Elevated Triglycerides: How They’re Elevating Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Sara Beth

June 15th, 2014 · Healthy Living, Heart Health

HeartIf you did a search in Google for “biggest risk factors for cardiovascular disease” you will find a variety of answers including: cigarette and tobacco smoke, high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes.

This list of six independent risk factors that can be modified or controlled are considered to be the major causes of cardiovascular disease. They have been the accepted reasons for the last few decades but leave out one major factor that has only recently been given mainstream attention: elevated triglycerides. Why has there been such a delay in getting the word out that elevated triglycerides are far more common in heart disease than high cholesterol and what can be done to improve your own health? Take a look. [Read more →]

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A-Z of Healthy Skin : Our Top Picks for Products and Remedies!

Sara Beth

May 26th, 2014 · Anti-aging, Antioxidant, Healthy Living

fieldFluctuations in temperature and moisture have you wondering if it’s winter or if we really are heading into summer? Imagine how confused your skin is feeling! Winter is a thief of moisture and often we do not fully heal our skin before welcoming the sun and wind of spring and summer. What can you do? Plenty. Check out our A-Z for improving the look and feel of your skin not only naturally but easily too! Hello, gorgeous! [Read more →]

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Omegas for Kids & Adults (giveaway is now closed)

Sara Beth

April 16th, 2014 · Healthy Living, Heart Health

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This giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered! The winner will be announced soon!

It’s no secret we love a healthy heart, sharply functioning brain and joints that are properly supported but did you know that there’s a way to achieve these benefits with omega supplementation? It’s true! Our brains, joints, heart, eyes, skin, hair, nails, digestive tract and even mood can benefit from the inclusion of omega supplements in your day and, we have good news: [Read more →]

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Correcting the Omega-3 Deficiency

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March 31st, 2014 · Disease Prevention, Heart Health

This is a guest blog from Nordic Naturals.  We are happy to have such an informative blog from a company so well known for quality fish oils! Thank you Nordic Naturals!

“Brain and heart disorders resulting from long-chain omega-3 EPA and DHA deficiency are the biggest challenge to the future of humanity”

            -Global Summit on Nutrition Health and Human Behaviour

The quote above indicates the severe consequences a deficiency in omega-3 EPA and DHA will present to the world — both in the short and long term future.  EPA and DHA are the two most critical omega-3 fats required for neurological development and performance, cardiovascular function, and cellular communication.  Just like our bodies starve without vitamin C and develop scurvy, much of the developed world is starving without omega-3s. This poses a serious threat to our health and the generations that will follow. [Read more →]

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Natural Products Expo West – Ashwagandha & Holy Basil from Kroeger Herb

Sara Beth

March 10th, 2014 · adaptogen, Herbs for

Each year at Expo West in Anaheim, CA, Hanna’s Herb Shop checks out what’s new and coming up in the world of natural products and holistic healing, and we love to learn new ways we can bring better health to you. While we are leaning about new products, our sister company Kroeger Herb will be sharing their two newest Complete Concentrates with the world, Ashwagandha and Holy Basil.
It’s no secret that everyone at Kroeger and Hanna’s Herb Shop loves adaptogenic herbs and the amazing positive impact they have on our bodies and with the addition of these two adaptogenic powerhouses, there’s even more to be excited about.
Ashwagandha is said to have the power of 10 horses because of the benefits it provides to the body as it recovers from illness, stress, or chronic symptoms. This adaptogen has been celebrated in ancient medicine and continues to be praised today, especially for how it eases symptoms of stress and anxiety, as well as pain. Like other adaptogens, Ashwagandha provides a boost to the immune system and benefits brain function, sleep patterns, and energy levels.
Holy Basil is the most praised of all Ayurvedic herbs and is the most beneficial of all adaptogenic herbs for brain and mood disorders. From depression and stress to headaches or complaints of how to deal with emotional difficulties, Holy Basil relaxes the mind and benefits the brain. Aside from these positive impacts on the body, Holy Basil also reduces inflammation, eases skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, rashes), and can help to prevent premature aging by reversing cell and tissue damage while sweeping free radicals from the system due to its high antioxidant levels.
This is only a glimpse at the benefits of Ashwagandha and Holy Basil and their adaptogenic benefits. If you’d like to learn more about how these herbs can boost your mood, immune system, improve brain function, and so much more, check out these blog posts:
Ashwagandha and Holy Basil join the Complete Concentrates line along with two other popular adaptogens, Rhodiola and Schizandra.
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5 Steps to Avoid and Alleviate Constipation

