Did you know that craving chocolate is a sign of magnesium deficiency? In fact, chocolate happens to be high in magnesium. Magnesium is a mineral that plays a role in over 300 bodily reactions! From keeping your heart rate steady, to supporting liver detoxification, bone strength and formation, blood sugar balance, and protein synthesis, magnesium is vital to your health.
Natural medicine expert, Dr. Aviva Romm, refers to magnesium as The Relaxation Mineral. Magnesium literally nourishes the nervous system, helping us to relax. It is estimated that 80% of people are deficient in magnesium. One main factor for this is the consumption of processed foods, which are stripped of minerals; coffee and soda consumption also deplete magnesium.
Some signs that you may have a magnesium deficiency include: sleeplessness, muscle cramps, muscle twitches (eye twitching), anxiety, low energy, sweet or chocolate cravings, and constipation.
When we are under stress, there are changes that occur on a cellular level. The calcium (normally outside of the cells) enters the cells; this creates an active state in which our nerve cells become excited and muscles tense up. When our stress has settled, magnesium pushes the calcium back outside of the cell, resulting in relaxation. A magnesium deficiency creates a state in which calcium lingers in the cells, resulting in prolonged stress and other magnesium deficiency symptoms.
Supplementing with magnesium can be a life changer. Magnesium helps relax and restore your nervous system, allowing you to better handle stress, sleep better, and feel more at ease. Magnesium is also an effective laxative–don't over do it because it may have you running to the bathroom. A good rule of thumb when supplementing is to start with a small dose and go from there.
Edye’s favorite magnesium supplement is Natural Calm, a supplement powder which creates an effervescent drink when added to water. Edye has found Natural Calm to be the most effective magnesium supplement she has tried. Natural Calm offers highly absorbable, water-soluble magnesium in ionic form, meaning it's effective in the body right away. If you are using magnesium to help improve your sleep, take it before bed. Consult your health care expert to determine your individual needs.
Support your body and health by eating a whole foods diet and taking key nutritional supplements, such as magnesium. Remember, what you put on your body goes in your body too. Edye’s Naturals is committed to all natural and organic ingredients, to help you feel your best and support and maintain your health.
You use soap multiple times a day, but have you ever questioned what’s in it? If you are interested in reducing your exposure to toxic chemicals, then you will want to know what is in your soap. Our skin is our body’s largest organ and first line of defense against harmful substances. Our skin is also absorbent, allowing us to take in healthful substances such as vitamin D from sunlight. On the down side, toxins that come in contact with your skin are also absorbed into the body. Chemicals like dioxane, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS), triclosan, parabens, urea, palate, BHT, retinyl are found in typical soaps. While these chemicals are common, by no means are they safe. These chemicals are carcinogenic and also contain endocrine disruptors (which wreck havoc on hormones and immune system function). Conventional soap also changes the natural pH of your skin, removes healthful bacteria, and strips your skin of its natural moisture--leaving you with dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. Unfortunately, washing with conventional soaps can cause more harm than good.
If you don’t want something in your body, don’t put it on your body! Edye’s naturals makes choosing a chemical free soap easy using the cold process method. You’ll only find ingredients you can trust in Edye’s Organic Soap, including: Organic Shea Butter, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Water, Organic Castor Oil, and Organic Essential Oils. Edye’s naturals uses a blend of organic oils to moisturize as it cleans, without the use of harsh chemicals:
Be mindful of what you choose to put on and in your body--for your health and the health our our environment! Choose Edye’s naturals to be part of your healthy lifestyle.
Seasonal allergies can make a beautiful time of year feel miserable. Itchy eyes, scratchy throat, coughing, skin breakouts (hives, eczema) and sniffles leave many people hiding inside and living in discomfort, during the spring and summertime. While conventional treatments may offer some relief, they are not always immediately effective and also come with side-effects; for example, sleepiness and fatigue.
There’s good news-- natural remedies and lifestyle modifications can help relieve and even prevent allergies.
