It looks like we're not the only ones who love this new supplement from Carlson Laboratories. Nutra-Support™ Stress has been recognized as the winner of the 2014 Better Nutrition Best of Supplements Award within the Stress, Anxiety and Mood category. Who doesn't have some level of stress these days. Forget keeping up with the Jones'...it's tough enough just keeping up with the demands on everyday life.

Nutra-Support Stress is a combination of several vitamins that work synergistically to support your nervous system and brain health. Each of the eight B vitamins in Nutra-Support Stress perform an intricate role in maintaining proper metabolic functioning, harvesting energy to support the body's chemical reactions, and are essential for well being. The added vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fend off harmful free radicals.

As we get older we can experience more tiredness and hair loss which most of us will attribute to aging but it may be you’re not getting enough vitamin B. Loss of appetite, respiratory infections, and muscle cramps can also be attributed to low vitamin B. Even depression has been related to a lack of B vitamins. Vitamin B is important for maintaining skin health, and deficiencies of it can cause eczema. Many doctors are prescribing B vitamins for cancer patients to improve their overall health and strengthen the immune system, even though there is no evidence that it can help cure cancer. Do check with your doctor if you are on a drug regimen or chemotherapy to avoid possible adverse health effects.

We highly recommend Nutra-Support Stress and firmly believe this supplement should be in your top 5 supplements to be taken daily especially if you are a woman over 50.

It looks like we're not the only ones who like the new line of Probium probiotics. In 2014, the 3rd Annual SupplySide CPG Editor's Choice Awards have announced Probium Probiotics Pro-Cran Blend 6B as a finalist with the winners to be announced Oct 6th at SupplySide in Las Vegas.

Not having spoken with the SupplySide Editors I can only guess why they have chosen Probium Probiotics Pro-Cran Blend 6B as a finalist. D-mannose, an ingredient in Probium products, won the Better Nutrition 2010 award for Best of Supplements.

Probium Probiotics Pro-Cran Blend 6B is a terrific supplement for women. With the combination of the timed-release capsule, very high quality of probiotics, D-Mannose and Cranberry extracts you will love the benefits it offers your gut health, digestive system, immune system and urinary tract health.

Key points:

  • Contains 6 Billion CFU per Serving of a Proprietary Blend of Lactobacillus acidophilus La14, Bifidobacterium lactis Bl-04, Bifidobacterium bifidum Bb-06 and Bifidobacterium longum Bl-05 along with a Proprietary Blend of Cranberry Fruit Extract, Sunfiber®, FOS and D-Mannose which contains the Equivalent of 752mg of Fresh Cranberry Fruit per Serving
  • Other Ingredients - Sunfiber® (Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum), Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), Vegetable Powder, Silicon Dioxide and Vegetable Cellulose (Delayed Release Capsules)
  • 6 Billion Active Microflora per Serving (1 Veggie Capsule)
  • Two Year Shelf Life at Room Temperature
  • No Wheat, No Eggs, No Yeast, No Soy, No Sugar, No Salt, No Animal Derivatives, No Maltodextrin, No Magnesium Stearate, No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
  • Gluten Free, Non-Dairy, and Non-GMO
  • Kosher Certified
  • Made in Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
  • Digestive Health**

Suggested Use

As a dietary supplement, take 1 capsule per day, preferably in the morning on an empty stomach or as directed by a healthcare professional.

Complete with organic tampons, our signature case, the essential dry erase tracking chart (with pen), and the 24 page book by REALgirl® Empowerment Camp Creator, Anea Bogue. This is like no other kit you've seen. See below for more about the contents.

TotalHealth Editor's note: We love this kit. It does everything as advertised. We use it with our daughters and love the non-toxic tampons. When you consider the health benefits of chemical-free tampons this product is a no-brainer. The Essential Guide to Understanding and Loving Your Cycle is a great tool for parents. It takes all of the stress out of talking to your kids about the subject by giving you the tools and information. Actually it is a great guide for women of any age to help understand your cycle better. We rate this product at 5+ stars.

The Starter Kit contains:

TrueMoon™ Organic Tampons

16 ct. 100% organic cotton, regular absorbency tampons with cardboard applicator.

