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Celebrate Heart Health Month with Scepter Health Resources

  Posted on Feb 01,2017



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‘Tis the Season to Get Healthy

  Posted on Dec 01,2016



Happy Holidays, everyone!  We’re thrilled to share the first holiday season of Scepter Health Resources with you.  The holidays are a magnificent time of family, friendship, blessings, giving, celebration and happiness.  We like to add health and wellness to our list of ways we’re spreading the holiday spirit too, because we believe “health is wealth.” 

Many people wait until the New Year to get their health on track.  We believe that there is no better time to get healthy than the present, even during the holiday season.  While temptations may be high and you may be out of your typical routine, using some holiday down-time to begin healthy practices is a wonderful way to celebrate this special time of year.   We’re sharing a few tips to help you make your holiday season one full of health and wellness for you and your family.

Tip #1:  Eat Healthy and Set Limits for Indulgences

With so many holiday parties, gifts of goodies and festive treats offered during this season, it’s hard to resist over-indulging.  Going into the holiday season with a healthy eating game-plan is the best way to curb too many sweets and over-eating.  If you know you’re going to lavish dinner party, take small portions of all of the dishes you want to sample.  This way you won’t feel you’re missing out on anything but you won’t consume the extra calories by heaping your plate full.  It’s also easy to over-indulge at cocktail parties where small appetizers and desserts are plentiful.  Keep track of what you’ve eaten and don’t refill your plate more than twice.  It’s a good idea not to go to parties starving so you won’t unnecessarily gorge yourself.  If you set limits to the indulgences you plan to consume – say one or two small treats a day – it should help your overall holiday diet.

When you’re not at holiday events, make an extra effort to eat healthy to counterbalance some of the holiday treats you know are ahead.  Fill up on lean protein, vegetables, fruits and whole grains.   Limit saturated fats, simple carbohydrates, too much salt and excessive alcohol.  These items might contribute to holiday weight gain and they may also make you feel sluggish and less than cheery during your holiday season. 

Tip #2:  Keep Moving

Getting out of your daily routine can sometimes mean less physical activity.  Some amount of lounging is good, but your body needs physical activity at least 5 days a week.  Use the holiday season as a time to get moving in different ways or try new exercise.  Visiting a hiking trail you’ve never tried before, taking long bike rides or walks with out-of-town guests, playing family football in your yard, or registering for a fitness class that you’ve always been too busy to attend are all great ways to ensure you’re getting your exercise this season.  Use this time outside of your scheduled life to mix it up and add some spice to your physical activity.  Also, enjoy fitness with friends and family to continue the spirit of togetherness during your holiday season.

Tip #3:  Take a Mental Health Break

Like the rest of your body, your mind also needs a break over your winter vacation.  Be sure to make room for mental health this season through relaxation, unplugging and using your brain in different ways.  By stepping outside the chaos and stress of your daily life you can release your mind and give it time to rest and repair.  This can be achieved in many ways: from gardening, volunteering or visiting the spa, to watching holiday movies, having a family game night or doing brain teasers or puzzles.  Give your brain a break during the holidays for a sharper, more focused outlook in the New Year.

Tip #4:  Minimize Stress

The holidays are known to be a stressful time of year for many people.  Do your best to minimize stress by not waiting until the last minute to cook, buy gifts and schedule get-togethers, and try to avoid stressful situations.  Tension may be on high as everyone wants to make the holidays perfect and special and relatives of all types gather together.  The best holidays are those that are calm and peaceful when everyone can laugh and enjoy each other.  Make an effort not to over-commit yourself and to lighten the mood with fun family activities such as games or songs.  Remember to not sweat the small stuff.  Stress can ruin your holidays so make the choice to take deep breaths, smile and enjoy yourself instead.

Tip #5:  Consider Preventative Healthcare

When your health is in order, you can focus on other priorities in your life.  That is why preventative healthcare is so important.  Set yourself up for success by implementing healthy lifestyle habits before the New Year.  This includes a healthy diet, regular exercise, having regular check-ups and health screenings, and mental and emotional wellness.  Taking a natural daily supplement like Moringa Oleifera may help with every aspect of your preventative healthcare efforts by providing you with superior nutrients to energize and focus your day.  With over 90 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids and other phyto-nutrients, Moringa is one of nature’s best nutraceuticals for health and wellness.  Start your Moringa regimen during the holiday season and feel the boost before the New Year.

