<![CDATA[Nature's Sunshine]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 20:01:11 GMT Thu, 09 Apr 2020 20:01:11 GMT LemonStand <![CDATA[How to stay focused]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/how-to-stay-focused https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/how-to-stay-focused Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:00 GMT

In today’s fast-paced, screen-based society, it seems more common than ever for us to feel a lack of focus in life. Adults and children alike seem to suffer from an inability to stay on task. We can’t focus at work. We can’t focus on homework. Our eyes and attention flit from one source of stimulation to the next and we struggle to concentrate on the tasks at hand.

If you find it difficult to concentrate and feel easily distracted, you may have a dopamine deficiency. The brain chemical dopamine affects our drive and focus. It steers motivation, attention span and the ability to feel pleasure. People with lower dopamine levels tend to experience apathy, moodiness, fatigue, low motivation, lack of focus/concentration and insomnia. Stimulants like caffeine and sugar temporarily increase dopamine levels but they disrupt the natural processes and result in lower levels of dopamine over time. 

How can I increase dopamine levels?

  1. Get plenty of sleep
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Add certain foods to the diet, including almonds, bananas, eggs, fish, chicken and avocados


Remember to slow things down. Learn to meditate, practice mindfulness or take up tai chi. A 20-minute meditation session can help improve attention and lower anxiety, anger and depression. 

Just about everyone would love to have an edge when it comes to boosting brain power and knowing how to stay focused. And with an aging population, there has been a greater interest in brain-boosting nutrients than there was just two or three decades ago. Truth is that certain vitamins, herbs and nutrients may help provide natural and powerful support for the nervous system under fire. Whether you seek greater focus and concentration, a memory boost, or just want to feel like you’re thinking at max capacity, it may pay to try “brain pills” or brain supplements. 

Nature’s Sunshine Products for Focus, Brain Health and Energy

Mind-Max® contains magnesium l-threonate (supports neural synapses and easily crosses the blood–brain barrier) plus gotu kola, Bacopa monnieraand ginkgo. These herbs are well-known to benefit circulation and brain health. Mind-Max supports brain function, memory and concentration.

Focus Attention provides important nutrients for normal brain-stimulation levels, restful balanced mental activity and healthy energy levels. It also supports blood circulation and neurotransmitters in the brain.

Brain-Protex with Huperzine A features ginkgo, lecithin complex and huperzine A to support brain health and facilitate circulation to and within the brain. It may also help slow the breakdown of acetylcholine.

Energ-V contains micronutrients important to the thyroid, a gland acting as the body’s energy thermostat. This formula provides essential nutrition to the glandular, nervous and circulatory systems to help support normal energy metabolism and glucose utilization.

Check out more of the Nature's Sunshine mood, stress and sleep range or top up your energy levels 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Beautiful skin]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/beautiful-skin https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/beautiful-skin Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Our skin is the largest organ in the body, composed of the same connective tissues that are found around bones and muscles. It is continuously shedding dead cells and produces a new protective layer every 27 days.

Our skin reflects not only what we expose it too externally but what is going on within the body. Symptoms of a poor diet, irregular bowel movements, inflammation and gastrointestinal conditions can all show up on our skin.

We cleanse, exfoliate, tone, moisturise, and try the latest beauty serums and cosmetic procedures in an effort to look the very best we can. But we also need to look at our diet, stresses, sleep and toxins that all contribute to the long term health and appearance of our skin.  

We know poor digestion can make us feel lethargic, bloated and irritable but can also lead to skin blemishes and break outs. Having a sluggish bowel means that faecal matter is in the bowel for longer than necessary. This can put extra strain on the body’s natural ability to cleanse the organs, thus compromising their ability to do their jobs effectively. Keeping the gastrointestinal system healthy is essential to optimum vitality and well-being.

A balanced, nutritious diet rich in fruit and vegetables is also essential for healthy skin. The skin needs good nutrients to maintain its integrity. We live in a fast paced society that is relying on over processed, convenience based, sugar and fat laden foods. These processed foods are often low in the vitamins and minerals we need to not only function optimally but look our best.

Add superfoods such as chlorophyll into your diet to bolster your green nutrients, and include antioxidants like vitamin C to aid collagen production and protect against free radical damage. 

Nature's Sunshine has an extensive, premium range of nutrient rich supplements that can get you looking and feeling your very best this summer. 

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<![CDATA[Commitment to Health]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/commitment-to-health https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/commitment-to-health Sun, 29 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT Nature’s Sunshine Products Inc. is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers and distributors of premium quality health supplements in the natural health and wellness market and proudly stands behind its 47 year legacy of quality manufacturing and product excellence.

Nature’s Sunshine invests millions of dollars annually into Quality Assurance and Quality Control, which covers domestic and international vendor audits, cutting-edge equipment, qualified personnel, testing methods and lab materials, documentation review and more.

Nature’s Sunshine has built a reputation for having the highest quality in the industry by consistently investing the time and resources to ensure that what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle. This starts with sourcing raw materials from trusted and verified vendors. Prior to using a vendor’s materials, Nature’s Sunshine scientists visit their facilities and conduct lengthy audits to ensure they are harvesting and processing plant material to Nature’s Sunshine’s high standards.

Superior quality also includes the manufacturing of Nature’s Sunshine’s own products in its state-of-the-art, climate controlled, 200,000 square-foot facility in Spanish Fork, Utah. Nature’s Sunshine scientists use High Performance Liquid Chromatography, infra-red analysis, Thin Layer Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry and other scientific methods and equipment to test raw materials—and finished products—to verify correct plant species and parts are present.

Nature’s Sunshine quality experts conduct a battery of tests to check for possible contaminants, including heavy metals, dirt or other impurities, yeast, mold, bacteria, pesticides, herbicides, 2 radiation, etc. Analytical assays are used to verify vitamin and mineral content claims. All told, Nature’s Sunshine has at its disposal over 600 different quality and purity tests it can use for materials and finished products in addition to the advanced analytical equipment and science experts to perform the job well.

Its 47-year legacy of quality, service and integrity has made Nature’s Sunshine a veritable benchmark in the health supplement industry. Nature’s Sunshine was selected as one of America’s Most Trustworthy Companies by Forbes magazine, and was one of just four companies in the entire “pharmaceuticals” category to be so singled out. The Company remains completely committed to excellence in development, manufacturing, quality control and customer satisfaction as it offers safe, efficacious and innovative choices to people seeking wellness.

