It is also required for proper use of magnesium. Elderberry D3fence, 1-2 daily, or any Vitamin D providing 2000 to 4000 IU daily. Strontium Citrate – “STRONTIUM BONE MAKER” Strontium is one of many trace minerals found in spring water and organic vegetables, but not found in processed foods. Its natural affinity is for the bone matrix and it is absorbed into bone tissue at the matrix surface. Researched since the 1950’s, it promotes bone metabolism, leading to normal bone density. Strontium in the human skeleton is normally in a 3.5 to 100 ratio of strontium to calcium. Calcium, iron, and strontium all compete for the same absorption sites in the intestines, therefore leading to the recommendation that they be consumed at different times of day. Like the claims of certain anti-osteoporosis medications, strontium stimulates an increase in the number of osteo-blasts (bone-building cells), while inhibiting the function of osteoclasts, the cells that reabsorb calcium into the bloodstream. Animal studies have demonstrated that various forms of strontium are all effective as catalysts for bone rebuilding. One study resulted in an increase in osteoclasts in the thighbones of adult rats, with no side effect such as demineralization elsewhere. Another study showed a reversal of bone loss in female rats that had suffered estrogen loss. Note: this product is very well tolerated and safe when calcium intake is supplied by supplements and the diet in adequate amounts, and vitamin D levels are adequate. It should not be used by those on kidney dialysis, Strontium Bone Maker – 2 capsules daily, apart from calcium supplements, greens, or milk products.
Boost Your Digestion
Boost Your Digestion with “Bitters” Have you noticed moments of burping or heartburn after lunch or dinner? Or even just a sense of excessive fullness that extends beyond the end of the meal? Digestive Bitters just might be an answer to your condition. When a small amount of a bitter herb or green is available at the start of a meal, in about fifteen minutes, salivation has increased, and the digestive tract is preparing itself for dinner. In the stomach, bitters help by triggering the production of HCl, pepsin, and intrinsic factor, so that you can absorb the B-12, calcium, and proteins from your foods. Bitters also work to contract the esophageal sphincter, preventing the movement of stomach acids upward. Let’s follow the example of Europeans, who use bitters at the start of every meal, rather than depending on pharmaceutical drugs with their negative bone-threatening side effects. Our bitters feature Licorice, Dandelion, Gentian, and Angelica, it will aid those with GERD by ensuring that the stomach contents are moved downward rather than allowed to reflux back up and out of the stomach. Bitters also act to heal any damage done to the lining of the intestines. \ Reclaim Your Healing Sleep According to the May/June issue of the Well Being Journal, “eight hours of deep, restful sleep a night will reverse adrenal exhaustion quickly (p. 16).” However, for many, that goal is easier said than done. Restless wakeful sleep is the unfortunate norm for many adults and children. One question worth considering in the quest for a good night’s sleep: Are one’s needs for Omega-3 fatty acids being met? Omega 3’s are a main component of brain tissue, and are known for their calming effects, especially over time. Cod Liver Oil is now lemon flavored, and works quickly to restore healthy omega-3 levels in the nervous and immune systems. Carlson’s Cod Liver Oil comes in two sizes, for your convenience. Melatonin, Chamomile, Hops, Valerian, and Passionflower have helped many seekers for natural assistance in their sleep habits. Gaia’s Sleep Thru has become very popular, as customers return for their second box. With Ashwagandha, Magnolia, Passionflower, and Jujube date fruit, it has powerful anti-stress effects, supports the adrenals and thyroid, and is anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, thus reducing vague aches and pains that might stimulate us to waken. Suma root is a morning herb, providing energy and mental focus while reducing stress. Called para todo, it is a regenerative tonic herb for the nervous and digestive systems, and works well in conditions of stress and fatigue. Instead of a cup of adrenal-depleting coffee, it is the ideal “morning after insomnia” supplement, to create a great new day! Last but not least, a Magnesium deficiency is common among many insomniacs, especially with those who exercise regularly. Tight muscles and leg cramps, as well as soreness in shoulder muscles and in the lower back, all signal a lack of the relaxing mineral, magnesium. The gel, used topically at bedtime, helps relax muscles locally, and helps us to drift off to a peaceful sleep.
Curcumin & Bosweillia
2 Miracle Fix-its; Curcumin & Bosweillia Americans are suffering from illnesses that are caused by the oxidation of aging cells and each one is a killer. · Cancer Heart Disease · Asthma Alzheimer’s · Type II Diabetes To compensate for the destructive power of free radicals, fresh fruits and vegetables and herbs are needed. Blueberries and dark chocolate have become the darlings of the natural world for their ability to reduce free radical impact in our bodies: Blueberries have an anti-oxidant value (ORAC) of 6,552 per 100 grams, and dark chocolate powder has a value of 40,200 per 100 grams. Curcumin extract has an ORAC value of over 1,000,000 per 100 grams! Curcumin extract is not a pain-killing drug that poisons your body’s nervous system; instead, it works with your body to reduce toxicity and return your cells to their normal youthful function. Today, we extract curcumin from turmeric (think yellow curry from India, where cancer and Alzheimer’s are rare, even in old age), and use it to enhance all other treatments for Cancer, arthritis, and any other chronic disease of aging. It boosts the power of all other pain herbs and medications by 2000%! Safety: No toxicity issues have ever been reported for curcumin, even when used in dosages as high as 10 grams or more daily. Because it is so safe and non-toxic, curcumin therapy is helpful for almost any condition, especially conditions that involve inflammation. Boswellia Another herb from the traditions of India, Boswellia is “Indian Frankincense,” a part of our available Oils and Herbs with ancient uses in Ayurvedic medicine. Anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial, it is used for pain relief, to lower cholesterol, to support the liver, for fibromyalgia, diarrhea, obesity, boils, and lower back pain.