New Chapter Every Women Multi-Vitamin Review

March 5th, 2014

Chapter One Every Women Vitamins

Being a mom of three kids and a vegetarian, I am fully aware that there may be days when I am not eating healthy. I know that my plant-based diet may not provide me with the necessary vitamins and minerals such as omega-3 fatty acids and B12.

The chaos of the day with 3 kids sometimes make it hard for me to eat right. Juggling from volunteering in their schools to driving them to after school and weekend musical practices, it can be hard to forget to stay on track of my nutrition. This is why I take multi-vitamin supplements.

I recently bought New Chapter Every Women Multi-Vitamin because of 1)  its natural and organic non-GMO whole-food  ingredients, 2) blend of herbs and minerals, and 3) the additional ingredients of ginger and tumeric. New Chapter Every Women is the first multi-vitamin I’ve ever seen that contains ginger and tumeric. Ginger and tumeric are wonderful healing herbs with many health benefits. Including them in the ingredients convinced me the maker of New Chapter is on the right track!

In addition to the regular vitamin and minerals,  New Chapter added an immune support blend using immune booster herbs, Elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra), organic Eleuthero root, organic Astragalus root, which is an added bonus during this awful cold and flu season this year. Prior to taking this New Chapter multi-vitamin, I was taking Astragulus and Echinacea supplement to boost my immune system.

You have to take 2 pills and let me assure you, they are so easy to swallow. This is the first multi-vitamin I’ve came across where you could take it on an empty stomach with no adverse effect. The ingredients are as close to eating actual vegetables and fruits that your stomach can easily digest them. The first week I took the vitamins, I could really feel the difference in my energy level and the look and feel of my skin. This product is truly remarkable. It is slightly more expensive than other organic multi-vitamins but when it comes to your health and well-being, spending a few bucks is definitely worth it. I’d like to also add that there are 2 versions of New Chapter Every Women. One is for women under 40  and the other is for over 40 years old. This is great because our body needs more and less of different vitamins and minerals depending on our age.

Note: Available formula for men too: New Chapter Every Man
Here is New Chapter Every Women Supplement Facts:

Two Tablets Contain:
Probiotic Nutrients %DV
Vitamin A * (100% as beta-carotene) 5000 IU 100%
Vitamin C * 60 mg 100%
Vitamin D3 * 1000 IU 250%
Vitamin E * 30 IU 100%
Vitamin K1 * 70 mcg 88%
Vitamin K2 (MK-7) (from MenaQ7™ ***) 10 mcg 12%
Thiamin-Vitamin B1 * 4 mg 267%
Riboflavin-Vitamin B2 * 5 mg 294%
Niacin * 20 mg 100%
Vitamin B6 * 5 mg 250%
Folate * 400 mcg 100%
Vitamin B12 * 30 mcg 500%
Biotin * 300 mcg 100%
Pantothenic Acid * 25 mg 250%
Calcium (from Algae **) 50 mg 5%
Iron * 9 mg 50%
Iodine * 75 mcg 50%
Magnesium * (70% cultured, 30% from Algae **) 10 mg 2%
Zinc * 7.5 mg 50%
Selenium * 100 mcg 143%
Copper * 750 mcg 38%
Manganese * 2 mg 100%
Chromium * 100 mcg 83%
Molybdenum * 10 mcg 13%
Mixed Carotenoids* 3 mg
- Herbal Blends
Stress/Energy Support Blend * [Organic Schizandra (berry), Organic Maca (root), Organic Chamomile (flower)] 90 mg
Hormone Support Blend * [Organic Chaste Tree (berry), Organic Red Clover (flower), Organic Raspberry (leaf)] 90 mg
Immune Support Blend* [Elderberry Extract (Sambucus nigra) (berry), Organic Eleuthero (root), Organic Astragalus (root)] 60 mg
Digestive Support Blend * [Organic Aloe (leaf), Organic Peppermint (leaf), Organic Coriander (seed), Organic Cardamom (seed), Organic Artichoke (leaf)] 45 mg
Cardio Support Blend * [Organic Fenugreek (seed), Organic Oregano (leaf), Grapeseed Extract (not cultured), Organic Hawthorn (berry and seed)] 30 mg
- Herbal Extracts
Turmeric (rhizome) 4.8 mg hydroethanolic extract and 1.2 mg organic supercritical extract 6 mg
Ginger (rhizome) 2.4 mg hydroethanolic extract and 0.6 mg organic supercritical extract 3 mg

* Nutrients and herbs are cultured in organic media that may contain: organic milled soy,
Saccharomyces cerevisiae (organic yeast: active and inactive), organic maltodextrin, organic
gum acacia, organic orange and lemon peel -natural sources of bioflavonoids, organic
carrot powder, organic alfalfa powder, Lactobacilli (L. acidophilus, L. bifidus, L. rhamnosus)
and enzymes (deactivated).
** Lithothamnion: (L. calcareum and L. corallioides)
*** MenaQ7™ is a trademark of NattoPharma, Norway. International patents pending.

Other Ingredients: Organic gum acacia, silica, lac resin, and carnauba wax.
Naturally gluten free.

