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If you’re always losing the car keys, forgetting the grocery list, or just plain can’t get organized, a few targeted nutrients and herbs may be able to help. departments 6 SUPPLEMENT SAVVY HEALING BOTANICALS 8 Potent herbs that support adrenal health, control cortisol, and help the body deal effectively with stress. NATURAL REMEDY 10 A diet and supplement plan to help halt prediabetes in its tracks. EXPERT’S TAKE 12 Natural ways to fend off seasonal maladies, just in time for back to school. KNOW AROMATHERAPY 14 Boost your mood, increase your energy, and heal what ails you with the power of flower essences. 2 AUGUST 2015 26 OFF THE SHELF From pea to hemp, here’s a look at the best plant proteins for building muscle, lowering cholesterol, and more. Toss out those synthetic white bars and revive your skin with pure, wholesome African black soap. 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In addition to being a convenient source of vegan protein, they are less likely to trigger food sensitivities. “Plant-based protein powders are more easily digestible and have a more balanced phytonutrient profile,” says Lauren Beardsley, ND, a naturopathic doctor at Integrative Health in Scottsdale, Ariz. If your system is too acidic, she says, “They can help balance the pH, encouraging detoxification and limiting inflammation.” These, says Beardsley, are some of the special characteristics of each type: Pea Protein Popular among athletes, pea protein is a good source of branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) that are broken down in the muscle tissue to produce energy. In addition, it is high in lysine, an amino acid that 6 AUGUST 2015 converts into carnitine, a molecule responsible for building energy and lowering cholesterol. And, one serving may provide about 30 percent of a day’s iron requirements, although iron content varies among products. Rice Protein A clinical trial, published in Nutrition Journal , found that a specific organic, sprouted rice protein—called Oryzatein and found in a variety of rice protein brands—was found to be especially effective for building lean muscle and strength, and promoting recovery after resistance exercise, qualities previously believed to be unique to whey protein. Although the two proteins contain different amounts of individual amino acids, both equally enhanced the results of resistance exercise. Hemp Protein Available in hemp seeds, oil, milk, butter, and powders, this potent plant protein has been popular among vegan athletes for many years. In addition to protein, hemp is rich in fiber, B vitamins, and a combination of healthy fats, including omega-3s. When unflavored, the protein powder has a pleasant nutty taste that works well in salad dressings, dips, soups, or sprinkled on vegetables. Soy Protein The FDA considers soy a heart-healthy food, and it is a longstanding, popular vegan protein. But most soy in the United States is genetically modified and often highly processed with a variety of chemicals. To avoid these problems, Beardsley recommends choosing non-GMO, organic soy protein powders, and cautions that phytoestrogens in soy can disrupt estrogen and thyroid hormones. By Vera Tweed Cooking with Protein Powder Always popular in smoothies, protein powders can also be used in cooking and baking. Anna Sward, author of The Ultimate Protein Pow(d)er Cookbook, points out that powders such as hemp, rice, and pea absorb a lot of liquid. “Add moisturizing ingredients to a batter,” she suggests— bananas, pumpkin purée, and cooked sweet potatoes and beets are her personal favorites. Rice protein, she says, is well suited for pancakes, and hemp works well with strong flavors, such as chocolate. For pea protein, try this recipe: Chocolate Protein Cookies MAKES 4 COOKIES Recipe from Anna Sward. For dozens more, visit proteinpow.com. Other Plant Proteins Some products combine proteins from a variety of sources, including sprouted seeds and grains, cranberries, and algae, such as spirulina. “Many manufacturers are utilizing this approach to create a comprehensive blend of vitamins, fatty acids, and fiber that offers a myriad of health benefits,” says Beardsley. As an example, spirulina consists of up to 70 percent protein and is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12, as well as other vitamins and minerals. “It offers many health benefits,” Beardsley adds, “including immune boosting properties, anticancer benefits, and it can help lower blood pressure.” In addition to protein, sprouted seeds and grains contain fiber, iron, and chlorophyll—good for detoxification and appetite control. Shopping Guide Look for 15–20 grams of protein per serving, without artificial flavors or chemical additives. If you have food sensitivities—or thyroid or other hormonal issues— choose soy-free plant proteins. To prevent food sensitivities in the future, make a habit of varying protein sources. ¼ cup plain or vanilla pea protein powder 1/8 cup cashew or almond butter 2 Tbs. agave syrup 1 Tbs. almond milk 2 squares (20g) chopped 85% dark chocolate 1. Preheat oven to 320°F. Mix all ingredients together in bowl to make a cookie dough. Taste, and add sweetener of your choice, such as stevia, if desired. 2. Divide dough into 4 balls, and press onto cookie tray lined with parchment. Bake 8–12 minutes, or until cooked through, but still soft in center. PER SERVING: 140 cal; 8g pro; 6g total fat (2g sat fat); 13g carb; 0mg chol; 120mg sod; 1g fiber; 9g sugars Blender Bottle GoStak GoStaks are a smart and sleek advancement in portable nutrition. Durable jars secure tightly to carry powders, vitamins, supplements, snacks, and more. GARDEN OF LIFE ORGANIC PLANT PROTEIN SMOOTH COFFEE tastes like a creamy coffee house drink when mixed with water or almond milk. BIOCHEM 100% VEGAN PROTEIN VANILLA This proprietary blend of pea, hemp, and cranberry provides 20 grams of plant-derived protein per serving, plus amino acids; omega-3, -6, and -9; polyphenols; and antioxidants. MRM Veggie Protein Veggie Protein is an all-natural vegetarian super food complex designed to meet protein needs. Each ingredient was chosen for its ability to deliver maximum nutrient concentrations while providing a smooth pleasant taste. VIBRANT HEALTH PUREGREEN PROTEIN VANILLA With 20 grams of protein per serving, plus added B12 and enzymes, this potent powder provides the equivalent of almost 14 lbs. of vegetables. Plus it’s gluten and soy free and vegan safe. Vega Protein Smoothie Take the chore out of your daily protein quest with Vega Protein Smoothie. You and your family will love this convenient protein boost you can take (and make) as an on-the-go snack or part of a healthy breakfast. HEALTH & HAPPINESS 7 healing botanicals By Vera Tweed adrenal health Healthy adrenals boost energy and endurance A drenal glands don’t make headlines, but they deserve some attention. Sitting on top of the kidneys, these little glands each weigh less than one-fifth of an ounce, but when they malfunction, the human body can’t muster the energy it requires. “The adrenal glands are essential for life in that they help us deal with any kind of challenge that comes up in the environment,” says clinical herbalist Guido Masé, author of The Wild Medicine Solution. Such challenges can be physical, such as running a marathon, or stressful life situations, such as an exam or a traffic jam. “In all of those situations,” says Masé, “The adrenal glands play a really vital and important role.” How They Work Adrenal glands secrete two important hormones: adrenaline and cortisol. We feel the effects of adrenaline as a “rush” or “fight or flight” response, which can be exhilarating, frightening, or somewhere in between. It kicks in almost instantly, and can disappear in seconds or minutes. Cortisol works more slowly, causes