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  1. The Dangerous Link Between Stress and Digestion

    You’ve been having digestion issues. You know something is wrong.

    But the tests and appointments show nothing. Even your doctor isn’t taking you seriously any longer.

    If this sounds remotely familiar, it’s time to start think out of the box.

    It’s time to look at how stress and digestion are linked.

    Because even if there’s not a physical problem that shows up on a scan, there’s still a real problem – and you deserve to be treated with concern and respect.

    How Stress Can Impact Digestion

    Stress and digestion are linked in several different ways – and some of them are somewhat complicated, so bear with me, because they are still worth understanding.

    You may have heard of serotonin, the chemical the body releases to help control mood. What you may not have heard is that serotonin also plays a role in how your gut – and so your digestion – functions.

    Stress lowers the amount of serotonin your body produces - that’s part of why you feel anxious when you’re stressed, because you’re not getting as much serotonin. But that also means that your gut isn’t getting the necessary serotonin signals it needs in order to function, either.

    You’ve got stress creating low levels of serotonin, which causes stress, which causes low levels of serotonin. Now you’re in a cycle that’s hard to break – and that affects your digestive health as much as your mental health!

    Let’s Talk About Fight or Flight

    The fight or flight response is the way your body reacts to stress: it send adrenaline coursing through your system so you have the energy to fight your way out of the threatening situation, or the speed to flee from it. In order to get the energy the body needs to fight or flee, it shuts down other systems that aren’t in play during a crisis.

    The digestive system is one of these “nonessential” systems. Then, once the emergency is over, the body relaxes, resets, and all the systems come back online again. In a true emergency, the fight or flight response can save your life.

    However, we rarely face truly life-threatening emergencies in this day and age – only your body doesn’t realize that. The chronic stress of modern life keeps your body in a near constant state of fight or flight.

    Which means your digestion can’t work properly, because your body is trying to reallocate its resources elsewhere. When this is happening temporarily, you’re fine. When it’s happening constantly, the stress is bound to start interfering with digestion.

    And this isn’t the only way fight or flight creates stress and affects digestion. The energy you need during the fight or flight response comes from drawing on sugar stored in your body.

    But in order to accomplish that, how and when your body digests nutrients has to change…creating digestion problems…caused by stress.

    Are you beginning to see how it’s stress and digestion, digestion and stress, all interconnected?

    More Direct Links Between Stress and Digestion

    Have you heard that stress can make you sick? That’s because chronic stress weakens the immune system. Part of the way it does that is by interfering with the bacteria in your gut that keeps your whole body healthy.

    The balance between healthy gut bacteria and unhealthy gut bacteria is a precarious one, and stress can be the tipping point. Digestion and digestive health are directly related to the levels of healthy bacteria in your gut.

    When stress throws that balance out of whack, you end up with digestion problems.

    Finally, healthy digestion requires sleep. It’s that’s simple and that important. Yet stress often makes it hard to get to sleep – and stay asleep – so that your body and digestive system get the healing rest you need.

    How to Address the Stress-Digestion Link

    If you suspect stress is the cause of your digestion issues, there are steps you can take:

    • Find ways to relax. From meditation to a hot bath, whatever helps you relax will also help with stress and digestion.
    • Consider finding someone to talk to. There’s no shame in needing to unload sometimes, and a therapist is often a good choice. They will know ways to help you reduce stress both short-term and long-term.
    • Get some sleep. As you get better at relaxing, it should get easier to sleep. Also, set yourself up for sleep success – maintain a peaceful bedroom, go to bed at the same time every night, get up at the same time every morning, and don’t spend time in bed when you’re awake.
    • Get moving. Another great stress reducer (and sleep aid!) is exercise. You don’t have to run marathons, but move enough to get your heart rate up most days a week. Plus, exercise is helpful with digestion. Moving keeps you moving. In other words, this one step helps with stress and digestion at the same time!
    • Eat the right foods. Some foods are harder to digest, some are easier. While you’re dealing with a digestion system under attack from stress, choose foods that are easier.
    • Look into supplements that help digestion. It’s a Catch-22: fiber helps digestion but fiber is often hard to digest. That’s where fiber supplements, like BenVia Gold, can come in handy. They give you the fiber you need without the hard to digest bulk.

