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Glossary of Site Terminology


Acidophilus
A "friendly" strain of bacteria that is a major contributor to the immunity of the gut. It assists in preventing opportunistic organism overgrowth in the intestines, such as yeasts and molds.   Unfortunately, acidophilus can be destroyed by antibiotics, birth control, coffee, and cortisone use, leaving the immunity vulnerable.
Taking acidophilus is gentle and great for everyday use.  Less is needed by the body if one include yogurt with live cultures in the diet.


Additives
Substances added to food for additional color or flavor, to replace sugar or fat, or to improve nutritional content, texture, or shelf life


Antioxidants
Substances that protects your body by neutralizing free radicals (toxins) that cause damage to cells and tissues. Antioxidants promote longevity, anti-aging, and rejuvenation, and are helpful after exercise. When listed in your Power Plan, the antioxidant is the component that adds a good measure of protection to the corresponding body system where your concern is found.


Alternative medicine
Any form of therapy used apart from standard or conventional medical treatment (Western medicine).


Applied kinesiology
Developed in the 1960s by Chiropractor George Goodheart. Applied Kinesiology is a technique that teaches that imbalances in the body show up as weakness in certain muscles. By using gentle pressure on a muscle, you can test its strength to determine various imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and food sensitivities in the body.  This is an incredible and wonderful type of body biofeedback. The same method may be used to match nutritional supplements to the body to optimize overall balance of the body’s recuperative and regenerative power.


Aromatherapy
The use of essential oils to assist emotional imbalances, detoxification, and various physical concerns to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Oils may be massaged into the skin in diluted form or used in baths, lotions, and inhalants. Aromatherapy works well alongside massage therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, herbology, chiropractic, and other holistic healing.  It is one of the most powerful healing modalities when used in baths to break stubborn body patterns.  Baths should not exceed 16-18 minutes and should not contain more than 20 drops total of oil.


Ayurvedic
A methodology that developed in India thousands of years ago that refers to the holistic formulation of herbs to address various body constitutions. 


Bifidophilus
A strain of healthy bacteria for the intestines.  Bifidophilus is favorite to use following antibiotic use or when negative intestinal symptoms are present.


Bioflavonoids
Natural plant nutrients that promote blood vessel health and circulation, help in the absorption of Vitamin C,  and alleviate the pain from athletic injuries. Bioflavanoids are found predominantly in the inner peel of citrus fruits.

Botanical
Of or relating to a substance obtained from a plant.


Chelated
When a mineral is joined to an amino acid, it is termed, “chelated.”  Chelation makes for easier absorption by the body.  When minerals are in a plant form, they are naturally chelated.


Chinese herbs (consitutional formulas)
Herbal formulas developed thousands of years ago that seek to treat the whole constitution of a person rather than just their disease. Chinese constitutionals take into account a person’s physical condition, stress level, behavior, emotions, and social stresses. They aim to deliver a holistic balance to the body, mind, and emotions.


Cholesterol:
A type of fat manufactured within the body for specific and necessary body functions. Cholesterol can also be ingested from fatty animal - source foods and milk products. The body will use cholesterol, as well as calcium, as a patch for areas of inflammation on arteries and other blood vessels, sometimes leading to narrowing or clogging.


Circulation
Movement of substances through the vessels of the cardiovascular or lymphatic system.  In the blood vessels, the pump is the heart.  In the lymphatics, the “pump” is body movement, exercise, and breathing.


Cold
Viral infection of the respiratory system characterized by fever, chills, congestion, coughing, or sneezing.


Deep-tissue
Involving the interior of the cells as well as the cell wall.  When deep tissue cleansing is needed, it is usually because a toxin has been in the body for a long time.  Heavy metals, radiation, and certain viruses are just a few of the toxins that can remain in the body for years.


Detoxification
Ridding the body of waste materials, pollutants, and harmful toxins by giving it the herbal and nutritional tools needed to do so. The main channels of toxin elimination are the skin, liver, kidneys, lungs, large intestine, and lymph.  The goal in making a cleansing program is to boost the energy in the weakened tissue that houses the toxin and assist the channels of elimination to work optimally.


Dietary fibers
The non-digestible carbohydrates and lignin found in plants that help maintain health, specifically lowering cholesterol and supporting healthy digestion and elimination.  Fibers are especially beneficial to the digestive system, gallbladder, and intestines.  According to many experts in the field of colon health, colon elimination should be 1 to 3 times daily and the stool should float as a result of adequate fiber in the diet.


Electrolytes
Charged particles (ions) that help regulate the body’s various metabolic systems. Athletes regularly consume drinks enriched with electrolytes, such as potassium, calcium, and sodium, to replace those lost in sweat. Proper electrolyte balance yields energy and vitality to the body.


