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The Elimination Diet

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Do you think you might have a food allergy or sensitivity, but you aren't sure which foods to blame? Are you experiencing skin flare-ups, digestive issues, moodiness, or brain fog after meals? An elimination diet might be just what you need. Elimination diets are "short term eating plans that eliminate certain foods that may be causing allergies and other digestive reactions--then reintroduce the foods one at a time in order to determine which foods are, and are not, well-tolerated." It's estimated that over 15 million adults in the U.S alone suffer from food allergies and sensitivities. An elimination diet can help you pinpoint what is causing yours, and guide you in taking steps to heal your digestive system.

Which foods are removed during an elimination diet?

Eight foods account for almost all food reactions: milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, wheat/gluten, soy, fish, and shellfish. Though elimination diets can vary in terms of exactly what foods are excluded, most will cut out:

  • gluten
  • dairy
  • soy
  • refined/added sugar
  • peanuts
  • corn
  • alcohol
  • eggs
  • all packaged, processed, and fast foods

How long does an elimination diet usually last?

Most diets last about 3-6 weeks. Antibodies--the proteins your immune system makes when it reacts to food--take about three weeks to dissipate. This is the minimum time needed for someone to fully heal from sensitivities, and notice improvements.

What are the benefits of an elimination diet?

There are so many benefits to doing an elimination diet. Here are just a few:

  • uncovers unknown food allergies
  • helps reduce digestive syndromes such as IBS and Leaky Gut
  • relieves skin irritations like eczema and acne
  • can help treat disorders such as ADHD, ADD, Autism, anxiety, and depression
  • calms inflammation, boosts your body's energy, and strengthens your immune system
  • increases awareness of the foods you eat, and which ones work best for your body

Elimination diets are not for losing weight, so don't think of them as quick ways to drop pounds. The goal is to heal your body.

This diet shouldn't last for more than 6 weeks--stay on it just long enough to pinpoint foods that aren't working for you. Continuing to follow such a strict diet for longer than 6 weeks can begin to deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to keep functioning at 100 percent.

Not sure how it's possible to cut so many foods out of your diet for 3-6 weeks, without running out of meals to make? There are tons of good websites that have elimination diet recipes, tips, and advice available to you for free. Or, you can stop by Nature's Finest Nutrition--we're always happy to help!

 

Sources:

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-24175/10-compelling-reasons-to-try-an-elimination-diet.html

https://draxe.com/elimination-diet/

Magnesium Complex: what it can do for you!

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An estimated 80% of adults today are magnesium deficient. This is a condition referred to as hypomagnesemia, and it often causes symptoms such as muscle aches or spasms, poor digestion, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. More serious symptoms include:

  • hypertension and cardiovascular disease
  • kidney and liver damage
  • migraine headaches
  • restless leg syndrome
  • worsened PMS symptoms
  • behavioral disorders and mood swings
  • osteoporosis
  • recurrent bacterial or fungal infections
  • tooth cavities
  • eclampsia
  • muscle weakness

Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical functions in the body--making it one of the most important minerals our bodies need. Unfortunately, few people are tested for hypomagnesemia, and many people don't realize they are deficient.

What makes magnesium deficiency so common? There are a few factors at play. Soil depletion lowers the amount of magnesium in the crops we eat. Digestive disorders, high rates of prescription medication, and antibiotic use damage the body's ability to absorb magnesium. We naturally lose magnesium every day from normal activities, but if those stores are not replenished, then our bodies can become deficient.

Here at Nature's Finest, our solution is the Magnesium Complex supplements from Nature's Sunshine. Jim recommends starting with 2 capsules a day, and working up to a dose that best meets your body's needs. Give us a call, or drop by the store to pick up a bottle today!

 

SOURCES:

https://www.naturessunshine.com/us/Printable/GetProductDetailsPdf?productID=1859

https://draxe.com/magnesium-supplements/

Detox & Cleanse with Chlorophyll

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What is it?

