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Natrol Biotin Supplement for Better Hair & Nails

Do you have dry brittle hair and nails? Clinical studies have shown that those deficient in biotin experience hair loss, brittle nails and unhealthy skin. Biotin plays a key-role in the body and is the important nutrient for the growth and maintenance of your hair, nails and glowing skin.

Biotin is a B vitamin, also known as vitamin H or Vitamin B9. Biotin is also essential for your metabolic processes including the metabolism of fats and amino acids, production of fatty acids, and cell growth. This vitamin processes nearly every type of food that you ingest, including carbohydrates, proteins and fats. When biotin levels are at the proper levels in your body, the food that you take in will be processed quickly.

Natrol® Biotin supplement supports the health of the skin, thick shiny hair and strong nails as well as of the nerves and digestive tract.

• Promotes Healthy Hair and Strong Nails

• Supports Cellular Energy Production

• Easy-to-Swallow

• 100% vegetarian

Choose Natrol® Biotin for shiny, lustrous hair and strong, resilient nails while keeping your diet and shape on track!

 

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/natrol.html

 

References
New Chapter (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.natrol.com/

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What’s New? Nature’s Lab

Nature’s Lab aims to be the top quality supplements for the needs of Americans wishing to enhance their pursuit of a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle. The goal of Nature’s Lab is to be the model of a great business, the continuing source of products for those wishing to lead a healthy life, and a window of opportunity for those looking for more information about health and nutrition.

Core Values of Nature’s Labs:

-Saving lives, reducing and reversing disease, supplementing active lifestyles – supplying customers with only the best products to ensure quality lives balanced with nutrition, exercise, and rejuvenation.

-Science-based information system to educate consumers to make the best choices for overall wellness – a thorough forum and discussion panel supplied by experts in the field to support well-balanced, active, and useful information to every consumer.

References
Nature’s Lab (n.d.). Retrieved from http://natureslab.com/about_us.html

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Healthy Recipe: Apple-Yogurt Parfaits

The juicy Honeycrisp apple is the sweetest of the bunch. Combine it (instead of berries) with tart, creamy Greek yogurt for a seasonal, satisfying breakfast.

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
3 Honeycrisp apples, diced
3 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
3 cups nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 cup NOW Real Food® Ground Flax Seeds*
1/4 cup NOW Real Food® Agave Nectar*
3/4 cup golden raisins

  1. Set out 4 large wine or parfait glasses.
  2. In each glass, layer 1/4 apple, 1/4 cup yogurt, 2 teaspoons ground flax seeds, 1 teaspoon agave nectar and 1 tablespoon raisins. Repeat all layers twice in each glass.

Per serving:
263 calories
4 g fat
0 g saturated fat
46 g carbohydrates
6 g fiber
13 g protein

References

NOW Foods (n.d.). Apple-Yogurt Parfaits Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Foods/Real-Food/Recipes/Desserts/080675.htm

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Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Pecan Pie

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Nutiva Organic Milled Chia Seed, 12 oz

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Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar, 16 oz

Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15 oz

pie

Even if you are not vegan, you will love this luscious pumpkin pie with a pecan cookie crust. Bake it a day ahead of serving, and chill it for the a classic pumpkin pie texture, or if you serve it the same day, it will be more like a pumpkin mousse pie. I also prefer to use sweet potatoes over pie pumpkin. Either way will be delicious. Serve plain, or topped with your favorite whipped cream or ice cream.

Yield: 6 servings (6 Servings)
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Ready In: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • Pie Crust
  • 3/4 cup Pecans
  • 1 cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp Nutiva Organic Milled Chia Seed
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • Pie Filling
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna™
  • 3 tbsp Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds
  • 2 cups Pumpkin (cooked; can be substituted with cooked sweet potatoes)
  • 1/3 cup Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Powdered Ginger
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/4 cup Pecans

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Lightly oil a 9-inch deep dish pie pan on the bottom and up the sides with 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil.
  3. To make the crust, place pecans in a food processor and grind to a meal. Transfer to a large mixing bowl along with the spelt flour, 1/3 cup melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, water, chia, vanilla and salt and mix well.
  4. Transfer the dough to the prepared pie pan and use your fingers to press it out in an even layer over the bottom and up the sides of the pie pan. Poke a few holes in the dough with a fork.
  5. Bake for about 10 minutes, until it loses it shine.
  6. While the pie crust is baking, put the water, coconut manna and chia seeds in a 2 cup measuring cup. It will thicken and become gelantinous.
  7. Place all the filling ingredients but pecans in a food processor and puree until smooth. Adjust the spices, if desired.
  8. Pour the filling into the baked pie crust; decorate with pecans and return to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes, or until pie filling is slightly golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and let it sit about an hour to cool. Serve warm, or at room temperature or chilled.

