Thursday, June 13, 2019

Pop This to Enhance Physical Performance and Reduce Stress

Our energy level, overall health, mental functioning and physical performance are tied into what we feed our bodies. The problem is that between busy schedules, poor food choices and food sources that lack all the nutrition the body needs, it is often hard to get in all our nutrients. The type of lifestyle many of us lead also keeps us under a lot of stress which is also detrimental to our health. This is why so many people are turning to nutritional whole food supplements that can help fill in the gaps for the lack of nutrition in the diet. When looking for whole food supplements, I look for those rich in essential nutrients to get the most nutrition I can by popping the least amount of capsules into my mouth. I also don't want to have a whole cabinet full of supplement bottles. That's why I find this whole food supplement program perfect for me. Everything is pre-packaged in convenient daily packets of capsules that are easy to grab on the go and that are loaded with the nutrition of marine and freshwater algae, wild mushrooms, sprouted grasses and grains, as well as probiotics and digestive enzymes. Take a look at all the nutritional value this program has to offer.

AFA Bluegreen Algae
AFA bluegreen algae is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth being loaded with phytonutrients, plant based proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids and micronutrients. We have to get amino acids from the foods we eat for the body to have usable proteins for energy, muscle building, keep organs healthy, feed skin, hair, and bones and aid the body in repairing and regenerating. AFA bluegreen algae has all the essential amino acids similar to the proportions found in human breast milk. The green color of algae comes from chlorophyll created by photosynthesis that acts as a powerful antioxidant and that the body uses to stimulate liver function and excretion of bile, strengthen immunity, and detoxify chemical pollutants. Another powerful antioxidant found in AFA is glutathione that is important for many metabolic functions, including iron metabolism, the synthesis and repair of DNA and proteins, and enzyme function. Our brains and nerve cells require omega-3 fatty acids such as ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid), and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to function properly and our bodies can't make these on their own. Some people take fish oil supplements to get these essential fatty acids, but actually fish can't synthesize them either. They get it from the algae they eat, so why not go right to the source? AFA bluegreen algae also contains PEA, an amino acid precursor functioning as a neurotransmitter and neuromodulator, phycocyanin that has powerful antioxidant properties and is a rich source of phytonutrients, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, necessary trace minerals such as copper and chromium, 20 different amino acids including carnitine, and tyrosine, and a wide variety of vitamins including vitamin A, B vitamins (which also help in coping with stress), and vitamin K.

Acidophilus and Bifidus
The beneficial bacteria that lives in our intestines is constantly at risk from things like stress, antibiotics, processed foods, pesticides, chlorinated drinking water, environmental toxins, and antacids. We need these friendly bacteria, or probiotics, however to keep the digestive system healthy and functioning properly so the body can get all the nutrition it can out of the foods we eat, in producing B vitamins, and to help support the immune system in fighting off foreign invaders. Acidophilus helps keep the small intestine balanced by cleaning out the harmful by-products that can interfere with proper digestion and in helping the body process food. The acidophilus found in this supplement program also contains the pre-biotic inulin which comes from GMO-free chicory root to feed and nourish probiotics. Bifidobacterium bifidum or bifidus works in the large intestine which is responsible for absorbing water from food and taking what the body doesn't use out as waste. The bifidus offered as part of this supplement program is freeze-dried through a process that preserves the effectiveness of the bacterial organisms and includes bluegreen algae and inulin as a prebiotic.

Enzymes
Digestion requires a lot of energy and the more we use in digesting foods, the less we have for physical and mental performance. Ideally, we would eat foods that give us the enzymes we need to properly digest foods to get the nutrition we need. Unfortunately, cooking and processing of foods kills off the food's natural enzymes. Even raw foods often don't have the enzymes we need unless they are fresh from the garden which most of us don't have access to. Food enzymes are necessary to work with the body's digestive enzymes for digestion to work properly. The enzyme supplement offered in this whole food supplement program has 16 natural plant based food enzymes to help the body breakdown fat, carbs, protein and fiber and some AFA bluegreen algae mixed in.

