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And what about chicken soup, you ask? 

The suspected benefits of chicken soup have been reported for centuries.  The Egyptian physician Maimonides recommended it for respiratory symptoms in his 12th century writings that were, in turn, based on earlier Greek writings.  And, of course, mothers all over the world have said it time and time again.

University of Nebraska researcher, Dr. Stephen Rennard, became interested in the subject, and in 1993, he conducted a well-controlled research study on chicken soup that he prepared in the laboratory following his family’s recipe.  He was not able to identify the exact ingredients or ingredients in the soup that he prepared in the laboratory following his family’s recipe.  He was not able to identify the exact ingredient or ingredients in the soup that made it effective but concluded that it was the combination of all the vegetables and the chicken soup that made it so beneficial. 

The study also presented evidence that chicken soup can stop or reduce inflammation.  Since inflammation, particularly of the respiratory tract, contributes to cold/flu symptoms, the soup clearly has its benefits.  For comparison purposes, commercially available chicken soups were tested for anti-inflammatory effects, and most of the soups were just as effective as the homemade chicken soup.

There are also many herbs, which are recommended for both conditions.  Some boost the immune system, some suppress cough, and yet other reduce fever.  Since all herbs contain active substances that may interact with other herbs, supplements or medications, or trigger side effects, it is advisable to consult a knowledgeable practitioner in this field.  Here some of the herbs used to treat cold/flu that are also found in Alveo: Licorice, Peppermint, and Yarrow.

Similarly, dietary supplements (such as vitamins, minerals and others) may interact with medications or have various side effects; therefore, a consultation with a knowledgeable health provider is advised.  Despite a popular belief that vitamin C can cure a cold/flu, the scientific evidence in support of this, is limited.  Some experts suggest that vitamin C may only be beneficial for individuals with already low levels of this supplement.  Others suggest that the effect of vitamin C may be very individual – some people may improve, while others may not. 

Several studies, but not all, have revealed that zinc lozenges and nasal zinc gels may reduce some symptoms of cold and flu, cough in particular.  However, nasal zinc spray does not appear to have the same benefits.

Prevention

Even though everybody gets cold/flu from time to time, there are preventive measures one can take.  The best defense is frequent hand washing.  Scrubbing your hands for at least 15 seconds with the ordinary soap and water is the most efficient way to prevent viruses from entering the body.  Remember: telephones, doorknobs, shopping cart handles and computer keyboards, are well known carriers of germs!  And of course, a healthy diet, regular exercise, adequate rest and reduction of stress are all essential I building a strong immune system.

Alveo Can Help!

One of the reasons our body needs food supplements is the quality of food in our stores and markets.  Most of our food, if not all, is mass-produced, meaning it is produced with the use of pesticides, colorants and additives.  It often has decreased nutritional value.  Since food is essential in keeping our organs and body systems working properly, we need to add supplements to our diets to meet nutritional requirements and to keep our bodies strong and resilient.

In order to get all nutrients to our organs, our digestive system must absorb them well.  Alveo is an excellent digestive tonic and as such, helps in the gastrointestinal absorption by stimulating digestive enzyme production.  The herbs found in Alveo also have anti-inflammatory properties in the gastrointestinal tract.  When our organs are well-nourished and function properly, we are much more prepared to face the fall and winter seasons.

Until next time…Stay healthy

Katarzyna

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Alveo should be a basic part of our preventive health program against majority of diseases and premature aging.

Alveo improves the function of Central Nervous System (CNS) by supporting blood circulation and the nutritional requirements of the brain.  It also improves the activity of neurontransmitters (chemicals which help to transmit nerve impulses), and has a calming effect.  The extracts that have the greatest effect in this area are ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, lavender, passionflower and blessed thistle.  The result is an improved memory, better concentration, an improved ability to adapt one’s mood (and in avoiding depressive moods), and deeper sleep.  CNS functions are important to support because the brain creates hormones that affect every other organ in the body. 

A healthy brain usually means a healthy body.  Alveo harmonizes the hormonal system by providing prohormones of phytosterol, plant hormones that activate your natural metabolism by working on the endocrine glands.  The main extracts utilized in this area are red clover, licorice, and alfalfa, as well as several others.  They are important to menstrual regularity, fertility in both genders and for moderating the symptoms of menopause.  These extracts also help to regulate blood sugar levels, helping to prevent diabetes and obesity.

Alveo also harmonizes the function of the immune system by adapting the capacity and mucous membranes of the alimentary tract, harmonizing the microbes in the large intestine and by boosting the Peyers patches; the cells of the immune system that surround the small intestine.  It helps food move through the intestines and has anti-inflammatory effects on the intestinal wall.  Baradykinase from aloe, tannins, pectins, chlorophyll and antibiotic substances are those parts of Alveo that are active here.  

Alveo helps the hormonal system create estrogen – an essential hormone even for men.  It also increases our resistance to stress by boosting the immune system and has detoxicative and diuretic effects that facilitate the function of the liver and kidneys.

