Immune System 101: How To Stay Healthy

immune system 101 how to stay healthyYour immune system has a super important job to do – protect your body from harmful infections, germs and diseases.

Naturally, if your immune system is not as strong as it should be, you might notice that you catch cold or other viruses easily.

In this blog post we’ll talk a little bit about the immune system and what natural supplements you can use to help protect your body!

What Is The Immune System?

The immune system is not one or two specific organs in your body that take care of fighting the bad guys. It’s a complex defense system that includes many different cells, tissues, proteins and organs. They all have a role to play in keeping your immune system properly functioning. 

Our bodies are extremely intelligent and they’re able to detect, transport and fight the germs. In perfect synergy, those cells and tissues help keep you safe from harmful microbes, infections and bacteria. 

For example, when your body encounters an antigen, aka a toxic foreign substance, your body will detect the antigen, produce antibodies and launch an attack

Furthermore, those antibodies stay in your body. So the next time your body detects the same antigen again, your immune system recognizes it and knows how to fight it

Let’s now look at the main parts in your body that are integral for the immune system function.

Main Parts Of The Immune System:

    • White blood cells – made in bone marrow and kill foreign bacteria and viruses;
    • Antibodies – detects and attacks antigens;
    • Bone marrow – produces red and white blood cells and platelets;
    • Skin – provides a physical barrier against infections, but also secretes antimicrobial peptides;
    • The lymphatic system – produces immune cells, filters and transfers antibodies and microbes, and traps microbes in lymph nodes; 
    • Spleen – in the process of filtering your blood, it removes microbes and dead tissue, but also produces antibodies;
    • The digestive system – a big part of the digestive system is lined with lymphoid tissue and thus secretes antibodies and helps breaks down antigens;
    • Tonsils – contain white blood cells, but also help stop germs entering your body;
  • Thymus – produces certain types of white blood cells.

In addition, there are three different types of immunity: innate, adaptive and passive immunity.

Innate immunity is the one that we’re all born with. It’s the first line of defense against germs and microbes, like your skin for example. However, this type of immunity does not memorize the antigens your body has come in contact with in the past. 

Adaptive aka acquired immunity develops throughout our lives. As we mentioned, your immune system learns and memorizes everything that’s happened in your body. When your body has been exposed to diseases and/or you’ve been vaccinated, your body has built up antibodies to combat the attacks.

Passive immunity is the type of immunity that’s been provided by outer sources. For example, a baby receives antibodies from its mother through the placenta, but also from breast milk. Passive immunity can also be provided by some medications and vaccines. 

How To Support Your Immune System With Natural Food Supplements?

In addition to a nutritious diet, exercise regime, managing your stress levels and staying in a healthy weight range, there are quite a few natural supplements that you can take to support your immune system function. Not to mention, do not smoke and only consume alcohol in moderate quantities (or not at all!).

One of the best supplements to support your immune system with is Vitamin C. It’s a powerhouse of antioxidants that promotes the immune system function, but also cellular functions (hello, anti-age!). Our Vitamin C Complex is formulated with Citrus Bioflavonoids and other good stuff for a sustained release and increased absorption of Vitamin C.

Selenium is an essential mineral that plays a key role in many physiological processes. It’s also one of the minerals that people are most commonly deficient in. Selenium provides antioxidant support for your body and helps lower oxidative stress. Thus, it helps reduce inflammation and improve immune function. (Source)

Likewise, Olive Leaf Extract is a great source of antioxidants, which protect your cells from oxidative damage. Studies have shown that Olive Leaf Extract has the ability to modify healthy immune system response. (Source)

CoQ10, aka Coenzyme Q10, has been clinically shown to support your immune system. It’s a powerful antioxidant and acts as a free radical neutralizer. This truly is one of the best supplements to boost your immune system! (Source)

immunity boostAdditionally, Calcium D-Glucarate supports healthy immune system function, reduces inflammation and promotes cellular detoxification.

If you’re suffering from stress and anxiety, then Holy Basil Leaf will take care of both your immune system and mental strain. There’s a reason why it’s been called the ‘elixir of life’ and queen of herbs for centuries – scientific evidence supports its ability to boost immunity. (Source)

Furthermore, due to its high GLA content, Black Currant Oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help strengthen your immune system. Moreover, supplementing with Lycopene can improve the immune system function due to its ability to increase the amount of antioxidants in your body.

Also, Pumpkin Seed Oil can be a helpful aid in supporting your immune system, because of its high antioxidant content. Pumpkin seeds are also high in Zinc, which is super important for your immune system. 

Another great supplement for an immunity boost is MCT Oil, as it’s high in Medium Chain Fatty Acids that act as natural antibiotics. Similarly, Coconut Oil is also high in healthy fatty acids, but the main hero here is lauric acid, which is naturally antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial. 

And last but not least, making sure your digestive system is clean of harmful bacteria will surely boost your immune system. For this purpose, reach for our 10-day detox treatment Intestinal Cleanse.

In conclusion, it all boils down to the basics – nutritious diet, regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. But as we all know, there’s always something extra that you can do for your health. We hope you found some useful new supplements to boost your immunity with and can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

What are your favorite supplements to support your immune system? Let us know in the comments below!

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!

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!

hot weather

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!

