Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Why You Should Go "Wild" With Supplements

A lot of people come to me for nutritional counseling and I always suggest that they "go wild" when they choose their supplements. When I say "go wild," I don't mean that they should go buy up everything in the vitamin aisle, I mean that they should consider supplements that are made from wild, organic, whole foods. These kinds of supplements benefit is in four different ways.

1. Wild Foods Fit Our Bodies
Foods from nature are made to suit our bodies. We are all part of the same ecosystem and wild foods, especially ancient foods that have been on the planet for millions of years, strengthen our genetic and cellular integrity.

2. Whole Foods are Easily Absorbed
Our bodies often require enzymes, co-enzymes, and other co-factors to absorb and use vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Synthesized supplements often lack these co-factors, so our bodies can't use the supplements. They often just come out the other end. On the other hand, whole foods have a much higher absorption rate, so we get more nutrition for every bite.

3. Balanced Mineral Ratio
It's very important for the food we eat to have balanced mineral ratios. Many disease conditions are caused by imbalanced mineral ratios, so taking supplements that don't have a balanced mineral ratio can worsen pre-existing health conditions. Luckily, Mother Nature produces foods that tend to have balanced mineral ratios, so whole foods are always better than artificially created supplements.

4. Organic Foods Are Not Polluted
Many of the chemicals used in farming cause the vitamins and minerals in our food to be unavailable for our bodies to use, not to mention that these chemicals can cause serious health problems. Organically-certified foods meet a rigorous standard of testing and contain far fewer harmful ingredients.

So when you go to the health food store to pick out your daily supplements, go wild, go green, go natural, go organic. In other words, go healthy!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Healthy Aging Doesn't Have to Put a Dent in Your Wallet!

Have you ever noticed that products that are supposed to help with aging gracefully are more expensive than regular products in the same category? For example, skin moisturizers that are for "mature" or "aging" skin can be two to nine times as expensive as moisturizers designed for people in every other age group.

And here's the really crazy thing: the price of these products, such as moisturizers for aging skin, shoots through the roof just as people transition into retirement and begin to live on less income! Boy does that hit you where it hurts!

The good news is that aging gracefully does not have to stress you out or put a major dent in your wallet. You might be amazed at the number of simple lifestyle habits that you can incorporate into your life that will not only put you on the path to healthy aging, but don't cost very much. In fact, some of these lifestyle habits don't cost a single penny ... they only require a little of your time, attention, and dedication.

Three Strategies for Healthy Aging That Don't Cost a Penny!
The funny thing about lifestyle habits that contribute to healthy aging is that they are actually quite applicable to healthy living at any age. In fact, if you were to apply the three following lifestyle habits early in your life, you would find that aging gracefully is a cinch. You don't have to "learn new tricks" as you age if you practice and stick with healthy habits starting early in life.

Healthy Aging Tip #1: A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
Experts in exercise science state that to remain healthy, we need to get 30 minutes of daily exercise, regardless of age. Exercise and movement promotes circulation, strength, and flexibility. Life is movement, and the longer you can stay active and moving, the longer you will hold off the effects of aging. Exercise affects the body on all levels, even down to the cellular level. Studies show that exercise can improve the efficiency of energy production at the cellular level. If simple movement on a daily basis can kick start every single cell in your body, imagine how much overall daily energy you will feel!  And don't think that you have to go race around the track or take up kick boxing. Gentler exercises, such yoga or tai-chi, have proven just as effective in keeping you healthy. For instance, a regular yoga practice can keep the digestive tract in good working order, tone up the arms, flatten the stomach, improve muscle tone, increase energy, and increase flexibility.

Healthy Aging Tip #2: Drink the Right Amount of Water
Our bodies are mostly water, so staying hydrated is important to aging gracefully. Just think of your skin. When your skin doesn't get enough water, it loses elasticity and firmness. The result? Dreaded wrinkles! So drinking enough water is definitely one key to staying healthy as you age. At the same time, you don't want to drown your body with too much water, as this can overwork the kidneys. If you are not sure how much water to drink, read this article for a simple formula to help you calculate a healthy water intake for your situation.

