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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.


February 23, 2011 at 6:48 pm 2 comments

Blue Vervain for Coughs & Congestion

A couple of weeks ago I wasn’t taking care of myself the way I usually do.  Not eating well, doing too much and stressed more than usual due to our getting a new puppy. Well you probably can guess what came from that. Yes, I got sick with a cold. I haven’t been sick in I can’t remember when and it really was a good lesson to remind me of what I need to do to take care of myself. I loaded up on all my herbs and vitamins including AL-J, Goldenseal, Zinc Lozenges and drank a lot of tea and chicken broth. But one herb besides my favorite herb combo AL-J really made a huge difference in my quick recovery. That herb is Blue Vervain. It’s not an herb people usually know a lot about but it’s a wonderful one to have in your herbal medicine chest. I was beginning to get the obligatory cough so I took 1/4 tsp. of the liquid Blue Vervain in some water twice a day for just one day and it made a huge difference. I took a few more doses for good measure but the cough was gone!  Now I know this stuff works because my clients tell me their stories of healing but when you experience such amazing results yourself it really makes an impression.  So today I wanted to share my experience with you so that if you are having any respiratory issues or are experiencing any of the other things listed below you can try Blue Vervain.

Here are just a few of the things it has been traditionally used for:

  • Relieves congestion and cleans out body toxins.
  • It was used to save lives during the Medieval plagues.
  • In the liquid form, is given to small children to help relieve colds and fever with a relaxing effect.
  • It can help as part of a liver cleanses when there is inflammation and jaundice.
  • Calms coughing including whooping cough and croup
  • Settles stomachs
  • Expels phlegm from throat and lungs.
  • Expels worms.
  • Alleviates upper respiratory conditions.
  • Bronchitis
  • Anemia (it’s high in Iron)
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Insomnia
  • Neuralgia and Neuritis

Contraindications: Should not be used during pregnancy as it may be a uterine stimulant. Should not be taken with antidepressants and sedative drugs.

Have you tried Blue Vervain? What is your favorite herb for colds and coughs?

February 8, 2011 at 9:24 am 2 comments

Detoxify Your Body with Dandelion

Taraxacum officinale – a member of the Sunflower Family

Of course we all know that Dandelion’s are weeds that pop up in our lawns quite frequently and people go to great lengths to remove them but unbeknownst to most is the fact that this is an amazing herb with great medicinal value. An effective health remedy right in our own backyard!

Recently I have noticed that more of my clients have been testing for and needing this herb to help clear liver congestion.  We unfortunately live in a toxic world and our bodies are paying the price. The good news is that we have herbs to help us out and Dandelion works wonderfully for this.

A European folk remedy since the 15th century, the entire plant was used with wine made from the flowers, salads from the young leaves and the leaves & root used as medicine. It has been said that the dandelion never grows where there are no people, so it is a very sociable plant!

Some of the many ways the dandelion can aid the body:

Liver – A great herb for detoxification, the root is particularly effective for treating build up of toxins in the liver by helping to remove waste products and for aiding a sluggish or congested liver. A general tonic, it may help reduce side effects of medication and as it can help improve bile flow & reduce inflammation, it may be useful for hepatitis and cirrhosis.

Kidneys & Urinary Problems – The leaves are also a tonic for the kidneys, as a diuretic to help stimulate urine flow, improving general kidney function. They also stimulate toxin removal, improving health and assisting with skin problems. The leaves are high in vitamin A and potassium and are useful for water retention, kidney stones, edema, lymphatic swellings and bladder infection. If you have problems with fluid or water retention please consult a natural health practitioner before taking dandelion leaves.

Gallbladder – Both the root and leaf are used as a tonic for the gallbladder & spleen and are often used to prevent gallstones. The leaf can dissolve existing gallstones, but again this should be used with the support of your practitioner. If there is a bile duct obstruction, it should not be used at all.

Digestion – Dandelion Root has an excellent effect on the digestive system. It is stimulating and strengthening and is used as a mild laxative for constipation and also for general poor digestion. It helps to cleanse the digestive tract gently from the effects of meat, excessive fats, fried foods, drugs, coffee, and medication. The leaves help to increase  production of saliva, promoting digestive enzyme & stomach acid production. The roots may help stimulate appetite and aid digestion. With ulcers or gastritis, it should be used with care, due to the overproduction of acids.

