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.
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.
People are getting more and more fitness conscious in the current day and age. The primary reason for this is the kind of sedentary lives that people lead these days. The realization of the lives that people are leading has lead to a lot of them resorting to regular exercise, supplements, and natural health and fitness related products. The herbal way to make one’s fitness top notch has existed for ages now. This is an ancient art that is now complemented with the advent of new technologies. Sedentary lifestyles, better results, and new technology have resulted in a good market for companies providing fitness products to take advantage. One of the established companies that are doing really well is Natures Sunshine. The following is a brief on how a person can use Natures Sunshine herbal fitness products.
Before going ahead with the use of any product, it is recommended that a person should analyze the kind of life he or she is leading. Needless to say, the kind of lifestyle that is being lead is the most important aspect involved in any fitness related issue. While analyzing your lifestyle the following are the things that should be kept it mind.
This can have a major impact on your fitness levels overall. As everyone knows, smoking kills a person’s stamina and the potential of his or her immune system to battle diseases.
Drinking is another thing that is similar to smoking. Alcohol, even taking into account its medicinal properties, is harmful for a person’s fitness.
The amount of exercise that a person has in his or her life is very vital. However, unfortunately, most people these days are unable to devote proper time to exercising owing to their sedentary work profile and the extremely busy lives that they lead.
2. Natures Sunshine Herbal Products And Their Purpose:
As is more than evident, herbal products that are made from naturally occurring herbs and can even fall under the alternative science of naturopathy. It should be noted that the primary purpose of herbal fitness products is to supplement a person’s fitness regime and good diet. They are not wondrous products that will fix everything by themselves. In fact, a person would find it very beneficial if he or she consults a nutrition expert or a herbal specialist. Visiting these professionals will help the person establish a fitness regime and dietary routine.
Choosing the right supplements matters. Once a person has done enough research on all kinds of herbal products, he or she can go about finding which brands are good and effective. A bad product can be really detrimental to the person’s well being. This is the reason that herbal products should be well researched before they are bought and used. In fact, running your choices by your herbal specialist would be also good.
A person should understand that Natures Sunshine herbal products, food, exercise, and in fact the whole fitness rigmarole only works if it is done in a balanced way. For example, it is not right to exercise heavily one day and not do it for the rest of the week. Therefore, maintaining balance and routine is extremely important.
Since mid-1997, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated all toothpastes containing FLUORIDE to carry this warning:
WARNINGS: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek PROFESSIONAL HELP or contact a POISON CONTROL center immediately.
So, I am not sure but if that is the case why all the toothpastes are containing fluoride? Hard to say: supposedly to fight tooth decay. The recent studies have prove the contrary and still we are not aware of what we use when buy a toothpaste.
Even so, fluoridation of water and toothpaste continues to be endorsed by various health officials and the American Dental Association (ADA).
Many doctors and specialists flagged the fluoride not to be used at any level being a toxic drug. But the signal is not to be heard.
Those specialist linked use of fluoride with many diseases like osteoporosis and increased incidence of hip fractures. The worst part is that many commercial sodas, juices and other water-based food products may contain fluoride if they are produced where the water is fluoridated and the producers are not forced to label that.
So what can we do? First avoid those carbonated drinks. You can use plain water as much as possible. Secondly use toothpaste without fluoride. They are not easy to be found in the regular store though, but fortunately Nature's Sunshine provides you with great natural products including toothpaste without fluoride. The price is similar to regular toothpaste so you shouldn't be worried.
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With the cold-weather settling in, it is important to keep the immune system in optimal shape. The immune system is a versatile and complex network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to counteract the effects of foreign invaders. However, immune function may decline with age, inadequate nutrition and stress. During the cold and flu season natural alternatives for immune system support help target unwanted invaders.
Olive leaf extract is used to enhance the immune system, and has antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. The active component in olive leaf extract is called oleuropein. Present throughout the olive tree (wood, fruit, leaves, roots and bark), this compound protects the tree form insect and bacterial predators and imparts numerous benefits when taken in supplement form.1,2
For over 2,500 years black elderberry has treated influenza, coughs, and colds.3 Elderberry juice is said to “activate the body’s powers of resistance”,4 enabling the body to keep and restore good health. Elderberry extract is supported by scientific studies in its effects against influenza through a heightened immune system response.5
Goldenseal is a Native American medicinal plant introduced to early settlers by Cherokee Indians who used it as a wash for skin diseases, wounds, and for sore, inflamed eyes. Goldenseal has acquired a considerable reputation as a natural antibiotic and as a remedy for various gastric and genitourinary concerns. The alkaloids hydrastine, berberine, canadine, and canadaline are the principle active constituents in goldenseal. The berberine constituent is most noted for its antimicrobial effects.6
Tea tree oil extracted from the Melaleuca alternifolia tree native to Australia has been used by Australian aborigines for several centuries. Topically, tea tree oil is commonly used for skin and skin surface infections such as acne, athlete's foot, and ringworm.
