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An Informative Video On Propolis

An Informative Video On Propolis

 

We hope you enjoy this short video on what propolis is, where it comes from and the benefits it can give you. If you’d like more information, you can go directly to a dedicated propolis page and discover more for yourself. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us for assistance.

3 Simple Smoothies for Summer

3 Simple Smoothies for Summer

berry smoothieWhen summer is this hot, the last thing you usually feel like is a hot drink or breakfast, and cereal can just get boring. So why not try a simple summer smoothie! You can pack so many different things in it that are great for your health, and it feels like you are treating yourself.

There are many different varieties of smoothie. Green smoothies are packed with leafy green plants, fruit smoothies with many varieties of fruit, and protein smoothies which are based on a protein powder or supplement.

Below we have given you recipes to three simple summer smoothies you can enjoy guilt-free.

 

BERRY SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup frozen berries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yoghurt
  • 1 cup of milk

Blend with ice and serve

 

GREEN SMOOTHIE

  • 1 cup of greens like baby spinach and kale
  • 1 cup of coconut water
  • 1.5 cups frozen mixed fruit like pineapple and mango

Blend greens and water together, and then add fruit and blend again

Serve

 

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup pineapple juice

Blend and serve

 

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Lose Weight

Have a Healthy Breakfast

A healthy breakfast is key to losing weight. You want to keep your metabolism up, and it is kick-started for the day when you eat breakfast. Avoid sugary cereals and go for whole grains instead. Protein is a must to give yourself a lasting energy hit that will see you through until lunch. Try some eggs or plain yoghurt (which you can spice up with some fruit). Don’t fall into the trap of sleeping for an extra ten minutes and skipping breakfast – we know it’s hard but if you want to lose weight, breakfast is essential.

Avoid Processed Foods

Go for fresh fruit and vegetables and whole grains, along with lean protein and healthy fats like macadamia nuts, coconut products, and avocados. Processed foods are high in salt (salt is a preservative).

Caffeine in Moderation

Some people say that coffee is bad for you, but it’s all about the amount you drink. One cup of coffee a day is a good thing – coffee and tea are natural diuretics and studies have shown that drinkers of coffee and tea burn more calories. Just don’t go overboard on them – try not to have more than 2 -3 cups of coffee a day, and don’t exceed 5 cups of tea per day. Coffee is also a good source of antioxidants and contains a range of healthy nutrients like vitamin B. Tea also contains antioxidants.

Avoid Sugar-laden Drinks

One of the biggest no-nos when it comes to weight loss is sugar-filled drinks. Soft drinks, sweetened coffee or tea, alcohol, and even juice contain a lot of sugar. They will make your metabolism sky-rocket and you will need to eat more to feel full. Also, alcohol makes it harder for your body to burn fat.

These steps combined with regular cardio exercise (sessions beyond the 45 minute mark will burn the most fat) will help you lose weight. Beyond that, healthy diet and exercise will make your body healthier and improve your quality of life.

If you want to support your body during high-impact training, we recommend taking Squalene. Here at Natures Naturals, we hope you’ve enjoyed today’s blog and found it informative. Thanks for reading!

Healing Powers of Propolis

Propolis is not that well-known these days, but actually has an extensive history as being used as a healing medicine. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks used it for a multitude of purposes, and as a general health tonic.

What can Propolis do for Me?

Propolis has a range of health benefits. It is a natural antibiotic (due to a substance it contains called galangin) and a powerful antioxidant, which means it can help keep colds and flus away, and reduce their severity and duration.

It is an anti-inflammatory, so it can help you calm a sore throat or ease gum pain. It is actually a great oral cleanser, and can be chewed to help keep a clean mouth, keep away cavities, reduce plaque, and lower teeth sensitivity. Its antibacterial properties help you maintain fresh breath.

It also helps with circulation, so is good for your veins and heart, not to mention the brain. It can be applied to wounds to help them heal faster, another application of propolis’ antibacterial function. It is also an antifungal so can be used to treat yeast and fungal infections like athlete’s foot, candida, and ringworm. It may also be effective against parasites.

Propolis is an immune stimulant, which is another way it can prevent you from getting sick. Apart from reducing the risk of cancer due to its high antioxidant content, some research also puts forward that it may even cause cancer cell death. This is due to propolis’ components caffeic acid and chrysin.

What Makes Propolis so Effective?

The reason propolis is such a powerful healing medicine is because it is sourced from plant materials such as tree sap, which actually protects the tree from infection and intruders. The bees collect this for us and make it into a convenient putty-like material, and pass the protective properties on to you.

If you’re interested, you can read more about propolis.