Moon Cycle Dry Erase Chart

An innovative dry erase chart with pen, to easily track the varying levels of hormones in your cycle and how they affect the way you feel mentally, physically and emotionally.

Tampon Carrying Case

Our signature case, perfect for carrying your tampons and pads in style.

The Essential Guide to Understanding and Loving Your Cycle

This isn't your typical instruction book. The 24 page guide written by REALgirl® Empowerment Program creator, Anea Bogue, is chock full of important and inspiring information that most people haven’t heard anywhere else.

First Moon Keepsake

A unique code to redeem your personalized First Moon keepsake – a beautiful piece of art to frame or keep in a scrapbook to celebrate a girl’s first period.

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For more information on how toxic conventional tampons are read this article from Alexandra Scranton, Director of Science and Research at Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE):

Toxic Chemicals in Tampons

Visit www.MyTrueMoon.com for more information or to purchase.

Why should I supplement with a superfood supplement?

It has often been said our best source of vitamins, nutrients and supplements is from the food we eat. If you are eating a properly balanced organic diet with a lot of raw fruits and vegetables then you are way ahead of the curve and probably feeling pretty healthy. But it is not always easy to get the proper nutrients we need on a daily basis for many reasons. Too busy to shop often for fresh organic fruits and vegetables, limited access to the broad range of foodstuffs we need for optimum health and many other reasons.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 11% of Americans meet the USDA’s guidelines for eating 5-9 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily. CDC data indicates:

  • 93% of Americans don’t enough vitamin E
  • 56% don’t get enough magnesium
  • 31% don’t get enough vitamin C
  • 12% don’t get enough zinc
  • Many seniors lack B vitamins
  • Many people are low on vitamin K, calcium, and potassium

In addition to our lack of eating enough fresh fruits and vegetables every day the same foodstuffs have been losing nutritional content over the decades.

In 2004, a University of Texas research team headed by biochemist Donald Davis, Ph.D., analyzed a USDA report on 43 common garden fruits and vegetables and found that almost half of the substances containing minerals important to good health had lost some nutritional value. Dr. Davis suggests one of the reasons for this decline is the result of the faster methods major agro-farm companies employed to grow high-yield crops to meet consumer demand.

So what is one to do?

Step 1: Go organic. One of the reasons many people do not go organic is because of price. Take bananas for example. I see non-organic bananas for sale at 79 cents per pound sitting beside organic bananas that are 99 cents per pound and most shoppers opt for the less expensive. Why? They do not realize that the organic bananas have more nutrients and significantly less pesticides as they are just looking at price. But the fact of the matter is you are getting significantly more nutrients while avoiding toxic pesticides and herbicides. And of course you are avoiding GMOs. By the way GMO bananas are currently in testing and are on their way to a supermarket near you soon. So yes organic fruits and vegetables are probably going to cost more...but you get a lot more for your money...and a lot less (pesticides).

In a report from The Organic Center organic foods have been found to have1:

  • Organic milk has 62% more healthy omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk
  • Organic crops have higher cancer-fighting antioxidant levels
  • Organic crops have 48% lower levels of the toxic metal cadmium than conventional crops
  • Pesticides are found 4 times more frequently in conventional crops than organic crops

And of course organic crops are non-GMO. The devestating health effects of GMO plants are too lengthy to go into in this piece so we recommend you do a little homework. Search for the Seralini study and health effects of Roundup for startes. Read Seeds of Destruction and bookmark Institute for Responsible Technology

Step 2: Supplement your diet with a fantastic superfood. This is where we recommend Green Vibrance from Vibrant Health.

Green Vibrance supports the 4 foundations of health. Nutrition, Digestion, Circulation & Immune System.

