Posts Tagged ‘supplements’

Act your Age

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

What is that line from the classic Aerosmith song Dream on?  Every time that I look in the mirror.  All these lines in my face gettin’ clearer… Sound familiar?  Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time scrutinizing every line and wrinkle and cursing the inevitable; growing older.  These days I vastly prefer candlelit dinners to well-lit brunches and wish it didn’t cost a small fortune to buy creams and potions to plump up my fine lines.  If only there was another way.

At the same time, I’m not a fan of unnecessary pain.  And therefore I’m not willing to do anything invasive to make myself look five or even ten years younger.  So now what?  I pondered my predicament for a long time.  Why was I so upset?  It seemed completely ridiculous and wasteful to spend my time lamenting about something I had no control over.  Then I finally asked myself, what is really important in life?  The answer came swiftly: being healthy, feeling good about myself, helping others and trying to make the world a half-way pleasant place to live.  Oh yeah, and strawberry ice cream on a hot day.

And I discovered something else rather amazing.  It turns out that I actually like being the age I am.  I didn’t want to be twenty-one, wondering who I was and what I was going to do with my life.  I’ve learned a few things in all the years since, and I’d be loath to give that wisdom up.

Then I came up with a plan.  Instead of wasting valuable time and energy with all my misguided worries about aging, I could instead spend more time with friends and family, read the classics, make healthy food and supplement choices, and seek out fun stuff to do.  And then something magical would happen.  I would look great, feel much happier and maybe, just maybe, capture some of that elusive youthful charm and energy, naturally.

Wouldn’t that be something?

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Solanova has many nutritional supplements to help you look and feel your best.  MultiSential Plus, our full spectrum, 100% RDA complete vitamin allows for maximum time-released absorption so you can be sure you’re receiving all of the nutrients your body needs.  Read more about our other  natural anti-aging supplements and ideas for feeling young, looking your best and staying healthy in our health archives.

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Stressless Summer

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

We’ve all had days like these.  You’ve slept poorly all night only to finally catch some zzz’s in the wee hours of the morning, then you sleep right through your alarm and realize you’re going to be late for that very important meeting.  And you’re out of coffee.  And you can’t find your keys.  You pray that there is just enough time to stop at the cafe on the corner.  Then you head outside.   To discover that your car is not in the driveway.  In fact, it’s nowhere to be found.  It’s days like these where a rewind button would really come in handy.

Stress is everywhere.  Even if your car didn’t go missing, every day stress can be very hard on our bodies.  Stress is thought to adversely affect blood pressure levels, and can even lead to heart problems and other health complications.  Stress can make us moody, cranky, sleepy and unproductive.  It can compromise our immune systems, make us depressed, sluggish and irritable.

And the busier and more stressed out we are, the more likely we are to get sick.  Then we miss work and fall behind thus piling on even more stress in our lives.  Stress can proliferate and is often cyclical, weighing us down and making us feel like we’ll never catch up.

But we can fight back.  Healthy activities like exercise, yoga or meditation can help mitigate the stress in our lives and promote better sleep patterns.  What we eat can also play a part.  It is thought that certain foods like cereals, whole grains, fish, spinach and milk can help to keep the stress hormone, Cortisol, in check.  And there are also some natural supplements available that can soothe our moods, help anxiety levels and even encourage us to relax.  A little TLC can go a long way to enhance our moods and our overall health.

So stretch out in a hammock with the soft breeze blowing and count the clouds as they roll by.  And be kind to yourself.  It’s time to slow life down-just for a little while.

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To read more about stress and how it may affect your health, click here.  We have many nutritional supplements that can help manage  stress .  Relora® is a nutritional supplement made from natural botanicals that promotes relaxation, healthy sleeping patterns and can help curb stress-related overeating and subsequent weight gain.  Invest in a superior antioxidant to fortify your immune system, Omega-Gel®, which supports cardiovascular and circulatory health as well as enhancing immune system function.

