Something New in the World of Weight Loss


Have you tried so many weight loss programs that you are way too familiar with the terms like body fat and calories? Does the quote “I went on a 2 week diet and all I lost was 14 days!” apply to you? Have you gained back the weight that you once lost? Maybe you are looking for a weight loss solution that will work for you? Something that becomes a way of life?

Some people have luck. The rest of us need a plan. You can’t just hope your way to health. Nothing worthwhile comes easily or haphazardly. You may have not had the success that you wanted with other weight loss programs.

Your plan may start with something small. Do you have a worst meal of the day? Maybe it’s the breakfast that you don’t eat? Maybe it’s the quick bite to eat at a local fast-food restaurant because the lunch you brought from home doesn’t look very appetizing? Replace your worst meal each day with a meal replacement drink. These mixes offer protein, fiber and amazing nutrition in a variety of tastes.

Eating right is only part of the weight loss journey. It’s also important to increase your physical activity. This may mean walking up a flight of stairs at work to use the restroom or lifting weights while you watch your favorite show.

When you are trying to go from fat to firm, it is important to have a weight loss support group. You need someone to celebrate with – someone who is reaching for the same goal you are reaching for. The American Psychological Association states “Psychological research has found that a group approach [to weight loss] helps, at least in the short-term. It’s easier to stick with a weight loss plan when you have support, can share tips on diet and exercise and have an exercise buddy.”

In March 2014, Nature’s Sunshine launched IN.FORM. It is truly a different kind of weight-loss program. The IN.FORM program looks at all of the aspects of losing weight and keeping it off, including eating right and exercise, but it also includes the social support that is missing in so many programs. It’s a holistic, 13-week, program that brings together group support, accountability and health education into a series of fun, highly-informative, weekly classes that include biotracker analysis and delicious protein shakes. With IN.FORM, you become part of a community that is there is support you, not hinder your progress. You’ll be recognized when you make progress and meet your goals!

NSP’s IN.FORM is a thirteen week program that will change your life. Here’s what you’ll learn about week by week:

Week 1: Program Overview

Week 2: Let’s Get to the Point: What’s Your Reason for Burning Fat and Being Fit?

Week 3: Lose Weight by Losing Toxicity

Week 4: The Good, Bad & Ugly of Weight Loss

Week 5: Mastering Your Food Environment

Week 6: What do my Cravings say About Me?

Week 7: Are Your Thoughts Making You Fat?

Week 8: Dealing With Stress

Week 9: Glandular Health, Wealth and Wisdom

Week 10: Let’s Get a Move On

Week 11: The Importance of Social Networks

Week 12: Mindfulness Eating

Week 13: Keeping Your Change Alive

THE MIGHTY MICROBIOME

Did you know that microscopic organisms called bacteria living on and in your body outnumber human cells ten to one? In fact, the total weight of bacteria in your body can weigh anywhere between two and six pounds! This bustling, hidden ecosystem that resides primarily in your gut is known as the microbiome, and emerging science is quickly gaining an understanding of just how important these billions of microorganisms are to our health.

AN IMBALANCED BIOME

Modern diets, stress and environmental toxins can upset the delicate balance of our gut microbiome, from one that supports normal, healthy function to one that triggers a host of cardiometabolic issues.

How? Too many ‘bad’ bacteria in our microbiome can create toxins that make us fat. Diets high in added sugars and carbohydrates lead to greater populations of certain kinds of microbes that produce toxins. These toxins cause us to use energy inefficiently and store too much of it as fat. Over time, this process can develop into metabolic dysfunction and unwanted additional weight. These cascading effects can cause our body to operate like that of someone much older! In other words, an unhealthy microbiome can add years to our ‘metabolic age.’

There is hope!

THE BOTTOM LINE

IN.FORM utilizes the untapped power of the microbiome to lower metabolic age. It does this through lifestyle changes combined with proprietary, patent-pending supplementation that targets gut nutrition to support optimal body composition and cardiovascular health.

Nature’s Sunshine Products has been in the health industry since the 1970s. Gene and Kristine Hughes became herbal pioneers, planting the seeds that became Nature’s Sunshine. Plagued with a nagging stomach condition, Gene started taking cayenne pepper at the suggestion of a friend. While the herb provided relief, it was difficult to ingest cayenne pepper by the spoonful. His wife, Kristine, suggested putting the powder into capsules. It was a revolutionary idea—delivering the benefits of herbs through encapsulation. Since becoming the first company to encapsulate herbs in 1972, Nature’s Sunshine has grown from a small, family-owned business to one of the leading health and wellness companies in the world.

To learn more about IN.FORM™ , our weight loss program, click here. IN.FORM™ is truly a different kind of weight-loss program. It’s a unique, 13-week, duplicatable program that brings to life all of the elements of NSP’s Transformational Habit of Health, beginning with weight loss…all the way to lifelong health.