The Benefits
There are a lot of ingredients in Green Vibrance: 73 in all. They were put together with care, in order to maximize the synergism among nutrients. The result delivers healthful nutritional support to the 11 body systems. Enjoy:

  • More complete nutrition; a host of rare, scarce nutrients.
  • Support for digestion and gastrointestinal function*
  • Support for healthy circulation*
  • More energy*
  • Support for clearance of waste products of metabolism, detoxification*
  • Support for neurological health*
  • Support for cardiovascular function*
  • Support for normal blood sugar and cholesterol*
  • Support for immunity*
  • Resistance to oxidative changes associated with aging*
  • And some consumers swear they look younger

The ingredients in Green Vibrance were selected to support essential bodily functions without which life cannot be sustained. Cereal grass powders and juices (i.e. Certified organic barley, oat, wheat, and Kamut) deliver virtually all known nutrients and several uncharacterized co-nutrients of great value. For example, cereal grasses contain a hidden “growth factor” that causes young animals to more rapidly develop, growing larger, stronger, and healthier with robust immune systems. Those same cereal grasses allow mature animals (and undoubtedly humans) to repair bodily tissues more quickly. Organic alfalfa sprouts, organic broccoli sprouts, organic spirulina, soft-cell chlorella, stabilized rice bran, organic beet juice, organic parsley, organic spinach, organic carrot, green bean, zucchini and sea vegetables enrich the nutrient density and diversity of the primary food ingredients in Green Vibrance.

Their industry leading dose of 25 billion friendly probiotics, balanced by a rich combination of Bifido- and Lacto- bacilli from 12 strains in each serving of Green Vibrance bolsters the one system that must function well first and foremost above all others if health is to be improved or optimized. One must be able to digest food and transport nutrients into the body from the gastrointestinal tract before health can be sustained. The 12 strains of probiotics in Green Vibrance help assure a healthy G.I. tract by building and maintaining colonies of robust intestinal flora.

Chlorophyll from the green foods in Green Vibrance further supports intestinal health. Apple fiber from our certified organic whole apple powder plus sunflower lecithin help support elimination of heavy metals, cholesterol and toxins from the intestinal tract before they can be absorbed. To a lesser degree, they can perform similar tasks in the circulating blood itself.

Over eons of time, the liver became quite adept at denaturing, destroying and getting rid of unnecessary substances in everyday foods. Keep in mind that 40% of a plain old carrot is unneeded, toxic material. Your liver has no trouble handling that. But when it comes to detoxifying some of the modern chemicals which are absorbed by, and circulate through, your body, we believe the liver needs a little help. That is why we’ve added liver support ingredients.

Human metabolism is built on oxidation, which both keeps us alive and slowly pushes us toward the grave. The quiet damage to cells caused by necessary cellular oxidation defines the degenerative changes of aging. Oxidative damage is involved, too, in the progression of every known “disease of affluence” such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes and others. Certainly one’s personal genetic code and lifestyle also contribute.

Aging and degenerative disease are ubiquitous -- we all will encounter them in time. Nutritive antioxidants may diminish the severity and slow the advance of oxidative damage and.* Each serving of Green Vibrance delivers a powerful 960 mg of herbal antioxidants in addition to the beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and other antioxidants naturally present from the other plant components of the formula. These antioxidants, plus lecithin, soluble fibers, policosanol and other ingredients help support cardiovascular health.* A strong heart and clear arteries are essential to delivering nutrients to and removing waste from every cell in the body. Ginkgo biloba extract, grape seed extract, green tea extract pomegranate extract, and Silymarin (milk thistle) extract are all known to improve peripheral circulation.

The immune support delivered by Green Vibrance is found in its content of betaglucans, ImmunEnhancer™ arabinogalactans and Astragalus extract.* But let us not loose sight of the immune enhancing effect of a healthy digestive tract. 50% of your own immune cells are found there. Well nourished, vibrant cells, amply protected by the army of antioxidants in Green Vibrance, are themselves resistant to disease.*

Green Vibrance has always supported good skeletal health, undoubtedly due to its alkalinizing nature, bioavailable boron and CalZbone®, an extract of Cissus quadrangularis that has been clinically shown to improve bone mineral density. Beginning with version 9.0, Green Vibrance added another key nutrient for bone health: Vitamin D3. The vitamin D3 in Green Vibrance is a specially made material from an actual plant source, lichen. Green Vibrance is now safe for vegans.

The entire Green Vibrance formula was designed and balanced to help establish and sustain good health.

Vibrant Health gives "going green" a whole new meaning.

