Sep 29

Chamomile, the reason why you should have tea time!

Chamomile-PictureWe have decided to dedicate our recent blog posts to help our customers sleep. For centuries Chamomile has been used to help individuals, and even babies relax. However when most people think of Chamomile, they automatically think of hot tea. And who can blame them with the yummy selection of Celestial Seasoning Honey Vanilla Chamomile Tea, Numi Tea Organic Chamomile Lemon, Pukka Organic Love Tea, Organic India Honey Chamomile Tea and this is not even all of them! But we understand that not everyone gets so excited about hot tea, but still want to try Chamomile. Here are some interesting ways it can be used:

A. Iced Chamomile Tea; Many tea’s will have directions on how to brew the tea cold. Usually all it requires is more than one tea bag and some cold water. With this option you can use honey to sweeten the tea and making it a refreshing drink.

B. Relaxing Peach Honey Chamomile Ices; What you will need:
 

          What to do:

    1. Wash, cut in halve and remove the pit of 1 1/3 of the White Peaches and 2 2/3 of the Yellow Peaches

    2. Puree sliced Peaches (with the skin on) until mixture is almost smooth

    3. Mix in 2 Tablespoons of Chamomile Tea Leaves, Honey, Lemon Juice and Salt into Peaches mixture

   4. Coarsely chop the rest of the peaches and mix into the Peaches mixture.

  • TIP: If you’d like you can add more honey to make the ices sweeter, and remember they lose some of the sweetness once frozen.

5. Pour into popsicle mold or in 3 oz. cups with wooden sticks

6. Allow ices to freeze fully and enjoy!

C. Cold Compress because chamomile is generally used to relax, this is a great way to relax after a stressful day and may help promote the body’s natural inflammatory response. What you will need:

           What to do:

    1. In a big bowl mix together essential oils and water

    2. Mix well to ensure the essential oils are completely mixed in

    3. Place the cotton cloth in water and squeeze out extra water

    4. Place on affected area

    5. Reapply as needed

 

D. Hot Compress this is our personal favorite at Kosher Vitamins since it is so simple to use with Earth Therapeutics Relaxing Microwaveable Neck Pillow Lavender and Chamomile. All you have to do is microwave and feel the tension and stress leave!

   We hope these past blogs have helped you fall asleep, check back next weeks for tips and information on how to stay asleep.

   And don’t forget to visit KosherVitamins.com and try our Chamomile products or for all your Kosher Vitamin and Supplement needs.

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Sep 22

Melatonin: Everything you need to know and more!

Mealtonin-Picture  As mentioned in the last blog post, millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorders, and have trouble falling asleep. If you are part of this vast population and have ever asked someone (a doctor, nutritionist, or even a friend) you have probably been told to try Melatonin.

The shocking difference between Melatonin and all other over the counter supplements is that Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone. Shocking right?!?

Here is a simple way to understand how Melatonin works;

Melatonin is a hormone created in the Pineal Gland (small gland in the middle of the brain), and during the day this gland is inactive, however with nightfall it starts to produce Melatonin. Once the body begins producing Melatonin we start to get sleepy.
One random piece of information about SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) which is depression that some people have only during the winter. Studies have shown that the depression is caused by seasonal changes such as winter because it gets dark outside earlier and in turn, their body produces too much Melatonin. One way this is treated is by bright light which is used to “fool” the body into not producing as much Melatonin.

  So the questions you want to ask is, what can Melatonin help me with and should I take it?

For some people Melatonin helps them with the following:

1. If you are having trouble sleeping and are over 60; as we age our body starts producing less melatonin so taking a supplement can help.
2. Having a major sleep change; either jet lag or even a major change at work, melatonin can help regulate your body’s “clock” to adjust to the new time.

So should you be taking melatonin? There is no simple answer to this question. For some adults it has been a big help for them and finally allowed them to get the sleep they need. Because of this we recommend speaking to your health care practitioner to see if Melatonin would work for you.

