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ABOUT ALKALIZING THE BODY 

An acidic blood pH over a prolonged period of time can be problematic for health, as it is generally associated with being more prone to illness. Harmful amounts of acids and toxins can accumulate in the body for a number of reasons, including everything from drinking, smoking and lack of exercise, to a high intake of processed and concentrated foods packed with harmful chemicals and other 'nasties'. In other words, a poor diet. Over time, the result of an overly acidic body can be: structural damage (including cell deterioration and inflammation) a build up of impurities and a high toxic load (resulting in a strain on the detox organs and systems of the body) skin problems (including body odour, excessive sweating and acne) yeast and fungal overgrowth (in natural health world, fungi and yeasts are often referred to as "acid and toxin eaters"). 

ABOUT ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are nutrients found in natural whole foods, which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to the body as a result of (for example) ill-health, poor diet, stress, UV rays, pollution or exercise. When our cells use oxygen, they naturally produce unstable molecules called free radicals. These harmful molecules can cause damage in the body, resulting in ageing and potentially illness. Antioxidants act as "free radical scavengers" and can therefore help to prevent and even repair damage done by free radicals. 

ABOUT BONE & JOINT HEALTH 

The structural system of the body, comprising bones, membranes, connective tissues, muscles and skin, provides an essential framework which offers form, while simultaneously enabling mobility and providing protection. Although bones generally stop growing in length during mid-teens for girls and at around the age of 20 for boys, they never really stop the growing process. This is because they are constantly rebuilding themselves. Maintaining healthy bones and joints is therefore vitally important for anyone wishing to lead a full and active life, particularly in later years.

ABOUT COLON CLEANSING

Nutritional medicine places much emphasis on the state of the colon in terms of overall health and well-being. Its main role in digestion is to extract water from the waste material travelling through it - a fully-functioning, healthy colon will absorb water and will have efficient peristalsis throughout its length, performing a bowel movement two or three times per day (depending on the number of meals eaten). Ideally, it should perform the vital function of eliminating harmful wastes and toxins promptly. If stored too long in the system, such wastes and toxins can give rise to diverse problems throughout the body. Due to a wide range of factors - particularly poor diet - there is is now a high prevalence of digestive disorders. As such, incomplete digestion of foods, with fermentation and putrefaction, are relatively common. It is essential to remove deposits and debris from the colon at regular intervals, even for those with good digestion. However, this becomes even more important where there is a back-up in the digestive system and, in particular, where sticky and even hardened deposits are in the 'pockets' along the walls of the bowel.

ABOUT HEALTHY DIET FOODS

Slimmers tend to have a high failure rate. This is usually because they either take the wrong approach (opting for a "quick fix"), are too ambitious too early on (i.e. cutting out everything they enjoy at once) or because they don't understand the particular weight loss program, which can often be overly complex. But losing weight needn't be complicated. Slimmers need to forget about "diets" which starve them of nutrients and instead focus on a holistic weight loss regime that covers all aspects of their life, including everything from a well-balanced diet and a regular exercise regime, to healthy digestion, a strong immune system and good hydration - which is where you come in! A natural approach to weight loss, along with a commitment to wholesale lifestyle change, should have you shedding pounds in no time and keeping off for the long-term. Plus, with the help of our specialist diet foods, you won't be losing weight at the expense of your general health and well-being; on the contrary, you will be heading towards optimum nutrition!

ABOUT THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Natural health practitioners tend to place a lot of emphasis on the digestive tract. This is understandable when you think that it is the system in the body which controls nutrient intake, as well as the elimination of toxins which would be harmful to us if allowed to remain. The health of our liver, lymphatic system and immune system are also greatly affected by the state of the digestive system. If the digestive system is not working efficiently, it can lead to a number of health conditions, including leaky gut syndrome, malabsorption of nutrients, food sensitivities, fermentation, putrefaction, a high toxic load, increased bacterial activity, overgrowth of pathogens, dysbiosis and more.

ABOUT FOOD FORM/STATE SUPPLEMENTS

Food in this day and age is so processed and interfered with, that it is now difficult to ensure optimum nutrient intake through diet alone. While organic food is a far healthier option, and more likely to provide more of what the body needs to stay fuelled and healthy, it still suffers from many of the same issues (such as poor soil quality, long-distance transportation and therefore depletion of nutrients). As a result, many people in the UK, across Europe and worldwide are now turning to natural, nutrient-dense health products to supplement their diet, as they become increasingly health-conscious. However, there is no point in taking supplements that contain substances that are not recognised by the body, or are actually harmful to the body. Unfortunately, many manufacturers of vitamins, minerals and other dietary supplements use artificial additives, preservatives, colourings, flavourings, excipients, fillers, binders, disintegrants, dilutents and synthetic man-made nutrients in their products - particularly when they are in tablet form. In fact, very often, the active ingredients comprise as little as 15% of the entire tablet! The cheaper the products, the more of these undesirable ingredients are likely to be contained within them. In contrast, so-called "food form" or "food state" supplements are those that have been sympathetically processed to remain as close as possible to the original natural whole food ingredients that make them up. This means that the nutrients are more bio-available and the body is more readily able to absorb and use them.

