Thursday, May 31, 2012

3 Ways to Improve Digestion

Found this interesting article on San Diego Kaia Fit today:

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Calorie Gallery

Found this awesome website on a fellow blogger's site this morning. See what 200 calories of your favorite foods look like.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Old vs. New

Arbonne has always been concerned about our environment and the carbon footprint we leave behind. 
Here is what our OLD PACKAGING looked like:

We are very happy to introduce our NEW PACKAGING:
The amount of product is still the same, but now our packaging is over 90% recyclable! ;-) Arbonne was the first MLM (multi-level marketing) company to receive the UPS Carbon Neutral award in April of 2012.
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Monday, May 28, 2012

Your Organic Buying Guide

There are certain fruits and vegetables you can probably buy that don't have to be organic. However, if there's room in your budget, it may be best to buy organic produce to avoid some of the pesticides.

For more organic buying suggestions, CLICK HERE
HERE is an article about purchasing organic food on a budget
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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Food Allergy or Food Sensitivity?

CLICK HERE to learn more
Here is another great article on the same topic
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Is Healthy Food Really More Expensive?

CLICK HERE to read the entire article. Just what I needed to read today ;-)

USDA: Healthy food isn't really more expensive
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Friday, May 25, 2012

What are GMOs?

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Just a heads up - the article found HERE is a little disturbing. 
Here are some of the highlights:

  • Roundup Ready soy is being cultivated on a massive scale across the globe, having devastating effects in many countries; one of the hardest hit is Argentina due to its dependence on soy as a source of revenue.
  • In Argentina, widespread reports exist of immediate illness from massive glyphosate spraying operations, but physicians and regulatory authorities continue turning a deaf ear.
  • One Argentinian scientist confirmed what other scientists had already found - that glyphosate (Type "glyphosate" into google and see what pops up!) can potentially cause birth defects, sterility, and neurotoxicity - but they attempted to silence him by threats and public ridicule.
  • Legislation requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients is a key to slowing and stopping the production of GE foods by Monsanto and other biotech companies; one 2012 California ballot initiative has the potential for national impact, but victory depends on you - find out how you can help it pass, even if you don’t live in California.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Why is Staying Hydrated so Important?

Your body depends on water for survival. Water makes up more than half of your body weight. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to function correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints. Water is essential for good health.

How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration include:
  • Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleepiness or fatigue
  • Extreme thirst
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • No tears when crying
Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to act. It can be hard to recognize when you’re dehydrated, especially as you age. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Some people are at higher risk of dehydration, including those who get a lot of exercise, have certain medical conditions, are sick, or are not able to get enough fluids during the course of the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you age, your brain may be unable to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst. If you are concerned that you may not be drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated.

You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:
  • Have certain medical conditions, such as kidney stones or a bladder infection
  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Are going to be outside during hot weather (very important if you live in Texas!!)
  • Are going to be exercising
  • Have a fever, or have been vomiting or have diarrhea
  • Are trying to lose weight

Tips for staying hydrated

  • Keep a bottle of water with you at all times. Consider carrying a reusable water bottle and filling it from the tap rather than purchasing bottled water, which is expensive and creates plastic bottle waste.
  • If plain water doesn’t interest you, try adding a slice of lemon or lime to your drink. Or use an Arbonne Fizz Stick.
  • If you’re going to be exercising, make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout.
  • Start and end your day with a glass of water.
  • When you’re feeling hungry, drink water. The sensation of thirst is often confused with hunger. True hunger will not be satisfied by drinking water. Drinking water may also contribute to a healthy weight loss plan, as some research suggests drinking water will help you feel full.
  • Drink on a schedule if you have trouble remembering to drink water. For example, drink water when you wake up; at breakfast, lunch and dinner; and when you go to bed. Or drink a small glass of water at the top of each hour.
  • Drink water when you go to a restaurant. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it’s free!
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Homemade Organic Quinoa Recipe

CLICK HERE for recipe
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Monday, May 21, 2012

