Advice for Life, October 12, 2017

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We live in a fast paced, toxic world eating processed foods, breathing polluted air, and drinking treated water. Chemicals from factories, vehicles, and pesticides are entering our bodies at alarming rates. Each year, air pollution prematurely kills nearly 6000 Canadians and recent studies indicate almost 8% of all non-traumatic mortality in Canadian cities is due to pollution. While this may sound overwhelming there are ways to fight the over abundance of toxins that enter our bodies on a regular basis. You can regain and maintain good health regardless of your age. There is H.O.P.E.

H.O.P.E. is the basic foundation for good health and consists of four elements we need daily to ensure that the digestive system and other body functions are working at optimum levels. These 4 elements when taken daily will increase your energy, reduce the chance of chronic disease, and improve your health.

  • High Fibre – Sufficient fibre intake of 30-40 grams per day is vital for good health, however the average person only consumes 10 grams. Fibre improves bowel function, optimizes nutrient absorption, gathers toxins for elimination, lowers cholesterol, and stabilizes blood sugar.
  • Oils – Essential Fatty Acids are not produced by the body and must be consumed from food sources such as raw nuts, seeds, and cold water fish. EFA’s play an important role in many key functions including brain function, cellular reproduction, healthy skin and hair, hormone production, lubrication of the colon, nerve transmission, and reducing inflammation.
  • Probiotics – The term probiotic means supporting life and they are beneficial bacteria that the body requires. These bacteria are normal inhabitants of the large and small intestines. There are both “good” and “bad” bacteria and they must be a balance of them for good health to be possible
  • Enzymes – Digestive enzymes are required to break down and utilize nutrients in food. Proper breakdown is essential for absorption of nutrients and also to ensure by-products from food are properly eliminated. When this does not occur food sits in the body and ferments, producing toxic material that enters the body through the bloodstream. These toxins cause damage to all areas of the body and are a leading cause of chronic diseases. As we age our natural enzyme production decreases and leads to declining energy, gas, bloating, heartburn, food allergies, inflammation, bone loss, indigestion, poor liver function, and poor nutrient absorption.

TWO Pharmacy carries the complete line of Renew Life which can provide all 4 elements of H.O.P.E. for you. Come in today and talk to us about digestive care and cleansing and get your body on the road to better health.

Product Spotlight, October 5, 2017

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CurcuminRich Theracurmin unlocks the medicinal power of curcumin, the yellow pigment found in turmeric (Curcuma longa). Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and is the principal spice used in curry. In India turmeric root has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to treat inflammatory conditions and is a powerful antioxidant.

When it comes to curcumin, it’s not how much you take, but how much you absorb, that matters. Early clinical studies found that large quantities of curcumin had to be consumed because the absorption (bioavailability) of regular curcumin is quite poor. Curcumin is relatively insoluble in water and is rapidly transformed and excreted from the body.

Theracurmin is an advanced formulation that uses proprietary dispersion technology to create microscopic particles dispersed in a colloidal suspension for better absorption. Theracurmin is more bioavailable than regular curcumin powder, ensuring a therapeutically effective level in the blood. Published studies comparing blood levels of curcumin using leading brands confirm that on a milligram-to-milligram basis, Theracurmin is the best-absorbed curcumin product on the market. Scientific scrutiny revealed that Theracurmin was more bioavailable on a milligram-to-milligram basis than other leading enhanced and regular forms of curcumin. Theracurmin represents a major scientific breakthrough in curcumin pharmacology, with both animal and human studies showing no side effects and significantly better results than other curcumin preparations. The first step in manufacturing Theracurmin is solubilizing it within a vegetable gum known as gum ghatti. The next step is grinding the curcumin mixture using a wet-grinding mill to produce microscopic particles that are 100 times smaller than regular curcumin powder. A homogenizer then disperses these particles to create a colloidal suspension that readily mixes with water. The combination of reduced particle size and improved solubility ensures that a therapeutically effective level of curcumin is absorbed into the bloodstream, where it lasts for hours.