Extracts from gingko biloba, licorice and alfalfa lead the way in fighting off autoimmune diseases (diseases where the body has an immune response to itself) such as psoriasis.  Extracts from Siberian ginseng, gingko biloba, red clover, licorice, horsetail, Chinese fo-ti-tieng, alfalfa and Korean ginseng also have a positive influence on the prevention of oncogenous diseases.

Alveo ensures the efficiency of vitamins in fighting increased levels of homocystein because by working on hormones it regulates the enzymes and the substances from which an organism creates these enzymes.   Alveo therefore operates at the earliest stages of the defect development, compared to most of today’s pharmaceutical products; which try to fix problem once it has already become major.

Alveo positively influences the activity of the digestive tract by improving the appetite and optimizing the amount and composition of the digestive system and biliary juices (in particular, decreasing the growth of the Helicobacter pylori using Irish moss extract, and thereby preventing ulcerative disorders of the stomach and the small intestine).  It also supports the activity and enzymatic set of the liver (this is where the organ sulphides and bitter extracts from the blessed thistle and yellow genitian come in), and by assisting the adaptation of enteric micro-flora, which provide anti-bacterial, anti-virus and anti-fungal effects, especially in the large intestine and the regulation of bowel movement (through extracts from aloe, licorice, red clover and thyme).

Alveo harmonizes blood circulation by improving heart activity (by utilizing Siberian ginseng, Korean ginseng, alfalfa, lavender, gotu kola and passionflower), improving blood clotting ability, expanding the blood vessels from the coronares to the capillaries (gingko biloba, cayenne and cinnamon operate here) and accelerating blood circulation.   In addition, Alveo supports blood cell creation because the immune system becomes more harmonized with the cytokine set-the cells which destroy alien proteins in the blood.

Alveo  stimulates and protects the respiratory system: it positively influences the depth and frequency of the breath (using yarrow and cayenne); and commensurate with your present condition it may moisten the airways and release mucus, Alveo aids the airways in their expansion and contraction, stimulating expulsion (blessed thistle, horsetail, fennel seed, licorice, Irish moss) and at the same time calming a dry cough (boneset and thyme).  By virtue of its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects.   Alveo leads to the prevention of diseases of the respiratory system.

Alveo harmonizes the musculoskeletal system: it releases tension in the muscles (ginseng, passionflower and guarana) and strengthens muscles that are flaccid and weakened.  By regulating muscle tension, it helps to protect ligaments and bones from stress due to contracted muscles (using Chinese fo-ti-tieng, cardamom and gotu kola).  It also improves the quality of articular cartilage – the anti-inflammatory effects from the extracts can assist in the prevention of rheumatism and arthritis, which are often a result from inflamed joint cartilage.

 

Until next time…Stay healthy

 

Katarzyna

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Ten tips on how to eat well and live healthy:

1.   Do not eat until you are genuinely hungry.  When you are hungry our stomach will tell us that it needs food.  This means the stomach is empty from the previous meal and is ready to digest a new meal.  If you eat when you are not hungry or continually eat and mix semi digested foods with new ones, it will cause the mixture to stay in the stomach pouch for a longer time.  This causes purification and fermentation of foods leading to health problems.

2.   Do not over eat.  The stomach has a limited capacity for food and needs some space for mixing and digestion.  If it is completely full, it cannot function properly.  The stomach is located beneath heart, and when the stomach is full it expands and applies pressure on the heart.  The process leaves very little space for the heart to beat at its proper pace.  Too much pressure can cause the heart to palpitate or to beat at irregular intervals.  Always stop eating before you feel full.  It takes approximately 20 minutes for the stomach to let your brains know you are in fact full and that it is best at that time to stop eating.

3.   Take liquids before solids.  Foods that are less difficult to digest and require less time should be eaten first.  After the easier swallow food has been consumed, start with harder to chew foods that need more time for digestion.  The food, which is more solid and has the lower water content, should be taken after the food, which has highest water content.  Soup and vegetables should be taken before the main meal.

4.   Do not drink while you are eating.  Water, juices or carbonated drinks should not be taken with a meal as they dilute the stomach juices and enzymes and interrupt digestion process.  This causes gas, bloating, pain, constipation and toxicity of the whole body.  Undigested food goes into the intestines and then into the colon where it putrefies and ferments to create more gas and acid, which is then re-absorbed, into the bloodstream.  Water and all kinds of drinks can be taken half an hour before and about two hours after the meal.

5.   It is best to chew each bite of food 20-30 times.  Chewing food is a very important process in proper digestion.  Dieticians recommended chewing solid food to the extent.  This ensures for proper breakdown and causes the food to change to the more liquid for before making for a more simple digestion process.  Many problems and diseases are caused by not chewing food adequately.

6.   Do not mix different food groups together and try to eat a single food group at one time.  There are different groups of food in nature, for instance fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.  Most of the food we consume is complex, but in order to have better digestion it is best not mix proteins with carbohydrates or fats with proteins.  For example, the traditional North American dish of steak   and potatoes in not a good mixture for healthy digestion and nutrients absorption.  If a potato, which is carbohydrate, gets served with vegetables it makes an ideal food combination.   Carbohydrates and vegetables also make a good combination.  A proper combination of the right foods makes for over all healthy digestion.