Algae and Seaweed Combo
Included in this program is also a whole food supplement that combines nine colorful algae for a supply of minerals and phytonutrients from the lake and sea. Included are dulse, kelp, fucoidan, Ecklonia cava, bladderwrack, Dunaliella salina, spirulina, chlorella and pure wild grown AFA bluegreen alage from Klamath Lake. Chlorella is a green microalgae grown through freshwater aquaculture that is loaded with nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides, polysaccharides, and minerals. Spirulina is a type of bluegreen microalgae that is a rich source of chlorophyll, phycocyanin, a broad spectrum of minerals and phytonutrients and vitamins A and K. Kelp is a wild algae that is found in all the oceans on the earth and is rich in micronutrients and minerals including vitamins C and E, calcium, magnesium, boron, and trace elements. Bladderwrack is a brown algae from the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans that has vitamins and minerals and fucoidan which is a sulfated polysaccharide. Dulse is a dark red sea algae which contains phytonutrients and pigments that are high in plant based protein, and important vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B6, B12, and A, iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and manganese. Dunaliella Salina is a sea microalgae high in carotenoids (beta-carotene, alpha carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein), antioxidants, important vitamins, minerals and a high concentration of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Ecklonia Cava is an edible seaweed which is a rich source of phlorotannins, including triphlorethol-A.

Sprouts and Algae
Offering a nutritious source of chlorophyll, glutathione, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients from kale sprouts, red clover sprouts, wheat sprouts, concentrated wheat sprouts, and Dunaliella salina algae is this sprouts and algae supplement included in the program. The kale sprouts are loaded with antioxidants and vitamin K as well as other minerals and vitamins, lutein and zeaxanthin compounds, carotenoids and flavonoids. Red clover sprouts are a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, enzymes and antioxidants. Wheatgrass juice is a natural source of antioxidants and phytonutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, magnesium, amino acids, chlorophyll and the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase. Wheat grass also does not contain wheat allergens such as gluten. Wheat sprouts are a good source of fiber and protein and have a variety of essential minerals, vitamins, amino acids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as high levels of active enzymes and none of the gluten or other allergens linked to wheat.

Mushrooms and Algae
The last supplement included in this wholefood supplement program provides the powerful nutrition of mushrooms with algae. Reishi, maitake, cordyceps, wild black trumpet, and Poria cocos mushrooms are combined with AFA bluegreen algae providing beta glucans, polysaccharides, triterpenoid compounds, fiber, polyphenols, protein, enzymes, minerals, trace minerals, beneficial phospholipids, unsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, and plant sterols such as ergosterol. Much research has been done in recent years with various varieties of mushrooms and report how mushrooms are able to benefit improved blood flow, balancing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, regenerating nerves, supporting the kidney and liver, reducing the risk of heart disease and have properties that are valuable in immune system support.

As you can see if you are looking for whole food supplements that give you the most nutrition bang for the buck, are convenient and easy to take on the go, and loaded with the components straight from nature that you may be missing from your diet, this one has a lot to offer.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

5 Things Most People Don't Know About Healthy Brain Function

The brain is one of the most important parts in the body. It is responsible for voluntary and involuntary body functions, such as movement, personality, heart rate, emotions, mood, thoughts, and storage of knowledge. You may start noticing how important the brain is as you age and start having symptoms like memory problems appearing more and more, but you don't have to wait until you start having problems to do something. Maintaining healthy brain function and keeping your brain in good working order are things you can start early. According to Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, and other experts, there are nutrients that the brain needs for healthy brain function and foods that are good food for the brain as well as foods that are bad food for the brain and interfere with brain function. Magee points out that diet plays a big role in the chemical and physiological structure of the brain and this has an effect on our behavior. Since diet is so important in maintaining healthy brain function, it is number one on our list of 5 things to know about maintaining a healthy brain.

