Nopalea: Discover Betalians

Posted in work from home with tags , , , on January 19, 2016 by Better Health - Better Life - A Better You

The nutrient-rich drink from the Sonoran Desert

Our Wellness Drink  supports the normal and essential anti-inflammatory function performed by the immune system and may help lower inflammation.1 Featuring the superfruit of the prickly pear (nopal) cactus, it contains a powerful class of nutrients called Bioflavonoids.

What are Bioflavonoids?

Bioflavonoids are plant-based compounds that have antioxidant properties and give the prickly pear fruit its distinctive bright red color.

The prickly pear cactus of the Sonoran Desert contains a high concentration of protein-bound Bioflavonoids. This is because the Sonoran Desert is the most extreme desert in the world and this plant needs Bioflavonoids to survive in the intense environment.

How about you? Are you exposed to toxins from outside and inside your body? Perhaps Bioflavonoids—these nutrients from the Sonoran Desert—can help you experience greater wellness.

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Better Health Better Life Better You

Posted in work from home with tags , , , , on January 19, 2016 by Better Health - Better Life - A Better You

It’s not enough to live longer—increasing your “healthspan” (years of healthy living) is important, too.

One of the best strategies for reducing inflammation is to know how specific foods affect the inflammatory process. That’s where Nopalea comes in. Made from the Nopal fruit puree, Nopalea contains a special class of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory pigments called betalains. These rare plant pigments impart a distinctive bright red color with anti-inflammatory benefits.

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Triclosan-Use in Cosmetics

Posted in work from home with tags , , , on November 3, 2015 by Better Health - Better Life - A Better You

Triclosan is used mainly in antiperspirants, cleansers and hand sanitizers as a preservative and an antibacterial agent. This chemical can be found in a wide range of household products, including garage bags, toys, linens, mattresses, toilet fixtures, clothing, furniture fabric, paints, laundry detergent and facial
tissues, as well as cosmetics.

Health and Environmental Hazards

Triclosan can pass through skin and is suspected of interfering with hormone function (endocrine disruption). U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientists detected triclosan in the urine of nearly 75 per cent of those tested (2,517 people ages six years and older). The European Union classifies triclosan as irritating to the skin and eyes, and as very toxic to aquatic organisms, noting that it may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment. Environment Canada has categorized it as inherently toxic to aquatic organisms and persistent. In other words, it doesn’t easily degrade and can build up in the environment after it has been rinsed down the shower drain. In the environment, triclosan can also react to form dioxins, which bioaccumulate and are toxic.

The extensive use of triclosan in consumer products may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Canadian Medical Association has called for a ban on antibacterial consumer products, such as those containing triclosan but not here in the US.

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Are You Puttng Me On.

Posted in work from home with tags , , , , , on November 3, 2015 by Better Health - Better Life - A Better You

Every day, we slather ourselves with liquids, lotions, and potions-from shampoo and soap to deodorant and makeup. After all, most of us want to look and feel clean and to smell nice. It’s not uncommon for a single person to use 10 or more personal-care products daily.

We don’t usually think of our cosmetics as a source of pollution. But U.S. researchers found that one eighth of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal-care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, plasticizers, and degreasers.

Take a look at the ingredient list on your bottle of shampoo or hand lotion. Most of us would have a hard time identifying which chemicals in the typically long list of ingredients may be harmful to human health or the environment.

Chances are your personal-care products contain ‘fragrance’ or ‘parfum’-often the last item on the ingredient list. Fragrance recipes are considered trade secrets so manufacturers don’t have to disclose the chemicals they include. More than 3,000 chemicals are used to create ‘fragrances’, usually in complex mixtures. Up to 80 per cent of these have never been tested to see whether they are toxic to humans.

These fragrances are not just found in perfumes and deodorants but are also in almost every type of personal-care product, as well as laundry detergents and cleaning products. Even products labelled ‘fragrance-free’ or ‘unscented’ can contain fragrance, usually with a masking agent to prevent the brain from perceiving odor.

Fragrance chemicals often harm the environment. Some compounds in synthetic “musk”, which wash off our bodies and find their way into nature, remain in the environment for a long time and can build up in the fatty tissues of aquatic animals. Researchers have found measureable levels of synthetic musks in fish in the Great Lakes (pdf), and they’ve found that levels in sediment are increasing.

