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By Susan Ledbetter 25 May, 2017

It’s no secret these days that most of our food is void of nutrients. From cheeses that are one molecule away from plastic to frozen and dried meals with the nutritional equivalent of cardboard. While we strive hard to make sure we’re feeding our bodies good fresh fruits, veggies, proteins and the like, our pets’ diets tend to get overlooked. Your furry friend’s diet and health is equally as important as your own. A good diet is crucial to longevity and overall wellbeing in all living things. Here are a few of the supplements we offer to help your pet live a long, healthy life:

Sojo’s makes raw, grain-free, freeze-dried food for dogs and cats. With real meat, fruits, and veggies, Sojo’s is an excellent, high-protein food that is veterinarian recommended. There is also a meat-free version if you prefer to add your own protein such as chicken, turkey, beef, etc.

Vital Planet offers probiotics for our cat and dog friends. Like humans, cats and dogs have many unique probiotic strains in their digestive tract. Probiotics help the body maintain homeostasis through digestive health. Flora Cat and Flora Dog have 10 raw probiotic strains that most closely match the flora in our pets’ digestive systems to promote optimal wellbeing.

For our aging pets, Nupro makes an amazing Joint and Immune Support powder that can be added to your dog’s food. Containing great ingredients such as MSM, glucosamine, omegas, and shark cartilage, among others, Nupro promotes better joint mobility, flexibility, and helps to reduce inflammation.

We also carry a wide variety of pet dietary, joint, and mood supplements to help our friends live a long, happy, and healthy life.

By Susan Ledbetter 29 Mar, 2017

68-80% of Americans have a deficiency in magnesium, and some sources state up to over 90% of people need more magnesium. Magnesium is just one nutrient our bodies need and it plays a role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. Therefore it is a very essential nutrient for health. Heart disease, insomnia, kidney disease, diabetes, anxiety, migraines, and osteoporosis are just a few of over 22 disease processes that low magnesium can cause.   The use of glyphosate or other herbicides in conventional farming could be leading to increased magnesium deficiency in soils, which leads to lower magnesium levels in food. Eating a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, nuts, and other magnesium rich foods is vital. But also understanding there may be a lack of magnesium in foods is important, and thus supplementation with magnesium may be necessary.

 Magnesium comes in many forms. A few of my favorite are magnesium glycinate, because of its great absorption, also a powdered drinkable magnesium citrate for those consumers struggling with constipation. One route to take magnesium that is often under-utilized is transdermal. The skin is the largest organ and is responsible for many mechanisms in the body. When we take supplements by mouth many reactions in the body must happen for us to get the benefits of the product. Skipping this first pass method and bypassing the liver by using transdermal methods is an easy and safe method of getting essential nutrients. If the cold weather has activated your arthritis, you can simply rub the magnesium oil directly on the spot with pain. Doing this you can get relief from your pain but also increase your body’s magnesium levels and possibly rid yourself of other chronic diseases too.

Mg 12 is a local company based in Tryon North Carolina and their products all contain magnesium oil and utilize the transdermal method. Many people have heard of miraculous stories of others traveling to the dead sea and soaking in its healing waters and then returning with their joint pain relieved, see their psoriasis disappear, and many other diseases vanish. Mg12 is 100% Dead Sea salts which means it contains 40 times more magnesium chloride and also 20 other vital minerals. Many people fall short with adequate nutrition for many reasons. Some pharmaceuticals can cause nutrient deficiencies, fear of taking too many supplements, or just a dislike of swallowing pills. Mix a drink of powdered magnesium, use a magnesium dense soap or cream, or take a bath with the bath salts manufactured by Mg 12 is like taking a trip to the Dead Sea and soaking in the nutrient dense water. With so many ways to take magnesium it is easy to ensure your levels can stay in a healthy range and keep your body free of chronic illness.



By Susan Ledbetter 29 Mar, 2017

Heart disease is the number one killer in women killing 1 in 3 women a year that means one woman dies every minute! It is very important for women to use all means necessary to support a healthy cardiovascular system. The American Heart Association teaches diet, exercise, and adequate sleep are essential as is reducing stress. Including good fats into your diet can improve blood cholesterol, decrease risk for diabetes, lower blood pressure and assist with a regular heartbeat. Adding an omega-3 fish oil, or a plant based omega product is as easy as a pill a day or mixing a scoop of flax or chia powder into your smoothie.

