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22
FEB

4 Supplements for Eye Health

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements,Vitamins and Minerals at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Healthy eyes are so important to all of us but it’s not easy to prevent the slow degradation of the eyes. In order to avoid this problem, it is essential to consume certain nutritional and dietary supplements for eye health, so here’s a list of 4 supplements for eye health.

1. Lutein: a highly essential supplements for eye health, lutein forms a protective shield and prevents formation of cataracts as well as macular degeneration in the eyes. This antioxidant is the primary carotenoid present in the central area of the retina called the macula. People with high intakes of the carotenoid lutein have been reported to be at a low risk for cataracts. Lutein also protects the retina from damage caused by sunlight and studies have shown that supplementation can be helpful to people with both early and advanced stages of the disease.

2. Vitamin A: required in large doses to ensure proper functioning of the retina, deficiency of vitamin A may cause ocular disorders like xeropthalmia or night blindness. Often recommend by doctors to correct a deficiency, vitamin A also plays a vital role in preventing dryness in the eyes.

3. Beta Carotene: directly related to vitamin A, supplementation of beta-carotene helps the body convert into vitamin A, correcting such a deficiency and improving vision and related issues such as night blindness. Additionally, studies have shown that long-term beta-carotene supplementation slowed the loss of cognitive function in middle-aged healthy males.

4. Selenium: this essential mineral is a good source of natural antioxidants and can be a useful supplement to maintain good eye health. Found in many multivitamins and multimineral products, selenium is known to regulate thyroid and prevent thyroid eye disease, also know known as Graves’ disease, a condition that can affect your eyes.

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17
FEB

3 Amazing Benefits of Prenatal Yoga

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Women's Health at 8:00 am | By: Guest Blogger

Pregnancy is a time of monumental transformation. How can Prenatal Yoga support you during this incredible journey?

Physical Body:  Your body is stretching from the inside to make room for a second human to share the space within, and your organs are being displaced to accommodate your new roommate.  Symptoms from sciatica to nausea to varicose veins can make physical existence uncomfortable.  While pregnancy is a joy and a miracle it also comes with discomfort.

Yoga directly addresses common physical discomforts through postures that release, tone, and enliven muscles, ligaments, organs, and nerves.  When you move through yoga postures, your whole body takes part in a dance that moves blood and fluids to purify the body’s systems.

Labor and birth can be long and hard.  It deserves no less attention than training for a marathon does.  And if you want a training regimen for labor, yoga is it. All the key movements that help a baby be born are replicated in yoga postures.  By moving in spirals, circles, toning and releasing the pelvic floor, opening the hips, and breathing deeply into all parts of your lungs, you prepare for the big day when your body will facilitate bringing a new human being onto the earth.

Emotional Body:  Beyond the physical transformation that pregnancy instigates, there’s the emotional impact.  The hormone soup that bathes your inner world and regulates your emotions is suddenly shaken.  Beyond that, you know in some vague sort of way that the freedom to sleep for a whole night is about to be revoked for years.  Anxiety, depression, anger, obsessive thoughts, and sadness may flow unpredictably and erratically through the lives of many pregnant women.

Yoga supports your emotional well being by bringing balance to your mind, deepening your perspective, and releasing emotional energy from your body’s tissues.  This is supported by postures and breathing techniques that help to move energy/prana through the body and of course meditation, which provides some distance between the “I” and the thought that creates or reinforces the emotion.   The ancient wisdom of yogic philosophy can also support a balanced and resilient mental/emotional complex.  We learn about santosha, or radical acceptance; shraddha or faith/trust in what is; and viveka, or discernment between the thoughts that serve us and those that don’t.

Spiritual Body:  A new human being – mind, body, and soul – is being born within you.  The deepest mystery of the universe is taking place within you.  And it’s changing your sense of self, your identity.  The individual that you have experienced yourself to be for decades will be no more, as your destiny is joined to a tiny being that will depend entirely on you.

