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Alive GABA – 100% Natural Helps with Insomnia and Anxiety

Categories: Alice Chung, Alive Brand, Alive GABA, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Energy, Fatigue, FORBES, GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric Acid), Mental Well Being, Robin Williams, Shannon Chung, Stress

BrainMental Health is a passion for me, in terms of helping people heal.  I have many friends and family who are affected by Mental Illness and it is always a hard battle for both the sufferer and their loved ones watching them carry on.  Most readers know that I am Shannon Chung, editor of the Alive Health Blog, but I wanted to let those who don’t know … that I wish to do what I can to help spread the awareness that there is nothing to be ashamed of if you are suffering from a Mental Illness.  This blog has always had the intention of providing credible health information and I have always been available via email for any questions.  I am also in the Oakridge location on Thursdays from 11:00 to 5:00pm.  While this article does touch on products, it is not all about “buy this”.  Our goal is not to just “sell products” but to create awareness of health and to put people first.  Everyone must find the right treatment for them… we are all different, unique and that means that there sometimes is not a simple or quick solution.

Therefore I hope this article serves you well and I stand by our mission statement:  “Changing the world through healthy living, by putting you first.”

Firstly I wanted to share the following article by FORBES entitled 5 Common Myths About Depression:

With the tragic loss of Robin Williams to apparent suicide, a worldwide discussion about the effects of depression has begun. Untreated depression is the leading cause of suicide in the US, and suicide claims 34,000 lives in this country every year. Far too often those who would benefit from treatment don’t get it due to lack of knowledge and misconceptions about the illness. Below are five of the most common myths about depression, with links to resources for more information.

1. Depression is synonymous with sadness.

Many of Robin Williams’ acquaintances interviewed since his death have noted that they never saw him unhappy, yet he suffered from severe depression. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), many of those suffering from depression do feel overwhelming sadness, but many don’t feel any specific emotion at all. A better description would be a feeling of emptiness and apathy. And since anxiety often accompanies depression, many feel a constant state of tension that persists for no apparent reason.

2. Depression is a sign of mental weakness.

Part of the stigma surrounding depression is that others will see it as a sign of weakness. Yet we don’t accuse someone suffering from heart disease or MS of being weak; we rightly acknowledge those as illnesses that affect a wide range of people. Depression is also an illness—more specifically, it’s a complex medical disorder that has biological, psychological and social dimensions. Plenty of otherwise “strong” people suffer from severe depression, and the consequences of not treating it are just as real and tragic as those of other debilitating diseases. An illness that affects the chemistry of the brain and nervous system is no less an illness than one that affects any other part of the body.

3. Depression is always situational.

While depression often does have a situational trigger like the loss of a loved one or divorce, the underlying condition does not need any particular event to surface. Depression is typically diagnosed when someone suffers from prolonged episodes (at least two weeks) of hopelessness, emptiness and lethargy that have no apparent cause. These periods can manifest inexplicably, even when life events seem generally positive. (This is another reason why depression and sadness are not synonymous.)

4. Depression symptoms are all in your head.

While it’s true that many depression symptoms are of the nature we normally associate with the “head” (dark emotion, tension, etc.), the condition frequently manifests all over the body. Common depression symptoms include indigestion, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, and general fatigue. Some patients also complain of persistent muscle aches.

5. If you are diagnosed with depression, you’ll be on antidepressants the rest of your life.

The ubiquity of antidepressant commercials and media coverage has had a backlash effect. Many people are fearful of being put on an antidepressant, even if they may benefit from one, because they think once you’re “hooked” you’ll never be able to stop. The reality is that not everyone benefits from antidepressants – by some estimates nearly 40% of those prescribed one will experience no benefits. Some people respond better to forms of psychotherapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or a combination of medication and therapy.  Even someone who gets good results from an antidepressant can, with medical supervision, eventually taper off the med in many cases.

The bottom line: depression is a treatable illness. When left untreated, its effects can be devastating.

For more information, visit the NIMH, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Mental Health America, or this list of resources at WebMD.

