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Quick Overview

Adrenotone™ is a combination of standardized herbs and nutrients which are known for rejuvenating the adrenals. This product is designed to promote healthy cortisol levels, hypothalamic and pituitary function (HPTA axis), and catecholamine production (dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine).* Adrenotone™ does not contain glandulars.

Top Ten Supplements For Primo Health

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Taking vitamins and supplements without consulting with a nutrition professional can lead to unwanted health issues, and can end up being a waste of your money. It is best to do some sort of nutrition assessment like the Primo Blood Chemistry Analysis in order to identify any deficiencies or potential health issues related to nutrient deficiencies.

It is also very important to choose high quality supplements. Many discount store supplements are made with fillers and unnatural ingredients that can exacerbate symptoms. Some use synthetic versions of vitamins that are not easily absorbed or assimilated by some people.

The Health Benefits Of Vitamin D

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Modern lifestyle and diet have made the "d" in the vitamin D stand more for deficient than for anything else. The 2003 National Institute for Health (NIH) conference on vitamin D reported "a growing prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency in the U.S. population." Previous concerns over vitamin D toxicity along with a modern sun-phobic America are probable causes of this growing trend towards a lack of something good.

Growing concerns over skin cancers and aging skin have forced many of us out of the sun and into the dark about vitamin D. Dramatic increases in sun protection are suspiciously coinciding with decreases in blood vitamin D levels. But is this correlation really that mysterious? Not if one knows that sun exposure is the body's main source of vitamin D production. The Vitamin D Council website states that "the high rate of natural production of vitamin D3 cholecalciferol in the skin is the single most important fact every person should know about vitamin D..."

Vitamin D And The H1N1 Virus

Vitamin D may be a misnomer. Because our bodies can produce vitamin D by action of sunlight on our skin, most scientists consider it more of a hormone than a vitamin (Murray; 1996:39). Nonetheless, recent research is increasingly confirming the important role that this hormone/vitamin may be playing in the health of our country. Very recent studies may even show that it is protective against the H1N1 virus as well as a treatment for fighting this dreaded flu.

It has long been known that a deficiency of vitamin D can cause rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. But more importantly, the Vitamin D Council website reports that a deficiency of this vitamin "plays a role in causing seventeen varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, and periodontal disease. Some scientists even argue that exposure to the sun may even help prevent deadly forms of skin cancer, like melanoma."

Vitamin D From The Sun

As natural production of vitamin D from the sun is our most important source of this valuable substance, how much sun do we need? Recent research indicates that you need about 4,000 units of vitamin D per day (currently there is insufficient evidence to establish an RDA for vitamin D). According to the Vitamin D Council website, most of us make 20,000 units of Vitamin D after 20 minutes of exposure to the sun (sans sunscreen lotion). Therefore, exposing a large percentage of the skin to 15 - 20 minutes of sunlight (avoiding sunburn) would supply most of the needed supply of this vitamin. During the winter months, or for persons avoiding the sun for other reasons (ie, aging effects), there should be supplementation. Many health experts believe that cod liver oil is a good source of vitamin D during the winter. Vegetables are typically low in vitamin D, yet are highest in green leafy vegetables (Murray 1996:39).

Don't Overdo It

Over-supplementation of vitamin D can also lead to toxicity. "Increased blood concentration of calcium..., deposition of calcium into internal organs, and kidney stones are some of the characteristics of vitamin D toxicity" (Murray 1996:42). Care should be taken when supplementing with Vitamin D. Nonetheless, given the current trend towards deficiency of this supplement, the Vitamin D Council website claims that taking 2,000 units per day is safe for most individuals. Ordering a 25 hydroxy vitamin D test from your physician can be very helpful in determining dosage of the vitamin.

As the field of science and medicine grows, we may see more of this mixed-message type of recommendation occurring. However, it is the test of time that will reveal the truth about our bodies and how they function optimally. In the case of vitamin D, we sort of "threw the baby out with the bath water." As we continue to discover the importance of this seemingly simple vitamin, let us not waste time in implementing what we already know. Do not be afraid to spend a few moments a day in the sun without any sunscreen. And if you will be in the sun for an indefinite period of time, ensure any products that you use are safe to be absorbed by your skin. Remember that the liver needs to process those substances and remove them from the body along with everything else it has to do.

So it's not so bad to take a walk on the sunny side of the street!

Many people with chronic conditions are showing up low in Vitamin D. It may be necessary to supplement with vitamins to get the levels back up to healthy ranges. If you'd like to know more about Vitamin D testing and supplementation, sign up for a FREE Supplement Consultation.

