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May/June 2017 Health Tip of the Month

Old Fashion Foods – A 52-year Family Tradition 

    Old Fashion Foods has been serving the Regina Community for 52 years. As a family owned and operated business, they understand the importance and take pride in providing their customers with knowledgeable staff, quality products and friendly service.

    “Continuing with the family tradition, Old Fashion Foods is owned and operated by the daughter and granddaughter of one of the original owners”, said Janet Odnokon, Marketing Manager of Old Fashion Foods. “Some things never go out of style like good, friendly service and advice you can trust from long term, knowledgeable staff and that is what Old Fashion Foods strives for”.

    In fact, the Old Fashion Foods tradition has grown to five stores in Regina and three rural franchises.

    According to Janet what sets Old Fashion Foods apart from the big box stores is that they truly care about each of their customers on an individual basis.

    “By having long-serving staff we have developed relationships with our clients and many of our customers and staff know each other by name,” said Janet. “Our customers trust us to help them with their health needs and they know they can come to Old Fashion Foods for help and answers to their questions and get quality information on the products we carry.”

    To ensure customers have a thorough understanding of the incredible products they carry, Old Fashion Foods has special information nights.

    “We also have had information nights and Expos open to the public where we bring in world re-knowned speakers in the Natural Health field to help educate and inform our staff and customers in Regina and area,” said Janet. “Our staff regularly attend training sessions put on by our suppliers so they can learn more about the products we carry, what they do and how they can help.”

    These sessions are very valuable as they help the staff provide information, knowledge and expertise to their valued customers.

    “Our staff care about our customers and want to be able to help them,” said Janet. “We have a Customer Appreciation Day on the
first Monday of every month where customers can receive up to 15% off everything in the store.”

    Old Fashion Foods also offers free delivery on orders over $25.00 on weekday afternoons in Regina. Plus, they have a price match guarantee on any identical product they carry and have in stock. Customers just need to bring in a local competitor’s current ad or flyer with the identical product and they will match the competitors regular price.

    For their outstanding attention to customer service, Old Fashion Foods has won multiple Consumer Choice Awards.

    “The Consumer Choice Award started in Regina in 2013 and Old Fashion Foods has been the winner for Health Food Store in Regina every year for the last five consecutive years,” said Janet. “We are very proud of this honour and we strive to continue to be the store people think of first when they need health food products and advice.”

    What makes Old Fashion Foods special and separates them from other health food stores is that it is not a big box store with a board of directors and ownership in another province or country.

    “We are a local family that lives here and raises our family here. We’re your neighbour. Everything goes back into the community and province,” said Janet. “There is a level of trust when you know the people who own the store and their family.”

    While tradition is an important part of Old Fashion Foods success, they also keep up with the changing times with their customers through their interactive website, and active Facebook, Twitter and Google+ Pages.

    “Old Fashion Foods is only ‘Old Fashion’ when it comes to great, friendly service, quality products and knowledgeable staff,” said Janet.

Regina Stores

Head Office:

501 Victoria Ave.

(306)352-8623

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2425 Quance St. E.

(306)789-4055

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3976 Albert St.

(306)585-2144

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447 Albert St.

(306)924-3134

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4123 Rochdale Blvd.

(306)545-4699

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Franchises

Franchise

Old Fashion Foods – Weyburn, Saskatchewan

122 – 3rd. St.

Weyburn, Sask. S4H 0W2

Ph. 1 (306) 842-3003

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Franchise

Old Fashion Foods - Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan

Box 295, 220 A Broadway St. W.

Fort Qu’Appelle, SK S0G 1S0

(306) 332-4464

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Franchise

Old Fashion Foods - Russell, Manitoba

243 Main Street N.

Box 147

Russell, MB R0J 1W0

Phone: 204-773-2244

    On Saturday, June 17, Old Fashion Foods will be holding an ANNIVERSARY SALE at all five Regina locations. The anniversary special features your choice of any two products at 20% off the regular price.

    There will also be free draws for amazing prizes, product demonstrations, free samples, and a BBQ with proceeds going to charity.

    The first 50 customers to each store will receive re-usable Old Fashion Foods Bags filled with gift certificates, samples, gifts, information, books and coupons.




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July 2016 Tip of the Month

Protect your SKIN this SUMMER!!!

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Most sunscreens we carry are ALL NATURAL, SPF 30, 35 & 40.

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We have a large selection!

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June 2016 Health Tip of the Month

Astaxanthin Plus, A Natural Sunscreen

Help support your skin from the inside out!

        Astaxanthin, which looks hard to say but is pronounced As-ta-zan-thin, is an important carotenoid in the same family as beta-carotene. It is a pink-red colour, which is most famously known to colour animals such as herring eggs, prawns, shrimp, and salmon, as well as the animals that eat them, such as flamingos, a pink hue. But, it doesn’t just colour these animals, it serves a very important purpose! Astaxanthin is a strong antioxidant, it infact offers 6,000 times more antioxidant protection than vitamin C and scavenges free radicals 800 times more effectively than CoQ10! Most famously, astaxanthin has the ability to quench free radical damage from ultraviolet radiation. Animals living close to the surface of the water, like shrimp and prawns, or organisms with little defence (like fish roe) need astaxanthin to prevent the oxidation from the sun. It is like a natural sunscreen for these creatures, and this benefit can also be seen in humans. Clinical studies show that astaxanthin can help protect skin from premature aging due to the sun’s UV rays. In addition, Astaxanthin Plus by Natural Factors supports cardiovascular and immune system health, and with added lutein and zeaxanthin, this formula provides antioxidants which is also important for maintaining eye health. So next time you go to a sunny tropical destination, or decide to do some serious work in your garden, do your body a favour and try Astaxanthin Plus to support your skin from the inside out!



May Health Tip of the Month: 


Ideal for relieving occasional anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness
by Dr. Kate Rheame-Bleue

 

Used to promote relaxation, modern research confirms kava’s ability to help calm nervousness, relax tense muscles, and improve sleep quality. Kava also enhances mental focus and clarity. Stress-Relax Kava Kava is standardized to 30% kavalactones, the active constituent in kava.

 

Kava (Piper methysticum) has been used for centuries by South Pacific islanders, where it has a long history of medicinal and ceremonial use. Traditionally, mashed kava roots are consumed as a drink at religious, cultural, and social gatherings to promote relaxation. People drinking kava often report more restful sleep afterwards, and studies confirm the benefits of kava for the relief of occasional anxiety, insomnia, and restlessness.

 

Kavalactones, the key active constituents in kava, support the production of the neurotransmitters involved in regulating mood and relaxation, including serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline. Numerous studies have shown that kava can help calm nervousness, relax tense muscles, and minimize the negative effects of stress, as well as having analgesic (pain-relieving) qualities.

 

Quality is of paramount importance when choosing a kava supplement. This non-GMO formula features Kavapure®, made from a variety of kava grown in the South Pacific. The sourcing and extraction methods used maximize the quality and consistency of the active ingredients, ensuring the highest possible potency. The safety and efficacy of Kavapure have been confirmed through clinical studies.

 

Stress-Relax Kava Kava is ideal for anyone who wants to enhance relaxation, improve sleep quality, and reduce occasional anxiety, even at times of stress.



Health Tip of the Month - April 2016

What you need to know about Cleansing

By Brenda Watson, N.D., CNC, C.T.
Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Nutritional Consultant, Brenda Watson, is one of North America’s foremost authorities on natural health and digestive care. Founder of Renew Life, she is also a New York Times best-selling author and celebrated PBS mainstay.

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Unless you live in a bubble, you are exposed to toxins on a daily basis. They are in our food, our environment, our water and even produced inside our body. The body is equipped to deal with toxins however we are bombarding our organs with more toxic load than ever in history. Many people avoid cleansing because they think it involves fasting or strict dietary restrictions. The good news is that you don’t have to follow extreme diets in order to cleanse your body. There are many herbal cleansing formulations that are designed to work regardless of diet or lifestyle. This is important because cleansing should enhance your life, not interrupt it.

Powerful Overall Support

It is important to look for a total body cleanse that supports each of the body’s seven channels of elimination as these organs work together to detoxify the body. The seven channels of elimination include the liver, lungs, blood, skin, kidneys, lymphatic system and colon. You also want to ensure that it is free of harsh psyllium fibre and habit-forming laxatives (cascara sagrada and/or senna).

If you have not cleansed before, it is important to start with a mild cleanse. First Cleanse is formulated specifically for the ‘first time’ or ‘sensitive’ cleanser. This 15 day cleanse is formulated to ease the body into the process of cleansing. If you are prone to constipation or have cleansed before, choose CleanseSMART. Award-winning CleanseSMART is an advanced 30 day total body cleansing program that works without harsh ingredients or the need to follow a strict diet. Many people report increased energy, improved digestion and elimination, reduced aches and pains and even weight loss after completing a cleansing program. Rapid Cleanse is a 7 day total body cleanse with added fibre for those times when you don’t have the time to perform a longer cleanse or would like to cleanse on a more frequent basis.

In the world we live in, cleansing is no longer an option, it is a necessity. If you are ready to enjoy the best health of your life in 2015, cleanse your body!




Health Tip of the Month: February, March 2016 – GRAPESEED EXTRACT: Antioxidant Extraordinaire

GRAPESEED EXTRACT: Antioxidant extraordinaire

By Heidi Fritz,  M.A. N.D.

 
Grape seed extract is a potent antioxidant rich in proanthocyanidins (1).  As such, it scavenges free radicals, improves vascular function, and protects normal tissues from damaging exposures for instance liver damage induced by various drugs (1).

 
Clinical trials have demonstrated the ability of grape seed extract to reduce markers of inflammation, cholesterol (LDL) oxidation, blood pressure, and blood glucose (2-4). One study showed that supplementation with 600mg grape seed extract for four weeks resulted in significant improvements in hs-CRP, fructosamine, whole blood glutathione levels, as well as total cholesterol levels among patients with type 2 diabetes (2). The marker hs-CRP is an inflammation-based marker for risk of cardiovascular disease. Fructosamine is a marker of metabolism, and glutathione is one of the most important intracellular antioxidants in the body. 

 
Since grape seed extract may improve vascular function and reactivity, studies have also shown improvements in leg swelling and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes (3,4). A randomized study of menopausal women showed that supplementation with 200mg grape seed extract daily for 8 weeks improved hot flashes, sleep scores, mood including anxiety scores, and reduced blood pressure (3). A study in healthy Japanese women showed that supplementation with grape seed extract may reduce leg swelling associated with prolonged sitting (6 hours) (4).

 
Finally, grape seed extract used topically as a cream has been shown to improve wound healing (5). In a randomized study of patients undergoing surgery for removal of skin tags or other skin lesions, application of 2% grape seed extract cream was shown to enhance healing time. The group applying grape seed extract had a complete healing time of 8 days while the placebo group took 14 days. It is thought that
proanthocyanidins in grape seed extract trigger the release of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its topical application causes wound contraction and closure. Researchers reported that the application of grape seed extract caused “proliferation areas with protected boundaries in epithelium, increased cell density and increased deposition of connective tissue at the wound site which in general improves cellular structure in wound” (5).

 
 

References

1. Bagchi D, Swaroop A, Preuss HG, Bagchi M. Free radical scavenging, antioxidant

and cancer chemoprevention by grape seed proanthocyanidin: an overview. Mutat

Res. 2014 Oct;768:69-73.

 
2. Kar P, Laight D, Rooprai HK, Shaw KM, Cummings M. Effects of grape seed

extract in Type 2 diabetic subjects at high cardiovascular risk: a double blind

randomized placebo controlled trial examining metabolic markers, vascular tone,

inflammation, oxidative stress and insulin sensitivity. Diabet Med. 2009

May;26(5):526-31.

 
3. Terauchi M, Horiguchi N, Kajiyama A, Akiyoshi M, Owa Y, Kato K, Kubota T.

Effects of grape seed proanthocyanidin extract on menopausal symptoms, body

composition, and cardiovascular parameters in middle-aged women: a randomized,

double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. Menopause. 2014 Sep;21(9):990-6.

 
4. Sano A, Tokutake S, Seo A. Proanthocyanidin-rich grape seed extract reduces

leg swelling in healthy women during prolonged sitting. J Sci Food Agric. 2013

Feb;93(3):457-62.

 
5. Hemmati AA, Foroozan M, Houshmand G, Moosavi ZB, Bahadoram M, Maram NS.

The topical effect of grape seed extract 2% cream on surgery wound healing. Glob J

Health Sci. 2014 Oct 29;7(3):52-8.

January 2016 – Health Tip of the Month – GARCINIA Cambogia

Combats food cravings & increase fat metabolism

2016 January - Health Tip of the Month

Health Tip of the Month – November & December 2015

‘What Natral Products may help with Depression & Anxiety’

Written by
:
Philip Rouchotas, Msc, ND

Dr. Phil


Ask the Experts


Q: I have been taking an antidepressant for almost two years now for depression

and anxiety. While it has certainly helped, I still suffer from depression and anxiety

fairly often. Is there anything natural that can help that is also safe to combine with

my medication?



A: This is a common situation. Prescription antidepressants fail to help many people,

or offer partial help to others. There are certainly natural medicines that are

completely safe to combine with antidepressant medications, and usually offer a

large and important magnitude of benefit.


Fish oil: in order to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety, the fish oil used

must contain much more EPA than DHA. No less than a 2:1 ratio of EPA:DHA is

recommended, and much higher EPA levels should be considered (in our practice,

we usually recommend an oil that is a 6.5:1 ratio of EPA:DHA). In one study, people

with Major Depression were assigned to high EPA fish oil, Prozac, or both. 56% of

people on fish oil, 50% of people on Prozac, and 81% of people receiving both

experienced a significant benefit from the treatment. The appropriate dose is

1000mg of EPA per day.


Vitamin D: compared to “otherwise healthy” people, people with a diagnosis of

depression or anxiety generally have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood. When

people with depression are supplemented with vitamin D, their mood improves.

When people taking an antidepressant who still experience symptoms of depression

supplement with vitamin D, their mood improves.


B complex: Supplementing a B complex has been shown to improve overall well

being and mood. B complex vitamins lower homocysteine, a notorious vascular

poison. Elevated homocysteine has been shown to powerfully predict increased

likelihood of experiencing depression.


Melatonin: insomnia is commonly present in people who suffer from depression or

anxiety. The dosing of melatonin is very individualized. If you take melatonin and

have a bad experience, the next day take half as much, and so forth. If you take

melatonin and find it has no effect, the next day increase the dose, to a maximum of

15mg per day.

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Health Tip of the Month - October 2015

The Danger of Antibiotic Overuse

Every year, your family probably faces its share of colds, sore throats, and viruses. When you bring your child to the doctor for these illnesses, do you automatically expect a prescription for antibiotics?

Many parents do. And they're surprised, maybe even angry, if they leave the doctor's office empty-handed — after all, what parent doesn't want their kid to get well as quickly as possible? But your doctor could be doing you and your child a favor by not reaching for the prescription pad.

How Antibiotics Work

Antibiotics, first used in the 1940s, are certainly one of the great advances in medicine. But overprescribing them has resulted in the development of resistant bacteria, that don't respond to antibiotics that may have worked in the past. Plus, whenever kids take antibiotics they run the risk of side-effects, such as stomach upset and diarrhea or even an allergic reaction.

To understand how antibiotics work, it helps to know about the two major types of germs that can make people sick: bacteria andviruses. Although certain bacteria and viruses cause diseases with similar symptoms, the ways these two organisms multiply and spread illness are different:

·         Bacteria are living organisms existing as single cells. Bacteria are everywhere and most don't cause any harm, and in some cases may be beneficial. Lactobacillus, for example, lives in the intestine and helps digest food.

But some bacteria are harmful and can cause illness by invading the human body, multiplying, and interfering with normal bodily processes. Antibiotics are effective against bacteria because they work to kill these living organisms by stopping their growth and reproduction.

·         Viruses, on the other hand, are not alive and cannot exist on their own — they are particles containing genetic material wrapped in a protein coat. Viruses grow and reproduce only after they've invaded other living cells.

The body's immune system can fight off some viruses before they cause illness, but others (colds, for example) must simply run their course. Antibiotics do not work against viruses.

 
Why It's Harmful to Overuse Them

Taking antibiotics for colds and other viral illnesses not only won't work, but it can also have dangerous side effects — over time, this practice actually helps create bacteria that are harder to kill.

Frequent and inappropriate use of antibiotics can cause bacteria or other microbes to change so antibiotics don’t work against them. This is called bacterial resistance or antibiotic resistance. Treating these resistant bacteria requires higher doses of medicine or stronger antibiotics. Because of antibiotic overuse, certain bacteria have become resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics available today.

Antibiotic resistance is a widespread problem, and one that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls "one of the world's most pressing public health problems." Bacteria that were once highly responsive to antibiotics have become more and more resistant. Among those that are becoming harder to treat are pneumococcal infections (which cause pneumoniaear infections, sinus infections, and meningitis), skin infections, and tuberculosis.

In addition to antibiotic resistance, overusing antibiotics can lead to other problems. Antibiotics kill many different bacteria, even the good ones that help keep the body healthy. Sometimes taking antibiotics can cause a person to develop diarrhea due to a lack of good bacteria that help digest food properly. In some cases, bad bacteria, like Clostridium difficile (or C diff), may overgrow and cause infections.

Taking Antibiotics Safely

So what should you do when your child gets sick? To minimize the risk of bacterial resistance, keep these tips in mind:

·         Take antibiotics only for bacterial infections. It's a good idea to let milder illnesses (especially those thought to be caused by viruses) run their course. This helps prevent antibiotic-resistant germs from developing. But leave it to your doctor to decide if an illness is "mild" or not. Even if the symptoms don't get worse but do last a while, take your child to the doctor.

·         Seek advice and ask questions. Ask your doctor about whether your child's illness is bacterial or viral, and discuss the risks and benefits of antibiotics. If it's a virus, ask about ways to treat symptoms. Don't pressure your doctor to prescribe antibiotics.

Ask your doctor about ways to treat the symptoms that are making your child uncomfortable, such as a stuffy nose or scratchy throat. The key to building a good relationship with your doctor is open communication, so work together toward that goal.

Remember: Antibiotics can only treat bacterial infection if taken for the full amount of time prescribed by the doctor Talk to your pharmacist if you're unsure about how to give your child the right dose. The medicines take time to work, too, so don't expect your child to feel better after taking the first dose. It may take a child 1 to 2 days to feel better. Similarly, don't let your child take antibiotics longer than prescribed.

And most important, never use antibiotics that have been lying around your home. And never give your child antibiotics that were prescribed for another family member or adult. Saving antibiotics "for the next time" is a bad idea, too. Any remaining antibiotics should be thrown out as soon as your child has taken the full course of medicine as prescribed.

Help fight antibiotic resistance by taking simple steps to prevent the spread of infections. Encourage hand washing, make sure your kids are up to date on immunizations, and keep kids out of school when they're sick.

 

This article is taken from;

http://kidshealth.org/parent/h1n1_center/h1n1_center_treatment/antibiotic_overuse.html?tracking=P_RelatedArticle#

Reviewed by: Karen A. Ravin, MD
Date reviewed: January 2015


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September 2015 Health Tip - Back to School Anxiety / Natural Ways to Treat Anxiety

Back-to-school anxiety?

How to watch your teen for signs of stress

 
Stress is normal at first, but if it persists the student might need support

 
Taken from:

CBC News Posted: Aug 28, 2015 5:30 AM CT| Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015 6:51 AM CT

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/back-to-school-anxiety-how-to-watch-your-teen-for-signs-of-stress-1.3206721

 

Making the transition back to school, at any age, can be an anxious time for students of any age.

 
Terri Fitzpatrick, manager of Student Counselling Services at the University of Saskatchewan, specializes in dealing with students who are struggling with their moods and mental health.

"Most of the time when we see kids or young adults transitioning into different grades or different locations, again anxiety is a normal part of their reaction."

But if the anxiety is getting in the way of normal functioning, it can be a sign of a deeper problem, Fitzpatrick said.

