by Laura Lewis
I normally don‚Äôt endorse supplements as in the past I have tried to be as unbiased as possible. However, TerraBioTech has come up with a¬†dietary supplement ‚Äúshot‚ÄĚ (a drink) line that is superior to many I have seen in the past.The three Nectr drinks, Nectr Core, Nectr Rize and Nectr Calm, are¬† jam-packed with super antioxidant fruits including Acai, Camu Camu, Cacao and Goji berries.
People stop me all of the time now and ask me what I am doing, why my skin looks so good or even mention I am looking more youthful which of course I love! Core is fantastic as a main supplement that I drink every morning. Rize of course is fantastic for increasing my alertness level without a heavy caffeine buzz and Calm, well, it‚Äôs their supplement that people are going gang-busters over since many are plagued with insomnia. Click on the link to learn more. If you want to give it a try you can go to the store link and order a few items. Or if you are looking for that business opportunity, one that is really going to rock as this is one of the super powered new kids on the block, then check out that area of the site. Either way, no one is going to take away my Nectr! You‚Äôll have to wrestle me for it!
Oh Sleep Where Art Thou?
|¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†Dr. Mark Mohnac|
Terra Biotech 12/20/10
Hello, I‚Äôm Dr Mark Mohnac.
While working towards a graduate degree in biology at the University of Texas San Antonio Medical Center, I quickly learned the importance of quality, restful sleep. The cost of not getting enough sleep during intense research project periods was a high price to pay.
My area of research was pineal gland functionality and the effects of neuro-endocrine activity during sleep cycles, which controls the very chemistry of sleep and recuperation.
As a sports chiropractor with an academic background in neuro-endocrinology and biology, I am always seeking to find quality products that will enable my patients to recover with the highest level of restorative sleep possible. Whether they are simply recreational athletes or extremely active and highly trained tri-athletes, the importance of restorative and truly restful sleep remains the same.
According to the Harvard Women‚Äôs Health Watch and Dr. Lawrence Epstein (President of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night‚Äôs Sleep), sleeping is as important to health and well being as diet and exercise. However, as we are constantly bombarded with commercials for sleep medications, it is clear that America is having a difficult time getting a good night‚Äôs sleep.
A recent survey found that more people are sleeping less than six hours a night, and that 75% of the American population experiences sleep difficulties between 3 and 4 nights a week. A short-lived bout of insomnia is generally nothing to worry about. The bigger concern is chronic sleep loss, which can contribute to health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure and a decrease in your immune system‚Äôs ability to fight of disease and free radicals. While more research is needed to explore the links between chronic sleep loss and health, it is safe to say that sleep is too important to ignore.
A recent study has shown that during restorative sleep cycles, there is a dramatic increase in cellular energy levels in brain regions that are active during waking hours. This shows that sleep is a significant contributor to full mental alertness and capacity.
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Listed here are just a few of the many positive effects of getting a good night‚Äôs rest.
These facts can be found in the Harvard Women‚Äôs Health Watch:
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Learning and Memory: Sleep helps the brain commit new information to memory through a process called memory consolidation. In studies, people who‚Äôd slept well after learning a new task scored higher on later tests.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Metabolism & Weight: Chronic sleep deprivation may cause weight gain by affecting the way our bodies process and store carbohydrates, and by altering levels of hormones that affect our appetite.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Cardiovascular Health: Serious sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, increased stress hormone levels and irregular heartbeat.
-¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Disease: Sleep deprivation alters immune function, including the activity of the body‚Äôs killer cells. Keeping up with sleep may also help fight cancer.
As a sports chiropractor and endurance athlete trainer¬† for¬† over¬† 30 years, I continue¬† to¬† search for¬†¬† technologies and¬† disciplines¬† to optimize the¬† performance and¬† health¬† of my¬† patients¬† and¬† athletes.¬† The¬† benefits of fitness and nutrition to restorative sleep have been proven and¬† in my opinion,
I am always exposed to the latest and greatest health products. Very rarely do I see any natural products that actually have a significant impact on me or my patients. I am happy to recommend Terra Biotech’s Nect’r Calm for my patients as this formula contains an impressive combination of super foods which is specifically formulated to maintain anti-inflammatory activity, antioxidants, and nutrients to support mental calmness and restorative sleep.
This incredible product includes super food such as acai, camu camu, goji, amalaki, quercetin, aloe vera (barbadensis), grape seed, luo han guo,¬† L-Carnitine, L-Theanine, chamomile, lemon balm, passion¬† flower, hops, valerian root and melatonin. All of these ingredients have been hand selected by the scientists at Terra Biotech and are biologically designed to help us get a restorative night‚Äôs sleep.
