Keep Kids on Track Over the Summer

By Laurel Sterling, RD

MotherDaughterGardeningSummer time is a time of the year that schedules change for many of us, and it is easy to get off track in many areas of our lives. We stay up later with the sun being out longer so our sleep is off. There are wonderful parties, picnics, and BBQs that we attend and as a result our eating is not as optimal as it could be.

For our children, we tend to have them involved in activities and camps over the summer to keep them busy and out of mischief. I feel this also is a perfect time to get them more involved in things like gardening, cooking, juicing, etc.

My 6-year-old daughter Lily LOVES to help out in the kitchen; so I bought her a small Island bamboo cutting board to use for cutting up produce when we are prepping for grilling or juicing. This is a great time of year with all the fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables to get children more interested in juicing and cooking. At my house, we have cilantro, basil, and several mints growing in our herb garden right outside our kitchen door. Lily loves to make up her own juice recipes. Some are amazing and others….well…..let’s just say we are still experimenting with them!

Using more fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables from your own gardens really gets kids connected to where there food comes from. They can see the entire “Farm-to-Table” process right in their own backyard! My daughter picks blackberries from the bushes in our yard, and we use the berries to make smoothies with the Lifeway Keifer and a protein powder. Vega French Vanilla and Lifetime Life’s Basics Plant Protein Mix Natural Vanilla Flavor are my two favorite protein powders to use. They are loaded with so many vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, fiber, and more! These are a great way to sneak in additional nutrients that may be lacking from your child’s diet. You can also add Nature’s Way Liquid Coconut oil to your smoothie for some healthy additional fats, which are great for increasing cognition. Don’t we all need some of that?!

So let’s keep those kids on track, get them more involved with cooking, and make them healthier at the same time! All of the supplemental products I’ve mentioned are available right here at Natur-Tyme.

More great tips are available on www.kidseatright.org.

Healthful Summer Crafts

By Sam Derbyshire, Supplement Educator

herbsNearly 20 years ago, I found Natur-Tyme in my hunt for some obscure dried herbs. I had been learning to make my own soaps, salves, lotions, etc. and I was told about this little store that sold herbs by the ounce. I was in awe of the wall of jars that they had full of an amazing variety of herbs. As it turned out, the echinacea, ginseng, and comfrey I was looking for are rather common herbs.

Since then, I have tried recipes from many books. One of the few books I consider a ‘must have’ is Dina Falconi’s Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair (available at Natur-Tyme for $17.95). It has a multitude of recipes for many purposes. This book has recipes for everything from deodorant and sunscreen to sunburn care and cooling body splash. Here is the recipe for the body splash.

This is “an invigorating, cleansing and hydrating body splash for all skin types” from page 80 in the book Earthly Bodies and Heavenly Hair:

Spearmint Blend Body Splash

Combine equal parts dried spearmint leaf, dried nettle, and dried fennel seeds. Crush in a mortar and pestle (or food processor if mortar and pestle is not available). Boil 16 oz. of water and make an infusion with the crushed herbs. Steep for four hours and then strain. You can use more spearmint if you want a stronger mint smell. Pour strained infusion into a measuring cup and add an equal amount of 80 proof vodka. Stir together and pour into a container and splash as desired.

You can forgo the vodka and just use water if you wish, but it is an excellent preservative and helps it to dry quicker on your skin. If you do skip the vodka, this mixture will not keep for more then a week.

This same type of product can be made with ½ teaspoon of essential oil of Spearmint and ½ teaspoon of essential oil of fennel instead of the herbs in the above recipe. Note that the essential oils make this recipe quite potent.

Start Prepping for Spring with Tea.

By Genoa Wilson, Vitamin Educator

145854305“And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow, your heart dreams of spring.” ~ Khalil Gibran

This is a true story.  Just a few nights ago, I had a dream in which I stood facing yet another insurmountable snow bank. Looking closer, I noticed a door embedded in the snow. I opened it and stepped through into another world. The sun was shining; birdies were singing; flowers were blooming; in short, it was a perfect spring day. When I told my husband about it he said, “Wow – sounds like a serious case of cabin fever!”

Now I AM a huge fan of snow and winter but even the sturdiest snowman amongst us must be feeling the itch for a warm sunny day to thaw us out after the winter we’ve had this time around.

With warmer weather comes an opportunity to fling open the windows and brush out the dust and decay that builds up during winter.  Traditionally, our forbears knew how to use foods and herbs to “thin the blood” as my great grandmother used to say, and clear the body of toxins that can build up over the long period of cold and dark.

Tea has been used for thousands of years as a gentle force for healing and to this day is still a powerful ally to cleanse and detoxify.  Traditional spring detoxifying herbs include milk thistle, burdock, dandelion, red clover, yellow dock, parsley, corn silk, and sarsaparilla.  Lucky for us, the Natur-Tyme tea aisle includes several tea blends that contain some of the above mentioned herbs.  Look for DeTox Tea, Berry DeTox,  Peach DeTox, and Skin DeTox teas from Traditional Medicinals, Cleanse & Detox tea from Gaia Herbs, and Simply Detox by Choice Organic Teas to welcome spring from within!

