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.

You can shop all of our natural food supplements from HERE

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

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 Supplements To Boost Your Energy Levels

5 Supplements To Boost Your Energy LevelsWe already know all the basics to maintain high energy levels while living our busy lives. In theory: eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. However, the reality is that it might not be enough.

There’s always so much to do, but never enough time or energy. Instead of reaching for that cup of coffee every time you’re feeling tired, we have a few supplements up our sleeve that will do the job (and maybe even better!).

Here are 5 food supplements to naturally combat fatigue and boost your energy levels:

MCT Oil

MCT OilMCT stands for medium chain triglycerides aka medium chain fatty acids. Your body can digest MCT’s a lot quicker than any other type of fat. They’ll go directly to your liver where they will immediately be used for energy. Here’s a blog post about the differences between MCT oil and coconut oil.

To get that bulletproof coffee effect, take your MCT softgels with a cup of coffee. Instant energy is guaranteed and you’ll power through the day with no effort.

CoQ10

CoQ10Coenzyme Q10 aka CoQ10 is used in your cells to produce energy that’s necessary for cell growth and maintenance. If your body is not producing CoQ10 properly, not only does it speed up the aging process, you may start feeling tired and fatigued all the time.

With age, certain diseases or taking some prescription drugs may lower your natural CoQ10 levels. Adding a high quality CoQ10 supplement to your diet can help increase your energy and stamina. Plus, it can boost your cognitive awareness too!

PS! Your body absorbs CoQ10 best with a fat containing meal. Take it with MCT Oil for best results.

Magnesium Glycinate & Electrolytes

magnesium glycinateMagnesium supports the energy production in your body by activating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) that helps fight fatigue. Magnesium Glycinate is hands down the best form of magnesium that you can take.

The essential mineral magnesium and the amino acid glycine create a strong bond, and glycine will help magnesium be absorbed better by your body. Furthermore, the added glycine has also benefits on sleep efficiency, cognitive awareness, attention and memory.

Another great supplement to boost your energy levels is Electrolytes. It has lots of different minerals and nutrients, including magnesium, that help fight fatigue. Fluid and electrolyte loss in your body can leave you feeling tired, especially after exercise or during menstruation.

Green Coffee Bean Extract

green coffeeWe all know someone who says how they can’t function before they have their first cup of coffee in the morning. But what if you don’t drink coffee? Green Coffee Bean Extract is the perfect solution for that. 

Green coffee beans are regular coffee beans that haven’t been roasted yet. This means that you’ll get all the energy, and a high amount of a chemical called chlorogenic acid that has all sorts of amazing health benefits. Also, no need to worry about the coffee breath! Read our blog post about green coffee HERE

Take Green Coffee Bean Extract 30 minutes before a meal for the best results. This way it will also help manage your blood sugar levels, so no more feeling tired and sluggish after eating a hearty meal.

Holy Basil Leaf Extract

Tulsi Leaf ExtractHoly Basil is an all-round supplement you can use to fight stress and fatigue. It’s especially great if you’re going through a mentally and/or physically challenging period, because it helps your body to adapt to stress. It supports brain function and mental alertness, and helps you feel relaxed and refreshed in no time.

Holy Basil contains a fat soluble vitamin K, which is a key player in promoting brain function. Take it with a fat containing meal or with a healthy fat supplement like our MCT Oil for maximum absorption.  

Bonus: Biotin

Biotin converts the food you eat into usable energy and supports your metabolism. Your skin, hair and nails need energy for growth as well. If you’ve noticed that your skin has been looking dull and your hair and nails breaking all the time, your body probably isn’t getting enough energy that it needs.

Some medications can affect your body’s biotin levels, so adding it to your diet may be exactly what your body needs. But first make sure to consult with your doctor!

What are your favorite tips and tricks to combat fatigue and boost energy?

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 linolenic 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).  

Holy Basil Leaf Extract also helps regulate your hormones, including the stress hormone called cortisol. Thus it promotes hormonal and mental balance. In addition, Calcium D-Glucarate is amazing for those struggling with high levels of estrogen as it helps your liver remove the excess estrogen from your body.

