Hedley’s Health Hut

Shoppers Mall Brandon

1570 18th Street, Unit 61

Brandon, MB R7A 5C5

phone: 204-725-3131

fax: 204-571-6936

web: www.healthhut.ca

Hours:

Monday – Saturday

9:30 am – 9:00 pm

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ProBio Supreme Hedley's Health Hut

ProBio Supreme

• This probiotic contains 55 billion live microorganisms per capsule.
• With 14 different strains of microflora ProBio Supreme helps support digestive health.
• All strains are natural to the human biome.
• Free from gluten, wheat, artifical colours and  flavours.

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Pycnogenol antoxidant Hedley's Health Hut

Pycnogenol

• The pine bark extract known as pycnogenol offers up one of the most effective antioxidants available.
• This scavenger of free radicals fights oxidative damage in two ways: it stimulates our cells to double their own antioxidant power, and cleans up free radicals in the blood stream (Devaraj et al., 2002).

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B100 Supreme Hedley's Health Hut

B-100 Supreme

• Re-energize with 100mg of all the major B vitamins.
• Includes the P5P form of B6, the methylcobalamin from B12, and the popular adaptogen Maca root.
• Free from artificial colours, artificial flavours, gluten, wheat, lactose, preservatives, soy, added sugar and yeast.

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Magnesium Citrate

• Magnesium is useful for bone health, cardiovascular health (blood pressure), energy (increases enzyme activity), treating muscle cramps, headaches, and insomnia.
• Our product is free from artificial colours, artificial flavours, corn, gluten, wheat, lactose, preservatives, soy, added sugar and yeast.

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 Iron Earth Soil Re-Mineralizer

• Iron Earth is highly compressed, natural, organic humus, formed through the biological breakdown of plant life over 75 million years old.
• Add Iron Earth to your garden soil and planter pots to provide the naturally occurring nutrients necessary for optimal plant growth, and excellent plant health.
• Also available at The Green Spot

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PrimeZyme Hedley's Health Hut natural health products

Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme Capsules

• PrimeZyme is an effective digestive enzyme formula that reduces indigestion and enhances nutrient absorption.

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Vision Supreme Hedley's Health Hut, natural health products

Vision Supreme: Canada’s leading science-based eye supplement

Vision Supreme by Health First® is the only formula in Canada designed to meet both the AREDS (Age-Related Eye Disease Study) and LAST (Lutein Antioxidant Supplement Trial) clinical trial potencies.
These trials studied the prevention of macular degeneration and improvement of visual function through antioxidant nutrients.

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Vitamin B complex Hedley's Health Hut-natural health products

Stress support for busy people!

•  Keep your nervous system strong with 50 mg/mcg of all the B vitamins and lipotropic factors, with 1 mg of Folic Acid in easy-to-swallow capsules.
• Free from artificial flavours, artificial colours, gluten, wheat, lactose, preservatives, soy, added sugar and yeast.

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Multivitamins Headley's Health Hut natural health products

Multi-vitamin

• A complete daily supplement first among multi-vitamins! Health First’s exclusive Multi-First is an excellent everyday high potency formula.
• Contains 50 mg/mcg of all the important B vitamins together with natural vitamin E and chelated minerals.

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Liver Supreme Hedley's Health Hut

Liver Supreme

Helps to support optimual liver function.

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NEO40 Hedley's Health Hut

NEO40

• Clinically shown to help the body increase Nitric Oxide levels.
• Healthy N-O levels help the body support: Healthy blood pressure, Maintain healthy triglyceride levels, Increase endurance, Increase workout performance.

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Cold Defense Hedley's Health Hut natural health products

Cold-Defense Cold & Flu Formula

• Defend yourself from cold and flu symptoms! Formulated by health professionals and tested for results in a clinical setting.
• Free from animal derivatives, artificial colours and flavours, gluten, wheat, lactose, preservatives, added sugar and yeast.

