Archive for August, 2011

Antibacterial Soaps Kill the Bad AND Beneficial Bacteria

August 30th, 2011

In the August 25 edition of the journal Nature, you will find an article by Dr. Martin Blaser, MD discussing his research and concerns about the widespread use of antibiotics and how this might be causing permanent changes in the body’s protective, friendly flora. This in turn could be causing harm to the body’s overall natural defense system. Dr. Blaser worries that this might be more dangerous to our health than the unintentional development of what are known as “superbugs.”

The report discusses the fact that by the age of 18, most children have already had at least between  10 and 20 doses of antibiotics, in addition to the antibiotics provided to women who are pregnant. As wonderful as the discovery a of antibiotics was and still is helping to increase life expectancy, there is some controversy.Doe they destroy even friendly bacteria, not just harmful ones?  Scientists have found that some of the beneficial bacteria may never recover from a dose of antibiotics, and that these extinctions may lead to increased susceptibility to infections and disease. As a result, antibiotic use could be contributing to the increases in obesity, allergies and asthma, inflammatory bowel disease, and type 1 diabetes that are occurring throughout the developed world.

The discovery and use of antibiotics has helped to increase life expectancy, to be sure, but the fact is,  antibiotics are are non-discriminatory and destroy even friendly bacteria, not just harmful ones. Scientists have found that some of the beneficial bacteria may never recover and that these extinctions may lead to increased susceptibility to infections and disease among humans. As a result, antibiotic use could be contributing to the increases in obesity,  inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, and type 1 diabetes. These diseases  are occurring throughout the developed world.  This is all the more reason to use products that are truly organic, like Herbalix Restorative’s hand soaps and shampoos.

The same is with the skin.  Antibacterial soaps kill the bad and beneficial bacteria.  Herbalix shampoo and liquid hand soap work to leave the good bacteria while reducing any bad bacterial.  Most antibacterial soaps leave your hands dried out, but Herbalix soaps are goats milk soap, made from organic goat’s milk. -more-

(Source:  Science News; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110824131547.htm#.TlwTzNazIPU.email)

51% Consumers Go to Grocery Stores

August 29th, 2011

An AlixPartners research study says that 51 percent of consumers identify a traditional grocery store retailer as their point of destination when they are making a grocery store trip. Walmart captures 30 percent and the drug channel has five percent of the trips as does the dollar stores. Of the lowest-income group, these shoppers trend to purchase only 45 percent of their groceries at grocery stores, whereas 56 percent of the highest-income shoppers ($100,000 and above) purchase their groceries at grocery stores. The big club stores also get 17 percent of this  group.

An average person makes 1.8 trips per week for groceries only; 70 percent of consumers go to the grocery store at least once per week, while 50 percent plan to spend more on groceries in the coming year.  39 percent expect to spend the same amount due to the economy. Only 18 percent of consumers fill their prescriptions at their local grocery store.

Thanks to the growth of the Internet, nontraditional players seem to be growing market share, and now Internet retailers are capturing two percent of a shoppers’ grocery dollars.  Here is one reason why.  Many new online retailers like Herbalix.com are now selling organic skin care products to their customers.

(Source: AlixPartners Grocery Shopper Preferences Survey; April 11, 12, among 1,000 U.S. adults.)

A Real Natural Organic Shampoo

August 26th, 2011

Non-toxic hair care means you should be using  an organic shampoo. So even if it says it on the bottle, how do you know if your shampoo or other hair care products are truly organic? Reading the labels on hair care products today is frightening.

Paraben is one of the worst ingredients in hair and personal care products like makeup,moisturizers,  shampoo even toothpaste.  A paraben is a synthetic preservative used in products we use every day.

In one test, the Centers for Disease Control tested urine in a group of 100 adults, finding parabens in nearly all of them! Parabens are hormone disrupters, ad this is why they are often found in 19 out of 20 tumors in women who have breast cancer.

Just make sure you check all of the ingredients on the labels of your products, to look for anything with the suffix “-paraben.” Methylparaben and propylparaben are common.

