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Discover the amazing benefits of AkuC today!

 

 

Why use AkuC?

AkuC is a high quality antioxidant and a good source of vitamin C.

When used regularly, it contributes to the maintenance of good health and helps prevent vitamin C deficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • AkuC helps the body to metabolize fats and proteins.
  • AkuC promotes the healing of wounds.
  • AkuC helps in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.
  • AkuC helps in the formation of connective tissue.
  • AkuC is an antioxidant and a factor in the maintenance of good health.
  • AkuC helps to prevent vitamin C deficiency.

AkuC contains:

Water, sucralose, potassium sorbate, pomegranate juice, natural pomegranate flavor and cranberry juice. ½ fl. oz or 15 ml. of AkuC = 500 mg of vitamin C (ascorbic acid)

Daily Use:

The recommended daily use for adults is ½ fl. oz or 15 ml. with food.

Please consult your health care practitioner for the use in children.

Cost:

1 case of AkuC  at retail = $152.00

1 case of AkuC with 30% discount = $106.40

 

Until next time…stay healthy

 

Katarzyna

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horsetail

HORSETAIL
Equisetum arvense
Horsetail is said to be one of the oldest recorded plants on earth, discovered approximately 600 million years ago.  It is rich in the trace element silica which aids in the absorption of calcium, and is a basic element in the growth and repair of bone and tissue (strengthening bones, hair, nails and teeth).  Herbalists claim it is useful in the repair and regeneration of the damaged connective tissue disorders.  Another long standing use of horsetail has been as mild treatment in the prevention and treatment of kidney stone formation, bacterial and inflammatory disorders of the lower urinary tract, and as a diuretic.  Horsetail has been a traditional treatment for allergies, pulmonary tuberculosis, cystitis, kidney stones, water retention, fevers, eye diseases, gout and rheumatism.

 

 

irish-moss

 IRISH MOSS
Chondrus crispus
Harvested from the water off the European coast, Irish moss is actually a seaweed.  Rich in proteins, iodine and other substances, many herbalists also considers it is excellent “nutritive tonic”, and traditionally it has been prescribed for ulcers, dysentery (infectious diarrhea) and the other gastrointestinal disorders.  Contemporary herbalists consider it a valuable soothing agent (demulcent) for dry coughs, bronchitis, tuberculosis and other upper respiratory tract ailments.  It is also thought to help in the treatment and alleviation of peptic and duodenal ulcers.  Considered to have anti-inflammatory, immunosuppressive, blood-pressure lowering, and other potentially beneficial properties, Irish moss is also thought to have healing properties beneficial in treating ulcers and other problems relating to the digestive system.

 

 

lavender-bush

LAVENDER
Lavandula angustifolia
In an age of extremes lavender is essentially able to produce a balancing and harmonizing effect, by having a pronounced regulating effect on the nervous system.  Stress has long been known to deplete the immune system, and can be the cause, or the precipitating agent, for all types of illness and disease.  With this in mind, lavender is thought to have a restorative effect in cases of a weakened nervous system and have a calming effect on those prone to be stressed or agitated.  For years herbalists have used the calming effects of lavender to treat nervousness, anxiety, worry and depression.  Lavender is used as a symptomatic treatment of stress-related conditions.  It has been used for insomnia, headaches, and immune as well as digestive problems.

 

 

Licorice

LICORICE
Glycyrrhiza glabra
Long ago, in China, licorice acquired the name of “The Great Detoxifier”.  They believed that continuous consumption of licorice root would help to rid the body of poisons and could contribute to the body’s blood building efforts.  It has since been used in many Chinese prescriptions treating dry coughs and lung disorders, asthma, sore throats, laryngitis, ulcers, as well as inflammation of the urinary and intestinal tracts.  It is sad that licorice root increases vital energy, and that it is able to strengthen digestive and metabolic function.  It is believed that licorice root “harmonizes” the ingredients in an herbal formulation and eliminates any harshness, thus promoting smooth activity of the herbs.  Licorice is useful in the treatment of peptic ulcers, abdominal colic, stomach inflammation, colitis, and has been used as an expectorant in cases of bronchitis.

 

 

panax ginseng

KOREAN GINSENG
Panax ginseng
People have long used ginseng in their health practices, claiming it has the power to balance one’s energy.  It appears to have the quality to help regulate and strengthen body functions, improving metabolism, increasing both immune system resistance and respiratory performance.  Extracts from this herb have been used to provide a mental stimulant, thought to improve memory and cognitive power, and many claim that with regular use it can often reverse mental deterioration.  It can also lessen the effects of menopause.  Among its many uses, Panax ginseng is beneficial in treating fatigue, providing increased physical energy, increasing metabolism, fastening recovery from illness and surgery, and empowering its users with an increased alertness and power of concentration, as well as instilling a general sense of well-being and vitality.

