Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Women Can Prevent Heart Disease by Eating Organic Whole Foods

 The real impact of heart disease on women has had increasing attention recently.  Although it is often erroneously thought to affect men more, current statistics show that heart disease actually kills more women than men.   One in three deaths of American women each year is caused by Heart disease, and it kills more women than all types of cancers combined.

Unfortunately, the white flour, sugars, refined oils and animal products that permeate he standard American diet or, "SAD, " are all known to promote heart disease.  Eating this type of diet has caused many American women to have to take various medications for cholesterol and blood pressure problems, and they experience heart attacks and strokes  more commonly now than in the past.  Women's medical professionals often recommend that their patients reduce saturated fat intake and be sure to understand the symptoms characteristic of a stroke or heart attack.  These simple recommendations, however, tend to just put a bandaid on a much deeper issue, and are not effective.  

The great news is this:  Women can vastly improve and heal their cardiovascular health and even improve their overall health to the point that the chance of heart attack is virtually null!   Believe it or not, heart disease is easily and almost completely preventable and reversible just by adopting healthier eating patterns that include lots of whole foods,  generous amounts of plant foods that are rich in phyto-chemicals vital to healthy brain function, with minimal processed foods and animal products.  These facts are backed by an increasing amount of scientific research that points to diets rich in plant and whole foods supporting overall excellent health.

A simple and very effective strategy to follow to improve cardiovascular health is to just eat plenty of greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, berries and seeds in your daily diet!  Organic plant foods have a huge number of benefits for heart health, some of which follow here:  Eating greens activates the Nrf2 system, which amplifies natural detoxification systems and protects blood vessels against inflammation that leads to plaque buildup; organic vegetables naturally rich in fiber, organic beans and fruits all help maintain the blood pressure in a favorable range; Organic beans, nuts and seeds possess unique cholesterol-lowering properties; and delicious, organic Berries of all kinds contain flavonoids that are very effective in reducing blood pressure!  Also, organic pomegranates and berries contain potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that protect against the danger of heart disease.  Studies also show that lowering added salt, alcohol and caffeine are additionally important to reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, as is getting plenty of regular exercise.

It's truly wonderful to know that we can care for our hearts very simply by making the decision to choose superior, plant-based nutrition.  Just including these super foods in our daily diets will greatly reduce the risk of developing diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and other diseases.  Plus the added,  increased energy that comes from eating this way helps you feel great and will increases your energy and enthusiasm for life.  It's a relatively easy choice to make when you consider the overall wealth of benefits to your dear heart!

Choose to Activate Your Inner Healer!


"If we (choose) to listen to ourselves, to the innermost voice of our Spirits, we know that we have the Power to heal ourselves.  Self-healing begins with making our own decisons- about what we wear, what we do, who are- and deciding that we will be true to ourselves.
With the help of our (Spirit), we can resist the temptations to betray ourselves, for these temptations are born of fear; the fear that we are not good enough to be 'our own physicians.'  To give away our power(s) binds us and causes us to suffer. (Yet) we can (choose) to go to others for help without losing our own strength." - Karen Casey

Let us never forget the incredible Power that is in each one of us to heal ourselves! It is a scientific fact that our bodies are designed to naturally heal themselves.  Keeping this fact in the forefront of our minds will certainly strengthen our bodies' natural healing abilities.  However, making conscious choices every day to eliminate negative thinking, to bring in more positive thoughts and feelings about our innate Power as "spiritual beings having a human experience," will even further strengthen these abilities within us.

Making conscious choices to eat healthy, whole food diets, to get more exercise, to use only vegan or organic skincare products on our bodies and to surround ourselves with positive, loving people are powerful decisions that will increase our natural healing abilities!  Our journeys are certainly all about the choices we make every day, so why not give ourselves the best possible chance of boosting our self-healing capabilities? If we are uncertain about any new choices, making the healthy decision to ask for guidance from a trusted friend or colleague is the right next step.  Knowledge is Power, after all, and gaining new knowledge from others will always increase our own wellness.

Let's make more conscious choices every day to trust our inner self-healing 'guide,' and to seek more wellness and balance in all areas of our lives.  It is amazing how quickly our inner healer responds when we pay attention to it and give it the gifts  of regular exercise, getting enough rest, eating whole, organic foods and bodycare with lovely organic skincare products, rather than common products that contain chemicals that are toxic to our skin, bodies and health.  We can choose to heal ourselves!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Are You Getting GMOs in Your Vitamins?


We find it discouraging that GMO's are found in many common Vitamin brands on the shelves today, even in the so-called "natural" section of your grocery store! Many of these "vitamins" contain corn derivatives and soy, and some apparently utilize GM microorganisms in manufacturing their products.  It can be quite challenging to find truly organic and non-GMO supplements amongst the many "natural" labels that populate the shelves in local stores.

However, we found this link to a Shopping List that is very helpful in sourcing non-GMO vitamins. It contains over fifty different brands, like Vega, Chosen Foods and Tree of Life that you can click on to check out which of their supplements is actually non-GMO.  Unfortunately, the "Nature Made" brand didn't make the list, folks!  Oh, well - thankfully, there are many others to choose from.

It can be difficult enough to research, purchase and incorporate non-GMO food sources into your diet, let alone having to be concerned about the vitamins you purchase and consume, as well.  Here is a tip that will help even the most scrupulous non-GMO consumer:  "Follow the Seal!"
According to the Non-GMO Project.org, (they) "do require testing of all ingredients.  Following the test, which must indicate that the ingredient is below 0.9% GMO (in alignment with laws in the European Union), we require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed in order to ensure that the tested ingredients are what get used in the product."
"So in short, what our seal means is that a product has been produced according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance, including testing of risk ingredients...Companies enrolled in the Non-GMO Project are serious about keeping GMOs out, and work hard to do so. The Non-GMO Project is the only organization offering independent verification of testing and GMO controls for products in the U.S. and Canada."  

This is very helpful.  At www.GetWholesomeBeauty.com, we're  striving to be well-informed about purchasing vitamin supplements that are not only health and beauty-enhancing, but non-GMO and non-offensive to our environment, as well.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fight Aging Free Radicals in Skin Care with Natural, Organic Coconut Oil

Why is Natural Organic Virgin Coconut Oil generally the best organic, anti-aging moisturizer to use in a daily skin care regimen? The answer is because it contains  powerful antioxidant properties that     effectively fight free- radicals. 

We all want to know how to look younger, and naturally fighting free radicals is essential to anti-aging!  As the aging process happens, connective tissue fibers in the skin are continually exposed to free-radical attack, which breaks them down. As a result, these connective tissues become hardened and lose both elasticity and strength. The skin then begins to lose its ability to hold itself together and starts to sag and become wrinkled. 

As the skin is exposed to more free-radicals in our environment, our young, soft and supple skin can become dry and appear leathery. Unfortunately, once a free-radical reaction is started, it can cause a chain reaction that produces more free radicals, which ultimately damages thousands of molecules in the cells. The only way our bodies can fight these attacks is with antioxidants! 

When a free-radical comes into contact with an antioxidant, the chain reaction is stopped. For this reason, it is essential to have plenty of antioxidants available to our cells and tissues for protection.  Natural, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is very useful in fighting free radicals, because it is unrefined and is not stripped of any of its natural antioxidant components through the refining process. 

However, commonly-purchased skin and body care products that are made with refined vegetable oils, which have been stripped of their natural antioxidants, are highly prone to free-radical generation both in and outside the body. What's even more disturbing is that most skin care products commonly found on store shelves today contain "Mineral Oil," which is a petroleum derivative! Petroleum by-products are highly toxic to the body.  This is the reason why it's so important to be very careful about the type of oils you apply to your skin, via lotions, body creams and lip balms, etc. 

Whatever we put on our skin is directly absorbed within 26 seconds of contact- and then proceeds directly into the blood stream.  If you apply a lotion, or other natural skin care product containing a refined vegetable oil or petroleum by-product, to your skin, you are in fact causing your skin to age faster and possibly exposing it and your body to further health problems!  Even though the cream or other beauty product may appear to bring temporary relief to skin dryness, etc., it will actually accelerate the aging process of the skin. Even worse, recent studies have shown that these toxins can promote skin or other cancers through absorption of the toxins and free radicals that are already present in petroleum products or readily formed from the application of refined vegetable oils.

Why not give your lovely skin a luscious, organic anti-aging treatment to help it feel wonderfully smooth and actually improve it's health? After all, it's the only skin we've got! Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is one of Nature's beautiful treasures and absolute best anti-aging remedies for the skin. We know you'll love the way your skin feels and looks as much as we do!