Hangovers hit harder in the 40s and 50s

Is 40 really the new 30? Apparently not when it comes to hangovers

It seems that hangovers hit people harder in their 40s and 50s.

What is the nausea?

People often say that their hangovers get worse with age and they just “can’t handle it” like they used to. There could be many reasons for this, including both lifestyle and physical factors…

As people get older, influences in their life may change. For example, careers and family life may mean that you don’t tend to drink as much as you did in your 20s and 30s.

However, what you drink may also affect you the morning after the night before. Intolerances or allergies can develop at any age so it may be that your body has become sensitive to a particular ingredient (possibly sulphites or tannins in a drink that you have previously consumed with no problems), says Dr. Robert Pandina, Director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University.

Also, if your muscle mass is less than that of your 24 year old self, then this may affect how alcohol is distributed in your body. Furthermore, according to Dr. Blackwelder, President of the American Academy of Family Physicians, as people age, they tend to have less body water, thus leaving them dehydrated.

Liver health

The liver also increases in size when we reach our 50s. This in turn means it doesn’t function as well as it used to says Gary Murray, Acting Director of the Division of Metabolism and Health Effects at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institute of Health.

As you age, you may find that you take more medication than you used to.  This too could have an effect on the way your body processes alcohol in the system.

And so the list goes on…alcohol can also have a greater impact on your sleep as you age leaving you feeling out of sorts for the best part of the day.

If you’re fortunate not to experience any of the above self inflicted symptoms then it seems you’re defying science, or in denial, or just plain lucky.

What can you do?

However, if you do like the majority, suffer hangovers you could perhaps find some solace in the form of a herb combination.  Milk thistle has traditionally been used to relieve symptoms of overindulgence of both food and drink. Add artichoke, boldo and dandelion to your treatment cocktail before bed and you can avoid the morning after effects altogether.

Hangovers. Who needs them?

Reference

Petersen, A. 2013 Drinking After 40: Why Hangovers Hit Harder The Wall Street Journal

DIY ACTIVATED CHARCOAL EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB

GET A HEALTHY GLOW WITH OUR HOMEMADE EXFOLIATING BODY SCRUB RECIPE

Most beauty products are full of ingredients that you can’t recognize let alone even pronounce. That’s why for this recipe, we raided the kitchen cupboards for ingredients you’ve heard of, to mix with our activated charcoal powder in this detox exfoliating charcoal body scrub.

We took organic granulated sugar and organic virgin coconut oil and mixed it with Organika® Activated Charcoal Powder for the perfect homemade exfoliant.

Now, we know that beautiful skin comes more from the inside than it does the outside, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of the outside as well. As our skin cells turnover, the top layer skins cells die. Without exfoliation, dead skin cells can block your pores and dull the appearance of your skin.

Exfoliating gently removes dead skin cell debris to speed healthy skin turnover, prevent breakouts and brighten your skin for that healthy glow we’re all after.

 

ACTIVATED CHARCOAL BODY SCRUB

EASY | PREP TIME: 5 MINS

Materials: 

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil (or oil of choice)
  • 2 tbsp of sugar (brown, white, or coconut)
  • 1 tsp of Organika’s Activated Charcoal Powder
  • Essential oil or rosewater

Directions: 

  1. Mix all ingredients in a mason jar to form a paste – I like to make each time I want to use it – however, if you want to keep extra you can double the recipe.

Check out more Activated Charcoal skin care recipes:

DIY Activated Charcoal Soap

How to Make an Activated Charcoal Face Mask

How to Choose High-Quality Vitamins and Supplements

How to Choose High-Quality Vitamins and Supplements

Very few things are as mind boggling as shopping for vitamins and supplements. Don’t believe us? We dare you to walk into any supplement shop or browse the vitamin section of your local drugstore and not scratch your head in utter and complete confusion. With shelf after shelf stacked with so many products and brands to choose from, it’s enough to send you running to the medicine aisle for some headache relief.

To make things even more puzzling, all of these products claim to be the best, made from the highest quality ingredients, all “proven” to work—but are they really? And how would you even know? To help cut through the confusion, the experts at our vitamin store in Surrey have put together some key factors to consider when figuring out the difference between high-quality and low-quality vitamins and supplements.

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PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ORGANIKA BONE BROTH POWDERS!

PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ORGANIKA BONE BROTH POWDERS!

By: Megan O’Kelly – The Realistic Holistic

You may have just heard whispers of the magic of bone broth or you may already be brewing your own at home. You’ve probably heard that it’s the latest and greatest superfood and well, I’m here to tell you it’s not… not NEW that is! Bone broth is an ancient elixir that has been used medicinally since our hunter-gatherer ancestors invented the pot!

Turns out our primal ancestors really knew what they were doing. Steeping the bones of healthy animals allows us to extract valuable proteins, vitamins and minerals that are difficult to get from one potent source! That is exactly what has earned it superfood status.

