The Vegan Meal Replacement Shake to Help You Reach Your Goals

The Vegan Meal Replacement Shake to Help You Reach Your Goals

Weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight are mostly about diet. That can either be comforting or not, depending on your dietary habits. For years, meal replacement shakes have been an easy solution to fulfilling at least one healthy meal a day. The problem is, there’s so many to choose from, some aren’t all that healthy, and many just don’t curb hunger.

Green-Smoothie-IngredientsThere is always the option to take a good quality protein powder such as grass-fed whey or bone broth protein, add fibrous fruits and seeds, and mix up a smoothie in the blender. We don’t always have time for that, and some people are looking for a vegan option. This is where PlantFusion Lean comes in. It’s a vegan, energy boosting, hunger curbing, blood sugar balancing meal replacement powder that tastes great mixed with just almond milk! 

The protein in PlantFusion Lean is a combination of pea, algae, fermented and sprouted organic millet, organic lentil, organic flax, and Screen-Shot-2016-06-28-at-11.56.44-AMorganic chia called Ecolean. This blend of protein has been shown in clinical testing to be 35% more effective than whey protein in curbing appetite. In addition, PlantFusion Lean contains 20 different superfoods including acai, mangosteen, blueberry, tart cherry, and pomegranate to name a few. It’s rounded out with a Fiber and Blood Sugar Support blend that includes banaba leaf, a species of crepe myrtle tree native to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. According to preliminary studies, this seems to help lower blood glucose and help the body use insulin more efficiently.

Make PlantFusion Lean part of your daily arsenal for healthy weight loss and maintenance without sacrificing taste and fullness!

John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator
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Eat Leftover Baked Potatoes!

Eat Leftover Baked Potatoes!

You’ve probably heard about “prebiotics” recently and how important they are for digestive health. Prebiotics are non-digestible fiber compounds that pass undigested through the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract and stimulate the growth or activity of beneficial bacteria or “probiotics” in the gut. While uiRLn7oDTMqGITM8OQVZ_baked-sweet-potato-3medical research is indicating the vital importance of probiotics for digestive health and health in general, prebiotic fibers are arguably just as important. The first step is to eat fermented foods and take a hi potency probiotic supplement but once we’ve done that, we need to “feed” the bacteria to keep it alive and thriving.
Examples of prebiotics include acacia or arabic gum, tapioca starch, and even potato starch. These are available at health food stores in a convenient powder form that can be added to your daily300 smoothie or protein shake. However, we can also incorporate foods prepared a certain way into our diet to up our prebiotic game. “Resistant starches” can be created by cooking starchy foods and then allowing them to cool and congeal. Think of potato salad, pasta salad,
even reheated baked potatoes! Throw some plantains and green, unripened bananas in your diet and you’re well on your way to growing your beneficial gut flora and improving all aspects of your health!

Pro tip: Start slow when introducing prebiotics into your diet. Too much too quickly can cause bloating and gas. Slowly increase your intake and enjoy the benefits!

John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator
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Bone Broth Breakdown

Bone Broth Breakdown

Bone broth supplies some key nutrients that make it unique as a protein supplement. These nutrients are responsible for its incredible joint and gut healing properties.

Collagen – The main structural protein in the body, it helps form connective tissue and seals the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract. This gel-like protein also covers and holds our bones together, allowing them to smoothly glide.How-to-maintain-a-healthy-skin

Glycosaminoglycans (GAG) – These include glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate and maintain and support collagen and elastin between bones and various fibers. GAGs support digestive health by restoring the intestinal lining

Glutamine – The most abundant amino acid in the human body protects and repairs Active-Rehab-Bone-and-Joint-Health-National-Awareness-Weekthe gut lining and provides metabolic fuel for cells in the small intestine. Glutamine also improves metabolism and aides in muscle building.