 

Olive Leaf Extract: Benefits & Uses

olive leaf benefits

We all know about the holy grail of healthy oils – olive oil. The cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil is widely known for its many health benefits. Olive oil and olives have a huge role in the much raved Mediterranean diet. Since ancient times, olive tree has been known for its many health promoting properties. It has been called The Tree of Life, The Immortal Tree and even the King of Trees.

But what might not be so familiar to everyone is olive leaf extract. The not-so-well-known little brother of olive oil that comes from the same tree. So what is olive leaf extract and why should you use it? Let’s dig in!

 

What is Olive Leaf Extract?

Olive leaf extract is made from the leaves of the olive tree also known as Olea europaea. Olive leaves contain lots of oleuropein. This is the beneficial compound that gives olive oil many of its valuable health benefits. It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help protect your cells from oxidative stress and many other issues. Olive leaves have been used in traditional medicine for centuries.

Olive leaf extract contains up to 40 times more antioxidants than extra virgin olive oil. This way you’ll get all the valuable nutrients for your body without the need to consume unreasonably large amounts of olive oil. Although we still recommend you use olive oil in your cooking – it’s an amazing addition to almost every dish and it’s full of healthy fats. You can find olive leaf on the market as an extract, a powder or herbal tea.

 

Olive Leaf Extract Benefits & Uses

Powerful Antioxidant

Olive leaves have excellent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants protect us from harmful free radicals that have damaging and aging effects on our cells. Olive leaf extract’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to protect cells from oxidative damage, they can improve brain function and prevent memory loss, protect skin and prevent premature aging and much-much more.

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Research has shown that the antioxidant effects of oleuropein prevent DNA damage that happens when your body is in oxidative stress. When your DNA gets damaged, harmful cells may start to develop in your body. A study conducted in 2011 showed that the compounds found in olive leaf extract can prevent and inhibit DNA damage. (source)

Some studies even show that olive leaf extract has a positive effect on brain function as it has the potential to prevent age-related brain disorders. Studies also suggest the connection between issues with memory and free radicals. The antioxidant properties of olive leaf extract may help relieve the damage done by free radicals. (source)

We’ve talked about free radicals many times in this blog post. So why are those free radicals such bad things? When your body is in oxidative stress, free radicals are damaging your cells. Your whole body consists of cells and when they get damaged, your body starts to age. Of course aging happens to every single one of us all the time, but why encourage it, when there are ways to prevent premature aging?! By the way, this also goes for the aging of your skin cells!

 

Strong Immune System

Your immune system defends your body against different microorganisms that cause colds and viruses. When your immune system has weakened you’ll be more susceptible to all kinds of diseases. Thanks to olive leaves’ antiviral, immune system boosting properties, olive leaf extract can be a useful supplement for preventing colds and viruses.

Not only can the compounds in olive leaves fight off nasty infections, they can even have antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria and fungi in your body. A study conducted in 2003 showed that olive leaf extract can even fight E-coli cells that are usually found in the digestive system, dermatophytes that cause skin, hair and nail infections and candida albicans that causes oral and genital infections. (source)

 

Cardiovascular Health Support

For centuries, olive leaves have been used to support cardiovascular health. When consumed regularly, olive leaf extract may help lower bad cholesterol, prevent high blood pressure and to support healthy blood sugar levels. Healthy cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels are essential for good cardiovascular health.

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Studies have shown that olive leaf extract can play a role in lowering blood pressure. In a research published in the journal Phytomedicine in 2011, participants were given 500mg of olive leaf extract twice a day for eight weeks. Results showed that participants’ systolic and diastolic blood pressure were lowered. (source)

Polyphenol compounds in olive leaves have been shown to prevent the formation of arterial plaques by reducing the production of the molecules that help plaque stick to your arterial walls. Not only! The polyphenol compounds reduce clumping and formation of clots in your arteries that can also turn into plaque (source). Doesn’t sound too dangerous? Think again. Plaque in arteries is a major threat to your health that increases the risk of strokes and heart attacks.

Furthermore, olive leaf extract prevents the oxidation of bad cholesterol. As a result, oxidized bad cholesterol leads your body into state of inflammation that is damaging to your overall health and also to your arteries.

Olive leaf extract can help reduce and control your blood sugar levels by a number of different mechanisms. When your blood sugar levels are elevated, it triggers inflammation and oxidative stress that in turn leads to diabetes and premature aging in cells.  

 

Olive Leaf Extract Side Effects

Studies suggest that consuming olive leaf extract won’t have any serious side effects. But if you’re dealing with low blood pressure, olive leaf extract can lower it even further which in turn can make you dizzy. We always recommend you consult with your healthcare professional before taking any supplements. Especially if you’re pregnant or being treated for high blood pressure, diabetes or if you’re taking blood thinners.Olive Leaf

 

As you may know by now, olive leaf extract is truly a powerhouse of health benefits. Several studies have already proved it and olive leaves are gaining more and more recognition for its natural healing and health boosting abilities. 

The easiest and most effective way to get the benefits of olive leaves, is to consume olive leaf extract in capsule form. Make sure that the supplement you consume is a pure product without any added artificial ingredients. Our Olive Leaf Extract contains 20% of oleuropein. This is the highest amount you’ll find! Grab your bottle by clicking RIGHT HERE.