The superpowers of bone broth are attributed primarily to the specific amino acids and protein compounds that swim around in a cup! The stars of the show are l-glutamine, glycine, cysteine, proline, arginine amino acids and some of the complex proteins they create including collagen and gelatin. The supporting cast is a melody of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, boron, iron, copper, manganese and many more!

So what are the benefits of this potent mix of nutrients? Honestly, this article would probably be shorter if talked about what it can’t do for us, but here we go!

(Heads up, I get a bit nitty gritty with some science, but hopefully, it helps you understand that bone broth isn’t just a trendy food fad… it’s the real deal!)

THE BENEFITS OF BONE BROTH:

Improves Gut Health

This is where the amino acid L-glutamine shines! Glutamine acts as fuel for the cells of the gut lining helping to build and restore its health and integrity.

Collagen is also needed to build the tissue that lines the colon and entire GI tract, making it a supportive and protective nutrient for the gut.

Gelatin has proven to aid in the growth of your good gut bacteria, supporting digestion and further reducing inflammation in the gut.Glycine is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA and many proteins in the body. This makes it so important for digestive health, as it regulates the production of bile salts and secretion of gastric juices!

Altogether, the amino acids proline, glutamine and arginine along with collagen and gelatin can repair damage and seal any openings in the gut lining. In doing so, they help to heal and prevent leaky gut, reduce food sensitivities, bring down inflammation in the gut and regulate immune system function.

Promotes Weight Management

L-Glutamine continues to impress! It turns out it may help to combat bacteria in the gut that predisposes our weight gain. It also turns into glutamic acid in the brain, acting as a fuel source for neurons. This lowers the glucose requirements of neuronal cells, leading to a reduction in sugar cravings!

Furthermore, glycine may help to balance blood sugar, which will also keep your cravings at bay and give you a steady stream of energy to maintain an active lifestyle!

Enhanced Detoxification

Glycine is involved in detoxification as it promotes the production of glutathione, an important antioxidant necessary for phase II liver detoxification. Glutathione is particularly effective at eliminating fat-soluble compounds, especially heavy metals. It also helps us to use other antioxidants to reduce overall oxidative damage and inflammation.

Builds Muscle

The amino acids in bone broth are particularly helpful for stimulating muscle protein synthesis, essential for ongoing growth, repair and maintenance of skeletal muscle.

Glycine helps enhance protein synthesis by increasing levels of creatine and regulating Human Growth Hormone Secretion.

Proline can also aid in the building of healthy muscles by helping to break down proteins for new use.

Boosts Your Immune System

Bone broth’s amino acids – arginine, glutamine and cysteine – have been proven to boost immune function in human and animal studies.
It can be particularly useful at alleviating bronchitis and the common cold. In fact, cysteine is a chemical component of the commonly used bronchitis drug acetylcysteine.

Protects Joints

Collagen is a key component of cartilage, ligaments and tendons. As we get older, our joints naturally experience wear and tear. Unfortunately, our bodies naturally produce less collagen as we age. Lucky for us, collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in bone broth, and studies show that the consumption of it can help to deplete our bodies’ stores.

Gelatin also plays a part in joint health by acting as a soft cushion between bones. It helps bones glide over one another without any friction upon movement.

Healthy Hair Skin & Nails

Collagen gets all the glory in this area as well. Once again, collagen is a component of skin and nails. Consuming collagen protein sources on a regular basis can help keep skin strong and healthy. Additionally, collagen helps to form elastin and other compounds within the skin that are responsible for maintaining it’s youthful look, reducing visible wrinkles, decreasing puffiness and fighting any sign of ageing. This makes bone broth a beauty food!

Strengthens Bones & Teeth

It makes sense that by consuming nutrients steeped from bones, we could get everything we need to build them in us!

We often think of nothing but calcium for building bones, but we need a well-rounded supply of protein, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, iron, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C and the B vitamins. Bone broth provides all of the right ratios of these essential proteins, vitamins and minerals for strengthening the bones and preventing osteoporosis.

Protects Heart Health

Proline is particularly powerful at improving cardiovascular health as it plays a role in reversing atherosclerotic deposits. It enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your bloodstream. This reduces the possibility of creating blockages.

Supports a Healthy Nervous System

Glycine is integral to the nervous system. It inhibits excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain to produce a calming effect. It also converts to the neurotransmitter serene, which promotes mental alertness, boosts mood, improves memory and reduces stress. Who needs coffee?! This sounds way better!

GETTING YOUR DAILY DOSE:

So you’re convinced! How could you not be? It basically does everything you could ever hope for! But you’re not sure how to start incorporating bone broth into your daily life.

Unfortunately, getting a proper homemade batch of bone broth is a 24- 48-hour slow brewing process, and it can be a messy one!

