Discover the Health Benefits of Fiber

Did you know that fiber can help with weight management, heart health, and blood sugar control, in addition to promoting regularity? Fiber is an essential nutrient that is not digested in the small intestine and passes into the large intestine where it is partially or fully fermented. This process helps support digestive health, regularity, and provides many other health benefits throughout the body.

Fiber is available in two forms, soluble or insoluble, that are both beneficial to your health. Soluble fiber helps support the population of friendly bacteria in the colon, softens stool, helps promote cardiovascular health, and supports the production of protective short-chain fatty acids in the colon. Insoluble fiber helps absorb toxins and moves waste material more quickly through the colon, removes excess bile acids, increases the bulk of stool, and supports a normal, healthy intestinal tract lining.

Health authorities, including the Food & Drug Administration, recommend 25 to 40 grams daily of fiber to maintain good health. Most Americans only consume 10 to 15 grams of fiber each day, which is less than half of the recommended amount. For improved health, it is beneficial to eat a variety of high fiber foods and take a fiber supplement as needed. Daily fiber supplements from Yerba Prima are a simple, healthy way to help ensure you’re getting an adequate amount of dietary fiber.

Fiber Pioneers

Do you recognize the names of fiber pioneers, such as Graham and Kellogg, who educated the public about the benefits of fiber in the late 1800’s? Of course you do. In the United States, Yerba Prima pioneered the development of natural dietary fiber products based on scientific research on benefits of fiber. Yerba Prima was the first company to make natural fiber supplements with all five fiber types and with a balance of soluble and insoluble fiber.

The Many Benefits of Fiber

Everyone knows that fiber helps maintain regularity, but do you know what other benefits it has to offer. Here’s a glance at the many health advantages fiber provides.

Weight Maintenance:

  • Aids in weight loss
  • Promotes satiety when taken with a meal
  • Helps maintain blood sugar levels within the normal range to reduce hunger signals
  • Recommended Product: Daily Fiber Formula– Orange Flavor (Sugar-Free)

 Colon & Digestive Health:

  • Increases good bacteria in the colon to improve digestion and elimination
  • Promotes normal colon function for people with digestive upset
  • Yerba Prima fiber products are Certified Gluten-Free
  • Recommended Product: Colon Care Formula, Colon Care Caps

Heart & Cardiovascular Health:

  • Supports heart health
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels within the normal range
  • Recommended Product: Psyllium Husks Powder

Blood Sugar Control:

  • Viscous fiber helps maintain blood sugar levels within the normal range
  • Normalizes blood glucose concentrations, both after a meal and all day
  • Recommended Product: Daily Fiber Formula


  • Gentle long-term solution for constipation
  • Reduces problems with diarrhea or loose stools
  • Promotes proper tone of colon muscles to help people avoid stimulant laxatives
  • Recommended Product: Psyllium Whole Husks, Psyllium Husks Caps

The take-home message here is that most Americans need to double or triple their fiber intake in order to meet the recommended amounts. Consuming an adequate amount of fiber can offer a multitude of health benefits, while keeping your body regular. This is why so many doctors and nutritional researchers alike recommend that people eat more high-fiber foods and utilize daily fiber supplements. Help your body function at its best and maintain your health with premium quality products from Yerba Prima!

Sweet News for Natural Remedies

By Michael Wohlfeldt, ND

Let us fill you in on the juiciest natural secret to ease pain, swelling, premature aging, gout, sleeplessness, and more. Tart cherries are one of nature’s most powerful superfoods and they have many important nutrients that can be advantageous to your health! This antioxidant-rich fruit provides powerful health benefits that can be experienced more immediately than most other superfoods.

We are not talking about sweet cherries or black cherries, nor are we talking about cherry juice. Pure Planet’s Organic Tart Cherry Concentrate is a highly concentrated juice made from rare, organic varieties of tart-sour cherries that can provide as much as 33 cherries in one tablespoon! Tart cherries contain a wide variety of antioxidants and phyto-chemicals, known to support healthy joint function, promote healthy uric acid metabolism, encourage a deeper, more restful sleep, and provide a rich source of antioxidants that can help prevent premature cellular aging. These products are also non-GMO, 100% natural, vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free.