Lifestyle Modifications to help relieve and prevent allergies:
When it comes to natural healing, it is important to consider the root causes of symptoms. According to Dr. Aviva Romm, “While the connection between your gut and seasonal allergy symptoms might not be instantly obvious, healing your gut is the first step to waving your seasonal allergies goodbye.” Our guts play an important role in breaking down potentially allergenic proteins; a barrier of cells prevents these proteins from entering the bloodstream. Our guts also host special bacteria and immune cells, which function to break down and eliminate these proteins. When the gut lining is weakened and inflamed (which can result from processed foods, food sensitivities, antibiotic use, chronic stress, etc,), these proteins are able to get into the bloodstream. This ultimately results in systemic inflammation; the body reacts to these foreign proteins, for example tree pollen, as dangers and an allergic reaction ensues.
Have you ever considered your exposure to pollutants in your car? Most of us spend a lot of time in our cars, whether it’s on our way to work or during leisure time. What many of us don’t realize is that pollutants are often higher in our cars than outside on the road. In fact, did you know that the “new car smell” is actually a cocktail of chemicals?
One of the main reasons that pollutant levels are higher inside cars is because cars take in emissions from other vehicles and recirculate them. Research shows that levels of some pollutants can be 10 times higher inside vehicles than outside. Some of the chemicals include formaldehyde, benzene, and toluene- all of which are suspected carcinogens. Your in-car pollution levels depend on some of the following factors: the age of your car, driving speed, ventilation, traffic congestion, and types of vehicles in your vicinity.
So, what can you do to lower your exposure to in-car pollutants?
Here are some helpful tips:
Well, the answer is a bit complicated. And technically, it depends on where you live. For instance, in Norway (which is the world leader in electric car use), the vehicles are clean because they are mostly run on hydropower. However, electric cars in the US are still powered by dirty fossil fuels. Essentially, electric cars are being powered from the same fuel as petrol cars, but burn less of it. In general, electric cars are responsible for less greenhouse gas and other emissions that result from combustion engines.
The takeaway is that we still need to move away from fossil fuels. Electric cars are better than combustion vehicles, but additional improvements are needed for our health and health of our planet.
Edye's Naturals keeps your health and the health of the planet in mind. Choose Edye's Naturals to be part of your healthy lifestyle.
We all know that exercise is important to overall health--many of us go to the gym with the goal of getting a whole body workout--but have you ever considered exercising your face and neck? There are 57 muscles in your face and neck, and they need a workout too! If you didn’t consider these muscles before, you are not alone. Few people realize the important role these muscles play in maintaining elasticity and facial. In fact, facial exercises help to improve tone by tightening the muscles in the face, which can lead to fewer wrinkles, less tension, and even fewer headaches and decreased eye strain.
Have you ever wondered what causes the skin in our faces to sag as we age? This is due in large part to the fat pads that lie just beneath the skin. These fat pads thin with age and begin to loosen. Gravity exacerbates the sagging, leaving the cheeks appearing hollow and face droopy. The good news is that facial exercises can help reverse these visual effects of aging. Facial exercises are natural and safe. In fact, they have gained a reputation as being “nonsurgical face-lifts”.
You may be thinking: “Don’t I already work my facial muscles out daily?". Of course, you use your facial muscles anytime you make a facial movement- whether it be a smile, frown, or any other facial expression. Your unique pattern of facial movements is what predicts your pattern of future wrinkles, as a groove will form (over time) perpendicular to the movement. The reason why facial exercises are important is because they work muscles you likely don’t move regularly--this helps your muscles to stay fit and firm. Facial exercises also increase blood flow and circulation, which also helps to counteract wrinkles.
A recent study by Northwestern University showed the promising results of facial exercises. 30 minutes of daily facial exercises, or at least a few times a week, resulted in younger appearance and fuller and firmer cheeks. Women who took part in the study were rated by dermatologists as looking three years younger, just after 20 weeks of committing to facial exercises!
Try facial exercises and see the benefits for yourself!
If you would like to try some exercises but don’t know where to begin, watch this Happy Face Yoga video by Gary Sikorski, who developed Happy Face Yoga, one of the longest-established facial-exercise programs.
Along with implementing facial exercise, treat your skin and body well by eating a whole foods diet and only using quality, natural and organic products like Edye’s Naturals on your skin.
