Herbalife’s Best Defense + Echinacea – The Ultimate Constipation Killer

I was sitting across from one of my students who’s a surgeon now studying at the University of Sydney and I was telling her how much energy this specific tablet gave me in the morning.  Aside from the notable 1,000mg of Vitamin C (which Dr. Mark Hyman says taking between 1,000-2,000 a day relieves you of contipation), it has one of the most unique ingredients of the last five hundred years – echinacea.

Echinacea is a North American Coneflower that Native American Indians used over 400 years ago as a herbal remedy.  After the 1950’s, when antibiotics became more prominent, echinacea lost it’s touch in the medicinal realm.  However, being formulated into tablets today and also being available in liquid form, the benefits of this is becoming more apparent.  So, with that being said, lets go over some of these benefits.

  1. Combats Cancer – Dr. Axe recently stated that this is being used as a natural cancer treatment.

The medicinal value of phytochemicals contained in Echinacea is clearly evident and indicates that these agents, as well as phytochemicals not yet discovered in other herbs, may be valuable tools to combat tutors.

2. Boosts the Immune System

Published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases, the University of Connecticut performed a meta-analysis study that evaluated 14 studies and determined that:

  • Echinacea cuts the chances of catching a common cold by 58 percent.
  • Echinacea reduces the duration of the common cold by almost one-and-a-half days.

The significance of that finding becomes clear when you consider Americans suffer from one billion colds annually and spend about $1.5 billion annually for doctor’s visits and another $2 billion annually on non-prescription cough and cold treatments.  The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conversation Service said that 10 milligrams of echinacea per one kilgram of body weight, taken daily over a 10-day period, is effective as an immune system stimulant. For those of you who have rampant colds, especially here in Thai society, this could definitely be useful and it has helped me nurse a few upper respiratory infections in the past.

3. Helps Alleviate Pain –Echinacea’s history began when echinacea purpurea was used by the Great Plains Indians as a painkiller. It’s especially effective for the following types of pain:

  • Pain in the bowels 
  • Pain associated with headaches
  • Pain associated with HSV (Herpes)
  • Pain associated with gonorrhea
  • Pain associated with measles
  • Snake bites
  • Sore throats
  • Stomach ache
  • Tonsillitis
  • Toothache

During class and my long teaching days, if I’m ever tired or have a headache, an effervescent tablet in a cold glass of water not only wakes me up, but alleviates the headache.  Also, those who suffer from bloating, especially in the evenings, a glass of water and a drop in liquid form could reduce the discomfort significantly.

4. On top of function as a laxative (relieving constipation) and anti-inflammatory (for those runners on my page), it also helps skin problems.

In a paper prepared by Armando González Stuart, PhD, about herbal safety, it describes how echinacea has been used by various Native American tribes to treat: 

  • Arthropod bites
  • Eczema 
  • Inflammatory skin conditions
  • Psoriasis
  • Snakebite
  • Skin infections
  • Stings
  • Wound healing
  • It can also be used to regenerate skin.

From improving mental health such as anxiety, depression and a few other things, to combatting infections; the relief of upper respiratory infections is stout.

  • Acute sinusitis
  • All flu’s
  • Common cold
  • Croup
  • Diphtheria
  • Inflammation
  • Strep throat
  • Tuberculosis
  • Whooping cough

Yes, you read it.  TB and whooping cough are on the list.  However, if you don’t believe me, you’re more than happy to do some research on the endless list of articles out there about echinacea.  Here’s my podcast on it and a nice little brochure: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9169356

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My Favorite Energy Booster – Herbalife’s Green Tea Concentrate

The afternoon crashes on Saturday and Sunday during heavy teaching workloads could be catastrophic, particularly if a student finds me completely disengaged.

These were the times 3 years ago when I consumed copious amounts of fatty-filled KFC chicken during my short breaks instead of eating a salad + avocado for good fat.

So, when I first fathomed the fact that Herbalife had a Bangkok branch, I knew I needed to buy some Herbal Tea, regardless of the flavor.

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Aside from looking at all the ingredients and it having no non-gm ingredients, this is my ultimate booster.  This has helped me tremendously.

