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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Himalayan Crystal Salt

Accept no other--Swanson Himalayan Crystal Salt is the only real Himalayan Salt in America endorsed by the founder of the European crystal salt movement, Dr. Barbara Hendel. As the ancient seas evaporated and the Himalayan Mountains rose from the earth, ribbons of pure crystal salt were stretched throughout the rock. Its structure, mineral composition and purity were thus preserved to this day. This crystal salt is finely ground and 100% pure and natural. It's not refined like table salt; it's more pure and wholesome than sea salt or rock salt. Dr. Hendel's Himalayan Crystal Salt is hand-mined to preserve its integrity and provide pure elemental energy from the earth. While many of Europe's leading chefs now demand Himalayan Crystal Salt in their kitchens, there's more to this natural wonder than culinary applications. Dr. Hendel recommends its use in baths, skin-care solutions, vaporizers and more--all detailed in her booklet Water & Salt, available exclusively through Swanson Health Products.





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Friday, July 11, 2014

Veggies That Boost Your Immune System

It’s that time of year again when we need to give our immune system a good healthy boost.

Because of the proliferation of health problems, people are constantly looking for ways to strengthen their immune system. While most resort to finding supplements and other health products, you can actually raise your immunity by simply eating your vegetables. Following is a list of vegetables you should eat for an improved immune system.

Vegetables that serve as Immune System Boosters

1. Garlic
Garlic contains allicin, a compound known for protecting cells against various compounds. It is also a powerful antiseptic, preventing diseases ranging from colds to cancers. Last but not least, it's directly linked to the prevention of age-related diseases.
2. Cruciferous vegetables
These mostly leafy vegetables have sulfur-containing compounds that are converted into isothiocyanates (ITCs). These ITCs improve immune response and are also linked to cancer prevention. Examples of cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, and radish.
3. Onions
This popular vegetable is rich with quercetin, a powerful antioxidant. It also contains anthocyanins, another powerful antioxidant. Onions are also known to reduce hypertension and are an adequate treatment for allergies.
4. Tomatoes
This popular fruit is nature's best source of lycopene. One of the most powerful antioxidants in nature, it is exceptionally effective in preventing cancers, particularly of the prostate. It is also rich in both beta carotene and dietary fiber.
5. Mushrooms
Several of these fungi are directly linked to reducing the risk of cancers, particularly breast cancer. It is able to do so, because it enhances the function of T cells, a part of the immune system that attacks infections or tumor cells. While there are lots of delicious species, there are also plenty of poisonous ones; you have to make sure if the mushroom you're looking at is edible or not. Some healthy choices: morel mushrooms, black chanterelle mushrooms, cauliflower mushrooms, reishi mushrooms and maitake mushrooms.
6. Beets
These are exceptionally good for purifying the blood. They are rich in iron, which boosts the functionality of oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Beets also enhance the function of immunity-focused white blood cells. Last but not least, they facilitate detoxification.
7. Spinach
Spinach improves immune function in two different ways. It is rich in beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, which increases the power of the immune system. It also contains zinc, a vital mineral that improves immunity.
8. Artichokes
This vegetable contains cynarin, a powerful detoxifier. Not only does it help with liver cleansing, but it also boosts overall body response with its high B vitamin content.
9. Asparagus
This vegetable has exceptional diuretic properties, which encourages the flushing out of toxins. Not only does it cleanse our body's insides, but it is also effective in countering inflammatory responses.
10. Bell peppers
These vegetables, especially the red ones, are full of vitamin C. Not only do they contain a high amount of vitamin C, but they also contain beta carotene that improves immune system function.
Some people say that the key to having a strong and sturdy body is to eat vegetables. By eating these immunity-boosting foods, your body will become sturdy indeed.
 
 
 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Tips For Summer Fun In The Sun