1. The Brain Needs Specific Types of Foods
You can literally eat your way to a healthier brain. Glucose, essential fatty acids and specific amino acids are necessary as good food for the brain. If you find that you have problems staying mentally focused, alert, or find yourself moody, depressed or experiencing brain fog, it may be that your brain is nutrient or oxygen deprived. The brain demands a lot of nutrition to keep it working properly, but it also is protected behind the blood brain barrier which makes it more difficult to get the nutrition it needs to it. The blood brain barrier is a layer of cells that only allows the smallest fat-soluble molecules and micronutrients to reach the brain. The solution is to concentrate on eating foods that have the specific nutrients the brain needs that can also pass through the blood brain barrier. According to Mark Hyman, MD and other nutritional experts, omega-3 fatty acid is one of the best food for the brain and that 99% of people don't get enough of this fat. Instead, our diets consist of an overabundance of omega-6 from oils such as corn, soy and safflower and the typical junk food/fast food diets many people indulge in and not enough omega-3 that in the past humans got from fish, wild game and wild plants. Studies including one from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 reported findings that participants had increased risk of mild depression and mood difficulties if they didn't have enough omega-3 fatty acid intake. Deep water fish, flax seeds, chia seeds, avocados, nuts and olive oil are all good sources of omega-3 to add into your diet.

The other two nutrients that are good food for the brain are glucose and amino acids. Glucose is the sugars your body makes by digesting carbohydrates. Complex carbs are healthier for you than simple carbs so adding whole grains such as oatmeal, brown rice and quinoa, and starchy vegetables like potatoes, beans, peas and lentils to your diet will help feed your brain. In the amino acid category, glutamine, GABA, isoleucine, phenylalanine, arginine, taurine, methionine, valine, lysine, glycine, leucine, alanine, and histidine are essential for a healthy brain. These protein building blocks can be obtained by eating lots of fruits, vegetables, unsaturated oils and whole grains. 

2. AFA Algae Has Nutrition To Help With Brain Function
Since we are on the subject of nutrition for the brain and how it needs lots of glucose, amino acids and essential fatty acids, we have to point out that AFA bluegreen algae contains all of these. It is a rich source of phenylalanine, an amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier faster than any other amino acid and has all 20 amino acids our bodies need. The brain's main source of energy is glucose. It also needs protein however and proteins are not able to pass through the blood brain barrier until they break down into amino acids. AFA bluegreen algae has the amino acids that are the building blocks of healthy nerve cells and neurotransmitters needed for proper brain function. It also provides a perfect ratio of essential omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, helps maintain normal, healthy blood chemistry that feeds the brain, and provides an ideal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, complex sugars, and fiber.

In support of AFA bluegreen algae as good food for the brain, we cite studies such as ones by Gabriel Cousens, MD that report AFA bluegreen algae use with Alzheimer's patients has shown improvement in symptoms like hand tremors, attention span, judgment, reasoning and short term memory. In addition to AFA bluegreen algae alone, another whole food supplement that lends support to the brain is this supplement with blue green algae that has the added ingredients of bee pollen, vitamin A, enzymes, antioxidants, gluten-free wheatgrass juice, Hawaiin noni, eleuthero, ginkgo, and turmeric. Bee pollen is reported to have a high amino acid content useful for stimulating memory and concentration. Wheatgrass juice has been found to provide nutrients that support brain health and clearer thinking. Gingko has been used for a long time to promote increased memory and mental concentration by increasing circulation and providing increased oxygenation of brain cells. Curcumin, found in turmeric, has been the basis of much research and found to have benefit for enhancing memory, for enhancing nerve growth in areas of the brain and as an antidepressant. It is also being studied and used in relation to treating Alzheimer's.

If you find yourself needing supplemental support to maintain good brain function, here is a formula to consider:
•    1-2 capsules AFA blue-green algae a.m. or noon
•    1-2 capsules AFA blue-green algae (no cell wall) a.m. and/or noon
•    1-2 capsules acidophilus (probiotic)a.m.
•    1-2 capsules bifidus (probiotic) p.m.
•    1 capsule algae/ubiquinol (active form of coenzyme Q10) supplement a.m.


3. Your Brain Needs Exercise
Physical exercise not only keeps your body fit, but also keeps your brain fit. There are several reasons exercise is important for a healthy brain. First, exercise helps keep your weight down and excess weight is a contributor to diseases that affect the brain such as stroke and Alzheimer's. Regular exercise helps reduce the risk of plaque buildup in your arteries and keeps the pathways clear for blood circulation thus reducing the risk of heart attack. When blood circulation is compromised, the brain doesn't get the oxygen and nutrients delivered to it that it needs. No matter what your lifestyle or physical restrictions are, it is important to do some kind of exercise that will get the heart rate going and blood pumping. If you have physical restrictions, check with your healthcare provider to see what types of exercises you can do safely to accomplish this. Studies report there is a link between how active a person is and cognitive ability, so find some way to pause in your day to get your body moving.

