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Why you should keep ginger chews in your purse

Why you should keep ginger
When you think about your daily purse essentials, you probably think of having your phone, wallet, keys, lip balm…but have you thought about keeping something for emergencies when you’re not feeling well? Some might call it being over-prepared, but you can’t predict the next time you start to feel a little run down or under the weather. It’s the worst when you’re out of your house and unprepared to start treating your symptoms right away!   The solution? It’s as simple as keeping a few ginger chews in your bag. Ginger is the perfect herb to keep on hand for many unpleasant occasions. Not only is it anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial, but you can also often find them as sweet-tasting ginger chews or candies. This means that your ginger stash can be part of your emergency medicine bag as well as your go-to snack option. What’s so good about ginger chews? Soothes nausea Whether you’re in your first trimester of pregnancy, feeling carsick, or just eating something that has gone bad, ginger is the best remedy to keep on hand for these uncomfortable symptoms. Ginger contains active compounds that relax the muscles in the gastrointestinal tract, blocking the body from producing more nausea-inducing chemicals. It is extremely effective and has even been recommended by doctors to help chemotherapy patients deal with nausea. Relieves period pain As a powerful anti-inflammatory herb, ginger can protect against the inflammatory chemicals that cause period pain. Having a small number of inflammatory prostaglandins is normal, but in the cause of extreme period cramps, there is usually an overproduction of inflammation. Ginger is one of the most studied herbs to decrease inflammation and alleviate period pain. Its effectiveness has even been compared to that of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Aleve and Advil. Reduces bloat Have you ever felt your tummy stick out after a large meal? Feeling bloated after a big meal is common and normal, but bloat and indigestion can occur even if you are not completely full. This uncomfortable feeling of stomach distention can feel leave you feeling tight and unable to go about your daily life. Although some carbonated drinks are known to cause bloat, sometimes you don’t know the cause of your bloat until after you have already eaten. To decrease the chances of unwanted bloat from creeping up, stock up on ginger chews. With ginger in your purse, you can rest assured that your digestion system will be running smoothly, even when you are eating unfamiliar foods at restaurants. Ginger has a calming effect that soothes the digestive tract, alleviates gas and improves blood circulation, making your bloat disappears faster. Fight the first sign of a cold or flu Many cold and cough medicines contain ginger as an ingredient, but why not go straight to the source? As soon as you feel your first sniffle or scratch in your throat, ginger can be used to fight the infection. Ginger chews and crystallized gingers have enough ginger content to exert their antiviral and antibacterial properties. You can also boost your immune system by opting for fresh ginger shots or sipping on hot ginger tea as soon as you suspect an illness. Best options for ginger chews: The Ginger People Gin Gins Chewy Ginger Candy Original 128g Best options for crystalized ginger (candy): The Ginger People Organic Crystallized Ginger 112g Still not convinced about the benefits of ginger? Even though you can buy ginger in capsule form, finding it in chewable or candy form is tastier. The best part of keeping ginger in your purse is that it comes in delicious options. If you tend to want to chew on gum or eat something sweet when you’re bored, ginger candies or chews can help settle that craving while providing you a boost of immune health. Since the ginger is a little spicy, it’s hard to eat more than the recommended serving! Author Grace Tien is a women’s health holistic nutritionist. She helps her clients optimize their nutrition habits so that they can get rid of afternoon slumps and live each day full of energy. Grace specializes in nutrition for healthy periods, you can find out more at @gracetien.ca on Instagram.

