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Yesterday I wrote a post about back to school and coconut water.  I forgot to mention that back to school = many children crammed into a relatively small square footage.  That’s right, germs.  And more germs.  And depending on your child’s diet, a lack of concentration and teachers screeching at you that your child has ADD because s/he will not sit still and pay attention.  Which may or may not be the case (it very rarely is).  But we’ll not get into my views on the public, or even private, school education system and how it’s just not suitable for children…

What I will talk to you about is our fantastic children’s section here at the store.  It’s a wonderland of bacteria and virus fighting goodness!  From elderberry lozenges that help fight viruses,  to probiotics that keep the immune system up, to DHA chewables (YUM!) that can give your child the focus power s/he needs to do well, we have enough to satisfy any kid’s needs 🙂

And here’s a tip for increasing your child’s focus:

Most kids eat sugary cereals for breakfast.  Hey, at least they’re getting something right? But if you want to give them focus and attention super-powers, make sure to give them a balanced breakfast of protein and complex carbohydrates, send some protein snackies with them (like string cheese), and perhaps pack them a healthy lunch (school lunches = bleh).  Here’s why…

The sugary cereals are a mix of  simple and complex carbs.  And. That’s. It.  Carbs are quick energy.  So what happens is  Jr. eats his cereal and has a fabulous burst of energy for about an hour or so, can’t sit still and then crashes. Hard.  And then Jr. can’t focus at all.  He’s hungry and tired and irritable. 

But with a balanced breakfast of protein and complex carbs (like an apple or whole grain toast),  Jr. gets his quick energy that helps him wake up and get his body going for the day.  And the protein is slow energy.  By the time that quick energy wears off, the slow energy has kicked in and will sustain Jr. ’til lunch time.

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or visit at 159 S. Corner Ave in Idaho Falls

❤ Sarah

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Football, soccer, tennis, track… Back to School means sports and extra curricular activities for the little childre-hens.  Before you reach for those sugary sports drinks, take a second to consider coconut water.

Coconut water is a natural sports drink in and of itself.  It’s packed full of electrolytes and natural sugars (fruit sugars = a-ok. Processed sugar = no bueno) to keep your kids energized through the 9th inning!

Also, since it’s so very awesome, you could drink coconut water anytime you’re feeling a little low.  The sugars and electrolytes give an almost instant boost, kinda like your favorite sports drink.

Composition of coconut water  %
Water 95.5
Nitrogen 0.05
Phosphoric acid 0.56
Potassium 0.25
Calcium oxide 0.69
Magnesium oxide 0.59
  g/100g
Iron 0.5
Total solids 4.71
Reducing sugars 0.80
Total sugars 2.08
Ash 0.62
Source: Pandalai, K. M. (1958). Coconut water and its uses. Coconut Bull. 12, No. 5, 167-173.

Fall is also a time to start thinking ahead to those fantastically fun gift giving holidays.  Many people give plasma around this time of year to help save a life and to earn a little extra cash.  Coconut water is so similar to human plasma that doctors used to administer it intraveniously!

If you do give plasma, here are some tips via: Biolife Plasma Services

While participating in a plasmapheresis program:

Pump up your protein.

Increase your iron.

Tips for before and after every plasma donation:

Down those fluids.

Eat a healthy meal. 

Avoid fatty foods.

Skip the caffeine and alcohol. Caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda) and alcohol can cause dehydration during or after the plasmapheresis procedure.

Not too hot, not too cold.

Catch some ZZZs. Be well rested prior to your plasma donation.

Skip a donation if you’re feeling ill.

Avoid Smoking. Avoid smoking for at least 30 minutes after the completion of your donation.

Know when to see a doctor. Donating plasma is a low risk procedure with minimal or no side effects, however if you feel faint or dizzy after your donation, either lie down (with your feet elevated above the heart/head level, if possible) or sit with your head between your knees. If any adverse symptoms occur or persist, we encourage you to either contact BioLife’s medical or management staff or see a doctor as soon as possible.

