Laughter is the Best Medicine

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
— E.E. Cummings

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Laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humor lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused and alert. It also helps you to release anger and be more forgiving. With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and frequently is a tremendous resource for surmounting problems, enhancing your relationships, and supporting both physical and emotional health. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun, free and easy to use.*

Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells - improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against cardiovascular problems.

Laughter may help you to live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.**

*Lawrence Robinson, Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Helpguide.org, Sept 2018.

**Cancer Treatment Centers of America® currently uses Laughter Therapy in their treatments.


LAUGHING IS CONTAGIOUS SO LET’S LAUGH MORE

  • Smile - smiling is the beginning of laughter.

  • Count your blessings - they will make you smile.

  • When you hear laughter, move towards it.

  • Spend time with fun, playful people.

  • Bring humor to conversations.

  • Don’t take yourself too seriously - lighten up.


Scientifically Speaking…

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“Laughter therapy gives our body various physiological changes, and has an influence on the physical temperature, blood pressure, lung capacity, heart rate, muscles in the musculoskeletal system, and brain activity, so it can have an overall effect in promoting health (Hayashi et al. 2007; Bennett and Lengacher 2009). Mentally, laughter therapy helps reduce unpleasant feelings such as tension, anxiety, hatred, and anger, alleviates feelings of depression, aids better interpersonal relationships, and improves insomnia, memory failure, and dementia (Takeda et al. 2010; Bains et al. 2015) … Laughter is a positive sensation, and seems to be a useful and healthy way to overcome stress. Decreasing stress-making hormones found in the blood, laughter can mitigate the effects of stress (Farifteh et al. 2014) … Therefore, it is effective and scientifically supported as either a single or adjuvant therapy. - from Therapeutic Benefits of Laughter in Mental Health: A Theoretical Review 


 
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Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain

FRIENDLY FATS AND YOUR HEART

Yes! We are talking about the all important Omega-3 fatty acids!

We can get high amounts of omega-3 fats from fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and anchovies; also from several high-fat plant foods such as flaxseed, walnuts, chia seeds and soybeans and in dietary supplements: Nature’s Edge highly purified and wild caught Omegagel® Fish Oil capsules.

Today we are focusing on CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH and the extensive research that has been done on EPA and DHA of Omega-3s specifically and their benefits.

“Most Americans (95.7%) are below the cardio-protective levels of omega-3 fatty acids – without even knowing it. A 2017 publication reported that low omega-3 intake was estimated to contribute to 54,626 cardiometabolic deaths.” [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5852674/pdf/nihms946949.pdf]

The many benefits that have been concluded through clinical studies and research are listed below with their substantiated research links for further reading.

Healthy Blood Vessels

Omega-3s support healthy blood vessels by decreasing arterial stiffness and increasing endothelial function.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=22317966

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=23029372

Reduce Blood Pressure

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An analysis of randomized controlled trials found statistically significant reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressure, a risk factor for coronary heart disease. This is as effective as lifestyle changes, like increasing physical activity, and restricting alcohol or sodium intake.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4054797/pdf/hpu024.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24610882


Lowers Triglycerides

Studies have demonstrated a 20-40% reduction in serum triglycerides with increased intake of EPA and DHA omega-3s.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3875260/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9571330

Reduces Heart Disease Risk

A study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that EPA and DHA omega-3 consumption may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, particularly in higher risk populations – a 16 percent reduction in those with high triglycerides and a 14 percent reduction in those with high LDL cholesterol. These findings are particularly relevant for the management of coronary heart disease risk.

https://www.mayoclinicproceedings.org/article/S0025-6196(16)30681-4/pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5183535/pdf/nihms833377.pdf

Reduction In Atrial Fibrillation

While the role of omega-3s in the prevention or treatment of atrial fibrillation is not yet fully established, there does appear to be strong evidence suggesting a role in reducing post-operative atrial fibrillation.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22681963

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27293143


Omega-3s and Healthful Eating

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People should get most of their nutrients from food, advises the federal government’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Foods contain vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and other substances that benefit health. In some cases, fortified foods and dietary supplements may provide nutrients that otherwise may be consumed in less-than-recommended amounts. 



STATEMENTS ON THIS WEBSITE HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION. PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.







NEWS FLASH: Studies Show That We Can Grow NEW Brain Cells Later in Life!

It was previously believed that the brain cells you had in your 20s were all you were allotted. New research shows the exact opposite! Adults with healthy brains are capable of growing new brain cells much later in life through a process called neurogenesis. These new neurons grow in the hippocampus and contribute to improved mood and better memory formation. They also help stop the decline in memory function and mood that traditionally come with aging. FASCINATING! Basically, this process helps you stay youthful into your later years!

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So how do we make sure we are well-positioned to generate these new cells into our later years?

Neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret gave the following tips in a recent TED talk[1]:

·      Stimulate your brain! Exposing your brain to new and novel ideas, travel, continued learning, mnemonic devices, reading, etc. all help to stimulate the hippocampus and generate new neurons.

·      Decrease stress! Stress hinders the neurogenesis process, so any ways you can find to decrease or handle better the stress in your life will assist in your efforts to generate new brain cells.

·      Prioritize sleep! This is prime time for the body to take care of itself. This includes the brain. Getting proper sleep (a recommended 7-9 hours per night) is so important to keeping the body AND the mind energized, healthy and happy…do not skimp on sleep.

·      Get busy in bed! And when you aren’t sleeping…Sex can stimulate neuron growth by increasing blood flow to the brain. Yippee! Sex also releases happy chemicals (endorphins, serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin) and can be great for aiding sleep and decreasing stress.

·      Exercise! Moderate to vigorous exercise gets your blood flowing and releases happy chemicals (endorphins, serotonin, dopamine). People who exercise are proven to be sharper, happier and more energetic.

·      Make healthy food choices! Keep calories down, eat flavonoids (berries, dark chocolate), consume omega 3 fatty acids (fatty fish, nuts, seeds, etc) decrease alcohol consumption (best choice is red wine because of resveratrol makes this “neurogenesis neutral” choice) and avoid foods with trans-fat. Also, according to Japanese research, a soft diet impairs neurogenesis. It is better to choose foods that require chewing or crunching to increase neurogenesis.

·      Choose supplements carefully! Many supplements on the market today are promoted specifically for their brain health benefits. Of course a great multi-vitamin will benefit your whole body. But also, Nature’s Edge® offers several different supplements that have huge brain benefits:

o   Omega-gel – Highly purified, wild caught omega fish oil with a high DHA content, which is great support for the brain.

o   Curcugel – This turmeric supplement is specially formulated for maximum absorption. Studies suggest that turmeric can support the connections between brain cells and supports the production of a protein in the brain responsible for cell survival, maturation and maintenance.

o   QGel® - CoenzymeQ10 supports the cellular energy production process in both the heart and the brain. QGel® is a highly bioavailable form of coenzymeQ10, proven to have a 3x the absorption rate in the body of other coenzymeQ10 supplements.

 

[1] Taken from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/neurogenesis-how-to-grow-new-brain-cells_us_56253c16e4b0bce347019a2c


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Quell the Flames!

Looking to reduce your inflammation?

Aren't we all! Luckily, Nature's Edge® has a brand new, powerhouse supplement specially formulated to quell the flames of inflammation that are keeping you from living your best life. Want to learn more about this product? Read on! But first, a story...

...three times a week, I coach a free couch to 5k program through my local running group. Often the coaches and the participants will linger after the training session and chat. Last night's chat revolved mostly around healthy diets and how difficult it is to stay diligent in the summer. One person chimed in about how much red meat he has eaten this week alone. Another commented that beer and chips have been her problem so far. A mom jokingly complained that having her kids home in the summer makes it hard to avoid the chicken fingers and fries.

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People talk about the weight they gain, the stress of the summer schedule, the lazy days spent floating down the lake and the feelings of sluggishness and exhaustion that they experience as they trudge through the season that is supposed to be full of energy and fun.

There is no question that food is fuel and what you put into your body is what your body gives you back, but what if we dig deeper? What exactly are these foods doing to our systems? Many of these summer foods fall into the category known as "inflammatory foods," meaning they can stress the body. Our bodies combat this stress with inflammation, and before we know it, we are the victims of chronic inflammation and inflammatory disease.

 

What are some ways to combat inflammation?

  • Diet! Not sure what to eat to help calm the inflammation? Visit NaturesEdge.com for a list of anti-inflammatory recipes!
  • Find healthy ways to deal with stress (hello, meditation!)
  • Move your body! Studies show that even 20 minutes a day can reduce your inflammation levels! (On the flip side, 
  • Take a deep breath (stress busting).
  • Get good sleep! This is when the body repairs and rejuvenates...there is a reason it is called beauty rest

 

Not sure if you suffer from inflammatory diseases or chronic inflammation?
If you have or have ever had any of these, you do:

  • Arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Active hepatitis
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic peptic ulcer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • The list goes on and on!

But wait, isn't there a new POWERHOUSE supplement that can help with inflammation too?

YES! After many months of research and clinical testing, Quell-Gel™, also known as the "Queen of Anti-inflammation" is ready! Using a proprietary formula that was developed with YOU in mind, Quell-Gel plucks the best of nature to deliver a powerful anti-inflammatory anti-oxidant with proven benefits! Already convinced? It is available NOW on Amazon - click below to purchase!

 

So...What are these natural ingredients and how do they your body?

 

 

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