Living in the country has been the best decision my husband and I have ever made. We ride to work together and love coming home to peace and quiet.  Our lab Max greets us every evening with a smile and then leads us home. We have two beautiful daughters (inside and out) who have grown up to be loving and caring adults.

My health focus is on reducing external stress in my life and improving my internal health by taking a Vitamin D supplement, as well as other essential nutrition products. 

I work @ Swanson Health Products as the Web Quality Assurance Specialist. 

Bone Health Primarily Affects Women

Monday, October 25, 2010 by Janelle B.
Did you know Bone Health primarily affects women?  This is because of the physiological, nutritional, and hormonal differences between males and females.  Bone Mass - the amount of mineral in the bone - generally peaks between the ages of thirty and thirty-five.   A number of factors are known to influence an individuals risk of bone loss. The first, and probably the most important, is the peak bone mass achieved in adulthood, the larger and denser the bones are to begin with, the less debilitating bone loss is likely to be. 

Other major risk factors in women are:*
  • Postmenopausal
  • White or Asian
  • Premature menopause
  • Positive family history
  • Short stature and small bones
  • Leanness
  • Low calcium intake
  • Inactivity
  • Nulliparity (never pregnant)
  • Gastric or small-bowel resection
  • Long-term glucocorticosteriod therapy
  • Long-term use of anticonvulsants
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations*
  • Consume a diet that focuses on whole, unprocessed foods and natural organic foods (whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds)
  • Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and sugar
  • Do not drink soft drinks
  • Drink at least 48 ounces of water daily
  • Get Regular exercise
  • Perform a relaxation exercise (deep breathing, meditation, prayer, visualization, etc.) 10 to 15 minutes each day
  • Walk!
EXERCISE IS A VITAL FACTOR.  When bone density gets regular weight-bearing exercise (such as walking), the body responds by depositing more mineral in the bones, especially the bones of the legs, hips and spine.  Conversely, a lack of regular exercise accelerates the loss of bone mass.

Supplement Protocol*

Check out these other health supplements from our Health and Nutrition Store that you may also want to consider:

If you you're focused on maintaining bone health, what works for you? 

*Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, Michael T. Murray, N.D.

Reduce Anxiety with These 5 Easy Tips

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 by Janelle B.
Here are 5 easy stress relief help steps to reduce anxiety in your everyday life:

1.  Start your day with a green-apple scented shampoo. Try Desert Essence Green Apple & Ginger and it's 100% Vegan. MRI brain scans show you'll calm the forefront of the brain, which governs emotions.

2. Reduce stress with sea salt! It's rich in soothing magnesium and calcium and helps relax the nervous system, ease muscle tension, and is even effective against the also makes for good skin health! (This can be especially helpful during our cold winter months).   I use Swanson's Ultra Himalayan Crystal Salt combo for easy use and handy refills. I've also given this combo, plus all of our Organic Spices, as a bridal shower gift to my daughter this year - her new husband loves our spices - "best gift ever" he said!

3. Snack on radishes! We're past the gardening season for fresh organic garden veggies, but there are organic radishes still available at your local market or try our Swanson Premium Full Spectrum Daikon Radish Root!  Radishes are packed with potassium and Vitamin C, nutrients proven to calm jittery nerves! Plus, they're rich in raphanin, a compound that naturally helps balance thyroid levels and ease anxiety!

4. Call a friend or loved one to vent!  Research by Mental Health America claims calling a loved one is enough to soothe 93% of people.  It's free stress relief help!

5. Still have anxiety?  Then pressing the webbing between your thumb and index finger for 30 seconds will produce a rush of brain chemicals and alleviate stress and increase confidence, according to studies out of the University of Arizona and Beijing Medical University.

Udon Noodles with Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 by Janelle B.

Experience the best in healthy cooking (limiting your intake of saturated fats and hydrogenated oils) by using flaxseed oil as your cooking oil of choice. Flaxseed oil includes the healthy essential fatty acids benefits found in flaxseed. Here's a quick and easy recipe featuring many natural organic foods that you can get from Swanson Health Products at a great price!

Recipe: Udon Noodles with Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce

Use all organic or locally grown whenever possible


  1. Prepare noodles according to directions on package.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for ~20 minutes.
  3. Add the flaxseed oil and whisk well.
  4. Add half of the sauce to the hot noodles and mix.
  5. Plate and top with remaining sauce.
  6. Garlic Toast optional

Serves 4 adults

Try Swanson Flaxseed Oil in another tasty recipe: Magic Quinoa a March 2009 Customer Recipe Winner!

Women, Do Your Breasts Hurt?

Sunday, October 10, 2010 by Janelle B.
Hurt no more!  New research reveals just a few surprising tweaks to your diet can reduce breast discomfort fast! 
  • Cut back on caffeine and chocolate!       Easier said than done, right!?  Especially when the chocolate looks this yummy!    Coffee, tea, and chocolate contain methylxanthines, natural stimulates that encourage cyst growth.  Noncancerous cysts are a source of breast pain for more than half of all women at some point!  Get back your good skin health!
  • Eat a fruit salad!  The fiber in fruits and vegetables binds to excess estrogen, which helps your body excrete it, lowering your risk of breast pain!
  • Easing inflammation with flaxseed!  Women who eat more omega-3 fatty acids are 67% less likely to suffer from non-cancerous cysts than those who eat the least, reports the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
  • Watermelon?   Yes, eat watermelon or cucumbers, celery, parsley or drink some dandelion tea! All are natural diuretics that will help rid your body of excess fluid, relieving the discomfort caused by straining sensitive breast tissue.  This is an especially helpful step to take on premenstrual days, when changing hormones increase water retention.
  • Steamed Veggies!   Research shows that steaming cruciferous veggies - such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and watercress - boosts their levels of indole-3-carbinol, a compound that shields your breasts from estrogen, a common trigger of monthly breast pain.               

Be Healthy!  Be Happy!