Desert Essence – Featured Brand

DesertEssenceSusan Brown Health and Wellness Editor

Professional Supplement Center now carries Desert Essence®, a line of award winning personal care products based on the concept of strengthening the bond between beauty and nature. For over 35 years, Desert Essence® has relied on sustainable, ecologically sourced and harvested premium ingredients to create pure, naturally effective, high quality products that deliver beautiful results. Natural and organic ingredients are sourced worldwide, supporting local farming communities, plant and animal biodiversity, and soil productivity. From Australian Tea Tree Oils to Peruvian Jojoba, all products have biodegradable ingredients and clearly labeled recyclable packaging, as Desert Essence® believes in responsibly creating a healthy, harmonious relationship with the earth.

As a certified B-Corp Corporation, Desert Essence® is dedicated to the health of the planet and meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. Desert Essence® partners with various charities and organizations, such as the Plan International USA’s Because I Am a Girl Initiative, donating a portion of sales to support education access to help change the lives of impoverished children and families. All products are 100% vegetarian and cruelty free.

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Tea Tree Oil Eco...Eco-Harvest® Tea Tree Oil – This well-known natural antiseptic soothes skin, reduces redness and breakouts, and helps to treat fungal infections. Produced in Australia, this multi-use essential oil is guaranteed to be free of pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, parabens, and phthalates. This oil is not meant to be used full strength. Dilute with water or carrier oil before use.

Creamy Oil CleanserCreamy Oil Cleanser – Suitable for all skin types, this pure, creamy, oil-based, skin balancing formula cleans skin and removes make up without stripping away moisture. Antioxidants and fatty acids provide nourishment and aid in preserving the skin’s natural barrier. USDA organic, gluten, paraben, phthalate and fragrance free, vegan formula.

Gentle Nourishing...Gentle Nourishing Day Cream SPF 15 – This protective moisturizer and all natural sunscreen is tough on UVA/UVB rays but extra gentle on the skin. Soothing aloe vera and antioxidant-rich white tea extract help to rehydrate dry sensitive skin, strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier, prevent free radical damage and protect against premature aging. Fragrance, paraben and phthalate free, vegan biodegradable formulation.

Baby Oh So Clean 2...Baby Oh So Clean 2 in 1 Gentle Foaming Hair and Body Cleanser – This certified organic, extra-mild, pure olive castile soap is blended with vitamin-rich organic sunflower oil. Minimally formulated with only 8 ingredients, this product gently cleanses, while maintaining skin’s natural moisture. Hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and pediatrician tested with no artificial ingredients, detergents, dyes or fragrances.

Baby My Sweetie Pie...Baby My Sweetie Pie Baby Lotion – This non-irritating, fragrance-free, organic lotion protects and nourishes baby’s sensitive skin, soothes dry or reddened skin, and helps restore moisture and comfort. Hypoallergenic, biodegradable, and pediatrician tested with no artificial ingredients, detergents, dyes or fragrances.

Flu Season – It’s Not Over Yet!

FluNotOverJacquie Eubanks RN BSNAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly flu report, flu activity remains elevated with 36 states reporting widespread influenza activity, mainly in the southern and southeastern states. While overall activity is declining, we are clearly not out of the woods, and can expect to see several more weeks of seasonal flu activity. Influenza, a highly contagious viral respiratory illness, causes mild to severe symptoms and can result in complications for young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Largely an airborne virus, the flu easily spreads from one person to another through droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or talking. Flu viruses can survive on hands for up to an hour, and can remain active on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours, potentially transferring the virus through touch.

Those with the flu are infectious 24 hours before their own symptoms develop, and up to a week after symptoms appear. Unlike a cold, the flu comes on suddenly and tends to linger longer. Symptoms are often more severe than a typical cold and can include a runny nose, sore throat and dry cough, as well as fever, fatigue, headache, chills, and body aches. Surprisingly, the body’s immune defense system is responsible for some of the symptoms. A fever, for example, is the immune system’s way of making the body a less favorable host for bacteria and viruses, which thrive at 98.6° F. Although not everyone will feel feverish, the influenza virus causes a general feeling of exhaustion and malaise, that often requires bedrest.

You can help stop the spread of the flu by avoiding unnecessary contact with others when you are ill, completely covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, getting plenty of rest, and staying warm and well hydrated. To help prevent the flu, avoid close contact with someone who is sick, wash your hands frequently, disinfect surfaces regularly and refrain from touching your face, eyes, and mouth. Be sure to support immune and overall health by getting sufficient sleep, eating nutritiously and participating in physical activity. General healthy-living strategies help to naturally strengthen the immune system, while supporting optimal health and overall function.

