6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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According to many health officials, the 2017-2018 influenza season was the most severe it has been in recent years. And as people are now trying to decide when and whether or not they will be vaccinated for the 2018-2019 flu season, many of us neglect to take matters into our own hands to strengthen our immune system. Here are some ways to protect the system that protects us from so many harmful germs.

  • Get enough sleep and manage stress: It has been shown in study after study that insufficient sleep and stress can increase the body’s production of cortisol. This increase can weaken the body’s immune system. Experts recommend that most adults get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
  • Take supplements: It’s always best to get your vitamins directly from food but let’s face it – this is difficult for most busy adults. That is why supplementation is a good option. Vitamins like A, C, D and E all have a positive effects on the immune system.
  • Consider taking probiotics: acidophilus can also boost the immune system and thus help reduce the risk of viral infections. Studies show that other probiotics can help reduce the incidence of gastrointestinal infections. For example, fermented milk products – also known as cultured dairy foods – has been shown to reduce respiratory infections.
  • Exercise more: According to WebMD, moderate exercise at least three times a week can help the body ward off colds and other attacks on the immune system.
  • Try immune-supportive herbs: Herbs such as garlic, eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticocus), Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng), American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), or astragalus ( membranaceus) have anti-microbial properties that assist the immune system.acidophilus
  • Avoid tobacco smoke: Smoking, among its many harmful effects, compromises basic immune defenses. It also increases the risk for pneumonia which puts the entire body in peril.

Of course, we are not recommending that you skip taking your flu shot this year. That is for you and your physician to decide. However, the above tips can help you strengthen your immune system all year round and this can only increase your well being. Natural health products are a supplement to exercise, a good diet and a physician’s care. At Cape Fear Naturals we believe in the natural, holistic approach to health and well being.

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5 Reasons Gut Health is Important

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It seems that after centuries of ignoring this important part of our bodies, many of us are finally paying attention to our bodies. That is to say, we are finally realizing how important it is to maintain gut health. Many people are learning this as scientists are beginning to see a link between the bacteria we have in our intestines (healthy and bad) and their relationship between conditions such as obesity, diabetes, depression, cancer and heart disease. But enough talk about the bacteria that hang out in our GI tract and how some of it benefits us. Let’s talk specifics.

  • A healthy gut helps strengthen the immune system: There are pro-inflammatory chemicals in our gut that helps to combat harmful pathogens and that promote healing in the body. For example, the gut microbiome is necessary for the production of IgA. This is an anti-body that protects us against harmful pathogens.
  • Gut microbiomes help our bodies adapt: There are many changes that occur within us on a daily basis based on what we drink, eat or otherwise ingest. The bacteria in our gut help us to adapt to new and potentially dangerous microbes.
  • A healthy gut keeps our hormones in balance: Your gut’s microbiome is changing all the time, helping your body learn what’s out there and how to react to it. For example, in an unhealthy gut bad bacteria can produce the enzyme beta- glucuronidase. This enzyme can contribute to estrogen imbalance. Moreover, a healthy gut helps the body rid itself of BPA (bisphenol-A) and pesticides. (Products that contain BPA include canned foods, items packaged in plastic containers, dental filing sealants, etc.)
  • A healthy gut promotes healthy weight: A healthy gut helps us to increase our nutrient absorption. These vitamins and minerals in turn help us maintain a healthy weight. Also, a healthy GI tract regulates insulin sensitivity so that our bodies can use food for energy.
  • A healthy gut protects the brain: A healthy gut helps us in the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin (which promotes happiness) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (which calms). Thus, the gut-brain relationship is not fully understood but it is there.nac supplement

So you see there are many reasons that people are paying more and more attention to gut health. Our Acidophilus/Lactobacillus supplements can help you keep your gut healthy by protecting the good bacteria in it. We also sell an NAC supplement that helps protect lung function too.