"If somebody's stressed within the first week of transitioning that's quite normal," she said. "If you're looking at longer periods, where they can't concentrate on their studies or an exam, then that gets into a little different arena where extra support and parents' vigilance around that level of anxiety is probably more important."

Fitzpatrick said obvious signs to watch for are lack of sleep, lack of eating, and some level of despondency.

​Having an open dialogue with teens is important. And managing anxiety and stress comes back to the basics: eat well, get enough sleep, find a balance between studying, working and being social.

 
"If you get too far off track, that's when they end up coming in here."

 
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 The following article is taken from:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20669377,00.html

 

19 Natural Remedies for Anxiety

 
Proven ways to control the symptoms of anxiety without medication.

No Rx needed

by Robert A. Barnett

 
You're anxious, worried, freaked. You're upset about (pick one): money, health, work, family, love. Your heart is beating fast, your breathing is shallow and rapid, your mind is imagining doom, and you wish you could just relax…now! Whether you have a full-blown anxiety disorder or are just freaking out, you may not want to try medication—at least not yet.

 
There are many safe nondrug remedies for anxiety, from mind-body techniques to supplements to calming teas. Some start working right away, while others may help lessen anxiety over time.

  

Chamomile

 
If you have a jittery moment, a cuppa chamomile tea might help calm you down. Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.

 
You can also take it as a supplement, typically standardized to contain 1.2% apigenin (an active ingredient), along with dried chamomile flowers. In one study at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, in Philadelphia, patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took chamomile supplements for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared to patients taking placebo.

 
L-theanine (or green tea)

 
They say Japanese Buddhist monks could meditate for hours, both alert and relaxed. One reason may have been an amino acid in their green tea called L-theanine, says Mark Blumenthal, of the American Botanical Council.

 
Research shows that L-theanine helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety. In one study, anxiety-prone subjects were calmer and more focused during a test if they took 200 milligrams of L-theanine beforehand.

 You can get that much L-theanine from green tea, but you'll have to drink many cups—as few as five, as many as 20.

 
Hops

 
Yes, it's in beer, but you won't get the tranquilizing benefits of the bitter herb hops (Humulus lupulus) from a brew. The sedative compound in hops is a volatile oil, so you get it in extracts and tinctures—and as aromatherapy in hops pillows.

 
"It's very bitter, so you don't see it in tea much, unless combined with chamomile or mint," says Blumenthal. Hops is often used as a sedative, to promote sleep, often with another herb, valerian. Note: Don't take sedative herbs if you are taking a prescription tranquilizer or sedative, and let your doctor know any supplements you are taking.

 
Valerian

 
Some herbal supplements reduce anxiety without making you sleepy (such as L-theanine), while others are sedatives. Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is squarely in the second category. It is a sleep aid, for insomnia. It contains sedative compounds; the German government has approved it as a treatment for sleep problems.

 
Valerian smells kind of nasty, so most people take it as a capsule or tincture, rather than a tea. If you want to try it, take it in the evening—not before you go to work! Valerian is often combined with other sedative herbs such as hops, chamomile, and lemon balm.

 
Lemon balm

 
Named after the Greek word for "honey bee," lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), has been used at least since the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, and help with sleep. In one study of healthy volunteers, those who took standardized lemon balm extracts (600 mg) were more calm and alert than those who took a placebo.

 
While it's generally safe, be aware that some studies have found that taking too much can actually make you more anxious. So follow directions and start with the smallest dose. Lemon balm is sold as a tea, capsule, and tincture. It's often combined with other calming herbs such as hops, chamomile, and valerian.

 
Exercise

 
Exercise is safe, good for the brain, and a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety, both immediately and in the long term. "If you exercise on a regular basis, you'll have more self-esteem and feel healthier," says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, who blogs at www.DrewRamseyMD.com.

 
"One of the major causes of anxiety is worrying about illness and health, and that dissipates when you are fit."

 
The 21-minute cure

 
Twenty-one minutes: That's about how long it takes for exercise to reliably reduce anxiety, studies show, give or take a minute. "If you're really anxious and you hop on a treadmill, you will feel more calm after the workout," Dr. Ramsey says.

 
"I generally ask my patients to spend 20 to 30 minutes in an activity that gets their heart rate up, whether it's a treadmill or elliptical or stair stepping—anything you like. If you rowed in college, get back to rowing. If you don't exercise, start taking brisk walks."

 
Passionflower

 
In spite of the name, this herb won't help you in love. It's a sedative; the German government has approved it for nervous restlessness. Some studies find that it can reduce symptoms of anxiety as effectively as prescription drugs. It's often used for insomnia.

 
Like other sedatives, it can cause sleepiness and drowsiness, so don't take it—or valerian, hops, kava, lemon balm, or other sedative herbs—when you are also taking a prescription sedative.

 
Be careful about using more than one sedative herb at a time, and don't take passionflower for longer than one month at a time.

 
Lavender

 
The intoxicating (but safe) aroma of lavender (Lavandula hybrida) may be an "emotional" anti-inflammatory. In one study, Greek dental patients were less anxious if the waiting room was scented with lavender oil. In a Florida study, students who inhaled lavender oil scent before an exam has less anxiety—although some students said it made their minds "fuzzy" during the test.

 
In one German study, a specially formulated lavender pill (not available in the U.S.) was shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) as effectively as lorazepam (brand name: Ativan), an anti-anxiety medication in the same class as Valium.

 

Hold your breath!

 
Ok, let it out now. We're not recommending that you turn blue, but yoga breathing has been shown to be effective in lowering stress and anxiety. In his bestselling 2011 book Spontaneous Happiness, Andrew Weil, MD, introduced a classic yoga breathing technique he calls the 4-7-8 breath.

 
One reason it works is that you can't breathe deeply and be anxious at the same time. To do the 4-7-8 breath, exhale completely through your mouth, then inhale through your nose for a count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Now let it out slowly through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat at least twice a day.

 
Eat something, quick

 
"Almost universally, people get more anxious and irritable when they are hungry," says Dr. Ramsey, coauthor of The Happiness Diet. "When you get an anxiety attack, it may mean your blood sugar is dropping. The best thing to do is to have a quick sustaining snack, like a handful of walnuts, or a piece of dark chocolate, along with a glass of water or a nice cup of hot tea."

 
In the long term, diet is key to reducing anxiety, says Dr. Ramsey. His advice: Eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet with carefully selected meat and seafood, plenty of leafy greens (such as kale) to get folate, and a wide variety of phytonutrients to help reduce anxiety.

 
Eat breakfast

 
Stop starving yourself, advises Dr. Ramsey. "Many people with anxiety disorders skip breakfast. I recommend that people eat things like eggs, which are a satiating and filling protein, and are nature's top source of choline. Low levels of choline are associated with increased anxiety."

 
Eat omega-3s

 
You know fish oils are good for the heart, and perhaps they protect against depression. Add anxiety to the list. In one study, students who took 2.5 milligrams a day of mixed omega-3 fatty acids for 12 weeks had less anxiety before an exam than students taking placebo.

 
Experts generally recommend that you get your omega-3s from food whenever possible. Oily, cold-water fishes like salmon are the best sources of the fatty acids; a six-ounce piece of grilled wild salmon contains about 3.75 grams.

 
Other good choices: anchovies, sardines, and mussels.

 
Stop catastrophizing

 
When you're attacked by anxiety, it's easy to get into a mind set known as "catastrophic thinking" or "catastrophizing." Your mind goes to the bad terrible really horrible just unbearable things and what if they really do happen? "You think, ‘This could really ruin my life,'" says Dr. Ramsey.

 
Instead, take a few deep breaths, walk around the block, and consider the real probability that this problem will really spin out into catastrophe. How likely is it that you'll lose your job, never talk to your sister again, go bankrupt?

Chances are a catastrophic outcome is a lot less likely than you think when you're consumed with anxiety. "Very few events really change the trajectory of your life," says Dr. Ramsey.

 
Get hot

 
Ever wonder why you feel so relaxed after a spell in the sauna or a steam room? Heating up your body reduces muscle tension and anxiety, research finds. Sensations of warmth may alter neural circuits that control mood, including those that affect the neurotransmitter serotonin. Warming up may be one of the ways that exercise—not to mention curling up by a fire with a cozy cup of tea—boosts mood.

 
As one group of researchers put it, "Whether lying on the beach in the midday sun on a Caribbean island, grabbing a few minutes in the sauna or spa after work, or sitting in a hot bath or Jacuzzi in the evening, we often associate feeling warm with a sense of relaxation and well-being."

 
Take a 'forest bath'

 
The Japanese call it Shinrin-yoku, literally "forest bath." You and I know it as a walk in the woods. Japanese researchers measured body changes in people who walked for about 20 minutes in a beautiful forest, with the woodsy smells and the sounds of a running stream.

The forest bathers had lower stress hormone levels after their walk than they did after a comparable walk in an urban area

  

Learn mindfulness meditation

 
Mindfulness meditation, originally a Buddhist practice but now a mainstream therapy, is particularly effective in treating anxiety, says Teresa M. Edenfield, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Durham, N.C., who often uses it to treat anxiety patients. "The act of practicing mindful awareness allows one to experience the true essence of each moment as it really occurs, rather than what is expected or feared," she says.

 
How to begin? You can start by simply "paying attention to the present moment, intentionally, with curiosity, and with an effort to attend non-judgmentally," Edenfield says.

  

Breath and question

 
To stay mindful, ask yourself simple questions while practicing breathing exercises, Edenfield suggests. "Sit in a comfortable place, close your eyes, and focus on how your breath feels coming in and out of your body. Now ask yourself silent questions while focusing on the breath."

 
What is the temperature of the air as it enters your nose? How does your breath feel different as it leaves your body? How does the air feel as it fills your lungs?

 
Give yourself credit

 
Are you having anxious thoughts? Congratulations. You're aware of your emotional state, and that awareness is the first step in reducing anxiety, says Edenfield.

 
"Remember to give yourself credit for being aware that you are having anxious thoughts, and probably body changes. This is truly a skill of mindfulness that must be learned, and is essential in making the next steps of intervening through strategies such as positive self-talk, cognitive reframing, or the use of mindfulness or relaxation strategies."

 
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 *Remember to always consult a physician before starting any new treatment or product.



Summer 2015 Health Tip – All Natural Bug Spray

 

Taken from Online- Wellness Mama

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Essential Oil Bug Spray

 

Wellness Mama Bug Spray Ingredients

•Essential oils: choose from Citronella, Clove, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Cajeput, Eucalyptus, Cedar, Catnip, Lavender, Mint

•Natural Witch Hazel

•Distilled or boiled Water

•Vegetable glycerin (optional)

 

How to Make Homemade Bug Spray

1.Fill spray bottle (I used 8 ounce) 1/2 full with distilled or boiled water

2.Add witch hazel to fill almost to the top

3.Add 1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin if using

4.Add 30-50 drops of essential oils to desired scent. The more oils you use, the stronger the spray will be. My personal favorite mix is: Rosemary, Clove, Cajeput, Lavender, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus… it works great and smells good too!

 

Make Bug Spray From Dried or Fresh Herbs

 

Fresh or Dried Herbs Bug Spray Ingredients

•Distilled water

•Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol

•Dried herbs: peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, etc. I recommend using at least one herb from the mint family.

 

How to Make Bug Spray From Fresh or Dried Herbs

1.Boil 1 cup of water and add 3-4 TBSP of dried herbs total in any combination from the above. I use 1 TBSP each of peppermint, spearmint, catnip and lavender, and also throw in a couple of dried cloves.

2.Mix well, cover and let cool (covering is important to keep the volatile oils in!)

3.Strain herbs out and mix water with 1 cup of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Store in a spray bottle in a cool place (fridge is great because then its nice and cool!)

4.Use as needed. Added bonus: it smells great and is very refreshing to the skin!

 

Super Strong Insect Repellent Recipe

 
Fair warning: this stuff stinks when it is wet, though the smell disappears as it dries. It works incredibly well though, and this is the one I use when I’m going to be in the woods or in tick infested areas. It is based on a recipe that was supposedly used by thieves during the Black Plague to keep from getting sick. They used it internally and externally to avoid catching the disease and to keep the flies and other pests away. According to legend, it worked and they survived… but it definitely makes a great insect repellent these days! Its also very inexpensive to make and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen!

 

Vinegar of the Four Thieves Insect Repellent Ingredients:

 

•1 32 ounce bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar

•2 TBSP each of dried Sage, Rosemary, Lavender, Thyme and Mint

•At least quart size glass jar with airtight lid

 

How to Make the Vinegar of the Four Thieves Insect Repellent:

1.Put the vinegar and dried herbs into large glass jar.

2.Seal tightly and store on counter or place you will see it daily. Shake well each day for 2-3 weeks.

3.After 2-3 weeks, strain the herbs out and store in spray bottles or tincture bottles, preferably in fridge.

4.To use on skin, dilute to half with water in a spray bottle and use as needed.

5.Use whenever you need serious bug control!

 

(Note: This mixture is very strong and has antiviral and antibacterial properties. It can also be used as a tincture for any illness. For adults, dose is 1 TBSP in water several times a day,for kids over 2, dose is 1 tsp in water several times a day. More on this in an upcoming post!)

 

Other Simple Insect Repelling Ideas

•Use a non-toxic, plastic-free insect-repelling band (I love this one), which is easier to use on children and very effective.

•Add vanilla extract to either of the above recipes, or just rub on the skin. You can also mix vanilla with witch hazel and water for a spray version.

•Rub lavender flowers or lavender oil on your skin, especially on hot parts of body (neck, underarms, behind ears, etc) to repel insects.

•Rub fresh or dried leaves of anything in the mint family all over skin to repel insects (peppermint, spearmint, catnip, pennyroyal, etc or citronella, lemongrass, etc) Basil is also said to repel mosquitoes and I’ve used fresh basil leaves in the garden with great success before!


22 Wonderful Mother’s Day Quotes

http://www.quotery.com/lists/23-wonderful-mothers-day-quotes/

 
Mother’s Day, which takes place on the second Sunday of May each year in the United States, has only been an official holiday for about a hundred years. However, celebrations of motherhood have been taking place for many thousands of years, among everyone from the ancient Romans to the ancient Egyptians.

Whether it’s Mother’s Day or any other day of the year, it’s important to let your mother know how much she means to you. Incorporating one of these 22 Wonderful Mother’s Day Quotes into a gift or card for her is a great way to do it; a classic quote that you personally selected is a lot more thoughtful than a random Hallmark card.

 
Use this list to find the perfect quote to celebrate the most special woman in your life.

 

1

QUOTE

Don’t poets know it, Better than others? God can’t be always everywhere: and, so, Invented Mothers.

 Sir Edwin Arnold  

  

2

QUOTE

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.

 Anonymous  

  

3

QUOTE

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

 Photograph of Honoré de Balzac Honoré de Balzac  

  

4

QUOTE

Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your children.

 Sam Levenson  

  

5

QUOTE

A mother is a person who, seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.

 Tenneva Jordan  

  

6

QUOTE

And remember that behind every successful woman is a basket of dirty laundry.

 Anonymous  

  

7

QUOTE

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.

 Henry Ward Beecher  

 

8

QUOTE

No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you–life.

 Anonymous  

  

9

QUOTE

Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn; Hundreds of lambs in the purple clover; Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn; But only one mother the wide world over.

 George Cooper  

 

10

QUOTE

Mother–that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.

 T. DeWitt Talmage

 

11

QUOTE 

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.

 Abraham Lincoln  

  

12

QUOTE

A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.

 Irish Proverb  

  

13

QUOTE

Now that … my kids are grown, I understand how much work and love it takes to raise and to keep a family together. The example of your strength, devotion, and patience is now rippling through the generations. Thank you!

 Forest Houtenschil  

   

14

QUOTE

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.

 Oprah Winfrey  

 
15

QUOTE

A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.

 Anonymous  

 
16

QUOTE

On Mother’s Day I have written a poem for you. In the interest of poetic economy and truth, I have succeeded in concentrating my deepest feelings and beliefs into two perfectly crafted lines: You’re my mother, I would have no other!

 Forest Houtenschil  

 

17

QUOTE

Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.

 William Makepeace Thackeray  

  

18

QUOTE

A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done.

 Anonymous  

  

19

QUOTE

The sweetest sounds to mortals given Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.

 William Goldsmith Brown

 

 20

QUOTE

A mother’s love! O holy, boundless thing! Fountain whose waters never cease to spring!

 Marguerite Gardiner  

  

21

QUOTE

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.

 Harriet Beecher Stowe  

 

22

QUOTE

My mom is a never-ending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being. I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.

 Graycie Harmon


April 2015 - Balance your Chakras with Essential Oils!

We have Essential Oils that specifically target

each Chakra and offer healing benefits when

applied directly to the skin.

 
We have the following Essential Oils for Chakras:

 
*Green Heart - Heart Chakra Roll-On or Mister

 
•Compassion, Worthiness, Unconditional Love, Balance, Total Commitment

•Colour: Green and Pink

•Element: Air

•Stones: Malachite and Rose Quartz

•Sense: Touch

•Body Connection: heart, lungs, breasts, shoulders, arms and hands

Oil blend of Bergamot, Rosewood, Rose and Lavender in Jojoba Oil

Mister Directions: Use as a room or body mister to help clear and balance Heart Chakra. 120 ml

Roll-On Directions: Apply to body to help clear and balance Heart Chakra. 10 ml

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*Indigo Third Eye - Third Eye Chakra Roll-On or Mister

•Self-awareness, Command, Power, authority, To see the Big Picture

•Colour: Indigo Element: Sub-atomic

•Stones: Amethyst Sense: Psychic Awareness

•Body Connection: eyes, pinal gland and temples

Oil blend of Lavender, Rosemary, Wintergreen, Peppermint, Lemongrass, Frankincense and Clary Sage in Jojoba Oil

Mister Directions: Use as a room or body mister to help clear and balance Third Eye Chakra. 120 ml

Roll-On Directions: Apply to body to help clear and balance Third Eye Chakra. 10 ml

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*Light Blue Throat - Throat Chakra Roll-On or Mister

•Communication, Creativity, Will, Knowledge, Expression of Mind, Emotions, Personal Needs

•Colour: Pale Blue Element: Ether

•Stones: Blue Lace Agate

•Sense: Hearing

•Body Connection: hypothalamus, larynx, throat, ears, neck, jaw and thyroid

Oil blend of German Blue Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Sage in Jojoba Oil

Mister Directions: Use as a room or body mister to help clear and balance Throat Chakra. 120 ml

Roll-On Directions: Apply to body to help clear and balance Throat Chakra. 10 ml

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*Orange Sacral Mister - Sacral Chakra Roll-On or Mister

•Sexuality, Sensuality, Family, Creativity, Perpetuation, Attachment, Agitation, Intuition

•Colour: Orange

•Element: Water

•Stones: Red Jasper and Moonstone

•Sense: Taste

•Body Connection: ovaries, prostate, kidneys, bladder, sacrum, penis and testicles

Oil blend of Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Rose and Rose Geranium in Jojoba Oil

Mister Directions: Use as a room or body mister to help clear and balance Sacral Chakra. 120 ml

Roll-On Directions: Apply to body to help clear and balance Sacral Chakra. 10ml

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*Red Root Chakra - Root Chakra Roll-On or Mister

•Security, Survival, Stability, Mobility, Saving, Collecting, Greed, Fitting into Life

•Colour: Deep Red

•Element: Earth

•Stones: Onyx and Smoky Quartz

•Sense: Smell

•Body Connection: coccyx, perineum, pubic bone, legs and feet

Oil blend of Patchouli, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Benzoin, Sandalwood, Cedarwood and Myrrh in Jojoba Oil

Mister Directions: Mist body or room to help clear and balance Root Chakra. 120ml

Roll-On Directions: Apply to body to help clear and balance Root Chakra. 10ml

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*Violet Crown - Crown Chakra Roll-On or Mister

•Silence, Divinity, Bliss, Oneness with all life

•Colour: Violet to White

•Element: Atomic

•Stones: Clear Quartz & Crystals

•Sense: Soundlessness

•Body Connection: head, brain and pituitary gland

Oil blend of Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Neroli, Lavender and Benzion in Jojoba Oil.

