Thursday, September 29, 2016

Not All Calories Are Equal

If you've ever been on a diet then you know that calorie counting is often a part of the process. If you counted every calorie but still didn't lose as much weight as you wanted, it might be because not all calories are equal.

Studies show that calories from fat produce the most weight and fat gain, and calories from excess carbohydrates run a close second. The reason is that the body doesn't need to burn any calories to use fat. When you eat fat, it gets stored as fat right away. As they say, a bite of ice cream is "a second on the lips, an eternity on the hips."

Excess carbohydrates also present a problem. When you eat more carbohydrates than your body can easily digest, it converts those carbs to fat for easy storage. Calories from fiber and protein are less likely to be stored as fat since the body simply eliminates any fiber or protein it can't digest. Plus, the body burns calories as it digests fiber and protein.

So the next time you're counting calories and thinking about substituting ice cream for an equal calorie low fat dessert, think again. Fat calories become fat in your body. Reach for something healthy instead. One of my favorite healthy snacks is this delicious algae and sprouts snack bar. I can also fill up on extra fat burning protein by making a smoothie with this whey protein and algae powder that has 22 grams of pure organic whey protein from rBGH-free cattle and is GMO free, plus has the antioxidant power of sprouts and protein-digesting enzymes. AFA bluegreen algae itself is one of the lowest-calorie, highest energy whole foods your body can use. This type of algae has been found to increase metabolism, boost energy, and cleanse cells.

Getting the most nutrition for the calories is important when losing weight. So make sure you are getting lots of low cal veggies and fruits, lean proteins, only the healthy fats your body can use, fiber to help you fill fuller longer, eat your algae, and you can lose the extra pounds without sacrificing your health.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Why Natural Supplements Beat Synthetic Ones for Mood and Memory

Our bodies need a variety of vitamins in order to function. If we don't get enough of the vitamins we need we can experience fatigue, brain fog, depression, and our organs will not work properly. Our bodies for the most case don't make vitamins and we depend on the foods we eat to supply them. The problem today is that the foods we have access to are much less nutritious because of factors such as pesticide and fertilizer use, mineral depleted soils and genetically modified foods. For this reason, many people are turning to adding supplements to their diets to get all the vitamins they need.

Food, Mood and Memory
Many researchers and doctors now agree that food has a dramatic impact on our moods and brain functions. Specific food for the brain is needed to keep our brains healthy and our moods stable. There are many studies showing the negative and positive effects that foods such as coffee, alcohol, sugar and fats have on mood and brain function. For example, Prevention Magazine reported results from one study in rats, that eating chicken soup led to better agility, better sleep and feeling better in general. According to Kate Geagan, RD, we need a combination of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to build energy and the ability to handle life starting at our body's cellular level. That is what she believes we should strive for rather than a quick sugar or caffeine fix that causes a short lived rise in blood sugar levels and leaves us tired or cranky after the crash.

Elizabeth Somer, Registered Dietician and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness has this to say about the food mood link:
 "Most people understand the link between what they eat and their physical health. But the link between what you eat and your mood, your energy, how you sleep, and how well you think is much more immediate. What you eat or don't eat for breakfast will have at least a subtle effect by mid-afternoon, and what you're eating all day will have a huge impact today and down the road." 

And Jennifer Nelson, M.S., RD. and Katherine Zeratsky, RD. sum it up like this:
"...when you eat fruits, starchy vegetables and whole grains throughout the day you keep your body fueled and your blood sugar level on an even keel. And you're getting vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Combining carbohydrates and proteins enhances the availability of serotonin in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter said to have a calming effect and to play a role in sleep. In addition, simply knowing you are taking care of yourself can boost your mood. And we're all familiar with the power of comfort foods. For example, drinking a glass of milk before bedtime can trigger a comforting memory of your childhood."

