Searching for Answers: Charlotte’s Web Is Answering the Internet’s Biggest CBD Questions

Expert answers from the industry pioneer.

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Charlotte’s Web wasn’t started as a company—it was started as a mission. What began as a journey of seven brothers to help a little girl has since grown into something much larger: a movement to support the health of many.

We believe in creating a world where good health is attainable for everyone. From tinctures to topicals, capsules to gummies, our passion for excellence translates into everything we do. That’s why we live and breathe quality, to ensure our products are the best they can possibly be. Our dedicated team of farmers, botanists, and chemists work to ensure that our extracts are reliable and trustworthy. Their collective vision and expertise are what help drive the industry forward as a whole.

When it comes to CBD, many people still have unanswered questions. But where there are questions, we need answers. We’re here to help. As the world’s most recognized CBD brand and the industry pioneer, Charlotte’s Web is helping people join the path we’ve been charting for years. That includes understanding how hemp extracts work in the body, what goes into their development and creation, and what the CBD experience looks like in terms of the restorative, health-giving benefits that Mother Nature provides.

To support consumers in their unique CBD journeys, we’re bringing in the experts for a fun and engaging series: Searching for Answers. This YouTube series starts with the internet’s biggest questions and breaks down the information into easy-to-understand, three-minute bits. In each episode, we feature industry experts for the answers everyone’s searching for.

In both highly produced videos and live webinars, we’re putting the experts front and center for meaningful guidance and real conversations on how CBD can help support our daily lives.

At Charlotte’s Web, we believe that plants can revolutionize the way we care for ourselves and one another. That’s why we’ve made it our mission to improve lives, naturally.

Searching for Answers Series Guide:

What is CBD?
What does CBD stand for? Where does it come from? What are its benefits? You might be surprised to learn that CBD is just one of many cannabinoids found in hemp.

How to Use CBD
There is an ever-expanding array of ways in which to consume hemp extract. Some of the most common methods include CBD tinctures, capsules, and gummies. CBD topicals present additional options as well.

Hemp vs. Marijuana
What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? Does CBD get you high? As you’ll learn, hemp and marijuana come from the same family but are quite different in a few very specific ways.

The History of Hemp
Over the past few years, hemp has been looked at as a new and exciting crop. But did you know that hemp has been grown in the United States dating all the way back to the first colonies?

And many more!
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Powerful Natural Solutions for Seasonal Allergies

by Jennifer Palmer, ND, Director of Education for NEEDS

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The first hints of spring generate anticipation for warmer, sunnier days for most people, but for millions of Americans, it conjures images of the dreaded allergy season. During this time when the air is thick with microscopic plant particles, allergy sufferers experience immune imbalances from mast cells that cause excess histamine, triggering symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, and sniffling. Over-the-counter antihistamine drugs are helpful to decrease the symptoms, but they cause side effects, such as drowsiness, and some cannot be taken long term. Herbs and enzymes can offer relief without side effects, and they tend to be most effective when started a few weeks before the allergy season hits.

The botanical approach to stabilizing mast cells and improving mucous membrane integrity largely involves using herbs such as turmeric (Curcuma longa), nettle leaf (Urtica diocia), eyebright (Euphrasia off.), bayberry (Myrica off.), yarrow (Achillea millifolium), and goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis). Eyebright, in particular, contains anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, making it a powerful treatment for congestive illnesses.

Recommendations suggest starting use of these herbs at least one month prior to the onset of your seasonal allergy to help prevent an allergic response. It can also be used very effectively at the onset of symptoms for immediate relief.

Quercetin is a strong antioxidant, with anti-allergy, anti-viral, and gastroprotective activity. Quercetin is especially effective for allergy symptom overload because it stabilizes mast cell membranes and prevents the release of histamine and other inflammatory agents. Due to its antioxidant effect, quercetin can inhibit inflammatory processes mediated by leukotrienes, hyaluronidase (collagen-destroying enzymes), and lysosomal enzymes (promoters of localized inflammation).

Quercetin is often hard to assimilate, and it has been reported that absorption of flavonoids, such as rutin and quercetin, can be less than 1% of an orally administered dose. To address this problem, look for a quercetin with liposomes—highly complex, microscopic liquid spheres. When quercetin is carried within a liposome, it becomes more lipophilic (fat absorbable), enhancing the nutrient bioavailability dramatically.