You can find David DiSalvo on Twitter @neuronarrative and at his website The Daily Brain. His latest book is Brain Changer: How Harnessing Your Brain’s Power To Adapt Can Change Your Life.

Thank you FORBES.

Alive Vitamins is committed to purity, effectiveness and quality.  As I mentioned above, find the right treatment for you.  Alive GABA may help you:

Safe & 100% Natural Relief for Anxiety & Insomnia – CONTROL Your Life NOW With Alive GABA

Globally more than 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.  Did you know that ANXIETY is one of the most prevalent mental health problems?  Unfortunately, it is still under-reported, under-diagnosed and under-treated. Your health depends on a good night’s sleep and you simply cannot get it if you suffer from insomnia and anxiety.  Don’t let anxiety hang around until tomorrow.  Your natural solution is Alive GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric Acid) referred to as the brain’s natural calming agent and helps to tem­porarily promote relaxation. People who suffer from depression or anxiety are less productive at work, more irritable (even with friends and family) and cause much harm to themselves, that they cannot see.  This is the most dangerous kind, that is why mental health is the silent killer.  Benefits of Alive GABA 600mg:

· It is FAST acting & Increases growth hormone levels (HGH)

· Reduces anxiety & Helps prevent insomnia

Do not let yourself be a prisoner to severe stress that is causing you sleepless nights and anxious days, try Alive GABA and beat the stigma against mental health. More info at:

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.


Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Fish Oil: Pure, Fresh and Sustainable

Categories: Brain Health, Colon Health, Heart Health, Hot products, Inflammation, Joint Health, Mental Well Being, Mood, Omega 3's

Why Nordic Naturals Fish Oil?

There are countless fish oil brands out there, but Nordic Naturals stands out from the rest.  Why?  Because making fish oils is not an extension of their line, but instead the only supplement they make.  They are passionate about their fish oil and they are about quality, purity, freshness and delivering the cleanest fish oils.  They have the research to prove it too!

Fish Oil Standards/Testing Limits from leading organizations & experts

What fish do Nordic naturals use?

Nordic Naturals uses only wild-caught, sustainably-sourced fish:

Arctic Cod (Skrei) Sourced from the Norwegian Sea Fishing regulations include quotas, minimum catch and net mesh sizes, fishing ground closures,   and net and line fishing methods

Pacific Sardines & Peruvian Anchovies Sourced from the South Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Peru A 2008 research report ranked the sustainability of the Peruvian fishery as the best in the world1
Alaskan Pink & Sockeye Salmon Sourced exclusively from Alaska’s Cook Inlet 100% of salmon is used for human or animal consumption

The environment is important and Nordic Naturals values sustainable fishing practices. Below is what they have to say.

Since our founding, Nordic Naturals has always been deeply committed to the health of our oceans. Our environmental stewardship includes:

Regulated Fishing To prevent overfishing, 100% of our fish is sourced in compliance with the Norwegian fisheries management system, which has been a model of sustainability for over 30 years.

Bycatch Prevention We use responsible fishing gear—including purse seine nets, sorting grids, and large meshes—to protect against bycatch of unintended species.

Habitat Protection We use line and net fishing methods to prevent the seafloor and ecosystem damage caused by methods such as bottom trawling and dredging.

Marine Pollution Prevention Up to 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based sources such as runoff, sewage, and waste. Our coastal processing facilities are industry leaders in minimizing pollution and conserving resources.

Nordic Naturals also has EXCEPTIONAL freshness levels:

Protection from fishy smell, taste, and harmful free radicals
Freshness, which ensures product integrity and biological efficacy, may be the single most important quality of fish oils. Nordic Naturals’ patented, oxygen–free manufacturing process maintains the freshness of fish oil used in our products, with peroxide values (indicators of freshness) well below the European Pharmacopoeia Standard limits. The lower the peroxide value, the fresher the fish oil.

Nordic Naturals also continues to win awards for their purity levels:

Protection from harmful environmental toxins
Every batch of oil used in Nordic Naturals’ products is third-party tested for environmental toxins including heavy metals, dioxins, and PCBs, ensuring that every product exceeds international pharmaceutical standards and is at least 750 times purer than fish. Nordic Naturals was ranked #1 out of the top 10 fish oil brands in Norway for freshness, purity, and highest concentration.

