Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Love Molecule

From Guest contributor Barbara Swanson

PEA is found in the highest concentration of any food in our wild AFA Klamath Lake freshwater Algae!

When you enjoy euphoria with your lover or
when you're extremely happy and excited,
your brain produces an amino acid called
"The Love Molecule".

Phenylethylamine (PEA) is a natural mood enhancer.

The great news is that eating foods with an absorbable form of PEA may help stabilize your mood--and more. PEA is also known to clarify your thoughts. This is because PEA helps regulate brain chemistry and neuron transmissions. It increases the level of dopamine and serotonin, the "feel good" brain chemicals.

In addition:
•PEA enhances focus
•PEA reduces stress
•PEA is a powerful antioxidant
•PEA improves physical performance       
•PEA supports healthy weight loss

Where can you find "The Love Molecule"?

PEA is found in only a few foods. Chocolate is the most well-known--and it is no doubt why we associate giving chocolate to feeling love. It is found in the highest concentration in wild freshwater algae.

There is enough PEA in a gram of this algae to promote better mood, relieve stress and help your thinking processes. Found only growing wild in Klamath Lake in Oregon, it has extraordinary therapeutic nutritional properties and is arguably the most powerful and complete all-natural Superfood on the planet.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Functions of Probiotics

from guest contributor Barbara Swanson

We are only 5% human...according to the total DNA in our body that is. The rest is bacterial, mostly in your gut. So today, consider those bacteria. Are they the 'good guys'? Do they support your immune function, help you regulate cholesterol, eliminate regularly? Do they help you produce Vitamin B12? If you are chronically tired, get colds regularly or just feel blah, consider adding a great probiotic to your diet and see what a difference it can make.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Ever Walk Into a Room and Forget Why? Ways to Stop Doing This

Don't you just hate walking into a room with a definite purpose in mind only to realize you forget why you are there? Me too, and the older I get the more it seems to happen. University of Illinois psychology research associate, Kirk Erickson, explains that this type of memory loss is age related and usually happens when we reach our 50's and is common for people over 65. There are various theories to explain it such as a decrease in blood flow to the brain or brain cell loss, but whatever the cause it can be annoying at best and a sign of worse to come at worst. Things we forget such as what were you walking into a room to get or where we put the car keys are pretty normal and not cause for great alarm. However, if forgetfulness turns to not being able to recall a family member's name or what the keys are for, there may be a bigger problem. The good news for common age related memory loss is that there are things we can do to improve it no matter how old we are. 

Regular exercise is one way to stay mentally sharp. It helps prevent conditions that can lead to memory loss like stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol. According to R. Scott Turner, MD, PhD, director of the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center, staying physically active and exercising is one of the best things you can do to preserve memory and mental function as you get older. Exercise can increase neurotrophins which nourish brain cells and give them protection and releases BDNF, a protein that helps keeps nerve cells in the brain healthy. One study at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine reported finding participants that got their exercise from walking or stayed active through hobbies such as gardening were at a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's than those that weren't active. Aerobic exercise is good for getting more blood flowing to the brain and stimulates new neurons to develop. This doesn't mean you have to join an aerobics class at age 80, unless you want to, but does mean to look for ways to work physical activity into your day. This might mean going for walks, avoiding elevators to take the stairs, swimming, or taking up a sport such as tennis or golf. The main thing with exercise to help mental function is to be regular with it. Even just taking a half hour walk each day can go a long way to improving brain health. 

What you eat can also play a role in loss of memory due to age. The best diet to keep a healthy brain is the same as a good diet for a healthy body. This would include a diet with lots of veggies, fruits, healthy fats and whole grains. Foods with saturated and trans fats should be avoided as they can be artery clogging and affect cholesterol levels which affect brain function and can lead to stroke. Fruits and veggies also give you antioxidants which are important in protecting body cells and the damage free radicals can do to them that only increase as we age. There is research showing damage from free radicals appears in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's and therefore may play a role in memory loss due to age. Whereas antioxidants don't seem to be a valid treatment for Alzheimer's there have been studies showing they can help with some types of dementia and memory loss due to age. One study on people eating this type of diet reported they had a 20% reduced rate of developing thinking and memory problems.

