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This column is hosted by our Q and A manager Cindy Atkinson.

   

Cindy is passionate about health. Cindy is a Certified Rolfer ®, which is a type of deep tissue manipulation that realigns the body into it's most functional shape and form. Cindy learned about the body and it's cellular structure first while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology at Washington State University. Cindy has been involved in the health food industry since 2003 and was head of the Vitamin Department for 2 years. She has continued her education on the body and it's systems being certified as a Sports Nutrition Adviser as well as a Digestive Care Aid. Cindy enjoys sharing her knowledge of all things healthy and finds the greatest joy in helping people make positive changes in their lives.  

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Chronic Stress
The long-term effects of chronic stress can be physical, including headaches, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. They can also be psychological such as depression and anxiety, or behavioural such as decreased work productivity, increased irritability, and impulsiveness. Don't take stress for granted. While some stress is normal, chronic, unresolved stress can be a serious health problem.

Hand Washing
Personal hygiene reduces the spread of various infections. In a recent study, the American Society of Microbiology found that only 67% of people actually wash their hands after using a public restroom. For better health, always wash your hands after using the restroom and before handling food.

Benefits of Water Exercise
It is reported that older, overweight, and/or mildly disabled people can benefit from water exercise. It places less stress on joints and can improve strength and flexibility while burning calories.

Danger! Over-hydration
Exercise-related over-hydration may occur during prolonged exercise or sports when fluid intake, including water and soda, exceeds fluid loss. If too much water dilutes the body's salts, it can cause brain cells to swell and push against the skull. For this reason, sports drinks often contain salt to balance the fluids. Over-hydrating can cause nausea, severe fatigue, disorientation, and vomiting. In the most severe cases it can also cause seizures, coma and even death. All endurance athletes who drink too much fluid, to quickly are at risk for over-hydration. Seek medical assistance if symptoms occur.

Flax
If you are interested in adding flax to your diet, nutrition experts recommend using flax seeds rather than flax oil. This allows the seeds to contribute additional benefits from the fiber and healthy chemicals they contain. Flax seeds must be ground in order to release these healthful chemicals. Look for flax seeds in your local supermarket or area health food store. You can grind them just prior to a meal and sprinkle on top of salads, pasta dishes, or cereals.

Caffeine
Besides making it hard to fall asleep, too much caffeine can cause stomach upset, muscle tension and nervousness. To find out how much caffeine you are getting, try keeping a journal. Moderate caffeine intake is about 3 cups of coffee (roughly 300 mg of caffeine) per day or a like amount from other drinks and foods. If you think you may be drinking too much caffeine, cut back by half a cup per day, not all at once. This usually avoids severe caffeine withdrawal headaches.
      June 14, 2017

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Fat Free Cookies
Don't be fooled by the term "fat free" on a food label. While there are a myriad of fat free products on the market today, many of them are loaded with calories and concentrated sugars. Many fat free versions of foods contain only a few less calories per serving than their fatty counterparts. Five fat free cookies at 50 calories each still adds up to a significant caloric intake. Be a smart shopper. Compare calorie and fat contents when choosing products and practice moderation when eating high sugar or high fat foods.

Five Blocks to Better Health
There are 336 30-minute blocks of time in one week. The American Heart Association recommends that you commit five or more "blocks" to exercise. In the time it takes you to watch five sit-coms you could be on your way to better health!

To Lighten Up the Sandwich
Looking for ways to lighten up your sandwiches? There are two easy approaches: cut unnecessary calories; and opt for healthy or at least healthier fats. Here are some examples. If you love mayo, ask for light; you can save 50 calories and 6 grams of fat per Tbsp. Better yet, use a little liquid oil & vinegar dressing. Cheese? Use reduced fat cheese to save 50 calories and 5 grams of saturated. To remove even more saturated fat, drop the cheese entirely.

Exercise Cool Down
Fitness experts recommend cooling down after a moderate to high intensity exercise session. This prevents sudden pooling of blood in the muscles. Slowly cooling down also prevents sudden drops in blood pressure that can lead to dizziness and falls. During the last 3-5 minutes of your workout, gradually decrease the exercise intensity. Gently approach your resting state before coming to a complete stop.

Turn down your water heater temperature
If you want to save energy and, therefore, money, turn down the temperature on your hot water heater. It takes less energy to heat water to a lower temperature and to maintain that temperature than it does to keep water extremely hot. Turning down your water heater from 140 degrees F to 120 degrees F can shave 10 percent or more from your electric bill. With most water heaters, turning down the thermostat is a simple process, although the exact procedure varies slightly depending on the kind of water heater.