    Stress can create digestion problems. Digestion problems can create stress. Just because your issues are caused by stress doesn’t mean they’re not real.

    So treat them like the real problems they are. Follow these steps and break the stress and digestion cycle.

  2. 11 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger

    ginger root health benefitsThis time of year, it’s almost impossible to walk into any store and not be bombarded with gingerbread.

    From cookies to houses to decorations, gingerbread is everywhere it seems.

    But that might not be a bad thing once you know the health benefits of ginger root!

    Okay, so gingerbread may not be the healthiest choice you can make, but adding ginger to your daily routine can have amazing health benefits.

    Plus, you can take it in tea, capsules, powder, or as a seasoning and reap the rewards.

    1. Treats nausea. This may be the best known health benefit of ginger. That’s because ginger appears to help ease nausea, almost regardless of what causes it. Morning sickness, motion sickness, even post-operative nausea, ginger is linked to making you feel better. Take one to one and a half grams of ginger for best results.

    2. Aids in digestion. Along the lines of tummy troubles, ginger can also help your body digest and process food faster. Ginger is especially helpful for people who have discomfort associated with indigestion caused by too full stomachs. Take 1.2 g of ginger powder before a meal to help empty your stomach and relieve discomfort.

    3. Reduces gas. The health benefits of ginger root for your digestive track are actually three-fold, because along with treating nausea and helping with digestion, it can also help reduce gas, bloating, and spasms. Try up to two teaspoons of grated, fresh ginger in hot tea.

    4. Protects brain health and cognitive function. Ginger appears to help protect – or perhaps even improve – brain health in different ways. First, ginger has been shown to suppress unhealthy inflammatory responses within the brain. But then at least one study has linked ginger to improved reaction time and memory. Take between 400 and 800 mg of ginger every day for brain health.

    5. Promotes healthy blood sugar levels. According to a recent study out just in 2015, ginger may help promote healthy blood sugar levels in statistically significant ways. While the information is definitely still new, it’s also very promising. Ask your doctor about taking 2 g of powdered ginger per day.

    6. Supports healthy cholesterol levels. Animal and human trials are pointing to ginger being helpful in terms of cholesterol levels – and therefore cardiovascular health. Try 3 g of ginger powder for at least 45 days, for best results.

    7. Supports healthy blood pressure, too! Not only is ginger beneficial for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, there are also indications that it may help support healthy blood pressure – another cardiovascular health benefit of ginger. Half a teaspoon of ginger powder, or 2 teaspoons of fresh, minced ginger in hot tea should do the trick.

    8. Relieves migraine pain. Rather than struggle in a darkened, quiet room, drink ginger tea. It’s been shown to work as well as some pain killers – without the side effects! One-eighth of a teaspoon powdered ginger dissolved in hot water or tea is recommended.

    9. Fights aging. The antioxidants in ginger can be powerful anti-aging agents. Plus? If you soak in a bath with ginger, it helps with anti-aging and with keeping your skin clear and free of blemishes. Add a half cup of grated ginger or a rounded teaspoon of powdered to your bath and soak for 15-20 minutes. Be ready, though – ginger baths have a tendency to make people sweat once they’re out. Be sure to drink plenty of water during and after your soak.

    10. Eases muscle soreness. This isn’t a quick fix for immediate pain, but ginger has been shown to ease muscle soreness caused by several days of strenuous activity. So, if you’re just starting a workout routine, or are going to be more active than you’ve been, consider including ginger in your day to ensure your muscles don’t get as sore. Take 2 g of ginger in any form.

    11. Promotes joint health. Since it promotes a healthy inflammatory response, one of the greatest health benefits of ginger root is joint health. It’s been shown to help ease the stiffness and aches that come with arthritis. Plus, it’s safer than many other alternatives. Try a 100 mg capsule, or take SynerFlex, our joint health supplement that supplies the joint health benefits of ginger root and so much more.

    Ginger root is so much more than gingerbread cookies and cute decorations. It’s a well-respected supplement that’s been around for centuries.

    So, embrace it’s spicy flavor, as well as the health benefits of ginger root!

  3. 12 Constipation Remedies You Can’t Live Without

    Remedies constipationYour holiday season is going along swimmingly when one day, it hits you: constipation.

    The rich food and busy schedule has caught up with you.

