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Stay Healthy, Strong & Vibrant with these 7 Key Supplements

1. Medicinal Mushrooms – In Chinese medicine, many of the “superior” drugs — those that increase resistance to all disease agents — are derived from mushrooms. You can add them to your regular diet as well as take them in a supplement.

Shiitake mushrooms stimulate your immune system’s powerhouses and act both quickly and aggressively against invasion. A little shiitake goes a long way, and the dried ones have the same nutrients as the fresh. Simply soak them until they’re soft, and sliver them with kitchen scissors into miso soup, brown rice or stir fry recipes once or twice a week.

Reishi mushrooms stimulate your immune system in a way that allows it to fight against all disease strains. You can maximize the activity of reishis when you take them in a formula that has tonic herbs like ginseng. (Unlike shiitake and maitake, reishi is not used for cooking.)

Maitake mushrooms are significant immune normalizers for serious immune compromised conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and hepatitis. An especially promising extract in maitake inhibits cancer tumor growth and metastasis by enhancing immunity at the cellular level. Maitake is a treasured delicacy in Asian cooking, but it is difficult to find and very expensive. Caplets or teas are widely available though.

Maitake mushrooms are such powerful immune boosters that they offer hope for people with AIDS. Tests by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) reveal that maitake extract can actually prevent HIV from destroying the “helper” T cells of the immune system. Leading scientists from NCI consider maitake as powerful as the leading AIDS drug, AZT, but without the toxic side effects!  Find Maitake and and Reishi mushrooms in Nature’s Immune Stimulator plus it contains Beta Glucans, Arabinogalactan, Colostrum, and Cordyceps.

2. Enzyme Therapy – Enzymes are mighty scavengers. They literally clean up toxic cellular debris, partially digested food and unused proteins from your body before they ever have the chance to make you sick!

When digestion is poor, protein can work against the body, not for it. For example, if your intestinal wall is damaged, unused protein particles can leak past the intestinal lining and into the bloodstream. Your immune system has to work double-time to defend against these invaders. That’s where supplemental enzymes come in.

Food Enzymes is a full spectrum enzyme product that includes Betaine Hydrochloride (HCL). Proactazyme is also a full spectrum food enzyme supplement without hydrochloric acid.

Protease Plus also dissolves scar tissue with miraculous results — both externally and internally! NSP also offers

Supplemental Protease taken between meals enters directly into the bloodstream and helps the immune system digest the protein fragments and unwanted waste, including harmful bacteria and viruses in the blood and soft tissues.

High Potentcy Protease. Enjoy the same benefits of three Protease Plus capsules in one capsule of High-Potency Protease.

3. Probiotics including Acidophilus and Bifidophilus are organisms that live in our intestinal track and boost the immune system and white blood cell activity. Probiotics are so powerful they can suppress virulent strains of bacteria like E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus. Try Probiotic Eleven which contains 11 strains of live microorganisms.

4. Antioxidants scavenge and neutralize highly reactive free radicals in the body. Some great choices include sea vegetables, like dulse, kelp and sea palm, and herbs like Gingkgo Biloba, Eleuthero and Grape Seed & Pine Bark. Also try Super Antioxidant with a combination of herbal antioxidants.

5. Immuno-modulating tonic herbs are the best choices for long-term protection against seasonal illness. Their activity is gentle and long lasting without the harsh side effects of antibiotic drugs.

Two excellent choices are:

Astragalus. In studies with people susceptible to frequent infections, astragalus improved natural resistance so patients got sick less frequently. It is especially beneficial for the respiratory system against viral and bacterial invasion. NOTE: Astragalus is not recommended for acute illness. It’s best used as a preventative or during the recuperation stage of disease.

Burdock provides remarkable support for your liver. Your liver is responsible for more than 1500 functions that directly maintain your immune system.

6. Green Superfoods have immuno-stimulating, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-viral properties for fighting colds, flu and bronchitis. It may also help fight more deadly diseases, such as cancer. The best green superfood sources come from green algae (Super Algae & Spirulina), wheat grass, barley grass (Barley Juice Powder Concentrate) , Alfalfa and leafy greens. Take a green drink several times a week during the winter months for the best protection. Try Greenzone Powder or Capsules.

7. Minerals are the foundation your body works with to build everything —  from bone strength to food assimilation. Minerals increase body enzyme production and help establish normal pH levels, vital for immune system maintenance and disease prevention.

Minerals play a major role in not only detoxifying cells, but also in elimination acid crystals from the lymph system, a secondary circulatory system that your immunity relies on to filter and remove infective organisms. Try Ionic Minerals w/Acai or Herbal Trace Minerals.

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February 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm 2 comments

Stress

The last month has been one full of stressful events for me and thus the blog has taken a back seat. Alas I am coming out of the craziness that sometimes life throws our way and wanted to talk a bit about stress.Debt & Demand 2Debt & Demand 2

It’s something that we all experience. We all deal with it in very different ways. Some of us retreat, some of us lash out, and some of us deny. There are all kinds of ways that people try and “make it” through the day. For me it’s pulling back and saying no I can’t do that newsletter this month or no I can’t call that person back right away or even deciding that I need to take a break from work. I NEED to do this or else I won’t be able to recover and I will be useless to anyone who needs me. It’s been a process but I’ve finally learned that I matter and that the world won’t fall apart because I take a break.  I find this to be difficult for many people especially women.  If we don’t do this we will deplete our reserves and eventually we won’t have anything  left to give. And then illness is close behind.