no discernible physical symptoms when it initially rises, and can remain elevated for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or even longer. When there are repeated stressors in the environment, cortisol can remain chronically elevated. Chronic Cortisol Problems Cortisol boosts the body’s energy by raising blood sugar levels. It also suppresses the immune and inflammatory responses, so physical exertion produces less pain. For example, cortisol enhances runners’ ability to complete marathons, but afterwards, studies show that they are more susceptible to respiratory infections. “Chronic repeated stress may be connected to immune dysfunction, autoimmune disease, and chronically elevated blood sugar and therefore diabetes,” says Masé. Eventually, the adrenal glands may no longer be able to produce enough cortisol, and exhaustion sets in. “Exercise is a great way to diffuse anxiety and stress,” he says. Any type of low-intensity physical activity lowers blood sugar and cortisol levels. Herbal Relief FOR IMMEDIATE RELIEF: Drink a tea made with linden leaf, lemon balm, or chamomile, or a combination of the three. Brew for 2–3 minutes, and cover while brewing to prevent aroma from escaping. The volatile oils in these herbs calm the nervous system. chamomile & lemon balm 8 AUGUST 2015 Gaia Herbs Ashwagandha root Adaptogenic herbs such as Ashwagandha Root help nourish and restore optimal nervous and immune system health by normalizing mood, energy levels, and overall immune function. TO CONTROL CORTISOL: Masé recommends trying these herbs one at a time, to see how you react. Take ½ tsp. of a tincture in a glass of water or juice, twice daily. In capsules of whole root or berry, take 1 gm of rhodiola root, twice daily, or 2 gm of any one of the others, twice daily. For extracts and herbal adrenal formulas, follow product directions. Rhodiola root: The fastest-acting herb for stress, rhodiola also perks up mood and “get-up-and-go.” Schisandra berry: Also helps to normalize digestion. Ashwagandha root: Also improves sleep quality. Siberian ginseng root: Also improves physical endurance, and is especially good for athletes. 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Enzymatic Therapy will send you a check for $3.08 for each coupon you receive from consumers and send to us. 5/26/15 11:23 AM natural remedy By Jack Challem the prediabetes prescription A nutrition and supplement plan that can help to keep prediabetes from progressing P rediabetes is a wake-up call— one that does not have to be a prelude to full-blown type 2 diabetes. Most people can take steps to reverse prediabetes—wait too long, and type 2 diabetes will have to be treated medically. An estimated 70–100 million Americans have prediabetes, most of them undiagnosed. Being overweight or obese, having difficulty losing weight, feeling tired much of the time, and having poor concentration are common symptoms of prediabetes. GETTING TESTED: Having either a fasting blood sugar level between 100–125 mg/dl or a HbA1C level between 5.7 and 6.9 percent is a sign of prediabetes. A fasting blood sugar between 90 and 99 mg/dl points to looming prediabetes. It’s also important to have your fasting insulin tested—a measure of 11 mcIU/ml or higher indicates that your body is working very hard to control blood sugar. A high fasting insulin is an accurate early predictor of diabetes risk in the coming 10–15 years. THE CAUSE: In the vast majority of cases, prediabetes is a consequence of eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar for many years. CONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS: A variety of drugs are commonly prescribed to people with prediabetes. Like most drugs, they have side effects. EATING TIPS: Improving eating habits is essential. Focus on quality protein (fish, chicken, grass-fed beef), which stabilizes and lowers blood sugar levels. Eat plenty of high-fiber vegetables as well. Fiber, 10 AUGUST 2015 particularly soluble fiber, slows the breakdown of carbohydrates and also lowers and stabilizes blood sugar. Some foods, such as vinegar and cinnamon, can help lower blood sugar. SUPPLEMENTS: If you take more than two of these supplements, reduce the suggested dose. Vitamin D can help maintain normal blood sugar levels and prevent prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Combining it with calcium boosts the benefits. Both nutrients are involved in regulating blood sugar and insulin. Take: 1,000–4,000 IU of vitamin D, plus 500 mg of calcium citrate daily. Silymarin, the extract of the herb milk thistle, can dramatically improve blood sugar. Three human studies have demonstrated silymarin’s benefits, which include a 15–20 percent decrease in blood sugar, along with decreases in insulin, post-meal blood sugar, and HbA1C. Take: 200 mg three times daily. Chromium is needed to help insulin work efficiently. A study found that taking 500 mcg twice daily demonstrated benefits in people with type 2 diabetes after just four months. Take: Start at 400 mcg daily, and go up to 1,000 mcg daily if necessary. Biotin. This B vitamin is needed for the activity of glucokinase, an enzyme that monitors the body’s glucose levels. It’s safe even in large amounts. Take: 1,000–10,000 mcg daily. Curcumin. Taking 1,500 mg of curcumin daily over the course of several months has shown promise in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes. Take: 750–1,500 mg of curcumin. Alpha-Lipoic Acid has been used in Europe as a medical treatment for diabetic nerve disease. Studies have found that it improves insulin function, and in some people might lower blood sugar. Take: 200–400 mg daily. Pycnogenol inhibits the activity of alpha-glucosidase, a carb-digesting enzyme. The mechanism is similar to the diabetes drug acarbose, but a study found Pycnogenol 190 times more potent than acarbose in inhibiting alpha-glucosidase. Take: 100–200 mg daily. LUCKY’S MILK THISTLE Lucky’s Market Brand Milk Thistle capsules help to support the liver and maintain healthy liver function. GAIA HERBS TURMERIC SUPREME Made with a dualextraction technology that delivers the broadest spectrum of herbal constituents, Gaia Herbs Turmeric Supreme helps modulate inflammatory pathways that affect heart, joint, liver, and cellular health. BN_Jul15_batch print.indd 6 5/26/15 11:26 AM expert’s take back-to-school health tips Here’s what you need to know about preventing colds and flu naturally T he following prevention advice is not just for kids—although contact with germs inevitably increases when kids (and teachers) return to school in the late summer/early fall. If you or your children have a history of being vulnerable to common colds or flu during the school year, there are a few simple lab tests to rule out hidden problems. Check for anemia, as well as low levels of vitamin B12 and/or folic acid—all can increase susceptibility to colds and flu. Hand washing is an obvious, but underutilized, method of preventing disease. Avoid the triclosan-containing antibacterial soaps—these are contributing to the invasion of superbugs. Use plain soap with warm water and vigorously rub the hands together for at least 20 seconds after every dubious encounter, before and after eating or preparing food, after using the bathroom, and after handling money, doorknobs, and the mail. Ideally, avoid all sugar and processed foods. Certainly avoid these ingredients at the first hint of illness, for at least a week. Get enough sleep. Fatigue causes vulnerability to illness of all kinds. One of my favorite preventives for the common cold is good old-fashioned cod liver oil—1 teaspoon daily for children and 1 tablespoon daily for adults. It comes in For Super Immunity, Probiotics Are Your Best Defense What’s the best way to strengthen your immune system and avoid catching a cold or the flu this year? It starts with