Which Common Herb is Better Than Botox?

Looking for a way to shed years off your appearance without resorting to chemicals or even more drastic measures? If so, make sure to check out this age-defying herb that is touted for its natural ability to help heal and nourish the body.

Nettle, a member of the Urticaceae family, is a nutrition-packed herb that has been used throughout time to help promote better health. In fact, some two thousand years ago Caesar’s Roman troops were ordered to gather as much nettle as possible from England because of its many benefits.

Nettle is rich in chlorophyll, and is a good source vitamins A, C and E, iron, calcium and phosphates – key nutrients to help turn back time. It has been used to help prevent infections, combat viruses and bacteria and revitalize the body after childbirth.

When it comes to helping one improve their appearance, nettle serves as a magic tonic for hair and skin. It helps heal blemishes, just like these other innovative natural acne treatments.  Specifically, it helps increase circulation to make brittle hair feel more luxurious and strong. And guys – listen up – it has also been touted for helping to prevent hair loss. On the smooth skin front, it helps to soothe irritation and relieve acne and eczema to promote a more youthful appearance.

The easiest and perhaps best way to consume nettle is by making a simple tea. You can find high quality organic loose leaf nettle at sites including Mountain Rose Herbs. Try combining a bit of organic loose leaf peppermint with nettle to produce a delicious tea blend.

If you are new to nettle or herbs in general, consult your health care provider before adding nettle into your daily routine. If your current health care provider doesn’t know anything about nettle or its vast benefits (or treats you like an idiot for asking about it), then ask around or do your own research into the healing benefits of herbs.

Best natural remedies for kids! Catch us on Daybreak April 26!

Parents are always looking for safe and effective remedies for common kids complaints like scraps, fussiness, bug bites, seasonal allergies and colds and flu. Find out some natural ways to help your kids feel better fast.

Bach Kids Original Flower Essences – For over 70 years Bach has been making their popular Flower Essence Remedies. Their kids line focuses on helping boost confidence, focus and a better outlook. Each remedy is 100% safe and natural for children.

Herbs for Kids – Herbs For Kids Echinacea blends combine the best of Echinacea with targeted ingredients to support the healthy functioning of the immune system. All Herbs for Kids products use only organically grown or ethically wild harvested herbs.

Skincando Balm for Babies + Kids – This amazing balm features organic ingredients to nourish the skin for relief  from eczema, bug bites, beach burn, forest scratches, dry skin, grass itchies, princess pin pricks and chapped cheeks

Complete Allergy 4 Kids – This homeopathic formula effectively relieves the symptoms caused by indoor and outdoor allergies, in a sugar-free, pleasant tasting all-in-one formula. Safe and Effective for Ages 2+. 100% Natural & Sugar Free.

Oregon’s Wild Harvest – Oregon’s Wild Harvest makes a variety of wonderful natural remedies for children including their popular Tranquil Child formula for fussiness, Ear Drops for ear canal health (you put a few drops into the ears) and Tummy Aid for stomach aches. Everything is 100% certified organic and biodynamic.

Get a healthy glow with all natural self tanning lotion

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

Unless you live in a tropical location, the cold winter months inevitably mean that you’ll be sporting a pastier complexion. Some individuals embrace this look and take these chilly temps as an opportunity to flaunt their wind bitten, rosy cheeks. But, for those who crave that “just got back from Maui” glow, the road to tan can be a bit harrowing.

With more and more incriminating information arising about the harmful effects of tanning booths, the once hugely popular outlet is losing its appeal. With the decline in tanning salon popularity, there has been a huge increase in the sale of drugstore tanning creams, sprays, gels and lotions. But, these products can boast a long list of synthetic and possibly harmful ingredients that could do just as much damage to your health as the tanning booths.

So what is a pasty person to do when the sun doesn’t shine? Not surprisingly, the natural cosmetics industry has evolved to meet the challenge, introducing better, healthier sunless tanning options that won’t cause irreversible damage to your skin or your wallet.

Lavera NaturKosmetik makes an award winning organic self tanner for the face and body. Instead of the synthetic and possibly toxic ingredients that are found in some of the top drugstore brands, the active ingredients in Lavera’s sunless tanner come from soy and sugar extracts. The affordable cream also includes organic aloe, lavender, rose water and organic oils like jojoba, macadamia and sunflower for an even, non streaky color and a pleasant smell. True Natural Cosmetics offers an all natural anti aging self tanning lotion, so you can even reverse the years of unhealthy sun damage, while getting bronzer.

