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Natural Solutions to Boost Your Immune System

As winter approaches, the cold winds and snow invite in a variety of colds and the flu. Here are a few ways to boost your immune system naturally to avoid getting sick and/or speed up your recovery process if you do get sick.The Immune SystemThe immune system is a network of organs, cells, and proteins that protect the body from any foreign substances. A primary function of the immune system is to kill and remove pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi that may have entered the body (1).We are constantly exposed to different organisms from the environment. Whether or not these organisms will cause us to get sick is determined by how well our body’s immune system is functioning. When our immune system is...

Get the Skinny on Fats

The Skinny on Fats Many believe they need to avoid dietary fats in order to maintain a healthy diet. Nutritional guideline plans have even been created to accommodate this trend by recommending higher amounts of carbohydrates and very low fats. Now, low-fat and nonfat foods have been normalized to become part of the common diet. However, in order to enhance the flavor of these products, companies replace the fat with high amounts of sugar. Many healthcare communities and social media make claims about dietary fat that are often misleading and false. The idea that high fat diets with saturated fat and cholesterol would lead to heart disease has been has been exposed to be false by studies such as in Siri-Tarino, Sun, Hu, & Krauss’s (2010)...

A Lactation Counselor’s Tips for Breastfeeding

As a Nutritionist and Certified Lactation Counselor, most mothers I work with have many questions when it comes to breast milk and breastfeeding, so here are some helpful tips.How long should one breastfeed?It is recommended that the infant be exclusively breastfed for first 6 months of life, unless otherwise advised by your physician. To benefit the baby, breastfeeding should be continued for one to two years or longer with the addition of human food after 6 months.Foods to boost the nutritional content of breast milkThe composition of breast milk is pretty consistent, except for fats. Studies have found that the fatty acid profiles in breast milk varies in relation to the mother's diet, particularly when mothers eat too many omega-6 fats, which are inflammatory, and...

Rebalancing Your Gut

Health issues, such as thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue syndrome, joint pain, psoriasis, autism and many other illnesses originate in the gut. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, upward of 60 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases. The secret to restoring your digestive health is balancing the good and bad bacteria in your gut. Research shows that probiotics can help you attain optimal health. What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are bacteria that line the digestive tract and support the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are 10 times the amount of probiotics in your body than there are cells! How Do Probiotics Work Your gut, or intestines, contains both beneficial and harmful bacteria. Digestive experts agree that the balance of...

How to Have a Healthy Sweet Tooth

Sugar consumption is on the rise, and is a contributing factor for many health issues. The average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar, including natural sweeteners, which is roughly 400 calories of added sugar per day! The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. The AHA limits children’s sugar consumption to 3-6 teaspoons per day.Artificial SweetenersWhile the consumption of refined sugar is on the rise, so are artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners such as Aspartame, Sucralose (Splenda), Ace K, and Saccharin have been debated for years in regards to their damaging side effects. While the FDA considers all of these sweeteners technically “safe,” they are undergoing increased scrutiny...

Research Supports Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Research has found acupuncture to be an effective tool in both weight loss and suppression of appetite. While the most effective way to lose weight is diet and exercise, maintaining the weight loss requires lifestyle changes. Acupuncture has been shown to create physiological changes in the body that reduce body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, body fat percentage, blood sugar levels, and lower the levels of peptides like leptin and ghrelin that are involved in appetite control.Here’s a look at the multiple ways that acupuncture can help with weight management:Acupuncture Promotes Healthy SleepChinese Medicine is very effective in treating insomnia and sleep issues. Studies show that sleep deprivation causes the brain to crave calorie-rich junk food. In chronic states of sleep deprivation, the...

Milk Alternatives: Which One's Right for You? Naturna Institute blog

Milk Alternatives: Which One’s Right for You?

Oh, the world of alternatives to cow’s milk!Alternative milk products take up almost an entire aisle of larger supermarkets these days and are covered with all kinds of confusing labels: "dairy free," "carrageenan free," "lactose free," "soy free," "organic," etc. What are these milks really made out of and which is the healthiest?Below is a review of the most common “milks” and what you need to know when selecting which is best for you.Soy MilkArguably, the first dairy milk (from cows or goats) alternative introduced in the USA in 1979 by a company called Vitasoy.  Soy milk is made by soaking whole soybeans for a number of hours and then they are ground. The mixture is then boiled and strained. Preservatives are then added and...

Holiday Alcohol Consumption: Tips & Recipes, Naturna Life, Blog

Holiday Alcohol Consumption: Tips & Recipes

Part of unwinding and celebrating the holidays for many is to enjoy a glass of wine, beer or a holiday cocktail. Many people ask us: What is the healthiest way to consume alcohol? Here are some recommendations:1. It is best to consume alcohol with food (not on an empty stomach). Food helps to absorb the alcohol and avoid feeling sick or nauseous. 2. Staying hydrated is key. If you plan to drink alcohol, make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day and between drinks. 3. Sugar from sweet mixers or liquors is the most harmful part of many cocktails. Often the simpler and more bitter the drink the healthier it is for you and the better you will feel tomorrow.Which beverages are healthiest? The alcoholic...

Holiday and Seasonal Recipes Blog, Naturna Institute, December 2016

Holiday and Seasonal Recipes

In celebration of the holidays, the Naturna team shares favorite dishes and sides. Enjoy a mix of healthy and delicious recipes with some healthy tips.Recipe from Christina Burns, Founder and Doctor of Chinese Medicine A Christina original!Chocolate Avocado Mousse Serves 2 (double recipe as desired)Ingredients 1 medium avocado 2 dates 1/2 cup almond, cashew, coconut or hemp milk (depending on desired creaminess) 1-1/2 tbsp pure organic cocoa powder 1 tbsp (sweeten to taste) pure Maple syrup — No "Aunt Jemina" corn-syrup variety. Yuck! Optional: 1 tbsp chia seeds for omegas, well-blended to create a smooth consistencyDirections 1. Toss everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Voila! 2. Serve immediately or let cool and set in the fridge 1-2 hours Avoid eating too much at night as the chocolate packs a caffeine kick.HEALTHY TIP: Avocados are rich in nutrients,...

Grain Bowls by Kirsten Jordan, Naturna Institute, blog, November 17, 2016

Grain Bowls: How Can You Make Sure They Are Healthy?

Salad or grain bowl? Raw or cooked? What’s the healthiest lunch option with the “bowl” trend available at every corner?It used to be that a “healthy” take out lunch was a sandwich. Then it was a salad. At some point a few years ago grain bowls hit the scene and they are now the new lunch option on the fast food lunch line. But are they healthy? Here is a breakdown of the ingredients in these bowls and what you should know to make them nutrient rich and satisfying:Grain Base The base of these bowls is usually a hot or room temperature grain or “grain-like seed.”  Some of us tolerate whole grains well and are unaffected by them during digestion and assimilation. Others fare best...