Nature’s Sunshine. Advancing the Science of Feeling Better™

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<![CDATA[Depression]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/depression https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/depression Tue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 GMT When life gets full on and you’re dealing with stress, disappointments or grief, it’s normal to go through a rough patch. However, when the feelings last for an extended period of time and get in the way of everyday life, symptoms of depression can start to creep in. Victims of depression experience waves of troubling emotions and physical problems that can affect wellbeing.

Depression can be viewed as a whole-body illness, one that affects the body, the nervous system, mood and behaviour. It alters the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself and the way you react to and think about the people and things around you. Being depressed is more than “feeling down” for a day or two,  it usually continues for weeks or months at a time.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), if a person is experiencing more than 5 symptoms from the following list, then this is indicative of the presence of depression.
Depressed mood for more than 2 weeks (most of the day, nearly every day); loss of interest or pleasure in previously enjoyed activities; significant changes in appetite, eating and weight gain/loss; significant changes in sleep; fatigue ; significant changes in activity; feelings of guilt and negative self-worth; reduced concentration and dark thoughts.

Seeking professional help is important and there are things you can do yourself to help manage your depression. Here are a few ideas: embark on a regular exercise regime, have good quality sleep, understand what triggers depression for you (e.g., lack of sleep, too much stress); join a support group; eat healthily by preparing unprocessed meals with a fresh fruit and vegetable focus; reduce stress as much as possible and learn relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation. Also of interest in the natural medicine world is the supplemental form of SAM-e.

SAMe, also known as S-Adenosylmethionine  is a derivative of the amino acid methionine that is formed in the body when methionine combines with adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the major source of cellular energy.  It helps the body produce more mood-enhancing (or “feel good”) neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. 

For those with anxiety due to a fading memory then Brain Protex offers suppoprt. This powerful formula has been specifically designed to protect brain cells from free radical damage and help sharpen mental function. It features nutrients proven in scientific studies to support impaired cognitive abilities, associated with nutritional deficiency, aging or as the result of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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<![CDATA[Women's Health]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/womens-health https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/womens-health Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) involves a variety of physical, mental, and behavioural symptoms that occur in the 1-2 weeks before a woman's period.  A significant portion of menstruating women are believed to suffer from this syndrome. Symptoms often vary between women and typically become more intense in the 2-3 days prior to the period then resolve around the start of menstruation. Common symptoms include acne, tender breasts, bloating, water retention, tiredness, sugar and food craving, irritability, anxiety and mood changes.

PMS occurs around the time that is known as the luteal phase, which is the latter phase of the menstrual cycle. At this time, an egg is released from the ovary during which the level of a hormone called progesterone increases in the body, while the level of another hormone, estrogen, begins to decrease. The shift from estrogen to progesterone may cause some of the symptoms of PMS.

Although the specific causes of PMS are not clear, several factors may be involved. The changes in progesterone and estrogen can have an affect on the level of serotonin, a brain chemical that regulates many functions, including mood and sensitivity to pain. Compared to those who do not have PMS, some women who experience PMS have lower levels of serotonin in their brains prior to their periods. (Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with depression). Also chemical changes in the brain, stress, and emotional problems, such as depression, do not seem to cause PMS but they may make it worse.

Bloating and water retention is another common symptom of PMS. This may occur because of cycling in hormones that affect the kidneys, the organs that control the balance of water and salt in the body. Fluid overload ma y cause some of the symptoms of PMS, especially swelling and weight gain, and may also aggravate some negative self-perceptions, and thus worsen emotional symptoms at this stage of the menstrual cycle. It is never a nice feeling looking down at your belly and feeling like you have gone up a dress size.

Low levels of vitamins and minerals, high sodium, alcohol, and caffeine can exacerbate symptoms of PMS. The good news is that there are many herbal preparations available that may assist in replenishing the body around this time.

Vitamin B6. This important vitamin plays a vital part in synthesising certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that control your mood and behaviour. It is helpful for PMS sufferers experiencing tiredness, mood swings and food cravings.

Magnesium is classed as ‘nature’s tranquilliser’ and so is vital in those aspects of the pre-menstrual symptoms which relate to anxiety and tension. A magnesium deficiency can cause blood vessels to go into spasms so if you suffer from menstrual migraines and or abdominal pain magnesium can be useful in preventing these spasms.

Chaste Tree (Vitex Agnus Castus) is the herb of choice for PMS and all the symptoms that can arise. It has a balancing effect on the female hormones.

Black Cohosh supports the female reproductive system providing help for common symptoms of PMS including menstrual cramps and bloating.

 

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<![CDATA[Heavy Metal Detox]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/heavy-metal-detox https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/heavy-metal-detox Sun, 28 Apr 2019 00:00:00 GMT The human body is exposed to many environmental toxins. These can be naturally occurring compounds such as lead, mercury and cadmium, and there are human-made chemicals like bisphenol A (BPA). This compound is widely used in the manufacturing of plastics and epoxy resins that are used in food and drink packaging, water, baby bottles, metal can linings, bottle tops, and water supply pipes. Amongst the other common environmental toxins are pesticides. Most conventional food production uses pesticides; therefore people are exposed to low levels of pesticide residues through their diets. 

All these solvents entering the body can, over time, decrease the optimum functioning of its organs. The body’s immune system may become compromised as it tries hard to cleanse the body of poisons, and the elimination organs such as the liver and kidneys can become overloaded.

Eventually symptoms may start to appear as allergies. Chemical allergies may present themselves as skin reactions, watery eyes, ringing in the ears, stuffy nose, diarrhoea, nausea, upset stomach, asthma, bronchitis, arthritis, fatigue, eczema, intestinal disorders and head aches. If these conditions are manifesting then it is indicating the immune system has become overloaded.

Try to remove or reduce exposure to these contaminants. Simple things such as washing fruits and vegetables, buying organic and chemical free products where possible, and reducing the use of BPA and similar plastic products will all help to reduce the toxin load entering the body.

