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Migraines: Try These Tips to Manage Them

A pulsating or throbbing pain on one side of the head is characteristic of a migraine. It’s typically accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Hormonal fluctuations, beverages, tension, medicines, and food are all potential causes. Migraines can occur for a few hours to days at a time and may be quite painful; in some cases, they can even obstruct normal functions.

Here are a few useful tips to manage your migraines better:

Cooling Down

Putting an ice pack on your forehead or neck during a migraine might help relieve the discomfort. You can also try dampening a washcloth with cold water.

Using Over-the-Counter Drugs

It is possible to get rid of migraines using over-the-counter medications rather than prescription drugs. Pharmacies provide OTC medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen as well.

Getting Enough Sleep

For the average person, 7-8 hours of sleep is enough to prevent migraines. Sleep deprivation and over sleeping have been linked to headaches and a decreased pain threshold.

Managing Stress

Migraines are often brought on by stress, which means it’s doubly important for you to relax when possible if this is your main trigger. Lighten your load whenever possible.

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Bones: Guide to Bone Health

Feel It In Your Bones:

The Gaspar’s Best Guide to Bone Health

As you can imagine, your bones are central to your health – they store calcium, provide structure, anchor muscles, and protect your organs. While the most important work towards building a healthy skeletal system takes place during childhood and adolescence, there are still plenty of steps one can take as an adult to preserve and improve their bone health.

Bone Health Is Critical

While your skeletal system may seem static, it’s always changing. New bone is made while old bone is broken down. After the age of 30, this continues, but you begin to lose a bit more bone mass than you gain. Maintaining as much bone mass as possible as you age then becomes key to preventing conditions like osteoporosis (which causes your bones to become weak and brittle) and improving your quality of life later on.

What factors affect bone health?

As with your other bodily systems, many factors affect the health of your skeletal system. These include:

It’s important to tell your doctor about your diet, family history, and other factors that might not be immediately apparent so they can help you safeguard your bone health.

Supplements for the Skeletal System
Ortho Molecular K-Force
K-Force is a high-concentration vitamin K and vitamin D combination formula designed to support bone, cardiovascular and immune health. Order from our online store today. Ortho Molecular Vitamin D3 50,000 IU
Vitamin D is a steroid vitamin, a group of fat-soluble pro-hormones that are best known for the role they play in supporting bone health and aiding in the absorption of calcium and phosphate from the gastrointestinal tract. Order from our online store today.

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Blood Sugar: Understanding Your Blood Sugar Levels & Impacts

Understanding Your Blood Sugar Levels

The Gaspar’s Best Guide to Blood Sugar Levels and Supplements

Blood sugar level is the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose is the main sugar found in the bloodstream, and its level can rise and fall for various reasons and throughout the day. It comes from the food you eat and is your body’s main source of energy.

Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is a very important part of maintaining good health and avoiding health issues, managing your weight, and just feeling well. Health issues related to blood sugar imbalances are a rapidly growing issue that is reaching rampant proportions.

When blood sugar goes under 70mg/dL, this is considered low blood sugar or hypoglycemia. When it is above 180mg/dL, this is called high blood sugar or hyperglycemia. Regular blood sugar monitoring is recommended for people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Knowing what affects your blood sugar level can help your doctor make decisions about your best diabetes care plan and supplements to take.

If you have blood sugar problems, you may experience:

Fortunately, there are plenty of supplements that can assist your body’s natural blood sugar.

Supplements for Blood Sugar
Ananda Professional Cooling Comfort Hemp-Infused Socks
Designed to reduce irritation, promote circulation, and provide superior comfort for long-lasting support, the Cooling Comfort Socks are ideal for diabetic foot care. Order from our online store today. Ananda Professional Hemp-Infused Cooling Lotion
Ananda Professional’s CBD-Infused Cooling Lotion is formulated with nutrient-rich full spectrum hemp extract and potent botanicals that work harmoniously to nourish and revitalize skin. Experience cooling bursts and relaxing aromatherapy throughout the day with high-quality essential oils. Order from our online store today.

 


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Anxiety: Keep Calm & Carry On

Keep Calm & Carry On With Anxiety:

The Gaspar’s Best Guide to Anxiety

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life for many people. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have excessive, intense, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks). While the most critical step towards lowering your anxiety takes in the mind, there are still plenty of steps one can take to improve their anxiety.

Anxiety Health Is Critical

Most people experience stress and anxiety at some point in their lives. Depending on the level of severity, they can detrimentally impact one’s quality of life. Although stress and anxiety share many of the same emotional and physical symptoms – uneasiness, tension, headaches, high blood pressure, and loss of sleep – they have very different origins. Determining which one you’re experiencing is critical to finding an effective treatment plan and feeling better.

