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Heart Health – FISH OILS – Omega-3s from the Seas

Natural Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In this age of fast food and frozen meals, most Americans today aren’t getting enough of the Omega-3 fatty acids – naturally found in fish oils – in their diets. Omega-3s are important for supporting heart, circulatory, immune system, metabolic and cellular health, making supplementation with Fish Oils extra important.

Studies have shown that Fish Oil supplements containing Omega-3s can support triglyceride health, by helping to maintain triglyceride levels already within a normal range.

A study on men found that supplementing with 3 grams of Fish Oil per day supported cholesterol health and also improved measures associated with smooth blood flow.

A study found that, in women, 3 grams of Fish Oil supported triglyceride health in younger subjects while supporting cholesterol health in older subjects.

  • Play a major role in cardiovascular health
  • Support the immune and nervous systems
  • Vital for normal cell growth
  • May help support healthy joints

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer


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Heart Health –COENZYME Q-10 – Your Heart Loves Co Q-10

The Heart Health Powerhouse

Of Coenzyme Q-10’s many important functions in the body, its ability to support heart health is responsible for its ever-increasing popularity as a supplement. What many people do not know about this fat-soluble antioxidant is that it also plays a key role in helping the body convert food into energy.

In a study, Co Q-10 showed significant improvement in a 6-minute walk test, normal breathing measures, heart health, and fatigue.

In another clinical trial, Co Q-10 significantly increased the level of Vitamin E in the blood, supported healthy HDL levels (high-density lipoprotein, known as the “good” cholesterol), and reduced molecules that cause oxidative stress.

  • Is essential for energy production at the cellular level
  • Helps the body convert food to energy
  • Is an antioxidant that fights cell-damaging free radicals in the body
  • Taking statin drugs for high cholesterol can deplete Co Q-10 levels in the body
  • Is a powerful weapon in supporting heart health

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer



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Eye Health –LUTEIN – See Why Lutein is so Important

Want Healthy Eyes? Wear Sunglasses and Take Lutein!

Lutein is naturally found in healthy eyes and since it is not made in the body, it must be obtained from dietary sources. Research indicates that Lutein may act as a filter to protect the central area of the eye’s retina, called the macula, from potentially damaging forms of light.

Lutein has been shown to be beneficial to long-term visual health.

In another study, Lutein had a significant improvement in visual acuity, eye pigment and optical density when compared to the placebo.

  • Possesses antioxidant capabilities
  • May act as a filter for the central area of the retina
  • Promotes and maintains eye health

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer



Country Project – The Outdoor Sink

This is the story I really wanted to tell about spending last weekend in the country. But, I thought it would be kind of odd not to get the background told first. But, now that is out of the way, I can’t wait to share with you last weekend’s big project.

In the back yard, there is an outside sink. It really is a neat idea. A yard hose hooks up to the faucet and you have working sink outside. This is the perfect place for cleaning fish, dressing game, washing dirty kids, etc.

However as you can see from the pictures below, it had fallen into so disrepair and the surrounding area wasn’t very inviting either.

So, we set to cleaning out the area. We relocated the shingles, cut down some limbs, took out a tree and reset the brick. The most fun came when it was time to demo the old table. Seriously, slinging a heavy hammer is some big fun.

We took the sink and gave it a good cleaning – scrub pads and straight razors required. I learned to use a chainsaw and cut off the unneeded parts of the legs – ok, maybe THAT was the most fun. I have discovered an unknown passion for chainsaws. Coupla cuts, coulpla screws, coupla beers, VOILA!!

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The Country

My hands are swollen, my shoulders are sore, my legs are bruised and scratched, and I have a blister on my thumb. The interesting thing about telling this to you via the written word is that I need to be quick in telling you that I am not complaining. I am excited and I am ready to come back to the farm-house in the country again.

This morning as I write this, I am drinking my coffee in the breakfast room of the house in the country my great granddaddy, Eason Tapley, built in 1958. My laptop sits (with no internet) on the table where my great grandma, Julia Tapley, laid out food until she died. I never knew her. I did know my great granddaddy’s second wife, Grandma Johnny. Her food was really good too.

On the mantel inside resides two 8×10 portraits – they are of my great-great grandparents. There are other pictures and relics throughout the house. It is by far more interesting that the cable television we do not have.

Outside the window, I can see the tree that held countless hidden Easter eggs and the remnants of the gravel that used to mark the drive way. There is a work shed where the outhouse used to be. Yes, we have always had indoor plumbing here. My grandmother will tell you she insisted on it – she was not potty training a child in the outhouse.

In the back yard is an old tool crib. It looks like it was built in the 50’s. It is the image you see in your mind when you hear the words “old country shed.” If you walk around the back, there is a brand new sitting porch. Walk through the door and the inside is a surprise restoration undetectable on the outside. Complete functionality with the preservation of history and character.

Walk through the thin wood line and you will find the leftovers of what the kids call “mini magic land.” This large field holds nothing but sunflowers. Every year, the sunflowers bloom and die to provide an attraction for the local fowl. In a few months, there will be a full field of hunters. They will once again provide for our feast and freezers.

