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The Natural Life of Sun Kiss Alba

The natural beauty influencer talks about creating her own product and non-toxic beauty.

By Rachel Strugatz

Sun Kiss Alba’s Alba Ramos

 

Any time a fashion or beauty movement sets the social media universe aflutter — from nail art to curly hair to natural beauty — a subset of influencers dedicated to the topic is inevitably born.

Enter natural beauty influencer Alba Ramos. The 29-year-old, upstate New York-based Ramos goes by Sun Kiss Alba on YouTube, her primary social platform, where she has 912,000 subscribers and calls her channel a destination for “organic beauty and non-toxic everything.” She has 371,000 followers on Instagram, but maintained that YouTube is her platform of choice, where she uploads a few videos a month. The majority of her content — about 85 to 90 percent — is beauty-focused but parenting, feminine care and fertility are other “well-being” topics in which Ramos dabbles.

She has worked with Derma E., Citrine Beauty and Nordstrom Beauty when the retailer launched a natural beauty section in select stores and online this past spring. She was also part of the Ad Council’s recycling public service campaign last year and will be participating in long term partnerships with both EcoTools and natural hair care brand Briogeo.

In June, Ramos co-created a product with Derma E., Radiant Glow Face Oil by Sun Kiss Alba, which she counts as her most significant partnership to date. The $19.99 product is sold at Ulta Beauty, Whole Foods, Amazon and on dermae.com and even sold out on Ulta.com at one point.

“They gave me the freedom to present my idea on what we should make, and we spoke about ingredients very deeply together. I selected ingredients, [and] it took us a whole year. We made several different types of combinations of oils until we got it right,” Ramos said of the creation process.

Earlier this summer, Claire Collins, general manager of U.S. operations at digital talent management agency Gleam Futures, which counts Ramos as a client, said that the move into product transformed the natural beauty blogger’s conversion rates from “standard” to anything but. Collins  declined to give a sales amount, but maintained that the oil was selling “insanely well.”

Ramos told WWD that although she doesn’t necessarily consider herself an “expert,” she does feel a responsibility to her followers to break through the clutter of beauty brands claiming to be natural, organic, green or any of the other terms being slapped on product labels today.

But the actual claims mean very little to her.

“I focus more on reading the ingredients of whatever brand I may be interested in. I will try to explain what it means when I see the word organic because it’s usually in the front of a product, or sometimes it will just say USDA Certified Organic. What that means to me is that that particular product was certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture,” Ramos explained, quickly adding: “I don’t focus on them, and I don’t find them to be necessary.”

Instead she turns to the list of ingredients on the back of the package, and looks to see the way they’re described and how well they’re identified, which varies greatly from brand to brand. 

She noted that some identify their sources very clearly, either on packaging or on their web sites, and “really go out of their way” to say how a fragrance was grown in a specific facility or “by hand.” But Ramos has also found, more often than not, that other products print something vague on the label such as “derived from organic farming” or “derived from organic ingredients.”

And that’s just not good enough for her.

Ramos admitted there are only a few brands that meet her standards. For her, a label printed with the word “organic” doesn’t necessarily equate to the product being “clean” (she prefers to use the term “non-toxic beauty”). This is not to say that she’ll never use something that contains synthetic ingredients. She believes it’s best to avoid man-made ingredients, even if not all are derived the same way, and still sometimes will use a product that contains some labeled synthetics.

While there aren’t many companies that Ramos believes fully embrace her natural beauty ethos, she cited Derma E., Jane Iredale, 100 Percent Pure, Doctor Haushcka and especially Tata Harper as some of her go-to brands. She also likes to shop at destinations solely dedicated to clean beauty, including Follain and Credo.

“[Harper] uses the word nontoxic, and she backs up that work with actually being nontoxic and is giving all of that information on her web site. She is the one skin-care brand that I know that has her own skin-care farm where you don’t have to worry about the huge ‘F word,’ which is fragrance,” said Ramos, who believes that a handful of “clean” brands are formulated with less clean fragrances that outweigh the benefits of the products themselves.

