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Natural Lice Prevention and Lice Treatment

 

Looking for natural, safe ways to prevent or kill lice? 

Permethrin and Pyrethrin: Losing the battle

The insecticides that have been the over-the-counter treatments of choice for head lice eradication are permethrin and pyrethrin, commonly known as Nix rinse and Rid shampoo. These products work by penetrating, then changing the chemistry of the nerve cells of lice causing eventual paralysis and death. They have been effective for years until the past decade or so, when certain genetic mutations started appearing randomly in lice, decreasing their susceptibility to this treatment.

So are we destined to be overtaken by lice or are there other options that may be as, if not more, effective and potentially much healthier?
Can Nature Come to the Rescue? Definitely!

It may seem as though all of this talk of super lice is bad news for the school-aged, lice-susceptible crowd, but I don’t think we need to be concerned. Personally, the side effects of the chemical insecticides under question scare the heck out of me anyway, so I would not likely use them on myself or my child anyway. Remember, the skin is our largest organ and anything that comes into contact with it is taken up directly by the body. So if we put toxins on our outsides, they will, no doubt, make it to our insides, burdening our liver and wreaking havoc on our hormone balance, at the very least.

Just because the mainstream chemical-based treatments are losing effectiveness, our hands are hardly tied when it comes to our battle against lice. In fact, this is an ideal time to research safer and more natural options (as I presume you’re doing right now!) that will eliminate the threat of both regular and “super” lice. As usual, nature doesn’t leave us high and dry, as there are many natural options. Let’s take a look at what’s been proven effective to date when it comes to essential-oil-based lice treatments.

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The Natural Lice Killers: Pure Essential Oils

Essential oils are the liquids of a plant that are extracted either through steam distillation or cold pressing. Considered to make up a sort of immune system of the plant, these oils alter their chemical composition on a constant basis in order to help the plant adapt to and survive the changing environment. A few of the specific purposes of an essential oil when it’s still inside the plant are: antibacterial and antifungal activity, deterrence of insects and other animals, and prevention of competing vegetation from growing nearby.

Essential oils are rich in what are called monoterpenes, chemical compounds with various beneficial characteristics including, in the case of tea tree oil, insecticidal properties. In fact, the two major constituents of tea tree oil, 1,8-cineole and terpinen-4-ol, have demonstrated anticholinesterase activity, which is similar to that of over-the-counter chemical insecticidal lice treatments.

That all sounds great, but if you’re like me, you want solid proof that something works before you try it on yourself, or more importantly, your children. I’m happy to say there is plenty of scientific proof that tea tree oil does, in fact, destroy lice. Consider the following:

One 2012 study examined the efficacy of two natural substances: tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) oil and nerolidol (3,7,11-trimethyl-1,6,10-dodecatrien-3-ol) against lice and and nits (eggs). At a 1% concentration, tea tree oil was found to kill 100% of head lice within 30 minutes of application. Twice that concentration (2%) of tea tree oil resulted in the failure of 50% of the eggs to hatch after 4 days.

Another study completed in 2010 compared the efficacy of tea tree oil and lavender oil, pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide, and a “suffocation” product for the treatment of head lice in school children. Impressively, 41 of 42 (97.6%) of the tea tree oil/lavender oil treatment group were louse-free one day after the final application, whereas only 10 of 40 (25%) from the chemical insecticide group were free from lice after the last treatment.

One small study of 119 children in Israel, aged 6-14 years, found that a natural product containing coconut oil, anise oil and ylang ylang oil, applied to hair three times at five-day intervals, was as successful the chemical insecticide used by the control group. Both had a 92% success rate in the eradication of lice and no significant side effects.

So you can see that tea tree oil, although probably the most popular essential oil for use against lice, is not the only one that can be effective. Lavender, Ylang Ylang, even Rosemary essential oils can induce similar results. And the best part of this treatment is the fact that the essential oils are also very healing. So any irritation that you may experience as a result of a lice infestation will likely be subdued by using these amazing oils.

