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On the Road Again – Healthy Travel Tips

Do you have travel plans this summer?

Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains, or maybe even out of the country, your usual eating and sleeping routines are disrupted making you and your family vulnerable to a variety of travel-related problems. Motion sickness, diarrhea, constipation and infections can all be caused by the change in diet, water and air in a new environment.  Some thoughtful planning and smart packing can help keep your trip happy and healthy.

Here are some ways to keep your health and longevity intact on your journey:

Flexibility

Flexibility is key to stress-free travel.  Keep in mind that travel is often unpredictable, and adopting an attitude of flexibility can help overcome the stress.  Just remember everything that happens – bad or good – is part of the adventure.  Take a few deep breaths, put the problem in perspective and you’ll be able to face the next step.

Give Yourself a Breather!

A 15-minute nap or meditation can reinvigorate you.  Try this daoin massage to hit the reset button on your energy: take one of your heels and rub it against the sole of your other foot until you feel heat in the massaged foot, then reverse the feet and repeat with your other heel.  This will stimulate blood flow into the lower extremities, and it also activates an important acupuncture point for energy and vitality.  This massage is especially great for long plane or car rides!

Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol which dehydrate you.

Eat Healthy Snacks

Bring along a mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruits to energize you and curb your hunger.

This is a quick and easy recipe that tastes great and will give you a healthy energy boost for those long travel days.

Trail Mix

Almonds
Pecans
Sunflower Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Unsweetened Carob Chips
Unsweetened Shaved Coconut

You decide the amounts of each ingredient but I use
1/4 cup of each ingredient.

Mix all together, toss in a travel-safe container.

Avoid the Ailments of Travel

Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than the common ailments associated with travel.  Combat motion sickness and digestive distress with Nature’s Sunshine Ginger capsules.  If you know you’re prone to motion sickness, begin the Ginger capsules a couple of days before your trip and continue throughout your travels.

Food Enzymes taken with meals help to digest food and promote proper elimination. LBS II is especially helpful for constipation and no traveler should be without it if you are prone to that problem when away from home!

Activated Charcoal is a must to have in your bag for diarrhea, food poisoning and intestinal gas.

When traveling out of the country, take Black Walnut ATC with meals to combat any parasite issues.  This taken with Enzymes (either Food Enzymes or Proactazyme) at every meal will help you avoid stomach upset.

Now just a tiny bottle of Tea Tree Oil, an antiseptic, for any wounds and you’re prepared to leave on a health-filled vacation.

To learn more and to  purchase any of the Nature’s Sunshine supplements mentioned click here.

Happy and safe travels!!

Paige

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June 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm 7 comments

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.

February 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm 2 comments

Coffee Alternative – Healthy Drink Recipe

Working with many nutrition clients over the years I have seen addictions to certain foods literally take over their lives. One of these addictions is to Coffee. Telling people they need to cut back or avoid this substance for health reasons sets off an intense cascade of emotions inside them. I will work with them to determine what that deep need is all about. There is a physiological component but also it’s very emotionally based. They like the warm drink in the morning (it soothes them) they of course like the taste too but it revolves around the ritual of the drink above all else.  I’ve never been a coffee drinker so I’m not attuned to the need for this substance but oddly enough I love the coffee flavor. My favorite flavor of ice cream (when I was eating sugar which was my addiction) was Coffee. And while I’m sharing I will admit to another past strange food combination I used to eat. When I was younger I used to dunk my Oreos in coffee! How’s that for confessions today? ;0)

Anyway after changing my detrimental diet ways I have now learned how to satisfy my taste buds with healthier and yes even delicious alternatives. And so can you! If you are addicted to coffee or anything else you know isn’t creating health in your body. Ahem…iodized salt, sugar, soda, etc. here is a recipe to spark your interest in trying something new that’s not only healthier for you but tasty as well. Now it does take some time to get used to “different” so don’t give up too soon. Your taste buds have been used to it one way and they need time to make the crossover. Go ahead you can do it!

Herbal Coffee or Frappuccino – Great hot or cold

2 teaspoons NSP Herbal Beverage (caffeine-free coffee substitute) Make it hot like coffee
Coconut or Almond Milk to taste
1 tablespoon grade B maple syrup or Xylitol to sweeten
1-1/2 scoops chocolate Protein Powder (I like Healthy-n-Fit) or you could use a vanilla Protein Powder and add in Organic Cocoa Powder
3-6 ice cubes if you want cold, otherwise heat on the stove
Place ingredients in the blender
Blend to make a smoothie.
Whip cream optional!! 🙂

December 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm 3 comments

A year ago on the Natural Health Answers Blog

I’ve been a missing blogger. The summer has been a busy one for me but I know I will have more time to share some great stuff with you soon. In the meantime be sure to check out some posts from a year ago that you may have missed. Back soon with posts on Children’s Herbs, Adrenal Health, and some yummy recipes!

Aromatherapy-Part I
Thinking of using essential oils in your health and healing regimen? The be sure and read this introduction to aromatherapy as it will give you guidelines on how to use it effectively and safely. Plus you will learn which two oils are essential to have on hand. Be sure and check out this post on Tea Tree OIl as well.

What Can I Eat for Breakfast?
You’ll find some new ideas for breakfast food plus you’ll find a couple of recipes that are easy and delicious.

Healthy Wishes!

August 17, 2008 at 9:54 am Leave a comment

Mosaic Monday: Eat your veggies

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1. Fresh Felt Veggies, 2. Veggies, 3. Veggies for sale, 4. Veggies, 5. Eat ur veggies, 6. Whole Foods Veggies, 7. Orange Peppers, 8. veggies, 9. Fresh Veggies and Dip 

Check out this fun vegetable quiz I found here: Veggie Quiz

If you aren’t getting your 5-9 servings ( I usually recommend 9-12 servings) a day of fruits and vegetables you can supplement with Ultimate GreenZone or pH Greenzone. Just add to your morning smoothie and you will be ahead of the game.

For a delicious Kale recipe that I have on my web site click here.

Have a wonderful Monday!

May 12, 2008 at 9:16 am 1 comment


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