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or visit at 159 S. Corner Ave in Idaho Falls.

❤ Sarah

Our Very Own eBook!

Hey kids! DC Natural Foods will soon have it’s very own ebook! Superfun right?  I don’t have a launch date set in stone yet but it’s a tentative 3 months out.

I just started it today. I’ll be taking the things that I’ve learned and I’ll also be picking the brain of our walking compendium of information; our Store Owner Extraordinare. Those who know her know that she is utterly amazing and knowledgable as is the rest of our fantastic staff!

So to sum up this little ditty; keep your eyeballs open, A Tough Love Guide To: Wellness and Weight Management is on it’s way! It’ll be accompanied by an fantastic affiliate program as well.  If you have a blog or website, you’ll have an opportunity to make a 50% commission on each copy you sell…  stay tuned!

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or visit at 159 S. Corner Ave in Idaho Falls.

❤ Sarah

BOOK SALE!!!

So if you’re a book nerd like me, that statement should get your pulse racing! 

We have tons of different book on tons of different subjects here at the store.  From cleansing to recipies to heart disease to diabetes and beating cancer.  You should be able to find the book you’re looking for.

August is a little more than half over and our 15% off sale will only last to the end of the month, so whip out your reading glasses and come check out our titles!

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or 159 S. Corner Ave.  Idaho Falls (kitty korner from the YMCA)

❤ Sarah

Superfruit!

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Yeah its a supa fruit, supa fruit, it’s supa fruitay!

I’m feeling a little fruity today.  I just love all the different flavors; sweet, tangy and delicious.  It’s like a party for your tastebuds.  However, according to certain marketers, not all fruit is created equal.  Some fruits have super powers…

Some fruits are supposed to contain antioxidants that are allegedly better at fighting cancer, reversing aging, lowering bloodsugar etc… than others.

Commonly mentioned superfruits

Apples (Malus domestica), oranges (Citrus sinensis), tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum) and common berries, such as strawberries (Fragaria vesca), red raspberries (Rubus idaeus) and blackberries (Rubus ursinus) used for a large number of consumer products, achieve many of the criteria to be superfruits. They are, however, commonly known in the public and have not attracted interest as novelty ingredients, so are not usually included in industry reports as superfruits.

via Wikipedia

I am of the belief, however, that all fruits are super.  They all contain antioxidants and huge amounts of vitamins and minerals.  Some fruits contain more of a certain vitamin or antioxidant than others but the others make up for it by containing a higher concentration of another vitamin or antioxidant.  It all balances out in the end.  As long as a person is eating tons of that fruity goodness, they should be covered.

If you’re convinced of the powers of the superfruits, we have a variety of them here at the store.  Whole goji, blueberries, cherries, currants, and cranberries.  We also carry a few of the juices, like acai, mangostein and pomegranite.  And… we have some in capsules too!

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or 159 S. Corner Ave, Idaho Falls

❤ Sarah

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*Note: I’m not a doctor. This is not medical advice, nor is it a prescription. If you’re sick or starting a new vitamin regimine, talk to your doctor.

Fatigued?

[tweetmeme source=”your_twitter_name” only_single=false http://www.URL.com] It’s 2:30 in the afternoon and your eyelids are trying to slam shut.  You’re yawning, stretching and falling asleep at your desk.  Repeat at 3:30, 4:30 etc…  You dread waking up the next day because you know it’ll be hard to get out of bed and you know you’ll go through the same thing.  So you drink an energy drink first thing, maybe right after breakfast.  It peps you up for a little bit but soon you’re just as tired, if not more so, than the day before.  How are you supposed to function like that?

Fatugue is one of the most common medical complaints.  Every day millions of people suffer from this affliction and they don’t know how to fix it.  They don’t know where it comes from.  They get fed up and go to the doctor who prescribes them some uppers or anti-depressants in the hopes that the fatigue might magically dissapear.  But it never does.  As soon as a person stops using the drugs or energy drinks, the fatigue returns like a creepy stalker.  Too bad there’s no such thing as a restraining order for medical maladies!