Ingesting foods with natural ingredients that are high in antioxidants such as vitamins, minerals and herbs may also help to counter the effects of external toxins. Nature’s Sunshine Heavy Metal Detox is a potent natural detoxification support product. Not only will it help replenish vital minerals and vitamins but can provide support for the major detoxifying organ, the liver.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Time For Number Twos]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/lbs-ii https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/lbs-ii Thu, 21 Feb 2019 00:00:00 GMT There is so much information about the do’s and don’ts, the how to, the how many, the shapes, the sizes and smells of poos, yet, lets be fair, no one wants to really talk about it. But the bowel plays an extremely important role in many aspects of our health that it simply can not be ignored.

For optimum health, the bowel should move every single day. The amount of waste matter that ends up in the bowel (the colon is approx. 5ft long on average) is between 3 and 5 kg every day. It is not only food (remember most of the food you ingest is not absorbed into the body as it only needs the microscopic nutrients in the food fibre) that ends up in the colon on a daily basis; it is also all the dying body cells and waste that ends up in the colon. In other words it gets very full each day and thus should be emptied daily. If foods stay in the bowel too long bowel bacteria etc. can start to become imbalanced bringing unpleasant side affects.

Healthy bowel movements are those that allow you to empty your colon often enough that you don’t feel bloated or in pain, and you don’t have to strain hard to get the job done. Much can be learned about your overall health by the shape, size, smell and colour of your faeces, which is made up of undigested food, bacteria, mucous and dead cells.

Sadly however there are millions of visits to doctors each year for gastrointestinal and bowel conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's, colitis, constipation, leaky gut and bowel cancer; one of the highest rates in the world. The good news is maintaining good colon health is easy, and the things that are good for your colon are also good for your heart, brain, kidneys, liver, skin, hair, and overall well-being.

If you do experience uncomfortable bowel movements, or they become irregular, don’t ignore the situation. It could simply be your diet is lacking fibre, you’re dehydrated or not getting enough exercise. Vacations and other types of travelling can cause changes in your bowel habits as you are often eating different types of food, not moving as much and are out of your usual bathroom routine. Another common reason is medications as many of these can have a side-effect of constipation.

To keep the digestive process working smoothly, try to include daily servings of fruits and vegetables and high-fibre grains, good oils, water, remember to move, exercise regularly, keep a healthy weight and limit alcohol, caffeine and smoking.

To bolster your daily routine you can also add in natural supplements such as Nature’s Sunshine LBSII. This gentle formula is designed to support bowel regularity, digestive and liver function, helps cleanse and detoxify toxins and parasites and aids symptoms of intestinal discomfort.

 

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<![CDATA[Food Cravings]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/food-cravings https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/food-cravings Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 GMT Vegetables

 

If you are craving something, your body is speaking to you. Listen to it! For example, if you are craving sweets, your body may need chromium, phosphorus, sulfur, or tryptophan. Instead of turning to sweet treats all the time you can take a supplement or find the needed nutrients in the foods you eat. For example, chromium can be found in broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, and chicken. 

Another craving you might get is for bread. It may mean that your body is in need of nitrogen. You can find nitrogen in meats, beans, and nuts. If you are craving soda or other carbonated drinks, eat high-protein foods that contain nitrogen.

Some cravfatty foods. If that’s the case for you, give your body some calcium. When it comes to calcium, it is important to know that calcium and magnesium depend on each other for proper assimilation in the body. Calcium is found in mustard, broccoli, kale (basically any dark green vegetable) as well as legumes and cheese.

One last craving that we’ll mention is salty foods. It may mean you need chloride, which can be found in fish. 

The next time you have a craving, try adjusting your diet and see if the craving goes away.

 

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<![CDATA[Healthy Bowels]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/healthy-bowels https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/healthy-bowels Sun, 28 Oct 2018 00:00:00 GMT When it comes to topics of the “nether regions” addressing what is happening, and more importantly, what isn’t happening down there is not often a subject embraced with enthusiasm.

If the bowels aren’t functioning quite as well as they should we often grin and bare it, hoping it will work itself out eventually. Unfortunately irregular bowel movements can lead to skin breakouts, headaches, fatigue, bad breath, excess gas, bloating,  constipation, irritability and cramps.

Infrequent bowel movements can leave faecal matter in the bowel for longer than necessary. This can put extra strain on the body’s natural ability to cleanse the organs thus compromising their ability to do their jobs effectively. Keeping the gastrointestinal system healthy is essential to optimum vitality and well-being.

The small intestinal system and the colon both play an important role in your digestive system. Stress, medication, poor dietary habits, inadequate fibre, dehydration and lack of exercise can wreck havoc on the intestinal system.

Small intestinal system

  • Reabsorbs water and electrolytes and sends them back into the blood stream
  • Eliminates cellular waste and toxins released from cells
  • Eliminates digestive by-products and indigestible substances

 Colon function

  • Absorbs water and minerals
  • Formation and elimination of waste
  • Houses over 700 species of bacteria, some of which are considered friendly bacteria, that protect us against harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungus

Did you know…

  • Diet directly influences the diversity of microbes in the intestines
  • Undigested meat and other foods cause mucus build up in the colon - this build up can produce toxins that enter the blood’s circulation
  • Resisting the urge to have a bowel movement causes waste material to build up and become compacted, leading to constipation


Bowel health questions

  • Do you smoke?
  • Do you drink alcohol daily?
  • Do you exercise less than 3 times a week for 30 minutes?
  • Do you eat red meat more than 3 times per week?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Do you regularly eat processed foods?
  • Do you have infrequent bowel movements?
  • Is your stool hard and dry?
  • Can you have a bowel movement without straining?
  • Do you eat less than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily?
  • Do you consume less than 25 grams of fibre per day? (One apple contains 5 grams)
  • Do you have a stressful lifestyle?

If you feel your digestive function is not quite right and a there are few too many “yes” answers, then diet and lifestyle factors should be addressed. Natural supplementation can support not only any unpleasant symptoms but provide support for long term, optimal bowel and digestive function. Check out these popular products from the Nature's Sunshine Digestion and Bowel support range 

 

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<![CDATA[Overeating]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/overeating https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/overeating Sun, 26 Aug 2018 00:00:00 GMT Hamburger 

Is your hunger physical, emotional, or a little bit of both? Research is exploding with labeling the overeating experience. 

One example reports people can be (1) a “social overeater” where you continue to eat with those around you in social situations; (2) “checked out” described as being disconnected from body cues and mindlessly overeating while distracted or bored; (3) “emotional eater” where you are attempting to cover an emotional feeling by eating too much food; (4) “strong cravings” where you don’t understand why you continue and overeat specific foods.

