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Digestion and Absorption

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Digestion is when the body breaks down food to absorb the nutrients. These nutrients affect the entire body. The balance is delicate between the relation of the GI tract and the rest of the body. When digestion is hindered it can impact your health over all. 

How does it work?

Digesting begins when you smell or see food. Your mouth begins to water, this is called saliva. When you chew, along with the saliva, you being to break down carbohydrates and enzymes. The saliva causes your stomach to release juice preparing its self for the next step. 

 

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Image proved by the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center.

In the stomach, the acid that was released begins to breakdown the proteins. This frees vitamins and minerals that are absorbed into the body. The broken down food is moved into the small intestine where enzymes scripted by the pancreas help break down fat and carbohydrates. The GI tract is able to break down complex food sources into macro and micronutrients that nourish the body. 

The large instant finished the job by absorbing various nutrients and what ever water is left. Finally the body extorts the unusable portions along with toxins.

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Image proved by the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center.

 

Here are a few things that can slow down the digestive system.

  • low fiber intake
  • food borne ilness
  • changes in microbiota
  • poor dietary choices
  • decrease in pancreatic enzyme

What can I do?

As always there are some lifestyle changes we can make to help our digestive system. 

1. Prepare and cook our own food

By buying local, organic produce we reduce the risk of toxin exposure. Increasing fruits and vegetable consumptions allows for more nutrients to be absorbed. Monitoring portion sizes is easier when you are serving yourself. 

2. Reduce stress levels

Keeping your stress levels low helps with adequate sleep, mental and emotional stressors, and helps control inflammation. 

Recommendations

 

There-Biotic Complete 

This probiotic is high-potency, and hypoallergenic. Remember to keep any probiotics refrigerated. 

You can order some here

 

RESOURCES

The above information was presented by LifeStyle Matrix Resource Center.

Recharging Immune Health

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We all require energy to get our everyday task done. Energy, in the simplest of terms, is the strength required to accomplish something.

Well our body is no different. 

Our body requires energy to do its everyday task like helping us to digest, replacing cells, and even helping us to detoxify. In order to do all of these things and more our body produces its energy at a cellular level, in something called the mitochondria. 

Mitochondria's are the "power house" of the cell, they generates over 90% of the bodies energy. The immune system, brain, liver, and cardiovascular system receive the majority it. This structure also produces free radicals. "Free radicals cause oxidative damage, which hinders the function of our cells and contributes to inflammation and aging". 

Normally when the mitochondria is no longer doing its job, the body removes it to protect from damaging the cell. However certain factors can cause the removal process to malfunction.

These factors are:

  • aging
  • excess sugar
  • nutrient deficiencies
  • toxins
  • physical inactivity 
  • stress

When the mitochondria is no long function and the systems relying on the energy began to decline, eventually this dysfunction leads to noticeable symptoms and chronic dis-ease. 

 

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Image proved by the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center. 

Mitochondria dysfunction has also been associated with, 

  • Migraines
  • metabolic syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • cardiovascular disease
  • alzheimer's 
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • allergies
  • autoimmune disorders
  • frequent infections

What can we do ?

To better take care of your body there are some life style recommendations that every person should incorporate. 

1. Diet: Your diet determine the amount of vitamins and minerals available to combat the free radicals the mitochondria releases. Eating a well balanced diet allows your supply of vitamins to increase. "Eating 5-7 serving of brightly colored fruits and vegetables per day."

2. Exercise: Doing physical activity for 30min to 45mins each day has shown to increase the production of the mitochondria allowing for additional energy. 

3. Sleep: Restful sleep allows the body to recover and heal itself. Its recommended to sleep at least 7 to 9 hours each night, with limiting electronics before bed. 

4. Avoid Excess Sugar: Excess sugar increases oxidative stress which leads to damage in the mitochondria. Restrict added sugar as much as possible. 

5. Take Supplements: The following are supplements that are recommended to help with mitochondrial damage. To order, visit our dispensary. 

Resource 

All information presented was taken from Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center.

As Easy as A . . .

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Having better health can be as easy as A, that is Avena sativa L. 

For those of us who aren't fluent in botanical names maybe oats will ring a bell. This simple plant has the potential to change our health, which I find incredible. 

Avena originates from the Middle East. From there it traveled to Europe and you can imagine how it made its way to the United States. 

Whole oats

Whole oats contain many beneficial minerals including silica, iron, calcium, copper, magnesium, zinc and , vitamin B.  They also contain beta-glucans. This is a sugar that is found on the cell walls of plants such as oats and barley. Due to this sugar oats can be used to lower cholesterol naturally. Not only that but Avena contains enough vitamin B to help lower stress levels. Overall whole oats help to stimulate our immune system causing us to be able to fight disease. 

Whole oats can be found at most grocery stores. Be aware of prepackaged oats, which contain artificial sugars and additives. For best results try organic whole oats.

