Are There Any Truly Natural Skin Care Products?

I have been reading every place on the internet lately about the warnings of using products on our bodies (cosmetics, body washes, lotions etc) that contain certain chemicals. Although the skin is the largest organ of our body, we often think very little about the impact our body care products may have on our overall health.

Yet, think about it, there are many medications nowadays that are in patch form. Why? Because when they are adhered to the skin, the skin absorbs the medication very effectively into the blood stream. Recently I began using an essential oil blend from Nature’s Inventory for my restless legs. It is amazing how quickly the essential oils are absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream to provide the therapeutic effect.

This experience really began to wake me up to the importance of what we put on our skin. It dawned on me that most people were absorbing many things through their skin into their bloodstream that were never intended to be put inside their bodies and likely were not promoting good health. That’s when I started to search for completely natural, safe enough to eat, skin and hair care products. Because the reality is, what you put on your skin is part of your “diet”.

Sadly, so many products on the market that use the words “all natural” and “organic” are far from it. I thought I had found my utopia of skin care products when I found Pure Soap Life products. They advertise that they are made from 100 % certified organic cold-processed extracts. I trusted that. Until I began to look a little closer at the label and found that several chemicals they are using are synthetic and are possibly harmful. Chemicals such as Cocamide MEA (possibly contains DEA a known carcinogen) and DMDM Hydantoine (a preservative) that works by releasing formaldehyde into the product.

I purchased 2 Pure Life Soap products. The Coconut Body lotion, which I love, does appear to be all natural. It makes my skin very soft and I have experienced no dryness as I do with other moisturizers. The other product was the Aloe Hand and Body Wash which I was enjoying until I discovered that they were using some synthetic and possibly harmful ingredients.

Oh well, we will keep you posted on the search for truly 100% organic and safe nutritive body care products. I’m sure they are out there somewhere.

Be in health,

Jean

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NuBody Organic Nutritional Supplements

NuBody Organic HealthWe don’t usually recommend many nutritional supplements because we believe you should get your nutrition from food. But we also realize it’s not always possible to get good produce or have enough of it around all the time. Some supplementation is okay, but most of what you will find on the market today, even the ones that claim to be all natural or organic, contain chemical additives such as silicone dioxide or titanium dioxide as anti-caking agents.

Well, we’ve finally located an all natural, truly organic supplement company that doesn’t put those kinds of ingredients in their vitamin and nutritional products. The founder of the company emailed me personally in answering my inquiries to assure me that none of these artificial ingredients are in their products. I don’t know many other companies that will go to that kind of effort.

NuBody Supplements features 5 different herbal and vegetable based products to help you get the nutrition you need for specific functions such as better concentration, energy, appetite control, heart health and a general purpose multi-vitamin.

They’ve also designed several packages of their supplements to help out when you are over worked, trying to lose weight or just trying to stay in great shape. With these packages you can save significantly over the cost of buying each one individually and if you get on a monthly autoship order, you can save even more money.

Their individual supplements are:

Brain Control – For increasing mental activity and improving the thinking process.

Time Release Energy – A non-stimulant supplement for restoring energy.

Organic Health Multi-Vitamin – A general purpose multi-vitamin that contains anti-oxidants and immune enhancing ingredients.

SuperSlim Appetite Suppressant – A safe and natural weight loss solution that helps improve your energy as well.

Omega 3 Fish Oil – To help you maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

I’m ordering the Brain Control supplement later today because that’s where I can use the most help, in my thinking process. I’ll let you know how it works out.

I’m most impressed with these supplements and the company just from the standpoint that the founder related in his email to me that he was working on a degree in Nanotechnology and Biology and knows what ingredients such as titanium dioxide does to the human body. That’s why he refuses to put them in any of his products.

Thankfully there are still a few companies around that think that way.

