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The top nutrients to protect your skin from within!

Written by Dr. Anjali Kasunich 

Did you know that certain nutrients and foods offer sun protection from the inside out? I recently wrote about how natural sunblock works and shared my favorite suncare products (“Natural Sunblock Explained + Our Top Picks!”). While I advise my patients to wear sunblock when they’re outside, I recommend that they ALSO incorporate specific nutrients to protect their skin from damage caused by sun exposure.     

Prolonged sun exposure can harm skin cells as well as our DNA, contributing to wrinkles, rough skin and certain cancers. Sunscreens provide good protection, however they cannot block out 100% of the harmful UV rays. That’s why adding sun-protecting nutrients are so important to provide support to your skin cells.   

Remember, these sun-protecting nutrients are not meant to replace your sunblock. They are a great addition to any suncare routine, and enhance your body’s ability to protect and repair itself from harsh UV rays. Consider incorporating these nutrients to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy this summer!          

 

Top 5 Sun-Protecting Nutrients:

 

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a pigment that’s naturally made by certain algae. It’s a powerful antioxidant and is known for giving salmon and shrimp their pink color. Studies have found that astaxanthin can suppress cell damage caused by UV radiation. It can also help to reduce inflammation that results from UV exposure.  

 

Vitamin D 

Vitamin D, often called the “sunshine vitamin”, is technically a hormone that our bodies naturally produce when exposed to sunlight. It is necessary for bone development and immune support. However, most sunscreens prevent our skin from making vitamin D. That’s why many people turn to supplements to help them maintain healthy vitamin D levels. More studies have been finding that vitamin D may protect against certain skin cancers.  

 

Vitamin C 

This important vitamin acts as an antioxidant, and is necessary for healthy collagen formation, immune function and skin health. Vitamin C is normally found in the dermis and epidermis of healthy skin. Aging as well as excessive exposure to UV light can decrease the levels of vitamin C in the skin. Researchers have found that vitamin C can limit damage done by sun exposure.   

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3’s are found abundantly in fish and algae. These healthy fats protect skin cells and can reduce markers of inflammation throughout the bodyA clinical trial found that taking fish oil can reduce the sunburn response, as well as inflammation in skin caused by UV light. 

 

Lycopene

Lycopene is a nutrient that gives tomatoes their red color. There have been many promising studies showing the health benefits of lycopene on the cardiovascular system, immune system, and integumentary system (a.k.a our skin!). One study found that eating tomatoes can decrease the risk of certain skin cancers caused by exposure to UV light.   

 

Protect Your Skin From Within

Skin-protecting nutrients can be a great addition to using sunblock and other suncare items. Remember, they don’t act as a substitute for sunblock. I always see the best results when my patients are supporting their skin from the outside as well as the inside!

For more information and recommendations, visit the Nutrition Department at any of our Erewhon locations! 

*Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice. Please make an appointment to consult with a licensed doctor, or other healthcare provider, before starting or trying any new supplements.  

 

About The

Dr. Anjali Kasunich is a California-licensed Naturopathic Doctor, founder of Mantra Natural Medicine, and in-house health practitioner at Erewhon. She is passionate about helping people understand and heal what’s causing their symptoms, and getting them what they need to truly heal. When she’s not treating patients in her private practice, or supporting the wonderful team and customers at Erewhon, Dr. Anjali enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, dancing, and being in her garden. You can learn more about Dr. Anjali and her favorite healthy tips by visiting her website (DrAnjaliND.com), or Instagram (@DrAnjali_ND).   

 

Our favorite natural tips & products to keep away the bugs! 

Written by Dr. Anjali Kasunich 

Summertime is heating up and that means more bug bites! I don’t know about you, but mosquitoes have always loved me and have left me with multiple itchy bites. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to protect yourself from these biting insects. 