If you are looking for an at home solution for your winter skin woes, try this recipe, made up of ingredients found in any natural foods grocery store. Brew three bags of organic black tea in one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for ten minutes and then add the tea gradually to a ½ cup of lanolin and a ½ cup of sesame oil. Apply directly to exfoliated, clean skin, after a bath or shower. Try testing the oil on a small spot before lathering on your entire body.

Best natural products for kids. Check us out on Daybreak April 4th!

Now that spring fever is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to revamp wellness strategies for your kids. To help you out, we’ve found some standout natural products that are aimed at making parents lives easier and kids healthy, happy and whole. Take a look and let us know which natural products you count on for your little ones! Also, make sure to check us out on Colorado’s Daybreak this Wednesday morning! We will be on the show to discuss these wonderful products.

 

Quit Nits
Did you know that according the the American Academy of Pediatrics between 6 to 12 million school age children get head lice each year? Thankfully, Quit Nits offers a safe and effective solution for this uncomfortable condition. The product was invented by a mother of three who sought a natural way to prevent head lice in her own kids. Make sure to check out the testimonials. This product has really changed people’s lives! www.quitnits.us

Rain Tees
Every RainTee is handmade in the USA with eco-friendly fabrics and features original artwork created by children living in countries facing environmental destruction, poverty, and little or no access to education. RainTees began by donating school supplies to children living in endangered rainforests and now works with children in need all over the world. For every tee sold, a tree is planted in a critically endangered area of the world. Isn’t that awesome?! After you pick out shirts for your kids, make sure to check out the super cool tees and tanks for women, too. Now this is what we call style with substance. www.raintees.com

Clementine Art
This company features a full line of natural paint, glue, modeling dough, crayons and crayon rocks that are completely natural and fun for kids. All products are certified non-toxic and environmentally friendly. In addition to the products being natural and safe, all Clementine packaging is made of 100 percent post consumer recycled and reusable materials. Great for the kiddos and the environment! www.clementineart.com

Zoe Organics
Zoe means “life,” and their mission is to celebrate and protect the lives of children, family, community and planet through their line of pure and organic products for pregnant women and babies. Their line of gentle baby products includes the award-winning diaper balm, baby balm, extreme cream, baby massage oil, gentle hair and body wash and baby bath tea. Each product is made with love that you and your little one will feel. Plus, the products smell and feel amazing on the skin. Count on these products to induce those wonderful giggles from wee ones at bath time. www.zoeorganics.com

Madhava Natural Sweeteners
As parents, we are always looking for easy ways we can cook healthier foods for our kids. One simple way is to utilize alternative natural sweeteners from Madhava. Since 1973, Madhava Natural Sweeteners has been providing pure natural sweeteners that offer healthier alternatives to highly processed sugars and artificial sweeteners. Madhava’s delicious, sustainable products include Pure Honey, Organic Agave Nectar, and new Organic Coconut Sugar. Look on their site for easy ways to remake your fave recipes. We love the brownie recipe and your kids will love it, too! www.madhavasweeteners.com



Wasabi Infused Desserts

Cherished for decades in the East for its unique flavor and healthful influences, Wasabia japonica is best known as an age-old food pairing with sashimi or sushi dishes. But, its uses can be much more wide-reaching…even as far as dessert! A company called Real Wasabi is pioneering the use of Wasabi in a variety of inventive products. Check out these dessert ideas, which all incorporate the flavors of organic Dried Ground Real Wasabi.

Wasabi Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Prep time 60 minutes, serves 4

1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
2 Tbs. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 unbaked pastry shell (9-inch)

Preheat oven to 400°. In a medium mixing bowl combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, Dried Ground REAL WASABI™, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour. Then add eggs and mix evenly. Once the ingredients are equally mixed, stir in the evaporated milk, water and vanilla and mix well. Grease a pie pan and line with pastry. Pour contents of the mixing bowl into pastry-lined pie pan. Bake at 400° for the first 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 375° and bake 30 additional minutes, or until center is set.

