nutrition

Does YOUR child have a nutritional deficiency?

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Parents, you want the best for your children--that goes without saying. But despite your best, gold star efforts, your children can still develop nutritional deficiencies. Nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, are essential for good health, especially in children who are still growing and developing. We get most of our nutrients from what we eat, but today’s foods are not as nutrient-rich as your children need them to be. Worried that your children may not be getting the nutrients they need? Here are 4 types of deficiencies, their symptoms, and how to incorporate them into your children’s diet. 1. Iron

This mineral is a main component of red blood cells, responsible for transporting oxygen around the body. 47% of preschool-aged children have an iron deficiency. A lack of iron weakens the immune system, and it can cause fatigue or weakness because the brain isn’t getting as much oxygen. Severe cases of iron deficiency can develop into anemia, with symptoms such as pale, easily bruised skin, poor appetite, and frequent infections.

How do you avoid, or rectify, an iron deficiency? Incorporate red meat, seafood, beans, and dark green vegetables like broccoli, kale, and spinach, into your children’s diet. If you believe your child is experiencing anemia, you can start them on an iron supplement to boost their levels right away.

2. Magnesium

Less than half of the United States population--children and adults alike--consume the amount of magnesium a body needs. The body uses magnesium in 300 different ways, including bone and teeth development, making it one of the most important minerals your growing children can have. A magnesium deficiency can cause growth pains or cramps, restlessness, anxiety, and muscle spasms like eye twitches.

Avoid this deficiency by stocking up on magnesium rich foods, such as oats and other whole grains, nuts, and--as a treat--dark chocolate.

3. Vitamin D

Millions of children have a Vitamin D deficiency, because it is not found in many foods, and symptoms of a deficiency are hard to spot. The benefits of Vitamin D are tenfold:

  • Promotes bone growth
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Regulates cell growth
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes

The primary source of Vitamin D is sunlight. Children are more prone to deficiencies during the winter months, when it’s cloudy, and too cold to play outside. Though symptoms of a deficiency are not obvious, children who lack Vitamin D are at risk for Rickets, a skeletal disorder that affects bone growth and density.

To keep the Vitamin D coming, even during the winter months, incorporate cod liver oil into your children’s diet, as well as seafood like salmon and trout.

4. Vitamin B12

This vitamin is essential for blood, brain, and nerve formation. Your children cannot develop normally without it. However, the body is unable to produce it naturally, and must get it from outside sources. Symptoms of a Vitamin B12 deficiency are scary: they include developmental delays, seizures, and mental retardation. A lack of Vitamin B12 can be misdiagnosed as autism, or other developmental disorders.

How can you ensure your children aren’t at risk? Feed them plenty of shellfish, red meat, eggs, and milk products.

 

Even if your children are eating healthy, organic foods, they might not be getting the nutrients they need to grow. Stock up on nutrient rich foods as a preventative, and keep an eye out for symptoms of nutrient deficiencies. You want the best for your children--make sure they have the nutrients to grow up strong and healthy.

 

Sources:

www.healthline.com

16 Reasons You Should Eat Sprouts...And Lots of Them.

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If you, like many people, are trying to make the switch from the standard American diet of sugar, hydrogenated oils, GMOs and packaged, processed foods to real, raw, whole foods organically-grown and packed to the brim with nutrients, then you may want to check out sprouts. Used in Asia for thousands of years as a cure for disease and still a dietary staple in most Asian cultures, sprouts h ave a long history of health. In fact, aptain James Cook used them to combat scurvy amongst his crew on the many two or three year trips he spent traversing the globe.

They've only been used in the western world since World War II, when they were used as a sturdy source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Able to be planted and grown anywhere and at any time, without the use of soil, sprouts were used commonly throughout the war.