Now that we’ve established that essential oils are a safe and effective alternative to chemical insecticides for lice eradication, let’s discuss how exactly to best use these oils for treatment and prevention of lice.

How to Use Essential OIls to Prevent or Treat Head Lice

First and foremost, be sure to purchase a fine-toothed lice comb to comb through the infested hair daily. Soak the comb in rubbing alcohol between uses. Next, use one or more of the following methods for treatment and/or prevention:

Use this oil in a travel spray bottle to spray on hair and scalp prior to and following exposure to lice.

Apply this spray to the scalp just prior to bedtime and leave it in overnight. In the morning comb out dead lice and nits.

 

Make your own, or go here to buy some.  It’s cheaper than RID at the store – which will run you about $20 and is full of toxins. 

Diagnosed autism linked to maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy

Diagnosed autism linked to maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy

Date:
April 27, 2017
Source:
University of Bristol
Summary:
Scientists have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67 percent more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviors.
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Researchers found that if the maternal grandmother smoked, this increased by 53% the risk of her grandchildren having a diagnosed autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
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Scientists from the University of Bristol have looked at all 14,500 participants in Children of the 90s and found that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy, the girl is 67% more likely to display certain traits linked to autism, such as poor social communication skills and repetitive behaviours.

The team also found that if the maternal grandmother smoked, this increased by 53% the risk of her grandchildren having a diagnosed autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

These discoveries suggest that if a female is exposed to cigarette smoke while she is still in the womb, it could affect the developing eggs — causing changes that may eventually affect the development of her own children. Further research is now needed to find out what these molecular changes might be, and to see whether the same associations are present in other groups of people.

Unlike the analysis of autistic traits, which was based on over 7,000 participants, the 177 diagnosed with ASD were too few to analyse grandsons and granddaughters separately.

The discovery, published today in Scientific Reports, is part of an ongoing, long-term study of the effects of maternal and paternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy on the development of their grandchildren, who are all part of Children of the 90s. By using detailed information collected over many years on multiple factors that may affect children’s health and development, the researchers were able to rule out other potential explanations for their results.

The incidence of ASD has increased in recent years, and while some of this increase is undoubtedly down to improved diagnosis, changes in environment or lifestyle are also likely to play a role. The researchers also stress that many different factors, including genetic variation, are believed to affect an individual’s chances of developing ASD.

Past studies of maternal smoking in pregnancy and ASD in children have been inconclusive. Going back a generation has revealed an intergenerational effect, which interestingly is most clear cut when the mother herself did not smoke in pregnancy.

The reasons for this are not entirely clear but Professor Marcus Pembrey, one of the paper’s authors, says: ‘In terms of mechanisms, there are two broad possibilities. There is DNA damage that is transmitted to the grandchildren or there is some adaptive response to the smoking that leaves the grandchild more vulnerable to ASD. We have no explanation for the sex difference, although we have previously found that grand-maternal smoking is associated with different growth patterns in grandsons and granddaughters.

‘More specifically, we know smoking can damage the DNA of mitochondria — the numerous “power-packs” contained in every cell, and mitochondria are only transmitted to the next generation via the mother’s egg. The initial mitochondrial DNA mutations often have no overt effect in the mother herself, but the impact can increase when transmitted to her own children.’

Professor Jean Golding, another author, added: ‘We already know that protecting a baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things a woman can do to give her child a healthy start in life. Now we’ve found that not smoking during pregnancy could also give their future grandchildren a better start too. We have started studying the next generation of participants (COCO90s), so eventually we will be able to see if the effect carries down from the great-grandparents to their great-grandchildren too.’

Dr Dheeraj Rai, another author, added: ‘We still do not know why many children develop autism and behaviours linked to it. The associations we observe raise intriguing issues on possible transgenerational influences in autism. Future research will help understand the meaning and mechanisms behind these findings. The National Autistic Society website contains a wealth of information about autism and details on how and where to seek advice.’