With all the joys we have to be thankful for this season and in the New Year, we wish you much wealth in the form of health, happiness, love and togetherness.  We hope to become part of your family’s healthy traditions for years to come.   From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Combating Nutrient Depletion from Medications

  Posted on Nov 21,2016



It’s a little known fact that many prescription and over-the-counter medications cause nutrient depletion.  While prescribers must weigh the potential benefits against side-effects of pharmaceuticals and often deem them worth the risk, those who are quick to grab medications for relief may unknowingly experience significant nutrient depletion.  Today we’re taking a look at the most common nutrient depletion from medications and how to avoid them.

It is estimated that nutrient depletion is responsible for approximately 30% of pharmaceutical side-effects.  The epidemic of nutrient depletion from medications can occur for several reasons.  It is common for some drugs – such as those that address gastrointestinal problems, help lower cholesterol, support weight loss, as well as some antibiotics like tetracycline – to block the absorption of key nutrients.  This happens when nutrients are not absorbed into the bloodstream at all, or when the drug binds to vitamins, minerals or fats preventing these nutrients from being absorbed and metabolized for their vast benefits.  Furthermore, medications can inhibit cells from synthesizing nutrients due to an impact on enzymes and receptors. 

Other pharmaceuticals can cause nutrient depletion through a change of appetite.  Some drugs that treat attention deficit disorder and depression are known to suppress the appetite, which prevents patients from consuming enough food to achieve the daily recommendations of specific nutrients.  Other drugs have the opposite effect.  That is, they increase one’s appetite or cravings for unhealthy foods such as fats and simple carbohydrates.  Many steroids, some contraceptives, antidepressants and anti-psychotic medications can have this effect.  Also, drugs that have a diuretic effect such as many that treat hypertension can cause water-soluble nutrient depletion through urination.

Below is a chart providing common nutrient depletions for specific drug categories: 

 

Drug

Nutrients That May Be Depleted

Antibiotics

Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin K

Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug

(e.g. Ibuprofen)

Iron, Folic Acid, B-Vitamins, Vitamin C

Fluconazole

Potassium

Oral Contraceptives

Zinc, B-Vitamins, Magnesium

Proton Pump Inhibitors (e.g. Omeprazole)

Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin B12, Iron, Folic Acid, Calcium

Methotrexate

Vitamin E, Folic Acid

Insulin

Magnesium

Corticosteroid

Chromium, Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, Folic Acid, Potassium, Vitamin D

 

Nutrient depletion from medications often goes undiagnosed because patients may be unaware that drugs are “robbing” them on essential vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other vital nutrients their bodies need to thrive.  When negative side-effects arise, often patients and prescribers alike believe they are symptoms of the original health concern.  For these reasons, nutrient depletion is a vicious cycle that can lead to serious health concerns if left untreated. 

Combating nutrient depletion from medications can be tackled on several levels.  First, taking a natural daily supplement may help you avoid many future health issues.  Natural multi-nutrient supplements like Moringa Oleifera may be one of the best forms of preventative healthcare.  Moringa supports full-body health because it contains potent antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids that help sustain heart, brain, immune, emotional and physical health, among other areas of the body. 

Next, opting for natural nutraceuticals when they may help you avoid pharmaceuticals is always preferred.  Natural nutritional supplements like the wholesome superfood Moringa can be incredible at addressing a variety of health concerns without resorting to prescription or OTC medications.  Always express your interest in all-natural nutraceuitcals when they are a viable option for your symptoms.

When pharmaceuticals are required based on your individual health outlook, become knowledgeable and vigilant about potential nutrient depletion.  Research and discuss with your prescriber common nutrients depleted by the recommended medications and how to combat them.  Your prescriber may recommend dietary alterations or supplementation to incorporate certain nutrients.  Moringa is also a wonderful natural supplemental way to add depleted nutrients into your diet, either though daily Moringa capsules, Moringa tea or Moringa powder.  The nearly 100 phyto-nutrients in Moringa help boost nutrition in areas that often suffer due to medications.