Chlorophyll is the green pigment plants use to undergo photosynthesis. In particular, chlorophyll helps plants use light as energy.

It has a very similar chemical structure to that of human blood, allowing it to be easily absorbed and used by the body for a number of health benefits, including:

  • binding to heavy metals
  • alkalinizing the blood
  • reducing inflammation1483
  • boosting immune function
  • increasing red blood cell production
  • fighting cancer-causing carcinogens
  • aiding liver cleansing
  • accelerating the healing process
  • protecting skin health
  • eliminating body odor
  • helping dissolve kidney stones
  • balancing blood sugar levels
  • reducing appetite
  • and more!

Chlorophyll has many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in the body. It's important for circulatory, digestive, and immune health, with powerful cleansing effects. too.

It has even been found to help fight candida yeast.

Nature's Sunshine's Liquid Chlorophyll comes in regular and extra-strength potency options. Theirs is naturally sweetened with spearmint oil for a fresh, energizing superfood drink.

As we like to say, "If you're green on the inside, you're clean on the inside!"

Customer Testimonies

Michelle C. “For 25 years I’ve suffered with anemia. My doctors wanted to give me iron shots, but I knew there had to be a better way to get the iron I needed. I came to Jim and he told me to drink Liquid Chlorophyll. In 4 weeks the iron level in my blood test went from 9 to 13!! I don’t suffer from anemia anymore! I feel less tired, and more energetic!”

Wanda H. "For a long time I've lived with a very poor appetite, and stomach pain. When I came to Nature’s Finest, I sampled some Liquid Chlorophyll. On the way home, just 10 or 15 minutes later, my appetite returned, my stomach did not hurt, and I was able to eat a very good amount for lunch. My stomach felt soothed, relaxed, and nourished! I returned immediately to Nature’s Finest to buy my own quart of Chlorophyll."

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

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

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

Sources: https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/10-amazing-benefits-of-chlorophyll/ https://www.wellandgood.com/good-advice/chlorophyll-the-great-detoxer/ https://draxe.com/chlorophyll-benefits/

The Real Story About Soy

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Over the years, soy has developed a bad reputation. Fear of hormone disruption, poor mineral absorption, digestive issues, and other woes has grown so widely that people fear ingesting soy in any form. However, soy continues to be a staple in the diets of some of the healthiest communities in the world. Here, we will attempt to discover the truth. Is soy good or bad?

Firstly, it is important to recognize there are two different kinds of soy: fermented, and unfermented.

UNFERMENTED SOY:tofu

  • Includes tofu, soy milk, and fake meat products
  • Contains phytic acid, which blocks absorption of key vitamins and minerals
  • Provides anti-nutrients, plant compounds that can act like toxins in the body
  • Can promote blood-clotting, due to a substance called hemagglutinin
  • Blocks thyroid function, due to goitrogens
  • Likely GMO – 93% of soy in America is genetically modified

FERMENTED SOY:

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  • Includes tempeh, natto, miso soup, tamari, and soy sauce
  • Improves bone healthy by boosting calcium & magnesium aborption
  • Easier to digest
  • Contains probiotics for gut health
  • Boosts immune function
  • Rich in vitamin K2, necessary for circulatory health and for calcium absorption
  • Balances cholesterol levels

Most studies that show detrimental effects of soy are using unfermented, GMO, conventionally-grown soy. These studies are also often done using rats, and humans differ anatomically from rats. More importantly, rats and humans utilize soy in different ways. For instance, soy isoflavones have been found to inhibit the synthesis of thyroid hormones in rodents, but studies have not found the same effect in humans.

As for the claim that soy can alter estrogen levels in the body, this is a misconception. The phytoestrogens found in soy are not the same as estrogen. Only animals or people can make estrogens. Plants cannot. Plants do contain phytoestrogens.

