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.
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.
Açai (Euterpe oleracea), pronounced ah-sigh-ee, is a small, round, purple fruit that is produced by a certain species of palm tree native to Brazil. Açai is an antioxidant-rich super-food currently considered by many to have the best nutritional value of any fruit on earth. Açai has traditionally been used for improving general health and well-being.1 Açai berries contain protein and fatty acids, as well as vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, thiamine, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus and iron.1 This fruit has been shown to have higher levels of antioxidants than raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, strawberry and blueberry.
1Açai contains high amounts of anthocyanins—water-soluble pigment compounds with potent antioxidant actions.1 Anthocyanins have some of the strongest physiological effects among plant compounds.
2 They may also aid the eyes and improve night vision. Other beneficial phytochemicals that have been identified in açai fruit include proanthocyanidins, phenolic acids and plant
sterols, including beta-sitosterol.
3,4 Açai fruit has been shown to have significantly high antioxidant protection against a variety of free radicals, especially for superoxide and peroxyl radicals.
5Recent studies have demonstrated that antioxidants in açai fruit are able to enter human cells in a fully functional form and neutralize free radicals even at low doses.
5 The antioxidant actions of açai fruit may also protect against abnormal cell growth and division. In a recent study, açai polyphenols were shown to have antiproliferative effects on human leukemia cells.
6 The antioxidant effects of anthocyanins such as those found in açai fruit have been associated with improved cardiovascular health. Increased levels of lipid peroxidation have been associated with cardiovascular disease
7 preliminary studies indicate that açai fruit decreases lipid peroxidation.
4 Anthocyanins such as those found in açai fruit are known to improve circulation by reducing capillary permeability and increasing the strength of microvessel walls. Other cardiovascular benefits include helping to prevent blood clots, improving circulation and preventing artherosclerosis. Plant sterols, such as those found in açai fruit, have been used to maintain cholesterol levels, aid the immune system and maintain a healthy prostate. Açai fruit may decrease inflammation by inhibiting specific enzymes that are involved in causing inflammation (COX-1 and COX-2).5 Thus açai may be helpful for individuals with joint pain and other inflammatory conditions.
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Database. 9th ed. Stockton, CA: Therapeutic Research faculty; 2007.
2. Health & Medicine on Squidoo. 2008. Available at: http://www.squidoo.com/açai-research Accessed October 8, 2008.
3. Schauss AG, Wu X, Prior RL, Ou B, Patel D, Huang D, Kababick JP. Phytochemical and nutrient composition of the freezedried
Amazonian palm berry, Euterpe oleraceae mart. (açai). J Agric Food Chem. 2006 Nov 1;54(22):8604-10.
4. Jensen GS, Wu X, Patterson KM, Barnes J, Carter SG, Scherwitz L, Beaman R, Endres JR, Alexander SG. In Vitro and in
Vivo Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Capacities of an Antioxidant-Rich fruit and Berry Juice Blend. Results of a Pilot and
Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Study. J. Agric Food Chem. 2008; 56, 8326-8333.
5. Schauss AG, Wu X, Prior RL, Ou B, Huang D, Owens J, Agarwal A, Jensen GS, Hart AN, Shanbrom E. Antioxidant capacity
and other bioactivities of the freeze-dried Amazonian palm berry, Euterpe oleraceae mart. (açai). J Agric Food Chem. 2006 Nov
6. Del Pozo-Insfran D, Percival SS, Talcott ST. Açai (Euterpe oleracea Mart.) polyphenolics in their glycoside and aglycone
forms induce apoptosis of HL-60 leukemia cells. J Agric Food Chem. 2006 feb 22;54(4):1222-9.
7. Castelao J, Gago-Dominguez M. Risk factors for cardiovascular
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:
- 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:
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:
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).
Besides weight loss and other benefits are obtained: energy, strength, good mood!
Please check out great herbal products for weight loss at Weight loss
METABOSTART PLUS (14 DAY)
Women have special needs. Their bodies go through cycles and changes from puberty through the senior years. While these changes are indeed miraculous, they aren’t always comfortable. Nature’s Sunshine has formulated three new herbal products to address some of women’s unique needs.
Cramp Relief—Relax those cramping muscles
Most women experience some degree of cramping during their monthly periods. For some women, menstrual cramps can be so severe that they are debilitating. Cramp Relief allows the body to relax contracted muscles and ease cramping.
Native Americans used the herbs in Cramp Relief to help ease all kinds of female discomfort. They believed that menstrual cramping was the body’s way of preparing for childbirth. However, in the case of severe cramps they used these antispasmodic herbs. Cramp Relief contains cramp bark, wild yam, black cohosh, lobelia and plantain. Most of these herbs are antispasmodic, and many of them support various body systems to help in the management of menstrual discomfort. Wild yam supports the female reproductive system. Black cohosh acts like estrogen and can help lift dark moods that often accompany female discomfort. Plantain helps relieve fluid buildup in the pelvic region that is sometimes associated with menstrual cramps.
Breast Enhance—A natural alternative for breast enhancement
Many women resort to high-risk surgical procedures to obtain shapely, firm breasts. However, breast augmentation is expensive and carries some weighty health risks. A less invasive, less risky and less expensive natural alternative exists and is available from Nature’s Sunshine.
Breast Enhance naturally enhances breast size and firmness. It contains kudzu, saw palmetto berries, dong quai extract and alfalfa. These herbs not only help enhance breast size, they may actually promote breast health as well as help maintain already-normal hormone balance, boost vitality levels, promote fertility and ease female discomfort.
Breast Enhance contains phytoestrogenic isoflavones (including genistein), vitamins and phytosterols. Studies show that isoflavone supplementation can increase the proliferation rate of breast lobular epithelium after 14 days of use. Isoflavones have been shown to mimic the hormones principally responsible for growth of breast tissue.
Breast Enhance can help women achieve the look they want without expensive and risky surgeries, while nourishing the body with the nutrition it needs to maintain breast health.
Menstrual Reg—Help for heavy menstruation
Heavy menstrual bleeding isn’t just inconvenient, it is also quite uncomfortable, especially when it is accompanied by cramping, bloating and mild mood changes. Menstrual Reg is designed to help reduce heavy bleeding while keeping hormones balanced.
Menstrual Reg contains several herbs that diminish bleeding and provide overall support to the female body. Yarrow, shepherd’s purse, nettle leaf and lady’s mantle help to slow and reduce blood flow, while sarsaparilla gets closer to the root of the process. Excessive menstrual bleeding is often caused by too much estrogen relative to progesterone. Sarsaparilla root appears to help enhance progesterone activity. Black haw can help ease cramped uterine muscles, while chaste tree and false unicorn help to support proper female hormone levels. Together these herbs may slow menstrual flow and lead to more comfortable periods.
Natural help for women’s concerns…from the natural health supplement leader.
NSP by Courtney Hammond