Healthy Aging Tip #3: Eat Right and Be Merry
Tip #2 above was the "drink" part of the "eat, drink, and be merry" formula for healthy aging! The other two parts--eating and being merry--are also important. As we age, our bodies are less and less able to digest foods. The "gut bombs" we so easily ate as teenagers become a real burden to our bodies as we grow older. So eating right is actually "eating light." Find out more about how eating light is a lifestyle habit with many health benefits in this article. As for being merry, we all know that laughter is definitely good medicine. Studies have definitively shown that happy people live longer and stay healthier for longer. Whatever it means for you to be merry, go for it. Having hobbies you enjoy, a spiritual practice, or work that you enjoy can go a long way towards aging gracefully.

Now you may read the above tips and think to yourself, "Well, duh!" And you would be right.. these tips are not the stuff of rocket science. They are simple common sense. But at the same time you have to consider that we humans are not particularly good at doing what we know to be good for us. For many years now the top New Year's Resolution in the U.S. has been to lose weight. For the same number of years, less than 10% of people who make that resolution are still sticking to that resolution by February 1. Does that tell you how little we are able to commit to simple, common-sense lifestyle habits that we know are good for us? At the same time, if you can persist in adding one or more of the above tips to your daily life, you will find healthy aging is a no-brainer.

More Tips for Healthy Aging and Aging Gracefully
Want to know more about how to support, nourish, protect, and rejuvenate your body as you age? Here are some article that may have some of the answers you seek:

Natural Solutions for Staying Active as You Age

Simple Ways to Reverse Aging

Healthy Aging: How to Help Your Aging Teeth

Graceful Aging: Foods for Healthy Skin

Want to Slow Aging? Forget Time, Think Healthy Cells Instead

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Natural Solutions for Better Hair

Having better hair doesn't have to mean hours at a salon or wrecking your wallet with expensive hair treatments. The fact of the matter is that many salon treatments may help your hair look better temporarily, but many of these treatments actually damage your hair. For instance, excessive coloring, perming, and highlighting actually stresses your tresses.

If you want better hair and you don't want to stress your tresses, try some of the natural solutions we discuss in this article. Most of these solutions are simple, practical, and can be achieved with ingredients in your kitchen cabinet.

Natural Solutions for Better Hair from the Outside In
Changing just a few aspects of your daily hair care regimen can give you better hair. You just have to know a little bit about how hair grows and is nourished. Consider a few of these natural solutions that can help your hair look and grow better:

Sun Protection: Like your skin, your hair can suffer from sunburn. Mild sun exposure can give your hair some great highlights, and won't do much damage. However, prolonged sun exposure, especially in the hours between 10 AM and 3 PM, can damage your hair. The results can be split ends, dry hair, and a general lack of health. Wear hats or use specially-formulated shampoos or conditioners that include sunscreen.

Comb Rather Than Brush: Depending on your hair type and fullness, try combing your hair rather than brushing your hair. The bristles on brushes can damage hair shafts, while broad-toothed combs don't. Obviously, people with super thick or curly hair may not be able to use a comb. If you have this kind of hair, choose a brush that has bristles with rounded tips to limit damage.

Treat Your Scalp at the Right Time: If you are going to use any kind of scalp treatment, timing is important. Scalp treatments are more effective when the pores are open, so the perfect time to apply any scalp therapy is just before you step into a warm bath. The pores in your scalp will be open and dilated, and thus more able to respond to any kind of applied treatment. After you have rinsed out your scalp treatment, consider rinsing your hair with cold water. The cold water re-tightens pores and has the tendency of leaving your hair shinier.

