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Spring Allergies

Let's add allergies into the mix of things that we're dealing with now.

Seasonal allergies are to be expected. However, the severity of them changes every year. We were looking back over posts from the last couple of years and noticed a trend that might not make allergy sufferers too happy. In 2018 we mentioned that experts believed that the 2018 allergy season was considered to be one of the worst ever. Then we saw that we had shared that 2019 was considered to be one of the worst ever! Any guesses for 2020? According to AccuWeather, huge portions of the country will face a brutal allergy season this spring. (1)


"Allergy sufferers in the eastern United States should brace for a long and severe season this spring as predicted above-normal rainfall and near-average temperatures mean much of the region will be ripe for tree, weed and grass pollen production," according to AccuWeather meteorologists. Naturally-Botanicals-Pollen-Season

"Above-average pollen levels are in store for a huge portion of the country, an area that has a population of 193 million people and stretches all the way from Texas to Michigan on east. More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Even if individuals don’t suffer, there are ripple effects from family members, including millions of children, who struggle with symptoms." (2)

What does that mean for you?

Pollen, an allergy trigger, is surging year after year. A major factor in the increase is climate change. Rising average temperatures are leading to a longer ragweed pollen season. Tree pollen, for example, starts to arrive in the spring (usually late March to April), grass pollen is next (around May), then weed pollen which is prevalent in the summer (July to August), and ragweed pollen from summer to fall (late August to the first frost).

As we know, more people than ever are living with allergies. You might be dealing with the headache, facial pressure or pain, coughing, nasal congestion and sneezing because allergies can be your BFF all year, or they can be caused by seasonal factors and other year-long triggers including pets, dust, and mold.

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Dr. Michelle Weiss, says that allergies are an inherited condition and symptoms can be quite mild but they can be severe as well.

Symptoms can be from head to toe and include:
• itchy watery eyes
• sneezing 
• runny nose
• nasal congestion
• wheezing 
• coughing 
• shortness of breath
• various rashes (3)

 

Sinus problems can occur as a result of a cold or allergies. If the tissue in your nose is swollen from allergies, a cold, or something in the environment, it can block the sinus passages. Your sinuses can’t drain, and you may feel pain.

In addition to treating your allergies once they’ve taken hold, you might want to consider taking some preventive measures to calm your allergic reactions. That might make it easier on yourself (and the people around you!) because once your immune system has become overly reactive, it may be difficult to calm it down.
Natural anti-inflammatory ingredients such as quercetin, bromelain, and ashwagandha can help calm your body down and also boost your immune system.
 

Click here to view our full line of supplements and homeopathic options designed to support your nose, lung and chest health as well as helping to support your body’s immune system.  

Just a reminder that all of our products are science-based and therapeutic-grade. They're also FDA-monitored, manufactured to meet or exceed cGMP regulations, and independently tested throughout the manufacturing process for purity and efficacy. You can buy your supplements with confidence, knowing you are buying the very best. Quality you can trust!
Just a reminder that all of our products are science-based and therapeutic-grade.
They're also FDA-monitored, manufactured to meet or exceed cGMP regulations, and independently tested throughout the manufacturing process for purity and efficacy. You can buy your supplements with confidence, knowing you are buying the very best. Quality you can trust!
 

Take a look at some of our Sinus/Allergy relief products:


 Allerstop by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 
 Sinus by Professional Botanicals
 Lungs Mucus by Professional Botanicals
 A-24 Pollen Mix #1 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 
 A-25 Pollen Mix #2 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 
 Attack by Professional Botanicals

 

Immunell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
  https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/immunell-by-dna-labs

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




We're Open!

We know that this is a challenging time for everyone around the world. We’re open and here to help!

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It's always been our goal to ensure that our immune health supplements and other products which promote wellness get to all who want them. And we support your goal of being and staying healthy by offering time-tested quality products, designed and used by doctors worldwide for 40 years. That continues to be our top priority as we work on keeping our inventory of immune supplements at full capacity. 

Just in case you don’t see your favorite products on our website, please check back in a day our two or send us an email at [email protected] to check on the availability. Our website is open 24/7!

 

Some tips for keeping yourselves busy that we really like:

Start or finish some craft projects or jigsaw puzzles
Take the time to read that book that's sitting on your nightstand or desk 
Tackle some of of those small home repairs
Stay hydrated
Start or continue an exercise routine
Stay connected to friends and family
Now's a great time to start cooking or baking (that's one of our favorites!)
Get outside for some Vitamin D 

Here's a recipe from Ellie Krieger for a delicious stew. We tried this last week. It was quick, easy to make, and enjoyed by all. As Ellie says, you can adapt it to use whatever grain or bean you have on hand. And you can use dried rosemary if you don't have fresh.

Ingredients  

3 cups cooked chick peas, low-sodium, drained and rinsed if canned, divided
3 ½ cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
One 14.5-ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes
Sprig of rosemary
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
½ cup pearled farro
2 cups lightly packed baby spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions

Place 1 cup of the chick peas and ½ cup of the broth into a blender and puree until smooth.

Heat the oil in a medium soup pot over a medium heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, but not browned, 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook one minute more.

Add the remaining 2 cups of chickpeas, remaining 3 cups of broth, the tomatoes, rosemary, salt and pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes. Add the farro, return to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the farro is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove the rosemary sprig. Add the chickpea puree, then stir in the spinach and cook until it is just wilted, 1-2 minutes. Serve garnished with the cheese.

Makes 4 servings


We wish you and yours all the best during this unprecedented event. Stay well and feel better the natural way.

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Take a look at these supplements in which you might be interested:

 
Tranquinell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 

N-1 Adrenal Energizer Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 

T-39 Emotional Emergency Homepathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 

Immunell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
  https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/immunell-by-dna-labs

T-40 Anxiety Emergency Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 

A-21 Mold Mix #1 Homeopathic  by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 

A-22 Mold Mix #2 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 

Pressu Norm by Professional Botanicals

Sinus by by Professional Botanicals

And a new product on our shelves, Immu-Stem Viral Support by Professional Botanicals









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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Highlighting Vitamin D!

Did you know that Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin?

That’s because it’s made in your skin when exposed to sunlight. Every cell in your body has a receptor for vitamin D. This vitamin is involved in many processes. One important function is that our immune systems need vitamin D to fight off invading bacteria and viruses! Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular  function, and reduction of inflammation. Naturally Botanicals - Vitamin D - Sunshine

You can also get Vitamin D through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood. 

Now, in spite of those methods, Vitamin D deficiency is considered to be one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world. Some of the most common symptoms of deficiency include fatigue, impaired wound healing, muscle pain and hair loss.

 

Vitamin D is considered to be absolutely essential for good health. So what is it?

Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D-1, D-2, and D-3, has several important functions. Regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, and facilitating normal immune system function are super-important functions of this vitamin. Getting enough vitamin D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, mood regulation, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. There’s that immune support again! 

There are two forms of vitamin D in the diet: 
Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol): found in some mushrooms.
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol): found in oily fish, fish liver oil and egg yolks.
D3 is considered to be the more powerful of the two types, and raises blood levels of vitamin D almost twice as much as D2. (1) (2)
 
Food sources of Vitamin D
Interestingly enough,  very few foods naturally contain Vitamin D Because of this, some foods are fortified. This means that Vitamin D has been added. Foods that contain Vitamin D include:
salmon
sardines
egg yolk
shrimp
milk (fortified)
cereal (fortified)
yogurt (fortified)
orange juice (fortified)
 
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Taking Vitamin D supplements can help as it can be hard to get enough Vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone. 
 
One supplement that many of our clients prefer is D3-5000 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs). It's a high-potency vitamin supplement designed to support energy levels, support healthy nerves, and support a healthy immune system.

 

D3-5000 | High-Potency Vitamin D Supplement
by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

Designed for Energy, Nerve Support, and Immune System Support.
D3-5000 is a high-potency vitamin supplement designed to support energy levels, support healthy nerves, and support a healthy immune system.

D3-5000 | High-Potency Vitamin D Supplement
by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

Designed for Energy, Nerve Support, and Immune System Support.
D3-5000 is a high-potency vitamin supplement designed to support energy levels, support healthy nerves, and support a healthy immune system.

Vitamin D is also known to:
•   Support skeletal development
•   Support bone mineralization
•   Regulate Calcium homeostasis
•   Enhance Calcium absorption
•   Help regulate immune system macrophage cells
•   Enhance positive effect to support mood.

D3-5000 is designed to support indications of poor bone health, inflammation, immune system imbalance, and low mood.
 

Take a look at other immune support supplements on our website:

Micellized D3 1200 *Higher Potency* - 1 fl oz by NuMedica
Zinc Lozenges by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) 
Attack by Professional Botanicals
Immu Cell by Professional Botanicals
Immu Guard by Professional Botanicals

 

Immunell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
  https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/immunell-by-dna-labs

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Healthy Aging!

Aging is simply the natural progression of life….and our bodies just need some extra support to keep them supple, healthy, and vital. So, we can get the most out of life.

Taking popular antioxidant and anti-inflammatory herbs can help support our joints…. lutein to support eye health…. and collagen to help our skin.

You might think you need good genes to live longer.

But genes are only part of the equation for most of us, says Dr. Thomas Perls, an aging expert and director of the New England Centenarian Study at the Boston University School of Medicine. Naturally Botanicals - Healthy Aging 2

“Research shows that genes account for less than one-third of your chances of surviving to age 85. The vast majority of variation in how old we live to be is due to our health behaviors,” Perls says. “Our genes could get most of us close to the remarkable age of 90 if we lead a healthy lifestyle.” 
 
Want the secret to living a longer and healthier life?

Well, try following the advice we’ve all heard for years: eat well, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and stay away from bad habits. Add in our science-based and therapeutic-grade supplements and you’ve got a winning combo. We can’t guarantee anything but we’ll surely cheer you on. 

People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. 
But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. As we get older, we may begin to need fewer calories, but we need just as many nutrients. Nutrient-dense foods pack a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients your body needs into a small number of calories. As always, we really believe in “eating the rainbow," so choose fruits and vegetables with vibrant colors; other options include whole grains, like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and brown rice; seafood, lean meats, poultry, and eggs; and beans, nuts, and seeds. 

Many nutrients needed by the body such as potassium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, minerals, and dietary fiber can be obtained through food, although the quantities obtained might not be enough for your body. In that case, supplements can help! 

Change up your exercise routine! 
Exercise and physical activity fall into four basic categories—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Doing them all will give you more benefits, reduce boredom, and cut your risk of injury. Exercise benefits more than just your body! Try activities like walking, biking, yoga, or tai chi to enhance your mood, energy levels, and overall emotional well-being. Whatever you love to do, go out and do it.

 

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Supplements to power up your healthy aging routine include:

Age Rejuve by by Professional Botanicals
Estro Pro Cream by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Mental Clarity+ by Professional Botanicals
Menopause by Professional Botanicals
Collagenell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
DHEA 25 by NuMedica  

N-25 Prostate Energizer Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

 

 

 

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Collagen!

What do you know about collagen?

You probably know that it helps your skin. We hear about it all the time but what is it all about? 

Collagen isn’t just for skin health.

As it turns out, collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It’s about a third of your body’s protein composition, especially type 1 collagen. Collagen is one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It's also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas, and teeth.          Naturally Botanicals - Collgen

All collagen starts off as procollagen. Your body makes procollagen by combining two amino acids: glycine and proline. Over time, however, the production of this protein slows down.  

Some foods, such as bone broth, contain collagen. It’s also found in the connective tissues of animals which means that foods such as chicken skin, pork skin, beef, and fish are sources of collagen.

