Spirulina And Its Health Benefits

With the hundreds of superfoods out in the market today that contain essential vitamins, minerals, enzymes and various disease fighting components, spirulina is among one of the superfoods that sits at the top. This unique blue green algae is packed with life-giving nutrients that can be taken everyday to ensure your bodily health.

Spirulina is composed of over 70% protein, which is among the highest in all foods. With these essential infection-fighting proteins, your body is better equipped to rebuild precious antibodies and increase production of white blood cells that also prevent infections. Studies have also shown that spirulina taken in high doses may also help in preventing allergic reactions. It has been know that this diverse superfood has been an effective treatment for anemia.

Being rich in chlorophyll and phycocyanin, which is a powerful blood purifier, promotes blood cell growth and is vital to the rejuvination of existing blood supply. Spirulina is also highly rich in all eight essential amino acids, 10 non-essential amino acids, B complex vitamins, zeaxanthin, the antioxidants beta carotene, the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, beneficial probiotic bacteria, dozens of trace minerals and pathogen-targeting proteins. That being said, not many other superfoods can match its ability to boost the immune system.

There are also studies shown that spirulina can help lower your cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation in the body. Taken on a daily basis, those suffering from obesity have seen results of weight loss and development of lean muscle mass due to the nutrients and detoxifying the body ofarsenic, mercury, radiation, pesticides, cadmium, environmental carcinogens and synthetic food chemicals.

For your maximum health benefits take spirulina daily. This is a nutrient packed superfood that can detoxify your body and clean your bloodstream. This is not a cure to all illness but will definitely get you on the right track. With a proper diet and exercise we can all live life to its fullest potential and enjoy a healthy body.

Nutritional Supplements For The Outdoor Athletes

Lets take a look at some products that have been specialized for the outdoorsman. This includes all you hunters, fishers, and back country guys. I know that a lot of products out there are geared to the guys that live in the gym and looking for that shredded lean muscle gym body. But what about that real man’s man that wants to hit the trails and get out there in the great wilderness? Why is it so hard to find a product for that outdoor athlete? Well here you go folks, lets take a look at a product that is tailor made for you.

Wilderness Athlete was founded and designed by Mark Paulsen. Mark, who is a former college athlete, NFL player for the Cleveland Browns, holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, and avid hunter/outdoorsman, saw the need for a product that would not only enhance the performance of these special athletes but give them a product that would enhance their physical health.

With one simple question “Why hasn’t the science of mainstream sports nutrition been applied to the specific needs of the outdoor athlete? After all, there are no locker rooms or timeouts in the back-country.” Mark Paulsen began to seek out the experts in nutrition that he had been associated with through collegiate and professional sports. Which in turn, led him to to create Wilderness Athlete, a nutritional supplement to enhance the experience for the 75% of the population that participates in outdoor activities yearly.

Lets take a look at some of the gluten free products that Wilderness Athlete offers:

These products can be broken down into 4 different categories which include

Hydration and Energy Drinks

Includes the latest generation in sports drink mixes that incorporate the enhanced science of re-hydrating and refueling your muscles. A formula that is designed to feed the energy mechanisms in your body to boost your mental clarity and physical output.

*Gluten Free

Fitness and Weight Loss

Looking to shed a few pounds? Meet your workout or weight loss goals with solutions from Wilderness Athlete. Meal Replacement and Protein Plus Shakes help you stay full and energized. Lean Life helps to boost your weight loss goals, and Ultimate Pre-Workout gives your body the extra power it needs to workout longer and harder to reach your physical peak.

*Gluten Free


Take care of your body and it will take care of you. Stock up with an arsenal of daily Wilderness Athlete vitamins and supplements to keep your system running strong. Which include Green Fusion, Joint Advantage, Omega-3 Fish Oil, and High Performance Multi-Vitamin.

*Gluten Free

Altitude Solutions

Being in altitudes of 8,000 feet and above can cause headache, fatigue, nausea, shortness of breath, sleep disturbances, rapid heartbeat, loss of consciousness, death. Now you can stay strong in the high country with altitude sickness solutions from Wilderness Athlete.

*Gluten Free

Need to rid you little ones of that nagging cough?