Alycia Halladay, PhD, chief science officer at the Autism Science Foundation (USA), said: ‘To date, research into the causes of autism has been limited to studying maternal or paternal exposures during pregnancy. By utilizing a birth cohort in the United Kingdom [Children of the 90s], scientists are able to go back a generation to examine the role of grandparental exposures, presumably through germ line mutations and epigenetic modifications. Hopefully, grandparental exposures will continue to be investigated to better understand this mechanism.’


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Journal Reference:

  1. Golding, J. et al. Grandmaternal smoking in pregnancy and grandchild’s autistic traits and diagnosed autismScientific Reports, 2017 DOI: 10.1038/srep46179

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University of Bristol. “Diagnosed autism linked to maternal grandmother’s smoking in pregnancy.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 April 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170427091740.htm>.

12 Cheap Meals You Can Make on a Budget

 

Who wants to do this FREE challenge with me? Let’s do a 10 dinner / 2 breakfast challenge (with two build-in cheat / pizza / celebration / out-to-eat nights built in).  That’s 12 days of a planned, healthy, affordable meal.

Go to My FACEBOOK group to join – we’ll share ideas and encouragement! Click here!

If you have questions or comments – or would like modifications – just go to the facebook page and ask!  Share / invite your friends.

There are two breakfasts in here … I just had to share because they are so great.  For these recipes – you CAN eat them for dinner…just add some protein – like an egg or something.  Or – just have another “free” dinner night – and fix those for breakfast in the morning (see below).

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Eating healthy does not have to be expensive.

If that’s the excuse you’ve been using to put off improving your diet, I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s simply not true. Healthy food doesn’t mean $10 juices and $12 açaí bowls and so on. Healthy food doesn’t have to be elite. It also doesn’t have to be boring.

Sure, there won’t be much filet mignon on the menu, and you might opt for a 50-cent apple instead of a $5 basket of blackberries, but if you are willing to cook, there are a plethora of low-cost meals available at your fingertips. Also, meal planning can help reduce food costs. Before picking your recipes, look at store circulars before you shop and build your menu around what’s on sale that week. Shop the bulk bins for dry goods like whole grains, legumes, dried fruits, and nuts, and buy just what you need.

To test this “eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive” theory, I compiled a list of my favorite recipes from the Beachbody Blog and calculated how much a serving of each costs using prices gathered at Ralph’s, a Southern California branch of Kroger supermarkets. Since sale items change every week, I relied instead on the normal retail price. Also, I did not include the cost of common pantry items such as olive oil, vinegar, spices, honey, and maple syrup.

What are some of your favorite inexpensive meals? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram @BeachbodyLiving, and we may include them in a future blog post.
Savory Slow Cooker Beans with Rice
Cost per serving: 70¢
Beans and rice are staple foods in many cultures for a reason: they’re cheap and can easily be transformed into a variety of meals. This savory dish flavored with garlic, chiles, and tomatoes, cooks all day in a crock pot, and is ready for dinner when you get home from work. Get the recipe.

Savory Slow Cooker Beans with Rice

 

Baked Oatmeal Cups with Raisins and Walnuts
Cost per serving: 45¢

So, they aren’t all dinners – but you can add this one to your breakfast – and have a free dinner…or better yet, eat breakfast FOR dinner.  They are pretty good.
If your mornings are busy, you’ll love these baked oatmeal cups made with walnuts and sweet raisins. They freeze well, too. Get the recipe.

Baked Oatmeal Cups with Raisins and Walnuts

 

Turkey Chili
Cost per serving: $2.72
Ground turkey was the most expensive ingredient, but this chili still costs less than $3. To save even more dough, use dried beans instead of canned. Get the recipe.

Turkey Chili

 

Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Paprika Dressing
Cost per serving: $1.48
Unlike most salads which get soggy within hours after you add the dressing, this leafy green version stays fresh for days even after you add the paprika dressing. It makes for a filling lunch that’s great year-round. Get the recipe.

