Fiber First!

Dietary Roughage Prevents a Rough Time in the Bathroom

Dietary roughage is essential for effective digestive tract function. Island Healthworks discusses whole food dietary componants for healthy digestive tract function.

Whole foods like the green vegetables, root vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits and legumes pictured deliver fiber and nutrients, supporting healthy digestive tract function.
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Humans evolved to eat whole foods. Attempted reliance upon refined foods robs us of essential fiber and nutrients in our diet, while taking up space in our bodies and wasting valuable digestive resources. Whole foods, in contrast provide valuable fibre that assists in their digestion, while being equipped with vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid bearing components that ensure they are not just taking up space in our body, but giving us the nutrition we require.

Roughage is needed to maintain momentum in our gastrointestinal tract. Some of the most popular processed foods are challenging for the digestive system to eliminate and may clog our digestive tract, slowing down digestion due to a lack of roughage. Then, the food may decompose due to the length of time taken to pass through our intestines. This same clogging effect may occur with any food when we lack adequate fiber intake in our regular diet. Furthermore, many processed foods have been stripped of essential nutrients through refinement and simply take space without providing the nutrients that whole foods contain.

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Why Herbs? When Botany Meets Human Health

Herbs Have Great Potential When Understood & Used Correctly!

Herbal Formulations are subject to increasing scientific attention. Humans are adapted to benefit from many aspects of nature.

Herbs contain active ingredients that may consist of tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids and carotenoids. Chosen correctly, Adaptogenic and synergistic properties may be harnessed! Denis Prévôt Photo, March 20, 2011
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Human health and natural resources are closely linked.  As living beings well adapted to life on this planet, we have come to depend on sunlight, nutrients, fresh air and quality food with a proper nutrient balance. We are also adapted in a way that allows the use of natural herbs to support our health.

While food plants form an essential source of nutrients and life supporting natural compounds ranging from enzymes and minerals to chlorophyll and fiber, more concentrated nutrients, biologically active plant components and ingredients from herbs have exceptionally valuable applications. Herbs may deliver nutrients in a concentrated form, or catalyze beneficial processes and support human health through specific actions linked to their botanical makeup.

Given the importance of herbal health care considerations, Island Healthworks will take the opportunity to give you a proper snapshot of how herbs work and why it is so important to ensure they are used correctly. A herb is not just a herb, there are key factors that lead to potential benefits instead of a wasted opportunity if considered.

Herbs come from a diversity of plant types, including those familiar from gardens, forests and fields, species used in cooking, and lesser known wild crafted specialty herbs. Roots, leaves, stems, berries and juices are all among the plant parts may serve as the sources of herbal formulations. Originating from all over the world, herbal formulations have been central to traditional health care methods in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia, covering temperate and tropical environments alike. Each plant offers a specific biochemical makeup and set of properties. First Nations uses of herbs are paralleled in many modern formulations.

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Electrolytes, Minerals & Your Health

Minerals & Electrolytes for Body System Stability

 

Minerals have many important roles in the body. Island Healthworks discusses proper nutrition & electrolytes for better health.

Minerals are essential for proper cellular health & organ performance.

The human body is mostly water, and the rest appears to be tissue and bone made from a variety of components, which of course include water themselves.  There are many carbon, hydrogen and protein based organic compounds making up the human body, with organ functions and metabolic processes involving aldehydes, ketones and other organic chemical processes. Amongst these complex reactions, metallic elements and minerals scattered all across the periodic table interact and assimilate in the human body to carry out a wide variety of roles.

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Plankton Matters: The Unique Potential of Alpha CMP3 Marine Phytoplankton!

Are all Plankton Supplements the Same? Learn About Alpha CMP3 Marine Phytoplankton

Island Healthworks discusses Marine phytoplankton and potential benefits

Supporting Oceanic Biodiversity & Human Nutritional Gains Alike, Marine Phytoplankton offers an Incredible Wealth of Nutrients in a Safe, Bioavailable Manner.

 

An exciting new development in natural health care is drawing increased attention. Well suited to addressing the modern challenges of increased environmental toxicity and nutrient depletion with potential relevance to increased chronic health complaints, Alpha CMP3 Marine Phytoplankton offers a wide range of potential values for human health. Filled with a vast range of nutrients, Marine Phytoplankton is the source of primary productivity for the Earth’s oceans and the underlying food source for fish, invertebrates and even Blue Whales, Earth’s largest animal. Phytoplankton contains a vast range of proteins, minerals, fatty compounds and chlorophyll , among other compounds that teem with nutrients. Being low on the food chain, Marine Phytoplankton is also free of the toxicity that accompanies larger life forms and nutrient sources such as fish or even meat based dietary components.

Not just any marine phytoplankton is recommended by Island Healthworks, however. Humans need the nutrients in marine phytoplankton, an optimal potential food source, but we are not adapted to extract the nutrients form the hard cell walls in each phytoplankton organism. The hard silica coating cannot be digested by a species lacking the enzyme silicase.  Vancouver Island based Marine Engineer Tom Harper has developed a patent pending process that actually breaks the silica shell and makes the nutrients biologically available to humans (not all products that claim to contain marine phytoplankton actually have it). People may confuse regular algae with the true microscopic super food, Marine Phytoplankton. There are also some products with Marine Phytoplankton that still contain the protective silica wrap found in these microorganisms, and are not effectively assimilated by the human body.  Island Healthworks offers SolarStrips™ with Alpha CMP3 Marine Phytoplankton. Contact us for further information.

This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health. 

Article Prepared by Christopher M. Stephens, Content Writer & Communications Manager for Island Healthworks

With Yvonne Dollard Perc, MH, ID, SC, KN, NC, AC of Island Healthworks

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Marine Phytoplankton offers an Incredible Wealth of Nutrients in a Safe, Bioavailable Manner.

Two growing problems are facing our food supply and the environment we live in. Decreasing nutrient levels in our foods combine with increased levels of toxins in our world. The question of how to increase nutrient levels in our diets while reducing exposure to toxins is a high priority in modern society.

Worldwide depletion of nutrients in soils reduces the availability of many essential nutrients, trace elements and organic compounds essential for human health. Fertilizer and pesticide use has come under increasing scrutiny by environmental scientists due to concerns over food toxicity and increased growth rates at the expense of nutrient content.

Marine Phytoplankton contains a unique combination of plant based minerals, cellular fibers, essential fatty acids, trace elements, proteins and amino acids. Marine phytoplankton is unique because it is a complete food that offers an incredible range of complete nutrients as the baseline item in the marine food chain. By exploiting nutrients sourced directly from the ocean through phytoplankton use, soil content depletion can be bypassed!

There is an additional factor that puts marine phytoplankton in the elite tier of safety as well as nutrient value. Being so low on the food chain prevents bioaccumulation and biomagnification. Ecologists have long warned about the human health benefits of eating lower on the food chain due to rising levels of pollution. As organisms feed on other organisms, toxins accumulate in their bodies.
As one progresses to higher ranking species in a food web, increasing levels of toxins are found due to higher exposure levels. Marine Phytoplankton is the most basic form of life one can find. With such a low rank, the plankton has extremely limited levels of toxin accumulation while magnification through the food web is next to zero.

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