What Are Electrolytes & Why Do We Need Them?

electrolyte imbalanceMost of us have probably heard of electrolytes and how your body needs them. In this blog post we talk about what electrolytes are, why do we need them, what causes electrolyte imbalance and how can you replenish electrolytes. Without further delay, let’s find out!

What Are Electrolytes?

As their name hints, electrolytes are electrically charged nutrients present in your tissues and body fluids. These nutrients are essential for a wide range of important functions. The electrical charge electrolytes provide sends signals throughout your body. Essentially, electrolytes act as messengers in your body.

So what is the point of electrolytes and what do those signals do? Electrolytes help balance the amount of water and PH-level in your body, support the nervous system, regulate muscle function, promote good cardiovascular health and proper digestion.

When electrolyte levels become too low or too high, it creates an electrolyte imbalance and your body may start to send out false signals. This can result in various symptoms like twitching and cramping muscles, aching bones, headaches, digestive issues, weakness, irritability, anxiety and in worst cases irregular heartbeat, changes in blood pressure and seizures.

 

The major electrolytes in your body include:

Calcium – supports your nervous system, helps regulate muscle function, promotes healthy bones and teeth, helps with blood clotting and has a role in cell division;

Phosphorus / Phosphate – promotes healthy bones, teeth and tissue growth;

Magnesium – supports the nervous system, helps regulate muscle function, digestion and heart rhythm, helps improve mood and sleep quality;

Chloride – supports fluid and electrolyte balance in your body, balances your body’s PH level

Sodium – supports your nervous system, helps regulate muscle function, and helps maintain fluid balance;

Potassium – promotes healthy blood pressure, supports the nervous system, helps regulate muscle function and supports healthy bones.

 

What Causes Electrolyte Loss And Imbalance?

electrolyte imbalanceYou know when sometimes after exercise or illness you feel sluggish, your muscles start twitching and cramping, or your digestion has changed? Well that’s because your body has got rid of the necessary electrolytes by fluid loss and can’t properly send out signals anymore.

Most commonly electrolyte loss occurs after your body has lost a lot of fluids. This happens when you exercise, sweat (important when you live in a hot climate!), vomit, suffer from diarrhea, while traveling or when you’ve had one too many drinks. Electrolyte loss or imbalance can also happen due to various illnesses or when you’ve been eating unhealthy for a longer period of time.

By the way! Menstruation is also another factor that can cause an electrolyte imbalance. To maintain healthy electrolyte levels, relieve dehydration and support recovery, you should load up on your electrolyte intake.

 

How To Replenish Electrolytes?

electrolyte imbalanceYou’ll get a lot of electrolytes from the foods you eat. It’s so important to eat a healthy and balanced diet, because this will help you prevent electrolyte imbalance. As we talked earlier, eating an unhealthy diet full of processed foods can lead to electrolyte loss, so it’s important to give your body the nutrients it needs for normal functioning. Not to mention, processed foods are often high in sodium, putting you more at risk of electrolyte imbalance.

For example, leafy greens like spinach and kale are packed with magnesium. Dairy products, eggs, meat and fish, but also lots of vegetables and beans contain a lot of calcium. Bananas, avocados, sweet potatoes and tomatoes are a great source of potassium. If you’re craving something super hydrating then cucumbers, watermelon, celery and bell peppers are perfect for that!

Also, because electrolytes balance the amount of water in your body, it is important to stay properly hydrated. Drinking enough water helps flush you body from excess salts to prevent electrolyte imbalance and keep the water balance in check in your cells. However, if you drink too much water, your body may start to get rid of too many of those essential nutrients.

Drinking plenty of water is especially important when you exercise and sweat. The longer and harder your workouts are, the more you probably need to restore your body’s electrolyte levels. If a healthy diet just isn’t enough then adding an Electrolyte supplement to your routine may be the ideal solution.

electrolyte replenishment

You can read more about our Electrolyte supplement by clicking HERE

Our Electrolytes are in capsule form, making it such an easy way to replenish your electrolyte levels. No need to mix in a drink, just swallow one capsule and you’re good to go! It’s keto-friendly and no sugar or sweeteners have been added. Plus, in contains vitamin D, boron and BioPerine for better absorption.

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How To Support Your Kidney Health

kidney healthKidneys have an important role to play in your body. Even though you can live with just one, making sure your kidneys are healthy is essential for your body to function properly.

However, kidney problems may not be so noticeable at first. Having issues with kidney health may lead to different chronic diseases that can be dangerous for you. So as we always say, it’s better to prevent it rather than deal with the aftermath.

 

What Are Kidneys and What Do They Do?

Kidneys are two fist-sized bean-shaped organs that are located below your rib cage on each side of your spine. They have quite a few important roles to play in your body that affect your overall health and well being. (Source)

Kidneys produce urine, this process filters blood by removing toxins and excess water. And then of course you’ll pee the waste water out. If your body doesn’t eliminate waste properly, toxins can start to build up in your kidneys and this may lead to several health issues.