If you’re having anxiety issues, you may experience:
What factors affect Anxiety?

As with your other bodily systems, many factors affect the health of your mental system. These include:

It’s important to tell your doctor about your stress in life, medication, and other factors that might not be immediately apparent so they can help you safeguard your mental health.

Supplements for Anxiety

Ashwaganda Extract 500mg

Used in Ayurvedic medicine for over 6,000 years, Ashwagandha has been used in various disease processes and most specifically for its anti-stress and adaptogenic properties. Order from our online store today.

Gaspar’s Best Relora® 250 mg

Promotes normal, healthy cortisol levels without sedation during times of physical or emotional stress Order from our online store today.


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Spring Is in the Air: Prepping for Allergy Season

During the late winter, weather can change on a daily basis. You know what that means – allergy season is almost upon us.  As temperatures reach above 50 degrees, plants begin to bloom and release pollen into the air. Those with seasonal spring allergies will usually start to see symptoms in early March and last through May. It’s important to start preparing for allergies now before pollen reaches peak spring allergy levels.

What exactly are spring allergies?

Those with allergies in the spring are typically allergic to pollen that begins to appear in the air. We started seeing tree pollen, one of spring’s main offenders, back in the early weeks of February. In the latter part of the season, we will begin to see grass pollen, and the combination can make the spring a miserable time for allergy sufferers.

While the exact cause of allergies is not known, an allergy occurs when your immune system produces antibodies when exposed to harmless foreign matter. Your immune system is mistaking allergens like pollen and dander for dangerous substances and fighting off them off with the “immunoglobulin E” or IgE antibodies. These produce histamine that can cause the allergic reaction and the telltale symptoms of allergies.

Are you experiencing spring allergies?

Spring allergy symptoms are typical of respiratory allergies, these include:

Determining what is causing your symptoms is the first step towards relief, in the case of spring allergies there are several things you can do to help ease your symptoms. 

Supplements for Allergy Relief

Thankfully, it’s possible to prep in advance for allergy season. Natural supplements like Ortho Molecular Natural D-Hist provide broad support for seasonal allergy challenges by promoting health sinus and nasal passages for individuals experiencing histamine and respiratory irritation. The formula includes quercetin, bromelain, stinging nettles leaf, and N-acetyl cysteine. Before allergy season ramps up into high gear, we recommend loading your system with this supplement for 7-10 days and then taking it throughout as a maintenance dose. On top of that, you can avoid drowsiness, brain fog, and the other annoying side effects that come with over the counter allergy medication. As a bonus, this supplement can help mitigate allergies from pets, as well! Last but not least, the formulation comes two different strengths for adults and children.

Order Ortho Molecular Natural D-Hist from our shop today and use the promo code ALLERGYBLUES for 10% off in March 2021! As always, consult your doctor before beginning a new supplement. To try it yourself, order from our online store today! To get another 10% discount on your next order, schedule a free consultation with one of our wellness experts.

Recover from 2020 with Adrenal Supplements

For almost everyone, 2020 was a doozy of a year. We can be excused for perhaps relying on a little too much caffeine and sugar to get through the stress, anxiety, and fatigue of enduring a global pandemic. However, most of us undoubtedly still feel the toll that the year took on our bodies. If you still feel tired from the last year, there may be an explanation – and even better, a way to feel (and perform) better in 2021. The answer may lie in adrenal supplements – read on to learn more from the experts at Gaspar’s Best!

Explaining Adrenal Fatigue

The term “adrenal fatigue” has been used to explain a group of symptoms that are said to occur in people who are under long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress. You may be more likely to develop this condition if, for example, you have a stressful job; are a shift worker, working student, or single parent; or if you abuse alcohol or drugs.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include tiredness, trouble falling asleep at night or waking up in the morning, salt and sugar craving, and needing stimulants like caffeine to get through the day.

The problem begins when many different life stresses become too much for the body to handle. Our adrenal glands-small organs located above the kidneys-usually deal with stress by producing hormones like cortisol. When people are faced with long-term stress – say, a global pandemic –  their adrenal glands cannot keep up with the body’s need for these hormones. It is when this happens that symptoms of adrenal fatigue may appear.

Supplements for Adrenal Fatigue

Thankfully, there are several supplements you can take to help support your adrenal function and heal from the craziness of the past year.

