Garden of Life® – Featured Brand

Garden of lifeSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

At Garden of Life®, nutritional and supplemental formulas begin with real whole foods that have the greatest potential to impact health. Guided by three basic principles and multiple certifications, Garden of Life® focuses on empowering individuals to support good health and wellness with advanced nutrition that the body recognizes as food. As such, Garden of Life® is committed to providing genuine products formulated with high quality, clinically studied, certified organic ingredients that can be traced back to the organic farms where they are grown.

Their safe and effective researched-backed formulas are manufactured in a cGMP third party audited facility and are expertly tested for quality, safety, potency and efficacy, as well as for the absence of contaminants, toxins, pesticides, genetically modified ingredients and banned substances. The entire mykind herbal line is USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, ensuring the botanical ingredients are grown without toxic pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. Garden of Life® certifications include USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten-Free, NSF Gluten-Free, Star-K Kosher, U Kosher and NSF Certified for Sport.

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mykind Organics...mykind Organics Elderberry Immune Syrup: This highly concentrated, certified organic, liquid herbal immune support supplement is formulated with traditional botanicals, such as black elderberry, echinacea root and rosemary extracts, as well as zinc and organic fruit-sourced antioxidant-rich vitamin C. Suitable for children and adults. Naturally preserved with organic citrus extract. No added sugar. Gluten free, Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Vegan, kosher formulation. Gummy formula also available.

Dr. Formulated...Dr. Formulated Organic Fiber: Each serving of Organic Fiber provides 5 g of prebiotic fiber sourced from organic superfoods, including clinically studied acacia fiber, orange peel, baobab fruit, apple peel and cranberry fruit. This unflavored USDA Organic whole food product is formulated to support healthy digestion and regularity, as well as to help maintain healthy blood sugar. Gluten, soy, dairy and psyllium free. Non-GMO, NSF Certified, vegan formulation.

mykind Organics Kids...mykind Organics Kids Multi Gummies Organic Cherry: These clean, yummy gummies provide essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants sourced from organic whole fruits and vegetables without processed sugar, synthetics or artificial ingredients. Suitable for children aged four and older. Free of gluten, dairy, soy, nuts and fillers. Certified Organic, Non-GMO Verified, Certified Vegan formulation. Organic Fruit Flavored formula also available.

Collagen Beauty,...Collagen Beauty Grass Fed Cranberry Pomegranate: Each serving provides 12 g of highly absorbable, grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine collagen peptides blended with powerful plant-based collagen builders, biotin, silica and vitamin C, as well as an organic fruit, botanical and probiotic blend. This convenient and delicious formula supports healthy skin elasticity, joint mobility, lustrous hair and strong nails. Gluten, dairy, soy, added sugar and artificial ingredient free, Keto certified and Paleo friendly. Strawberry Lemonade and Unflavored formulas also available.

 

Can Intermittent Fasting Improve Health?

IntermittentFastingJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

What we eat, when we eat and the amount we eat are key factors that directly affect weight and lifespan, as well as age-related disease risk. Fasting, whether intermittent or prolonged, involves abstinence from all foods, but not water, for a set period of time. While most studies on fasting involve animals, not humans, a growing body of research suggests that intermittent fasting (IF) is an effective and sustainable approach for weight loss, improved markers of health and disease prevention. While some may find it difficult to fast, approaches range from relatively easy to challenging. Research shows IF is a safe and healthy dietary approach, as long as one consumes a largely plant-based whole food diet, skips ultraprocessed foods and forgoes snacking during the eating window.

An animal study published in the journal Cell Metabolism suggests that periodic fasting (PF) lasting two days or more, but separated by at least a week of normal eating, is emerging as a highly effective strategy to protect normal cells and organs from aging, as well as from a variety of toxins, while increasing the demise of many types of cancer cells. The study showed that PF resulted in a decrease in blood glucose, insulin and insulin-like growth factor. As well, pathological analysis showed reduced tissue and organ inflammation, which is key to the prevention of many age-related diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s.

Intermittent fasting has no standard duration and exists for the period of time one chooses to voluntarily forgo food for spiritual or health reasons. In actuality, we all fast for some part of each day when we don’t eat between meals and while sleeping each night. Learning to fast properly can result in weight loss, including a reduction in hard to eliminate visceral fat, as well as improved insulin sensitivity and lowered blood sugar and insulin levels. IF should not be considered for those who are underweight, pregnant or breastfeeding, or may have an eating disorder. IF may be most helpful for those who are overweight or obese.