They also remove excess acid that your body produces and maintain fluid and blood mineral balance. That balance is important for the normal functioning of tissues, nerves and muscles.

As well as removing waste and toxins from your body, kidneys also take part in making hormones that regulate blood pressure, produce red blood cells and support bone health. PS! In our last blog post we talked about hormonal balance and why it is important, so make sure to read it by clicking HERE.

 

What Are the Symptoms of Kidney Problems?

Kidney problems can cause a wide range of symptoms. Or often no symptoms at all. Some of the noticeable symptoms include problems with urination, blood in urine or foamy urine, kidney pain and back pain, fatigue or feeling weak and dizzy, nausea and digestive issues, itchy and dry skin, swollen hands, feet or face, food tasting like metal or breath that smells like ammonia.

If you suspect that there might be an issue with your kidneys, make sure to see a doctor who can make all the necessary tests. Having untreated kidney problems like urinary tract infection, kidney stones or kidney infection for a long time may lead to chronic kidney disease or even kidney failure. Also, if you have diabetes, it is especially important to keep an eye on your kidney health, because of the higher risk of developing kidney damage.

 

How Can You Support Your Kidney Health?

kidney healthProper Hydration

Because your kidneys filter waste out of your body by producing urine, you have to stay properly hydrated to flush out all the toxins. This helps to avoid waste buildup in your kidneys that in turn lowers the risk of developing kidney diseases.

Usually it is recommended to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, but as we all are different and have different lifestyles, you might need to drink a bit more. Especially if you’re taking your workouts seriously or live in a warm climate.

 

Healthy Diet

Your diet should consist of vegetables, leafy greens, fruits, high quality protein and healthy fats. Ditch the processed, sugary and high-salt foods that put extra strain on your kidneys. They’ll have a much better time eliminating waste from your body when you don’t put a lot of toxins in your body in the first place.

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Furthermore, eating foods high in antioxidants helps reduce inflammation in your body. Reducing inflammation is crucial for preventing kidney infections, because chronic inflammation can cause permanent damage on your organs. Our Bromelain supplement is a great way to assist your body in fighting inflammation. You can read more about inflammation and what it does to your body by clicking HERE.

Not only is healthy food a necessary fuel for your body, it also helps manage weight and balance blood sugar levels, which is crucial to prevent diabetes. Moreover, carrying extra weight on your body is also extra work for your kidneys. To remove waste, kidneys need to filter more blood, and because they are constantly overworking, you’re putting your kidney health at risk.

 

Regular Exercise

As we mentioned, being overweight is a big risk factor in developing kidney diseases. So, to get fit and stay fit, it is important that you move your body regularly. Exercise is also a great way to naturally manage blood pressure levels. This in turn helps reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease.

 

Supplements

kidney cleanseHerbal supplements can be a useful way to support your kidney health. For example our all natural Kidney Cleanse supplement. It consists of a blend of herbs that have been used for kidney and urinary tract health for hundreds of years.

Kidney Cleanse helps kidneys in their normal functioning of eliminating waste and toxins from your body. And because of the Organic Cranberry Extract in our product, it’s such a great way to help with urinary tract infections as well.

However, always consult with your doctor before starting to take any supplements. If you already have problems with your kidneys, the first thing to do is let your doctor make all the necessary tests. This is such an important step, because some herbs or extracts might actually do more harm than good, depending on the condition of your kidney health.

To conclude, kidneys have an important job to do in your body. This is why it’s extremely important to start with prevention early or to avoid any further damage. Luckily, preventing kidney diseases and supporting your kidney health is fairly easy by leading a healthy lifestyle.

You can read more about our Kidney Cleanse supplement by clicking HERE.

 

Hormonal Balance: What, Why and How?

hormonal balanceMost of us have heard about hormones and the importance to keep them balanced. But what are hormones exactly? Why is hormonal balance important? And how can you do it? Let’s find out!

What Are Hormones?

Your body consists of many different types of hormones that all have their purpose. To put it simply, hormones act as messengers in your body that control major important bodily functions. Hormones help communicate signals between organs and tissues that makes your body act a certain way – this includes physical and mental processes.

Hormones are part of the endocrine system and the endocrine glands produce hormones. Some of those glands are: adrenal, hypothalamus, pancreas, parathyroid, pituitary, pineal, thyroid, thymus and gonads (ovaries and testes).

The most commonly known hormones are:

  • Testosterone, estrogen and progesterone – testosterone is the male sex hormone and estrogen and progesterone the female sex hormones;
  • Cortisol – a k a the stress hormone that regulates how your body responds to physical and mental stress;
  • Adrenaline – another stress hormone that helps your body respond to stress;
  • Ghrelin – this is the hunger hormone that sends signals to your brain when your body needs more food for energy;
  • Insulin – helps move sugar into cells where it can be used as a fuel for energy;
  • Melatonin – helps you sleep better because of its increased levels when it’s dark.