Quercetin’s work in strengthening the cell membrane of the mast cells, however, takes time. One may need to take it for 3 to 6 weeks to notice an antihistamine effect, and it’s more effective if taken preventively before the allergy season begins and continued throughout.

Plant-based enzymes can help reduce the frequency and intensity of allergic reactions. Taken between meals, the protease (protein digesting) enzymes help digest proteins (from yeasts, molds, pollen, animal dander, etc.) before the immune system reacts to them, thus preventing the release of histamine. The amylase enzymes help neutralize histamine that has already been released, thereby minimizing the effects of reactions in progress. Studies have shown that allergy sufferers have lower amylase enzyme levels than normal.

Apply any of these recommendations and rest assured that this spring will be far more enjoyable for you than past springs!

YOUR MIGHTY MICROBIOME: HOW GUT BACTERIA BENEFIT YOUR WHOLE BODY

Generally attributed to Nobel laureate microbiologist Joshua Lederberg, there is some debate[i] about when and where the term microbiome first appeared and in what context. Regardless, the word has become important as science continues to uncover more about the link between the bacteria inside our bodies and how they impact our health.

WHAT IS THE MICROBIOME?

The human microbiome is the vast collection of microorganisms in and on the body, primarily in the digestive tract, that is known to support internal balance and health. It is made up of about 40 trillion bacterial cells[ii], most of which are beneficial and promote good digestion and health, along with other types of neutral and harmful bacteria.

The key to a healthy microbiome is making sure the beneficial and neutral bacteria outnumber the harmful bacteria, which is why we so often hear about the importance of maintaining a balanced gut.

HOW DOES THE MICROBIOME IMPACT HEALTH?

“Researchers are finding that the gut microbes are important for health because they impact many fundamental biological processes, such as digestion, nutrition, gut function, immunity and metabolism.”

 This is what Dr. Elaine Hsiao, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology at UCLA, had to say on the subject in a recent interview[iii] with Renew Life, and a growing number of studies continue to confirm and expand upon her statement.

Earlier this year, a review[iv] was published in the journal SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine that explored the most current literature on the subject of the gut microbiota and its impact on human health. Pointing out that science continues to find new connections between gut bacteria and wellness, the study authors stated that, “it is of paramount importance that all clinicians be aware of the most up-to-date literature in this field.”

The review offers an in-depth look at how the human microbiome develops, how antibiotics can upset a healthy internal balance and reduce the number of good bacteria in the gut, and the role of exercise in improving microbial diversity. Perhaps most importantly, it explores the connection between gut bacteria and numerous body systems and processes, including brain function, metabolism, immune health and more.

HOW DO PROBIOTICS FIT INTO THE EQUATION?

While good bacteria exist within our microbiome, their numbers can be depleted over time by factors such as stress, our environment, eating unhealthy foods, taking certain medications and even just the normal aging process.

When our gut microbial balance is thrown out of whack, it’s not just our digestive health that suffers; our whole body can feel the effects of an unhealthy gut—from our mood and memory to our sleep patterns, weight and, of course, our immune function.

However, making sure we get additional good bacteria throughout life can increase our chances of maintaining a well-balanced gut. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are found naturally in some foods[v] or ingested in the form of a daily probiotic supplement to add to our good bacteria stores. It’s also important to consume plenty of prebiotics to provide nourishment for your beneficial gut microbes.

SUPPORT YOUR MIGHTY MICROBIOME WITH RENEW LIFE*

As a leader in digestive wellness, Renew Life understands the importance of a diverse, well-balanced microbiome to support optimal digestion and a healthy body—which is why all of our once-daily probiotics, digestive enzymes, herbal cleansing formulas, fiber and Omega-3 fish oil supplements work together to help you maintain internal balance and support a strong foundation of health.*

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Since 1997, Renew Life has been formulating superior-quality digestive care supplements to help people achieve optimal health from the inside out.* We proudly stand behind the quality, purity and potency of every product we make.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

[i] Prescott, S. History of medicine: Origin of the term microbiome and why it matters. Human Microbiome Journal

Volume 4, June 2017, Pages 24-25.

[ii] Greshko, M. How Many Cells Are in the Human Body—And How Many Microbes? National Geographic. January 2016.

[iii] Renew Life. The Study of Gut Health: A Conversation with Dr. Elaine Hsiao.  https://blog.renewlife.com/.

[iv] Rodriguez, D. et al. The Gut Microbiota: A Clinically Impactful Factor in Patient Health and Disease. SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine. March 2019, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 188–19.

