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Amazing Wellness

Amazing Wellness Fall 2017

Amazing Wellness helps make shopping for natural products fun and easy. All articles are packed with practical, usable information on nutritional supplements, personal care/beauty products, fitness, and natural foods and beverages. The latest information on real-life makeovers and success stories, expert advice, and quick recipe ideas are also included. Specific product recommendations are included in most articles to help shoppers make better buying decisions and stay up-to-date on new products sold at The Vitamin Shoppe.

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4 min
mykind organics

How mykind Organics Got Its Start While I was pregnant with my son, Bear, I embarked on a quest for the cleanest prenatal vitamin I could give my body. A vitamin that was aligned with the way I eat: organic, non-gmo, free of funky processed junk, and completely plant-based. Turns out this search was no simple task! I learned that there really wasn’t anything on the market that I would feel comfortable pu!ing in my body as a nutritional safety net. I could find vegan-friendly options, but they wouldn’t be whole foodbased. Some vitamins claimed to be nothing but whole foods, but in reality included binders, fillers, and other synthetics. What?! That’s like saying your broccoli is nothing but broccoli and then sneaking in some hydrogenated soybean oil. Gross! Throughout this tiresome…

2 min
expert advice

Millions of us take supplements, whether simply to ensure we’re getting all the minimum daily requirements of basic nutrients, or for other issues such as to make up for de! ciencies, help to manage a disease (or prevent one), gain more energy, reduce pain, lower blood sugar, and the list goes on. In short, they help us to feel better and keep us healthy. We love our supplements. However, when we step foot in a brick-and-mortar vitamin store or browse online (vitaminshoppe.com is one of my favorites), the virtually endless variety of o" erings can be overwhelming to say the least. Making a decision about a simple multivitamin is enough to make your head spin when there are dozens of forms (tablets, liquids, gummies, raw, food-based, etc.), potencies (from minimum DV…

8 min
i-3-c and dim

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and kale, help protect against some cancers and environmental toxins. Among their beneficial nutrients, indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C) is one of the most important. It helps rid our bodies of toxins, may reduce risk for several cancers, and may even protect against the harmful effects of radiation. In supplements, I-3-C is also available as DIM (3,3’- diindolylmethane). DIM is a metabolite of I-3-C, meaning that our bodies convert I-3-C into DIM. Both forms have been tested in studies. Hormone-Disrupting Toxins Toxins such as bisphenol-A (BPA), found in many plastics, contain chemicals that mimic estrogen. They raise estrogen levels, creating an imbalance and potentially increasing risk for hormone-related cancers, such as breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. In women, toxin-triggered hormonal imbalance can accentuate PMS and contribute to thyroid…

5 min
cbd oil

You’ve probably heard of— and wondered about—CBD (cannabidiol), a constituent of the hemp plant that’s being used in everything from topical creams to daily supplement pills. And even though CBD has been used as a medicinal cure for thousands of years around the world, it’s still shrouded in mystery—and fears that it will make you high, or that it’s not safe for kids. Here’s what you need to know: IT’S NOT POT. CBD oil comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same plant family as marijuana. But it’s not pot. “CBD is like marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin,” says Alex Corren, founder and CEO of Hempower Nutrition, Inc., in Boulder, Colo. CBD is made from a type of hemp that’s very low in THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the component that’s responsible for marijuana’s mood-altering…

2 min
fast fixes for flakes

It’s not like you to be flaky. So turn to these natural home remedies for dandru" instead of drugstore remedies. They’re as effective as conventional dandruffshampoos, without the worry of potentially harmful chemicals. To name a few common ingredients found in many drug-store products: Coal tar, used in OTC dandruffshampoos in the United States, is a known carcinogen, ranked a 10 on a scale of 1–10 on The Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic safety database ( 10 being the most hazardous to your health). Coal tar is banned in Canada and some parts of Europe. Resorcinol is another ingredient to watch out for; it may irritate mucous membranes, and if it gets into an open wound, it can cause a blood disease called methemoglobinemia. And an antifungal agent called ketoconazole can…

4 min
eye health in the digital age

The average American adult spends roughly 11 hours a day in front of screens. did you know? Blue light is the portion of the visible spectrum that, when isolated from other wavelengths of light, appears blue. The blue wavelengths, however, can mix with other wavelengths of light to produce di" erent colors—sort of like mixing paint. For example, the bright and clear white background on your smartphone, tablet, or computer is produced by mixing yellow light with a strong blue light component. You see white, but there is a lot of blue reaching your eyes. Why is this an issue? The portion of The spectrum that we see as blue has signiffcantly higher energy than wavelengths corresponding to green, yellow, or red. Over time, this higher energy has the potential to overwork…