Water Retention Remedies

Jun 29th, 2012 Posted in alternative medicine, Detoxification, health, Nutrition, Uncategorized, vitamins, weight loss, Whole food vitamins, women's health | Comments Off on Water Retention Remedies

Water retention can be a common problem, especially for women. Some women can gain from 2 to 8 pounds just in water retention at different times during their hormonal cycles. Water retention symptoms include swelling of the legs, abdomen, face, hands and overall body.

What causes water retention? The causes of water retention include hormonal changes, such as estrogen in excess of progesterone, dehydration or too much water, kidney deficiencies, lung and heart disease, pharmaceutical drugs, low protein diet, excessive salt intake, pregnancy, toxicity, lack of exercise and stress.

Thankfully there are a number of natural water retention remedies. It is important to have your health evaluated by a qualified practitioner, such as a medical practioner and a naturopathic doctor to determine that there is not a serious underlying disease. The following are some natural water retention remedies that may help to eliminate unwanted excess water weight that may be weighing you down.

1. Drink sufficient, but not too much water. Drink about 1 L per day of good quality water, that is preferable alkaline. (for more info on alkalinity read my book The Healthy Millionaire.) If you exercise heavily, you may need more water than this, but beware, if you drink too much, it can cause water retention.

2. Balance your hormones. For women, too much estrogen as compared to progesterone levels, can be a cause for bloating and weight gain. VitaWomen’s Formula from VitaTree Nutritionals, helps to balance estrogen levels naturally, with no synthetic hormones and protects from harmful estrogens in the environment. For more info visit www.vitatree.com.

3. Exercise- Exercise helps to move the lymph and toxins in the body. It is also a great idea to detoxify the body, at least 4 times per year, at the change of each season. See my Detox formula called VitaDetox, at www.vitatree.com. VitaDetox contains some gentle diuretics that help to rid the body of excess fluids and water retention.

4. Ensure that you eat sufficient protein everyday. Protein helps to keep water in the cells and prevents it from leaking outside the cells causing swelling and edema. Good sources of proteins include eggs, chicken, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. There are also some good vegetarian protein powders available on the market that help to supplement protein if you may be deficient.

In conclusion, no matter what causes water retention in your case, try to get to the bottom of it and treat it naturally.

Natural Treatments for Back Pain During Pregnancy

Jun 27th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Natural Treatments for Back Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is such a wonderful time in a woman’s life. It is a time of creation and allowing her body to do what it is meant to in the most natural way possible. Unfortunately, a number of women suffer from back pain during pregnancy due to the laxity in the ligaments and tendons that can allow the bones and muscles to shift out of place ever so slightly, causing pain. The following are some helpful tips for women suffering from back pain during pregnancy.

1. Exercise- Exercise helps to keep tone in the muscles that are needed to support the lower back. Gravity changes during the pregnancy cause different forces to be placed on new areas, especially the low back. Walking, swimming and lifting light weights are great ways to keep the muscles toned.

2. Stretching- This helps to keep the areas that accumulate tension more relaxed and stretched out. If you can find a prenatal yoga class this is ideal because you will learn the most effective stretches for pregnancy.

3. Fish Oil- A natural anti-inflammatory, fish oil supplements are helpful at keeping the overall inflammation down in the body. For an added benefit, a fish oil supplement high in DHA is your best bet because this is essential for the development of the baby’s nervous system and brain. VitaFish Oil is the best fish oil supplement available because it is high in DHA, tastes great, and has no fishy taste or aftertaste. So if you are suffering from nausea during pregnancy, this fish oil supplement will not bother you. For more info visit www.vitatree.com.

Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections

Jun 18th, 2012 Posted in alternative medicine, Detoxification, Digestive blogs, health, Nutrition, Uncategorized, vitamins, weight loss, Whole food vitamins, women's health | Comments Off on Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections

Recurrent yeast infections are a big problem for many women. The conventional methods for treating yeast infections are often very superficial and do not cure the underlying problems. There are often dietary concerns and hygienic reasons why most women have recurrent yeast infections. The good news is that it is easy to treat naturally once one understands why it happens in the first place.

So what causes yeast infections? As a naturopathic doctor, I am often asked by my patients what causes yeast infections? The truth is, there are a number of dietary and hygienic causes for chronic yeast infections. The following are the most common culprits.