eating a clean diet. But you must also ensure that you’re digesting your food properly and absorbing all those nutrients. To that end, probiotics are a front-line defense in fighting off colds and other illnesses. This goes for adults and children. In fact, a wide variety of good “bugs” live in the intestines. Near the stomach, you’ll find “acid-loving” varieties such as Lactobacillus acidophilus. Closer to the large intestine, the environment becomes increasingly alkaline, and different bugs—for example, Bifidobacterium—thrive. All these wonderful bugs further break down food into its basic components for easy absorption. Research suggests that taking probiotic supplements may greatly protect against a variety of pathogens, including staph bugs, E. coli, salmonella, and even the superbug Clostridium difficile. Among the newest findings, researchers from the University of Florida reported that a trio of specific probiotic strains—Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium bifidum, and Bifidobacterium longum—trigger a beneficial shift in the bacterial composition of the gut. This helps to enhance immunity, bolstering the body’s defenses against colds, flu, stomach bugs, and other germs. – Emily Kane, ND, LAc 12 AUGUST 2015 By Emily A. Kane, ND, LAc lemon, orange, and strawberry flavors, which makes it more palatable for kids. Vitamin C is also important. Children should get about 500 mg daily and adults should get 1,000 to 2,000 mg. You can hardly overdose on vitamin C—it will give you loose stools if you are taking too much, so just cut back to a comfortable level. Most common colds are viral, so there is no reason to take antibiotics unless there is proven evidence of a secondary bacterial infection. Two of my favorite antivirals are zinc (50 mg daily for adults, 15 mg for children) and vitamin A (25,000 IU daily; avoid if you are pregnant or nursing). These can be used preventively, or at the start of symptoms. Vitamin D is also important for staying healthy. Have your vitamin D levels checked, as most people are low. Vitamin D has emerged as a critical nutrient not just for bones, but also for mood, cell integrity, cancer prevention, and possible prevention of flu viruses. Optimal levels range between 60 and 90 ng/mL. If you are mostly suffering from a sore throat, try an antiviral liquid containing either eucalyptus or some other mentholated substance (such as Olbas sprays or pastilles). Listerine (the caramelcolored type—not the stuff with blue-green food dye) has eucalyptus as the active ingredient and works well to prevent and treat viral sore throats. Solutions featuring oil of bitter orange also help to heal a throat infection. If your cold starts with a cough, hot lemon-honey tea can work wonders. Don’t ever give honey to a child younger than age 1 (it can cause botulism), but older children can benefit greatly from the anti-infective and soothing effects of honey. If the cough is deep, a Dijon mustard poultice, applied to the chest, can effectively loosen mucus, making it easier to cough up. There are a few tried-and-true homeopathic remedies for viruses. All the remedies should be taken in 6X potency, three to four pellets three to four times daily for a few days, as follows: Allium cepa (onion) especially for a runny nose. Ferrum phosphoricum (iron phosphate) especially for kids feeling weak or in the first stage of inflammation Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Once Daily For everyone looking for a powerful probiotic supplement to add to their daily health plan, Dr. Perlmutter formulated Once Daily 30Billion which offers a convenient, one capsule per day formula made from diverse strains of 14 beneficial probiotics. Megafood MegaFlora Plus Supports intestinal health, bowel regularity, and immunity while restoring and maintaining the balance of healthy probiotics. Carlson Super Daily D3 for Kids Super Daily D3 for Kids provides concentrated liquid vitamin D3. Children can receive their daily dose of vitamin D3 by simply adding a drop to their food or drink. Carlson Super Daily D3 for Kids provides a full 400 IU dose of vitamin D3. Kali carbonicum, especially if complicated by influenza Kali muriaticum, if mucus secretions are thick Belladonna, for a red face, dry throat, and throbbing headache Aconite, for an abrupt onset, fear and anxiety around the illness, restlessness, and no sweating. Stop aconite when sweating begins. ESSENTIAL FORMULAS DR. OHHIRA’S PROBIOTICS 12 PLUS restores a healthful balance of good bacteria in your body to keep immunity strong. Renew Life Buddy Bear Probiotic Buddy Bear Probiotic is a natural probiotic formula with 1 billion cultures, including Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus, to help support overall digestive and immune health. HEALTH & HAPPINESS 13 know aromatherapy By Sherrie Strausfogel pure flower power Discover how to boost your mood, increase energy, and ease any number of ails with flower essences and aromatherapy T he power of flower essences and aromatherapy may seem mysterious and miraculous, but science and practitioners promise that they work. Both flower essences and aromatherapy’s essential oils can help calm anxiety, ease depression, heighten focus—and more. “Every element, every organ, every system in the body has electric circuits,” says Machaelle Wright, developer of Perelandra Essences. “And every level of being (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual) has its own electric circuits. Perelandra Essences are water-based solutions holding electrical patterns derived from nature that balance, stabilize, and repair weakened or damaged circuits.” According to Wright, the foundation for the body’s healing process is its electric system. Flower essences help repair damaged circuits by fusing the electrical patterns from the corresponding essences with the damaged circuits, providing the balance needed for their repair. Flower essences capture the energetic healing imprint of everything from alpine lilies to yarrow. They’re bottled in concentrate form in dropper bottles that make it easy to place one drop of a needed essence on your tongue. Essential oils concentrate on stimulating the part of the brain that affects emotion, which can affect physical and mental well-being. “The shape of an essential oil molecule is like a key that unlocks the olfactory nerve receptors in our nostrils,” says Charlynn Avery, Aura Cacia aromatherapist. “The impression of the aroma is sent directly and immediately to the limbic system. When stimulated, this system releases chemicals that affect the central nervous system. Serotonin counteracts anxiety; endorphins reduce pain. We achieve a calmer state.” Tap into the various benefits of aromatherapy with pure essential oils and essential oil blends from NOW ESSENTIAL OILS. The essential oils, such as 100% Pure & Natural Sandalwood, are produced using gentle harvest and extraction methods to preserve the complete essence of the botanical source. 