Give your body a boost! 
You may want to help your body get the collagen you need by adding a collagen supplement to your daily routine. One in particular that we’re really proud to have in our store is Collagenell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs). It’s designed to support healthy bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. 

That sounds like a pretty good idea as bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments provide the structural framework for your body. When these tissues are not optimal, your ability to be active can be reduced. 

Collagenell provides nutrients, herbs, and specialty ingredients specific to bone, joint, tendon and ligament health: 

Immune Support – Helps support the healing process: 
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin B6


Antioxidant - Helps the body process free radicals that naturally occur during injury and repair:
Vitamin A 
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Thiamin
Vitamin B6
Manganese
Citrus Bioflavonoids
Hesperidin
Rutin
Beef Liver


Anti-Inflammatory:
Horsetail
Citrus Bioflavonoids
Calcium
Magnesium


  Tendon, Ligament, and Bone Nutrients:
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Hesperidin
Rutin
Manganese
Collagen
Green Pea
Horsetail

You may want to use Collagenell for  muscle overuse and tension, and tendon and ligament support. It's made in the USA and manufactured to FDA compliance standards in a GMP certified facility.

EZ/FLEX by DNA Labs also contains collagen.

Formerly called Arthro Care, this product was designed to support healthy joints and connective tissue. EZ/Flex contains Vitamin C for cartilage health. Its Proprietary Blend contains herbs known for their joint health benefits, enzymes that help support a healthy inflammation response, and other joint-friendly ingredients. Take regularly to support healthy joints.
 
Visit our Healthy Aging category to see all of the natural herbal, nutritional and vitamin supplements from Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs), Professional Botanicals, and NuMedica that we offer to support your bones, skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

 
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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Understanding your Blood Pressure

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk for serious health problems, including stroke and heart attack.


Blood pressure. What exactly does that mean?
Blood pressure is how hard your blood pushes against the walls of your arteries when your heart pumps blood. Arteries are the tubes that carry blood away from your heart. Every time your heart beats, it pumps blood through your arteries to the rest of your body.Naturally Botanicals - Blood Pressure

Hypertension is the medical term for high blood pressure. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms, so it’s sometimes called a “silent killer.” The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get tested.

Inquiring minds want to know.  What do those blood pressure numbers mean?
A blood pressure test measures how hard your heart is working to pump blood through your body. Blood pressure is measured with 2 numbers. The first number is the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. The second number is the pressure in your arteries between beats, when your heart relaxes.

When your heart beats, it squeezes and pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body. This force creates pressure on those blood vessels, and that's your systolic blood pressure, or the top number in the sequence.

The diastolic reading, or the bottom number, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. This is the time when the heart fills with blood and gets oxygen.

Your numbers may be "120 over 80" or written as 120/80.

We know that when we get our blood pressure checked, it goes like this. But, did you know specifically what they’re looking (or listening) for?
The small gauge on the device is attached to an inflatable cuff. The cuff goes around your upper arm.
Then they’ll use a stethoscope to listen to the blood moving through your artery. The cuff gets inflated to a pressure higher than your systolic blood pressure, and then it tightens around your arm. Then it gets released. As the cuff deflates, the first sound that's heard through the stethoscope is the systolic blood pressure. It sounds like a whooshing noise. The point where this noise goes away marks the diastolic blood pressure.

A normal systolic pressure is below 120.
A normal diastolic blood pressure is lower than 80. 

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 What can you do to help out your body?

Some ways to help your body with your blood pressure include eating healthy, getting or staying active, watching your weight, and adding supplements to your daily routine.

Watching your sodium intake and eating more potassium may also help lower your blood pressure. Good sources of potassium include potatoes, cantaloupe, bananas, beans, and yogurt.  Eating foods that are low in saturated fat and sodium (salt) is also a plus.
Getting regular physical activity can lower your risk of high blood pressure. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate activity, like walking fast, dancing, riding a bike, swimming and aerobics.

Watch your weight by eating healthy and getting active.

Drink alcohol only in moderation.
Work on managing your stress.
Managing stress can help prevent and control high blood pressure. Deep breathing and meditation are good • ways to relax and manage stress.
Work on quitting smoking as smoking damages your heart and blood vessels.

Adding supplements like the all-natural Pressu Norm formula by Professional Botanicals, where you’ll find herbs like Yarrow Flower and Valerian Root, which support your body without the negative side effects that come from using products with harmful or toxic ingredients.

More supplements to boost your heart and circulatory health include:

 Water Balance by Professional Botanicals
 Intra-Mag 500 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
 Potassium by by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
N-2 Heart Energizer Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
 Cardio + CoQ by Professional Botanicals
Circ-Q by Professional Botanicals

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.





Power Up Your Immune System Health Routine!

Every year the same routine.

Your kids come home from school with a cold. One coworker is sick with the flu; another is coughing and sneezing. Your neighbors at theFirst Friday events are all talking about how that nasty virus is "going around." You’re just working hard trying to stay away from them, washing your hands even more than usual, and being careful to not get exposed.

In reality, just because you are exposed to a virus, doesn’t mean you are going to get sick or catch a cold or the flu. However, if your immune system is weakened or not running at its peak, then it is much easier for the viruses to have access, take hold and cause illness. Going to the doctor and getting a prescription  for an antibiotic doesn‘t really solve the problem as the common cold and the flu are caused by viruses and not bacteria, and antibiotics don’t work on viruses. 

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The most common infectious disease in the United States?
The cold!

Just being around people who are coughing and sneezing, or being  outside in the cold weather, are not necessarily the ways in which we catch a cold. Did you know that the cold virus stays alive for hours on inanimate objects, such as pens, door knobs, keyboards, etc? We are more susceptible to catching a cold or getting the flu when the virus gets past our compromised immune systems and takes hold. We catch a cold or get the flu due to a weakened immune system, not just because we came in contact with someone who was sick. 

Common contributing factors to a weakened immune system:
Poor diet; not enough fruits and vegetables
Emotional stressors in your life
Eating too much sugar and too many grains
Not getting enough rest and sleep
Any combination of the above

Some tips that are surprisingly simple & natural that you can do to help reduce your risk:

Adjust your diet
Increase your intake of whole fruits, vegetables and Superfoods which are loaded with food-based vitamins, minerals and antioxidants offering natural immune boosting properties. Try adding more garlic and mushrooms (reishi, shiitake, and maitake) to your diet. Mushrooms contain beta-glucans and beta-glucans have natural immune-enhancing properties. (1)   Also, increase herbs and spices, such as turmeric (curcumin), oregano, cinnamon, and cloves, which have high ORAC scores and are known to support the immune system. Fermented foods (raw kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, and sauerkraut) are rich in probiotics (friendly bacteria). Scientific research shows that 80% of your immune system resides inside your digestive tract, so eating probiotic-rich foods, or taking a high-quality probiotic, will help support your immune system health. Try to avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners or processed foods. 


Reduce your sugar intake.

Reduce your sugar intake
Sugar is particularly stressful to your immune system. Consider cutting down on fruit juices, which are loaded with sugar. Substituting with sugar-free is not a healthy replacement as your body can’t process these chemicals. Artificial sugar substitutes are not only very harmful to the immune system, but also harmful to the organs and the body in general. Natural sweeteners, such as stevia and agave make great alternatives.

Get Some Restful & Restorative Sleep
Your immune system operates most effectively when your body is well-rested. Although our busy lifestyles dictate otherwise, research indicates that the body requires a minimum of eight hours of deep sleep each night. It's during this deep sleep phase that the body restores itself, hence the term “restorative sleep.” Make sure you're getting enough deep, restful, restorative sleep. The more rest and sleep your body gets, the faster your body will recover.

Get Regular, Moderate Exercise
Regular exercise is known to increase the body’s resistance to illness. There is evidence that regular, moderate exercise can reduce your risk for respiratory illness by boosting your immune system. In fact, one study found that people who exercised regularly (five or more days a week) cut their risk of having a cold by close to 50%. And, in the event they did catch a cold, their symptoms were much less severe than among those who did not exercise. Be mindful not to over-exercise when you are sick. This puts additional and unnecessary strain on the body’s immune system.

Emotional Stressors
The demands and the effects of our busy lifestyles are not always favorable. They put undue stress on our bodies and our immune systems. Find ways to remove or minimize these stressors. Develop healthful living habits. Schedule a few minutes of personal quiet time each day. Many people have found stress-relieving benefits from meditating.

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Adding Supplements to Your Daily Routine
Vitamin C is a well-known as a very potent antioxidant.
Citrus Bioflavonoids enhance the absorption of Vitamin C helping fight harmful pathogens.
Rose Hips are one of the best sources of Vitamin C, which boost the body's immune system.
Propolis is a bee resin and one of the most powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobials.
Zinc is a well-known immune boosting mineral.
Herbs – Many herbs have been used with proven immune boosting and antimicrobial results.

 

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Supplements to power up your immune health routine include:

First Response by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Co-Resist by Professional Botanicals
Immune Response Pack by Professional Botanicals
N-17 IMMUTEC by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Znac (Zinc + Vitamins A & C) by Professional Botanicals
Viral Aid by Professional Botanicals

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Heart Healthy, Heart Happy

Set Yourself Up to Succeed
You can work on reducing your cardiovascular disease risk with lifestyle changes.

While a healthy lifestyle won’t eliminate cardiovascular disease risk altogether, it can lower your heart disease risk substantially.  Getting your body in shape through physical activity and healthier eating will help reduce cardiovascular disease risk by reducing your unhealthy cholesterol (LDL) and lowering your risk of diabetes and obesity. Naturally-Botanicals-Heart-Health-2020-1

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Ways that may help lower your risk include:

Watching your weight.

Quitting smoking and staying away from secondhand smoke.

Controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure.

If you drink alcohol, drinking in moderation.

Getting active and eating healthy.


It may seem simple...

For the most part, lifestyle plays a huge role in keeping the heart healthy and reducing cardiovascular disease risks. Many of these suggestions are probably familiar to most people. 

Managing your stress levels
Eating fruits, vegetables, and foods low in fat and cholesterol — maintaining a mostly plant-based diet
Becoming active (at least 30 minutes per day) and either maintaining your current weight or losing weight if you are overweight.
Monitoring your blood pressure. If it’s high, work on getting it under control.
Screening your cholesterol and blood sugar levels. If your numbers have increased, you may be able to reverse the trend.

The earlier heart problems are detected, the better the chance you can begin treatment before any long-term damage has occurred.

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Heart-healthy items include high-fiber foods (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables) and certain fats (like the fats in olive oil and fish).  

Visit our Heart & Circulatory Health page to check out our all natural herbal, nutritional and vitamin supplements 
supporting cardiovascular, circulatory, and heart health.


Recipes you might like to try:

Lentil Soup (1)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium carrots, diced
2 medium stalks celery, chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basiln
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups dry lentils
1 can (14½ ounces) crushed tomatoes 
2 cups vegetable broth
6½ cups water

In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add carrots, celery, and

1. onions; cook and stir until the onion is tender. Stir in garlic, oregano, basil, and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.

2. Stir in lentils and tomatoes, then add the vegetable broth and water.

3. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour or until lentils are tender. 

Caribbean Casserole (2)
This tropical-inspired dish is gently spiced for a rich flavor.
 1 medium onion, chopped 
½ green pepper, diced 
1 tablespoon canola oil 
1 14½-ounce can stewed tomatoes 
1 16-ounce can black beans (or beans of your choice) 
1 teaspoon oregano leaves 
½ teaspoon garlic powder 
1½ cups instant brown rice, uncooked 

1. Saute onion and green pepper in canola oil, in a large pan, until tender. Do not brown.

2. Add tomatoes, beans (include liquid from both), oregano, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Stir in rice and cover. Reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.