Install a low-flow showerhead
Install a low-flow showerhead with a shut-off lever. This do-it-yourself project takes only minutes. But it delivers big savings in water consumption and water heating, because it allows you to interrupt water flow. A low-flow showerhead uses 60% less water than standard fixtures.
      May 10, 2017

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Taking Action for our Environment

Composting and Natural Yard Care
Composting is as Easy as 1,2,3... Wouldn't you prefer to see your garden grow instead of local landfills? Composting can reduce your household waste by more than 30%. Composting not only helps to reduce the amount of waste going to local landfills, but by adding compost to your garden, flower beds, lawn and trees you improve soil fertility and texture and reduce watering. Best of all, your plants will love it!


Save your Back!
Did you know that good posture helps to protect your back? Other ways to avoid back pain include regular exercise, proper lifting and stretching. When you lift objects from the ground, use your legs instead of your back. When lifting with your upper body, keep your back straight and allow your arms to do the work.

Heirloom Seeds.
Many seed varieties available today have been developed for the commercial grower. They are bred for qualities such as uniformity and long shelf life; taste is usually the last consideration. Heirloom seeds have been passed down through the generations and are cherished for their outstanding characteristics, such as superior flavor, vibrant color, adaptability and vigorous growth. All the seed we offer is open pollinated, untreated and free of genetic engineering. Planting and seed saving instructions are provided. See your Local Health Stores

Bat Houses
Did you know that one brown bat can catch 600 mosquitoes an hour? The Cedar Bat House provides a very specific roosting environment which attracts these misunderstood insect eaters.

Push Lawn Mower
Not like what your father had..! Today's push lawn mower is lightweight and easy to use. They're good for the environment and they're good for your yard, snipping the grass for a clean, quiet, precise cut.

Organic Lawn Care
Organic lawn care takes a holistic, preventative view rather than reacting to various problems using chemical pesticides or herbicides. By building healthy soil many of the problems with lawns are solved, eliminating the need for poisons and harsh reactionary measures.

Composting
Convert kitchen, yard and garden waste into soil-nourishing organic matter with our backyard tested compost bins and supplies. Decreasing household waste and building your soil has never been so easy!
      April 3, 2017

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Healthy Tips for Your Animals Natural Care

Pets for your Health
Do you have a pet? Studies show that pet owners have lower blood pressure, reduced stress levels and lower cholesterol readings than those without pets, regardless of other factors like smoking and diet.
If you don't have a pet, maybe you can 'borrow' one by volunteering to walk a neighbor's dog or pet sitting. It may be a good way to see if owning a pet could be good for your health.

A Warning About Cocoa Mulch
This is often sold in Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called "Theobromine". It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Just a word of caution check what you are using in your gardens.

We Need Your Bags!
There is a serious shortage of plastic or paper bags at the various parks. Need to get rid of that pile of bags from your cupboard? Well we could use 'em! Please bring some plastic bags with you and fill up the bag dispensers when you're out walking your pooch. We thank you!
      February 24, 2017

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A NIGHT LIGHT THAT USES NO POWER
Do you have solar lights outside, along a path or border? You can bring them into the house for the night, set each into a vase or drink bottle, and spread them out to give you free lights all night. They aren’t bright enough for reading, but are bright enough for you to get around. The next day, you just take your solar lights back outside and they will recharge and be ready for you to use the next night or any time the power is out. Submitted by Sally Scales

Motivating Yourself to Exercise
A good way for many people to maintain or increase exercise is through finding an upbeat workout partner. Almost everyone does better with encouragement than with negativity, and many people do better if they have another person working with them. Encouraging each other can positively affect your attitude and increase your desire to come back for more.

Interval Training
Interval training mimics the behavior of our hunting-gathering ancestors better than continuous exercise that maintains a constant pace for 20-40 minutes. Interval training can be defined as short, high-intensity exercise periods alternated with periods of rest. Periods of high and low intensity are repeated several times to form a complete workout.

Fiber
There are two main types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber has been associated with lowering blood cholesterol. It is found in oat bran, beans and other legumes, psyllium, prunes, apples and pears. Insoluble fiber, found in fruits, vegetables, dried beans, wheat bran, seeds, popcorn, brown rice, and whole grain products, is typical of the course material we think of as roughage. It helps keep the bowels regular and may also help prevent certain types of cancers. Both types of fiber, when taken with plenty of water, aid in weight control and the regulation of blood pressure.

      February 6, 2017

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Strength Training
The health benefits of strength (resistance) training include increased bone mass, increased muscle strength, and improved quality of daily living. Carrying groceries and lifting children become easier. Injury is less likely. The risks of developing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure are reduced. Strength training isn't about becoming muscle bound. Women, senior citizens and even men can receive the benefits without bulking up.

Monounsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated fats are the type of fats that tend to lower blood cholesterol, especially LDL or the 'bad' cholesterol. Good sources of monounsaturated fats include olives and olive oil, canola oil, nuts and peanut butter.

Healthy Schools
School-based programs can significantly impact the health of young children. If you are a parent, consider becoming a PTA member. PTAs can encourage schools to include healthy lifestyle curriculums, promote physical activity, and offer more nutritious food choices.

