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Green Lipped Mussel Eases Arthritis

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Arthritis, Food, Herbs, Learn, Slider | 0 comments

Green Lipped Mussel Eases Arthritis

Are your joints painful and stiff? Do you have inflammation of the joints? Do you suffer from arthritis?

If you have said yes to any of the above questions then your joints are probably ready for a little help. We all know that arthritis arises from inflammation in the joint either due to autoimmune reasons or wear and tear. It is the ongoing inflammation that causes the pain and inability to move fully. Taking anti-inflammatories long term is one way to manage painful arthritis but unfortunately it will lead to damage of the stomach lining. Thankfully there are natural ways of managing inflammation that do not compromise your gut lining but may even protect it.

In the case of Green Lipped Muscle extract, not only does it reduce inflammation it also helps protect your joint from further damage due to it containing glycosaminoglycans (GAGS). GAGS are a major component of cartilage and synovial fluid in the joint. They aid the joint tissue by providing elasticity, flexibility, tensile strength and repair. It is noted that the severity of your arthritis is related to the loss of GAGS in and around the joint.

Three reasons to take Green Lipped Muscle for your arthritis

  1. helps reduce inflammation by inhibiting inflammatory biomarkers
  2. a study showed that 1g Green Lipped Muscle a day helped alleviate Rheumatoid Arthritis due to anti-inflammatory effect of Eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA) and joint protective factors (GAGS)
  3. Green Lipped Muscle can inhibit the ability of aspirin to cause peptic ulcers

So why continue to put up with painful arthritis when you could take something as simple as Green Lipped Muscle each day and gain great results.  Green Lipped Muscle comes as capsules and we at Go Vita Nowra recommend a minimum daily dose of  850mg from a cold physical extraction process (no heat treatment).

If you have any further questions on Green Lipped Muscle and its benefits for you don’t hesitate to drop in and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.

 

Reference: Hyperhealth

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7 Reasons you should take Bilberry for your Eyes

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Food, Herbs, Learn, Slider | 0 comments

7 Reasons you should take Bilberry for your Eyes

Do you find bright lights annoying?  Are you as blind as a bat in the dark?  Do you sit in front of a computer all day and get eye strain?  Is your eyesight slowly getting worse?

If you have said yes to any of the above questions then your eyes are probably ready for a little help.  Our eyes are one of our five senses and in this day and age probably one of the most important ones.  We rely on our eyes from the moment we wake till our head hits the pillow at night.  During the day we should be able to walk outside without squinting from the glare and at night we should be able to adapt to dark quite easily.  For most this is not so.

Bilberry is a variety of blueberry that has been found to be quite marvellous for eye conditions. This herb has been thoroughly researched and its benefits in the body are numerous due to its powerful antioxidant ingredients.

Seven reasons to take Bilberry

  1. alleviates eye fatigue of all kinds including eye fatigue caused by reading, driving and using computer terminals
  2. effective in treatment of sensitivity to bright lights
  3. retards the progression of cataracts
  4. improves night vision by accelerating the ability to adapt to dark or dim lighting
  5. alleviates short sightedness
  6. protects against the development of glaucoma and helps to prevent age-related macular degeneration
  7. helps prevent the onset of retinopathy in Diabetes patients

So why continue to walk into walls at night and suffer eye strain due to work when you could take something as simple as Bilberry each day and gain great results.  Bilberry comes as capsules and we at Go Vita Nowra recommend a minimum daily dose of 10000mg.

If you have any further questions on Bilberry and its benefits for you don’t hesitate to drop in and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.

 

Reference: Hyperhealth

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Stop Experiencing Digestive Discomfort Today

Posted by on Aug 12, 2013 in Detox, Gut, Learn, Nutrients, Slider | 0 comments

Stop Experiencing Digestive Discomfort Today

Do you feel bloated and heavy after every meal? Do you suffer from heartburn and indigestion? Are you starting to react to everything you eat?

If you have said yes to any of the above questions then you most likely lack digestive enzymes.  Digestive enzymes play a vital role in our body.  They are responsible for the breakdown of all our food so that we can get all the nutrients required for health. Digestive enzymes have a direct correlation with your health, the higher the enzyme reserve the stronger our immune systems and vice versa. When food is not broken down properly due to lack of enzymes it usually ends up causing many digestive problems from indigestion to heartburn and leaky gut syndrome. Also allergies and food intolerances are directly linked in most cases to the bodies ability to breakdown food properly.