Advice for Life, September 28, 2017

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Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant and one of the best researched nutrients. Most mammals can produce vitamin C as they need it but the human system evolved without this ability, therefore we must ensure an adequate daily intake to stay healthy. Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables, but it is easily destroyed by heat, cooking, processing, and storage, and rapidly eliminated from our system in the urine. Inadequate levels of vitamin C may be seen in cases of physical and mental stress, older people and those with chronic conditions including cardiovascular disease, asthma, arthritis, age-related eye disease, and certain cancers. Vitamin C is best known for strengthening the immune system by supporting and improving white blood cell function. It is also essential for the proper formation of collagen, the building block of many tissues and a crucial component in skin rejuvenation. It aids the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums is a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C also helps to reduce histamine release in the body, thereby alleviating allergy symptoms. There are numerous forms of vitamin C with ascorbic acid being the most basic. People wanting a clinically-proven form that is easier on the system than ascorbic acid should choose Ester-C brand calcium ascorbate.

Advice for Life, September 21, 2017

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Today we look at 2 great herbal products from New Chapter treat inflammation, pain, and soreness.

Turmeric Force uses whole-food Turmeric sourced from its natural habitat including the tropics in India. Turmeric is one of the most studied botanicals in modern science. Turmeric Force helps your body to maintain healthy inflammation responses. The extracts in Turmeric Force also support your cardiovascular health, as well as cognitive function and working memory. The 100% vegetarian capsule dissolves quickly so your body can absorb the pure and potent herbs. Turmeric Force is different because it delivers hundreds of remarkable compounds just like whole Turmeric, complete with Curcumin as well as Turmerones.

Zyflamend Whole Body is a best-selling herbal approach to pain relief. It is a potent 10-herb blend including Rosemary, Turmeric, and Green Tea. Full-spectrum Ginger helps relieve minor pain or soreness. Zyflamend Whole Body helps keep you moving! Whether it’s after a brisk workout or a light walk, this multi-herbal formula helps relieve minor pain or soreness so you can stay active. This herbal pain reliever helps to balance your body's natural, healthy inflammation response. The blend makes all the difference. In preclinical lab work, Zyflamend's 10 herbs showed a powerful synergy when tested as a whole blend, compared with testing activity of the 10 herbs separately. The formula is greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Chinese Skullcap - Time-honored tonic that promotes health and well-being.

Chinese Skullcap is one of ten herbs in Zyflamend™ Whole Body that have been traditionally used to support health and well-being.* Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) possesses a slightly cooling energy and is believed in traditional herbal systems to equalize chi, the vital principle and life force.

  • Ginger - “King of herbs” supports occasional pain relief after exercise.

Ginger is featured in over 20 New Chapter vitamins and supplements including Ginger Force™. Supercritical Ginger supports cardio and intestinal health.* Known as jiang meaning “defend” in traditional Chinese medicine and vishwabhesaj meaning “universal medicine” in Ayurveda, Ginger has been used for thousands of years in the most revered traditional herbal systems.

  • Green Tea - Promotes healthy aging, vitality, and cardiovascular health.

Green & White Tea Force™ delivers a full-spectrum extract that supports healthy aging, longevity, vitality, cardiovascular health and cellular protection.* Zen monks recommended chewing green tea leaves to maintain alertness and expand awareness during meditation.

  • Turmeric - Nature's powerful ally for healthy inflammation response.

New Product Spotlight, September 14, 2017

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How to Get 7 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables into Your Kid or Teen Easily

Does your kid or teen eat fruits and vegetables like there’s no tomorrow? If they are like most kids, the answer is a resounding NO! According to Health Canada, kids and teens aged 4-18 need anywhere from 4 to 7 full servings of fruits and vegetables, yet research show the majority of kids barely meet 50% of these values.

