Empowering You Organically

Organixx.com

At Organixx our mission is simple: "Supporting you in being the healthiest YOU possible." Subscribe to hear cutting-edge natural health topics. Let natural health leaders share their knowledge and empower you to live a healthier life. We're dedicated to supporting you because we've all experienced pain, suffering, and the struggle of our own bod

All Episodes

 This week we dive into one of our top ten lists, the 10 important health benefits of iodine. This critically important nutrient is used by the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormones that control many functions in the body including growth and development. Because your body does not produce iodine, it needs to be supplied in the diet. When iodine intake is poor, the body cannot produce enough thyroid hormones. Tune in to learn more… Iodine  The fact is that iodine is utilized for just about every function in your body. Yet many people are unaware of their body’s need for iodine, and that iodine deficiency has reached epidemic proportions worldwide.  10 Important Health Benefits of Iodine  Here are 10 reasons why maintaining sufficient iodine levels is an absolute MUST for your health:  #10. Iodine Helps Stabilize Your Mood  It is well known that low iodine levels can have an impact on the brain, as mentioned above. More recent research has also linked iodine deficiency to depression and anxiety. A 2004 study conducted by German researchers and published in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC524961/ ] found a link between “alterations of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and mild cases of depression and anxiety.”  TSH is produced by the pituitary gland to signal the thyroid to produce more thyroid hormones. Fluctuations in TSH are often an indication that the thyroid is not getting enough iodine to do its job [ https://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/how-your-thyroid-works ].    #9. Iodine Maintains Strong Teeth and Bones  Iodine assists in the production of strong teeth and bones by being a key player in calcium absorption. In fact, the connection between low iodine, low calcium absorption, and hypothyroidism has been known by researchers for at least the last hundred years  https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/542133?redirect=true   One of the functions of the thyroid is the production of calcitonin, a hormone that helps balance blood calcium levels. This mechanism not only leads to maintain strong bones; it also plays a role in the healthy functioning of the nervous system, heart, and muscles.  #8. Iodine Helps Prevents Hair Loss  Besides protecting the skin and eyes from UV radiation, adequate levels of iodine can give your skin and hair a healthy glow. This is because iodine is involved in cellular rejuvenation [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3686082/ ]. Healthy iodine levels also prevent hair loss because of the nutrients supplied to the thyroid gland [ https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/vitamin-deficiencies-are-a-lot-more-obvious-than-you-might-think/news-story/13bdd6f148d12b29b3d3cc53f9910766 ].  Iodine in combination with other essential minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc can be a powerful internal tonic for thinning hair.  #7. Iodine Ensures Reproductive Health  Did you know that Japanese women have the lowest rates of breast cancer in the world? A 2003 report published in the journal Breast Cancer Research postulated that this could be a direct result of eating iodine- and selenium-rich seaweed, which is a staple in the Japanese diet [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC314438/ ].   Iodine is fuel for reproductive glands as well as the thyroid. Studies suggest that getting enough iodine can help prevent fibrocystic breast disease, preeclampsia, ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts, vaginitis, polycystic ovary syndrome, and even breast cancer. Enough iodine in the body is also one aspect of a healthy pregnancy [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28260263 ].  #6. Iodine Is a Powerful Antioxidant  According to some experts, iodine may be as powerful in this regard as vitamin C! [https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/93/11/4381/2627273 ]  It can help reduce free radical damage that may lead to gene mutation and disease.  It is a great boon for the immune system as it helps clean the blood of harmful pathogens.  A 2013 meta-analysis [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3752513/] published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in the journal Thyroid found that iodine is “an antioxidant as well as an antiproliferative and differentiation agent” which can help clear up free radical damage in many organs of the body.  It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.  #5. Iodine Is a Natural Antiseptic  Maybe you remember that brownish-red solution your mom used to apply when you had a cut? For everything from cleaning wounds to purifying water, iodine is a sterilizing substance that can kill unhealthy organisms, bacteria and viruses.  A 2015 Iranian study found that a low-concentration iodine antiseptic used after oral surgery helped instigate first-stage wound healing in the surgery area, leading to faster recovery and less chance of infection [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25249172 ].  #4. Iodine Protects You From Radiation  It is a natural protectant from UV radiation for the eyes, according to a 2004 Austrian study [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14676959 ].  Iodine supplementation can also be used to help individuals suffering from long-term radiation exposure. The effects of too much radiation can happen because of accidents, medical devices, and the radiation emitted by TSA scanners at airports.  A 2008 study [ https://www.rrjournal.org/doi/abs/10.1667/RR0944.1 ] published in Radiation Research discovered that “terahertz radiation” like that found in airport x-ray scanners is linked to genetic mutation. Adequate amounts of iodine in the body is a must for anyone who travels a lot.  #3. Iodine Protects the Body From Toxins     Fluoride, chlorine, and bromine are dangerous chemicals found in everything from new car interiors to tap water.  They can also severely hinder thyroid function.  Maintaining healthy iodine levels can block these “halide” chemicals from accumulating [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8909694 ].  Iodine can also protect against xenoestrogens – “chemical mimics” – that can lead to reproductive conditions like ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5051569/].  Some experts, such as author and natural health advocate Dr. Mark Sircus [https://drsircus.com/detox/iodine-and-detoxification/#_edn1 ], point to the possibility that iodine may also help with mercury detoxification.  #2. Iodine Helps Your Brain Stay Sharp  Iodine deficiency has been linked to cognitive decline in countless studies and is one of the “world’s most prevalent, yet easily preventable, cause[s] of brain damage,” according to the World Health Organization [https://www.who.int/nutrition/topics/idd/en/ ].   Iodine deficiency during pregnancy has been linked to autism in a recent University of Arizona study [ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16845157 ].  Furthermore, a 2013 Australian investigation published in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience found that iodine supplementation improved the perceptual reasoning of slightly deficient children considerably [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3607807/ ].  #1. Iodine Is Necessary for Metabolism and Thyroid Function  Metabolism is the act of converting food into substances your body can use.  It helps the body break down food into nutrients via the thyroid gland and other mechanisms.  Iodine is the literal “fuel” for the thyroid. Triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) are the main hormones that the thyroid produces.  For these hormones to be created, they need iodine. Good thyroid health also helps your body keep a steady heart rate, regulate temperature, improve digestion, and maintain a healthy weight.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK28/     Nascent Iodine -  is also known as atomic iodine, monatomic iodine, Atomidine, or colloidal iodine. The term “nascent” refers to iodine that has an incomplete number of electrons. This gives it an electrical charge, according to a report conducted by the non-profit Weston Price Foundation and others.   Many forms of dietary iodine break down into iodide in the digestive tract. In this state, iodine-dependent organs like the thyroid and reproductive organs cannot use it. The charge of nascent iodine helps it stay intact and absorb quickly and thoroughly into the organs that need it most.     Deeper Dive Resources   Organixx Iodine  https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/ZXGPMeRRxCtQgHZxFXdB?ch-tn-box=first-box&gl=5d88ed3a02e26b594338083a  History of U.S. Iodine Fortification and Supplementation  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3509517/   NIH Fact Sheet for Professionals  https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/  Iodine Deficiency - American Thyroid Association  https://www.thyroid.org/iodine-deficiency/  The Great Iodine Debate - Weston Price Foundation  https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/modern-diseases/the-great-iodine-debate/  Iodine Articles in Organixx’s INSPIRED Health Library  https://organixx.com/?s=Iodine&selector=art 

Sep 22

21 min

Fascinating topic today for you! Tune in to learn what Vitamin C does for your skin, why your body can’t make it, how it affects collagen production, the difference between dietary and topical Vitamin C, and last but not least…. the big reasons you really want to use a restorative product like a Vitamin C serum. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones. This wisdom can be applied to the natural health choices we make every day too. One of nature’s simplest substances is vitamin C. What this common nutrient can do for your skin health and radiance (especially when it’s applied topically in the form of vitamin C serum) is simply amazing! Read on to discover the benefits of vitamin C for skin.  What Does Vitamin C Do for Your Skin? Making sure you get enough vitamin C every day is essential. This is because vitamin C is the catalyst for dozens of vital cellular mechanisms in your body. This includes functions that promote healthy skin. Besides acting as a powerful antioxidant, one of the biggest roles vitamin C plays is in the production and synthesis of collagen. Collagen is the basic building block of healthy tissue. It is formed through the binding together of key amino acids – mainly glycine, arginine, and proline. Vitamin C is vital for the creation of many types of collagen, especially Type I and III [1]. Your Body Can’t Make Vitamin C Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient. This means that it dissolves in water. In addition, we have to get enough of it through external sources, since the body can’t make it. Most of the vitamin C we ingest gets used right away or is flushed out through the urine. However, research indicates that the body can and does store some amount of vitamin C. One of the key storage places is in the skin. The first two layers of skin – the epidermis and the dermis – both contain high amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C is Needed for Collagen Production One of vitamin C’s main jobs is to add oxygen and hydrogen to the amino acids proline and lysine in order to turn them into their collagen forms (hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine, respectfully) [2]. Without a hefty amount of vitamin C in the skin, collagen production inevitably slows. This causes skin to sag and may even raise your risk of skin-related conditions and melanoma. According to a 2015 study conducted at Queen Mary University in London, having adequate amounts of certain types of collagen in the skin (namely Type VII) may even help prevent skin cancer [3].  What About Topical Vitamin C? When it comes to topical application of vitamin C, absorbency and stability are definite challenges. For example, while scientists have found that ascorbic acid is the most effective type of vitamin C to use topically, it is often problematic since it is also very unstable. This means that it breaks down and becomes ineffective when exposed to heat, light or air. In addition, absorption into the skin is poor when it’s mixed with a simple liquid like water. The Solution? Vitamin C Serum Vitamin C serum is a liquid concentration that is meant to be applied on the skin topically, especially to the face. The vitamin C is usually suspended in a neutral lipid, such as glycerin or an oil. All high-quality vitamin C serums for the face should be able to: boost collagen production in skin add another level of protection against harmful pollutants and the sun help skin look and feel great without irritation [4]   4 Big Reasons Why Vitamin C Serum Is Your Skin’s Best Friend #1 – Vitamin C Helps Keeps Skin Young While vitamin C serum can’t get rid of every wrinkle that comes with age and too much sun exposure, it can help to reduce them – and sometimes quite significantly. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has the ability to protect sensitive skin from the aging effects of the sun. Just as important, however, is vitamin C’s role in the production of collagen. Collagen provides structure and elasticity to skin. This means that the level of collagen in the skin directly correlates to how smooth, supple and elastic a person’s skin looks and feels. Unfortunately, studies have proven that after around age 20, collagen production decreases dramatically with each passing year [5]. Vitamin C serum can help to replenish collagen stores as we age. Using ultrasound technology, scientists at the Iuliu Haţieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy analyzed cutaneous changes to the facial skin of women who applied a 5% vitamin C solution for a total of 60 days. The German team found that “topically applied vitamin C is highly efficient as a rejuvenation therapy, inducing significant collagen synthesis in all age groups with minimal side effects [6].”   #2 – Vitamin C Serum Protects Skin from the Sun You may be interested to know how you can protect yourself from the sun without having to avoid it at all costs (sun exposure is how we obtain vitamin D, after all) and without having to slather your skin with toxic commercial sunscreen. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C protects the skin by warding off free radical damage caused by UV radiation that can lead to DNA mutation, according to research conducted at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, amongst many others [7]. It’s important to still use good judgment when it comes to sun exposure and protection. That being said, upping your vitamin C levels by applying vitamin C serum to areas of your body that get the most exposure is a sound strategy. According to the National Cancer Institute, areas that are most exposed to the sun (such as the face, neck, arms, and hands) are the most likely places where skin cancer can occur [8].   #3 – Vitamin C Serum Can Hydrate the Skin Using a high-quality vitamin C serum can also help to keep your skin hydrated by decreasing water loss at the trans-epidermal level [9]. How? Retained water molecules are a happy byproduct of increased collagen production as well as the production of hydroxyproline through vitamin C-assisted collagen synthesis. A derivative of vitamin C, known as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, also contributes to the hydrating effect of vitamin C [10].   #4 – Vitamin C Serum Can Help Reduce Under-Eye Bags Vitamin C’s ability to hydrate the skin, as well as its antioxidant capabilities, helps to lower inflammation. This can assist in getting rid of “puffy eyes” or those under-eye circles that can creep up because of lack of sleep, poor dietary choices, or other stressors. A 2018 meta-analysis of over 300 other sources determined that vitamin C can help reduce C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels [11]. High CRP corresponds to high inflammation levels in the body. The anti-inflammatory mechanisms in vitamin C may also help to even out age spots and pigmentation blemishes as well as balance skin tone. Research conducted at Tulane University in New Orleans suggests that topical vitamin C may be helpful in combatting other, more serious dermatological conditions as well [12].   I Already Take Vitamin C Supplements. Why Do I Need Vitamin C Serum? This argument makes practical sense. Unfortunately, according to the research, it’s not necessarily true. A 2017 analysis at the University of Otago in New Zealand took a look at the benefits of both dietary and topical vitamin C on skin health [13].   According to the study report published in the journal Nutrients, vitamin C consumed internally can only help skin in a person who is deficient to begin with. On the other hand, the multitude of studies conducted on vitamin C serum have proven that topical vitamin C application appears to have beneficial effects no matter what a person’s status [14].   Should You Try Vitamin C Serum? Now that you’re aware of the benefits of vitamin C for skin, you may be contemplating a vitamin C serum to boost your own skin health. However, choosing a high-quality vitamin C serum can be confusing.   The type of vitamin C used and the concentration of vitamin C overall are factors that can change with each brand. In addition, you’ll want to look for a quality serum that contains additional natural antioxidants that help to enhance stability and ensure the highest amount of absorbency.   The decision to add any product or protocol to your toolbox for vibrant living is a personal one, and one you should consult with your health professional about if you are unsure. That being said, the research seems to prove without a doubt that vitamin C serum can have great benefits for skin health, with minimal if any negative effects.   If you’re someone who wants softer, smoother, more vibrant-looking skin, then a high-quality, all-natural vitamin C serum such as Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum may be a health and beauty tool you don’t want to be without!   Deeper Dive Resources   Organixx SKIN’s – Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0   Environmental Working Group – Skin Deep Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep [1] Vitamin C and Skin Health [2] Vitamin C and Collagen [3] Suppression of TGFβ and Angiogenesis by Type VII Collagen in Cutaneous SCC [4] Protective effects of a topical antioxidant mixture containing vitamin C, ferulic acid, and phloretin against ultraviolet-induced photodamage in human skin. [5] Decreased Collagen Production in Chronologically Aged Skin [6] The role of vitamin C in pushing back the boundaries of skin aging: an ultrasonographic approach [7] The role of antioxidants in photoprotection: a critical review. [8] Skin Cancer Prevention (PDQ®)–Patient Version [9] Hydration structure of a collagen peptide [10] Vitamin C in dermatology [11] A Meta-analysis of Randomized Control Trials: The Impact of Vitamin C Supplementation on Serum CRP and Serum hs-CRP Concentrations. [12] Topical vitamin C: a useful agent for treating photoaging and other dermatologic conditions. [13] The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health [14] Double-blind, half-face study comparing topical vitamin C and vehicle for rejuvenation of photodamage.

Sep 15

25 min

Have you found your healthy habits becoming a victim of the COVID-19 quarantine lifestyle? Jonathan. Tune in as he and TeriAnn discuss some great tips for losing that COVID-15 you may have put on! Learn the concept of a time-tested method to losing the weight today! What’s the ‘calories in, calories out’ model? The “calories in versus calories out” model is based on the idea that to maintain a stable weight, the number of calories you eat needs to match the number you expend. “Calories in” refers to the calories you get from the foods you eat, while “calories out” is the number of calories you burn.   There are three main bodily processes that burn calories: Basic metabolism. Your body uses most of the calories you get from food to sustain basic functions, such as your heartbeat. This is commonly referred to as your basal metabolic rate (BMR) (1Trusted Source). Around 10–15% of the calories you eat is used to power digestion. This is known as the thermic effect of food (TEF) and varies based on the foods you eat (2Trusted Source, 3Trusted Source). Physical activity. The leftover calories you get from your diet are meant to fuel your physical activity, including workouts and everyday tasks like walking, reading, and washing dishes. When the number of calories you take in from food matches the number of calories you burn to sustain your metabolism, digestion, and physical activity, your weight will remain stable. Thus, the “calories in versus calories out” model is strictly true. You need a calorie deficit to lose weight. Because 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat, it's estimated that you need to burn about 3,500 calories to lose 1 pound. So, in general, if you cut about 500 to 1,000 calories a day from your typical diet, you'd lose about 1 to 2 pounds a week. However, this depends on numerous factors. These include age, height, current weight, activity levels, metabolic health, and several others. Plateauing We have all been there. How do we avoid this? Every 3 weeks or so increase the calories back to starting point for a week and then drop them back down. This keeps the metabolism burning.   What the Studies Show Some studies only report the total amount of weight lost, without mentioning whether the weight loss came from muscle, fat, or water losses. Different diets affect muscle and water losses differently, which can make it seem as if they are more effective for fat loss when this isn’t truly the case. Studies controlling for these factors consistently show that weight loss always results from a calorie deficit. This is true regardless of whether your calories come from carbs, fat, or protein. The source of calories has different effects on your metabolism Foods affect your metabolism differently. For instance, some require more work to digest, absorb, or metabolize than others. The measure used to quantify this work is called the thermic effect of food (TEF). The higher the TEF, the more energy a food requires to be metabolized. Protein has the highest TEF, while fat has the lowest. This means that a high-protein diet requires more calories to be metabolized than a lower-protein diet does. This is why eating protein is often said to boost your metabolism to a greater extent than eating carbs or fat. That said, when it comes to weight loss, the TEF of foods appears to have only a small effect on your calorie balance. A Caution…Why nutrient density matters The amount of nutrients a food contains per calorie can vary greatly. Nutrient-dense foods provide higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds per gram compared with less nutrient-dense foods. For instance, fruits are much more nutrient-dense than donuts. Calorie for calorie, fruit will provide a much larger dose of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds. Other examples of nutrient-dense foods include vegetables, whole grains, legumes, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, and unsalted nuts and seeds. On the other hand, processed foods, including white pasta, soda, cookies, chips, ice cream, and alcohol are considered to have a low nutrient density. Diets rich in nutrient-dense foods are consistently linked to a lower risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and may even help you live longer.

Sep 8

37 min

This “king of bitters” (so-called because of its flavor) has been used for centuries in Asia to treat gut and upper respiratory infections, fever, herpes, sore throat, and other chronic and infectious disease conditions. However, modern research is demonstrating Andrographis paniculata’s benefits include aiding with joint conditions such as arthritis. ParActin®: A Potent Form of Andrographis Paniculata for Pain Support & More The medicinal herb Andrographis paniculata has been traditionally used for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to boost immune system activity. This “king of bitters” (so-called because of its flavor) has been used for centuries in Asia to treat gut and upper respiratory infections, fever, herpes, sore throat, and other chronic and infectious disease conditions [1]. However, modern research is demonstrating Andrographis paniculata’s benefits include aiding with joint conditions such as arthritis and it may even have anti-cancer benefits. Andrographis Goes by Many Names Andrographis is cultivated in many tropical Asian countries including India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, as well as in the West Indies, Brazil, parts of Africa, and Central America. Known as “chuan-xin-lian” in China, “kalmegh” in India, “senshinren” in Japan, “hempedu bumi” in Malaysia, “fah talai” in Thailand, and “green chiretta” in the Scandinavian countries, Andrographis is listed in the Indian Pharmacopoeia (a publication that lists standards for all drugs that are manufactured, sold, and consumed in India) and in a couple of dozen Ayurvedic formulas [2]. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Andrographis is believed to rid the body of heat (e.g., fevers) and to dispel toxins [3]. Phytochemistry of Andrographis Paniculata Andrographis leaves are mainly responsible for its biological actions. They contain many bioactive compounds, including diterpene lactones – especially Andrographolide, the main bioactive ingredient that imparts the typical bitter taste. Andrographolide is an antioxidant that has been shown to be responsible for the herb’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Andrographolide is also reported in scientific literature to reduce blood clot formation, help protect the liver, have anti-cancer properties, and manage inflammation within safe levels [4]. What Is ParActin®? ParActin® is a patented extract of A. Paniculata, standardized to a fixed concentration of Andrographolide and other related compounds including 14-deoxyandrographolides and neoandrographolides [5]. Preliminary research shows that ParActin® promotes a healthy inflammatory response by blocking a powerful chemical known as NF-kappa B, which is known to be a key regulator of the inflammatory response system. As a result, ParActin® helps support a healthy and appropriate inflammatory response by reducing the levels of pro-inflammatory compounds that trigger the familiar pain and redness associated with inflammation. The safety and efficacy of ParActin® has been assessed in more than 30 studies, including laboratory experiments on cultured cells and animal models – and even a human clinical trial. Let’s take a closer look at some of these studies and what they tell us about Andrographis and ParActin®. Inflammation Is Linked to Many Disease Conditions Long-term, chronic inflammation that occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive may lie at the root of many otherwise unrelated diseases, including: asthma inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) rheumatoid arthritis (RA) autoimmune diseases depression cancer Alzheimer’s disease Inflammation – which manifests as swelling, redness, heat, and pain – is a normal response of our immune system and our body’s way of defending us from infections and disease. However, if it’s not managed properly, inflammation can harm the body. Chronic inflammation is the result of an overactive immune system that is constantly turned on – or cannot be turned off – so that it attacks parts of the very body it is supposed to protect. So-called oxygenated chemical species – including free radicals, oxygen ions, and peroxides – are continuously made in our body’s cells in response to UV radiation and as byproducts of ongoing metabolic activity. They are highly reactive and dangerous, because they can attack cellular DNA and proteins, damaging them. When oxygenated chemical species are generated in excess, they can overwhelm cellular defense systems, leading to a condition known as oxidative stress along with high levels of inflammation – which, as we discussed earlier, is known to contribute to the development of many diseases. Andrographolide, the best-known bioactive ingredient in Andrographis, has been shown to directly inactivate free radicals. It also protects mitochondria, blocks pro-oxidant enzymes, and activates other antioxidant enzymes in the body [6]. Andrographis Boosts the Immune System Andrographolide has been shown to enhance the immune system. For example, it boosts production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, which scavenge and destroy bacteria and other foreign matter. It also triggers the release of signaling proteins known as interferons, along with enhancing activity of the lymphatic system [7]. Interferons are made and released by our body’s cells when they get infected with viruses, causing nearby cells to strengthen their anti-viral defenses. Interferons are potent antiviral agents that stop viruses from multiplying. The lymphatic system is another circulatory system in our body that carries a fluid known as lymph, which removes the waste products of cellular metabolism. The lymphatic system also transports invading bacteria and viruses to lymph nodes where the white blood cells (lymphocytes) destroy them. Andrographis has been shown to trigger our immune system in two ways: Antigen-specific response – specific proteins known as antibodies are made to counteract invading bacteria and viruses. Nonspecific immune response – immune cells known as macrophages are produced, which scavenge and destroy invaders. Andrographis activates both responses, meaning it is very effective against a variety of infectious and cancer-causing agents [8]. Benefits for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections & Cough Andrographis has been used for many hundreds of years in traditional medicinal systems to treat upper respiratory infections. Modern research supports this. For example, a 2004 meta-analysis of the results of seven double-blind, controlled trials (with a total of 896 participants) showed that Andrographis offers significant relief from the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and may even prevent them from taking hold in the first place. [Note: A meta-analysis is a quantitative epidemiological study used to systematically assess the results of previous research – typically randomized, controlled clinical trials – to derive overall conclusions about that body of research.] All the participants in these seven clinical trials reported reduced fever, runny nose, cough, and sore throat on taking Andrographis relative to control patients. Side effects were described as “generally mild and infrequent” [9]. Similarly, another meta-analysis published in 2015 reviewed six randomized controlled clinical trials, which assessed the effects of Andrographis in the treatment of cough. Combined, these six studies compared 333 patients who took various Andrographis preparations relative to 348 patients in control groups. All of these studies showed that Andrographis preparations reduced cough severity [10]. Andrographis Heals the Gut As mentioned above, Andrographis has long been used in traditional medicinal systems such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treating gut infections. In a 2013 study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 224 patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis were either given 1200 or 1800 milligrams of Andrographis for 8 weeks. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the gut, affecting the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. A colonoscopy was performed before the study started and after it ended. Stool frequency and the presence of blood in the stool were also assessed every two weeks. At the end of the study, 60% of patients who received 1800 mg of Andrographis – relative to 40% of patients in the control group – showed clinical symptoms of healing. Not only that, 50% of the patients who received the 1800 mg of Andrographis also showed mucosal healing, relative to 33% in the control group [11]. Andrographis & Joint Pain from Arthritis Arthritis affects more than 70 million Americans, leading to inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints and connective tissues. Over time, cartilage breaks down, bones erode, and joints become misshapen [12]. Our modern understanding is that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) happens because of the uncontrolled inflammation that is typical of an autoimmune disease. In such situations, the body’s defense mechanism malfunctions and attacks its own tissues (e.g., healthy joints) for a prolonged period of time. An immune-signaling protein known as cachexin or tumor necrosis factor-alpha is one of the key drivers of inflammation. Andrographolide has been shown to lower levels of cachexin. ParActin® and Mild Knee Osteoarthritis In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study the efficacy of ParActin® (300 and 600 mg daily) was assessed on pain reduction in 103 patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis [13]. Patients treated with ParActin® showed a significant reduction in pain relative to the control group. Stiffness, physical function, and fatigue all showed a significant improvement with ParActin® treatment. At the end of the study, quality of life and Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) scores were significantly better in the ParActin®-treated groups compared to the control group. ParActin® and Rheumatoid Arthritis Similarly, in a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study published in the journal Clinical Rheumatology in 2009, 60 individuals with compromised joints were given 100 mg of ParActin® or placebo in conjunction with methotrexate, three times a day for 14 weeks [14]. Methotrexate is proven to improve RA symptoms, but long-term use can cause serious infection and liver damage. In this study, ParActin® was effective in reducing the number and total grade of swollen joints, the number and total grade of tender joints, as well as improving scores on HAQ-52 (52-week Health Assessment Questionnaire), and SF-36 (36-item short form survey) health questionnaires. ParActin® treatment was associated with a reduction of various proteins, including enzymes, associated with cartilage damage. Currently, a human clinical trial testing the safety and efficacy of ParActin® in patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis is ongoing. In other laboratory experiments, ParActin® and Andrographolide have also been shown to support bone [15]12, cartilage [16]13, and muscle [17]14 health and recovery. Can Andrographis Help Fight Cancer? Cancer results when our body’s cells grow uncontrollably. When cells develop normally, they become more and more specialized in their function at each stage of development. For example, immature pancreatic cells that will eventually go on to make insulin will develop the cellular machinery to do so as they become mature pancreatic cells. When cancer happens, it interferes with normal cellular development and cells do not mature. In fact, cancer cells resemble immature body cells – and the more they resemble immature cells, the more likely it is that they will spread to other locations – known as metastasis, often with fatal consequences. So, it logically follows that if cancer cells can be made to forcibly undergo maturation or differentiation, they will lose the ability to grow uncontrollably. Indeed, in one laboratory study in mice, researchers showed that Andrographis could induce differentiation in leukemia cells [18]. [Note: Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, which are part of the immune system.] Andrographis can induce differentiation in laboratory conditions – but does this mean it can fight cancer? Indeed, it can – at least under laboratory conditions. A systematic review of no less than 139 pre-clinical and clinical studies shows that Andrographolide has anticancer effects on almost all types of cell lines in laboratory experiments [19]. Specifically, a 2019 study showed that Andrographolide prevented human colon cancer cells in culture from multiplying by inducing a process known as “programmed cell death” or apoptosis. Further, Andrographolide also displayed a combinatorial effect with chemotherapeutic anticancer drugs in these cells under laboratory conditions [20]. Similarly, the results of a 2019 study showed that a hot water extract of Andrographis could stimulate the production of specific components of the immune system and restore others to a more normal state. Furthermore, the Andrographis extract prevented tumor growth and metastasis in these mice, once again by inducing apoptosis, but without causing severe body weight loss as many anticancer chemotherapy drugs tend to do. Blood tests detected multiple bioactive Andrographis-derived diterpene compounds, suggesting that more than one might have contributed towards the beneficial effects seen in this study [21]. Andrographis extracts – especially bioactive lactone and diterpene compounds such as Andrographolide in them – have been shown to be very potent in suppressing the growth of various types of cancer cells in laboratory studies. In particular, Andrographolide has been shown to block the growth of human breast, prostate, and hepatoma tumors. It has even successfully been used in cancer chemotherapy [22]. Can Andrographis Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? As a closing note, Andrographis is even showing promise in helping to combat Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2019 study published in the journal Plants – Basel, researchers reported that three compounds isolated from Andrographis may help stop the formation of structures known as beta-amyloid plaques, which underlie neurotoxicity and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease [23]. As noted by the researchers “Andrographis paniculata and Spilanthes paniculata are used extensively as medicinal herbs for the treatment of various ailments, and are reported to have neuroprotective properties.”   Deeper Dive Resources   Organixx’s Turmeric T3D https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/OobbS9ROAoETfnAGmGDF?ch-tn-box=first-box&gl=5d8908c502e26b5f0c38083c   Organixx Save & Subscribe Program https://organixx.com/subscribe-and-save/?gl=5eeaa19c8ebf588562f75d8f [1] Andrographis: In-depth review [2] Andrographolide, a Natural Antioxidant: An Update [3] Andrographis: In-depth review [4] Andrographolide, a Natural Antioxidant: An Update [5] ParActin® [6] Andrographolide, a Natural Antioxidant: An Update [7] Andrographis: In-depth review [8] Immunostimulant agents from Andrographis paniculata. [9] Andrographis paniculata in the treatment of upper respiratory tract infections: a systematic review of safety and efficacy. [10] Herbal Medicine for Cough: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. [11] Andrographis paniculata extract (HMPL-004) for active ulcerative colitis. [12] HP Ingredients: ParActin Joint Health. [13] A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to assess the efficacy of Andrographis paniculata standardized extract (ParActin®) on pain reduction in subjects with knee osteoarthritis. [14] Efficacy of an Andrographis paniculata composition for the relief of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms: a prospective randomized placebo-controlled trial. [15] Assessment of the Efficacy of ParActin® in Subjects With Mild to Moderate Osteoarthritis (ParActin) [16] ParActin: Healthy Bone Support [17] ParActin: Healthy Cartilage Support [18] ParActin: Muscle Health and Recovery [19] Cell differentiation-inducing diterpenes from Andrographis paniculata Nees. [20] Andrographolide, a diterpene lactone from Andrographis paniculata and its therapeutic promises in cancer. [21] Antiproliferative and Apoptotic Properties of Andrographolide Against Human Colon Cancer DLD1 Cell Line [22] Multiple modulatory activities of Andrographis paniculata on immune responses and xenograft growth in esophageal cancer preclinical models. [23] Andrographolide and analogues in cancer prevention. [24] Multi-Target β-Protease Inhibitors from Andrographis paniculata: In Silico and In Vitro Studies. Study builds scientific support for HP Ingredients’ ParActin for joint health https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Article/2019/05/08/Study-builds-scientific-support-for-HP-Ingredients-ParActin-for-joint-health   A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to assess the efficacy of Andrographis paniculata standardized extract (ParActin®) on pain reduction in subjects with knee osteoarthritis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30968986     Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS      

Sep 1

27 min

The Gastrointestinal Microbiota and Why You Should Care About What That Is Probiotics, along with a host of other microorganisms are so crucial to your health that researchers have compared them to a newly-recognized organ. Your microflora, a term used to describe the bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes that make up your microbial inner ecosystem impact far more than your digestive tract. It’s the center of our body in the sense that it impacts our immune system, and our immune system impacts everything that goes on in our body and how healthy we are.   Some of The Areas Where Gut Bacteria Plays A Key Role Behavior - A study published found that mice lacking in gut bacteria behaved differently than normal mice, engaging in what would be referred to as high-risk behavior. This altered behavior was accompanied by neurochemical changes in the mouse brain. Your gut serves as a second brain - It produces more of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is known to have a positive influence on your mood than your brain does. Emotions are negatively affected by an unbalanced microbiota. Mental illness Gene expression - A probiotic-rich beverage has been shown to influence the activity of hundreds of your genes to help them express in a positive disease-fighting way Epigenetics - you may have certain genes, you may have certain DNA, but the expression of those genes can be highly-influenced by your lifestyle choices. Diabetes - According to a study from Denmark, bacterial population in the gut of diabetics differs from non-diabetics. According to the authors, the results of their study indicate that type 2 diabetes in humans is linked to compositional changes in intestinal microbiota. A healthy diet, which is low in sugar and grains, high in whole, raw foods and fermented foods, allows your beneficial gut bacteria to flourish. Autism - Establishment of a normal gut flora in the first 20 days or so of life is critical in appropriate maturation of your baby’s immune system. Hence, babies with abnormal gut flora have compromised immune systems and are particularly at risk for developing ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism, especially if they are vaccinated before restoring balance to their gut flora. Obesity - Probiotics may help fight obesity. Restoring your gut flora is therefore a crucial consideration if you’re struggling to lose weight. You don’t have to be obese either, or you could be a very thin person who’s extremely unhealthy when it comes to your gut as well.   How to Know If You Should Take A Probiotic You can’t seem to lose weight. You’ve got a lot of belly fat, and no matter what you try, you can’t get rid of it. You may have digestive issues, bloating, cramping, and gas after eating, constipation, diarrhea. Your skin is itchy or broken out. You crave sugar, refined or processed foods. You feel blue or moody. You feel tired during the day and aren’t sleeping soundly at night. You seem to catch every bug going around.   Antibiotics Affects your body’s own ability to fight and get rid of sickness, bugs, disease in your body. If you’re going to take an antibiotic, you should definitely follow it up with a probiotic so that you can get your gut health back in check, because it definitely will throw it off. The antibiotic doesn’t care if it’s a good bacterium or a bad bacterium.   Getting Your Gut Right (TeriAnn) I think getting your gut right takes a lot of work and a lot of effort and a lot of information. There are so many amazing things out there. There’s a test called, I believe it’s Viome, where you can get your gut tested to know what’s optimal for your gut. I had to reset my whole system. I did juice cleanses. I did an elimination diet. I detoxed my body. Juices, detox baths, all those things I slowly started adding supplements back.   “How Should I Take supplements?” You should start by taking one at a time and see how that impacts you. If that’s great, then go to the next one. But if you take two at a time, how do you know how each one is benefiting you?   Fermented Foods One of the most natural and effective ways to get your gut back to a healthy place and continue on that journey of keeping your gut healthy. Kombucha   Benefits of Fermented Foods Some fermented foods are outstanding sources of essential nutrients, such as vitamin K2, which helps prevent arterial plaque buildup and heart disease. Optimizing your immune system - 80 percent of your immune system is actually located in your gut. Detoxification - fermented foods are some of the best chelators available. The beneficial bacteria in these are highly potent detoxifiers capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins and heavy metals. There’s a natural variety of microflora - as long as you vary the fermented and cultured foods you eat; you’ll get a much wider variety of beneficial bacteria than you could ever get from just one supplement. Cost-effectiveness - because it contains so many of the good beneficial bacteria, just adding a little bit into your meal, at every single meal that you have, can have long-term health effects in a positive way on your health, all the different bacteria that you’re exposed to.   How to Know If A Probiotic Supplement Is Good Refrigeration - The challenge is, is the supply chain from where the probiotic is created, and encapsulated, or bottled, staying cool all the way until it hits the health food store or until it hits your front doorstep. The chances of that staying refrigerated from the place of manufacturing until it gets in your hands, it’s slim to none. It contains freeze-dried cultures that are clinically proven to wipe our digestive pain. Freeze-drying is the process of removing all of the water out of the substance. The best probiotics are freeze-dried, which keeps them dormant until they make contact with the water again. As soon as the probiotics get hydrated, they spring back to life. Make sure that they are using high-quality advanced plant-based vegetarian capsules. Old-school probiotic capsules dissolve and release live flora or good bacteria in the wrong place. On average, probiotic capsules take about 5-6 minutes to dissolve, and they release the live flora in your stomach, where most get killed instantly by your stomach acid. So, they never get to your colon where they’re needed. Plant-based capsules help reduce oxidation and keep more bacteria alive. They also have a thicker coating than traditional capsules. This means that a higher percentage of the live probiotics will survive your stomach acid and reach your intestines. Make sure that you have a single-strain probiotic. Many manufacturers combine the wrong strains. They mix together a bunch of strains and never analyze where the strains may compete and work against one another. Probiotixx+ NEW! Improved formula. Freeze-dried. A specific strain, lactobacillus plantarum.   Deeper Dive Resources   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Gut Health https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/achieving-optimum-health-by-healing-your-gut-and-microbiome-episode-26/   Organixx Articles on Fermented Foods https://organixx.com/?s=fermented+foods   Organixx Articles on Probiotics https://organixx.com/?s=probiotics   Organixx ProBiotixx+ https://shop.organixx.com/collections/digestive-gut-health/products/probiotixx   Probiotics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Probiotic   Gastrointestinal Microbiota https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_gastrointestinal_microbiota   Research on Probiotics https://nccih.nih.gov/health/probiotics/introduction.htm   The Gut-Brain Connection https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/the-brain-gut-connection   Study on Mice and Gut Bacteria and Behavior https://www.pnas.org/content/108/7/3047.long   Serotonin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serotonin   Gene Expression https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_expression   Epigenetics https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epigenetics   Intestinal Bacteria and Diabetes Study https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-11-intestinal-bacteria-diabetes.html   Pesticides/Herbicides and Gut Bacteria https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5972442/   Newborns and The Development of Gut Microbiota https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1323893017301119   Gut Bacteria and Obesity https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=gut+bacteria+and+obesity&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart   Kombucha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kombucha   Fermented Foods https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermentation_in_food_processing   Detoxification https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Detoxification

Aug 25

36 min

Join Jonathan and Wade Lightheart as we dive deeper into understanding how enzymes are critical to your health and vitality. We really help you understand what you are looking for in an effective enzyme supplement. Tune in to understand what proteolytic means, the various enzymes needed in your digestive tract, the powerful punch of AstraZyme™, and why cultured enzymes matter.    About Wade Lightheart 3-Time Canadian All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as vegetarian, former Mr. Universe Competitor, host of The Awesome Health podcast, Wade Lightheart is one of the world’s premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute. He’s been in the health industry for over 25 years, coached thousands of clients, and is sought out by athletes and high-performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.   What Are Enzymes? ENZYME - noun BIOCHEMISTRY a substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. There are approximately 25,000 different enzymatic functions in the body The number of enzymes that you have present in your body is directly proportion to the amount of chemical reactions that you can engage in in the body. The difference between stones, plants, and people is enzymes, the amount and the role of those enzymes. They are the most critical component to all metabolic transactions.   Enzyme Bank It's like having a bank account. In other words, your ability to write metabolic checks, to build, to repair, to heal, to digest your food, to make your hormones work, to break down the smallest chemical reactions, to make your skin nice, you name it, requires an enzymatic pathway.   What is a PROTEOLYTIC enzyme? also called protease, proteinase, or peptidase, any of a group of enzymes that break the long chainlike molecules of proteins into shorter fragments (peptides) and eventually into their components, amino acids. Proteolytic enzymes are present in bacteria, archaea, certain types of algae, some viruses, and plants; they are most abundant, however, in animals. The two major groups are the exopeptidases, which target the terminal ends of proteins, and the endopeptidases, which target sites within proteins.   What to Look for in an Enzyme Supplement Loaded up with proteolytic enzymes Make sure it covers the various pH levels of digestion; 3.0, 4.5 & 6.0 Contains amylase to break down your carbohydrates Contains alpha galactosidase, which will help break down some of the sugars that you will find in food Contains glucoamylase, another one that'll cover the different range of sugars that you might consume inadvertently Invertase, maltase, to help with hidden sugars that cause interruptions and metabolic problems and blood sugar issues Contains lipase to break down fats Contains phytase to break down plant fibers Contains hemicellulose and the cellulase, which will actually break down those difficult proteins that are actually a fibrous protein Contains lactase for people that can't digest milk (it's because they don't produce lactase) Contains AstraZyme™ to bolster all the benefits Enzymes are cultured     What is AstraZyme™ We studied Chinese medicine and found out there is a particular root, called the astragalus root, that is used in almost every single Chinese compound. When we found out why it was used, that it turns out that that particular root actually activates and accelerates, it increases the potential of the enzymatic response. So, we took that extract through this into that formulation as well and precise dosages. And that gave a 30 to 60% boost depending on the enzyme and its effectiveness.   What is a Cultured Enzyme? A cultured enzyme means this is an enzyme grown on a very specific medium that allows you to increase the potency over a normal enzyme from 100 to 1000 times. This process takes about eight weeks to get that kind of potency. So just like if you were fermenting beer or wine or something, you've got to let it work for a period of time before you get that premium spirit. It's the exact same process inside of the enzyme formula. We’re fermenting and creating a specific medium and then extracted enzymes.  No chemicals are used in the extraction process. So, you just get the pure working enzymes to deliver an incredible result.   What happens if I don't have the protease in my body to break down the all the protein that I'm ingesting? Gas Bloating Skin problems Brain fog The reason? Because you're feeding bad bacteria who are producing a variety of endotoxins inside the body that are interrupting your natural activity.     * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Organixx P3E Enzymes https://organixx.com/p3e?gl=5e29babe02e26bdb05020909   Proteolytic Enzymes https://www.britannica.com/science/proteolytic-enzyme   What Is the pH of the Stomach? https://www.thoughtco.com/ph-of-the-stomach-608195     National Center for Health Statistics https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/digestive-diseases.htm   Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/digestive-diseases   Collagens: Hype or Healthy – Episode 15 https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/collagens-hype-or-healthy-episode-15/?gl=5d37204c02e26bc012183af2         Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!   APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY            GOOGLE PODCASTS    