Unfortunately many things affect the levels of enzymes from stress to ill health.  It has been found that in acute illness levels of enzymes rise dramatically whilst in chronic conditions it is the opposite.  In stress situations the body turns off digestion (who wants to have a meal when a dinosaur is trying to eat us).  But our food itself affects the levels needed. Studies have shown that cooked food and heavily processed foods require very high levels of digestive enzymes as opposed to raw foods that contain most of the enzymes required themselves.

There are many types of supplemental enzymes available and we recommend microbial enzymes rather than animal derived, for the reasons listed below:

  1. Microbial enzymes are active in pH range of 3-9 (greater than animal derived which have a very narrow range and are also destroyed in low pH)
  2. Microbial enzymes exhibit activity throughout the digestive tract unlike animal derived which only work in specific zones

So why continue to put up with digestive discomfort when taking digestive enzymes each meal can gain great results.  Microbial enzymes come as capsules and we at Go Vita Nowra recommend a minimum dose of 1 with each meal.

If you have any further questions on digestive enzymes and their benefit for your health don’t hesitate to drop in and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.

Reference: Hyperhealth

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Take Olive Leaf to Prevent Flu and Help Your Heart

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in Herbs, Immune, Learn | 0 comments

Take Olive Leaf to Prevent Flu and Help Your Heart

Do you catch every flu going round?  Does it take you ages to get over a cold?  Want to prevent getting ill this winter?

If you have said yes to any of the above questions then your immune system is ready for a little help.  Whilst avoiding every cold is not always possible we should not fall at every opportunity. Modern life with its bad eating habits, chemicals and stress all play a role in weakening our immune systems leading us more prone to illness. Herbal medicine gives us the opportunity to help support our bodies in a gentle way to bring balance.

Olive leaf is a brilliant immune support as it  helps boost your immune system and fight off various viruses and bacterias. It also helps to lower raised blood pressure and  works as a powerful antioxidant.

Olive leaf has been thoroughly researched and its benefits in the body are numerous mainly due to its powerful antioxidant ingredient oleuropein.

Seven reasons to take Olive leaf

  1. inhibits or suppresses replication of many viruses eg. epstein-barr, common cold, influenza, herpes simplex 1&2
  2. clinically proven to prevent or shorten duration of cold or flu infections
  3. may alleviate sinusitis
  4. may alleviate tonsillitis. (To help soothe a sore throat you can open a capsule and gargle in water or gargle liquid directly.)
  5. studies show the oleuropein is responsible for helping lower blood pressure
  6. has vasodilatory effect thereby increasing blood circulation to the heart
  7. contains the powerful antioxidant oleuropein

So why continue to catch every cold and suffer through the winter months when you could take something as simple as Olive leaf extract each day and gain great results.  Olive leaf now comes standardised with a high dose of oleuropein as capsules or liquid and we at Go Vita Nowra recommend a minimum daily dose of 82mg oleuropein.

If you have any further questions on Olive leaf and its benefits for you don’t hesitate to drop in and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.

Reference: Hyperhealth

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Reduce Weight, Improve mood and Increase Sex Drive Now

Posted by on Apr 29, 2013 in Learn, Nutrients, Weight loss | 0 comments

Reduce Weight, Improve mood and Increase Sex Drive Now

Do you suffer from depression?  Is your thyroid under functioning?

If you have said yes to any of the above questions then you may require tyrosine.

Tyrosine is an amino acid that is needed to produce a number of hormones, especially thyroxine as well as neurotransmitters epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine. Thyroxin is used to regulate the thyroid which controls metabolism, skin health and mental health. Whilst the neurotransmitters are needed to transmit nerve impulses and prevent depression as well as increasing concentration, memory, alertness and a positive stable mood. Tyrosine is classified a non-essential amino acid and can be found in meats, dairy products and many vegetables.

Seven reasons to take Tyrosine

  1. Tyrosine helps suppress appetite and reduce body fat (by alleviating hypothyroidism)
  2. Study showed tyrosine helped with weight loss in obese patients who were hypothyroid
  3. Alleviation of stress, anxiety and increase in mental alertness from tyrosine supplementation were all found in a medical study
  4. Increase in sex drive due to increase in dopamine which is vital to mood and mental function
  5. A deficiency in tyrosine can result in apathy
  6. A case study by Braveman showed a woman gave up smoking successfully by taking 2g of tyrosine a day
  7. Caffeine intake reduces tyrosine levels in the body

So why continue to suffer from depression or symptoms of hypothyroidism when something as simple as Tyrosine each day may give you great results.  Tyrosine comes as powder or tablets and we at Go Vita Nowra recommend a minimum daily dose of 1000mg. The optimal time to take tyrosine is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. There are a few medications and conditions that tyrosine cannot be taken with so please check with our Naturopaths in store before taking.