Real Tempting Hot Chocolate
Prep time 15 minutes, serves 2

2 cups milk
splash water
2 Tbs. cocoa
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
pinch salt
2 Tbs. white chocolate

Over medium heat, mix cocoa, sugar, 1 cup milk and water until slightly warm, smooth and creamy. Add the rest of the milk, the salt, and Dried Ground REAL WASABI™ and keep stirring, until mixture begins to bubble and steam. Remove from heat and set aside. In another pan, melt white chocolate over medium heat until creamy and then set aside. Stir mixture one last time and then pour into large mugs. Using a butter knife, swirl in white chocolate and serve immediately.

Fresh Fruit Compote with a Twist
Prep time 30 minutes, chill time 4 hours, serves 4

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup sweet white wine
1 lb. fresh mixed fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, prunes, raspberries, pears, apricots, peaches, apples or figs
2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
2 whole cloves
1 Tbs. lemon zest
3 cinnamon sticks

In a large saucepan, stir in water and sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Place the rest of the ingredients into the saucepan and stir. Simmer for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fruits are tender and liquid has reduced to a syrupy texture. Turn off heat and let mixture cool to room temperature. Pour into a large glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve on fruit cups, in long-stemmed goblets with a dollop of natural whipped cream; on warm pie; alongside poultry dishes; or in the place of jelly.

Extraordinary Easy Apple Crisp
Prep time 45 minutes, serves 4

4 apples, peeled and sliced
1 Tbs. water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour
4 tsp. brown sugar
4 tsp. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
1 dash nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease pie pan or baking dish. Combine apples, water, and salt and then place in baking pan or dish. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until crumbly and then sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake in the top part of the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Marty’s Marvelous Wasabi Cheesecake
Prep time 75 minutes, chill time overnight, serves 4

1 3/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
3 eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1 jar apple, strawberry or raspberry jelly for topping

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl mix crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup sugar. Once completely mixed, press evenly on bottom and sides of deep baking dish or spring form pan and set aside. Next, use an electric mixer to beat Dried Ground REAL WASABI™, cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla until creamy. Then beat in eggs, one at a time and carefully blend in sour cream. Once the mixture is ready, spread in prepared dish or pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until center is set. Turn off oven. Leave cheesecake in oven 1 hour with the door slightly ajar. Remove from oven; cool completely and then refrigerate overnight. Top with apple, strawberry or raspberry jelly before serving.

To purchase Real Wasabi Products, please visit www.realwasabi.com

Easy ways to cleanse your body for a spring wellness makeover

Many of us have heard of spring cleaning, a task that we can always expect to lead us to the deepest, darkest, dirtiest corners of our homes to capture every last rogue dust bunny, to finally recycle a year’s worth of old magazines, to scrub the sticky shelves in the refrigerator from the time that bottle of soda exploded last October. Spring is the time to get a fresh start, but it isn’t just the perfect time to clean out our closets and shampoo the carpets, it is also a great time to cleanse our bodies from a year’s worth of toxins.

There are a plethora of detox diets on the market today, but finding a gentle cleanse that will wipe your slate clean and reset your gauges can be downright overwhelming. The trick is to enlist a helping hand right from mother nature’s detox manual, by using all-natural ingredients in a gradual, refreshing cleanse regimen.

The Gerson Method is a diet that has been used with great success as an alternative cancer therapy, but it’s principles are essentially to cleanse the body of any toxins that cause illness, disease and any other unfortunate ailments that may arise from poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise or other contamination.  Whether you have cancer or not, following the Gerson Method is a great way to eliminate your body of unwanted buildup that could be making you feel sluggish and causing a number of other unwanted health issues. The Method enlists the cleansing effects of eating raw organic foods, drinking juices made from the freshest organic fruits and vegetables, consuming natural supplements and partaking in enemas to cleanse the digestive system. Specific information about the Gerson Method can be found at their website: Gerson.org

Another Springtime cleanse that works wonders for many, in both the physical and spiritual realms, is the Ayurvedic Cleanse, Pancha Karma. With its roots in ancient India, Ayurvedic cleansing is done in three stages, preparation, cleansing and rejuvenation. During the preparation stage, certain foods like sugar, caffeine and alcohol are phased out gradually to prepare the body for a fast, which takes place during the second stage, the cleanse. During this second stage, a special herbal drink is consumed, which is made up of water, fennel, pepper, ginger, cumin, coriander and cardamom. During this cleanse period, psyllium fiber is also prescribed in order to flush the system. During the rejuvination period, food is slowly phased back into the diet, until balance is achieved.