Aug 18

25 min

“Boosting” your Immune System may be the worst thing you can do during a pandemic… The single best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones is to take steps towards supporting the health of your immune system. And I chose the word “support” carefully because new research is now showing that... Immune SUPPORT is better than an immune BOOST during a pandemic! Let’s Look at The Immune System The immune system protects the body from possibly harmful substances by recognizing and responding to antigens. Antigens are substances (usually proteins) on the surface of cells, viruses, fungi, or bacteria. Nonliving substances such as toxins, chemicals, drugs, and foreign particles (such as a splinter) can also be antigens. The immune system recognizes and destroys, or tries to destroy, substances that contain antigens. Your body's cells have proteins that are antigens. These include a group of antigens called HLA antigens. Your immune system learns to see these antigens as normal and usually does not react against them.   Important Distinctions of Your Immune System  Innate Immune System The innate immune system is made of defenses against infection that can be activated immediately once a pathogen attacks. The innate immune system is essentially made up of barriers that aim to keep viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other foreign particles out of your body or limit their ability to spread and move throughout the body. The innate immune system includes: Physical Barriers such as skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, the nasopharynx, cilia, eyelashes and other body hair. Defense Mechanisms such as secretions, mucous, bile, gastric acid, saliva, tears, and sweat. General Immune Responses such as inflammation, complement, and non-specific cellular responses. The inflammatory response actively brings immune cells to the site of an infection by increasing blood flow to the area. Complement is an immune response that marks pathogens for destruction and makes holes in the cell membrane of the pathogen. The innate immune system is always general, or nonspecific, meaning anything that is identified as foreign or non-self is a target for the innate immune response. The innate immune system is activated by the presence of antigens and their chemical properties.   The Adaptive Immune System: Precision and a long memory If the body’s first line of defense – the innate immune system – is unsuccessful in destroying the pathogens, after about four to seven days the specific adaptive immune response sets in. This means that the adaptive defense takes longer, but it targets the pathogen more accurately. Another advantage: It can remember the aggressor and acts specifically against certain antigens. If there is new contact with an antigen that is already known, the defense response can then be quicker. This way the defense responses of the adaptive immune system are more efficient and faster than those of the innate defense, if the antigen is already known. The adaptive immune system can remember the antigens because it produces memory cells. This is also the reason why there are some illnesses you can only get once in your life, because afterwards your body becomes “immune.” While after first contact with the pathogen it takes several days for the immune system to respond, a second infection often has no consequences, or at least the symptoms are weaker. The adaptive immune system has several parts that react in different ways, depending on the place in the body where the pathogen is. Antibodies are made available for germs outside the cells (in the blood and in body fluids). To eliminate pathogens that are inside the tissue, a cell-mediated immune response is necessary. These parts of the adaptive defense include: T lymphocytes B lymphocytes antibodies as soluble proteins in the blood cytokines in the blood and tissue as hormone-like messenger substances Cytokines Cytokines form a group of proteins that participate in cell signaling, intercellular communication and in many cellular and immunological functions. They are prominently involved in inflammatory responses and defense against viral infections. If the other parts act like soldiers protecting you, then cytokines are like Navy Seals, sent in for only the toughest missions. These cytokines are small molecules in the body that are released by certain cells to help coordinate the battle against infection. So, you might be thinking “Great! How do I get more of these hard-working cytokines into my system?” And that makes sense. If they’re the best of the best for fighting illness, then you’d want more of them, right? Well, it’s not so simple and now some doctors have recently made a startling discovery… As it turns out, “boosting” cytokines during a pandemic like this might cause what some doctors call a “cytokine storm.” And this cytokine storm might be the explanation of why some people rapidly decline in a pandemic, while others are able to stay healthy. Scientifically speaking, a “cytokine storm” is when, in some cases, the body's own immune system actually overreacts to an infection.  And that’s when problems can start. While cytokines are generally a good thing for your immune system… Too many of them at once might actually cause an overreaction.  This “overreaction” could cause more damage to the body’s own cells than to the invading disease cells it's trying to fight off.   Your Cellular Immunity Defense System There is one thing that almost every single medical doctor does agree on when it comes to diseases… A compromised immune system is the single biggest risk factor anyone can have. You might be wondering… How do I build the foundation of my immune system without overloading it? Fortunately, there is something you can do, and it has to do with what doctors and medical researchers call... your Cellular Immunity Defense System Cellular immunity protects the body through: T-cell mediated immunity or T-cell immunity: activating antigen-specific cytotoxic T cells that are able to induce apoptosis in body cells displaying epitopes of foreign antigen on their surface, such as virus-infected cells, cells with intracellular bacteria, and cancer cells displaying tumor antigens; Macrophage and natural killer cell action: enabling the destruction of pathogens via recognition and secretion of cytotoxic granules (for natural killer cells and phagocytosis (for macrophages); and Stimulating cells to secrete a variety of cytokines that influence the function of other cells involved in adaptive immune responses and innate immune responses. Cell-mediated immunity is directed primarily at microbes that survive in phagocytes and microbes that infect non-phagocytic cells. It is most effective in removing virus-infected cells, but also participates in defending against fungi, protozoans, cancers, and intracellular bacteria. It also plays a major role in transplant rejection.   THIS LITTLE-KNOWN NUTRIENT - Activates Your Cellular Immunity Defense System It’s called a beta-glucan, or a β-glucan for short. Outside of freshman chemistry class, you may never have heard of a beta-glucan.  But these β-glucans attach themselves to white blood cells and stimulate them to seek and destroy bacteria and viruses.   Your body already has natural bacteria killing cells called B cells and T cells, and dozens of research studies show that once β-glucans are in your system, they activate and strengthen these killer cells.   It’s like sending every little immunity soldier into battle with a rocket launcher packed with an unlimited supply of bacteria-seeking missiles.  And that’s not all they do…  Remember those little immunity defenders called cytokines?  We know that overloading the system with them can cause a “cytokine storm,” but striking the right balance of them can really fortify your immune system.  Well, that’s part of the magic of β-glucans...  β-glucans are what trigger natural and healthy cytokine production and those little cytokines are what spring to action in an immune response.  So, the more β-glucan you have in your body, the stronger your immune system.  AND what’s more, β-glucans naturally regulate your cytokine production, so they won’t “overload” and cause a dangerous cytokine storm.  So, you might be asking, how do I make sure my β-glucans are strong and that my system has enough of them to fight off infectious bacteria?  Well, there is one superfood that contains extremely high amounts of β-glucan.    The #1 Superfood That Fortifies Your Cellular Immunity Defense System:   NUTRITIONAL MUSHROOMS - The Cutting Edge of Natural Immune System Research Just by using nutritional mushrooms regularly, researchers say you can increase your levels of β-glucans more than any other nutrient on earth. It’s like having a never-ending supply of reinforcements to send into the war against infectious diseases. Researchers have found that nutritional mushrooms contain 0.53 grams of β-glucans per 100 grams of mushrooms, which makes them far and away the most β-glucan-rich food you can find on the planet.   3 Mushrooms That Act Like “Turbo Shots” To Your Immune System  SHITAKE In a 2011 study, 52 healthy adults, aged 21 to 41, took home a 4-week supply of shiitake mushrooms. They were told to eat one 4-ounce serving of the mushroom every day.  Then after the 4 weeks were completed, they returned for some simple blood work.  Their results showed a decrease in inflammatory proteins which the researchers thought was a pretty good benefit in itself…  But then they looked a little harder at the data and saw that each patient's B cells, T cells, and natural bacteria-killing cells had all increased.  When they finally figured out what triggered this response, it was no surprise that it was all connected back to the β-glucans that came from the shiitake mushrooms they had been eating.  "If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial," said Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor Sue Percival, who was the leader of the study.    She also said that those β-glucans were not only able to "Enhance the immune system,”  ... but “also reduce the inflammation that the immune system produces." And the benefits of shiitake don’t just stop there, because these mushrooms flood your system with other nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium, niacin, and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids.   Plus, the enzymes packed into shiitake also make it easier for your body to absorb almost any nutrient.   This means if you’re already taking a vitamin C or D supplement for your immune system, shiitake will actually make those supplements work better!   REISHI Known as the Mushrooms of Immortality, reishi mushrooms are packed with polysaccharides, antioxidant properties, and those crucial β-glucans that can help with immune function. As early as 206 BC there are writings about reishi mushrooms being used to help people live longer. Today’s researchers now know that they were living longer simply because their bodies were better equipped to fight off disease. Simply put, they had super strong Cellular Immunity Defense Systems. Again, it’s thanks to the high content of those powerful β-glucans! In fact, reishi mushrooms have been shown to have as much as 5.8% levels of β-glucans, higher than any other mushroom strain on earth.   MAITAKE Remember those important cytokines?  Well, we know it’s important to strike the right balance of them in your system…  So that you have enough of them to help your immune system fight off bacteria...  But not too many to cause a dangerous “cytokine storm”.  It turns out that maitake mushrooms may just be the secret to striking this delicate balance.  A 3-week study of a group of healthy young women taking Maitake mushrooms resulted in the benefits you might expect.  Similar to reishi and shiitake, they all saw improvements in their immune systems thanks to the increase in β-glucans…  But the study with maitake gave researchers some really exciting results with those cytokines  It turns out that maitake was able to trigger both stimulatory (IL-2) and suppressive (IL-10) cytokines.   That means they were able to increase the cytokines, but not past a certain level so they got out of control. But here’s where things really start to get interesting…  Maitake is not the only mushroom researchers have studied for the immune response…  While it was by far the strongest in supporting the immune defense reaction…  There was one way they were able to trigger an even bigger response…  They combined it with shiitake!  And it was that combination that was stronger than any other.   MUSHROOM POTENCY CAN BE INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY WHEN THEY ARE USED TOGETHER! Just look what happened when the research team from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and Integria Healthcare started mixing mushrooms together…  They started with nine varieties of whole mushroom extracts.  They tried them each individually with some pretty good results…  But then they tried mixing a few of them together, and as you’d expect, the results dramatically increased.  And when their work was done do you know which 3 of the 9 mushrooms worked best for the immune system?  You guess it - the magical trio of reishi, shiitake, and maitake.  When these 3 were combined, the lead researcher told the media that they came together to create and immune system “super-force.”  “What we found that was surprising was that the (combination) gave three to four times the impact that what we would expect,” Associate Professor Joe Tiralongo said.   7M+ by Organixx 7M+ is a breakthrough proprietary formula that ensures you’re getting the most powerful combination of those 3 crucial mushrooms packed with those β-glucans at a level no other mushroom supplement can offer. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of 7M+ give you what you need to help support your immune system like nothing else on the market.   And… It turns out there’s so much more that mushrooms can do for our bodies than just immune support. That’s why Organixx added 4 other nutritional mushrooms into this formula…. CHAGA Chaga has been used for centuries primarily in the East. It's known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It's also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own. CORDYCEPS Cordyceps mushrooms have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. Cordyceps were at one time so highly valued that they were only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China (who lived to 100+ years old and still fathered children into his 100s). Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, cordyceps have been the most sought after nutritional mushroom in the Orient. LION'S MANE One of the more interesting mushrooms coming from the ancient east. Lion's mane is known to support brain health, support cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria. TURKEY TAIL Turkey tail is considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms such as reishi, cordyceps and maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity.   Fermentation INCREASES the Power of Nutritional Mushrooms Most other mushroom supplements don’t take this into consideration. They simply get a basic mushroom formula and bottle it up. That strategy does work a little better than just eating whole mushrooms… But fermentation takes it to a whole other level of potency and that’s exactly what the team at Organixx has done with 7M+ and their proprietary fermentation process. Fermentation is simply the process of breaking something down so that the highest amount of nutrients can be extracted. Research found that fermented mushrooms are, indeed, the best way to increase the levels of those powerful β-glucans. Fermentation also extracts all the healthy and beneficial other nutrients that are packed into mushrooms. This means that those nutrients can get into your system better because they’re more bioavailable. The Ingredients in 7M+ Are Certified Organic – Why That Matters to YOU! Once a nutrient like mushrooms are harvested, they are then dried and concentrated down to a very potent dose. This sounds like a good thing because you’ll get a higher dose of the nutrients, as we discussed already… But if those mushrooms were not grown organically, that means pesticides and poisons were used on them. And when they are concentrated down, you’re not only getting high amounts of nutrients…. but HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF POISONS too!  Why 7M+ for You and Your Family 7M+ is specifically formulated to give you everything you need to help support immunity and feel younger and healthier. This year, with the entire globe dealing with a health epidemic, maintaining your immune system might be something that makes all the difference. With 7M+, you get seven of the world’s finest beneficial mushrooms, jam-packed with β-glucans – nature’s powerful sickness-fighting ingredient. With the immune-supporting power of 7M+ working throughout your entire body, you can help increase your and your family’s odds of staying well even during times like this. Only two capsules a day provide you with a completely safe, 100% natural, and amazingly effective formula to support immunity… and help you live a longer and healthier life!   RESOURCES 7M+ by Organixx https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/PS9gd0VOOLThuCn8OMXV?ch-tn-box=third-box&gl=5d88ec0f02e26b5443380841   Empowering You Organically Episode 47: The Magic of Mushrooms https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/the-magic-of-mushrooms-episode-47/   Cytokines https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/cytokines   Cytokine storm: An overreaction of the body's immune system https://www.newscientist.com/term/cytokine-storm/#ixzz6KBGrH9ZF   Cytokine Storms May Be Fueling Some COVID Deaths https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200417/cytokine-storms-may-be-fueling-some-covid-deaths   NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/797584   Into the Eye of the Cytokine Storm https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3294426/   COVID-19: consider cytokine storm syndromes and immunosuppression https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30628-0/fulltext   The innate and adaptive immune systems https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279396/   Cellular Immunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/cellular-immunity   The immune system review https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-human-body-systems/hs-the-immune-system/a/hs-the-immune-system-review   Cell-Mediated Immunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/cell-mediated-immunity   Cell-mediated immunity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell-mediated_immunity   Types of immune responses: Innate and adaptive, humoral vs. cell-mediated https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-human-body-systems/hs-the-immune-system/v/types-of-immune-responses-innate-and-adaptive-humoral-vs-cell-mediated   Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320875/   Determination of Glucan Contents in the Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia of Lentinula edodes Cultivars https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4206800/   Beta-glucans in edible mushrooms https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263256678_Beta-glucans_in_edible_mushrooms   Shaping the Innate Immune Response by Dietary Glucans: Any Role in the Control of Cancer? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7016572/   Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25866155   Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/   Immune-enhancing effects of Maitake (Grifola frondosa) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) extracts https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202470/   Immune-modulating Effects of Maitake Mushroom Extract https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2009-12/immune-modulating-effects-maitake-mushroom-extract   Synergistic immuno-modulatory activity in human macrophages of a medicinal mushroom formulation consisting of Reishi, Shiitake and Maitake https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0224740   Researchers prove mushrooms are magic for your immune system https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/11/08/mushroom-medicines-health-benefits/     Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS  

Aug 11

37 min

When Should You Start Using Anti-Aging Skin Care Products? The wealth of products available these days to target visible signs of aging such as fine lines, crow’s feet, dark under-eye circles and dull skin are a gift and a curse. The options are so extensive that it can actually feel quite overwhelming figuring out a skin care regimen that works best. So when and where does one begin?   Experts agree that skin starts to age around 20 years old and recommend that you start the road to prevention early. “I recommend my patients to start incorporating anti-aging skin care products in their 20s and 30s, when our skin slowly starts to lose collagen,” says Y. Claire Chang, a board-certified cosmetic dermatologist at Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City.   Face Serum Benefits for All Ages Just like it’s never too soon to start being physically active or eating mindfully, this fundamental aspect of life also applies to skin care. Using serums loaded with incredibly important ingredients before you start seeing signs of aging and environmental assault means you'll be on track for getting (and keeping) the beautiful skin you want now and in the long term.   Keep in mind that just like your body never "gets used" to eating nutrient-dense foods, nor does your skin get used to great ingredients. Your skin craves and needs generous amounts of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants, skin-replenishing, and skin-restoring ingredients because each group helps skin be healthy and stay young-looking. Using them now does not mean they won’t work "when you really need them"; rather, they will be working for you every day of your life.   Of course, these ingredients also work after signs of aging appear, but without question, sooner is better than later!     Roots of The Aging Concept Referring to Greek mythology, the quest for immortality is embodied in the story of Eos, the immortal goddess of dawn. She falls madly in love with Tithon, a mortal human. Not supporting the idea of seeing him die, she claims for him eternity. Zeus agrees, but poor Eos realizes her mistake too late, as what she wanted for Tithon was not eternity but eternal youth. She will therefore be condemned to see him eternally grow old. This myth of ancient Greece refers directly to the current perception of aging: accept the temporary nature of life, while differing as long as possible the appearance of the signs of aging.   Today, in industrialized countries, this quest seems strongly motivated by the fear of social exclusion. Indeed, a study conducted on a cohort of 1,713 American women, over 50 years old and mostly of Caucasian type, highlights a great psychological suffering based both on the image that these women have of themselves but also on the degrading image that the rest of society sends back to them.   More than 50% of these women reported the perception of physical changes that occur during aging, notably sagging skin and wrinkles. Their cognitive adaptations to the physical experience of aging and the psychological experience of body image altered in parallel. This point is extremely important because it shows how much women correlate the initiation of their aging-related psychological malaise with the appearance of visible signs revealing their age.    Let’s get scientific for a minute…   With age, our tissues lose their function and capacity to regenerate after being damaged. A study published today in Cell by scientists at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico of the Center for Genomic Regulation (CNAG-CRG) explains how dermal fibroblasts age.   The main conclusion drawn is that these fibroblasts lose their cell identity, as if they had "forgotten" what they are, and consequently their activity is altered, thus affecting tissue. The study reveals the cellular and molecular pathways affected by aging and proposes that they could be manipulated to delay or even reverse the skin aging process.   The skin is the most exposed organ of the body, and it functions as a barrier against external aggressions. It frequently experiences the direct effects of environmental exposure, including UV radiation and air pollution. Alterations in skin structure and physiology occur as natural consequences of aging and contribute to diminished skin health. These damages can be aggravated by external factors and, combined with lifestyle, result in significant biological alterations, characteristic of premature aging.   A fibroblast is a type of cell that is responsible for making the extracellular matrix and collagen.   Fibroblasts are large, flat, elongated (spindle-shaped) cells possessing processes extending out from the ends of the cell body. ... Fibroblasts produce tropocollagen, which is the forerunner of collagen, and ground substance, an amorphous gel-like matrix that fills the spaces between cells and fibres in connective tissue.   Together, this extracellular matrix and collagen form the structural framework of tissues in animals and plays an important role in tissue repair. Fibroblasts are the main connective tissue cells present in the body.   Dermal fibroblasts create long fibrous bands of connective tissue which anchor the skin to the fascia of the body. Therefore, without dermal fibroblasts, the largest and heaviest organ would not tightly adhere to body's frame.     Why the Science Lesson? Organixx Skin has released REVERSE our anti-aging serum! When we were experimenting with formulations and ingredients, we did our science homework. We wanted to provide you with a clean, healthy, and effective product that helps turn back the hands of time.   The synergy of the fresh, clean, and pure ingredients in REVERSE address the root cause of skin aging in the 21st century – the inside factors like diminished collagen production and aging dermal cells - as well as the outside factors like UV damage and environmental factors.   Let’s dive into each ingredient…   Croda Juvinity™  Visibly reduces the signs of aging on the face and décolleté. Smoothes wrinkles, restructures and densifies the dermis. Juvinity™ delays cell senescence. It limits oxidative stress and telomere shortening to ensure optimal metabolism and replication rate as a young cell. Protects the cells from oxidative damage and ensures optimal mitochondrial activity. Reactivates the synthesis of major dermal constituents, preserves the cytoskeleton functionality and prolongs cell lifespan by maintaining telomere length.     ARGAN STEM CELLS Referred to as “liquid gold”, argan oil is fast-absorbing and known for increasing cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Argan oil is also rich in phenols and carotenes, antioxidants that protect the skin from aging free-radical damage.   Argan stem cells are well known for their anti-aging properties. They are regenerative and work to strengthen skin's elasticity.  Argan stem cells also penetrate the skin at a deeper level, so are able to help fight the signs of aging.   Argan stem cells are the only proven stem cells with the ability to penetrate the skin's dermis, meaning they can help protect and revitalize human dermal stem cells!     RASPBERRY SEED OIL Raspberry seed oil is rich in EFAs (essential fatty acids), primarily linoleic and linolenic acids. It contains very high levels of tocopherols (Vitamin E), which act as antioxidants, and carotenoids (Vitamin A).       Because of its composition, raspberry seed oil possesses superior anti-inflammatory qualities which makes it a nice addition to face, lip and sunscreen products.    Absorbs UV rays (Oomah et al., 2000) although its efficacy as a sunscreen has not yet been confirmed. Anti-inflammatory due to high content of alpha linolenic acid (the highest in any fruit seed oil) and phytosterols, therefore helpful for eczema and psoriasis. Very high in Vitamin E – an antioxidant. Antioxidants in skin care are important to prevent oxidative damage, which can lead to premature skin aging and skin cancer. Very high levels of phytosterols that can help reduce trans-epidermal water loss, thereby helping to keep skin moisturized. Phytosterols also help to repair skin damaged by environmental factors including sun damage. It’s a great source of alpha linolenic acid – an essential fatty acid that has regenerative and anti-aging skin benefits. Red raspberry seed oil also has a low comedogenic rating of 0-1, meaning it’s not likely to clog pores.   CRANBERRY SEED OIL Cranberry Seed Oil, cold pressed from the seed of the super fruit, is unique among the fixed oils because it contains a very high essential fatty acid profile, along with a good mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E) content, high phytosterols, and a 1:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids which gives it excellent anti-oxidant activity and skin nurturing benefits.   Cranberry Seed Oil contains one of the highest antioxidants and phytosterols content of any of the vegetable / fruit oils, making it an excellent addition to your natural sun protection products where it will help to prevent photo damage.   Anti-oxidants that are consumed can reach the skin but, with free radical damage being the heaviest assault on the skin, and the cause of almost all of the signs of aging and unhealthy skin, it is beneficial to apply them topically where their protection can go to work immediately.   Antioxidant Protection Skin Conditioning and Restructuring Vitamins A, C, E, and K Enhanced Cellular Function Aids in the Skin's Absorption, and Utilization, of Essential Fatty Acids Cranberry seed oil has the perfect ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, meaning it will absorb into your skin very well. Exceptional Skin Moisturizer Skin Tightening Activity Natural brightener. If your face is looking a little on the dull side, use this oil for a natural glow.   TREMELLA MUSHROOM Tremella fuciformis is one of the great superfood mushrooms and longevity tonic herbs in Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It’s use dates back as far as 200 A.D. when it was including in one of the earliest TCM classics- the materia medica by "Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing”, the father of Chinese medicine. In ancient times, like many of the other revered medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi and Cordyceps sinensis, Tremella was only reserved for royalty, ruling family members or for rich people who could afford this highly valued superfood.   For centuries, Chinese women have been consuming Tremella in its whole mushroom form and as a mushroom extract to make their skin more moist, soft and pliable. Its recognized as one of the best tonic herbs to help maintain the health of the skin as the body ages.   Tremella mushroom belongs to the jelly fungus family and has many different names. In Chinese, it's called silver ear mushroom (pinyin: yín ěr), white wood-ear mushroom (pinyin: yín ěr), and in Japanese, it's called shiro kikurage which translates to “white tree jellyfish”. It's also commonly known as “snow fungus” and the “beauty mushroom”.   Dermatologist Dendy Engelman, the director of dermatologic surgery at Metropolitan Hospital in New York City, says the fungus acts similar to that of hydration powerhouse hyaluronic acid by pulling moisture to the skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, so finding an all-natural match for its hydrating power is pretty major. And snow mushroom has an extra edge. "The particles are smaller than hyaluronic acid so it penetrates the skin more easily," says Engelman.   Tremella mushroom has many restorative benefits but it's most famous for its beauty and skin enhancing properties:   Nourishes Skin Naturally Moisturizes When applied topically, Tremella generates a natural hydration film on the skin that can help relieve dryness, support overall skin health by balancing optimal hydration and enabling the skin to develop elasticity and appear more supple and full.  Improves Elasticity Tremella’s ability to absorb into the deeper layers of the skin works to enhance skin elasticity and helps plump & smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Even better, Tremella also has an incredible ability to break down free radicals - which prevents fine lines and wrinkles from forming in the first place!  Slows Skin Aging Brightens Complexion Deeply Hydrates Inside and Out Boasts High Concentration of Vitamin D This mushroom also happens to be high in Vitamin D. When eaten, Tremella mushroom is the highest food source of the Vitamin D precursor, pro-vitamin D. When topically applied, Vitamin D has also shown impressive skin healing abilities. It helps cell growth, wound healing, and maintaining the barrier function of the skin. Basically, it’s like nature’s Band-Aid.  And now for a less-fun fact?Between the ages of 20-70, the skin’s natural ability to create Vitamin D decreases by 75%. This is why it's essential to support your skin with extra, high quality sources of Vitamin D such as Tremella.  The nutritional profile for Tremella includes: ∙ Protein and amino acids ∙ Enzymes ∙ Vitamins ∙ Minerals ∙ Polysaccharides ∙ Beta-Glucans ∙ Flavonoids ∙ Carotenoids ∙ Beta-Glucans ∙ Phenols and polyphenols ∙ Alkaloids ∙ Organic acids In addition to being a potent immune stimulant, one of nature’s richest sources of vitamin D and containing high levels of antioxidants, Tremella is brimming with medicinal properties, as you can see!   Celery Seed Extract The essential oil of celery seed is derived from the celery plant, scientifically known as Apium graveolens from the Umbelliferae plant family. Celery is not just a vegetable used for salads and stir-fries, but it is a revered herb to the Chinese as early as in the 5th century and is even widely used in the Indian Ayurvedic medicinal area.   Not only that, celery was held in high and sacred regard during the Greek era. In fact, it was believed that celery was used in the tomb of the famous Pharaoh Tutankhamun and mentioned in the works of the great and famous Roman encyclopaedist, Aulus Cornelius Celsus!   All these examples mentioned attest to the high medicinal value of celery and the essential oil derived from its plant, so let’s find out more about what celery seed essential oil can do to benefit our SKIN! Containing vitamins A, C, and K, celery extract is an antioxidant-rich ingredient that can help repel free radicals, ward off photoaging, and ensure continual cell turnover. Antioxidants are true powerhouses, both in skincare and in our diets – so suffice to say, we’re thrilled to introduce this potent ingredient in REVERSE!     Linseed Extract You've probably already heard of linseed oil which is often used in manufacturing paints and varnishes as well as inks for printing purposes. These days, it's being utilized in a lot of various products.   Did you know that the linseed extract which is expressed from the oil-rich seeds of the flax flower is also highly employed in the production of cosmetics and skincare items? This is because it's also been proven valuable for enhancing the skin's appearance and health.   Protects the cells from oxidative damage and ensures optimal mitochondrial activity. Linseed extract is extremely high in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein and zinc, which gives it strong anti-aging capabilities to reduce wrinkles and increase firmness. Three of the skin-altering conditions you can avoid if protected with linseed extract topically include; Inflammation, Aging, and Allergies     ROSE GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL A rose geranium is a type of geranium plant with leaves that smell strongly like roses. This species of geranium is native to certain parts of Africa.   It’s also called rose-scented geranium, sweet-scented geranium, or old-fashioned rose geranium. The plant has velvety, plush leaves and flowers that bloom pale pink or almost white.   A 2017 review of studies demonstrated that antioxidant properties in rose geranium oil may help reduce the signs of aging. The anti-inflammatory properties of rose geranium oil have been demonstrated in animal studies. In fact, one 2013 study showed rose geranium oil had a strong impact on reducing swelling in mice paws and ears. It suggested that rose geranium oil could be the basis of new anti-inflammatory drugs that may have less harmful side effects than current medications. Rose geranium oil has strong antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. The food service industry even uses rose geranium oil as a natural preservative in some food products. In one 2017 review of studies, rose geranium was shown to reduce bacterial, fungi, and viruses that cause skin disease and infections.     RESOURCES   NEW! Organixx Skin’s – REVERSE Anti-Aging Serum https://shop.organixx.com/products/reverse-antiaging-serum?gl=5f19d0428ebf584f6d7b23c6   Organixx Skin’s – RESTORE Vitamin C Serum https://shop.organixx.com/products/restore-vitamin-c-serum?gl=5f19cf988ebf58b96e7b23c6   Organixx Skin’s – RENEW Eye Crème https://shop.organixx.com/products/renew-eye-cream?gl=5f19cf5e8ebf58f1677b23c7   Face Serum: Why You Should Use One https://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/skincare-advice/anti-aging-wrinkles/why-you-should-consider-using-a-serum.html   Age-related evolutions of the dermis: Clinical signs, fibroblast and extracellular matrix dynamics https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0047637418300435   Body image, aging, and identity in women over 50: The Gender and Body Image (GABI) study https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08952841.2015.1065140   Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermal_fibroblast   Human Dermal Fibroblasts (HDF) https://www.cellapplications.com/human-dermal-fibroblasts-hdf   The hallmarks of fibroblast aging. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24686308   The effect of aging in primary human dermal fibroblasts https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0219165   Skin ages when the main cells in the dermis lose their identity and function https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108134147.htm   Understanding Dermal Stem Cells  https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/05d2/9b270ff706b3421eb5eaa12f154d0d882635.pdf   Activation of Mesenchymal Progenitor Cells to Correct Signs of Skin Aging http://tst.pg2.at/abstracts/data/full_papers/full_paper_19.pdf   School of Natural Skincare International https://www.schoolofnaturalskincare.com/6-reasons-to-use-raspberry-seed-oil-in-your-natural-skincare-products/   Characteristics of raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) seed oil https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814699002605   Cranberry Seed Oil – Unrefined http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/item/Cranberry_Seed_Oil_Unrefined/1164   INGREDIENT SPOTLIGHT ON CRANBERRY SEED OIL https://jordansamuelskin.com/blogs/news/ingredient-spotlight-on-cranberry-seed-oil   Antioxidant properties of cold-pressed black caraway, carrot, cranberry, and hemp seed oils https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814604005412   Cranberry seed oil extract and compositions containing components thereof – Patent https://patents.google.com/patent/US6641847B1/en   Ancient Beauty Secrets of Tremella Mushroom (For Flawless Skin) https://teelixir.com/blogs/news/ancient-beauty-secrets-tremella-mushroom   Medicinal Value of the Genus Tremella Pers. (Heterobasidiomycetes) (Review) http://www.dl.begellhouse.com/journals/708ae68d64b17c52,580b7b864183d53b,567a96af6caf987e.html   Mushroom Cosmetics: The Present and Future https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/3/3/22   Skin Wound Healing Promoting Effect of Polysaccharides Extracts from Tremella fuciformis and Auricularia auricula on the ex-vivo Porcine Skin Wound Healing Model https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/a84a/e79d2e3124440e80a7070c7770475485cb06.pdf   Effect of polysaccharides from Tremella fuciformis on UV-induced photoaging https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S175646461500554X   Pelargonium graveolens (Rose Geranium) – A Novel Therapeutic Agent for Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Antifungal and Diabetics https://www.acanceresearch.com/cancer-research/pelargonium-graveolens-rose-geranium--a-novel-therapeutic-agent-for-antibacterial-antioxidant-antifungal-and-diabetics.php?aid=18420   Rose geranium essential oil as a source of new and safe anti-inflammatory drugs https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3793238/   Rose Geranium Essential Oil as a Source of New and Safe Anti-Inflammatory Drugs https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24103319/   Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
 Never miss an episode! 
 
 APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS

Aug 3

44 min

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive system except when you’re experiencing a tummy ache or other issues such as gas, constipation, and diarrhea. In this episode, we’ll delve into ways to keep your digestion humming along including using essential oils for digestion when things aren’t running smoothly. Tummy Troubles? The Best Essential Oils for Digestive Problems If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to your digestive system except when you’re experiencing a tummy ache or other issues such as gas, constipation, and diarrhea. In this article, we’ll delve into ways to keep your digestion humming along including using essential oils for digestion when things aren’t running smoothly. Why a Healthy Digestive System Matters Did you know that not only is your digestive tract important for breaking down food for nourishment, it also plays an important role in immunity, brain health, and cognition! The Link Between Digestive Health and the Brain There is an increasing number of scientific studies that have identified a direct link between digestive health and the brain and emotions. Studies consistently show that gut health (or lack thereof) can have an enormous effect on mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and even autism [1-4]. Hippocrates, known as the Father of Medicine (460-370 BC) believed that all disease processes began in the gut. Although the digestive system is often thought to comprise only the stomach and intestines, it is actually much more inclusive than that. In order to function at optimally, the digestive system requires peak performance from the stomach and intestines, as well as the liver, kidneys, and gallbladder. 7 Ways to Improve Gut Health There are many steps we can take to better care for our digestion. These include: eating lots of fresh, organic, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables focusing on the consumption of nutrient-dense foods taking probiotics and/or enzymes reducing stress (which has an enormous impact on the gut) getting better sleep exercising using essential oils Millions of American Suffer from Gut Issues When the digestive tract is compromised, it can make you feel over-tired, suffer from lowered immunity, gain weight, and experience gastrointestinal discomfort. Sometimes you experience stomach pain or cramping, as well as belching, gas, and bad breath. At other times you may feel bloated, nauseous, or have other issues. In the United States alone, the National Institutes of Health advise that 60 to 70 million people are affected by digestive diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) [5]. The Problem with Over-the-Counter Medications For years, people have relied upon over-the-counter medications for digestive complaints. These products often contain bismuth subsalicylate, which comes from the aspirin family and has anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and acid-reducing action. The potential problem with these sorts of medications is that they are only recommended for use for a couple of days. This means people who have problems that last longer than that (e.g., IBS, chronic heartburn, or acid reflux from GERD) aren’t supposed to use these products for more than two days. It’s also not advisable for children to take them, nor anyone with the flu, because bismuth subsalicylate is contraindicated on the label for anyone with the flu, a virus, or chickenpox. Taking this medication increases the risk for the development of Reye’s syndrome, a potentially life-threatening illness. Are Essential Oils for Digestion a Good Alternative? Certain essential oils and blends can greatly benefit digestive health due to their anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-spasmodic, and cell-protective benefits. For example, Organixx Digest Essential Oil Blend was specifically designed to provide relief for a wide range of digestive issues. The four oils in Digest Blend work together in a beautiful synergy and all are backed by research indicating their method of action. The next time digestive distress strikes try the ready-made Digest Blend or use any or all of the following four essential oils for digestion and create your own blend. The simplest recipe is just to use equal parts of each or try different ratios and see what works best for you. 4 Key Essential Oils for Digestive Problems 1. Ginger Essential Oil A 2014 meta-analysis [6] of medical studies investigated the efficacy of ginger for early pregnancy nausea and vomiting. Researchers found that at least four days of taking ginger was associated with a five-fold likelihood of improvement in morning sickness symptoms. A small 2016 study [7] with post-surgical patients found that inhalation of ginger essential oil significantly decreased nausea and vomiting during the first six hours after inhalation of ginger. Ginger has also been found to be beneficial for travel/motion sickness. A small 1988 double-blind randomized placebo trial [8] found ginger to be helpful for vomiting, nausea, cold sweats, and vertigo for Danish naval cadets not accustomed to sailing on heavy seas. Another small 2013 clinical trial [9] of 13 volunteers with a history of motion sickness found that pre-treating with ginger reduced nausea, quieted stomach activity, and prolonged the period between attacks of nausea. A 2005 study [10] investigated how ginger actually works on the digestive tract. Researchers found that ginger helped relieve intestinal spasms, and also had direct effect on the parasympathetic nervous system, which is active during the digestive process. They found that ginger assisted with hyperactive states of the gut as is found with diarrhea and colic. A 2015 animal study [11] found that ginger essential oil inhibited the formation of gastric ulcers by 85%. Ginger also increased antioxidant enzymes and reduced the erosion, hemorrhaging, and necrosis (untimely cell death) of cells of the stomach wall, thus providing a protective effect. Ginger may also be beneficial in cases of ulcerative colitis, a painful inflammatory condition that can cause rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramping. A 2018 animal study [12] found that 6-gingerol, an ingredient in ginger, increased important antioxidants and inhibited the inflammatory pathways that contribute to this disease. 2. Peppermint Essential Oil Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is well known for the assistance it can provide for our tummies. If you have over-indulged in your favorite food, are feeling nauseous with a virus, or suffer with more chronic problems of the digestive tract, peppermint can be incredibly soothing. It is a beautifully cooling aromatic oil that is also: • anti-inflammatory • anti-spasmodic • analgesic (pain relieving) There are many studies that reflect the benefits of peppermint oil for the digestive system. For instance, a 2007 study [13] found a 50% reduction in the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in 75% of patients who tried peppermint oil for their symptoms. Indeed, a 2019 review [14] of a dozen randomized trials including over 800 patients using peppermint oil for IBS symptoms found that peppermint oil was safe and effective. 2013 research [15] found that both peppermint and spearmint reduced the intensity and frequency of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. An older 2008 study [16] investigated the use of peppermint for dyspepsia (pain or discomfort in the upper abdomen, also known as indigestion). Researchers found that peppermint oil was safe and effective for dyspepsia, and also for reducing the abdominal pain, flatulence, and diarrhea for those with IBS. Studies have found that peppermint oil is good for children, too. In a 2014 review [17] of 14 clinical trials involving nearly 2,000 children, peppermint oil was found to reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of abdominal pain. [Caution: only use essential oil with children under the direct supervision of a qualified practitioner.] 3. Lemon Essential Oil Lemon (Citrus limon) has an uplifting fresh citrus aroma. Lemons have a long history of use by traditional Ayurvedic doctors as an aid for many ailments, including digestion. Modern research is starting to catch up, and it shows that lemon oil relieves nausea and vomiting and is: • anti-inflammatory • antimicrobial • anti-parasitic • anti-fungal A 2014 clinical trial [18] found that inhaling lemon oil significantly relieved nausea and vomiting in 100 pregnant women. A 2020 study [19] investigated the phytochemicals in lemons with regard to their potential therapeutic benefits. Researchers found that lemons had anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, and anti-cancer benefits. All of these properties combined have benefits for overall digestive health. A difficult-to-eradicate yeast known as Candida albicans can cause major trouble for the digestive tract. When C. albicans invades the digestive tract, it can cause oral thrush (a burning sensation in the gut after eating certain foods), recurring genital and urinary tract infections, even ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease. Candida overgrowth is especially rampant among immunocompromised people, the elderly, those on broad-spectrum antibiotics, overstressed people with a high intake of sugar, carbs, and alcohol, and individuals hospitalized in intensive care units. A 2019 study [20] found that lemon oil (among other essential oils tested) had strong anti-Candida activity against several lines of Candida species. 4. Fennel Essential Oil Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) has a long history of use as a medicine and especially for digestive difficulties. Studies [14] indicate fennel is: antioxidative • anti-inflammatory • anti-ulcer • anti-viral • anti-spasmodic • antimicrobial • DNA protective • has blood-sugar-lowering and cholesterol-lowering properties A 2018 animal study [22] found that administering fennel oil significantly improved antioxidative status, reduced inflammation, and reduced blood sugar levels in rats with dyslipidemia (an abnormal amount of fats such as triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood). A 2011 study [23] investigated the effects of the phytochemicals in fennel on rats with gastric ulcers. Researchers found fennel to have significant anti-ulcer activity and may help to prevent ulcers. 3 Ways to Use Digest Essential Oil Blend for Digestive Problems #1. Apply a few drops of Organixx Digest blend across the abdomen and/or low back, massaging it in gently but thoroughly. To improve absorption, place a warm compress across the belly and/or low back after applying Digest. Dilute first with an organic carrier oil such as almond, coconut, hemp, or avocado oil. Try using 3-5 drops of Digest per teaspoon of carrier oil. #2. Place a couple drops of Digest blend into your palms, rub them together, and tent hands over your nose and mouth, being cautious to avoid eyes. Breathe the oils in deeply for a few moments, holding the essential oil vapor in your lungs for 5-10 seconds (or for as long as you can). This helps get the essential oils into your lungs and bloodstream and working quickly to relieve digestive difficulties. #3. If you are suffering from nausea or motion sickness, using Digest blend on an acupressure point known as “Heavenly Appearance” (aka SI 17) can be quite beneficial. To locate this acupressure point, place a fingertip on the outside of the face, just below the earlobe in the indentation between the earlobe and the upper tip of the jawbone (on both sides of the face). Place a drop or two of Digest on your fingertips and gently massage this point. It can be tender, so go gently. Considerations When Using Essential Oils for Digestive Problems While the four essential oils in Organixx Digest Blend are all derived from plants that are also foods/spices, essential oils are highly concentrated and should only be ingested under the guidance of a qualified healthcare provider. For any persistent pain or digestive difficulties, be sure to consult your doctor. Essential oils should not be used as replacements for medicine but to support overall health. Never apply essential oils anywhere near eyes, the inside of the ears, or to other sensitive regions of the body. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and children should always seek their doctor’s advice prior to using essential oils. Be aware that essential oil products vary greatly between makers in purity, strength, and quality. Only purchase pure, organic essential oils from companies you trust.   RESOURCES Organixx’s Daily Detoxx https://shop.organixx.com/products/organic-daily-detox?gl=5ebaaf588ebf585f704f8dca Organixx’s USDA Certified Organic Essential Oils https://shop.organixx.com/?gl=5d88ecbd02e26bdc48380837#essential-oils EPISODE: Enzymes 101: The Mirco Miracles You're Missing https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/enzymes-101-the-mirco-miracles-missing/ EPISODE: Enzymes 201: P3E The NEW Powerful Proteolytic Enzyme https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/enzymes-201-p3e-the-new-powerful-proteolytic-enzyme/ EPISODE: TeriAnn’s Health Journey https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast-episode-24/ EPISODE: Top Essential Oils Do’s and Don’ts https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-essential-oils-dos-and-donts/ 16 Uses & Benefits for Ginger Essential Oil (+ Application Tips) https://organixx.com/ginger-essential-oil-uses/ [1] Can Microbiology Affect Psychiatry? A Link Between Gut Microbiota and Psychiatric Disorders. [2] Melancholic Microbes: a Link Between Gut Microbiota and Depression? [3] Meta-analysis of Alcohol Induced Gut Dysbiosis and the Resulting Behavioral Impact [4] The Possible Role of the Microbiota-Gut-Brain-Axis in Autism Spectrum Disorder [5] Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States [6] Effects of Ginger for Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy: a Meta-analysis [7] Effectiveness of Ginger Essential Oil on Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting in Abdominal Surgery Patients [8] Ginger Root Against Seasickness. A Controlled Trial on the Open Sea [9] Effects of Ginger on Motion Sickness and Gastric Slow-wave Dysrhythmias Induced by Circular Vection [10] Pharmacological Basis for the Medicinal Use of Ginger in Gastrointestinal Disorders [11] Gastroprotective Activity of Essential Oils from Turmeric and Ginger [12] Protective Mechanisms of 6-gingerol in Dextran Sulfate Sodium-induced Chronic Ulcerative Colitis in Mice [13] Peppermint Oil (Mintoil) in the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Prospective Double Blind Placebo-controlled Randomized Trial [14] The Impact of Peppermint Oil on the Irritable Bowel Syndrome: a Meta-analysis of the Pooled Clinical Data [15] Antiemetic Activity of Volatile Oil from Mentha Spicata and Mentha × Piperita in Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting [16] Herbal Remedies for Dyspepsia: Peppermint Seems Effective [17] Herbal Medicines for Gastrointestinal Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review [18] The Effect of Lemon Inhalation Aromatherapy on Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: A Double-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial [19] Citrus limon (Lemon) Phenomenon-A Review of the Chemistry, Pharmacological Properties, Applications in the Modern Pharmaceutical, Food, and Cosmetics Industries, and Biotechnological Studies [20] In Vitro and In Vivo Anti-Candida spp. Activity of Plant-Derived Products [21] Foeniculum vulgare Mill: A Review of Its Botany, Phytochemistry, Pharmacology, Contemporary Application, and Toxicology [22] Health Benefits of Fennel, Rosemary Volatile Oils and their Nano-Forms in Dyslipidemic Rat Model [23] Role of Phenolic Compounds in Peptic Ulcer: an Overview    

Jul 28

29 min

Getting all the nutrients and antioxidants your body needs on a daily basis isn’t easy – but it is vital to your health. Green drinks offer a quick and tasty alternative to juicing because they’re packed with superfoods that promote your body’s natural detoxing process, help enhance your immune system, aid in smooth digestion, and boost energy.   We wanted to answer the questions… Why did you change formulation for OrganiGreens?  What’s the difference between this and the previous version?   We are always looking to refine our formulas to make them better and even more nutritious. While our previous formula was excellent, we were able to reduce the number of overall ingredients substantially in this new formula while still retaining the same nutrient density. This actually makes OrganiGreens accessible to a broader range of people who may have been allergic to a particular ingredient in the old formula.     The other significant change is that we are now only offering PURE (unsweetened). This way, people may add their own sweetener of choice. A few options we like include organic stevia, monk fruit, local raw honey, and Lakanto… and, of course, no sweetener at all is always a good option.      Unlike many supplements on the market, Organixx supplements (including OrganiGreens) contain NO preservatives or fillers.     OrganiGreens is dried to below a certain moisture percentage which keeps the product intact. We do recommend keeping the package tightly closed between uses and storing in a cool, dry place.     OrganiGreens contains only plant-based products and is both vegetarian and vegan.  At Organixx we strive to source the highest-quality ingredients available, including USDA Organic whenever possible. For all of our products, each of the individual ingredients that are certified organic are specified on the label.    In the case of OrganiGreens, all of the individual ingredients except for the probiotic & enzyme blend are certified organic and the product carries the USDA Organic certification. This indicates the total product is at least 95% organic.        INGREDIEINTS   Organic Alfalfa Grass Juice     Alfalfa (aka Lucerne) is a member of the legume family that has a long history as a traditional herbal medicine. It has a high content of bioactive plant compounds including saponins, flavonoids, phytoestrogens, coumarins, alkaloids, amino acids, phytosterols, vitamins, digestive enzymes, and terpenes.      Organic Wheat Grass Juice    Wheatgrass is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that fight free radicals to prevent cell damage and reduce oxidative stress. It also contains valuable chlorophyll, a green pigment associated with many health benefits including increasing levels of glutathione, the “master antioxidant.”      Organic Sprouted Chia    With their name translating as “strength” in the Mayan language, these tiny seeds were prized by ancient warriors for providing strength, energy, and stamina. Chia seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and high in dietary fiber, protein, and minerals, including calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.     Organic Sprouted Purple Corn Maize    Brimming with fiber and vital nutrients, purple maize is a natural source of antioxidants, phytonutrients, and flavonoids. It’s also high in anthocyanin, a potent antioxidant that’s been studied extensively for its ability to stimulate tissue regeneration, encourage blood flow, and support healthy levels of inflammation in the body.      Organic Turkey Tail Mushroom    Turkey tail mushroom contains an abundance of antioxidants and polysaccharides along with high levels of selenium and vitamins D and B3, which are crucial for maintaining immunity. Turkey tail is also an excellent prebiotic for the microbiome, helping to replenish the gut with probiotics (beneficial gut flora).      Organic Reishi Mushroom    Nicknamed "The Mushroom of Immortality", reishi has been used for over 2000 years in Asia for relaxing and fortifying both mind and body. In addition to supporting the immune system, other observed benefits include aiding the body in eliminating toxins more efficiently, countering free radicals that contribute to aging, and increasing the liver’s metabolic efficiency.     Organic Shiitake Mushroom    Shiitake has been cultivated and used in China for millennia to ward off the common cold, boost energy, and enhance wellness. Not only is shiitake one of the world’s most popular culinary mushrooms, its potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and immune-supporting properties are well documented by modern science.     Organic Spinach    Popeye’s favorite leafy green vegetable is a rich source of vitamins and minerals including folate, niacin, vitamin A, B6, C, and K, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, and zinc. It’s also packed with eye-protective beta-carotene, lutein, and xanthene.     Organic Carrot    Originally medicine and not food, carrots have been used in folk medicine potions and remedies for the stomach, bladder, jaundice, the easing of menstrual symptoms, and even cancer. They’re one of the richest natural sources of vitamin A and beta-carotene, an essential nutrient for eye health, immune function, and much more.     Organic Red Bell Pepper    Bell peppers contain a wealth of nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamin C and A (in the form of carotenoids) and B6. They’re a good source of a number of other B vitamins (B2, B3, folate, and pantothenic acid) as well as vitamin E, potassium, molybdenum, and fiber.      Organic Lemon    High in vitamin C, lemon contains potent phytonutrients and antioxidants that support a healthy immune system and respiratory function. Research supports that consuming fruits and veggies high in vitamin C is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.     Organic Kale    The ultimate green superfood, kale is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and has several times the recommended daily amount of vitamins A, K, and C, plus a healthy dose of protein. Kale is also a powerful detoxifier that supports heart health, is anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial.    Organic Ginger    Ginger is a potent aromatic herb and a good natural source of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. It’s long been used in Asia to treat stomachache, diarrhea, and nausea, and in Ayurvedic medicine to break down toxins, strengthen immunity, and cleanse the lymphatic system.    Organic Wild Leaf Lettuce    While extremely low in calories, leaf lettuce is a storehouse of many phytonutrients that possess health promoting and disease prevention properties. These include vitamins A, K, and C, as well as beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins, folate, and iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium – minerals essential for body metabolism.          Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
   Never miss an episode!  
 