So the question is; how can you tell your kids or teens to eat their fruits and veggies when a study from the Canadian Produce Marketing Association shows that grown adults are struggling to get between 3.5 and 4.3 servings a day? Isn’t that like telling your kids to go outside to get exercise while you’re channel surfing on your couch?

This is one of the reasons Samuraw Nutrition Inc., created the world’s first organic food-derived multi vitamin/mineral/probiotic formula, designed exclusively for kids and teens. Samuraw Organic Complete delivers 24 nutrients sourced entirely from 25 real organic, non-GMO superfood fruits and vegetables, and contains the most clinically researched probiotic with over 1,000 studies.

If this wasn’t reason enough to give it to your young ones, the product also delivers the nutrient-equivalent of 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per serving, contains no sweeteners or flavors, and mixes instantly with any juice without changing the flavor.

Brad King, M.S., MFS

Brad King is a highly sought after authority on nutrition, obesity, longevity and men’s health who holds a masters in nutritional science, and is certified by the International Sports Sciences Association as a master of fitness science. He is the author of 12 books and has been featured on thousands of television and radio programs as well as both magazine and newspaper articles throughout North America as a leading health expert. A world-class professional speaker, Brad has been touted as one of the most influential health mentors of our time. TWO Pharmacy thanks Brad for his informative article concerning this exciting new product – Samuraw Organic Complete.

Advice for Life, August 31, 2017

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It is the end of the summer holidays and time to get back to good healthy habits for the fall. Because you don’t consume everything your body needs on a daily basis it may be necessary to supplement. The five “Building Blocks of Good Health” should be the foundation of any supplementation program.

Fish Oil:

Taking fish oil daily can help with pain, inflammation, joint stiffness, lipid levels and even your mood. This supplement might actually be better than eating fish on a regular basis, as the fish used in the oil are small and don’t accumulate the toxins that the bigger fish do. Don’t favour fish? Many omega-3 supplements are now available in plant based supplements.

Multivitamins or Greens:

The Canada Food Guide recommends 8-­10 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and most of us fall far short of this. A good multi will provide essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to help make up for skipped or rushed, unhealthy meal choices. Finding a multi that targets your specific demographic – age, gender, or prenatal for expectant females.

Probiotic:

A maintenance dose of 11 billion CFU’s per day can improve nutrient absorption, waste elimination, protect your gut from digestive disturbances, and improve your overall immune system. Although some food sources contain probiotics, most have a much lower dose and do not contain the specific bacterial strains useful for many conditions. They are used to prevent gas, cramping, and unsavoury side effects of antibiotics.

Vitamin D:

One third of Canadians have Vitamin D levels below what is considered for healthy bones. A minimum dose of 1,000 IU during the summer months, and 3,000 IU during the winter. It can help with seasonal affective disorder, your immune system, bone deficiencies, diabetes, pains and wound healing. Because Vitamin D is found in so few foods, our main source is sunshine. However in Canada our long winters limit exposure and unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun. A healthy oil based vitamin D allows it to be absorbed effectively.

Magnesium:

Magnesium might seem like a mundane mineral, but it is pretty miraculous. Some studies suggest it can lift energy levels, combat depression, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, reduce muscle pain, increase bone strength, help migraines, ease PMS symptoms, and aid in cardiovascular conditions and diabetes. As many as 80% of North Americans are magnesium deficient.

It is important to remember that some supplements may not be beneficial to you and could interact with certain medications or supplements. If in doubt consultation with your naturopath, physician, or pharmacist is recommended.

Advice for Life August 24, 2017

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Super-berries!

Karen Wold

Chartered Herbalist, Certified Natural Products Adviser

Honetberries, saskatoons, raspberries, currants... berries are a sweet taste of summer. Often hailed as "superfoods", berries are a great source ov Vitamin C and other antioxidants. They are also relatively easy to harvest and preserve: we simply pick them, wash them, and freeze them to use later in smoothies. Many kinds of berries are also traditionally used in herbal medicine, such as elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Some say the whole elder tree is practically a herbal medicine chest in itself: the bark, leaves, flowers, and berries of elder are all useful for a variety of purposes. Both elder flowers and berries have long been considered helpful in colds, flus, nasal catarrh (excessive mucous), and sinusitis.

