As the temperatures dip we become more vulnerable to catching the notorious winter cold and flu and other illnesses, like circulatory problems and flexibility loss, that always seem to pop around in the colder months. A strong immune system can help your body fight these off and keep you healthy throughout the winter. Taking herbal supplements before and throughout the winter is a great way to boost your immune system. It is recommended to begin taking the herbal supplements before the winter to prepare your body in advance.
One of the most important things to remember all winter long is vitamins! Vitamins E & C in particular are powerful antioxidants that help boost the immune system by neutralizing free radicals that are harmful to the body. Vitamin C is present in many fruits, primarily citrus fruits. Vitamin E is present in some nuts, seeds, vegetable oils and green leafy vegetables. If you want to ensure that you get the necessary amount of both it is highly recommended to take herbal nutrition supplements which are available at your local health food store. They are both extremely effective on their own but a combination formula like the Vitamin E-Gems with C, is an even more powerful antioxidant. The two work together to improve the effectiveness of each as a whole.
Echinacea is another great supplement that is famous for helping to fight off bugs. This is sourced from a plant native to North America and has antibiotic and anti-viral properties. Some say it helps produce more white blood cells which work to help fight infections. You can take echinacea in tea, lozenges or tablets.
So get your herbal supplements today and stay healthy this winter!
Last week we discussed what organic food is. In short it refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products (fruit, vegetables, grains, meat, dairy etc) that, among other things, ensures only natural substances are used to promote growth. Often organic produce costs more than conventionally grown produce, so the question remains why should you buy organic food?
- Whereas conventionally grown produce is sprayed with strong pesticides that can leave a residue on the fruit and vegetables, organic produces is not sprayed with synthetic pesticides and therefore significantly better for you.
- Non-organic food commonly uses high levels of food additives, MSG, artificial flavorings and preservatives that are considered to not have any health benefits or in fact could be harmful to your health.
- The way organic food is produced is considered to be more environmentally conscious. Organic farming methods are designed to limit pollution, conserve water and soil quality.
- In order to get the maximum nutritional value from fruits and vegetables it is recommended to eat them fresh. The fresher the better. Produce in your organic food store is usually fresher as it has a significantly shorter shelf life because it was not treated with synthetic substances. Because no preservatives are added, any organic product must get on the shelf quickly, so when you buy it is it at a higher nutritional value than other products.
Over the last decade there has been greater awareness about the benefits of organic foods, and a steady increase in organic food stores. What exactly is the difference between organic and non-organic foods?
This is an interesting discussion which we will discuss over the next few blog posts.
For a food to be classified as organic in the US it must meet certain standards set out by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA oversees this according to legislation set out in the National Organics Program (NOP).
- Organic foods and produce must not have come in contact with sewage sludge at all during production.
- They must be made without use of synthetic substances.
- Must not contain certain non-synthetic substances that are prohibited by the NOP.
- No non-organic or non-agricultural substances can be in the products at all.
- Certain methods in the production are banned that tend to modify the food/produce’s growth. (There are some exceptions to the rule which are outlined in detail in the NOP.)
One way to tell the difference between organic and non-organic produce is by their size and shape. Organic produce often comes in various sizes and shapes that look somewhat different from each other. Non-organic produce typically looks relatively the same. This is because most non-organic produce is often treated with growth-enhancing hormones.
Next blog post: Why do people buy organic food?
Wheat has historically been a huge part of the American diet. Cereal, breads, pastries, and crackers are only a few of the foods made with wheat, and therefore, with gluten. An estimated 1% of Americans have celiac disease, a condition where the small intestines are damaged by gluten. Most of these cases are undiagnosed, while others are just diagnosed with gluten sensitivity. But those of us with no allergen to gluten can still benefit from a gluten-free diet.
Gluten doesn’t actually have any nutritional value, but the problem is that many of the whole grains which contain gluten do have value. People who cut out gluten all together risk a deficiency of B vitamins, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, and fiber. If you’re going gluten-free, pick up multivitamins. You should also pay close attention to the nutrition facts of the gluten-free foods you’ll be eating. It won’t hurt to consult a nutritionist to help you put together a diet plan.
Supreme Health has everything you need if you’re ready to embark on a gluten-free diet. Learn more about gluten-free living, herbal nutrition supplements, healthy recipes, and more by visiting us online at www.SupremeHealth.com.
Facing issues with weight? Feeling down? Trying to protect yourself against the flu? Vitamin D may be the answer. Also referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D has been known to help a host of problems. When people are not getting enough of this wonderful vitamin from food and sun exposure, natural supplements offer the easiest path to vitamin D.
When it come to preventing osteoporosis, vitamin D can aid in building and maintaining muscles and bones. Through several studies, vitamin D has repeatedly shown to reduce the risk of falls among older individuals. If all these benefits weren’t enough, let’s discuss a few others.
- Many researchers believe vitamin D is linked to maintaining healthy body weight.
- It can help the immune system fight diseases and protect you from the common cold.
- For older adults between the ages of 40-79, it helps keep the brain active.
- People with a sufficient amount of vitamin D have a lower risk of developing cancer compared to those with a lower intake.
For more information about this vitamin and the many benefits of including the natural supplement in your daily diet, read the article “Get Your Vitamin D” on the Supreme Health website.
We’ve extolled granola as a prime snack for bikers, as well as those who enjoy other forms of exercise. This is because granola, in proper portions, is a very healthy snack food; dried fruits and berries provide an abundance of nutrients and sugars, as do the syrups and oils that are often added into granola mixes, while seeds, nuts, and grains give your body plenty to burn.
