How & When To Take Food Supplements

how and when you should take food supplementsIf you’re all about supplements and giving your body some special treatment, then this blog post is just for you. There are so many different food supplements out there, but did you know that you should also pay attention to how and when you take them? This is what we’ll talk about today so let’s dig in!

About Food Supplements

Supplements are not meant to replace a healthy lifestyle, but rather designed to provide additional support to your health. Especially if you’re very active or if you don’t get all the nutrients you need from your diet. 

First and foremost, you should make sure that you’re eating fruit and veggies, high quality proteins (lean meats or plant based options like tofu or beans), whole grains and of course fats like olive oil, coconut oil, nuts and seeds daily. Ideal way would be to switch up the ingredients you use – cooking with different kinds of proteins, vegetables and fruit every day to get a wide range of different nutrients from your food. 

However, as much as we love to say that you should constantly eat healthy, the reality is that all of us struggle with our diet choices from time to time. If we keep our bodies deprived of nutrients for too long, it’s time to look at what supplements could help deal with these issues. And even if you do eat healthy, your body might still use some extra boost due to stress, busy work or school schedules, family life or if you travel or exercise a lot. 

Of course, strictly following the instructions on any supplement bottle you consume is the number one rule. Unless your doctor has advised you otherwise. Also, we always recommend discussing a new supplement with your doctor first, especially if you have any known medical conditions and if at the same time you take any medications. 

Let’s now look at different types of supplements and how these can or should be taken for best results. 

Vitamins & Minerals

If you’re eating a good amount of fruit and veggies, you probably already get a decent amount of nutrients that your body needs. However, you might need to consume extra vitamins and minerals due to various reasons. 

how to take food supplementsBiotin

Biotin is a water soluble B-vitamin (vitamin B7) that’s necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. It’s great for hair, nails, skin, but also promotes healthy blood sugar levels. As Biotin is a water soluble vitamin, it’s best taken with water and/or with meals that contain lots of water like veggies and fruit. You can also take it with water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning for an additional energy boost.

Electrolytes

Electrolytes are charged nutrients in your body that are crucial for a wide range of bodily functions. It’s recommended to take additional electrolytes after exercise, illnesses, during that time of the month for women, traveling, drinking alcohol and sweating – anything that makes your body get rid of water and electrolytes. 

Magnesium Glycinate

Magnesium Glycinate is great for relaxing the mind and body as it helps with muscle cramps and also supports the mood. It’s best taken with meals to avoid diarrhea; which magnesium is known to sometimes cause. For a good night’s sleep, take Magnesium Glycinate with your last meal of the day as it can make you a bit sleepy

Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace mineral that our bodies need. It plays a key role in metabolism and other physiological functions. Selenium is best taken with a meal. Please keep in mind that with Selenium it is crucial that you do not exceed the recommended dose stated on the bottle, unless your doctor has told you otherwise.

If you use any medications, discuss supplementing with Selenium with your doctor first as they may interfere with each other. Keep in mind that trace minerals interact with each other, so taking them separately would be a good idea.

Calcium D-Glucarate

Calcium D-Glucarate is technically not a vitamin or mineral, but a calcium salt made by combining calcium and glucaric acid. It’s used to help remove waste, toxins and excess hormones from your body. Take Calcium D-Glucarate with meals for the best results.

However, taking it with other medications could potentially increase the elimination of some drugs from your body as well as reduce the effectiveness of them. 

Herbal Supplements & Antioxidants

Herbal and antioxidant supplements are a great way to naturally boost your health and well being. Let’s look at how you should take them for the maximum benefits. 

when to take natural food supplementsBerberine

Berberine is an alkaloid compound that activates an enzyme called AMPK, which is also considered as the ‘metabolic master switch’. Berberine helps balance blood sugar levels, so it is important to be cautious when also using insulin or other medications that control blood sugar. Berberine is best taken with a meal or shortly after eating, so it can take care of the blood glucose and lipid spike, which happens after you eat.