1. Diet- Too many sugars and fermented foods. Sugar feeds yeast or candida and causes it to multiply. If you are addicted to carbohydrates and sugars, like so many women are with chronic yeast infection, you need to cut out the sweets and fermented foods like alcohol and vinegar for a period of time, until the candida clears up. I usually find that when I treat patients with chronic candida, there is not usually a need for a difficulty candida diet that restricts all carbs including fruits. Given the right supplements, like VitaTree high powered Probiotics, this is often strong enough to starve off the candida organisms, with minor changes to the diet and a strict candida diet is not necessary.

2. Anti-biotics- Women and children who take anti-biotics frequently, (more than once every 5 years), are setting themselves up for chronic yeast problems and yeast infections in women. The reason for this is that anti-biotics wipe out all the good probiotics, or good bacteria in the digestive tract and bloodstream. This becomes a perfect breeding ground then for the candida albicans to flourish. Conventional anti-biotics should only be taken in desperate measures. There are a number of natural anti-biotics that work quite well at killing most organisms, like oregano oil, tea tree oil, berberis etc. that do not have the typical antibiotic side effects.

3. Hygiene- tight fitting clothes and underwear can create a breeding ground for yeast and candida albicans. It’s best to wear cotton underwear that are washed in very hot water and placed in the dryer to kill the yeast and to prevent re-infection. Thong underwear are not recommended. Some doctors recommend ironing your underwear to kill any remaining live yeast to prevent recurring yeast infections. I always recommend also avoiding wearing underwear to bed, as this area should be able to breathe at night while you sleep.

All in all, it is quite simple to treat and prevent reoccuring yeast infections naturally with these tips. Be sure to always supplement with a high potency, human microflora probiotic like VitaTree Probiotics. Another often overlooked link to chronic yeast infections is heavy metal toxicity. You can read more about this in my book The Healthy Millionaire. To quench heavy metals and detoxify them from the body safely and efficiently, see VitaDetox from VitaTree Nutritionals at www.vitatree.com.

Natural Treatments for Adult ADHD and Children’s ADHD

Jun 15th, 2012 Posted in alternative medicine, Detoxification, health, Nutrition, Uncategorized, vitamins, weight loss, Whole food vitamins, women's health | Comments Off on Natural Treatments for Adult ADHD and Children’s ADHD

Treating adult ADHD and children’s ADHD from a natural standpoint is virtually the same. ADHD is a condition that is often related to digestive issues and lack of some specific nutrients. The good news is that ADHD can be treated naturally with some simple dietary and nutritional changes.

Whether it is adult ADHD, or children’s ADHD, I always recommend starting to look at the diet first and foremost. The diet can often determine the severity of the symptoms of ADHD in both children and adults. The following is a list of foods and additives that should be avoided at all costs by people suffering with ADHD:

1. Sugar excess: Yes, we all need a little sugar in our diets, but excess sugar, especially refined white sugar is a culprit for causing changes in the mental-emotional sphere of health. Too much sugar can cause spikes in insulin that decrease the proper functioning of the brain. High insulin levels followed by a crash in blood sugar is also related to the hyperactivity component of ADHD. Also, sugar intake is closely related to yeast overgrowth, or candida. Candida is a very common problem in patients that I have treated with ADHD. The yeast overgrowth and candida organisms give off toxins that affect the brain’s ability to think clearly and cohesively. The best natural treatment for candida is high potency probiotics that are made for the human digestive tract and contain HMF. VitaTree Probiotics are high potency, live friendly flora and contain the important effective strain of friendly flora called HMF.
For more info watch this video on VitaTree Probiotics.

VitaTree Probiotics for ADHD

2. Food dyes and coloring: Artificial food coloring is another causative agent in the manifestation of symptoms of ADHD. Food dyes are synthetic chemicals that negatively alter the normal brain function of children and adults with ADHD. Avoid colored candies, juices, drinks, and chips that contain food dyes.

3. MSG or monosodium glutamate: This food flavour enhancer is toxic and affects both adults and children with ADHD. MSG is found in chips, soups, and a number of packaged foods and should be avoided completely by everyone.

Another thing to consider in both children and adults with ADHD is the very important brain chemical DHA. DHA is a naturally occurring essential fatty acid or omega 3 fat that is found in cold water fish. Most of us do not consume enough fish, and DHA. I don’t even recommend that people eat fish anymore because our waterways and hence the fish have become very toxic with PCB’s, dioxins and heavy metals such as mercury. DHA can be supplemented in high doses in high quality fish oil supplements and this is the best way to get preformed DHA. The best fish oil is VitaFish Oil from VitaTree Nutritionals, high in DHA, non-toxic and great for children and adults because it tastes like orange candy! No fishy taste or aftertaste. For more info visit www.vitatree.com.

