Julia's Journey


It's time for our first staff spotlight! We have several employees at Nature's Finest Nutrition, and each has a special story of his/her journey toward better nutrition and health. For the next few months, we'll highlight one staff member every few weeks and share with you our personal paths to better health. 

This month, we're highlighting our assistant Julia. Read her story below:

For as long as I can remember, I've struggled with my weight, asthma, allergies, fatigue, back pain, and a number of other health issues. From the time I hit puberty on, I hated my body and how I felt. I hated how I looked in pictures, in mirrors, and I hated waking up so tired it was all I could do to make it to two in the afternoon before crashing for a nap.

Even those didn't help. I'd sleep for an hour, two, maybe three depending on the day's schedule and my levels of exhaustion, and still wake up groggy, disoriented, and with a headache that lasted until bed.

I hated exercise because it made me feel insecure. I didn't want to join a gym because I couldn't exercise for long without losing my breath, and I felt so defeated every time I tried. I liked walking, but never had enough energy to actually get out and go.before

I was seventeen years old, nearly fifty pounds overweight, and extremely introverted as a result.

That's when I came to Nature's Finest.

My mom had been shopping here since I was a kid, but I'd never come with her. We'd been by several times, but the first time I went in was for my job interview.

Needless to say, I was hired, and that's when my journey to health began.

I didn't jump right in, as perhaps most would have. I'm a skeptic at heart. I'm cautious by nature and tend to study things, learn all I can about them, take into account several angles and options, and then make a decision.

It took me a minimum of six months before I was willing to consider trying anything, and most of my motivation came from the stories of customers, most of whom were seeing tremendous results in everything from colds and flu to cancer.

When I finally did try something, it was an herbal combination for my allergies.

From an early age (about eight or ten or so), after suffering through two years of bronchitis, I was diagnosed with allergy-induced asthma and put on three medications: Advair, Claritin, and Nasonex. I was prescribed three puffs of Advair daily, two sprays of Nasonex in each nostril daily, and one Claritin every night before bed. I also had an emergency inhaler and a packet of Prednisone on me at all times in case of an attack. The inhaler, Albuterol, I used as needed, usually two or three times yearly, depending on my physical habits, weather, and other issues.

Slowly, over the years, I started weaning myself off each medication without telling my doctor. By the time I started working at Nature's Finest, I was taking one puff of Advair every other day or as needed, and the same with the others. If I felt like I was dragging, I'd medicate. Otherwise, I left them well alone.

blogWhen I started taking Nature's Sunshine's ALJ, I felt every bit as healthy as I did when I was taking my medication full-time, if not better. When I went to see my doctor, I passed my examination with flying colors. As far as he was concerned, I was still taking my medications as prescribed and doing better than ever. My lung function was up, my allergies, down.

No more medication for me!

After that, I grew a bit more curious. Working here, I felt like a fraud for only taking one product and knowing practically nothing about the many others on our shelves.

Slowly, I began to watch, pay attention to the bestselling products and do a lot of research, both for the business and on my own. I began taking our best and most popular multivitamin and mineral: GNLD's Formula IV Plus.

Although the results weren't immediate, I experienced huge changes. blog

All my life I had hormonal and glandular issues and didn't know it. My adrenal glands were overtaxed and weak. As a result, I had heavy, painful cycles every month with a number of symptoms, including bloating, crippling leg cramps, and nausea, to name a few.

I thought I was one of those unfortunate people doomed with heavy cycles. I didn't know there was a way to fix or change it, but birth control wasn't an option. I wasn't going to take another pill after finally eliminating several others. It wasn't worth the risk and possible side effects.

So for years I suffered, until Formula IV Plus.

It wasn't overnight, but slowly, I noticed my pain lessening month by month, and my cycle growing easier and more regular. My other symptoms were lessening, too. After my glandular issues were pointed out to me, I added NeoLife's Multi-Min into the mix and again, my symptoms eased significantly.