 

Many synthetic bug sprays contain DEET, which is a chemical that can repel insects like mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Issues around the safety of using DEET have come up over the past several years, and some studies have found that DEET may cause neurotoxicity in humans. While many experts still recommend using DEET products when traveling to areas that have Zika virus, malaria or other mosquito-borne illnesses, natural bug repellents have been a more popular choice for general protection.      

 

Natural bug sprays use ingredients from plants to protect from bugs. Plants, in their infinite wisdom, make chemicals that keep many insects away. By harnessing this wisdom, and respectfully sharing the protection that plants have to offer, we too can keep many of the bothersome critters away. 

 

Continue reading to learn about the best natural bug repellents and products! 

 

Natural Bug Repellents

Citronella

This is a common ingredient in most natural mosquito and bug repellants. It’s thought to work by masking the scent of people so that mosquitoes and other bugs are not attracted to them. Studies have found that citronella can effectively repel mosquitoes and reduce the incidence of bug bites.

Neem 

Neem has long been revered in India for its antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic properties. More recently, it’s been added to natural bug sprays to protect plants as well as people. One study found that neem oil preparations provided 3 hours of protection against mosquitoes.  

 

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is commonly used on skin to address bacterial or fungal infections. Studies have found that tea tree oil can also repel insects like flies, mosquitoes, bush flies, and biting midges.

Lavender 

The soothing aroma of this plant is popularly used to help calm and anxiety and relax the nervous system. Lavender oil is also added to many natural bug sprays because of its ability to protect from mosquitoes. One study found that a solution containing lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary and thyme was effective at repelling mosquitoes.     

 

Clove

Clove oil is commonly used in food, cosmetics, and natural pain-relievers for dental procedures. More attention has been given to its ability to also act as a natural insect repellent. It has even been categorized by the US EPA as a Minimum Risk Pesticide under Section 25(b). 

 

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus citriodora contains an ingredient called PMD (p-methane-3,8-diol). PMD is a highly effective and long-lasting mosquito-repellent, similar in efficacy to DEET. Additionally, PMD provided better protection against ticks than DEET.  

  

 

Choosing A Bug Repellent   

There are lots of great natural products that have blends of the oils listed above. 

Here are some of my favorite natural bug repellent products that you can find at our locations: 

  • All Terrain Herbal Armour Spray 
  • ZOE Organics Insect Repellent
  • Badger Organics Anti-Bug Spray
  • ParaKito Adult Wristband 

 

DIY Bug Repellent

Some people choose to make their own bug repellent using the oils or essential oils of the plants listed above. This can be a great option for people who have sensitivities to certain ingredients. However, it’s important to remember that natural essential oils may irritate some people’s skin. That’s why it’s important to dilute the oils and test on a small area of the skin to check for any irritation before applying over the whole body. 

 

For more information and recommendations, visit the Nutrition Department at any of our Erewhon locations! Our team members will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you find what you need. 

 

*Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice. 

 

About The

Dr. Anjali Kasunich is a California-licensed Naturopathic Doctor, founder of Mantra Natural Medicine, and in-house health practitioner at Erewhon. She is passionate about helping people understand and heal what’s causing their symptoms, and getting them back to the basics of what they need to truly heal. When she’s not treating patients in her private practice, or supporting the wonderful team and customers at Erewhon, Dr. Anjali enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, dancing, and being in her garden. You can learn more about Dr. Anjali and her favorite healthy tips by visiting her website (DrAnjaliND.com), or Instagram (@DrAnjali_ND).   

 

Natural Suncare

Written by Dr. Anjali Kasunich  

Summertime is here and everyone’s excited to get outside and enjoy the sunshine! While being out in the sun helps to boost our mood and Vitamin D levels, it can also increase our risks for certain skin cancers. So how do we protect ourselves? The American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) recommends covering with a hat and protective clothing, staying in the shade when possible, wearing sunglasses, and applying sunscreen every two hours while outside.   

 

With the variety of choices for sunscreens and after sun care, it can be pretty overwhelming to make a decision. Moreover, the Environmental Working Group has identified several toxic chemicals found in common sunscreens, causing many to look for more natural suncare options. But how do you know what to look for, or which one to choose? Not to worry! I’ve listed out the important points to know when choosing natural suncare options, along with some of my favorite products.       