No matter which cleanse you choose, taking the season as an opportunity to cleanse your body and refresh your spirit is a great way to nurture your lifelong health and to stay in touch with Mother Earth.

Watch Us This Friday on Daybreak and Monday on Colorado's Best on Colorado's Own Channel 2!

If you are located in Colorado, make sure to catch us on Daybreak  this Friday, March 2nd and Monday, March 5th on channel 2. Natural Products Network will appear to talk about some of the coolest natural products on the market today. Also, make sure to join us on Facebook all next week where we will be hosting giveaways featuring the products we talked about on the shows.

Skincando – An awesome natural skincare line with an equally awesome mission! Their multi-tasking, handcrafted Combat-Ready Balm features organic ingredients to help relieve extreme dryness, eczema, minor abrasions, post-shaving burn, chafing, scars, jock itch, bug bites, and sun/wind burn. Through Operation Sand Flea they have given 6,000 care packages to military and have just launched a special program to give proceeds of all Colorado sales to fund care packages specifically for military stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. Purchase online at  www.skincando.com.

Kettle Cuisine – Looking for a convenient all-natural meal? Look no further than Kettle Cuisine! They  make a variety of natural gluten-free soups, chowders and chilis. The founder’s daughter has Celiac Disease which inspired him to help others who are looking for tasty, gluten-free options. Best of all, their products are made with pure ingredients so you can get a nutritious meal on the go!  Make sure to try the Angus Beef Steak Chili with Beans! Yummy! Look for products in Whole Foods or visit www.kettlecuisine.com to find additional stores by you.

PRiMO Preserves – Known as “the answer to the ordinary preserves” this Colorado-based company makes a line of one-of-a-kind, colorful flavors featuring pesticide-free fruits and  tangy chili peppers. Besides being delicious, each amazing blend is carefully made in small batches to ensure freshness and quality. Also, all preserves are gluten-free, trans fat-free, vegan and vegetarian-friendly and 100% natural. You’ll never look at preserves the same way again (Nor would you want to). Look for products in the specialty cheese section in Whole Foods or purchase at  www.yayprimo.com.

Hyland’s All-Natural Baby Products –  When you think of Hyland’s you think of a name that parent’s trust. Hyland’s line of popular baby products includes their 100 percent natural Diaper Ointment, Teething Tablets, Earache Drops and the NEW Baby Cough Syrup. All products are completely natural and contain no artificial flavors, dyes or parabens. Look for the products at your neighborhood Walgreens. www.hylands.com

Infotone Hydrating Mist – This unique water mister is eco-friendly and helps feed and nourish skin. Each mister features BioT™ technology which allows simple spring water to activate skin’s natural healing ability resulting in clear, youthful, and glowing skin. Infotone Hydrating Mist is also refillable for a full year making it one of the most economical and sustainable skincare products available today.100% natural and hypoallergenic!  No parabens, additives, chemicals, GMOs, fragrances or artificial ingredients. Purchase online at www.infotone.com.

Protect your right to freely purchase health supplements! Act now!

Perhaps one of the greatest concerns of those who utilize herbs and supplements to support their overall health is that new regulations will be put in place to restrict our access to these powerful tools. Since the US Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) passed in 1994, which gave us the right to purchase supplements, many have wondered if this would truly be the end of the battle.

Part of the concern comes from the fact that other countries do not have the same rights to supplements as people living in the US. For instance, “The Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements,”as developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), has challenged people’s rights to supplements throughout the world.

Adding to the concern, a few years ago there was a bit of an uproar over the FDA “reclassification” of vitamins, supplements and herbs. This turned out to be a false alarm because it was determined that the new reclassification did not specifically propose any new federal laws beyond those already in place. However, that doesn’t mean that our health freedoms will always be protected. Make sure that you stay informed! Head here to join the National Health Freedom Action (NHFA) mailing list to make sure that you always have the latest information!

