Can you Emu?March 25, 2013
Emu oil, that is. Can you massage it all over your body, hair and joints and feel safe doing it? Absolutely, say the distributors of Purple Emu, Ltd. who have brought this highly-refined oil to GreenAcres’ attention.
For those of you who have visited zoos, you’re probably familiar with the bug-eyed, long-necked, flightless bird from Australia. The emu is the largest bird down under and second only to the Ostrich. A good runner, he can sprint up to 50 miles an hour, but most in captivity spend their days walking endlessly and picking on their relatives and neighbors. Don’t get too close, though, as they are known to chase after visitors...and they can kick down a metal fence with a single blow of their clawed feet.
Emus can go forever without drinking, and once thirsty can drink copious amounts of water, for 10 minutes at a time, without coming up for air. They are good swimmers and feed on plants and insects, but Emus can digest almost anything including chards of glass, rocks and cacti. Emus don’t smell too good either, but many a rancher has tried to cash in on this often ornery bird, spending endless resources trying to educate a populace about the nutritional value of its lean meat, mostly to no avail. Some ranchers about the prairie states have just given up and use the curious birds as wild, fenced-in pets. Others, though, like those distributing emu oil, see all kinds of benefits from their fat such as Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, and as a moisturizer for skin and natural healer for joints that contains Oleic acid.
Wikipedia says this about the emu and its nutritional and moisturizing properties: “Emus were used as a source of food by indigenous Australians and early European settlers. Aboriginal Australians used a variety of techniques to catch the bird, including spearing them while they drank at waterholes, poisoning waterholes, catching emus in nets, and attracting them by imitating their calls or with a ball of feathers and rags dangled from a tree. The indigenous Australians used a kind of poisonous plant to contaminate water supplies and were easily able to catch disoriented emus that drank the water. Aboriginal Australians did not kill the animals except to eat them, and frowned on peers who hunted the emus but then left the meat unused. (As the American Indian revered the buffalo,) the Aboriginal peoples used every part of the carcass for some purpose. Aside from the meat, the fat was harvested for oil used for polishing their weapons, and the bones and tendons were used as makeshift knives and tools, and for tying, respectively…”
Some sources say there’s not near enough science to support its arthritic benefits; others say there are myriad sources that attest to the oil’s anti-aging benefits. One thing, the oil has been found to be very effective on burned skin, including both sunburn and first and second-degree burns. As the Aloe plant, emu oil is highly effective at reducing scarring.
The rich oil has found its way into massage parlors and sports’ training rooms. Some say it’s an excellent treatment for muscle strains, sprains, injured ligaments and heel spurs.
Beauticians use it as a fortifying agent for limp, dry hair. They say it eliminates split ends and restores a natural, healthy shine. Although no medicinal claims for emu oil can be made in the US, Australia’s Department of Health has classified it as a pharmaceutical.
Only time will tell if it catches on in the Midwest, but if you’re game to try, give Purple Emu a whirl and let us know what you think!
New kids on the block…to block pain!December 27, 2012
Don’t know if it’s too much holiday, or the masses have started back to the gym and find themselves with pain in muscles they never knew they had. But a lot of customers are flocking into GreenAcres with achy, breaky hip, back and shoulder pain. What to do in a pinch (nerve or otherwise)?
Susan, GreenAcres-Wichita’s Health and Beauty Manager, has this to say: “King Bio’s Advanced Arnica actually saved the life of a woman I know who was in a horrific car accident and felt every muscle in her body was somehow disconnected!” Susan has yet to try this new topical cream herself (and Susan prides herself on trying all the products in her baliwick,) but she’s heard some powerful testimonials and believes it’s worth a try.
Bio King Natural Medicine developed the two new products pictured above—Advanced Arnica and Acute Pain Relief—in response to customers who asked for topical creams that would soothe, relieve pain and actually promote healing, naturally.
Advanced Arnica is used for:
· Injuries and inflammation
· Pain, swelling and stiffness
· Soreness after exercise
· Discoloration from bruising
The directions encourage the user to apply to affected areas two to three times daily or as needed. Can be used before and after exercise, and good results are obtained immediately after bathing when the skin is warm, moist and at its most absorbent.
Acute Pain Relife is used for:
· Back and neck pain
· Muscle and joint pain
· Cramps and stiffness
Advanced Arnica incorporates two forms of homeopathic Arnica Mantana in five potencies and Arnica Chamissonis flower extract, making it one of the most powerful pain relieving formulas on the market today.
Reducing inflammation and relaxing connective tissue is what it’s all about when there is an injury. If you’ve ever taken muscle relaxers combined with high-potency pain meds, you know there’s got to be a better way. King Bio believes it’s come up with the answer.
As with everything else, we want to know what you think. If you’re in the market for something soothing and healing for those aches and pains, try either one of these topical creams and let us know what you think.
King Bio has a slew of complementary oral homeopathic sprays as well. Next time you’re in GreenAcres, ask our knowledgeable market staff to "walk you around the block"—the pain relief block, that is. It just might be your ticket to feeling better!
Cold and flu…how do you avoid?!December 21, 2012
Here’s what the doctors and nurses on the WebMD website have to say: “Wash your hands!”
It’s that simple. Clean your hands often and wipe down surfaces. You might be surprised where those flu germs are “hanging:” on banisters, on doorknobs, on railings, on shopping carts (!) They are everywhere.
Doctors tell you to wash your hands often. “I wash my hands or use hand sanitizer before and after every patient,” says Dr. Christopher Tolcher, a Los Angeles pediatrician—sometimes 40-50 times a day.” On the news today in Wichita, a healthcare provider was not buying the hand sanitizer spritz at all. “It just won’t do the job,” this woman had to say. “You’ve got to wash those hands with soap and warm water!” She especially cautioned young mothers and dads who change their babies’ diapers. Sounds like a no-brainer, she said, but you’d be surprised. Again, “Wash those hands!”
The WebMD sight had this directive: “I try to wash for 20 seconds--sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to myself twice,” says Nancy Hughes, MS, RN, director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health in Silver Spring, Md. She’s also careful after she washes. “I use a paper towel to dry my hands and to turn off the faucet, especially in public bathrooms.”
So, what else can we do? GreenAcres suggests these four cold and flu formulas if those old bugs come a’calling:
· Source Natural’s Wellness Formula – designed to support the immune system when under physical stress. Its literature says “…it is created to support the immune system when under physical stress. It contains a powerful combination of herbs, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals formulated to boost your well-being. It is uniquely effective because it addresses systems, not just symptoms.
“Wellness is a Bio-Aligned Formula™ that goes deep to the root cause of body system imbalances. It is expertly designed to support interlocking components of the immune system, including mucous membranes, cell-mediated immunity and humoral immunity. It also addresses interrelated body systems that impact winter health: antioxidant defense, stress response, and the respiratory system.”
· OHOC’s Cold Snap - a mega-mixture consisting of 20 herbs employed in traditional Chinese medicine, works to restore "righteous chi," or inner strength and balance. “The ingredients in Cold Snap, such as forsythia, Japanese honeysuckle, burdock and soybean, work as catalysts to help your body do its exquisite healing work. Instead of stimulating the system or eliminating toxins, these natural healers instead nourish and build your chi, which in turn helps fight off ‘unwanted guests’ such as stress, contagious sickness, chills and heat.