Omega-3 fatty acid is one of the best foods for the brain. Good food sources for omega-3 include fatty fish like salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel as well as flaxseed, chia seeds, avocados, olive oil, walnuts and bluegreen algae. The type of bluegreen alage that is the heart of the algae with the cell wall removed is especially useful for enhancing activity in the brain. Since the brain is the most nutrient-demanding organ in the body, bluegreen algae provides whole food nutrition to help feed it. The 20 amino acids found in bluegreen algae feed and enhance brain activity. Bluegreen algae also provides essential omega-3 fatty acids, helps maintain normal, healthy blood chemistry of the blood that feeds the brain and has PEA (phenylethylamine) which act as a natural mental energy activator and helps biomoduate emotions and mood swings. PEA is a vital part of your brain function and not getting enough PEA can make it difficult to learn new things, make quick decisions, and form new memories. Another benefit of taking bluegreen algae is phycocyanin, the blue pigment in blue green algae as it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Gingko Biloba has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries in enhancing memory and works as an antioxidant and in promoting increased memory and mental concentration by increasing circulation and providing increased oxygenation of brain cells. Lion's Mane mushrooms have been called "nature's nutrient for the neurons" because of an agent found in the mushroom called nerve growth factor (NGF) that has been found to have benefits for age related memory function and mental clarity. You can get the benefits of Gingko Biloba, Lion's Mane mushrooms and bluegreen algae together along with bee pollen, wheatgrass juice, and noni in this algae based supplement which is also certified vegetarian, dairy free, and GMO free..

Stay Engaged and Use Tricks of the Trade
Experts also find that staying engaged socially and with learning has a positive effect on maintaining memory and concentration. This could mean engaging in formal education type classes or just staying informed on current events, taking up new hobbies, or playing games that stimulate the mind. There are also memory tricks you can learn to use to help in remembering. For example, if you know you have trouble remembering names, link a new name with someone else you know that has that name, or make a connection in your mind between the name and an image that goes with it. If you meet someone named Harry, picture Harry in a big hairy gorilla suit or just covered with hair all over. The more vivid the image you create, the more likely you are to be able to recall it later. Making lists and writing things down, visualizing putting an item in a particular place as you put it there, repeating information to yourself several times out loud, always storing important items in the same particular place, and setting alarms as reminders are all other strategies to employ in remembering events, tasks, people and where things are.

We all depend so much on our memories and remembering all the things we need to do or want to do each day. Starting to forget things is not only annoying, but also affects us emotionally. At some point we all have to face that our memories just aren't as good as they used to be, but that doesn't mean we can't fight the good fight. Try out some of these lifestyle changes and help keep your memory, concentration and mental function stay as sharp as they can for as long as they can.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Health and Food: Green Eggs and Ham Plus Other Sources of Greens

When considering health and food, green foods are a big plus. Usually when we think of green foods, we think of vegetables, but that doesn't have to be true. Dr. Seuss had the right idea about green eggs and ham if he was talking about this green eggs and ham recipe at WebMD. Check it out, it's the pesto that gives it the green color. So you can see that green foods can be things besides vegetables. And there are a multitude of recipes you can find on the web and vegetarian cookbooks that will add greens to your meals that are creative and attractive. Adding pesto is one of these, as pesto is generally made from basil and olive oil. Olive oil gives you some omega-3 fatty acids that are good for your brain and can help lower cholesterol, fight inflammation, reduce the risk of high blood pressure, and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. Basil is rich in antioxidant flavonoids which can help fight off free radical damage and fight inflammation. Green tea powder and powdered blue green algae added to foods are another way to get non-veggie greens and still get the antioxidant benefits.

Health and Food: Green Foods from the Garden
Of course the best green foods are green leafy vegetables and if you can get organic or get some fresh from the garden even better. These not only give you antioxidant power and omega-3s, but also support the liver, provide calcium, good proteins and other vital minerals and vitamins. Veggies are also full of fiber and low calorie so you don't pack on the pounds. You can't go wrong with lots of green veggies for health and food.

Health and Food: Green Foods Supplements
With our busy lifestyles and schedules, I know though that it is often hard to get all our vegetables in. This is where supplementation can help. AFA blue green algae is also a rich source of omega-3s, phytonutrients, plant-based proteins, minerals, and other micronutrients. You can take supplementing with greens a step further with a line of supplements that offer the best superfoods from the water, earth and forests. These convenient daily packets give you the power of medicinal mushrooms, 9 types of algae, and sprouted grasses and grains for superior antioxidant nutrition as well as probiotics and enzymes.

Health and Food: Green Smoothies
Green smoothies are another way to get your green foods on the go. They are very popular now so recipes are easy to find on the internet and social media sites. Our family favorite is kale, blueberries and orange juice blended together. Mix up a batch ahead of time, put in a travel cup and take your green foods with you wherever you go.