Luckily, Organika has made it super easy to get in all of those amazing amino acids and proteins that bone broth provides by creating an organic line of Bone Broth Protein Powders!

They offer both Beef and Chicken Bone Broth Protein powder that you can just scoop into a mug, add hot water and enjoy all the benefits of a soothing superfood broth. It dissolves evenly and quickly providing a satisfying savoury cup!

Organika uses only USDA inspected grass-fed beef bones and cage-free chicken bones for their brew. They steep the bones with apple cider vinegar to aid in the extraction of the nutrients from the bones. It brews slowly before it is concentrated, filtered, spray dried and sifted with all its brilliant nutrition in tact!

I work with a lot of patients with autoimmune disease and digestive disorders who not only desperately need all the nutrition that this bone broth protein has to offer but also cannot tolerate other protein powders. Bone Broth Protein Powder is hypoallergenic, non-GMO, and high in protein with no added sugar or carbohydrates making it an ideal option for a therapeutic paleo diet.

Personally, I try to get bone broth in daily, and the Organika Bone Broth Powders help me do that. Not only do I regularly make an instant cup of broth as mentioned before but I also incorporate it into my cooking. I’ve used it in soups, dressings, sauces and even smoothies believe it or not!

 

Here are a few of my favourite recipes I’ve come up with so far using Organika’s Bone Broth Proteins. Check them out!

RECIPES

SLOW-COOKER PALEO CHILLI

GREEN SOUP SMOOTHIE

TANGY TURMERIC SAUCE

 

Have fun with it! Throw it in wherever you can imagine to get your daily dose and start reaping those benefits… I know I do!

Sincerely,

THE REALISTIC HOLISTIC

Help your kids – and you – stay healthy all year long!

Help your kids – and you – stay healthy all year long!

For children, the start of the school year is filled with excitement and anticipation of new adventures, learning and reconnecting with friends they haven’t seen all summer. For parents, it’s knowing that their kids will be exposed to lots of pesky germs and viruses.

Here are simple guidelines to help your kids stay healthy all year long:

The rainbow diet – Daily servings of colourful fruits and vegetables

Make sure they eat fresh fruits and vegetables.  They contain helpful antioxidants that the body needs to fight off bugs.

Sleep routine

Sleep is necessary to keep immune systems strong and getting the kids to bed on time is good for you too! Young children need at least 10 hours of sleep every night.

Hand hygiene

Make sure your children know to keep their hands away from their face: In most cases, the flu virus enters the body through the eyes, nose or mouth! Teach your child how to wash their hands properly.

Let your children play outside whenever possible

  • Fresh air and exercise strengthens lungs and muscles
  • Exposure to bacteria in soil keeps the immune system healthy
  • Children sleep better after being active
  • Exposure to sunlight increases important Vitamin D production

Make sure they drink enough water

Drinking more water enables your immune system to function better and fight off bacteria and viruses.

To give your child’s immune system a bit of extra support, consider Echinaforce® Junior – a clinically proven safe and effective cold and flu prevention and treatment remedy for children ages 2+

While Echinacea has been known and used for centuries to prevent colds and flu, a recent study presented in May 2018 at the University Hospital in Zurich, has proven Echinaforce® Junior tablets, which contain an extract from fresh Echinacea purpurea, can successfully prevent respiratory tract infections and related complications (such as sinusitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia).

This new research shows that Echinaforce® Junior reduces symptoms, duration and complication risk by 64% and cuts the need for antibiotics by 73%!

Earlier research in 2012, on the same type of Echinacea, proved that it was safe to take up to four months and that if taken preventively, it can strengthen your little ones’ immune systems and help avert colds or flu by over 50%.

The good news is that Echinaforce protects the entire family including pregnant and nursing moms!

A.Vogel’s Echinaforce® line of products has over 20 published studies under its belt!
The Echinaforce® products:

  • Clinically shown to help prevent and relieve the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) such as the common cold and flu.
  • Shortens the duration of URTI.
  • Used in Herbal Medicine to support the immune system, especially in times of stress, lack of sleep and for smokers.
  • Reduces bronchitis or pneumonia risk
  • Can be used by pregnant or nursing women and by children ages 2+ *
  • 100% natural and clinically proven
  • Made from fresh, organic, GMO free plants
  • Do not cause drowsiness
  • Free of gluten and added coloring
  • Tincture, tablet (Original, Extra-strength and Junior) and Sore throat spray format available

Not all Echinaceas are the same

The difference between Echinaforce®, an extract of Echinacea purpurea aerial parts and roots, and other Echinacea products is both the research that has been done on it and the fact that it is made from fresh whole plants (never dried!) therefore providing your little ones with more of the active ingredients to benefit them all year long.

Active substances of Echinaforce® potently modulate the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have antiviral and antioxidant effects.

*(excluding the Sore Throat Spray)

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