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Getting your daily nutrients from herbs

Whole herb nutrition from Crystal Star® formulas

Ounce per ounce, along with sea plants, whole herbs are the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. The nutrients in whole herbs are what makes them therapeutic foods. Our bodies often only require the gentle nutrient boost from whole herbs to maintain vibrant health.

Why choose whole herbs for your daily nutrients?

• Bioavailability. University studies document that food complex minerals are up to 25 times more bioavailable than inorganic (non-food) mineral sources. Non-food mineral supplements may show higher milligram amounts on product labels, but very little (in some cases, less than 1%) is actually absorbed by the body. Excesses are flushed out or, in the case of calcium, excesses can become lodged in tissues or recirculated through the bloodstream. Further, inorganic vitamin and mineral supplements are often derived from industrial chemicals like petroleum by-products. Whole herb source nutrients are much less affected by these contaminants.

• Balance. In a healthy body, nutrient levels remain in a delicate balance. Large fluctuations in one mineral can cause depletion in others by reducing absorption in the intestines. Copper deficiency and anemia can occur as a result of zinc overload. Herbal zinc sources like echinacea and the blue green algae, spirulina, do not have this effect and help replenish zinc stores. Many nutrients only work optimally as they occur in natural food complexes. Evidence from two double-blind studies suggests that isolated, synthetic beta carotene can elevate lung cancer risk in smokers. Beta carotene from carrots, dandelion greens and sea plants does not have this effect, and offers a superior spectrum of nutrients, like vitamin C, alpha carotene, lutein and zeaxanthine.

Whole herb supplements for daily nutrition needs:

Energy Green Drink Mix: the ultimate herbal multiple. This combination supplies vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes needed to promote natural sustained energy and vitality. *

Ocean Minerals Caps: iodine, potassium and silica from the sea for beautiful skin, hair and nails. An excellent choice for thyroid support and mineral nutrition. *

Also available in convenient, high potency liquid extracts:

Calcium Magnesium Source Extract: delivers highly absorbable calcium, magnesium. *

Iodine Source Extract:  iodine, potassium and silica from the sea for beautiful skin, hair and nails. An excellent choice for thyroid support and mineral nutrition. *

Iron Source extract: non-constipating herbal iron.  *

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Adrenal gland health is the key to an easy menopause

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Adrenal stress symptoms are similar to menopausal symptoms—nervous tension, mild to severe depression, irritability, fatigue, and unpredictable mood swings. Stressful living and poor eating habits mean many women reach their menopausal years with prematurely worn out adrenals. Depleted adrenals cannot help a woman achieve her new hormone balance after menopause. As I travel around the country, talking to women about more natural ways to deal with menopausal symptoms, it’s almost the first question I ask when a woman complains of dramatic symptoms. Excessive hot flashes, and extreme fatigue are the first two things I hear, so it’s a pretty safe bet that she has swollen, exhausted adrenals. Results are quick for many women. Changing your habits to support long term adrenal health will almost certainly result in eliminating unpleasant menopausal symptoms. Are your adrenals exhausted? Three or more yes answers should alert you.

Lack of energy or alertness? Unexplained moodiness, unusual crying spells, unfounded guilt? Severely cracked, painful heels? Nervous moistness of hands and soles of feet? Brittle, peeling nails or extremely dry skin? Frequent heart palpitations or panic attacks? Chronic heartburn and poor digestion? Chronic lower back pain (adrenal swelling)? Hypoglycemia and cravings for salt or sweets? High incidence of yeast or fungal infections? Severe reactions to odors, or to certain foods?

Stress is toxic to the adrenal glands. Adrenal exhaustion can keep you locked in a low-energy/high-stress loop. Herbs are some of the best therapy I know for revitalizing swollen, exhausted adrenal glands. For acute stress reactions: try herbal nervines like scullcap, St. John’s wort, kava, passionflower, valerian, chamomile.  Chronic stress: consider herbs like licorice, black cohosh, ashwagandha, Siberian eluthero, sarsaparilla, gotu kola. For adrenal integrity, try Vitamin C 5000 mg daily.

