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How to Prevent Wrinkles by Nixing 8 Everyday Habits that Age Your Skin

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 How to Prevent Wrinkles by Nixing 8 Everyday Habits that Age Your Skin

One minute you’re casually wondering how to prevent wrinkles, and the next, BAM – you look in the mirror and suddenly find yourself staring at a California raisin. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but only a little. That’s the thing about our daily habits: They’re sneaky and subtle, and much of the time we don’t realize what they’re doing to our skin until it’s already done. This means war.

Here are 8 everyday habits you should tweak on your quest to prevent wrinkles:

1. Leaving it vulnerable to pollution

When mastering how to prevent wrinkles, there are some things you can’t control – like pollution, which decreases oxygen and collagen in your skin and leaves it looking… well, blah. Not only does it mess with your skin tone, but it can leave it looking blotchy and cause breakouts. (Ugh.) Guard your skin with an SPF, wash your face every night before bed, exfoliate twice a week, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

2. Over-washing and under-moisturizing

Washing your face excessively can dry out your skin cells, leaving your complexion dull and highlighting any damaged areas. Don’t wash your face in the morning, as you’ll strip away all the work your body put into restoring your skin while you were asleep – just splash with water and mosey on with your day. When you do wash your face, never skip moisturizing afterward.

3. Stretching your skin to apply makeup

This is a tough habit to break, but it’s one of the most important ones to ditch when learning how to prevent wrinkles. It’s no different than a repetitive stress injury messing with your joints: The more you contort your skin to get your makeup just right, the more wrinkles you’ll end up with – like, tomorrow.

4. Not getting enough sleep

They call it beauty sleep for a reason! While you’re snoozing away (and hopefully dreaming about Channing Tatum), your skin goes through its renewal process. The less sleep you get, the less time your skin and the beauty products you’re using have to do their thing. In fact, a study by UH Case Medical Center found women who only slept five hours each night for a month had twice as many wrinkles and spots than those who slept for seven hours. Do everything you can to get your zzzzs.

5. Not drinking enough water

As we age, our skin gets thinner and drier, making it more necessary than ever to drink enough water to keep it hydrated. Try your best to drink an average of six to eight glasses of water daily.

6. Drinking from a water bottle/straw

Similar to how squinting causes fine lines around your eyes, drinking straight from a water bottle or through a straw has the same impact on your mouth. Your facial muscles become overworked and form wrinkles called “puppet lines.” Either pour your drinks into a glass, or find a water bottle that has a glass-sized opening.

7. Snoozing with your makeup on

Okay, we’re all guilty of this from time to time, but when you sleep with your makeup on you’re basically saying to wrinkles, “Bring it on.” The makeup, combined with the environmental pollutants that are partying on your skin, seep into your pores and break down your skin’s elasticity. Always wash and moisturize your face before bed. Always.

8. Neglecting your neck and hands

Many of us obsess over how to prevent wrinkles on our face and forget about our neck and hands. Since you’re already in the habit of beautifying your face daily, simply add your neck and hands to the roster until your cleaning and moisturizing process for both is second nature. I mean, who wants to look like the crypt keeper?

What are your fave tips on how to prevent wrinkles?

 

Original article from organicauthority.com

 

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Why You’re Tired All The Time + How To Feel Better

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Why You’re Tired All The Time + How To Feel Better

 

Are you chronically tired for no reason? Do you feel rundown and overwhelmed? It could be adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. From the demands of work, to family obligations, to the hurried pace of the city and our technology-driven society, many of us feel like we’re under a constant siege of stress.

While the “fight or flight” stress response mobilized by the adrenal glands is a key to our survival as a species, prolonged stress, whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological, exhausts the adrenal glands, leads to sleeplessness, irritability, and fatigue. When our adrenal glands are constantly required to pump out cortisol, they eventually become impaired. Your body does its best to compensate for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it comes at the price of your metabolism, heart and cardiovascular system, sex drive, and even your sleep.

Research has found that sleep disturbances are directly related to increased sensitivity to the arousal-producing stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is excitatory, which means it arouses us, wakes us up, and leaves us primed for action long after the stressor is gone. Unfortunately, when we’re under prolonged periods of stress, our cortisol levels remain elevated and our adrenal glands, small pyramid-shaped glands that sit atop each kidney, never get a chance to recharge.

When we consistently don’t get a good night’s sleep, our circadian rhythm becomes disrupted. This negatively affects our serotonin and melatonin, hormones which govern appetite and mood. In other words, not only does stress keep us in an agitated state by agitating our cortisol levels, but it can lead to cravings, obesity, and blood sugar imbalances which have been shown to negatively impact mood.

While it may feel like you’re caught in a vicious cycle of stress, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and mood swings, it’s possible to break free by incorporating these six tips in your daily routine:

1. Eat breakfast.

Make a point of eating a high-fiber, high-protein breakfast every morning to stabilize blood sugar and improve mental alertness.

2. Eat regularly.

It’s important to keep up the momentum after a nutritious breakfast. Skipping meals leads to irritability and mood swings because our mood rises and falls alongside the dips in our blood sugar. Try eating four or five small, well-balanced meals per day.

3. Ditch the junk.

Remove refined, highly-processed food from your diet. This includes sugary snacks, deep-fried food, processed lunch meats, and pre-packaged items with additives, preservatives, dyes, and flavouring agents. These food-like items rob your body of the nutrients it needs to support healthy adrenal function. Our adrenal glands thrive on zinc, manganese, vitamin C, and the B vitamins found in dark leafy greens.

4. Skip the stimulants.

Say goodbye to caffeine that leaves you feeling wired, yet tired! Propping yourself up with coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks will inevitably lead to a crash. These unsustainable forms of energy over-stimulate your adrenal glands and they’re also unnecessary sources of sugar and calories.

5. Supplement with herbs.

Adaptogenic herbs like maca, ashwaganda, and rhodiola can help the body cope with stress and fatigue. For specific doses of these super supplements, consult your health care practitioner.

6. Wind down.

If you have a habit of watching the news before bed or mindlessly browsing the internet, consider a new routine. Unplug and opt for a relaxing bath or a series of yoga stretches to help your mind and body relax.

 

Original article from mindbodygreen.com

 

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Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways To Quit Smoking

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Lime Juice and 8 Other Natural Ways To Quit Smoking

 

Compelling reasons to stop smoking far outnumber effective ways to do so. Even with recent revelations that tobacco is contaminated with the highly carcinogenic radioisotope polonium-210, the addictive hold it maintains on millions of smokers worldwide who already know it causes premature death and cancer is far more powerful than the desire for self-preservation, it would seem.

This is why effective, natural interventions for smoking cessation are so needed today and why we are excited to report on a new study involving a solution that can be found not at your local pharmacy, but at your local grocer’s fruit stand.

In a new study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand titled, “Efficacy of fresh lime for smoking cessation,”[i] researchers from the Department of Medicine, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand tested the effectiveness of fresh lime as a smoking cessation aid compared with nicotine gum.

100 regular smokers aged 18 or older who were willing to quit were entered into a six-month long randomized, controlled trial, receiving either fresh lime (47) or nicotine gum (53) over the course of the study. Smoking reduction was confirmed through measuring exhaled carbon monoxide (CO), with measurements at weeks 9-12 being the primary outcome. Severity of craving was also measured using a visual analogue scale.

The results of the trial showed that there was no significant difference in abstinence rates between the groups during weeks 9-12, although they did observe that “7-day point prevalence abstinence at week 4 of the fresh lime users was statistically significant lower than those using nicotine gum (38.3% vs. 58.5%; p = 0.04). They also found fresh lime users tended to report more intense cravings than the nicotine gum group, but the number of cravings were found not to differ significantly between the groups.

The report concluded, “Fresh lime can be used effectively as a smoking cessation aid, although not as good as nicotine gum in reducing cravings.”‘

Lime, of course, is an easily accessible and non-toxic alternative to nicotine gum, and physiologically has a number of ‘side benefits,’ including alkalinizing the tissues, which are normally more acidic in tobacco users to begin with. It is also an anti-infective agent, having been demonstrated to have significant antimicrobial activity against multiple strains of drug resistant E. coli,[ii] and inhibiting the survival of Vibrio cholera, the pathogen that contributes to cholera, in foods;[iii] another nice ‘side benefit’ considering smokers often have compromised immunity.