Bromelain

Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme that’s extremely beneficial to reduce inflammation and pain, support digestive health, promote nutrient absorption and faster recovery. Take Bromelain with meals when you use it for digestive issues. For other issues, take the supplement on an empty stomach or in between your meals.

Citrus Bergamot

Citrus Bergamot has been clinically shown to support heart health by promoting healthy cholesterol, blood sugar and triglyceride levels and supporting blood vessel function. For the best results, take it 30 minutes before a meal.

If you are also using any medications that lower blood sugar or blood pressure, ask your doctor about the interactions of Citrus Bergamot and the medications.

CoQ10

Coenzyme Q10 is a substance that your body cells use to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. For maximum absorption, take it with a fat containing meal. You can also take it with healthy fat supplements like Pumpkin Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Black Currant Oil, Borage Oil or MCT Oil.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green Coffee Bean Extract is high in chlorogenic that slows the absorption of fat from food intake and also helps activate the metabolism of extra fat. To experience the best results, take it 30 minutes before a meal with an 8 oz. glass of water, twice daily.

If you are taking any blood sugar controlling drugs as well, please consult with your healthcare professional on how to take our Green Coffee Bean Extract supplement.

Holy Basil Leaf

Holy Basil aka Tulsi is an adaptogenic herb that helps the body to adapt to physical and mental stress. This supplement is best taken with a fat containing meal or with one of our healthy fat supplements, because it contains a fat soluble vitamin K. 

Lycopene

Lycopene has antioxidant properties that protect your cells from free radicals that are known to damage your DNA and make you age quicker. Lycopene, again, is a fat soluble nutrient that’s best taken with a fat containing meal and/or with one of our healthy fats.

For the men who struggle with prostate issues, taking Lycopene together with Pumpkin Seed Oil is a necessity. If you’re taking medications for lowering your cholesterol levels, please keep in mind that these medications may decrease the absorption of Lycopene in your body.

Olive Leaf Extract

Thanks to the antioxidant properties, Olive Leaf Extract helps to protect cells from oxidative damage and keep you healthy. It is best taken with meals. Consult with your doctor about supplementing with Olive Leaf Extract if you also take medications for diabetes or high blood pressure.

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon

Ceylon Cinnamon is a great natural blood sugar stabilizer, but also helps reduce inflammation in your body. For maximum results, take it half an hour before your meal with an 8 oz. glass of water.

Psyllium Husk

Psyllium Husk is widely known for its ability to improve digestion as it helps keep you regular. It is best taken before meals with at least one 8 oz. glass of water – this will also help you make you feel satisfied quicker, so you won’t eat too much.

Consuming this supplement without enough liquid may cause choking or cause uncomfortable side effects like bloating, constipation or headache. It’s also crucial to drink at least eight glasses of water throughout the day if you take Psyllium Husk. 

Keep in mind that Psyllium Husk may interfere or reduce the effect of other supplements, medications or prescription drugs. We recommend taking Psyllium Husk 2 hours before or after your other medications.

Intestinal Cleanse, Lung Support and Kidney Cleanse supplements should all be taken by the recommendations stated on the supplement bottles.

Healthy Fats 

Healthy fats or oil supplements are an amazing way to consume extra fatty acids that are nutrient rich and provide additional support for your health. Let’s look at some of the healthy fats and how you can benefit the most from them. 

Black Currant Oil

Black Currant Oil is one of the richest sources of gamma linolenic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid, which plays a key role in regulating our hormones and is an effective anti-inflammatory agent. This supplement is best taken with a meal.

However, blackcurrants may slow blood clotting, so if you have issues or concerns on this matter, please consult with your doctor before taking Black Currant Oil

mct oil softgel capsulesMCT Oil

MCT stands for Medium Chain Triglycerides that are naturally found in coconut oil. MCT’s are much more easily and rapidly digested by your body than any other type of fat and thus offer you immediate energy and fuel. For this purpose, take MCT Oil capsules first thing in the morning (you can take it with your morning coffee for an extra kick!) or 30-60 minutes before your workouts.

