Beat the Summer Bloat and Lower Your Inflammation!

For some reason, the arrival of summer always makes me feel like a beached whale. The heat increases the difficulty of the simple workouts that feel oh so good the rest of the year. I spend more time indoors, in front of the computer or the TV, and with couch time comes the salty summer snacks of my childhood and beer.

Before I know it, I have slowly transitioned from energized and active to lethargic and bloated. Even my joints join in the fun and feel stiffer than normal. You know what they say! A body in motion stays in motion, and my body prefers the air-conditioned couch to the great outdoors when the mercury goes up.

So how do you combat this summer bloat and inflammation situation? Well, the years I’ve been most successful are those in which I have signed up (and pre-paid) for lots of physical activity. Some years this comes in the form of running events and races, typically with some yoga thrown in for good measure. Other years, it tends to be a combination of golf and tennis that does the trick and keeps me active. The key, though, is in the diet.

Hydration is very important to keeping energy levels high. In the heat of the summer, when it gets really hot and humid, it can be good to supplement that water with electrolytes. My go-to is coconut water, but I have friends who prefer maple water, watermelon water and other natural hydration options. Food is important too, though!

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Summer is great for healthy eats. I personally love peach and watermelon season, and if you add some feta and pine nuts, you have a salad! When I was little, I would head out to my grandparents’ farm and pick berries right off the bushes. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries…you name it! All of these are great for reducing inflammation and bloat. Bonus points for these too, because they have a high water content (hydration!).

Grilling is a favorite summer pastime, and think of all the healthy things you can put on the grill: seasoned romaine hearts, lean chicken, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, squash, tomatoes, and even pineapple! There are so many great, delicious anti-inflammatory foods out there that the options truly are endless. This is partially why it can be so overwhelming when you’re in the aisle at the grocery trying to decide what to make for dinner. In fact, when I end up at the store without a plan, I gravitate towards easy. Frozen pizza, hot dogs and prepared salads top the list. However, with a little pre-shopping prep, I can make healthy choices in the aisles without the stress.

To help you with your pre-shopping prep, we have compiled some of our favorite anti-inflammatory recipes into a fun ebook! Maybe you will make every recipe in here, maybe you won’t make a single one, but at the very least, it can help get your creative meal-prep juices flowing. Sign-up for our mailing list at naturesedge.com to get a free copy of this ebook today!

Happy Summer!

*Check out our line of special supplements, specifically formulated to help tame the flames of inflammation too!

Citra-MAG-nificent!

What comes to mind when you think of MAGNESIUM?

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I tend to think of science. Whether it is biology or astronomy or chemistry, a mental image of the periodic table tends to come to mind. Magnesium actually has many uses and is naturally abundant in humans and in the world around us. Without magnesium, life could not exist. The all-important photosynthesis process would not occur, and the many enzymes in the body would not work. So you can imagine how deficiency of this magnificent mineral affects the body!

Signs of Potential Magnesium Deficiency:

  • Muscle cramps, spasms and weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetitie
  • Apathy and confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Memory problems
  • Rapid heartbeat and other heart problems
  • Decreased insulin-resistance
  • Nausea
  • Migraines
    The list goes on!

So how does magnesium help the body?

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  • Improves overall metabolic profile
  • Aids healthy blood sugar metabolism
  • Supports lowering blood pressure
  • Replenishes magnesium that is depleted by diabetic medications
  • Helps promote bone health and may have beneficial effects on heart health
  • An important mineral required for normal nerve and muscle function

Not too shabby! So how do you make sure you supply your body with enough of this awesome mineral to keep it feeling good?

Diet always plays a role in how we feel. Food is fuel, and fuel makes you go, right? Those leafy greens that so many love (or love to hate…kale, yeah!) are a great source of magnesium. If you aren’t into green juice and kale salad, whole grains and certain fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, veggies and fish also make the list of high magnesium suppliers. Also, even one square of dark chocolate contains a notable amount of magnesium (you’re welcome)!

However, processed foods, sodas and alcohol along with certain health conditions and medications deplete your body’s magnesium sources. In these cases, supplementation could be vital to a healthy life. Luckily, Nature’s Edge® offers a premium magnesium product: citramag™. It is 100% pure tri-magnesium citrate, which has been found to be the best absorbed form of magnesium. After all, the supplement you take is only as good as the amount absorbed into the body. This one easy-to-swallow citramag™ vegecapsule delivers 120mg elemental magnesium. How MAGnificent!   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Pass the Curry Please...

