herbal remedies

Kiss Your Seasonal Allergies Goodbye

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Spring is here, the pollen count is set at "very high," and seasonal allergies are in full swing. Congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, scratchy throat--is any of this sounding familiar? The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from seasonal allergies. Symptoms typically manifest in the lungs, nose, and eyes, but other symptoms can include

  • decreased concentration and focus
  • decreased decision making
  • exhaustion, and sleep disorders
  • mood swings
  • irritability
  • low blood pressure
  • hives
  • eczema
  • ear infections

Tired of experiencing the same symptoms year after year? Looking for relief, without the negative side effects of Benadryl, Claritin, and other pharmaceutical antihistamines? Good news! A combination of natural remedies and NeoLife's Herbal Respiratory Formula can help you kick seasonal allergies to the curb.

Natural Remedies

1. Eat an anti-inflammatory, alkaline diet. Add garlic, lemons, green leafy vegetables, bone broth, almonds, and probiotic-rich foods to your diet.

2. Buy local, raw honey. A tablespoon a day helps your body build up a tolerance to pollen that is common in your area.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar. Mix in some lemon juice and water to dilute the vinegar taste, and use it to flush your sinuses during an allergy attack.

4. Quercetin. A natural bioflavonoid found in onions, green tea, citrus fruits, and cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli or cauliflower), quercetin stabilizes the release of histamines in your body. It takes a few weeks of use to kick in, so be sure to stock up on vegetables and fruits before winter ends.

5. Stinging nettle leaf can be steeped in a tea, and naturally controls your body's histamine release.

6. Eucalyptus and Frankincense essential oils. These oils reduce inflammation and flush your body of bacteria, parasites, microorganisms, and toxins that can trigger an allergy attack. Use them in your laundry detergent, your diffuser, or rub some on your chest for all day relief.

NeoLife's Herbal Respiratory Formula

In conjunction with these natural remedies, try NeoLife's Herbal Respiratory Formula. One pill contains a comprehensive formula of seven different herbs:

  • Elecampane root: supports a strong immune system, promotes clear and healthy bronchial functioning.
  • Nettle leaf: supports a healthy respiratory response to pollen and other common allergens.
  • Thyme: calms and soothes distressed tissue.
  • Elder flower: promotes healthy, normal mucus content along airway passages.
  • Aniseed: promotes clear, relaxed breathing.
  • Licorice: calms distressed tissue, prevents mucus build-up in airways.
  • Bayberry: calms digestion, promotes healthy blood circulation.

For permanent seasonal allergy relief, take advantage of these natural remedies, and pick up a box of NeoLife's Herbal Respiratory Formula. Kiss those allergies goodbye!

 

Sources:

Herbal Respiratory Fast Facts

draxe.com/seasonal-allergy-symptoms

draxe.com/8-natural-allergy-relief-remedies/

Telltale Signs You Have Thyroid Issues

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What exactly is the thyroid? It's a butterfly-shaped organ located in the neck just below the Adam's apple. The thyroid absorbs iodine from food and turns it into hormones that then control the speed of several activities and processes in the body. Two of these hormones are called T3 (triiodothyronine) or T4 (thyroxine). They control an enormous number of functions within the body, including:

  • metabolism
  • weight control
  • growth and development in children
  • fat-burning
  • and many more.

These hormones are needed in every cell in the body, so it's no wonder that when the thyroid isn't working properly, so many side effects can ensue.

Thyroid imbalances or dysfunctions are more common in women. One in eight will develop thyroid issues her lifetime, and ten to forty percent of Americans have a hyper (fast) or hypo (slow) functioning thyroid.

Each type of thyroid disorder has a different set of symptoms.

