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Health And Nature Shop Blog: July 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Treat Depression With Natural Supplements, Vitamins, Exercise & Meditation

Treat Depression with Herbs,
Supplements Exercise & Meditation
Exercise frequently (preferably outdoors), meditate every day and also charge yourself with positive thoughts every morning using visualization techniques.

Happiness is contegious so always surround yourself of happy people and avoid those that tend to spoil happy moments!

If you want to try a natural supplement, I recommend taking Alegria Plus. Alegria contains a potent herbal blend of Alegria del Campo, Scutellaria and Sage which are natural antidepressants and positively alter mood and emotions by acting on serotonin.
Alegria: Natural Supplement
for Depression

My son uses Alegria as a supplement to charge him with energy, positivism and motivation and he claims it has helped him immensely!

In addition to Alegria Plus I would like to highlight the importance of Vitamin D and B Vitamins. Deficiencies in both have been linked to depression! Studies suggest that taking doses of 5,000 IUs can significant impact ones quality of life.

Vitamin D and B Vitamins, particularly Vitamin B12, have beneficial effects that extend to a wide range of metabolic functions in different body systems (Immune, Cardiovascular and Nervous Systems). I suggest adding these essential vitamins to your daily diet along with Alegria Plus, 5 HTP and magnesium. These will provide a boost to your overall mental health. http://www.healthandnatureshop.c...

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Wonder Ginger!

Ginger for Digestion, Nausea, Pain, Etc.
This famed underground stem of the zingiber officinale plant has been traditionally used as an important cooking ingredient; however, most tend to ignore its medicinal wonders.

Ginger has been used as a medicine for more than 2,000 years. Not only this tasteful cooking spice offers great support to digestion, but it also is a great aid in the treatment of nausea, arthritis, heart conditions, cold & flu, headaches and even painful menstrual periods.

During pregnancy, chemotherapy, following a surgery and for motion sickness, Ginger can safely, effectively and naturally relieve the severity and duration of nausea symptoms.

Ginger is also a well-known anti inflammatory. Its extract is used to treat ulcerative colitis and arthritis.

Researchers have also found that components in Ginger may have anticancer activity.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Dr. Weil's Take on Depression

Dr. Weil's Take on Depression
I recommend this interesting video of Dr. Weil and his opinion about Depression.

In this video, Dr. Weil explains how "Changes in diet and lifestyle, along with natural herbs, supplements, and even new philosophies of psychology, can all help relieve or reverse the depressive symptoms that the modern age seems to have multiplied."

The Depression Epidemic - Andrew Weil, M.D. from Andrew Weil, M.D. on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mount Sinai Says Grape Seed Component Fights Alzheimer's

Pholyphenols, a natural occurring antioxidant found in Grape Seeds, fight and in some cases may help prevent the development of Alzeihmer's, according to researchers from the Mount Sinai Medical School who studied the effects of Polyphenols on Neurotoxins in the brain.

The results from the recent study suggest that targeting Neurotoxins in the brain at an early stage stage in patients suffering Alzheimer's disease "holds significant promise."

Grape Seeds Fight Alzeihmer's
As emphasized by researchers, the press release published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease's website highlights the apparent need to find a way to identify the biomarker to "pinpoint" who is at risk so they can be treated early.

HNS recommends taking one to two capsules a of grape seed extract standardized to 95% Polyphenols, daily.

Read the press release here.

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Green Smoothies - Blended Vs. Raw Greens

Get creative blending your favorite fruits and green veggies into a perfect Green Smoothie.

According to Raw Foods For Beginners, consuming blended raw vegetables can be more beneficial than chewing a fresh salad. This website explains that more cell walls are broken down when blending raw vegetables and therefore more nutrients are released to be absorbed by the body.

