Colon Cleansing

11. April 2010 14:08 by IKE in Body Health, Health  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

First of all what do we mean when we say Colon Cleansing. What is the colon? We want to make sure everyone understand so I will put in a easy way. The colon is the largest intestine. Cleansing the colon go back to ancient Greece as a natural process. In USA it became popular in the 1920s and 1930s. Colon cleansing removes toxins, thus promoting healthy intestinal bacteria, boosting your energy and enhancing your immune system. On the web and in general is a huge debate if colon cleansing is helpful or not. There are many negative things about colon cleansing written in articles or forums but honestly I don't believe any of them are true. Although doctors prescribe colon cleansing as preparation for medical procedures such as colonoscopy, most don't recommend it for detoxification. But that is not a natural way to do it.


What is natural colon cleansing?
There are two main colon-cleansing methods. One involves buying products; the other involves seeing a practitioner to have a colon irrigation. I believe the natural way is the best one. The natural way promotes the absorption of nutrients and also may support bowel functions. Herbal products are used for centuries and especially those for brand companies are tested and improved year by year. We recommend those products especially those manufactured by Nature's Sunshine one of the best on the market.

Colon cleansing can help you beat occasional constipation, bloating, tiredness and skin problems while gaining more energy and a flatter stomach.

You may look into ALL CELL DETOX or BOWEL DETOX most poppular products.

Circulatory System Support

11. April 2010 13:53 by IKE in Body Health, Body System  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

When we think of circulatory health we want to focus on the entire cardiovascular system.  The cardiovascular system is composed of the heart and blood vessels.  The heart pumps blood containing oxygen and nutrients through vessels to organs in the body and in turn removes carbon dioxide and waste products.

The heart is constantly pumping blood at a rate of roughly 100,000 beats per day. Therefore, it is important to focus on supplements that can help maximize the strength and performance of this organ.  Supplements like Coenzyme Q10 can support energy production in heart muscles.  Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and krill oils can promote the healthy flow of blood within the arteries and veins.  Arginine can help relax the blood vessels to further promote healthy circulation of blood.  Hawthorn can improve heart function and B-vitamins can protect it.  Let’s take a closer look at these ingredients.

Coenzyme Q10 is found in high concentrations in the mitochondria (powerhouse) of cells.  Heart muscle cells are particularly rich in Coenzyme Q10.  People with congestive heart failure have lower levels of Coenzyme Q10  in their heart muscles and can increase the output of the heart by supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 (1).  There is also substantial evidence that shows supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 can have a favorable effect on both systolic and diastolic blood pressure (2). While it is clear that Coenzyme Q10 aids heart function, it is poorly absorbed from the diet.  A blend of conjugated linoleic acid, flax seed oil, and soybean oil can aid the absorption of this nutrient. This is extremely important because these healthy fats aid the uptake of Coenzyme Q10 in the intestine (3).  A 50 mg dose maximizes absorption.(4)

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids found in fish oil and in krill oil.  These essential fatty acids are not produced by the body and have an abundance of health benefits in the circulatory system. They reduce inflammation caused by free radicals which can lead to hardening or thickening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) (5). They also play a role in preventing blood clot formation and can promote healthy cholesterol levels in the blood. Supplementing with fish or krill oil is important because the American diet greatly lacks these essential fatty acids.  Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) should also be added to the diet.  Vitamin K2 prevents the calcification of arteries and protects against heart disease (6,7).  Krill oil is also rich in phospholipids which are found in cell membranes. This form of omega-3 fatty acids appears to be better absorbed by the body and has a more pronounced effect on cholesterol levels (8).  Krill oil also contains astaxanthin which is an antioxidant red/orange carotenoid pigment naturally produced by the krill.  

Arginine is an amino acid that is important for circulatory system health.  In circulatory tissues, arginine is converted to nitric oxide which has a relaxing effect on the interior lining of blood vessels and helps promote healthy blood pressure. Arginine also reduces platelet adhesion which further promotes healthy blood circulation (9).  

Hawthorn has traditionally been used to support the circulatory system. It has been shown to increase the strength of contractions in the heart and to increase the output volume of each contraction (10). B-6 (Pyridoxine), B-12 (cyanocobalamin) and folate help to lower homocysteine levels.  Elevated homocysteine levels are considered a strong indicator of heart disease risk. 

The final important ingredient is resveratrol, a potent antioxidant. Cardiovascular tissues endure a great exposure to oxygen and free radicals.  Free radicals enter the blood from the air we breathe and from the foods we eat.  Supplementing the diet with high potency antioxidants like resveratrol can not only neutralize these harmful free radicals but can also preserve good health and longevity (11).