6 Summer Skincare Tips

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Scenes of summer: People jogging, playing tennis, attending outdoor concerts under the sun, sunbathers lying on their favorite sandy beach or poolside in their new bikini or swim trunks, etc. What these settings all have in common is that they prove that everyone loves the sun. So much so that many of us ignore the harm that too much sun can cause to the body’s largest organ – our skin. Don’t be someone who ignores the sun’s harmful UV rays. Follow these common sense tips and your skin will be protected and you will still be able to enjoy the warmth and beauty of summer.

  • Wear safe, non-toxic sunscreen: Experts say that you should look for an SPF of at least 30 if you are fair-skinned. Depending on other factors, you may need even greater protection. Also, be sure that you reapply your sunscreen often after swimming.
  • Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m: These are the times of day when the sun is usually strongest. If you must be outside wear a hat or use an umbrella to block the sun’s rays.
  • Avoid the use of tanning beds: Unbeknownst to many people, tanning beds can produce harmful UVA and UVB rays comparable to that of the sun. These rays can increase the risk of skin cancer. Tanning beds also increase the risk of developing cataracts and other eye diseases.
  • Nourish your skin: As you are working out more often and enjoying outdoor activities, do not neglect your skin. Feed it with our natural skin care products such as our Kojic Acid Cream, Camellia Moisturizing Cream, Beta Glucan Cream. They provide the vitamins your skin needs to remain elastic and supple and to withstand damage from the environment.sunscreen
  • Drink lots of water: Water helps to nourish and hydrate our skin. It also helps our organs – kidneys in particular – function properly. Sip water throughout the day. As a rule, consider drinking up to eight 8 ounce glasses of water every day.
  • Change your diet: Believe it or not some research has shown that a healthier diet can decrease your risk of sunburn. The anti-oxidant Lycopene, which we get from tomatoes and other red fruit, can prevent you from getting too red from the sun. Many of our natural health products contain antioxidants as well.

Following these simple tips will make your skin look and feel better and will put you on the road to a healthier you.

5 Secrets to Younger Looking Skin

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One of the most clearly visible signs of aging in all of us is our hands. They are up front and exposed for all to see. Yet, despite this clear indicator of age, many people fail to pay much attention to their hands when executing their beauty routine. Our hands require more than simple washing. Other steps must be taken to slow down the visible signs of aging. Here are some secrets you can use to turn back the clock on your hands so that you can retain youthful, supple skin.

  • Wear gloves: The detergents we use while washing dishes can dry out our hands by robbing them of their natural oils. Moreover, the harsh chemicals present detergents can even irritate our skin. For this reason, we suggest that you either wear gloves when washing dishes or that you use a dish washing machine.
  • Supplementation: As we stated, frequent washing can sap the skin on our hands of moisturizing oils. You should therefore seek to replenish these oils by using products like shea butter, olive oil, vitamin E, Kojic Acid Cream and Retinol-A Cream. We have a whole range of natural health products that protects the skin from environmental factors such as sunlight and harsh chemicals.
  • Exfoliate often: Exfoliation is the process of removing dirt, germs and dead skin from your skin thus improving circulation and adding moisture to your hands. Be sure to exfoliate nightly and to use a gentle scrub so as not to irritate the skin.
  • Wear sunscreen: When it comes to environmental factors that can damage your skin, the sun is at the very top. Excessive sunlight can cause your skin to become spotty and wrinkled. Experts recommend that you apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher as protection against the sun’s rays.sunscreen
  • Use essential oils: Essential oils act as lightening agents to help reduce the appearance of age spots. They also help the skin remain elastic. One essential oil you should add to your beauty regimen in particular is lavender. We sell a natural deodorant stick for both men and women made from lavender that also has anti-bacterial properties.

Yes, the eyes may be the window to our souls but our hands are a mirror that indicates our age. But you can help slow down the visible signs of aging by making a few adjustments to your beauty routine using some of our natural products. We have many products that help support youthful, supple skin. We also have products like our NAC supplement that helps protect against cellular oxidative damage.

