Sunburn happens. Safe the say most people have experience, at least once in their lifetime, the uncomfortable sensation of sunburn. Every now and then even the most careful people forget to apply sunblock or miss a certain spot, resulting is the painful, redness of sunburn.
One of the best ways to reduce blistering and redness is to treat sunburn immediately. Apply a cold, damp towel on your skin for 15 minutes to help take some of the heat out of your skin. Another great way to start treatment is to take a cold shower and try not to dry yourself, leaving water on the skin to minimize dryness.
Then, look for Aloe Vera, a natural moisturizing product known to stop burning sensations and prevent swelling. This incredible plant-product can help treat sunburn and is also an excellent choice to prevent more serious long-term skin problems such as scarring, wrinkles, dark spots, and melanoma.
Aloe Vera contains 150 vitamins, minerals, and trace elements, including zinc, calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, manganese, potassium, amino acids, and selenium. The glycoproteins and the lidocaine in Aloe Vera relieve pain and inflammation as the polysaccharides help repair damaged skin cells and trigger the formation of new ones.
Aloe Vera juice forms a protective layer over burned and peeling skin, hydrating it and holding moisture in. It penetrates deep into the damaged skin layers and reduces the pain and swelling associated with it. The best of Aloe Vera is that it has no side effects as it contains no harmful ingredients and is safe to use for children as well.
There are few worse feelings than being completely, hopelessly devoid of energy. Think those times when even the most basic thoughts and movements require Herculean levels of effort to complete. Caffeine stimulants and sugary drinks might be the obvious quick-fix solutions to these debilitating scenarios, but they mostly act as short-term band-aids that wear off quickly and wreak havoc on your adrenals.
Next time you need a pick-me-up, try any of these four easy and FREE ways to boost your energy naturally, instead.
Water vs. coffee. Let’s be honest, on the surface this is hardly a fair fight. If you’re dragging, chances are you’re reaching for your mug over your water bottle every time. However, water holds a few subtle advantages in the energy department that you may not be aware of. Chief among them is that the oxygen in water travels to each cell of your body, stimulating cognitive and nerve functions. And here’s one more battle that water is going to win each and every time – it’s free!
In order to stay healthy, our bodies require at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. However, just over 70% of Americans fall short (some significantly so) of that benchmark. One way to ease into a peaceful night’s slumber is through the practice of mediation. Take things to the next level by adding a relaxing lavender diffuser to your next night’s session. If you’re not quite ready to incorporate meditation into your daily regimen, the simplest thing you can do to catch more Z’s is to turn your bedroom into a device-free zone. The photoreceptors in your retinas get confused by the exposure to light given off by devices in the evening hours, so fight the urge to rattle off those late-night texts and emails for a more productive tomorrow.
Ditch the Sugar
Sure, sugar may give you that quick shot of energy that your body craves, but the rush is only short term. Consuming sugar triggers your body’s insulin response, which counteracts the sugar that you just consumed, inevitably leaving you more tired than before! Reaching for another sugary drink or snack just perpetuates the vicious circle. It’s a tough habit to kick, but breaking the sugar cycle is a key factor in helping you stay on point and maintain a healthy and productive energy level over the long haul.
When you engage in any kind of mildly strenuous physical activity your heart pumps more oxygen and nutrients into your bloodstream, which kicks your cardiovascular system into a higher gear, helping you feel more spry and energetic. Instead of staying tethered to your desk during your lunch hour, get your blood pumping with a brisk walk, instead.
Overeating is a common problem. Having digestive problems regularly should be so common. It may take time, and sometimes a visit to a doctor, for some people to realize the difference between just eating a little bit too much more than you should and feeling too full because your digestive system isn’t working properly. A few supplements can be helpful, so we present you 4 supplements to improve digestion.
