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The 5 Worst Chemicals in Beauty Products

You wouldn't eat something that is known to cause breast cancer, so why would you apply directly on your skin? Every person who cares about the health of their skin should be aware of the dirty chemicals that end up in everyday cosmetic products, because they are directly absorbed into the skin. Check all of your labels - here is our list of the top 5 most dangerous chemicals to avoid. Parabens Parabens are used as preservatives in a range of cosmetics, and are suspected to disrupt endocrine and other hormones that affect reproductive functions. While they prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in beauty products, they also promote breast cancer by mimicking estrogen. They can be found...

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How sleep affects your microbiome

We’ve known for a long time that there is a deep connection between sleep and our health. Having a full night’s rest can work wonders for our sense of well-being, our physical and cognitive abilities, our appetite and more. In the same vein, not having a full night’s sleep can wreak havoc on our performance at work, our relationships with our friends and families and our tiredness shows almost immediately in our faces. Being sleep deprived long term has been associated with a long list of health conditions. More recently, scientists begun to unlock the relationship between sleep and our gut health – a very important part of the immune system that protects us against illness and disease. Having poor...

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Skin Treatments for Women Over 40

More often than not, women over 40 search long and hard before finding a skin care regimen that works best for them. With common issues such as blotchiness, uneven skin tone, deep wrinkles, under-eye bags and dry skin, it can be challenging to find a skincare line that does its job well. Either systems work but they have chemicals that negatively affect skin, or some natural products do not have enough power to combat the usual issues women over 40 often face. Some commonly used skincare products today contain harsh chemicals such as parabens, triclosan, toluene, formaldehyde and other words that are hard to pronounce and hard on your skin. Our skin is our first line of defense against illnesses...

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The Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics may seem like the health and fitness buzzword of the day, but they’re so much more than that. Meaning “For Life,” Probiotics come in different forms and from different sources and can have tremendous health benefits to us from everything from digestion, to strengthening our immune system, and even to our mental health. However, there are so many kinds of probiotics, how do we know which ones are right for us? Probiotics and gut health Maintaining a healthy balance of beneficial microbes is essential to survival. When this balance is out of whack, a myriad of health issues can arise. Not having the right kinds of bacteria in our intestinal system prevents us from properly digesting food, synthesizing nutrients,...

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Anti-Aging and Probiotics

You may have heard about all the benefits of probiotics in health and lifestyle magazines, and for good reason. Probiotics are active bacteria and yeasts that promote healthy bodily functions - functions that are necessary for life such as regulating our metabolism and digestion, nutrient absorption and more. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes illness and disease, but your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy. In short, without them, we would cease to exist rather quickly. Having an imbalance of healthy gut bacteria has been linked to a series of chronic diseases, both physical and emotional, that can lead...

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