Yoga helps you to embrace the spiritual transformation that is inherent to pregnancy and harness it to support a deepening awareness of the timeless YOU that lives beneath all definitions and circumstances.  It invites you to explore deeper and deeper levels of “Self”, integrating and synthesizing them as you go.  It prompts you to ask yourself the most important questions and find the answers hidden within the depth of your breath, resting in intuition and relationship to spirit.

It’s no wonder that during this journey that really has no parallel in ordinary life, women seek out a yoga practice because it is so complete.  An ancient practice steeped with wisdom, yet one that is evolving over the years to serve the ever-changing culture we live within.

This wisdom and much more can be found in Birthing Mama® an online holistic pregnancy program.

BIO: Corinne Andrews is the founder and head author of Birthing Mama®. As the owner of Yoga Center Amherst, a senior Embodyoga® teacher and the Co-founder of the local Birthing Mama Yoga, she has been teaching yoga to people of all ages and abilities since 2003.  In addition to classes, Corinne teaches private yoga sessions for health and healing. She is the mother of two children who are her greatest spiritual teachers and the focus of her life when she is not practicing or teaching yoga or experimenting in the garden and kitchen.

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12
FEB

5 Healing Benefits of Hugging

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 4:31 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it can seem like love is everywhere you look for it – chocolate, flowers, those little heart-shaped candies that seem to only be available in February (the month’s version of Halloween candy corn).

Love, of course, is not just limited to presents, junk food and tchotchkes. Valentine’s Day can be physical, too, including the simple act of enveloping your loved one in a warm embrace. Research shows that when you give someone a hug your brain produces oxytocin — the love hormone. This substance has many benefits, including some we listed below:

Reduce Stress

When you wrap your arm around someone you care for your cortisol levels – which measures what is referred to as the “stress hormone” – take a nosedive. Secreted in high amounts during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, the security that comes along with a comforting hug from a loved one helps keep this hormone in check.

Support Your Ticker

Research from University of North Carolina showed that a good hug can help ease blood flow lower a person’s heart rate.

Fight Fatigue

One 10-second hug per day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your stamina and energy levels.

Boost Immune Function

Hugging creates pressure on the sternum which activates the Solar Plexus chakra, stimulating the thymus gland. This gland is responsible for regulating white blood cell production, which helps keep our bodies disease-free.

Improve Mood

So-called “happy hormones” such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, AKA the pleasure hormone, are released when we hug.  Keeping these hormones elevated can help fight depression and Parkinson’s disease.

Now for the fun part: go hug it out!

 

 

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11
FEB

3 Natural Ways to Battle Cholesterol

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

A well-balanced diet and exercise are proven ways to reduce cholesterol but another natural way can really make a difference in your treatment. Natural products for cholesterol have been one of the most popular supplements for many years for a simple reason: they are efficient. If you are not familiar with these, here are 3 natural ways to battle cholesterol.

1. Red Yeast Rice

Red yeast rice has been a hot-selling item for cholesterol for many years. This all-natural product has been tested in many different ways and has been shown to lower cholesterol as well as a statin drug. Most red yeast rice supplements are similar to the ones used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. A number of pharmaceutical drugs contain the exact same ingredient, red yeast rice, in their formulations.

2. Omega-3 Supplements

Omega-3 supplements are good for overall health but they are also a great way to regulate cholesterol. The popular “fish-oil” offers a combination of EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), the two most beneficial types of omega-3 fats. Doctors recommend 1000mg a day and you can choose from softgel products as well as the liquid form. A good tip: look for enteric-coated products which are designed to dissolve in the intestines instead of the stomach, avoiding the unpleasant fishy burps.

3. Policosanol

Rounding up our list, we present you policosanol. Made from sugar cane, this all-natural supplement has been known to be effective in lowering cholesterol as well as maintaining normal HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. Policosanol has powerful antioxidant capabilities that inhibit oxidation of cholesterol. The long-chain alcohols found in policosanol are present in many foods of plant origin but supplemental policosanol is typically extracted from sugar cane or beeswax.

