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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.

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.

Tags :  nutritionhealthVerditasorganicessential oils
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
Garcinia Cambogia- Friday, May 16, 2014

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

May 16, 2014

Ever since Doctor Oz first talked about this supplement on his show several months ago, we have been hearing from our customers wanting to know more about the supplement Garcinia Cambogia. I will address some of the most common questions we get for you today.

What is it?

Garcinia Cambogia (pronounced Gar-SIN-e-ah Kam-boh-jee-uh) is a fruit that is native to Indonesia. The rind contains a constituent called Hydroxycitric acid (HCA). Another name for it is Citrimax.


How does it work?

According to research studies, this supplement works in several ways.

Appetite Reduction- If you take the supplement up to an hour before you eat, and before you get very hungry, it has been reported to reduce cravings and appetite causing you to eat less at your next meal and stay full on the smaller amount for longer.

Serotonin Production- When you are tired, sad, under stress or angry you will reach for food high in simple carbs and sugar because this will naturally increase the amount of serotonin that is available for the body. Serotonin helps your moods and helps you sleep better. Garcinia Gambogia will increase the amount of this neurotransmitter available so you won’t be tempted to indulge in unhealthy foods.

Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels- Unstable blood sugar levels are the main catalyst for inflammation in our bodies. Garcinia Cambogia helps by slowing down the digestion of the food we eat, which keeps sugar levels from getting too high or too low. When our levels get too high our body has to work hard to get the level back to a normal range and the hormone insulin will send signals to the body to store all extra calories as fat. When the levels become too low and crash after they were too high, we will feel tired, irritable, shaky and get a headache.

Cholesterol- This supplement shows positive effects on cholesterol HDL and LDL levels.

Efficient Fat Use- It causes the body to use extra calories for energy rather than storing them as fat. It also encourages the body to release stored fat to meet your body’s energy needs.

Overall Gut Health- Some research even shows a benefit for gastrointestinal health such as bowel cramps, carminative (relieves and helps lessen intestinal gas), rheumatism (joint pain) and stomach ulcers.

Please refer to the attached Science.gov research studies.


Are there any cautions or concerns I need to be aware of?

You should always check with your doctor before beginning any supplement. You should not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, on a prescription anti-depressant, or taking a blood thinner of any kind. It is also wise to monitor your blood sugar levels while taking this supplement. Do not take this supplement if you are on prescription statins or if you suffer from Alzheimer's or another form of dementia. Also ask your pharmacist if you are on any prescription before taking this supplement.

*No supplement can replace a healthy diet and regular exercise program, but supplementation with the right products can help support your efforts.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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


SOURCES:

http://www.science.gov/scigov/result-list/fullRecord:garcinia+cambogia/#ResultList=0%7C0%7C_%7CRANK%7C0


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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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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