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Garcinia Cambogia – A slimmer’s advantage

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“Diet” is a four letter word that most of us shudder at when we realise that we have gained a few extra pounds. The thought of dieting is often connected with feelings of self-deprivation; doing it hard… going hungry, being moody, craving something sweet or naughty and feeling deprived when you can’t have it, but feelings of failure if you succumb to the temptations. All these things can lower your ability to stick to any weight management programme. Those that are steadfast and the most self-controlled of us can stick to a diet and reach our goal weight, but what if there is a little support to help overcome these obstacles?

This is where the advantages of a small pumpkin shaped citrus fruit from Indonesia can help! Commonly used in Indian cooking and chutneys, Tamarind (also known as Garcinia Cambogia) with the active component hydroxycitric acid (HCA), has increasingly become a popular weight management aid all over the world. Research has shown that this fruit can help with stress levels, support healthy levels of “the happiness neurotransmitter”, help manage appetite and sugar cravings and help the body metabolise fat.

HCA supports healthy levels of a vital enzyme Citrate Lyase. Our bodies naturally convert food calories we consume into energy. Extra calories than what we need is stored in the liver and muscles as glycogen. Glycogen is the reservoir energy reserve ready to use when the body needs it. When the reservoir is at capacity then the brain will signal to us that we have had enough and we get a sensation of fullness after eating. But overeating when full, will result in the body producing fat from carbohydrates and turning these extra calories into fatty acids and cholesterol. HCA supports reduced action of the enzyme ATP-citrate lyase, helping normal fat metabolism and healthy cholesterol balance of LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides.

HCA also helps manage appetite and supports healthy levels of your brain’s serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter in your brain that gives an increased sense of wellbeing. Low levels of serotonin can result in feelings of worry and despair; triggering many into behaviour that creates emotional or reactive eating. By supporting healthy serotonin levels, HCA supports good mood and lessens the drive to react to stressful situations with food. Serotonin is also an important precursor to melatonin – the neurotransmitter that is vital in sleep regulation. Getting enough sleep is also shown to be important in weight management.

As you eat less, your body releases the stored fat in your fat cells for energy. Because Garcinia Cambogia extract is a fruit and not a chemical, it is all natural with few known Garcinia Cambogia side effects. But some people have experienced dry mouth, or digestive disturbance.

Garcinia cambogia is a great product to use if extra will power is needed, if belly fat is problematic, if stress, or sleep and overall mood needs some support while dieting. But Garcinia Cambogia is best used in conjunction together with a diet rich in whole, natural foods.

  • Supports healthy fat metabolism
  • Supports appetite management
  • Supports good mood
  • Supports belly fat management
  • Supports sleep
  • Helps manage sugar cravings
  • Help decrease stress levels

We use Garcinia Cambogia in our Body Right Tea range and our Fit Protein – Shaping Vanilla.

*Always read the label and only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser. Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd, Auckland

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A summer boost

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Has the warmer weather caught you feeling sluggish rather than spirited? Life a bit stagnant or too stressful? Turbo-charge your health and vitality with an essential little mineral.

 

Zinc deficiency is very common and can cause a number of health issues. But there are plenty of warning signs. Here are the five main ones.

 

5 zinc-deficiency symptoms

  • Compromised immune system. Zinc is vital to a healthy body. If you frequently get sick, suffer from chronic allergies or generally have trouble with your immune system, you are potentially zinc-deficient.
  • Leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which proteins can leak through the gut and cause systemic inflammation. Leaky gut is also related to food allergies, thyroid problems and adrenal fatigue. Zinc has been shown to support healthy gut permeability.
  • The third indicator that you might be zinc deficient is if you suffer from loose bowels. Bowel disease or even gas and bloating are also signs that you are lacking in the essential mineral.
  • Thinning hair or hair loss. Lack of zinc is associated with hypothyroidism, a cause of thinning hair and alopecia. Zinc is necessary to support hair growth as well as your body’s growth, repair and healing processes.
  • Irritated skin issues. If you have any sort of skin issue or if your fingernails are thin and peeling with white spots, it can be another sign of zinc deficiency.