· Natural Care Cold and Flu Away - an easy-to-take homeopathic medicine that relieves symptoms of cold and flu such as runny nose, sneezing, congestion, chills, body aches, headache, cough, fever and scratchy or sore throat.
“Formulated in compliance with the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, Cold & Flu Away contains homeopathic medicines that can safely and naturally relieve minor symptoms of both colds and flu, and shorten the duration of the illness. It comes in quick-dissolving tablets that can be carried anywhere and require no water to take. Just pop under the tongue, let them dissolve, and they begin to work on alleviating those annoying symptoms.
· Nature’s Way Umcka Cold Care – a soothing Homeopathic syrup that is alcohol free, non drowsy and can be given to children aged 2 and up. The strength in Umcka is it shortens the duration and reduces the severity of the typical cough, sore throat and nasal/chest congestion. “It attacks the cause of illness in the sinus, nose and chest rather than just relieve the symptoms. It helps loosen phlegm to make coughs more productive. A natural medicine, Umcka is made from Pelargonium sidoides, a medicinal plant of South African origin.
So there you have a couple of GreenAcres’ suggestions for preventing and lessening the affects of winter’s colds and flues. To have a more in-depth look at some of our suggested supplements, liquids and lozenges, drop any of our stores and ask our supplement market team members to give you a tour of what might work for you!
Pain, pain, go away…!December 10, 2012
How do we make it stop? There seems to be intermittent pain everywhere these days. We can go to bed well; wake up in pain! Pain in degenerative joints. Back pain. Muscle pain. Headache pain. Carpal tunnel pain. Tendinitis pain. Bursitis pain. And on and on. We don’t need it. We don’t want it. So, again, how do we make it stop?
Supplement founders and formulators feel your pain…in fact, they usually feel their own pain first. That’s what sets them about creating a holistic, all natural supplement to ease the pain. In the 40s, traditional medicine came up with the aspirin tablet. It has been the panacea for all pain, fever and blood clots to this day. “Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” But there are side effects to aspirin and many can’t take the little, white pill. Tummy troubles, ulcers, internal bleeding and a host of other things come to mind.
Those who believe in naturopathic medicine with the strength and effectiveness of traditional drugs usually wind up at GreenAcres to ask our knowledgeable supplement personnel about “which supplements to take.” Pain is a great motivator for health. Sometimes it’s pain that gets us thinking in a whole ‘nuther way…usually about nutrition (what have I done to myself?!)…or about exercise (if I start going to the gym today, will the pain be gone by tomorrow?!)…or about stress (I’ve got to learn to take it easy!) Any number of self-talk scenarios. Just fill in the blanks that fit.
So, where do we start when looking for relief? There are lots of choices on the all natural market, but we’re going to zero in on Natural Factors MSM being touted in some circles as the natural solution for pain. MSM is short for methylsulfonylmethane, a naturally-occurring organic source of sulfur that is found in the human body.
Clinical trials have proven thus far that MSM is powerful enough to stop pain without being toxic. It lessons inflammation, increases blood supply to the injured area, reduces muscle spasms and softens scar tissue. The scar tissue element is a God-send for any who have had even one operation and know how far into the body scar tissue can spread.
Now before you cry, “But I’m allergic to sulfa drugs,” please note there is a distinction between sulfites (to which many are allergic) and sulfur which is found in every living thing. This is what the Natural Factors folks have to say about sulfur:
· Sulfur is found in every cell and is concentrated in connective tissue, skin, nails and hair.
· Sulfur is found in the amino acids methionine, cysteine and cysteine, considered to be the building blocks of protein. (MSM can enhance these important amino acids.)
· It aids in the production of immunoglobulin to maintain a normal immune system.
· It is involved in the building up of our body substance, the energy that sustains our physical activity, and the neutralization of oxidants and toxins that can destroy our health from within.
· Since ancient times, sulfur has been associated with healing—and was promoted for a time after WWII. (Remember hearing about the benefits of soaking in natural sulfuric springs?)
Getting enough sulfur in our diets today is important since modern methods of farming often strip the soil of important minerals like magnesium, zinc—and sulfur.
MSM’s anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce and normalize swelling giving many people reduction in pain and improvement in range of motion. But the success stories don’t stop there. There are documented cases where MSM has not only helped arthritic patients, but also those who suffer from allergies, gastrointestinal upsets and—believe it or not—snoring which many a spouse might be excited to hear.
And so far, the only known side effect is “increased energy.” Well, we say, sign us up!
As with anything medical, ask your doctor, care provider, naturopathic specialist, even our supplement managers at any of our three GreenAcres stores to explain the benefits, pros and cons before you start a new regimen. They’ll give you the straight scoop, tell you what’s worked for them and other customers, so you can make your own decision if MSM might help you.
Remember, our customers are never a “pain in the neck” to us at GreenAcres. We want to see you well, healthy and happy—it’s our mission. So come in, tell us where it hurts. We’re here to make it stop!
Got aches and pains? Zyflamend just might be the answer!December 03, 2012
While it’s been unseasonably warm for months, without a drop of rain in sight for most of the Midwest, it has set up something GreenAcres usually sees in colder weather: customers coming into the store with the “I’m achy all over!” complaint. “What should I take?”
New Chapter’s unique herbal formula may be just what the “doctor” ordered. Zyflamend supports a healthy inflammatory response to soar joints and muscles. Even the heart muscle! For what we’ve learned along the way is, it’s not so much the aging process or the wear and tear that weekend athletes put on their bodies, or the inevitable genetic makeup of a person that starts the body “crying out.” It’s improper nutritional balance among some ordinary and extraordinary herbs that gets our bodies out of whack.
It’s inflammation that’s giving us troubles. And it’s good news that a single herbal gelcap that contains a number of essential oils and extracts of some of nature’s most familiar and unfamiliar herbs can help the body in so many ways.
New Chapter’s Zyflamend contains “10 botanicals that promote safe, natural and healthy non-chronic inflammation management.” Many of our customers swear by it, and take the supplement regularly.
The New Chapter literature says “the herbs found in Zyflamend are gently extracted and highly concentrated to preserve their potency and stability. New Chapter's CO2 supercritical extraction process is prion and hexane free and does not contain synthetic additives or chemical solvents. Zyflamend is naturally gluten free.”
“It’s kind of a wonder drug,” says one of our customers who has used it for years. "I never thought about my heart being a muscle that’s affected by inflammation and nutritional imbalance until I came to a GreenAcres seminar. Boy, did I learn something that evening!”
The great thing about formulations like Zyflamend is that they have science and clinical trials backing up what the packaging says. There must be something to it, since it’s the number 1 selling herbal formula in the US.
The following are New Chapter’s Guiding Principles:
· To deliver the wisdom of nature thus relieving suffering and promoting optimal health.
· To advance the organic mission, nourishing body and soul with the healing intelligence of pure whole foods and herbal supplements.
· To nurture and sustain Mother Earth, the source of natural healing.
· To honor and reward personal growth, for enlightened teamwork depends on the vitality of every member of the New Chapter family.
Every year, New Chapter devotes a portion of its after-tax profits to the conservation of tropical rainforests and the sacred seeds that sustain all herbal traditions.
