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Stinging, scratchy, painful eyes? - Friday, June 19, 2015

You could be suffering from the symptoms of Dry Eye.


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


June 19th, 2015


We have seen an increase in customers suffering from the symptoms of dry eye lately and that prompted us to do some research on the subject. We have found that more than 3.2 million women and 1.68 million men over the age of 50 experience the symptoms of dry eyes and the numbers keep escalating!


Causes of dry eye include:


  • Medications

  • Hormones

  • Allergens

  • LASIK

  • Environmental pollutants

  • Contact lenses

  • Aging


One of the main reasons for the increase in dry eye is excessive screen time. Blinking is very important when working at a computer; blinking moistens your eyes to prevent dryness and irritation. Studies have shown that while we are working with computers, smartphones and tablets, people blink less frequently, about one-third as often as they normally do, and many of these blinks are only partial lid closures.

There are various treatments for dry eye, but one of the best ways to combat this uncomfortable condition is from the inside out.

Omega 7 Fatty acids from Sea Buckthorn help by:

  • Reducing Inflammation

  • Build the composition of tear film and mucus membranes

  • Help cells retain moisture

Sea Buckthorn fruit is naturally high in carotenoids, a fat soluble pigment that is responsible for its bright yellow-orange color. You might recognize Beta Carotene, Lutein, Lycopene and Zeaxanthin as supplements you already take for eye health. These antioxidants are present in the Sea Buckthorn fruit and will enhance the Omega 7 benefits for overall eye health as well as reduce the inflammation that causes our eye to get dry and stay dry.

Not only is Omega 7 (Sea Buckthorn) good for our eyes, but it also helps with dry hair and skin, weight management and even liver damage. Sea buckthorn oil can help soothe the mucosal tissue in the digestive tract and may also be useful in treating gastric ulcers. It can also work for other gastrointestinal tract problems, including upset stomach and constipation. Stop in the Shoppe to learn more.

http://www.terrytalksnutrition.com/weekly-articles/2014/04-04/relieve-dry-eyes-with-omega-7/


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 :  dry eyes
Weight Control: The Cleansing Connection- Friday, April 10, 2015

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


April 10th, 2015


We all know what it means to cleanse the outside of our body, but the idea of cleansing on the inside may not be as easy to understand. Our customers want to know how and why cleansing is important and how it benefits their health.


How do you know if you need a cleanse? Here are some markers: midsection fat, poor sleep, fatigue, brain fog, skin issues, chronic stress, poor digestion or heartburn, or if you work in a toxic environment.


The problem is, we are exposed to so many toxins from our environment on a daily basis that we reach a point where our bodies need some support in handling that toxic burden. Toxins are found in every tissue of the body: cardiac/skeletal muscles, bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, the brain and other organs. Our body fat is the main place we store toxins, so losing unwanted body fat can greatly reduce our body’s toxic burden, yet the toxin load hinders the ability to lose the unwanted fat.


Fiber, cleansing herbs, vitamins and minerals support the 7 channels of elimination and their ability to detoxify and repair.


  1. Liver (most important)

  2. Lungs

  3. Lymphatic System

  4. Kidneys

  5. Skin

  6. Blood

  7. Bowel


Taking a break from the dietary toxins we put into our body gives it the “break”  it needs to restore health and shed extra pounds, so you can enhance the benefits of a cleanse by changing your diet to fresh fruits and vegetables, lean organic protein, and whole grains like brown rice or quinoa. The best way to manage your weight and lose body fat (and keep it off) is to nourish the body with healthy food and reduce possible food sensitivities that cause inflammation, all while supporting the body’s natural detoxification process.


Where do you begin? The staff at Sunflower Shoppe are knowledgeable and trained to assist you in selecting the right supplements for your specific needs. So come see us at Sunflower Shoppe and let us help you get on a path to weight control and good health!

Stop in the Shoppe to get started on the cleanse that is right for you. With our broad selection of cleansing and detox products, we can customize a solid cleansing program to help meet your health goals.


For more information about this or other health topics, come see us at the Sunflower Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!


http://www.chemicalbodyburden.org/whatisbb.htm

http://www.cdc.gov/exposurereport/

http://drhyman.com/blog/2012/02/20/how-toxins-make-you-fat-4-steps-to-get-rid-of-toxic-weight/#close

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2726844/


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 :  weight control
Essential Oils- Friday, March 06, 2015

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

March 6th, 2015


There sure is a lot of excitement about essential oils and aromatherapy recently -  and for good reason! For centuries, fragrant oils have been used by ancient cultures with a belief in their power to restore the body to a state of health and wellbeing both physically and mentally.

We all have experienced the memories or feelings a certain smell can invoke, and science has shown that inhaling oils such as lavender can help reduce stress and anxiety.  Also, topical application may have anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Our customers who want to incorporate the use of aromatherapy in their regimen are asking how to choose and use oils to complement the efforts they are making toward good health.

3 great ways to use essential oils:

 1. You can inhale them, either directly on a cotton ball or indirectly through a diffuser. Olfactory receptors in the nose may respond to the smells of essential oils by sending chemical messages along nerve pathways to the brain's limbic system, which affects moods and emotions. Imaging studies in humans actually show the positive effects of smells on the limbic system and its emotional pathways.

2. You can apply topically through a carrier oil (jojoba oil, etc.) as first aid or massage. Some of our favorite examples

  • Peppermint oil is helpful for headaches and foot odor.
  • Chamomile has an anti-inflammatory benefit.
  • Tea Tree has antibacterial and antiviral properties


3. You can create homemade household cleaners with essential oils. Cleaning is more fun when the products you use smell good while leaving your home with a lovely aroma without the use of harsh, synthetic chemicals. If you prefer ready-to-use cleaners, several companies such as Meyer’s Clean Day and Seventh Generation have done it for you! You can find these and several other great products here at the Sunflower Shoppe.

