How to Avoid Damaging UV Rays Without Living in the Basement

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Life on Earth as we know it couldn’t exist without the ultraviolet (UV) rays provided by the sun. In addition to the vital role the sun plays in the food chain by providing energy for plant life, UV light is important for human beings in helping produce vitamin D in the body. However, as anyone who has ever experienced sunburn knows, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. In the case of UV light, overexposure can cause serious damage to skin and even lead to cancer. There’s nothing wrong with getting some sun. However, you need to use some protection if you’re going to be out in the sun for a prolonged period of time to ensure you’re not getting too much of a good thing.

Applying Protection

Sunscreen is important to remember when you’re out and about on a sunny day. It’s recommended to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to provide the best protection. Sunscreens labeled “broad spectrum” provides protection from more types of UV light than products without that label. Water-resistant formulas are better because they won’t be rinsed away as easily during activities in the water or run off when you sweat. Another key factor when choosing a sunscreen is getting a physical sunblock as opposed to a chemical sunscreen with nanoparticles that absorb into the skin and get into the blood stream. For more information on this, check out this blog post.

Safe_sunblock_for_kidsNourishing World sells two sunscreen brands that are physical sunblock and get a # 1 rating from the Environmental Working Group. These are Thinksport Regular and Kids Sunscreens, both have a 50+ SPF. The other brand we sell is Mercola Sunscreen, one has an SPF of 15, and the other has an SPF of  30. One last thing to remember about proper sunscreen use is to re-apply often, sometimes every hour in the worst of the summer months, to ensure you receive maximum protection.

Wearing clothing that covers as much skin as possible is another good way to stay protected in the sun. Be sure to wear long-sleeved shirts and wide-brimmed hats to receive the most protection. Dark-colored clothing provides more protection than light-colored clothing; and tightly woven fabrics are better protection than loosely woven clothing.

Seeking Shade

And finally, the easiest way to help shield yourself from UV rays is to keep to shady spots on very sunny days — especially during the late-morning-to-late-afternoon period when the UV light from the sun is at its peak. This includes when you’re on the sand or snow, because it can reflect UV light and increase the amount in which you’re exposed. Staying inside when UV light is strongest also helps, especially if the windows in your home or car are tinted to block more UV rays. If you’re thinking about having your car windows tinted to protect yourself from the sun, the amount of tint you are allowed to have may vary based on where you live. The following chart illustrates the amount of window tint permitted in each state. Now go enjoy the outdoors safely!

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This post was courtesy of Rayno Window Film.

Best Tips to Keep Kids Healthy Naturally This Summer

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Are Your Blonds Looking a Little Green?

When the heavy metal content of your swimming pool rises, the excess copper in the water can turn blond hair green. Don’t fret; just dissolve 1 teaspoon of Catie’s Vitamin C Powder in a pint-sized spray bottle. Spray it all over, rub in, and rinse after fifteen minutes.

Prevent & Treat Swimmer’s Ear Naturally

Water trapped in the outer ear canal allows bacterial growth and may cause an infection known as swimmers ear. This can be prevented or treated naturally and effectively without harsh antibiotics.
Prevention:  Place 3 drops of Sovereign Silver in each ear once a week.
Treatment: First cleanse the ear by filling with peroxide: allow to bubble and sit a few minutes. Then, drain it and dry with a tissue. Once dry, add 3 drops of Sovereign Silver to the ear and allow it to sit for three minutes. Insert a cotton ball to keep it from leaking out. Do this 2-3 times a day when signs of an infection arise.

Avoid Mosquitios & Ticks Without Using DEET

Use all-natural, DEET-free Mercola Insect Repellent to prevent mosquito and tick bites on your outdoor adventures.

Protect From Sunburn With Safe, Waterproof Sunblock

Choose an EWG-approved physical sunblock likeThinksport Kids to protect delicate skin from sunburns without dousing them in toxic chemicals.

Maintain Active Energy Levels & Boost Immunity

Keep your children healthy and active with whole-food vitamin supplements like Garden of Life Vitamin Code Kids.

