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January 2014 Newsletter: Healthy Detox & GMO-free Herbs

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Healthy Detox Following a healthy detoxification program a few times a year is one of the best ways to stay well in the modern world. Every day, Americans are exposed to synthetic, often toxic chemicals on an unprecedented scale. Industrial chemicals and their pollutant run-offs in our water, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, drug residues, and environmental hormones are trapped within the human body in greater concentrations than at any other point in history.

More than 25,000 new toxins enter our environment each year. We are all affected by the environmental toxins and stresses present in our world, and we all make unhealthy life choices now and again. Over periods of time, the toxic burden catches up to us. A detox program helps clean out the chemical toxins, drug residues, and collected waste matter trapped in our bodies. A detox program aims to remove the cause of disease before we ever get sick. Today, a regular detox program two or three times a year makes a big difference not only for health, but for the quality of our lives.

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Unsafe Detox Programs to Avoid

1. Water fasts: I don’t recommend them. Leading nutritionists and detoxification experts agree that fresh vegetable and fruit juice cleansing is superior to water fasting. Indeed, juice cleansing is an evolution in detoxification methods. Fresh juices, broths and herb teas help deeply cleanse the body, rejuvenate the tissues and guide you to a faster recovery from health problems than water fasting.

2. Overdoing purgatives and laxatives This is another place where detoxification can go wrong. Using purgatives like magnesium salts, bentonite clay or even large amounts of herbal laxatives for long periods of time (for instance to cleanse the colon) can be too harsh.

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Healing Power of Juice Fasts

Vegetable and fruit juices are alkalizing, so they neutralize uric acid and other inorganic acids, better than water, and increase the healing effects. Juices support better metabolic activity for fasting, too. Metabolic activity slows down during a water fast as the body attempts to conserve dwindling energy resources that further reduce productive cleansing. Juices are very easy on digestion, and easily assimilated into the bloodstream. They don’t disturb the detoxification process.

IN THE NEWS: Crystal Star now offers certified GMO-free herbs!

You don't want GMO's in your foods, why allow them in your supplements?

Since GMO’s introduction, the use of toxic herbicides has increased 15%!Due to these ongoing concerns, we would like to announce many of our top-selling products are now certified GMO-free.

The GMO Controversy

Today genetically modified foods are everywhere.

In the U.S., as much as 80% of conventional foods contain GMO's. Most of the soy (92%), corn (80%), potatoes, tomatoes, and dairy foods at your market is genetically engineered. Today, very few supplement companies offer GMO-free formulas. Crystal Star is leading the way with top formulas now certified GMO-free through the non-GMO Project.

What are GMO's?

Genetically modified organisms are created though biotechnology. Plant, animal, insect, even bacterial or viral DNA is spliced in to make up GMO foods. This does not occur in nature or traditional crossbreeding.

Did you know: GMO’s are designed to handle application of toxic pesticides and herbicides. This means GMO foods are more likely to be contaminated with the toxic pesticide residues that you want to avoid. One example: The widespread adoption of genetically modified Roundup ready soy in North and South America has led to massive increases in the use of Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides. Roundup and glyphosate have already been detected in air, rain, groundwater, in people’s urine, and even circulating in women’s blood.

Check out all our GMO-free formulas here: https://www.healthyhealing.com/non-gmo-formulas/

STEP BY STEP LIVER DETOX

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Is a Liver Detox Right for You?

Your liver is your most important organ of detoxification. Your life depends on your liver. To a large extent, the health of your liver determines the health of your entire body. The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances.

Body signals that your liver needs some TLC include: • Unexplained fatigue, listlessness, depression or lethargy, lack of energy; numerous allergy reactions • Unexplained weight gain and the appearance of cellulite even if you are thin • A distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin • Mental confusion, spaciness • Sluggish elimination, general constipation alternating to diarrhea • Food and chemical sensitivities, usually accompanied by poor digestion, and sometimes unexplained nausea • PMS, headaches and other menstrual difficulties; bags under the eyes • A yellowish tint to the skin and/or liver spots on the skin; poor hair texture and slow hair growth; skin itching and irritation. • Anemia and large bruise patches indicate severe liver exhaustion.