When we get super stressed out, eat the wrong foods, don’t get the right amount of sleep etc, etc… our bodies use up our B vitamins that keep us going.  After a little while it can feel like you’re running on empty.  This is called Adrenal Fatigue.

The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease to work and relationship problems. They largely determine the energy of your body’s responses to every change in your internal and external environment. Whether they signal attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results. It is through the actions of the adrenal hormones that your body is able to mobilize its resources to escape or fight off danger (stress) and survive. In a more primitive society that would mean being able to run away quickly, fight or pursue an enemy or game, endure long periods of physical challenge and deprivation, and store up physical reserves when they are available. In modern society, these same responses are triggered by such circumstances as a difficult boss, air pollution, family quarrels, financial problems, too little sleep (see Related Health Conditions – Sleep Disruptions)*, illness (see Related Health Conditions – Chronic Infections)* and overindulgence in or sensitivities to food (see Related Health Conditions – Allergies)* or drugs (see Related Health Conditions – Alcoholism and Addictions).* If your adrenal function is low, as it is in adrenal fatigue, your body has difficulty responding and adapting properly to these stresses.* This can lead to a variety of physical and psychological health problems that are themselves a further source of stress.*

via: adrenalfatigue.org

B vitamins are your stress vitamins, they feed everything in your body from your liver to your brain, adrenals to your skin. 

According to Wiki:

The B vitamins may be necessary in order to:

All B vitamins are water-soluble, and are dispersed throughout the body. Most of the B vitamins must be replenished regularly, since any excess is excreted in the urine.[4]

The sad part is that we don’t get enough B’s out of our western diets.  B’s are mostly found in whole grains, yeasts and meat products like liver, turkey, and tuna.  Since many of us tend to eat processed flours and sugars, we really don’t get enough B’s to keep us going. So what on earth are we going to do about it?  Usually when a customer comes in to the store and asks me, “If you could only sell one product what would it be?” or “If you were stuck on a desert island with one vitamin, what would it be?”

Every single time I have the same answer: a B-complex 50 or higher. My number 1 favorite? Our very own DC brand B-Complex 100.  It’s allergen free so those of us with food allergies can eat ’em up too!

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or 159 S. Corner Ave, Idaho Falls.

❤ Sarah

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*Note: I’m not a doctor. This is not medical advice, nor is it a prescription. If you’re sick or starting a new vitamin regimine, talk to your doctor.

[tweetmeme source=”your_twitter_name” only_single=false http://www.URL.com] I wrote a post a little while ago about food allergies that became quite popular.  So I thought I’d do a couple of follow up posts on specific common food allergies.  How’s that grab ya? Today let’s focus on Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. 

According to Dictionary.com Celiac Disease is:

–noun
 a hereditary digestive disorder involving intolerance to gluten, usually occurring in young children, characterized by marked abdominal distention, malnutrition, wasting, and the passage of large, fatty, malodorous stools.
Ok, so the last part of that was pretty yicky, but it’s one sign to look for when considering whether or not you may have Celiac Disease.  Here in the store, a majority of our customers with Celiac complain of intense stomach pain.  Oh, and most of them are not children.  Sorry Dictionary.com!  Celiac sufferers complain that everything they eat makes them sick.  Wanna know why?  Because wheat or other grains containing gluten are used in almost everything that is commercially available.  All those yummy snacks at the grocery store are lurking and waiting to attack your guts like evil ninjas!