Eventually, I started drinking NeoLife's GR2 Control shakes, as I decided it was also time to do something about my weight. Protein is key to healing the endocrine system, and with their GR2 technology, I could keep my blood sugar levels balanced and possibly - hopefully - lose weight, too.

True enough, my menstrual cycles completely normalized. For over a year now I've had regular, dare I say, easy cycles. Gone are the days I spent lying in bed or cuddled on the couch in too much pain to move or sleep.

My life is a lot easier, and that's nowhere near the end of it.

Weight loss has, by far, been my hardest struggle.

I started with metabolism boosters a bit before I tried the protein shakes. I tried avocado oil, coconut oil, and green coffee bean extract. I'd lose five pounds in a week on each, and then gain it back slowly over the next month.

It was this way with all of them, except Raspberry Ketone.

It's safe to say I experienced minor success with this one. I made absolutely no changes to my diet, I wasn't exercising, and I lost about ten pounds on the product. When it came to Thanksgiving, I doubled my dosage (from one pill before each meal to two) and was happily surprised to find I didn't gain any weight the entire week, despite consuming several pies, cakes, and sweets more than I should.

However, I plateaued again and felt my hope draining.

It was around this time that our health coach, Cheryl Howe, joined the team. Working along side her, seeing her help other people with their weight loss goals and hearing her talk about real, raw foods inspired me to try to move in that direction.

One day, I cut out all sodas. Cold turkey.

My house was swimming with them, but I avoided them like the plague. It took an enormous amount of willpower, yet somehow, I've only slipped up once since eliminating them, and even then only as a treat. Over a year later, I've remained soda-free ever since.staff

That's not to say you can't enjoy a soda every now and then. Once in a blue moon, it's okay. Daily, the damages add up quickly, not only to your waistline, but to your health as a whole.

After cutting out soda, I started drinking two protein shakes a day as a meal replacement and upping my water intake. I drink half my body weight daily in water, and slightly more on the days I exercise.

Which brings me to the next step. I started walking three days a week on the treadmill. I started simply. I walked for half an hour, increasing the speed every few minutes until I reached my peak, and then warming back down. As my peak grew higher, my walk time increased until I was up to forty minutes.

I watched movies, TV shows, or listened to music as I walked, and ate breakfast afterward. This way, I burned stored fat rather than calories from food, and followed up my workout with a low-glycemic breakfast. Typically, full-fat greek yogurt with half a cup of fruit (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or grapes), honey, and a sprinkling of granola.

This served its purpose. I was losing weight slowly but steadily, and I was starting to feel less groggy, more clear-minded, and my mid-afternoon crash was lessening. I had more energy and more body-confidence, but I knew there was more I could change if I really wanted to be healthy.

I went from a size 16+ (I wore sixteens, but had to squeeze into them and probably stretched them out in the process) to a size 14 just in time for a friend's wedding. About a fifteen pound weight loss. I couldn't have been prouder.

I thought about stopping, but with a healthy BMI as my goal, I kept working.

Thanks again to Cheryl, I was introduced to interval or burst exercising. In layman's terms, it's an emidasy way to exercise in less time and get more done. It involves short bursts of high-intensity activity followed by ninety-second rest periods. This is done to increase the heart rate and include strength training, and that's not even the best part. There are a plethora of health benefits that come with it, too, including balanced blood sugar levels, increased and longer fat burn, improved heart function, muscle growth, increased metabolism, and more!

Upon starting interval training, I lost more weight and felt even better. I had higher levels of sustained energy, and I was sleeping better, too.

I continued on the protein shakes and changed my diet yet again. I dropped ALL sugar, processed foods, and ate out only when necessary. I was eating one whole-food meal a day in conjunction with the shakes, which I started accompanying with a granola bar or a small serving of yogurt.