 

 

 

Natural Facial Cleanser for Oily Skin

November 13th, 2013

100-pure-mint-white-tea

A wonderful natural facial cleanser for oily and combination skin is by the maker of 100% Pure called Mint White Tea Cleanser. Most drugstore and even expensive department store facial cleansers for oily skin contain harsh detergents that strip and irritate the skin which can lead to breakouts and red botches. I’ve tried many different brands from low-end to high-end facial cleansers before switching over to natural cleansers. The common problem I encountered with conventional facial cleansers was skin irritation. I noticed the quality of my skin improved significantly after I began using natural skin care products.

100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser is made with all natural ingredients without harsh and synthetic ingredients. This cleanser is also 100% vegan and gluten free. I love the minty fragrance which, by the way, is not artificial. The fragrance is derived from peppermint oil and other plant extracts. You will get the tingling and refreshing sensation similar to Clean & Clear Morning Burst Cleanser if you’ve tried it before. Unlike Morning Burst, which is made with mostly synthetic ingredients, Mint  White Tea Cleanser is infused with aloe vera, rose water, mint, and white tea which is anti-inflammatory.

 

100% Pure Mint White Tea Cleanser ingredients:

Organic Aloe Juice1, Organic Rose Hydrosol2, Cucumber Juice, Saponified Coconut Oil, Organic Extracts of White Tea3, Calendula, Chamomile, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Thyme, Sage, Lemongrass, Nettle, Lemon Balm, Japanese Honeysuckle, Peppermint Essential Oil

Coconut Oil For Healthy Hair And Skin

October 11th, 2013

cold pressed unrefined coconut oil

Coconut oil is a fantastic hair and skin moisturizer. Make sure you buy the right one though. You want the organic and extra virgin – unrefined and cold pressed coconut oil which doesn’t have pesticides, bleaching, and any other synthetic ingredients added. More importantly, unrefined and cold pressed organic coconut oil retains antioxidants that are lost during other methods of processing.  There are also tremendous health benefits of coconut oil which I won’t delve into in this post but if you are interested, you can read about it at Dr. Oz website: The Surprising Health Benefits of Coconut Oil and another great article is from authoritynutrition.com

Did you know that coconut oil is great for dry and flaking scalp? Similar to argan or Moroccan oil hair benefits, coconut oil is rich in vitamin E which can help strengthen hair and increase blood circulation to the scalp. Absorption is better if applied immediately after washing your hair. You will notice that organic coconut oil is solid in a jar if its below 75˚F or 24˚C. Don’t worry about it. It makes scooping up the oil so much easier. As soon as you have it in your fingers, the oil melts fast and all you need to do is gently rub it on your fingertips and it will be good to use. It is best to scoop a small amount, perhaps half the size of a penny, and slowly massage small amounts on your scalp and then your hair. I like to scoop a little at a time and work on different sections of my scalp. That way, my hair won’t look greasy. If you blow dry your hair often, rubbing a bit of coconut oil afterward will enhance shine and softness.

Coconut oil is also an excellent skin moisturizer. It absorbs quickly into the skin without being greasy. Don’t worry, you are not going to smell coconutty because the scent is very light and disappears after you apply it to your skin. You will notice the approved appearance of wrinkles and suppleness.

Sulfate Free Shampoo Brands From the Drugstore

July 14th, 2013

Sulfate free shampoo

We’ve compiled a list of sulfate free shampoo brands from the drugstore. These shampoos do not have the harsh surfactant  - sodium lauryl sulfate – or SLS. SLS free shampoo offers tremendous health benefits to the normal hair growth as well as the overall health of your scalp and hair.

It’s absolutely amazing how many shampoo brands are removing sulfate from their ingredients and replacing it with a milder detergent. You should be aware that just because a shampoo does not contain sulfate, it does not mean all is fine and dandy. Sulfate free shampoo does not mean all natural shampoo. There are still health concerns about the effects of other synthetic ingredients and preservatives. The great thing is we felt at least companies are taking the first step in removing the most questionable and dangerous of the ingredients in shampoo and that is SLS.

Without further ado, here’s our sulfate free shampoo brands list:

1. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – L’Oreal EverCreme shampoo 

L'Oreal Sulfate free shampoo

L’Oreal has a line of sulfate free shampoo for different hair types and needs. Their EverCreme is the most popular line followed by the EverStrong line.

2. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – Bed Head Shampoo

Bed Head Superstar Sulfate Free

All of Bed Head shampoos are sulfate free. They have a full range of line targeting specific hair needs such as curly to dry and color treated hair. Bed Head also has dry shampoo for people on the go.

3. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – Organix Moroccan Argan Crème Shampoo

Organix Moroccan Shampoo

Organix sulfate free shampoo is made with Moroccan or sometimes known as Argan Oil to protect and nourishes hair.

4. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – Alba Hawaiian Coconut Milk Shampoo

Alba Botanical Hair Wash Coconut Milk

One of the outstanding drugstore shampoos available, Alba Coconut Milk shampoo contains coconut milk strengthen and reduce hair breakages. We love that not only Alba shampoos do not sulfates, they are also 100% Vegetarian and do not contain other harmful additives and preservatives such has parabens and phthalates.

