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Benefits of Alpha-Lipoic Acid

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 7:24 PM Comments comments ()
Alpha-lipoic acid also known as lipoic acid (LA) is a powerful antioxidant. It is both fat- and water soluble which means it can deliver it's antioxidant effect to any cell or tissue in the body. Lipoic acid has been documented to help with the following conditions:
  • reduce aging
  • decrease oxidative stress
  • improve memory
  • depression
  • alcoholism
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • prevent cataracts
  • diabetes
  • anti-inflammatory
  • neuroprotection
  • myocardial protection
  • hypertension
  • glaucoma
  • erectile dysfunction
Alpha-lipoic acid has no defined toxic level. The suggested dose for lipoic acid is minimum 100 mg ranging to 600mg depending on the health condition.
Info provided by: Townsend Letter, Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

Supplements That Support Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:34 PM Comments comments ()
The following are a list of nutritional and herbal supplements that help optimize aerobic and anaerobic exercise performance.
  • Carnitine enhances aerobic processes and helps spare glycogen depletion which delays the onset of fatigue.
  • Rhodiola is an herb noted for it's stimulant, antistress and adaptogenic properties. Very beneficial for endurance athletes.
  • Cordyceps is an herb known for it's ability to increase energy and endurance and combats fatigue, enhances fat metabolism and spares muscle glycogen during progloned activity.
  • Caffeine helps with the release of fat and improves endurance.
  • CoQ10 increases the function of the mitochondria which then increases ATP production the result is more energy. Reduces oxidative stress.
  • Glutathione is an antioxidant, it can increase muscle strength and endurance with long-term use.
  • Magnesium is necessary for sugar, fat, and protein metabolism.
  • Creatine is found naturally in the skeletal muscles. It has been shown to improve exercise performance in athletes who perform repeated bouts high-intensity and short-duration work like weight training. It also decreases lactate production.
  • Panax Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb and has antioxidant properties. Studies have shown it helps increase muscular strength and work capacity.
Studies have shown the benefits of incorprating nutritional and herbal supplements to attain optimal performance.
Info provided by: Townsend Letter, Laurie Cullen, ND
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

Nutraceuticals for Enhancing Athletic Performance

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM Comments comments ()

Symptoms Associated with Hypoglycemia

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 6:27 PM Comments comments ()
The following symptoms are indicators for hypoglycemia:
  • craving for sweets
  • irritability if meals are missed
  • dependency on coffee for energy
  • becoming light headed if meals are missed
  • eating to relieve fatigue
  • feeling shaky, jittery, or tremulous
  • feeling agitated and nervous
  • become upset easily
  • poor memory, forgetfulness
  • blurred vision
Reactive hypoglycemia is an early stage of insulin resistance which can then lead to diabetes.
Info provided by: Why do I Still have Thyroid Symptoms When my labs test are normal? by Datis Kharrazian, DHSc, DC, MS
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

10 Tips for Cutting Your Cravings

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM Comments comments ()
 10 Tips for Cutting Your Cravings:
  1. Balance your blood sugar.
  2. Don't drink your calories.
  3. Eat a nutritious protein breakfast.
  4. Have small, frequent, fiber-rich meals throughout the day.
  5. Avoid eating within 3 hours of bedtime.
  6. Manage your stress.
  7. Find out if hidden food allergies are triggering your cravings.
  8. Get moving.
  9. Get 7-8 hours of sleep.
  10. Supplement with nutrients like Omega-3's, Vitamin D3
Why not start early with your New Year's resolution.
Info provided by: The Blood Sugar Solution, Mark Hyman, MD
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

Benefits of Raw Honey

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments ()
Raw honey has been proven to have numerous health benefits. They include the following:
  • inhibits growth of 'sick' bacteria & fungi
  • increases blood concentrations of vitamin C
  • supports the immune system
  • inhibits tumor growth & metastasis
  • decreases inflammation
  • contains prebiotics (oligosaccharides)
  • alleviates seasonal allergies
  • lowers cholesterol
  • improves performance, heart frequency & blood glucose in athletes
  • prevents and soothes gastrointestinal disorders (peptic ulcer & gastritis)
Manuka honey decreases the development of dental plaque and gingivitis.
It can also be used topically to heal various types of wounds such as bed sores, leg ulcers, fistulas, cracked nipples, surgical wounds, cuts, puncture wounds and even burns. Heating honey decreases its antimicrobial properties. Children under 1 year of age should not consume honey, however using honey topically is fine at any age. When purchasing honey get the unprocessed Raw honey.
Info provided by: Judith A. DeCava, CNC, LNC
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

Queen's Health Center

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM Comments comments ()
Did you know the following illnesses can be linked to low Vitamin D3 levels:
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Mental Illness
  • Auto-Immune disease (Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and MS)
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rickets and osteomalacia
  • Muscle weakness and poor neuromuscular co-ordination
  • High Blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Poor Immunity and susceptibility to infections
  • Hyperparathyroidism which creates osteoporosis, kidney stones, depression, aches and pains, chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and digestive imbalances.
It is essential to get Vitamin D3 levels measured before you start supplementing. The recommended dose is 2,000IU a day with meals.
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

Symptoms of Low Serotonin

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 8:27 PM Comments comments ()
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and is also known as our happy hormone. When this hormone is low you may experience the following symptoms:
  • loss of pleasure in hobbies & interests
  • overwhelmed with ideas to manage
  • feelings of inner rage
  • feelings of paranoia
  • feeling sad or down for no reason
  • not enjoying life
  • lack of artistic appreciation
  • depressed in overcast weather
  • losing enjoyment for favorite foods
  • losing interest in friendships and relationships
  • difficulty falling into a deep restful sleep
  • being more susceptible to pain
  • feelings of unprovoked anger
If you have some of these symptoms you may want to supplement with a product that contains 5-HTP, B6 and folic acid and a high-quality multivitamin.
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 7:39 PM Comments comments ()
Did you know that the following symptoms can be related to a magnesium deficiency:
  • Depression
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Mitral valve prolapse
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Chronic pain
  • Asthma
  • Low blood sugar
Magnesium rich foods include: almonds, bananas, blackberries, broccoli, dates, green beans, kasha, kidney beans, millet, navy beans, shrimp, soybeans, tuna, and watermelon. Supplementing with magnesium glycinate is another way to get your daily dose and can be purchased in a pill or powder form. The recommended dose is 400mg, best taken at bedtime.
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN

CLA a Fat Burner

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM Comments comments ()
CLA also known as conjugated linoleic acid, is lacking in the majority of our diets today. We do not make CLA in our bodies, we can obtain it from grass-fed beef and dairy products. However, you need to make sure that it is grass-fed beef because most cattle today are not grazing out in pastures.  Studies found that by 1990s the CLA content in U.S. milk was less than 1 percent. In Australia the cattle still graze out in pastures and they found the CLA content to be a gigantic 400 percent! This may make you wonder if this is one of the contributing factors for our obesity epidemic in America. Blind, randomized studies in humans have shown a decrease in abdominal fat after four weeks of using CLA. You can purchase CLA in capsule form and the typical dosage is 1,ooomg per capsule, taken three times per day.
Info provided by: Fabulous at 50 Redefining Midlife: Body, Mind, & Spirit
Janet Maccaro, PhD, CNC
In good health,
Shana Burns, CN