5 Ways to Fight Prematurely Aging Skin

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Do people mistake you for being older than you actually are? Are you constantly looking for ways to conceal wrinkles and age spots that seem to be popping up out of nowhere? Well, we would all like to age gracefully but some of us seem doomed to display the signs of aging relatively early in life. But that does not have to be the case. Prematurely aged skin can be avoided by making certain lifestyle changes. Here are just a few.

  • Use sunscreen: It has long been proven that UVA and UVB rays from the sun cause the formation of free radicals which damage your DNA and causes your skin to be harmed in the process. Stay safe by moderating your exposure to strong sunlight and by wearing sunscreen with the proper SPF number.
  • Stay hydrated: We are made up of roughly 80% water. Moreover, our skin needs to be hydrated since failing to do so can cause fine lies to appear that eventually turn to deep wrinkles.
  • Get plenty of sleep: Not getting enough sleep can harm us in several ways. First, it can cause us to be more stressed and irritable during our waking hours. Also, it can lessen the time that our skin cells need to regenerate themselves from the damage that is caused to it during the daytime. As it turns out, night-time is the perfect time to apply topical nourishment to our skin such as our SOD cream2018-04-30_1450
  • Increase your anti-oxidant intake: Anti-oxidants scavenge for free radicals which, as we said earlier, are thought to contribute to the aging progress. Anti-oxidants can be found in several foods and in supplements like COQ10. Another supplement that contains anti-oxidants is Diindolylmethane, or DIM. DIM is thought to suppress growth of several forms of cancer, including breast, colon and prostate cancer,
  • Do not smoke: Smoke depletes the body’s Vitamin C supply. Vitamin C is another powerful anti-oxidant that helps negates the damage done by free radicals.

Finally, the bad news is that, as everyone knows, the aging process cannot be reversed. The good news is that there are lifestyle changes that can make a significant difference for those with prematurely aging skin. We are not all doomed to be slaves to our genetics if we follow the above tips for protecting the body’s largest organ.

5 Ways to Keep the Brain Healthy

Most of us have heard about people over 40 experiencing a “senior” moment every now and again. These are moments when normal cognitive functions seem to momentarily fail us such as when we enter a room and immediately forget what we entered the room for. Well, even though we have all been conditioned to believe that the decline of cognitive abilities is a natural part of the aging process, it is not. These are many seniors’ whose brains remain totally engaged and working at near peak efficiency for life. Some of this is due to heredity but it is also due to actions we can take to proactively impede this decline. Here are some easy things you can do to help stay sharp for life.

  • Eat more fish: Fish is often called “brain” food and with good cause. According to Martha Clare Morris, ScD, an epidemiologist and associate professor of internal medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, people who eat fish at least once a week lower their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 60%. Moreover, the fatty acids that are found in many kinds of fish are also found in the brain.supplement
  • Add supplements to your diet: Many supplements are believed to support normal brain functioning such as Quercetin, Liopic Acid, DHA, Acetyl-L-Carnitine, etc. Acetyl-L-Carnitine, for example, is believed to be essential in the production of acetylcholine a neurotransmitter that is required for normal brain function. Our site has these supplements as well as many other natural health products.
  • Stay mentally active: Your brain needs to be exercised every bit as much as your heart does. Try brain-stimulating activities such as learning a new language, crossword puzzles, reading, etc. Also consider learning new facts and skills on a regular basis.
  • Get physical exercise: As odd as it may seem, some research shows that staying in good physical condition aids the brain. Exercise is thought to increase the development of new nerve cells and to increase connections between brain cells.
  • Take a nap: Some studies show that napping for as little as 6 minutes can help improve memory.

In short, we do not have to simply sit and wait for the supposed mental decline that comes with age. We can be proactive by exercising and feeding the brain just as we would any other part of the body. Caring for the brain in this manner will keep it active and sharp for a lifetime. We have many products such as our dim supplement and our brain supporting supplements that are backed by research and that keep the body and mind healthy.