PS! Start slow and build up your daily dosage as your body might not be used to metabolizing MCT-s. Otherwise, you may experience some side effects like bloating, gas or other digestive issues. 

Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pumpkin Seed Oil is the holy grail of supplements that support the prostate naturally. It’s full of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that have tons of benefits for your body. Like most fatty acid supplements, Pumpkin Seed Oil is also best taken with meals for maximum absorption.

Because of its antioxidant properties, Pumpkin Seed Oil may lower your blood pressure. If you’re taking any hypertension medications, make sure to discuss the use of this supplement with your doctor first. 

Borage Oil

Borage Oil is another supplement that contains tons of GLA (gamma linolenic acid). Our Borage Oil is completely hepatotoxic PA-free, so it is safe to consume on a regular basis. We recommend you take this supplement with meals, because it may irritate the stomach.

Furthemore, Borage Oil may interact with medications that are used during surgery, so about two weeks before surgery it is wise to stop supplementing with Borage Oil

Organic Coconut Oil

And last but not least, Organic Coconut Oil is made up of lauric acid and other MCT-s, which provide support for your immune system and promote digestion. You can take Coconut Oil first thing in the morning for quick energy, or 20-30 minutes before your meals to feel full quicker and avoid overeating. 

In conclusion, there are so many great supplements that you can take to support your health naturally. However, it is so important to do a little bit of research before you start supplementing with anything. Especially if you have any known medical conditions or are currently taking any medications or prescription drugs. Your health is your greatest wealth, so make sure you won’t do more harm to your body than good.

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What are your favorite supplements? Let us know in the comments! 

Seasonal Allergy Remedies 101

Seasonal Allergy Remedies 101Spring has arrived almost unnoticed – the sun is suddenly shining all the time, the weather is getting warmer and no need to wear endless amounts of layers and layers of clothing all the time. But this also means that all the gorgeous plants are blooming, pollen is in the air and our eyes start to water unstoppably.

Here are our top tips on how to naturally relieve seasonal allergy symptoms.

Allergy Types & Symptoms

There are different types of allergies that a lot of us might struggle with. More than 50 million Americans experience allergies every year. The main types of allergies are seasonal allergies, food allergies, skin allergies, dust and mold allergies, pet, animal and bug allergies and drug allergies.

Please note that in this blog post we’re not discussing anaphylaxis. This is a serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that needs urgent medical attention.

Natural Allergy ReliefMost commonly in spring, summer and fall we deal with seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies occur because of the increased pollen in the air that’s caused by blooming plants, grass, trees and flowers. Furthermore, warmer and more humid weather helps mold grow quicker, which is another trigger for allergies.

Moreover, with the warmer weather we are bound to encounter more insects as well. As we briefly mentioned above, getting bitten or stung by a bug can also cause an allergic reaction.

The most common symptoms of allergy are runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes, sneezing, itching (also in throat, nose and eyes), skin rash or dryness, hives, swelling, increased mucus production, coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, fatigue, headache and in some cases asthma.

How To Combat Seasonal Allergy

There are lots of over the counter and prescription medications to relieve allergy symptoms. Not to mention the creams, lotions, nose sprays and eye drops that can all help combat the symptoms of allergies. However, we do believe that you shouldn’t only rely on dealing with the symptoms, but rather get to the bottom of the issue.

Commonly the issue lies within your immune system. Your body reacts to an allergen because your immune system is already weakened and isn’t functioning the way it ideally should be. Long story short – your body reacts to normal substances found in the environment around you with a strong reaction, as if it was a serious threat to your body and your immune system.

One of the best ways to support your immune system is to reduce excess inflammation in your body. When your body is experiencing chronic inflammation, you’re likely to suffer from allergies more often and with more severe symptoms.

One of the easiest ways (but also the hardest – we know the struggle!) to keep inflammation at bay is to eat a healthy diet and limit the amount of foods that may trigger inflammation in your body. For a lot of us it may be dairy and wheat products, excess meat or nut consumption, eating too many processed foods and sugar.

