8 Natural Metabolism Boosters [Infographic]

April 26 2013 | Infographic | Weight Management

There are many ways to increase your metabolism. For most people it starts with the right diet and exercise. An efficient metabolism also requires the smooth running of many complex body processes that rely on sufficient antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and the B vitamins, and sometimes supplements are required to correct any deficiencies. There are also a variety of herbs and spices that can boost your metabolism. Here are eight of them:

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Herbs that Boost Your Metabolism

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That spice that's in almost every curry -- that's turmeric. It has been reported to increase metabolism by increasing bile production within the body, as well as lowering blood sugar levels. Be careful with curry, though. Curries are full of creams and fats that do anything but increase your metabolism. Further Turmeric (or Curcumin) benefits are that it can help detoxify your blood and support a healthy inflammation response. Turmeric or Curcumin should be taken with peperine or black pepper to help with bioavailability. 

Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper helps support body fat by increasing oxygen consumption. Cayenne pepper may also support blood pressure, blood circulation, and digestion. Capsicum is a natural stimulant without the threatening side effects (palpitations, hyper-activity or rise in blood pressure) like most other stimulating agents. Cayenne's primary chemical ingredients include capsaicin, capsanthin, beta carotene, flavonoids, and vitamin C. Cayenne Pepper is a very high source of Vitamins A and C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium.


It is known as an "insulin mimicker" meaning it minimizes the amount of insulin your body produces after a meal by transporting sugar molecules into cells within the body.Cinnamon also may slow down the emptying of the stomach after a large meal, leaving you to fill fuller and less likely to snack. Now, cinnamon rolls don't count. Cinnamon is also an ingredient in our new product, Sweet FX.


Kelp is a natural thyroid stimulant, which may support metabolism. Kelp, as well as other seaweeds, raise metabolism in two ways: they affect the thyroid gland and they increase basal metabolic rate (the speed at which your body burns calories while at rest). Iodine, an important component of kelp, has a direct effect on basal metabolic rate. Kelp is believed to stimulate a thyroid hormone which is responsible for boosting metabolism. By returning the iodine levels to normal, it can help alleviate low-grade hypothyroidism. Kelp contains large amounts of potassium, and naturally varying amounts of trace minerals, which may be useful in maintaining proper glandular function and metabolism. Some medications for high blood pressure can increase potassium levels in the blood. Taking Kelp along with some medications for high blood pressure might cause too much potassium in the blood.


Studies by ICMR(Indian Council of Medical Research) show ginger supported the digestion process by absorbing the necessary nutrients into the system and regulated the metabolism cycle. The gingerol is the majorly active component in ginger. Such active components in ginger activate the muscular activity in the digestive track and stimulate the chemical reactions in the digestive system. Ginger is an important ingredient used in the traditional Ayurvedic medicines to support the metabolism and digestive system. Researchers have found that ginger may help settle the stomach during times of occasional nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness.


Yerba Mate

A stimulant similar to caffeine, this herb can also increase blood pressure. Yerba Mate is also is a good source of antioxidants. It also contains many nutrients like potassium, chromium, iron, niacin and magnesium. Yerba Mate suppresses your appetite and increases energy levels, therefore stimulating the ability to burn unwanted calories faster. Yerba Mate contains a content named mateine, which increase metabolism and energy. It also help you to get rid of allergy symptoms, act as a gentle diuretic and colon cleanse, nutritionally speed up the healing process and decrease stress. Yerba mate can be used in as a tea drink. It is also found in a supplement pill or energy drink. Those who are on blood pressure medication or are sensitive to stimulants should avoid Yerba Mate.

Green Tea

Green tea is a thermogenic agent, which means, that you may burn more calories. Green Tea is also a stimulant which contains powerful antioxidant, as well as, caffeine. The antioxidants found in green tea also aids in energy production. It can also be found in capsules for those who do not wish to make tea. The chemical in green tea, or Green Tea extract, known as EGCG (or epigallocatechin gallate) is known to speed up your metabolism, among many other benefits.

Bitter Orange

Bitter Orange which is an extract of Seville oranges is a stimulant and works on receptors in fat tissues.