Acidophilus and Acne

There are many over-the-counter products that claim to rid acne sufferers of their blemishes. However, people who suffer from acne are beginning to be worried more and more about the effects that some of these products may have on their overall health. This presents a problem from manufacturers who load their products up with harmful chemicals. At Cape Fear Natural, we believe that health and wellness are all about balance. This is the principle behind how probiotics like acidophilus works. Acne sufferers in particular are beginning to see some encouraging signs that acidophilus may have positive effects on their condition.acidophilus

What is acne?

Acne is a skin condition that causes the follicles of your hair to become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. This results in the development of whiteheads, blackheads and/or pimples that can appear on many places on the body. Acne can strike at any age but most commonly begins between the ages of 10 and 15. It generally lasts five to ten years in teens and disappears in most people by the time they reach the age of 21 or so. Despite this, women in their 30 and beyond are also known to develop mild to moderate forms of acne.

How does probiotics work on acne?

Acidophilus – also known as lactobacillus acidophilus – is believed to relieve acne symptoms by introducing into the body healthy bacteria that can reduce inflammation. Some dermatologists believe that based on this there is compelling evidence that probiotics like acidophilus can be helpful in the treatment of acne and rosacea. Additionally, studies from Italy, Russia and Korea suggest that probiotics in combination with traditional acne treatments may indeed increase the rate of acne clearance.

Supplementation

Some nutritionists believe that when the body’s natural acidophilus levels are depleted, supplementation is needed as a way of helping to restore the body’s natural balance of helpful bacteria. They recommend taking nutritional supplements after consulting with your doctor and/or nutritionists. Our site sells acidophilus in 6 billion IU capsules. We also sell progesterone cream which is believed to help women who are suffering from the symptoms of menopause. Just remember, as is the case with acidophilus supplementation, to consult with your physician or nutritionist before trying these supplements.

6 Essential Nutrients for Good Prostate Health

Most males go through the early part of their lives thinking very little about their prostate. However, by the time men reach their 40s most of us begin to experience prostate health problems. In fact, studies show that the risk of cancer to this organ increases almost exponentially with age. This is why supplements to support prostate health are so important to men. But which vitamins and minerals truly do support prostate health and how do the ones that do nourish the prostate work? Here are few of the more promising prostate aiding supplements on the market including our own DIM (Di-Indolyl Methane).

  • Saw palmetto: Saw palmetto a palm-like plant that grows in the southeast United States. The berries from this plant are used to make capsules which are then sold as supplements. Studies have shown that saw palmetto reduces the size of enlarged prostates and relieves urinary problems in men.
  • DIM (Di-Indolyl Methane): DIM is a phytonutrient found in broccoli, and cauliflower. It has been shown to help in the management of an enlarged prostatejar_dim_and_betaglucan_large and to help improve overall urinary health.
  • Lycopene: Lycopene is a powerful anti-oxidant that in its natural form is found in tomatoes. It has been shown to significantly lower the risk of developing prostate cancer.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids: Research has shown that omega-3 fats modulate prostate cancer development. This is probably because of the anti-inflammatory effect these acids have on tumor growth. Experts recommend that less healthy fats be replaced by omega-3 fats.
  • Vitamin K2: This vitamin has been shown to help patients with advanced prostate cancer. Foods high in K2 include hard cheese, chicken liver, salami and egg yolks.
  • Vitamin C and Vitamin B6: These two vitamins are believed to make urination easier and prevent swelling of the prostate.

In short, as we age, men often develop prostate problems due to a number of reasons including poor diet. However, prostate health does not have to be something that concerns mainly men over 40. This gland is too important to ignore especially when many natural health products are available to help support it. Look into these nutrients and foods as a way to give this important gland the support it needs.

The Benefits of Soy Isoflavones for Women

Soy isoflavones are plant-based antioxidants that act like hormones in the body. Lately, they have grown in popularity among women in particular because they are believed to contribute to health and wellbeing in several significant ways. Moreover, soy isoflavones are found in some foods that are already pretty healthy such as miso, soy sauce, tofu, edamame, soy milk and soy butter. Here are some of the medicinal properties of soy isoflavones that have researchers excited.

