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If you breathe, you should cleanse

If you breathe, you should cleanse

Every day we hear more and more about the devastating effects of widespread pollution on our planet’s environment. But how often do we stop to consider its effect on our bodies? We live in a world where toxins are found in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, the products we put on our bodies and even in the clothes that we wear. Over time, this toxic load takes its toll on the body. Slowly, but surely, our energy declines and our bodies begin to deteriorate. What starts out as a small ache and pain may eventually turn into something more serious unless we begin to take charge of our health and reverse the damage that is being done. Cleansing is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

Natural cleansing formulas are designed to support the innate processes the body uses to get rid of toxins and waste. A total body cleanse is one that supports each of our body’s seven channels of elimination—the liver, lungs, colon, kidneys, blood, skin and lymphatic system. Together, these vital organs and systems work nonstop to purge and eliminate harmful toxins from deep within the cells and tissues. A total body cleansing formula can help to clear the detoxification pathways and jumpstart the body’s natural cleansing ability.

Renew Life is an industry leader in cleansing and detoxification and has three full body cleanses to help no matter where you are on your cleansing journey. There is a formula specific to beginners and people sensitive to cleaning, one for advanced cleansers and people who are prone to constipation and even a quick powerful cleanse for those who don’t have a lot of time but want a product that can be effective.

How do I know which cleanse is right for me?

First Cleanse  Your First Step Towards Better Health
First Cleanse is a unique, 15 day all natural herbal cleanse, formulated specifically for the ‘first time’ or ‘sensitive’ cleanser. It is designed to stimulate the cleansing and detoxification process of the body’s 7 channels of elimination (liver, lungs, colon, kidneys, skin, blood and lymphatic system). First Cleanse is strong enough to be effective, yet gentle enough that it will not cause mild headaches or nausea that can result from detoxifying too quickly.

CleanseSMART  The Advanced Cleanse System
CleanseSMART is an advanced cleansing and detoxification program. This two-part cleanse is also designed to stimulate the body’s seven channels of elimination, but it is 4-5 times stronger than First Cleanse and more effective at eliminating constipation and improving bowel function.

Rapid Cleanse – When You Only Have 7 Days
If you only have 7 days to cleanse, Rapid Cleanse is your best choice for complete, total body cleansing. Rapid Cleanse is a powerful 3 part cleanse to detoxify all 7 of the body’s channels of elimination.

Renew Life cleanses are easy to take and there is no dedicated meal plan, although trying to improve your diet and drink more water is recommended. Dietary suggestions are included in the box.

Don’t Forget the Fibre!
Fibre while cleansing is a must. Fibre works to absorb toxins and eliminate them from the body. Soluble fibre acts like a sponge to absorb excess cholesterol and toxins and insoluble fibre ‘scours’ the intestinal tract and colon clean. FibreSMART is a unique, flax-based fibre that contains 50% soluble and 50% insoluble fibre. It also contains ingredients to help heal and soothe the digestive tract.

Herbal cleansing can help you feel your best every day. Talk to your natural health care practitioner if you’re unsure about whether it’s right for you. They can help you take the first step toward a healthier new you.

When cold and flu attack, fight back!

When cold and flu attack, fight back!

 

Each winter, colds and flu put millions of people out of commission. Unless you live in a bubble, you’ll be exposed to viruses. Minimizing your risk of infection or knowing what to take to beat unwanted bugs is essential. Especially during the holiday season!

While there are many effective prevention strategies, the most important of all is maintaining a strong immune system. That way, your body will fight off an infection before it gets out of control and makes you sick.

Perhaps the most popular immune-booster is Echinacea Purpurea. In 2012, scientists at the Cardiff University School of Biosciences completed the largest clinical study on Echinacea purpurea in history using A.Vogel’s Echinaforce®, made from fresh organic, GMO free plants. The study proved that Echinaforce® can be taken daily for up to four months to significantly reduce chances of catching a virus by over 50%.

This research also showed that this particular preparation of Echinacea acts adaptively according to the health of the individual. When we’re stressed and run down, Echinacea will work harder for us than when we’re strong and happy.

The other good news is that Echinaforce® protects the entire family including kids 2+ and pregnant and nursing moms*.