Using essential oils to enhance your daily life

Using essential oils to enhance your daily life
Many of the products we use on a day-to-day basis are filled with synthetic chemicals. Body wash, shampoos, lotions, spot treatments, and bathroom cleaners… may smell great, but these synthetic substances are often filled with toxic ingredients that have a long-term harmful effect. Not to worry though, essential oils are a great natural alternative to these products. You’ll find much natural beauty, cleaning and skincare products containing essential oils rather than using harsh fragrances. This allows you to enjoy your products to the full extent while avoiding the synthetic ingredients that may interfere with the body’s hormones. What are essential oils? Though essential oils usually come in small bottles, they are full of potent aroma and benefits. When you open a bottle, the scent is immediately noticeable, similar to the perfume. This is because essential oils are made by steaming or pressing plants. During the process, the plant compounds that produce fragrance are captured. Each small bottle can take up to several pounds of the plant – it is extremely potent compared to the plant alone! The most useful essential oils you can start using today Lavender This floral scent is most well-known for its relaxing scent. Add a drop or two on your pillow before your sleep and you’ll be out like a baby. It is also very calming for the skin and can be used to treat skin irritations such as redness or burns. Alternatively, you can use it to calm the mind. During times of stress, you can rub some on the temples or the back of the neck to relax your body. Best options: Aura Cacia Lavender Oil 15mL, NOW Certified Organic Lavender Oil 30mL Tea tree This scent is most well-known for its purifying qualities. Use it to sanitize home surfaces, clean the air or put it on skin infections to kill pathogens. The applications are limitless. The leaves of the tea tree are antibacterial and antifungal, making it a great option to diffuse during cold and flu season. You can also dilute it with a carrier oil and apply to the skin as needed. Best options: Thursday Plantation Tea Tree 100% Pure Oil 10mL, NOW Tea Tree Oil 30mL Frankincense Though frankincense is not cheap, it has many health benefits. Frankincense has been used by the ancient Egyptians who used it for everything from perfume to salves to heal the skin. It is one of the best oils to add to your skincare routine, as it helps reduce the appearance of skin imperfections by rejuvenating skin cells. Best options: Divine Essence Frankincense Oil 5mL, Aromaforce Essential Oil 15mL Lemon If you’re planning to start making your own DIY house cleaning products, lemon is the best oil to add to your collection. It can be added to white vinegar (diluted with ½ distilled water) or diffused to clean virtually all areas of the house. Not to mention, lemon has an uplifting aroma – it’s the perfect mood booster. You can also use it to remove sticky labels from old pasta glass jars. Add a few drops of lemon oil and you can easily scrub off the label. Best options: Aromaforce Essential Oil Lemon Organic 15mL, Aura Cacia Lemon Oil 15mL Eucalyptus One of the main benefits of eucalyptus oil is that it helps clear breathing and open the lung airways. Stuffy noses don’t stand a chance with this calming scent. As you diffuse eucalyptus in the air, you can purify the air and surfaces of pathogens, while clearing your mind. It is a must-have for the cold and flu season! Best options: NOW Eucalyptus Oil 30mL, Aromaforce Essential Oil Eucalyptus Organic 15mL Building a collection of essential oils You don’t have to buy all these essential oils at once – try starting with one or two at a time. As you start incorporating them into your life, you’ll surely want to add more to your collection! They are a versatile and natural way to add some nice smells to your life. The bonus is that they have many beneficial purposes as well. Author Grace Tien is a women’s health holistic nutritionist. She helps her clients optimize their nutrition habits so that they can get rid of afternoon slumps and live each day full of energy. Grace specializes in nutrition for healthy periods, you can find out more at @gracetien.ca on Instagram.

Is it necessary to use a natural sunscreen?