 

  • Isoflavones and Cancer: A Chinese/US research team has found that an increased consumption of soy-based foods may reduce the recurrence of breast cancer in survivors of that disease. Their study was published in the 2012 issue of “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”
  • Isoflavones and osteoporosis: Evidence shows that Isoflavones help protect against postmenopausal osteoporosis in women by increasing the activity of bone-building cells and by decreasing bone-dissolving cells.
  • Isoflavones and memory: Studies show that high soy diets help improve memory and other cognitive process in healthy men and women and in postmenopausal women. These studies were held over a twelve week period and involved 33 postmenopausal women who showed improvements in memory recall, learning rule reversals and task planning.
  • Isoflavones and menopause: As we said at the beginning of this post, isoflavones have hormonal characteristics. They provide an alternative for postmenopausal women who do not do well with conventional hormone replacement therapy. Moreover, isoflavones have been proven to produce a 40% reduction in symptoms such as hot flashes, insomnia and depression.
  • Isoflavones and heart disease: Isoflavones have been shown in some studies to reduce arterial stiffness and to increase circulation in the coronary arteries. Moreover, soy isoflavones have been shown to help inctri-methyl glycine-soy isoflavones-

    rease the ‘good’ HDL-cholesterol while reducing the ‘bad’ LDL-cholesterol. In fact, several studies have shown that people with high soy intake were 17% less likely to experience a heart attack or stroke than those with low intakes

In short, there are a plethora of benefits that can be derived from taking soy isoflavones. And although they do occur naturally in soy-based products, we have a concentrated supplement that helps you get this antioxidant into your system faster and more efficiently. We also have tri-methyl glycine which supports normal cardiovascular health and promotes normal liver health.

5 More Reasons You Should Use Natural Deodorants

Aluminum, Parabens, Triclosan, Propylene Glycol, Phthalates…The list of ingredients in modern antiperspirants reads like a who’s who list of chemicals that are suspected of causing any number of medical conditions from Alzheimer’s Disease to breast cancer. Fortunately, now more than at any other point in time, consumers have the option of choosing deodorants made from natural ingredients over those that use potentially harmful artificial components. The problem is that natural deodorants sometimes carry the stigma of not being as effective as deodorants that contain artificial chemicals. This belief is simply unfounded. Our aluminum free natural deodorant is as effective as any deodorant made from harmful chemicals. Plus, our deodorants are safe! Because of this, we believe that those of you who are on the fence about making the switch to natural deodorants should know the following things about natural deodorants vs. those made from artificial chemicals.

  • Natural deodorants contain natural ingredients: As we have already stated, the ingredients in most deodorants contain ingredients that have been linked to a number of medical conditions. For example, triclosan has been labeled as a probable carcinogen.
  • Natural deodorants don’t discolor clothing: The aluminum in most deodorants can lavenderdeodorantbottle_largecause clothing to yellow over time. Natural deodorants wash right out of clothing.
  • Natural deodorants improve skin health: The heavy use of most commercial deodorants can irritate the skin. This is particularly true for people who have sensitive skin.
  • Natural deodorants are cruelty free: The synthetic ingredients used in commercial deodorants are often tested on animals. The ingredients in natural deodorants typically are not.
  • Natural deodorants detoxify your skin: Deodorants containing synthetic ingredients block your pores. This prevents toxins from leaving your body as they should when you sweat. Natural deodorants allow some perspiration to occur. This helps release toxins from your body.
  • Natural deodorants contain essential oils: Essential oils – which are highly concentrated non-water soluble phytochemicals that are distilled from different parts of plants – have many benefits such as they improve immunity, are safe and soothe skin irritations.

Finally, we go on and on but we would prefer that people who are still on the fence about natural deodorants simply give them a try. We are convinced that our aluminum free natural deodorant will stand up to the synthetic deodorants that most people use. Our deodorants are just one of the many natural products we sell including our lactobacillus acidophilus pills. Make the switch and reduce your footprint in nature.