ABOUT HEALTH FOODS

So-called "health foods" are no longer the preserve of health fanatics - ensuring a reliable daily supply of vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients is a concern (or at least should be) for every person living in the modern age. As long ago as 1992, the 'Earth Summit Report' revealed a potential loss of 72% of the mineral content in the soils of Europe in the last 100 years alone, as a result of modern-day intensive farming practices. These depleted soils then yield crops that are tasteless and have poor nutritional content. And this doesn't take into account the wide scale interference with our food chain in terms of synthetic chemical inputs after harvesting! The result - unfortunately, we can no longer rely on diet alone to fulfill our bodies' nutritional requirements. This is even the case where we believe we are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.

ABOUT HEART HEALTH

The heart is an incredible vital organ and its well-being is one of our biggest health assets. It pumps the equivalent of 2,000 gallons of blood through its chambers each day, which carries nutrients and oxygen to every cell in the body this way. Simultaneously, blood picks up carbon dioxide and other waste materials produced by the cells and carries them away for elimination. It is essential that proper care is taken of the circulatory system, so that it does not become clogged or restricted in its natural flow. Being overweight, lack of exercise, poor diet and smoking are just some of many potential factors, which can place this system (and the heart more particularly) under strain. According to the British Heart Foundation, collectively heart and circulatory diseases cause more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK, accounting for more than 161,000 deaths each year.

ABOUT THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The immune system makes up the body's primary defence against harmful pathogens, infectious bacteria and other 'invaders'. Through a series of steps, together referred to as "the immune response", the immune system attacks organisms and substances that infiltrate body systems and cause disease. The immune system comprises a network of cells, tissues and organs located throughout the body. For instance, arguably the most important part of the immune system is in the gut, which is home to Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (found in the intestines). GALT is considered to be the largest collection of immune cells in the body - 70% of all antibody producing cells are located here! In this way, a number of systems work together as part of the immune system to protect the body, including the digestive system, the lymphatic system, the urinary system and the liver. If one system is under strain (for example, as a result of a high toxic load, inflammation, acidity etc), this will place additional stress on other systems. Immune-boosting should therefore always be viewed as a holistic exercise, which involves all aspects of health - including everything from diet and exercise, to potential food allergies, gut integrity and digestive disorders.  

ABOUT MEAL SHAKES

In this modern age of technology, genetic modification, environmental pollution, toxic overload and overuse of medication, nutrition has arguably become more important than ever. However, for a number of reasons (ironically also linked to modern living), achieving optimal nutrition through diet alone has become infinitely more difficult. For example, modern farming techniques, widescale food processing, long-distance transportation of foods, extended shelf-lives and the increased use of harmful synthetic chemicals - not to mention the time and financial constraints placed on most people. As a result, the nutrient content of the average diet has declined. A growing number of people are therefore seeking new ways to ensure that their families are getting the broad spectrum of nutrients that they need on a daily basis to stay healthy. This is particularly pertinent where an individual follows a restricted diet, which is very common nowadays. For example, vegan, vegetarian, organic, athlete, coeliac, diabetic, dairy-free or gluten-free - in these cases, the question is often how to avoid deficiencies. The best way to achieve most health goals is through careful meal planning. It is still true to say that nothing can replace a well-balanced diet; eating a variety of natural whole foods goes a long way towards helping to achieve optimum nutrition. However, it is now not always possible to meet the body’s complete nutritional requirements through diet alone. High-quality meal shakes can provide a quick and easy means of topping up on nutrients on a daily basis. They are particularly handy for people short on time, those who tend to skip meals (such as breakfast) or dislike the taste of “green” foods. Used correctly, in conjunction with a well-balanced diet, meal shakes can support everything from immunity and weight management, to recovery, an active lifestyle, high energy levels, general health and well-being.

ABOUT MUSCLE MASS, SPORTS AND FITNESS

Working out is not enough when it comes to maximising the results of training efforts; whether the individual is looking to increase muscle mass, tone up, increase pump, improve performance or build stamina, what they put into their body is just as important as their training programme. Similarly, everything from digestive health and toxic load, to immunity and skeletal health can affect performance. It is therefore always advisable to look at the body as a whole, when seeking to improve sporting performance and achieve other health and fitness goals. The key is to give the body the fuel that it needs for best results!

