by Dennis Richardson | Jan 28, 2022
In 2022, health is becoming more and more of a first priority for many, and rightfully so! With all that’s going on in the world, it’s becoming ever-clearer how our mental health, day-to-day routine, and things we consume play a part in our overall well-being. Here to help us in our good health-centric endeavors is new science lead brand, No.8, which incorporates scientifically proven tools like nootropics and thoughtful habits into daily routines, which can improve how we feel every day. The brand name, No. 8, draws on Chinese culture, as the 8 symbolizes harmony, balance, and luck – which we can all use lots of these days.
No. 8 is committed to sustainability and designed its packaging to be reused and recycled. Each purchase comes with a refillable (and gorgeous) glass jar that contains a 30-day supply of gummies and subscriptions come with a refill bag containing the next month’s supply. Products are low sugar, vegan, non-gmo and gluten-free.
Here is the current selection of the delicious gummies, titled by what they’ll help you with:
Energy ($55 one-time purchase & $48 subscription): Targets fatigue with it’s caffeine and l-theanine ingredients so you can bring your energy levels up and stress levels down.
Sleep ($55 one-time purchase & $48 subscription): Formulated with melatonin and vitamin B6 to help deal with jet-lag, irregular sleep habits and anything else that keeps you up at night.
Focus ($55 one-time purchase & $48 subscription): Phosphatidylserine supports concentration and cognitive function
To sweeten the deal even more, No. 8 includes a helpful daily planning tool, and recommends taking the gummies after a meal. Think of it as a little dessert that benefits your health. No. 8 can be purchased here.
by Niki Smart | Jan 17, 2022
Dana Point Harbor Partners to Host Blood Drive on January 27
Enjoy a free yoga class at iHeartYoga, a cup of coffee or ice cream from Coffee Importers and a Killer Dana tote bag for donating.
WHAT: Dana Point Harbor Partners, in collaboration with the American Red Cross, will host a blood drive with the Red Cross Bloodmobile on Thursday, January 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. iHeartYoga will be offering a free yoga class, to be used within 30 days, for each donor on the day of the drive. Donors who have made an appointment, and walk-ins, will be able to sign up to receive their free yoga class via email the following day. Donors will also receive a coupon for either a cup of coffee or scoop of ice cream from Coffee Importers and a tote bag from Killer Dana Surf Shop.
There is an urgent need for donations due to the dangerously low blood supply. Scheduling an appointment is highly encouraged and can be done through RedCrossBlood.org using the sponsor code “DPHP.”
Thursday, January 27, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dana Point Harbor Partners will host another blood drive with the American Red Cross on July 28.
Dana Point Harbor, 34521 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, CA 92629. The Bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot at the corner of Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive.
For more information visit DanaPointHarbor.com or RedCrossBlood.org or connect with us via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
by Mia Barnes | Jan 12, 2022
There are so many ways that you can improve your skin and your skin care, from the inside out. Whether you have a great routine in place already or you’re simply curious about what other aspects of your lifestyle can benefit your beauty routine, you might be surprised to learn that probiotics can be fantastic for the skin. Even though probiotics are available in topical form, you can find plenty of fantastic probiotics to take orally that can benefit your entire body, in addition to your skin.
Here are some of the benefits that you might find when you take probiotics.
Improving Your Moisture Barrier
Your moisture barrier is one of the most important things when it comes to protecting your skin from damage, debris, and everything outside of your skin’s ecosystem. Not only does the moisture barrier offer protection, but it also helps to keep the skin hydrated by preventing transepidermal water loss.
By taking probiotics or even applying certain probiotic serums and extracts topically, you can strengthen the moisture barrier for better protection.
Balancing the Good Bacteria
Just like any other part of your body, your skin has the ability to balance good and bad bacteria in order to create the best environment for your face. Probiotics introduce bacteria into your system, but instead of harmful bacteria, it’s good bacteria. This can offer protection and improve your skin’s appearance and even the health of your skin.
By offering a bit of extra protection and balance, probiotics have shown the ability to reduce the severity of allergies and eczema. Although it’s obviously different for everybody, you can try taking or applying different forms of probiotics to see which ones work for you in conjunction with your usual allergy and eczema treatments.