There was one petroleum-based ingredients study which found that 22 percent of all cosmetics may have 1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing petroleum-based ingredient. (Source: www.eHow.com) So you really need to read product labels.

Real natural shampoo formulas are organic and all-natural.  You won’t  be breathing in any chemical vapors while you are shampooing your hair. One line by Herbalix Restoratives, (www.herbalix.com) lists the following all natural ingredients.

Herbalix Clary Sage Organic Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair includes the saponified oils of: Coconut, Extra Virgin Olive, Apricot Kernel, Castor, Avocado Oil, Palm Fruit, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and essential oils of: Carrot Seed, Clary Sage, Grapefruit Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Rosemary Essential Oil Herbalix™ Organic Preservative.

It is also important to know that your organic shampoo brand uses safe packaging that is environmentally sound — so make sure that the plastic packaging used in the product line is identified and accepted for recycling and that the packaging is leach-free, and

Is Your Shampoo Organic Shampoo?

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If you are serious about non-toxic hair care, then you probably use an organic shampoo. But how do you know for sure that your shampoo or other hair care products are truly organic? If you read the labels on many of the hair care products on the market today, it is quite frightening. And in fact here are just a few of the worst offenders.

One of the worst ingredients in hair and personal care products – everything from shampoo to makeup to toothpaste — is paraben, a synthetic preservative that is used in many products we use daily for cleansing, moisturizing the skin on our bodies.

The Centers for Disease Control tested urine in a group of 100 adults, and found parabens in nearly all of them. Parabens are bad because they are hormone disrupters – often found in 19 out of 20 tumors in women with breast cancer. So make certain that when reading all of the ingredients on the labels of your products, to look for anything with the suffix “-paraben.” You will commonly see methylparaben and propylparaben.

There was one petroleum-based ingredients study which found that 22 percent of all cosmetics may have 1,4-dioxane, a cancer-causing petroleum-based ingredient. (Source: www.eHow.com) So you really need to read product labels and look for one of the 56 ingredients that contain this harmful contaminant.

Real organic shampoo formulas are all-natural, so you will not be breathing in any chemical vapors while you are showering or bathing and shampooing your hair. One line by Herbalix Restoratives, (www.herbalix.com) lists the following all natural ingredients.

Herbalix Clary Sage Organic Shampoo for Normal to Oily Hair includes the saponified oils of: Coconut, Extra Virgin Olive, Apricot Kernel, Castor, Avocado Oil, Palm Fruit, Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and essential oils of: Carrot Seed, Clary Sage, Grapefruit Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Rosemary Essential Oil Herbalix™ Organic Preservative.

Also make sure that your organic shampoo brand uses only packaging that is safe, ingredient-protective and environmentally sound. Make certain that the plastic packaging used in the product line is identified and accepted for recycling and that the packaging is BPA-free and leach-free, so that your products remain free of phthalates and other synthetic chemicals. The packaging that your organic shampoo comes in should also be fully recyclable.

For more information on Herbalix restoratives all natural, organic skin and hair care products, visit www.herbalix.com.

so that your products remain free of phthalates and other synthetic chemicals. Your organic shampoo packaging should be recyclable too.

For more information about Herbalix Restoratives all natural, organic skin and hair care products, visit www.herbalix.com.

Organic Skin Care Treatments from Herbalix Garner Attention

August 23rd, 2011

In one testimonial focusing on the Herbalix Supreme Solution Intensive Body Moisturizers, we can see organic skin care at its finest. “Awesome Product Line! Say good bye to dry skin. I no longer have the winter skin itch, raw and dry skin. I have seen customers use the moisturizer bar on bad skin and come back two months later in astonishment at their skin. I highly recommend this product.”  Shy, WA.

A concentrated moisturizer, Supreme Solution is a natural skin care treatment that is formulated with a rich blend of oils that contain nutritional essential fatty acids, amino acids and vitamins. When combined, all of these rich ingredients have been shown to support cellular regeneration and natural skin care.