The bright, deep color of the tart cherry reveals its unprecedented strength. The tart cherry fruit contains a variety and potency of some of the most valuable fruit phytonutrients available in nature, with the robust power of ellagic acid and anthocyanins. Ellagic acid studied in test tubes has shown strong anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. Epidemiological studies suggest that increased consumption of anthocyanins can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is still one of the most common causes of mortality among men and women. The fruit also possesses anti-inflammatory agents that can help alleviate a variety of ailments, such as asthma, osteoarthritis, muscle pain, exercise-related muscle damage, or gout.

The health benefits of tart cherries have only been known for about 20 years. Scientists studying growers of tart cherries observed that they looked younger, had strong hearts, no arthritis, and slept like babies—prompting the researchers to ask why.

Subsequent studies revealed that tart cherries were a powerhouse of antioxidant nutrients. Some researchers suggested that, consumed as a concentrate specifically, sour cherries can be a natural alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and sleep aids. Tart cherries have naturally occurring melatonin, which can help balance circadian rhythms for proper sleep in the evening. Taken during the day, tart cherry concentrate will not make you sleepy. Take a tablespoon of tart cherry concentrate during the day or night and experience the many benefits it has to offer.

Pure Planet’s Organic Tart Cherry Concentrate can help alleviate a multitude of conditions, such as metabolic issues, inflammatory problems, joint pain, insomnia, as well as other conditions. Studies have shown this antioxidant-rich fruit can help prevent and ease chronic diseases as well as provide your body with the essential nutrients needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can dilute it with water, add it to a smoothie, or pour it on your vanilla ice cream! So take advantage of one of nature’s best sources of essential nutrients and discover the health benefits of tart cherries!

Natural Deodorants Put to the Test

By Donnie Williams, Makeup Artist/ Receptionist

With the increasing trend of going natural, switching to cleaner, more pure home and personal care products seems to be a no brainer. With all of the hype nowadays it’s not uncommon for me to be asked about natural deodorants; in fact, it’s actually pretty common. After almost 8 years experience here at Natur-Tyme, I have run the gamut on natural deodorants and after doing so here are my top three picks.

During the winter and cooler times, I like Aubrey Organics E Plus High C Roll-On. The classic scent has a fresh and clean smell, which I enjoy. On cool days, this deodorant can get me through the day without my having to reapply halfway through the day, which is a major pet peeve for me. Last fall, the company released the same formula in two new scents, coconut sugar and lavender. I still have yet to try them, but I do know they both smell great and can only imagine they work just as well.

The second runner up is Schmidt’s Lavender Sage Deodorant. This deodorant scared me a little at first. It comes in a jar with a spatula and you apply it with your finger tips, a method that was foreign to me at the time. The baking soda base is very absorbent and I feel it keeps me drier than any of my other top three picks. This deodorant is second runner-up only because of the application method, which I know will deter some folks. This deodorant is a great pick for any time of the year and it even holds up in the hot, sweaty summer months. Schmidt’s is also available in a variety of scents and they have recently released a stick form, which I am very eager to try!

Lastly, my number one pick is Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed 24 Hour Deodorant. This is the winner for me hands down! I love the variety of scents available for this deodorant and it actually has the ability to work for 24 hours! With this deodorant, I don’t have to worry about pesky mid-day reapplication and most days I can go longer than the 24-hour mark. The formula doesn’t stain my clothes and holds up beautifully in the dead heat of summer. I will reach for this deodorant first, every time!

To conclude, I must note that I believe natural deodorants vary somewhat from person to person, as they work with our body’s natural chemistry. You may find that one works better for you than another, that’s awesome! These are just the findings of my own personal trial and error as well as the helpful feedback and purchasing habits of the many customers I speak with day to day here at Natur-Tyme. I hope you find my discoveries helpful!

Natural Hiking and Camping Beauty Must-Haves

By Jessica-Anne Manson, Licensed Esthetician

In the recent weeks of amazing weather, it’s without a doubt that my boyfriend and I take advantage of our days off together. We go hit a hiking trail or take the weekend to head up into the Adirondacks to hike a mountain for a couple days. We also make sure that we pack some essentials, other than water and snacks, to make the trip more fun. Sometimes it is a small drawstring bag and other times it’s packed into a backpack for the longer trips.

