Thursday, December 27, 2012

Belly Fat: What You May Not Know plus Natural Solutions

There is more to be concerned about with belly fat than just how it looks on you. While it is true that your body needs some fat, it is also true that having too much of the fat we can see often means there is more of the fat we can't see. That is not good news for your health. The fat we can see, subcutaneous fat, accumulates just under the skin usually in the buttocks, hips, thighs, and abdominal areas. There is another kind of fat, visceral fat, that is around your vital organs such as liver, heart, lungs and digestive tract. This fat cushions the organs, but too much of it can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer and other health conditions.

Body Shape
Since the amount of belly fat can be an indication of how much visceral fat you have, take a look at your body shape. Having what is called a "pear" shaped body is better than having what is called an "apple" shape. The apple shape means that you have a bigger waistline with a round belly and the fat has settled there. If you have a pear shape then the fat has settled more in your thigh and buttocks areas. Having more fat in the abdomen area can be an indication of more visceral fat. Genetics can play a role in the propensity to store visceral fat, but physical activity also plays a role. So for those of us that are apple shapes it means it's time to get serious about getting a physical exercise plan going and making changes in the types of foods we eat.

How to Control Belly Fat
Belly fat breaks down into fatty acids, which goes into the liver and muscles. When this happens, more 'bad' cholesterol, LDL, and triglycerides result. This causes insulin to be less effective in controlling blood sugar, and results in insulin resistance. Blood sugar then can be out of balance and fat and clots appear in the bloodstream. Watching your intake of sugar and processed carbohydrates is therefore important in your diet. Eliminating processed foods from the diet and moving to eating whole foods, mostly plant based, rich in enzymes and antioxidants, and not overeating can go a long way to controlling belly fat. The main ways to get a grip on your belly fat are through diet, exercise, enough quality sleep and managing stress.

Belly fat is also caused by undigested food sitting there because your body doesn't have enough enzymes to digest it. This can be due to the type of calories we are ingesting, like carbs and fat, or to the way we eat meals. If we allow ourselves to get hungry, our bodies go into starvation mode and hoard the calories. This causes a feeling of being deprived and craving comfort foods which are not usually the healthiest foods. Eating more, smaller meals throughout the day allows us to avoid this state and avoid the cravings for unhealthy foods. A healthy snack alternative for a small meal is a bar fortified with sprouted grains, greens, and blue green algae that provides a complete protein and all essential amino acids source.

Nutritional Support to Control Belly Fat
  • Fiber in the diet helps keep the visceral fat from building up. Proteins and fiber are less likely to be converted to fat storage as the body is able to eliminate any of those it can't digest.
     
  • Avoid foods that are high in carbohydrates or calories that come from fat. Your body can only easily digest a certain amount of carbohydrates before it then converts those carbs to fat to store away.
     
  • Adding a whey protein smoothie drink to your diet gives you a protein alternative as a snack to help you stay away from fatty foods and satisfies hunger to combat overeating.
     
  • Eat more protein and fewer carbs. The kind of protein that you eat can make a difference too. Studies have shown that eating dairy protein can result in loss of belly fat while at the same time gaining muscle. Another source of high quality protein that is just as good or even better than dairy protein is AFA blue green algae. This form of microalgae has 75% usable high quality protein compared to just 18% in red meat!
     
  • Enzymes are required to properly digest food, and when we don't have enough enzymes, the food we eat literally rots in our guts, adding to weight gain and the appearance of a beer belly. 

Enzymes to Control Belly Fat
Cooked foods don't have enzymes because high temperatures literally kill the enzymes naturally found in foods. Canned foods also lack enzymes and often over-stimulate the endocrine system. One study found that laboratory rats fed a diet of processed and enzyme-less protein, fats, and carbohydrates increased their percentage of body fat (V. Korenchevsky, "Pathology and Bacteriology").

Proper diet that has plenty of enzymes plus the raw materials the body needs to stay healthy (vitamins, minerals, trace-minerals, and antioxidants) does more to help weight loss than any diet plan. To practice enzyme therapy for weight loss, you need to start with a high-quality enzyme source  that works well even in the very acidic environment of the stomach.

Water to Control Belly Fat
Another way to fight belly fat is to build lean muscle because muscle burns more calories than fat does and increases your metabolism which in turn burns fat away. One way to increase your metabolism to burn fat is by drinking enough water. Increasing metabolism to burn fat is the job of your liver. The liver however also takes over some of the jobs your kidneys should be doing and can't if the kidneys don't have enough water. That in turns slows the liver down from converting stored fat into energy. The average person needs to drink about 2 quarts of water a day. This of course should not be all at one time, but rather spread out throughout the day so as to not overtax the kidneys.

Belly Fat: The Bottom Line
The amount of belly fat you have can be an indication of the amount of visceral fat you have which can lead to numerous serious health conditions. Losing weight and ridding yourself of the belly fat through diet, sleep, stress management and exercise can lead to not only a better looking and feeling you, but also a healthier you.


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Need Healing? Thoughts and Natural Solutions

No matter how chronic or acute a condition is, it can be healed. There is always, always hope. If you're not dead yet, you're not dead yet. Whatever condition you suffer with and need healing for, make a resolution for the coming year to find three (the number of change) things that make you feel good. Then make the commitment to stick with them for the entire year. Doing this will make you an active participant in your own wellness program instead of a victim to your condition. That is an important distinction because we attract the same vibrations that we put out. Putting out positive energy attracts more positive energy whereas putting out victim energy attracts more victim energy. You may have to try several different things before settling on the 3 you will use in your recovery program towards achieving real health. You might explore different types of meditation, flower essences, herbs, supplements, lifestyle or diet changes, or various exercise programs.

Only you know what makes you feel good and what doesn't. If drinking plenty of water, taking certain supplements, or eating multiple small meals a day makes you feel better, then you are the only one that can know it. Similarly, you probably know which of your "bad" habits make you feel ill, like eating too much sugar or spending too much time at your desk. If you are not sure what makes you feel better or worse, keep a diary for seven to twenty-one days. Log your daily food intake, exercise, level of stress, amount of sleep, and anything else that might affect your level of health. Notice what happens when you add or vary any of your habits. Look at your diary to help you decide on the 3 changes you will make for this year. After you have picked your 3 changes, make the commitment to stick with them for the entire year.

Why stick with these changes for a year? Because if you have had your condition for any length of time, it takes at least one month of wellness for every year you have had your condition. So for example if you have had migraines for five years, you'll need at least 5 months of being on your recovery program, once you have one, to see improvement. Notice that the clock that counts the months toward recovery only starts ticking when you find a wellness regimen that works for you. This only works once you create a wellness program that works for you and that you can stick to. The three things you come up with for this year may be your wellness program or it may only be a beginning. There may be more to discover in settling on a complete wellness program that works for you and your condition.

Here are a few natural solutions for healthy living that may give you a place to start:

>> Drink lots of water. Every part of your body needs water. Water helps your body flush out anything unwanted, like toxins and viruses that might make you sick. If drinking straight water doesn't sound good to you, try adding a little salt or lime to you water. Both salt and lime improve the taste of water, and a slice of lime tends to remove any chlorine that might be in your water. You can also try brewing some tea or just drinking warm water with honey and lemon.

>>Take digestive enzymes. Especially now during the holiday season with lots of holiday meals (and sweets), office parties, neighborhood potlucks, and Christmas parties indigestion is a big possibility. Enzymes help you digest your food, especially if you overeat or gorge on junk food. Take 2 enzymes before each meal and take 2 more after the meal if you feel overstuffed. You can also take enzymes anytime you have digestive discomfort.