 

 

passionflower

PASSIONFLOWER
Passiflora incarnate
Passionflower has found worldwide acclaim in the reduction of nervous tension, alleviating irritability and anxiety, and lowering blood pressure.  It is also used to promote restful sleep.  As an antispasmodic it has also been successfully used in the treatment of bronchial asthma.  Passionflower has an overall soothing and calming effect over the entire body, offering relief from stress and stress-related headaches and pain.  It has been employed in the treatment of muscle cramps, premenstrual tension, and disturbances often associated with menopause.

 

 

 

Red_clover

RED CLOVER
Trifolium pratense
Red clover is rich in isoflavones, including genistein and biochanin A (an antioxidant which protects against cells aging).  Used as an antibiotic, it has been used in fighting bacterial infections and dealing with kidney and liver diseases.  Over the years it has been tried with some success as a tumor and cancer remedy (for breast and prostate cancer in particular).  Red clover has also been used as a treatment for skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, as it claims to cleanse the blood.  Herbalists also recommend red clover for reducing uncomfortable menopausal symptoms, and improving overall health, including its use as an expectorant to clear chest congestion caused by coughs, colds, asthma and bronchitis.

 

 

To be continued…

 

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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cayenne1CAYENNE
Capsicum frutescens
A natural stimulant, cayenne seemingly aids circulatory function by feeding the necessary elements info the cell structure of the arteries, veins, and capillaries so that these regain some of the elasticity of youth, allowing the blood pressure to adjust itself to normal.  It also simulates the digestive system, and it has been used for treatment against stomachaches, cramps, gas, indigestion, loss of appetite, diarrhea and various fevers. Rich in carotenoids and vitamins C and E: these antioxidants are thought to protect against free radicals and reduce the risk of cancer.  Cayenne also appears to be useful in enhancing the activity of various immune systems.  Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne, seems to be able to deaden painsensing nerves, even when the cause remains present.

 

Cinnamon

CINNAMON
Cinnamomum verum
Long coveted as a healing aid for stomach upset, heartburn and gas, chronic diarrhea, rheumatism, kidney ailments and abdominal pain cinnamon has been used by homeopathic medical practitioners for diarrhea, hemorrhage and cancerous tumors.  For years Asians have promoted its use against heart problems, dental pain and urinary problems, believing that can kill certain bacteria and fungi, improve digestion and help to regulate blood sugar.  Said to fortify the immune system, cinnamon has been used to stimulate the respiratory and circulatory system, alleviating bronchial coughs, relieve menstrual discomfort and calm the central nervous system.

 

Fennel

FENNEL
Foeniculum vulgare
One of the oldest medical plants; fennel have reportedly been in use for over 4,000 years.  Alleged to stimulate the movement of food through the stomach and intestines, it is useful as a digestive aid, and seems to remedy mild spasms in the stomach and intestines, a feeling of fullness, and intestinal and gastric distress.  It also claims to have a calming effect on bronchitis and is a superb remedy for coughs and stubborn mucus.  In Asian medicine, fennel is recommended for instances of anemia, bloating, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea, hernia, and skin diseases.

 

fo-ti

FO-TI
Polygonum multiflorum
This herb has been known and honored in Asia for centuries as a tonic for kidney and liver functions and it is believed to be a natural antioxidant and free-radical scavenger.  It has been shown that it has the ability to strengthen tendons, ligaments, bones, the lower back, and the knees.  It also has been reported to prevent premature aging, as well as being beneficial in decreasing blood sugar levels in diabetics, and can act as a natural diuretic.  High cholesterol, heart conditions, poor circulation, insomnia and chronic bronchitis are among all the conditions that Fo-Ti alleges to help.  Providing strength, resilience and stamina. Fo-Ti is usually recommended as a superior herb for athletes, offering increased energy while rejuvenating the body and acting as a natural anti-inflammatory.

 

ginkgo-biloba4

GINKGO BILOBA
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba is the most powerful antioxidant known today and as such is said to help prevent degenerative conditions of the heart, arteries, eyes, ears and other organs, as well as shielding the brain from the effect of stress, toxins and aging.  For hundreds of years, traditional Chinese physicians have used ginkgo biloba to treat impotence.  It is thought that ginkgolides act by reducing inflammation around small airways in the lungs, and in doing so can offer some aid to asthma and allergy sufferers.  Ginkgo biloba is the most broad-spectrum medicine that is known today.  It contains so many different active ingredients that no single one of them can account for all of the extract’s healing powers.  Instead, they act synergistically – creating an overall effect that is greater than the sum of all of its parts.

