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Prevention is truly the best medicine when it comes to seasonal allergies- Friday, March 28, 2014

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

March 28, 2014

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer every year from seasonal allergies -- symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, runny nose or post nasal drip -- you should know that there are several simple things you can do to help mitigate the inflammation response that causes these symptoms.

Here are some of my favorite tips for reducing the symptoms of allergies:

1. Keep your immune system healthy and strong. When your immune system is weak, it is more likely that you will not be able to fight off potential invaders, such as airborne irritants (i.e. pollen). Be sure to take a quality probiotic supplement so that your digestive system is able to absorb nutrients and keep inflammation at bay. 

2. Shower at night and avoid hair gel. Pollens like to collect on our clothes and hair. Taking a shower at night helps wash away those pollens to reduce our nighttime exposure.

3. Supplement with Quercetin, Vitamin C, Bromelain and/or Stinging Nettles. These go-to supplements help reduce the body's overreaction to the histamines to various pollens. It is important to note that these supplements will work best as prevention, and it could take several days to a few weeks for them to relieve symptoms once they have begun.

4. Homeopathic remedies are also a good choice for prevention. Some formulas are designed with multiple combinations of medicines to address many different specific allergens. (We have a great Homeopathy seminar on April 26 at our Colleyville - inquire about it today.)

5. A saline nasal wash daily will help rinse allergens from the nasal cavity. If you don’t already use a neti pot, give it a try!

6. Sometimes certain foods can cause a cross reaction of the proteins in the foods with the pollen in the plant. For example, if you have a tree allergy, apples, pears, carrots, celery, peaches, cherries, as well as almonds and hazelnuts can cause cross reactions. It’s best to avoid these foods during tree allergy season. For more information on allergy suppport, or other health and wellness topics, 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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How to Get Your Body Back with the New Every Day Diet- Friday, March 07, 2014

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

March 7, 2014

When you hear the word “diet” what comes to mind? Do you have a positive or negative reaction to that word? I guess it depends upon the meaning that word has for you. Is it deprivation, starvation, calorie reduction, restriction, temporary or short term abstinence from food? Or, do you see the word diet to mean nourishment, sustenance, provisions, the usual food and drink that is enjoyed or provided regularly? 

The word diet comes from the Greek word diaita meaning “a way of life, mode of living” and here at Sunflower Shoppe we believe a person's diet should be a simple and healthy way of life. So we have designed a program that will support you throughout your journey to health and wellness! 

The Everyday Diet program is for everyone, and the focus of this plan is to reduce inflammation in the body and support stable blood sugar levels. 


1. You begin with a cleanse that will last for 21 days. During this time you are eliminating foods that can trigger inflammation. We support you with a complete food menu plan, recipes and even a shopping list! Simple and effective.

 2. We have included a supplement regimen that will support your efforts and your body’s ability to purify.

 3. We have teamed up with fitness experts to provide you a simple and customizable exercise program so that you don’t have to come up with your own or join a gym.


 And the best part is, after the initial 21 days you will start to look and feel better, and you will not be stuck with a restrictive diet that is impossible to maintain for a lifetime. You will then be able to reintroduce foods that you and your body love in order to achieve your personal goals. 

Plus we’ll be right here to support you throughout the process as your “diet” becomes your way of life. Everyday. 

For more information about the Everyday Diet or other health topics, come see us at the 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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Resolve to be healthy and feel your best in 2014!- Friday, January 10, 2014

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

January 10, 2014

Ever find yourself caught up in this unhealthy cycle: stressful days lead to overeating and an inability to fall asleep or stay asleep which leaves you exhausted and stressed again the next day? Here are 4 resolutions that will help you break this cycle in 2014:

1. Manage stress - When talking with our clients I usually get laughed at if I suggest they reduce stress. We all live such busy and active lives that it sometimes seems impossible to reduce the amount of stress we are under in spite of how healthy high amounts of activities and commitments may seem. However, chronic stress leads to overeating and making poor food choices. It will also disrupt our bodies own circadian rhythm, leading to sleep problems. Yoga, meditation and laughter are proven to calm the mind and spirit. Supplements such as B-complex and Holy Basil can also help. Check out our website to view the latest Ask The Expert video on stress for timely tips.