 

 

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6 Ways to Avoid Holiday Stress

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The holidays are supposed to be merry and bright, but they can be unnecessarily stressful—causing anxiety. Get a jump-start on your holiday cheer and see it last the whole season through with these six tips to keep your stress levels low and your holiday happiness high!

1. Exercise for at least 30 minutes daily

Never underestimate the power of exercise. Make time each day for a little calorie-burning session. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout, just something to get your heart rate up to get the endorphins going. This time of year offers a lot of unique ways to burn calories. Take a break from the gym and try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or sledding.

2. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine

Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are stimulants which may increase your heart rate and cause anxiety. Instead of alcohol, drink water, or natural fruit juice. Sodas are not a good alternative to alcohol because sugar also has many adverse effects on the body, which can become worse when stressed.

3. Do your shopping early, or online. Or better yet – at small businesses.

If you are the door-buster type, waking up early on Black Friday to get the deals can be quite the rush. It can also be a huge nightmare causing undue stress and anxiety. You can usually find deals that are just as good, but without the crowds, before Thanksgiving and after Christmas. Shopping online can be much less stressful—you don’t even have to get dressed or fight for a parking spot! Shopping at local businesses is also great because they are usually less busy, have unique items, and more of your money will stay in the community.

4. Get enough sleep

Getting adequate sleep helps with digestion, clarity of mind, immunity and morale. Sleeping-in because you went to bed late doesn’t produce the most quality sleep. Getting to bed earlier and waking up earlier gives the body more restful sleep and allows for a more productive morning, giving you time to get things done so you are less stressed throughout the day.

5. Eat regularly

If you feel like the world is crashing down around you and you are about to just toss in the towel and cancel Christmas—ask yourself, “ When was the last time I ate?” Hunger is a very real ailment that gets the best of us when we allow our blood sugar to drop from not eating regularly. It’s best to avoid this in others as well, so make sure you have snacks on hand, especially if you decide to brave the crowds on Black Friday.

6. Learn to say ‘No’

The holidays are a time when people want to be around the ones they love. Between family members, friends and neighbors, the number of invites to gatherings can become overwhelming. Learn to say ‘no’ to avoid over-committing and you will save yourself from being spread too thin. Also, keep an eye on your budget. Over-spending in December makes for a depressing January when the bills show up. Say ‘no’ to buying things you don’t need.

An All Around Healthy Body

49 Basic Nutritional Supplements For An All-Around Healthy Body

There are a lot of nutritional supplements out there. For some, it can be daunting to know what to take, and what parts of the body they benefit.

This graphic shows some basic nutrients that support the skin, brain, eyes, lungs, intestines, bones, colon, joints, muscles and heart. If you want to dig further into a specific area, and go beyond these basic nutrients, try out our Health Assessment quiz to see what could help you for your specific needs.

 

 

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Supplements for the Heart:

  • Omega 3 EFAs
  • Soluble Fiber
  • B-Complex Vitamins
  • Reservatrol
  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E

Supplements for Muscles:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • B Vitamins
  • Antioxidants

Supplements for Joints:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Antioxidants

Supplements for the Colon:

  • Fiber

Supplements for Bones:

  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B12

Supplements for Digestion

  • Fiber
  • Probiotics

Supplements for the Lungs

  • Lycopene
  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Resveratrol

Supplements for Eyes

  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Beta-carotene
  • Selenium

Supplements for the Brain

  • Omega 3 EFAs
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin E

Supplements for the Skin

  • Silica
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Omega 3 EFAs

Better Night’s Sleep

5 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

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Americans get 20% less sleep today than they did 100 years ago. More stress? Probably. Less physical activity? Perhaps.

In any case, some type of insomnia will affect one in three of us. And women, you’re up to twice as likely to experience sleeplessness as men.

But don’t take this news lying down (staring at the ceiling). Here are 5 tips to do your part to make every night a restful night.

Time

Allow yourself some time to wind down each evening. Bustling around, trying to get a few more things done before you retire is counter-productive to good sleep. Even social networking before bed can stimulate the brain, making it hard to truly relax when your head hits the pillow.

Environment

Some people can sleep anywhere. Most of us can’t. Creating a sleep-friendly environment might include controlling the amount of light in your bedroom, your room temperature and the amount of noise reaching your ears. Consider black-out curtains, earplugs, turning on a fan, listening to mellow music, a bark collar for the dog and other changes that might make your sleep room a better place for real rest.

Create a Routine

Doing the same thing every night can help train your body that it’s time for sleep. Drink a glass of warm milk, brush your teeth, read for 10 minutes, then listen to relaxing music. Whatever your routine should be, stick with it for at least two weeks and see if sleep is less elusive. Note: Exercising too close to bedtime can stimulate the mind, making sleep much more difficult for some people.