As I dropped more sizes, from a 14 to a 12, then down to a 10, I've eliminated the shakes in favor of healthy eating. I eat only foods with real, unprocessed ingredients (no sugar, no chemicals - especially canola oil or any other hydrogenated oils, no GMOs, etc...), organic when I can afford it, and I add chia seeds to nearly everything.

Considered powerhouses of nutrition, chia seeds, when soaked in water or other liquids, will become gelatinous. They can then be mixed in smoothies, drinks, puddings, yogurts, added to salad dressings, used in baking, desserts, and more! The uses are innumerable. I find more and more ways to use them everyday, and I love them all. Chia seeds are high in fiber, protein, low in calories, and rich in vitamins and minerals. They're a great way to stay full all day long.

In addition, I eat only sprouted grain breads. They're easier to digest, high in vitamins and minerals, and full of whole grains. They have a nuttier, richer flavor in my opinion, too. The best is the Ezekiel 4:9 bread, found in the freezer section in more and more grocery stores. Publix, Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and Bi-Lo, to name a few.

I previously cut out all bread, but now can enjoy sprouted bread with health benefits, versus the fattening, insubstantial white bread varieties. If that's not a win-win, I don't know what is.

Dairy-wise, I don't eat much (apart from greek yogurt) unless I can get unpasteurized raw milk. In that case, I drink as much milk as I can get. Eggs are the same way. I eat organic, free-range eggs when I can. The differences are astounding. Raw milk is richer, smoother, and completely devoid of the after-taste I so despise in the store-bought varieties. The raw eggs are also more delicious, more golden in color, and worth every penny.

Now, a year and a half later, after too many diet and exercise changes, too many diet pill attempts, I'm down to a size 8/10 depending on the brand and style of clothing, and I'm less than ten pounds away from my goal. I'm a healthy BMI for the first time in my life, and I have energy levels unlike anything I've ever encountered.

Gone is the fatigue. Gone is the bloating after every meal. Gone is my back pain. I feel clean and fresh, much like the foods I'm eating.

Now, I crave healthier foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, leafygreens. I crave the foods that two years ago I would have turned up my nose at. I eat a lot of protein, still drink a lot of water, and feel better than ever before.

If I eat sugar these days, my body reacts adversely. I feel bloated and sluggish for a day or two afterward, and the same goes for processed or fast foods. Now that my body gets a steady supply of real food, it wants nothing else.

I plan to keep it that way.

Two years and 45+ pounds lighter, I'm finally happy in my skin. It doesn't get much better than that.


Contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) Or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

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.


Dr. Joseph Mercola. "12 Reasons Why You Should Quit Drinking Soda." Published 20 August, 2012. < > Accessed 18 December, 2014.

Gryphon Adams. "Does Walking on an Empty Stomach Burn More Fat?" Updated 18 September, 2013. < > Accessed 18 December, 2014.

Charlotte Hilton Andersen. "8 Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)" 29 August, 2013. < > Accessed 18 December, 2014.

Kris Gunnars. "11 Proven Health Benefits of Chia Seeds (No. 3 is Best)." No date. < > Accessed 18 December, 2014.

Winter, Probiotics, and Acidophilus Plus


With winter come brisk weather, weakened immune systems and sickness. Since eighty percent of your immune health lies in the gut, it only makes sense to ensure you give your gut the best nutrition you can, especially during these cold, chilly months. Probiotics take the top spot on a list of supplements for gut health. There are lots of them out there, lining the shelves of pharmacies and supplement stores, but only one will give you the full nutritional support you need.


GNLD’s supplement of beneficial bacteria, Acidophilus Plus, combines potencacidophilusy with technology to guarantee that  live  microorganisms  survive  the  stomach  acid and reach the intestine to deliver viable  organisms to support optimal digestive and colon health.