What can you do..You can help out by becoming more aware of what’s in the products you use and switching to products that don’t contain harmful ingredients.

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Your Skin… Your Body

Posted in work from home with tags , , , , on November 2, 2015 by Better Health - Better Life - A Better You

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, and one of its most remarkable. A breathing layer of protection between ourselves and the world, it grows up and out in layers that replace themselves every 52 to 75 days. The average adult, in fact, sheds about 40 pounds of skin over the course of a lifetime, and typically carries around 21 square feet of it, weighing 7 pounds and containing 300 million individual cells. Each square inch of skin has roughly 10 hairs, 15 oil glands, 72 feet of nerve fiber, 100 sweat glands, and over 3 feet of blood vessels, which make our skin very absorbent and cause the things we put on it become quickly absorbed into our bodies. When it comes to traditional personal care and make-up products, this can be quite hazardous to our health. Parabens, for example, are chemical preservatives that have been found to mimic estrogen and alter the bodys delicate hormonal balance. Another class of compounds commonly found in such products is phthalates, which have been linked to breast cancer.

Painting ourselves with toxic chemicals to look pretty isn’t a modern invention; history is replete with examples of women risking vitality for allure. Cocktails of white lead and chalk or vinegar have been used for thousands of years to lighten complexions and erase blemishes.

Women of ancient Greece and Rome, Japan’s geishas and even England’s Queen Elizabeth I are thought to have been devotees. Some women used mercury-based products to achieve the same effect. The paste ate at the skin over repeated applications and caused scarring, which often sent users back to their vanities for another layer of makeup to cover the damage.

Use natural cosmetics and organic shampoos or skincare products that don’t have harsh chemicals and heavy metals. In fact, the same stuff that goes inside your car engine is used inside cosmetics and skin care products because of its viscosity! Mineral oil which is a derivative of petroleum can block pores in the skin and increase the risk of allergies, skin rashes and even tumors –

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What’s On Your Face

Posted in work from home with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by Better Health - Better Life - A Better You

In its natural state, the body is perfectly capable of maintaining itself. When healthy and unaltered by any detrimental chemicals, foreign hormones, heavy metals and poisons, our immune system is designed to provide us sufficient protection and healing power to prevent and overcome any diseases.

But how come are we getting sicker? Why do nearly half of Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease? Why are illnesess such as cancer, bone diseases, heart diseases, neurological damage, asthma and diabetes affecting us more than ever before? These are good questions! But an even better question will lead you to the simplest, most obvious answer: What are our bodies mostly exposed to in our everyday lives?

1.Food
2.Water/Liquids
3.Air
4.Personal care products
5.Pharmaceutical drugs

Environmental pollution, however, is only a small part of the toxicity story. Did you know that harmful chemicals are deliberately added to water supplies, popular foods, personal care products, pharmaceutical drugs and even vaccines?

•More than 77,000 chemicals are in active production in North America.

•More than 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply.

•More than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers, and preservatives are used in food processing, packaging, wrapping, and storage.

•315 chemical contaminants were found in U.S. tap water.

•One in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals.

•Neurotoxins and other chemicals are added to vaccines, and a german study shows that vaccinated children have at least 2 to 5 times more diseases and disorders than unvaccinated children.

•More than 1000 new chemicals are developed each year.

•Most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies.

Many commonly used chemicals have been linked to cancer, gastrointestinal illnesses, neurological damage, heart diseases, hormonal imbalances, enzyme dysfunction, altered metabolism, reproductive impairment, diabetes, obesity, immune system deficiency, allergies/asthma, arthritis, endocrine disorders…

TO PUT IT SIMPLY: The people in charge of the system do not care about our Health because it thrives on the profit generated by illness. That is why it is of no concern to most companies and corporations to promote misleading information and add cheap and detrimental ingredients to everything we consume. To them, it is a 3 in 1 benefit: chemicals are inexpensive, keeping us unaware minimizes the chances of us seeing the bigger picture, and there is nothing more profitable to the pharmaceutical and health care system than those who are sick.

What’s On Your Face

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Killing Me Softly…

Posted in work from home with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2015 by Better Health - Better Life - A Better You

Personal care is big business in the US. The $50 billion beauty industry produces such products as shampoo, deodorant, makeup, moisturizer, diaper cream, perfume, and toothpaste, and these products literally touch almost every American every day. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the average American uses about 10 personal care products each day, and is exposed to more than 128 unique chemicals from those products.