As a result of offering a bit of extra protection and by balancing some of the good and bad bacteria, probiotics have the power to reduce skin sensitivity and irritation. Specifically, those who have especially dry or oily skin can benefit a lot from taking probiotics, as they can help to bring a little bit more balance to the moisture, which helps clear acne, discoloration, and other skin concerns.
Although this one can go hand-in-hand with acne, it can also be true for many other skin concerns. If you tend to experience a lot of irritation and sensitivity, taking probiotics can be extremely soothing to the skin. Probiotics can help to reduce inflammation, acne, and even rosacea, all of which tend to come in cycles or as a part of a pattern.
Improving Gut Health
At the root of all of this, one of the most important things to consider is the benefit that probiotics bring to your gut health, and therefore your skin. Even though your gut health might seem unrelated to your appearance, there is actually a very strong connection between your gut health and the health of the rest of your body, which includes your skin. When you improve your gut health, you make the space for the rest of your body to balance in accordance with it.
Probiotics and the Skin
There are plenty of reasons to take probiotics, and improving the health of your skin is just one of them. By taking probiotics, you can improve your gut health, reduce inflammation, and introduce plenty of other benefits into the body’s systems, which happen to all be connected. From protecting the moisture barrier to clearing up acne and eczema, there are so many reasons why you might want to look into taking a probiotic for the health of your skin. Do you already take a probiotic, or are you simply looking into it?
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by Dennis Richardson | Jan 11, 2022
Whether you’re starting the year with a new resolution or not, there’s a certain someone out there who wants to help you feel, look, and be your best self! We all could use a little help from time to time to make that happen, and who better to set us up for success than Chris Hemsworth?
If you’re looking to prioritize yourself in the New Year, everyone’s favorite superhero, Chris Hemsworth, is giving 1,000 individuals around the world a FREE lifetime membership to Centr – the holistic health and wellness app – through the app’s NEW competition to kick off 2022.
Though it started on January 1, 2022, this special opportunity ends January 14, 2022, and nonmembers can enter the competition by signing up for a FREE four-week trial, here. Members can also enter to win by completing a quick workout with Chris and his personal trainer, Luke Zocchi. Designed to create sustainable and healthy habits for a lifetime, Chris encourages everyone to enter, noting “This is the team that helps me live the way I want to live, and be the best I can be. With Centr, I’m able to share that with people all over the world. And now, we’re sharing that for a lifetime. This is about living healthier and happier for the long-term.”Notable for his incredible physique, and for recognizing and educating others about the importance of their mental & physical health and fitness, Chris states “I spend a lot of my life working with incredible experts in the fields of health, nutrition, mindfulness and training, so I thought, ‘Why not share that?’ That’s why we created Centr. And that’s why we’re giving you the chance to spend a lifetime with this amazing team behind you every step of the way.”
Competition winners will not only receive access to Chris’ elite team of experts, but will also unlock exclusive perks, such as: three Zoom sessions with Centr experts; early access to new workouts, recipes and meditations; a priority support team for their lifetime journey. Additional details on the competition can be found here.
by Dennis Richardson | Jan 11, 2022
A new year, a new E. coli outbreak, a new variant, and now “flu-rona”? If you’ve been following along with the latest developments, there’s a lot going on in the world of health and it begs the question of when it will all stop. But one thing that should never stop is you taking care of yourself, and giving your body the nutrients and boosts it needs to help fight against any foreign body that doesn’t belong.
It’s time to get familiar with one of the best immune – and overall wellness boosting supplements out there: Kori Krill Oil. Sustainably sourced from the antarctic, Kori is an Omega-3-rich superfood, befitting eye, brain, joint, immune, heart, and skin health. In addition, Kori delivers Omega-3s in a way far superior to plant, fish, algae, multivitamin, and fortified foods, by way of phospholipids – the purest and most natural form of Omega-3s. In addition, phospholipids support easy digestion and absorption. By the way, Kori has no fishy aftertaste!
Here are some of the key highlights:
- Did you know that 70 percent of the US population is deficient in Omega-3?
- All Kori Krill Oil products provide 250mg of essential Omega-3 EPA & DHA per day in three different softgel sizes (standard, small and mini) – the same amount as consuming 2 servings of fish per week – with no fishy aftertaste.