Replenish Vital Electrolytes with Homemade Sports Drinks

Make a healthy, homemade sports drink out of your child’s favorite 100% juice! Use 2 cups water, 2 cups 100% juice and 1/4 tsp real sea salt. Don’t use table salt because it is missing many of the vital trace minerals found in real sea salt. Himalayan and Celtic sea salt are excellent for this.

Natural Sunscreens: Carefree Fun in the Summer Sun

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“Summer Afternoon: To me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English Language.”

Henry James

Summer has always been my favorite time of year. I feel giddy and free: ready to drop everything for a spontaneous gathering, a delicious swim in the ocean, or a sunset music festival. It must be something about shedding all those layers of warm clothing, going barefoot, and feeling the warm air on my skin. I am high on sunshine with more energy and enthusiasm for socializing and being outside. Graduations, reunions, weddings, and garden parties fill the calendar. Its time to make plans for yard sales, camping trips, picnics by the sea, hikes in the mountains, and (my personal favorite) long naps in the hammock. Its time to get outside and get some sun!

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There are a few accessories I need to maximize my summer enjoyment. The first is a good book. I’m compiling my summer reading list with eagerness akin to a puppy chasing a ball!  The second is lots of summer foods like luscious fruits and the freshest of fresh garden grown veggies. There is nothing so inspiring as knowing where my food was growing the day before! My third “must have” is a great pair of flip flops perfect for kicking off and running through the grass or wiggling my toes in beach sand. But in my “shoes are optional” world, sunscreen is unfortunately not. It’s a fact of life that must be acknowledged and dealt with. Luckily Nourishing World has some great all natural sunscreens as well as a few not so well known secrets for keeping your tan lines radiant and not injurious.

Effective and Safe Sunscreen

I’ll bet you think you’ve heard it all before when it comes to the need for sunscreen? We all get it that these days the ozone is thinning causing the ultraviolet light to pass easily through the atmosphere to burn and damage our skin even more than it did a few decades ago. Who hasn’t had an awful red, painful sunburn at some point? But what’s even worse is the potential for life threatening consequences many years after the burn. So along with your favorite summer accessories, plan to apply and then pack along a great mineral based, non-toxic sunscreen. Thinksport and Thinksport Kids both have an SPF rating of 50 for complete sun block in and out of the water. Free of hormone altering chemicals, these sunscreens block UVA and UVB rays with micronized zinc oxide, a physical barrier. Consistently rated among the highest for safety and efficacy by the Environmental Working Group Sunscreen Guide, Thinksport sunscreens are the sun worshiper’s best friend. Dr Mercola Broad Spectrum Sunscreens come in SPF 15 for light and SPF 30 for moderate protection. Rated a number “1” by the Environmental Working Groups Skin Deep database for safety and efficacy, Mercola’s Sunscreen provides broad spectrum UV protection with no synthetic chemicals. Only antioxidant rich natural oils moisturize and nourish the skin for protection and therapy in one treatment!

How about Astaxanthin?

Now for what you may not know: Astaxanthin is an extremely potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoid obtained from marine algae. Along with being good for eye health, brain health, joint pain, and athletic stamina, Astaxanthin has been called a “natural sunscreen” due to it’s ability to protect skin from damaging free radicals after sun exposure. By reducing oxidative damage to the skin, Astaxanthin keeps skin looking younger. It even may fade sun spots!   Dr Mercola calls Astaxanthin “the supplement everyone should be taking.” 

Melatonin For Sun?

Melatonin, the naturally occurring hormone that regulates healthy sleep/wake cycles, also has a surprising connection to sun protection. Studies have found that melatonin applied topically before sun exposure can lessen the risk of burning or damaging skin. Of course, Melatonin will also probably make you sleepy, so you might want to use it only when you plan to be napping in the sun!  In addition, use Mercola Melatonin at night on the face and neck to build collagen and elastin. Not only will it help you to sleep, but its antioxidant properties will help heal the aging effects of sun damage.