Liver Cleanse Nutrition Plan Start with this 3 to 5 day nutrition plan.Don’t forget: 8 glasses of water through the day.

The night before your liver cleanse… Take a cup of miso soup with sea veggies.

For the next 3-5 days...On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water; or 2 tbsp. lemon juice in water; or 2 tbsp. cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey. Breakfast: take a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice, or organic apple juice. Add 1 tsp. spirulina to any drink for protein and chlorophyll support. Mid-morning: take a mixed green veggie drink; or take a green superfood powder mixed into water or vegetable juice. Lunch: have a glass of fresh carrot juice or a glass of organic apple juice. Mid-afternoon: have a cup of peppermint tea, pau d’ arco tea, or Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or another green drink. Dinner: have another carrot juice or a mixed vegetable juice; or have a hot vegetable broth. Before Bed: take another glass of lemon juice or cider vinegar in water. Add 1 tsp. honey or royal jelly; or a pineapple/papaya juice with 1 tsp. royal jelly.

Follow up with a diet of 100% fresh foods for the rest of the week.

October Newsletter- Recharge Immune Power

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Recharge Your Immune StrengthYour immune system is your bodyguard. It works both pro-actively and protectively to shield you from anything that threatens your body.  Your immune system is vigilant, constantly searching for proteins, called antigens, that don’t belong in your body. It can deal with a wide range of pathogens - viruses, funguses, bacteria and parasites. It can even recognize potential antigens, like drugs, pollens, insect venoms and chemicals in foods; and malignant cells and foreign tissue, like transplanted organs or transfused blood.

Each one of us is different and the character of immune response varies widely. Most Americans today don’t have good immune response to fight off illness. So we’re already pre-disposed to a life of frequent colds and flu when bad weather rolls in.

Is Your Immunity Low?

Your immune system is low if you get chronic, continuing infections, colds, and respiratory allergies.

Why Do You Have Low Immune Response?

In today’s world, it’s usually because of poor diet and nutrition. Other big factors: prolonged use of antibiotics, steroid drugs or recreational drugs, (long-term use can depress immunity to the point where even minor illness can become life-threatening); staph infections; Candida yeast infections; environmental and heavy metal pollutants all figure in.

Stress is a big culprit that lowers immune response because it affects the production of interferon, your body’s natural antiviral agent. People who are under continuous stress from work or their personal lives are 2 and a half times more likely to get a cold or flu infection than other people. You may think you’re protected if you’ve had a flu shot, but think again. Flu shots are only effective for specific flu viruses…… you may be exposed to a different one, or even a brand new one (flu viruses mutate rapidly). That means your shot won’t be effective. In any case, follow-up studies show flu shots are only effective for 24% of the population.

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Do you have chronic colds?

The common cold is quite common… Americans catch about 66 million colds a year, costing the U.S. economy a whopping $40 billion a year!

In any two week period during high risk seasons, almost one-third of the U.S. suffers from a cold. A cold is usually your body’s attempt to cleanse itself of wastes, toxins and bacterial overgrowth that build up to a point where natural immunity can’t overcome them. The glands are always affected, and as the endocrine system is on a 6 day cycle, a normal cold usually runs for about a week as your body works through all of its detoxification processes.

Over 200 different viruses cause colds. Although we hear most often about rhino-viruses and their involvement in the misery we know as a cold, we are constantly exposed to cold-causing organisms without them actually causing a cold. Your immune system health is the deciding factor in whether you “catch” a cold or not. The medical world is well aware of this, so today there seem to be almost as many drugstore cold remedies, as there are colds… most of them symptom-suppressing with side effects. A cold is usually a cleansing condition, so it may be better to just let it happen, let your body start fresh, with a stronger immune system.

Work with your body, not against it, to get over a cold. Natural remedies are effective in speeding recovery and reducing discomfort. In my experience, most drug store cold remedies halt the body cleansing/balancing processes, and generally make the cold last longer.

