Natural Ways to Deal with Gout

Do you know someone who suffers from Gout?

Gout is a disease of uric acid processing and build up. Excess uric acid is converted to sodium urate crystals that settle into joints arid other tissues. Men are more often affected than women and there is some evidence suggesting it may be hereditary. The big toe is a common site for the buildup of urate crystals.

Symptoms include hot joints, inflamed and shiny in color. The body temperature may also rise in acute conditions. It can be very painful swelling of a joint, along with chills and fever. If left unaddressed, it can lead to joint breakdown.

 

Nutrition Support Protocol

Lifestyle Recommendations:

  • Make weight reduction a priority; maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Exercise daily; avoid a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Reduce alcohol intake, particularly beer; stop smoking and increase hydration with plenty of purified water.
  • Moderate consumption of organic coffee may be helpful as coffee may lower uric acid levels.
  • Be aware of potential hypertension or cholesterol issues, which are associated health concerns.
  • Review all current medications while treating gout.
  • Manage stress and reduce excess obligations and any sources of chronic negativity.

 

Dietary Tips:

  • Identify and eliminate any food allergens or intolerances to reduce inflammation.
  • Avoid high fructose corn syrup (especially from sodas and juices) and any refined sugar.
  • Avoid all vegetable and industrial seed oils; avoid over-consuming omega-6 oils; use healthy oils such as olive, coconut, and avocado.
  • Avoid animal proteins that are particularly rich in purines, such as organ meats, shellfish, anchovies and sardines.
  • Eat fewer red meats; prioritize lean meats, cold water fish, and/or beans (if not intolerant).
  • Increase high fiber foods and food rich in magnesium and potassium such as bananas.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Drink nettle tea.
  • Include apple cider vinegar and tart or black cherry juice in beverage choices; consider using tart cherry juice.

 

Herbs Most Helpful for Gout

  • Stinging Nettle tincture or tea
  • Celery Seed tincture or tea
  • Wild Cherry Bark tincture

Other Herbs to Consider

Tamarack, Black Cohosh, Chamomile, Dandelion, Gravel Root White Willow Bark, St. John’s Wort, Meadowsweet, Burdock Root, Goldenrod, Juniper.

 

Helpful Topical Ideas

  • Diluted essential oil options may include: sage, rosemary
  • Comfrey ointment
  • Epsom salt foot soaks or baths
  • Warm potato poultice

 

Supplements Helpful for Gout

 

Note: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice from your professional healthcare provider. Please consult your qualified healthcare provider for treatment of medical problems.

Herbs for Winter Health

This winter it seems colds, flus, respiratory issues are hitting many people hard. So here are a seven tips for prevention and also helpful tools if you do get sick so the illness will move through much faster. Be sure to try the easy tea recipes too.

 

1. Eat Warming & Nourishing Foods

As a preventative measure, we first need to look to “winter” types of foods that will nourish our body so it can take care of itself.  These are “warming and nurturing” things to eat to help keep you healthy everyday.

Look for foods rich in vitamin A, C including:
  • root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, beets, etc.)
  • squash & pumpkins
  • brassicas (turnips, cabbage, kale, etc.)
  • greens
  • citrus fruits and rosehips, lemons

 

Eat food from the allium family.

These are vegetables are that are high in sulfur:

  • leeks
  • onion
  • garlic

 

Add warming spices:
  • Ginger
  • Curry
  • Cayenne
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom

 

2. Use Astragalus.

It is a sweet and mild Chinese root used as an herbal tonic that can be used to build up your resistance. You can find this as a tincture or as a dried herb in the bulk section at the Lamb Shoppe.

We suggest adding the dried root to a pot of soup or when making bone broth.  Astragalus nourishes both the spleen and the lungs

 

3. Calendula Flowers.

Thus is another great item to throw in soups and stews. This herb is also used as an anti-depressant and for people with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Calendula makes a great ointment and salve and is an effective remedy for chapped skins and lips. The Lamb Shoppe has dried Calendula blossoms in the bulk herb section of the store.

 

4. Use Sprigs of Pine, Juniper, Cedar & Sage to Simmer on Stove.

Just having these simple plants simmer on the stove top will freshen and clear the air of germs. Steam inhalations of these plants can be beneficial for relieving congestion in coughs and colds. You can also add a few drops of the essential oil to hot boiled water, place your face over the bowl, cover with a towel, and inhale the steam.

