More than three million people in the U.S. experience B vitamin deficiency each year, which leads to symptoms like fatigue, breathlessness, numbness, poor balance and memory trouble. B vitamins are crucial for efficient liver detoxification, as well as nerve function and nerve cell metabolism. Having the right level of B vitamins helps you stay healthy, energetic, clear-headed and balanced. Make sure you’re getting enough of each of these types of B vitamins.
Balanced levels of thiamine promote feelings of clear-headedness, composure and energy. If you’re addicted to carbohydrates, you’re probably thiamine deficient. Find this B vitamin in foods like vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes and seaweed.
Riboflavin, also known as B2, aids proper thyroid function and is necessary for essential fatty acid metabolism, improving energy production in nerve cells. Find riboflavin in whole grains, legumes, leafy vegetables, poultry, fish and seaweed.
Niacin, or B3, promotes the release of growth hormones, and has anti-depressant effects due to its indirect effect on serotonin levels. It also helps regulate blood sugar levels and can be found in food sources like peanuts, seeds, brown rice, whole grains, almonds and seaweed.
Pantothenic acid (B5)
Providing support for detoxification, pantothenic acid (B5) eliminates inflammatory substances and is vital for coping with extreme stress. Steroid hormones like estrogen and progesterone are only produced when B5 levels are sufficient. It can be found in avocados, mushrooms, soybeans, bananas, collard greens, lentils and broccoli to name a few foods.
Sufficient levels of B6 promote liver function and reduce the risk of hormone-related cancers because it binds to steroid hormones and detoxifies excess amounts. Additionally, it has significant mood-elevating effects because it corrects brain metabolism dysfunctions that cause depression while also heightening serotonin production. Find pyridoxine in spinach, walnuts, eggs, fish, poultry, beans and seaweed.
An important factor in liver detoxification, cobalamin has positive effects on mood and promotes free flow of neurotransmitters. It can be found in animal proteins, eggs, tempeh, algae and bee pollen.
Folic acid (Folate, B9)
Folic acid has mood elevating properties because it aids serotonin production. It also helps lower adrenal hormones that lead to increased blood pressure. Also known as folate or B9, this B vitamin prevents neural tube defects which may have otherwise caused brain and nervous system damage in babies. Find it in leafy greens, asparagus, bananas, cantaloupes and beans.
When in doubt, find an all-natural B vitamin supplement to take in the morning to ensure your levels are sufficient and your body functions properly. As always, remember to treat your body kindly and only use organic products like Edye’s Naturals.
Cooking for Hormone Balance
Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses nutrients, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease. Many of the U.S. based major food manufacturers employ nutritionists and food scientists. Some nutritionists work in a healthcare setting and in many cases they work in the food industry and in food science and technology, and a higher percentage of dietitians work in healthcare, corporate wellness, research, and education
In her book, 101+ Secrets from Nutrition School,Lynne Dorner author and Integrative Nutrition Coach shares the most essential lessons she learned along her educational journey at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Struck by the fact that only about one-fifth of medical schools teach nutrition or lifestyle changes as a way to prevent or cure disease, Dorner became inspired to share her secrets with others looking to make positive life changes.
The book starts out with an empowering message about nutrition based on a whole-person lifestyle and considering ones emotional health. This isn't just about what we physically consume, but how all parts of life connect to create or wreck our natural balance. Emotional health needs to be part of our healthcare. Based on my own health challenges I agree wholeheartedly with this and have found the information in this book beneficial to improving my diet.
In her brief chapters, Dorner provides nuggets of healthy advice such as in Chapter 81, she suggests that we start our day with a warm water and lemon tonic to help cleanse the body promote hydration and to give the body a boost of nutrients. Her non-conventional advice includes paying attention to bumps on your face as they may indicate another health issue. Dorner noted e examining someone with a breakout around the nose. After Dorner urged the person to see a physician it was discovered the individual had high blood pressure. Dorner warns to note any breakouts on the face and to dig deeper to find out what causes them.
You only get one life to live (unless you believe in reincarnation) so take time to learn how to best “feed” your body and pay attention to changes in your body that are out of the ordinary. Try to introduce more non-toxic products in all aspects of your life such as Edye’s Naturals.