 APPLE PODCASTS            SPOTIFY               GOOGLE PODCASTS  

Jul 22

34 min

Importance of Balanced pH in the Body   What is pH balance? Your body’s pH balance, also referred to as its acid-base balance, is the level of acids and bases in your blood at which your body functions best.   The human body is built to naturally maintain a healthy balance of acidity and alkalinity. The lungs and kidneys play a key role in this process. A normal blood pH level is 7.40 on a scale of 0 to 14, where 0 is the most acidic and 14 is the most basic. This value can vary slightly in either direction.   If the lungs or kidneys are malfunctioning, your blood’s pH level can become imbalanced. Disruption in your acid-base balance can lead to medical conditions known as acidosis and alkalosis. Both conditions require treatment from a medical professional, not simply dietary changes.   Different fluids are found inside the human body. The cells inside the body are often affected by the ph level.   If you experience stress, tiredness, excess weight, fatigue, aches, pains, poor digestion, and other serious disorders, the ph level inside your body may be too acidic.   The three things that might contribute more to the body to become overly acidic are ingesting acids, creation of acids, and improper acid elimination.   Role of pH in Everyday Life   Digestive system Hydrochloric Acid – produced in stomach and helps digestion of food without causing any harm to the stomach. If it gets too high there is pain and irritation in the stomach. Acids Cause Tooth Decay Sugar is degraded by bacteria in the mouth and acid is formed. When the pH is lower than 5.5 tooth enamel is corroded. Our saliva is slightly alkaline, so it helps neutralize some acid. Acid is Produced in Fatigued Muscles As a result of physical exercise, stiffness and pain in the muscles starts due to the formation of lactic acid. This reduces the oxygen supply in your muscle.   Foods to Help Balance Your pH Ingesting foods which are considered acidifying foods as dairy, processed sugar, meat, alcohol, coffee, etc. overloads the ability of your body to neutralize all the acids.   If you want to obtain a well-balanced ph, you must have a proper diet and nutrition. It is wise to follow a detox plan which can greatly help the detox process. A diet consisting of foods high in alkaline, proper supplementation, and hydrating the body properly can aid the body in detox.   Alkaline Veggies to Add to Your Diet If you have a condition that requires you to watch the alkaline and acid levels of your food, then you will be curious about which alkaline veggies you can add to your diet. Here are some of the best options for you.   Cauliflower You first vegetable option is probably one you already eat on a regular basis, which is good news! This makes it a lot easier to add to your current diet, and still be on the alkaline diet your doctor recommends.   This interesting vegetable is highly anti-inflammatory and provides a good amount of choline which is an important B vitamin for brain health. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and phytonutrients which give the body a better chance at fighting free radicals. Cauliflower also helps cardiovascular health because of the agent sulforaphane which promotes proper cell formation of the veins and arteries. Another excellent thing about cauliflower is that it is often used in low-carb diets, so if this is something you need to watch out for, this is a great low-starch vegetable.   Radishes Your next option is to add more radishes to your current diet, as they are also very alkaline vegetables. Radishes are known to have a cooling effect on the body, and was used by ancient Chinese doctors to help people deal with heat during hot weather.   They’re also diuretic and help the body to flush toxins by passing them into urine and out of the body. They are high in vitamin C and other trace minerals.   Lettuce Along with its alkalinity, lettuce provides a lot of the important trace minerals. These include phosphorous, calcium, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc, magnesium, and the vitamins vitamin B6, vitamin K, riboflavin, niacin, folate, Vitamin C, and Vitamin A.   Studies have also found that lettuce contains chemicals that help to improve mood and can help to regulate anxiety. It is so easy to eat more lettuce, making this at the top of the list. You can add lettuce to sandwiches or burgers, make wraps with lettuce, have salads, and even add it to your pasta or casseroles.   Carrot A high fiber vegetable, carrot is well known for its starchy fibrous body. It is high in pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese, and has excellent antioxidant properties.   They have long been associated with the improvement of eyesight, and studies have shown that carrots can prevent some forms of muscular degeneration that are common as humans age.   Green Beans More than just a staple food for some cultures, green beans are another highly antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food with great health benefits.   Green beans have been found to be effective at reducing risks associated with heart disease. This is believed to be due to the high number of flavonoids. Green beans are also a major source of antioxidants. Since many people get green beans in the can, it is best you choose fresh or frozen varieties. If you do need them canned, get the no salt added variety, and give them a good rinse just to be sure you don’t have extra sodium.   Celery Celery is a heavily fibrous plant that has its roots deep in history as an anti-high blood pressure medicine. It is highly anti-inflammatory and powerful antioxidant properties.   Celery also contains quite a few trace minerals and vitamins. Another amazing effect of celery is its ability to stimulate liver functions. It does this by helping the liver to produce liver cleansing enzymes. It can help you to both lower your cholesterol, and to fight microbial infections in the body. Celery juice has also become very popular lately. You can get a juicer and use stalks of celery to make juice with celery alone. It has such a high water content, that it won’t take quite as much as other vegetables would for a similar juice.     Here are some of the top alkaline fruits to consider adding to your diet.   Coconut This hard-shelled fruit is packed with a ton of benefits. Coconut has a history of improving skin by aiding elasticity and fighting oxidative stress. It is also great for your immune system, because it has a large amount of antiparasitic and antimicrobial properties. Coconut can also help to improve digestion of food, and make it easier for the body to absorb valuable nutrients One of the best attributes of coconut is that it can even help regulate insulin, which can help to prevent diabetes.     Papaya Papaya Is a tropical fruit. This fruit is widely known for its ability to aid in calming the stomach and reducing the production of stomach acids. This can help to massively improve digestion. It’s full of vitamins B, and C and is heavily antioxidant, which fights free radicals that cause cancer.   Bananas This yellow tree fruit is packed with great carbs and vitamins. Even though it contains a healthy dose of nutrition, it still has less than 120 calories. Eating a banana won’t spike your blood sugar, and they are absorbed quickly. They are very high in fiber, can help you to have proper elimination, and are very filling. This absorption and high fiber will make you to feel more satisfied and fuller. Bananas also have a positive effect on moods and can help you to relax and be able to sleep better.   Avocado Avocado is among the most popular for use as a condiment, topping, or filling. One thing few people know is that they are higher in potassium than the average banana.   They are also high in fiber and can help to lower your cholesterol. They contain massive amounts of vitamins and minerals that help to nourish the body as well. Plus, who doesn’t love avocado? This is an amazing healthy fat that is approved in the majority of diets and can fill you up in between meals. It works great in smoothies, to have as a snack, top salads, or add to sandwiches. There are endless ways to use more avocados if you are looking to have more alkaline fruits in your daily diet.     Grapefruit This larger citrus fruit can help with cholesterol levels, and greatly impacts lipid levels.   Grapefruit is associated with weight loss because of its effect on fats in the body and is full of vitamins like Vitamin C. It can also help to erode build ups of calcium like the calcium found in painful kidney stones. It is also popular to use as a late-night snack instead of eating carb filled junk foods.   Lemon Lemon juice is a great way to stimulate action in the liver because it contains uric acid, which breaks down a number of toxins in the body.   Lemon is also effective at dissolving kidney stones and can help to improve digestion. If you were to consume at least a glass of lemon juice a day, the acids can stimulate your intestines to create a bowel movement, and the juice can help to dissolve various substances that form plaque on the intestinal walls. The great thing about lemon is how versatile it is, and how easy it is to have more of it. For example, if you are looking to develop a new daily routine for your health, you can start each day with a full glass of lemon water. Just slice up lemon and add it to a glass, or you can even prepare a pitcher of lemon water the night before, then just pour it in the cup the next morning.   Cherries Cherries are an amazing natural source of melatonin which is a hormone produced by your pineal gland.   Science has discovered that eating cherries or drinking cherry juice can greatly help you to stay asleep for longer periods. Melatonin is also an antioxidant that can help to combat free radicals. Cherries are also full of powerful naturally occurring anti-inflammatory chemicals. If you are a fan of smoothies, cherries make a wonderful addition to your favorite recipes. Cherries have just the right amount of sweetness, so you can add just a few of them to your smoothie and it will be sweeter, even if the smoothie is a green smoothie with lots of greens.     RESOURCES Acid Bases & Salts http://www.knowledgeuniverseonline.com/ntse/Chemistry/role-pH-everyday-life.php   pH Imbalance: How Your Body Maintains Acid-Base Balance https://www.healthline.com/health/ph-imbalance   The pH Scale https://courses.lumenlearning.com/wmopen-nmbiology1/chapter/the-ph-scale/   Daily Detoxx https://shop.organixx.com/products/organic-daily-detox?gl=5ebaaf588ebf585f704f8dca   OrganiGreens https://organixx.com/organic-organigreens/?gl=5d88e1ef02e26ba82c380838   Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
 Never miss an episode! 
 
 APPLE PODCASTS             SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS  

Jul 14

33 min

What is nettle? Nettle, or stinging nettle, is a shrub that comes from northern Europe and Asia. Its scientific name is Urtica dioica. If you’ve had the experience of walking through a meadow or trail in the woods and found yourself with a bristly rash on exposed parts of your limbs, you may have brushed up against some stinging nettle. Nettles are an herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America. The plant has many hollow stinging hairs called "trichomes" on its leaves and stems, which act like needles that inject histamine, formic acid and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation. It’s very high nutritional content has made it a popular food source steamed and eaten like spinach (it does loose the “sting” when cooked), taken as a tea made from the dried leaves to assist in the nutrition of expectant or nursing mothers, or for general tonic properties for good health. The leaves, stem, or root from the nettle plant can be crushed and made into powders, tinctures, creams, teas, and more. While people have used it for centuries as an herbal medicine, modern research also supports many of the potential health benefits of nettle and nettle tea. Stinging nettle’s leaves and root provide a wide variety of nutrients, including: Vitamins: Vitamins A, C and K, as well as several B vitamins Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium Fats: Linoleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and oleic acid Amino acids: All of the essential amino acids Polyphenols: Kaempferol, quercetin, caffeic acid, coumarins and other flavonoids Pigments: Beta-carotene, lutein, luteoxanthin and other carotenoids What’s more, many of these nutrients act as antioxidants inside your body. Antioxidants are molecules that help defend your cells against damage from free radicals. Damage caused by free radicals is linked to aging, as well as cancer and other harmful diseases. Studies indicate that stinging nettle extract can raise blood antioxidant levels. Top 5 Benefits of Nettles 1. Urinary tract health Nettle may help flush harmful bacteria from the urinary tract. This can benefit people who have urinary conditions, such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). BPH causes an enlarged prostate gland in men. This can cause pain or other problems urinating. According to one 2013 study men with BPH who took nettle extract had fewer clinical symptoms than those who didn’t. Nettle may also help support any medications you’re taking for infections or conditions related to the urinary tract. Talk to your doctor first about any possible interactions between herbal remedies and medications you take. 2. Arthritis and pain Nettle has historically been used to treat pain and sore muscles, especially related to arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation suggests that nettle tea may also reduce the inflammation and pain association with osteoarthritis. 3. Blood sugar management Nettle has shown some promising effects on blood glucose levels. It may help the pancreas make or release more insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar. In a 2013 study, nettle leaf extract lowered blood glucose and A1C in a group of people with type 2 diabetes who were taking insulin as well as oral diabetes medications. 4. The power of polyphenols Nettle is high in plant chemicals called polyphenols. A review of the research on polyphenols suggests that these powerful compounds may play a role in the prevention and management of chronic diseases related to inflammation, such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, and heart disease. In particular, polyphenols from nettle extract have shown some exciting potential for treating breast cancer and prostate cancer. Plants like nettle also contain potent antioxidants, which are substances that protect the body from aging and cell damage. 5. May Treat Hay Fever Hay fever is an allergy that involves inflammation in the lining of your nose. Stinging nettle is viewed as a promising natural treatment for hay fever. Test-tube research shows that stinging nettle extracts can inhibit inflammation that can trigger seasonal allergies. This includes blocking histamine receptors and stopping immune cells from releasing chemicals that trigger allergy symptoms. However, human studies note that stinging nettle is equal to or only slightly better at treating hay fever than a placebo. While this plant may prove a promising natural remedy for hay fever symptoms, more long-term human studies are needed. How to make nettle tea You can buy nettle tea loose or in teabags, but you can also grow or harvest the leaves yourself. With fresh leaves, experiment with the ratio of nettle to water you prefer, but a general reference is two cups of water for every cup of leaves. Here’s how: Add water to the leaves. Bring the water just to a boil. Turn off the stove and let sit for five minutes. Pour the mixture through a small strainer. Add a bit of honey, cinnamon, or stevia, if you like. Start out by only having one cup of nettle tea to make sure you don’t have any reactions to it. Warnings Be sure to talk to your doctor before you try any new herb or supplement. Even all-natural foods and drinks like tea can cause allergic reactions or interact with certain medications. Some herbs and supplements can be harmful to people with certain health conditions. RESOURCES Stinging nettle http://pennstatehershey.adam.com/content.aspx?productId=107&pid=33&gid=000275   Stinging nettles leaf (Urtica dioica L.): Extraordinary vegetable medicine https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2210803312000978   Chronic Inflammation and Oxidative Stress as a Major Cause of Age-Related Diseases and Cancer https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19149749/   Effects of Urtica dioica Supplementation on Blood Lipids, Hepatic Enzymes and Nitric Oxide Levels in Type 2 Diabetic Patients: A Double Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28078249/   Effects of Urtica dioica Supplementation on Blood Lipids, Hepatic Enzymes and Nitric Oxide Levels in Type 2 Diabetic Patients: A Double Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28078249/   Effects of Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica L.,) on Antioxidant Enzyme Activities in Rat Model of Mammary Gland Cancer https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29844787/   The Efficacy of Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica) in Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: A Randomized Double-Blind Study in 100 Patients https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3589769/   Improved Glycemic Control in Patients With Advanced Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Taking Urtica Dioica Leaf Extract: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24273930/     Effects of Urtica Dioica Dichloromethane Extract on Cell Apoptosis and Related Gene Expression in Human Breast Cancer Cell Line (MDA-MB-468) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26950453/   Antiproliferative Effect on Human Prostate Cancer Cells by a Stinging Nettle Root (Urtica Dioica) Extract https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/10705733/   The Immunomodulatory and Anti-Inflammatory Role of Polyphenols https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/10/11/1618   Nettle Extract (Urtica Dioica) Affects Key Receptors and Enzymes Associated With Allergic Rhinitis https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19140159/   Randomized, Double-Blind Study of Freeze-Dried Urtica Dioica in the Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2192379/   Efficacy of Supportive Therapy of Allergic Rhinitis by Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) Root Extract: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo- Controlled, Clinical Trial https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29844782/   Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
   Never miss an episode!  
 
 APPLE PODCASTS            SPOTIFY               GOOGLE PODCASTS    

Jul 7

15 min

Join us for a dive into the power of essential oils in our daily lives. The interest in essential oils is rapidly on the rise according to Google Trends. The trend line is fascinating.  Why? What makes essential oils so sought after? They work! Organixx carries a line of organic and pure essential oils. Today we will share the top 3 uses of the top single essential oils in our line. Lavender Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. We’ve all heard by now that lavender promotes deeper sleep, but did you know…   There’s promising research for breast health too. 2014 Iranian research published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer found that lavender oil kills breast cancer cells but leaves healthy cells unharmed. It’s important to note that this study was on cells in a petri dish, not on humans. The researchers concluded that: “L. angustifolia has cytotoxic and apoptotic effects in HeLa and MCF-7 cell lines, and apoptosis is proposed as the possible mechanism of action.”1 Stops the itch and burn of insect bites. Even fire ants! Put a drop of lavender oil on a bee sting, mosquito, or other bug bite to stop pain, itching, and reduce swelling. Reapply as necessary. Lavender oil works really well for this, especially if applied immediately. Use it as a flavor booster. Add a drop of high-quality lavender oil suitable for consumption to brownie batter, chocolate icing, cookie dough, dessert recipes, raw chocolate, or even salad dressings. It’s absolutely delicious.   Is Lavender Oil Safe? Using diluted lavender oil topically or in aromatherapy is generally considered safe for most adults but may not be recommended for children. Applying pure lavender oil to your skin (especially open wounds) may also cause irritation, so we recommend infusing it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Dissolving it in water also works.   Be careful not to rub lavender oil in your eyes and mucous membranes. If this happens, wash it out immediately. Lavender oil may also cause allergic reactions in people with unusually sensitive skin, so do a spot test before using it. Simply apply a drop of lavender oil to your arm and see if any reaction occurs.   The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) also warns against using lavender oil when taking medications like barbiturates, benzodiazepines and chloral hydrate, as it may increase their sedative effects and cause extreme drowsiness and sleepiness.     Tea Tree (Melaleuca) This versatile oil possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antifungal properties.   Due to its potent anti-inflammatory benefits, tea tree oil helps to relieve inflammatory skin conditions, especially eczema and psoriasis. Dilute as necessary and apply to affected area two to three times daily. Tea tree oil has long been used as a natural bug repellent by native Australian aboriginal people. Chinese research in 2016 found tea tree to be effective against the cereal weevil, Sitophilus zeamais.3 The cereal weevil is considered to be an extremely destructive pest to stored cereals all over the world. Tea tree also helps to relieve the pain, itching, and inflammation of insect bites. If it’s an extra-hot day and your deodorant has failed, apply again, but this time with a drop or two of tea tree oil to help kill bacteria. Tea tree oil’s potent antibacterial properties are well proven with dozens of research studies.   Is Tea Tree Oil Safe? The answer is yes, as long as it is applied topically in appropriate doses and NOT swallowed. This oil may irritate your skin, especially if used for the first time. We recommend starting with low concentrations until you figure out your tolerance. Determine if you have an allergy to tea tree oil before using it by doing a skin test — apply a small amount to your inner arm to see if any reaction such as a rash or hives occurs.   The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) recommends avoiding oxidized oil, which has been exposed to air, because it may help trigger allergies more than fresh tea tree oil.  Avoid using undiluted tea tree oil as well and use tea tree oil-infused products instead to reduce your risk of skin irritation.   Lemon The health benefits of lemon oil can be attributed to its stimulating, calming, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and antifungal properties. *Important to note: Lemon essential oil can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. Lemon oil has a balancing effect on the oil glands of the scalp. Massage a drop or two of lemon oil into your scalp before you go to bed at night. Wash it out in the morning. Done over a period of weeks, you will notice much less oily hair. It will make your pillow smell nice and fresh too! Diffuse lemon oil to help kill airborne bacteria. Research carried out by Dr. Jean Valnet (co-author of the book The Practice of Aromatherapy: A Classic Compendium of Plant Medicines and Their Healing Properties) shows that diffused lemon oil can rapidly kill off the bacteria that causes meningococcal infections, typhoid fever, staph infections, pneumonia, diphtheria, and tuberculosis. Several essential oils are haemostatic, i.e. they help to stop bleeding by speeding up the coagulation of the blood. The most useful of these is oil of Lemon, though Geranium and Rose have similar, though less powerful, effects.   Is Lemon Oil Safe? It is advisable not to use lemon oil without diluting it first, as it can irritate skin. It must be used with a carrier oil for direct application to the skin. Effective carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil and jojoba oil.   There are findings showing that lemon oil may promote photosensitivity, which increases your sensitivity to the sun and may lead to sunburn and uneven darkening of the skin. We also recommend you avoid applying lemon oil and other citrus oils to your skin when outdoors, as blistering may occur.   People with sensitivities should use essential oils with caution. Reactions can vary from person to person. Some may experience skin reactions, while some may have respiratory problems. Consult your physician first before use. Pregnant women and children should also see a doctor before applying lemon oil.   Peppermint According to a review conducted by the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, peppermint has significant antimicrobial and antiviral activities. It also works as a strong antioxidant, displays anti-tumor actions in lab studies, shows anti-allergenic potential and pain-killing effects, helps to relax the gastrointestinal tract and may be chemopreventive.4   Note: Chemoprevention is the use of a medication, vitamin or supplement to stop cancer from happening. This is most often used for people who have a high risk of developing cancer. The high menthol content of peppermint makes it great for cooling off during hot flashes. At the first sign of a hot flash developing, place a drop at the back of the neck, at the base of the skull, or on the collarbones. Breathe it in. This has an instant cooling and calming effect. Peppermint oil not only relaxes skeletal muscles, it also helps to relax the muscles of the respiratory system. Inhaling the scent of peppermint helps to relieve congestion due to allergies and counteract the effects of pollen. Especially powerful when combined with lavender and lemon to ease seasonal allergies! Peppermint oil is superb for helping to relieve indigestion and heartburn. Put just one drop of peppermint oil into a glass of water and drink. It works much more quickly than peppermint tea due to the concentrated nature of peppermint oil. If it’s too strong for you, just dilute it and rub it across the tummy.   Is Peppermint Oil Safe? Peppermint oil is safe in low amounts in most adults, but it can trigger side effects in people with sensitivities. It is important for the following individuals to either avoid using this essential oil or to use it carefully only with the help of a healthcare professional. Pregnant and nursing women — Peppermint oil or other similar products may have emmenagogue and abortifacient effects, so it would be wise not to use peppermint oil without your physician's approval. Infants and children 7 years old and younger — Peppermint oil must not be used undiluted because there isn't enough information regarding its safety for them. Diabetics — Using peppermint oil may raise your risk of low blood sugar levels or hypoglycemia. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and hiatal hernia patients — Peppermint can relax the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus, and cause acid to move up to the esophagus. People with gallbladder problems — Peppermint oil may cause gallbladder inflammation; those diagnosed with gallstones should consult a physician before using peppermint oil. People taking antacids — These drugs can cause peppermint oil capsules to break down easily, increasing the risk of heartburn.   Eucalyptus The healing benefits of Eucalyptus Oil can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, and antiseptic qualities, among other valuable properties.   Eucalyptus oil is known to be a vasodilator, meaning it dilates, or opens, blood vessels. In 1994, Austrian researchers discovered that eucalyptol, a phytochemical in eucalyptus oil (also known as 1,8-cineol) improved global blood flow to the brain, after only 20 minutes of inhalation.9 A newer study released in 2016 by Korean researchers found that eucalyptol is also able to pass through the blood-brain barrier. This research also found eucalyptol’s high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to be helpful in the management of chronic conditions such as respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, and degenerative nerve and brain diseases. Some studies have shown that several different species of eucalyptus may help to reduce blood sugar levels in mice. Also because eucalyptus is such an excellent vasodilator, the entire body benefits from this increase in blood circulation. To help combat poor blood circulation, dilute eucalyptus oil and massage it into the legs, hands, and feet as needed. Eucalyptus oil’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and anti-phlegm properties work very quickly to open congested airways. Make a steam inhalation by boiling two cups of water, pour it into a large bowl, then let it cool for five minutes. Add a drop or two of eucalyptus oil. Then create a tent from a small towel draped over your head. Place your face over the bowl and carefully breathe in the vapor until you get some relief. This should only take a couple of minutes. This is great for bronchitis, head colds, chest colds, and asthma.   Is Eucalyptus Oil Safe? Essential oils like eucalyptus oil are generally safe to use, but with specific precautions. Before using it, consult a holistic doctor to see if your condition would allow you to do so, and undergo an allergen patch test to check for possible allergic reactions and lower your risk for developing side effects. In general, adults should not take eucalyptus oil orally except under a doctor's supervision, and this oil mustn't be given to children, especially those under 2 years old.     While eucalyptus oil is generally safe when applied to adult skin, refrain from applying the oil, salve or chest rub on the face or nose of baby because of its potential side effects. Lastly, pregnant and breastfeeding women should also avoid using the oil as evidence is lacking regarding its safety for these groups of women.     Frankincense – The KING of essential oils! Frankincense essential oil is distilled from the resin of the Boswellia tree that grows in many regions within northern Africa and the Middle East. Oman, Somalia, and Ethiopia are the most prominent suppliers today.   Research shows that the natural plant chemical constituents in frankincense oil stimulate the immune system.2   But it supports so much more… Frankincense is a powerful health support for respiratory problems such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, and bronchitis. It even helps when suffering from laryngitis. Diffuse it into the room where you intend to spend some time. For best results, use an ultrasonic cool mist diffuser. Never heat essential oils because heating them diminishes their therapeutic effects. Whether your skin is dry and mature or oily and blotched with blemishes, frankincense oil has wonderful balancing qualities. It helps to reduce lines and wrinkles by tightening and toning skin, accelerates the healing of blemishes, skin ulcers and wounds, and stimulates cell regeneration. For anti-aging benefits, put several drops into your favorite night time moisturizer. For acne and blemishes, apply it neat directly on the problem area, unless you have very sensitive skin, then dilute. Use frankincense oil to help calm and center the mind, to promote spiritual awareness, and to cultivate a sense of inner peace while meditating. Frankincense contains compounds known as sesquiterpenes which work directly on the limbic system of the brain, the center of memory and emotions. Frankincense is calming, grounding, and centering to the nervous system. Diffuse it into your room, or just inhale directly from the bottle at the start of your meditation.   Is Frankincense Oil Safe? Yes, frankincense oil is generally safe. Just make sure to undergo an allergen patch test before applying frankincense oil topically to see if you have any sensitivity to this oil.   For some groups of people, frankincense oil isn’t recommended, since it may trigger adverse reactions. If you’re pregnant or nursing, avoid using frankincense oil because it may trigger contractions, prompt menstruation and lead to a miscarriage. As for children, there is very limited information regarding the potential use of this oil for this age group, so if you’re a parent or guardian, do not let them use this oil.   How to Dilute Essential Oils Although essential oils can be used neat (undiluted) in many cases, it is best (and more economical) to dilute essential oils before applying them to the body. Add a drop or two of your chosen oil to one-half to one teaspoonful of an organic carrier oil such as coconut, almond, hemp, or jojoba.   If using with children or pets, use even less essential oil because their smaller bodies cannot tolerate an adult dose. It’s best to consult a qualified aromatherapist before using essential oils with pets or children.    A Final Word About Quality Always choose high quality, organic essential oil that has been properly distilled so that its phytochemical content is not compromised. Look for bottles labeled 100% pure oil and beware of cheap oils that may be diluted with potentially toxic chemical ingredients.   In addition to the powerful essential oils we touched on today, Organixx carries 6 more beautiful single oils just as powerful and effective to help you maintain optimal health; Orange, Grapefruit, Oregano, Geranium Rose, Rosemary, and Clove.       Deeper Dive Resources   Organixx Essential Oils - 100% Pure, Organic, Non-GMO https://organixx.com/essential-oils/?gl=5d88df4d02e26b7621380839   1 Comparative studies of cytotoxic and apoptotic properties of different extracts and the essential oil of Lavandula angustifolia on malignant and normal cells. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24571090   2 Immunomodulatory activity of biopolymeric fraction BOS 2000 from Boswellia serrata. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18167047   3 Insecticidal Activity of Melaleuca alternifolia Essential Oil and RNA-Seq Analysis of Sitophilus zeamais Transcriptome in Response to Oil Fumigation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27936192   4 A review of the bioactivity and potential health benefits of peppermint tea (Mentha piperita L.). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16767798   National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy – Safety Information https://naha.org/index.php/explore-aromatherapy/safety#pregnancy             Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
Never miss an episode!  
APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS

Jun 30

34 min

What Is Maca? Growing at an elevation of 12-14,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains of Peru, maca grows in extreme weather conditions. Thriving in a habitat of intense sunlight, cold temperatures, and strong winds, this tuberous plant is a part of the brassica family. Just like cauliflower, broccoli, and cabbage, maca is a cruciferous vegetable. Nutrients Found in Maca Maca contains plenty of healthy fatty acids, the most abundant being linoleic, oleic, and palmitic acids. Maca contains vitamins A, C, B2, B6, and niacin, as well as minerals – zinc, iron, iodine, copper, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Nine amino acids are considered essential for optimal health, and maca contains seven of them [1]. Maca is also a rich source of plant sterols, which are part of what makes it so beneficial for hormonal health. Plant sterols are (chemically speaking) structurally similar to the body’s own hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Maca Is an Adaptogen So how exactly does it work? Maca is an adaptogen, meaning that it works to strengthen, balance, and help the body respond to internal and external changes and stressors. It regulates the production of hormones to maintain healthy organ function. Maca feeds the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands, known as the Master Glands (more on that later). Maca’s plant sterols appear to stimulate changes in the action of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands. Maca also seems to exert an influence on the ovaries, pineal gland, and thyroid. How Maca Can Aid Fluctuating Hormones Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is one of the most common complaints among women of reproductive age. When out of balance, estrogen – the hormone responsible for regulating the reproductive system – can cause a wide range of symptoms and annoyances for women (and their men!). Mood swings, water retention, fatigue, food cravings, irritability, headaches, irregular menstrual periods, painful cramping… all can be attributable to estrogen imbalance. Maca can help ease the rapid rise and fall of hormones in menstruating women due to its adaptogenic properties. Also, by improving the connection between the brain and the pituitary gland, maca’s ability to help balance levels of circulating hormones is further enhanced. Most PMS sufferers taking maca report a marked improvement in symptoms during their first menstrual period after commencement of maca. Other times when maca may be of benefit to women is after coming off birth control pills, and after having a baby and breastfeeding has ceased. At such times, endocrine system function can be depleted, and maca’s adaptogenic properties mean it can help the body right itself again. Maca can also ease many of the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. For those harried by hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and lack of energy, maca can provide some much-needed relief. Maca does not appear to mimic estrogen in the body but it can help to increase the body’s production of estrogen if levels are too low. That’s the beauty of an adaptogenic herb: it adapts to what the body needs. In a 2006 clinical trial, 34 early-postmenopausal women were given a supplement containing either maca or a placebo twice per day for four months. Those receiving the maca had increased levels of estrogen, suppressed levels of FSH, T3 thyroid hormone, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and cortisol (the hormone secreted in response to stress). Body mass index also decreased. Iron levels increased, however, as did bone density markers, and maca relieved many of the symptoms of menopausal discomfort such as hot flashes and night sweats [2]. Another small 2014 clinical study found that maca reduced blood pressure and depression in postmenopausal women [3]. Can Maca Can Also Benefit Men? Maca can also be helpful for male health. Recent studies have indicated that maca may assist male health by helping to increase sperm count and motility, increasing sexual desire, protecting the prostate and reducing the incidence of benign prostatic hyperplasia, reducing stress and depression, boosting energy levels, and easing mild erectile dysfunction [1, 4]. 8 Additional Health Benefits of Maca #1. Boosts Energy and Endurance A 2009 study of male cyclists found that maca supplementation did indeed improve cycling time performance, as well as sexual desire (a perk for many) [5]. #2. Hypothalamus/Pituitary/Adrenal (HPA) Gland Nourishment HPA glands are called the “Master Glands” because they regulate other glands (you may also hear it termed the “HPA Axis”). When HPA is well nourished, other glands of the body benefit as well. When under stress, the adrenal gland takes a big hit, especially if the stress moves from acute (short-lasting stress) to chronic (long-lasting stress). Maca feeds all three glands by supporting the body’s production of hormones, either increasing or decreasing levels according to the need. As a result, maca may help prevent or repair adrenal exhaustion and all of the unhealthy follow-on effects this has on the body and mind. #3. Libido Booster Maca has been used traditionally by Peruvians to boost virility and libido. Science has not yet determined how maca does this, but it has been called “Nature’s Viagra” for good reason. Some health experts believe maca’s effects on libido may be caused by its long-chain fatty acids known as macaenes and macamides, which are unique and have not been found in any other plant. A 2008 clinical study followed women suffering from sexual dysfunction caused by selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression. The study found that three grams of maca per day gave significant improvement in libido for the women taking it [6]. #4. Cardiovascular Health Maca’s phytosterols – campesteroland beta-sitosterol, act to interfere with the absorption of LDL cholesterol (the so-called “bad” cholesterol), making maca beneficial for the cardiovascular system [7]. Phytosterols have also been studied for their anti-inflammatory effects, which assist in balancing the immune system, and, as an added bonus, help to protect the body from abnormal cell growth. #5. Anti-Cancer A 2015 study found that phytosterols interfere with many different pathways in the carcinogenesis (cancer beginning) process [8]. In addition, an animal study found that beta-sitosterol decreased levels of circulating estrogen and inhibited the growth of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer tumors [9]. #6. Boosts Immunity The phytosterols in maca stimulate the immune system and increased levels of interleukin-2 and natural killer cells [7] which the body needs to fight abnormal cell growth. #7. Liver Support Being a cruciferous vegetable, maca contains glucosinolates which, when chewed and digested, change into health-promoting chemicals that help protect against cancer. Sulfur-containing glucosinolates form bonds that help the body’s enzymes do their work better. Both sulfur and plant sterols are required in the production of a master antioxidant called glutathione which boosts liver function and helps the liver with detoxification [10]. #8. Healthy Bones Maca’s vitamins and minerals can help to build strong, healthy bones. A 2006 clinical trial found that maca increased bone density markers for the early-postmenopausal women taking it [2]. How to Take Maca Look for organic maca powder grown in Peru. Maca can be added to juices, oatmeal, inside sandwiches, sprinkled on salads, and added to raw food recipes. Just keep in mind that it is best not to heat maca powder to high temperatures which might diminish some of its nutrients. If you use it in recipes, add it after cooking, just before serving. A gentle approach is generally the best way to begin taking maca. Recommendations are to start with a small dose of 1 teaspoon per day. If that is well tolerated, gradually increase the dose to 1 tablespoon, or more. If you haven’t noticed any improvement, remember one trial had women taking 3 grams per day. It can take two or three weeks before you may notice the full benefits of maca. It is also recommended to only take maca daily for a few months and then take a break from it for a month or so before resuming consumption again. Some health experts recommend avoiding maca under the following conditions. Please consult with your own healthcare provider if: you are between the ages of 15 and 35, have a good, mainly plant-based diet, and don’t have mood swings, fluid retention, or any of the symptoms of PMS you have an allergy to iodine you have Hashimoto’s disease or hyperthyroid condition If hormonal fluctuations are creating havoc in your life, consult your natural health practitioner to see if maca might be right for you.     RESOURCES Organixx’s E-Plexx https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/e-plexx?gl=5d88ed1102e26b6546380837   16 Signs & Symptoms of Menopause Every Woman Needs to Know (& What to Do About Them!) https://organixx.com/signs-symptoms-menopause/   Healthy Maca Cacao Pie https://organixx.com/maca-cacao-pie-recipe/ [1] Ethnobiology and Ethnopharmacology of Lepidium Meyenii (Maca), a Plant from the Peruvian Highlands [2] Hormone-Balancing Effect of Pre-Gelatinized Organic Maca (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (III) Clinical Responses of Early-postmenopausal Women to Maca in Double Blind, Randomized, Placebo-controlled, Crossover Configuration, Outpatient Study [3] Maca Reduces Blood Pressure and Depression, in a Pilot Study in Postmenopausal Women [4] Lepidium Meyenii (Maca) Improved Semen Parameters in Adult Men [5] A Pilot Investigation into the Effect of Maca Supplementation on Physical Activity and Sexual Desire in Sportsmen [6] A Double-blind, Randomized, Pilot Dose-finding Study of Maca Root (L. Meyenii) for the Management of SSRI-induced Sexual Dysfunction [7] Plant Sterols as Anticancer Nutrients: Evidence for Their Role in Breast [8] Beta-Sitosterol: A Promising but Orphan Nutraceutical to Fight Against [9] Beta-Sitosterol, Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside, and a Mixture of Beta-Sitosterol and Beta-Sitosterol Glucoside Modulate the Growth of Estrogen- Responsive Breast Cancer Cells In Vitro and in Ovariectomized Athymic Mice [10] Beta-sitosterol Modulates Antioxidant Enzyme Response in Raw 264.7 Macrophages Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS

Jun 23

20 min

Turmeric and Black Pepper: The Best Way to Take Turmeric? You’ve likely heard about the many health benefits of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) and its compound curcumin. But did you know that it can be difficult to “unlock” the nutrients in turmeric so your body can actually take full advantage of them? One popular way to make the compounds in turmeric more bioavailable (absorbable and usable to the body) is to pair it with another popular cooking spice: black pepper [1]. But what if there was a better way than combining turmeric and black pepper? A way to boost turmeric’s bioavailability, allowing it to more safely and effectively support the natural healing process? The Healing Power of Turmeric Turmeric is a staple remedy from the traditional medicine systems of the Far East that has gained widespread popularity throughout the West in recent years as a “super” spice. Turmeric’s many health-supportive properties are attributed to curcumin, a key component of turmeric that’s associated with longevity. Curcumin is documented in the scientific literature as offering powerful support for the cardiovascular, neurological, metabolic, immune, and cellular systems. It’s also the part of turmeric that gives this root spice its rich, golden yellow color. But the truth of the matter is that humans have a difficult time getting all the health benefits from turmeric when consuming the spice all by itself. Research shows that only a very small portion of it is assimilated into the body when eaten in isolation. This is why many natural health experts suggest consuming turmeric along with black pepper (Piper nigrum). Black pepper contains a unique “bio-enhancer” compound known as piperine that significantly boosts turmeric’s bioavailability – by as much as 2,000 percent, in fact. This is the reason why many turmeric and curcumin supplement products on the market today contain either black pepper or piperine. The Problem: Black Pepper Isn’t Good for Everyone This pairing approach of turmeric and black pepper comes with limitations, however, as too much black pepper can actually be detrimental to health – especially in people with gastrointestinal issues.Research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that consuming black pepper in excess can damage the mucosal lining of the gut, potentially causing bleeding or other injuries. Consuming high amounts of black pepper, this same study found, is akin to taking the painkiller drug aspirin [2]. In other words, aspirin represents a similar threat to the gut lining in terms of its tendency to cause serious erosions and ulcers in the intestinal tract [3]. This isn’t to say that black pepper is inherently dangerous, and there’s no need to toss out the pepper shaker just yet. After all, the amounts of black pepper required to induce such harm are far greater than what the average person consumes in their food on a daily basis. There’s also evidence to show that taking curcumin along with just piperine, black pepper’s primary alkaloid, is typically safe and causes “no adverse effects [4].” Even so, there’s always the possibility that someone might react negatively to this combination – especially when taking very high doses of turmeric or curcumin for therapeutic purposes. For this reason, science set out to determine whether or not it was possible to retain turmeric’s full bioavailability without the need for black pepper, piperine, or any other additive. And the good news is, it is possible. Fermentation Increases the Power of Turmeric BETTER Than Black Pepper As it turns out, by fermenting turmeric its active constituents can be drawn out and made more potent in a way similar to, and potentially even greater than, black pepper. Here’s another reason why fermented turmeric may be superior to turmeric and black pepper. Besides possibly upsetting a person’s digestive system, black pepper is known to interfere with a process known as glucuronidation that’s necessary for eliminating toxins from the body [5]. Put simply, too much black pepper can cause a buildup of xenoestrogens (harmful chemicals found in plastic and other everyday products) and other toxins that would otherwise be quickly eliminated from the body [6]. With simple fermentation, however, there’s little-to-no risk of these types of complications. That’s because there’s nothing like black pepper getting in the way to block the body’s important detoxification pathways. It’s rather like eating fresh turmeric, which still contains all of the volatile (essential) oils that help to deliver the herb’s active compounds throughout the body. Fermentation may even go a step beyond this by further optimizing turmeric’s absorption potential.   Research conducted on rat models found that fermented turmeric is, indeed, the best form of turmeric because it contains the most antioxidant power. Compared to ground turmeric in powder and probiotic forms, fermented turmeric led to substantially higher plasma antioxidant concentrations in test subjects [7]. In terms of how it affects the liver, fermented turmeric was shown in a paper out of South Korea to be powerfully hepatoprotective, meaning it shields the liver from damage. Not only that, but fermented turmeric was also shown to help improve the liver’s functional detoxification potential [8] – as opposed to black pepper-potentiated turmeric that can inhibit natural detoxification. Fermented turmeric also contains more curcumin (the beneficial compound) than unfermented turmeric, by volume. In addition to improving both its antioxidant and antimicrobial capacity, fermenting turmeric draws out an impressive 11% more curcumin compared to what’s found in raw turmeric. Fermentation also makes turmeric 3.1 times more effective at scavenging oxidizing free radicals from the body [9]. Another area where fermented turmeric has a leg up on both unfermented turmeric and turmeric combined with black pepper is in the area of inflammation. Research published by The Korean Society for Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology found that fermented turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, possessing the ability to inhibit pro-inflammatory cytokines much more effectively than any other known form of turmeric. Fermented turmeric was further shown in this same study to protect against acute anaphylactic, or allergic, reactions [10]. From an antimicrobial perspective, fermented turmeric shows incredible potential against a wide variety of pathogenic bacteria, including drug-resistant “superbugs.” Research out of the Middle East found that fermented turmeric provides broad-spectrum protection against harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli), Streptococcus agalactiae, Staphylococcus aureus (Staph), Entreococcus faecalis, Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Klebsiella pneumonia, and Pseudomonas aeruginosae [11]. Research out of China found that fermented curcumin can be a powerful weapon against high cholesterol, also known as hyperlipidemia. While unfermented curcumin showed minimal-to-no benefits during the evaluation, its fermented counterpart significantly reduced serum lipid levels in test models [12]. Fermented Turmeric Increased Fat Loss in Animal Test Subjects Fermented turmeric also shows promise in fighting another undesirable form of fat: the obesity kind. Research out of South Korea found that consumption of fermented turmeric can alter the expression of certain genes involved with lipid accumulation, effectively preventing them from communicating to the body that it’s time to pack on extra pounds [13]. Related research published a year later, also out of South Korea, reiterated these findings while building upon them. Obese rats fed a high-fat diet not only didn’t gain more weight when also consuming fermented turmeric, but they further lost weight as a result of consuming the herb as part of their daily eating routines [14]. Preventing Impairment of Learning and Memory Research has shown there are brain benefits associated with fermented turmeric as well. Among the findings fleshed out in a paper published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine was evidence suggesting that fermented turmeric has the potential to mitigate memory impairment while supporting optimized learning and memory ability in mice [15]. While more research needs to be done, the evidence so far seems clear… fermentation is the key to “unlocking” the incredible healing potential of turmeric, while avoiding the potential side effects of combining turmeric and black pepper.   DEEP DIVE RESOURCES           Turmeric 3D by Organixx https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/OobbS9ROAoETfnAGmGDF?ch-tn-box=first-box&gl=5d8908c502e26b5f0c38083c ParActin®: A Potent Form of Andrographis Paniculata for Pain Support & More – Episode 87 https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/paractin-potent-form-of-andrographis-paniculata-for-pain-support/ The BIG 3 Anti-Inflammatories – Episode 88 https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/the-big-3-anti-inflammatories/ [1] Recent developments in delivery, bioavailability, absorption and metabolism of curcumin: the golden pigment from golden spice. [2] Effect of red pepper and black pepper on the stomach. [3] The Effects of Aspirin and Acetaminophen on the Stomach in Healthy Volunteers [4] Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers. [5] Turmeric, Hold the Black Pepper Please! [6] Glucuronidation [7] Study on enhanced absorption of phenolic compounds of Lactobacillus‐fermented turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn.) beverages in rats [8] The effectiveness of fermented turmeric powder in subjects with elevated alanine transaminase levels: a randomised controlled study [9] Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Effects of Fermented Tumeric (Curcuma longa L.) [10] Antiinflammatory and Antiallergic Activity of Fermented Turmeric by Lactobacillus [11] Influence of solid state fermentation by Trichoderma spp. on solubility, phenolic content, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activities of commercial turmeric. [12] Study of the property of lipids reducing of curcumin on hyperlipidemia mice after fermented by Monascus purureus. [13] Evaluation of the Anti-obesity Activity of Platycodon grandiflorum Root and Curcuma longa Root Fermented with Aspergillus oryzae [14] Anti-obesity effect of extract from fermented Curcuma longa L. through regulation of adipogenesis and lipolysis pathway in high-fat diet-induced obese rats. [15] The protective effect of fermented Curcuma longa L. on memory dysfunction in oxidative stress-induced C6 gliomal cells, proinflammatory-activated BV2 microglial cells, and scopolamine-induced amnesia model in mice Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
Never miss an episode!  APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                  GOOGLE PODCASTS    

Jun 16

15 min

Let’s talk synergy….the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.  At Organixx we believe in maximizing the strength of our blended supplements by sourcing high quality and clean ingredients. And then we take it to the next level by asking the question…”What ingredients can we blend to produce a combined benefit greater than the sum of their separate benefits?” Tune in to find out the outcome! Frankincense Frankincense is the resinous extract from the trees of the genus boswellia, have been used for centuries in cultural ceremonies, as a cosmetic agent, as a traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments, especially inflammatory diseases, which we just talked about, including asthma, arthritis, cerebral edema, chronic pain syndrome, chronic bowel diseases, cancer, and some other illnesses. Boswellic acids are the active compounds of frankincense. Some studies have shown that the use of frankincense can also improve the learning, enhance the memory in animals and human beings.  Two ways that you can get frankincense Essential oil Ingesting Myrrh Myrrh is a reddish-brown dried sap from a thorny tree. Commiphora myrrha is the actual name for it, but it's native to Northeastern Africa and Southwest Asia.  Myrrh has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Scientists are now testing the oil's potential uses, including for pain, infection, and even skin sores. Myrrh also can help combat pain and swelling, and it's also a very powerful antioxidant, which combats oxidative damage, which we know can be really bad for our health. Oxidative damage from free radicals contributes to aging and even some diseases. Turmeric Turmeric is believed to be one of the most effective nutritional supplements in existence. Many high-quality studies have shown that it has major benefits for your body and for your brain. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. Recently, scientists started to back up what Indians have known for a long time. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. It's a very strong antioxidant.  It is very, very, very powerful when it comes to brain health, when it comes to combatting disease.  Turmeric, in its raw form, it's not very bioavailable, again, which means it's hard for your body to absorb it and really to get the curcumin, which is the real active compound out of turmeric that's the big benefit, and I mean we're talking single digit percentage of curcumin that you absorb out of turmeric. If you're looking at using turmeric on a daily basis, I think that you can use piperine if your body reacts well to it. Piperine changes the enzymes in your stomach, which is what helps make it more bioavailable for the turmeric. That same thing happens if you're on prescription medication. So, I always warn people, if you're taking prescription meds, kind of stay away from the turmeric supplements that have piperine in them, or black pepper, because it can increase or decrease the efficacy of that prescription med, which also increases and decreases the efficacy of the side effects of it. When you ferment it, that releases those enzymes so that when you ingest it into your body, now all of the enzymes that your body needs to break down that turmeric and absorb that curcumin is right there in your gut. It can also support brain health. It's been proven to improve brain function and lower risk of brain diseases. It can lower your risk of heart disease. Putting Them Together   They have a synergistic effect, having all three of these ingredients together. So strong and so powerful, we actually created a supplement called Magi-Complexx. What we found out is actually combining all three of these together, that synergistic effect is phenomenal.   Magi-Complexx Comes in two forms: capsule and essential oil.

