Aubrey: All-Natural Hair, Skin & Body Care

Aubrey

When Aubrey Hampton first mixed ground ginger, peppermint and eucalyptus leaf into a base of coconut oil in 1967, he never imagined that the batch of bath liquid he created to help combat those harsh New York City winters would change the personal care industry forever. Forty years and more than 200 products later, Aubrey®, the company he founded, remains the leader in natural hair, skin and body care, with products sold in more than 4500 retailers throughout the world.

Why use something synthetic when something natural works so much better? That’s the practical philosophy behind every Aubrey® product. This simple idea has been the cornerstone of their pioneering company since the beginning. Read their labels. You’ll find only the finest herbals and plant extracts in their most natural form, and no synthetic additives or petrochemicals of any kind in any of Aubrey products.

See more at: http://www.vitasprings.com/aubrey-organics.html

References
Aubrey (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.aubrey-organics.com/

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ProLab Caffeine Energy Pill

CAFFEINE provides the energizing effects of caffeine with zero added sugar or calories to support your training needs without compromising your dietary goals. Caffeine triggers a range of performance-specific benefits including improved focus, elevated alertness, faster reaction time, reduced fatigue, increased endurance and elevated mood. CAFFEINE delivers a surge of 200mg of caffeine any time you need to quickly jump start your mental and physical performance.

•200mg of Pure Caffeine
•Increase Energy and Endurance
•Improves Mental Focus
•ZERO Sugar or Calories

Prolab Nutrition Inc. has been providing high-quality sports nutrition products to professional bodybuilders, elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts for over 20 years. PROLAB has helped pioneer a sports-specific approach to athletes’ nutrition. Our comprehensive line of scientifically engineered formulas and single-ingredient products allow athletes to customize a nutritional supplement program to meet specific training and physique goals, as well as, support a healthy active lifestyle.

PROLAB strives to take the guesswork out of performance supplementation – our “Performance Simplified” approach provides you with the building blocks you need to help increase energy levels and strength, enhance the development of lean muscle, help reduce body fat, and improve recovery.† PROLAB products feature specialized formulas designed to support training and nutrition goals at every level of an athlete’s regimen:

•For bodybuilders who want to build size & lean mass.
•For power lifters and other strength athletes who want lean, powerful and explosive muscle.
•For performance sport athletes who desire strength, speed and efficient muscle gain.
•For the everyday fitness enthusiast looking to build a lean, aesthetically pleasing physique.

You can find PROLAB products at fine independent health food retailers, sports nutrition stores, and military bases throughout the world. We are proud of our reputation as a premium quality brand that focuses on delivering high quality, pure nutritional products. We are committed to bring you quality solutions and value for all your sports nutrition needs.

 

References
ProLab (n.d.) Retrieved from http://www.prolab.com/

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Earth Mama Angel Baby

Earth Mama Mission

Earth Mama believes in the natural process of birth, and the healing power of nature. Our mission is to provide safe, herbal alternatives for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and babies of all ages, and to help educate people about traditional plant medicine and safe personal care. We manufacture natural and organic products that work, combining generations of women’s wisdom and traditional plant medicine with the safety and assurances of contemporary evidence based research. If it doesn’t measure up to Mama’s standards, it doesn’t leave the building. That’s Mama’s Promise®.

Mama’s Standards

Product safety is the most important thing. Every Earth Mama product is made with only pure, natural worry-free ingredients. We continually refine products as organic ingredients or more efficient herbs are available. Of course there are no toxins ever. We have a sincere faith in the natural process of birthing babies, and formulate easy-to-use herbal products to support mamas and babies through the entire miraculous birth process, from pregnancy through postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, baby care, and even the loss of a baby.

We rely on plant wisdom that has been passed down from great-grandmother to grandmother to mother to daughter; we combine that wisdom with the safety and assurances of contemporary evidence-based research. We provide research, tools and products that can empower women with knowledge about the earth’s natural resources so they can safely nurture themselves and their angel babies. It is also our goal, in times of grief, to help provide real physical support, resource information, and emotional and spiritual comfort to women who have experienced the loss of a baby. Reduce, reuse, recycle. We choose green and toxin-free business practices because we have a company-wide commitment to honor the earth and her valuable resources.

