How the Cardiovascular Machine Works [Infographic]

February 24 2014 | Body System Health | Circulatory System | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol

The cardiocascular system is a fined-tune machine that makes sure everything in the body is getting the oxygen and nutrients it needs. It starts with every breath. Take a deep breath, inhale and peruse our newest graphic below: 

Related Content: View 12 Key Nutrients for Heart Health and 15 Warning Signs of Heart Problems.

How the Cardiovascular System Works

As you inhale, air moves down the trachea into the bronchi, bronchioles and finally into the 600 million air sacs -- called alveoli -- in the lungs. 

Oxygen passes from the alveoli into the tiny blood cells called capillaries that cover them.

The oxygen-rich blood from the lungs is transported to the left altrium of the heart. The heart contracts moving blood into the left ventricle. The next contraction pumps the blood into the aorta. 

From the aorta, oxygen-rich blood pumps into the body's arteries, which branch into smaller arterioles, and then to the capillaries, which deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body's cells and pick up carbon dioxide and other cellular waste. 

Capillaries, venules and veins return the oxygen-depleted blood to the heart, where it collects in the right ventricle and then to the lungs. The capillaries transfer carbon dioxide and cellular waste into the alveoli where they exit the body through the bronchioles, bronchi and trachea. 

Fun Facts About The Heart


  • The heart beats over 100,000 times every day
  • During an average lifetime, the heart pumps nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood
  • Your heart creates enough energy every day to drive a truck 20 miles
  • It takes less than 60 seconds to pump blood to every cell in the body


12 Key Nutrients for Heart Health [Infographic]

February 19 2014 | Circulatory System | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol

There are a lot of nutrients and supplements that can support heart health, and if you ask different people, each person will have their favorite. In this graphic, we tried to narrow it down to 12 key nutrients that may support the health of that muscle that works so hard to keep you alive every day. Also see some of our heart healthy supplements and our Curculatory System Pack.  


12 Key Nutrients for Heart Health



  1. L-arginine—this amino acid converts to nitric oxide in the body, which helps blood vessels open wider. It also supports heart energy, blood pressure levels, and circulation to the extremities.
  2. Omega-3—found in fish oils and in some nuts and seeds, these essential fatty acids can help lower the risk of heart disease
  3. Co-Q10—supports heart health and blood pressure and it may improve endurance
  4. Resveratrol—found primarily in red grapes and wine, resveratrol helps protect the hear and makes blood more slippery
  5. Hawthorn—these common berries contain flavonoids that support blood pressure already in the normal range and offer other benefits
  6. Guggulipid—the name sounds like a fat, but it’s actually a plant extract that supports cholesterol and triglyceride levels already in the normal range
  7. Magnesium—this essential mineral promotes heart health and helps support blood pressure and cholesterol levels already in the normal range
  8. Green Tea—The Chinese have used this powerful antioxidant for thousands of years. Green tea supports healthful blood pressure levels and may offer preventive benefits.
  9. Garlic—supports healthy cholesterol levels and may help improve blood viscosity
  10. Red Yeast Rice—naturally supports cholesterol levels already in the normal range
  11. Niacin—(vitamin B3) may help lower cardiovascular risks and supports already-normal cholesterol levels
  12. Vitamin B6—along with vitamin B12 and folate, this vitamin supports heart and red blood cell health


Sources: Monte, Tom. The Complete Guide to Natural Healing, 1997.



8 Ways Exercise Helps Your Heart [Infographic]

February 11 2014 | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol

Whether you hit the gym, sweat to the oldies, shake your groove thing or make it burn, moving your body around on purpose helps your heart be healthy. See the graphic we recently made outlining 8 reasons your heart will thank you for working out:


8 Ways Exercise Helps Your Heart

Exercise benefits on the heart include:

  • Helps your heart pump more blood with less strain
  • Puts you at the lowest risk for heart disease
  • Improves cholesterol and fat levels
  • Reduces arterial inflammation
  • Helps with weight loss
  • Improves blood pressure
  • Reduces your resting heart rate
  • Lowers risk of stroke
  • Not to mention mental health and relationship-boosting benefits, too! 
In once study, jogging 2 miles a day controlled high blood pressure so well that more than half of the patients who had been taking BP drugs were able to stop using their medication. But it's not just jogging that can help. Simple things like walking 12 miles a week can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol beneficially. Yoga and Tia Chi can lower blood pressure almost as well as moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. Weight training also offers heart-health benefits.

The main thing is, according to the American Heart Association, no matter your current weight or fitness level, strive for 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise six days a week.  

Source: New York Times.  

About Nature's Sunshine's New and Improved Liquid Clorophyll ES

April 18 2013 | Circulatory System | Cleansing/Detox | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Immune Health | Liquid Herbs

National Convention heralded the unveiling of our new, improved Liquid Chlorophyll ES. 

Go here to purchase Liquid Clorophyll ES.