What goes onto our skin goes directly into our bloodstream, including all these wonderful smelling lotions, shampoos, cleansers, toners, make up and perfume. It takes only 26 seconds or so for those chemicals to enter your bloodstream.

Skin is the largest organ in the human body, and one of its most remarkable. A breathing layer of protection between ourselves and the world, it grows up and out in layers that replace themselves every 52 to 75 days. The average adult, in fact, sheds about 40 pounds of skin over the course of a lifetime, and typically carries around 21 square feet of it, weighing 7 pounds and containing 300 million individual cells. Each square inch of skin has roughly 10 hairs, 15 oil glands, 72 feet of nerve fiber, 100 sweat glands, and over 3 feet of blood vessels, which make our skin very absorbent and cause the things we put on it become quickly absorbed into our bodies. When it comes to traditional personal care and make-up products, this can be quite hazardous to our health. Parabens, for example, are chemical preservatives that have been found to mimic estrogen and alter the body’s delicate hormonal balance. Another class of compounds commonly found in such products is phthalates, which have been linked to breast cancer.

Although your skin is designed to be a protective barrier, it is porous and will absorb the ingredients in many skin care and cosmetics products. Regular use of chemical laden ingredients will cause the body to store these chemicals. Over time this accumulation can cause many health issues. Did you know that everyday chemical exposure is among the leading causes of the most common cases of chronic disease in America?

The truth is, many of the ingredients in personal care and beauty products aren’t so pretty. U.S. researchers have found that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in cosmetic and personal care products are hazardous industrial chemicals. Around 10,500 industrial chemicals are used as cosmetic ingredients, many of which are carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticisers (chemicals that keep concrete soft), degreasers (used to get grime off auto parts) and surfactants (they reduce surface tension in water, like in paint and inks).

On average Women put on about 168 chemicals on their skin each and everyday, Men on average use about half the number of products that women do on a daily basis, but that doesn’t mean they’re in the clear. The same fragrance chemicals in her products are also found in his aftershave, cologne and shaving cream. Some ingredients damage sperm count. Formaldehyde used as a preservative in shampoos and body washes may cause cancer and trigger skin allergies, according to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics..

Studies have shown:

• 98% of cosmetics contain toxic chemicals that have had no safety tests

• one of every 30 products sold in the U.S. fails to meet governmental cosmetics safety standards.

• 447 cosmetics that are unsafe when used as directed

• 383 products with ingredients prohibited in cosmetics in Canada, Japan, or the E.U.

What is particularly unnerving is that the FDA has no authority to require that cosmetics be tested for safety before they are sold. You heard that right, the agency responsible for protecting our health has NO authority in this matter.

There are over 60,000 chemicals that have been invented and new toxic chemicals are invented every year that are introduced onto the market without safety tests. The cosmetics industry can choose to use ANY of these chemicals.

Many of these toxic chemicals do not even have to be stated on the label because they can be labeled as ‘fragrance’, ‘natural coloring’ or other such labels. Some of these environmental toxins have KNOWN harmful effects in the body – such as Bisphenol A and antibacterials like triclosan. Others, like nanoparticles have completely unknown effects. Cosmetics companies claim they have done extensive safety testing, but continue to use these toxic chemicals even when there is clear evidence of or the possibility of harm.

What types of problems can toxic cosmetics cause?

Well, many of these products have toxic chemicals in combinations that could create chemical reactions in which the effects are completely unknown. But of the problems that we do know, these environmental toxins can cause:

• Obesity

• Chronic Fatigue

• Various Cancers including Skin Cancer

• Reproductive Problems

• Neurologic problems ranging from brain fog to autism

• Skin problems from irritation to eczema

• Allergies and asthma

The Solution…

Ditching toxic ingredients and replacing them with clean ones in your personal-care products will go a long way to helping your skin glow from the inside out and lessen the burden on your liver, the body’s main organ of detoxification which has to neutralize every itty-bitty chemical that comes into contact with your skin..

Beauty should be more than skin deep. Be conscious of the toxic chemicals that may be in the cosmetics and toiletries you use.
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