Healing Tips For Chronic Colds

For better cold prevention: simply washing your hands with soap seven times each day cuts risk for colds and flu by 75%!  Further, exercising 5 times a week can cut incidences of colds 43%!

For long lasting or chronic colds: A tried and true method used for over 2 decades… For 3 days: Drink 3 cups of Cleansing and Purifying Tea to release congestion. Take 6-10 capsules daily of Herbal Laxa Caps to eliminate excess mucous that keeps harboring the infection.

Lymphatic System Health Is The Foundation Of Good Immune Response

The lymphatic system, including lymphatic vessels and nodes, the thymus gland, tonsils and spleen, acts as your body’s secondary circulatory system. It’s a network of tubing, millions of tiny vessels, ducts and valves that flush and filter waste products from cells and tissues, and carry them to the elimination organs. The lymph nodes are also the factory for crucial white blood cells (lymphocytes) that produce the powerful antibodies which form the overall defense of your body against infections. A major player in your health, the lymph system is a key to your body’s immune defenses because it can render harmful bacteria harmless.

As lymph flows around your body, large, eater cells called macrophages in the lymph nodes engulf foreign particles like harmful bacteria and cellular debris. Swollen lymph nodes (often really infected lymph nodes) are caused by an overload of pathogens the lymphatic system cannot keep under control. The lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump, like the heart.

The valves of the lymph system can keep lymph fluid moving along, but they depend on your breathing and muscle movement to drive them.  It’s one of the reasons I recommend exercise and deep breathing as an important part of any immune enhancing program. Exercise improves lymphatic circulation so it can remove waste materials that block immune response.

Further, the health of your lymphatic system depends to a large extent on the health of your liver. The liver produces most of the body’s lymph fluid, which is rich in lymphocytes, special white blood cells which form overall body defenses. A sluggish liver invariably means a congested lymph system. Lymph is also a major route for nutrients from the liver and intestines, so it’s rich in fat soluble nutrients, like protein, produced in the liver.

Here are a few tips for boosting lymphatic dranage and liver health:

Optimize liver health: Herbal bitters like turmeric, cardamom and lemon peel regenerate both liver and lymphatic system. Try • Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or • Bitters & Lemon extract. Cleanse your lymphatic system for optimum defense: • Echinacea is one of the best herbal lymph cleansers I know. • Red root and Astragalus, powerful lymph cleansers, are synergistic with echinacea.

Exercise boosts Immunity

A stronger immune system may be one benefit of daily exercise Exercise can help the body’s immune system defend against simple bacterial and viral infections. Research has shown that during moderate exercise, several positive responses occur in the immune system. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) notes that although these positive changes return to pre-exercise levels very quickly, the body’s immune system builds on them over time.  This process appears to reduce the risk of infection over the long term.

The results of two studies with young and elderly women cited by ACSM seem to support this research. In both studies, women in the exercise groups walked briskly 35-45 minutes, five days a week, for 12-15 weeks; the control groups remained physically inactive. Results of the studies show the walkers experienced about half the days with cold symptoms as the sedentary controls.

While it’s not known exactly how moderate exercise helps the immune system defend against certain illnesses, Medline Plus presents several theories: Physical activity flushes bacteria out from the lungs and may flush out cancer-causing cells through an increased output of urine and sweat. Exercise speeds the travel rate of antibodies and white blood cells through the body. As these antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, they may detect illnesses earlier. The temporary rise in body temperature may prevent bacterial growth, allowing the body to fight the infection more effectively. Exercise slows down the release of stress-related hormones. Regardless of how exercise helps the body’s defenses, it’s clear that frequent physical activity plays an important role in a healthy lifestyle and a strong immune system.

Sources: Medline Plus; Exercise and immunity American College of Sports Medicine; Exercise the Common Cold;  David C. Nieman, Dr.P.H., FACSM (Chair); Tom Weidner, Ph.D.; Elliott Dick, Ph.D.