Mister Directions: Use as a body or room mister to help clear and balance Crown Chakra. 120 ml

Roll-On Directions: apply to body to help clear and balance Crown Chakra. 10 ml

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*Yellow Solar Plexus - Solar Plexus Chakra

•Authorization, Identity, Desire, Manifestation, Moods, Anger, Jealously, Fame

•Colour: Yellow

•Element: Fire

•Stones: Citrine and Yellow Calcite

•Sense: Sight

•Body Connection: Solar plexus, pancreas, liver, gall bladder, spleen, digestive system and adrenals

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Information taken from Natures Essential Garden.

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Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Liver – March 2015

 
Taken from: CNCA Health

 http://www.cncahealth.com/explore/learn/general-health/top-10-ways-to-protect-your-liver

  

Liver Health

 
Your liver is the second largest organ in your body (second only to your skin), weighing in at around three pounds and responsible for a myriad of essential body functions each and every day. Primarily, your liver’s job is to filter the blood that comes from your digestive tract, thereby metabolizing nutrients, drugs, alcohol and other substances consumed while helping to detoxify.

 
Your liver health also manufactures proteins and produces bile to help break down fats and clear bilirubin, a potentially harmful substance formed from the breakdown of dead red blood cells, from your blood.

 
Why Your Liver Health May Need Extra Support

 
It is your liver health that is responsible for processing virtually everything you consume -- protein, fat or carbohydrate -- and turning it into glucose that is used as fuel. But, since everything you consume passes through your liver it means your liver is subjected to an array of toxins -- pesticides, hormones, food additives, alcohol, medications, microorganisms, and more -- on a regular basis.

 
Your liver health will either convert these harmful toxins into less harmful ones or ensure they’re eliminated from your body entirely. However, inevitably some toxins get left behind, hiding in certain liver cells or creating free radicals that can damage your liver and your overall health. This is why it’s so important to support your liver health in every way you can.

 
The foods you eat, the medications you take, the drinks you consume … all of these take a toll on your liver health, but you can help keep your liver in top working order by following the simple steps below.

 
10 Tips to Protect Your Liver Health

 
1. Eat organic foods as much as possible

 
Your diet represents one of the biggest potential burdens on your liver, as many foods are contaminated with pesticides, growth hormones and chemical additives.

 
By eating organic you are opting for the purest foods possible, which means you’re saving your liver from a slew of toxins. By definition, organic foods must be free from genetically modified organisms, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, antibiotics, growth hormones and other drugs.

 
2. Limit fructose, fried foods and processed foods containing trans fats or hydrogenated oils

 
Two more dietary burdens to your liver are hidden in many processed foods on your supermarket shelves: trans fats and fructose. Trans fats are common in fried foods like French fries and doughnuts and are also found in cookies, crackers and many other processed foods. If the ingredient list contains “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oil, it will contain some amount of trans fat. Fructose is also found in numerous processed foods as well as in soda and fruit juice.

 
According to one study in the journal Hepatology, a diet high in fructose and trans fats leads to obesity and fatty liver.

 
3. Increase fruits, vegetables and other liver health boosting foods in your diet

 
On the flipside, you can also use your diet strategically to support your liver health by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are naturally detoxifying.

 
Specifically, sulfur-rich foods, such as onions, garlic and all the veggies in the cruciferous family (broccoli, kale, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.) are known to help your liver detoxify environmental toxins, including prescription drugs and pesticides. Vegetables are also an excellent source of fiber, which helps toxins to move through your digestive tract, reducing stress on your liver. Turmeric, cinnamon and licorice are also known to support healthy liver function.

 
4. Drink alcohol only in moderation (if at all)

 
Alcohol can destroy liver cells and lead to liver damage that causes fatty liver health, inflammation, alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis. If you already have liver health disease, drinking even a small amount of alcohol can make it worse.

 
5. Use natural household products

 
The more chemicals you are exposed to, the harder your liver has to work to keep you healthy. You can reduce stress on your liver health by choosing natural cleaning products for your home and natural personal care products for your body. Be sure your drinking water is free from contaminants and consider using an air purifier in your home, especially if you live in a high-traffic area. You’ll also want to avoid spraying pesticides in or around your home.

 
6. Detoxify your body regularly

 
Your liver health (along with your kidneys, blood, bowel, lymphatic system and skin) help your body process and eliminate chemicals in your sweat, urine and feces. Detoxing can help to support and enhance this natural process. For tips on how to help support your liver health’s two-phase detoxification process, be sure to read The Natural Way to Detox … and Why You Should

 
7. Be careful with medications

 
Taking medications in improper doses, for too long, or mixed with other substances, such as alcohol or other drugs, can harm your liver health. Acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol) is notorious for its potential danger to your liver health, as overdose of this drug is actually the leading cause of acute liver health failure in the United States.

 
In fact, even when used correctly acetaminophen (in this case Extra Strength Tylenol) caused liver enzymes to increase three-fold beyond the normal upper limit, which is a sign of possible liver damage, according to one study. Some patients even had levels as high as eight times the normal enzyme level.

 
So keep in mind that you need to be careful with medications as far as your liver health is concerned, and this applies to over-the-counter drugs like Tylenol as well as prescription medications.

 
8. Exercise

 
Exercise is one straightforward way to lower your risk of fatty liver health disease, not only by helping you to maintain a healthy body weight (obesity increases your risk of fatty liver disease) but also by leading to liver health improvements independent of weight loss.

 
One study published in Hepatology even found that staying active for at least 150 minutes a week improved liver enzymes and other indices of liver health function.

 
9. Avoid smoking

 
Smoking may harm your liver’s ability to effectively process and remove toxins from your body. It can also make alcohol-induced liver health disease worse.

 
10. Consider liver health supportive supplements

 
Certain high-quality supplements may help support liver health.

 
Milk thistle: Milk thistle seed extract helps to protect and promote liver health. Studies show that milk thistle:

•Protects and promotes the growth of liver cells

•Fights oxidation (a process that damages cells)

An analysis of 16 milk thistle trials by the National Institutes of Health also concluded that the supplement helped protect the liver via:

•Antioxidant activity

•Enhanced protein synthesis

•Toxin blockade at the membrane level, inhibiting membrane peroxidation

Research suggests that silymarins, a group of potent antioxidants extracted from the seeds of milk thistle, have antioxidant properties several times greater than that of vitamins C and E. Of the silymarins, silybin has been shown to be the most effective in promoting liver health, which is why you’ll want to look for a supplement with a high percentage of silybin.

 
Detox Nutrients:

Detox Nutrients is a unique combination of amino acids, nutrients, and herbs created as nutritional support for liver health that also helps promote detoxification. Carefully selected, ultra-pure ingredients include the herbs Milk Thistle, Curcumin, Grape Seed Extract, and Green Tea, plus MSM. This powerful synergistic blend of antioxidants helps enhance the body's natural defense systems and supports the liver's primary detoxification pathways (phase I and phase II)

 
Alpha Lipoic Acid:

Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant that supports liver health function.

 
Remember, a strong liver health is one of your best defenses against the toxins bombarding your body on a

daily basis. A healthy lifestyle that lessens your toxic load while providing your body with high-quality sources

of essential nutrients will keep your liver in top working order.

28 Healthy Heart Tips - February 2015

 

Written by The Healthline Editorial Team

Medically Reviewed on March 28, 2013 by George Krucik, MD, MBA

 

Stop smoking—no ifs, ands, or butts.

 This nasty habit is one of the top controllable risk factors for heart disease. The AMA, AHA, NIH, and more than likely your mom recommend stubbing out this addiction to make a huge difference in your overall health.

  

Focus on the middle.

 Your middle, that is. You don't have to be super-thin to reap the benefits of a smaller waistline, but according to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, carrying too much weight around the middle raises blood pressure, affects blood lipids (and not in a good way), and does other damage to the heart. Abdominal exercises are good, but remember: it's calories in (what you eat) and calories out (how you exercise) that will make a difference.

  

Knit a scarf.

 Put your hands to work and your mind will unwind. Engaging in activities like knitting, sewing, and crocheting helps relieve stress and does your ticker a world of good. For the "uncrafty" lot who don't do needles, a jigsaw puzzle works great too

  

Power up your salsa.

 A good salsa rich in antioxidants is a great snacking choice when paired with low-fat chips or fresh veggies. When you mix in a can of rinsed and drained black beans, you get a two-for-one special: according to the Mayo Clinic, adding soluble fiber into your diet helps lower bad (LDL) cholesterol. Add a dash of lime juice and a chopped jalapeno for an extra kick that will jumpstart your metabolism.

  

Let the music move you.

 Whether it's a rumba beat or a two-step tune that gets your body moving, dancing raises your heart rate, burns some calories (between 150-300 calories an hour), and makes for a great heart-healthy workout.

  

Go fish.

 Studies have shown that including fish high in omega-3 fatty acids (i.e. salmon, herring, sardines, and tuna) into your diet can reduce the risk of heart disease by a third or more. To those concerned about the mercury content or other contaminants in fish, the Mayo Clinic states that the heart healthy benefits outweigh the possible risks of exposure to toxic elements.

  

LOL.

 Not in an email, not on Twitter or Facebook, but really: laugh out loud. Whether you like watching Family Guy or Seinfeld reruns, if it gets you chuckling, it’s good for your heart. Research from the University of Maryland Medical Center shows that laughter helps relieve the stress that damages the endothelium, the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels and helps your blood flow. It also promotes the healthy function of blood vessels.

  

Stretch it out.

 Practicing yoga makes you more limber and helps you relax, which combats stress. However, according to recent research from the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, it also positively affects the heart rate variability (HRV), which is an indicator for heart health.

  

Raise a glass.

 Moderate consumption of alcohol can raise your HDL (good cholesterol) levels, reduce blood clot formation, and help prevent artery damage. Some studies say red wine offers more benefits than other alcoholic beverages. Other studies conflict with this. The answer is moderation. Talk to your doctor about potential benefits and risks.

  

Shun the salt.

 Overwhelming research in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that if the entire US population reduced its salt intake to just a half teaspoon a day, we would significantly reduce the number of new cases of coronary heart disease. The studies also concluded that salt is one of the leading culprits in fueling the rise in healthcare costs in America. Most of our high salt intake comes from processed food and restaurant-prepared food. Think twice before filling up on your favorite fast-food fix.

  

Move it, move it, move it.

 A new study from Australia found that sitting for long periods of time could shorten your life regardless of your body weight. It appears that being a couch potato has an unhealthy influence on blood fats and blood sugar. At the office, work in "get up" breaks, and go for a stroll.

  

Know your numbers.

 Keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides in check are important for good heart health. Learn the optimal levels, and don't skip your regular physical exams.

  

Eat chocolate.

 No guilt required. Rich, dark chocolate not only tastes delicious, the flavonoids it contains can help stave off heart disease according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Preliminary research by Johns Hopkins also suggests that chocolate can positively affect blood clotting.

  

Let your housework work for you.

 Vacuuming or mopping the floors may not be as invigorating as a Body Slam or Zumba class, but these activities and other household chores do burn calories. Put your favorite music on, and put some pep in your weekly chores.

  

Go nuts.

 Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and other tree nuts deliver a powerful punch for lowering your risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease. The American Heart Association suggests that substituting foods high in saturated fats with nuts helps reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol.

  

Be a kid.

 Fitness doesn't have to be boring. Plan an evening out roller skating or bowling. Do both, and you can burn (on average) around 600 calories, according to the Mayo Clinic.

  

Consider pet therapy.

 Our pets give us more than unconditional love; they offer numerous health benefits. Studies reported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) show that owning pets can lower the rate of dying from heart disease and possibly improve heart and lung function.

  

Start and stop.

 And start again. The Mayo Clinic reports that during aerobic workouts, interval training (varying your speed and intensity in short bursts) will boost your calorie burn. Wear a heart rate monitor to make sure you’re hitting your target heart rates.

  

Cut the fat.

 Slicing your fat intake to no more than 30 percent of your daily calories will help cut your risk for heart disease, according to the USDA. If you don’t normally read labels or count calories, think twice before you savor your next meal. Do a mental calculation of what you’re eating.

  

Take the scenic route home.

 Put down your cell phone, forget about the driver who cut you off, and enjoy the ride. Eliminating stress while driving will help lower your blood pressure, which your cardiovascular system will appreciate.

  

Make time for breakfast.

 The first meal of the day is one you shouldn't skip. There is an abundance of good-for-you benefits to eating a healthy breakfast. What’s a healthy breakfast exactly? Whole grains (ex. rolls, cereals, etc.), low-fat protein (ex. hard-boiled egg, turkey bacon), low-fat dairy (ex. skim milk, low-fat yogurt, or cheese), and fruits and vegetables.

  

Fake your fitness.

 It's a no-brainer that exercise is good for your coronary health, so why not sneak it in at every opportunity? Park on the far side of the parking lot, take the stairs, walk and talk with a friend instead of e-mailing, or play with your kids at the park instead of just watching them. Every little bit adds up to better health.

  

Brew up a heart healthy potion.

 No magic is needed when you sip green or black tea. Studies from Harvard University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that focus on black and green varieties show that drinking tea can improve arterial health.

  

Smile.

 Good dental hygiene does more than keep your pearly whites glistening. It may affect your overall health. Research from Harvard suggests that several types of cardiovascular disease, including coronary artery disease, may be connected to oral health.

  

Walk it off.

Next time you feel overwhelmed, get mad, or are totally exasperated, take a stroll. A five-minute walk will do wonders for clearing your head and lowering your stress levels.

  

Pump some iron.

Aerobic activities may be the star players in fitness for a healthy heart, but strength training needs to be part of the team. Its effect on weight control is awesome—more muscle mass means burning more calories. The American Heart Association gives strength training a thumbs-up for lowering the risk of heart disease.

  

Find your happy place.

A sunny outlook is good for your heart. Research from the University College London shows that those who are happy tend to have lower levels of the potentially harmful hormone cortisol and other stress-inducing chemicals.



Top  Healthiest New Year's Resolutions - January 2015

 
Taken from health.com

 
New Year, healthier you

 by Alyssa Sparacino

  

New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.

 
Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.

 
It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health!

 

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Lose weight

 
The fact that this is perennially among the most popular resolutions suggests just how difficult it is to commit to. But you can succeed if you don’t expect overnight success. "You want results yesterday, and desperation mode kicks in," says Pam Peeke, MD, author of Body for Life for Women. "Beware of the valley of quickie cures."

 
Also, plan for bumps in the road. Use a food journal to keep track of what you eat and have a support system in place. "Around week four to six...people become excuse mills," Dr. Peeke says. "That’s why it’s important to have someone   there on a regular basis to get you through those rough times."

 

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Stay in touch

 
Feel like old friends (or family) have fallen by the wayside? It’s good for your health to reconnect with them. Research suggests people with strong social ties live longer than those who don’t.

 
In fact, a lack of social bonds can damage your health as much as alcohol abuse and smoking, and even more than obesity and lack of exercise, a 2010 study in the journal PLoS Medicine suggests.

 
In a technology-fixated era, it’s never been easier to stay in touch—or rejuvenate your relationship—with friends and family, so fire up Facebook and follow up with in-person visits.

 
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Quit smoking

 
Fear that you’ve failed too many times to try again? Talk to any ex-smoker, and you’ll see that multiple attempts are often the path to success.

 
Try different methods to find out what works. And think of the cash you’ll save! (We know you know the ginormous health benefit.)

 
"It’s one of the harder habits to quit," says Merle Myerson, MD, director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals, in New York City. "But I always tell people to think of how much money they will save."

 
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Save money

 
Save money by making healthy lifestyle changes. Walk or ride your bike to work, or explore carpooling.  (That means more money in your pocket and less air pollution.)

 
Cut back on gym membership costs by exercising at home. Many fitness programs on videogame systems like Nintendo’s Wii Wii Fit Plus and Microsoft’s Xbox Kinect Your Shape Fitness Evolved can get you sweating.

 
Take stock of what you have in the fridge and make a grocery list. Aimless supermarket shopping can lead to poor choices for your diet and wallet.

 
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Cut your stress

 
A little pressure now and again won’t kill us; in fact, short bouts of stress give us an energy boost. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of—or worsen—insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and more.

 
Long work hours, little sleep, no exercise, poor diet, and not spending time with family and friends can contribute to stress, says Roberta Lee, MD, an integrative medicine specialist at Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York City, and the author of The Super Stress Solution.

 
"Stress is an inevitable part of life," she says. "Relaxation, sleep, socializing, and taking vacations are all things we tell ourselves we deserve but don’t allow ourselves to have."

 
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Volunteer

 
We tend to think our own bliss relies on bettering ourselves, but our happiness also increases when we help others, says Peter Kanaris, PhD, coordinator of public education for the New York State Psychological Association.


And guess what? Happiness is good for your health. A 2010 study found that people with positive emotions were about 20% less likely than their gloomier peers to have a heart attack or develop heart disease. Other research suggests that positive emotions can make people more resilient and resourceful.

"Someone who makes this sort of resolution is likely to obtain a tremendous personal benefit in the happiness department," Kanaris says.

 
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Go back to school

 
No matter how old you are, heading back to the classroom can help revamp your career, introduce you to new friends, and even boost your brainpower.

 
A 2007 study found that middle-age adults who had gone back to school (including night school) sometime in the previous quarter century had stronger memories and verbal skills than those who did not. What’s more, several studies have linked higher educational attainment to a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

 
"You are gaining a sense of accomplishment by gaining new knowledge, and you are out there meeting people and creating possibilities that were never there before," Kanaris says.

 
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Cut back on alcohol

 
While much has been written about the health benefits of a small amount of alcohol, too much tippling is still the bigger problem. (In fact, binge drinking seems to be on the rise.)

Drinking alcohol in excess affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and can increase the risk of depression, memory loss, or even seizures.

Chronic heavy drinking boosts your risk of liver and heart disease, hypertension, stroke, and mental deterioration, and even cancers of the mouth, throat, liver, and breast.

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Get more sleep

 
You probably already know that a good night’s rest can do wonders for your mood—and appearance. But sleep is more beneficial to your health than you might realize.

A lack of sleep has been linked to a greater risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. And sleep is crucial for strengthening memories (a process called consolidation).

So take a nap—and don’t feel guilty about it.

 
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Travel

 
The joys and rewards of vacations can last long after the suitcase is put away. "We can often get stuck in a rut, and we can’t get out of our own way," Kanaris says. "Everything becomes familiar and too routine."

But traveling allows us to tap into life as an adventure, and we can make changes in our lives without having to do anything too bold or dramatic.

"It makes you feel rejuvenated and replenished," he adds. "It gets you out of your typical scenery, and the effects are revitalizing. It’s another form of new discovery and learning, and great for the body and the soul."


Top 10 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Problem (Nov. - Dec. 2014)

 
Millions of People Have Undiagnosed Thyroid Conditions

 By Mary Shomon 

 Thyroid Disease Expert

 from about.com

 Thyroid Disease Categories

                 Hypothyroidism / Underactive Thyroid / Hashimoto's Disease    

                Thyroid Disease Symptoms and Risk Factors for Thyroid Disease               

                Thyroid Disease Basics, Starting Point, Thyroid 101, Introductory Info     

                Thyroid Drugs & Various Treatments for Thyroid Conditions        

                Lose Weight Successfully Despite Thyroid Disease           

                Hyperthyroidism / Graves' Disease / Overactive Thyroid Condition          

                Get Tested for Thyroid Disease and Properly Diagnosed               

                Thyroid Cancer, Goiter, Enlarged Thyroid, Nodules and Other Conditions             

                Alternative, Holistic and Complementary Thyroid Diagnosis & Treatment              

                Hormones, Infertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, Menopause & Thyroid              

                Endocrine Conditions and Autoimmune Diseases             

                Conditions Common in Thyroid Patients or Related to Thyroid Disease   

                Thyroid-Related News, Lawsuits, Recalls, and the Latest Controversies

                Find Top Thyroid Doctors, Learning From and Dealing With Doctors         

                Thyroid Books, Newsletters, Support Groups, Other Resources                

                Thyroid Disease In Men               

                Empowered Patients    

                Seasonal Changes in Thyroid Function   

                Gift Ideas for Thyroid Patients  

                Travel Tips for Thyroid Patients

                Blog      

                Beauty Products for Thyroid Patients     

                Symptoms/Diagnosis    

                Treatments for Thyroid Disease               

                Coping with Thyroid Disease      

                Updated Articles and Resource

 
Updated May 15, 2014.

Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician. (See About.com's Medical Review Board.)

 
 It's estimated that as many as 59 million Americans have a thyroid problem, but the majority don't know it yet. The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is the master gland of metabolism. When your thyroid doesn't function, it can affect every aspect of your health, and in particular, weight, depression and energy levels.

 Since undiagnosed thyroid problems can dramatically increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, anxiety, hair loss, sexual dysfunction, infertility and a host of other symptoms and health problems, it's important that you don't go undiagnosed.

 
Is Your Thyroid Causing Your Health Problems? Doctor Explains the Signs

 
•Underactive Thyroid

•Thyroid Glands

•Low Thyroid

•Thyroid and Hair Loss

•Hypothyroid

 
You don't need to have all of these symptoms in order to have a thyroid problem, but here are some of the most common signs that you may have a thyroid condition:

 
10. Muscle and Joint Pains, Carpal Tunnel/Tendonitis Problems.

 Aches and pains in your muscles and joints, weakness in the arms and a tendency to develop carpal tunnel in the arms/hands, tarsal tunnel in the legs, and plantars fasciitis in the feet can all be symptoms of undiagnosed thyroid problems.

 9. Neck Discomfort/Enlargement.

 A feeling of swelling in the neck, discomfort with turtlenecks or neckties, a hoarse voice or a visibly enlarged thyroid can all be signs of a "goiter" -- an enlarged thyroid gland that is a symptom of thyroid disease.

 8. Hair/Skin Changes.

 Hair and skin are particularly vulnerable to thyroid conditions, and in particular, hair loss is frequently associated with thyroid problems. With hypothyroidism, hair frequently becomes brittle, coarse and dry, while breaking off and falling out easily. Skin can become coarse, thick, dry,and scaly. In hypothyroidism, there is often an unusual loss of hair in the outer edge of the eyebrow. With hyperthyroidism, severe hair loss can also occur, and skin can become fragile and thin.

 7. Bowel Problems.

 Severe or long-term constipation is frequently associated with hypothyroidism, while diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is associated with hyperthyroidism.

 6. Menstrual Irregularities and Fertility Problems.

  Heavier, more frequent and more painful periods are frequently associated with hypothyroidism, and shorter, lighter or infrequent menstruation can be associated with hyperthyroidism. Infertility can also be associated with undiagnosed thyroid conditions.

 5. Family History.

 If you have a family history of thyroid problems, you are at a higher risk of having a thyroid condition yourself. You may not always be aware of thyroid problems in your family, though, because among older people, it is often referred to as "gland trouble" or "goiter." So pay attention to any discussions of glandular conditions or goiter or weight gain due to "a glandular problem," as these may be indirect ways of referring to thyroid conditions.

 4. Cholesterol Issues

 High cholesterol, especially when it is not responsive to diet, exercise or cholesterol-lowering medication, can be a sign of undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Unusually low cholesterol levels may be a sign of hyperthyroidism.

 3. Depression and Anxiety.

 Depression or anxiety - including sudden onset of panic disorder - can be symptoms of thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism is most typically associated with depression, while hyperthyroidism is more commonly associated with anxiety or panic attacks. Depression that does not respond to antidepressants may also be a sign of an undiagnosed thyroid disorder.

 2. Weight Changes.

 You may be on a low-fat, low-calorie diet with a rigorous exercise program, but are failing to lose or gain any weight. Or you may have joined a diet program or support group, such as Weight Watchers, and you are the only one who isn't losing any weight. Difficulty losing weight can be a sign of hypothyroidism. You may be losing weight while eating the same amount of food as usual - or even losing while eating more than normal. Unexplained weight changes and issues can be signs of both hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.

 1. Fatigue.

 Feeling exhausted when you wake up, feeling as if 8 or 10 hours of sleep a night is insufficient or being unable to function all day without a nap can all be signs of thyroid problems. (With hyperthyroidism, you may also have nighttime insomnia that leaves you exhausted during the day.)

If you have some of the above symptoms, your next steps should be to read Thyroid Disease 101, along with a visit to your doctor for a thorough thyroid evaluation.

Health Tip of the Month - October 2014 – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

Printed from mayoclinic.org  - Mayo Clinic Staff

 
Definition

By Mayo Clinic Staff

 
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that's related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Less often, SAD causes depression in the spring or early summer.

 
Treatment for SAD may include light therapy (phototherapy), psychotherapy and medications.

 
Don't brush off that yearly feeling as simply a case of the "winter blues" or a seasonal funk that you have to tough out on your own. Take steps to keep your mood and motivation steady throughout the year.

 

Symptoms

By Mayo Clinic Staff

 
In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. However, some people with the opposite pattern have symptoms that begin in spring or summer. In either case, symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses.

Major depression

Seasonal affective disorder is a subtype of major depression that comes and goes based on seasons. So symptoms of major depression may be part of SAD, such as:

Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day

Feeling hopeless or worthless

Having low energy

Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed

Having problems with sleeping

Experiencing changes in your appetite or weight

Feeling sluggish or agitated

Having difficulty concentrating

Having frequent thoughts of death or suicide

Fall and winter SAD

Symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD, sometimes called winter depression, may include:

Irritability

Tiredness or low energy

Problems getting along with other people

Hypersensitivity to rejection

Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs

Oversleeping

Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates

Weight gain

Spring and summer SAD

Symptoms specific to summer-onset seasonal affective disorder, sometimes called summer depression, may include:

Depression

Trouble sleeping (insomnia)

Weight loss

Poor appetite

Agitation or anxiety

Seasonal changes in bipolar disorder

In some people with bipolar disorder, spring and summer can bring on symptoms of mania or a less intense form of mania (hypomania), and fall and winter can be a time of depression.

 
When to see a doctor

It's normal to have some days when you feel down. But if you feel down for days at a time and you can't get motivated to do activities you normally enjoy, see your doctor. This is especially important if your sleep patterns and appetite have changed or if you feel hopeless, think about suicide, or turn to alcohol for comfort or relaxation.

Health Tip of the Month - September 2014 – ‘Change your Metabolism’


13 Foods That Change Your Metabolism in Just One Week ...

Whether you’re looking to gain some extra energy, or drop a few pounds, try incorporating some of these foods that change your metabolism, in just one week! These foods are all incredibly healthy for you, unlike all those diet foods on the market today. Certain foods increase your metabolism due to their amino acid complex, which revs up metabolism, their healthy fat components, which raise metabolism, or they may have a thermogenic effect, heating up the body and raising your metabolism. Others are simply just healthy for you, and help your metabolism work better because they are incredibly easy for your body to process. Add these incredible foods that change your metabolism to your diet, and enjoy the many benefits they have to offer.

 
1. Salmon  2. Chia Seeds  3. Kale  4. Plain Greek Yogurt  5.Eggs  6. Spinach  7. Cacao

8. Almonds  9. Coconut  10. Black Coffee  11. Green Tea  12. Turkey  13. Jalapenos

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Above are excerpts from the article ‘13 Foods that change your Metabolism in just one week’   

The complete article can be found at  www.allwomenstalk.com  or on our Facebook page.



Health Tips for Summer 2014

Don't Get Bugged

Canadians love their summers probably more than hockey, as it seems the cold, unpleasant weather tends to last just a little too long.  Summer means back yard entertaining, camping trips, long beautiful days filled with sunrises and sunsets, outdoor sports, and ice cream cones.  But it also means many uninvited critters, big and small, come out to "join us", such as mosquitoes, black flies, spiders, raccoons, squirrels and other four-legged pests.

Just as a reminder of how dangerous chemical bug sprays can be, consider this statement regarding the use of DEET-containing bug repellents: The National Institute of Health says the high levels to which military personnel or game wardens might be exposed could lead to severe skin reactions (blisters, burning and scars), insomnia and mood changes.  Thankfully, we don't have to resort to chemicals on our skin causing health and safety concerns to our pets, children, and ourselves.  Essential oils, derived from the plant world that uses them for their own defence system, can play a safe role in keeping unwanted pests and rodents away in a cruelty-free fashion.  What a great lesson to teach our kids that all earth's creatures play a role and deserve a place here, and we can kindly keep them in the places they need to be.  Here are some time-tested, real-world remedies using essential oils that are easy to make and environmentally-friendly for keeping the critters away.

Keep in mind that some of these rodents (mice, bats, raccoons, skunks) and spiders play a role in getting rid of other pests such as mosquitoes, black flies, horseflies, other insects, lawn grubs, beetles, and other creepy crawlies.

To Keep Away Rodents:

Ingredients: Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree or Neem

Add 15-20 drops to a cotton ball and place in areas that safe, out of reach from children and pets (so they don't get eaten), and in drawers, cupboards, or closets, behind or under furniture or on kitchen counters.  You can place in small, breathable containers to protect from kids or animals, or place on plates or shallw bowls to prevent staining.  Place in old nylons and hang in areas near garbage cans, recycling and compost bins or use on camping trips to keep raccoons and skunks away.  For winter storage, use in the lowest storage compartments of trailers / boats when packing up for the winter to ward off rodents looking to stay warm or nest for the winter.

TIP: Instead of buying cotton balls, use the cotton found in vitamin bottles... re-use and recycle!

To Repel Bugs:

Ingredients:
Pour the witch hazel into a larger glass jar and add your essential oils - approximately 15 drops of both citronella and lemongrass, 10 drops of your optional oils, such as lavender.  Close the jar tightly and shake well until it is all mixed (mixture will be cloudy).  Pour into a spray bottle for use and label correctly.  Use on exposed body parts and rub in.  Don't spray in your face or eyes.  Spray on a small area first if concerned with allergies, especially children.  Also spray the area where you are sitting outside.

Spider Spray:

Ingredients:
Add 10 to 15 drops of lavender, tea tree, and peppermint oil into a spray bottle with 8 to 12 ounces of water (mixture will be cloudy).  Spray around door frames, windows, small cracks, corners of the ceiling and bathrooms in places where spiders may make a web.

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25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods

These 25 foods are loaded with heart-healthy nutrients that help protect your cardiovascular system.

By Jeanie Lerche Davis

WebMD Feature


Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

From asparagus to sweet potatoes to a robust cabernet -- every bite (or sip) of heart-healthy foods delivers a powerful dose of phytonutrients that prevent and repair damage to cells. That's the essence of preventing heart disease.

"There really is an abundance of fruits and vegetables in many colors, shapes, sizes that are good for your heart," says Julia Zumpano, RD, LD, a dietitian with the Preventive Cardiology Center at The Cleveland Clinic. "You can definitely reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by eating these foods every day."

Indeed, fresh produce provide the cornerstone for a heart-healthy diet because they help wipe out free radicals in the bloodstream, protecting blood vessels.

It's what Zumpano calls "the whole-foods diet. You want everything to be in its natural form, as it comes from the ground, the less processed the better," she says.

Whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts, fatty fish, and teas are just as important -- offering all sorts of complex heart-protective phytonutrients

That's why variety is best in selecting heart-healthy foods, says Suzanne Farrell, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and owner of Cherry Creek Nutrition in Denver.

"Everyone's looking for that one magic food," Farrell tells WebMD. "But heart-healthy is not only about oatmeal and omega-3 fats. You need to look for ways to get all the different nutrients. Plus, you'll stick to a heart-healthy lifestyle longer if you have variety."

25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods

With the help of these nutrition experts from The Cleveland Clinic and the American Dietetic Association, we've put together a list of the "best of the best" heart-healthy foods.

The foods listed here are all top-performers in protecting your heart and blood vessels. We've also got menu ideas -- so you can easily bring heart-healthy foods into your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Salmon Omega-3 fatty acids.

Grill salmon with a yummy rub or marinade. Save a chunk to chop for a pasta or salad later on.

2. Flaxseed (ground)

Omega-3 fatty acids; fiber, phytoestrogens.

Ground flaxseed hides easily in all sorts of foods -- yogurt parfaits, morning cereal, homemade muffins, or cookies.

3. Oatmeal

Omega-3 fatty acids; magnesium; potassium; folate; niacin; calcium; soluble fiber.

Top hot oatmeal with fresh berries. Oatmeal-and-raisin cookies are a hearty treat.

4. Black or Kidney Beans

B-complex vitamins; niacin; folate; magnesium; omega-3 fatty acids; calcium; soluble fiber.

Give soup or salad a nutrient boost -- stir in some beans.

5. Almonds

Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols.

Mix a few almonds (and berries) into low-fat yogurt, trail mix, or fruit salads.

6. Walnuts

Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; folate; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols.

Walnuts add flavorful crunch to salads, pastas, cookies, muffins, even pancakes.

7. Red wine

Catechins and reservatrol (flavonoids).

Toast your good health! A glass of red wine could improve "good" HDL cholesterol.

8. Tuna

Omega-3 fatty acids; folate; niacin.

Here's lunch: Salad greens, fresh fruit, canned tuna. Keep "Salad Spritzer" - a light dressing -- in your office fridge.

9. Tofu

Niacin; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium.

Tasty tofu is easy: Thinly slice "firm" tofu, marinate several hours, grill or stir-fry.

10. Brown rice

B-complex vitamins; fiber; niacin; magnesium, fiber.

Microwavable brown rice makes a quick lunch. Stir in a few chopped veggies (broccoli, carrots, spinach).

11. Soy milk

Isoflavones (a flavonoid); B-complex vitamins; niacin; folate, calcium; magnesium; potassium; phytoestrogens.

Soy milk is great over oatmeal or whole-grain cereal. Or, make a smoothie with soy milk.

12. Blueberries

Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); anthocyanin (a flavonoid); ellagic acid (a polyphenol); vitamin C; folate; calcium, magnesium; potassium; fiber.

Cranberries, strawberries, raspberries are potent, too -- for trail mixes, muffins, salads!

13. Carrots

Alpha-carotene (a carotenoid); fiber.

Baby carrots are sweet for lunch. Sneak shredded carrots into spaghetti sauce or muffin batter.

14. Spinach

Lutein (a carotenoid); B-complex vitamins; folate; magnesium; potassium; calcium; fiber.

Pick spinach (not lettuce) for nutrient-packed salads and sandwiches.

15. Broccoli

Beta-carotene (a carotenoid); Vitamins C and E; potassium; folate; calcium; fiber.

Chop fresh broccoli into store-bought soup. For a veggie dip, try hummus (chickpeas).

16. Sweet potato

Beta-carotene (a carotenoid); vitamins A, C, E; fiber.

Microwave in a zip-lock baggie for lunch. Eat au naturale, or with pineapple bits.

17. Red bell peppers

Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex vitamins; folate; potassium; fiber.

Rub with olive oil, and grill or oven-roast until tender. Delicious in wraps, salads, sandwiches.

18. Asparagus

Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex vitamins; folate; fiber.

Grill or steam slightly, then dress with olive oil and lemon. It's a pretty side dish.


19. Oranges

Beta-cryptoxanthin, beta- and alpha-carotene, lutein (carotenoids) and flavones (flavonoids); vitamin C; potassium; folate; fiber.

Got orange juice? Check out the new nutrient-packed blends.

20. Tomatoes

Beta- and alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein (carotenoids); vitamin C; potassium; folate; fiber.

For a flavor twist, try oil-packed tomatoes in sandwiches, salads, pastas, pizzas.

21. Acorn squash


Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex and C vitamins; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium; fiber.

Baked squash is comfort food on a chilly day. Serve with sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins.

22. Cantaloupe

Alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex and C vitamins; folate; potassium; fiber.

A fragrant ripe cantaloupe is perfect for breakfast, lunch, potluck dinners. Simply cut and enjoy!

23. Papaya

Beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein (carotenoids); Vitamins C and E; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium.

Serve papaya salsa with salmon: Mix papaya, pineapple, scallions, garlic, fresh lime juice, salt and black pepper.

24. Dark chocolate


Reservatrol and cocoa phenols (flavonoids).

A truffle a day lowers blood pressure, but choose 70% or higher cocoa content.

25. Tea

Catechins and flavonols (flavonoids).

Make sun tea: Combine a clear glass jar, several tea bags, and hours of sunshine

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25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods

These 25 foods are loaded with heart-healthy nutrients that help protect your cardiovascular system.

By Jeanie Lerche Davis

WebMD Feature


Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD

From asparagus to sweet potatoes to a robust cabernet -- every bite (or sip) of heart-healthy foods delivers a powerful dose of phytonutrients that prevent and repair damage to cells. That's the essence of preventing heart disease.

"There really is an abundance of fruits and vegetables in many colors, shapes, sizes that are good for your heart," says Julia Zumpano, RD, LD, a dietitian with the Preventive Cardiology Center at The Cleveland Clinic. "You can definitely reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease by eating these foods every day."

Indeed, fresh produce provide the cornerstone for a heart-healthy diet because they help wipe out free radicals in the bloodstream, protecting blood vessels.

It's what Zumpano calls "the whole-foods diet. You want everything to be in its natural form, as it comes from the ground, the less processed the better," she says.

Whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts, fatty fish, and teas are just as important -- offering all sorts of complex heart-protective phytonutrients

That's why variety is best in selecting heart-healthy foods, says Suzanne Farrell, MS, RD, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association and owner of Cherry Creek Nutrition in Denver.

"Everyone's looking for that one magic food," Farrell tells WebMD. "But heart-healthy is not only about oatmeal and omega-3 fats. You need to look for ways to get all the different nutrients. Plus, you'll stick to a heart-healthy lifestyle longer if you have variety."

25 Top Heart-Healthy Foods

With the help of these nutrition experts from The Cleveland Clinic and the American Dietetic Association, we've put together a list of the "best of the best" heart-healthy foods.

The foods listed here are all top-performers in protecting your heart and blood vessels. We've also got menu ideas -- so you can easily bring heart-healthy foods into your daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

1. Salmon Omega-3 fatty acids.

Grill salmon with a yummy rub or marinade. Save a chunk to chop for a pasta or salad later on.

2. Flaxseed (ground)

Omega-3 fatty acids; fiber, phytoestrogens.

Ground flaxseed hides easily in all sorts of foods -- yogurt parfaits, morning cereal, homemade muffins, or cookies.

3. Oatmeal

Omega-3 fatty acids; magnesium; potassium; folate; niacin; calcium; soluble fiber.

Top hot oatmeal with fresh berries. Oatmeal-and-raisin cookies are a hearty treat.

4. Black or Kidney Beans

B-complex vitamins; niacin; folate; magnesium; omega-3 fatty acids; calcium; soluble fiber.

Give soup or salad a nutrient boost -- stir in some beans.

5. Almonds

Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols.

Mix a few almonds (and berries) into low-fat yogurt, trail mix, or fruit salads.

6. Walnuts

Plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; folate; fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats; phytosterols.

Walnuts add flavorful crunch to salads, pastas, cookies, muffins, even pancakes.

7. Red wine

Catechins and reservatrol (flavonoids).

Toast your good health! A glass of red wine could improve "good" HDL cholesterol.

8. Tuna

Omega-3 fatty acids; folate; niacin.

Here's lunch: Salad greens, fresh fruit, canned tuna. Keep "Salad Spritzer" - a light dressing -- in your office fridge.

9. Tofu

Niacin; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium.

Tasty tofu is easy: Thinly slice "firm" tofu, marinate several hours, grill or stir-fry.

10. Brown rice

B-complex vitamins; fiber; niacin; magnesium, fiber.

Microwavable brown rice makes a quick lunch. Stir in a few chopped veggies (broccoli, carrots, spinach).

11. Soy milk

Isoflavones (a flavonoid); B-complex vitamins; niacin; folate, calcium; magnesium; potassium; phytoestrogens.

Soy milk is great over oatmeal or whole-grain cereal. Or, make a smoothie with soy milk.

12. Blueberries

Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); anthocyanin (a flavonoid); ellagic acid (a polyphenol); vitamin C; folate; calcium, magnesium; potassium; fiber.

Cranberries, strawberries, raspberries are potent, too -- for trail mixes, muffins, salads!