Nancy Twine, founder and chief executive officer of clean, non-toxic and naturally derived hair-care line Briogeo, credited Ramos with raising awareness for her nearly four-year-old brand. In May, Ramos selected the Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask as one of her preferred natural curly hair products (Ramos’ videos about natural hair garner the highest engagement).

“Because our bright, vibrant packaging doesn’t necessarily scream naturally derived, customers don’t always assume our stance on ingredients. Because of that, our copy, shelf presence and education are really important to inform the customer on what makes us different from other highly synthetic counterpart brands,” Twine said.

Ramos has been using the range for some time, and Twine credited the influencer with being able to demonstrate that her products are efficacious, despite the fact that they don’t contain the silicones and harsh sulfates that could be found in a lot of hair care. But clean beauty wasn’t always Ramos’ focus.

She was candid about the reason for her change in content almost four years ago. Ramos started to take her YouTube channel seriously in late 2011, but after discovering her son was autistic in 2013, decided to dramatically “switch up” her lifestyle.

“It didn’t happen overnight. It started off with food, water, drinks and cleaning products, and along the way it just made more and more sense to switch up my beauty routine as well since this was already what I was doing on YouTube,” she recounted. “I didn’t start YouTube with the intention of being a natural girl or promoting natural beauty. I was honestly scared to [make the switch] because I didn’t know how it was going to be received.”

On Jan. 1, 2014, she said that her beauty content would focus on non-toxic beauty going forward — and the initial response wasn’t what she had hoped. She called it “scary” when a number of her followers threatened to unsubscribe. They misunderstood the switch as Ramos’ thinking she was “better” than them and that she just wanted to “buy expensive things and no longer use the budget-friendly stuff” often featured in content. She got backlash on several platforms and was accused of “following a trend.”

“I didn’t explain about my son, [because] I wasn’t comfortable speaking about autism yet or speaking about my son… It wasn’t until about two years ago that I opened up about autism and then everything became more clear. I started to get a lot more respect for what I do and who I am,” Ramos said. “Today, it’s very rare [to get negative feedback]. I don’t see anyone saying anything bad at all about my natural lifestyle.”

 

 

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

The best way to get the vitamin D your body needs is through sunshine.  But often factors such as the amount of time we spend outside,  the clothes we wear, can mean that the sun simply can’t provide what we need. A deficiency in this vital vitamin can cause problems with bone strength and development, muscle strength and low mood. The Department of Health recommends that all adults and children should consider taking a vitamin D supplement.

 

What are the benefits of vitamin D?

Vitamin D contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, teeth, muscles and the normal function of the immune system.

What are the vitamin D recommendations?

The evidence shows that to keep our bones and muscles healthy we need vitamin D equivalent to an average daily intake of 10 micrograms (400iu). The Department of Health recommends that children from birth and adults, should take a vitamin D supplement.

Is it possible to get my daily recommended amount of vitamin D through my diet?

Vitamin D is only found in a very small number of foods, which makes it virtually impossible to get the amount you need from your diet alone.   Foods containing vitamin D include; oily fish, red meat, liver or egg yolk, whilst some breakfast cereals and fat spreads are fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin D is also made in the skin by the action of direct sunlight, which is difficult during the autumn and winter months and even during the summer months to obtain the levels of vitamin D we require. The most realistic way to get your recommended daily amount is through taking a supplement.

 

How can Natures Aid help?

Natures Aid range of Vitamin D3 products are manufactured in the UK to industry recognised GMP standards, and provide the recommended daily Vitamin D dosage for adults and children.

 

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Simply add the drops to food and drink.

  • 400iu of Vitamin D3 per 1ml
  • Made using Vitamin D3 for advanced absorption
  • No artificial flavours, colours or preservatives.
  • Sugar free.
  • Suitable for Vegetarians.

 

 

 

6 beautifying hacks from a natural Scar Gel

6 beautifying hacks from a natural Scar Gel

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

1. A naturally addictive pedicure in a jar

Get ready for a naturally amazing treat for your feet.