Echinaforce® Hot Drink – Proven as effective as prescription medication… but better!
In a 2015 study, a powerful hot drink combination of Echinacea and Elderberry was shown to be as effective as the standard prescription influenza medication Oseltamivir with 65% less complication risks (pneumonia, sinusitis, bronchitis).

Early treatment of influenza is critical for shortening the duration and severity of symptoms and also for reducing the spread. Echinaforce®Hot Drink is as powerful as a prescription medication, yet it is available over the counter and thus could be used at the first signs of symptoms.

Echinaforce® Sore Throat Spray – Spray the pain away!
At the first tell-tale tickle at the back of the throat, try Echinaforce® Sore throat spray. This combination of Echinacea, Peppermint and Sage is fast acting, cooling and soothing to the throat. It has been clinically shown to be effective and to have an anesthetic effect that is as powerful as the leading pharmaceutical sore throat medication in Europe.

Echinaforce® Sore throat spray is effective against the pain of swollen tonsils, pharyngitis and general throat pain and inflammation. It has a pleasant peppermint fresh taste. The long nozzle is particularly practical for applying the spray to the back of the throat, where the pain is located.

Echinaforce® tincture and tablets
A.Vogel’s Echinaforce® line of products has over 20 published studies under its belt!
• Clinically shown to help prevent and relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) such as the common cold and flu.
• Shortens the duration of URTI.
• Used in Herbal Medicine to support the immune system, especially in times of stress, lack of sleep and for smokers.
• Reduces bronchitis or pneumonia risk
• Can be used by pregnant or nursing women and by children ages 2+*
• 100% natural and clinically proven
• Made from fresh, organic, GMO free plants
• Do not cause drowsiness
• Free of gluten and added coloring
• Tincture and tablet format available (Original, Extra-strength and Junior)

Exciting exclusive program
A.Vogel offers so much more than just the highest quality natural remedies on the market. Did you know that they have one of the most elaborate information driven website in the natural health industry? Check it out avogel.ca

Since A. Vogel started the company in 1923, providing information to his patients on how to maintain good health has been one of his life missions. Almost 100 years later, his philosophies still embody the heart of our brand.

We invite you to sign up for the free A.Vogel Flu Coach Program this year! For 7 days you’ll receive information, tips and tricks straight into your mailbox to help you and your family keep unwanted viruses away this cold and flu season or to recover more quickly should you get sick!

*(excluding the Sore Throat Spray)

Improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels

Improve blood sugar and cholesterol levels

 

 The latest research is compelling. A 12-week clinical study showed that Berberine is effective at improving blood sugar. What’s more, research shows that Berberine also supports healthy blood cholesterol levels!

Berberine, a plant alkaloid revered in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine but largely ignored elsewhere, is poised to become one of our most powerful natural therapies for preventing and treating a wide range of conditions—particularly insulin resistance, diabetes and high cholesterol.

How Does Berberine Work?
Berberine targets a very basic and ancient regulator of metabolism present in all animals and plants called AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). Increased AMPK activity explains why berberine has so many diverse benefits.

For people with diabetes, AMPK activation:
• Stimulates the uptake of glucose into the cells
• Improves insulin sensitivity
• Reduces glucose production in the liver

For people with heart-related problems, AMPK activation:
• Slows the release of free fatty acids, which lowers lipid levels and prevents harmful fat deposition
• Boosts fat burning in the mitochondria
• Stimulates the release of nitric oxide (NO), a signaling molecule that relaxes the arteries, increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure, and protects against atherosclerosis

What Does the Research Say About Berberine?
• In a clinical trial published in Metabolism, people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were randomly divided into groups and assigned to take metformin (Glucophage) or berberine. Improvements were noted the very first week, and at the study’s conclusion, the average blood sugar and hemoglobin A1c levels significantly decreased in both groups. Remarkably, berberine helped treat diabetes every bit as effectively as metformin. The researchers concluded that the two had “identical effect[s] in the regulation of glucose metabolism.”
• In a randomized, placebo-controlled trial, patients recently diagnosed with diabetes and cholesterol/ triglyceride abnormalities but hadn’t yet started on medication took either 500 mg of berberine or a placebo capsule twice a day. After three months, berberine supplementation not only significantly lowered blood sugar but also triglycerides (35.9%), LDL cholesterol (21%), and total cholesterol (18%)—compared to minimal declines in cholesterol and an increase in triglycerides in the control group. Furthermore, the group taking berberine had lower blood pressure (average drop of 7/5 mm Hg systolic/diastolic) and modest weight and abdominal fat loss.

