Wednesday, July 30, 2014

6 natural remedies for allergy (infographic)

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Monday, July 28, 2014

4 nutritional supplement ingredients you should know

When it comes to nutritional supplements, everyone can rattle off their favorite brands and fat-busting enzymes, but how many people are equally educated in their ingredients? Here are just four oils and powders that have been secretly boosting your immune system the entire time:

  • Fish Collagen Powder

Collagen is responsible for the elasticity in your joints, muscles, ligaments and skin, and fish collagen is some of the best money can buy. It contains several amino acids, including L-proline and L-hydroxyproline, and it's also high in proteins.

  • Greenshell Mussel Oil

If you suffer from chronic aches and pains, look for a supplement containing greenshell mussel oil. This magical ingredient is full of omega-3 fatty acids that will reduce inflammation around joints and muscles, giving you natural and extensive pain relief.

  • Oyster Powder

Need a full system boost? Oyster powder can improve everything from your blood pressure to your cardiovascular health, so it should come as no surprise that it's a popular addition to heart-healthy supplements. Learn more by clicking here.

    Shark Silhouette

  • Shark Cartilage Powder

Sharks are one of nature's most giving creatures in terms of health benefits derived from their parts. Shark cartilage powder provides calcium, carbohydrates and even phosphorous to improve a wide variety of bodily and psychological functions.

These are just a few nutritional ingredients that you should look for the next time you go vitamin shopping. The more you understand about your supplements, the better you can optimize your intake and improve your health.

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Going organic with your skincare

Your skin is the most delicate part of your body. To keep is soft and looking great, you probably use a variety of body washes, soaps, cleansers and lotions. However, do you know what you are really putting on your skin? If you are not using products that are labeled organic, you may be adding harmful chemicals to your body. Over time, these may even cause issues with your skin's look and feel. Shopping organic can keep your beauty routine natural and healthy.

What to Avoid

When you are shopping for organic products, there are a few ingredients you will want to avoid. Even if the product is labeled as organic, you will still want to make sure that some of these ingredients are not listed on the product. Some ingredients you should always avoid in body washes, soaps and lotions include parabens, sulfates, phthalates and propylene glycol. Many of these ingredients are linked to health issues that can, over time, cause disease in humans. If you want to do your best to avoid these products, shopping organic may be the way to go.

What to Expect in an Organic Product

In an organic body product, you should expect to see a number of ingredients that come from natural sources. Some of the best skin-loving ingredients include aloe vera, shea butter, coconut oils, fruit oils and flower extracts. Not only do these do great things for your skin, they can also contribute to great scent varieties in these products. You should also be able to see clearly on the packaging which ingredients are organically sourced so you can make an informed decision as a consumer.

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Because these natural products are generally safe, it is important to note that many organic products have multiple uses. A body wash, for example, is great for your skin but can also be used to clean clothing, your hair and other items.

If you are interested in using more organic beauty products, you can buy organic body wash, lotions and other items that will give you the skin benefits you are looking for without harsh chemicals or additives. It can be a great option for you and your whole family.

Thank you to today's sponsor for reminding us why it is important to know what we are putting on our skin. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Different Types of Outdoor Lighting

Looking for a way to refresh your exterior design? Or maybe you're just tired of stumbling through the dark every time you get home late from work. Whatever your reasons for considering outdoor lighting, here are just six ways to illuminate your yard and breathe new life into your landscape.

1. Lampposts 
Guide your guests straight to your door by installing lampposts along your driveway or walkway. Not only will they prevent mishaps along the path, but they'll also provide a gentle ambiance when night falls and you turn them all on at once.
2. Tiki Torches
Tiki torches are great for the social animal who enjoys hosting barbeques, pool parties and other backyard celebrations. Torches will fit right in with grills and fire pits, and as a bonus, they can often be fueled with mosquito repellent to keep pests away.
3. Fairy Lights
Fairy lights can be strung everywhere from shrubs to patios, so don't hesitate to get a little creative when hanging them in your yard. Wrap them around tree trunks and deck railings. Use them to frame doors and windows. Hang them from branches and birdhouses.
4. Jars
More than just containers for jams and jellies, jars can hold candles or tiny battery-powered lights to give your garden a unique glow. Thick, wide-set jars can be placed on the ground or in bunches on a deck. Solar jars can be installed around the porch to catch the sun's rays and project them back at night.
5. Lanterns
"StreetLamps" by Jongleur100 
Add a little flair to your landscape when you hang lanterns from the trees. They're available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and styles, so your aesthetic will depend entirely on personal preference. Chose from wrought-iron lanterns from the Victorian era or paper lanterns inspired by the East.
6. Tea Lights
If you're looking for outdoor lighting without a huge price tag, tea lights are the way to go. These small accent pieces can be bought in bulk and placed around your lawn, so line your gravel or illuminate your roses by sticking them wherever you'd like a little light.

If you're ready to make a statement with your exterior lighting, here are just six ways to jazz things up. Outdoor lights never go out of style, so don't be afraid to spend a little money to achieve your dream look!

Our Daily Green wants to thank today's sponsor and remind our readers that there are many eco-friendly options when choosing outdoor lighting, from solar lights to low wattage fixtures. 

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