Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sunscreen Important Tips

Sunscreens are not created equal. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, an effective sunscreen is one that will prevent sunburn, reduce the risks of skin cancer and also, an oft not thought of, to prevent early aging of the skin.
They offer some guidelines:
EVERYONE needs a sunscreen! Look for at least these three things when purchasing your sunscreen:
.Broad Spectrum: this protects against both UVA &UVB rays. This is considered very important.
.Use at least a 30 SPF or higher.
.Water-resistance (you should have this) and even if it says it is~ remember if you are sweating very heavily or swimming to reapply often to ensure that it is still protecting you.
Quick notes for babies and toddlers:
Sunscreen is NOT recommended for babies 6 months or younger! So the very best way to protect your baby is to avoid any full sun exposure. Keep them in a shady area, cover them up in long pants/shirts, bonnets and wide-brimmed hats that cover ears and please use baby sunglasses.
Children 6 months or older please follow the already mentioned guidelines. But please add in things like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, these will cause less skin irritation.
Lastly, as of 2011, the FDA does regulate products as if they were an OTC drug, but please remember that this may or may not include someone selling something on the internet or a homemade mom & pop cosmetics company. Always, the buyer needs to be aware of what they are buying.

Please take a visit to the American Academy of Dermatology for all types of more information regarding skin conditions and treatments as well as more information on sunscreens and safety in the summer sun. http://www.aad.org

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Walking is Beautiful Fitness


 "Walking is one of the most powerful things we can do to improve our health. It's easy, accessible, and affordable to almost everyone."  ~Us News.com


Embarking on a new fitness or exercise program can be daunting. If you haven't worked out for awhile, or have physical limitations, or have never worked out before; walking can be for you.  There are so many benefits to walking, like improved strength and balance, low-impact on joints, a cardio benefit, improves lung function and oxygen intake, gets metabolism moving thus, improving our overall health. 

The Arthritis Foundation endorses a "Walk With Ease" program. It is designed to Increase balance and strength and your overall wellness. If you can find this guided walking program, for an extremely low fee you can enjoy benefits and even happiness as you become involved.  Many towns and cities across the United States have been given Grants to help start up and fund a "Walk With Ease" Program.  Aside from this walking program itself, there are resources and tools on-line, videos showing warm-up exercises, and a mobile app to keep you committed.  Please go to https://www.arthritis.org/local-offices/ to find your local program, or call 1-800-283-7800.

Walking also provides other benefits, such as camaraderie with friends for a social connection, being outside in the weather (believe it or not) provides good exposure to vitamin D and also helps some people with depression and SAAD. 

Getting to know your body, and helping it to stay fit by making physical fitness a part of your daily life will improve your health young or old. Walking is beautiful fitness.

*Please consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.


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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Wildflowers For Bees BEE-utiful!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that members of seven (7) yellow-faced bees of Hylaeus species need Federal Protection.

In February of 2017, The president signed an executive order blocking the newest endangered bee, the Rusty-Patched bumble bee from being protected because signing the order completely froze any/all pending regulations so the bumble bee will have to wait.

So, at this point saving our environment is up to us. What a better way to do it than saving the bees! By creating a small garden or mini-meadow of wildflowers, this can help to sustain your area and help boost the populations of bees.

There were several successful campaigns this year of free wildflower seed giveaways, I'm hoping that you were able to secure your free or nearly free seeds. One super notable campaign was the #bringbackthebees campaign supported by General Mills/Honey Nut Cheerios/Vesey's Seeds L.t.d.
The giveaway is over at this time, but you are encouraged to show off your garden in pictures using the #bringbackthebees hashtag on your social media.  For more information and find them at :
www.Cheerios.com/bringbackthebees
www.veseys.com


The Sierra Club was also giving away free Bee Feed Flower Mix seeds, Find them at: www.sierraclub.org
And finally I did some personal shopping at the Magnolia Market and as a bonus, free wildflower seed cards were given out!  Awesome. Find them at: www.magnoliamarket.com

Remember when planting your little garden or mini-meadow look for seeds that have been open pollinated, Non-GMO and untreated!  It makes no sense to plant seeds that were treated in fields that pesticides were applied on.

Look for indigenous plants and flowers from your area. Remember that you are creating a natural habitat for guests to live, so don't spray anything on your pretty garden once it has come up!

For awesome stuff on learning about bees, what types of flowers to plant, or all about anything at all that has to do with bees, I found a super awesome web-site at:  https://www.buzzaboutbees.net

And lastly, if you want to shop for wildflowers for your particular region one can find a great amount of information as well as shopping for wildflower mixes at:

www.vermontwildflowerfarm.com

Isn't that BEE-utiful?

*I am not being paid nor representing any of the brand and/or websites mentioned above. They were provided merely for the reader's consumption of good and wholesome information. My blog is created with that in mind.  Body, Mind and Soul, All things Beautiful!