1. Buff feet in the shower with a pumice stone.
2. Once out of the shower, thoroughly dry feet and apply Scar Gel.
3. Slip on comfy cotton socks – leaving them on until the gel is completely absorbed, or you can do this right before bed, and go to sleep with them on.
4. After a few days/nights in a row, boom, you will have silky soft feet.

2. The callus-no-more hero

Tough knees, heels, hands, elbows, you name it, Scar Gel is great for softening up any rough or callused areas on your body. Just rub-in and enjoy as rough skin becomes soft.

3. Your go-to burn helper

Sunburns, curling iron accidents, or just clumsy kitchen happenings, we all have them. And they hurt! But they don’t have to leave a nasty scar behind as evidence. Apply after an incident to encourage healthy skin texture & color.

4. Acne scars be gone

Nobody likes reminders of pesky blemishes. Apply Scar Gel like a serum on clean skin before your daily and nightly moisturizers and see your red marks soften. The perfect one-two punch to fight those acne scars-use the DERMA•E Microdermabrasion Scrub 1-2 times a week followed by Scar Gel daily.

5. The mommy-must-have scrape aid

Your little explorers are always getting bumps, cuts, scrapes or scabs, that’s what they do. Scar Gel is a great on-hand aid for faster soothing so your loved littles can get back to life’s many adventures.

6. Your post-wax burn & irritation relief

Ok, so lets talk real for a second; eyebrows, lip, face, bikini line, year round, sun or shine, waxing mishaps or sensitivity happen. This is a must-have go-to for calming & cooling sensitive & tender skin while helping to prevent scaring in delicate areas.

‘The Truth About Sleep & Prebiotics’ – Jenny Logan DNMed

‘The Truth About Sleep & Prebiotics’ – Jenny Logan DNMed

Written By Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a Nutritional Therapist who has worked with clients in Health Foods Stores and Private Clinics for over 20 years.)

As a Nutritional Therapist one of the things I am asked about a lot by my clients is how to improve their quality and quantity of sleep. For this reason, I watched with great interest the program presented by Dr Michael Mosely on the BBC – ‘The Truth About Sleep’.

INSOMNIA IS A GROWING ISSUE:

I was not surprised by the revelation that over the last 60 years the amount of sleep we are getting as a nation has decreased by an average of 1-2 hours, with very few adults getting the suggested 7-8 hours a night. I have suffered myself from insomnia and have spoken to enough of my clients to be aware how many people may be affected by poor sleep patterns.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP:

During the program, they Woman Sleepingdiscussed the importance of sleep and how not getting enough can have a very detrimental effect on our health, with insomnia being linked to obesity, diabetes and even cancer. They also had a look at the efficacy of different ways to support a healthy sleep pattern and came up with 3 main suggestions:

  1. Take a warm bath before bed – This may seem like an old wives’ tale, but they explained that there was actually some science behind it. Apparently, when we are in a bath our body temperature increases. When we get out of the bath and walk into the cooler air, this causes a drop in body temperature, which apparently can help us get off to sleep more effectively!
  2. Try Mindful Breathing – using mindful breathing techniques, such as breathing in for a count of 4 and then breathing out for a count of 8, has been found to be very useful when struggling to get off to sleep. This type of breathing technique is said to focus the mind, calm the body and increase relaxation.
  3. Try taking a prebiotic fibre supplement before going to bed. This one is slightly harder to explain and understand, so the aim of the rest of this blog post is hopefully to help people gain a greater understanding of what exactly a pre-biotic is and why it may be helpful with sleep.

WHAT IS A PREBIOTIC?

We are all now aware that there are good bacteria that live inside us, these are often referred to as probiotics. A prebiotic, is a substance that feeds those good bacteria and encourages them to grow. When the good bacteria in the gut, feed on these prebiotics, they produce molecules including short chain fatty acids. It is these substances which are said to have a positive effect on the brain and potentially on sleep. As an additional benefit of taking a prebiotic, the good bacteria will in turn increase in number, which will also potentially have a positive effect on our health.

CAN A PREBIOTIC HELP SLEEP?