Those with hypothyroid have a shortage of hormones and can experience:

  • weight gain/inability to lose weight
  • pain in muscles or joints
  • heightened sensitivity to cold
  • hair loss
  • fatigue
  • puffy cheeks
  • hoarse/scratchy voice unconnected to a cold
  • heavy, painful or long menstrual cycles
  • constipation or difficulty moving bowels
  • muscle weakness
  • dry or pale skin
  • depression

Those with hyperthyroid have an overabundance of hormones and can experience:

  • weight loss, despite unaltered or increased dietary consumption
  • increased appetite
  • heightened sensitivity to heat
  • fast or irregular heartbeats
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • shaky hands or fingers
  • infrequent, light, or short menstrual cycles
  • irritability
  • frequent bowel movements

During pregnancy, a woman's need for thyroid hormones increases greatly. An under or overactive thyroid can cause issues for both the mother and child.

In the child, it can cause:

  • nervous system underdevelopment
  • brain damage
  • rapid heartbeat
  • smaller birth size
  • premature birth
  • miscarriage

In the mother, it can cause:

  • anemia
  • preeclampsia
  • early labor
  • abnormal bleeding after birth

All of the issues above can be amended by consuming more iodine. Iodine is what the thyroid uses as fuel to accomplish its many different tasks, and fortunately, natural iodine is fairly easy to come by.

Iodine can be found in several dietary sources, such as:

  • garlic
  • sea salt or pink himalayan crystal salt
  • kelp
  • cod fish
  • tuna
  • shrimp
  • navy and lima beans
  • sesame seeds
  • cranberries
  • organic yogurt
  • raw, organic cheese
  • potatoes

Traditional medications for hyperthyroidism involve either preventing the body from absorbing the hormones created by the thyroid, preventing the body from producing hormones, or actually damaging the cells that make synthetic hormones! If none of these work, they'll actually remove the thyroid, which can cause a whole host of other problems in the body.

Hypothyroid treatments are just as detrimental. Since those with hypothyroid have a shortage of thyroid hormones, traditional treatments involves supplementing with artificial hormones that, over time, will slow and eventually stop thyroid function altogether. By bypassing the thyroid and simply giving the body the hormones it needs, the thyroid no longer sees a reason to continue functioning and will shut down. This is why most hypothyroid patients have to begin and stay on treatment for the rest of their lives.

Feeding the thyroid iodine - the nutrient it needs for proper function- and other natural, organic herbs that can help stimulate proper thyroid function is a much safer, side effect-free alternative.

Call us at (423) 899-8422 or reach us by email at naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com to find out more about our safe, gentle yet effective thyroid program. 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:

Joseph Mercola. "What You Need to Know About Your Thyroid Health." No date.

"http://articles.mercola.com/thyroid.aspx" Accessed 21 March, 2015.

Josh Axe. "Is Your Thyroid the Cause of Your Health Problems?" No date.

"http://draxe.com/is-your-thyroid-the-cause-of-your-health-problems/" Accessed 21 March, 2015.

"Thyroid Disease Fact Sheet." Updated 16 July, 2012.

"http://www.womenshealth.gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/thyroid-Disease.html" Accessed 21 March, 2015.

"Natural Sources of Iodine." No date.

"http://underactivethyroiddiet.org/body/natural-sources-of-iodine" Accessed 21 March, 2015.

Nature's Remedy for Joint Pain, Leaky Gut Syndrome and Smooth Skin - Beef Gelatin!

pyramidsWhen most people hear the word "gelatin", they think Jell-O, or gelatin candies like Gummy Bears and Gummy Worms, or they think of gelatin capsules. While those are all uses of gelatin, most people don't know that there are many other, healthier uses of gelatin. Its history began in Ancient Egypt, where it was found preserved in an excavated Pharaoh's tomb, still congealed in a glue-like state.

History's first written record of gelatin was in 1682 by a Frenchman of the name Denis Papin, who discovered its tasteless, odorless, and colorless qualities after a series of experiments on the boiling of bones.

In the 1950s, it was used popularly in aspic dishes, which consisted of any combination of fruits, vegetables, meats, or other foods submerged and eaten in jellied broth.

Manufactured for the first time in 1974, gelatin was used to make jellies, marmalades, and other fruit spreads.

Shortly afterward, the popular Jell-O brand emerged - bleached, artificially sweetened and distorted into something entirely unlike its natural counterpart.