The Emu Edge

Another valuable source of sun protection comes from emu oil, the “sacred food” of the Australian Aborigines. Studies have shown that emu oil, either taken orally or applied topically, can help decrease effects of the sun such as wrinkles, dryness, and sun spots. Keep skin looking youthful with Walkabout Emu Oil from free range, humanely farmed emus in Australia. Only lightly refined, Walkabout Emu Oil is pure, natural protection from the sun.

Vitamin Power

High doses of Vitamin E together with vitamin C may protect the skin from UV radiation and sunburn. In addition, we must get sufficient vitamin D3.  D3 is critical for a healthy immune system, strong bones, good mental cognition, and for protecting us from many diseases. D3 can be obtained from a few types of foods such as fatty fish, but our best source of D3 is sunshine!

 Don’t Shun the Sun

So get out there and have some fun! Just remember to protect your summer state of mind with sunscreens, vitamins, and emu oil. Hello sunshine!

 

 

 

 

 

Solutions for Seasonal Health Hazards

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by Lynn Gamwell

Get Set for Spring

The buds are bursting into bloom, and the world is coming back to life as warm weather approaches. Spring and summer are the times we all long for with thoughts of outdoor fun, gatherings with our favorite people, and perhaps even some vacation travel. But just as the warmth brings carefree attitudes, it also brings it’s own safety concerns. Peaceful Planet has you covered for all your seasonal safety needs so that you can just relax and have fun!

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Just the other day I was able to eat my lunch outside for the first time this year!  What a delight to feel the sun on my skin as I watched the robins pecking for worms in the grass and noticed plants poking their winter weary shoots out of the ground. The warm sun was so enticing that I shed a few excess layers of clothing. Perhaps 20 minutes later I was surprised to go indoors and realize that I had fresh tan lines! The sun’s UV rays are already strong despite the early spring oscillation between warm and winter weather. UV rays cause sunburn along with hazards such as skin cancer and premature wrinkles. We often don’t know we are endangering our skin until it’s too late and our skin is damaged!

We are as likely to get sunburned now as we are in August when the warmth reminds us of our need for protection. So don’t be fooled by the cool weather. Now is the time to rev up our sun protection habits for the season. While we can’t reduce the damage of previous sun exposure, we can decrease the likelihood of developing skin cancer by protecting ourselves as time goes forward. Babies and children are especially vulnerable to sunburn and should always be lathered up with sunscreen. Fortunately Peaceful Planet has all natural, non-toxic, highly effective, mineral barrier sunscreens for your whole family. Be sure to stock up on Thinksport and Thinksport Kids 50 SPF broad spectrum sunscreens that block UVA and UVB rays with non-oily, easily absorbed formulas. They have been consistently top rated by the Environmental Working Group’s guide to the safest sunscreens of the season. All Thinksport products contain the highest allowable sunscreen SPF per the FDA while still being safe and effective. Or choose Dr Mercola’s Broad Spectrum Sunscreen in SPF 30 or 15 for it’s nourishing, moisturizing, lighter protection. It is rated “1” in the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep list for safety and efficacy! We wouldn’t sell you anything we wouldn’t use on our kids and ourselves. We want no artificial fragrances, no nanoparticles, and only non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic ingredients and we know you do too!  Look no further, we’ve done the research for you and these sunscreens are the best!

Bug Spray

Have you ever noticed that as soon as the weather warms up even slightly the bugs come out?  Somehow I forget about those pesky, irritating creatures when I am longing for spring. But they are more than annoying. Mosquitoes carry serious illnesses such as West Nile Virus and ticks can carry Lyme disease. Unfortunately the list of bug born illnesses grows longer by the day. Until recently, highly toxic DEET was the main insect repellent available commercially. Thankfully we now have 100% natural and non-toxic Mercola Bug Spray, which is free from the nasty neurotoxins and chemicals of mainstream repellents while having been proven to repel bugs just as effectively as DEET.  The oils of citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, and vanilla give Mercola Bug Spray a light, lemony, pleasing scent. Use Mercola Bug Spray on your whole family. Spray it on your pets too. They would thank you if they could!