What conditions is berberine good for?
• Anti-aging
• High cholesterol
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Immune challenges
• Intestinal infections
• Joint problems
• Low bone density
• Weight control
• PCOS

Ask for Dr. Whitaker’s Berberine and you know that you are getting a high quality supplement with ISSURA’s stamp of approval at the dosage used in the study above for support of healthy blood sugar levels and cardiovascular health.

 

 

No-Bake Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Amazing taste, easy and fun to make!
No-Bake Chocolate Fudge Cookies

Vegan, gluten-free, no bake/raw, nut-free, refined sugar-free, soy-free
These no-bake fudge cookies are my quick and easy solution when a chocolate craving strikes! I start with a homemade coconut oil chocolate base (made even creamier with sunflower seed butter!), and add chia seeds for healthy Omega-3 fats, shredded coconut for a hint of macaroon flavor and texture, and of course rolled oats for the classic no-bake cookie ingredient. The cookies will soften a great deal at room temperature, so I recommend enjoying them straight from the fridge (yields 8 cookies).

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons (45 mL) virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons (30 mL) sunflower seed butter*
1/4 cup (20 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup (60 mL) pure maple syrup, or to taste
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the dry ingredients:

7 tablespoons (50 g) gluten-free rolled oats
6 tablespoons (35 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tablespoons (25 g) chia seeds
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

Directions:
Line a large plate with parchment paper and set aside.
In a medium pot, melt the coconut oil over low heat. Whisk in the sunflower seed butter, cocoa powder, and maple syrup until smooth. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the vanilla.
Add the oats, coconut, chia seeds, and salt into the pot and stir well until combined. The mixture will be thick, dense, oily, and gel-like (from the chia seeds), but this is normal.
Using a retractable ice cream scoop (approximately 2 tablespoons/30 mL) or simply a spoon, scoop the dough and place the mound onto the plate, leaving a bit of space between each cookie.
Place the cookies in the freezer to set for about 10 to 15 minutes, until firm, or simply chill in the fridge if you have the patience.
Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week, or freeze them for up to 4 to 6 weeks. These cookies have the best texture/flavour straight from the fridge (rather than the freezer) so I prefer to store them in the fridge.
Tips:

* Instead of sunflower seed butter, feel free to use natural peanut butter or almond butter. I also recommend stirring the nut or seed butter very well before measuring (if it has oil on the top) to avoid oily cookies.

THE ABCS OF EFAS

 

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) sounds like a pretty important and complex title, when in fact it is simpler than you may think. They are an “essential” part of our nutrition just like vitamins, minerals, and protein. Essential Fatty Acids are nutrients our bodies can’t produce themselves, so we have to get them from our diet.

There are actually two EFAs. The essential omega 3 is called alpha linolenic acid, or ALA for short. The essential omega 6 is called linoleic acid, or LA for short. Omega 9 fatty acids, while not essential, are also healthy fats found in many foods. We can find these nutrients in vegetarian sources like flax seed, hemp seed, sunflower seed and sesame seed, various nuts and vegetables. Once we consume them our digestive system converts them into other forms of fatty acids your body uses as well, like DHA, EPA, and GLA.

Udo’s Oil™ Omega 3+6+9 Blend uses organic seed oils from flax, sunflower, sesame, coconut, and evening primrose oils to give you all the EFAs you need. You don’t ever need to worry about whether you are getting enough from your diet. Our diets are usually low in omega 3 so it’s a good thing Udo’s Oil™ is formulated with a 2:1 omega 3:omega 6 ratio.

These EFAs are needed in every cell and every system in your body. They are especially important for the health of your skin, hair, connective tissue, heart, and brain. If we don’t get enough of them in our diet, we have dry skin, heart problems, low energy, inflammation, and other issues that detract from enjoying life to its fullest.