Get comfortable

Don’t underestimate the importance of a good mattress and/or pillow. Before you buy a new mattress, do some research. Talk to friends, check out blogs and ask about doing a 30-day test-run to see if you like it. Nowadays you can choose from air, gel, water, and good old springs and foam. People are quite different and so are mattresses!

Supplements for Sleep

Herbs and supplements for sleep can play an important role in getting proper rest.

  • Valerian root has been used for over a thousand years to help people sleep. It helps relax the central nervous system, promotes feelings of calm and can help decrease anxiety or stress. And unlike some sleep aids, it does NOT leave you feeling groggy.
  • Hops flowers have nervine properties and promote restful sleep.
  • Passionflower can help relax tense muscles and soothe frayed nerves.
  • Lavender is the most popular essential oil for relaxation and encouraging sleep. Diffuse lavender in your bedroom or spray a mist of it onto sheets and pillows before bed.
  • Melatonin is a hormone naturally present in the brain. It can help restore the body’s natural sleep rhythm and may help you feel more alert and rested when you awake. Our bodies make less melatonin as we age. NOTE: don’t use melatonin during the day; not for pregnant women.

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Bitter Foods and Herbs

 

While in Las Vegas during Leader’s Conference, I sat in on a discussion with some of the best herbalists in the world. One topic that they brought up was the importance of the taste of bitterness in some foods and herbs. The “bitterness” on our taste buds alone is a nutrient, in a sense. The bitterness sends a chemical reaction throughout out bodies and has numerous health benefits. When you sweeten bitter foods, you often destroy the majority of the health benefit of that particular food.

Many nutritionists, herbalists, and other health experts believe that far too many modern industrialized humans are deficient in bitter substances, which in part contributes to our epic rise in digestive related illnesses, inflammatory conditions, immune challenges, diabetes, and more. Source.

In a recent article by the Wall Street Journal, “One study found that only 5% to 8% of the calories we eat are bitter. But the compounds that make foods taste bitter (carotenoids in sweet potatoes and spinach, flavonoids in cranberries and kale, polyphenols in wine) also make them good for us. Consider the initial taste shock of bitter foods such as cranberries, cocoa and kale to be positive, rather than negative. Bitter = healthful.

Here are a few of the health benefits of bitter foods.

1. Helps to absorb nutrients


While bitterness is often perceived as unpleasant, the interaction between bitter constituents in foods and our bitter taste receptors stimulate the production of gastric acid in the stomach. This helps prime the stomach for the food it is about to encounter. “Bitter foods and herbs help to stimulate digestive juices and support food digestion,” says professional dietitian Nicole Dube of Halifax, N.S. “Bitter foods help stimulate our taste receptors on the tongue, which subsequently stimulates enzyme production and bile flow. The better your food is digested, the more nutrients you will absorb from your food. It doesn’t matter what you eat, if you can’t absorb it, it won’t be of much benefit to you.” Dube often recommends eating a dandelion salad for people with digestive problems.

2. Balances taste buds and controls that sweet tooth

The more bitter greens we eat, the more bitter greens we want.

“We all have different sensory levels. It depends on genetics, what you’ve trained your body to like, what your mother ate when you were in utero or what your heritage is,” says Theresa Albert, a Toronto-based registered nutritionist and founder of the website, My Friend in Food. In Ayurvedic tradition, bitter foods are thought to reduce food cravings and aid in weight loss. In TCM, bitter foods are prized for ‘removing heat’ in the body – could that speak to their very modern ‘anti-inflammatory’ benefits? Source.

3. Cleanses the body

Bitter roots and veggies contain fiber to help sweep wastes through the digestive tract. Bitter foods also contain sulfur-based compounds which support the natural detoxification pathways in the liver; helping it to do what it is meant to do – keep your body clean and clear.

“We’re just starting to discover the benefits of greens,” says Albert, who explains that centuries ago, in ancient Chinese and Hindu diets, culinary traditions regularly included bitter foods.

4. Stimulates metabolism


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitter foods and herbs like green tea have been shown to boost metabolism. Drinking green tea is one of the easiest ways to rev up your metabolism. A study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea-extract increases the metabolism by 4% over a 24-hour period. Green tea has also been shown to inhibit fat absorption—the movement of glucose into fat cells, [support healthy] glucose levels after eating a meal, prevent insulin spikes which prevents fat storage, and reduce appetite. People that choose sweet foods over bitter foods are also at risk for metabolic syndrome. Source.

