It is delivery innovation at its most refreshing! ACTIVATE is a hydrating and nutrient enhanced water beverage combined with your daily dose of vitamins. Wait, you think! Hasn’t that been done already? In actuality, no! Other vitamin enhanced beverages allow the supplement to be immersed in water, losing their effectiveness and potency over time. Why Is ACTIVATE different? ACTIVATE stores the active ingredients inside the uniquely shaped cap, and with a simple twist when ready to quench your thirst, the vitamins are released into the beverage! What a convenient way to take your vitamins – no need to choke down large, oversized pills and capsules!

Mom” is in love with ACTIVATE, which offers the following flavors: Vitamin/Fruit Punch, Immunity/Orange, Energy/Lemon-Lime, Antioxidant Berry, Workout/Pink Grapefruit, Workout/Grape, Workout/Passion Fruit and Deionized Water. All ACTIVATE drinks are naturally sweetened with Stevia, and contain noo calories, no sugar, and no preservatives! Plus, the bottles are made using 100% post-consumer recyled plastic, so ACTIVATE is as good for you as it is good for the planet!

The ideal beverage for those on-the-go with active lifestyles, ACTIVATE is the new drink of choice! ACTIVATE retails at $1.99 per bottle and $9.20 for a 4 pack. To find the nearest location to ACTIVATE, check out the store locator, or purchase ACTIVATE online at activatedrinks.com.

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Study Links Health Benefits with Peppermint Oil

By Teresa Dahl

For centuries and centuries, many people have touted the health benefits of peppermint oil. Of the many different types of essential oils and natural remedies, peppermint has long believed to be a tonic for differing symptoms—from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to memory loss. Even used as far back as ten thousand years ago, peppermint oil has always been more than just a nice scent.

While it is a scent and taste that many people enjoy, its medicinal purposes have always outshone its public taste approval. It wasn’t until just recently however that a new study by researchers at the University of Adelaide supports the health benefits that evangelists have been saying for years.

One of the first respected studies was performed in 2007, when Italian researchers analyzed the effects of peppermint oil in IBS. They found that 75% of patients reported a major reduction in their symptoms when they were taking the peppermint oil capsules. This was in stark contrast to the 38% of respondents who had taken the placebo. This study has been repeated several times throughout history.

This year, however, a breakthrough in research has specifically shown how peppermint activates a type of anti-pain sensory channel inside the colon, called TRPM8. The authors of this study point out how naturopaths have been prescribing peppermint oil for many years, but it was not until now that there was a scientific backing to the practice.

“This is potentially the first step in determining a new type of mainstream clinical treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome,” said Dr. Stuart Brierley.

IBS affects nearly 20% of the population, and while there is, as of yet, no cure, this study shows how peppermint oil can reduce painful symptoms. When this is paired with the article from the International Journal of Neuroscience on how peppermint’s aroma can enhance memory and aid in recall, there seems to be more scientific backing to what naturopaths have been saying all along. Peppermint Oil is indeed, a viable, natural cure for a few different ailments such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and should not be taken lightly, as it has scientifically been proven as a medicinal remedy.

Navitas Naturals offers antioxidants at their best, in nutrient-rich organic superfoods in powder form, seeds, or berries. For an easy addition to foods that provides you with optimal health benefits, Navitas Naturals is an excellent choice. The newest addition to their line? Navitas Naturals Organic Freeze-Dried Maqui Berry Powder!

Why Maqui Berry Powder? The latest powerhouse to emerge from the rainforests of South America, maqui leaves and fruits have been used in traditional native herbal medicine to treat a wide variety of ailments. ORAC assessments of the maqui berry by the most reputable ORAC labs have indicated that it contains more antioxidants than any other berry! In addition, Maqui also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can benefit people affected by arthritis and other inflammation ailments.

Navitas Naturals Maqui Berry Powder is freeze-dried, raw, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and 100% organic. This Patagonian Superfruit also boasts Vitamin C and dietary fiber, as well! To learn more about its’ benefits, visit NavitasNaturals.com.

Mom” made a quick salad using one of Navitas Naturals’ recipes sent along with the Goji Berries and Maqui Powder. Simple and easy to whip up, this unique salad is brimming with antioxidant power!

Goji Greens

Ingredients

1 pound mixed greens and/or spinach

½ cup Navitas Naturals Goji Berries

1 apple

1 cup walnuts

½ cup goat or bleu cheese

Preparation

Thinly slice the apple and add all ingredients together. Works well with an oil and balsamic vinegar or creamy dressing. You can use Navitas Naturals cashews in place of the walnuts.

Additional recipes can be found here: www.navitasnaturals.com/recipes.

About Navitas Naturals

Nutrient-rich whole foods are at their best when they are produced via organic agriculture and minimal processing methods. That is why all Navitas Naturals products are certified organic, and use methods such as freeze-drying to ensure maximum nutrition. Food safety is very important to Navitas Naturals, which is demonstrated by the rigorous third-party testing of their superfoods. Since 2003, Navitas Naturals has been committed to socially responsible business. Their direct purchasing partnerships create and expand fair trade opportunities for farming communities in developing regions around the world. In addition to maqui, Navitas Naturals offers a vast selection of organic superfoods such as raw cacao, hemp seeds, acai, maca, camu, pomegranate, chia seeds, and goji berries.