Nutrient depletion from medications is a common dietary and health problem.  Take control of your health by first seeking all-natural nutraceuticals.  When prescription or OTC medication is necessary and you experience side-effects, consider whether nutrient depletion can be the culprit.  Natural supplements like Moringa may be the best way to combat nutrient depletion from medications.

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The Power of Prevention: Nutrition and Preventative Health Care

  Posted on Nov 14,2016



You’ve probably heard the saying, “prevention is better than a cure.”  It’s a phrase that carries a lot of weight because it is absolutely true.  It is befitting of our motto here at Scepter Health Resources:  “Stay Healthy. Live Wealthy.”   Managing health care issues will usually be much more complicated, time-consuming, expensive and life-altering than taking steps to prevent them in the first place.  Although none of us knows what the future of our health holds, science and medicine can tell us much about the best ways to sustain our health.  One of the biggest areas of preventative health care is nutrition, and today we’re taking a look at the power of prevention when it comes to your diet.

Preventable Health Conditions

First, it is important to review the gravity of potential health problems that can be prevented by nutrition.  Not every health concern is preventable, but our risk of many chronic diseases, illness and epidemics can be reduced by good nutrition and lifestyle habits. According to the World Health Organization, some of the most common preventable health conditions are obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis.  Many experts argue that risk of brain degenerative diseases and emotional and behavioral disorders can also be reduced through proper nutritional choices.  Furthermore, everyday aches and pains, sickness and injuries ranging from arthritis and the common cold, to skin conditions and lack of concentration may be linked to poor nutrition. 

Nutrition as Preventative Health Care

A wholesome, balanced diet goes a long way in helping prevent many of these serious health conditions.  Plus it gives you energy to enjoy life to its fullest.  The key to a healthy balanced diet is ensuring you are achieving maximum nutritional intake within certain parameters.  This means that in order to achieve the daily recommendations of certain nutrients, you have to select foods that will satisfy several nutritional needs at once.  For example, beans are rich in vitamins and minerals, contain a wealth of fiber and serve as a source of protein, making it an excellent nutritional choice.  On the other hand, white rice is a simple carbohydrate that offers little nutritional value.  It can be replaced with healthier rice options like brown, red or black rice, which provides more fiber and protein to satisfy a variety of nutritional requirements and lower glycemic impact. 

Components of a Healthy Diet for Preventative Health

The great news about nutrition is that there are tons of healthy foods that taste delicious.  You don’t have to be a master chef to prepare and enjoy a healthy diet.  Keep your basic daily nutritional needs in mind as you make dietary choices.  Every day you should eat fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, whole grains and low-fat dairy products or alternatives.  Limit sugar, sodium, unhealthy fats, excessive alcohol and over-eating.  Within these guidelines, here are some tips to try to incorporate the healthiest food categories into your diet:

  • Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables give you the most bang for your buck.  These include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, spinach and cabbage are a great start), brightly colored vegetables (such as peppers and sweet potatoes), berries and apples.
  • Cook with healthy fats like mono- and poly-unsaturated vegetable, seed or nut oils.  Also, don’t fry foods when you can grill, sauté, bake or broil instead.
  • Nuts are a great source of nutrients (healthy fat, protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) and a handful goes a long way.  The healthiest nuts are almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts.
  • Fish contains phenomenal omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy fats that does your body good.  Try to eat at least two servings of fish per week.
  • Make your carbohydrates complex and full of fiber.  That means you want to focus on whole wheat and whole grains.  Excellent sources of complex carbs are whole wheat breads, pastas and cereals, oatmeal, quinoa and bulgur. 
  • Don’t forget to hydrate.  Plain water is terrific, but antioxidant-rich teas such as Moringa tea can also help balance bodily fluids and keep you hydrated.
  • Supplement with a whole food like Moringa capsules to ensure you are getting a proper balance of nutrition daily. 

Other Preventative Health Care Measures

In addition to nutrition, there are many other ways to work towards prevention.  These include:  regular exercise, health care screenings, practicing general safety, immunizations, getting plenty of sleep, becoming a member of a wellness center, ensuring skincare protection, and not smoking. 