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Instead, it’s fast-food meals and fitful nights, weight gain and weak muscles. But when you make wise decisions for yourself and your children about nutrition, sleep, and exercise, your family will be healthier and happier. HEALTH & HAPPINESS 17 Family Health Primer, cont. “Stop and be in the present moment, even if that means just looking down at the lines in your hand.” The Stress of Stress Rushing around ruins our mood and wrecks our energy, negatively affecting our work performance and parenting. A constant fight-orflight mode also races the heart and constricts the blood vessels, inhibits digestion, and hinders breathing. The stress hormones you release also can make you store fat and burn fewer calories. “Insulin production is compromised, which shifts glucose levels and strains the adrenal glands,” says Ellen Lewis, ND, resident naturopathic physician at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Ore. “All this can drive inflammation throughout our body and play out as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and immune system disorders.” The first step to quiet the stress response is to simply take a moment and breathe. “Stop and be in the present moment, even if that means just looking down at the lines in your hand,” says Mary Bove, ND, a naturopath in Brattleboro, Vt. “Then, take a few deep belly breaths. This will halt the brain’s release of anxiety neurotransmitters and relax you enough so you can become aware that you have choices.” A healthy, low-stress lifestyle also includes ample sleep. “Adequate sleep is necessary for children’s growth and development, and strengthening their immune systems,” says Bove. She suggests seven to nine hours a night for older children and parents. Boiron Arnica Cream and Blue Tube Value Pack Boiron Arnicare Arnica Cream delivers everyday pain relief. This homeopathic formula relieves pain associated with muscle aches and stiffness and swelling from injuries as well as discoloration from bruising. Lucky’s Markets Melatonin Getting sleep helps you function during the day. Supplemental melatonin may help to promote more normal, restful sleep. Melatonin helps regulate sleep and wake cycles. 18 AUGUST 2015 Smart Starts Begin with breakfast, not skipping it. Says Lewis, “Breakfast gets your metabolism going and produces energy, which we need at the start of the day.” This is especially true for kids. And fueling up throughout the day is also important for tiny stomachs. “To get enough energy, most children need to have food every two to three hours, and babies even more frequently,” says Lewis. Quick-Fix Breakfast Tip: Wake up to Crock Pot oatmeal. You can literally make it in your sleep! Before bed, add oats, water, and other ingredients of your choice (additions such as apples and cinnamon will make your house smell great, too) to a Crock Pot and set to low. In the morning, breakfast is ready. Try healthful toppers such as honey, stevia, almonds, and fresh or dried fruit. Toddlers to Teens Introduce kids to healthful food early in life. By age nine – 12 months, fruits and vegetables can be added into the diet. Lewis recommends starting with the latter. “If you start with puréed veggies, your child can develop a preference for them, instead of the sweetness from fruit,” she says. And stick to organic for those, as well as fish, chicken, and other meats. “Once your child starts eating solid foods, introduce one new food per week, so you’ll know which might give them a reaction, such as gas, rashes, and constipation,” says Lewis, who recommends introducing whole grains after age 4, when children’s immune systems can better handle them. Opt for complex ones, found in quinoa, millet, rice, and amaranth instead of white, refined flour. Be aware of food allergies. “Wheat is a typical intolerance for kids, as are dairy, peanuts, citrus fruits, corn, and sometimes eggs,” says Lewis. Naturalize Your Medicine Chest Want to ditch over-the-counter drugs for pain, heartburn, and other mishaps? Dave Forman, RPh, ND, known as the Herbal Pharmacist, started out as a traditional pharmacist and now educates both consumers and health professionals about natural healing. Here are his favorite remedies: INSTEAD OF DRUG STORE PRODUCTS FOR … SWAP THIS NATURAL REMEDY… INSTEAD OF DRUG STORE SWAP THIS PRODUCTS FOR … NATURAL REMEDY… For all-around pain relief: Solaray IbuActin, which contains a proprietary form of hops called Perluxan, as well as other herbs. Pain, such as ibuprofen For spot pain, such as sore muscles or joints after being a weekend warrior, or sprains or strains: Celadrin or arnica topical cream Cake (don’t rub) cayenne powder on cut before bandaging; cayenne helps stop bleeding. Tea tree oil to prevent infection Cuts and scrapes Calendula for antibacterial and antiviral properties, and to help soothe skin Colloidal Silver cream For muscle pain: anti-inflammatory enzymes (e.g., bromelain, papain, serrapeptase) Turmeric or curcumin capsules Heartburn, upset stomach, or indigestion Chewable DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) tablets Drink ½–1 ounce of apple cider vinegar Aloe gel (100%) to soothe Bruises Burns Arnica and comfrey cream—each one works differently to heal. Aloe gel (100%) to soothe Apple cider vinegar (mixed with water and applied topically with a cotton swab) Chewable papaya enzymes Chia seeds with as little water as possible, to help absorb excess water in the digestive tract Diarrhea Cold sores Lemon balm, in tube or stick form, has been shown to kill the herpes virus Oregano oil cream Lysine cream Chamomile tea to calm muscle spasms Aloe juice to soothe If caused by food poisoning: activated charcoal capsules Colds, flu, and fever Homeopathic formulas (such as Boiron Oscillococcinum for flu symptoms) Herbs (such as Echinacea, astragalus, and elderberry) Zinc lozenges Constipation Medicinal mushroom capsules Magnesium citrate (1,000 mg or more at night) to hydrate bowels without irritation Aloe juice to soothe For ongoing constipation: take probiotics and eat plenty of fiber. Slippery elm lozenges Sore throat Throat Coat tea by Traditional Medicinals B vitamins and plenty of fluids. Hangovers PartySmart by Himalaya Herbal Healthcare (a combination of liver-supportive, cleansing herbs) Singer’s Saving Grace spray by Herbs Etc. Stuffy nose Use a Neti pot with contaminant-free, sterilized, or purified salt. Xlear Xylitol Nasal Spray HEALTH & HAPPINESS 19 Family Health Primer, cont. Meanwhile, make sure your children drink plenty of water every day, from a dropperful for infants to several glassfuls (try flavoring water with a lemon wedge or mint leaves) for older children. Time Saving Tips Choose a day to shop. Prepare a meal plan or list of foods your family likes, and don’t go the grocery store hungry. Stock your cupboards. Stack the shelves with staples such as whole grains, nut and seeds, nut butters, and healthful oils. Fill your refrigerator. Cut up fruits and vegetables, wash all the salad greens, and have sandwiches on hand. Quick-Fix Snack Idea: Have easy-to-grab after-school snack options on hand like raw cut-up fruit and vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, and yogurt. Try healthier, refreshing alternatives to soda, such as sparkling drinks flavored with fruit or stevia, cold or hot herbal teas, and coconut water, an exceptionally hydrating drink that is rich in heart-healthy potassium. The most popular source of overabundant, added sugars is conventional soda—don’t make it a habit. Set an Example Let your kids help you, in the grocery store or the garden, by washing vegetables and assisting with preparing and cooking food. Talk to them about those apples and artichokes, where they come from, and how they help us stay healthy. Make time for sit-down family meals around a dinner table, at least a few days a week. This can be a challenge after a long day at work, school, sports practice, or music lessons, when it’s so tempting to eat microwaved meals in front of the TV. One busy mom shares how she came to enjoy LUCKYS Vitamin D3 NEED DESCRIPTION. 20 AUGUST 2015 Make meals the night before. Use a rice cooker and Crock Pot, soak grains to cook twice as fast, and mix up muffin batter so it’s ready to bake. Prepare meals in bulk and freeze. For example, make extra chili and store in meal-sized containers, and purée vegetables for baby food and freeze in ice cube trays. family mealtime: “I used to come home from work and look at the messy house and kitchen, and find myself getting frustrated and angry,” she says. “One day, I came home, put the groceries on the counter, made myself a cup of tea, and put my feet up. I then very sweetly told my kids, ‘As soon as the groceries are put away and the kitchen is cleaned up, I’ll make dinner.’ This became our new routine.” Most important, be a role model for your children by maintaining your own excellent health. When they see you eating well, going off to the gym, or waking up refreshed from a good night’s sleep, they’ll be more apt to do the same. Cover Your Bases No matter how well you and your family eat, the depleted soils in which our produce is grown can result in NATURAL VITALITY Natural Calm Rasberry Lemon Magnesium is one of the most important basic nutrients that power our bodies, and this potent anti-stress powder offers an easy way to restore healthy levels quickly and effectively. Just mix 2 tsp. in a glass of water. HERO NUTRITIONALS Yummi Bears Organics Multi-Vitamin Provides 16 essential nutrients that growing bodies need in delicious, natural strawberry, orange, grape, and pineapple flavors that kids love. The vegetarian-approved fruit pectin base is gelatin, gluten, dairy, and allergy free. deficiencies; studies show fruits and vegetables have lower levels of important minerals and trace elements today than they did when measured in the 50s and 60s. “Magnesium is one we don’t get enough of,” says Bove. She also recommends a multivitamin, B complex for stress, vitamin D (a blood test can determine deficiency) and vitamin C with mixed bioflavonoids. A good multi will cover most of the basics. Also essential, says Lewis, are omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil and flaxseed oil (there are many flavored varieties available, including gummies, which are great for kids); and probiotics for the beneficial bacteria that populate the gut. Lewis recommends 3 billion colony forming units (CFUs) of probiotics for babies, 7 – 10 billion for children, and 20 billion for adults. 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If so, you could be showing signs of adult ADHD By Lisa Turner I t’s estimated that adult ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) affects almost 5 percent of the population, with symptoms that include difficulty concentrating, lack of organization, inability to complete work, and memory problems. Left untreated, it can result in stress, depression, obesity, and addictive behaviors such as smoking and drug use. ADHD is sometimes referred to as ADD (attention deficit disorder). Both terms describe the same thing: a neurobiological condition characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity. The term ADD has been dropped in medical literature in favor of the term ADHD, which is now seen as having three main subtypes: 1. ADHD, predominantly inattentive 2.ADHD, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive 3.ADHD, combined The condition is usually diagnosed by a set of inattention and hyperactivity symptoms and other criteria listed in the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-V). Adult ADHD symptoms are markedly different from childhood symptoms. Inattention symptoms include lack of attention to detail, being easily distracted or forgetful, losing things, and difficulty paying attention or staying on task. Hyperactivity-impulsivity signs include a general feeling of restlessness, a tendency to be easily bored (which shows up as switching jobs or leaving projects uncompleted), taking risks, or spending money impulsively. 22 AUGUST 2015 Misdiagnoses Are Common The symptoms of adult ADHD vary widely, are often subtle, and can mimic other conditions. Not surprisingly, the condition is often misdiagnosed as depression, anxiety, and/or bipolar disorder. Some psychiatrists believe brain scans—which measure blood flow and highlight activity in brain regions related to attention—are necessary for an accurate diagnosis. Based on information from brain scans, psychiatrist Daniel Amen, MD, has developed a spectrum of classifications. See the brief overview at right, or visit amenclinics.com for more information. Natural Therapies to Try Because adults with ADHD are more likely to suffer from stress, depression, or other emotional problems, treatment is important. Pharmaceuticals such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Strattera can be effective, but often have significant side effects, including nausea, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, and mood changes. A number of recent studies have pointed to specific herbs, supplements, and other holistic treatments that can help. If you suspect you or someone you know has ADHD, consult with your health care provider, and try some of these natural alternatives: Mind Your Zinc Intake Several studies have found that people with ADHD have lower levels of zinc. Because zinc regulates brain chemical activity and improves cognitive function, zinc supplements may help improve symptoms of ADHD. A number of studies have found that zinc reduces signs of hyperactivity and impulsivity, and can increase attentiveness. Other studies suggest that 30 mg of zinc sulfate daily can reduce the need for medications and help control symptoms of ADHD. In addition to supplements, foods that are high in zinc include oysters, red meat, turkey, chicken, beans, and nuts. Type 1—CLASSIC ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms (short attention span, distractibility, disorganization) plus hyperactivity, restlessness, and impulsivity. Type 2—INATTENTIVE ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms combined with low energy and motivation. Type 2 tends to be diagnosed later than Type 1, if at all. It is more common in girls. These are quiet adults, often labeled as “lazy,” “unmotivated,” or “not all that smart.” Type 3—OVER-FOCUSED ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms plus inflexibility, trouble shifting attention, clinging to negative thoughts or behaviors, excessive worrying, holding grudges, argumentative, and saddled with a need for routines. Type 4—TEMPORAL LOBE ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms plus a short fuse, periods of anxiety, headaches or abdominal pain, history of head injury, family history of rage, dark thoughts, memory problems, and difficulty reading. Type 5—LIMBIC ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms plus chronic mild sadness, negativity, low energy, low self-esteem, irritability, social isolation, poor appetite, and disrupted sleep patterns. Type 6—RING OF FIRE ADD/ADHD. Primary ADD symptoms plus moodiness, anger outbursts, inflexibility, rapid thoughts, excessive talking, and extreme sensitivity to sound and light. Type 7—ANXIOUS ADD/ADHD. Inattentiveness, distractibility, disorganization, anxiety, tension, nervousness, excessive pessimism, and social anxiety. People with this type are prone to physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches and gastrointestinal problems. Feed Your Head Some Fat The effect of omega-3 fatty acids on the brain has been well documented, and studies suggest that omega-3 fats can improve ADHD symptoms as well—in some cases, better than drugs. Other essential fatty acids also have benefits: In one study, children who were treated with a mix of omega-3s, omega6s, and evening primrose oil showed improvements in attention and behavior. In another study, 2,400 mg of fish oil plus 600 mg of evening primrose oil reduced hyperactivity and inattention. The best dietary sources of omega-3s are fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel, and sardines. Flax seeds and walnuts also contain omega-3 fats, but in a form that must be converted by the body into useful forms. Healthy sources of omega-6 fats include evening primrose oil, borage oil, and black currant seed oil, all of which contain GLA (gamma linolenic acid), an omega-6 fat that also helps reduce inflammation. “B” Brainy Like omega-3s, B vitamins are associated with overall brain health and cognitive function. They can improve symptoms of HEALTH & HAPPINESS 23 ADHD, cont. Barlean’s Fresh Catch Fish Oil Softgels Fresh Catch Signature Fish Oil Softgels are ideal for people who are seeking the absolute highest-quality fish oil in convenient capsules. Lucky’s Markets Kid’s Mellow Plus Use Kid’s Mellow Plus as needed or as a daily tonic to calm excitability, to help your active child focus during the day, and to relax and get restful sleep at night. Now Foods Virgin Coconut Oil 1000mg NOW Virgin Coconut Oil is unrefined cold-pressed oil, and does not utilize any solvents in the manufacturing process. Coconut oil contains no trans-fats and is a rich source of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), such as lauric acid (C-12) and caprylic acid (C-8). Organic india Memory Memory helps improve mental clarity, long and short term memory, and focused attention. Memory supports and nourishes the brain and the entire nervous system, increasing blood circulation to the brain, which improves mental energy, focus, attention, and memory. 