Archive | April 2014

Today’s Health Tip – Listen to Your Body

Greetings to you,

Many of us are seeking out ways to be healthier and have more energy.  One of the best ways to do this is to listen to your body.  How can one do this?  There are some specific ways and times that you can increase your awareness of the effects certain things are having on you.  It’s actually most important to notice the positive effects, as then you can reinforce them and feel even better.

1. When you eat certain types of foods, how do you feel afterwards?  If your energy is increased and your thoughts are clearer that’s a great sign.  If you feel more tired, your stomach aches, or you get heartburn, that’s a good time to examine what you ate and make some changes to create a better effect next time.

2. When you take nutritional supplements, try to add new supplements one thing at a time so you can isolate where any effects are coming from.  If it helps to energize or strengthen you, that’s great.  Unless it’s a sleeping supplement!  In that case, take a smaller dose and see if it relaxes you instead.  A good natural sleep aid should help to relax you and also help you sleep sounder and longer.  If there are any after-effects such as grogginess in the morning, take less of the supplement or take it earlier in the day than bedtime, such as at dinner.

3. If you do exercises or take walks, etc. try to notice the effect it has afterwards.  A good exercise should not completely exhaust you or make your muscles overly sore.  If you have a muscle spasm or cramp, you can either reduce the amount of exercise next time, or increase the calcium and magnesium in your diet (or use supplements).

This health information is brought to you by Nutrition Breakthroughs, maker of the effective natural sleep remedy Sleep Minerals II.  Here’s to your good health and well-being.

Best regards,

Jobee Knight
President
http://Nutrition Breakthroughs.com

News on Remedies to Conquer Colds and Flus from Nutrition Breakthroughs

Occasionally the stresses of life reduce our immune system defenses and the door opens just wide enough to let a cold or flu sneak in and take hold. Here are some of the best tested immunity boosters in existence. Use them well to build your strength back and show that cold or flu the way to the exit sign!

Special Virus-Killing Foods:

Garlic is a commonly used cold medicine. It is widely used in Russia and is known there as “Russian Penicillin”.  Garlic supports immune function and it can kill bacteria, parasites, fungus and the flu virus. One test-tube study in the Journal Planta Medica showed that fresh garlic kills various viruses, including one which can cause flu like symptoms.   Aged garlic extract can also protect against the flu. One good way to benefit from garlic is to cut up a couple raw cloves into small pieces and swallow the pieces whole at the first sign of a cold, then eat one clove per day until fully well.

Horseradish is another plant that can ease throat and upper respiratory tract infections.  It has good antibiotic properties. Horseradish has been shown specifically to destroy the flu virus and reduce the severity of flu infections in animals per a study in the Journal Virologie. This plant is a member of the mustard family.

You may have found that eating horseradish can make your eyes water and nose run.  Indeed, it can create a similar release of watery fluids inside the bronchial passages of the lungs which helps to flush them out and wash away congestion.  For this reason, hot foods and spices in general are also very good for colds and flus.

Echinacea: The Immunity Herb of Choice

Studies of echinacea show that it plays a critical role in fortifying the immune system to fight illness. Although scientists have had little success developing drugs or vaccines to eradicate the common cold or flu, echinacea improves immune function in humans, and especially improves the virus-fighting white blood cells, even when given in very low doses (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine). Echinacea can cut the duration of a cold in half.

Hearty Vitamin for Colds: Vitamin C

A Scandinavian researcher recently conducted a review of 21 studies that tested between 1 and 8 grams (1,000 to 8,000 milligrams) of Vitamin C for the common cold. He concluded that “in each of the twenty-one studies, Vitamin C reduced the duration of the cold and the severity of the symptoms by an average of 23%. Even much lower amounts of vitamin C such as 100 milligrams have been found to be beneficial.

In addition to enhancing the activity of immune cells, Vitamin C acts as a vital component in the production of collagen, the principal protein found in all connective tissues.  By helping maintain the strength and integrity of connective tissue structures, vitamin C keeps infections from spreading throughout the body (from the Handbook of Vitamins).