Jun 9

18 min

ParActin®: A Potent Form of Andrographis Paniculata for Pain Support & More The medicinal herb Andrographis paniculata has been traditionally used for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to boost immune system activity. This “king of bitters” (so-called because of its flavor) has been used for centuries in Asia to treat gut and upper respiratory infections, fever, herpes, sore throat, and other chronic and infectious disease conditions [1]. However, modern research is demonstrating Andrographis paniculata’s benefits include aiding with joint conditions such as arthritis and it may even have anti-cancer benefits. Andrographis Goes by Many Names Andrographis is cultivated in many tropical Asian countries including India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, as well as in the West Indies, Brazil, parts of Africa, and Central America. Known as “chuan-xin-lian” in China, “kalmegh” in India, “senshinren” in Japan, “hempedu bumi” in Malaysia, “fah talai” in Thailand, and “green chiretta” in the Scandinavian countries, Andrographis is listed in the Indian Pharmacopoeia (a publication that lists standards for all drugs that are manufactured, sold, and consumed in India) and in a couple of dozen Ayurvedic formulas [2]. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Andrographis is believed to rid the body of heat (e.g., fevers) and to dispel toxins [3]. Phytochemistry of Andrographis Paniculata Andrographis leaves are mainly responsible for its biological actions. They contain many bioactive compounds, including diterpene lactones – especially Andrographolide, the main bioactive ingredient that imparts the typical bitter taste. Andrographolide is an antioxidant that has been shown to be responsible for the herb’s anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Andrographolide is also reported in scientific literature to reduce blood clot formation, help protect the liver, have anti-cancer properties, and manage inflammation within safe levels [4]. What Is ParActin®? ParActin® is a patented extract of A. Paniculata, standardized to a fixed concentration of Andrographolide and other related compounds including 14-deoxyandrographolides and neoandrographolides [5]. Preliminary research shows that ParActin® promotes a healthy inflammatory response by blocking a powerful chemical known as NF-kappa B, which is known to be a key regulator of the inflammatory response system. As a result, ParActin® helps support a healthy and appropriate inflammatory response by reducing the levels of pro-inflammatory compounds that trigger the familiar pain and redness associated with inflammation. The safety and efficacy of ParActin® has been assessed in more than 30 studies, including laboratory experiments on cultured cells and animal models – and even a human clinical trial. Let’s take a closer look at some of these studies and what they tell us about Andrographis and ParActin®. Inflammation Is Linked to Many Disease Conditions Long-term, chronic inflammation that occurs when the immune system goes into overdrive may lie at the root of many otherwise unrelated diseases, including: asthma inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) rheumatoid arthritis (RA) autoimmune diseases depression cancer Alzheimer’s disease Inflammation – which manifests as swelling, redness, heat, and pain – is a normal response of our immune system and our body’s way of defending us from infections and disease. However, if it’s not managed properly, inflammation can harm the body. Chronic inflammation is the result of an overactive immune system that is constantly turned on – or cannot be turned off – so that it attacks parts of the very body it is supposed to protect. So-called oxygenated chemical species – including free radicals, oxygen ions, and peroxides – are continuously made in our body’s cells in response to UV radiation and as byproducts of ongoing metabolic activity. They are highly reactive and dangerous, because they can attack cellular DNA and proteins, damaging them. When oxygenated chemical species are generated in excess, they can overwhelm cellular defense systems, leading to a condition known as oxidative stress along with high levels of inflammation – which, as we discussed earlier, is known to contribute to the development of many diseases. Andrographolide, the best-known bioactive ingredient in Andrographis, has been shown to directly inactivate free radicals. It also protects mitochondria, blocks pro-oxidant enzymes, and activates other antioxidant enzymes in the body [6]. Andrographis Boosts the Immune System Andrographolide has been shown to enhance the immune system. For example, it boosts production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes, which scavenge and destroy bacteria and other foreign matter. It also triggers the release of signaling proteins known as interferons, along with enhancing activity of the lymphatic system [7]. Interferons are made and released by our body’s cells when they get infected with viruses, causing nearby cells to strengthen their anti-viral defenses. Interferons are potent antiviral agents that stop viruses from multiplying. The lymphatic system is another circulatory system in our body that carries a fluid known as lymph, which removes the waste products of cellular metabolism. The lymphatic system also transports invading bacteria and viruses to lymph nodes where the white blood cells (lymphocytes) destroy them. Andrographis has been shown to trigger our immune system in two ways: Antigen-specific response – specific proteins known as antibodies are made to counteract invading bacteria and viruses. Nonspecific immune response – immune cells known as macrophages are produced, which scavenge and destroy invaders. Andrographis activates both responses, meaning it is very effective against a variety of infectious and cancer-causing agents [8]. Benefits for Upper Respiratory Tract Infections & Cough Andrographis has been used for many hundreds of years in traditional medicinal systems to treat upper respiratory infections. Modern research supports this. For example, a 2004 meta-analysis of the results of seven double-blind, controlled trials (with a total of 896 participants) showed that Andrographis offers significant relief from the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections and may even prevent them from taking hold in the first place. [Note: A meta-analysis is a quantitative epidemiological study used to systematically assess the results of previous research – typically randomized, controlled clinical trials – to derive overall conclusions about that body of research.] All the participants in these seven clinical trials reported reduced fever, runny nose, cough, and sore throat on taking Andrographis relative to control patients. Side effects were described as “generally mild and infrequent” [9]. Similarly, another meta-analysis published in 2015 reviewed six randomized controlled clinical trials, which assessed the effects of Andrographis in the treatment of cough. Combined, these six studies compared 333 patients who took various Andrographis preparations relative to 348 patients in control groups. All of these studies showed that Andrographis preparations reduced cough severity [10]. Andrographis Heals the Gut As mentioned above, Andrographis has long been used in traditional medicinal systems such as Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treating gut infections. In a 2013 study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 224 patients with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis were either given 1200 or 1800 milligrams of Andrographis for 8 weeks. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in the gut, affecting the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. A colonoscopy was performed before the study started and after it ended. Stool frequency and the presence of blood in the stool were also assessed every two weeks. At the end of the study, 60% of patients who received 1800 mg of Andrographis – relative to 40% of patients in the control group – showed clinical symptoms of healing. Not only that, 50% of the patients who received the 1800 mg of Andrographis also showed mucosal healing, relative to 33% in the control group [11]. Andrographis & Joint Pain from Arthritis Arthritis affects more than 70 million Americans, leading to inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints and connective tissues. Over time, cartilage breaks down, bones erode, and joints become misshapen [12]. Our modern understanding is that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) happens because of the uncontrolled inflammation that is typical of an autoimmune disease. In such situations, the body’s defense mechanism malfunctions and attacks its own tissues (e.g., healthy joints) for a prolonged period of time. An immune-signaling protein known as cachexin or tumor necrosis factor-alpha is one of the key drivers of inflammation. Andrographolide has been shown to lower levels of cachexin. ParActin® and Mild Knee Osteoarthritis In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study the efficacy of ParActin® (300 and 600 mg daily) was assessed on pain reduction in 103 patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis [13]. Patients treated with ParActin® showed a significant reduction in pain relative to the control group. Stiffness, physical function, and fatigue all showed a significant improvement with ParActin® treatment. At the end of the study, quality of life and Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT) scores were significantly better in the ParActin®-treated groups compared to the control group. ParActin® and Rheumatoid Arthritis Similarly, in a randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study published in the journal Clinical Rheumatology in 2009, 60 individuals with compromised joints were given 100 mg of ParActin® or placebo in conjunction with methotrexate, three times a day for 14 weeks [14]. Methotrexate is proven to improve RA symptoms, but long-term use can cause serious infection and liver damage. In this study, ParActin® was effective in reducing the number and total grade of swollen joints, the number and total grade of tender joints, as well as improving scores on HAQ-52 (52-week Health Assessment Questionnaire), and SF-36 (36-item short form survey) health questionnaires. ParActin® treatment was associated with a reduction of various proteins, including enzymes, associated with cartilage damage. Currently, a human clinical trial testing the safety and efficacy of ParActin® in patients with mild to moderate osteoarthritis is ongoing. In other laboratory experiments, ParActin® and Andrographolide have also been shown to support bone [15]12, cartilage [16]13, and muscle [17]14 health and recovery. Can Andrographis Help Fight Cancer? Cancer results when our body’s cells grow uncontrollably. When cells develop normally, they become more and more specialized in their function at each stage of development. For example, immature pancreatic cells that will eventually go on to make insulin will develop the cellular machinery to do so as they become mature pancreatic cells. When cancer happens, it interferes with normal cellular development and cells do not mature. In fact, cancer cells resemble immature body cells – and the more they resemble immature cells, the more likely it is that they will spread to other locations – known as metastasis, often with fatal consequences. So, it logically follows that if cancer cells can be made to forcibly undergo maturation or differentiation, they will lose the ability to grow uncontrollably. Indeed, in one laboratory study in mice, researchers showed that Andrographis could induce differentiation in leukemia cells [18]. [Note: Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, which are part of the immune system.] Andrographis can induce differentiation in laboratory conditions – but does this mean it can fight cancer? Indeed, it can – at least under laboratory conditions. A systematic review of no less than 139 pre-clinical and clinical studies shows that Andrographolide has anticancer effects on almost all types of cell lines in laboratory experiments [19]. Specifically, a 2019 study showed that Andrographolide prevented human colon cancer cells in culture from multiplying by inducing a process known as “programmed cell death” or apoptosis. Further, Andrographolide also displayed a combinatorial effect with chemotherapeutic anticancer drugs in these cells under laboratory conditions [20]. Similarly, the results of a 2019 study showed that a hot water extract of Andrographis could stimulate the production of specific components of the immune system and restore others to a more normal state. Furthermore, the Andrographis extract prevented tumor growth and metastasis in these mice, once again by inducing apoptosis, but without causing severe body weight loss as many anticancer chemotherapy drugs tend to do. Blood tests detected multiple bioactive Andrographis-derived diterpene compounds, suggesting that more than one might have contributed towards the beneficial effects seen in this study [21]. Andrographis extracts – especially bioactive lactone and diterpene compounds such as Andrographolide in them – have been shown to be very potent in suppressing the growth of various types of cancer cells in laboratory studies. In particular, Andrographolide has been shown to block the growth of human breast, prostate, and hepatoma tumors. It has even successfully been used in cancer chemotherapy [22]. Can Andrographis Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? As a closing note, Andrographis is even showing promise in helping to combat Alzheimer’s disease. In a 2019 study published in the journal Plants – Basel, researchers reported that three compounds isolated from Andrographis may help stop the formation of structures known as beta-amyloid plaques, which underlie neurotoxicity and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease [23]. As noted by the researchers “Andrographis paniculata and Spilanthes paniculata are used extensively as medicinal herbs for the treatment of various ailments, and are reported to have neuroprotective properties.”

Jun 2

27 min

You may have heard about collagen’s ability to help with skin firmness, joint and gut health, and stronger hair, nails, and teeth… but what about collagen for weight loss? Is that among its many purported benefits? Indeed, studies have shown a link between collagen supplementation and weight loss – and the mechanisms for this connection may surprise you. *** Most of Us Are Deficient in Collagen Poor diet, stress, lack of sleep… all of these factors play a part in a little-known epidemic of low collagen in adult bodies. woman with upset stomach Approximately 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by some kind of digestive disease, resulting in close to 50 million outpatient visits each year because of GI tract-related issues [1]. At the same time, most people on the planet succumb to the “normal” loss of muscle mass loss as they age: up to 40% [2] less by the time they reach age 40!   Of course, there are many reasons for these shocking statistics. One thing they have in common, however, is that collagen plays a major role in both GI and connective tissue health.   The fact is that a person simply couldn’t survive, let alone sit up straight, without collagen. It is a protein, and one of the most abundant found in your body. It’s what makes up the interior lining of the gut as well as forms connective tissue. Collagen is a central ingredient for hair formation and its glue-like consistency forms the intricate tissues of the skin at all levels. As we age, we lose it, which is what causes our skin to wrinkle.   The Connection Between Collagen and Weight Loss So, what does all this have to do with collagen for weight loss? Good question! Here are the three main ways that collagen can contribute to a slimmer, more toned figure:   #1 – Collagen helps the gut. Collagen helps with the breakdown of fats and proteins in the gut. The amino acid glycine within collagen also helps maintain the proper pH in the stomach and stimulates gastric juices. Collagen types I and III are literally the raw materials for the connective tissue in the digestive system and there is increasing evidence that collagen supplementation can help repair the intestines and even heal Leaky Gut (aka intestinal permeability).   A 2003 Greek study found that people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome had lower serum collagen levels than those who did not have this connection [3]. A healthy GI tract means more nutrient absorption and less “waste around your waist” as well as less gas and bloat. That’s good news for your health in general, as well as your waistline.   #2 – Collagen helps build muscle mass. In fact, collagen IS the “stuff” that makes up connective tissues and muscles in the body! It’s a fact that getting the right amount of collagen your body needs can turn “flabby weight” into muscle, as long as you couple your supplementation with a healthy diet and strength training.   A 2016 report [4] in the International Journal of Medical Sciences found that collagen peptide supplementation helped to curb obesity in menopausal women by preventing muscle mass loss. According to the researchers, “collagen supplementation can complete its anti-obesity activity with minor side effects in menopausal women.”   #3 – Collagen speeds metabolism. In the same vein, collagen helps to gently give metabolism a little “kick in the pants” along the way. And here is something that you may not have known: muscle mass has a direct effect on metabolism. This change may be subtle but over time, can be significant.   For example, the University of Maryland [5] researchers analyzed a group of men age 50-65 during an 18-week strength training regime. During the time, the men gained about 2.8 pounds of fat-free mass. At the same time, their metabolic rate increased by a little over 250 calories a day.   And if all this doesn’t convince you, check this out. One study found that just 12 weeks of consistent collagen supplementation reduced fat mass in participants by up to 10 pounds [6]!   Build Muscle, Lose Fat the Natural Way Does this mean that you can simply power down a collagen shake every day and never have to work out again? No way! The fact is that nothing replaces a quality, well-balanced diet, and a healthy lifestyle. This includes plenty of movement, stress management,7 self-care, and detoxification.   But collagen supplementation can be an easy and powerful tool to add to your health and fitness toolbox. It’s an amazing substance that every cell in your body simply cannot live without. With enough of it, your body can thrive. What’s more, getting the best collagen supplement can help you LOOK and FEEL younger, stronger, and possibly even thinner in the process!

May 26

23 min

Did you know that the nervous system is intimately connected with our immune system and our endocrine system? Any stressor that we introduce into the system, the body doesn’t really tell the difference. It reacts the same way to whatever stressor we’re talking about. That obviously affects the nervous system immediately, but that will have a knock-off effect on the immune function and the gut, and also, the endocrine, the hormonal function. When you’re thinking about hormonal imbalances, this has the obvious potential to just throw everything off. Tune in today and let Dr. Eva Detko educate us on how we can manage our autonomic nervous system for better health. About Dr. Eva Detko   Dr Eva Detko is a natural healthcare practitioner, author, and speaker. She has studied natural medicine and the human mind for over 20 years.   Dr Eva successfully recovered from chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, and reversed Hashimoto's thyroiditis. She now helps others recover their health.   Dr Eva has an extensive knowledge and experience in the field of human physiology, biochemistry, nutritional sciences, and bioenergetics. She also uses a wide range of mind-transforming modalities, including: Havening Techniques®, BrainWorking Recursive Therapy®, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, NLP, and applied psychoneuroimmunology.    Working with Dr. Eva  “I just want to be able to work with a wide range of people, not just on the chronic illness side, from the physical point of view, because I do that also, but actually have that more rounded, complete approach and address the emotional factors as well. And the more tools I have, the more I’m able to tackle, and whatever people throw at me, I have some tool in my toolbox to be able to help them and direct them, and help them get through whatever they’re experiencing, get them through to the other side and teach them enough for them to be able to do their own work as well, because that’s how I like to work.”    Dr. Eva’s Journey  My trauma started already in-utero, because my mom, when she was three months pregnant with me, had a trauma herself, and what happened was her sister died, her younger sister died as a result of a vaccine injury.   This was obviously extremely traumatic for the entire family, but what that did to my mom, she wasn’t coping with that trauma particularly well. She just didn’t have the right tools. And she went into this complete state of shock. She was in such distress that her pregnancy became toxic.  And as a result of that, obviously, it had a knock-on effect on myself and on my sibling. And I was the one who survived, but my baby brother or sister, in fact, we will never know, because when she came to give birth, the baby was decomposed to the point where they were not even able to tell.   The birth was extremely traumatic, because she was so sick that she nearly died. In fact, there was a bit of a debate whether to focus on saving her or whether to focus on saving me. At some point, they were not sure whether they were able to save us both.  As a result of this, I was actually quite a weak child. I would get a lot of infections.  And I was also emotionally quite weak. So, I was bullied at school.   And I also suffered sexual abuse when I was young as well.  When I got sick, it was no longer an option. I knew there was just so much there that there was no way that I was going to recover, if I had any doubt with all of this, and I needed to dissect it.  Tools  Hypnotherapy  Neurolinguistic programming  Havening techniques  It’s literally a psychosensory technique, so it’s about stimulating receptors on the skin to, like I said before, remodel the neurology.  Brain working recursive therapy  Mindfulness   Meditation    Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)  Autonomic nervous system is part of the nervous system that supplies our internal organs.   the blood vessels, stomach, in fact, the whole of the digestive system, kidneys, bladder, genital, and so on.   And we used to describe the autonomic nervous system as the system that is just the fight or flight, the sympathetic, and then there is this parasympathetic relaxation response.   As a result of the work of Stephen Porges and the polyvagal theory, we understand there are two branches of the ANS  the sympathetic branch, which is the fight and flight response, the stress response  the parasympathetic branch, which is basically synonymous with the vagus nerve However, the vagus nerve is not just one thing.  If you activate your vagus nerve, that means you obviously are more relaxed, and your gut works better, and everything works better.  But the vagus nerve has actually two branches as well.   We’ve got the ventral vagus complex, which we know and refer to as the vagus nerve.  We also have the other side of the vagus nerve, which is also the parasympathetic nervous system response, which is the freeze response.  The nervous system is intimately connected with our immune system and our endocrine system.  Any stressor that we introduce into the system, the body doesn’t really tell the difference. It reacts the same way to whatever stressor we’re talking about.   That obviously affects the nervous system immediately, but that will have a knock-on effect on the immune function and the gut, and also, the endocrine, the hormonal function.   When you’re thinking about the hormonal imbalances, that obviously just throws everything off.  As humans, we’re supposed to operate in a relaxed state 90 percent of our days. What actually tends to happen for a lot of people is the other way around, 90 percent of the time, they will operate in the stress response, in that sympathetic nervous system mode.  Because most people live in this what we call a sympathetic dominant state, they burn this system out.   Back in the 90s, the ACEs study, when they looked at the relationship between early exposure to stress and chronic illness later in life, we have correlation with just about every illness that we can think of.     Polyvagal Theory   The ventral vagus complex is the relaxation, it’s the relax, heal, detoxify response.   We don’t heal unless that is activated. We do not heal in sympathetic or freeze mode. We can only heal, the body can only heal if we activate the rest, digest, detoxify, and heal response, which is basically the vagus nerve.  What Stephen Porges actually talks about is he actually named the ventral vagus complex, so the vagus nerve as we know it, he called it the social nervous system.   If we have healthy vagus function, we can read other people’s expressions and we get it right.   When we have poor vagal function, we will completely misinterpret the cues from other people.  When that vagus nerve function is compromised, we just lose that ability to really tell what is what in our social connections. We actually also have difficulty self-regulating.  How can a parent understand if they’re giving their child enough nurturing without crossing the line of giving too much?   You will screw your kids up. You will. You cannot possibly, no matter how wonderful a parent you are, how self-aware, how aware of your kids’ needs and everything else you are, you cannot satisfy those needs 24/7, constantly, constantly, constantly.  There will be moments where the kid will just feel like they’re just not getting enough nurturing.   Look a little bit more into the different stages of child development. You have your infancy stage, you’ve got your toddler stage, you’ve got your preschooler and so on, and then school stage. And at all of those stages, the needs of the child are different, and they will be learning different things.  The first stage, the infancy stage, you cannot give them enough. You can’t give them too much in terms of cuddles and kisses.  One of the things that I would recommend, John Bradshaw wrote a number of books. The book Homecoming explains actually, in a very simple way, the different stages of child development.   Be aware of the personality type of your child. So, personality styles are really strategies, and a lot of it is as a result of what we experienced in childhood, but there will be certain tendencies already from the word “Go.”  Perhaps you can then help them with some of the things that maybe still need to be developed but don’t come so naturally to them.   

May 19

59 min

Your body is designed to remove toxins and waste on its own. But do you know how to support it? Tune in this week to learn how! We all have a Natural Detox Response. When we activate this response in our bodies, we increase our ability to protect your immune system naturally, and clear out the everyday toxins that find their way into your food, the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the surfaces you touch. Natural Detox Response When we activate this response in our bodies we: Increase our ability to protect your immune system naturally clear out the everyday toxins that find their way into your food, the air you breathe, the water you drink, and the surfaces you touch Your body is designed to remove toxins and waste on its own. And while your organs are there to keep you alive, each and every one of them plays its own role in keeping you healthy. There are 4 organs more than any others that work together to create your personal detox machine working inside of you right now… Your Liver acts like a filter in blocking out toxic substances in foods and drinks from passing into your bloodstream… Your Kidneys are working around the clock to then filter that blood and flush out those toxins when you use the bathroom. Your Colon puts in overtime taking care of the larger toxins and breaking them down with healthy bacteria before they can do you any harm… And Your Lungs play their part in filtering out the toxins that enter your body from breathing. As you can see, the human body was designed as a fully equipped detox machine.   How To Support Your ‘Detox Machine’ You must take steps to support your body’s Natural Detox Response System and I’m about to show you how right now... Once you begin to support your body’s natural detox abilities, you’ll notice that your body’s “normal state” tends to shift toward health instead of inching toward illness. So what is it that your body needs to trigger your Natural Detox Response?   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #1 - Matcha Matcha tea is the “it” health beverage of the moment, but this amazing superfood is more than just a “fad” trend. The history of matcha for health goes back to the Tang Dynasty in China, which ruled between the 7th – 10th centuries. Over time, the matcha tea made its way to Japan, where it began to be incorporated into special tea ceremonies. And today, countless scientific studies show us just how powerful this little nutrient is. First, it boosts chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll can help improve liver function, which also boosts your body’s ability to flush out toxins. So, it’s no surprise that it’s been shown to help with the excretion of heavy metals, dioxins, and other persistent chemicals, And the second part of the magic of matcha is big energy without the crash. Unlike the caffeine that comes from coffee beans, the caffeine in Matcha is released slowly into your system along with L-theanine, giving you a steady supply of energy so your body’s natural detox system can function at its highest levels.   Other Benefits of Matcha: Protection against free radicals. You’ve heard about the antioxidant power of green tea, right? Well, matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea! And 20 times more than a serving of blueberries. Antioxidants are key to disease prevention and are one of the best ways to boost your health. Cancer prevention. Catechins, which are potent cancer-fighters counteracting the effect of pollutants, chemicals, UV rays, and radiation, are a unique set of antioxidants found only in matcha. According to the National Cancer Institute, green tea is one of the most powerful cancer-fighters. Calm alertness. Matcha tea is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine, which is what left those Zen monks (and me) feeling calm, yet alert and focused. While it is a component of all green and black teas, matcha contains roughly five times the amount of L-theanine. Linked to increased concentration, learning ability and even physical endurance, L-Theanine gives you a boost without the caffeine jitters. (6) As someone who absolutely cannot handle the caffeine in coffee, matcha is my go to pick-me-up. If your clients or patients struggle with caffeine jitters, a cup of matcha might be a better choice. Anti-aging properties. A common drink in Okinawa, Japan, one of the few Blue Zones, where people live the longest, healthiest lives, matcha is said to reduce inflammation and oxidation, contributing to anti-aging. Fat-burning properties. One study found that matcha tea increased thermogenesis, the body’s rate of burning calories, by about 4 times the normal rate. Another study showed that drinking matcha before exercise resulting in 25% more fat burning. Improving heart health. Green tea has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol, and lower incidence of heart disease and stroke in regular drinkers. (9) A recent Chinese study found that hypertension risk is lowered by up to 65 percent in regular green tea drinkers. Imagine the potential improvements to heart health in drinkers of the much more concentrated form of green tea that matcha is!  DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #2 - Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) Don’t confuse this plant for a weed like most people do. It’s a part of the artichoke family, a superfood known for its incredible support of the liver - your body’s central detoxifier. In Germany, Milk Thistle is still prescribed today by doctors to treat alcoholic cirrhosis, hepatitis, jaundice, and any inflammation or poisoning of the liver. Supports: Liver, Digestive Organs, and Lungs   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #3 - Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) Used for more than 2,000 years to stimulate appetite, support bile secretion, support liver health, this superfood is known for its support of your digestive system. Blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus), not to be confused with milk thistle (Silybum marianum), was once used to treat the bubonic plague. It’s still used today for natural digestive comfort and can even be applied to the skin to support wound healing. Supports: Liver, Colon and Digestive System   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #4 - Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Licorice root is used to soothe gastrointestinal problems. In cases of food poisoning, stomach ulcers, and heartburn, licorice root extract can speed the repair of stomach lining and restore balance. This is due to the anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties of glycyrrhizic acid. Licorice is recommended to treat respiratory problems. Taking licorice as an oral supplement can help the body produce healthy mucus. Increasing phlegm production may seem counterintuitive to a healthy bronchial system. However, the opposite is true. The production of clean, healthy phlegm keeps the respiratory system functioning without old, sticky mucus clogging it. Supports: Digestive System, Colon, Lungs   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #5 - Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinale) You may be most familiar with dandelion as a stubborn weed that never seems to leave your lawn or garden. However, in traditional herbal medicine practices, dandelion are revered for their wide array of medicinal properties. For centuries, they’ve been used to treat a myriad of physical ailments, including cancer, acne, liver disease and digestive disorders. From root to flower, dandelion are highly nutritious plants, loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber. Dandelion greens can be eaten cooked or raw and serve as an excellent source of vitamins A, C and K. They also contain vitamin E, folate and small amounts of other B vitamins. What’s more, dandelion greens provide a substantial amount of several minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. The root of the dandelion is rich in the carbohydrate inulin, which is a type of soluble fiber found in plants that supports the growth and maintenance of a healthy bacterial flora in your intestinal tract. Dandelions are a rich source of beta-carotene and polyphenolic compounds, both of which are known to have strong antioxidant capabilities that can prevent aging and certain diseases. Animal studies have shown that dandelion protect liver tissue from toxic substances and oxidative stress. Some research indicates that dandelion may have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, which could support your body’s ability to fight infection. Several test-tube studies found that dandelion extract significantly reduced the ability of viruses to replicate. Supports: Colon, Liver, Digestive System   DETOX SUPPORT NUTRIENT #6 - Marshmallow Leaves (Althaea officinalis) Used by the ancient Greeks to remedy bruises and bleeding, and as a mild laxative. Europeans in medieval times used it for indigestion and diarrhea. And today it’s still prescribed by doctors as a way to naturally soothe and support the intestines. Marshmallow leaves also have mild anti-infective and immune-supporting properties. That makes it perfect for gastroenteritis, peptic and duodenal ulcers, colitis, and enteritis. Supports: Colon, Digestive System Introducing: Organixx’s NEW Organic Daily Detox Organic Daily Detox was designed specifically to boost your levels of these nutrients and feed your natural detox machine exactly what it needs to properly detox over the long run. The result? Better energy... Better sleep... Better ability to fight illness... And of course, a robust immune system you can depend on. Because Organixx is dedicated to the highest quality natural ingredients, a crystalized formula just made more sense. But there are other benefits as well. The first is potency. Most other detox “teas” just aren’t made with enough quality ingredients to make any real difference to your health. They’re watered down versions and are too weak to really do anything for you. The 2nd is freedom! With a traditional tea bag, you’re forced to drink it as it is, with water. You’re essential “bagged in” as I like to say and when your options are limited, you get bored quickly. But our specially formulated detox mix is perfect to be stirred into any of your other favorite drinks. It’s made to mix easily so it’s a perfect health boost in smoothies, juices or water. And because of the unique manufacturing process, any unneeded “filler” Liquids or compounds are extracted before it’s turned into a crystallized format. It also makes Organic Daily Detox easier to drink. Simply take 1 or two scoops and drop it into hot or cold water. It mixes nearly instantly!

May 12

31 min

Navigating the Coronavirus stress is a challenge, but we were lucky enough to chat with Valerie Gangas for an episode this week. Not only has she changed her own life, but she coaches countless others to make those same powerful shifts in their own lives. Valerie was kind enough to share with you today her top 5 ways of managing stress and anxiety during the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

May 5

42 min

Coronavirus is forefront in all our minds right now. Tune in to find out from Jonathan and TeriAnn why BOOSTING your immune system right now may not be the way to go. We help you understand your immune system; innate and adaptive, cytokine storms, and the role of beta-glucans, or a β-glucans for short, play in SUPPORTING your immunity. Which leads you into the magic of mushrooms. Here’s a hint…they aren’t just for anti-aging! “Boosting” your Immune System may be the worst thing you can do during a pandemic…   The single best thing you can do for your health and the health of your loved ones is to take steps towards supporting the health of your immune system.   And I chose the word “support” carefully because new research is now showing that...   Immune SUPPORT is better than an immune BOOST during a pandemic!   Let’s Look at The Immune System The immune system protects the body from possibly harmful substances by recognizing and responding to antigens. Antigens are substances (usually proteins) on the surface of cells, viruses, fungi, or bacteria. Nonliving substances such as toxins, chemicals, drugs, and foreign particles (such as a splinter) can also be antigens. The immune system recognizes and destroys, or tries to destroy, substances that contain antigens.   Your body's cells have proteins that are antigens. These include a group of antigens called HLA antigens. Your immune system learns to see these antigens as normal and usually does not react against them.     Important Distinctions of Your Immune System   Innate Immune System The innate immune system is made of defenses against infection that can be activated immediately once a pathogen attacks. The innate immune system is essentially made up of barriers that aim to keep viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other foreign particles out of your body or limit their ability to spread and move throughout the body. The innate immune system includes:   Physical Barriers such as skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the respiratory tract, the nasopharynx, cilia, eyelashes and other body hair. Defense Mechanisms such as secretions, mucous, bile, gastric acid, saliva, tears, and sweat. General Immune Responses such as inflammation, complement, and non-specific cellular responses. The inflammatory response actively brings immune cells to the site of an infection by increasing blood flow to the area. Complement is an immune response that marks pathogens for destruction and makes holes in the cell membrane of the pathogen.   The innate immune system is always general, or nonspecific, meaning anything that is identified as foreign or non-self is a target for the innate immune response. The innate immune system is activated by the presence of antigens and their chemical properties.   The Adaptive Immune System: Precision and a long memory If the body’s first line of defense – the innate immune system – is unsuccessful in destroying the pathogens, after about four to seven days the specific adaptive immune response sets in. This means that the adaptive defense takes longer, but it targets the pathogen more accurately.   Another advantage: It can remember the aggressor and acts specifically against certain antigens. If there is new contact with an antigen that is already known, the defense response can then be quicker. This way the defense responses of the adaptive immune system are more efficient and faster than those of the innate defense, if the antigen is already known.   The adaptive immune system can remember the antigens because it produces memory cells. This is also the reason why there are some illnesses you can only get once in your life, because afterwards your body becomes “immune.” While after first contact with the pathogen it takes several days for the immune system to respond, a second infection often has no consequences, or at least the symptoms are weaker.   The adaptive immune system has several parts that react in different ways, depending on the place in the body where the pathogen is. Antibodies are made available for germs outside the cells (in the blood and in body fluids). To eliminate pathogens that are inside the tissue, a cell-mediated immune response is necessary.   These parts of the adaptive defense include:   T lymphocytes B lymphocytes antibodies as soluble proteins in the blood cytokines in the blood and tissue as hormone-like messenger substances   Cytokines Cytokines form a group of proteins that participate in cell signaling, intercellular communication and in many cellular and immunological functions. They are prominently involved in inflammatory responses and defense against viral infections.   If the other parts act like soldiers protecting you, then cytokines are like Navy Seals, sent in for only the toughest missions.    These cytokines are small molecules in the body that are released by certain cells to help coordinate the battle against infection. So, you might be thinking “Great! How do I get more of these hard-working cytokines into my system?”   And that makes sense. If they’re the best of the best for fighting illness, then you’d want more of them, right?   Well, it’s not so simple and now some doctors have recently made a startling discovery…   As it turns out, “boosting” cytokines during a pandemic like this might cause what some doctors call a “cytokine storm.”   And this cytokine storm might be the explanation of why some people rapidly decline in a pandemic, while others are able to stay healthy.   Scientifically speaking, a “cytokine storm” is when, in some cases, the body's own immune system actually overreacts to an infection.    And that’s when problems can start.   While cytokines are generally a good thing for your immune system…   Too many of them at once might actually cause an overreaction.    This “overreaction” could cause more damage to the body’s own cells than to the invading disease cells it's trying to fight off.     Your Cellular Immunity Defense System There is one thing that almost every single medical doctor does agree on when it comes to diseases… A compromised immune system is the single biggest risk factor anyone can have.   You might be wondering… How do I build the foundation of my immune system without overloading it?   Fortunately, there is something you can do, and it has to do with what doctors and medical researchers call... your Cellular Immunity Defense System   Cellular immunity protects the body through:   T-cell mediated immunity or T-cell immunity: activating antigen-specific cytotoxic T cells that are able to induce apoptosis in body cells displaying epitopes of foreign antigen on their surface, such as virus-infected cells, cells with intracellular bacteria, and cancer cells displaying tumor antigens; Macrophage and natural killer cell action: enabling the destruction of pathogens via recognition and secretion of cytotoxic granules (for natural killer cells and phagocytosis (for macrophages); and Stimulating cells to secrete a variety of cytokines that influence the function of other cells involved in adaptive immune responses and innate immune responses.   Cell-mediated immunity is directed primarily at microbes that survive in phagocytes and microbes that infect non-phagocytic cells. It is most effective in removing virus-infected cells, but also participates in defending against fungi, protozoans, cancers, and intracellular bacteria. It also plays a major role in transplant rejection.     THIS LITTLE-KNOWN NUTRIENT - Activates Your Cellular Immunity Defense System   It’s called a beta-glucan, or a β-glucan for short.   Outside of freshman chemistry class, you may never have heard of a beta-glucan.    But these β-glucans attach themselves to white blood cells and stimulate them to seek and destroy bacteria and viruses.     Your body already has natural bacteria killing cells called B cells and T cells, and dozens of research studies show that once β-glucans are in your system, they activate and strengthen these killer cells.     It’s like sending every little immunity soldier into battle with a rocket launcher packed with an unlimited supply of bacteria-seeking missiles.    And that’s not all they do…    Remember those little immunity defenders called cytokines?    We know that overloading the system with them can cause a “cytokine storm,” but striking the right balance of them can really fortify your immune system.    Well, that’s part of the magic of β-glucans...    β-glucans are what trigger natural and healthy cytokine production and those little cytokines are what spring to action in an immune response.    So, the more β-glucan you have in your body, the stronger your immune system.    AND what’s more, β-glucans naturally regulate your cytokine production, so they won’t “overload” and cause a dangerous cytokine storm.    So, you might be asking, how do I make sure my β-glucans are strong and that my system has enough of them to fight off infectious bacteria?    Well, there is one superfood that contains extremely high amounts of β-glucan.    The #1 Superfood That Fortifies Your Cellular Immunity Defense System:   NUTRITIONAL MUSHROOMS - The Cutting Edge of Natural Immune System Research   Just by using nutritional mushrooms regularly, researchers say you can increase your levels of β-glucans more than any other nutrient on earth.   It’s like having a never-ending supply of reinforcements to send into the war against infectious diseases.   Researchers have found that nutritional mushrooms contain 0.53 grams of β-glucans per 100 grams of mushrooms, which makes them far and away the most β-glucan-rich food you can find on the planet.   3 Mushrooms That Act Like “Turbo Shots” To Your Immune System    SHITAKE In a 2011 study, 52 healthy adults, aged 21 to 41, took home a 4-week supply of shiitake mushrooms. They were told to eat one 4-ounce serving of the mushroom every day.    Then after the 4 weeks were completed, they returned for some simple blood work.    Their results showed a decrease in inflammatory proteins which the researchers thought was a pretty good benefit in itself…    But then they looked a little harder at the data and saw that each patient's B cells, T cells, and natural bacteria-killing cells had all increased.    When they finally figured out what triggered this response, it was no surprise that it was all connected back to the β-glucans that came from the shiitake mushrooms they had been eating.    "If you eat a shiitake mushroom every day, you could see changes in their immune system that are beneficial," said Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor Sue Percival, who was the leader of the study.      She also said that those β-glucans were not only able to "Enhance the immune system,”    ... but “also reduce the inflammation that the immune system produces."   And the benefits of shiitake don’t just stop there, because these mushrooms flood your system with other nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin D, selenium, niacin, and 7 of the 8 essential amino acids.     Plus, the enzymes packed into shiitake also make it easier for your body to absorb almost any nutrient.     Which means if you’re already taking a vitamin C or D supplement for your immune system, shiitake will actually make those supplements work better!    REISHI Known as the Mushrooms of Immortality, reishi mushrooms are packed with polysaccharides, antioxidant properties, and those crucial β-glucans that can help with immune function.   As early as 206 BC there are writings about reishi mushrooms being used to help people live longer.   Today’s researchers now know that they were living longer simply because their bodies were better equipped to fight off disease.   Simply put, they had super strong Cellular Immunity Defense Systems.   Again, it’s thanks to the high content of those powerful β-glucans!   In fact, reishi mushrooms have been shown to have as much as 5.8% levels of β-glucans, higher than any other mushroom strain on earth.   MAITAKE   Remember those important cytokines?    Well, we know it’s important to strike the right balance of them in your system…    So that you have enough of them to help your immune system fight off bacteria...    But not too many to cause a dangerous “cytokine storm”.    It turns out that maitake mushrooms may just be the secret to striking this delicate balance.    A 3-week study of a group of healthy young women taking Maitake mushrooms resulted in the benefits you might expect.    Similar to reishi and shiitake, they all saw improvements in their immune systems thanks to the increase in β-glucans…    But the study with maitake gave researchers some really exciting results with those cytokines    It turns out that maitake was able to trigger both stimulatory (IL-2) and suppressive (IL-10) cytokines.     That means they were able to increase the cytokines, but not past a certain level so they got out of control.   But here’s where things really start to get interesting…    Maitake is not the only mushroom researchers have studied for the immune response…    While it was by far the strongest in supporting the immune defense reaction…    There was one way they were able to trigger an even bigger response…    They combined it with shiitake!    And it was that combination that was stronger than any other.   MUSHROOM POTENCY CAN BE INCREASED EXPONENTIALLY WHEN THEY ARE USED TOGETHER!   Just look what happened when the research team from the National Institute of Complementary Medicine, the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and Integria Healthcare started mixing mushrooms together…    They started with nine varieties of whole mushroom extracts.    They tried them each individually with some pretty good results…    But then they tried mixing a few of them together, and as you’d expect, the results dramatically increased.    And when their work was done do you know which 3 of the 9 mushrooms worked best for the immune system?    You guess it - the magical trio of reishi, shiitake, and maitake.    When these 3 were combined, the lead researcher told the media that they came together to create and immune system “super-force.”    “What we found that was surprising was that the (combination) gave three to four times the impact that what we would expect,” Associate Professor Joe Tiralongo said.   7M+ by Organixx   7M+ is a breakthrough proprietary formula that ensures you’re getting the most powerful combination of those 3 crucial mushrooms packed with those β-glucans at a level no other mushroom supplement can offer.   The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of 7M+ give you what you need to help support your immune system like nothing else on the market.   And… It turns out there’s so much more that mushrooms can do for our bodies than just immune support.   That’s why Organixx added 4 other nutritional mushrooms into this formula…. CHAGA Chaga has been used for centuries primarily in the East. It's known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It's also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.   CORDYCEPS Cordyceps mushrooms have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. Cordyceps were at one time so highly valued that they were only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China (who lived to 100+ years old and still fathered children into his 100s). Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, cordyceps have been the most sought after nutritional mushroom in the Orient.   LION'S MANE One of the more interesting mushrooms coming from the ancient east. Lion's mane is known to support brain health, support cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria.   TURKEY TAIL Turkey tail is considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms such as reishi, cordyceps and maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity.     Fermentation INCREASES the Power of Nutritional Mushrooms Most other mushroom supplements don’t take this into consideration. They simply get a basic mushroom formula and bottle it up.   That strategy does work a little better than just eating whole mushrooms…   But fermentation takes it to a whole other level of potency and that’s exactly what the team at Organixx has done with 7M+ and their proprietary fermentation process.   Fermentation is simply the process of breaking something down so that the highest amount of nutrients can be extracted.   Research found that fermented mushrooms are, indeed, the best way to increase the levels of those powerful β-glucans.   Fermentation also extracts all the healthy and beneficial other nutrients that are packed into mushrooms. This means that those nutrients can get into your system better because they’re more bioavailable.     The Ingredients in 7M+ Are Certified Organic – Why That Matters to YOU! Once a nutrient like mushrooms are harvested, they are then dried and concentrated down to a very potent dose.   This sounds like a good thing because you’ll get a higher dose of the nutrients, as we discussed already…   But if those mushrooms were not grown organically, that means pesticides and poisons were used on them.   And when they are concentrated down, you’re not only getting high amounts of nutrients…. but HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF POISONS too!     Why 7M+ for You and Your Family   7M+ is specifically formulated to give you everything you need to help support immunity and feel younger and healthier.   This year, with the entire globe dealing with a health epidemic, maintaining your immune system might be something that makes all the difference.   With 7M+, you get seven of the world’s finest beneficial mushrooms, jam-packed with β-glucans – nature’s powerful sickness-fighting ingredient.   With the immune-supporting power of 7M+ working throughout your entire body, you can help increase your and your family’s odds of staying well even during times like this.   Only two capsules a day provide you with a completely safe, 100% natural, and amazingly effective formula to support immunity… and help you live a longer and healthier life!         RESOURCES 7M+ by Organixx https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/PS9gd0VOOLThuCn8OMXV?ch-tn-box=third-box&gl=5d88ec0f02e26b5443380841   Empowering You Organically Episode 47: The Magic of Mushrooms https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/the-magic-of-mushrooms-episode-47/   Cytokines https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/cytokines   Cytokine storm: An overreaction of the body's immune system https://www.newscientist.com/term/cytokine-storm/#ixzz6KBGrH9ZF   Cytokine Storms May Be Fueling Some COVID Deaths https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200417/cytokine-storms-may-be-fueling-some-covid-deaths   NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms https://www.cancer.gov/publications/dictionaries/cancer-terms/def/797584   Into the Eye of the Cytokine Storm https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3294426/   COVID-19: consider cytokine storm syndromes and immunosuppression https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30628-0/fulltext   The innate and adaptive immune systems https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279396/   Cellular Immunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/cellular-immunity   The immune system review https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-human-body-systems/hs-the-immune-system/a/hs-the-immune-system-review   Cell-Mediated Immunity https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/cell-mediated-immunity   Cell-mediated immunity https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell-mediated_immunity   Types of immune responses: Innate and adaptive, humoral vs. cell-mediated https://www.khanacademy.org/science/high-school-biology/hs-human-body-systems/hs-the-immune-system/v/types-of-immune-responses-innate-and-adaptive-humoral-vs-cell-mediated   Edible Mushrooms: Improving Human Health and Promoting Quality Life https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4320875/   Determination of Glucan Contents in the Fruiting Bodies and Mycelia of Lentinula edodes Cultivars https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4206800/   Beta-glucans in edible mushrooms https://www.researchgate.net/publication/263256678_Beta-glucans_in_edible_mushrooms   Shaping the Innate Immune Response by Dietary Glucans: Any Role in the Control of Cancer? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7016572/   Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) Mushrooms Daily Improves Human Immunity: A Randomized Dietary Intervention in Healthy Young Adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25866155   Ganoderma lucidum (Lingzhi or Reishi) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92757/   Immune-enhancing effects of Maitake (Grifola frondosa) and Shiitake (Lentinula edodes) extracts https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4202470/   Immune-modulating Effects of Maitake Mushroom Extract https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/journal/2009-12/immune-modulating-effects-maitake-mushroom-extract   Synergistic immuno-modulatory activity in human macrophages of a medicinal mushroom formulation consisting of Reishi, Shiitake and Maitake https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article/authors?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0224740   Researchers prove mushrooms are magic for your immune system https://thenewdaily.com.au/life/wellbeing/2019/11/08/mushroom-medicines-health-benefits/     Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS  