The National Institute of Health states “ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.” Adults should get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you find yourself waking up multiple times in the night or fighting the ability to fall asleep, there are many natural remedies to help increase sleep quality. Setting up a good bedtime routine is a wonderful start to better sleep. Enjoying a cup of bedtime herbal tea, using lavender essential oil or drinking a glass of powdered magnesium before bed are wonderful ways to sleep soundly. Another way to help with sleep and also a healthy stress response is to use a type of herb called adaptogens. My two favorite adaptogen herbs are ashwaganda and rhodiola. These herbs help to regulate cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone. When cortisol is normal it is what wakes us up in the morning and what decreases at night to help us sleep. If cortisol is not normal it keeps us full of energy at night, falling asleep during the day, gaining weight, and feeling the stress of life. Ashwaganda and Rhodiola can also assist with healthy weight loss associated with decreasing stress levels, which can lead to healthier cardiovascular system.

            Some prescribed medications may deplete essential nutrients your body needs in order to fight the condition those medications are prescribed for. Many blood pressure or cholesterol lowering medications can cause deficiencies in B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, zinc, coenzyme q-10, and others. It may be necessary to supplement with certain nutrients, such as if you are taking a statin drug for high cholesterol taking Coq 10 can help with side effects and also help decrease cholesterol as well.

 It is important to speak with your doctor and do the education to assure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to be healthy.

This February when you decide to wear red to support Women’s Heart Health, also remember to support your health by practicing prevention.


Emily Crawford, Registered Nurse and CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional)


Garner’s Natural Life has an experienced staff here to help you with all your health needs.

By Susan Ledbetter 03 Mar, 2017

by Emily Crawford RN, CNHP


If you have been alive long enough you will live through experiencing fads twice. The return of bellbottoms and platform shoes to games such as the ever so popular Pokémon and now to the return of chicken stew. Everyone knows that when you get sick the remedy your body craves the most is chicken soup. Sipping the hot, fatty, peppery soup seems to immediately make you feel better. And now chicken stew seems to be making a return and becoming extremely popular. Though it has changed a little and is now known as bone broth. Bone broth is a historically known way of mixing bone and connective tissue of beef, chicken, turkey, or fish, and cooking them down with vegetables to create a wonderfully nutritious bone broth. Bone broth lately has become very popular for it’s ability to fight inflammation and joint pain, by providing nutritional building blocks such as glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, calcium, and magnesium. A wonderful side effect from taking the bone broth is also the benefit to hair, skin, and nails. By supporting collagen formation, bone broth is great for building strong hair, nails, and bones. But probably the most interesting fact about bone broth is it’s ability to help heal and seal the gut.

            Seeing people with multiple food allergies and autoimmune diseases is much easier today than in the past. With the lifestyles we are choosing to live we are not always getting a proper diet. Long-term use of diets high in sugar and lacking beneficial bacteria can lead to what is called leaky gut. Leaky gut means that our intestines have little tears in them that allow the food particles to leak into the rest of the body. When this happens the body looks at those particles as foreign invaders and this can cause havoc on the body. Many autoimmune issues as well as psychological issues have been linked to leaky gut. It is believed that the broth is high in all types of collagen, and the collagen can work as a band-aid to help repair intestinal issues. Bone broth is also high in many amino acids. There is an abundant amount of glycine found in bone broth, which is necessary for cellular and liver detoxification. As much as we try to eat right and stay away from toxins this world is full of harmful chemicals that our body protects us from on a daily basis. Glycine is essential in supporting our body through this process. With so many benefits it is easy to see why bone broth has made a come back. Thankfully it has returned as a powder form so it is easy to incorporate into your daily diet!