 

5. Build immunity through nutrition and balancing the body.

  • Always work toward avoiding sugar and commercially processed foods.
  • Consume bone broth. You can make your own or purchase frozen beef or chicken broth at the Lamb Shoppe.
  • Take a vitamin D supplement regularly and bump up the dosage if you are sick.

 

 

6. Remember, getting sick sometimes is good for “house cleaning” the body.

A healthy person actually does get sick from time to time. It is the body’s way of getting rid of toxins and wastes that the body needs to remove. So if you do get sick once in a while, use this time to cleanse and build.

 

7. Take Elderberry.

Whether it is a tincture, syrup, or tea, Elderberries are an incredible multi-purpose herb that is known for its effectiveness when used at the first stages of cold, flu, and upper respiratory congestion. In a number of studies, Elderberries have shown to significantly reduce the time of being sick from colds and flu.

 

 

Easy Therapeutic Tea Recipes

 

Best Remedy from the Orient: Basic Ginger Tea

In both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine, ginger is considered the best home remedy for colds. Drink a cup of ginger tea several times (at least 3 times) a day.

To make a tea:

  1. add 1 heaping teaspoon of grated fresh gingerroot to 1 cup of boiled water.
  2. Allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  3. If you use dried ginger powder use 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger per cup.

 

Extra-Kick Ginger Tea

  1. Grate a one-inch piece of peeled ginger root.
  2. Place in a pot with 2 cups of water and cover, bring to nearly a boil, lower heat and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Add ½ t. of cayenne pepper and simmer for one more minute.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Add 2T. fresh lemon juice, one or two cloves of mashed garlic and honey to take.
  6. Let cool slightly, and strain if you wish.

Chinese Tea (To induce a sweat)

Simmer the following herbs together with water for 15 minutes:

  • Ginger Root
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Coriander Seeds
  • Clove

 

 

 

Have You Heard the Buzz on Bitters?

bittersOur modern diets are unquestionably very different from that of our ancestors. One of the traditional old world remedies for a myriad of health conditions was that of consuming bitter herbs just before or with meals. Today, however, people in America reach for Priolosec, Nexium or Prevacid for comparative digestive complaints. If you are looking for natural approach to digestive wellness consider using bitter tonics like those found at The Lamb Shoppe.

Top reasons you should be using bitters:

  • Bitters support healthy liver and gall bladder function
  • Bitters balance appetite and sugar cravings
  • Bitters may offer relief from heartburn and acid reflux by encouraging HCL production
  • Bitters may soothe and upset stomach from gas and bloating
  • Bitters help balance blood sugar levels
  • Bitters increase absorption of vitamins A, D, E & K
  • Bitters assist to normalize the bowels
  • Bitters may improve skin conditions due to better digestion
  • Bitters are considered a gentle liver detoxifier and blood tonic

7 Ways to Avoid Cold, Flu and Cough

Have you been hit been hit by the cold, flu or respiratory illness this season? It is wise to boost your immune system and here’s how.

Tips for winter stronger immunity:

1. Take plenty Vitamin D.

While some people will be fine with just 2000 IU per day, you may need even more, IMG_1294 (3) Bdepending on your health status. That is why many health professionals recommend between 5000 and even up to 10,000 IU. It is important to note that with vitamin D3 works in synergy with vitamin K2 so take these together. My favorite supplements for this are Designs for Health Omega Avail Ultra, Elmusi D3 Synergy, Vitamin D Supreme and Vitamin D Complex plus Blue Ice cod liver oil.

 

 

2. Supplement with Probiotics.

Probiotics and fermented foods are one of the best things to build immunity. Studies showprobiotics about 80% of your immune system lies within you GI tract. That is why it is critical to have adequate beneficial bacteria present to fight off the harmful ones. My top picks for probiotics are Biokult, Probiophage, Probiotic Synergy and PrescriptAssist. We have all of these brands available at the shoppe. Also, remember to eat plenty of cultured foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and other fermented veggies. Come and check our selection of these items in the refrigerated section of our store.

 

3. Drink Chaga Mushroom Tea or Take the Tincture.

The chaga mushroom grows on birch trees and has been used for centuries as folk

medicine in northern Europe and Russia. In laboratory studies, Chaga demonstrates anti-cancer activity , anti-inflammatory, antiviral and immune stimulating properties. Come and taste chaga for FREE at The Lamb Shoppe on Tuesday, February 9th. At The Lamb Shoppe you will find free Chaga tea recipes and locally harvested chaga that is available for purchase.

chaga - arboreal mushrooms growing on birch trunk. officinal fungus.