Saw Palmetto for Prostate Health

By Laurel Sterling, MA, RD155472626

Saw Palmetto is an herb typically associated with alleviating issues associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). It is widely used in many formulas for prostate health along with a variety of other compounds such as: stinging nettle, lycopene, green tea, selenium, zinc, vitamin D3, phytosterols, and pumpkin seed oil.

BPH is a nonmalignant enlargement of the prostate. The enlargement of the prostate leads to a narrowing of the urethra. Common signs and symptoms of BPH include: decreased force and stream of flow, dribbling after urination, increased frequency of urination, increased nighttime urination (nocturia), and occasionally painful urination (dysuria).

How do they believe that saw palmetto works? It is believed that the liposterolic (fat-soluble) extract of saw palmetto berries induces inhibition of DHT (dihydrotestosterone) binding to prostate cellular receptors, inhibition of 5-alpha-reductase, and interference with prostate estrogen receptors. Most experts believe DHT to be a major factor in the cause of less-than-optimal prostate health and prostate enlargement. Testosterone is metabolized in your body to DHT, and the enzyme that is responsible for converting testosterone to DHT is called 5-alpha-reductase (Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci.May 2012).

Many clinical studies over the years (30-90 days in length) have demonstrated a significant difference in urine flow, volume voided, dysuria, nocturia, etc. after taking saw palmetto. They have also seen that roughly 90% of men that have mild-moderate BPH feel some improvement in only four to six weeks! More recent clinical studies have observed saw palmetto’s use from six to around twelve months. In a relatively recent study, researchers compared saw palmetto 320 mg/day (Permixon) to the drug Proscar at 5mg/day. There were similar decreases in many of the symptoms of BPH, but saw palmetto did not have the side effect of erectile dysfunction that the drug did. Another similar study using saw palmetto and nettle root (Prostagutt forte) and the drug Proscar came up with similar findings.

There are no known interactions with this herb, but note that most of the clinical trials excluded men taking diuretics, alpha blockers, and anticoagulants. Possible side effects are mild gastrointestinal disturbances. NOTE: Because saw palmetto is used for mild to moderate BPH stages I and II, it is contraindicated with advanced BPH. BPH should be diagnosed by a certified healthcare practitioner or physician.

Recommended use is to take 320 mg of saw palmetto berry extract (standardized to 85%-95% fatty acids and sterols), all at once or in two divided doses with meals. Use at least six months to determine its effectiveness.

Let’s JUICE it UP!

Cafe_Group_EditBy Laurel Sterling, MA, RD

The nutritional benefits of juicing are immense. Juicing can pack a tremendous amount of nutrients in just one delicious cup. Fresh juice, not from a bottle or concentrate, is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, proteins, and so much more!

Because juice is assimilated with very little effort from the digestive system, the body can easily make use of all the nutrition it offers. Juicing combined with a nutritious and balanced diet is ideal.

So whether your health is at a low point right now or even if you are feeling very healthy, juicing is excellent for your health and energy. This is a great gift you can give to your body all year-round!

Here at Natur-Tyme’s Tyme-Out Café, we have several great ones to choose from:

  • CNY Yogi is a very refreshing drink. It’s a perfect choice for its cooling and detoxifying properties. Rich in nutrients that aid the body in ridding excess fluids as well as toxins, what a great choice for someone who is looking for a jumpstart on cleansing!
  • Lightening Bug is rich in antioxidants, and loaded with vitamin C. This is a wonderful choice any time of the year due to its immune-enhancing properties!
  • Popeye’s Punch is a great option for those looking to decrease systemic inflammation. This is in part due to the alkalinity of the fruits and herbs within. This is another one I love!
  • Ginger-Snap is packed full of vitamin A, which enhances immunity, and with the addition of warming ginger, it has an added benefit of being anti-inflammatory as well.
  • The Blue-Green Elixir is filled with minerals, antioxidants, and also protein from the algae. This elixir can assist with energy as well as immunity.
  • Transfusion is a power-packed juice! This combo of fruits, veggies, and spices will give your body a transfusion of several nutrients to aid in cleansing, detoxifying, and decreasing inflammation. This one is my personal favorite!
  • Re-Fresh is a lovely cooling and cleansing drink that assists in detoxifying as well as having diuretic properties. A perfect juice choice in the summer to cool down! The simplicity of this juice appeals to many juicing novices.
  • Wheatgrass is a very rich nutritional food that is filled with vitamins, mineral, and trace elements. According to Dr. Anne Wigmore, founder of Hippocrates Health Institute, one pound of wheatgrass is equal in nutritional value to 25 pounds of choice vegetables. Come in and try one of our wheatgrass shots!
  • This warming Ginger shot can assist in digestion, decreasing inflammation, cleansing, and alkalizing the body. What more can you ask for in one shot! This is great during those long cold winter months we have here in Syracuse.

So come in, sit down, relax, and try one of our juice combo drinks or juice shots. You will be sure to fall in love with them! Enjoy!

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