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The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do to Improve Your Health: Blood Sugar Balance- Friday, October 30, 2015

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


October 30th, 2015


So, you went to the doctor and had blood work done. Your glucose level was within normal range. Great! Nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. You can have unstable blood sugar levels negatively impacting your health and not even know it.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 10 percent of American adults have diabetes and that 86 million adults over age 20 are prediabetic.


Together, hyperglycemia (blood sugar that is too high) and hypoglycemia (blood sugar that too low) are referred to as dysglycemia. Dysglycemia weakens and inflames the gut, lungs and brain, imbalances hormone levels, exhausts the  adrenal glands, disrupts detoxification pathways and impairs overall metabolism leading to unwanted weight gain. Each of these effects significantly weakens thyroid function. There is no system of the body that is not affected when our blood sugar levels are not stabilized within a healthy range. The best news is that we can do something about it. You can control your blood sugar levels and the outcome.


Three key areas to focus on:


  1. Diet.

  1. Portion control - overeating causes spikes in blood sugar.

  2. Never eat carbohydrates alone. Always include protein, fiber and a small amount of fat

  3. Eat before you get too hungry. Eat every 2-4 hours based on how many calories you had at your last meal or snack.


     2.  Exercise.

  1. Include in your program both strength training and cardio.


     3. Supplements.

  1. Gymnema

  2. Chromium

  3. Alpha Lipoic Acid


At Sunflower Shoppe, we are committed to helping our customers achieve their health goals. If you would like to learn more about the single most important thing you can do to improve your health - balancing blood sugar - visit us at Sunflower Shoppe. One of our nutrition specialists is ready to help you navigate your way to better health.



SOURCES

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/10/26/451985740/task-force-urges-screening-of-overweight-adults-for-high-blood-sugar

https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2015/10/elevated-blood-sugar-levels-in-pregnancy-tied-to-babys-heart-defect-risk.html

http://chriskresser.com/thyroid-blood-sugar-metabolic-syndrome/

http://www.doctoroz.com/article/balance-your-blood-sugar-lose-weight

http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/20/5-steps-to-reversing-type-2-diabetes-and-insulin-resistance/



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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Moody, Fatigued & Sleepless: Hormones and the estrogen-progesterone connection- Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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


October 20th, 2015


Estrogen dominance is a term that describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal or excessive estrogen, but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body. Even a woman with low estrogen levels can have estrogen dominance symptoms if she doesn't have enough progesterone.


“Estrogen dominance” was first made popular by Dr. John Lee, as he believed that too much estrogen and a lack of progesterone was the major cause of all women’s hormonal issues from PMS to Menopause.


But the term “estrogen dominance” actually makes the hormone estrogen sound like a bad guy, something that needs to be reduced or eliminated. Both estrogen dominance and the lack of estrogen that create many of the unwanted symptoms of menopause and PMS, which is why so many doctors will use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).


The list is long, but a few of the most common that we hear of at the Sunflower Shoppe are:


  • Mood Swings

  • Insomnia

  • Hair Loss

  • Lack of energy

  • Trouble concentrating

Let’s take a look at just a few of the benefits estrogen and why we need it.

In the brain estrogen:

  • Helps maintain body temperature
  • May delay memory loss
  • Helps to regulate parts of the brain that prepare the body for sexual and reproductive development
  • Increases serotonin and the number of serotonin receptors in the brain
  • Modifies production and the effect of endorphins, the "feel-good" chemicals in the brain
  • Protects nerves from damage and possibly stimulates nerve growth.

Estrogen impacts our moods, sleep quality and energy levels. We need estrogen to make both Serotonin and Thyroid hormone. Labeling it as a “bad guy” that dominates other hormones can be confusing. It is a balanced hormonal state that we are striving for in order to feel our best. Most of us would like to know what the “magic pill” is that we can take to make it all right again, and find it hard to hear that it is really our lifestyle choices that are the single biggest factors in the production and storage of hormones.


Here are the 4 major causes of hormonal imbalance:

  1. Stress

  2. What we eat and when we eat it

  3. Inflammation

  4. Toxins


The good news is, we want to help you create an action plan that is more than just a band aid for symptoms, but an actual shift in lifestyle that can create lifelong balance and restore the systems of the body that are breaking down causing the imbalances in the first place. There are supplements and nutritional programs that we can talk with you about.


Guessing your hormone levels based on symptoms is usually inaccurate, so have your levels tested regularly. Ask us about this too.



SOURCES

http://www.drnorthrup.com/estrogen-dominance/

https://www.womentowomen.com/hormonal-health/estrogen-dominance/

http://dr-lobisco.com/mood-imbalances-part-ii-the-estrogen-serotonin-connection/

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/406718_2

http://www.drrind.com/therapies/estrogen-dominance



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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Cold & Flu - and Mushrooms?- Wednesday, September 02, 2015

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


September 2nd, 2015


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  We’re sure you have heard this phrase and would like to know how to arm yourself this coming cold and flu season, but have your heard of mushrooms to help with immunity?

Mushrooms can help you put up a good fight and keep your immune system strong, all year long. There are many types of mushrooms that are now sold in supplement form for the purpose of improved health and wellness. Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Chaga, Maitake, Shiitake and Reishi are some of the most popular ones.