Spinach Salad with Quinoa, Chickpeas, and Paprika Dressing

 

Lentil Soup
Cost per serving: 45¢
My frugal grandmother always made lentil soup for our family, and no wonder. It costs just pennies per bowl, and it’s good for you. This recipe has 13 grams of protein and 179 calories per serving. Get the recipe.

Lentil Soup

 

Chicken with Quinoa, Oranges, and Walnuts
Cost per serving: $2.20
Chicken is pricey when money is tight, but in this recipe, the bulk of the volume is comprised of quinoa, fresh herbs, oranges, and walnuts. To make each serving go further scoop half-portions onto fresh spinach or other greens. Get the recipe.

Chicken with Quinoa, Oranges, and Walnuts

 

Slow Cooked Steel-Cut Oats with Apples and Cinnamon
Cost per serving: 45¢
For this breakfast oatmeal, add the ingredients to a slow cooker before you go to sleep and it’ll be ready to enjoy when you wake up. Get the recipe.

Slow Cooked Steel-Cut Oats with Apples and Cinnamon

 

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup
Cost per serving: $1.66
Another excellent way to turn a small amount of chicken into a lot of filling meals is by using it in soup. In this recipe, we combined butternut squash, red bell peppers, and corn to create a hearty winter soup. Get the recipe.

Roasted Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

 

Sweet Potato Skins with Chicken and Spinach
Cost per serving: $2.57
These stuffed sweet potatoes look like appetizers, but they’re actually pretty filling since they’re packed with spinach and chicken. Get the recipe.

Sweet Potato Skins with Chicken and Spinach

 

Carrot and Spiced Chickpea Salad
Cost per serving: $1.05
If you’re trying to be budget conscious, definitely consider carrot recipes. Carrots, though starchy, are an excellent source of fiber and nutrients, and in most grocery stores a couple of dollars will buy a hefty bag of them. This recipe pairs them with another thrifty favorite: protein-packed chickpeas. Get the recipe.

Carrot and Spiced Chickpea Salad

 

Hearty Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Apples
Cost per serving: $1.85
It should go without saying that by using up leftovers from other recipes, you can stretch your food budget. This recipe calls for cooked chicken and sweet potatoes, so meal plan your week so you have leftovers of each. Get the recipe.

Hearty Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Apples

 

Lentil and Feta Salad
Cost per serving: $2.23
Once you’re done chopping the fresh vegetables and herbs to compose this lentil salad, you’re left with a large enough recipe to feed you all week. Plus, it’s a good vegetarian source of protein and fiber. Get the recipe.

Lentil and Feta Salad

Add a lunch of SHAKEOLOGY and you’ve got a great meal plan going!  Click here for more information.
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Help others by helping yourself!

 

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

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What does it mean to be a Team Beachbody Coach? It means earning an income while you help yourself and others live healthier, more fulfilling lives. It’s being passionate about helping to end the trend of obesity in this country. All by doing what you love—staying fit and healthy, while inspiring others to do the same.

The inspiration doesn’t stop at helping others: you can become a leader – but you are also lead by your team.  You are held accountable when you hold your team accountable.  If you have trouble staying on task – what better way to stay the course than to have others look to you for motivation and encouragement?  I don’t have time to work out every day. I don’t always eat right. But, by helping others get started on their path to a healthier life, I keep myself going.  I can relate. I can empathize.  I can sympathize. I can help others get through their challenges AS I get through mine.  We do this together.  I rely on my team as much as they rely on me.  When I see someone struggle – or fall off track – or give up, I help them get started again.  And, with that, I also start over. I am encouraged by my team’s success…and I am motivated by my team’s failures.

Whether you’re already a “product of the product”—someone who’s found success through one of our world-class fitness solutions or products—or whether you were inspired by watching a friend or family member transform their lives the same way, becoming a Coach will reward you in ways you never thought possible—physically, personally, and financially.

Think you’re up for the challenge? Click below and start creating change—in your life and in the lives of others—today. You can be part of something so big, it’s changing the world, one healthy decision at a time. How cool does that sound?