 

Why Is Hormonal Balance Important?

We partly answered this question in the last paragraph, but let’s clear it up a little. Hormones regulate your body’s functions. When your hormones are properly balanced, your body should work like a charm. The cooperation between different hormones in your body is crucial for hormonal balance.

However, when your hormones are imbalanced, there’s too much or too little of some hormones in your body, it can cause serious health problems that might actually need medical intervention. This happens because your body can’t or will falsely send out signals to your organs and tissues that ultimately has negative effects on your health and well being.

Some of the symptoms of hormonal issues include:

  • Fatigue or difficulty sleeping;
  • Muscle weakness and pain;
  • Different skin problems like rashes, acne or dry skin;
  • Hair loss;
  • Changes in heart rate and blood pressure;
  • Weight gain or sudden weight loss;
  • Digestive issues, bloating, chronic constipation or diarrhea;
  • Changes in appetite or thirst;
  • Decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction and infertility;
  • Stress, depression, irritability and anxiety;
  • Bad PMS and menopause symptoms, breast tenderness.

Usually the symptoms from hormonal issues are revealed over time. If you’ve noticed that for a prolonged period of time you’ve been struggling with some of the symptoms we covered above, or there’s some other chronic issue that you can’t find an answer to, make sure to see a doctor who can take further tests from your saliva, blood or urine.

 

How To Balance Your Hormones?

The first thing to start with is a proper review of your habits and lifestyle. You should eat a healthy and balanced diet consisting of greens, protein and healthy fats.

hormonal balance

It is normal that when you age, some hormones start to act differently as well. For example women during menopause, puberty, being pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding or during menstruation all go through natural periods of hormonal imbalance. So ladies, if you’re reading this, make your life easier and provide your body the nutrients and exercise it needs.

For example, some fats like Black Currant Oil and Borage Oil contain a high amount of gamma linoleic acid (GLA) that is an essential fatty acid and such a helpful way to balance hormones naturally. Also, GLA may help support your adrenal gland activity (Source), and another study showed that MCT Oil can be a great way to promote insulin sensitivity (Source).  

Furthermore, studies have shown that consuming a proper amount of protein helps inhibit the hormone ghrelin that we mentioned above. If you eat enough protein, you’ll feel satisfied longer and your body won’t start sending signals about being hungry too early. (Source)

And of course you know that a healthy lifestyle includes regular physical activity as well. I know, I know! It’s boring and tiring and who has the time anyway?! But even walking every day will help! Or go for a swim, hike, run, or pump some iron at the gym. Switch it up if you feel that you need some variety, so you wouldn’t get bored of it. Exercising regularly helps reduce high insulin levels and increase insulin sensitivity (Source).

Another common cause of hormonal imbalance is being overweight. Therefore, it is so important that you move regularly and avoid processed and sugary foods. Not to mention, they deplete your body of Magnesium, which has an important role in regulating hormones. For instance, magnesium has shown to help with melatonin production, so you could sleep better, and lower cortisol a k a the stress hormone in your body as well (Source)! Another good source of magnesium is our Pumpkin Seed Oil.

hormonal balanceEven more, stress can be a symptom of hormonal imbalance, but also the cause of it. If you’ve noticed a big pimple on your face right before an important meeting or event, or feel so irritated after working 60 hour weeks for two months then it’s time to take some time for yourself to just relax and destress.

Selenium has also been shown to play an important role in supporting thyroid health. Selenium helps reduce inflammation in your thyroid and reduce the risk of hypothyroidism (Source). It protects your thyroid gland from abnormal enlargement (Source) and is said to be an essential mineral to support thyroid health, prevent thyroid diseases and promote overall well being (Source). You can read more about Selenium from this blog post.

 

The Takeaway

I think we can all agree that hormonal balance isn’t just another health fad, but a serious issue that should be dealt with. Start with prevention by exercising regularly, eating a healthy, balanced diet, and don’t forget to destress and relax.

I also mentioned some of our natural food supplements that all have a way to promote hormonal balance. Those were Black Currant Oil, Magnesium, Borage Oil, Selenium, MCT Oil and Pumpkin Seed Oil. Click on the links to read more about them and see what would work best for you!

However, if you already suspect there might be a serious hormonal imbalance in your body, please make sure to see your doctor and get all the necessary tests done. This is the only way to determine what might be the issue and how it could be solved.

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What Is The Difference Between Green Coffee And Regular Coffee?

green coffee bean extractCoffee is one of the most known and common drinks in the world. You either love it or hate it, but coffee is here to stay.

So we all know what coffee is, most of us have tasted it or drink it on a daily basis. But what is green coffee? And what’s the difference between green coffee beans and regular coffee? Let’s find out.