Over the Counter Medicines and Insurance Reimbursements

August 19th, 2011

Last week legislation was introduced to restore over-the-counter medicines as qualified reimbursements under health spending accounts as well as  flexible spending accounts without a prescription. A provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted in January had created a prescription requirement in order for OTC medicines to qualify for pre-tax reimbursements. -more-

– Mike Fessler, Herbalix Restoratives

Using Natural Deodorant Benefits the Environment

August 17th, 2011

We have all heard about the possible connection between the chemicals found in cosmetic products and potentially increased rates of cancer. This is just one reason why many people have already switched from a traditional deodorant to a natural deodorant because they are free of toxic chemicals and other ingredients that can cause skin irritations or even allergic reactions. However,  in addition to keeping your body free of chemicals, keeping our environment free from chemicals is a good idea too.

Did you realize that traditional deodorants are often releasing dangerous chemicals into our environment? For instance, mineral oil releases a great deal of carbon emissions into the air during manufacturing.  This is an ingredient used in traditional deodorants. What’s more, there are other substances like  formaldehyde triclosan and harming the earth’s plants and wildlife after  entering the atmosphere. Even the process of mining the aluminum used in many traditional antiperspirants will pollute the waterways, and destroy the landscape. And not only that, but it also consumes large amounts of electricity.

According to Lester Brown’s Eco-Economy: Building an Economy for the Earth, carbon emissions that are released during the mining and production of mineral oil and aluminum contribute to greenhouse gasses and global warming.  The aluminum industry consumes as much electricity as the entire continent of Africa.

Even more frightening,  chemical residue from deodorants with chemicals like aluminum washes off when we are taking a shower, and then  flushes down the drain and into the water system.  Aluminum chlorohydrate is a recognized drinking water pollutant that damages the ecosystem, and it is the active ingredient in many traditional antiperspirant products. Then there is triclosan, an antimicrobial agent that accumulates in the streams and rivers, and ultimately damages our marine life.  Formaldehyde, and mineral oil, parabens  and diethanolamine  also accumulate in the water sources and  eventually will contaminate our drinking water.

Natural deodorants do not contain ingredients that harm the environment. The ingredients found in a natural deodorant is usually biodegradable and does not damage our environment the way their traditional counterparts. What’s more, their manufacturing processes are  environmentally sound and requires fewer resources.

Visit www.herbalix.com to learn more about its organic skin care products, including the nighttime Cleansing Detox Deodorant. Remember what you put on your skin matters.

Natural Skin Care Tips: What’s Your Skin Type?

August 2nd, 2011

How do you know if your skin is sensitive, dry, oily, normal, combination, or sun-damaged? Basically your skin type is determined by the amount of oil in your skin, but other factors play a part as well.  This includes your stress levels, genetics, skincare regimen and diet, all of which make a difference and determine how much oil your skin will produce.

If you have oily skin you will probably  have larger pores. Oily skin is also often shiny, and has a tendency towards blackheads or blemishes.  Dry skin will feel tight, especially right after cleansing.  In women of color, skin may appear dull from dead skin buildup. Combination skin usually features a smooth and even texture, good circulation, and healthy color. Sensitive skin is usually thin and delicate with very  fine pores.  It flushes, or turns red, easily and also is prone to broken capillaries and rashes.  Last, sun damaged skin will show signs of visible wrinkles, broken capillaries, and it has little skin tone — especially around the jawline.

If you are interested in using natural skin care, you must remember that it requires keeping your skin really clean, moist and protected.  Simplicity is the key.  First you must find a good cleansing solution that is based on your skin type.  One thing you might try is goat’s milk soap, which is pure and does not have harmful synthetic chemicals. Goat’s milk has been used since the days of Cleopatra.

If your skin is sensitive, look for products with no added fragrance. Don’t cleanse your face too often.   A little warm water will help loosen dirt and unclog pores, then use a gentle cleanser, and rinse with lukewarm water.  Don’t rub your face dry, but gently pat the skin with a soft and clean towel.

Check out all of the Herbalix Restoratives organic skin care products, where you can find cleansers and moisturizers for each and every skin type.