Important precaution  to keep in mind:

Never apply oils directly to skin or gum tissue without diluting in a carrier oil first. This also includes ingestion. Our most popular carrier oils include almond, coconut, olive, jojoba or your favorite lotion.

Test for skin irritations BEFORE use. Apply a small amount of diluted oil and wait 24 hours to be sure there is not a negative reaction. Discontinue if irritation occurs at any time.

Long term topical use of essential oils in not recommended.

Do not refrigerate oils, and keep away from heat.

For more information about the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, come visit us at the Sunflower Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!



http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0032645/
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/aromatherapy/patient/page2
http://www.alliance-aromatherapists.org/aromatherapy/brief-history-of-aromatherapy/
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, author Rhonda Pallas Downey


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 :  essential oils
Recent News on Faulty Supplements: Sunflower Shoppe’s Standpoint- Friday, February 06, 2015

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

Posted Friday, February 06, 2015


The quality of the herbal supplements sold at big box retailers retailers came under fire last week. First, let us assure you: Sunflower Shoppe has not sold, nor does sell the supplement brands called into question. Nonetheless, we realize this scrutiny can create doubt and fear for customers trying to improve their health and wellbeing.

We have always believed that all supplements are not created equal. It is too soon to fully respond to these accusations without further investigation into the processes used for manufacturing and testing. We make every effort to ensure that the products we carry are of the highest quality available.

All facilities that manufacture herbal supplements are required by U.S. law to comply with strict current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements enforced by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). These requirements mandate that manufacturers have proper controls in place to ensure: quality, accurate labeling, that they contain unadulterated ingredients, verification of the identity of botanical ingredients and testing for such. The FDA regularly conducts inspections for compliance and takes swift action when standards are not met. Many manufacturers employ third-party testing, and all are required to perform several rigorous, in-house tests before products reach market. In fact, the natural foods and supplement industry has invited this oversight and involvement with FDA to ensure quality, as part of the DSHEA Act of 1994.

We at Sunflower Shoppe carefully and painstakingly select manufacturers who have a high level of commitment to these standards, who go above and beyond the required cGMP standards of the FDA. Our manufacturers’ facilities are certified by the likes of the United States Pharmacopia, the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate Health Canada and the Therapeutic Good Administration of Australia. They use state of the art testing methods to assure quality and potency. Many of our staff have been to these facilities and seen these processes first hand. Our manufacturers strive to deliver the highest quality standards in the industry, and we have built trusted relationships with them over the years.

Steve Mister, president and CEO of Center for Responsible Nutrition, echoes our viewpoint  in a recent statement issued this week: "Responsible manufacturers and retailers take careful measures to ensure their consumers can purchase high-quality botanical supplements that contain what is on the label."  

At Sunflower Shoppe we share your commitment to good health. Despite the big retailers getting the big headlines this week, we appreciate your continued trust to provide you with high quality and effective ingredients in the supplements on our shelves.



http://vitaminretailer.com/ny-attorney-general-says-major-retailers-selling-fraudulent-supplements-npa-crn-respond/

http://www.npainfo.org/NPA/NewsRoom/News_Releases_2015/NPA_CEO_Responds_to_New_York_Attorney_General_Request_to_Stop_Herbal_Supplement_Sales.aspx

http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements



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 :  supplementshealthsafetyquality
Top 5 supplements to support a healthy immune system all season long- Friday, December 05, 2014

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


December 5th, 2014


Before you know it, we’ll be battling our way through another cold and flu season. Arm yourself with a strong and healthy immune system. Here are our 5 favorite supplements you should have in your arsenal.


Probiotics:


Keep the bad bugs away with the good ones! The good bacteria play a crucial role in the development and operation of the mucosal immune system in your digestive tract. An imbalance of bacteria in your digestive tract could lead to a weakened immune system.


It is especially important to take probiotics if you do get sick and need to take an antibiotic!


Elderberry: Sambucus canadensis and S. nigra


This fruit has been used for centuries as a food and clinical trials have shown it to be helpful in reducing the duration and severity of viruses, specifically the influenza virus. Many people use it as part of a daily wellness plan during the cold and flu season for immune support. It is available in syrup and capsules.


Mushrooms:


The immune benefits from mushrooms are extensive. They provide immune modulating Beta-glucans and Glycoproteins. They are rich in antioxidants and also have the ability to balance our inflammatory response.


Vitamin D:


Everyone is hearing the buzz about this important vitamin these days. Many doctors are now testing patient levels as a regular standard of care and are finding an alarming number are low on this important vitamin.  The data is suggesting that insufficient levels of Vitamin D can be linked with a compromised immune system. The form of supplement that is most absorbable in the human body is D3 (cholecalciferol)


Liposomal Vitamin C:


This is a fat soluble form of a water soluble vitamin. Because it is bound by a fat (lecithin) it goes directly to the cell and 80% is absorbed versus typical vitamin C supplements which are only 20-25% absorbed.  We are able to take more of the Liposomal vitamin C without the digestive side effects that may be seen with water soluble C supplements.


For more information about these products and to find out other ways to stay healthy during this upcoming cold and flu season, come visit us at Sunflower Shoppe - where great health is just a way of life!



http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3166406/


http://www.gaiaherbs.com/search/find/elderberry


http://www.hostdefense.com/




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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