4. Wine Can Give Your Brain a Boost
This is certainly not a tip for anyone who has a problem with alcohol or who is pregnant, but for those who don't or aren't, there have been many studies showing health benefits of drinking one or two glasses of wine a day. Too much alcohol of course is not good for you and especially not for your brain. Overindulgence can lead to definite negative results on various brain functions and brain cells. But studies such as one conducted in France with 4,000 people over age 65, have reported that those drinking one or two glasses a day of wine showed 45% less risk of developing Alzheimer's. Part of the health benefits of wine are attributed to resveratrol. If you are not a wine drinker, you can also get this flavonoid in red grapes or red grape juice.

5. Stress Will Eat Your Brain
Anxiety, anger, depression or anything causing you chronic stress can destroy the memory parts of your brain. When we are under stress it triggers the release of cortisol in the body. This raises blood sugar levels and blood pressure. That is the reason that we often crave sugary and fatty comfort foods when we are stressed. This extra cortisol release can lead to the body storing body fat which can lead to weight gain, interfere with getting good quality sleep, reduce energy levels, and be responsible for poor memory and decreased cognitive function. Depression in particular leads to an increase in cortisol in the blood which is carried to the brain. Brain imaging shows that this increase in cortisol has detrimental effects on particular areas of the brain such as the hippocampus which deals with short term memory. Eating foods with magnesium, B vitamins and chlorophyll can help your body deal with excess stress. As your body becomes stressed it uses up these stress relievers more quickly so that just when you need them the most, they are the least available to you. Eating lots of leafy greens, halibut, oysters, nuts and seeds can give you the extra nutrition you need to support your body through the times you are coping with stress. If you struggle with depression, seek help from your healthcare provider as there are various treatments that can help.

Don't wait until you find yourself suffering with brain fog or loss of memory and cognitive brain functions. Start feeding your brain the nutrition it needs to stay healthy now. If you are already experiencing some of these symptoms, give some or all of these tips a try and give your brain the support to do the best job it can for you.


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Thursday, June 6, 2019

90 Days to a New You

guest contributor Barbara Swanson

Summer is often the time we use to be active and "get in shape". What if you could use this as a springboard for a year-long health change for the positive? The New You Challenge is a lifestyle protocol for you to use for 90 days. We are pretty sure you will see differences if you stick to it!

What are the benefits people notice?

  • More restful sleep
  • Better mood
  • More energy
  • Better mental focus & clarity
  • More regularity
  • Better digestion
  • Clearer skin
  • Firmer muscle tone
  • Just plain 'feeling good'! 


The "New You" Lifestyle Guidelines
Get enough SLEEP: Get at least 8 hours a day. Rest is the #1 deficiency in Americans (other than water). If you can't do this, take a power nap of 20-30 minutes during your day.

Be more ACTIVE: Whether you walk, run, work out or garden, increase your activity 5 minutes a day, adding another 5 minutes every 5-7 days.

Drink more WATER: Most important to this process is drinking enough water. Most people are slightly to severely dehydrated. As you begin the New You program, your body will begin to cleanse and detox. In order for this process to work well, water is essential. We recommend at least 50 ounces daily, and for most people, 64 ounces is even better. A rule of thumb is to drink ½ your weight in ounces.
Example: If you weigh 150 pounds, drink at least 75 ounces. This may be a big increase, which can be difficult at first, so start with a minimum of 50 ounces and work up.

We STRONGLY recommend you drink purified water. A faucet filter is not only less expensive than plastic bottles, it is better for our planet. Even a Pur or Brita filter is better than plastic bottled water. If you have a local spring water source, you could use that instead.

Tips to make it easier to get this amount in daily:
a.  Make herbal or white tea. Using loose leaf, or 2-3 bags, make ½ gallon in the morning, then store in glass quart bottles. Drink throughout the day for better absorption of the water as well as added nutrients and antioxidants from the tea.
b.  Use a straw and drink from a cup--makes it easier to get more down at a time.

Coffee/carbonated drinks: Drinking coffee daily, if you have only 1-2 cups, is not terrible. If you drink carbonated drinks, I strongly encourage you to stop them--they leach calcium from your bones and can also cause digestive issues.