Eating a diet high in plant-based whole foods promotes glowing skin, stronger nails, and healthier hair. That’s why we believe in healing your skin from inside out and if you're looking to nourish and protect your skin from sun damage, then this pineapple-turmeric smoothie blend is optimal for your. Pineapple has plenty of vitamin C, which supports the formation of collagen and overall skin texture. Turmeric is a great pain reliever, but it's also known to help reduce redness in the skin caused by inflammation. The added benefit is that turmeric is a remedy inflammation in other parts of your body such as your joints. And if that isn’t enough to make you run to the market to buy the ingredients for this smoothie recipe, using kale in your green smoothies adds a great antioxidant boost.
Tropical Turmeric Cleanser
2 cups kale, stems removed
¼ cup cilantro
2 cups unsweetened coconut water
2 cups chopped pineapple
1 cup chopped mango
Juice of ½ lemon
½ tsp ground turmeric
1. BLEND the kale, cilantro, and coconut water until smooth.
2. ADD the pineapple, mango, lemon juice, and turmeric and blend again.
Note: If you are using a high speed or nutrient extracting appliance such as Ninja or NutriBullet try this recipe by adding all ingredients all at once to blend.
A smoothie with collard greens? You bet. This veggie staple in the south is great healthy addition to smoothies. This recipe also includes cantaloupe known to help with acne and wrinkles. Plus carrots, packed with plenty of vitamin A, not only help regenerate collagen (your skin's support system) but also have beta-carotene to support your vision.
(Makes 2 servings)
2 cups collard greens
1 cup water
1 cup chopped cantaloupe
2 cups chopped mango
½ cup chopped carrots
½ cup chopped pineapple
1. BLEND the collard greens, water, and cantaloupe until smooth.
2. ADD the mango, carrots, and pineapple and blend again.
Note: Cantaloupe makes up half the liquid base in this recipe; once you blend your cantaloupe, it will liquefy and make melon "juice."
Note: If you are using a high speed or nutrient extracting appliance such as Ninja or NutriBullet try this recipe by adding all ingredients all at once to blend.
Recipe Source: Prevention Magazine
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is a known cause of skin cancer. We have been told for many years that regular use of sunscreen has been proven to reduce the risk of common skin cancers, as well as the more serious form, melanoma. But what about the ingredients contained in mass market chemical sunscreen products? Can they be harmful? What about mineral sunscreens are they better? Consider the following:
Chemical sunscreens use a combination of 2 to 6 of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. They absorb rays in a chemical reaction that deflects the heat back off the skin. major brand products have those ingredients. They provide UV protection but at the expense of being exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals.
Fact: The Food and Drug Administration has not reviewed evidence of potential hazards of sunscreen chemical filters ( oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate) – instead it grandfathered in ingredients used in the late 1970s when it began to consider sunscreen safety. The Danish EPA reviewed the safety of active ingredients in sunscreen and concluded that most ingredients lacked information to ensure their safety (Danish EPA 2015). And while the published studies suggest that several chemical filters interact with human sex or thyroid hormones, none of the ingredients had sufficient information to determine the potential risks to humans from hormone disruption.
Mineral sunscreens use active mineral ingredients, such as zinc oxide and titanium oxide . They reflect the sun’s rays like a mirror to protect exposed skin.. When buying sunscreen, protection from UV rays should be your top consideration because of this mineral options are likely a better choice. Zinc oxide delivers the best UVA and UVB protection (also known as broad-spectrum coverage). Mineral active ingredients don’t break down as readily in the sun, offering greater protection for longer. The better mineral sunscreens turn white when rubbed on the skin. Generally speaking, naturally derived ingredients used in mineral sunscreens are gentler than chemicals. However try to avoid titanium dioxide in powder or spray form as they have been known to unsafe when inhaled as well as products that contain nanoparticles as they the skin can absorb them.
Sunscreens can protect us from sunburn, but we don’t know the extent to which they can protect us from skin cancer. Some studies show that, yes, sunscreen reduces the risk of a certain type of skin cancer called squamous cell carincoma (SCC), but research hasn’t confirmed the relationship between sunscreen and other types of cancers, such as melanoma.
Wearing a mineral sunscreen daily is a good idea along with wearing sun-protective hats and clothing, and limiting your exposure to all UV rays. Remember some of the ingredients found in Edye’s Naturals can help heal your skin before and after sun exposure. Use Edye’s Naturals Face & Body Butter which contains shea butter, beeswax and carrot seed oil all of which help to heal and protect your skin against long term damage.
Water Pooling in Your Backyard? Try Planting a Rain Garden
On some properties, too much rain causes large pools of rain in your backyard causing a soggy mess that is difficult to do anything with. This situation can easily ruin your backyard BBQ plans for the summer because no one wants to stand around in soggy grass and dirt. Enter – THE RAIN GARDEN.
