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3 Must-Haves to Beat Back-to-School Stress for Kids - and Moms!- Friday, September 02, 2016

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

September 2nd, 2016


School is back in full swing and those with school-age children know it can lead to a lot of STRESS - for kids and moms alike! Trying to keep a healthy balance is easier with these 3 tools in your pocket:

1. Magnesium. Not only do adequate levels of magnesium help symptoms of stress (tight muscles, poor sleep quality, etc.), stress can actually be ones of the causes of low magnesium levels, which intensifies the stress reaction setting us up for a vicious cycle. When you’re under stress - increase your magnesium intake!

2. Probiotics. Chronic stress can suppress our immune systems leaving us vulnerable to every little bug that the kids come in contact with, especially now that they are back in school. Probiotics are an easy way to boost our immune systems and make sure that we are absorbing all the nutrients we are taking in. This assures we are in the best condition to fight off infection and viruses.

3. Omega 3s. These nutrients are essential (meaning our body does not produce them on its own), so we have to provide these nutrients through diet. When we are under stress it can cause inflammation, as well as impede our ability to focus and handle mental fatigue. It is easy to add an oil supplement to support our brain into a morning smoothie or on our salad at lunch.

Relax! We are here to help you handle all the stress a busy school year can create, for more information about these products and others ways to beat stress, come see us at the Shoppe!


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

Sunscreen Facts- Friday, June 03, 2016

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

June 3rd, 2016


What you need to know to protect you and your family from the Texas summer sun


With the wide range of sunscreens on the market, Sunflower Shoppe has done the research to help you choose the most comprehensive, quality sunscreen to protect your skin. Here are some buzzwords and what they really mean:


Broad Spectrum -  When a product is labeled “broad spectrum,” it must contain protection from both the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Here is why that is important:


UVB - remember the “B”  (for burn). These rays are responsible for the burning of the skin as well as the main cause of skin cancer.


UVA - remember the “A” (for aging). The UVA rays penetrate deeper and cause free radicals that contribute to cancer and wrinkling. These rays are not blocked by windows or clouds; we are continually exposed to them.


SPF - Sun Protection Factor. Some people believe that the higher the SPF, the better the product, or that they can bask in the sun longer without having to re-apply.

The truth is:

SPF 15 prevents 93% of the sun's harmful rays to damage the skin

SPF 30 prevents 97%

SPF 50 prevents 98%

98% is about the best protection available. The increase in coverage is negligible after 50.


All sunscreen products should be re-applied after 2 hours, and most people do not use enough to cover the body effectively. The Higher SPF number won’t improve these odds either.


Chemical vs. Physical Mineral -


Chemical sunscreen is designed to soak into the skin. It requires you wait about 15 to 20 minutes to absorb before exposure to sun. It works by creating a chemical reaction and alters the reaction of UV rays to heat and then releases the heat from the skin.


Mineral sunscreen sits on top of the skin and requires no wait time before exposure to sun. It works by reflecting the sun’s rays and scattering them from the skin. Best choice we prefer: non-nano zinc oxide.


Vitamin A (Retinol) - while Vitamin A (Retinol) can offer many benefits for the skin, it is considered dangerous to have it as an ingredient in sunscreen. It can play a part in accelerating the growth of cancerous tumors, when used on skin exposed to sunlight.



http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/report/the-problem-with-vitamin-a/


For more information about sunscreen safety and ingredients - come see us at the Shoppe!




The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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Sunflower Shoppe Focus: Veriditas- Friday, February 12, 2016

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

February 12th, 2016

100% Certified Organic Therapeutic Essential Oils from Organic Farm to Home “Farmacy”

Amidst the wide range of essentials oils brands in the marketplace today including multi-level companies, Veriditas Botanticals stands above rest. Melissa Farris, owner, international educator and formulator, leads this small Minnesota based company that works exclusively with independent retailers, such as Sunflower Shoppe.