  • Each capsule is filled  with five billion  live  microorganisms—as many as in 10 servings of yogurt—all in one daily serving!
  • You receive  beneficial  bacteria isolated  from  cultured  dairy foods,  so  you  get  the  benefits without  the  extra  calories  from these foods.
  • Acidophilus Plus  provides an  exclusive  blend  of  five types  of  clinically  provenlactic  acid-producing  bacteria: lactobacillus  acidophilus, lactobacillus bulgaricus, lactobacillus  casei,  Bifidobacterium bifidum,and streptococcus thermophilus.
  • The exclusive  Gel-Gard  enteric protection system guarantees deliveryby protecting against  harsh  stomach  acid and  ensuring  that  maximum numbers  of  live  bacteria  are delivered in the intestine.


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This technology involves wrapping the bacteria in a special gel-forming polysacharide, which is insoluble in acidic conditions of the stomach. This is then enclosed in a gelatin capsule. When the capsule reaches the  stomach,  it  dissolves and the contents of the capsule form an insoluble matrix called Gel-Gard.



  • synthesize b-vitamins
  • lower levels of toxic/mutagenic compounds
  • reduce risk of colon cancer
  • promote long-term colon health


  • produce enzymes to digest lactose
  • improve lactose intolerance


  • strengthen innate immunity
  • reduce food allergy symptoms in children
  • keep “bad” bacteria in check
  • prevent travelers’ diarrhea
  • control irritable bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)



A: Yes.  Probiotics in Acidophilus Plus, though derived from cultured dairy foods, are purified so that the amount of  lactose  remaining  is  insignificant  to  create any undesirable effects in lactose intolerant individuals.

In fact, lactobacilli are capable of producing lactase, an enzyme that helps break down lactose and helps the digestion of these foods.


A: Some, but not all, dairy products contain live, active cultures and many are sold suggesting that they are beneficial for our health. Most of these are fresh products requiring refrigeration, and there is considerable doubt as to how many of the live bacteria actually survive in the stomach acid. Taking Acidophilus Plus guarantees that a significant number of live beneficial bacteria are delivered to the intestine.


A: No. Some good bacteria have names that sound like bad bacteria. Streptococcus refers only on the shape of the bacterium, and has nothing to do with its ability to promote health or cause disease. (strept means “twisted” and coccus means “round.”) Streptococcus thermophilus—the species included in Acidophilus Plus—has been safely used for centuries to produce cultured dairy products.  The bacterial species associated with causing strep throat is streptococcus pyogenes.


A: Although not necessary, keeping Acidophilus Plus refrigerated prior to opening the bottle may further increase the shelf life of the product. It must be refrigerated afteropening the bottle to ensurethe potency of the beneficial cultures.


A: Yes. Anyone who can safely swallow the Acidophilus Plus capsule can take the product and enjoy its benefits.

Have any other questions? Want to place an order?  Contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) Or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

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.

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Fight the Mystery Virus, Colds, & Flu Naturally!


It's early September again. Temperatures will soon be dropping, and with this drop comes - you've guessed it! - colds, flu, viruses, and more. Already there's a sickness dubbed "the mystery virus" documented in ten states and sweeping the nation quickly. Its symptoms include normal cold signs, such as sneezing, sniffling, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, etc., but the real kicker is the wheezing. People and children, particularly, with asthma can have a difficult bout with the virus, and therefore are advised to take precautions.

With this virus spreading, it's easy to fret. However, at Nature's Finest Nutrition, we have three products to promote prevention and recovery from this virus, and they're listed below with their historical uses and benefits.



According to their website, this product: "keeps lungs clear for easy breathing."

It also:

  • Promotes clear, quiet breathing, clear bronchial lining, and reduced congestion.
  • Supports regular and unrestricted bronchial and pulmonary airflow.

Its ingredients and historical uses include:

  • Elecampane root, to help promote air flow to the lungs.
  • Elder flower, to help relieve sneezing, itching, and other discomforts often associated with dust and pollen.
  • Thyme, to promote clear, quiet breathing and reduce congestion.

The great thing about this herbal formula is that it can be taken on an empty stomach, and a great deal of it can be taken for a short period of time.