Balance is key – if you eat a balanced diet consisting of various food groups that your body needs, and won’t go overboard with meat, wheat, nuts and dairy, you can naturally reduce inflammation. If you’re already exposing yourself to too many allergens, you’re most likely to experience more severe allergy symptoms during the pollen season.

Likewise, if you’re struggling with seasonal allergies, make sure to limit the exposure to allergens like pollen. Wash your hands and face after spending time outside, use a salt spray or make your own to clean out your nostrils, drink lots of liquids like water and tea to help clean out your system and use HEPA filters to reduce allergens in your home.

So what about natural food supplements? Bromelain is our top choice to help reduce inflammation, swelling, but also combat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, excess mucus production and a runny nose. The added bonus is that as it helps reduce swelling, it also helps to improve breathing to combat shortness of breath.

Another great supplement is Lung Support. It’s designed to help cleanse your lungs from waste and toxins, including common irritants like blooming, dust, air pollution or household chemicals. Furthermore, it helps support your immune system and reduce inflammation.

Black Currant Oilborage oil supplement is another great natural supplement to combat allergy symptoms and support your immune system. It contains a ton of vitamin C that’s not only great for reducing inflammation, but it’s also a powerful antioxidant and helps strengthen your immune system.

The same goes for our Borage Oil supplement – it supports your immune system and reduces inflammation naturally. Plus, it helps support your respiratory system. As a powerful antioxidant, it plays a key role in managing oxidative stress, which is linked to allergies.

In addition, Lycopene and Olive Leaf Extract are amazing sources of antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress and strengthen your immune system. And now the one that you’d least expect on this list – Psyllium Husk. Because it forms a protective layer on your stomach’s lining, it helps support your immune system.

In conclusion, seasonal allergies are a common problem that a lot of us unfortunately have to face every year. But there are so many things that you can do to relieve the symptoms and enjoy a carefree pollen season. Eat a balanced diet, strengthen your immune system, try to limit the exposure to allergens and use natural food supplements to get to the bottom of the issue.

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Supplements To Help You Quit Smoking

natural ways to quit smokingWe all know that smoking is one of the biggest risks you can impose on your health. Unfortunately, nicotine is highly addictive and a lot of smokers out there find it too difficult to quit because of the withdrawal symptoms and a severe habit.

Smoking usually starts because of seemingly innocent reasons – wanting to fit in as a teenager or a college student, not wanting to miss out socially or being stressed at work or because of difficult relationships. However, addiction will sneak up on you very easily and getting rid of it is going to be a long journey requiring some serious effort.

Nonsmokers might find it very hard to understand the addiction. In contrast, if your family member or loved one is struggling, you should keep an open mind and a calm approach, because they need all the help and support you can provide.

Increased Health Risks Of Smoking

Around 480,000 deaths in the United States are caused by smoking every year. This is 1 in every 5 deaths. Smoking causes even more deaths every year than HIV, alcohol or drug use, traffic collision injuries and firearm-related incidents all combined. (Source)

Smokers are at a much higher risk of developing heart disease like coronary heart disease, stroke, damaged blood vessels, blood clots and high blood pressure.

how to stop smokingFurthermore, smoking damages your lungs and puts you at a risk of respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Sad fact: smokers are about 12 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.

And of course the most feared disease of them all – cancer. Not only does smoking increase the risk of developing lung cancer by 25 times, it can cause cancer in almost all parts of your body.

It’s especially important to quit smoking if you’re a woman. Not only when you’re pregnant, but also when you’re already trying to conceive. If you’re a smoker, you’re at a higher risk of developing different issues like premature birth, ectopic pregnancy, membrane ruptures and an early separation of placenta.

You’re also more likely to have a miscarriage, stillbirth and at a higher risk of birth defects and sudden infant death syndrome. Keep you and your (future) baby safe and seriously consider all of the risks associated with smoking.

How To Quit Smoking & Treat Withdrawal Symptoms

Nicotine addiction is both physical and mental. Pulling through the physical withdrawal symptoms requires a very strong mindset. Nevertheless, the longer you’ve steered away from cigarettes, the easier it will get to manage those cravings and over time your withdrawal symptoms will get smaller and smaller.