Periodic fasting has been utilized traditionally for centuries. Often called cleanses or detoxes, a period of food abstinence is expected to rejuvenate the body, give internal organs a well-deserved rest and eliminate harmful toxic substances. In addition, IF in combination with an active healthy lifestyle may prevent and possibly reverse type 2 diabetes; improve blood cholesterol profile; enhance mental clarity and concentration; increase energy; reduce inflammation and risk the of certain diseases; and encourage a longer, heathier lifespan.

When we eat constantly throughout the day, the liver must convert surplus calories to glycogen, which is stored in the muscles, and to fat, most of which is stored in the liver and around our midsection. While there is limited storage space for glycogen, there is no limit to the amount of fat that can be created and stored. While our bodies are in the fed state, insulin levels are high and we are storing food energy. In the fasting state, insulin levels are lower and we are decreasing energy stores. Reduced caloric consumption simply allows the body to burn stored energy, as well as excess body fat. Ideally, when eating and fasting is balanced we should be burning the calories we consume and there should be no weight loss or gain.

There are several ways to take advantage of IF for improved health and weight maintenance.

  • Some prefer to consume two to three meals within an eight hour window and fast for the remaining 16 hours. This type of short fast appears to be the easiest for most people to follow and can generally be utilized on a daily basis if one is so inclined.
  • Longer fasts of 20 to 24 hours may be harder to adhere to but can be done several times weekly. One major advantage of the 24-hour fast is that it is particularly easy during a workday. One can fast after dinner on day one, have coffee or tea in the morning, skip breakfast, and then fast until dinnertime on day two.
  • The 5:2 fast, in which one limits caloric intake to 500 calories twice weekly and eats normally the other five days, appears to have the most scientific support.
  • Similar to the 5:2 but perhaps more difficult to follow, caloric intake is limited to 500 calories every other day. Although more intense, this fasting diet is also backed by scientific research.
  • While most beneficial for weight loss, a 36-hour fast involves beginning a fast after dinner on day one, fasting throughout day two and ending the fast with breakfast on day three. Longer fasts are not recommended unless under the guidance of a healthcare practitioner.
  • Studies done on IF have found that even as body weight steadily decreases, lean body mass or muscle loss does not. Even so, daily exercise along with IF is highly recommended.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and many other high quality products to support weight maintenance and overall health:

Fast Be ClearFast & Be Clear by Allergy Research Group®: This powdered formula provides high levels of vitamins, minerals and bioactive food components for broad-spectrum nutritional and antioxidant support during detoxification. Natural Cherry Flavor.

5-Day Fast and...5-Day Fast & Cleanse® by Nature’s Secret®: This total body fasting program provides five formulations to support toxin elimination, improve digestion and boost energy. Individual supportive formulas include Colon Clear®, Fiber Cleanse®, Liver Cleanse®, Craveless® and Super Nutrition.

Ultima Replenisher...Ultima Replenisher Balanced Electrolyte Powder Drink Cherry Pomegranate Stick Packs: These single serving stick packs are perfect for on-the-go hydration. Ultima Replenisher provides a balance of all six electrolytes without sugar, calories or artificial flavorings. Other available flavors include Grape, Lemonade, Orange and Raspberry. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Recancostat® PowderRecancostat® Powder by Integrative Therapeutics®: This clinically studied formula provides a patented blend of stabilized reduced glutathione, anthocyanins and L-cysteine in support of healthy cell development, normal DNA repair and free-radical damage protection. Free of gluten, wheat, soy, yeast, dairy, sugar, salt and artificial ingredients.

Ultra Anti-OxidantUltra Anti-Oxidant by Douglas Laboratories®: This potent formulation provides free-radical fighting agents and other nutrients that effectively participate in the body’s defense systems. Ingredients include vitamins, minerals, glutathione, NAC, and more. Free of yeast, wheat gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch and artificial coloring, preservatives and flavoring.

References:
A Periodic Diet That Mimics Fasting Promotes Multi-System Regeneration, Enhanced Cognitive Performance, and Healthspan. https://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/fulltext/S1550-4131(15)00224-7
Intermittent fasting: Surprising update. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/intermittent-fasting-surprising-update-2018062914156
What are the benefits of intermittent fasting? https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323605.php
Systemic inflammation and disease progression in Alzheimer disease. https://n.neurology.org/content/73/10/768.short

 

The True Value of Exercise

ExerciseJacquie Eubanks RN BSN

The true value of exercise can be measured by weight loss, improved fitness, stronger bones, increased energy, better quality sleep, elevated mood and enhanced mental function, as well as reduced risk of many age associated health conditions. Exercise is one of the most frequently prescribed therapies for the prevention and treatment of certain chronic diseases. Research suggests that even a modest increase in physical activity is associated with a 42 percent lower risk of heart attacks and a 22 percent lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Recent studies have linked total energy expenditure to improved cardiovascular health regardless of exercise intensity. Every little bit of activity helps, as even low-key movement is beneficial to overall wellbeing.