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Best Foods for Your Vision

People have become more and more concerned with their health and the foods that they put in their bodies. Organic and local foods have received quite a boost in recent times, and the importance of fruits and vegetables that we learned about on the food pyramid have become even more relevant. Here are some foods that are not only good for your health, but also great for your vision.

Know Your Vitamins

The first step to improving your vision is to know which vitamins are the best for your eyes. Vitamins C, E, and A have been proven to be the best for your eyes, as well as Vitamin B3 and Lutein.

Vitamin C is not only great for the immune system, but also inexpensive and excellent for anyone that suffers from macular degeneration. Foods that contain vitamin C consist of: oranges, broccoli, tomatoes, papaya, mango, kiwi, and red, yellow, and orange peppers.

Vitamin E is found in oils, nuts, asparagus, avocado, mango, and sweet potatoes.

Vitamin A is excellent for night vision and the quality of sight. Foods with vitamin A are: sweet potatoes, kale, winter squash, spinach, collard greens, carrots, and red bell peppers.

Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, is abundant in breakfast cereals and is believed to be especially helpful for those that suffer from retinal deterioration.

Lutein is great for those of us who desire the protection given by sunglasses without actually having to wear sunglasses. Lutein protects the eyes from the more harmful rays of the sun; it can also help to reverse the deteriorating effects of macular deterioration. Lutein is found in spinach, kale, broccoli, corn, romaine lettuce, peas, collard greens, bell peppers, and cantaloupe.

Green Vegetables

Eating your greens is also good for your eyes. The reason for this is because leafy greens contain what are known as carotenoids. Carotenoids are unique chemicals that are found in the pigments that color plants. They also have beneficial agents that act as antioxidants for humans. Greens that are rich in carotenoids are kale and spinach.

Herbs

Herbs that can aid and even improve vision are:

  • Bilberry, which is used as an antioxidant for the eyes and vascular tissues
  • Ginkgo Biloba, which has been successful in the treatment of glaucoma
  • Ju Hua (chrysanthemum flower), which is used for red and puffy eyes
  • Qing Xiang Zi (celosia seeds), which are excellent for improving vision and soothing red and swollen eyes, as well as helping people with cataracts

It’s understandably difficult to try and eat the proper serving of each of these foods every day in order to receive the right amount of beneficial vitamins. For that reason, it may be a good idea to instead satisfy your daily intake with the use of supplements. For any supplements that are too expensive, gaining the vitamins from their natural source may be your best option. Keep an eye on your health and your vision will never fail you.

About the Author

Sara Roberts is a content contributor for Just Eyewear, an eyeglasses and prescription sunglasses prescription retailer.

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10 Benefits of Probiotics

By Evan Jerkunica

Probiotic supplements are live microorganisms – usually bacteria but sometimes yeasts– that are ingested for health benefits. Probiotics can be purchased as a supplement or eaten in certain natural foods such as yogurt with live and active cultures. People have been eating cultured yogurt for thousands of years, but the health benefits of probiotics are starting to be fully understood now. Potential health benefits of probiotics include:

Reducing Digestive Problems Caused by Antibiotics

Antibiotics used to treat infections can kill off beneficial bacteria in the intestines that are necessary for proper digestion. Many people taking antibiotics experience uncomfortable symptoms such as diarrhea. It has been found that consuming probiotics can prevent this by replenishing the natural populations of beneficial gastrointestinal bacteria.

Improving Absorption of Minerals

Lactobacilli in particular may help with absorption of trace minerals. Taking probiotic supplements may make you less likely to have a deficiency in these dietary nutrients.

Benefits for the Lactose Intolerant

Many lactose-intolerant individuals can eat yogurt, because the lactobacilli in the yogurt culture convert lactose sugar into lactic acid, which does not cause the uncomfortable digestive symptoms of lactose intolerance. Similarly, probiotic supplements with lactobacilli can improve digestion of lactose.

Preventing Infections

Probiotics may reduce the incidence of infections caused by harmful, invasive bacteria, especially after taking antibiotics. Without a healthy population of gastrointestinal bacteria, you are more prone to infections. If probiotics are taken, the beneficial bacteria are replenished and it is more difficult for harmful bacteria to invade your body and multiply.

Improving Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium infantis strain 35624 probiotic supplements have both been shown in clinical studies to improve some of the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

Reducing Urinary Tract Infections

Taking probiotic supplements may decrease the incidence of both urinary tract infections and bacterial vaginal infections by decreasing the growth of infection-causing bacteria.

Treating Ulcerative Colitis

Several different probiotic supplements have been found useful for treating and preventing recurrence of ulcerative colitis.

Helping with Ulcers

Probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence and duration of ulcers by competing with the harmful Heliobacter pylori bacteria that cause ulcers.

