Everyone has a desire to be a fit and on top form, and most of us will do anything to gain that ideal figure we all are hankering for. However, we often resort to using products that may contain unhelpful chemicals that can harm our bodies just because it says “fitness” on the cover. We have to be smart about what we subject the body to, and choose products that are natural and fresh. with this in mind, Ringana has launched a line of Sports Nutritional supplementsthat not only deliver, but are also safe to use.
If you are a sports enthusiast or have recently started intense exercising, your body will be undergoing some changes. Hence, it is important to keep up your strength with the help of supplements. However, a lot of nutritional products available today contain steroids and hormones. These supplements may make you feel good for a short while, but you will begin to see gross adverse effects with prolonged use. Do you want your body to suffer whilst you pursue your goal of becoming fit? Perhaps it’s worth considering using natural, fresh supplements that cater to your body while keeping up your strength.
Boost energy & stamina
Launched in April 2016, Ringana sports supplements add to a long list of successful natural products that already exists in the Ringana range. Coming from a company known to make safe, efficient products these sports products are unlikely to disappoint.
Ringana Sports PUSH is an oral supplement that performs to keep your body safe and maintain your energy. The package contains 90 pills, available on the Ringana webpage for the manageable price of 55 Euros. The product is designed specifically for athletes who take part in high-performance sports or home grown DIY fitness campaigners who require extra energy and stamina. The PUSHactivates energy reserves stored in the body which offer you extra boosts of energy and also burns down excess fat in the process. When you exercise, chemical changes happen within the body. Free radicals are released that can hinder normal body reactions that may cause you harm. These supplements also regulate the body and protect the body from free radicals inside the body. For all of you who cannot function without sport, this product is a truly natural God send.
For all those new to the fitness craze, the Ringana Sports BOOST is the perfect method to keep up your strength and to increase endurance. The product contains extracts from vegan amino acids and creatine that activate the body’s energy reserves and allow you to access power reserves even during exercise. Coconut oil and seas salt extracts further enrich the supplement and reduce electrolyte production during training. Available on the Ringana website for just 49 Euros, the product, is economical and effective.
Easing Muscle Strain
Exercising and sports cause the muscles to strain and produce lactic acid, which often causes cramps and fatigue whilst training. The pain from muscular tension can often put one off exercising altogether and you might give-up on your goal. To relieve muscular tension and pain, make use of the Ringana Sports GO thermal gel. The product cools off your heightened temperature after exercise and relaxes stiff muscles to give you relief from any pain that results from strenuous exercise. The GO gel contains mint menthol, which has a cooling effect and stimulates the blood flow to the muscles. Ginger and chili extracts in the gel produce a warming effect that soothes the body and relaxes you. The product also contains herbal oils such as lavender and wintergreen, that add to the fragrance and help complement the soothing effect of menthol. You can buy this wondrous GO gel from the Website for just 22 Euros.
All products available under the RIngana Sports category are tried and tested. All ingredients are certified by internationally acclaimed external companies for steroids and illegal chemicals, these are truly “Free-From” supplements. The ingredients used are purely vegan, diabetic safe catering to anyone and everyone. With affordable prices and easy shipping policy, anyone can make use of these products and see the amazing results take effect. Gain or lose weight in a safe and healthy way. Choose Ringana sport
Add to your pure skincare regime with ‘Ringana Adds’
We’re so excited to be able to announce the launch of Ringana Adds.
These natural skincare ‘add-on’ care shots have been specially designed to complement your Ringana Fresh skincare routine to give you a boost when you need it.
These little bottles of miracle lotions come in three different types, targeting three different emergency skincare needs – Repair, Effect and Glow.
They’re all designed to be added to your favourite Ringana serum (two pumps serum, to one pump miracle) for an intense boost, tailored to your needs.
They’ve been developed for male and female skin, and can be used on specific areas of the face, or all over (avoiding the eyes).
They’re powerful enough to have noticeable effects, yet gentle enough to be used every day.
Ringana Adds Repair
This soothing booster gently but effectively reduces the redness, irritation and inflammation caused by skin impurities linked to unhealthy lifestyles and hormonal imbalances.
Soothe and regenerate with this purifying SOS for skin. It contains bioflavonoids for their antioxidant powers, vitamin B6 to help control the production of sebum and frankincense to balance and soothe.
Skin Beauty Shot = Ringana Effect
Ringana Adds Effect
This emergency beauty shot helps regenerate tired, aging skin. It reduces lines and wrinkles and instantly firms.
You’ll be the owner of younger looking skin in no time.
It contains a type of red algae, which is responsible for its instant wrinkle smoothing effect.
Active copper helps reduce wrinkles and regenerate skin cells and flowering herb Paracress helps fill in those fine lines. A true hero.
Ringana Adds Glow
Sometimes, the environment we live in, our lifestyle and too little sleep can take away our glow. Restore yours with Ringana Adds Glow.
This powerful and smart skin booster helps protect the skin against the harmful effects of pollution and living a modern city life.
It evens out and brightens skin tone and makes the complexion more radiant.
It contains vitamin B3 which helps lighten age spots and areas of higher pigmentation and a powerful vitamin C based antioxidant to rejuvenate the complexion.
It also contains the anti-pollution compound White Horehound and citrus fruit bioflavonoids for improved microcirculation.
Natural Glow – Ringana Fresh Skin Care
Imagine a skincare range so packed with natural, yet active substances, that it simply wasn’t possible to add anything else?
Well, that’s exactly how Ringana products are, and how the Ringana Adds came about.
The Adds can be added as needed and the beauty is, you control which of these miracle care shots you use each day.
Mixed with Ringana serums, they’re delivered straight to where they’re needed. The serums are packed with nourishing ingredients, in the tiniest of particles, which penetrate deep into the skin.
Ringana are the first skincare brand to publish exact proportions of active ingredients, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Cleanser, toners, serums and concentrates; what’s more, they’re all certified as fully organic and suitable for vegans.
None of their products are tested on animals and they’re all consciously packaged. Ringana proudly hold the Green Brands Austria certificate of ecological sustainability.
Keeping fit is all the rage these days. 2017 will be a big year for either getting fit – or ‘just thinking about it” – lots of products will bounce across our TV screens and Smart phones proclaiming “this and that” as the PR & Marketing teams do all they can to entice us.
Evermore toned and tanned bodies are making an appearance in the media and with them a surge of products claiming to provide proven health benefits. Packed full of preservatives, we’ll put our money on the fact they’re not quite so healthy as advertising makes them out to be.
In reality, Good health starts on the inside and is supplemented by what you choose to put in and on your body. If you’re eating organic, fresh food but applying a facial moisturizer chock-full of chemicals then there’s a clear contradiction and one which your body might not be happy with. Afterall your metabolism & liver have to process-out all these synthetic chemicals on a daily basis.
Ringana’s SPORT range is a newly launched focused collection of products designed to help you achieve your best without having to compromise on natural freshness and if you’re vegan/natural only – then you’ll love what they have to offer too.
SPORTS PUSH CAPS
If you have a long day ahead of you or are planning your daily run, cycle or swim you might pre-prepare by taking SPORTS PUSH supplements beforehand – which act to prepare your inner system and prime it ready for action. When you exercise your body ages’ and releases ‘free radicals’ – hence it’s useful to flood your system with anti oxidants – which act to capture and neutralize these exercise-generated ‘free radicals’ – basically helping them to the exit door.
SPORTS BOOST SACHET
If you’re pushing your body during exercise and are feeling a little low on energy, then SPORTS BOOST sachets provide the perfect base-point to start from. They’re vegan, they’re rigorously tested for stimulants and doping substances, and they’re easy to use. Creatine and vegan-branch chain amino acids help kick-start your energy reserves and muscle-building capabilities but Ringana keep it as natural as possible with sea-salt and coconut water acting as essential replacements for electrolytes.
Secret #Fitness Formula
For energy straight from Mother Earth herself, try RINGANA CHI shots. Pure plant ingredients mean you’re protecting your body from unwanted toxins and maximizing your output – an infusion of ginger, natural ‘green’ caffeine, matcha and ginseng works towards giving you a concentrated sense of focus, energizing you naturally.
Getting through an exercise session can be tough some days and energy boosters really step up to the mark. In fact for some, just getting through the day can be a challenge – hence to maintain a healthy body and mind, consider using supplements to support a balanced diet.