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Here are some quick pictures of where I’ve come from in the last few years:

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Here’s another…I dreaded having my picture taken!

 

Six months…down 25 pounds

 

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Microfiber

 

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What are the benefits of cleaning with Norwex Microfiber?

Microfiber cloths are environmentally friendly. They may reduce the consumption of cleaning chemicals in your home up to 90% while at the same time reducing your exposure to toxic fumes. This can make a big difference for anyone with allergies and chemical sensitivities. Microfiber cloths are very durable and can withstand the rigors of everyday use.

 

What makes Norwex Microfiber a preferred choice?

Norwex microfiber is a blend of polyester and polyamide. This fiber is 1/200th the size of a strand of human hair. When this high-quality microfiber is combined with the right knitting process, it creates an extremely effective cleaning material. This material can hold up to seven times its weight in matter. Used dry the static effect created enhances the microfiber’s ability to attract dirt and dust particles. As you lightly wipe the surface, the microfiber attracts and draws up even the smallest particles of dust, trapping them in the fibers. Used wet the microfibers work together to give an excellent cleaning effect. Wet, wring and wipe away dirt and debris from all washable surfaces. For spot removing, spray water on the surface being cleaned. Norwex microfiber is backed with an exceptional Warranty of 2 years or 500 washings.

 

What is Norwex antibacterial Microfiber?

Our antibacterial microfiber is one of the most innovative products in the industry! Norwex has developed a unique technology that combines an antibacterial silver-based agent with our microfiber. The antibacterial agent is actually embedded inside the tiny microfiber. The agent is solely designed to inhibit bacterial odor, mold, and/or mildew growth within the cloth.

Why is the antibacterial agent in Norwex Microfiber an important feature?

The silver antibacterial fiber has self purification properties. The agent is solely designed to inhibit bacterial odor, mold, and/or mildew growth within the cloth.

Ready to give them a try? There are a variety of towels, cloths, and cleaning tools available.  They are reasonably prices, last for a very long time, and clean great.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Beachbody On Demand – Instant Access!

 

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Beachbody On Demand makes it easy to access your favorite workouts. Now, we’re making it even easier to get new workouts, so you never have to be bored with your fitness routine. With the new Digital Instant Access feature, you can gain access to premium programs online, directly from Beachbody On Demand.

This brand-new feature allows Beachbody On Demand members to preview and gain access to the available premium programs in just a few clicks. In the new “Premium Content” section on the Beachbody On Demand homepage, you can look at the details of the premium programs, test out one full workout, and purchase digital instant access to full programs.

At this time, on Beachbody On Demand, the programs you can get digital instant access to are 21 Day Fix EXTREME, INSANITY MAX:30, P90, PiYo, Body Beast, CIZE, andFOCUS T25. Follow the steps below to learn how.

There are six additional premium level programs that you can preview, if you don’t already own them. These include: 21 Day Fix, The Master’s Hammer and Chisel, and 22 Minute Hard Corps.

Even though you cannot purchase access to these programs through Beachbody On Demand, you can try out a single free workout video from each program in the “Premium Content” section. If you enjoy it, as a Beachbody On Demand member, you can get digital instant access to it by buying it on DVD.

 

Here’s how to purchase access to Premium Content:
1. Log in to your Beachbody On Demand account online. All payments must be made on the web. If you don’t have a Beachbody On Demand account, sign up here.
2. Find the programs available for digital instant access in the “Premium Content” section on the Beachbody On Demand homepage.
3. Click on a program to view the details and click “Unlock Now” to begin your purchase.
4. You will be given the choice to buy the Digital Base Program or the Digital Deluxe Upgrade. Click “More Info” to see a full overview of each package. If you buy the Digital Base Program, you will always have the option to purchase access to the Digital Deluxe Program.
5. After you submit your billing information, you will have instant access to your new program. It will appear at the top of your Beachbody On Demand homepage in the “Purchased Programs” section.
6. The programs you buy on Beachbody On Demand will be available as long as you have a paid BOD membership.
7. Although you must pay for the premium content online, you will be able to access it on streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire, and Google Chromecast.