For instance, I went running a hefty 5 miles two mornings ago before traveling to Bangkok to meet some colleagues, my eyes were completely dried out and I was struggling with energy.  Thankfully I packed a bottle of raspberry-green tea of this and one small teaspoon later, the amount of energy it gave me was incredible.

Most people have mid-afternoon crashes.  Why? When your is in the catabolic stage and you consume carbohydrates whereas you can burn them off, you get groggy, tired, and simply put – sleepy.  Instead, eating almonds, avocado and even probiotics could help you fight off the crashes.

Myself, however, will enjoy a nice glass of this because as good as it tastes, it just never gets old.

That’s my Herbalife product spotlight.  Find something, a plan of some sort, and stick with it.  Have something handy in case you’re dealing with the mid-afternoon fatigue and blahhhh.

Dark Chocolate: Probiotic, Heart Benefits, Antioxidants, Good Fat = Love

The first time I ate dark chocolate I spat it out and said, “THIS STUFF ISN’T REAL!”

My mom smacked me in the mouth a few times and said, “boy, if you do that again, I’ma whip you.”

I’ve always been a kit-kat, twix, and butterfingers kind of guy.  Milk chocolate, however, is not as good as a dark chocolate.  Actually, milk chocolate has nowhere near the unbelievable amount of benefits dark chocolate has (and I’m not talking about the processed junk that most American factories saturate stores with). I’m talking about the dark chocolate from Belgium and Switzerland.

Without further ado, let’s go over some of the unbelievable benefits it has.

Where Does Dark Chocolate Come From?

Cacao trees.  This tree produces a fruit about the size of a coconut and inside this fruit is the tree’s seed – the cacao bean. Once gathered, cacao beans are typically fermented for up to a week then thoroughly dried in the sun.

Packed With Antioxidants

Dark chocolate contains numerous natural antioxidants. Raw, dark chocolate not only tastes rich, it is rich in cell-protecting antioxidants containing eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries. Some people would claim that a diet with a lot of antioxidants can actually hurt you, which can possibly be true, but antioxidants inhibit oxidation and delay different types of cell damage.

Polyphenols are a particular type of antioxidant found in dark chocolate, [1]and are also abundant in berries and oranges.

Raw Organic Cacao and dark chocolate rank high in goodness because the antioxidants are incredibly concentrated.

Great Fat!

Oleic acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil and coconut oil. Stearic acid is a saturated fat that has a neutral effect on cholesterol. I talked about good fats in my last couple of blogs, so be sure to check those out, too.

No matter which way you choose to look at it, chocolate is a high calorie food that contains a small amount of “bad” fat. Many studies state that no more than 100 grams of chocolate a day should be consumed and you’ll still get all the health benefits. Don’t get too carried away though because 100 grams of delicious dark chocolate contains about 400 calories. Yeah, that’s a heck of a lot of calories for those who are counting, but it all depends how many calories go in compared to going out.  If you’re in a mass surplus, that’s how you gain weight.  If you’re burning as much as you’re eating, you’re perfectly fine.

If you want the full health benefits of chocolate, I recommend eating only organic raw cacao dark chocolate. As delicious as they may be, milk or white chocolate cannot make the health claims that dark chocolate can because anything added into that chocolate is fat, sugar and additional calories.  So, the twix, butterfingers and other delicious bars of chocolate will have to be weeded out.

Heart Health

According to a study published on Science Daily, eating 6.7 grams of chocolate per day represents the protective effect for cardiovascular health. Flavonoids contained in dark chocolate help to promote normal blood pressure. What a surprise!

Depression

It’s unbelievable to know how something as pure as the cacao bean acts as an anti-depressant.  How is that?! The world of medicine puts people on anti-depressants when they can very well just point them in the direction of dark chocolate?  Cacao beans also contain the amino acid tryptophan and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. MAO inhibitors allow the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine to circulate in the bloodstream longer and it is this effect that may help alleviate depression and promote feelings of wellbeing.

One of my students recently had a lack of serotonin for whatever reason (as the doctor said) so she was given pills to help elevate the levels.  Hmmm….the world of medicine, ey? It’s astonishing how the most natural foods, fruits and vegetables that have been on this planet for hundreds of years can help us.