Barbasol Shaving Cream

I was talking to a friend at an event a couple of weeks ago and she was telling me that her husband used to use Barbasol Shaving Cream . . . well, until she read through the list of ingredients. Needless to say, she was completely shocked by what she read! That night, I just had to get online and see for myself. I found this to be extremely interesting AND so disturbing! The ingredient was PROPANE. We run our CARS on PROPANE! How has this company been around since 1919?? When you work for a company like Arbonne, you suddenly start to wonder what things are made of and what you are actually putting onto your skin, your hair; and into your body. It's impossible NOT to read labels - especially once you've been educated on why it's so important to understand what most of the ingredients are. Thank goodness she helped her hubby transition to the RE9 men's shaving cream instead! No more chemicals for his handsome face ;-) Thanks to Karey Ziegler Mott for her post found HERE

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Friday, May 18, 2012

What does pH Balanced Mean?

Have you ever wondered what "pH balanced" actually means?

Our skin is naturally designed to fight against infection and the environment. The pH level of the skin refers to how acidic or alkaline your skin is. On a scale of 1-14 (1 being the most acidic and 14 being the most alkaline), 7 is considered a neutral reading for your skin's pH. Our skin has a thin, protective layer on the surface, often referred to as the acid mantle. The acid mantle is made up of sebum (free fatty acides) that are excreted from the skin's sebaceous glands, which then mixes with lactic and amino acids from sweat to create the ideal pH, which should be slightly acidic at about 5.5

Many thing can interfere with the delicate structure of our skin's acid mantle internally and externally. As we age, our skin becomes more acidic in response to our lifestyles and the environment. Everything that comes in contact with our skin (products, smoking, air, water, sun, pollution, etc.) all contribute to the breaking down of the acid mantle and the skin's natural ability to protect itself.

Our diet also plays a role in determining our internal and external pH levels. It's important to note that a food's acid or alkaline formation in the body doesn't comply with the pH of the food itself. Most animal products, which are alkaline prior to digestion, are considered acid-forming in the body.An ideal diet consists of regularly alkalizing foods such as leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, tomatoes, carrots and soy beans.

The acid mantle is a form of protection, but if your pH level is too alkaline or too acidic, the mantle is disturbed and skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, and rosacea may result. 
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Arbonne Opportunity

CLICK HERE to watch the Arbonne Opportunity Video
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

What is Bad about Aluminum in Your Deodorant?