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CoQ10 Hedley's Health Hut

An antioxidant for the maintenance of good health

• Health First CoQ10 Supreme uses premium Japanese-made Kaneka Q10.
• Formulated in an organic sunflower oil base for improved absorption, together with the ‘red wine antioxidant’, Resveratrol. 100 mg Plus Resveratrol – In a base of Organic Sunflower Oil.

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EFA First Hedley's Health Hut natural health products

EFA-First

• EFA First is a balanced essential fatty acid supplement that makes it easy to get the good fats you need everyday.
• Containing borage oil, flaxseed oil and fish oil, this “multivitamin” of oils supplies the essential fatty acids known as GLA, LA, ALA, DHA and EPA.
• Free from artificial flavours, artificial colours,gluten, wheat, lactose, preservatives added sugar and yeast.

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Zinc citrate Hedley's Health Hut

Zinc is an important mineral for health maintenance.

Zinc is involved in immune functions, wound healing, sensory functions, sexual functions and skin health.

Who knew? Good digestion relies on good bacteria

Ilse Mohn Hedley's Health Hut

Ilse Mohn, assistant manager, Hedley’s Health Hut

The majority of our immune system is in our digestive tract and about 90% of our serotonin, or ‘happy hormone,’ is in our gut.

So,  if we want to feel our best and fight off infections, we need to keep our digestive system happy.

Recurring digestive issues affect our intestines and cause physical distress. This can be disruptive, debilitating, and embarrassing, causing you to limit where you go and what you do.

Probiotics can help promote a daily digestive wellness and abdominal comfort. These beneficial bacteria (microflora ) have a positive effect on the intestinal ecosystem.

While the health benefits of an intestinal tract rich in good bacteria are numerous, they are linked to three main benefits. Probiotics help to:

  • Normalize gastrointestinal tract bacteria
  • Enhance immune system
  • Improve metabolic performance

8 quick, easy tips for making healthy choices

Corey Calverly Hedley's Health Hut

Corey Calverly, co-owner, Hedley’s Health Hut

Laugh more. Love more. Live more. Here are eight ways to make better choices to improve your health in 2016.

Eat Chocolate

Stress is a culprit involved in fatigue, weight gain and wrinkle formation.

A tasty way to beat stress is to eat dark chocolate according to a Swiss study.

Magnesium and lavender oil are other natural remedies that help combat stress.

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Ferment More Often

Fermented foods are packed with nutrients, as well as probiotics that keep your digestive system happy.

From yogurt to fermented drinks, try eating fermented foods more often.

Stay in the Game

Don’t get sidelined by the common cold.

Arm your immune system with the help of natural immune boosters such as vitamin C.

Make a Date with a Tree

Taking a walk in the woods improves mental health according to a 2015 study conducted at Stanford University. Get out there!

Just Breathe

Taking a few deep breaths beneficially lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.

Research studies also suggest deep breathing boosts your immune system and may be linked to longevity.

Maximize to Energize

The body can amplify energy production when it has the right nutrients: B vitamins, probiotics, digestive enzymes and multivitamins.

Regular detoxing/cleansing may also help.

Snack Wisely

Eating more fibre and protein can help crush those monstrous cravings for junk food that expand your waistline and spike your blood sugar.

Exercise is another important part of successful weight management.

The importance of magnesium

Ilse Mohn Hedley's Health Hut

Ilse Mohn, assistant manager, Hedley’s Health Hut

When it comes to health benefits, some minerals get more attention than the others.

Typically, magnesium doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 different biochemical processes in the body, including those involved in muscle, nerve, cardiovascular and bone health.

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It is also important to maintaining proper blood pressure and sugar levels and a healthy heartbeat.

Unfortunately, magnesium is very commonly deficient in North Americans.

A magnesium deficiency in humans can cause such symptoms as confusion, insomnia, accelerated heartbeat, seizures, muscle weakness and twitching, chronic pain and fatigue, and a host of cardiovascular issues.