Sara Beth

March 5th, 2014 · Cleansing and Detox, Herbs for, home remedy

Constipation is one of those topics that doesn’t come up too often during conversations with family or friends since it’s not the most comfortable subject to discuss. While it may not be a popular topic, constipation has an impact on many of us (affecting women and the elderly more commonly than any other group) but is a complaint that can be eased or avoided with some natural help and attention to our diets. Not sure if the symptoms you’re experiencing are constipation? Generally speaking you’re constipated if: bowel movements (BM) become difficult or are not frequent (one or less times a day, extreme constipation is two or fewer times per week), you strain during a BM, or you do not completely evacuate your system when having a BM. If any of these symptoms sound like something you are experiencing or if you’re looking to avoid constipation altogether, follow these 5 Steps to Avoid and Alleviate Constipation.  [Read more →]

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The Sacred Power of Holy Basil

Sara Beth

February 18th, 2014 · adaptogen, Anti-aging, Antioxidant

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Known as “elixir of life” Tulsi is a sacred plant in Ayurvedic medicine it promotes good heart health and has mild blood thinning benefits

Do you have someone in your life that you’d refer to as a “breath of fresh air”? You know the type …they walk in the room and everyone feels a little better, smiles a bit bigger, and the energy in the room changes for the better. I can think of a few people in my life who have this impact but I can also relate this feeling to my lifestyle choices I make with diet and exercise. Following a yoga class I feel calm but am energized for the day and after a healthy meal I feel satisfied and pleased with the clean fuel I’ve put into my body. The herbal supplements I choose have the same positive impact on my system and just as I have people or activities that serve as a breath of fresh air in my life, so too is Holy Basil for my energy, stress levels, and immune system. As an adaptogenic herb that supports whole body health, this shining star of Ayurvedic medicine can benefit you in a positive way as well. Take a look at why Kroeger Herb is including this dynamic and powerful herb in their Complete Concentrates line. [Read more →]

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The Not-So-Sweet Truth about Honey

Sara Beth

February 3rd, 2014 · Conscious Living, Healthy Living, home remedy

honey-100168340Using food to heal your body and to act as a medicine is something we at Hanna’s Herb Shop don’t shy away from. With hundreds of remedies and recipes from Hanna using items that can be found in a cupboard or refrigerator, we’re always eager to treat our sniffles and sneezes or bumps and bruises with something wholesome and natural. Honey is a shining star in many of Hanna’s remedies with food, from increasing energy to boosting the immune system or healing acne, Hanna showed us how honey can benefit the body from the inside out. While the ability to use honey as a natural remedy is great news, there’s some shocking research being done on honey sold in the US. What if the honey you’re ingesting isn’t really honey and is instead chemical laden sugar syrup with color added or, worse yet, laced with lead and antibiotics? Food Safety News purchased more than 60 jars, jugs, and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia to test the beloved sweet stuff and what they found is less than appetizing and most certainly isn’t a healing ingredient. Learn more about current research and the dangers to your health posed by honey imposters as well as how to make safe choices at the grocer below. [Read more →]

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CircuFlow – Hanna’s Master Formula for Heart Health

Sara Beth

January 22nd, 2014 · Hanna Kroeger, Heart Health, Herbs for

Hanna-FlowersIf you google “master” you’ll find a definition that suits Hanna: A skilled practitioner of a particular art or activity. Master suits Hanna for her speciality in performing hands-on therapy, consulting with hundreds of people at New Age Foods in downtown Boulder, CO and for the creation of her master formula, CircuFlow. Through success with the individual ingredients of CircuFlow for addressing heart issues, Hanna saw the benefit that could come from encapsulating them in order to make it more available to everyone who wanted to keep their heart healthy. Though heart disease has been on the minds of Americans since that time, the concern grows with each passing year as the number of deaths due to heart disease continue to climb. Right now 1 in 4 deaths in America is a result of heart disease but there’s hope!  Check out how these 7 ingredients make up a Master Formula that is celebrated world wide for heart health and consider what CircuFlow can do for you.  [Read more →]

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Protein Deficiency – Causes, Symptoms, & How to Reverse It

Sara Beth

January 21st, 2014 · Conscious Living, Disease Prevention, Healthy Living

A variety of cooking shows on television, magazines devoted to the art of creating in the kitchen, and specialty grocers popping up everywhere in America are an example of the attention we are paying to food and the value of a delicious and healthy meal. While we are aware of the importance of a well balanced diet the bustle of the work week, extra curricular activities, and a busy life can stand in the way of being able to prepare it, especially in the winter. With fewer hours of daylight and the need to get as much done as possible during them, it’s not surprising that during these months some of our levels of nutrients are depleted and our health can suffer because of it. DoSomething.org polled Americans and found that 20% of our weekly meals are eaten on the go in our cars and that 1 in 4 of us eat at least one fast food meal per day. A busy lifestyle and the need to eat quickly to “fill the tank” is causing a common deficiency nationwide that many of us are not aware of, protein deficiency. Being too busy to cook and choosing the standard fallback of eating out or buying take away food is impacting our health in a major way with cravings, joint and muscle pain, mood disorders, and skin issues, among other complaints connected to protein deficiency. Not sure if you’re experiencing symptoms because of your diet? Here’s a closer look at how you can check and reverse the negative impacts of protein deficiency.  [Read more →]

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