The Problem With Synthetic Vitamins
You can see how important vitamins and minerals and the right foods are to our moods and brain functions. You may have already realized this and are eating a balanced diet of whole foods to get the nutrients you need naturally. If so, then we applaud you. But most people in this country aren't doing this. With their busy lifestyles and fast paced schedules, they are not getting the optimal nutrition in their diets and instead are consuming way too many fast food and processed refined foods. If they are aware that their diet is not optimal, then they may be supplementing, but with what? It's easy to pick up some bottles of vitamins at the supermarket while shopping and too many people are doing this thinking that it is improving their health. The problem is that most of these vitamins are synthetic. Not only do synthetic vitamins not work the same way in the body as vitamins from whole foods, they can actually be bad for you.

Vitamins have various components such as enzymes, coenzymes, antioxidants, trace elements, and activators that must all work together to produce the results your body needs. Whole food vitamins and supplements are made from concentrated whole foods and have all these parts naturally whereas synthetic vitamin supplements only have a part of the components. So when you take a synthetic vitamin and it needs a component it is lacking it takes it from your body's stores. This can lead to a depletion of those nutrients in the body. This is why sometimes when you start taking a synthetic vitamin, you feel positive results for a while. These positive results then start to drop off because the vitamin has used up the components it was taking from the body to make it work and now has nothing to complete it. For example, synthetic vitamins don't have the trace minerals needed and therefore takes them from the reserves the body has which can cause a mineral deficiency. An additional problem with synthetic vitamins are some of the additives they contain to allow them to have a long shelf life and increase the potency. For example, many synthetic vitamins are created from coal tar derivatives. Coal tar is a carcinogen. Yuck! At the very least, these vitamins are often a waste of money because since the isolated vitamin can't be used by the body in many cases, like if there are no stores of the components it needs for it to steal from the body, then the body simply eliminates it through the urine. Have you ever taken certain vitamins and then noticed a bright yellow color to your urine? If so, you were more than likely taking a synthetic vitamin and literally flushing money down the toilet. Not only is this hard on your wallet, but also on your kidneys.

How To Judge Your Vitamin Supplement
So how do you know if a supplement is synthetic or natural? First take a good look at the label. If it says "100% natural", then you are off to a good start. If it only says "Natural", then keep looking. That's because manufacturers are allowed to say a product is natural as long as it has 10% natural food sources included. The other 90% could still be synthetic. Next look for the list of ingredients. If the ingredients contain actual food names that have the vitamins in them then you have a whole foods product or a natural supplement. This means that the nutrients and vitamins are coming from foods the natural way the body was intended to receive them rather than synthetically made. For example, if the label says Vitamin C, then you have a synthetic, but if it says Vitamin C from acerola cherry powder then that is a natural supplement. Another clue on the label as to whether you have a synthetic or natural whole foods supplement is to see if there are ingredients ending in –ate or –ide. These are salt forms which are synthetics added for increased stability. If you see acetate, bitartrate, chloride, hydrochloride and other similar ingredients listed then that is a clue it is a synthetic product. Also, anytime you see the "dl" form of a vitamin listed then you have a synthetic. An example of this is "dl-alpha tocopherol" for the form of Vitamin E.

To insure you are getting high quality natural whole food supplements and vitamins, look for ingredients that come from real foods so they are as close as can be to the natural way the body should be getting its nutrition. Another thing to check is the company that is manufacturing the product. See what types of ratings the company has or certifications that cover all aspects from harvesting, to processing, manufacturing practices, testing, packaging and quality control. Make sure it is also a company that is of long standing with a good reputation for quality and that can show clinical studies to support product claims.

Natural Whole Food AFA Bluegreen Algae
Our AFA bluegreen algae products you can be assured will always show you the whole food sources right on the label along with a variety of certifications they qualify for including certified organic. This is a company of long standing with a list of scientific studies behind it supporting the benefits of bluegreen algae and whose products are manufactured in a NSF Good Practices registered facility ensuring that the product contains only what is listed on the label and nothing else.

