Survey Results: Four Main Health Challenges

By Trina Ricketts

old-age-1The bad news is: 100% of the 63 fans and customers who participated in our recent survey, are aging. The good news: Age ain’t nothing but a number.

Jesting aside, the results of our recent survey were very enlightening. We learned about the health concerns you are dealing with and the health topics that interest you most.

For starters, who are you? It was great to learn that:

  • The majority of you (60.3%) are women between 35 and 55 (49%) but we also had many participants in the over 55 range (30%).
  • At least one of you is a “Zoomer” (baby boomer with a zip) “who wants to live forever.” We suspect there are many of you. 😉
  • Most of you work full or part-time and 22% of you cope with a chronic health condition.
  • Almost all of you, who answered our survey, shop in the store (92%) but 20% of you order online too.

A sincere thank you to everyone who participated. We held a draw for a $50 gift certificate and Roya was the winner. We recorded the draw and put it on youtube.

What Is Your Biggest Health Challenge?

This was by far the most interesting part of the survey results. As you can imagine, health conditions suffered among 63 people who shop at a natural food store run the gamut. We cannot mention them all here for lack of space.

However, there were four areas of concern that really stood out. Here they are in order of frequency mentioned starting with the most talked-about health challenge from the survey results.

  1. Diet and Nutrition Challenges
  2. Weight Challenges – mostly overweight but also underweight
  3. Gastrointestinal Challenges – including autoimmune diseases
  4. Pharmaceutical Injury and Detoxification Challenges

These are very broad categories and there may not be a “one size fits all” approach to coping with challenges even within the same categories. Alternately, there may be ways you can support health across the board.

We will touch on each of the above topics briefly, but we encourage you to come down to the store or give us a call to discuss your unique supplemental nutrition needs.

Diet and Nutrition Challenges

We are probably preaching to the choir when we tell you that the most important thing you can do for your health is to correct your food. But even the staunchest foodies will forget sometimes.

When one diet combination doesn’t seem to be working for you, the solution is to try another. In all the stories where people cure themselves of chronic debilitating diseases, they had to change their diet many times before they got it just right.

Medi-C-Plus-VitaminCChanging your diet, in itself, can be very challenging. But it is worth it. And when you get the results, you will find the motivation to stick with it.

If you are in the midst of changing the way you eat, be prepared for a healing crisis. Many people describe the course of their recovery from chronic illness to be a series of healing crises, whereby the body is becoming healthier, so it does some housekeeping to clean out the toxins that are causing your dis-ease.

Healing crises can be severe and debilitating. But there is one supplement that will always help you during a healing crisis – vitamin C. Our favourite vitamin C supplement is Medi-C Plus which is a product of Dr. Gifford-Jones, an eminent natural health proponent. He says:

“This vitamin bolsters the immune system and decreases the risk of shingles, promotes healthy gums, guards against mercury and lead toxicity, decreases wrinkles and even neutralizes the venom of rattlesnakes.”

There are many benefits to supplementing with vitamin C; an easier detox from changing your diet is just one of them.

Weight Challenges

The unfortunate thing about weight challenges is that we don’t always see an improvement overnight. There are so many underlying issues, that what works for one person may not work for another.

ionic-magnesiumSimilarly, different bodies react to the same problem in different ways. An underweight person may be dealing with nutrient absorption issues, but so might an overweight person. Hormones affect our weight and vice versa.

One thing that everyone should pay attention to is their poop. Whether it’s coming out or not, and how it looks when it’s coming out. If your poop is not healthy, you aren’t either.

There are many supplements that can help to get your bowels moving. One that seems to be a “best kept secret” is magnesium. People who have been plagued by constipation for years have been astounded at how well a simple magnesium supplement can make a difference.

One of the very best magnesium supplements you can get is the ionic form of magnesium. Not only does it help with constipation, but many have testified to other incredible benefits such as pain relief, lowering blood pressure, and lessening premenstrual syndrome symptoms (PMS).

Gastrointestinal Challenges

vita-biosaWithout a doubt, when it comes to gastrointestinal challenges, there is always one supplement you should be taking. Probiotics. No matter who you are or what your medical history has been, if you suffer from gastrointestinal distress in any way, you need more of the good bacteria.