However, the same rules that apply with all foods also apply with granola: control your portions according to your body mass, level of exercise, and appetite. If you consume more sugar than your body needs for your daily activities, granola ceases to be a healthy option—and unfortunately, many prepackaged brands of granola that you can buy at corner stores and organic food stores alike contain more sugar than most people need.
If you love granola but don’t find yourself exercising much during the day, you should consider making your own granola. Apart from being cheaper in the long run, making your own granola lets you control how much sugar goes into the mix, as well as what fruits and other ingredients factor in. It also opens up granola to those who are allergic to ingredients that are common to prepackaged mixes. (Making granola is also very relaxing—imagine lying on the couch after a day of work, with the scent of warm honey and cinnamon wafting from your oven.)
To kickstart some ideas, take a look at our own wheat and blueberry granola recipe.
A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics has confirmed the obvious: there is a link between high sugar consumption and childhood obesity. The study followed the diet and exercise habits of two-, four-, and five-year-olds across the country. Researchers found that that four- and five-year-olds who consumed more sugary drinks per day were found to be overweight or obese.
Childhood obesity is a tragedy because it can be avoided easily. Many parents simply lack education in the field of nutrition and don’t know what measures they should be taking to prevent it, or that they should be actively making any effort at all. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a nutritionist to know that kids need the same vitamins and minerals as adults in order to grow and live happily and energetically.
Think of your children as tiny adults; feed their bodies the same way you would feed your own, but with smaller serving sizes. Instead of empty carbs like chips and candy, make healthy snack foods like nuts, fruits, and seeds a regular part of their diet. Keep their sugar intake in check, remembering the fact that the recommended daily sugar intake for adults is 40 grams per day. Two- to three-year-olds should consume a third of this amount at most, and older children should consume half. Their meal and snack schedule should be about the same as yours, but the portions should be cut according to this general scale. Make your diet a bonding activity! Visit organic food stores to find delicious, healthy snacks for both you and your children.
Today, scientists brought us yet another step closer to science fiction. They’ve found a way to alter memories in mice by filling different parts of the brain with a light-sensitive protein and exposing those parts to different colored lights. They put three mice in a tube, gave each a mild shock. By altering the part of the brain containing the memory of the shock, scientists found they could manipulate the mice’s recollection of the shock.
Shocking though it may be that memory is manipulable, such studies can help scientists better understand the brain and work towards a solution for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But until such a cure-all is found, we have to take preventative measures ourselves.
Fortunately, there are a few herbal supplements proven to strengthen the brain’s recall and memory retention. Ginkgo biloba is one such supplement; many studies, alongside traditional beliefs, have confirmed both its long- and short-term effects. Vitamin B12 is highly important to our cognitive functions, and a deficiency of vitamin B12, which is common in senior citizens, can lead to memory loss.
Unfortunately, the Western diet doesn’t heavily feature foods rich in vitamins conducive to memory, and most people are far too busy to cook their every meal from the ingredients they buy at organic food stores. Herbal supplements are a quick and easy solution to this problem, and more than worth the meager time investment.
Tomato season is here, opening up a plethora of cooking options! If you’ve been looking for a reason to get more adventurous in the kitchen, here it is.
Tomatoes are a western mainstay, but everyone has the one friend who can’t stand them. They’re missing out on an incredibly adaptable and healthy snack food. Much has been made of tomatoes’ high lycopene content lately; this is because early research suggests that it may help prevent cancer (particularly of the prostate), liver and cardiovascular disease, and male infertility. This is from a mere half a cup to a cup of tomatoes. With tomato season in full effect, a single tomato will be more than enough.
So how do you convert those friends who go green at the taste tomatoes? It’s all about mixing tomatoes with the right flavors. Here are a few meal ideas:
- Avocado Salad B.L.T.: When in doubt, hook them with bacon. Adding in chopped avocados will bring them one step closer to trying, say, a tomato avocado salad. Using whole grain or spelt bread will round out the nutritional content.
- Shrimp Tacos with Pico de Gallo: Who doesn’t love shrimp? Their flavor and texture are both perfectly complemented by tomatoes (see: shrimp and cocktail sauce). Everyone should appreciate the work tomatoes do to mix up the textures in a taco and prevent it from being too dry.
- Gazpacho: The last step! The muggy month of August is the perfect time to show just how refreshing tomatoes can be.
Congratulations are in order for the British royal family, though there’s no shortage of stateside celebration at this point! Our fascination with the royal baby is no small thing; it’s a testament to the celebrated status of the modern family unit. But while it’s fun to celebrate a birth, it’s of equal importance to realize just how much work and care goes into raising a child. Among the myriad responsibilities such a commitment entails, staying healthy is one of the most important.
Since an expectant mother is eating for two, it’s wise to invest in natural supplements to ensure that the baby received all the vitamins and minerals necessary to its prenatal development. The best natural supplements for pregnancy are high in follic acid, calcium, and Vitamin D. A deficiency of follic acid can cause neural tube defects in the baby’s first month of pregnancy. It’s important for a mother to get plenty of calcium, since the baby’s bone development is supplied by its mother’s store of the mineral; while osteoporosis in pregnant women is somewhat rare, it does happen for this reason. Vitamin D is vital for immune response and preventing depression.
Postnatal nutrition is largely similar, with many nutritionists emphasizing B vitamins, which naturally support energy levels, an effect that can help avoid postpartum depression. A healthy mother is a happy mother, and the same goes for families as a whole.