Use a natural sunscreen
Can sun exposure cause cancer? Can sunlight boost your immune system? There seems to be a constant debate as to whether sun exposure is truly needed. Because if they are not, why risk the harmful effects such as increasing the risk of skin cancer? Most people know they need to put on sunscreen before they spend the day in the sun, but it’s important to remember that you don’t need to avoid the sun entirely. We need sunlight to produce vitamin D, balance our circadian rhythm and keep our bodies strong and healthy. The concern with UV rays Sunlight from the sun is composed of three types of light energy: visible, infrared, and ultraviolet (UV) rays. UVA and UVB rays are known to be light rays that react with the melanin in your skin cells and can cause serious skin damage. Your body’s skin cells are designed to absorb the dangerous UV rays, but there comes a point where the amount of ray exposure exceeds what your cells can absorb. When you develop a red sunburn, it is a sign that your melanin cells have reached their limit. After this point, the UV rays can create free radicals and oxidative damage in your body. Oxidative damage can result in a wide range of conditions – in mild cases, it may increase the levels of inflammation and prevent your organ systems from working optimally. In severe or chronic cases, the DNA in your cells can become mutated and develop into cancerous tumors. Not everyone develops sunburns, but the people who do likely notice it does not take long for their skin to reach this point. One of the reasons why there is so much debate regarding safe sun exposure is because every person has a different risk factor. Heredity and environment play a huge role. If you are fair-skinned and get sunburned easily, sun exposure for long periods may be more dangerous for you. If you have darker skin and do not get sunburned, you can have safer sun exposure. It’s all about knowing your own body! Why natural sunscreens offer a safer alternative There are two main types of sunscreens on the market, physical sunscreens, and chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens are designed to sit on your skin and absorb the UV rays, so they do not enter your cells. However, the active ingredients used to accomplish this important task can also enter your body and bloodstream. These ingredients are not recognized as safe and can be harmful in high quantities or with daily use. The main UV filters oxybenzone, homosalate and octocrylene have been linked to increased risk of cancer, which defeats the purpose of its protective functions. On the other hand, physical (mineral) sunscreens are designed to form a barrier to physically shield the UV rays, which bounce off harmlessly. The ingredients are not absorbed into the skin and are considered more natural because they do not use harmful chemicals. Because physical sunscreens form a barrier, they must be applied as the last layer on the skin, over your daily skincare and makeup. Its active ingredient, zinc oxide, can sometimes have a white cast, though many natural brands have formulas that prevent this from happening. Choosing natural sunscreens ensures you are not applying more toxins and harmful chemicals on your skin, while still protecting yourself from excess UV rays. Best options: Badger Sport Sunscreen Clear Zinc SPF 40 Unscented 87ml, All Good Sport Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 89ml, Thinksport Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+ 6oz Other ways to protect yourself from the sun Even though sunscreen is the foundation of safe sun exposure, you can take steps to protect yourself on a daily basis. Wearing clothes that cover the areas where the sun is most likely to hit (forehead, shoulders, arms, legs) can offer sufficient protection if you must be outside. Keeping a hat or a light sweater can be great options to keep around. Keep in mind that the sun is strongest from 11 am to 2 pm, so avoid spending time in direct sunlight during these hours, and you’ll be cutting the risk dramatically! Author Grace Tien is a women’s health holistic nutritionist. She helps her clients optimize their nutrition habits so that they can get rid of afternoon slumps and live each day full of energy. Grace specializes in nutrition for healthy periods, you can find out more at @gracetien.ca on Instagram.

Why You Should Start Making Castor Oil Packs a Part of Your Routine

Start Making Castor Oil Packs a Part of Your Routine
Castor oil may be known as folk medicine dating back to ancient times, but today it serves many useful purposes. If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to increase healing, reduce inflammation and improve circulation, adding a castor oil pack to your routine will be your best bet. What are castor oil packs? They are not as complicated as they sound. Castor oil packs involve using a cloth soaked in castor oil, then placed on the skin. A heat source such as a heating pack or hot water bottle is then placed over the cloth. The combination of heat and castor oil over your body brings many healing benefits. Benefits of castor oil packs Castor oil packs can be used for a variety of chronic diseases, or simply to support your daily health practices. Many people use their castor oil packs over their liver (area under the right ribcage) to support detoxification, but you can place it on any painful, inflamed area of the body, such as swollen joints and muscle strains. It can also be placed over the abdomen for constipation or indigestion, or over the lower abdomen for uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. How to use a castor oil pack Start by picking your star ingredient, the castor oil. Only this particular oil should be used because it contains high levels of ricinoleic acid, which is responsible for its beneficial properties. Because the castor oil pack is a therapeutic treatment, it is best to prioritize getting the best quality castor oil. Make sure to choose one that is cold-pressed, organic and comes in a glass bottle. This ensures the chances of the oil being rancid are low. Best options for castor oil: St. Francis Castor Oil 250m, Heritage Castor Oil Black 240mL Next, you’ll need an old cloth big enough to cover your desired area, preferably one that is undyed and cotton, but use what you can find. If you would like to keep electronics out of the pictures, you can use a hot water bottle pack. Otherwise, an electric heating pad can be used. Layout your cloth in a container. Soak it in castor oil so that it is completely saturated. Prepare the area where you will be using the pack. It is best to wear old clothes because castor oil is known to leave stains. Place the castor oil cloth over the desired area. To keep your clothes and heating pack clean, you can lay another old cloth or towel over the castor oil pack, then add your heat source. Lie or sit down, resting in this position for 30-60 minutes. Making castor oil packs a part of your routine If you’ve never used castor oil packs before, they made seem time-consuming. But think of your castor oil pack as your wind-down routine before bed. It can be a very relaxing process once you get the hang of it. Start with using them once a week, then work your way up to three times a week for maximum benefits! Please note: castor oil packs are not recommended for pregnant women or during menstruation. Author Grace Tien is a women’s health holistic nutritionist. She helps her clients optimize their nutrition habits so that they can get rid of afternoon slumps and live each day full of energy. Grace specializes in nutrition for healthy periods, you can find out more at @gracetien.ca on Instagram.

