Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Prebiotics to Feed Your Good Bacteria

Most people know that probiotics are the good bacteria in their gut and a necessary part of the immune system. But did you know that you also need prebiotics to feed your good bacteria? So what exactly is the difference between prebiotics and probiotics?

Probiotics
Probiotics, which you are probably familiar with in your yogurt or kefir, are the good bacteria in your gut that give you one of your first lines of defense against sickness. The most common good bacteria are those in the Lactobacillis and Bifidobacterium families. The benefits of probiotics include:
  • helping the body produce vitamin K, which boosts the immune system
  • help with absorption of nutrients from foods
  • protecting the digestive system from unfriendly bacteria, yeast and fungi
  • supporting normal movement of food through the intestines
  • helping with symptoms of ulcers, leaky gut syndrome, and symptoms of allergies

Even though we have probiotics in our intestines, they can be killed by stress, antibiotics, chlorine, and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. Yogurt and kefir are foods that can help replenish these good bacteria, but they don't have enough density of probiotics to truly give you the amount you need for good health. This is why supplementing with high quality acidophilus and bifidus are important to support good digestive health.

Prebiotics
Now that you know how important probiotics are to your health, you also have to know that these good bacteria have to be fed. What do probiotics eat? Prebiotics. A prebiotic is any source of food for probiotics. For the most part, prebiotics are indigestible carbohydrate fibers called oligosaccharides. You can't digest oligosaccharides but your good bacteria can. Since you can't digest these fibers, they remain in your gut and feed the good bacteria living there. Oligosaccharides are found mostly in fruits, legumes, and whole grains. For instance, soybeans, oats, whole wheat, and barley all have oligosaccharides. Another common source of these fibers is inulin, which can be derived from Jerusalem artichokes, jicama, and chicory root. Any easy way to get your probiotics and prebiotics at the same time is with this convenient powedered supplement that also has AFA bluegreen algae, digestive enzymes, and antioxidant-rich wheat sprouts.

Your gut health contributes greatly to your overall health and depends on having healthy live good bacteria. Feeding your probiotics with prebiotics will help keep them healthy and working to keep you healthy. 

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Sleep Your Way To Better Energy

Sleep is one of the ways the body recharges itself to have enough energy for the next day. But it's not just the hours of sleep alone that recharges your energy level. Good quality sleep is also important.
About an hour and a half after a person goes to sleep, they enter the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep. This is an important stage to enter for quality sleep. This is the stage of sleep that restores the body and the stage where we have dreams. If sleep is interrupted in this stage you can find you have trouble concentrating the next day, have a lack of energy and find yourself becoming drowsy during the day. To make sure you get the good quality sleep you need to recharge here are some nutritional solutions that can help.

Bluegreen algae with the cellwall removed:
Taking 1-2 capsules of this form of algae before bed can help relax the brain and help you to get a good night's sleep.

Bifidus:
Bifidus is an important part of early childhood development, and strongly affects our self-esteem, confidence and sense of wholeness. Adding 2-4 bifidus capsules to your evening regimen can help you wake rested, confident and ready to charge into your day!

Enzymes:
Digestive enzymes not only help us digest our food, but on a metaphysical level, they can help us digest and "work through" the problems of the day. Take 2-4 enzymes before bed, go to sleep with a problem and chances are that you'll wake up with a solution.

Using these natural solutions for nutritional support will help you get your zzz's and help you sleep your way to better energy.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stressed Out Coping with Stress? Simple Natural Solutions to Help

We all have varying degrees of stress at different times and have maybe learned some ways that work for us in coping with stress. We also know that stress can be very detrimental to our health. The more stress we are under, the more we know we have to get a grip on it and that just adds to the stress. So how do we get out of this Catch-22? The more stressed we are the harder it is to concentrate on those coping skills we've developed. Well relax, we've got some simple natural solutions to help you out in times of crisis when coping with stress.