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Ingredients – “In The News”
Fox news | 12/15/10; Recently I traveled to the South American country of Ecuador, where I continued a long-time passion, investigating cocoa. This has been a subject of great interest to me, and I wanted to see for myself the legendary cocoa plantations of Esmeraldas Province in Ecuador, where some of the world’s finest cocoa beans originate. Many people involved in the cocoa trade consider the fine beans of Esmeraldas as some of the most flavorful and aromatic of all cocoa beans grown.
In case you think I’m simply a snackaholic looking for the next candy fix, let me explain my interest in cocoa. Over the past dozen years or so, a steady stream of science has emerged, showing that cocoa and the confection made from it (chocolate) are exceptionally good for health. Most notably, cocoa demonstrates significant benefits for the cardiovascular system, helping to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, elevate HDL (good) cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, reduce the risk of high blood pressure, and even reduce the risk of cancer.
Furthermore, cocoa consumption is associated with reduced cognitive decline in old age. Another dimension of the benefits of cocoa and chocolate consumption concerns mood. Cocoa is rich in agents that enhance the production of various feel-good chemicals in the brain, notably serotonin and dopamine. This means that cocoa possesses anti-depressant, mood-elevating properties.
This is no surprise to the any millions of people who self medicate with chocolate every day.
A few weeks before my trip to Ecuador, I sat with Dr. Norman Hollenberg at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Hollenberg, a medical doctor who is also a professor at Harvard University, has conducted ground-breaking research into the health benefits of cocoa – specifically with a native group living on the San Blas islands off of Panama. The tribe, known as the Kuna, have approximately ten percent the rates of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and cancer of other populations. This remarkable health status has brought the Kuna to the attention of various medical experts, including Hollenberg.
In his years working in Panama, Hollenberg observed that the Kuna people only drink water mixed with cocoa, which they raise year around. As a result of consuming a lot of cocoa daily, the Kuna enjoy unusual cardiovascular health. According to Hollenberg, the Kuna also experience far less cognitive decline in their latter years. In other words, cocoa might prove to be a preventive factor against various neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Hollenberg’s remarkable research led to several important published studies showing that cocoa is one of the healthiest substances you can put in your body. This information has spread like wildfire around the world.
Inspired by Hollenberg’s research, I determined to continue investigating cocoa, as I have done in various parts of the tropics, including Venezuela, Peru, Central America and the South Pacific. Journeying to Ecuador, I headed to the offices of FONMSOEAM, a cooperative of over 350 cocoa growers who produce their crops under organic certification, and according to fair trade practices. I am a firm believer in organic agriculture, as I don’t want toxic chemicals sprayed on food crops, or on my dinner pate. As far as fair trade is concerned, it means no child labor, and improved wages. I support this enthusiastically.
With the growers of FONMSOEAM, I was taken out into the countryside where I witnessed cocoa harvesting, the fermenting and drying of cocoa beans, and the eventual processing of roasted cocoa beans into a homemade hot chocolate drink. I found the people welcoming and generous in their hospitality and the entire cocoa scene both colorful and fascinating. As far as the homemade hot chocolate is concerned, it was some of the best I have ever tasted in my life.
So what can I recommend about cocoa and chocolate from a health standpoint? Your very best option is to eat certified organic, unsweetened cocoa powder in various foods, such as shakes, smoothies, and baked goods. If you are an ardent chocolate lover, make sure you are eating the really dark semi-sweet chocolate, over 70 percent cocoa. If you are diabetic, avoid chocolate due to the sugar content, and stick to unsweetened cocoa. All others can enjoy a bar a day of the really dark stuff, deriving significant health benefits in the process. As far as milk chocolate and various candies that contain chocolate are concerned, don’t bother. They contain way too many calories and too little cocoa to matter.
In the 1970′s, a number of natural health advocates insisted that cocoa and chocolate were bad for health. As it turned out, those so-called health experts were highly misinformed. Today we are far wiser. Cocoa and chocolate have emerged as health superstars. This odd turn of events is of course thrilling to cocoa and chocolate lovers.
The work of Hollenberg and other researchers continues, as cocoa’s secrets unfold. This remarkable bean from the pod of a tree not only produces a delicious confection much admired worldwide, but also is proving to be a miracle medicine, capable of warding off some of the most serious killer diseases afflicting humanity.