If you have any further questions on tyrosine and its benefits for you don’t hesitate to drop in and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.

 

Reference: Hyperhealth

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5 Reasons You Should Take Phytosterols with Globe Artichoke to Lower Your Cholesterol

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Food, Herbs, Learn, Nutrients | 0 comments

5 Reasons You Should Take Phytosterols with Globe Artichoke to Lower Your Cholesterol

Do you have a cholesterol reading of higher than 5.5mmol/litre? Do you have or is there heart disease in the family? Are your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels higher than the HDL (good cholesterol)? Are you on cholesterol lowering drugs?

If you have said yes to any of these questions then it is important to keep your cholesterol under control as it is a major risk factor for heart disease. The important criteria for cholesterol other than the total reading is the split between the good and bad cholesterol. The bad cholesterol – low density lipoproteins (LDL) are the ones that can be deposited, when oxidised, into the blood vessels causing plaques which in turn may clog arteries and lead to a condition known as atherosclerosis and a higher risk of heart disease. Whilst the good cholesterol – high density lipoproteins (HDL) help to remove excess cholesterol from the blood stream and take it to the liver to be excreted from the body. But remember it is not only from the diet that bad cholesterol is found but the liver itself can also produce bad cholesterol as well as excrete cholesterol.

There is now a new formula on the market that is targeted at reducing your LDL cholesterol levels. It contains a plant phytosterol compound that has been up till now only available in very low levels in margarine products. It also contains the herb globe artichoke.

Five reasons to take a phytosterol formula:

  1. study in The Journal of American Medical Assoc (JAMA) showed that plant sterols can lower cholesterol as effectively as statin drugs
  2. by avoiding margarine products you are not exposing yourself to unnecessary intake of trans fatty acids (linked to heart disease)
  3. phytosterols are able to block absorption of dietary cholesterol, reducing LDL cholesterol levels by up to 24% over a period of 4-8 weeks
  4. study showed that globe artichoke in a high enough dose will inhibit the bodies own production of LDL’s
  5. globe artichoke also repairs and regenerates the liver like St Mary’s Thistle and helps to lower total serum levels of cholesterol

So why continue to play dice with your cholesterol levels when one tablet a day of the strongest phytosterol formula on the market could make all the difference to your long term health.  We at Go Vita Nowra recommend a minimum dose of 3g of globe artichoke a day with your phytosterols for best results. If you have any further questions on the phytosterol formula and its benefits for you, don’t hesitate to drop into Go Vita Nowra and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.

Reference: HyperHealth

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Are You Getting the Right Calcium?

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Learn, Nutrients | 0 comments

Are You Getting the Right Calcium?

Do you suffer muscle cramps or insomnia? Have you been diagnosed with osteoporosis? Do you have vertical ridges on your nails?

If you have said yes to any of the above questions then you are most likely deficient in calcium.  Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. It makes up 1.5-2% of the total body weight and the bones contain about 99% of this.  Not only does calcium play a major role in building and maintaining bones and teeth, calcium is also important in much of the bodies enzyme activity. The contraction of muscles, release of neurotransmitters, regulation of heart beat and the clotting of blood all depend on calcium.

But as is always the way not all calcium’s are the same and nor is everyone’s need for calcium equal.  Caffeine, alcohol, phosphates (found in fizzy drinks), high protein diets, sodium (table salt), aluminium containing antacids and sugar can all increase the excretion (loss) of calcium from the body.

The primary source of calcium is of course from our diet and it does not only come from dairy products as is often thought but also from foods such as soy, nuts, seeds (esp. sesame seeds), legumes, and vegetables all contain high doses of calcium.  But often we need a little extra help from a supplement and this is where the confusion comes in.

Not all supplements are equal and some are just completely useless.

Calcium carbonate is the most common sold form of calcium and is one of the hardest for the body to absorb; it can have an absorption rate as low as 4% in those with low stomach acid, whereas other forms of calcium such as calcium citrate, calcium hydroxyapatite, calcium lactate, calcium gluconate have absorption of about 45% in similar circumstances.  (Low stomach acid is used here as the worst case scenario).