 

4 causes of zinc deficiency

It’s also important to understand what causes a zinc deficiency.

  • High levels of emotional stress are hazardous to your zinc levels. If you are emotionally stressed out, over time your body has to utilise zinc to heal and repair the body, brain, skin and organs.
  • No one doubts the benefits of exercise but if you work out a lot – especially if you do a lot of high-intensity training such as (HIIT) workouts or CrossFit workouts (or maybe even have worked out too much in the past), a zinc deficiency can be the result.
  • If you are pregnant and eating for two or breast-feeding, you can suffer from mineral deficiencies, including zinc. To ensure their fertility and long-term prostate health, men require zinc too.
  • Last but not least, those with digestive problems or eating disorders, those who are dieting and the elderly tend to have malabsorption problems, meaning they don’t absorb zinc well and tend to have deficiency symptoms.

 

Red Seal Zinc B6 & Magnesium tablets contain 9mg of zinc sulphate combined with magnesium and vitamin B6. These nutrients together are responsible for more than 500 enzyme complex processes essential for well-being.

 

Red Seal Zinc Complex is an easy one-a-day vege cap combining three forms of zinc – citrate, amino acid chelate and gluconate 15 mg with additional selenium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese to support healthy metabolism, nerves, energy production, cartilage and much more.

 

How to overcome zinc-deficiency symptoms

If you’re going to get more zinc in your diet, a few things need to happen. The most important is to consume more of the foods that are high in zinc. Pumpkin seeds and oysters are very high in zinc; another great form is grass-fed beef. Sprouted nuts and seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, almonds and peas are also good sources. Last but not least, you also need probiotics. Remember that it’s not just what you eat but what you digest. So getting more probiotic-rich foods in your diet and adding supplements can improve your overall absorption.

 

 

*Always read the label and only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser. Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd, Auckland

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Everyday lifestyle choices to maintain the balance of your mental well-being

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For some, physical illnesses are easier to admit having than accepting that they are not feeling one hundred per cent emotionally or mentally. Life has no guarantees that it will be easy. Often it is more like a roller coaster with the highs and lows that everyday living throws at us. Everyday attitudes and lifestyle choices can help us maintain the balance to support mental well-being, ensuring the ability to bounce back from set-backs and determining inner resilience.

Here are 8 easy ways to remain strong when things get rocky:

The food-body-mind connection.

A number of studies have shown people with diets high in junk food have a 51% increase in depression. The relationship between food and emotions is a complex one and for some it can also be related to weight control and body image. The idea that food can trigger physical or emotional reactions may be a strange concept to understand. Many people now link certain foods to triggering physical problems; fatigue, inflammation, constipation, diarrhoea or joint pain. Remarkably, the brain can be affected too. Simple reactions; irritability, anxiety, nervousness, aggravation or depression can also be linked to food triggers with some people. Common food intolerances include gluten, dairy, soy, salicylates, citrus, aspartame, MSG, sulphites and food colourings. Keeping a food diary and a rotational diet are excellent tools if you suspect foods are triggering reactions. Positive food choices such as fruit, vegetables, good sources of protein and grains provide key nutrients; vitamins, minerals, fibre, proteins and phytonutrients that are the building blocks of health and create emotional balance. Researchers have shown key nutrients such as Protein, B Vitamins, Omega 3, Magnesium, Iron and Probiotics have key roles with helping maintain cognitive function and emotional well-being.

A light bulb moment

The industrial revolution and invention of the light bulb has changed our lives and number of artificial controlled daylight hours available. In doing so, it has also meant less time to sleep and the creation of walking zombies, aka ‘The Chronically Sleep Deprived’. Those suffering from chronic sleep deprivation can suffer from weight gain, poor memory, trouble making decisions, poor motor skills, poor judgement and being emotionally over-reactive! It is no wonder that sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture! Living day to day tired is certainly not living life to your best. However, if this problem is torturing you then consider making your bedtime routine earlier and sleeping in a dark, quiet room. There are non-addictive natural remedies that can help with sleep that include magnesium, herbs, tart cherry, and even guided meditations that will help you relax and get a better night’s sleep.