[v] Palsdottir, H. 11 Probiotic Foods That Are Super Healthy. Healthline Media. August 2018.

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What do you do to support your immune system on a daily basis?

A healthy diet, regular exercise and mental relaxation practices can play a role in 82429309_10157699376755049_2046735002409893888_o.jpgsupporting our health and well-being, yet our immune system can still benefit from a little extra support when confronted by daily challenges.

There are many exposures that challenge your immune system throughout the day, including toxins and pathogens that cause inflammatory responses within the body¹ or that disrupt the gut microbiome,² which plays a key role in a healthy immune system.

We are confronted daily with chronic environmental and dietary challenges, as well as physical and emotional stressors which can weaken our immune system’s response. Therefore, a need exists to support our immune system every day to defend our good health and well-being.

Sovereign Silver® for Daily Immune Support*

Daily use of Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol™ supports your immune system so you can confront the challenges we face every day.* Because of its unique form, Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol is safe* enough to use every day for immune support,* unlike other silver dietary supplements and colloidal silver which often suggest taking breaks after 10 to 14 days of use because of the form of silver in their products.

Most herbs that provide immune support are specified for that critical time of need when the immune system is already overcome, and they are not suggested for use as daily immune support. Not only can Sovereign Silver offer daily immune support* because of its unique form, it also has a unique mechanism of action and can be used with other herbal immune support for a complimentary and comprehensive offering at those critical times when more is necessary.

The Form Matters!

Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol is the ultimate refinement of colloidal silver. It is a dietary supplement with a unique mixture of positively charged silver ions and the smallest silver nanoparticles achievable. This mixture allows for a “1 – 2 Punch” delivery of bio-active silver to the body for steady immune support.* The first punch delivers bio-active silver ions which offers immediate support, followed by a second punch delivery of the smallest particles which are converted into more silver ions, resulting in a product that offers greater than 98% bio-active silver to the body.

Because Sovereign Silver offers the smallest particle size in a 10 ppm concentration with greater than 98% bio-active silver, it is easy for the body to absorb, utilize and eliminate. This is not the case with other colloidal silvers that consist of larger particles and often additional ingredients, such as proteins or salts, which offer as little as just 12% bio-active silver. Sovereign Silver Bio-Active Silver Hydrosol has just 2 ingredients, 99.999% pure silver and pharmaceutical-grade purified water and is safe enough to take every day for immune support!*

 

References:

1. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/248423.php

2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5515271/

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

FROM FARM TO SUPPLEMENT

Whole Earth & Sea®: Capturing the Vibrant Energy and Goodness of NatureFB_Factors_Farms.jpgFactors Farms: A Very Special Place

From a simple seed, planted in the ground with a little water, nutrients from the soil, and a whole lot of energy from the sun, comes the wholesome nutrition that sustains our lives. On our certified organic Factors Farms in the beautiful Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, we’ve been growing vegetables, grasses, and herbs for over a quarter century.

One of the advantages of doing our own organic farming is having complete control over seed selection. We make sure to choose true “species,” non-hybrid, non-GMO seeds. We also have full control over the harvest. For example, we selectively handpick the echinacea flowers, picking only the mature flower heads, because they contain the highest levels and best ratios of active ingredients.

EnviroSimplex®: Preserving the Vibrant Goodness of Whole Foods

After harvesting, we immediately process the plants at our facilities using our proprietary EnviroSimplex process. Using gentle agitation with just the right amount of heat (never exceeding 118 °F) under high vacuum, the EnviroSimplex method protects and concentrates the vital bioenergetic vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phytonutrients, and antioxidants.

These fresh, organic, non-GMO ingredients from Factors Farms are featured in our Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea Multivitamin & Mineral whole food supplements, as well as the 100% Fermented Organic Greens and Protein & Greens powders.

Multivitamin & Mineral Supplements

Whole Earth & Sea provides age- and gender-specific multivitamin and mineral supplements: Women’s, Women’s 50+, Men’s, and Men’s 50+. The vitamins and minerals come primarily from Farm Fresh Factors™ and other plant sources. Farm Fresh Factors is a concentrated source of active vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, whole fruit ultra polyphenols, herbals and plants, and whole plant sea vegetables – many of these nutrient-rich plants are grown on Natural Factors Farms.