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27
JAN

10 Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Supplements at 10:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Looking for some ways to boost your mood and motivation even on the darkest of chilly days this winter? We present you 10 ways to avoid the winter blues this season.

1. Take Vitamin D supplements

Increasing your vitamin D intake should be a priority in the winter months. The body reserves of this immune-boosting vitamin fall dangerously low at this time of the year. Taking vitamin D supplements can be very helpful to compensate the lack of sun exposure, one of the best ways to produce vitamin D.

2. Spend Time Outside

Try to enjoy the snow and the cold weather instead of always avoiding it. Ice-skating, snowboarding and sledding are fun activities you may want to give a try this winter. If you are not into winter action, take some pictures as snow and ice can make wonderful stages for beautiful photos.

3. Exercise

No matter the time of the year, exercising is always great! Exercise helps your mind by releasing those feel good chemicals that improve your mood. One of the best ways to fight off depression and stay in shape, exercising in the winter can be done either indoor or, for the braves ones, outdoors.

4.Aromatherapy

For many people, aromatherapy is the best way to lift your spirits. Smells can be a big source of comfort and evoke memories of happier times. Studies have shown that aromatherapy can be an effective supplementary treatment for people with depressive symptoms.

5. Be Social

Stay social during the winter months. Invite family and friends over, go for walks, or start a group activity. These are some of the great ways to stay “connected” and happy during the cold days.

6. Enjoy Hibernation

Why not? One of the best ways to stay happy during the winter is enjoying “hibernation”. Stay home, watch movies, read a book, eat some popcorn, or drink hot chocolate, that’s just a few ideas to help you enjoy the “indoors”.

7. Get More Lights in Your Home

In some northern places, lack of light during the winter has been linked to depression. With shorter days and shorter sunlight, lighting up your home can be helpful to keep your mood and energy up.

8. Relax

Spending time doing nothing can also help. Catch up on your sleep, take a long bath, or relax for a whole morning or a whole day if you can. Try yoga to alleviate stress and leave you with a calm energy. Relaxation is one of the best ways to avoid winter blues.

9. Go on a Trip

Travelling is always fun. Going from a cold place to a warmer paradise makes it even more fun. Enjoying a winter trip, even if it’s a short weekend one, can be a wonderful way to stay happy.

10. Sleep Well

People naturally want to sleep a little bit more during the winter. Try to catch up with your sleep when it’s cold outside. Aim for 7-8 hours each night, and try to keep your bedtime and waking time consistent, normalizing sleeping patters and getting more daily energy.

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17
JAN

7 Medicinal Teas that Heal

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Herbs,Teas at 9:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Teas have been used medicinally for years. During the winter months, we often look for some help from teas to battle common health issues. So, here’s a helpful list of 7 medicinal teas that heal.

1. Echinacea

One of the most popular healing teas, Echinacea stimulates the body’s immune system to fight off bacterial and viral attacks. This delicious herbal tea is known to fight off colds, relive pain and reduce inflammation.

2. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is one of the best options for people looking for calming, relaxing teas. This soothing tea has mild sedative properties which can help relieve anxiety and promote better sleep. It is also a good option to treat indigestion and nausea.

3. Goldenseal

Often combined with Echinacea, this tea is also known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. The chemical berberine in goldenseal activates white blood cells that destruct viruses, bacteria, fungi.

4. Mint

One of the most flavorful, refreshing options, mint tea helps minimize congestion, is a mild expectorant for a chest cold or bronchitis, and can also reduce stomach pain. Despite many varieties available, most mint teas offer similar healing properties, whether you choose spearmint or peppermint, as the active component is menthol.

5. Lemon

Lemon tea is an excellent source of vitamin C, known for multiple health benefits. Lemons contain bioflavonoids that help maintain adequate levels of vitamin C in every cell of your body, boosting immune system function and promote overall health. If you do not like the taste of lemon tea, add some honey or just add a slice of lemon to your favorite tea.