Try Edye’s Naturals Deep Nourishing Serum; with this hydrating formula, younger, firmer-looking skin is well within-reach, as it penetrates deep into the skin’s surface to deliver our super-concentrated combination of vitamin and antioxidant rich oils.
Edye’s Naturals Deep Nourishing Serum will help diminish lines, wrinkles, reduce dark spots, and even tone and improve skin texture and radiance--all by improving the health of your skin.
Ah, the glory days of summertime and vitamin sunshine! You may be aware that the winter blues are associated with vitamin D deficiency due to lack of sun exposure. Vitamin D supports healthy bones, immune function and blood cell formation.
Did you know that 42% or more Americans are vitamin D deficient? Deficiency of vitamin D is linked to mood swings, depression, fatigue, chronic skin issues, and other imbalances. The good news is vitamin D abounds in the summertime--thanks to the sunshine! Vitamin D is unique to other vitamins, which are generally obtained from food, in that most of your vitamin D is produced in your skin in response to sunlight. To maintain healthy vitamin D levels, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends 5-15 minutes of unprotected sun exposure a few days a week.
While soaking up some sun sure feels good and is vital for health, there are certainly risks to too much sun exposure. Ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB) are two types of sun rays that travel through the earth’s atmosphere and reach your body. UVA rays penetrate the top layer of your skin. While UVA rays are not likely to cause sunburn, they are linked to increased risk of skin cancer and cause wrinkles, leathery skin and sunspots.UVB rays affect the top layer of your skin and cause the infamous sunburn. They are also one of the major causes of skin cancer.
It is important to note that UVB rays are highest between 10 am and 4 pm. Aside from getting your recommended unprotected sun exposure, it is important to protect yourself from the sun during that time of day.
When people think of protection from the sun, sunscreen is the first thing to come to mind. However, your sunscreen may not be as safe as you think. Have you ever read the ingredients on bottle? Most contain toxic ingredients or endocrine (hormone) disrupting chemicals that can influence skin cancer growth. In fact, skin cancer rates have risen since sunscreen use began! There are some great natural sunscreens on the market--you just need to know what to look for.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) makes choosing a sunscreen easier-- here is a great guide to help you find a safer sunscreen this season.
Something you will notice when looking at natural sunscreens is that most of them contain plant oils. This is because many plant oils have a natural SPF (sun protection factor). In case you were wondering, SPF is a measure of how long the sunscreen protects your skin from sunburn caused by UVB rays. For example, if you would generally burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 15 should allow you 15 times longer (150 minutes) in the sun before burning.
The following is a list of plant oils contained in Edye’s Organic Face and Body Butter and their associated SPF:
Avocado Oil: SPF 4-10 (can be as high as 15)
Coconut Oil: SPF 4-6
Shea Butter: SPF 4-6
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: SPF 2-8
Grapeseed Oil: SPF 4
Carrot Seed Oil: SPF 35-40
Camellia Oil:SPF 3-5
Use Edye’s Organic Face and Body Butter as an extra level of skin protection to improve the SPF of your natural sunscreen.
Also apply Edye's Naturals after sun exposure, to help moisturize and nourish your skin.
In the case of sunburn, Edye’s Organic Face and Body Butter is soothing and can help repair the skin.
Put on some Edye’s Naturals and see the healing effects for yourself.
Enjoy the sunshine this season in a healthy way! Get your vitamin D and prepare to protect yourself from excess sun.
Choose a natural sunscreen, use Edye’s Naturals before and after sun exposure, wear protective clothing, avoid the high-sun period (10am-4pm), find some shade, and don’t forgot your sunglasses!
Your skin appearance provides insight into your internal health. Our bodies not only obtain nutrients from food, but through the skin as well. Think of skincare products as food, since what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream and carried throughout your body. In other words, if you cannot ingest it, don’t put it on your skin!
The products and foods you choose to use and consume affect your health and quality of life. Going organic is one of the best choices you can make for your health and that of the planet. Have you ever tried to decipher the ingredients on typical skincare products? Research links exposure to synthetic chemicals (which are abundant in conventional skincare products) to illness and disease. Synthetic chemicals are known to cause hormonal imbalance, cancers, headaches, skin irritations, and other chronic illnesses.