Adreboost-NG provides a mixture of nutrients that support your adrenal glands and assist them in producing hormones naturally. It includes adaptogenic herbs like Rhodiola rosea, Ashwagandha, and Eleuthero, as well as licorice root, Astragalus, Gotu Kola, and Schizandra. You can order this supplement on our website here.

Adapten-All includes a blend of key micronutrients and adaptogenic botanicals specifically formulated to strengthen the body’s stress response and support healthy energy levels. It also provides a unique blend of “stress adapting botanicals” which help increase the body’s resistance to fatigue and maintain balanced cortisol and DHEA levels. You can also order this supplement from our online store.

We hope this helps you shake off the stress and fatigue of 2020! As always, consult your doctor before beginning a new supplement. To try it yourself, order from our online store today! To get a 10% discount on your next order, schedule a free consultation with one of our wellness experts.

Reset Your Body with Ortho Molecular Supplements

2020 was a doozy of a year – on that point, almost everyone can agree. The physical and mental stress gradually adds up and takes a toll on your body. While the holidays can be a time of rest, rejuvenation, and celebration, they can also be taxing in their own way. We can be forgiven, though, for overindulging in some food and drink, especially this time around! Thankfully, whether you are still recovering from your holiday feasts or an almost year-long pandemic, ortho molecular products can help you detox, guard against inflammation, and boost your immune system for the year to come. Read on to learn more about some of our most popular pharmacist-recommended ortho molecular products and don’t forget to use our promo code for 10% off this January!

Glutathione plays a central role in the way our bodies detoxify themselves. Long story short, it protects living cells from toxicity by detoxifying the reactive intermediates via enzymatic conjugation. In plain terms, glutathione is a master antioxidant that supports immune function and protects the body against oxidative stress. This important process in the body can be supported through products like our Ortho Molecular L-Glutathione supplements.

When you hear the word, “inflammation,” you know it does not mean anything good. In general, inflammation is a natural part of our body’s immune response that serves to protect our organs and repair tissues. Inflammation can be particularly uncomfortable, however, when it concerns our gut health. Products like our Ortho Molecular InflammaCORE serve to promote normal inflammatory balance while strengthening GI barrier function.

GlutaShield is designed to promote the health and barrier function of the gastrointestinal lining by maintaining a normal inflammatory balance. This product is especially suited for people that found that indulging over the holidays taxed their systems more than they thought they would! You can find our Ortho Molecular GlutaShield supplement here.

To try these products yourself, order from our online store today! To get a 10% discount on your next order, schedule a free consultation with one of our wellness experts.

De-Stress This Holiday Season with Gaspar’s Best

The holidays can be stressful even in the best of times. In 2020, the holidays are another matter entirely! Although we have much to be thankful for – friends, family, our health – we sometimes need a little help to relax and truly enjoy the important things in life. While we all know that exercise, diet, and proper sleep are integral to keeping stress levels down, it can be difficult to keep up routines and good habits during the holiday season. Read on to learn about some tinctures and supplements that can help you manage your stress this holiday season courtesy of Gaspar’s Best.

Full-Spectrum CBD Tinctures for Stress

The CBD phenomenon has taken the health world by storm, and for good reason. It has been shown to be effective in everything from pain management and heart health to yes, reducing anxiety and stress. Products like our Ananda Professional Full Spectrum Extract provide a convenient dose of CBD that quickly alleviates symptoms of stress by interacting with the endocannabinoid system of the body, providing instant relief. Don’t worry – CBD does not have the psychoactive effects of THC, meaning you won’t feel “high.”

Relax without Drowsiness with L-Theanine

L-Theanine – a compound naturally found in green tea – is a unique amino acid that has been used for centuries to induce a sense of calm without making people sleepy. Studies have found that it reduces anxiety and resting heart rate while helping people still get stuff done – paired with caffeine, it could even improve focus and attention. Last but not least, it also helps to support your immune system. This makes supplements like our Gaspar’s Best L-Theanine the perfect holiday season pick-me-up!

Be Ready for Anything with Ortho Molecular Supplements

Feel like you need all the help you can get? Try a product like our specially-formulated Ortho Molecular CopaCalm. It includes three different compounds (L-Theanine, GABA, and huperzine A) designed to induce a sense of calm and relaxation, promote balanced mood, and even improve cognitive performance and memory. CopaCalm is especially effective when taken in a pinch, so don’t be afraid to take it 2-3 times as needed.

As always, speak with a healthcare professional before taking any new supplements. For 15% off your next order, use coupon code WINTERSALE2020. In the meantime, Gaspar’s Best wishes you and yours a happy and stress-free holiday season!