You can revitalize your adrenal health with seaweed. Sea vegetables act as total body tonics to restore female vitality during menopause. Add seaweeds to your diet like nori, wakame, dulse, arame and kelp (2 tbsp. daily, chopped into salads and soups). Sea vegetables are a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins like D, K which assist with production of steroidal hormones like estrogen, and DHEA that support the female body during menopause. New studies indicate that up to 40% of the U.S. population is deficient in Vitamin D. Eating sea veggies is a great way to shore up a Vitamin D deficiency while supporting adrenal gland health.

To Life-long health, Linda Page

Seaweed Iodine

I understand many of you have serious concerns about radiation fallout. Our office has been inundated with questions on how to protect against radiation damage in the body since the tsunami of 2011 and the ensuing nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiich plant.  I’m glad to report we do have some good news in light of all this destruction. Seaweeds purify all the world’s oceans- they can do the same for your body. Seaweeds like kelp, dulse and Irish Moss can protect us from a wide range of toxic elements in the environment, including radiation by-products, converting them into harmless salts that our bodies can eliminate. Iodine  can reduce by almost 80% radioactive iodine-131 that is absorbed by the thyroid. Seaweeds are so effective that even the former U.S. Atomic Energy Commission recommended that people consume two to three ounces of seaweeds a week (or 2 tbsp. of algin supplements a day) for protection against radiation poisoning.

Although seaweeds contain the compounds that directly counteract carcinogens, most researchers believe that they also have value in boosting the body’s immune system so it can combat the carcinogens itself. 

IMPORTANT: Seaweed based products do not contain as high of levels of iodine as phamaceutical grade potassium iodide (K1), but they do help shore up deficiendies and are a good choice to keep your thyroid gland nourished with organic iodine. Preventively, they are a great choice, but in the event of a serious nuclear emergency, you will need to work with a qualified medical professional to establish a proper protocol. We are all exposed to natural radiation in many forms daily. For a helpful table on radiation risks, please visit this link.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

The Best Anti-Aging Foods

In this post, I'm going to talk about something that people ask me about almost every day: aging, and what we can do about it. While it's obviously true that nothing can literally "turn back the clock", it's been confirmed by hundreds of studies that we can improve both the length and quality of our lives through wise use of nutrition. A nutrition rich diet is the center piece of a long, vibrant life. Your diet must become even more nourishing and even higher in antioxidants as the years pass. A good diet improves health, enhances energy, keeps memory and thinking sharp, staves off disease, and contributes to a youthful appearance.

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables provide critical vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes. Enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables are the essential link to high stamina levels. Organically grown foods insure higher nutrient content and avoid toxic sprays.

  • Seaweeds are the ocean's superfoods, rich in vitamins, minerals (especially iodine), trace minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and fiber. By regulating thyroid function, they promote higher energy levels and increased metabolism for faster weight loss after 40. Include them in soups, healthy sandwiches or salads. If you don't like the taste of seaweeds, try them in capsules like Ocean Minerals caps.

  • Whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans offer plant source protein, fiber, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They are living nutrients that go directly to your cells.

  • Cultured foods contain friendly digestive flora. Yogurt tops the list, but kefir, raw sauerkraut, miso, tamari, tofu, tempeh, even a glass of wine at the evening meal also promote better nutrient assimilation.

  • Plenty of pure water every day keeps your body hydrated. Water keeps the body mositurized and hydrated from the inside out. Water helps keep the skin supple and prevents premature wrinkling.

  • Healthy, unsaturated fats and oils keep your body at its best. Olive oil, evening primrose and flax seed are good options. Also, include seafoods, greens, avocado and cantaloupe in your regular diet.

  • Green superfoods like alfalfa, chlorella, spirulina, barley and wheat grass are potent antioxidants and alkalizers. Try Energy Green Renewal drink mix for long term health.

Featured Products

  • Energy Green Renewal drink mix: A concentrated whole green drink with herbs. Full of highly absorbable, potent chlorophyllins, complex carbohydrates, complete minerals and trace minerals.

  • Ocean Minerals caps: Iodine, potassium and silica from the sea for thyroid balancing, and beautiful skin, hair and nails.

  • Evening Primrose Pearls: Pure, unrefined Evening Primrose Oil with high, unadulterated GLA content.

  • Mental Clarity caps: Wake up your brain... enhance your mental acuity.

Natural anti-aging techniques are not a magic potion. They are an integrated, hard-core approach to sustaining vibrant health.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page