 

4. Consume Elderberry.

Elder is a multipurpose herb and a very powerful medicine. It is available in the easy toelderberry tincture take tincture form, tea, syrup or other forms. The berries are especially known for their effectiveness when used at the first stages of cold, flu and upper respiratory congestion. Studies have shown that Elderberries can shorten the duration of these illnesses. Research also reveals that elderberries were valuable against the H1N1 virus as well as several other influenza viruses. Teas and tinctures available.

 

5. Astragalus.

Astragalus root stimulates the body’s natural production of interferon,enhances the production of immunoglobulin, stimulates macrophages and helps to activate T cells and NK cells. It increases the number of stem cells in the bone marrow and lymph tissue and helps them to develop into active immune cells. Many herbalists say it is much better and more balancing than Echinacea. The dried root is great to add to soups and stews, while the tincture is easy to take for acute conditions.

 

6. Use “Super Tonic”.

This old folk remedy has a rich history. It is also known by many other names: Cyclone Cider, Fire Cider, Dragon Water, etc. I call it “Good for What Ails You”Tonic. It contains horseradish, garlic, onion, ginger, cayenne pepper and apple cider vinegar. It is easy to make your own click on to the above link for the recipe.

 

7. Use Essential oils.

They can assist in preventing the dreaded viruses that cause colds. Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Wild Orange and Thyme all deter the growth of viruses. Essential oils can be diffused to cleanse and purify the air and even lift your mood.

 

5 Traditional Home Remedies for Skin Tags, Moles and Warts

lemon-906141_1920 generic herbal medicineOne of the most frequent questions that I get asked as a holistic health practitioner, is how to get rid of moles, skin tags and warts. I have found in my practice that the same thing does not work for everyone. But, here are the most common ways that have been successful for most of my clients.

      1. Apple Cider Vinegar.

This traditional remedy is successful for most people about 80% of the time. Here is what you do: Saturate a small gauze pad, piece of cotton ball , tissue with raw apple cider vinegar. Apply on wart, skin tag or mole. Repeat two or three times a day for 2 weeks. If this remedy is going to work, you will notice that the unwanted growth starts to get red and then eventually it will darken and fall off. Many people report this is effective within just a couple of days.

      2. Essential Oils.

The best choices of oils include: Oregano, Tea Tree/Melaleuca, Frankincense, Thyme,

Wild Orange, Lemon, Clove, Rosemary. The oils that I have seen with the best results

include Oregano and Frankincense. Just like the apple cider vinegar, apply these two or  three times daily for a period of two weeks..

      3. Caster Oil, Baking Soda and Lemon Oil Paste.

Similar to the other ideas, this mixture is applied a couple of times a day and continued for two weeks.

      4. Lime or Lemon Juice.

This method is used when the problem is less chronic and is addressed when the skin issues first appear. If you have had the problem for some time, try another method first.

      5. Turmeric Root Paste with Lime Juice.

Grate a portion of the fresh root, add fresh lime juice. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes. Apply to skin when it is not too warm to the touch. Reapply in 2-3 hours. Do this daily until it is gone.

 

Six Simple Steps to Ward Off Cold and Flu

thermometer-833085_1920Are you dreading cold and flu season? You can avoid catching germs by naturally boosting your immune system with some simple tactics. Germs are around us all the time, but the difference of whether or not we get sick lies in our immune system strength.  Remember 80% of your immune system is within the digestive tract.

Here are my suggestions to add to your daily regime to stay healthy as winter approaches.

 

  1. Take Elderberry Tincture or Syrup.

    Here’s my protocol for Elderberry tincture from The Lamb Shoppe: For a preventative, take 1 drop under the tongue daily. If you have been highly exposed to germs, take 1-3 drops twice a day in the morning and at night. If you are sick take 3 drops every 2 hours.

  2. Take Vitamin D and K2 or Cod Liver Oil.

    I recommend taking 5000 IU of vitamin D daily during cold and flu season. It is important to know your vitamin D levels from blood tests. The optimal level is 50-70 ng/ml. If you are below 50 ng/ml, many health experts agree that you are deficient in vitamin D. Stop in at The Lamb Shoppe to find which source of vitamin D is best for you as we will individualize your needs.

  3. Take Probiotics Daily or Eat Fermented Foods with Each Meal.

    The Lamb Shoppe has a superb selection of therapeutic level probiotic supplements. We will help you select which one is best for you. If you prefer to eat you probiotics as foods, be sure to register and attend the upcoming class on making fermented vegetables on Thursday, October 29th.

