Category Archives: Education Series

Upcoming Lecture with Lester Burke: “Buried Treasure Liquid Nutrients: Experience the Liquid Advantage”

Join us on Tuesday, January 10th at 8pm in our Mandarin store as Lester Burke of Buried Treasure discusses liquid supplements, Buried Treasure products, certified organics, and much more!

Founded in 1996, Buried Treasure specializes in the manufacture of liquid minerals, liquid vitamins, and liquid speciality nutrient formulas. As the manufacturer of high potency liquid complexes designed for efficient absorption and greater bioavailability, Buried Treasure produces optimum potency synergistic liquid formulas free of fillers, binders, or excipients.

Lester has over 30 years of knowledge and experience in the health food industry. He serves on the board of the SENPA and is a member of the NPA and AHPA.  He is a noted expert contributor to health food magazines, and talk-radio guest speaker for health and nutrition broadcasts.


Seating is limited & reservations are required. Sign up today at Customer Service!

Upcoming Lecture with Omar Cruz: “Don’t Just Survive – Thrive! Supporting Vitality & Energy in Times of Stress”

Just a reminder that our 2011 Education Series will continue with a FREE lecture by Omar Cruz, Director of Education for Himalaya Herbal Healthcare! Join us, December 6th at 8pm at our Southside location (11030 Baymeadows Road).

Omar’s lecture “Don’t Just Survive – Thrive! Supporting Vitality and Energy in Times of Stress,” will give an illuminating tour of the body and touch on the amazing and adaptive physiological changes that occur during the stress response. He will also shed new light on the link between stress and numerous health conditions and review both ancient and modern understandings that provide continued hope for vitality and wellness.

Omar is an Author, Botanical Researcher, Clinical Herbalist and Director of Education for Himalaya Herbal Healthcare based in Houston, TX.

Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 904-260-2791 or signing up at our Customer Service desk.

FREE LECTURE “Turmeric: The Miracle Cure?” with Leslie Patterson! (Tuesday, November 8th @ 8pm at the Mandarin Store)

The Native Sun Education Series continues November 8th at 8pm as Leslie Patterson visits  our Mandarin store for a free lecture on fighting inflammation within the body. Leslie will focus on the healing power of turmeric, a popular supplement recognized for its potential to reduce inflammation associated with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, alzheimers, dementia, and other debilitating diseases.

With 5 years experience in the natural health industry as a representative and educator for eight different manufacturers and over a hundred different products, Leslie Patterson brings with her a wealth of product information and knowledge along with a healthy dose of practicality.

Seating is limited! Reserve your seat today!

Visit the Nutrition Department of either Native Sun store to sign up! You may also reserve your seat by calling either store location.

FREE LECTURE “The Latest Breakthroughs in Natural Healing” with Dr. Michael Murray! (Tuesday, October 25 @ 8pm at the Baymeadows Store)

Join us on Tuesday, October 25 at 8pm at Native Sun Baymeadows for a fact-filled lecture! Dr. Murray will provide the latest research on natural solutions for common health conditions. This practical, focused program will also discuss the latest nutritional and herbal supplements that can be used to improve health and promote healing.

Dr. Murray, N.D. is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of natural medicine. He is a graduate, former faculty member and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University in Seattle, WA and is the author of over 30 books including co-author of the best-selling, How to Prevent and Treat Diabetes with Natural Medicine, Hunger Free Forever, and his latest book, What the Drug Companies Won’t Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn’t Know.

Sign up sheets are available in the Nutrition departments in either store!

The Ever Present Threat of GMOs and the Future of Clean Food

At Native Sun we wholeheartedly believe in the importance of clean, pure food. We strive to provide our customers with the highest quality organic and natural products free of the unwanted additives, chemicals, and fillers that contaminate the products lining the shelves of mainstream American supermarkets. While we believe in the importance of eating organic and avoiding ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artificial sweeteners/colors, nitrates, and antibiotics, one of the most important issues facing the organic and natural foods industry remains the prevalence and continued risk of contamination from Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs.

At Native Sun we support the efforts of the Non-GMO project and will soon add their “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal to the products on our shelves. For Native Sun, our support of the Non-GMO project only reinforces our commitment to clean food while providing our customers with additional assurance. We pride ourselves on setting the industry standard, not adopting the industry standard, and for the last decade Native Sun has rigorously researched and scrutinized each and every product on our store shelves. In order for their products to end up in our stores, companies must respond and verify that they operate in accordance with our “GMO letter” which openly questions the quality of the raw materials involved in production as well as each company’s stance on GMOs in general.

