Posts tagged ‘high blood pressure’

February 21, 2013

Are You Taking This Vital Mineral For a Healthy Heart?

Among the top nutrients for heart health, magnesium really stands out. It’s used in scores of enzymatic reactions, and it’s necessary for normal muscle function. Unfortunately for many people, they’re seriously low on this mineral.

A shortage can cause or worsen congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, chest pain (coronary vasopasm), high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias, heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), heart attack, and even sudden cardiac death.

Your cells need a steady supply of magnesium to maintain proper smooth muscle function in your blood vessels. In addition, magnesium helps shuttle potassium and sodium, two other essential electrolytes, into and out of cells, maintaining proper balance (homeostasis).

Magnesium deficiencies can lead to muscle weakness and tremors (spasm) and a host of cardiovascular problems ranging from high blood pressure to arrhythmias.

So what’s going on to cause such a depletion of this crucial mineral?

  • Stress- Your body responds to various types of stressors by releasing the “fight or flight” hormones adrenalin and cortisol. Cortisol causes your cells to dump magnesium which is flushed out through the kidneys. High stress causes high stress hormones which causes low magnesium.
  • Drugs Deplete Magnesium– Especially high blood pressure medicines which usually have a diuretic effect. They flush not only excess fluids from your body, they also flush minerals, especially magnesium and potassium. If you take medications for high blood pressure, make sure to have your mineral levels checked by your doctor. Low energy and achy pains are a sign of mineral depletion.
  • Current Farming Methods– The use of chemical fertilizers that are high in phosphates, nitrates, and ammonia has depleted our food  of magnesium, making supplementing essential to our health.

Baums carries a wide variety of magnesium supplements. Stop in and talk to us about the best choice for you, today!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

March 1, 2012

Could an Unattended Fire Be Spreading Throughout Your Body Causing Disease?

We’ve all heard of inflammation, but few of us really know what it is and what causes it. Inflammation is a natural process of the body, a protective mechanism the body uses against trauma. Think of when you take a bad fall, you get bruised and pain arises. The immune system sends out an army of chemical substances to go to the injured area. That is why that area gets red and inflamed for a few days. Inflammation becomes problematic when it starts becoming chronic.

  Just as the plants in your garden need a good mixture of sun and rain to thrive, we all need a measure of inflammation to survive. Acute inflammation is the short-term immune response our bodies mount in cases of trauma, infection, and allergy. Whether you have broken a bone, burned yourself on a hot stove, or been exposed to a foreign microorganism, the body is programmed to carry out a similar response. During this response, it will identify the infectious or dangerous substance, determine which cells are non-threatening and which ones are. Assess the level of the threat, mount a response, and repair any resulting damage. In a perfect world, this response occurs just as it should, releasing pro-inflammatory compounds when needed and then turning them off with anti-inflammatory compounds when the threat has been stamped out.

Chronic inflammation arises when this response is not completely turned off or extinguished. It acts like a slow-burning fire, continuing to stimulate pro-inflammatory immune cells when they may not be needed. What happens when these excess immune cells are circulating in our systems? Chronic inflammation can slowly spread and lead to serious metabolic breakdown, with vast implications for your long-term health. You may have heard that disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and eczema stem from inflammation. But chronic inflammation has now been connected to a host of modern diseases, from obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure, to Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s, cancer, and a host of others; all being chronic and degenerative illnesses. Even biological aging, is rooted in chronic inflammation!

Are you inflamed?
Here is a list of symptoms commonly associated with low-grade chronic inflammation:

  • body aches and pains
  • congestion
  • frequent infections
  • diarrhea
  • dry eyes
  • Indigestion
  • shortness of breath
  • skin outbreaks
  • swelling
  • stiffness
  • weight gain/obesity

The good news is that there are so many things you can do to cool your inflammation — even if you’ve already been diagnosed with an inflammatory-related condition or have an elevated CRP.* Doing something about it now is one way to ensure aging with vitality and strength. Simple things like cutting back on dairy, red meat and soda, getting more sleep, regular exercise (without overdoing it), and supplementing with natural anti-inflammatories can  make a difference.

Natural anti-inflammatories:

  • Omega 3 fatty acids from fish or flax
  • Quercetin– great for allergies
  • Bromelain or other protein digesting enzymes
  • Resveratrol– anti-aging, protects against lung damage
  • Curcumin (Turmeric)- great for pain and swelling
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid– diabetic neuropathy, blood vessel protection.

Come in to Baum’s and check out our whole section of supplements that target inflammation of all kinds!  Why set yourself up for disease when you can get a handle on it now?!

*C-reactive protein: develops in a wide range of acute and chronic inflammatory conditions like bacterial, viral, or fungal infections; rheumatic and other inflammatory diseases; malignancy; and tissue injury or necrosis.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

October 6, 2011

Could Olive Leaf Extract be the answer you were looking for?

Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract

Mediterranean’s for years claimed to have healthier hearts, as well as lower cases of heart disease and cholesterol problems due to their consumption of olive oil. Well, animal studies have backed up their claim, meaning similar to olive oil, olive leaf extract is good for the heart. Put simply, animal studies show that olive leaf extract can lower high blood pressure and reduce high levels of blood cholesterol.

Research also suggests that olive leaf extract is a potent fighter against disease. In fact, the herb is highly prized by many natural medicine experts for its ability to boost a weakened immune system. More specifically, olive leaf extract has the ability to act as a natural pathogens killer, which include bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and others the like.

So, how does olive leaf extract work as a natural pathogens killer?

It can destroy many pathogens (viruses, fungi, bacteria, etc.) by interfering with their ability to replicate, which prevents them from spreading. In addition, some experts claim that olive leaf extract also helps to destroy viruses by stimulating the body’s immune system to produce more disease-fighting cells.  As such, olive leave extract is thought to be effective in helping the body to routinely combat numerous pathogens as well as help restore a flagging immune system.

The benefits of olive leaf extract is commonly used to fight colds and flu as well as to help fight yeast infections, and viral infections such as the hard-to-treat Epstein-Barr disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, shingles and herpes.

In fact, physicians have reported that chronic fatigue and fibromylagia sufferers are often helped by olive leaf extract. People with these conditions have reported that olive leaf extract boosted their energy, lifted their sprits, and provided them with a stronger sense of well-being within one month of taking olive leaf extract supplements.

But wait, there are more benefits of olive leaf extract … This herbal wander also harbors antioxidant properties that help protect the body from the continuous onslaught of free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are highly reactive chemical substances that can cause cellular damage within the body if left unchecked.

Olive Leaf Extract Side Effects and Precautions

Sometimes good things do come with a small price. Although the benefits of olive leaf extract are substantial, in some chronic cases, there may be a quick and somewhat adverse reaction often called a detox reaction. This is due to the liver, kidneys, intestines, and skin may become overburdened as the body begins to deal with dead microbes.

If you experience common reactions such as fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle and joint aches, pimples, rashes, and flu-like symptoms the benefits of olive leaf extract is actually working and these reactions are a good sign.

To help reduce reaction symptoms you may want to try drinking at least four cups of water between doses. If the side effects of olive leaf extract persist, reduce dosage or stop taking it all together for a short period of time allowing the body to eliminate the toxins and dead microbes.

Stop in to Baum’s to pick up your Olive Leaf Extract by Solaray. It’s on sale for 30% off this month!

It is important that you consult a qualified health care provider before taking any dietary and/or herbal supplements, especially if you have a health condition and/or are on medications.

As with all herbal supplements, refrain from use if you are pregnant or nursing.

From nutritional-supplement-educational-centre.com
*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.