How Stress Affects Us
First, let's take a look at how stress works on the body. When we are under stress it triggers the release of cortisol in the body. This raises blood sugar levels and blood pressure. That is why often when we are stressed we crave sugary and fatty comfort foods. This extra cortisol release can lead to the body storing body fat, and interfere with getting good quality sleep which can in turn lead to weight gain, reduced energy levels, poor memory, decreased cognitive function and negative effects on the immune system. Stress can also affect digestion, cause heartburn, stomach cramping and diarrhea and research is showing it can affect brain tissue that regulates emotions and self-control. It can also be linked to skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne, and to an increase in risk of stroke.

Coping with Stress Simply
Here is a simple, convenient recipe to support your body at times when stress takes over to get you over the hump until your current life crisis passes.

1 to 4 supplement packets containing 2 kinds of bluegreen algae, enzyme, and probiotics

-- plus one of the following options --

1 to 2 capsules of this immune system support supplement
1 to 2 capsules of coenzyme Q10
1 to 2 capsules of this stem cell support supplement

How It Works
Why does this simple recipe work in coping with stress? Your body needs extra nutritional support to counteract the effects of stress. The supplement packets are quick and easy to take, have blue green algae for mental clarity and physical energy, enzymes to support digestion and get the most nutrition out of the food you eat and probiotics to provide an extra boost to the digestive system. Then, depending on which supplement you choose from the list, you get additional benefits. Giving your immune system strong support, promoting heart and gum health, plus providing cellular and physical energy with coenzyme Q10 or promoting stem cell production in your body and supporting the body's healing processes.

More Natural Solutions for Coping With Stress
Eating foods with magnesium, B vitamins and chlorophyll can also help in relieving stress. As your body becomes stressed it uses up these stress relievers more quickly so that just when you need them the most, they are the least available to you. Eating lots of leafy greens, halibut, oysters, nuts and seeds can give you the extra nutrition you need to support your body through the times you are coping with stress.

Our bodies also need more proteins when we are under stress. Be sure to get the "good proteins" though, as in the type from whole grains, soy, sprouts and bluegreen algae. Good proteins support your body's ability to handle stress, both physically and mentally. If you can't get all the extra protein you need from your food, consider taking this supplement with bluegreen algae and sprouts. Another great supplement to add to your diet is this one with nine different algae rich in minerals and phytonutrients, combined for full-spectrum nutrition.

Don't get caught in the dilemma of not having the stress relieving vitamins and nutrients you need when stress takes over. Give our simple supplement recipe a try and load up on stress relieving foods to literally eat your way out of the health concerns associated with a stressful lifestyle. Then find activities that work for you to help you in coping with stress whether it's a hobby, going for walks in the woods, meditation, or whatever helps you "get away from it all" for a while. Learning ways to help yourself in coping with stress will make for a happier, healthier you.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Allergies Keeping You Indoors? We've Got Natural Solutions to Help

Spring can be a wonderful time of the year, but not so much if you are a spring allergy sufferer. Runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and sneezing can make springtime miserable. Along with all the fresh blooming and budding plants that are so beautiful, comes pollen. Pollens are microscopic "seeds" and like all other seeds are surrounded by a protein skin that protects them from sprouting prematurely. If you suffer from spring allergies, your body is reacting to this protein skin, which is an irritant. When pollen gets into your nasal passages or lungs, your body mistakenly believes that the pollen is a foreign invader and your immune system begins an attack. Your body releases antibodies to attack the pollen, and in the process, chemicals called histamines are released into the bloodstream. Histamines are chemicals responsible for allergy symptoms, such as runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and watery mucous as an attempt to wash away the irritating pollens. Anti-histamines block this natural response of the body.

How the Body Deals With Pollens
Ideally, the body has enough digestive and metabolic enzymes (particularly the enzyme protease) to break down the protein skin of the pollen, thus neutralizing its effects. The histamine then flows to escort the neutralizing, and downsized (digested) pollens out of the body. This usually happens within a matter of minutes, and can be over within a matter of minutes, with no further irritation or "allergic response" until the next over-exposure to pollens. People who suffer with persistent spring allergy symptoms typically either have a deficiency of digestive and metabolic enzymes (especially protease) or do not produce enough histamine or don't produce histamine that is strong enough. 