Known as one of the best products to support the digestive system, probiotics contain living organics such as bacteria and yeast that can help improve gut flora composition. Some probiotic products can also provide relief from diarrhea as well as minimize symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
2. Digestive Enzymes
Digestive enzymes can help in many different ways from speeding up digestion to alleviating constipation, from reducing the full feeling to minimizing bloating. These supplements contain a variety of ingredients known to enhance digestion and can also help with food absorption, increasing the amount of vitamins and minerals people get from food.
Fiber is known to bulk up stools and relieve constipation but this natural product can also help digestion on a regular basis. An ingredient in laxatives, psyllium has high fiber content and it’s able to absorb water in the intestines. That makes the stool bulky and easier to pass. It’s important when treating constipation to drink plenty of fluids.
4. Betaine HCL
Betaine HCL is known to help alleviate heartburn and can be taken on a regular basis. Additionally, betaine HCL also has the ability to help the stomach break down fats and proteins from food, assisting in the general detoxification processes in the body. It is an essential component for metabolizing and absorbing food, and is particularly needed for assimilating proteins, vitamin B12, calcium, and iron.
Allergies are an immune response by the body to various substances—many of which aren’t necessarily harmful. However, because the body thinks these substances are damaging, it develops a response to inhibit the substance from advancing further into body and attempts to rid itself of the substance as quick as possible. This is why a person has symptoms like swollen tissues, sneezing, congestions, and runny eyes and nose. These symptoms are the body’s defense led by the chemical histamine.
In order to treat the symptoms, some doctors and medical professionals suggest medicated nasal sprays that have decongestants, antihistamines, or a steroid, aimed to treat symptoms. They block histamine, impede mucus production, or constrict blood vessels to decrease inflammation. All of this may help to reduce symptoms and help a person feel better.
However, relieving the symptoms doesn’t get rid of the cause of the problem—the allergens. In fact, medicated nasal sprays go against the body’s natural defenses. If the allergens are allowed to stay in the system, then the body can still react to them, and when the medication quits, the symptoms could come back. Some medicated nasal sprays can actually make symptoms worse after you stop using them or even be habit-forming. The body becomes even more congested unless the decongestant is used consistently.
Luckily there’s an alternative to the medicated nasal spray, Xlear Nasal Spray. Xlear works with the body to rid itself of contaminants and relieve congestion due to allergies. Xlear is a hypertonic solution, meaning it pulls the extra moisture out of swollen, inflamed tissues. This opens up the airway. The additional moisture and saline also thin the mucus, which traps the contaminants, helping it to leave the body more quickly. Since the contaminants are out of the body, it doesn’t produce histamine and you don’t have the unwanted symptoms. Xlear is natural and non-medicated. It can be used as much as needed, by anyone of any age.
Along with Xlear Nasal Spray, the Xlear Sinus Care line also has a neti pot, and rinse bottle so you can have the benefits of the patented Xlear solution in a more thorough cleanse. Enjoy outside again. Breathe better with Xlear.
You spent all day soaking up the sun only to wake up the next day with a wicked burn and a deep yearning for a bottle of aloe vera to dull the pain. Sound familiar?
Some of the worst burns happen on overcast days when cloud-filled skies can cause even the most faithful sun worshippers to (unwisely) skip the screen, unknowing that 80% of the sun’s UV rays can easily slice through the typical cloud coverage. Even if you do apply, just because you lather up your legs, arms and face doesn’t mean that you’re completely protected.
Here are some oft overlooked spots that need some sunscreen love!
Ears – When you apply sunscreen to your face don’t forget the ears. Whether you’re driving or wearing a baseball hat, remember that your ears are exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. A recent study from the Skin Cancer Foundation found the ears to be one of the most common places to find skin cancer.
Scalp – Greasy hair, don’t care! Apply sunscreen on your hair or (if you’re follicley challenged) scalp to prevent a painful burn. Even better, wear a hat (but see above about making sure your ears are protected). A team of researcher at UNC found that the most deadly melanoma skin cancers occur on this area of your body. Tip: use a Q-tip for an easy, clean application.