Zarbees Naturals Children’s cough syrup worked wonders this winter when our 8 and 5 year old little ones had a nagging cough, sore throats and mucus built up, colds and flu’s are no fun! Especially when it’s one you just can’t kick. We always look for a drug-free formula, it’s important to our family what we put into our bodies. Plus, who wants all those unwanted side effects and grogginess from the alcohol, dyes or gluten? Zarbees Naturals just so happens to be free of all those nasty’s.

zarbees naturals childrens cough syrup

We tried the grape flavor and the kids didn’t have a problem with the taste, they said it tasted like honey. It really helped sooth their sore throats. The ingredients are ones you can read, woo whoo! those are the type we like. Pretty much honey, water, vitamin C, zinc and grapefruit seed extract. This along with some children’s cold care tea really helped get rid of that awful cough and sore throat.

Have the winter bug in your house?

Need to rid you little ones of that nagging cough?

Or soothe that sore throat?

Add Zarbee Naturals to your medicine cabinet.

Zarbrees Naturals Products Are Drug Free

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for winter to be over. I’m over the wet, snow and cold. brrrr….

Bring on the better weather and the blooming flowers.

When does winter officially end in the US?

Answer: The time and date of the start and end of each season varies from year to year.

According to the Almanac, spring this year will be here on March 20th, 2014 but that doesn’t mean we all will have spring like weather just yet. Which means we might still have colds, sniffles, and coughs…

Spring you can’t come fast enough! But with spring brings allergy season. I think I better order Zarbees Naturals Seasonal Relief.

If you have tired Zarbees Naturals please leave us a comment letting us know how it worked for you.


Zarbee’s Natural Products For Your Children

With most cough syrups out on the market today being unsafe for children under 4 years old, Dr. Zac Zarbee a pediatrician and founder of Zarbee’s Naturals, set out to research and develop a natural product safe for all children. As a pediatrician he knows first hand of the dangers and effects of the main stream pharmaceuticals being exposed to our children. With this in mind Dr. Zarbee had found research in clinical trial showing that dark honey as an effective way to soothe coughs and sore throats in children and young adults.

With further research, he was able to develop a great tasting, safe, effective product that was all-natural and vitamin enhanced. How great is that! A product that is effective and safe for our children, with a taste that children wont fight you every second to take. What more can a parent ask for!?

Zarbee’s products are:

  • Natural
  • Drug Free
  • Clinically Proven
  • Contains No Alcohol, Artificial Flavors or Dyes
  • Side Effect Free
  • Gluten Free

One of the rare products that are truly “kid-tested, mom approved. We can also have that safe feeling that Zarbee’s products are approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by over 40,000 other pediatricians nation-wide.

Check out a variety of Zarbee’s natural and safe children s products below.


Natural whole food vitamins vs. Supplement vitamins

Studies show that in most cases the nutritional value of natural whole food vitamins (and minerals) is a more efficient source compared to supplemental vitamins. With the exceptions of vitamin B-12 which is for people over the age of 50 that have a more difficult time absorbing through natural foods and vitamin B-9 (folic acid) for pregnant women which require a higher dosage of iron during pregnancy in which might not be available or sufficient through their diet of whole foods.

Part of the reason being in why natural whole foods are more efficient as an intake of vitamins is because when you eat whole foods you are also in-taking other important and essential vitamins, minerals, and fibers along with those target vitamins you are seeking. With synthetic vitamins you are only targeting a specific one and not much else.

In some cases it is important to take food supplements and could be a necessary way for you to intake certain nutrients. For example, if you were to have a medical condition that doesn’t allow you to absorb or use the nutrients effectively such as food allergies, food intolerance’s, liver , gallbladder, intestines, or pancreas diseases.

If you are a generally healthy person that has a wide variety intake of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins, it is likely you will not need to take food supplements. Natural is always the best way to go, but if this option is not available to you, choose wisely in which supplements you take.

Looking at the “Tree of Life” or aka Miracle Tree and its Benefits

We are talking here about Moringa oleifera: An Asian or South American Super Food. 

Moringa Oleifera - The Tree Of Life

Lets take a closer look at this readily available beneficial super food that can be found in many places around the globe:

Scientifically known as Moringa oleifera, but more commonly known as Moringa, “Tree of Life” and “Miracle Tree”.  This slender tree can grow up to 10 meters (33 feet), normally cut down yearly to 1-2 meters (3-6 feet) to re-grow and remain in harvesting reach, mostly found in the Himalayas, parts of Africa, India, Philippines and both Central and South America.