ABOUT OMEGA OILS & EFA's

Essential fatty acids, more commonly referred to as Omega 3 and Omega 6 oils, are healthy fats that the body cannot synthesize itself and therefore must be obtained through high quality dietary sources on a daily basis. These and other beneficial oils (such as Omega 9), support a wide range of processes in the body, including the cardiovascular, reproductive, immune and nervous systems. They are also involved in cognitive functions, metabolism and hormone production. The human body needs these oils (and particularly EFAs), to assist in the manufacture and repair of cell membranes, enabling the cells to obtain optimum nutrition and expel harmful waste products. They are also essential for ensuring healthy organ activity, along with assisting the elimination of toxins. Their incredibly wide application makes them an essential nutrient for anyone wishing to achieve optimum nutrition, strong immunity, general health and well-being.

ABOUT ORGANIC LIVING

Many aspects of modern living have an adverse effect on health and, particularly, toxic load. Many people eat too many processed foods, while an increasing amount of produce is imported from long distances and then stored for long periods. What's more, the average Western diet tends to be high in sugar, salt and unhealthy fats and, as such, the level of obesity continues to rise. Even those who try to live a healthy lifestyle and eat a well-balanced diet are now often let down by the so-called "good food" that they are eating, because it lacks valuable nutrients as a result of modern-day intensive farming methods and manufacturing processes. The result - a large proportion of the food chain is contaminated with synthetic chemicals (in the form of colourings, additives, preservatives, herbicides, pesticides etc), highly toxic recycled heavy metals and other pollutants, anti-nutrients and they also tend to be nutrient-poor. With this ever-increasing exposure to toxins, many people are seeking ways to minimise their daily intake of harmful chemicals, whilst at the same time supporting their bodies' cleanse and detox processes through an alkalising diet and appropriate nutrient intake. Organic living is an ideal solution that is growing rapidly in popularity. Certified organic foods are produced without the use of toxic chemicals, pesticides and other synthetic compounds and so their natural goodness is maintained and their nutritional value is not diminished or contaminated. What's more, there is mounting evidence to suggest that organic foods typically contain a higher level of vitamins, minerals, phyto-nutrients and enzymes (and even taste better) than their intensively-farmed counterparts, grown using non-organic methods.

ABOUT PROBIOTICS

Inside the human body, there are 20 times as many bacteria as living cells and they have a critical role to play in maintaining good health. Having the right kind of bacteria, in sufficient numbers, is vital for everything from healthy digestion to keeping the immune system strong (and consequently for fighting infections). In contrast, the wrong type of bacteria (i.e. the harmful or pathogenic kind) can either cause infection directly or produce toxic substances that contribute to inflammation and illness if allowed to flourish, particularly in the digestive tract. "Friendly bacteria" (comprising principally 2 families called Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria) act to keep the "bad guys" in check, by competing with them for space and food. The key to good health is therefore to maintain the delicate balance between good and bad bacteria, which can so easily be disrupted by factors including illness, antibiotics, stress, age, travel, pregnancy, poor diet, food allergies and others. The overgrowth of harmful gut flora - a common phenomena - is referred to as dysbiosis. Just some of the proven benefits of probiotics include: improved digestion enhanced vitamin production healthy cholesterol levels balanced hormones stronger immunity increased resistance to infections relief from the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) relief from the symptoms of thrush.

ABOUT PROTEIN

Protein is an essential macro-nutrient - one of three main chemical compounds consumed by humans in the largest quantities and which provide bulk energy (the two other macro-nutrients being fat and carbohydrates). Protein is required by the human body for a wide range of critical physiological functions. In other words, it is not just for athletes and bodybuilders - no one can function without it! This is because proteins are a component of each and every cell, tissue and organ in the body and they are constantly being broken down and replaced. Once ingested, food protein is broken down into amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and later used to replenish the body's own protein stores. There are 22 different amino acids required by the body in order to function properly and there are over 10,000 different kinds of protein in the body. Protein is involved in almost every biological process in one way or another and is used, for example, to: build and repair muscles and ligaments (whether as part of normal growth or following exercise or injury) provide the body with energy maintain organs balance blood sugar levels grow skin, hair, nails and bones produce haemoglobin in blood digest food make antibodies and support the immune system transfer messages between neurotransmitters in the brain make hormones, such as insulin and metabolism-regulators and the list goes on. Protein has an incredibly wide application in the body and can be used for anything from providing a physical structure to assisting in a biological process. This is why it is essential for all individuals to incorporate adequate levels of high quality, protein-rich foods into their daily diet. Why you should be re-selling our wholesale protein powders Our specialist range of wholesale protein shakes support a wide range of health goals and lifestyles, making them bestsellers and attractive to a broad range of retail customers. In particular, they are popular with athletes, slimmers, those on restricted diets, those recuperating from illness and the health-conscious alike. For example, the range includes products that are: suitable for vegetarians and vegans high in complete, balanced and natural plant proteins dairy-free, lactose-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, yeast-free, sugar-free and additive-free organic GMO-free rich in a broad spectrum of nutrients high in fibre naturally low in fat made from multiple superfood, superfruit and herbal ingredients good for the digestive system and body detox. As well as providing a reliable and convenient daily source of high-quality, lean and concentrated protein, our wholesale protein powders also offer support for overall health and vitality through the inclusion of multiple ingredients in a single blend. For example, superfoods, superfruits and herbs, which supply phyto-nutrients, antioxidants and other essential nutrients. These unique shakes beat standard, single-ingredient products hands down.

