Posts tagged ‘stress’

December 6, 2013

Holiday Stress? Not This Year!

Between deadlines, holiday shopping budgets, crowded stores, long lines, and the odd family dust-up, stress is pretty much a given this time of year. But even if it feels like your stress is insurmountable, managing it is possible—and it’s easier than you probably think.

This increased stress manifests in all sorts of emotional and physical ways, from sadness and lack of motivation to headaches and muscle tension. More than half of the Americans surveyed also reported fatigue and lying awake at night, and 60 percent reported irritability or anger.

Stress screamSupplements can also help you deal with stress, and magnesium is the top stress-buster! It is estimated that 70 percent of U.S. citizens are deficient in magnesium, which could be one reason why so many people have difficulty dealing with stress.

B-complex vitamins are also a good idea, as they help boost production of serotonin and other “feel good” chemicals in the brain.

Other options include Holy Basil, which helps reduce cortisol levels (stress hormones that make you store fat), and Licorice Root or Siberian Ginseng tinctures or supplements to offer adrenal support. Strong adrenals keep your energy levels high!

L-Theanine is a wonderful supplement to use when you are feeling frazzled. L-Theanine is a compound found in green and black tea that has a wonderfully calming effect on the brain without making you feel dopey or drowsy. You can take it during the daytime or at night to help stop your mind from going a mile-a-minute. While it won’t make you sleepy, it will help you settle down so you can go to sleep.

As stress piles up this holiday season and you start to feel pulled in 20 different directions, don’t forget to take a few minutes for yourself each day. It’s important to unwind and relax so that you don’t end up sick through the holidays. That’s no fun for anyone!

Pick up what you need at you favorite Baums store today and enjoy yourself this holiday season!

*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.
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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.

December 20, 2012

Are You Feeling a Bit Stressed Out?

We have the perfect thing for you! If you haven’t tried L-theanine, you’re missing out on one of nature’s most effective anti-anxiety remedies that is safe to use without unwanted side effects!  You’ll feel calmer but you won’t be tired or foggy-headed! In fact, it helps you to think more clearly.
Read all about it, then come and get it!

L-theanine and Relaxation

Research on human volunteers has demonstrated that L-theanine creates a sense of relaxation approximately 30-40 minutes after you take it. L-theanine directly stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, creating a state of deep relaxation and mental alertness similar to what is achieved through meditation.

L-theanine and Depression

L-theanine has a significant effect on the release or reduction of neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, resulting in improved memory and learning ability. L-theanine may also influence emotions due to its effects on the increased release of dopamine. Dopamine is a vital neurotransmitter. Too little or too much can cause wide-ranging problems from mood disorders to Parkinson’s disease. Your body produces it in sufficient quantities, but sometimes lifestyle factors interfere and your brain might need a little help. When your body’s level of dopamine is on target, you are happy. You can process pleasure, think clearly, you are motivated and have the desire to accomplish things.

L-theanine and Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety are debilitating conditions that upset the balance of our hormones leading to a loss of our well-being, performance, and even lifespan. Stress impairs the immune system, leaving us vulnerable to opportunistic infections, and can cause depression. People under stress can mitigate many of the harmful effects of stress with L-theanine.

L-theanine Does Not Cause Drowsiness

One of the greatest benefits of L-theanine is that you can use it without becoming sedated in the process. L-theanine doesn’t make one drowsy, nor does it promote sleep because this amino acid does not produce theta waves in the brain.  It is in many sleep formulas though, to promote relaxation so that you can fall asleep more easily.  It helps quiet the mind.

L-theanine is most effective in the range of 100-200 mg on an empty stomach, with the effect being felt within 30 minutes and lasting for 8-10 hours. FDA recommends a maximum dose of 1200 mg daily, although the reason for this limit is not clear, due to its well documented safety.

BE READY for all the stress being thrown your way! Stop in to Baums and try a sample of L-Theanine and enjoy your day! Don’t forget Baums brand L-theanine is 20% off this month!