7.   Do not eat any processed or manufactured foods.  Any food that has been altered by the process using heat or the adding of chemicals to preserve or add flavor or is vitamin enriched is not healthy to eat.  For example, white bread does not have any food value left in it nor do cold cuts which are full of chemicals and coloring.  All added chemicals are hazardous to your health.

8.   Add lots of fiber to your meals.  The human digestive system is a long tube which should be filled with a large amount of fibrous foods.  Fiber absorbs water and cleans the digestive track.  A lack of fibers in your diet causes many kinds of disorders and diseases; from constipation to cancer.

9.   Drink at least eight glasses of water a day.  Our body is made up of 65% to 70% of water.  Without an adequate amount of water, the body does not function optimally and there is a general lack of energy and concentration.  All nutrients and vitamins must be dissolved in water in order to be absorbed into the bloodstream.  The amount of water to be drink is based on the body weight of the individual; for each kilogram of weight, one ounce of water is needed.  Note that too much water is also not recommended as it flushes the nutrients out of your body. 

10.   Exercise.  Exercising makes the muscles strong and keeps the bones dense.  It stimulates the lymphatic system keeping the fluids moving so it works better at keeping us healthy.  Our lymphatic system is responsible for waste collection and immunity protection.  It does not have a pumping system like our bloodstream has to the heart; therefore, the speed of fluid movement is very low.  Regular exercise keeps the continual appellation of toxins through the lymphatic system removing them from the body.

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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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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Message from the President of Akuna Health Product Inc.

 

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     Akuna Products Kosher Certified

 

 

Valued Customers and Distributors,

It is my great pleasure to inform you all that now Akuna products, namely ALVEO Grape, ALVEO Mint, Onyx Plus, MasterVit and Pinky are all KOSHER certified.

Recent market research shows that the demand for kosher products is growing stronger. In my opinion, more than half of the people who seek out kosher foods do so because they believe that they are cleaner and safer than non-kosher items. It is certainly being considered trendy and healthy, much like the recent upsurge in the popularity of non-GMO (non-genetically modified) foods. Apart from people who follow the religious practices, some people are simply reassured by the additional qualities of kosher foods, initially developed from religious practices. In fact, many people from different religious background including many vegetarians prefer to eat kosher foods because of their strict dietary requirements and health benefits.

The Kosher symbol on the label of a product means that a kosher certification authority has inspected the production process from start to finish. This authority checks every ingredient, reactor, utensil, container and piece of machinery to ensure that nothing non-kosher enters the food at any stage of production. Products that have been certified as kosher are labeled with a mark called a “hekhsher” which in Hebrew means “kosher approval” and generally identifies the organization that certified the product.

The process of certification involves examining the ingredients used to make the food, examining the process by which the product is prepared, and periodically inspecting the processing facilities to make sure that kosher standards and policies are maintained.

As I always mention, honesty, integrity and commitment is the foundation of our philosophy at Akuna Health Products, thus it is our endeavor to manufacture natural health products and food supplements in accordance to GMP regulations, ISO Standards and using only the highest grade of raw materials that are certified Kosher to ensure the purity and quality of our finished products.        

Wishing you Health and Success,

Zdenka Forst

 

President

Akuna Health Products Inc.

 

To view the certificate, please click on the link:

https://www.akuna.net/picture/akuna_ca/PDFs/Kashruth.pdf

 

Until next time…Stay Healthy

Katarzyna

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What is Onyx Plus?

Onyx

Natural health products and supplements are an integral part of living today. Onyx Plus plays a crucial role in today’s diet, and lifestyle. Each nutrient in the highly enriched mineral drink co-exist and work together to provide you with the best possible results. Supplements are no longer a compensation for inadequate diets. They are a means of eliminating toxins in your body while gently cleansing your system.

Today’s society is very much fixated on healthy eating habits. Onyx Plus delivers results for our organ system that ultimately helps with better functioning of our entire body.

Calcium, magnesium and a variety of minerals are amongst the many nutrients our bodies’ lack. Onyx Plus helps rebuild and reform early stages of bone loss due to deficiencies.

While empowering your fast paced lives, along with everyday mishaps comes anxiety causing stress. Like anything in life, there will always be problems or situations which cause your heart to beat rapidly.

The one thing we all can do to help reduce feeling overwhelmed is embracing a healthy, pro-active lifestyle.

Onyx Plus is just the answer. It helps reduce stress on the cellular level and helps increase defensive functions against prone to stress areas.

What Onyx Plus offers?

Major and trace minerals Major and trace mineral deficiencies can lead to health problems. Improper diet, digestive problems, and agricultural soil exhaustion contribute to the overall mineral deficiencies in the body.

Increased mineral absorption  Onyx Plus is prepared from the most advanced organic sources of calcium and magnesium. Because they are highly water soluble, they have an excellent intestinal absorption, which makes them ultimately available for biological activity in the body.

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