The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

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Is that a sweet potato? Or is that a yam? Good question! I was confused myself for so long. But now I know there is a distinction. That orange colored flesh of the picture on the left is the sweet potato, though it is often labeled as a "yam." It comes from the plant family known as Convovulaceae, or Morning Glory. It is very different from the yam that comes from the Caribbean, which is an edible root of the Discorea genus. The true yam is rough and scaly. And its nutrient content is much different from the sweet potato. There are several varieties and colors of the sweet potato. To make matters even worse, the sweet potato is not a potato either!

The Health Benefits Of Quinoa

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You may be surprised to see an article about quinoa by a grain-free guy like me. But in actuality quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain but a seed. It is one of the least problem-causing "grains," can be  tolerated by most gluten sensitive individuals and is even accepted by some Paleo eaters (those who stretch the rules). It is a gluten-free grain that is versatile and has many health benefits with its strong nutrition status.

Quinoa is actually the seed of an herbaceous plant related to spinach and Swiss chard. The most popular seeds are a tan or yellow color. But several varieties and colors exist from black, to red, orange purple and pink. It has a rich nutty flavor with a tasty crunch.

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 4

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This week I've dedicated my blogging to the health practice of juicing vegetables for optimal health. If you've missed Part 1, Part 2 or Part 3 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, I suggest you back up and read those first.

By now I hope you're convinced you want to try juicing and you're pretty comfortable with knowing what you need to make a delicious, nutritious high quality juice. I only have a couple tips left and mostly want to help you with choosing the right equipment. If you've ever shopped for a juicer, I'm sure you know that the options are endless as are the price differences. Hopefully I can make the process of selecting the right juicer a little less daunting. But first I want to discuss something that always comes up when we discuss juicing vegetables.

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 3

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I hope by now you are realizing the many health benefits of drinking nutritious fresh raw juice. I hope you've either dusted off your old juicer or are considering buying one to boost your nutrition. If you don't have a juicer yet, I will discuss choosing the best juicer in Part 4 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health. If you missed Part 2 or Part 1 of the series, please go back and read those first.

Juicing does not cancel out a bad diet. It is important to build a diet around whole foods that are clean (organic), unadulterated (non-GMO) and fresh! Juicing organic vegetables is a way to augment that diet and be able to incorporate even more healthy nutritious disease preventative nutrients found in our rainbow of vegetables. Here I'm presenting a few more tips to make your juicing experience most palatable and beneficial.

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 2

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I've received a lot of interesting feedback on Part 1 of Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health. Mostly great feedback from people who love to juice as a part of their healthy diet. Then there are some who don't believe that juicing is a natural way to consume vegetables. The way I see it is if I can get people to eat more vegetables by juicing or by "hiding" vegetables in some of their foods (i.e., add spinach to spaghetti sauce), then I've done a great job of encouraging a healthier diet. Here is Part 2 of this series.

In Part 1 of this series I discussed what vegetables are good to start with. As you get accustomed to juicing and drinking liquid that is not sweetened, you can start to incorporate other nutrient dense vegetables.  The following are the vegetables recommended by Dr. Joseph Mercola in progressive order:

Tips For Juicing For Optimal Health, Part 1

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One of my favorite things to show my clients is how I juice my vegetables. Juicing is an excellent way to get more of the five to nine recommended servings of vegetables we should have every day. Juicing helps to clear the skin, improves vitality, cleanses the organs and is preventive of cancer and other disease. I highly recommend everyone to incorporate raw juicing into their health promoting diet.

Why Juice?

  • Juicing helps you absorb all of the beneficial nutrients from the vegetables
  • Juicing allows you to consume optimal amounts of vegetables in an efficient manner
  • Juicing allows you to incorporate a larger variety of vegetables than you would normally eat

Drink Vegetable Juice

When I recommend juicing, people will most often imagine fruit juices. However, fruit juices are high in calories and sugar content. They should be avoided because of their ability to raise blood sugar quickly. This is undesirable as it can lead to weight gain and many symptoms related to blood sugar imbalance.

The Health Benefits Of Kale

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My mother scattered some seeds in a pot for me a few weeks ago. I had no idea what they were but I proceeded to water the pot diligently hoping it was something I love. Well much to my surprise I now have a large pot full of kale! They are still growing and maturing, but I can easily recognize their curled up deep green leaves.

Some of you may cringe at the thought of eating kale, while others may be riling in pleasure. I find there are those who love it and those who hate it. I'm hoping that I may convince some of you who hate it to come over to the other side. Why? Because there is no doubt that kale is a super food and I highly recommend it as a part of a healthy plant rich diet.

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