Glycine – Prevents breakdown of muscle tissue and is involved in the production of bile salts and the antioxidant Glutathione. Glycine is also a neurotransmitter that improves sleep, memory, and performance.

Hyaluronic Acid – A major component of connective, epithelial, and neural tissues. Hyaluronic acid hydrates the skin and eyes and comprises the synovial fluid in joints.

Proline – Helps regenerate cartilage and heal joints, reduces cellulite and makes skin more supple.

John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator
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6 Reasons Why You Need to be Drinking Bone Broth Protein

6 Reasons Why You Need to be Drinking Bone Broth Protein

Bone broth has been used for centuries to help with healthy immune system function and building strong bones, but it’s very time consuming, taking 24 – 48 hours to make. And who has time for that?

Ancient Nutrition’s Bone Broth Protein, formulated by Jordan Rubin and Dr. Josh Axe, bone brothhas slashed that time. With no more than 100 calories per serving, this form of protein is very easily digested, helps promote gut health and healthy bones, joints, hair, skin, and nails, all while being very cleansing and immune boosting. We’ve laid out the top reasons why you should try this amazing superfood:

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Top 6 Benefits of Bone Broth Protein:

microbmanGreat for the Gut: Because of naturally occurring gelatin and amino acids, bone broth is great at restoring the strength of the gut lining. It also helps with the growth of probiotics, and supports healthy inflammation levels in the digestive tract.

Improve Joint Health: Collagen is readily absorbed in bone broth, and it helps restore cartilage in your joints. It’s also naturally high in gelatin, which provides us with building blocks that are needed to form and maintain strong bones, helping take pressure off of aging joints and supporting healthy bone density.

Maintains Healthy Skin: Collagen helps form compounds within the skin that are responsible for maintaining skin’s youthful tone, texture, and appearance. Helps reduce the visible signs of wrinkles, puffiness, and fights various other signs of aging. Many people have even reported a decrease in cellulite when consuming foods high in collagen.

Boost Immune System: Chicken soup is good for your soul! Bone broth’s gut supportive benefits can actually have a holistic effect on the body and support healthy immune system function. Promotes a healthy immune and inflammation response.

Promotes Detoxification: Use Bone Broth protein as a cleansing system! Bone broth is considered a powerful detoxing agent since it helps the digestive system and liver to expel waste and remove toxins. Due to its potassium and glycine levels, bone broth supports cellular and liver detoxification, and glutathione helps lower oxidative stress.

Aids the Metabolism and Promotes Anabolism: Amino acids found in bone broth help with building and repairing muscle tissue, supporting bone mineral density, and maintaining muscle and connective tissue health. Glutamine helps sustain energy by sending nutrients to our cells, while arginine breaks down nitric oxide to help improve circulation and sends blood and nutrients to cells throughout the body.

Come into any of our locations to try a sample!

Pro Talk: The Answer to Seasonal Allergies

Pro Talk: The Answer to Seasonal Allergies

Q: I HATE allergy season. The sinus and respiratory irritation is exhausting and annoying. I don’t want to be drained and miserable this year, what can I do??

A: I suggest adding Irwin Naturals Aller-Pure to your supplement program during allergy season. Aller-Pure supports your body’s allergy battle three different ways. Upper respiratory support is achIRW-57282-1ieved with Vitamin C, Manganese, and addition mucous membrane support comes from the herbs Lemon Balm and Holy Basil. Stable immune response comes from generous amounts of Quercetin, which dampens the histamine response, naturally. Finally, a potent enzyme blend supports sinus function and breaks down allergens. The one two punch of a nasal rinse and with Aller-Pure softgels will definitely protect and soothe your sinus and respiratory systems during allergy season.

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Rob Rea
Nutrition and Food Science Manager
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Bad Sleep Puts You At Risk For These Health Problems

Bad Sleep Puts You At Risk For These Health Problems

More than 70 million people in the U.S. experience symptoms of insomnia a few nights a week or more. This is a serious problem because there is a direct relationship between quantity and quality of sleep and health problems. These health issues range from obesity and diabetes to hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

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Poor sleep can also lead to mood problems as a good night’s rest is essential to dealing with stress and prioritizing all of life’s hurdles. Decreased productivity and safety issues at home and work can set in. For instance insufficient sleep is linked to increased risk of motor vehicle accidents- a growing problem as the roads get more crowded and professional drivers are more burdened.

While sleep is extremely important, relying on a habit-forming prescription drug is probably not the answer. If pursuing a safe and natural solution, Natural Factors partnered with Dr. Michael Murray- one of the top Naturopaths in the country- to make a sleep aid called Tranquil Sleep. This product contains 3 safe and clinically studied ingredients: Melatonin, 5-HTP, and L-Theanine.

Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland, a small pea-sized gland at the base of the brain. Melatonin is critically involved controlling sleep/wake cycles as well as the “circadian rhythm”- physical, NF Tranquil Sleep_0mental and behavioral changes that follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, responding primarily to light and darkness in an organism’s environment.

5-HTP is an amino acid that is the intermediary step between tryptophan and the brain chemical serotonin. Many are familiar with 5-HTP as a natural treatment for depression but some of its other key benefits is decreasing the time required to get to sleep as well as decreasing night time awakenings.

Finally L-Theanine is an amino acid derived from green tea that helps foster a relaxed state. L-Theanine helps generate Alpha brain waves- putting the brain in a relaxed state- which may improve both the entry into, and maintenance of, sleep.

Tranquil Sleep is available as a softgel or chewable tablet. In either form it is recommended to take 2 half an hour before bedtime. It is available in a convenient 5 day trial size for $5.99 which is usually enough time to see results.

Try Tranquil Sleep today and start sleeping better tonight!

John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator
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Why You Might Want to Rethink Your Hand Sanitizing Habits

Why You Might Want to Rethink Your Hand Sanitizing Habits

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An interesting theory called the hygiene hypothesis proposes that childhood exposure to bacteria and even certain infections can be really beneficial to our health. Increased exposure to particular viruses, bacteria or parasites could partially explain why children who grow up around animals and in rural areas appear to develop conditions like asthma less often than children who don’t. This germ exposure not only has a vaccination effect on the immune system – priming it to defeat these microbes more easily in the future – but also teaches the body to differentiate harmless substances from the harmful substances that trigger conditions like asthma.

It’s likely that contact with certain germs teaches the immune system not to overreact. Such healthy exposure could have applications ranging from alleviating allergies to treating autoimmune diseases. And even adults could benefit from the hygiene hypothesis. After all, bacteria are all around us. The idea that things can be and should be “perfectly clean” is a myth. Humans have always coexisted with bacteria and need them to live.

However, rather than “roll yourself or your child on the floor of the NYC subway,” embrace bacteria in more practical ways. Eat cultured foods (yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi) and take a high potency probiotic supplement with a diverse array of strains.

For more reading, check out the full story here.

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HCl Protocol

betaine hclIf you made it out to our seminar with Bruce Topping about digestive health, you’ll know he talked a lot about Betaine Hydrochloride, or HCl, and how it can help to level out stomach acid production.

Bruce was kind enough to find this article for us, perfectly articulating the protocol of using HCl and how it can help to rebuild your gut.

Here are some important excerpts from this article:

How to Figure Out Your Betaine HCL Dose
Each person will have a specific supplementary HCL dosage. Unfortunately, there isn’t a special formula I can give you to figure it out. This is a case of trial and error until you get to the correct dosage. Failing to get to your correct dosage can remove the benefits of supplementing.

You must find the right dosage for you situation. If you fail to do the trial and error you’re wasting your time and money.

This is a very common problem we see with our readers. Remember, the stomach is purposely built to handle extreme acid environments. If your correct dosage is 2400mg and you’re only taking 1200mg, you’re not really doing your stomach any favors. You must follow the process below to figure out the right dosage to get the maximum benefit.

