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Frequently Asked Questions
Can magnesium help me sleep?
Magnesium deficiency is a very common issue among the population with insomnia being one of leading symptoms. Magnesium helps with the transmission between nerve and muscle impulses while allowing the muscles to relax in the body, therefore easing the body into a restful state. So, while magnesium may not force the body into a deep sleep, it can help the body and mind to relax, allowing one to naturally achieve restful and restorative sleep.
I keep reading about probiotics. What are they?
Probiotics are healthy, live bacteria and yeast that are found in the digestive system. They are responsible for many functions including digestion, immune and urinary health. Antibiotic overuse, poor diet, emotional stress and other factors allow the bad bacteria in the gut to overtake the good bacteria which can then lead to an unhealthy balance of flora, the symptoms of which include stomach discomfort, low immune function, constipation and general malaise. By taking a probiotic daily, you are helping to maintain a healthy balance between the good and bad bacteria in the gut.
What are the benefits of taking a fish oil?
Fish oil is a great source of Omega 3s, which also contain DHA and EPA fatty acids. DHA is very important for brain and cardiovascular health, while EPA is great for inflammation and cholesterol reduction. The average American diet is very low in Omega 3s and very high in Omega 6s, which can lead to a myriad of health issues. Omega 6s, while necessary in small amounts, have inflammatory actions in the body and lead to health issues when consumed in excess. Some of the most common issues found by being deficient in Omega 3s include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, poor memory, depression, dry skin and asthma. By adding more Omega 3s to your diet, you can help to counteract and neutralize the detrimental effects of overabundant Omega 6s.
What is the difference between a whole food vitamin and an isolated or synthetic vitamin?
Whole food vitamins are not isolated compounds. They are highly complex structures that contain a variety of enzymes, co-factors, trace elements, antioxidants and undiscovered factors all working in synergy to enable a vitamin complex to do its job. Nutrients within this complex cannot be isolated from the whole, and then expected to do the same job as a whole food. For an isolated nutrient to work properly in your body, it needs all the other parts that are naturally present in the food too. If all parts are not there from the start, they are taken from the body’s stored supply. Once your body’s store is used up, the isolated vitamins stop working. Worse yet, a deficiency of nutrients can be created in your body. Isolated nutrients are NOT natural; dangerous solvents and other chemicals are used to make them. Studies show that your body treats isolated nutrients as foreign substances, and fully utilizes whole foods.
What form of Turmeric is best for inflammation?
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions in the body. Unfortunately, turmeric root or powder usually contains only 2-6% curcumin, and the body has difficulty absorbing curcumin on its own. That being said, there are an array of highly effective extracts currently available that are formulated to increase absorption. BCM-95 Curcumin is a standardized form of curcumin which has an enhanced absorption profile. Other turmeric supplements use a “true to nature” extract that contains the inactive parts of the root, while still including high levels of curcumin. Many of the latter include other plants, like black pepper, black cherry, boswellia and other pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory herbs. Piperine, a compound found in black pepper, aids absorption of curcumin and increases its bloodstream time. Also, because curcumin is lipid-soluble, absorption and efficacy can be increased by taking it along with essential fatty acids like omega-3s (fish oil) or MCTs (coconut oil).
What are the uses and benefits of Coconut Oil?
Topically, coconut oil can be used as cleanser or moisturizer and a little goes a long way. Safe for facial and full body application, coconut oil is highly absorbable and leaves only a light fragrance. Cold-pressed and unrefined is the recommended form for topical use.
Other benefits include use in oil-pulling for dental and oral health, a healthy alternative to cooking oils, anti-inflammatory relief, as well as weight loss management via healthy fats resulting in better heart health.
What are the uses and benefits of Activated Charcoal?
The detoxifying properties of activated charcoal make it very effective in cases of oral poisoning or gas and bloating as it absorbs acids. When taken internally, it is recommended that you remain well hydrated to prevent constipation.
It also acts as a mild exfoliator, in which case it can be added to facial masks, or tooth paste to help whiten teeth.
What are the uses and benefits of Tea Tree Oil?
The benefits of tea tree oil are primarily topical and most effective for use in treatment of lice, ringworm, or nail fungus. It’s also useful in cases of athlete’s foot when diluted and applied to the soles of your feet.
A few drops added to natural household cleaners or used in combination with water and vinegar acts as a very powerful cleaning agent.
The anti-viral, anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil are well researched and documented.
What are the uses and benefits of Elderberry syrup?
As a powerful antioxidant, elderberry helps to lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health. It is also very effective in boosting the immune system in times of seasonal challenges. In addition, elderberry syrup has been used to help alleviate inflammation in the joints and promote bone strength.
What are the uses and benefits of Passionflower?
For those who suffer from stress and stress-related sleep issues passionflower is a mild herbal aid which promotes calm. In that effect, it can also be beneficial in managing feelings of anxiety. Most effective when taken in tea form, lozenges are also available for a more concentrated, oral application.
What are some of the ways apple cider vinegar can improve one’s health?
Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid, which paradoxically has an alkalizing /pH regulating effect on the body. The probiotics and enzymes in apple cider vinegar are also very healing to the gut. Drinking 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with a little honey in warm water 5 minutes before meals can help prevent acid reflux. Candida and bad bacteria overgrowth can be treated with apple cider vinegar due to its pH balancing effects and beneficial flora. Apple cider vinegar is a key item in many detox systems, as it encourages bowel motility. Many have reported that their blood pressure and triglycerides have lowered significantly after drinking apple cider vinegar for an extended period of time. Other uses for apple cider vinegar include using it as a skin and hair tonic, household cleaner, deodorizer, flea repellent for pets, poison ivy and sunburn remedy, antifungal and seasonal allergy tonic. It is important to select the apple cider vinegar that is raw and includes the “mother,” which contains the beneficial and health-enhancing components.