 

gotu kolaGOTU KOLA
Centella asiatica
Rich in vitamins A, B, E, G, and K as well as magnesium, Gotu Kola has long been helpful in the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, heart problems, dysentery, insomnia, eye conditions, exhaustion, inflammation, high blood pressure, diarrhea and problems with urination.  Often referred to as, “food for the brain”, taken on a regular basis, this herb has become known as the “key to longevity” in humans, and seems to be able to enhance intelligence and improve memory, increasing mental and physical power, combining stress and improving the reflexes.  Gotu kola nourishes the nervous system, especially the brain, boosting energy levels, helping to fight depression, and reducing sleep disorders. Contemporary Western herbalist have long cited the wound-healing actions of Gotu kola.

 

Guarana

GUARANA
Paullinia cupana
Guarana figures prominently in the social and medicinal culture of the Amazonian Indians.  The seed of guarana has for hundred of years been uses as a general tonic and treatments for many ailments.  It holds fast to the claim that it has stimulating effect on the body, as well as having the ability to dispel pain.  Guarana has also developed the reputation of being somewhat of an aphrodisiac.  South Americans reportedly have used guarana to treat a long list of ailments such as: chronic or infectious diarrhea, headaches (including migraine), pain associated with rheumatism or menstruation, water retention (using as diuretic or “water pill”) and hence as an aid in weight loss, fever, malaria, heat stress and many other ailments.

 

 

To be continued…

 

Until next time…Stay Healthy

Katarzyna

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The health debate is on…

Dr. Jaromir Bertlik N.D.
Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board

One cannot deny the fact that good nutrition results in better health.  We are familiar with the dangers of trans-fats, preservatives, additives, coloring and high-sugar consumption in our diets; now, researches are pointing fingers to yet another potential health risk: the correlation between drinking cola and the weakening of bones.  Can the classic all-American refreshment be responsible for weakening our bones?  Research conducted in recent years leads to some surprising results…

In a Wall Street Journal article (October 16, 2007), Betsy McKay writes that some studies have linked the consumption of cola, the most popular soft drink, and poor bone-mineral density”.  A 1994 study based on 127 teenagers published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, and a 2000 study based on 460 high school students published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, both showed a connection “between consumption and bone fractures in physically active teen girls.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a Tufts University study, which reported to have “measured bone density and analyzed eating habits” and which found a “significant impact on women who drank more than three colas a week”.  On the other hand, the researches in this study, which was funded by the US Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Health, also showed “no evidence” that bone tissue is harmed by the “occasional” cola.

Taking all this research into account, the bottom line is best summarized by Katherine Tucker, an epidemiologist at Tuft University’s USDA Nutrition and the lead author of the cola study.  Tucker has simplified by stating “the more cola that women drank, the lower their bone mineral density was”.

Is Cola the Culprit?
While so many studies have found a correlation between cola consumption and weak bone density, scientists cannot agree on why this is the case.  Some argue that the caffeine, sugar, phosphoric acid and carbonation in cola impair calcium absorption in the bones.  One can take into consideration the sugar-factor alone; an average can of soda contains about ¼ cup of sugar!  Another reason cola is the culprit is due to its effect on insulin levels, which is augmented by the fact that sugar (along with caffeine) drains the body of B vitamins, magnesium and zinc.  Based on recent studies, certain B vitamins are thought to promote stronger bones by lowering homocysteine (an amino acid) levels, which would otherwise impair collagen’s ability to hold bones together.  Magnesium plays a role in calcium metabolism and zinc aids with collagen formation.  Together, the interruption of these functions sets the stage which results in the reduction of bone health.

The Ugly Truth…
The truth is that everyone is at risk of developing osteoporosis, irrelevant of gender.  This can be a debilitating disease and the resulting pain can lead to depression, restrictive ling disease (shortness of breath due to poor posture and squashed lungs) and ultimately, even pneumonia.  An estimated 52 million men and women aged 50 and above will have osteoporosis or be at an increased risk of having low bone mass by 2010 and by 2020, that number will skyrocket to 61 million.  In addition to osteoporosis patients are more likely to sustain hip fractures that those without the condition and further, “Approximately 20% of individuals with hip fractures will die the year after the fracture usually from surgery complications, such as pneumonia or blood clots in the lung”.  In fact, a woman’s risk of hip fracture is equal to her combined risk of developing breast, uterine and ovarian cancer.  Below are some important health statistics, related to men and women:

