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Recharging Immune Health

Sakura Natural Health

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. 

 

Image proved by the Lifestyle Matrix Resource Center. 

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 . . .

Sakura Natural Health

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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