Stress Awareness Month And Nutri-Calm


The three most stressful cities in the US are Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, but regardless of where we live, stress impacts all of us. Stress, commonly called the “silent killer,” is a subtle but invasive enemy of our health.

Many times, we take stress for granted and assume that it’s normal. When stress builds up over time, we don’t take it seriously, but studies show that sustained stress over significant periods of time drastically impact our health for the worst. It harms our minds, bodies, and overall wellbeing. If left unmanaged, stress causes multiple health problems both physically and mentally: obesity, infection, heart disease, illness, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and anxiety.


  • Stress alters the body’s neurochemical makeup.
  • Stress is responsible for approximately 30% of infertility problems.
  • Stress-related disorders are more prevalent in men.
  • Stress may cause hair loss.
  • Just thinking about stress relief brings about real stress relief.
  • Stress prematurely ages people.
  • Stress is the natural response to change.
  • Stress causes sleep disorders, such as insomnia.
  • Laughter lowers stress levels.
  • Families living in cities report higher levels of stress than families in rural areas.
  • Money is one of the major causes for stress.
  • Chocolate and cocoa can reduce stress.
  • Stress worsens acne.
  • Stresses increases abdominal fat.
  • Stress inhibits growth and development in children.
  • Stress worsens IBS.


There are many ways to deal with stress. Some unhealthy methods, like excessive consumption of alcohol or extreme dieting, can cause even more health problems. Fortunately, there are also healthy methods:

  • Identify the cause of your stress so that you can positively cope with it.
  • Exercise Finding enjoyable physical fitness activities helps your mind and body cope with stress.
  • Build a support system of people you can trust. Support systems simultaneously decrease stress and increase physical and mental health.
  • Sleep well so that your body can rest and repair itself from stress’s side effects.
  • Manage time to live a balanced life. Procrastination and other poor time management habits only raise stress levels.
  • Use relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and visualization. These practices also reduce stress while improving overall health.
  • Avoid drugs, alcohol, energy drinks, and caffeine to prevent your body from overworking.


Stress Awareness Month And Nutri-Calm

Natural supplements are another way to healthily deal with stress. A natural herbal supplement called Nutri-Calm combines Vitamins C, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Folic acid, Biotin, and Pantothenic acid to help our bodies cope with physical, mental, and emotional stress. This herbal combination helps support the nervous system, decrease anxiety, relax nervous tension, improve immune function, relieve insomnia, and enhance brain function and memory.


Contact our naturopath for more information about 100% natural herbal supplements to help you achieve vitality, no matter the stresses you face!

IBS: Multiple Causes With Multiple Solutions

What Is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) plagues many Americans. Health professionals estimate that 1 out of every 5 American adults have IBS symptoms ( Many of these people ignore their symptoms out of embarrassment or fear.

Even though many of the symptoms and intensity of discomfort vary from person to person, there are some consistent complaints from IBS patients:

  • A bloated feeling
  • Cramps or pain in the abdomen
  • Alternating phases of diarrhea and constipation
  • Gas
  • Mucus in the fecal matter

What Causes IBS?

IBS can be caused by a number of problems, such as food, stress, hormones, or a virus. Intestinal walls are made up of layers of muscles. These muscles rhythmically relax and contract as our bodies processes our food. This is how digestion occurs every time we eat our meals.

IBS can cause one of two opposites with this process: the muscle contracts may be too weak, which slows digestion and causes constipation, or the muscle contractions may be more intense and lengthy, which causes diarrhea, bloating, and gas.

What Fixes IBS?

If you have IBS, what can you do to fix it? There are several IBS solutions in the natural health community.

One solution is Intestinal Sooth & Build, which is an herbal supplement that enhances healing in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and soothes any inflammation. This herbal formula helps to relieve pain, reduce swelling, decrease inflammation, improve elimination of toxins and irritants that may be causing the IBS, and also battles infections. This supplement is made of chamomile, slipper elm, marshmallow, rose hips, bugleweed, and plantain.

Intestinal Soothe & Build
Intestinal Soothe & Build

Another option that helps treat IBS is Protease Plus. This herbal formula gives the body essential protease enzymes to help improve digestion, decrease swelling and inflammation, promote healing, and boost the immune system. Protease Plus contains many important vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that improve how enzymes in our bodies digest our food.


IBS Solutions at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center

To learn more about the wide variety of IBS solutions, ask us about scheduling an appointment at Nature’s Trail Wellness Center, conveniently located North of Pittsburgh.