Additional evidence-based natural aids for smoking cessation include:
Acupunture: Acupuncture treatment ameliorated the smoking withdrawal symptoms as well as the selective attention to smoking-related visual cues in smokers. [iv]
Exercise: Five minutes of moderate intensity exercise is associated with a short-term reduction in desire to smoke and tobacco withdrawal symptoms.[v] [vi]
Hypnosis: Hypnosis combined with nicotine patches compares favorably to standard behavioral counseling for smoking cessation.[vii] In a meta-analysis of 59 studies hypnosis was judged to be partially efficacious in the treatment of smoking cessation.[viii]
Black Pepper: Inhalation of vapor from black pepper reduces smoking withdrawal symptoms.[ix]
Mindfulness: Mindfulness-based interventions reduce the urge to smoke in college student smokers.[x]
Self-Massage: Smoking cravings are reduced by self-massage.[xi]
Rhodiola rosea: Rhodiola rosea has a therapeutic effect in the treatment of smoking cessation.[xii]
St. John’s Wort: There is preclinical evidence that St. John’s wort is therapeutic in nicotine addiction.[xiii] [xiv] [Note: St. John’s wort can interact with a wide range of medications, and should be used under the guidance of a licensed health professional]

 

Original article from greenmedinfo.com

 

 

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Brand new: One tablet, two superfoods! Amazing green nutrition

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It’s about time we combined these two!

NEW! 50/50 Green Superfood Blend Tablets

Spirulina and Chlorella are amazing individually, but together they provide an impressive array of nutrients to help nourish, detoxify and alkalize your body.

These convenient tablets make it so much easier to add both to your diet: One tablet, two superfoods! 

> Learn more about how Spirulina and Chlorella help with detoxification: Article 1 & Article 2


 

Vital Daily Nutrition in One Little Tablet

Our Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets are a 50/50 raw blend of two potent, chlorophyll and protein-rich algae. Combined, they provide a full array of micro and macro nutrients including all the essential amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12, magnesium, iron, zinc, healthy fats and vitamin A (beta-carotene).

The two algae complement each other perfectly, containing antioxidants (carotenoids) and anti-inflammatory compounds to boost immunity, while simultaneously working to detoxify and alkalize the body.

This powerful green superfoods aid the body in maintaining optimal health on the molecular level. Consuming Spirulina and Chlorella daily is a highly recommended practice for strengthening and elevating your body’s nutritional profile.

Spirulina & Chlorella Tablets contain:

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  • Magnesium
  • Iron
  • Zinc

They can be eaten by themselves (they go great with Botija Olives and Cashews!), or blended into your smoothie. Easy and convenient, combining these two potent algae superfoods allows them to work in tandem for maximum daily nutrition!

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Why You Should Make This Energizing Smoothie

 

 

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Why You Should Make This Energizing Liver And Blood Building Smoothie

 

The best part of experimenting with smoothie recipes is discovering the perfect combination that allows you to have more energy, focus and stamina for hours, without necessarily consuming a whole meal.

This is the first smoothie I ever made that I could use to replace a meal. Normally, a smoothie just isn’t heavy enough – this one’s got nutritious grit.

Below are the ingredients I used with an explanation of the benefits.

I use a NutriBullet to blast the ingredients but you could use a quality high speed blender if it can pulverize carrots and beets. If using a juicer,simply use more of the vegetables but blend other ingredients afterward in a blender.

Easy blood and liver building smoothie – serves one

Ingredients
1/8 of a beet, small part of beet top stem cut in pieces
1/3 to 1/2 carrot
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 tsp chia seeds
1-2 small scoops of whey protein (I use Standard Process, you might prefer Paleo or pea protein)
1 rounded teaspoon of coconut oil
Palm-sized chunk of frozen raspberries
A fruit juice to fill to the NutriBullet cup max line or preferred consistency. I used a tropical one for the pineapple. Berry juices work great. The liver loves grapefruit too.

Chop beet and carrot into smaller pieces. Add all ingredients to NutriBullet or blender. I shake the cup first to better mix the powders and coconut oil. Blend for 20-30 seconds. Enjoy.

What if you only have a New York minute to make a smoothie? Then just use the carrot, beet, berries whey, juice and chia if possible. Still a hearty, healing drink. My original recipe included papaya which I like to include for the helpful enzymes. That might have put it over the max line, though – it depends on how much the beet fills out the drink. Any chance of adding dark, leafy greens makes it even more powerful and fulfilling.

Why these ingredients?

Beets – major liver and blood building food. Contains betaine for helping with stomach acid that dissolves pathogens. Rejuvenating the liver helps energize and relieve sluggishness. Red whole foods tend to support blood and cardiovascular health. Beet tops have naturally occurringhydrochloric acid which help to break down protein.

Carrots – helps with phase II liver detox. Builds blood. Helps with bile secretion. Bile is a badly needed detoxifier! Carrots help the liver with the hormone cycle which further lightens the load for the endrocrine and reproductive system. Eat them every day! The roughage from the beets and carrots make you “go” regularly and that helps with energy too.

Frozen raspberries – Blood builder. Sweetness. Red foods can be grounding – is it any wonder why the color associated with the “root chakra” is red? Berries are high in antioxidants without too much sugar, and raspberries are among the best, although strawberries and cherries would make a good substitute too.

Whey – why whey protein? Healthy proteins are nourishing to the body, skin, blood sugar, and liver. Whey in particular is known as a liver cleanser. It’s also high in amino acid L-cysteine, which your body converts into glutathione for detox purposes. Gently help your liver throw off heavy metals. ”Whey” to take a load off, Manny – you’ll feel better when you can tell the liver is unloading again.

It’s no wonder that ginger and turmeric show up in liver function smoothies – they both contain compounds that are shown to ward off cancer and aid in detox. Ginger helps with digestion and bile (which explains why it is so helpful with nausea), and turmeric has been heavily studied for reversing liver disease.

Coconut oil – The healthy saturated fats clean out the dirty “oil filter” and restore the crucial bile process so that toxins can be carried out and nutrients can be rightly processed.

Chia seeds – are loaded with components the liver needs to detox, as well as protein and more Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon. They are proven to help with glucose and make you feel full. The Nutribullet (or a Ninja) blasts them into an easily digested liquid.

Know what the best part is? I found out that all of the above ingredients have different methods of fighting inflammation – the precursor to disease. You don’t need rigorous and harsh liver cleanses that cause deprivation of nutrients. Don’t skip out on feeding the liver; feeding the blood.

 

Original article by Heather Callaghan for truththeory.com

 

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Simple Trick Removes Pesticides from Your Vegetables & Fruits

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Simple Trick Removes Pesticides from Your Vegetables & Fruits

 

Howard Garrett, also known as The Dirt Doctor, has compiled a number of uses for vinegar, including recipes for both internal use and use in your organic garden, which I will share with you here.

“Vinegar is a wonderful organic tool that was discovered by accident 10,000 years ago when wine was accidentally allowed to ferment too long and turned sour,” he writes.

“It can be made from many products, including beer, apples, berries, beets, corn, fruits, grains, honey, malt, maple syrup, melons, molasses, potatoes, rice, sorghum, and other foods containing sugar.

Natural sugars from these food products are fermented into alcohol, which is then fermented into vinegar.”

… The product label will identify the starting ingredients, such as ‘apple cider vinegar’ or ‘wine vinegar.’ Malt vinegar is made from the fermentation of barley malt or other cereal grains. Sugar vinegar is made from sugar, syrup, or molasses.

White, spirit, or distilled vinegar is made by fermenting distilled alcohol. Distilled white vinegar is made from 190 proof alcohol that is fermented by adding sugar and living bacteria.

… Vinegar that is made from the petroleum derivative, 99 percent acetic acid, is not acceptable in an organic program.”

The name “vinegar” comes from the French words for “sour wine.” But it’s important to realize that not all vinegars are created equally. Some can benefit your health when taken internally, while others should only be used for tasks such as cleaning, or horticultural purposes, while others are best avoided altogether.

White Vinegar—A Great Non-Toxic Cleaner and Herbicide Ingredient

Distilled white vinegar is the type of vinegar you’ll want to use for cleaning and laundry. Toward the end of this article, I’ll also share Garrett’s recipe for a non-toxic weed killer formula, which calls for white vinegar. Vinegar and water makes an excellent window cleaner, for example, and vinegar combined with hydrogen peroxide works exceptionally well as both a disinfectant and sanitizer. According to Garrett:

“Sprinkling white vinegar atop a dusting of baking soda is terrific for cleaning sinks, tubs, tile floors and other surfaces. For cleaning, it can be diluted with water as much as 50-50. For the herbicide, it should be used full strength. In all cases, the products to buy in this category are true vinegars made by distilling grain alcohol. For the purists, there is organic white vinegar made from corn.”