What can you expect from adding Udo’s Oil™ Omega 3+6+9 Blend to your food daily?
Better skin texture
– Increased fat burning and building of lean muscle
– More sustained energy
– Sharper memory and thinking skills
– Reduced inflammation in the body
– Enhanced recovery from exercise
– A balanced immune system

Once you’ve added it to your diet, you’ll be amazed you ever managed without it!

What does holistic nutrition mean for someone who’s expecting?

Let's talk about prenatal health and the ideal supplements with Joy McCarthy,† holistic nutritionist...

What does holistic nutrition mean for someone who’s expecting?

As a holistic nutritionist, I help my clients to create healthy, vibrant lifestyles that nourish their whole being. I find that a holistic perspective is especially helpful for women who are pregnant or planning to be. When it comes to supporting your own health and that of your baby, an expecting mother should seek balanced nutrition, adequate hydration, and the perfect vitamins and supplements for her needs.

Whole Body Health & Pain Relief Naturally!

Whole Body Health & Pain Relief Naturally!

Purica Recovery - Formulations for pet and humans. Homegrown Foods, Stony Plain

Purica RECOVERY targets the root cause of pain, providing effective and sustained relief. It’s for Whole Body Health & Pain Relief.

The Path that led to the discovery of Purica Recovery®

Well over a decade ago when Jason Watkin was a student of molecular biology and nutrition, he began to question the precise mechanisms that cause the cells of the body to age and break down. Recognizing that much of this cellular breakdown was due to oxygen-induced molecular instability, he set about developing a formulation to inhibit this instability. The formulation, known as Purica Recovery®, consisted of plant compounds that are known to protect the plant from physical and chemical aggressors.

While in the Netherlands, he had the opportunity to test the efficacy of Purica Recovery® on many of the European community’s top professional ballet dancers. Like many sports, ballet often results in overuse injuries such as pulled muscles and tendons. Particularly vulnerable among ballet professionals is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) at the outer edge of the kneecap. This ligament is so vital to the proper movement of the leg that damage sustained to it can result in loss of mobility for a year or more and often ends a dancer’s career.

THE INSPIRATION

After taking Purica Recovery® for several weeks, doctors assessing the effects of the formulation noted a significant reduction in expected recovery times. Dancers — who would normally be troubled by stiffness and loss of mobility following the natural or surgical repair of the ACL — were able to quickly regain mobility and return to the stage.

Following his return from the Netherlands, Jason and his brother Trevor worked with equine veterinarians, horse breeders and trainers. In this field, horses are subject to numerous problems affecting their legs due to their heavy body weights. Their risk of injury, of course, increases if they are raced or jumped as in equestrian sports. In much the same way as with the European ballet dancers, the horses receiving Recovery also recovered more quickly from injuries and surgical intervention.

The results among people and animals were so dramatic that Trevor and Jason were inspired to create what is today Purica. With the help of their parents, they decided to form a private family company in 1999 to manufacture and sell Purica Recovery® to veterinarians. The veterinarians experienced such significant results with the animals they were treating that they began telling people that they should also be taking Recovery® which in turn led to the launch of the human version of Purica Recovery®.

HOW RECOVERY WORKS

How Recovery® works: Recovery® works in two distinct ways: 1. By increasing the cell’s receptivity to anabolic (building) compounds such as insulin and thyroid hormone, and 2. By reducing catabolic (destroying) action due to oxidation. The effects of treatment with Recovery® are realized throughout the body and include decreased pain, spasm and inflammation, improved circulation, improved drainage and improved healing.

Many clinicians find Purica Recovery® successful in alleviating conditions that are typically treated with corticosteroids. Conditions associated with chronic inflammation, spasm and degeneration of tissue such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, eczema, psoriasis, breathing problems, and chronic pain in the knees, hips, shoulders and hands.

Whereas corticosteroids merely act as a band aid and are associated with many side effects including osteoporosis and accelerated tissue damage, Purica Recovery® treats the root of the condition, halting the damage that leads to the discomfort.

For our full line of Purica Recovery products, including pets, horses and owners click here. 