100% Fermented Organic Greens and Protein & Greens

Using traditional methods of fermentation in a carefully controlled process, the whole foods from Factors Farms are combined with clinically studied probiotic strains and organic molasses. This transforms the plants into easily digested, nutrient-packed powders that release the whole foods’ full nutrient power!

Fermentation has many benefits including:

  • Releasing the plant’s full nutrient power, as well as producing unique metabolites, for deep nourishment
  • Helping reduce occasional gas and bloating by predigesting complex foods
  • Eliminating antinutrients, such as phytates, which inhibit mineral absorption
  • Promoting gut health
  • Enhancing protein quality and absorption by up to 40%!

 

When you want the best of nutrition, choose Natural Factors!

THREE NON-GMO GUMMIES FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT!*

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blog_immune_gummies.jpgWe all know the drill when the cooler months hit – we head indoors, get less sunlight, and maybe even start to stress a bit as the holidays approach. The gifts and goodies get passed around, as do the germs. It’s a good time of year to get proactive about supporting your immune system so you can get through the season feeling your best. Fortunately, we have a few ways to make doing just that not only easy, but fun!

Elderberry Immune Support* Gummy

Play your best defense with this immune support power duo of organic elderberry and zinc—both of which are the foundation of this gummy.* Elderberry Immune Support gummy vitamins have no artificial flavors*— in fact, they contain farm-fresh organic wild blueberry and organic ginger, which are natural sources of phytonutrients.* Just chew two of these naturally good gummies to give your immune system a juicy boost.*

C-Defense Gummy

Vitamin C is an immune-support go-to. It’s never been easier or more delicious to get your daily dose than with our C-Defense Gummies. Each serving of Gummy C-Defense Tangy Citrus provides 180 mg of FoodState® Vitamin C to help support immune health, while juicy, farm-fresh oranges give our gummies an authentic citrus flavor (and color!) and provide complementary cofactors – yum!*

D3 Wellness Gummy

When we head indoors during the cooler months, we miss out on the valuable sunshine we need to produce adequate vitamin D. In fact, up to 90 million Americans have inadequate levels of vitamin D, according to the CDC.1 In addition to making sure your multi has D3, take one of our D3 Wellness Gummies to support not only immune health, but bone and muscle health as well!* Each serving provides 1000 IU (25 mcg) of cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), as well as farm fresh oranges, cranberries, and blueberries, which give these Vitamin D3 gummies a distinctive, real fruit flavor (and natural color!)*

Aside from supporting immune health, these gummies have a few other things in common! All of our MegaFood gummies are made with real food to deliver a range of health-promoting compounds*—no high-fructose corn syrup, gelatin, artificial flavors or colors of any kind. They are all non-GMO Project Verified, certified glyphosate residue-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free, and are easy to take! Each serving of these gummies is only 2g of sugar or less, so treat yourself to good health!

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Looking to help power your immune system with more than gummies? Take a look at all our immune support supplements with ingredients like vitamin C, astragalus, echinacea, and more–choose your favorite today!

1 CDC Second National report on Biochemical Indicators of Diet and Nutrition in the US Population.

Start Your Day Smoothie-ly

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Looking for one simple way to pack a bunch of nutrients into your busy life? Pull out your blender and have some fun creating delicious smoothies that can improve your health and help you to feel your best. You can blend fruit with milk or an alternative milk (ie: almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, etc). You can use frozen fruit instead of ice. Some fun combos include frozen bananas with chocolate almond milk and nut butter, or frozen strawberries and frozen bananas with rice milk. For a tropical flavor, try pineapples, frozen mango, and coconut milk. To get the most out of your smoothie, consider protein powder and/or Superfood add-ons.

Make your Smoothie a Meal with Protein Powder

You can create a meal out of smoothies by simply adding a protein powder to your fruit and milk blend. Here are common protein powders that we often recommend:

Whey
Whey, which is derived from milk, is the most commonly used protein product and one of the most researched. It is rich in branch-chain amino acids and is very easy to absorb. However, people with milk or dairy allergies or sensitivities may need to avoid using whey. Natur-Tyme Whey Protein is available in a 32-ounce value size, and a 12oz size. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and unsweetened.  This whey protein is from grass-fed cows, it is rBGH and GMO-free; contains naturally occurring immunoglobulins and has 17-19 grams of protein per serving.