Sprouts have a wide number of nutritional advantages, some of which include:

  • high amounts of Vitamins C & A
  • the entire B-complex
  • increased chlorophyll content
  • higher protein than un-sprouted seeds/nuts/legumes
  • improved calcium, iron, and zinc absorption
  • higher levels of amino acids
  • enriched vitamin E and beta-carotene content
  • reduced gluten proteins
  • high amounts of fiber
  • fewer food allergens
  • more antioxidants

Health benefits of sprouts include:

  • stimulating digestive enzymes in the body
  • converting starch to natural sugar, more easily assimilated and easy on the blood sugar
  • improving digestion and bioavailability
  • breaking down anti-nutrients (compounds that prevent nutrients from being digested, causing several vitamin/mineral deficiencies)
  • supporting beneficial intestinal flora

Sprouts are highly versatile. They pack a nutritious punch by themselves, but can also be

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  • adding them to salads
  • using them in place of greens for salads
  • adding them to sandwiches (in place of lettuce or just for their own merit)
  • putting them in soups
  • mixing them in smoothies or juices
  • blending them in hummus
  • grinding them and using them as flour in baking
  • including them in stir fry dishes
  • and more!

Be creative. Sprouts can be used in a number of ways. You're only limited by your imagination!

Growing sprouts at home is relatively simple and extraordinarily inexpensive.

While it's possible to grow them in a Mason or Ball jar, it involves much more work than growing sprouts in a sprouting tray. In jars, sprouts have to be rinsed multiple times daily to prevent bacterial or mold growth, and trays produce a much larger quantity in half the trouble and without taking precious sink space.

Before you can sprout seeds, however, they need to be soaked. Soak times vary, but the method remains the same. Simply soak seeds/grains/beans/nuts in a bowl for the time allotted on this chart. If the soak time is longer than twelve hours, change out the water and do so again every twelve hours until ready for sprouting.

To sprout:

  1. Rinse and strain seeds, nuts, beans, or grains.
  2. Add a dash of water - one or two tablespoons or so - to keep the sprouts slightly damp. There's no need to submerge them completely.
  3. Leave them out for the proper sprouting time based on the type of sprouts used.
  4. When fully-grown, rinse the sprouts and store in an air-tight container for up to a week, rinsing and switching them to a new container every day to eliminate contamination.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

At Nature's Finest Nutrition, we carry sprouting trays for a mere $24.95. Call to order or come in to get yours and start sprouting, today!

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:

"The History of Sprouts & Their Nutritional Value." No date.

http://www.isga-sprouts.org/about-sprouts/sprout-history/" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

Josh Axe. "Sprout Guide: How to Sprout Grains, Nuts and Beans." No Date.

http://draxe.com/sprout/" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

Joseph Mercola. "Great Reasons to Eat More Sprouts." Published 09 February, 2015.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/09/sprouts-nutrition.aspx" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

Joseph Mercola. "What Are Sprouts Good For?" No date.

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/sprouts.html" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

Jody and Julie. "15 Creative Ways to Use Sprouts." 24 August, 2011.

http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/08/24/15-creative-ways-to-use-sprouts/" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

The Art of Oil Pulling

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WHAT IS OIL PULLING AND HOW DOES IT WORK? Oil pulling is an Indian folk remedy originating thousands of years ago. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and through your teeth for ten to twenty minutes. This targets plaque by absorbing bacteria and dissolving it before it can become stuck to your teeth.

HOW TO OIL PULL (WITH COCONUT OIL)

  1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.
  2. Swish the oil around your mouth for ten to twenty minutes, pushing and pulling it through your teeth to clean every nook and cranny.
  3. Spit the oil into a trash can. If you spit into your sink, the oil will harden and clog your pipes.

Note: coconut oil can be solid at room temperature, so you may have to wait for it to melt in your mouth before you can begin swishing.coconut oil

For best results, do this on an empty stomach.

Don’t swish too forcefully. If the muscles in your mouth become sore, lighten up for a few minutes. You may also try experimenting with less oil if the soreness continues.

It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria and nasty things.

BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING:

  • Boosts energy
  • Increases metabolism
  • Decreases joint pain
  • Decreases PMS symptoms
  • Clearer skin
  • Decreases allergies
  • Decreases headache symptoms
  • Relieves bleeding gums
  • Whitens teeth
  • Strengthens teeth, gums, and jaw
  • Prevents bad breath
  • Moisturizes lips, mouth, and throat
  • Relieves migraine headaches
  • Alleviates hormone imbalances
  • Reduces redness and swelling in bones and joints
  • May help with gastro-enteritis
  • Aids in the reduction of eczema
  • Helps support normal kidney function
  • Reduces congestion
  • Improves vision
  • Promotes normal sleep patterns
  • Relieves hangover after alcohol consumption
  • Aids in reducing discomfort
  • Helps detoxify the body

Questions?  Contact 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.