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According to the medical community, about 2,000mg is the maximum amount of standardized turmeric curcumin you should take per day. When cooking with ground turmeric powder, the University of Maryland recommends 1 to 3 grams per day. One gram of ground turmeric powder is about ½ teaspoon.

So, if you love curry - eat up and enjoy! Or add this savory spice to an egg scramble, a soup, rice, a salad dressing, or your favorite vegetable.

Follow this link -  Bon Appetit Turmeric Recipes – for some great turmeric recipes!   

 

     Turmeric Tea Tonic

  •  1 tsp cinnamon
  •  pinch of clove
  •  pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (optional)
  • pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  • As much turmeric as you can handle! Start with a teaspoon and go up from there.
  • 1-2 cups of water
  • Raw honey to sweeten
  • Milk or milk substitute of choice (coconut, hemp, almond, etc)

Simmer herbs and water for 15 minutes, strain out and add honey and milk to taste. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
 


Another excellent way to reap the benefits of this wonder spice is our own curcu-gel® by Nature’s Edge!

Our curcu-gel® uses BCM-95®**,  a patent pending Curcuminoids Complex with both enhanced bioavailability and sustained retention time in the body. The result is a powerful Curcumin supplement whose bioavailability in a recent human study was found to be more than eight (8) times higher compared to standard commercial curcumin.*  

*http://www.arjunanatural.com/bcm95.html  *https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2792534/

**BCM-95® is a registered trademark of Dolcas-Biotech, LLC.

Turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant. It has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. You probably know turmeric as the main spice in curry. It has a warm, bitter taste and is frequently used to flavor or color curry powders, mustards, butters, and cheeses. But the root of turmeric is also used widely to make medicine. It contains a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, it is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Recently, science has started to back up what the Indians have known for a long time - that it really does contain compounds with medicinal properties (1). Curcumin targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level. Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases (23). Inflammation is extremely complicated and the key takeaway here is that curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level (456).


               CURCUMIN'S MANY BENEFITS

  • Acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory
  • A good antioxidant
  • Enhances heart health
  • Brain boosting
  • May be helpful for fighting diabetes
  • Inhibits the of formation of LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Helpful for arthritis
  • Supports the kidneys and liver

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***A portion of all sales from the anti-inflammation line will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation.

THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.


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In Honor of Diabetes Alert Day

84.1 MILLION AMERICANS
have prediabetes

1.5 MILLION AMERICANS 20+ YEARS OLD
are diagnosed with diabetes every year

193,000 AMERICANS 19 OR YOUNGER
have type 1 or type 2 diabetes

YIKES!

While those numbers above may be scary, the most concerning number I saw on the American Diabetes Association’s website was 90%. That represents the number of those 84.1 million who do not know they have diabetes!

How is that possible?!

Often diabetes presents with no symptoms. Sometimes it slowly develops over many years with subtle warning signs. There are factors that could put you at greater risk for getting diabetes, and knowing these along with paying attention to symptoms could help you get diagnosed so you can manage blood glucose carefully if necessary.

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What are the risk factors?

Children, young adults and those with an immediate relative diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes are in the highest risk category for Type 1 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes affects a greater population, and there are several more risk factors including but not limited to being over the age of 45, being overweight, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, family history of diabetes, high blood pressure, abnormal triglyceride or HDL levels, etc.

For more information on the process of diagnosing diabetes, the American Diabetes Association can be a great resource.

In addition to physical activity and a concentrated effort with diet, supplements make a great addition to the health routine of a diabetic or pre-diabetic. Nature’s Edge offers three, specially formulated options to support the body in regulation insulin:

1.) alpha lipoic acid

  • Antioxidant protection against free radicals that can damage cells, organs, and tissue
  • Helps improve insulin sensitivity
  • Promotes glucose metabolism, potentially lowering blood sugar levels
  • Promotes cellular health and is well tolerated
  • Studies show that alpha lipoic acid improves diabetic nerve damage symptoms  

2.) citramag®

  • Improves overall metabolic profile
  • Has a beneficial effect on insulin resistance
  • Helps promote healthy insulin production
  • Replenishes magnesium that is depleted by diabetic medications
  • Supports lowering blood pressure and assists in fighting inflammation

 3.) nac

  • Free radical protection; a powerful antioxidant
  • Replenishes glutathione (the body's principal antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and detoxifies harmful substances) which is often deficient with age and in chronic illness
  • Improves insulin sensitivity
  • Helps support cellular health and liver function 
  • Protects and supports a healthy respiratory and immune system
  • Delays muscle fatigue and accelerates muscle growth

*A portion of all sales from the diabetes support line will be donated to the American Diabetes Association.