Magnesium is naturally found in our diets in meats, dairy, fish, fruits and sea food.

If one is still not getting sufficient magnesium, there are magnesium supplements of magnesium citrate or glycinate that can help to prevent a deficiency.

There are blood and cellular tests available that can determine your magnesium status, so that you can learn if you need to supplement your diet.

If you think you might be deficient in magnesium levels, don’t ignore it – talk to your health care practitioner.

Multi-Vitamins offer multi benefits

Ilse Mohn Hedley's Health Hut

Ilse Mohn, assistant manager, Hedley’s Health Hut

Some of the key nutrients in a multivitamin:

Vitamin D is important for bone health and low levels have been linked to major diseases in several studies. Good multivitamins will provide at least 400 IU of vitamin D.

Vitamin C is important for the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.

It is also important for the formation of connective tissue, accelerating wound healing, enhancing immune health and as a protective antioxidant.

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Vitamin B Complex: The family of B vitamins work together to support the nervous system and tissue formation and to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

The B vitamins Folic Acid and B12 help to form red blood cells.

Higher levels of B vitamins help get us through periods of stress, low energy or highly demanding physical activities.

Calcium helps in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth. It is a well known supplementary method for slowing bone loss.

As the body ages, calcium is pulled from the bloodstream, making it less available to the bones, decreasing bone density, especially during menopause. Calcium, vitamin D and magnesium work together as a bone-building team.

Vitamin A and Beta Carotene are related compounds important in maintaining eyesight, the development of night vision and immune health.

Magnesium works together with calcium for bone development and in muscle functioning.

Chromium helps to metabolize fats and carbohydrate, as well as support healthy glucose metabolism.

Iodine helps in the function of the thyroid gland.

Zinc helps maintain immune function and healthy skin.

Phytonutrients: Well-formulated multivitamins often contain phytonutrients, or plant-based nutrients, that work together with the more concentrated vitamins and minerals.

Phytonutrients such as bioflavonoids, grape seed extract, cranberry and green tea extract offer excellent antioxidant support.

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Need help managing everyday stress?

Corey Calverly, co-owner, Hedley's Health Hut

Corey Calverly, co-owner, Hedley’s Health Hut

Although there are lots of ways to manage stress, here is a selection of techniques tried and tested to help you:

Deep breathing: When we are nervous or stressed breathing can become shallow and rapid.

To find out how you are breathing, place one hand on your chest and one on your abdomen and see what the pace is.

To rebalance your breathing lengthen your breath, counting slowly to four as you breathe in, and to six as you breathe out.

Gradually increase this length until you reach seven and nine counts respectively.

You can also try taking micro relaxation breaks – just 5 deep breaths will momentarily switch off stress.

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Rediscover your positive side – smile: Even though it’s annoying when you’re extremely stressed and someone says “smile” they may actually be on to something.

Positive thinking and a willingness to accept things outside your control are good ways to reduce tension.

Take a step back from difficult situations and look at them objectively.

This can sometimes help a solution to a problem come to you or may even let you laugh at the situation.

This often makes you feel better as laughing releases stress-reducing endorphins that give you an instant lift.

Exercise: Have you noticed how the world can look much brighter after some exercise?

15 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise is another way to release those feel-good endorphins.

And it doesn’t have to be running.

Anything that gets your heart rate up such as walking, yoga, tai chi, stretching or even housework can count.

Keeping active can provide a physical outlet for your frustrations, keeps you healthy, and makes you feel good about yourself.

This in turn can help you handle stress better in the first place.

Take time out for yourself: Sometimes dealing with stress is about quieting your mind and re-grouping so you are in a place where you can better cope with what’s required.

Taking 30 minutes to relax in the bath, have a massage or read a magazine with a cup of tea can help do this.

Eat yourself more relaxed: What we put into our bodies has a big impact on how we feel.

However, the busier and more stressed we become, the more likely we are to grab processed, sugary foods and drink latte after latte.

