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Probiotics, Digestive Health, and your Immune System

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Now days it seems as if everyone is talking about digestive health. With all the commercials on the television and ads in popular magazines, the point that your digestion is a crucial part of everyday life has already been made. But, other than the fact that popular actresses tell you to take a certain enzyme, or eat a certain type of yogurt, do you really know why keeping your digestive system healthy is so very important to everything, even your immune system? In this article we will cover the who, what, why, and how probiotics affects your digestive system. After learning a little more about probiotics, and fully understanding that it is not just about staying regular, I have no doubt in my mind that you will definitely see the need for these essential good bacteria.

Let’s get started as there is much to cover!

Our digestive system is full of bacteria, good and bad, the goal is to lower the bad and raise the good. However, our modern society is completely and utterly addicted to sugars which feed the bad bacteria in our body, and cause it to multiply at alarming rates. With all these bad bacteria running wild in our digestive system, the completely essential good bacteria is over whelmed and loses the war of good vs bad. When the bad bacteria takes over you will begin to experience serious gastrointestinal problems such as gas, bloating, constipation, cramps, or diarrhea just to name a few. Also a deficiency in the good flora, aka bacteria, will lead to sickness, bad skin, weight gain, and much more.

Our digestive system, or gut as some people like to call it, is a giant immune defender… when it is functioning properly. If you think about all the germs and toxins we take in on a daily basis, especially if you eat at fast food restaurants, it makes sense that our stomach and intestines are a large part of our immune defense. If our stomach and intestines were not lined with this good bacteria, which kills the germs and toxins we ingest, we would be very sick, to say the least. Our good bacteria breaks down the germs and sends them down the line to be expelled as waste, which brings me to the next point, regularity.

While taking probiotics is great to keep you regular, it is not nearly the most important reason to take them. The TV commercials speak of regularity and strictly regularity, but the fact of the matter is that if your digestive system is off balance you will feel miserable, and your whole body and immune system will suffer. A good way to prevent all of this, stay regular, and feel great is to take a good probiotic supplement such as Megaflora Probiotic. The strains in this probiotic blend are “non combative” which means all strains are still alive and not killed off by other competing strains found in the same capsule.

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What is Glucoactive…

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Glucoactive is a supplement that combines several proven glucose lowering herbs and elements, such as cinnamon and chromium, to come up with a one of a kind formula that is a diabetics dream come true. Cinnamon alone has shown positive effects on blood glucose in clinical studies, when combined with these other blood sugar stabilizing herbs it is a virtual diabetes wonder supplement. Don’t misunderstand I am not suggesting that this supplement will completely cure your diabetes, everyone responds differently to treatment. While some have been able to completely discontinue their oral insulin medication, others may not respond as well. What the supplement will do for almost everyone that takes it is stabilize and help regulate your blood sugar…hopefully back into the normal range.

Let’s discuss the proprietary blend in detail:

The first ingredient is Cinnulin PF, this is simply a cinnamon bark extract. Cinnamon is great for the body on a number of levels. However, cinnamons effects really shine when used as a glucose stabilizer. In a number of clinical trials cinnamon has proven effective at lowering blood glucose levels, cholesterol levels, and also promoting a natural production of insulin. Cinnamon taken by itself is a great option, for anyone, but if you have diabetes I would strongly suggest taking a cinnamon supplement or a combination supplement that contains the sweet smelling spice.

The next is Fenugreek, this herb is sometimes called the oldest medical herb, and for good reason. Fenugreek seeds are rich in protein; they possess an extremely unique amino acid called 4-hydroxyisoleucine (4-OH-Ile). This particular amino acid is one of the key players in blood glucose control.

Grape Seed Extract is a wonderful all around supplement, and it is sometimes, when bought separately, quite expensive. Not only does grape seed extract help lower blood glucose levels, but it also helps to support skin and tissue health, which is a major concern for diabetics. Not to mention the fact that it also helps prevent heart disease and vascular problems…another great concern for diabetics. In general taking a grape seed supplement is a perfect way to lower your blood glucose, and prevent some common diabetic complications.

Chromium and Vanadium these two trace elements in the body have long been linked to blood glucose stabilization. Researchers are now beginning to understand that these two elements are very important to the metabolism of glucose/sugar. This in turn leads to the regulation and stabilization of over all glucose levels.

Any of these ingredients would be a great addition to a diabetic’s daily supplementation. However, when combined and packaged as an all in one formula Glucoactive is, in my opinion, the best over all diabetes supplement on the market. This supplement covers all bases of the condition from glucose control to skin health.

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Top 5 Natural Supplements for Seniors

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

They say with age comes wisdom. But, did you know that with age comes a need to change your current natural supplements? Just like men and women differ in their needs for natural supplements, there is a huge difference in the needs of a young or middle aged person and a…wiser, more mature individual. Older individuals generally need more of certain vitamins and minerals. Figuring out the difference can be quite confusing, so I have compiled a list of the top five all natural supplements needed to keep you feeling young and vibrant in your golden years.

I will list these top five all natural supplements below and their specific actions in your body, as well as the common ailments they help to prevent or alleviate.

Glucosamine and Chondroiton: Glucosamine and Chondroiton have become extremely popular in the last decade due to some major T.V marketing ads. Because the majority of senior citizens have a gracious amount if arthritis this particular combination can prove to be extremely helpful. Glucosamine and Chondroiton have proven to be essential in repairing joint damage due to arthritis, or any type of injury that wears down the cartilage in the joints…particularly osteo-arthritis. While no one would ever claim to cure your arthritis, taking a daily supplement of Glucosamine and Chondroiton can help with the pain and swelling commonly associated with joint damage. Over time the natural supplements will help repair the damage to an extent, and will greatly reduce the amount of pain you feel.