Natural parenting: New homeopathic remedy for your little one's cough

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

Many moms and dads claim that being a parent is the hardest job in the world, and when their baby has a cough or a cold, this fact is only further magnified. Watching a child suffer through the discomfort of an illness is the last thing a parent wants to do. But, the solution for a little one’s ailments can be complicated, as many parents are apprehensive about treating their offspring with unnecessarily strong medications, and with good reason. Before drastic measures are sought, it is good to know that there are an increasing amount of homeopathic and natural remedies available for the concerned parent, many of which have been tested and received with great success.

Hyland’s is one very well known brand in the natural products world that is expanding their line to incorporate the needs of our sick little ones. Hyland’s has been a long standing manufacturer of homeopathic remedies for ailments such as: insomnia, menstrual cramps, indigestion, flu and cough/colds. The company has long prided itself on offering products that work in synch with the body’s natural forces. Instead of introducing harsh and jarring chemicals and medications to an already compromised immune system, their homeopathic alternatives offer gentle relief for the individual who is feeling under the weather.

While Hyland’s has been making homeopathic products for over a century, the company has recently released  their first ever homeopathic cough syrup for babies called Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup. The natural ingredients work together to soothe a range of coughs and and their unfortunate symptoms. The syrup treats a tickling cough, a gagging cough, a dry cough, a hoarse cough and more.

The syrup does not contain any aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen, pseudoephedrine or dextromethorpahn and is safe for use in infants 6 months and older.

In addition to offering your sick baby Hyland’s Baby cough syrup, many parents have found that placing a humidifier on it’s lowest setting in the room where your baby sleeps can help relieve a dry, hoarse or tickling cough, as well.

Being a parent is undoubtedly hard, but rewarding work, and making the best choices for your baby is a lot easier when you utilize the homeopathic and natural remedies that are available, today. Your sweet little ones can get back to cooing and giggling quicker, and you can feel confident that you are nurturing their healthy growing bodies.

Overcoming addiction with natural remedies

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

It is no secret that an addiction to alcohol or drugs is an incredibly debilitating and difficult condition to overcome and because of this, there are many, many outlets available today for those suffering from these illnesses. While a diverse and continual amount of support is necessary to treat the disease of addiction, there are also many natural remedies available for someone who is working towards sobriety.

In conjunction with other therapies like support groups, formal rehabilitation and medically supervised  detoxification, herbal and nutritional supplements can be taken to further the addicts efforts.

While detoxing, taking a daily dose of Milk Thistle can help cleanse your system of any toxins that compounded over the days and weeks and months of abuse. A daily Echinacea supplement is also recommended for this reason.

St. Johns Wort is an herb that is often “prescribed” to help dampen the difficult period of withdrawal . The herb has been known to help curb the cravings and ease the anxieties associated with quitting drugs and alcohol.

While taking strides toward sobriety and working through all of the physical and emotional changes that are affiliated with that transformation, steps should also be taken to replenish the deficiencies that have been caused by any damage done by the substances that were consumed. Malnutrition is a very common occurrence in individuals suffering from the disease of addiction.

Taking a multi-vitamin that contains all of the B vitamins, Vitamin C, Thiamine, Magnesium and Zinc is important to help bring the body back to a healthy equilibrium. It is likely that the consumption of drugs and alcohol have also introduced countless toxins into your system, so it is also beneficial to consume increased amounts of antioxidant rich foods in their raw state, like: berries, red grapes, eggplant, pomegranate and beans. These foods will aid in expelling the harmful, unwelcome toxins from your body, helping to curb cravings and help to bring your body back to it’s most perfect state.

Overcoming an addiction of any kind is a long, hard road. It is a disease that requires constant management, but by replacing unhealthy, addictive habits with healthier, nourishing behaviors, triumphing over addiction is possible.

 

Prevent Osteoporosis, naturally

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

Our bones make up the architectural frame work that enables our body to take motion. Maintaining strong, healthy bones is paramount to staying healthy well into our golden years, but the work begins many, many years before.

Studies show that over 50% of women over the age of fifty will develop some stage of osteoporosis or bone loss, at some time in their life. Bone loss is prevalent among post-menopausal women as it can be caused by a depletion of hormones. Other factors that can increase an individuals chance of developing osteoporosis are excessive consumption of caffeine, alcohol or nicotine, a lack of Calcium and Vitamin D and an extended lack of exercise.