Tops of Feet – Did you know the soles of feet have a layer of dead skin cells which protect against UV rays? Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the tops of our feet which, of course, actuallyface the sun. Plus, getting burnt here is pretty painful especially if you have to wear shoes.
Lips – Whether you’re sipping on a tropical smoothie or eating some healthy snack on the beach, lip protection can come off pretty easily, so reapplying is always a good idea. Our top pick combines organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and vitamin E to protect your lips under the harshest conditions.
Tops of Hands – Our hands show age and sun spots before our face. Reapplying here is key, especially if you wash your hands a lot. Here’s a little tip from us: use face sunscreen on your hands. It’s loaded with ingredients to prevent further damage. This ultra-sheer lotion features fruit stem cells to diminish photo-aging and stimulate healthy cell renewal for age-defying benefits
Probiotics balance the spectrum of live organisms that naturally colonize the human GI tract. Probiotic bacteria is essential for healthy digestion, ensures the intestinal lining stays up to par and aids in the detoxification process.
Immune Support – Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located within your digestive system? Simply put: a healthy gut equals a healthy you! Without a good probiotic, your body cannot absorb fiber, sugars or starches. The good bacteria in your GI tract converts carbs into energy and nutrients for your body.
Childhood Allergies – A recent study found that women who took probiotics during pregnancy had a 30 percent reduction in the instance of childhood eczema (an early sign of allergies) in their infants.
Weight Control – Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than those whose weights fell in the “normal” range. Weight factors including metabolism, hormones and inflammation are all influenced by gut health andprobiotics can help restore this system back to balance.
Women’s Health – Probiotics play an important role in maintaining balance and preventing bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections in women. Also, L. acidophilius can not only help prevent infection but can help manage active ones.
Urinary Health – If you suffer from frequent UTI then you need a probiotic, stat! The good bacteria may help fight off bad bacteria that can invade your urinary tract.
Infant Health – Colicky babies can benefit from a probiotic. According to Italian researchers, infants given probiotics during the first three months of life appear to have fewer bouts of colic. And it can also help with constipation and acid reflux in babies.
This webinar will focus on defining what genetically modified organisms are, how to avoid them and how they might be found in foods and supplements you consume each day. You will also learn about the Non-GMO Project’s practices for GMO avoidance.
Autism awareness has come very far since it was first diagnosed in the 1940’s. Autism spectrum disorder or ASD is a term used for a group of complex disorders that develops early in childhood. It’s characterized by varying degrees of abnormalities in social interaction, verbal as well as non-verbal communication, and repetitive behaviors, interests or activities. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the rate for autism is currently around 1 in 68. Research also shows that the disease is four to five times more common among boys than girls. While the actual etiology of autism at this point is unknown there are many speculations to its cause, some of which include genetics, abnormalities in brain structure or function, obstetric complications, exposure to environmental toxins or prenatal and perinatal infections. Regular screening of infants and toddlers for autism is imperative because early interventions can greatly increase positive outcomes for children with ASD. Autism itself is a very complex disorder and treatment is difficult. Just as there may be no one cause of autism, there is really no one treatment approach and it seems that a multidisciplinary approach may be best. Below are some recommendations for management of ASD.
Special Education, Speech, Behavior, Occupational and Physical Therapy are all critical in the management of children with autism and parents should seek help from therapists as soon as a diagnosis of autism has been made. Parents may experience challenging behaviors from their child and these professionals can offer effective ways to help modify those behaviors.
Diet is a topic that goes hand in hand with autism. There are many diets such as the Ketogenic Diet, Feingold Diet, GAPS Diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Low Oxalate Diet that claim to help children with autism. There has been limited anecdotal evidence that suggests that dietary measures may be helpful. However, in my practice I have seen that diet may play a key role in the intervention of Autism Spectrum Disorder and some of its key symptoms. One of the most talked about dietary intervention in these children includes the removal of gluten and casein from their diets. Gluten is the protein found in wheat and casein makes up the protein found in dairy. While gluten and dairy removal may have noticeable impact on behavior in some children with autism not all families report benefits. When removing gluten or dairy from your children’s diets to see if it is beneficial, it’s important to have 100% strict removal for at least 6-8 weeks.