Cassava Flour: A Superior Gluten-Free Alternative

Cassava Flour: A Superior Gluten-Free Alternative
Cassava – a root vegetable, long since a staple in the diet of millions of people across the world who depend on it to provide them with daily energy requirements.  For cassava flour to be produced, the cassava is grated, dried, and ground into a powder – this can be used to substitute for traditional wheat flour in recipes, particularly as it is gluten-free and allergen-free.  In terms of comparison, many people dislike alternatives to wheat flour because they lack the same texture, taste, and appearance for baking.  On the other hand, cassava flour is generally regarded as the most similar flour alternative to wheat flour and can be used not only for baking needs – but also for pasta dough, to thicken gravy and soups, or even as pie filling.  The substitution is a simplistic 1:1 in baking, so it makes it easy to change recipes. Cassava Flour for Those with Gluten-Intolerance, Allergies, or Sensitivities  Cassava flour is considered non-allergic and is extremely well tolerated in people that tend to have reactions, sensitivities, or allergies to gluten-containing grains, corn, nightshades, and soy.  As it’s a tuber, it also provides a suitable substitute for those with nut or drupe allergies that cannot use almond flour or coconut flour but still want a grain-free option. This makes cassava flour a Paleo-friendly option, and popular among those on autoimmune diets like GAPS as it is highly digestible. Are Cassava Flour and Tapioca Flour the Same Thing? Not exactly.  Both tapioca and cassava are derived from the same root, but tapioca is only made from the starchy part of the root (often bleached) and contains less dietary fiber, contains more calories, and has a more neutral taste.  Cassava has a mild, slightly nutty taste.  Compared to tapioca and many grain alternatives, cassava is low in calories, fat content, and has more nutritional value than refined white flours (wheat and rice).  As cassava flour is less starchy than tapioca, many find it more suitable for digestion. Cassava flour contains some fiber and vitamin C compared to alternatives, and raw cassava is high in many minerals, nutrients, and B-vitamins.  The flour contains resistant starch, which can feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut, and promote overall colon health. Not only associated with gut health benefits but resistant starch is also linked to improved insulin sensitivity.  Doesn’t Cassava Contain Cyanide? Yes – as do many plant foods, including almonds and spinach.  This only applies if the cassava is eaten raw, and is not a concern with any cassava flour.  Any and all commercially produced cassava flours (and tapioca flours) do not contain levels of cyanide – the cooking process, heating process, soaking, peeling and drying all eliminate the cyanogenic glycosides naturally present in the tuber.  Cassava Flour – A Safe Alternative to Traditional Flours As a tuber similar to sweet potatoes and yams – and eaten widely around the world, cassava offers us a nutritional alternative to gluten-containing grains for use in recipes. Those with nut allergies or coconut allergies have an option that is well-tolerated and gentle on the stomach.  Its ease of use in recipes makes it a staple for anyone following a gluten-free diet or Paleo diet that still wants to incorporate baking into their daily life.  Quality Cassava Flours Available with Healthy Planet: Bob’s Red Mill Cassava Flour Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour Anthony’s Goods – Premium Cassava Flour