Avoid 20% Vinegar

Garrett warns against using 20 percent vinegar, which is made from 99 percent glacial ascetic acid, stating it’s far stronger than you’d ever really need, in addition to being overly expensive. Perhaps more importantly, this type of vinegar is actually a petroleum derivative, which is dangerous to breathe and can be damaging to your eyes and skin.

“One final warning is that some of the 10 percent vinegars being sold to naïve organic gardeners are the fake 20 percent product that has been cut with water. Proper vinegars should have on the label that they are made from distilled grain alcohol or other similar language indicating natural products from distilling,” Garrett warns.

Apple Cider Vinegar—Good for Your Health

The cider vinegars, made from fermenting fruits such as apples, have little value as cleaners or herbicides. Instead, these are the types of vinegar associated with a number of different health benefits when taken internally. There are two basic categories of cider vinegars:

•Regular apple cider vinegar

•Organic apple cider vinegar with the “mother” included

When purchasing an apple cider vinegar, you’ll want to avoid the perfectly clear, “sparkling clean” varieties you commonly see on grocery store shelves. Instead, you want organic, unfiltered, unprocessed apple cider vinegar, which is murky and brown. When you try to look through it, you will notice a cobweb-like substance floating in it. This is known as “mother,” and it indicates your vinegar is of good quality. While it may look suspicious at first, in this case, it’s the murky looking stuff you want. As with everything else, the more processed a food is, the less nutritious it is, and this holds true for apple cider vinegar.

Surprisingly enough, while apple cider vinegar has historically been prized for its health benefits, little research has been done to evaluate its therapeutic actions. However, lack of scientific studies is a common problem for many natural and alternative therapies.

Perhaps the most researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s benefits are in the area of type 2 diabetes. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower blood glucose levels. In 2004, a study cited in the American Diabetes Foundation’s publication Diabetes Care1 found that taking vinegar before meals significantly increased insulin sensitivity and dramatically reduced the insulin and glucose spikes that occur after meals. The study involved 29 people, divided into three groups:
1.One third had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
2.One third had prediabetic signs.
3.One third were healthy.

The results were quite significant:
•All three groups had better blood glucose readings with the vinegar than with the placebo.
•People with prediabetic symptoms benefitted the most from the vinegar, cutting their blood glucose concentrations by nearly half.
•People with diabetes improved their blood glucose levels by 25 percent with vinegar.
•People with prediabetic symptoms had lower blood glucose than the healthy participants after both drank vinegar.

A follow-up study geared at testing vinegar’s long-term effects yielded an unexpected but pleasant side effect: moderate weight loss. In this study, participants taking two tablespoons of vinegar prior to two meals per day lost an average of two pounds over the four-week period, and some lost up to four pounds. In 2007, another study cited by WebMD2 involving 11 people with type 2 diabetes found taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4 to 6 percent. Although the research to date looks favorable, more studies are needed to confirm the extent of vinegar’s insulin stabilization benefits.

Other Apple Cider Vinegar “Cures”

Although this article and many others advocate the benefits of using vinegar therapeutically, I really think that this is an inferior approach. From my perspective, it would be far better to use large quantities of fermented foods to get these types of acids because you will then also help to recolonize your gut with beneficial bacteria. However, vinegar is easier and certainly safe to use, so you can put your toe in the water by trying it first. Garrett, however, has been a long-time proponent of vinegar, recommending it for a number of uses.

“Apple cider vinegar might cure more ailments than any other folk remedy,” he writes. Vinegar apparently provides at least some cures for allergies (including pet, food and environmental), sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, Candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, gout and the list goes on… It also brings a healthy, rosy glow to the complexion and can cure rough scaly skin. Apple cider vinegar is also wonderful for animals, including dogs, cats and horses. It helps with arthritic conditions, controls fleas, repels flies, and gives a beautiful shine to their coats.”

As an example, Garrett has shared the following recipe with me, which can help soothe a sore throat:

“Use 3 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, 3 tbsp. lemon juice, 2 tbsp. of honey and 16 oz. water, and warm to sipping temperature and sip. Adding juice from chopped ginger can be used for more power.”

What Can Account for Apple Cider Vinegar’s Health Benefits?

Many who tout apple cider vinegar’s wide-ranging benefits claim its healing power comes from the abundance of nutrients that remain after the apples are fermented. However, standard nutritional analyses of apple cider vinegar have found it to be a surprisingly poor source of most nutrients. For example, the one milligram of calcium found in a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar does not come close to the 1,000 milligrams a typical adult needs each day.

It has also been claimed that soluble fiber in the vinegar, in the form of pectin, binds to cholesterol and helps carry it out of your body, thereby improving your lipid profile. However, apple cider vinegar contains no measurable pectin or any other fiber, for that matter.

Its magic can also not be traced to vitamin content. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), apple cider vinegar has no measurable vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, beta-carotene, or folate — and it’s equally lacking in amino acids, lycopene, or any other nutritional elements.

Still, despite the fact that it’s devoid of many of the traditionally valued nutrients, evidence of apple cider vinegar’s health benefits has been witnessed for hundreds — maybe thousands — of years. So, what can explain this mysteriously beneficial elixir?

It may be partially related to the fact that vinegar is a diluted acid, specifically acetic acid, which help to normalize your body’s pH. This likely improves nutrition, by optimizing your gut flora and helping eradicate pathogenic or disease-causing bacteria, and by serving as growth accelerators for beneficial bacteria that typically thrive in more acid environments. This is also one of the reasons why eating fermented foods is so important.

Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Pet care is another area where vinegar can be a useful, non-toxic, all-natural tool. According to Garrett:

“Vinegar is a remedy with multiple uses for dogs including alleviating allergies and arthritis, and helping to provide the correct pH balance. You can give apple cider vinegar to any animal by simply adding it to the water.

If your dog has itchy skin, the beginnings of a hot spot, incessantly washes its feet, has smelly ears, or is picky about his food, an application of apple cider vinegar can help. For poor appetite, use it in the food at 1 tablespoon, two times a day for a 50 lb. dog. For itchy skin or the beginning hot spots, put apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle, part the hair and spray on. Any skin eruption will dry up in as soon as 24 hours and shaving the dog won’t be necessary – which is good because I never recommend that. If the skin is already broken, dilute apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water and spray on.

Taken internally, apple cider vinegar is credited with maintaining the acid/alkaline balance of the digestive tract. I take a large spoonful straight or in my “witches brew” in the morning that I drink at least once a day.

Another tip is if you have a dog that has clear, watery discharge from the eyes, a runny nose, or coughs with a liquid sound, use apple cider vinegar in his or her food. One teaspoon twice a day for a 50 lb. dog will do the job.

After grooming sessions, use a few drops in dogs’ ears after cleaning them to avoid ear infections. Fleas, flies, ticks and bacteria, external parasites, ring worm, fungus, staphylococcus, streptococcus, pneumococcus, mange, etc. are unlikely to inhabit a dog whose system is acidic inside and out.

Should you ever experience any of these with your dog, bathe with a nice gentle herbal shampoo – one that you would use on your own hair – rinse thoroughly with vinegar, and then sponge on apple cider vinegar diluted with equal amounts of warm water. Allow your dog to drip dry. It is not necessary to use harsh chemicals for minor flea infestations. All fleas drown in soapy water and the apple cider vinegar rinse makes the skin too acidic for a re-infestation. If you are worried about picking up fleas when you take your dog away from home, keep some apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle, and spray your dog before you leave home and when you get back. For raw spots caused by excessive licking, use a few drops in water, and sponge the affected areas with apple cider vinegar.”

Horticultural Uses for Vinegar

Vinegar can also be used to control weeds in your garden. According to Garrett:

“To keep the weeds out of a decorative or utility gravel area, the best approach is to design them out from the beginning or use organic products later to kill the weeds. Salt, toxic herbicides and bleach should never be used because they contaminate the soil long term. They also leach into the water stream. To head off the problem, install the gravel in a thick layer – 6 to 8 inches after scraping away all grasses and weeds.

Any weeds that grow through the gravel can be sprayed and killed with a mix of 10 percent pickling vinegar mixed with 2 ounces orange oil and 1 teaspoon liquid soap or you can use commercial organic herbicides. Vinegar sprays can also be used to kill weeds in the cracks in sidewalks and driveways. The best choice for herbicide use is 10 percent white vinegar made from grain alcohol. It should be used full strength. Avoid products that are made from 99 percent glacial acetic acid. This material is a petroleum derivative. Natural vinegars such as those made from fermenting apples have little herbicidal value.