 

Properties of Squalene

Squalene, otherwise known as omega 2 (omega 2 is more complete and beneficial than omega 3), is a healthy supplement you can take that provides a whole range of health benefits.

What Does Squalene Do?

It is a powerful antioxidant that restores free radicals into healthy cells. For this reason, it is known for its ability to give you a more youthful appearance.

It is also known to help boost your immune system, help absorb vitamins and bad cholesterol (due to it being a polyunsaturated fatty acid – it helps convert bad LDL cholesterol into good HDL cholesterol), its role as a chemopreventive (reducing the negative effects of chemotherapy), and to fight the effects of radiation.

Other Features

It has also been found to help your cells generate energy (due to its enhancing the efficiency of your cells’ mitochondria). It is mostly sourced from shark liver oil, due to it occurring in high levels there. It can also be sourced from olives and a range of other plants, palm oil, and yeast. It can help prevent skin damage from UV radiation.

Squalene is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies, and supplementation simply boosts the levels of this essential nutrient. If you’re over 30, the levels of natural squalene in your body drop, hence supplementation at this age being an especially good idea.

It helps regulate our energy usage and fat management by the body. It also helps improve oxygen levels in your body by extracting the oxygen from the water in your blood. It helps protect your body from viruses and bacteria due to its antibiotic properties.

It can help dissipate blood clots so is good for your circulation. It is also an antihistamine, helping to relieve hay fever and allergic reactions. It helps reduce inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

These are just a few of the many benefits of squalene. Click here for more info.

Healthy Supplements

You might be wondering if there are any health products you can take that have a wide range of benefits. There are a few gifts from nature that we stock that can do just that.

Propolis

Propolis is a great all-round health booster. It can help boost your immune system, and stop you from getting colds and flu or at least reduce the duration and severity of the illness.

Propolis is packed in antioxidants, which can fight free radicals (the oxidisation of cells in your body). Propolis is also known for having a range of other benefits like antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial.

It can help boost your dental health if chewed, as it has a natural cleansing effect. It can also help balance your blood sugar by regulating your insulin. In this way it can help diabetics.

Squalene

Squalene is another great health tonic. It is a natural substance that occurs in many plants and animals, and is usually harvested from shark liver, since it occurs in high levels there. It is also an antioxidant and is known for its anti-ageing effects. It contains omega 2, which has many of the benefits of omega 3, 6, and 9, but it is less well known. Our body actually needs omega 2 but it is seldom talked about.

Squalene can help build new cartilage and helps with cardiovascular and brain health. It can help with the circulation of blood around your body. Since ancient times it has been recognised as a great general health tonic, and can even help with your digestion.

It may also have natural antibiotic properties, and help turn bad cholesterol (LDL) into good (HDL). It may help your body generate oxygen, boost your immune system, and help with energy management.

So if you want to improve your overall health, grab some squalene or propolis today. You won’t regret it.

5 Sources of Healthy Fats

For a long time, fatty foods have gotten a bad rap, being blamed for cardiovascular disease and other ailments – but recent research has shown that some fats are good for us. A lot of people go on low fat diets, and end up consuming a lot of carbohydrates, which can contribute to weight gain. Carbohydrates are essentially sugars, and they take a lot of activity to burn off.

At Natures Naturals, we’ve compiled a list of foods containing good fats that you should get more of.

Avocados

Avocado is one of the best sources of natural fat. They contain monounsaturated fat, protein, vitamin E, and folate. Plus, you have the added benefit of knowing that some of the nasties that come with animal fat (chemicals like added hormones) aren’t in there.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another great natural source of fat. It contains both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, and antioxidants. It shouldn’t be consumed in excess, though, as polyunsaturated fats can be harmful if consumed regularly.

Coconut oil can add a great flavour to desserts and curries, and it can be applied directly onto hair and skin to improve its condition.

Nuts

Nuts contain healthy oils, which are a great source of protein. They also provide your body with important minerals.

Omega 3

Fats containing omega 3 (like from fish) are good for your brain and cardiovascular health. It’s important to balance omega 3 with the other omegas, 6 and 9. A great balanced source of omegas is flaxseed oil, and it has the added benefit of being vegetarian.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is another source of fat that is great for your health. Go for the extra virgin type, as it is less refined and contains more of the olive’s natural healthy properties like a high level of antioxidants. Olive leaf products are also great for your overall health.

We hope this guide helps you make your diet that little bit healthier, and to dispel some of the myths surrounding fats.

Keys to Better Health

Are you looking for a supplement that will benefit your health in many important ways? Propolis may be one of the keys to your better health. It has a range of benefits.

Antimicrobial

Propolis is an antimicrobial. This means that it will help protect your body from getting a cold, flu, or throat infection. It can improve your body’s ability to heal wounds and burns, keeping bacteria away. It can also help with pimples and neurodermatitis.