Now you know, if you didn't already, some of the benefits and importance of eating green foods. If you are not a big veggie eater or don't have time to get all your veggies in each day, then you have some alternative solutions to still get the health benefits of green foods. Take a tip from Sam I Am and give those green eggs and ham as well as the other tips presented here a try and you'll find that you like them too maybe even in a box or with a fox.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Back to School Immune System Boosters

Yes, it is that time of year again when the stores are full of back to school supplies and it's time to start thinking about how healthy your child's immune system is. As Fall and Winter approach so does cold and flu season and having kids at school means more opportunities for them to catch germs and bring them home to the rest of the family.

A healthy immune system is designed to protect us from all those germs, but it doesn't always catch them all. Making sure your child follows a healthy lifestyle regimen is a good way to make sure his immune system is able to do the best job it can in preventing illnesses. That includes eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats, getting regular exercise, and getting adequate amounts of sleep. To get your child ready for back to school, he may need a little extra of all these things to give his or her immune system a boost.

Here are some other natural ways to boost the immune system.

Load up on vitamin foods – According to Lexi Hagenson, licensed acupuncturist and nationally certified herbalist, Vitamin C can help boost the immune system. Incorporate foods such as grapefruit, goji berries, broccoli and bell peppers into your child's snacks and meals to help him or her get some extra Vitamin C. Vitamins work best when we get them from foods or whole food supplements instead of isolated synthetic vitamin supplements so go for foods rich in vitamins rather than a multi-vitamin supplement. If you have a picky eater and need to use supplements, look for ones with vitamins from whole food sources.

Keep your probiotics healthy – Probiotics are the "friendly bacteria" that live in our guts. We have over 500 types of bacteria that naturally live in our intestines to help with digestion and are part of the immune system. They also help with getting nutrients out of our foods for the body to use. B vitamins, vitamin K and folate are all delivered to the body this way and about 10% of our energy comes from the work these friendly bacteria do. There are also some bacteria that have specific functions within the immune system such as making more T cells. To show how probiotics can help boost the immune system, consider a study reported by the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. This study showed 40% less colds and intestinal infections in New Zealand athletes studied when they took probiotics. Making sure you have a healthy supply of probiotics in your gut to fight off illness causing bacteria is one way to support a healthy immune system.

Using Kefir to make shakes or smoothies, giving yogurt for snacks, or using energy bars and cereals that have probiotics are one way to get more probiotics into your child's system. There are also yogurts you can buy made from rice, soy or coconut milk if you want to avoid dairy. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, Brewer's yeast and microalgae are other non-dairy sources. Just be sure to read food labels and look for products that say "live active cultures". Taking high quality probiotic supplements such as acidophilus, bifidus or a full-spectrum of probiotics is another way. This is especially important if your child has been on a round of antibiotics as they tend to kill off the good bacteria in the gut. You can also keep your natural probiotics healthy by including foods in the diet that are considered prebiotics. 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, honey, onions, legumes, and whole grains. For instance, soybeans, oats, whole wheat, and barley all have oligosaccharides.

Herbs that may help – There are certain herbs that many people swear help keep them healthy during cold and flu season and there are some studies to support these claims. Whereas more research is warranted before many doctors or scientists are willing to endorse these claims, some of these herbs may help give your immune system a boost. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider to make sure these are safe for you or your child and compatible with any type of medicines or dietary restrictions you have. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Ginseng is one of the herbs that can give the immune system a boost. Other herbs that some find helpful for immune system health are echinacea, licorice root, astragalus, and elderberry.

Medicinal mushrooms for immune support – Chinese medicine has long used medicinal mushrooms for a variety of health reasons including boosting the immune system. Mushrooms from the forests are rich in antioxidants, beta glucans, enzymes, polyphenols, proteins, and triterpines and are among nature's most nutrient-dense foods. Mushrooms such as cordyceps, reishi, maitake, wild black trumpet, and Poria cocos are thought to be among the most powerful and beneficial foods on earth and can all be found in this whole food supplement  for a rich source of proteins and antioxidants. Shiitake and reishi mushrooms in particular have been found to stimulate macrophages which are a type of white blood cell that attack foreign invaders in the body. Beta Glucan derived from baker's yeast also has the ability to bind and stimulate macrophages and can be found in this mushroom/algae supplement along with reishi, cordyceps, maitake, shiitake, Turkey Tail, and Agaricus blazei mushrooms, astragalus and AFA bluegreen algae.

More support from the kitchen – A couple of other things worth mentioning when looking to boost the immune system are garlic and green tea. Green tea has lots of antioxidants that fight off free radical damage and support immune system health. Another benefit of green tea is that it stimulates the liver causing it to secrete interferon that can protect against infections.