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 Holy Basil Leaf ExtractCalcium D-Glucarate, 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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Keto Guide: MCT Oil vs Coconut Oil

mct oil vs coconutFor the last decade, probably most of us have heard about the magical elixir called coconut oil and how you should consume it every single day to be healthy and happy.

However, recently another oil has been making its name on the market – MCT oil. Fun part about it is that coconut oil is most commonly known for its high MCT content and what health benefits MCT’s provide.

Both of these have been praised as the holy grail of supplements, but what exactly is the difference between MCT oil and coconut oil? Let’s find out!

 

 

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. These coconuts are harvested from the Cocos nucifera tree, also know as coconut palm tree.

Coconut oil is used for various purposes. Mainly in cooking – in baked goods, for frying, pastries, snacks and much more. Coconut oil is also used in hair and skin care because of its protecting and moisturizing properties.

Unrefined extra virgin coconut oil (that’s the good stuff) has a strong coconut smell and flavor. When coconut oil is stored below 76 °F, it is solid and white. When stored above 76 °F, coconut oil melts into a transparent liquid.

 

What is MCT Oil?

MCT’s aka Medium Chain Triglycerides aka Medium Chain Fatty Acids are naturally found in coconut oil. MCT oil is usually extracted from coconuts, but it can also be sourced from palm oil (PS! For the sake of rainforests, we always recommend using MCT oil sourced from preferably organic coconuts). This makes MCT oil a concentrated form of some of the beneficial fatty acids found in coconut oil.

Coconut oil’s MCT content is approximately 60%, making coconut oil a great source of these valuable fatty acids. However, the MCT content in MCT oil is usually 99-100%. That 100% is made up of capric acid (C:8) and caprylic acid (C:10) where usually the majority is caprylic acid. MCT’s are easily metabolized for energy production and don’t need to go through the digestive tract. This also means that MCT’s are less likely to be stored as fat.


Table: MCT Oil vs Coconut Oil

mct oil vs coconut

 

Why Take MCT Oil?

mct oil vs coconutMCT’s are more easily and rapidly digested than any other type of fat! Therefore, you’ll gain immediate fuel for energy. MCT fatty acids don’t go through the regular metabolization process in your digestive system. Instead, they are directly sent to your liver where they are instantly burned for energy. This makes MCT oil an excellent way to fuel your body fast and naturally.

Since MCT’s are easily absorbed and sent directly to you liver, they’ll give you a shot of stable energy and have the ability to speed up your metabolism. Once MCT’s are in your liver, they’ll possess a thermogenic effect and won’t be stored as fat.

When taking MCT Oil, you’ll surely notice all the new energy you’ve gained and might notice your body composition changing as well (to the better of course!). When MCT’s have been processed by your liver and converted into energy, your body starts releasing ketones. You’ll get into nutritional ketosis and your body starts burning fat for fuel (rather than using glycogen).

Caprylic acid in MCT oil helps maintain a healthy gut. Not only has MCT oil antibacterial properties, but it gives your digestive system a little break, because the oil is being processed in your liver instead. Additionally, MCT’s are widely prescribed to people who suffer from malabsorption issues where their bodies won’t absorb essential nutrients properly.

 

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Why Take Coconut Oil?

mct oil vs coconutMCT content in coconut oil is approximately 60%. Coconut oil consists roughly of 45% lauric acid, 8% caprylic acid and 7% capric acid. It’s important to keep in mind that although lauric acid is also considered as an MCT, it is being metabolized more like a long-chain fatty acid. For this reason, lauric acid goes through a longer digestion process and might be stored as fat when consumed too much.

Coconut oil has amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties. Lauric acid gives coconut oil significant immune system boosting abilities to support overall health and wellbeing. Give coconut oil a go if you want to prevent common colds and viruses, or even help relieve them!

Lauric acid, which isn’t usually found in MCT oils rather than coconut oil, has many great health benefits. Lauric acid promotes good cardiovascular health by supporting healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure. In addition, caprylic and lauric acids in coconut oil can reduce inflammation and moisturize your skin and hair – both externally and internally.

 

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Conclusion

Although coconut oil and MCT oil may seem to have many fairly similar health benefits, they are actually different and can be used for various reasons. Now that we’ve covered all the main differences between MCT and coconut oil, let us know – which one do you prefer?

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