>>Defend your health by adding probiotics to your daily regimen. The probiotics acidophilus and bifidus are the "friendly" bacteria that live in your gut and are your first line of defense against a variety of illnesses including colds and flus. Probiotics keep you healthy rather than curing you after you are already sick. It sounds like that old adage, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," doesn't it?

>>Get up and stretch. Did you know that one of the major causes of tiredness is muscle tension and fatigue? It's true. Tight muscles that haven't been stretched out can make you feel tired before you even begin your day. At the end of your day, those same tight muscles can make a long day seem endless. So what can you do to prevent muscle fatigue? Stretch your body! Doing just 15-20 minutes of light yoga or stretching in the morning can drastically improve the oxygenation in your body as well as your overall physical stamina. Stretching is a simple investment in your health that will pay off immediately.

The new year is quickly approaching. Get started now on picking your 3 changes for the year and make this the year you create real change for healthy living.


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

7 Natural Solutions to Beat Colds and Flus

This is the time of year that people refer to as cold and flu season. Why does it seem like we catch colds and flus more this time of year? It has been scientifically proven that it really isn't about the colder temperatures we are exposed to in winter months. The old adage about wear your coat outside or you'll catch cold turns out to be false. Our bodies however are under more stress during cold weather as we move from heated homes and cars to freezing outdoor temperatures. We also suffer from the lack of moisture in heated environments. Viruses can enter the body through mucous membranes of the nose, eyes, and mouth. You can pick up or touch something with a virus, then touch your nose, mouth or eyes and presto, you have given the virus a way into your body.

The Immune System
Colds and flus are both viruses. When your immune system is not operating at its peak then you are susceptible to developing a cold or flu. According the "Natural Science Daily" it's your cells that catch the cold first, and that happens when the cold virus binds to a cell. Once a cell becomes infected the virus can spread by reproducing itself and infecting other cells.

Did you know that the health of your digestive tract has a direct effect on how healthy your immune system is? Most people don't realize that the majority of lymph nodes are around the digestive tract area. These protect the body from invader cells getting in through the intestinal wall and into the bloodstream.

Natural killer (NK) cells are an important part of your immune response. According to a paper published in "The Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association," NK cells play an important role in neutralizing foreign invaders, including pathogenic bacteria, viruses, parasites, and diseased cells in the blood, lymph, tissues, and organs of the human body. When NK cells come in contact with these foreign bodies, they secrete biochemicals that neutralize them. That is, of course, why they are called natural killer cells. Scientific research shows that natural foods and herbs such as blue-green algae, astragalus root, and ginseng all support and boost the activity of NK cells.

Macrophages, a type of white blood cell, also play an important  role in the immune system in defending against invaders. Macrophages have to be moving and circulating throughout the body to work. Scientific research shows that certain substances stimulate your body's macrophages. Key among them is a substance found in brewer's yeast: beta 1,3 glucan. Beta 1,3 glucan is a specially extracted ingredient of brewer's yeast and is not the same as taking brewer's yeast, which will not give you the same results. Beta 1,3 glucan, taken orally, stimulates your body's innate immune system to, among other things, produce white blood cells, mobilize cells to "recognize" foreign invaders, and produce anti-microbial agents.

Colds vs. Flus
How do you know whether you have a cold or a flu? Both are caused by viruses, but cold symptoms are milder than flu symptoms. A sore throat usually kicks off cold symptoms followed by runny nose, congestion and cough. There can be a low temperature, but it is rarely over 101 degrees, and colds do not usually manifest with a fever. Cold symptoms commonly start going away after about a week. If they persist much longer, then there is a chance you have developed a sinus infection, allergies or some other condition than a common cold. Symptoms that start quickly and then see improvement after about a week indicate you probably have the common cold.

Flu symptoms, like cold symptoms, also can manifest with a sore throat, congestion, and cough but are usually also accompanied by higher grade fever, a headache, and achy muscles. Flu symptoms also show improvement after about a week, but can leave you lacking in energy and not feeling quite in tip top shape for weeks. If other symptoms persist longer than a week, you may need to consult your health care practitioner as flu can sometimes lead to other conditions such as pneumonia.

Regardless of whether you have a cold virus or a flu virus, the treatments are much the same. Antibiotics are only useful against bacterial infections and therefore will not help with colds and flus. The best treatment of course is prevention by keeping the immune system strong and allowing your body to naturally resist catching a cold or a flu when it is going around. If you do have a cold or flu, there are natural solutions that can help to relieve symptoms.

Natural Solutions to Colds and Flus
1. Get extra rest so immune cells can regenerate.

2. Water, water, water. Use water two ways. Wash hands frequently with warm soapy water for 20 – 30 seconds to get germs off the skin. AND drinking water is the most important ingredient for healing since you need it to flush the colds and flus out of your system

3. Eat more foods with antioxidants like bright colored fruits and vegetables. Stay away from sugary and processed foods.

4. Feed your friendly bacteria in your intestine by supplementing your diet with probiotics. Probiotics, especially acidophilus, produce substances which are antiviral and antifungal. Probiotics also support the immune system by supporting the function of the digestive system.

5. Demulcent and expectorant herbs like marshmallow, slippery elm, comfrey, mullein, and fenugreek help thin and clear out mucous. You can find most of these herbs in tincture form at your local health food store.

6. Supplement your diet with this immune system support product that contains a combination of reishi, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake, Turkey Tail, and Agaricus blazei mushrooms with astragalus, beta glucan and Wild Bluegreen Algae. Pure, whole particle beta glucan helps with inflammation by mobilizing white blood cells to areas of injury or inflammation. These white blood cells (macrophages) remove damaged tissue quickly before it has time to trigger more inflammation. Adding a single capsule of this supplement each day to your diet causes your body to more actively defend against invading germs, viruses and antigens. This supplement can stimulate the macrophages into action, which in turn triggers an entire chain reaction of defense mechanisms in the body.

7. Take Vitamin C and bioflavanoid supplements as they will provide potent antioxidant benefits and support healing of the lung tissue.

Prevention is always the best medicine. So if you haven't caught a cold or flu so far this winter, now is the time to start strengthening your body's immune system and getting it ready to fight off the many viruses that can lead to colds and flus.


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Got Gas? Natural Solutions to Avoid It!

We all have gas and a certain amount after eating is completely normal. It is also normal for the body to release the gas. This is done either through belching or farting. On average, adults fart about 16 times a day. Each fart equals about ½ liter of gas or more than 2 cups of “shared air”. A fart is a mix of nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen, methane and hydrogen sulfide. The hydrogen sulfide is what causes the unpleasant odor sometimes associated with “passing gas”.

Gas created by swallowed air, such as when drinking soda, usually is released through belching. One of the most common causes of farting is poor digestion. Bacteria in our intestinal tract turns undigested sugars into gas that is released by farting. Excess gas that is not released causes bloating.

Certain foods tend to produce more gas than others. This can vary for each individual and sometimes it is a combination of certain foods that produces excess gas.