Best Supplements for Men

Jun 12th, 2012 Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Best Supplements for Men
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VitaTree whole food vitamins

Men typically have a different wish list when they are shopping for vitamins. Often they are looking for vitamins that will help give them energy, stamina and help with digestion. More specifically, some men who know about the dangers of prostate disease search for products that will help prevent prostate problems.

VitaTree Nutritionals has formulated some of the best supplements for men and their concerns. VitaMen’s Formula is a whole food vitamin that helps treat and prevent prostate disease, namely benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH. VitaMen’s formula helps increase overall energy and stamina, but more importantly, increases men’s sexual desire and performance. The unique herbal formula is unlike any other men’s supplement on the market.

VitaFruits and VitaVeggies are whole food vitamins that are made from nature’s healthiest fruits and vegetables and are concentrated into vegetarian capsules. These are perfect for men who are looking for a supplement to their diets, to provide much needed anti-oxidants to quench the free radicals they are exposed to. The VitaFruits and VitaVeggies provide an equivalent of about 6-7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, that are often difficult for many men to always eat.

As men age, cholesterol levels can rise and the risk of heart disease and stroke increases. VitaTree offers cholesterol lowering supplements, VitaTree Cholesterol Formula and VitaMucil. This combination for naturally lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels is a powerful yet safe way to get cholesterol levels lowered, without side effects.

For more info visit www.vitatree.com.

Fat Blaster from VitaTree

Jun 11th, 2012 Posted in alternative medicine, Detoxification, Digestive blogs, health, Nutrition, Uncategorized, vitamins, weight loss, Whole food vitamins, women's health | Comments Off on Fat Blaster from VitaTree

It’s almost summer time and both men and women are on the search for the best fat burner on the market. What most people don’t realize is that stored fat, especially stubborn fat that is hard to lose, no matter how much you exercise or diet, has more to do with stored toxins and metabolism problems than anything else. The Fat Blaster combination from VitaTree Nutritionals was formulated to address stubborn fat that is difficult to lose and especially belly fat. The Fat Blaster from VitaTree is a whole food formula that is completely natural and safe, and effective because it targets the 4 reasons why people may be fat and have not had success losing weight before.

1. Toxins- Toxins build up in the internal organs and fat cells. We are exposed to toxins on a daily basis, most of which we cannot see, taste, smell or feel. These hidden toxins are in our foods, water, air and homes. The stored toxins are held in FAT CELLS as a protective mechanism to keep them diluted and away from our internal organs where they do more damage. Therefore, eliminate the toxins and you eliminate the reason for excess body fat to be there in the first place! VitaDetox as part of our Fat Blaster combo helps eliminate the toxins from all the internal organs plus the fat cells in a gentle and effective way.

2. Hormones- Hormonal imbalance causes a cascade of events that can make the weight loss process very difficult. Female hormones, estrogen and progesterone need to be in perfect balance to ensure the metabolic processes of the body are running optimally. Testosterone, the male hormone, also found in women, is the natural fat burner and ramps up the metabolism. This is one of the reasons men tend to have a faster metabolism than women. The VitaTree Fat Burner has ingredients Maca and Ginseng that help balance the female and male hormones, and helps at this level to burn unwanted stubborn fat, especially belly fat.

3. Cortisol- Stress causes our cortisol levels to become out of balance. Cortisol, our stress hormone, works alongside insulin to regulate our fat storage. In times of stress, the body holds on to excess weight and fat as a survival mechanism. Unfortunately, most of us are under stress on a daily basis and our cortisol levels never really get a chance to rest. This stresses our pancreas and causes our insulin to be more sensitive, thus causing carbohydrate cravings and hunger in general. The more hungry we are, the more we eat, and this leads to weight gain. VitaTree Fat Burner includes Green Tea which helps balance insulin levels, plus Maca and Ginseng that both work as adaptogens that help the body regulate cortisol levels by reacting more effectively to stress.

4. Metabolism- Slowed metabolism can be due to hormonal concerns, lack of exercise and undereating!
VitaTree Fat Blasting Combo helps to speed up metabolism in two ways. 1) It helps speed up the metabolic rate with Green Tea in the Fat Burner, even without exercise! 2) It helps decrease the toxic burden on the internal organs with the VitaDetox, thus improving digestion and metabolism.