Apr 28

37 min

Jonathan and TeriAnn have done it again! A new skincare line you can trust. Our first product for you is Restore, a Vitamin C serum that has our testers over the moon with the results. Anti-aging is and inside-out and outside-in proposition! Organixx has you covered on both fronts. Clean and effective supplements you can trust. And now….Organixx Skin. Tune in to understand the synergy of all the ingredients in Restore, Vitamin C Serum. Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market.  Organixx SKIN Has High Standards and High Quality Always made with clean, organic ingredients. We’re going to blend the most efficacious ingredients together, that work synergistically together, to get you the best results. What Went Into The Formulation We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the requirements that take place to having an organic skincare line. In the United States, there are only a handful of ingredients that are restricted from being used in skincare and cosmetics. Outside of the United States, there are over 1,000 restricted ingredients that we use in the United States today to manufacture our cosmetics, our skincare products, our household products.  These are toxic, poisonous, deadly chemicals that we are using in our products day-in and day-out.  We wanted to make sure that we stayed away from all of those ingredients, and we have.  We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the organizations that are working so hard to make sure that we are providing clean, high-quality ingredients in our skincare products. We have looked at the requirements of a company called EWG, who is one of the best resources for looking at the ingredients in your skincare and household products to make sure that they are clean. Also, an organization called Made Safe, who is working, just like EWG, to make sure that our products, and all of the products out there, are in alignment with having high-quality, clean, organic products that are environmentally safe and safe for you and your health. We are working right now to obtain certification from both companies, and we are confident that we will receive it from both, because of the cleanliness of the ingredients in our product. We are working really hard to formulate products that we are proud of and that beat out everyone else in the industry, and one of the things that we’re doing is not including preservatives in our products. Preservatives allow multiple things to take place when it comes to manufacturing a product. One of those things is, is it’s a longer shelf life, not only for the company, but also for the user of the product.  A Holistic Approach To Health While you’ll absolutely see benefits from using a product like this on your skin, just like supplements and food and everything else that we educate you on, you have to be looking at your body and your health holistically. Ideally, if you want the most beautiful, amazing, radiant skin, it comes down to your nutrition, your health, your sleep patterns, and the skincare products that you’re using on your skin day-in and day-out.  Restore Ingredients Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C)  Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) is a naturally occurring water-soluble derivative of vitamin C. It is the most stable form of vitamin C, which means it does not oxidize, making it a preferred choice for cosmetic formulations. One of the largest benefits of Vitamin C is its ability to limit oxidative stress in the body. Viewed as one of the largest contributors to aging, oxidative stress occurs when the cells of the body sustain permanent damage due to highly reactive particles known as free radicals. Contained in sunlight and in elements in the atmosphere, free radicals are constantly acting on the body, producing microscopic amounts of damage. Over time, this damage accumulates, leading to the development of signs of aging. What about the age spots? Melanin is the skins pigment responsible for giving skin its natural color, and when produced in excessive amounts, causes age spots, freckles and other types of hyperpigmentation. Since Vitamin C disrupts the manufacturing of melanin in the body, it is useful in treating many types of skin discoloration Aqua (deionized water) Deionized water is similar to distilled water, in that it is useful when impurities are considered undesirable, such as in skin care. The lack of ions causes the water's resistivity to an electrical flow to increase. Ultra-pure deionized water can have a theoretical maximum resistivity up to 1000 times greater than common tap water. This means that pure deionized water is theoretically up to 1000 times more soluble than common tap water – and is a good solvent in skin care products.   Hammemelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Witch hazel contains many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins. It also contains antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize free radicals, which are disease-causing compounds that can build up in your body. Therefore, witch hazel could have far-reaching benefits and may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis. Witch hazel is rich in tannins, a natural plant compound with powerful antioxidant properties that can help protect your skin against damage when applied topically. Cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (Plant-based Hyaluronic Acid) When talking about skin care ingredients, we have to get a little scientific on you, but Hyaluronic Acid is one skin care ingredient that you’ll want to geek out on. “Acid” may sound a little scary, but Hyaluronic Acid is the good kind of acid. Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the body with the highest volume found in the skin and the highest concentrations found in the eyes and joints. Hyaluronic Acid is extremely hydrating, making it one of the best skin care ingredients for moisturizing. Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful substance that, when harnessed in skin care products, affects the way skin responds to injury, dehydration, and other unfavorable skin issues. Wondering why so many skin care products are packed with Hyaluronic Acid if it occurs naturally in our bodies? The truth is that we produce Hyaluronic Acid in small amounts, and this amount decreases even more with age. Hyaluronic Acid is also synthesized and used daily by the body, so to keep Hyaluronic Acid levels up in your skin, be sure to use Hyaluronic Acid products regularly. Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM) -MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health. Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility.  Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue.  This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues. Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant. Its main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage. Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied to the skin. Photoprotection refers to the body’s ability to minimize the damage caused by UV rays. This can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. Vitamin E levels also decrease with age. However, vitamin E is available in many foods, in supplement form, and as an ingredient in products applied topically. Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract The amino acids in Aloe work to soften skin cells. This combined with the increase in cell growth results in skin that is less wrinkled and more elastic. Aloe also stimulates skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, which is a chemical that holds water. Because of this, regular use of skin care products containing Aloe will result in fuller, more moisturized skin. Glycerin (Vegetable source) According to a 2008, glycerin can: hydrate the outer layer of the skin (stratum corneum) improve skin barrier function and skin mechanical properties provide protection against skin irritants accelerate wound-healing processes Studies show that applying glycerin-containing products may protect your skin against irritants and microbes, as well as soothe inflamed or wounded skin. Moreover, vegetable glycerin may act as a barrier to safeguard your skin from the elements, including wind and cold. Matrixyl 3000 Restores the skin’s metabolism of youth! The anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 is very well known. It is the first anti-ageing ingredient based on the matrikine peptide technology, plus its efficiency has been demonstrated on both women and men as illustrated in the following studies: A clinical study using female panelists, demonstrated that after just 2 months of treatment with Matrixyl® 3000, the surface occupied by deep wrinkles was reduced by 45%, and the skin’s tonicity increased by nearly 20%. In a separate 2-month clinical study conducted on a panel of men, the anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 was confirmed. As the wrinkle volume decreases (-17.1%), the spread angle increases (+5.4%), which leads to a reduction of the surface occupied by deep wrinkles of nearly 30%.   Skin Tightener ST Combination of marine and botanical polymers for an INSTANT TIGHTENING EFFECT Provides an immediate skin smoothing effect. This is a clean combination of marine and botanical polymers for an instant tightening effect. When should you use Vitamin C serum?  “Apply your Vitamin C before your moisturizer for the best results,” says Annie Tevelin, green beauty expert and founder of SkinOwl. “Let it dry for one minute before applying a moisturizer with SPF.” There’s no real consensus among skincare experts on whether you’re better off wearing your serum in the morning or at night. Think of it in the daytime as another layer to protect your skin from free radicals and UV, and at night as a way to “undo oxidative damage from the day,” says dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse of Rapaport Dermatology. So twice a day is a good rule of thumb. What color should your Vitamin C serum be? Vitamin C is quite unstable in its purest form, so look for stable formulas that are mixed with Vitamin E to balance it out. This means that, just like a sliced apple will brown when exposed to air, Vitamin C serums often oxidize over time. “When purchasing Vitamin C, it should be a very light yellowish color (almost clear). Over time it will start to darken, adjusting from yellow to orange to brown, eventually becoming black,” says esthetician Melissa Lekus. That said, you shouldn’t keep using a formula that has oxidized, logic says. “If the serum has turned brown, return it and cease any use of it. Absolutely do not use if it has turned brown.” * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part1-episode-55/   Part 2 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part-2-episode-56/     Organixx Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0     Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Made Safe https://www.madesafe.org/   Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate https://simpleskincarescience.com/sodium-ascorbyl-phosphate/   Deionized Water https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-deionized-water.htm   Witch Hazel https://draxe.com/nutrition/herbs/witch-hazel/   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Dimethyl Sulfone https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702065/DIMETHYL_SULFONE/   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Aloe Vera https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7654/the-benefits-of-using-aloe-vera-for-skin-care-and-more.html   Vegetable Glycerin https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegetable-glycerin   Matrixyl 3000 Study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5108505/   Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS  

Apr 21

36 min

Jonathan and TeriAnn get vulnerable today and share their experiences with COVID-19 and self quarantining. Plus, they remind us to trust the source of our information, to reach out and ask for help, ways to give service to others, and how to build your immunity. Then we break down all the anxiety surrounding the pandemic. TeriAnn shares her Stages of Anxiety and 5 ways to tame the anxiety. Lastly, Jonathan reminds us that the children are watching as he shares tips on helping them navigate their emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Statistics World-O-Meter: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/ John Hopkins: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html Google Map: https://www.google.com/covid19-map/   Transcripts of News Conferences https://www.rev.com/blog/transcript-tag/coronavirus-update-transcripts   Protecting CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses: Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water. WHO: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses CDC - Family Member Contracts: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19_FAQ_HouseholdReady-H.pdf   CDC – How to Clean & Disinfect: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fcleaning-disinfection.html Masks – https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-materials-make-diy-face-mask-virus/ https://pwp.gatech.edu/rapid-response/face-mask-fitting-and-use-guide/ https://pwp.gatech.edu/rapid-response/making-filter-inserts-for-soft-or-rigid-masks/ https://pwp.gatech.edu/rapid-response/sew-it-at-home-mask/     Mindset – Mental Health If you are a patient or family member or friend in need of immediate assistance: Disaster Distress Helpline (SAMHSA) Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Link) Call 800-273-8255 or Chat with Lifeline Crisis Textline (Link) Text TALK to 741741 Veterans Crisis Line (VA) Call 800-273-8255 or text 838255   CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html WHO - https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf How To Help Someone with Anxiety - https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2018/12/how-to-help-someone-with-anxiety/ CDC-Talking To Kids: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fcommunity%2Fschools-childcare%2Ftalking-with-children.html Not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some common changes to watch for include Excessive crying or irritation in younger children Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting) Excessive worry or sadness Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens Poor school performance or avoiding school Difficulty with attention and concentration Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past Unexplained headaches or body pain Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs There are many things you can do to support your child Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand. Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you. Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand. Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities. Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.   5 Ways to Reduce Coronavirus Anxiety – from UC Health https://www.uchealth.org/today/coronavirus-anxiety-tips-for-reducing-worries/ Coronavirus anxiety has spurred people to hoard everything from toilet paper to canned tuna. One family in Australia accidentally ordered 48 boxes of toilet paper instead of 48 rolls and ended up with a 12-year supply.   Hand sanitizer has been sold out for weeks, spurring nervous neighbors to share tips on Nextdoor about how to make their own sanitizer, only to discover on fruitless trips to the pharmacy that the key ingredient – alcohol – is also sold out.   Add worries about the tanking stock market to spookily empty store shelves and we are witnessing a full-blown case of coronavirus anxiety.   What is causing coronavirus anxiety? Psychologist Justin Ross said the coronavirus outbreak is causing a great deal of anxiety because there’s so much uncertainty.   Psychologist Justin Ross said it’s no surprise that mass anxiety and panicky behavior are spreading. Ross, who has a doctorate in psychology and practices at the UCHealth Integrative Medicine Center in Stapleton, said anxiety is a natural response now because the coronavirus outbreak is feeding the three key ingredients that cause anxiety: Unpredictability: when we don’t have a clear sense of what may happen next. Lack of control: when we believe we do not have direct control for managing issues appropriately. Threats to people or things we value.   Ross said anxiety can be a healthy response during times of stress.   “In many ways anxiety serves an adaptive, healthy response when something we value dearly is threatened or perceived to be threatened,” Ross said. “The problem is when the anxiety response runs amok and spins out of control. That’s when it can cause a lot of problems for people.”   Ross said it’s clear that anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak is causing problems for some.   “The current level of uncertainty and a felt sense of lacking control with this virus has led to us buy things unnecessarily or excessively checking the news and social media. We want to feel like we have the ability to control our lives. We want information and we want products that align with our vision for safety and control,” he said.   How to tame coronavirus anxiety? While it’s not very helpful during legitimate times of stress to give people pat responses like: “calm down,” “don’t panic,” or “don’t worry,” Ross said there are simple steps that can help tame coronavirus anxiety. Here are his recommendations: Limit your exposure to news and social media. Schedule times to view updates. Plan to check your news sources or social media feeds just twice a day. Make those checks brief. Then otherwise, avoid updates that could be feeding your coronavirus anxiety. Unless you are running a hospital or a news outlet, you don’t need to be getting constant updates about the coronavirus outbreak. “Anxiety can build from media exposure,” Ross said. “Limit your consumption. Pick one or two trusted sources that you are going to rely on and screen out all the others. Schedule two times a day that you are going to check the news and consume media for no more than five minutes each time. That’s long enough to scan the latest information. But, any longer than that is going to spiral your anxiety.” Ross strongly recommends limiting exposure to social media since a friend’s post —which may not even be accurate — can trigger worries for you. Anxiety essentially can be contagious. Reduce the contagion by skipping the updates. Focus on controlling what you can control. “We feel anxiety when we are trying to control the things that are inherently outside our control,” Ross said. Of course, the average person cannot control how widely the coronavirus outbreak will spread. We can’t control if our child’s school will close or if an important work conference will get canceled or if our 401K retirement savings shrinks dramatically. So, Ross advises people to instead focus on the simple powers we do have. “We can wash our hands. We can take precautions,” he said. “We can give ourselves the best chance of staying healthy. Thorough hand washing is the No. 1 way people can stay healthy and avoid spreading the coronavirus. And, we can take reasonable precautions, like staying home from school or work when we are sick, not dipping our hands in community candy or food bowls, and skipping big group functions now if we have underlying health issues or our immune systems are compromised. Get plenty of rest. Multiple studies have shown that a good night’s sleep can boost your immune system and prevent you from getting sick. Quality of sleep for enough hours a night also helps with mood and can reduce anxiety. If you are not sleeping well, seek help from your primary care provider or a sleep expert. There are some common and treatable causes for poor sleep, like sleep apnea. Ask your primary care provider or a sleep specialist for help. Breathe. Engage in very simple, 5-minute deep breathing sessions at least three times a day. “Breathing helps us manage the anxiety response on a physical, physiological and mental level,” Ross said. The physical level is how the body reacts physically. The physiological response centers on the nervous system. And of course, our mental responses relate to how our brain is responding to stress. Breathing deeply has the remarkable power to affect people on all three levels. “One minute of deep breathing helps slow down the sympathetic nervous system — the fight or flight response associated with anxiety. Breathing also helps turn on the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps us restore balance and can provide a sense of calm and focus” Ross said. The parasympathetic nervous system slows the heart rate and increases intestinal and glandular activities. It’s sometimes called the “rest and digest” system. Exercise and spending time outdoors can be great ways to reduce stress. For Justin Ross, running is a great escape from stress and anxiety. He loves running marathons. Ross encourages those already dealing with anxiety and everyone who wants to avoid it, to schedule three sessions a day of slow, deep, deliberate breathing for about three to five minutes during each session. You don’t need any special equipment, but if an app helps, he recommends the free version of an app called Insight Timer. Unless you are using your phone to help you breathe deeply, be sure to set it aside during your relaxation sessions. Enjoy the outdoors and get exercise. Coloradans are lucky that we live in a sunny climate where getting outdoors is easy and quickly can lead us to beautiful places. Take time to go for a walk or a run. Or find a view of some trees or mountains and enjoy a session of deep breathing outdoors. Ross loves to run. He does marathons and, no matter how busy he is with work and family, he carves out time to run. “People say, ‘I don’t have time,’” Ross said. “But if you make it a priority, it will happen. Making time to exercise and meditate and putting it in your schedule is going to make a difference.” Ross often runs with friends and says that both the physical activity and the social connections are really helpful. Find activities that soothe your soul and put coronavirus and other stressors out of your mind, at least temporarily. “Exercise and yoga are great. Get out in the fresh air and the sunlight,” Ross said. “As much as possible, go about your normal life.”   RESOURCES Organixx’s Liquid Multi-Vita-Maxx https://shop.organixx.com/products/liquid-multi-vita-maxx?gl=5d8906ef02e26b0c0c380838 How To Use Water To Heal Anxiety, Depression, and Sadness https://empoweringyouorganically.com/podcast/how-to-use-water-to-heal-anxiety-depression-and-sadness-episode-31/ Sleep... The experts were wrong and what you need to know! https://empoweringyouorganically.com/sleep_experts_were_wrong_what_you_need_to_know   Do This “One Thing” Every Day to Improve Your Emotional, Mental, and Physical Well Being https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-10-ways-to-become-more-grateful-episode-60/   Top 10 Ways To Become More Grateful From The Leading Expert on Gratitude and Happiness https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-10-ways-to-become-more-grateful-episode-60/   Unlocking the Full Potential of Your Mind https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/unlocking-the-full-potential-of-your-mind/   Learning to Manage Stress with Amy Mercree https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/learning-to-manage-stress-with-amy-mercree/   Subscribe to Empowering You Organically 
Never miss an episode! 
 
APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS    

Apr 14

64 min

Does everyone need a multi-vitamin? The Standard American Diet only provides 17 of the between 73 to 90 nutrients we need on a daily basis. Whole food, plant-based diet eaters would still need to eat between 15-20 pounds, not servings, of fruits and vegetables a day to get their daily amount of nutrients. Even organically grown fruits and vegetables don’t have the nutrient punch they did in the past due to our soil deficiencies. Tune in to learn how to source the best multi vitamin for you and your family! What are the main ingredients we want to see in a daily multivitamin? Organic plant-sourced ingredients of vitamins and minerals Make sure it’s a whole food supplement Well balanced in nutrients B-complex Vitamins - B1, B2, B3, B6, folics, folate, B12, biotin Vitamin C Minerals - vitamins and minerals occur naturally together in foods About Absorption and Dosing Your body absorbs more nutrition in small doses throughout the day than it will one dose, one big dose at a time during the day. So, smaller doses, more frequent, will correct deficiencies way faster than one massive dose on a daily basis, or weekly basis.  An analogy would be just like mastering something in your life. It takes time and practice. So does your body. It takes that time and practice, and repetition, really training your body to recognize this nutrition, recognize the things going into your body, and be able to regulate it over time.  RDA - The FDA’s recommended daily allowance Men: the scale is set for a man that is 5’8”, weighs 158 pounds, in his 20s to 30s. Women: the scale is set for a woman that is 5’5”, which is 120 pounds in her 20s to 35. The bar is set very low. Nutritional Deficiency Diseases The FDA’s recommended daily allowance is the ​minimal ​amount of those particular nutrients that you have to consume on a daily basis in order to avoid developing nutritional deficiency diseases. Scurvy is a Vitamin C deficiency Berry-berry is a Vitamin B deficiency Rickets is a Vitamin D deficiency Advanced Dosage Some doctors use a process clinically with his patients with chronic issues; Stabilization, Detoxification, Fortification. Go see your local naturopath and come up with a plan, if you feel like you’re depleted if you feel like you’re in a place where you need to get healthier. Go see somebody rather than just listen to us and assume that you can triple-dose whatever you’re taking now. What Makes an Effective and Powerful Multi-Vitamin (Bang for the Buck!) Organic Whole Food - Plant-based - sprouted Juice concentrates Diversity of nutrients What to Avoid in Multi-Vitamins Fillers - labeled as salts Synthetic vitamins Mineral Salts - oxides, chlorides, carbonates What’s Unique about Organixx’s Multi-Vita-Maxx Folic Acid Typically a synthetic version of folate, a B vitamin You can extract folate from yeast and it is called folic acid Organixx’s mushroom mix is fed a fruit and vegetable mix and a yeast extracted folic acid with the rest of our B vitamins. The mushrooms consume the folic acid and convert it into folate. The mushrooms methylate them into methylated, usable forms of these nutrients. Fermentation MTHFR Gene Considerations Those with MTHFR have genetics mutated to a point that they don’t metabolize unmethylated B vitamins. Because of the process Organixx uses to feed the mushrooms these B vitamins, the mushrooms methylate the B vitamins for us. So, it’s a wholly natural process, different than anyone else is doing. The mushrooms ferment and predigest the stuff for us. And they’re methylating it. And so, what comes out, what the mushrooms have themselves, and what we have in our supplement then, are methylated versions of all of these things, which those with MTHFR do very well with.

Apr 7

24 min

Ready to take your brain health to the next level? Ready to be proactive, or even reverse, the signs of brain aging? Then this episode is definitely for you! We are fortunate to have “Amazon” John Easterling, Plant Medicine Formulator, with us again this week. He dives into the plant medicine treasures he’s found in the Amazon Rainforest that beautifully support healthy brain function and help you ward off brain aging.  ABOUT "AMAZON JOHN" EASTERLING Since 1976 John Easterling has been an explorer and treasure hunter in the Amazon Rainforest. It was there, after a personal health crisis, he was introduced to the traditional use of medicinal plants by the Indigenous People in Peru.  Since then his passion for plant medicine has only accelerated.  Easterling's original degree is in Environmental Studies, he founded the Amazon Herb Company in 1990 and serves on the board of the Amazon Center of Environmental Education and Research.  Amazon John’s 28 years of Plant Medicine experience have been profiled on TV and Radio including "Good Morning America" and "Fox and Friends".  His product formulations have sold over $100 million worldwide. John has been featured in two PBS documentaries, World News Report "Amazon John and Rainforest Medicines" and Jean Michel Cousteau's "Return to the Amazon."  Easterling believes the dramatic growth and interest in plant medicine is still in its early stages and will continue to significantly improve life experiences and healthy outcomes into the future. Causes of Alzheimer’s and Dementia Beta amyloid plaquing. “So when you get plaquing, your spark plug would foul, and you couldn't start your engine. So same thing here. You get that plaquing in there, and it just can't transmit to the next one, and you don't remember. You can't access that data where you put your keys.” Tau tangle, where you get the neurons that really just become tangled. Inflammation is a really big deal, and actually these other factors are really caused by it. It's a kind of inflammatory response from your brain to protect itself sometimes, developing this amyloid plaquing to seal off what it sees as an insult. Involvement of Candida in brain issues. Recent research showed was that people did not think before that the Candida could cross the blood brain barrier. Now they found that it actually can. It travels through your body doing that, looking for a place to reside where the biological terrain is right. If you introduce a lot of sugar and a lot of carbs into that terrain, they really love that. When these Candida cross that blood brain barrier, the brain recognizes that as an insult, and then you have this coating process. The brain will try to coat that to seal it off. Prevention Lifestyle and diet - low sugar, more green vegetables Probiotics after a course of antibiotics - maintain a diverse colony-forming units of probiotics. Maintain healthy inflammation levels throughout the body. Exercise - improves the microcirculation to the brain. Sleep - get quality sleep each night (7-9 hours). Lower your exposure to environmental toxins. Botanicals to Improve Brain Health Una de Gato - Cat’s Claw Primarily known for its ability to stimulate the macrophage phagocytosis activity, which is our immune system. Source of epicatechins and the brain derived neurotropic. Stimulates neurogenesis - the creation of new brain cells. Camu Camu Tremendous source for a whole food vitamin C. Powerful anti-inflammatory. Increases the proper cycling of serotonin. Potent source of polyphenols, quercetin, and resveratrol. Bacopa Reduces brain amyloid levels in mice by as much as 60%. Increases cognitive function in humans. An ayurvedic plant. Cinnamon - cinnamaldehyde Able to break down tau tangles. It’s anti-inflammatory. Balances sugar levels. Cacao Is anti-inflammatory. Helps increase microcirculation in the brain. Contains epicatechins, which have been shown to be very helpful for brain chemistry and to help to slow down the death of healthy brain cells Pau d'Arco Many medicinal properties include antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-parasitic. Scientists have found that Pau d'Arco has a unique, two-pronged effect on fungal infections. ... In this way, it is able to kill off a variety of bacteria, fungi, and yeast, including Candida albicans. Good source of polyphenols. Anti-inflammatory. Dragon’s Blood - Sangra de Grado Pure antioxidant by dry weight. Great source of proanthocyanidins. Anti-inflammatory. Helps facilitate the breakdown of plaquing in the brain. Guayusa Substitute for caffeine. Enables ‘first time’ memories to be recalled. Anti-inflammatory. Signs of Alzheimer’s and Dementia People may experience: Cognitive: mental decline, difficulty thinking and understanding, confusion in the evening hours, delusion, disorientation, forgetfulness, making things up, mental confusion, difficulty concentrating, inability to create new memories, inability to do simple math, or inability to recognize common things Behavioral: aggression, agitation, difficulty with self care, irritability, meaningless repetition of own words, personality changes, restlessness, lack of restraint, or wandering and getting lost Mood: anger, apathy, general discontent, loneliness, or mood swings Psychological: depression, hallucinations, or paranoia Also common: inability to combine muscle movements, jumbled speech, or loss of appetite  

Mar 31

48 min

Let's strengthen and support our immune systems. This week we dive into mushrooms and their impact on our immunity and anti-aging crusade. You may be surprised at the healing and restorative benefits of mushrooms. Mushrooms are magical! We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of mushrooms before but today we dive deeper into the top 7 mushrooms that support our health. Listen in to learn how chaga, turkey tail, shitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi mushrooms work hard to keep us healthy and our immune systems strong. What Mushrooms Are In 7M+? Turkey tail, chaga, shiitake, maitake, cordyceps, lion’s mane, and reishi.   Chaga Chaga has been used for centuries, primarily in the East. It’s known for its immune support and soothing properties. Many traditional healers have used it as a soothing tea for a powerful and natural digestive support. It’s also shown the potential to help maintain healthy blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range. Chaga also has very powerful antioxidant properties that make it a powerhouse on its own.   Cordyceps Cordyceps have been shown to help regulate a healthy immune system. They’re also strong inflammation fighters. Cordyceps were at one time so highly-valued that it was only allowed to be consumed by the Emperor of China, who lived 100+ years, and still fathered children into his 100s. Also known for the ability to support sexual health and athletic ability, Cordyceps have been the most sought-after nutritional mushroom in the Orient.   Lion’s Mane Lion’s Mane is known to support brain health, boost cognitive function, and aid against age-related memory loss. It also helps maintain mental focus and function, as well as promoting healthy digestive function through its powerful regulation of bacteria.   Turkey Tail It’s considered one of the best-researched mushrooms on Earth. Its benefits are just as strong as other nutritional mushrooms, such as Reishi, Cordyceps, and Maitake. It contains powerful antioxidant nutrients and high levels of selenium, vitamin D, and vitamin B3, which are crucial for boosting and maintaining immunity. Turkey Tail is so effective, we’ve put it in several of our supplements.   Shiitake The benefits of Shiitake mushrooms for your immune system are some of the most well-documented for any type of nutritional mushroom. Perhaps its greatest influence is in the activity of the tiny cells responsible for protecting your immune system from inflammation. A recent four-week study showed that daily use of Shiitake mushrooms boosted the immune response in young adults. They have the potential to keep your immune cells protected from inflammation and the signs of aging. Lentinan Lentinan is a polysaccharide extracted from the fruit body of the Shiitake. So, deep within the Shiitake mushroom is Lentinan. Lab studies show that not only is Lentinan effective at supporting a healthy immune system, but it also has cholesterol-lowering properties. Maitake Lab studies show that this nutrient-rich wild mushroom is not only effective at supporting a healthy immune system. It can also help regulate blood pressure Support healthy blood sugar Fight off abnormal cell growth Maintain healthy inflammation… and much more! It’s no wonder many cultures around the world use the magical maitake mushroom as a powerful healing tonic and medicinal food.   Reishi Nicknamed the “Mushroom of Immortality.” It’s not hard to see why Reishi mushrooms have been used in natural health remedies for hundreds of years. It seems every year, science uncovers new uses for this wonder nutrient. It may be thanks to the complex compounds found in Reishi mushrooms that help regulate and support an aging immune system, reduce inflammation, and assist in healthy heart function.   Why Take 7M+? You’re going to have a hard time going to the grocery store and picking out all these mushrooms and getting them into your diet. And not only that, but you can buy a lot of these different mushroom products individually, in their own capsule form, in a bottle, and pay $50 for each one in a bottle, or you can get all of these wrapped into one product, a blend of all of these mushrooms that work synergistically together. The reason why I think this product is so powerful and mushrooms are so powerful, our immune system, and we also talked a lot about the gut and the bacteria and the gut health, all of it supports our overall health, not only from the physical perspective, but our emotional perspective.   What Is the Aging Process? It’s all of the functions and systems in our body slowing down, shutting down in a sense, going slower, slower, slower, slower, to the point where you’re just not as healthy as you once were. But we’re seeing through the research, we’ve talked about today in this podcast, in a previous podcast, that we actually can do things to keep ourselves healthier longer.   Supplements Jonathan Recommends Everyone Take Multi-Vita-Maxx Turmeric 3D 7M+

Mar 24

17 min

Fascinating topic today for you! Tune in to learn what Vitamin C does for your skin, why your body can’t make it, how it affects collagen production, the difference between dietary and topical Vitamin C, and last but not least…. the big reasons you really want to use a restorative product like a Vitamin C serum. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones. This wisdom can be applied to the natural health choices we make every day too. One of nature’s simplest substances is vitamin C. What this common nutrient can do for your skin health and radiance (especially when it’s applied topically in the form of vitamin C serum) is simply amazing! Read on to discover the benefits of vitamin C for skin. What Does Vitamin C Do for Your Skin? Making sure you get enough vitamin C every day is essential. This is because vitamin C is the catalyst for dozens of vital cellular mechanisms in your body. This includes functions that promote healthy skin. Besides acting as a powerful antioxidant, one of the biggest roles vitamin C plays is in the production and synthesis of collagen. Collagen is the basic building block of healthy tissue. It is formed through the binding together of key amino acids – mainly glycine, arginine, and proline. Vitamin C is vital for the creation of many types of collagen, especially Type I and III. Your Body Can’t Make Vitamin C Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient. This means that it dissolves in water. In addition, we have to get enough of it through external sources, since the body can’t make it. Most of the vitamin C we ingest gets used right away or is flushed out through the urine. However, research indicates that the body can and does store some amount of vitamin C. One of the key storage places is in the skin. The first two layers of skin – the epidermis and the dermis – both contain high amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C is Needed for Collagen Production One of vitamin C’s main jobs is to add oxygen and hydrogen to the amino acids proline and lysine in order to turn them into their collagen forms (hydroxyproline and hydroxylysine, respectfully). Without a hefty amount of vitamin C in the skin, collagen production inevitably slows. This causes skin to sag and may even raise your risk of skin-related conditions and melanoma. According to a 2015 study conducted at Queen Mary University in London, having adequate amounts of certain types of collagen in the skin (namely Type VII) may even help prevent skin cancer. What About Topical Vitamin C? When it comes to topical application of vitamin C, absorbency and stability are definite challenges. For example, while scientists have found that ascorbic acid is the most effective type of vitamin C to use topically, it is often problematic since it is also very unstable. This means that it breaks down and becomes ineffective when exposed to heat, light or air. In addition, absorption into the skin is poor when it’s mixed with a simple liquid like water. The Solution? Vitamin C Serum Vitamin C serum is a liquid concentration that is meant to be applied on the skin topically, especially to the face. The vitamin C is usually suspended in a neutral lipid, such as glycerin or an oil. All high-quality vitamin C serums for the face should be able to: boost collagen production in skin add another level of protection against harmful pollutants and the sun help skin look and feel great without irritation 4 Big Reasons Why Vitamin C Serum Is Your Skin’s Best Friend #1 – Vitamin C Helps Keeps Skin Young While vitamin C serum can’t get rid of every wrinkle that comes with age and too much sun exposure, it can help to reduce them – and sometimes quite significantly. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that has the ability to protect sensitive skin from the aging effects of the sun. Just as important, however, is vitamin C’s role in the production of collagen. Collagen provides structure and elasticity to skin. This means that the level of collagen in the skin directly correlates to how smooth, supple and elastic a person’s skin looks and feels. Unfortunately, studies have proven that after around age 20, collagen production decreases dramatically with each passing year. Vitamin C serum can help to replenish collagen stores as we age. Using ultrasound technology, scientists at the Iuliu Haţieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy analyzed cutaneous changes to the facial skin of women who applied a 5% vitamin C solution for a total of 60 days. The German team found that “topically applied vitamin C is highly efficient as a rejuvenation therapy, inducing significant collagen synthesis in all age groups with minimal side effects.” #2 – Vitamin C Serum Protects Skin from the Sun You may be interested to know how you can protect yourself from the sun without having to avoid it at all costs (sun exposure is how we obtain vitamin D, after all) and without having to slather your skin with toxic commercial sunscreen. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C protects the skin by warding off free radical damage caused by UV radiation that can lead to DNA mutation, according to research conducted at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, amongst many others. It’s important to still use good judgment when it comes to sun exposure and protection. That being said, upping your vitamin C levels by applying vitamin C serum to areas of your body that get the most exposure is a sound strategy. According to the National Cancer Institute, areas that are most exposed to the sun (such as the face, neck, arms, and hands) are the most likely places where skin cancer can occur. #3 – Vitamin C Serum Can Hydrate the Skin Using a high-quality vitamin C serum can also help to keep your skin hydrated by decreasing water loss at the trans-epidermal level. How? Retained water molecules are a happy byproduct of increased collagen production as well as the production of hydroxyproline through vitamin C-assisted collagen synthesis. A derivative of vitamin C, known as magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, also contributes to the hydrating effect of vitamin C. #4 – Vitamin C Serum Can Help Reduce Under-Eye Bags Vitamin C’s ability to hydrate the skin, as well as its antioxidant capabilities, helps to lower inflammation. This can assist in getting rid of “puffy eyes” or those under-eye circles that can creep up because of lack of sleep, poor dietary choices, or other stressors. A 2018 meta-analysis of over 300 other sources determined that vitamin C can help reduce C-Reactive Protein (CRP) levels. High CRP corresponds to high inflammation levels in the body. The anti-inflammatory mechanisms in vitamin C may also help to even out age spots and pigmentation blemishes as well as balance skin tone. Research conducted at Tulane University in New Orleans suggests that topical vitamin C may be helpful in combatting other, more serious dermatological conditions as well. I Already Take Vitamin C Supplements. Why Do I Need Vitamin C Serum? This argument makes practical sense. Unfortunately, according to the research, it’s not necessarily true. A 2017 analysis at the University of Otago in New Zealand took a look at the benefits of both dietary and topical vitamin C on skin health. According to the study report published in the journal Nutrients, vitamin C consumed internally can only help skin in a person who is deficient to begin with. On the other hand, the multitude of studies conducted on vitamin C serum have proven that topical vitamin C application appears to have beneficial effects no matter what a person’s status. Should You Try Vitamin C Serum? Now that you’re aware of the benefits of vitamin C for skin, you may be contemplating a vitamin C serum to boost your own skin health. However, choosing a high-quality vitamin C serum can be confusing. The type of vitamin C used and the concentration of vitamin C overall are factors that can change with each brand. In addition, you’ll want to look for a quality serum that contains additional natural antioxidants that help to enhance stability and ensure the highest amount of absorbency. The decision to add any product or protocol to your toolbox for vibrant living is a personal one, and one you should consult with your health professional about if you are unsure. That being said, the research seems to prove without a doubt that vitamin C serum can have great benefits for skin health, with minimal if any negative effects. If you’re someone who wants softer, smoother, more vibrant-looking skin, then a high-quality, all-natural vitamin C serum such as Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum may be a health and beauty tool you don’t want to be without!

Mar 17

25 min

Ashwagandha is an important herb used in the ancient Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda to promote general health and well-being. In Ayurvedic practice, ashwagandha is classified as a Rasayana, which means an herb or preparation that rejuvenates, extends life, and promotes a youthful state of physical and mental health. Listen in to discover more about ashwagandha’s incredible health benefits in general and a special potent “superhero” form known as KSM-66 ashwagandha. What Does Ashwagandha Do? Ashwagandha’s superpower is that it is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are non-toxic therapies that normalize our bodily functions – both physical and mental – that are thrown out of balance when we are exposed to chronic, uncontrolled stress. They do so by correcting imbalances in the neuroendocrine and immune systems [2]. In short, adaptogens enhance our ability to cope with stress. There are more than 35 natural compounds in ashwagandha including alkaloids, steroidal lactones, saponins, and with anolides. These compounds have been shown to have anti-stress activity in multiple laboratory models of chronic stress and in some human studies as well [1-5]. Additionally, ashwagandha extracts as well as specific bioactive compounds present in this plant – primarily in the roots – have been shown to help: counter pain and joint swelling associated with arthritis • boost various components of the immune system • protect the brain and nervous system • slow down or even kill abnormal cells • enhance both male and female sexual desire and function What Is KSM-66 Ashwagandha? KSM-66 Ashwagandha is a high-concentration ashwagandha root extract manufactured and sold by Ixoreal Biomed, located in Hyderabad, India [6]. Ashwagandha KSM-66 is made solely from ashwagandha roots, which contain its main bioactive ingredients, without using any other parts that are considered to be less effective. A unique feature of KSM-66 ashwagandha is that it’s standardized to a withanolide content of at least 5 percent. Withanolides are a group of around 300 naturally occurring steroid compounds, some of which are naturally present in ashwagandha. One example is Withaferin A, an anti-inflammatory compound that has also been shown to stop tumors from growing their own blood vessels, slowing down their growth, and perhaps even shrinking them. Last but not least, KSM-66 ashwagandha is produced by a unique extraction process, based on the principles of “green chemistry,” without using alcohol or any synthetic solvents. Let’s take a closer look now at some of KSM-66 ashwagandha’s benefits for health. What Too Much Cortisol Does to the Body Any stressful event in our lives causes our adrenal glands to produce cortisol, a steroid hormone that acts to control blood sugar levels, regulate metabolism, lower inflammation levels, influence memory formation, and manage salt and water balance [7]. The more stressed we are and the longer we’re stressed, the more our adrenals respond by releasing cortisol into our bloodstream. Too much cortisol in the blood over a prolonged period of time can lead to: rapid weight gain high blood pressure osteoporosis muscle weakness mood swings anxiety, depression, or irritability increased thirst and frequency of urination [7] Ongoing high cortisol levels can also eventually cause a lack of sex drive in men. In women, periods typically become irregular, less frequent, or may even stop altogether (amenorrhea). How Can Ashwagandha Help Us Cope With Stress? To answer this question, a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted to assess the safety and efficacy of KSM-66 ashwagandha (which, as mentioned above, is a high-concentration, full-spectrum ashwagandha root extract) in 64 adults [5]. After 60 days of treatment, the study authors observed a “substantial reduction” in four separate measures of stress in the study participants. KSM-66 ashwagandha also reduced levels of the hormone cortisol in the blood. By lowering cortisol, ashwagandha tones down the body’s response to stressful situations, in effect “calming us down.” No serious adverse events were reported [5] and the study researchers concluded that: “High-concentration full-spectrum Ashwagandha root extract safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life.” Similarly, in another randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 60 stressed but otherwise healthy adults were randomly assigned to take either a placebo or an ashwagandha root extract once daily for 2 months [8]. At the end of the study, participants given ashwagandha showed a significant reduction in their stress, anxiety, and depression scores. Once again, ashwagandha consumption was associated with a greater reduction in the levels of cortisol in the blood, when compared with placebo [8]. The Connection Between Stress and Obesity Chronic stress has been associated with many illnesses, including obesity. In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, ashwagandha consumption was seen to lead to significant reductions in emotional and uncontrolled food cravings while also lowering cortisol, body weight, and body mass index (BMI) in 52 subjects subjected to chronic stress [9]. Indeed, laboratory experiments in mice have shown that one of the main active ingredients in ashwagandha known as Withaferin A can protect against obesity caused by a high-fat diet by reducing inflammation in the liver, oxidative stress, and insulin resistance [10]. These and other findings make it clear that ashwagandha is a powerful tool in our battle against ongoing stress, likely by regulating various specific aspects of our hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This is an interactive neuroendocrine system that plays a key role in maintaining our body’s internal equilibrium, along with orchestrating our body’s response to stress. Ashwagandha Benefits for Joint Pain Ashwagandha is a key ingredient in many Ayurvedic formulations prescribed for joint-related conditions such as osteoarthritis. Indeed, many research studies show that ashwagandha and its bioactive ingredients help to manage and reduce inflammation levels. For instance, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over clinical trial published in 1991, 42 patients with osteoarthritis were randomized to receive a formula containing ashwagandha, frankincense, turmeric, and zinc – or placebo – for three months [11]. Clinical efficacy was evaluated every 15 days in terms of severity of pain, morning stiffness, Ritchie articular index (a weighted score of tenderness and swelling in 53 joint groups, each scored on a 0-3 scale), joint score, disability score, and grip strength. Throughout the study, the herbal formula was seen to significantly reduce the severity of joint pain and disability. No significant adverse effects were reported. In another study, 86 patients with joint pain were given 5 grams of ashwagandha powder twice a day for three weeks with lukewarm water or milk [12]. Then these patients took another Ayurvedic preparation known as Sidh Makardhwaj – a formulation used in rheumatoid arthritis and neurological disorders – daily for the next four weeks. Treatment with ashwagandha and Sidh Makardhwaj for seven weeks led to significantly improved scores of joint swelling, tenderness, and pain, indicating that this combination treatment is likely to be beneficial in rheumatoid arthritis. Indeed, in laboratory experiments, an ashwagandha root extract was seen to reduce inflammation in knee cartilage taken from chronic osteoarthritis patients [13]. Ashwagandha for Boosting Endurance, Muscle Strength, and Recovery Ashwagandha has long had the reputation of being able to enhance cardiovascular endurance and physical performance. As stated earlier, consuming this herb is said to impart the strength and stamina of a horse [1]. In a prospective, double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled study, KSM-66 ashwagandha was shown to significantly boost cardiorespiratory endurance and improve self-reported quality of life (QOL) in 50 healthy male and female athletic adults [14]. In another randomized, prospective, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study, 57 young men with little previous experience in resistance training were randomized into treatment and placebo groups [15]. Participants in the treatment group consumed 300 mg of ashwagandha root extract twice daily, while those in the control group took starch placebos instead. Multiple measurements – including muscle strength, muscle size, body composition, testosterone levels, and muscle recovery – were made before the start of the study. Both groups then went through resistance training for 8 weeks and the measurements were repeated when they were done. Promisingly, the group of men taking ashwagandha root extract had significantly greater increases in muscle strength and arm muscle size relative to the placebo group. They also showed significantly less exercise-induced muscle damage, higher testosterone levels, and a greater reduction in body fat percentage. In other words, ashwagandha supplementation is associated with significant increases in muscle mass, strength, and recovery after exercise. In another randomized, double-blind strength and conditioning study known as the STAR trial, 500 mg of an extract of ashwagandha roots and leaves was consumed by recreationally active young men for 12 weeks [16]. Body composition, muscular strength, power, and endurance, cycling time trial, and blood chemistry were measured before and after the study. Consuming the ashwagandha extract was seen to improve upper and lower body strength and improve distribution of body mass in these men, once again without causing any serious adverse effects. Ashwagandha as an Immune System Enhancer Ashwagandha enhances immune function. In a small study, ashwagandha root extract was seen to activate multiple types of immune cells in the participants [17]. Similarly, a tea fortified with five herbs including ashwagandha was seen to activate so-called “natural killer” (NK) cells in not just one, but two independent double-blind intervention studies conducted in India on healthy volunteers [18]. NK cell activity is an important aspect of our body’s early immune response to infections. Interestingly, in other situations, ashwagandha extracts have also been shown to suppress specific components of the immune system. For example, one of the characteristic features of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the continuous production of pro-inflammatory compounds known as cytokines in joint cavities, triggering inflammation and cartilage destruction. In laboratory experiments in rats, a root extract of ashwagandha was seen to suppress production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and reduce oxidative stress [19]. The Brain-Boosting Benefits of Ashwagandha Numerous laboratory studies show that ashwagandha – traditionally used in Ayurveda to boost intellect and memory – can slow, stop, and reverse damage to brain cells and may even help to reconstruct brain cell networks. For instance, ashwagandha extracts have been shown to promote nerve cell growth in culture [20]. Withanolide A, withanoside IV, and withanoside VI were identified as the bioactive compounds responsible. Ashwagandha extracts as well as specific bioactive compounds (e.g., withanolide A) have also been shown to protect nerve cells in culture against damage caused by various toxic agents [21]. Amazingly, the administration of withanoside IV for 21 days led to recovery in a rat model of spinal cord damage [20]. It is well known that toxic free radicals damage brain cells and contribute to both normal aging and aging-related health conditions. In a 2015 study, both ashwagandha extracts and a bioactive compound known as withanone were seen to protect nerve cells from oxidative damage [22]. Not surprisingly, ashwagandha has long been used in Ayurveda to enhance memory and improve mental faculties. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study, 50 adults suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) – who are considered to be at a greater risk of developing dementia later in life – were treated with either 300 mg of KSM-66 ashwagandha twice daily or placebo for 8 weeks [23]. After 8 weeks, the ashwagandha KSM-66 group showed significant improvements in both their immediate or short-term as well as general memory, relative to the placebo group. The ashwagandha group also showed significant improvements in executive function, sustained attention, and information-processing abilities. Can Ashwagandha Even Help Protect Against Abnormal Cell Growth? Ashwagandha and other species of Withania are well known in folk medicine traditions for their anti-cancer properties and their extracts have been shown to be toxic for multiple types of cancer cells in laboratory experiments [24]. They appear to act by slowing down or even stopping cancer cell growth by inducing programmed cell death or “apoptosis.” As stated earlier, Withaferin A, an anti-inflammatory withanolide, has been shown to act as an anti-angiogenic. In other words, it can help stop tumors from growing their own blood vessels, slowing down their growth, or perhaps even shrinking them. As reported in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology in August 2019, growing evidence suggests that Withaferin A is very effective against cancer [25]. For instance, low response rate and recurrence are common issues in lung cancer. Withaferin A has been shown to exhibit potent toxicity against several lung cancer cell lines in laboratory experiments. Not only that, the combination of Withaferin A and chemotherapeutic drugs were shown to have additive effects on lung cancer cell survival [26]. Withaferin A has also been shown to be toxic for breast cancer and cervical cancer (HeLa) cells in laboratory experiments [27,28]. Similarly, other bioactive compounds in ashwagandha have also been shown to be toxic for cancer cells in laboratory experiments [29]. KSM-66 Ashwagandha’s Impact on Libido and Infertility Ashwagandha root extract has been shown to enhance sexual desire and function in both men and women. For instance, ashwagandha has been described in Ayurvedic medicine as an aphrodisiac that can be used to treat male sexual dysfunction and infertility. In a pilot study conducted to evaluate the effects of ashwagandha in patients with a low sperm count (known as oligospermia), a total of 46 male patients were randomized either to treatment with KSM-66 Ashwagandha or placebo for 90 days [30]. At the end of the study, participants given KSM-66 ashwagandha showed a 167% increase in sperm count, a 53% increase in semen volume, and a 57% increase in sperm motility relative to baseline. In comparison, only minimal changes were seen in the placebo group. Further, a greater improvement in hormone levels was seen with KSM-66 ashwagandha. In other words, ashwagandha is likely to be very effective in treating oligospermia, which is a leading cause of male infertility. Similarly, a meta-analysis showed that ashwagandha significantly improved sperm concentration and sperm motility even in men with normal sperm parameters, without any adverse effects [31]. Ashwagandha has also been shown to enhance sexual function in women. At the Trupti Hospital and Santati Fertility Center located near Mumbai in India, 50 women were randomized to either ashwagandha treatment or placebo (300 mg twice daily) for 8 weeks [32]. In this study, ashwagandha supplementation was shown to lead to significantly higher scores in multiple markers of sexual desire and function. But Is Ashwagandha Safe? Ashwagandha root powder has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, and it is believed to be completely safe and free of any toxicity. Extracts of ashwagandha made using alcohol and water will likely contain higher doses of its natural ingredients, relative to raw powder. So far animal studies with such extracts have shown no evidence of toxicity, even at relatively high doses [33]. However, it is always advisable to take an herbal supplement only after consulting your healthcare provider, especially if you have any ongoing health conditions or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Organixx Turmeric 3D Contains KSM-66 Ashwagandha The Organixx Turmeric 3D formula has always contained ashwagandha extract. As part of our commitment to seeking out the cleanest and most effective supplement ingredients, we upgraded to KSM-66 Ashwagandha in 2019 – the most clinically studied ashwagandha on the market. KSM-66 is a full-spectrum extract produced using a unique proprietary extraction process, based on “Green Chemistry” principles, without using alcohol or any other chemical solvent.