So What is a Rain Garden?
A rain garden is a plant pond, a garden bed that you plant with special deep-rooted species. These plants help the water rapidly seep into the soil, away from your house and out of your hair. A rain garden receives water from hard surfaces such as rooftops, sidewalks, driveways and patios. The shallow depression of the garden holds the water so it can slowly infiltrate back into the soil as the plants, mulch and soil naturally remove pollutants from the runoff, which improves the quality of ground water. The rain garden’s intent is to reduce drainage but the environmental benefits are also a plus.
Your rain garden should be no closer than 10 feet from any building – including your home. However according to Rutgers University,” this does not preclude placing it in a location that is more befitting, and piping water to the feature.” You should keep both of these in mind when planning your rain garden.
You should know rain gardens are not new – in fact you have seem them may times before. Nature creates its own rain gardens in the form of vernal ponds, swamps or bogs, and even in some cases flood plains.
There are certain species of plants you must consider for your rain garden especially as it relates to your geographical location – such as considering native plants to your area. Check out the species Rutgers University in New Jersey has used in its rain garden here but remember to research about the species best suited for your area:
Before you begin, you may consider chatting with a landscaper or someone at your location garden center to learn more about native species of plants and helping you choose a location. In the meantime, if you want to learn more how to build a rain garden in your yard, check out the familyhandyman.com’s detailed explanation here: https://www.familyhandyman.com/garden/how-to-build-a-rain-garden-in-your-yard/view-all/
Rain gardens are a fantastic way to solve a nuisance problem in your yard while nurturing and protecting the environment by channeling rain water and runoff from gutters into a rain garden planted with deep-rooted, colorful native plants.
There is no mystery that the chemicals found in your average consumer brand liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets are less than to be desired. Some of the most harmful ingredients include benzyl acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer), benzyl alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant), ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders), limonene (a known carcinogen) and chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen), among others according to the health and wellness website, Sixwise.com. In the long run, it seems the risks outweigh the reward of softer and fresher smelling laundry loads.
Enter Dryer Balls “The Natural Fabric Softener”
Although not a new concept, wool dryer balls are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to dryer sheets and fabric softener due to their environmentally friendly and softening capability. However, wool dryer balls can do so much more than just eliminate chemicals from your laundry. Toss a wool dryer ball into your dryer and it bounces around with your clothes, allowing more hot air to circulate through all the garments. As they tumble, the wool balls fluff your laundry, reduce wrinkles, and basically pummel the laundry to make it softer. Leave it in the dryer for future use. They are more effective than a dryer sheet by pulling moisture out of your clothes so you don’t have to run the dryer as long (a.k.a. energy savings). The more dryer balls you have in a load, the shorter the drying time will be. Shop online for wool dryers, although pricier Alpaca wool dryer balls are high quality and last longer.
Benefits of Using Wool Dryer Balls
There are many products on the market that tout “pure” and natural ingredients but fail to measure up to the claim. Terms like “pure” or “natural” are much less regulated and sometimes simply mean the product is minimally processed. Does that sound natural to you?
Should You Lower Your Expectations for “All Natural” Retail Products?
Your best bet is to study the ingredients. Remember that ingredients on anything –from food, to skincare to cleaning solutions list ingredients from highest percentage to lowest, so aim to pick a product where synthetic ingredients are mainly at the bottom of the list, if included at all. But in general when you see that a product is “natural” at least some natural ingredients MAY have been used in the formula, but a product can be labeled as natural and contain up to 30 percent synthetic ingredients which technically is not natural at all. If you truly are trying to avoid synthetic chemicals than you should only use products that don’t contain any synthetics whatsoever.
Trying to figure out the natural ingredients from the chemicals can be confusing. The scientific names of some naturally occurring ingredients might sound synthetic. Sodium chloride is just sea salt, for example, and citric acid is a compound found in lemons and other citrus fruits. To really be sure read the label and if the product is full of ingredients born in a lab (ethyl acetate, nitrocellulose, red #11, etc.) and the only from-the-earth one you recognize is buried at the bottom, that means product should not be considered natural and the use of the word is just marketing. Edye's Naturals is indeed natural because products primarily contain naturally sourced, organic ingredients - no chemicals or additives.