Alliums are foods such as leeks, onions and garlic. Foods in this family are known to have natural antibiotic properties to help fight off germs. Allicin, found in garlic, is released when the garlic is crushed or chopped and has antibacterial and antifungal properties, has been found to improve immunity and has been found to be useful in fighting off colds. Some of the benefits are lost with cooking so wait to add garlic right at the end of a recipe. If you are on blood thinners, check with your healthcare provider before using garlic as it may not be compatible with your medication.

To get ready for the new school year, get those school supplies together and all the other school accessories, but don't forget about giving your child's immune system a boost. Keeping your child's immune system healthy will mean less school days lost due to sickness and lessen the chance of bringing those germs home to you.

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Natural Solutions for Aches and Pains

We all overdo it sometimes and pay later with aches and pains. That's when many people reach for their NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. This may be alright if we are talking about occasional use, but prolonged use of these drugs is not recommended. For those looking for more natural solutions for aches and pains, read on.

What Causes Aches and Pains?
Sore muscles are often caused by doing some type of work or exercise that your muscles are not used to. I usually am sore when I first get out each Spring and start working in my garden using muscles that have been pretty dormant all winter. According to Ethel Frese, PT, DPT, CCS, associate professor of Physical Therapy at St. Louis University, this type of soreness comes from microdamage done to muscle fibers and connective tissue. You feel the resulting aches and pains within 48 hours. Sore joints usually are caused by inflammation from overuse or an injury. Inflammation is the body's response to foreign invaders, irritation or injury and is characterized by redness, warmth, swelling, and pain. Sometimes the body attacks itself with inflammation even when there are no foreign substances. Certain types of arthritis are good examples of the body misinterpreting the need for defensive action.  These types of arthritis are called autoimmune diseases, in which the body's normal immune system attacks and damages its own tissues.

Natural Solutions to Aches and Pains
Warm-up Exercise
Frese recommends doing warm up exercises before engaging in an exercise that will cause soreness and once muscles are warmed up from the exercise, then do stretching. You can also support your joints by strengthening muscle through weight bearing exercises. This can help prepare your muscles for whatever activity you will be engaging in that your muscles aren't used to. Stretching your body on a regular basis can improve the oxygenation in your body, relieve muscle tension and fatigue and increase your physical stamina. Doing just 15-20 minutes of light yoga or stretching in the morning regularly can help prepare your body for whatever physical activities lie ahead.

Inflammation Fighters
Muscle and joint pain can stem from inflammation due to damage from free radicals in your body. Free radicals result from conditions such as stress, heavy exercise, overwork, poor nutrition, and environmental toxicity. They damage the body, including cells, enzymes, and DNA, causing negative effects such as pain, inflammation, and chronic diseases. Antioxidants attack free radicals and get them out of your body, relieving pain, inflammation, and chronic symptoms in the process. Adding antioxidants to your diet can help give your body a fighting chance against free radicals, so when you know you're going to be doing extra physical workouts, load up on fruits and veggies. Vitamin C is one antioxidant that has especially been linked to helping prevent sore muscles. Research shows that spices like ginger and curry are natural anti-inflammatory spices so adding those to your diet can also help relieve soreness due to inflammation.

Magnesium is an essential ingredient for muscle relaxation and overall body calm. Many of us lack magnesium. If your muscles are sore and tense, and you find that you just can't relax, consider adding magnesium to your daily regimen. Just be sure to start slowly, since once your body has absorbed enough magnesium it will release the rest via your colon, usually in the form of diarrhea. Magnesium rich foods include green vegetables such as spinach, cereals and grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal and bran, lentils, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, and fruits such as bananas and figs.

Eating carbohydrates after a workout helps your body produce insulin which is needed for muscle building. They also help replenish your energy after an extreme workout by replacing glycogen and glucose. Many experts also recommend adding a lean source of protein such as chicken or dairy to your after exercise complex carb grain snack.

Supplements That Do It All

Here's an easy solution for dealing with your aches and pains from an active lifestyle, exercise, sports or overdoing it physically. This box of 60 packets gives you 30 packets of supplements to take before a workout and 30 to take after a workout – two packets each a day for a month's supply. The capsules in these packets have a variety of ingredients already measured out for you that:
  • provide a nutrient rich, whole food source for physical energy
  • have amino acids useful for reducing muscle damage
  • have anti-inflammatory properties
  • support joints and cartilage
  • have antioxidants to aid against damage from free radicals
  • provide protein rich plant sterols that support sports performance
  • provide cellular nutrition
  • nourish and protect the body from tissue breakdown resulting from the intensity of post-workout

Don't let your aches and pains keep you from doing the things you want to do and from keeping an active lifestyle. Using some or all of these natural solutions for aches and pains can help keep you active without all the sore muscles and achy joints afterwards.