Herbicide Formula:

1 gallon of 10 percent (100 grain) vinegar

Add 1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene

Add 1 tablespoon molasses (optional – some say it doesn’t help)

1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant (I use Bio Wash)

Do not add water

Shake well before each spraying and spot spray weeds. Keep the spray off desirable plants. This spray will injure any plant it touches. This natural spray works best on warm to hot days. Vinegar sprayed on the bases of trees and other woody plants will not hurt the plant at all. This technique was first learned about by spraying the suckers and weeds growing around the bases of grapevines.

If your water is alkaline, add 1 tablespoon of 50-grain (5 percent) natural apple cider vinegar to each gallon of water to improve the quality of the water for potted plants and bedding. This doesn’t have to be done with every watering, though it wouldn’t hurt. This technique is especially helpful when trying to grow acid-loving plants such as gardenias, azaleas, and dogwoods. A tablespoon of vinegar per gallon added to the sprayer when foliar feeding lawns, shrubs, flowers, and trees is also highly beneficial, especially where soil or water is alkaline. The other horticultural use for vinegar is in the watering can.”

Other Uses for Vinegar

Last but not least, vinegar can be used to remove certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Of course, you don’t need apple cider vinegar for this—any basic white vinegar will do. Gayle Povis Alleman, MS, RD recommends a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water as a bath to briefly soak produce.3 Just place your veggeis or fruit in the solution, swish it around, and rinse thoroughly. Just don’t use this process on fragile fruits (like berries), since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins.

Apple cider vinegar has also long been used as a natural hair care product. Its acidity is close to that of human hair; it’s a good conditioner and cleaning agent, as well as an effective germ killer. You can visit www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com for information on how to make a vinegar hair rinse.

While we need a great deal more research to investigate vinegar’s full healing potential, it can certainly be useful in a variety of ways, for a variety of conditions. It’s definitely a great multi-purpose tool to have in your pantry.

Original article by Dr. Mercola

 

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How to Sprout Quinoa the Right Way

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 How to Sprout Quinoa the Right Way

 

If you haven’t already entered the world of sprouting: welcome! As part of a traditional practice with nutritional benefits to boot, it’s an exciting place to be. Before we go on, let’s give a hand to the celebrities of the sprouting world: grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. The spotlight tonight is on a new celeb: quinoa. Being a “pseudocereal,” quinoa fits in nicely between grains and legumes.

Why Quinoa?

Quinoa basically gives you superpowers, that’s why. Well, okay, maybe you still won’t be able to fly, but quinoa does have super health benefits to make your body feel like it could fly! For instance, it’s high in manganese, phosphorus, copper, magnesium, fiber, folate, and zinc. Quinoa also boasts more vitamin E than any other grain. Packed in between all these nutrients are a plethora of flavonoids that offer concentrated antioxidant strength. And you can’t forget about all the fuss over quinoa’s protein content. Qunioa is a featured source of plant-based protein because it contains two prized amino acids, lysine and isoluence. These two amino acids are commonly too low or not included at all in other plant proteins but not quinoa! Quinoa also has heart-healthy fats so overall it’s a pretty awesome staple for meals. To learn more about quinoa, check out these health benefits, tips, and recipes!

Sprouting

Sprouting is an simple “set and go” process that leaves you with even more nutritional benefits than when an ingredient is intact in its initial state. Quinoa will germinate, which, in turn, allows for easier digestion and absorption of nutrients. Sprouting and soaking also decreases the level of phytic acid, an enzyme inhibitor, that can block absorption of vitamins and minerals, and can cause poor digestion and disruption of healthy gut bacteria. Sprouting is easy although you have to be patient for those little sprouts to grow.

Here are the steps to make about 2 cups of sprouted quinoa:

1. Rinse 1 – 1.5 cups of quinoa thoroughly with cold water. Place the quinoa into a 1 quart mason jar. Fill this jar to the top with more cold water. Let it soak for about six hours

2. Pour out the water and put a sprouting lid on the jar. This lid can also be used as a strainer. Or, you can use a fine mesh strainer. After you pour the water out, set the jar with the sprouting lid on upside down in a bowl/container to catch excess dripping water.

3. About every 6 or so hours (or whenever you have time to/remember), rinse the quinoa with water, pour out, and put the jar upside down over the bowl again.

4. It will take a day or two for sprouts to form. Once you see little-thread-like spouts coming from the quinoa , place the quinoa on a tray or plate and cover with a cloth or parchment paper to keep away dust. Move this tray away from direct sunlight and keep at room temperature. Allow time for the quinoa to fully dry out.

5. Store in a sealed plastic bag or sealed glass container in the refrigerator to keep cool and ensure freshness. It’s best to use these sprouts within two weeks!

Now What?

Now that you have all these little quinoa sprouts full of crisp nutty flavor, it’s time to have fun in the kitchen! Sprouted quinoa is great in salads and sandwiches, just like alfalfa sprouts, and is also a delicious addition to stir fries. Get creative and you can’t go wrong.

 

Original article from mindbodygreen.com

 

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

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The Amazing Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is often described as the “healthiest oil on earth.

This wasn’t always so. For years it had a reputation of being unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content.

We now know coconut oil is different from most fats and is actually good for us. We have listed twelve of the most important health benefits of this newly declared PowerFood.

How Did Coconut Oil Get a Bad Reputation?

Coconut oil is saturated oil. Saturated oils were understood to raise blood cholesterol and cause heart disease.
A specific study conducted 40 years ago seemed to verify this concern. Yes, it did increase heart disease.

But, what no one at the time seemed to take into account was that this study was done on hydrogenated coconut. The problems with hydrogenated oils are well documented by numerous studies. Even the general theory of saturated fats is now suspect. Read more about this here: Is Saturated Fat Bad For You?

Coconut oil has been used throughout Asia and the Pacific for thousands of years as both a food and a medicine.

In tropical climates like Polynesia, Sri Lanka, and the Yucatan where they have a diet high in coconut oil, the people are healthier, have less heart disease, cancer, and colon problems than unsaturated fat eaters. It is now accepted that there is good cholesterol and there are good saturated fats.

To quote Dr. Mary Enig: “The research over four decades concerning coconut oil in diet and heart disease is quite clear: coconut oil has been shown to be beneficial.”

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Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil (cold pressed):

1. Thyroid-stimulating: Research shows that coconut oil contains a medium-chain fatty acids accelerate that stimulates metabolism, gives you more energy.

2. Get candida in check: Coconut oil has a good quantity of caprylic acid in it which is well known to kill off excess candida by targeting harmful bacteria.

3. Lowers cholesterol: It is rich in lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.

4. Helps with weight loss: Here is an interesting fact about coconut oil; even though it is a fat, it actually helps with weight loss! The healthy medium chain fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats; they are sent directly to the liver and are converted into energy. Thus the body does not store the fat in coconut oil as fat; it uses it to produce energy instead.

5. Helps keep diabetes in check: It does not produce an insulin spike in your bloodstream. Instead it helps control blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin. Note: This is not a free pass to eat a lot of sugar and other dumb carbs.

6. Reduces heart disease: studies on people in the Pacific Islands found that their total caloric intake included thirty to sixty percent from fully saturated coconut oil. These Pacific Islanders have nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease.

7. Gastrointestinal malabsorption diseases: Combining Vitamin E supplements with coconut oil through the skin proved to be a good alternative for those with gastrointestinal malabsorption diseases. Study in Canada 1999 University of Western Ontario

8. Supports the immune system: It is rich in lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.

9. Good for the skin: When applied externally it forms a protective antibacterial layer protecting the infected body part. Also, coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by helping to repair damaged tissue. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/coconut-oil-super-powers-pt-2

10. Nourishing for the brain: Studies show that it improves cognitive function, and stalls, or even reverses, neurodegenerative diseases in their early stages.

11. Ancient medicine: Coconut oil has been part of Ayurvedic medicine for 5,000 years in India.

12. Speeds Recovery: People in Panama drink a glass of coconut oil to protect themselves from illness as it is also believed to speed recovery from sickness.

Read about the numerous research studies done on coconut oil: Coconut Oil Research

“Approximately 50% of the fatty acids in coconut fat are lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid, which has the additional beneficial function of being formed into monolaurin in the human or animal body. Monolaurin is the anti-viral, antibacterial, and antiprotozoal monoglyceride used by the human or animal to destroy lipid coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, cytomegalovirus, influenza, various pathogenic bacteria!” according to research by Dr. Mary Enig.

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How To Get Some Sunshine (But Still Protect Your Skin)

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How To Get Some Sunshine (But Still Protect Your Skin)

 

We’ve been told for decades that we need to slather ourselves with sunscreen all day long — whether it’s sunny or cloudy, winter or summer — in order to protect ourselves from the damages and health risks imposed by the sun.