6 Simple New Year's Health Goals Anyone Can Do

December 28 2012 | Body System Health | Exercise | Family Health | General | Nutrition | Weight Management

In the memoir, "What the River Knows," Wayne Fields writes this nursery rhyme:

“The best six doctors anywhere
And no one can deny it
Are sunshine, water, rest, and air
Exercise and diet.
These six will gladly you attend
If only you are willing
Your mind they'll ease
Your will they'll mend
And charge you not a shilling.”

             -- Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990”

Fields' book was a beautiful and poignant memoir; a meditation on families and aging, and a whimsical response to what time, and streams, and those we care about bring into our lives.

In the nursery rhyme, he struck a simple chord for anyone searching for health and well-being. He mentions 6 simple doctors: sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet. Improving on even just one of them would be a noble, and reachable, resolution for the New Year. We examine each one below:

Get More Sunshine

Now, we're not talking about tanning. With the Sun, there can definitely be too much of a good thing. However, that fiery ball of radiation that climbs into the sky every morning can be just as good for your health as it is damaging.

"Being out in the sun boosts our mood, improves sleep, and promotes vitamin D production," says James Spencer, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York. "There's no controversy about that."

An article in U.S. News says the Sun can help you get better sleep; can make you happier by increasing serotonin (psychiatrists often recommend that depressed people spend 30 minutes of the day in the sun); may give you protection from autoimmune diseases and asthma; and can lesson the symptoms of Alzheimer's. 

Drink More Water and Eat More Water-Based Foods

There might be too many benefits of drinking water to list here. But some of the benefits as cited by MindBodyGreen include: increased energy, promote wieght loss, flushes out toxins, improves skin, aids digestion, supports the immune system, a natural headache remedy, prevents cramps, much cheaper than flavored drinks. A six-year study also suggests that people who drink more than 5 glasses of water per day were 41% less likely to die from a heart attack than people who drank less than 2 glasses per day.   

But aside from drinking more water, don't forget putting more water-based foods into your diet. The more fruits and vegetables you consume, the more nutrition you'll get and the better you'll feel.  

Get More Rest

A recent survey found that more people are sleeping less than six hours a night, and sleep difficulties visit 75% of us at least a few nights per 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 the immune system’s power, reports the Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

The Harvard Women’s Health Watch also says a good night sleep supports learning and memory; metabolism and healthy weight; safety and better performance in daily tasks; a better mood; cardiovascular health; and a strong immune system. Go here for more information on herbs and natural supplements that support rest and relaxation

Breathe Better and Get More Oxygen

Diaphragmatic breathing

Oxygen is arguably the most important substance for our health. If we run out of it, we'll die in minutes. It's important we get enough oxygen to keep our body and organs functioning correctly.

We breathe more than 20,000 times a day. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we die, so it makes sense to become good at breathing. Soldiers master different types of breathing to perform in life or death situations -- whether it's to calm down, to increase endurance or to wake up and have more energy. In Yoga, correct breathing is not just crucial to supply the various organs enough oxygen, but to also to help rid the body of waste and toxins. 

Oxygen is critical to our well-being, and any effort to increase the supply of oxygen to our body -- and especially to the brain -- will pay rich dividends.

Get More Exercise

The benefits of exercise are obvious: stronger muscles and bones, a healthier immune system, better weight, higher metabolism, stress relief, warding off depression, etc. But it also might make you smarter. A recent article in the New York Times claims that the size of the human mind increased over time because of the necessity of exercise for early humans.

"The broad point of this new notion is that if physical activity helped to mold the structure of our brains, then it most likely remains essential to brain health today," says John D. Polk, an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and co-author, with Dr. Raichlen, of the new article. "And there is scientific support for that idea. Recent studies have shown, he says, that 'regular exercise, even walking,' leads to more robust mental abilities, 'beginning in childhood and continuing into old age.'”

There seems to be a direct, and even an evolutionary, correlation between a healthy body and a healthy mind. This gives an even more powerful incentive to be active in 2013. 

Eat More Whole Foods

Diet and exercise are probably the top two resolution goals made every New Year's. But, instead of a diet plan that is doomed to fail, it might be more realistic to focus on eating better.

Eat more natural foods, more vegetables, more nuts, more fruits, more lean protein, more essential fatty acids like fish and avacados, and make sure to get the right herbal and vitamin supplements to fill in the holes.  Don't eat processed foods, refined flours, conventional frozen meals, and cured meats with byproducts. Instead, eat more whole foods that are as close to nature as possible, including high-fat foods grown the way nature intended. If you have difficulty getting enough whole foods, consider shakes like Nature's Harvest, which is full of vegetable protein. 