If you are looking for Melatonin or any other vitamins and supplement make sure to visit us online at www.koshervitamins.com or call us at 800-645-1899.

If Melatonin isn’t right for you or you are looking for other options to help you go to sleep, stay tuned to read all about Chamomile and the ways it can be used.

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Sep 11

Sleep: Not getting any? Maybe we can help!

Sleep-No-More-Picture
Finally you finish a long hard day and your only though is to get into bed and go to sleep. However once you get in bed you can’t sleep, you twist and turn, turn the lights on and off, you try reading hoping it will help you fall asleep but nothing seems to work.

  • According to the Institute of Medicine approximately 50-70 millionAmericans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in an article titled Unhealthy Sleep-Related Behaviors state in adults 25 to 35 7.2% admit to either falling asleep or nodding off while driving in the past month

We can list thousands of statistics to show you that you’re not suffering alone, but we would prefer to actually help you sleep! While many of us already know some of these tips we thought we would share them and maybe you’ll learn something you did not know:

1. Exercise daily; I realize that just about every article you read on any problem the solution usually seems to be to exercise. So rather than give you a list of other benefits exercise has, let me tell what is good for helping sleep. It is best to do a vigorous cardiovascular workout such a running in the late afternoon or early evening to help with sleep. However this can take a few weeks of working out to see the difference.

2. Do not nap; while this may seem obvious to many of use sometimes after a coming home from work we are too tired to continue our night because of our lack of sleep from the night before that we take a nap. This causes us not to fall asleep that night and it creates a cycle that is hard to break.

3. Avoid large meals and caffeine; it is a good idea to avoid these thing 2-3 hours before going to sleep to prevent indigestion from the meal or the caffeine kick.

4. Set up a relaxing bed time ritual; this can include anything that helps you wind down. I strongly recommend using Chamomile during this time either by drinking tea, using it while taking a bath or shower in a soap, shampoo or conditioner or even as an essential oil since it is a great way to relax.

5. Setting a bed time and wake up time; this helps your body clock regulate, and should be used even on the weekend and vacations.

6. Is your room ready for sleep; did you set up your room in order to help you sleep, do you have a comfortable mattress and pillow? Is the room dark enough? Is it cold enough? All these small details can help make a real difference in how you sleep at night.

Have you already tried these and none of them worked for you? If so come back next week to read about how Melatonin can help you sleep and how it works.

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Jun 13

Megafood: Do you know what is in your supplements?

  Ever wondered where the vitamins you take come from? Or what is really in the tablet you are taking? Finally one company has decided to work actively towards being transparent to consumers, so that they know what they are taking and even see the product being made!
 Before we start with the steps Megafood has taken, it is best to mention a little more information about this company and what sets them apart.
 Let’s start at the beginning, Megafood was founded over 40 years ago and was the first company to produce their vitamins from scratch using Farm Fresh Whole Foods. The manufacturing process was done with the help of scientists at the University of New Hampshire also stating their Nutrients. Each of the Nutrients they use is unique and offers optimal amounts of vitamins and minerals listed below.
  • Carrots to deliver mixed-carotenoids, or vegetarian sourced Vitamin A
  • Cabbage to deliver Vitamin K1
  • Broccoli to deliver Folate
  • Oranges to deliver Vitamin C
  • Organic Brown Rice to deliver full spectrum Vitamin E and Biotin
  • Cranberries and Blueberries to deliver protective antioxidants

 

All the fruits, vegetables and whole grains are sourced from family-owned farmers known for ethical farming practices and their commitment to grow with care and delivered each season to be tested for quality before beginning their one of a kind Slo-Food Process.

Isn’t the best way to get the nutrients we need through fresh and colorful fruits, vegetables and whole grains? With MegaFood’s whole food ingredients it is just as nature intended.

Now what is the actual process used to make the vitamins?