Whiplash Massage


Did you know that approximately 1 million people experience whiplash injuries every year? The majority of these cases are caused by minor fender-bender accidents, but that doesn’t make a person’s pain any less serious.

Whiplashes and whiplash-associated disorders (WADs) are caused by serious falls or car accidents. When this happens, your neck muscles are injured through forced hyperextension (being stretched too far forward), forced hyperflexion (being stretched too far backward), or violently jerked from side to side. These radical motions injure the muscles, bones, nerves, discs, and tendons in a person’s neck.

Whiplash causes headaches and neck pain and stiffness. The pain can be so severe that it negatively impacts your life at work and at home; it can be difficult to focus on work or enjoy time with your family when there is so much pain in your body.

Fortunately, there’s a solution: whiplash massage. Whiplash injuries may be remedied by loosening neck muscles, such as the sternoclydomastoid, spleniuscapitis, and the three scalene muscles (anterior, middle, and posterior). Relaxing and releasing these injured muscles through myofascial massage is essential to the healing process. Whiplash massage not only restores your neck’s range of motion over time, but it also reenergizes the muscles, improves the blood flow, and increases overall healing of the whiplash injury. Health and wellness experts suggest that people with whiplash injuries gradually return to their regular activities as they journey through the recovery process.

If you have whiplash injuries or neck pain, visit Natures Trail Wellness Center to find relief and regain your active life!

VS-C: Immune System Enhancer

vs-cVS-C combines several herbs to strengthen immune systems and fight infections from viruses and bacteria. Available in both liquid and capsule forms, VS-C contains several herbs that Traditional Chinese Medicine has used for centuries: dandelion, purslane, indigo, thlaspi, typhonium, bupleurum, cinnamon twig, scute, ginseng, and licorice.


Individually, these herbs can battle fever, inflammation, respiratory congestions, swelling, and pain and muscle aches. Together, they create a powerful immune system strengthener for people of all ages.

Naturopaths use VS-C to help prevent and treat common colds, food poisoning, dysentery, respiratory infections, common colds, and hepatitis. Some have found it helpful for HIV, typhoid fever, mono, herpes simplex virus type 1, and malaria.

“I give people VS-C when an old virus has settled into the liver,” Tina Rupp, naturopathic doctor at Natures Trail Wellness Center, says. “It gently detoxifies the liver so that the virus does not continue to resurface. I also give people VS-C when they are currently fighting a virus.”

Tina Rupp has used the supplement to help treat chronic fatigue, mono, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, Lupus, hepatitis, and cancer. She also gives VS-C to children without vaccinations. The supplement builds their immune systems to help protect them from bacteria and viruses that commonly affect children, like chicken pox and measles. Some children also have notable improvement when they take the supplement for the common cold, sore throats, and ear infections.

“There are several antiviral supplements to choose from, but VS-C is my top choice,” Tina Rupp says.

Whether taken as a preventative measure or throughout an illness, VS-C is a basic herbal supplement that helps to strengthen immune systems of all ages. Learn more about VS-C to achieve vitality in the coming months!

Cold Weather Fitness

Cold Weather Fitness

It may be more difficult to make a habit of a cold weather fitness routine than our usual summer exercise program, but the exercising in cold weather can bring even more health benefits.

Endorphins give us the “natural high” that we feel after we exercise. During the summer, heat and humidity can make us feel sluggish when we exercise, but our bodies have to work harder when we exercise in the cold weather, which creates more endorphins.

Calories burn more quickly during our winter exercise programs. We exercise faster when we’re cold, and our bodies work harder in the cold temperatures. All of that adds up to burning more calories when we exercise outdoors during the winter.

Depression and season affective disorder (SAD) rates rise during the winter. The days are shorter, the sun shines less, the winter seems to drag forever… But exercising outdoors gives us a chance to breathe fresh air and enjoy natural, outdoor lighting. Both of those factors help fight depression and SAD.

Cold Weather Fitness

Now that we’re motivated to exercise outdoors during the last few weeks of cold weather, let’s remember that it’s just as important to stay hydrated during the winter as it is during the summer. We may not see pools of sweat on our t-shirts during the winter, but we are still sweating, and dehydration will undo all of our efforts to be healthy.

Also, listen to our bodies as we begin our winter fitness program. It is better to underestimate our body’s responses to the cold. This includes wearing proper gear to avoid hypothermia or similar conditions. Stay warm with mittens, neck gaiters, and hats.