Modifying a top-selling product is only done with the utmost caution. It's designed to first promote the blood-cleansing functions of the body with a more potent level of chlorophyll -- the green pigment in plants responsible for harnessing the sun's energy in photosynthesis. The new chlorophyll is also paraben free, which many of our managers had asked for.

Chlorophyll supports your body on the molecular and cellular level, promoting circulatory, intestinal, digestive and immune health and protects and strengthens healthy cells. This minty-fresh formula also helps neutralize body odors and acts as a natural, "internal" deodorant.


Helps promote the natural blood-cleansing functions of the body.* Promotes circulatory, intestinal, digestive and immune health* Protects and strengthens healthy cells* Encourages balanced pH levels in the body* Deodorizes the body, including the bowel* Paraben Free*

How It Works:

Protect and Strengthen Healthy Cells. Go extra green. this extra-strength, paraben-free formula features a more potent level of chlorophyll—the green pigment in plants responsible for harnessing the sun’s energy in photosynthesis. Known to support your body on both a molecular and cellular level, chlorophyll promotes circulatory, intestinal, digestive and immune health. Featuring a proprietary chlorophyll complex, this minty fresh formula also helps neutralize body odors and acts as a natural, “internal” deodorant. Boost your energy and overall well-being today with Liquid Chlorophyll ES.*


Proprietary chlorophyll complex—the most critical molecule in the plant world, chlorophyll is found in all green plants and vegetables. It’s particularly concentrated in spinach and wheatgrass.

The sodium copper chlorophyll form contained in Nature’s Sunshine Liquid Chlorophyll ES is soluble in water. With the exception of a magnesium atom, chlorophyll’s structure is identical to hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen in the blood, so it is thought to assist with natural blood-cleansing and to support healthy circulation. It also may support digestive health, toxin elimination and regularity. Like curcumin, chlorophyll acts as a particularly potent natural antioxidant that may help keep cells healthy by protecting them from oxidative damage.

Our proprietary complex also includes refreshing spearmint oil, a natural odor fighter. *

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Want to Keep Living? Use This Chart: 'A Lifetime of Medical Checkups'

January 30 2013 | Family Health | General | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Infographic

Prevention is the key to longevity. No matter what age you are, there are risks, and early detection is vital in preventing, diagnosing and surviving many cancers and other serious diseases. Most on this list include heart disease and cancer.

This handy chart goes through risks at all ages and the corresponding tests you should take in each decade of your life.

Infographic by Greatist.

49 Basic Nutritional Supplements For An All-Around Healthy Body [Infographic]

December 10 2012 | Body System Health | Brain Health | Circulatory System | Digestive Health | General | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Immune Health | Infographic | Intestinal System | Men's Health | Nervous System | Nutrition | Respiratory Health

There are a lot of nutritional supplements out there. For some, it can be daunting to know what to take, and what parts of the body they benefit.

This graphic shows some basic nutrients that support the skin, brain, eyes, lungs, intestines, bones, colon, joints, muscles and heart. If you want to dig further into a specific area, and go beyond these basic nutrients, try out our Health Assesment quiz to see what could help you for your specific needs.  


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Supplements for the Heart:

  • Omega 3 EFAs
  • Soluble Fiber
  • B-Complex Vitamins
  • Reservatrol
  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E

Supplements for Muscles:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • B Vitamins
  • Antioxidants

Supplements for Joints:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • Antioxidants

Supplements for the Colon:

  • Fiber

Supplements for Bones:

  • Calcium and Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin K
  • Vitamin B12

Supplements for Digestion

  • Fiber
  • Probiotics

Supplements for the Lungs

  • Lycopene
  • Beta-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Resveratrol

Supplements for Eyes

  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Beta-carotene
  • Selenium

Supplements for the Brain

  • Omega 3 EFAs
  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin E

Supplements for the Skin

  • Silica
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A, C, and E
  • Omega 3 EFAs


8 Body Hacks to Live a Longer, Healthier Life [Infographic]

November 28 2012 | Brain Health | Exercise | General | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Infographic | Nutrition | Respiratory Health | Sleep

Note: This article is being reproduced for its educational value only. It is not intended to promote a particular manufacturer or brand of dietary supplement.

The human body is a biological miracle, and can respond quickly to basic rules like diet and exercise.

Jason Statham, English actor and former diver, said,

"Your body's like a piece of dynamite. You can tap it with a pencil all day, but you'll never make it explode. You hit it once with a hammer, bang! Get serious, do 40 hard minutes, not an hour and a half of nonsense."

This graphic (below), which was created from information at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, outlines 5 areas to focus on to live a longer, healthier life. It mostly focuses on what may be a plague of our time: Chronic Inflammation, which is often the cause of things like heart disease, obesity, and cancer. 

Inflammation is caused by a number of factors, including a poor diet, high insulin levels, stress, lack of sleep and consistent physical activity. The graphic also goes into areas other than diet and exercise, such as intellectual, emotional and mental health. Don't ignore that part of a holistic health plan. Mental health can greatly help your overall health, including chronic stress, fatigue and well being. 