Vegans can sometimes encounter a lack of essential nutrients due to restricted food-type intake but Ringana vegiplus Omega 3 capsules can help put you on the right track. Algae, grape and olive extracts work together to provide you with an fish-free, animal-product free alternative that can help fight against free-radicals and cardiac diseases so they’re well worth a top spot on the 2017 shopping list.
After-care is important too. Heavy exercise can leave you with muscle-soreness or fatigue and general aches and pains. To help you wind down and relax, Ringana produce their ever-popular SPORT GO. It’s mint-menthol scent gives you an invigorating wake-up call to the senses, with chili and ginger going to work on tired muscles, providing you with a soothing heat/cool rub to help relax muscles. Frankincense and arnica help to reduce pain and inflammation too so it’s a great all-rounder.
#FITNESS SECRET FORMULA
Ringana are passionate purveyors of fresh, organic and vegan products that are designed to stay in line with a fresh and preservative free approach to body-health, start with their SPORT range to help keep you on track inside and out and your body will thank you. They are all Diabetic safe too.
Wellbeing fresh factsSecret Fitness Formula – Sports Science 2017
Latest statistics from ‘The Vegan Society’ reveal the last ten years have seen numbers of vegans increase by a massive 350% in the UK alone. Almost 600,000 of us Brits are now proudly following the vegan diet, which is associated with improved health and wellness.
There are a whole range of physical benefits linked to veganism including increased life expectancy, reduced risk of cancer and decreased chance of developing heart disease or diabetes. Avoiding the consumption of animal products also positively impacts the appearance of our skin. In addition, the vegan lifestyle can improve our overall mental health, promoting wellbeing while lowering the likeliness of being affected by common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.
“Exercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.”
Keeping physically active is extremely beneficial to our health and wellbeing, yet accessing nutritional fitness products can be a bit of a nightmare for the vegan population. Thankfully, we have found some fantastic vegan-friendly products that are both affordable and effective. The RINGANA Sports range literally has everything we’ve been looking for.
Supplements for the Super Sporty
“Exercise it the most underutilized antidepressant.”
Mental illness affects one in four UK adults, however research confirms a reduction in symptoms amongst those of us who exercise on a regular basis. Those of us who engage in physical activity can expect to live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives than those who are inactive.
Ringana Push – Sports Nutrition
While the vegan diet is extremely healthy and filled with nutritional value, specially designed sports supplements can give us a helping hand. Using all natural ingredients and with no animal testing or products involved in the production, RINGANASport Push supplements make the perfect choice.
Great value for money, the Push capsules make the maintaining of our sport routines more realistic. Even with the most demanding activities they strengthen your ability to fight off feelings of fatigue by stimulating the use of our body’s reserves.
Although enabling maximum performance, Push supplements will also reduce the length of time your body requires to make a full recovery. So you can push yourself to the limit without the worry of being out of action afterwards.
Energy for when it’s Essential
Life in the 21st Century is often fast-paced and frantic. Freeing up time to focus on fitness can be challenging enough, let alone finding the energy.
We all know that feeling of exhaustion after a long day spent working, carrying out family duties and keeping on top of the housework. As we begin our work-out it’s not uncommon to crave extra energy in a bid to improve our stamina and overall performance.
Many of the products designed for quick-release energy are packed full of sugar and artificial ingredients which sort of counteracts the benefits gained from the physical activities we’re doing. Discovering a healthy alternative which is also suitable for vegans can be described as the equivalent of looking for a needle in a haystack. I mean, there are only so many bananas we can eat, right?
Imagine our delight when we came across the Sport Boostby RINGANA which thankfully ticks all the boxes. The perfect source of energy for high endurance sports, it improves performance and stamina using only natural ingredients. The clever addition of amino-acids provides you with that quick and immediate boost, while impressively leaving long-lasting energy too.
The After Work-out Answer
It’s no secret that working out leaves you looking great and the release of endorphins can put you on a high. That’s all very good, but what about the after work-out aches and pains that we experience in our muscles and joints? We have the answer! A vegan-friendly, thermal active gel is exactly what you need.
Tried and tested, we can fully recommend the RINGANASport GelGo which is suitable for even the most sensitive of skin types. This gel is heavenly after a work-out. The best way we can describe it is like a cuddle and a massage rolled into one, taking the form of a gel.
Applying after exercise will put an end to those sore and stiff body parts. Natural ingredients such as chilli and ginger will immediately provide a sense of warmth as they get to work on relaxing and soothing your hard worked muscles. The addition of mint-menthol relieves the burning feeling often felt in our joints and muscles post-exercise. This gel really is a godsend as it also promotes increased blood-flow back into your muscles and skin. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the included caffeine that’s extracted purely from rich coffee beans promises to leave your skin looking and feeling energised.
Overall, the Push, Boost and GoSport range from RINGANA provides your body with some TLC allowing increased activity, enhanced performance and improved health and wellbeing.
Wellbeing fresh factsSports, Fitness and Nutrition
Natural Skin Care and ‘Active Ingredients – what’s the Big deal?
How do you want your skin to feel?
Silky smooth, soft, supple, clean and glowing most probably. As the body’s largest organ how we treat our skin and what we choose to put on it really matters and does make a difference. A recent study found that some Popular Moisturizers Applied to Mice for 17 Weeks Got 69% More Tumors. So just buying any popular brand on the high street might not be the most sensible thing to do. Even worst, using old lotions, moisturisers, hand creams and serums that sit on bathroom shelves may not be wise as these products may have little or no effectiveness or vitality in them.
Skin Care Secret
Of course whilst the skin care cosmetic industry is massive, bombarding us with all manner of messages – there is one secret Golden Ruleto be remembered at all times:
Active substances in skin care have a slightly inconvenient side effect: They are only active when they are administered fresh.
This reality makes all the difference. So watch out for products with long sell-by or use-by dates – they are more likely stuffed with synthetic preservatives then active ingredients. More on that below – but first have a look at this short video.
More on Preservatives
For example a pot of a well known hand cream dated 1994 – sits on my desk, when you open it – it is still good to go, no black spots, green algae or nasty monsters – in fact it looks as good as the day it was manufacturered, yet it is over 20 years old. What’s going on you might say?
If you walk down any residential street you don’t hear ladies screaming from their bathroom windows as they open up some old pot of hand cream or moisturiser. It’s not going to happen. Big brands could not handle the uproar and so to make sure, they no doubt, place plenty of preservatives in products – and it is those preservatives that are then applied to the largest human organ, our skin.
Natural Fresh Active Ingredients
Now we wouldn’t buy some strawberries, pop them in the fridge and then 12 months later go back and say yum-yum, let’s have those strawberries now. Yet with bathroom shelves full of potions we might be doing that all the time. More so, we might be doing that with products that have already sat on wooden pallets in warehouses and on shop shelves for up to 12-36 months even before we got hold of them, purchased them and brought them home and popped them on our own bathroom shelf. Often such containers might have an icon on the package indicating good for 12M or 24M from opening. So now the product might be 3-4-5 years from the day it was potted into it’s fancy container in a factory somewhere.
What about the Raw Materials
Raw Materials – How Fresh
Then taking it one step further – back up the supply chain – what do we know?
What about the raw materials that were gathered together in the first place to create your ‘skin care’ cosmetic product.
How old are they?
Did anyone test them for purity or toxicity once received often via a re-seller?
Are they potent. Are the ingredients active?
Will they have a beneficial effect when applied?
Thinking about all this might start to produce a bit of a headache.
Skin Care – Active Ingredients
Tested by Independent external institutes.
That’s why we recommend products which have been externally tested by independent test institutes, not certified by a guy in a white lab jacket that works for a company and is paid to say: All is well, wink wink.
Products whereby the actual raw materials are externally tested and verified for purity, toxicity and potency and are rejected if contaminated or not potent or fresh.
This approach underpins the ability to produce and deliver products which brim with active ingredients, potency and freshness. The use by guidance on using the products is more in the region of 10-14 weeks once the packaging is open, which again indicates the awareness that once created and opened natural ingredients – naturally – begin to oxidate.
So are Active Ingredients a Big Deal – is freshness important?
100% Freshness – 100% Active Ingredients
Nature provides all the ingredients for fresh cosmetics. By means of immediate processing of fresh raw materials, the valuable ingredients are kept at their optimal efficacy. Combining active ingredients in the right way gains us the best advantage You will feel the effect immediately. Your skin can finally quench its thirst, breathe a sigh of relief, without absorbing harmful substances. It will thank you with a lovely, soft, fresh feeling. Velvet soft and caressingly gently and supple.