Many children with autism are not meeting the recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that nutritional imbalances in children with autism are common and some may be very important. It’s important to consult with a trained health care provider who can help you assess your child’s diet and supplement intake to make sure they’re meeting proper recommended intake of nutrients. Below are some common supplements that may be helpful in children with autism. When choosing supplements, make sure they are gluten and dairy free, have no added sugars, limited added fillers/excipients, and are free of artificial colors, dyes, and flavors.
A lot of research has been done in recent years that shed light on the importance of vitamin D. Vitamin D is actually a hormone that has the ability to turn on and off genes. Researchers have begun to look at the role of vitamin D deficiency in children diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. There was a case report out of China that showed improved symptoms in a child with low vitamin D levels after treatment with vitamin D. One research article found an increased prevalence of autism in the USA in regions of greater cloud cover and rainfall. Also in the US the rate of autism for children 6-17 years of age is highest in regions with the lowest solar UVB. These are both factors that influence vitamin D levels in the body. More research is needed and currently being done on the connection between vitamin D and autism.
There is a great deal of research that associates abnormal intestinal or gut flora with ASD development. Therefore, probiotics may play a crucial role in helping to regulate intestinal flora and restore normal gut flora in children diagnosed with autism.
We know fatty acids are essential for the development and proper function of the brain. Several small-scale studies looking at fish oils containing the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have shown that these supplements may lead to improvements in children suffering from ASD. Specifically fish oils may improve hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors and socialization.
Glutathione made up of three amino acids (cysteine, glycine and glutamine), has many functions in the body, one of which is detoxification. The body’s detoxifications systems are important in protecting against both internal as well as external toxins. It is believed that the concentration of reduced glutathione is decreased in children with ASD as well as other factors associated with methylation. According to one study, supplementation with methylcobalamin, the preferred form of supplementation for vitamin B12 and Folinic Acid (a folate derivative), increased concentrations of cysteine, cysteinylglycine and glutathione. The study also found that although the mean metabolite concentrations improved significantly the levels remained below those of the neuro-typical control children.
While there are certainly other supplements that may help improve symptoms of autism these are just a few to start and build a foundation. As always, it is important to consult your child’s health care provider before starting supplementation due to the potential for interactions and side effects.
Low fiber intake may lead to many health issues. Fiber is very important for proper function of the digestive system but yet some people eat very little fiber.
Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal issues caused by insufficient intake of fiber and liquids but there is one product that can really help aid constipation and we are talking about psyllium husks.
Psyllium husks are portions of the seed of the plant Plantago ovata, and this bulking agent swells considerable when added to liquid, helping to support healthy gastrointestinal function. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative and is high in both fiber and mucilage. Psyllium seeds contain 10–30% mucilage. Psyllium forms a gelatinous mass that keeps feces hydrated and soft, provided it is taken with sufficient water. The resulting bulk stimulates a reflex contraction of the walls of the bowel, followed by emptying. It is important to maintain a high water intake when using psyllium.
In addition, psyllium husks can provide additional health benefits as its high fiber content is effective in relieving the symptoms associated with diverticular disease as well as lowering total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Some people with IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, may benefit from bulk-forming laxatives as regular intake of psyllium products may help regulate normal bowel activity and improved symptoms. Adding some psyllium fiber to your diet might lower your chances of developing a set of risk factors for the heart disease called metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome are at significantly higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke and developing diabetes than people without the condition. A review of studies conducted over the past 32 years showed that taking a psyllium supplement helps decrease the risk of developing metabolic syndrome as it seems to improve blood sugar levels, insulin, and blood fats.
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms when the adrenal glands function below the necessary levels. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. People suffering from adrenal fatigue have a difficult time getting out of bed, feel tired at all times, and are always in need of stimulants such as coffee or energy drinks to do basic activities. Supplements can be very helpful to reduce adrenal fatigue, particularly products developed with a combination of ingredients to support adrenal function. Other herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals are also important to maintain proper function in the adrenal glands.