Nutritional Yeast: Not Just Cheesy Goodness

Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast has long been known to vegans as a ‘go-to’ condiment for its cheesy, savory taste and supplemental B-12. If you’ve avoided nutritional yeast all this time, thinking it a ‘fad’ food – it is time to reconsider. Not only is it rich in protein, minerals, and B-vitamins: it also contains naturally present anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It also tastes great on popcorn, in a stir-fry, or especially in a tofu scramble. Nutritional Yeast vs. “Brewers” Yeast vs. “Baker’s Yeast – Candida Fears So, what exactly is nutritional yeast and how does it differ from the ‘yeast’ used traditionally in baking? Can this type of yeast contribute to candida overgrowth? Firstly, no – this type of yeast, nutritional yeast, cannot contribute and does not contribute to yeast, fungal, or candida overgrowth. In fact, studies seem to conclude the opposite, and nutritional yeast may be beneficial in those suffering from fungal concerns. In Sensitive individuals, it may cause headaches to those that are sensitive to the amino acids naturally present in high amounts, like tyramine and glutamate.  These are not related to candida concerns.  Nor can nutritional yeast “cause” candida overgrowth.  While nutritional yeast is derived from the same species of yeast as that used to bake bread and brew beer, they are ultimately different end products and should not be treated the same.  Brewer’s yeast is a by-product of the beer manufacturing process, while Baker’s yeast is an ‘active’ form of yeast that is used in baked goods and bread. The pasteurization and production process of nutritional yeast renders the yeast ‘inactive.’  This elimination of yeast cells during processing means it won’t fuel candida growth – which is more often fueled by sugars and refined carbohydrates. Foods containing live yeasts, prebiotics, or live bacteria can sometimes make symptoms worse.. things like kombucha and sauerkraut.  Antibiotics can also contribute as a huge factor when the good bacteria is killed, and the yeast can proliferate. In extremely rare documented cases, Brewer’s yeast (but not nutritional yeast), along with other ‘live’ forms of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was found to cause a response in those that were highly immunosuppressed.  This can be noted in cases of probiotic use as well, which is why it is also always advised to avoid the use of probiotics, bacterial cultures, or yeasts in those taking immune suppressants or those with auto-immune conditions unless confirmed by a medical professional.  It is important to know these occur very rarely and are not linked to a specific type of type, probiotic strain, or culture.  What about Mold Concerns? Again, there is no evidence to support that nutritional yeast, in particular contains mold toxins or fuels mold toxicity in those that are suffering.  Some suggest that “yeasts almost always contain high levels of mold toxins,” but do not cite any sources of this in relation to nutritional yeast. There are no research-based studies to support this claim.  One study cites brewer’s yeast as containing mold, but the amount varied wildly among the samples tested, and we do not know the origin of the yeast used or the conditions in which it was produced or stored.  They also make the mistake of suggesting that “when you eat yeast, it encourages a yeast-like fungus called ‘Candida albicans’ to grow in your body.” This is not the case.  Not all yeasts are the same strain, and not all yeast contribute to fungal growth or overgrowth – particularly when it comes to Candida.  Nutritional yeast is a dried, and inactive form of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Again, the keyword there is inactive.  Beta-Glucans as Protective Against Mold Toxicity Beta-glucan, a component naturally present in nutritional yeast, was shown to support gut health, integrity, and product against fungal and mold toxins – mycotoxins, in particular.  The most effective form of beta-glucan is actually derived from the same strain as nutritional yeast.  Beta-glucans are considered ‘sugars’ that are formed in the cell walls of yeast – more complex than what we think of as simple sugars like fructose, they are polysaccharides.  These actually prevent the rapid absorption of simple sugars from food and are often used for heart disease because they bind to cholesterol.  Beta-glucans have been shown to stimulate white blood cells, protect against invading pathogens, and can scavenge free radicals from toxin exposure, environmental illness, or mold exposure.  This is vital both in cases of candida infection and mold-related illness.  For those concerned that they will ‘overstimulate’ the immune system, and create a cytokine ‘storm’ as seen in immune responses to viral infections – this does not ...

Are you Missing out on this Superior form of Vitamin C?