*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.

December 6, 2012

Stay calm throughout the holidays with GABA

What is GABA?

GABA (Gamma amino butyric acid) is one of the non-essential amino acids that is synthesized in the brain from another amino acid, Glutamic acid. In the brain it acts as a neurotransmitter (chemical messenger that transmits signals from one cell to another) that works efficiently for calming your mood and reducing anxiety. It also plays an important role in improving brain function. This amino acid not only shows soothing effects on the brain but also slows down the heart rate and regulates breathing. It also acts as a sleep inducing agent. In your brain, if the level of GABA declines you will become anxious and uneasy. GABA can help you to relax. Reduced secretion of GABA in the brain may also lead to a number of neurological problems such as sleep disorders and epilepsy/seizures.

GABA has the ability to reduce the over stimulation of brain cells, inducing relaxation and relieving nervous tension.

Health benefits of GABA

Anti-Stress agent

During a stressful situation, it can help the brain function by blocking the stress related messages that are reaching the brain, hence it can be useful in decreasing emotional stress and hypertension. GABA can also be beneficial in reducing the symptoms of hopelessness.

GABA supplementation has shown to have positive calming effects there by reducing stress and aggravation.

Your Brain’s Natural Calming Agent:

GABA is the natural calming agent in the brain that helps to promote a good nights sleep as well as improving sleep quality. GABA is also effective in reducing mood swings in females during the menstrual cycle and helpful for easing depression.

Stimulating growth Hormone secretion

GABA has been used to enhance the secretion of growth hormone from the pituitary gland (master gland of the body that affects most of the hormones). Since human growth hormone is involved in fat metabolism, its deficiency causes accumulation of fat around the hips and waist. Another problem associated with a low level of growth hormone is reduced thinking capability. In these conditions GABA indirectly improves physical and mental performance as well as decreases body fat by increasing the level of growth hormone.

Functions in different health problems

This amino acid can suppress the activity of brain cells so it may be effective in treatment of certain over stimulated brain disorders such as attention deficit disorder and epilepsy.

Deficiencies in GABA can also lead to:

  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Lower sex drive
  • Depression

Increase your GABA

The best way to get GABA is through supplementation.  It can be taken in its pure amino acid form or can produced in the brain by L-Theanine.  While it is possible to increase the body’s GABA supply through food sources, usually this is not enough to see any positive effects.

Which GABA supplement is the best?

Many companies offer GABA supplements, but which one is the best? Many of these products contain too much or too little GABA, require too many pills, are too expensive, or are of poor quality.

Natural Factors PharmaGABA supplies 100mg of pure GABA in a delicious chewable wafer. The product was formulated by Dr. Micheal Murray, one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine.

Baum’s Natural Foods carries Natural Factors products including PharmaGABA. Visit one of our three locations and find out more about PharmaGABA 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.

September 27, 2012

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Reblogged from organicfacts.net

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer, dental care, and bone strength. These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, soothing, etc

How is Lauric Acid Used by our body?

The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia. As a result of these various health benefits of coconut oil, though its exact mechanism of action was unknown, it has been extensively used in Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicinal system. The Coconut Research Center has compiled various references on scientific research done on coconut oil.

Hair Care:

Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrition for hair. It helps in healthy growth of hair providing them a shiny complexion. Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry. Coconut oil is extensively used in the Indian sub-continent for hair care. Most of the people in these countries apply coconut oil on their hair daily after bath. It is an excellent conditioner and helps in the re-growth of damaged hair. It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. It is therefore used as hair care oil and used in manufacturing various conditioners, and dandruff relief creams. Coconut oil is normally applied topically for hair care.

