For many of us, cold weather equals an increase in pains and aches, especially if one is dealing with arthritic pain. But did you know that MSM is a chemical employed to aid in joint pain relief? With Organika’s newly formulated MSM lotion you can apply all of the benefits of MSM directly to the skin’s surface. The next time you’re rubbing a part of your body in pain, just smooth on a bit of our smooth and silky lotion in the process. Formulated with added vitamin E, this lotion will also keep your skin looking smooth and soft, and is now paraben-free. Don’t forget about the rest of our MSM line. Our convenient capsules and trouble-free powder allow you to easily provide your body with an internal source of MSM.
Canada has really had a blast of cold weather lately, even here on the West Coast we’re experiencing colder temperatures than usual. A lot of times, when the temperature drops, it is tempting to stay indoors, skip that workout, and fill up on heavy, rich foods. If your instinct is to hibernate, we’ve got seven tips here to help you stick to your fitness goals, courtesy of Davin D’Heureux at fitbie.com. Click on each tip to take you to the full article, or scan the list for a quick overview.
1. Stay Warm
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It’s that time of year…the time of year for holiday survival guides. Ours of course, is centered around health. I find that keeping healthy goals during times of celebration is all about planning. You have to think ahead, and ensure you have healthier options on hand. Here are our top three survival tactics to keep you on track during this holiday season, and to help you start planning.
1. Grab a healthy snack first. Before a party to avoid overindulging on sugar and fat-laden snacks, before shopping or going out to partake in any of the wintertime activities, anytime when you might become hungry without a healthy alternative nearby, eat at home first. Not only will this give you clean energy to see you through all the action, it will fill your tummy so that even if you do cheat, it will only be a little.
2. Stock up on nutritious beverages. When hosting or bringing something to a gathering, be the one to surprise and delight people with how delicious healthy alternatives can be. You might even inspire someone to make better changes in their diet, which could be the best gift you give all year. For example, there are a lot alternatives to sugary, alcoholic drinks. Warm apple cider blended with pear and/or cinnamon, antioxidant potent pomegranate juice, sparkling waters with fruit cordials or sparkling juices such as cranberry, you could even blend up a holiday inspired smoothie (the colours red and green are great starting points, think lots of berries or greens) as your version of a Christmas cocktail.
3. Stock up on nutritious snacks. Avoid processed foods laden with white flours and sugars, artificial flavours and preservatives. What to go for? Nuts, specifically almonds, cashews, walnuts, and seeds such as pumpkin. Fruit, think apple, pear, pomegranate, mandarin, and don’t forget about the dried versions, cranberry, blueberry, cherry, acai, goji. Make the veggie platter your friend, just go easy on the mystery dip. Popcorn is a great base for a variety of toppings, try parmesan and cracked pepper, maple syrup and balsamic, or a blend of herbs and butter. Dark chocolate is always a winner, just keep it to a few pieces. And if you must have that piece of cake or baked good? Eat it after something healthy, and share half with a friend. Just the experience of sharing something delicious with another will make it all the more enjoyable and satisfying. Remember that our stomachs often trick our taste buds, and that after a few bites of something rich, the flavour starts to diminish.
Although urinary tract infections are more commonly experienced by women, men are prone to developing them too. The juniper berry is most known for its role in flavouring gin, but in natural medicine it has been used to treat chronic and repeated urinary tract infections (UTIs) because of its antiseptic effects and its ability to stimulate urinary passages. According to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, juniper berries may be effective in the treatment of UTIs when taken as a tea or supplement. Drinking one cup twice per day may alleviate symptoms, however its effect is stronger when taken in supplement form. Organika’s uriseptic is formulated with quality juniper berries, and two capsules should be taken three times per day with a glass of water.
Have you used juniper berries to successfully eliminate a UTI? We would love to hear about your experience!
You know that Ginseng is great for a variety of needs including athletic performance, energy, recovery from illness or surgery, and stress, but did you know that Korean Red Ginseng is also great for low libido and erectile dysfunction?
A couple of studies have been done on the efficacy of Korean Red Ginseng to dispel impotence. The results of one such study done in Korea, with 45 men in their early 50s, showed that Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) lives up to its reputation as a prosexual herb. For a period of eight weeks, half the men were given 900mg of KRG, and half a placebo. This was followed by a two-week “washout” period, followed by another eight weeks of KRG or a placebo. Each man experienced both the eight week period of KRG and the placebo, and in this way, acted as his own control. 60% of the men taking KRG reported a significant improvement in achieving and maintaining an erection, a percentage comparable to Viagra (click on the link to view various success rates according to the cause of erectile dysfunction). These men also reported higher scores for sexual desire and satisfaction in intercourse. (Hong B, Ji YH, Hong JH, et al. A double-blind crossover study evaluating the efficacy of Korean red ginseng in patients with erectile dysfunction: a preliminary report. J Urol 2002;168:2070-3.)
While Korean Red Ginseng is not immediately effective, like popping a Viagra 30 minutes before you need your man to stand to attention, it is certainly stiff competition because of its similar success rate, its adaptogenic abilities in supporting the body, and its significantly lower cost.
Join Kathy Smart, America’s leading gluten-free expert, on CHCH Television, Hamilton, on the Morning Live Show, Nov. 29th at 7.50am EST.
Why? Using Organika’s award-winning Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and delectable Organic Coconut Palm Sugar, Kathy Smart will help take the stress out of planning healthy, gluten-free Christmas nibbles and appies with her original recipes.
Did you know that these two products are also part of our specials from Nov.15th to Dec.30th? Not only do they make great presents, but they’re great products to use as part of your own homemade gifts.
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You’ve heard that cranberry juice is great for urinary tract infections (UTIs), but did you know that the protective effects of cranberry also extend to the prostate?
Because of cranberry’s ability to prevent bacteria from adhering to the walls of both the urinary tract and prostate tissue, it can also help prevent prostatitis, a recurring bacterial infection of the prostate that causes pain during urination and sex. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition recruited 42 men who were all approximately 63 years old. Half the men were given 1,500 mg. of cranberry extract and the second half no treatment at all. At the end of the six-month study, the men taking the cranberry supplement found that their urinary symptoms, the flow rate, volume and residual urine in the bladder had improved significantly, and, that they ALL had lower PSA levels than when the study began.(PSA stands for Prostate Specific Antige, the blood test used to screen for prostate cancer). The men who didn’t receive a treatment saw no improvement in terms of urinary symptoms or PSA scores. (Vidlar A. The effectiveness of dried cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon) in men with lower urinary tract symptoms. British Journal of Nutrition. 2010;104:1181-1189.)
Remember that unsweetened Cranberry juice is best, but for many, the taste is too tart, and this is where a supplement is an easy way to obtain cranberry’s health benefits. Organika’s Cranberry supplement, with no added sugar or sweeteners, is an easy and effective way to ensure prostate health without the mouth-puckering taste.
On November 29th, Organika is hosting a “manly” lunch fundraiser for Movember. Join us in spirit, and make a donation to our Movember page: http://ca.movember.com/team/1479873
All donations to the Movember Foundation go towards raising awareness and research of men’s health issues such as Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, and Mental Health issues.