6. Cinnamon

The smell of cinnamon has many tea lovers listing this as their number one tea. Cinnamon offers anti-bacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties and contains an excellent amount of immune-boosting antioxidants. Among the benefits, cinnamon increase blood flow and improve circulation as well as soothe a sore throat and reduce cold symptoms.

7. Ginger

Ginger is one of the best options to heal cough and cold. It is also widely used to reduce nausea and prevent or treat motion sickness. Some people may not enjoy the taste of ginger teas but a quick fix is to add a spoon of natural honey to your hot beverage.

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23
DEC

More than Muscles: 4 Reasons to Start Taking Creatine

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Sports Nutrition at 6:00 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

 

When you think of creatine, you probably think of a bunch of guys pumping iron in the gym. What you don’t know is that creatine has a long list of benefits that goes well beyond the gym.

Fountain of Youth – On a cellular level, creatine supports skin function by supporting regeneration of cells and connective tissue.  With an increase in cellular turnover, collagen and elastin are working harder to slow down the hands of time.

Heart of Gold – Research has shown that supplementation can lower triglycerides which lowers the risk of heart disease. Those who suffer from congestive heart failure can also benefit from creatine by increasing their muscle strength, muscle mass and physical endurance.

Does a Body Good – Creatine increases muscle strength and muscle size. As we age, are body experiences a drop in growth hormone.  By preserving this muscle, not only do we avoid sarcopenia (muscle loss) but we can prevent osteoporosis too!

Sharp as a Tack – Our brain cells require a lot of energy to function on a metabolic level.  Research has shown through creatine supplementation we can increase our short and long term memory.

Recently, more and more studies have shown other therapeutic benefits of creatine for the treatment of chronic diseases including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Muscular Dystrophy. Our lifestyle choices can contribute to many of these diseases so why not make the healthy choice to age gracefully with the help of creatine.

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21
DEC

Why Be Mindful?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mindfulness at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

 

We go through life day by day almost as if we are on autopilot. We wake up, go to work, come home, cook dinner, go to sleep and do it all over again the next day. Maybe your daily routine changes through out the day but the basis for your day is still the same. All of the stress, worry, anger etc. associated with our daily activities can lead to numerous health-related problems. Anxiety and depression are just two conditions that more and more Americans are starting to unfortunately become familiar with.  Just because our days seem more and more worse off by the minute doesn’t mean your anxiety and depression has to as well.

In a recent article researchers found that mindfulness for the treatment of anxiety and depression was as effective as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is one of the most frequently used psychotherapeutic modalities.  It has also been used worldwide as a stress reduction technique. But what does it mean to be mindful? Mindfulness is becoming aware to what is happening to us moment by moment. In other words mindfulness is all about being present.  In order to practice mindfulness you must pay precise nonjudgmental attention to all of your experiences both physical and mental. This means that instead of rejecting a feeling because it is bad or good you learn to cope with this feeling by not labeling it. Mindfulness teaches us to be present for all of our daily activities instead of being on “autopilot.”

With the craziness that the holidays bring into our already stressful lives try looking into meditation techniques that might help reduce some of the stress this holiday season. Also use mindfulness to enjoy the happy moments and be present for all the joy the holiday season may bring into your life.

 

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18
DEC

Wellness tips for a Healthier You

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author

 

Let’s face it; the holidays are a time for family, joy, food, and unfortunately the ever-present unwanted stress.  A new year brings new beginnings and new opportunities. Opportunities to start making time for yourself so you get your health back, or at least improve on it.  Whether you want to shed a couple pounds, detox, find more energy, or just feel better these simple tips will help you get 2015 off on the right foot.