  4. Drink Herbal Teas.

    The Lamb Shoppe offers a special blend called Super Immunity Tea which is designed especially to boost vitamin C levels and it is made with immune boosting herbs including: Astragalus Root, Lemon Balm, Linden Flowers, Elderberries, Rosehips, Peppermint and Hibiscus Flowers. Make a big batch at at time, store it in the refrigerator and drink it warm or cold. Take it along to work with you to give you a boost throughout the whole day.

  5. Consider Bee Propolis.

    Propolis is a resinous substance that is collected by honeybees from tree buds, sap flows and other plants. Bees instinctively mix this substance with beeswax and amino acids and use it to form structures within the hive, much like cement. Bees protect themselves from disease with propolis. As the bees travel through the hive, they rub against the propolis and receive the benefits of the natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral properties from their building materials. Human use of propolis as a healing agent goes far back to ancient times. At The Lamb Shoppe, we have propolis capsules and it is also in a convenient tincture form.

  6. Enhance your Immune System with Essential Oils.

    A number of essential oils have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Come into the shoppe and let us show you which ones are most beneficial for you. Some really good choices may be Thieves, Protective Blend (On Guard), Oregano, Lemon, Frankincense and Thyme.

12 Reasons to Take Chlorella

Chlorella Tablets

Chlorella Tablets

Chlorella is one of the best “green foods” available today. Chlorella is a micro algae that has an amazing ability to bond to metals, chemicals and some pesticides. Sadly, in today’s world, our bodies have absorbed far too many of these harmful products and it is important to rid our system of these chemicals to help maintain optimal health.

While chlorella may be considered a food, it typically is available in pill form or in a green powder. This superfood does more than just help your body eliminate heavy metals and toxins. It has a special selectivity which makes sure that it will not bind to the important minerals your body needs to function. So, it is very discriminating and just selects what needs to be eliminated. That’s what makes it so remarkable!

Not all products on the market are equal. Look for “Broken Cell Wall” ONLY as this is the form that is effective. Also, be sure that the quality is good and it was sourced from clean waters free from contamination and harvested in a non-polluted environment. The Lamb Shoppe has superior quality chlorella tablets available.

 

12 Reasons to Take Chlorella

1.      Purifies blood and cleanses toxins

2.      Helps with processing more oxygen

3.      Promotes optimal blood pressure

4.      Supports elimination of molds

5.      Promotes growth and repair of tissues

6.      Removes toxic metals from body

7.      Boosts immune system

8.      Helps digest food efficiently

9.      Eliminates bad breath & freshens breath

10.    Energizes and reinvigorates the body

11.    Balances pH in body

12.    Normalizes blood sugar

9 Ways to Combat Spring Allergies

Pollens can be an allergy trigger

Pollens can be an allergy trigger

Allergy season is here. And if you are one who suffers from allergies, you know just how irritating the pollen from trees, grasses and weeds can feel when they trigger an immune response from you.

These allergic responses may indicate you have a compromised immune system. Your immune system goes into hyper-drive responding to the allergen, or particles that are foreign to your body. A whole cascade of chemicals are responsible for making you suffer from allergies, but histamines are the most commonly known. Histamines cause the airway to constrict and cause the tissues to release fluid. As a result you may encounter hives, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, wheezing and a sore throat or cough.

 

9 Health Tips for Springtime Allergy Relief:

 1. Foods are Powerful Medicine

Since foods can be your body’s most powerful medicine, it is important to eliminate high allergy foods from the diet. High allergy foods are especially challenging for the body when the immune system is already in high gear.

Wild Caught Salmnon

Wild Caught Salmon

An anti-inflammatory diet will help improve spring time allergies. Foods to avoid are mucus forming foods, especially dairy. Grains can also be very inflammatory for the body. Some great allergy fighting foods include those rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as wild caught salmon, grassfed meats and eggs, walnuts, and flax oil. Probioitics are also beneficial for boosting your immune system.

 

2. Quercetin Helps

Quercetin is a flavonoid that reduces histamine levels. It is a mast cell inhibitor. Mast cell produce histamine and result in the allergy symptoms. Quercetin also heals the gut and is anti-inflammatory. Foods with high levels of quercetin are apples and onions.

Try making a homemade applesauce with fresh apples, diced ginger (excellent anti-inflammatory) and cinnamon stick.

Designs for Health makes a helpful supplement called HistaEze™ which contains quercetin, nettle leaf and vitamin C. This can be ordered directly from The Lamb Shoppe’s Designs for Health E-Store or purchased at our shoppe.