I was going to try and keep this article brief, but that was impossible. However, I did try to consolidate to give you the important tidbits. The reason I am addressing this topic is to provide you with an overview of the health risks that are linked to deodorant and antiperspirants.
In 1993, The World Health Organization said, "There is suspected link between Alzheimer's disease and the toxicity of aluminum. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reports that "Exposure to high levels of aluminum may result in respiratory and neurological problems.
This made me question what aluminum really is and what makes it so bad. Aluminum is one of the most common elements in the environment and the world's most common metal. It is used in making cans and aluminum foil, as lightweight sheet metal in airplanes and other machinery, and in personal care products such as underarm deodorant and antiperspirant. Aluminum oxide, also present in deodorants, is often used as a coating and is the major compound in rubies and sapphires.
Deodorants and antiperspirants have become a part of our lifelong personal hygiene regime, and for what we thought, was a good reason. The majority of people don’t know the difference between deodorants and antiperspirants; many just use whatever appealing brand has the best scent. 
Sweating is your body’s mechanism to cool down. The average person has about 2.6 million sweat glands, and sweat glands come in two types: eccrine and apocrine. 
Eccrine – The majority of sweat glands on your body are eccrine, these are the glands you have on your forehead, and on your hands and on your feet. The eccrine glands are active from birth, and produce sweat free of proteins and fatty acids.
Apocrine – These glands are in your arm pits and in your genital area. The apocrine glands usually end in hair follicles and become active during puberty. The sweat produced by the apocrine glands contains proteins and fatty acids.
Sweat is odorless - the familiar unpleasant odor ("B.O.") is caused by bacteria that live on our skin and hair. These bacteria metabolize the proteins and fatty acids from our apocrine sweat, causing "B.O," or body odor. Deodorants neutralize the odor by killing the bacteria that metabolize the proteins and fatty acids. Antiperspirants, on the other hand, try to prevent sweating by blocking the pores using aluminum. Without sweat, the bacteria cannot metabolize proteins and fatty acids that cause body odor.
Many antiperspirants also have a deodorant component. It might be for this reason that ‘deodorant’ and ‘antiperspirant’ are used interchangeably.
So, just to clarify: Deodorants are products that mask, suppress or neutralize odors. Antiperspirants are products that try to prevent sweating by using aluminum. 
Antiperspirants: The-Over-The-Counter-Drug
It might be a surprise to learn that the antiperspirant you use daily is in fact an over-the-counter (OTC) drug. As mentioned, Antiperspirants work by clogging, closing, or blocking the pores with aluminum salts in order to prevent the release of sweat, effectively changing the function of the body. Antiperspirants are considered to be drugs because they affect the physiology of the body. 
Because antiperspirants are drugs, they are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Consequently, every antiperspirant sold in the US has a Drug Identification Number (DIN), which you can find on the label. A document called ‘monograph’ states requirements for categories of nonprescription drugs such as antiperspirants. It defines for example what ingredients may be used and for what intended use. If the standards of the OTC monograph are met, premarket approval of a potentially new OTC product is not necessary.
Antiperspirants contain many ingredients: the most active ingredient for antiperspirants being Aluminum. Most antiperspirants also contain paraben, an ingredient that is also used in deodorants.
Deodorants and Antiperspirants are Considered to be Safe
Both antiperspirants and deodorants are considered to be safe by the FDA. However, FDA regulation does not mean that a drug is without danger. Like prescription drugs, the FDA oversees OTC drugs to ensure that they are properly labeled and that their benefits outweigh their risks. There are many products or ingredients of products that have become controversial in regards to health effects. However, this does not mean that products will be taken off the market until deemed safe. Often, the FDA does not consider the evidence of danger to consumer’s health strong enough to take action. If you want to research some of the bad decisions the FDA has made in the past, then Google some examples of product that only got pulled off the shelves when it became too obvious that people were dying due to heart attacks caused by these medications: ‘Vioxx’, ‘Celebrex’ and ‘Bextra.’



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Healthy Snack Options

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  • celery stick with almond butter and raisins ("ants on a log")
  • raw veggies (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, spinach, beets) with gluten-free hummus
  • raw unsalted almonds
  • trail mix (without chocolate or candy)
  • Mama's Gone Crackers
  • raw organic fruits: blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries (low glycemic foods)
  • boiled eggs (cage and hormone-free) without salt
  • Arbonne Essential Fit Chews (Please contact me before ordering to learn how you can get a 20% discount on Arbonne products!) 
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Chemicals in Your Personal Care Products