By Susan Ledbetter 17 Feb, 2017

Written by Alex Angell

Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become one of the most intriguing and notable compounds in the field of natural health. While all major cannabinoids have therapeutic attributes and applications, CBD is responsible for the vast majority of the health benefits cannabis has to offer. Also, since CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, it is suited to be taken any time of day and in any situation. The two most commonly mentioned general properties of CBD are its function as a neuromodulator/neuroprotectant and anti-inflammatory agent. The term "neuromodulator" refers to a compound that establishes proper neurological function. It has proven to be remarkably effective in managing seizures, tremors, neuropathy and menstrual discomfort, and many people have reported success in inhibiting tumor growth as well as mitigating the symptoms of HIV/AIDS and Crohn's disease. CBD also has value as an anti-psychotic, antidepressant, anti-convulsant and anxiolytic compound. On the other side of the spectrum, CBD can regulate blood sugar levels and act as an antioxidant in the body. Remarkably, a recent discovery shows that CBD can alter gene expression and can remove beta-amyloid plaque - which plays a major role in Alzheimer's disease - from the brain cells. CBD can also increase the effects of many medications and supplements, allowing one to either amplify effects or reduce dosages.
    In addition to the cannabinoids themselves, the flowering tops of the plant contain aromatic compounds known as terpenes. These unique compounds have also received a recent increase of interest in the natural health world, mainly within the medicinal cannabis industry as well as the essential oil demographic. These are the substances that give cannabis flowers their distinct scent and all variations thereof. Terpenes directly contribute to the variations of effect between the various strains of cannabis; some terpenes block certain cannabinoid receptors and promote binding in others, uniquely shaping the effect and experience. This is why strains are often associated with their own "suggested use," such as focus, relaxation, creativity or analgesia. Terpenes also have their own distinct biological processes, notably their anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects.  
    These compounds provide optimal efficacy when taken in conjunction with one another. This synergistic phenomenon has been termed "the entourage effect." For example, 100 milligrams of a CBD-rich true total plant complex that includes a full-spectrum cannabinoid profile, and preferably terpenes as well, will be considerably more effective than 100 milligrams of crystalline CBD. The human body has an endocannabinoid system of naturally-produced cannabinoid compounds such as anadamide and 2-AG, and their corresponding cannabinoid receptors which are divided into two main categories: CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in the brain and play a part in cannabinoids' effect on consciousness, while CB2 receptors are found in immune cells and facilitate their anti-inflammatory effects. The issue is that the body breaks down endocannabinoids much more quickly than their exogenous counterparts, so their effects have too short of a duration to fully agonize the receptors and produce therapeutic effects. Once cannabinoids enter the system, they team up with the body's endocannabinoids and function somewhat like a mob when binding to receptors and establishing proper neurological and immune function. This is why the entourage effect is so important. A larger number of cannabinoids taken at the same time produces far greater efficacy than a single cannabinoid, even the dosage thereof is higher than that of the total plant complex.
    CBD supplements can be used a handful of ways, but the three most common routes of administration are sublingual/oral ingestion, inhalation, and to a slightly lesser extent, topical application. The sublingual/oral combination method is most common method since the sublingual vein will expedite the absorption of some of the cannabinoids and provide some bypassing of first-pass metabolism, although consuming an edible supplement will also provide a strong effect and long duration. Here, onset takes about 20 to 30 minutes to occur, and effects usually last for 4-5 hours with some variation. However, the effects of inhalation function on a completely different time frame. Because the cannabinoids are not processed by the body's CYP450 enzymes, the duration is much shorter - anywhere from a few minutes to an hour, depending on how many inhalations are taken. But the advantage of inhaling lies in its direct delivery of cannabinoids into the bloodstream, and almost immediate onset. While many people may prefer - or require - one method or the other, these two methods can be used in conjunction to great advantage. For example, if a person who has benign tremors is operating a vehicle and they begin to flare up, that person can take a few inhalations from a vaporization device and quickly gain the stability necessary to proceed safely. Then, if need be, that person can pull over and take the next sublingual dose. Topical application in the form of a salve or balm has also become a popular format for CBD supplementation. Cannabinoids are capable of transdermal absorption and direct local pain relief, and this is especially helpful for the symptoms of arthritis.  
    Cannabinoids and terpenes are the face of the next chapter in our pharmacological history. As ancient as the cannabis plant and its compounds are, it has been relegated to the fringes of science and culture for decades and longer. Fortunately, the interest, awareness and research on cannabis have grown exponentially, and the industry continues to expand and develop with the clear intention of saving and drastically improving lives. In the face of social taboos and misinformation, science has proven that cannabinoids are not only a consistently efficacious medicine for a plethora of diseases and conditions, but are far superior to more harmful substances that have been previously accepted as the only or best option available.


