Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Essential Oil Giveaway

I am kicking off the new beginnings of my Simply Your Sunshine website with a fantastic essential oil giveaway! Fantastic because right now you can't buy this product. The only way you can get it is free with a $200 purchase 

What is Essential Shield? 

 Essential Shield is a brand new, exclusive, limited-time-only essential oil blend. Essential Shield is a terrific topical for winter weather and changing seasons. It contains pure essential oils of clove, cinnamon, thyme, eucalyptus, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary and peppermint.

Essential Shield oil blend helps eliminates airborne pathogens, supports immune function, prevents colds, sore throats and influenza, inhibits MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria, stops growth of viruses and bacteria and aids in mold inhibition. I currently use a shield type blend mixed with a carrier oil to apply to my little boys feet at night to help ward off winter germs. You can use it in DIY hand sanitizers and hand soaps. So many uses for one oil!!

After discovering that many suppliers sell essential oils of mediocre quality in order to save on production costs, Nature’s Sunshine resolved to use only premier sources of genuine and complete essential oils. They have single oils, oil blends and some accessories.

So don't delay - enter the giveaway and share with your friends!! Giveaway ends February 1st at midnight! Current Nature's Sunshine members are not eligible to enter(sorry!). Oh and one of the entries is to leave a comment telling me about a Nature's Sunshine product you'd like to try. Check them out here!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Heart Health and Co-Enzyme Q10

How It Works:

Co-Q10 is a vitamin-like substance present in every cell in the body. It is vital for cellular energy, cardiovascular health and longevity. Co-Q10 is required for energy production in the mitochondria of the cell where carbohydrates and fatty acids are converted into energy (ATP). This energy-making process fuels most metabolic processes. As an antioxidant, Co-Q10 scavenges free radicals, reducing oxidative stress on cells throughout the body. It protects cardiac cells, prevents lipid oxidation and promotes the regeneration of vitamin E, another antioxidant. Co-Q10 especially contributes to the health of the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas. It also supports already-normal-range blood pressure levels.

Co-Q10 material is often marketed in a crystalline state, which is less-absorbable by the body. Nature’s Sunshine uses a patented lipid blend to keep Co-Q10 from crystallizing, and it yields maximum bioavailability. A double-blind human clinical trial showed that this form of Co-Q10 was at least eight times more readily absorbed by the body than competing (crystalline) products.

Retail Cost: $35.80 
 Member Cost: $23.85

How Soda Impacts Your Health

I knew there was a reason I *rarely* drink soda. This might help convince you to do the same!

Asthma - Consumer Media Network first tackles the problem of Asthma. Sodium benzoate, found in sodas, us used as a preservative in foods. Sodium preservatives add sodium to the diet and reduce the availability of potassium. Some reported reactions include recurring rash, asthma and eczema. Each day, 11 Americans die from Asthma, and the annual cost of asthma to the healthcare system is estimated to be nearly $18 Billion.

Dissolves Tooth Enamel - Sugar and acid, which is prevalent in soft drinks, is a nasty, two-punch combination that dissolves tooth enamel. Many dentist chairs have been filled with soda-drinking mouths.

Heart Disease - Many people associated weight gain and diabetes with soft drinks. But heart disease can be a devastating symptom from drinking too much soda. Most soft drinks (especially in the United States) contain high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that's recently come under considerable scrutiny. High fructose corn syrup has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with an elevated risk of both diabetes and heart disease.

Kidney Problems - Colas contain high levels of phosphoric acid, which has been linked to kidney stones and other renal problems.

Reproductive Issues - Soft drink cans are coated with a resin that contains BPA. This is the same cancer causing chemical found in plastic baby bottles, water bottles, and plastic containers that wreaks havoc on the endocrine system, potentially causing premature puberty and reproductive abnormalities.

Sugar Overload - Twenty minutes after drinking a soda, your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar into fat. Forty minutes later, caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness. Forty-five minutes later, your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

Osteoporosis - Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid. A high phosphate diet has been associated with bone breakdown and an increased risk of osteoporosis. When phosphorus is excreted in the urine, it takes calcium with it, depriving the bones and the rest of the body of this important mineral.

Obesity - The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.

Increased Risk of Diabetes - Those who drink more soda have an 80% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Approximately 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent on diabetes.

Think twice before you grab that soda. Reach for a glass of water instead!

8 Nutritional Supplements to Support a Healthy Intestinal System

*From the Nature's Sunshine archives* 

The health of your intestinal system may also represent the health of your entire body. Every nutrient first has to be digested and passed through the intestines before it can make it to the other organs. The stomach and intestines are often the first line of defense for your immune system, too.