Next time you visit GreenAcres, ask our knowledgeable market team about Zyflamend. It just might stop those achy joints and strengthen your body’s muscles—especially your heart.
Is life really greener…if you eat grass?!September 17, 2012
We’re not talking back yard grass, we’re talking harvested grasses that are diligently planted, captured whole, dried, ground fine and end up in supplements, or in powder form in your Green Drinks and Smoothies.
For example, Garden of Life’s Perfect Food brand of green superfoods uses only RAW and USDA Certified Organic grasses in its supplements. The grasses are grown only in the Southwestern United States by family farmers who have passed down the techniques of four-season planting in rich, volcanic soils. The cereal grass farmers must be committed to re-investing in the harvesting of grasses that meet stringent Garden of Life standards. No “big box” foreign or domestic conglomerates for Garden of Life. It’s strictly, “grow small or no go.”
Harvesting the grass you ingest is big business, but it’s got to be done right. Some companies harvest their grasses like you would the grass in your yard: the tops are clipped and bagged…but as the season progresses, the blade loses strength…and that kind of “mowing” would not do for the nutrients we want in our green drinks.
Garden of Life harvesters pluck the entire blade, leaf and all, so that all nutrients stay intact. This translates into pure vibrancy inside the body. “After all says Barb,” one of our GreenAcres supplement team members, “whole grass is live food. When you eat or drink it in whatever form you choose, the digestive system doesn’t have to work as hard. You have renewed energy and strength. It’s amazing how good a little grass will do you.”
In a recent issue of Extraordinary Health, published by health guru and supplement formulator Jordan Rubin, Garden of Life lists the properties in grass that make them beneficial to you.
· Barley Grass – A powerful nutrient that dates back 3,000 years. Contains vitamins A,B,C,E and K, and traces of another 50 or so vitamins and minerals.
· Alfalfa Grass – While technically a legume, alfalfa has a leaf that contains tons of amino acids, calcium, magnesium and potassium as well as vitamins and chlorophyll.
· Kamut Grass – Contains more protein than wheat grass and has higher levels of minerals such as selenium, zinc and magnesium.
· Oat Grass – Rich in antioxidants due to its huge supply of chlorophyll, protein and amino acids.
· Wheat Grass – Chlorophyll is the biggest component in wheat grass, along with ample amounts of Vitamin E.
When you use powdered cereal grass, the nutrients are concentrated—more punch to the ounce. We’ve asked our Green Drink and Green Smoothie customers why they prefer liquid green.“It just makes me feel better,” they continue to say. “Hard to put a finger on it, but if I don’t have my Green Drink at least once a week, I just don’t feel well.”
Green for Life, a book that capsulizes the Green Smoothie revolution, by Victoria Boutenko, looks to the Chimpanzee diet for clues in defining optimum nutrition. “In our world,” says Boutenko, “we brought illness to the animal. Why can’t we turn that around, study the creatures closest to our DNA and learn from them?”
In researching for her book, Boutenko went to Jane Goodall and her life-long study of the Chimpanzee for both the questions and the answers. “I discovered the Chimp’s eating wheel looked something like this: half the pie was live fruit; three quarters of the remaining half was live greens (not root vegetables)—leaves, blades, flower blossoms. The rest was seeds, bark and insects. To learn that greens composed almost half their diet was a revelation to me. It led me to conclude that humans are supposed to eat far more greens than I originally thought.”
Boutenko’s observances sent her on a love affair with green that will never abate. She recommends eating two quarts of Green Drinks or Smoothies a week, mixing fruit and seeds into the VitaMix. She and her family consume a Green Smoothie once or twice a day and seldom find they crave their old way of eating. In fact, Boutenko eschews food after 6 p.m. and finds she awakes refreshed and eager to meet the day. Colleagues and friends say she looks years younger, and she certainly feels that way. Boutenko describes going on a hike with her husband after she discovered Green Drinks and began salivating as she passed the green foliage growing along the path. She knew then that she had become a convert.
“The extraordinary ability of all living organisms to repair themselves is the only power that can heal any illness,” says Boutenko, “by ingesting live food, we nurture our bodies along. And since deficiency and toxicity are the main causes of disease, it’s best if we both nourish and cleanse our bodies. For the sake of fiber and elimination, drink your Smoothies regularly.”
So, is there more life when the grass is greener? It would appear so!
Grab that apple, instead of sugar, to give you a “boost!”September 05, 2012
You may not know it, but eating fresh fruits and veggies can have a positive effect on the immune system. We’re coming into the cold and flu season…and actually, we’re already seeing customers in the store with the sniffles and kleenex heading into the vitamin and supplement aisles looking for relief. “Help, Matt,” we’ve heard them exclaim. “I’m all stuffed up and I don’t have time for this nonsense!”
On the Healthy Half Hour radio show which GreenAcres produces each week over iHeart’s B98-FM station, Matt Murray, one of our owners and one of our HHH gurus gives our listeners his TOP FIVE (important things to do to stay healthy.) On a past program, Matt talked about building immunity and reducing allergies. From time to time, we’ll replay some of his sage advice for those who might have missed the broadcast. The following is his Top Five To Stave Off the Flu:
1. Immune system supplements. Get to know these: Vitamin C, Quercetin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, Zinc, probiotics and more.
2. Watch your diet. Sugar, certain fats and oils and alcohol can have a devastating effect upon immune function. Food like dairy, red meat and even eggs can be difficult to digest, so eat less during allergic times. (Remember, we had a mild winter last year—maybe not enough frost to kill allergens, and we’ve had a very hot summer. Those mold spores are lurking!) Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. Then, add immune boosting spices and herbs to your meals: garlic, ginger and turmeric.
3. Reduce stress. Get plenty of sleep—at least 7.5 hours a night. It sounds simple, but sleep is more important than we all realize and getting a good night’s sleep is restorative beyond what we know.
4. Stay clean! Wash your hands before touching your face or eyes. Use your nasal irrigation device like Nasopure. Don’t bite your fingernails or rub your eyes. Avoid spreading more germs to yourself!
5. Exercise! Thirty minutes of pulse-elevating exercise four times a week will greatly boost your immunity and help you fight off allergies.
Simple suggestions? You bet, but take heed, they work. Our man, Matt, practices what he preaches. And if you get that cold, you might consider starting the Echinacea right away. It can save you a trip to the doctor for antibiotics that may be actually rendering those giant germ bugs more potent and effective. Try Matt’s TOP FIVE first. See if that doesn’t give you all the boost you’ll need!
Our goal is to Educate…both YOU and US!September 02, 2012
Any excuse to delve into holistic medicine, all natural living, healthy alternatives to the foods we’ve “grown up with,” is a quest we love. There are so many fascinating people out there who have devoted their lives to learning about healthy lifestyles and the science behind them.
Most of the great nutritional supplement formulators started their quest for health because of their own health challenges. Some of them were even at death’s door, when, with just a little more persistence, they discovered “the secret.” Those are the secrets we want to share with you.
At GreenAcres, we’re honored to have Dr. Karen Masterson back for “classes” in all three of our stores. Karen will be with us on the following dates:
· At 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 26 in our Kansas City store
· At 7 p.m., Thursday, September 27 in our Wichita store
· At 8 a.m., Saturday, September 29 in our Jenks store when we have “Breakfast with Roger,” our new Jenks Supplement Manager
Karen is our go-to expert on herbs, naturopathic medicines, and just plain, “a better way.” Karen’s latest book, “Beyond Gluten Intolerance—GIS Gluten Inflammatory Syndrome” is really a treatise containing personal testimonies and explanations about why people are not being properly diagnosed by doctors. It’s more than a “health book,” more like a health bible, which delves deeply into gluten and why in her opinion it actually can shorten life itself.