Foods to Avoid to Reduce Gas
  • Vegetables like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and onions and beans contain a sugar that is not absorbed or digested and our intestinal bacteria turns it into gas.
  • Dairy products can cause excess gas, especially for people that are sensitive to lactose.
  • Foods with sugar and simple carbohydrates can cause excess gas and bloating. That includes fructose, the natural sugar found in fruits, and the ever popular high fructose corn syrup found in the majority of processed foods. Foods that have fiber, sugars, and starches create gas when they are not digested and absorbed and result in being broken down in the large intestine.
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Artificial sweeteners or other foods with sugar alcohol
Natural Solutions to Avoid Excess Gas
  • Eat slowly to avoid swallowing air.
  • Avoid using straws for drinking as they lead to swallowing more air.
  • Steam foods instead of boiling them.
  • Avoid drinking during a meal, drink before eating instead to avoid losing stomach acid that helps break down foods.
  • Supplement your diet with digestive enzymes and probiotics like acidophilus and bifidus
Supplements
Our favorite enzymes contain natural food enzymes that can help break down fats, carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. It is also microblended with 25 mg of bluegreen algae, adding specific vitamins and minerals that many enzymes need for optimum ability to function. For the body to get the most out of food, the intestines must be healthy. Acidophilus plays a key role in supporting the health of the small intestine. Our favorite probiotic bifidus creates a favorable environment for the growth of "good bacteria" in the large intestine.

For some people, chronic or painful excess gas can be a symptom of more serious conditions including Irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, peptic ulcer, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. If changes in diet and improving digestion don’t relieve painful or chronic gas, consult your health care professional to see if you have another condition and what treatment options are available. Everyone has gas, and for most of us improving the digestive system and making some dietary changes can help keep down the amount of gas in the body which means less need to belch and fart. It's that simple.



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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Want to stay Slim or Even Lose Weight This Winter? Simple Natural Solutions

Winter months seem especially hard months to lose weight and are often a time we gain weight. With holiday overeating, curling up inside to stay warm and reducing our activity level, or eating our favorite comfort foods to fight off depression of shorter light hours, it's no wonder the pounds stack up. The key to lose weight is to optimize calories. The more nutritious our calorie intake the less we need to take in to satisfy the body.

Proteins, fats and carbohydrates are the nutrients most food contains and each has calories. Too many calories means an increase in weight. How many calories a person needs depends on factors such as their age, height, and how physically active they are.
Men typically need between 1800 -2500 calories a day and women typically need between 1200 to 2000 calories per day. Teens need even more. A healthy diet consisting of low fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins provides the calories we need. A healthy body that is getting the nutrition it craves reduces the cravings for too many calories or those deplete of nutrients like sodas and sweets.

Diet for Weight Loss
We've all seen how diets don't work. We tend to stick with a diet for a while, see results and then watch the pounds return and oftentimes increase. With some diets the body starts to feel "starved" after a while and begins insisting that we feed it more. Other diets just become stale and limiting and we eventually drift away from them. The best diet is to stick with eating an amount of healthy nutritious foods appropriate for your age, height, physical activity level and any medical conditions you may have.

Physical Activity for Weight Loss
Another consideration when it comes to weight loss is adding how many calories we have taken in during a day and subtracting how many calories we have used up. Burning calories through physical activity or exercise is a necessary part of weight loss. If you are physically active, then you can burn off some of the calories you have eaten. Even if you don't have a regular exercise program, just finding ways to add extra movement to your day can help burn off calories. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk or ride a bike whenever you can instead of driving, do your own yard work instead of hiring someone, go for a walk on your lunch break. All these types of activities can help subtract calories from your total at the end of the day.

Reduce Stress for Weight Loss
Stress is another consideration in weight loss. When we are over stressed the adrenal glands release a hormone that increases the blood sugar and allows fat to be stored. Many of us also turn to eating extra to deal with stress and the foods we often crave are high in fat, carbohydrates and sugar.

Healthy Digestive System for Weight Loss
A healthy digestive system that breaks down foods and processes the nutrients into a form the body can use is another key factor. This role primarily falls to digestive enzymes. Each of us is born with a certain supply of enzymes at birth. As we get older our internal enzyme supply is naturally depleted. One study shows that a 60 year old has 50% fewer enzymes than a 30 year old. Unless we stop the one-way-flow out of the body of enzyme energy, our digestive eliminative capacities weaken; obesity and chronic illness set in.

What can you do to stop enzyme depletion and all its symptoms? Enzyme therapy! Enzyme therapy adds enzymes back into your system faster than you deplete them, thus building up your reserve. When your body has more enzymes than it needs for just digestion, it uses the extra enzymes for healing, repair and renewal.

Natural Solutions for Winter Weight Loss
1. SUPPLEMENT NUTRITON: Supplement your diet with nutrient rich blue green algae. This can help add the nutrients your body may not be getting from foods. So many of our foods today do not have the proper nutrients that the body needs to stay healthy. Here is a convenient way to get the nutrients of blue green algae, enzymes providing active antioxidants that fight free-radical destruction, and acidophilus and bifidus to support digestive health.

2. DRINK: Water, that is. When it's cold outside we tend to drink less water. But to move toxins and fat out of your system your body needs plenty of pure water. One simple way to get all the water you need is to drink warm water with a little lemon or sea salt in it.

3. EAT: More often. Studies have shown that eating more often (every three hours or so) can increase metabolism and reduce body fat. Read "The 3-Hour Diet: How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Thin" by Jorge Cruise for great guidelines.

4. GO GREEN: This whole bluegreen algae and the heart of the bluegreen algae with the cell wall removed  have the highest chlorophyll content of any food, and are a high source of protein. Chlorophyll is essential to helping your body stay efficient, and protein helps your body build lean muscle (which burns lots of calories).

5. ENZYMES: For a natural and healthy way to keep your metabolism high and your fat content low, add enzymes to your regimen between and at meals. Enzymes help boost your metabolism. These enzymes  contain amylase, cellulase, lipase, protease, and lactase for more efficient digestion to avoid the after-meal energy slump. These enzymes with an extra boost contain cayenne and other substances to increase metabolism, burn fat, digest a broad spectrum of substances, and clean up waste in the body. Always take enzymes with pure, non-chlorinated water (since chlorine is one of the main culprits that depletes the body of enzymes).

6. GET CLEAN: Sometimes you just need to clean up your system to stay slim. Try a 3 to 5 day juice fast. Staying clean inside helps you stay lean outside!

So remember, balance calories in with calories out, keep to a diet of nutrient rich foods, maintain a healthy digestive system and stay physically active and you'll find a healthier, slimmer you this winter.



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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Is Your Pet Depressed? Natural Solutions



Yes there is such a thing as pet depression. Pets of all kinds can develop pet depression. Depression does not necessarily manifest in the same way for pets as for humans though.

Behaviors to Watch for Pet Depression
  • lethargic behavior
  • loss of appetite
  • lack of motivation
  • dull coat
  • not showing normal activity level or showing changes in behavior
  • urination or defecation "accidents" in the house
Signs of depression can sometimes be a sign that there is an underlying health concern. Get your pet examined by a veterinarian. If medical reasons are ruled out then you may very well be dealing with pet depression.

Some causes of pet depression include:
  • moving to a new home
  • death of a person or animal friend
  • being around a lot of stress
  • being in an unsuitable management program or job
If your pet is depressed some things you can do to alleviate the depression are:
  • introduce another animal friend
  • increase exercise
  • spend extra playtime with your pet
  • look for ways to reduce the stress in the pet's environment 
  • keep to a normal routine
  • don't feed foods with a lot of artificial preservatives and additives
Nutrition for Pet Depression
Foods with a lot of artificial preservatives and additives can create a lack of energy and cause symptoms of depression. Many of the commercial animal foods are often very low in nutrition. Did you know that many dog and cat foods contain low quality ingredients, including diseased animal meat laced with high levels of antibiotics? All pets benefit from fresh foods - it's what they would eat if they were in the wild. Even dogs and cats do well with occasional greens and salads, as well as fresh meat.