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Got (enough) sleep?

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Solanova Melatonin for Sleep Support

You’re not alone. We’ve all been there: Staring at the clock at 2 a.m., unable to sleep.

There are conflicting beliefs about how much sleep we need – but it’s clear there is a rough range to aim for. Getting too much or not enough sleep can have a negative effect on our health. Many studies show 7 to 8 ½ hours is your best bet for giving your body and brain enough time to restore. And although some research has shown 6 hours of sleep can be sufficient, fewer than 5-6 hours (or more than 9 hours) might be a detriment to not just our daytime energy and performance but also our health, possibly leading to health issues including heart health concerns, diabetes and obesity.

There are many factors that may be contributing to our insomnia. Some studies show that duration of sleep appears to decline with age. As well, stress, anxiety, depression, jet lag or even our sleep environment can all affect our ability to get a good night’s sleep. Other culprits could be medical conditions, medications or possibly just decreased levels of the hormone Melatonin. As we age, we produce less of this naturally occurring hormone in our brain that helps regulate sleep. In fact, those of us over 60 produce very little Melatonin at all.

There is good news:
There are some very easy things we can do to help us get a more restful and longer night’s sleep. First, it’s important to create a relaxing and soothing atmosphere in your bedroom. This means no t.v. in the room, as well as making sure to never do work or anything else stressful while lying in bed. It helps to train your body and your brain that once you retire to bed, it’s time to slow down, relax and go to sleep. (Although the common belief is that t.v. is “relaxing”, in fact it involves our brain, sometimes even creating elevated levels of adrenaline which make it hard to fall asleep.) Rather than watch t.v., some individuals find it helpful to read or even meditate for at least half an hour to help introduce relaxation.

Next, be sure to incorporate a regular exercise program into your routine. Studies have shown that regular exercise can fight insomnia. However, try not to exercise too close to bedtime as it takes time for regular stress hormones to decrease after a workout. Finally, it also helps to try and avoid caffeine, alcohol, food, and t.v. at least 2 hours before bedtime. In addition, consider the supplement Melatonin. Be sure to invest in a high quality Melatonin like ours that is specially formulated for dual-release: 1.5 mg is released immediately after ingestion and 1.5mg is released gradually over a 6 to 8 hour period. The first phase helps you fall asleep quickly, the second phase helps you to stay asleep.

Sweet dreams!

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Click here to read about insomnia and the proactive ways to help yourself feel better and get a good night’s sleep.  Sometimes stress can be an insomnia culprit.  Taking an all natural stress-relieving supplement can help.  Our nutritional supplement Relora® helps to relieve stress, anxiety, tension and can curb stress-related eating patterns and subsequent weight gain.  Try some today for a more restful sleep tonight.

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Happy Cells, Healthy You

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Exercise, it turns out, makes your cells happy.

When you walk, jump rope, run, lift weights or whatever it is you choose for exercise, the mitochondria (energy sparks in your cells) actually increase. And that energy boost you feel after a period of consistent exercise demonstrates the adaptation your cells have made. Anytime you have that sense of “I’m feeling fitter” it’s because your cells are adapting to the work you’ve been asking of your body.

I’ve had really good results with an audio treadmill workout routine called iTrain (iTrain.com). You download the workout onto your iPod and basically have a professional trainer at your side coaching you through your workout. “Breathe deeply,” the trainer will say. “Relax your facial muscles. You got to shock your body to change your body.” Behind that trainer speak what she’s really saying is “Make your cells happy. Give them oxygen. Calm them. And condition them so they’ll condition you.”

Nutrition, less surprisingly, also makes your cells happy. Nutrient-rich foods–protein, fats, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and more–help keep your cells happy. Cells fueled with the nutrients they need can grow, replicate, repair and operate. Feed your cells well and they’ll thank you for it.

So the next time your hear someone say “Exercise,” “Eat Right,” “Drink More Water,” know that what they’re really saying is “Make your cells happy.”

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