 

Kris Gunnars. "Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil Can Transform Your Dental Health". No date. < http://authoritynutrition.com/oil-pulling-coconut-oil/ > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

Dr. Daisy Sutherland. "The Benefits of Oil Pulling". Published 17 July, 2012. < http://drmommyonline.com/the-benefits-of-oil-pulling > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

Dr. Edward F. "The Health Benefits of Oil Pulling". Published 09 April, 2011. Updated 05 March, 2014. < http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/oil-pulling/ > Accessed 08 October, 2014.

 

White Flour vs. Whole Grains, and the Importance of Tre-En-En

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We hear a lot about whole grains these days. Some people say they're good for us; others tell us to avoid them at all costs. Here we'll take a closer look at both whole grains and white flour, and see what roles they play in our diets. Until the invention of steel rollers in 1839, grains were ground by hand at a slow speed and low temperature. With rollers, the process quickened and it became easier to separate out the different parts of wheat: the germ, endosperm, and bran, and hence came the emergence of white flour.

Since this and the processing of three other staples of health (sugar, fats, andtre-en-en2 dairy), there's been a highly-documented rise in degenerative health issues, including:

  • arthritis
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • cancer
  • depression
  • mental disorders
  • and heart disease.

Furthermore, the more we consume white flour, the greater the research grows against it. For one thing, white flour cannot support life.

This is why it's so popular among manufacturers. Insects will flourish in anything that supports life, but they won't touch white flour. There is no nourishment to be found in it. In fact, in a recent study, of a group of rats fed solely enriched white flour for 90 days, two-thirds died of malnutrition, and the remaining third was on the brink of death, growth severely stunted.

Even more interesting is the fact that during World War II, the wheat germ was added back into bread rationing in Britain to keep the people healthy. White flour was banned in almost all bakery products and replaced with "wheatmeal," a nearly whole wheat flour with the germ and bran added back in. Because of this decision, the British people were healthier than ever before, and the healthiest they've been ever since.

Once the war was over, the bran and germ were removed, and Britain's health declined again.

So, what's so great about whole grains?

Whole grains:

  • are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals
  • are rich with iron, magnesium, and fiber
  • reduce the risk of heart disease
  • assist diabetes management
  • lower the risk of stroke
  • fight/prevent cancer development
  • support weight management
  • boost energy metabolism
  • reduce cholesterol and blood pressure
  • and more!

While you'd think it'd be simple to add more whole grains to your diet, it isn't as easy as you think. Often, products marked as containing whole grains only contain half whole grains, half refined. And even those that DO contain mostly whole grains, don't possess the nutrients the body needs to stay healthy.

That's where Tre-en-en comes in. Literally meaning "three-in-one," Tre-en-en is the oily, waxy residue found when the Vitamin E is removed from wheat germ. High in proteins, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fats, lecithin, lipids, and sterols, this collection of oils, fatty acids, and other nutrients is completely missing from our diets.

Only NeoLife has the patent for Tre-en-en as a supplement, and their research on grain lipids, sterols, and their effect on the human body is astounding.

After over sixty years of research on the subject, they found a direct link between grain lipids and sterols, and chronic fatigue.They also found that without the grain concentrates now lacking in our diet, cell membranes within the body cannot function properly to the point that nutrients can't get in, and waste can't get out.

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Tre-en-en nourishes the body at the cellular level to energize, correct hormone imbalances, promote cardiovascular health, and boost cellular growth and activity. In addition, this powerful grain concentrate helps the body absorb other vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from food that are otherwise slipping through our bodies, unused.

As an added bonus, Tre-en-en is cholesterol, yeast, and gluten-free, making it safe for those with gluten intolerance.

To purchase Tre-en-en, click here. For more information on this or other questions, contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422, 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.