Digestively, something else happens to your body when you suffer from allergies. When you have an allergic reaction, your body releases an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). Research indicates that the levels of probiotics, the good bacteria that live in your gut, can affect how much IgE your body produces, and how severe your allergy symptoms will be.

Of course understanding how all this works doesn't do much to relieve your present misery. So let's look at some natural solutions for allergy relief that you can do to support your body's natural response to pollens this spring instead of just taking an anti-histamine for relief.

Natural Solutions for Allergy Relief
1. Drink More Water
Drink half your body weight in ounces per day. Drink even more during the allergy seasons. The histamine production centers of the body are controlled by our internal water cycles.

2. Take More Enzymes
Take extra digestive enzymes (with protease) to help your body cope with all the pollen. Taking digestive enzymes throughout the day is a really good idea, either every hour or every other hour, and before going to bed. This constant inflow of "protease" and other digestive enzymes will provide the needed help when pollens are ingested.

3. Fill Up On Antioxidants
Getting extra antioxidants into your diet can help strengthen your body's defenses. That means lots of veggies and fruits as well as possibly supplementing with an antioxidant booster like this sprouts supplement, blue green algae, or green tea extract. Antioxidants will help reduce the inflammation in your body which means less of the miserable allergy symptoms.

4. Support Your Digestive System Health
Studies show that having a healthy population of acidophilus in your small intestine can reduce the amount of IgE that your body produces in response to pollen. Participants who took extra acidophilus during spring allergy season showed lower levels of IgE in blood tests.

5. Flush Out Your Nasal Cavity 
You can find a neti pot at just about any drug store to use as a natural solution for washing out your nasal cavity with saline water. You pour water from the small pot into one nostril and let it flow out through the other nostril. If you can't for whatever reason use the neti pot, then try using a saline solution spray to help flush out your nose.

6. Butterbur Leaf Extract
Phytotherapy Research is one of numerous sources reporting studies showing that butterbur leaf extract can work as well as an antihistamine for allergy symptoms. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider before using an extract with butterbur as it has alkaloids that can affect the liver. These alkaloids can be extracted, so make sure the extract you get has used this removal process. An extract called Ze 339 has been reported as effective for allergy symptoms. Butterbur is related to ragweed so there have been questions raised as to its use for people with ragweed allergies, but studies have not indicated this to be a problem even for ragweed sufferers.

Don't let your allergy symptoms keep you from getting out and enjoying the warm weather and beauty of spring. Give some or all of these tips a try and take control of your allergy symptoms this spring.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Confused About the Alphabet Soup of Food Certifications?

We certainly used to be confused! After all, who can keep up with the difference between GMO and GMP? Or organic versus natural? It's difficult without a doubt. But knowing the difference in the quality of and certifications assigned to the food you eat makes a HUGE difference.

For instance:
GMO = Genetically Modified Organism (Yikes!)
GMP = Good Manufacturing Practice -- means the product has passed the standards set by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) to be pure and contain only the listed ingredients (more here: http://bit.ly/1mo8xu8)

Also:
Organic = Means the product has met the strict safety, purity, and environmental impact regulations set by the USDA (more here: http://ow.ly/vEQmR)

Natural = Is a word that anyone can slap onto any product without any certification or testing.

Why Is This Important?
As your wallet has probably informed you, anything with certification or keyword on it tends to be more expensive. Thus finding pure foods that are harvested in an eco-friendly manner, and remain pure and nutritious can be difficult to find. Finding products that meet all of those standards AND are affordable can be even more difficult.

That's why we've compiled a list of products from one of our favorite companies, New Earth, showing you exactly which products have which certifications, so you can shop these products with confidence.

NEW EARTH PRODUCTS & CERTIFICATIONS

Vegan Foods
Wild Bluegreen Body
Wild Bluegreen Mind
Wild Bluegreen Blend
Enzymes 
Acidophilus
Bifidus
Spectrabiotic
Essentials Blend
BG Bar
Rebound
Soothe
Elevate
Defend
Wild Water
Wild Forest
Wild Earth
Enzymes Plus

Vegetarian Formulas
Drive
Focus

Non Vegetarian Products
Flex
Build
Energize
Super Q-10
*If you suck out the contents of the Energize and SuperQ10, and spit out the capsules, they are both vegan.