What the Average American Eats in a Year [Infographic]

October 23 2012 | Family Health | Infographic | Nutrition | Weight Management

The average American eats about 2,000 pounds of food every year, and as a result, is overfed and undernourished. VisualEconomics came out with a graphic showing how that food is dispersed in the American diet. Some of the results may be surprising:

Related Graphic: 9 Ways Soda Destroys Your Health 



Dairy comes up as the most consumed food on the list. Americans average more than 800 pounds of milk, cheese, and other non-cheese dairy products.


Vegetables come second on the list at more than 400 pounds per year. But don't let that number make you feel that American's are eating enough vegetables. When you combine all the meat, fats, oils, sugar and flour, vegetables are vastly outnumbered. Also, 56 pounds of that is corn.


Americans eat 273.2 pounds of fruit every year. Anyone else surprised that we eat more vegetables than fruit?

Cofee, Cocoa & Nuts

The study says Americans eat 24 pounds of this stuff. Seems a bit low?

Fats and Oils

85.5 lbs of fats and oils are consumed every year by the average American.

Red Meat

Americans eat 110 pound of red meat, 62 pounds of beef and 46 pounds of pork.


Americans eat 73.6 pounds of poultry -- 60 pounds of that number is chicken.

Fish and Shellfish

Americans on average eat 16 pounds of fish and shellfish.


About 33 pounds of eggs are consumed each year by the average American.

Flour and Cereal Products

The average American eats 192.3 pounds of flour and cereal products -- about 134 pounds of that is wheat flour.

Caloric Sweeteners

The average American eats 141.6 pounds of caloric sweeteners. Unfortunately, 42 pounds of that is corn syrup.

Those Numbers Include:

  • 29 pounds of French Fries
  • 23 pounds of pizza
  • 24 pounds of ice cream
  • 53 gallons of soda -- about a GALLON A WEEK! 
  • 24 pounds of artificial sweeteners
  • 2.736 lbs of sodium, 47% more than what's recommended
  • 0.2 pounds of Caffeine (90,700 mg)-- there's about 50 mg in a can of Coke
  • 2,700 calories per day

Your Turn

Where do you fit in on this list? What surprises you? How can you make an individual choice to eat healthier? We're talking about this on Facebook if you want to chime in. 


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.

Habit of Health Challenge: Compete to Win a Spa Makeover and $2,500 in Cash

September 28 2012 | Nutrition | Weight Management

Take the Habit of Health Challenge and win $2,500 cash or a makeover/spa experience!

Ever notice that it’s easier to start a diet or new exercise program when somebody else does it with you?

Maybe it’s because we’re social creatures, and we don’t want to feel like we’re alone when we do something that might be difficult. Or maybe we just want to share with our friends and family what we’re up to.

Truth is, peers and family members can really help us stay accountable to our goals, including health and exercise. And accountability yields success.

So here’s what you do. Tell your friends and family that you’re out to win $2,500 in the NSP Habit of Health Challenge, and they can support you in your quest for good health. 

The Challenge is a 90-day commitment to achieving better health using NSP products. Everyone who registers and completes the challenge will receive one FREE box of Super Trio® and a bag of Nature’s HarvestYou could also win the grand prize, $2,500, or one of four $250 spa/makeover experiences. 

Perfect Timing

This program is timed so you can make it through the holiday season while still maintaining a path to a healthy weight and good eating habits. You’ll: 

  • feel better about yourself
  • have more energy
  • have clothes that fit better
  • be happier

Managers, Tell your members about the Challenge! If you and two or more of your members complete the challenge, you’ll receive your choice of 2 FREE Systems Packs.

How to Participate

1. Visit www.naturessunshine.com/HOH by 5:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Oct. 31, 2012 and register for the program. Provide your name, account number, a head-to-toe picture of yourself, a paragraph describing your personal health challenges or goals, and a list of NSP products you will use for the challenge. (You MUST include a meal replacement product—SmartMeal®, Nutri-Burn®, Love and Peas, or Nature’s Harvest—and either Super Trio or Super Supplemental.)