Ashwaghanda may be the most popular herbal supplement for adrenal. Known as an adaptogen, ashwaghanda helps adrenals adjust to stress, producing stress hormones when you need them and stop producing them when you don’t.
Vitamin C is also essential for adrenal function as it can lower the amount of cortisol, norepi, and epinephrine produced in response to physical stress when taken in adequate amounts. Additionally, B vitamins are important to boost energy levels and can be helpful to reduce adrenal fatigue. Vitamin B5 and Vitamin B12 contain a variety of adrenal-boosting nutrients that can help improve adrenal function.
Lastly, magnesium is an important element in adrenal function. Magnesium deficiency increases anxiety and depression, which may lead to improper adrenal function. Plus, if you get stressed out, you tend to lose more magnesium then normal. Maintaining healthy magnesium levels is vital to regulate proper adrenal function.
Hawthorn is a shrub from the rose family which grows throughout the world. Its leaves, berries, and flowers have been used medicinally for years to treat several different health conditions. As we look into the most popular uses of this amazing herb, we present you 3 health benefits from hawthorn.
1. Heart Health
Hawthorn berries, leaves and flowers are a good source of heart-protective antioxidants like oligomeric procyandins and quercetin. Hawthorn supplements may help to treat diseases of the heart and blood vessels such as congestive heart failure (CHF), chest pain, and irregular heartbeat. Plus, hawthorn can help improve the amount of blood pumped out of the heart during contractions, widen the blood vessels, and increase the transmission of nerve signals.
2. Cholesterol Control
Hawthorn products can lower cholesterol, low density lipoprotein LDL, or “bad cholesterol”, by increasing the excretion of bile as well as triglycerides, the fats in the blood. The properties of this herb seem to lower accumulation of fats in the liver and the aorta, the largest artery in the body.
3. Blood Pressure
Hawthorn also seems to have blood pressure-lowering activity, according to researchers. Studies have shown that hawthorn may be used to treat both low blood pressure and high blood pressure. This herb promotes relaxing of the blood vessels farther from the heart due to a component in hawthorn called proanthocyanidin.
Considered by many health experts as the most important nutrient needed by the human body, vitamin D is essential for good health. Known as the sunshine vitamin, D is important to maintain healthy bones as it helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from food sources.
We obtain most of our vitamin D from sunlight exposure but when the sun is not out, people may have problems maintaining healthy vitamin D levels.
It’s widely known that the lack of sunlight causes vitamin D levels to significantly drop during the winter months. Research suggests that very little if any vitamin D can be synthesized in the skin from November through February at latitudes north of 37 degrees (see image) as the sunlight does not have enough UVB radiation. Vitamin D supplements are a great alternative to avoid vitamin D deficiency during the winter months.
Alternatively, some foods are good sources of vitamin D particularly fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel. Meat and eggs also contain good levels of D and a variety of products such as milk, yogurt, and cereals may have added vitamin D.
2016 is almost here. For many people, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. Some people say planning is (almost) everything and one has to agree that for every great project, a ton of planning is needed in order to succeed. It’s no different for resolutions.
Whether you want to lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthy, or start exercising, start planning your resolution right now and you may increase the odds that this year, you will stick with your resolution until you accomplish your goals.
First, it’s important to focus on your goal and line up a few different methods to accomplish it. One of the reasons many people fail at resolutions is a lack of a “plan B”. So, right from start, having an alternative way to reach that goal can be helpful. For example, your goal is to exercise three times a week and you are committed to walking or running. After a couple weeks, your feet are sore, or your leg muscles are hurting. What most people do? They stop, or take a week off, only to never resume exercising again, and the resolution is gone. OK, if you do have pain from exercising on your lower body, have a upper body workout back-up plan, just in case this happens, you can still exercise your upper body for one week or until your lower body is healed and ready to resume your original workout.
Second, believe in yourself. Quitting smoking may be one of the hardest resolutions but it can definitely be accomplished. Many people have tried to quit smoking several times and fail at it every time. Why should this year be different? Time to believe in yourself, time to believe you can do it. One great tip is to spend time with family or friends who are very positive, who encourage you to achieve this goal. Find a little reward for every week, month, you have spent without smoking and perhaps this year will be the one.
Lastly, don’t give up. The most important advice for any resolution. If you fail, start over again, if it’s difficult, find ways to make it easier, if you can’t do it yourself, find help, but don’t give up. 2016 can be the year you finally stick with your New Year’s Resolution!!!
Whey is derived from milk and made up of a combination of protein, lactose, and minerals. Not just for body builders, whey contains all nine amino acids and is easy to digest. Most usually think of whey as a supplement for getting lean and fit, but most people don’t realize that its benefits go way beyond the gym!
Lose Fat & Gain Muscle – When added to a healthy diet and exercise regime, replacing carbohydrate snacks with whey protein helps shed weight and fat at a higher rate. Whey contains leucine, which contributes to protein synthesis and burns calories quicker. This amino acids also aid muscle building and growth, too!
Lower Blood Sugar – Post-meal blood sugar spikes can clear a path for diabetes to take root. Researchers from Tel Aviv University found that whey protein shakes can help prevent the blood sugar fluctuations that are common after larger meals.
Feel Full Longer – A research study in Australia focused on 28 obese men who were asked to consume four different drinks. Those who consumed the beverage containing 50 grams of whey had significantly reduced levels of ghrelin (a hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry) up to four hours later.
Prevent Muscle Loss About 30% of people 60 and over are afflicted sarcopenia, an age-related muscle deterioration disease that increases the risk of falls and disability. Consuming whey protein helps combat this affliction by minimizing body protein loss during the aging process.
Cancer Prevention – Studies in animals have demonstrated that, when compared with other dietary proteins, whey is more effective at battling cancer and hindering its development. This is attributed to whey’s high content of cystine/cysteineand gamma-glutamylcysteine dipeptides, which helps raise the body’s glutathione levels. This amino acid detoxifies carcinogens and ensures a competent immune system!
Recent years have seen a significant spike in the number of kids who suffer from food allergies, especially peanut and tree nut allergies. These tips should help keep your next party or playdate fun, healthy and safe.
The most common childhood food allergies are to milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, eggs and soy. However, it’s nut allergies that are really on the rise. According to a FARE-funded study, the number of children in the U.S. with peanut allergies more than tripled between 1997 and 2008.
When someone has a nut allergy their body produces antibodies in an attempt to protect itself. The antibodies release chemicals like histamine when “invaders” enter the body and cause the allergy symptoms to appear in the form of coughing, wheezing, congestion, stomachache, vomiting and itchy hives.
So, what do you do if your child has a bestie with a peanut or tree nut allergy? Before they come over, you’ll want to confirm with their parents WHAT nut they are allergic to and ensure that they bring whatever medication they might need with them. Not all nut allergies are created equal. For example, a peanut is a legume, but a tree nut allergy would include almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and pistachios. If you’re planning on serving a store bought snack, carefully read the label and make sure it reads, “Produced in a nut-free facility.” The morning before the playdate make sure that you have a nut-free breakfast. The last thing you want is a nut crumb lurking around on the counter. Lastly, put away the dog food. Many of our furry friends’ food is produced in a facility that contains nuts.
Try whipping up these amazing muffins when hosting your nut-free playdate. With fall and back to school right around the corner, go apple picking at your favorite local orchard and make these yummy treats that the kids are guaranteed to love!
1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup applesauce
1 cup oatmeal
1 T chopped crystallized ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup chopped apple (skin on)
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking powder
2 cup flour
Preheat oven to 350
Cream butter and sugar
Add eggs and remaining ingredients minus the flour and baking powder
Fold in flour and baking powder, mix to combine
Add mixture to a lined cupcake pan and bake for 15-20 minutes