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  2. Ho MJ, Bellusci A, Wright JM. Blood pressure lowering efficacy of coenzyme Q10 for primary hypertension Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009 Oct 7;(4):CD007435.
  3. Liu ZX, Artmann C. Relative bioavailability comparison of different coenzyme Q10 formulations with a novel delivery system. Altern Ther Health Med. 2009 Mar Apr;15(2):42-6.
  4. Bhagavan HN, Chopra RK. Coenzyme Q10: absorption, tissue uptake, metabolism and pharmacokinetics. Free Radic Res. 2006 May;40(5):445-53. Review.
  5. Simopoulos AP.The omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio, genetic variation, and cardiovascular disease. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2008;17 Suppl 1:131-4.
  6. Gast GC, de Roos NM, Sluijs I, Bots ML, Beulens JW, Geleijnse JM, Witteman JC, Grobbee DE, Peeters PH, van der Schouw YT.A high menaquinone intake reduces the incidence of coronary heart disease.Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 2009 Sep;19(7):504-10. Epub 2009 Jan 28.
  7. 7) Beulens JW, Bots ML, Atsma F, Bartelink ML, Prokop M, Geleijnse JM, Witteman JC, Grobbee DE, van der Schouw YT. High dietary menaquinone intake is associated with reduced coronary calcification Atherosclerosis. 2009 Apr;203(2):489-93. Epub 2008 Jul 19
  8. 8) Werner A, Havinga R, Kuipers F, Verkade HJ. Treatment of EFA deficiency with dietary triglycerides or phospholipids in a murine model of extrahepatic cholestasis. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2004;286:G822-G832.
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  11. 11) Marques FZ, Markus MA, Morris BJ Resveratrol: cellular actions of a potent natural chemical that confers a diversity of health benefits Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2009 Nov;41(11):2125-8. Epub 2009 Jun 13.

Glandular Support for Weight Management

11. April 2010 13:47 by IKE in Body Health, Health, Natural products ingredients, Suplemments  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The thyroid is a gland located in the front part of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid produces hormones that regulate metabolism and are important in regulating energy, body temperature, basal metabolic
rate, the use of other hormones, as well as helping to regulate growth and development.
The thyroid gland and the other endocrine organs may play a role in how the body responds to changes in diet and exercise.

With increasing age, metabolism naturally slows down. This occurs primarily because of normal muscle mass atrophy and a natural decrease in levels of hormones such as T3 and testosterone. An increase in the production of a hormone called cortisol, in response to stress, may also impact weight-management efforts.

T3, or triiodothyronine, is an iodine-containing hormone produced by the thyroid gland. It is synthesized under the influence of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) by attaching iodine atoms to the amino acid tyrosine. A lack of proper nutrition can have a negative effect on the thyroid and on metabolic rate. Nutritional ingredients that
support optimal thyroid function include Irish moss, kelp, black walnut, l-tyrosine, zinc and 7-keto.

Healthy thyroid status is dependent on the presence of multiple elements necessary for the synthesis and metabolism of thyroid hormones. Irish moss, kelp and black walnut are good sources of iodine. Iodine plays a central role in thyroid function, being both a major constituent of thyroid hormones and a regulator of thyroid gland function. Zinc intake is also important as suboptimal dietary intakes of zinc can adversely affect
thyroid hormone function.1 7-keto, a metabolite of DHEA, may increase the production of T3, supporting metabolism and weight loss.2

Cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal glands, plays multiple roles throughout the body. In addition to its best-known role as the “stress hormone,” it is involved in glucose metabolism, regulation of blood pressure and in immune function. Cortisol levels naturally fluctuate and are highest in the morning and lowest at night. Bursts of cortisol are also released in response to physical or psychological stress. While small amounts of cortisol have positive effects, research has shown that prolonged elevated cortisol levels are connected with increased amounts of abdominal fat and also cause increased consumption of calories.3 Nutritional ingredients commonly suggested to counteract the physiological effects of stress associated with elevated cortisol levels
include magnolia bark extract, phellodendron extract, holy basil, l-theanine and DHEA.

The combination of magnolia bark extract and phellodendron extract has been shown to help curb stress-related eating and mild anxiety.4,5 This was associated with reduced weight gain and some weight loss among study volunteers. Compounds naturally occurring in holy basil, an Indian herb, have positive effects on stress parameters and may help to decrease the effects of stress by normalizing the levels of stress-related
hormones.6 L-theanine, a non-essential amino acid found in green tea, promotes the generation of alpha brain waves indicative of relaxation without causing a drowsy state or impairment of motor skills.7 DHEA is a hormone precursor produced by the adrenal glands. After about age 25, the body’s production of DHEA declines, leading many experts to believe that DHEA plays a role in the aging process. Research shows that
administration of DHEA decreases plasma cortisol concentration and may decrease weight, abdominal fat and insulin levels.