 

First, Let’s Talk About Coffee

Coffee is one of the world’s most valuable and widely traded crops. The coffee drink is brewed from roasted coffee beans and most commonly we drink it because of its stimulating effect. It’s that black and a bit bitter tasting drink that you can have either hot or cold, with milk or sugar, or even make a bulletproof coffee by adding some MCT oil to it.

green coffee

We all know how coffee beans look like, but do you know where it comes from? Coffee beans are actually seeds of flowering plants in the Coffea genus. Those plants are usually shrubs or small trees that produce edible fruits, often called cherries or berries. Coffee beans are actually the seeds of those berries.

The most popular species are Coffea arabica a k a Arabica and Coffea canephora a k a Robusta. Coffee is being mostly cultivated in the equatorial regions.

Fun Fact: Around 70% of the world’s coffee production is Arabica!

So What’s The Difference Between Green Coffee And Regular Coffee?

It’s very simple actually. Green coffee beans are regular coffee beans that haven’t been roasted yet. Roasting coffee beans is what gives them that well known and distinct coffee flavor and aroma. So why is green coffee even good if we always consume roasted coffee?

Green coffee beans have a high amount of the chemical called chlorogenic acid. The roasting process actually reduces the amount of chlorogenic acid found in coffee beans (Source). This is the compound that gives coffee, and especially green coffee beans those amazing health benefits.

Chlorogenic acid has been proven to be effective for supporting weight loss. Furthermore, it’s commonly used to promote heart health by helping stabilize blood pressure (Source) and blood sugar levels, and to improve mood and energy levels.

How Does It Work?

Chlorogenic acid that is especially high in green coffee beans slows the absorption of fat from food intake and also activates metabolism of extra fat in your body (Source). Thus, helping your body burn stored fat for energy.

As a proven bonus chlorogenic acid inhibits an enzyme, glucose-6-phosphatase, that slows the release of glucose (sugar) into the bloodstream (Source). This means that your body won’t synthesize it into fat and you’ll be less likely to store additional fat on your body. Healthy blood sugar levels are essential for weight loss and it helps to keep away those nasty cravings.

In addition, chlorogenic acid has hypoglycemic properties that promote healthy cholesterol levels and triglyceride concentrations as well (Source). This again is such an important part of good heart health.

green coffeeFurthermore, green coffee has antioxidant properties that can help fight excess amount of free radicals in your body (Source). If there are too many free radicals in your body, you’re susceptible to premature aging both internally and externally. Therefore, green coffee may protect cells from oxidative damage, protect skin, prevent premature aging and improve brain function.

In conclusion, green coffee beans and regular coffee beans come from the same place. The coffee we regularly see in the stores and coffee shops is just the roasted version of those beans. However, green coffee has a much higher content of chlorogenic acid that’s been shown to have some amazing health benefits.

So if you want to get all that chlorogenic acid goodness or if you’re not a coffee drinker at all, but still would like to enjoy the benefits of it, our Green Coffee Bean Extract capsules are perfect for you!

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Prostate Health: Prevention With Lycopene

lycopene prostateProstate health is something that every man should think about. Changes in the prostate are most commonly beginning to be noticeable in middle-aged men. Issues with prostate can affect your health and well being drastically.

However, there are ways to help support your prostate health naturally. One of the most popular supplements for it is Lycopene. Let’s find out what it is and how it can help!

PS! There is a bonus tip at the end of this blog post. Continue reading to find out!

 

What Is The Prostate?

Prostate is a golf-ball sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system. It’s located close to the bladder, urethra and rectum. This gland is responsible for secreting a fluid that makes up around 30% of the volume of semen and helping to expel semen during ejaculation. Because of its location and purpose, problems with your prostate can have a negative effect on urination and sexual function.

Prostate issues are a common thing in middle aged and older men, because the prostate gland tends to grow when you age. The first phase of growth occurs in puberty, the second phase starts around the age of 25 (Source). This is why it’s important to start paying attention to your prostate health even as a young man. We’re firm believers in early prevention and you should be too.

The most common issue that men struggle with is difficulty urinating due to the prostate pressing against urethra. This can be caused by age-related enlargement of the prostate gland (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), inflammation or infection of the prostate that is called prostatitis or even prostate cancer.

 

Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men. Here’s what the statistics based on the U.S population says:

Number of New Cases and Deaths per 100,000: The number of new cases of prostate cancer was 112.6 per 100,000 men per year. The number of deaths was 19.5 per 100,000 men per year. These rates are age-adjusted and based on 2011-2015 cases and deaths.

Lifetime Risk of Developing Cancer: Approximately 11.2 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2013-2015 data.

Prevalence of This Cancer: In 2015, there were an estimated 3,120,176 men living with prostate cancer in the United States.” (Source)

 

What Is Lycopene And How Can It Help?

prostate health

Lycopene is a carotenoid that’s found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables. It is a powerful antioxidant that your body can’t produce on its own and needs to be ingested. As you might already know, antioxidants are extremely beneficial for your body. They help protect your cells from oxidative stress that produces free radicals.