We refuse to compromise our standards in an effort to capitalize on industry trends or appease the mass market. If you shop our stores, do so with confidence, understanding that we are continually working to bring you the cleanest products available. GMOs represent the fundamental antagonist to pure foods, jeopardizing the integrity of the food we eat as well as the natural food industry itself. Genetic drift, poorly regulated industry standards, and dishonest manufacturers dirty the lens that magnifies the natural food industry’s every move. Biotech companies anxiously await a fatal misstep that will reveal the supposed hypocrisy of the health food industry that seeks to remedy the ills threatening the future of clean food, not deceive its customer base. Those who manufacture, purchase, and plant GMO seed and produce GMO products fail to understand that they are ruining the food supply we work so diligently to protect.

Ultimately, we are fighting against GMOs to maintain the future integrity of our food supply. If we don’t make an effort to combat GMOs, clean food will become a thing of the past.

Upcoming Lecture with David Gerhardt of King Bio: 8pm October 4, 2011 @ Baymeadows Store

For those customers and staff who attended David Gerhardt’s lecture on Homeopathy at our Mandarin store in June, the evening provided insight into the potential healing power of homeopathy. Gerhardt explained the importance of homeopathic remedies formulated with multiple potencies that allow the chosen remedy to work effectively in the treatment of acute, chronic, and deep health conditions. According to Gerhardt, when multiple potencies are included in the same remedy, the body selects the appropriate dosage and dilution needed to create change and speed the healing process.

As the evening and lecture progressed, Gerhardt invited those in attendance to walk with him to the King Bio section of our Nutrition Department, where he further discussed the products in relation to individual health needs. Overall, customer participation and response was enthusiastic! It was great to see people genuinely excited about the healing potential of King Bio products and we couldn’t be more excited for David Gerhardt to visit Native Sun Baymeadows on October 4, 2011 at 8pm for another lecture!

We hope that you will join us for a great evening of learning and discussion. Sign up sheets are available in the nutrition department of either store.

Note: King Bio products are available in the Nutrition Departments at both of our stores. Stop in with any questions, concerns or comments and be sure to check our sales flyer and blog for updates on King Bio products!

Concerned About GMOs in Organic Seedless Fruits?

With summer in full swing, organic seedless watermelons and organic seedless grapes start cropping up in our produce displays. For those accustomed to more traditional organic produce, the term “seedless” often triggers a spontaneous knee jerk reaction. How can a traditionally grown organic fruit or vegetable end up without seeds? The only seemingly logical explanation conjures images of genetic modification ripped from the pages of a science fiction novel. Imagine seeds wired to machines that pump them full of strange DNA, their internal structures warping as GMOs course through their unsuspecting hulls.

Thankfully, growing seedless fruits doesn’t necessarily involve Genetically Modified Organisms, but rather, careful plant selection and breeding to achieve the desired results:

Seedless Grapes: Seedless Grapes aren’t the product of some mad scientist who grew tired of spitting out grape pits. Seedless grapes are actually the result of a natural genetic mutation that left an otherwise normal grape without a seed. The flower itself still undergoes pollination and fertilization, but the seed simply stops growing a few weeks after it develops.

Seedless Watermelon: The production of seedless watermelon involves the cross breeding of watermelons with differing numbers of chromosomes. In order to grow a virtually seedless watermelon, a tetraploid watermelon (4 sets of chromosomes) pollinates a diploid watermelon (2 sets of chromosomes).

After reproduction, the resulting watermelons will contain 3 sets of chromosomes, making them sterile. The sterile watermelons, known as triploids, produce very few, tiny seeds that are then used in the cultivation of successive seedless watermelons (the triploid seeds must be pollinated by a diploid watermelon in order to germinate).

In the strictest sense, the type of breeding used to create and stimulate the growth of otherwise sterile watermelons could be defined as “genetic modification.” However, the production of seedless watermelons does not involve the introduction of genetic material from entirely different animals or plants to achieve results. Seedless watermelons aren’t injected with DNA obtained from fish, tomatoes or other decidedly “un-watermelon” sources that would make them unnatural.

So the next time you stop by our stores and find yourself scrutinizing a seedless grape or watermelon, remember, a lack of seeds doesn’t mean an abundance of GMOs or other scary modifications. Rest assured that we’ve done our research and remain committed to providing the finest organic produce around!

 

Note: All information courtesy of Albert’s Organics.

Cooking with Oil!

Cooking with gas is one thing. Cooking with oil is another. With so many different oils lining the shelves of supermarkets across the country, experimenting with cooking oils couldn’t be easier. However, for most of us, the proliferation of oils has actually complicated our culinary endeavors. With concerns about cooking temperatures and fat content, it’s often easier to reach for the familiar olive and canola instead of exploring the rich possibilities of walnut, sesame, coconut, or even avocado oil. At Native Sun, we encourage you to add some flavor to your favorite meals, just be sure and choose the right oil for the job in order to prevent damaging the integrity of the oil.