You won’t want to miss anything Karen has to say. Sign up today for one of her classes. You’ll be glad you did.
Got Digestive Issues or Failing Health? Karen recommends Aloe Vera Juice
Yes, you can actually drink the nectar of the Aloe Vera plant when it’s distilled according to formula with natural juices. At GreenAcres, we’ve even named a cocktail after our store! It’s called the GreenAcres cocktail and it’s a shot glass of Aloe Life Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate and a teaspoon of Nordic Naturals Omega 3 fish oil.
Inflammation is killing us, says Dr. Karen Masterson, “Diseases are increasing in the world we live in at an alarming rate!” According to Karen’s book, Beyond Gluten Intolerance, gluten is one reason for the inflammation that is invading the body and destroying our health. Her book highlights include:
- Digestive Relief plus the “Secret to Regularity”
- Energy, Mental Health & Sound Sleep
- Youthful Skin & Body for All Ages
- Healthy Weight & Superior Athletic Performance
Can’t wait for Karen to come into your store…talk to one of our knowledgeable market team members about our favorite cocktail. It just might save your life!
Migraine—it’s a headache!August 20, 2012
…And no laughing matter. Many of us know at least one person among family or friends who suffers debilitating headaches. At their worst, migraines can send their victims to bed or to the hospital for days and sometimes weeks at a time. It’s proven extremely hard to get a handle on chronic, recurring head pain, especially that which has its genesis in injury, allergies or genetics.
The Migraine Research Foundation whose only mission is to assist sufferers by providing information and support to end debilitating migraine pain, says “Migraine ranks in the top 20% of the world’s most disabling medical illnesses.” Working under the adage that “only those who live with it can know,” Migraine sufferers number one in four American households. More than 90% of those are unable to work or function normally during their attacks. While most sufferers might experience Migraine attacks as often as once or twice a month, some have excruciating headaches daily. In other words, the throbbing and ocular symptoms that might accompany the headaches never abate.
It’s interesting that 18% of American women suffer as opposed to only 6% of men, but 10% of children suffer as well. Over the years, understanding of the illness has evolved first from medical doctors dismissing complaints as psychiactric in nature to today’s research that links the disorder to nerve pathways and brain chemicals. The study of Migraine is still very much a work in progress.
So, what to do about it naturally?
Dr. Kelsey Klausmeyer, a naturopathic doctor from Wichita, KS, will be GreenAcres’ guest on the Healthy Half Hour radio show at 9 a.m. (CST) this coming Saturday, August 25. Dr. Klausmeyer is a hands-on physician with lots of experience with Migraine, and no doubt he will have some interesting news for us on natural cure. He offers a link to new research being done by the American Academy of Neurology that may represent a breakthrough in the way traditional medicine looks at Migraine: http://www.aan.com/press/index.cfm?fuseaction=release.view&release=1062 .
“It’s now recognized,” says Dr. Klausmeyer, “that pain meds for Migraine headache used too frequently actually can send a patient into ‘chronic Migraine,’ not to mention other toxic effects of traditional medications. Instead of just relying on pain meds for acute Migraine, the AAN outlines what should be used to prevent Migraine.”
Dr. Klausmeyer continues: “Most neurologists now recognize Magnesium and B vitamins (especially the use of B-6) as big helps in the prevention of the headaches in the first place.” But he cautions, in severe cases, since the naturopathic supplements might not work as fast as medications, working the two together may be warranted.
For those who want to explore the world of GreenAcres and what 20 years of listening to customers and vitamin and supplement experts, such as Dr. Klausmeyer, have done for our knowledge to this point, you might want to check out these natural Migraine relief supplements:
· NaturalCare’s Migraine for Men and Women (Belladonna, Bryonia Alba, Cimicifuga Racemosa among other ingredients)
· Enzymatic’s Petadolex Pro-Active (releases blood vessels in the head)
· Quantum Health’s MigreLief (a combination of Feverfew, Magnesium and Riboflavin—NOT recommended during pregnancy)
· Sun’s My-Grastick, a roll-on safe for pregnant women who have migraines associated with hormonal fluxuations and who have experienced immediate relief by massaging it onto their temples.
As you can see, there are no “smoking gun” remedies for Migraine, but as research continues, and there are more natural paths to symptom relief, a cure in our day and age may be just around the corner!
Just 5 little drops every morning?!July 23, 2012
Osteoporosis is becoming a huge problem in our aging population. You can see the effects on people who are bent over at the waste and trying to propel themselves forward. Have you ever noticed a car travelling toward you or behind you, but you can’t see the driver? Chances are the driver has suffered from Osteoporosis for years and has lost spinal inches due to the infirmity. It affects both men and women, and along with cancer and high blood pressure, has been called “the silent killer.”
Often there is no advanced warning, but tiny fractures are incurring in the skeletal system. Doctors sometimes refer to it as the “swiss cheese” factor—the bones are becoming porous with tiny holes. Genetics plays a big part in Osteoporosis as it affects tiny-boned, white or Asian people, and usually those with a history of smoking/ and or drinking. People with asthma or arthritis who have taken corticosteroids are at risk as well.
Most women who have gone through menopause have a dexa scan every few years that helps monitor osteoporosis. Men should have it, too. And there are other tests that look at the pituitary and adrenal glands. It’s always a good thing to have a yearly “tune up” to see how the old body is faring. Take your list of questions to your family physician, internist, naturopathic doctor and get his or her recommendation for the tests you should have to keep well. Studies show that one in four women and one in eight men over age 50 already have Osteoporosis. And in our lifetime, 50 isn’t even considered old anymore. So it’s good to stay on top of things.
There’s a woman at GreenAcres that we’ve noticed for years for her beautiful skin and thick shoulder-length hair. This woman is in her 60s, and has nary a wrinkle! What’s her secret? “I’ve taken BioSil, which you sell in this store, for 11 years. I attribute my excellent bone, hair and nail strength from just five tiny drops in juice every morning.”
We had to check it out! This is what the literature says: “BioSil™ turns on the body’s actual collagen-generating cells, known as fibroblasts. Because BioSil™ works through your body’s natural pathways, the collagen it generates has your own DNA fingerprint. BioSil™ has been tested in rigorous double-blind placebo controlled trials for both efficacy and safety.”
It’s important to note that BioSil is not made out of collagen, but generates collagen. There’s a big difference. When you ingest collagen, the human body breaks it down and uses it as food. By contrast, BioSil helps your body to generate its own collagen to provide support for healthy and thicker hair; stronger nails; fewer fine lines and wrinkles; denser and more flexible bones.
We won’t kid you, BioSil is very bitter tasting, so try it, not on the tongue, but with juice. The manufacturer warns, “Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not apply to the eyes or on broken skin.” As always, we want to know what you think. Feedback is encouraged in our business. Please comment below.