Excess amount of free radicals has harmful impact on your cells, skin, immune-system and overall health. This results in DNA damage and age-related problems. Essentially, free radicals make your body age quicker. Furthermore, because issues with prostate health are more common in older men, it is important to start with prevention early on.

Lycopene has shown to support prostate health in different ways. The first controlled clinical study conducted in 2008 concluded that supplementing with lycopene may inhibit the progression and reduce the symptoms of BPH a k a prostate gland enlargement (Source).

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2015 showed the trend that there was reduced incidence of prostate cancer with higher lycopene intake (Source). Another systematic review and meta-analysis conducted in 2017 suggests that higher dietary and circulating lycopene concentrations in your body are associated with reduced risk of prostate cancer and may help protect from the aggressiveness of it (Source).

 

prostate health

Bonus Tip: Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil can be another great way to promote good prostate health. It has a high zinc and phytosterol content that are known to be beneficial for the prostate. Research conducted in 2014 showed that supplementing with pumpkin seed oil can be an effective way to reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate (Source).

Moreover, Lycopene is a fat-soluble nutrient that’s best absorbed with fat containing meals. For maximum absorption and extra support for your prostate, try it out with our Pumpkin Seed Oil softgels.

 

In conclusion, research suggests that Lycopene might be a beneficial way to support prostate health, reduce the symptoms of an enlarged prostate and prevent the risk of developing prostate cancer.

Our Lycopene supplement is extracted from real tomatoes. It doesn’t contain preservatives, gluten, sugar, wheat, fish, starch, lactose, artificial colours, sweetener or flavours.

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Inflammation: What It Is and Why You Should Fight It

inflammation Most of us now have heard about inflammation and how it can affect your health. As a result, one of the biggest health trends at the moment are anti-inflammatory foods and supplements: our very own Bromelain is a great example of a natural aid. But do we even know what inflammation is exactly? Is inflammation always such a bad thing? And how can Bromelain help us? Let’s find out.

What Is Inflammation?

To put it simply, inflammation means swelling. But it isn’t always necessarily a bad thing. Why so? For example when your immune system detects an issue or danger in your body, inflammation is your body’s way to fight it.

And how does it work? Your immune system sends out white blood cells to essentially protect the injured area. When you cut your finger or hit yourself hard on something, chances are that area might swell up, become red and painful, it might be harder to move and the area might feel warmer because of the increased blood flow.

immune system response

Wounds and other damages to your body’s tissues cannot heal without an inflammatory response. Thus making inflammation a completely normal and very necessary defense mechanism in our bodies.

However, when inflammation becomes a chronic occurrence, you might need to start thinking about ways to fight it. But if inflammation is what protects your body from harm and helps you heal, why is chronic inflammation so bad? This is because it can actually lead to many different health issues and chronic health conditions.

Chronic inflammation is usually caused by pathogens that your body isn’t able to break down. These can include infections and viruses, foreign objects that have remained in your body or even when your immune system is overactive. When your body is reacting to a trauma, the inflammation usually lasts a few days up to a few weeks. Chronic inflammation on the other hand has a slow progress and it can last from months to years.

If your body is suffering from chronic inflammation, you might notice that your health has become weaker or there’s some pain and discomfort that’s constantly bothering you. Some of these conditions that are caused by chronic inflammation are joint pain, stiffness and arthritis, issues inside your digestive tract like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and problems with nutrient absorption, chronic sinus infections, allergies, asthma and coughs, and even mental health issues like depression and changed behavior. Furthermore, chronic inflammation is a huge risk factor for developing heart diseases.

 

How Can I Fight Chronic Inflammation?

anti inflammatory foodsFighting inflammation isn’t always needed, but it can be a helpful way to combat swelling and pain after a trauma like surgery or when you’ve caught a cold. However, when you’re experiencing inflammation for a prolonged period of time, for example you suffer with chronic pain in joints, constant digestive issues or allergies and sinus infections, it might be a useful way to make yourself feel better and avoid discomfort.

A lot of healthy, unprocessed foods are such a great way to help decrease the amount of inflammation in your body. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is crucial for your health and well being. Some of these foods include healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, Black Currant Oil, Borage Oil and consuming fatty fish, fresh vegetables, leafy greens and fruits. It is also important to avoid fried foods, unhealthy and processed fats like margarine, and white bread and sugar (this also includes sugary drinks!).

Nevertheless, eating a healthy diet might not be enough. Our pineapple enzyme extract called Bromelain is a natural way to combat inflammation. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme extracted from real pineapples. Have you ever noticed how your mouth gets sore after eating a pineapple? This means that bromelain is literally digesting the protein inside your mouth.

As bad as it does sound, it is actually a very beneficial compound that reduces overall inflammation in your body. It’s great for supporting digestive health and promote healthy body weight. It can also help with faster recovery after working out or even after a surgery! Pretty awesome, huh?

pineapple enzyme

So how does it work exactly, you ask? Bromelain is made up of different enzymes that help your body produce the compounds that help reduce inflammation. Bromelain can help break down those swollen bits in your body and therefore help prevent and treat different issues that stem from inflammation.