Green Vibrance

References:

  1. http://organic-center.org/organic-fact-sheets/the-health-benefits-of-organic/

Editor's note: We love all things Chia. It has so many health benefits. Chia seeds are truly a superfood. We are very happy to promote one of our favorite product lines from Essential Formulas that incorporates the benefits of Chia with synergistic components like D3, CoQ10, Enzymes, and EPA and DHA.

It’s no surprise that almost half of all supplement users taking fish oil are tired of fishy aftertaste. Now there is an even BETTER Omega-3 source that addresses those concerns. Amazingly, Chia seeds may contain MORE ALA Omega-3 than any other source on the planet—surpassing fish oil! CHIA OMEGA® is the pioneering product line that stands out by combining Chia Seed Oil with synergistic ingredients for specific health goals. Providing support for cardiovascular health and healthy cognition PLUS additional benefits, CHIA OMEGA® is the plant-based alternative people are searching for!*

Join the Chia Revolution!TM
  1. No more fishy "burpback"
  2. 100% Vegan
  3. Eco friendly & sustainable
  4. Made in the U.S.A
  5. More Omega-3 than fish or flax oil!

CHIA OMEGA + D3 is one of the first products to combine cold-pressed Chia seed oil with highly bioavailable D3. Known to support both bone health and balanced mood, D3 is a synergistic addition to our Omega-3s, which also support joint comfort and mental cognition.*

  • Promote healthy absorption of dietary calcium*
  • Support a healthy immune system*
  • Maintain balanced mood*
  • Vegetarian product

Dallas-based Essential Formulas Incorporated (EFI) was established in 2000 as the sole U.S. distributor of world-renowned microbiologist Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira's award-winning probiotic dietary supplements and skin care products. A family-owned and operated business, EFI was founded on the philosophy of providing high-quality preventative, supportive and comprehensive pro-health products for the entire family. Pledging to provide premium all natural supplements and exceptional customer care, EFI continually strives to lead the industry in customer and retailer education in the use and efficacy of their innovative products, which include Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic, Dr. Ohhira's Propolis PLUS, Dr. Ohhira's Essential Living Oils (Vegan Certified), Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar and Magoroku Skin Lotion and the newly introduced CHIA OMEGA line of Omega-3 formulations. Both Dr. Ohhira's Probiotic formulations OMEGA CHIA dietary supplements are available at Peach Tree Natural Foods, Willner's Chemist, Apple Health Foods, Lassen's Natural Market, My Natural Market, and other fine health food stores across the country. For more information, visit: www.essentialformulas.com, or call 972.255.3918.

Completely unrefined, virgin coconut oil.

Tropics Best Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is a completely unrefined, virgin coconut oil. Tropics Best Coconut Oil is produced in Colima, Mexico using organic coconuts. We only use the highest quality coconuts in our coconut oil, all coconuts are hand picked by our coconut harvesting experts. Our organic coconut oil comes directly from pure organic coconut milk which is ground and pressed from white organic coconut meat. Tropics Best Virgin Coconut Oil is certified organic according to strict USDA standards. Our Coconut Oil is great for all kinds of recipes and is known to improve healthy living. Don't buy just any coconut oil, make sure you get pure Organic Coconut Oil for your healthy lifestyle. Try Tropics Best Coconut Oil today and taste the difference!

Tropic Best's certified organic virgin coconut oil is available in 16oz and 32oz bottles. Our coconut oil is produced from freshly pressed coconut milk which is centrifuge processed to separate the oil from water and solids. This method prevents fermentation and does not use high heat.

Here are links to a few of our favorite coconut recipes:

Our coconut oil is:

  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Made from fresh coconuts from our farms( not dried copra)
  • Cold-pressed
  • Unrefined
  • Chemical-free
  • Unbleached
  • Undeodorized
  • Unhydrogenated
  • No Solvents
  • Tastes and smells like fresh cut coconut

Available in:

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For digestion, energy and detoxification.

The nation’s top-selling organic bottled tea company, has a innovative line of organic refreshment—Honest Kombucha, a fermented tea beverage with active cultures of bacteria, yeasts and sugar that feed on the caffeine and tannins from the tea. The naturally effervescent drink is believed to aid in digestion, detoxify and energize.