    There’s nothing worse, but you don’t have to be debilitated by the discomfort, bloating, and uncertainty that comes with not being able to go.

    Instead, try these 12 natural constipation remedies and get your holiday back on track!

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  4. 11 Secrets to a Healthy Holiday Diet

    Diet holidayYou want to enjoy the holidays – but you want to stay healthy, too.

    Luckily, that’s possible if you’re willing to invest just a little effort into your holiday diet.

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  5. 6 Unknown Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

    eating pumpking benefitsNow that it’s autumn, it seems that pumpkin-flavored treats are everywhere.

    As overwhelming as it may seem, though, that’s not necessarily a bad thing because there are so many health benefits of eating pumpkin.

    Of course, in order to get the benefits of pumpkin, you have to be eating real pumpkin, so your favorite coffee flavorings probably don’t count.

    But real pumpkin will give you these benefits and more, year-round. Continue reading

  6. 6 Shocking Reasons Why Your Stomach Always Hurts

    always hurts stomachYour stomach always hurts.

    Maybe it’s a low level ache.

    Maybe it’s cramping.

    Maybe it’s nausea before or after you eat.

    You’re even trying to make smarter choices with your diet and health.

    Trying to find ways to eat less.

    Even swapping out added sugars.

    But the bottom line is… it seems like your stomach always hurts.

    It could be that some of the very choices you’re making to improve your health are the shocking reasons why your stomach always hurts.

    What am I talking about? How about – Continue reading

  7. Digestion Problems: Is Your Gut Making You Sick?

    Problems with digestionYou know that digestion problems can make you uncomfortable.

    Did you know that they can also be making you sick?

    Skin conditions, joint issues, even heart problems and depression can all be caused by a digestion problem known as “leaky gut.”

    In this article, we’ll look at how your gut works, what having a leaky gut means, and how keeping it healthy can help keep you healthy.

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  8. What is the Difference Between Prebiotics and Probiotics?

    Difference Between Prebiotics and ProbioticsYou've heard it…

    The recent buzz about prebiotics and probiotics.

    But you’re wondering…

    What are they, exactly? What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics? And why should you be taking them?

    In this article, we’ll answer these questions, let you know what you should be taking, and what you should stay away from…

    And you’ll finally know the difference between prebiotics and probiotics.

    But first, you should know… Continue reading

  9. 6 Natural Health Tips to Rejuvenate Your Entire Body

    Tips for Natural HealthYou understand that “being healthy” is about more than any one number on your doctor’s chart.

    Being healthy means taking care of yourself head to toe – and using the natural health tips that will help you meet that goal.

    This article will give you those natural health tips – from behavior, to nutrition, to supplements – that you need to help achieve overall wellness, from your brain all the way down.

    So let’s jump right in… Continue reading

  10. Chia Seed Recipes: More Than Just Seeds

    BenVia Gold chia recipes You are really trying to find ways to get chia seeds into your diet with some chia seed recipes. After all, you know they’re unbelievably good for you. They've been shown to have more calcium than milk, more magnesium than broccoli and more antioxidant power than blueberries.

    But just how often can you sprinkle them on your salad or mix them into your morning cereal before even this super-food starts being boring? But you can banish boring, with the chia seed recipes found in our BenVia Gold Cookbook! Continue reading

  11. Top 5 Health Benefits of Chia– Big Results From a Small Seed

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    BenVia Gold Dietary Support Supplement Have you heard about the health benefits of chia yet? Sure, you’ve heard about chia – the amazing little seed you get in BenVia Gold. After all, it’s sweeping the country, making a name for itself as the perfect food. While it may be hard to believe that anything could be considered a perfect food, this powerful gem will change your mind, thanks to these 5 health benefits of chia… Continue reading

  12. Factory farms have your chicken dinner swimming in toxic chemicals

    What used to be covered in feathers, once said cluck, and now flies by at lightning speed? If you said Super Chicken, congratulations, you’ve got a great sense of humor… but you’ve also missed the mark. The answer is chickens on the inspection lines in those hellholes they call factory farms.
  13. [VIDEO] Where to buy chia seeds: premium quality and best price