Aloe Life: Bringing health in drinkable form to YOU!July 09, 2012
Who knew the aloe vera plant contained so much health! We’ve heard for ages about its skin-care properties and its remarkable ability to prevent scaring when applied to sutures, burns or cuts, but it’s new to many that you can actually ingest aloe when it’s processed in drinks and blends in well-researched and documented formulas, particularly those offered by the Aloe Life Company.
Aloe Life is a family owned business, started 14 years ago by clinical nutritionist researcher, Karen Masterson, and a world-renowned yacht builder-entrepreneur, Terry Koch. Together they brought the myriad health properties of the aloe vera plant to light, proving over time that aloe drinks of a certain strength and formulation can aid in healing any number of ailments, particularly those of the immune system, allergy sources and bowel.
We in the business of bringing all natural, organic foods to market know this, but it’s always good to hear it from an expert: “If you don’t have your health,” says Karen Masterson, “it’s challenging to have anything else! People need answers to health questions. Most people are confused about what keeps them healthy, including physicians.” Karen has made it her life’s goal to answer many of health's most tenacious questions. Before she launched her company, Aloe Life, Karen spent 20 years working with health professionals, including medical doctors, acupuncturists, chiropractors and hospital dietitians. A natural-born researcher and questioner about any and everything involving health, Karen eventually became known for her pioneering work with vaccines and health support for cancer patients.
GreenAcres had Karen on its Healthy Half Hour radio show last Saturday, July 7, as a guest expert, and Karen shared then the impetus that led her into the field of medicinal herbs, specifically the aloe vera plant. “Food is your medicine,” says Karen, “and herbs are food!”
Here are some often-asked questions and answers about aloe vera juices:
Q: Why are Aloe Life Aloe Vera Juices the best available Aloe Vera on the market?
A: Using the entire Whole Leaf of the plant, cold processed concentration 3:1, along with fresh juice not powdered reconstituted- with NO WATER ADDED, certified organic Aloe Life gives the consumer the strongest Aloe Vera product for the best price! The flavored concentrates are delicious for children and adults. The quality of the juice taken determines the results achieved. Satisfaction Guaranteed!
Q: Are the flavored Aloe Life juices therapeutic?
A: Most definitely! The Cherry Cranberry, Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate, was actually the first product introduced onto the market from Aloe Life. This was because Mrs. Masterson wanted all people to be able to enjoy the value the Aloe Vera plant has to offer and many people would not drink the natural Aloe juice. The potency is only 7% less Aloe and tastes delicious. Flavors do not contain sweeteners.
To learn more about Aloe Life and if it could be an answer to what ails you, ask our knowledgeable market team members for help the next time you're in GreenAcres!
“Tell Matt he saved my life!”July 05, 2012
True story. This happened at a Fourth of July celebration. A young woman shouted across a country club dining room: “I didn’t know what I was going to do, I was in so much pain. I’d been to the doctor, and because of my spinal disability, no one wanted to operate…and of course, I didn’t want that either. But I told my mom, near tears, I just didn’t know if I could take the pain anymore!”
Carrie, the young woman who has been on crutches practically from the day she was able to walk, was suffering terribly from rotator cuff pain because of her nearly 40-year battle having to rely with all her weight on the crutches. The pain was becoming excruciating; and seeing her daughter in so much distress motived the mother to come to GreenAcres for help.
As luck would have it, Matt, one of our GreenAcres owners, suggested Zyflamend. Carrie consulted her physician, and the physician was game to try. “Almost immediately,” said Carrie, “the pain subsided. I’ve been using it ever since.”
New Chapter’s patented Zyflamend is considered a real breakthrough in eliminating pain from inflammation. It has been researched extensively and takes its science from Chinese medicine and time-tested herbal extracts blended into one pain-relieving concoction. It’s got herbs like ginger, turmeric, green tea, holy basil, rosemary, hu zhang (resveratrol found in red wine), Chinese goldthread, barbeery, oregano and Baikal skullcap, a unique phytonutrient complex that promotes healthy inflammation respone. Most kitchens have many of these same ingredients in spice jars, but it’s the mix that does the trick.
Dr. Oz has discussed it on his show. Here is a link to discover for yourself, if Zyflamend might help you: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/supplements-natural-pain-relief As with everything medicinal, check with your doctor and/or pharmacist to make sure Zyflamend doesn’t interfere with other meds you may be taking. This is just one young woman’s story, but we print it here to help YOU.
Tropical Magnesium—It’s Essential!May 07, 2012
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“Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.”–Hippocrates (Father of Modern Medicine 2,500 years ago.)
With the current state of the standard diet, the fact that our food supply travels hundreds of miles from its source, and with busy, working families stressed to the max, it’s no wonder we see a proliferation of junk, processed and refined foods. Combining healthy food choices with dietary supplements makes sense in this day and age. That’s where GreenAcres Market comes in. We make helping you choose the right dietary plan and necessary supplements painless--and we cut straight to the essentials. Magnesium, is a biggie where glucose metabolism is concerned. There’s a huge rise in diabetes in our country, so keeping blood sugars within range helps keep chronic disease at bay. You might be surprised there are several ways to absorb this vital mineral.
- Intravenous drips
- Foot soaks
- Bathtub soak
- Topical applications (on the skin)
- Oral intake (this method takes one-three years to raise Magnesium levels in the cells, and it unfortunately has laxative properties which might result in a life-long dependency on laxatives. We don’t want that.)
Topical Magnesium may seem odd, but it’s actually based on age-old principles, with a little bit of new age science thrown in. Stop by GreenAcres Market and ask our knowledgeable staff about this essential mineral. You might discover it’s as easy as soaking in a hot bath
Sparkling Probiotic Drink to Your Health!April 26, 2012
Probiotics is the buzz word these days. Live strains of probiotics can promote health and aid digestion. Green Acres is a big promoter of healthy immune systems through the use of natural probiotic drinks and yogurts. If you’re the least bit iffy about intestinal symptoms and want balance and harmony in your digestive system, you’ll want to ask our knowledgeable staff which strength of probiotic drinks might be good for you. Kevita is a product that can give you the same benefits as yogurt, but with coconut water instead of dairy. Probiotics inhibit harmful pathogens and toxins from producing bacteria which upset your body’s natural immune system. Probiotic drinks and yogurt cultures can alleviate chronic intestinal inflammatory disease and aid in the prevention of pathogen-induced diarrhea and urinary tract infections. At Green Acres we carry a variety of probiotic products that are tasty and no-fat, and have the potential to alleviate digestive diseases. Probiotic drinks such as Kevita contain no sugar, and they’re caffeine free. Low sodium and zero fat, Kevita is a lovely way to introduce your family and friends to healthy living.
Visit Green Acres by the end of April to take advantage of Kevita products on sale: $2.59 a bottle.
Feel Alive! —and register to win a FREE Kindle FireApril 16, 2012
With all this horrible Kansas weather, we should all feel lucky to be alive! Embrace it with Nature’s Way “Alive” family of products. From Ultra Shakes to everyday multi’s for every age range, you’ll find just the vitamin supplement you’re looking for. You can even find adult gummy vitamins for those of us embracing our inner child!
Alive vitamins promise 26 or more fruits and vegetables per serving, so you know you’re getting what your body needs, from whole food sources. Gummies are made sans gelatin with no artificial flavors or preservatives, and all Alive products are gluten free and vegetarian.