 

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/earth-mama-angel-baby.html

References

Earth Mama Angel Baby (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/

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Nature’s Bounty: Optimal Solutions Extra Strength Hair, Skin and Nails

Being healthy is always beautiful. With Nature’s Bounty® Optimal Solutions® Extra Strength Hair, Skin & Nails formula with Argan Oil you’ll look good and feel great! It contains just the right balance of nutrients to support lustrous hair, healthy nails and vibrant skin.

This innovative formula provides you with the vital nutrients and latest ingredients in beauty care to support your natural beauty from within. High potency B Vitamins help with energy metabolism and Biotin helps to maintain healthy hair and promotes healthy nails by acting at the nail matrix, the base of the nail. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that also contributes to skin health, and Vitamin C is involved in collagen production and formation, which forms the basis for vibrant skin. Vitamin A assists with skin maintenance and overall health.

Lustrous Hair
Vibrant Skin
Healthy Nails
About Nature’s Bounty®
Health-conscious people have trusted Nature’s Bounty® for decades. Our dedication to quality, consistency, and scientific research has resulted in vitamins and nutritional supplements of unrivaled excellence. By combining the latest breakthroughs in nutritional science with the finest ingredients, we’re proud to provide you with supplements of unsurpassed quality and value.

Nature’s Bounty® supplements are overseen by our scientists, manufacturing specialists and quality experts, each one dedicated to maintaining the highest quality standards. As part of our commitment to quality, Nature’s Bounty® only uses ingredients from suppliers that meet our stringent Quality Assurance Standards, as well as GMP food quality standards. Every Nature’s Bounty® product is subjected to numerous quality tests and assays throughout the manufacturing process to verify purity and full potency. As an added measure of quality assurance, the initial ingredients, as well as the final product are tested in our microbiological laboratory to make certain that the product is pure and free of harmful bacteria.

At Nature’s Bounty®, we don’t just test and retest our products, we put our people and even our laboratory to the test, too. We’re proud that our facilities have been successfully audited by the United States Pharmacopeia and STR (Specialized Technology Resources), a leading independent dietary supplement quality evaluation firm.

See more: http://www.vitasprings.com/nature-s-bounty.html

References
Nature’s Bounty (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.naturesbounty.com/

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An Apple a Day Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Indicates

Apples

It turns out that eating an apple a day actually might keep the doctor away – and could potentially save thousands of lives too.

In a study published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal (BMJ), researchers from Oxford University sought to examine what would really happen if an entire population followed the advice of the popular proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Using data modeling tools, study author Dr. Adam Briggs analyzed how the national health of people over the age of 50 in Britain would be affected if they committed to eating one apple a day, without increasing their overall caloric intake. Then, he compared this to the effects of placing everyone in the country on statins – if they were not already taking them. Statins have been proven to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

“In the U.K., at the moment (statins) are advised if you are at high risk of cardiovascular disease,” Briggs, of the BHF Health Promotion Research Group at Oxford University, told FoxNews.com. “So we said, let’s see what happens if we give them to everyone else as well, and that came out to 9,500 fewer deaths per year, in people over 50 years old.”

To Briggs’ surprise, an apple a day had a similarly impressive effect on the population.

“If everyone (ate an apple a day), we estimate 8,500 fewer deaths from heart disease and stroke every year,” Briggs said.

While the study didn’t examine why apples seem to demonstrate such a beneficial effect on cardiovascular health, Briggs noted that the fruit has high nutritional value.

“Fruit and (vegetables) broadly speaking contain fiber, which is one thing known to have beneficial effects on health,” Briggs said. “More so, with apples, they’re a natural source of antioxidants and flavonoids which are all related to better cardiovascular health.”