When there is little to no water, we like to bring some face and body wipes. We carry natural, biodegradable wipes in order to keep ourselves clean while hiking. I prefer the Acure Fragrance-Free Argan Wipes, which are durable and clean the skin of dirt, oils, and sweat as we trek along. For those who have sensitive skin, Aubrey Organics also makes wipes for sensitive skin with calming ingredients like Sea Aster and Aloe.

Another item that really is good if you do have access to water, even if it’s a natural source, is Alaffia’s Liquid Black African Soap. This is similar to having a castile soap, but is biodegradable and won’t harm the eco-system. Preferably, I would recommend getting the unscented soap, but the Eucalyptus Tea Tree or Lavender Ylang Ylang scents would make for a good minor bug repelling bonus.

Next would be a DEET-Free Insect Repellant. DEET, also known as diethyltoluamide, has a bad rap for causing many health issues with consistent use. So far, an essential oil based insect repellant works very well against pests. My boyfriend and I both swear by Quantam’s Buzz Away, especially with the higher geranium oil used in order to deter ticks. Another reputable brand would be All-Terrain, which has been awarded “Best Gear” by National Geographic Adventure and has excellent feedback on its effectiveness.

Before we hit the sunscreens, did you know your lips can also be a susceptible to sunburns as well? When purchasing your sunscreen, it’s best that you get a lip balm with SPF in it as well. Good ones that we’ve tried and carry are jane iredale’s Lip Drink with SPF 15 and Badger’s SPF 15 Lip Balms, which both do a wonderful job.

The best part is sunscreen, which I saved for last. Along with keeping covered with a hat, sunglasses, and wearing clothes that cover skin, sunscreen is still very important. Lately, it’s been Mychelle Sun Shield Clear Spray with SPF 30. It has broad spectrum protection and helps cover the most forgotten, hard to reach places without too much of the chalky white appearance from the zinc oxide. It also protects you from both UVA and UVB Rays!

In the end, we come back with happy memories, lots of pictures (selfie sticks are very handy for trips like this), and we still have a lot left over for the next adventure.


Difficulty Losing Fat? This May Be the Cause

By Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O.,D.A.C.B.N., MS

Obesity has hit epidemic proportions and the world is desperate to do anything to lose their unwanted fat.

Although eating a healthy diet and exercise is paramount to losing fat, there is one little unknown fact that will prevent millions of people from ever losing fat.

According to the US government, this one thing is considered the number one pollutant in the human body and will put a quick halt to ever reaching your desired level of fitness and fat loss.

One of the major causes of the obesity epidemic is the unprecedented level of phthalates or plasticizers.

The problem with these toxic environmental toxins is the fact that they are difficult and near-impossible to avoid. Today, they are found in every species even in the most pristine wild.

These toxins have so damaged the chemistry of even animals in the wild that the polar bears in the Arctic have human diseases such as hypothyroidism and osteoporosis.

Phthalates are the highest pollutant in the body and are more than 10,000 times higher than any of the thousands of other environmental toxins.

In fact, they are so pervasive that now children six years of age have levels that used to take adults until the age of 40 to accumulate.

The government agencies’ scientific and medical literature have clearly documented that a huge amount of these environment toxins (phthalates) come from our water, soda and infant formula bottles, food packaging, cosmetics, nail polish, mattresses, couches, carpets, clothing, medications, styrofoam cups, IVs, vinyl flooring, construction materials, home wiring, computers, industrial and auto exhausts, etc.

The sad point is the fact that these toxins stockpile in the body and overwhelm our ability to detoxify them.

We routinely measure them with a wonderful test called Phthalates & Parabens Profile(

In addition to the damage these environmental toxins do to the biochemistry of losing fat, they have also been known to be associated with difficult to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, ADD, syndrome X, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, allergies, and much more.

The label that a disease has is now less important. All we care about is what caused the disease and what biochemical corrections are necessary to get rid of it and actually bring about a true solution, a word you rarely hear in drug-oriented medicine.

What is even worse is the fact a pregnant mother’s phthalate levels (look at how many are continually drinking from plastic water bottles, etc., thinking that it’s something healthful) hugely influence not only the development of the child’s brain and glands, but even future fertility and cancers in their unborn children, not to mention, of course, obesity.

What you need to understand and something the researchers have forgot to mention is the fact that fat stores a huge amount of our chemicals, so the more overweight you are the more difficult it is to lose fat. Interesting, but at the same time depressing.