All in all, VitaTree Fat Blaster is considered the best fat burner because it is formulated to overcome the often overlooked causes of weight gain. VitaTree is a whole food vitamins company and nowhere else in the world will you find superior formulations, without added fillers or synthetic nutrients. For more info visit www.vitatree.com and be sure to sign up for the free newsletter where you will be privy to updated health information, discount supplements from VitaTree and access to the Formulator, Dr. Janine Bowring who will answer your questions at any time!

Infertility Blog – Natural Solutions

Jun 8th, 2012 Posted in alternative medicine, Detoxification, Digestive blogs, Infertility, Nutrition, Uncategorized, vitamins, weight loss, Whole food vitamins, women's health | Comments Off on Infertility Blog – Natural Solutions

Both men and women who are having difficulties with infertility are looking for natural solutions. Naturopathic care and whole food supplements are a proven method to either work alone, or alongside conventional medical approaches to treating infertility. I’ve chosen to write this infertility blog to help educate couples about the efficacy of detoxifying the body preconception, and also giving the mom and dad the proper nutrients before conception to increase their chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Detoxification-
Cleansing and detoxification are a must before conception to increase the chances of becoming pregnant, but more importantly, to increase the health of the coming baby. Toxins can be stored in both partners for years and have a negative effect on the health of the egg and sperm. DNA changes occur in the presence of toxins and need to be eliminated before conception. When the mom is pregnant, the baby acts as a sponge and takes all the toxins to be processed through its brand new liver, kidneys and digestive tract.

I usually encourage patients to detoxify for at least 3 months, both partners, prior to conception if possible. The product I use with great success is my own formulation, VitaDetox. The revolutionary product helps detoxify the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin, digestive tract, lymphatic system and blood. The dosage is 2 capsules, twice per day, on an empty stomach.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture for fertility is very helpful at balancing the CHI, or energy in the body. It helps to allow for healthy conception and pregnancy and minimizes the chances of miscarriage. Acupuncture for the mom to be helps to balance the hormones and relaxes the nervous system.

Whole Food Vitamins
Vitamin and mineral status of parents to be is very important when trying to conceive. I have found nutritional deficiencies in a large number of patients who have difficulty with infertility. I always recommend whole food vitamins to correct the deficiency. Whole food vitamins like VitaFruits and VitaVeggies are made directly from nature’s best nutrients, without any synthetic vitamins or minerals as most other supplements on the market contain. Whole food vitamins are important for fertility to supply the anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and vitamins and minerals needed from a whole food source.

For more info on whole food vitamins, visit vitatree.com

Natural Stress Relief

Jun 7th, 2012 Posted in alternative medicine, Detoxification, Digestive blogs, health, Nutrition, Uncategorized, vitamins, weight loss, Whole food vitamins, women's health | Comments Off on Natural Stress Relief

Stress affects our health in a number of ways and is probably a causative factor in most disease processes. Stress causes a rise in cortisol levels. This hormonal change in the body can alter the normal physiological function of most of our organs. Stress can also lead to thyroid issues causing sluggishness, feeling cold and weight gain. High cortisol levels can also directly influence our insulin levels and cause diabetes and high blood sugars. This can also directly cause weight gain and lack of energy and a craving for carbohydrates.

Natural stress relief methods are available to everyone. The first step is to first recognize stress in your life. You have to check in with yourself once in a while and ask yourself if you are stressed, about anything. Stress can be either positive or negative stress, unfortunately they both have the same physiological effects on the body. The next step is to actively do something to counteract the stress. Often a change in attitude is needed, especially by those who are stressed all the time. The truth is, most of us do not like change. As soon as there is a change in our life, we get stressed. Change means progress and should not be seen as a bad thing. Change often is a leap pad to move us further along on our journey and although it causes us stress, is something we should be grateful for.

There are a number of methods to help with natural stress relief. Deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga and walking can all be a part of our busy lives if we make time for them. It doesn’t take long to do any of these activities. Even just 10 minutes of deep breathing can have the equivalent relaxing effects on the nervous system as 3 to 4 hours of deep sleep.

There are also natural stress relief supplements that can be taken safely, without side effects. VitaTree Stress and Sleep Formula is an all-natural stress supplement that helps to relax the nervous system, without being sedating. This is a whole food vitamin formula that is non-addictive and can be used by children and adults for stress, anxiety and panic attacks. For more info visit www.vitatree.com.