The U.S. has set forth an initiative called Healthy People 2020 and the top priority is to help people live longer and better lives free of preventable diseases.  With good nutrition and other preventative health care measures we each have the power to reduce our risk of chronic disease.  The power of prevention is in your hands.  What will you do with it?

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  Posted on Nov 11,2016



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  Posted on Nov 10,2016



6 Reasons Why Moringa Is Being Hailed as a Superfood

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Welcome to Scepter Health Resources, Home of the Natura Royal brand of Nutritional Supplements

  Posted on Nov 02,2016



Welcome to the Scepter Health Resources blog, a resource for nutritional supplements, natural medicines and healthy living.  I am thrilled to invite you to our new home and I hope you will soon make Natura Royal nutritional supplements your trusted brand for health and wellness. 

Like many of you, I am on a quest to find the best natural health sustenance for my family.  As a pharmacist and healthcare professional, I have the fortune of applying my knowledge of health, nutrition and medicine to caring for my family and my patients in the best way possible.  I believe that there is a time and place for pharmaceuticals in a disease state, but there is also great value in neutraceuticals for sustained health and wellness. 

While practicing as a pharmacist for nearly 10 years, I have observed a higher trend in public demand and a growing interest in natural medicines for health maintenance and to address some common health concerns in adults and children alike.  That is why I collaborated with other healthcare professionals and experts in the field of nutrition to found Scepter Health Resources and the Natura Royal brand of nutritional/dietary supplements.  Our brand features the finest all-natural plant-based superfoods from around the world. 

While there are hundreds of natural health foods available, Moringa Oleifera is among the most effective and nutritious for holistic health and wellness.  My family has been taking Moringa for years and I’m excited to share pure Moringa products and all-natural herbal Moringa blends with the global community right here at Scepter Health Resources. 

Why is Moringa such a phenomenal superfood?  There are numerous benefits of Moringa, but I’d like to share my top three with you:

Energy:  With a unique combination of nutrients that include antioxidants, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, Moringa tops my list of nutritional supplements for sustained daily energy.  Our bodies crave natural nutrients to provide the energy we all need to face life’s daily adventures and to meet daily physical demands.  Moringa energizes your day with this burst of nutrients and will increase stamina, endurance and strength during physical activity and exercise.  Plus, Moringa is a whole food with a delicate balance of essential nutritional elements – such as fiber, protein and essential fats – that keep your body satiated so you won’t need to grab extra empty calories throughout the day.

 

Immune Health:  Antioxidants are among the best natural nutrients to boost immune to strength to ward off illness and disease.  Moringa not only contains antioxidants, it is one of the richest sources of antioxidants on the planet.  We’re all bombarded with hundreds of pathogens everyday, from free radicals streaming from UV rays, to microbes on surfaces we touch and foods we consume.  Our bodies are magnificent machines that fend off many potential threats, but we can bolster our body’s natural defenses through immuno-protective supplements like Moringa.  Over time, a stronger body has incredible age-defying effects both internally and externally, which includes reducing the risk of chronic conditions, life-threatening or degenerative diseases, and looking and feeling aged.

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing:  Good nutrition isn’t for the sole purpose of our physical health.  Moringa supports mental focus, clarity and concentration by offering brain-boosting nutrients, especially omega fatty acids that help maintain the integrity of brain cells.  Many amino acids also stimulate positive neurotransmitter effects that aid in cognition and help preserve emotional stability.  Stress, anxiety and emotional balance play a large part in our holistic health and entire outlook.  Moringa can assist your daily mental and emotional wellbeing for more productive and positive days.

Moringa is easy to incorporate into your health regimen with Moringa capsules, Moringa tea or Moringa powder.  With just two capsules daily, several warm cups of Moringa tea or by adding Moringa powder to a variety of your favorite foods, you can reap the amazing benefits of Moringa.  We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter (at the bottom of our website) to be the first to learn about new wellness products from Scepter Health Resources.

I hope you will find our website a wealth of knowledge, nutrition, and scientific proof for your natural, healthy lifestyle.  After all, health is wealth, and I wish you much of both in your life!

Sincerely,

Dr. Lara Sodunola, Bs, Pharm.D, Rph

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