Fiber: Irregular bowel movements are a common problem among the older community, and almost everyone is taking some sort of medication to keep them regular. Nature offers a kind and gentle answer to this common problem in the form of fiber. This decrease in regularity, and increase in constipation may be because of the weakening of the bowl muscles, or a change in diet. Either way a fiber supplement is absolutely necessary for seniors.

Ginkgo: Ginkgo helps to slow the completely normal memory loss that comes with aging. Ginkgo Biloba has proven itself time and time again to improve brain function, and memory. This completely all natural supplement helps open the vessels that are meant to carry oxygen rich blood to the brain, as well as breaks up those sometimes sticky platelets that can slow the flow to a thick crawl. Also, ginkgo has been said to help fight dementia in early stages. Remember prevention is key so taking a ginkgo supplement can help prevent memory loss, and keep cognitive functions quick and sharp. There are also several other claims made by health professionals of the benefits of Ginkgo such as decreasing pain in the legs while walking, reducing painful attacks of Reynaud’s syndrome, and treating tension glaucoma.

Digestive Enzymes: Another common problem aging individuals face is the inability to eat certain foods, such as spicy foods. This is because of a deficiency of digestive enzymes. Supplementing these enzymes can alleviate the common problems faced by improper digestion such as heartburn, reflux, indigestion, and many more.

Alpha Lipoic Acid: ALA is a fatty acid that is naturally found inside every cell within the body, the role of this fatty acid is to convert glucose to energy. However, the truly amazing thing about Alpha Lipoic Acid is that it is also an amazing antioxidant. What sets alpha lipoic acid apart from other antioxidants like vitamin C and E, is that fact that ALA is able to function in water and fat and rejuvenates all the other antioxidants once they have been spent.

Taking any of these supplements in your golden years is sure to have a tremendous effect on your body, in a good way. These five supplements address the specific problems that seniors commonly face. Taking any one of these, along with your regular daily supplement, is a wonderful idea but taking all five of them will ensure that you look and feel great during your retirement years. You can find this amazing all in one natural supplement at N101.com.

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Three Best Supplements during Pregnancy

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Taking health supplements during pregnancy is of the utmost importance. Many people say that pregnancy is the most natural thing on earth, and that women have been doing it since the beginning of time. While I will agree with both of those statements, I will add that pregnancy is hard on the body, and if your body is weak pregnancy will only further exaggerate the problem. It is essential to not only your health, but the health of your un-born child, that you ensure your body is functioning at its optimal levels during this stressful time. You can do this with the addition of a few daily health supplements.

Below is a complete list of the three prime pregnancy health supplements, and why you should take them during your special time.

Prenatal Multivitamin
Of course the first is prenatal vitamins. Next to eating, prenatal vitamins are the most important part of a pregnant woman’s day. I say this for two reasons, the first is because you have an obligation to your unborn baby to give it the very best head start, and prenatal vitamins contain all the essential vitamins your baby needs to grow and thrive inside you. The second is because you owe it to yourself to stay healthy as possible to enjoy your pregnancy, and to come out of the pregnancy as healthy…if not healthier than you entered it.

During pregnancy your body puts the baby first, if your baby needs any type of mineral, nutrient, or vitamins, which it is not receiving from your diet, it will take it from you and give it to the baby. This means that if you are not taking a prenatal vitamin and your un-born baby needs calcium for the development of strong bones, it will take it from you, which may lead to softer brittle bones and teeth. Many women who do not take prenatal vitamins have experienced serious dental problems after pregnancy for this very reason. Not to mention the fact that your diet may not support all of your needs and your baby’s so it is extremely important to take your prenatal vitamins.

EFA’s
The next is essential fatty acids or EFA. EFA(s) are completely essential during pregnancy because of the extremely beneficial impact they have on the development of the baby’s brain, nervous system, and even the eyes. However, taking these essential fatty acids are also important to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Omega 3, just one of these essential fatty acids, has shown excellent results at preventing pre-term labor, and pre-eclampsia, as well as minimizing the risk of developing postpartum depression.

Digestive Enzymes
The last wonderful pregnancy supplement is digestive enzymes. Any woman whom has ever been pregnant, or who has even had a friend that has experienced the joys of pregnancy, knows that one of those joys is embarrassing stomach upset. Pregnancy can bring with it A LOT of gas, bloating, constipation, and nausea. Taking a daily supplement that includes a good digestive enzyme is a great all natural way of alleviating these embarrassing common complications of pregnancy.

Taking one or all three of these great pregnancy health supplements is an excellent way to enjoy your pregnancy from start to finish, and keep you and your baby healthy along the way.

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Information about Digestive Enzymes {video}

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

Natalie says:
“Digestive Enzymes are enzymes that specifically work in the digestive system to facilitate the digestion, absorption, and transportation of nutrients. They also work to promote timely elimination of digestive waste products that are not of use to the body. Without enzymes, our cells would not get adequate nutrition and we would not survive.
Enzymes function as catalysts to enhance and dramatically speed up biochemical reactions that occur in every one of our cells. They are only activated in water, so staying hydrated is very important for enzymes to work effectively. Enzymes must be present to ensure proper digestion of nutrients, energy production, metabolism, transportation of fluid to cells, and elimination of toxins among many other functions.

Enzymes exist in foods to help our body’s breakdown what we eat. Raw, uncooked foods are the only foods that contain enzymes. Since the majority of our diets are cooked foods, we significantly limit the enzymes available in our food for digestion, thus putting more stress on our digestive systems. Some supplemental enzymes should be taken with food to enhance digestion and absorption of nutrients, whereas other supplemental enzymes should be taken on an empty stomach to support circulation, decrease inflammation, support our immune systems and combat stress. Imbalances in these factors have been scientifically proven to be associated with or the cause of numerous diseases.”