Vitamins and Minerals

Moringa oleifera is known as one of the most nutritious and densely compacted vegetables , with over 90 vitamins and minerals and other nutrients in each serving, it has the some of the highest ratings per gram of Vitamins A, B, C and E, including minerals such as calcium and iron.

Known to have:

·         10x the amount of iron found in spinach

·         7x the amount of vitamin C found in oranges

·         4x the amount of calcium found in milk

·         3x the amount of potassium in bananas

·         4x the amount of vitamin A found in carrots

·         4x the amount of protein found in eggs

Health Benefits

With the amount of anti-oxidants , vitamins and minerals found in this superfood, Moringa has everything needed to sustain a healthy lifestyle, even in supplement form. Considered the top superfood, Moringa can help with a wide variety of health concerns such as:

·         Killing of free radicals in Cancer

·         Nutrition

·         Anti-Aging

·         Diabetes relief

·         Gastric Ulcers

·         Healthy skin

·         Increased energy

·         Weight Loss

·         Improved sleep

·         Mental clarity

·         Decreased depression and anxiety

Different forms of Moringa oleifera:

Moringa oleifera has been on a high demand in recent years due to the fact that it has stood up to the title of a “superfood”.  With the benefits of muscle growth, skin health, boost in immune system function, weight loss, and as a natural source of nutrients, there are many forms that can be found in this nutrient packed superfood.

The different ways that Moringa can be taken are:

Fresh: The best way to receive the most amount of nutrients, it can be added to dishes such as soups and salads, but it has been said that if cooked above 140F it can lose certain benefits.

Tea: Served as you would an herbal tea, you can enjoy during a meal or throughout the day. 

Powder/Dried Flakes: The most versatile, in this form you can use it in just about anything you care to. If you have a meal that you feel might not have all the nutrients you are looking for, you can add the powder or dried flake form of Moringa to give it that superfood kick.

Capsule: Obviously the most convenient form, this can be taken 1-3 times per day depending on the dosage and your desired effect.  This makes it readily available to the general public that might not have the access to other forms of Moringa but still can have the benefits of this “Miracle plant”.

The Benefits Of Drinking Tea

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of drinking tea on a regular basis. But first lets make it clear, we are not talking about the instant tea that comes from a package where you just ad cold water and serve. We are talking about real tea that derives from a particular plant Camellia sinensis which include – green, white, black, and oolong or herbal tea that is also infused with herbs of various plants. Basically tea that derives from a natural plant and not from a laboratory.

So let’s get to it, what are the benefits of drinking tea on a daily or regular basis? Well as we all know, tea has been around for generations and can be found throughout most cultures of the world. Lets list here some of the benefits of this natural plant could do for our health.

The Benefits Of Drinking Tea


Green Tea – Made with steamed tea leaves, has been thouroughly studied and has found high traces concentration of EGCG. Green tea’s antioxidants may interact with the growth of bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic, and colorectal cancers; prevent clogging of the arteries, burn fat, counteract oxidative stress on the brain, reduce risk of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, reduce risk of stroke, and improve cholesterol levels.

Black Tea – Made with fermented tea leaves, black tea has the highest caffeine content and forms the basis for flavored teas like chai. Studies have shown that black tea may protect lungs from damage caused by exposure to cigarette smoke and also may reduce the risk of stroke.

White Tea – Uncured and unfermented. One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas.

Oolong Tea – In clinical trial, those given antioxidants from oolong tea were found to have lower high cholesterol levels. One variety of oolong, Wuyi, is heavily marketed as a weight loss supplement, although there has not been clinically proven.

Herbs That Ease Anxiety & Fear

Fear and anxiety are closely linked, but quite different. Fear is focused, anxiety is diffuse. Fear is health promoting and protective: it keeps us from jumping off cliffs. Anxiety can destroy health and increase our vulnerability: it shortens our breath, narrows our blood vessels, and interferes with the functioning of the immune system. Fear is useful energy; it calls to our courage. Anxiety is useless; it promotes feelings of insecurity, helplessness, weakness.


Notice the difference in yourself between fear and anxiety. Whenever possible, find the fear hidden in your anxiety and let it call forth your strength and power. The following remedies can help you make this transformation.