What do you mean damage the oil?

Well, when oil turns to smoke, “it releases carcinogens into the air and free radicals within the oil” that destroy the nutritional value of the oil itself (Spectrum 2011). The term “smoke point” (easy to remember) refers to the temperature at which specific oils literally go up in smoke. For a detailed list of oils and their respective smoke points, click here and follow the link to the Spectrum Organic Kitchen Guide!

And what’s all this talk about refined and unrefined?

Refined oils typically exhibit a more neutral flavor and can be used at a higher temperature. In contrast, unrefined oils have a richer color and more robust flavor while retaining more of their natural nutritional properties (Spectrum 2011).

For more information and frequently asked questions about cooking oils, visit Spectrum Organics website!

At Native Sun we stock a plethora of cooking oils in addition to canola and olive.

Almond Oil, Refined: Rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats with a pure, clean flavor.

Apricot Kernel Oil, Refined: Apricot kernels contain a healthy dose of monounsaturated fat. This oil is best suited for high heat applications like sautéing, frying and all-purpose cooking.

Avocado Oil, Refined: A great oil for high heat cooking, loaded with monounsaturated fats, that works perfectly for sautéing, frying and all-purpose cooking.

Click here for a recipe!

Grape seed Oil, Refined: A light oil with a neutral taste that works well for high heat cooking.

Peanut Oil, Unrefined: Adds a rich peanut flavor to any sauté or stir-fry.

Safflower Oil, Unrefined: Light, neutral-flavored oil that demonstrates great versatility in the kitchen. Also available in a refined, high heat version that uses organic safflower.

Sesame Oil, Refined & Unrefined: Great for stir-frying. Also available in a “toasted” variety that adds incredible depth to an already flavorful oil.

High Heat Sunflower Oil, Refined, Organic: As noted by Spectrum Organic, high heat sunflower oil is “higher in monounsaturated fat and lower in both saturated and polyunsaturated fats than regular sunflower oil, meaning it’s good for your heart and pure heaven for high heat cooking,” making it both a versatile and health friendly cooking oil.

Walnut Oil, Refined: Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, walnut oil works well when used at medium high heat or simply drizzled over salads or fine cheeses!

(Note: All oil descriptions courtesy of Spectrum Organics)

We hope that you decide to give some of these healthy oils a try in some of your favorite recipes! If you already use one of the above oils, submit your recipes to the comments section! We look forward to hearing from you!

References:

Organics, Spectrum. “Cooking Oils.” Spectrum Healthy Organic, Artisan, and

Omega-3 Supplement Oils. 2011. Web. 20 May 2011.

http://www.spectrumorganics.com/.

FREE Lecture on Anti-Aging Tuesday May 17th @ 8pm

Sally Byrd will be at Native Sun Natural Foods Market’s Baymeadows location at 11030 Baymeadows Road on Tuesday, May 17 at 8pm to give a FREE lecture “Collagen’s Role in Anti-Aging.”

A fibrous structural protein that occurs naturally in bones, connective tissues, and skin, collagen protects joints, ligaments, and tendons while aiding in the renewal of all cells within the body. As we age, the collagen in our bodies begins to break down, aging our cells, reducing the elasticity of the skin, and creating wrinkles. Join us as we explore the potential benefits of collagen supplementation, learning how collagen can help rejuvenate the skin and redefine the aging process!

Sally Byrd is a board certified and registered traditional naturo-path and author who currently works as the Director of Sales, Education and Formulation for Dr. Venessa’s Formulas™.

Seating is limited & reservations are required by calling 904-260-6950.

FREE Lecture on Cleansing Tuesday Night @ 8pm

Dean Morris will be at Native Sun Natural Foods Market’s Mandarin location  at 10000 San Jose Blvd. on Tuesday, March 8 at 8pm to give a FREE lecture “March Toward a Cleaner, More Energetic, and Healthier You!”

Your liver works day and night, cleaning nearly a half-gallon of blood each minute. Without this, your heart would quickly fail. Learn how to support your liver and your entire digestive tract with herbs, minerals, fibers, and probiotics that will help to cleanse away energy-draining, emotion-burdening, immune-suppressing, weight-gaining, and age-inducing toxins.

Dean Morris is  a 5th generation master herbalist with Nature’s Way Products Inc. in Springville, Utah. He is one of only a FEW herbalists who’ve had hospital practicing rights!

Seating is limited & reservations are required by calling 904-260-6950.