When it comes to food for the brain to boost mood and memory, this supplement not only gives you the whole food nutrition of AFA bluegreen algae, but also eleuthero (a form of ginseng), Ginkgo biloba, Lion's Mane, bee pollen, wheatgrass juice, and noni for extra antioxidant power and foods found to increase mental clarity and concentration. Bee pollen is reported to have a high amino acid content useful for stimulating memory and concentration. Wheatgrass juice has been found to provide nutrients that support brain health and clearer thinking. Many people have used gingko for a long time to promote increased memory and mental concentration by increasing circulation and providing increased oxygenation of brain cells.

This form of algae with the cell wall carefully removed provides you with an abundant source of raw materials from whole foods for supporting activity in the brain. But don't just take our word for it. Take a look at what others have to say about their results with AFA bluegreen algae.

"I eat Super Blue Green Algae because it is a whole, wild-grown food that has helped me build a strong, healthy, energetic body and a sharp mind. I will be 64 this year going on 40 and I live my life accordingly. "
- Marylin Ash, Peterborough, NH

"I looked for something for more energy and less stress for the past 30 years. I never got the results from the vitamins, minerals, and herbs I have tried. I am sure I tried them all. I received information on the algae in 1995, thought it was too good to be true; it wasn't. I will never be without my algae. I love feeling energetic and being able to handle everything with such focus and stamina."
- Pat Shoup, Mansfield, OH

For optimal health, eating a balanced diet of organic whole foods can't be beat. But when you need some help getting the nutrition your body needs and turn to supplements, make sure you are getting natural whole food supplements. Synthetic just won't do the job and can do more harm than good in some cases. Hopefully we've given you some things to think about when it comes to your nutritional habits and you'll know how to find the best products to supplement your diet.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What Causes an Allergy and Avoiding Fall Allergies

Many people associate seasonal allergies with Spring when plants start blooming, but if you consider what causes an allergy you'll see that Fall allergies are also a real possibility. In these days of global warming when more moderate temperatures last longer Fall allergies are affecting more and more people that were accustomed to getting some allergy relief in winter months. Leonard Bielory, MD, researching impacts of climate change of allergies, warns that with rising levels of greenhouse gases and temperatures, the pollen season will be longer. In fact his research has shown that pollen counts can be doubled by these conditions ( This is bad news for the 35 million people who suffer with symptoms from seasonal allergies. Stanley Fineman, MD, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, concurs that these milder fall and winter temperatures trigger pollen and mold to be released earlier than normal causing fall allergies to start sooner and allergens usually introduced in late summer linger on into the milder fall weather conditions. (

What Causes an Allergy?
Basically, what causes an allergy in the case of seasonal allergies is the body is reacting to ingestion of pollen and other like substances such as pet dander, mold spores, and dust mites. Once we ingest any of these substances, the body produces histamine to wash away these irritants. Ideally, the body would have enough digestive and metabolic enzymes, protease in particular, to break down the protein skin around the pollen that protects it from sprouting prematurely, which would neutralize its impact. People who suffer with allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, sneezing, running nose, itchy eyes and nose and coughing, may have a deficiency in digestive and metabolic enzymes or do not produce enough histamine or produce weakened histamine.

Natural Solutions to Fall Allergies
There are natural solutions seasonal allergy suffers can use to reduce the misery of allergy symptoms without having to lock themselves away in a sterile bubble. Here are a few that can help you find some relief from those pesky spring and fall allergies.

1. Know Your Enemy
First it is helpful to know what causes an allergy attack for you. Not all allergy sufferers show symptoms to the same things. You can either do this by keeping an allergy journal and finding out what counts are high on the days you have the worst symptoms or you can see an allergist and get tested. A skin test can be done where the allergist scratches your skin and introduces a small amount of various allergens. The doctor then watches for a reaction of the scratch turning red and/or itching to see which allergens you are allergic to. Blood tests are also able to determine some types of allergies. Once you know what you have reactions to, you can plan accordingly to reduce your symptoms.