Supplement Travel Tips

Warm weather, kids out of school, and I get restless to go somewhere!  Soon we will be packing our bags and heading out of town for some well deserved vacation time.  At home I am conscientious about eating well, getting my daily greens, and taking my supplements.   But vacation demands a more laid back approach allowing our normal structure and routine to be forgotten for a while. But who wants to come home from vacation feeling rotten?  Fortunately there is no need to feel either restricted in our vacation meals or guilty about letting our good habits slide for a little while. All that is needed is a little pre-planning. Do you like your protein shake in the morning?  Count out the number of days you will be gone and take just that number of scoops of your favorite protein powder in a small jar or bag to be mixed with almond or coconut milk, juice, or even just water in a pinch. (Try Perfect Plant Protein Powder for vegetarian protein, Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen for grass fed protein, and Goatein Milk Protein Powder for an easier digested form of dairy. Compare all our protein options at Peaceful Planet to find the one that is best for you.)  Don’t forget your shaker for easy mixing! Or if you just want to be sure to get your daily dose of veggies, take along the necessary number of scoops of Perfect Aquatic Greens powder or take the capsules instead.  You will know you are not neglecting your health should you choose to indulge a bit on vacation. And let’s face it; what is vacation without a little indulgence?

Get Ready, Get Set, and Go!

Now that I have reminded you of all the hazards of summer, don’t fret.  Just get your sunscreen, bug spray, and supplement supplies stocked.  Soon you’ll be ready to jump into warm weather with all your bases covered!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safe Summer Sun Protection

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What could be better than a warm summer day spent by the lake, at the beach, or on the water? With the kids home from school and the long hours of daylight, summer is the perfect time to be outdoors soaking up the sun. However, no one wants to head home with a sunburn! Not only are these burns painful, but they can prematurely age the skin as well as cause DNA damage. Melanoma cases have doubled in the last 30 years, and overexposure to sun is thought to be a major culprit in the dramatic increase of this deadly form of cancer. That’s why using sunscreen is so important, whether your skin is light or dark, prone to freckling or tanning. Even if you tan easily or have naturally dark skin, you aren’t protected from UV radiation without sunscreen.

Most sunscreens are loaded with toxic chemicals that are dangerous to both you and the wildlife who live in and drink from the waters contaminated by sunscreen residues. Octinoxate, for example, a common sunscreen ingredient, generates free radicals and disrupts hormones. The oxybenzone in some sunscreens is an endocrine disrupter that accumulates quickly in the body, and it can also cause allergic reactions. Many sunscreens contain retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, which damages cells and may lead to skin cancer. Just as concerning is the fact that many of these chemical sunscreens do not offer enough UVA protection. While UVB rays cause more rapid skin burning, UVA rays (which can also burn) go deeper into the skin and are thought to contribute to many of the risks associated with sun exposure.

What about spray sunscreens?

In addition to containing toxins, spray sunscreens can pose further health hazards as they are more likely to be inhaled. Plus, spray sunscreens are flammable — not good if you’re cooking by the grill or hanging around a campfire! Spray sunscreens also tend to offer inadequate coverage and less UV protection. So while it might be more convenient to chase your kids with a spray bottle, rubbing in creams is optimal. For kids who try to run away mid-application, try offering a snack or a short video on your phone to get them to hold still while you’re applying sunblock. Use rashguards, hats, long sleeves, or long pants to minimize the areas that will need sunscreen.

What to Look For in a Sunscreen

EWG evaluated 1700 sunscreen products and found that 80% of them either failed to provide sufficient sun protection or contained toxic ingredients. When choosing a sunscreen, look for a physical sunblock with all natural ingredients. All of our sunscreens were rated a 1 in the EWG Skin Deep database and meet EWG criteria for safe, effective sunscreen.

Avoid high SPF sunscreens (SPF 80, SPF 100). Look for a sunblock with an SPF between 30-50. Other countries have already banned sunscreens with SPF of higher than 50. SPF 15 blocks 93% of ultraviolet rays while SPF 30 blocks 97% and SPF 50 blocks 98%. There is no advantage to sunscreens with an SPF higher than 50 — double SPF does not offer double protection — yet these sunblocks contain higher amounts of chemicals. Many also use these high SPF sunscreens incorrectly, increasing the risk of sunburn.

Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection, and water resistance (ideally 40-80 minutes of water protection) if you’ll be exercising, sweating, or swimming. Beware of allergens. Many sunscreens contain inactive ingredients that could trigger allergic reactions in susceptible individuals. Choose a sunscreen without added vitamin A. EWG recommends avoiding products containing Vitamin A in the form of retinol, retinyl palmitate, retinyl linoleate, retinoic acid, and retinyl acetate, as these could lead to vitamin A toxicity, contribute to free radical damage, and spur cancerous tumor growth.

Sunscreens on EWG’s “Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens” List

According to EWG Skin Deep, all of these sunscreens are rated a 1, a top rating, and offer excellent UVA protection along with UVB protection, without any of the health hazards of toxic chemical sunscreens:

 

How to Use Sunscreen:

Apply sunblock 15-30 minutes before going outside or swimming. Reapply every 2 hours — every hour if you’re swimming or sweating a lot. Don’t use expired sunscreen — the ingredients deteriorate and become ineffective (and sometimes even dangerous) over time. You should be using enough sunscreen that you don’t have any leftover at the end of summer anyway. Use enough to cover your body, not just a little dab. Even on cloudy days, 80% of UV radiation reaches the Earth, which can cause burns, age skin, and increase skin cancer risk. This is why you should still wear sunscreen in cloudy weather if you are not covered or in the shade. Here are some additional sun safety tips from EWG:

  • Cover up: Use clothing to shield yourself from the sun, as this reduces risk by 27%. Wear lightweight pants, shirts, and a wide-brimmed hat.

  • Avoid midday sun: When the sun is highest in the sky (between 10-2pm in many areas), the rays are the strongest. Plan your outdoor time for early morning or late afternoon/evening.

  • Seek out shade: Staying in the shade can reduce the risk of multiple burns by 30%. Find trees or use an umbrella or canopy, especially for babies.

  • Avoid burns: If your skin is red, burned, or blistered, you had too much sun exposure.

  • Protect your eyes: Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays.

  • Consult the UV Index: This number provides a way to gauge the sun risks and plan activities accordingly.

If you are limiting your sun exposure and wearing sunscreen, you’ll need to supplement with vitamin D. A lack of vitamin D can contribute to a poor immune system, cancers, and bone loss. Sources of vitamin D include:

By Ali Wetherbee

The Best Supplements for Summer

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Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to get ready! We’ve rounded up the best summer supplements to get you looking and feeling your best this year.

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Summer Supplement #1: Adaptogens

As temperatures rise, our energy levels tend to fall, and we’re left slogging through the hottest days. We often experience this as the “summer blahs,” or perhaps an energy crash around 2 or 3pm. While caffeine might offer a bit of a pick-me-up, it’s usually short-lived, and may be accompanied by jitters, nervousness, and other adverse effects. To help the body naturally adapt to the physical stress of high temperatures, adaptogenic supplements such as Perfect Rhodiola and Perfect Cordyceps are great options that combat fatigue without leaving you overstimulated. These adaptogens normalize bodily imbalances, adrenal function, cortisol and other hormone levels, metabolic processes, and oxygen utilization — all physical effects of stress on the body. The result of this proper regulation caused by taking adaptogens like rhodiola rosea or cordyceps is that you feel less fatigued, calmer, more energized, and even generally healthier and happier.

Summer Supplement #2: Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Fermented cod liver oil is great for boosting energy, supporting bone health, and protecting against sun sensitivity. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A and D.

Vitamin A reduces signs of aging and may protect against skin cancer. One study found that those who took a vitamin A supplement daily were 60% less likely to develop melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Vitamin A also works to repair skin damaged due to sun exposure and aging.