Made using the hides of cows and pigs, and processed beyond recognition, commercial gelatin has questionable nutritional value, at best.

Made at home using the cartilage and bones of chicken or beef, the health benefits and nutritional value is exponentially higher.

Surprisingly, for such a colorless, tasteless, odorless substance, gelatin contains eighteen amino acids - sadly, not all of which are essential (i.e. not made by the body and therefore required in our diets).

Those that aren't considered essential, however, have been subject to many studies showing that, if not essential, these amino acids should be considered "conditionally essential."

Two of these amino acids are glycine and proline.

Glycine can be made by the body, but often, due to poor diet (processed/fast foods, hormone-infused meat and dairy, GMOs, etc...) or other health conditions (including injury, arthritis/joint pain, pregnancy, infancy, etc.) cannot be made in large enough quantities satisfy the body's needs.

The same goes with proline. The body produces it, but often, due to Vitamin C deficiencies and other factors, the body either fails to produce enough, or the body cannot absorb and utilize it.

Gelatin helps to provide these nutrients on a large scale and with a huge amount of benefits.

Some of these include:

  • Supporting healthy growth in infants
  • Improving digestion of dairy/dairy products
  • Reversing undernourishment or malnutrition, as gelatin can be tolerated by the stomach when almost nothing else can
  • Preventing protein breakdown in muscles
  • Regulating hydrochloric acid levels in the stomach
  • Calming the gastrointestinal tract
  • Lessening rheumatoid arthritis & degenerative joint issues
  • Easing leaky gut syndrome
  • Smoothing and regulating food digestion
  • Soothing allergies & food sensitivities
  • Improving energy
  • Boosting overall health
  • Supporting glandular function
  • Stimulating liver function & detoxification
  • Tightening loose skin
  • Promoting hair, skin & nail growth
  • Supplying a large quantity of natural collagen
  • Improving quality of sleep

Gelatin has an indefinite shelf-life if uncooked and kept in an air-tight container.

The best is Great Lakes Gelatin, the highest quality and least-processed gelatin in the industry, both MSG and gluten free. Their kosher Beef Gelatin (which we carry) will mix easily in room-temperature liquids.

Gelatin can be mixed in drinks, smoothies, used to make marshmallows, gummies and, obviously, be made into natural Jell-O. Add it to a drink for an instant protein boost. It can also be used to thicken broths or soups, yogurts, kefir, or sauces.

In addition, when added to cow's milk, is of a similar composition to human breast milk. Check out this recipe for an all-natural, organic raw milk baby formula.

It can also be used to make homemade hair gel, or used as a shampoo thickener, facial cleanse, or even an egg substitute!

NOTE: gelatin should never be microwaved. As with many foods, this can alter the chemical construction of the amino acids in gelatin and make them harmful to the liver, kidneys, and other organs.

For more information on ways to cook, store, and mix gelatin in homemade dishes, this is a good place to start.

Contact us today to order yours! We ship all over the USA!

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

Katie - the Wellness Mama. "Twelve Uses for Gelatin". No date. "http://wellnessmama.com/7419/gelatin-uses/" Accessed 13 February, 2015.
Linda Stradley. "History of Gelatin, Gelatine, and Jell-O". No date. "http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/Jell-0-history.htm". Accessed 13 February, 2015.
Peggy Trowbridge Filippone. "Gelatin Cooking and Tips". No date. "http://homecooking.about.com/od/specificfood/a/gelatintips.htm". Accessed 13 February, 2015.
Betsy Jabs. "Benefits of Gelatin in Your Diet". No Date. "http://www.diynatural.com/benefits-of-gelatin-in-your-diet/". Accessed 13 February, 2015.
Kaayla Daniel. "Why Broth is Beautiful: Essential Roles for Proline, Glycine and Gelatin". 18 June, 2003. "http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/why-broth-is-beautiful-essential-roles-for-proline-glycine-and-gelatin/" Accessed 13 February, 2015.

