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Hormones: What You Need to Know About Them and How to Balance Them

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The Endocrine System

Our bodies are charging with hormones and they all come from one body system; the Endocrine system. The endocrine system is in charge of coordinating the relationship between the different organs and hormones, which are chemicals that are released into your bloodstream from cells within your endocrine glands. One of the most important gland is the pituitary gland (or “master gland”) that’s responsible for sending information from your brain to other glands in your body. It also produces many hormones that travel throughout the body that have different important functions.

Signs and Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Most people, especially women, suffer from hormone imbalances. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of hormone imbalances include:

  • Infertility and irregular periods

  • Weight gain or weight loss (that’s unexpected and not due to intentional changes in your diet)

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Low libido

  • Changes in appetite

  • Digestive issues

  • Hair loss and hair thinning

Causes of Hormone Imbalance

Hormone imbalances can lead to health issues like Polycystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS), erectile dysfunction, hyperthyroidism, Grave’s disease, diabetes, and adrenal fatigue. This all depends on several factors, and the person. Some of the major contributors to hormone imbalances include:

  • Diet

  • Medical history

  • Genetics

  • Stress levels

  • Expositor to toxins

  • Gut issues

  • Being overweight or obese

Natural ways to Balance Hormones

Hormone imbalances can happen to anyone as early as puberty. Although that can feel a bit overwhelming and daunting, but there are several natural ways to help balance your hormones.

Change Your Diet

Eliminate foods that have refined carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol, processed foods, and white flour. Add healthy fats such as coconut oil, avocados, grass-fed meat, and wild-caught salmon. Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids help protect against hippocampal neuronal loss and reduce pro-inflammatory responses.

Herbs

Herbs have a unique healing effect that can promote hormone balance and protect the body from a wide variety of diseases, including those caused by excess stress. In addition to immune function and combating stress, research shows that various herbs such as ashwagandha, rhodiola and holy basil can:

  • Improve thyroid function

  • Lower cholesterol naturally

  • Reduce anxiety and depression

  • Reduce brain cell degeneration

  • Stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels

  • Support adrenal gland function

Ashwagandha can be extremely helpful in balancing hormones. It benefits thyroid function because it promotes the scavenging of free radicals that cause cellular damage. Ashwangadha can be used to support a sluggish or overactive thyroid, and it can also help to overcome adrenal fatigue. Your adrenals can become overtaxed when you experience too much emotional, physical or mental stress, leading to the distribution of hormones like adrenaline, cortisol and progesterone.

Address Emotional Imbalances

A major component of balancing your hormones naturally is addressing any emotional imbalances that you are dealing with. You can do this by reducing stress levels, engaging in personal reflection and taking time for yourself. Practicing meditation or healing prayer can be extremely beneficial, and so can breathing exercises, spending time outdoors, and exercising every day.

Essential Oils

To balance hormones naturally, it’s important that you eliminate toxins in your body by avoiding conventional bod care products that are made with potentially-harmful chemicals including DEA, parabens, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate. A better alternative is to use natural products made with ingredients like essential oils, coconut oil, shea butter and castor oil.

To replace toxic body care and cleaning products, use hormone balancing oils:

  • Clary sage: helps balance estrogen, regulate menstural cycle, relieve PMS symptoms, and treat infertility and PCOS

  • Fennel: relax your body, improve your digestion and gut health

  • Lavender: treat anxiety, depression, moodiness and stress

  • Sandalwood: increase libido, reduce stress, promote relaxation, and boost mental clarity

  • Thyme: helps relieve health issues like infertility, PCOS, menopause, depression, hair loss, and insomnia

Supplements

Sometimes it’s necessary to supplement in order to fill nutritional voids that can be leading to hormonal imbalances. The top supplements that are recommended are:

  • Vitamin D

  • Evening Primrose Oil

  • Bone Broth

  • Probiotics

Get more sleep

A lack of sleep or disturbing your natural circadian rhythm can be one of the worst habits contributing to a hormone imbalance. How so? Because your hormones work on a schedule! Case in point: Cortisol, the primary “stress hormone” is regulated at midnight. Therefore, people who go to bed late never truly get a break from their sympathetic flight/fight stress response.