NO synthetic sweeteners AT ALL!!! Far healthier options:

  • Stevia
  • Monkfruit
  • Maple Syrup (in small amounts)
  • Honey

REMOVE processed & fast foods: They are not only empty calories, they are usually full of toxic additives, colorants and chemicals. You not only don't get nourished, you actually can make yourself sick.

EAT whole foods
Protein: Try to eat a maximum of 3-4 ounces/meal. No more than 4 ounces of meat daily is really necessary for most people. This will really enhance better assimilation, which may help increase energy.

Vegetables: Add veggie protein sources, such as beans or quinoa.

Eat one meal daily as a salad--mostly raw vegetables, with added protein or potatoes or rice.

There are a lot of other tricks and tips to enhance turning back the clock on aging--but if you accomplish these, you are well on your way to feeling younger!

OPTIONAL
Enhance your changes with our whole food supplements. Below are some product suggestions with links for more information on each. Using these is optional. We know these products can help maximize your benefits. And of course, with the 90-day money-back guarantee, it is risk-free. (shipping costs are not refunded). However, the main protocol works, with or without adding these supplements.

New You 90 Day Challenge Products
Good: Add these combo packets of algae, probiotics and enzymes
Better: Add the above combo packs PLUS digestive enzymes
Best: Add both of the above and this antioxidant stem cell support supplement

Challenge Product Protocol
AM with breakfast: Take one of the combo packets
At lunch and dinner: Take 1 enzyme with each meal
At bedtime: Take 2 capsules of the stem cell support supplement and 1 enzyme

It's that simple! You are getting powerful superfoods plus enzymes and 2 key probiotics in an easy-to-use program.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

There Are Fats and Then There Are Fats

The word "fats" often gets a bad rap. There are certainly bad fats to stay away from such as transfats which increase our LDL cholesterol levels, lower our HDL cholesterol levels and boost our triglycerides level, but our bodies and brains in particular need some types of fats to be healthy.

Bad Fats
There are bad fats which many of us in the United States get way too much of in our diets. These would be fats that fall in the transfats and saturated fats categories. These types of fats negatively affect our cholesterol, cause a buildup of fatty deposits in arteries and contribute to the risk of heart disease and diabetes. They also can add to an inflammatory state in the body and suppress your immune system function. Transfats are found in meats and dairy, but the very worst type comes from hydrogenated oils. These oils are in most types of baked goods such as cookies, cakes and donuts, as well as many processed foods like crackers, chips, and margarine, and fried, fast and junk foods. To avoid these types of fats in your diet, stay away from fried foods and processed foods that contain transfats and saturated fats. When eating meat, look for lean cuts of beef with fat trimmed off and eat more meats such as fish and poultry. Be sure when eating chicken to take the skin off before cooking since it has a lot of saturated fat. You can also go meatless for some meals to really cut out these types of fats and substitute beans as a protein alternative.

Good Fats
The good fats that can actually help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, help control weight, reduce blood sugar levels, increase metabolism, reduce inflammation that leads to clots that can cause heart attacks, reduce the risk of heart disease, and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These "good" fats are needed by the body for it to function properly such as to dissolve certain vitamins that are vital for a healthy body. Nuts like almonds and pistachios, peanut butter, olive oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and canola oil and avocados are good sources of monounsaturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats are found in coldwater fatty fish like wild caught salmon, sardines, mackerel and halibut, and fish oils, bluegreen alage, nuts and seeds. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat that has many benefits for physical and mental health. Diets high in omega-3 have been shown in research to lead to a lower risk of dementia and stroke, and slower mental decline and enhanced memory as we age. Omega-3s can be found in chia seeds, dark-green leafy vegetables, avocados, various seeds, nuts, and flax and olive oil.

