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Monday, October 24, 2011

A Message from Marge-November 2011

This month’s Customer Appreciation Days will occur on November 4th and 5th during regular store hours. The thought of November reminds me to have the attitude of gratitude and thankfulness. With that thought I am thankful for each of you, our neighbors, and the community we reside in. I am thankful Kari and I were able to attend the 2011 National Products Expo East Trade Show held in Baltimore, MD this past September. This was Kari’s first tradeshow for our industry and proved to be an exciting, educational, and enlightening experience. I was able to network with established experts and was introduced to new products using the latest technology from proven scientific research. I am going to introduce the new products that we found sitting on our shelves, awaiting your viewing:

  • ANDALOU Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Science cares as much about the process of fair trade and sustainability as they do about enriching the lives they touch with advanced skin care products. Come and view the display by the check out counter, take the short test to determine your unique needs in advanced skin care.

  • For fun and added enhancement of nails we have all the newest colors of No Miss Nail Polish that is free of formaldehyde and toluene. The polish can be safely removed with polish remover that is free of acetone and ethyl acetate.

  • Food is a hot topic at home with the frequent question of what’s for dinner. Cook Simple carries a line of products that is a natural alternative to Hamburger Helper. The Cranberry Wild Rice meal will be featured this Customer Appreciation Day. This company simplifies healthy home cooking with complete nutritious meals that are gluten free, 30 minutes from stove to table.

  • I also discovered Plant Fusion, nature’s most complete plant protein. It is a proprietary blend of pea, artichoke, sprouted organic amaranth, sprouted organic quinoa proteins fortified with glutamine and branch chain amino acids. This is a gluten free protein and is available in four flavors; vanilla, chocolate, chocolate raspberry, and unflavored. Sample Plant Fusion this Customer Appreciation Day!

  • The last company I wish to feature is a peanut free facility offering bulk foods of premium quality and certified organic. They offer a variety of nut and dried fruit blends that are perfect for that quick snack or pick me up in the middle of the morning or afternoon. The ingredients in each of the mixes are simply unbelievable in the quality and choice of blend. All dried fruits are unsulphured. As an example the Hunza Goji Granola is sweetened with Agave Syrup and made with extra virgin coconut oil, Hunza raisins, dried mulberries, dried Goji berries, and Hunza Apricot kernels.

  • For the newest arrivals in your home, we now offer PVC and PBA free sippy cups, teethers, stacking cups, and baby food mills. We also have organic cotton blankies, rattles, burp pads, as well as organic lip & cheek balm, and organic diaper balm. This company prioritizes values that protect our children and the sustainability of Earth. Parents love the assurance of growing healthy, happy, children with safe, toxic free products.

We look forward to seeing you November 4th and 5th and sharing in our excitement in offering these wonderful new products to you! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Boost Your Immunity

It’s that time again: shorter days, cooler temperatures and the beginning of the flu season. How do we survive and even thrive in this world that is teeming with microorganisms? The answer, in short, is our immune system. Composed of millions of cells circulating throughout the body, this system protects us by fighting off microscopic enemy invaders such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, fungus, and parasites. Keeping the immune system in top fighting form requires improvements in lifestyle and diet. And we can further enhance its functioning with the right dietary supplements.

Lifestyle Matters
When we are exposed to stress, our levels of a hormone called cortisol can become chronically elevated, suppressing immune activity. Therefore strong immune function depends on an effective stress-reduction program. Strategies such as exercise, yoga, and meditation have been shown to reduce both stressful feeling and to improve immunity. Adequate sleep is also essential for proper immune system function. Sleep-deprived individuals have decreased natural killer cell activity and decreased cellular immunity.
If you smoke, or overindulge in alcohol, your immune system is more likely to be impaired. The good news is that when smokers quit, their immune function improves dramatically and quickly. Within just one month of quitting, previous smokers demonstrate increased natural killer cell activity and elevations in antibody levels. Within two weeks of abstinence from alcohol, previously depressed cellular immunity improves. Within two months of sobriety, cellular immunity normalizes.

