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Savings Incentive Plan – Save up to 10%

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Savings Incentive Plan – Take Advantage and Save up to 10%

1. Order Incentive Program

Important Note:  Orders must be placed before the end of the second week of each month.

This program is designed to reward you for staying consistent with your health and the health of your family. It also benefits Live Well by cutting down on our cost of goods sold and stream-lining inventory and ordering so we can pass the savings on to you!

The Order Incentive Program applies to minimum orders over $50.00 per month, and includes all consultations services!

You will receive a discount coupon at checkout based on your product and service volume of about 10 percent per order.

Here are the codes for your convenience:

Coupon           Order Amount         Coupon Value

Red                    $ 50.00                         $ 5.00    

Orange              $100.00                        $10.00

Yellow               $150.00                        $15.00

Green                $200.00                        $20.00

Blue                   $250.00                        $25.00

Indigo                $300.00                        $30.00 

Orders must be made online to participate. Live well will be happy to place orders for you, but discounts will not apply. 

Please feel free to call 703-929-6855 or email lauren@livewellva.net if you need more information.

To your health and wellness,

Lauren

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Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Turmeric and Ginger

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Detoxification, Nutritional Support, Uncategorized

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Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Turmeric and Ginger

The inflammatory response is the body’s natural response to tissue injury of any kind.  It results in increased vascular permeability by the release of vasoactive and chemotactic factors to begin the repair and healing process, the emigration of leukocytes to clear debris and phagocytosis of collagen and extracellular matrix degradation.  Oxidation is a necessary, yet a destructive element of the inflammatory process and can lead to oxidative stress resulting in chronic inflammation as the body struggles to repair itself.  Many natural herbs have been clinically shown to be effective antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.  We will discuss the inflammatory process and provide current research on the anti-inflammatory effects of Turmeric (Curcumin longa) and Ginger (Zingiber officinale).

Inflammation and Oxidative Stress

Inflammation occurs when cells are injured by either endogenous (internal) or exogenous (external) injuries (Banasik, 2013).  Endogenous injuries from surgeries and physical trauma damage tissue and interfere with cell signaling communication and cellular metabolism.  Exogenous sources from infections including pathogens (viruses, bacteria, yeast, mold, fungi and parasites) or foreign substances from environmental toxins also result in inflammation. Inflammation stimulates the body’s immune system which is designed to defend and eliminate these stressors by neutralizing and destroying harmful agents, limiting their proliferation to neighboring tissues and repairing damaged tissue (Banasik, 2013). 

Oxidizing agents are destructive byproducts of the inflammatory response because they attack cell membranes and can cause permeability releasing nitric oxide which reacts with oxygen to attack microbial molecules (Banasik, 2013).  Oxidative stress is defines as a disturbance in the balance between the production of reactive oxygen species (free radical and reactive metabolites) and the antioxidant defenses of the system to detoxify the reactive intermediates and repair the resulting damage (Wikepedia, 2015).  Oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation, disruptions in normal mechanisms of cellular signaling and DNA damage (Wikepedia, 2015) resulting in many diseases including pulmonary, neurological, diabetes, cardiovascular, and cancers (He, Yue, Zheng et al 2015) and many others.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) (root) has been used for thousands of years in China for medicinal purposes (Murray, 2013).  Its therapeutic actions include anti-emetic, gastrointestinal support, choloagogue, spasmolytic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory (Murray, 2013).  We will discuss current research on the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic effects.  The active constituents that appear to demonstrate the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities are the phenolic compounds gingerol, shogaol, paradol, zingerone, zerumbone (Tahir, Sani, Murad et al 2015).  The anti-inflammatory effects of ginger are due to the inhibitory effect to reduce prostaglandin synthesis, leukotriene biosynthesis (Al-Nahain, Jahan and Rahmatullah 2014) thromboxanes and its other antioxidant activities (Murray, 2013).

Gingerols are phenolic substances found in the rhizome shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anticancer properties (Wang, Zhang, and Yang et al 2014).  Inappropriate T lymphocyte function is implicated in the inflammatory process.  Gingerol extracts were shown to inhibit DNA synthesis by T lymphocytes and interferon-y synthesis (Bernard, Furlong and Power et al. (2015).   Gingerol (8) and gingerol (10) impaired IL-2 induced proliferation of CLL-2 cells through the inhibition of IL-2 receptor signaling. The anticancer activities of 6-Gingerol are via a variety of biological pathways involved in apoptosis, cell cycle regulation, cytotoxic activity and inhibition of angiogenesis (Wang et al 2014) the growth of new blood vessels. 