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    When America's Nutrition Physician tells you to eat brownies, it comes as a bit of a shock...so I was more than a little skeptical when I started watching this video presentation by Dr. Allan Spreen on where to buy the best chia seeds. But in just a few minutes, you'll be as convinced as I am that shelling out exorbitant sums for the latest, greatest superfoods is a waste of money. Unbelievable as it sounds, Dr. Spreen has discovered a stunning secret that can transform ANY food -- even decadent treats like fresh-baked brownies -- into a nutritional goldmine that rivals superfoods like salmon, broccoli, and blueberries.
  14. Probiotic health benefits: May help women lose twice the weight

    Since you’re a Guide to Good Health reader, I’m guessing I probably don’t need to tell you how important a bellyful of good bacteria is. As you know, your gut is the center of your entire immune system. And keeping your intestinal flora balanced can help keep you healthy. The trouble is, in today’s world it can be tough to do that. An on-the-go diet that’s way too high in junk and way too low in fresh healthy organic foods, stress and even medications like antibiotics all act like bulls on the loose in a china shop, shattering the balance of your gut flora making you vulnerable to getting sick. The health benefits of probiotics can quickly get you back on track, replenishing the good bacteria in your digestive tract. And what a difference it can make! One UK study I told you about a few years ago, found one of the health benefits of probiotics is that they could boost your immunities by an astounding fifty percent, in some cases. And it almost goes without saying that probiotics are some of the best protection you can get against antibiotic-resistant superbugs. In fact, because of the amazing health benefits of probiotics, I think they are a “must take” supplement that everyone should be including in their daily routine.

    Lower your body fat with belly bugs

    Good belly bugs do a lot more for you than just fight off the common cold or the flu. And we’re learning more about their effects every day. Just last year I told you about an exciting mouse study that revealed a connection between gut flora and diabetes. Researchers found that gut bacteria produce biochemicals and hormones that can literally stop diabetes from ever developing! But as I read the latest issue of the British Journal of Nutrition it wasn’t that diabetes study that came to mind, but rather an earlier one that I had shared with my readers years ago. I’ll get back to that new probiotic research in BJN in just a moment, but first let me refresh your memory about that earlier study. In 2009, Finnish researchers concluded that certain probiotics can help women manage their weight after a pregnancy.  They divided 256 pregnant women into three groups. The first group received dietary counseling and a daily probiotic. The second group got the same counseling, but received a placebo. And the third group didn’t get any dietary counseling, but got the placebo. The women continued with whichever regimen they were assigned to throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. Once they stopped breastfeeding they were brought in for measurements of weight and waist circumference. The women who took the probiotic came out on top. A year after having their babies they were sporting the best post-baby bodies, with the lowest body fat percentages. And just as exciting, the women taking the probiotic ended up carting around less fat around their midsections than the other two groups.

    Drop more pounds with probiotics

    Now, Canadian researchers have more exciting news for us about probiotic health benefits and weight. And this time it could lead to you taking your belt in a few extra notches. Scientists recruited 125 overweight men and women. For 12 weeks all of the volunteers followed a prescribed weight loss plan. That was followed with another 12 weeks of weight maintenance. During the study half of the group was given a probiotic (in this case from the Lactobacillus rhamnous family), and the other half was given a placebo. The women who got probiotics lost more weight than the placebo takers during the diet phase—an average of 1.8 kg more. That’s almost 4 extra pounds. And during the maintenance period the probiotic takers continued to lose weight, eventually dropping a total of 5.2 kilograms or about 11.5 pound each! In other words, the women in the probiotic group lost twice the weight. And the only difference between the two groups was the probiotic. Unfortunately, the guys in the study didn’t see the same results. The researchers aren’t positive why that is. The study may simply not have gone on long enough, or the dosages might need adjusting for the men. But there’s no reason to think that probiotics can’t have similar effects on weight for men, too.
    For their immune and digestion health benefits alone, probiotics should be on YOUR daily menu. And if they also happen to help you beat the battle of the bulge, that’s just very welcome icing on an already delicious cake.
  15. BenVia Gold Price: A Review of BenVia Gold Chia Price Per Serving

    BenVia Gold chia seedThese days, most of us are looking not just at cost, but at value. But we also know that sometimes spending a little more money is worth it, if we are getting the quality to justify the cost. And this applies to everything from our food to our clothing and yes, even to our health.