By GoDigital Test Account 01 Jan, 2016

Hello Friends!

I have learned from years past of making New Year’s Resolutions that if you don’t make a change in your current “Mind Set”, a New Resolution won’t ever happen. So for me I am currently working towards “Thoughts become things.” If you can see it in your mind, be it what you do want or what you don’t want , you will hold that thought in your hands.

Going into 2016 to help with my “Change Of Mind Set”, I am focusing on cleaning my blood and lymphatic system. I truly believe “Life is in the Blood”. So to improve my “Fuel for the Body” I chose Herbs of Light Blood/Lymph Health Liquid Tincture. This wonderful product uses a proprietary blend of burdock root, cleavers, dandelion, neem, oregon grape, red clover and red root.

Here are a few of the many benefits of strenghtening the blood/ lymph. A blood cleanse may be able to help:
* protect against tumors
* reduce inflammation
* lower cholesterol
* stimulate lymph drainage
* improve circulation of oxygen in the blood
*eliminate environmental toxins that we take in daily
*support the health of functioning of the kidneys
* detoxifying of the liver.

Here’s to a new year of a Healthy Mindset for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul.

See ya soon,

By GoDigital Test Account 01 Jan, 2016
With the New Year comes a new wave of resolutions, often when it comes to our health! Before you claim the new year with a new you,  why not start off on the right foot with a whole body detox to jumpstart that new diet you’ve always wanted to try!? Believe it or not, detoxifying your body can be simple and tasty with just a few ingredients! ’Raine here enjoys products that have multiple benefits with few ingredients and frills. Something hardcore, but doesn’t leave you feeling worse than when you started!  ‘Raine loves Healthforce for their raw organic and therapeutic powder formulas that bring you back to a state of a newer awesome you so you can keep up all your hard work all year long! ‘Raine recommends Healthforce Vitamineral Earth for those who love a more seasoned, savory and salty taste, and when incorporated into a broth, soup, or tea goes to work with many grounding and detoxifying roots, seeds, and probiotics that provide fiber and an ideal environment for gut, liver, kidney, and colon support!

Or if you’d like to up the ante a little, with deeper detoxification from environmental and food-borne toxins or heavy metals that would otherwise leave you sick and sluggish, ‘Raine recommends Healthforce Intestinal Drawing Formula, incorporated into fresh pressed juices or smoothies rich in fruits, veggies, or both to help you start the New Year with a new outlook on your health!

Cheers to the New Year, Drink Up!

By GoDigital Test Account 11 Nov, 2015
With the holidays approaching and everyone doing lots of driving, I wanted to highlight a few essential oils that are a must have for me. I get really stressed on long car rides, whether I’m driving or the passenger. Balance by Doterra is a grounding blend that keeps me calm. I dab a few drops on my wrists, behind my ears and on the back of my neck every few hours on a long trip. You can also just open up the bottle and take a whiff as needed. I’m also obsessed with my car diffuser. I like to use lavender to calm and grapefruit to keep me alert. I just put 3 drops of each on a little pad and plug it into the lighter outlet.It usually lasts for 2-3 hours before I need to add more oils.
By GoDigital Test Account 14 Oct, 2015
I love Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap for many reasons. One thing I love is that it works well for thoroughly cleansing my hair without stripping it of moisture. It is just as effective as a shampoo as it is for a body wash. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. The soap also has great versatility, because you can add essentials oils to the unscented formula, which lets you create your own unique scent. It contains shea butter and charcoal, which naturally detoxifies the skin. The shea butter is handcrafted, with West African palm kernel oil, which contributes to the high moisture content. It’s great for the whole family. My daughter uses it to remove the chlorine from her hair after swimming. The company has several projects which helps to empower the entire community who helps to create their projects. Alaffia incorporates Fair Trade, which ensures that their employees are paid a fair and living wage. By buying Alaffia’s products, you are not only buying a great product, you are helping others in Togo, Africa, live a better life!
By GoDigital Test Account 03 Oct, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The days are shorter, colder and less sunny. Many people notice a shift in their mood around this time. But are you just missing the summer or could it be something more? Roughly 20 percent of people suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) with it effecting women four times more often than men. SAD is seven times more common in the north than the south. Seasonal affective disorder is cyclical—usually causing depressive periods during fall and winter seasons and non-depressed periods during spring and summer. Other symptoms of SAD include sleeping more than usual, having less energy, losing interest in activities, an inability to focus and think clearly, and increased appetite.