In addition to this graphic, Dr. Melina Jampolis in this interview talks extensively on the Mediterranean Diet and how it can support inflammation.  

Health Tips for Healthy & Longer Life (Infographic)

[Via: Geeky Stuffs]



'The Calendar Diet' with Melina Jampolis -- Healthy Living Radio #1

October 28 2012 | Family Health | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Nutrition | Radio

This is the first of what will be an ongoing series of interviews with experts in health, business and other related topics. We're excited to introduce the first guest, Dr. Melina Jampolis.

She just wrote her second book, "The Calendar Diet: A Month by Month Guide to Losing Weight While Living Your Life." It focuses largely on the health benefits of the Mediterranean Diet and eating foods while they're in season throughout the year. 

She was great at Dallas Leader's Conference, and she covers the topic of her book in more detail in this interview. Click below to listen to the interview, or download the MP3 so you can listen on your phone, in your car, at work, or however you'd like. And please share it with any of your customers that need some great advice on health. 

So, put on your headphones, turn up the volume and enjoy!

Click below to listen:

Click here to download the MP3



  • Introducing Dr. Melina Jampolis
  • How Jampolis transitioned from Traditional Medicine to Nutritional Medicine
  • "The Calendar Diet"
  • The best thing Jampolis does for her patients
  • The best way to get "Nutrient Density"
  • A seasonal approach to eating
  • How a seasonal approach is cheaper, tastes better and is more nutritious
  • What to eat in the Fall
  • Focus on Maintaining from now until Jan. 1
  • Minimize weight gain during the holidays
  • You need a lifestyle to live it all year long
  • Where the recipes in the book come from
  • The benefits of the Mediterranean Diet
  • Why we should constantly think of inflammation
  • Why you'll be healthier, even if you don't lose weight
  • Copious amounts of fruits and veggies and healthy fat
  • Why you should keep a food journal
  • Low carb, low fat diets are not liveable for long term
  • Why you should NOT count calories
  • How often should people excercise?
  • Alternative excercise ideas
  • Why you should build resistance training into your life
  • Why resistance training is even MORE important for women
  • What is circuit training?
  • How to go beyond the first moth of a diet plan
  • Proper motivation for keeping a fit
  • The single most powerful statement to know if someone turns the corner
  • What supplements to take while on The Calendar Diet
  • Why Jampolis is a believer in probiotics


9 Ways Soda Destroys Your Health [Infographic]

October 15 2012 | Body System Health | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Infographic | Nutrition | Weight Management

It can often seem harmless to drink a bottle of Coke.

But the negative affects of soda might be too great to ignore. So how bad is soda for your health?

That question is answered well in this graphic by the Consumer Media Network:

Harmful Soda
Via: Term Life Insurance


Consumer Media Network first tackles the problem of Asthma. Sodium benzoate, found in sodas, us used as a preservative in foods. Sodium preservatives add sodium to the diet and reduce the availability of potassium. Some reported reactions include recurring rash, asthma and eczema. Each day, 11 Americans die from Asthma, and the annual cost of asthma to the healthcare system is estimated to be nearly $18 Billion.

Dissolves Tooth Enamel

Sugar and acid, which is prevalent in soft drinks, is a nasty, two-punch combination that dissolves tooth enamel. Many dentist chairs have been filled with soda-drinking mouths.

Heart Disease

Many people associated weight gain and diabetes with soft drinks. But heart disease can be a devastating symptom from drinking too much soda. Most soft drinks (especially in the United States) contain high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that's recently come under considerable scrutiny. High fructose corn syrup has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with an elevated risk of both diabetes and heart disease.

Kidney Problems

Colas contain high levels of phosphoric acid, which has been linked to kidney stones and other renal problems.

Reproductive Issues

Soft drink cans are coated with a resin that contains BPA. This is the same cancer causing chemical found in plastic baby bottles, water bottles, and plastic containers that wreaks havoc on the endocrine system, potentially causing premature puberty and reproductive abnormalities.

Sugar Overload

Twenty minutes after drinking a soda, your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar into fat. Forty minutes later, caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness. Forty-five minutes later, your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.


Soft drinks contain phosphoric acid. A high phosphate diet has been associated with bone breakdown and an increased risk of osteoporosis. When phosphorus is excreted in the urine, it takes calcium with it, depriving the bones and the rest of the body of this important mineral.


The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.

Increased Risk of Diabetes

Those who drink more soda have an 80% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Approximately 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent on diabetes.

13 Ways to Be Your Own Nurse First [Infographic]

October 8 2012 | Body System Health | Brain Health | Circulatory System | Digestive Health | Family Health | Heart Healthy/Cholesterol | Infographic | Intestinal System
In less than 10 years, there will be a national shortage of 800,000 nurses,about the population of South Dakota. To address this issue, came out with this graphic showing practical ways to take preventative measures -- beyond diet and exercise.

The graphic focuses on the brain, shoulders, ears, eyes, heart, lungs, intestines, back, hands, knees, legs, skin, and feet. Enjoy:

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