    BenVia Gold Chia Seed -- Price Per Bottle, Savings Per Serving

    A single bottle of BenVia Gold chia seed costs $29.95. At approximately 30 servings per bottle, that’s about $1.00 per serving. Not bad. But, if you take advantage of our multi-bottle savings offer, it can be even less. Three bottles cost $79.85 – which brings the cost per serving to only $.89. And, if you know you love BenVia Gold and want an even larger order, you can order 6 bottles and save even more money per serving. And with the NorthStar Nutritionals’ Gold Standard Guarantee, ordering 6 bottles makes sense. Because if you don’t like it, you can return it all for a refund. It’s that simple.

    Does BenVia Gold cost more than regular chia seed?

    Now that you know exactly how much BenVia Gold costs, you might notice that it may be more expensive than some of the other chia products out there. And you know what? You’d be right. We recognize that BenVia Gold is more expensive than some other options.  But we believe it’s worth the extra cost. Because the value you get – that we guarantee – with BenVia Gold is better than any other chia seed available on the market today. And here’s why… BenVia Gold chia is grown exclusively in the nutrient-rich soils of Bolivia. The farming practices are designed to protect the land in order to ensure the highest quality chia for generations to come. Absolutely no pesticides or other chemicals are added, creating a pure chia, free of anything artificial or harmful. This requires a hands-on approach, literally, as the farmers and harvesters of the area care for the crops personally. This care for the soil, the harvest, and the people produce an unparalleled crop. And these are the only chia seeds NorthStar Nutritionals accepts for their BenVia Gold. So, is BenVia Gold a little more expensive than other chia products out there? Yes. And BenVia Gold is worth it. To learn more about BenVia Gold or to order a fresh supply today, just click here now.
  16. Does BenVia Gold really work? BenVia Gold Chia Customer Reviews

    BenVia Gold customersWe’ve said a lot of great things about BenVia Gold chia. In fact, every study, every report, raves about chia. But let’s be honest – most of the studies, most of the reports, are written by people who want you to buy a product. Which means, as transparent as we are, we also understand if you are still skeptical. If you are still asking if BenVia Gold really works. So, this time, instead of answering that question ourselves, we’re going to let our customers – people just like you, with no stake in the company or the product - tell you if BenVia Gold really works.

    BenVia Gold Chia Customer Reviews: Digestion

    The fiber in BenVia Gold chia is supposed to promote regularity and a healthier bowel. Does it? According to customers from all across the country it does!
    "BenVia Gold helps keep me very regular. I am so pleased with the results and found it started to work within 12 hours!" -Katy L. from Houston, TX "I have loose stools [but] BenVia Gold has helped firm them up!" -Mark H. from Reno NV "Can't remember the last time I was this regular. I don't feel bloated and irritable anymore!" -R. Finnely from Buffalo, NY "I tried everything from psyllium husks to [supplements], apples prunes, beans in sauce, prune juice... I just wish I had discovered BenVia Gold about 3 years ago!" -Resse F. from Tampa, FL "BenVia Gold is far and away the best product I’ve tried. It’s especially good for healthier bowel movements. I’ve been surprised by how effective it is. BenVia Gold is a great product." -Mack Dorvy, Topeka, KS

    BenVia Gold Chia Customer Reviews: Weight Maintenance

    Can that same fiber help keep you full, thus helping you maintain, or even lose, weight? Absolutely.
    "Helped me to not be as hungry!" -Janet C. from Chicago, IL "The first day I started taking BenVia Gold I began feeling less hungry. Now I eat less and feel better every day!" -Elbert H. from Minden, NV "I don’t even get hungry anymore." -Baila N. from Lafayette, LA
    And it’s great for cooking...
    "BenVia Gold has been outstanding! It’s easy to mix with foods or drinks and it doesn’t change the flavor of anything, which makes it very easy to use each day. I feel so much better than I thought I would!" — Jack Pratt, Chicago, IL "I like the taste of it, or shall I say ‘no taste of it’ versus flaxseed and it provides more nutritional value!" -Dwight C. from Hanover, MA

    BenVia Gold Chia Customer Reviews: Energy

    Thinking about using BenVia Gold to help with your energy levels? Listen to this –
    "It's been a Godsend for MY ENERGY!" -Danielle G. from Big Sur, CA "120% more productive! I could barely get out of bed, until BenVia Gold!" -Jared L. from Phoenix, AZ "Energy without nervousness and more stamina. I am 71 years old -- now I'm able to stay up longer at night and sleep so well!" -Danielle G. from Big Sur, CA "I no longer need naps and that is really great for a 75 year old! I have more energy to go shopping, out to lunches with friends!" -Janet W., from Sedona, AZ