These are so named because they are similar in structure to mammalian estrogens, but they do not affect the body in the same way, i.e. interrupting menstrual cycles, or giving men feminine qualities unless eaten to excess. This takes 12 servings a day!

Regular consumption of organic, fermented soy has been found to:

  • Slash the risk of prostate cancer by HALF
  • Reduce the risk of heart attacks
  • Reduce breast cancer by 40 percent in pre- and post-menopausal women
  • Lower the rate of ovarian cancer
  • Reduce overall rates of chronic diseases
  • Boost brain function

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

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

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

Sources: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/the-truth-about-non-fermented-vs-fermented-soy-protein.html http://probiotics.mercola.com/fermented-vs-unfermented-soy.html https://nutritionfacts.org/video/brca-breast-cancer-genes-and-soy/ http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/soy_wth http://static.gnld.com.s3.amazonaws.com/us/page/net/business/nlclub/conference/truth_about_soy_john_miller.mp3

Live Long & Live Well with Tre!

Science has slandingpage_lhown that a special group of nutrients called polyphenols, typically found in superfoods, plays a wide range of critical roles in supporting and maintaining optimal health, longevity, and cognitive capacity throughout life.  Research shows that when polyphenols are absent or deficient in our diets, aging processes are accelerated and disease risk is higher. Conversely, when they are abundant in the diet, aging is slowed and disease risk is lowered. Tré contains those special groups of nutrients that will help you live long and live well.

 What are the nutritional values of Tré?

  • 6 times the alpha-lipoic acid of fresh spinach
  • 5-10 times the resveratrol of fine red wine
  • 7 times the antioxidant power of ripe red tomatoes
  • 20 times the effectiveness of fresh pomegranate juice

Through its potent mix of natural ingredients, Tré will help you live longer and healthier. The juice enhances metabolism to burn fat and calories.  It helps lower blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, and fight serious diseases.

What exactly is Tré?

We'll break it down for you. Tré is a combination of:

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  • Cancer prevention/reduction
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Benefits Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lowers Inflammation
  • Promotes joint comfort

ACAI BERRY:

  • Triggers tumor cells to self destruct
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Higher in antioxidants than any fruit ever tested

BLUEBERRY:tre1

  • Improves brain function & health
  • Enhances memory as the body ages
  • Protects against neurodegeneration

BILBERRY

  • Improves vision & night vision
  • Protects against macular degeneration
  • Inhibits growth of leukemia cells
  • Fights cancer, especially colon cancer
  • Slows damage to eye blood vessels

BLACK CURRANT OIL

  • Eye discomfort or strain
  • Soothes symptoms of PMS and menopause
  • Relieves arthritis pain
  • Slows the aging process

GREEN TEA

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  • Protects against stroke, heart disease & diabetes
  • Fights cancer
  • Ultraviolet radiation protection
  • Reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Reduces tumor growth
  • Anti-bacterial/viral

ELDERBERRY

  • Blood vessel protection
  • Enhances immune health
  • Protects against the flu
  • Anti-viral

CRANBERRY

  • Urinary tract infections
  • Inhibits E-coli
  • Prevents dental plaque build-up

RED GRAPE

  • Weight loss
  • Boosts immune function
  • Extends lifespan
  • Improves kidney healthtre1

RESVERATROL

  • Fights cancer
  • Prevents blood clots
  • Slows aging
  • Protects against Alzheimer’s
  • Strengthens the heart

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID

  • Boosts the power of vitamins C & E
  • Increases energy
  • Supports clearer vision
  • Protects brain & nervous health

CUSTOMER TESTIMONY Dallas Bunton2.pngDallas B. In the past I’ve had cancer, 4 pulmonary embolisms,multiple heart failures, and open heart surgery. My immune function has been extremely low for 14 years. I used to be hospitalized for 2 to 6 weeks a year. Since I’ve been using Tre, it keeps me strong. I don’t get sick!