James W. McAfee. "The Story of Tre-en-en." 2006. <http://www.imageawareness.com/treenen/treenen.pdf > Accessed 14 July, 2014

Gloria Tsang, RD. "Whole Grains Guide." Aug, 2007. <http://www.healthcastle.com/whole-grains.shtml > Accessed 14 July, 2014

"British Wartime Food: How Britain Fed Itself During World War Two." CooksInfo.com. Published 05/03/2011. Updated 11/11/2012. Web. Accessed 14 July,2014 from < www.cooksinfo.com/british-wartime-food >

Milk: Raw vs. Pasteurized

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When some people think of raw milk, they cringe. Isn’t it unhealthy? Impure? That’s what the health industry wants you to think. In reality, raw milk has a variety of health benefits that well outweigh those of the store-bought milk sitting in your fridge. Here's How:

RAW MILK:milk

  • was used historically to cure several chronic diseases.
  • contains all 8 essential amino acids.
  • is full of antibodies, which help fight allergies, asthma, and viral and bacterial infections.
  • CAN be digested by those with lactose allergies or intolerance.
  • contains CLA, which boosts the metabolism, reduces resistance to insulin, and lowers food allergy reactions.
  • is rich with fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins and minerals.
  • is composed of 60 types of enzymes.
  • has 3 mg of good cholesterol for brain, liver, nerve, and blood health.
  • contains saturated fats, which trigger a feeling of fullness and satisfy hunger.

 

PASTEURIZED MILK

  • contains 26.6% less calcium than raw milk.
  • has 25% less vitamin B-1.
  • has 200% less iron.
  • contains 300% less vitamin C.
  • cannot be consumed by people with dairy allergies.
  • destroys essential amino acids in processing.
  • kills certain enzymes naturally found milk when it goes through the pasteurization process.
  • kills certain good bacteria that make milk last longer, and therefore sours quicker.

ALONG WITH ITS VARIETY OF HEALTH BENEFITS, raw milk can also be used in cooking to make other dishes, including:

  • kefir
  • yogurt
  • buttermilk
  • whey
  • cream cheese
  • smoothies
  • protein shakes
  • custard
  • and more!

Versatile, tasty, and packed with probiotics, it's safe to say raw milk is the better of the two. It can be harder to access, however,  so be sure to check your state guidelines on the purchase of raw milk.

For more information,, check out the links below or contact us by phone (423-899-8422) or at our website, www.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.

 

 

Anonymous. "The Health Benefits of Raw Milk." 21 June, 2012. <http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html> Accessed 14 September, 2013.

Northrop, Alyssa. "Benefits of Raw Milk." Updated 13 April, 2014. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/370513-benefits-of-raw-milk/> Accessed 14 September, 2013.

Microwave Ovens: What You Didn't Know

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In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to throw food in the microwave without a second thought. After all, they’ve been in our homes for over forty years! But are they safe? Recent studies suggest otherwise.

What do microwaves do to our food?

  • Alter and deform the chemical makeup
  • Allow carcinogens from plastic containers/covers to seep into our food
  • Create known cancer-causing agents in meats, milk, and cereal grains
  • Decrease the nutritional value of food, killing up to 90% of its nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
  • Create cancer-causing free-radicals in vegetables

What do microwaves to do us?

  • Cause more radiation than cell phone base stations
  • Standing a foot away from a microwave can expose you to 400 milliGauss. And exposure to only 4 milliGauss has been linked to leukemia.
  • Affect heart rate and variability
  • Can cause blood sugar levelsto spike
  • Lead to digestive issues
  • Cause a higher level of cancerous cells in the blood
  • Raise chances of intestinal and stomach cancer
  • Create malfunctions in the lymphatic system, and in turn suppress the immune system

People with radiation poisoning can experience these symptoms:

  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Appetite loss
  • Headaches
  • Depression or irritability
  • Vision or eye problems
  • Swollen lymph nodes or a weakened immune system
  • Insomnia or night sweats

Perhaps scariest of all, is the fact that there are no longer any existing control groups to test the amount of radiation spilling from microwaves, as all human beings are regularly exposed to radiation.

So, what next? If microwaves are dangerous, as this information suggests, what do we do?

The answer is simple. Eliminate the use of your microwave oven as much as possible. Heat food on the stove or in crock pots as often as your schedule will allow, and try to implement more raw foods in your diet. You'll feel much healthier if you do!

Have questions? For more information on this or ways to protect yourself from free radical damage, contact us at (423) 899-8422 or at our website <naturesfinestnutrition.com> We're always happy to help!