These fresh cosmetics join together the knowledge of ancient Indian Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine together with the most modern Western sciences. The latest example of this is the active cell emulsion technology. Tiniest particles that penetrate the skin like mirco-robots bear the valuable active ingredients and carry them deep within, where they release their full effect. With the help of microcell emulsion technology, protection and care combine with each other in turn.
The advantages of oil-in-water emulsions that can easily be applied and water-in-oil emulsions that seal the moisture in the skin like a vault are combined into the perfect care product. This opens up a completely new dimension in high-tech fresh cosmetics – science packaged in freshness and naturalness.
Long unpronounceable names, acronyms, synthetic chemicals… can you feel the love yet? Yes we are in the cosmetics aisle in 21st century Europe.
Irrespective of where one lives, we are all surrounded by unseen enemies, quietly infiltrating themselves, getting under our skin and into our blood stream, body and vital organs.
Yes you guessed it – we are talking about synthetic chemical preservatives. Whilst good at deterring bacteria, mould and mildew from our hand creams, face creams and deodorants – these preservatives produce one unintended consequence – we are bathing in a chemical soup, a man made cocktail of all sorts of synthetic potions – which one natural organism, namely us – may find hard to cope with and process.
Skin Care Jungle
Natural Fresh Active Ingredients
Some people are more sensitive them others – and suffer sensitivities. Others find that they have allergic reactions to all sorts of mysterious items added into the vitality giving shampoo or moisturizer they just bought. Then there is growing concern about how certain preservatives in fragrances can disrupt the balanced functioning of hormones within the body. It’s a jungle out there.
What’s more as exposure to all these un-natural additives builds up over time – you end up with cases like that of the worlds largest family run company, Johnson & Johnson paying out in February 2016 $72 million in damages in a case linking use of talcum powder with cervical cancer in women. Overall sales for Johnson & Johnson worldwide were $65 Billion in 2011 – that’s gives you an indication of the scale of the issue.
Then there are MI and MCI’s – which sound like secret agents, approved to be used in stronger concentrations in the EU in 2005 as a preservative in cosmetics, now recognised as being responsible for causing more cases of allergic reaction.
Present in many cosmetics such as makeup, cleansers, shower gels, shampoos, moisturisers and sun creams. It is also found in some brands of moist toilet or “baby wipes”. Surprisingly some products, which are labelled as “sensitive”, “natural” or “organic” may also include these preservatives.
Of course all this has led to an upturn in business for dermatologists who are increasingly faced with patients who have developed redness, burning or stinging sensations, flaking or crusting of skin, whilst simply seeking to be clean and healthy.
Natural & OrganicSkin Care
So let’s go natural you say, yet even that may not be straight forward – with many items labeled “natural” possibly having up to 30% synthetic chemical content.
OK, so lets go Organic then! Even here things have been witness to some murky goings on over the last decade as the industry has sought to define and regulate itself with all sorts of nonsense occuring in the early days, with many dubious beauty brands making organic claims about their products.
As the market has slowly matured third party independent verification from a reputable organic trade institute or standards agency has helped sort the wheat from the chaff – organisations like Ecocert or the Soil Association.
Additionally, labeling is becoming key – with 100% INCI declarations of ingredients and often verification of the bio-organic purity, potency and toxicity of the constituent raw materials – being increasingly referenced in supporting the credentials of the company actually producing the product.
Reputation of company, recognition of customer wishes and respect towards the environment are being taken seriously by some companies. Some are setting a trend whilst others fall from grace. The philosophy of the guiding minds in any organisation ultimately sets the level of the bar.
Even the cleaning of the production line machines between production runs becomes important – is it undertaken using natural, toxin free, synthetic free compounds – or are we just using any old chemical to clean the equipment with. It all plays into and colours the final story.
How do ‘Use By Dates’ Help in Skin Care
Use By Dates & Preservatives
Then the debate can move to the issue of Use-by-Dates. What do they tell us about what we hold in our hand or see on the shop shelf.
Of course there are natural preservatives that could solve the issue of synthetic ingredients used within skin care cosmetics to prolong there life.
However, it does also reduce the shelf life of a product from a few years to a maximum of around six months and once the product has been opened, it often needs to be used within 70-90 days, as that which is natural will tend to oxidate once opened and in use.
You cut an apple in half, it goes brown, same with a banana or avocado. Naturally, they oxidate. So to be sure we are choosing pure toxin free Mother Nature in our face creams and deodorants – we have to keep that in mind.
These truely natural ‘Use By Date’ timelines – can in themselves prevent many truely pure, natural, organic products ever making it into High Street shops, as High Street Chains often prefer products that can survive in their supply chain and warehouses for maybe up to 36 months or more, ..…before we eventually walk into a shop to make our purchase. Then when we get the product home it might say 12M or 24M on the label – meaning that’s how long it’s good for – from opening. Imagine….24 more months! – how toxin free can that be?
Skin Care Truths
So with all the noise in the neighbourhood we might just need to ask one question: What’s the use-by on this product? Perhaps the answer given might tell us all we really need to know!
So it follows that some brands are delivered direct, bought on-line and shipped direct from production to your door, cutting out all the supply chain import, export, warehouses, stock rooms and shop shelves.
Go naturally & organically – be pure, natural and fresh.
The Problem with Preservatives – in Skin Care and Nutritional Supplements
Preservatives & People
What is a preservative?
Let’s get right to it. Preservatives are specific ingredients added to skin care that kill bacteria. They also prevent product contamination from yeast and fungi. Some preservatives can act against all three, whereas other will be more limited and can be combined to achieve broad spectrum protection.
Despite mixing ingredients in a sterile environment, contamination will eventually get in and so preservatives are needed in every product that has been formulated with water. A water-based product has a shelf-life of approximately 2-3 weeks, providing it is refrigerated. When it comes to manufacturing skin care products on a larger scale, this isn’t necessarily a realistic way of storing them, and so preservatives are added to enhance the shelf-life of the product and prevent contamination throughout that period. It seems that for decades entrpreneurs placed emphasis on the long term shelf life of products versus delivering the actual benefits of purity and natural vitality that non toxic products may deliver naturally.
So What is the Problem with Preservatives in Skin Care?
Preservatives in Skin Care
Some companies are advertising their skin care products as ‘free from preservatives’ yet as the product doesn’t require refrigeration, it’s safe to say this is incorrect branding and many will argue that preservatives are necessary in all skin care products.
Parabens are the most commonly used synthetic preservatives within cosmetic products. The most common of which are methylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. Normally, more than one paraben will be used in a single product, combined with other types or preservatives and this allows a lower amount of each preservative to be used whilst increasing the protection against microorganisms.
A case study, conducted in the UK in 2004, showed small traces of paraben within women with breast tumours but the study didn’t prove that paraben caused the cancer and did not compare the levels of paraben with normal tissue. This has sparked a large amount of consumer alarm and scrutiny which has led to many manufacturers altering how they preserve their products.
Can Your Skin Care Cause Cancer?
Parabens in Perfumes
The initial formulation of natural products in the 90’s was dismissed by many as a passing fad. The word ‘organic’ hadn’t yet reached the general world of skin care consumers. Looking at the range of products available today, it’s clear that ‘organic’ products are now much more important to consumers and there could be a very important underlying reason as to why.
Despite dismissing the findings of the 2004 case study, Clean Makeup (from Colby College) reports how parabens can mimic oestrogen and therefore disrupt the body’s hormone system. Cornell University further supports this idea through their assessment of the link between oestrogen and breast cancer risk through exposure by concluding that a high lifelong exposure to oestrogen can play a role in stimulating cancerous breast cells.
The combination of these two pieces of evidence cement the idea that parabens can potentially be linked to the cause of higher breast cancer risk. But parabens aren’t the only dangerous toxin out there, in fact there are a number of different chemicals still used in skin care products that can affect your body:
These chemicals are more commonly found in toys, vinyl flooring, detergents, food packaging and other household items due to their characteristics for making plastics more flexible and less brittle. However, there has been a history of their use in cosmetic products such as nail polish and hair spray.
These substances contain petroleum. They are chemical products made from the raw materials of petroleum and although they haven’t been definitively proven to cause cancer, consumers are often shocked to find that they’re used in skin care products.
Petrochemicals in Skin Care
Commonly used substances such as paraffin wax and mineral oil contain petrochemicals as ingredients. A number of our skin care products contain these petrochemicals and the alarming amount of research suggesting that they act as carcinogens is starting to become a concern, especially when many large brands still use petrochemicals in their products.