8,9 Additional nutritional ingredients with a history of successful use in supporting the glandular system include licorice, parsley, schizandra, vitamin B5, vitamin C and manganese.

References:

1. Barceloux DG. Zinc. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 1999;37:279-92.
2. Colker CM, Torina GC, Swain MA, Kalman DS. Double-Blind Study Evaluating the Effects of Exercise Plus 3-Acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone on Body Composition and the Endocrine System in Overweight Adults. Abstract presented at 2nd ASEP Annual Meeting, October 14-16, 1999, and published in Journal of Exercise Physiology online, Volume 2 Number 4 October 1999.
3. Bjorntorp P. Do stress reactions cause abdominal obesity and comorbidities? Obes Rev. 2001 May;2(2):73-86.
4. Effect of a proprietary Magnolia and Phellodendron extract on stress levels in healthy women: a pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Kalman DS, Feldman S, Feldman R, Schwartz HI, Krieger DR, Garrison R. Nutr J. 2008 Apr 21;7:11.
5. Effect of a proprietary Magnolia and Phellodendron extract on weight management: a pilot, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Garrison R, Chambliss WG. Altern Ther Health Med. 2006 Jan-Feb;12(1):50-4.
6. Constituents of Ocimum sanctum with antistress activity. Gupta P, Yadav DK, Siripurapu KB, Palit G, Maurya R. J Nat Prod. 2007 Sep;70(9):1410-6.
7. L-Theanine reduces psychological and physiological stress responses. Kimura K, Ozeki
M, Juneja LR, Ohira H. Biol Psychol. 2007 Jan;74(1):39-45.

8. Kroboth PD, Amico JA, Stone RA, Folan M, Frye RF, Kroboth FJ, Bigos KL, Fabian TJ, Linares AM, Pollock BG, Hakala C. Influence of DHEA administration on 24-hour cortisol concentrations. J Clin Psychopharmacol 2003 Feb;23(1):96-9.
9. Villareal DT, Holloszy JO. Effect of DHEA on abdominal fat and insulin action in elderly women and men. JAMA 2004;292:2243-8.

Great tips to keep your body in shape in the winter time.

13. December 2009 16:30 by IKE in Body Health, Fitness, Health, Herbs  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

In the cold winter time, many of us prefer to hibernate than to remain active. Most of us give up the gym because of the bad weather and feel the need to serve rich meals, considering that strengthen our immune system. Here are some healthy tips that can help you to keep your body in a perfect shape.

Serve 5 small meals a day
When getting older than 20 our burning metabolic rate drops by 10% with each decade. This process of decline of metabolism can be reversed by adopting a diet which involve the service 5 small servings of food per day against the 3 meals rich.
Not recommended serving heavy meal because the body needs only a certain amount of food - depending on the activities performed, and the remaining food will be stored and processed in fat.
Not recommended under any circumstances serve a single heavy meal daily, ingestion of large portions of food creates confusion in the body - which charges a strong feeling of hunger -- burning metabolic rate decreases and as result of fat deposits.

Reduce body weight without losing nutrients
Focus on nutrients and not on dietetic foods!
For many people, following a diet tasty food deprivation are arguing for or renouncing almost totally tasteless food, depriving the body of food or taking extreme measures may endanger the health and even if we obtain weight loss it is for a short period of time.
What foods are recommended to be consumed to prevent weight gain?
I. 25% of the diet should be based on animal protein:
- Eggs;
- Fish and seafood;

II. 50% of the diet should be based on fruit and vegetable, for their Antioxidant effect, vitamins and fibers. The most recommended for the weight loss are:
- Broccoli;
- Cabbage;
- Spinach;
- Asparagus;
- Dandelion;

III. 25% of the diet should be based on raw nuts and seeds, Beans and vegetables, whole grains, especially brown rice, bread, amaranth, millet, sorghum, buckwheat.

It is recommended to avoid high fat food and carbohydrates such as sugar, white flour, white rice and alcohol. Even in the early days of adopting the system will miss the spicy taste of fatty foods within 2-3 weeks taste will adjust and you redefine the term "tasty food”, enjoying the real taste natural foods.

More liquid, less gained pounds
If a fluid deficit, the body is inclined to store water, the water retention is directly proportional to the excess weight. By increasing the percent of fluid, will tell the body that the retention of water is no longer necessary.
Consumption of a glass of hot water with lemon during the day, especially before meals, reduces fluid retention.

Morning ritual of losing weight!
Every morning on an empty stomach, drink a mixture of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a teaspoon of maple syrup and 300 grams of hot water, this content promotes a digestion smooth and enhance metabolism.
Never should neglect breakfast, which has to be richer and healthier. In the morning the body is most in need of energy, so during the day, metabolism got enough time to burn calories served at breakfast.