 

Although dealing with hormone imbalance can be hard and a long journey, it is better in the long run to treat it early so that menopause isn’t as difficult. Also following these natural ways to help your body will help make daily life easier and more enjoyable.

The Secret to Stronger Hair, Skin & Nails

Nature's Sunshine's HSN-W contains two of the richest sources of silica known in the plant kingdom—dulse and horsetail. Silica is converted by the body into calcium to improve the strength and flexibility of body tissues. It also improves skin tone and sheen. Sage acts as a powerful antioxidant and preserves the integrity of body tissues. Rosemary adds additional antioxidant protection. More historical benefits of the herbs are as follows.

HORSETAIL:

  • Richest plant source of silica
  • Reduces white spots on nails
  • Soothes acne, burns, & wounds
  • Fights athlete’s foot
  • Anti-inflammatory & antibacterial
  • Smooths dry, cracked heels
  • Aids bone rebuilding after breaks or fractures
  • Nourishes & strengthens hair, skin & nails

DULSE:

  • Rich in iodine
  • Helps energy metabolism
  • High in omega-3s
  • Nourishes thyroid health
  • Contains 34x the potassium of a banana

ROSEMARY:

  • Assists memory functionrosemary
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Rich in iron
  • Protects vision
  • Fights cancer
  • Strengthens small blood vessels
  • Provides antioxidant activity

SAGE:

  • soothes inflammation
  • fights cancer-causing free radicals
  • supports respiratory health
  • boosts memory
  • promotes healthy skin
  • reduces acne & eczema

What about Biotin?

Part of the B vitamin complex, Biotin has been used by many men and women to thicken and grow their hair (skin and nails, too). However, there are no published scientific studies proving the effectiveness of biotin supplementation. Silica, as found in HSN-W, has been shown to strengthen and thicken hair in several studies.

For more info or to order, reach us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email at naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com.

Visit us on our website and Facebook! We’re always happy to help!

 

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment.  We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Sources: http://wellnessmama.com/8592/horsetail-herb-profile/ http://foodfacts.mercola.com/rosemary.html http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/sage-herb-health-benefits-5426.html http://blog.healthkismet.com/nova-scotia-dulse-health-benefits-facts-and-m

Black Walnut & the Poison Ivy Challenge!

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Over the years, Jim and Pat have had their fair share of poison ivy, oak, and sumac. They've seen tremendous results getting rid of it both personally and when it comes to friends, family, and customers, too! But what about when it comes to prevention?

Daniel with Wysong Tree Service came in asking for a daniel preventative recommendation for poison ivy. He had to service a tree covered in the stuff, with no way around it.

Jim and Pat recommended Black Walnut, taken internally and applied externally.

He started on it immediately.

Armed with Black Walnut, Daniel climbed the tree (in short sleeves!), cut down the poison ivy, and carted it away, all while taking Nature's Sunshine's Black Walnut Concentrate.

The Results?

He got a few spots, but they stayed put, no spreading, no itching. AT ALL.

In 2016, after a year of using Black Walnut for poison ivy, Daniel wrote this update:        

daniel tree“A lot of people ask me how I get rid of Poison Ivy, Poison oak, and Poison Sumac. This is what I use. It has been my solution to all of these plants for the last year and it works quickly. The itching will subside in less than an hour. The next day you will notice it start drying up. It works no matter how bad the rash is. The toxins cannot stand up to the Black Walnut Extract. I get mine from Jim and Pat @ Natures Finest on Lee Hwy. To prove how well it works. I've had people call me and tell me they have been to the doctor twice. Got the shots. They have taken every over the counter remedy there is and still not touched it. One guy had it for two weeks and couldn't get rid of it, till he tried this. You will know it's gone the first day. It works plain and simple. I drink half the bottle if it's a mild case. I drink the whole bottle if it's out of control.”

Plus, Black Walnut's benefits aren't just limited to keeping pesky plants at bay. This powerful herb also:

  • fights fungus (including candida)
  • balances the intestinal tract
  • aids digestion
  • reduces cholesterol levels
  • boosts the immune system
  • kills parasites
  • combats malaria
  • relieves inflammation
  • oxygenates the blood
  • supports healthy blood sugar levels
  • reduces blood pressure levels
  • nourishes the thyroid
  • and more!