2. Purchase and use your products in three, full consecutive months, beginning no later than Nov. 1, 2012.

3. Complete the challenge by Jan. 31, 2013. Then return to www.naturessunshine.com/HOH and submit your post-challenge, head-to-toe photo and a testimonial about how you feel different or better after using the products for 90 days. This must be received by February 15, 2013.

A panel of NSP reviewers will look for photos that demonstrate noticeable improvements and testimonials that describe specific health results. They’ll choose a $2,500 grand prize winner and four $250 spa/makeover experience winners.

Savings Tip:  Add your Habit of Health order to your monthly Sunshine Rewards shipment and get FREE shipping and earn FREE products!

  Click here for program rules, to register for the Challenge and for informoation on how to get free shipping and free products with Sunshine Rewards.

Find a friend to join you in the Challenge. Let’s get healthier together!


5 Ways to Make Exercise a Habit

September 18 2012 | Exercise | Weight Management

Woman runs through mud

Proper nutrition through a balanced diet and appropriate food supplementation lays a great foundation for health. But it will only take you so far.

For optimal health, regular exercise is a must. Although "regular" is much easier said than done. 

Even though most people recognize the need for exercise, making and keeping an exercise habit is challenging for a lot of us. Here are a few tips to help you develop this essential habit.

Make It Fun

There’s no one “right” way to get your exercise, so don’t feel like you have to lift weights or run for miles each day. Exercise can be anything from walking briskly around your neighborhood to dancing in your living room. 

If you don’t like doing certain activities, calling it “exercise” won’t make it any easier. In fact, you’ll be even less likely to keep at it. Find an activity that you enjoy and stick with it.

Start Small

Most people jump right into their next fitness routine and go full bore for 45 minutes to an hour, and then within a week they’ve already given up because they’re too tired, sore and miserable to want to do it again.

Don’t let this happen to you! Ideally, you’ll want to exercise for 20-30 minutes a day. When you’re first starting out, however, go for 10 minutes at a time.  Set smaller, near-term goals that you know you can reach to build your confidence and your stamina. As you become more accustomed to regular activity, increase you workload accordingly. 

Reward Showing Up

Whether it’s a quiet soak in the tub, a night out, or a sweet snack—don’t go overboard here—you’ll want to incentivize your exercise routine by rewarding yourself with a special treat. At first you might set rewards just for having exercised.

As you get into your habit, reward yourself for reaching certain milestones or achievements.

Schedule Exercise for Quiet Time:

Make exercise a priority by scheduling it for times with minimal distractions. If you know your friend usually calls around 6 p.m. and that they’ll talk for an hour while you work on getting dinner ready and help the kids finish their homework, then don’t schedule your exercise for 6:15. 

Things will always come up—that’s just part of life—but by limiting interruptions, you’ll greatly increase your chances of sticking to your habit. 

Get a Buddy:

We’ve all heard that misery loves company. Well success does, too. Finding someone to exercise with, whether it’s your spouse, a friend, or even your kids, is a great way to strengthen your commitment. 

Developing any good habit—not just exercise—can be a challenge, but having a plan makes it much easier to tackle. For more ideas on how to make and keep your exercise habit, check out this article

It’s also important to make sure your body gets all the nutrients it needs to build muscle and support an active lifestyle. Click here for suggestions on supplements that give your body the right nutrients for your activity levels.  



Why Dr. Oz Featured 2 Trending Weight Management Supplements

September 7 2012 | Weight Management

Weight management is always a hot topic in the natural health world. Recently two specific ingredients have gotten some press on popular daytime health-related TV shows, including Dr. Oz. In fact, Dr. Oz featured both 7-Keto and Relora in a May episode titled “The Dr. Oz Supplement Hour” in the Belly Blasting Supplement segment.

Nature’s Sunshine’s weight management line has included these ingredients for years. Now’s the perfect time to share these great products with your group.




Dr. Oz called 7-Keto a “belly-blasting” supplement to “boost metabolism.” 7-Keto is a safe, natural byproduct of DHEA, a hormone produced by our bodies.

As we age, DHEA levels drop. Supplementing with 7-Keto may increase the production of key thyroid hormones, which play a role in determining the body’s basal metabolic weight. Higher metabolic rates mean more muscle and less fat, especially when combined with diet and exercise.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in Current Therapeutic Research revealed that 7-Keto is effective in inducing fat loss. All subjects participated in an exercise program and followed an 1,800-calorie-a-day diet. Researchers reported that those in the 7-Keto group lost an average of 6.3 pounds, compared to 2.1 in the placebo group. 