The power of herbs
Chinese herbs are used in traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate the metabolic properties:
-Astragalus;
-Ginseng;
-Green tea;
To determine the most appropriate forms of administration, recommended consulting a specialist.


Don't forget about your daily gym
Everybody knows that physical activities increase the metabolism and helps burn excess calories.
If you want to lose weight, always choose to exercise with any occasion:
- Always choose stairs vsthe elevator;
- Try to walk when the distances that need to be taken are not excessive;
- Enroll to a gym club;

According to specialists a good exercise program is meat if it is done at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes (per session).

Result:
Besides weight loss and other benefits are obtained: energy, strength, good mood!

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Build your natural immunity against flu

11. December 2009 14:38 by IKE in Ailments, Body Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

H1N1 Flu Scare Isn’t OverH1N1 Flu Scare Isn’t Over
•People are upset they can’t get a vaccine
•Local schools are having vaccination days
•A weakened virus is used in nasal vaccines and is contagious for several days afterwards
•The vaccin is not effective or has unknown side effects
•The rate sickness spreads is alarming
•Winter isn’t the only time of year we have problems with illness –Fall, Spring and Summer bring problems as well!

Building Your Immune Defenses
•NSP has a variety of options to build your immune defenses
•Today we’ll talk about two products we haven’t heard a lot about recently:
–Olive Leaf
–High Potency Garlic

Main Parts of the Immune System
1.Innate Immunity
–White blood cells, acid and digestive enzyme secretions, the skin and chemical compounds in the blood that attach to foreign organisms and neutralize them.

2.Acquired (natural) Immunity
–It is powerful
–It is what we “build up”
–It is activated by antigens
–It is governed by the body’s lymph system

How Do We Acquire Natural Immunity?
1.We are exposed to trillions of organisms from which we do not get sick.
2.We acquire immunity from exposure to antigens (chemical compounds unique to an invading organism or toxin) from which our bodies build up antibodies.
3.Antibodies give the body memory to protect against toxins previously exposed to.
•Childhood illnesses and even adult exposure to antigens build our immune system and make us more resistant to illness.
•This is especially true when illness is treated with natural means rather than with chemical/synthetic medications.

What Can Hinder Proper Building of Our Immune Defense?
•Deficiencies of
–Vitamin A
–Carotenoids
–Zinc
–Selenium
–Iron

•Fluoride in oral hygiene items
•Pesticides
•Herbicides
•Radiation
•Chemical toxins

What Can Hinder Proper Building of Our Immune Defense?
•Injected toxins that bypass the natural immune response
•Poor diet
•Ingestion of harmful things
•Hidden Infections
•Unnatural and resistant strains of organisms from labs
•Presence of heavy metals
•Neuro-toxic substances such as MSG and mercury

•Low fat/unhealthy fat diets
•Stealth viruses
•Infections
•Fungi
•Bacteria
•Candida
•Too much exercise -especially for an already unhealthy person

Olive Leaf Extract
•The olive tree lives a very long life and is resistant to viruses, fungi, insects and bacteria
•Olive Leaf contains a chemical called Oleuropein.

People Have Used Olive Leaf Extract for the Following:
•Viruses
•Retroviruses
•Bacteria
•Spirochetes
•Chlamydiae
•Fungi
•Yeasts
•Molds
•Protozoa
•Helminths
•Cryptosporidium
•Chicken pox
•Childhood illnesses
•Shingles
•Ear infections
•Diphtheria
•Encephalitis
•Bladder infections

•The relief of arthritic inflammation
•Diabetes –reducing the need for insulin
•The elimination of chronic fatigue
•The creation or restoration of abundant energy
•Normalization of heart beat irregularity
•Improvement of blood flow
•Lessening of pain from hemorrhoids
•Attenuation of toothaches
•Antioxidant quenching of free radical pathology
•Obliterations of fungal infections such as mycoticnails, athlete’s foot, jock itch
•Permanent relief from malaria, dengue fever,
other exotic and deadly tropical diseases
•Excellent to take for protection when traveling

Garlic
•Garlic will strengthen and build the liver
•Contains allicin–gives garlic the “anti-infection” properties
•Has volatile compounds so it can spread rapidly throughout the body
•Useful for hard to reach parts such as the inner ear

Garlic Has Amazing Components Germanium

•Positive effects against radioactivity
•Inhibiting multiplication of abnormal cells
•Activation of natural killer cells and macrophages
•Tumor inhibiting activity
•Increase the body’s ability to absorb calcium
•Retard aging
•Improve stamina and endurance
•These are only a few!

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