TWO Pharmacy carries a variety of elderberry herbal preparations including capsules, extracts, and syrups. You can also find the popular "superfood" berries : dried goji berries, goldenberries, and mulberries; pure juices of cranberry, tart cherry, or concord grape; and more concentrated supplements such as powders or capsules. It is important to remember that some supplements may not be beneficial to you and could interact with certain medications and other supplements. Remember to check first with your TWO pharmacist or natural health consultant on whether or not thes supplements are right for you.

Product Spotlight August 17, 2017

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The World’s Most Nutritious Leaf, Available from TOP Nutritionals

Have you heard of Moringa oleifera? If you want anti-aging, immune-boosting nutrients in a raw, whole-food form, look no further than TOP Nutritionals Moringa.  

Known as the ‘Miracle Tree’ and “Tree of Life’, Moringa leaves are the world’s most nutritious, with proven benefits for diabetes, heart health, cholesterol, inflammation and more. Its potency is proven through hundreds of clinical trials.

Moringa’s nutrient-density has earned this powerful leaf ‘superfood’ status. It delivers more iron, calcium, protein, Omega-3s and vitamins per calorie than those foods we associate with the highest of nutrients. Most importantly, Moringa tops the charts in antioxidants!

TOP Nutritionals has concentrated the goodness of these leaves in a raw, 100% organic leaf powder. You can stir Moringa leaf powder into water or juice, add it to smoothies, and stir it into soups or sauces. TOP Nutritionals also offers Moringa leaf powder in capsules, for nutrition on-the-go.


TOP Nutritionals has exclusive distribution rights with a USDA certified organic farm in Nicaragua, known for unparalleled quality. Their Moringa is grown on rich, volcanic soils. The leaves are harvested at nutritional peak and dehydrated at low temperatures, preserving maximum raw enzymes. TOP Nutritionals Moringa leaf powder is the purest you’ll find! Try it today!

Advice for Life, August 10, 2017

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We protect our skin with sunscreen, but what about our eyes? Most of

us are aware of the dangerous effects ultraviolet (UV) rays have on

our skin, but few of us realize the danger imposed on our eyes. UV

radiation, whether from natural sunlight or artificial UV rays, can

damage the eye’s surface tissues as well as the cornea and

lens. There are three types of UV radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC

rays do not pose any threat, as they are absorbed by the ozone layer.

However, exposure to UVA and UVB rays can have adverse effects on

your eyes and vision.

If you are exposed, unprotected, to excessive amounts of UV

radiation over a short period of time, you are likely to experience an

effect called photokeratitis which is an inflammation of the cornea

caused by a brief exposure to UV radiation, usually when combined

with cold wind and snow. Like a “sunburn of the eye”, it may be

painful and may create symptoms including red eyes, a foreign body

sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and

excessive tearing. Fortunately, this is usually temporary and rarely

causes permanent damage to the eyes.

Long-term exposure to UV radiation can be more serious. Scientific

studies and research growing out of the U.S. space program have

shown that exposure to small amounts of UV radiation over a period

of many years may increase the chance of developing a cataract, and

may cause damage to the retina. This damage to the retina is usually

not reversible. Cumulative damage of repeated exposure may

contribute to chronic eye disease, as well as increase the risk of

developing skin cancer around the eyelids.