Read the label of pet food before you buy it and avoid as many of the following as possible:
  •     BHA, Ethoxyquin, BHT: these are chemical preservatives
  •     Low quality protein: corn, wheat, and soy are examples
  •     Fats: most fats added to pet food are indigestible
  •     Artificial flavors or colors
  •     Corn syrup or sugar: just as bad for your pet as for you
  •     Byproducts: these include animal beaks, hooves, and guts
Commercial pet foods are usually heat-processed, which means they lack enough enzymes for proper digestion. Cats, dogs, and humans all need three basics to be healthy: probiotics, food enzymes, and minerals and trace minerals. No matter what brand of food you feed your pet, you can ensure that your pet thrives by supplementing their feed with these ingredients.

    Probiotics: support the balance of natural 'friendly' bacteria present in the body of all organisms (an example is Lactobacillus acidophilus). Probiotics support a healthy immune system, coat, and teeth/gums

    Food Enzymes: help your pet digest his food by aiding in breaking down food into forms your pet can use (examples include protease, amylase, and lipase)

    Minerals and Trace Minerals: used in almost every function of the body and are more easily assimilated than synthetic minerals By adding small amounts of these natural ingredients to your pet's food, you can boost the nutrition in your pet's food no matter what brand of food you feed. AThis powdered algae blend contains a variety of micronutrients, probiotics, enzymes and antioxidants in a powder form that is easy to sprinkle on your pet's food.

Good nutrition is an important step to keeping your pet healthy and reduce the risks of pet depression. Pet food nutrition doesn't have to be complicated. Just learn to read the labels, avoid foods with a lot of harmful or artificial ingredients, and supplement with probiotics, enzymes, minerals, and trace minerals as needed.


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Want to Age Gracefully? 5 Simple Steps

Of course, who doesn't want to age gracefully! I don't think anyone wants to just wake up one day with sagging skin under the arms, wrinkles galore, a poochy belly and some of the other conditions we associate with growing older. The good news is you don't have to. You can do things now that will allow you to age more gracefully and stay feeling and looking youthful as you grow into old age.

There are three major causes of aging:
•Cell and tissue damage from free radicals
•Enzyme depletion
•Reduced immune response in the body

Remember that our cells don't really age - they are constantly being replaced by new cells. On the cell level, aging occurs because the body's cells are under constant attack by damaging, unstable molecules called free radicals. The body's antioxidant enzymes are supposed to help neutralize free radicals before they cause cell damage. However, many stresses of modern living often create free radicals in quantities well beyond the body's natural ability to cope with them.

The digestive tract is a key element in our immune systems. Modern lifestyles also are really good at killing off the beneficial bacteria in our intestines that the body needs to fight off diseases.  The natural solution to aging gracefully is to maintain a lifestyle that reduces these modern stresses and allows the body to take care of the free radicals and support the digestive system. Here are some ways to do just that:


1. Make sure you get plenty of antioxidants. Antioxidants, found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, fight off the effects of free radicals and prevent oxidative damage. Diets that help slow the process of aging tend to be those that have lots of raw fruit and vegetables, have more vegetable protein than animal protein, have whole grains and healthy oils such as omega 3. Limit the amount of meat, butter, eggs and dairy you eat and eat whole, organic foods whenever possible. That doesn't mean you can't ever have a chocolate donut or your favorite comfort food again. But for most of the time, eating healthy, drinking plenty of pure water every day and developing healthy eating habits. 

2. Supplement your diet with multivitamin and mineral supplements. Even if you are eating fresh foods not boxed and stuffed with preservatives, many of our foods still don't have the right vitamins and nutrients. The soil many of our foods are grown in has been depleted of these making supplementation a necessary component to get all the vitamins and nutrients we need. Make sure you get high quality however and avoid cheaper supplements with fillers and dyes. This supplement  has powerful anti-oxidants and this supplement with coenzyme Q10 can help the body fight off free radicals. Adding these enzymes is the simple solution to enzyme depletion and to insure enough enzymes to clean up waste in the body and cells.

3. Take probiotics to maintain digestive tract health. Probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus create a favorable environment for the growth of beneficial flora, promote the normal movement of food through the intestine, lower the pH of the intestine, manufacture specific B vitamins, and promote immune function. You might also consider doing cleanses one or two times a year to clear toxins out of the body.

4. Ideally, we should get 30 minutes of regular exercise a day for circulation, strength and flexibility. If you can't do that, then at least do something that involves movement every day. Moving the body filters down to creating movement on the cell level. Exercises, such as particular yoga exercises, can help keep the digestive tract in good working order, tone up the arms, flatten the stomach, improve muscle tone, increase energy, and increase flexibility. Don't wait until you start to see signs of aging though. Start now before the signs of aging kick in.

5. Laugh and be happy (stress causes aging). People who have more enjoyment out of life tend to show less signs of aging. Having hobbies you enjoy, a spiritual practice, or work that you enjoy can go a long way to aging gracefully.

So you see you can reverse the effects of aging with very simple nutritional and lifestyle changes. Your body replaces all of its cells about once a year so you get a brand new you every year! To prevent aging, just start these 5 simple steps to support your body's natural processes for health.



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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

5 Natural Solutions for Getting a Good Night's Sleep

In the equation for healthy living the recommendations usually include eating a healthy balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, exercise and getting a good night's sleep. These are general guidelines and what they mean can vary though from person to person. For example, every person needs a different amount of sleep, so what is a sufficient amount of sleep for one person may not be enough for another. You might even need different amounts of sleep on different nights depending on what's going on in your life. The quality of your sleep is also an important factor. Your quality of sleep determines how refreshed you feel when you wake up in the morning, and how much energy you have during the day.

The best way to determine how much sleep you need is to listen to your body. Pick a time when you don't have to be up at a certain time and experiment with waking up naturally instead of setting an alarm clock. See what time you wake up and how many hours you slept. Check in with how you feel with that amount of sleep, then adjust accordingly.

Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia
But what about for those who have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep. According to a study published in "USA Today" only 26% of Americans claim to get a good nights sleep only a few days a month and 24% of those surveyed claim to get a good nights sleep only a few days a week. Many sources report that Americans are sleep-deprived and lacking in daily energy. Most of those Americans reach for coffee in the morning and energy drinks in the afternoon. That of course leads to the energy crash that happens in the late afternoon or evening.

Natural Solutions To Help With Sleep
Here are some natural solutions that can help if you have insomnia or other sleep problems:

1. Train for Bedtime
Start training your body as to when it is time to sleep and when it is time to get up. Pick the same time each day to awaken and avoid naps during the day. Establish a nighttime routine that cues your body to get ready for sleep. Begin dimming the lights at least an hour before bedtime, put away all work and conflict situations. If you have things you are worried about, make a list and put it away in your calendar or day planner to deal with the next day. Instead engage in something calming such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, imagery, listening to soothing music, or taking a relaxing bath.

2. Herbs
There are herbs that can help some people with sleep problems. Valerian root and chamomile are two of these. Try incorporating slowly sipping a cup of Chamomile tea into your routine of relaxing before bedtime.

3. Exercise
Regular exercise can help with sleep problems. Do not include this in your bedtime routine however as it can also act as a stimulant. Exercise should be done at least 3 hours prior to your bedtime routine. Yoga and Tai Chi are good practices that have been found to be helpful with sleep problems.

