The Incredible Human Body!

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The human body is amazing. The sheer number of actions and reactions that occur in our body is mind-blowing! Just think about it for a minute: we don't have to contemplate breathing or blinking our eyes. Our body knows how to extract nutrients from food and discard what it can't use. Our body even knows how to protect and repair itself!

 

Much of this repair and rejuvenation occurs at night, when we sleep. On occasion, though, we get a front row seat to the body's repair processes. For example, if you injure your knee, and it swells or you get a stuffy nose and sore throat in response to an illness, these are examples of the body's natural repair system. They are examples of inflammation!

 

Is Inflammation Good or Bad?

Everything in moderation, right? Inflammation plays a key role in maintaining a healthy body. You have probably experienced acute inflammation in the form of swelling after spraining a joint or breaking a bone. Sometimes this is accompanied by redness or itchiness, and what the body is doing is optimizing the use of the vessels closest to the injury in order to send a surge of cytokines and white blood cells to the area to respond to the injury. The white blood cells are our fighters, sent by the immune system to ward of foreign invaders. They are our protectors, but when they surge to the site, swelling (inflammation) occurs. There is a similar effect with illness or allergens and a stuffy nose. 

In fact, inflammation is the process through which our bodies grow stronger! We all know that spending time on strength training makes you stronger. But how? Strength training makes tiny tears in the muscle, and when the muscle inflames and repairs itself, it gets a little bit stronger. Through training, you are literally breaking down your body for the purpose of strengthening. The concept is counter intuitive, but this is why rest is so important! It is quite the delicate balance, though, because if you push too hard, the muscle can strain or tear. In this extreme case, the body requires a massive amount of inflammation to repair the injured area and too much inflammation is not so good. 

Too much inflammation in the area can actually harm the healthy muscle tissue, even while repairing the injured or unhealthy tissue. The balance is the space between having enough inflammation to make the repair but not so much that healthy tissue is being damaged. 

                                                                     A stuffy nose is a sign of inflammation...the good kind!

Similarly, when we get sick, the body sends white blood cells to fight the invaders. The annoying runny nose and mucus-filled throat is actually a good sign. With a healthy body, this means the right processes are occurring to fight the invaders. This process does not last terribly long. However, since inflammation is the general defense against stress (anxiety, pollution, chemically engineered food, etc), our society is walking around chronically inflamed. When the body produces inflammation that is not needed, the excess can actually harm the body.

Through pollution, stressful lifestyles and contaminants in our food, we are psyching the body out. Our bodies have been tricked into thinking there is a constant threat, and in response, we get inflammation. So how do we work with our bodies to lessen the effects of this natural response but not hinder the body's ability to respond to real threats?

Teamwork!

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First of all, we must listen to our bodies! Body and soul have to work together - we cannot separate from our bodies, though so many people try. When you feel tired or sluggish or sick, listen to what you need. Take a break. Meditate. Drink a glass of water or eat something nutritious. Are you not getting the nutrients that you need to function well and live joyfully? Are you laughing? That helps bust stress! Anything that helps with stress will also help keep your inflammation levels in check. 

Many people have a preferred anti-inflammatory medication that they turn to when the body doesn't feel so good. But many of these are not natural options, and could be harming the body in other ways that aren't quite so visible. Our bodies are organic. They are natural and work best with natural solutions. Why not look for more natural solutions to help manage inflammation that is the result of constant stress?

Natural Solutions for Inflammation

At Nature's Edge®, our sole purpose is finding the most natural solutions to every day health issues. Since inflammation is such a HUGE health concern in today's stressed-out society, we have put extra emphasis on finding ingredients in nature that can work with the body to keep its natural defense mechanisms in check. We have four specially formulated supplements that were engineered with YOU in mind!

1.) QUELL-GEL™ is our newest addition to our anti-inflammatory supplements! This proprietary formula uses a synergistic blend of natural ingredients with known anti-inflammatory properties to work with your body's natural processes to ward off unwanted inflammation. It is the most powerful natural anti-inflammation supplement today!