  • Sleep – Everyone knows the importance of sleep. Let’s face it.  You can’t start your day off on the right foot, if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Sleep deprivation has been shown to affect not only your immune system but also your cardiovascular system.  Sleep deprivation has been linked to diabetes, obesity, and decreased mental health. Every night you should aim for 7-9 hours of sleep in a dark room.  Cover any light producing objects as it has been shown to affect sleep patterns.  A great tip for a better nights sleep is to hide the alarm clock. Don’t worry about how much sleep you have left by watching the clock and just enjoy your sweet dreams.
  • Exercise – Regular exercise has many benefits. Exercising daily has been shown to improve sleep quality so long as you don’t workout too close to bedtime.  Exercise, such as a brisk 30 minute walk stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.  A daily exercise routine is a great way to control weight, combat health conditions, and boost your energy.  It is also a great way to battle the stress of your day.
  • Diet – Diets are one of the keys to wellness. If we don’t give our bodies the proper nutrients, then it won’t be able to function properly. Eating a diverse diet that contains fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, and fat is very important.  In 2015, try cutting back on the sugars, reducing your intake of white bread and limiting those unnecessary processed foods.  Instead, try to increase foods like avocado, artichokes, asparagus, kale and the many other foods that help support your natural detox pathways.
  • Get outside – Being in nature is the way we are supposed to live our lives. There is a great deal of research being done on the benefits of being in a green environment, and no I am not talking about recycling and energy efficient environments. I am actually talking about being in nature or near green plants. One research article found children with ADD/ADHD had fewer symptoms when activities were carried out in a green or natural outdoor setting such as parks, woods, farms, etc. Another set of research showed that surgery patients in a hospital with rooms that had a view of a tree, had shorter visits, fewer negative evaluative comments from nurses, and even took fewer moderate to strong analgesic doses. In the New Year, try getting out of the cafeteria and eating your lunch outside.   Take a walk in the park or near patches of green, and buy some plants to keep in the house.

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25
NOV

7 Ways to Practice Gratitude

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

We all wish we could live in a world full of joy and happiness. Joy and gratitude are spiritual practices that can help human interconnectedness and promote better lives. We often do not realize how wonderful life is and do not recognize how good things really are. Practicing gratitude can be an excellent way to promote happiness and bring better days for you, your family and your friends. Here is 7 ways to practice gratitude:

 

1. Say “Thank You”

Say these two magic words can really make a difference. It is always nice to hear that from our partner, kids, parents or friends. Sometimes we are so used to people doing the little things in life like cooking, cleaning, making breakfast, taking the trash out, that we forget to appreciate these small gestures.  Say “thank you” frequently, as often as you can.

2. Call your family members frequently

Call your mother, father, or grandparents just to check in. Tell them something about your life, share some good news, even if those news are not so important. Ask them if they need any help or maybe find an activity that can be done together.

3. Don’t forget anniversaries

Birthdays and anniversaries are special occasions and a great time to practice gratitude. With today’s technology, it is a lot easier to remember these moments and celebrate special days with your loved ones.

4. Respect the nature

Showing gratitude does not necessary have to be towards people. Promoting gratitude can be a simple gesture to show respect and kindness to the Mother Nature as well as pets or animals. Cleaning up your street or a public area nearby can be a great way to help, not just the environment but other people too. You can be sure that some people will be grateful to your simple gesture.

5. Expand your understanding

People are different and have different opinions and views about many things in life. Many times we argue and even fight just because we are unable to accept differences. You do not have to change your opinion about a subject but you can expand your understanding towards other ideas or point of views.

6. Thank the people behind the service

We come across many people in life that are also part of our life for short moments. Think of the barista, the bank teller, the cashier at the grocery store and many others who are somehow quickly, but often, part of our life. Take a minute to sincerely thank them for the ease they bring to your life.

7. Write a Letter of Gratitude

One of the most common ways to show gratitude is to write a letter. Send one to a teacher, coworker, mentor, coach, friend or anyone who has made a difference in your life.

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24
NOV

Wonderful Aromatherapy!