2. Keep Your Air Clean
Keeping your windows closed and using an air purifier can help keep pollen out of your house and reduce the amount of pollen you breathe in. HEPA filters in an air purifier can filter out 99% of the pollen, dust and mold that may be in your home. Opening windows allows pollen to invade your home and settle into carpet and furniture, so keeping windows closed can help reduce the amount of pollen able to get inside. Stanley Fineman, MD recommends using an air filter that has a MERV rating of 8 or more to reduce the chances of reacting to pollens that do get into your house ( Using a dehumidifier to keep the humidity in your house to below 50% can also help in controlling dust mites and mold.

3. Eat Your Probiotics
Supporting your immune system is one of the best ways to help control symptoms from fall allergies. The stronger your immune system is, the more allergens it is better able to tolerate. One study in the Journal of Nutrition compared subjects who ate 7 ounces of yogurt a day for a year to those who did not eat yogurt and found the yogurt eating bunch to have less allergy symptoms. These results are attributed to the probiotics found in yogurt, as introducing the good bacteria into your digestive system gives your immune system a boost. If you get your probiotics from yogurt, make sure to read the label and look for "live active cultures". If you aren't getting enough probiotics from foods, consider taking a high quality probiotic supplement.

4. Cover Up
Spring is not the only time of year that yard work needs to be done. Many people plant fall gardens and others have leaves to rake. These activities can trigger pollen and mold being released into the air. If you have allergy symptoms as a result, start covering your nose and mouth with a mask when working outside. Disposal masks are available at most hardware stores and are fairly inexpensive.

5. Keep It Clean
If you know you have allergic reactions to mold, watch for mold in places like shower curtains and carpet, and get rid of them as soon as you see signs. Using hot water to wash sheets and blankets weekly, and using allergy friendly pillows and mattress covers can also help reduce your symptoms.

6. Up Your Nose
One of my favorite natural solutions to fall allergies is to use a neti pot. Dr. Oz has also cited this as a good way to wash allergens out. The first time I heard about using a neti pot I didn't think I'd be able to pour saline water in one nostril and let it run out the other nostril. That just sounded gross to me and possibly painful. Once I gave it a try though, it was nothing like what I thought and I am a true believer now.

7. Supplements
Make sure you are getting enough digestive enzymes to help reduce symptoms of fall allergies. Protease and other digestive enzymes can help fight off symptoms when pollens are ingested. Support your immune system by beefing up your antioxidants. Bluegreen algae, whole algae and without the cell wall, acidophilus, bifidus and our favorite sprouts supplement help support not only your immune system, but nourish and strengthen every cell organ system and body function. You can get almost all these powerful superfoods in convenient daily packets with acidophilus, bifidus, enzymes and 2 kinds of algae to take on the run and help stretch your budget.

Fall can be a wonderful time of the year. Getting ready for holidays, spending time with family, fall gardening, watching the leaves change color, and cooler weather can all be more enjoyable by understanding what causes an allergy and following some or all these tips for beating the symptoms of fall allergies.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Get a Dose of Sunshine Inside and Out

Most of you probably already know the benefits of being in the sun like for getting your vitamin D and you probably know the dangers that go along with that dose of sunshine. But did you know you can get your sunshine inside as well as outside?

Sunshine for the Outside
The good thing about getting out for a dose of sunshine is that exposure to sunshine is needed for our bodies to create Vitamin D. This is an important nutrient for bones since Vitamin D gets the calcium from the intestines and kidneys into the bloodstream. Without Vitamin D, even if you get enough calcium, it can end up as waste material eliminated from the body instead of being used to strengthen bones. Of course, you do have to not overdo your dose of sunshine so as to protect your skin from damage and possible skin cancer. When you go out to enjoy outside activities in the sun, be one of the one in seven Americans that wears sunscreen daily. Make sure that your sunscreen has the ability to protect you from UVA and UVB rays as both these are damaging to skin. A truly quality sunscreen must have a strong UVB filter plus as many as three UVA filters.