5. Sulfate Free Shampoo Brand – Tresemme Keratin Smooth Infusing Shampoo 

Tresemme Keratin Sulfate Free Shampoo

Tresemme Keratin tames frizz to give you smoother and sleeker hair without SLS. It contains keratin to strengthen hair and to protect it from damage.

Our Sulfate free shampoo brands are common drugstore brand that you can easily find. If not, we’ve included links to online store that you can buy at great prices.

 

Get Result By Using The Right Dandruff Shampoo

July 1st, 2013

Scratching-head

Finding the right shampoo for dandruff requires patience and time. After all, it’s worth finding the right one to ease your itchy scalp and stop dandruff. There are so many shampoo for dandruff to choose from, how do you choose the right one? If you have tried many different dandruff shampoos with no luck, the underlining cause may be what’s inside the bottle.

The last thing you want to do is to rub anything that would irritae your already sensitive scalp. Many shampoo for dandruff contain harsh detergents that actually aggravate your scalp which in turn will trigger more itchiness. More head scratching leads to more dandruff.

We don’t know for sure what causes dandruff but there seems to be a concensus that points to a harmless fungus that triggers the overgrowth of scalp cells. Of course there are many factors such as:

  1. hereditary. Dandruff tends to run in the family although science has not been able to explain why.
  2. product sensitivity. Some people may be allergic to the ingredients in shampoo which in turn cause scalp inflammation.
  3. dry skin. This occur when the scalp produces less oil than normal. Over shampooing can lead to dry scalp. The best remedy is to use a moisturizing shampoo and to shampoo less.

Danger of Anti-dandruff Shampoo or Medicated Dandruff Shampoo

walgreens dandruff shampoo

Anti-dandruff shampoo contain anti-fungal drugs as the active ingredients such as Selenium sulfide, Pyrithione Zinc, Ketoconazole and Piroctone Olamine. Some anti-dandruff shampoos contain coal tar and salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps loosen the flakes so it is easier to rinse off but it irriate your scalp because of the harshness of the chemical.  There are risks and side effects associated to using these types of shampoos. Selenium sulfide, for instance, can be unsafe to your unborn baby. The Food and Drug Administration gave this drug a Catergory C which means that it may harmful to your unborn baby.

Harmful Ingredients in Shampoo For Dandruff

Aside from anti-fungal drugs in dandruff shampoo, harmful preservatives and additives may lead to health problems. Common ingredients such as:

  • TEA-lauryl sulfate
  • cocamidopropyl betaine
  • cocamide DEA
  • DMDM hydantoin

If you are already experiencing inflammed scalp and flakes, the last thing you want to do is add more chemicals to your head to worsen the problem.

Try Natural Shampoo for Dandruff Remedies

Have you tried natural dandruff remedies? When my daughter was constantly scratching her head, I switched from one organic shampoo to another. Then I followed one simple homemade dandruff remedy: sea salt. I scrubbed sea salt on her head to remove the flakes followed by shampoo and conditioner. No flakes after that. Sea salt workd beautifully for my daughter’s case. Prior to trying the sea salt, I tried using apple cide vinegar. It alleviated her itchiness and flakes but the dandruff problem came back a couple of days later. So sea salt worked better; however, I still use the apple cider vinegar rinse (1/2 cup apple cider vinegar + 1/2 cup water) to kill out any fungal critters once every 2 weeks on her.

Sometimes you need to try different dandruff remedies before you find the right one that works best for you.

Hot Water Can Cause Dandruff 

Most people, like myself, love to take hot showers. Washing our hair with hot water dries out the scalp, just how it can dry out our skin. So the best remedy to this problem is to NOT wash your hair with hot water. Adjust the water temperature to luke warm when it is time to wash your hair. How cheap and simple is this method?

Natural Shampoo For Dandruff 

natural dandruff shampoo

Natural dandruff shampoo uses all natural ingredients to treat dandruff. When all else failed and the dandruff problem still persists. then using natural dandruff to address the problem is the best solution. The beauty of using natural products to treat and prevent dandruff is of course the safe ingredients.

Why use shampoos that contain synthetic chemicals and preservatives when you can treat dandruff naturally? There are many companies committed to producing only excellent products using only natural and organic ingredients such as

  • plants and herbs. Cleans hair without leaving residue or build-up.
  • essential oils. Prevents the growth of bacterial and fungus that cause dandruff.
  • moisturizing butter such as shea butter. Soothes and moisturizes the scalp.

As a matter of fact, natural anti-fungal essential oils such as Manuka oil has been found to be more effective than tea tree oil to kill and stop fungus and bacterial growth.

There are safer and natural options when shopping for shampoo for dandruff.

Don’t resort to medicated drugstore dandruff shampoo when there are natural selections that are safer and healthier to choose from. Sometimes the root cause of your dandruff problem may be as simple as remembering to adjust the water temperature to luke warm when you take hot showers or using homemade remedies to remove the flakes. Dandruff can be caused by the synthetic ingredients in your regular shampoo. If you notice the shampoo you are using is making you scratch your head, then you should definitely switch over to natural shampoo.