While other companies care solely about quantity to MegaFood the goal is quality and as the name mentions they use a slower but gentler process to make their supplements. The Slo-Food Process was designed to protect the foods from high temperature that can damage some of the nutritional value, and optimize the potency of the FoodState Nutrients. Because of this they use a cold-milled process that helps bioavailability and the gentle drying leads to maximize nutrient retention and allow the supplements to arrive in a fresh and raw form.

Besides  their award winning supplements (such as Blood Builder, Women Over 40 One Daily, Kid’s One Daily and our Vegan collection) and their awesome process and ingredients, however what about their transparency?
 Megafood recently introduced two Vitamin C products (LINK) which for the first time in supplement history lets us know exactly where the Oranges they use come from. By linking with Uncle Matt’s Organic, both companies show how much they care about quality nourishment and allows the customer to know they are getting their vitamin C from a trusted source.

Another great thing that MegaFood introduced is live video feed, this way you can actually see how the product is being made! To view that link see below:

I thinks the slogan says it best; Made with love in New Hampshire since 1973, we have been serving our customers for almost 40 years.  We look forward to providing you the best in whole food supplements for many more years to come.
 To order MegaFood and other kosher supplements visit us online at www.koshervitamins.com or call us at 800-645-1899.

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Feb 11

Back Pain

Think of 10 friends or family members you have, 8 out of those according to the Mayo Clinic will experience low back pain at least one time during their lifetime. Back pain besides for being uncomfortable, causes people to go to doctors, take off from work and being inconvenienced.

After reading this percentage my first question is what causes back pain?

There are actually quite a few causes of back pain some of the most common include:

  • Improper lifting; this can be at work, the gym or even carrying heavy items in your home.
  • Trauma; a car accident, fall or any injury.
  • Overweight; one of the many reasons to get in shape, especially if you carry the weight around your middle.
  • Stress
  • Posture; bad posture, and even bad sleeping positions can be a cause of back pain.

Since most of us tend to do one of the above mentioned things (if not 2 or 3 of them at least), what can you do? The answer is actually pretty simple. Remember all those years  your Mom told you “Sit straight” or “Stand straight” maybe she knew what she was talking about? If you do work in an environment that you lift heavy boxes, it might be worth it to invest in a lifting belt to prevent injury.

Another great thing is Yoga, as some studies have shown yoga can help relieve back pain. As a preventative measure yoga may help relieve stress and can help promote a healthier lifestyle leading to weight loss.

Some of you are thinking…. TOO LATE, while preventative measures are great what do I do if I have back pain now?

Here are some tips if you are currently experiencing back pain, or are trying to help someone that is experiencing it:

  • Use an Ice Pack; the first few days you should use an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time every few hours.
  • Don’t become a couch potato; while you do need to rest to recover, a lack of movement can actually cause the recovery time to take longer, so keep moving but avoid strenuous movement.
  • Heat; while at the beginning you should use ice after 48 hours, heat can be used to relax the muscles. (If you prefer cold you can still use the cold, or a combination of the two)
  • Exercise; there are many different back exercises that can be done to help strengthen the back, these four are recommend by the Mayo Clinic- Knee-to-chest stretch, lower back rotational stretch, cat stretch and shoulder blade squeeze.
  • Supplements; some vitamins taken daily can help promote a healthy back such as kosher glucosamine. Others work as anti-inflammatory and can ease some of the pain an example of this is Omega 3, Bromelain and Turmeric. Which would explain why the Solgar Glucosamine with MSM, and Maxi Omega 3 are such great sellers.

We know how annoying back pain can be, and hope this information helps you prevent or relive it. If you have any questions or comments fell free to comments below or e-mail us at Sales@koshervitamins.com

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Jan 30

What you need to know about whey protein powders:

You’re at the gym, proud of yourself for sticking to your New Year’s resolution, thinking “I finally got the hang of this,” already picturing yourself in the great shape you will shortly be in. When suddenly someone interrupts your daydream by asking you if you are taking Kosher Whey Protein, and if not shouldn’t you start?