Choose from Children’s multi’s—chewables and gummies—adult multi’s for men, women, men 50+, and women 50+, or Whole Food Energizers with added Iron. No matter what your nutritional needs are, these multivitamins are up to the challenge! Stop by the store thru April 30th to pick up any of these incredible products 40% off the entire month—and register to win a FREE Kindle fire while you’re here! You won’t want to miss this incredible savings!
April Bonus Buys, Continued!April 09, 2012
Organic Sea Buckthorn--Sea Buckthorn is a natural super-food found originally in Asia, where it’s been used medicinally for hundreds of years both internally and externally. We in the West are just now learning the amazing benefits of this hardy shrub. It is used to provide nutritive support for healing serious skin ailments such as eczema and radiation burns, and helps to fight fatigue and boost energy. It also boosts immune functions and cardiovascular health, and is a known anti-oxidant. Try Solaray’s 16 oz. liquid version this month for just $11.99. That’s a 40% savings!
Astaxanthin-- Astaxanthin is classified as a xanthophyll, which is a carotenoid pigment found in fish and algae. It helps to provide the natural color in these organisms. Astaxanthin is a super antioxidant whose unique structure allows it to exist in both lipid and aqueous environments, enabling it to be active throughout the body. It helps to fight free radicals in the skin so as to maintain a natural, healthy glow, and can decrease the effects of inflammation that can make us sluggish and fatigued.
GOL Raw Protein--Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Protein is vital for your health. It provides building blocks for muscles, skin, blood, hair, nails as well as your internal organs, including your heart and brain. Our hormones need them, our immune system needs them and our general energy and vitality requires adequate protein. Garden of Life has a winning formula, Raw Protein, which is made from thirteen raw sprouts providing 18 grams of protein fortified with fat-soluble nutrients – Vitamins A, E, D and K plus enzymes and probiotics to support digestive health! If you have food sensitivities, are vegan or vegetarian, don’t want soy or whey protein – Garden of Life Raw Protein could be the ticket for you!
Great Buys on Your Favorite Supplements!April 02, 2012
NightRest from Source Natural combines the powerfully calming properties of melatonin and GABA with key amino acids and soothing herbs. GABA, an amino acid, inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, calming nervous activity and acting as a natural tranquilizer for your body.
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is produced from the world’s highest quality all natural materials. Unlike synthetic CoQ10, the all-natural form is identical to the body's own coenzyme Q10 for maximum bioavailability and superior effectiveness. Coenzyme Q10, also called Co Q10 or Ubiquinone, is a natural substance essential to cellular energy production. It is also an antioxidant which scavenges free radicals throughout the body. Co Q10 works well with Vitamin E and other antioxidants to support a healthy cardiovascular system.
Enzymatic Therapy Acidophilus Pearls are one of our best-selling probiotics. Probiotics support digestive, immune, and skin health by delivering key healthy bacteria to your gut. They can help relieve occasional gas, and inconsistencies with your bowels. They are also great for those with sensitive stomachs or certain food intolerances. Probiotics ensure that your body is not weighed down by toxins, leaving your body free to maintain its health from the inside out.
Biotin, aka Vitamin H or Vitamin B2, plays a major role in the metabolism of fats, proteins, and sugars. It is essential for healthy cell growth, and is recommended for the healthy maintenance of hair, scalp, skin and muscles.
Vitamin D, the New Vitamin C…?March 08, 2012
You may have heard about Vitamin D in the news recently. Maybe you watch Dr. Oz, or Oprah, or subscribe to a health news blog. Lots of folks are talking about it, and they all seem to be saying more or less the same thing: the U.S. has a major problem with Vitamin D deficiency. Research shows that 40% of the U.S. population is Vitamin D deficient. But what does that mean for our health? This is where some research differs, but the jury has weighed in, and it’s not good.
“Vitamin D3 deficiency can result in Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis, & Neuro-degenerative disease including Alzheimer’s Disease. Eventually, Vitamin D deficiency may even lead to Cancer (especially breast, prostate, and colon cancers),” says Nurse Practitioner and Diabetes Educator Pamela Egan. ‘Vitamin D3 is believed to play a role in controlling the immune system (possibly reducing one’s risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases), increasing neuro-muscular function and decreasing falls, improving mood, protecting the brain against toxic chemicals, and potentially reducing pain. Vitamin D3 is both a vitamin and a hormone. It acts as a vitamin when it binds with calcium for proper absorption. Humans cannot digest calcium without adequate amounts of Vitamin D3.”
You’re probably starting to see all the important roles that Vitamin D3 plays in our bodies. Proper levels can help us to stave off infections, prevent certain types of cancer, keep dangerous chronic conditions at bay, and more.
Studies from the Vitamin D Council suggest that there is no easy way to tell who is Vitamin D deficient and who is not: “Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency could be described as chronic pain, weak bones, frequent infections, depression, etc., but the same will not be true for everyone who is deficient. Because the possible effects of vitamin D deficiency are wide-ranging and can manifest in the body in any number of ways, there are no specific associated symptoms.”
So how do you know if you are Vitamin D deficient? There are some correlations between certain variables and an individual’s likelihood for deficiency. For instance, seniors and those with darker colored skin are more likely to be Vitamin D deficient due to the skin’s lack of responsiveness to sunlight. Of course, if you’re not seeing enough sun (you work indoors all day, and stay indoors in your evenings) you’re likely not getting enough sunlight for your body to keep up with manufacturing proper levels of Vitamin D.
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should also be mindful of their Vitamin D intake. Studies show that up to 76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin D deficient. Deficiency can be passed onto the child if the mother is not producing or in-taking proper levels of Vitamin D. This can cause widespread vitamin D deficiencies in their unborn children, which predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia later in life. 81% of the children born to these mothers were deficient.
So what can you do? Getting more sunlight and spending more time outdoors is an option for some, but not all. A high-quality Vitamin D supplement is recommended to ensure the body’s absorption, and that proper levels are maintained in the body. We have many Vitamin D options available at GreenAcres. Check out this month’s Country Life Vitamin D3 Bonus Buy…45% off thru March!
Great Bonus Buys for March!!March 05, 2012
Did you see our newsletter for March? We’re featuring 8 products and even 1 entire line throughout March, so you can find the supplements you love, and your body needs...at a great value. Now who can argue with that? Stop by and see for yourself the top-quality dietary supplements that we’re featuring! We work tirelessly behind the scenes to get great deals from our vendors, and to pass on that savings to you, our customer. Not sure what all those things are? Find a short synopsis of each one below, and enjoy the savings!
Methylcobalamin—Now that’s a mouthful! This tongue-twister is a particular form of B12 vitamin that is useful in treating conditions that arise from a lack of B12, like pernicious anemia. It can also be helpful in managing neurological disorders associated with diabetes. Get the Solgar brand and receive 40% off the original price!
Vitamin D3—Have you heard about Vitamin D yet? Just this morning I was talking to a local producer who said that “Vitamin D is the new Vitamin C!” It changed her life around when she started taking it, and it could do just the same for you. Research shows that 40% of the U.S. population is Vitamin D deficient. Wow! That’s a big problem. Did you know that Vitamin D deficiency can be one of the root causes associated with obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and more? Find out more about the amazing effects of Vitamin D Thursday on our blog.