Overcoming Celiac and Gluten Intolerance is a hard hill to climb but it can be done.  It takes lots of will power and a little creativity.  The first step is to do research and see what foods are ok to eat.  The Celiac Sprue Association has a fantastic list of grains that are safe to ingest.  Here’s a short sample:

 
Consistent with a gluten-free diet at this time. Questionable due to content, contact, or contamination. NOT CONSISTENT WITH A GLUTEN-FREE DIET AT THIS TIME.
 
 
acorn [Quercus spp.] Sweet edible nut used whole or ground into flour. Flour adds flavor and fiber, but does not bind well.

almond [Prunus amygdalus] Sweet edible nut used whole or ground into flour. This flour, alone or in combination with other flours, is used in breads, cakes and pastries.

amaranth [Amaranthaceae] Many varieties; related to spinach, beets and pigweed. Tiny seeds are commercially available whole, or ground into a light brown flour with a nutty taste. Highly nutritious. Edible leaves.

arborio rice Short-grain white rice of Northern Italy used for risotto. Cooks up creamy. Similar to the California-grown short-grain variety, pearl.

aromatic rice Brown or white rice with a natural aroma and flavor similar to roasted nuts or popcorn.

arrowroot [Maranta arundinacea] Herbaceous tropical perennial. The starch, extracted from the rhizomes, is used as a thickener and blends well with gluten-free flours. Interchangeable with cornstarch.

artichoke [Cynara scolymus] Flower head of a thistle-like plant. Used cooked as a vegetable, or dried and ground into flour. Combine flour with rice, potato, and/or tapioca flour for breads and other baked goods.

BARLEY [Hordeum vulgare] The offending storage protein [prolamin] is known as hordein. BARLEY is present in many commercial products as malt, flavorings, colorings, and/or flavor enhancers. May be a part of hydrolyzed plant protein [HPP] or hydrolyzed vegetable protein [HVP].

basmati rice Very slender, long-grain, highly aromatic rice grown in India and Pakistan. High in flavor; available in brown and white forms.

beans Seeds of leguminous plants. Used whole as a cooked vegetable; pureed as a thickener, or dried and ground into flour. Many commercial gluten-free bean flours are available. (See legumes.)

besan (gram, chickpea flour) Pale yellow flour made from ground, dried chickpeas; very nutritious, high in protein. Used in doughs, dumplings, and noodles; as a thickener for sauces; and as a batter for deep fried food.

black and red rice Rare Asian rice grains with black and red husks and bran coverings. (Also cultivated in California.)

boil-in-bag rice Rice that is pre-measured, cooked, and packaged in a colander-style plastic bag for quick, convenient cooking.

bran (WHEAT, RYE, OAT, corn, rice) The meal derived from the epidermis layer or outer covering of a cereal grain.

brewer’s rice Tiny particles of rice or rice chips, primarily used as an ingredient in brewing beer or in animal feed.

brown rice Kernels of rice from which only the hull has been removed. Cooked brown rice has a slightly chewy texture and a nut-like flavor.

brown rice flour Ground form of brown rice with a nutty taste.

 buckwheat [Fagopyrum esculentum] Herb with triangular-shaped seed and black shell, used whole, cracked or ground into flour.

For the full list and some recipies, check out the CSA website. 

*A note on oats: many companies are marketing oats as a gluten-free alternative to wheat.  Oats are not gluten-free! The FDA has a point scale for foods containing gluten and many oats are genetically modified to fall under the “Gluten-free” category on the scale. So if you’re wondering why oats are causing you problems, there you have it!  Also, depending on the severity of your gluten intolerance, you may or may not be able to eat soy, hemp or sprouted grain breads.

Those of you who are suffering from Celiac and think that it’s ok to just keep suffering, think again!  If left untreated, Celiac can lead to all sorts of nasty intestinal problems like IBS or Crohn’s Disease.  Which means that you won’t get any nutrients from any food that you eat.  So if you think you might be gluten intolerant, jump up from the computer and make an appointment with your nearest N.D. (naturopathic doctor) or M.D (if you must) to get tested and discuss your options.  It’s your health.

If you are needing to stock up your pantry with gluten-free flours and grains, we have a fabulous variety here at the store, with brands like Bob’s Redmill, Guistos and Arrowhead Mills.

You know what to do: 208-522-6964 or 159 S. Corner Ave. Idaho Falls

❤ Sarah

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