Let’s start with the basics: Why should you take protein powder?

Your body needs a certain amount of protein daily in order to repair and build new muscle tissue. However if you are not eating enough protein, your body is unable to do that. Protein powder is a simple and easy way to get the extra protein you need in a quick, convenient and great tasting way. Another benefit of kosher protein powder that you get while working out, is that the amino acids in the protein powder will promote the repair process to begin.

For those of you that imagined whey protein powder being made in a lab by scientists mixing chemicals together, you couldn’t be more wrong. Whey protein is actually made from the liquid byproduct that occurs during the production of cheese.

So that covers the basics of Whey Protein right?

WRONG. There are different forms of whey protein powders. When picking a Whey Protein powder you have the choice between Concentrate, Isolate or sometimes a Combination of the two. This brings up the next question, which one should you choose?

Whey Protein Concentrate is the cheaper of the two since it does not go through the many steps of filtration as the other forms. This form is higher in protein then other forms of protein, but contains some lactose.

Whey Protein Isolate goes through an additional step of purification which takes out all the lactose and because of this has a higher amount of protein then the concentrate.

So when deciding which proteins to purchase, you have to decide which factors are important to you, such as pricing or if you are lactose intolerant. If you are still undecided, you can pay us a visit online at www.koshervitamins.com or call us at 800-645-1899 and we will be more than happy to provide you with all the kosher protein powder options we have to meet all your needs!

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Jan 14

Pukka: Incredible Organic Kosher Teas

According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc., on any given day over 158 million people in America are drinking tea. If you are already an avid tea drinker why not try a tea that has won the Great Taste Awards more than once? If you are not an avid tea drinker maybe it is because you have not found the tea for you. Pukka with its large variety of teas has something that will taste good and be beneficial too!

All of Pukka teas are blended by the Sebastian Pole and herbalist and author of multiple books on Ayurvedic herbs. Grown in sustainably certified organic and kosher the Pukka team goes to the ends of the earth to bring you the best, they visit the farmer to inspect the soil, water and plants to ensure the tea you get is the best and purest  organic tea available.

Now the only left question is what teas should you try?

This is up to you, for some the best tea during Morning Time to feel Refreshed is an English Breakfast Tea. Or as the day goes on and you need to Relax and Revitalize take a break with one of the organic Three Tea Blend such as Cinnamon, Mint, Tulsi or Green. If you don’t feel like you usual Gorgeous self, try the Elderberry and Echinacea with Elderflower tea. At Night Time or After Dinner settle down for the night with a soothing Golden Chamomile Tea.

If you still can’t decide what tea to try just get the Tempt Your Taste Buds Selection Pack, or try them all. We Love them and know you will too!

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Jul 09

Sugar Substitute: Xylitol

  You wake up in the morning and you are running late.  No time for breakfast, you grab a coffee and sugar and rush to work. As the day goes on, you realize that you are hungry, so you grab a candy bar to tide you over to lunch. This unfortunate habit, is repeated daily by thousands of Americans without thinking twice about the health and the effect sugar has on their teeth. On an average, Americans eat about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day! 

We all know the negative side effects eating too much sugar has on our teeth, as our dentist makes sure to tell us. Still don’t think you should give up sugar yet?  Here are some statistics that may help you change your mind: 

- By the age of seventeen  78% of Americans have already had 1 cavity

- Do you care about first impressions? According to the AAP 50% off people say the smile is the first thing they notice.
So what is the obvious solution?
 Cut back on sugar!  An easy way to do this is by using sugar substitutes instead. While there are many different sugar substitutes, a great one would be Xylitol. Even the FDA recognizes this as a great alternative as they state, “Frequent between-meal consumption of foods high in sugars and starches promotes tooth decay. The sugar alcohols in xylitoldo not promote tooth decay.” 

So what is xylitol? 

What many people do not know is that Xylitol has been around since the 19th century. Xylitolhas been used throughout Europe as a sweetener that is safe for people with diabetes since it does not affect their insulin levels. 