Mercola, Dr. Joseph. "Why Did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?" 18 May, 2010 Mercola.com <http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx>  Accessed 22 October, 2013

Carey, Jim. "Russians Ban Microwaves 1986." 04 June, 2009. RawLivingFoods.typepad.com <http://rawlivingfoods.typepad.com/1/2009/06/russians_ban_mi.html> Accessed 22 October, 2013

FLUORIDE: BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS

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Fluoride is a compound commonly used in pesticides and insecticides, in dissolving glass, in glue and adhesives as a preservative, and in some cases in preparation of atomic bombs. It is only slightly less toxic than arsenic. Tyrants used it historically to cause prisoners to think less clearly and keep them docile. It has been banned from most European and some Asian countries, including Germany, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Scotland, Israel, Hungary India, China, and more.

IN AMERICA, it is used in:

  • Our water supply
  • Sodas and juices
  • Soups
  • Packaged and processed foods
  • Coffee
  • Beer and wine
  • Baby formula
  • Cigarettes
  • Toothpaste
  • Anesthetics

FLUORIDE CAN CAUSE HEALTH ISSUES SUCH AS:

  • Accumulation in the body. Adults absorb 40-50% of the fluoride they ingest daily. Infants and children absorb up to 80%
  • Increased infertility, particularly in males Serious brain damage by altering mental behaviors, and even causing Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lowered IQ
  • Early puberty
  • Fetal brain damage
  • Quashed thyroid activity
  • Symptoms of arthritis
  • Damaged and weakened bones
  • Cancer
  • The breakdown of the lungs, kidneys, trachea, tendons, muscles, skin, and collagen in bones
  • Lowered energy
  • Premature aging
  • Leading the immune system to attack the tissues of the body

Fluoride Dirty Bomb - CDC Adjusts Fluoride Poisoning of America'

TO RID YOUR BODY OF FLUORIDE, there are several herbal detoxes to choose from.

  1. GNLD’s Heavy Metal Cleanse (Alfalfa, Beta-Gard, and NeoLax)
  2. NSP’s Heavy Metal Detox
  3. Cilantro
  4. Liver Cleanse Formula

 

For information on the aforementioned products or our Berkey Water Filters that will remove fluoride and other toxins, call us at (423) 899-8422 or visit 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.

Michaels, Ann Marie. "Top 10 Dangers of Fluoride." 26 December 2011. Cheeseslave.com <http://www.cheeseslave.com/top-10-dangers-of-fluoride/ > Accessed 26 October 2013.

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

The Cholesterol Scam

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Here are a few surprising facts about cholesterol:pills• Those with high cholesterol run the same risk of heart disease as people with low cholesterol. • The human body needs cholesterol to be healthy. • LDL and HDL are not types of cholesterol, but lipoproteins that transport cholesterol through the blood stream.

Here are some facts about statin drugs, the medications often prescribed for lowering cholesterol. • Statins are prescribed with the promise of offsetting the risk of heart disease. In reality, they’re HUGE moneymakers for the health industry. The top three most common are Lipitor, Crestor, and Zocor. Lipitor alone pulls in $8 billion a year. • One out of five people who take these drugs experiences their side effects. • The FDA has reported that statins raise blood pressure and cause memory loss. Yet they leave them on the market. • After a simple blood test reveals high cholesterol, millions of healthy people are put on statins to prevent heart attack or stroke—a practice called primary prevention—meaning there are millions taking a drug they don’t need. • Statins block the creation of enzyme COQ10, which is an antioxidant found and needed in every cell of the body.

What’s more, in a study, French women between 60 and 75 with cholesterol levels of 160 were 5 times more susceptible to heart disease versus women the same age with a cholesterol level of 260.

Here are some side effects of statin drugs: • muscle pain • fatigue • exercise intolerance (muscles too painful and weak to exercise) • memory loss • tingling, numbness or burning pain in limbs • irritability • sleep problems • sexual dysfunction • cancer • stroke • diabetes • autoimmune diseases • digestive problems • kidney disease • liver isssues • lung problems • weight gain

For information on a natural supplement for cholesterol, called Chole Cosanol, contact us by phone (423) 899-8422 or at our website. We'd be happy to help!