Plant-Based Blends
Plant-based proteins are not just for vegans. New plant-based protein powders are hitting the market weekly. The most common plant-based proteins are pea protein, brown rice protein, hemp protein, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. Pea protein is highly regarded for its ease of absorption. Rice protein has a broad profile of amino acids and other important nutrients like thiamin, iron, and potassium. Hemp, flaxseed, and chia seeds have the added benefit of being high in essential fatty acids and fiber.

A staff-favorite is New Chapter’s ‘Complete Organic Plant Protein+’, and ‘Complete Organic Plant Protein+ Fuel & Replenish’. With 20 grams of protein per serving, these USDA certified-organic protein powders are a blend of mung bean, brown rice, hemp, chia seed, flax, sunflower, and pumpkin proteins. Both are available in chocolate and vanilla, and both sweetened with stevia.

Garden of Life’s Raw Fit, which is a USDA certified-organic blend of various sprouted plant proteins, including brown rice, flax, amaranth, adzuki bean, garbanzo bean, millet, quinoa, buckwheat, and more; with its included green coffee bean extract, it helps with weight loss by satisfying hunger and fighting cravings. Raw Fit offers a whopping 28 grams of protein per serving.

All of the plant-based protein options described above are gluten-free and vegan. They are a delicious way to get veggies and healthy grains into your diet also!

Hemp
Hemp Protein is considered one of the easiest proteins to digest, and the least likely to cause gas and bloating. It has a complete amino acid profile, contains Omega 3-6-9, and Fiber. Manitoba Harvest’s Hemp Yeah! hemp protein is a combination of Hemp and Pea protein, is sweetened with coconut sugar (which has a lower glycemic index then fructose), and is available in Chocolate, Vanilla, Unflavored, and Unflavored + fiber. It contains 20 grams of protein, and 2-4 grams of fiber (8 grams in the ‘+ fiber’ formula) per serving.

Add-On Ideas for Children:

Smoothies are one of the sneakiest, tastiest, and most exciting ways to boost our children’s nutrient intake, which is why we consider smoothies especially essential for kids who are picky eaters. Here are some of our favorite add-ons for kids’ smoothies:

  • A multivitamin powder mix can be added to the smoothie. Oxylent’s children’s multi, is Non-GMO, Gluten-Free, has no sugar and is sweetened with stevia; it comes in Bubbly Berry Punch flavor.
  • Probiotics, the beneficial bacteria in the gut, play a large role in immunity, brain development, and digestion. Nordic Naturals Pixies powdered probiotic is a great option and comes in a great ‘rad berry’ flavor. Just open them up and put them in the smoothie. Dosage depends on the age of the child.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for children. A 2005 study reported that children between 20 months and 3 years who took fish oil daily, had positive transformation in behavior and learning abilities. Another study performed in 2008 showed a positive correlation in preschoolers’ listening comprehension and vocabulary with high blood levels of DHA through supplementation. It is recommended that infants 12-18 months take in 32 mg of EPA+DHA/lb of weight, and children 18+ months need 15 mg of EPA+DHA/lb of weight. Carlson’s Cod Liver oil (lemon) is a good choice to try. Fish oil is an important supplement for moms and dads too!

Boost your Smoothie with Superfoods

Superfoods are high in antioxidants, as well as micro and macro nutrients, and phenolic compounds (found in fruits with blue and purple skins).  Adding them into your diet is an incredibly helpful way to protect your system from oxidative stress and keep your nutrient levels up. Superfoods are also great for detoxification and boosting energy levels.

Many plant protein powders have two of the most common Superfoods: flaxseeds and chia seeds. These seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, are great sources of fiber, and are also mineral-rich. Give yourself a further Superfood boost by adding a couple extra tablespoons of flaxseed or chia seeds into your smoothie. Flaxseeds do need to be ground for your digestive tract to absorb them; chia seeds do not. 

Many greens are also classified as Superfoods. Some include Barley grass, wheat grass, kale, spinach, etc.  Many plant-based protein powders have a blend of greens in them. If your protein choice does not, you can get your greens boost by adding a scoop of Whole Earth and Sea Fermented Greens which has fermented fruits, vegetables, grasses, and mushrooms. Another boost option is Yerba Prima’s Moringa which is full of superfood goodness.

Collagen, while not strictly speaking a super food, is super important for your bodies repair and recovery mechanisms. It Is an easy add-on to any smoothie.  Ancient Nutrition’s Multi collagen contains 5 types of collagen in order to cover most of your collagen needs. It comes unflavored, or you can choose from flavored options including chocolate, vanilla, mocha, cucumber lime, and strawberry lemonade.