The idea of using prebiotics to help sleep came from a study done at the University of Colorado, which fed rats a diet rich in prebiotic fibres. The researchers noted that after 4 weeks the rats on the prebiotics had also seen an increase in beneficial bacteria in their gut. These rats were also sleeping better than the rats who were not taking the prebiotic supplement. It was this study which led Dr Michael Mosely to experiment on himself in the program ‘The Truth About Sleep’. He decided to see if he too could experience an improvement in sleep quality and quantity by taking a prebiotic supplement each night before bed. His experience, reported on the program, was that it did indeed make a difference.

WHAT NEXT? AND WHAT ARE THE BEST PREBIOTICS?

No one knows yet whether prebiotics will help everyone improve their sleep, however as a Nutritional Therapist, it is something I may suggest to some of my clients who are struggling with sleep. After all, the initial results are promising and we know that if prebiotics feed our friendly bacteria, this could have other health benefits as well.

So where do we get these prebiotics from? Well, there are a number of options, but possibly one of the best ways is to take an Inulin Supplement. Inulin first came to public attention when it was mentioned by Angela Rippon in a program called ‘How to Stay Young’. It is a starchy fibre found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including wheat, onions, bananas, leeks, artichokes, chicory and asparagus. It is 100% natural, acts as a prebiotic and can be purchase as a powder which could easily be added to foods and drinks.

Chia Seeds For Breakfast

CHIA SEEDS FOR BREAKFAST

High in fibre, antioxidant rich, and loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids… what is there not to love about Chia Seeds? These tiny little seeds are superfood heavyweights so they’re the perfect way to start your day. Here we’ve created two, simple, easy and tasty breakfast recipes that you can even enjoy on the go!

Chia seeds breakfast ideas

COCONUT CHIA PUDDING

gluten free recipe

 

SERVES: 1

INGREDIENTS

¼ Cup Morlife Cert. Org. Chia Seeds
1 Cup coconut milk (or other milk)
1 Tbsp. honey
2 Medjool dates
½ Tsp. vanilla essence
¼ Tsp. cinnamon
Greek yoghurt
Fresh fruit (optional)

STEP BY STEP

  1. In a blender blitz coconut milk, honey, dates, vanilla and cinnamon.
  2. Stir through chia seeds and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours (best left over night).
  3. Transfer pudding into a jar and garnish with Greek yoghurt and fresh fruit.

chia seed bars recipe gluten free

CHIA SEED BARS

gluten free recipe

 

PREP TIME: 25 mins

MAKES: 12 bars

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Morlife Cert. Org. Chia Seeds
1 Cup Morlife Cert. Org. Quinoa Flakes
½ Cup buckwheat kernels
½ Cup pistachios, chopped
½ Cup Morlife Dried Strawberries, chopped
½ Tsp. cinnamon
¼ Tsp. cardamom
Pinch of salt
1 Cup almond butter
½ Cup honey
½ Tsp. rose water

STEP BY STEP

  1. Line a flat baking tray with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Individually melt almond butter and honey in microwave at 20 second intervals and stir into dry mix.
  4. Stir in rose water.
  5. Press mixture onto the baking tray and cut into rectangles. It should be 1-2cm thick.
  6. Cook bars in oven for 10-15 minutes until slightly golden.

Managing Stress

There is no one-size-fits-all way to relieve stress. The trick is to know when you are stressed and experiment the many different stress-reduction techniques to see what works for you.

  1. Meditation

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Meditation (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)

Meditation brings the brainwave pattern into an alpha state that promotes healing. The mind is refreshed, delicate and beautiful.

It cleanses and nourishes you from within and calms you whenever you feel overwhelmed, unstable, or emotionally shut down.

  1. Exercise

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Woman in Yellow Sports Bra Stretching Near Green Grass Field (Photo credit: energepic energepic)

It improves blood flow to your brain, bringing additional sugars and oxygen which may be needed when you are thinking intensely.