Still others classify overeaters as being overworked, grazers, misunderstood, or traumatized.  Dr. Tory Butterworth, licensed professional counselor for compulsive overeaters, believes people easily fit into more than one category:

  • Overworked eaters put other’s needs before their own
  • Grazers have a hard time making decisions about what to eat, lack structure
  • Misunderstood overeaters are sensitive, intuitive and need to learn to speak up for themselves

Regardless of your type of overeating, emotion is at the root.  A 2012 study in the Netherlands indicated that emotion was the initiating and continuing reason to overeating in obese women.  When compared to normal weight participants, another study reported that the intensity of negative emotions towards appetizing foods was higher in obese participants.  Meaning all food, whether healthy or not, created feelings of guilt and frustration in the obese.

Your Personal Food Environment

Bonnie Liebman, Director of Nutrition at the Center for Science in the Public Interest wrote in her Nutrition Action Healthletter, “Calories don’t count if you eat standing up, you eat off someone else’s plate, you’re just straightening the edges of a pie or cake, the refrigerator door is still open, or you eat really quickly.”  Comical, but I think everyone can relate.

Think about whom you eat with – or do you eat alone?  Do you eat at the dinner table or standing next to the counter? How about in your car?  Do you much all day at your desk, or mostly eat out?  How fast do you eat?

Research shows that bright lighting causes us to eat faster, and that music distracts us so we overeat (of course, so does television.)  We are served something in a restaurant and we rationalize that it must be an appropriate size or we wouldn’t have been given it.  Dieting is restriction; mindfulness is enjoying food.

We must develop new habits to create a healthier lifestyle. What if before we began our meal we paused for a minute (or better yet, two!) and really tried to come into tune with our body.  Ask yourself if you are eating for calorie needs or for emotional needs.  Do you really need this food, or do you just like the smell and taste.  What are the thoughts and feelings going through you at the moment?

Observe the food.  This about its origin, where it came from and what it will do for you.  Eat with all your senses.  What if you ate more slowly and savored the food instead of inhaling it?  How many seconds can you go before the first bite?  And what if instead of taking 12 bites each minute, you only took five?  What if instead of saying “I can’t have that,” you say, “I can have that but I don’t want it”?

Set yourself up to succeed.  Instead of thinking, “Tomorrow I’m going to start working out in the gym twice a day and making my own meals three times a day” you start with achievable goals – like making dinner at home several times this week.  Set yourself up to succeed, not fail.

And what if you do mess up?  Don’t throw in the towel with one mistake.  Really ask yourself what your personal health vision is for you, something that you want more than anything else.  Then ask yourself what is holding you back from attaining it.  Be willing to put your health as top priority and realize that not overeating is a statement of self-love.  

 

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<![CDATA[Blood Pressure]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/blood-pressure-rising https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/blood-pressure-rising Mon, 25 Jun 2018 00:00:00 GMT Today's fast past lifestyle is enough to raise anyone’s blood pressure. House prices are rising, food costs are rising, rising rates of disease, raising children, the only things that aren’t rising are salaries and interest rates, and combined, that’s enough to raise anyone’s blood pressure.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a condition in which the pressure exerted by the blood on artery walls is abnormally high, potentially causing artery damage and health problems over the long term. It affects up to 1 in 5 New Zealanders and is a significant contributor to the incidence of heart disease and stroke.  

Blood pressure varies throughout the day in response to factors such as excitement, stress and exercise, and it increases as we age. It is generally recommended that men over 45 years and women over 55 years should have their blood pressure checked regularly, along with the following groups of people;

·         Those who have had a strokeheart attackhigh blood cholesterol or diabetes

·         Those who have a history of high blood pressure

·         Those who are overweight

·         Pregnant women

·         Women taking oral contraceptive medications

·         Those who have a family history of heart disease

Poor diet, high body mass index, physical inactivity, excess alcohol and smoking, account for 60% of life lost to cardiovascular disease, with 1 in 6 NZ adults taking high blood pressure medication. Medications are often required on a long term basis and can come with side effects such as: fatigue, cold extremities, cough, skin rash, impotence and light-headedness.

So before you jump on any pill popping journey you might want to find a healthy diet and lifestyle balance and start reducing your risk early; preventative heart care is the best form of defence.

Include a natural supplement like Nature’s Sunshine HSII, formulated to support the cardiovascular system and healthy blood pressure. It has circulatory properties that may benefit the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart muscle and support overall cardiac function and health. 

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<![CDATA[Greens for the whole family]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/greens-for-the-whole-family https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/greens-for-the-whole-family Sun, 29 Apr 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Kids, and some male folk – you know who you are - can become vegetable magicians, slipping peas to the pets, burying mushies under mash, and planting broccoli in the pot plants.

Parents will often turn to sly and devious ways just to slide greens into the family diet and that’s because we know how important these nutritious superfoods are. Fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, provide a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants essential for building strong healthy bodies.

Boiling veges to beyond an inch of their life or thinking the “raw only” movement is the way forward can have anyone running for the hills. To stop turning into a veggie loather and into a veggie lover is often in the preparation.

Fresh, home grown and seasonal produce is often crisper, juicier and tastier making for a more pleasant eating experience. Homemade smoothies, stir fry’s, soups and stews are great options to jam pack in an abundance of vegetables converting even the hardest critic.

For those of us on the run, perhaps may over indulge a bit too often, or need a little extra support to bolster up our 5+ a day then how about including a shot of Nature’s Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll. This power packed green superfood is a delicious and convenient way of getting a daily green nutrient hit providing the equivalent to 2 ½ cups of spinach in each 15ml dose.

  • Nutrient and antioxidant rich
  • Promotes cleansing and detoxifying
  • Supports healthy digestion
  • Promotes circulatory and immune health
  • Encourages balanced pH levels
  • Internal deodoriser

Nature’s Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll is 100% natural, free from parabens, alcohol and palm oil - suitable for the whole family

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<![CDATA[Dehydration]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/dehydration https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/dehydration Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:00:00 GMT If you could point to the very first thing that determined your health and wellness, it might be water. Or more specifically, drinking enough of it.

Depending on your weight and age, the amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. The average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%. The percentage of water in infants is much higher, typically around 75-78% water, dropping to 65% by one year of age. With those numbers, hydration becomes critical for many of the body’s functions.
 