Mar 10

29 min

Join Jonathan and Wade Lightheart dive deeper into understanding how enzymes are critical to your health and vitality. We really help you understand what you are looking for in an effective enzyme supplement. Tune in to understand what proteolytic means, the various enzymes needed in your digestive tract, the powerful punch of AstraZyme™, and why cultured enzymes matter.      About Wade Lightheart 3-Time Canadian All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as vegetarian, former Mr. Universe Competitor, host of The Awesome Health podcast, Wade Lightheart is one of the world’s premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute. He’s been in the health industry for over 25 years, coached thousands of clients, and is sought out by athletes and high-performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.   What Are Enzymes? ENZYME - noun BIOCHEMISTRY a substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. There are approximately 25,000 different enzymatic functions in the body The number of enzymes that you have present in your body is directly proportion to the amount of chemical reactions that you can engage in in the body. The difference between stones, plants, and people is enzymes, the amount and the role of those enzymes. They are the most critical component to all metabolic transactions.   Enzyme Bank It's like having a bank account. In other words, your ability to write metabolic checks, to build, to repair, to heal, to digest your food, to make your hormones work, to break down the smallest chemical reactions, to make your skin nice, you name it, requires an enzymatic pathway.   What is a PROTEOLYTIC enzyme? also called protease, proteinase, or peptidase, any of a group of enzymes that break the long chainlike molecules of proteins into shorter fragments (peptides) and eventually into their components, amino acids. Proteolytic enzymes are present in bacteria, archaea, certain types of algae, some viruses, and plants; they are most abundant, however, in animals. The two major groups are the exopeptidases, which target the terminal ends of proteins, and the endopeptidases, which target sites within proteins.   What to Look for in an Enzyme Supplement Loaded up with proteolytic enzymes Make sure it covers the various pH levels of digestion; 3.0, 4.5 & 6.0 Contains amylase to break down your carbohydrates Contains alpha galactosidase, which will help break down some of the sugars that you will find in food Contains glucoamylase, another one that'll cover the different range of sugars that you might consume inadvertently Invertase, maltase, to help with hidden sugars that cause interruptions and metabolic problems and blood sugar issues Contains lipase to break down fats Contains phytase to break down plant fibers Contains hemicellulose and the cellulase, which will actually break down those difficult proteins that are actually a fibrous protein Contains lactase for people that can't digest milk (it's because they don't produce lactase) Contains AstraZyme™ to bolster all the benefits Enzymes are cultured What is AstraZyme™ We studied Chinese medicine and found out there is a particular root, called the astragalus root, that is used in almost every single Chinese compound. When we found out why it was used, that it turns out that that particular root actually activates and accelerates, it increases the potential of the enzymatic response. So, we took that extract through this into that formulation as well and precise dosages. And that gave a 30 to 60% boost depending on the enzyme and its effectiveness.   What is a Cultured Enzyme? A cultured enzyme means this is an enzyme grown on a very specific medium that allows you to increase the potency over a normal enzyme from 100 to 1000 times. This process takes about eight weeks to get that kind of potency. So just like if you were fermenting beer or wine or something, you've got to let it work for a period of time before you get that premium spirit. It's the exact same process inside of the enzyme formula. We’re fermenting and creating a specific medium and then extracted enzymes.  No chemicals are used in the extraction process. So, you just get the pure working enzymes to deliver an incredible result.   What happens if I don't have the protease in my body to break down all the protein that I'm ingesting? Gas Bloating Skin problems Brain fog The reason? Because you're feeding bad bacteria who are producing a variety of endotoxins inside the body that are interrupting your natural activity.

Mar 3

25 min

There is no way to avoid aging. We are all destined to grow old, get sick, and die… Or are we? Although we can’t completely avoid the aging process, we sure can slow it down quite a bit. And disease? Even though it may be the “norm” for an increasing number of older Americans to succumb to chronic diseases as they age, this doesn’t have to be the case for you. There is a new normal when it comes to how we age — and following these six simple steps to reverse aging naturally can help you get there. 6 Ways You Can Help Reverse the Aging Process   #1: Take key supplements. Nobel Prize-winning chemist, author, and health advocate Linus Pauling said, “By the proper intakes of vitamins and other nutrients and by following a few other healthful practices from youth or middle age on, you can, I believe, extend your life and years of well-being by twenty-five or even thirty-five years.” He might have added: “And you can live those extra years with excellent and vibrant health!” Supplements (and foods, which we will talk about next) that are best for keeping your body and mind sharp must contain antioxidants. Some essential vitamins to add to your anti-aging arsenal include vitamin C and E as well as Glucosamine and Coenzyme Q10. Polyphenol-rich matcha tea, resveratrol, and collagen are three other supplements that can be age-busters as well. #2:  Use the immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory support power of medicinal mushrooms. In addition, if you are serious about your anti-aging regime, you must also consider adding a medicinal mushroom supplement to your daily routine. Have you ever heard of the Japanese island of Okinawa? For generations, the population there was teeming with centenarians (people in their 100s) who were bright eyed and in great physical health. What was their secret? Eating fresh foods, spending lots of time out in nature and in their gardens, and surrounding themselves with family and friends. And, according to research conducted by the Okinawa Centenarian Study, the population also ate a large amount of various kinds of mushrooms, including shiitake and reishi mushrooms. These mushrooms have been proven to have a profound effect on the immune system and help to curb inflammatory responses. The study researchers, as well as many other studies, have linked consuming medicinal mushrooms with relief from inflammatory disease, osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis, autoimmune disorders and digestive problems, just to name a few. #3: Eat Antioxidant Rich, Anti-Aging Foods. Besides mushrooms (which can be consumed in tea, in food form, or as a supplement), fill your plate with foods that are rich in omega-3 fats such as wild caught salmon, green leafy organic vegetables that contain high numbers of phytonutrients, berries such as raspberries and blueberries that have antioxidants called anthocyanins (which have been shown to slow tumor growth as well), and healing herbs like turmeric, basil, and ginger. Want to improve your odds of living longer and living pain-free? Make it a point to also avoid all processed and GMO foods (including GMO produce), refined sugar, wheat products (especially commercially-produced breads, pastas, and baked goods), trans fats and artificial ingredients, and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. The best diet for staying vibrant into your 70s, 80s, and beyond is the simplest kind of diet. Eat real, recognizable food and plenty of (preferably raw or lightly steamed) vegetables in a relaxed setting and drink plenty of clean, filtered water. Even when we are older, our bodies are still primarily made of water so the key is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! #4: Get Plenty of Sleep. Older people often have trouble sleeping, especially women in their post-menopausal years. The reasons for this are plentiful: stress and anxiety as well as hormonal imbalances can play a part. Making rest a priority can do wonders for your daily energy levels and clarity of mind. Studies have shown that individuals with sleep disorders such as “sleep apnea” and insomnia have an increased risk of cancer. Insufficient sleep has been associated with cell damage, neurological impairment, a compromised immune system, inflammation, and accelerated aging. When you get consistent, quality sleep, however, these conditions can sometimes reverse as the body is allowed to repair and restore during sleep. #5: Exercise Your Mind. You may think of activities such as doing crosswords or sudoku, learning a language or musical instrument or reading a book as ways that you can keep your mind active in later years. But these activities are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how you can boost your brain power. Stress-relieving and focusing activities such as meditation (and movement meditations like qi gong and forest bathing) have been proven to improve the strength and length of telomeres, stretches of DNA at the end of chromosomes which protect our genes. Telomeres keep chromosomes from fraying and clumping. Shortened telomeres are associated with aging as well as cancer and higher risk of death. A 2015 Canadian study linked evidence of longer telomere strands to meditation (when compared to those who did not meditate). In addition, activities like creative visualization, repeating affirmations, and doing something like Emotional Freedom Technique (which also clears energy channels for physical healing, according to the principles of Chinese medicine) can keep you in a positive state of mind which can aid in the slowing down of the aging process. Famed actress Sophia Lauren had it right when she said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” #6: Keep Moving! Hundreds of studies have correlated even moderate amounts of exercise with lower blood pressure, lower incidents of diabetes, lower cancer rates (sometimes up to 80 percent reduction), lower rates of heart disease, increased longevity and happiness overall. Take a walk (especially in nature), swim, do some yoga or tai chi, or dance to your favorite tune. The most important thing is that you move your body at least 3 to 4 times a week for at least 30 minutes, according to experts. In addition, if your lifestyle or profession dictates that you sit for long periods of time, make sure that you get up to stretch and move every hour at least. Your Reverse Aging “Recipe” Taking key supplements (including mushrooms for supporting your immune system), eating healthy, organic foods and drinking fresh, filtered water, getting plenty of sleep, exercising the mind, and moving the body regularly. These six actions really are the “recipe” for not only a long life, but a vibrant one as well. Slowing down the aging process and staying sharp into your hundreds like the centenarians of Okinawa is possible. It simply takes discipline and a vision of a strong and healthy you, no matter what your physical age!

Feb 26

25 min

Did you know individuals under constant stress have a 50% higher mortality rate? Stress proves to be one of the most significant issues among the population. In the case of stress in America, the statistics show frightening results. Stress-related illnesses include depression, anxiety, acne, high blood pressure, constipation, insomnia, and so on. Tune in today as we hear from Amy Leigh Mercree. She offers us great tips to help keep our stress levels manageable. To better health and less stress! About Amy - Amy is a bestselling author, holistic health expert, and medical intuitive. Amy teaches internationally, sharing Next-Level Healing, Meet Your Guides, Mindfulness Meditation, and bestseller Boot Camp Classes. Amy is the author of The Spiritual Girls Guide To Dating, A Little Bit of Chakras, Joyful Living, 101 Ways To Transform Your Spirit And Revitalize Your Life, The Chakras And Crystals Cookbook, The Compassion Revolution: 30 Days Of Living From The Heart, A Little Bit Of Meditation, Essential Oils Handbook, Apple Cider Vinegar Handbook, A Little Bit Of Mindfulness, The Mood Book, Crystals, Oils, And Rituals To Elevate Your Spirit, and her latest book, A Little Bit of Goddess: An Introduction To The Divine Feminine. Amy has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Women’s Health Inc. Magazine, Shape, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Your Tango, Soul And Spirit Magazine, Mind, Body, Green, CVS, NBS, Hello Giggles, Reader’s Digest, The Oprah Magazine, Forbes, CBS, First For Women, Country Living, Fox, Bustle, and many more.   * * *   Amy’s History “I have been a medical intuitive since I was 23, so it’s been 19 years. So, that’s how it all started was working with clients on their holistic health questions. So, as a holistic health expert and medical intuitive, I started to write books based upon the questions my clients had. So, it started with dating, because everyone wanted to know about their love lives, but then it really progressed to all these meditation topics, and health topics, because those are the things that I am passionate about, and I teach meditation and things like that. So, it was really fun to just keep bringing everything together, and now, here we are much later, with all those books for you to read.”   Amy’s Favorite Things to Talk About I love talking about the divine feminine because I think it’s really timely and helpful as far as social change. I do love talking about health in general, and essential oils and plants, and the ways that we can create recipes and combine those.   Amy’s Best Tips for Turning Worry into Peace and Improving Our Overall Mood Having a news fast every week - spending at least a few days just staying off of anything that’s going to give you news, and as an extension of that, really limiting screen time, because I think that’s one of the chief things that does eat away at people’s sense of peace and makes people really anxious. How often are we on social media? Be mindful of what you consume!  Rituals for More Restful Sleep Getting off screens at least an hour, if not more, before bed. The hour before sleep is the time for minimal to no electronics. It’s a time to read a book or draw or something relaxing. You can make some really easy essential oil sprays, linen sprays. You can use spring water and essential oils that are clean and pure. You can throw some essential oils in a bottle with some spring water, spritz your bed, spritz your linens, lightly spritz your lampshade, not on the bulb. Lavender Vetiver Roman chamomile You can do the legs up the wall yoga pose. You can do that right in bed if your bed’s like up against a wall or you have a headboard. here’s the wall, and then you’re sitting next to the wall. And then, you stretch your legs out. You’re sitting straight up in a V. You turn your body and flip your legs up, so your legs are up the wall. You can push your backside as close in as you can to the headboard. If you can get it all the way, that’s great. Some people feel more comfortable if they have a couple inches. And then, you just put your arms out in whatever position’s comfortable, palms up. Perhaps you’ve had your spray. You can spritz your linen spray, since it’s therapeutic grade oils, over your own head, or kind of over your body. And just take a few minutes and close your eyes and relax. So then, after you’ve done that for 5-20 minutes, whatever’s comfortable, even if you fall asleep like that it’s fine, you bend your knees, bring them down the wall. If you want, you can sit in a butterfly pose, open your knees for a bit, then roll to your right side, stretch out your legs and come out of it. Then, you can go to sleep. How do you recommend people use oils to soothe anxiety? If you’re doing a yoga pose like that, or just throughout your day, you can use specific oils that are great for relaxation. Lavender Vetiver Chamomile Jasmine Ylang-ylang You can make a blend, or just to take some vetiver, some lavender, some ylang-ylang, put it on your fingertips, you can put it on your temples, you can put it on your wrists, you can put it on your earlobes, just to give yourself that aromatherapy all day.  Worry Less Bath – Creating a Ritual It’s a whole ritual in the book, but you do an activity where you’re writing some intentions down. You can use crystals in your bath if you choose. You can use moonstone, you can use clear quartz, you can use rose quartz, if you’re into crystals. You use lavender essential oil, preferably organic, valerian essential oil, and then you use a candle that’s pastel-colored. You brew yourself chamomile tea and you put dried lavender in your bath. You make a ritual out of it. You prepare your tea, you run your bath, you go through the exercise and you write down your intentions, and you do a little bit of journaling. You light your candle, and then you step in and you’ve sat an intention for your bath. You’ve invigorated, invoked your sense of smell, your tea, the kinesthetic sense of being in the warm water and having the dried lavender in there. It gives you a chance to go into a meditative state.   Crystals and The Sense of Calm and Boosting Tranquility Everybody loves crystals, because they’re so pretty, and in this age of social media, where we’ve become so visual, they really lend themselves to that. But they’re also lovely tools. Crystals are people too. Crystals are alive, just like a plant is alive, an animal is alive. And so, we want to treat our crystals with care, so when we do bring them into our environment, they’re going to raise this vibration. I prefer it in a raw state, that the crystal wasn’t busted up and pushed around. The crystal should live outside, or on your patio, or on your windowsill if you live in an urban environment, so it gets sunlight, so it gets moonlight, so perhaps it gets rainwater as long as it’s not a crystal that can’t get wet, so it’s happy, so its vibration is high. You may bring the crystal in, put it in your bath, put it next to your bed. Perhaps, keep it on a sunlit windowsill where it gets plenty of sunlight and moonlight and is away from electronics. Rose quartz crystal are great for this idea of bringing calm. You can use crystals by bringing them in the environment. Some people like to put a crystal in their pocket if it’s little. I’m a fan of gentle crystals, rose quartz, moonstone, larimar. Some people are more like let’s power it out, and they just bring in a ton of really powerful crystals. Crystals are incredibly healing. For healing, for example, moving energy, labradorite is a very, very helpful crystal. How Herbs and Plants Can Impact Your Life That’s probably my most effective tool in our toolbox is the power of plants, whether you’re using them through herbal infusions, which people call tea, or we’re using them in tinctures, or we’re wildcrafting, or they’re dried, they’re fresh, whatever they are. Plants are medicine. We have so many options for plants that can calm us. Chamomile, everybody’s heard of chamomile tea. An organic, really pure chamomile tea without natural flavors, there are studies that talk about it can serve as a sedative. If you’d like to go deeper, passionflower is a deeply relaxing tea. Kava-kava is an extra-sedative tea. If you’re sensitive, you really only want to drink kava-kava right before bed, and really be aware, it’s powerful stuff. If you could leave one statement with the world, one message with the world, what would you say? You matter, that you’re a critical piece of the puzzle here on earth here on earth, and what you do and the impact you make, no matter how large or small, matters.

Feb 19

30 min

Is it selfish to consider your needs first? Listen in as Jonathan and TeriAnn explore selfishness as it relates to self-love. Also, TeriAnn shares the top 3 things that helped her find more trust and self-love for herself in the last year. You don’t want to miss this! Get ready to fall in love with, You! Two People That Impacted TeriAnn’s Journey to Self-Love At a conference, a woman speaker asked the audience: “When I ask you who you love the very most, write the top three people.” “Raise your hand if the first person you wrote was yourself.” “What’s the safest place you know?” “Who wrote themselves?” At a Mastermind, a speaker shared a personal choice about taking chances: “We spend so much time trying to control other people’s experiences and allowing people to control ours. And one of the beautiful things about life is that we’re all in our own unique individual experience and that the only person that we can control is ourselves.” A Challenge from Jonathan “As we’re talking about loving ourselves more, let go of the idea that you’re being selfish by loving yourself, because the second you feel “Oh, I’m selfish. I shouldn’t do this, I need to do this for my kids, I need to do this for my husband, I need to do this for my wife, blah-blah-blah,” it’s going to pull you away from focusing on you, and the number-one person you have to take care of is you. You can argue with me all you want. I guarantee, after it’s all said and done, that will be the answer is that the number one person is you.” TeriAnn’s Top Three Tips for Loving Yourself Better Invest in myself before anyone else, unapologetically. There’s a difference between selfish to love ourselves and be the best version of ourselves to give more to others and being selfish with the intention to hurt people. It’s really important to get out of this mindset that you have to invest in everyone around you first, and then you’ll feel better. How can you take care of everyone around you and invest in everyone around you to the point that you deplete yourself and you can no longer give? I actually feel like my kids and I have a stronger relationship now that I invest in myself and we’re happier in our relationships than when I was just making everything in my life all about them and everyone around me. Changing our mindset about our past and our future and letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. We can only live for today. And one of the things to love ourselves better is to identify what makes us happy, what fills us up, what are our dreams, what are our passions, what are the things that are sticky and hard and frustrating in our lives. We have the power to change those right now, in this moment, by living for today and believing that other people can live and change for today. When we believe that about ourselves and we believe that about other people, it can dramatically shift our quality of life, the way we live, and it makes us realize that tomorrow is not promised, and the past is in the past, but I have right now, and that’s a gift. Put your body and your physical health at the top of your list when you’re investing in yourself. “Strong is the new skinny.” Two Tips for Being Present I put reminders everywhere in my life. I have some of the most amazing friends in the world and I talk to them daily, and I talk to them daily because they remind me to live in the present, always. I also put sticky notes all over for a short period of time in my life until I had changed my thinking. The sticky notes said, “Be present.” Those people who may have hurt me or we have had a falling out, or we’ve had hard relationships, to write a letter to them and burn it and never send it. Write it, read it out loud, burn it, and leave it in the past, and believe in what can happen now moving forward.

Feb 12

34 min

 Are you wondering why we’re so excited about our new vitamin C serum, Restore? Aside from the purity of this amazing elixir for your face we’re diving into the top 10 reasons you want, really really want, a vitamin c serum in your daily skincare regimen. And just wait until you hear the BONUS reason.   * * *  Featured Product RESTORE - Vitamin C Serum * * * Ready for a little vocabulary lesson? senescence  -  / suh·neh·sns/ [link to pronunciation] noun Used in: BIOLOGY the condition or process of deterioration with age. loss of a cell's power of division and growth.   When it comes to our skin, we spend an inordinate amount of money battling – because it feels like a battle sometimes – the telltale signs of aging, but how effective are the products?   This is something we’ve been curious about and we researched. Boy, did we research. In episodes 55 and 56 we discussed the Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid in your personal care products. This week we do a deep dive into the anti-aging of our skin and shine the spotlight on Vitamin C Serums.   What’s a vitamin C serum? If you are over 30 and actively trying to combat the signs of aging, you’ve likely heard of vitamin C serum.   Essentially, vitamin C serum is an oil- and water-based liquid that contains highly concentrated amounts of vitamin C.   Serums are different from cremes and other products with vitamin C because of the significantly higher concentrations, which allow people to get the most out of the product and see more noticeable results.    Vitamin C is touted as one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market — and the key to maintaining a smooth, even, and glowy complexion.   Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, there’s no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin. Using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap these benefits.   Not All Serums Are Alike First, let's take a look at what basic characteristics an ideal Vitamin C serum should have: It needs to have 15% to 20% Vitamin C. Has to be Paraben-free and contain no colorants or fragrances in order to protect the efficacy of the Vitamin C. Be combined with Vitamin E to achieve the best results. Contain Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, or preferably both to make the serum super effective. Be manufactured in protective packaging in order to delay the oxidization of the serum. Another point that we’d like to make has to do with the size of the Vitamin C serum bottle. Most common sizes are at 1oz. Based on personal experience, usually one can go through 75% of the 1 oz bottle before it starts to oxidize. Purchasing a 2oz or a 3oz bottle means you’re throwing your money down the drain!   Top 10 Reasons Your Skin Wants a Vitamin C Serum It’s safe for most skin types Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market. Promotes collagen production We did an episode on collagens, Episode #15, and it’s been extremely popular. We think it’s partly due to the fact that the bane of any woman’s existence are fine lines and wrinkles. But rather than give into the abyss of aging, the regular use of vitamin C products can combat their very appearance because of their concentrated levels of antioxidant-rich vitamin C, which helps boost collagen production, filling in fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, you may find that you have more youthful looking skin without the need for any expensive and potentially risky cosmetic work! Top that by adding our Clean Sourced Collagens into your daily diet and you have a one-two punch! Protects skin from sun damage In addition to its anti-aging benefits, topical vitamin C is also great for protecting your skin from damage—especially from the sun's UVA and UVB rays. That's because vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. Of course, topical vitamin C should not be considered an alternative to wearing sunscreen, but when combined with regular sunscreen application, it can really work wonders for your skin. Reduces under-eye circles Vitamin C has also been found to help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. This is great for those who are tired of trying to conceal the dark circles under their eyes and want to enjoy a more youthful, bright, and vibrant appearance. Speeds up healing Studies have also found that high levels of Vitamin C can help to speed up the body's natural healing processes. This makes it ideal for use on the face and other areas of skin, as it can help to heal small cuts, acne scars, and other blemishes more quickly and effectively. Reduces skin discoloration If you suffer from skin redness or other discoloration of the skin, then a quality vitamin C serum may also be able to help you achieve a more uniform skin tone and better complexion. Specifically, vitamin C is great for reducing embarrassing redness. With just a few uses, you may find that you have a more even skin tone. Keeps skin looking and feeling younger No matter what your age, it's always a good idea to be preemptive about avoiding wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Vitamin C can help your skin look younger for longer, not only by stimulating collagen production, but by evening out your skin tone and brightening your complexion as well. Improves hydration and moisture If you suffer from dry skin, vitamin C is a must. This is especially true if you have tried using moisturizers and cremes in the past, only to find that your skin is still dry and flaky. With topical vitamin C products, you can enjoy the high concentration of vitamins that your body truly needs to improve moisture content and overall hydration. Creates brighter, healthier skin In addition to improving your skin's overall complexion, vitamin C can brighten otherwise dull skin, allowing it to look healthier and more vibrant. Strong concentrations of this vitamin leave the skin looking and feeling replenished and revitalized. Reduces Inflammation It has also been found that vitamin C, in high enough concentrations, has inflammation-reducing qualities. This is ideal for people who tend to wake up in the morning with unsightly puffiness around the eyes or other areas of the skin/face. A little bit of vitamin C serum can go a long way here. BONUS Benefit! Because who doesn’t like a bonus?! Speeds Up Healing of Sunburns in addition to protecting your skin from sun damage, vitamin C can also be effective in helping to speed up healing of sunburns. Apply some after you have been sun burned, and the vitamins will help to promote faster healing so you can get rid of redness and find relief from itching, burning, and other symptoms associated with sunburn. These are just some of the many benefits of vitamin C as it pertains to your skin and face. And while it's easy to go out and find lotions, cremes, and other moisturizers at your local drug store that claim to contain vitamin C, it's important to realize that your skin needs a very high concentration of this vitamin in order to see results. This is why you're encouraged to use concentrated serums rather than a basic creme or lotion.   Where Can You Get A Good Vitamin C Serum? The reason that we went down this rabbit hole is because we got a lot of emails asking about skincare, and just like supplements, once we started investigating, the truth was disturbing. And so, we felt inspired to go down that rabbit hole as far as we could and actually create our own vitamin C serum that followed all of our guidelines.  We made sure that it had zero preservatives, has more vitamin C, and a clean, organic vitamin C than anything else out on the market.  Hyaluronic acid.  It has amazing ingredients inside of our vitamin C serum that you’re not going to find anywhere else.    * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Ferulic Acid https://www.healthline.com/health/ferulic-acid   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Collagen https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Collagen https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/collagens-hype-or-healthy-episode-15/   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You Part 2 – Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You   Organixx Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0     Subscribe to Empowering You Organically  Never miss an episode!    APPLE PODCASTS                 SPOTIFY                 GOOGLE PODCASTS  

Feb 4

30 min

Join Jonathan and Wade Lightheart today as he helps us understand enzymes. What they do, why they’re considered micro miracles, and how your health depends on them. Plus, Wade helps us understand what we want to look for in a supplement. You don’t want to miss this one!   FEATURED PRODUCT Organixx P3E From whole-food plant-based to ketogenic - no matter what kind of food you're eating. FIVE kinds of powerful protease enzymes in combination with some of the most potent additional enzymes. When they’re combined in AstraZymeÒ, they become even more powerful and help regulate protein transport to your muscles all the way down at the DNA level. You’re going to be amazed at how much things change when you start taking Organixx P3E.   When you take P3E every single day, you’ll get:  Increased energy (without the mid-day slump!) Increased nutrient absorption No more constipation, gas, bloating, and even acid reflux Better sleep A stronger immune system No more brain fog…   * * * About Wade Lightheart 3-Time Canadian All Natural Bodybuilding Champion who competed as vegetarian, former Mr. Universe Competitor, host of The Awesome Health podcast, Wade Lightheart is one of the world’s premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition and exercise which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade also serves as an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute. He’s been in the health industry for over 25 years, coached thousands of clients, and is sought out by athletes and high-performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.   What Are Enzymes? ENZYME - noun BIOCHEMISTRY a substance produced by a living organism which acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction. There are approximately 25,000 different enzymatic functions in the body The number of enzymes that you have present in your body is directly proportion to the amount of chemical reactions that you can engage in in the body. The difference between stones, plants, and people is enzymes, the amount and the role of those enzymes. They are the most critical component to all metabolic transactions.   Enzyme Bank It's like having a bank account. In other words, your ability to write metabolic checks, to build, to repair, to heal, to digest your food, to make your hormones work, to break down the smallest chemical reactions, to make your skin nice, you name it, requires an enzymatic pathway.   Our Current Food Supply is Lacking In today's world, we've radically compromised the amount of enzymes that we're getting from our food, the quality of those enzymes, and we've added a host of agents that actually interrupt our body's natural enzymatic mechanisms and that is having consequences across the globe that are extremely dire.   Pottenger & His Cats Francis Pottenger, Jr, MD, has given the cat world one of the best books available in the study of carnivore's nutrition. From 1932 to 1942, Dr. Francis Marion Pottenger Jr. conducted a group of experiments to determine the effects of heat-processed food on cats. Cats fed an all-raw diet were healthy while cats fed the cooked meat diet developed various health problems. At the time of Pottenger’s studies the heat labile amino acid taurine had not yet been identified as essential for cats. This work shows that the deficiencies Pottenger identified in cats correspond with those of a taurine deficiency and are the direct result of the lack of taurine in the feline diet. The physiological effects of a cooked diet described by Pottenger in his papers were compared with data from recent studies on taurine deficiency in the feline diet. Results. Pottenger’s main observations of near and far sightedness, cardiac lesions, increased stillbirth, low birthweight, poor kitten survival, and developmental abnormalities each correspond to published descriptions of taurine deficiency in cats with multiple references for each described condition. Taurine deficiency is a strong explanation for the symptoms observed by Pottenger in his cat studies. Pottenger’s own conclusion that there was an ‘as yet unidentified, heat-labile protein factor’ is realized in taurine.   4 Major Types of Enzymes There are four major categories of enzymes and then there are derivatives of each, Proteases which break down protein, lipase which breaks down fats, amylase which breaks down carbohydrates, and cellulase which breaks down fiber in plants.   What happens if I don't have the protease in my body to break down the all the protein that I'm ingesting? Gas Bloating Skin problems Brain fog The reason? Because you're feeding bad bacteria who are producing a variety of endotoxins inside the body that are interrupting your natural activity.   Disturbing Statistics from Wade’s Research In America today, 12% of the emergency hospital visits are related to gastrointestinal related illnesses. People going to the hospital in an ambulance because they're not breaking down their food.   A third of the population is suffering from digestive illness on any given day. And about 25% of the population is on prescription meds for this. And the correlation between digestive disease and depression and challenges for brain function, because most of your neurotransmitters are built off amino acids that got to be broken down and transported from the gut to your brain is directly correlated with the lack of enzymes.   What to look for in an enzyme supplement? Make sure it's at least half full of proteolytic enzymes and you want at least three proteases. The 3.0 the 4.5 and the 6.0 which relate to the spectrum within the pH band. You want to make sure it has up in that that range of like 70-80,000 HUT (One FCC HUT unit of proteolytic (protease) activity is defined as that amount of enzyme that produces, in one minute under the specified conditions, a hydrolysate whose absorbance at 275nm is the same as that of a solution containing 1.10 g per mL of tyrosine in 0.006N hydrochloric acid. Contains cultured enzymes. Broad spectrum. Contains AstraZymeÒ   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Organixx P3E Enzymes https://organixx.com/p3e?gl=5e29babe02e26bdb05020909   Pottenger’s Cats - Research https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6d5a/ae7b70dbbad5b25f8fa99e8d33c630366082.pdf   National Center for Health Statistics https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/digestive-diseases.htm   Digestive Diseases Statistics for the United States https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/digestive-diseases   Collagens: Hype or Healthy – Episode 15 https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/collagens-hype-or-healthy-episode-15/?gl=5d37204c02e26bc012183af2

Jan 28

31 min

Most of us enjoy a good drumbeat, but did you ever stop to think about the athleticism required to bring us the beat? The pounding beat takes a toll on the joints and ligaments. Inflammation is a drummer’s nemesis. Tune in today as Frank and Lauren Zummo share the routines that keep Frank in top athletic shape whether at home and on tour with his band, Sum41.     FEATURED PRODUC Turmeric 3D The ultimate support for healthy inflammation levels. Pure, powerful, organic fermented turmeric. Fermentation maximizes your body’s intake of nutrients. Also provides you fermented vitamin D3! Supports healthy inflammation levels   * * *   About Frank Zummo Frank Zummo is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the drummer for Sum 41 and Street Drum Corps.   About Lauren Zummo Lauren is Director of Client & Talent at Pathfinders Health Search. Executive search consultant and talent scout specializing in the placement of perioperative leadership.   * * *   What Started Frank’s Natural Health Journey? I was having lots of inflammation issues, just from the amount of shows, and just being a drummer.  It just takes a toll playing so hard.  And it was just bad, like literally it was scary bad with just my shoulders, how bad they were inflamed, and my forearms getting inflamed, and that’s when my wife actually found you guys, and that started this journey, about, yeah, three years ago.   J: Lauren, you’re the one that found us initially, right? L: Right.   J: Why were you looking for organic solutions as opposed to prescription meds?  Or did you guys try prescription meds?  L: First of all, organic, to me, it’s just an absolute no-brainer.  But on the other side of it, as far as like prescription, I think it started because like I became allergic to penicillin when I was in high school.  And then, when I was in college, I got a flu shot and broke out in hives.  So, I think I’ve just always had these sensitivities, and it’s driven me to look for other solutions.   J: We sent you a bunch of our different products.  And what has that done for you now, Frank?  I mean has that made a big difference?  Did you feel a difference when you started taking any of the supplements? F: I told her what was going on, and she had been following a lot of the work that you were doing with The Truth About Cancer.   And through that rabbit hole, she found turmeric. L: I had an email that said—like addressing inflammation.  And I’m like “Okay, there might be something to this.  Let’s look into this.”  F: I tried it on the break, and then I went on a nine-week tour, which is the longest tour I’ve ever done in my life, a consecutive tour, being out for nine weeks and Europe, playing two hours a night, playing the crazy music that we play.  And I didn’t have one issue.  I didn’t have to call in a sports therapist on that tour.    Frank’s Regimen First thing I do when I wake up in the morning is, I think there’s six bottles of stuff I take with you guys to start my day. 7M+ to keep my wellness on the road Probiotixx, because I’m eating all different random stuff every day in all these different countries I’m in, with different catering backstage. I will do a bone broth smoothie with your guys’ products and load it with everything I possibly can, with the collagens and all that. But the turmeric pills, I just started taking the Ageless Brain that you guys came out with, OrganiZymes.   J: What’s other stuff that you’re doing? F: Constant training.  When I’m off tour, I have a boxing coach, I’m boxing weekly. I go to the gym. I run constantly. Just cardio, cardio, cardio.  I trained for a month with Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece. Laird changed the game with healthy amazing coffees. I use his coffee and creamers.  I’ll even put those in my smoothies sometimes, too, which is great.  Activate, which is like cayenne and lemon, and all this stuff, to kind of jump start your day. So, I’ll take that with all your guys’ vitamins and all his like coconut waters to just stay hydrated, which is really important with just how I’m doing it.  I do ice. When I’m with them training, I do full ice bath stuff.  On tour, I obviously can’t travel with that, so I have a Home Depot paint bucket.  And for like four minutes before the show and after the show, I do from the tips of my fingers to like as far as I can get in ice, to reduce inflammation and help with that.  I do a bunch of cardio and light workout stuff backstage. I just do a ton and ton of stretching. I have the rollers to lay on to work out any knots or any issues I have.  I actually have a warmup kit in the dressing room as well, that I’ll get on for 45 minutes to an hour because I can’t come on stage stiff. The only other products that I’ll use throughout the day is Primal Kitchen. They’re like bars, they’re protein bars and stuff like that.  And just eating as cleanly as I can from what we have.   J: Lauren, let me ask you, because Frank’s on tour a lot, so you’re home with two little ones all the time.  What do you do?  What’s your routine?  Do you have any things that keep you going throughout the day? L: Organixx Bone Broth Protein powder in a smoothie every morning. I’m not getting enough sleep. That’s like my big, big thing that I really need to work on. I started using the Turmeric 3D, and also feeling like getting that vitamin D.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Sum 41 http://www.sum41.com/bio   Street Drum Corps https://www.streetdrumcorps.com/   Organixx Clean Sourced Collagens https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/QDxYPYGKBx7qmdyvdnGm?ch-tn-box=third-box&gl=5d88ec8202e26bb740380841   Organixx Turmeric 3D https://organixx.com/turmeric-3d/?gl=5d88e26002e26b602138083f   Organixx 7M+ https://shop.organixx.com/products/7m-plus?gl=5d88ddd702e26b7c21380836   Organixx Ageless Brain https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/yw8SsN7z1H4V5xoBworV?ch-tn-box=third-box&gl=5d88ec3402e26be73d380842   Organixx Bone Broth Protein https://shop.organixx.com/collections/all-products/products/organic-bone-broth-protein?gl=5d88ec6a02e26b5943380839   Organixx OrganiZymes https://organixx.com/organizymes/?gl=5d88e20702e26bb82d380838   Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx https://organixx.com/liquid-multi-vita-maxx/?gl=5d88e13502e26bb82d380837   Organixx ProBiotixx https://organixx.com/probiotixx/?gl=5d88e22a02e26b922c380838   Organixx Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0   Organixx Renew Eye Cream https://organixx.com/skin-renew/?gl=5de7dd8802e26b3166323750   Laird Superfood Coffee https://lairdsuperfood.com/pages/coffee   Laird Superfood Creamers https://lairdsuperfood.com/pages/laird-superfood-creamers   ACTIVATE Daily Jumpstart https://lairdsuperfood.com/products/activate-daily-jumpstart   INSTAFUEL https://lairdsuperfood.com/pages/instafuel   XPT - Laird Hamilton and Gabby Reece https://www.xptlife.com/

Jan 21

43 min

Back to Life Program and how people listening can get relief from back pain.   Featured Product Turmeric 3D The ultimate support for healthy inflammation levels. Pure, powerful, organic fermented turmeric. Fermentation maximizes your body’s intake of nutrients. Also provides you fermented vitamin D3! Supports healthy inflammation levels   * * *   About Emily Emily Lark is a speaker, author, studio owner, and creator of the internationally bestselling program Back to Life.  After living most of her life with debilitating back pain, Emily created a method to naturally heal back pain that has now helped hundreds of thousands of people around the world.  Back to Life is so simple that anyone can do it from home in just minutes a day and it has quickly become the #1 healthy back DVD program in the world.   Back Pain Statistics Back pain accounts for more than 264 million lost work days in one year—that’s two work days for every full-time worker in the country. Experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will experience back pain at some time in their lives   Emily’s one thing that most people are doing wrong when it comes to chronic pain. “I think one of the key things that people are missing when it comes to chronic pain, I think the biggest thing that people are missing is the strength-building, too, because if we can strengthen the muscles to support our skeletal system, then they don’t start feeling that pain, the joints have more life to them.”   The worst back pain advice that many doctors are still giving. Most of us, when we injure ourselves, when we’re in pain, we think that what we need to do is just kind of rest. But now, we’re really starting to find that movement is actually the fastest route to healing in most cases.   Emily’s Top 3 Stretches to Stop Back Pain. Neck and shoulders Doorway stretch, where you go into a doorway with your elbows on the side like goalposts, you lean the chest forward, and you hold for just 30 seconds. Then, you can work your elbows up a little bit, you can work them down.  But you want to feel that stretch in the front of the chest.  I try to tell people to remember to do it just three times a day.  Get up for 30 seconds and stretch that out.  Your core (your abdominal muscles, specifically the ones in the lower abdomen region) All you do is sit up really tall, and then you just lift one knee up and pull the belly in. And you lower it down and lift the other one up.  That’s going to activate those lower abdominal muscles.  You can do a marching movement; you can lift and hold.  Your spine Try to move the spine in all six directions at least once a day. And so, that would be a forward bend, a back bend, side bend to the right, side bend to the left, and then a twist, and a twist.    Stretching Tips You want to ease into it, because if you try to push too hard into a stretch, your body actually gives the opposite reaction of tensing up the muscles. Start in a stretch where you feel that edge, but you’re not feeling any pain, you’re not feeling horrible amounts of tension. And then using the breath, breathing in and out through the nose, actually has a very calming effect on the nervous system and it actually, if you think of your breath kind of communicating directly with your muscles, that will help the muscles start to release.  Rather than pushing them into it, try to breathe into those muscles. You always want to hold a stretch for at least 30 seconds. That’s kind of like the magic timeframe, where if you hold for 30 seconds, that’s where you’re going to get the most bang for your buck.  Anything less than 30 seconds, they’ve shown you don’t actually really increase your flexibility.    Don’t Forget to Warm Up If you haven’t moved at all yet in the morning, absolutely, you can go into some gentle morning stretches, but don’t push the body if it’s the first thing you’re doing. If you’ve been moving around throughout your day, your body is kind of warmed up, and then you can go into it a little bit more.    What back pain is really telling us. “I think the worst thing that we can do is just try to medicate and numb the pain out. Because clearly, if we’re in pain, our body’s trying to tell us something.” ~Emily  People often think that it’s our strong muscles that are the ones that are the tight ones. It’s actually the opposite that’s true.  The weaker the muscles are, the tighter they get.    Simple daily tips to help with back pain like how to stand, sit and sleep. Stacking your posture When you’re standing, always try to stand with your feet lined up with your hip bones, with your toes straight forward. Standing with the feet straight forward, and then slightly lifting your arches, you’ll feel the ankles stop rolling together, and the knees stop knocking together.  From there, we kind of work our way up to the low belly. I always advise people, as much as we can remember, try to draw the low belly in.  We want the shoulders to draw back right over the hips rather than forward. Then, we want to draw the ears back right over the shoulders. And a great test for this, to see if you’re standing up as tall as you could be, is to go stand with your back against a wall and try to see if you can get your shoulder blades to touch the wall, the back of your head to touch the wall at the same time, and then here’s the kicker, see if you can get your low ribs to touch the wall at the same time.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   INSPIRED Library Articles on Back Pain https://organixx.com/?s=BACK+PAIN   Organixx – Clean Sourced Collagens https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/QDxYPYGKBx7qmdyvdnGm?ch-tn-box=third-box&gl=5d88ec8202e26bb740380841   Organixx – Turmeric 3D https://shop.organixx.com/a/secure/checkout/OobbS9ROAoETfnAGmGDF?ch-tn-box=first-box&gl=5d8908c502e26b5f0c38083c   Emily’s Website https://www.emilylark.com/about-emily   Emily’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EmilyLarkOfficial/   Back to Life Program https://www.healthybacksystem.com/organixx   Back Pain Statistics https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/What-is-Chiropractic/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics

Jan 14

28 min

Your closet needs a detox! Listen in as Brendan Synnott shares his passion for organic clothing. It’s not just for the cuddle factor either. Did you know that conventional cotton is widely known as the world’s dirtiest crop? Brendan is now taking on the $3 trillion apparel industry, the world’s second-largest polluter, as CEO of the organic fair-trade cotton apparel company, PACT.   Featured Product Multi-Vita-Maxx USDA Certified Organic multivitamin for adults and children 21 whole-food fermented vitamins and enzyme-activated minerals 35 organic superfoods and botanicals to nourish your entire body Doctor-formulated with absolutely ZERO synthetic ingredients Taste-free formula - just add to a glass of water or your favorite drink   * * *   About Brendan Brendan believes that by changing something as simple as your underwear, you can change the planet.  Having cofounded organic food brand Bear Naked Granola and selling it to Kellogg for more than 80 million in 2007, Brendan is now taking on the $3 trillion apparel industry, the world’s second-largest polluter, as CEO of the organic fair-trade cotton apparel company, PACT. Long before he started working to clean the dirty apparel industry, Brendan was advocating for natural products.  After college, he launched Bear Naked, the brand that helped kickstart a food revolution, disrupting the market dominance of companies that churned out junk food, as consumers latched on to the value of organic natural foods. After bootstrapping for years, he eventually sold Bear Naked to Kellogg’s for 80 million, and Brendan’s odyssey as an eco-conscious entrepreneur moved to pet food, with I and Love and You, organic, ready-made food with EVOL foods, sold for 48 million, and angel investing in innovative natural foods and consumer product businesses with Revelry Brands. Now with PACT, he’s leading a passionate team to change the apparel industry for the better, using organic cotton as the foundation for addressing the labor and environmental issues that surround clothing. Before building food and lifestyle brands from scratch, Brendan worked backstage at Saturday Night Live, and later joined the cast of CBS’s reality show, Survivor.  Between being blindsided on the world’s most popular reality show, working on live TV, and building and funding innovative food and lifestyle businesses, Brendan is also a proud father of four, including two adopted children.   * * *   How Brendan Got into This When I was like 11-12 years old, my grandfather had a heart attack.  I saw my grandfather go through it.  He radically changed his diet, and as I watched him radically change his diet, it just gave me a different kind of understanding of food and the impact of what you put in your body is going to impact how long you live, how strong you are, how you feel every day, how you wake up, how you go to the bathroom, all of it. When I was working at Saturday Night Live, I was off for the summertime, and I ran into a girl that I went to high school with, and she was selling granola in a local farmer’s market in Connecticut, and I was just like “Oh, I’ll help you go make it.  I’ll help you go sell it,” and she was making it in a local deli, and selling it, and I just helped her and enjoyed it. And she was like “Why don’t you buy half my company?”  And I bought half the company from her for $3,700.00. And so, we both moved back in with our parents, didn’t pay ourselves for the first two years, and took all the money and the proceeds that we had from the business and kind of dumped it into growing it, and had a great outcome in it, and selling it to Kellogg one day. After Bear Naked, I started a frozen food business, which is called EVOL Foods, which is love spelled backwards, and that was organic burritos, organic frozen pizza, just kind of ready-to-eat meals, and then, also started the pet food business, and then also started an organic candy business.  I’m always interested in white space and kind of taking on the next big thing, the next big giant, and trying to create a vehicle for consumers to go make change, and that’s what kind of led me to fashion, because it’s something that we wear every day.   Why Is It Important for Clothes to Be Organic? Your clothes are grown in the same fields as your food.  Cotton’s widely known as the world’s dirtiest crop, conventional cotton.  It’s responsible for like 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and 20 percent in pesticides, the combination, 20-25 percent of that.  Yet, cotton only takes up 7 percent of agricultural land.  And cotton is also incredibly thirsty crop.  It uses massive amounts of water. Your clothes are grown, too, that is unless you’re wearing a performance item.  I’d rather wear something that’s natural, something that’s organic, something that’s not plastic on my body every day. 70 percent of what’s in your closet is made out of cotton.  Cotton has to be turned into the fabric, then the fabric is dyed.  And through that dying process, people ingest chemicals into the dying process, when organic certification says they’re not injecting chemicals that are going to hurt you or that are toxic. One of the first solves that doctors say is start using organic cotton products, or organic clothing, because they’re going to have less, less residues from pesticides and other toxic materials as part of it, which could impact somebody that has sensitive skin.   Environmental Impact The apparel industry is actually the second biggest polluting industry on the planet, behind oil and gas. Apparel manufacturing is responsible for 25 percent of the world’s water pollution.   Two Benefits for Organic Cotton Organic cotton uses over 80 percent less water. When you’re growing the organic cotton, it uses less water because of the organic farming practices in terms of crop rotation and irrigation allow for a lot less water usage than genetically modified cotton that’s sprayed with a bunch of chemicals in order to make it grow. Waterways were destroyed by areas that were dying and fabricating textile production, because of the amount of water used to dye garments, and then the discharge of all those dyes was then going directly into water streams.   What to Look For “Oh, I make sustainable apparel.” Is it legitimate? What does that mean? Does that mean like one percent of the fabric content of your product is made of sustainable materials, or 99 percent of the ingredients are made of sustainable materials? Organic certification Organic farming practices are scientifically proven to be more sustainable than traditional farming practices in the apparel space. GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard That is kind of the gold standard of certification of organic practices throughout the supply chain, making sure that, all the way from the farm to the factory, and everywhere in between, is governed with organic practices, both in the farming piece of it as well as the dying piece of it. Even our warehouse has to be organic certified. The factory has to demonstrate capability of segregating organic and non-organic ingredients when they’re manufacturing products to ensure that there’s no cross-contamination.  There’s also a cleaning process of the factory equipment, and then there's also standards, standard operating procedures that have to happen within the factory to make sure that it’s a clean factory, people are being treated well, that the use of chemicals is not occurring where it could contaminate the organic ingredients. The only real difference is that we’re not edible, we’re not making edible cotton, but in terms of the chain of custody, the lack of kind of bad stuff as part of the process, and the lack of contamination as part of the process, all extremely similar to food.   The Human Aspect The one thing that’s different for us, and we haven’t touched on it, is just the other kind of really important part of apparel production, is the human aspect. At PACT, we say the people that wear our clothes are equal to the people that make our clothes. We utilize the Fair-Trade Standard. That’s to make sure that farmers are paid equal profits in terms of when people are buying their crops. Fair Trade also started to certify factories to make sure that women are treated equally to men, to make sure that they’re paid the appropriate wages, and then specifically, the fair trade premium that we pay into at all of our factories is money that doesn’t go to our factory and goes directly to the factory workers, that then they can choose how to spend it.   Labeling Products You’ll see the GOTS certification on the outside of the box, and then you’ll actually see it on the garment itself.   How Is It Being Received? I don’t think we’ve reached the tipping point now, but I’m so proud, if you go to like the New York Times, and pretty much every month now, in the New York Times, there’s an article about what your closet’s impact to the environment is, or how you can try to quit fast fashion. And there’s so much more awareness on it, and for the first time, for me, I feel that kind of like same wave that comes up behind you in all these categories that we did at the Bear Naked, you work, you work, you work, and then this giant wave comes behind you and just like lifts everything that you’re doing, and I feel that wave coming behind us right now. I think over the next 24 months, and over the next 12 months, there’s going to continue to be an acceleration of articles, stories, and educational pieces around what impact what people wear has, just because I just think culturally, it’s what we wear is so important to how we are seen, and so, just all of that kind of waking up. What’s also really helped us the past couple years is just people’s desire to shop online. We sell all of our product online.  We sell in Whole Foods, and then we sell 90 percent of our business is online.  That’s where the bulk of it is.  And selling online, direct to consumers, allows us to invest more in the ingredients, invest more in the certifications, make products in a better way, remove the middleman of traditional retail, and then give a better value to consumers, where they don’t have to pay more to do the right thing.   Clothing in Landfills How many pounds of clothing does the average person throw away in the landfill on a yearly basis? Over 80 pounds of clothing the average person throws away on a yearly basis. Why? Because they’re making stuff, “fast fashion” is making disposable clothing really cheap overseas that’s built to be worn once and thrown away. What we do at PACT is, every time you buy a product from us, we have a give back program. So, you can print out a free shipping label and take the box that you received our product in, or any other box that you want in your house, and then you can take your clothes, put them in that box, and then we will route them to a charity that needs them and try to reuse the garments, because ultimately, people are not throwing clothes away because they have holes in them or they’re not wearable anymore, they’re throwing them away because they’re done chasing that fashion.    What’s One Change People Could Make When It Comes to Their Clothes? Don’t buy anything new. Go find an authentic garment that was well-made from a long time ago and that’s been worn a bunch of times, and you go make it yours. Give your clothes to other people if you’re done with them.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Bear Naked Granola https://www.bearnaked.com/   PACT Clothing (Use coupon code OrganicCloset for 40% off) https://wearpact.com/   EVOL Foods https://www.evolfoods.com/?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Evol_bing_Brand_BMM&utm_content=General&utm_keyword=evolproducts&utm_siteid=evol   Revelry Brands http://www.revelrybrands.com/   What is Fast Fashion? https://www.thegoodtrade.com/features/what-is-fast-fashion   GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard https://www.global-standard.org/   Fair Trade Certified https://www.fairtradecertified.org/