Vitamin C
Did you know that vitamin C is one of the only vitamins that your body cannot produce on its own? We rely completely on our diet to satisfy all our vitamin C needs. And with its many benefits, there are no shortages to the number of amazing effects we receive from this powerful vitamin. As a potent antioxidant, vitamin C helps protect each of your cells from free radicals, heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases, while keeping your immune system balanced and ready to fight! Whole food vitamin C vs. ascorbic acid Whole food vitamin C refers to fruits and vegetables that naturally contain vitamin C. Supplement companies have been able to work with farms to cultivate crops and freeze-dry these foods to use them as daily doses. Since the vitamin C content depends on how the crops were grown and how fresh they were before being freeze-dried, it is more difficult to control the vitamin C that you get from these types of powders or supplements. However, the form of vitamin C from whole foods is far superior to anything made in a lab from a synthetic source. Our bodies were designed to use and absorb vitamin C in conjunction with other compounds like flavonoids, and both are found naturally in fruits and vegetables. They also contain many other vitamins and minerals together that allow your body to easily recognize and absorb larger amounts of vitamin C. Should I throw away my vitamin C supplements? To be clear, supplements made with ascorbic acid are not harmful. These supplements have their own purpose, but whole food vitamin C for daily use can be more absorbable and natural. If you prefer relying on ascorbic acid for its accurate dosing, you can choose a vitamin C supplement that contains bioflavonoids in its formula to reap all the benefits. Option: AOR C + Bioflavonoids 200 Veggie Caps Whole food vitamin C supplement options Camu Camu This sour berry is a superfood that has one of the highest levels of vitamin C and other powerful plant compounds. They are harvested all the way from the Amazon rainforest and minimally processed to retain all their nutrients. Option: Ecoideas Camu Camu 120 Capsules Acerola Acerola is a type of cherry that is native to the tropical regions of the Western Hemisphere, such as Barbados, Mexico, and the Caribbean. They are a mix between cherries and berries, with their taste being somewhere in between. Most people find them very pleasant tasting. Option: Flora Acerola Powder 50g Oranges When it comes to vitamin C, we can’t forget about oranges. Orange juice is often advertised as an ideal source of vitamin C, and they’re not wrong. However, many companies add sugar, fillers, and preservatives to the orange juices, and many don’t contain many oranges at all. To truly reap the benefits of vitamin C from oranges, consider a supplement that sources oranges as their main ingredient. You will get way more vitamin C than eating a couple of oranges! Option: Mega Food Daily C-Protect 63.9g How to incorporate whole food vitamin C into your daily routine Many whole food vitamin C options will come in powder form, as they are simply freeze-dried versions of the original fruit. Because of this, they will not contain any fillers or preservatives that you may find in even the most expensive supplements. Think of it as an easier way to eat larger quantities of vitamin-rich fruits, without having to worry about freshness or the expensive price tag. To enjoy these foods on a daily basis, you can add them into smoothies, chia seed pudding, oatmeal, yogurt, or even plain old water. Once you make it a habit, you’ll be on your way to getting superior vitamin C without thinking twice! Author Grace Tien is a women’s health holistic nutritionist. She helps her clients optimize their nutrition habits so that they can get rid of afternoon slumps and live each day full of energy. Grace specializes in nutrition for healthy periods, you can find out more at @gracetien.ca on Instagram.

How to de-stress yourself with aromatherapy and essential oils?