We don’t have to run winter marathons to gain the benefits from outdoor exercising. Cross-country skiing, sledding, walking, ice skating, hiking, a snowball fight, building snowmen – it all counts as activity, and it all means less SAD, better overall health, and a more enjoyable winter!

Cold Weather Fitness

Winter Back Injuries

Snow is beautiful, but shoveling driveways and sidewalks can hurt our backs. Back injuries prevent us from enjoying quality family time for the rest of the winter, building snowmen and throw snowballs. How can we keep our backs healthy to avoid painful back injuries?

Practice Proper Lifting Techniques

When your shovel is full of heavy snow, it is vital to life with your knees rather than your back. When you lift with your arms and legs, you evenly distribute the weight of the snow-filled shovel throughout the rest of your body, protecting your back from injuries. Using the natural leverage capabilities of our limbs between gravity and weight make shoveling more efficient and less harmful.

Find Steady Footing

No matter how well you leverage with your legs and arms, if you’re standing on ice, injuries are destined to happen. Watch out for ice! Being aware of your footing will ensure safe, efficient snow shoveling for the remainder of winter.

Use Natural Remedies

If your back is already tense from previous hours of shoveling, there are natural remedies to relieve sore muscles. Tei Fu essential oil or lotion warms, soothes, and releases tight muscles, providing long-lasting healing for overworked back muscles. Joint Support and IF-C nourish muscles and joints; these all-natural supplements relax muscles and reduce inflammation, which relieves pain and enables your back to heal.

Seek Help When Necessary

How do you know when you have a serious back injury, not just “sore muscles” from shoveling snow? When the pain does not leave, or when the muscles have tightened so much that stretching is not alleviating the tension, you have a serious back injury. This is the time to seek professional advice! Ask us about available appointments to meet with a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT).

Winter Back Injuries

Health Benefits of Colloidal Silver Shield

Nobody likes being susceptible to infamous winter germs. To avoid sickness, we must keep our immune systems healthy, but beyond sleeping restfully and eating healthily, how can we remain healthy through the last few weeks of winter?

For centuries people have been using the healing properties of silver to protect themselves from germs. The earliest use is recorded by Herodotus, a philosopher and historian who lived in ancient Greece. He wrote that the Greeks stored their water and other drinks in silver containers. Other accounts include ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, the wealthy upper-class used silver to prevent contracting the plague; it was already common knowledge that silver was a natural deterrent to pathogens. American pioneers would add a few silver coins to their water casks to prevent bacteria from growing. During WWI, soldiers used silver leaf to keep wounds clear from infections. Before antibiotics, hospitals commonly used silver. Generations of people – including Chinese emperors, Druids, Australian settlers, and Ayurvedic healers – have benefitted from silver’s healing properties.

Researchers at Nature’s Sunshine have used this information to create a beneficial silver that is free of heavy metals. Silver Shield with Aqua Sol is a toxin-free colloidal silver that boosts our immune systems. The particle-sized colloids are easily absorbed and digested by our kidneys, thanks to its 99% bioavailability. The ingredients list is pure and simple: silver.

To finish the winter strong, be sure to add Silver Shield to your winter wellness regimen!


Hand Reflexology for Headache Relief

To avoid taking pain medication when you have your next headache, try hand reflexology. Reflexology is based on the belief that our human body is mapped out on our hands and feet; each finger, toe, and curve represent a different part of our bodies. This is why massaging specific points on your hands will relieve various pains – including headaches.

To relieve headaches with hand reflexology, massage your thumbs. There should be sore spots all around your thumb, extending from the top of the thumb pad to the base knuckle that joins your thumb to your hand. Massage these sore spots until the pain lessens or disappears completely.

Another reflexology point for headaches is the padded region between your index finger and thumb. This is known as a pain management pressure point. If your headache is severe, this part of your hand may even feel swollen. Gently massage this area until the pain reduces in your hand. Your headache should gradually fade as well.

As with any other pain, it is best to stop headaches before they fully form. As soon as you feel a headache starting, check these two key reflexology points in your hands. You can do this anywhere and at any time – unlike foot reflexology, there’s no need to remove your shoes and socks during a business meeting to find headache relief! You can discreetly massage your hands under the table, and nobody will notice.

When you feel your next headache forming, stop pain in its tracks with hand reflexology!

If your headaches continue, you may have a structural concern that cannot be easily fixed with hand reflexology. Feel free to contact us for a therapeutic massage therapy appointment.


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