Although fragrances may smell nice, they’re actually a combination of some 3,000 chemicals including hazardous coal-tar and petrochemicals. This has introduced an increase in skin care labelled as ‘fragrance free’ in an attempt for brands to show they’re actively reducing the number of chemicals in their products, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that this is being regulated.
The actual term ‘fragrance’ can refer to a mixture of over 100 ingredients that contain a plethora of carcinogens, reproductive toxins, hormone disruptors and allergens. This is applicable to not only the fragrance in skin care products but perfumes too as it’s cheaper for companies to replicate smells with chemicals than to source them naturally.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This ingredient is a composition of several non-volatile alcohols and is used as a skin-conditioning agent, emulsifier and solvent yet it’s one of the most irritating cleansing agents used in skin care products. SLS is commonly found in a wide variety of skin and hair cleansers including facial washes, shampoos, shower gels and body scrubs due to its cleaning ability to remove dirt and grime where soap can’t.
Generally speaking SLS is tolerated by most consumers but creates irritation in those with sensitive skin. Despite this there are a variety of claims that detail the harm that SLS can do, including long-term permeation of body tissues, producing toxic fumes when heated and possessing corrosive properties.
Similarly to parabens, this chemical acts against bacteria and also has some antifungal capabilities. It’s safe to use in concentrations of up to 0.5% but has been proven as a formaldehyde-releasing preservative with the potential to cause damage.
Due to the release of formaldehyde, this preservative has been known to cause a lot of controversy and can be found in practically all skin care products including moisturisers, anti-ageing products, cleansers, foundations and shampoos.
What about nutritional supplements?
Whole Food Supplements
Compared to skin care, nutritional supplements are potentially a neglected topic when it comes to the preservative debate. There is a lot of discussion on the internet as to whether vitamins are something that we should even consider. If we’re eating healthily then surely we don’t need to take additional supplements in order to keep ourselves healthy?
There is concern that poor quality supplements will in fact have no effect on our bodies and if they’re presented in a form that’s not easily accessible, they’ll simply pass through our systems without providing any sort of nutritional advantage. This alone can cause apprehension as we are simply creating more work for our bodies with no discerning benefit.
It’s generally believed that poor quality nutritional supplements will contain more fillers and preservatives in order to extend shelf-life, just like skin care products. Many vitamins have been known to be labelled as a recommended choice by doctors, yet this in itself is false marketing as doctors are trained in health, not nutrition. Similarly to the previously assessed skin care preservatives, some vitamins not only use artificial flavours and colours but have been known to list ‘lightly polished with vegetable oil’ as an ingredient, something which has later been discovered to be carnauba wax, also used as car wax.
The main issue that stems from this particular preservative debate is the fact that nutritional supplement preservatives abide by the same laws as synthetic food preservatives yet the proposed changes by the FDA (in America) brings to light the possible cancer-causing substances that are being used within supplements.
You Don’t Want Chemicals in Your Food, Right?
It’s a long-standing debate that highly processed food contains unwanted chemicals that are bad for the body. And a diet high in these processed chemicals can lead to a number of health issues. So if we’re making a concerted effort to eliminate chemicals from our diet, why are we still applying them to our bodies?
Skin Care & Breast Milk
When using skin care products that are high in toxic preservatives, a large percentage of those toxins are being absorbed directly into the blood stream through our skin. Some of these toxins will have an immediate reaction, like the irritation caused by SLS, but some of them have longer-lasting and more deadly impacts like the cacogenic characteristics of petrochemicals and parabens. Studies have shown that hormone like chemicals in skin care can, once absorbed through the skin, be present in breast milk, a few hours after application.
Nutritional supplements are viewed as having a positive influence on the body. The sole purpose for ingesting them is to help boost the vitamins and minerals within the body, yet when pairing this with the same synthetic preservatives found in your food, it can seem to counterbalance the act of taking the vitamin in the first place. There are a number of reasons why manufacturers may choose to add these ingredients to nutritional supplements such as: helping processing, extending storage shelp-life and in turn profits, keeping costs down, adding bulk and working as binders but it’s hard to believe that these toxic, non-beneficial substances will actually help.
Is there a natural preservative?
Of course there are natural preservatives that could solve the issue of synthetic ingredients within skin care and nutritional supplements; however these are generally more expensive in attaining. It does also reduce the shelf-life of a product from a few years to a maximum of six months and once the product has been opened, it often needs to be used within 30-75 days, as that which is natural will tend to oxidate once opened and in use. This in itself can prevent many such pure, natural products making it into High Street shops, as National Chains prefer products that can survive in the supply chain for up to 36 months, before we eventually walk into a shop and make our purchase.
The benefit of choosing a natural preservative over a synthetic one can show in a number of ways, including the application to sensitive skin without irritation. Many natural ingredients such as neem oil and grapefruit seed extract not only act as antibacterial agents, but also have healing properties too. Of course, it is essential they are tested for purity and toxicity prior to being included in a product, but if natural ingredients are well sourced, senstively combined and the correct measure, they can have a transformational effect on the actual product and its effectiveness.
As you can imagine, the use of natural preservatives also create a number of issues for manufacturers both big and small. The ability to combine the right ingredients to make a single product that can be safely applied to the skin whilst using natural preservatives is perhaps the biggest challenge out there. Yet it’s not something that can’t be overcome and there are in fact a number of companies that have taken this task on and conquered this problem already, trailblazing a new way forward with exciting products. It seems that over time more manufacturers will have to fall into line with this approach as it is a trend that customers are demanding in ever increasing numbers, once they become aware and conscious as to what the choices, options and health consequences might be for any given decision. In short, today people are becoming less tolerant of everyday toxins in all aspects of daily life.
Skin Care Education
Why educating yourself is important
With skin care chemical regulations being too relaxed, many toxins are still being used in our everyday products and despite evidence showing how dangerous they are, the European Cosmetics Regulation Act from 2013 is still not picking up some of the most harmful ingredients in skin care products. Over time, the realisation and evidence of the harm caused by these ingredients has left cosmetics companies such as L’Oreal changing how they operate and a burst of ‘fragrance free’ and ‘natural’ products have made their way onto the high street. This might seem like a step in the right direction, but ultimately it leaves a lot of room for toxins to still appear.
Johnson’s Baby Powder – Ovarian Cancer?
In early 2016 a Missouri jury awarded $72m to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer, which she said was caused by using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder and other products containing talcum. In the trial, Fox’s attorneys introduced into evidence a September 1997 internal memo from a Johnson & Johnson medical consultant suggesting that “anybody who denies [the] risks” between “hygenic” talc use and ovarian cancer would be publicly perceived in the same light as those who denied a link between smoking cigarettes and cancer: “Denying the obvious in the face of all evidence to the contrary.”
In fact the recent 2016 report from Global 2000 ., an environmental research organisation re-tested several thousand products within Europe to see if progress had been made over the last few years since it last conducted a study – identifying problem products and manufacturers. The result, whilst some manufacturers have changed their formulations to remove some of the “bad boys” from their products, a lot of toxins are still being incorportated into products bought and used daily in bathrooms across Europe. What is also shocking, is that even if manufacturers accept that they should discontinue a product and go with a less toxic option, they will still keep the “obsolete” toxic products on the shelves until thay are all sold and the supply chain is cleared.
Toxic Skin Care
So returning to the upsurge in “natural” labelled products, what can we say about these ‘natural products? Is natural really natural? Turns out, for a product to be labelled ‘natural’ only 70% of ingredients need to be naturally sourced which leaves upto 30% of the product potentially made from synthetics. Although products like these contain some natural ingredients, it doesn’t mean that they’re danger free. In fact this is entirely a marketing-ploy in order to create a better outward appearance for them to compete with brands that are using terms such as ‘organic’ – a term that is more highly regulated.
Hence, the ingredients found in many cosmetics would shock a number of consumers and you wouldn’t ever consider eating a food product that contained any of these preservatives, yet we are still seeing a vast majority of consumers purchasing these products, applying them to the skin, potentially because it’s the easier option.
Certification, Testing & Truth
Truth about Skin Care
Can we ever get to the truth? First place to start is with a Full 100% Declaration (INCI) of ingredients – as many products may only display a partial list. Often companies with nothing to hide display 100% of ingredients as ultimately this is the only way to fully know – what’s what.