Blood Cleanser –  A well-known blood cleanser & detoxifier, dandelion can help with ailments such as rashes, psoriasis, eczema, inflammation, boils, infection, abscesses, chicken pox, measles, painful joints, eyes, skin and fever. As a diuretic, it can help treat high blood pressure, increasing the flow of blood to the tissues and improving circulation, as well as being a blood vessel strengthener and cleanser.

Arthritis & Rheumatism – Another traditional remedy for treating rheumatism and arthritis, due mainly to it’s detoxifying properties

Pregnancy and Lactation -Taken in moderation during the second & third trimesters, dandelion is a useful nutritional aid. It is also a galactagogue, used to promote lactation, increasing milk flow and supporting the breastfeeding process. Discuss with your midwife if you have any concerns.

Nutritional Tonic – With an amazing nutritional value, dandelion is high in vitamins A, B, C and D, plus iron, copper, potassium and higher levels of beta carotene than carrots, plus magnesium, zinc, manganese, choline, silicon, calcium and boron. Older leaves are bitter but the young leaves are great raw or cooked.

External Uses – A well-known remedy for warts, the ‘milk’ from the stem and leaves of fresh dandelion can help with treatment, although this can cause an allergic rash in some individuals. This milk can also be used externally to ease the pain of sores & bee stings and for acne, fungal infections and growths.

Do not use dandelion unless recommended by your health professional if taking insulin, diuretics, lithium or any medication which reduces blood sugar levels

Nature’s Sunshine offers excellent quality Dandelion Root and Mountain Rose Herbs offers Dandelion Leaf & Root in bulk.

Thanks for reading!

February 7, 2011 at 9:46 am 3 comments

Golden Seal – Herbal Supplement

One of my favorite herbs lately is Golden Seal.  My usual go to remedy has and will continue to be Silver Shield however I’ve noticed and you may have noticed that these “bugs” are mutating and are even more difficult to eradicate. Even natural medicine is needing to adjust what to use for these things.  That means we turn to other herbs or a combination of herbs and Silver Shield.

Golden Seal is one of those herbs that is very effective for so many types of germs including bacteria, virus, fungi etc. It’s traditional uses  include helping to support the mucous membranes that line the respiratory, digestive and urinary tracts. It tonifies, astringes and cools this first line of immune defense in the body.  It’s wonderful for urinary tract infections, yeast infections, and all kinds of other infections.

It’s properties include: Blood Purifier, Antacid, Antibacterial, Antidiabetic, Antimicrobial, Antiparasitic, Antipruritic, Antiseptic, Antiviral, Aperitive, Appetite Stimulant, Astrigent, Bitter, Cholagogue, Detergent, Emmenagogue, Hemostatic, Hypoglycemic, Insulinomimetic, Nervice, Stomachic

Things you should be aware of before taking Golden Seal are:

Golden Seal lowers blood sugar levels which of course is of benefit to some borderline diabetics but avoided in those with hypoglycemia.  It’s been recommended not to take it continuously for more than a week at a time. Also it’s not recommended for pregnant women since it can influence uterine muscles and someone with autoimmune disorders where the immune system is over active ( ie. M.S., Lupus, Hodgkins, etc.)

Of course consult your health care practitioner for dosage and time needed to deal with your specific issue. You can also contact me for more information and I would be happy to test it for you over the phone or e-mail.  I do not diagnose at all I only check with your body to see what it needs to heal.

To purchase the highest quality Golden Seal on the market go to my Nature’s Sunshine site

December 30, 2009 at 2:39 pm 1 comment


Gentle Move is a new product from Nature’s Sunshine. My clients are getting excellent results with this combination of herbs plus the magnesium. This is a very gentle blend for those needing some extra colon support and is also good for other things like sinus congestion, joint pain and eye problems.Gentle Move

It contains:

•         Magnesium hydroxide

•         Triphala extract

•         Yellow dock

•         Ginger

•         Slippery elm

•         Marshmallow

The Benefits of Laxative Herbs:

•         Helpful for occasional constipation

•         Great for doing colon cleanses when combined with fiber and other herbs