13. Carrots

Alpha-carotene (a carotenoid); fiber.

Baby carrots are sweet for lunch. Sneak shredded carrots into spaghetti sauce or muffin batter.

14. Spinach

Lutein (a carotenoid); B-complex vitamins; folate; magnesium; potassium; calcium; fiber.

Pick spinach (not lettuce) for nutrient-packed salads and sandwiches.

15. Broccoli

Beta-carotene (a carotenoid); Vitamins C and E; potassium; folate; calcium; fiber.

Chop fresh broccoli into store-bought soup. For a veggie dip, try hummus (chickpeas).

16. Sweet potato

Beta-carotene (a carotenoid); vitamins A, C, E; fiber.

Microwave in a zip-lock baggie for lunch. Eat au naturale, or with pineapple bits.

17. Red bell peppers

Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex vitamins; folate; potassium; fiber.

Rub with olive oil, and grill or oven-roast until tender. Delicious in wraps, salads, sandwiches.

18. Asparagus

Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex vitamins; folate; fiber.

Grill or steam slightly, then dress with olive oil and lemon. It's a pretty side dish.


19. Oranges

Beta-cryptoxanthin, beta- and alpha-carotene, lutein (carotenoids) and flavones (flavonoids); vitamin C; potassium; folate; fiber.

Got orange juice? Check out the new nutrient-packed blends.

20. Tomatoes

Beta- and alpha-carotene, lycopene, lutein (carotenoids); vitamin C; potassium; folate; fiber.

For a flavor twist, try oil-packed tomatoes in sandwiches, salads, pastas, pizzas.

21. Acorn squash


Beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex and C vitamins; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium; fiber.

Baked squash is comfort food on a chilly day. Serve with sautéed spinach, pine nuts, raisins.

22. Cantaloupe

Alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein (carotenoids); B-complex and C vitamins; folate; potassium; fiber.

A fragrant ripe cantaloupe is perfect for breakfast, lunch, potluck dinners. Simply cut and enjoy!

23. Papaya

Beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein (carotenoids); Vitamins C and E; folate; calcium; magnesium; potassium.

Serve papaya salsa with salmon: Mix papaya, pineapple, scallions, garlic, fresh lime juice, salt and black pepper.

24. Dark chocolate


Reservatrol and cocoa phenols (flavonoids).

A truffle a day lowers blood pressure, but choose 70% or higher cocoa content.

25. Tea

Catechins and flavonols (flavonoids).

Make sun tea: Combine a clear glass jar, several tea bags, and hours of sunshine

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101 Easy-to-Follow New Year’s Resolutions

It’s 2014. How are you going to make this year the best yet? Sticking to a New Year’s resolution takes work; make sure to choose something worth working for! Here are 101 ideas for simple resolutions that can make a big difference.

1.Take the stairs instead of elevators and escalators to get daily exercise.

2.Walk or ride your bike more often instead of driving.

3.Schedule “me” time to turn off your cell phone, computer and other electronic devices.

4.Don’t use your cell phone during work meetings, social events or dinner.

5.Don’t text and drive (as a matter of fact, don’t use your phone at all while driving).

6.Cook at home more often—you will learn new cooking skills and save money.

7.Be more than punctual—try to be early to every meeting you attend.

8.Make more personal phone calls instead of sending emails and texts.

9.Write one handwritten letter a month to someone special.

10.Do something out of your comfort zone.

11.Bring more to the table at every meeting—speak up and voice your opinion.

12.Be more willing to talk to others and learn something about strangers.

13.Sign up for a dance or art class.

14.Start running a little further each time you run.

15.Enjoy the seclusion and solitude of eating a meal alone.

16.Read one new book each month.

17.Turn off the Internet and television and read a book before falling asleep.

18.Make more eye contact during conversations.

19.Use your credit cards for emergencies only by removing them from your purse or wallet. Only spend with whatever cash you bring with you.

20.Refrain from gossiping and listening to gossip. You’ll be a more trustworthy person and will engage in more productive conversations.

21.You know it’s the most important meal of the day, so why skip it? Give yourself an extra 15 minutes in the morning to prepare and eat a good breakfast, like organic cage-free eggs, oatmeal or a green smoothie.

22.Participate in “Meatless Monday” by forgoing meat once a week. It’s budget-friendly and helps improve your health and the environment.

23. Make healthy swaps when you can. Substitute soy or almond milk for dairy and try using coconut or olive oil instead of butter and margarine.

24.Choose organic when possible and spare your body the harmful pesticides.

25.Try portion control when eating meals. Put leftovers in the refrigerator immediately to prevent eating a second helping.

26.Use products that are eco-friendly and don’t contain harsh chemicals.

27.Be more open and communicative with others. You’ll likely gain more respect and cooperation from them.

28.Get more vitamin D by taking some time to spend outside. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

29.Stop late-night snacking: your body will take the calories and store them as fat.

30.Floss your teeth more often.

31.Try cutting fat from your diet. Fat is not a good energy source and causes major reductions in your physical endurance.

32.Do more of what you enjoy doing.

33.Spend a few hours a week enjoying time with your family. Don’t allow any external distractions.

34.Start recycling by having a designated bin available and educate yourself about what items are recyclable.

35.Grow a simple garden: start with herbs that are easy to grow and maintain.

36.Don’t litter.

37.Spend time once a quarter to de-clutter your home. Get rid of anything you don’t use or haven’t worn in a year.

38.Learn something new every day.

39.Start saving for a family vacation today.

40.Invest in your retirement.

41.Incorporate more vegetables in your meals.

42.Substitute red meat for turkey, chicken or even pork.

43.Buy fresh vegetables instead of canned, which often don’t have as many vitamins and minerals.

44.Designate a family dinner night that everyone must attend.

45.Walk your dog every evening after dinner.

46.Keep in touch with loved ones – update address books, email addresses and phone numbers.

47.Pick up a new hobby.

48.Make a spa day once every few months – whether it’s pampering at home or booking at a salon.

49.Help others by volunteering.

50.Build a community garden.

51.Donate furniture and clothes that you no longer use to those in need.

52.Get organized.

53.Do a safe walk of your house – replace smoke alarm batteries, check locks on windows and doors.

54.Save energy this year – replace appliances and light bulbs.

55.Use more of your kitchen appliances – pull out the slow-cooker, stand mixer, bread maker and juicer.

56.Plan birthday and holiday gifts ahead of time to save with sales and deals.

57.Pay off your credit cards.

58.For everything negative you say, say two things that are positive.

59.Eat more high quality dark chocolate - it’s loaded with antioxidants.

60.Listen to more of your favorite type of music. Music boosts spirits and helps reduce depression.

61.Boost your energy and health by adding fresh juices or green smoothies into your everyday diet.

62.Revise comfort foods by adding a healthy twist.

63.Invite more friends and families over for a monthly gathering.

64.Buy local.

65.Cut out processed, prepackaged foods.

66.Eat food that is free from artificial colors, flavors, ingredients and preservatives.

67.Have more fruit available throughout the day to refuel your energy.

68.Schedule your day to be productive and plan to get the majority of important business completed in the morning when you’re alert and energized.

69.Drink water or green tea instead of coffee to reduce caffeine intake and keep you hydrated.

70.Get on a solid sleep schedule. Listen to your natural sleeping patterns and adjust accordingly. Aim for seven hours of sleep each night.

71.Prepare ahead of time with travel snacks. Pack a variety of snacks from dried fruit, nuts, energy bars and fruit to help make healthy choices while on the go.

72.Add more whole grains to your diet. Whole grains have been linked to the battles against heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

73.Replace sugar with natural sweeteners like agave, honey and Stevia.

74.Eat with the seasons. You’ll be eating fresh, high-quality ingredients that are packed with the nutrients your body needs.

75.Bring your lunch from home more often. Whether you’re packing for yourself or for the entire family, creating money-saving lunches is a simple way to add variety to your lunch without breaking the bank.

76.Cut down your sodium intake by using spices and herbs to flavor your dishes instead of salt.

77.Use a designated date to complete the majority of your meal shopping and prepare any of your week’s meals in advance to help cut down on cooking time.

78.Invest in a few kitchen utensils that save you time.

79.Preserve seasonal fruits and vegetables by learning how to can them. Bulk up on produce that is in season and on sale.

80.Take preventive measures to minimize the risk of getting sick by washing your hands frequently, eating more fruits and leafy greens, taking a multivitamin and staying active.

81.Identify the things that make you stressed during the day and take action. Create a list of things that are in your control and take small steps to change them.

82.Don’t let things out of your control overwhelm you. Realize there are certain obstacles to challenge us, but never defeat us.

83.Improve your quality of life by getting more involved in your community and connecting with nature.

84.Support local small businesses and keep your money where you live.

85.Help reduce your carbon footprint: go car-less one day a week by staying at home, walking, taking public transportation or riding your bike.

86.Eat five new foods this year. Have you tried kale, quinoa, coconut oil or almond butter yet?

87.Loosely track your goals. Don’t be too specific on deadlines or set yourself up for failure.

88.Keep a journal to jot down anything that comes to mind, like recipes, memories and ideas.

89.Listen more in conversations.

90.Learn others' resolutions and help them achieve their goals.

91.Give someone a compliment once a day, but really mean it.

92.Rearrange your furniture every once in a while to create a new living space.

93.Give your dishwasher and washing machine some love. Check for leaks, mold or clogged drains.

94.Bring some of the items that make you happy at home to your workspace, like photos of family or small trinkets.

95.Make your bed daily. This simple, three-minute chore is an easy way to positively impact your happiness.

96.Take the time to clean as you go and clear away any clutter that has accumulated over time.

97.Not everything is going to be easy or enjoyable, but try to appreciate the challenge and look on the brighter side.

98.Spend money on things that create memories.

99.Before you go to bed, take a step away from your daily struggles and contemplate something much larger than yourself.

100.Give yourself more credit. More than likely, there is no one who will master everything on their list. The fact is, you’re trying and nothing is better than that.

101.As always, keep it simple.


 

Will you be trying any of these goals for 2014? What’s your simple resolution?

 
Visit any OLD FASHION FOODS store in Regina or Weyburn

for health products, groceries, organics, gluten-free, baking supplies,

nuts, seeds, spices, teas, supplements, eco-friendly, beauty products

and so much more…

If there is something you are looking for that you can’t find,

just ask one of our caring & knowledgeable staff.

They will be happy to assist you.

Have a Healthy, Happy New Year!

 

The following is taken from the www.simpletruth.com/ Community/Blog/101-easy-to-follow-new-year’s-resolutions

 


Healthy Christmas snacks

When it comes to snacks and treats, temptation is all around us at Christmas.

Here are some healthier options.

 
If you're hosting...

If you’re hosting your own party, make the traditional favourites less calorie-heavy with these following tips:

 
• Make open-top mince pies. Using less pastry cuts down on calories and fat. Alternatively, use filo pastry, which is thinner and lower in calories than traditional pastry. One sheet of puff pastry has 620kcal, and two sheets of filo have 80kcal. Add finely chopped apple to the mincemeat to make it fluffier and slightly lower in calories.

• Don’t wrap sausages in bacon or pastry. Grill, dry fry or bake them on a wire rack so that the fat drains off.

• Don't have dips made with cream or cream cheese. Choose tomato-based dips, such as salsa, or mix some chopped herbs into low-fat yoghurt.

• Serve rice cakes, oatcakes or plain popcorn with drinks, instead of crisps and salted nuts.

• Some seasonal favourites do make healthy festive snacks. Satsumas are high in vitamin C, and roast chestnuts are low in fat.

 
Snack offenders

 
If you're at a party at a friend's house, you sometimes can’t avoid picking on nibbles.

Below, the British Nutrition Foundation's snack swaps lists some unhealthy snacks and their healthier alternatives.


Pastry

• Stop: mini pastry tartlet (45kcal, 3.2g fat).
• Swap: mini filo tartlet (30kcal, 1.5g fat).

Chicken

• Stop: breaded chicken bite (40kcal, 2g fat).
• Swap: marinated chicken bite (29kcal, 0.8g fat).

Salmon

• Stop: salmon and cream cheese bite (30kcal, 2.5g fat).
• Swap: salmon sushi bite (28kcal, trace fat).

Onion bhaji

• Stop: mini bhaji (64kcal, 2.8g fat).
• Swap: mini satay stick (34kcal, 1.6g fat).

Prawns

• Stop: prawn toast (53kcal, 4.1g fat).
• Swap: prawn wonton (35kcal, 2.3g fat).

Crisps

• Stop: 30g handful of ready salted crisps (155kcal, 9.7g fat).
• Swap: 30g handful of tortilla chips (147kcal, 7.3g fat).

Peanuts

• Stop: 30g handful of salted peanuts (184kcal, 15.7g fat).
• Swap: 30g handful of pretzels (114kcal, 0.8g fat).

Cheese straws

• Stop: two cheese straws (100kcal, 6.4g fat).
• Swap: one large breadstick (25kcal, 0.4g fat).

Trifle

• Stop: 100g luxury sherry trifle (235kcal, 17.5g fat).
• Swap: 100g satsumas in 15ml brandy (69kcal, trace fat).

Red wine

• Stop: 175ml glass of red wine (119kcal, 0g fat).
• Swap: 175ml glass of mulled wine, made with 50% orange juice (111kcal, 0g fat).

Marzipan

• Stop: one marzipan fruit (51kcal, 1.7g fat).
• Swap: one fruit jelly (39kcal, 0g fat).


Macadamia nuts

• Stop: 30g handful of macadamia nuts (225kcal, 23.3g fat).
• Swap: 30g handful of almonds (184kcal, 15.3g fat).


Chocolate

• Stop: three pieces of chocolate orange (139kcal, 7.9g fat).
• Swap: three sticks of chocolate-covered orange peel (90kcal, 3.9g fat).


More chocolate

• Stop: four wrapped chocolates (160kcal, 8g fat).
• Swap: four dates (116kcal, 0g fat).

Dips

• Stop: 2tbsp sour cream and chive dip (110kcal, 11.3g fat).
• Swap: 2tbsp salsa (20kcal, trace fat).

All calorie amounts are approximate and depend on the brand chosen.

For more information about calories and nutritional information, look at the label on the product.

These are just a few Holiday Christmas treat ideas to keep the calories
down and still allow you to enjoy all the delicious treats of the holiday season.

Be sure to stop into any Old Fashion Foods and talk with our knowledgeable
staff about great Christmas treat ideas.

 

 


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All About Spices – October 2013


Spice - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Sometimes a spice is used to hide other flavors.Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants also used for flavoring or as garnish.

Many spices have antimicrobial properties. This may explain why spices are more commonly used in warmer climates, which have more infectious disease, and why use of spices is especially prominent in meat, which is particularly susceptible to spoiling.

A spice may have other uses, including medicinal, religious ritual, cosmetics or perfume production, or as a vegetable. For example, turmeric roots are consumed as a vegetable and garlic as an antibiotic.

The Spice trade developed throughout South Asia and Middle East in around 2000 BCE with cinnamon and pepper, and in East Asia with herbs and pepper. The Egyptians used herbs for embalming and their demand for exotic herbs helped stimulate world trade. The word spice comes from the Old French word espice, which became epice, and which came from the Latin root spec, the noun referring to "appearance, sort, kind": species has the same root. By 1000 BCE, medical systems based upon herbs could be found in China, Korea, and India. Early uses were connected with magic, medicine, religion, tradition, and preservation.

Archaeological excavations have uncovered clove burnt onto the floor of a kitchen, dated to 1700 BCE, at the Mesopotamian site of Terqa, in modern-day Syria. The ancient Indian epic Ramayana mentions cloves. The Romans had cloves in the 1st century CE, as Pliny the Elder wrote about them.

In the story of Genesis, Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers to spice merchants. In the biblical poem Song of Solomon, the male speaker compares his beloved to many forms of spices. Generally, early Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, and Mesopotamian sources do not refer to known spices.

In South Asia, nutmeg, which originates from the Banda Islands in the Maluku Islands, has a Sanskrit name. Sanskrit is the ancient language of India, showing how old the usage of this spice is in this region.

Historians believe that nutmeg was introduced to Europe in the 6th century BCE.

Indonesian merchants traveled around China, India, the Middle East, and the east coast of Africa. Arab merchants facilitated the routes through the Middle East and India. This resulted in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria being the main trading center for spices. The most important discovery prior to the European spice trade were the monsoon winds. Sailing from Eastern spice growers to Western European consumers gradually replaced the land-locked spice routes once facilitated by the Middle East Arab caravans.

Spices were among the most demanded and expensive products available in Europe in the Middle Ages, the most common being black pepper, cinnamon (and the cheaper alternative cassia), cumin, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Given medieval medicine's main theory of humorism, spices and herbs were indispensable to balance "humors" in food, a daily basis for good health at a time of recurrent pandemics.

Spices were all imported from plantations in Asia and Africa, which made them expensive. From the 8th until the 15th century, the Republic of Venice had the monopoly on spice trade with the Middle East, and along with it the neighboring Italian city-states. The trade made the region rich. It has been estimated that around 1,000 tons of pepper and 1,000 tons of the other common spices were imported into Western Europe each year during the Late Middle Ages. The value of these goods was the equivalent of a yearly supply of grain for 1.5 million people. The most exclusive was saffron, used as much for its vivid yellow-red color as for its flavor. Spices that have now fallen into obscurity in European cuisine include grains of paradise, a relative of cardamom which most replaced pepper in late medieval north French cooking, long pepper, mace, spikenard, galangal and cubeb.

Early modern period

The control of trade routes and the spice-producing regions were the main reasons that Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama sailed to India in 1499. Spain and Portugal were not happy to pay the high price that Venice demanded for spices. At around the same time, Christopher Columbus returned from the New World, he described to investors new spices available there.

Another source of competition in the spice trade during the 15th and 16th century was the Ragusans from the maritime republic of Dubrovnik in southern Croatia.

The military prowess of Afonso de Albuquerque (1453–1515) allowed the Portuguese to take control of the sea routes to India. In 1506, he took the island of Socotra in the mouth of the Red Sea and, in 1507, Ormuz in the Persian Gulf. Since becoming the viceroy of the Indies, he took Goa in India in 1510, and Malacca on the Malay peninsula in 1511. The Portuguese could now trade directly with Siam, China, and the Maluku Islands. The Silk Road complemented the Portuguese sea routes, and brought the treasures of the Orient to Europe via Lisbon, including many spices.

With the discovery of the New World came new spices, including allspice, bell and chili peppers, vanilla, and chocolate. This development kept the spice trade, with America as a late comer with its new seasonings, profitable well into the 19th century.

In the Caribbean, the island of Grenada is well known for growing and exporting a number of spices, including the nutmeg, which was introduced to Grenada by the settlers.

Spices come from:
Dried fruits or seeds, such as fennel, mustard, and black pepper
Arils, such as mace
Barks, such as cinnamon and cassia
Dried flower buds, such as cloves
Stigmas, such as saffron
Roots and rhizomes, such as turmeric, ginger and galingale
Resins, such as asafoetida

Common spice mixtures
Advieh (Iran)
Baharat (Arab world, and the Middle East in general)
Berbere (Ethiopia and Eritrea)
Chaat masala (India and Pakistan)
Chili powder
Curry powder
Five-spice powder (China)
Garam masala (South Asia)
Harissa (North Africa)
Hawaij (Yemen)
Jerk spice (Jamaica)
Khmeli suneli (Georgia, former U.S.S.R.)
Masala (a generic name for any blend of spices used in South Asia)
Mixed spice (United Kingdom)
Old Bay Seasoning (United States)
Panch phoron (India and Bangladesh)
Pumpkin pie spice (United States)
Quatre épices (France)
Ras el hanout (North Africa)
Shichimi togarashi (Japan)
Vegeta (Croatia)
Za'atar (Middle East)

Sharena sol (literally "colorful salt", Bulgaria) - contains summer savory, paprika, fenugreek and salt.

A spice may be available in several forms: fresh, whole dried, or pre-ground dried. Generally, spices are dried.

A whole dried spice has the longest shelf life, so it can be purchased and stored in larger amounts, making it cheaper on a per-serving basis. Some spices are rarely available either fresh or whole, for example turmeric, and must be purchased in ground form. Small seeds, such as fennel and mustard seeds, are used both whole and in powder form.

