Fermentation for good gut health.  Cholesterol Check Up.  Recycle empty NOW Packaging Here!  School is in Session: New Young Living Classes and Fermentation Class Series.  Meet Bodywork practitioner Jannise during her Free Talk.  
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SEPTEMBER is Cholesterol Awareness Month

It is pretty common knowledge that having healthy cholesterol levels can increase longevity, and should be regularly monitored.  If you know what your LDL (bad) and HDL (good) cholesterol numbers are - does it mean you are at risk for heart disease?  That answer is more complex.  You can see this NIH chart for the prescribed cholesterol ranges, and the standard medical advice on lowering it.  But before you buy that margarine, or go on statin drugs, keep in mind the body does need cholesterol.  About 75% of the body's cholesterol is produced in the liver, used to make cellular membranes. (See this nifty infographic)

Saturated fats have long been derided as a major factor in high cholesterol. So, common "offenders" were food items like butter, red meats and other animal fats, eggs and dairy.  However, in one MrFit study, when participants cut out such saturated-fatty foods, mortality (death) from all causes was higher

A 2010 analysis of 21 studies on the relationship between saturated fat and heart disease found intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD (coronary heart disease), stroke, or CVD (cardiovascular disease). 

Moreover, Mary Enig and Sally Fallon stated in The Truth About Saturated Fat:

"The few studies that indicate a correlation between fat reduction and a decrease in coronary heart disease mortality also document a concurrent increase in deaths from cancer, brain hemorrhage, suicide and violent death. After 10 years of lowering fat intake and not smoking, they found no significant difference in death from heart disease or total death compared to the control group of smokers, poor diet etc."

Consider this 1997 Inuit study which studied a native population in Greenland compared to other ethnic Inuit living in Denmark who ate a more "westernized" diet. Those who ate the more traditional diet heavy on animal fats and fish actually had LOWER incidence of heart disease, with higher HDL cholesterol levels than the Danes. It's a good argument for the value of fish oils or Omega-3 fatty acids in the heart-healthy diet.  
So, What's the bottom line?

Vary Your Oils and Note Smoke Points.   Pay attention to the smoke point of the oils you cook with, and use the oil that is temperature appropriate for your purpose.  Often, the more refined the oil, the higher temperature it can withstand.  The caveat is more processed oils for high heat/longer shelf life (refined vegetable oil blends, partially hydrogenated oils, etc.) are not ones that humans have been eating for centuries, and could cause potential problems in your arteries. 

Unrefined, extra virgin olive oil is widely accepted as heart-healthy, but heating it beyond its smoke point breaks down the oil and creates free-radicals - effectively negating any health benefits.  Chances are, it won't taste good either.   
Remember when coconut oil was THE oil to use on everything?  As people went off the deep end, there was a backlash from the American Heart Association, and its status for heart health is still a mixed bag.  It is high in saturated fat, but also rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are known to have a positive impact on cholesterol.  The type of coconut oil (refined or unrefined) matters when it comes to smoke point and how people should use it, to further complicate matters.  So, don't rely on one oil for all your cooking needs - enjoy the variety flavors different oils have to offer. 

Keep carbs under control.  Dr. Mercola reminds us that because most cholesterol is produced by the liver "optimizing your insulin levels automatically optimizes cholesterol to reduce risk of both diabetes and heart disease."

Eat less meat. Reducing or eliminating meat altogether, choosing vegan options instead, can also help reduce cholesterol. Generally, a diet that is heavy on fruits, vegetables, beans, and nuts is beneficial to your body beyond lowering cholesterol. Of course, all experts agree avoiding trans fats will go a long way for heart health. For meat eaters, be sure to look for Organic, grass fed beef and poultry, which has significantly more Omega-3s than the corn-fed counterparts. 

Check out our heart-healthy selection meat, poultry, eggs, fish - or vegan alternatives - in the refrigerator and freezer - many organic, grass-fed, and locally sourced choices. Browse our Heart Health supplement section to find high quality fish oils and vegan Omegas from Nordic Naturals and Barleans. Additionally, red yeast rice, hawthorne, and Co-Q10 are a few heart-healthy herbs and antioxidants that offer additional support to keep cholesterol in check.
Fermented Foods come to life
History, Benefits, Foods, and upcoming hands-on workshop on Fermentation
Now is a great time to think about preserving the bounty of summer vegetables and fruits, and fermentation is one of the ways people have been doing so for centuries. Our ancestors discovered the value of fermentation for practical purposes, and had some inkling of health benefits of this natural preservation process. Virtually every culture has some form of fermented food, but it is the ancient Romans and Chinese who first used them as medicine.
It wasn't until the late 1800s that the first documented scientific investigation of fermented foods and health was attributed to a Russian microbiologist, Élie Metchnikoff, known as the "Father of natural immunity." He noticed an association between the large amount of fermented dairy products and longevity in a Bulgarian peasant population. In fact, Lactobacillus bulgaricus probiotic that's common in yogurt was named for a Bulgarian scientist who discovered this bacterial strain in 1905.
Scientists today are still unraveling mysteries of the 100 trillion or so gut bacteria that make up our microbiome. Different strains of probiotics have great potential to treat many conditions including diarrhea, gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), cancer, depressed immune function, infant allergies, high cholesterol, liver diseases, H. pylori infections, urinary tract infections, and others.
Because our modern diets typically lack fermented foods, many people rely on nutritional supplements for probiotics, which are convenient and can be formulated for specific needs. Renew Life Ultimate Flora probiotics are all on sale this month - see flyer below! 