The problem is that this sunscreen obsession isn’t helping. Not only are we scrubbing toxic chemicals into one of our largest and most sensitive organs (our skin), but wearing sunscreen hasn’t reduced skin cancer cases. In fact, melanoma rates have tripled since the 1970s.

We need sunshine to survive, but somehow we’ve made it the villain and declared ourselves helpless victims.

The sun is our primary source of vitamin D, an important vitamin that strengthens our bone health, helps balance our hormones, boosts our immune system and nourishes brain function. But when we apply sunscreen, we block the sun’s rays and subsequently, the production of vitamin D in our bodies. Sad, no?

So what’s a sun-loving, vitamin D-craving gal or guy to do? I’m a sun baby myself and I certainly won’t be holed up inside this summer, nor will I be dancing in the rays wearing oxybenzone-laden sunscreens (a chemical commonly used in sunscreens that actually becomes carcinogenic when heated. Yes. Heated, like by the sun!).

With these simple tips, you can protect yourself from toxic sunscreen chemicals and reap the sun’s benefits at the same time!

1. Get your sunshine during off-peak hours.

The sun can cause the most damage when it’s high in the sky: anywhere from 10am to 4pm., but that may differ slightly depending on where you live.

Stick to the sunshine early in the morning or later in the day, with one little caveat: spend 10-15 minutes in the sun during peak hours to get your daily dose of vitamin D. This is all the time you need to grab your essential amount of vitamin D.

2. Don’t wash off the vitamin D.

Vitamin D is formed on the surface of your skin when it’s exposed to UVB rays from the sun, but that vitamin D doesn’t sink in right away — it can take up to 48 hours to absorb the majority of it. But at the end of a sunny day, most of us are in the shower scrubbing off the sunscreen, sweat and sand … and sending all that lovely vitamin D down the drain.

I’m not telling you to stop showering, but try to rinse your body in the shower with just water if you can. Limit your soap usage to just your pits and your bits.

3. Eat your sunscreen.

UV radiation increases free radicals in our bodies. And what counteracts free radicals? Antioxidants! Boost your consumption of antioxidant-rich foods like berries, leafy greens, walnuts, hemp seeds, black beans, bell peppers, carrots, green tea, raw cacao, garlic and salmon.

There’s a reason nature offers us such a beautiful bounty of foods like berries in the summertime. Sure, they’re delicious, but they’ll also help us boost our consumption of important free radical-fighters.

4. Avoid sunburns and cover up.

Wearing sunscreen lulls us into a false sense of protection. We believe we can frolic through the surf for hours in tiny bikinis and we’ll be 100% shielded from the sun. This is how sunburns happen, people!

No one wants to end up looking like a leather handbag. Don’t spend too much time in the sun all at once, and wear lightweight clothing that’ll allow you to cover your skin and still beat the heat.

5. Make your own natural sunscreen.

If you feel naked or uncomfortable going without sunscreen, try making a homemade version instead. Add some zinc oxide to batch of DIY sunscreen to help deflect the sun from your skin.

Remember to include nourishing fats like almond oil and shea butter will keep your skin supple and smooth, and toss in some lovely essential oils to smell sweet.

By using these sun protection strategies, you can get the essential sun nutrients that will ultimately benefit your health and well-being.

 

Original article from mindbodygreen

 

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5 Foods More Beneficial for Your Skin Than Chemical Treatments

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 5 (or 6) Foods More Beneficial for Your Skin Than Chemical Treatments

How many of us have ever had a skin issue, rushed off to the drugstore and hoped to find a miracle in a bottle that didn’t cost an arm and a leg (hypothetically speaking, but sometimes they can cost quite the hard-earned dollar!)? I bet we’ve all been there and at some point, we’ve all had skin issues that we know have made us desperate to find a solution. If you’ve ever had acne, struggled with discoloration, wrinkles, dry skin, or other skin conditions you know they can be quite disheartening to deal with.

While it might sound superficial to some, our skin health is actually quite important and much more than about appearance. Our skin reflects what is going on internally in our bodies, whether that’s how healthy our diet is, our stress levels, possible toxicity, hormonal imbalances, or more serious health problems. Food allergies often start out as skin abrasions, breakouts, rashes, and even eczema. And while we’re quite comfortable with aging, premature wrinkles and fine lines can actually set in early due to a high sugar and diet high in processed foods. Acne is often a correlation between what we eat and our hormone health—as you can see, our skin health tells a story. What do we want ours to say about our health?

Food is the best medicine you can use to take care of your body—which includes your skin, the largest organ you have. It’s not to be ignored or brushed off. Many foods you can eat daily contribute to great skin; whole foods are a fantastic place to start and don’t have to be expensive.

If you need to pull out the “big guns” though, try using these five foods below. They’re quite the (delicious) weapon at creating a more beautiful, healthy you from the inside out!

1. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is one of the most incredible foods for your skin at such a low cost and is so easy to use! Don’t just use this food in the fall and winter; that would be a shame! Pumpkin can be added to a smoothie in place of bananas for a super low sugar, low-carb, nutrient-dense and belly friendly creaminess. Lower sugar foods enhance the skin because blood sugar spikes mean insulin spikes, which triggers acne and breakouts, not to mention nasty sweets addictions. Plus, pumpkin contains 4 grams of fiber per serving to keep you full and is very easy to digest. Using pumpkin each day is a great way to get in your vitamin A in a small serving. Vitamin A is nature’s best acne medication—eat it daily and you’ll see results in no time.

The chemical treatment Accutane is actually a synthetic form of vitamin A but it can come with some scary side effects. All orange vegetables and greens are much better sources of the nutrient naturally in the form of beta-carotene that the body easily converts into vitamin A. Pumpkin’s high iron content also ensures that your red blood cells work at optimal levels to give you that glow you’re looking for. When pumpkin isn’t in season, buy the kind in containers on the shelf that come in BPA-free packages if you want to avoid canned options, or choose an organic brand that’s BPA-free (there are plenty!). Try using 1/2 cup in a delicious Pumpkin Smoothie, or just add it into your favorite smoothie!

2. Camu Camu

This superfood is one of the best natural acne and wrinkle fighters you can use. Containing over 240 percent of the vitamin C you need each day in just 1 teaspoon, Camu Camu is one of the highest sources on Earth! It’s also free of sugar and is a very potent tart berry sold as a powder here in the United States. Though it originates from Brazil, it’s sold through many organic and non-GMO, sustainable companies here so that you can buy it and keep in your kitchen. Vitamin C fights wrinkles, acne, and internal inflammation; it’s also one of the best to reduce anxiety, pain in the muscles and joints after a workout, and will also help keep your immune system thriving.

You’ll notice your skin is clearer all within a few days of using camu camu powder. Since it’s very tart and has no sugar, use it as a sprinkling on top of your smoothies, oatmeal, or other recipes since stirring it in may cause an off flavor. Always choose fair-trade, raw, organic, and/or non-GMO to be sure you’re obtaining the best kind; it’s typically sold cheaper online, though you can find it in some health food stores (but it costs more). Remember, you only need a teaspoon a day!

3. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are another wonderful source of beta-carotene that converts to vitamin A in the body. They’re also lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes, so they’re friendly to your blood sugar and won’t cause insulin ups and downs. They also contain trytophan, a calming amino acid that reduces stress which your skin benefits from as a result. Trytophan helps produce serotonin in the body which makes you feel good, also raising good hormones that benefit your skin. Stress equals acne, dry skin, wrinkles, and more. The more “good mood” foods you eat, the happier your skin will be too!

Sweet potatoes are also a surprising source of vitamin C and potassium. Potassium lowers your blood pressure which also reduces stress, and as you know, vitamin C is a potent anti-stress nutrient too. Search some healthy ways to stuff your sweet potatoes and skip the butter and dairy cream that breaks you out.

4. Spinach

Spinach is truly a phenomenal green leaf, and not just because you can sneak it in a smoothie without tasting it (though that makes it pretty awesome, not gonna lie!). It’s a food that promotes lean muscle mass, keeps you full, powers your muscles, gives you energy, and yes, it makes your skin glow too! A top source of chlorophyll, spinach is a fantastic option if you’re tired of, or don’t really like kale.

Spinach is also higher in vitamin E than any other green, which is a powerful antioxidant that softens the skin, fights inflammation, and promotes a healthy level of moistness in the skin. Dry skin can actually lead to acne, wrinkles, and clogged pores that create blackheads. Including vitamin E rich foods in your routine promotes clear skin without much work, and is a much better option than vitamin E supplements often derived from oil or GMO soybeans.