Healthy Skin Barrier: Omega-3 fatty acids in Kori Krill Oil help to make the skin feel smoother and softer by helping to keep it hydrated.
Improved Brain Function: Omega-3 EPA & DHA play vital roles in the health, structure and function of brain cell membranes. Phospholipids in Kori Krill Oil helps Omega-3 DHA transfer across the blood brain barrier.
Heart Health Support: Omega-3 EPA & DHA and choline in Kori Krill Oil combined with an overall healthy lifestyle help keep our hearts healthy.
Mood Booster: Omega-3 fatty acids have also been proven to boost one’s mood, naturally.
Antioxidant Power: Naturally contains astaxanthin – a powerful antioxidant!
It’s naturally a good source of choline, an essential nutrient (also in superfoods like broccoli),
providing further support for your brain health.
It’s in the most natural omega-3 form, with phospholipids our bodies like, which means superior absorption vs fish oils.
Superfoods aren’t just packed with nutrients; they are clean by nature. For us – that means our Krill Oil is naturally non-gmo and we have no artificial flavors, colors & preservatives needed
Kori Krill Oil is conveniently available at Walmart, Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Rite-Aid, and more for $21.99.
by Randy Dunbar | Jan 8, 2022
Getting hydrated and plump skin can be hard to achieve, especially if you live in a place with a hot and dry climate. Dr. Caren Campbell, a dermatologist in California, stated that residents living in places with hot and dry climates are more likely to suffer from dry and dehydrated skin. Due to the lack of water in the air, the natural moisturizing components on your skin evaporate at a faster rate than normal. Recognizing the impact of the climate on your skin, you need to hydrate regularly to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Here’s what you need to do:
Maintain a regular skincare routine
You may not be able to control the climate in your area but you can still provide the best conditions for your skin by practicing a regular skincare routine. Though this may sound like a lot of commitment, a proper skincare routine for dry skin can be completed in just three steps. First, you need to cleanse your skin from irritants and dirt using a cleanser. Next, you can address dullness and dehydration by applying a moisturizing treatment at least twice a day. Then before heading out, you must protect your skin against environmental aggressors by applying sunscreen all overexposed areas.
Apply a hydrating serum for an added boost
On extra hot and dry days, you can apply hydrating serums to complement your regular skincare routine. Many people prefer serums since they contain high concentrations of ingredients for maximum efficiency. So, if dry skin is your concern, you can apply serums with humectants before you put on moisturizer. An example of this ingredient is glycerin/glycerol, a moisturizing component that naturally occurs in the body. Another kind of humectant is urea, an organic compound that is part of your skin’s natural moisturizing factor. Thus, applying serums with humectants on extra hot and dry days can help in restoring your skin’s natural hydration levels.
Keep yourself hydrated from within
Aside from following a moisturizing skincare routine, you need to maintain your body’s natural hydration levels by drinking lots of water. After all, your skin contains 64% water, so you need to consume enough of it to maintain optimal health. In fact, our article on the bad habits that affect your skin emphasizes that dehydration can actually lead to dryness and even breakouts. Aside from drinking about eight glasses per day, you also need to avoid drinking sugary beverages and coffee, which can make you urinate faster. On top of that, limit your alcohol consumption because it causes your body to remove fluids from your blood, making you dehydrated at a faster rate.
Use a humidifier at home or in your office
Finally, you can improve the air quality in your own space during extreme weather conditions by utilizing a humidifier. These appliances produce and disperse water vapor that adds more moisture to the air. Since your environment can affect your skin’s health, humidifiers can ease irritation and dryness caused by poor air quality. You can even opt to purchase humidifiers that emit cool mists to further balance the environmental conditions in your home. To illustrate, evaporative humidifiers contain a fan that evenly distributes the cool humidity across a room. You can also alleviate dryness by using an impeller humidifier, which has a rotating disc that releases mist into the air. Whichever option you opt for, a humidifier should make it easier to maintain your skin health.
You can keep your skin healthy and hydrated by caring for it, both inside and out. Following a proper skincare routine, adding a hydrating serum, drinking enough water, and using a humidifier are good practices that can boost the hydration levels of your skin. Stick to these tips and, before you know it, you’ll have hydrated skin all day long.