Walk a little ways further and you will come to the pond and the clubhouse. A beautiful piece of earth it defies any words I can put on this paper.

Maintaining the house and the 10 acres of land it sits on has always been a task. That task has most recently been tended to by my parents. Our children have been too small to assist with these chores. Having them out here would have taken more work than our being here would have helped accomplish.

But now, as the kids are getting bigger, our family too can offer a helping hand. And now those hands have blisters the backs have a bit more evidence of working in the sun. But the smiles are big and the memories are forming. Confidence grows, lessons are learned, and time is spent together. I feel like I am teaching my children something. I know I am learning as well.


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Eye Health –BILBERRY – Good Night Vision

The European Blueberry

Bilberry helps to support eye function by promoting healthy circulation, and may also help support night vision. In fact, British Royal Air Force pilots used to consume bilberries before flying in the dark during World War II.

In a study using Air Force flight personnel, researchers found that a supplement of Bilberry extract and Beta-Carotene helped the subjects tested to perform effectively while flying at night.

In a study of the effects of Bilberry extract on the pupil, researchers found that 15 of the 20 subjects receiving Bilberry had improvements in eye health by the end of the study, which included an increased response of the pupil to light and faster eye movement.

  • Helps support night vision
  • Supports eye function by promoting healthy circulation
  • Promotes antioxidant support and helps fight cell-damaging free radicals in the body


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Digestive Health –MILK THISTLE – How Important Is Your Liver?

The Purple Flower of Health

Your liver is the chemical processor of the body. It detoxifies your blood and plays a key role in protein synthesis and metabolic function. There is currently no medical alternative to compensate for liver function. Milk Thistle is a powerful herbal antioxidant that helps fight cell-damaging free radicals, particularly those in the outer membranes of liver cells. The flavonoids in Milk Thistle help promote overall health and well-being.

Ninety-seven people with liver concerns were administered either 420 mg of silymarin from Milk Thistle or placebo daily for 4 weeks. Subsequent test results indicated a significant improvement as measured by two liver function enzymes when compared to the placebo, indicating that supplementation with Milk Thistle may promote liver health. Further, during a two year clinical trial, 170 subjects with liver concerns received either 140 mg of silymarin, the active component in Milk Thistle, or a placebo three times daily. Results indicate silymarin may support liver health, as those receiving silymarin had improved overall wellness when compared to those receiving the placebo.

  • Promotes healthy liver function
  • Helps rejuvenate liver cells
  • Contains antioxidant properties that help fight the cell damage caused by oxidative stress


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Digestive Health –DIGESTIVE ENZYMES – You Are What You Digest

An Alternative Source of Soluble Fiber

Digestive enzymes are true to their name, and can be used to support digestive health. Digestive enzymes are responsible for breaking down the nutrients found in foods, such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins, and making these nutrients available for the body’s energy needs, cell growth and other vital functions.

Researchers found that the specific combination of pancreatin, ox bile and bromelain (from pineapple) could be effective for people who suffer from occasional indigestion after fatty meals.

Another study found that people who took a lactase enzyme 5 minutes before drinking milk reported less intolerance and improved absorption.

  • Supports digestive health
  • Contributes to good nutritional health
  • Helps make nutrients available for the body’s energy needs, cell growth and other vital functions
  • Digestive enzymes include Bromelain, Pancreatin, Amylase, Pepsin, Papain, and Betaine


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Digestive Health – PSYLLIUM – Go With the Natural Digestive Flow

An Alternative Source of Soluble Fiber

Psyllium seed husks are a source of soluble fiber and make for a healthy addition to your diet. Fiber adds roughage to the diet, so Psyllium plays an important role in digestion and elimination, and can promote regularity and colon health.

A study found that Psyllium is effective for relieving occasional constipation and improved many measured parameters that can affect digestion and constipation.

  • Plays an important role in digestion and elimination
  • Can promote regularity and colon health
  • Provides cleansing support throughout the day to help maintain healthy functioning of the GI tract
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels that are already within a normal range

Yours in Health,

Nikki Palmer


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Digestive Health – PROBIOTICS – Giving Bacteria a Good Name

Enrich Your Body with Beneficial Bacteria

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found naturally in the intestinal tract. Acidophilus, which is commonly found in yogurt, is one popular type of probiotic and is especially helpful for promoting a healthy intestinal balance. Probiotics nutritionally support the digestive system by promoting a favorable environment for the absorption of nutrients.

Clinical trials show that probiotics (a general term for substances that promote the growth of microorganisms_ may help support gastrointestinal health by establishing “healthy colonies” within the intestines. A clinical trial that tested 137 subjects over four weeks showed that the probiotic Acidophilus was also effective in improving the health of the intestinal tract.

  • Crucial for cell formation
  • Promotes healthy bones
  • Involved in protein formation and nerve impulses
  • Helps promote menstrual health
  • Helpful for occasional muscle tension related to exercise

Yours in Health

Nikki Palmer