Over the counter remedies can temporarily suppress symptoms, but may actually impede healing. While annoying, coughing is a productive symptom that helps clear breathing passages. Decongestants restrict flow to blood vessels in the nose and throat, but allowing the blood to flow helps to warm the infected area, enabling secretions to carry away germs. Although symptoms of fever, stuffy nose and coughing are sometimes hard to endure, they are part of the natural healing process, evidence that the immune system is battling the virus. Natural remedies that support the immune system are often helpful either for the prevention of influenza or the recovery from it.

Oscillococcinum® – Though hard to pronounce, this homeopathic taken at the first sign of illness has been shown in clinical trials to help reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, including body aches, fever, chills, headache and fatigue. As flu comes on quickly, and Oscillo works best when taken early, it’s helpful to keep this on hand to take as quickly as possible when symptoms begin to appear.

Echinacea – This popular medicinal plant has been used for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds. Laboratory studies suggest that echinacea contains active antiviral and antioxidant substances that support and stimulate the immune system to help fight viruses, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain.

Elderberry – Used for centuries to treat respiratory illnesses and heal wounds, evidence suggests that elderberry has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-influenza properties. High in flavonols, elderberry may help to reduce sinus mucous membrane inflammation and relieve nasal congestion.

Garlic – Supported by modern science and known since ancient times for its therapeutic properties, garlic has been shown to be beneficial for respiratory, circulatory, cardiac, and immune health. Consumed regularly, garlic may aid in the prevention of the common cold or may expedite the recovery process.

Oregano Oil – Very high in antioxidants, oregano oil has been shown to combat certain strains of bacteria and microorganisms, and prevent them from proliferating. Oregano oil has been used traditionally for centuries as a natural remedy to treat symptoms of respiratory illness, including coughs, colds, and sore throats. Effective as a natural infection fighter, oregano oil has strong antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

NAC – N-acetyl-L-cysteine, an amino acid derivative with mucous thinning properties, has been used in conventional medicine for over three decades. NAC has been shown to reduce both the severity and the duration of the flu by supporting the production and activity of white blood cells, helping to boost the body’s natural immune response.

Vitamin D3 – Research indicates that vitamin D3 taken prophylactically is effective in prevention of common upper respiratory infections, including colds and flu. Vitamin D3 supports the immune system by reducing levels of inflammatory proteins, and increasing levels of antimicrobial proteins, naturally occurring antibiotics that destroy invading pathogens and viruses. Studies show that those with lower levels of vitamin D3 are more likely to develop influenza when compared to those with high levels of vitamin D3.

Professional Supplement Center carries many high quality products to support immune and overall heath:

Oscillococcinum®Oscillococcinum® by Boiron: These highly effective homeopathic pellets work with your body to reduce the duration and severity of flu-like symptoms, including body aches, headache, fever, chills and fatigue. Non-drowsy formula. Children’s formula also available.


ACF Fast Relief...ACF Fast Relief Immune Support High Potency by Buried Treasure Nutritionals: This high potency, fast acting liquid immune support formula provides high quality botanicals and nutrients for cold and flu symptom relief. This naturally preserved formulation is gluten, wheat, yeast and dairy free.


NAC 600 mgNAC 600 mg by Pure Encapsulations: NAC provides powerful cellular nutritional support, specifically supporting healthy lung function though its mucolytic activity. In addition to its antioxidant properties, NAC supports glutathione production, ramping up antioxidant protection. Gluten-free, Non-GMO vegetarian formulation.


A.D.P.A.D.P.® by Biotics Research: This patented, proven effective formula supplies delayed release standardized oregano oil delivered to the intestinal tract to defend against pathogens and bacteria. Gluten free formulation.


Vitamin D 5,000 IU ...Vitamin D 5000 IU by Douglas Laboratories: This product supplies 5000 IU of highly bioavailable natural vitamin D3 in support of overall health. Gluten, wheat, soy, yeast and dairy free vegetarian formulation.


Here’s why you feel so crummy when you’re sick.
Why Do We Get Chills With a Fever?
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs.
11 Best Home Remedies for Flu: Treatments Backed by Scientific Studies.
Vitamin D for influenza.

Is Going Gluten-Free Healthy for Everyone?

GlutenFreeEveryone2Jacquie Eubanks RN BSN

People who don’t have a medical reason, such as celiac disease, wheat allergy or gluten sensitivity, are going gluten-free for a variety of reasons. Some hope that avoiding gluten will foster weight loss, boost energy or improve general wellbeing. Those with celiac disease, who must avoid even trace amounts of gluten to preclude potentially life threatening intestinal damage, will tell you that eliminating gluten involves more than simply giving up all things wheat, including bread, pizza, and beer. Gluten, a composite of two proteins with viscoelastic properties, is also found in rye, barley, triticale, and in a host of processed foods, as well as in some very unexpected places like salad dressings, candy, medicines, and cosmetics.