The flavor of a spice is derived in part from compounds that oxidize or evaporate when exposed to air. Grinding a spice greatly increases its surface area and so increases the rates of oxidation and evaporation. Thus, flavor is maximized by storing a spice whole and grinding when needed. The shelf life of a whole spice is roughly two years; of a ground spice roughly six months. The "flavor life" of a ground spice can be much shorter. Ground spices are better stored away from light.

To grind a whole spice, the classic tool is mortar and pestle. Less labor-intensive tools are more common now: a microplane or fine grater can be used to grind small amounts; a coffee grinder is useful for larger amounts. A frequently used spice such as black pepper may merit storage in its own hand grinder or mill.v

Some flavor elements in spices are soluble in water; many are soluble in oil or fat. As a general rule, the flavors from a spice take time to infuse into the food so spices are added early in preparation.

Because they tend to have strong flavors and are used in small quantities, spices tend to add few calories to food, even though many spices, especially those made from seeds, contain high portions of fat, protein, and carbohydrate by weight. Many spices, however, can contribute significant portions of micronutrients to the diet. For example, a teaspoon of paprika contains about 1133 IU of Vitamin A, which is over 20% of the recommended daily allowance specified by the US FDA. When used in larger quantity, spices can also contribute a substantial amount of minerals, including iron, magnesium, calcium, and many others,to the diet.

primarily to phenolic compounds, especially flavonoids, which influence nutrition through many pathways, including affecting the absorption of other nutrients. One study found cumin and fresh ginger to be highest in antioxidant activity. These antioxidants also can act as natural preservatives, preventing or slowing the spoilage of food, leading to a higher nutritional content in stored food.

Interesting fact: India produces 70% of global spice production.

(The above information was taken from Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia)

Old Fashion Foods carries a large array of SPICES for all your baking and cooking needs. This is pickling season and Christmas Baking is just starting, so be sure to stop in at any Old Fashion Foods and stock up on spices and all your baking supplies.



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All about Organic Foods & Products

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods of organic farming – that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives. The organic farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to the industrialization of agriculture known as the Green Revolution. Organic food production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private gardening. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic food is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations.

Evidence on substantial differences between organic food and conventional food is insufficient to make claims that organic food is safer or healthier than conventional food. With respect to taste, the evidence is also insufficient to make scientific claims that organic food tastes better.

For the vast majority of its history, agriculture can be described as having been organic; only during the 20th century was a large supply of new chemicals introduced to the food supply. The organic farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to the industrialization of agriculture known as the Green Revolution.

In 1939, Lord Northbourne coined the term organic farming in his book Look to the Land (1940), out of his conception of "the farm as organism," to describe a holistic, ecologically balanced approach to farming—in contrast to what he called chemical farming, which relied on "imported fertility" and "cannot be self-sufficient nor an organic whole."This is different from the scientific use of the term "organic," to refer to a class of molecules that contain carbon, especially those involved in the chemistry of life. This class of molecules includes everything likely to be considered edible, and include most pesticides and toxins too, therefore the term "organic" and, especially, the term "inorganic" (sometimes wrongly used as a contrast by the popular press) are both technically inaccurate and completely inappropriate when applied to farming, the production of food, and to foodstuffs themselves.

Early consumers interested in organic food would look for non-chemically treated, non-use of unapproved pesticides, fresh or minimally processed food. They mostly had to buy directly from growers: "Know your farmer, know your food" was the motto.[citation needed] Personal definitions of what constituted "organic" were developed through firsthand experience: by talking to farmers, seeing farm conditions, and farming activities. Small farms grew vegetables (and raised livestock) using organic farming practices, with or without certification, and the individual consumer monitored.

As demand for organic foods continued to increase, high volume sales through mass outlets such as supermarkets rapidly replaced the direct farmer connection. Today there is no limit to organic farm sizes and many large corporate farms currently have an organic division. However, for supermarket consumers, food production is not easily observable, and product labeling, like "certified organic", is relied on. Government regulations and third-party inspectors are looked to for assurance.

Old Fashion Foods carries a large array of Organic foods and products.

We carry organic wheat grass, barley grass, chlorella, spirulina, bars, chips, jelly beans, nut butters, spices, tea, grains, flours, sauerkraut, raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, beans, canned beans, canned vegetables & fruit, juices, essential oils, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, toilet paper and much more.

Stop in to any one of our 5 Regina locations and one store in Weyburn and speak with our knowledgeable staff about your Organic food & product needs.

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Summer 2013 Health Tips

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Keeping you bodywise: Summertime health tips – brought to you by The Orthopaedic Institute by TOI Admin June 21, 2012

Yesterday marked the first official day of summer in the United States. With families heading outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather on vacations and trips this summer, they should be aware of the risks associated with spending time outdoors.

The Orthopaedic Institute would like to provide you with a few Summertime Health Tips to keep you and your family safe over the summer!

The following is taken from the website:

The Rhode Show, Having Fun, Eating Well and Living Life

Health reporter Jim Morelli joined Rhode Show co-host Meaghan Mooney to offer some summer health tips. Afterward, he administered a fun pop quiz on how to stay healthy in the summer heat.

Hydration is essential to summer health, particularly before you feel the signs of dehydration.

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"People tend to forget because they only tend to take in water when they're feeling thirsty, and you really need to do it before then," Morelli said.

Small children are especially susceptible to dehydration effects. Morelli recommends parents check for signs of possible dehydration.

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"That would be crying with no tears, for example, or not producing a wet diaper when you expect one," Morelli said. "Children are very sensitive to getting dehydrated."

Morelli also dispelled a common myth that coffee can dehydrate you. However, coffee is not the most efficent liquid for hydration.

"The truth of the matter is, on balance, although it's not the greatest drink to have for dehydration, coffee will not dehydrate you enough to worry about," Morelli said. "If you take coffee in the morning, you can count some of that towards your water every day."

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Morelli also told us about the importance of staying active, despite the harsh summer heat.

Evenings and mornings are the preferable time to exercise.

"Adjust the time that you exercise," Morelli said. "Exercise in the morning for example, rather than in the middle of the day."

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Be sure to stop in at any of Old Fashion Foods 5 convenient locations in Regina or 1 in Weyburn and stock up on supplements, Vitamin drinks, NOW Slender Drink Sticks, Water, Juices, Almond Milk, Zevia and many other refreshing drinks for your summer enjoyment.

We also have a large selection of chips, popcorn, nuts, chocolate and much more to satisfy your cravings.

We also carry sunscreen, moisturizers, oils, mosquito repellants, make-up and many other products that work great to protect you from the sun and bugs while you are enjoying the great outdoors.

Speak with one of our knowledgeable staff about what might work best for you and your family.

Information is derived from numerous sources and is not to be considered medical claim.

June 2013 Tip of the Month – Men’s Health

In honor of Dads, Grandpas, and men everywhere, our June 2013 Health Tip of the Month is on Men’s Health.

The following excerpt is taken from an online resource: Medline Plus, A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine
From the National Institutes of HealthNational Institutes of Health

While the life-expectancy gap between men and women has decreased, it's no secret that men still need to pay more attention to their bodies. Several things work against men. They tend to smoke and drink more than women. They don't seek medical help as often as women. Some men define themselves by their work, which can add to stress.

There are also health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face - like colon cancer or heart disease - can be prevented and treated with early diagnosis. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It's important to have regular checkups and screenings.

At Old Fashion Foods we carry many different products to help Men improve theirhealth. We have products to help keep your prostate healthy, we have products for smoking cessation, for hair, for erectile dysfunction, for weight loss, and to help you stay in good health.

Stop in to any of our six locations and ask our knowledgeable staff for products that may be right for your individual needs.

Tip of the Month May 2013 - Menopause

The following information is taken from Wikipedia.
Menopause From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The date of menopause in human females is formally medically defined as the time of the last menstrual period (or menstrual flow of any amount, however small), in those women who have not had a hysterectomy.[citation needed] Women who have their uterus removed but retain their ovaries do not immediately go into menopause, even though their periods cease. Adult women who have their ovaries removed however, go immediately into full surgical menopause, no matter how young they are.

Menopause is an unavoidable change that every woman will experience, assuming she reaches middle age and beyond.[citation needed] It is helpful if women are able to learn what to expect and what options are available to assist the transition, if that becomes necessary. Menopause has a wide starting range, but can usually be expected in the age range of 42–58.[4] An early menopause can be related to cigarette smoking, higher body mass index, racial and ethnic factors, illnesses, chemotherapy, radiation and the surgical removal of the ovaries, with or without the removal of the uterus.[4]

Menopause can be officially declared (in an adult woman who is not pregnant, is not lactating, and who has an intact uterus) when there has been amenorrhea (absence of any menstruation) for one complete year.[citation needed] However, there are many signs and effects that lead up to this point, many of which may extend well beyond the "official" declaration date of menopause. These include: irregular menses, vasomotor instability (hot flashes and night sweats), atrophy of genitourinary tissue, increased stress, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness, forgetfulness, mood changes, and in certain cases osteoporosis and/or heart disease.[5] These effects are related to the hormonal changes a woman's body is going through, and they affect each woman to a different extent. The only sign or effect that all women universally have in common is that by the end of the menopause transition every woman will have a complete cessation of menses.[citation needed]

The following is from: Natural Menopause 8 Natural Alternatives to Reduce the Symptoms of Menopause From Tracee Cornforth, former About.com Guide

Menopause occurs at the natural end of every woman's reproductive life. So why not treat it in a natural way? Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was long the standard treatment for menopause, however, since we now know that traditional HRT using synthetic estrogen and progestins increases the risk of breast cancer and heart disease, many women and healthcare providers are no longer routinely asking for or prescribing traditional estrogen replacement therapy.

More and more women, every day, are turning to natural alternative treatments to treat the symptoms they experience during menopause including hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings. Try the following tips to ease your symptoms of menopause:
- Your diet is an important tool that you can use to help control your menopausal symptoms. Foods to avoid include high amounts of caffeine in any foods, and carbonated beverages which contain phosphorous and can increase bone loss. Also, limit your consumption of commercially raised meats including beef, pork, and chicken because these meats contain a high amount of saturated fats and decrease the body's ability to metabolize estrogen. Excessive sugar intake also limits your liver's ability to metabolize estrogen and impairs the immune system.

Old Fashion Foods carries many supplements and products that can be very helpful in alleviating some or all of your symptoms of menopause. Stop in to any of our five Regina locations or our location in Weyburn and speak with our knowledgeable, helpful staff.

April Health Tip of the Month Spring Cleaning

Well, spring has finally sprung, and along with spring cleaning in your home, detoxifying and cleansing our body should not be neglected. In addition to eating a healthy diet, juicing, and exercise, there are many supplements that can assist in detoxifying and cleansing your body. To begin with, it is best to focus on the Kidney, Liver, and Colon, as these are the primary elimination organs in the body. Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Artichoke and Turmeric are are excellent herbs to help cleanse the Liver. For the Kidneys, herbs such as Parsley, Stinging Nettle, White Kidney Bean, and Buchu have all shown to be beneficial in kidney cleansing. Cranberry juice or extract can also be added as well. For a good Colon cleanse, Oat Bran, Flax, Rhubarb, Cinnamon, Fennel, and FOS are some of the best.

The following is an extensive list of herbs that have proven to be useful in cleansing and detoxifying the body:

Aloe Vera is a natural laxative that relieves bowel irritation and constipation.

Artichoke protects the liver against toxins and infection. It stimulates bile secretion and is useful to reduce abdominal distension.

Barberry Bark is a bitter tonic with mild laxative effects that encourages bile flow.

Black Radish is useful in the treatment of constipation caused by liver dysfunction. It increases the production of bile and improves intestinal contraction and relaxation.

Buchu is used to reduce colon inflammation and bloating during menstruation.

Burdock Root improves bile production and increases digestive juices. Burdock Root purifies the blood, acts as a diuretic and restores the liver.

Cascara Sagrada restores intestinal tonus and thereby cures constipation.

Cayenne Pepper helps to get rid of waste through sweat and acts a blood purifier.

Dandelion stimulates the flow of bile from the urea tract and helps to clean the blood. It supports the liver function and reduces eczema.

Fennel is mostly used in the form of tea that acts as a natural laxative. It relieves flatulence and colic. It helps to maintain stasis and tone, and sterilizes the gastrointestinal tract.

Garlic kills bacteria in the bloodstream and cleans the intestines.

Ginger is a tonic that you can use to strengthen the digestive tract. Drink a bit of grated ginger together with a drop of lemon juice and honey in warm water before dinner. It is a softener and revitalizes the muscles and glands. It helps get rid of toxins through sweating.

Ginseng detoxifies the whole body and reduces fatigue. Pregnant woman, people with high blood pressure and hypoglycemia should avoid it.

Golden Seal supports the colon, liver and pancreas function. It stops intestinal swelling and kills bacteria in the waste.

Grapefruit Seed kills strep, salmonella, staph, herpes, fungi and parasites.

Green Tea is a potent detoxifier and has the best Herbs for colon cleansing. It is rich in vitamin C and catechins that make up about a quarter of green tea leaves. The cathechins combine with other molecules to detoxify the system. Green tea contains polyphenols with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Kale helps to reduce bloating and contains the colon protecting glutamine that prevents cancer of the bowel.

Licorice Root heals mucus membranes of the intestinal tract.

Milk Thistle is used to clean and regenerate the liver.

Parsley has diuretic qualities and helps to clean the kidneys. It facilitates oxygen metabolism.

Peppermint relieves constipation, indigestion and cramps.

Psyllium Husk softens fecal matter for easier stools by increasing the water content in the colon.

Red Clover cleanses the bloodstream from toxins and rids the digestive system of bacteria. It helps the muscle lining in the digestive system to relax, is an appetite suppressant, and protects the body against bacterial infections.

Rhubarb Root has a purgative action that reduces constipation.

Seaweed provides essential nutrients and helps against constipation.

Senna has powerful laxative qualities and helps to clean the lymphatic system.

Spearmint relaxes the body and stimulates bile secretion. It relieves headaches, tension, and indigestion.

Turmeric is has anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-fungal qualities. It acts a blood purifier.

We also have many cleansing kits that combine everything you need to cleanse and detoxify the 7 channels of elimination throughout the body (liver, colon, kidneys, blood, skin, lungs, and lymphatic system). When all of your organs of elimination are working efficiently, you are better able to deal with your day to day exposure to toxins.

Poor digestive health and high toxic load affect the overall health of many people and are the underlying cause of many serious health conditions. To achieve the full benefits of cleansing and detoxification, it is recommended you perform a 30 day cleanse 2 to 3 times per year. Come into one of our locations today and ask our staff about which cleanse is right for you.

Always consult a physician before starting any product or treatment.

All About the Adrenal Glands

Located on top of your kidneys are two small walnut sized glands, known as your adrenal glands. These glands can have a profound effect on your overall health if they are not functioning optimally. It can generally be said that the poorer your adrenal glands are functioning, the more stress will be placed on many organs of your body. This can then lead to a plethora of illnesses throughout the body.

What are the main causes of adrenal stress?
The following have been shown to contribute to adrenal stress:

Symptoms of poor adrenal function:

The following herbs have proven to be helpful in restoring function of the adrenals: Ashwaganda : This herb is known as an “adaptogen,” and has been shown to be beneficial in reducing inflammation, treating tumors, decreasing stress, increasing mental activity, decreasing anxiety, and invigorating the body.

Blue Vervain : Used to relieve fatigue, leaving the body rejuvenated and energized.

Borage : An anti-depressant, strengthens adrenal glands and aids with removing stress, mental exhaustion and depression.

Licorice : Is an adaptogen, helps to reduce stress on the body, has anti-viral properties, and is known to be an adrenal restorative.

Avena Sativa (Milky Oat) : Nerve restorative, promotes good sleep, remedies sexual weakness including impotence.. This herb is also an effective remedy for children with ADHD, and has anti-depressant anti-anxiety qualities.

Siberian Ginseng : Ginseng has long been used in China for its adaptogenic properties. It is excellent for helping deal with stress, is an adrenal hormone stimulant, aphrodisiac, and a tonic for the immune system.

thyroid health while improving energy & metabolism. Also improves conversion of T4 to T3, supports proper hormone balance & improves sensitivity to temperature. This formula contains Ashwagandha, Guggal, Pantothenic Acid, Copper, Manganese & Iodine.

Stop in to any Old Fashion Foods location in Regina or Weyburn and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff. We will try to help you with your product questions

February is Heart Month!

Heart-healthy diet: 8 steps to prevent heart disease
by Mayo Clinic staff

The following information is written by staff at the Mayo Clinic:

Changing your eating habits can be tough. Start with these strategies to kick-start your way toward a heart-healthy diet.
By Mayo Clinic staff

Although you might know that eating certain foods can increase your heart disease risk, it's often tough to change your eating habits. Whether you have years of unhealthy eating under your belt or you simply want to fine-tune your diet, here are eight heart-healthy diet tips. Once you know which foods to eat more of and which foods to limit, you'll be on your way toward a heart-healthy diet.

1.)Control your portion size

How much you eat is just as important as what you eat. Overloading your plate, taking seconds and eating until you feel stuffed can lead to eating more calories, fat and cholesterol than you should. Portions served in restaurants are often more than anyone needs. Keep track of the number of servings you eat — and use proper serving sizes — to help control your portions. Eating more of low-calorie, nutrient-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and less of high-calorie, high-sodium foods, such as refined, processed or fast foods, can shape up your diet as well as your heart and waistline.

A serving size is a specific amount of food, defined by common measurements such as cups, ounces or pieces. For example, one serving of pasta is 1/2 cup, or about the size of a hockey puck. A serving of meat, fish or chicken is 2 to 3 ounces, or about the size and thickness of a deck of cards. Judging serving size is a learned skill. You may need to use measuring cups and spoons or a scale until you're comfortable with your judgment.

2.)Eat more vegetables and fruits

Vegetables and fruits are good sources of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables and fruits are also low in calories and rich in dietary fiber. Vegetables and fruits contain substances found in plants that may help prevent cardiovascular disease. Eating more fruits and vegetables may help you eat less high-fat foods, such as meat, cheese and snack foods.

Featuring vegetables and fruits in your diet can be easy. Keep vegetables washed and cut in your refrigerator for quick snacks. Keep fruit in a bowl in your kitchen so that you'll remember to eat it. Choose recipes that have vegetables or fruits as the main ingredient, such as vegetable stir-fry or fresh fruit mixed into salads.

Fruits and vegetables to choose
Fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits
Low-sodium canned vegetables
Canned fruit packed in juice or water
Fruits & Vegetables to Avoid
Vegetables with creamy sauces
Fried or breaded vegetables
Canned fruit packed in heavy syrup
Frozen fruit with sugar added

3.)Select whole grains

Whole grains are good sources of fiber and other nutrients that play a role in regulating blood pressure and heart health. You can increase the amount of whole grains in a heart-healthy diet by making simple substitutions for refined grain products. Or be adventuresome and try a new whole grain, such as whole-grain couscous, quinoa or barley.

Another easy way to add whole grains to your diet is ground flaxseed. Flaxseeds are small brown seeds that are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower your total blood cholesterol. You can grind the seeds in a coffee grinder or food processor and stir a teaspoon of them into yogurt, applesauce or hot cereal.

Grain products to choose
Whole-wheat flour
Whole-grain bread, preferably 100% whole-wheat bread or 100% whole-grain bread
High-fiber cereal with 5 g or more of fiber in a serving
Whole grains such as brown rice, barley and buckwheat (kasha)
Whole-grain pasta
Oatmeal (steel-cut or regular)
Ground flaxseed
Grain products to limit or avoid
White, refined flour
White bread
Muffins
Frozen waffles
Corn bread
Doughnuts
Biscuits
Quick breads
Granola bars
Cakes
Pies

Egg noodles Buttered popcorn
High-fat snack crackers

4.)Limit unhealthy fats and cholesterol

Limiting how much saturated and trans fats you eat is an important step to reduce your blood cholesterol and lower your risk of coronary artery disease. A high blood cholesterol level can lead to a buildup of plaques in your arteries, called atherosclerosis, which can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

The best way to reduce saturated and trans fats in your diet is to limit the amount of solid fats — butter, margarine and shortening — you add to food when cooking and serving. You can also reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet by trimming fat off your meat or choosing lean meats with less than 10 percent fat.