Vietnamese Fresh Spring Rolls (Gỏi Cuốn) (3)

1 C carrots, cut into long, thin strips
2 C bean sprouts 
2 C cucumber, seeded and cut into long, thin strips
1 C minced scallions 
½ C chopped fresh cilantro 
¼ C chopped fresh mint 
8 rice paper wrappers


1. Toss first six ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Soak one rice paper wrapper in warm water until soft (1 to 2 minutes). Shake off excess water.
3. Place vegetable filling off-center on rice paper, and fold like an egg roll (tuck in the sides to keep the filling inside).
4. Repeat with remaining vegetable filling and rice paper wrappers.
5. Once you have assembled all of the spring rolls, serve immediately.


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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




A Key to Winter Health

A key to winter health is a strong immune system.

The days are getting a bit longer but it's still winter until March 19. If you can't wait, you can call it spring on March 1 and let your friends know that, meteorologically speaking, you are correct!

Your immune system doesn't have its own calendar so it relies on your help to keep it primed and ready to fight off those germs that want to get and stay close to you. With a product like First Response.  Designed to support your immune system at the first sign of illness.Naturally_Botanicals_Carlsbad_CA_Vitamin_&_supplements_store_Immune_Support_1


Nobody wants to be sick. 
Maintaining a strong and healthy immune system is essential to your good health and wellbeing. Even a slightly weakened response in immune system function can have a major effect on the quality of your life by making you vulnerable to common illnesses, especially in the winter months. 

Your immune system is an amazing protection mechanism. 
It's designed to defend you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins, and parasites that would love to invade your body. Your immune system works around the clock in thousands of different ways, protecting the body from these constant microscopic invaders, and it does its work largely unnoticed. We usually only think about our immune system is when it fails for some reason and we feel under the weather or just plain sick. 

 

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Our formulas contain a blend of tried & trusted substances that have had clinically-proven results. By taking science-based formulations, you can help provide support to your immune system and your immune health. That's where First Response comes in!
 
First Response (formerly First Sign and Respiratory Respond) by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) contains nutrients, herbs and glandular ingredients that are specific to supporting a healthy immune system.

Immune Support: 
Vitamin C
Vitamin B6
Zinc
Selenium
Astragalus
Echinacea purpurea


Antimicrobial:
Vitamin C 
Zinc
Astragalus
Echinacea purpurea

L-Lysine


White Blood Cell Support:
Thymus Gland Substance
Vitamin C
Astragalus
Echinacea purpurea
 
Keep First Response in your medicine cabinet or travel bag. Use this high-impact formula at the first sign of illness! Made in the USA and manufactured to FDA compliance standards in a GMP certified facility.
 
Visit our Immune Health category to see all of the natural herbal, nutritional and vitamin supplements from Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs), Professional Botanicals, and NuMedica that we offer to support your immune health.

Some of our products in the Immune health category include:
Attack by Professional Botanicals
Respiratory Energizer by by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
D-8 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
D-104 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Esterified C 1000 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Zinc

We all know that our bodies need vitamins and minerals. But what are they, really?

 Vitamins and minerals are essential substances that our bodies need to develop and function normally. You’ve heard of Vitamin A, C, D, E, and K, and the B vitamins (thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxal (B6), cobalamin (B12), biotin (B7 or Vitamin H) and folate/folic acid (B7). Numbering among those minerals that are essential for health we’ve got calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, chloride, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine, sulfur, cobalt, copper, fluoride, manganese, and selenium. Naturally Botanicals - Zinc 1 Minerals


Some vitamins and minerals get all the love from advertisements, the press, websites, and your neighbors and friends. We hear about Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and the always-popular B vitamins. Then, of course, you’ve got minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron getting all the airtime. Well, today we’re talking about Zinc. It may be the last in the minerals alphabetically, but it’s certainly not the least! 

Ok, what’s the story on Zinc?
Did you know that iron is the most abundant trace mineral your body? It is. And Zinc is the second-most-abundant trace mineral in your body. It's present in every one of your cells. (1)

In addition to being a mineral, Zinc is also an "essential trace element." That means that very small amounts of zinc are necessary for human health. For your entire life, zinc plays a big role in your development and growth.

It is found in cells and all your tissues. It helps your immune system fight off invading bacteria and viruses. It assists in growing and dividing cells throughout the body (cell division), as well as helping to make proteins and DNA, the genetic material in all cells. During pregnancy, infancy, and childhood, the body needs zinc to grow and develop properly. Zinc also helps wounds heal and is important for proper senses of taste and smell. 
Zinc helps the cells in your body communicate by functioning as a neurotransmitter. It is also involved with triggering over 100 distinct internal enzymes required for many metabolic actions.

Zinc not only promotes a normal response to inflammation, it acts like an antioxidant within the body, helping to fight free radical damage and slow the aging process. 

As an essential nutrient, meaning that your body can’t produce or store it, you have to get a constant supply through your diet. And, since your body doesn’t store excess zinc, you have to eat it regularly. Common dietary sources of zinc include red meat, poultry, and fish. 



How many functions does Zinc have?
A lot! It’s estimated that zinc is involved in 300 enzymatic reactions in the body most of which involve the immune system and repair of body tissues. Many enzymes depend on zinc in order to function, including those involved in processing DNA, detoxifying alcohol, and carrying carbon dioxide in the blood. Zinc is essential for normal cell functioning, nerve signaling, and for the body to protect itself against infection or disease. In addition, it affects the lifecycle and communications of cells. In order to simply burn fat, carbohydrates and metabolize protein you need healthy zinc levels. Zinc is important for chemical detoxification, growth, development, immune function and sexual function. Zinc is involved in every enzymatic reaction in the brain. Zinc is found in its highest concentrations in your ears and your eyes!

Zinc deficiency may cause short stature, reduced ability to taste food, and the inability of testes and ovaries to function properly.

 

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Foods highest in zinc include:
Shellfish: Oysters, crab, mussels, lobster and clams
Meat: Beef, pork, lamb and bison
Poultry: Turkey and chicken
Fish: Flounder, sardines, salmon and sole
Legumes: Chickpeas, lentils, black beans, kidney beans, etc.
Nuts and seeds: Pumpkin seeds, cashews, hemp seeds, etc.
Dairy products: Milk, yogurt and cheese
Eggs
Whole grains: Oats, quinoa, brown rice, etc.


Fruits and veggies that are rich in zinc include:

Avocado
Spinach
Edamame
Pomegranate
Mushrooms
Berries
Peas
Dried Figs
Dried Apricots

It is said that phytochemicals from colorful vegetables, fruits, and other plant foods also have anti-microbial and immune-boosting effects. Maintaining an adequate amount of zinc status may limit the decline in immune function that often occurs with age.

Supplements are another way to get more zinc.   In supplements, Zinc may be found as zinc gluconate, zinc acetate, zinc sulfate, zinc picolinate, zinc orotate, and zinc citrate. 

Zinc may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:
• Increasing Immunity and Fighting Colds
• Balancing Hormones for Women & Men
• Helping to Fight Diabetes
• Maintaining Heart Health by Supporting Blood Vessels
• Preventing Diarrhea
• Aiding in Nutrient Absorption and Digestion
• Supporting Liver Health
• Helping with Muscle Growth and Repair
• Accelerating Wound Healing
• Promoting Healthy Skin & Hair
• Keeping Your Cells Healthy

Get your zinc on!

If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Zinc, please visit these links:
ZNAC by Professional Botanicals
Zinc Lozenges by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Cal Mag Cystals by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Andro-Plex by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
Multi Plus by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
TS-100 by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

 

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Detoxification - Keeping Your Body Happy

Your body is your friend.

It does a lot for you. A lot. Now you already know this but sometimes we all need reminding. As we’ve mentioned, detoxification is a lovely way for your body to recharge, rejuvenate, and renew.

Your body goes through a lot of wear and tear, both inside and outside. It’s important to ensure that you take care of it of in order to compensate for this. Imagine your body is similar to a car’s engine. You take your car in for service to have to have the oil changed, get a new air filter, put air in the tires, etc. Your body needs that, too. Maybe not the air in the tires part, but you get the picture. It’s a great idea to detoxify your body in order for it to function properly and to promote general health and well-being. 


Besides the fact that detoxifying your body may help you avoid health problems, there are also a variety of benefits that it can have on your body. It has been advocated by medical specialists that detoxifying your body will improve your levels of physical fitness and promote youthfulness. Participating in a regular detox program may also improve the appearance of your skin and give you more energy and vitality. (Sounds pretty good, right?)


Your body has natural methods of detoxification.

Your liver is the principle organ of detoxification, assisted by the kidneys and intestines. Individual cells get detoxified in the lymph and circulatory system.  Toxins can be excreted from the body by your kidneys, bowels, skin, and lungs. Your whole system works together to make this happen. However, only when these organs are healthy, can they effectively eliminate unwanted substances. 


During the course of your life you ingest a variety of foods; some of which are healthy and some of which may not be so healthy. To tell you the truth, not all of this food is successfully absorbed by the body as nutrients and not all of it is discharged out of the body as waste product. There are always remnants and these remnants become toxins that are left in the bowel and colon of the body. Over a long period of time, this may have some adverse effects on the body if these toxins are not removed. 


To add to this, there’s a common misconception about detoxing that the colon is the most important organ to “cleanse” and the only one that matters. Your skin is your largest organ which also makes it your largest organ of elimination. And don’t forget that your liver, kidneys, lymph system etc. also need detoxing. When toxins can’t be eliminated efficiently, the body will also store them in fat cells, joints, muscles, arteries, liver and other organs.

A build-up of toxins in your body may cause:
Allergy or intolerance to certain foods
Back pain
Bad breath (halitosis)
Breast soreness
Brittle hair and nails
Foul-smelling gas (belching and flatulence)
Constipation
Diarrhea
Fatigue
Frequent congestion (colds, flu, viruses)
Indigestion
Intolerance to fatty foods
Low energy or loss of vitality for no apparent reason
Migratory aches and pains
Sluggish or irregular bowel movements
Swelling of legs
Vaginal infections
Skin problems: rashes, boils, pimples, acne

Your body has natural methods of detoxification that are working for you 24/7. Your system is at your service, even when you're sleeping. Help your body help itself!


Some suggestions on how to achieve that:

Eat plenty of fiber, including brown rice and organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods. Foods rich in vitamin C, cilantro, kale, spinach and other green leafy vegetables, garlic and onions, flax and chia seeds, and water or vegetable juice have also been shown to help detoxify the body. Along these lines, you may want to consider reducing your intake of sugar and processed foods in addition to decreasing your intake of salt.

Drinking more water not only helps you quench your thirst, it regulates your body temperature, lubricates joints, aids digestion and nutrient absorption, and detoxifies your body by removing waste.  Regarding the removing waste part, water transports these waste products, efficiently removing them through urination, breathing, or sweating. The takeaway - staying properly hydrated is important for detoxification.


Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help your body fight oxidative stress caused by excess free radicals and other toxins that increase your risk of disease. Antioxidants include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, lycopene, and lutein.


Eating foods high in prebiotics is another way to assist your body. We’ve all been hearing about prebiotics. There’s a reason for that. Gut health is important for keeping your detoxification system healthy. Your intestinal cells have a detoxification and excretion system that protects your gut and body from harmful toxins. Helping your gut stay healthy starts with prebiotics, a type of fiber that feeds the good bacteria in your gut called probiotics. With prebiotics, your good bacteria are able to produce nutrients called short-chain fatty acids that are beneficial for health.


Eating foods rich in prebiotics can help keep your immune and detoxification systems healthy. Good food sources of prebiotics include tomatoes, artichokes, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, and oats.