There’s a lot that you can do to tackle Seasonal Affective Disorder and even work to prevent it by starting these treatments before you typically start experiencing symptoms.

Make your environment brighter
Open the curtains in your house each morning, sit by a window to work, take every chance to be in and around sunlight more. If you don’t have much natural sunlight in your home or work in an office without windows then you may benefits from light box therapy.   Light therapy boxes give off light that mimics sunshine and can help recovery from seasonal affective disorder . The light from the therapy boxes is significantly brighter than regular light bulbs and provides light in different wavelengths. Typically, if you have SAD, you sit in front of a light box for about 30 minutes a day. This will stimulate your body’s circadian rhythms   and suppress its natural release of melatonin. Light therapy is most effective in the morning, research shows.

Get outside
Make time to get outside for at least thirty minutes to an hour each day. Take a short walk, lie in a hammock, read a book outside, or practice yoga in the yard.

Exercise helps lift the mood; it can also help keep extra weight off as people with SAD often gain weight during the fall and winter. If you don’t currently have an exercise routine, consider weight lifting, yoga, zumba, jogging, and water aerobics or just take a brisk walk each day. Aim for thirty minutes of exercise a day.

Mind-body therapies
Consider practicing yoga or meditation.  Acupuncture and massage are great options as well as practicing stress management.

some people choose to take a supplement to treat depression, such as:

  • St. John’s wort. This herb is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat depression in the United States, but it’s a popular depression treatment in Europe. It may be helpful if you have mild or moderate depression.
  • SAMe. Pronounced “sam-E,” this dietary supplement is a synthetic form of a chemical that occurs naturally in the body. The name is short for S-adenosyl–L-methionine (es-uh-den-o-sul-el-muh-THIE-o-neen). Like St. John’s wort, SAMe isn’t approved by the FDA to treat depression in the United States, but it’s used in Europe as a prescription drug to treat depression. SAMe may trigger mania in people with bipolar disorder.
  • Melatonin. This dietary supplement is a synthetic form of a hormone occurring naturally in the body that helps regulate mood. A change in the season to less light may change the level of melatonin in your body. Taking melatonin could decrease winter-onset SAD.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats are found in cold-water fish, flaxseed, flax oil, walnuts and some other foods. Omega-3 supplements are being studied as a possible treatment for depression. 1g of EPA has been proven to help people with depression.
  • 5HTP.   (5-hydroxytryptophan)is a naturally occurring substance derived from the seed pods of Griffonia simplicifolia, a West African medicinal plant. In humans, 5-HTP is the immediate nutrient precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin. This means that 5-HTP converts directly into serotonin in the brain. 5HTP is a great option for someone who suffers from both depression and anxiety.
  • Vitamin D3.   Low levels of Vitamin D have been linked to depression. As it gets colder, we are covered up more and not outside as often therefore we get less sun, meaning less Vitamin D. Supplementing with D3 can be beneficial in preventing depression. It is recommended to take 5,000-10,000IU each day if you’re deficient. It is important to get tested every three months or so if you are taking a dose that high. The optimal level of 25 hydroxy d (the test doctors run) should be 50-70 ng/ml range.

In addition to these lifestyle changes and supplements it is important to socialize, keep a regular schedule, and take care of yourself. If you know that you become depressed every year around fall then it is suggested that you begin these practices in the summer to help prevent depression and SAD.

As always, talk to your doctor before starting any new supplements or lifestyle changes.

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