2. Choose energizing foods - Opt for foods that create energy rather than zap it. Complex carbs such as raw fruits and vegetables and lean protein create lasting energy. Try snacking only on fruits, nuts and veggies. Drink lots of water and include teas that boost your metabolism such as green tea or Yerba Mate. Include high quality protein shakes such as RawFit by Garden of Life. Ask us more about our new Everyday Diet program coming soon!

3. Sleep tight. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night. You have heard this repeatedly, and it is another recommendation that gets a good laugh out of my clients. Our bodies heal and repair overnight, and we are better able to manage stress effectively when we are well rested. There are even research studies that prove that weight loss is easier if you get enough sleep at night! Resolve to have a regular bedtime and routine. Supplements that support your efforts that we at Sunflower Shoppe like are Deep Sleep or 5-HTP.

4. Do this last thing first thing every morning: Exercise - Just 15 minutes a day can dramatically change the way you feel both physically and emotionally! It does not have to mean an expensive and time-consuming gym membership - walking, biking and weight bearing are simple and effective. Find something you enjoy and start your day doing it. If you would prefer to have a more structured guide to your work out we have a fabulous fitness DVD now available to help you customize your personal plan. Ask one of our Nutrition Specialists about it today!

Make small steps toward a healthier you! For more information about these topics 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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Wash the germs and chemicals down the drain - safely and naturally- Friday, December 20, 2013

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

December 20, 2013

More applause for the FDA! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning whether the chemical ingredients in antibacterial soaps are actually safe. I tell my children twenty times a day to wash their hands. Well, we all know germs can be nasty and make us sick, and none of us here at Sunflower Shoppe wants to get sick so we choose products that do not contain potentially harmful chemicals. While the idea of antimicrobial and antibacterial soaps and cleaners is a good one, the choice of chemicals that are being used by the mass market according to recent new reports, are not. In fact, animal studies have shown these chemicals to cause hormone and metabolism disruption, plus they increase our resistance to antibiotic therapy creating superbugs that can be impossible to treat or even life threatening.

The specific chemical ingredient to look for is Triclosan in liquid soaps and Triclocarban in bar soaps. Be sure to check other products that you may use such as mouthwash, household cleaners and even laundry soap as they may also contain these harmful chemicals.

Essential oils such as thyme, tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon and others have studies to back up their effectiveness as safe alternative antimicrobials. There is a link below with a study published in the Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery 37 (7): 392–397 showing there were large prevailing effective zones of inhibition observed for thyme white, lemon, lemongrass and cinnamon oil. Remarkably, almost all tested oils demonstrated efficacy against hospital-acquired isolates and reference strains, several common and hospital-acquired bacterial and yeast isolates (6 Staphylococcus strains including MRSA, 4 Streptococcus strains and 3 Candida strains including Candida krusei).

Sunflower Shoppe is proud to carry health and beauty products as well as household cleaning products that are safe for the whole family, yet still tough on those nasty germs! For more information about this and other wellness topics, come see us at Sunflower Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/health/fda-to-require-proof-that-antibacterial-soapsare-
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19473851


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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Jordan Rubin's Defense Plan Against Cold & Flu- Friday, December 06, 2013

Guest Blogger: Jordan Rubin, Founder of Garden of Life Supplements

Dec. 6, 2013

[Republished with permission from Garden of Life. Issue 16: From Jordan's Desk--The Cold and Flu Season Is Nearly Over, Thank Goodness]

Whenever I feel a cold or flu comes charging my way, I go into a defensive mode and take more supplements to give my body the extra defenders it needs to prevent a cold or flu from scoring. Vitamin C happens to be just one of those supplements, but I also think echinacea, zinc, elderberry, wild oregano, hyssop, and goldenseal are worthwhile “defenders” against a cold and flu offensive.