Oatstraw

Oatstraw is the top of the oat plant. According to Dr Oz  "oatstraw has been used to support brain health since the Middle Ages, and its proponents say it can reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce anxiety, increase energy, and possibly even sexual performance."  The dried white tops of the oatstraw is used to make tea and tinctures. 

You can buy avena here .

Oatmeal Extract

The oatmeal extract is the liquid from cooking oats. This mirky water is beneficial for soothing skin form sunburns. For skin conditions such as eczema and psoriases avena can help to heal the damage. 

You can make your own or look for products that contain oatmeal extract in them, like this one here.

Over all consuming avena helps to better your health. Whether consumed as whole, extract or oatstraw, the benefits will be received. Here are some fun recipes to try to increase your oat intake. 

 

-Natalie

REFERENCES:

  • https://www.anniesremedy.com/avena-sativa-oats.php
  • http://www.doctoroz.com/article/oat-straw-fact-sheet
  • http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1041-beta-glucans.aspx?activeingredientid=1041&activeingredientname=beta-glucans

Safflower Oils... Wake up your body.

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Photo taken by Erica Campbell, ND at Buffalo Woman Ranch in Dove Creek, CO.

 

Most of us are used to using organic virgin olive oil as our main oil booster, recently we have started to see the benefits of some other oils too.  Dr Oz recently had a lot of information on the wonderful benefits of this oil, and you can see his info here too. One of the best oils that the Green Team have seen, with the best benefits is safflower oil. Some of the health benefits of safflower oil include its ability to lower cholesterol levels, manage blood sugar, aid in weight loss, improve hair health, boost skin health, reduce the symptoms of PMS, control muscle contractions, and improve the immune system.

Safflower is an annual, thistle-like plant with many branches and little known use except for its oil, safflower oil. Fortunately, this oil is extremely valuable and is extracted from the seeds. In the past, safflower seeds were typically used for dyes, but they have had a range of uses over the last few thousand years. It has been an important plant for cultures dating back to the Greeks and the Egyptians.

There are approximately 60 countries around the world that cultivate this crop, but the overall yield is rather small, only about 600,000 tons per year around the world. In modern history, the vegetable oil that is extracted from the seeds is the most valuable element of the plant, and the majority of production is used for that purpose. The oil, however, is a good replacement for other, less healthy vegetable oils that are widely used, so the market continues to increase around the world. The health benefits of this oil, rather than more traditional vegetable oils, are significant and are outlined in more detail below.

So Many Health Benefits of Safflower Oil

Heart Health: Safflower oil has been shown to have a very high content of omega-6 fatty acids, which is a beneficial type of fatty acid that our body needs. It is otherwise known as linoleic acid. This acid can help the body to keep a healthy balance of cholesterol in the body, which decreases the chances of developing atherosclerosis, as well as the other health conditions, such as heart attacks and strokes, that are often the result of this condition.

Diabetes: The omega-6 fatty acid has also been shown to manage blood sugar levels, thereby helping those people who suffer from diabetes to keep their blood sugar even. This can also prevent people from developing diabetes.

Obesity: This has long been known as a good choice for those people who are trying their best to lose weight. Omega-6 fatty acids, of which safflower oil is rich, helps the body to burn fat, rather than store it. This makes safflower oil very valuable, since vegetable oil is used in so many cooking preparations, and it can be used by people to lose weight, if they find it difficult to make too many changes to their diet.

Hair Health: Safflower oil is also rich in oleic acid, which is very beneficial for beauty, hair strength, shine and vitality. This vitamin increases circulation on the scalp, stimulating hair growth and strength in the follicles. It can also help to keep your hair shiny and vibrant, so it is often used in cosmetic applications. However, it also does the same thing if consumed as food.

Skin: The high content of linoleic acid in safflower oil makes it ideal for boosting the quality and appearance of your skin. The linoleic acid can combine with sebum to unclog the pores and reduce blackheads, as well as acne, which is a result of sebum build-up under the skin. Furthermore, linoleic acid stimulates the regeneration of new skin cells, meaning that it helps to clear up scars and other blemishes from the surface of the skin, leaving you looking younger and more attractive!

PMS: For women going through menstruation, it can be a painful and uncomfortable time. Safflower oil’s linoleic acid regulates the prostaglandins in the body, which can cause such dramatic hormonal fluctuations and symptoms during menses. Therefore, safflower oil can decrease the severity of the PMS symptoms and can also regulate menstrual cycles, just like hormonal supplements, without the dangerous side effects.

Immune System Health: Although they regulate the function of prostaglandins, safflower oil also contributes the omega-6 fatty acids that create prostaglandins. These are hormone-like substances that help the body to function normally, including the processes of the immune system, therefore leaving our body more protected.

PLEASE do take note: If you have a problem with blood clotting, it is best not to use safflower oil, because it can dramatically slow down blood clotting, since it is a blood thinner. Also, if you have an allergy to ragweed or others in that similar family, avoid safflower oil, since it is that botanical family and it can cause allergic reactions of varying severity.