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

How to Slim Down: 5 Strategies You Can Use Right Now

How to slim down is a big question in the mind of Americans, especially around New Year's. Weight loss remains the top New Year's Resolution, and yet 92% of people are no longer working on how to slim down by February 1st of any given year.

If you made weight loss a resolution this year, and find that you are no longer very dedicated to that goal, fear not! There are many simple strategies that you can use to help you slim down. Most of them don't involve working up a major sweat. In fact, most of them are just plain common sense!

Tip #1: The Power of "Later..."
One of the biggest impediments to how to slim down is the impulse factor. When faced with a big plate of sugar cookies at work or a giant basket of tasty nachos at the bar, how can you avoid falling for the temptation? Avoiding temptation is especially difficult if your co-workers or friends are busy chowing down.

One trick that works well for many bad habits--everything from eating too much to smoking--is to tell yourself, "Later." In other words, you are giving yourself permission to have a cookie or some nachos, just not right now. Some people use the phrase, "In five minutes..." instead. Whatever phrase you say to yourself to delay gratification, even for a little bit, will work as long as it resonates with you. After you give yourself the delay command, immediately turn your attention to something else.

You will be surprised at how often you simply forget to go back to those cookies or nachos. In fact, many people have used this same delay tactic to successfully stop smoking. By giving yourself permission to engage in that bad habit (just not right now), you satisfy your craving for the moment. By turning your attention to something else, your attention becomes distracted and you likely will forget about the craving altogether. Try it... chances are that you will like it!

Tip #2: It's All About What You Ate Yesterday
When it comes to weight loss and slimming down, most people are focused on today's meals. But a lot of weight is related more to what you ate yesterday rather than what you will eat today. Why? Because unless you have had a lifetime of stellar digestive health, chances are that you are carrying around 10 to 15 pounds of undigested food, water, and gas in your gut. This is according to Dr. Rob Danoff, D.O. and M.S., who writes for MSN Health and Fitness (read more at:

That is a lot of weight to be carrying around your middle. Luckily, you can correct the effects of your past dietary sins, and help your body release all this unneeded and undigested goop in your gut. Dr. Danoff recommends getting some exercise, being sure you are drinking the right amount of water, and eating more fiber-rich foods. In addition, he suggests adding probiotics or probiotic rich foods to your diet, including acidophilus  and bifidus . Now is that a no-sweat way to lose weight or what?

Tip #3: Pick Your Route at the Grocery Store
One of the biggest tips on how to slim down is to never shop while hungry. Beyond that, though, one way to avoid buying junk food is to plan your route around the grocery store so you hit the healthy sections first. Start with the produce section, and work your way around to the dairy section to buy eggs and healthy dairy (not ice cream), and then the meat counter. Once you have worked your way through these sections, feel free to wander up and down other aisles. With your cart filled with healthy foods, you will be far less likely to succumb to cookies, chips, or gallons of soda.

Tip #4: Prep for Parties
One trick that slim people employ to stay slim is to prep for a foodie party by eating a little something before heading out to the party. Eating even a handful of nuts or a quarter of an avocado or a spoonful of peanut butter will help you feel full. This is important because you never know when food will actually be served at a party. If dinner gets served up at 9 o'clock and you are accustomed to having dinner at 7 o'clock, you will be starving by the time dinner appears. That leads to a ton of sinning on the snacks that usually precede dinner. So fill up with a small snack, then dress up and hit the party. You will be safer than usual from temptation!

Tip #5: Ask Yourself, "Would I eat this at home?"
Going out to eat is one big impediment to getting or staying slim. First, a lot of the courses served in restaurants are high in calories. Second, the portions are usually extra large. Finally, studies show that people in social environments tend to eat more than people dining alone or at home. If you find yourself dining with other people, look at the menu choices and ask yourself, "Would I eat this at home?" If the answer is negative, don't order that entree. A meal is a meal, even a meal that you eat in a restaurant. That's how you have to think if you want to get or stay slim!

See? None of these tips involved massive sweating or going with the "no pain, no gain" motto. These tips on how to slim down are really about planning ahead, asking yourself some common-sense questions, and plain being smart. Not rocket science, just simple stuff that really works!

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