These chemicals are not biodegradable and go into our environment harming our water, plants, and animals. The bottom line is that synthetics have no place in skincare. Organic ingredients and products are safer and work better. Your skin is your body’s largest organ—give it the nutrients it deserves through organic skincare!
Typical skincare products cause more harm than good and, frankly, often cause what they claim to cure—leading to irritated skin and premature aging. Edye's Naturals are designed with your health and the health of the environment in mind. The ingredients in Edye's Naturals are biodegradable, and Edye's Naturals is Leaping-Bunny Certified, which is the international gold-standard for non-animal tested consumer products. Edye's Naturals contain all organic, high-quality ingredients, which are safer and more effective than conventional products. Better ingredients mean better results.
Edye's Naturals uses a blend of organic oils, which all have different vitamin and mineral profiles; organic oils are full of antioxidants and are nutrition for the skin. Edye's Naturals also contain avocado oil and camellia oil, which act as natural collagen builders. While conventional products strip the skin of its natural oils and cause dryness, organic oils work in harmony with your skin. These oils nourish and protect the skin, allowing it to repair itself.
Choosing organic skincare is an investment in your health; and, a lifestyle commitment to protect the earth. In fact, choosing organic will cost you less money in the long-run, because quality ingredients are more efficient and effective. Edye's Naturals doesn’t add any water or alcohol, and because the products are highly concentrated in organic oils, a little goes a long way! Treat your body and the environment with care: go organic!
Spirulina is a type of green-blue algae that grows naturally in alkaline (high pH) lakes. Spirulina has a long history as a food; in fact, the Aztecs harvested spirulina from Lake Texcoco in central Mexico. Nowadays, it is most commonly commercially grown in ponds, where quality is monitored, and upon harvesting it is dried and powdered for supplemental use. With over 20 years of use as a supplement (and a much longer history of use as a food in ancient cultures), spirulina is touted for being high in antioxidants (compounds that help combat cancer and DNA damage), vitamins and minerals.
Spirulina is a superfood! It contains significant amounts of calcium, niacin, potassium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. Due to its high iron content, it offers support during menstruation, when there is loss of iron, and before and after donating blood. Spirulina is also high in protein; in fact, protein makes up 70-80% of its dried weight!
Research also indicates that spirulina offers immune-support. A study at UC Davis showed that spirulina increases the activation of T-cells (immune cells which engulf invading microorganisms and destroy infected cells), showing how spirulina can support the body in fighting off pathogens and parasites. While more research needs to be done, spirulina has also been shown to promote the growth of healthy bacterial flora in the intestines; a healthy microbiome also helps to inhibit harmful pathogens.
If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of spirulina for yourself, here is a way to start: most studies suggest using between 1-8 grams of spirulina daily (7 grams is about a tablespoon); the powder may be added to water or smoothies if you don’t care for the flavor.
Your body is intelligent. The lymphatic system plays a vital role in your body’s natural ability to heal and rebalance. The lymphatic system is a complex and expansive network of vessels, ducts, and lymph nodes, which also includes the spleen, thymus, adenoids, and tonsils. These tissues, which make up the lymphatic system, produce, store, and transport white blood cells--removing waste from cells throughout the body and playing an important role in immune system regulation.
The lymphatic system can be viewed as a filtration and drainage system. It plays a primary role in protecting the body from threats such as infections, bacteria, and even cancer cells. The fluid which flows through the lymphatic system is called lymph. Lymph carries white blood cells and is also made up of different components relative to where it is in the body; it contains proteins, bacteria and fats. The flow of lymph ensures that wastes do not build up in tissues.
The lymphatic system is often referred to as the “second circulatory system”. In fact, lymph nodes are located close to major arteries, since the lymphatic system connects to blood flow to keep the blood clean. Unlike the circulatory system, which pumps blood through the heart, the lymphatic system does not have a pump to move lymph, rather it relies on muscular movement. This is because the lymphatic system has valves which move lymph in one direction--allowing for optimal filtration and elimination.