What is the source of Xylitol?

 Xylitol can actually be found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables that we eat. However the Xylitol that you would buy in a health food store or by Kosher Vitamins is usually from a different source known as birch, which it will state on the package.
Seems too good to be true right? 

We thought so too, so we did some further research for you, and here is what we found about Xylitol. It is safe to take up to 50 grams daily and you should avoid higher amounts. Some of the side effects that people may experience with more than that are diarrhea and intestinal gas.

So why not put down the sugar and try a healthier alternative.

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May 08

The real question is, what are vitamins for?

  This question is probably the one we should have addressed in our first post. Working in the health and supplement industry we are constantly asked “So do I really need to be taking _____?” While there is usually no simple answer since it really depends on each person, there are many factors involved that are too  numerous to list. However since most people don’t really understand what vitamins are all about they just take anything, without being informed.

 So this brings us back to what are vitamins?

The Miriam Webster Dictionary defines vitamins as:

  Any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals and some plants, act especially as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of metabolic processes but do not provide energy or serve as building units, and are present in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced within the body.

  This can be explained in simple English as a substance that the body needs in order to be healthy and can usually be found in the foods we eat and/or can be produced in the body. This brings us back to the question of why some people may need to take vitamins or supplements.

Supplements as the word states is actually meant just to be something added to complete a thing or make up for a deficiency; NOT as a replacement. Many believe they can eat what they want, take a multi vitamin and/or other supplements and still be healthy. This is a myth!

Most healthcare providers will tell you the ideal way to get the nutrients you need to be healthy would be through the food you eat. An example of this would be a 4oz serving of chicken which can provide you with vitamins B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6!  However studies have shown as time has gone by most foods that we eat have been robbed of their vital nutrients and now cannot provide us with all the vitamins we need even if we eat the right foods.

Also sometimes eating the right foods all the time is not possible due to health reasons or lifestyle. And sometimes even though we eat healthy we are still missing some vital nutrients and this is where we at KosherVitamins.com come in.

KosherVitamins has vitamins and supplements for all your needs. We carry hundreds of supplements from many different brands such as Maxi Health, New Chapter, Solgar, Bluebonnet and Zahler’s. So you can find the supplement that fits your needs and that you need to take! You can visit us online at www.koshervitamins.com or give us a call at 800-645-1899.

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Feb 20

What is L-Ornithine used for?


 In order to understand what L-Ornithine is,  this article is intended to inform the consumer.  L-ornithine is a non-essential amino acid.  It is considered non-essential because  it is produced by the body from the amino acid L-arginine. Ornithine is used by the body to make urea, which helps eliminate toxins in the body. Some natural sources for ornithine would be meat, fish, dairy and eggs.
BENEFITS OF L-Ornithine: 

There are many different reasons and uses of L-ornithine, however it is mainly used by Athletes since this is one of the few amino acids that cause a release in the growth hormone from the pituitary gland. Translation, this helps with muscle retention and growth, higher energy levels,  healthier skin, improved brain function and even elevated libido.

 It is no wonder this is also sometimes taken for its anti-aging effects! Another benefit in taking L-ornithine is for after surgery or for someone with a weak immune system, L-ornthine can help expidite the healing time, and helps with immune support!
 
HOW SHOULD L-Ornithine BE TAKEN?
·        L-Ornithine can be taken alone or in combination with L-Arginine which is said to help the effectiveness: LINK.
·         It is best to be taken at night because it is said that the most growth hormones is produced while we sleep.
·         It is recommended to take between 500 mg and 2 g daily on an empty stomach.
SIDE EFFECTS:
Currently there are no serious side effects in taking L-Ornithine.  However taking over 10 grams a day can cause nausea and diarrhea in some people.
KOSHER:
To ensure that you receive high quality and kosher certified kosher L-Ornithine visit us online at www.koshervitamins.com or call us at 800-645-1899.

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