 

Coaches receive 25% off the retail price of the Digital Unlocks, and Team Beachbody Members receive 10% off the retail price

What are Probiotics and why do you need them?

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What are Probiotics and why do you need them?

The short answer:
Your gut is filled with bacteria, good and bad. Good bacteria aids digestion, boosts immunity, and combats a number of gut-related illnesses. Emerging research shows it may also impact weight loss and influence mood. Bad bacteria hampers good bacteria and can make you sick in an assortment of ways, oftentimes involving repeated trips to the bathroom.

The two fight constantly.

Probiotics contain good bacteria. You’ll find them either in supplement form or through real foods like yogurt, tempeh, kimchi, miso, and kombucha. By taking them, you’re fortifying the troops. While they’re generally an excellent idea, they’re particularly important after you’ve had an infection or you’ve taken a round of antibiotics, because these things tend to wipe out the populations in your gut.

The long answer:
The therapeutic use of probiotics is an excellent example of ancient wisdom existing long before Western science could pull its head out. There are references to curdled milk in the Bible (Genesis 18:8 and Isaiah 7:15 if you’re keeping score), but the party really got started around the start of the 20th century when Nobel Prize–winning scientist Dr. Elias Metchnikoff reported that Bulgarian shepherds tended to live almost twice as long as urban Parisians where he was living. He pinned this on the formers’ intake of fermented milk, which he felt contained “good” and “anti-putrefactive” microorganisms.

It’s unclear how Metchnikoff made the connection between these two rather disparate groups, but it gave birth to the modern investigation of probiotics, so let’s not complain. For the last hundred plus years, science continues to discover more and more good things about the bugs living in our intestines.

The 100 trillion (give or take a trillion) bacteria that live in your gut can be divided into over 500 types. Many of the important ones fall into one of two genera, Lactobacillus andBifidobacterium. Under that, there are several species, many of which have specific benefits. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus has been shown to be especially effective in combating lactose intolerance and Montezuma’s Revenge (or “traveler’s diarrhea” if you want to be boring about it). However, unless you have a specific issue that you’re trying to address, you probably don’t need to stress about all the species.

Fun fact one: the bad bacteria you’re working to keep in check include Helicobacter pylori,Escherichia coli (E. coli), and salmonella.

Fun fact two: we’re born without bacteria in our guts, but the populating begins when we pass through the birth canal. Our first gasps of air provide yet more bacteria, as does breast milk, which is especially rich in probiotics.

It’s well-established that probiotic consumption helps with almost any intestinal issue you can think of, including constipation, lactose intolerance, GI infections, gas, diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, IBS, and IBD. It’s been shown to be effective in treating vaginal and urinary tract infections and atopic eczema. There’s also research showing probiotics may reduce the risk of colon cancer.

There are a few theories as to how this all happens. One is that good bacteria simply take up the space in the gut that the bad bacteria would take over. There’s also the fact that some good bacteria stimulate the immune system by promoting the release of various white blood cells that kill pathogens. A third idea is that many bacteria use the same fuel sources. For example, Clostridium difficile, which causes diarrhea and inflames the colon, is dependent on sugar—but so are many good bacteria. It all comes down to balance. If you have plenty of good bacteria in your gut, they’re going to dominate the monosaccharide buffet.

Look beyond GI issues, and current science on gut bacteria and probiotics gets even more amazing. A Washington University study on identical twins—one overweight and one thin—showed that they had entirely different gut microbiota, suggesting certain bacteria in your system promotes weight gain. (A separate UC Berkeley study suggests the evolutionary reason for this is that people in northern climates need more body fat, so their gut bacteria actually shifts to promote weight gain.)

But if you think popping the right probiotics will soon be the key to dropping pounds, don’t get too excited. Yet another study on mice shows that “weight loss bacteria” doesn’t seem to thrive on a high in saturated fat, low-fiber diet. However, they tend to propagate when fed a diet filled with fruits and veggies.

Researchers are also looking seriously into the gut-brain axis. In other words, those little bugs in your belly might actually have a say in your decision-making process. For instance, gut bacteria produce 95% of your serotonin, a powerful “feel-good” neurotransmitter.

And a Texas Tech University study on mice found that feeding mice the bad bacteriumCampylobacter jejuni drove up their anxiety levels.

So, yes, you should consume probiotics. How many depends on your situation. Antibiotics wipe out the microbes in your gut, so a supplement is an excellent idea after a round of those. Beyond that, if you have a gut-related issue, it’s worth researching which probiotic might help and supplement thusly.

Quality probiotic supplements can be pricey though. For most people, a solid diet filled with probiotic foods should do the trick. (For the record, Shakeology contains Bacillus coagulans, an especially hearty probiotic that can survive at room temperature when many probiotics require refrigeration.)

Yogurt is also a great source. However, it’s important to read the label. The bacteria that make the flavor and texture that Western society considers yogurt can’t survive the voyage through our GI tract, so manufacturers enhance the stuff with other strains, including Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum.

Kombucha, or fermented tea, is another great probiotic food that’s especially trendy right now. It may take a while to learn to appreciate its tangy taste, but it’s worth it. Another benefit of kombucha is that it’s incredibly simple to make.

Beyond that, there are tons of other foods out there that are technically probiotic, including tempeh, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, and various cheeses. Unfortunately, these foods are often heated or pasteurized in such a way that kills the bacteria, so check on the label to verify if the probiotics are still active. Another option is to seek out a boutique producer who deliberately maintains the bacteria in their foods. Or you might want to make them yourself.Sandor Ellix Katz’s The Art of Fermentation is an excellent resource for your bacterial DIY needs.

On a final note, remember that fruit and veggie thing a few paragraphs up? Well, it applies to all the benefits of probiotics. Gut bacteria thrives on certain foods called prebiotics, so it’s crucial to make them part of your diet. Foods especially high in prebiotics include asparagus, onion, leek, garlic, artichokes, oats, and bananas. Yacon root, which you’ll find in Shakeology, also contains prebiotics.

So make prebiotics and probiotics a cornerstone of your diet because if you’re good to all those little bugs in your gut, they’ll return the favor tenfold.

Ready to try adding some amazing probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, and whole-food nutrition to your diet? CLICK HERE!

Microfibers…what are they?

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What is it?

At only 1/200th the size of a strand of human hair, Norwex Microfiber is one of the most innovative products in the cleaning industry today. When combined with the unique Norwex knitting process, Norwex Microfiber becomes a highly effective cleaning agent and can hold up to seven times its weight in matter. Unlike cotton cloths that will simply spread the dirt, grease and other particles around, Norwex BacLock® * Microfiber lifts these particles up into the cloth and away from the surface. Once inside the cloth, the Norwex micro silver in the cloth goes to work with self-purification properties against mold, fungi and bacterial odor within 24 hours, so that it is ready to use again.

Get your own MICROFIBER here!

When a traditional cotton cloth is used to wipe your surface, dirt and moisture are pushed around and into the surface crevices, leaving it moist and unclean. Norwex Microfiber attracts dirt, grease, and moisture, leaving the surface clean and dry. Once these particles are inside the wet cloth, the micro silver in the cloth goes to work with the self purification properties against the mold, fungi and bacterial odor within 24 hours, so that is is ready to use again.

How to use it:

Work with eight clean sides

  1. Fold the cloth in half.
  2. Fold it again. You now have a total of eight clean sides to work with. For the Window Cloth and Car Cloth, fold it again and you have 16 sides.
  3. Place your whole hand on the cloth and wipe with even strokes. The cloth should be flat against the surface being cleaned.