Beyond this, within Europe there are a number of institutes and organisations which certify and confirm the credentials of skin care cosmetic products and nutritional supplements – such as the LACON institute, the LEFO Institute, the Dartsch Institute, the ECO CERT organisation and the comparison portal Cosmetic Analysis. Respectively they certify raw material ingredients independantly from the manufacturer, quality assure products for potency, dosage and toxicity and inspect and certify so consumers can better understand what is in the marketplace seperate to the marketing and branding messages being promoted by the entrepreneurs and PR specialists.
What about us?
Natural Active Ingredients
Here at Pure Natural Fresh, we are dedicated to recommending to customers the best products made entirely from natural ingredients and which are totally toxin free. For us, it is a concern and revelation that many don’t understand the preservatives found in their everyday skin care products and nutritional supplements. Mass production techniques, long supply chains, mega warehouses and storage facilities, container ships full of product have moved us a long way away from products with natural active ingredients being freshly delivered and administered. As with so many aspects in life, what we tend to know, is alot less then could be known. We are hoping, over time, to raise an interest and awareness in a better way of life through natural, fresh, vegan products made entirely with natural ingredients with not a toxin in sight.
Oil Pulling Detox – What is the Best Oil to use in Oil Pulling?
Well if you are familiar with Oil Pulling you might be looking out for your preferred choice, be it Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil or even Oil Pulling with Olive Oil? After all, what we are trying to avoid is “pulling teeth out”.
Benefits of Oil Pulling
Perhaps more important then answering the question: How to Oil Pull? or How often to Oil Pull? here we share some special insights, which you might want to include in your oil-pulling regime – wisdom going back thousands of years, which you might wish to embrace and get working for you.
Most seem attracted to try out Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil or even Olive Oil. Yet, what we are talking about here is opening “mother natures pharmacy” fully to benefit from what she has prescribed to dental patients over the centuries to discover the best possible oil – one sure to deliver the full range of benefits oil pulling has to offer, for good oral care of teeth, gums and the whole oral cavity.
Innovative and prolific as mother-nature is, we can see how she has really done the business for us all – providing numerous active ingredients designed to maintain, protect, preserve and freshen our overall ‘smile’.
Further, in looking after our oral health, our overall immune system is assisted and bolstered because as fewer unhelpful bacteria are swallowed from the mouth cavity, our overworked immune system and liver has fewer toxins to process and expel from the body.
Many people in today’s modern world are perplexed as to why they are often fatigued and tired for no apparent reason. Even after a long nights sleep they wake up shattered. Of course there could be 1001 contributing factors but one thing is for sure, if we are able to reduce the amount of harmful bacteria moving from the mouth into the stomach and intestine then we are giving our overall body function and immune system a helpful boost, by reducing its daily workload – so let’s get started. What’s more – we’ll do it alphabetically 🙂
Babchi Medicinal Plant
Babchi Plant – use in Oil Pulling
Babchi seeds & Babchi oil used traditionally in Chinese & Indian Ayurvedic medicine is a rich source of calcium and can assist in enhancing calcium in the system, the essential oil of Babchi also has antibacterial, astringent, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that aid in the treatment of plaque, weak gums, halitosis or bad breath, bleeding gums and other oral conditions. A natural tooth whitening property is ascribed to the Chinese medicinal babchi plant.
Birch sugar from natural birch bark, common throughout Eurasia, is well known as a natural ingredient which acts to prevent tooth decay as well as to remedy the condition of the teeth already damaged. In addition, birch sugar is also beneficial for the rigidity, density and mineral content of bones. Therefore, beside tooth decay birch sugar may also help delay osteoporosis as well.
Scientific observations have also pointed out that young mothers who use birch sugar or products with birch sugar content discourage the development of the bacteria causing tooth decay in their babies. These children may well face fewer tooth-related troubles in their later lives.
Birch sugar has properties which promote good dental health, because it
reduces the development of plaque.
inhibits the acid production of bacteria within the mouth,
may remedy & restore the dental enamel already damaged
Bacteria causes tooth decay as they take up and break down any sugar we may consume in daily foods. Certain six-carbon sugars (beet sugar, fruit sugar, cane sugar and grape sugar) act to multiply the number of the bacteria and as these sugars are broken down, the bacteria produce acid/acids which can act to damage the tooth enamel, and thereby encourage tooth decay. However, bacteria are unable to break down the five-carbon structure of birch sugar so no acid is produced, consequently tooth decay may be prevented and the pH value of the mouth may be kept in better balance. Of course the birch sugar has to be from a highly pure source to be potent and effective in this regard.
Cinnamon Leaf Extract in Oil Pulling
Cinnamon Leaf Extract & Cinnamal Oil
Cinnamon is an evergreen plant. Cinnamon oil is derived from the bark or leaves. The two most commonly used cinnamon varieties are Ceylon cinnamon or true cinnamon and Cassia or Chinese cinnamon. There are several beneficial chemicals found in cinnamon bark, like volatile oils – cinnamal, and eugenol.
Cinnamon essential oil can be used like clove oil to kill bacteria that cause periodontal disease and ease a toothache due to its antifungal, antibacterial properties. Historical records show that dentists used cinnamon oil in cavity treatment since it was tasty.
In studies Cinnamon essential oils have demonstrated strong antimicrobial activity on microorganisms. Studies demonstrate that cinnamon oil can be used for therapeutic purposes to treat infections and diseases caused by such bacteria. Since cavities are caused by plaque, which is caused by bacteria, cinnamon can be used to treat cavities too. Research conducted in New Zealand reported that Cinnamon Oil has tremendous antimicrobial potency to effect streptococcus mutans, the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, and against lactobacillus plantarum, a bacteria responsible in gum disease.
Clove Flower Oil in Oil Pulling
Clove Flower Oil
Probably one of the most well known treatments for the common toothache, cloves is the aromatic flower buds of an evergreen tree native to the Maluka Islands in Indonesia. Over decades there use has led to the propagation of the crop far and wide. Cloves are used in India Ayurvedic & Chinese medicine and in western herbalism an dentistry where th e essential oil is used as a painkiller, often available at high street pharmacies for use in dental trauma and severe toothache. In the past, dentists have used clove to disinfect disturbed root canals, since clove has moderately strong germicidal properties. A recent study showed that clove essential oil has a particular ability to inhibit the growth of mutant bacteria, hence its well-documented use.
Clove has been used medicinally in several cultures for many years. Traditional Chinese Medicine has applied clove for relieving tooth pain for hundreds of years. Clinical research demonstrated that clove inhibits many pathogenic bacteria, including Staph aureus, strep pneumoniae, and shigella.
Dentists historically used clove to disinfect disturbed root canal. Recent research has shown that the essential oil of clove has the strongest ability of the 21 oils studied in inhibiting bacteria growth.
Eucalyptus Oil and Oil Pulling
There are over 700 species of eucalyptus, mostly evergreen, which are mostly native to Australia. Since the 1770’s various species of eucalyptus became cultivated more widely across the world. Eucalyptus essential oil is obtained from fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree. The health benefits of eucalyptus oil are well-known and wide ranging, and its properties include anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial medicinal qualities, which are effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections owing to these germicidal properties. This is why eucalyptus essential oil is so commonly found as an active ingredient in mouthwash, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene products.
Eugenol Essential Oil and Oil Pulling
Eugenol Essential Oil
Eugenol is a colorless to pale yellow oily liquid extracted from certain essential oils especially from clove oil and cinnamon. It is present in concentrations of 80–90% in clove bud oil and at 82–88% in clove leaf oil.
Eugenol contained in cinnamon is known for its medicinal properties. Studies have been conducted which found that certain bacteria were sensitive in their reaction to eugenol and clove oil. Studies have shown that the ‘active’ ingredient in clove, called eugenol, doesn’t have the same inhibiting quality as the essential oil of clove itself. i.e. they have separate effects. Hence these two oils have often both been used together to complement each other and deliver a whole range of antibacterial properties
Extract from Green Tea Leaves
Green Tea Extract for Oil Pulling
Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have undergone minima oxidation during processing. Green tea originated in China, but its production has now spread to many countries throughout Asia. Green tea contains soluble polyphenols, and their efficacy is often attributed to astringent substances, which bind the salivary proteins, causing them to precipitate or aggregate. Evidence for the role of Polyphenols in the prevention of degenerative diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases is emerging.