Bone loss can be difficult to diagnose in the early stages, which is why it is important to actively work at preventing it, whether you are formally “at risk,” or not. Some more advanced symptoms of bone loss are poor posture, neck pain, back pain and a loss of height (becoming shorter.)

Consuming adequate amounts of Calcium and Vitamin D on a regular basis can help to keep your bones dense and strong and reduce your risk of fracture.

It is widely understood that dairy products are most commonly known to contain the highest amounts of naturally occurring Calcium, but there are many other foods that will also help you to meet your daily quota. Salmon, Almonds, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Oranges and Rhubarb all have substantial amounts of Calcium, as well.

Vitamin D can be consumed most efficiently by eating fish, but the vitamin is actually one that is naturally synthesized by the human body as a result of sun exposure.

For those who are at higher risk or who may already be suffering from some symptoms of Osteoporosis, taking a more aggressive approach to remedy the threat could mean taking daily Calcium and Vitamin D supplements. There are many combination supplements available at vitamin suppliers, as well as fortified juices and cereals that will further aid in the maintenance of strong healthy bones and help to prevent the onset of Osteoporosis.

 

Natural remedies for pregnancy woes

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. With a beautiful, new baby on the way, pregnancy bliss can lead to the well known “pregnancy glow,” and a woman can discover amazing things about the strength of her body that she never knew before.

While there are so many wonderful feelings and experiences that come along with pregnancy, without a doubt, there are at least a few that will require a little creativity, patience and persistence to overcome. And with a precious life growing inside of you, it is more important than ever to take care of yourself, pregnancy woes and all, with natural, nourishing remedies that will be good for both you and your little one.

Morning sickness is a prevalent symptom in the first trimester, leading many women to spend the majority of the first three months becoming acquainted with the bathroom floor. Doctors can be quick to prescribe potentially harmful medications to ease the suffering of a soon-to-be mom, but beyond soda and crackers, sniffing essential oils like peppermint and ginger can bring a queasy and dizzy pregnant lady back to her equilibrium so she can move on with her day.

As your belly begins to blossom in the second trimester, lathering your bump in Earth Mama Angel Baby’s Natural Stretch Oil multiple times a day can help prevent itching from skin stretching, and it can also help to prevent visible stretch marks from forming.

As the third trimester finally arrives and your baby (and possibly your body) is packing on the last few pounds, your stomach is quickly running out of room and those cute little kicks are hitting you right in all the wrong places. Heartburn can be a real bummer in the last few weeks of pregnancy, and with all of those cravings for spicy foods, prevention is less of a reasonable possibility, and relief is the name of the game. Earth Mama Angel Baby also sells organic Heartburn Tea to soothe that pesky heartburn, or any organic anise or fennel tea found at most health food stores will do the trick.

Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful and natural states for a woman to be in, and despite the reality of some difficult side effects, in just nine short months, you will have the most perfect reward. With these and many other all-natural and organic products available in stores and online these days, giving your baby the best start is not only easy, but it’s good for mom, too.

We provide information, not medical advice. Please consult your health practitioner before adding any supplements to your daily routine.

The vital vitamin most american’s aren't getting enough of

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

If you are eating a well balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, lean meat and dairy, you may still be missing some of the essential nutrients that your body requires to function at an optimal level. It is for this reason that the supplement market is a hugely successful industry and with so many elements potentially missing from our diets, prioritizing your nutrition is supremely important and it could make a significant difference in your overall health and happiness.

Current literature totes the importance of consuming adequate levels of B vitamins, especially vitamin B12.

B12’s primary function is to assist in the production of red blood cells, which are the vehicles that deliver oxygen throughout the body. Without B12, anemia and a number of other potentially serious conditions are compulsory.

A person who lacks vitamin B12 might experience some or all of the following symptoms: pale skin, rapid heartbeat, migraines/headaches, weakness, insomnia, weight loss and bruising, among some others.

If left untreated, as the deficiency progresses and worsens, memory loss and disorientation can be very real symptoms, sometimes causing irreversible damage, even leading to dementia, in some cases.

Lack of B12 can even cause DNA damage, which scientists suspect is the cause of many forms of cancer.