Enzymes
Proteins in the body that can accelerate chemical reactions in the digestion of foods, breaking apart bonds in carbohydrates, fats, and protein.  Raw foods contain enzymes that assist the body in digestion.  Cooked foods do not.  Enzymes help assist digestion after a large meal, where fullness and discomfort is felt in the stomach.  They also assist natural cleansing activity in the body.


Essential
A nutritional term applied to vitamins, minerals, and amino acids; refers to anything that the body does not make itself and that must be obtained through the diet.


Essential amino acids
The building blocks of protein. There are nine essential amino acids that the body cannot make itself and must be supplied in the diet or through supplements.


Essential fatty acids
Good fats the body needs and must obtain from the diet as it cannot manufacture them itself. Essential fatty acids work to make cell membrane and hormones, and they reduce inflammations in the body caused by toxins.


Essential oils
Pure oils from flowers, trees, roots, herbs, berries, and fruits that may be applied to the body or inhaled to affect mood, promote health, and aid detoxification.


Extracts
Formulas that have greater potency than when in capsule form.  Liquid extracts contain a concentration of the herb or herbal combination in a base of alcohol or glycerine.


Flax seed oil
Oil from the tiny seeds of the flax plant that contains a type of healthy fat important for the body. Flax seed oil may help in reducing cholesterol and high blood pressure, and is a great addition to the diet.


Flower essences
Extracts infused with the essence of a flower. Flower essences are commonly used to alleviate emotional imbalances that have a negative physical impact on the body.


Folic acid
A B-complex vitamin that has an essential role in the formation of red blood cells.  Folic acid is especially helpful during pregnancy to help prevent certain defects in the developing fetus, especially in the spinal cord.


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The federal agency responsible for assuring that foods sold in the United States (except for eggs, poultry, and meat) are safe and labeled properly. The FDA sets standards for the composition of some foods, inspects food plants, and monitors imported foods. The FDA is part of the Public Health Service, a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 


Fortify
To build, strengthen, energize, or heal.


Free radicals
Highly reactive toxic chemicals that form in the body due to factors such as smoking, sun exposure, air pollution, stress, and exposure to a host of environmental toxins. Free radicals can attack healthy cells and have detrimental effects on DNA and cell membranes.


Heavy metals
Undesirable metals, as opposed to healthy minerals, that can build in the body due to exposure to environmental toxins, and potentially become major factors in illness.  Heavy metals commonly include lead, mercury, copper, aluminum, nickel, and cadmium.


Herbs
Natural remedies derived from various plant parts.


Herbalism
Uses natural plant remedies to enhance the functioning of the body’s systems. Though herbalism is not a licensed professional modality in the U.S., herbs are prescribed and recommended by a range of practitioners, from holistic doctors to acupuncturists and naturopaths.  Herbalism is a fast growing industry in today’s world market.


Holistic
Addressing the whole person - mind, body, and spirit. Holistic medicine considers the physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and mental well-being of the person.


Homeopathy
A natural system of medicine that uses almost undetectably small doses of natural substances to stimulate the immune system, break chronic or difficult patterns, as well as enhance the effectiveness of one’s herbal program.


Hormones
A substance produced by the glandular system of humans or animals that targets a part of the body to affect activity such as growth and metabolism.


Immune system
A system of cells, glands, and organs that work together to protect the body against disease and infection.


Immunity
The condition of having optimal protection against anything that would otherwise harm the body, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungus, mold, and complex diseases.  Vaccines are commonly administered to spark immunity, but they can have negative side effects as well as contain toxic mercury (thimerisol).  There is a growing interest in the use of herbal remedies and homeopathics to spark immunity naturally. 


Infection
Invasion and multiplication of harmful microorganisms in the body that can produce injury to bodily parts. Infection is characterized by symptoms such as heat, swelling, and inflammation.


Iodine
An essential mineral that is needed specifically for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland.  A great herbal form of iodine is seaweed, which can be found in select Nature’s Sunshine herbal formulas for the thyroid.


Iron
An essential mineral that helps create healthy blood and carry oxygen to the tissues.


Kinesiology
The study of muscles and their movement. Applied kinesiology is a system that uses muscle-testing procedures to gain information about a patient’s overall state of health.


Metabolism
The chemical and physical changes happening within the body that enable optimal growth and functioning.


Mineral
Inorganic compounds needed for a body’s growth processes and regulation. We recommend the chelated or herbal mineral forms for maximum absorption.


Nutrients
Nourishing substances in food that the body can use to obtain energy and regulate its various functions.


Nutrition
The science of foods and their relationships to health and disease. Through correct application of nutritional practices one can maintain a proper weight, meet health goals, and achieve their genetic potential.


Omega 3 fatty acids
Healthy oils that protect the heart, lower cholesterol levels, and support healthy joints.


Overactive
Any condition characterized by hyperactivity, heat, inflammation, or pain.