Alan

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Taking Care Of Mind, Body And Spirit

Being healthy means taking care of mind, body and spirit. Every week Alan and I plan an outing to refresh our relationship by reconnecting in a relaxing atmosphere. Last Saturday, as Providence would have it, was his birthday and also, one of our favorite local musicians, Mike Fred, was playing his guitar at the East Coast Coffee and Tea Company on Eau Gallie Blvd, Melbourne. This was a birthday treat.
 
In addition to the great music, the cozy atmosphere and the sweet fellowship, the tea was delectable. If you’ve read our blog much, you’ve heard me mention Numi Tea before and how absolutely fine this tea is. Well, little did I know that East Coast Coffee and tea Company carries practically the full line of Numi tea including their flowering teas. I thought I was my birthday!
 
Deciding to live dangerously, I plunged in and tried a new flavor (all of Numi’s teas are natural (they don’t just say natural – they don’t use excitotoxins, aka natural flavors) and organic. Although, caffeine has not been part of my diet for about 1 year, I decided to try the Velvet Garden. This tea really lives up to it’s name. An enchanting blend of rose petals and the tender bud of the tea plant (white tea) makes this a tea that will calm the mind while stimulating the imagination. Give velvet garden a try and enjoy the fragrant rose scent in your nostrils, as you sip and dream, sip and dream.

Enjoy a fun outing and reconnect with your loved ones.

Jean

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Grow An Herb Garden Indoors

Indoor Herb GardenWinter is upon us and for most of the nation growing a garden just isn’t an option. Fortunately we live in Florida where the winters are very mild so we have a regular garden and an herb garden my wife tends in several containers on our deck. But what if you live in the frigid north or live in an apartment and would like to have at least an herb garden?

Well, you are in luck! I’ve just run across the indoor herb garden known as the AeroGarden and it’s one of the coolest little garden deals I’ve ever seen. It’s about the size of a breadbox (does anyone have one of those anymore?), it fits right on your countertop and you can grow herbs in it year round. And the best part is that the herb garden is completely dirt free using what’s known as aeroponics. Aeroponics are very similar to hydroponics and it is a system where the roots are suspended in a high oxygen and moisture chamber fed with just the right amounts of nutrients.

The garden comes with its own full spectrum light, has computerized controls that turns the light on and off, regulates nutrient delivery and it alerts you when additional nutrients and water are needed. And don’t worry about the nutrients, because they are 100% certified organic. You can grow all sorts of herbs in it like dill, cilantro, Italian basil, purple basil, parsley, mint and even small vegetables like cherry tomatoes and chili peppers and some lettuce.

The seeds for the garden are enclosed in their own dome-like seed pots that are like mini greenhouses for fast germination and growing. All you do to get started with the AeroGarden is put in your seed pods, add water, put in the nutrient tablets, plug it in and watch it grow into a nice little garden. It’s perfect for apartments, condos, trailers or as I mentioned earlier, those cold northern areas in the dead of winter.

Find out more about the AeroGarden.

Alan

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Colon Cleansing

The first Healthy Diet Podcast of 2008 is about having a healthy colon and colon cleansing.

Show notes:

  • January is a great time to cleanse your colon because all the toxic holiday junk food is behind you.
  • The colon is the body’s main elimination organ. If the colon is not working properly, toxins are not eliminated. When toxins build up it results in dis-ease of the body.
  • A healthy colon food moves through it in 24-36 hours.
  • A person should produce 2-3 bowel movements a day, one for each meal consumed. Infrequent bowel movements mean your system is backing up.
  • Some of the possible signs of an unhealthy colon are: Headaches, fatigue, back pain, gas, body odor, bad breath, acne, and allergies.
  • You can view actual pictures at BlessedHerbs.com from a colon cleanse (Not for the squeamish).
  • Improve colon health by eating a whole food diet high in fiber. Animal products are hard to digest and contain no fiber.
  • Find a good product like Fiber Cleanse from Hallelujah Acres.
  • Good information on colon health at BlessedHerbs.com .
  • Start the New Year right and improve your health by “cleaning house.”

Visit the healthy recipe section of our web site for some delicious and healthy foods so you can stay cleaned out.

Alan

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