1428One of Nordic Naturals most popular concentrated fish oils is their Ultimate Omega, here is what they have to say:

bulDouble-strength EPA+DHA for increased omega-3

bulSupports a healthy heart and healthy inflammatory levels*

Our most popular concentrate, Ultimate Omega offers therapeutic support for both body and mind. Without solicitation, doctors and researchers worldwide consistently choose and recommend this powerful formula. Concentrated Ultimate Omega delivers more omega-3s per serving than most other omega-3 products and has been shown by original research to support healthy glucose levels, healthy lipid levels in professional athletes, bronchial health, and the body’s ability to respond to stress in a healthy way.*

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


Brad King Ultimate ANTI-STRESS + Happy Sense BONUS

Categories: Belly Fat, FLYER SALE!, Mens Health, Mental Well Being, Mood, Savings At Alive!, Sleep, Stress, Weight Loss, Womans Health

Living with chronic stress at work or at home is an all-too familiar scenario for many of us these days. Excess stress can create hormonal imbalances that lead to premature aging and an obesity-like condition.  Chronic daily stress (i.e. work, school or constant worrying) can rapidly deplete the brain’s serotonin reserves, causing depression, low stress adaptation, sleep disturbances and excessive cravings for sweet and starchy foods. A few common signs of weak adrenal function are; overeating and weight gain, low feeling of energy, fatigue, irritability, chronic tiredness, oversleeping and frequent immune system rundown. By using the Ultimate Anti-Stress on a regular basis – in the evening – you can aid your body’s ability to replenish from the day’s unrelenting stress toll and wake up feeling refreshed!!  Another customer favourite, when all else has failed Brad King comes through!

Brad King Ultimate Anti-Stress On SALE Until October 21st 2012!

GET 120 Vcaps + Happy 50mg 60 caplets

Only $27.99!!

Your savings… $29.99

Offer ends October 21st 2012.

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


Lorna Vanderhaeghe – GLA Skin Oil – Imagine PMS Symptoms GONE and the Return of Beautiful Skin!!

Categories: Brain Health, Children's Health, Eczema, FLYER SALE!, Inflammation, Joint Health, Kids Health, Menopause, Mental Well Being, Savings At Alive!, Skin Care, Womans Health

As always Lorna Vanderhaeghe never disappoints.  Right now her GLA Skin Oil is in the Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus Flyer.  This is a must product. 

What to expect from this product:

  • Ensures beautiful, smooth, glowing skin
  • Improves calcium retention in bones
  • Treats eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis
  • Stops breast and period pain
  • Stops cradle cap and dermatitis in infants
  • Can also be applied topically along with oral treatment

GLA is a ” Very” Essential Fat! As many of us know, unfortunately the North American diet is made up predominantly of bad fats from red meats and processed foods. To make matters worse when an enzyme in the body is impaired we can’t make the good fats GLA, EPA or DHA. We can overcome this problem by supplementation with L.V. GLA (gamma linolenic acid).  What to expect from this product: Ensures beautiful, smooth, glowing skin, Improves calcium retention in bones, Treats eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, Stops breast and period pain, Stops cradle cap and dermatitis in infants. Women are always looking for something to ease PMS symptoms, GLA can help! In many women with breast pain and terrible PMS their ability to make GLA is often impaired. One trial done at the breast clinic at the University of Hong Kong used GLA for the treatment of cyclical breast pain. Of the 66 women in the study 97% responded to treatment with GLA after 6 months.  Bye bye cramps, hello beautiful healthy skin!

EACH TEASPOON CONTAINS:         GLA ……………………………………………. 500mg
VEGAN-FRIENDLY. GLUTEN-FREE. This product does not contain artificial preservatives, colours or sweeteners, dairy, soy, wheat or yeast.

RECOMMENDED DOSAGE: Adults (12 years and older): Take 1 to 2 teaspoons daily with food and/or apply to the skin as needed.       