Getting, or staying, active with regular exercise. 
Key Guidelines for Adults, as outlined in the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, recommends that adults should move more and sit less throughout the day. Some physical activity is better than none. For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week.

Adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity and that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these activities provide additional health benefits. (1)

Let us help you, too.
We offer a number of excellent products in our Detoxification category. Some are designed to support your body's ability to remove harmful toxins at the cellular level, others to cleanse and stimulate the liver, and more to maintain a healthy pH and electrolyte balance. The goal is to replace built-up toxins with needed vitamins, nutrients, minerals, enzymes, and probiotics. That's a great goal!

Like our other products, these are FDA monitored, manufactured to meet or exceed GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certification, and are independently tested several times throughout the manufacturing process for purity and efficacy. So, you can buy your supplements with confidence, knowing you are buying the very best. It's quality you can trust!

Naturally Botanicals has a unique detoxification program designed to help rid your body of stored toxins in the liver, kidneys, stomach, skin and intestines, as well as detoxify the blood and lymph systems. Our Prep Tonic Detox Pack is a convenient and easy to use 10-day mild, yet comprehensive detoxification program helping support a complete cleanse of the body including the liver, kidneys, colon and lymphatic system. It contains 7 different formulas, digestive enzymes, probiotics, essential vitamins and minerals, galactomannan, acidophilus, and several herbal systemic cleansers and detoxifies.

Any steps you take to help your body are excellent ones! The main point to remember is that detoxifying the body is not something to be done occasionally, but something to be done on a regular basis. There's a lot to gain from detoxifying your body and absolutely nothing to lose.


In addition to Prep Tonic Detox Pack, take a look at:
Chlorodex by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA)
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/chlorodex-by-dna-labs

Mineral Complex by Professional Botanicals
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/mineral-complex-by-professional-botanicals

pH Balance by Professional Botanicals 
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/ph-balance-by-professional-botanicals

D-147 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/d-147-homeopathic-by-dna-labs

D-97 Homeopathic by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/d-97-homeopathic-by-dna-labs

PAU D' ARCO by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/pau-d-arco-by-dna-labs

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Benefits of Detoxification

Welcome to after-the-holiday-season!  

Detoxifying yourself is a good way to start the new year.  Practiced for centuries by cultures around the world, detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out.  

Detoxification is our featured category this month, and Elmnex, designed as nutritional support for internal cleansing, is our featured product.

Planning for a healthy (or healthier) New Year?

It's said that creating space allows for new things to come in. Think of it like trying to add something to a drawer or closet that's already stuffed to capacity. Perhaps that won't work as well as you'd like it to. We think that creating some healthy space in our bodies for all the new year has to offer is a pretty good idea.  

Using a detoxification product may be helpful for those suffering from many chronic diseases and conditions, including:

•       Allergies
Asthma
Headaches 
Heart Disease
High Cholesterol 
Digestive Disorders 

 

Detox can also be used as a beneficial preventative measure and as a tool to increase overall health, vitality, and resistance to disease.

Our featured product, Elmnex, by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs), 
was designed with GI health nutrients as nutritional support for internal cleansing. It works to support the function of the GI tract which is to process the foods we eat, absorb nutrients and eliminate wastes. When the by-products of normal process and toxins from our environment are not eliminated properly, the function of the GI tract can be less than optimal. This may result in symptoms such as feeling full throughout the body, irregular bathroom habits, and generally feeling “off.”
 

Our featured product, Elmnex, by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs),
was designed with GI health nutrients as nutritional support for internal cleansing. It works to support the function of the GI tract which is to process the foods we eat, absorb nutrients and eliminate wastes. When the by-products of normal process and toxins from our environment are not eliminated properly, the function of the GI tract can be less than optimal. This may result in symptoms such as feeling full throughout the body, irregular bathroom habits, and generally feeling “off.”

We offer a diverse selection of products in our Detoxification category. They have been created to support Detoxification and Cellular Health. Many have been designed to support your body's ability to remove harmful toxins at the cellular level, cleanse and stimulate the liver, maintain a healthy pH and electrolyte balance, or replace built-up toxins with needed vitamins, nutrients, minerals, enzymes, and probiotics.

 

In addition to Elmnex, take a look at:

Prep Tonic Detox Pack by Professional Botanicals
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/prep-tonic-detox-pack-by-professional-botanicals

Nutri-Min 72 by DNA Labs
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/nutri-min-72-by-dna-labs

D-146 Homeopathic by DNA Labs
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/d-146-homeopathic-by-dna-labs

Cell Detox by Professional Botanicals
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/cell-detox-by-professional-botanicals

Lymph Detox by Professional Botanicals
https://www.naturallybotanicals.com/product/lymph-detox-by-professional-botanicals

 

 

 

 

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Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Is Stress Making You Stress?

Is stress affecting your health? Is it affecting your quality of life? 


IS STRESS AFFECTING YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE?

It might be! Listen closely and you may hear your body talking to you. You’ll get your own private message because everybody (and every body!) responds to stress differently.

If you pay attention you will notice the early warning signs.  The signs may be subtle and you may even be too stressed out to notice them, or they may be glaringly obvious.  Either way, when you’re feeling overwhelmed and things aren’t going your way, or you feel unable to control yourself from emotional outbursts, these may be your early warning signs.  

Do you use food, candy and/or alcohol to de-stress? Are you annoyed, cranky, suffering headaches, have a stiff neck, muscle tension, and/or clenching your teeth?  By noticing your responses and reactions during stressful times, you can monitor yourself, make healthier choices and reduce the effects upon your mental, emotional and physical health, potentially avoiding long-term and chronic illness.

What is Stress?

Stress is a natural response produced by the release of adrenaline in the body. In ancient times this process was very useful.  When you were being chased by a tiger or a bear, that extra shot of adrenaline was necessary to help you speed up your body functions to enable yourself to run faster or jump higher allowing you to escape and ultimately save your life. Seems like that would work in your favor, right?

These days, and in short bursts, an adrenaline release may be beneficial to help conquer a fear, produce extra endurance or motivation.  Any tigers or bears we might be dealing with that may cause bad stress could include worrying about money, relationships, jobs or health, last-minute work projects, or bad news. This kind of stress can produce chronic and long-term health issues, and according to the American Health Institute, if left unchecked, can even lead to death.

 

Early Warning Signs of Stress:
Headaches, muscle tension, neck or back pain
Upset stomach
Dry mouth
Chest pains, rapid heartbeat
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Fatigue
Loss of appetite or overeating “comfort foods”
Increased frequency of colds
Lack of concentration or focus
Memory problems or forgetfulness
Jitters
Irritability
Short temper
Anxiety


According to 2014 research by the American Psychological Association and the American Institute of Stress, these are the 7 top causes of stress in the United States:

Cause                                   Factors
1. Job Pressure                  Co-Worker Tension, Bosses, Work Overload
2. Money                               Loss of Job, Reduced Retirement, Medical Expenses
3. Health                               Health Crisis, Terminal or Chronic Illness
4. Relationships                Divorce, Death of Spouse, Arguments with Friends, Loneliness
5. Poor Nutrition              Inadequate Nutrition, Caffeine, Processed Foods, Refined Sugars
6. Media Overload           Television, Radio, Internet, E-Mail, Social Networking
7. Sleep Deprivation       Inability to release adrenaline and other stress hormones
 

Some Stress Statistics:

Percent of people who regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress         77%
Regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress                                           73%
Feel they are living with extreme stress                                                                                             33%
Feel their stress has increased over the past five years                                                              48%
Cited money and work as the leading cause of their stress                                                      76%
Reported lying awake at night due to stress                                                                                   48%
 
People who cited physical symptoms experienced the following:
Fatigue                                   51%
Headache                             44%
Upset Stomach                  34%
Muscle Tension                  30%
Change in Appetite          23%
Teeth grinding                   17%
Change in sex drive         15%
Feeling dizzy                      13%
 

If you’d like to use an online tool to check out your stress levels, click here to go to the Stress Calculator provided by The University of Maryland.

The products in our Stress & Sleep Remedies category have been created to support your nervous system upset and stress indications. Many have been designed to support your body's stress-fighting ability, others to nutritionally-support your adrenal glands, and others to help support deep and restful sleep which will help you awaken refreshed and energized.

Visit our Immune Health category to see all of the natural herbal, nutritional and vitamin supplements from Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs), Professional Botanicals, and NuMedica that we offer to support your immune health.

The Proprietary Blend in Immunell contains:
•  Echinacea, European Elder, Nutmeg, Parsley, Butternut, Catmint and Licorice – these herbs have historically been used to support health immune functions
•  Bone Marrow, Thymus Substance, Placenta Substance, Lymph Substance, Adrenal Substance, Spleen Substance – these glandulars help support the body’s own glands in providing support to the immune system
•  Rutin and Bioflavonoids – these two powerful antioxidants assist in proper immune system functions

 


Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Tips to Boost Your Immune System!

BEAT THE COLD AND FLU SEASON…BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!
The Key to Winter Health: A Strong Immune System

No one wants to be sick, and with the demands of our busy lifestyles today, few of us can afford to miss even one day of work. Maintaining a strong and healthy immune system is essential to good health and wellbeing. Even a slightly weakened response in immune system function can have a major effect on the quality of your life by making you vulnerable to common illnesses, especially in the winter months.

Your immune system is an amazing protection mechanism.

It is designed to defend you against millions of bacteria, microbes, viruses, toxins, and parasites that would love to invade your body. Your immune system works around the clock in thousands of different ways, protecting the body from these constant microscopic invaders, and it does its work largely unnoticed. The immune system is complex, intricate and interesting. One thing that causes us to really notice our immune system is when it fails for some reason; when we feel under the weather, or sick. We also notice it when it does something that has a side effect that we can see or feel. 

What your immune system does for you.

  • Each day you inhale thousands of germs (bacteria and viruses) that are floating in the air. Your immune system deals with all of them without a problem. Occasionally a germ gets past the immune system and you catch a cold, get the flu or worse. A cold or flu is a visible sign that your immune system failed to stop the germ. The fact that you get over the cold or flu is a visible sign that your immune system was able to eliminate the invader after learning about it. If your immune system did nothing, you would never get over a cold or anything else.
  • When a virus or bacteria (also known generically as a germ) invades your body and reproduces, it normally causes problems. Generally, the germ's presence produces some side effect that makes you sick. For example, the strep throat bacteria (Streptococcus) releases a toxin that causes inflammation in your throat.
  • Some bacteria are benign or beneficial (for example, we all have millions of bacteria in our intestines and they help digest food), but many are harmful once they get into the body or the bloodstream. Viral and bacterial infections are by far the most common causes of illness for most people. They cause things like colds, influenza, measles, mumps, etc.
  • Maintaining a strong and healthy immune system is essential. Not only are there serious diseases that can result from a malfunction of the immune system, but even a slightly weakened response in immune system function can have a major effect on the quality of your life by making you vulnerable to common illnesses.

There have been many claims over the years about the latest wonder ingredient that will boost the immune system singlehandedly. Avoid the hype and stick to a formula that contains a blend of tried and trusted substances that have had clinically proven results. By taking science-based formulations, you can provide support to your immune system and your immune health.

Immu Cell by Professional Botanicals is a formula that supports the body’s healthy cell production, maintains its immune system and supports optimum utilization of nutrients. Our bodies constantly rebuild themselves from the inside out. To successfully do this, our cells and systems have to function properly. Immu Cell supports your body’s ability to maintain proper cell health.

Immu Guard by Professional Botanicals contains ingredients that support the body’s maintenance of cells’ stability and immune system function. Our bodies are constantly bombarded with attacks from pathogens and impurities that would leave us depleted and exhausted. Immu Guard supports the body’s ability to properly utilize nutrients that improve its defense system.