Don't let poison ivy ruin your summer fun. If you have hiking or camping plans, load up on Black Walnut as a precaution, or take a bottle with you in case you come into contact with any pesky plants.

You won't regret it!

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Reach us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email at naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com.

Visit us on our website and Facebook! We’re always happy to help!

Disclaimer: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment.  We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Sources: https://jonbarron.org/herbal-library/foods/black-walnut-hulls-benefits#.V5J95bgrLcs https://www.verywell.com/the-benefits-of-black-walnut-89422 http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/health-benefits-of-black-walnuts/

How to Drastically Reduce Your Risk of Mosquito Bites, Chemical-Free!

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For most people, summertime means getting outdoors, getting active, and soaking up some Vitamin D. With that come mosquitoes. Research shows that one in five people possesses higher attraction to mosquitoes than the average person. For that person, and for the rest of us who simply don't like those red, itchy bumps all summer, here are some facts about mosquitoes, commercial insect repellents, and how to protect yourself naturally, free from any harsh chemicals and free from that gross chemical smell.

When it comes to mosquitos themselves, they're pesky little blighters. They can scent a potential target from fifty yards away, due to certain chemical compounds found on human skin. These include but are not limited to:

  • healthy bacteriacarbon dioxide (from exhalation)
  • octenal (a substance found in breath and sweat)
  • heat
  • movement
  • old (not fresh, contrary to popular belief) sweat
  • eating bananas (for whatever reason, mosquitoes love these! Avoid them during the summer to lower your risk of bites)

Basically, any summer activity can potentially attract mosquitoes. This is especially true in larger adults. The greater the body mass, the higher the amount of carbon dioxide a person emits in their breath. Thus a tall, muscular athlete exercising outdoors is prone to greater breakouts than someone simply lying out in the sun.

This can potentially be problematic.

Throughout history, mosquitos have developed a bad rep for being carriers of several serious illnesses, including:

  • malaria
  • West Nile Fever
  • encephalitis
  • Yellow Fever
  • and dengue.

So, what can you do to ward them off?

The commercial solution is DEET, a chemical found in most insect repellants that is also used to dissolve plastic, spandex, rayon, painted or varnished surfaces.  Most people apply it innocently to their and their children's skin, unaware that it can cause:

  • nausea and/or vomiting
  • skin irritations
  • high blood pressure
  • muscle weakness
  • joint or muscle pain
  • memory loss
  • neurotoxicity
  • hives or blisters
  • watery, irritated eyes
  • tremors
  • stilted brain function
  • and seizures.

Thankfully, there are ways to avoid those side effects and DEET altogether. Below are several natural ways to lower your appeal to mosquitos, and hopefully, avoid them altogether.

  1. B-Complex vitamins. Supplementing with the entire B complex  vitamins (namely, NeoLife's Super B or Nature's Sunshine's B-Complex) makes a person's natural scent foul to mosquitoes, who then happily avoid the source.
  2. Garlic. Taken internally through supplementation, garlic has the same effect on mosquitoes as B vitamins. Mosquitoes hate garlic, and taking it internally on a regular basis is a lot easier and safer than spraying or slathering on a toxic chemical.
  3. Cinnamon essential oil. Research is still being done on the topic, but cinnamon oil has been found, in one study, to be more effective in repelling insects than DEET! It is also, of course, safe, delicious, and smells wonderful.
  4. Neem leaf or oil. As a leaf, neem can be burned to create an unpleasant atmosphere for mosquitoes and other insects. As an oil, if combined with coconut oil, it can be rubbed into the skin for a smiliar effect. Neem can be used by itself, but has a higher chance of repelling more insects when paired with coconut oil. Neem doesn't have the best aroma, but it's much safer and gentler than DEET.
  5. Essential oils. Besides cinnamon oil, other oils that can be used for repelling mosquitoes and other insects are; catnip, vanilla extract mixed with olive oil, lemon in combination with eucalyptus oil, peppermint, lemongrass, and citronella.

Wearing loose or light-colored clothing can also help protect against mosquitoes. Planting marigolds or building bat houses near affected areas is also purported to keep them at bay.

The methods are many. Avoiding mosquitos is easier than most think. Summer doesn't have to be red, blotchy and itchy!