The bottom line is many people will never lose weight or solve their medical problems because they have not gotten rid of the phthalates and other environmental pollutants that have damaged their chemistry and genetics.

One of the key ingredients to ridding the body of these harmful toxins is first to do what you can to avoid it (STOP DRINKING OUT OF STYROFOAM CUPS and PLASTIC BOTTLES) and invest in a far infrared sauna.


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Why Avocados are Amazing

By Shannon Morehouse MA, CHHC

Avocados are high in oleic acid (also known as Omega-9), a mono-unsaturated fat that research indicates may help prevent heart disease and even cancer! As if that isn’t enough good news, avocados can actually help increase the absorption of nutrients from other vegetables! This is a concept known as nutrient fusion. For instance, a salad with lettuce, carrots, some spinach, and salsa is rich in carotenoids such as beta carotene, which are extremely health-promoting. Add an avocado in your salad, and you automatically increase your body’s ability to absorb those nutrients! Why? Because these carotenoids are lipophilic (which means they are soluble in fat, not water); if you eat them along with a healthy fat, like avocados, you enhance their bioavailability!

A 2005 study published in the Journal of Nutrition proves this point. Adding avocado to a salad increased absorption of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lutein 7.2, 15.3, and 5.1 times higher, respectively, than the average amount of these carotenoids absorbed when an avocado-free salad was eaten. Amazing, isn’t it!?

If you are not a big fan of the avocado texture, try avocado in other forms. Avocado oil is great to use in cooking. If you haven’t the time to cook, try some healthy snacks made with avocado oil. All of the following are available at Natur-Tyme.  I love good health’s Avocado Oil kettle chips! And when I watch a movie at home, it is usually with a bowl of Lesser Evil’s Buddha Bowl Avocado Oil popcorn. Sandwiches are so delicious with a thin spread of Chosen Foods’ Avocado Oil Mayo.

If you are a dessert lover like me, you must try Avocadough cookies. You would never guess that avocado was hiding in these treats! Made locally in Central New York, the cookies are amazing. They are all-natural with a mixture of whole grains, sugar (or cane juice), egg, butter (or healthy oil)…and avocado, of course. In the mood for Oatmeal Raisin, try “Raisin the Bar.” Looking for a chocolate fix, try “Peanut Butter Me Up” or “Choc it Up.”

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Address Health Concerns with Apple Cider Vinegar

By Shannon Morehouse, MA, CHHC


Some health trends last forever and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is one of them! Its benefits are numerous!

Taking a tablespoon of ACV before meals can help stabilize blood-sugar levels, which is very useful for digestion of high-carbohydrate meals, especially for those who have diabetes.

One of the benefits of ACV is that it can ease an upset stomach. Are you feeling bloated? Nauseous? Simply add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a small glass of water to solve your discomfort. The stomach discomfort is typically because of bacteria and the vinegar contains pectin, which has soothing properties.

ACV can also help with a variety of cold symptoms. Gurgling with two ounces of apple cider vinegar mixed with two ounces of warm water will soothe a sore throat. Along with alleviating a sore throat, ACV will clear your nose of congestion and stuffiness. The potassium in the vinegar makes your mucous thinner, while the acid reacts with the bacteria. This can relieve your stuffy feeling almost instantly.

Not only can ACV help with your cold, but also, it can help in the cold months with dry scalp. You may experience dandruff, which can be embarrassing. Mixing the vinegar with water and then with your shampoo will help your dry scalp. Again, the acidity in the vinegar prevents germs from invading your skin and prevents a dry scalp.

You are probably recognizing a trend; ACV helps almost any condition that is bacterial in nature. It can even be helpful in treating acne. It kills the bacteria on the surface of your skin and leaves you with clear, smooth skin that will be sure to make you happy.

Falling asleep during work? Instead of grabbing another cup of coffee, try grabbing some ACV. Having one tablespoon of vinegar gives you the same amount of energy as a cup of coffee.

The most effective ACV is in a glass bottle, organic, and unfiltered, such as Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. Natur-Tyme sells the 32-ounce Bragg’s ACV for 30% off MSRP everyday; it is one of our customers’ favorite L.E.A.N. (Lower Everyday at Natur-Tyme) products!

