Archive: January 2018

 

Even though the FDA has asked makers of antibacterial soaps and body washes to prove the products are both safe and effective long-term, the products won’t disappear from store shelves — at least not at the moment.

The FDA’s request is a proposed rule. That means makers can still sell their products while they give the FDA the information it requested.

Here’s what else you may want to know about the FDA’s action.

The FDA’s proposed rule covers only antibacterial hand soaps and body washes. The active ingredients include triclosan in liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps.

Under the proposed rule, the makers of these products have to show they are safe for long-term, daily use. They must also prove they work better than soap and water to prevent illness and the spread of certain infections.

Most of these products are labeled as ”antibacterial” or “antimicrobial.” They are sold over the counter.

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Whether it is known or not …..there are other sources of Omega 3’s. One of these is the Plant Based Omega 3 oils.

So what exactly are Omega 3’s? Well, omega 3’s are essential fatty acids or EFA’s that are made up of ALA, DHA and EPA, yep a few more acumens to add to your repertoire.  You definitely want to make sure that you are getting these EFA’s, they are essential for your body to function and your body doesn’t produce them.  Since most people are aren’t getting enough Omega 3’s, increasing your intake is a good thing.

If you are experiencing inflammation or a decrease in brain function it could be from a lack of Omega 3‘s.  Since their primary role is to reduce inflammation which can help prevent heart disease and arthritis and improve overall brain function such as thinking, learning and your memory.

Some of the different plant options are nuts such as pecans, almonds, pistachios and walnuts are definitely the leader of the pack, soy and hemp seeds are other great sources and even wild rice, black beans and kidney beans are good sources of Omega 3’s.

Hands down the Omega 3 superstars are algae, flax oil and flaxseeds and chia seeds.

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 Carrier Oils are generally oils made from vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.  They often go by Carrier Oils, Base Oils, Vegetable Oils, or Fixed Oils. These base oils are filled with essential fatty acids which is why they are so beneficial and the uses are endless. Most of these oils can be used in cooking, cleaning, skincare, hair care, massage, aromatherapy, cosmetics, homemade beauty and cleaning products, healing and medicinal purposes and practically anything else you can think of. Carrier oils are also often used to dilute essential oils since essential oils are extremely concentrated and can be harmful if they are used undiluted or improperly. Choosing a Carrier oils is just as important as choosing essential oils because each oil has its own unique properties and can be used for many different things.

The Quality of your oils are really important and its also important to understand the terms used for processing an oil so you can purchase the best quality.

Cold Pressed: Most Natural State of an oil, Pressed through a machine that reaches no more than 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Highest Quality and Filled with Nutrients. In order to find the best cold pressed oils contact the oil manufacturer and ask them if their oils are considered Raw. If they truly are raw oils they won’t be heated more than 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The Raw Cold Pressed Oils are the best.

Expeller Pressed: Really similar to Cold Pressing but expeller pressed oils are pressed in slightly higher temperatures between 120 degrees to 200 degrees. The heat comes from the friction of the machine and oftentimes the natural qualities of the oil can become compromised and the oil isn’t as full of nutrients.

Solvent Extracted: Uses a solvent such as hexane to extract oils. Hexane is a possible carcinogen and the solvent used to extract the oil is often found in the oil after processing. Nutrients and Fatty Acids are destroyed. If the oil you are purchasing doesn’t have a label showing that it was Cold Pressed or Expeller Pressed in most cases it was solvent extracted (this goes for organic too).

 

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So the question for the medical community is what are Compression Insoles?

Compression Socks are socks that have a graduated pressure: tightest at the ankle, decreasing in pressure to the top of the sock. They are fitted to individual needs through the large diverse selection we have available.

Compression Socks have been found to increase oxygen delivery, decrease lactic acid, prevent cramps, minimize muscle fatigue, increase circulation and blood flow, decrease muscle soreness and perceived fatigue, and they keep you warm. They have even been found to increase blood flow and aid in the uptake of excess fluid in the lymphatic system of the legs during the recovery period after running. Based on a study by Elmarie Terblanche at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, those who ran in compression socks during the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon had significantly less damage. They were found to recover more quickly. Some were even ready to train in only three days. Those wearing compression socks ran 12 minutes faster, on average.

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