2. NEOLIFE'S RESP-ELEVEN.resp-eleven

It is said to "help clear your sinuses and soothe distressed tissue for free, comfortable breathing."

It also:

  • Supports normal airflow in the sinuses and lungs.
  • Promotes a healthy immune response.

Its ingredients and historical uses include:

  • Horseradish root to support normal airflow in the sinuses and lungs, and promote a healthy immune response.
  • Pleurisy root and hyssop to promote clear, open airways, free of restrictions or excess moisture content, especially in the upper respiratory tract.

This formula does need to be taken with food.




This colloidal and ionic silver product is completely non-toxic, using particle-size colloids for maximum use in the body. It uses a patented technology called Silver Sol  shown to be several times more effective than colloidal and ionic silver products. Its cellular formation is super-charged to spread throughout the body at an exponential rate to heal the bosilverdy faster.

It's historical uses include:

  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-viral
  • alleviating colds and flu
  • stimulating the immune system
  • fighting and killing nearly any of infection (including yeast and even leprosy!)
  • boosting wound healing
  • soothing burns, sunburns, and diaper rash
  • cleansing the body, blood, and brain
  • combating pneumonia, MRSA, Malaria, AIDS, HIV, and more!

Also, like the Herbal Respiratory Formula, large amounts of this product can be taken in small windows of time. A bottle a day may safely be taken for several days in a row, and unlike any other colloidal silver products, Silver Shield can be taken without the risk of ever turning the skin blue. 

Thank the new Silver Sol technology. There's nothing like it!

If you have any questions about dosages for these products, or anything of that sort, call us at (423) 899-8422 or contact us by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at), or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We’re always eager 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.


"Herbal Respiratory Formula < >

"Resp-Eleven" < >

"Silver Shield" < >

Dr. Gordon Pederson. (2008) A Fighting Chance. American Fork, Utah: Sound Concepts.

Is Menopause Driving You Crazy?


Here are some natural solutions.

Menopause is a natural phase of life. It occurs when the ovaries cease to produce estrogen and cause several symptoms, the most common of which are hot flashes. There are also mood swings, dry membranes, nervousness, and fatigue.

When we consume the standard American diet, consisting of so-called “junk,” processed, and packaged foods, we are not getting the nutrients our body needs, and our endocrine gland system is put out of balance. Were it balanced, the adrenal glands would make a chemical replacement for the estrogen our bodies no longer make. Thus there would be no symptoms.

Most women go to their doctor to get put on synthetic estrogen. These medications, whether it is the patch or some of the known cancer-causing pills, are only a quick fix.  They do not heal the endocrine gland system. They merely cover up menopausal symptoms, causing more harm than good.


Here are three simple steps to put your system back in balance.

  1. Balance your hormones. Begin with the NeoLife glandular program. It consists of Formula IV, Premium Protein, and their Multi Mineral. These will heal and balance your endocrine gland system and cause your adrenal glands to start producing a completely natural estrogen replacement.
  2. Use the correct herbs. To target hot flashes specifically, take NSP Flash Ease. It consists of herbs containing several natural types of estrogen that a woman’s body needs. For both natural estrogen and progesterone, take NSP C-X. It soothes the entire glandular system and will ease menopausal symptoms.
  3. Supplement with the right progesterone. The Restored Balance Cream is a progesterone cream that naturally provides all the chemicals a woman’s body needs to function properly during menopause.



 “About 30 years ago I had fibroid tumors and other female problems.  The doctors recommended a hysterectomy.  I came to see Jim and started on a nutritional program, including Female Corrective Herbs.  The fibroids shrunk!  I never had a hysterectomy, and never had my tubes tied.  After that I conceived and had two more children!”

-Victoria G.


 “I used to wake up all throughout the night, sweating – my hormones were off. I chose to use Flash Ease and now I can sleep all night long. I am so happy! It really does work.”

-Tina R.


 For more information on how you can purchase the listed products, visit our website, for more information.