Four points to look for when choosing a good quality calcium formula

  1. does not contain calcium carbonate
  2. contains magnesium and Vitamin D – essential for the absorption and assimilation of calcium into the bones
  3. contains lysine – increases uptake from stomach lining
  4. has boron – increases the bone building function of oestrogen, it can decrease body calcium loss by up to 50%, it is essential for converting Vitamin D into active form whereby it activates bone building components and interestingly,  a deficiency in boron inhibits the absorption of calcium

Remember no matter what calcium you come and choose make sure you take it at night as this is the best time for calcium to be absorbed and it also helps you to achieve a good calm night’s sleep. If you have any further questions on which Calcium is best for you don’t hesitate to drop in to Go Vita Nowra and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.

Reference Hyperhealth

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Now available … a REAL total body detox

Posted by on Feb 11, 2013 in Detox, Herbs, Learn, Nutrients, Weight loss | 0 comments

Now available … a REAL total body detox


Are you feeling sluggish and tired post the party season? Did you eat lots of rich and sugary foods over Xmas time? Have you been drinking too much alcohol? Is your diet high in animal products?

 

If you have said yes to any of the above questions then your body needs some Spring cleaning! Rich foods, animal products, alcohol and high sugar all cause stress on the bodies normal cleansing mechanisms, especially the liver and bowels. Going on some crazy diet like grapefruit juice will not aid your body but cause more distress. To detox properly all body systems must be addressed; liver, kidneys, lymphatic and bowels. Too often a detox is based on a powerful laxative and lets face it most people feel better after a good purge but the liver never gets any support and it is the organ who works the hardest everyday. You also cannot detox in three days, it took you maybe months if not years to get into this mess and three days will never get you out!

 

Total body detox is designed to last one month and addresses all body systems

  1. high dose St Marys Thistle to help repair, restore and revitalise your liver
  2. also contains gentle liver cleansing herbs dandelion root and turmeric
  3. contains traditional blood and bowel cleansers red clover, yellow dock and burdock
  4. fibre supplement included helps regulate bowel function thereby clearing waste from the body effectively
  5. contains NO harsh laxatives or diuretics
  6. chlorella is included, powerful agent in removing heavy metals from the body, also contains chlorophyll (natures natural internal deodorant)
  7. all capsules taken once a day making it easy to do

So make the decision to detox your body today and gain great results.  Total body detox comes as capsules and we at Go Vita Nowra recommend the monthly dose regime with a diet high in leafy greens, fruit, vegetables and whole grains.

If you have any further questions on total body detox and its benefits for you don’t hesitate to drop in and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store. Or if you are looking for  personal guidance in creating a healthy life, make a free half hour appointment with our Health Coach today and discuss how together you can reach your health and lifestyle goals.

Reference Hyperhealth

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Glucosamine – No Need to Suffer Joint Pain

Posted by on Aug 8, 2011 in Arthritis, Learn, Nutrients | 0 comments

Glucosamine – No Need to Suffer Joint Pain

NO NEED TO SUFFER PAINFUL JOINTS WITH AMAZING NEW TABLETS

Are your joints painful and stiff? Do you have inflammation of the joints? Do you suffer from arthritis?

It appears that as we age, we lose the ability to manufacture sufficient levels of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. The result is that cartilage loses its ability to act as a shock absorber and the weight-bearing joints, like the knees, hips and joints of the hands are often the first to be affected. In the affected joints, there is cartilage destruction followed by hardening and the formation of large bone spurs in the joint edges. Pain, deformity and limitation of motion in the joint results.

But now with the discovery of three important nutrients there is no need to suffer.

How these three nutrients can help you:

  1. Glucosamine – suppresses inflammation, and tells cartilage to decrease destroying and start building
  2. Chondroitin – rebuilds damaged cartilage and helps maintain the resilience of cartilage
  3. MSM – improves blood circulation, reduces inflammation and gives pain relief

So why continue putting up with arthritis when you could take something as simple as a tablet containing all three nutrients once a day to help ease and repair the cartilage.

Glucosamine is not a quick fix but takes around six weeks to see initial results and then it is the continual maintenance that will make the most difference.

We know from clinical experience that you can experience great relief. We personally know a gentleman who had stopped playing golf eight years ago due to arthritis in his elbow but with the help of glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM he now plays every weekend with no complications.

We at Go Vita Nowra recommend a minimum daily dose of around 1500mg glucosamine combined with chondroitin and MSM.

If you have any further questions on glucosmine, chondroitin and MSM and their benefits for you don’t hesitate to drop in and ask our qualified Naturopaths in store.

Reference Hyperhealth

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