It comes in five invigorating varieties: Berry Hibiscus, Lemon Ginger, Peach Mango, Maqui Berry Grapefruit and Apple Jasmine.

Mission Statement

Honest Tea seeks to create and promote great-tasting, truly healthy, organic beverages. We strive to grow our business with the same honesty and integrity we use to craft our products, with sustainability great taste for all.

For more information visit honesttea.com.

Wake Up Your Immune System with Natural Vitamin C

Highest organic fruit source of natural vitamin C. The native Australian fruit is just making its way around the globe to show its stuff. Kakadoodle Dew™ combines the bush plum with other high C fruit powders in a 2 gram beverage stick.

Each stick delivers 225 mg of natural vitamin C from fruit sources only. No artificial anything! 5 calories per serving.

For more information call: 888.4.kakadu or visit www.4kakadu.com.

GLUTEN FREE ‧ VEGAN ‧ NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS NATURALLY SWEETENED ‧ SOY FREE ‧ HIGH FIBER DAIRY FREE ‧ MADE IN MICHIGAN

Pure NRG is now offering an assortment of bars that are vegan, diary-free, gluten-free and wheat-free.

Pure NRG uses 100% healthy fats and wholesome ingredients including coconut flour, brown rice, tapioca, hemp protein, chia seeds, quinoa flour and agave nectar, as well as the natural sweetener xylitol (good for teeth). They are suitable for vegans, foodies, celiacs, gourmands, diabetics, vegetarians, athletes, culinary adventurists and the carbohydrate-conscious.

For more information call 1-877-VEGENRG or visit www.purenrgbars.com

A delicious, nutritious meal-in-a-glass, for less than the price of a latte!

THINSTICK Shake is designed to be mixed with water, as a delicious, nutritious, natural meal replacement. It provides 50% RDA of vita- mins and minerals, 21 g of protein (egg and rice protein—no dairy) and only 265 calories. Stud- ies show that dieters who use meal replacement shakes for one meal per day lose more weight and are more successful at keeping it off over a period of several years. ThinStick Shake is available in a 2-lb (14-serving) jar and a small jar contains 30 servings/sticks.

Thinstick Shake can help:

  • Control appetite
  • Reduce cravings that come from dieting
  • Maintain optimum weight
  • Meet nutritional needs
  • You’ll be just as satisfied with reduced portion sizes!

Thinstick Shake is made from all-natural vegetable extracts and comes in powder form. Just blend with water, skim milk, or a non-dairy option and add fruit if you’d like.

For more information visit: www.thinstick.com.

PureSport Workout and PureSport Recovery are available in four delicious and refreshing flavors: Lemon Lime, Grape, Fruit Punch and Banana Berry.

PureSport’s Workout and Recovery drinks feature a performance tested 2.67:1 carbohydrate to whey protein ratio that hydrates and provides the body with the complex fuel it needs to increase endurance, repair muscle tissue quickly and reduce muscle soreness. Developed for elite athletes with input from Michael Phelps, they also include electrolytes and magnesium to reduce muscle cramping and vitamin C antioxidants to promote a stronger immune system. Available nationwide.

PureSport™ Recovery

PureSport Recovery helps your body get into the recovery zone quickly and bounce back after serious physical activity. PureSport Recovery promotes recovery after exercise by accelerating the replacement and storage of muscle fuel. The added protein reduces muscle damage and induces muscle repair. Supplying electrolytes and lost fluids rehydrates and prepares you to get back out there so you can train hard day after day.

PureSport Recovery's formula surpasses other sports recovery drinks. Taken within 15 minutes after exercising, the protein and carbohydrate mix advances muscle recovery and increases fuel storage greater than carbohydrate alone. PureSport Recovery's energy restoring blend of carbohydrates, rather than just one type, works quicker and better overall to help you recover and reload. The PureSport Recovery system gives you the edge with faster training adaptation.

PureSport™ Workout

PureSport Workout is a rehydration drink for a body in motion. PureSport Workout replaces lost fluids and electrolytes, restores fuel during exercise for more energy and improved performance, and enhances recovery with added protein.