All mushrooms contain Beta Glucans and Polysaccharides that modulate and balance the immune system and provide protection from pathogens and allergens. Some mushrooms like Reishi contain compounds that reduce inflammation. It is best to combine multiple mushrooms because you will achieve a greater range of nutrients to support the major systems of the body, when compared to taking a single species.

Are mushrooms for everybody? NO. While mushroom supplements have been proven safe for human consumption, there are some who should avoid them. Remember to always consult with your doctor before starting any new supplements. While mushrooms can help reduce airborne allergy reactions, if you have an allergy or sensitivity to mushrooms you should not supplement with them.

If you would like to learn more about keeping your boosting your immune system for cold and flu season, come see us at Sunflower Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life.

 

SOURCES:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400053/are-mushrooms-good-for-your-health.html

http://www.hostdefense.com/maitake

http://www.hostdefense.com/mycommunity

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15298759

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/02/health/tedmed-mushroom-man/


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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The Top 3 Supplements for Focus & Concentration- Friday, August 07, 2015

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


August 7th, 2015


For the classroom to the workplace, we all could you use a little boost to help us stay mentally engaged and focused. Here are our go-to’s:

  1. Essential Fatty Acids

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are just that - essential. The body must have these nutrients to function and our body does not produce them on its own. That means we must get them from our diet of oily fish, or supplement with fish oils. A deficiency of essential fatty acids can lead to an impaired ability to learn and recall information. EFAs rebuild old cells and create new ones as well as assist chemical messengers in the body, especially in the brain.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18072818


      2.  Phosphatidyl Serine (FAZ-fah-tid-el SAIR-een)


This phospholipid is also needed by every cell in the body and occurs in the brain more than anywhere else. The supplement is extracted from lecithin and is found in eggs and soy. Phosphatidyl Serine is clinically proven to benefit a wide range of brain functions at any age, especially attention and focus.


http://www.inimh.org/libdocuments/ADHD_Integrative_Management.pdf

     

     3.  Redd Remedies™ Brain Awakening

This impressive product combines three key ingredients:

Magtein™ is the only form of magnesium that readily crosses the blood brain barrier. Research has shown it supports healthy cognitive function, memory health and overall brain health.*

Amla protects the brain against free-radical damage.*

Lion’s Mane Fruiting Body supports the healthy synthesis of nerve growth factor and strengthens concentration and memory.*


http://www.reddremedies.com/reddremedies_brainawakening_brochure.pdf


For more information about focus, concentration and brain support or any other health topic, come see us at Sunflower Shoppe: where great health is just a way of life!



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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Dr. Formulated Fitbiotic™- Friday, July 31, 2015

A new approach to weight loss support designed to enhance your current diet and exercise program.† For those seeking to manage their weight, Dr. Perlmutter created Fitbiotic, a Certified USDA Organic, unique, raw probiotic formula with 4g of prebiotic fiber from premium Organic Acacia (A. Senegal), 14 probiotic strains and 50 billion CFU¹.

FITBIOTIC™: Weight Management† 1-2-3

1. Support healthy digestion† with 50 billion CFU, including L. gasseri and L. rhamnosus clinically studied for weight loss support†

2. Help maintain healthy blood sugar† with 4g organic fiber supporting satiety†

3. Promote growth of good bacteria to keep momentum. Contains premium A. Senegal species of Organic Acacia, a proven prebiotic to help good bacteria thrive†

• Comes in convenient 20 Shelf Stable packets (one packet daily in 20-packet container)

• Mixes easily, unflavored and sugar free

David Perlmutter, M.D., F.A.C.N.
America’s Brain-Health Expert, Board-Certified Neurologist, #1 New York Times  Best-Selling Author, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition, and Expert in the Human Microbiome.

Understanding the Human Microbiome
The human microbiome is an evolving collection of trillions of microbial organisms living in and on the human body. Leading research is only just starting to unlock the vast mysteries of the microscopic world of the human microbiome.

So just what could these good bacteria be doing for us? According to David Perlmutter, M.D., these beneficial microorganisms may be responsible for:

• Aiding in digestion and the absorption of nutrients†

• Supporting immune system function†
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• Producing and releasing important enzymes and substances†

• Helping with stress management†

• Assisting with countless healthy body systems and processes†

Just What the Doctor Formulated
It’s time to take care of our microbiome. It’s up to us to support and nourish it through what we eat, what we expose ourselves to in our environment and the kind of lifestyle we lead. Dr. Perlmutter advocates honoring this system of health through understanding and avoiding the three biggest forces that work against the health of the gut’s good bugs.

Force #1: Exposure to substances that kill or otherwise adversely change the composition of the bacterial colonies. These include toxic chemicals used in conventional agriculture, household cleaners and in food (e.g., sugar, gluten), and even in water (e.g., chlorine).

Force #2: Unhealthy diet, and poor nutritional support for the diverse tribes of good bacteria (e.g., prebiotic fiber).

Force: #3: Stress

Dr. Perlmutter’s Essentials
To Support a Healthy Microbiome
Probiotics, Enzymes and Prebiotic Fiber work synergistically to support a healthy, whole food, organic diet.†



* Copyright 2015 by Garden of Life  

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
 These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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