•         Important aids to parasite cleansing

•         Can be helpful for relieving fevers and acute congestion

•         Stimulate bile flow


•         Spastic bowel conditions

•         Use with caution with pregnancy and nursing

•         Use with caution with inflammatory bowel disorders

•         Not the best choice for extremely weak and depleted people

Magnesium Hydroxide

•         Natural salt of magnesium that attracts and retains fluid in the bowel

•         Magnesium also relaxes muscle spasms and aids cellular energy production


•         Ancient Ayurvedic formula containing three fruits

•         Haritaki — Terminalia chebula

•         Bibhitaki — Terminalia belerica

•         Amalaki or Indian Gooseberry — Embilica officinalis

•         Used in India for thousands of years

•         Gentle laxative and blood purifier with tonic effects

Benefits of Triphala

•         Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

•         Enhances circulation, lowers blood pressure and protects heart

•         Supports adrenal function

•         Improves liver function, hepatoprotective, improves digestion

•         Expectorant action

•         Immune properties: antiviral, antibacterial, anti-allergenic

•         Balanced energy (all the tastes)

Triphala Uses

•         Sinus congestion

•         Joint pain

•         Lethargy

•         Eye problems

•         General toxicity and weakness

•         Constipation

•         Indigestion

•         Flatulence

•         Poor appetite

•         Heavily coated tongue

•         Digestive headaches

Suggested Use

•         Mild dose (2 capsules 1-2 times per day)

•         For more serious problems take 6-9 capsules per day (2-3 capsules 3 times daily)

•         Maintenance dose is 2-4 capsules per day

•         Take with plenty of water

Go to my Nature’s Sunshine web site to purchase and to learn more: Gentle Move

June 19, 2009 at 11:26 am Leave a comment

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May 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm Leave a comment

The flu came to my house…

Yes, that’s right it happened…but it wasn’t me that was sick. It was my hubby who after being way too stressed out lately and not taking the best care of himself (even with a nutritionist wife) ended up with a bug. By the way do anybody’s husbands listen to their wives advice?

But I digress…back to the subject at hand. The reason I’m bringing this up is that I gave him some herbs that weren’t mentioned in my previous posts about colds and flu. He tested for three things that kicked it out fast so I wanted to share these. When I say “tested for” that means I muscle checked him for what his body needed to get well.  These three things were: FV, Lymphomax and Yarrow.

First he was having body aches (bad neck pain), high fever (it got up over 103°), chills, nausea and fatigue. So the three things he tested for were combinations of herbs that helped with all of these symptoms.

FV: Contains Ginger Root, Capsicum fruit, Goldenseal Root and Licorice Root. Helps strengthen the immune system to fight bacterial and viral infections, including colds and flu. These herbs also help to reduce fever, alleviate coughs, relieve pain and inflammation and soothe nausea and upset stomach.

Lymphomax: Contains Mullein, Bayberry, Cleavers, Plaintain, Alfalfa, Chamomile, Echinacea, Yarrow, Garlic, Red Root, Lobelia and Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin. These herbs are traditionally known to improve lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation and prevent infection. The lymph system is the fluid that all our cells are bathed in and is where all toxins are then flushed through for removal from the body. When we are sick this system become sluggish so these herbs eliminate accumulated fluids and wastes from tissues which then helps clear lymphatic congestion.

Yarrow: This herb is has been used since ancient times to stop bleeding of all kinds external and internal. Yarrow has many uses and the one that my hubby needed was to counteract his fever and to induce perspiration so that his body could flush out the toxin.

The first day he took 2 FV, 1 Lymphomax, 1 Yarrow- 5 times that day. The next day he took that same amount 3 times. And now he is feeling great! He’s not always good at the preventative stuff but when he gets something he always asks what he can take because he knows he’ll feel better fast.

Oh and I did forget to mention that he took Silver Shield, the safe and effective natural antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral. He took 1 tsp 3x a day.  He’ll stay on that for another week. I recommend mixing it with a small amount of water and then  swishing in your mouth for 6 minutes to really kick out the bad stuff fast. Love this stuff and wouldn’t be with out it!

All the products are from Nature’s Sunshine and are offered here:

April 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm 2 comments

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