In addition to supporting the immune system and keeping up energy, adequate vitamin D helps prevent abnormal cell growth, reducing your risk of developing certain types of cancer. Although the sun is the best source of vitamin D, most of us are at the office during the sunniest part of the day. Even if you are able to spend time outdoors, chances are you tend to stay in the shade or covered in sunblock on those bright sunny days. Unless you get a decent amount of sunshine each day (the exact time needed varies depending on geographical location, weather, skin type, etc.) you should continue taking a vitamin D supplement all summer long. Those with seasonal allergies or inflammatory conditions may benefit from taking a vitamin D supplement even if you get plenty of sun exposure, as vitamin D is highly anti-inflammatory. Fermented cod liver oil is an excellent food source of naturally-occurring vitamin D, and appears to work synergistically with the vitamin A in cod liver oil.

Summer Supplement #3: Astaxanthin

What could be better as we head into summer than edible sunscreen?! Astaxanthin acts as an internal sunscreen that scavenges free radicals and prevents ultraviolet damage, skin cancer, and other cancers as well. A powerful antioxidant-rich carotenoid, astaxanthin is an anti-inflammatory pain reliever and protects the eyes, heart, brain, and even the mitochondria. Astaxanthin also maintains skin’s moisture, smoothness, and elasticity, reducing wrinkles, sagging, and signs of aging or sun damage such as freckles, age spots, and sun spots. While you should still probably smear on some natural sunscreen for external protection against sunburn while astaxanthin levels begin to build up to therapeutic levels, many have found this supplement can reduce or eliminate their need for sunblock as well as allow them to stay out in the heat longer without feeling sick. Read more about astaxanthin here.

Summer Supplement #4: Vitamins C & E

Vitamin C and Vitamin E together protect against ultraviolet radiation and may reduce your likelihood of getting sunburned. What’s more, a 2005 study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that combining vitamins C and E reduced DNA damage due to sun exposure.

Vitamin C supports your body with the stress of summer heat, lowering body temperature and preventing heat-related problems such as heat rash, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. This vitamin keeps the sweat glands functioning optimally on hot days so that they do not tire out too quickly. Since vitamin C is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant, it prevents and repairs sun damage by encouraging collagen production and tissue growth. Vitamins C and E both also act as a natural antihistamines, relieving symptoms of summer allergies, nasal symptoms, and asthma.

Summer Supplement #5: Weight Loss Supplements

Summer means shorts and bikinis, so now is the time to get into shape! If you’re looking for a little boost to your diet and exercise efforts, these four supplements can help you shed pounds more quickly yet naturally, without the dangers of traditional diet pills and stimulants.

Dr. Oz dubbed raspberry ketones “The Number One Miracle In A Bottle.” While no weight loss aid can totally overcome the effects of a poor diet and inactivity (sorry, you still have to eat healthy and exercise!), RK Pure 250 Raspberry Ketones may be the closest thing we have to an all-natural miracle diet pill. Research suggests that raspberry ketones may increase levels of adiponectin, a protein found at higher levels in thinner people and known to play a key role in lipid and glucose metabolism. And raspberry ketones aren’t just for internal use — topical raspberry ketone lotion can improve skin elasticity and reduce cellulite.

Lite’N-Up is a great meal replacement, snack, or post-workout protein drink. Made with natural fat burners like CLA, green tea, and garcinia cambogia, Lite’N-Up is packed with protein, fiber, and nutrients. This weight loss supplement contains no sweeteners (although it does have a pleasant, naturally sweet vanilla taste!) and less lactose than whey concentrates. A Lite’N-Up shake stabilizes your blood sugar and satisfies your appetite, so you’re less likely to overeat. Studies have shown that adding whey protein to your diet can reduce body fat while retaining muscle mass, which translates to greater weight loss compared to those who used other types of protein powders or no protein supplement at all.

Dr. Oz has also recommended two other supplements, CLA and green coffee bean. Mercola CLA appears to shrink fat cells and increase metabolic rate. CLA occurs at highest levels in grass-fed dairy and meat, which may explain why modern diets are lacking in CLA and tend to lead to obesity. Perfect Green Coffee is 50% chlorogenic acid and is extracted from unroasted coffee beans. Green coffee lowers high blood pressure and blood glucose while boosting the metabolism. In Dr. Oz’s study of viewer volunteers, the group that took green coffee bean extract lost nearly twice as much weight as the placebo group.