Great natural sources of B12 include seafood and meats, dairy products like milk and eggs, and fortified cereals and breads. For those who practice exclusion diets such as vegetarians or vegans, sources of natural B12, such as these, are significantly limited, and a supplement is advised in order to meet the suggested dose.

Vitamin B12 can be taken as a component of a multi-vitamin or a B-complex supplement, that includes all of the other B vitamins, as well, or B12 can be taken as a solitary supplement.

Natural remedies for fending off the flu

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

Nothing can cramp your style and rearrange your schedule quit like a nasty bought of the flu, and with flu season upon us once again, maintaining your healthy habits, as well as enlisting the help of some effective remedies can help keep you from falling victim to the bug, this season.

A strong immune system is the key to staying far beyond the flu’s reach and few things are more essential in maintaining your immunities than adequate sleep and proper nutrition. Reducing your stress levels at home and at work, as well as keeping your hands and face clean also go a long way in preventing illness.

In addition to the more basic preventative measures that you can take to stay healthy, you can also enlist the help of some easy remedies to keep you and your family healthy.

Echinacea is widely popular as an immune booster, but some other lesser known herbal supplements are also available and can help stave off sickness, too. Research suggests that small doses of Ginseng and Elderberry can both prevent and shorten the span of respiratory infections associated with the flu.

Sambucus syrup is a liquid form of Black Elderberry that is sold in natural food stores and vitamin boutiques, and has been known to be highly effective in treating the symptoms of the influenza virus, as well as shortening the span of the illness, greatly.

Drinking three or more cups of organic Green Tea can provide antioxidants that help eliminate toxins from your system. The drink also stimulates the secretion of hormones from your liver that help your body fight infection.

Thieves Oil Blends are a collection of products comprised of a proprietary blend of essential oils, including: Cloves, Rosemary, Eucalyptus and other essential oils. The blend is manufactured into soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, wipes, sprays and more, and many swear by the brand as an all natural defense against household and bodily contamination.

Giving your body a fighting chance with all natural remedies can get you through flu season unscathed, and with a stronger immune system than ever.

Good fat vs. bad fat: What you need, and what you don’t

By: Dayna Copeland Schaef

Anyone who has ever altered their diet to lose weight, lower their cholesterol or just to improve their overall health understands that cutting out fat is a huge factor in their success. And, there is no shortage of low fat diet plans available on the bookshelves these days. Any interested party can easily subscribe to the plan that best fits their lifestyle, whether it be one that cuts out carbohydrates or one that dictates that everything you eat be low-fat and sugar free. With the immense amount of information available to those looking to eat better, knowing the truth about the fat that is found in the foods they eat (or don’t eat, for that matter) can make all the difference.

Times have changed since the fifties and sixties, where housewives used to cook with butter and lard, now a modern cook would be chastised for including these saturated fats in their list of ingredients. But there is a middle ground, where the consumption of fat is concerned. Knowing the difference between good fat and bad fat isn’t difficult and it can prove to impact your overall health, indubitably.

Cutting the fat completely from your diet can actually be quite dangerous. Humans actually need fat to survive. The good fats, like Omega-3 fatty acids, a form of unsaturated fat, actually aid in the delivery and absorption of essential nutrients and vitamins to each of the cells in our bodies. Without these, our body can become malnourished, deteriorating our immune systems and depleting our energy. Fatty fish, like salmon and trout, are excellent sources for Omega-3’s, as well as Fish Oil Supplements, which can be found at any health food or drug store.

Other forms of “good fats” that are essential to a healthy body come in the form of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, which can be found in a variety of foods, including: olives, nuts, seeds and avocados.

Those fats that should be avoided, and have been deemed “bad fats’ are saturated and trans fats, which can lead to obesity, heart disease and high cholesterol, and even, to some forms of cancer. Foods that are highly processed, and contain hydrogenated oils are called trans fats. These types of fats can be slipped in to foods that claim to be “healthier” like margarines and vegetable oils, but they are most commonly found in fried foods, shortening, butter and other dairy products. Saturated fats, the other form of “bad fat” are the ones that are most commonly found in animal products, like meat, poultry, butter, lard, and also, in most commercially produced bakery goods.

Eating a well balanced diet is one of the most important steps that a person can take to improve or maintain their health. High in fruits, vegetables and minimally processed carbohydrates, including the right kind of fats in your diet is just as important as any other factor.