24 AUGUST 2015 ADHD by increasing the brain’s levels of dopamine, which enhances alertness and focus. In some studies, B vitamins also reduced aggression and antisocial behavior, and improved other symptoms of ADHD. Other studies suggest that B vitamins are especially effective when used with magnesium, a mineral that has a calming effect on the brain. Several studies have shown that B vitamins and magnesium can relieve ADHD symptoms, including hyperactivity, aggression, and inattention. In one study, after subjects stopped taking B vitamins and magnesium, their symptoms returned. And in another interesting study, researchers found that pregnant women who lacked folate in their diets were more likely to give birth to children with hyperactivity disorders. The best dietary sources of B vitamins include chicken, turkey, salmon and other fish, egg yolks, leafy greens, peanuts, and fortified grain products (try organic, sprouted versions). Also take a B-vitamin complex supplement—sublingual and liquid forms tend to be more easily absorbed. Iron: Why You Might Need More Several studies suggest that people with ADHD may be iron deficient. In one study using MRI scans, patients with ADHD showed abnormally low levels of iron in the area of the brain that controls alertness. In another study, 84 percent of children with ADHD had significantly reduced iron levels, compared with 18 percent of a control group. Studies have found that 80 mg of iron, in the form of ferrous sulfate, treated symptoms of ADHD as effectively as drugs. Dietary sources include red meat, organ meats, oysters or clams, beans, and egg yolks. The Best Herbs for ADHD The research on botanicals as possible treatments for adult ADHD is mixed and inconclusive, but a few popular herbs do show promise. Ginkgo biloba appears to improve ADHD symptoms, including antisocial behavior and hyperactivity. Red ginseng can calm ADHD symptoms— in one study, 1,000 mg of ginseng reduced anxiety and improved social functioning. And ginseng in combination with ginkgo helped improve social problems, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Bacopa (also known as Brahmi) is an Indian herb that’s been shown to improve the ability to retain information, and may be helpful in ADHD. Calming herbs, such as valerian, passionflower, and lemon balm, can soothe irritability and restlessness, and may help promote sleep—important for people with ADHD who suffer from insomnia. Pycnogenol, the antioxidant-rich extract from French maritime pine trees, can lower stress hormones and has been shown to decrease neurostimulant activity in people who have ADHD. Brain Foods: Eat More of These Studies are limited, but most anecdotal evidence suggests that a high-protein, lower-carb diet with a good mix of healthy fats can help reduce symptoms of ADHD. Cutting back on white sugars and carbohydrates helps keep blood sugar levels—and mood—stable, and some research suggests that chronic excessive sugar intake leads to alterations in brain signaling. High-protein foods such as beans, eggs, fish, meat, and nuts quickly boost dopamine and norepinephrine levels, leading to increased alertness. And healthy fats such as omega-3s promote overall brain health. Foods & Preservatives to Avoid Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives may exacerbate symptoms of ADHD. Studies found increased hyperactivity in children after eating foods containing artificial coloring and additives. Another study suggested preservatives, especially sodium benzoate, can cause hyperactivity even in kids without ADHD. Other studies suggest that salicylates—naturally occurring chemicals in apples, dates, avocados, peanuts, peaches, cauliflower, zucchini, broccoli, and certain other foods—may also increase hyperactivity in children. Visit salicylatesensitivity.com to learn more. In some cases, food allergies can be part of the problem. If you suspect a hidden allergy, ask your health care provider about food allergy testing. Mind-Body Healing Resource Relaxation, meditation, massage, hypnotherapy, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and biofeedback may benefit ADHD by calming the nervous system. One of the top experts on mind-body medicine is James S. Gordon, MD, founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. Visit cmbm.org for self-care resources and to hear Podcasts on a variety of topics—from guided imagery to soft-belly breathing. Thought-full Supplements for Kids A high potency multi. Studies have shown that vitamin and mineral supplementation can increase non-verbal intelligence in some children. These studies highlight the essential role of certain nutrients in brain function, especially thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, copper, iodine, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Iron. A deficiency is linked to decreased attentiveness, narrower attention span, decreased persistence, and decreased voluntary activity. Dosages: Children 1–10: 10 mg; Males 11–18: 12 mg; Males 19+: 10 mg; Females 11–50: 15 mg. EPA and DHA. The developing brain is especially dependent upon adequate levels of these critical building blocks. Numerous studies have shown that children with ADHD have a measurable reduction in tissue levels of EPA and DHA. In a 2013 Oxford University study, levels of EPA+DHA “significantly predicted” the ability of children between the ages of seven and nine to concentrate and learn. The recommended dosage for children is 600–1,000 mg of EPA and DHA daily. GABA. Recently, studies have indicated that this amino acid may help improve mental function in children, and a form known as PharmaGABA could be the best approach. In one study, 6th graders who received 100 mg of PharmaGABA and then took a math test answered 20 percent more questions—and answered more questions correctly—than a placebo group. SMART SUPPLEMENTS FOR BRAIN HEALTH GARDEN OF LIFE Vitamin Code Raw Zinc, derived from NORDIC NATURALS Complete Omega is a full- raw, organic vegetables, contains 30 mg of the mineral—the amount shown in studies to reduce ADHD symptoms. spectrum omega supplement that contains both omega-3s from coldwater fish and omega6s from borage oil. NOW FOODS True Focus maximizes mental acuity with a blend of brain-boosters including ginkgo, vitamin B6, and grape seed extract, a potent antioxidant. LUCKY’S Brain Support contains a potent blend of clinically studied ingredients, and additional keys nutrients designed to support brain and memory health. IRWIN NATURALS Mega BComplex is a balanced blend of high-potency B vitamins, including a full 1,000 mcg of methylcobalamin (the biologically active form of vitamin B12), as well as MCTs, a preferred source of quick cellular energy. HEALTH & HAPPINESS 25 off the shelf By Sherrie Strausfogel african black soap Toss those synthetic