The Water Alarm

At 2 per cent dehydration levels, our inner alarm, the brain, will be screaming that you need more water! Low energy, generally feeling lousy, experiencing mood swings, poor concentration levels are all signals more water is required. Research with women showed that mild to moderate dehydration resulted in a drop in energy, increased moodiness, lowered concentration, increased reactions to stress and a general attitude that life was lousy. Men were also affected but women had more noticeable effects.   Unfortunately many drinks we are attracted to such as tea, coffee and soft drinks (because of the sugar and caffeine) can have dehydrating effects on the body. Ensure you are drinking enough water and consider some caffeine free alternatives such as herbal teas to top up your fluid levels.

Part of the Pack

As social creatures we were never meant to be alone or live in isolation.  A close relationship with others; partners, family and friends who are supportive, with whom we can spend time and share activities together are also important keys to well-being.  Bonding with others is vital; whatever the activity, whether is it sharing and caring over a cup of tea, watching a funny movie with a friend, going for a walk together, being in contact with the neighbours, joining a sports team, generates a feeling of being accepted, valued and connected. Volunteering in the community is also another option to feel connected while giving back to others.

Live in the Now

Worrying and focusing on the past or what is yet to happen robs you of energy for living in the moment and stops you enjoying the now. Recognize the things that you are not able fix and work to release those stresses.

It is time to get off the couch!

Move it or lose it. Our bodies and minds are designed to work best when we physically move.  Numerous studies have shown all forms of movement; aerobic, resistance, yoga, and dance have a positive impact on reducing stress and increasing psychological wellbeing no matter what the age. If you have not exercised for a while, consider buddying up with a friend. Start slowly with 15 to 20 minutes of an activity that you would enjoy.

Perfectly you

The work and activities you gravitate towards reveal your talents and these may be unique to you. The talent may be something you already do as a hobby, job or interest but most likely it will be what drives you and gives you passion – what makes you feel alive. Many people target their weak points, but it is vital to stop comparing yourself to others and look at your skills and strengths. Sure, understand your weaknesses, but acknowledge that everyone is different and has their own weaknesses and strengths.

Seek help if you need it

If you’ve made consistent efforts to improve your mental and emotional health and still don’t feel good, then it’s time to seek professional help. Input from a knowledgeable, caring professional can often motivate us to do things for ourselves that we’re unable to aspire to on our own.
Remember, we are all a work in progress. No one is perfect. However, some of us are progressively and actively working on ourselves to make things better. Putting in processes or consistently using these lifestyle choices can support us when needed, helping us to create a stronger internal mechanism to be more resilient when the lows of life become a challenge.­­­

 

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High Strength – The Magic of Magnesium

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It is good to know that you now get a great quality extra strength supplement at your local supermarket at reasonable prices.

The Red Seal High Strength range is just a little different from the average supplements in the supermarket, with:

  • Easy to swallow capsules
  • Most in veggie caps and suitable for vegans
  • All high quality
  • Higher doses; for when you need it the most
  • A reassurance that they are New Zealand made
  • Most are one-a-day doses

 

Deep Sleep – High Strength Deep Sleep

Sleep is the panacea of all ills and usually only becomes a problem when you repeatedly can’t get to sleep or have a restless sleep.  Sleep problems affect day to day functionality; your mood,  ability to focus, weight and immunity.  Supporting the body’s ability to sleep naturally and in a non-habit forming way is important for total peace of mind. Formulated with ingredients that support both relaxation to get to sleep but also help stay asleep throughout the night. Deep Sleep is formulated with two forms of Magnesium, (aiding muscle relaxation and helping ease nervous tension), along with Tart cherry (to support our sleep/wake cycle), Passionflower, 5-HTP and L-tryptophan to relax the body, mind and support a good night’s sleep.