When you think hard, the neurons of your brain function more intensely. As they do this, they build up toxic waste products that cause foggy thinking in the short term, and can damage the brain in long term. By exercising you speed the flow of blood through your brain, removing these waste products faster. You also improve this blood flow so that even when you are not exercising, waste is eliminated more efficiently.

It can release chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. This gives you a feeling of happiness and well-being.

  1. Relaxation Response

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Person Lying on Black and Red Hammock Beside Mountain Under White Cloudy Sky during Daytime (Photo credit: Leonie Fahjen)

The meditative technique called the “relaxation response” was pioneered in the U.S. by Harvard physician Herbert Benson in the 1970s.

One of the best-studied stress-relievers is the relaxation response. Its great advantage is that it requires no special posture or place. Say you are stuck in a traffic jam when you are expected at a a meeting, or you have trouble falling asleep because your mind keeps replaying some awkward scenes.

  • Sit quietly in a comfortable position.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Deeply relax all your muscles, beginning at your feet and progressing up to your face. Keep them relaxed.
  • Breathe through your nose. Become aware of your breathing. As you breathe out, say the word, “one”*, silently to yourself. For example,
  • breathe in … out, “one”,- in .. out, “one”, etc. Breathe easily and naturally.
  • Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. You may open your eyes to check the time, but do not use an alarm. When you finish, sit quietly for several minutes, at first with your eyes closed and later with your eyes opened. Do not stand up for a few minutes.
  • Do not worry about whether you are successful in achieving a deep level of relaxation. Maintain a passive attitude and permit relaxation to occur at its own pace. When distracting thoughts occur, try to ignore them by not dwelling upon them and return to repeating “one.”
  • With practice, the response should come with little effort. Practice the technique once or twice daily, but not within two hours after any meal, since the digestive processes seem to interfere with the elicitation of the Relaxation Response.

* It is better to use a soothing, mellifluous sound, preferably with no meaning. or association, to avoid stimulation of unnecessary thoughts – a mantra.

Although you can turn to this exercise at any time you feel stressed, doing it regularly for 10 to 20 minutes at least once a day can put you in a generally calm mode that can see you through otherwise stressful situations.

  1. Calming Activities

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Black Grand Piano Gray Scale Photo (Photo credit: George Becker)

Enjoying beautiful music, especially certain classical compositions, can help to reduce stress. People have found out over hundreds of years that slow classical music, especially from the Baroque period, reduces the experience of stress and renews the spirit. In addition, there are numerous commercial tapes that have been produced for the express purpose of inducing relaxation.

  1. Sleep

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(Photo credit: Benjamin Carbs)

Getting sufficient amount of quality sleep helps you to cope with stress more effectively as your brain receives appropriate respite and restitution it requires. Chemicals such as neurotransmitter, neurotransmitter, hormones, and proteins are often synthesized during sleep. The imbalance of these chemicals makes the body vulnerable to the effects of stress noted above. Practicing good sleep schedule may help achieve and maintain restorative sleep.

References:
http://www.relaxationresponse.org/steps/

Managing Academic Work Stress- Dr Victor W S Chen

Beat the Cold

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It’s always worrying when your usually active child looks sluggish – she’s come down with a cold or the flu, again. Even as she starts feeling better, you’re anxious to reduce her number of sick days.

A strong immune system is what you should help her build as a defence against illnesses. It is the body’s protection against disease causing microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi

and parasites. Signs of a weakened immune system may include allergic reactions, fatigue, an inability to focus, recurring infections – such as ear infections – and frequent cold or flu symptoms, according to Mitch Mahler, director of training and education at Hyland’s, a long-standing US brand known for its line of natural medicines.

As pathogens are everywhere – from the home and playground, to her kindergarten or childcare centre – there is no way to germ-proof your kid. But if you boost her immunity, you can help her body fight off these pathogens naturally.

Strengthen her system

Her immune system comes up against numerous challenges every day. Poor air quality, insufficient sleep, inadequate nutrition, and the excessive use of antibiotics and pharmaceutical products, all contribute to weakening your child’s immunity. It doesn’t help, either, if her meals and snacks are loaded with artificial flavours and colours, preservatives, sugar and salt. Exercise is a boon, but many children do not get enough of it these days, with outdoor play being replaced by tablets, smartphones and television.