For centuries pineapples have been used in Central and South America to help treat different health issues. And if you’re not feeling like eating a whole pineapple every day, taking Bromelain in capsule form is such a convenient and natural way to get all the anti-inflammatory benefits from pineapples.

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6 Health Benefits of Borage Oil: A Well Kept Secret of GLA

borage oil health benefitsBorage oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant called borage a k a starflower (Borago officinalis). It’s been used in traditional medicine as a remedy for various health concerns for centuries. Although it’s native to the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, it can actually grow almost anywhere. Today, several studies have been conducted that confirm the health benefits of borage oil.

 

What Makes Borage Oil So Special?

The main compound that makes borage oil such a valuable supplement, is gamma linolenic acid (GLA). Borage oil has one of the highest amounts of this Omega-6 fatty acid. A common GLA supplement people reach for is evening primrose oil. It contains around 9% of GLA. However, the GLA content in borage oil is usually around 19-26%.

GLA has antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation in your body (Source). This is why borage oil is such a versatile supplement. It can aid in hormonal balance, support good heart health, keep your joints and bones healthy, help with skin orders and promote proper nerve function.

 

6 Health Benefits of Borage Oil

1. Joint Comfort and Bone Health

borage oil gla health benefits

As we mentioned above, GLA in borage oil has antioxidant properties that help reduce inflammation in your body. Decrease in overall inflammation in your body means that it can also reduce inflammation in your joints. This results in lessened swelling and chronic pain (Source).  

Furthermore, research suggests that borage oil can help prevent bone loss by reducing the inflammation markings in bones (Source).

 

2. Promotes Hormonal Balance

GLA in borage oil can help support your body’s adrenal gland activity (Source). Adrenal gland produces different types of hormones, for example adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone. When your adrenal gland produces too much of it, you’ll probably feel constantly stressed and anxious. Because borage oil can help support proper adrenal gland activity, it may also help manage chronic stress and anxiety.

 

3. Healthy Skin and Hair

borage oil gla health benefitsFatty acids are essential for good skin and hair. Because GLA is a type of Omega-6 fatty acid, it can play a role in improving the condition of your skin and hair. Fatty acids provide your skin and hair protection they need (Source). In addition, GLA also helps reduce inflammation in your body that may be the cause of different skin conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema.

You can use borage oil both internally and externally to combat your skin disorders. Our Borage Oil softgels are convenient to use internally, but also externally! Just pop one softgel and use it as an on-the-go moisturizer.

 

borage oil health benefits

4. Hangover Cure

We certainly do not promote excessive drinking, but a few of us have to admit they’ve suffered a hangover at some point in their lives. Good news is that borage oil can actually help combat those nasty hangover symptoms.

One study showed that 88% of participants reported a borage oil containing supplement effective in reducing a hangover (Source). The study was conducted using a supplement containing mostly borage oil, magnesium and a few other vitamins.

Luckily we also have a vegan Magnesium Glycinate supplement, which is one of the best absorbed forms of magnesium! Take our Borage Oil and Magnesium supplements right before and after a night out, and see for yourself!

 

5. Cardiovascular Health Support

Borage oil can be a helpful supplement to help prevent and relieve different heart issues. It helps lower total and LDL cholesterol levels (this is the ‘bad’ cholesterol) (Source). Borage oil can also help lower blood pressure and heart rate response to stress (Source). Furthermore, research suggests that borage oil can be an effective treatment to congestive heart failure signs prevention (Source).

 

6. PMS Relief

Because borage oil has anti-inflammatory properties and thus it can help promote hormonal balance, it’s been widely used to relieve the symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and menopause. Some of these symptoms include mood swings, stomach cramps, hot flashes and breast tenderness. Although today there isn’t enough scientific evidence to back this up, it sure is worth a try if you struggle with the symptoms we mentioned above.

borage oil supplement

 

As we learned, borage oil has many health benefits because of its ability to decrease inflammation in your body and therefore help relieve and prevent different health issues.

NutriONN offers you the highest quality, extra potent Borage Oil that we just launched. CLICK HERE to get yours today.

 

 

 

What’s The Difference Between Refined & Unrefined Coconut Oil?

unrefined coconut oil

Most of us have heard about coconut oil and it’s endless uses. In recent years it’s been granted a superfood status by health gurus around the world.

Coconut oil is available in two forms – refined and unrefined coconut oil. So what does it mean exactly? What is the difference? Which one is better? Let’s dig in.

 

First, What Is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil that’s been extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. These coconuts are harvested from the coconut palm tree a k a Cocos nucifera.

Coconut oil is extremely versatile and has many-many uses. In cooking it is most commonly used for frying, in baked goods and pastries, smoothies, snacks and more. As for its health benefits, coconut oil is a great source of MCT’s, it has immune system boosting abilities because of its antibacterial and antifungal properties. You can read more about the health benefits of coconut oil from HERE.