2.) omega-gel® is one of our favorites! Omega-3 fatty acids have long been researched to benefit both the heart and brain, AND our formula has 400 mg EPA and 200 mg DHA, the perfect ratio for maximum benefit!

3.) curcu-gel® uses that famous orange-colored Indian spice, turmeric, in order to reduce the body's inflammation levels. Many rheumatoid arthritis sufferers and athletes have taken this particular supplement to help with joint pain from inflammation. It works great in combination with boswellia too!

4.) boswellia is created using the gum resin of the boswellia tree and is known for having powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Our boswellia uses BosPure®, a superior form of boswellia extract, to ensure maximum absorption!

HAVE YOU HEARD?

 

 

QUELL-GEL™ has been crowned the Queen of Anti-Inflammation

 

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This week, the newest Nature’s Edge® product, QUELL-GEL, BURSTS onto the scene to help you quell the fires of inflammation naturally!

In today’s world, there is no shortage of stress, and our body’s natural reaction to this stress is inflammation. When we are sick or injured, the body sends extra cells to the area of illness or injury to promote healing. This is why scratches turn red, sprains swell, and noses get stuffy.

Chronic inflammation, the response to constant stress, does more harm than good, and in today’s world we are constantly stressed. Pollution, anxiety, poor diet, etc. are all stressors. Yikes! In fact, research now indicates that chronic inflammation may be the root cause of so many diseases, from arthritis to cancer.

Nature’s Edge® Quell-Gel™ uses a synergistic combination of powerful, clinically tested ingredients carefully chosen from land and sea to assist the body in reducing inflammation.  

 


A Natural and Powerful Alternative
Take a closer look at each ingredient in this Proprietary Formula
and Quell the Flames Today!

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  Nature’s Edge® Quell-Gel™  uses a synergistic combination of powerful,  clinically tested ingredients  carefully chosen from land and sea to assist the body in  reducing inflammation.   

Nature’s Edge® Quell-Gel™ uses a synergistic combination of powerful, clinically tested ingredients carefully chosen from land and sea to assist the body in reducing inflammation.  

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Don’t forget to head over to Nature’s Edge® and pick up a bottle to try yourself!

A Built-in Health Barometer

Question:
What is the largest organ in the body?

Need a hint?
It is also the heaviest organ.

Still not there?
It is external.

Ready for the answer?
It is your skin!

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We are often seeking external solutions for little skin problems, but it is also important to look for underlying causes to skin problems you could be experiencing.  Skin tells us when our hormones are off balance, when our food choices have been less than perfect and when we are dehydrated. Actually, it also communicates when we are stressed or anxious. It is a great barometer for overall health!

I’m sure we’ve all had acne, rashes and dry skin and immediately reached for acne washes, antibiotic ointments, and lotion. But have you ever thought about trying to attack the problem from another angle?

If you read beauty news and blogs, you already know that people have been trying injections and other skin-deep cures for a while. While the promotion of supplements for overall skin health is a relatively new trend, seasoned vitamin-takers are well aware of the long term skin benefits that omega fatty acids, coenzyme Q10 and many others can provide.

For example, those who dehydrate easily might have dry skin. Drinking water and using lotion helps, but you are always one hot bath away from snakeskin legs. Adding a fish oil supplement can help! Omega 3 fatty acids nourish and hydrate skin from the inside out, soothing irritation and reducing visible signs of ageing. Ideal for eczema and psoriasis, it helps manage inflammation and calm and heal skin.

Antioxidants and many vitamins (A, C, E, etc.) can help keep the cells healthy. They help reduce free radicals and toxins and support the body in preventing damage to healthy cells. By the way, antioxidants are the top fighters against visible signs of ageing. Cool, right?

We are not suggesting you give up the lotion, and always remember to apply sunscreen! Simply be aware that youthful, glowing skin should be cared for from the inside out AND the outside in.

Visit us at naturesedge.com to learn more about some of these ways to care for your skin!

Looking specifically for the best supplements for skin? Our top recommendations are:

·         Omega-gel

·         Alpha Lipoic Acid

·         QGel

·         Curcugel


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)!


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.


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.