Here are a few tips for you to try:
• Cut down on caffeine – it’s a stimulant and will make you feel more tense.
• Cut down on processed foods and stock up on fruit & vegetables.
• Try taking a multivitamin that includes vitamins C, B3 and magnesium as stress can reduce the body’s absorption of some nutrients.
• Eat five or six small meals a day to stabilise your blood sugar levels.

This will help reduce the stress hormone cortisol and regulate levels of the feel-good hormones – serotonin and dopamine.

• Foods such as cottage cheese, pasta, avocados, bananas and skimmed milk can really calm you down.

All are rich in a protein called tryptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin – a sleep and mood enhancer.

• Eat slowly and take the time to chew your food thoroughly – 18% of digestion occurs in the mouth.

Meditate for inner calm: Meditation has been shown to boost the immune system, calm the mind, get rid of negative thoughts and even fight disease.

Millions of people swear by it! The whole point of meditation is to still the brain, ignore the thoughts coming into your mind, and let them drift out again.

The more you practice meditation the quieter your thoughts will become.

Set aside five minutes every day when you won’t be interrupted.

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Zinc: A critical trace mineral

Ilse Mohn Hedley's Health Hut

Ilse Mohn, assistant manager, Hedley’s Health Hut

An intake of minerals is essential to all living creatures – plants, animals and humans.

Minerals are essential elements found in soil through the erosion of mineral salts.

We consume minerals by eating the plants that grow in the soil and foods derived from animals that consume plants.

Minerals are utilized in the human body for numerous biochemical activities including the functioning of the nervous, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular systems.

Some minerals, such as calcium, are macrominerals needed in large amounts.

Others, known as trace minerals, are needed in small amounts.

One such trace mineral that is necessary for daily health is the mineral found at the end of the alphabetical roll call – zinc.

Zinc, like most minerals, is needed for a variety of life functions.

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It plays a role in immune function and healing.

It is a strong antioxidant important to eye health.

Zinc plays a role in energy production, protein metabolism, enzyme activity and overall growth and development.

Although we do not need large amounts of zinc, many of us still do not get enough of it.

Eating a diet of zinc-rich foods is the key to maintain healthy levels of this nutrient.

Both plant and animal derived foods are available with good zinc content – pumpkin seeds, cashews, mushrooms, egg yolks, and grass fed chicken, lamb and beef.

For those who do not eat zinc containing foods or are unable to absorb sufficient amounts, zinc supplements are available.

What is AMD (age-related macular degeneration?

Ilse Mohn, assistant manager, Hedley's Health Hut natural health products

Ilse Mohn, assistant manager, Hedley’s Health Hut

Macular degeneration is a condition of the eye that affects adults as they age.

The condition causes damage to the retina which can result in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field (the macula).

Macular degeneration can make reading, watching television or recognizing faces difficult, often leaving only enough peripheral vision to conduct basic activities of daily life.

There are two forms of AMD – wet and dry. The dry form accounts for over 80% of AMD cases.

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What are the most common symptoms of AMD?

• Blurred vision
• Shadows or missing areas of vision
• Distorted vision (example: grids of straight lines appearing wavy with blank parts)
• Difficulty distinguishing between dark colours and between light colours
• Slow recovery of visual functions after exposure to bright light

Who is affected by AMD?
As its name indicates, AMD is “age-related”, meaning that as we age, there is an increased chance of experiencing this condition.

What causes AMD?
The leading risk factors of AMD include genetics, aging, smoking and other oxidants such as pollution, exposure to solar radiation, use of photosensitizing drugs and insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables.

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The importance of the liver

Ilse Mohn Hedley's Health Hut

Ilse Mohn, assistant manager, Hedley’s Health Hut

The liver is one of the most important organs in the body.

It is unique, being the only organ that can regenerate itself to repair damage and can even regrow if partially removed.

Every day, it is involved in our metabolism and protects us from toxic substances. But despite its resiliency, the liver itself also needs to be protected.