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


VitaHouse Ginseng Pure, Reishi Pure & Cordyceps Pure

Categories: Energy, Flu, FLYER SALE!, Hot products, Immune System, Mental Well Being, New Products!, Stress

VitaHouse Reishi Pure Immune Booster

The VitaHouse Supplement Family is only in the flyer until January 31st 2012.  Protect your immune system, your Kidney and Lungs and lastly your energy and vitality.  The three protects are in detail below.

Immune BOOSTER – VitaHouse Reishi Pure – THE Herb To Protect Your Immune System This Winter


Historically, Reishi was so valued in the East for longevity that only Royalty and the extremely affluent could afford even the smallest quantity. Today studies show that Reishi is still amazing for longevity but now it is available for all!  Reishi is known in the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine to: reduce the effects of stress, enhance immunity, rejuvenate energy, regulate blood circulation, balance blood sugar and is a fabulous ANTIOXIDANT.   All Reishi is not the same and VitaHouse Pure Line prides itself in obtaining the finest quality of Reishi which is made from 100% water soluble extracts.  ALL VitaHouse supplements meet the most stringent standards around the globe.

VitaHouse Cordyceps Pure Kidney & Lung Protection

Lung/Kidney Protection – VitaHouse Cordyceps Pure – Your Herb for Physical ENDURANCE!


Whether you are a woman on the go, a man on a mission, an athlete, or somewhere in between, your body will be thanking you for supplementing with Vita House Cordycep Mushroom extract.  Cordyceps has long been used by athletes in Asia to improve physical performanceStudies show that Cordyceps help enhance physical endurance by improving respiratory function and delaying fatigue through energy promotion.  Other benefits include improving immune function as well as lung and kidney support.  Treat your insides to one of the best quality Cordyceps out there!


VitaHouse Ginseng Pure Mental Clarity

Mental CLARITY – VitaHouse Ginseng Pure – A Smooth Day Starts With a CLEAR Mind


Our busy schedules are full of multi-tasking.  With so much to remember our minds become cluttered.  Pantax Ginseng also known as Korean Ginseng is an effective adaptogen (a herb that enables the body to resist stressors).  Studies have proven Pantax Ginseng to help improve cognitive function, reduces mental fatigue, helps us to cope with stress and effective in regulating glucose levels.  This herb is extremely beneficial to people with high stress jobs as well as students.  This herb has helped many people kick the over indulgence of coffee.  Get your life back on track with Pantax Ginseng!


As always thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you with whatever your health concerns may be at a location near you!


Alive Health Centre Flyer – Anti-Ageing

Categories: Alive Brand, Anti-Ageing, Antioxidants, Energy, Enzymes, FLYER SALE!, Hot products, Immune System, Mental Well Being, Savings At Alive!, Wrinkles

ASK ALICE, is the column that always is featured on the front page of the flyer.  This flyer is all about Anti-Ageing and here is what Alice Chung the owner of Alive Health Centre and Chains has to say!

Alice Chung Owner of Alive Health Centre + Chains

Alice Chung Owner of Alive Health Centre + Chains

Anti-Ageing – What does this mean to YOU?


Someone once told me bluntly: “The bad news is, we are all going to die one day, but the good news is we have a choice of how to live the years we spend on this earth.” So the next time someone splashes the words Anti – Ageing in front of you, think about what it means to you? For some it is: to regain well-being and vitality, to optimize the body’s ability to defend against pathogens and to help protect against the ageing process. A common argument is that we are all going to age and that it is inevitable; an attitude conveying “why bother”. It is true, we are all going to get old, BUT it is the quality of life that we are striving for. You can live 90 years, but of those 90 years don’t you want to be functional, walking around, telling stories and laughing? That is why my team at Alive Health Centres + chains and I are whole heartedly committed to changing the world through healthy living. We strive to prevent signs of accelerated ageing such as premature memory loss, pains, frequent infections, persistent fatigue, digestion problems and age related illnesses.  How can this be achieved?  It takes more than just exercise and healthy eating, it takes vitamins and one of my favourite essential supplements is Royal Jelly because it is truly one of the most all encompassing nutrients out there. While it appears costly, the abundance of health benefits makes the Alive Brand Royal Jelly PRICELESS! I often kid that Royal Jelly is part of my health insurance.  In all seriousness, it is working for me every day by protecting my body’s cells from free radicals, allowing the brain to focus, keeping healthy skin, hair and nails, protecting my immune system, providing me with antibacterial properties and countless other functions. Now when you hear the words Anti-Ageing remember it is more than banishing that stubborn wrinkle, but rather preventing more serious health issues that can get in the way of living. Remember, LIFE is the most important thing and together we can make the most of it…