How to Jumpstart - Or Kill - Your Immune System

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This time of year, germs seem to be everywhere. Whether it's the common cold, the flu, a stomach bug, a mystery respiratory virus, or something much, much worse, it seems like coming down with some sort of sickness is inevitable. It doesn't have to be.

Below are two lists: one containing the best things you can do to preserve and promote a healthy immune system, and another containing the worst things.

Beneath that, we have a list of things around the house that are most likely to be germ hot-spots, and things you'll want to clean very, very well.

BEST:

  • Probiotics: gut health comprises 80% of the immune system. Keep the gut healthy, and the immune system will be, too!
  • Exercise: this boosts white blood cell activity to fight off infection.
  • Weight Management: make it a goal to obtain and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity cripples the immune system and several other processes and organs in the body.
  • Diet: eat organic whole food - mainly fruits and vegetables. These are high in antioxidants and nutrients the body needs to support healthy immune function.
  • Supplement: some of the best natural, herbal supplements to support a healthy immune system include ionic silver, elderberry, echinacea, vitamin C, and garlic, though there are many, many more!
  • Water: stay hydrated and drink half your body weight in water daily. This will allow the body to better flush out toxins.

WORST:

  • Smoking: this inhibits immune function and can leave the body more susceptible to disease.
  • Alcohol: prevents the body from absorbing nutrients necessary to proper immune health. As a result, this causes the immune system to be sluggish in response to infection.
  • Stress: it's no secret that stress damages the body. The immune system is no exception. Stress reduces immune response, weakens white blood cells, and causes inflammation. Relaxation techniques and calming herbs can help relieve tension.
  • Sugar: it's no secret sugar is bad for you. Aside from meeting all the requirements of being an addictive drug, sugar also prevents white blood cells from killing germs and bad bacteria.
  • Processed Foods & Sodas: the chemicals, preservatives, and pesticides used in the growing and processing of these foods are toxic on the entire body, not just the immune system. Combine this with sugar and you can say goodbye to your immune system.
  •  Prescription Medications: both prescribed and over-the-counter medications are very foreign and toxic to the body. They weaken the body rather than heal, and prolonged use of antibiotics can have severe damage on the immune system.

THE TOP GERM HOT SPOTS:

  • The Kitchen Sink
  • Kitchen Washrags/Sponges
  • Children's Toy
  • Telephones
  • Keyboards/Remote Controls
  • Toothbrushes
  • Public Soap Dispensers
  • Vacuum Cleaner

The best, most effective cleaners for problems such as  these are GNLD's Green, and Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield. Both can be diluted and sprayed on objects, surfaces, and even pets! They're gentle and extraordinarily safe. We carry both!

For more information on immune-boosting supplements or any other questions you may have about this article, please feel free to contact us. We're always more than happy to help.

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

 

Sources:

 Sourav. "What Causes a Weak Immune System?" Published 04 May, 2010.

< http://healthmad.com/health/what-causes-a-weak-immune-system/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

Anonymous. "6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally." Published 11 September, 2014.

< http://www.budwigcenter.com/6-easy-ways-boost-your-immune-system-naturally/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

Alyssa Shaffer. "10 Worst Germ Hot Spots." No date.

<; http://mom.me/home/3760-10-worst-germ-hot-spots/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

Fight the Mystery Virus, Colds, & Flu Naturally!

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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.

 

1. NEOLIFE'S HERBAL RESPIRATORY FORMULA.herbal resp

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.

 

 

3. NATURE'S SUNSHINE'S SILVER SHIELD.

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) gmail.com), 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.

Sources:

"Herbal Respiratory Formula < http://neolife.com/en-us/product/NeoLifeNutritionals/All/HerbalRespiratoryFormula >

"Resp-Eleven" < http://neolife.com/en-us/product/NeoLifeNutritionals/All/RespEleven >

"Silver Shield" < http://www.naturessunshine.com/us/product/silver-shield-waqua-sol-18-ppm-4-fl-oz/4274/ >

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

Is Menopause Driving You Crazy?

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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.

 

Testimonies:

 “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, naturesfinestnutrition.com for more information.