While these results seem promising, Briggs warns that people already on statins definitely shouldn’t think about replacing them with an apple.

“Those currently taking (statins) should continue to do so, but they might also benefit from adding an apple to their diet,” Briggs noted.

The Christmas edition of BMJ is known for publishing tongue-in-cheek research – but Briggs noted that it’s all backed up by real data.

“Small changes to your diet can have a really meaningful impact on population health, just adding an apple a day,” Briggs said.

References
Amanda Woerner (December 18, 2013). An Apple a Day Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Indicates. Retrieved from http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/12/18/apple-day-could-save-thousands-lives-study-indicates/

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Rainbow Light Potent Multivitamins Specifically for Women

Women’s One™ Multivitamin is the #1 selling natural women’s multivitamin, with potent vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, superfoods and herbs to nourish, protect and support major systems of a woman’s body, and promote natural energy, in just one tablet each day. Added calcium, magnesium and vitamin D3 support bone and breast health while specially blended herbs promote natural stress and hormone balance.  Live plant-source enzymes and probiotics (healthy bacteria) promote easy, gentle digestion without stomach upset. Rainbow Light Women’s One™ is gluten-free, sugar-free, lactose-free, dairy-free, wheat free and yeast-free, and contains no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or additives.

Potent Multivitamins Specifically for Women
Contains essential vitamins, minerals, foods and herbs in optimal potencies to nourish, protect and address women’s specific daily health needs. 200 mg of calcium support strong bones and teeth, plus 800 IU of vitamin D3, 100 mg of magnesium and 100 mcg of vitamin K promote calcium absorption, and bone, breast and immune health. Antioxidants including 5,000 IU of vitamin A, 120 mg of vitamin C and 30 IU of vitamin E promote skin, eye and immune health, and metabolism, plus potent vitamin B complex promotes energy and brain health, and stress management.

Wholesome Food-Based, Easy-to-Digest Formula
125 mg of Women’s Nourishing Blend combines superfood organic spirulina with concentrated herbal extracts of dong quai and red clover to promote energy and hormone balance. Concentrated beet, kale and spinach juices provide added nutrition for a natural energy boost. Plant-source enzymes and 25 million probiotics (healthy bacteria) enhance digestion without taxing your system or causing stomach upset.
Purity Guarantee: Free of Most Common Allergens; Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, Lactose-Free & 100% Natural

Women’s One™ is Allergen SafeGuard® guaranteed to contain no gluten, soy, yeast, milk, eggs, nuts, fish or shellfish. It is sugar-free, lactose-free, wheat-free and 100% natural, containing no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, preservatives or additives.

Just One Tablet per Day
For comprehensive daily nutrition and natural energy, take one each day, with or between meals.

100% Post-Consumer Recycled, 100% Recyclable Eco·Guard® Packaging
Packaged in 100% recycled, 100% recyclable BPA-free Eco·Guard® packaging with a 92% lower carbon footprint than virgin plastic.

References
Rainbow Light (n.d.). Women’s Just One™ Multivitamin from http://www.rainbowlight.com/

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Maximum Metabolism Diet & Exercise Plan

What is ‘The Maximum Metabolism™ Plan’?

The Maximum Metabolism plan is designed for you to safely and permanently:

  • Increase your Basic Metabolic Rate (BMR)
  • Lose excess body fat
  • Build and tone muscles
  • Create a positive change in your appearance
  • Develop healthy lifestyle habits
  • Achieve a greater feeling of personal well-being

The Maximum Metabolism plan allows you to eat healthy, delicious and filling food — while reducing fat and calories. You’ll increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR…metabolism when you’re resting) to burn fat more efficiently on a daily basis. You’ll develop a simple daily exercise regimen to maintain muscle tone — while still burning more fat. You’ll acquire the good habits so all-important in maintaining a leaner, healthy body.

What we ‘do’ is what we ‘get.’

The key to weight-loss is multi-faceted. It embodies more than simply “going on a diet” if you hope to make it permanent. The long-term answer lies in changing our eating habits and exercising properly. (Most of us know how to eat right…we just don’t do it.)  There are generally deep emotional issues around our being overweight. So a strong “will” and determination is necessary to make the required changes in our lifestyle. That’s why it’s important for you to decide just how much weight you should lose — not somebody else. It’s good to ask for support from those significant others in your life. (Though sometimes those nearest and dearest to you can inadvertently sabotage your earnest efforts to achieve well-being.) So learn to feel good about the steps you are taking towards your goal. Acknowledge yourself every day.

Ten Steps to changing your life

  • 1. Supplement each day at the proper time to increase your energy, BMR and determination.
  • 2. Exercise for 20 to 60 minutes, preferably in the morning, 5 to 7 times a week.
  • 3. Eat a low-fat, balanced diet of three meals and two snacks every day.
  • 4. Take a complex multi-vitamin daily , such as Source Naturals Life Force™.
  • 5. Eat at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day.
  • 6. Drink six to eight glasses of water every day.
  • 7. Limit or stop drinking alcohol.
  • 8. Stop eating two to three hours before bedtime.
  • 9. Reach for your walking shoes before reaching for the fridge.
  • 10. Acknowledge yourself and the steps you took towards your goal each day.

What kind of ‘exercise’ is required?

A combination of a regular walking program with appropriate aerobic and weight exercise is essential for best results. The Maximum Metabolism exercise plan takes only a short time each day, and is designed to help you reduce stress, increase energy levels, burn calories, lose unwanted fat and gain muscle tone. And remember, the more muscle tissue you have…the higher your basal metabolic rate (BMR)…and the more calories you’ll burn.  It’s best to exercise in the morning so that you get the higher BMR benefit all day long. Another important, though less known, benefit of daily exercise is that it causes the release of endorphins, or ‘feel good’ hormones in the brain.

Walking & Aerobics

Walking has become a very popular aerobic exercise simply because it works. One only needs good shoes, comfortable clothes and several minutes a day. It will improve both leg strength and toning, preserve lean muscle mass, and help you lose fat.  The average optimum walking distance and pace ranges from 1-4 miles a day at about 3-6 miles per hour. This translates to between 10 and 20 minutes to walk one mile. After stretching your leg muscles for a few minutes, start with a short distance and gradually work your way up to longer and more swiftly-paced walks. The object is to walk at a brisk pace, so that you’ll start burning calories immediately, and after approximately 18 minutes, begin to burn fat.

Beginner’s walking program

  • Total exercise time: 45 minutes.
  • Warm-up: 3-4 minutes of stretching.
  • Total walk time: 35-40 minutes.
  • Aerobic workout: Mileage – 1.5 miles.
  • Pace: 2.5 miles per hour.
  • Cool-down: 3-4 minutes of after-walk stretches.
  • Frequency: 5 times a week.
  • Weekly mileage: 7.5 miles.

Advanced walking program

  • Total exercise time: 60 minutes.
  • Warm-up: 5 minutes of stretching.
  • Total walk time: 45-50 minutes.
  • Aerobic workout: Mileage – 3 miles.
  • Pace: 4 miles per hour.
  • Cool-down: 3-4 minutes of after-walk stretches.
  • Frequency: 5 times a week. (You can walk 3 miles a day for 5 days – or 2 miles every day.)
  • Weekly mileage: 15 miles.

For a change, you can switch certain days of your walking plan with other aerobic exercises such as jogging, biking or dance aerobic workouts. You can use an exercise bike, rower, treadmill, stepper or swim laps. You could join a health club, or do it with a friend. The point is to exercise regularly on an established, weekly basis.

Weight Training

Another very important aspect to regaining a healthy new you is getting involved in some form of appropriate weight training. Whether you decide to join a club, or check out some of the excellent books on the subject for in-home use, weight training can be a significant part of your attaining a healthy body. We simply need to understand that as we get older and less physically active in our daily lives, it’s increasingly necessary to reverse the sedentary process that got us here in the first place.

