Alexis’ Health & Beauty Journey #11: On Time and Going Natural

Capers-Alexis_AFTERBy Alexis Capers – Alexis Capers is our Enhanced Beauty Salon and Enhanced Beauty Area manager. Join her every other Wednesday for a blog about her journey into natural health & beauty products.

Time. If I could bottle it and sell it to people, boy would I be rich! We never seem to have enough of it, always running out of it; and in some cases wishing it would go faster! Yet the one time trap I catch myself in periodically is the “I have plenty of time to get to that later” mantra.

As life moves on, I find that saying to be sadly inaccurate. I don’t have infinite amounts of time to get my health in order. Time to spend enjoying the moments I should cherish with my children. Time to reconnect with loved ones and friends I have lost touch with, not having the “Time” to stay connected.

Our wellbeing is balanced in good nutrition, peace of mind, healthy relationships, and effective management and use of our time.

Take a look at the common things you use every day on your body. Most women put up to 515 different combinations of chemicals on their bodies daily, many that are combined to “save time” getting ready in the morning, while never really thinking of the impact on their health. Common shampoos contain an average of 15 chemical ingredients, eye shadows 26, lipsticks 33, hairsprays 11, blushes and foundations a whopping 40 combined!!!

How many of these items and more do you slather on each day? I know I wear my fair share. And we wonder why our minds are not as sharp. Where has our energy gone? Personally, I always blame it on my kids! (They always take the best of you ya know!)

Well it’s time to stop the insanity as Susan Powter used to say! Get back the vitality you once had. Be sharp again. Heck, remember where you left your car keys for a change! We can help you reduce the numbers of nasty chemicals by introducing you to safer alternatives. The beautiful part is, you don’t have to give up a whole lot to be natural!

Start today on a healthy path by taking the time to talk with us about what products you can add to your daily routine, even one at a time, to reduce your exposure to nasty ingredients. While you’re here, take the time to meet with our wellness and supplement educators on how to add one or two essentials into your daily regimen to give you more strength and clarity to live stronger and longer! Hey, did I just buy you more time???

What I’m falling for this week:

Jarrow Vitamin B12 gives me the energy I need to keep going! MegaFood supplements carry a wonderful women’s multi-vitamin to get the basics down. Griffin Daily or Restorative Shampoo and Conditioners are both very “clean” products and they are all on sale for August! Dead Sea Warehouse bath salts (also on sale) have the right amount of minerals in them to get your body balanced and your skin feeling wonderful! I could go on and on…

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Understanding GMOs – Part 2

By Nancy Gardiner, Supplement Educator124580433

October is Non-GMO Month. Natur-Tyme wants to educate you about why you should be concerned with GMOs. Yesterday, supplement educator Pamela Walker discussed Non-GMOs and I will expand upon it in my blog.

Why should you not eat genetically modified organisms (GMO)? According to the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) (2009), “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GMO food.” The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GMO foods (www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html). Jeffery M. Smith of The Institute for Responsible Technology adds, “The biggest areas of risks being infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, changes in major organs, and the gastrointestinal system.”

I have been a health supplement educator for 17 years, involved in conventional farming for 14 years, and organic farming for the last 13 years. In that time period, I have noticed some of the changes mentioned in the above quote by Jeffery M. Smith, author, politician, and advocate against GMO foods.

Labeling of GMO foods is the only way to have a choice when deciding what to bring home to cook for dinner tonight. There are a couple of websites where you can get information on labeling efforts; www.labelgmos.org and www.justlabelit.org are dedicated to organizing the efforts to have foods labeled. Until the powers that be are convinced that the fair and just way to deal with this issue is a well-informed consumer, a list of Non-GMO verified products can be found at www.nongmoproject.org/find-non-gmo.

Understanding GMOs – Part 1

By Pamela Walker124580433

October is non-GMO month; though the month is winding down, the issue of GMOs will continue to touch our lives. Today and tomorrow, read our blogs addressing the concerns of GMOs.

Genetically Modified Organisms are not an organisms’ natural state. GMOs are plants that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses, or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. There is a huge difference between hybridized corn and a GMO. It’s one thing when you cross two different species of corn, but when you put a fish gene into a tomato, that is pushing the boundaries of science. A growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage, and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has increased since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for the emergence of super weeds and super bugs, which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons. GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture, and are developed and sold by the world’s biggest chemical companies. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown, and once released into the environment these novel organisms cannot be recalled.

Unfortunately, even though polls consistently show that a significant majority of Americans want to know if the food they’re purchasing contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public. In the absence of mandatory labeling, the Non-GMO Project was created to give consumers the informed choice they deserve. While I understand the reasoning for creating GMOs to feed our growing population, at what cost is this to human health?

Tomorrow, read the GMO blog written by my fellow supplement educator, Nancy Gardiner.

Helping your Pet Combat Allergies

By Sam Derbyshire

Girl with KittyEvery spring, Natur-Tyme is inundated with allergy sufferers wanting relief for themselves and their fur-babies. Our fur-babies may itch, lose hair, have flakey/scaly/oily skin, and/or be uncomfortable all-around.

The four main triggers of allergies in pets are:

  • Diet – Diets that are not species-appropriate are highly likely to cause allergic reactions.  If symptoms don’t manifest right away, they will eventually.  Slow buildup of intolerance is one of the most common reasons people don’t suspect the diet for their pet’s allergies. When there are allergies in animals, diet is the first thing to question. Most foods – even high quality ones – have grains as one of the top-three ingredients.
  • Proximity to the world – Proximity to the world means that they are low to the ground and they are exposed to every bit of dust, chemical, and/or grime out there, leading us to the next trigger.
  • Household chemicals – This includes everything from your cleaners, perfumes, and even dryer sheets. When you clean the floor with common cleaning solutions, a residue is left that your animals have no choice but to walk through. When they groom themselves later on, they lick that residue off and in doing so are ingesting it. When you spray anything in your house, always remember the old adage “What goes up, must come down.” Pets get a snoot-full of those perfume chemicals and their sinuses are overwhelmed.
  • Grooming supplies – All items you use to groom your pets should be safe enough to be ingested because they will no doubt groom themselves.

Keep these points in mind when making choices and you will be well on your way to a happy healthy pet!

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