4. Watch What You Eat
Eating a late meal or heavy snack before going to bed can activate your digestive system and keep you from being able to go to sleep. On the other hand, going to bed hungry can also prevent sleep. A light bedtime snack of complex carbohydrate or dairy foods like cereal and milk can be OK for some people.

5. Algae and Probiotics
Adding some probiotics and Super Blue Green Algae to your nightly regimen can really help you recharge while you sleep. 1-2 capsules before bed of algae with the cell wall removed, which is the core of the algae without the cell wall, relaxes the brain and allows you to get a peaceful night's rest. Adding 2-4 capsules of bifidus to your evening regimen can help ensure a restful sleep so you wake rested and confident. While digestive enzymes certainly help us digest our food, on a metaphysical level, they can also help us digest and "work through" the knotty problems of the day. If you're facing a difficult situation or problem and need some solutions, take 2-4 enzymes before bed. Chances are that you will awaken with the needed solution!



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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Natural Solutions: 7 Ways to Say Goodbye to Allergies

Allergies can range from seasonal allergies resulting from sources such as pollen, trees, plants, grass and weeds to ongoing allergies from other environmental sources like dust and dander to food allergies. What they all have in common however is the release of histamine from immune cells causing itching, swelling and a lot of mucous.

An allergic response is the body's way of reacting to the ingestion of substances such as pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites. The body reacts by producing histamine, which is a chemical responsible for the production of watery mucous attempting to wash away the irritating pollens. Anti-histamines block this natural response of the body. People who suffer from persistent allergic reactions either have deficiencies in digestive and metabolic enzymes or not enough histamine production or histamine not strong enough.

Healthy Immune System For Allergy Relief
There's no denying we live in a world full of toxic substances in our air, water, medications, cleaning products, personal hygiene products and foods. Fighting off these toxins puts a strain on the immune system. A stronger immune system is always a good thing. The most natural way to fight off allergies is to keep your immune system healthy and in good working order. Toxins have a negative effect on the good bacteria in our intestines leading to an overgrowth of unfriendly bacteria. This imbalance of good and bad bacteria creates an unhealthy digestive tract and an out of balance immune system.

Deficiencies in vital nutrients also adds to the problem. Vitamin D, omega 3 and omega 6 are among these. These are important to maintaining a healthy immune system that is able to fight off allergens and we don't get enough of these from the diets we typically eat.

Natural Solutions to Allergy Relief
There are natural solutions that can support the relief of allergic reactions and immune system function. Here are a few that can be helpful in saying good bye to allergies.

1. DRINK EXTRA WATER:
The histamine production centers in our bodies are controlled by our internal hydrologic cycles. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces per day and even more during allergy seasons.

2. STRESS REDUCTION:
Stress can add to the production of free radicals in the body which leads to cell damage. Reducing stress can help keep free radical production to a level that the body's natural antioxidant enzymes can neutralize them before they cause damage. Developing a meditation program is just one way to reduce stress.

3. LIMIT EXPOSURE TO CHEMICALS:
The less pollutants, pesticides and preservatives we come into contact with, the better for the body. Using natural cleaning solutions, natural cosmetics, and eating fresh organic foods can help cut down on exposure to toxic substances.

4. ENZYMES:
Enzymes break down the irritating shell that surrounds each pollen molecule. This prevents your body from going into a histamine overdrive. Take 2 with each meal and 2 between meals. If you are enzyme deficient you may need more to restore your enzyme bank.

5. SUPER SPROUTS and ALGAE:
Wheat sprouts are powerful antioxidants that help your body cope with all the extra pollen in the air (as well as free radicals increased by environmental pollutants and stress) moving it through your system without a lot of allergy symptoms. Take 2 three times a day.

6. PROBIOTICS:
When you're gut is functioning properly, everything else works smoothly. Probiotics such as Acidophilus and bifidus help keep your gut in healthy, working order, which is the basis of total immune health. Take 2 acidophilus in the morning and 2 bifidus at night.

7. DETOXIFICATION:
Detoxification can be used to remove impurities and eliminate toxins from the blood in the liver, through the kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin. There are many natural cleansing and detoxification methods you can get pre-packaged from your local health food store or can find on the internet to make yourself at home.

A balanced immune system, proper nutrients and supplements, and detoxifying can go a long way to freeing you from allergies.



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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Blue Green Algae- More Than a Mood Food

by guest author Madalyn Ward, DVM

Does the food you eat affect your moods? Absolutely and in a big way. A heavy mood food like meat can slow you down and stimulants such as coffee and tea can lift you up. Foods that are prepared with love, leave you feeling better than those that are mass produced. We all have our favorite comfort mood food and it usually one our mom prepared for us as kids. All these foods have a short term affect on our moods.

But what about a mood food that acts on a deeper level of our consciousness? Is there such a thing as a pattern breaking food? I believe at least one food can help you break through deep patterns in your consciousness and it is the blue green algae, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, from Klamath Lake.

When I was first introduced to  AFA algae, in 1993, I was very skeptical that it could have any actual health benefits for people or animals. I had seen a few animals respond well but still I doubted. Since I don't promote products I don't believe in I asked for guidance from the healing angels about the algae. I was not expecting the message I received.

A Message about the Algae received 12/31/1993
Let us talk about the algae. It is a gift to your planet to be given to those on the path of love. It is structured to trigger one's awareness of changes taking place within them and across the planet. It is more than simple nutrition. Held within the algae is a blueprint for the unfolding process to regain lost aspects of what your true selves have always been.

As you know so well, you do not use but a small portion of your talents. Humans have been unaware for so long that most live their lives in darkness. The algae causes people to wake up. It can reach so many because of its totally harmless character. There are no contra-indications for algae.

There are no situations where it won't be beneficial. All who take the algae benefit from it, whether they choose to be aware or not. New cells in the body begin functioning, and these cells are a part of your superhuman body that is encased in your current physical body. As these new cells are awakened, you will have a new lease on life. You will literally see through new eyes and hear through new ears and feel through a new heart. In a way it is indeed a pattern-breaking technology, but even more than that it is creating entirely new cells with new outlooks.

It has been almost 20 years since I first starting working with the  AFA blue green algae for myself and all types of animals. Over this time I have reflected back occasionally on the original message about the algae. I have been amazed when people would get excited about the health benefits of the products and order them only to return them immediately – unopened. In hindsight, I suspect that since the algae is more than a short term good mood food these people had deeper patterns they were not aware of or not ready to change. For myself, I have had to decrease my consumption of the algae when I found my frustration levels mounting as I attempted to shift patterns I did not fully understand. The algae is not a replacement for therapy but it can help it work faster.

I also believe the source of the AFA algae makes a difference. It does not take large doses of the AFA to make a significant difference. It does, however, take energy to shift deep patterns. You may not want to start the algae if you are sick or rundown. Better to build your life force and then begin. I am always open to sharing my experiences and helping you find the program that is the best fit for you.


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Enhance Your Mental Faculties... and Maybe Your Psychic Powers Too!

by guest author: Leta Worthington, Animal Communciator

The secret is the blood-brain barrier. Sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it's really a great thing, as you will read below. But first, here's my personal story about how my own mental faculties and psychic powers were enhanced–within about half an hour. Seriously.