YOUR BEST BET IS TO CHOOSE ORGANIC
The definition of organic means using organic farming which features practices that strive to cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Organizations regulating organic products may restrict the use of certain pesticides and fertilizers in farming. In general, organic foods are also usually not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents or synthetic food additives.
Tip: Look at consumer brand skincare products that don’t claim to be natural – note their ingredients. Then look at your product(s) claiming to be natural. If you happen to notice similar ingredients high up the ingredients list, then you can easily draw your own conclusion that these products are using words “natural” and “pure” as marketing buzzwords.
Remember that what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your body and stick with products you know contain only all natural, organic ingredients, like Edye’s Naturals.
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Take a bite out of this: Did you know that it is necessary to eat three apples today to get the equal nutritional content to one apple that our grandparents would have eaten? This is why supplements are necessary to enhance our nutrition beyond eating healthy whole foods. But even with supplements you can find synthetics that you may want to avoid.
Supplements that list nutrients individually, such as vitamin C, or use chemical names like ascorbic acid, are almost certainly synthetic and manufactured with chemicals designed to emulate the way natural vitamins act in our body. Synthetic supplements lack necessary cofactors, which are substances essential to activate the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Proper absorption is your desired result, which you will not achieve with synthetic supplements.
Whole Foods Vitamins
Whole food supplements provide nutrients typically close as possible to how they would be found when harvested. They are often created through fermentation, and the manufacturing of the supplements does not destroy or denature the valuable nutrients. Often, whole-foods based supplements include highly-concentrated, dehydrated sources of fruits and vegetables. Most sources are organic and are prepared through drying, fermenting, chopping or juicing making them easier for the body to absorb.
What to Look for When Shopping for Supplements:
You must read labels on supplements carefully. There are many factors to consider but here are some indicators on supplement bottles to decipher between some synthetic and whole foods ingredients:
If you are heavily into improving your health from the inside out, you know doubt have heard of Mark Hyman, M.D. He is the Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The Ultra Wellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author. His latest book is “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” which is described as a ‘a comprehensive book that takes a close look at every category of food we eat and explains what we’ve gotten wrong, revealing which foods nurture our health, and which pose a threat. It literally answers the question, What the heck should I eat?’
Recently on Dr. Hyman’s blog, he shared some takeaways about meat that we thought you might find useful:
1. Meat is the single best source of protein. Legumes have a lot of protein, and they do—for plants. But they lack a number of critical amino acids. In order to get what you need daily you have to eat three cups of beans with 100 grams of carbs to equal 6 ounces of animal protein (that contains zero carbs). Hyman says animal protein is the best source and is especially important as we age, where muscle loss is the single biggest cause of rapid aging and disease.
2. Meat is a nutritional powerhouse. Animal protein is our only source of vitamin B12, which is essential for life itself. Meat also provides valuable minerals and other vitamins. Vegans often become deficient in B12, iron, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D and more. Yes, plant foods contain many of these nutrients, but they are more bioavailable in meat.
3. Fill up with plants. At least three-quarters of your plate should be vegetables and the rest protein. Dr. Hyman like the term “condi-meat”—a small amount of meat added to meals that are mostly vegetables.
4. You can be a sickly, overweight vegan or a healthy, well-nourished carnivore. YIKES! What about the studies that show meat eaters are less healthy than vegetarians. Hyman says you have to look at the overall unhealthy habits of those studied. They typically weigh more, drink more, smoke more, eat less produce and fiber, and are more sedentary than those who consume less meat. So maybe it isn’t the meat that’s damaging carnivores’ health—maybe it’s everything else they are doing to damage their health. So it seem it’s not the meat, it’s what is contained in the rest of our diet.
For more tips on eating meat from Dr. Hyman visit his blog here:https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/02/22/7-takeaways-meat-book-food-heck-eat/
Contrary to popular belief, Tea Tree Oil is not from a Tea plant. Tea tree oil comes from the tree called Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Australia. If you want oil derived from the tea plant then what you want is tea seed oil, commonly sold commercially as Camellia Oil.
Green Tea Origins
Camellia Oil is the actual green tea oil. It comes from the seeds of Camellia sinensis, the plant from which all the tea is made. Tea seed oil is edible in some forms and can be used for cooking in fact it often using in Southern Chinese cuisine. Tea seed oil is used in a number of beauty products including Edye’s Naturals.
Camellia oil is sourced by extracting it from the seeds of the tea plant via cold processing. There are several varieties of Camellia oil:
Camellia oil is therapeutic in many ways. It has healing power that is perfect for your skin: