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Resetting the Circadian Rhythm

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Sleep disruptions have a negative impact on health but using safe and natural nutritional support including melatonin and magnesium can help reset the sleep clock and minimize restless nights and daytime drowsiness. Maintaining regular sleep patterns is essential for optimum health and feelings of wellness. Disrupted sleep cycles can have negative impacts on your health Sleep cycles can be disrupted by things like daylight savings, changing time zones, shift work, and more Melatonin is produced naturally by your body to regulate your sleep and wake cycles Supplementing with melatonin can help reset or maintain a desired sleep schedule to minimize...

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Helping Reduce Obesity with Olive Polyphenols

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Obesity can result from various factors including diet and is associated with inflammation that often increases with aging. Many ingredients in Olivamine® help maintain healthy levels of inflammation including the important olive polyphenols, hydroxytyrosol and oleuropein. Obesity is linked with the loss of metabolic energy balance that may be restored by thermogenesis (heat production) from brown fat cells. Olive leaf extract that includes the olive polyphenols, hydroxytyrosol and oleuropein have been shown to attenuate or prevent obesity by regulating molecules involved in adipogenesis (fat cell creation) and thermogenesis. Many Americans are overweight or obese Obesity is part of the metabolic...

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The Gut-Brain Connection: Protecting Your "Second Brain"

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Brain health and gut health are closely related. Your gut has it's own separate nervous system, often called the "second brain" or formally, the enteric nervous system. The health of the enteric nervous system tells us a lot about the health of the brain in your head. Brain health and gut health are closely related Your gut has it's own separate nervous system, often called the "second brain" The health of the second brain tells us a lot about the health of the brain in your head What's good for the brain in your gut is usually good for the...

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How is Inflammation Related to Depression?

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Inflammation is related to many health issues including diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation is also linked with depressed moods and increased levels of C-reactive protein (CRP). Importantly, magnesium deficiency has been associated with inflammation and anxiety. Olivamine® CalmMind is the remedy that helps maintain healthy levels of inflammation. Inflammation is associated with many health conditions and illnesses Stress contributes to depression and is linked with inflammation Magnesium deficiency is linked with anxiety and inflammation Antioxidants like those found in Olivamine have been shown to have anti-depressive effects Inflammation has been associated with many health conditions and illnesses including arthritis, obesity,...

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Antioxidants for Improved Immune Health

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The immune system protects us from pathogens, cancers and harmful substances. Some immune cells produce free radicals known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) to destroy invading cells. Antioxidants are required to regulate immune cell release of ROS and can help regulate immune responses. Oxidative stress that is typically associated with inflammation, occurs when free radicals overwhelm the balancing effects of the natural antioxidant defense system. Olivamine® includes ingredients with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that can enhance protection against oxidative stress and inflammation to improve immune health. The immune system can distinguish between “self” and “non-self” Immune responses to “non-self”...

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Vitamin C and Skin Health

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient for skin as well as the rest of the body.  It’s absolutely necessary for normal skin and bodily functions, cannot be naturally synthesized in humans and must be provided externally. Skin itself has various critical roles in overall health including protection from dehydration and infection, and its appearance is an important reflection on general well-being. The epidermal layer of skin is responsible for most of its barrier function and includes many cells, particularly keratinocytes. In contrast, the lower dermal layer is composed mainly of fibroblasts that secrete the major component of the dermis, collagen...

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Protecting Skin from Stress

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Most people realize that stress affects critical organs like the heart and the brain, but what’s not as well known is how stress affects other important organs including skin. In fact, scientists are now learning more and more about the affects of stress on the skin and how skin stress can affect the body in general (systemic affects). There are many different types of stress that can affect the skin including from environmental sources such as UV radiation (UVR) from the sun, low humidity, or air pollution. Some forms of environmental stress like UVR and air pollution result in oxidative...

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Vitamin B12 Supplementation

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Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is a water-soluble B vitamin required by all cells in the body, especially brain, nerve, and blood cells. Symptoms of deficiency include anemia, fatigue, weakness and more. Vitamin B12 deficiency caused by inadequate dietary intake, genetics, and medications may require supplementation. Vitamin B12 is important for metabolic processes, DNA synthesis and is especially important for the formation of red blood cells and brain cells Absorption is dependent on the acidity of your stomach plus a special protein called “intrinsic factor” Many medications deplete vitamin B12 from your body including medications that alter the gastrointestinal environment and microflora...

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Nutrients to Support Immune Health During Cold and Flu Season

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Nutritional support for immune health can be an important step to keep you healthy during cold and flu season. In addition to the flu vaccine, you can incorporate antioxidants and nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, and prebiotic fiber that all play an important role in supporting and boosting your immune system and overall immune health. The flu shot only protects from a couple specific strains of flu virus There are many other viruses and bacteria that cause illness during cold and flu season Certain nutrients that can boost your immune system and offer an extra layer of protection...

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Taking Care of Sunburns

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1 out of 3 adults in the United States report being sunburned, and 1 in 8 Americans tan indoors.  Sunburn results in skin redness (erythema) that develops during exposure to the sun and increases one hour following exposure peaking 24 to 48 hours after exposure.  The degree of sunburn is affected by many environmental factors including heat, wind, and humidity, and sunburned individuals can experience symptoms that range from mild redness to painful erythema with swelling (edema) and blistering.  Individuals who are severely sunburned can also experience systemic reactions including fever, chills and dehydration.  Fair-skinned individuals are the most susceptible...

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