A Defensive Diet
Just like any of our bodily processes, our immune system relies upon good nutrition to function at its best. Creating a rainbow of color on your plate is one of the best ways to build a healthy immune system. By eating a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, you are consuming a full spectrum of antioxidative flavonoids. In addition to flavonoids, fruits and vegetables contain important immune-enhancing vitamins and minerals. These nutrients include zinc, vitamin E, vitamin D, sterols, and carotenes such as vitamin A and lycopene. Eat zinc-rich pumpkin seeds and almonds; vitamin E-rich wheat germ, sunflower oil, and spinach; dietary plants sterols (such as unrefined oils, nuts, seeds, and grains); and free radical-scavenging carotenes found in dark green vegetables, carrots, yams, and tomatoes. Be sure to obtain daily safe sun exposure for adequate vitamin D, and eat vitamin D-rich foods, such as cold liver oil, sardines, salmon, mackerel, and tuna.

Fat is also an essential nutrient. Saturated fats and trans fats are unhealthful and should be avoided. Better choices are polysaturated and monounsaturated fats found in vegetables and nuts and their oils. Certain fats are considered essential fatty acids, (EFA’s). Fish, especially sardines, salmon, cod, and halibut, is an excellent source of omega-3’s (EPA and DHA). Omega-3 EFAs are critical to strong immune function.

No discussion of diet and immunity would be complete without mentioning sugar. Glucose, fructose, sucrose, and any other form of sugar impair lymphocyte activity, which is essential for immunity. The average person consumes 150 g of sucrose every day. This means that most people are suppressing their immune systems by consuming sugar. If we simply decrease our sugar intake, we would experience a major decrease in colds, flu and other infections.
In addition to the vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that have been shown to elicit a positive immune response, there are some excellent immune-stimulating supplements and herbs that have become my favorites:

Coenzyme Q10: Also known as ubiquinone, CoQ10 is a potent antioxidant nutrient that enhances cellular production of energy and immune function. It supports antibody production, phagocytic activity, and is especially necessary during active infection.
Echinacea: Perhaps the most widely used herb for supporting immune function, echinacea stimulates the activity of macrophages (natural killer cells) and lymphocytes, and scavenges free radicals.

Garlic: Garlic has a strong antimicrobial activities against bacteria, viruses, fungal organisms, and parasites. Aged garlic extract increases B cells antibody production, as well as the activity of macrophages, T cells, and natural killer cells.

Probiotics: Beneficial bacteria in the intestines activate immune cells, increase natural killer cell activity and are necessary in our fight against disease-causing bacteria.

Elderberry Extract: Effective against flu viruses. It enhances immune system function as it builds the blood and cleanses the system. Relieves coughs and congestion and lowers fever.

Olive Leaf Extract: Fights all types of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. It helps stave off colds and flu and is good for virtually any infectious disease.

Sovereign Silver: Probably the most universal natural antibiotic substance, it is tasteless and nontoxic. Many forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi utilize a specific enzyme for their metabolism. Silver acts as a catalyst to disable the enzyme. Importantly, the bacteria, fungi and viruses do not seem to develop an immunity to silver as they do to chemical antibiotic agents.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

52nd Anniversary Schedule

Greg Brown Friday Oct. 7th 9-12 Noon

Many of you have gotten to know Greg Brown from Cincinnati over the years. He has been in the health food industry for over 25 years. He really supports what we do here at Schlarman’s and enjoys the folks in this area. Greg is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to health and good nutrition. He will be on the floor from 9-12 noon on Friday, Oct. 7th to sample products and answer any questions you may have.

Lecture & Lunch
Friday Oct. 7th 12 noon

Supporting Respiratory Health this
Cold and Flu Season

Stacey Littlefield

Stacy is passionate about natural medicines and a firm believer of utilizing nutritious foods to improve overall health. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise in the health food industry makes her a dynamic speaker. You will be glad you made the extra effort to be here!

We also are having many great specials ranging from 20 to 25% off!! Here is a list of some of the things on special this weekend:

20% OFF
Entire Line of Enzymatic
Therapy Products

20 % OFF
Entire Line of New Chapter Products

Entire Line of Redd
Remedies Products

20% OFF
Entire Line of Barlean’s
Organic Oils

25% OFF
Seagate Olive Leaf Extract Capsules 45, 90 or 250 ct.

25% OFF
Boiron Oscillococcinum
Flu Remedy
25% OFF
American Health Chewable Acidophilus 100 wafers
Assorted Flavors

25% OFF
Pure & Basic Paraben Free Body Wash and Body
Lotions. Assorted Scents

25% OFF
Nature’s Alchemy Essential Oils—These make great stocking stuffers!

Also be sure to check out our end cap specials at the front of the store!!