    BenVia Gold Chia Customer Reviews: Blood Sugar

    But what about more severe medical conditions, like unstable blood sugar levels? BenVia Gold is good for that, too, regardless of if you need to keep your sugar levels up or down.
    "My blood glucose levels would always spike after meals. "With BenVia Gold, they remain more constant." -J. Ross from Evansville, IN "BenVia Gold keeps my blood sugar more stable throughout the morning. I went on vacation without my BenVia Gold and couldn't wait to start back on it!" -Sacha M. from Dennison, OH "Before BenVia Gold, my blood sugar fluctuated up and down. I found that after taking BenVia Gold, my blood sugar is more stable, especially at night." -Campbell C. from Ontario, Canada

    BenVia Gold Chia Customer Reviews: Better Health

    For overall health, wellbeing, and youthfulness, BenVia Gold is hard to beat.
    "I had hoped BenVia Gold would help me—but I really didn’t expect the improvement to be so significant." -Diana Dodson, Tampa, FL "This is the best I’ve felt in a long time. People say I look like I’m 50 (and I’m 70 years old!)." -Richard Custis, Houston, TX "It’s been a Godsend for MY ENERGY!" -Danielle G. from Big Sur, CA "When I first started BenVia Gold, I was skeptical. But I have to honestly say that BenVia Gold gave me back my youth!" -Heath B. from Kansas "BenVia Gold has helped me maintain healthy skin! Also helped my son maintain healthy skin, especially during the Spring and Fall seasons." -Roy B. from Gary, IN "Since 5 days after taking BenVia Gold, my husband has been looking great! We are very impressed." -Janice H. from Sweetwater, TX
    There you go – BenVia Gold really works. Not because we tell you it does. Not even because some study tells you it does. Because other people, from California to Massachusetts, swear by it. Give BenVia Gold a try for yourself. We bet you’ll be swearing by it, too.
  17. BenVia Gold Chia Infographic: Chia in Words and Pictures

    Have you seen this chia infographic yet? If you have, then you know. But if you haven’t – you’re in for a thrill. Chia isn’t just the latest super food; it is the super food. And we offer it: BenVia Gold.

    Benefits of Using BenVia Gold

    Take a look at the chia infographic below and you’ll see: BenVia Gold is packed with the healthy fats doctors and nutritionists recommend for our diets – Omega 3s, Omega 6s and Omega 9s. These are the same fats found in fish and nuts that are heart healthy and good for us. They help keep our bad cholesterol levels low, and our good cholesterol levels high. And you don’t need huge amounts. A single scoop of BenVia Gold provides fiber, protein, and calcium. That single scoop even provides 51 mg of magnesium, which is good for muscle health, nerve health, heart health…too many benefits to begin to list! But just in case you’re interested, this article explains the many benefits of chia in great detail…take a look.

    Is Chia New?

    Not at all. It’s believed the Aztecs used chia seeds centuries ago. And modern research into their health properties started over 20 years ago. That’s why we now have BenVia Gold. Because we want to make sure you have access to all the benefits promised by chia -- benefits you deserve.

    BenVia Gold chia infographic

  18. Is BenVia Gold the same as chia? It’s even better!

    BenVia Gold chia

    Is BenVia Gold the same as chia? At first glance, the answer is simple – BenVia Gold is chia. But it’s really a bit more complicated – BenVia Gold chia is better. There. We said it. BenVia gold is a superior chia than the other options. And we’re going to tell you why.

    Rich Soil Means Rich Seeds

    No matter what is being grown, the nutrients in the soil play a part in the nutrition levels of the crop. If the soil is overworked, or over-farmed, the nutrients no longer infuse the crop. Chia seeds are no different. Which is why our producers grow BenVia Gold chia in the richest, most nutrient saturated soils of Bolivia. They use no-till farming, direct sowing, and rotation practices that protect the soil. All this means BenVia Gold chia seeds are nutritionally packed, every year, every harvest, every time. Part of maintaining that rigorous standard of soil quality – and, in turn, chia quality – is to minimize the chemicals applied to the crop. BenVia Gold chia is grown with no weeding or pesticide chemicals added. None. All weeding is done 100% by hand. The growing sites themselves were chosen specifically for their soil sustainability. Most of them are in environmentally protected areas, so steps must be taken to protect the areas. These steps contribute to the consistency of BenVia Gold chia by insuring the continued existence of the indigenous plants and animals that have contributed to the soil’s richness from the beginning.