Twenty years ago a friend introduced me to a form of blue-green algae called Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (aka "AFA") by giving me one single capsule of  a form of algae with the cell wall removed. Within 30 minutes my whole being responded. I felt like my vibratory frequency (yes, we all have one) had been raised about 100 notches, and my physical energy and mood had been enhanced equally. I felt indescribably happy, almost euphoric. It was also easier than I had ever experienced to "tune in" to the animals I talked to for clients, and to feel and receive other types of information psychically as well. Needless to say, I bought a bottle of this algae and immediately signed up with the company so that I could order more algae any time I wanted, wholesale, and share it with others as well.

So here's why this amazing substance, especially in the form of the algae with the cell wall removed, works so well in achieving this effect. And if you don't want to read all the technical stuff, you can just skip to the last paragraph or two.The blood-brain barrier is a protective network of blood vessels and cells that filters blood flowing to the brain, thereby shielding the central nervous system from contaminants. So it's a good thing.

That said, this barrier can also have the effect of keeping out quite a few other things that might be beneficial to the brain, like nutrients in the form of less-than-perfect foods we all consume nowadays, to give just one example. Being the hungriest organ in the body, the brain voraciously desires the nutrients, but unfortunately the fillers or refined aspects of many foods prevent the good stuff from ever reaching it.

Enter algae with the cell wall removed.  This is a form of blue-green algae known as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, acknowledged to be the oldest complete food on the planet. This particular form of algae has had its cell wall removed so that its inner goodness can pass through the blood-brain barrier unimpeded.

I could go on and on about the properties and benefits of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, and how it provides just about every nutrient your body needs, in the form of a living, single-cell, raw food that is highly assimilable, but, in a nutshell:  it used to grow in many fresh water lakes on earth but now flourishes in only one remaining place in Oregon, Upper Klamath Lake, where it is fed by nothing but the sun and 35 feet of volcanic deposits on the bottom of the lake. This company is a 25+ year-old company that is dedicated to nothing more than safely harvesting and preserving this amazing food, and is responsible for making it available in several different forms.

This form of algae  is the one that can so easily pass the blood-brain barrier and feed your brain.

This is serious brain food, folks. Really.

So if you are feeling mentally foggy, like your head is stuffed with cotton, or you want to amp up your psychic reception, try this bluegreen algae. You can order it right HERE, right now. Oh, and also, it may help improve your spirits dramatically if you suffer from depression. I can't swear to this because depression isn't one of my monsters. (But hmmm, come to think of it, maybe that's because I've been taking algae for 20 years now.) Anyway, sure is worth a try.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Natural Solutions for Staying Active as You Age

Most of us would love to find a fountain of youth as a natural solution to combat aging. The good news is you can. Science is finding more evidence all the time of ways to deflect the aging process in our bodies. One of these is as simple as staying active.

Staying Active to Stay Youthful
Recent studies show evidence that Alzheimer's can actually be prevented by exercise. Regular exercise has also been found to increase life expectancy, protect against stroke and change our DNA making our muscles work more efficiently. During exercise the brain stimulates enzymes that are able to break down amyloid plaques that have been linked to Alzheimer's.

Besides staying active physically, there are studies that show that staying active mentally is important. One recent study found that staying active mentally produces lower amounts of a protein that forms beta amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's. (http://ow.ly/ewC2K)

Antioxidants to Support Staying Youthful
To stay youthful, forget about the passage of time. Instead, think about keeping your cells healthy. Antioxidants help keep your cells in peak condition.

Our bodies are made of over 75 trillion cells. These cells are under constant attack by unstable molecules called free radicals. Some of these free radical molecules are the result of natural processes in the body, while others come from the daily stresses of life, including air pollutants, smoking, alcohol, over-exertion, heavy exercise, and poor diets. Problems occur when an over abundance of free radicals exists and the body does not have enough naturally occurring antioxidants to combat them.

As your 75 trillion cells are constantly attacked by free radicals, the result is aging.
Free radicals can react with your cells' DNA and RNA, the blueprints by which your cells duplicate themselves causing heart disease, chronic pain, and other ailments related to aging.

A good way to supplement your body with antioxidants is with blue green algae. Blue green algae contains a wide range of antioxidants in the form of specific trace minerals, amino acids, vitamins and especially pigments – an impressive variety of carotenes along with potent green and blue pigments. Replicated studies have shown the potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of phycocyanin which is found in blue green algae. (Bruno, Edible Microalgae)

This supplement gives you wheat sprouts, bluegreen algae and red beta algae combined to supply the body with antioxidant nutrition and combat the destructive effects of free radicals.

Bluegreen algae contains a vast array of micronutrients that your body uses for physical well being and to support physical health.

The saying you are only as old as you feel can certainly apply. Staying active both physically and mentally and giving your body antioxidant support, can help you combat the aging process and many of the health concerns that accompany it. Try out these natural solutions and start your own fountain of youth flowing.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012

How to Have Good Skin: 1.6 Million Reasons to Update Your Skincare Regimen

Why is it even important to know how to have good skin? Well, your skin is your largest body organ accounting for 16% of your body weight. The body is estimated to be made of 10 trillion cells, so that would be 1.6 trillion skin cells. (http://ow.ly/ep56Z). That's a lot of skin cells for sure, but so what. Is knowing how to have good skin really that important? You bet!

What Does Your Skin Do For You?
Here's a few things skin does that might make you realize how important a good skincare regimen is:
  • It helps protect the body from pathogens
  • Provides sensation through nerve endings warning us of things like if something is too hot
  • It conserves our body heat and prevents energy loss
  • Skin protects against fluid loss.
  • It stores lipids and water and is a means of vitamin D synthesis
  • It protects the body from losing essential nutrients
Human skin is composed of several layers and is constantly regenerating itself. New skin cells form at the lowest layer and push their way up to the top layer. Between 30,000 and 40,000 skin cells fall off every hour (http://ow.ly/ep56Z). The dead cells fall off, making room for the newer cells. About every 30 days your body has produced a completely new set of skin.

Naturopathic medicine has long recognized that skin and intestinal health are related. Many times a skin disorder such as a rash or eczema can be traced to a problem in the digestive tract. Concentrating on creating a healthy digestive tract system can support skin health and seeing issues with your skin can give you a heads up that there may be a problem with your intestinal tract.

Natural Solutions for a Skincare Regimen
To support your skin's health, you can start with supporting intestinal health. Improving your diet with more fruits and vegetables and drinking 8 glasses of pure water a day is a good place to start. Digestive enzymes and probiotics, such as Acidophilus and bifidus are another way to support good intestinal health which in turn supports skin health.

Acidophilus supports the small intestine which is involved in digestion, absorption, and transport of food. Bifidus is a pro-biotic that creates a favorable environment for the growth of "good bacteria" in the large intestine which absorbs water from food that is eaten and aids the body in removing waste products. This full spectrum probiotic contains 12 key "good bacteria" that are microblended with bluegreen, Jerusalem artichoke, and an acerola and rose hips blend which all work to promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the digestive tract. Enzymes such as these and these enhanced enzymes aid in digestion of food so that the body can absorb the nutrients required to build cells, tissues and organs.

To support your skin from the outside, this antioxidant lotion with WGP Beta Glucan is an excellent choice for providing nutrition to the skin. With ingredients like vitamin E, organic blue-green algae, and wholesome oils, all working together to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate the skin's immune system, and help protect against the effects of free radicals, your skin gets a break from the stressors of the environment. .

Now that you know how to have good skin, why it is important to keep your skin healthy and how to maintain a good skincare regimen, what are you waiting for? Start now by getting up and getting a glass of pure water and piece of fruit!