Add-On Ideas for/Weight Loss:

Many individuals on a weight-loss plan find that smoothies are a quick and easy way to stave off unhealthy cravings. In addition to a protein powder, here are some add-ons we recommend for weight-loss:

  • MCT oil is a common component in Keto diets and can easily be added to a protein smoothie. It is quickly converted to energy for the brain and body, and helps you feel satiated. Dr. Mercola’s Mitomix Keto MCT oil is a great option! 
  • Natural Factors’ PGX powder is a highly purified fiber complex from the Konjac root. PGX supports weight loss and supports healthy blood sugar levels already in normal range. NOTE: thickens smoothie very quickly so you need to add as the last ingredient to the smoothie and consume within five minutes. CAUTION: if taking medication, take one hour prior or two hours after taking PGX.
  • Maca is a root that is used as a stress-fighting adaptogen to increase stamina and combat fatigue. This can assist stamina for longer and aid in more powerful workouts. Maca goes great with a nice chocolate-flavored protein drink. Navitas Maca is USDA Organic, non-GMO, and vegan.

10 Steps to Healthier Digestion this Holiday Season

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC

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Perhaps one of the most difficult challenges during the holiday season is the discomfort you feel after eating too much! Fortunately, there are safe and natural ways to prevent and treat the attack of digestive discomforts whether it be bloating, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, flatulence, or associated abdominal pain.

  1. Chew Your Food
    This recommendation cannot be emphasized enough. Try chewing every bite at least 15 times. Chances are you will enjoy your meal more; you will be less likely to overeat; and you will better digest your food. In fact, there is an enzyme in your saliva, amylase, which is essential for making your food digestible. You need to chew your food many times for the saliva to coat your food enough for amylase to travel through your digestive tract to help break down your food.
  2. Prioritize Daily Aerobic Exercise
    Regular exercise helps food move through your digestive system, reducing constipation. And exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, which is also good for your digestive health. Make it a point to work some aerobic exercise (even if it is a 15-minute walk) into your daily life.
  3. Try Some Soothing Herbs
    Herbs like slippery elm and ginger have been used for centuries to help soothe digestive discomfort. Sip ginger tea after your holiday meals. Ginger is also very helpful at
    relieving nausea.
  4. Take a Probiotic Daily
    Much of the food we consume (as well as medications like antibiotics) rids the healthy flora in our intestinal tract; this flora is needed for digestion. Fortunately, by taking a probiotic daily, we can make sure that there is beneficial flora alive and well in our intestines to aid digestion.
  5. Supplement with Enzymes
    Raw plants and whole foods have natural enzymes that help us digest the food. However, cooking destroys many of the natural enzymes making it difficult to digest the food. Almost everyone can benefit from taking a supplemental enzyme formula before meals to help aid digestion. Enzymes are also good for people who have digestive difficulties due to food sensitivities (such as dairy and gluten).
  6. Try Aloe
    Aloe vera gel has natural healing properties due to the large variety of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals it contains. Aloe vera supplements work to cleanse the digestive tract of clogging food residue.
  7. Take a Spoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar Daily
    Apple cider vinegar can help stimulate hydrochloric acid (HCI), which is a huge player in breaking down your foods. If you don’t produce enough HCl, you can be classified as having an “underactive stomach.” Symptoms of an underactive stomach can include excessive gas and belching after meals, as well as an “overfull” feeling, abdominal pain, and cramping.
  8. Try a Cleanse
    Colon and liver cleansing through the use of herbs, food, and supplements benefits the whole digestive system by removing toxins that otherwise slow digestion. Schedule a free appointment with one of our wellness educators (call 315-671-5172) to learn about foods to consume during your cleanse.
  9. Supplement with Magnesium for Constipation
    Magnesium is a great supplement to take if you are battling with constipation. Take it every night before bed; it’s a relaxant; therefore, many people find that it helps them to sleep better too.
  10. Address Stress with B-Complex
    Too much stress and anxiety can cause your digestive system to go into overdrive and is known to be connected with digestion problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Taking a B-complex daily may help reduce your stress levels.

When It’s That Time of Year… COLD AND FLU SEASON, THAT IS.

By Carol B. Blair, BS, DIHOM

GettyImages-142527885.jpgCold and flu season is once again upon us. What can we do to protect ourselves against these viral invaders and if an invasion occurs, what can we do? The answer is plenty!

