Herbal Solutions 2010 - The Intestinal System

20. June 2010 16:39 by IKE in Body System, Herbs  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The intestinal system features the colon (or bowel)-a muscular organ about five feet long. The colon extracts water from the waste matter and sends it back into the bloodstream. Nerves and muscles in the colon regulate the time it takes waste matter to travel through the colon and out of the body. Friendly bacteria in the bowel aid in the breakdown of waste.
Colon health is largely affected by diet. We eat more sugar and processed foods than ever before, and we regularly abuse our bodies with various stimulants and sedatives. In addition, we are all exposed to thousands of toxins and chemicals on a daily basis (air and water pollution, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc.). All of this impacts bowel health and function.
Stress and lack of muscle tone can also affect colon function.
For health and well-being, it is essential that this “sewer system” of the body receives regular cleaning and preventative care.

Transit Time-Too Long—Occasional constipation occurs when waste material stays in the colon too long and too much water is absorbed from it. Toxins can also be reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
Too Short—Occasional diarrhea occurs when waste goes through the bowel too quickly and not enough water is absorbed. Beneficial gut bacteria may be lost.

Bowel Detox provides digestive enzymes to aid digestion in the upper gastrointestinal tract, as well as ingredients to provide needed bulk to encourage proper flow of waste through the colon.
Nature’s Three fiber supplement combines psyllium, oat fiber and apple fiber to support the normal function of the bowel. Fiber binds with cholesterol and bile salts and helps reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which helps maintain cholesterol levels that are already within
normal limits. It can also reduce transit time.
Bifidophilus Flora Force® provides 4 billion friendly bacteria per capsule to help create favorable balance in the gut. These good guys help with digestion and promote immunity.
Liquid Chlorophyll provides green energy and helps cleanse and freshen the bowel and body.

Herbal Solutions 2010 - The hepatic System

16. May 2010 17:23 by IKE in Body System, Health, Herbs  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The liver plays vital roles in digestion, metabolism and the elimination of toxins from the body. Our largest organ produces bile to aid in the digestion of fats. Bile also helps eliminate excess cholesterol and toxins.
The liver stores and processes nutrients, including excess carbohydrates (as glycogen). When blood sugar levels drop, sugar is released by the liver to bring levels back up. Your liver also makes cholesterol to transport fats to and from body cells.
The liver is the primary detoxification center, breaking down metabolic waste and environmental toxins so they can be eliminated. As it filters the blood (over a liter of it each minute), the liver removes toxins and microbes from the body before they can damage cells. Chemicals in the body attach to cholesterol and are transported to the liver. Toxins are then eliminated through normal waste-removal channels.
A healthy liver can process heavy metals, cleaning solvents, gasoline fumes and toxic household cleaning products. But these can severely tax or overwhelm a dysfunctional liver.

The Hepatic Pack includes one bottle each of these products:
Milk Thistle Combination boasts liver-protecting and free-radical fighting ingredients, including milk thistle seed extract, N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), dandelion root, choline bitartrate and inositol. NAC optimizes the production of glutathione in the liver, which is used in the breakdown and elimination of toxins. NAC, a powerful antioxidant, protects against oxidative damage. Milk thistle contains silymarin, which has shown remarkable ability to help liver cells regenerate and stabilize liver cell membranes.
Chinese Liver Balance TCM is a “harmonizing” Chinese formula that helps cleanse the liver, nourish the blood, improve digestive function and promote detoxification and elimination. It contains 12 Chinese herbs, including scute, peony, bupleurum and atractylodes—used traditionally to support both the nervous and digestive systems during tension and stress.
Nature’s Three contains various forms of soluble and insoluble fiber—psyllium, oat fiber and apple fiber—to support digestive health, promote
regularity and relieve occasional constipation. Increasing your dietary fiber can help the liver as fiber binds with toxins for removal.

Love Your Liver!
Did You Know?
• The liver affects nearly every physiological process of the body and performs over 500 different chemical functions.
• According to Eastern philosophies, anger, irritability, defensiveness, moodiness and discouragement are all associated with a congested or sluggish liver.

Herbal Solutions 2010 - The Digestive System

25. April 2010 17:11 by IKE in Body System, Health  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The process of digestion begins in the mouth and is completed in the large intestine. It occurs as food is taken in, broken down, sorted and re-processed—all in an effort to convert it into a usable, absorbable form that can be circulated throughout the body to nourish cells and create energy.

The major organs of the digestive system include the mouth, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, small intestine and colon. Each of these organs works in a unique way, but they share a common purpose: to help digest food and absorb nutrients. These exist in the form of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Each nutrient type is handled by the digestive system differently, and each gets broken down at a different point during the digestive process; but all are aided by the presence of enzymes.
Digestive enzymes are organic substances that speed up the chemical reactions that break food down into smaller, more usable particles. Without enzymes, body functions would happen too slowly to sustain life. Some enzymes are produced by the body, and others come from the foods we eat. This system is subject to many weaknesses and inadequacies.

These include digestive transit times that may be too fast or too slow, a lack of sufficient enzymes and probiotics, and a deficiency of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Luckily, we can combat these through diet, exercise, adequate water and fiber intake, regular detoxification and supplementation.

Since there are more organs in your digestive system than in any other, it makes sense to support them with quality supplements.
The Digestive Pack from Nature’s Sunshine combines one each of these products:
Food Enzymes provides a blend of the enzymes needed to break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, as well as hydrochloric acid and bile salts to aid the digestive process. These enzymes can also help prevent or relieve occasional indigestion.

Bifidophilus Flora Force® is recommended for daily use to maintain a healthy balance of friendly flora within the intestinal tract. These beneficial microorganisms help the body break down food into easily absorbed nutrients and they promote immunity.

Gastro Health® Concentrate offers nutritional support for the stomach. The ingredients in this proprietary formula may help inhibit the growth of unwanted invaders. In addition, Gastro Health can help soothe stomach irritations and relieve occasional associated stomach discomfort.

Please check out those great Nature's Sushine products:

Food Enzymes (120) Provides a blend of enzymes to digest proteins,carbohydrates and fats.

Bifidophilus (90) The healthy human intestinal tract contains billions of intestinal flora that live in a delicate balance with each other and in symbiosis with us.

Gastro Health Conc. (60) Inhibits the growth of the dangerous H. pylori bacteria.

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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