Natural Solutions for Better Hair from the Inside Out
The above tips help support hair health from the outside in. You can get better hair by supporting your hair from the inside out. Your lifestyle often has a big influence on the health of your hair. For instance, check out these simple natural solutions for better hair from the inside out:
  • drink enough water
  • get plenty of sleep
  • eat plenty of healthy fresh foods
  • exercise regularly (enough to sweat and open your pores)
  • avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake
These lifestyle solutions are pretty much "no-brainers" because they support your body's general health as well as hair health.

Supplements are another way to get better hair. When it comes to healthy hair, most people immediately think of biotin. While taking oral supplements of biotin may help you have better hair, your body's ability to absorb nutrients plays a big factor in this supplement's effectiveness.

What often seems to work better is to support your liver as well as your body's level of probiotics. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver governs the head hair. If your liver is healthy, your hair will also be healthy. Eating foods that support the liver, such as leafy greens and sprouted greens, will help you have better hair. If you can't slow down enough to prepare fresh foods, consider adding a supplement of sprouts to your diet a that gently supports your liver health. Voila... mission accomplished!

Another way to support hair health from the inside out is to ensure that the probiotics that live in your gut are healthy and happy. Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that live in your gut, and provide a variety of health benefits. These benefits include assisting with digestion, preventing harmful bacteria from taking up residence, and providing a first line defense against foreign invaders.

But when it comes to having better hair, probiotics are important for a different reason: they produce a variety of vitamins, including biotin. Probiotics also produce vitamin K, folic acid, and a variety of B vitamins. All of these support general health. Biotin helps with healthy hair growth. As always, the body seems to accept and assimilate the vitamins produced by its own systems rather than synthetic or other forms of vitamins not ingested in natural or whole foods. At the end of the day, it seems a better idea to take probiotics, such acidophilus and bifidus, orally rather than taking a single biotin supplement.

Better Hair from the Outside or Inside
Are you getting the message that natural solutions that produce better hair are simple, practical, and plain common sense? That's what we have discovered. No matter what "type" of hair you have, these natural solutions are equally applicable. More importantly, by boosting your hair's health using these solutions, you also support your body's overall health.

Now that's a no-brainer, right?

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Natural Solutions for Spring Activities

Spring has definitely sprung, and many of us are out in the garden, playing sports, and getting fit again! As a result, many of us are also dealing with the effects of getting active outdoors: cuts, bruises, sprains, sunburn, and picnic food!

Luckily, we have some great natural solutions that can support your health, keeping you active and participating in your outdoor activities. Check these out, try them, and enjoy!

Japanese Ume Plum Tar for Too Much Picnic Food
For stomach upset, diarrhea or nausea. This can be found in your local health food store. A tiny amount of Ume Plum Tar will almost immediately improve the state of your digestive system and alleviate feelings of nausea.

Ginger for Travel
For nausea. Ginger in tincture form can be found in your local health food store. If you feel nauseous or motion sick, take 2 to 4 drops orally or in tea to alleviate symptoms.

Probiotics as a Natural Antibiotic
For supporting the immune system, preventing the onset of colds and flus, and improving digestion. Did you know that acidophilus is a first line of defense in your body? If you feel you are about to catch a cold or flu, take 6 to 8 acidophilus with spring water, then take 2 every 2 hours thereafter. Your cold will vanish before it starts. Taking bifidus at night ensures restful sleep and a full-spectrum probiotic prevents constipation.

Rescue Remedy for Any Kind of Stress
This wonderful Bach flower remedy can be found at your local health food store. Take 4 drops orally or put 4 drops in spring water and sip on it all day. Rescue Remedy relieves acute stress of all types -- mental, emotional and physical. This is a handy remedy to keep with you at all times.

Arnica 30x Homeopathic Remedy
For healing bruises and other soft-tissue injuries. Take the recommended dosage if you sustain this kind of injury. Arnica is available in most health food stores.

Blue-Green Algae for Energy
For a steady source of energy and immune support. While sugar and caffeine provide temporary sources of energy, neither are permanent and both can cause you to "crash. Blue-green algae, scientifically proven to support your immune system, provides a steady source of high energy and mental clarity to help you truly enjoy the spring season.

