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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

Prana’s Organic Chia Oil

Is it a supplement or a condiment/dressing?  Call it what you will, but it’s definitely tasty and extremely good for your heart, skin, hair, nails, joints, mood and more.

I’m referring to Prana’s Cold pressed Organic Chia Oil.

Made from ground chia seeds, it provides a whopping amount of Omega-3s per tablespoon (8.5 grams!), has a delicious nutty taste and subtle sweet aroma.  And thanks to its naturally occurring antioxidants which protect the essential fatty acids, it’s also a very stable oil (doesn’t go rancid so quickly -unlike flax or fish oils).

Other benefits include:

100% organic-vegan-raw • Shelf stable for 1 year • No fishy tasteNo cholesterol • No risk of heavy metal contaminationEasy to integrate in your daily diet.

I enjoy it most on my salads or rice bowls, as well as in smoothies, yogurt or oatmeal.  I absolutely love its nutty taste, not to mention the healthy fats I know it’s feeding my entire body.

Available at health food stores, learn more about Prana’s Organic Chia Oil here: http://www.pranana.com/en/chia_oil.php

Dr. Mercola’s Tanning Beds

This post isn’t about a product I’ve tried – yet! But hopefully soon.

Background: For years, we’ve been told to stay out of the sun.  Not just for wrinkles, but for increased risk of melanoma. And tanning beds? Hello, the ‘ultimate evil’ if you ask any derm or doctor!

I get that UV rays can be damaging, but no time in the sun (especially for us Canadians) can cause a serious dip in our Vitamin D levels – particularly during winter.  Unfortunately, low levels of Vitamin D are linked with increased rates of cancer, heart disease, depression and Alzheimer’s among other health issues.

Vitamin D aside, who doesn’t love a tan? I know I do!

So much, that I’ve tried a TON of sunless tanning lotions and spray tans to give me a ‘healthy’ glow.  After reading about the toxic chemicals in many of these products however, I stopped.

Enter Dr. Mercola’s ‘Safe Tanning Beds’ 

Featured on Dr. Oz, Mercola says his beds are considered ‘safe’ as they feature electronic ballasts versus magnet ballasts, and emit more UVB rays (which convert cholesterol in your blood to vitamin D) instead of UVA rays.

What’s more, his beds not only increase Vitamin D production, they do not promote excessive skin damage – they actually boost collagen for healthier skin!

Needless to say, I’m very keen to test-tan a Mercola bed, or something similar. Heck, I believe so much in this new wave of tanning, my sister and I have discussed setting up our own tan shop…!

In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy 20 minutes of direct, guilt-free sunlight whenever possible.

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