5. Fights free radicals and stimulates immune function


Recent studies have shown that bitter foods, including dark chocolate, can help fight free radicals in the body. Of course, Bitter foods are usually nutrient dense Bitter foods pack plenty of nutrition into each bite. For instance, beta-carotene for healthy skin; folate for a healthy nervous system; vitamin K for healthy blood clotting and phyto-chemicals for healthy inflammation response, managing cholesterol, balance hormones, detoxify the blood and metabolizes fats. Many greens are also mineral rich; gentle cooking will help make those minerals more bioavailable to the human body.

List of some bitter foods and herbs

There are a wide variety of bitter foods and herbs. Some of them are best taken as a tea to help your body register the bitter taste to get the digestive juices flowing. Some better foods and herbs include:

“One of the most neglected concepts in Western health and nutritional theory is that of balance. Chinese medicine, on the other hand, heavily emphasizes balance when it comes to diet and strives to maintain that over all else. The human body is wired to maintain balance over all else. Imbalances, especially in diet, always cause over compensation in the opposite direction in order to maintain the yin/yang balance that keeps the body in homeostasis. That is why dietary changes are best implemented slowly, so that the body is not thrown into a state of shock and can adjust accordingly.

“In terms of dietary balance, most Westerners severely neglect the bitter flavor/taste element in favor of more appealing and ‘friendly’ choices like sweet or salty. However, this is inherently problematic as the bitter flavor is an essential component of maintaing balance and health. Bitter foods and herbs have many important functions in the body, specifically in regards to the liver, detoxification and digestion – is it not a coincidence that these areas of health are some of the most problematic for Westerners? In fact, ask any acupuncturist which disorder (read: imbalance) is most commonly seen in their practice and they will happily tell you it is liver qi stagnation, which is treated with bitter herbs and foods, among other things.

It’s understandable that people avoid bitter foods as they can be somewhat unpleasant, however, there are many time tested, delicious ways to integrate bitter foods into common recipes. What’s more is that bitter foods usually make you feel great — especially those that directly affect the liver. A few seconds of a bitter taste is very little to go through in exchange for drastically improves health if you ask me…”

– Truth The Brilliance of Bitter By Marc David | Psychology of Eating

Supper Supplements & Stress

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Balanced nutrients are often in short supply during periods of physical stress or convalescence, or in a diet consisting of mostly processed foods. Super Supplemental can help fill the void. It packs 12 vitamins, 10 minerals, 10 amino acids, 10 herbs, 12 fruit powders, three veggie powders, plus lutein, lycopene, inositol, PABA and choline for practically unbeatable supplement and antioxidant support.

Check Out What the Right Chinese Herbs Can Do For You

By Dan Bischoff

Eastern-based health treatments are showing up more often in practical medicine as Western doctors begin to understand the incredible benefits from these ancient methods. Chinese-chinese-herbsbased procedures are now being used to treat pain and stress, and create balance in the body’s systems.Techniques like acupuncture, massage, meditation, dietary therapies, herbs and Eastern exercises (like yoga and tai chi) are becoming more popular as patients turn to less invasive, more natural treatments. Hundreds of herbs used today have a history dating back at least 2,000 years and many people use herbs to supplement, and sometimes even replace, modern drug prescriptions.

Several products in the Nature’s Sunshine line use Chinese herbs to balance energy channels in the body to nourish adrenal glands, energize, maintain immunity and increase mental clarity and focus. The products were created using thousands of years
of research and results as people found these supplements increased their overall feeling of health.

For instance, Mineral-Chi Tonic contains herbal ingredients like lycii, eleuthero and astragalus root, and ginkgo to strengthen the glandular system and provide the body with a full range of naturally chelated trace minerals.

If you’re suffering from insomnia or agitation, Chinese Nervous Fatigue utilizes biota and jujuba seeds, schizandra fruit and ginseng to help relieve stress, promote healthy sleep, invigorate and support the circulatory system. By using this fire-enhancing formula, research has demonstrated the body can be nurtured while healing unbalanced systems.

KB-C Chinese is a unique formula. Also known as jian gu, it’s translation means “to strengthen the bones.” This powerful herb combination is designed to nutritionally support the kidneys and urinary system while providing healthy joint assistance. It’s main ingredient, eucommia bark, has been used to treat weakness for centuries and Chinese practitioners believe it nourishes ligaments and bones. Additionally, achyranthes is chinese herbsregularly used to comfort the body.

The harmonizing combination of Liver Balance Chinese includes several tried and true herbs like scute, bupleurum and atractylodes to calm a stressed-out nervous system. Known as the “cooling herb”, bupleurum is believed to increase the flow of chi (the body’s life force) to reduce stress-induced symptoms in the body and mind.

More than ever, American practitioners are recognizing the value of these herbal combinations that have been used, monitored and researched for thousands of years by trained Chinese specialists. Patients using these treatments often report feeling healthier, having an increased sense of well-being and a higher level of energy. Maybe it’s time you gave Chinese herbs a try.