Omega-3 Versus Omega-6
Essential fatty acids are a necessary part of cell membranes and for our brains to function properly. They have to come from food sources as our bodies do not make them naturally. We need both omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids for good health. The problem is that we are genetically evolved from diets that are higher in omega-3 than omega-6 fatty acids, but today's diets have a reversed ratio of these. The typical diet in this country has a much higher ratio of omega-6 to omega-3, fourteen to twenty-five times more, which leads to higher risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune diseases and inflammatory states in the body. Some amount of omega-6s are necessary for growth of hair and skin, to keep bones healthy, in regulating metabolism and for their role in the reproductive system. There are also types of omega-6 that don't promote inflammation like many of them do. Linoleic acid for example becomes gamma-linolenic acid in the body and is then broken down to arachidonic acid and can be used to reduce inflammation. GLA has been found to actually help with allergies, eczema, high blood pressure, diabetic neuropathy, and osteoporosis. The trick is to get a good ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s. In general to be healthy, you need 3 to 4 times as many omega-3's as omega-6's. Eating a diet such as the Mediterranean diet without a lot of meat and that concentrates mostly on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish and olive oil is one way to get the right ratio. According to Jeffrey Bruno, PhD., microalgae is the primary source of essential fatty acids in the food chain containing EPA (eicosapentaenoic), DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Adding AFA blue-green algae is one of the simplest ways to get the right ratio of fatty acids because this form of algae has the exact ratio of fatty acids the human body needs. The form of AFA with the cell wall removed is an especially abundant source of raw materials for enhancing activity in the brain with nutrients that can pass through the blood brain barrier and are necessary to feed the brain. AFA also has all the essential amino acids in a proportion nearly identical to that found in human breast milk, making it a complete and assimilable source of high-quality protein.

So don't avoid fat in your diet, just make sure you get the right types of fats. Your body and in particular your brain need those good fats. You just need to watch your diet and the ratio of the types of fats you are eating to support good health.

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Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega6-fatty-acids
http://chriskresser.com/how-too-much-omega-6-and-not-enough-omega-3-is-making-us-sick
Edible Microalgae, Jeffrey Bruno Ph.D.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

How to Reboot Your Sleep Cycle

If you're having chronic trouble sleeping it could be your sleep cycle is out of whack and needs to be rebooted. Having trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep, or insomnia can be due to many things including stress, chronic pain, sleep apnea, and irregular schedules. Most people need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night to maintain good physical and mental health and give the body time to recharge. Not getting enough good quality sleep can lead to difficulties like brain fog, trouble concentrating, lack of energy, heart conditions, diabetes, and fatigue. Sometimes though situations come up that make it impossible for us to get enough sleep and we get off our regular sleep schedule. If you're losing sleep on a regular basis, it's hard to make it up later with just some extra napping. Once the sleep cycle is interrupted you need to re-establish a regular schedule of sleep. Making some pattern changes and diet changes can help your body get back on schedule and help encourage sleep.

Lifestyle Changes to Encourage Sleep
When trying to re-establish a sleep schedule, set your bedroom up for successful sleeping. Ways to do this include saving the bedroom for sleep only and not using it for working, reading, talking on the phone or watching TV as these type activities can decrease melatonin levels and make it harder to get to sleep. Some people sleep better in a quiet environment and others do better with some type of soft routine noise like a fan or soft music. Make the room as dark as possible with light blocking curtains. You can also train your body to know when it is sleep time by establishing a bedtime routine. Find what is a relaxing activity for you such as reading, meditation, or a warm bath and do the activity before going to bed for sleep each night. Exercise done on a regular basis can help with sleep too as long as it's not done within 3 hours of bedtime. Avoid caffeine before bed and for some people taking a nap in the afternoon will interfere with being able to sleep at night. A little experimenting with all these different tips will help you find which of these work for you and which you should avoid.

Diet Changes to Encourage Sleep
When re-establishing your sleep cycle, there are dietary changes that can also help. According to Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., CEO of the National Sleep Foundation, some foods aid sleep and other foods make it harder to wind down. There are foods that trigger the release of brain chemicals that make us drowsy and others, such as caffeine, that are stimulating. If you regularly drink a lot of coffee, tea, or soda with caffeine or take medications or eat lots of chocolate with caffeine this could be interfering with your ability to fall asleep at night as this stimulates the central nervous system. If this sounds like you then start cutting down on the amount of caffeine you have each day, but be careful not to just stop the caffeine completely all at once as caffeine can be addictive and stopping can lead to withdrawal. Many people believe that having alcohol before bed helps them sleep, but it doesn't help with getting good quality sleep. The alcohol is soon metabolized and studies show it actually interferes with the sleep cycle by you waking up throughout the night. Eating spicy foods can also keep you awake at night. Not only are they likely to cause heartburn, but studies have shown that spicy food can interfere with getting to sleep and with the quality of sleep you experience. Dr. Rosenberg also cautions against eating protein foods before bedtime or adding a carb food to the protein so that your body is able to focus on sleep rather than digestion.