“Perfect” Multi’s—New Chapter has come out with a new line of targeted Multi-Vitamins, specifically formulated to assist each individual in the area they need the most. This month find Perfect Energy, Perfect Immune, and Perfect Calm Buy One Get One Free! These multivitamins are whole-food complexes of vitamins, herbs, roots, and other whole foods that absorb most effectively in our bodies for maximum impact, and maximum healing. Learn more at these links: Perfect Calm, Perfect Energy, Perfect Immune
Magnesium Malate—Source Naturals Magnesium Malate is a compound of magnesium and malic acid. Magnesium plays an important role in over 300 enzymatic reactions that play a part in your body’s metabolism (and is a great boon to your heart health!), while malic acid is a natural fruit acid present in most cells in the body. It, too, is a key ingredient in enzymatic processes, and an important component of efficient energy production. It’s 40% off now thru the 31st.
5-HTP—A natural little amino acid with a big job! At least one of my co-workers here at GreenAcres swears by 5-HTP to keep her calm when she’s stressed—and with two young boys, that happens pretty often! 5-HTP is used as an antidepressant, appetite suppressant, and sleep aid. Ever heard of that chemical, tryptophan, that’s in your Thanksgiving turkey? It’s the one that makes us sleepy after that big feat. 5-HTP is its mild, calming cousin. Try the Natural Factors brand 45% off thru March.
B Complex 100—B Vitamins are little miracle workers, especially when they are all combined into one convenient package. They are thought to increase the rate of metabolism, maintain healthy skin, hair, and muscle tone, enhance immune and nervous system function, and more. They are even thought to reduce the risk of some types of cancers. Get the Solaray version at 45% off this month!
Omega 3’s Have Never Tasted So Good!February 20, 2012
Remember those Omega-3’s we were talking about on the blog last week (if not, see below!)? Now it’s easier and more delicious than ever to get your ALA’s without the oily taste and texture of normal Omega Oil Supplements, and without the hassle of swallowing those giant pills! GreenAcres carries two lines of products that are sure to be a new favorite for the whole family! Simply mix these fruity Omega Blends in with some yogurt or your morning smoothie, or eat them straight…they’re that good! Serving size depends on the brand and variety, but most only require about 1 tablespoon per day to boost your Omega levels and get you on your way to wellness!
- Barlean’s Organic Oils Omega Swirls—Barlean’s was the first to introduce this new concept in Omega supplementation. They have 4 unique flavors and blends according to your personal taste and lifestyle: Fish Oil (Lemon Zest), Flax Oil (Strawberry Banana), Complete 3-6-9 (Orange Cream), and Vegan Omegas (Pomegranate Blueberry). Everyone will find their favorite flavor and combo! And of course they’re made with all the purest and freshest ingredients! Barlean’s Swirls are naturally sweetened with Xylitol.
- Spectrum Essentials Chia Twisters—These are all natural, creamy Omega blends available in Luscious Lemon Meringue or Tropical Coconut…yum! Both formulations use Chia and Flax Oils to provide you with 188% of the Daily Value of Omega-3 ALA per serving. Spectrum Twisters are naturally sweetened with evaporated can juice.
Find these amazing products in the refrigerated case of our supplements department! And of course if you’re looking for anything else to boost your Omega levels, ask! We’re more than happy to help you design your wellness regimen around your lifestyle!
Get Your Omega-3’s…Your Heart Will Thank You!February 16, 2012
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You may have heard about the recent hype surrounding fish oil. It’s not just a supplement for athletes or health nuts anymore. Even Wal-Mart, Target, and Walgreen’s are carrying their own brands of fish oil. But what is for? Who should take it? How do you choose which brand to buy? Doesn’t it taste like fish? We want to answer some of these questions for you, and help you on your way to wellness.
Consuming fish oil has been used in many folkloric scenarios. Some people take it for depression, dyslexia, menstrual pain, diabetes, or arthritis. It seems there is no condition that people aren’t treating with fish oil. But though it may not be effective for all of these conditions, there are many conditions with which fish oil has a proven track record of aiding. They may have been on to something!
What is it? Omega-3 Fatty acids are found in 3 main types: EPA, DHA, and ALA. Consuming a balance of these components has been found to improve overall health benefits dramatically! The World Health Organization recommends at least 2 grams of Omega-3 oils per day. Because the body does not produce these beneficial fats, the only way to get them is through diet or supplementation.
What does it do? Omega-3 fatty acids(found in fatty fish like salmon) and alpha-linolenic fatty acids [ALA] (found in plant foods like walnuts) help boost the immune system, reduce blood clots, and protect against heart attacks. They increase good [HDL] cholesterol levels. They can lower trygliceride levels [when you think of fat developing and being stored in your hips or belly, you're thinking of triglycerides]. They protect arteries from plaque buildup, are anti-inflammatories, and lower blood pressure. That’s great news for your heart whether you’re 25 or 95! And it’s never too early to begin a heart healthy regimen that incorporates Omega-3’s into a balanced, fruit-and-veggie based diet to help your heart help you live a better, longer life.
But doesn’t it taste like fish? Sometimes…but it shouldn’t! If it does, you know it has gone bad, or worse it wasn’t good in the first place. It is absolutely critical that you buy a high-quality fish oil, independently tested for purity. You don’t want to skimp here! If you’re buying a cheap, box-store-variety fish oil, you may be getting a low quality product that gives you fewer benefits, and may even have unpleasant side effects…like fish burps! Yuck! And it’s not just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous. Environmental advocates in California recently filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court against Omega-3 supplement manufacturers following the release of test results showing that several products tested did not meet California PCB and Dioxin standards.
We carry many types of Omega-3’s and fish oils at GreenAcres, and we hand-pick them to ensure that the companies creating these products are using only the highest quality goods with the highest safety standards in the industry. Here are just a few brands that we recommend:
- Nordic Naturals
- ReNew Life
- Enzymatic Therapy
- New Chapter
- and more!
Are You Healthy Enough for the New Year?January 16, 2012
Wednesday, January 18th at 7:00pm
The low-down on this week's seminar:
The new year is a time to begin anew and “clean up your act.” You are constantly exposed to toxins from your diet, your environment and from your own metabolism. There are a multitude of symptoms that can indicate a toxic overload within your body. Unlike your automobile, there are no warning lights like on your dashboard to tell you to stop and fix something, but there are warning signs that you might be carrying a toxic overload. If you’re feeling increasingly tired or sluggish, regularly fatigued during the day, anxious, stressed, or struggle with your weight, your body may be crying for a cleanse; consider these your “warning lights” telling you to stop and perform some much-needed body maintenance.
Cleansing and detoxification can be just the way to manage these pesky, often chronic symptoms. If you’re like many people, though, the thought of “cleansing” brings up connotations of maple syrup with cayenne pepper, starvation, and bathroom breaks. But you may not know that the body naturally detoxifies every day. Detoxification is a normal bodily process. The liver and colon, to name two big players in your body’s cleansing world, work to eliminate or neutralize toxins day in and day out.
But sometimes your body needs a little push when the toxic load gets to be too much for your body to control on its own. Healthy and balanced whole-body detox uses your body’s natural cleansers to their fullest potential, and aids them in their detox efforts. A whole body cleansing regimen adds fresh, healthy, home-made foods to your diet, cuts out the offenders we know we shouldn’t be eating—and that make us feel sluggish in the first place—and gives us a sense of mental clarity and body wellness, without the crutches of caffeine and sugar.