5. Almonds (or Avocados)

Almonds and avocados are two powerful sources of healthy fats, B vitamins, and vitamin E for the skin. They lubricate the cells which reduces inflammation and aids in collagen production in the body; they also produce healthy hair and nails as a bonus. Almonds contain the added benefits of zinc, biotin, and a higher dose of amino acids which also improves the look of your skin—much more than anti-acne medications and anti-wrinkle creams will.

Zinc fights acne by balancing how the body uses carbohydrates which reduces blood sugar spikes that lead to acne and declination of the cells which promotes wrinkles. Biotin strengthens the overall skin texture and appearance, and amino acids help keep the skin strong and supple. Avocados also contain the benefits of chlorophyll, another potent natural acne weapon found in all green foods. Choose these fats in place of dairy fats.

Skip the store-bought stuff and try eating your way to beauty. It’s not only less expensive, but an easy way to stay full, healthy, and have clear skin in one easy step. See more foods for great skin and let us know what your favorites are too!

 

Original article from One Green Planet

 

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Fight All Types of Pain with This Homemade Drink

Fight All Types of Pain with This Homemade Drink

Ever heard of this magical tea that has got amazing effects against body pain?

If you have or not, either way you deserve to know the algorithm used to formulate this affordable yet very amazing drink! First, it is worth knowing that this homemade drink is made up of ingredients that combine to optimal effect in being analgesic or, in simple terms, a strong painkiller. Now it’s time to hold your excitement a bit and dive into making the tea!

What you need:

•1 teaspoon of cinnamon
•2 teaspoon of black tea
•2 glasses of water
•2 teaspoons of ground cardamom
•2 teaspoons of powdered turmeric
•5 cm long piece of ginger, ground
•Half a cup of almond milk
•1 teaspoon of honey

Honey is known to be very effective in fighting bacteria and inflammations – a property that is also characteristic of cinnamon. Cinnamon is also known to reduce chances of heart attack. Almond milk, on the other hand, exhibits properties similar to aspirin in the sense that it has a compound known as salicin that makes it an excellent pain reliever. Black tea will ensure that you do not damage muscle fiber during exercise or even after.

Ginger will serve the purpose of reducing bloating and muscle cramps. Likewise, cardamom solves lots of digestive problems whilst facilitating waste production, elimination and cancer prevention.

Some other ailments you are bound to counter and treat with this tea include:

•Headaches
•Caries
•Stress
•Stomach diseases, diarrhea and vomiting
•Parkinson’s disease
•Tumor cells’ development
•Blood vessels’ conditions
•Arthritis and back pain
•Diabetes type 2.
•Cardiac problems and Obesity
•Menstrual Cramps
•Skin Aging

Preparation:

The first thing you need to do is mix cinnamon, cardamom, powdered turmeric and ginger in water and let the mixture boil for around ten minutes. The next step is to add black tea to the mixture and let it cook for two more minutes. You will then be required to strain the cooked mixture into a cup of almond milk. The resulting mixture may not be very friendly to taste, thus you may have to sweeten it with honey.

Consumption:

When it’s ready, you have the liberty to drink it throughout the day in spans that depend on your pain aches.

Original article from Life Advancer by Egline J.

 

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Has Acai been knocked off its throne?

The Power of Purple: Maqui Berries!

#1 in the World in Antioxidants

and #1 in kick-butt color!

We love acai, but it’s time to start giving credit where credit is due. Beating acai at its own game isn’t easy, but the gorgeous, delicious, purple Maqui Berry can do it.
 
Maqui’s deep purple color is the result of the highest level of anthocyanins and polyphenols produced in fruit the world over, giving maqui berry the highest level of antioxidants of all known fruit and berries on the planet.

That’s right, for all the fame that acai gets for its antioxidant content, it pales in comparison to maqui.

Acai has an ORAC value of approximately 16,000 units/100g.

Maqui has approximately 27,600 ORAC units/100g.
 
That’s more than 3x greater than Pomegranate, 5x greater than Blueberry, and 100x greater than red wine.
 

The Majestic Maqui Berry

We can’t help but feel like maqui gets overlooked – the flavor is amazing, sweeter than acai, and it makes anything you add it to an incredible, intense purple that is simply stunning. Not to mention the incredible health benefits.

Of course, we still like Acai. It has some awesome nutritional properties like healthy Omega fatty acids and vitamin A and C. But because of it’s popularity, there are lots of sugar-filled and knock-off acai products out there. So be careful! Make sure you’re getting pure, organic products no matter what.

So, you don’t need to kick acai out the door, but try introducing yourself to maqui berry! In fact, one of our favorite smoothies uses both Acai and Maqui for a superburst of antioxidants.


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Use the powder in smoothies and desserts, and add the freeze-dried whole berries to granola, cereals, or sweet treats that needs a little crunch!

Click here to check out Maqui Berry Powder and Whole Maqui Berries!
Maqui Berry 

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Purp-Apple Protein Smoothie

Purp-Apple Protein Smoothie 

This protein smoothie hits all the marks we love – fruity, sweet, rich in antioxidants, packed with protein, and it’s gorgeous! We like ours a little pulpy, with bits of pineapple and apple giving it an amazing texture. Perfect for breakfast, after a work out, or just when you’re in the mood for a fresh and sweet treat!

Ingredients:

 

Directions: Simply add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth! Add sweetener to taste and garnish with more fresh fruit. Enjoy!

Purp-Apple Protein Smoothie

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Super Green Protein Smoothie

 Super Green Protein Smoothie

When you exercise, you know how important it is to provide your muscles with fuel to grow. But this smoothie also nourishes your body with a full serving of green nutrition, and helps strengthen connective tissues and flexibility.

The Super Green Protein Smoothie has: Vegan Protein Powder plant-based fuel for muscle growth and strength; Sun is Shining™ for an immune-boost and digestive support; and Opti-MSM to assist muscle growth, increase flexibility, and hasten recovery time.

Ingredients:

Simply blend to your desired consistency!

Like most smoothies, you can add your own ideas and mix it up to your pleasing! Have fun with it, make it your own!

These ingredients work together so well, they make this a truly super smoothie:

Our Vanilla Protein Powder is the cleanest, purest, highest quality plant-based protein available.

It has a complete amino acid profile including all 9 essential amino acids, which makes it ideal for:

  • building lean muscle
  • burning fat
  • boosting athletic performance

One scoop has 18 grams of whole grain brown rice protein, perfect for people sensitive to gluten, soy, or dairy (whey).

Our Sun Is Shining™ works to maintain normal digestive and immune function, helping your body perform at peak condition. It is a dynamic whole-food formula that contains:

  • chlorella
  • spirulina
  • wheatgrass
  • barley grass
  • alfalfa leaf
  • kale juice powder
  • spinach juice powder
  • kelp
  • dulse
  • a powerful enzyme and probiotic complex
  • and more….

These green superfoods contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals, and even have high protein content – including a full amino acid profile which is essential for healthy muscles.

2 teaspoons of Sun Is Shining™ has 123% RDA for vitamin A, 158% RDA for vitamin B12, 33% Iron, and loads more vitamins and minerals. This keeps your body in tune and running smooth.

Our Opti-MSM is a naturally-occurring form of dietary sulfur needed by the body for normal structure and function.

  • It makes up the protein and connective tissue that comprises our body mass
  • assists enzymes in performing numerous chemical reactions
  • protects from oxidative stress and harmful effects of toxicity
  • helps increase flexibility
  • hasten recovery time from sore muscles and athletic injuries

This makes MSM the perfect companion for building muscle, whether you have a simple exercise regime or are looking to build muscle safely and effectively.

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Get the Good Stuff… our NEW chocolate obsession!

Good Stuff Chocolates!

We love chocolate! Seriously…

and this is really Good Stuff

Just in time for Valentine’s Day (or if you simply love chocolate like us) we bring you Good Stuff Cacao chocolates.

Organic, raw, gluten-free, non gmo, and simply amazing, these chocolates have it all!

They have one of the highest raw cacao ratios on the market, but still deliver rich flavor with no bitterness.

This is DARK and delicious chocolate… none of that silly milk chocolate stuff around here. (Ok, so we actually love milk chocolate too, we can’t help it!)

But this isn’t any ordinary chocolate bar. Good Stuff likes to pack in the flavor. Check out the varieties:

Original
Pure raw cacao and raw honey

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Peppermint
With a touch of Young Living Peppermint Oil

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Coconut
With chewy flakes of fresh organic coconut

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Hit the Trail
With organic sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and sea salt

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Nib Crunch
With organic cacao nibs for a super dark, crunchy treat

 

So much Good Stuff!

All Good Stuff Cacao products are made with raw organic cacao, raw Michigan honey, are gluten free, have no GMOs, and practice fair trade. (and just you know they are made in a facility that may handle tree nuts)
 

Want to try them? Of course you do!