Use it Wet to Clean

Dampen your cloth with water to loosen dirt and debris, leaving surface free from everything.  Used wet, the microfibers work together to provide superior cleaning results. Simply wet the cloth, wring, and wipe away dirt and debris from all washable surfaces. For spot cleaning use the Norwex Spray Bottle to apply water to the surface before cleaning.

Use it Dry for Dusting

Use dry to pick up and hold dust.  Used dry, the Norwex Microfiber produces an electrostatic charge that attracts and holds dust particles. The electrostatic effect created enhances the cloths’ ability to attract dirt and dust particles. As you lightly wipe the surface the microfiber attracts and draws up even the smallest particles of dust, trapping them in the fibers until the cloths are rinsed or laundered.

How to take care of it:

    • Wash slightly dirty microfiber cloths with Norwex Dishwashing Liquid under warm, running water. Rinse thoroughly, hang to dry or drop into the dryer.
    • Launder microfiber cloths separately or with other lint-free laundry. Dry completely.
    • Use Norwex Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent for best results.
    • For deep, stubborn stains or odors, microfiber can be boiled for 10 minutes to allow fibers to swell and release the debris.
    • Between launderings, use our Rubber Brush to remove dirt from dry Mop Pads and Entry Mat.
    • Do not use bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets when laundering microfiber as these additives coat the fibers and reduce their ability to clean effectively.
    • Do not use microfiber (except Norwex Optic Scarf ) on anti-glare surfaces.

Microfiber Warranty:

At Norwex we are proud of our unique, high quality microfiber and want you to be as thrilled as we are with the product.  We are happy to assist you with any item that did not meet your expectations. Our two-year microfiber warranty covers any problem you may encounter outside of normal wear and tear. If you are not pleased with how a microfiber product has worn or performed you may contact your Consultant to have the item replaced, at no additional charge, through Norwex Customer Service Returns.

Products with BacLock® 

BacLock regThis graphic is noted throughout the catalog to differentiate those products that contain an antibacterial agent for self-cleansing purposes only. The agent is solely designed to inhibit bacterial odor, mold and/or mildew growth within the product.

 

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Our Global Challenge:

We realized early on that household pollutants negatively impact our health and our environment. Most of the chemicals in products in our homes have never been assessed for their impact on human health. Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest ranking environmental health problems in America with chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside. Research and information on the health effects of manufactured chemicals has not kept pace with their development and use.

  • In the last 50 years, the global production and use of manufactured chemicals has increased substantially. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been created.
  • Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest-ranking environmental health problems in America.
  • Evidence shows homes have chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside.
  • Most of the chemicals that people are exposed to every day have never been assessed for their impact on human health.
  • Parabens utilized in personal care for decades have been shown to have potential harmful effects.

What we do know is the harm chemicals have on humans is extensive. Most concerning are the growing links to chemicals that surround us in everyday life. They are linked to serious diseases such as birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. Many today believe the extensive use of chemicals indoors contributes to many of our ‘modern’ diseases such as allergies and asthma.

Our Mission at Norwex is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. In addition, the Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.

Beautiful Globe (Earth) resting on a vibrant green leafThe Norwex Solution

  • With Norwex Microfiber System, you will not breathe, touch or ingest chemicals – you simply create a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.
  • Naturally Timeless personal care products offer cutting-edge technology coupled with organic and natural ingredients – without harmful parabens or preservatives.
  • SAVE Time – the Norwex Cleaning System decreases cleaning time by 75% or more.
  • SAVE Money – An average household spends $600-$800 a year on chemical cleaning products and supplies. By using Norwex products you can realize up to a 90% savings!
  • Norwex helps make cleaning fast,fun and easy and teaches your family how to improve their health and environment!

At Norwex, our Purpose is simple but powerful: The idea that working together, with trust, integrity and honesty as our Core Values and radically reducing chemicals in our homes as our Mission, we can improve the world around us. The Norwex Purpose touches many facets of life with the end result being the ability to collectively make a powerful and positive difference in the world we live in and the lives we touch.

Go get yourself some great toxin-free cleaning supplies for your home and body – and for those you LOVE. Click HERE!