Men

  • Approximately 2 million men live with osteoporosis and there are still 12 million more at risk of developing the disease 
  • Osteoporosis progresses 12 years slower in a man than in a woman
  •  The medical community tends to ignore the prevalence of osteoporosis in men and are therefore less likely than women to be diagnose
  •  ¼ of all men over the age of 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related bone break

Women

  • While by their late 60’s men and women lose bone mass at similar rates, women face higher bone loss in their 50’s than men do
  • ½ of all women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis fracture before they die
  • After menopause, the risk for women – especially white and Asian with small0thin frames – of developing osteoporosis increases
  • 2% of college-aged women may already have osteoporosis and another 15% of women in this age group may have already lost significant bone density

True for both men and women

  • Smoking and excessive alcohol increases the risk of developing the disease.

How can you reduce the chances of osteoporosis?

  • The chances of developing osteoporosis can be sharply reduced through dietary restrictions and lifestyle changes – all of which would essentially     promote better health
  • The increased consumption of vegetables will positively result in increased antioxidants in the body
  • Always opt for low-glycemic nutrition
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight because fat cells generate more inflammation
  • Akuna offers a comprehensive, preventive approach to health aging for men and women – see which products are right for you.

 

Until next time…Stay Healthy

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kostWhat does all this have to do with inflammation?

Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range.  Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel walls.  This is what I refer to as repeated injury to the blood vessel wall and this is what leads to inflammation.  When you “spike” your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper and sanding down the walls of your delicate blood vessels.

But for now, let’s go back to the sweet roll: That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is also baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean.
Chips and fries are also soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6s are essential to the human body as they are part of every cell membrane, controlling what goes in and out of the cell — they must be present in direct correlation and balance to the omega-3s.

If this balance shifts due to excess consumption of omega-6s, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation. Today’s mainstream western diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats.  The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of the omega-6s.  That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation.  In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you acquire from eating these foods creates an overload of fat cells that in turn produce large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals adding to the injury which your body is already enduring.  The process that began with what seemed as an innocent sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle which over time creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, as the inflammatory process continues unabated – Alzheimer disease.

Who would willfully expose him/herself repeatedly to harmful foods and other substances that are known to cause injury to our bodies?   Only smokers perhaps, but they made their choice willfully.  The rest of us are simply following the mainstream dietary recommendations and consuming foods that are low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, completely oblivious to the fact that we are indeed causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. 

It is this repeated injury that creates the chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. 

Let me repeat that: the injury, and subsequently, the inflammation in our blood vessels are caused by the low fat diet that has been recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

My recommendations:

  • Choose complex carbohydrates such as colorful fruits and vegetables.
  • Eliminate or at least cut down on the inflammation-causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them. Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6s and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly “healthy polyunsaturated oils”.  The belief that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is just that: a belief and not a fact.  Actually the belief that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol at all is fairly weak itself.  Today, we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, and therefore any concern about saturated fats simply sounds absurd.  As absurd as the fact that the whole cholesterol theory led to the no-fat/low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods which are currently causing the epidemic of inflammation.  We are now facing an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.
  • Choose the wholesome foods your grandmother served and not those of your mother which came from grocery shelves filled with manufactured and processed foods.  By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food to your diet, you can reverse the damage caused to your arteries and your body.
  • Choose AKUNA products to help eliminate and prevent inflammation and future disease and use them daily.  The ingredients in all Akuna products are natural; this means that our bodies can digest them in the correct physiological forms and many of the ingredients are also well known for their ability to eliminate toxins from the body.  In my naturopathic practice I have had unparalleled results with the Akuna products therefore I recommend regular use of Alveo and Take Plaster at the least.  However, if you have access to other Akuna products such as Onyx Plus, MasterVit, Pinky or Cleanse Plus, I also recommend the regular use of those.
  • Improve the quality of life for your children as well by improving their diets.

There is no escaping the fact that as we continue consuming prepared and processed foods, the more we expose ourselves to the risk and dangers of inflammation.  The human body cannot process, nor was it ever designed to process foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.  There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is to return to consuming food close to its natural state.

With great health – Dr. Jaromir Bertlik

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We see it in scientific literature, we are continually bombarded with it at educational medical seminars, and allopathic medical doctors, as opinion setters, have for as long as I can remember insisted that heart disease is the direct result of elevated blood cholesterol.  For years, the only accepted method of therapy for heart disease has been prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricts fat intake (also intended to lower cholesterol).

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 It’s Not True!