I had never been a label reader . . . until I started working for Arbonne. In Europe and Australia, they have banned over 3000 chemicals that cause harm to our bodies. Surprisingly enough, the US has only banned 10 of those same chemicals. TEN, people! Here are a few you should be on the look out for:
  1. Mineral OilA Petroleum derived oil used as a main ingredient in many face and body preparations. Using anything with mineral oil is like placing a sheet of saran wrap over your face or body and then expecting great skin as a result. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and has two main jobs: 1. to protect our internal organs 2. to regulate our body temperature via perspiration. Our pores are in charge of taking in nutrients and medicines straight through our dermis. Our dermis is responsible for eliminating toxins and debris from our bodies. So we obviously want our skin to be able to breath, right? And if we put something on the skin that blocks the pores, (as is the case with any mineral oil) then we are hindering the body. Hence some of the reason people get blackheads; the mineral oil acts as a sheet of plastic over the skin blocking the skin from breathing and releasing debris. Mineral oil also acts as a Hygroscopic (or drawing water out of), thus depleting the skin of its much needed natural moisture.
  2. Parabens (Methy, Ethyl, Propyl and Butylparaben): Petroleum based preservatives that earned a bad reputation as being disruptive to the reproductive system and caused allergic responses in sensitive individuals. It was mainly due to the large quantities of these preservatives that were the cause for much concern. Many companies wanted an extremely long shelf life for many of their products and used parabens in many cases up to ten times the amount of preservatives than more cautious companies.
  3. Diethanolamine (A.K.A: DEA): Beware of this chemical at all times. It's a carcinogen and has absolutely no place in any cosmetic or personal products. It's not the DEA itself, per se, that is the major issue; it's what happens to that chemical when it meets other chemicals and ingredients.
  4. PABA (A.K.A: Para aminobenzoic acid): PABA increases your risk of skin cancer because it increases the formation of a certain DNA defect in humans.
  5. Petrolatum (A.K.A Petroleum Jelly): A gasoline derivative FULL of carcinogenic impurities. The links to breast cancer are immense and with 1 in 8 American girls born today, likely to get breast cancer in her lifetime, this is one chemical that should be outlawed for use in personal health care products. PAHs, or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, are common contaminants in petrolatum, also called petroleum jelly and sold under many well-known brand names. Petrolatum is found in 1 of every 14 products on the market, including 15 percent of all lipstick and 40 percent of all baby lotions and oils. Many of the products are applied directly to the lips and are swallowed. 
  6. Phthalates: Synthetic chemicals commonly found in plastics, pesticides, and personal care products like shampoos, soaps, and makeup. 
  7. Propylene Glycol: a liquid preservative, solvent and antifreeze, this toxic petroleum derivative is known to cause allergy and irritation. A common ingredient in Moisturizers, Medicines, Cosmetics, Food, Toothpaste, Mouth Wash, Deodorants, Hand Sanitizers and Tobacco. It is also used as a less toxic Motor Engine Coolant and it is the stuff that makes the smoke in smoke machines. It is a hygroscopic compound (drawing water out of), therefore, even if this chemical were safe for humans, it is counter-intuitive to use it in a moisturizer, because it draws moisture away from the skin. Perhaps a ploy to require that you use much more of this product to keep up the moisture levels in your skin. Just a thought.
  8. Paraffina waxy crystalline flammable substance obtained especially from distillates of wood, coal, petroleum, or shale oil that is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons. Paraffin wax, classified as a chemical preservative, is widely used on fruits, vegetables, and candy to make them shiny and pretty as well as to retard moisture loss and spoilage. Waxes are made from vegetable oils, palm oil derivatives, and synthetic resins, as well as other materials.
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Monday, May 14, 2012

Who is Arbonne?

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Arbonne (meaning "Beautiful Tree") was founded in 1980 by a Norwegian man named Petter Morck. He teamed up with several of the world's leading bio-chemists, biologists, and herbalists to develop skin care products unparalleled in quality and effectiveness. Petter was a pioneer in the European direct sales industry and has always been associated with Europe's most successful direct marketing companies.  Since day one, Petter's vision was to create products that were pure, safe and beneficial. We currently have over 200 products that are botanically based, 100% vegan, hypoallergenic to European standards (which are MUCH higher than US standards!), and PH correct. Our products are free of the following: animal products and by-products, dyes or chemical fragrances, mineral oil and parabens. All of our products are formulated in Switzerland and made here in the US. 

FYI: To receive a hypoallergenic (def: having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction) rating in Europe, you must score a ZERO on a scale of 1-10. US standards still say that you can call yourself "hypoallergenic." Europe has banned over 3000 questionable or dangerous chemicals (I will discuss chemicals in another blog entry) from their products. Wanna take a guess on how many we have banned here in the US?? 

TEN! Doesn't that make you stop and think for a second? Who's in charge of the "standards" in the US?
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