Friendly Acidophilus:

Supplements of Lactobacillus acidophilus and other friendly bacteria, and the growth factors that encourage their development in the stomach, may help to protect the body from harmful organisms that cause infection (from the Journal Nutrition).  Acidophilus and other friendly bacteria are known as probiotics, which means “promoting the growth of microorganisms”.  Lactobacillus has been shown to increase the numbers of circulating immune cells and elevate the body’s antibody responses.

Usher that cold or flu out right out the door and keep it away by eating healthy, whole foods, drinking pure water, and taking the right cold-fighting foods and supplements.

This health news is provided by NutritionBreakthroughs.com. Since 2001 Nutrition Breakthroughs has been providing natural health articles and effective natural remedies.  Their mission is to provide nutritional supplements that get results, and therefore help people to avoid harmful drugs and their side effects.

Since 2009, their natural sleep remedy Sleep Minerals II) has been keeping that promise — by soothing even the worst insomnia and helping everyone from teenagers to seniors to get a good night’s sleep. For more information on Sleep Minerals II visit NutritionBreakthroughs.com–naturalsleepaid

The Top Natural Painkillers and Remedies

Greetings to you,

Here is a helpful chart of proven natural painkillers and remedies, many of which are backed-up by research studies.

This news is provided by Nutrition Breakthroughs, maker of the effective natural insomnia remedy and sleep aid, Sleep Minerals II.

Here’s to your health,

Jobee Knight
President
Nutrition Breakthroughs

Pain remedies

News on Healthy Weight – Yogurt Helps Women Stay Shapely

live active cultures - food labelingA healthy supplement similar to the acidophilus used in yogurt has been found in a Canadian study to help overweight women to lose weight and keep it off.

Known as “probiotics”, these healthy bacteria in the intestine are “pro” or beneficial to the health of the body.  They stimulate the immune system to be stronger, keep the stomach and bowels healthy, and help urinary health.  In addition, a 2006 StanfordUniversity study found that obese people have different gut bacteria than normal-weighted people — a first indication that gut bacteria can play a role in overall weight.

The StanfordUniversity research has now spurred a new study, done by a team of researchers at the University of Laval in QuebecCanada.  Headed by Professor Angelo Tremblay, the researchers sought to confirm the premise that consuming probiotics could help reset the balance of intestinal flora in favor of those that promote a healthy weight.  It may be that a diet high in fat and low in fiber leads to certain bacteria flourishing at the expense of others.  They recruited 125 overweight people to test this theory.

During the first 12-week period of the Canadian study, the subjects underwent a weight-loss diet.  This was followed by a 12-week period aimed at maintaining their body weight.  Throughout the entire 24 weeks, half of the subjects took two pills daily containing probiotics, while the other half received placebos.  After the 12-week dieting period, there was an average weight loss of 8.8 pounds in the women in the probiotics group and 5.7 pounds for women in the placebo group.

The interesting difference is that at the end of the 12-week maintenance period, the weight of the women in the placebo group stayed the same, but the probiotics group continued to lose weight – a total of 11.5 pounds per person.  Upon testing, these women demonstrated having a drop in an appetite-regulating hormone, as well as less of the intestinal bacteria related to obesity.

Professor Tremblay concludes that probiotics may make the intestinal wall stronger and more able to prevent inflammatory substances from passing into the intestine and entering the bloodstream.  Those substances and molecules that can lead to diabetes and obesity.  He believes that several types of the probiotics found in yogurt and supplements can have a similar effect.  Their study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition.

This news is provided by http://Nutrition Breakthroughs, with the purpose of contributing to increased health and well-being.  Since 2001, Nutrition Breakthroughs has provided natural health articles and effective natural remedies.  Their mission is to provide nutritional supplements that work well and help people avoid drugs and their side effects.

Since 2009, their natural sleep remedy Sleep Minerals II has been keeping that promise — by soothing even the worst insomnia and helping everyone from teenagers to seniors to get a good night’s sleep.  For more information, visit the Sleep Minerals II page.