Will You Get Enough Vitamin D This Winter?

Winter is almost here, and while we all look forward to the holidays, we’re also well aware that the cold season comes with some added health risks. Besides the threat of colds or the flu, people face another common health challenge this time of year: vitamin D deficiency. This vitamin is essential to our health and almost everybody fails to get enough! To learn more about vitamin D and how it can support your health, read more from Gaspar’s Best below.

Why is vitamin D important to our health?

Vitamin D supports our immune system, which means that it is integral to our ability to reduce inflammation and fight infections. At the same time, it keeps our gut microbes healthy and happy, reducing our susceptibility to bad bacteria and conditions like inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn’s disease. Low vitamin D levels may also be related to depression and low energy. Last but not least, vitamin D appears to be key to bone health, as well – low levels of this vitamin have been linked to bone diseases like rickets and osteoporosis.

Why do we need more vitamin D in the winter?

Our skin actually produces vitamin D naturally after exposure to the sun. Although many people have low vitamin D levels year-round, this naturally becomes even more pronounced in the winter months as people cover up and stay inside.

How can we address vitamin D deficiencies?

The best way to shore up our vitamin D levels – besides healthy time in the sun – is through diet and supplements. Oily fish (like tuna, mackerel, and sardines), fortified dairy and nondairy substitutes, and mushrooms are all high in vitamin D. To ensure you get the right amount of vitamin D every day, it’s best to also incorporate a supplement like Gaspar’s Best Ortho Molecular Vitamin D3 50,000 IU. This would be the most convenient way to make certain that your body absorbs all the vitamin D that it needs.

We hope this sheds some light on the importance of supplementing your vitamin D levels in the winter months. To try it yourself, order from our online store today! To get a 10% discount on your next order, schedule a free consultation with one of our wellness experts.

The Advantages of CBD Roll-On Products

CBD, or cannabidiol, has exploded in popularity in recent years. This can mainly be attributed to its beneficial effects for health. It can be used as an anti-inflammatory, neuroprotectant, and antioxidant, as well as for localized pain, anxiety, and even skin conditions. CBD doesn’t induce a high and comes with minimal risk of side effects, as well, further cementing its popularity.

CBD comes in many forms, all of which have different individual strengths. A hemp-infused roll-on, for example, can help you directly target areas of pain and inflammation on your body. To learn more about topical CBD treatments from the experts at Gaspar’s Best, read on!

What are CBD Roll-On Products?

A CBD roll on is a product designed to be applied to the skin in areas which may be painful or inflamed. It comprises a small tube of liquid containing CBD and other ingredients, topped with a roller ball which releases the liquid when rubbed onto the skin. It works in the same way as a roll on antiperspirant.

Applying a CBD Roll-On

Using a CBD roll on is fairly self-explanatory. Simply roll the ball over the area where it is needed and wait for its effects to kick in. However, there are a couple of tips that can help you to get the most out of your CBD roll on. Here’s what we recommend:

Apply to the Correct Area

Pain does not always stem from the exact area where you feel it. For example, a headache can be a result of tension in the neck and shoulders, and sciatica is typically caused by a problem in the lower back. If you can identify where your pain is coming from and apply your CBD to that area, it will likely be more effective. Use our dermatome map to get a better understanding of where to apply a CBD roll-on based on your pain.

Use the Right Amount

This might seem obvious, but if you do not apply enough of your roll on, it is unlikely to be effective. That said, you will want to use the minimum effective dose, so try applying a small amount to begin with, and increase it gradually over time. When you find the dosage that works for you, be sure to use that amount every time.

Keep it Clean

Since you will be using your CBD roll on again and again, you will want to make sure you keep it clean. The best way to do this is by washing the area where you want to apply it before every use. You don’t need to go overboard; a quick once-over with soap and water will do.

Do a Patch Test

Although CBD itself should not cause any side effects, some of the other ingredients in topical preparations could cause skin irritation. Therefore, it is advisable to test any new product on a small area of skin first, especially if you have extra sensitive skin or a condition such as eczema.

Have Realistic Expectations

Although research has found topical CBD to be an effective remedy for pain, it is essential to set realistic expectations or you could end up disappointed. If you have been suffering from chronic pain for years, you should not expect a CBD product to resolve all your problems overnight. If you can get some relief for a few hours without having to resort to potent painkillers, that should be seen as a win!

We hope this blog helped illuminate the benefits of CBD roll-on products for you. To try it yourself, order from our online store today! To get a 10% discount on your next order, schedule a free consultation with one of our wellness experts.