Summer has officially  begun and now its time for vacations and fun in the sun. The sun just makes you feel good – if you haven’t become afraid of it. Many of my patients avoid the sun like the plague. These days you hear frequent warnings that sunshine poses serious risks to your health.
Among the many alarmist voices are the sunscreen manufacturers. For more than 20 years, the $5 billion-a-year industry has been propagating the supposition that the sun is deadly and we must be protected from it by slathering on chemical compounds.
Of course, they conveniently fail to mention that sun exposure is essential for good health; or that common sun lotion contains 5 known carcinogens – two of which are actually activated by the sun – and block your body’s ability to produce essential vitamin D.
And here’s the worst part – There has never been any evidence that sunscreens prevent the most serious kinds of skin cancer. In fact, they can actually increase that risk.
The rising risk of cancer is not because we’ve increased sun exposure.
With most of us working indoors now, we are exposed to far less sunlight yet certain cancers, especially skin cancers, have dramatically risen. Your diet is more important. We have progressively lowered antioxidant intake.
Many antioxidants have been shown to significantly lower your risk of cancer –even skin cancer. I’ll bet there are many more yet to be discovered. A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology backs me up on this.
They found that regular green tea drinkers were 20 to 30 percent less likely to develop the two most common types of skin cancer: *basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
The study also found that the green tea antioxidant known as EGCG can reduce burning on UV-exposed skin. The protective power of EGCG comes from its ability to prevent and repair the cellular damage caused by overexposure to the sun.
Dermatologists usually ignore any evidence that diet and sunlight have a synergistic connection. In fact, they spend most of their time telling you to stay out of the sun altogether. Their prescription – stay out of the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen when you do venture outside – is not only unnecessary; it’s bad for your health.

These findings do NOT mean it’s OK to burn in the sun as long as you have a cup of tea afterward. Sunlight is good for you; sunburns are bad, so use appropriate moderation.
All information above has been graciously provided by Al Sears, MD.
1 JR Rees et al. Tea consumption and basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2007; (56)781-785.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Count Is On To Soap Shows, Conferences and Gatherings!

 
It's that time of year again and everyone is gearing up and planning their Soap and Candle Shows, Conferences, and Gatherings.

We'll keep you updated...just check out our Handcrafted Body Care Industry - Calendar of Events for dates and links for more information.

If you have a Show, Conference, or Gathering you would like share with us just make a comment to this post and we'll add it to our calendar.

These events are a great way to meet new soapers, network, learn new things, and check out suppliers and equipment vendors.

Check the calendar often for updates and to find an event to attend in your area.






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Friday, February 28, 2014

CENTRAL SOAPERS WORKSHOP

Brandy at Soap Equipment


Because we couldn't have said it any better ourselves....we want you to check out THIS BLOG POST on the Central Soaper Workshop Site!

SoapEquipment.com is excited to be joining Central Soapers again in this awesome event!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Love From The Heart



The first month of 2014 went flying by with cold temperatures for most of the country. Now it’s time to focus our attention on love. Valentine’s Day the day of love when cards and candy are given with warm affection in hopes that a special person will accept these gifts and respond with tenderness. There’s just something about love that we just can’t get enough of.
Love from the “heart” the point we are making today! Did you know that many of the more than one million Americans who will die from heart-related disease this year will have died of a heart attack while experiencing a sudden rise in excitement and tension. Having a check up with your doctor is also a special gift. One you can give yourself. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take.
1. Don't smoke or use tobacco - Smoking or using tobacco is one of the most significant risk factors for developing heart disease. Chemicals in tobacco can damage your heart and blood vessels, leading to narrowing of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis can ultimately lead to a heart attack.
2. Exercise for 30 minutes on most days of the week - Try getting at least 30 to 60 minutes of moderately intense physical activity most days of the week. However, even shorter amounts of exercise offer heart benefits, so if you can't meet those guidelines, don't give up. You can even break up your workout time into 10-minute sessions.

 
 
 
 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Flavonoids Improve Insulin Function and Inflammation



These Can Help Prevent Type II Diabetes

When it comes to preventing type II diabetes, recently published research indicates that one important change we can make is to increase our flavonoid intake. Two large studies, one involving 2,915 subjects and another involving 340,234 participants, have found that long-term flavonoid intake was inversely associated with type II diabetes risk. Both studies found that two flavonoid subclasses—flavonols and flavanals—were associated with reduced risk of developing type II diabetes.
New research indicates dietary flavonoids may protect against insulin resistance and inflammation, two hallmarks of type II diabetes. Researchers from the Norwich Medical School at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK, examined associations between insulin resistance and inflammatory biomarkers and intakes of total flavonoids and their subclasses. Measures assessed included fasting serum glucose, insulin, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 and adiponectin levels.
In multivariable analyses, higher intakes of anthocyanins and flavones were associated with significantly reduced peripheral insulin resistance. Higher anthocyanin intake was also associated with lower concentrations of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation. Subjects with the highest flavone intake also had improved concentrations of adiponectin, a protein involved in regulating glucose levels. The study authors concluded that “higher intakes of both anthocyanins and flavones were associated with improvements in insulin resistance and hs-CRP.”

Resource: SwansonHealthProducts@e.swanson-vitamins.com 






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