While statistics show that approximately 1% of the population suffers from celiac disease, an unknown percentage may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. This condition often has similar symptoms of digestive upset, abdominal pain and bloating, but without the intestine-damaging immune response of celiac. For many, eliminating gluten can lessen these adverse effects. A gluten-free diet may also be helpful for those with other inflammatory disorders, such as irritable bowel disease, leaky gut and certain autoimmune diseases.

Often those who decide to totally exclude, or perhaps eat fewer gluten containing products, do lose weight and feel better overall. Some argue that this has nothing to do with gluten elimination, and has everything to do with avoiding bagels and cookies. A steady diet of refined carbohydrates and junk foods promotes weight gain, diabetes and chronic disease. When replacing high glycemic wheat-based products with whole fruits and vegetables, one is likely to drop a few pounds, and feel healthier and more energetic. However, swapping gluten containing baked goods for gluten-free baked goods is not likely to result in weight loss or improve health and function, as manufactured gluten-free foods are not inherently healthier for you.

Adhering to a gluten-free diet, whether medically necessary or not, requires strict diligence, not only for gluten avoidance, but to ensure adequate intake of fiber, nutrients, and minerals necessary for optimal function. Manufacturers, of course, are more than willing to provide gluten-free products, which has made life easier for those who absolutely must avoid gluten. Unfortunately, industrially produced gluten-free foods are often made with refined grains, unhealthy fats, high levels of sodium, and lots of added sugar. Nutrients? Not so much. Studies show that gluten-free diets can be deficient in fiber, iron, folate, niacin, thiamine, calcium, vitamin B12, phosphorus and zinc.

The popular gluten-free eating trend has gained momentum and shows no sign of abating. If you choose to follow a gluten free diet, be sure to include minimally processed, naturally gluten-free foods, such as quinoa, cornmeal, or buckwheat, rice, lean meat, dairy, seafood, fresh eggs, beans, legumes, nuts, fruits, and lots of vegetables. Abstaining from gluten can improve an unhealthy diet, if you don’t succumb to eating processed gluten-free foods. However, you do lose the potential disease fighting benefits of whole grains, including a lowered risk for heart disease, obesity, and colon cancer.

One might wonder if gluten has replaced fat as the new dietary villain. Research shows that 30% of American adults claim to be reducing their gluten intake or eliminating it completely, a number that is way out of line with statistics on celiac disease. In the absence of disease, the medical community has not reached a consensus on the health effects of a gluten-free diet. Some published research revealed that gluten may be playing a harmful role in altered gut function and microbiome modifications. Others argue that gluten proteins boost immune function by increasing natural killer cell activity, improving the body’s ability to fight cancer and viral infections.

As with most dietary advice, it comes down to personal choice. One way to test a gluten-free diet’s ability to improve wellbeing is to eliminate gluten and wheat-based products for 30 days. After one month, make note of any changes, then add one gluten containing product back into the diet. If, after 3 – 4 days, you feel the same or feel worse, you’ll have your answer. If you do react negatively to gluten, it’s quite possible that a healthy gluten-free diet would be appropriate for you. Just steer clear of the many gluten-free processed foods and stick to whole, nutrient-dense, naturally gluten-free foods. Additionally, read labels for hidden sources of gluten, and pay closer attention to meal planning and nutrient intake to ensure you are getting adequate amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants and fiber.

Professional Supplement Center carries many gluten-free, high quality supplements to ensure adequate intake of nutrients and support overall health:

GlutenEase™GlutenEase™ by Enzymedica: GlutenEase™ supports digestion and assimilation for the gluten or casein intolerant, and assists in normalizing the gluten peptide’s inflammation response. Gluten, dairy, wheat, soy, and casein free vegan formulation.


Gluten Support PacksGluten Support Packs™ by NuMedica: These daily packets provide 5 advanced nutritional formulas for support of gluten related gastrointestinal issues, as well as daily immune system maintenance. Gluten, wheat and soy free formulation.


SpectraZyme® Gluten...SpectraZyme® Gluten Digest by Metagenics®: This product provides clinically tested, targeted support for the enzymatic breakdown of gluten proteins before reaching the small intestine, and supports the healthy digestion of wheat, barley, rye and other gluten sources. Gluten free, Non-GMO vegan formulation.


GluteraseGluterase™ by Biotics Research: Designed for consumption along with a gluten-free diet, Gluterase™ provides specific nutrients shown to digest and inactivate gluten, and support gastric health and efficacy. Gluten and dairy free formulation.


What Can I Eat?
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Gluten-Related Disorders, and the Low FODMAP Diet.
You Asked: Should I Go Gluten Free?
Is a Gluten-Free Diet Good For Our Health?
Most People Shouldn’t Eat Gluten-Free.
Going gluten-free just because? Here’s what you need to know.