 

Kim, Ben Dr. “What Most Doctors Won’t Tell You About Cholesterol.” Dr Ben Kim.com. n.p. 14 July 2011. http://drbenkim.com/articles-cholesterol.html Accessed 15 April 2014.

Plotner, Becky. “Statin Sales Scam.” Nourishing Plot.com. n.p. 4, February, 2011. http://nourishingplot.com/2014/02/04/statin-sales-scam/ Accessed 15, April 2014.

Teitelbaum, Jacob M.D. “Are Cholesterol Medications Really Just A Scam?” Huffington Post.com. 3 August 2011 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jacob-teitelbaum-md/statins-cholesterol_b_910841.html Accessed 15, April 2014

Apple Cider Vinegar (with "The Mother")

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Most people know that apple cider vinegar with the mother (a naturally-occurring bacterial foam containing enzymes and minerals) is beneficial to their health, but not how. Here’s a list of the many benefits and below that, a list of practical uses and directions.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

• Improves digestion • Speeds metabolism • Encourages weight loss • Regulates pH levels • Deodorizes the body • Balances blood sugar levels • Detoxifies the body • Supports circulation • Provides energyacv • Cleanses the liver • Fights and kills Candida • Reduces heartburn • Lowers bad cholesterol • Eases arthritis • Decreases blood pressure • Reverses skin conditions such as acne • Soothes sore throats • Prevents muscle fatigue after exercise • Increases stamina • Fights allergies • Prevents bladder stones and UTIs • Controls blood sugar levels • Opens nasal passages • Eliminates leg cramps

 

PRACTICAL USES: • An effective, yet gentle all-purpose cleaner.

• Cures hiccups. A spoonful stops them in their tracks.

• A mouth rinse to whiten teeth and eliminate bad breath.

• Fade bruises. Dab the bruise with Apple Cider Vinegar or use a compress.

• Salad dressing! Make a half and half mixture with olive oil for a tasty, zingy flavor.

• Make your hair shine by mixing ½ tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup of cold water and rinse through your hair after shampooing.

• Remove skin tags. Dab a cotton ball with Apple Cider Vinegar on the skin tag two or three times daily. The skin tag will turn black and fall of painlessly in a few days.

• Get rid of warts! Soak a cotton ball in the vinegar then fasten it over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The wart will fall off. Continue treatment for a few days to ensure the wart doesn’t return.

• Soothes sunburn. Add Apple Cider Vinegar to your bath and soak for ten minutes.

• Repels fleas. Spray and rub into your pet’s fur. Do this for several days.

• Use it to clean toilets. Pour Apple Cider Vinegar into the bowl and let it sit overnight. The acid will scrub the inside of the toilet clean. Flush in the morning.

• Eliminate dandruff. Apply a half and half mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar and water and apply to the scalp. Allow this to sit for an hour or two, then rinse.

 

Have any questions or other suggestions? Any other ways you use Apple Cider Vinegar in your home? Let us know! We'd love to hear about it.

Comment below, contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422, or email us at (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com). You can also check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

Sources:

Leah Webber. "Apple Cider Benefits." Published 13 March, 2014. < http://www.livestrong.com/article/377670-apple-cider-benefits/ > Accessed 09 April, 2014.

Alyssa Jung "13+ Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar." No date. < http://www.rd.com/slideshows/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/#slideshow=slide14 > Accessed 09 April, 2014.

Jawairia Zafar, OCT. "Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits." Updated 24 June, 2014. < http://www.homeremediesweb.com/apple_cider_vinegar_health_benefits.php > Accessed 09 April, 2014.

Lisa Mitchell. "15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day." Published 21 August, 2012. < http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5875/15-Reasons-to-Use-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Every-Day.html > Accessed 09 April, 2014

The Health Benefits of Nattokinase

What is it? Nattokinase is an enzyme grown on the Japanese food, Natto, a dish of fermented soybeans. For over a thousand years, Natto was commonly known and used for benefiting heart health, but no one knew why.

In 1980, a scientist named Hiroyuki Sumi isolated the active ingredient and deemed it "Nattokinase," which literally means, "enzyme in natto." Since then, the enzyme has been used to promote cardiovascular health around the world.

What does it do?