Throughout our lives, we encounter microbes, bacteria, and toxins that get into our bodies and enter the lymphatic fluid. The fluid containing these invasive organisms gets trapped inside lymph nodes (small, bean-shaped structures), which is where the immune system “attacks” perceived treats via white blood cells. Lymph fluids also travel to the spleen and thymus, before entering the bloodstream. The spleen is a filtering organ, which plays a key role in fighting infections; it also produces white blood cells which are triggered when invaders are detected. The thymus also plays a role in filtration, creating or removing white blood cells as needed.
Another important role of the lymphatic system is maintaining bodily balance. When the system is working properly, we don’t retain water or experience swelling. Chances are you have had swollen lymph nodes, commonly around the throat; this is because when we are sick or injured, fluids build up around the infected or injured area.
Support Your Lymphatic Health:
In general, you can massage yourself to help reduce pain in swollen lymph nodes, muscles or joints. Try using some of Edye’s Naturals Lemon Cleansing Oil to massage yourself or a loved one. Edye’s Naturals Lemon Cleansing Oil contains all organic oils; it contains castor oil which research shows can help improve lymphatic drainage. If you have swollen lymph nodes, try massaging with some Edye’s Naturals and then apply a warm compress to the area.
The benefits of yoga extend beyond the mat. Yoga is a practice that honors the mindbody connection. In science, the mind is defined by brain-cell communication. The field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) shows that this model of the mind can be extended to the entire body. This is because neuropeptides and their receptors are located throughout the body. PNI also informs us how our physiology impacts our emotional and mental state.
Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of yoga is that it is a practice of being in the present moment. It’s no surprise that in today’s chaotic world, the popularity of yoga is rising. Yoga asana (postures) are truly a moving meditation; an act of linking movement with breath. Yoga asana is a tool of awareness; in fact, it’s no surprise that studies show yoga practitioners have greater bio-feedback and are more aware of bodily changes and sensations. Studies display that yoga practitioners have greater pain tolerance.
In one study, participants were asked to place their hand in a cup of freezing water. The yoga practitioners were able to hold their hands in the water twice as long as non-yogis. The yoga practitioners were found to have greater grey matter in the areas of the brain associated with pain. This research suggests that yoga can help equip individuals with the tools to deal with sensory inputs and perhaps the emotional reactions attached to those inputs; this overtime can lead to positive changes in brain connectivity and structure. Traditionally, yoga asana was practiced to prepare the mind for meditation.
Meditation: the simple act of breathing and attending to the breath. Although the benefits of meditation have been documented anecdotally and scientifically for decades, only recently has its importance in the area of psychiatry been understood. Research shows that meditation stimulates the expression of genes that are powerfully anti-inflammatory in nature, and helps to stabilize blood sugar (which has major implications on mood). The practice of meditation and yoga also helps us to be liberated from our more analytical selves; we become more skilled at developing “the observer” and, in turn, can be less reactionary. Meditation is truly a practice of neutrality, in which we practice witnessing without fixing.
Studies show that certain areas of the cerebral cortex are thicker in people who meditate on a regular basis. These areas of the brain are involved with attention and sensory processing and are used for planning complex cognitive behaviors. There are also studies that show people who meditate throughout life maintain thicker cerebral cortexes as they age (while more studies need to be done, this has important implications for the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's). Overall, meditation is a means to help reduce stress and send signals of safety to the body.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of yoga and meditation, look into the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of Wherever You Go, There You Are and Full Catastrophe Living. In his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach, he combines Hatha yoga (a style of yoga which involves holding yoga postures) and mindfulness meditation, which has shown impressive clinical study results and is currently implemented in hospitals and clinics worldwide. Kabat-Zinn has observed that those with more physical complaints, for example joint pain, often do best with meditation--he refers to this as the “mind door”; while others with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, etc., do best with asana--which he refers to as “the body door”.
Yoga will help you gain flexibility and strength in both body and mind.
Edye’s Naturals supports you in living a holistic life. Honor your mind body connection by taking actions and making choices that support your whole self.