Natural Hydrated Silica – Opal
Natural Hydrated Silica – Opal for Oil Pulling
Deep cleaning is provided via the presence of micro-fine cleaning particles made from hydrated silica, which is a natural form of silicone dioxide. It is found in nature, as apoal, a mineral-oid mined as a gemstone for centuries, it also occurs in the cell walls of diatoms (algae). It is also known as silici acid, a term usually used for its form when dissolved in water. Opal is the national gemstone of Australia .
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon Oil for Oil Pulling
The lemon is a species of small evergreen tree native to Asia. The low pH of juice makes it antibacterial. According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, lemon oil may actually be the most powerful anti-microbial agent of all the essential oils. It is well known as a remedy that that can help with halitosis (bad breath). Lemon oil is cold-pressed from the aromatic rinds of lemons, not the fruit. It is pH neutral as it does not contain citric acid and is safe for the teeth enamel. Notably, it is more potent than lemon juice; it takes 3,000 lemon rinds to produce 1 kg of lemon essential oil.
Licorice Root for Oil Pulling
The licorice plant is an herbaceous perennil plant native to southern Europe, India, and parts of Asia. In a study, published in the Journal of Natural Products, researches recorded that several compounds present in dried licorice root are effective antibacterial substances that can act to prevent the growth of several major bacteria connected with dental cavities and gum disease. Lab experiments have shown that active substances from licorice root can block the action of a key enzyme that allows bugs to thrive in oral cavities. A recent study in the Journal of Chemical Communications indicated that halting the activity of certain enzyme’s prevents oral bacteria from establishing a protective biological layer or “bio-film” around themselves – enabling them to attach to teeth and thereby form plaque. By preventing assembly of these protective ‘bio-films’ – bacteria forming plaque is stopped. That’s where the Licorice active substances come into play.
Limonene Essential Oil
Limonene Oil for Oil Pulling
Limonene takes its name from th lemon, as the rind of the lemon, like other citrus fruits, contains considerable amounts of this compound, which contributes to their aroma. It is one of the major constituents of orange essential oil. The secret to lemon’s success appears to be d-limonene, a powerful cancer fighting antioxidant. Some reports even speculate that lemon oil contains up to 70% d-limonene! It’s no wonder that science is quickly catching up to 1,000 years of therapeutic use and is finally confirming many of the various Ayurvedic medical applications of lemon essential oil.
Linalool Oil for Oil Pulling
Linalool Essential Oil
Over 200 species of plants produce linalool, mainly from the families Lamiaceae (mints, scented herbs), Lauraceae (laurels, cinnamon, rosewood) and Rutaceae (citrus fruits), but also birch trees and other plants, from tropical to boreal climate zones. In Oil pulling fresh linalool provides an overall mouth tonic effect orally, an antioxidant effect and source of Vitamin E (which helps against Periodontal disease).
Menthol from Chinese Mint
Menthol Chinese Mint for Oil Pulling
Considered as an antibacterial and a soother of motor nerves. Menthol also has the quality of effectively ‘tricking’ the brain into sensing that something is cool or cold. However, we aren’t sucking on an ice cube here – but somehow the menthol delivers the refreshing cool effect – as it ‘hits’ the same receptor buttons in the brain that are hit when we actually do taste or sense coolness – as in eating a real ice cream, or ice cubes etc – hence the words: ‘refreshingly cool minty taste’. Also known for tasting ‘minty’ menthol has a variety of other properties. So, another effect is that it latches onto another receptor, one that produces a gentle ‘numbing effect’. In reality what happens is menthol acts on nearby blood vessels, causing them to widen, thereby increasing blood flow into the area. Increased blood flow carries fresh oxygen and other nutrients into the effected area to repair and replenish the area and carry away toxins and toxic waste – so overall healing and wellness is supported. Additionally, menthol acts to take away the effects of inflammation – so even without any fall in actual temperature – the cooling effect is delivered and benefit is felt J
Myrrh Oil for Oil Pulling
The word “myrrh” derives from the Aramaic (murr), and Arabic (mur) meaning “bitter”. Myrrh is native to Yemen, Somalia, Eritrea and eastern Ethiopia, Eastern Mediterranean and Arabian Penisula. There are many health-enhancing compounds in myrrh oil, such as terpenoids, a class of chemicals with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
Hence with gum and mouth diseases, Myrrh is credited with relieving toothache, gingivitis, and mouth ulcers, whilst also freshening your breath. Myrrh acts as both an antiseptic and a soother and may also assist gum tissue health by supporting the flow of blood to the tissue.
Ascorbyl Palminate in Oil Pulling
Ascorbyl palminate, is the oil soluble form of Vitamin C ester, used as an antioxidant. Because it is oil soluble, and non-acidic, it can be used freely in formulation without the oxidation that normally turns products brown. (Like brown apples etc.)
The anti-oxidant activity of Ascorbyl Palmitate is powerful and solves some of the issues of oxidation whiles preserving the benefits of Vitamin C. It also serves to regenerate Vitamin E creating a synergy of anti-oxidant activity. Hence this is he perfect choice for this preservative free tooth oil.
Peppermint essential oil
Peppermint Oil for Oil Pulling
Peppermint has enjoyed a long medicinal history. Every culture blessed with peppermint has used the plant for medicine. It is a hybrid mint, a cross between water mintand spearmint. The plant, indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, is now widespread in cultivation in many regions of the world.
Researchers have found that the peppermint essential oil is extremely effective at killing anaerobic bacteria that thrive better in a low oxygen environment such as the mouth, helping teeth and gums fight off hazardous germs that can lead to gum disease and bad breath. Peppermint oil extract has even been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemical chlorhexidine in inhibiting the formation of bio-film formations linked to dental cavities.
Peppermint has a high menthol content and contains small amounts of many additional compounds including limonene. Menthol “tricks the mind” and activates the cold-sensitive TRPM8 receptors in the skin and mucosal tissues, and is the primary source of the cooling sensation that follows the application of peppermint oil.
Organic Sesame Oil
Organic Sesame Oil for Oil Pulling
Historically, sesame has been cultivated for more than 5000 years as a drought-tolerant crop being able to grow where other crops failed. Sesame seeds were one of the first crops processed for oil by mankind as well as one of the earliest condiments. Sesame was cultivated during the Indus valley civilization and was the main oil crop. It was probably exported to Mesopotamia around 2500 BC. Sesame oil is thought to have originated in the Indus Valley of North India, but has subsequently spread from there widely throughout Asia
Organic sesame oil is particularly high in antioxidants. It also holds a high concentration of Vitamin E nd Vitamin K. Multiple studies have shown the antibacterial capacities of sesame oil. These studies support the use of oil pulling in the prevention of dental cavities and gingivitis.
A 2008 study found a “remarkable reduction in the total count of bacteria” in the mouth of participants using sesame oil, and hence an overall marked reduction in susceptibility to dental cavities. The antibacterial activity of sesame oil was also remarkable having specific effect on Streptococcus mutans within the oral cavity. The studies showed a general reduction in bacteria from 10 to 33.4% in participants, and after 40 days of oil-pulling, participants were found to show 20% average reduction in oral bacteria.
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A) in Oil Pulling
Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A)
Retinyl palmitate, or vitamin A palmitate, is pure vitamin A. It is often associated with a strong immune system, and orally vitamin A helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and salivary flow in the mouth. It also helps keep your gums healthy and ensures proper healing. You can find it orange and yellow foods like carrots, mangoes and sweet potatoes, and dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach and collard greens contain large amounts of beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A for use.
Sage Oil in Oil pulling
Sage, often regarded as a sacred herb, also called garden sage, or common sage is a perennial, evergreen dwarf-shrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use.
Sage has been recognized by many cultures for its natural tooth-whitening abilities. Known for its astringent, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties sage is perfect for oral health and whitening discolored teeth.
Star Anise Oil
Star Anise Oil for Oil Pulling
Star Anise is a medium-sized native evergreen tree of northeast Vietnam and southwest China. A spice commonly called star anise, star anise seed, is obtained from the star-shaped pericarp of the fruit of Illicium velum which are harvested just before ripening. Star anise oil is highly fragrant oil, used for its aromatic and antiseptic properties; it also stimulates blood flow to the gums.
In recent years, many micro-organisms have developed multiple drug resistance. Star anise acts as an antibacterial agent and tests have found it to be effective against almost 70 drug resistant bacterial strains. Star anise helps to combat a fungus called Candida albicans. This fungus generally affects superficial skin, mouth, and throat. It has been observed by some Korean researchers that essential oils and some extracts of star anise possess potent antifungal properties.