Filed Under: Announcements & News,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Aromatherapy has become one of the most popular therapies and the number of practitioners continue to grow year after year. If you are one of the few people still not familiar with this amazing therapy, here is a quick guide to introduce you to aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy, also known as essential oils therapy, uses a plant’s aroma-producing oils, called essential oils, to treat disease. Essential oils are taken from a plant’s flowers, leaves, stalks, bark, rind, or roots and then mixed with other substances such as oil, alcohol, or lotion. The end result is used as a product that people can apply onto the skin as well as spray in the air or inhale. You can also massage the oils into the skin or pour them into bath water. Originated in Europe, aromatherapy has been practiced in the old continent since the early 1900s.

Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. The oils are thought to interact with the body’s hormones and may cause changes in blood pressure, pulse, and other body functions. In addition, aromatherapy may promote relaxation and help relieve stress. Studies have shown that regular therapy may help treat a wide range of physical and mental conditions, including burns, infections, depression, insomnia, and high blood pressure.

Practitioners of aromatherapy are often licensed health professionals such as massage therapists, nurses, and counselors. They may have experience and training in aromatherapy but it is important to talk with your doctor to see whether aromatherapy may be helpful and safe for your specific health condition.

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19
NOV

4 Tips for Healthy Living

Filed Under: Exercise and Fitness,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Mental Wellbeing at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

 

Healthy living is such a popular subject these days. Magazines, TV shows, radio programs, all seem to approach this interesting and, why not, fun subject. As we discuss what makes healthy living possible, there are little things we can do in life to achieve our goals. So, here we list 4 tips for healthy living:

1. Nature Walks: Walking in the nature is one of the most relaxing, enjoyable things to do. Getting some fresh air is essential for most people who live busy lives, particularly the ones working in offices and inside buildings for most of the week. The contact with the nature can also bring so much energy to people and is considered by many one of the best stress-relief activities.

2. Eat fruits every day: Eating fruits is an excellent way to promote healthy living but not just because they provide a lot of vitamins and minerals. Along with the healthy nutrients, eating fruits can be an excellent way to replace bad habits. For example, blueberries instead of cookies, a glass of orange juice instead of a soda, an apple instead of a cigarette break and so on.

3. A Stress-Relieve Day: Take one day of the week to relax. OK, if you cannot take a whole day, take a half day, or a shift: a morning, an afternoon or a night. We often work 5 days and have two days off. Take some time to really enjoy yourself and relax. No alarm-clock, no cooking, no laundry and, if possible, enough sleeping or some time outdoors.

4. Turn off the TV: This may be a difficult one for many people but taking a break from watching TV can be very healthy. Go for a walk instead, or work in the garden, organize some of your personal stuff. Try to do something that does not give you the chance to watch TV, or have the TV on when you are doing something else.

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9
NOV

What’s New? Balanced Guru

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Balanced Guru is a recently added premium line of certified organic skin, body, hair and energy products, now available at LuckyVitamin.com.

Balanced Guru offers unique products created and developed to help you find balance in every aspect of your being. All products can help balance your beauty through physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. By combining ancient eastern wisdom with modern western science, the company has unique formulations to integrate the benefits of aromatherapy and wholesome ingredients to balance your health and beauty.

Beauty and health starts from within, thus, Balanced Guru believes in simultaneously nurturing body, mind and spirit in everything we do. Additionally, Balanced Guru was created with a conscious and passionate commitment to promote the wellbeing of customers and the planet we all share. The company crafts wholesome products that are certified organic, cruelty-free, and sustainable while limiting the environmental impact and maximizing the social impact by giving it back to communities.

The company only uses ingredients and materials that are safe for our bodies and the environment, including raw ingredients which are always natural, certified organic and come from sustainable harvesting. All jars and bottles are made with 100% recycled and recyclable post-consumer resin. In addition, all packaging, marketing and shipping materials are made with 100% recycled and recyclable paper, and labels and formulations are 100% biodegradable, free of harmful chemicals and toxins.

Save even more when you shop Balanced Guru products at LuckyVItamin.com. Just enter the promo code NOV14NEW15 to save 15% on all items of the new brand.

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7
NOV

Natural Beauty- Limitless Possibilities Where Health & Beauty Coexist

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing at 4:46 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor

“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi

When the great thinkers of their day wrote about beauty, you’ll often find they trained their thoughtful gaze on the same thing: nature.