Zingerone from ginger is an anti-inflammatory agent shown to suppress acute systemic lipopolysaccharide (LPS) inflammation via nuclear factor (NF-kB) and proinflammatory cytokines in mice (Hsiang, Cheng, Lo, et al. 2015).  Zerumbone a sesquiterpene from wild ginger rhizome has been shown to contain ant carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiallergenic properties (Shieh, Huang, Wang et al. 2015).  The antiallergenic properties are due to reducing allergen specific immunoglobulin E (lgE) and increasing lgG2a antibodies, preventing eosinophilic pulmonary infiltration and ameliorating mucus hypersecretion suggesting the anti-allergic effects result from modulation of Th1/Th2 cytokines (Shieh et al 2015).

Zingiber officinale and Gelam honey was shown to be have anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects against colorectal cancer by stimulation of apoptosis (upregulation of caspase 9 and lkB genes) and downregulation of the KRAS,ERK, AKT, Bclxl and NFkB (p65) genes (Tahir, Sani, Murad et al. 2015).   It has also been shown to ameliorate Rheumatoid arthritis by stopping RA-induced bone destruction (Al-Nahain, Jahan, and Rahmatullah 2014).

Curcumin

Curcumin longa (Turmeric) (root) has been used for 4,000 years as an herbal remedy in medicine.  It contains therapeutic action as an anti-arthritic, anti-asthmatic, antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antifungal, antihyperlipidemic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiulcer, antiviral, cholagogue, expectorant, hepatic and hypoglycemic (Peterson, 2015).  We will discuss the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects in cardiovascular disease and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Curcumin has been shown to display anti-inflammatory activity and alleviate oxidative stress in chronic diseases through the Nrf2-keap1 pathway and through its natural chemical structure as a free radical scavenger (He et al., 2015).  Curcumin suppresses pro-inflammatory pathways and blocks the product of TNF by binding to TNF directly remediating TNF cell signaling in various cells (He et al., 2015).   As an antioxidant, curcumin is known to bind amyloids, stabilizing protein homeostasis networks (He et al., 2015).

Cardiovascular diseases have been shown to develop from oxidative stress, inflammation and activation of proinflammatory cytokines (He et al., 2015).  Curcumin was shown to protect against inflammation, cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis by inhibiting p200-HAT activity and other signaling pathways (He et al., 2015).  Curcumin suppressed lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced inflammation in vascular smooth muscle cells of rats by inhibition of TLR4-MAPK/NF-kB pathways (He et al., 2015).  Parodi et al. found mice treated with curcumin exhibited decreases in aortic tissue activator protein – and NF-kB DHA binding lowering concentrations of IL1B, IL-6, MCP-1 and MMP-9 (He et al. 2015).  Curcumin was shown to stimulate apoptosis of H9c2 cells by upregulating reverse oxygen species (ROS) and triggering the activation of JNK’s (He et al., 2015).

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune condition resulting in inflammation of the synovial joints.  ROS mediates many transcription factors that regulate gene expression, growth factors, chemokines and inflammatory cytokines suspected to play a role in RA.  Curcumin has raised a great deal of interest as a therapy for RA and clinical trials are under way.  Curcumin activated caspase-3 and -9, up regulated Bax, down-regulated Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL, degraded poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase in RA patients (He et al. 2015).  Curcumin showed anti-inflammatory response in synovial fibroblasts by suppression of COX-2 and inhibition of prostaglandin E2 synthesis (He et al. 2015). Lee et al also found in vitro that curcumin abolished the p65 NF-kB nuclear translocation and binding activity of NF-kB DNA  by inhibition of COX-2 and MMP-9 and reduction of IkBa phosphorylation in IL-1B and TNF –a-articular chondrocytes (He et al., 2015).

