Monthly Archives: April 2011

Summer is coming!

PastaTime to take control of your portion sizes

Summer beckons and how we love those long sunny days, lazy afternoons by the pool or at the park. This is the time of the we all love, and our tummies bask in the glory of always being full and content.

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Cascara Sagrada (Rhamnus purshiana)

Cascara SagradaCascara sagrada (Spanish for “sacred bark”) is the bark of the California buckthorn, botanically known as Rhamnus purshiana. This 15 to 25 foot-high tree grows in the western United States, from Idaho west to California and north to Alaska. Its name came from the Spanish priests who acted as doctors to their parishioners in the days when the western territories still belonged to Spain.

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LBS IILBS II is a tried and true herbal laxative formula that has been around for over three decades.  Formulated by herbalist Stan Malstrom, LBS II is a lower bowel formula designed to stimulate intestinal peristalsis and improve bowel function.  It contains several laxative herbs, along with herbs that stimulate production of digestive enzymes and bile.

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Gentle Move

Gentle MoveMaintaining optimal elimination is an important key to creating a high level of wellness in the body. Cleansing the colon isn’t accomplished by just using herbal laxatives.  It involves fiber, water, enzymes, exercise and healthy diet. 

Still, many people suffer from sluggish elimination and slow colon transit time.

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Flax Seed (Linum usitatissimum)

Flax Seed OilThe flax plant (Linum usitatissimum) has been put to a variety of interesting uses in many  cultures over the past 5,000 years. As anyone who has seen a field of flax in bloom, it is a beautiful plant, with thin, tall stalks and a delicate, blue to violet flower.

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Psyllium (Plantago ovata)

PsylliumPsyllium are the seeds of one species of the herb plantain.  Plantain grows very low to the ground on roadsides and produces small white flowers.  The seeds are smooth, dull ovals with a pinkish-white or dark brown coloring, and the leaves of the psyllium are 4-10 inches long. 

Plantain is commonly considered a weed.

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Finding health with digestive enzymes


FoodWhat are enzymes? They are said to be the “powerhouse” of every cell in the body. Intertwined with nearly every system in the body, digestive enzymes determine how effectively the body breaks down food. The body can’t function without them.

We are born with some digestive enzymes.

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Do You Need to Do Some Spring Colon Cleansing?

Outhouseby Steven Horne, RH(AHG)

There’s a scene in the movie, The Last Emperor, where the Chinese doctors look at the young emperor’s stool and then recommend some changes in his diet.  Stool diagnosis is a great way to learn about the health of the digestive tract and the body,

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What Motivates You?

BikiniWith summer right around the corner, lots of us are looking to trim down and tone up—but the call of the couch can be hard to resist. Here are a few time-tested methods of staying motivated:

Setting realistic goals—and measuring your progress. Working toward a tangible goal,

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7th Inning Stretch

BaseballBaseball season’s in full swing, and we’ve got quick moves to keep you limber—ones you can actually do during the 7th inning break at the ball park. (They’ll also help you loosen up after taking the field in your summer softball league.)

Why should you be stretching?

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Nature’s Best Nut

WalnutsNext time your stomach’s grumbling for a snack, try walnuts. Scientists recently found they have a combo of more healthful antioxidants and higher quality antioxidants than any other nut.

At the 241st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the scientists reported that antioxidants in walnuts were 2 to 15 times as potent as vitamin E,

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Too Stressed to Read This Post?


Stressed WomanAre you stressed out? If you’re like most Americans, chances are the answer is, “Heck, yeah!” Unfortunately, stress is now just a way of life for too many of us. Whether it’s concerns over the uncertain economy, struggling to meet deadlines at work, handling family emergencies,

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