This is a reminder to take or I should say give yourself a BREAK! It’s good for your body, mind and soul. You’ll feel recharged and ready to take on the necesary things we all must do in life. 

Remember everyone deals with stress differently but it’s very important to deal with it effectively for better health.

Here are some great ways to help you deal with stress:

  1. Breathing exercises
  2. Make a cup of tea
  3. Take Distress Remedy (I did and it’s amazing stuff)
  4. Talk to a friend/family member
  5. Get a massage
  6. Meditate
  7. Take a walk outside and observe the beauty of our world
  8. Do stretching exercises
  9. Dance
  10. Scream (do this at home alone so you don’t disturb anyone!)
  11. Punch a pillow or a punching bag
  12. Listen to soothing music
  13. Participate in your favorite hobby
  14. Talk to a professional therapist
  15. Blow bubbles
  16. Fly a kite
  17. Nourish your body with whole foods like fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals which help the body cope with stress
  18. Take Colloidal Minerals a wonderful tasting liquid mineral product that replenishes minerals lost during stress
  19. Read an article on my web site: Are you Overstressed?
  20. Read a book
  21. Rent a funny movie
  22. Plant a garden
  23. Buy some flowers for your desk or home or both!
  24. Go on a hike
  25. Take a vacation to a place you’ve always wanted to visit
  26. Play with children
  27. Paint a picture
  28. FILL IN YOUR WAY YOU DEAL WITH STRESS

Of course you’ve probably heard all of this before but sometimes the stress of everyday life or even a very big stressful event takes our breath away and we don’t take the time to take care of ourselves. I felt like this topic bears repeating as it really hit home with me these past few weeks. I did many of these things on the list and it made a huge  difference for me in the way I dealt with the very stressful things going on in my life.

Let’s continue the list: Do you have an effective way you deal with stress? Please share by leaving a comment!

March 22, 2008 at 7:27 pm 2 comments

Can you slow the aging process? Part I

The answer is an absolute YES! What I’m talking about here is not having plastic surgery, botox injections or magic pills that come with a promise of making you years younger. What I do want to talk about is really taking care of our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. We are not one dimensional and all of our parts work together to create who we are. Taking care of all aspects of ourselves keeps us young and vibrant. One area though that I want to focus on today is biological markers of aging and the major factors that cause us to age and what we can do to reduce and slow these processes.

First, as we age these things increase:

  • Systolic Blood Pressure
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Body Fat Percentage
  • Lipid Ratios

and these things decrease:

  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Muscle Mass
  • Glucose Tolerance
  • Strength
  • Temperature Regulation
  • Immune Function

And the major aging factors include:

  • Free Radical Damage
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Syndrome X or Hyperinsulinemia
  • Excess or Diminished Cortisol (Stress)

What happens is the body literally rusts from the inside out! Think of an apple turning brown, fuel burning in your car, iron rusting and fire. All of these things are oxidative processes which means these things are reactions involving oxygen. Of course oxygen is a good thing since we need it to breathe and to metabolize (burn) nutrients but it can also “burn” our own tissues.  Our bodies, the “engine”, needs a cooling system that will help prevent the damage.

Antioxidants are part of your body’s cooling system and are extremely important to help protect cells from being damaged by oxygen. I’m sure by now you have heard of antioxidants but did you know how important they really are to prevent all kinds of age-related diseases? They are one of the keys to staying healthy and vibrant as you age.

The Oxygen-Reducing Radical Absorption Capacity or ORAC for short is a method for measuring the total antioxidant activity of a substance.

Here is a list of ORAC values of some foods high in antioxidants:

Serving size is 3.5 ounces

  • Dark Chocolate – 13, 120
  • Rosemary – 6, 000
  • Prunes – 5,770
  • Blueberries – 2,400
  • Blackberries – 2, 036
  • Kale – 1,770
  • Green Tea – 1,686
  • Strawberries – 1,540
  • Broccoli Florets – 890
  • Red Grapes – 739
  • Carrots – 207

The best way to get your antioxidants is to eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Most nutritionists including myself now recommend eating 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Most people don’t even reach 3 servings a day and think ketchup is a vegetable serving!

Vegetables and fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and are loaded with phytochemicals with antioxidant properties. If you just haven’t been able to get that many servings in daily then I would highly recommend you supplement with a high antioxidant supplement. Afterall wouldn’t you want to ensure that you are protecting yourself from the free radical damage that is going on right now inside your body? Stay young and healthy by eating well, destressing, exercising and taking an anitoxidant supplement!

Here is a list of some high quality antioxidant products to choose from:

Click here to read a newsletter article on anti-aging.

If you aren’t sure which supplement would be best for you send me an e-mail @  Paige@mynsp.com.

To your health!

January 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm 1 comment


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