If you struggle drinking water during the day try adding a squeeze of lemon or infusing water with your favourite fruits or herbs. Nature's Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll is ideal for adding into your water bottle. This green superfood not only gives the water a delicious minty taste but provides valuable nutrients. In fact just 15mls of liquid chlorophyll equals the equivalent of 2 1/2 cups of spinach!  

The infographic below provides a great explanation about what happens when we don’t drink enough water:

 

 

Fatigue

Water is the most vital source of energy in the body. Dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down, resulting in tiredness and fatigue.

Asthma and Allergies

When dehydrated, your body will restrict airways as a means to conserve water. In fact, the rate of histamine produced by the body increases exponentially as the body loses more water.

High Blood Pressure

The blood is normally about 92% water when the body is fully hydrated. When dehydrated, the blood becomes thicker causing resistance to blood flow, which results in elevated blood pressure.

High Cholesterol

When the body is dehydrated, it will produce more cholesterol to prevent water loss from the cells.

Skin disorders

Dehydration impairs the elimination of toxins through the skin and makes it more vulnerable to all types of skin disorders, including dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as premature wrinkling and discoloration.

Digestive Disorders

A shortage of water and alkaline minerals, such as calcium and magnesium, can lead to a number of digestive disorders, including ulcers, gastritis and acid reflux

Bladder or Kidney Problems

With a dehydrated body, the accumulation of toxins and acid waste creates an environment where bacteria thrive, resulting in the bladder and kidney to be more prone to infection, inflammation and pain.

Constipation

When short of water, the colon is one of the primary regions the body draws water from in order to provide fluids for other critical body functions. Without adequate water, wastes move through the large intestines much more slowly or sometimes not at all, resulting in constipation.

Joint Pain or Stiffness

All joints have cartilage padding which is composed mainly of water. When the body is dehydrated, cartilage is weakened and joint repair is slow resulting in pain and discomfort.

Weight Gain

When dehydrated, cells are depleted of energy. As a result people tend to eat more when, in reality, the body is thirsty.

Premature Aging

When chronically dehydrated, the body’s organs, including its largest organ, the skin, begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely

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<![CDATA[Travel Health]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/travel-health https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/travel-health Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:00:00 GMT

Sitting for long periods of time or stuck in a car all day can have us break a normal routine of good hydration, balanced nutrition and regular movement. Movement stimulates the gut, so sitting for long periods of time can cause bowel movements to become irregular. In turn, this can lead to unwanted and uncomfortable symptoms like bloating, indigestion and gas.

Those who have headed abroad, having survived the airport queues, the plane, train and bus trips and questionable food options, can then be hit by roaring diarrhoea or brutal constipation.

Time differences can pose a problem. Many people have a normal bowel movement routine, but when jetlag or a new time zone shifts that schedule it can mess up that routine. We often trade in our daily exercise, litres of water and fibre-fortified morning cereal for buffet feasts, afternoon drinks and hours lazing by the pool only to end up experiencing traveller's constipation. 

Because everyone’s microbiome is different, there’s no one-size-fits-all trick for preventing traveller’s constipation, but there are a few methods that typically prove helpful. Drinking plenty of water and eating high-fibre foods makes it easier for stool to pass through the intestines. Also it’s important to move around regularly, this helps overall circulation and your bowels will be happier for it.

Laxatives may come to mind when needing a quick fix for constipation. These can cause cramping with urgent, explosive movements and can lead to a lazy or dependent bowel. A gentle, natural option is Nature’s Sunshine LBSII. It can be taken every day to support bowel regularity, elimination of toxins, comfortable digestion and healthy liver function. This is an ideal addition for any traveller or for those who are inactive or spend a lot of time sitting.

Diarrhoea and parasites are another traveller’s nightmare.  Drinking contaminated water, eating rich delicacies, exotic street food, contact with animals and questionable hygiene can leave even the seasoned traveller running for the nearest loo.

Nature’s Sunshine Activated Charcoal is your first aid must have. Charcoal is a well-known remedy for food poisoning, diarrhoea, intestinal gas, nausea, and vomiting. This fast acting remedy absorbs and removes harmful toxins, cleansing and detoxifying irritants from the gastrointestinal system.

Parasites can also be picked up home or abroad, with many of us not even knowing we have them. Symptoms can include diarrhoea, abdominal pain and cramps, bloating and gas, constipation, nausea, fever, fatigue, weight-loss, food allergies, hives, yeast infection, irritability and immune dysfunction.

This is where Nature’s Sunshine Para-Cleanse is a must for travellers. Broad spectrum ingredients help kill off and expel parasites and their eggs, whilst soothing the gastrointestinal tract and boosting the immunity.  Parasite cleansing is designed to rebalance disturbed intestinal bacteria, restore poor digestion, prevent allergic exposure, and repair the gut.

 

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<![CDATA[CoQ10]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/coq10 https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/coq10 Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT There are a lot of wonderful things about turning 40. You enter a new age of confidence and often have more free time and money to spend as family and careers are bedded down. But, heading towards middle age can come with a new list of health concerns, aswell.

Entering middle age shouldn’t throw you into a health crisis, but it should make you more aware of what your body needs. As you age, your body’s ability to naturally heal and produce necessary elements weakens, and you will need to start helping your body along through healthy eating, regular exercise, nutritional supplements and a balanced lifestyle.

Although adding supplements to your routine will most likely become a necessity, you don’t want to start mixing a large vitamin cocktail just yet. In fact, single supplements can have numerous positive effects on the body. Coenzyme Q10  is one example of a multi-functional supplement that can help your body in multiple ways. Here are a few reasons to use CoQ10 after you turn 40.

Repair Mitochondria

Inside our cells is mitochondria, the cell’s energy center. The mitochondria is essential to cell life, and it is where CoQ10 is produced. CoQ10 is a vitamin-like coenzyme that feeds the mitochondria with energy and acts as an antioxidant to fight damaging free radicals.

As we age, our mitochondria weakens. Some studies have related this decline to reduced physical activity as we age, but others suggest it is simply reduced production of important molecules like Coenzyme Q10. Both occur as we enter middle age making our cells weaker and more vulnerable to abuse, leading to visible signs of aging and disease.

Luckily, CoQ10 can be taken in a natural daily supplement, which feeds your cells with the energy necessary to continue to fight aging and illness, even as your body stops producing the coenzyme on its own.

Excellent Antioxidant

Although the mitochondria is essential to cell life, and consequentially life itself, it also produces free radicals, which are uncharged molecules that roam the body for extra electrons to balance themselves. Free radicals steal electrons from cells, damaging cells and causing degeneration and disease.

Antioxidants are the body’s main defence against free radicals, they seek them out and gobble them up before free radicals can destroy cells. CoQ10 has proved to be somewhat of a super antioxidant. CoQ10 iis a fat-soluble antioxidant capable of regeneration, making it extra powerful. 

Antioxidants are naturally found in foods, but as you age your body loses its natural ability to produce antioxidants while increasing production of free radicals, so food eventually isn’t enough to defend your body against damage. CoQ10 is a natural supplement that feeds your body this super antioxidant with ease.

Aid Heart Health

CoQ10 is an energy producer for cells, and because of that it is most prevalent and most used by the organs that use the most energy–the liver, kidneys, pancreas and heart.

Our hearts require more energy to run efficiently as we age, but studies show using a CoQ10 supplement can help give your heart the energy it needs. 

Reduce Oxidative Stress

Research has shown that middle age is a particularly stressful time in our lives. Coping with leaving (or returning) children and caring for elderly parents, among other stressors, can be difficult. External pressures combined with internal damage causes oxidative stress, what scientists are finding to be the leading cause in aging.

Oxidative stress happens to cells naturally as we age, but is sped up by excessive damage from free radicals. The evidence often appears on our skin, as it becomes loose, wrinkled and pale, but also may affect our immune system.

One of the best ways that we know of to combat oxidative stress is increasing antioxidants to fight free radicals, and CoQ10 is an excellent free radical defender that has proven to aid in reducing oxidative stress in cells.

Boost Skin Health

Skin becomes a major concern entering middle age. All those years of ignoring your parents’ advice to use sunscreen and wash your face is finally starting to show. When we age our skin loses hydration, making more prone to wrinkling, age spots and thinning.

Now is the time to start taking that advice into full effect. Always wear sunscreen and hydrate your skin by drinking plenty of water and using a daily moisturizer. You can also protect your skin by keeping your cells healthy, and that means fighting oxidative stress and boosting your antioxidants, both of which can be done seamlessly with CoQ10.

Energy Production

We’ve learned a bit about CoQ10’s energy producing qualities, but why is that important in middle age? The energy our cells need is called ATP, which is created in the mitochondria using CoQ10 to convert carbohydrates and fatty acids into energy. Glucose, in addition to CoQ10, is an essential part of the ATP process.

Although the studies about CoQ10 and glucose are unsure (some say it helps with glucose production, others say the opposite), the coenzyme is undeniably necessary for ATP creation. As your body’s ability to create ATP naturally diminishes, you may want to use a supplement such as CoQ10 to help give your cells energy.

Manage Healthy Cholesterol

It’s important to carefully monitor cholesterol as we move through middle age. Studies have shown that CoQ10 could support cholesterol levels already in the normal range through its powerful antioxidant properties, which have been shown to keep LDL cholesterol from oxidation while re-energizing the mitochondria in the heart cells.

Conclusion

Optimal health can be achieved with a balanced, healtyhy lifestyle  - don’t wait until it’s too late or simply give up. Supplements, such as CoQ10, can have numerous positive effects on your body, just remember to choose a reputable quality brand, not lead by price.

Nature’s Sunshine CoQ10 supplements use a patented lipid blend to keep CoQ10 from crystallizing and becoming less absorbable, yielding maximum bioavailability. When it comes to your health, never settle for anything less than Nature’s Sunshine.

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<![CDATA[Prostate Health]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/prostate-health https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/prostate-health Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMT The prostate is one of the male sex glands. A normal prostate is about the size of a walnut and lies just below the bladder and surrounds the beginning of the urethra. The urethra is the tube that runs through the penis and carries urine from the bladder and semen from the sex glands.

 As the prostate is a sex gland, its growth is influenced by male sex hormones. The chief male hormone is testosterone, which is produced mostly by the testicle.

For most men (at least at some point in their lives) prostate health, thinking about it, talking about it, and seeing the doctor about it, is an uncomfortable subject avoided like the plague. But prostate health it is not something that can be ignored. That small gland can grow, and when it does, it can create some unpleasant symptoms.

  • Frequent urination
  • Discomfort while urinating
  • Uneven flow
  • Pressure to urinate frequently and feeling like you can not fully empty your bladder


Enlargement of the prostate is one of the most common disorders occurring in men over 50 years of age. If left untreated, continued enlargement of the prostate eventually obstructs the bladder completely and emergency measures become necessary.

To keep the prostate healthy it is important to maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and stop smoking. Include antioxidant rich fruits and nutrient rich supergreens in to the diet.  Also let your doctor know if you have a family history of prostate cancer. Having a father or brother with prostate cancer more than doubles a man's risk of developing this disease.

Using a daily supplement such as Nature's Sunshine Saw Palmetto is also a great option. Scientific research validates the use the use of Saw Palmetto for supporting prostate health. Itcontains a compound used by the body to manufacture cortisone. Cortisone is an adrenal hormone that helps regulate the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, sodium, potassium and proteins. It is used primarily to support glandular tissues (especially the prostate gland) and to maintain optimal balance in hormone levels.  It also contains polysaccharides that may have immune-boosting properties.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Nervous System Health]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/nervous-system-health https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/nervous-system-health Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT You are electric! Everything in your body is connected through nerve cells, electrical impulses, and chemical messengers. You could say that the nervous system “wires” us together. The nervous system consists of conscious and unconscious areas of the Brain, Spinal column and Peripheral Nerves

Conscious/Voluntary

  • Perceive through senses
  • Move skeletal muscles
  • Regulate conscious actions

Unconscious/Involuntary

  • Known as “Autonomic”
  • Keeps your heart beating
  • Digests your food
  • Regulates temperature
  • Makes sure you breathe
  • Takes care of everything you don’t have to think about!

Autonomic Nervous System 

This is divided into the Sympathetic , which gets us charged or “wired up” and the Parasympathetic, which helps us wind down and relax.

The Sympathetic Nervous System
When we’re excited, stressed or scared, the sympathetic nervous system:

  • Tenses our muscles
  • Makes our heart beat faster
  • Moves blood away from digestive organs
  • Shuts down elimination

The Parasympathetic Nervous System 
As we relax and unwind, the parasympathetic nervous system:

  • Moves blood to the digestive organs
  • relaxes muscles
  • Aids elimination
  • Initiates healing and self repair

Your brain is complex:

  • Houses 98% of your body’s neurons
  • Makes up only 2% of your body weight
  • Consumes 25% of your oxygen
  • Consumes as much as 20% of your sugar

You are What You Eat

This phrase particularly applies to the brain. A “junk food” diet short-circuits your mental attitude and your emotional responses creating a “trashy” brain. With todays poor diet, nervous system disorders like stress, depression, anxiety and insomnia are on the rise.

Care For Your Brain and Nerves

The nervous system is probably the most nutritionally sensitive system in the body. Long before you feel physical conditions, you’ll notice mental and emotional conditions from poor nutrition, such as:

  • Fuzzy thinking (brain fog)
  • Absent mindedness
  • Mental confusion
  • Nervousness

These can lead to chronic insomnia, anxiety, depression and memory loss.

Other Facts about the brain:

  • The brain is 70% water,  so it is sensitive to dehydration
  • 50-60% of the “dry” weight of your brain is fat, 35% being omega 3
  • DHA is most abundant type of omega 3 in the brain
  • B-vitamins are essential to lower risk for Alzheimer’s and dementia

The Brain and Blood Sugar
Your brain consumes the most glucose of any organ. But, if you get too much sugar, you might experience:

  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness

If you don’t get enough sugar, you may experience:

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Mental confusion
  • Shakiness
  • Fatigue

But just because your brain needs sugar, doesn’t mean you should fill it with candy. Simple sugars contribute to brain fog. Complex sugars found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains stabilise blood sugar and nourish the brain. And try to include protein and good fats with your meals.

Age Related Memory Loss

  • Mostly associated with oxidative stress
  • The brain is sensitive to inflammation and free radicals
  • Feed the brain with antioxidant-rich foods
  • Nature's Sunshine Grapine Combination is a great way to get antioxidants into your diet

Toxins and the Nervous System

Toxins pose a significant threat to the nervous system. Some of the toxins we’re exposed to frequently include:

  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Chemical solvents
  • Pesticides & herbicides
  • Excessive caffeine
  • Refined sugar
  • White flour
  • Hydrogenated oils

How Stress and Anxiety Affects the Brain

  • Stress response is healthy and normal – too much is hurtful
  • Sympathetic nerves are activated (wind-up)
  • Parasympathetic are inhibited (relax)
  • Blood shifted from digestive organs to muscles

Consequences of Long-term Stress

  • Most dangers aren’t physical, but feel like a threat to our survival
  • Continuous activation of the stress response can lead to “burn out”
  • Many people live with emotional and nervous exhaustion

5 Helpful Ways to Manage Our Stress

  1. Stop and Take a Deep breath — Fastest way to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This can restore calm and clear thinking. Breathing slow and deep counteracts the effects of stress.
  2. Use Adaptogenic Herbs (Nature's Sunshine Adaptamax) — Adaptogens mediate the output of stress hormones, which gives you clearer thinking and helps you feel calmer and more relaxed.
  3. B-Vitamins help you be calm — B-vitamins are vital for the nervous system. When depleted, refined carbohydrates increase anxiety and nervousness. Look to whole grains and take a good anti-stress vitamin and mineral supplement like Nature's Sunshine NutriCalm
  4. Get Physical and Active — Stress hormones prime the body for action. Even taking a walk when stressed clears your head.
  5. Pamper Yourself — Pleasurable experience does more good for the body than a stressful one does harm. Pleasure enhances health, energy, and emotional well being. Get a massage, engage in a hobby or activity. Take a relaxing bath, listen to beautiful music, and surround yourself with pleasant fragrances.

 

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<![CDATA[Cholesterol – Friend or Foe?]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/cholesterol-friend-or-foe https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/cholesterol-friend-or-foe Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Cholesterol is a fat carried in the bloodstream. It comes from the foods we eat but made mostly by your liver. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly, but having too much can create a fatty build up in your artery walls, narrowing the arteries and restricting blood flow.

Your risk for heart disease and heart attack goes up as your LDL cholesterol level rises. The goal is to lower your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels enough to reduce your risk for coronary heart disease, heart attack, and other related health problems.

High cholesterol is best addressed with lifestyle changes such as exercising and a healthy diet, but if you've made these changes and your cholesterol levels remain high, your doctor may recommend medication.

Dietary changes include:

·         Reducing  fat in the diet, especially saturated fats

·         Increasing fruit, vegetables and fibre

·         Eating complex carbohydrates

 

Lifestyle changes include:

·         Regular exercise

·         Stop smoking

·         Maintaining a healthy body weight

·         Limiting alcohol 

Medicines can help control high blood cholesterol, but they don’t cure it. Two common types of cholesterol lowering medications are “statins” and “fibrates”.  Statins can reduce total cholesterol levels by 30-50%. Fibrates work by lowering LDL and increasing HDL.

Unfortunately statin drugs can cause a variety of side effects, including abdominal discomfort, constipation or diarrhoea, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, dizziness, headaches and sleep disturbance.

Fortunately, red yeast rice has been shown to be a natural alternative. It not only is said to help lower total cholesterol, but also raise HDL (high-density lipoprotein) levels and lower lipoprotein (a) - a damaging blood fat similar to LDL cholesterol. Individuals with high plasma levels of lipoprotein (a) have a 10 times greater risk for heart disease than individuals with elevated LDL levels.

Red Yeast Rice has been used for centuries. It is produced by fermenting rice with red yeast (Monascus purpureus). The finished product, red yeast rice, contains important substances known as monacolins, which have the ability to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase—an enzyme responsible for cholesterol synthesis in the liver. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors help regulate the body’s cholesterol production and increase the liver’s removal of LDL cholesterol from the blood.

Numerous studies have confirmed that red yeast rice demonstrates a direct inhibitory effect on HMG-CoA reductase activity and cholesterol synthesis. Red yeast rice also contains sterols (beta-sitosterol, campesterol, stigmasterol, sapogenin), isoflavones, monounsaturated fatty acids and trace elements that likely assist in lowering serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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<![CDATA[Managing anxiety]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/managing-anxiety https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/managing-anxiety Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:00:00 GMT Worries will happen in life. However, worry is not productive, according to Jason Moser, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. “It’s something we do over and over again, without much resolution.” 