 

3. Vitamin C

Take at least 1000-3000 mg daily of vitamin C. Note that too much vitamin C will give loose stools, so if needed take less. Rose hips are loaded with vitamin C, so go ahead and add these to that homemade apple sauce too. Rose hips are available in the dried herb section at The Lamb Shoppe.

 

4. Nettle Tea or Tincture

Mother Nature has a way of balancing itself. While pollens are filling the air, a natural remedy is growing nearby—Stinging Nettle! Nettles have amazing anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties.

Nettle

Nettle

Early spring is the perfect time to pick fresh Nettle and make your own infusion from it. Simply pick the young Nettle plants (you may want to use gloves) and loosely fill a quart jar with the fresh greens. Then fill with hot water. Cover and steep for at least 1 hour. Drink this tea daily during allergy season. Try to drink 1 quart per day for maximum benefits. Not only will this provide natural antihistamines, it is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

In addition, you can steam fresh Nettles and eat them as a steamed green. I love making nettle soup with homemade chicken broth. If picking fresh Nettles is not your forte, you can use dried Nettle leaf (1 cup per quart jar and steep for at least 6 hours, strain and drink). The Lamb Shoppe also has Nettle tincture which can easily be taken as drops under the tongue. Call 320-587-6094 if you want us to mail out a Nettle tincture for you.

 

5. Neti Pot/Saline Spray

For a traditional way to clear out the sinuses, try this easy method. The neti pot is a small pot designed with a special spout used to irrigate the sinus cavity. If you are new to this, just tilt your head to the side and pour the solution in one nostril until it flows out the other, repeating the process on the opposite side. Although it may be uncomfortable at first to put water in your nose, after you have mastered this technique, you will find it works very well. Prepare a saline rinse with distilled water and a little unrefined sea salt. If you have a tendency to develop sinus infections, try adding a drop of colloidal silver or Lugol’s iodine. If the neti pot seems too daunting, try using a saline nose spray. It is made the same way, but you spray it in your nose instead. All of these items may be purchased at The Lamb Shoppe.

 

6. Local Raw Honey

Many people use local raw honey to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Make sure your source is local and that it actually is raw. Raw honey will tend to crystallize and be thick. Take one teaspoon a day and see if it helps you. The Lamb Shoppe has local raw honey.

 

7. Adrenal Supportive Herbs

Adrenal supporting herbs are typically adaptogens. Adaptogens strengthen the body by making you more resilient to the negative effects of stress. Examples of adrenal supporting herbs are Holy Basil, Ashwaganda, Ginseng, Rhodiola, Schizandra, Reishi Mushroom, and DGL Licorice.

A really nice supplement for adrenal support is Adrenotone which contains a combination of standardized herbs and nutrients which are known for rejuvenating the adrenals. .

 

8. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of those incredible foods that helps almost everything. It is a fermented product and is alkalizes the body while providing good amounts of potassium and other minerals. If you are using apple cider vinegar for allergy relief, take it consistently and add a bit of raw honey and lemon juice to make a healthful, good tasting drink.

 

9. Melaleuca, Lemon, Lavender,  Peppermint or  Eucalyptus Essential Oils

Studies have shown that some essential oils can be beneficial for seasonal allergies. Try diffusing one or more of these oils in the air. Melaleuca or tea tree oil has been found to reduce swelling due to histamines. A 2012 study showed that topical application of lemon oil resulted in a reduction of mast cells. Apply one drop of peppermint oil of the base of the neck two times a day. Lavender or Eucalyptus maybe diluted and applied to the sinuses and the bottom of the feet.

5 Herbs for Better Sleep

 

Sleep is a time when our body heals and rejuvenates itself. Better sleep makes us happier, healthier and more relaxed in every way. Most of us spend about 1/3 of our lives asleep or trying to get that needed sleep. That is why it is very concerning to know that an estimated 30% of the American population suffers from regular insomnia. Here are 5 simple herbs that may be useful in helping you achieve a better night’s sleep.Lemon Balm Tea-iStockphoto

1. Lemon Balm.

Also known as melissa, this top notch anti-anxiety herb is both a stomach soother and a sedative. It has been used as a relaxant since the Middle Ages in European folk medicine. Not only does this herb help you sleep, it improves mood and gently calms the mind.

2. California Poppy.

Studies have shown this herb to improve both sleep latency and quality. It is also a gentle analgesic and muscle relaxant and so it is also used to relieve pain that keep you awake at night.