A good weight training program can rebuild, reshape and continually increase the size of your muscles. Muscle makes you look and feel thinner, as muscles take up 20% less space than fat. Adding muscle will:

  • Raise your metabolism further to melt more fat away.
  • Tighten flabby body areas.
  • Allow you to eat more calories of favorite foods.

So get out there and enjoy your surroundings, the weather, the new day, and a newly emerging healthy you.

References
 Source Naturals (n.d.). Maximum Metabolism Diet & Exercise Plan. Retrieved from http://www.sourcenaturals.com/articles/2783/

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Isopure Protein Powder: We’re All More than Muscle

Isopure protein powder

Nature’s Best opened its doors in 1984 with Hal Katz leading the way as president. For 29 years the company’s goal has been to create the highest quality Sports Nutrition products with genuine consumer value. Ingredients, formulations, packaging and advertising are the result of the highest standards of quality and validation through successful performance.

In June 1998, Nature’s Best revolutionized the meal replacement supplement industry with the introduction of IsopureIsopure is the first meal replacement/after workout supplement to have 50 grams of 100% Pure Ion Exchange Whey Protein Isolate.  All of the impurities such as fat and lactose are removed to provide the athlete with the cleanest tasting, most refreshing product of its kind.  Isopure is also available in a Zero Carb and Low Carb version.  All formulations of Isopure are lactose free, which means less gastric disturbance with minimal bloating, a huge advantage to those who are lactose intolerant.

In October 2009, Nature’s Best launched Isopure Plus – a new line of whey protein isolate drinks that are easily digested and readily absorbed by the body making it a perfect alternative to patients that can’t tolerate other drinks. By using our proprietary Clear Protein Technology to create a line of clear, delicious, protein-based nutrition drinks, Isopure Plus brought innovation to a market long dominated by thick or milky shakes. The refreshing crisp taste of Isopure Plus makes it the clear alternative to other nutrition drinks.

References

Nature’s Best (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.naturesbest.com/en/we_are
Isopure Company (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.theisopurecompany.com/

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Bach Flower Essences for Stress Relief

Rescue Remedy, Rescue Remedy Spray is the most famous of the Bach remedies, but in fact is not ‘a remedy’ at all. Instead it’s a blend of five different Bach Flower Remedies.

This mix was created by Dr Bach to deal with emergencies and crises – the moments when there is no time to make a proper individual selection of remedies. It can be used to help us get through any stressful situations, from last-minute exam or interview nerves, to the aftermath of an accident or bad news. Rescue Remedy helps us relax, get focused and get the needed calmness.

Impatiens: For those who act and think quickly, and have no patience for what they see as the slowness of others. They often prefer to work alone. Teaches empathy and understanding of and patience with others. We’ve found it very fast-acting in alleviating an impatient attitude and lowering stress.

Star of Bethlehem: For trauma and shock, whether experienced recently or in the past. Teaches the ability to recover from traumas and to integrate them into the present life.

Cherry Plum: For those who fear losing control of their thoughts and actions and doing things they know are bad for them or which they consider wrong. Teaches trust in one’s spontaneous wisdom and the courage to follow one’s path.

Rock Rose: For situations in which one experiences panic or terror.

Clematis: For those who find their lives unhappy and withdraw into fantasy worlds. They are ungrounded and indifferent to the details of everyday life. Teaches one to establish a bridge between the physical world and the world of ideas; may foster great creativity. Is also used to bring clarity and alertness to the present moment.

The Rescue Remedy is designed to help deal with immediate problems. If you are working through an underlying problem – or if you need rescuing every day – you will find a longer-term solution by selecting a personal blend of remedies.

Many people chose to carry Rescue Remedy in their purse, at the office, in the car or in the diaper bag. You never know when you need it.