As always, thank you for reading!  We look forward to helping you at a location near you! Also, we are happy to help you with processing a mail order.  Call us toll free at 1 866-499-9546


Take a “Time Out” This Summer: Mental Well Being

Categories: Mental Well Being, Quick Tips, Stress

We tend to focus on eating right as well as our physical well-being.  While these are most definitely important we cannot neglect our mental well-being.  People often do not know how to slow down or how to take a moment to be in the moment. Some people have never heard of mental well-being and perhaps npw is the time to give it a try!  Summer is an excellent time to get on the right track for your mental well being journey.  Most of us claim to be too busy to take “time out” for ourselves and that it is just another thing to remember to do! BUT to be mindful of your mental well-being is no joke.  Without peace, calmness and serenity people quickly become stress balls, which as we all know stress is the cause of a lot of our diseases today.

Why try starting a mental well-being regime in the summer?

  • The days are longer, therefore you will feel like you have more hours in the day to incorporate time for yourself.
  • More day light hours usually translates into happier people because you are able to get more Vitamin D, if you are feeling happier you are more likely to have the desire to try something new as well as stick with it.
  • In a lot of cases people tend to be on holidays in the summer therefore you will feel more relaxed to start a new regime, once you get a good hold of what works for you, you will be more likely to follow through in the the fall and winter with your mental well-being routine

What can you do to help your mental state?

  • You can always try yoga which will focus on mental and still your physical well-being.
  • Meditation can be simple.  Don’t start with high expectations.  Start small and work your way up.  It can be something as simple as thinking about positive thoughts for 5 minutes a day.  This can greatly put things in perspective for you.  Repeating positive thoughts for 5 minutes in the morning sets you up for a productive day.  When people say they do not have time for this, I say try setting your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier.
  • Try to lay down flat on your back while listening to relaxing music.  Start by relaxing your eyes, your nose, your checks, your ears and basically you work from head all the way to your toes, by really focusing on your body and nothing else.
  • Be mindful all day long.  What does this mean?  This means look after yourself and your mental state all day long.  Stress that you can cut out right away is stop “people pleasing”.  People pleasing really messes with your mental state and can actually become quite dangerous to your body.  Stay true to yourself! When we think of toxins, we often think of doing a cleanse to clean out all of the bad foods we have been eating, but never underestimate the power of toxic relationships!  Get rid of them!  We must always respect one another, but you do not have to make it your mission to love everyone and spend time with everyone that walks into your life.  Set boundaries and learn how to say “no”.  You can say things politely and with respect.  Just remember, if you do not take care of yourself, no one else will… this especially rings true for your mental well-being.  No one can read your mind and make all your stresses go away, only YOU can.
  • You can try finding solace in spirituality.  It does not have to be religious based.  Find what ever works for you.
  • Take a bath! Soak your feet or just take a walk.
  • If you really truly feel bummed out there are safe and natural supplements that can definitely help.  Fish oil with a high concentration of DHA essential fatty acid, vitamin D, a good quality multi can also do wonders!

Lastly, taking time to smell the flowers is never a waste of time.  Repeat this over in your head three times. Life is a beautiful thing and while working hard is a wonderful trait to have there has to be a balance.  It may not seem like it right now, but it catches up with us.  I myself love to work and I love seeing the hard work pay off, but I notice how the quality of my work goes up when I take time for myself.  At the end of the day there is no recipe for how to nurture your mental state, so just do what is best for you!  As always we thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you at a location near you!