Summer Supplement #6: Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer, bug bite treatment, chapped lip remedy, and sunburn soother. It may even help you avoid burning. Coconut oil has an SPF around 8, so while it won’t do much to prevent sunburns during long days at the beach, it might be a good alternative to sunscreen for brief, indirect sun exposure. Some people have even found consuming coconut oil regularly leaves them less likely to burn in the first place. Another great use for coconut oil is for smoothing and moisturizing hair that becomes frizzy in the summer or damaged from pool chemicals; just rub a bit onto your strands in the morning. You can spread coconut oil on your armpits as a natural deodorant, and also use it as a shaving lotion to get your legs ready for shorts and swimsuits. This is truly a multipurpose summer supplement — it’s even great for grilling! Try Blue Breeze Coconut Oil or Perfect Coconut Oil.

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By Ali Wetherbee

Astaxanthin: The Little Known Supplement with Huge Benefits

By Ali Wetherbee

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Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean we are safe from the sun. Maybe you live somewhere where it’s sunny year round, in which case sun protection is always at the forefront of your mind. But even those of us who are out enjoying cooler weather at the apple orchard or the local pumpkin patch need to take sun precautions. No matter the temperature outside, the sun’s rays can be just as strong and damaging as in the height of summer, putting you at risk of UV and free-radical damage. Fortunately, there is an all natural supplement that can counteract this damage.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid produced by algae in response to stress. This carotenoid, called the “king of carotenoids,” is red in color and is responsible for the pink or reddish hue of sea creatures such as salmon, lobster, and shrimp. Astaxanthin is thought to reverse cellular damage and reduce free radicals in the body. Wild Atlantic sockeye salmon is the best food source of astaxanthin, but you’d need to eat 6 ounces every day to get a therapeutic dose.

Benefits

Astaxanthin is one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. It can cross the blood-brain barrier to protect the brain nervous system, cross the blood-retinal barrier to protect the eyes, enter every part of a cell, and combat multiple types of free radicals at the same time. It can aid in the prevention of diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other disorders.

Astaxanthin may:

Lower your risk of heart disease

A report in Future Cardiology stated that astaxanthin may help fight oxidative stress and inflammation, two key risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Astaxanthin also normalizes blood pressure.

Support the immune system

A Nutrition & Metabolism study found that those taking astaxanthin had better immune responses, lower levels of  C-reactive protein, and fewer signs of DNA damage.

Protect against sun damage

Astaxanthin has been called “Nature’s Sunscreen” because it protects against damage from ultraviolet rays, and many people report being able to stay out in the sun longer without burning. It can also reverse signs of damage such as sun spots, freckles, and wrinkles.

Reduce joint pain

Astaxanthin can ease the pain of tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and post-exertional joint pain. According to a survey by Nutrex-Hawaii, astaxanthin improved back pain or arthritis pain in more than 80% of those taking it.

Improve stamina and endurance

Astaxanthin supports the body at the mitochondrial level and counteracts the free radicals generated during exercise. This gives you more energy, greater endurance, and a quicker recovery. It can also reduce lactic acid build up, decreasing post-workout muscle and joint soreness.

Protect vision

This supplement has a protective effect against macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.

Reduce signs of aging

Astaxanthin reduces wrinkles and age spots and leaves skin more moist, elastic, smooth, and supple.

Combat cognitive decline and memory issues

A recent study found that middle-aged and elderly people who took 12mg of astaxanthin a day improved scores related to memory, cognition, and learning.

Correct low testosterone and low sperm count in men

A study by Angwafor and Anderson showed that astaxanthin raised low testosterone levels and improved related symptoms such as a decline in sex drive, depression, weakness, and poor energy. Research by Adams found that astaxanthin significantly improved sperm motility, count, and quality, for better fertility.

Mercola Astaxanthin

Mercola Astaxanthin is made from all-natural marine microalgae grown in Hawaii and is manufactured without chemical solvents or preservatives. It contains ALA and omega-3 to optimize absorption, since astaxanthin is fat-soluble and thus more bioavailable when combined with high-quality oils.