We recommend Vita Biosa as an ideal probiotic due to its triple-fermented and liquid properties. It is easily digestible and designed to match the ph of your stomach so that those little bacteria warriors survive and get to the intestines where they are needed the most.

For people who prefer to swallow a capsule rather than drink a liquid probiotic, Dr. Ohhira’s is superior.

Pharmaceutical Injury and Detoxification Challenges

Does this describe you? There are many of us who trusted the medical establishment when they prescribed us pharmaceuticals but those pharmaceuticals went on to hurt us severely.

Whether it was vaccine adverse reactions, antibiotic toxicity, disintegration of bones and cartilage, or other mind-boggling damage – the number of people harmed by pharmaceuticals is staggering. It is one of the leading causes of death in America.

Whatever immediate and urgent damage we are responding to, we also need to address the toxicity that has inevitably burdened our bodies through pharmaceutical exposure. Our livers take the brunt of this work, so it makes sense to support the liver.

We spoke in another post about Shael Stonebridge’s Liver Cleanse which is an affordable and effective way to gently cleanse the liver regularly. There is also Liv-Herbal Formula, which is known to be very effective at supporting the liver, especially in extreme cases.


We’ve only scratched the surface of how you might address the challenges listed above. Depending on your unique circumstances, there may be more appropriate supplements for your needs.

Circumstances vary and may include what you can afford, whether you’ve had body-altering surgeries, whether you are dealing with emotional stressors in your life, and more.

How We Can Help

Surrey Natural Foods is not just a food and supplement store. We are a family, a neighbour, and a network of like-minded, health promoting optimists. We care about helping people and making a difference.

It was for these reasons that we sent out the survey. We wanted to know how we could serve you better and this is what we came up with. Based on your responses:

  • We will post articles on our blog and in our newsletter about topics of interest to you.
  • We will order products you love, whenever possible.
  • We will be sensitive to your time constraints and conditions that might affect you during your visit to our store.
  • We will deliver items locally to people with mobility issues or for any other reason. Please feel free to ask anytime.
  • We will take your concerns, suggestions, and compliments very seriously.
  • We will do our best to help you find ways to live your best life. (Share your advice with us too, please!)

Poster_8x8_NothingisimpossibleThanks again to all who participated in the survey!

We are constantly amazed at the strength of people facing adversity in their health and the foresight of those practicing preventative health. We hear incredible stories from many of you about what you’ve learned and experienced.

What we’ve learned from you is that nothing is impossible. As long as a person has hope and commitment, she will reach her health goals. We are honoured to be a part of your journey.

PLEASE TELL US MORE IN THE COMMENTS SECTION BELOW! If you missed our survey or if you took our survey but thought of more to say, please contact us or post your feedback below in the comments section.

Five Supplements Everyone Should Be Taking

At Surrey Natural Foods, we sell a great many wonderful products but there are five that really stand out because of the outstanding effect they have on improving our customers’ health. If you have not incorporated one or more of these supplements into your health program, consider if it might be the one thing you are missing.


It is true that Vita Biosa and Nutracleanse are two different products but they go hand-in-hand. Combining these two supplements into your daily health program will benefit you immensely. Here is why:

Vita Biosa is a triple-fermented, liquid probiotic. Probiotics are supplements that re-introduce good bacteria into our bodies, especially needed when we’ve been on antibiotics in the past. People who are suffering from health conditions are very likely to have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in their bodies, with the bad bacteria winning out. This creates more dis-ease which worsens over time. Two things make Vita Biosa superior to other probiotic supplements on the market:

  1. It is in a liquid form which makes it easily digestible and absorb-able in your body.
  2. It is fermented rather than cultured. Most probiotics are cultured, but this process means that many of the good bacteria don’t make it all the way to your intestines where they are needed most because they cannot survive the acidity of the stomach. Vita Biosa, on the other hand, is fermented to match he pH of our stomachs, so they continue to live and thrive as they make their way to our intestines, helping to balance the micro flora along the way.

Nutra-Cleanse-Fibre-OmegasNutracleanse is the second half of correcting bacteria balance and healing the instestinal tract. Our bodies excrete toxins and waste in a number of ways (sweating, urine, feces, and more) but the way to excrete toxins from your intestines is through bowel movements. If you are not moving your bowels frequently enough, or thoroughly enough, accumulated waste in the intestines will damage your intestines, leak into your body, and cause dis-ease.