Oxygenation
Supplying essential oxygen to the tissues.  Toxin accumulation in the tissues and on the cell membrane as well as poor lung function and lack of exercise can compromise oxygenation.


Power Baths

These are powerful, detoxifying, and relaxing tub baths that include up to 20 drops of essential oils mixed with 1 cup of Epsom Salts (available for purchase at any drugstore).
Premix up to 10 to 20 drops total of selected oils into the Epsom salts to break up the size of the drops (depending on the oil, large drops may cling to and irritate the skin in the bath). Add the mixture to the bath after tub is full so that the oils do not prematurely evaporate.
Enter immediately and soak for 16 to 17 minutes, keeping the neck, torso, and feet submerged to the best of your ability. The back of the head should be submerged if brain and nerve concerns are a  focus of the Power Plan. Do not add soaps or shampoos to bath water. Drink at least two cups of water before or after your bath.
We recommend a Power Bath no more than once or twice a week to powerfully assist detoxification and ease symptoms of overactivity in the body.

If a bathtub is not available, mini-soaks can be done  using the hands and feet. Hand soaks address issues of the head, neck, chest, and central zones of the body.  Foot soaks address issues of the central, pelvic, and legs zones.   Use 2 Tbsp of Epsom Salts and 7 to 8 drops of oil in a mini-soak.  Do not exceed 7 to 8 minutes in a mini-soak.  Mini-soaks can be done for 3 to 4 days in a row with a rest break of 1 to 2 weeks in between. 

The ideal time of day to do a Power Bath or mini-soak is after 8 pm, when the body is in its cleansing cycle.


Power Plan
Select a category above to locate the health concern that you would most like to address. Selecting a concern will reveal a Power Plan that lists the top 3 herbal supplements that best assist the area towards optimal health.  Additionally, the Power Plan may recommend the top vitamin or super food, mineral, and antioxidant that further ensure your body is getting the complete support and energy it needs to attend to the concern successfully. Add products from the Power Plan to your cart, check out, and receive your order within 3-5 business days, direct from the manufacturer. You may also search Topics A-Z for a list of our Power Plans or Products A-Z for specific products..
Note: Some programs may consist of only the top 1 to 3 nutritional products, as a program beyond these products is unnecessary.


Probiotics
Friendly organisms that contribute to intestinal health by restoring its immunity, which can be thrown off balance due to stress, poor diet, antibiotics, cortisone, and oral contraceptives. When not normalized, this imbalance may manifest as a yeast infection, gastrointestinal disturbances, or weak immune system.


PH balancing:
pH is a measure of the balance between positively and negatively charged ions in the body fluids (i.e. blood, urine and saliva). A lower pH number (below 7.4) indicates that body fluid is on the acidic side.  A higher pH number (above 7.4) indicates alkalinity. (A pH of 7.4 is considered neutral; this is the pH of distilled water.) The balance of pH can be an important indicator of overall health. Researchers theorize and studies indicate that most people are at least slightly “acidic;” their pH is low. If your pH is too acidic, your body borrows minerals—such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium—from vital organs and bones to neutralize and remove the acid from the body. Although high acidity may not be outwardly noticeable, it can severely affect overall health. Generally, the more toxic the body, the more acidic it is.  Be careful of highly acidic foods such as soda, coffee, and refined sugar.


Softgel
Soft, gelatin capsules; helpful in easy swallowing.


Soluble fiber
Components of dietary fiber that dissolve in water.


Super foods
These are foods found in nature that pack a high nutritional punch to daily health. Bee pollen, spirulina, wheat grass, and green juice powders are good examples.


Supplement
A product that purposes to supply nutrients and other healthful substances that may be lacking in a diet.


SynerPro
These are a signature series of Nature’s Sunshine Products designed by Dr. Scala.


TCM Concentrate
“Traditional Chinese Medicine” - heavily concentrated Chinese extract herbal formulas in which one capsule is equivalent to approximately 4 to 6 capsules of regular formulas.


Time-release formulas
Formulas with specifically-processed tablets that slowly releases their contents over an extended period of time to give continued support to the body.


Tonic
An herbal remedy that helps to maintain health,  promote energy, and fortify a weakened area of the body.  


Trace minerals
Minerals essential to the body that are required in the diet in relatively small amounts. 


Underactive
Any condition where the energy, healing, or rebuilding functions of the body are low or deficient.


Vitamins
Organic compounds necessary for normal functioning and maintenance of the body.


DISCLAIMER:
These programs and information within this site are for your educational use only and designed for health promotion and maintenance. Statements about the products efficacy have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration . The information and product's are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Any reference to these, real or implied, is to only direct you to the body system for the purpose of raising its health potential. We believe the body alone truly heals. The Power Plans simply provide tools which are specialized foods as helps. They are not meant to substitute for your doctors advice. If you have any concerns, please consult your health practitioner, especially in regard to any modifications you may desire regarding medications, which is a common concern as health improves.

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