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Friday, October 5, 2012

Leaky Gut Syndrome and Food Allergies

Leaky gut syndrome and food allergies are two of the challenges our intestinal systems face today. Both theses issues can cause a variety of symptoms from mild swelling and gas to extreme cramping, aches and pains.

A small percentage of the population has actual food allergies that include symptoms of hives, itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and anaphylaxis. A higher percentage have food intolerances or are hypersensitive to certain foods. These symptoms include fatigue, anxiety, muscle pain, gas bloating, diarrhea and headaches. This occurs mostly when food is improperly digested. It also quite often happens in conjunction with leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky Gut Syndrome
Not a lot is known about leaky gut syndrome by doctors except for its symptoms which include bloating, gas, cramps, food sensitivities and aches and pains. It is more of a category of symptoms than a diagnosis and doctors are often at a loss when it comes to finding causes and how to treat it.

Doctors believe it is possibly caused by tight junctions in the gut, that control what can pass the lining of the small intestine, not working properly and allowing substances to leak into the bloodstream. It can also be caused by some types of disease, certain drugs, radiation therapy, chronic stress, diet or food allergies.

Poor Digestion
For good digestion to occur, the stomach must have enough enzymes to process food. "Leaky gut syndrome" can let undigested proteins, carbohydrates and fats through to the blood system and cause the immune system to react to these as foreign invaders. Food allergies are also known to be linked to poor digestion. When the digestive system is not functioning properly it can lead to all the symptoms associated with leaky gut syndrome.

Natural Solutions
Lifestyle changes of eating a healthier diet and stress reduction are currently the best forms of treatment for leaky gut syndrome. Other forms of treatment may be available from your doctor if he or she can arrive at a diagnosis of the cause. At the current time however the medical profession has limited knowledge for causes.

Scientific studies have shown that algae can reduce allergic sensitivity to milk and soybean and may enhance antibodies that can protect against or reduce allergic reactions to foods such as shellfish.

AFA blue green algae, with its cartoenes and chlorophyll, is able to help cells around the intestinal wall secrete lubricating material that can help prevent the immune system from over-reacting.

Acidophilus and bifidus along with enzymes can help keep your digestive system in good working order. Acidophilus supports intestinal health by creating a favorable environment for the growth of beneficial flora and promotes the normal movement of food through the intestine. Bifidus lowers the pH of the intestine, manufactures specific B vitamins, promotes immune function, and supports the health of the large intestine. Enzymes contain a combination of enzymes to help break down all types of foods (including fats, carbohydrates, protein, and fiber) for improved digestion and optimal nutrition. Bluegreen Algae provides an easily digestible natural complex that is critical for the health and vitality of tissues and cells. To get all of these in one easy, convenient packet, check out  HERE.

So the natural way to help with your leaky gut syndrome symptoms and food intolerances is to reduce stress, eat a healthy diet and supplement that diet with bluegreen algae, acidophilus, bifidus and digestive enzymes. Your gut will be glad you did.


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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

How to Support Your Memory with Natural Solutions

How's your memory? Where did I put my keys? What did I come in here for? Who was I supposed to call? Do any of these sound familiar? Probably. Most of us have memory lapses from time to time. Memory loss can range from occasional forgetfulness to Alzheimer's and dementia for a variety of reasons.

What Causes Memory Loss?
Memory loss can come from many different sources including
  • disease
  • head injury
  • lack of sleep 
  • depression
  • alcohol and drug use
  • medication
  • strokes
  • loss of brain cells
  • stress
Nutrition and Memory Loss
The brain needs a diet that includes high quality fats and proteins to function properly. Vitamin B1 and B12 are especially important to prevent memory loss. For good brain health you need a diet with foods that provide amino acids and nutrients the brain needs to function well. These include peanuts, eggs, grains, soybeans, potatoes, legumes, almonds, beets, milk, fish, meat, bananas, yogurt and cheese.

Natural Solutions for Memory Loss
Although no one natural solution has been found to completely combat all types of memory loss, there are several supplements that have been found to improve memory, reduce the risk of severe memory loss or benefit memory recovery to some extent. Some of these include:
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Omega-3 
  • Acetyl-L carnitine (amino acid)
  • Vitamin E
  • Asian ginseng
Healthy Brain
The most important thing we can each do to reduce our risk of memory loss is to support a healthy brain. Many things in our environment today, such as pollution and pesticides, increase our exposure to toxins. The blood brain barrier works to protect the brain from toxins and allow in the nutrients it needs. Oxygen, water and glucose are able to pass through the blood brain barrier, whereas other molecules can be accepted or rejected. 

The human brain requires oxygen and a high concentration of nutrients. 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. Research has shown that poly unsaturated fatty acid and especially DHA are vital for brain development. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, important nutrients for healthy brain, are also able to permeate the blood brain barrier.


How Algae Supports Brain Health
Studies have shown that AFA blue-green algae can help reduce stress. It also contains beta-carotenes and antioxidants that can help protect the central nervous system from oxidative stress.

Brain tissue is mostly made of lipids which are especially sensitive to oxidative damage. "Beta-carotene offers powerful anti-cancer, anti-aging, and antioxidant properties without the toxic risks of taking fat-soluble vitamin A." (Jeffery Bruno, Edible Microalgae). Studies have shown that beta-carotene may provide protection against memory impairment and general brain damage. Microalgae is one of the richest sources of beta-carotene.

This form of bluegreen Algae is the heart of the algae with the cell wall removed and is an abundant source of raw materials for enhancing brain activity. Amino acids found in this type of algae is the building blocks of healthy nerve cells and neurotransmitters needed for the brain to function properly. This type of algae also provides essential omega-3 fatty acids and helps maintain normal, healthy blood chemistry that feeds the brain.

How to Support Your Memory with Natural Solutions - The Bottom Line
In a nutshell, a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables and nuts that also includes dairy, fish, poultry and olive oil has been shown to be optimal in supporting a healthy brain. Add exercise and learning new things to this type of diet and, of course, eat your algae, and you will be on your way to good brain health.


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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Back to School: How to Boost Your Child's Immune Function

It's the time of year to really start thinking about how to boost your child's immune function. The kids are back in school and for many of us life has returned to the school schedule daily routine. That can often mean rushing around in the morning scrambling for homework and backpacks while Mom and Dad are also trying to get ready for work. Breakfast is often on the run and maybe not the most nutritious of meals. But children spending the greatest part of their day in close proximity with other children are being exposed to all types of germs which can lead to infections that will strip them of vital body nutrients. "Multiple, closely spaced, or severe infections are the most frequent cause of childhood malnutrition." (Beisel W. History of nutritional immunology: introduction and overview. Journal of Nutrition. March 1992; 122(3 Suppl):591-6.). So what can you do to naturally protect your children's health and how to boost your child's immune function?

How to Boost Immune Function
Nutrients that support immune function include Vitamin A, beta-carotene, zinc, iron, B-vitamins, amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids and nucleotides. All of these are abundant in microalgae. In fact studies of school children show a dramatic increase in school attendance due to a decrease in sick days for those that eat AFA blue-green algae. The carotenoids in AFA blue-green algae have also been shown to enhance immune function by giving protection to the thymus gland and antioxidant protection to white blood cells and other immune cells. Animal studies have found that those fed algae were the least likely to contract disease. (Jeffrey Bruno, Edible Microalgae) bluegreen algae that is the whole, complete algae,  provides essential fatty acids, proteins, complex sugars, vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids. Supplementing your child's diet with blue-green algae is a natural way to support his or her immune function.