You can also use low-fat substitutions when possible for a heart-healthy diet. For example, top your baked potato with salsa or low-fat yogurt rather than butter, or use low-sugar fruit spread on your toast instead of margarine.

You may also want to check the food labels of some cookies, crackers and chips. Many of these snacks — even those labeled "reduced fat" — may be made with oils containing trans fats. One clue that a food has some trans fat in it is the phrase "partially hydrogenated" in the ingredient list.

When you do use fats, choose monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil or canola oil. Polyunsaturated fats, found in nuts and seeds, also are good choices for a heart-healthy diet. When used in place of saturated fat, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats may help lower your total blood cholesterol. But moderation is essential. All types of fat are high in calories.

Fats to choose
Olive oil
Canola oil
Margarine that's free of trans fats
Cholesterol-lowering margarine, such as Benecol, Promise Activ or Smart Balance
Fats to limit
Butter
Lard
Bacon fat
Gravy
Cream sauce
Nondairy creamers
Hydrogenated margarine and shortening
Cocoa butter, found in chocolate
Coconut, palm, cottonseed and palm-kernel oils

5.) Choose low-fat protein sources

Lean meat, poultry and fish, low-fat dairy products, and egg whites or egg substitutes are some of your best sources of protein. But be careful to choose lower fat options, such as skim milk rather than whole milk and skinless chicken breasts rather than fried chicken patties.

Fish is another good alternative to high-fat meats. And certain types of fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower blood fats called triglycerides. You'll find the highest amounts of omega-3 fatty acids in cold-water fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring. Other sources are flaxseed, walnuts, soybeans and canola oil.

Legumes — beans, peas and lentils — also are good sources of protein and contain less fat and no cholesterol, making them good substitutes for meat. Substituting plant protein for animal protein — for example, a soy or bean burger for a hamburger — will reduce your fat and cholesterol intake.

Proteins to choose
Low-fat dairy products such as skim or low-fat (1%) milk, yogurt and cheese
Egg whites or egg substitutes
Fish, especially fatty, cold-water fish, such as salmon
Skinless poultry
Legumes
Soybeans and soy products, for example, soy burgers and tofu
Lean ground meats
Proteins to limit or avoid
Full-fat milk and other dairy products Organ meats, such as liver
Egg yolks
Fatty and marbled meats
Spareribs
Cold cuts
Hot dogs and sausages
Bacon
Fried or breaded meats
6.) Reduce the sodium in your food

Eating a lot of sodium can contribute to high blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Reducing sodium is an important part of a heart-healthy diet. The Department of Agriculture recommends: Healthy adults have no more than 2,300 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day (about a teaspoon) People age 51 or older, African-Americans, and people who have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease have no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day

Although reducing the amount of salt you add to food at the table or while cooking is a good first step, much of the salt you eat comes from canned or processed foods, such as soups and frozen dinners. Eating fresh foods and making your own soups and stews can reduce the amount of salt you eat. If you like the convenience of canned soups and prepared meals, look for ones with reduced sodium. Be wary of foods that claim to be lower in sodium because they are seasoned with sea salt instead of regular table salt — sea salt has the same nutritional value as regular salt.

Another way to reduce the amount of salt you eat is to choose your condiments carefully. Many condiments are available in reduced-sodium versions, and salt substitutes can add flavor to your food with less sodium.

Low-salt items to choose
Herbs and spices
Salt substitutes
Reduced-salt canned soups or prepared meals
Reduced-salt versions of condiments, such as reduced-salt soy sauce and reduced-salt ketchup
High-salt items to avoid
Table salt
Canned soups and prepared foods, such as frozen dinners
Tomato juice
Soy sauce

7.) Plan ahead: Create daily menus

You know what foods to feature in your heart-healthy diet and which ones to limit. Now it's time to put your plans into action.

Create daily menus using the six strategies listed above. When selecting foods for each meal and snack, emphasize vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Choose lean protein sources and limit high-fat and salty foods. Watch your portion sizes and add variety to your menu choices. For example, if you have grilled salmon one evening, try a black-bean burger the next night. This helps ensure that you'll get all of the nutrients your body needs. Variety also makes your meals and snacks more interesting.


8.) Allow yourself an occasional treat

Allow yourself an indulgence every now and then. A candy bar or handful of potato chips won't derail your heart-healthy diet. But don't let it turn into an excuse for giving up on your healthy-eating plan. If overindulgence is the exception, rather than the rule, you'll balance things out over the long term. What's important is that you eat healthy foods most of the time.

Incorporate these eight tips into your life, and you'll continue to find that heart-healthy eating is both doable and enjoyable. With planning and a few simple substitutions, you can eat with your heart in mind.

Written by Mayo Clinic Staff

Be sure to stop in at any OLD FASHION FOODS location and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff about your heart health questions and concerns.

Tip of the Month - January 2013

Top 10 New Year's Resolutions!
#1 – Love one another
#2 – Appreciate what you have
#3 – Stop cursing
#4 – Less stress
#5 – Be kinder to yourself
#6 – Be kinder to others
#7 – Exercise or work out
#8 – Eat healthier
#9 – Quit Smoking
#10 – Lose Weight

Old Fashion Foods can help you with some of these. Stop in to any location and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff.

As we reflect on 2012, we see how far we’ve come and we are inspired to do even more to try and help our friends and customers with all their health related needs.

Management and staff would like to THANK YOU for your support, loyalty and friendship, and we look forward to seeing all our friends and customers in 2013.

Enjoy the Christmas Season and all it has to offer!

During the busy Christmas Season, take time to stop and enjoy each day. Don’t let yourself get so busy and stressed that it becomes a chore to shop, bake and run errands. If you do find yourself stressed, forgetful, low energy, Old Fashion Foods has a natural remedy called HERBAL ENERGY that may help boost your energy this Christmas Season.

It is 20% OFF the regular price until Dec. 31, 2012. Christmas should be a happy, joyful time to reunite with family and friends and to enjoy being with loved ones. Old Fashion Foods Herbal Energy may help to relieve stress, may help boost memory function and may help to increase alertness and mental clarity.

Stop in to any one of our 6 locations (5 in Regina and 1 in Weyburn) to talk with our knowledgeable staff about all of your health food and supplement needs.

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Remember, OLD FASHION FOODS is your #1 stop for Christmas Baking Supplies! We have a large selection of flours, spices, flavourings, fruits and nuts. See us for specialty products such as Carob chips, powders, stevia, gluten free flours, mixes and much more.

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If you don’t know what to get someone for a gift, GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH, give an OLD FASHION FOODS GIFT CERTIFICATE in any denomination. They make great stocking stuffers and fit nicely into Christmas cards.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from OLD FASHION FOODS management & staff. We appreciate your friendship and business and we look forward to serving you in 2013.

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OLD FASHION FOODS would like to take this time to give a heartfelt THANK YOU

to all our Suppliers, Speakers, Managers, Staff, customers and the staff at the Italian Club for all your hard work, great attitudes and support to help in making the first ever OLD FASHION FOODS Picture of Health Expo a huge success. It was a " “Day designed to Help you be the best that you can be!”"

UPCOMING EVENT - OLD FASHION FOODS Picture of Health Expo
Sat., Oct. 20, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Italian Club, 2148 – Connaught Street, Regina

It will be a "“Day designed to help you be the best that you can be” "
We will have 32 reps. on location to demo products and help answer your questions.
We will have 7 Guest Speakers including industry leaders:
Lorna Vanderhaeghe and Brad King
The speakers will cover topics ranging from Women’s Health & Hormones, Men’s Health,Stress, Sleep, pain Relief, Cholesterol, Bone Health, Aging to the Importance of Minerals.
We will have hourly draws for great prizes with a Grand Prize of:
*Win VITAMINS for a Year!
(*12 - $50.00 Gift Certificates, one a month for 12 months)
Other prizes include:
*ipad *;BMX Bike *Aussie BBQ *Quattro Grill *Gift Baskets *T – Shirts*Books * Gift Bags
There is No Admission, but please bring a donation or food item for the Regina Food Bank or the Regina Humane Society as they will be on location all day and would greatly appreciate it.
We hope to see you all at the ‘Picture of Health’ Expo. Thanks from, Your Health Food Store and so much more…
OLD FASHION FOODS

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On the Old Fashion Foods home page in the top right hand corner, click on the ‘Picture of Health’ Frame.

Tip of the Month - September 2012 Metabolism

Laura’s Story
When Laura was younger, in her teens, in her 20’s, 30’s even her early 40’s she could eat anything she wanted, whenever she wanted and she never once worried about weight gain.
It was a non-issue, so when she was diagnosed with an under-active thyroid
in her late 40’s, she didn’t realize how they would be connected.
Now in her early 50’s and about 30, umm, ok, closer to 40 pounds overweight she’s looking around and wondering how did she get here?
It makes her mad that jeans and tops don’t fit her anymore and if she wants to find something to fit, she’s shopping in the plus sizes or looking for XL tags.
She goes for a walk almost every night, she has started riding her bike and she’s trying to cut down on what and how much she eats, but it doesn’t seem to be working. She just hovers between 2 weights on the scale only about 2 pounds difference.
She decided to do some research and the following is what she discovered to help boost her metabolism and in turn help her to lose weight:

1.)*Don’t skip breakfast, eat a high protein, high fibre breakfast to kick start your metabolism in the morning. Some suggestions are Oatmeal and Eggs.
2.)*Exercise regularily. Include a variety of types of exercise so your building more muscle which will help burn calories.
3.)*Eat more small meals throughout the day, especially healthy snacks.
4.)*Red Peppers and Green Tea have been rumored to help boost your metabolism. Eat reasonable portions of healthy foods and a good variety every day.
5.)*Get plenty of sleep, about 7 hours a night should help you feel refreshed. You may have less junk food cravings when your body is getting proper rest every night.
6.)*Combat stress by enjoying the outdoors, walking in a green space, sitting near a body of water, getting fresh air.
7.)*Meditation can help you relax and ward off stress. Much the same as not getting enough sleep, if you are under too much stress, it can trigger food cravings.

*The following are 15 foods that may help boost your metabolism:

1.)*Grapefruit helps to lowers the insulin levels in your body that trigger your system to store fat. It is rich in fiber, and your body must burn extra calories in order to break it down.
2.) *Green tea is the main source of epigallocatechin gallate, known better as EGCG. This healthy catechin speeds up your brain and nervous system, causing your body to burn more calories.
3.) *Apples, like grapefruit, this snack is high in fiber and low-calorie, and your body must burn calories to break it down. Apples help you feel full for longer so you’ll eat less.
4.) *Almonds’ essential fatty acids help raise your body’s metabolism. They are very high in calories so eat in moderation.
5.) *Spinach can help make you healthy and strong. It helps speed up your metabolism, is a good source of antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C and iron.
6.) *Oatmeal helps lower your body’s insulin level and speeds up your metabolism because your body takes a long time to break down the fat-soluble fiber in oatmeal.
7.) *Yogurt The high levels of protein present in natural yogurt require lots of energy to be processed and the pro-biotic cultures found in yogurt help regulate the digestive tract.
8.) *Coffee has caffeine, which gives you a boost. Try not to drink more than 2 or 3 cups a day, or you could get side effects such as the jitters or irritability.
9.) *Beans are low in fat and have lots of protein. They keep you full for longer and your body has to burn extra calories in order to process this fiber-rich food.
10.) *Jalapenos cause your body to burn extra calories for hours after you ingest them, speeding up both your heart rate and metabolism.
11.) *Broccoli contains metabolism-boosting nutrients: calcium and vitamin C. Calcium acts as a metabolic trigger, while vitamin C helps your body absorb more calcium.
12.) *Turkey is a protein-rich meat that helps to build lean muscle tissue, which causes your body to burn extra calories and helps to raise your metabolism.
13.) *Cinnamon, this tasty spice can help you effectively metabolize sugars, help maintain even blood sugar levels and may help lower your cholesterol.
14.) *Curry increases the amount of calories your body burns and helps to speed up your metabolism in a similar way that jalapenos do.
15.) *Fortified Soy Milk is loaded with calcium, which helps boost your metabolism. Be sure you choose the un-sweetened varieties.
OLD FASHION FOODS carries many products that can help you boost your metabolism and ultimately lose excess weight, have more energy and feel better. Stop in at any one of our locations and speak to our knowledgeable staff.
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July and August 2012 Tip of the Summer TEAS

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All About Teas

Teas are 50 % OFF regular price.
Select Varieties.
No other Discount applies.
Sale ends Aug. 31, 2012 or while supplies last.

*Black Cohosh – Has Anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

*Borage – May help alleviate symptoms of melancholy & fatigue

*Cascara Sagrada - It's known as one of the oldest and most reliable remedies for chronic constipation and it is not addictive.

*Cleavers - is a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. Helps to cleanse the system which benefits arthritis & psoriasis sufferers.

*Elder Flower – helps with herpes & fever blisters, helps boost immune system, helps reduce fever and many more benefits

*Goldenseal Leaves - Goldenseal is widely used in many herbal salves and ointments as a disinfectant, a topical antibiotic in skin infections and sore throats.

*Gravel Root - Used as a healing tonic to help relieve constipation, washing wounds with a strong tea made from the root to prevent infection. Gravel root is mainly a diuretic used to help treat urinary infections and stones.

*Irish Moss Cut - can help with detoxification, nourishes the thyroid, strips the gut of excess mucous buildup, soothes mucous membranes and eases digestive discomfort, and it's also antimicrobial and antiviral.

*Lungwort was traditionally used as a remedy against lung diseases, such as tuberculosis, asthma and coughs. Lungwort contains antibiotics which act against bacteria responsible for chest infections. Lungwort is also used to treat gastrointestinal and kidney problems.

*Orris Root Whole – Has anti-inflammatory properties and is a mild diuretic .Once important in western herbal medicine, it is now used mainly as a fixative and base note in perfumery, as well as an ingredient in many brands of gin. It's also the most widely-used fixative for potpourri.

*Pennyroyal- *Despite serious safety concerns, pennyroyal has been used for colds, pneumonia, and other breathing problems. It has also been used for stomach pains, gas, intestinal disorders, and liver and gallbladder problems. Pennyroyal can be applied to the skin to kill germs, keep insects away, and treat skin diseases. It is also used topically for gout, venomous bites, and mouth sores; and as a flea-killing bath.

*Periwinkle – Beneficial in treatment of memory loss problems, helps lower blood sugar levels, improves blood circulation in the brain.

*Sheep Sorel - Sheep sorrel is a rich source of oxalic acid, sodium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, beta-carotene, and vitamin C. The combination of these vitamins and minerals promote the glandular health of the entire body.

*Siberian Ginseng Powder -Traditionally used to prevent colds and flu and to increase energy, longevity, and vitality.

*Small Flowered Willow Herb –Recommended for ailing men with prostate abnormalities. Based on customer feedback to health food stores and companies in Canada and the U.S., small-flowered or small flower willow herb extract may help men to recover from the annoying symptoms of prostatitis. All willow herb species contain, various esters of sitosterol, and sitosterol glucoside. These are the compounds considered to be the active ingredients of Saw Palmetto, another major herb used for treating the prostate.

*Strawberry Leaves – It has many trace minerals, iron, Vitamin C & is high in Calcium. Helps ease stomach issues & is a gentle remedy for diarrhea.

*Witch Hazel Is an astringent which can dry, tighten, and harden tissues. You may use an astringent on your skin to tighten pores and remove excess oil. Can relieve the pain of hemorrhoids and bruises. Besides their use topically for hemorrhoids and veins, witch hazel lotions are useful on rough, swollen hands. Its ability to shrink swollen tissue makes witch hazel appropriate to treat laryngitis as well. And a throat gargle of witch hazel, myrrh, and cloves reduces the pain of an uncomfortable sore throat.

*Do not start using a herb tea without consulting your physician first.

June 2012 Tip of the Month

For Fathers everywhere!!!
Top 20 Things my Dad use to do or say………..

1.) He used to say ”There are 2 people in life, ones that work from the shoulder up and ones that work from the shoulders down.”
2.) He would fix a flat tire in the pouring rain.
3.) He would shovel the snow every winter.
4.) He would shake his head!
5.) He would eat supper without doing much talking.
6.) He would give us “travelling expenses” to go to the corner store.
7.) He would plant bulbs every spring!
8.) He was Mr. Fix it!
9.) He was the driver! Sunday drives were great!
10.) He was the disciplinarian!
11.) He always helped with moving. 12.) He was always called upon to kill spiders & other horrid bugs.
13.) He would build lots of things and did lots of yard work.
14.) He played Santa for the family every Christmas by handing out the presents!
15.) He kept everyone’s vehicles running.
16.) He would fall asleep in his easy chair!
17.) He watched Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday night.
18.) He would always yell ” Who turned up the thermostat?”
19.) He would work very hard every day without complaint for his family.
20.) He loved his family with all his heart!
Happy Father’s Day to all the Father’s out there from all of your friends at OLD FASHION FOODS

May 2012 Tip of the Month

For Mothers everywhere!!!
Top 20 Things my MOM use to say……..
1.) If you don`t dress warm you`ll catch your death of cold.
2.) If your friend jumped off a bridge, would you?
3.) NO!!!!!!………..
4.) Chew with your mouth closed.
5.) Eat your vegetables or you won’t be strong & healthy.
6.) Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.
7.) Use your manners, say Please and Thankyou.
8.) What goes around comes around.
9.) Just wait till your dad gets home!!
10.) Eat your carrots or you’ll get bad eyes.
11.) Don’t let the bedbugs bite.
12.) Because I said so!!!
13.) I can give you something to do if you’re bored. Clean your room!!
14.) Close the door behind you. We’re you born in a barn?
15.) Don’t jump on the furniture (in the house).
16.) Go outside and get some fresh air.
17.) Do your homework.
18.) Watch what you say! I’ll wash that mouth out with soap!
19.) If you don’t have your health, you have nothing!
20.) I Love You!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s out there from all of your friends at OLD FASHION FOODS

Tip of the Month April 2012

Spring and Energy

Spring is the time of year we want to have plenty of energy to do all the things we enjoy, but couldn’t do in the long, cold winter.

In the Spring we want to have the Energy to enjoy a stroll in the fresh air, run around the lake , take the dog for a walk, go to the corner store for a treat, play in the yard with the kids, BBQ on the deck and many more activities.

We carry many products that may help to keep your energy levels high and may aid in Weightloss.

Some of these products that may help are:
Vita Greens, L-Carnitine, Glucosmart, Pure Energy Acai and Goji, Lean Whey, Fitsmart, Waist Away, African Mango,
Coleus Forskohlii, PGX, DietStart, SimplyTrim, SafSlim,
Raspberry Ketones, Weight Off, Calorie Burn and many more.

These products may help with everything from fat burning, belly fat reduction, blood sugar balancing, calorie burning, more energy, metabolism boosting, better sleep and many more benefits.

Some of these products have been mentioned on the Dr. Oz TV program and we have had many requests for them.

Our knowledgeable staff are ready to help answer your questions and provide you with information on what each product may help with.

Tip of the Month March 2012

RE-DUCE……………RE-USE……………RE-CYCLE…………………

Old Fashion Foods has a large variety of Weightloss products that may help us Re-Duce our weight.

PGX, DietStart, SimplyTrim, Lean Whey, BodySense Diet Kit, CLA and Slimstyles just to name a few, are products that come in capsules, geltabs, powders, shakes and liquids in all different flavours and textures.

We can re-duce, re-use and re-cycle all kinds of things and at Old Fashion Foods we sell large re-usable bags for only .79 cents each. Everytime you use our bag at one of our stores, you get .25 cents back. It pays for itself in no time and is a great way to help the environment and use less plastic bags.

We also carry many products that may help to eliminate toxins from our bodies and cleanse us. We carry a large variety of beans, oat bran, wheat bran, rice bran, lentils, psyllium and much more.

We carry many products that are gluten – free.