Jan 7

40 min

The pace of life these days makes most of us feel stressed, frazzled, and just plain exhausted at the best of times. Add party treats, holiday feasts, and one too many libations to the mix… and a lot of us get the feeling right about now that doing a post-holiday detox would be a good idea. But how do you cleanse and detox your body without spending hours doing research or breaking the bank? Detoxing doesn’t have to be complicated. One clever way to help your body’s own natural detoxification systems is to add some simple detox practices into your life on a daily basis.   Featured Product  Detoxx The easy, safe, ultra-effective way to cleanse your body of toxins. Cleanses your colon, lymphatic system, liver, and kidneys! All-natural organic ingredients. Proprietary fermentation process to maximize effectiveness.   * * *   What Does Detox Mean? Detoxification refers to helping your body “clean out” your internal organs to rid them of bad bacteria, poisons, pollutants, and especially food waste. Granted, your body is detoxifying itself all of the time. After all, that is part of the job description for the colon, lungs, kidneys, lymph glands, skin, and especially the liver. However, with everything toxic that’s in our environment, combined with what we’re slathering on ourselves and ingesting, it’s a good idea to give your organs a helping hand periodically.   Focus on These 7 Key Areas for the Best Detox Cleanse If you want to cleanse and detox your body the easy way, start small and take tiny steps in each of the seven broad categories listed below. If you’re consistent, over time you will establish healthy detoxification habits that will stay with (and benefit) you for a lifetime.   #1 – WHAT YOU EAT. Let’s start with the basics. Your diet can either add to your toxic load or help you detoxify from it. Whole foods are what you are aiming for to help your body eliminate toxins. Greens like celery, spinach, parsley, kale, and cilantro contain fiber, phytonutrients, and chlorophyll (the substance that makes plants green). Chlorophyll is especially great for detoxification since it cleanses the blood, is a super anti-inflammatory [1] and can bind with heavy metals. It also protects against DNA damage caused by Aflatoxin-B1 (AFB1) [2], which has been linked to liver cancer. [Note: Aflotoxins are cancer-causing substances produced by certain types of mold and are commonly found in peanuts, grains, corn, and cottonseed meal.] And don’t forget fiber! Getting enough soluble and insoluble fiber in your diet every day is essential for pulling toxins out of the gut and cleaning the colon. A 2015 study [3] published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that people who simply ate 30 grams of fiber every day lost more weight and stabilized their blood pressure more than those who engaged in complicated dietary changes. What You Can Do Now: Crowd out junk food slowly by focusing on your main meal of the day. Whether you consider this breakfast, lunch, or dinner, make sure you add a healthy amount of green vegetables to your plate. If you don’t like salads, try steamed veggies sprinkled with a little sea salt and some extra virgin olive oil. Another option is to replace a meal with a nutrient-dense smoothie that includes healthy ingredients such as wild blueberries and broccoli sprouts.   #2 – WHAT YOU DRINK. Besides eating healthy foods, drinking enough fresh, filtered water is absolutely vital for detoxification. Think of your bloodstream and intestines as a plumbing system. It takes water to flush all that bad stuff out of your body and down the drain. Water is especially helpful for the kidneys since these glands need it to get rid of certain waste products. Make sure you drink only fresh, filtered, fluoride-free [4] water. A good tip if plain water isn’t your thing is to add healthy substances to your water glass and turn them into detox waters. A very basic detox water is a little lemon juice added to 8 ounces of water first thing in the morning, which can help with alkalinity. Plop some cucumber or a few watermelon slices in your water glass for a refreshing and hydrating treat. To go for the big guns when it comes to health, try some apple cider vinegar (ACV) diluted in water first thing in the morning. Besides its amazing detox effects, ACV is chock full of vitamins and minerals [5], helps balance gut bacteria, and is amazingly immune-boosting. It also has antimicrobial and antifungal effects [6]. What You Can Do Now: For the next week, try drinking a tall glass of water first thing in the morning. If you want a real health boost, add a little bit of ACV in it. Start with a teaspoon and work up to a tablespoon or two in 8 ounces of water upon rising. Take note of the difference this one change can make in your overall energy levels throughout the day.   #3 – GO ORGANIC. Going organic as much as possible in what you eat and drink can be a huge step towards living a low-toxin life. A general rule of thumb for clean eating is to steer clear of commercially-raised meats and dairy. According to the advocate organization Consumer Reports [7], a whopping 80% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used for livestock. In addition, commercial dairy may contain high levels of cancer-causing dioxins, since they are mostly stored in animal fat. The World Health Organization found that the majority of human exposure to dangerous dioxins comes from animal products [8]. If you eat meat and dairy, make sure you get pasture-raised, hormone free, and organically-raised and non-GMO fed products only. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, be aware of the “Dirty Dozen.” A current list is provided annually by the consumer safety organization, the Environmental Working Group (EWG). What You Can Do Now: Go online and check out EWG’s current “Dirty Dozen” list [9] now (some of the foods on the listing can change from year to year). Then, make a point the next time you shop to go only organic for these particular fruits and vegetables.   #4 – HOW MUCH YOU EAT. Wise individuals through the ages have recommended eating less and going on fasts to clean out the body and boost both physical and mental energy. Nowadays, research continues to pour in about the benefits of calorie restriction as well as routinely spending some time not eating at all. The connection between fasting and detoxification is clear. Fasting kicks in “autophagy,” the process of cellular self-digestion.  When the cells starve, they begin to eat themselves. This is a way of breaking down and getting rid of damaged cells, which are then used as recycled energy. Studies show that fasting can rid the body of unwanted pathogens, improve brain health, and regulate metabolism. Fasting is a great way for your body to “clean house”… and the best part is it’s free! As it turns out, you don’t need to spend days sucking on ice cubes to gain the health benefits associated with fasting. “Intermittent Fasting” (IF) also stimulates autophagy. Intermittent fasting refers to alternating times for eating and not eating. Many individuals adopt the 16/8 rule. They fast for sixteen hours, including sleep time, and eat only during an eight-hour window (noon to 8 pm, for example). A 2017 study conducted by the University of California, San Diego, found that intermittent fasting improved “(a) circadian biology, (b) the gut microbiome, and (c) modifiable lifestyle behaviors, such as sleep.” As far back as the early 1980s, researchers at City Hospital in Baltimore found that IF increases lifespan [10]. What You Can Do Now:  Start with a food journal. Write down what you eat for one day, then reflect on it. Were there times that you ate even though you weren’t hungry? Perhaps you reached for that bag of chips because you were stressed or just bored? Being aware of our eating patterns as they are right now is the first step in changing them. After a few days of observing what you eat, experiment with extending your non-eating time a little. If you have hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue, take it slow and monitor your energy. Be sure to seek the advice of your health care provider before you start if you have either one of these conditions.   #5 – HOW YOU MOVE. Besides what you eat, getting enough physical activity is probably THE BEST thing you can do to keep your body detoxifying naturally every day. It may be hard to see the connection at first. Take a look at the links between exercise and detox, however, and you’ll be convinced: Aerobic exercise makes you sweat, which helps to eliminate toxins through the pores. Exercise in general increases and regulates breathing, which helps detox through the respiratory system. Aerobic exercise also pumps oxygen into the bloodstream, which cleans it out and increases blood flow. The faster the blood circulates, the faster lymph fluid can circulate as well. A 2018 study published in The Journal of Applied Physiology found that during a workout, muscles act much like the liver. They produce enzymes which clear out toxic chemicals [11]. Aerobic exercise is a catalyst for the production of endorphins [12] other “feel good,” healing hormones. Taking a walk, stretching, doing tai chi, or moving your body in another way outdoors fills your body with hormone-balancing vitamin D, which assists all your organs and your detoxification pathways. Finally, it’s not just fast-paced cardio that can help you detox. Stretching activities such as yoga can help you as well. A 2018 study in the Indian Journal of Medical Specialties found that yoga helped pregnant women increase internally-produced antioxidants [13]. What Can You Do Now: Haven’t exercised in a while? Start slowly by committing to take a brisk walk around the block at least two times this week. Even a 15-minute jaunt on your lunch break can do wonders to get you moving again. Note the difference this little bit of movement may have on your overall energy level for the rest of the day.   #6 – HOW YOU HANDLE STRESS. Being consistently stressed out can take a major toxic toll on your body. This is because chronic stress produces extra cortisol, which can lead to inflammation and sluggish systems that just get sluggish over time as they build up with waste. Cortisol is surging through the body night and day also has the ability to shut down key immune system cells involved in hunting out and destroying viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens. Stress can also change DNA, and those changes may be passed on to our children. Researchers at the University of Alabama found that traumatic and stressful events that happened early in life affect the BDNF gene [14]. BDNF is responsible for making certain proteins found in the brain and spinal cord. The bottom line regarding stress is if it gets out of hand, it can absolutely lead to more toxic sludge in your body and a weakened immune system that will not be able to handle it. What You Can Do Now: The opposite of the “stress response” for your body is the “relaxation response.” That is the sweet spot for detoxing since in this zone all of your metabolic energy is focused on healing the major organs, including your liver and kidneys. The good news is that there are tons of ways you can employ to go from stressed to smiling. Exercise, hydrating, and eating healthy can help in this regard. So can meditation. You don’t have to spend hours at it to get results too. A 2014 study published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology found had healthy individuals who practiced mindfulness meditation for just 25 minutes 3 days in a row experienced a lessening of psychological stress activity in the brain [15]. Again, start out slow with 5 to 10 minutes of observing the breath every day and go from there. When it comes to all the benefits meditation can have on the brain and body, consistency is key.   #7 – WHAT SUPPLEMENTS YOU TAKE. Last but not least, there is the issue of supplements. Many experts feel that taking key quality supplements is a necessary part of leading a healthy life in our pollutant-riddled world. We tend to agree. Luckily, we can now marry the wisdom of nature with advanced delivery systems. When it comes to detoxification, take synergistically compatible supplements. This will give you the support you need to kick your own natural detox mechanisms into full gear. What Can You Do Now: How do you know what supplement is right for you and your detox pathways? For best results over time, we recommend a high-quality, organic, multi-nutrient supplement that is easy to take every day and gentle on the system. Detoxx by Organixx contains over 15 concentrated detoxification herbs, including parsley and Turkey Tail mushroom.   How Not to “Retox” Your Body Be mindful of what you’re putting in (AND on) your body is one of the best ways to not retox. Ongoing, stay away from the processed foods as much as possible, stick to the whole foods.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources From INSPIRED Library https://organixx.com/cleanse-and-detox/   EYO Podcasts on Fasting https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/the-top-6-reasons-to-fast-episode-42/ https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/fasting-healthy-or-harmful-episode-40/   EYO Podcast with Jeffrey Smith https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/organic-and-gmo-myths-exposed-episode-30/   EYO Podcast with Ocean Robbins https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/the-food-revolution-and-what-you-need-to-know-about-it-episode-38/   What Is Reverse Dieting? https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/reverse-dieting   Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php   Organixx Bone Broth Protein https://shop.organixx.com/products/organic-bone-broth-protein   Organixx Multi-Vita-Maxx https://shop.organixx.com/products/multi-vita-maxx   Seventh Generation https://www.seventhgeneration.com/

Dec 2019

33 min

As you might already know, mindfulness is a way to be in the present and only the present. You focus on what you are doing or thinking at this moment, without worrying about the future or dwelling on the past. Mindfulness can be used for so many things, from helping you to lose weight, to re-gaining your focus on important work projects. It is really important for your mental and emotional health, as well as your physical health. One specific method of being more mindful is through meditation. The two things combine to allow you to be a happier, more fulfilled and more balanced person. Here are some things to know about mindfulness meditation.    Featured Product Ageless Brain Delivers powerful natural compounds scientifically shown to grow new brain cells and BOOST memory power Rejuvenates and re-energizes your brain cells – and helps your brain stay YOUNG as you age Puts an end to brain fog… embarrassing senior moments… forgetfulness… trouble concentrating… and more! Promotes a calm, focused mind and balanced mood Supports healthy inflammation levels Made with organic herbal ingredients sourced from the Amazon rainforest   * * *   What is Mindfulness Meditation? First of all, it can help to learn a little more about what mindfulness meditation is and how it can help you. The following information is going to give you more insight into what meditating in a mindful way means and of course the different ways it can help you. You now know that mindfulness is a way of being, thinking, and living in the moment. If you are eating a meal, you are focused only on what you are eating, including the textures, flavors, and sensations. You aren’t watching TV or thinking about your budget meeting. You only focus on your meal. This practice can also be used with meditation. Mindfulness is not easy to pick up right away, especially during a busy day when your negative thoughts and stressful situations creep up in your mind constantly. This is why you should start by also practicing meditation.   How to Start Meditating Instead of trying to stress yourself out with both mindfulness and meditation at the same time, start slow. Just start with basic meditating. Find yourself a quiet space where you can really focus on the meditation. This can be anywhere from your bedroom at night before bed to even the shower or when you are going for a walk. If you can do it at home where you can sit comfortably with your eyes closed, that can be helpful. Start your meditation by focusing on your breathing and only thinking about the breathing. Focus on taking in each breath and letting it out. Think about your lungs, and not about your next meal or all the appointments you have next week. This simple act will help you to retrain your mind to think about just one thing, which is the essence of both meditation and mindfulness.   Using Mindfulness With Meditation Now that you have a good introduction to meditation, you can start using mindfulness. Once you get used to sitting quietly and trying to clear your mind of all those nagging thoughts and only think about your breathing, you can then start with the practice of mindfulness. This is when you are only concerned with the present moment. Once you have the breathing practice down, choose just one thought to focus on. Only one thing happening in this current moment. This is a good introduction into how mindfulness meditation works.   The Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation Before discussing more tips on mindfulness meditation, it helps to know why you should start this practice. There are actually many advantages to mindfulness meditation, from lowering your stress to helping with your mind’s focus, memory, and concentration. Mindfulness meditation can also help your physical health, which is something many people are not fully aware of. Take a look at some of these benefits of mindfulness meditation.   Stress Reduction One of the top reasons people like mindfulness meditation is because it helps reduce their stress. When you start meditating and living in the present with mindfulness, you learn how to think about things differently. It isn’t going to magically get rid of all those stressful situations and people in your life, but it helps you to deal with them better. You develop a healthy coping mechanism where you understand and appreciate things for what they are, and stop dwelling on how much worse they could be. It truly is remarkable how helpful this is for your overall stress and anxiety.   Improved Memory If you struggle with memory issues, this might be more to do with how much you are trying to keep track of in your mind. Memory issues are often linked to negative thoughts and overthinking. When you start the bad habit of overthinking, it tends to lead to over-analyzing things as well. This is only going to make everything more stressful and frustrating for you. If you can start mindfulness meditation, you will notice that you are focusing on one thing at a time, so your memory starts to improve as well.   Better Focus and Concentration Other cognitive functions can also be improved with meditation, including your focus and concentration. Once again, you are changing the way you think about things, developing positive attitudes like acceptance, appreciation and gratitude, patience, and nonjudgment. This in turn allows you to focus on one thing at a time, whatever is happening in the present, instead of trying to think about too many things at a time. With proper mindfulness and meditation, you are learning how to adapt to everything around you, let go of the negative emotions, and appreciate all of the positivity in your life. It is very fulfilling and improves your overall focus in the long run. This can help with work, school, and anything else you are trying to achieve.   Lower Blood Pressure As far as physical benefits, the first is lowering your blood pressure. This comes from a lot of the mental and emotional benefits, therefore lowering your blood pressure. Things like stress, anxiety, and lack of focus can overwhelm your mind, and actually have a negative effect on your body. When you start meditating and using mindfulness in your daily life, you will feel less stressed and overwhelmed, which can then cause your blood pressure to get a rest.   Weight Loss Don’t forget about the benefits for eating and weight loss! Mindfulness isn’t just done in a meditation session, but throughout the day. By living more in the present, you can also focus on what is good for your body, starting with mindful eating. This is when you really think about your food choices and indulge in each meal, instead of being distracted and just grabbing any snack without thinking twice about it. Through mindful eating, you learn to notice the signs of actual hunger and not boredom or feeding your emotions. Over time, you will notice that it changes your eating habits and ultimately leads to weight loss.   Future Success Finally, all of these benefits can help you future. You become more successful by being less stressed and more focused on the task at hand. You stop trying to multi-task and become a unitasker, which really does wonders for you. All of these things you learn through mindfulness meditation are going to help you in the future.   How to Start Doing Mindfulness Meditation You have already have a brief introduction into what mindfulness meditation is and how it works, but let’s go a little deeper into the practice. You will also learn some helpful method, tips, and tricks that can help you if you are new to meditation.   Where to Meditate As mentioned briefly in the previous section, you need to start by choosing the right place for your meditation. Schedule a time of the day when nobody else is home or when you have few distractions. Wait until the kids are at school or asleep, your significant other is otherwise engaged, and let the dogs outside for a bit. Every little distraction, from a knock on the door to a cell phone ringing is going to break you out of the meditation. You only need about 15-20 minutes to start with. For now, try to choose a place in the house where you can sit quietly and close your eyes. Eventually, meditation can be anywhere you find it relaxing, from driving to work to going for a walk or hike. However, right now you want to practice with your eyes closed, so choose your bedroom, living room, or even on your patio if it is quiet and peaceful enough. Sit in your location with your eyes close and in a relaxing position. It should be a position where you will not be fidgeting or moving around constantly. Keep your back straight and hands relaxed.   What to Focus On Once you have gotten into the right position, you can start with your mindfulness meditation. Traditional meditation calls for clearing your mind completely, so that is a good first step. Focus on your breathing first to clear your mind of all distractions, stressful situations, plans, and schedules. Put your to-do list away and watch your negative feelings and thoughts float away. Once you are only thinking about your breathing, your mind is clear, and you can start the mindfulness portion. This is when you are focusing on just one thing, one thought, one scenario. You are being mindful about the present, so it can be as simple as thinking about the act of meditation or a scent you smell in the air. What you focus on is not as important as the act of meditation to relax your body and mind.   Find a Singular Object It can also help to focus on a single object with your eyes opened or closed. If you want to close your eyes, get an object that is simple to hold in your hand. This can be anything that is small and easy to feel in your hands. You will close your eyes and hold this object, touching its details and curves, focusing on the sensations, shape, and size, and not on any other thoughts that try to creep in. You can also choose a visual object, such as focusing on a painting on the wall or placing an object right in front of you. Look at the colors, textures, and design of that object. What you are doing is training your mind to release all other thoughts and focus on one singular thing.   Be Patient Remember to always be patient. Both mindfulness and meditation will take practice and is not something you are going to pick up right away. People need time to get used to clearing their minds and having a singular focus. You have lived all these years trying to multi-task, do everything at once, think about every little thing that could go wrong, making plans and schedules and to-do lists. It takes time just to relax and be in the moment, so make sure you are patient with yourself.   Incorporate Essential Oils With Meditation As a final note, we want to discuss using essential oils in combination with meditation. This can be really helpful, especially for beginners. You are not only going to focus on the scents to help with mindfulness, but certain scents can actually help you relax even further.   Good Essential Oils to Use You can use any oils you want, but there are some that are good for relaxing and calming the mind. Here is a list of some essential oils to try out, and the reasons why they are so helpful.   Lavender One of the best and most relaxing essential oil scents to start with is lavender. Lavender is perfect for stress relief, lowering anxiety, and helping your mind and body to fully relax. You will feel calm with a scent that isn’t too strong or overbearing.   Lemon You can also try lemon, which is especially good when you are doing the mindfulness meditation in the morning or when you want to be a little more alert. This is a fresh scent that also helps with improving your mood, reducing allergies, and improving your respiratory system.   Peppermint Peppermint is a bit of a stronger scent, but you can dilute it even more or put a little less into your oil diffuser. Peppermint is good for oral health, respiratory support, and better focus and concentration. Like lemon, it is also a great mood lifter.   Rose Rose is a light floral scent that will calm and relax your mind, while also helping your body to relax. This is good for beginners, and can easily be mixed with some of the other scents.   * * * Deeper Dive Resources   Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now https://www.eckharttolle.com/power-of-now-excerpt/   The Art of Effective Listening https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2012/11/09/10-steps-to-effective-listening/#ee7333138918   Organixx Article: Moving Meditation: A Meditation Practice for Those Who Just Can’t Slow Down https://organixx.com/moving-meditation/   Organixx Article: 13 Powerful Proven Health Benefits of Meditation https://organixx.com/health-benefits-of-meditation/   Organixx Article: 5 Reasons Behind Emotional Eating (& Tips on How to Eat Mindfully) https://organixx.com/emotional-eating/

Dec 2019

40 min

The holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. We over commit and leave our self-care routine behind as we shop, bake, attend parties, and get caught in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Before you get too far into the mayhem, we have 12 practical tips to help you enjoy the season and still keep your health and wellbeing in check. Join Jonathan and TeriAnn as they walk us through each tip so we can keep our holiday stress in check!   * * * Featured Product Turmeric 3D The ultimate support for healthy inflammation levels. Pure, powerful, organic fermented turmeric. Fermentation maximizes your body’s intake of nutrients. Also provides you fermented vitamin D3! Supports healthy inflammation levels    * * *   Let’s face it. While some people start listening to Christmas music the day after Halloween, others find this kind of behavior, well, just plain annoying. If you are among the millions who tend to get a little overwhelmed with all the hype this time of year and maybe even downright depressed during the holidays, you are definitely not alone. One survey found that close to half of the respondents said they “dreaded” the festive season. Here are some quick tips to help you take a breather from all the holiday stress now and focus on a healthier YOU as we enter the holiday season and gear up for a new year. #1: Take care of YOU first. Remember that you are the only one who can determine your health needs in any season. Are you feeling sad because of a recent hardship and need to reach out to a counselor or an understanding friend? Are you overly stressed and just need some time out? Do you need to write some things down in a journal or go to a Zumba class just to “let it all out?” This season, practice the art of tuning in to your own needs. #2: Set boundaries with others. One of the best ways you can beat holiday stress is to practice the art of saying “No.” Many people feel overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed about spending time with family members that they may not have anything in common with or who may display inappropriate, disrespectful, or disturbing behaviors. Others may stretch themselves too thin doing things for others while neglecting their own needs. For one week, practice saying NO to favors. Also, consider if excusing yourself from a gathering or two may be a possibility. If you can’t get out of the yearly get-together, set both internal and external boundaries before you go. It’s okay to not interact with family members that are particularly inappropriate. Instead, choose to connect with someone at the event whom you enjoy or someone you haven’t had a chance to catch up with throughout the year. #3: Don’t overdo the sugar. It can be extremely difficult to resist that cheesy mashed potato dish or second helping of pecan pie. However, the fact is that overloading on sugar (especially high fructose corn syrup), alcohol, refined carbs and, for an increasing number of people, gluten and dairy, can intensely tax both the body and mind. This adds additional stress to an already stressful time of year. According to an investigation published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, high fructose corn is more detrimental to brain function than other sugar sources since it can negatively impact the hypothalamus as well as raise cortisol levels. This can turn on inflammatory responses and lower immune function. #4: Get creative with gift-giving. In a culture that considers Black Friday another holiday, it’s hard to resist the urge to spend, spend, spend during the holiday season. This is especially true if you are a parent and your kids begin dropping subtle (and not so subtle) hints regarding their holiday wish list in September. Have a heart-to-heart with your child (or your spouse) if you must, and then get creative with gift-giving this year and avoid financial holiday stress. #5: Have some fun. What about a day in the mountains throwing snowballs, or a few hours at the beach making a sand snowman? How about stringing some popcorn to make tree decorations? Research suggests that play is just as important for adults as it is for kids. #6: Keep moving. Exercise is good for your overall health in countless ways one article couldn’t begin to sum up. In addition to lowering stress responses, consider this: new research suggests that regular exercise helps to convert “white” fat cells, a risk factor for cancer, to healthier “brown” fat cells. A 2012 report published in the journal Nature suggests that heat-generating brown fat can help you burn energy instead of storing it. Other investigations point to regular exercise as a way to prevent “leptin resistance.” Leptin is a powerful hormone within fat cells that regulates appetite. This holiday season get creative with how you can fit exercise into an already tight schedule. Start with something small such as parking at the far end of the mall so you can get a walk in while you shop. Or if you’re really ambitious, fit in a short, intense Tabata workout. #7: Don’t ruminate but DO reflect on your life. Several ancient traditions say that winter is a time to go within and reflect. For many, this may seem to be in direct contrast to what our modern society encourages. Reflection, however, is not the same as rumination. Avoid getting stuck on past regrets by giving yourself a timeframe and an avenue for your reflection. Write in a journal, make a creative collage, or work on a scrapbook for an hour or two to honor the past year. Then do something fun and self-nourishing which can help you get back into the flow your life now, in the present moment. #8: Go on holiday from the media. A digital detox not only gives your brain a break from electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and your eyes a break from the screen, it also allows you to form your own concepts of what the holiday season may mean for you. The media’s job is to sell products, first and foremost. Those “perfect” depictions of holiday shopping sprees and merry families gathered by the fire are designed to make you feel like something is lacking in your life so that you will “spend” your way to happiness. Ads and posts on Facebook and other social media channels can sometimes make you feel the same way. Don’t buy into the hype; go on a digital detox instead. This time away can give you a fresh perspective even if you abstain for just one day. #9: Cook up some goodness for yourself and others. If baking cookies or whipping up the holiday dinner is your job, do something different this year. How can you kick it up a notch so that fresh, wholesome, and healthy holiday recipes are on the menu? Better yet, consider making it a potluck this year so you don’t have to do all the work. Make sure to specify that dishes be healthy, nutritional, organic, and low on sugars, if possible. #10: Check your vitamin D levels. Being in the sun is the best way to get your vitamin D. Moderate sun exposure can also provide you with a plethora of other health benefits, such as increased nitric oxide production to protect your cardio vascular system. Vitamin D deficiency is very common, especially if you live in a Northern climate or spend a lot of time indoors. #11: Give yourself a gift. What if you put yourself on your holiday shopping list? Would you give yourself the gift of an afternoon snuggled up with a good book, a new outfit, a day hiking in the woods, or a relaxing essential oils bath? Give it a try! Include a gift for you in your time or money budget this year and notice how this one act of self-nurturing can help lift your spirits in a big way. #12: Remember the true “reason for the season.” Practicing gratitude during this time of year is a great way to switch your mood from “down in the dumps” to a lighter spirit. Believe it or not, practicing gratitude is a great way to detox and heal your body as well. Studies have shown that practicing gratitude can not only increase happiness levels by 25%, it can also help you sleep better, help you recover faster after surgery, and lower stress hormones by 23%. And it’s easy! In a gratitude journal or just in your mind, focus on the simplest things first – the roof over your head, the food in your fridge, the clouds in the sky, the presence of a special friend, family member, or pet in your life. Even being appreciative for the fact that you are breathing can get the gratitude vibe going!   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   12 Tips to Beat Holiday Stress https://organixx.com/holiday-stress/   How Healthy Are You? Take These 6 Simple DIY Tests to Find Out https://organixx.com/home-health-testing/   How To Use Water To Heal Anxiety, Depression, and Sadness https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/how-to-use-water-to-heal-anxiety-depression-and-sadness-episode-31/   What Causes Inflammation? The Top 10 Worst Offenders https://organixx.com/what-causes-inflammation/   Stressed Out? 10 Adaptogenic Herbs That Help With Chronic Stress https://organixx.com/chronic-stress/   What Is Tabata and Why Is It So Popular? https://organixx.com/what-is-tabata/   Uplift Your Mind & Spirit: The Best Essential Oils for Meditation and Prayer https://organixx.com/meditation-and-prayer/   Christmas depression: The data may surprise you https://www.mdedge.com/psychiatry/article/59771/depression/christmas-depression-data-may-surprise-you   Seasonal Affective Disorder https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/seasonal-affective-disorder/index.shtml   Seasonal Affective Disorder: An Overview of Assessment and Treatment Approaches. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26688752   Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/08/06/336360521/play-doesnt-end-with-childhood-why-adults-need-recess-too   A PGC1-α-dependent myokine that drives brown-fat-like development of white fat and thermogenesis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22237023   5 Steps to a Perfect Essential Oil Bath that Soothes & Heals Your Body https://organixx.com/essential-oil-bath/

Dec 2019

37 min

Once we started down the skincare rabbit hole it made sense to offer a product you could feel comfortable with putting near your eyes and brought amazing results. RENEW was formulated with exacting standards and our mission is to ALWAYS provide you the cleanest, most effective product to enhance your life. The ingredient list is a star-studded list. It’s full of timeless treasures and a new clean ingredient that really gives our luxurious eye cream and YOU an unfair advantage when battling the signs of aging.  Let’s dive into them one by one….   * * * Featured Product Organixx Skin:  Renew Eye Cream   * * *   Once we started down the skincare rabbit hole it made sense to offer a product you could feel comfortable with putting near your eyes and brought amazing results. RENEW was formulated with exacting standards and our mission is to ALWAYS provide you the cleanest, most effective product to enhance your life. The ingredient list is a star-studded list. It’s full of timeless treasures and a new clean ingredient that really gives our luxurious eye cream and YOU an unfair advantage when battling the signs of aging. Let’s dive into them one by one….   Jojoba – anti-inflammatory properties which help to tame chaffing and chapping, reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep skin calm and comfortable. The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair and damage control. Soothes dry skin.   Olive Oil – Antioxidant content. Olive oil may help prevent premature signs of aging on the skin. Vitamin content. Antibacterial effects. Moisturizing effects. Moisturizer and after-sun treatment.   Purified Water – Softer skin. Chemicals and minerals can make the skin dry. Quite the opposite, purified water has no harsh effects on skin, leaving it soft and moisturized. Add glow. Soft water doesn't remove the natural oils from your skin and makes it look moisturized.   Avocado Oil – The beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil help moisturize and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and also increase collagen metabolism.   Apricot kernel oil – anti-aging benefits. It's recommended for dry and mature skin types due to its mild, highly moisturizing nature and rich antioxidant content. Daily use of apricot kernel oil can be used to help diminish the look of wrinkles and other signs of aging. It is readily absorbed by the skin leaving no oily residue. Great choice for an under eye cream as it helps to reduce dark circles, puffiness and to strengthen the skin around the eye area.   Beeswax – antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that are essential in fighting chapped skin and bacterial infections that tend to affect us most in the dry, winter months. It forms a protective wall by sealing in moisture in our skin without smothering and clogging up the pores.   Witch hazel – acts as astringent to help shrink your pores, soothe your skin and reduce inflammation. Soothes puffy eyes.    Manuka Honey – it occupies of position of choice in cosmetics as a true skin delicacy, thanks to its gentle and sweet smell, as well as its moisturizing, purifying, healing and soothing properties. Calming. Soothing. Redness.   Matrixyl Morphomics – constitutes an unprecedented way of combating wrinkles, especially vertical lines that give the face a sad expression. Repair. Smoothing.    Testing Results We had our new Organixx Skin: Renew Eye Cream 3rd party tested, and it came back squeaky clean. No pesticides, herbicides, GMOs or heavy metals to worry about with your new eye cream! * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Organixx Skin:  Renew Eye Cream https://organixx.com/skin-renew/?gl=5de7dd8802e26b3166323750   Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0   Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Empowering You Organically Podcasts on Skincare Ingredients Part 1: 55 Part 2: 56

Dec 2019

18 min

You've heard the promises: Eye creams reduce or even erase the signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. But aren't eye creams just more-expensive moisturizers in a smaller package? Tune in this week to get your answer!   Featured Product Organixx Skin:  Renew Eye Cream   * * *   Do You Really Need Eye Cream? Did you know your eyes can look up to 20 years older than the rest of your face? This is due to those pesky concerns like dark circles and puffiness around the eye. Dark circles occur because the skin below the eye is so thin it actually shows the blood pumping around - the eye puffiness further exacerbates this. You've heard the promises: Eye creams reduce or even erase the signs of aging: fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles. But aren't eye creams just more-expensive moisturizers in a smaller package? Not necessarily, says dermatologist Patricia Farris, MD, a clinical associate professor at Tulane University School of Medicine. "Eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye, so they tend to be thicker. They contain more oil than a regular facial lotion, and they have a lot of active ingredients aimed at the problems we see around the eyes," Farris explains. The skin around the eyes is more fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams can address some of these issues. Here’s an unsettling thought: the skin around the eye loses moisture around 50% faster than the rest of your face, so it’s actually the driest area of your face. However, the skin is so delicate it doesn’t show patchy dryness on the surface, like the rest of our face, even though it’s the most vulnerable area.   Top 5 Reasons You Want to Use an Eye Cream 1. MINIMIZE THE LOOK OF DARK CIRCLES Nothing highlights your lack of sleep more than a set of dark circles hanging around your eyes. When you’re tired, a chemical called cortisol builds up in your body to give you energy to stay awake. This internal energy shot causes blood vessels to inflate, causing them to push up against the thin skin around your eyes creating dark circles. Yes, one of the well-known uses for under eye cream is to help mask those dark under eye circles. There are many products out there claiming to do just this, so considering the ingredients in each is key. Dark circles under the eyes come from genes, sun damage, age, and blood build-up. Sodium ascorbate, or vitamin C, can thicken the skin and help conceal dark circles after about 6 months.    2. SAY GOODBYE TO PUFFINESS You’ve likely fallen victim to under eye bags at some point. Lack of sleep is no joke–and surely not the look you’re going for. Due to the horizontal nature of sleeping, blood and fluid accumulate beneath your eyes every night as you sleep. When you wake up, your body takes time to trickle these fluids back into the body (it can take even longer if you’re tired).    3. REDUCE WRINKLES Whether you’re a victim of smile-lines or sun damage, under eye wrinkles are a fact of life. Luckily, there are a few products you can use to help reduce them and keep your skin looking youthful. Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun damage and your skin making less collagen as you age. Collagen helps maintain skin's elasticity. Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have boosted collagen production, studies of skin creams show. Ceramide and hyaluronic acid also help; these are moisturizers that help prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity.   4. PREVENT WRINKLES Of course, getting rid of present wrinkles is something most of us think to do, but many people neglect the importance of prevention. Being proactive about potential wrinkles by using anti-aging products will save yourself the stress and hassle of waiting until they appear Skin around the eyes is 40 per cent thinner and it’s also the least elastic part of your face. That means it doesn’t have the bounce back that your cheeks might have, even though we tend to focus mostly on the complexion at large–big mistake. Organixx’s RENEW can work hard to undo your sins, even if they run deep, and it will continue to protect the delicate area by hydrating the skin and improving its softness and elasticity. The product contains witch hazel, an anti-inflammatory, meaning it will protect from environmental stressors too.   5. PREP YOUR SKIN FOR MAKEUP While there are plenty of products that will prep your skin for your daily makeup routine, under eye cream is one that most people overlook. With its firming and smoothing qualities, it has the power to make all the difference in how your makeup applies and wears throughout the day. It's important to note here that this doesn’t just pertain to women. Men benefit greatly from a healthy skincare regimen as well!   3 Ingredients You Should Never Put Near Your Eyes New beauty and skin care products surface every day with promises of better, younger-looking eyes. But before you apply them on and around your peepers, you might (read: definitely) want to check the ingredient list on the back. We discussed the top ingredients to avoid in your skincare on episodes 55 & 56. Be sure to check those out if you haven’t already! According to New York oculoplastic surgeon Irene Gladstein, MD, your go-to product probably contains an irritant that may be pose a threat to your eye health. “There is a myriad of skin care ingredients that, when used in close proximity to the eye, may cause undesirable—and frankly dangerous—ophthalmic concerns.“   Here are the top three culprits to look out for in order to keep sensitivity far, far away. Parabens Found in most products that contain any amount of water, Dr. Gladstein says preservatives like parabens and benzalkonium chloride (BAK) are common in makeup and skin care products, as well as makeup removers. While preservatives work to prevent bacteria from forming in your products, ingredients like parabens or BAK can also cause adverse reactions in some when placed too close to the eye.   Heavy metals “Nickel and chrome, two heavy metals seen in all sorts of makeup products, are known to be responsible for skin and eye allergies,” explains Dr. Gladstein. However, don’t confuse these with metals such as iron, which plays an important role in our body and is necessary for proper function.   Retinols Don’t worry: Retinols are still the gold standard of anti-aging ingredients. But, Dr. Gladstein says you have to be careful about where (and how carefully) you apply it. “When used in close proximity to the sensitive lining of the eye, retinols may precipitate dry eye and significant irritation.” The solution: Don’t get too close to your eye and use a retinol that’s specifically formulated for use in that area instead of your facial retinol. (Many will contain hydrating ingredients that will soothe or minimize any irritation around the delicate area.)   Renew Eye Cream New product from Organixx. All of the ingredients are USDA-certified organic ingredients. TeriAnn has formulated it.  * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Organixx Skin:  Renew Eye Cream https://organixx.com/skin-renew/?gl=5de7dd8802e26b3166323750   Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0   Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Empowering You Organically Podcasts on Skincare Ingredients Part 1: 55 Part 2: 56

Dec 2019

16 min

Gratitude undeniably improves our well-being. Science proves it! Last week we tackled the science of gratitude. Tune in this week for 10 ways to become more grateful. There are some interesting suggestions here - you don’t want to miss it!   Featured Product Organixx Ageless Brain Delivers powerful natural compounds scientifically shown to grow new brain cells and BOOST memory Rejuvenates and re-energizes your brain cells – and helps your brain stay YOUNG as you age Puts an end to brain fog… embarrassing senior moments… forgetfulness… trouble concentrating… and more! Promotes a calm, focused mind and balanced mood Supports healthy inflammation levels Made with organic herbal ingredients sourced from the Amazon rainforest   * * *   The Expert on Gratitude Robert Emmons, who has a PhD and is the leading scientific expert on gratitude, shares a lot of really good information. He is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California – Davis and the founding Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Positive Psychology.  He has authored many books around gratitude and happiness and emotions and positivity, and this is his top 10 list for becoming more grateful.    Top 10 List for Becoming More Grateful Keep a gratitude journal. Establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude, associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life, give you the potential to interweave a sustainable life theme of gratefulness.  Remember the bad. To be grateful in your current state, it is helpful to remember the hard times that you once experienced. When you remember how difficult life used to be and how far you have come, you set up an explicit contrast in your mind, and this contrast is fertile ground for gratefulness.  Ask yourself three questions. Utilize the meditation technique known as Naikan, which involves reflecting on three questions: “What have I received from __?”, “What have I given to __?”, and “What troubles and difficulty have I caused?” Learn prayers of gratitude. In many spiritual traditions, prayers of gratitude are considered to be the most powerful form of prayer, because through these prayers, people recognize the ultimate source of all they are and all they will ever be. Come to your senses. Through our senses, the ability to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear, we gain an appreciation of what it means to be human and of what an incredible miracle it is to be alive. Seen through the lens of gratitude, the human body is not only a miraculous construction, but also a gift.  Use visual reminders. Because the two primary obstacles to gratefulness are forgetfulness and the lack of mindful awareness, visual reminders can serve as cues to trigger thoughts of gratitude. Oftentimes, the best visual reminders are other people. Make a vow to practice gratitude. Research shows that making an oath to perform a behavior increases the likelihood that the action will be executed. Watch your language. Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, bless, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf. Go through the motions. If you go through grateful motions, the emotion of gratitude should be triggered. Grateful motions include smiling, saying thank you, and writing letters of gratitude.  Think outside the box. If you want to make the most out of opportunities to flex your gratitude muscles, you must creatively look for new situations and circumstances in which to feel grateful.   Homework from Jonathan: Exercising Your Gratitude Muscle According to UCLA's Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, having an attitude of gratitude changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier. When you feel happiness, the central nervous system is affected. You are more peaceful, less reactive, and less resistant. Now that's a really cool way of taking care of your well-being as you go through not just the holiday season but the rest of your life. Joan Moran, from UCLA Recreation’s FITWELL program, wrote an opinion piece in 2013 for the Huffington Post where she discussed positive benefits of an attitude of gratitude. We want to help you exercise your Gratitude Muscle this holiday season! So, we’re sharing her timeless tips with you today. And challenging YOU to incorporate this into a daily practice this holiday season….and beyond! The following questions (and their honest answers) will help you grow your attitude of gratitude during the holidays:   Ask who in your life — past and present — has given you inspiration, motivation, love, support, and guidance. These people can be family, friends, teachers, mentors, or work colleagues. You carry these people around like angels on your shoulders because they are always giving you energy. Take a moment to acknowledge them and give thanks that that they are in your life. You can follow up with a note or phone call of thanks to let them know that they matter to you. Ask what skills, talents, personal characteristics, values, beliefs, and education opportunities you utilize every day and are you grateful for. The one stable gift that I am grateful for is my ability to teach. This is the gift I cannot live without because it leads to other fabulous learning and knowing experiences as well as different skill sets. You will recognize your greatest talents and gifts by reflecting on the values and beliefs that you live by and personal characteristics that you have developed. Ask yourself what gift keeps on giving for you. What gifts will change your life mightily?   Ask where you have been in your life that has deeply affected you emotionally, intellectually, physically or spiritually. In what ways have experiences outside your normal daily activities positively influenced your life? It is likely you have experienced some travel during your life. The places you visited, the people you met, perhaps from other cultures have broadened your life, influenced your view of the world and affected your sense of self within your community. Take time during the holidays and reflect on how these powerful experiences have shaped who you are today.   Ask how you normally express your gratitude. Do you express gratitude daily? And if you are not taking the time to do so, why not? It is easy to forget to say thank you because our lives are so busy and filled with "to-dos" and "musts." Make it a habit at least twice a day to find a quiet place to pause and say thank you for your gifts. Reach out to friends by phone or email to say thank you to them for being in your life because they cherish you and give you support and love. Acknowledge and be grateful for your loving community.   Ask what negative situation could be a positive in your life. Why should you be grateful for the negative things that happen to you in life? Life isn't perfect. Bad stuff happens. But inside every negative experience is a positive experience waiting to happen. Eliminating the negative self-talk, you put yourself through develops stronger mental health habits. It allows you to become more accepting of everything that happens in life — the good, the bad, and the ugly. And the process of removing negativity creates the opportunity for growth and transformation.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Robert Emmons https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/profile/robert_emmons   The Science of Gratitude by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/images/uploads/GGSC-JTF_White_Paper-Gratitude-FINAL.pdf   Pause, reflect and give thanks: the power of gratitude during the holidays http://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/gratitude-249167   UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center http://marc.ucla.edu/   Counting Blessings Versus Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/images/application_uploads/Emmons-CountingBlessings.pdf   Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude https://ggsc.berkeley.edu/what_we_do/major_initiatives/expanding_gratitude   Naikan Method https://www.naikan.eu/english/naikan-why.html   Does gratitude writing improve the mental health of psychotherapy clients? Evidence from a randomized controlled trial https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10503307.2016.1169332?scroll=top&needAccess=true&journalCode=tpsr20   Neural correlates of gratitude https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01491/full   What Does a Grateful Brain Look Like? https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/what_does_a_grateful_brain_look_like