 

References

Leslie Cerier (n.d.). Pumpkin Pecan Pie. Retrieved from http://kitchen.nutiva.com/pumpkin-pecan-pie/

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Healthy Weightloss with Genceutic Naturals!

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Lychee Super Fruit 500 mg, 90 Veggie Capsules, Genceutic Naturals

Raspberry Ketone with Green Tea Bonus Pack, 60 V-Caps x 2 Bottles, Genceutic Naturals

Green Coffee Bean Extract Bonus Pack, 400 mg, 60 V-Caps x 2 Bottles, Genceutic Naturals

Genceutic Naturals is a healthy people and healthy planet conscious company founded by two friends who share a passion for optimal health through natural and organic living.

Since their inception in 2006, Genceutic Naturals has strived to discover and develop nutritional formulas that utilize the cleanest, greenest, natural and organic ingredients.

Genceutic Naturals’ Pledge:

Deliver the absolute finest natural and organic ingredients from around the world that are always free of:

Pesticides Herbicides Fungicides GMO Organisms Heavy Metals Other harsh additives and chemicals.

It is this heart-felt pledge that inspires them each day and has made Genceutic Naturals one of the most admired nutritional supplement companies today.  We are next generation, and we envision a day when all nutritional supplements that are designed to provide optimal well-being are created with the earth’s finest ingredients in an eco-friendly manner.

When you choose a Genceutic Naturals product, you can be assured that, from cultivation to shelf, Genceutic Naturals operates with the utmost respect and admiration for our environment.  Genceutic Naturals will continually evolve and bring to market the finest products that help you live a prosperous, more enjoyable life.  Genceutic Naturals is here to revolutionize and inspire change in the nutritional supplement world.  VitaSprings invites you to join Genceutic Naturals.

References

Genceutic Naturals (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.genceutic.com/about-us

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Ginseng Energizers in Winter

Herbal tonics have a long history of traditional use for supporting normal energy levels, preserving vitality, and enhancing physical performance. Ginseng, one of the most highly regarded energy tonics of Chinese herbalism, is an herbal adaptogen, which helps the body adapt to a variety of stresses. It is a key ingredient in the following ginseng energizers offered by Planetary Herbals.

Full Spectrum™ Ginseng
Full Spectrum™ Ginseng Extract combines a standardized extract of Korean ginseng root, concentrated to 20% ginsenosides, with whole Korean ginseng root. Combining the extract with pure root ensures all the important compounds of ginseng are captured, for a broad range of ginseng activity.

Ginseng Classic™
This formula, formerly known as Four Noble Gentlemen, is one of the classic ginseng energizing formulas of Chinese herbalism (Si Junzi Tang). It was first written about in 1078 A.D., and has remained one of China’s most valued tonic formulas for almost 1,000 years. This dynamic combination reflects the tradition and power of Chinese classic formulas. It combines red Kirin ginseng root with atractylodes root, Poria cocos sclerotium, and licorice root.

Ginseng Elixir™
This classic Chinese formula was described more than 700 years ago (Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang). Its combination of energizing and tonifying botanicals has been one of China’s most frequently used compounds for seven centuries. Included are astragalus root, licorice root, molasses, atractylodes root, bupleurum root, cimicifuga rhizome, jujube fruit, dong quai root extract, dong quai root, and ginger root.

Ginseng Revitalizer™
Ginseng Revitalizer™ is based on a classic formula that has been used since 1078 A.D. to support energy levels without the use of stimulants. This dynamic formula combines extracts and whole roots from several varieties of ginseng (Panax, American, and Tienchi) with Eleutherococcus senticosus and a blend of energizing and tonifying botanicals.

References
 Planetary Herbals (n.d.). Ginseng Energizers. Retrieved from http://www.planetaryherbals.com/articles/5769/

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Introducing to Popular Yacon Syrup!

We’re glad that the Most Popular Yacon Syrup is Now In Stock!

Probiotic Sweetener with Low Glycemic Index!

Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. The syrup from this sweet root is raising eyebrows in the medical community and natural product world for its medicinal qualities. It contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which pass through the digestive track unmetabolized, providing few calories. The sugars, however, are metabolized by the bifidobacteria in the large intestine and contribute to improved digestions and absorption of vitamins, such as B-complex. The undigested portion of yacon serves as prebiotic-food for ‘friendly’ bacteria. Other benefits of FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. It may help diabetics regulate and normalize glucose levels in the blood due to its FOS content. It is considered hypoglycemic and holds promise as a sweetener for diabetics and others who choose not to consume sugar.

Traditional Ethnobotanical Information

This delicious root crop has been grown in the Andes by the Inca and their descendants. Related to sunflowers, Yacon has large succulent roots that have a juicy, watermelon flavor. From this we produce an exceptionally sweet syrup which can be used like honey or maple syrup.

You hold in your hands the finest traditional botanical available on earth. This botanical is a long standing favorite in South America where it has been empirically selected for its effectiveness over many generations. Only organically cultivated or sustainably wild harvested plants are collected and shipped to our laboratories.

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Lowering Cholesterol the Natural Way

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Cholesterol Rescue, 60 Tablets, Source Naturals

Cholesterol Rescue, 60 Tablets, Source Naturals

Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

Cholesterol Pro, 60 Tablets, NOW Foods

While most people resort to taking dietary supplements to lower high cholesterol, natural methods are being pushed and highly recommended by doctors and nutritionists to maintain and improve one’s well-being.

Granted that these supplements and medications work well with your body, doing it the natural way has a lot of other benefits other than cutting off fat deposits running (and blocking) through your veins. As the old Appeal to Nature argument goes, “A thing is good because it’s natural.”

Interested in starting to go all natural? Here are some tips:

Know your food

Take the good ol’ doctor’s advice, “watch what you eat” in order to significantly drop your cholesterol rate. But this does not suggest you to stop enjoying food. Remember, eating right is very different from eating less, that’s why upsetting your appetite for you to eat less or worse, not eating at all won’t do any good. The key here is balanced diet and knowing the nutrition facts of your food (e.g. saturated fat, trans fat, sodium, sugar, protein, carbohydrates, etc.)

Separate the Good from the Bad

Eating wisely is just like choosing what is right from wrong. Consuming food with high fatty content reduces High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) AKA good cholesterol in your body, so it’s better to go for white or lean over red and bloody. You may also consider eating fish as substitute for meat. As for cooking, use olive oil or sunflower oil instead of regular palm and coconut oil, as the latter two contains higher saturated fat. It is better to go for baked, steamed, stewed or poached food instead of fried. Eat more fibrous grub such as fruits, veggies, oats, and nuts, while cut down a couple of notches on food with high calories and carbs.

Rock Your Body

Car is to fuel as body is to food. Thus, the logical thing to do is to use that fuel, or as the analogy goes, burn it. And by burning it, not just by simply go through with your day. Watching TV or sitting on the same office chair for 8 straight hours won’t do the job. Do more dynamic physical activities, such as brisk walking, jogging, sports or aerobics to release that pent-up energy. A good 45-minute cardio a day is ideal for lowering bad cholesterol in your body.

A Little Booze Is Not That Bad

As long as you don’t abuse alcohol by going on a binge drinking spree, then you’re fine. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of red wine daily reduces the risks of heart-related diseases. Resveratol, polyphenol and flavanoids are anti-oxidants found in wine grapes raises the levels of HDL in your body, while protecting the lining of your heart’s blood vessels to prevent blood clotting. Same goes beer drinkers. Beer, particularly dark beer, has antioxidants that relatively provide the same benefits as that of wine.

Kick your Smoking Habit

Cigarette and other tobacco products contain free-radicals that cause the constriction of blood vessels and damage to the arteries’ lining. These effects inevitably lead to build-up of HDL and other fatty substances on the artery walls. Kicking the habit improves blood circulation as the carbon monoxide level in your body drops significantly, while long term benefits include avoiding risks of acquiring heart diseases.

Dodge Stress

As the song goes, “Relax!” Stress comes in many forms, and it’s going to get you whether you like it or not. Stress imposes the increase of cholesterol level in your body by triggering chemical imbalance and the release of fatty substance. For most people, breathing exercises and yoga are the best counteractions for stress. Although, techniques to alleviate stress may still vary, depending on the person’s character and preferences in handling stress.

Natural Supplements

Aside from taking prescribed supplements, natural supplements such as garlic cloves, barley, green tea, oats and artichoke are still considered far more effective and safer. Most of these traditional supplements have the same benefits for lowering your cholesterol level.

