Jax Harrison, Author at Vitanova

Coffee with America – Dr. V.

Click to below to watch! Famous TV Host Dr. Yael Varnado-Rhodes, RD, Shares Her Amazing Strategy for Improving Your Health & Wellness

ASK DR ‘V’ HOW TO KICK START YOUR HEALTH & WELLNESS THIS SUMMER

As a trusted health and lifestyle expert, Dr. Yael Varnado, affectionately called Dr. V, has garnered the respect of her peers, patients, and the public with her blend of passion-driven clinical knowledge and compassion. She has a passion for PREVENTION especially for young adults and a focus on women’s health and is known for her ability to deliver relatable, usable and relevant information. She is committed to educating the masses about how important it is to live healthy early on in life, so you can enjoy great health in the golden years.
In this interview, Dr. V will explain why Women’s Health Week (May 14-20) and other celebrations during the month of May can be a spring board for inspire women to make health changes. The US Department of Health and Human Services points out that heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases are the top five health issues facing women.

SOME OF THE HEALTH CHECKS DR. V DISCUSSES INCLUDE:
The importance of antioxidants and a healthy diet
Understanding problems and sexual issues facing women as they age
How effective are vitamins and supplements and for young and older women
Important information about a serious problem that affects one in three women

SPOKESPERSON BACKGROUND: Dr. Varnado has made frequent guest appearances as a medical contributor on The Today Show, CNN, Dr. Oz, The Bethenny Show, Fox News, CBS, The Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Refinery 29, Hot 97, Perez Hilton, and The Steve Harvey Show to name a few, weighing in on breaking news issues and hot health topics. For almost three years she co-hosted the medical health segment on Reverend Al Sharpton’s syndicated radio show “Keeping it Real.” She is the founder of Get Checked 4 Life, Inc., getchecked4life.org a 501(c)(3) non-profit grassroots organization that provides at-risk and underserved communities across the nation with access to health services.

7 Kids and Us – Vitanova Adds 4 New Supplements including Keep Calm and Sleep Well

May 2017 – 7 Kids and Us – Vitanova Adds 4 New Supplements including Keep Calm and Sleep Well

I find it really amazing that so many different things we put in our body can do so many things. I mean, if we drink a lavender tea, we feel relaxed, and if we eat sunflowers, it can boost our brain power. I love that Vitanova has packaged each of these things for me, in one convenient tablet.

Vitanova has recently added to this line of distinctive supplements four new products designed to support daily living and wellness.
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Vitanova Makes Music with Health and Wellness Vitamins

May 2017 – Vitanova Makes Music with Health and Wellness Vitamins

SAN FRANCISCO, May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vitanova introduces Stella Heath, one of the nine Vitanova Brand Ambassadors featured on their Women’s Multivitamin box. Vitanova has developed a unique multivitamin product line made with probiotic-cultured nutrients, certified organic botanicals, and non-GMO ingredients sustainably sourced from around the globe.
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Ashwagandha: Keep calm and be awesome

 

If you ever feel overwhelmed by the never-ending to-do list of modern life, there’s one herb you should know about: ashwagandha. The root of this well-studied herb has a long history of use in Ayurveda—the ancient Indian system of medicine—for restoring vigor and strength after the body has been depleted by stress.*

 

A premier adaptogenic herb

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen. This remarkable class of herbs actually increases an individual’s ability to maintain homeostasis, even when under physical, mental, or emotional stress.*

Unlike most herbs, which work in one direction, adaptogens work in all directions. Ephedra, for example, is a stimulant. No matter who takes ephedra, the herb will have a stimulating effect similar to caffeine. Its direction, in other words, is always up.

Adaptogens, however, can turn the dial up or down as needed. Like a thermostat that heats or cools the air to maintain a consistent temperature, adaptogens increase or decrease bodily activity to maintain homeostasis.* Their direction changes depending on the person.*

As an adaptogen, ashwagandha reads what your body needs and then fine tunes your system in response. If you feel fatigued, it will energize you.* If you are stressed out, it will calm you down.* If you need to concentrate, it will help you focus.* If you need to rest, it will relax you.* Sound too good to be true? Check out the research!

 

Researched benefits of ashwagandha

Several human clinical trials published over the past two decades provide scientific evidence that ashwagandha is effective for the relief of occasional stress.*

In 2000, a double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that after six weeks of treatment with 500mg of ashwagandha per day, 88.2 percent of participants felt relief from occasional stress, while only 50 percent of those taking the placebo did.* (In other words, it was almost twice as effective!)