Lord Byron and Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote extensively about the natural wonder of the world. So did artists as disparate as Andy Warhol and Vincent Van Gogh. Mahatma Gandhi, Socrates and Confucious all marveled at its splendor.

Even a man of science, such as Albert Einstein, was not immune to the glory of natural beauty, once saying, “Our task must be to free ourselves …by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

When making beauty-related choices, it’s important to know what you are purchasing. It may be helpful to keep this question in mind: “Knowing what chemicals were used to make this product, would I put this IN my body?” If you wouldn’t, then why would you put it ON your body, only to let it be absorbed by your largest organ, your skin?

It’s the old, and not particularly eloquent, adage of garbage in/garbage out, only in reverse.  By using natural, non-toxic personal care products, your body creates its own self-perpetuating cycle of healthy living. You’ll find that you’ll look as great as you always have, but you’ll feel better and have more energy to direct towards positive, more fulfilling pursuits such as yoga, exercise and long neglected hobbies.

Achieving real beauty and a state of total peace with oneself is only possible through personal discipline and by making a conscious decision to adopt a healthier, cleaner lifestyle. By doing so, you open yourself up to limitless possibilities and the opportunity to walk the path to more fulfilling life where health and beauty peacefully co-exist.

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7
NOV

10 Healthy Uses for Honey

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

The health benefits of honey have been known for years but it seems there’s always a new use for honey. Unprocessed whole food honey may be an excellent addition to your diet as the honey is never heated or strained, and contains all the pollen, propolis, vitamins, honeycomb, live enzymes and trace minerals the bees put into it If you still unsure about its healthy beenfits, here’s 10 Healthy Uses for Honey:

1. Energy Booster: Honey has amazing energy enhancing properties. For your morning coffee, switch sugar for honey for a daily energy boost or add it to your tea for a mid-afternoon extra energy kick.

2. Soothe Sore Throats and Coughs: honey is an excellent alternative to soothe sore throats. Just mix a tablespoon of honey with the juice of one lemon and drink. Honey is also an excellent ingredient for cough drops.

3. Sugar Substitute in Baking: for every cup of sugar a recipe calls for, replace it with 3/4 cup of honey. For best results, add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda, reduce another liquid in your recipe by 1/4 cup, and reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

4. Promote Mental Alertness: honey can promote mental alertness and is a great product to be added for situations when you just need to be alert. Add a spoon of honey to your beverage when studying, working long hours, or driving, especially at night.

5. Relieve Hangovers: a few tablespoons of honey may help reducing hangovers by speeding up your body’s metabolism of alcohol. Honey contains a lot of fructose, very needed during “those rough days”.

6. Moisturize Dry Skin: honey is a fantastic moisturizer, especially on dry patches, like your elbows or hands. Several personal care products contain honey in their formulations but you can also apply the raw product into your skin. Just rub onto your dry, patchy skin and let it sit for about 30 minutes before washing off.

7. Remove Acne. Stubborn acne can really benefit from a small daily dab of honey. Place a Band-Aid over the pimple, and take it off 30 minutes later. The results of this old trick may surprise you.

8. Use as a supplement/multivitamin: Honey and its related products such as propolis and royal jelly are also an excellent source of nutrients. Most whole food honey products contain proteins, amino acids, fatty acids, lipids, minerals and a multitude of vitamins such as B1, B2, B6, niacin, biotin and folic acid.

9. Condition Damaged Hair: honey is a great natural conditioner. Just add a teaspoon of natural honey to your regular shampoo to smooth your damaged locks. You can also combine it with olive oil for a deeper conditioning. Let it soak for 20 minutes with your hair wrapped in a towel before shampooing as usual.

10. Heal Wounds, Cuts, Scrapes, and Burns: honey works as a natural antiseptic. So, simply apply honey to the affected area and wait for 20-30 minutes to heal cuts or burns.

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