Now that we know some of the foods to avoid for better sleep, let's take a look at foods that will promote sleep. According to New York City registered dietician Keri Gans, cherries have melatonin which is difficult to get from most natural foods. Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain that tells the body when it's time to sleep and when it's time to wake up. Tryptophan is an amino acid found in foods like milk and turkey and is a precursor to serotonin, the brain chemical that helps us relax and become drowsy. Complex carbohydrates, such as wheat, barley, or quinoa are sleep helping foods and make cereal with milk a good choice for a bedtime snack. Add some banana to that recipe to get some extra magnesium and potassium which help muscles relax. Bifidobacterium, or bifidus, one of the friendly bacteria in the large intestine, helps with digestion, but also helps in producing the calming and soothing B-vitamins that can help you relax and wind down at night. Bifidus plays a key role in immunity during a child's first two years of life and is present in mother's milk as well as in the birth canal during birth. On a mental-emotional level, bifidus is linked with feelings of self-esteem, as well as feeling supported and nurtured in life. All of these factors combined make bifidus a perfect natural solution for those who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep and a high quality bifidus supplement can help you be sure you have enough of this probiotic working for you.

If you find yourself dragging due to not enough sleep, reboot your sleep cycle with some of the lifestyle change and dietary change tips listed here. Establishing an environment and routine to support good quality sleep, avoiding stimulant food and drink before bed, having a snack that will support good sleep and taking some bifidus before bedtime are all ways you can try to get your body back on track and get your much needed Zz's.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Doing a Cleanse? Don't Do it Without This Supplement

Whether you are doing a cleanse for the colon, liver, kidney, candida or some other type there is one important step that many people neglect that a simple supplement can provide. A cleanse usually is used to improve one's health by getting rid of toxins, waste, and organisms that can be harmful in the body. For example, when toxic elements build up in the colon, the result can be digestive and gastrointestinal issues, weight gain, allergies and even infertility. Doing a cleanse can boost energy levels, help the digestive system operate more efficiently, reduce unhealthy food cravings, and boost the immune system. Cleanses can be a very useful tool to keep the body running at tip top condition, but the problem for many people comes after the cleanse. There are millions of bacteria and microorganisms that live in the intestinal tract that are considered "good" or "friendly" organisms and are vital to the immune system and digestive system. When a cleanse is done, it is not able to differentiate between the good and the bad and wipes them all out. This creates an imbalance in our good organisms or probiotics and can leave us feeling fatigued, craving sugary foods, constipated, having diarrhea, create skin conditions, leave us susceptible to yeast infections, cause acid reflux and other digestive conditions, as well as leave us unprotected from cold and flu germs. Without the proper balance of probiotics we also do not get the nutrition from foods that we need to feed our bodies.

The Simple Solution
The solution to all this is simple. During and after doing a cleanse, resupply your body with probiotics and the prebiotics needed to feed them and help them flourish. This is sometimes referred to as a probiotic cleanse and differs from the usual cleanse that helps the body get rid of unwanted things. This type of cleanse is replacing instead of ridding. So how do you build your supply of probiotics back up? Simply by eating foods with probiotics such as good quality yogurt and kefir with live active cultures, eating prebiotic foods such as fruits and veggies, oats and whole grain rice, and by taking a high quality full spectrum probiotic supplement that has live active cultures. This full spectrum probiotic supplement gives you 12 key good bacteria including acidophilus, bifidus, and casei, the prebiotic inulin and some AFA bluegreen algae for extra nutrition. As you are rebuilding your probiotic supply to get the benefits of probiotics, be sure that you aren't killing them off at the same time. This means you need to avoid foods that are processed, contain sugar or wheat, have hydrogenated fats or high fructose corn syrup and alcohol. These types of foods create toxicity and allow unfriendly organisms to grow that will be in competition with the friendly organisms you are trying to promote.