These are some of the tastiest chocolates we’ve ever tried, and we know you’ll love them too!

Click here to try them today!

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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How to make ALL your meals burst with flavor! Introducing be Runa!

be Runa Seed Salts and Seed Sweets

Sweeten & Spice Up Your Life

be Runa Seed Salts and Seed Sweets

From simple seeds come incredibly robust and tantalizing seasonings like nothing you’ve had before. be Runa Seed Salts and Seed Sweets are a health conscious mix of superseeds, superfoods, and spices delivering a full dimensional flavor profile.

We were blown away by the fact that organic, healthy ingredients were used to create such heavenly flavors.

Full of superfoods like chia, hemp, flax, camu camu, mangosteen, cacao, maca and more, there’s no better way to add an explosion of flavor to your recipes.

The six flavor options are extraordinarily versatile, letting you experiment and get creative with just about any dish or dessert.

Seed Salt flavors:
Curry, Black Truffle, and Garlic Cayenne

Seed Sweet flavors:
Cinnamon Spice, Coconut Cacao, and Berry Vanilla

Try the Seed Salts on:
Spinach, avocados, noodles, kale, quinoa, eggs, meat, salads, veggies, potatoes, rice… or virtually anything you want to add a touch (or more) of spice and zest.

Try the Seed Sweets on:
Yogurt, fruit, toast, oatmeal, smoothies, cereal, popcorn, cottage cheese, ice cream, frozen yogurt or even out of the palm of your hand!


About be Runa

be Runa is a San Diego based company founded on the vision of all humans living their fullest expression. Their mission is to offer products that support living a healthy and inspired life.


Seed Salt and Seed Sweet are an expression of the be Runa philosophy of humans living fully alive. The seed is the essence of life itself… the object in which wonders work.

Edible seeds are tiny treasure troves of flavor, intense nutrition and medicine. They contain the whole future plant in embryo form. Pure potential! Just like the seeds of infinite possibility waiting to be realized within each of us.

Moved by this magic, Seed Salt and Seed Sweet were born! A combination of different organic seeds, superfoods, mineral salts and spices handcrafted in small batches with lots of love!

Use daily as your upgraded table salt or seasoning. They are Organic, Gluten free, non GMO, Vegan, Paleo and mostly Raw!  Your tastebuds will love them and your body will thank you! Simply Enjoy!
 

Click here to explore be Runa Seed Salts and Seed Sweets!

 

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Our small part trying to help a big problem

Sunfood All-Natural Skin Care Products

Very common, barely talked about

One of the least talked about side effects of cancer treatment is a condition known as radiation dermatitis. Patients endure dry, sore, itchy, sensitive skin and chapped lips as a result of the treatment methods often used(1). In fact, an estimated 95% of patients receiving radiation therapy will experience some degree of skin reaction(2), varying from redness, itching, and drying, to peeling and pain.
 
Because of this, many patients seek out relief in the form of pure, natural skin care that contains as few ingredients as possible. It’s imperative to avoid any possible chemical interactions from fragrances, alcohols, and parabens that can cause reactions, discomfort, or worsen the condition.
 
Many people who suffer from psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis and other skin conditions have these very same concerns and also seek all-natural products with only a few ingredients. There are hundreds of thousands of people in need of a solution, but the truth is there aren’t a lot of options available.
 

Our small part

With our new line of skin care products, our goal is to help cut back on the unnecessary chemicals adding up in your life. That is the mindset behind using simple, all-natural superfood ingredients. Take a look at the labels of other lotions and moisturizers and you’ll see a long and confusing list of ingredients.
 
The only ingredients we use are cacao butter, shea butter, bees wax, sacha inchi oil, tocotrienols, MSM powder, and coconut oil. We don’t even add water to dilute it. We believe in feeding your skin with nutrients, not chemicals.

Success against Psoriasis with Healing Skin Repair
“I have psoriasis on my elbows. They have cracked open and bleed and have been very tender. Always bright red and raised skin. I have used Healing every day and have been overly surprised and joyful at the results.  Within a month, no more cracking. The bright red skin is gone and my skin is smooth, not rough anymore. At this time my elbows just look a little ashy. I can wear short sleeves without feeling self conscious. Unbelievable!”
– Lorraine

 

Carcinogens, chemicals, and more

We already know there are big risks from absorbing chemicals through the skin, leached from beauty products that contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals(3). It’s smart to make a decision to avoid these products altogether, even if you’re perfectly healthy.
 
But most of us don’t have perfect skin and we use some type of moisturizer or cream already. The problem is almost every cream and lotion on the market has tons of extra ingredients. This is because preservatives and emulsifiers must be added to turn water into a cream or lotion. These products simply cannot be made without a large number of ingredients.
 

Food for your skin

We believe everyone should be fully aware of everything touching their skin and going into their body, whether or not your skin is healthy. Our aim is to provide a better option that can work for anyone, with any skin type. We think everyone can achieve the beautiful, healthy, radiant skin they desire with fewer, but superior ingredients.
 

Try feeding your skin with nutrients instead of chemicals, and see what it does for you. 

1. http://www.cancercare.org/publications/76-caring_for_your_skin_during_cancer_treatment accessed 24 August 2012
2. Bernier, J., Bonner, J., Vermorken, J.B., Bensadoun, R.J., Dummer, R., Giralt, J., … Ang, K.K. (2008). Consensus guidelines for the management of radiation dermatitis and coexisting acne-like rash in patients receiving radiotherapy plus EGFR inhibitors for the treatment of squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Annals of Oncology, 19, 142–149. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/annonc/mdm400
3. CDC – Skin Exposure and Effects (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/)

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Feed Your Skin with Nutrients, Not Chemicals

 

Premium Superfood Skin Care

Beautiful, radiant skin comes from nutrients, not chemicals

Have you heard about our brand new skin care line of products? Click here to read our announcement article!

So many skin care products contain unnecessary chemicals and alcohols, even ones claiming to be “all natural”. Those chemicals are able seep through your skin and into your body.1

Some estimate women absorb up to 5 lbs of chemicals just from makeup every year.2

We already live in a world full of chemical exposure, why would you want to add more directly to your skin?

Our brand new line of premium skin care products are completely all-natural, only made with actual superfood ingredients.

They are the absolute best way to give your skin the nutrients, antioxidants and enzymes it needs to be healthy, radiant, and beautiful, WITHOUT any harmful chemicals.

We knew there was a better way to treat your skin, so we worked with an amazing customer to develop 5 brand new products.

YOUNG is a face and neck cream made to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, clear up blemishes and protect from aging. Maintain healthy, youthful skin with daily use. Meant for face and neck, but can be used on whole body.
Made only with Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Sacha Inchi Oil, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), and MSM Powder.

HEALING is a healing body butter made for all over, to soothe dry, itchy, cracked skin and minor sunburns. With use over time it can rejuvenate the elasticity of the skin to reduce scars, skin damage, varicose veins, and stretch marks.
Made only with Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, MSM Powder, and Tocotrienols (Vitamin E).

PROTECT is a body butter made to protect the skin from exposure to the elements like sun, water, dry climates, wind and cold weather. It moisturizes while still allowing the skin to breathe, leaving it soft and smooth.
Made only with Bees Wax, Coconut Oil, Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), and MSM Powder.

LIPS is a lip balm made with bees wax, to heal and moisturize dry, chapped lips. It can even help fight wrinkles and signs of aging around your lips while keeping them soothed and soft.
Made only with Coconut Oil, Cacao Butter, Shea Butter, Bees Wax, Tocotrienols (Vitamin E), MSM Powder, and Sacha Inchi Oil.

GONE is a gentle makeup remover made with only two ingredients. There are no harsh chemicals and no need to tug at the skin to remove stubborn makeup. It even acts as a moisturizer to help leave your face soft and smooth.
Made only with Coconut Oil and Tocotrienols (Vitamin E).
 


These are concentrated products, and require adding water to make them spread and absorb in the skin. This also allows you to control the quantity you use and your personal preference for consistency.

If you are ready for truly all-natural skin care products that use vitamins and minerals to help achieve your goals, you have to try these today!
 

Click here for Superfood Skin Care!

BRAND NEW! Superfood for Your Skin








1. CDC – Skin Exposure and Effects (http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/skin/)

2. Daily Mail – Women absorb up to 5lbs of damaging chemicals a year thanks to beauty products (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-462997/Women-absorb-5lbs-damaging-chemicals-year-thanks-beauty-products.html)

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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New! Pure Superfood Skin Care

NEW Superfood Skin Care – Pure, Natural, Food-based Beauty Products

An incredible new way to feed your skin! Announcing our line of Sunfood Skin Care products: These were developed with the help of an amazing woman (and Sunfood customer), who was dealing with her own skin issues and just wanted a better solution.