The following health improvements were reported in a study of  27 individuals taking a quarter of green smoothies every day, for a month:
  • Increase in energy
  • Depression lifted
  • Fewer blood sugar fluctuations
  • More regular bowel movements
  • Dandruff healed
  • Insomnia gone
  • Asthma attacks stopped completely
  • No more PMS symptoms
  • Fingernails stronger
  • Skin cleared up
  • Sex life improved
  • No more desire for coffee
  • Lost 5-10 pounds

Recipe: Quila’s Basic Green Smoothie
Green Smoothie

2C orange juice (or try tangerine juice for a tangy treat)
1C pineapple
1C peaches
1C mangos
1C raspberries (or strawberries or blueberries)
1-2 bananas
2 handfuls of spinach
4 leaves green leaf or romaine lettuce (or red or green chard)

Blend well. Makes 2 quarts. We drink this every day with a few variations here and there with the greens, berries and fruits in season. Also, add a bit of mint for a treat.

Source: "Green Smoothies." Raw Food For The Beginner Website - 

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Select Reading: A Natural Menopause by Jo Dunbar

Soy contains phytoestrogens that relieve
symptoms caused by menopause
In this article titled "A Natural Menopause," Medical Herbalist Jo Dunbar writes about natural alternatives to modern medicine's Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which according to studies "increases the risk of breast cancer by as much as 26%, raises the risk of stroke by 41%, and the risk of heart attack by 29%."

Dunbar suggests that an alternative answer to the potential risks posed by HRTs lies in the Easter world where Oriental women suffer less menopause symptoms because of their diet composed of foods rich in Phytoestrogens, like Soy Beans (Soy Isoflavones), Black Cohosh and Red Clover.

The author expands on how plants and other foods can help women balance their declining levels of estrogen during Menopause without a dreaded increase in the risk of breast cancer. She explains how some natural foods can help protect against Osteoporosis and Cardiac Disease and recommends, in addition to an exercise program, adding to your diet Liquorice root, diary products, kelp, almonds, figs, black grapes, blueberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries, fenugreek, garlic and olive oil.

Source: "A Natural Medicine" by Jo Dunbar.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Artichoke, Eggplant and Avocado - 3 Potent Anti Cholesterol Foods

Consider adding a natural supplement to your diet to lower your cholesterol levels. 

Artichoke, eggplant and avocado have been known to help metabolize "bad" fats and inhibit enzymes that produce cholesterol. 

Artichoke Plus contains extracts of these three potent natural anti cholesterol foods.

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Study Shows Efficacy of Soyfem for Menopause

An article from the U.S. National Library of Medicine titled "Efficacy of standardized isoflavones extract (Soyfem) (52-104 mg/24h) in moderate and medium-severe climacteric syndrome." highlights the positive results obtained in a study of Soyfem.

According to this study, patients using Soyfem demonstrated a "decrease of Kupperman index value and improvement of life the group of 169 postmenopausal women."

The group of patients studied showed improvements of various symptoms associated with menopause. These included, but were not limited to positive effects on hot flashes, arthrosis pain, tiredness, insomnia, headaches, dizziness and mood.

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Natural Remedy for Diabetes

Add an natural supplement that promotes healthy blood sugar levels to your diet!

The Reader's Digest recommends a list of 10 herbs and supplements in their article titled "The Best Herbs and Supplements for Diabetes." 

One of these herbs, Bitter Melon (Balsam Pear) is the main component of Balsam Pear Plus, a complementary treatment for high blood sugar levels.

Balsam Pear Plus is a natural hypoglycemic supplement derived from 3 plants: Balsam Pear (Bitter Melon), Oregano & Eggplant.

This herbal supplement enhances insulin sensitivity of the receptors on cells which in turn reduces blood sugar levels without inducing patients to Hypoglycemia.

In addition to its Hypoglycemic properties, this natural supplement also acts as an appetite suppressant and helps regulate blood cholesterol and pressure. It supports digestion, circulation and protects the liver and the pancreas. Balsam Pear Plus also promotes pancreas cell regeneration and weight loss.

1 Capsule (300 mg) contains the following:
Balsam Pear/Bitter Melon (leaves)
-Momordica Charantia - 200mg ~ Hypoglycemic (lowers blood sugars), Appetite Suppressant
Wild Marjoram/Oregano (leaves) 
-Mintostachys Mollis - 50mg ~ Mild Hypoglycemic. Supports Digestion & Circulation
Eggplant (fruit)
-Solanum Melongena - 50mg ~ Lowers blood cholesterol, pressure and sugar levels

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