Nature's Sunshine has plenty of supplements for the intestines. But to make things a bit more clear, we put this graphic together below to help you understand 8 of them and how they could help your intestinal health:

8 Nutritional Supplements that Support a Healthy Intestinal System Nature’s Three

  • Nature's Three provides insoluble and soluble fiber from psyllium, oat and apple. Both kinds of fiber are critical to a properly functioning intestinal system. 
  • Encourages regular bowel movements
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels already in the normal range

  • LBSII Herbal blend supports the intestinal system, promoting optimal bowel function and clearing the bowels of toxic waste. 
  • Contains cascara sagrada, buckthorn, licorice, capsicum, ginger, Oregon grape, turkey rhubarb, couch grass and red clover
Cascara Sagrada

  • This “sacred bark” has been used by cultures the world over as a nutritional support for waste elimination. Cascara Sagrada acts as an herbal laxative, influences intestinal contraction and supports a clean colon. 
Intestinal Soothe and Build

  • Intestinal Soothe and Build are made up of herbs that soothe and balance the bowel. 
  • Maintains the proper balance of microflora for optimal function. 
  • Also helps relieve occasional bloating pressure, soother the mucous membranes lining the intestinal tract, relaxes the bowl and encourages the removal of toxins. 
  • Contains slippery elm bark, chamomile flowers, plantain leaves, rose hips fruit, bugleweed aerial parts and marshmallow root. 
Aloe Vera Liquid:

  • Aloe Vera Liquid nourishes the digestive and intestinal systems
  • Soothes internal tissues of the digestive and intestinal tracts
  • Contain vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients
  • Supports intestinal health
CleanStart/Tiao He Cleanse

  • Cleansing products (such as CleanStart and Tiao He Cleanse) help rid your body of common colon toxins that affect your overall health and supports natural waste elimination to provide a sense of energy and well-being.
Food Enzymes

  • Food Enzymes break down toxins and undigested food to keep your intestinal tract healthy.  
  • One capsule digests: 30 g Protein, 30 g Carbohydrates, 20 g Fat
Probiotic Eleven

  • Probiotic Eleven is a unique combination of healthful friendly  bacteria to help maintain and replenish intestinal supply.  
  • Each capsule contains 6 billion microorganisms. 

- See more Cleansing options at: Nature's Sunshine

Monday, January 13, 2014

Save up to 18% on Garcinia Combination!

Don't miss this sale on Garcinia Combination!!


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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Strengthening Your Winter Immune System

 Nature's Sunshine has two great products to help you and your family make it through the winter cold and flu season. Immune Stimulator for adults and Elderberry Immune for children. You can't go wrong with either of these products and the benefits they offer!!

Immune Stimulator 
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Stimulates body's natural immune defenses
  • Acts as an antioxidant


Elderberry Immune
  • Supports the immune system
  • Supplies key immune-enhancing herbs and vitamins
  • Has a delicious fruit flavor  kids love


Don't forget - you get a free years membership with a $40 purchase. If you have any questions please ask me!! Shop for these products at www.naturessunshine.com

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Healthy Smoothies

Healthy Smoothies: Best Smoothie Ingredients & 10 To Ditch


I don't know about you but I LOVE smoothies!! Especially 

during the hot days of summer. So when I ran across this article I knew I had to share it! Perfect tips for how to create a healthy smoothie. Yummmm...


Whether you enjoy smoothies for breakfast, a snack or even dessert, they’re a great way to increase your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. But depending on the ingredients they’re made with, smoothies can quickly turn into unhealthy calorie-bombs filled with sugar and saturated fat. The healthiest way to enjoy a smoothie is to make your own so you know how much of and what foods you are getting. Wondering how to make a smoothie? A good smoothie should contain a blend of ingredients with protein and fiber to help keep you full and provide antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. By Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D.


7 Herbs For The Gallbladder

Having gallbladder problems? Then let's talk about some digestive support. Nature's Sunshine has a Gall Bladder formula that contains 7 herbs that help soothe and support your digestive system. This product benefits you by supporting your digestive system function, especially the liver and gallbladder. And may help provide soothing action.


How It Works:

Contains herbs known to help soothe and support the digestive system.


Oregon grape root, ginger rhizome, cramp bark, fennel seeds, peppermint leaves, wild yam root and catnip leaves. 

Nature's Harvest

Drinking Nature's Harvest is a super nutritious way to start your day!!

  • Provides nutrient-dense plants, fruits and herbs for health and energy.
  • Provides 75% of the Daily Value for 18 essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Contains green foods, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, nutritive herbs, fiber and more.
  • Provides 13 g vegetable protein per serving.
  • Supports the intestinal and circulatory systems.
  • Is vegan, dairy-free and lactose-free.

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Fat Grabbers



  • Helps decrease the body's absorption of fat.
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range.