Immunell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs) is designed to support a healthy immune system. The immune system’s primary function is to protect the body against pathogens and toxins. Nutrient deficiency is a common cause of low immune function. Immunell works to help you find relief from indications including susceptibility to illness, slow healing, and poor inflammatory response.

The Proprietary Blend in Immunell contains:
•  Echinacea, European Elder, Nutmeg, Parsley, Butternut, Catmint and Licorice – these herbs have historically been used to support health immune functions
•  Bone Marrow, Thymus Substance, Placenta Substance, Lymph Substance, Adrenal Substance, Spleen Substance – these glandulars help support the body’s own glands in providing support to the immune system
•  Rutin and Bioflavonoids – these two powerful antioxidants assist in proper immune system functions

Check out all of our powerful all- natural immune support formulas.

Tips to help protect your immune system

  1. Wash your hands frequently and cook meats thoroughly
  2. Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and low in saturated fat
  3. Drink adequate water
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. Maintain a healthy weight
  6. Control your blood pressure
  7. Get adequate sleep
  8. Don’t smoke
  9. Drink alcohol in moderation
  10. Get regular medical screening tests for your age 



Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Burdock Root

Have you ever had gobo? It’s a pretty tasty root that’s used in Japanese cuisine. It’s actually the root of the Burdock, a flowering plant that has been used by various cultures around the world for hundreds of years for its medicinal properties. Most of the benefits are in its roots. Naturally Botanicals-Arctium Lappa-Burdock 1

 

The Iroquois tribe of North America, as well as other Native American groups, dried and preserved burdock for food during the winter. In China, burdock is traditionally used to help ease inflammation, as well as promote urination and clear toxic heat. Inside your body and out, it’s considered to have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. Traditionally, herbalists all over the world use burdock root as a blood purifier.

Burdock root (genus Arctium) is part of the Asteraceae (daisy) family that’s native to Northern Asia and Europe. It was introduced in America during the 1600s by English settlers. The Burdock plant is also related to the Dandelion and Echinacea families.


The generic name arctium is derived from the Greek word for bear or arktos and the species name, lappa, is from the Latin word lappare which means "to seize." The fruit (bur) is thought to resemble a big, fuzzy bear and will grab on to anything in the vicinity in order to spread its seed. Its common name is most likely derived from a combination of burr and dock, because of the large leaves which vaguely resemble docks. Of the four species of Arctium, only greater burdock (A. lappa) and lesser burdock (A. minus) cultivated for their herbal parts.

 

Burdock root is a thin, brown-skinned root vegetable that typically grows to be more than two feet in length. Burdock contains many vitamins, minerals, flavonoids, polyacetylenes, essential oils, trace minerals, amino acids, sugars, and starches. Low in calories and high in fiber, it’s also full of calcium, chlorogenic acid, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, potassium, and resin.


Burdock is considered to possess anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties as well as being diaphorhetic (promoting perspiration),  a mild diuretic, a mild laxative, an alterative (by definition - tending to restore to normal health,) and a cholagogue (stimulating the flow of bile from the liver). The benefits of burdock extend to many different body systems including digestive, circulatory, respiratory, reproductive, glandular and immune systems.

In a paper posted in 2010 in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, it’s stated that research has shown that burdock root contains multiple types of powerful antioxidants, including quercetin, luteolin, and phenolic acids. (1)

 

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Burdock root is a powerhouse when it comes to the nutrition profile. According to USDA (2) it provides energy, carbohydrate, protein, and fiber. Amongst minerals, it contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium. It is a good source of vitamins that include vitamin C, B vitamins, choline, vitamin E and vitamin K.

 

 

 

 

It also provides amino acids that include the following:
Aspartic acid
Glutamic acid
Arginine
Proline
Lysine

Burdock Root may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:
• Mild laxative
• Mild diuretic
• Removing excess water weight
• Helping improve skin conditions
• Useful for cellular regeneration
• Boosting the immune system
• Aiding digestive problems
• Strengthening the Lymphatic System
• Help lowering blood sugar
• Arthritis
• Removing toxins
• Reducing swelling of joints

Interesting Fact
Would you believe that the inspiration for Velcro actually came from the burdock burr? In 1941, the inventor, a Swiss engineer named Georges de Mestral, went for a walk in the woods and wondered if the burrs that clung to his trousers and dog could be turned into something useful. After nearly eight years of research, de Mestral successfully reproduced the natural attachment with two strips of fabric, one with thousands of tiny hooks and another with thousands of tiny loops. He named his invention Velcro and formally patented it in 1955. (3)


If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Burdock Root, please visit these links:
Cell Detox by Professional Botanicals
Lymph Detox by Professional Botanicals
pH Balance by Professional Botanicals
Serrapeptase + Prozyme by Professional Botanicals
Water Balance by Professional Botanicals


Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Valerian Root

Valerian is an herb that’s native to Europe and parts of Asia but also grows in North America. Valerian root, which has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries, is derived from valerian (Valeriana officinalis), a perennial flowering plant from the Valerianaceae family. Naturally Botanicals-Valerian Root - Valeriana officinalis 2

The origins of the name of Valerian root is one of our favorites. It’s considered to be derived from the personal name “Valeria” and the Latin verb “valere” (to be strong, healthy). As you probably know, we’re fans of strong and healthy! 

Since ancient times Valerian has been used for medicinal purposes as an herb. It has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome. Hippocrates described its properties, and Galen later prescribed it as a remedy for insomnia.

The Chinese, Romans, Greeks, and Indians used it as a mild sedative. The Persians and Chinese have also reported having made a natural medicine to treat wounds – using the plant as an antiseptic. Other cultures used it as a treatment for conditions such as epilepsy, sleep disorder, anxiety, headaches, asthma, migraine, joint pain, menopause, and hot flashes.

The most famous usage of valerian was during the First and Second World Wars. It was used not only for soldiers but also for the people affected by the war. People used Valerian specifically for the treatment of shell shock and nervous stress. 

Most of the valerian used in medicine is grown on farms and cultivated for this purpose. The valerian plant is a perennial that can reach a height of 4 feet and features sweetly scented pink, white or purple flowers.

The root is where the dense concentration of active ingredients and medicinal components are located, so the small rootlets or the large rhizome itself is harvested. Although it has been in use for thousands of years, valerian root is now known to contain high levels of alkaloids, flavanones, and sesquiterpenes, along with other active ingredients and volatile compounds.

One of the flavonoids, called linarin, has sedative effects. Valerian root extract causes sedation because it increases the level of GABA in the brain. GABA or Gamma-aminobutyric acid is essentially a neurotransmitter in the nervous system. Valerian also contains a compound called valerenic acid which inhibits the enzymes which destroy GABA. 

There are many active phytochemicals found within this plant. It also has a high
nutrient content in the roots as well as the stems and leaves of Valerian. Some of the nutrients found in Valerian root include Calcium, Choline, Essential fatty acids, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, and Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and CValerian is famous for its anxiolytic, sedative, anticonvulsant, antibacterial, anti-diuretic, anti-thrombotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Valerian root has been known to have a positive effect on heart health. It can strengthen blood vessels, improve its elasticity, and stabilize blood pressure. Its anti-thrombotic effect helps to prevent blood clots as well.

Naturally Botanicals-Valerian Root - Valeriana officinalis 1Valerian root has also been shown to relieve pain. This, combined with the sedative effect, makes it effective in relieving headaches (especially stress headaches,) migraines, arthritis and muscle pain.

In manufacturing, the extracts and oil made from valerian are used as flavoring in foods and beverages.

 

 

 

Valerian Root may be used as a treatment for the following health benefits:

•  Treating Insomnia
•  Increasing quality and duration of sleep
•  Reducing anxiety
•  Treating panic attacks
•  Relieving headaches
        •  Maintaining heart health
•  Helping to provide a soothing effect on the central nervous system
•  Help lower blood pressure
        •  Improving stress

If you'd like to check out some of our products that contain Valerian Root please visit these links:

Cal/Mg Plus Boron by Professional Botanicals
Cardio + CoQ by Professional Botanicals
Pressu Norm by Professional Botanicals
Relaxall by Professional Botanicals
Sleep Eaze by Professional Botanicals
Total Comfort by Professional Botanicals
Tense-X by Professional Botanicals
Tranquinell by Dynamic Nutritional Associates (DNA Labs)

 

 

 


Note: The content of this article, and additional content on this website, are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking help because of something you read here on this website.




Herbie, Viti, and Mini Talk To You About The Importance of Vitamins & Minerals

For National Nutrition Month, it is particularly important to be talking about healthy lifestyle choices.

Healthy eating and supplementing with a quality vitamin and mineral is essential for the body's overall health and well-being. Check out Herbie, Viti, and Mini in the video below...

 




Vol 5 | Issue 7 | Digestive Health

DIGESTIVE HEALTH | THE BODY’S OPERATING SYSTEM

Support for Your Body Naturally…


Is your stomach the only organ involved in the digestion of your food?

The answer is no. The human digestive system is a complex series of organs and glands that process food. In order to use the food we eat, our body has to break the food down into smaller molecules that it can process; it also has to excrete waste. 
Food provides us with fuel to live, energy to be active, and the raw materials to build new cells. All the different varieties of food we eat are broken down by our digestive system and transported to every part of our body by our circulatory system. 


How the Digestive System Works

Our digestive system is an approximately 30 foot long tube. The digestive process begins in the mouth, where the teeth and tongue break up the food after it has been softened with saliva. The food is then swallowed and travels down the esophagus to the stomach. 

While the food is in the stomach, it is mixed with a mild acid which breaks the food down into a paste similar to porridge, called Chyme. The food then passes, a little at a time, into the small intestine, which is roughly 18 feet long. Here the food is broken down even further until it is small enough to pass through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream. Food that cannot be digested passes into the large intestine, where the water and minerals are absorbed into the blood stream. The solid waste is then expelled from the body. The digestive tract also functions as an immune organ, serving as a protective barrier to ingested toxins, allergens, and pathogens (bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi) that could otherwise cause disease
 
Parts of the Digestive System

The Mouth: The process of digestion begins with chewing. Chewing breaks up food into smaller pieces that can be swallowed without choking. The salivary glands secrete a mucous solution into the mouth that moistens and lubricates food particles. Saliva contains amylase, an enzyme that begins to digest carbohydrates. As food particles begin to dissolve, they react with the chemoreceptors in the mouth, giving rise to the sensation of taste.

Esophagus: Once food is in the esophagus, involuntary muscle contractions called peristalsis push it toward the stomach. At the end of the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter lets the food into the stomach. It opens and then quickly closes to keep the food from escaping back into the esophagus. 

Stomach: In the stomach, the food begins its preparation for the small intestine. Glands in the stomach secrete acid, enzymes and a mucous that coats and protects the stomach from its own acids and prevents ulcers. The stomach's smooth muscles contract about every 20 seconds, stirring up the acid and enzymes and turning your food into chyme. But some foods just can't be reduced to chyme and remain a pasty, solid substance that is released into the small intestine in a process that takes more than an hour. Some food, however, can be out of the stomach in a mere 20 minutes.

Duodenum: Your now unidentifiable food squirts into the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine. The breakdown process continues with enzymes from the pancreas and bile from the liver. Again, peristalsis helps mix up these juices. The next small intestine section is the coiled jejunum, followed by the ileum, which leads straight to the large intestine. These two sections absorb nutrients and water more than they break down food.