Puresport Workout is a superior sports drink. The unique mix of carbohydrate and protein promotes better fuel utilization as well as reduces muscle damage. This mix also enhances fluid retention and rehydration better than carbohydrate alone. PureSport Workout's combination blend of carbohydrates works faster and more efficiently getting fuel to your muscles and yet contains much less sugar than traditional sports drinks.

PureSport Workout (patent pending) prepares the human body for strenuous athletic activity by delivering a beneficial balance of carbohydrates, protein/amino acids and electrolytes. When used prior to and during vigorous exercise, PureSport Workout dramatically enhances exercise results by improving endurance and reducing muscle tissue damage.

Benefits of PureSport

  • Highest available form of whey protein isolate
  • Optimized, balanced nutrition
  • Optimal carbohydrate-to-whey protein isolate ratio (2.67:1)
  • Advanced hydration
  • Antioxidants
  • Workout and Recovery system
  • Gluten-Free and Caffeine-Free

PureSport complies with and exceeds the specifications and guidelines of all worldwide sports governing bodies. PureSport is manufactured at Dallas, Texas-based Custom Nutrition Labs, and is certified quality and compliance assured by Informed-Sports.

For more information visit www.puresport.us.

Cardiovascular Protection, Antiaging and Inflammation Response

Scientific studies have shown that Resveratrol helps support healthy cardiovascular function. Research has also indicated that, when combined with other polyphenols, Resveratrol is known for its antiaging properties, in addition to the role it plays in supporting a healthy inflammatory response. NOW® Mega Resveratrol contains a diverse blend of potent polyphenols, including 100% all natural trans-resveratrol and proanthocyanins (OPC’s from grape seed), plus catechins (green tea extract) for powerful cardiovascular protection.

  • 200 mg
  • with Red Wine Extract
  • A Dietary Supplement
  • Vegetarian Formula

For information visit www.nowfoods.com

DiaMetrix® is a natural product that also supports cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and weight management health.

Do You Know A Diabetic?

DiaMetrix™ is the only blood sugar health supplement that works and is supported by a Gold Standard, randomized, double-blind clinical trial. An independent study shows that DiaMetrix lowers blood sugar and also supports healthy cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and weight management.

For more information visit us at: www.DiaMetrixHealth.com or call 800.892.9794

For low-carb lifestyles...

Natural Carb Intercept from Natrol, Inc. features Phase 2 Carb Controller™, with a proprietary white bean extract—a clinically tested ingredient which inhibits the enzyme that digests starch found in many carbohydrate (“carb”) rich foods (i.e., breads, cereals, rice, pasta, etc.). Each Natrol® Carb Intercept serving has 1000 mg of Phase 2 Carb Controller™ to effectively control carbs.

Contact 800.262.8765 www.natrol.com

ALKALIZING HEALTH SUPPLEMENT

When, due to prolonged exercise, diet, and/or aging competitive athletes and weekend warriors exceed their natural ability to flush out or neutralize acid wastes, acidic buildup occurs.

Acid Check naturally assists in keeping the blood, cells and tissue free from excessive amounts of acid waste. Acid Check is a health supplement that gives athletes a safe, legal and effective edge.

Two pilot tests conducted by the Seattle-based supplement company Tamer Laboratories found that subjects who used a food grade, alkaline mineral compound (called Alka-Myte®) for five days experienced an average decline in urinary acidity of 53 percent. Another Tamer Laboratories pilot test conducted at Seattle Performance Medicine showed that this acid-buffering compound significantly reduced muscle burn, increased time to fatigue, lowered lactate levels in the blood, and increased muscle strength and recovery in cyclists who participated in the test pilot. In addition, a blind placebo study was conducted on Nordic skiers by Dr Dan Heil at Montana State University. After 24 elite Nordic skiers used either Alka-Myte or placebo for 7 days at a dose of 1 tablet per 50 pounds of body weight, the following significant changes were noted in their upper body ergometer performance: 1. increased power output; 2. reduced cardio-respiratory stress with lower heart rate, respiratory rate and energy expenditure (lower sub-maximal VO2) and 3. reduced blood lactate levels.

For more information call 888.486.2135 or visit www.acidcheck.com