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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
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.

Tags :  focusconcentrationsupplementsnutrients
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.

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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