white bars of soap and revive and renew your skin B lack soap has been used for centuries in West Africa, and today it’s becoming popular around the wold for its skinsupporting benefits. Women in West Africa still make it the traditional way—from locally harvested plantain skins, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark that they sun-dry and then burn to ash, which is how the soap gets its black color. They add the ash to coconut oil, palm oil, and shea butter, combine it with water, and boil it until it dissolves. They hand-stir for 24 hours, and when the vitamin-rich soap solidifies, they scoop it out and set it out to cure. The extensive cooking and curing process makes authentic African black soap mild and gentle. The soap detoxifies and purifies the skin, but it does much more due to its powerful constituents. It works equally well on dry, oily, sensitive, and distressed skin, thanks to its bevy of wholesome ingredients: Plantain skins have a high concentration of vitamin A, which increases collagen production; vitamin E, which is healing and helps moisturize skin; and iron, which boosts the benefits of both vitamins A and E. Cocoa powder softens and firms skin, and its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties fight free radicals, repair damaged skin, and renew skin cells. Cocoa butter is a natural moisturizer packed with vitamins A and E that fights the signs of aging and eases rashes, eczema, and psoriasis. Shea butter also has vitamins A and E to strengthen skin, repair damage, and diminish wrinkles. It can heal burns, sores, and scars, and treat psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis. Palm oil is rich in antioxidants and two forms of vitamin E—tocopherol and tocotrienol—that help heal acne and eczema.Palm kernel oil, extracted from the fruit seeds of the African palm tree, is high in lauric acid, giving it antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help heal acne. Coconut oil has fatty acids that reinforce the skin’s lipid barrier and lock in moisture. It helps repair skin damage, dry skin, and eczema, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. It has cleansing and antibacterial properties, and when combined with other ingredients, works as a natural deodorant. 26 AUGUST 2015 Multitask with ALAFFIA AUTHENTIC AFRICAN BLACK SOAP IN TANGERINE CITRUS and ALAFFIA AUTHENTIC AFRICAN BLACK SOAP IN PEPPERMINT the full-body cleanser that is ideal for face, hands, body, shaving, and shampooing, and is gentle enough to use on babies. This rich soap leaves you scented with a fresh blend of citrus essential oils. 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Here’s a sampling of some favorites from across the globe: Africa Shea butter, from the nut of the karite tree, is among the most prized beauty ingredients from Africa. It’s used to soften and nourish hair and skin, and is a key component of black soap, legendary for its ability to calm eczema, psoriasis, and other skin irritations. Other healing compounds native to Africa include buchu, which reduces inflammation and 28 AJ U GL YU S2 T0 12 50 1 5 prevents oxidative damage to skin. Baobab oil, derived from the seeds of the baobab tree, is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, and has anti-inflammatory effects to soothe irritated skin. Rooibos, or “red tea,” is an indigenous herb from the Southwestern Cape region of South Africa that’s a potent antioxidant for skin. Beauty tip: Use shea butter as a shave cream or after-shave cream to minimize red bumps and deeply moisturize. India The leaves, roots, and seeds of the neem tree have been used medicinally in India for thousands of years to treat various skin diseases, infections, inflammation and gum disease. Neem has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that prevent and heal acne, and it’s used in hair products for its strengthening effect on keratin, the chief protein found in the hair. Neem also strengthens and soothes irritated gum tissues. Turmeric, taken internally, can heal inflammatory skin conditions, and gooseberry (also called amla) is rich in vitamin C and is used to reduce pigmentation and lighten dark spots. Beauty tip: After cleansing skin, apply a few drops of neem oil over problem areas. Neem’s antibacterial properties help to clear blemishes, remove blackheads, and tighten pores. Japan Japanese women can often be found sipping green tea. Green tea is rich in polyphenol antioxidants and antiinflammatory compounds that shield the skin from sun damage, wrinkles, and signs of aging. Green tea polyphenols also protect against skin cancer, both internally and when applied topically. The traditional Japanese diet also tends to be high in omega-3 fats, which mitigate signs of aging from sun exposure. Seaweed, another component of the traditional Japanese diet, is rich in iodine, essential for strengthening hair. Seaweed is also rich in polysaccharides, which help firm and tone the skin, and other compounds that reduce blotchiness and redness. Beauty tip: Make a green tea mask: After brewing a cup of green tea, open the bag and mix leaves with raw Manuka honey to form a paste. Apply to cleansed skin for 10–15 minutes, rub to exfoliate, and rinse. Neem has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that prevent and heal acne. By Lisa Turner Philippines Aloe vera has long been used in the Philippines to soften skin, heal irritations, and soothe sunburn. Aloe also makes hair smooth and glossy, and helps tighten and tone skin around the eyes. Papaya, another ingredient native to the Philippines, contains papain, an enzyme that gently exfoliates by breaking down the proteins in dead skin cells. Beauty tip: For added volume and shine, apply pure aloe gel from roots to tips of shampooed hair. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse and condition as usual. France Taking good care of skin rather than covering flaws with cosmetics is a priority for French women, who indulge in regular facials and hydrate by drinking lots of water and spritzing their faces regularly with mineral water. And while drinking alcohol is deleterious to skin, red wine, rich in the antioxidant resveratrol, is ubiquitous in France. Taken internally as a supplement, resveratrol may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and protect against other diseases of aging; topically applied, resveratrol is 17 times more potent than idebenone, an antioxidant used in some antiwrinkle creams. Fruit-based masks and peels, central to the beauty routine for French women, contain enzymes that gently exfoliate dead, dry skin. Milk-based products, another cornerstone of the French beauty routine, contain lactic acid to improve skin’s texture and naturally hydrate. And sunscreen is a must: Most French women won’t leave the house without it (and neither should you); choose a natural brand without fragrance or phthalates. Beauty tip: Carry a mineral water spritzer in your handbag at all times for a dewy complexion. ALAFFIA BAOBAB & SHEA BUTTER SKIN RENEWAL FACE CREAM features unrefined shea butter to deeply moisturize and encourage cell regeneration. BOTANIQUE BY HIMALAYA HERBAL HEALTHCARE NEEM & TURMERIC FACE WASH cleanses away impurities and helps to reduce pore size with a fresh, soap-free lather. Burt’s Bees Cucumber & Aloe Sheer Body Lotion Clinically shown to quickly smooth and silkify skin in seconds without the use of emulsifiers is just one of the amazing benefits of our Cucumber & Aloe Sheer Body Lotion. Alaffia Everyday Shea Lavender Body Wash EveryDay Shea Lavender Body Wash is prepared with Certified Fair Trade unrefined shea butter, virgin coconut oil, protective West African neem extract, and relaxing lavender essential oil. For everyday use on all skin types. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lemon Verbena Hand Soap Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lemon Verbena Liquid Hand Soap contains aloe vera gel, olive oil, and a unique blend of natural essential oils and plant-derived ingredients to create a hardworking, non-drying, yet softening lemon and verbena scented liquid soap for busy hands. ALBA EVEN ADVANCED SEA LIPIDS DAILY CREAM Get up and face the day with the help of this brightening pick-me-up, rich in nourishing lipids that stimulates cell regeneration to reduce the appearance of blotchiness for a more uniform skin tone. ALOE LIFE SKIN GEL Made from fresh organically grown whole-leaf Aloe vera leaves and thickened naturally with xanthan gum, this 100% edible formula includes skin-saving vitamins E, A, and C combined with herbal extracts of azulene from chamomile and allantoin from comfrey. DERMA E ANTIWRINKLE VITAMIN A GLYCOLIC CLEANSER WITH PAPAYA includes enzymes from papaya that gently exfoliate, deeply cleanse, and encourage cell renewal. Kiss My Face Early to Rise Shower Gel Forget the coffee, this is your warm up for the day ahead. Hydrotherapy and aromatherapy work together to stimulate and invigorate with botanicals such as bay, basil, eucalyptus, juniper, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen. HEALTH & HAPPINESS 29 the fit foodie By Neil Zevnik amazing ancient grains Those trendy “new” grains at the market? Most of them have been around a lot longer than you think T he Aztecs were known to deliver chia seeds as tribute. Spelt was sufficiently important to the Greeks that they gave it as an offering to their gods. Farro was even mentioned in the Bible. And yet, as little as 10 years ago, it was almost impossible to find these historical grains on store shelves. That’s changed, however, as there has been a huge resurgence of modern interest in these ancient grains. Chia Seeds. These gluten-free seeds were a linchpin of Aztec civilization. Packed with omega-3s, protein, and fiber, chia seeds are also an excellent source of calcium, manganese, and phosphorus. Their neutral flavor makes them a perfect addition to all sorts of foods—smoothies, cereals, baked goods, salads, and more. Spelt. A distant cousin to wheat, spelt offers a wider spectrum of nutrients than its modern relative, providing a generous dose of protein, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and zinc. Spelt has a robust nutty flavor and chewy texture. Breads and pasta made from spelt flour are denser and slightly sweeter than those made from white flour. Farro. Similar in texture and taste to spelt, farro provides a complete protein when paired with legumes, and its lignans offer antioxidant benefits. Resembling a plumper barley grain, it is excellent in pilafs, salads, Kamut. Known as a high-energy wheat due to its complex carbohydrates and protein content, kamut is also packed with vitamins and minerals, and it maintains most of its nutrition when processed thanks to its low oxidation levels. Spelt, Sugar Snap Pea, & Peach Salad Of course, these are just a few options for increasing your grain intake and widening your culinary horizons. Also consider the gluten-free grains millet, sorghum, and amaranth—and don’t neglect the ubiquitous quinoa. So head down to your local health food store and get your grain on! SERVES 6 This unusual and fresh-tasting salad pairs beautifully with roasted chicken. For a gluten-free version, swap spelt for forbidden black rice. 2/3 cup organic spelt 2 cups water 8 oz. sugar snap peas 1 large peach, peeled, pitted, and diced 1/3 cup chopped raw pecans 11/2 Tbs. blood orange olive oil 1 Tbs. raspberry vinegar Salt & pepper to taste Shredded mint 30 AUGUST 2015 1. Bring spelt and water to a boil in small saucepan. Reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender, about 55–60 minutes. Drain and cool. 2 Steam peas until just past hard but still crisp, about 1½ minutes. Rinse under cold running water, and halve peas with sharp knife. 3. In medium bowl, combine spelt, peas, peaches, and pecans. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar, add salt & pepper, and toss lightly. 4. 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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. BN_Jul15_batch print.indd 6 5/26/15 11:24 AM peak season By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, and Jeannette Bessinger, CHHC play it cool Beat the summer heat—and maybe even live longer—with this ginger-spiked iced green tea NOTES FROM: Chef Jeannette You can buy ginger juice premade (we like the Ginger People), put the root through a juicer, or simply peel and grate a chunk of ginger root and squeeze the gratings with your hand to produce fresh juice. While brewed citrus green tea is delicious, if you’re in a hurry you can whip up a cool, refreshing quencher in just minutes by using matcha powder. Matcha is a nutrient powerhouse, containing more than 100 times the catechins (EGCG) of regular green tea! Just blend 1 cup of water, 1 cup of ice cubes, 1 teaspoon of matcha powder (we like Aiya Matcha, cooking grade), ½-inch peeled ginger root, the juice and zest of 1 small lime, and a tablespoon or two of raw local honey in a high-speed blender until frothy. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy at once. 32 AUGUST 2015 Iced Green Tea Limeade SERVES 4 This recipe combines the healing power of green tea with ginger, which adds just the right amount of flavor and zing to the iced tea, making it an absolutely perfect, refreshing drink for a summer day at the beach. Concentrate: 4 cups water 4 lemon green tea bags ¼ cup raw local honey, or to taste 1½ Tbs. ginger juice, or to taste Juice of 3 limes Fresh mint leaves for garnish, optional Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add tea bags and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in honey until completely dissolved, rewarming tea slightly, if necessary. Stir in lime and ginger juice. For Full Pitcher: Pour hot concentrate into a glass pitcher. Add 1½–2 trays of ice, stirring to combine as it melts. Garnish with mint leaves, if using. For Individual Servings: Pour concentrate into a quart-sized Mason jar, and store in fridge. To make tea, fill a glass with ice and top with concentrate to taste. Garnish with mint leaves, if using. PER SERVING: 80 cal; 0g pro; 0g total fat (0g sat fat); 21g carb; 0mg chol; 0mg sod; 0g fiber; 17g sugars PHOTO: PORNCHAI MITTONGTARE E very time I’m asked by a magazine editor to come up with “10 top tips” for living longer, I put this tip on the list: Drink green tea every day! It’s loaded with catechins and phenols, which have been found to protect the heart and brain and extend life, not to mention to help protect against cancer—a nice little “side effect” of this heart-healthy drink. And if that wasn’t enough, green tea can also help you lose weight! Here, Chef Jeannette combines the healing power of green tea with ginger, one of the best natural remedies for digestive disorders on the planet—it’s great for gas, nausea, morning sickness, and seasickness. And it adds just the right amount of flavor and zing to the iced tea, making it an absolutely perfect, refreshing drink for a summer day at the beach. Chef Jeannette recommends either fresh ginger or ginger juice (see “Notes from Chef Jeannette,” below). Either works just great. Note—you can do a really terrific and unusual variation on this iced green tea beverage by substituting a legendary tea powder known as matcha for the four lemon green tea bags. Matcha is a very specific type of premium green tea grown only in Japan. It has a unique, rich taste—full-bodied, astringent, with a lingering sweetness. But it’s also known for its numerous health benefits—rich in nutrients, antioxidants, blood-purifying chlorophyll, and, of course, the wonderful, calming amino acid, L-theanine. 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