Not all fermented foods are created equal. The pickles you buy off the shelf are most likely fermented with vinegar, rather than using live organisms. You can tell if there are bubbles in the liquid when opening the jar that it has been naturally fermented with probiotics. For a taste of natural fermentation, try our wide selection of kombuchas, sauerkraut and kimchi.
For a more hands-on approach, use herbs and spices from our bulk section for your own concoctions, and pick up a Fermentation booklet with tips and recipes, compliments of Frontier Coop.

This Airlock ($11.49) from Northwestern Ferments helps the process by minimizing mold during the pickling process.
You can also find an at-home kit by Ferment'n that includes ceramic weight to help keep your veggies submerged in their jar, and an air lock that fits on any wide mouth jar ($16.99).
Get started on your fermentation adventures with Cultures for Health starter kits: kombuchas, kefirs, yogurts, and sourdoughs - see flyer below. Have question or like to see it first? Sign up for the series of Fermentation workshops in our Wellness Center starting at the end of Sept. See details below.

TerraCycle® and NOW® have partnered to create a free recycling program for NOW® flexible packaging, and we are a participating retail location to drop off.

In order to recycle this waste stream properly, please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover food). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please dry prior to drop off.

For every pound of packaging that Healthy Habitz sends in, we are awarded 100 points which can be used to donate to charitable causes.  Once we accumulate 2500 points, we can donate to our local school.   With your help, we can reach that goal and you can feel good about buying from a company that thinks about the entire life cycle of its products. 

Check out our In Store FLYER
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***  WELLNESS CENTER  Events***

Fermented Foods Workshops
Thurs. 9/20,  10/11,  10/25,  11/8   5:30pm - 6:45pm

Led by Suzan Moody & Rachael Ramirez with special guests

Fermented foods are literally alive with nutrients, probiotics and flavor.  In this series, you will learn how to:

Safely create fermented foods

Gain knowledge of probiotics for nutrition

Confidently create your own fermented food recipes

Session 1:  Sourdoughs

Session 2:  Sauerkraut, Kimchi & Pickled Beets

Session 3:  Kombucha, Honey Mead, Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic)

Session 4:  Yogurt, Milk Kefir, Fresh Cheese

Class sessions can be taken individually or as a series, increasing in complexity with each session. 


Cost:  $30/session OR $110 for all 4 Sessions.

Cost includes a "Cultures for Health" Starter culture for each session (Retail value up to $20 ea), food tasting and recipes.

Participants must register and pre-pay in advance. 

Series: A Better You
CBD and the Immune System
Tue.  Sep. 25th 
5:30p - 6:30p

Led by Suzan Moody CNHP
Cost:  FREE

CBD oil is being touted as the next big thing in alternative medicine.  As scientists continue to research and learn of CBDs health effects,  there is promise for using CBD in health challenges where inflammation and an overactive immune system in involved.   
Sign up if you are wondering about:
· Food sensitivities
· Autoimmune issues (MS, lupus, parkinsons and arthritis)
·  HIV/Cancer
Space is Limited.  Give us a call 989-652-0537 or email to sign up.

Regularly $5 per class. *First time visitors and YL Distributors under HH4L attend FREE
Marie's YL#1567748
Vital Nutrition with Jannise,
Wholistic Everyday Health

Thu. Sep 13       5:45 to 6:30pm

Feeling Tired?     Got pain?
Come discover the “Essential Nutrients” that are vital to your health.  One free drawing for a complimentary 30 min. full bodywork session.

Call Healthy Habitz to sign up! 
Questions? Call Jennise 


YOUNG LIVING Essential Oil Classes:

Classes are every SECOND TUESDAY *except Oct 2

Sept. 11: Back to School Blends

Oct. 2:   Ningxia Red—Energy Booster

Nov. 13: The Power of Thieves and Purification

Dec. 11: Make & Take $5 per item. Sugar Scrub, Bath Salts, Bathroom Air Freshener

Zyto Scans are available by appointment. 
This simple assessment uses your skin's electricity to determine biomarkers and the body's systems that are out of balance.  


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A few tweaks to better reflect customer needs in our new location, we'll be opening a bit earlier than before except Sunday, a bit later.
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