References

Al-Nahain, A., Jahan, R., & Rahmatullah, M. (2014). Zingiber officinale: A potential Plant against Rheumatoid Arthritis. [Abstract]. Arthritis. doi:10.1155/2014/159089

Banasik, J. (2013). Inflammation and immunity. In Pathophysiology (5th, pp. 157-193). St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Saunders.

Bernard, M., Furlong, S. J., Power Coombs, M. R., & Hoskin, D. W. (2015). Differential Inhibition of T Lymphocyte Proliferation and Cytokine Synthesis by [6]-Gingerol, [8]-Gingerol, and [10]-Gingerol. [Abstract]. Phytotherapy Research. doi:10.1002/ptr.5414

He, Y., Yue, Y., Zheng, X., Zhang, K., Chen, S., & Du, Z. (2015). Curcumin, inflammation, and chronic diseases: how are they linked? Molecules, 9183-213. doi:10.3390/molecules20059183

Hsiang, C. Y., Cheng, H. M., Lo, H. Y., Li, C. C., Chou, P. C., Lee, Y. C., & Ho, T. Y. (2015). Ginger and Zingerone ameliorate lipopolysaccharide-induced acute systemic inflammation in Mice, assessed by nuclear factor-?B bioluminescent imaging. [Abstract]. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 63, 6051-8. doi:10.1021/acs.jafc.5b01801

Murray, M. T. (2013). Zingiber officinale (Ginger). In Tectbook of Natural Medicine (4th ed., pp. 1147-1153). St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier, Churchill Livingstone.

Oxidative stress. (2015, October 31). In Wikipedia. Retrieved November 3, 2015, from Wikepedia Foundation Inc website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidative_stress

Peterson, D. (2015). Essential oil of Turmeric. In http//www.achs.edu. Retrieved November 4, 2015, from American College of Healthcare Sciences website: http://myachsclass.org/re/DotNextLaunch.asp?courseid=11632021&userid

Shieh, Y. H., Huang, H. M., Wang, C. C., Lee, C. C., Fan, C. K., & Lee, Y. L. (2015). Zerumbone enhances the Th1 response and ameliorates ovalbumin-induced Th2 responses and airway inflammation in mice. [Abstract]. International Immunopharmacology, 383-91. doi:10.1016/j.intimp.2014.12.027

Tahir, A. A., Sani, N. F., Murad, N. A., Makpol, S., Ngah, W. Z., & Yusof, Y. A. (2015). Combined ginger extract & Gelam honey modulate Ras/ERK and P13K/AKT pathway genes in colon cancer HT 29 cells. Nutrition Journal. doi:10.1186/s12937-015-0015-2.

Wang, S., Zhang, C., Yang, G., & Yang, Y. (2014). Biological properties of 6-gingerol: a brief review. Natural Product Communications, 1027-30. Abstract retrieved from PMID: 25230520

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Simple, all natural, holistic way to prevent colds and flu!

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Nutritional Support

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Simple, all natural, holistic way to prevent colds and flu!

Great products to have on hand this time of year are Colostrum, AloeMannan-FX and or Oregano Oil to prevent colds and flu. 

To prevent cold or flu place one drop of Oregano Oil in water and drink before entering a public place. You can also put it in your water bottle.  It is really powerful and will pack a punch so do not put directly in the mouth.  Add one drop Limonene  Oil to cut it down.  It coats and kills anything coming into the buccal or nasal cavities coating the epithelium from top to bottom.  Great to have around the holiday season or traveling to the airport.  Do not give this to the kids, way too intense.

As soon as you feel a cold coming on immediately take one Colostum and 1 Aloe-Mannan-FX and let dissolve under the tongue 3 times daily.  This will stop the progression or ease the symptoms.  You can give this to your children in there morning or before school during cold season.

Feel free to call Lauren 703-929-6855 or email lauren@livewellva.net to discuss this and other winter wellness tips.

To your health and wellness!

 

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Slaying Dragons for Emotional Healing

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Consultations, Educational Series

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Emotional health is an essential component of the 21st century “Well-Being Paradigm” defined as physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance. Positive affirmations and visualization techniques such as “Now I can be healthy,” “Now I can be loved,” or “Now I can be happy,” are essential for the healing process and moving toward higher levels of consciousness where the mind, body and soul are working in synchronicity to maintain homeostasis and enlightenment.