So how can you get started? There’s a lot to learn about this purification process, and each person should choose the cleanse that is right for their body. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone. Dr. Gaetano Morello will be holding a free seminar, Wednesday, January 18th at GreenAcres Market on healthy whole-body cleansing. Dr. Gaetano Morello is a naturopathic physician practicing in West Vancouver, Canada. For the past 17 years, Dr. Morello has been training and educating physicians, pharmacists and health experts on the scientific use of natural medicines in the fields of cardiology, immunology, gastroenterology, anti-aging and detoxification. He is lecturer and regular contributor to a number of magazines, journals and publications, and has hosted and appeared on numerous television and radio shows discussing the power of natural medicine. This is your chance to hear one of the nation’s leading experts!
All attendees will receive a free copy of Morello’s book, Whole Body Cleansing: Transform Your Health Through Gentle Purification and Effective Detoxification. Dr. Morello will walk us through where toxins come from, what they do to our bodies, and what we can do to eliminate them from our bodies. In addition to highlighting intensive detox, he will also teach us how we can incorporate detox into our daily lives through a natural and healthy lifestyle. You won’t want to miss this informative evening. This is your chance to make a significant impact on your health!
(Appearing 1/17/2012 in The Wichita Eagle, Health Chat section)
PGX—Meet the Guinea Pigs!January 12, 2012
This month we are featuring PGX as one of our most popular and most effective weight loss aids. In order to make this a little more fun for all of us, and give you a real-time sense of what PGX can do for you, we've chosen a guinea pig at each location that is trying the PGX diet and letting us know how it works for them. But first, a bit about what PGX is, and how it works:
PGX is a proprietary blend of water-soluble plant fibers. That doesn't sound too complex, right? So how could it possibly work? Well, it is the simplicity of PGX that makes it most powerful. The key to using PGX for weight loss or weight management is what it does to regulate blood sugar levels in your body. Becuase of its slow viscosity rate, the fiber, mixed with your food intake, and digestive acids and enzymes, stay in your digestive tract longer, giving your body the impression of a greater volume of food, and limiting your drop in blood sugar as well as pesky cravings. If you take PGX before a meal, you'll feel more satiated, and want to eat less; and your meal will last longer and make you less prone to hunger pangs and food cravings.
PGX comes in a softgel that you take 20-40 minutes before meals, or in granules that you simply mix in with your food.
That's it, in a nutshell. To learn more about PGX straight from the horse's mouth, visit their webpage.
Or view a short video of GreenAcres Wichita manager Matt Murray on Facebook!
So let's get to our guinea pigs. Kansas City's guinea pig is Annie. Read her first couple of journal entries on how PGX is treating her so far:
Day 1—Okay, the holidays are officially over and today I am starting on PGX. Had it mixed in with yogurt this morning with berries and granola. Don’t really notice it. Tried it in a drink around noon, but is too grainy. Really much better over food. Does seem to make me feel fuller. My emphasis with this is definitely weight loss. But am faced with a really big challenge of taking it while on a cruise in a week. We’ll see how that goes.
Day 4—Weighed myself this morning and am 2 lbs down!!!! Woo-hoo. Do feel much fuller throughout the day, but not uncomfortable. If I start to feel a bit bloated, I know that I need to drink more water. But I normally drink water throughout the day, so no big deal. Leaving tomorrow for my week-long cruise. Hope my experience doesn’t give PGX a “bad name!!!!” J
Thanks, Annie! Good luck! We can't wait to see what the next chapter will be in your weight loss story!
New BioSil Bone Support from Natural FactorsSeptember 19, 2011
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“Bones are not inert structures, like the beams or pillars of your house. They are dynamic living tissue that requires a wide range of nutrients for optimal health—and not just minerals like calcium.” —Dr. Michael Murray of doctormurray.com.
Intro BioSil from Natural Factors. BioSil provides a unique blend of vitamins and minerals designed to support bone health and assist in regenerating bone, naturally and safely. The folks at Natural Factors have come out with 2 new products in the BioSil line designed to work together to build bone strength and health. BioSil Bone Mineralizer provides 3 forms of calcium to increase bone mineral density. These 3 type are specially formulated to be easier to digest than many leading calcium supplements, so your doses may be taken between meals with little likelihood of an upset stomach. Because less than half of dietary calcium (calcium consumed through food and drink) is absorbed into our bones, the calcium source in BioSil is paired with other materials like Magnesium, MK-7, and Lysine. These ensure that the calcium is transported to the bones, giving it a greater likelihood of absorption.
While this alone can do tremendous good for bone strength, to reap the full effects of the BioSil system it is best to pair the Bone Mineralizer with the Bone Collagenizer. New bone growth is made possible by the work of collagen—the key building block of bone tissue, comprising nearly a third of all bone matter. Collagen provides the "binding sites" for calcium and other bone minerals. When bone collagen diminishes, bone mineral density decreases. The collagen, calcium, and Vitamin D (to name a few) in BioSil all work together to build the strong chemical bonds that make for super-strong bones. In addition, collagen gives bones the vital flexibility they need. New bone research reveals that collagen, in conjunction with deposited calcium, gives bones their ability to withstand physical stress, as with sudden impact.
All this in combination with a good, alkaline-based diet—fruits, veggies, nuts & legumes—and regular physical exercise can go a long way toward preventing problems with osteoporosis in the future. Don’t wait! Start your bone health regimen today! BioSil’s new Mineralizer and Collagenizer are also available in a combined value pack…and they’re all on sale thru the month of September! Come in and see if BioSil’s bone support pack could be right for you.
Are Your Hormones in Balance?September 15, 2011
Join us Thursday, September 22nd at 7:00pm at the store for an in-depth class on women’s hormone health. Do you suffer from pre-menstrual symptoms like mood swings or cramps, are you having menopause-related symptoms like hot flashes or fatigue, or maybe you’re just feeling sluggish, un-interested in sex, or you’ve been experiencing weight gain. If any of these symptoms sound familiar, you could be suffering from hormone imbalance. Join Dr. Holly Lucille for a look at natural remedies and safe solutions to combat a lack of hormone support.
Hormones are a vital part of everyone’s bodily functions. And men’s and women’s hormones function differently in each sex’s body. Everyone’s hormonal balance is affected by their diet. It is astounding the extent to which the foods we eat can dictate our hormonal balance. A high-carbohydrate diet of junk foods, processed vegetable oils, trans fats, stimulants, and soy products can instigate such an imbalance. Foods from animals that have been treated with hormones and antibiotics can also be prime candidates for throwing women’s hormones out of equilibrium. Many foods, including all kinds of meat products, and dairy products like milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and more can all contain these offenders. It’s important to look out for hormone, antibiotic, and chemical-free products, and especially organic products, that will not be harmful to that delicate balance.
But what can you do to not just prevent, but fight your negative symptoms associated with hormone imbalance? Dr. Holly will address this very question using integrative medical techniques and training that focuses on naturopathic solutions.
To be a part of the conversation, simply attend this informative seminar. Call the store to save your spot, or click “Attending” on our Facebook page here. Registration is required, but there is no fee for attending. Hope to see you there!