Sunshine for the Inside
Chlorophyll is a substance that is very dense in blue-green algae and is an invention of nature that allows organisms to capture sunlight and convert it to usable sugars and foods, which we humans need in our diet. So basically, when you swallow a few capsules of blue-green algae, you are swallowing a little chunk of sunlight. True, chlorophyll converts that sunlight so that you are not actually swallowing light molecules, but you are swallowing a bunch of stuff that your body needs, including amino acids, sugars, vitamins, minerals, and trace minerals.

How Algae Works Like a Dose of Sunshine
There are many similarities between the effects of being exposed to sunlight and the effects of eating blue-green algae. Many people, when exposed to natural sunlight, report that they are in a better mood, and that their nerves are soothed. This is because exposure to sunlight increases the production of endorphins and serotonin in the brain. Eating a couple of blue-green algae capsules or tablets has a similar effect. This algae is a strong source of phenylalanine, an amino acid that crosses the blood-brain barrier faster than any other amino acid. Once in the brain, phenylalanine acts as a precursor to tyrosine and other mood-elevating substances. Bluegreen algae is also rich in trytophan, which has been shown to elevate mood, but only when accompanied by other vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, most of which are in the algae. Once trytophan arrives in the brain, it increases both endorphin and serotonin activity ... just like sunlight!

Getting the benefits of sunshine inside and out is easy with AFA bluegreen algae and the right sunscreen. You can have the best of a sunny day anytime by enjoying your time in the sun soaking up your dose of sunshine and giving your body the benefits of sunshine from the inside out.

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

How to Fight Fat with These Foods and Supplements

Want to know how to fight fat? Certain kinds of foods can actually help you achieve weight loss without feeling starved. Having a basic understanding of the types of foods that will make you feel full without packing on a lot of calories will allow you to design your own "diet" without feeling like you are dieting. Here are some tips that can help you decide what foods to eat when you are deciding how to fight fat.

Feel Full Longer with Protein
Protein foods take longer for your body to digest than other types of food. This means you feel full longer after eating protein foods and your body burns up more calories than it does digesting other types of foods. You want to stick with lean sources of protein foods that will give you the most nutrition and the least calories. That would include:

Greek yogurt – Look for brands that are non-fat or low fat and be sure to check for sugar content on the label. Instead of getting Greek yogurt with fruit added in which tends to have more sugar, you can get plain and add in your own fruits. You also want to check the label to make sure the kind you buy has probiotics with live active cultures to support your digestive system.

Lean Meat - If you eat meats stick with white meat chicken with the skin off and fish. These are great protein sources that are lower calorie and lower fat than other types of meat. Many types of fish have the added benefit of omega-3 fatty acids which are great for brain and heart health.

Eggs – Having a protein fix for breakfast instead of a carb filled breakfast gets your day off to a good start and keeps you feeling full longer so you don't have to snack before lunch. There are only 75 calories in an egg and 7 grams of protein. People concerned about cholesterol can stick with egg whites.

Milk – Drinking milk is another way to get protein and make you fill fuller without a lot of calories. Go with skim milk to avoid the fat of whole milk and you'll still get the added benefit of calcium and vitamin D.

Quinoa – This grain has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber per cup full. You also get iron, zinc, selenium and vitamin E when choosing to add this to your meal. Be sure to get either pre-washed or rinse it very, very thoroughly before cooking. I've had many people try quinoa and tell me it had a bitter taste that made them not like it. That taste is not present if the grain is washed enough beforehand. This is also a very versatile dish that you can add beans or veggies or really get creative with.

Beans – Beans are not only a good lean protein source, but are also great for fiber. Fiber is another one of the things that makes you feel fuller longer without a ton of calories. Beans are another versatile food that can be used to create a variety of tasty meals. Enjoy being creative or you can find hundreds of recipes online.