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What does the liver do?

The liver’s most well-known role is to detoxify toxic substances in the body.

Pesticides, preservatives, alcohol and metabolic waste are diluted by less toxic substances in the liver to prepare them for safe excretion by the kidneys and bowel.

The liver also breaks down hormones like estrogen after they have completed their work.

Another major function of the liver is in regulating the body’s metabolism.

The liver helps to digest fats through the production of bile.

Bile is stored in the gallbladder ready to be used as required and assists in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) and calcium.

Fats are oxidized by the liver for energy production.

Further, the liver takes absorbed vitamins from the blood and stores them for use in periods of stress.

Protecting the liver through lifestyle.

You can help protect your liver in the following ways:

Avoid intake of toxic substances.The less toxic substances you take in, the less strain on your liver.

Avoid processed foods, especially fatty foods high in hydrogenated fats.

Too much fat intake contributes to accumulation of fat in the liver.

Avoid overeating. Overeating causes liver fatigue.

Avoid drugs. Drugs, alcohol and caffeine put additional strain on the liver.

8 quick, easy tips for making healthy choices

Corey Calverly Hedley's Health Hut

Corey Calverly, co-owner, Hedley’s Health Hut

Laugh more. Love more. Live more. Here are eight ways to make better choices to improve your health in 2016.

Eat Chocolate

Stress is a culprit involved in fatigue, weight gain and wrinkle formation.

A tasty way to beat stress is to eat dark chocolate according to a Swiss study.

Magnesium and lavender oil are other natural remedies that help combat stress.

show more

Ferment More Often

Fermented foods are packed with nutrients, as well as probiotics that keep your digestive system happy.

From yogurt to fermented drinks, try eating fermented foods more often.

Stay in the Game

Don’t get sidelined by the common cold.

Arm your immune system with the help of natural immune boosters such as vitamin C.

Make a Date with a Tree

Taking a walk in the woods improves mental health according to a 2015 study conducted at Stanford University. Get out there!

Just Breathe

Taking a few deep breaths beneficially lowers your blood pressure and heart rate.

Research studies also suggest deep breathing boosts your immune system and may be linked to longevity.

Maximize to Energize

The body can amplify energy production when it has the right nutrients: B vitamins, probiotics, digestive enzymes and multivitamins.

Regular detoxing/cleansing may also help.

Snack Wisely

Eating more fibre and protein can help crush those monstrous cravings for junk food that expand your waistline and spike your blood sugar.

Exercise is another important part of successful weight management.

Do you need a multivitamin?

Corey Calverly, co-owner, Hedley's Health Hut

Corey Calverly, co-owner, Hedley’s Health Hut

Clearly, the best way to get nutrients such as vitamins and minerals is through a healthy diet.

Fruits and vegetables, legumes, lean meats, fish and dairy products are among the foods most dense in nutrients for maintaining daily health.

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The vitamins and minerals found in these foods are in a form that our bodies recognize and easily absorb.

While this is the ideal situation, a multivitamin can play a role in our daily lives for a number of reasons:

Daily diet realities: While the diet outlined above sounds wonderful, it’s rarely reality.

Most of us deal with busy schedules and don’t always eat the way we should.

Processed foods that are high in unhealthy fats and sugars, dominate our culture and are designed to appeal to our taste buds not our nutritional health.

A multivitamin can act as insurance to make sure our body is getting the base amount of vitamins and minerals every day for optimal health, no matter what direction the day’s diet goes.

Stress: The modern Canadian lifestyle is stressful.

Balancing family and work demands combined with insufficient sleep and relaxation leaves our bodies, minds and immune systems vulnerable to running down.

Getting consistent nutritional support can help us get through unexpected or prolonged stressful periods.

High performance: Those of us who are active and working out physically (or mentally) at high levels demand more out of our bodies.

This extra activity uses up more nutrients.

A multivitamin can help to top up even a healthy diet to help our body perform at its upper potential.