Even healthy individuals get an occasional viral infection, but building a strong immune system is good prevention. To do this, be sure to take a broad-spectrum multivitamin/mineral supplement with a minimum of 1000 IU of Vitamin D, 15 mg of zinc and 70 mcg of selenium.  We have several that will satisfy those requirements such as Natur-Tyme’s Advanced Daily. Studies show that selenium helps to keep viruses from replicating, while even marginal deficiencies of A and/or zinc may cause one to become more susceptible to infections. More is not better, however. All of these nutrients have the potential for being harmful in large amounts, so a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement is a good choice.

How often have you been sick when you became overly stressed and weren’t sleeping well?  These are common factors that will reduce our resistance and make us more susceptible to infection.  Keeping your adrenals nourished enhances your immune system.  Garden of Life My Kind Organic Adrenal helps to keep your adrenal glands healthy.  My Kind Organic Ashwagandha not only helps with stress but it also encourages a restorative sleep.  They also have a product called Sleep Well that is worth a try if sleep is an issue for you.

In addition, consider Adding Garden of Life’s Oil of Oregano Seasonal Drops and extra Vitamin C to keep the immune system robust. Again, there are many choices for vitamin C such as MegaFood Ultra Vitamin C 1-2 daily or their Tangy Citrus gummies or even their C Protect Booster powder. Of course, it goes without saying, that a good diet, six to eight glasses of water daily, exercise, and adequate rest are very important. One or two cups of green tea may also be helpful as antioxidant protection. Add to your diet plenty of garlic, onions, and ginger-foods, often recommended by “old time” herbalists such as Dr. John Christopher. Horseradish will also help to clear the sinuses.

In the event you suffer from an infection, regardless of your best efforts, natural remedies are available. Elderberry, in particular, has many studies behind it as anti-viral support, and comes in a variety of forms: chewables, syrups, drinks, capsules, etc. Our knowledgeable staff can help you pick the correct one for you or your children.

Umcka is a great anti-viral that has been used in Europe for many years. It has at least 17 studies behind it and clinical trials showed significant symptom relief compared to the placebo group. Umcka also comes in various forms.

Many medicinal mushrooms are revered for building the immune system. Three types of mushrooms, Cordyceps, Maitake and Reishi, all have been shown to increase natural killer cell activity from 230–300%, respectively. Since these mushrooms modulate the immune system, they are particularly beneficial for individuals with auto-immune disorders.  When several mushrooms are formulated together, their synergistic effect increases. Host Defense MyCommunity is one such mushroom support product that I recommend frequently.”

Zinc gluconate lozenges have been shown to reduce the duration of a cold from an average of 7.6 to 4.4 days.

Homeopathics are often very useful. Although narrowing the choices for a single remedy is sometimes difficult for the layperson, combination products are also available. Homeopathic remedies are very safe and have the added benefit of not interfering with prescription drugs. Oscillococcinum (pronounced o-sill-o-cox-see-num) has been used in France for 65 years and is a popular European flu remedy. A German placebo-controlled study showed that after 48 hours, 62.9% of the individuals showed clear improvement with “Oscillo.” In this study, the remedy was not taken at the very onset of symptoms—which is important to achieve the best results.

Although I have outlined many possibilities, there are a few formulas to help narrow your choices. Always start whichever protocol you choose as soon as symptoms develop (so it is a good idea to keep your favorites in the house).

As always, check with your physician before starting any regimen.

 

Fight Inflammation Naturally!

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC, and Laurel Sterling, MS, RD

GettyImages-974162008.jpgWhen most people picture inflammation, they think of a bump on the head, an infected wound, or an arthritic joint. However, inflammation is a precursor to major health conditions like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, Alzheimer’s, and skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Chronic inflammation begins at the cellular level and is most often due to free radicals. Many factors can produce free radicals including smoking, pollution, acidic foods, foods high in sugar or saturated fat, and stress. Through a combination of diet, lifestyle, and dietary supplements, we can reduce the damage caused by inflammation.

Nutritional RECOMMENDATIONS:

Reduce your Intake of Acidic Foods and Increase your Intake of Alkalizing Foods

An acidic environment in your body, even if mildly acidic, can cause inflammation. Check your pH levels often with Heritage Store pH test strips. We recommend testing pH in your urine the first thing in the morning. If your pH is acidic, then you want to reduce your intake of meat (especially red meat), dairy, alcohol, refined food (like white pasta and breads, crackers, and cookies), artificial sweeteners, and sugary foods. You want to increase your intake of vegetables, especially leafy greens. Munch on almonds for a tasty alkaline snack and add lemon to your filtered water for an alkalizing effect. If you are having a difficult time getting veggies in, mix a green powder, such as Whole Earth & Sea’s Fermented Greens into your breakfast smoothie.