Fat Content Can Be Misleading
When you see a product in the grocery store labeled 98% fat free, don't be fooled. According to the Food & Drug Administration, that percentage refers to the percentage of fat by weight, not by calories. For example, a slice of 89% fat free deli meat means that only 11% of the weight of the product is fat. Although this sounds low, over 50% of the calories may come from fat -- making it a high-fat choice as far as your body is concerned! When selecting low fat foods, ignore the advertising hype; look for grams of fat or the percent Daily Value for fat on the nutrition label.
      January 2, 2017

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Question:

I am travelling for Christmas by car and ferry and suffer from motion sickness. Is there anything that I might try that may help me that is natural?


Answer:

Ginger – Motion sickness or travel sickness can be no fun! Try grating a little ginger (or putting a few drops of liquid extract) into a glass of water or your water bottle. Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper, if you are daring. Drink it down and notice just how quickly your unhappy tummy begins to smile, once again. It’s also very good for morning sickness and is one of the few herbs safe to take during pregnancy.
Keep your eyes out the window and not in a book as reading can also be a trigger.
      November 26, 2016

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Healthy Tips for Men

Breakfast
Dieticians eating something for breakfast each day. If you normally skip this meal, consider trying to eat breakfast at least 3 days next week. Quick and healthy choices include dry whole grain cereal, dried or fresh fruit, whole wheat toast lightly spread with peanut butter, low fat yogurt, soy milk, a small piece of cheese, or oatmeal. It is not necessary to eat a lot of volume or a lot of fat, but eating something for breakfast can help maintain better energy during the morning hours.

Five Blocks to Better Health
There are 336 30-minute blocks of time in one week. The American Heart Association recommends that you commit five or more "blocks" to exercise. In the time it takes you to watch five sit-coms you could be on your way to better health!

To Lighten Up the Sandwich
Looking for ways to lighten up your sandwiches? There are two easy approaches: cut unnecessary calories; and opt for healthy or at least healthier fats. Here are some examples. If you love mayo, ask for light; you can save 50 calories and 6 grams of fat per Tbsp. Better yet, use a little liquid oil & vinegar dressing. Cheese? Use reduced fat cheese to save 50 calories and 5 grams of saturated. To remove even more saturated fat, drop the cheese entirely.

Exercise Cool Down
Fitness experts recommend cooling down after a moderate to high intensity exercise session. This prevents sudden pooling of blood in the muscles. Slowly cooling down also prevents sudden drops in blood pressure that can lead to dizziness and falls. During the last 3-5 minutes of your workout, gradually decrease the exercise intensity. Gently approach your resting state before coming to a complete stop.

Get Those Fluids
People are mostly made of water, and adults generally need about 10-12 cups (8 oz. each) of fluids each day. Most fluids, even chicken soup and orange juice, count as part of your 10-12 cups. If a glass of water sounds boring, spruce it up. Garnish your glass with a mint
sprig and a slice of lime, lemon, orange, pineapple, kiwi, star fruit or even a few fresh berries.

      November 2, 2016

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Squash
Squash is a water-laden vegetable. We suggest baking or roasting squash to evaporate some of the water and to concentrate the vegetable's flavors. For ribbed squash, cut in half or in large wedges. Place the pieces cut side down on a baking pan lined with parchment paper. To roast peeled chunks of squash, scatter on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper.

Plastic bags
Plastic bags are bad and for the most part unnecessary. Many of us older folks remember a time, only a few decades ago, when we didn’t have them. Sure, they’re convenient, but is that an excuse to damage the environment and the life it supports?

Staying Hydrated
There is nothing better then water! It's important to stay hydrated. Some signs of dehydration include headache, dizziness, dry mouth, dry skin. Look for Clear or light-colored urine as this means you're well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration.
      October 3, 2016

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Summer Time Tips

Here are a few tips how to use our TOXIN free medicinal herbal and personal care products and some additional suggestions from Ferlow Botanicals.

SUNBURNS

To prevent sunburn from UV rays use the following products:

Neem Tree cream

Rosa Mosqueta oil (should be also used first after you get sunburned)

Rosa Mosqueta cream

Aloe Vera cream

INSECT BITES

Calendula spray takes the itching and swelling away,(also perfect for hot spots for dogs and cats).

Neem Tree cream

Camomile cream

PAIN

Devils Claw cream (especially for arthritis, gout, lupus)
Arnica cream (if you get hurt, especially athletic people in team sports such as baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, etc. and tennis, golf, takes the swelling and pain instant away)

MSM cream (seems also to work on arthritis pain)
Wild Yam cream (sciatic nerve and joint pain) Massage lotion (sore muscles, muscle strain, massage)

ST. John's Wort oil (muscle strains & sprains, muscle fatigue, tendonitis) Rain Forest cream
      July 29, 2016
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