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The Need for Vitamins and Minerals

This is a little illustration I use every day at the store.  You see, every day, without exception, I have two or three customers who come in with the same question -–”What have you got for energy?”  It seems that in our hectic-paced lives, we find less and less energy to keep us going.  But I find that about four out of every five of my customers report a marked increase in their energy levels after only one week by taking a good, balanced multiple vitamin and mineral supplement.

And, yes, I do have a special one that I like to recommend.  It’s a “Super Supplemental” containing a good blend of all your common (and necessary) vitamins and minerals plus a few of the more important phytonutrients like choline, lycopene, lutein, inositol, and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA).  Unlike most other products on the market, these ingredients are mainly derived from herbs and other natural sources.  This base of herb and vegetable powders increases absorption and assimilation of the necessary nutrients and provides additional antioxidant and nutritional benefits.

Here’s the illustration.  Consider that every cell in your body is an island (actually, it is).  The “river” in which those islands sit is called interstitial fluid.  From the river, the islands draw nutrients, water, and oxygen.  Then what they do is use these as building materials to produce a substance abbreviated to ATP.  ATP is the form of energy that the body needs to carry out most of its actions and reactions.  This ATP is then placed back into the “river” along with waste byproducts and carbon dioxide.  So, here’s the key: IF THE BODY DOES NOT HAVE SUFFICIENT NUTRIENTS, IT CAN’T PRODUCE ENERGY!

Of course, there are other factors to consider.  Are you getting enough deep, uninterrupted sleep?  Do you set aside times for rest and relaxation away from work and the daily grind?  Are you drinking enough water (take your body weight, divide it by two – that’s how many ounces of water you need to consume in a day)?  Are you overweight?  How much do you exercise (this affects your body’s ability to get enough oxygen to the cells)?

And what happens if the “river” (the interstitial fluid) gets too congested?  Not only is energy flow impeded, but also communication between the cells is inhibited.  With this breakdown of intercellular communication, our tissues begin to break down.  Tissues make up our organs, and our organs constitute body systems.  With these breakdowns come diseases.

Another problem with our hectic lifestyles is the way we eat.  How often do you sit down with your family for a relaxed, unhurried, home-cooked (from nutritional foods), nutritionally well-balanced meal?  Actually, do ANY of those characteristics describe your meals?  Stress affects digestion! So what are the chances that you’re able to get even minimal nutrients from your meals?

Yes, you need to schedule more rest and relaxation.  Yes, you need to reduce stress and get better sleep.  Yes, you need to exercise more, lose some weight, and drink more water.  But doesn’t it just make sense to add the vital nutrition of a well-balanced vitamin and mineral supplement to your daily intake?  It’s the best supplement money you can spend.

Enjoy good health and God’s richest blessings.  Gen.1:29.

–  Randy Lee, ND, Owner, The Health Patch, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC 73130, phone/fax: 736-1030, e-mail: pawpaw@thehealthpatch.com. Our full staff are now offering affordable private consultations – call to schedule yours!

As Sweet As… Well, Stevia!

You might be looking for an alternative to sugar — one that doesn’t carry a warning label, or affect your health the way sugar does. You’re in the right place. Let’s talk about the “sweet little secret” from South America.

Much of the world uses a natural herb named Stevia Rebaudiana to sweeten things like soft drinks, candy, gum, cakes, pies, ice cream, pickles, seafood and vegetables. It’s a small, perennial shrub native to Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. It’s grown in China, Japan, Malaysia, Israel, all over South America and many other places.

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Aloe Vera – A Boon to Your Home

You may be looking for relief from a skin condition. Or maybe you’re interested in the many benefits of Aloe Vera and how you might cultivate the plant in your home. In either case you’re in the right place.

Sometimes called “Lily of the Desert” and “Medicine Plant,” Aloe carries a worldwide reputation of being a plant that heals. It’s one of the oldest known therapeutic herbs. Greek history from 2,000 years ago relates that Aloe was a true and effective treatment for everything from constipation to burns to kidney ailments. And it’s believed that the Egyptians used the Aloe plant in their secret process of embalming. Not exactly a household use, but there’s much more to the wonderful Aloe plant.

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Aromatherapy – The Nose Knows (and so does the body)

Do you remember entering your grandmother’s kitchen and being greeted by the aroma of fresh bread in the oven?  How about the smell of a hot apple pie, the spicy pungency of your dad’s aftershave, or the scent of the earth right after a spring rain?  I have a friend who has, with age, lost her sense of smell and she often tells me how much real joy has been lost in her life as a result.

For several years I taught a ten-week course on herbs for the various body systems and every time we got to the digestive system I asked, “Where does the digestive process begin?”  Obvious answers are “on the tongue” or “in the mouth.”  But the real answer is “in the nose.”  That’s right.  As soon as we smell our food, in anticipation, our bodies begin to secrete digestive juices in both the mouth and the stomach.  That’s one reason it is so important to “prepare” to eat our meals.  Smell the aromas.  Savor the smells.  Take time to chew and enjoy the food.

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