References
Bach Flower (n.d.). Rescue Remedy, Rescue Remedy Spray. Retrieved from http://www.bachflower.com/rescue-remedy-information/

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Advanced Nutrition for Female Support

Featured Items

Eve Women’s Multi-Vitamin, 90 Softgels, NOW Foods

Female Balance, with Wild Yam, Dong Quai and GLA, 90 Capsules, NOW Foods

Soy Isoflavones 60mg 120 VCaps Non-GE, NOW Foods

D-Mannose 500 mg, 120 Capsules, NOW Foods

Today’s active woman has mastered the ability to balance family,  work, and social responsibilities. This unending to-do list, coupled  with constantly evolving nutritional needs, can be emotionally and  physically draining. In order to function at the top of her game, it  is vital that she provide her system with the compounds needed to  stay healthy, energized, and strong. Let’s review some of the most  fundamental aspects of women’s health, as well as some of the most  effective support supplements.

Energy

Considering how on-the-go today’s woman is, she can’t afford to be  lacking in the energy department. Some of today’s most effective  energy-support supplements include B complex vitamins (which also  support healthy hair, skin and nails), as well as Green Tea—a potent  antioxidant. MCT Oil (medium chain triglyceride) serves as an  excellent source of instant energy that also provides the body with a  readily utilized source of beneficial fatty acids. L-Carnitine is another  ideal supplement for energy. This amino-acid like compound transports  fat into the mitochondria of cells, where it is then converted to energy.

Fitness

In addition to the obvious cosmetic appeal, maintaining a lean, healthy  figure offers many important health benefits. In order to achieve this, it  is important for busy, active women to consume a healthy diet, exercise  regularly, and ensure that her body has all the tools needed to stay fit.  Without adequate protein intake, the body will not have the building  blocks needed to maintain lean muscle, produce hormones, increase  strength, and stay focused. Consuming a quality protein supplement  in between meals, or as a meal replacement, is an easy way to make  sure that her protein needs are being met. Soy protein is high in  phytoestrogens, which may support healthy estrogen levels.

Cognitive Support

The brain, like every other organ in the body, is constantly in need  of nutrition. When the nutrients it needs are not being provided, the  brain can’t do its job properly. Choline and Inositol are two unique  members of the B vitamin family that help support healthy cognitive  function. Phosphatidyl Serine (PS) is an effective phospholipid  that helps relay messages throughout the body, while utilizing its  antioxidant properties to protect neural cells. Some users combine PS  with Ginkgo Biloba extracts for additional cognitive support. Studie have shown that the active compounds  in Ginkgo may help support healthy  neural activity and circulation.

Stress Management

Stress is a normal part of life, and  a defense mechanism that prepares  the body to deal with potential  threats. Chronic and long-term stress,  however, can snowball throughout  the body, negatively impacting the  normal function of several major  systems. In addition to practicing stress  reduction activities, such as exercise,  meditation, and yoga, a number of  dietary supplements have been shown  in studies to help support a healthy,  balanced mood. These include GABA,  Relora®, St. John’s Wort, Kava, and  Valerian root extract.

Healthy Bones

Women are four times more likely  to develop osteoporosis compared to  men, and one in two women over  the age of 50 are expected to suffer a  related fracture. A growing body of  experts believes that these statistics  may be directly related to deficiencies  in key nutrients such as vitamin D,  vitamin K, and calcium. Some studies  have suggested that supplementation,  especially among women who do  not get these nutrients from their  diet, may benefit significantly from  supplementation.

Hormonal Support

Throughout her life, a woman’s  hormone production and activity  will undergo many changes. The  nutritional sciences have helped us  better understand which nutrients  and natural compounds can be  taken safely to ensure balance and  healthy hormone levels. Herbs such  as Red Clover, Black Cohosh, Dong  Quai, Wild Yam, Red Raspberry,  and Chasteberry have been shown  to support a wide range of female  health concerns, including several  associated with menopause. Also,  natural Progesterone lotions are  becoming a more popular alternative  to conventional hormone therapy.

 

References

NOW Foods Inc. (n.d.). Women’s Health. Retrieved from http://www.nowfoods.com/idc/groups/public/documents/digital_asset/078588.pdf

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