It is now becoming evident that these recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible.  The turning point was the discovery made a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is in fact the real cause of heart disease.  This discovery is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be regarded and treated.

 

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is quite simply our bodies’ natural defense to foreign invaders such as a bacteria, toxins and viruses.  If we chronically expose our bodies to injury by toxins or foods which the human body was never designed to process, chronic inflammation occurs.  In short, chronic inflammation can be very harmful.

What role does inflammation play?

Simply stated, without the presence of inflammation in the body, cholesterol has no reason to accumulate in the wall of the blood vessels.  It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.  Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended.

Which are the 2 biggest causes of chronic inflammation?

  •  An overload of simple and highly processed carbohydrates such as white sugar and flour
  •  And the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils such as soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods

Foods, loaded with refined sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed with omega-6 oils for long shelf life, have been the mainstay of our diets for six decades.  These foods are slowly poisoning everyone.

What happens to our bodies?

While we savour the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader has declared war on our immune system.  So how does eating a little sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you ill?  Basically, when we consume simple carbohydrates such as refined sugar, our pancreas, in response, releases insulin whose primary purpose is to drive the sugar into our cells to be stored for energy.  As our cells become filled with sugar (glucose), any extra sugar is turned away.  Blood sugar continues to rise producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

 

To be continued…

 

Until next time…stay healthy

Katarzyna

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What you need to know about bones and joins with Dr. Jari Bertlik

In addition to ensuring a pain-free and fully mobile life, maintaining our bones and joints in good health allows us to enjoy and extended youth. For this reason the importance of maintaining a healthy bone density and proper joint function must not be undermined. Well, what is the best way to take care of our bones and joints?
Just as with any other body organ of body system, proper nutrition – plays a major role…

 

Question: What are the most common forms of bone disease?
Dr. Bertlik: When it comes to bones we are not really talking about disease but rather about their strength and consistency. First of all, when we are young and growing, proper development and healthy growth of bones is vital; later, once we reach our 20’s and from then on, it is essential to continue maintaining our bone health, meaning their strength and density.

Q: How do we maintain proper bone health?
Dr. Bertlik: Nutrition is of course central to the maintenance of healthy bones. A balanced diet is the best method; foods that are abundant in minerals – nuts and seeds should not be forgotten. Some of the most important minerals when it comes to bone health are: magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. Since we do not live in ideal world and these minerals are not obtained from the foods we eat, supplementing our diet is a smart opinion. Not meeting our required daily intake of minerals can lead to and imbalance in our bodies which when not corrected, eventually leads to a loss in bone tissue and bone density.

Q: What else is essential to maintaining good bone health?
Dr. Bertlik: Also important, is maintain a proper hormonal balance. An estrogen deficiency, for example, can and will eventually result in an impaired absorption of calcium from our gastrointestinal system. The kidneys also become less efficient in conserving calcium. As a result, there is a relative decline in the available calcium in your blood. The body works at all costs to try and maintain the normal calcium levels. The human skeletal system is the major organ for calcium storage; and estrogen deficiency will cause the body to compensate for the relative decrease in available calcium from the gut and kidney by leaching calcium from our bones. Thus not only do bones become weaker because of the estrogen deficiency, they in turn lose more calcium. The best way to reduce the loss of calcium from our bones is to increase our calcium intake from either our diets or through calcium supplementation.

Q: Do women suffer more from osteoporosis then men? Why so?
Dr. Bertlik: Yes, statistically this is true. Men do not require or produce as much estrogen as women do. Therefore, they also tend to be less affected by an estrogen deficiency. Please note however that this is not to say that men cannot and do not suffer from Osteoporosis.

Q: What are some of the problems we experience with our joints?
Dr. Bertlik: Most often the problems we have with our joints, such as arthritis and rheumatism, begin with the accumulation of toxic materials, especially acids in our joint fluid. This causes our joints to become inflamed and eventually damages our joint structure and impairs our joint function. Joint problems and join conditions are more commonly experienced with age because as we get chronologically older, so do our joints.

Q: Is there any way to prevent or reduce the risk of these conditions?
Dr. Bertlik: A healthy way of life including good nutrition and regular exercise are of course key. Avoiding inflammations and infections in our bodies is also very important; therefore, we need to tend to our immune system by keeping our body clean of toxins. And of course maintaining the recommended intake of calcium, magnesium and phosphorous, as well as zinc and other trace minerals in our daily diets is of essence. All these essential minerals are contained in Onyx Plus but let me remind you once again, that unless your gastrointestinal tract is clean, no minerals will be absorbed properly.

Until next time…Stay Healthy

Katarzyna

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