If you are bitten, however, there are a number of herbs you can use to soothe your bites:

  • aloe verachamomile
  • lavender oil
  • chamomile
  • raw, local honey
  • Tea tree oil
  • Basil
  • Lemon or lime oils
  • Tea bags
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • baking soda

Before you go outside this summer, slather on some oils or swallow some B-Vitamins and garlic supplements. We carry a high quality B-Complex vitamin, as well as the best Garlic supplement you can find, as well as Neem supplements, coconut oil, Aloe Vera, and several other essential oils.

Contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or reach us by email at naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com to order or find out more on this or other topics. You can also check us out on our website or Facebook! We're always happy to help!

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Sources:

Dr. Joseph Mercola. "What Attracts Mosquitoes and How to Repel Them." Published 23 August, 2014.

"http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/23/mosquito-repellent.aspx". Accessed 13 April, 2015.

Anonymous. "Neem Natural Mosquito Repellant". No date.

"http://www.discoverneem.com/natural-mosquito-repellent.html". Accessed 13 April, 2015.

Aloe Vera- The Miracle Plant

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Historically, Aloe Vera has been described in writings in many different cultures, including the Greek, Egyptian, and Roman eras. References have also been found in writings from the Indian and Chinese early cultures. Ancient records show that the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for centuries: its therapeutic advantages and healing properties surviving for over 4000 years. The earliest record of Aloe Vera is a Sumerian tablet dating from 2100 BC. Aloe Vera's Historical Benefits: 

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  • Digestive tract irritations
  • Ulcers
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Liver& spleen health
  • Colon
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bladder/kidney infections
  • Cancer
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Heartburn
  • Heart disease
  • HIV
  • Immune suppression
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney disease
  • Leg cramps
  • Skin health
  • Upset stomach or nausea
  • Tumors

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Why Aloe Vera Plus?

  • Glycemic Edge Technology - Sweetened with fruit to ensure quick, sustained energy.
  • 3x Herbal Tea Blend - A blend of Ginseng, Chamomile, and Passion Flower that has been shown to help relax, soothe, and It also balances inflammation, improves appetite and digestion, reduces flatulence, calms spasms, increases stamina and endurance, boosts cognitive function, lowers blood pressure, and more!
  • Gel Only - NeoLife uses only the gel (the active ingredient) in the Aloe plant. This ensures maximum efficacy. Aloe Vera Plus provides the highest quality and purity available.
  • Electrolytes - Potassium and Magnesium for balanced metabolic support, especially in the nervous and cardiovascular systems
  • Vitamin C - Aloe Vera Plus provides 170% of the daily value for this vitamin for added heart, skin, and antioxidant support

Client Testimonies:

Cindy R. I had poor digestion, a rash on my leg, and pain in my knees. I started taking Aloe, Salmon Oil, Tre, and Intestinal Soothe & Build and I felt so much better! Within 6 months, my triglycerides dropped 50 pts!  I plan to stay on these products. They really work!

Mark R. I have had stomach problems for years. Two and a half years ago, I started taking Nexium. Now I’m on Beta-Gest and Aloe, and am doing better than ever. My whole family is taking supplements.

Leighton T. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. The Aloe and Intestinal Soothe and Build help me so much with healing and rebuilding.

Thesa M.  I have had heartburn for weeks. After ½ oz of Aloe I had complete relief.

Mark J.  I got food poisoning. My fever ran 103 and I couldn’t eat at all. I took GNLD’s Aloe and it made me well. Now I use it for acid reflux. It tastes delicious!

Linda B. One Thanksgiving Day I burned myself when cooking.  My husband put GNLD Aloe Vera on the burn, and it took away the pain and left no scar.

We have had tremendous success using Aloe Vera for a number of health issues and have a plethora of satisfied customers. If you have any questions about Aloe, feel free to contact us by phone at  (423) 899-8422 or at our website, naturesfinestnutrition.com.

 

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Root, Planet Green, Jessica.  "40 Amazing Uses for Aloe Vera!"  03 January 2012.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/herbal-remedies/amazing-aloe-vera.htm>  23 April 2014.

Adams, Mike "the Health Ranger". "The aloe vera miracle: A natural medicine for cancer, cholesterol, diabetes,  inflammation, IBS and otherhealth conditions." 21 May 2007. NaturalNews.com <http://www.naturalnews.com/021858.html#> Accessed 23 April 2014