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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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