Exercise

If you’ve developed a strong smoking habit, it will be very hard to figure out ways to do with that time instead. Try to get your mind off of smoking as much as possible. Studies have shown that all types of exercise (from yoga and Pilates to HIIT workouts) have positive effects on reducing your cravings to smoke.

smoking cessationNot only are you keeping yourself occupied, you’re actively helping your body to get rid of the toxins you’ve put in it. You’ll also feel that you’re not out of breath every time when taking the stairs or running to catch the bus, because your body is getting used to the physical activity.

If you’re used to having a cigarette after a meal, when driving your car or drinking coffee or alcohol, it is extremely important for you to replace your smoking habit with a healthier one. Try walking up and down the stairs for around 5 minutes, or go for a quick walk. This helps to distract your mind, reduce cravings and also get in a small workout!

Another tip is to practice deep breathing whenever you feel a craving. Some studies have shown that if you do it every 30 minutes, you’ll feel less cravings to smoke and it helps you manage withdrawal symptoms like irritability and anxiety.

Diet & Supplements

Healthy and balanced diet is extremely important if you’re trying to quit. Smoking reduces the amount of nutrients in your body, which in the long run can be very dangerous.

Fun fact: Meat can make cigarettes taste better. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables make cigarettes taste a lot worse, so try incorporating more fresh foods into your diet.

black currant oilAdding foods high in antioxidants to your diet is crucial. Antioxidants help fight free radicals and prevent further cell damage in your body. Cell damage leads to premature aging, but also makes your body more susceptible to harmful cell growth. You should also eat plenty of foods containing vitamin C like bell peppers, citrus fruits, tomatoes, blackcurrants and more.

Some of the foods that contain high levels of antioxidants are dark leafy greens, blueberries, carrots, eggplant, broccoli and many more. You can also add high antioxidant supplements to your diet like CoQ10, Black Currant Oil, Lycopene, Borage Oil, Olive Leaf Extract or Organic Ceylon Cinnamon to boost your healing process even more. These supplements will help prevent DNA damage and give your body lots of nutrients.

Tip: If you feel that drinking coffee is a huge trigger for you, try replacing it with green tea. It’s high in antioxidants, makes your metabolism work faster and gives you energy!

Another great supplement is our Lung Support 30-day detox program. It’s designed to help cleanse your lungs from waste caused by smoking, environmental toxins and air pollution. In addition, it helps reduxe inflammation and production of mucus. Say hello to comfortable breathing again!

Furthermore, as we already mentioned, smoking puts you at a much higher risk of developing heart disease. If you already struggle with any, supplementing with high quality Citrus Bergamot, Berberine, Organic Ceylon Cinnamon or CoQ10 will help protect your heart.

But what about stress, anxiety and irritability? Our Holy Basil will take care of all that. Also, take Magnesium Glycinate to help manage stress even better and get a good night’s sleep. These are also great if you’ve started doing more exercise after quitting – they help your body adapt to stress and Magnesium (but also Electrolytes!) will help reduce muscle soreness and promote recovery.

pineapple enzymeTo get rid of the mucus and coughs that might’ve been worrying you, supplementing with Bromelain is a great way to naturally cleanse your body and reduce inflammation.

And if you’re feeling tired all the time (this is a common withdrawal symptom!), start your day by taking a few MCT Oil capsules. These will give you instant energy, because those fatty acids will be immediately burned for energy and not stored as fat.

Likewise, there are plenty of small tricks to get you off of cigarettes. Download an app where you can track all the money you’ve saved since you quit, and track the days for how long you’ve been cigarette free. Try to pay more attention to what’s around you and enjoy life without the need to smoke cigarettes.

To conclude, nicotine addiction is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. Make the decision to quit now and use everything in your hand to get rid of it. You and your loved ones will all win. The trick is to be positive, make a proper plan (and stick to it!) and remove all tobacco products from your life.

If you have quit smoking successfully, share your best tips and tricks in the comments!

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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