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

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

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

Omega-3 Liquid

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landingpage_lRecent studies on omega-3 fatty acids have shown that not only are there the fatty acids DHA and EPA, but also a whole family of omega-3s, a family of 8. Each fatty acid has a unique biochemistry and role in the body, although the fatty acids work synergistically together.

Why do we need Omega-3s?

  • To support the optimal function of body tissues and organs: notably the heart, blood vessels, brain, nerves, eyes, skin and joints
  • Naturally present in mothers' milk, they are crucial to the development of infant brain and eyes.
  • They may slow aging of the brain. Older adults who supplement their diets with EPA and DHA have demonstrated greater cognitive function when compared to those who don’t
  • Omega-3 fatty acids may prevent asthmatic mothers from passing it on to their offspring

The USDA suggests all adults eat 2-3 servings of fish each week for optimal health. Unfortunately, most adults eat very little fish on a consistent basis and rarely meet this important nutritional need.

In a recent analysis of data from 2,500 children ages 1-5 years in the United States, 46% of children did not eat fish even once in the last 30 days.

People who do not consume enough fish can get the omega-3 fatty acids they need for optimal health from fish oil supplements

Enter NeoLife’s Omega-3 Liquid.

NeoLife's Omega-3 Liquid

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

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

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

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Turmeric: An All Natural Pain Reliever and More!

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Used for over 2,500 years, this root and spice has been safely used for centuries. A member of the same family as ginger, turmeric has become one of the most researched herbs of all time, and it's not hard to see why.turmeric Turmeric has a wide range of health benefits, and more are being discovered every day.

The benefits of turmeric include:

  • pain relief
  • reduced inflammation 
  • cancer-causing free radical protection
  • arthritis relief
  • moderated insulin levels
  • lowered cholesterol
  • a heightened immune system
  • accelerated wound healing
  • weight loss/management
  • improved digestion
  • Alzheimer's prevention
  • slowed cancer growth
  • liver detoxification
  • quickened fat metabolism
  • lessened depression
  • halted growth of blood vessels in tumors
  • psoriasis (and other skin condition) relief
  • lowers the risk of childhood leukemia
  • slows the progression of multiple sclerosis
  • high in antioxidants
  • soothed burns

Conveniently, turmeric can be taken in either a powder or capsule form. As a powder, it can be mixed in salads, dishes, or in drinks like milk. It's very versatile and gives off a lovely yellow hue.

If mixed with black pepper, turmeric's bioavailability (the extent to which a nutrient or medication can be used by the body - courtesy of dictionary.reference.com) goes up by an astounding 2000%! Together, these two spices can also reduce damage caused by peptic ulcers, while also improving memory and brain health. 

Whether taken by itself or with black pepper, turmeric is an amazing herb. The benefits multiply every day, and the testimonies with it. Below are the stories of a few of our customers and their  results with this remarkable spice.

Jimmy A: "I've been in martial arts since I was 3. Recently I broke my foot and ankle in a kick. I couldn’t walk for more than 30 minutes. My doctor told me to live with it. After 2 months of taking Salmon Oil, Cal-Mag, and Turmeric, I can swim, white water raft, rock climb, and do yoga."

Kim W: "My husband has psoriatic arthritis and went through three rounds of steroid shots that didn't work. He started taking glucosamine and turmeric, and the pain is gone! I had arthritis pain in my shoulder, neck, and arm, and couldn’t sleep. I tried turmeric, and in 4 or 5 days, I noticed a difference. Now I have more energy, less pain, and if I don’t take it, I hurt. Our entire family uses turmeric. We love it!"

Victoria V: "I am under a lot of stress and anxiety at work. I take turmeric and niacin, and now I can relax and sleep better. I rarely get headaches. I never use Tylenol or Ibuprofen anymore!"

AT NATURE'S FINEST NUTRITION we carry organic turmeric as both a powder and a capsule, with or without black pepper. For more information on this amazing root, to order, or for other 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.

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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.

 

 

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