Reducing Incidence of Colon Cancer

Some strains of Lactobacillus are thought to reduce the incidence of colon cancer by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme that can form carcinogens in the colon. Populations that consume more dairy foods containing lactobacilli have a lower incidence of colon cancer.

Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels

Probiotic supplements may have a small beneficial effect on hypertension and high cholesterol levels. This does not replace the need for medical treatment of these conditions, but probiotics can help.

Probiotics are safe except in people with severe immune deficiencies.

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Drink up! Reserveage offers from beauty from the inside out with their Resveratrol Cellular Age-Defying Tonic! This pleasant-tasting tonic helps to maintain your ageless appearance and youthful vigor, and is simply overflowing with rich superfruits, such as acai and goji berries, mangosteen, pomegranates and blueberries. Cellular Age-Defying Tonic delivers a synergistic blend of antioxidants found only in the skins and seeds of these darkly colored superfruits.

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Move over orange juice! The superfruits are here to liven up your morning! Genesis Today is bringing health to the masses by offering their Superfruit juices at Walmart and Sam’s Club, which are available in 3 antioxidant-rich flavors: Acai Berry, Cranberry Goji, and Pomegranate & Berries with Resveratrol. “Mom’s” favorite? The Cranberry Goji! It is cranberry juice with an added health boost!

“There is a shift in tide currently under way in the beverage market. This new beverage trend is all about the ‘halo of health’ around beverages with purpose – juices created with more antioxidants and vitamins than ever before and made with unique fruits and natural compounds like Acai, Goji berry and Resveratrol,” according to Dr. Lindsey Duncan, Founder & CEO of Genesis Today.

Dr. Lindsey Duncan is a Naturopathic Doctor and Certified Nutritionist, who has been a trusted leader in the natural health products industry since 1983. After leading a successful nutrition practice in Santa Monica and logging over 40,000 hours of clinical experience, Dr. Lindsey wanted to do more. Dr. Lindsey has brought the superior, customized nutrition he had given his celebrity clients to everyone in America because he believes that no matter what your financial situation or your exercise routine, you deserve to be healthier, now.

In addition to the juices, Genesis Today also offers a variety of healthy snacks such as Dark Chocolate Cacao Pudding (yes, there is such a thing as healthy pudding!) and Super Chews. Why wait for the New Year to start taking better care of yourself?

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Yes, can you believe it? Cold & flu season has descended upon us once again! Besides wearing a mask, latex gloves and covering yourself head-to-toe with plastic wrap to keep germs at bay, you can stock your “natural” medicine cabinet up with the following cold and flu busters!

Natural Cold & Flu Busters

Vibrance Multivitamin by Reserveage Organics

Nothing is better at keeping colds and flu at bay than preventive care! This organic daily multivitamin, Vibrance Multivitamin by Reserveage Organics, includes power-packed superfruits such as acai, mangosteen, goji and pomegranate. In addition, this multivitamin also boasts a Whole Green Food/Spirulina Blend and a Super Veggie Powder Blend. www.reserveage.com

LIP CLEAR Lysine+ Cold Sore Treatment

Cold and flu season also can mean unsightly cold sores & fever blisters pop up prior to hitting those holiday parties! LIP CLEAR Lysine+ Cold Sore Treatment, an all-natural treatment, utilizes active zinc oxide, as well as lysine (an essential amino acid) and 14 other natural ingredients to help treat cold sores faster. “Mom’s” husband swears by this little treatment for treating cold sores naturally!

According to a Southern California University of Health Sciences study:

  • LIP CLEAR Lysine+ reduced the duration of cold sores by 50% or more compared to untreated cold sores
  • Median time to complete cold sore healing was four days
  • Cold sores treated with LIP CLEAR Lysine+ healed faster than with leading OTC or prescription brands costing three to five times more
  • Within three days, cold sore symptoms that were either completely eliminated or dramatically reduced, included tingling, burning, itching, tenderness, prickling, soreness and blistering
  • A remarkable 40% of the participants had full cure by end of the third day.

Learn more at www.lipclear.com.

Xigo

Xigo (which means “life force”) offers total support for both adults and children in a pleasant-tasting chewable supplement. Lightly sweetened naturally with Stevia, Xigo is made up of 3 key ingredients that work together synergistically, L-glutamine, beta-glucans and lactoferrin. Xigo is perfect for those traveling during the holiday season, as it comes in convenient packets that can tuck into a pocket or purse. www.xigohealth.com.

Oscillococcinum

When flu symptoms begin, the homeopathic remedy, Oscillococcinum, may reduce the severity of the symptoms. Oscillo® is supported by published clinical studies, as well as more than 65 years of use throughout the world. With both adult and children’s formulations, it can be taken by children ages 2 years and older. www.oscillo.com.

Zarbee’s Children’s Cough Syrup

Developed by a pediatrician, Zarbee’s is all-natural, and is the safest cough syrup available for young children. In fact, it is the ONLY cough syrup available for children that are 12 months of age. Made with antioxidant- rich, dark honey, each dosage of Zarbee’s Children’s Cough Syrup provides the recommended daily Vitamin C requirement, too! www.zarbees.com.

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