Natur-Tyme Employee Profiles


As a way for you to get to know our friendly staff members, we are going to start posting some profiles of the Natur-Tyme Family on our blog. What better of a person to start with than the owner, Wendy Meyerson.  And what better of a day to post it than the day of Natur-Tyme’s 16th annual health fair at the New York State Fairgrounds. This is CNY’s premier health and wellness event. Come on out and join us! Mention this blog to get in the door for $7.00 (the price of our advanced sale tickets) instead of $10.00 (our “at the door” price).

Here are Wendy’s answers to a variety of thought-provoking questions

Wendy Meyerson
Natur-Tyme Store Owner
With the business for 20 Years

Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: Syracuse, New York

Q: If there is one piece of advice that you think applies to most people, what is it?
A: Always follow your gut! It will never fail you!

Q: If you won 10 million dollars, what would you do with the money?
A: Pay off our business loans but still keep doing what we are doing!

Q: What are your favorite local hangouts?
A: Natur-Tyme of course!

Q: If money was no object, what would you do all day?
A: Exactly what I am doing today!

Q: For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
A: Of course my family’s health and happiness, but also the wonderful community support we have had for the past 30 years!

Q: Who’s your personal hero?
A: Not one, but all the Natur-Tyme employees who are committed everyday to uphold our mission while juggling his or her own life challenges. They are inspiring!


Lifestyle Factors to Keep in Mind for Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

Losing Brain FunctionBy Jennifer Morganti, ND, Needs Director of Education


As Alzheimer’s disease (AD) rates continue to rise, many of us are wondering what our own risk is of  becoming a statistic. Current data says your chances are one in nine if you are over 65 years old, and if you’re over 85, it’s one in three. With such high risks, wouldn’t it be great to better understand what we can do to prevent it? There isn’t a good treatment to reverse AD and we still are not clear what causes it. Genetics and lifestyle factors seem to play in to the scenario, but the picture is fuzzy at best.

A recent study was published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, which may help provide clues as to which lifestyle risk factors can be modified to help decrease the chances of developing this devastating disease.  This study was a meta-analysis of other studies that contained data about AD risks. The diligent researchers initially browsed through almost 17,000 relevant studies, then narrowed it down to 323 which were appropriate to include in the review. There were over 5,000 patients included in the 323 studies.

The review of these 5,000 patients brought to light some interesting findings. They found a strong protective effect from five dietary factors: coffee intake, light to moderate drinking (alcohol), vitamin E, vitamin C, and folic acid. They found a significantly increased risk of developing AD when homocysteine levels were high or if a person was depressed. Risk also increased in the presence of other health conditions such as obesity (in middle age), atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and having type-2 diabetes. Interestingly, the study found a seemingly contradictory risk factor; a “low” BMI (being underweight) also is a hazard. Smoking or having a lower education level increases a person’s risk. Frailty (lacking strength and not exercising) puts a person at risk as well.

Some of the results were surprising and all in all, some were familiar. Although nothing is conclusive from this one review, the information is useful.  I think it does help point us in the right direction to make smart lifestyle choices for AD prevention, and those choices are also generally wise recommendations for overall health and wellness. 

Xu W, Tan L, Wang H, et al: Meta-analysis of modifiable risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry 2015;August 21, 2015.

Make your Own Antioxidant Tea

By Sam Derbyshire

One thing I love about Natur-Tyme is the bulk department. We carry more high-quality herbs than any other place in CNY.

I rely on the bulk department for ingredients for my immune-boosting tea:
– 1-part hibiscus
– 1-part rosehips
– 1-part red tea

Lay out a tea ball and fill half of one side with red tea and half of that same side with hibiscus, then on the other side, fill half way with cut/sifted rosehips. Hang that tea ball in a gallon pitcher of cold water. Let it steep overnight in the fridge.

The rosehips have lots of vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and carotenoids, making them great antioxidants.

The hibiscus also has a lot of vitamin C, is a diuretic, and is great for high-blood pressure. Studies have also shown it to be helpful in atherosclerosis, reducing triglycerides, LDL, and overall triglycerides.  It is an overall antioxidant, contains phytosterols, and vitamin E.

The red tea (or Rooibos tea, or red bush tea) has the same antioxidant and polyphenol qualities as green tea, but without the caffeine and with much lower tannins.

The combo is a great option as a cold summer tea, which, in my opinion, needs no sweetener.  It is also great as a warm tea with just a dash of honey.


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