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NOW Foods Bone Calcium

Bone meal is a natural source of Calcium Phosphate, a composition of Calcium and Phosphorus known as hydroxyapatite. Hydroxyapatite, found in teeth and bones, confers rigidity to these structures and is well absorbed from the digestive tract. Phosphorus is necessary for the production of bone tissue and plays an integral role in the maintenance of the body’s acid-base balance. NOW® Bone Calcium has been enhanced with Vitamin D, as well as complementary minerals, such as Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Boron, that work with Calcium to support healthy bone metabolism.* NOW® Bone Calcium is naturally derived from cattle raised in Australia. It is sterilized and tested for heavy metals such as lead and aluminum to assure the lowest levels possible.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/bone-calcium-240-tablets-now.html

References
NOW Foods Bone Calcium (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/Bone-Calcium-240-Tablets.htm

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Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating

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Lemon Ginger Tea (Digestive Aid) 16 tea bags from Yogi Tea

Stomach Ease Tea 16 tea bags from Yogi Tea

Purely Peppermint Tea (Stomach Soother) 16 tea bags from Yogi Tea

Organic Gas Relief Tea, 16 Tea Bags, Traditional Medicinals Teas

Eater’s Digest Tea 16 bags, Traditional Medicinals Teas

With the holiday season upon us, food is everywhere. From festive holiday parties to dinners with friends and family, let’s face it, this time of year tends to center around food. And, it is perfectly OK to indulge on occasion, sans the guilt, without gaining weight. The trick is to enjoy what you are eating, and to eat mindfully while avoiding overindulging and gaining weight in the process.

For the good news, according to research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Americans, on average, gain just about one pound during the holiday season, with overweight individuals gaining a bit more. This is really not too bad, as long as we keep it to just one pound and get back on track come the New Year.

To help avoid gaining weight this holiday season while also enjoying your favorite foods, here are some strategies that I have used successfully with clients that I counsel in my nutrition practice.

1. Eat healthy MOST of the time.

Make healthy low-calorie choices when you can and do not waste calories nibbling at home while watching TV. Celebrate only at a holiday dinner party or during a holiday event. Plan your day and even plan for your occasional splurge.

2. Eat what you LOVE.

Do not waste calories overeating on cookies and junk food that you do not like just because they are sitting there or because someone else is eating them. Save your extra calories for special foods you enjoy during this time of year.

3. Mind your PORTIONS.

What I love about portion control is that you can still indulge in your favorite foods instead of banning them completely. And you do not have to eat tiny portions. The trick is to eat larger portions of healthy foods balanced with smaller portions of more indulgent and high-calorie choices.

4. Try eating off of RED plates.

Red is a festive color and red plates certainly go with the season. New research published in the journal Appetite found that we eat less when eating food on a red plate. Subjects who were given pretzels on a red plate ate significantly less than those given pretzels on a blue or white plate. Who knew? Certainly worth a try. The authors suggest that the color red may work as a subtle stop signal (like a red traffic light) which may guide us to reduce our intake.

5. Eat MORE fruits and veggies.

High in fiber, rich in nutrients, and low in calories, enjoying colorful fruits and vegetables is a win-win. Try filling half of your plate with fruits or vegetables at each meal.

6. Limit LIQUID calories.

When we drink our calories instead of eat them, we do not tend to register fullness and we often end up consuming extra unnecessary calories. For example, we often eat a bag of chips with the soda we are guzzling down. And liquid calories such as soda are pure empty calories. Many alcoholic drinks also tend to be high in calories and drinking tends to decrease our resistance to temptations. It is OK to enjoy an occasional glass of red wine, or white wine spritzer, but best to have the drink with dinner and not on an empty stomach. And, fill up on water or seltzer, both calorie free, before your meal.

7. Keep up your EXERCISE routine.

Choose an exercise routine you enjoy and pick a time that works for you so that you will stick to it.

8. DROP the guilt.

If you overate, do not feel guilty. And now there is now research to prove it.

New research found that people who feel guilty after eating large amounts of snack foods tend to gain more weight than those who don’t feel the guilt.

This year, enjoy the holiday season sans guilt!

References
Dr. Lisa Young (December 17, 2013). Holiday Survival Guide: 8 Strategies to Avoid Overeating. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-lisa-young/holiday-health_b_4441757.html?utm_hp_ref=healthy-living


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