 


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What's Up Doc?!

 
 First Woman Doctor in USA - Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)

First Woman Doctor in USA - Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910)

 

In honor of Women’s History Month, we thought we would celebrate America’s first female doctor. Meet Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States. In 1821 Elizabeth was born in England but at age 11 her father moved their family to New York City for financial reasons and because her father wanted to help abolish slavery. Accordingly, after his death in 1838 his children, including Elizabeth, would continue to campaign for women’s rights and support the anti-slavery movement.  

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While in her mid-20s, Blackwell had a friend suffering from a terminal disease who had felt embarrassed going to male doctors, lamenting that she would have fared better having a female physician. Deeply affected by her friend's words and struggling with an affair of the heart as well, Blackwell opted to pursue a career in medicine. But the road to becoming a doctor was not an easy one. As some other women did at the time, she studied independently with doctors before getting accepted in 1847 to Geneva Medical College in upstate New York. Her acceptance was deemed by the student body as an administrative practical joke.

Two years later, in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to receive an M.D. degree from an American medical school. She worked in clinics in London and Paris for two years and studied midwifery at La Maternité where she contracted ophthalmia neonatorum from a young patient. When Blackwell lost sight in one eye, she returned to New York City in 1851, giving up her dream of becoming a surgeon.

Blackwell returned to Europe and worked in London and Paris. She focused on midwifery at La Maternité, where she contracted a disease during a procedure on an infant that left her blind in one eye; making her unable to practice surgery as she had wished. Blackwell later returned to New York City and established a private practice, at first struggling financially again due to the prejudices of the day. She applied for a job as physician at the women's department of a large city dispensary but was refused. In 1853, with the help of friends, she opened her own dispensary in a single rented room, seeing patients three afternoons a week. The dispensary was incorporated in 1854 and moved to a small house she bought on 15th Street. Her sister, Dr. Emily Blackwell, joined her in 1856 and, together with Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, they opened the New York Infirmary for Women and Children at 64 Bleecker Street in 1857. This institution and its medical college for women (opened 1867) provided training and experience for women doctors and medical care for the poor.

Soon after establishing the college, Elizabeth Blackwell returned to England. She set up private practice and served as a lecturer at the London School of Medicine for Women. She eventually moved to Hastings, England. Elizabeth Blackwell died at her home there on May 31, 1910. A grand visionary who created opportunities for female physicians of the future, Blackwell published several books over the course of her career, including her 1895 autobiography Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women.

Visit this website for more reading on Dr. Blackwell and other amazing women of history:   AWH - all the kick-ass women history books left out!

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Stress, Stress Go Away!

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Let’s face it, too much stress is bad for the heart. Stress is a contributing factor to many, if not all health problems, but since it is Heart Month, let’s focus on how it affects the heart and how we can learn to fight stress.

If you're often stressed, and you don't have good ways to manage it, you are more likely to have high blood pressure, higher cholesterol levels, damage to your arteries, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, or the development and progression of coronary artery disease. Studies have linked stress to changes in the way blood clots, which makes a heart attack more likely.

The way you handle stress also matters. If you respond to it in unhealthy ways -- such as smoking, drinking alcohol, overeating, or not exercising -- that makes matters worse. On the other hand, if you exercise, connect with people, and find meaning despite the stress, that makes a difference in your emotions and in your body.

There is much truth in the old Chinese proverb - “When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.”

Top 10 Emergency Stress-Stoppers from the AHA

Emergency stress stoppers are actions to help you defuse stress in the moment. You may need different stress stoppers for different situations, and sometimes it helps to combine them. Here are some ideas:

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1.     Count to 10 before you speak or react.

2.     Take a few slow, deep breaths until you feel your body un-clench a bit.

3.     Go for a walk, even if it’s just to the restroom and back. It can help break the tension and give you a chance to think things through.

4.     Try a quick meditation or prayer to get some perspective.

5.     If it’s not urgent, sleep on it and respond tomorrow. This works especially well for stressful emails and social media trolls.

6.     Walk away from the situation for a while and handle it later once things have calmed down.

7.     Break down big problems into smaller parts. Take one step at a time, instead of trying to tackle everything at once.

8.     Turn on some chill music or an inspirational podcast to help you deal with road rage.

9.     Take a break to pet the dog, hug a loved one or do something to help someone else.

10. Work out or do something active. Movement and exercise is a great antidote for stress.


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