We have a large variety of products such as Nutra-Cleanse, Fibre Smart, Organic Bowel Cleanse, Bowel Buddy, FibreLean, Fibre-Tastic, Herbal Fibre and Fibre Smart Bars that may help to keep us regular.

Be sure to stop in to any Old Fashion Foods location and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff about any of your Health Food and supplement needs.

Health Tip of the Month January - February 2012

Give up smoking for good!

As your New Year’s Resolution to quit smoking starts to fall apart, there is help and hope.

Quitting Smoking doesn’t have to be as stressful and hard as you may think. Once you make up your mind to stop, see us for help.

Old Fashion Foods carries many products to help you quit smoking, cleanse your body, help ease cravings and calm your nerves:

RenewLife Smoker’s Cleanse , New Roots Herbal Stop Smoking, Bell’s Stop Smoking Help,Bach Rescue Gum, Sisu Stress Rescue, Natural Factors Stress Relax and more helpful products are available.

This addiction can be conquered and health benefits begin within about 24 hours after you smoke your last cigarette.Stop in and talk to our knowledgeable staff about what products might be right for you to help you kick the habit for good.

Health Tip of the Month - Christmas Season

The following 10 Tips are taken from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) website.

Many people feel sad, depressed and lonely at this time of year. Here are 10 Tips for Mental Health.

10 Tips for Mental Health

1. Build Confidence
Identify your abilities and weaknesses together, accept them build on them and do the best with what you have.

2. Eat right, Keep fit
A balanced diet, exercise and rest can help you to reduce stress and enjoy life.

3. Make Time for Family and Friends
These relationships need to be nurtured; if taken for granted they will not be there to share life's joys and sorrows.

4. Give and Accept Support
Friends and family relationships thrive when they are "put to the test".

5. Create a Meaningful Budget
Financial problems cause stress. Over-spending on our "wants" instead of our "needs" is often the culprit.

6. Volunteer
Being involved in community gives a sense of purpose and satisfaction that paid work cannot.

7. Manage Stress
We all have stressors in our lives but learning how to deal with them when they threaten to overwhelm us will maintain our mental health.

8. Find Strength in Numbers
Sharing a problem with others who have had similar experiences may help you find a solution and will make you feel less isolated.

9. Identify and Deal with Moods
We all need to find safe and constructive ways to express our feelings of anger, sadness, joy and fear.

10. Learn to Be at Peace with Yourself
Get to know who you are, what makes you really happy, and learn to balance what you can and cannot change about yourself.

This site provides general information only and may or may not reflect the position of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Information provided is not a substitute for professional advice. If you feel that you may need medical advice, please consult a qualified health care professional. CMHA makes every reasonable effort to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of posting. We cannot guarantee the reliability of any information posted.

December 2011

The thyroid is a small gland, measuring about 2 inches across. It lies just under the skin below the Adam's apple in the neck and produces thyroid hormone that is used by almost every tissue in the body. It controls such things as body temperature, energy level, protein metabolism, metabolic rate, digestion, and how your body burns fat. It even affects how efficiently your brain thinks. In fact, if your thyroid slows down, you slow down. Low thyroid means slower healing, slower immune response, and delays in red blood cell formation. Low thyroid function also results in longer time taken for your body to absorb nutrients. Low thyroid means you will age faster, create more disease and suffering.

Supplements that are beneficial for the thyroid are: Kelp (Bladderwrack), Coleus Forskolii, Hops, and Selenium, and B vitamins. We also have natural combinations of essential nutrients proven to support proper hormone balance (ThyroSense by Lorna Vanderhaeghe & Thyro-100 by Aor and a new product from Naka called Tristar Thyroid.

Iodized salt is the worst thing to use if you want to keep your thyroid healthy. Even though the gland needs iodine, too much of a good thing can be a problem. Instead, use sea salt, which has a nice balance of minerals that will help support your body. Our most popular Sea Salt is Nature's Cargo which is natural, unprocessed, preservative and additive free, and is harvested from the most pristine coastal areas of Central America. It also contains more trace minerals so use it for all your cooking and seasoning needs to enrich the taste of your foods while adding vital nutrients to your diet.

June 2011

If you have ever tried to diet to lose weight you probably know how frustrating and stressful it can be when you weigh yourself and the scale isn’t going the way you want it. There is hope with all kinds of great products available at Old Fashion Foods to aid you in your weight loss quest.

Many of our suppliers have great products available to aid in weight loss for all types and needs.

Natural Factors has 2 products that have been available for quite some time. PGX is a product that contains fibre to help keep you feeling full. It helps control your appetite, food cravings and it helps to balance blood sugar. SlimStyles is a meal replacement drink and it contains PGX.

Renew Life has products that help to turn your body into a fat burning machine. DietStart is a 14 day, 2 part kit that will accelerate your weightloss.

  • It releases stored fat from the body’s fat cells for energy. It balances blood sugar levels which can help control appetite. It helps eliminates stored toxins.
  • It enhances elimination.
  • It increases lean body mass.

Brad King has many products available to burn calories,block starch & fat. Ultimate Lean Energy enhances your metabolic rate, moves fat away from storage to become a primary fuel source and ultimately lose fat instead of valuable muscle tissue

As seen on Dr. Oz, White Kidney Bean Extract contains phaseolamin that has been clinically shown in 13 studies to delay the digestion and absorption of starch calories. In Canada it can be found in a variety of supplements including Brad King’s Ultimate Fat & Starch Blocker, NOW Phase 2 and Preferred Nutrition Body Sense Fat & Carb Blocker.

As with anything, do not start a diet or take any products without checking with your doctor first.

Old Fashion Foods is not endorsing any one product, just giving the reader some examples to help them become more informed and knowledgeable in their quest to lose weight.

Stop in at any of our 6 locations and talk with our knowledgeable staff.

April 2011

Food Sources High in Calcium and Vitamin D The best way to get Calcium is to eat foods high in CALCIUM
Milk *Cheese *Yogurt *Spinach *Collards *Kale * Soybeans
*Okra * Sardines * Rainbow Trout *Salmon **White Beans
And calcium fortified foods like orange juice, cereals and oatmeal.
Vitamin D is harder to get from foods. Some foods that provide it are:
*Beef * Liver *Egg Yolks * Fatty Fish like salmon, Tuna and Mackerel *Cheese
And some foods that are fortified with Vitamin D like orange juice, some dairy products and cereal
And soy milk.
Your body can naturally produce Vitamin D by being in sunlight.
Besides keeping bones strong, calcium and Vitamin D do many other things to keep our bodies healthy.
Calcium is involved with hormones and blood flow.
It helps maintain muscle function and heart rhythms.
Many experts say Vitamin D helps in building strong bones , keeps muscles strong and helps with Immune function.
Old Fashion Foods carries supplements that provide an excellent way to get your calcium, magnesium and Vitamin D.
We have many different options available to choose from, tablets, capsules, liquid and powders.

May 2010

Most of us are aware of the benefits of healthy eating, taking supplements, and getting proper exercise and rest. However, a part of our body that is often ignored when it comes to our health is the largest organ of our body - our skin!

We absorb many unwanted chemicals in the products we put on our skin. An interesting experiment which proves the power of our skin to absorb chemicals is this: Try taking out a couple of cloves of raw, crushed garlic cloves. Now, as silly as this may sound, stand on each clove with your bare feet. It shouldn't take more than 1/2 an hour, after you've stood on the garlic for 5-10 minutes, that you will notice that you will be able to detect the garlic on your breath. This obviously means that the soles of your feet absorbed the compounds from the garlic and transferred them throughout your body, rather quickly. Quite an amazing fact, when you think about it.

Buying all-natural cosmetics is a smart alternative to many traditional products which have unwanted and unhealthy chemicals. It will help you to limit your exposure to a wise array of chemicals often found in mainstream cosmetics.

Below is a list of just some of the most common chemicals found in many products:

Propylene Glycol - is a wetting agent and solvent used in make up, hair care products, deodorants, after shave and is often found in toothpaste. Its also the main ingredient in antifreeze and brake fluid.

Polyethylene Glycol - A related agent found in most skin cleansers, is a caustic used to dissolve grease... the same substance you find in oven cleaners.

Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)- Used in toothpastes, shampoos and just about every personal cleansing product on the market.

SLS is also a harsh detergent commonly used as an engine degreaser and garage floor cleaner.

Used in bubble bath, shampoos, moisturising lotions and many cosmetics as an inhibiting agent against carcinogenic nitrosamine production. Yet this chemical is a known carcinogen in it's own right!

A few more:

Chemical Found In
BHA (butyl hydroxy anisole) • Many cosmetics
Coal Tar Dyes • Hair dyes
Formaldehyde • Nail treatments
Petroleum Distillates • Mascara • Perfume • Foundation • Lipstick
Parabens (ex. methylparaben,propylparaben) • Many cosmetics
Phthalates (ex. (dibutyl phthalate; DBP, dibutyl ester; Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate; DEHP)) • Nail polish • Nail treatments • Fragrances • Perfumes
Synthetic Musks • Fragrances • Cosmetics
Selenium Sulfide • Shampoo
Toluene • Nail polish • Nail treatments

Most people are quite shocked to find that these chemicals are as prevalent as they are in cosmetics and toiletries. You can see why reading the labels on these products is a habit that we should all get into!

April 2010

Well, spring has sprung, and along with spring cleaning at home, detoxifying and cleansing our body should not be neglected. In addition to eating a healthy diet, juicing, and exercise, there are many supplements that can assist in detoxifying and cleansing your body. To begin with, it is best to focus on the Kidney, Liver, and Colon, as these are the primary elimination organs in the body. Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Artichoke and Turmeric are are excellent herbs to help cleanse the Liver. For the Kidneys, herbs such as Parsley, Stinging Nettle, White Kidney Bean, and Buchu have all shown to be beneficial in kidney cleansing. Cranberry juice or extract can also be added as well. For a good Colon cleanse, Oat Bran, Flax, Rhubarb, Cinnamon, Fennel, and FOS are some of the best.

The following is an extensive list of herbs that have proven to be useful in cleansing and detoxifying the body:

  • Aloe Vera is a natural laxative that relieves bowel irritation and constipation.
  • Artichoke protects the liver against toxins and infection. It stimulates bile secretion and is useful to reduce abdominal distension.
  • Barberry Bark is a bitter tonic with mild laxative effects that encourages bile flow.
  • Black Radish is useful in the treatment of constipation caused by liver dysfunction. It increases the production of bile and improves intestinal contraction and relaxation.
  • Buchu is used to reduce colon inflammation and bloating during menstruation.
  • Burdock Root improves bile production and increases digestive juices. Burdock Root purifies the blood, acts as a diuretic and restores the liver.
  • Cascara Sagrada restores intestinal tonus and thereby cures constipation.
  • Cayenne Pepper helps to get rid of waste through sweat and acts a blood purifier.
  • Dandelion stimulates the flow of bile from the urea tract and helps to clean the blood. It supports the liver function and reduces eczema.
  • Fennel is mostly used in the form of tea that acts as a natural laxative. It relieves flatulence and colic. It helps to maintain stasis and tone, and sterilizes the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Garlic kills bacteria in the bloodstream and cleans the intestines.
  • Ginger is a tonic that you can use to strengthen the digestive tract. Drink a bit of grated ginger together with a drop of lemon juice and honey in warm water before dinner. It is a softener and revitalizes the muscles and glands. It helps get rid of toxins through sweating.
  • Ginseng detoxifies the whole body and reduces fatigue. Pregnant woman, people with high blood pressure and hypoglycemia should avoid it.
  • Golden Seal supports the colon, liver and pancreas function. It stops intestinal swelling and kills bacteria in the waste.
  • Grapefruit Seed kills strep, salmonella, staph, herpes, fungi and parasites.
  • Green Tea is a potent detoxifier and has the best Herbs for colon cleansing. It is rich in vitamin C and catechins that make up about a quarter of green tea leaves. The cathechins combine with other molecules to detoxify the system. Green tea contains polyphenols with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
  • Kale helps to reduce bloating and contains the colon protecting glutamine that prevents cancer of the bowel.
  • Licorice Root heals mucus membranes of the intestinal tract.
  • Milk Thistle is used to clean and regenerate the liver.
  • Parsley has diuretic qualities and helps to clean the kidneys. It facilitates oxygen metabolism.
  • Peppermint relieves constipation, indigestion and cramps.
  • Psyllium Husk softens fecal matter for easier stools by increasing the water content in the colon.
  • Red Clover cleanses the bloodstream from toxins and rids the digestive system of bacteria. It helps the muscle lining in the digestive system to relax, is an appetite suppressant, and protects the body against bacterial infections.
  • Rhubarb Root has a purgative action that reduces constipation.
  • Seaweed provides essential nutrients and helps against constipation.
  • Senna has powerful laxative qualities and helps to clean the lymphatic system.
  • Spearmint relaxes the body and stimulates bile secretion. It relieves headaches, tension, and indigestion.
  • Turmeric is has anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-fungal qualities. It acts a blood purifier.

We also have many cleansing kits that combine everything you need to cleanse and detoxify the 7 channels of elimination throughout the body (liver, colon, kidneys, blood, skin, lungs, and lymphatic system). When all of your organs of elimination are working efficiently, you are better able to deal with your day to day exposure to toxins.

Poor digestive health and high toxic load affect the overall health of many people and are the underlying cause of many serious health conditions. To achieve the full benefits of cleansing and detoxification, it is recommended you perform a 30 day cleanse 2 to 3 times per year. Come into one of our locations today and ask our staff about which cleanse is right for you.

February 2010

As with many health conditions, there are several natural options available to deal with low libido and sexual problems for both men and women. Rather than turn immediately to the quick pharmaceutical fixes, such as Viagra and Cialis, natural remedies offer another effective way to combat this problem.
Some herbs that have shown to be useful are listed below:

Horny Goat Weed - Known to restore " sexual fire, " it combats fatigue, boost erectile function and alleviate menopausal discomfort.
Maca - Native to Peru, this herb was touted by the Inca people for fertility problems, sterility, and other sexual disorders. It has also been shown in clinical studies to enhance libido in both men and women, and improves physical stamina.
Ginkgo Biloba - This well known herb is not only good for the brain, but because of its ability to increase circulation, it can benefit the sexual organs as well..
Tribulus Terrestris - Many studies have confirmed this herbs ability to increase sexual performance and stamina..

A few of our top selling products:

Resurrexx is an excellent alternative for men, as it provides an relatively quick libido boost when that is what's called for. It contains a unique blend of herbs that with sexual stamina and vigor. For best results, take 2 capsules with warm water 40 minutes before an intimate encounter.

Eroxil ( For Men ) & Erosyn ( For Women )

For men, the major problem is sexual performance. For women, it’s desire. For years, women have searched the market place for a product that can enhance their libido and increase their overall interest in sex to no avail. Most men and women are surprised that Eroxil and Erosyn not only increase youthful performance and libido, they basically increase energy, improve muscle tone and youthful strength, thus putting more zest in your life all day and every day. Many men wrote that they take Eroxil mainly for improving their middle age (andropausal) years or Erosyn for women to improve their menopausal years, which all men and women go through starting at about 40.

SexEssentials

The nutrients found in SexEssentials help bring back desire, aid orgasm and improve lubrication while also providing overall strength and wellbeing. SexEssentials prosexual nutrients are designed for women who want the zest back in their sex life.

You can find these and other similar products at all our locations. Come on down and see what we have, and feel free to ask our helpful staff anything you would like to know!


December 2009

By now we've all heard about the H1N1 flu and it's awful, sometimes even deadly effects. Keeping your immune system up and at its best has probably never been more important. As bacteria and viruses keep mutating, the best possible thing we can do to keep healthy is to get adequate rest, manage our stress, and keep our immune system strong and at its peak. It's always a safe bet to stick with some of the more well known herbs and supplements. There is a reason why they have the reputation that they do.

A few of our favourites are:

  • Vitamin C
  • Garlic
  • Echinacea
  • Zinc
  • Goldenseal
  • Elderberry
  • Wild Oregano

In addition, Vitamin D and Oregon Grape Root have gained recognition over the past few years. They have both proven to be helpful in the battle against colds and the flu. We also have many immune-boosting formula's to help protect yourself & your family.

Check with our helpful staff at any of our locations for information on these supplements. They welcome your questions, and will do their best to help you with all your health needs.

October 2009

Located on top of your kidneys are two small walnut sized glands, known as your adrenal glands. These glands can have a profound effect on your overall health if they are not functioning optimally. It can generally be said that the poorer your adrenal glands are functioning, the more stress will be placed on many organs of your body. This can then lead to a plethora of illnesses throughout the body.
What are the main causes of adrenal stress? The following have been shown to contribute to adrenal stress:
  • Poor Diet
  • Substance Abuse
  • Bad sleeping habits
  • Major life stress, such as death of a loved one or divorce
  • Chronic Illness
  • Overwork
Symptoms of poor adrenal function:
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope
  • Craving salty and/or sweet foods
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Low stamina and slow to recover from exercise
  • Slow to recover from injury or illness
  • Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • Poor digestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome ( IBS )
  • Low immune function
  • Menopause-like symptoms
  • Low blood pressure
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Allergies
  • Frequent influenza
  • Low libido, sexual drive or interest
The following herbs have proven to be helpful in restoring function of the adrenals: Ashwaganda : This herb is known as an “adaptogen,” and has been shown to be beneficial in reducing inflammation, treating tumors, decreasing stress, increasing mental activity, decreasing anxiety, and invigorating the body.
Blue Vervain : Used to relieve fatigue, leaving the body rejuvenated and energized.
Borage : An anti-depressant, strengthens adrenal glands and aids with removing stress, mental exhaustion and depression.
Licorice : Is an adaptogen, helps to reduce stress on the body, has anti-viral properties, and is known to be an adrenal restorative.
Avena Sativa (Milky Oat) : Nerve restorative, promotes good sleep, remedies sexual weakness including impotence.. This herb is also an effective remedy for children with ADHD, and has anti-depressant anti-anxiety qualities.
Siberian Ginseng : Ginseng has long been used in China for its adaptogenic properties. It is excellent for helping deal with stress, is an adrenal hormone stimulant, aphrodisiac, and a tonic for the immune system.
Thyro-Sense : A combination formula by Lorna Vanderhaeghe that supports optimal thyroid health while improving energy & metabolism. Also improves conversion of T4 to T3, supports proper hormone balance & improves sensitivity to temperature. This formula contains Ashwagandha, Guggal, Pantothenic Acid, Copper, Manganese & Iodine.

September 2009

Dealing with stress in our daily lives has become something that we're all used to by now. Unfortunately, our bodies are not used to dealing with ongoing stress. The following herbs have been shown to help our bodies adapt to stress:
Ginseng: used in Chinese medicine for centuries, Ginseng is probably the best known of all the adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens help our bodies to "adapt" to stress.
Chamomile: a soothing tonic used in teas and herbal baths, chamomile has tranquilizing effects (like Valium) and reduces stress chemicals in the brain.
Ginkgo Biloba : one of the oldest medicinal herbs, ginkgo increases oxygen to the brain promoting feelings of well-being and reducing stress and anxiety.
Passion Flower : a natural sedative that also has a calming effect. It can help treat general anxiety and restlessness.
Ashwagandha: also known as "Indian Ginseng, " this herb is known as an adaptogen as well. It is said to also help the body to stay free of disease.
Rhodiola : also called roseroot, Rhodiola has anti-stress properties as well as anti-anxiety capabilities.

June 2009

If you're like many people whom keep up on nutrition and health information, you may have heard about Vitamin D recently.
Few, if any other health supplement have received as much attention over the last couple of years.
Also called "The Sunshine Vitamin," it has been shown to help with the following conditions:
  • Bone loss
  • respiratory infections
  • certain cancers
  • depression
  • chronic pain,
  • cardiovascular disease
  • and even MS.
The body produces vitamin D when exposed to the rays of the sun, but most people still need a supplement—between 800 to 1,000 IU daily—to reach recommended levels.
Vitamin D can also be consumed through supplements and food intake. Natural food sources of vitamin D include salmon, sardines, cod liver oil, and vitamin D-fortified foods including milk and some cereals.