 

The Magic of MagnesiumHigh Strength Magnesium Complex

Muscle tension and stiffness, stress, worry, poor quality sleep, and much more.

Magnesium deficiency can be caused by a number of factors, but the main culprit is usually low dietary consumption or eating or drinking those things that deplete us such as sugar, coffee or even poor absorption. Stress and intensive exercise are other common factors that can deplete your body of magnesium.  Magnesium is one of the seven major minerals that the body needs in relatively large amounts (Calcium, potassium, sodium, chloride, potassium and phosphorus are the others).  Found in green leafy veggies, sometimes we just don’t get enough and our bodies constantly need more due to our busy lifestyle demands.

Magnesium is also most like a magical mineral as the body needs it for so many functions.  In fact, it is necessary for every major biochemical process; digestion, protein synthesis, cellular energy production and glucose metabolism. Magnesium is also needed for bone strength, muscle strength and heartbeat, as well as the functioning of the nervous system.

 

Always read the label and use as directed. If Symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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Serenity time with herbal support

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Go faster… work to deadlines, fit in extra over-time, play referee with the kids (as they are about to kill each other), keep calm (in the middle of peak hour traffic with crazy drivers either side of you), clean the house (as the in-laws are coming), remember to bring in the washing off the line, cook healthy meals (that everyone in the family likes… if not, sort out two different meals), weed the garden before the triffids reach the front door… juggle, rush, organise, balance – the busy mind repeats lists of jobs and problems… Smile and remember to keep calm, just before you scream!

In our fast paced society, we pack as much into our days as possible trying to balance the demands of our families, work and living, which means prolonged pressure. This can result in becoming worn out, over-stimulated, overloaded, over-tired and wound up.

Balancing these demands with other physical stressors such as eating food with less nutrient value, too much sugar, allergies, toxic chemical overload, stimulants such as caffeine, lack of exercise and lack of sleep can put emesis pressure on our nervous system and bodies. Fatigue, tension, insomnia, depression, irritability and increased time with stress and worrying are the body’s overload signals that we need to take steps to rest and restore. 

Undoubtedly, one of the most important ways to create a healthy nervous system, reduce the ill effects of stress, nervous exhaustion and anxiety is to rest, meditate, enjoy time out (listening to music, arts and crafts, reading), sleep and eat well. Dealing with these issues daily will help our body to relax, unwind, heal and repair especially when we sleep. If we can sleep (or if we are lucky – go on a holiday) we can remove ourselves from the daily urgencies for a while.

Nature gives us some herbs when we need extra help:

In nature’s natural toolbox of healing there are herbs that can help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system. These can be used when needed without fear of addiction or dependency. They are mild and gentle in their activity and generically called “Nervines”. Nervines are commonly used by herbalists when supporting the body from anxiety, over-excitement, tension and sleeplessness. Nervine herbs include; valerian, catnip, passion flower, skullcap, St John’s Wort, lemon balm and chamomile. These herbs are commonly available as a herbal infusion, tablet or capsule supplement, or as tincture.

 

  1. Executive Stress B* for tension and stress

A combination of nutrient support such as B vitamins, minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc and iodine with nervine herbs such as skullcap, passionflower, and valerian is ideal for those who have tension linked with fatigue and exhaustion that may be linked to nutrient deficiency. When we are stressed, vitamins B & C and a number of other nutrients are in high demand by the body.

 

  1. St John’s Wort with soothing herbs* to support body and mind

A supplement for those who need a lift with nervine herbs that support both body and mind – St John’s Wort, Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) and Ginkgo (Ginkgo billoba). Non-addictive, it can help when you need some emotional or stress support.

 

  1. Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)* for insomnia, anxiety and concentration

A popular herb to help with insomnia, anxiety and improving mental concentration. It has a refreshing lemony flavour making it a popular herb in some teas.