Antioxidant

Propolis has strong antioxidant properties, due to the flavonoids it contains like pinocembrin. Antioxidants fight free radicals in your body, which can help prevent a range of illnesses, like cancer and heart disease. Free radicals can cause cell damage (oxidisation), but antioxidants convert free radicals into healthy cells.

Antibacterial

Propolis is also an antibacterial agent, known to be effective against gram-positive rods (aerobic and anaerobic), E. faecalis, pathogenic bacteria, viruses, mold, and ordinary cocci. It is also known to be effective against parasites like Cholomonas paramecium. This is just a short list of all the nasties propolis will defend against.

Antifungal

Propolis will help defend your body against fungi like Candida and many more. It also restrains the growth of fungus like C. albicans. This makes it a good option for oral health. It helps protect you from yeast-based fungi, too.

Other Benefits

Propolis is also an immunomodulatory substance. This means that it bolsters your immune system and boosts antibody formation. It is an antiprotozoan, fighting diseases like malaria.

Animal research suggests that propolis has an antitumoural property. It has shown to inhibit DNA replication in tumour cells. It has yet to be tested on human tumours. Its antioxidant properties may enable higher doses of chemotherapy due to its ability to ease stress on the liver and kidneys. The propolis component responsible for this is caffeic acid phenethyl ester.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to propolis healing benefits. It has been used throughout history and now there is strong science to back up its abilities. We stock propolis here at Natures Naturals.

More propolis information.

What Can I Take to Boost My Immune System?

You may suffer from frequent colds, flus and viral infections. It might be getting frustrating how often you’re feeling sick. Are you getting to the point where you don’t want to leave your house in case you encounter someone who’s sick and contract another cold?

There is an answer: Olive Leaf Throat Spray. Its antioxidant effects can immediately help protect your body from infections. It contains significantly more antioxidants than the equivalent amount of vitamin C. It also comes with a range of other health benefits.

Olive Leaf Throat Spray Health Benefits

Natures Naturals Olive Leaf Throat Spray isn’t just an antioxidant. It is also an anti-inflammatory which can reduce swelling. It comes with a range of other ingredients including probiotics. Probiotics can improve your gut health, which is another important aspect to overall good physical health.

Olive Leaf Throat Spray also assists with cardiovascular health. It can improve circulation by clearing away plaque on arteries, which in turn lowers blood pressure.

Olive Leaves in History

Olive leaves have been used for centuries as a multiple-benefit health tonic. It was used in ancient Greece for many purposes. Olive leaves can even be dried and made into a tea, far out-performing green tea in levels of antioxidants.

Olive leaf remedies have been trusted and relied upon throughout the years, but it’s only now that science is starting to understand all its awesome benefits.

How You Will Feel

Using Olive Leaf Throat Spray on a regular basis may get you feeling good every day, especially if you combine it with a diet high in fruit and vegetables, and regular exercise. You will find yourself ready to embrace life and not be afraid of getting sick. This will leave you free to get your work done clear-headed, and enjoy your time off rather than recuperating.

Read on for more info on olive leaf extract.

Olive Leaf Throat Spray

Ingredients

Natures Naturals stocks an awesome health booster called olive leaf throat spray. It contains not only olive leaf extract but also a range of beneficial herbs and probiotics. It is the perfect thing to take when you feel a cold or flu coming on. Just spray into your mouth and it will nip your illness in the bud.

Olive leaf throat spray also helps keep your mouth fresh, because it contains menthol.

Uses

You can use it as a pre-emptive measure for those times you get stuck in an office or train carriage with someone who is constantly sneezing.

If you get caught in the rain, take a little then, because when your throat gets cold you are most vulnerable to bacterial infections.

It is an anti-inflammatory, so it will help calm your body down if it’s feeling irritated. It’s an extremely powerful antioxidant – antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause a range of illnesses including cancer. For this reason it wouldn’t be a bad idea to include our throat spray as part of your daily routine.

Olive leaf is also known for its cardiovascular benefits. It can help keep your veins clear of plaque, and also lower your blood pressure. It has been used for this purpose for centuries.

When Should I Take It?

If you lead a busy work life, sometimes stress and fatigue alone can make you sick. Our throat spray is a great immune system booster, and one of the key ingredients to good health is a healthy gut. This is why we’ve included a range of probiotics in our formula.

If you’re young and you like to stay out late, and may find yourself guilty of burning the candle at both ends, our throat spray is for you too. Alcohol can leave your body’s immune system depleted, so after a big night out when you get home, a spray before you go to bed is recommended. You’ll wake up feeling good the next day.

Read on for more information on olive leaf extract.