ABOUT SUPERFOODS

In the journal Nature Nutrition (in the August edition of 1998) Aaron Moss stated that, "Humans have many options when it comes to fueling their bodies, but the benefits of some options are so nutritious that they might be labeled as superfoods". He was therefore one of the first recorded people to use this phrase. Since that time, the term "superfood" has been widely adopted for marketing purposes. However, when used correctly, it describes those natural whole foods with a particularly high nutrient-to-calorie ratio, and which are therefore believed to be beneficial for health. Such nutritious foods tend to be unusually rich in nutrients such as antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and powerful phyto-chemicals (such as bioflavonoids, carotenoids and chlorophyll), which support overall health and vitality. A number of superfood lists have been compiled in recent years, often featuring exotic specimens from the Amazon rainforest and the like and therefore receiving much media attention. However, many superfoods comprise more common foods, whose nutritional value has been long recognised. Examples of so-called superfoods include berries, nuts and seeds in general, dark green vegetables (such as kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts and broccoli), citrus fruits, Omega-rich fatty fish, highly-pigmented fruit and vegetables (such as beetroot and grapes), certain wild mushrooms, many legumes (peanuts, lentils, beans and raw cocoa) and whole grains.

ABOUT VEGETARIAN & VEGAN DIETS

Vegetarianism is the practice of following a plant-based diet, with the exclusion of meat. Veganism is essentially a more extreme version of vegetarianism, which involves complete abstention from the use of all animal products (including dairy, eggs and honey, as well as the by-products of animal slaughter - like animal-derived rennet and gelatin). A vegetarian or vegan diet and lifestyle might be adopted by an individual for a number of reasons, including ethical, environmental and nutritional considerations. For example, meat and dairy products are highly acid-forming and hard to digest.  For the most part, vegetarians and vegans tend to place special emphasis on respect for sentient life. This is often linked to religious beliefs and/or the concept of animal rights. Other common motivations include health, political, cultural, aesthetic and economic.

ABOUT HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS

Slimmers tend to have a high failure rate. This is usually because they either take the wrong approach to weight loss (opting for a "quick fix"), are too ambitious too early on (i.e. cutting out everything they enjoy at once), or simply because they don't understand the particular weight loss programme, which can often be overly complex. But losing weight needn't be complicated - slimmers need to forget about "diets" which starve them of nutrients, and instead focus on a holistic weight loss regime that covers all aspects of their life, including everything from a well-balanced diet and a regular exercise programme, to healthy digestion, a strong immune system and good hydration - which is where you come in! A natural approach to weight loss, along with a commitment to reversing ingrained bad habits and behaviours, should have your customers shedding pounds in no time and keeping them off for the long-term. Plus, with the help of our specialist weight management supplements, they won't be losing weight at the expense of their general health and well-being; on the contrary, they will be heading towards optimum nutrition!

ABOUT WOMEN'S HEALTH

Whatever our age, we all need to take care of our bodies to get the most out of life. Women have certain additional stresses and strains to contend with, including the physical impact that accompanies pregnancy, menstruation, menopause, hormonal imbalance and other aspects particular to their physiology. What's more, women's bodies can react differently to certain factors and stimuli, such as stress and old age. All of these considerations are pertinent when caring for women's health.

In a recent 'Earth Summit Report' it was revealed that a potential loss of 72% of the mineral content in the soils of Europe had occured in the last 100 years alone, as a result of modern-day intensive farming practices. These depleted soils then yield crops that are tasteless and have poor nutritional content.

Unfortunately, we can no longer rely on diet alone to fulfil our bodies' nutritional requirements. This is even the case where we believe we are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.

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