Square Meal
While the Square Meal has brown sugar and other ingredients, you must realize that for the target market, it's a huge upgrade in diet.  It tastes good too.  This is the product that you can contribute to the feeding programs.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Make Your Paleo Diet More Affordable with These Capsules

The Paleo diet is a way of eating that takes us back to the type of diet our hunter gatherer ancestors consumed. Loren Cordain, PhD and Robb Wolf and other proponents of the Paleo diet cite studies reporting that the Paleo diet improves blood lipids, promotes weight loss without calorie counting, gives relief of pain from autoimmune diseases and supports a healthy lifestyle that can keep us from developing many of today's concerning health issues including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Robb Wolf states that the Paleo diet is the only approach towards nutrition that works with our own genetics. (http://robbwolf.com/what-is-the-paleo-diet/)

The Paleo Diet vs. Other Diet Plans
There are many diets and healthy eating programs that promote eating lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, fiber and healthy fats, and not eating processed foods, sugars, salt and alcohol, so what really makes the Paleo diet different? The types of food included in the Paleo diet obviously are filled with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The real difference in the Paleo diet and other diets that include lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats seems to be what is considered "healthy fats" and the lean proteins that are allowed and not allowed as well as the type of meats that are preferable as protein sources. Saturated fats discouraged by many health experts and nutritional programs are included in the Paleo diet as healthy fats. Protein from animal sources seems to be one of the basics of this diet, but grass fed or wild meats are preferred over animals that have been raised on grain feeds. While wild meat is a very lean protein source, it also does contain some saturated fats, as well as omega-3 fatty acids which are definitely good for us. Another difference with the Paleo diet is some of the food types that are not allowed which other healthy eating plans encourage. This includes grains, dairy and legumes. 

Cost Considerations
Since the Paleo diet promotes eating more fresh, lean meat and fish as well as the freshest veggies and fruits you can get, you may find that your grocery bill is higher than usual should you decide to adopt this type of nutritional plan. We have a few suggestions that may help you stretch your food budget and still stay within the hunter gatherer spirit of the plan.

AFA Bluegreen Algae – Many of us get the totally wrong ratio of omega-3 fatty acids to omega-6 fatty acids which can lead to inflammation in the body that can then lead to a variety of autoimmune disease. This is because many fast foods, junk foods and processed foods have an over-abundance of omega-6. To be healthy, you need 3 to 4 times as many omega-3's as omega-6's and most Americans get 10 to 20 times as many of the omega-6's as omega-3's. From this you can see where the problem is. AFA bluegreen algae is a whole food solution for getting lean proteins and high quality fats with the exact ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 that the body needs.

Supplements from wild superfoods – Three supplements we like provide antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from all organic wild elements of nature.
  • Antioxidant Supplement – This supplement is rich in chlorophyll, glutathione, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients from its combination of AFA bluegreen algae, kale sprouts, red clover sprouts, wheat sprouts, concentrated wheat sprouts, and Dunaliella salina algae providing superior antioxidant nutrition.
  • Full-spectrum algae supplement – This supplement provides a unique richness of minerals and phytonutrients from the lake and sea through a combination of nine different algae: dulse, kelp, fucoidan, Ecklonia cava, bladderwrack, Dunaliella salina, spirulina, chlorella and pure AFA bluegreen algae.
  • Mushroom and algae supplement – This supplement combines five powerful mushrooms: reishi, maitake, cordyceps, wild black trumpet, and Poria cocos, that have been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal abilities, support immune system function, support heart health, and provide a rich source of proteins and antioxidants. 

If you decide the Paleo diet is for you, but are concerned about the extra financial stress it may put on your food budget, consider using these supplements to add some of the wild superfood nutrition it promotes. This just may be a way for you to go "caveman" on a budget. 

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