Natural Recipe for Cuts and Scrapes
Mix spring water with acidophilus and powdered blue-green algae into a paste. Apply to open cuts and scrapes, and either bandage or allow to dry in open air as needed. This mixture supports the body's natural healing processes, and can support skin healing without damage. This mixture also works well, diluted, for poison ivy or sunburn.

Antioxidants for Stress
For detoxifying the body. Stress and over eating are 2 of the major contributors of toxins to our body, which cause us to feel tired and unwell. Fortunately, taking anti-oxidants such as wheat sprouts and coenzyme Q10 can rid the body of these toxins.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

How to Get Clear Skin with Simple Home Recipes

Want to know how to get clear skin with ingredients from your kitchen cabinet? Then read on to learn a few simple home recipes that can keep your skin glowing, healthy, and vibrant. There's nothing we love better than "kitchen table health," and these kinds of home-made recipes are the epitome of this kind of health! The great thing about these recipes is that the ingredients are right at hand, and are easy to integrate into your regular skin routine.

How to Get Clear Skin Part 1: Exfoliation
The first step for having clear skin is exfoliation. Our bodies keep producing new skin cells to replace old and dying cells. The new skin cells look vibrant and glowing, but the problem is that most of the time they are hidden under the older skin cells on top. To get that fresh, young, and glowing look, the first step is to get rid of the old skin with exfoliation. Exfoliation is the process of using a slightly coarse substance to "rub away" the older skin, revealing the clear healthy skin cells underneath.

Here is one of our favorite home recipes for exfoliation. Integrate this easy recipe into your skin routine twice a month and your skin will thank you. Plus, you will love the results!

Mix 1 part cornmeal with 1 part organic oatmeal, and store in a sealed container. (If you have sensitive skin, mix 1 part cornmeal with 2 parts organic oatmeal for a softer scrub.)
To use this mix, dampen your face (or any part of your skin you want to exfoliate) with warm water. Pour a handful of the mixture in your palm and gently rub it on your skin. If the mixture starts to feel too dry, just add more warm water. After you are done scrubbing, rinse the area with warm water, and then pat dry. Moisturize as usual (or see step 3 for deep moisturizing).

How to Get Clear Skin Part 2: Cleanse
Once you have exfoliated your skin, you are ready to move onto step two in the process for getting clear skin ... cleansing. By using a cleansing mask, you can cleanse and tighten your pores, giving your face (or any skin) a clean healthy look. Again, the following recipe can be made at home with ingredients that are in your fridge or kitchen cabinet. Add this recipe into your skin routine once a week to keep your pores clean and your skin glowing. This simple recipe works well, and gives you that requisite salon "funny green face" look.

Mix 2 capsules of acidophilus, 2 capsules of enzymes, and 2 capsules of blue-green algae with spring water to form a paste.

To use this recipe, apply it evenly over your face, paying special attention to any problematic areas, such as the oily T-zone. Avoid putting this paste around your eyes. Allow the paste to dry, and then rinse with warm water. Pat dry and moisturize. The acidophilus and enzymes will pull toxins and other pore-cloggers out of your skin, while the blue-green algae provide direct nourishment to your skin cells. This formula also works well on skin problems elsewhere on the body, including feet that have that dang itchy foot fungus.

How to Get Clear Skin Part 3: Nourish and Protect
Once you have integrated exfoliation and cleansing into your skin routine, the final step is to nourish and protect your skin. Exfoliation and cleansing are great, but without this last step the first two steps can dry out your skin. Use this home-made nourishing and cooling mask after each time you exfoliate or cleanse your skin using the above two recipes.

Mix the whites from 2 eggs with 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt. Be sure to mix well.