3. Passion Flower.

This is best used when your mind has “circular thinking” and it just won’t quit. Herbalists consider this herb for insomnia that is a result of mental worry, overwork, or nervous exhaustion.

4. Chamomile.

The herb of choice for those who can’t relax. Chamomile is a traditional sedative herb that is safe for children and adults alike. The tea is commonly used for insomnia and restlessness that is combined with irritability, particularly in children.

5. Hops.

With a long history as a sleep herb, this mildly estrogenic plant is wonderful for promoting deep sleep. A number of research studies have shown that a combination of Hops and Valerian is often an effective sleep remedy.

5 Steps to a Healthier Heart

Understanding the Connection Between Heart Health and Inflammation.

Set those cholesterol numbers aside for a moment and look at the real link to heart health: Inflammation. It has been well documented that chronic inflammation is a common thread to many of today’s degenerative diseases including diabetes, depression, heart disease, and cancer. Chronic inflammation can be measured through blood tests. If you have inflammation in your body, an extra protein is released from the site of inflammation and circulates in the bloodstream. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) and plasma viscosity (PV) blood tests are commonly used to detect this increase in protein, and thus are markers of inflammation. Research shows that inflammation and heart disease risk are characterized by a high CRP blood level. Two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine confirm the role that C-reactive protein plays in increasing cardiovascular disease risk. The results show that people who had the lowest levels of C-reactive protein had significantly reduced rates of heart attack. The studies also revealed that reducing CRP levels alone cuts heart attack risk plus it slows the progression of atherosclerosis. So the question really then becomes, “What can you do to reduce inflammation so you can have a healthier heart?”

Here are steps you can take to better heart health:

1. Eat Healthy Fats.healthy fats

Avoid the unhealthy fats such as hydrogenated oils, cooking with refined vegetable oils, eating processed foods and grains. All these foods are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Another really harmful ingredient is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) as it is highly inflammatory. Stay clear of foods containing this. To keep healthy, eat an abundant supply of goods fats. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are the key. Eat plenty of coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, grass fed meats, eggs and butter, wild caught salmon, avocados, flax and chia seeds. Remember, omega-3 are the good fats and keep you healthy. The Lamb Shoppe offers a very wide selection of grassfed meats and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

2. Take CoQ10 Supplements.

This supplement sparks energy production for your heart and fires up the mitochondria that provides your body with power. It also is an antioxidant that protects your heart from free radicals. Here’s a link for good quality CoQ10. In most cases, 100 mg is adequate per day.

3. Take Hawthorn.Hawthorn

This herb is invaluable and considered one of the all time most potent heart tonics. It has been used for over 2000 years. Not only does it improve blood circulation, but it also contributes to cholesterol reduction and helps to normalize blood pressure. The Lamb Shoppe has locally grown Hawthorn available in the tincture form and also carries the pill form and dried herb.

4. Eat GarlicTurmeric Root and Cayenne.Turmeric Root (2)

Foods are medicines. Garlic helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is best to eat garlic fresh, freshly crushed, fermented or as garlic oil. Turmeric root contains curcumin which is clinically shown to be a strong anti-inflammatory. Cayenne pepper is a fantastic blood normalizer and beneficial to heart health.

 

5. Take Vitamin D and K2 Supplements. IMG_1294 (3) B

Plenty of vitamin D with adequate supplies of K2 will greatly assist the body to reduce inflammation. A top quality supplement that I recommend is Green Pasture’s Blue Ice. It is a high vitamin fermented cod liver oil that offers rich amounts of vitamin D and A in the proper ratios. The fermented cod liver oil with butter oil offers ample amounts of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 takes the calcium out of the blood and puts it into the bone matter to prevent harmful calcification. Another superior product is Designs for Health Omega Ultra Avail with K1 & K2. This product also contain lipase which helps the body to digest fats. The Lamb Shoppe offers all of these excellent supplements. Designs for Health Products may be ordered on-line at www.LambShoppe.com  and shipped directly to your home for your convenience.

Final Thoughts…

Remember, cutting sugar out of your diet and adequate exercise are both very important to maintaining a healthy heart too. Other inflammatory foods are conventional dairy and grains.     References: S.E. Nissen, et al., “Statin Therapy, LDL Cholesterol, C-Reactive Protein, and Coronary Artery Disease,” N. Engl. J. Med. 352 (1), 29–38 (2005). P.M. Ridker, et al., “C-Reactive Protein Levels and Outcomes After Statin Therapy,” N. Engl. J. Med. 352 (1), 20–28 (2005).