“All these conditions and lifestyle habits make it difficult for your child to build a strong immune system,” Mitch adds. He offers five steps to improve her immunity the natural way:

Make sure she gets enough sleep

Quality sleep is essential because our cells rebuild and regenerate while we sleep. This is how much sleep children of different ages need (including naps):

  • Infants up to a year old may need up to 16 hours of sleep per day
  • Three- to six-year-olds need about 10 to 12 hours
  • Six- to 12-year-olds need about 10 hours
  • 12- to 18-year-olds need about eight to nine hours

Remind her to drink enough water during the day

Water performs very important functions in the body; it is responsible for distributing nutrients, eliminating toxins, digesting soluble fibre, keeping the tissues in the body moist, and regulating body temperature. In hot and humid Singapore, it is especially important to stay hydrated. Mitch advises you to get your little one to drink up before she feels thirsty, as thirst is a sign that her body is already dehydrated.

Feed her a balanced diet

Good nutrition translates to a strong, healthy body. Mitch suggests giving your child plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables daily, as these are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre. “Keep the consumption of sugar, trans fats, fast foods and highly processed foods to a minimum,” he adds. “And remember that meals made from scratch – with whole, unprocessed ingredients – are always more nutritious than takeaway or pre-packaged convenience foods.”

Incorporate supplements into her diet

A good probiotic and a good multivitamin and mineral blend are an excellent addition to her diet. Research shows that probiotics help with digestion, overall immune function, and even with some conditions that are associated with anxiety. It is essential to administer probiotics if your child has been given any antibiotics, says Mitch. When buying multivitamins, choose A strong immune system is what you should help her build as a defence against illnesses. It is the body’s protection against disease causing microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Signs of a weakened immune system may include allergic reactions, fatigue, an inability to focus, recurring infections – such as ear infections – and frequent cold or flu symptoms, according to Mitch Mahler, director of training and education at Hyland’s, a long-standing US brand known for its line of natural medicines. a product that includes minerals, too, as they are important for building strong bones.

Schedule time for outdoor exercise Young children should have 30 to 60 minutes a day to run around and play, preferably outside. Exercise is essential for a healthy body. It builds muscle, strengthens the bones, cleanses the body through perspiration, and keeps the heart healthy.

Natural Remedies

If your child is under the weather, get her to try some of these natural alternatives that provide relief without stimulant side effects. The formulas are also non-drowsy.

Hyland’s 4 Kids Sniffles ‘n Sneezes

Has zinc and works best at the beginning of a cold to reduce its duration.

Hyland’s 4 Kids Complete Cold ‘n Flu Formula

Is suitable when your kid suffers from exhaustion, chills, and severe body aches, cold and pains.

Hyland’s 4 Kids ‘n Cough Nighttime Formula

Eases coughing and loosens up congestion, while helping your child get a good night’s sleep.

Hyland’s 4 Kids Cold ‘n Cough Formula

Helps with symptoms such as sneezing, sinus congestion, chest congestion, coughs and sore throats.

Important: if your kid has a temperature of over 38.3 °C, or if her flu symptoms persist for more than seven days, see a doctor or alternative health-care professional. Hyland’s 4 Kids is suitable for children aged 2 to 12, while Hyland’s Baby is for little ones under 2.

Why Parents Should Carry an Arnica Stick!

Why Parents Should Speak Softly and Carry a “Little Stick” …an Arnica Stick!

mother-childSpeak softly and carry a big stick.  Indeed, President Roosevelt was focused on keeping our country safe and strong when he said that. Today, we’re flipping his thoughts around just a bit – to celebrate the power of a little stick – the Hyland’s 4 Kids Bumps ’n Bruises with Arnica Ointment Stick.  It packs so much punch, we think even a president would find it worthy of carrying around!