As always ...small changes, make huge effect… see where can you can insert safflower oil into your daily health and beauty routine… your body will thank you for it. The Green Team gives this wonderful oil and its benefits two thumbs UP!

One of our favorite products that has Safflower in it is: CLA 1000mg. To further learn the benefits of CLA you can read this guide.  

Always Stressed?

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 Stressed?

We all face stress at one point or another and sometimes we deal with stress quite often. Wouldn't it be nice to be free of stress and the symptoms it can cause? Wouldn't it be nice if we knew a few ways to help us relive stress? Well, you are in luck! Today we are going to discuss what stress is, what eustress (good stress) and distress (bad stress) are, how to deal with stress, and some products we recommend.

What is Stress?

Stress is the brain’s response from a very demanding circumstance. This response can come as emotional, mental, or physical symptoms. Anything can trigger a stress response, such as a small event or a larger event. Not all stress is bad, however, and some stress is good for us. Stress often releases a hormone called Cortisol. Cortisol is released by the adrenal glands as part of the fight or flight response. In small amounts, Cortisol is healthy for our bodies, but if Cortisol is chronically released, this can lead to several problems.

Eustress (Good stress) vs. Distress (Bad stress)

Eustress is defined as positive stress and is good for us. This type of stress keeps us focused and motivated. It is often short-term and makes us feel excited. Eustress is considered to be within our coping abilities and helps us improve performance. This type of stress can occur from the start of a new job or getting married.

Distress is defined as negative stress and this is often what leads to many mental, physical, and emotional symptoms. This type of stress can be short term or long term. It often causes anxiety and concern and is considered to fall outside of our coping abilities. With this type of stress, our performance is decreased and we can end up becoming ill because of it. Some examples include unemployment or a tragic event.

How do Stress and Cortisol affect the body?

When we are overly stressed, too much cortisol is released into our body. Chronically elevated cortisol can lead to weight gain, suppressed immune function, hormone imbalance, blood sugar imbalance, fatigue, anxiety, sleep disorders, and other dis-eases.

When we have chronic stress, and cortisol is released continuously, it can wreak havoc on our bodies. It suppresses the immune system, which makes your body more susceptible to seasonal cold and flu viruses, as well as other illnesses. Studies show that chronic stress can even lead to various types of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Stress also prevents our digestive, reproductive, and excretory systems from working properly. This can cause a whole array of symptoms. Some people have digestive issues due to chronic stress. For others, it may interfere with their mood, leading into depression, and their quantity and quality of sleep. Some can become irritable and restlessness.

It is important to note that if you are chronically stressed, elevated cortisol can be the reason for the symptoms you are experiencing. That is the bad news, but the good news is there are several tips and products we recommend to help cope and deal with stress.

Tips for dealing with stress

The first tip in dealing with stress is to be more physically active and engage in more exercise. When you feel stressed, go for a walk or head to the gym. Exercising helps the body stay calm and stabilize those hormones that are released during stressful situations. We recommend exercising at least 30 minutes, 4-5 days a week. The more days you are physically active, the better. This not only will help with stress, but can also improve your quality of sleep.

Since we brought up sleep, this is also important when dealing with stress. Although stress can trigger sleep problems in some people, it is necessary to get as much sleep as possible. Before going to bed, it is best to try and get into a relaxed state and doing something calming, like reading an undemanding book or taking a warm bath.

The third tip we have in dealing with stress is doing relaxation or meditation techniques. You can do these almost anywhere. We recommend spending 10-15 minutes per day in a quiet area. While doing this, focus on positive words and thoughts.

Another great tip for reducing stress is to simply step outside. Nature in itself is calming. Take off your shoes and stand in the grass. This is also known as "earthing" and many recent studies have shown this connection with the earth to be extremely calming. It has been shown to restore normal bioelectrical patterns within our body as well, which means it is balancing to our system.

A fifth tip is to manage your time and learn to say ‘No.’ Some of us tend to take on too much and when we have a hard time saying no or speaking up, it can certainly lead to anxiety and stress. It is important to be able to know your limits and manage your time. It is also best to set aside time for relaxing. If you can compartmentalize and keep work at work and home at home, this will certainly help reduce your stress.

There are so many things you can do to reduce stress and it is important to find something you like and be consistent. Whether that is going for a walk, reading, meditating, exercising, or just spending time with family and friends, there is something for everyone. There are also products that can help too!

Products for dealing with stress

There are a few products that can balance out the hormones released during stressful periods. These products include:

1. Kavinace by Neuroscience:

This is Neuroscience's most calming product. Kaviance provides GABA and combines two powerful ingredients that when put together help manage stress and anxiousness and promote healthy sleep.

2. Kava Kava Capsules by Gaia Herbs

Kava Kava is a herb that is often used to achieve a calm and relaxing state. Many of our body's systems can be negatively affected by stress. It is important to be in a calming and relaxing state in order to achieve optimal wellness.

Where can I buy these products?