Nutracleanse is an all-natural product containing ground flax seed, ground psyllium husks, dandelion root powder, burdock root powder, and fenugreek seed powder. The combination of these incredible nutrients and insoluble fiber help to cleanse the intestinal tract, by literally “sweeping” toxins, dead bacteria, and excrement out of the intestines. It also provides a much-needed nutrient lacking in our modern diets: Omega 3 Fatty Acids.




Spirulina is a “Super Green Food” packed into a tiny punch. It is made from tiny, single-celled fresh-waer mirco-algae which comprise 60% protein. It is also a natural source of minerals such as iron and magnesium, has high levels of B12, and contains all the essential amino acids and essential fats. Like Nutracleanse, it also aids in removing accumulated toxins in the body. Spirulina comes in powder or tablet form and contains no added ingredients. It is just pure, organic, fair trade spirulina.

Even the most healthy eaters suffer from nutrient deficiencies due to depleted soils and environmental toxins. Spirulina gives the boost needed for everyone to have their nutritional needs met in a highly absorb -able way.




Did you know that there is a supplement that attacks dead cells, tissues and proteins in blood clots, cysts, and other inflammations? Yes, there is! And it is called Serrapeptase. This amazing supplement reduces and repairs ovarian cysts, scar tissue, blood clots in the arteries and heart, fibroids, and more.

Serrapeptase has shown to be helpful for all kinds of inflammation and health conditions including:

  • Enerex SerrapeptasePain and inflammation
  • Scar tissue / adhesions
  • Arterial Plaque
  • Blood clots
  • Cysts
  • Fibroids
  • Arthritis
  • Edema
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Post Operative Swelling
  • Chronic Sinusitus
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Varicose Veins

Medi-C-Plus-VitaminCMEDI C Plus

Vitamin C is the most important nutrient needed in our bodies. It is needed for every single function. People have made what seemed like miraculous recoveries from a multitude of dis-eases by taking large amounts of vitamin C orally and intravenously.

In particular, much research has shown, incredibly, that Vitamin C not only prevents heart attacks, but can reverse the damage that contributes to heart attacks, as well. Combined with Lysine, the effects are truly amazing. Dr. Gifford Jones, who formulated Medi C Plus, did so with the intention of helping people prevent heart attacks. Vitamin C and Lysine work together to build collagen, which strengthens and holds together the coronary cells. Inadequate amounts of the vitamin C mean poor collagen. Coronary cells then fall apart. Coronary arteries closest to the heart receive the greatest pressure and without enough vitamin C, the collagen weakens. This sets the stage for heart attack. Studies have shown, however, that vitamin C + lysine can help reverse the process.

Medi C Plus boosts the immune system, helps your body to detoxify safely, and the only side effect, when taken in large doses, is loose stools. You can take it until your hearts content. If you begin having uncomfortable loose stools, ease back on the dosage. This supplement comes in powder form which mixes into your water or juice for easy absorption in the body. For those who prefer, there are also capsules.

StoneCleanse-Maximum-StrengthSHAEL’S LIVER CLEANSE

Surrey Natural Foods is fortunate to have met and teamed up with Shael Stonebridge RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist), who created this fantastic, best-selling product and also hosts a wellness centre on Saturdays in our store. Shael’s liver cleanse is a simple, natural product that promotes health through gentle liver cleansing in easy to understand steps.

Shael’s Liver Cleanse will help your body excrete tiny gallstones and prevent them from creating serious medical conditions. The liver cleanse also helps you to lose weight, gain alertness, increase energy, reduce food cravings, and prevent flus and colds. The best part is that Shael will walk you through the steps. This product comes in four strengths: Maximum Strength, Regular Strength, Gentle Strength and Most Gentle Strength.


If you are ready to take control of your health and haven’t yet incorporated the above supplements into your health program, ask yourself if some of them might just be what you’re missing. There is a reason our customers come back for these products over and over again. Because they work.

For more information about these products or to book an appointment with Shael for free health advice in our store, please contact us. To order any of the featured supplements, click on them in the body of this article.



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