A simple solution is very refreshing to find in our complicated, fast moving world. This one is about as simple as you can get. If you use a cleanse to clear out toxins and waste from your body, just remember to rebuild those necessary and vital probiotic colonies. Eat your yogurt, take your probiotic supplement and avoid foods that kill of probiotics and you're on your way to increasing not only your supply of probiotics and receiving the health benefits of probiotics that are strong and healthy, but your overall health will benefit as well.


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Sources:
http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/what-is-a-probiotic-cleanse.htm
http://www.colonzone.org/probiotics.php
http://www.livestrong.com/article/68418-replenish-probiotics-after-colon-cleanse/

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Have a Pain in the Anywhere? Try These Steps

If you are one of the over 100 million adults in the U.S. that has chronic pain then you know how constant pain can interfere with your life. The American Chronic Pain Association cites 35% of Americans with having some type of chronic pain from migraines to arthritis to back pain. Most of this pain is attributed to inflammation. According to David Maine, MD, director of the Center for Interventional Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, inflammation that targets a specific injury or infection is how the body is supposed to work to heal itself, but chronic inflammation can be destructive to health and cause ongoing pain. No matter where your pain lives though there are superfoods you can add into your diet that can help with chronic pain. Here are some that can help with pain and how they work.

Turmeric
Turmeric has curcumin that not only fights inflammation but has properties that protect tissues and nerve cell function.

Capsaicin
Found in hot peppers, capsaicin triggers endorphins which the body uses to block pain signals. It also reduces the enzyme that releases substances that can increase pain.

Ginger
Gingerols are phytonutrients with anti-inflammatory properties found in ginger. Ginger also contains paradols, shogaols and zingerone that work on pain much like NSAIDs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. According to Kari Kooi, RD, one study reported ginger to be as effective as NSAIDs for soreness from exercise. The University of Georgia study reported a 25% reduction in muscle pain from exercise for participants using ginger.

Garlic
Not only does garlic have properties to fight the swelling and pain of inflammation, but also has antibiotic properties, increases immune system functioning, and helps increase T helper cell production.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Including a balance of fat types in the diet can help act as a natural anti-inflammatory. Most people get enough omega-6 fatty acids already and too much can cause more inflammation. Transfats can also contribute to inflammation. It is better to concentrate on getting the right ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids which is 3:1, and getting a balance of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats One way to be sure you get the exact ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is taking AFA blue-green algae. Fatty wild caught fish like salmon is a good source of omega-3 as is chia seeds, dark-green leafy vegetables, various seeds, nuts, and flax and olive oil. Salmon also gives you vitamin D which some studies show not having enough can contribute to chronic pain. Olive oil also has antioxidant polyphenols like oleocanthal that according to researchers at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia can act like NSAIDs and that acts as an anti-inflammatory. The American College of Sports Medicine reported that omega-3 fatty acids could reduce joint pain of rheumatoid arthritis.

Red, Purple, Blue Fruits
Cherries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and red grapes all have anthocyanins with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These antioxidants help fight free radicals that play a role in inflammation and block enzymes that can inflame tissues.

Supplements for the Diet
When fighting chronic pain from inflammation there are supplements that can also deliver the nutrition your body can use. This enzyme algae supplement gives you the nutritional value of AFA bluegreen algae as well as plant-based p proteolytic enzymes--bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase. These enzymes have been found helpful in supporting joints, circulation and overworked tissues as well as fighting cellular oxidation from free radical damage. This antioxidant and algae supplement has wild blueberry, green tea, carnosine, along with AFA bluegreen algae for an extra antioxidant punch. Adding an algae joint support supplement with a blend of vegetable glucosamine, chondroitin, and bluegreen algae can also help deliver the extra nutrition to support those active lifestyles that sometimes bring on chronic pain.

You can fight back and take control of your chronic pain from inflammation. Research backs up the results certain foods can give, but until you give them a try for yourself, you won't know how they can work for you. Try adding some of these superfoods and supplements to your diet and see what results you get. Getting any amount of pain relief with these healthy foods will be worth the effort.

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Sources:
http://www.cncahealth.com/explore/learn/mind-body-health/nine-strategies-for-easing-pain-without-drugs#.VPijFfnF-ng
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http://www.womansday.com/health-fitness/nutrition/advice/a2400/5-pain-fighting-foods-117030/