It is not yet known how much exposure to UV radiation will cause

how much damage, but a good recommendation is to wear quality

sunglasses that offer good protection and a wide-brimmed hat when

outdoors. To provide protection for your eyes, your sunglasses

should:

• block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation

• screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light

• be perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and

imperfection

• have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition

If you spend a lot of time in bright sunlight, wrap-around frames can

provide additional protection from harmful UV radiation by keeping

UV rays from reaching the eyes. Also, remember UV eye protection

for children and teenagers. They typically spend more time in the sun

than adults. Finally, even if you are wearing contact lenses that have

UV protection, you still need to wear sunglasses. UV rays will likely

affect the eye tissue that is not covered by the contacts.

Advice for Life, August 10, 2017

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We protect our skin with sunscreen, but what about our eyes? Most of

us are aware of the dangerous effects ultraviolet (UV) rays have on

our skin, but few of us realize the danger imposed on our eyes. UV

radiation, whether from natural sunlight or artificial UV rays, can

damage the eye’s surface tissues as well as the cornea and

lens. There are three types of UV radiation: UVA, UVB and UVC. UVC

rays do not pose any threat, as they are absorbed by the ozone layer.

However, exposure to UVA and UVB rays can have adverse effects on

your eyes and vision.

If you are exposed, unprotected, to excessive amounts of UV

radiation over a short period of time, you are likely to experience an

effect called photokeratitis which is an inflammation of the cornea

caused by a brief exposure to UV radiation, usually when combined

with cold wind and snow. Like a “sunburn of the eye”, it may be

painful and may create symptoms including red eyes, a foreign body

sensation or gritty feeling in the eyes, extreme sensitivity to light and

excessive tearing. Fortunately, this is usually temporary and rarely

causes permanent damage to the eyes.

Long-term exposure to UV radiation can be more serious. Scientific

studies and research growing out of the U.S. space program have

shown that exposure to small amounts of UV radiation over a period

of many years may increase the chance of developing a cataract, and

may cause damage to the retina. This damage to the retina is usually

not reversible. Cumulative damage of repeated exposure may

contribute to chronic eye disease, as well as increase the risk of

developing skin cancer around the eyelids.

It is not yet known how much exposure to UV radiation will cause

how much damage, but a good recommendation is to wear quality

sunglasses that offer good protection and a wide-brimmed hat when

outdoors. To provide protection for your eyes, your sunglasses

should:

• block out 99 to 100 percent of both UV-A and UV-B radiation

• screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light

• be perfectly matched in color and free of distortion and

imperfection

• have lenses that are gray for proper color recognition

If you spend a lot of time in bright sunlight, wrap-around frames can

provide additional protection from harmful UV radiation by keeping

UV rays from reaching the eyes. Also, remember UV eye protection

for children and teenagers. They typically spend more time in the sun

than adults. Finally, even if you are wearing contact lenses that have

UV protection, you still need to wear sunglasses. UV rays will likely

affect the eye tissue that is not covered by the contacts.

Advice for Life, July 13, 2017

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Vacation time is here and we wish you all the best for a safe and happy summer! It is a great idea to keep a first aid kit readily available in your home, cottage, car, boat, workplace, and recreation area. Store it in a dry place and replace used or outdated contents regularly.

A basic first aid kit should contain the following:

  • Emergency telephone numbers for EMS/9-1-1, your local poison control centre, and your personal doctors
  • Home and office phone numbers for family members, friends, or neighbours who can help
  • Sterile gauze pads (dressings) in small and large squares to place over wounds
  • Adhesive tape
  • Roller and triangular bandages to hold dressings in place or to make an arm sling
  • Adhesive bandages in assorted sizes
  • Scissors, Tweezers, Safety pins
  • Instant ice packs
  • Disposable non-latex gloves, such as surgical or examination gloves
  • Flashlight, with extra batteries in a separate bag
  • Antiseptic wipes, soap, or normal saline
  • Emergency blanket, Eye patches, Thermometer
  • Barrier devices, such as a pocket mask or face shield
  • First aid manual, Pencil & pad

If you require any travel vaccinations or need a consultation you can book an appointment with Shiv at TWO Travel Clinic at 403-932-2500 or book online at www.twopharmacy.ca

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