Small Intestine: The small intestine has a smaller circumference than the large intestine, but it's actually the longer of the two sections -- it has the surface area of a tennis court! You may wonder how all this fits into your body. The answer is simple: The surface of the small intestine has many tight folds that can absorb nutrients and water -- they greatly increase the surface area. These folds are covered with villi, or tiny projections that have even smaller microvilli on them. Villi and microvilli have affinities for specific nutrients. That means that several different kinds of villi will grab the nutrients, electrolytes and dietary molecules in your food (for example carbohydrates, protein, sodium, calcium, and vitamins.). The absorbed nutrients move through the wall of the intestines and into blood vessels that take them throughout the body.

Large Intestine: Once all the nutrients are extracted from the food, the indigestible parts are transported into the large intestine. The large intestine absorbs extra fluid to produce solid waste. To move the waste, the colon uses the same involuntary muscular movements called peristalsis. Unlike the stomach and small intestines, though, whose movements take a matter of hours, it takes days for waste to move through the large intestine. The waste moves at a pace of about 1/3 of an inch per hour.  The large intestine is often referred to as the colon.

Colon: Also known as the large intestines, the colon has four sections: ascending, transverse, descending and sigmoid. In the first two sections, salts and fluids are absorbed from the indigestible food. Billions of bacteria that normally live in the colon help to ferment and absorb substances like fiber. While these tracts absorb, they also produce mucus that helps the solid waste move easily through the descending colon and into the third part of the large intestine, through the sigmoid section and finally on to the rectum where the fecal matter is stored before it leaves the body.

Digestive Disorders
The digestive system is an intricate system that can be disrupted by disease, diet, and emotional stress. Digestive problems can include gas pains, bloating, heartburn, indigestion, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, ulcers, protein metabolism, and poor appetite. Common digestive problems such as heartburn/GERD, IBD, and IBS cause millions of Americans to suffer daily and limit quality of life. 

1. Indigestion
Also known as dyspepsia, indigestion is marked by a feeling of abdominal discomfort after a meal. Key symptoms include pain or a burning sensation in the upper abdomen.

2. Causes of Indigestion
Indigestion is often caused by overeating, eating too quickly, or consuming an excess of greasy or spicy foods. Certain emotional issues, such as stress or anxiety, can also trigger indigestion.

Indigestion may be particularly common among individuals with the following conditions: gastro esophageal reflux disease, peptic ulcers, abnormality of the pancreas or bile ducts, gastritis, pancreatitis, gallstones, and people taking antibiotics or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

3. Symptoms of Indigestion
While abdominal discomfort following a meal is the hallmark of indigestion, other symptoms may include: mild to severe pain or burning in the epigastric area (located between the lower end of the chest bone and the navel), bloating, nausea and belching.

4. Heartburn
Ever had heartburn? This occurs when this sphincter isn't working properly and stomach acid manages to splash into the esophagus. If this happens chronically, you might have Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD

5. Leaky Gut Syndrome
The lining of the intestines is a barrier that normally only allows properly digested fats, proteins, and starches to pass through and enter the bloodstream. It allows substances to pass in several ways. 

Chloride, potassium, magnesium, sodium and free fatty acids diffuse through intestinal cells. Amino acids, fatty acids, glucose, minerals, and vitamins also cross through cells, but they do it by another mechanism called active transport. 

There's a third way substances can pass through. The spaces in between the cells that line the intestines are normally sealed. These tight junctions are called desmosomes. When the intestinal lining becomes irritated, the junctions loosen and allow unwanted larger molecules in the intestines to pass through into the blood. These unwanted substances are seen by the immune system as foreign (because they aren't normally present in blood). This triggers an antibody reaction.

When the intestinal lining becomes further damaged, even larger substances, such as disease-causing bacteria, undigested food particles, and toxins, pass directly through the damaged cells. Again, the immune system is alarmed and antibodies and substances called cytokines are released. Cytokines alert white blood cells to fight the particles. This fight produces oxidants, which cause irritation and inflammation throughout the body.

Symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome / Intestinal Permeability

Symptoms include: abdominal pain, asthma, chronic joint pain, chronic muscle pain, confusion, fuzzy or foggy thinking, gas, indigestion, mood swings, nervousness, poor immunity, recurrent vaginal infections, skin rashes, diarrhea, recurrent bladder infections, poor memory, shortness of breath, constipation, bloating, anxiety, fatigue, and feeling toxic.

Leaky gut syndrome is associated with the following conditions: autoimmune disease, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, hives, acne, allergies, inflammatory joint disease / arthritis, intestinal infections, pancreatic insufficiency, ulcerative colitis, giardia, chronic fatigue syndrome, eczema, psoriasis, liver dysfunction, food allergies and sensitivities, rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome.

NATURAL DIGESTIVE SUPPORT PRODUCTS

a.     LEAKY GUT

Supports the body’s ability to repair the gastrointestinal tract, cools inflamed tissue and promotes the tissue-repair process. Unhealthy tissues allow for food and other particles to enter the system and are common in creating allergies, commonly known as “Leaky Gut”. Repairing the gut wall is essential for good health and proper digestion and assimilation.

N-Acetyl Glucosamine: Supports the extracellular tissue surrounding intestinal epithelial cells, decreases the binding of some lectins and prevents damage to the intestinal lining.

L-Glutamine: Glutamine is the transporter form which is converted to Glutamic Acid 'as needed' by the body. It is the main fuel that the intestinal cells need for maintenance and repair. It enhances the barrier function's ability to combat invaders.

Vitamin C (Sago Palm): Vitamin C helps tissue rebuilding and is an antioxidant which protects the lining from free radical damage.

Vitamin E Succinate (natural): Vitamin E is an antioxidant and thus helps protect the intestinal wall from oxidation. It also maintains the integrity of all lipid cell membranes. This substance is also an antioxidant.

Lactobacillus Acidophillus: These are friendly bacteria that restore the establishment of colonies to offset bad bacteria and Candida which can inflame the intestinal lining.

Zinc Chelate (elemental): Zinc is essential for proper immune system function. Zinc also helps in the repair of damaged tissue.

Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus Fulva): Slippery Elm is a soothing demulcent which cools inflamed mucous membranes and stimulates mucus secretions. GINGKO (Gingko biloba): Gingko is known for its effect on improving circulation which is essential to tissue repair.

Deglycyrrhized Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Uralensis): Licorice stimulates circulation promoting healing. It is believed to increase the life of the intestinal cells and coordinates protective substances and other herbs in this formula.

Ion Min Clay: Antiseptic clay that cools and soothes the smooth muscle in the intestines.

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthemum Tuberosus), Cat's Claw (Dolichos Filiformis) & Gingko Extract: are herbs to promote circulation and support the formula’s intended action. More…

b.    FLORA NORM

A powerful 12-strain probiotic formula that helps restore and support normal bacterial flora in the intestinal tract. Probiotics are needed to support the growth and restoration of normal flora in the intestinal tract. Commonly needed when a person has undergone any antibiotic therapy.

Contains a 12 Strain Probiotic Mix 5BUG/gm: Lactobacillus Plantrium, Lactobacillus Rhamnosusand, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Enterococcus Faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilius, Lactobacillus Casei, Lactobacillus Helveticus, Lactobacillus Salivarius, Pediococcus Acidilactici & Streptococcus Thermophilus. Plus Apple Pectin & Rice powder. More…

Non-milk (non-diary) based probiotic. Supports the re-establishment of normal bacterial flora in the intestines, or more specifically the colon. This source is carrot based and is lactose free.

Proprietary blend of a non-milk (no-dairy) based probiotics 4 bug/gm, Acidophilus (carrot source), and Apple Pectin. More…

d.    VEGIE ZYMES

Designed to support proper digestion and support the body to relieve the pain of ulcers and aid the symptoms of indigestion, especially when accompanied by acidic/sulfur burps or heartburn.

100% vegetable-based blend of enzymes supporting the digestive process. 

The enzymes found naturally in raw foods are easily destroyed by heat and are not available from cooked or processed food which composes over 90% of our diets. Enzymes are also destroyed by chemicals such as caffeine, alcohol, and drugs (prescription and OTC).  Many doctors, therefore, consider enzyme deficiency to be our #1 nutritional problem. This formula provides an acid-stable balanced mixture of enzymes from a controlled ferment of selected plants for optimum activity in human digestion; it contains no chemicals, preservatives, or milk products. 

Enzymes are the indispensable catalysts of all metabolism and they are the most difficult of all metabolic factors to obtain from our food. We live as long as our body generates enough enzymes to operate its metabolic machine therefore we need outside enzyme sources from foods and supplements to keep our internal reserve intact to protect our continued health and longevity. Our selection of quality vegetable enzymes for this product include consideration to (1) temperature of maximum activity level (2) variety of foods acted upon (3) measured activity level and (4) effective pH range. The enzymes in this product are of 100% vegetable source and have an effective pH range of 2.4 to 9.8.

Amylase: a group of proteins found in saliva, pancreatic juices and parts of plants; helps to convert starch to sugar.

Protease: an enzyme that conducts proteolysis, i.e., it begins the breakdown of food proteins. It is involved in a multitude of physiological reactions.

Lipase: is the main enzyme responsible for breaking down fats in the human digestive system.

Cellulase: is not produced in the body and is needed to optimize the energy contained in plant material.

PLUS, varying amounts of maltase, oxidase, peroxidase, invertase & phosphatase as naturally associated with the above enzymes. Hypoallergenic - contains no chemicals, preservatives, or milk products.  
More… | and click here to see a 2-stage digestive enzyme formula, Di-Aide Enzymes

e.    Digest Ease

Supports stimulation of digestive organs. Activates and enhances digestive secretions and helps to tone the gastrointestinal tract. Also, supports a general reprogramming of the GI tract.

Gentian Root (Gentiana Lutea): An herb broadly used for digestion. Gentian is bitter to taste, because the body responds to a bitter taste, its first response is increased saliva secretion, then neurological receptors respond through the brain to organs of digestion causing a reflex secretion of fluids in the stomach lining, pancreas and liver. This activity reaches the stomach for digestion and enhances digestive properties. Gentian is considered effective for dyspepsia, tonic conditions of the digestive tract and anorexia. It is an aid after prolonged illness, especially when fever and infection were present, to speed recovery though better digestion and assimilation. It is useful in gastritis and intestinal catarrh. If acute irritability and inflammation is present, Gentian may control gastric juices. Gentian also tends to increase circulation to the gastric system and promotes the appetite.

Bitter Orange Peel (Aurantium Amara Cortex): Again, the bitter flavor enhances the flow of digestive juices. This herb is also slightly pungent and has an aromatic quality that encourages increased circulation to the digestive tract. It also helps relieve cramping by relaxing the intestinal tract.

Cardamom Seed (Elettaria Cardamomum): Quite a bitter, but tasty herb with a very pungent taste similar to Orange Peel. Slightly diuretic, because of its aromatic oils, it is known as a carminative and aids flatulence and colic.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Cassia): Aromatic oils and carminative qualities make Cinnamon a plus in digestive formulas and tannic acid in it reacts as an astringent. It also helps cleanse the mucus sludge from the intestinal tract.

Cloves (Caryophyllus Aromaticus): A carminative due to its aromatic oils. Cloves is a good flavoring agent, is slightly laxative, warming, and helps sweeten the digestive tract.  More… 

f.   LIPOZYMES

Dandelion contains high levels of potassium, is a rich source of iron and vitamins, and, ounce for ounce, and contains more carotene than carrots. Dandelion leaves are a powerful diuretic. The roots act as a blood purifier that helps both the kidneys and the liver to remove toxins and poisons from the blood. The roots have been used for centuries to treat jaundice. Dandelion also acts as a mild laxative and improves appetite and digestion. Dandelion stimulates bile which is needed to digest fats.  

Vitamin C: Helps break down fats in the liver.