Antioxidants fight against free radicals (atoms or molecules with unpaired electrons) that can cause cellular damage and may be responsible for diseases like diabetes, heart problems or even cancer. Reports from India (in 2007 by Dr. Bhatnagar, School of biochemistry, Devi Ahilya University, Bhopal, M.P) and abroad have shown a potent antioxidant property of star anise. The antioxidant property is due to the presence of a chemical called linalool. Vitamin A and C also contributes to this property to a large extent.
Sunflower Oil for Oil Pulling
Sunflower oil is the non-volatile oil compressed from sunflower plants. The world’s largest sunflower oil producers now are Russia, Ukraine & Argentina. Sunflower oil is high in the essential Vitamin E.
A benefit of sunflower oil is that it provides a source of alpha-tocopherol, a form of vitamin E that acts as an antioxidant in your body. Sunflower oil has more vitamin E than many other good sources, such as most nuts, peanuts and olive, soybean, corn. In a 2007 study looking into the effect of oil pulling (with sunflower oil) on plaque and gingivitis on oral soft and hard tissues found that after 45 days of oil pulling, subjects showed a statistically significant reduction in gingivitis.
Tocopheryl Acetate – (Vit E) – in Oil Pulling
Sources of Tocopheryl Acetate – (Vitamin E)
Periodontal disease is a severe form of gingivitis or gum inflammation, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Periodontal disease affects the tissues that surround your teeth: your gum tissue, or gingiva, the ligaments that hold your teeth in place, or the bone that surrounds and stabilizes each tooth root. The disease might develop due to poor oral hygiene, exposure to environmental toxins or as a side effect of an underlying disorder. Vitamin E, an essential nutrient in your diet, might prove beneficial in helping to control the development or progression of periodontal disease.
Vitamin E can help to control periodontal disease through its ability to prevent inflammation. Chronic inflammation plays an important role in some cases of periodontal disease. Over time, gingival inflammation causes a recession of gum tissue, and promotes the formation of ulcers, while inflammation of the ligaments or bone leads to tooth loosening or loss.
Tocotrienols (Vit E) in Oil Pulling
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant; it prevents the activity of harmful free radicals, which oxidize and damage your tissues. A lack of antioxidants in your mouth can lead to damage of the gum tissue, helping promote the development of periodontal disease. A study published in “Advances in Medical Science” in 2007 found that epilepsy patients with periodontal disease displayed abnormally low levels of vitamin E — as well as other antioxidants — in their mouths and saliva. As a result, consuming vitamin E might help to restore vitamin E levels in and around gum tissue, potentially helping to treat or prevent periodontal disease in some individuals.
One of the possible side effects of diabetes is the development of periodontal disease; poorly controlled diabetes disrupts your immune system, increasing your risk for the abnormal inflammation that can lead to periodontal disease. Taking vitamin E might help diabetics control their blood glucose levels. By helping people control their diabetes, vitamin E might help reduce the side effects of the disease, including the development of periodontal disease. This Tooth oil is diabetic safe.
Turmeric Extract in Oil Pulling
Turmeric is an herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. It is native to southwest India, requiring temperatures between 20 and 30 °C (68 and 86 °F) and a considerable amount of annual rainfall to thrive. Some research shows compounds in turmeric to have antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Turmeric’s role in oral health has prompted studies ranging from; its effect on oral cancer to more humble enquiries testing it’s effectiveness as a natural alternative to the common mouthwash ingredient known as chlor-hexidine for the treatment of gingivitis.
Gingivitis is classified as a non-destructive periodontal disease and involves bacterial plaque-induced inflammation, but if left untreated, it can progress to a form of periodontal disease hat can be highly destructive. Some of the most common symptoms associated with gingivitis are bad breath (halitosis), and bleeding, bright, tender or swollen gums. Research continues – with many small-scale India Ayurvedic studies being reported.
Pulling it all together
So there you have it – an overview of some of the main important active ingredients, which if used fresh, can be employed to support and improve your oral wellness when oil pulling. As with all products the prevailing philosophy remains: for anything we may apply to our skin or ingest, the effectiveness is only delivered via active ingredients and for active ingredients to indeed be active – they need to be administered fresh. Hence the guidance is that once opened this specially optimised Tooth Oil is good for at least 10 weeks – you can order 125ml bottles which take approx 5 days to arrive.
Watch the Video which features some of the active ingredients combined in this special Tooth Oil – for excellent Oil Pulling results.
The menopause can be a stressful time for woman, as the body undergoes changes that are completely out of our control. As the hormone balance in the body changes, and fewer hormones are produced, you may experience a range of unpleasant, and unusual side effects:
• Hot flushes or night sweats, which can be very uncomfortable and moreover, inconvenient.
• Changes in mood are also common, and can consist of feelings of depression and anxiety.
• Sleeping patterns may be effected and you might have trouble sleeping at night, or may experience feelings of lethargy and tiredness.
• Loss of libido and discomfort during sex.
• Other aches and pains, such as headaches and sometimes heart palpitations.
All these side effects are completely natural reactions to the change in hormones in your body. Although, they can still be uncomfortable and at times, quite alarming.
Many women’s experiences of the menopause can lead them to seek medical help and treatment. Hormone Replacement Therapy [HRT] is an option for some women, especially those who have undergone menopause at an unusually young age or have other health problems. But, it’s important to remember that if you are otherwise healthy, and undergoing the menopause at a normal age, taking chemical hormones in the form of HRT can be a drastic decision, as there is strong evidence that HRT can cause breast, womb and ovarian cancer
Alleviating the symptoms, while in tune with nature
A more natural option is to take health supplements which are specifically tailored to support the female body during this transitional phase. CAPS fem contains active, natural ingredients that work in harmony to help you cope with the more unpleasant effects of the menopause. It combines the best active ingredients from centuries of traditional Chinese, European and Indian medicine – with each individual ingredient working in its own way to support the feminine hormonal balance.
Along with other ingredients to improve female vitality and health, the supplement contains botanical hormones called phytohormones, which are a natural way to replace hormones in the body. Mexican Yam, soy and a lignin rich extract from Norwegian spruce are excellent sources for these desired phytohormones. To read more about all of the active, natural ingredients, click here
100% natural, 100% effective
Many products you find in shops have shockingly low quantities of the active ingredients that the consumer is buying it for. Instead, the product is packed with chemical preservatives that allow it to sit on the shelves for weeks, and even longer before being purchased.
The active ingredients’ effects are therefore enormously weakened, making the product often far less potent and effective. Also, the longer the product sits on the shelf, the more the ingredients start to lose their freshness, and therefore their potency, too.
In contrast, CAPS fem only contains the active, fresh, natural ingredients, making it remarkably potent and effective, helping you to feel full of vitality and wellness during your menopause.
CAPS fem is a powerful, natural way to allay the unpleasant symptoms of the menopause and help you transition gracefully and happily to the next stage of your life.
Wellbeing fresh factsHow you can support your body during menopause
Prostate Cancer; the facts and how nutrition can help
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men throughout the UK, with new cases diagnosed at a rate of 40,000 per year. It is most seen in men over the age of 50 and unfortunately prostate cancer can develop incredibly slowly so that no sign is evident for a number of years.
Treatment for prostate cancer is available on diagnosis, but if you are looking to keep your prostate healthy throughout your life then there are nutritional changes that you can make.
What is your prostate?
Before we look at the ways that you can keep your prostate healthy let’s learn more about what it is.
The prostate is a small gland (roughly around the size of a Satsuma) that is found in the pelvis of men. The main function of the prostate is to produce semen, which is mixed with the sperm produced by the testicles.
How can you tell there is an issue?
As we have already discussed, the symptoms of prostate cancer can take some time to notice and often the first warning sign will be around problems urinating.
• Frequent urination, especially during the night
• An urgent need to urinate
• Difficulty in starting to urinate
• Weak flow
• Urination taking some time
Whilst these are symptoms attributed to prostate cancer, many men’s prostates can swell as they get older due to a non-cancerous condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement). Therefore it is important to visit your doctor if you are concerned about your health.
Prostate Cancer – Natural Support
How nutrition can help
There are a variety of different natural essences that are known to support both the prostate gland and bladder, ensuring that they are functioning well and healthy.
They each have an important part to play in the health of your prostate and have their own benefits. Let’s look at these all important helping hands.
This particular herb has been tested in a clinical setting to prove that it helps with the development and growth of prostate cancer and has an overall positive effect on the health of your prostate. It also boosts vitality.