    More Than Just Soil

    The producers of BenVia Gold chia also see a bigger picture than just this harvest – or even the next several. They also understand the need to be socially responsible, as well as environmentally so. Local farmers, workers who care about the land, are hired to work and harvest the chia crops. They are paid fairly for their work, and the communities are supported as well. In fact, each person involved in the production of BenVia Gold chia receives regular training to keep them current with changing technologies and best practices. This business decision insures that BenVia Gold chia producers are trained experts who know – and care about – the land, the soil, and what is best for long-term sustainability.

    International Certifications

    BenVia Gold chia has received international certifications of quality assurances throughout the entire production process. They have received the GAP certification for Agricultural Process; GMP and HACCP for Selection and Cleaning Process; Organic Certification; and ISO 9001 certification for Manufacturing and Commercialization Process. These guarantee product traceability, controlled quality, a 99.9% level of purity, a strong production forecast, and ongoing monitoring and improvement of operations. Which all sounds really impressive but…what does all that mean? That means that we aren’t the only ones telling you BenVia Gold chia is quality guaranteed. These organizations are at the forefront of quality control all over the world - and BenVia Gold chia has been granted every one of these certifications.

    Is BenVia Gold Chia better?

    In a word, yes. And it’s not just our opinion. It’s backed up by national and international third parties. Our procedures and best practices are, well, best. Sure, you can get other brands of chia lots of places. And some of it is even cheaper. But the only place you can get BenVia Gold chia – and the quality assurances that come with it – is here at NorthStar Nutritionals. That’s a lot of reassurance for a little extra money. That’s BenVia Gold superiority.
  19. What is BenVia Gold Chia? And how do I use it?

    BenVia Gold chia seedWe are very excited about the response we’re getting to BenVia Gold chia seeds. People are beginning to realize just what an amazing food chia is. They are learning that BenVia Gold chia is bursting with calcium, fiber, omega-3s and protein. They’ve read how a single scoop of Benvia Gold can change their health – and you can, as well, right here. If you’re more of a visual person, this infographic shows the incredible benefits of chia and how it can transform your health. But just because people are learning about BenVia Gold chia doesn’t mean all the questions have been answered. Now that you know what BenVia Gold is, you probably have some “how questions”  -- how do I use it…how often…how much? Well, we’ve got answers for you… How Do I Take BenVia Gold? BenVia Gold is one of those great supplements that can be taken in so many ways. For those of you who like a bit of texture, we offer whole seeds. They give a little bit of a pop and a crunch, very similar to a whole flax seed – only with even more nutritional power. For those of you who would rather have it less noticeable, we also offer ground BenVia Gold. When mixed with water, it doesn’t dissolve, but turns into a gel instead. This is known as chia fresca, and it has so many uses. It can thicken soups, smoothies, or shakes. Some people even use chia fresca as an egg or butter replacement in recipes. How Often Should I Take BenVia Gold? You can take BenVia Gold every day. In fact, there are people who find the effect to be cumulative and don’t want to miss a single day. Other customers swear they can tell a difference in their energy levels, and overall sense of well-being, on days they take BenVia Gold over days they forget. Either way, BenVia Gold is a safe, effective daily treat. How Much BenVia Gold Should I Take Every Day? You can take up to one whole scoop – 15 grams – of BenVia Gold each day. Feel free to split that up however you want. Some people like to sprinkle the whole scoop over a salad, or bake it into their favorite treats. Other people will dole the scoop out into their foods over the course of a whole day. It’s entirely up to you! How Should I Prepare BenVia Gold? The sky’s the limit! Because BenVia Gold can be eaten raw or cooked. It doesn’t break down because of heat. It doesn’t dissolve in liquid. It has almost no taste, beyond a slight nutty flavor, on its own. So, you can prepare it just about any way you want.  Bake it into casseroles. Stir it into yogurt or homemade soups. Blend it in a smoothie. Sprinkle it over pasta or salad. Add it to your favorite banana bread recipe. BenVia Gold is so versatile, you’re only limited by your imagination. And if you want more suggestions, we can help with that, too.  Our new BenVia Gold cookbook is full of delicious, kitchen-tested recipes. BenVia Gold is one of our favorite products because of how much you can do with it. So try it yourself. And then let us know your favorite way of using BenVia Gold. Maybe your recipe will be the favorite in our next cookbook.
  20. BenVia Gold Chia Seeds vs Fish Oil: Is Chia better than Fish Oil?

    BenVia Gold chia seeds vs fish oil Most people know that omega-3s are good for heart health. Maybe you’ve been taking fish oil supplements for years. But now that you’re hearing about chia seeds, you’re starting to wonder if BenVia Gold Chia is better than fish oil. It’s a good question.

    Omega-3 BenVia Gold Chia vs Fish Oil Comparison

    The amount of omega-3s in fish oil can be equal to the amount of omega-3s in BenVia Gold, depending on the dosage. So, that’s easy. But the difference comes into focus once you look at the type of omega-3. A basic rule is that animal products – including fish – have cholesterol. Vegetable products do not.  If one of the reasons you take omega-3 supplements is to help control, or even lower, cholesterol levels, it makes sense to take a supplement that doesn’t contain cholesterol.

    Different Allergens, Different Risks

    Fish has been identified as one of the top four allergens in adults, along with peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish. Anyone who suffers from a fish allergy will be effected by fish oil supplements. However, people who have allergies to mustard – a much rarer condition, but one that deserves mention – have reported being allergic to chia.

    Organic Purity or Organic Pollutants

    BenVia Gold chia is grown and harvested under strict conditions that maintain the soil’s nutrient levels. This, in turn, retains the nutrient quality of the chia used in BenVia Gold. The same cannot be said for the fishing industry. Along with high levels of natural cholesterol, fish is high in mercury. While most people don’t have to worry about mercury poisoning from eating fish, it is common enough that the EPA and the FDA issue annual warnings about fish consumption. And women who are pregnant, nursing, or planning on becoming pregnant should avoid mercury altogether. Due to overfishing, and pollution, the fishing industry is struggling with quality control, as the pollutants are getting into the final product being offered to the public. No amount of purification can completely decontaminate the fish oil used in supplements.

    Digestive Differences

    Some people say BenVia Gold has a slight, nutty flavor. Others say it has no flavor at all. But many people report a fishy taste when they take fish oil supplements. Often, it’s so bad it prevents people from being able to take the pills. Another frequent complaint with fish oil is heartburn with burping or belching as the supplement digests – which is often is accompanied by the fishy aftertaste. We haven’t received any such complaints from BenVia Gold users.

    BenVia Gold Chia Seeds vs Fish Oil -- Cost Comparison

    At first glance, it might seem like fish oil is a better deal in terms of price. After all, you can pick it up for less than $20 at your local drugstore. However, as we mentioned earlier, the fishing industry is struggling to maintain the quality of its products – including fish oil supplements – these days. That’s across the board, not just with the no-name or knock-off brands. The whole point of taking supplements is to make us healthier, not risk further damaging our bodies. And BenVia Gold is very reasonably priced, especially when you consider the quality you’re guaranteed. Balance saving a few extra pennies with getting a premium product and absolute quality assurances, and we think the choice is clear – BenVia Gold chia seeds. Naturally, you have to weigh out the pros and cons for yourself. There are definitive and obvious differences between BenVia Gold chia seeds versus fish oil supplements. But if fish oil hasn’t been giving you the results you want, you’re concerned about quality, or you’re sick of the fishy taste, you have a great option. BenVia Gold gives you all the benefits of fish oil with none of the drawbacks.

    Try BenVia Gold Now and Save 25%

    Try BenVia Gold and take 25% off your first order. Just click here now to go to the NorthStar Nutritionals website (www.northstarnutritionals.com) and use promo code W650Q2ZD to get your 25% discount. And remember, if you try BenVia Gold and you’re not satisfied for any reason, you’re always covered by our Gold Standard Guarantee – all of your money back any time, for any reason (less shipping). Click here to try BenVia Gold today.

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