essential oils
With the increasing awareness about health and fitness, people have shifted to natural forms of treatment like aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is highly effective in reducing stress and is thus, preferred by most individuals in current times. It uses essential oils that are both relaxing and beneficial for conducting several activities like massages, meditation, etc. Here are some of the most common ways of using aromatherapy and essential oils for your body’s benefit. Remember, with aromatherapy, you can get rid of several ailments and inflammations without suffering any side-effect. Use essential oils for massage. Using essential oils for massage helps to distress you. The antioxidants present in the essential oils help in rejuvenating your body and also act as a stress-buster. Remember, there are specific pressure points in your body, and massaging them can cure several pains and inflammations. Using essential oils in these pressure points is highly beneficial for the body. Some properties of essential oils also help in maintaining your skin’s glow and prevent aging. Thus, massaging your body through essential oils helps in maintaining your skin and avoids sudden breakouts or pigmentation. Relax your mind through meditation You can use aromatherapy and essential oils during meditation. The fragrance of these products helps in relaxing your mind and also increases your concentration levels. Aromatherapy meditation allows individuals to get rid of stress. Studies reveal that meditating for at least five minutes using aromatherapy or essential oils helps get rid of negative energy and emotions from the body. It will be best if you go for aromatherapy incense or bath meditation You should use aromatherapy or essential oil products during meditation, and you would be able to witness a peaceful environment. Use aromatherapy products The recent studies on aromatherapy and essential oils and their utility have led to the production of various products. There are aromatherapy scents, essential oils, soap, lotions, candles, and other such items. Each of these items is beneficial in its own ways and serves a different purpose. For instance, essential oil soaps are suitable for bath meditation, while scented candles are the best for incense meditation. Aromatherapy products are widely popular because of their natural ingredients. They are derived from natural raw materials and do not contain any artificial chemicals. Thus, these products are pure and healthy for the body. It is always better to use aromatherapy products, especially for the ones concerned about their skin and health. Use aromatherapy diffusers Aromatherapy diffusers help essential oils to evaporate and fill your room with natural fragrance. These diffusers can also be in the form of candles with batteries. Aromatherapy diffusers are widely popular amongst people who do not have the time for massages or meditation. The product helps such individuals to have quick access and benefit to aromatherapy through diffusers. Conclusion If you are confused about choosing the right aromatherapy products, Healthy Planet is sure to help you. We provide several products with essential oils. Our products range from soaps, candles to incense sticks and much more. We also ensure that our products have a low price and everyone can afford them. 

Why Manuka Honey is a Superfood?

 Superfood
The benefits of consuming honey have been a topic of medical and scientific research for decades. However, the discovery of Manuka honey has further extended the scope of study owing to its several benefits in the human body. While this honey is used to treat several diseases and enhance the body’s immunity, it is also used for curing wounds. Thus, Manuka honey serves to be an all-encompassing natural food that helps individuals in several ways. Therefore it is often called a ‘superfood’. Here are some of the features and benefits of Manuka honey that prove it is a wonder drug. Health benefits While all kinds of honey contain anti-microbial properties, Manuka honey contains natural chemicals beneficial for the body. Manuka honey helps in curing several ailments like diabetes, cholesterol, and allergies. Manuka honey is known to boost the body’s immune system and enhance the performance of white blood cells in protecting the body from several diseases. Unlike other varieties of honey that might not be recommended for diabetes patients, Manuka honey is beneficial. It helps in regulating various systems of the body. People also prefer Manuka honey because of its detox properties. Thus, this honey helps in maintaining the glow of your skin and prevents split ends. Overall, Manuka honey ensures a healthy life by enhancing the performance of several body parameters. Wound care Manuka Honey has high anti-microbial properties. In addition to other varieties, this variety of honey contains hydrogen peroxide that prevents the growth of microbes in wounds. Though honey was often considered a traditional and worthless way of treating injuries, medical studies have proved it different in recent times. The high sugar content and the low pH levels of this honey helps in the growth of bacteria and protect wounds from being infected. Thus, Manuka honey is also preferred for wound dressings and faster recovery. Manuka honey also fastens the tissue and cell-growing process in wounds. Hence, applying Manuka honey on wounds has resulted in quick healing. The anti-inflammatory properties of this honey have also provided considerable relief to the patients as it helped reduce the pain and inflammation caused due to wounds. Anti-bacterial properties An in-depth study of Manuka honey reveals its ability to fight bacteria like streptococcus and staphylococcus. Certain microbes are resistant to antibiotics and other drugs and are called superbugs. These pathogens can be prevented or killed using Manuka honey owing to its high anti-bacterial properties. What’s more? It is surprising but confirmed that the superbugs that resist several antibiotic drugs have no resistance against Manuka honey. Thus, this variety of honey can tackle the deadliest microbes. Protects the digestive system Manuka honey is known to strengthen the walls of the intestine and prevent several digestive problems. It treats diseases like gastroenteritis, indigestion, and others with excellent efficiency. Patients prefer shifting to this natural treatment mode rather than depending on artificial medicines because of the minimum side effects of Manuka honey. While, on the one hand, certain drugs might cure diseases but have several other side effects, there are no such chances in consuming Manuka honey. Thus, it has been proven to be one of the most efficient and natural ways of treating several diseases. Conclusion We at Healthy Planet provide you with a range of health and nutrition products. If you are looking for authentic Manuka honey, we serve as one of the most authentic stores selling it. We also ensure our products are cheap and affordable.