“I had the same skin goals as many women; I wanted my face and neck to look young, my wrinkles to fade, my dry skin to heal, and my lips to be soft and supple.

But most of all, I wanted something natural that used vitamins and nutrients to help heal my skin, not chemicals, alcohols and synthetic ingredients found in most high-end skin care products (even the “natural” ones).

We live in a world that is inundated with chemicals. Food, beverages, vitamins, clothing, skin-care products, soaps, shampoos, pollution in the air we breathe, almost everything we touch daily has laboratory manufactured chemicals in or on them. Not what I want absorbing through my skin.

My mindset has always been, “If I can’t eat it, why in the world would I put it on my body?” So I did a bunch of research about the skin and what it needs in order to stay young and healthy.

Turns out, it’s pretty simple – all the necessary nutrients can be found in superfoods. So that’s what we used for our ingredients.

I had already been using a bunch of Sunfood products for my skin like shea butter, cacao butter, and tocotrienols, and was experiencing the incredible benefits they had. But I was using 5 or 6 different products and that wasn’t convenient or easy.

The existing high-end natural beauty products didn’t have the ingredients I trusted, and I wanted something better. So, I decided to bring all my favorite Sunfood products together once and for all.

After years of experimenting and tinkering, I found the perfect combinations of superfood ingredients. The final formulas were chosen because they have exactly what your skin needs to look its best, heal and repair itself.

These ingredients contain the most natural abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that are required by your skin to stay healthy and protected.

I’ve had great success using these, and I know they will help tons more women (and men) who want beautiful, supple, healthy skin!

 

Five Products for Your Specific Skin Goals

The five products we developed all have a different combinations of some of these ingredients, and all do different things for your skin.
 
Women are so used to having to have a different product for every little section of the body – one for around your eyes, one for your hands, one for the night, one for the day, one for fair skin, one for dark skin. The list goes on and on.

But we discovered that with just a handful of pure superfood ingredients you can see amazing results for all different areas, all different skin types, and all different skin issues.

These products were developed to achieve different goals for the skin, not to specifically target one area and just one goal.

They were also developed to provide increased benefits with long-term use, not a promise of a “quick-fix” that is unrealistic and untrue. It takes time for skin to heal, and it takes the right ingredients to nourish and promote healing.

**IMPORTANT NOTE**
These are concentrated products that need to be applied with PLENTY of water. We didn’t add water to these because we didn’t want to dilute them, and this allows you to create the perfect consistency for your needs.

YoungYoung
Nourishing Facial Cream

This rejuvenating face and neck cream is made to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, clear up blemishes, and protect from aging. Maintain youthful and healthy skin with daily application, and see results continue to improve with long-term use. Although it’s best suited for the face and neck, you can use it anywhere.
 
Healing
Damaged Skin Repair

This healing butter is best suited for the rest of your body; elbows, knees, arms, legs, tummy, toes, and wherever else you want. Made to soothe dry, itchy, cracked, or irritated skin, bug bites, minor burns and sunburns. With daily use, it rejuvenates the elasticity of the skin to reduce skin damage, scars, stretch marks and varicose veins.
 
Protect
Skin Defense with Bees Wax

This body butter protects from exposure to sun, water, dry climates, wind or cold weather. It moisturizes while allowing skin to breathe, leaving it soft and smooth. Especially great for any area exposed to the elements, dry hands, and dishwashing!

Lips
Lip Balm with Bees Wax

This all natural lip balm is made to heal and moisturize dry, chapped lips. It goes beyond the average lip balm because of its anti-aging and weather-defying properties. It can even help fight wrinkles around your lips while keeping them soothed and soft.
 
Gone
Gentle Makeup Remover

This nourishing makeup remover is simply made with two ingredients for gentle and effective makeup removal. No harsh chemicals or tugging at your skin to remove stubborn make-up. It even acts as a moisturizer helping to leave your face soft and smooth.

 

The Ingredients:

Cacao Butter
The pure oil of the cacao bean, Cacao Butter is a treat like no other, leaving your skin glowing, vibrant, revitalized, soft and supple. Raw, organic, and non-GMO, it’s excellent for preventive maintenance, scars, stretch marks, and to help slow down the aging process. The high antioxidant content helps fight off free radicals which increase skin stressers and signs of aging.
 
Bees Wax
This ingredient is only found in Protect and Lips. It’s sustainably sourced and helps increase skin protection. It also enhances staying power and decreases the chance of the products melting.
 
Coconut Oil
Raw, organic and non-GMO, this extra virgin coconut oil does wonders for the skin. It is best known for providing moisturizing relief from dryness, from head to toe.
 
Shea Butter
The oil extracted from the seed of the African karite tree, Shea Butter is commonly used to alleviate dry skin, itching, and scarring, as well as to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. It’s wild-crafted, cold-processed, unrefined and unfiltered to retain all of its beneficial nutrients, including natural tocopherols (vitamin E).
 
Sacha Inchi Oil
Raw and sustainably grown, this oil has been traditionally used by Amazonian cultures for its anti-aging properties. The natural omega-3 essential fatty acids in this pure oil help to visibly reduce wrinkles.

MSM
Known to restore and rejuvenate dry, rough skin, MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane) is a naturally occurring form of dietary sulfur which is found in fresh, raw foods and rain water. It is effective in addressing inflammation, scar tissue and wrinkles to make skin smooth, soft, and glowing.
 
Tocotrienols/Vitamin E
Recently, a new, more potent class of vitamin E compounds was discovered called tocotrienols. Vitamin E helps to smooth out scars and stretch marks to make your skin look radiant and healthy.
 
No fillers, no additives, no preservatives, not one unnecessary ingredient. These products were not developed to fit in with a current fad. It’s about getting back to basics and back to nature for maximum health.
 
Not even water is added to dilute the products. The concentration of product that is applied to the skin is controlled only by you.

Check out these reviews & comments from our customers!
Young – Nourishing Facial Cream
“I really like the way my skin feels after application. It keeps my face feeling moisturized all day. Like a lot of women, I have the dreaded T-zone, dry and oily areas. Young has helped keep my skin balanced so don’t have an oily glow! I’ve now used it during the winter which I loved as it provided the extra moisturizer I needed. My skin absorbs it and feels clean, smooth and revitalized.”

 

Healing – Damaged Skin Repair
“I have psoriasis on my elbows. They have cracked open and bleed and have been very tender. Always bright red and raised skin. I have used Healing every day and have been overly surprised and joyful at the results.  Within a month, no more cracking. The bright red skin is gone and my skin is smooth, not rough anymore. At this time my elbows just look a little ashy. I can wear short sleeves without feeling self conscious. Unbelievable!”

 

Healing – Damaged Skin Repair
“Healing is by far an outstanding product. Every time I get a pedicure, they are amazed how soft my feet are. I am currently using it on scars I recently received from an operation. The more I use it, the less I have to use. A little goes a long way, so it’s very economical!”

 

Healing – Damaged Skin Repair
“After using a product on my hair that dried it out and made it feel like straw, I needed it to be soft again.  After searching my bathroom and finding no hair conditioner, I took the jar of Healing and put it on my hair, combed it through and tied it up.  After an hour I jumped in the shower and washed my hair.  Was I thrilled when after blow drying my hair it felt so soft and supple.   It does for my hair what it does for my feet.  I literally use it from head to toe!”

 

Protect – Skin Defense with Bees Wax
“After hitting the slopes all day in Colorado, my skin looked old and dehydrated. I started putting Protect on my skin and it looked just as awesome after snowboarding all day as it did in the morning before I left. I also use it for my hands when I have to do a lot of dishes so that my hands don’t dry out. I even put it in my hair, which is long and curly. Just a little bit made my hair hold all day without weighing it down or looking greasy.”

 

Gone – Gentle Makeup Remover
“My daughter uses Gone and likes it is because of the ease of removing eye makeup. She doesn’t have to apply a lot of pressure. With other makeup removers, she would apply pressure and cause irritation especially around the sensitive eye area. It also serves as a moisturizer since the coconut oil moisturizes as it removes makeup/ impurities.”

 

Lips – Lip Balm with Bees Wax
“I normally apply lip balm numerous timesthroughout the day, but with Lips, I only have to apply it once in the morning and my lips stay soft and smooth all day with out having to reapply.”

 

 

 

If you are ready for truly all-natural skin care products that use vitamins and minerals to help achieve your goals, you have to try these today. 
 

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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