Acidophilus is another way to help boost immune function. We usually think of acidophilus as a support for digestive health, but since it produces B-vitamins and acidophilin it also aids in immune function support. Acidophilus also aids the body's ability to absorb nutrients.

How to Boost Immune Function on a Daily Basis
I know though that on a rushed morning trying to get everyone out the door to school and work, there often isn't time to dole out supplements from several bottles. The easy answer to how to boost immune function on those busy mornings is to hand out packets that contain two kinds of algae, an enzyme, an acidophilus capsule and a bifidus capsule.

How to Boost Immune Function to Combat Illness
We've all seen how "bugs" get passed around the schoolroom from child to child. If you know there is a bug going around your child's class, this immune system support supplement  can help give an extra boost to their immune function through supporting the production and activity of white blood cells. This supplement contains the active ingredient WGPtm beta glucan which has been scientifically shown to activate macrophages (type of white blood cell that is body's first line of defense). Studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and John Hopkins University have all documented its potential as an immunity booster. For those times your child needs extra immune support to fight off the bug going around, you can supplement his or her diet with this supplement and give an extra 5-10 capsules of acidophilus (nature's antibiotic).

Supplementing your children's diet with these high quality supplements when illness is around can give them the extra edge for optimal immune function and learning time uninterrupted by sickness.



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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cancer: Diet, Nutrition ... and Golf!

We've all heard about the "war on cancer" and the billions of dollars spent researching ways to prevent and cure cancer ... YET,


Did You Know that Cancer:
  • is the second leading cause of death in the US
  • every 30 seconds an American is diagnosed as having the disease
  • every 55 seconds another American dies from the disease?
Cancer is simply the body's cellular regeneration process gone wrong. Research now shows that at least 35% of the disease is related to nutritional factors. According to the Committee on Diet, Nutrition, and Cancer, "At present we have overwhelming evidence ... (that) none of the risk factors for cancer is ... more significant than diet and nutrition."

Foods rich in beta-carotene have been shown through various studies to help reduce the risks of cancer. Isolated sources or synthetic sources of beta-carotene however do not help reduce the risk. When making sure you get beta-carotene in your diet, supplements of only beta-carotene or in multivitamins are not useful in reducing the risk of cancer. Super Blue Green algae is not only a rich source of beta-carotene, but also has other ingredients that have cancer-preventative properties, including chlorophyll and the blue-green algae pigment called cryptophycin.

Studies have also shown that there is a potential benefit to eating algae before and after radiation for cancer patients. The beta-carotene from algae can help protect against the damage to cells by free radicals from radiation treatment and may help alleviate chemo side effects. In addition, eating algae can help slow the loss of white blood cells.

FYI: Recent research shows that participation in sports has a beneficial effect on health, especially for cancer survivors. The most popular sport? One study showed ... you got it, golf!

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Natural Solutions for Circulation and Heart Function

Looking at natural solutions for circulation and heart function starts with researching the risk factors for heart problems. We have all heard about the obesity problem in the United States and about programs to start children learning to eat healthy diets to avoid becoming obese adults. This is due to so many of our diets having an over abundance of fats including saturated fat. Diets high in fat can lead to elevated levels of LDL cholesterol (yup, that's the bad one) and buildup of fatty deposits in arteries and contribute to the risk of heart problems.

Most heart associated deaths are caused by heart attacks and congestive heart failure. High blood pressure, obesity, irregular heartbeat and other conditions that overwork the heart can weaken it and lead to congestive heart failure.

Natural Solutions: The Facts
Public health expert, Albert Sanchez, Ph.D. did a study in 2000 with high school students examining obesity and heart disease risk factors and found that more than 80% had diets exceeding the recommended levels of total fat and saturated fat. More than a third of them had elevated LDL cholesterol levels and many had early build up of fatty deposits in the carotid artery. All of these are risk factors for heart disease and other health problems later in life.

A study from the University of California was conducted on children with inherited tendency towards high cholesterol. It was found that antioxidants seemed to improve the condition of the blood vessels by helping neutralize free radical molecules that prevent dilation of blood vessels. (Jeffrey Bruno, PhD, Edible Microalgae)

Natural Solutions for Risk of Heart Disease
Fruits and vegetables which are good sources of antioxidants can help lower the risk of heart disease. Microalgae, which is a rich source of antioxdants and offers a balance of essential fatty acids, has also been found to be a good natural solution to add to the diet. The beta carotene in algae also makes it a good natural solution to help reduce elevated LDL oxidation in those with diabetes. "Greenland Eskimos, whose traditional diet was high in coldwater fish that eat blue-green algae, had little cardiovascular disease." (Jeffrey Bruno, PhD, Edible Microalgae) according to a study by Smith D et al., Lipids. 1989; 24:70-5.

AFA algae is also high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and has a high percent of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 has been found to be severely lacking in the American diet and is helpful in supporting heart function and lowering blood pressure.

Supplementing the diet with coenzyme Q10 has been shown through scientific studies to have remarkable results on cardiovascular health and immunity. This  coenyme Q10 supplement offers this essential coenzyme as well as cold-pressed flaxseed oil, which is one of the richest sources of omega-3 and has omega-6 fatty acids, has carotenoids from red beta algae, contains a combination of antioxidants and bluegreen algae.

Natural Solutions: The Bottom Line
Natural solutions for keeping your heart strong and healthy include eating a heart healthy diet and adding superfoods rich in essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10. Adding this coenzyme Q10 supplement to your diet is a simple natural solution to get all the supplementation to your diet that research has shown is essential to maintaining good heart health. 

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Natural Solutions for Immune Support

Our bodies are made with a built in immune system, but sometimes that system becomes overwhelmed and needs some help with natural solutions for immune support. Fortifying your immune system with natural solutions allows the body's defenses to better fight off harmful invaders and keep you healthy.

Natural Solutions: Blue Green Algae
Nutrients that support immune system function include Vitamin A, beta-carotene, zinc, iron, B vitamins, amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and nucleotides. Microalgae has an abundance of all of these and is therefore a good natural solution for immune system support. Studies have shown that children who eat blue-green algae miss less school due to sick days. Other studies of children diagnosed with zinc deficiency showed superior immune response from those given blue-green algae tablets. ("Edible Microalgae, Jeffrey J. Bruno, Ph.D.)

According to Karl Abrams, Chemistry professor, the carotenoids in AFA protect the thymus gland and offer antioxidant protection to immune cells. (Abrams, K. Algae to the Rescue. Logan House, 1996:71)

Natural Solutions: Beta Glucan
Another natural solution for immune support is the complex carbohydrate beta glucan. Scientists found in the 1960s that beta glucan has immune boosting properties. Studies reveal that WGP beta glucan is able to activate macrophages (type of white blood cell in body's defense system). Activating these macrophages can result in a stronger immune system.


How Betan Glucan Works
Beta glucan is a complex carbohydrate of glucose. It can found in yeast, bacteria, fungi and cereals like oats, barley and rye. Each type of beta glucan has a unique structure with glucose being linked together in different ways. This gives them distinctive physical properties. The most potent anti-infective beta glucan immunomodulator is derived from baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) beta glucan branched with beta 1,6 and beta 1,3 which enhances its ability to bind and stimulate macrophages. This is the type used in  this immune system support supplement making it another good natural solution for immune support.

If you are looking for natural solutions for immune system support, we have some recommendations for you. With bluegreen algae and this immune system support supplement, you can get the essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals plus WGP beta glucan that your body needs to help keep your immune system strong and your body healthy.


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