Niacin: Aids in the metabolism and breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, and in the production of hydrochloric acid. Niacin lowers cholesterol, and other fats in the body including those in the liver.

Biotin: Aids in cell growth, in fatty acid production, and in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Choline Bitartrate: A lipotropic* agent which is needed for nerve transmission, gallbladder regulation and liver function. It minimizes excess fat in the liver, aids in hormone production and is necessary in fat and cholesterol metabolism.

Methionine: A sulphur-bearing amino acid used therapeutically as a dietary supplement with lipotropic* action.

Inositol: A lipotropic* agent which is vital for fat and cholesterol metabolism. It also helps remove fats from the liver.

Dandelion Root: Dandelion stimulates bile which is needed to digest fats.

Betaine HCL: A lipotropic* agent and a substitute for hydrochloric acid (HCL).

Red Clover: Red Clover has many benefits for digestion and is commonly used for constipation and sluggish appetite. Red Clover tea stimulates liver and gallbladder activity to aid in digestion. More…

g.  INDIGEST

Designed to support proper digestion and support the body to relieve the pain of ulcers and aid the symptoms of indigestion, especially when accompanied by acidic/sulfur burps or heartburn. Supports a return to healthy digestion regardless of whether symptoms are caused by a heavy protein meal, dysentery, milk poisoning or severe food poisoning. 

Fennel Seed (Anethium Foeniculum): Fennel fits well here due to its aromatic quality. It helps sweeten the intestinal tract. Its aromatic oils help increase circulation in the stomach and the intestinal tract, thereby serving to relax the muscles in that area and relieve cramping. Digestion is also aided by increasing healthy secretions in the intestinal tract and gall bladder.

Slippery Elm Bark (Ulma Fulva): Slippery Elm is a famous American folk herb used in the treatment of intestinal and stomach irritation by American pioneers and Native Americans. It is also very nutritive. It has been used for inflamed stomach and bowels. It has been used for treating diarrhea and also to soothe the pain of an ulcer. It is also used to stop prolonged vomiting.

Wild Yam Root (Dioscorea Villosa): Wild Yam is included because it’s an antispasmodic in the intestinal tract. It’s an antispasmodic to the gall bladder and the ileocecal valve. It’s included because it relieves spasmodic cramping in the stomach and down the intestinal tract. It also supports the adrenal glands due to plant steroids it contains.

Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza Glabra): Licorice Root is soothing as it is somewhat mucilaginous. Evidence indicates that licorice is very healing for ulcers and it is a tonic to the adrenal glands. It helps calm people who lead a stressful life. Many times this is a symptom and cause of ulcers.

Ion Mineral Clay: Has the ability to absorb a large amount of toxic gases and acids. It is also mucilaginous and therefore soothing to the stomach lining and intestinal tract. It is antiseptic and it also aids in the removal of undesirable material from the digestive tract. More…

  

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Vol 5 | Issue 6 | Summer Activities, Sports & Fitness

SUMMER ACTIVITIES, SPORTS & FITNESS

CAN CAUSE ACHES, PAINS AND STRESS ON THE BODY

Support for Your Body Naturally…


Summer Fun

The hot summer months get us energized and take us outdoors doing all sorts of sports and fun activities, bringing with it an increased risk of injury and physical stress to the body.  Acute injuries are usually very obvious, as they often occur in a very dramatic fashion. However, other injuries can creep up slowly and get progressively worse.  These often turn into nagging chronic aches and pains.  Most joint and soft tissue injuries have some common warning signs and symptoms; pain being the number one warning sign.  Don’t ignore it. Pain is a communication.  If we pay attention to the warnings signs and symptoms of both types of injuries, we can often get to the root of the problem.  It’s important to start off on the “right foot” to promote health and strength in the body, and possibly prevent sports injuries.

Eating Right is a Good Start

There is no doubt that the type, amount, composition, and timing of the food you eat can dramatically affect exercise performance, recovery from exercise, body weight and composition and health. When exercise increases to more than one hour per day, the importance of the food you eat becomes even more critical. Carbohydrates, proteins and fats are important nutrients for active individuals. A balanced diet of protein, healthy fats, fresh fruits and vegetables plays a vital role in providing adequate essential nutrients and energy for a healthy active lifestyle. 

As stated in the 2000 Position Statement on Nutrition and Athletic Performance, published by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), any active individual “who wants to optimize health and exercise performance needs to follow good nutrition and hydration practices, use supplements and ergogenic aids carefully, minimize severe weight loss practices, and eat a variety of foods in adequate amounts” (ADA, 2000).

Supplementing is Necessary

Most health care practitioners advocate healthy diet practices, a daily exercise routine and recommend adding daily supplements to support and maintain health in the body. Food grown in depleted, nutrient deficient soils lacks the nutrients needed to keep people healthy. The nutritional content of harvested food produced today is significantly different from the food produced 70 years ago. In the United States and throughout the world there is a widespread lack of adequate nutrition in both in the agricultural soils in which food is grown and in harvested food. A critical need exists to halt the alarming declines in the world’s supply of topsoil and to increase the nutritional values of our food. Exhausted soils depleted of needed minerals and organic material cannot grow healthy, nutrient rich food.

The human body needs nutritious food to stay healthy. Food is the body’s main source of energy. Nutrients in food are needed to sustain life. Our diet, the food we eat, is the source of nutrients for all our body’s biochemical processes. Minerals may be more vital to physical and mental health than vitamins. Minerals assist the body in a multitude of biochemical processes. Minerals are inorganic compounds found in the soil. Foods grown in soil depleted of minerals do not contain the minerals needed to sustain human health.

Hydration is a Must

It is well-documented in the research literature that exercise performance is optimal when athletes and active individuals maintain fluid balance during exercise (Coyle, 2004). So, it is imperative that all active individuals drink adequate amounts of fluids and stay well hydrated.  Active individuals exercising in special environmental conditions (heat, cold, altitude) need to take extra precautions to remain hydrated (ACSM 1996a; Brinkley et al., 2002; Freund & Sawka, 1996).

Maintaining Water and Electrolyte Balance

Maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance means that active individuals need to replace the water and electrolytes lost in sweat. This requires that active individuals, regardless of age, strive to hydrate well before exercise, drink fluids throughout exercise, and rehydrate once exercise is over.

As outlined by ACSM and NATA (ACSM, 1996a; Casa et al., 2000), generous amounts of fluids should be consumed 24-h before exercise and 400-600 mL of fluid should be consumed 2-h before exercise. During exercise, active individuals should attempt to drink ~150-350 mL (6-12 oz) of fluid every 15-20 minutes.


When Sports Injuries Occur….


Sprains and Strains

A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament, the band of connective tissues that joins the end of one bone with another.  Sprains are caused by trauma such as a fall or blow to the body that knocks a joint out of position and, in the worst case, ruptures the supporting ligaments.  Areas of the body most vulnerable to sprains are ankles, knees, and wrists.  Signs of a sprain include tenderness or pain; bruising; inflammation; swelling; inability to move a limb or joint.

A strain is a twist, pull, or tear of a muscle or tendon, a cord of tissue connecting muscle to bone. It is an acute, noncontact injury that results from overstretching or over-contraction.  Symptoms of a strain include pain, muscle spasm, and loss of strength.  Strains not treated immediately can cause damage and loss of function.

Knee Injuries

Because of its complex structure and weight-bearing capacity, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. Each year, more than 5.5 million people visit doctors for knee problems.  Knee injuries can result from a blow to or twist of the knee; from improper landing after a jump; or from running too hard, too much, or without proper warm up.

Shin Splints

Although the term "shin splints" has been widely used to describe any sort of leg pain associated with exercise, the term actually refers to pain along the tibia or shin bone, the large bone in the front of the lower leg. Shin splints are primarily seen in runners, particularly those just starting a running program.  Risk factors for shin splints include overuse or incorrect use of the lower leg; improper stretching, warm up, or exercise technique; overtraining; running or jumping on hard surfaces; and running in shoes that don't have enough support.

Enduring Pain is Not the Answer

When injure or pain occurs, most of us try to “push through the pain.”  We continue working out and playing summer sports.  We endure the pain and pop a couple of over-the-counter pain pills rather than taking positive steps to repair the joint and tissue damage, reduce inflammation and pain.  After all, isn’t it easier to take a quick trip to the drugstore and grab some ibuprofen? While taking pain killers provides temporary relief, it is simply the wrong approach for long term relief and ultimate healing.

Taking Over-The-Counter Pain Medication is Not the Answer

Taking over-the-counter pain medication provides only short term relief to a long term problem! 

Since pain goes hand in hand with joint injury and inflammation, the most common approach is to take aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen or one of the family of drugs known as NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).  What is often not realized is that the relief provided by these drugs comes at a very high price.  Over time, they all can have dangerous and possibly even health threatening consequences. Prolonged use is not recommended.  There are natural alternatives you can use instead. Click here to see. 

Old Fashioned Remedies Work

What to do with an injured joint?  The old fashioned remedies still work. Ice, elevate, and immobilize the joint.   Elevate, whenever possible, to relieve the swelling; and wrap in an ace bandage to secure the joint to provide support and prevent additional injury or trauma to the joint and damaged tissues. Keep the injury iced for as long as possible. Icing the injury helps reduce tissue inflammation caused by the injury, which in turn reduces swelling, which then reduces the pain.  It is the inflammation and the swelling that causes the pain. Anytime inflammation and swelling are reduced, pain is reduced.

Repair the Problem

So, when summer injuries occur and pain, swelling and inflammation are present, get to the root of the problem.  Allow the body to heal.  Don’t just mask the symptoms with pain killers.  Support your body’s own natural healing process by using natural sources to reduce inflammation and swelling, which ultimately reduces pain.  There are many natural source products and ingredients that have been used successfully for many, many years.   Many of these natural ingredients, such as glucosamine and chondroitin have long been used to repair and improve joint tissues and cartilage.  While others, such as valerian root, white willow bark, quercetin, and bromelain are often used for their natural anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.  A combination of Serrapeptase + Prozyme with SPR Oil provides a highly effective immediate relief remedy for acute injury.  Ligatone/Disc Support paired with Glucosamine CL non-sodium offers a powerful long term regenerative combination.  Try some natural alternatives to support the body in healing as assumed to just masking the symptoms. Click here to see. 

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Vol 5 | Issue 5 | Sneezing, Wheezing, Coughing Season

SNEEZING, WHEEZING AND COUGHING
Sinus Allergy Season

If you suffer from repeated sinus and allergy problems, you are not alone.  The U.S. National Center for Health Statistics reports that sinus and allergy problems are the number one chronic health complaint across the country, with over 60 million sufferers. * Annual U.S. Prevalence Statistics for Chronic Diseases

An allergy is characterized by an overreaction of the human immune system to a foreign protein substance (“allergen”) that is eaten, breathed into the lungs, injected or touched. This immune overreaction can result in symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat. In severe cases it can also result in rashes, hives, lower blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and asthma attacks.

The job of immune system cells is to find foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria and get rid of them. Normally, this response protects us from dangerous diseases. People with allergies have specially-sensitive immune systems that react when they contact certain harmless substances called allergens. While there are no cures for allergies, they can be managed with proper prevention and treatment. Allergies have a genetic component. If only one parent has allergies of any type, chances are 1 in 3 that each child will have an allergy. If both parents have allergies, it is much more likely (7 in 10) that their children will have allergies. More Americans than ever before say they are suffering from allergies. It is among the country's most common, yet often overlooked, diseases.