When kids are being kids, bumps and bruises happen all the time. Hyland’s developed this special ointment to be at the ready when accidents occur. Its container is as mobile as lipstick or keys! That’s important because there’s a small window of time that all parents know so well. Just after a fall, your child may be a bit scared. Sometimes tears don’t come until a child figures out what happened and whoosh! They experience a rush of fear, excitement, and agitation.  These are all natural responses to physical injury. They’re emotional and there’s nothing more soothing than a big, long hug from a loved one.

But what should you do after the hug to heal the physical pain and minimize your child’s bruising and swelling?

There’s no app for it. But there’s a stick, and once you have used it – you’ll carry it around all the time, everywhere.

Any young body’s physical response to pain from an accident is all-systems go! Blood wants to rush into the injured area to clean out all the toxins and start the natural healing process. Arnica helps this process happen fast and efficiently. It’s the #1 homeopathic remedy for bruising and swelling. It helps the body do what it does best – repair, heal and find its natural balance.

So that’s the idea behind Hyland’s 4 Kids Bumps ‘n Bruises with Arnica Ointment Stick.

But let’s not bury the best part of the story. Imagine your child in distress just after a fall.  You know what to do – apply first aid as soon as you can. In this case, gently applying Bumps ‘n Bruises is the first order of business. But the biodegradable paper ointment tubes are not just containers – they feature characters of note!  Kids are delighted by the Splat! faces on the tubes. Hyland’s is on double-duty for you! First, the stick brings fast comfort and relief. But it also offers a distraction that turns tears into laughter. We’ve seen it firsthand.

That’s why you should stick with Arnica!

hylandsIt’s worked for centuries and now it’s being delivered to you with packaging that’s good for your kids, better for the planet, and might even cause a few giggles to erupt during the most unlikely moments!

 

Sleep Well, Live Well

Sleeplessness can affect your body in ways that nobody told you about.
It can affect your physical and psychological performances even though you may not have noticed it.
But what are the causes of insomnia and what are the things you can do to have better sleep?

In general, insomnia is caused by

  • Daily lifestyle
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Jetlag
  • Gastrointestinal issues (Reflux)
  • Medications influences (Anti-depressant, birth control, heart and blood pressure medications, allergy medications)
  • Aging
  • Caffeine, nicotine or alcohol influences

Insomnia leads to sleep deprivation and many complications that follow include:

  • Overweight or obesity
  • Inability to focus and perform
  • Impair memory
  • Irritability
  • Slows down reaction time
  • Weakens immunity
  • Skin aging

Changing to a healthier lifestyle can significantly improve your health as well as sleep problem.

Below is a list of ways to help you sleep better:

  1. Set a sleep schedule

Fix your body clock by sleeping and waking at a specific time each day, even on weekends and holidays. Being consistent with a sleep-wake cycle can help you fall asleep faster and wake up happier.

  1. Create a bedtime ritual

Set aside some timeto calm your body. This includes soaking in a hot bath, reading a book, or listening to soothing music.

  1. Create a comfortable sleep environment

Make sure the bedroom is dark, cool and quiet for the best sleep possible. Your mattress and pillow also affect the quality of sleep so be sure to get ones that suit you most!

  1. Keep distraction level to the lowest

The bedroom is for sleeping. Try to keep stressors like work materials or distractions like phone, laptop and even television out of the room. The blue light of these gadgets affect our melatonin level, triggers stimulation to the brain and tells our body it’s time to be awake.

  1. Exercise regularly

Exercising releases endorphins, a neurotransmitter that response to certain stimuli, especially stress, fear or pain. Endorphins help in reducing stress and in turn, aid in sleeping better.

  1. Avoid caffeine after lunch

Caffeine can stay in your body longer than you might realize. Keep hydrated with water instead of coffee, tea or soda in the afternoon.

  1. Eat light for dinner

Eating spicy/ greasy food or too much close to bedtime can keep you awake with heartburn and acid reflux. You may also wake up hungry the next day as your body had been working hard to digest the food instead of resting.

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Melatonin 6X

Pretorius

Melatonin 6X

Pretorius Melatonin 6X is a Homoeopathic melatonin to promote general well-being and to relieve the symptoms of sleeplessness.

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