Nattokinase has a plethora of benefits, including:

  • breaking up and preventing blood clots.
  • thinning the blood.
  • promoting bone health.
  • containing proteins and vitamin B2 for youthful-looking skin.
  • lowering blood pressure.
  • providing several minerals, including manganese, iron, magnesium, and copper.
  • helping heal blood vessels.
  • reducing inflammation.
  • deterring heart disease and stroke.
  • dissolving fibrin in the blood.

In addition, nattokinase has the potential to help varicose veins, fibromyalgia, angina, hemorrhoids, muscle spasms, and diabetes.

Here are some testimonies from  satisfied customers:

Danielle C: Raynaud's disease was something that I lived with since birth. When my hands and feet were going numb by mid-morning every day, it became a problem. Jim recommended I take Nattokinase. After taking it for about four days, my hands and feet would not become numb or go cold under any circumstance. After a year of taking Nattokinase once a day, I have not had any symptoms return.

Lemmie T: My blood pressure only stayed normal by taking medication. I decided to try Nattokinase, and in one month I was able to get off medication and my blood pressure remains in a healthy range.

Vera L: After two deaths in my family, my blood pressure shot up way above safety and stayed there for more than eight years until I met Jim and started taking Nattokinase. Now my blood pressure levels could not be any better.

Have questions? Contact us here, on Facebook, Twitter, or at our website, www.naturesfinestnutrition.com. We're more than happy to help.

Things You Didn't Know About the Liver

There are at least 561 known functions of the liver. Here are a few:

  • Converts food into energy.
  • Average weight is 3 1/2 pounds.
  •  Converts beta-carotene into vitamin A.liver
  • Filters and discards estrogen from the blood stream. However, a weak or toxic liver is not always able to do so. The mutated estrogen goes back to do its job, but cannot function properly, so it causes problems in the bones, breast, uterus and ovaries. So although the part of the body has the symptoms, the issue usually originates within the liver.

Symptoms of a weak liver are:

  • Flatulence
  • Hypoglycemia
  • periodic discomfort in the right side
  • poor night vision.

It is important to note that a stressed liver will over-produce cholesterol.  Cholesterol medicine is designed to slow down the function of the liver so it will produce less cholesterol, but it ends up slowing down all its functions.   

Also, often before there are symptoms, the liver is both toxic and weak

Some herbal recommendations to put your liver back in balance are*:

  1. Liver Cleanse – The first choice. It cleanses and restores liver function, if having hormonal induced problems.
  2. Chinese Mood Elevator – Cirrhosis, strengthens liver.
  3. Chinese Liver Balance – Liver stress and inflammation.
  4. Gall Bladder Formula – Soothes bloating and gas, supports the liver, and stimulates function.
  5. Milk Thistle Combination – Detoxifies and builds liver.
  6. Cascara Sagrada – Encourages increased secretion of bile.
  7. Dandelion – Nourishes the liver and purifies blood.
  8. Fennel – Contains potassium, sulfur, and sodium.
  9. Safflowers – Aids sluggish liver.
  10. Saw Palmetto – Cleanses bacteria in liver.
  11. White Oak Bark – Helps prevent infection. Normalizes liver function.
  12. Yellowdock – Used to support liver during hepatitis.

*To order the listed products, go to our website at http://www.naturesfinestnutrition.com/ and click the tab labeled "ORDER". From there, click "Nature's Sunshine Products" to begin placing your purchase or continue to our website for other contact/purchasing information.

Iridology

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What is it?

Iridology is the study of patterns and structures in the iris of the eye. Working via nerve impulses, it reveals areas and stages of inflammation throughout the body. Constitution, inherent weaknesses, health levels, transition, and changes in a person's body can all be seen in the iris.

How does that help me?

As a body changes, so do the patterns in the eye. Iridology can find weaknesses in the body before symptoms begin to surface. The method can also help keep track of weaknesses as they heal or warn against any other problems that may arise. It is a simple and economical way to stay afloat of the state of the body.

How do I find a specialist?

At Nature’s Finest, we have a trained Iridologist. Jim Hangstefer has been using Iridology for over twenty-five years and has helped thousands of people heal their bodies with nutrition. At the end of your session, you will have a complete assessment of all your body systems and know steps to follow to strengthen, correct, and rebuild those areas that may need help. An Iridology appointment costs only $65 and lasts for an hour.