Increase your Consumption of Antioxidants

Antioxidants will defeat the free radicals; they’re responsible for preventing oxidative stress (hence their name being antioxidants). Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and cauliflower are especially beneficial.

Many herbs are high in antioxidants, so spice up your cooking with ginger, turmeric, parsley, cayenne pepper, oregano, and rosemary. Whole grains are high in several antioxidants, so consider quinoa, brown rice, millet, or amaranth in place of pasta and bread. All fruits are high in antioxidants. Some of the most alkaline, antioxidant-rich fruits include watermelon, grapefruit, mangoes, melons, grapes, kiwi, blueberries, apples, and even raisins!

Lastly, research studies have shown that green tea contains powerful antioxidants.

Increase Mineral-Rich Foods

Calcium and magnesium will help keep inflammation at bay. Many mineral-rich foods are also alkaline and high in antioxidants. Some good choices include almonds, kale, and parsley. Also try adding mineral-rich legumes (garbanzo beans, black beans, and pinto beans) to your grain dishes.

Avoid Foods that Inhibit Mineral Absorption

Even some of the healthiest foods can inhibit mineral absorption. Night-shade veggies like potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant contain the calcium-inhibitor, solanine. Rhubarb, cranberries, plums, spinach, and chard contain oxalic acid, which is also a calcium inhibitor. Also, limit your caffeine and sugar intake, as both can inhibit mineral absorption.

Increase your Consumption of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Research studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids are very helpful at reducing inflammation. Fish, plant, and nut oils are the primary dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are found in salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, and herring, as well as flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts.

Supplement RECOMMENDATIONS:

Sometimes, we cannot address our inflammation enough with foods, stress reduction, and proper sleep; it is then when we need to look to supplements.

Consider incorporating omega-3 fatty acids into your supplement regime. Fish oils lower LDL, triglycerides, fibrinogen (a clotting indicator), homocysteine (a strong oxidant), and inflammation. They also improve blood pressure and HDL levels. Flaxseed Oil is a good choice for those who would like a vegetarian/vegan option. This works in the body similar to fish oil. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are crucial in normalizing homocysteine levels. A great product that includes all of these is Designs for Health’s Homocysteine Supreme. Magnesium is alkalizing, assists with sleep, helps decrease anxiety and nervousness, relaxes all smooth muscles, and the list goes on. Nutrient-rich soil is becoming increasingly rare; and as a result, foods are deficient in many minerals. It is crucial to replenish our body with these minerals on a daily basis.

New Chapter Organics’ Zyflamend is a wonderful product that includes turmeric, ginger, oregano, green tea, holy basil, rosemary, and Baikal skullcap. These herbs are utilized by the body to naturally promote a healthy inflammation response. A similar product called Meriva 500-SF by Thorne Research, is a highly bioavailable curcumin extract, which is a powerful antioxidant found in turmeric. Another herb known for its anti-inflammatory properties is cayenne. There is a product called Cool Cayenne by Solaray, which is gentler on the stomach than others. Boswellia from Himalaya is another great option. Boswellia (also known as Frankincense) blocks the synthesis of inflammation-causing leukotrienes.

Also consider enzymes and flavonoids like NOW’s Quercetin with Bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme derived from pineapple. Studies have shown that bromelain inhibits the pro-inflammatory prostaglandins. Quercetin is a potent flavonoid found in onions, apples, and other veggies. This was found to also help mediate inflammation. Wobenzym N is a clinically backed product that contains plant-based enzymes, pancreatic enzymes, and antioxidants.

Lifestyle RECOMMENDATIONS:

Get Enough Sleep, as sleep deprivation has been shown to increase free radicals.

Reduce Stress, as stress is pro-inflammatory. Studies have shown that meditation, yoga, prayer, or other stress-reduction activities can have a positive effect on chronic inflammatory conditions.

Exercise, but don’t overdo it. Exercise consistently to maintain a healthy body weight and stimulate a healthy immune system but vary the intensity. You want to avoid constantly exercising with very intense efforts for long periods of time because this puts oxidative stress on your body, producing free radicals.

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