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May
3
2012

Dr. Rona’s Healthwise Digest: Understanding Your Thyroid

Categories: Belly Fat, Cholesterol, Colon Health, Depression, Energy, Fertility, Hair Loss, Mood, Pregnancy Tips, Weight Loss

One of the best ways we can take charge of our own health is to be informed.  Thyroid problems are very common and it is important to know the signs and symptoms of what a poor functioning thyroid looks like.  People live in unecessary discomfort from hypothyroidism everyday.  I hope that Dr. Rona’s article will reach you and provide you with some in sight of what may be going on with your thyroid or perhaps someone you know.

By Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., M.Sc.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland situated in the neck wrapped around the windpipe located just below the Adam’s apple. It controls metabolism and virtually every aspect of health including weight, mood, energy and circulation. Damage to the thyroid can lead to underactivity (hypothyroidism), overactivity (hyperthyroidism), thyroid inflammation (thyroiditis) and thyroid cancer.
The thyroid uses iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to manufacture the thyroid hormones T3 (triiodotyrosine) and T4 (thyroxine). About 80% of the hormones made are T4 while 20% is T3. It is T3 that is the more biologically active form of thyroid hormone. In order to have adequate amounts of T3 there has to be some conversion of T4 into T3. This is something that can occur both inside and outside of the thyroid.
The thyroid is controlled by a rather complex feedback mechanism. When the hypothalamus in the brain senses there is an inadequate amount of thyroid hormones present, it releases a hormone known as TRH (Thyrotropin-releasing hormone) which in turn tells the pituitary gland to release TSH which then stimulates the thyroid gland to synthesize and release more thyroid hormone (T3 and T4) into the circulation. Thus, the level of TSH goes higher in order to help the thyroid manufacture more of the hormones. The reverse occurs when there is an excess of thyroid hormone, a condition referred to as hyperthyroidism.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do MAIL ORDERS call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Mar
15
2012

Iron Smart by Lorna Vanderhaeghe: Helps Fight Fatigue, Anemia Hair Loss and MORE!

Categories: Energy, Fertility, Hair Loss, Pregnancy Tips, Womans Health

Looking for an iron that does not cause constipation? Tastes good? Can be taken with other supplements? Is convenient? IronSmart by Lorna Vanderhaeghe is your answer.  I use this one myself and there is nothing like it!  I actually look forward to taking it everyday because it tastes sooo good.  I know this sounds funny, but supplements are expensive and they can become a huge waste if you are not inclined to take them.  You need to have everything working for you such as taste and convenience to get you consistantly taking your supplements!!

Iron is a tricky supplement as most contribute to constipation or they have an unpleasant taste that tends to stay on your palate.  Iron is one of those important supplements for women as many are deficient!

How do you know if you are low in Iron?

  • Getting a blood test is number one, but there are other signs to help you out…
  • Fatigue
  • Heavy menstruation often leads to loss of Iron
  • Cool hands and feet
  • For more information please read Lorna Vanderhaeghe’s wonderful brochure.

I just want to point out that women in of their childbearing years need iron!  Menopausal and post menopausal usually do not or they take very little.  Again it is always best to check with your health care practitioner.

While I was breast feeding I stopped taking iron and this was a huge mistake for me.  I became extremely fatigued after about 3 or 4 months.  All of my stores were used up and I was definitely not depressed, but I was feeling very lethargic.  Once I started taking 1 teaspoon a day of IronSmart I felt a huge difference within a week.  Here is the dosaing below:

Suggested Usage:

Adults (12 and over): 1 – 3 teaspoons (5 – 15mL) daily with food.

Adult Female > 19: 2 teaspoons

Adult Female > 50: 1 teaspoon

Children: (4-11 years): 1 teaspoon (5mL) daily with food.

Breastfeeding: 1 teaspoon

Pregnancy: 3 teaspoons

Take a few hours before or after taking other medication or as directed by a health practitioner.
The Ironsmart with LipoferTM Solution

  • Maximum bioavailability and absorption
  • Non-irritating; no diarrhea, nausea or other digestive symptoms
  • Non-constipating
  • Excellent liposomal technology
  • Can be taken with your multivitamin with minerals as it does not interact with other                ingredients
  • Can be taken anytime, with or without food
  • Does not stain teeth
  • Delicious caramel taste
  • No metallic taste
  • Low toxicity
  • Raises hemoglobin and ferritin quickly
  • No need for the high doses seen with ferrous fumarate
  • Vegetarian formula

Some benefits of taking IronSmart:

  • Helps to prevent & treat iron deficiency anemia
  • Helps in the proper function and formation of red blood cells
  • Helps fatigue
  • Supports fertility
  • and much more… for more info please read Lorna Vanderhaeghe product fact sheet.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do mail orders call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Mar
9
2012

Dr. Oz: Should Men and Women Take Different Vitamins?

Categories: Alive Brand, Fertility, Menopause, Mens Health, Pregnancy Tips, Womans Health

At Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus we have a variety of different brands that offer both men and womens Multi-Vitamins.  There are some important differences and Dr. Oz amoung other health professionals are here to back it up.

Examples of Brands That Offer Both Men and Women Multi-Vitamins:

  • Platinum Naturals
  • Progressive Vitamins
  • New Chapter Vitamins
  • Alive Vitamins

Those are some of your top brands.