How It Works:

Research conducted in our laboratories has verified many other in vitro experiments performed at independent laboratories that lecithin saponins emulsify fat in aqueous media. The logical extension of this observation to the small intestines is assumed through scientific precedent. The fat-binding properties of fiber from guar gum and psyllium hulls interfere with the absorption of the emulsified fat from the small intestine. The bound fat molecules are then eliminated.
Unlike some other types of fiber, guar gum does not affect mineral absorption. However, this fiber does slow down sugar absorption, which helps to maintain blood sugar levels already within the normal range. It also swells with fluid intake, promoting a feeling of satiety.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Weight Management Lifestyle Tips

So here I am headed into day three of doing my best to eat better and exercise. It's going ok. My belly is growling as I type. If I was asleep(which I will be soon) I wouldn't know that though. ;-) I think the first week of healthy eating is easy. After it's over things get harder. I did allow myself to have some sweets both days(and probably will continue to do so). I didn't however eat anything that I hadn't planned on...like all the cookies that showed up at work today. I have a HUGE sweet tooth so it's hard to say no. But I won't loose this weight unless I do. Oh and I've been getting in 20 minute walks daily. That's about all I can manage right now. And since it's bedtime I'll leave you with the below common sense tips on weight management!

Weight Management Lifestyle Tips

No weight management program is complete without some lifestyle changes. The types of food you eat, the amount of food you eat, and the amount of exercise you get all contribute to reaching your
weight-management goals.



  • Choose lean meats. Remove the skin from chicken. Cook using cooking spray, broth or wine rather than oil or butter. 
  • Steam vegetables. Avoid topping them with butter or cheese. 
  • Choose whole grains rather than foods maid with refined white flour. 
  • Try to eat at least one vegetarian meal per wekk.
  • don't completely deprice yourself of your favorite foods, but eat your less healthy favorites only occasionally and in smaller portions. 
  • Increase you water intake. When you feel a craving to snack, drink a glass of water instead. 
  • Try fruit for dessert. 


  • After finishing a meal, if you are tempted to eat seconds, leave the table and go on a walk or choose another diverting activity.
  • If you still want more, choose a second helping of vegetables.
  • Don't eat in front of the TV. research shows that people eat more when they eat while watching television. 
  • Keep a food journal. it will make you aware of how much and how often you eat.
  • When eating out, ask for a box at the beginning of a meal and put half of your meal in the box for tomorrow's lunch. 
  • Fill half of your plate with vegetables, divide the other half evenly between whole grains and protein.

  • If you can't find the time or stamina, break up your workout. Three 10-minute periods of exercise give the same benefits as one 30-minute workout. 
  • Work more activity into your life. Take the stairs. park farther from the store. Buy a pedometer, and don't stop being active until you have reached 10,000 steps each day. 
  • When you can't find the motivation to work out, focus on how you feel after exercising. 
  • Remember that exercise has many benefits beyond weight loss.

Weight Management Solutions

A holistic weight management program that supports the body from every angle!

Remove waste and prepare your body for improved nutrition.
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This two-week colon cleanse supports the natural, everyday cleansing of toxic waste from the body. 
Combines Chinese nutritional wisdom with Western herbal experience to support intestinal regularity and improve energy and well-being
A safe, simple, convenient cleanse to kick off any weight management program by improving waste elimination and nutrient absorption

Meal replacements help you regulate calories while maintaining nutrition levels. Replace one or two meals a day with a quality protein shake mix. For those who want more help with diet, check out our easy-to-follow, flexible Essential Foods Meal Plan, designed for maximum daily nutrition with fewer calories.
Choose one or more. Mix with water to replace at least one meal a day:
Provides 15 grams of protein per serving, essential amino acids plus 35% of the recommended Daily Value for 18 vitamins and minerals in one delicious, healthful drink
Meets your nutritional needs while promoting lean muscle mass and fat burning through its patented protein matrix of premium-quality lactose-free whey protein (25grams/serving)
Delivers 13 grams of vegetable protein from nutrient-dense plants, fruits and herbs,making it not only healthful and energizing, but vegan, dairy-free and lactose-free

Features green coffee bean extract, a sustained-release caffeine blend and green tea extract to rev up your metabolism
Jump-starts metabolism and breaks down fat with a proven caffeine-free herbal blend
Helps curb hunger, stave off cravings and keep you satiated. Add to any bottle ofwater and shake.
Find support for stress and emotional challenges that can thwart weight management efforts. Select the product(s) that will best help you achieve your goals.
Helps boost mood and calm occasional anxiousness. It also helps block the complete absorption of sugar from the foods you eat.
Features Relora, which helps the body manage stress and maintain cortisol levelsalready within the normal range. It also contains DHEA, a hormone precursor that interacts with the adrenal glands, which may in turn affect cortisol production. Another key ingredient, l-theanine, also supports the body during times of stress. Our quality, proven ingredients are orchestrated to influence all of the major physiological and psychological factors critical to long-term success. Our products support the body’s efforts to balance and maintain healthful weight.

Find this Holistic Weight Loss program and its helpful support tools on our new, interactive resource page at www.naturessunshine.com/weightsolution. Here you can:
•Learn the basics of the program and how to get started.
•Access and download helpful tools and member handouts, including the Essential Foods Meal Plan and the Food & Product Usage Journal. Includes daily checklist, complete week meal plan, conversion tables, tips for vegetarians and more.
•Watch user testimonials from people who have found success on this program.
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