Here’s are 2 reasons we love Veriditas:

1) Veriditas is serious about organic.
If organic land management and artisanal quality are important to you, Veriditas is a solid choice. If the essential oil is not organic, it does not have the same potency as other conventional brands. Why? Plants with pesticides and herbicides do not produce the same robust essential oils. When an essential oil is labeled “organic,” this certification ensures that the plants were farmed, harvested, distilled and distributed according to organic methods. All essential oils at Veriditas Botanicals are National Organic Program certified (NOP) and Certified Organic through the French certification agency (ECOCERT). Following organic farming methods ensures that oils are free of pesticides, synthetics and adulterants. Furthermore, it supports organic farming, helping to keep our organic farmers in business. Melissa sums up this idea by stating “If customers select quality, we can see a beautiful change in the future.”

2) Veriditas has GRAS designation
Several Veriditas oils hold Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) designation by the Food and Drug Administration which means the oil is safe to ingest. This makes Veriditas a great option for those who like to cook with essential oils, by adding oils to tea, cooking oils and the like. Along with adding these oils to your bath, mixing with a carrier oil for a homemade lotion, you can safely use some of these oils internally, as well.

Stop in the Shoppe and see for yourself why we are big fans of this product line, available in our extensive Essential Oils & Aromatherapy section.


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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5 ways to control and maintain your weight.- Friday, January 22, 2016

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

January 22nd, 2016

The new year brings with it new resolves to get healthy and stay that way. We all know that achieving our ideal weight and keeping it there is hard work requiring a healthy diet and exercise program. Here are 5 things you can add to your program to help support your efforts and achieve your goals faster.


1.  Have your vitamin D levels checked, and if you are low, take a D supplement. Vitamin D is responsible for supporting hormones such as insulin, parathyroid and leptin activity in the body which play a role in controlling weight.


2. Protein powders. Protein is an important part of a healthy diet, and it can support weight loss by slowing down digestion which will keep you feeling full longer and reduce cravings for high carb or sweet foods. Including a protein powder is an easy and fast way to increase protein intake.


3. Choose good fats. Replace butter and vegetable oil with high quality coconut oil. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) fats are very easy for the body to breakdown and use for energy. So by replacing other fats with MCTs you will be not only consuming fewer calories, but will have more energy for exercise!


4. Supplement with white kidney bean extract. This extract works on the enzymes that convert carbohydrates into glucose. It inhibits excess carbohydrates from being converted into fat by helping remove carbohydrates before they enter the bloodstream.


5. Don’t forget the fiber. A fiber called glucomannan has been shown to cause weight loss in several studies. This is a type of fiber that absorbs water and “sits” in your gut for a while, making you feel more full and deterring food cravings. 


What do all 5 tips have in common? They have the ability to support stable blood sugar levels and switch your body This means switching your body from a “Sugar Burner” to a “Fat Burner”.  The more sensitive your body is to insulin, the easier it can push the excess glucose from the foods we eat out of the blood to the body cells to be used for energy. The more “resistant” your body is to insulin, the more glucose is stored as fat rather than used for energy. Your body becomes resistant to the hormone insulin by eating diets high in simple carbs and sugars because it taxes the body’s natural process and it will begin to need more and more insulin to do the job. Many experts believe the key to losing unwanted pounds and keeping them off is by stabilizing blood sugar. Exercise and diet can make a big positive impact on your blood sugar levels.


Sunflower Shoppe is here to help support you to reach your goals. Look for upcoming seminars about these topics and come by and see us at the Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!



SOURCES

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/12/2309.full

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10641960600798655

http://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/burn-fat-fast

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00895.x/abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15614200

http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/10/1/10


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

Tags :  weightmaintenancehealthvitaminsnutritiongood fatssupplements
The Sunflower Shoppe Product Promise- Friday, November 20, 2015

Pure. High Quality. Trusted.


We at Sunflower Shoppe pride ourselves on offering our customers pure, high quality, trusted products every day, as we have since we began in 1970. Our products undergo rigorous review by our team to ensure they meet our standards before they are sold to our customers. We do not simply jump on "fads" without first conducting our own review and claim verification on popular products. We purchase from reputable manufacturers only many of whom conduct their own independent research to prove and support product claim(s). Our manufacturers observe Current Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations and cooperate with Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) and in many cases, exceed DSHEA standards. We are steadfast in our commitment to quality which our customers have come to expect from Sunflower Shoppe.


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