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Oral Contraceptives: A Risk Factor to Gallbladder Disorders

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Detoxification, Digestive Support, Educational Series, Endocrine Support, Nutritional Support

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Gallbladder disease affects an estimated 20 million Americans and is now the leading surgical procedure in the United States (Hoffman, 2014). Research as far back as 1975 reported on the necessity of administering Vitamin B6 to prevent excretion of tryptophan metabolites resulting from use of oral contraceptives in woman. More than 99 percent of women age 15-44 have used some form of contraceptive (Guttmacher, 2014) and oral contraceptives account for an estimated 17 percent, about 10 million American woman. Recent studies now link oral contraceptives as the leading risk factor in gallbladder disease in woman who have ever used oral contraceptives. Nutritional scientists identify vitamin B6 deficiencies as the principle cause of gallbladder disorders associated with oral contraceptive use. Supplementation with live source B6 is essential for the prevention of gallbladder disorders and disease in woman taking oral contraceptives.

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Gluten-Free Wild Rice and Fruit Stuffing

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Gluten Free Recipes

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Rice and Fruit Stuffing Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 1 large onions chopped
  • ½ bunch of organic celery chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups wild rice or rice bread cubes (about one 8-ounce package)
  • 1 cup apple (Stayman or Wine Sap are best) coarsely chopped.
  • 1 cup organic red or purple grapes
  • 1/2 cup each organic dried apricots
  • 2 cups walnuts chopped
  • 1 tsp sea salt and 1 tsp pepper

Preparation

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Gluten Free in 2015

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Digestive Support, Nutritional Support

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GLUTEN FREE STAMP

Are you ready to begin your journey toward radiant health and wellness this holiday season and continue throughout the New Year?

Health and nutrition experts agree that adopting a gluten free lifestyle is not just a fad, it is a necessity. Research on the ill effects of gluten is overwhelming. The Center for Disease Control considers gluten a public health threat responsible for most childhood allergies citing over 75 percent of all grain products are made from wheat (CDC, 2013). Gluten is becoming easier to avoid, as escalating public request for gluten free choices are emerging. Hopefully we will soon see fresh gluten free bread and pizza at Whole Foods, college campuses and on restaurant menus as this new lifestyle trend becomes contagious.

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Eat Live and Thrive

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Digestive Support, Educational Series, Energy Support

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raw foods dietThe human body is not engineered to eat cooked food. Many people eat cooked meals everyday and they think that they are healthy. Living raw foods bring an outstanding level of vibrant healthy living, because they contain the phytonutrients from the sun and the earth that resonate with our human cell biology and chemistry. If your body has trouble digesting raw foods, it is likely that you have depleted levels of Hydrochloric Acid needed to pulverize and break foods down.

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Nutrition and Detoxification Therapies for the Treatment of Thyroid Disease

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Detoxification, Endocrine Support, Nutritional Support, Uncategorized

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The World Health Organization recognizes diseases of the endocrine system as being part of a worldwide disease epidemic (Sears, 2011). It is not uncommon for teenagers to be diagnosed with thyroid disorders. Environmental toxicity has only recently, in 2013, been confirmed as a leading cause of thyroid and many other diseases. Research demonstrates that endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) alter proper thyroid function via multiple mechanisms resulting in autoimmune disease. This development explains why conventional and holistic treatments for hormone replacement therapies in autoimmune diseases including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Graves Disease have not been effective and often result in surgical removal of the gland or treatment with radioactive iodine. Research now shows that the thyroid gland is being over stimulated in a chronic positive feedback mechanism because the thyroid hormones are not reaching or being received and utilized by the target cell receptors to perform their programmed function.

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Digestion – Our Gut Protection System, GPS

Written by Lauren Hayden. Posted in All, Digestive Support

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Radiant Health begins with healthy digestion.  Let us show you how to heal your digestive system holistically.

Symptoms of poor digestion include:

  • intestinal gas
  • heartburn
  • bloating
  • acid reflux
  • constipation
  • acne
  • allergies
  • poor sleep
  • belly fat
  • weight gain
  • IBS and ulcers

 

Great health begins with the healthy ecology and function of the digestive system. How well it is taken care of is a determining factor in both the quality and longevity of an individual’s life. Often we ignore or mask the symptoms of our body’s natural warning signs including acid reflux, allergies or constipation.

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