Saw palmetto berry
The extracts of this particular berry provides a targeted boost to your prostate.
Pumpkin seeds have been recommended for years to help men who have an enlarged prostate. They contain phytosterols, which is believed to help shrink the prostate; they also contain chemicals that prevent the transformation of testosterone into DHT, which is associated with enlarged prostate.
Zinc is known to help with prostate enlargement and much like pumpkin seeds can block the body from converting testosterone into harmful DHT.
So now you know some of the best things to have in your diet to ensure that your prostate is as healthy as possible. But what you might not know is that with one great supplement you can have all of these things in your diet.
CAPS MASCU (short for masculine) is that supplement. It contains a variety of different nutritional ingredients brought together in order to help keep your prostate in the best health possible. So if you are worried about your prostate, or just want to keep it functioning well, this is the supplement for you.
In a bid to help prevent the onset of tooth decay in children, ten special support schools in Sheffield have just launched tooth-brushing clubs, with Sheffield City Council, Public Health England and the NHS taking steps to improve oral hygiene and health.
According to the Yorkshire Post, studies have been done that show youngsters in schools of this kind do have lower rates of tooth decay than their peers in mainstream schools, but they’re also more likely to have their teeth pulled out.
A registrar in dental public health, Devina Worsley, reminded people that the risk factors for dental decay are a lack of fluoride and diets high in sugary drinks and food.
“The majority of tooth decay can be prevented and this can be supported through school based oral health promotion activities, for example, through providing a supportive school environment with healthy choices for food, drinks and snacks,” she said.
If you really want to improve your smile and make sure that your teeth are as healthy as possible, you may want to consider adding tooth oil to your brushing schedule. This type of oil has lots of natural ingredients in it (such as green tea extract and vitamins A, C and E) that can be really beneficial for keeping your teeth clean.
It’s very easy to pick up how to do it – you simple shake the bottle before use, then put a spoonful of the oil in your mouth and rinse it out. Use your tongue to spread it all over your mouth and teeth for a minute, then spit.
Drawing on the properties of natural minerals and botanical plant extracts, this refreshing natural deodorant takes care of odor whilst also taking care of your skin naturally.
Effective, natural and fresh
Free from parabens, pore-clogging aluminium, cruelty free
Refreshing natural scents from essential oils
Suitable for sensitive skin (and for all skin types 1,2,3,4) – in a handy 125ml pump – action bottle. It is a skin friendly, natural and reliable freshness deodorant.
Natural plant elements support communication between cells and maintain that flattering soft (right out of the shower) feeling for a long time. Deodorizing and nurturing amino acids provide intense moisture and soothe sensitive underarm skin. With its crisp, lemony
scent, the Deodorant refreshes and provides that secure felling the entire day. The principle philosophy is – that whatever we apply to our skin/hair/nails or ingest is only as effective as the active ingredients within, and for ingredients to be ‘active’ they need to be fresh. That’s why it’s delivered fresh from production to your door step.
Lemon verbena, clay minerals, glycolipids from wheat and rapeseed with an antibacterial effect, RINGANA aqueous extract mixture and beard lichen extract.
Spray underarms with two to three squeezes of the pump after showering or as needed.
On hot days, this deodorant can be used as a refreshing, pleasant-smelling whole-body spray. Also makes a fine natural perfume.
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Click here to order via out online catalogue where you can explore the full range of these 100% fresh products. Delivered throughout Europe and in the UK via Royal Mail - orders normally reach the UK within 3-5 days - year round - Prices are in UK Pounds or Euro's. - So what are the unique benefits of this Freshness Philosophy? - This approach means you are not buying your product from a shop where, by default, it may have to have a 30 month shelf life – which also means, to achieve that – it may be full of synthetic preservatives and other unhelpful ingredients. Rather, this way - everything arrives full of active ingredients - bursting with nature’s natural effectiveness and goodness - these make unique, delightful, memorable and enjoyable gifts year round - gifts with a 100% freshness philosophy. Check out the Tooth Oil too - it's Yum!
All-round pampering of the senses in a bottle. This all natural body wash is suitable for sensitive skin (for all skin types 1,2,3,4) and comes in a handy 200ml bottle. It turns your bath or daily shower into a pleasurable indulgence.
Natural Body Wash
How it works?
Rich Cleomilk® forms the essential ingredient – it combines aloe vera with sesame oil and black cumin oil and is the purely plant based alternative to the care classic of milk. The Body Wash has a moisturizing effect, providing elasticity to the skin and also cleaning through the power of argan and almond surfactants. The principle philosophy is – that whatever we apply to our skin/hair/nails or ingest is only as effective as the active ingredients within, and for ingredients to be ‘active’ they need to be fresh. That’s why it’s delivered fresh from production to your door step. After opening the packaging, the product will be naturally good for at least 10 weeks. That’s Mother nature for you.
Spread the body wash on the wet skin while under a warm shower, allow it to act briefly and then rinse. Of course, also fine in bath water too – just give a few squirts into running bath water and enjoy the nurturing effect.
Cleomilk® , argan and almond surfactants, wheat proteins, almond kernel oil and sugar beet betaine.
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How to order: To order linked to the fully secure online catalogue where you can explore the full range of these 100% fresh products. Delivered throughout Europe and in the UK via Royal Mail - orders normally reach the UK within 3-5 days - year round - it is a safe, secure and reliable platform serving 1,000's of happy customers - Prices are in Pounds or Euro's. - So what are the unique benefits of this Freshness Philosophy?
This approach means you are not buying your product from a shop where, by default, it may have to have a 30 month shelf life – which also means, to achieve that – it may be full of synthetic preservatives and other unhelpful ingredients. Rather, this way - everything arrives full of active ingredients - bursting with nature’s natural effectiveness and goodness - these make unique, delightful, memorable and enjoyable gifts year round - gifts with a 100% freshness philosophy. Check out the Tooth Oil too - it's Yum!
Whether you’re looking to detox at the moment and making it part of a New Years to-do list, or have been contemplating boosting your immune and general health systems for some time then you might want to look into the different omega 3 veggies there are that can help boost your immune system.
There are many ways in which you can improve your intake of omega 3s, but seeds and nuts are a brilliant source of certain nutrients so perhaps consider increasing the amount that you eat this month. The more you get into a routine with it, the less you’ll even think about it – they’ll just become a part of your staple diet.
So with that in mind, perhaps stock up on flaxseeds that are rich in fibre as well as omega 3. In addition, hemp and chia seeds are both also good for this, as well as pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Having these as a little snack throughout the day can make a real difference.
If you want to increase the amount of salad you eat, go for spinach, arugula and romaine, while beans are also a great source of omega 3. Fill your cupboards with mung beans, navy beans, kidney beans and soybean. Have a browse on the internet forlots of new recipes to try out in 2016.
Other vegetables that can give you an omega 3 boost this year are Brussels sprouts, bok choy and broccoli, as well as cauliflower. If you increase your intake of all of these over time, you’re sure to enter Spring feeling very healthy indeed.
Keep it Simple
Of course – in addition to your regular dietary intake you might consider whole food supplements as a special way to get an extra boost in energy and general wellness. If taking nutritional supplements it may be prudent to check they are all derived naturally rather then synthetic versions. What studies indicate is that whilst the body readily recognises and thereby absorbs supplements which are “whole food” those which are created in the “lab” may not be recognised or readily absorbed by the body. Thus we are effectively wasting our time and money with them. Better to find fully natural versions which are ‘whole food’ supplements.
Sell by Dates
Again another tell-tale sign might be to observe the “use-by” dates. For active ingredients to be effective they of course – need to be fresh. If we are ingesting products with 12-24-36 month sell by windows – then most likely, that indicates the products have synthetic preservatives within – only there to extend the warehousing/shop shelf life – which may benefit the manufacturer, but perhaps not so much the consumer.
So the understanding becomes – whatever we ingest (whole food nutritional supplements etc) or apply to ourselves (skin care cosmetics –nail-hair etc) – are only as good or effective as the “Active Ingredients” within the product – and for ingredients to be Active – they need to be fresh.
Natural – Non fish – Omega 3 – Vegan
Hence we would tend to recommend – natural nutritional supplements which have this freshness approach built in from the start – and have ‘use by’ guidance of say 6-8 months only.
In essence, you might say, we come from Mother Nature and maybe, what we ingest and apply to our skin etc. should also come from Mother Nature – that’s the guiding wisdom here.
Wellbeing fresh factsThe Best Omega 3 Veggie Options