  1. Eat a meal that contains at least 15-20grams of protein (about 4-6ounces of meat).
  2. Start by taking 1 pill (650mg or less) of Betaine HCL during the beginning of the meal.
  3. Finish the meal as normal and observe your body for any changes in feeling associated with the stomach and belly button area.  Things to look for: heaviness, hotness, burning, or other GI distress.
  4. Stay at this dosage of 1 pill for another day of meals with protein and if you don’t notice anything on the 3rd day, try 2 pills.
  5. Stay there for another day and then try 3 pills.
  6. Keep increasing the number of pills taken with each meal until you notice some GI discomfort described in step #3.
  7. When this happens, you will know your ideal Betaine HCL dosage is 1 pill less. For example, if you felt the discomfort going from 5 pills to 6 pills, then 5 pills is your proper dosage for a normal meal.

A Couple Points to Clarify:

  1. –  If you eat a snack or a meal without much protein, you won’t need as much Betaine HCL (for a small snack like a piece of fruit you won’t need any at all)
  2. – When you experience the GI discomfort finding your correct dosage, you can mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda in 8oz of water and drink it to help lessen the pain.
  3. – Dr. Wright notes in his book that “paradoxically adverse symptoms are most likely to occur in individuals with the lowest levels of stomach acid. This is because these people are most likely to have atrophic gastritis (a thinned-out stomach lining), which makes them much more sensitive to even small quantities of HCL than a normal, thicker stomach lining.”  This makes sense because a super inflamed stomach lining won’t have its normal protective barrier intact to contain the strong acids. In this case, it is wise to start with digestive bitters or get smaller dose Betaine HCL pills (think 350mg or less).
  4. – If you have low stomach acid and you can’t supplement with Betaine HCL, there’s a few natural methods to help with symptoms. Start by taking a shot of lemon juice or vinegar before a meal to help the symptoms of indigestion. But know that these don’t actually help the digestion of food only the symptoms. A supplement that can help the digestion is digestive bitters.

I Need to Take How Many Betaine HCL Pills
It’s very common for people to stop short of their needed Betaine HCL dosage. In fact, in the beginning I was nervous about taking 6 pills at a meal. But trust me. there is nothing to worry about.

Dr. Wright reports that the common Betaine HCL dosage range in his clinical practice is 3,250-4,550mg per meal.

That means there are also plenty of people who need above 5,000mg for an effective dosage.
Remember, a normal functioning stomach is capable of producing and handling extreme acid ranges. If your dosage starts getting extremely high without any GI distress (step #3), you must use your GI symptoms as a guide instead. These include burping, bloating, farting, and stool consistency. Keep everything else the same in your diet as you wait for these indicators to change for the better. Just because you can take 20 pills, doesn’t mean you should. It could be that at 11 pills all of your problems disappear. For this group of people try to find the minimum dose needed to help your GI symptoms and for Pete’s sake go get more testing to figure out what is going on!

Rebuild Your Gut Seminar Recap

Rebuild Your Gut Seminar Recap

gastrointestinal tractA little over a week ago we held our first free seminar of the year on “Rebuilding Your Gut.” Our speaker Bruce Topping basically rocked it. I think everyone who attended (and we were thrilled with the turnout of 200 or so people) learned just how
important the microbiome- the evolving collection of trillions of microbial organisms living in and on the body- is to overall health.

Bruce reiterated what many of us already knew- that probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that help us digest food, utilize nutrients, and fight infection. However I learned some fascinated new bits such as gut bacteria assisting in converting inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into the active form (T3.) In fact nearly 20 percent of T4 is converted in the GI tract so an unhealthy gut could have a noticeably negative impact on thyroid function. While Bruce certainly emphasized how important probiotic supplementation is to achieving healthy digestion and immunity, he also mentioned some other supplements as well as foods that will aid in the gut rebuilding process. kombucha
For instance Betaine HCL supplementation (5-9 500mg pills a day for a month to be precise) can help reestablish stomach acidity which is essential for keeping the digestive system in good working order. We need adequate acidity in the stomach to synchronize the timing of
digestion (make sure stomach is emptied in a timely manner to prevent reflux), kill harmful pathogens we accidentally ingest, and assimilate minerals such as calcium and magnesium just to name a few.