Bach flower remedies are easy to carry and use. A dose is 1-4 drops, taken as needed. One or more of the following may ease your anxiety:


Aspen (anxious about the future)

Mimulus (anxious about the past)

Red Chestnut (anxious about the safety of others)

Elm (overwhelming anxiety)

Rock Rose (anxiety that escalates into panic)




The smell of roses has been used for centuries to ease anxiety. A touch of rose essential oil on the seam of your sleeve will wrap you in calming fragrance all day. To magnify the effect, have a massage with rose-scented balms. Even one massage can cause a marked decrease in anxiety for weeks afterwards.


Yoga postures, yoga breathing, and quiet, focused meditation are excellent ways to tonify (and soothe) the sympathetic nervous system. Regular practice alleviates anxiety, often permanently. If you feel so anxious you think you might burst, try the lion pose:


Open your mouth very wide; even wider!

Stick your tongue out; even further.

Open your eyes really wide; bigger.

Rotate eyes left, then right.

Breathe deeply and exhale fully up to ten times.

Keep the shoulders and the forehead relaxed.




This pose unblocks the throat, releases facial tension, relaxes the breathing muscles, and relieves anxiety.


Stinging nettle infusion strengthens the adrenals: relieving anxiety and building focused energy. Depleted adrenals often over-react, giving rise to sudden sensations of anxiety, fear, and nervousness. Use bulk herb, not tea bags, not capsules.


Put one ounce by weight (about a cup by volume) of the dried nettle herb in a quart jar.

Fill the jar to the top with boiling water and cover tightly.

Let steep for at least four hours; overnight is fine.

Strain herb out and drink the remaining liquid.




Iced nettle infusion is particularly good. The taste is green, like spinach broth, and is better seasoned with salt than sugar or honey. Refrigerate your nettle infusion after straining it and drink it promptly as it is likely to ferment if kept for more than two days.


Oatstraw infusion is another favorite of those who want to feel less anxious. Preparation is the same as for nettle infusion; remember to avoid tea bags and capsules. The taste of oatstraw is softer and more mellow; you will enjoy it warm with a little honey. Green oat tincture is much more powerful than oatstraw infusion. It is especially useful for those whose anxiety is combined with excessive nervous energy. Or try a hot bath with lemon balm or oatstraw; an ancient remedy for bad cases of the “nerves.” Ahhhh…


Motherwort tincture is my favorite calmative. It is not sleep inducing nor mind numbing. A dose of 10-20 drops can safely be taken as often as every ten minutes if needed, to calm and soothe sore spirits. “Like sitting in my mother’s lap,” one satisfied user commented. Motherwort tea tastes terrible and is not very effective; likewise the capsules are not useful. Motherwort tincture can be taken every day if you wish, but you will find that you don’t need it as you have used it for a while.


A dropperful of St. Joan’s/John’s wort tincture is the remedy to reach for when you are on edge and feel like anything will push you over it. The dose can be repeated safely several times an hour if needed. This nerve-nourishing and nerve-strengthening herb relieves the immediate anxiety and helps prevent future distress as well.


Herbal tranquilizers are safer than prescription tranquilizers, but are best reserved for occasional use. Valerian is the best known. Because its action can be quite strong, it is best to begin with a five-drop dose, which can be repeated every 10-15 minutes until you are calm (and probably asleep). To avoid addiction, use valerian root as a tea or a tincture, not in capsules, and take it for no more than three weeks. Skullcap tincture is less addictive and often more effective. The dose is 10-20 drops of fresh plant tincture or 1-2 dropperfuls of dried plant tincture. Skullcap can also be sleep inducing, but it is rarely habituating.


Exercise is a ready remedy for overwhelming anxiety. If you feel like running away from it all, running or skating or walking briskly might be the very thing to do. Fifteen to twenty minutes of heart-pounding exercise will use up your excess adrenalin and “eat up” your stress.


Extreme fear or anxiety may lead to hyperventilation. If you are breathing rapidly and shallowly and feel spaced out you can:


breathe into a paper bag until normal breathing resumes or

hold your breath (you can actually put your hand over your nose and mouth) for a count of 20; then breathe out as slowly as you can.




