intestinal health

Brook's Battle


It's time for another 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, in honor of Celiac Awareness Month, we're highlighting our assistant Brook. Read her story below:

I first came to Nature's Finest Nutrition as a customer ten years ago. IMG_0053

I was talking to a friend one day and mentioned that I didn't feel well. She referred me to Jim.

My husband and I and our two kids, a son and a daughter, came together. We'd been trying to get healthier. We were eating better and after our initial visit, started supplementing with products we bought here.

We got off sodas and refined sugar. Donuts. We were still using fructose from corn, which was still technically white sugar. Jim helped us get off that. Then we got off hydrogenated oils, any kind of food dyes, and all artificial flavorings.

Shortly afterward, when we were in the shop one day, Jim asked if I'd be interested in working here.

I was hesitant at first. I homeschooled my kids, and I wasn't sure I could do both. Jim didn't bat an eyelash. He said I could bring the kids and homeschool them here.

I couldn't say no. I started working Wednesday mornings and Saturdays when they needed me.

For a while, things were great. I was learning about herbs and their many uses.


We started fighting all infections with them. We used a lot of Anthroxene and Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield. My husband used Sinus Support. Though you may have to take a lot at once, the herbal supplements worked better than prescription meds and over-the-counter drugs. We still use them today.

But then I got sick. I had health issues that seemed to come out of nowhere (though now, I realize they were possibly triggered by a bladder infection), and my doctor couldn't find a problem anywhere. He told me I had the flu.

The symptoms went on and on for six months. During that time, I lost 30 pounds and felt terrible. My energy was gone. I was in serious pain.

Together with Jim and Pat, we tried to find the source of my health problems. At first, we thought it could be an issue with my gall bladder, so I changed my diet and took three gall bladder cleanses. I did one cleanse one weekend, and two more cleanses the next. That made three cleanses within eight days.

I changed my diet to suit my gall bladder, too. I ate healthier foods - mostly wheat, wheat broths, toast, and potato soup. The more I ate, the sicker I made myself, all in the fervent belief that I was making myself better.

How wrong I was.

I knew it wasn't the flu, though, that my doctor insisted upon, so we kept working. We thought my health issues might stem from a stomach ulcer, since my grandma had one, so I started drinking fresh cabbage juice for five weeks straight. I heard somewhere that healed ulcers, so that's what we tried.cabbage

My kids helped me juice cabbages. I had to drink two or three glasses a day and eat only more bland foods.

No coffee. I love coffee, but it was a sacrifice I had to make.

The cabbage juice helped a little bit. It provided nutrients my body needed (namely, L-Glutamine, which is one of the best things to help heal Leaky Guy Syndrome), but it didn't ease my pain. That was still there and very, very severe.

Next, I did a liver cleanse and some coffee enemas. Nothing gave me relief.

I was getting sick after eating, and I had excruciating abdominal pain.

We kept coming up blank in the idea department, and after targeting almost every bodily system and organ we could think of, I was close to giving up hope.

One Thanksgiving weekend, Jim and Pat went to visit an uncle for the holidays and left me to run the shop.

I was in so much pain I could barely sit in my chair, let alone stand. By the second to last day of their trip, I didn't think I'd make it.

When they finally got back and walked in the door to see me, they couldn't believe I was sitting upright. They could see how horrible I felt.

That's when they told me about Celiac disease. The uncle they'd been visiting had been finally diagnosed with it after being sick with symptoms similar to mine for over five years. 

I'd never heard of it before, but after we researched it, I realized I completely fit the bill. There were symptoms on the list that I'd been suffering with since childhood and had never thought they could be connected.

Some symptoms include:


  • unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
  • fatigue
  • bone or joint pain
  • arthritis
  • bone loss or osteoporosis
  • depression or anxiety
  • tingling numbness in the hands and feet
  • seizures or migraines
  • missed menstrual periods
  • infertility or recurrent miscarriage
  • canker sores inside the mouth
  • an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis

Come to find out, Celiac can lie dormant in the body and is usually triggered during puberty.

Why mine was delayed, I'll never know, but the more I read, the more I was convinced: I had Celiac disease.

So I changed my diet yet again to eliminate all gluten and, for the first time in forever, my health started to improve. The pain finally started to ebb.

It was a miracle!

Jim recommended some supplemecabbagents to help heal my gut (where Celiac disease originates) and to aid my digestion.

I used Nature's Sunshine's Intestinal Soothe & Build, Carlson's L-Glutamine, and Enzymedica's Gluten Ease and Digest Spectrum. They each helped tremendously.

My energy is back and the pain stays away.

Unless I miss taking my supplements!

With supplements and a careful diet, I'm able to more than function - I can live!

Now that my kids are older, they're starting to show symptoms of Celiac, too. Fortunately, thanks to my experiences - horrible as they were - we're prepared. They're both transitioning to a healthier, gluten-free diet on top of their already processed food and sugar free diet. They're supplementing with the Celiac program now, too.

This time around, we're prepared. We've got this.

I plan to continue learning to improve my knowledge even more in the future. I believe in the power of herbs and proper nutrition. Without them, I wouldn't be leading the life I live today.

God is good!


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.


Exclusive Gel-Gard Enteric Protection System Guarantees Delivery of Beneficial Culturesstuff1

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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How to Jumpstart - Or Kill - Your Immune System


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.


  • 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.


  • 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 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) 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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Aloe Vera- The Miracle Plant


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: 


  • 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,


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. <>  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. <> Accessed 23 April 2014