Another double-blind study published in 2009 and lasting 12 weeks compared two different protocols for occasional stress. One group of participants received counseling about diet, learned deep-breathing exercises, and took a multivitamin plus 600 mg of ashwagandha per day. The other group received psychotherapy, learned the same breathing exercises, and took a placebo. At the end of the study, the ashwagandha group experienced a 56.5 percent reduction in stress, while the psychotherapy group experienced just a 30.5 percent decline.* (Again, ashwagandha was nearly two times as effective!) The folks taking ashwagandha also experienced more marked improvements in concentration, energy, social functioning, and overall quality of life.*

 

How ashwagandha works

The active constituents of ashwagandha are called withanolides. They work by decreasing levels of cortisol, a hormone released during stress, and increasing levels of DHEA, a hormone that supports a positive mood.*

These mechanisms of action were illustrated in a double-blind, placebo-controlled study published in 2008 that compared stress symptoms and hormone levels among people taking either 125, 250, or 500 mg of Sensoril® (a standardized extract of ashwagandha) or a placebo. Sensoril® not only helped reduce feelings of occasional stress—as well as sleeplessness, forgetfulness, and irritability—it also reduced cortisol while increasing DHEA.*

Ashwagandha root extract is sold in capsules or tablets, or as a powder or tincture. The withanolide content is often standardized and indicated on the label and can vary from 1.5 percent to 10 percent.

 

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2958355/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19718255

https://blog.priceplow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/withania_review.pdf

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573577/

Vitanova Expands Their Supplement Line with Four Unique Products

April 2017 – Vitanova Expands Their Supplement Line with Four Unique Products

SAN FRANCISCO, April 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vitanova has developed a unique multivitamin product line made with probiotic-cultured nutrients, certified organic botanicals, and non-GMO ingredients sustainably sourced from around the globe.

Finding Calm

Vitanova Calm

It’s happening…that moment when you lose your calm.

It happens to all of us at some point. The stress of today’s hectic lifestyle mounts, we feel overwhelmed, agitated and we lose our calm.

Whatever it is that takes away our calm, we all know that feeling.

The kids have been crazy, the boss has been piling on the deadlines, someone cut in front of you driving, you get home and there is no toilet paper in the bathroom again—and finally you really do lose your sense of calm.

5 Daily Rituals to Keep Our Calm:

Slow Down

It sounds simple, but it works: Slow down and remember to breathe. The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale)
  • Imagine all the stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face. Really it works.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to. The good thing about breathing is that we can do it no matter where we are!

Meditate

Meditation is another way to help us to relax. Think of it as exercise for your mind.

Choose a word and then meditate on that word for just five minutes a day. This can help decrease your stress and make you more mindful.

Headspace is an application and blog to help you learn to meditate. They have a great free application to download here. It is a great resource if you have never meditated before, and we love the ones to do on the go!

Exercise

Speaking of exercising—it is not to just burn off those calories! Making exercise part of our daily routine helps us burn off energy and be mindful of our bodies. It can be as simple as taking a short break during the day to go outside and connect with nature, finding time to put a walk into your routine, or discovering a yoga class that will fit into your schedule.

ClassPass is a fun way to try out different classes that may work for you and is also useful to find classes when you are traveling. We love the flexibility of it. They even have a Newbie option.

Golden Milk Cocoa

Photo: Local Milk

Put down your cup of joe. This energizing and cleansing beverage* gets a nutrient kick from coconut oil, turmeric, and adaptogenic ashwagandha. “Long used in Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha is said to reduce anxiety and cortisol (the stress hormone) as well as improves your ability to focus,”* writes Local Milk blogger Beth Kirby.* Drink break, anyone?

*Article originally posted LocalMilk blog / WellandGood

Explore the Benefits of Ashwagandha

Try adding the adaptogenic* herb Ashwagandha supplement as part of the daily ritual to support keeping calm and being awesome.*

Ashwagandha was used in the ancient Indian system of medicine Ayurveda which is the… You can learn more about the science of Ashwagandha here. It is said to help alleviate symptoms of occasional stress and fatigue and support an energetic sense of well-being.*

Vitanova recently launched our KeepCalm Organic Ashwagandha supplement to support daily living to find and keep calm. We believe that success in life should be calm and peaceful. Learn more about our new product here.

Vitanova means new life and rebirth. We support those seeking to live boldly and those who are looking for a sense of rebirth in their daily life.

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