Not only can it be used in cooking, it’s also a great moisturizer for skin and hair. Some people use coconut oil to combat different skin issues. Furthermore, it can even be used in oral hygiene.

Coconut oil can be extracted using different methods. The process of the extraction is what dictates if the oil is refined or not. On the market you’ll find both forms of coconut oil – unrefined or virgin coconut oil and refined coconut oil.

unrefined coconut oil

What Is The Difference?

Is one type of coconut oil better than the other? What are the differences? Which one should you choose? That depends on what you’re using the coconut oil for.

Unrefined or virgin coconut oil has not been refined. This means that no chemicals, bleach or deodorizing has been used to extract the coconut oil. Usually the unrefined coconut oil extraction process uses cold-pressed or expeller-pressed method.

These methods are almost the same. Fresh coconuts are mechanically pressed using high pressure to extract the oil. The difference is that cold-pressed coconut oil is extracted in a heat-controlled environment to preserve as many nutrients as possible. If you use coconut oil for its nutrients and health benefits, it’s safe to say that unrefined coconut oil is your guy.

On the other hand, refined coconut oil is usually made from dried coconut. Refined oil can also be extracted using a variety of methods. Some manufacturers want to get as much as possible out of the coconut, so they use chemicals such as hexane to extract the oil. There are also more natural options available like steam refined and clay bleached coconut oil.

Unrefined coconut oil has a distinctive coconutty flavor and scent, whereas the refined oil should have a neutral smell and taste. Refined coconut oil has a smoke point of about 450°F and for unrefined or virgin coconut oil it is 350°F. This makes refined coconut oil a better option if you don’t want your food to taste like coconuts or when you want to use it for frying.

 

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In conclusion – Both types of coconut oil are useful for different purposes. It all comes down to the quality of the product and what you’re using coconut oil for.

 

If you supplement with coconut oil because of its health benefits and nutrients, we’ve got you covered! Our Coconut Oil softgels are made from organic, cold-pressed coconut oil. Click HERE and order your bottle today!

 

5 Tips To Stay Cool and Healthy in Hot Weather

hot weatherIt’s our favorite time of the year – long and lazy days, lots of sunshine and warm nights. What better could you ask for? But even if the hot weather is too good to be true, don’t forget that exposure to extreme heat and direct sun may lead to sunburn or even sunstroke. For some, especially little babies, pregnant or breastfeeding women and older people, these may cause a serious illness or worse.

But do not worry! We want to make sure you have all the insider tips on how to avoid sun damage and sunstroke, and still get the most out of a hot summer day. Here are our top five tips on how to stay cool and healthy in the summer heat:

 

Stay Hydrated!

hot weatherIf you’re feeling thirsty and that your mouth is dry, your heart beats rapidly or you feel a little dizzy, then you’re already dehydrated. And think again before you’re going to reach for that nice and cooling, but incredibly sugary soda (yes, this also applies to sugar-free sodas!). They can actually have the opposite effect on your body. Plus, excess sugar intake will deplete your body from essential vitamins and minerals.

It is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water daily, but keep in mind that you will sweat when it’s hot outside, so keep the water flowing! In addition to water, vitamin water and sport drinks are also a useful way to combat extreme heat, because they’ll help your body restore vitamin levels. If you need a little flavor in your drink during a hot day, these are your go to drinks.

Tip: The color of your urine may tell you how hydrated or dehydrated you are. The darker the color, the more dehydrated you are. If you’re properly hydrated, the color of your urine will be a pale or a transparent yellow color. (Source)

 

Limit Coffee and Alcohol Intake

Think twice about how much coffee you’re going to drink in hot weather. Caffeinated drinks can flush out water that you’ve consumed. If you’d still like to enjoy your coffee or tea, have plenty of water with it to make sure you’re hydrated properly.

And what about a few cocktails by the pool or at the beach? The same applies here – alcohol flushes water out of your body (this is one of the most common causes of a hangover!). If you want to enjoy your occasional piña colada, make sure to drink water as well to avoid dehydration.

 

Protect Your Skin

Always, always, always use sunscreen. Even if it’s not sunny outside, you should still wear some level of sunscreen to prevent sunburn and sun damage to your skin. There are so many amazing natural products on the market that will protect your skin from sunburn and aren’t full of harmful chemicals. Even most of the liquid and powder foundations have SPF in it!

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PS! Wearing sunglasses will help to protect your eyes from UV rays as well.

A great tip to determine what level sunscreen you should use, is to check the UV (ultraviolet) index before you head outside. When it’s especially hot weather, it might also mean that the UV index is higher than usual. The bigger the number of UV index, the higher risk you have to be harmed from unprotected sun exposure. We can’t stress enough how important it is to protect your skin from sun damage. Not only for preventing wrinkles and saggy skin, but also to prevent skin cancer.

Tip: Apply sunscreen every two hours or every time after swimming or showering.