Dec 2019

30 min

Gratitude. It’s just not something to shine a light on in November each year. We’ve dug up some fascinating research on the positive benefits having an attitude of gratitude will make on your health and well-being. Tune in to hear the research and tips on starting your own daily gratitude practice.   Featured Product Organixx Ageless Brain Delivers powerful natural compounds scientifically shown to grow new brain cells and BOOST memory Rejuvenates and re-energizes your brain cells – and helps your brain stay YOUNG as you age Puts an end to brain fog… embarrassing senior moments… forgetfulness… trouble concentrating… and more! Promotes a calm, focused mind and balanced mood Supports healthy inflammation levels Made with organic herbal ingredients sourced from the Amazon rainforest   * * *   The holidays are here and it’s historically a hard time emotionally for many. And as we’ve discussed often… your emotions do impact your health and overall well-being! We wanted to explore the science of gratitude with you and offer some tips to help make the holidays just a little bit brighter this year. Scientists have discovered that feelings of gratitude can actually change your brain. Feeling gratitude can also be a great tool for overcoming depression and anxiety.   What Is Gratitude? Robert Emmons, perhaps the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, argues that gratitude has two key components, which he describes in a Greater Good essay, “Why Gratitude Is Good.” “First,” he writes, “it’s an affirmation of goodness. We affirm that there are good things in the world, gifts and benefits we’ve received.” In the second part of gratitude, he explains, “we recognize that the sources of this goodness are outside of ourselves. … We acknowledge that other people—or even higher powers, if you’re of a spiritual mindset—gave us many gifts, big and small, to help us achieve the goodness in our lives.” Emmons and other researchers see the social dimension as being especially important to gratitude. “I see it as a relationship-strengthening emotion,“ writes Emmons, “because it requires us to see how we’ve been supported and affirmed by other people.” Because gratitude encourages us not only to appreciate gifts but to repay them (or pay them forward), the sociologist Georg Simmel called it “the moral memory of mankind.” This is how gratitude may have evolved: by strengthening bonds between members of the same species who mutually helped each other out.   This really is a ‘thing’! Universities have entire departments with focused research on happiness and gratitude. Researchers from Berkeley identified how gratitude might actually work on our minds and bodies. They provided four insights from their research suggesting what causes the psychological benefits of gratitude. Gratitude unshackles us from toxic emotions Gratitude helps even if you don’t share it Gratitude’s benefits take time & practice. You might not feel it right away. Gratitude has lasting effects on the brain   Breakdown of Benefits Physical• Stronger immune systems • Less bothered by aches and pains • Lower blood pressure • Exercise more and take better care of their health • Sleep longer and feel more refreshed upon waking   Psychological• Higher levels of positive emotions • More alert, alive, and awake • More joy and pleasure • More optimism and happiness   Social• More helpful, generous, and compassionate • More forgiving • More outgoing • Feel less lonely and isolated.   The Key to Well-Being? “Building the best life does not require fealty to feelings in the name of authenticity, but rather rebelling against negative impulses and acting right even when we don’t feel like it,” says Arthur C. Brooks, author of Gross National Happiness, in a column in the New York Times. In the article, from 2015, he argues that “acting grateful can actually make you grateful” and uses science to prove it. A 2003 study compared the well-being of participants who kept a weekly list of things they were grateful for to participants who kept a list of things that irritated them or neutral things. The researchers showed that the gratitude-focused participants exhibited increased well-being and they concluded that “a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits.” Understand this…..The participants didn’t begin the study any more grateful or ungrateful than anyone else, and they didn’t change their lives during the study so that they’d have more to be thankful for. They just turned their outlook to one of gratitude, and they were happier for it.   How Do You Practice Gratitude? Tony Robbins’ Guided Imagery – Gratitude Practice He was on a podcast with Tim Farris, and he did like a seven-minute clip, and he walks you through how to feel gratitude from a way he's learned how to do it.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Robert Emmons "Why Gratitude Is Good" https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good   Greater Good Magazine – "What Is Gratitude?" https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/gratitude/definition   Psychology Today – "Happiness" https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/happiness   Arthur C. Brooks article in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/opinion/sunday/choose-to-be-grateful-it-will-make-you-happier.html   2003 Study from Robert Emmons https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/images/application_uploads/Emmons-CountingBlessings.pdf   Tony Robbins Gratitude Exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-1mxzHlEKI

Nov 2019

31 min

Are you wondering why we’re so excited about our new vitamin C serum, Restore? Aside from the purity of this amazing elixir for your face we’re diving into the top 10 reasons you want, really really want, a vitamin c serum in your daily skincare regimen. And just wait until you hear the BONUS reason.   * * *  Featured Product Organixx Skin: Restore * * *   Ready for a little vocabulary lesson? senescence  -  / suh·neh·sns/ [link to pronunciation] noun Used in: BIOLOGY the condition or process of deterioration with age. loss of a cell's power of division and growth.   When it comes to our skin, we spend an inordinate amount of money battling – because it feels like a battle sometimes – the telltale signs of aging, but how effective are the products? This is something we’ve been curious about and we researched. Boy, did we research. In episodes 55 and 56 we discussed the Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid in your personal care products. This week we do a deep dive into the anti-aging of our skin and shine the spotlight on Vitamin C Serums.   What’s a vitamin C serum? If you are over 30 and actively trying to combat the signs of aging, you’ve likely heard of vitamin C serum. Essentially, vitamin C serum is an oil- and water-based liquid that contains highly concentrated amounts of vitamin C. Serums are different from cremes and other products with vitamin C because of the significantly higher concentrations, which allow people to get the most out of the product and see more noticeable results. Vitamin C is touted as one of the best anti-aging ingredients on the market — and the key to maintaining a smooth, even, and glowy complexion. Although you’re probably getting vitamin C in your diet, there’s no way to guarantee that it’s going straight to your skin. Using serums and other topical products is the most direct way to reap these benefits.   Not All Serums Are Alike First, let's take a look at what basic characteristics an ideal Vitamin C serum should have: It needs to have 15% to 20% Vitamin C. Has to be Paraben-free and contain no colorants or fragrances in order to protect the efficacy of the Vitamin C. Be combined with Vitamin E to achieve the best results. Contain Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid, or preferably both to make the serum super effective. Be manufactured in protective packaging in order to delay the oxidization of the serum. Another point that we’d like to make has to do with the size of the Vitamin C serum bottle. Most common sizes are at 1oz. Based on personal experience, usually one can go through 75% of the 1 oz bottle before it starts to oxidize. Purchasing a 2oz or a 3oz bottle means you’re throwing your money down the drain!   Top 10 Reasons Your Skin Wants a Vitamin C Serum It’s safe for most skin types Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market. Promotes collagen production We did an episode on collagens, Episode #15, and it’s been extremely popular. We think it’s partly due to the fact that the bane of any woman’s existence are fine lines and wrinkles. But rather than give into the abyss of aging, the regular use of vitamin C products can combat their very appearance because of their concentrated levels of antioxidant-rich vitamin C, which helps boost collagen production, filling in fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, you may find that you have more youthful looking skin without the need for any expensive and potentially risky cosmetic work! Top that by adding our Clean Sourced Collagens into your daily diet and you have a one-two punch! Protects skin from sun damage In addition to its anti-aging benefits, topical vitamin C is also great for protecting your skin from damage—especially from the sun's UVA and UVB rays. That's because vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it naturally helps to strengthen your skin and repel things that could damage it. Of course, topical vitamin C should not be considered an alternative to wearing sunscreen, but when combined with regular sunscreen application, it can really work wonders for your skin. Reduces under-eye circles Vitamin C has also been found to help even out skin tone and reduce the appearance of under-eye circles. This is great for those who are tired of trying to conceal the dark circles under their eyes and want to enjoy a more youthful, bright, and vibrant appearance. Speeds up healing Studies have also found that high levels of Vitamin C can help to speed up the body's natural healing processes. This makes it ideal for use on the face and other areas of skin, as it can help to heal small cuts, acne scars, and other blemishes more quickly and effectively. Reduces skin discoloration If you suffer from skin redness or other discoloration of the skin, then a quality vitamin C serum may also be able to help you achieve a more uniform skin tone and better complexion. Specifically, vitamin C is great for reducing embarrassing redness. With just a few uses, you may find that you have a more even skin tone. Keeps skin looking and feeling younger No matter what your age, it's always a good idea to be preemptive about avoiding wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines, and other signs of aging. Vitamin C can help your skin look younger for longer, not only by stimulating collagen production, but by evening out your skin tone and brightening your complexion as well. Improves hydration and moisture If you suffer from dry skin, vitamin C is a must. This is especially true if you have tried using moisturizers and cremes in the past, only to find that your skin is still dry and flaky. With topical vitamin C products, you can enjoy the high concentration of vitamins that your body truly needs to improve moisture content and overall hydration. Creates brighter, healthier skin In addition to improving your skin's overall complexion, vitamin C can brighten otherwise dull skin, allowing it to look healthier and more vibrant. Strong concentrations of this vitamin leave the skin looking and feeling replenished and revitalized. Reduces Inflammation It has also been found that vitamin C, in high enough concentrations, has inflammation-reducing qualities. This is ideal for people who tend to wake up in the morning with unsightly puffiness around the eyes or other areas of the skin/face. A little bit of vitamin C serum can go a long way here. BONUS Benefit! Because who doesn’t like a bonus?! Speeds Up Healing of Sunburns in addition to protecting your skin from sun damage, vitamin C can also be effective in helping to speed up healing of sunburns. Apply some after you have been sun burned, and the vitamins will help to promote faster healing so you can get rid of redness and find relief from itching, burning, and other symptoms associated with sunburn. These are just some of the many benefits of vitamin C as it pertains to your skin and face. And while it's easy to go out and find lotions, cremes, and other moisturizers at your local drug store that claim to contain vitamin C, it's important to realize that your skin needs a very high concentration of this vitamin in order to see results. This is why you're encouraged to use concentrated serums rather than a basic creme or lotion.   Where Can You Get A Good Vitamin C Serum? The reason that we went down this rabbit hole is because we got a lot of emails asking about skincare, and just like supplements, once we started investigating, the truth was disturbing. And so, we felt inspired to go down that rabbit hole as far as we could and actually create our own vitamin C serum that followed all of our guidelines.  We made sure that it had zero preservatives, has more vitamin C, and a clean, organic vitamin C than anything else out on the market.  Hyaluronic acid.  It has amazing ingredients inside of our vitamin C serum that you’re not going to find anywhere else.    * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Ferulic Acid https://www.healthline.com/health/ferulic-acid   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Collagen https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262881.php   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Collagen https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/collagens-hype-or-healthy-episode-15/   Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You Part 2 – Top 12 Skincare Ingredients That Are Slowly Killing You   Organixx Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0

Nov 2019

29 min

We are excited to announce today that Organixx is launching its first ever skincare line.  This is a new category for us.  The skincare line is called Organixx Skin.  And we are excited to announce as well that our first product is a vitamin C serum called Restore.   * * *   Featured Product Organixx Skin: Restore  Organixx Skin: Restore Vitamin C Serum has the very best combination of ingredients in our proprietary formula to help keep your skin baby smooth, soft, supple, and amazing! The Most Scientifically Advanced Topical Vitamin C on Earth, Designed to Keep Your Skin Youthful, Radiant, and Healthy for the Long Term!   ***   Many people opt for topical vitamin C as opposed to other chemical serums and skin care products because vitamin C serum is completely natural. There is no concern about how your skin is going to react because there are no harsh chemicals or other questionable ingredients. As a result, vitamin C serums are formulated and infused to be gentle enough for everyday use. The same simply cannot be said of many other skin care products on the market.     Organixx SKIN Has High Standards and High Quality Always made with clean, organic ingredients. We’re going to blend the most efficacious ingredients together, that work synergistically together, to get you the best results.   What Went Into The Formulation We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the requirements that take place to having an organic skincare line. In the United States, there are only a handful of ingredients that are restricted from being used in skincare and cosmetics. Outside of the United States, there are over 1,000 restricted ingredients that we use in the United States today to manufacture our cosmetics, our skincare products, our household products.  These are toxic, poisonous, deadly chemicals that we are using in our products day-in and day-out.  We wanted to make sure that we stayed away from all of those ingredients, and we have.  We wanted to make sure that we were in alignment with some of the organizations that are working so hard to make sure that we are providing clean, high-quality ingredients in our skincare products. We have looked at the requirements of a company called EWG, who is one of the best resources for looking at the ingredients in your skincare and household products to make sure that they are clean. Also, an organization called Made Safe, who is working, just like EWG, to make sure that our products, and all of the products out there, are in alignment with having high-quality, clean, organic products that are environmentally safe and safe for you and your health. We are working right now to obtain certification from both companies, and we are confident that we will receive it from both, because of the cleanliness of the ingredients in our product. We are working really hard to formulate products that we are proud of and that beat out everyone else in the industry, and one of the things that we’re doing is not including preservatives in our products. Preservatives allow multiple things to take place when it comes to manufacturing a product. One of those things is, is it’s a longer shelf life, not only for the company, but also for the user of the product.    A Holistic Approach To Health While you’ll absolutely see benefits from using a product like this on your skin, just like supplements and food and everything else that we educate you on, you have to be looking at your body and your health holistically. Ideally, if you want the most beautiful, amazing, radiant skin, it comes down to your nutrition, your health, your sleep patterns, and the skincare products that you’re using on your skin day-in and day-out.    Restore Ingredients Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (vitamin C)  Sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP) is a naturally occurring water-soluble derivative of vitamin C. It is the most stable form of vitamin C, which means it does not oxidize, making it a preferred choice for cosmetic formulations. One of the largest benefits of Vitamin C is its ability to limit oxidative stress in the body. Viewed as one of the largest contributors to aging, oxidative stress occurs when the cells of the body sustain permanent damage due to highly reactive particles known as free radicals. Contained in sunlight and in elements in the atmosphere, free radicals are constantly acting on the body, producing microscopic amounts of damage. Over time, this damage accumulates, leading to the development of signs of aging.  What about the age spots? Melanin is the skins pigment responsible for giving skin its natural color, and when produced in excessive amounts, causes age spots, freckles and other types of hyperpigmentation. Since Vitamin C disrupts the manufacturing of melanin in the body, it is useful in treating many types of skin discoloration   Aqua (deionized water) Deionized water is similar to distilled water, in that it is useful when impurities are considered undesirable, such as in skin care. The lack of ions causes the water's resistivity to an electrical flow to increase. Ultra-pure deionized water can have a theoretical maximum resistivity up to 1000 times greater than common tap water. This means that pure deionized water is theoretically up to 1000 times more soluble than common tap water – and is a good solvent in skin care products.   Hammemelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) Witch hazel contains many compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, including gallic acid and tannins. It also contains antioxidants that help prevent widespread inflammation and neutralize free radicals, which are disease-causing compounds that can build up in your body. Therefore, witch hazel could have far-reaching benefits and may be useful in the treatment of inflammatory-related issues, such as acne, eczema or psoriasis. Witch hazel is rich in tannins, a natural plant compound with powerful antioxidant properties that can help protect your skin against damage when applied topically.   Cassia angustifolia seed polysaccharide (Plant-based Hyaluronic Acid) When talking about skin care ingredients, we have to get a little scientific on you, but Hyaluronic Acid is one skin care ingredient that you’ll want to geek out on. “Acid” may sound a little scary, but Hyaluronic Acid is the good kind of acid. Hyaluronic Acid is found naturally in the body with the highest volume found in the skin and the highest concentrations found in the eyes and joints. Hyaluronic Acid is extremely hydrating, making it one of the best skin care ingredients for moisturizing. Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful substance that, when harnessed in skin care products, affects the way skin responds to injury, dehydration, and other unfavorable skin issues. Wondering why so many skin care products are packed with Hyaluronic Acid if it occurs naturally in our bodies? The truth is that we produce Hyaluronic Acid in small amounts, and this amount decreases even more with age. Hyaluronic Acid is also synthesized and used daily by the body, so to keep Hyaluronic Acid levels up in your skin, be sure to use Hyaluronic Acid products regularly.   Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM) -MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health. Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility.  Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue.  This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues.   Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) Like vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant. Its main function in skin care is to protect against sun damage. Vitamin E absorbs the harmful UV light from the sun when applied to the skin. Photoprotection refers to the body’s ability to minimize the damage caused by UV rays. This can help prevent dark spots and wrinkles. Vitamin E levels also decrease with age. However, vitamin E is available in many foods, in supplement form, and as an ingredient in products applied topically.   Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Extract The amino acids in Aloe work to soften skin cells. This combined with the increase in cell growth results in skin that is less wrinkled and more elastic. Aloe also stimulates skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid, which is a chemical that holds water. Because of this, regular use of skin care products containing Aloe will result in fuller, more moisturized skin.   Glycerin (Vegetable source) According to a 2008, glycerin can: hydrate the outer layer of the skin (stratum corneum) improve skin barrier function and skin mechanical properties provide protection against skin irritants accelerate wound-healing processes Studies show that applying glycerin-containing products may protect your skin against irritants and microbes, as well as soothe inflamed or wounded skin. Moreover, vegetable glycerin may act as a barrier to safeguard your skin from the elements, including wind and cold.   Matrixyl 3000 Restores the skin’s metabolism of youth! The anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 is very well known. It is the first anti-ageing ingredient based on the matrikine peptide technology, plus its efficiency has been demonstrated on both women and men as illustrated in the following studies: A clinical study using female panelists, demonstrated that after just 2 months of treatment with Matrixyl® 3000, the surface occupied by deep wrinkles was reduced by 45%, and the skin’s tonicity increased by nearly 20%. In a separate 2-month clinical study conducted on a panel of men, the anti-wrinkle efficacy of Matrixyl® 3000 was confirmed. As the wrinkle volume decreases (-17.1%), the spread angle increases (+5.4%), which leads to a reduction of the surface occupied by deep wrinkles of nearly 30%.   Skin Tightener ST Combination of marine and botanical polymers for an INSTANT TIGHTENING EFFECT Provides an immediate skin smoothing effect. This is a clean combination of marine and botanical polymers for an instant tightening effect.   When should you use Vitamin C serum?  “Apply your Vitamin C before your moisturizer for the best results,” says Annie Tevelin, green beauty expert and founder of SkinOwl. “Let it dry for one minute before applying a moisturizer with SPF.”  There’s no real consensus among skincare experts on whether you’re better off wearing your serum in the morning or at night. Think of it in the daytime as another layer to protect your skin from free radicals and UV, and at night as a way to “undo oxidative damage from the day,” says dermatologist Tsippora Shainhouse of Rapaport Dermatology. So twice a day is a good rule of thumb.   What color should your Vitamin C serum be? Vitamin C is quite unstable in its purest form, so look for stable formulas that are mixed with Vitamin E to balance it out. This means that, just like a sliced apple will brown when exposed to air, Vitamin C serums often oxidize over time. “When purchasing Vitamin C, it should be a very light yellowish color (almost clear). Over time it will start to darken, adjusting from yellow to orange to brown, eventually becoming black,” says esthetician Melissa Lekus.  That said, you shouldn’t keep using a formula that has oxidized, logic says. “If the serum has turned brown, return it and cease any use of it. Absolutely do not use if it has turned brown.”     * * *   Deeper Dive Resources Empowering You Organically Podcast on Skincare Part 1 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part1-episode-55/ Part 2 – https://organixx.com/empowering-you-organically/top-12-skin-care-ingredients-that-are-slowly-killing-you-part-2-episode-56/    Organixx Restore Vitamin C Serum https://organixx.com/skin-restore?gl=5db097ce02e26bf576c26cd0    Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Made Safe https://www.madesafe.org/   Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate https://simpleskincarescience.com/sodium-ascorbyl-phosphate/   Deionized Water https://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-deionized-water.htm   Witch Hazel https://draxe.com/nutrition/herbs/witch-hazel/   Hyaluronic Acid https://www.verywellhealth.com/hyaluronic-acid-supplements-89465   Dimethyl Sulfone https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/702065/DIMETHYL_SULFONE/   Vitamin E https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002406.htm   Aloe Vera https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7654/the-benefits-of-using-aloe-vera-for-skin-care-and-more.html   Vegetable Glycerin https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vegetable-glycerin   Matrixyl 3000 Study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5108505/

Nov 2019

36 min

The beauty industry isn’t so beautiful. Last week we covered the first 6 toxic ingredients to avoid in your skincare products. This week we tackle the remaining 6. How many products in your cabinets contain these ingredients? Please listen in - educate yourself for your health and peace of mind.   Featured Product Clean Sourced Collagens Features five collagen types from four different sources! Contains eight grams of protein per serving Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Helps ease joint stiffness and discomfort Formulated with vitamin C, horsetail extract, and zinc for maximum absorption Odorless, flavorless formula easily mixes into water, juice, or smoothies   * * *   Why Skincare Impacts Your Health Skin is the biggest organ on your body. Skin absorbs everything that we put on it. Skincare is one of the most lucrative industries in the world.   “Fake Skincare” In March of 2019, the Environmental Working Group, the EWG, reported that US regulation of chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics is falling behind the rest of the world. More than 40 nations, ranging from major industrialized economies like the United Kingdom and Germany, to developing states like Cambodia and Vietnam, have enacted regulations specifically targeting the safety and ingredients of cosmetics and personal care products. Some of these nations have restricted or completely banned more than 1,400 chemicals from cosmetic products. By contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only 9 chemicals for safety reasons. This is one of the most under-regulated industries but one of the most lucrative industries in the United States.   Why Do Regulations Matter? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) They curate the Skin Deep database of ingredients used in personal care products and their safety concerns on human health. Biggest advocates for clean ingredients in your products. If your skincare product is backed by the EWG, it means they’ve done their homework, they’ve taken the time to look at clean ingredients. The EWG has a scale that rates products from 1 to 5 as far as cleanliness and safety.     Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid & Why Ingredient: DEA COMPOUNDS (DIETHANOLAMINE) Typically Found In: DEA and DEA compounds are used to make cosmetics creamy or sudsy. Why You Should Avoid: These cause mild skin and eye irritation. Exposure to high doses of these chemicals has caused liver cancers and pre-cancerous changes in skin and thyroid. DEA is also possible hormone disruptor, has shown limited evidence of carcinogenicity and depletes the body of choline needed for fetal brain development.   Ingredient: FRAGRANCE/PARFUM Typically Found In: Apart from being used in perfumes and deodorants, they are used in nearly every type of personal-care product. Of the thousands of chemicals used in fragrances, most have not been tested for toxicity, alone or in combination. Over 3000 chemicals are used to manufacture synthetic fragrances. Why You Should Avoid:  These are often unlisted ingredients that are irritants and can trigger allergies, migraines, and asthma symptoms. The catchall term “fragrance” may mask phthalates, which act as endocrine disruptors and may cause obesity and reproductive and developmental harm. In laboratory experiments, individual fragrance ingredients have been associated with cancer and neurotoxicity. Federal law doesn’t require companies to list on product labels any of the chemicals in their fragrance mixture. Recent research from Environmental Working Group and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found an average of 14 chemicals in 17 name-brand fragrance products, none of them listed on the label.    Ingredient: PEG COMPOUNDS (POLYETHYLENE GLYCOLS) Typically Found In: Scrubs, body wash, makeup, toothpaste PEGs are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers and hence used for products requiring a cream base and also in laxatives. Why You Should Avoid: Those tiny plastic beads in face or lip scrubs and exfoliating washes are made from polyethylene (used because they’re gentler on the skin than natural exfoliators like walnut shells). These synthetic chemicals are frequently contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which the U.S. government considers a probable human carcinogen and which readily penetrates the skin. Polyethylene has been noted as a skin irritant and should never be used on broken skin. Polyethylene beads in scrubs and body washes also are not filtered by our sewage systems, meaning they can collect pollutants and travel into waterways, where they’re consumed by fish and marine animals.   Ingredient: PETROLATUM Typically Found In: Petrolatum, also known as petroleum jelly, is used in industry to lubricate machinery – so what is it doing to our bodies? Petrolatum has been used for years to lock in moisture, heal chapped lips, soothe noses raw from sniffles, and protect against diaper rash, as well as to treat cuts and burns. It is an ingredient in one out of every 14 cosmetic products on any given shelf, which includes 15 percent of lipsticks and 40 percent of baby products. So what’s the big deal? Why You Should Avoid: Scarily enough, petroleum byproduct has been found in breast tumors, strongly suggesting it is a breast-cancer-promoting substance. It also suffocates the skin, blocking oxygen absorption and aggravating acne. Petrolatum locks in moisture, yes – but does not allow moisture to be absorbed from the atmosphere. In short, our body gets accustomed to petrolatum’s barrier and slowly become less and less efficient at its own detoxifying and moisturizing processes.   Ingredient: TRICLOSAN Typically Found In: Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants/deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. Also used in laundry detergent, facial tissues, and antiseptics for wounds. Triclosan is classified as a pesticide. Why You Should Avoid: Triclosan was all the rage as antibacterial products became ubiquitous in the 1990s. But…it can pass through skin and can affect the body’s hormone systems—especially thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism—and may disrupt normal breast development. Widespread use of triclosan may also contribute to bacterial resistance to antimicrobial agents. It acts like estrogen in the body and has high rates of skin allergy. (High toxicity concern.) The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan. Even the FDA agrees that there is no health benefit to humans who use triclosan, and in 2013 ruled that manufacturers using it had to demonstrate that there were no long-term detrimental effects. We personally use naturally antibacterial and antiseptic agents like tea tree oil.   Ingredient: SILOXANES  Siloxanes are a group of chemicals that are, as the name suggests, derived from silicone. Typically Found In: Cyclomethicone and ingredients ending in “siloxane” make hair products dry quickly and deodorant creams slide on easily. They are also used extensively in moisturizers and facial treatments to soften and smoothen and in medical implants. Why You Should Avoid: The risks associated with siloxanes are far too many. Siloxanes are known endocrine disruptors that interfere with human hormone function, and could even possibly impair fertility. Research has shown that they not only cause uterine tumors, but can also skew the functioning of neurotransmitters in the nervous system. On top of that, siloxanes resist degradation and therefore pose harm to aquatic life and wildlife.   Ingredient: PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE) Typically Found In: nail polish and other nail products, perfume, makeup remover, hairspray, deodorant Why You Should Avoid: Phthalates are sneaky endocrine disruptors, which means they mimic the body’s hormones, therefore throwing the entire endocrine system off balance. They cause both hormonal and neurological damage, and in the case of pregnant women, may also cause major birth defects. The worst part? You will rarely find the word “phthalates” on a label. Some products do market themselves as phthalate-free, but what about the other slew of synthetics on our department store’s beauty shelf? You can identify phthalates by their abbreviated chemical components: DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl), and BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate).   Ingredient: SULPHATES (SODIUM LAURATE, LAURYL SULPHATE OR SLS) Typically Found In: Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, mouthwash, toothpaste, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents. Why You Should Avoid: Depending on the manufacturing process, Sodium laureth sulfate may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Both contaminants may cause cancer. Also, ethylene oxide may harm the nervous system and interfere with human development, and 1,4-dioxane is persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, canker sores, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.   Ingredient: PARABENS (METHYL-, ETHYL-, PROPYL-, BUTYL-, ISOBUTYL-) Typically Found In: A common and very cheap cosmetic preservative, the second most common skincare ingredient. Found in: makeup, moisturizer, shaving gel, shampoo, personal lubricant and spray tan products Why You Should Avoid: Synthetic parabens are toxic in large or cumulative quantities, as the body stores parabens in many tissue types. They can cause allergic reactions, skin rashes and irritation. Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen which disrupts normal hormone function. Exposure to external estrogen’s have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and increase cell abnormalities. There should be no excuse for your skincare products to still have Parabens. The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.   Ingredient: FORMALDEHYDE Typically Found In: These are primarily preservatives commonly found in cosmetics. It is also found in baby bath soap, nail polish, eyelash adhesive and hair dyes. Look for: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These ingredients slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde. Why You Should Avoid: Short-term health impacts include irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, and many studies show it causes allergic skin reactions and skin rashes. In fact, it was awarded 2105 Contact Allergen of the Year by American Contact Dermatitis Society. Long term, Formaldehyde has a long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation and cancer in humans. Formaldehyde is a recognized human carcinogen.   Ingredient: BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE) Typically Found In: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) are closely related chemicals – preservatives commonly used in cosmetics, personal care products (mainly shampoos, perfumes, deodorants, body lotions), and even food and food packaging. Why You Should Avoid: The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. Opt for a BHA and phthalate-free perfume.   Ingredient: COAL-TAR DYES  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. Typically Found In: Found in: hair dyes, lipstick, cosmetic, shampoo Why You Should Avoid: Phenylenediamine, used in hair dyes, has been found to be carcinogenic in laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and National Toxicology Program. Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen and the main concern are their potential as carcinogens. As well, colors may be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some contain aluminum (a neurotoxin). This is of particular concern when used in cosmetics that may be ingested, like lipstick.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   DEA Compounds https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/diethanolamine   Fragrances in Cosmetics https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/fragrances-cosmetics   Phthalates https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html   Campaign for Safe Cosmetics http://www.safecosmetics.org/   PEG Compounds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4505343/   1,4-Dioxane https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/ffrro_factsheet_contaminant_14-dioxane_january2014_final.pdf   Petrolatum http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/petrolatum/   Triclosan https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/expert-answers/triclosan/faq-20057861   FDA Ruling on Triclosan https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-final-rule-safety-and-effectiveness-antibacterial-soaps   Siloxanes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4884743/

Nov 2019

18 min

This week we dive into the murky ingredients in your skincare products. Many of these are hormone disrupters and known carcinogens. Since our skin is our largest organ and we're all about limiting toxicity in our lives this episode was a MUST. Tune in this week to learn how to be a savvy skincare shopper!   Featured Product Clean Sourced Collagens Features five collagen types from four different sources! Contains eight grams of protein per serving Help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Helps ease joint stiffness and discomfort Formulated with vitamin C, horsetail extract, and zinc for maximum absorption Odorless, flavorless formula easily mixes into water, juice, or smoothies   * * *   Why Skincare Impacts Your Health Skin is the biggest organ on your body. Skin absorbs everything that we put on it. Skincare is one of the most lucrative industries in the world.   “Fake Skincare” In March of 2019, the Environmental Working Group, the EWG, reported that US regulation of chemicals and contaminants in cosmetics is falling behind the rest of the world. More than 40 nations, ranging from major industrialized economies like the United Kingdom and Germany, to developing states like Cambodia and Vietnam, have enacted regulations specifically targeting the safety and ingredients of cosmetics and personal care products. Some of these nations have restricted or completely banned more than 1,400 chemicals from cosmetic products. By contrast, the US Food and Drug Administration has banned or restricted only 9 chemicals for safety reasons. This is one of the most under-regulated industries but one of the most lucrative industries in the United States.   Why Do Regulations Matter? The Environmental Working Group (EWG) They curate the Skin Deep database of ingredients used in personal care products and their safety concerns on human health. Biggest advocates for clean ingredients in your products. If your skincare product is backed by the EWG, it means they’ve done their homework, they’ve taken the time to look at clean ingredients. The EWG has a scale that rates products from 1 to 5 as far as cleanliness and safety.     Top 12 Ingredients to Avoid & Why – The First 6! Ingredient: PHTHALATES (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE) Typically Found In: nail polish and other nail products, perfume, makeup remover, hairspray, deodorant Why You Should Avoid: Phthalates are sneaky endocrine disruptors, which means they mimic the body’s hormones, therefore throwing the entire endocrine system off balance. They cause both hormonal and neurological damage, and in the case of pregnant women, may also cause major birth defects. The worst part? You will rarely find the word “phthalates” on a label. Some products do market themselves as phthalate-free, but what about the other slew of synthetics on our department store’s beauty shelf? You can identify phthalates by their abbreviated chemical components: DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate), DEP (diethyl phthalate), DMP (dimethyl phthalate), DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl), and BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate).   Ingredient: SULPHATES (SODIUM LAURATE, LAURYL SULPHATE OR SLS) Typically Found In: Primarily used as a foaming agent or detergent to be found in shampoos, facial cleansers, mouthwash, toothpaste, bubble bath products, household and utensil cleaning detergents. Why You Should Avoid: Depending on the manufacturing process, Sodium laureth sulfate may be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Both contaminants may cause cancer. Also, ethylene oxide may harm the nervous system and interfere with human development, and 1,4-dioxane is persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it is rinsed down the shower drain. SLS has been shown to cause or contribute to: skin irritation, canker sores, disruptions of skin’s natural oil balance and eye damage. It is also widely believed to be a major contributor to acne (especially cystic acne) around the mouth and chin.   Ingredient: PARABENS (METHYL-, ETHYL-, PROPYL-, BUTYL-, ISOBUTYL-) Typically Found In: A common and very cheap cosmetic preservative, the second most common skincare ingredient. Found in: makeup, moisturizer, shaving gel, shampoo, personal lubricant and spray tan products Why You Should Avoid: Synthetic parabens are toxic in large or cumulative quantities, as the body stores parabens in many tissue types. They can cause allergic reactions, skin rashes and irritation. Parabens have been shown to mimic estrogen which disrupts normal hormone function. Exposure to external estrogen’s have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer and increase cell abnormalities. There should be no excuse for your skincare products to still have Parabens. The FDA acknowledges several studies linking parabens, which mimic estrogen, to breast cancer, skin cancer and decreased sperm count, but has not ruled that it is harmful. According to the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products, longer chain parabens like propyl and butyl paraben and their branched counterparts, isopropyl and isobutylparabens, may disrupt the endocrine system and cause reproductive and developmental disorders. Look for ingredients with the suffix “-paraben” as well—paraben-free products will be labeled as such.   Ingredient: FORMALDEHYDE Typically Found In: These are primarily preservatives commonly found in cosmetics. It is also found in baby bath soap, nail polish, eyelash adhesive and hair dyes. Look for: DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These ingredients slowly and continuously release small amounts of formaldehyde. Why You Should Avoid: Short-term health impacts include irritation to the eyes, nose and throat, and many studies show it causes allergic skin reactions and skin rashes. In fact, it was awarded 2105 Contact Allergen of the Year by American Contact Dermatitis Society. Long term, Formaldehyde has a long list of adverse health effects, including immune-system toxicity, respiratory irritation and cancer in humans. Formaldehyde is a recognized human carcinogen.   Ingredient: BHA AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE AND BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE) Typically Found In: Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) and butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) are closely related chemicals – preservatives commonly used in cosmetics, personal care products (mainly shampoos, perfumes, deodorants, body lotions), and even food and food packaging. Why You Should Avoid: The National Toxicology Program classifies butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” It can cause skin depigmentation. In animal studies, BHA produces liver damage and causes stomach cancers such as papillomas and carcinomas and interferes with normal reproductive system development and thyroid hormone levels. The European Union considers it unsafe in fragrance. Opt for a BHA and phthalate-free perfume.   Ingredient: COAL-TAR DYES  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil and gasoline. Typically Found In: Found in: hair dyes, lipstick, cosmetic, shampoo Why You Should Avoid: Phenylenediamine, used in hair dyes, has been found to be carcinogenic in laboratory tests conducted by the U.S. National Cancer Institute and National Toxicology Program. Coal tar is recognized as a human carcinogen and the main concern are their potential as carcinogens. As well, colors may be contaminated with low levels of heavy metals and some contain aluminum (a neurotoxin). This is of particular concern when used in cosmetics that may be ingested, like lipstick.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   The Environmental Working Group https://www.ewg.org/   EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/   Global Regulatory Lists of Banned or Restricted Cosmetic Ingredients and Positive Lists https://www.chemsafetypro.com/Topics/Cosmetics/Regulatory_Lists_of_Cosmetic_Ingredients_Banned_Cosmetic_Ingredients,_Restricted_Cosmetic_Ingredients_and_Positive_Lists.html   Prohibited & Restricted Ingredients in Cosmetics (FDA) https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetics-laws-regulations/prohibited-restricted-ingredients-cosmetics   Phthalates https://www.cdc.gov/biomonitoring/Phthalates_FactSheet.html   Sulfates https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/sulfates   Parabens https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/cosmetic-ingredients/parabens-cosmetics   Formaldehyde https://www.ewg.org/research/exposing-cosmetics-cover/formaldehyde-releasers   Formaldehyde: 2015 Contact Allergen of the Year https://journals.lww.com/dermatitis/Fulltext/2015/01000/Formaldehyde.2.aspx   BHA/BHT https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700741/BHT/   BHA/BHT (National Toxicology Program) https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/butylatedhydroxyanisole.pdf   Coal Tar Dyes http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/coal-tar/   Coal Tar Dyes (National Cancer Institute) https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/coal-tar   Coal Tar Dyes (National Toxicology Program) https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/content/profiles/coaltars.pdf

Oct 2019

25 min

We are replaying one of the most popular shows for you this week!    * * *   We love sharing the real-life health journeys of our followers. This week Suzie was kind enough to share with you her family’s journey to health after a life-threatening heart condition in her newborn daughter, battling Postpartum PTSD, an endocrine disorder diagnosis for her young son, a celiac diagnosis for her young daughter with Down Syndrome, and a life-threatening blood pressure scare for her husband. All in a very short time span. Wow. You want to hear how this fearless and determined mother turned it all around holistically for herself, and her entire family, without breaking the bank or budget. Truly inspiring!   * * *   About Suzie Suzie is a vegan health coach and blogger as well as a volunteer Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line.  She owns a gluten free/vegan bakery just outside of Lansing, Michigan – Carly Cakes – and they operate under a mission to employ adults with developmental disabilities and pay them a living wage.   * * *   What Inspired My Journey? It was inspired by my youngest, who has Celiac.  So, she also has Down's Syndrome, and it was kind of wanting to find a way that she could be included in birthday treats and celebrations.    Family Health Issues Youngest daughter born with Down Syndrome and a life-threatening heart condition that required open heart surgery at 4 months old. After youngest was born Suzie experienced Postpartum PTSD and a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare. Son diagnosed with endocrine disorder. Daughter diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Husband hospitalized for extremely high blood pressure.   What Changes Did Suzie Make for Her Family? Before husband even got home from the hospital, I cleared out all the alcohol and high-salt foods from our house. But the doctors gave very little other direction for us to follow.  But I knew I needed to started cooking more.  And I didn’t totally understand what the best options for us were then, nutritionally, but looking back, I see that I still established that routine of daily cooking and meal prep, and we were able to cut-out fast food and restaurant meals.  I started doing daily yoga, first at home using Yoga by Adrienne free videos on YouTube, and then once I was comfortable enough, I found a studio and a gym. I also began heavily relying on Buddhist philosophy to unscramble the PTSD, which led me to a new understanding about the nature of suffering. So, the rest of the journey grew from my desire to reduce the pervasive suffering that I was putting out into the world and to free my mind from it.  The day I woke up and began a different life for our family, I didn’t wake up with any less depression or anxiety than I had the day before. I didn’t wake up with less swollen, or achy joints than I had the day before.  I didn’t wake up with more money, or less on my plate.  We were all extremely sick.  There was nothing good that changed to lead us in that direction.  Nothing about our situation really changed, but the way that I looked at it did.   It's A Process It really did come down to just baby steps. Like you know how everybody is into Marie Kondo and “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up?” Well, I started “Marie Kondo-ing” my brain.  All our routines, everything that we ate, I would examine everything we did objectively.  So, my focus was progress not perfection, and those little daily choices led us to the point where we could start making big changes overall.   What Are Some Of The Changes Suzie Made In the Family Diet? Getting rid of soda was a huge one for me. I was a massive diet Coke drinker.  There was a day that I drank 24 cans of Diet Coke.  I knew that that was one of the ones that had to go right away. And then we started making the shift to sustainable living, and it was that environmental avenue that lead me to Veganism.  I watched a few vegan documentaries on Netflix, and from the reduce the suffering angle, I knew 100 percent that it was the next big step we needed to make.  There are unhealthy vegans, and I didn't want to end up in just a new way to be unhealthy. So, I really started researching the vegan diet for evidence-based improvements.  And through that, I found the Whole Foods Plant Based lifestyle. Eating Whole Foods Plant Based has been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing and even reversing heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.  We do supplement our B-vitamins, but we also use a lot of a Nutritional Yeast so we get some in through our food. I also make sure the kids get plenty of fats for their developing brains, but they get it from things like avocado, or flax milk, so that they don’t have that saturated fat and hormones that dairy milk has.  Flax Milk actually is a better source of calcium, protein and omega-3 than dairy.  Cutting out processed foods also made it easier for our whole household to keep gluten at bay for my Celiac daughter, drastically cutting her risk of cross-contamination, improved her health dramatically. Her skin got better, her stomach bloat went away, and leading me to find that gluten was also making my Rheumatoid Arthritis worse, it was contributing to inflammation.  I started a daily routine of celery juice, amla, turmeric and ginger, that I toss everything in all together and drink it every morning, and I have never felt better.    What Was The Biggest Obstacle I Faced On My Journey? Everybody always asks me if it's about us getting protein. Broccoli has a higher protein per calorie ratio than steak.  Obviously, you have to eat a lot of broccoli to get that, but it still has a higher protein per calorie ratio than steak. And when you're eating nothing but a lot of different types of veggies and a lot of different types of nuts and grains, it's really easy to make it up. It was actually a lot easier getting the kids to adopt the changes than I expected it to be. My son was an incredibly picky eater.  But they adapted quite quickly because we created a whole routine around it, and they could help.  Even the youngest one could still find something to do, whether it was just helping prepare the salads. If there's no junk to really choose from in the cupboards, they aren't going to pick it. It's just not there.  If they have a choice between, "Okay, I have an apple or a banana," they still feel like they're making a decision.  Their  palates then changed over time, and now they prefer healthier foods, saying other foods, processed foods, when we go to a birthday or party or something, I do let them have whatever cupcakes are served, but they'll usually opt not to, saying that it's too sweet.   What About The Cost? Everyone thinks that it is so much more expensive to eat this way, but really, it's only buying the Organic/Gluten Free processed foods that carry that real heavy price tag. I feed our family of 6 a gluten free, vegan diet full of color and vitamins, 3 meals a day for about 100.00 a week.  And we were probably spending that on Starbucks, soda, beer and wine alone before the change.  The only real challenge is that it does require a lot of prep, whether meal planning, or prepping ahead of time   My Three Biggest Tips You don’t have to make a sudden shift. You don’t need to throw out everything processed in one go.  Just maybe the next time you go to pick up burger meat, don’t, and grill a portobello cap instead and see how you like it.  Instead of milk, try a plant-based alternative and then go from there.  I would also say turmeric and ginger. Add them to everything.   And drink a ton of water.  I drink over a gallon of water a day.  I even have one sitting right next to me right now.  And then, the very last one would be to Marie Kondo your brain. Don’t mindlessly snack, pause and reflect before you eat, consider what that food is bringing into your life.  If you don’t need what it has to offer, if you don't want that contributing to your overall wellbeing, then just thank it, and let it go.    Suzie’s Advice To Others I'd want them to know that there is no finish line on the path to wellness, the continued journey is the goal. So, you can't fail at this.  Obviously, someone could say, if you aren’t their perceived picture of healthy, then you failed, but you have to be able to give yourself some grace.  No one starts their journey to wellness in the same place.  We all have different experiences that have led us to where we are and have led us to different decisions. We were exposed to different food, and to different people.  So, if you take a look at me, and you look at Simone Biles, I'm not going to come close to *that* image of health ever in my life. But for where I started just a few short years ago, and for where I am now, the amount of change I have adapted to, I am doing quite well, substantially better than where I was when I started. Every day that you wake up and commit yourselves to being on a journey, you are changing. You are becoming. And if things are in a continual state of change, motion, and becoming, then there is never really an end. Every day presents a new opportunity to get better, to learn something new, to show compassion to ourselves, others, animals and our planet. And kind of like with that Marie Kondo-ing our brain, every second really is a new chance to make a new choice.   * * *   Deeper Dive Resources   Carly Cakes Instagram https://www.instagram.com/carlycakesgfv/   Carly Cakes Facebook https://www.facebook.com/carlycakesgfv/      Carly Cakes Website https://swskougard.wixsite.com/carlycakesgfv/about_us   Postpartum PTSD https://www.postpartum.net/learn-more/postpartum-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/ https://www.postpartumdepression.org/postpartum-depression/types/ptsd/ https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/anxiety/postpartum-ptsd-beyond-postpartum-depression-in-maternal-mental-health/   Crisis Text Line https://www.crisistextline.org/   Celiac Disease Foundation https://celiac.org/about-celiac-disease/what-is-celiac-disease/   Beyond Celiac https://www.beyondceliac.org/celiac-disease/   Down Syndrome https://www.ndss.org/about-down-syndrome/down-syndrome/ https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/down-syndrome   Pervasive Suffering https://studybuddhism.com/en/advanced-studies/lam-rim/the-five-aggregates/all-pervasive-suffering   Yoga with Adriene https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene   Marie Kondo https://konmari.com/   The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing https://amzn.to/2PQl2nO   Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up (The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up) https://amzn.to/2PSG1GJ   Whole-Foods Plant Based Diet https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/plant-based-diet-guide   https://www.forksoverknives.com/plant-based-primer-beginners-guide-starting-plant-based-diet/#gs.1cf0zj   How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger https://amzn.to/2ZY5wq4   Amla (Indian Gooseberry) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/indian-gooseberry-amla.html

Oct 2019

37 min

Cookie policy

We and our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes. By using our website and our services, you agree to our use of cookies as described in our Cookie Policy.