Here are some facts on the prevalence of Allergies:

  1. Allergies are the most frequently reported chronic condition in children, limiting activities for more than 40% of them.
  2. Each year, allergies account for more than 17 million outpatient office visits, primarily in the spring and fall; seasonal allergies account for more than half of all allergy visits. [3]
  3. Skin allergies alone account for more than 7 million outpatient visits each year. [4]
  4. Food allergies account for 30,000 visits to the emergency room each year. [5] 
  5. Exposure to latex allergen alone is responsible for over 200 cases of anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) each year. [6]
    [3] “CDC Fast Facts A-Z,” Vital Health Statistics, 2003
    [4] “In Allergy Principles and Practice,” 5th Edition, 1998
    [5] “Anaphylaxis in the United States,” Archives of Internal Medicine, 2001
    [6] “Anaphylaxis in the United States,” Archives of Internal Medicine, 2001
    © Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
     
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SEASONAL ALLERGY OR YEAR ROUND?
Some allergies are considered more “seasonal” while others are on-going and can bring misery to the sufferer all year round.  “Seasonal” allergies (also called “seasonal allergic rhinitis” [SAR], “hay fever,” or “nasal” allergies) occur when allergens that are commonly found outdoors are inhaled into the nose and the lungs causing allergic reactions. Examples of commonly inhaled outdoor allergens are tree, grass and weed pollen and mold spores. The allergic reaction to all plants that produce pollen is commonly known as hay fever.

Symptoms include eye irritation, runny nose, stuffy nose, puffy eyes, sneezing, and inflamed, itchy nose and throat. For those with severe allergies, asthma attacks, chronic sinusitis, headaches and impaired sleep are symptoms. Warm weather also brings some not-so-welcome visitors in the form of stinging insects. For most people, these small creatures are an annoyance that threaten to ruin outdoor fun. But for some 2 million Americans, these insects pose a far more serious threat of a life-threatening allergic reaction. Other allergens existing outdoors are poisonous plants, and these, as well as insects, are considered “contact,” “skin” or “insect” allergens rather than “inhaled” allergens.

Year round allergies include indoor allergies (“perennial allergic rhinitis” [PAR], often called “nasal” allergies). These occur when allergens that are commonly found indoors are inhaled into the nose and the lungs causing allergic reactions. Examples of indoor allergens are airborne cat or dog dander, dust mite feces and mold spores. Other year round allergies are food allergies and allergic reactions to certain drugs. They are characterized by a broad range of allergic reactions to ingredients in the foods we eat or the medications we take. Food allergy is an overreaction of the immune system, different than food intolerance or food sensitivity. The U.S. Food Allergy Labeling Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) now requires food labels to clearly identify all allergen ingredients (even if it's a spice or flavoring), and to discourage labels with ‘may contain' statements.

THE MOST COMMON ALLERGIC SUBSTANCES:

POLLEN:
Pollen is a very fine powder released by trees, weeds and grasses. It is carried to another plant of the same kind, to fertilize the forerunner of new seeds. This is called pollination. The pollen of some plants is carried from plant to plant by bees and other insects. These plants usually have brightly colored flowers and sweet scents to attract insects. They seldom cause allergic reactions. Other plants rely on the wind to carry pollen from plant to plant. These plants have small, drab flowers and little scent. These are the plants that cause most allergic reactions, or hay fever.

When conditions are right, a plant starts to pollinate. Weather affects how much pollen is carried in the air each year, but it has less effect on when pollination occurs. As a rule, weeds pollinate in late summer and fall. Weeds that cause allergic reactions are ragweed, cocklebur, lamb's quarters, plantain, pigweed, tumbleweed or Russian thistle and sagebrush. Trees that pollinate in late winter and spring, ash, beech, birch, cedar, cottonwood, box, elder, elm, hickory, maple and oak pollen can trigger allergies. Also Grasses which pollinate in late spring and summer including Kentucky bluegrass, timothy, Johnson, Bermuda, redtop, orchard, rye and sweet vernal grasses. Much pollen is released early in the morning, shortly after dawn. This results in high counts near the source plants. Pollen travels best on warm, dry, breezy days and peaks in urban areas midday. Pollen counts are lowest during chilly, wet periods.

RAGWEED: Ragweed’s are weeds that grow throughout the United States. They are most common in the Eastern states and the Midwest. A plant lives only one season, but that plant produces up to 1 billion pollen grains. Pollen-producing and seed-producing flowers grow on the same plant but are separate organs. After midsummer, as nights grow longer, ragweed flowers mature and release pollen. Warmth, humidity and breezes after sunrise help the release. The pollen must then travel by air to another plant to fertilize the seed for growth the coming year. Come late summer, some 10 to 20 percent of Americans begin to suffer from ragweed allergy, or hay fever. Sneezing, stuffy or runny nose, itchy eyes, nose and throat and trouble sleeping make life miserable for these people. Some of them also must deal with asthma attacks. Of Americans who are allergic to pollen-producing plants, 75 percent are allergic to ragweed. People with allergies to one type of pollen tend to develop allergies to other pollens as well.

MOLD: Mold and mildew are fungi. They differ from plants or animals in how they reproduce and grow. The "seeds," called spores, are spread by the wind. Allergic reactions to mold are most common from July to late summer. Although there are many types of molds, only a few dozen cause allergic reactions. Alternaria, Cladosporium (Hormodendrum), Aspergillums, Penicillium, Helminthosporium, Epicoccum, Fusarium, Mucor, Rhizopus and Aureobasidium (pullularia) are the major culprits. Many molds grow on rotting logs and fallen leaves, in compost piles and on grasses and grains. Unlike pollens, molds do not die with the first killing frost. Most outdoor molds become dormant during the winter. In the spring they grow on vegetation killed by the cold. Mold counts are likely to change quickly, depending on the weather. Certain spore types reach peak levels in dry, breezy weather. Some need high humidity, fog or dew to release spores. This group is abundant at night and during rainy periods.

PET DANDER: People with pet allergies have supersensitive immune systems that react to harmless proteins in the pet's dander (dead skin that is shed), saliva or urine. These proteins are called allergens. Dander is the culprit; actual pet hair is not an allergen. Pet hair collects dander, which can also harbor other allergens like dust and pollen. Dogs and cats secrete fluids and shed dander that contains the allergens. They collect on fur and other surfaces. The allergens will not lose their strength for a long time, sometimes for several months. They appear to be sticky and adhere to walls, clothing and other surfaces. Cat and dog allergens are everywhere. Pet dander is even in homes never occupied by these animals because it is carried on people's clothing. The allergens get in the air with petting, grooming or stirring the air where the allergens have settled. Once airborne, the particles can stay suspended in the air for long periods of time. Six out of 10 people in the United States come in contact with cats or dogs. The total pet population is more than 100 million or about four pets for every 10 people. Allergies to pets with fur or feathers are common, especially among people who have other allergies or asthma. From 15 percent to 30 percent of people with allergies have allergic reactions to cats and dogs. People with dog allergies may be allergic to all dogs or to only some breeds. Cat allergies are about twice as common as dog allergies.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN OTC, MEDS AND HERBAL REMEDIES
So what do those who suffer from watery eyes, wheezing, sneezing, headache, runny nose, and an itchy throat, and who feel miserable much of the year, do to get some relief from their symptoms?

Allergy medications are available as pills, liquids, inhalers, nasal sprays, eye drops, skin creams and shots (injections). Some allergy medications are available over-the-counter, while others are available by prescription only. These many varieties of over-the-counter drugs as well as stronger prescription medications are widely advertised and purport to give the user their life back and freedom from symptoms. However, antihistamines and other treatments often cause other unpleasant side effects such as feeling exhausted, wanting to do nothing more than sleep and feeling “spacey”. There are also lists of unpleasant side effects.  For example: “Side effects can include unpleasant smell or taste, nasal irritation and nosebleeds”, “may include bitter taste, dizziness, drowsiness or fatigue, dry mouth, headache, nasal burning, nosebleed, nausea, runny nose, sore throat, and sneezing,” “can cause a number of side effects, including irritability, fast or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, tremors, and increased blood pressure.”

HERBAL REMEDIES
Herbal Remedies, on the other hand, do not cause side effects like the medications lists above. They also are designed to address the cause of the body’s elevated response, reduce the inflammation, strengthen the immune system and support it in remaining free from infections.

Common Herbs used to deal with allergies the natural way are:

BITTER ORANGE EXTRACT (CITRUS AURANTIUM):
Over the centuries bitter oranges have been highly valued for their food and medicinal properties. Bitter orange contains important neuroactive amines such as synephrine, octopamine and tyramine. Synephrine and octopamine are similar to the catecholamines, noradrenaline and adrenaline found in the sympathetic nerve fibers. The most active constituent of Citrus aurantium L. is synephrine. Synephrine works as an anti-inflammatory to the respiratory mucosal lining. It has also been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat chest congestion.

QUERCETIN:
A bioflavonoid, Quercetin taken daily can stabilize the white blood cells that are responsible for the release of histamine that accompanies allergies. Quercetin has antioxidant properties that can stabilize a hyper immune system along with a respiratory tract that has been invaded by toxins, viruses, and bacteria which lead to allergy attacks. The flavonoids found in Quercetin work an anti-inflammatory, which is useful in supporting lung health during a variety of breathing issues. The benefits of Quercetin are not limited to allergies and asthma as it is also known for supporting the body as it deals with hives, which often accompany allergic reactions. Quercetin has been experienced by many people to effectively reduce allergy attacks, hives, and other respiratory ailments that run with inflammatory immune and lung diseases. Quercetin works by inhibiting the synthesis of enzymes that can cause allergic reactions. Quercetin has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity because of its ability to directly inhibit several initial processes of inflammation. For example, it inhibits both the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators. Quercetin has been shown to have antiviral properties.

GUARANA (PAULLINIA CUPANA):
A study published in the Journal of Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry demonstrates that guarana seed extract can be used in allergy therapy. The study revealed that guarana inhibits an allergic reaction through preventing hives. Guarana helps reduce allergic reactions induced by increases in mast cells and immunoglobulin E, IgE. Part of the normal immune system, mast cells are rich in histamine, which is the substance responsible for the allergic reactions of watery eyes, stuffy nose and inflammation. IgE is from the class of blood proteins called antibodies. This plant of many legends from Brazil contains natural caffeine and is known as a physical and mental energizer. Taken daily by millions in Brazil, Guarana is known as a blood cleanser and intestinal detoxification agent as well as an energy booster.

FENUGREEK (TRIGONELLA FOENUM-GRAECUM):
Fenugreek is an annual plant in the family Fabaceae. Fenugreek is one of the oldest plants recorded as having medicinal purposes. It supports people with allergies by soothing the membranes of sinuses.  It aides the body in getting rid of mucous, by working as an expectorant, which supports people with asthma and respiratory discomfort  Beneficial for lung disorders, It also aids in reducing inflammation and fever.

GOLDENSEAL ROOT (HYDRASTIS CANDENSIS):
A bitter herb that strengthens the immune system, acts as an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial, cleanses mucus membranes, soothes inflamed tissues, and stimulates the central nervous system. It is good for colds, flu, inflammation, and glandular swelling. Because of its hydrastine alkaloid, it is a specific for healing the mucus membranes or inflamed tissue in the body.

EUCALYPTUS LEAVES (EUCALYPTUS GLOBUS):
The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia. The oil was used in traditional Aboriginal medicines to heal wounds and fungal infections. Teas made of eucalyptus leaves were also used to reduce fevers. Eucalyptus is also used in other traditional natural healing systems, including Chinese, Ayurvedic, Greek and European. In 19th-century England, eucalyptus oil was used in hospitals to clean equipment. Laboratory tests have shown that eucalyptus oil contains substances that kill bacteria. It also may kill some viruses and fungi. Studies in animals and test tubes also found that eucalyptus oil acts as an expectorant, meaning it loosens phlegm and has decongestant properties.

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