Calcium keeps the nerves steady. A glass of warm milk is an old wives’ trusted ally for relieving anxiety. Stinging nettle is an excellent source of calcium when brewed as an infusion; one cup can contain as much as 500 mg of calcium. Oatstraw infusion is also loaded with calcium, with one cup containing up to 300 mg. Soy beverage can have the opposite effect – that is, it may increase anxiety – due to its ability to disrupt thyroid functioning and interfere with calcium metabolism. One herbalist who consumed large quantities of soy “milk” and soy protein bars wound up in the hospital with an irregular heartbeat and severe anxiety. If you think you are lactose intolerant, drink no more than four ounces of milk at a time, or use yogurt instead of milk. (Yogurt is generally free of lactose.)


Of course, you don’t want to do all these things at once! But you could join a yoga class, use nettle or oatstraw infusion daily, and have a bottle of motherwort or skullcap tincture handy for times when you are exceptionally anxious. By working with strengthening herbs and exercises, you not only relieve the bothersome symptoms but also improve your overall health. That’s the Wise Woman Way.

Source: Susun S Weed

Have you had a cup of Green Tea?

The world can’t seem to stop talking about green tea. From Oprah to health experts, everyone is talking about this green wonder. But what is so great about green tea? Green tea is a great antioxidant and has been known to prevent and fight diseases, no wonder the Chinese have been using it for centuries, and we all know how long the Chinese live! Drinking green tea helps in preventing cancer, cardiovascular diseases, strokes and other infections. It also helps fight cavities and increases the metabolism rate, which helps lose weight faster. Green tea comes in so many flavors as well, from honey, apricot, coco mint and even ginseng. If you want decaffeinated green tea, which is available as well.

How to brew a cup of green tea?
This recipe will help you brew a perfect cup of green tea. Here is the method:

  • You will need one tea bag for every cup of tea you desire.
  • In a kettle, pour one and a half cup of water and let is boil.
  • Let this boiled water stand for a while.
  • In a cup, place the tea bag and pour the hot water over it.
  • All this to stand for 3 minutes and then remove the tea bag.
  • Add sugar or honey if desired.
  • Add a lemon wedge for extra flavor.

How About Those OMEGA-3’s?

Are you getting omega-3 fats in your diet either through nutrition or by supplements? If not, you should be!

A lot of people of around the country and the world, who don’t consume much fish, may be coming up short on this essential fat. The healthiest of all the fats; especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The Omega-3s play a far reaching role in our health. They are really best known for the anti-inflammatory properties. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s help protect the heart by lowering inflammation of the arteries and acting as a blood thinner. It also slows down a persons heart rate, maintain ones heart rhythm and blood flow.

Omega-3s may help reduce the risk of many cancers, such as prostate and breast cancer. They help off-set the excess omega-6 fats, like those found in corn, soybean and safflower oils. In many scientific studies the omega-3s have inhibited the growth of cancers. This is great news!

Something to note is how omega-3s are known to improve fat metabolism. Researchers at the University of South Australia, recently did a study using adult volunteers where one group were given various supplements including 1560 mg of DHA and 360 mg of EPA daily with some light exercises, while another group of individuals took a placebo and did light exercises. This test lasted for three months and the results were differing. The volunteers who took the omega-3s lost great amounts of weight, while the placebo volunteers didn’t see any change.

Another great health benefit, in which DHA has been effective, is how it can improve memory as well as helping cognitive function in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. There was a double blinded study of 40 older men and women who took 1.5 grams of DHA on a daily basis led to great reduction in their aggressive behaviors in as little as two months. In the study many of the treated recipients show that DHA worked with lutien to thicken the eye’s macular pigment, helping reduce the risk of macular degeneration which has been known to be a leading cause of blindness among the elderly.

The American Journal of Psychiatry has described how omega’s have help balance the chemistry in the brain of an adult, including those suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, and postpartum depression. Also found them to reduce impulsive behaviors, hostility and physical aggressiveness. The omegas have helped in the development of an infant’s brain as well.

I of course always try to get my nutrients from food sources whenever possible. And if I can’t or feel I need to increase my intake, I’ll include the needed amounts in a supplement. A recommended dietary amount for most individuals would be to take at least 1 gram of fish oils daily. For those with coronary heart disease, it is recommended to gradually increase your daily intake to 3 grams. You can add 100 to 200 mg of gamma-linolenic acid, a plant oil to enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits of EPA.