Daily life activities and movements that we don’t necessarily think of as physical activity all add up to daily exercise. Although the biggest health boost of light activity occurs when one is active for at least five hours daily, increasing the amount of movement by 30 minutes each day can reduce the risk of early death. Adding in one extra hour of light movement each day brings about a 14 percent drop in coronary heart disease risk, as well as an eight percent drop in cardiovascular disease risk. There is clear evidence that regular physical activity results in improved health and reduced risk of premature death from any cause, and in particular, cardiovascular disease among asymptomatic adults.

As a therapeutic agent, exercise contributes to the primary and secondary prevention of pulmonary diseases; cardiovascular diseases and hypertension; metabolic disorders including diabetes, obesity and insulin resistance; muscle, bone and joint diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and osteoporosis; as well as depression and cancer. A study geared towards older women found that the recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week was daunting for many. However, spending time in motion for as many daily minutes as possible is not only manageable but also equates to the current recommendation to “move more and sit less.”

Benefits of regular exercise by the numbers:

  • Up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
  • Up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
  • Up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
  •  A 30% lower risk of early death
  • Up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
  • Up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
  • A 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
  •   Up to a 30% lower risk of depression
  • Up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

Despite the overwhelming evidence that exercise exerts a powerful influence on health, physical inactivity remains a public health issue. Per the CDC, approximately 50 percent of Americans aged 18 and older do not meet federal physical activity guidelines for aerobic activity each week, and only 23 percent meet the guidelines for both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities, potentially setting themselves up for future health problems. When broken down, 150 minutes of weekly physical activity equates to 30 minutes of daily exercise five days every week. Incremental movement can be interspersed throughout the day. As a rule of thumb, two minutes of moderate intensity exercise provides the same health benefits as one minute of vigorous intensity exercise.

The benefits of regular exercise include improvements in blood pressure and blood sugar; reduced blood lipids; better bone, joint, immune and digestive health; and long-term preservation of neuro-cognitive function. While rigorous exercise may not be appropriate for seniors, exercise can be modified to suit anyone’s unique stamina and abilities, even those who are limited by medical conditions or frailty. While inactive individuals are more prone to the risk of obesity, illness, falls and broken bones, making a concerted effort to get up and move can improve mobility, flexibility and strength. Inactive adults should strive to break up long periods of inactivity with light activity, such as moving or walking around for 10 minutes each hour of the day.

Professional Supplement Center offers these and other high quality supplements to support physical activity for overall wellness:

BCAA CapsulesBCAA Capsules by Pure Encapsulations®: This hypoallergenic formula provides essential free-form branched chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine. BCAA’s promote muscle function and recovery, as well as provide nutritional support for athletes seeking optimal lean muscle mass. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

D-Ribose PowderD-Ribose Powder by Protocol for Life Balance®: Naturally found in all living cells, D-Ribose supports energy production and storage, muscle recovery and the maintenance of healthy cardiac energy metabolism. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish and tree nuts. Non-GMO vegan formulation.

Energy/Sports...Energy/Sports Formula™ by Douglas Laboratories®: This carefully formulated synergistic and comprehensive vitamin, mineral, enzyme, botanical and antioxidant blend assists with energy metabolism during sport and exercise, offers potent antioxidant protection and promotes healthy functioning overall. Free of yeast, wheat, gluten, soy protein, milk/dairy, corn, sodium, sugar, starch and artificial coloring, preservatives and flavoring.

Athletic NutrientsAthletic Nutrients by Pure Encapsulations®: This high potency hypoallergenic blend of highly bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, trace elements and mineral co-factors is formulated to support physical training, endurance, energy, performance and recovery. Gluten free, Non-GMO formulation.

References:
Exercise acts as a drug; the pharmacological benefits of exercise. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3448908/
Physical activity guidelines for adults. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/#guidelines-for-adults-aged-19-to-64
Every Little Move You Make Can Help Your Health, Study Says. http://time.com/5550764/light-exercise-heart-health/
National Health Interview Survey. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/releases/released201806.htm#7