At the first sign of a sniffle, Americans are increasingly looking for a supplement that can help them instead of purchasing an over-the-counter remedy for a cold or flu, so let’s take a closer look at some of these cold and flu supplements:

Echinacea. It’s better to take this herb from the purple coneflower in the early stages of a cold or flu because it is not an antibiotic, meaning that it doesn’t kill germs. Also, echinacea stimulates the production of white blood cells, which can speed to the area of infection and do battle with germy invaders. Science is suggesting that echinacea—when taken early in a cold—may be one of the more promising cold remedies on the market. A recent analysis in the Lancet Infectious Disease Journal showed that echinacea shorted colds by an average of 1.4 days and reduced the odds of getting a cold by 58 percent.

Zinc. I grew up sucking on zinc lozenges whenever cold symptoms paid a visit. The lozenges release zinc ions into the mouth where they go directly to the infected nasal tissues. Zinc is a crucial nutrient for optimal immune system function. According to research findings reported in Annals of Internal Medicine, zinc lozenges shortened cold duration significantly, and Michael Macknin, Ph.D. and co-worker at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, reported that colds lasted only 4.4 days compared with 7.6 days in the placebo group.

The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine reports that not all zinc lozenges are effective, probably due to different formulations. The best zinc lozenges to use contain the amino acid glycine as a sweetener instead of agents like sorbitol and mannitol. If you feel a cold coming on, you may find that dissolving a zinc lozenge in your mouth every couple of hours to be an effective remedy, but zinc’s bitter taste and tendency to irritate the
mouth can be a problem for some. 

Elderberry. This herb from a fragrant, flowering tree contains antioxidant flavonoids that stabilize cells walls against foreign intruders like flu and cold viruses. Teas made from elderberry fruits or flowers have been a folklore treatment for colds and flu for centuries. Researchers believe that elderberry has an ability to stop flu viruses from replicating, which is the end of the ballgame since flu viruses must reproduce or they cannot infect the body. A study conducted in 2003 showed that elderberry reduced symptoms and shortened the duration of flu in fifty-four participants between the ages of eighteen and fifty-four. On average, these flu patients recovered in 3.1 days, compared to 7.1 days for those given a placebo.

Elderberry is available in powders, capsules, and liquid fruit extract. Taking a liquid extract or tablet preparation is the way most people prefer to use elderberry against a respiratory infection.

Goldenseal. This herb, which grows as a wild plant in moist, mountainous areas of North America, can help relieve the inflammation of mucous membranes and stop cold and flu viruses from multiplying. Goldenseal is said to work well with echinacea, so you might want to consider taking a combination herbal supplement containing goldenseal and echinacea. The book Prescription for Nutritional Healing cautions against taking goldenseal on a daily basis for more than a week or using it all if you are pregnant or nursing.

Vitamin C. Last, but not least, Americans spend more money on vitamin C, roughly $300 million a year, than on any other immune-boosting supplement. A lot of people have heard that they should “mega-dose” on vitamin C when they feel a cold coming on. That’s because of a revolutionary book, Vitamin C and the Common Cold, written by Linus Pauling, Ph.D., that was released back in the mid-1970s, when I was born. Dr. Pauling postulated that taking 1,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily would reduce the incidence of colds by 45 percent for most people. A thousand milligrams (or 1 gram) happened to be a massive amount of vitamin C because the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 60 mg.

The answer depends on who you listen to. Alternative medicine practitioners say that there are “numerous studies” showing that people who take large doses of vitamin C report reductions in the incidence, severity, and duration of colds, but traditional medicine remains unconvinced. The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine summed up this dichotomy, saying, “Since 1970, there have been over twenty double-blind studies designed to test Pauling’s assertion. Yet despite the fact that in every study the group that received vitamin C had a decrease either in duration or in severity of symptoms, for some reason the clinical effect is still debated in the medical community.” 

Here’s where I come down on taking vitamin C and other supplements for cold and flu symptoms, and I’ll express myself through the use of a football metaphor. Pretend that the Cold Warriors have the football and your team is playing defense. The Cold Warriors—those agents trying to score on your body—are constantly attacking, constantly probing your immune system. Most of the time you’re able to stop them. On this offensive set of downs, the Cold Warriors are in a third-down-and-long situation, so your team adds an extra pass defender to guard against the long completion. That’s the same idea when it comes to using supplements. When a cold or flu comes charging my way, I go into a defensive mode and take more supplements to give my body the extra defenders it needs to prevent a cold or flu from scoring.


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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