Click here for more info on NSP 7-Keto™.




In times of stress, the body produces cortisol, which promotes the formation of glucose—fuel your body may need to combat stressful situations. However, research has tied cortisol levels to higher calorie consumption and weight gain. Dr. Oz stated that stress is the top reason for weight gain in women.

Relora is made from the extracts of two plants used for thousands of years by Chinese herbalists to promote relaxation. It helps the body combat and manage stress and maintain cortisol levels already within the normal range.

The April 2008 issue of Nutrition Journal reported the results of a randomized, parallel, placebo-controlled study that showed that Relora was effective in reducing temporary anxiety in women. Nature’s Cortisol Formula contains Relora among other beneficial ingredients. Click here for more information.





Understanding Weight Management and Your Metabolism

February 15 2011 | Weight Management

Increase MetabolismMetabolism—a word we all immediately assign to weight loss and weight gain—is derived from the metabellein, a Greek word meaning “to change.” Metabolism refers to processes of change within the body. Without a healthy functioning metabolism, the body can’t heal itself, maintain its organs and other working parts, or rid itself of harmful toxins.

Nonetheless, metabolism does decide the body’s weight loss or gain because its rate is determined by age, physical activity, and nutrition. If your physical activity, nutrition, or age changes, so does your metabolism. For example, every decade after 40 years of age, the body’s metabolic rate slows approximately 5%. And men naturally have a faster metabolism due to their generally higher muscle mass. Because muscle mass stimulates metabolism, we know that exercising to build muscle is an effective way to lose weight, regardless of your gender.

Surprisingly, heavier people have a higher metabolism simply because their body has to work harder to maintain itself. Although metabolism is closely related to weight management, shedding those extra pounds can actually reduce your metabolic rate, which is why it’s important to find another way to maintain a higher metabolism through exercise or a metabolism stimulating supplement when trying to slim down.

Since an overweight body needs significantly more calories to maintain energy, even a small cut in calories will quickly show weight loss results. However, as weight loss continues, the results will become less and less obvious unless there is an extra boost for the metabolism. To keep from quickly regaining lost weight because of the lower metabolism that accompanies a reduced overall body mass, it’s necessary to find a way to keep your body’s fat burning optimized for successful weight management.

The very best way to maintain a healthy metabolism while losing weight is exercise. However, many people find it difficult to exercise regularly. So a great alternative to maintain successful results is a healthy metabolism boosting supplement. Understanding you metabolism and how weight loss can affect its efficiency is important when working towards a healthy fit future with successful weight management.

Appetite Suppression and Healthy Weight Management

February 3 2011 | Family Health | Weight Management

Over eatingRecently, the World Health Organization warned that health risks accompanying obesity could surpass more traditional health concerns such as malnutrition and infectious disease. The struggle for weight loss and healthy weight management seems endless. But especially today, awareness of healthy weight management is on the rise.

Obesity or simply being overweight puts a person significantly higher health risks. Some of these include osteoarthritis, heart disease, and cancer. With these risks on the rise, we should all do what we can to keep our weight down and our bodies healthy.

At first glance a healthy weight management plan seems simple. Finding time for daily exercise and cutting back on unnecessary fatty foods is all it takes. But the fact is, it’s not as easy as it sounds. One of the most difficult parts of weight loss is appetite suppression.

We all deal with grumbling stomachs that seem to ignore our weight management plans. Often, the hunger pangs take over and veer us off of the path towards weight loss. But did you know our stomachs are trained by daily routines? Even though the process of appetite suppression may be difficult, there are some tricks for success.

For many people, simply raising awareness of calories consumed does the trick. Try keeping a food dairy for several days or even weeks and record you calorie, protein and fat intake. In addition, monitor how much exercise you’re getting. Keep in mind that you can only loose weight if you exert more energy than calories consumed.

You can even try an appetite suppressant supplement. Sometimes, the boost from these supplements is all a person needs to successfully control their appetite and reduce cravings. Finding a solution to overcoming hunger pangs could be the key to attaining your weight loss goals. Just remember that healthy weight management is the first step to a more healthful future.

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