Dr. Oz has a list of things you should pay attention to when shopping for your Multi-Vitamin:

  • No more than 3500 iu of Vitamin A to avoid toxicity.
  • Preferably no more than 30 iu of Vitamin (while it is an excellent anti-oxidant, it is a bit of a blood thinner)
  • Preferably no calcium in our multi.  It should be taken separately.  If it has it in there, no more than 200 mg of Calcium.  WHY? Because Calcium impedes the absorption of other vitamins and minerals such as iron)
  • You should avoid Iron if you are post-menopausal or male.  Women of childbearing age should consider taking 18 mg of iron a day.  Iron is one of the most common deficient minerals in women leading to fatigue, hair loss and even fertility problems.  Lorna Vanderhaeghe has one of the best Iron supplements out there called IronSmart.
  • Make sure your Multi-Vitamin has Iodine.  Very important for the healthy function of the thyroid.
  • Some ingredients a mens Multi-Vitamin may have is Saw Palamento, or Lycopene for healthy prostate, where as a womens Multi-Vitamin will have Iron.

Just remember men and women are built differently and therefore we need to be nourished differently.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do mail orders call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

 

Feb
14
2011

Macasure By Sequel Naturals

Categories: Belly Fat, Energy, Fertility, Hormone Balancing, Menopause, Pregnancy Tips, Prostate Health, Womans Health

In need of natural hormone balancing?  Or how about some more pick up and go in terms of your sex drive?  Or maybe you are trying to start a family?  Or maybe you just would like to have some more energy and balance in your life?  Macasure could very well be the answer.  

What is Macasure?

MacaSure is a premium brand of certified organic gelatinized Maca Root Extract produced via a proprietary extraction process for enhanced potency and absorption. Also called “Peruvian Ginseng”, Maca is a nutritious root plant that regulates and restores ideal hormonal balance in both sexes, helps reduce stress, improves sexual function and increases energy and stamina. 

What does Macasure look like?

A turnip-like cruciferous root vegetable native to the Andean mountains in Peru,
maca is grown at altitudes of 14,000 feet where no other crops can survive making
a resilient plant incrediblyrich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids,
vitamins and minerals.

What are the Benefits?

  • Increase libido
  • Improve sexual performance
  • Alleviate menopause, PMS or andropause symptoms
  • Increase energy
  • Reduce stress and its impact on the body
  • Control cortisol levels
  • Promote restful sleep
  • Improve immunity
  • Enhance mental clarity
  • At Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus, we have many testimonials from our customers.  We have had women come in that could not get rid of their hot flashes and Macasure did the trick.  We also have had couples who were trying to get pregnant, and Macasure helped considerably.  Sometimes it is a case of one partner having a low libido, or sometimes it can be the quality of the sperm and Macasure can help with this.  Also, it is important to know that Macasure by the Sequel Naturals brand is clinically proven, in fact maca’s efficacy has been supported through countless scientific studies—and thousands of years of native Peruvian medicine. MacaSure is the same form of gelatinized maca used in published human clinical trials.

    So what ever you intend to use Macasure for, just remember it is a great Valentine’s Day gift!  Definately orginal, and healthy.  Remember, Dr. Oz always recommends a little bit of love making is great for a healthy relationship.  I wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day.  Show kindness to all, and again thank you very much for reading.

    Nov
    4
    2010

    Alive Brand Pure and Organic Royal Jelly

    Categories: Alive Brand, Energy, Enzymes, Fertility, Hair Loss, Hot products, Immune System, Stress

    Alive Royal Jelly

     Each capsule contains: Royal Jelly 1200mg

    Available sizes: 30 caps, 60 caps, 150 caps, and 300 caps

    Certified pure and organic, clinically tested, micro-organism free royal jelly.

    Contains NO:  yeast, wheat, dairy, or sodium

     

     

    What is Royal jelly? Royal Jelly is a honey bee secretion that is used in the nutrition of larvae, as well as adult queens.  It is secreted from the glands in the hypo pharynx of worker bees, and fed to all larvae in the colony.  In essence Royal Jelly is the secret to the queen bee’s good health and longevity.

    When worker bees decide to make a new queen, either because the old one is weakening, or was killed, they choose several small larvae and feed them with copious amounts of royal jelly in specially constructed queen cells. This type of feeding triggers the development of the queen bee, including the fully developed ovaries needed to lay eggs.

    What is in Royal Jelly? Alive Brand Royal Jelly has many health benefits because of components within it, such as: B-complex vitamins such as Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) and Pyridoxine (vitamin B6).  Royal Jelly also includes protein (including many different amino acids), and a high amount of essential fatty acids. It also contains many trace minerals, some enzymes, antibacterial and antibiotic components, and trace amounts of vitamin C. The fat-soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K, are completely absent from royal jelly.

    The Story of the Worker Bee and the Queen Bee. The queen bees and workers relationship have had the health industry excited for years!  What is intriguing is that in spite of their identical DNA they are strongly differentiated across a wide range of characteristics including anatomical and physiological differences, the longevity of the queen and reproductive capacity.   For example, Queens have large active ovaries, whereas workers have only rudimental inactive ovaries.

    Why we have taken it for Decades?  It’s all in the nutrient rich Royal Jelly that is given to the Queen Bees.  A female larva destined to become a queen is fed large quantities of royal jelly that triggers a cascade of molecular events resulting in queen development.  This is why Royal jelly has been recommended for decades to people to gain a stronger immune system, to ease stress, to combat against fatigue and help increase stamina.  The queen bee is known to live healthy years, verses the worker bees who only make it a few weeks.  Therefore, one of the most valuable benefits of taking Royal Jelly is because of longevity.  It’s the quality of the years you live, not the quantity.

    Summary of Alive Royal Jelly’s Main Benefits:

    • Helps build a solid immune system
    • Helps lower blood lipids and bad cholesterol (LDL)
    • Aids is sleep disorders
    • Increases energy and stamina
    • Filled with antioxidants
    • Great for skin, hair and nails
    • Helps fertility

    As always thank you very much for reading and we look forward to helping you at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus!