A grumbling gut can be just plain uncomfortable, or worse, symptomatic of larger problems. Get the latest news and information to keep your tummy in tip-top shape on the NorthStar blog on digestion.

  1. 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 –

    1. Medications. Let’s start with one that isn’t about diet, but is about your health. Have you and your doctor been concerned about bone density recently? Because if you’re taking certain prescription medications that help keep bones healthy and strong, you could also be causing your stomach to hurt.

    Stomach pain is also a common side effect of NSAIDs – aspirin, Aleve, Advil, many of the most common drugstore pain killers. So if you’re taking those regularly for pain, you might want to consider other alternatives.

    It’s a good rule to check the side effects of any medication, but especially if your stomach pain has started shortly after beginning to take a new drug.

    2. Healthy foods that aren’t so healthy. Usually citrus fruits, tomatoes, tomato products, and your evening glass of wine are considered to be really good for you. The restrictions on saturated fats have even been relaxed. But if your stomach always hurts, you may be overdoing it on these healthy foods.

    See, citrus, tomatoes, wine, and saturated fats can trigger heart burn in some people. These foods can make the acid in your stomach rise into your lower esophagus, creating that burning sensation and nausea. Under normal circumstances, these would be good dietary choices – but not if you’re one of the people triggered by them.

    3. You’re intolerant. I’m not talking about political leanings here – I’m talking about two categories of “healthy” foods that might be making your stomach hurt all the time. It would be reasonable for you to load up on fruit and dairy in an attempt to make your diet healthier. After all, fruit is an excellent source of fiber and the perfect way to feed your sweet tooth without processed sugar. And dairy is good for your bones, and an excellent source of protein.

    But if your body is intolerant to fruit or dairy, these healthy choices aren’t healthy for you. To know for certain, limit your intake of fruit and dairy products and see if that helps stop your stomach pains.

    4. You’re irritable. Or at least your bowel is. And it may be being irritated by one of the healthiest foods you can eat – nuts. Fiber, protein, omega-3s – nuts are supposed to be great for you. In some people, though, they can contributed to irritated, uncomfortable bowels.

    One of the difficulties of an irritated bowel is that it can be caused by too little fiber – or by increasing your fiber intake too quickly. If you think you need to add more fiber to your diet, do so gradually. Your body will have time to adjust to the additional fiber and it won’t make your symptoms worse.

    5. Cutting back on sugar the wrong way. Chewing gum has been recommended as a way to eat less and lose weight. But if you’re constantly chewing on sugar-free gum, you could be causing stomach discomfort.

    The sorbital in some sugar-free gums can cause digestive distress when ingested in large quantities. So pay attention to how often you pop a stick of gum instead of eat a snack. You may not be making such a healthy choice after all.

    6. You’re getting the wrong kind of fiber. There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Both are important to a healthy digestive system and to keep your stomach from always hurting. But insoluble fiber can sometimes cause digestive and intestinal discomfort. In other words, it can make your stomach hurt.

    It seems like a paradox – you need fiber, because too little fiber can cause stomach problems. But fruit and nuts can also cause stomach problems. As can insoluble fiber. So what are you supposed to do?

    Try BenVia Gold chia seed. It’s gentle on your stomach and digestive system, yet provides the fiber you need to stay healthy. And it’s easy to introduce into your diet gradually because it only takes a few sprinkles a day to reap all the health benefits of BenVia Gold!

    You are making good, healthy choices. It’s just that some healthy choices don’t work for you. So if your stomach always hurts, take a closer look at some of those choices and make this healthy choice instead - try BenVia Gold chia.

  2. 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.

    What Makes a Gut Healthy

    A healthy gut contains approximately 100 trillion microorganisms.

    That’s not a typo – 100 trillion – including more than 400 individually identified bacteria.

    Altogether, these are known as “gut flora” and gut flora plays a vital role in gut health – when it’s healthy.

    Healthy gut flora

    • keeps your gastrointestinal system functioning properly
    • protects the body from infection
    • regulates metabolism
    • and makes up more than 75% of your immune system

    Unfortunately, it’s easier than ever for our gut flora to move from healthy to unhealthy, or become what’s known as “dysregulated.”

    Just how easy?

    Check out this list of some of the things that can cause unhealthy gut flora:

    • Medications – antibiotics, birth control, and NSAIDs
    • Diets high in carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods
    • Chronic stress
    • Chronic infection

    If those things sound commonplace to you, you’re not alone. But more, you may have an unhealthy gut.

    So What Exactly is a Leaky Gut?

    Again, an unhealthy gut – and the digestion problems it causes – can be uncomfortable.

    But if you leave it untreated long enough, it can become problematic. An unhealthy gut can develop into a leaky gut, and that’s what makes you really sick.

    With a leaky gut, microscopic protein molecules can escape the digestive tract into the bloodstream. Since they don’t belong in the blood, the body triggers an immune response to attack them.

    And it’s these attacks that may be making you sick.

    See, nothing happens in a vacuum in your body. The immune response triggered by leaky gut affects your gut…and the proteins it was sent to destroy…and other healthy tissues and organs, like the skeletal system, pancreas, kidney, liver, and brain.

    The most frustrating part is that you don’t have to be having digestion problems to experience the other symptoms of a leaky gut – which means you may not ever realize what the real problem is!

    Now That You Know the Problem. What Are You Supposed to Do About It?

    If you’re experiencing any of these issues, from digestion problems to autoimmune disease or even depression, let your first step be addressing the possibility of a leaky gut.

    Because once you have unhealthy gut flora, it cannot correct itself without your help.

    Which means if you’ve taken antibiotics or NSAIDs and haven’t countered them, your gut flora is still out of balance. If you used to eat processed foods and haven’t countered them, your gut flora is still out of balance.

    You get the picture.

    Luckily, restoring your gut flora to good health is relatively easy and it only takes a few steps.

    1. Clean up your diet, if you haven’t already. Added sugars, processed foods, unhealthy carbohydrates. You already know you shouldn’t be eating them. It’s time to cut way back on them (for real this time).

    2. Take a probiotic and a prebiotic. A healthy gut needs both. You can get them from supplements like BenVia Gold, or from diet if you’re willing to be a little creative. However you get them, get both probiotic and prebiotics to help restore your healthy gut flora. Plus, probiotics and prebiotics can go a long way to addressing digestion problems before they become a leaky gut.

    3. Manage your stress. This one may be the hardest of all three, but it’s worth it. After all, stress plays a role in premature aging, weakened immunity, high blood sugar, cardiovascular concerns. Almost every single aspect of your overall health can be negatively impacted by stress. And your gut health is no exception.

    Digestion problems are only the tip of the iceberg. By taking care of your gut, you can address digestion – and so much more.

    More than 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates said “all disease begins in the gut.”

    If that’s true or not, a healthy gut is certainly a good place to start.

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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.
  8. [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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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

  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.

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  16. Are there side effects of BenVia Gold chia seeds? A close look at the side effects of chia

    Side effects of BenVia Gold chia seedsWhenever you add a new supplement to your diet, you already know about its benefits. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be adding it. But what about its side effects? No matter how effective, or useful, something is, it’s important to be aware of any problems that may arise. Knowing the side effects of BenVia Gold is no different. Most of the side effects reported with using BenVia Gold, or chia seeds, occur when using unusually large amounts of the seed and are caused by one culprit: fiber. For most people, these BenVia Gold side effects can be avoided by using the recommended amount – 1 scoop per day. Still, they are worth talking about.

    Temporary Side Effects of Fiber

    Most of us don’t get enough fiber in our diets. Because of this, when we add fiber to our daily routine too quickly, it can often cause physical discomfort, including mild cramping, bloating, even occasionally diarrhea. Since BenVia Gold is high in fiber, some people may experience this adjustment period. One way to minimize the effect of the fiber is to spread the amount of BenVia Gold you take throughout the day. Instead of using the entire scoop with breakfast, use a third of it with every meal. The good news is these symptoms of this chia seed side effect will decrease, and eventually disappear, as our bodies adjust to having enough fiber working in our systems.

    Is BenVia Gold Worth It?

    Yes, definitely. First, the benefits of BenVia Gold reach far beyond just the amount of fiber you will get. BenVia Gold chia benefits your system in so many ways, providing amazing support to your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol balance, energy, skin, digestion and so much more. For complete details on all the health benefits of BenVia Gold chia, check out this article. Or if pictures are better than words for you, take a look at this awesome infographic. But aside from the benefits of BenVia Gold chia, fiber itself is good for us. Most of us don’t get enough in our diets. And fiber does everything from help keeping us regular to promoting heart health. Adding BenVia Gold to our diets gives us all the benefits of chia – including healthy amounts of fiber.

    When Used Safely, BenVia Gold Is Safe

    Everything has side effects, especially if used incorrectly or improperly, even something as essential as fiber. So, while we won’t say there are no BenVia Gold side effects, we will say that they are almost all avoidable. When used correctly, BenVia Gold will improve your health and make you feel better. It’s that simple. More isn't always better – but feeling good always is. To learn more about BenVIa Gold, including how to purchase it, click here.
  17. What are the health benefits of BenVia Gold chia?

    Health benefits of BenVia GoldYou’ve heard about the health benefits of BenVia Gold chia. You’ve heard it supports heart health and brain function. You’ve even heard it gives people more energy, which you really like. So now you’re interested. Definitely. But you want to know more. You want details about BenVia Gold health benefits. You want to know why you should take it. Not just chia, but BenVia Gold chia. Well, we’re about to tell you. But make a cup of tea and settle in, because the list of BenVia Gold’s health benefits is long…

    BenVia Gold Health Benefits: An Impressive List

    BenVia Gold is 100% pure chia seed. We only accept the highest quality seeds available. So, one scoop can provide you with all this: Calcium (79 mg – a little more than ¼ cup of milk): As you know, calcium is essential in building healthy bones. It keeps our teeth and bones strong, even as we age. Fiber (6 g – 1 ½ cups cooked instant oatmeal): Fiber keeps our digestive tracts healthy, from the stomach to the colon, which helps prevent problems. It also makes us feel full, which can be useful in maintaining a healthy weight. Iron (1 mg – more than 1 cup of raw spinach): Iron is one of the minerals that keeps blood healthy, giving it that deep red color. Iron deficiencies can cause anemia. Magnesium (49 mg – 2 tablespoons of peanut butter): An entire article could be devoted to the benefits of magnesium. It’s required for healthy muscle and nerve function. It keeps the heart rhythm steady. Like calcium, it helps keep bones strong. Plus, it supports our immune systems. It regulates blood sugar, and keeps blood pressure normal. And BenVia Gold is a good source of it. Omega-3 (2775 mg – 7 to 8 whole walnuts): What isn’t omega-3 good for? It keeps our brains, skin, and hearts healthy. It reduces inflammation in muscles and joints. It even allows us to think more clearly, and may stave off age-related memory lapses. Protein (3 g – ½ inch cheese cube): Protein is required for proper nutrition and to prevent muscle atrophy. Riboflavin (.03 mg – 3 sundried tomatoes): Also known as B-2, this vitamin protects against premature aging. It breaks down nutrients into energy. And even interacts with iron, enhancing iron’s efficiency. Thiamin (.07 mg – 3 ½ medium sized apples): Most people know thiamin as B-1. Our favorite use for thiamin is that it helps the body handle stress. But it also maintains the cardiovascular and nervous systems, promotes healthy skin, hair, and eyes, and converts carbohydrates into energy. BenVia Gold offers all of this, in one 15 gram scoop. That’s a huge list of health benefits for such a tiny seed. You’ll get the health benefits of BenVia Gold no matter how you prepare it. Eat it raw, or cook it up. Sprinkle it on salads or cereal. Bake into your favorite breads, or our favorite -- brownies. BenVia Gold is available in 2 forms, whole seed or ground, however you prefer it. Either way, the health benefits of BenVia Gold are the same. For more information about chia in general, check this out infographic – Chia: The Perfect Food for your Perfect Health. But know that BenVia Gold chia is some of the best available, thanks to our highly controlled growing conditions and commitment to quality. BenVia Gold has more nutritional value than many forms of generic chia, thanks to the nutrient rich soil in which it is grown. Now that you know the impressive health benefits of BenVia Gold, life doesn’t have to slow you down any longer.  All you have to do is give it a try. BenVia Gold will do the rest.
  18. Is BenVia Gold A Scam? An Honest BenVia Gold Review

    BenViaGold-BlogContest Is BenVia Gold a scam? This is a question we get from time to time. So we’re happy to talk about it and give you an honest review of BenVia Gold. But first, let’s back up a minute and talk about chia seeds in general. There are lots of claims out there about chia seeds, so it’s easy to think some of them are far-fetched. Some companies claim that chia seeds will help you lose weight, and this simply hasn’t been supported. But study after study has proven the overall health benefits of chia seeds – and every claim we make about BenVia Gold has been backed up (and we have the documentation on file to prove it!). So here’s an honest BenVia Gold review, to set the record straight. Here’s what we know about BenVia Gold… …BenVia Gold gives you energy. As long ago as 3800 BC, the Mayans named chia after their word for “strength.” And the Aztecs called chia seeds “the running food” because of the energy and endurance their warriors experienced after eating them. Today, athletes report that same endurance boost, thanks to chia. …BenVia Gold assists with regularity and digestive issues. Fiber has been known to promote regularity for as long as anyone can remember. A diet full of fiber helps keep our intestinal tract healthy and moving properly. BenVia Gold gives you 24% of your daily recommended allowance of fiber in one single scoop. …BenVia Gold helps you manage your weight. But wait, didn’t we just say that weight loss claims haven’t been proven? We did, but that doesn’t mean BenVia Gold is a scam. Other chia seed suppliers may claim that their product will actually cause you to lose weight. But that’s not what we’re saying. What we know is that the fiber that helps keep you regular also helps keep you feeling full. And when you feel fuller, it’s easier to manage your weight. Plus, one scoop of BenVia Gold is only about 55 calories, giving you the full feeling you need, for less than 100 calories. …BenVia Gold supports your cardiovascular system, including blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It’s packed with the fatty acids – Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 – that are shown to support heart health, which keeps our arteries and blood pressure healthy, too! Plus, Omega 3s help raise the levels of good cholesterol and support healthy triglyceride levels. …BenVia Gold can help you look younger. Those same omegas are important to healthy skin, hair, and nails. A serving of BenVia Gold gives you over 3,800 total milligrams of omegas, plus calcium to help keep your teeth and bones strong, too. Is BenVia Gold New? BenVia Gold may be relatively new to the market, but chia isn’t. It’s believed the Aztecs used chia seeds centuries ago. And modern research into their health properties started over 20 years ago. In fact, long-term customers of NorthStar Nutritionals may remember Salba, which was the first chia we offered. Even though we decided not to offer Salba any longer, we were too impressed with chia to stop offering it altogether. That’s why we now have BenVia Gold. Because we want to make sure you have access to all the benefits promised by chia. Although BenVia Gold was originally harvested by the mighty Aztecs in modern day Mexico, today the golden crop thrives further south in Bolivia. You see, Bolivia has the ideal climate and a pristine environment for BenVia Gold to grow in all year long. It’s grown under controlled conditions in some of the most nutrient-rich soil in the world. Because the soil's natural nutrient stores have never been depleted, BenVia Gold is packed with more naturally occurring beneficial vitamins and minerals than many fruits, vegetables and dairy products farmed elsewhere. The growers also take great care in harvesting under strict guidelines to maximize the total nutritional benefit, which means crops are harvested only a few times a year. All while worldwide demand continues to skyrocket. Happily, though, NorthStar Nutritionals has been designated BenVia Gold's premier U.S. supplier. Our Gold Standard: Our Customers’ BenVia Gold Reviews So you see, there’s no BenVia Gold scam here. BenVia Gold is real. And its health benefits are very real.  Not only do the science and medical communities back us up, thousands of our own customers agree – which is the BenVia Gold review we care most about. But if you’re still skeptical, just give BenVia Gold a try for yourself. If it doesn’t work, or you don’t like it, you can return it at any time for any reason, thanks to our Gold Standard Guarantee. But, we’re sure you’ll come to believe in BenVia Gold as much as we do.
  19. Is gut bacteria making you fat and sick?

    By now the significance of keeping your belly bugs balanced is probably pretty obvious. I know I’ve written about the subject of gut bacteria over three dozen times myself. In fact, a quick check of the online archives confirms that we first started covering the importance of good bacteria, balanced gut flora and probiotics in the Guide to Good Health and on the NorthStar blog at least five years ago now. We, of course, know that immunity starts with your gut bacteria… which means that probiotics could be the key to helping you avoid getting a cold or the winter flu this year. And if you do fall victim, one study found they can help you bounce back 30 percent faster than the sad saps that just suffer through without them. In my book, if you’re ever on an antibiotic, taking a probiotic to replenish the good bugs is not optional… it’s essential. Some experts even believe the gut bacteria in your belly can affect your mood and behavior. And just last year exciting new findings about a potential link between the gut bacteria in your intestines and type 2 diabetes began to emerge. (To catch up… and learn how a “hostile gut” could be to blame for your blood sugar battles… check out the complete story on the NorthStar blog.) Now a new study published in the journal Nature has strengthened the apparent link between diabetes and gut bacteria. But, it’s gone much further than that. Scientists say your gut bacteria could predict your risk for obesity and obesity-related illnesses including heart disease and diabetes. It’s a lack of variety in the bacterial strains that appears to be the key. Generally, we walk around with trillions of the little suckers in our bellies. But if those strains of bugs aren’t diverse enough, your risks for being fat and sick could skyrocket, according to the study. Now we can’t say for certain yet that balancing your gut bacteria with a probiotic will help you shed pounds and lower your disease risks, but the signs are all starting to point in that direction. And what the experts do agree on is that changes in your gut germs… which they suggest increasing fiber to accomplish… might make it easier for you to lose weight.
  20. Brain friendly bugs – probiotics and brain health

    Your belly bacteria may be your best bet for brain health. According to a group of UCLA researchers the good bacteria you get from the foods you eat… like the probiotics in yogurt… can affect your brain health. When a group of women were given a yogurt that contained a mix of several probiotics, MRI scans performed before and after the four week study showed some remarkable results. According to the scientists, the tests that were designed to measure how engaged certain regions of the brain were to a variety of visual stimuli confirmed that belly bugs do indeed affect your brain. When shown pictures of angry of frightened faces and asked to match them to other faces showing the same emotion, the brains of the women who got the belly-bug supplements lit up less in response to the images than the brains of the women who got a placebo or nothing at all. In other words, the probiotics appeared to help them manage the emotional stress the images caused. Not only that, when the probiotic-supplemented brains were at rest they showed more activity in a key area of the brain connected to cognition. The researchers say that the brain health findings may be a first step in coming up with new ways to prevent or treat digestive, mental and neurological disorders. But of course, if you’ve been following my advice you don’t need to wait for any more steps to reap the many benefits of probiotics. I’ve explained before how probiotics may be able to help you improve your mood and reduce your anxiety, how they could play a role in diabetes,  and how they may even be able to help boost your immunities by 50 percent! If you’re not already taking a probiotic this is one wagon you’re going to want to climb up on. Just be sure to choose a quality probiotic from a supplement maker you trust.

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