To use this mixture, apply it to your face and leave it on for 2-4 minutes. Rinse well afterwards with warm water, and then pat dry with a soft washcloth. Moisturize with a lotion that will continue to protect and nourish your skin all week--preferably an antioxidant lotion. NutraBeautiful is an amazing restorative lotion that works for all skin types. Burt's Bees products are also wonderful. Or use your own favorite lotion that you love! Moisturizing is an essential part of any healthy daily skin routine.

So ... now you have three great recipes that you can at home for "salon style" pampering. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Are You a Mutant and Can You Help It?

No, don't take that the wrong way ...when we ask you whether you are a mutant, we aren't asking if you are some kind of freak or are from Mars. We just refer to the fact that the average rate of human DNA mutation is roughly 100-200 new mutations per generation (from mother to daughter, for instance--read more at http://bit.ly/Yt7snU).

That sounds like a lot of mutation, but scientists have identified that a lot of these mutations are harmless. So don't lose too much sleep over this number. In addition, the normal processes of the human body can and do "repair" mutations in the DNA, both between generations in the family, and during your lifetime.

Causes of Human Genetic Mutation
Obviously, you can't change the mutations that occur in translation from your parents' DNA to your own. These errors in replication occurred during the very early parts of your life, during conception and gestation. But what about now? What about your life from now moving forward? Can you reduce the amount of genetic mutation that occurs?

YES.

Why are we so certain? Well, consider some of the more ordinary causes of genetic mutation:
  • stress
  • physical trauma
  • environmental agents and toxins
  • poor nutrition
If these sound like factors that you feel like you can control, then you can affect the health of your genetic material. Sounds pretty right? Do some meditation, cut down on stress, eat healthier, reduce your exposure to environmental toxins ... you get the picture, right?

Let's Add More to the Picture
We personally know that you can affect genetic material because we have seen it in our lives. We also have read studies that show that better nutrition, for instance, can turn certain genes on or off.

It's well known in the scientific community that the juvenile diabetes (type I) gene is turned on in children who frequently drink cow's milk or eat foods high in MSG. Yet children who eat a healthy diet high in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals tend not to get juvenile diabetes.

At the other end of the spectrum, research shows that the development of cancer is the result of many genes being switched on over a period of time, making older people more likely to develop cancer. Phytochemicals, the colored pigments in plants that protect them from the harmful effects of UV radiation, have been shown to inhibit the activation of cancer genes or by preventing the cancer gene's instructions from reaching its destination.

For instance, one kind of cancer gene may send instructions to certain enzymes to produce a special protein that will promote the growth of cancer. In the presence of phytochemicals, however, those instructions never reach their destination, the special protein is not formed, and cancer never occurs.

A Story About a Cat ...
And here we feel the need to add an anecdotal story about genetic change being affected by nutrition. True, this is a story about a cat and not a person, but the story is so startling that we felt we had to include it here. We had a friend who bred hairless cats. The "hairless" trait in cats was bred-in, capitalizing on a specific genetic change that produced cats with no body hair. This friend heard about the health benefits of supplements like blue-green algae, so she began feeding her cats this supplement. Lo and behold ... her prize-winning hairless cats got healthier. The only problem? They ALL started growing hair!

Does that tell you something about one's ability to affect one's genetic material? Read more about the effect of blue-green algae on genetics here.

Stem Cells Play a Role, Too
Then there are stem cells. Stem cells are the undifferentiated cells our bodies produce that can replace any cell in the body. Recently Deepak Chopra and other scientists like Dr. Rudi Tanzi (see a preview here) have been discussing the importance of one's own stem cells in developing the super brain. It turns out, according to their research, that when brain damage occurs, repair can happen when the body has enough access to stem cells. Taking certain supplements can increase our own production of stem cells by up to 70%. Sounds pretty good for supporting our body's natural inclination to heal or replace damaged or mutated cells! Learn more here.

So ... want to avoid being a mutant? Just kidding ... but you can definitely affect the factors that cause cellular mutation. We've given you some tips in this article, and you can read more by looking up studies on the super brain and other research by scientists in this field. Mutation is part of being human, but it doesn't have to affect your health!

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