Pau d’arco has been used since the time of the Incas as a healing plant. The component of pau d’arco that seems to have the most significance is a naphthoquinone derivative known as lapachol, shown in studies to have activity against bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.7
Garlic is rich in a variety of sulfur-containing compounds including allicin and ajoene. While these compounds are responsible for garlic's pungent odor, they are also the source of many of its health-promoting effects. In addition to antifungal benefits, garlic is also reported to have antibacterial, anthelmintic, and antiviral effects.8
A combination of herbs described by Chinese herbalists as having “metal-enhancing” properties includes indigo, bupleurum, scute, and Thlaspi arvense. These herbs create a favorable environment for microbial balance and overall health, support detoxification and promote a healthy respiratory tract.
1. Walker, M. Olive Leaf Extract. New York, NY: Kensington Publishing Corp. 1997.
2. Pasquale, A.D.; Monforte, M.T.; Calabro, M.L. “HPLC Analysis of Oleuropein and some
Flavonoids in Leaf and Bud of Olea Europaea L.“ IIFarmaco 1991: 46(6):803-815.
3. Mumcuoglu, M. Sambuco; Black Elderberry Extract, a break through in the treatment of influenza.
Skokie, IL:RSS Publishing, Inc. 1995.
4. Dahlow, M. Healing Plants. Hong Kong:Barron’s Educational Series 1993.
5. Zakay-Rones, Z.; Varsano, N.; Zlotnik, M.; Manor, O.; Regev, L.; Schlesinger, M.; Mumcuoglu, M.
“Inhibition of several strains of Influenza virus in vitro and reduction of symptoms by an elderberry
extract (Sambucus nigra L.) during an outbreak of Influenza B Panama.” Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine 1995;1(4):361-369.
6. Amin AH, Subbaiah TV, Abbasi KM. Berberine sulfate: antimicrobial activity, bioassay, and mode of
action. Can J Microbiol 1969;15:1067-76.
7. Foster S, Tyler VE. Tyler's Honest Herbal, 4th ed., Binghamton, NY: Haworth Herbal Press, 1999.
8. Ankri S, Mirelman D. Antimicrobial properties of allicin from garlic. Microbes Infect 1999;1:125-9.
Cleansing is an important first step to feeling better.
Cleansing and detoxification of the body promote good health and general well-being. Herbs and nutritional supplements can be used to nourish and cleanse the body, especially the body systems that are heavily involved with metabolic processes. The digestive system feeds the entire body and must flow freely to ensure the efficient elimination of toxins from the body. The colon, in particular, must function properly to promote the elimination of waste materials from the body. The liver and kidneys are also important detoxifying organs. The liver aids in the digestive process by secreting bile that emulsifies fat, hence facilitating the actions of digestive enzymes and juices. The liver also controls the metabolism of various nutrients and serves as a reservoir for many of these nutrients. The kidneys act as a filtration system during the production of urine.
Cleansing has always been an important step on the road back to health in traditional healing systems. Today, herbalists have formulated combination of the best cleansing and detoxification herbs and nutrients. An effective herbal detox cleanse seeks to accomplish the following:
· Transport toxins to the liver and kidneys
· Process toxins for elimination
· Protect liver, brain, and other organs from circulating toxins.
· Release toxin-laden bile fluid from intestines.
· Bind toxins in the intestine to avoid re-absorption
· Eliminate bound toxins through the stool and urine
· Restore function to eliminative organs
Aside from riding the body of disease-causing toxic build-up, an herbal detox cleanse increases energy, improves the immune system, reverses constipation, helps in weight loss and improves complexion.
All Cell Detox is a product which combines 17 herbs that support proper digestion and waste elimination. This formula supports and promotes the proper functioning of the liver, colon and kidneys,
aids digestion and supports the absorption of nutrients.
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