Harmful Ingredients to Avoid in Skincare and Beauty Products

Skincare and Beauty Products
Did you know: Every day, we routinely add dozens of dangerous chemicals into our bodies. How? You may not be aware of it, but conventional beauty and skincare products are full of synthetic chemicals. These harmful chemicals cross the skin barrier and are then transported around the body via the bloodstream. They are toxins that the liver filters out, but large quantities build up before the liver is able to finish its job.  Avoiding Toxins in Daily Life  First, it is important to note that avoiding all toxins in today’s age is next to impossible. A baby born today is already exposed to 287 different chemicals. Even those who live in remote areas, away from civilization, were found to have hundreds of toxins in their bloodstream. Second, avoiding these chemicals starts with knowledge and education on the harmful ingredients. These ingredients listed in this blog post are extremely common in the North American beauty industry, yet their long-term effects are rarely discussed. In Europe, over 1000 chemicals in cosmetics are banned due to studies showing they may be associated with cancer, genetic mutation or birth defects. On the other hand, the FDA (US) has only banned 11 of these chemicals. They are not strict with their safety laws, so it is up to us make the best decision for ourselves.  The Danger of Conventional Beauty and Skincare Products Many of the popular products you find in drugstores, or even department stores, will contain synthetic chemicals that are known as endocrine disruptors.  The endocrine system consists of organs that send hormones (chemical signals) around the body, based on what it needs at the moment. The hormones are essential to make sure your body functions as it’s supposed to. Endocrine disruptors are synthetic chemicals that mimic your natural hormones. This is a problem because it will either send a weaker or stronger signal than the original or even worse, it will change the signal entirely. When the new signal is the original one your body needs, detrimental effects can occur – weakened immune system, early puberty, disrupted bone health, increased cholesterol production, lowered testosterone levels, abnormal inflammation, weight gain, and much more.  The best place to start is to look at the ingredient list of your current products. The toxins summarized here are well-known endocrine disruptors that should be avoided as much as possible. Some of these chemicals may show up under different names, so use EWG Verified to check your specific products.  Ingredients to Avoid Parabens  This group of chemicals is used as preservatives in many skincare and beauty products. They can mimic estrogen in the body and can lead to hormonal imbalances like PMS. In men, it may decrease testosterone and fertility levels. Some people may also experience skin irritations from long-term use. Phthalates  This ingredient is used to make skincare products or makeup stick to your skin better. In fact, phthalates were originally used to make plastics softer and are still used in many household products. When it is absorbed through the skin, phthalates are linked to thyroid hormone irregularities, asthma, ADHD, and fertility issues. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate Many toothpastes, body washes, skincare, and shampoos will contain this foaming agent. Although it gives the product a nice texture, it can cause skin irritations and trigger allergies. These sulfates harm the skin and maybe a carcinogen – the FDA has recommended companies remove this ingredient from their products, but it was not a requirement. SLS is still extremely common in skincare and beauty products! Artificial Fragrance If you see the word “fragrance” on your product, it can mean almost anything – from endocrine disruptors, skin irritants, allergens to carcinogens. There is no standard as to what this ingredient entails. Formaldehyde  This preservative is commonly used in makeup and is linked to neurotoxicity and asthma. It is especially known for causing skin irritations like redness and itchiness. Reducing Your Toxic Load for Good  Every person’s personal chemical burden is different. There is no universal “safe” level of toxins that applies to every person. However, we can all benefit from reducing our toxic load and the number of endocrine disruptors in our lives.  Think of how many products you use in a day – deodorant, moisturizer, sunscreen, toothpaste, makeup…Start to switch out products when you finish them, and slowly transition to safer alternatives. Once you start to find new products that you love, it becomes easier to continue the switch!  Here are a few tried and true non-toxic favorites to get you started: Deodorant – Routine Superstar Moisturizer – Skin Essence Moisturizer Foundation – Mineral Fusion Foundation Lotion – Weleda Skin Food Shampoo – Carina Organics Daily Shampoo Lipstick – Benecos L ...