THE LITTLE-KNOWN VITAMIN WITH BIG BENEFITS

 

Vitamin K2 is a little-known vitamin that is essential for strong, healthy bones and a healthy cardiovascular system.

The little-known vitamin with big benefits
Vitamin K2 might not be as well known as vitamins C or D, but it’s no less important. In fact, in recent years, researchers have revealed just how essential vitamin K2 is for the health of our bones, teeth, and arteries.

Vitamin K2 and the “Calcium Paradox”
Vitamin K2 is now known to play a key role in the “calcium paradox” – a phenomenon where a lack of calcium in the bones (osteoporosis) occurs even when there is an excess of calcium in the arteries (atherosclerosis). This is, in part, because vitamin K2 stimulates the production of a protein called osteocalcin which builds bones and helps them retain calcium.1

Vitamin K2 also inhibits the activity of cells that break down bone. In clinical studies, vitamin K2 has been seen to help maintain bone density in the lumbar spine and decrease the incidence of osteoporotic fractures in patients with age-related osteoporosis or glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.2

Vitamin K2 and heart disease
In addition to supporting bone health, vitamin K2 helps prevent, and can even reverse, arterial calcification, a process where arteries become hardened and inelastic. It does this by activating matrix GLA protein (MGP) which helps clear calcium from the arteries.

In The Rotterdam Heart Study, involving almost 5,000 people aged 55 and older, those with the highest dietary intake of vitamin K2 had a 57% lower risk of death from heart disease than people with the lowest intake of the nutrient.3 The same was not true of vitamin K1 intake, so what’s the difference between these types of vitamin K?

The most powerful source of vitamin K2
There are three types of vitamin K: K1, K2, and K3 (synthetic vitamin K). Vitamin K1 (phylloquinone) is made by plants and is found in foods such as green leafy vegetables. Vitamin K2 (menaquinone) is found in the fermented soybean food, natto, egg yolk, and dairy products from animals fed primarily on grass.

Menaquinone-7 (MK-7) is a highly bioavailable and bioactive form of vitamin K2 derived from natto, and seems to play a key role in the Calcium Paradox. Only K2 as MK-7 offers 24-hour protection with a single daily dose, helping to direct calcium away from the arteries and into bones and teeth.

Studies in human volunteers taking either MK-7 or vitamin K1 show that over a 24-hour period the level of MK-7 present in the blood was two and a half times higher than for K1. Over a four-day period, MK-7 levels were six-fold higher than K1.1

Vitamin K2 as MK-7 has a much longer half-life than lower menaquinones, meaning that it stays in the bloodstream for longer. MK-7 has also been shown to be three times more effective than vitamin K1 at promoting activated osteocalcin, suggesting more significant benefits for bone health.1

Are you getting enough?
For many people, diet alone does not provide sufficient amounts of vitamin K2 to support optimal health of the cardiovascular system and bones. Daily supplementation with Natural Factors Vitamin K2 makes it easy to obtain optimum levels of this important nutrient.

Natural Factors Vitamin K2 is an ideal one-a-day supplement for supporting strong, healthy bones while also promoting cardiovascular health. This vegetarian-friendly vitamin K supplement is gluten free, dairy free, and non-GMO – and it contains no artificial colours, preservatives, or sweeteners.

If you are taking blood thinners, consult a health care practitioner prior to using products containing vitamin K.

 

OVERCOMING THESE 4 COMMON HOLIDAY MISHAPS!

Improve your holiday habits so you can enjoy every holly, jolly moment of the season. 4 solutions to common holiday mishaps – and, healthy ideas to make this the most joyful season ever!

The hussle and bussle of the holidays can have us picking up some bad habits habits! Check out these strategies to combat 4 of the most common holiday mishaps!

  • Stress & Sleep

If you’re laying awake, unable to sleep, rifled with holiday stress try German chamomile, valerian, skullcap, melatonin and California poppy, which are all natural sleep aids. Essential oils can have a calming effect. A 2015 study found hospital workers at a Vienna hospital successfully reduced their levels of stress with the use of essential oils.

  • Overeating

Grazing endlessly at festive gatherings can quickly make your holiday outfit uncomfortably tight fitting. For your bloated belly, consider digestive enzymes. Ginger chews can help overcome a bout of nausea. Probiotics help support digestive health. Plus, a recent British Journal of Nutrition study suggests some probiotics may promote healthier insulin metabolism during short bouts of eating an unhealthy diet.

  • Energy

From shopping, to shoveling to sledding ‘tis the season to be active! Have enough energy to enjoy it. B vitamins help your metabolism, and can be found in most multivitamins. Healthy snacking (nuts, fruits, energy bars, Kombucha, seeds, green powders or protein shakes) can keep you fuelled and ready to jump for joy!

  • Healthier Holiday Recipes

When the weather outside is frightful stay inside and try new healthy recipes! Try using coconut oil instead of butter. Give organic chocolate a try – it’s delicious! Experiment with new ingredients, such as chia seeds or hemp hearts. Visit our website for a delightful peppermint mocha hemp heart bite recipe!

Peppermint Mocha Bites recipe

Ingredients                               
 – 3/4 cup raw almonds
– 1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
– 1 cup dates, pitted
– 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
– 1 tsp. espresso powder
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1/8 tsp. peppermint extract
– 1/4 cup candy cane chocolate

Directions
1. Add almonds to a food processor and blend until they are finely ground
2. Put Hemp Hearts and dates in and blend until it forms a sticky dough
3. Add the cocoa, espresso powder, vanilla and peppermint extract and blend to combine. Then add in chocolate chips and pulse a few times so they are mixed in.
4. Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons and roll into balls. You can roll the balls in the crushed candy canes or Hemp Hearts if desired.

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DON’T LET STRESS BRING YOU DOWN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Stress can affect us in different ways during different times, eve during the Holidays. Sometimes the Holidays can even increase our stress levels making it difficult to get through them. Don’t let stress bring you down – no matter what the season throws your way.

Stress. It’s something that all of us experience, regardless of job, geographic location or family situation. Stress is the body’s response to environmental stimuli (stressors). It’s natural and healthy to a degree; stress can motivate us and move us forward in life. Too much stress and an inability to manage it, however, can have dramatic health consequences for an individual. Nutrition can play a big part in how we cope and perform under stress.

B vitamins are coenzymes involved in numerous bodily functions in human health: the nervous system, brain function and the production of energy through the metabolization of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They are essential to life and a deficiency of B vitamins can manifest itself as such symptoms as low energy, poor mental functioning or inability to deal with stress and anxiety.

The key to the B vitamins is that they work together – synergistically – in their functioning within the body. It is true that certain B vitamins may be needed in higher amounts for a specific condition – like Vitamin B12 for specific cases of pernicious anemia or a specific B12deficiency – but individual B vitamins still require the rest of the B family to perform their roles.  Often a deficiency in one B vitamin can be an indication of a deficiency in others.

For individuals who are experiencing low or normal levels of stress, a multi-vitamin containing basic levels of B vitamins, in the range of 5-25 mg/mcg of each, may be sufficient for daily needs. For those experiencing above-normal levels of stress, a “B-50” complex containing 50 mg/mcg per individual B can be helpful. And for those experiencing high levels of stress to the mind and body needing even more support, a “B-100” complex with 100 mg/mcg per B vitamin may be necessary, at least for the specific time period of excessive stress or anxiety. This group of highly stressed individuals can include athletes, office workers, and women experiencing menopause.

While additional B vitamins can be helpful to individuals undergoing stress, a traditional Peruvian food source can give further support. Maca root has been harvested and used in Peru as a nutritional food and natural medicine for thousands of years. Today, in the world of natural medicine it has become known as a “super food” for its wide range of health applications.

– Maca root is rich in a multitude of vitamins and minerals including B complex vitamins, vitamin C, iron, iodine, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc. It is a true “super food.”

– Maca root is an adaptogen. It helps the body to perform normally during stressful conditions by balancing the body’s hormonal production. Hormones that are too low get regulated upward by maca root and hormones that are too high get regulated downward. Maca root nourishes the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. This balancing helps women to deal with PMS, menopause and hot flashes and men to deal with libido issues.

By combining high-levels of B vitamins together with the super food maca root, even the most stressed of us can find it easier to get on with our daily lives and the Holidays. 

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