Anxiety can lead to debilitating results if it gets out of hand. If you find yourself regularly suffering from occasional anxiety, it is time to make a change, and consider these 10 habits of anxiety-free people:


Habit One: Goal Setting

Setting goals helps you have direction and vision, as well as hope. Hope is very important for those who are prone to anxiety. Think of goals as blueprints for your life. Not only will having goals reduce anxiety but they can also help increase success. According to the Harvard’s MBA Statistics Page 3% of Harvard MBAs make ten times as much as the other 97% combined, and this is attributed to setting written goals for the future.


Habit Two: Focus on Good

If you want to be anxiety free, you need to stop feeding the anxiety. No more complaining about it, as that makes it your focus, and increases anxiety instead of the other way around. Many with anxiety make themselves the victim. When we complain about a problem we focus on the problem instead of the solution, and thus increase anxiety.


Habit Three: Taking Action

Many people “educate” themselves about the best things they can do, but never implement those things. Those with anxiety may spend hours learning about how to reduce it, when that time could be better spent implementing some of those ideas. Choose a path and take action, be productive, and stick with what is working for you. Anxiety-free people don’t just think about what they could do, they actually do it.
 

Habit Four: Focus on the Present

“One of the biggest differences between worriers and non-worriers is the ability to stay in the present, and not get bogged down by things that have yet to happen” says licensed psychologist, professor and executive director of the Centre for Mental Health Research at the University of Waterloo Christine Purdon, Ph.D. She goes on to explain that when worriers become anxious, their “intentional focus narrows to threat cues. They can get themselves very anxious very quickly.”

Focus on the present, instead of worrying about the future, or living in regrets over the past, deal with what is happening now instead. 
 

Habit Five: Practice Perspective

Anxiety free people are able to get perspective of situations quickly, and thus stop the tendency to worry quickly. How is this done? By distancing yourself from the situation, thinking of all the worst possible scenarios and evaluating the likelihood of them actually happening. 
 

Habit Six: Identify Why They Worry

Anxiety-free people are good at getting to the root of their worries. The problem with worrying is it is not controlled; pretty soon you are worrying about things that are a million steps removed from the actual problem at hand. Anxiety free people know how to stop the worry cycle and get to the solution. This is best achieved by identifying why the worry exists, and then practicing getting perspective about that problem.
 

Habit Seven: Focus on Solutions

Anxiety free people know how to focus on problem solving rather than problem generation. Anticipating future problems can be helpful to a degree, but not when you can’t stop. Anticipate and plan against these outcomes, but rather than focusing on the “what if’s” and taking that down the never-ending fear cycle, work on coming up with solutions. Those who do not worry aren’t oblivious to possible problems, rather they focus less on the problems themselves, and more about what they can do about them.
 

Habit Eight: Practice Confidence

Anxiety free people have confidence in themselves, confidence to try new things, and to overcome fears. Building confidence is important for those with anxiety. Studies show that those who believe in themselves are less likely to suffer from anxiety because they do not let their fears limit their actions. Build confidence by putting yourself in situations where you will succeed, and by practicing for situations that intimidate you.
 

Habit Nine: Take Risks

Anxiety-free people are not afraid to try new things, to take risks, and let their guard down. Rather than worrying about the potential negative outcomes of these risks, they focus on the potential rewards. To reduce anxiety, take some risks. Don’t live in protect yourself mode, but instead try new things, and practice the habit of letting your guard down and putting yourself out there. The more you do it, the more you will see that the “worst” that can happen rarely does.
 

Habit Ten: Service, Compassion, Gratitude

Anxiety-free people know how to look beyond themselves and give serve to others, show compassion, and gratitude to others. If you want to reduce anxiety, give service and show compassion, consider what you have, and show gratitude for it. Stop the “me-thinking” and get outside yourself, help others, show sympathy and empathy.
 

Bonus Habit: Exercise Regularly

When we feel anxiety our bodies fill with adrenaline, putting it to good use through activity can help to improve the symptoms, and burn off the stress hormones that anxiety produces. Regular exercise can help to reduce anxiety, so go for a brisk walk, a jog, or play a sport.


Stress and anxiety at times can be debilitating and cause unwanted and uncomfortable side effects. If you feel you need some added support you could also look at including natural supplementation.
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<![CDATA[Protein]]> https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/protein https://www.naturessunshine.co.nz/blog-post/protein Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Most people think of meat when we talk about consuming adequate amounts of protein. Meat does provide a good source of protein, and we all need protein in our diets, but there are also other options available to keep the protein levels up.

Why is Protein Important?

Protein is a building block of many parts of our bodies: muscle tissue, hair, skin, nails, blood, hormones and enzymes to name a few. Anytime you exercise, you break down muscle tissue, which needs to be rebuilt.

Dietary protein helps with that process. Additionally, muscle mass powers the body’s metabolism, or the rate at which your body burns calories for energy. Increasing dietary protein can help build lean muscle mass and thereby promote an increase in metabolic rate, which can lead to greater fat burning and fat loss.

Protein is composed of amino acids. The body cannot store amino acids or protein, so we need to get this nutrient from the diet on a regular basis for ongoing health and body structure. Pregnant and nursing women require extra protein in their diets to support the growth and nourishment of their babies. Adolescents also need about as much protein as full-grown adults.

Protein Sources

Protein is readily available from animal sources, including meat, eggs and, to a lesser extent, dairy products. But some people do not like animal protein or the cardiovascular risks associated with the consumption of meat and dairy products. Fortunately, protein is also found in foods such as legumes (peas, beans, peanuts, etc.), seeds, unrefined grains and certain vegetables. It is even found in some algae.

Nature’s Sunshine offers a tasty, nutritious choice for getting more protein into your diet without compromise. Love and Peas is a blend of pea protein powder from split yellow peas with a host of other nourishing whole foods. Pea protein offers a natural, plant-based protein source. It also supports the urinary system and helps to maintain blood pressure levels already within the normal range.

Nature's Sunshine Love and Peas contains no common allergens, dairy, lactose or gluten. It is Vegan-Certified. Each serving of Love and Peas provides 20 grams of pea protein isolate, 1 gram prebiotic fiber (short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides) and 3 grams total fiber in a blend of naturally occurring amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, plus beneficial fats from flax seed and borage oil. Love and Peas has a wonderful vanilla flavor.

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