Some other helpful tips included ingesting “resistant starches” such as organic potatoes (baked or boiled), plantains, and greenish bananas as these foods are “prebiotics” or food for the beneficial bacteria in our gut. Bruce advised to slowly introduce such foods to avoid gas and bloating.

While these were some interesting highlights, here’s Bruce’s full list of the “4 R’s” for rebuilding your gut:

Step 1: Remove Digestive Irritants: These include wheat/flour, sugar, and corn syrup.

Step 2: Re-Inoculate Your Gut: Make cultured foods at home, eat resistant starch, and take probiotics.

Step 3: Replace Acids and Enzymes: Take Betaine HCL to replace stomach acid and take a full potency enzyme supplement at the end of each meal.

Step 4: Repairing the Gut with: bone stock soup, L-Glutamine powder, okra, blueberries, Vitamin A, slippery elm, marshmallow root, red raspberry, and ginger.

Many of these products are available at Nature’s Outlet and your local farmer’s market. Give us a call at (540) 989-5109 if you have any questions and best of luck rebuilding your gut!

John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator
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“Rebuilding Your Gut” Recap by John Rigdon

“Rebuilding Your Gut” Recap by John Rigdon

A little over a week ago we held our first free seminar of the year on “Rebuilding Your Gut.” Our speaker Bruce Topping basically rocked it. I think everyone who attended (and we were thrilled with the turnout of 200 or so people) learned just how
important the microbiome- the evolving collection of trillions of microbial organisms living in and on the body- is to overall health.

Bruce reiterated what many of us already knew- that probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that help us digest food, utilize nutrients, and fight infection. However I learned some fascinated new bits such as gut bacteria assisting in converting inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into the active form (T3.) In fact nearly 20 percent of T4 is converted in the GI tract so an unhealthy gut could have a noticeably negative impact on thyroid function. While Bruce certainly emphasized how important probiotic supplementation is to achieving healthy digestion and immunity, he also mentioned some other supplements as well as foods that will aid in the gut rebuilding process. kombucha
For instance Betaine HCL supplementation (5-9 500mg pills a day for a month to be precise) can help reestablish stomach acidity which is essential for keeping the digestive system in good working order. We need adequate acidity in the stomach to synchronize the timing of
digestion (make sure stomach is emptied in a timely manner to prevent reflux), kill harmful pathogens we accidentally ingest, and assimilate minerals such as calcium and magnesium just to name a few.

Some other helpful tips included ingesting “resistant starches” such as organic potatoes (baked or boiled), plantains, and greenish bananas as these foods are “prebiotics” or food for the beneficial bacteria in our gut. Bruce advised to slowly introduce such foods to avoid gas and bloating.

While these were some interesting highlights, here’s Bruce’s full list of the “4 R’s” for rebuilding your gut:

Step 1: Remove Digestive Irritants: These include wheat/flour, sugar, and corn syrup.

Step 2: Re-Inoculate Your Gut: Make cultured foods at home, eat resistant starch, and take probiotics.

Step 3: Replace Acids and Enzymes: Take Betaine HCL to replace stomach acid and take a full potency enzyme supplement at the end of each meal.

Step 4: Repairing the Gut with: bone stock soup, L-Glutamine powder, okra, blueberries, Vitamin A, slippery elm, marshmallow root, red raspberry, and ginger.

Many of these products are available at Nature’s Outlet and your local farmer’s market. Give us a call at (540) 989-5109 if you have any questions and best of luck rebuilding your gut!