 

  1. Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis)* for a good sleep

One of the gentlest herbal sleeping remedies; it enhances the body’s natural process of slipping into sleep and making the stresses of the day recede. For people who do not need as much sleep as they once did, it also eases lying awake in bed, ensuring that it becomes a restful and relaxing experience. This is often as re-vivifying as sleep itself, and indeed all that is necessary in more cases than not.
Valerian has demonstrated decidedly relaxing properties in clinical trials. For example, in three separate sleep tests (two of them double-blind), people who received a valerian preparation fell asleep up to 50% faster and had a sounder, more restful sleep than people in the placebo group.

 

  1. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)* for preventing nightmares

Has a variety of uses, the most important being its soothing, calmative effect. It has been traditionally used as a preventative remedy for nightmares.

 

  1. Catnip (Cataria vulgaris)* for humans…

Has mild sedative properties and is often used to alleviate nervousness, sleeplessness, and nervous headaches. And yes, it is the same plant that drives cats into fits of ecstasy just by the mere smell of it.

 

  1. Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)* for tranquillising

In the best sense of the word ‘tranquillising’. The extract is effective in treating disturbed sleep patterns due to worried and excited nervous states. Additionally, Passionflower is effective in allaying anxiety, irritability and tension.

 

  1. Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)* for nervous conditions

Traditionally used as a sleep promoter, skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)* has also been used to assist those with nervous conditions, ADHD, nervous headaches and nervine pain.

 

These herbs are available as herbal teas that can be enjoyed any time of day, but often make a wonderful night cap as they are caffeine free and help promote rest and relaxation of the body and mind.    

 

Red Seal herbal teas:

Chamomile tea

Relaxing tea

Sweet Dreams tea

 

*Only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health advisor.

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Let your love flow

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Not sleeping at night? Weight not coming off? Digestion a bit off? Take minerals and vitamins to nourish your body and soul.

Managing your weight and achieving balance is not always as simple as going on a diet and increasing your exercise. Your body may require some additional support before it will respond to traditional solutions. Red Seal has a range ofHigh Strength supplements that have a strong enough dose to really make a difference. The following are some key areas where you can support your diet and exercise plan.

 

1- Take care of your gut

We’ve all heard the saying, “listen to your gut”. And while that advice often refers to our intuition, it could also be about our digestion. Your gut guides your overall well-being. Quite literally, your gut is the epicenter of your mental and physical health. Yet it’s all too common to experience lots of digestive issues that make a huge impact on our strength and vitality. If you want better immunity, efficient digestion, improved clarity and balance, focus on rebuilding your gut health. Red Seal offers a 50 Billion Probiotic as part of its High Strength range, ideal for when you need to kick start your health programme.

2- Cut down on stress.

In addition to practicing breathing right down into your gut, taking a Vitamin B Complex will support your nervous system, energy levels and mental clarity. Just sit down and relax. No stress, no worries!

 3- Show your liver a little love.

Your liver is responsible for how you process substances and it has to detoxify material to ensure your “engine” is running well. Reducing alcohol consumption and adding Red Seal Milk Thistle to your regime is a great way to help tune up the liver by promoting bile flow.

4- Don’t let symptoms go on too long.

If you have tried everything and after a few weeks you are still feeling out of balance, and the weight isn’t moving, consult a health professional.

5- Take it easy on yourself.

The world won’t cave in if you slip up and eat something with sugar in it or if you have an extra glass of wine with dinner. Good nutrition is all about balance. Cut yourself some slack if you do deviate from your resolve to make your diet healthier and get back on track as soon as you can. Tomorrow is another day.

6- Get some sleep

So easy to say and so hard to do. At times sleep can be elusive and lack of sleep puts stress on your body. Red Seal Deep Sleep with Magnesium supports a complete, deep sleep, helps relax and relieve tension and tightness, promotes a calm mind and helps ease worry, tension and stress.

 

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