Moreover, SPF won’t give you 100% protection from harmful UV rays. UV rays can damage your DNA which may lead to premature aging in cells and the development of harmful and even cancerous cells in your body.

A great way to internally protect your skin is to supplement with Olive Leaf Extract or Lycopene. Both of these supplements have antioxidant properties that help prevent DNA damage and support your immune system. Another supplement to support healthy and glowing skin is Biotin. This will also help make your hair and nails grow faster and stronger!

 

What to Wear?!

It is obvious that in extreme heat you don’t want to wear your finest merino sweater or the tightest pair of leather pants you own. Instead, prefer loose clothing made from natural materials like cotton and linen. This way you let your body breathe and can avoid excessive sweating, which in turn depletes your body from vitamins and flushes out water.

Furthermore, if you don’t want to expose your skin to any sun at all, even loose fitting long sleeved blouses and long pants made from natural materials can help you stay cool in hot weather. It is also useful to wear a summer hat to prevent sunstroke.

 

What About Exercise?

Need to get your workout in, but can’t imagine getting through with it on a hot day? Try to plan your workout time for early morning or later in the evening to avoid heat stroke. Vigorous exercise in heat may lead to dehydration. If you need to work out in hot weather, keep an even closer eye on your water intake.

 

To conclude, it is absolutely possible to get through a super hot summer day and not get sunburnt or even a heat stroke. Just make sure to stay safe and healthy, keep in mind to not go overboard with tanning or exercising and drink plenty of water throughout the day. What are your top tips for staying cool and healthy in hot weather? Let us know in the comment section!

 

Berberine: AMPK aka “Metabolic Master Switch” Activator

ampk activator Berberine acts as an AMPK activator, an enzyme found in your body’s cells. It’s sometimes called a “metabolic master switch” because it plays an important role in regulating your metabolism.

So why is that a good thing and how does it work?

Let’s dig in and find out!

 

First, What is Berberine?

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Berberine is a yellow-colored alkaloid compound found in various plants. Some of these plants are barberry, tree turmeric, Oregon-grape, goldenseal and yellowroot. It has reached us from Asia, where it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries.

Fun Fact: Because of its strong yellow color, berberine has even been used as a natural wool, leather and wood dye.

What Is Berberine Used For?

Berberine affects your body at the molecular level and functions inside cells, having many benefits for different health problems. However, one of the main functions is activating an important enzyme called AMPK, which regulates metabolism.

Berberine benefits your health in many different ways. It is most commonly used as a natural way to support healthy blood sugar levels. This means that it can also be a great supplement for weight loss, because healthy and stable blood sugar levels is essential for weight loss and for maintaining healthy weight. It also supports your cardiovascular health by promoting healthy cholesterol and lipid levels.

 

What is AMPK and Why It Should Be Active?

AMPK stands for AMP-activated protein kinase or adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase. It’s an enzyme inside your body’s cells that has an important role to play in regulating your metabolism. When AMPK is activated, it stimulates your body’s energy generating processes. As a result, your metabolism speeds up and your body burns fat. (Source)

We all have AMPK in our bodies, but sometimes it’s not fully activated. In humans and rodents, vigorous exercise can be an AMPK activator (Source). Also with a healthy, calorie-controlled diet you can jump-start your AMPK activity. But as we know by now, berberine is widely used as a natural AMPK activator supplement. Berberine activates AMPK in multiple different cell types, thus improving insulin sensitivity (Source).

Furthermore, studies suggest that berberine can be a helpful way to prevent obesity and type II diabetes, reduce body weight and lipid levels, and improve insulin sensitivity by activating AMPK (Source). This is because AMPK activity attributes in glucose and lipid homeostasis, your weight and food intake, insulin signaling and mitochondrial biogenesis (Source).

The most common form of Berberine used in studies is berberine HCl that has shown to be absorbed better by your body than other forms. This is why we use berberine HCl in our Berberine supplement as well.

In conclusion, several studies have shown that berberine has a role in activating the enzyme AMPK and what health benefits it can provide. Click here to read more about our Berberine supplement and get yours today!

 

Here are a few Berberine reviews from our happy customers on Amazon:

After I started taking berberine, my blood sugar levels dropped from borderline high to the middle of the normal range. My doctor is happy and so am I. This is a good product at a reasonable price. I will definitely purchase again.

– K. Arnett

It’s the best one I’ve used so far. I like the higher dosage. I’ve actually lost weight on this!

– Kimberly Z.

Love this product! It delivers and helped lower my A1C yet again. So pleased AMAZON carries this product. Thank you for a great product!

– L. Ramirez

Product works for me. My nutrionist recommended it as a supplement to aid with carbs and glucose levels. Will buy again. Easy on stomach and no side affects for me.

– J. R.

This product is great. It has helped to lower my AIC. My son is taking the Berberine. He commented that it is not only helping him to feel better, he is losing weight. I would not hesitate to buy this product again. I highly recommend it to lower you glucose level.

– A. C.

 

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