Powdered Protein – Here's a good tip for how to fight fat with protein for busy people on the go. Use a protein powder to make a smoothie drink that can be a snack or even a replacement for a meal. Powders that contain whey protein rather than soy show better results for slimming down. Our favorite powdered protein supplement not only gives you 22 grams of protein per serving from whey, but includes bluegreen algae, sprouts and protein-digesting enzymes as well as the omega-3 and omega-6s and all the other amino acids and whole food nutrition from blue green algae. Blending this powdered drink supplement with low fat yogurt, pure fruit juice, skim milk or into your favorite green smoothie can help you stay away from fatty foods and satisfy hunger to combat overeating.

Speed Up Metabolism 
Increasing metabolism is another way of how to fight fat. Some foods that can help increase metabolism include:

Hot Peppers - Capsaicin is a chemical compound that creates a sensation of heat from irritating nerve endings. It is mostly found in various types of peppers and has been found to give a boost to metabolism.

Green Tea - Green tea has catechins which can help increase metabolism. Some studies have reported an increase in metabolism of 4-10% when drinking two to four cups of green tea a day.

Water - Staying hydrated also helps keep your metabolism working at its peak. Being even mildly dehydrated can slow down your metabolism, so be sure you are drinking plenty of water.

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 found to increase metabolism, burn fat, digest a broad spectrum of substances, and clean up waste in the body.

Fill Up with Water and Fiber
Another way to feel fuller without lots of calories is to eat foods with a lot of natural water content. These types of foods include:

Raw fruits and vegetables – Eating water filled raw fruits and vegetables for an in between meal snack or with meals instead of drinking juices gives you the satisfaction of chewing which takes longer than drinking a glass of juice. Leaving the skins on fruits gives you some extra fiber that helps you feel fuller too. You know raw fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods you can eat for everything from vitamins and nutrients to antioxidants that help fight off cellular damage. Since fruits taste sweet they can also address your sugar cravings and help you stay away from refined sugar sweets.

Whole Grains - Bulgar wheat such as in tabouli and oatmeal from whole grain oats are both high in fiber which helps fill you up, stays with you longer and are low in fat and calories. Tabouli also has protein. Since both are cooked to absorb water they both also make you feel fuller that way. Brown rice is another good water absorbing grain that can fill you up without a lot of calories.

Soup and Salad – Starting your meal off with a soup or salad is another way to get filled up with water content foods to prevent overeating at dinner. Both could even be the entire meal with lots of veggies and some lean meat or beans added in. With soup, stay with broth types instead of creamy and use oil and vinegar dressing on your salad to keep it low calorie.

Supplement Support for Extra Exercise
When looking for how to fight fat, no matter what you are eating, you have to balance the number of calories consumed with enough activity to burn the calories off. According to how physically active you are normally, you may need to increase your exercise if you are trying to drop some pounds. If you are increasing your exercise (and have checked with your health care provider that this is OK for you), your body may need some extra nutritional support before and after workouts. This box of 60 packets gives you 30 packets of capsules to take before a workout and 30 to take after a workout – two packets a day for a month's supply. The capsules in these packets contain ingredients such as bluegreen algae, wheatgrass juice, cordyceps and Lion's Mane mushrooms, bee pollen, turmeric, noni, vegetable-based glucosamine, chondroitin, bromelain, papain, protease, lipase, and serratiopeptidase that provide nutrient rich whole foods for physical energy, amino acids to protect muscles from damage, anti-inflammatory properties, support for joints and cartilage, antioxidants, and more. Since this supplement is already measured and packaged for you, it's easy to take with you to the gym too.

This should get you started with how to fight fat and being able to plan a diet for yourself that will keep you feeling full, be low in calories and that you'll enjoy. So be creative and employ these tips to get started on your way to a healthier and slimmer you.

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