Skin Care:

Coconut oil is excellent massage oil for the skin as well. It acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skins including dry skin. The benefit of coconut oil on the skin is comparable to that of mineral oil. Further, unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin with the application of coconut oil. Coconut oil therefore is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays wrinkles, and sagging of skin which normally become prominent with age. Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. Therefore coconut oil forms the basic ingredient of various body care products such as soaps, lotions, creams, etc., used for skin care. Coconut oil also helps in preventing premature aging and degenerative diseases due to its antioxidant properties.

Heart Diseases:

There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for the heart. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. However, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as it happens in case of other vegetables oils. It does not lead to increase in LDL levels. It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis.

Weight Loss:

Coconut oil is very useful in reducing weight. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and enzymes systems. Further, it increases the body metabolism by removing stress on pancreases, thereby burning out more energy and helping obese and overweight people reduce their weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who eat coconut oil daily as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Digestion:

Internal use of coconut oil occurs primarily as cooking oil. Coconut oil helps in improving the digestive system and thus prevents various stomach and digestion related problems including irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut oil also helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

Immunity:

Coconut oil is also good for the immune system. It strengthens the immune system as it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin which is claimed to help in dealing with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobacter pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.

Healing and Infections:

When applied on infections, it forms a chemical layer which protects the infected body part from external dust, air, fungi, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil is most effective on bruises as it speeds up the healing process by repairing damaged tissues.

Infections:

Coconut oil is very effective against a variety of infections due to its antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil kills viruses that cause influenza, measles, hepatitis, herpes, SARS, etc. It also kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, etc. Coconut oil is also effective on fungi and yeast that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, etc.

Liver:

The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases as they substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing work load on the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Kidney:

Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps in dissolving kidney stones.

Pancreatitis:

Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Stress Relief:

Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head followed with a gentle massage helps in removing mental fatigue.

Diabetes:

Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Bones:

As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for development of bones. Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental Care:

Calcium is an important element present in teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in getting strong teeth. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.

HIV and Cancer:

It is believed that coconut oil plays an instrumental role in reducing viral susceptibility of HIV and cancer patients. Preliminary research has shown indications of the effect of coconut oil on reducing the viral load of HIV patients (Reference).

Finally, coconut oil is often preferred by athletes and body builders and by those who are dieting. The reason behind this being that coconut oil contains lesser calories than other oils, its fat content is easily converted into energy and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries. Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer’s Disease:

There are reports of  research conducted by Dr. Newport stating that coconut oil is useful for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Apart from this there is no scientific evidence or traditional knowledge or coconut oil being used for treating Alzheimer’s. It was also not known traditionally that coconut oil helps in the brain function.

Why is Coconut Oil Solid?

Unlike most other oils, coconut oil has a high melting point – about 24 to 25 degress Celcius or 76-78 Farenheit. Therefore it is solid at room temperature and melts only when the temperatures go high. Hence, if you buy a bottle of coconut oil and find it solid, don’t think that there is some problem with it. Coconut oil is like this only. And of course, don’t keep it in your refrigerator.

How to Use Coconut Oil?

If you are using coconut oil for topical purposes, especially hair care, just melt the oil (if it is solid) by keeping the bottle in the sun or warm water. You can also take some coconut oil out and put it in a small bowl and heat the bowl over a flame (do not use microwave). Then take the oil on your palm and apply it to your hair. If you want to use it for internal consumption, simply replace butter or vegetable oils with coconut oil in your recipes. Remember, you need not switch to coconut oil completely, as you will miss the benefits of other oils and dairy products.

Can I Use Coconut Oil for Cooking?

Yes, in most of the tropical coastal regions, people use coconut oil for cooking.

I Don’t Like the Taste of Coconut Oil. What Should I do?

Try using coconut oil in some different recipe. That may help. If you get nauseated after eating coconut oil, don’t force yourself. As it happens with any other food item, your body may be allergic to coconut oil and it is best not to consume it.

For more information on coconut oil check out our other blog post here or stop in at any of our locations! Baums carries several high quality brands of coconut oil for every purpose!

*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.