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Healthy Living: Natural Treatments for Hypothyroidism
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   
Make Your Own Lavender TonerHypothyroidism is a condition related to having an underactive thyroid gland that doesn’t properly make or release thyroid hormones. It is the thermostat regulating energy for your entire body. When a person’s thyroid is not functioning normally they may experience fatigue, constipation, dry skin, brain fog or trouble concentrating, anxiety, hair loss, depression, joint and muscles aches, generalized swelling, cold intolerance, and dry skin. 

DO NOT stop any medications without consulting with your Healthcare Provider.

In addition to your current treatment plan for treating hypothyroidism there are several natural treatment recommendations.

1. Reduce inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s response to the invasion of bacteria, viruses, foreign substances, and chemicals.  It is a normal immune response but when a person is frequently exposed low grade inflammation can become chronic. To avoid chronic inflammation a person should avoid processed foods, diet soda, artificial scents,  artificial food colorings, artificial sweeteners, and plastic containers made with bisphenol (BPA).  When exposed to these substances inflammation can occur in the gut (also called leaky gut syndrome).


Eco Living: Lavender Toner
Li Wong's Eco Living Articles - Formulating
Written by Li Wong of Earth Alkemie   

Make Your Own Lavender TonerSometimes simple is best!  Whenever my skin needs a little extra tender care, and I am short on time, I make a batch of my lavender toner.  It only contains two ingredients, and it is super easy to make! 


2 oz of lavender hydrosol

2 oz of witch hazel hydrosol


In a 4 oz bottle, add the hydrosols, cap, and shake gently to mix them.  Mist your skin after cleaning and before moisturizing, and throughout the day.



Lavender hydrosol is an excellent hydrosol for all skin types, in particular sensitive and irritated skin.  It is recommended for both dry and oily skin, since it helps balance the skin.

Whole Living: Life Is Complex – Go Simple!
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

Keep your nutrition simple and wholeI like to pay close attention to the news about nutrition and health. I find it fascinating.  Recently calcium has been making the news with new studies out that indicate that supplementing our diet with extra  calcium may not help keep our bones strong, and may in some cases even be making them more brittle!  The news about the new study showing this didn’t surprise me as in my studies to become an Integrative Nutritional Health Coach I was already aware of studies that were showing this.  A couple of decades ago we were told that fats were our worst enemy, and even though it’s been shown to be untrue, that fats (good fats and oils) are vital for our health and even our brain function we’re still being sold low fat foods. The list goes on.  It’s difficult sometimes to know what to believe.  News organizations love headlines, they capture our attention and so make money for the organization– but should we take them as gospel and embrace every new thing?  Maybe not.  I

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Healthy Living: The Best Vitamins For Aging Skin
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   
Which Vitamins are Best for Aging Skin?We often hear about the vitamins we should be taking or getting through the food we eat, but what about the vitamins that we should put on our skin? Scientific studies have proven a number of vitamins to be very helpful in fighting signs of aging when applied topically (directly onto the skin). This article discusses five of the top vitamins used in age fighting skin care: vitamins A, B3, C, E and K. 

Vitman A is a powerhouse when it comes to anti-aging ingredients.  Vitamin A has been scientifically proven to be the only chemical capable of reprogramming a skin cell that has already been changed or damaged.  This means that using products containing vitamin A can not only protect against future skin damage, but it can normalize the skin’s function and correct existing sun and age spots! 

Vitamin A derivatives are antioxidants, and they work to counteract damage caused to the skin by free radicals.  So when vitamin A is applied to the skin, it helps to create healthier cells while stimulating collagen production which leads to firmer, stronger and smoother skin. It increases blood flow and circulation, which leads to a more even skin tone. 

Vitamin B3 is also called niacinamide or nicotinamide. Niacinamide has been shown to be effective and well tolerated
by all skin types.  For aging skin, vitamin B3 is beneficial in a number of ways: it improves the skin’s moisture barrier, boosts collagen production, strengthens the outermost layer of skin and reverses dark spots.

Vitamin C is a highly effective antioxidant, fighting off free radicals. It too, stimulates collagen production, which leads to a firm foundation and support structure for the skin. This means less saggy skin to worry about. Studies have also shown that vitamin C can reduce or reverse damage caused by UV exposure, lightening or eliminating the appearance of sun spots on the skin.

Dermatologists love vitamin C, as many state that it helps to increase the effectiveness of their in-office treatments, such as skin peels and microdermabrasion. Vitamin C has also been shown to work in tandem with vitamin E to boost sunscreen’s protection factor, so look for products that combine these two vitamins.

Vitamin E, in addition to being a great partner to vitamin C for sun protection, has certainly earned its nickname, ‘the protector’. It not only protects against free radicals and protects collagen and fibroblasts, but also deeply moisturizes the skin and reduces inflammation. This means that if you want to eliminate dry, wrinkled and leathery skin, then you need to use products containing vitamin E.

Last but not least is vitamin K, also known as phytonadione.  It has been widely researched and used in the treatment of under eye circles, skin discolorations and rosacea.  Vitamin K helps constrict blood vessels underneath the thin under eye skin, which lightens up dark circles. Vitamin K also has some anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it is recommended to patients to use before and after facial surgeries to clear bruising and speed up the skins’ healing process.
Each of these vitamins can work to fight the common signs of aging. If you really want to have younger looking skin, then look for products that contain these powerful vitamins. 
Pat White MSN PMh NP-BC
Clinical Aromatherapist 




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