 

What You Need to Know About Natural Suncare

Chemical vs. Natural Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens typically contain oxybenzone and other synthetic compounds that can absorb into the skin and disrupt your hormones. These chemicals absorb UV rays and react with them to release heat.  

 

Natural sunscreens usually contain minerals, like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which don’t absorb into the skin, but instead act as a shield to deflect UV rays and prevent them from penetrating your skin.   

 

Choosing A Natural Sunscreen 

Be sure to read the ingredients to look out for chemicals that are considered unsafe. The Environmental Working Group is a great resource to check the safety profile of a sunscreen. 

These are a few of my favorite natural sunscreens: 

  • Badger Sunscreen Creams – They use zinc oxide to block UV rays along with organic, moisturizing ingredients to soothe and protect skin. 
  • Raw Elements Sunscreen – A wonderful zinc oxide sunscreen that also contains moisturizing and antioxidant-rich ingredients.  
  • All Good Sunscreen Lotion – A moisturizing, reef friendly, zinc formula to protect your face & body. 

 

Spray vs. Cream Sunscreen

The benefit of a spray sunscreen is that it’s quick & easy to apply. However, it’s not recommended to use a spray sunscreen directly on the face as there is a risk of inhaling the compounds. 

 

A lotion or cream sunscreen provides ample protection and often has added moisturizing support for the face and body. However, it can take more time to apply and rub into the skin.

 

Understanding SPF

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. It indicates how long the sunscreen will protect you from UVB rays. These are the UV rays that can damage the outer layers of skin and cause sunburn. 

 

Most experts recommend using a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30. However, it’s important to remember that higher SPF doesn’t always mean it’s better. The Environmental Working Group raised concerns about sunscreens with an SPF above 60, saying that the sun protection was only marginally better and that people were more likely to use the high SPF products improperly. 

 

What To Use After Sun Exposure

Even if you use sunscreen, it’s important to nourish and moisturize your skin after you’re out of the sun. This helps to keep skin looking and feeling healthy all summer long! 

Two of my favorite after sun products are Aloe Vera and Conscious Coconut Oil. Aloe vera gel is cooling and helps to soothe irritated or sunburned skin. Coconut oil is highly moisturizing and helps to heal and protect skin cells. 

 

Protect Your Skin Naturally

The excitement is real about getting outside and having fun in the sun! However, it’s important to protect your skin from harsh UV rays that can cause damage. 

The best ways to protect yourself from sun exposure while outside include: 

  • Applying sunscreen – I’ve listed my favorite natural sunscreens above
  • Wearing a hat and protective clothing
  • Wearing sunglasses
  • Finding shade whenever possible
  • Using aloe vera and/or coconut oil after sun exposure to keep your skin healthy

 

For more information and recommendations, visit the Nutrition Department at any of our Erewhon locations! Our team members will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you find what you need. 

 

*Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice. 

 

About The

Dr. Anjali Kasunich is a California-licensed Naturopathic Doctor, founder of Mantra Natural Medicine, and in-house health practitioner at Erewhon. She is passionate about helping people understand and heal what’s causing their symptoms, and getting them back to the basics of what they need to truly heal. When she’s not treating patients in her private practice, or supporting the wonderful team and customers at Erewhon, Dr. Anjali enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, dancing, and being in her garden. You can learn more about Dr. Anjali and her favorite healthy tips by visiting her website (DrAnjaliND.com), or Instagram (@DrAnjali_ND).   

 

The processes of both winemaking and farming are sciences in themselves, and it can be challenging to understand the differences between the terms used in winemaking circles. 

Let’s take a moment to break this down…

Three Mindful Ways To Farm Wine

ORGANIC

A true organic wine is achieved when the grapes are grown without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, or chemicals. All of the ingredients that go into the wine must be certified organic. Organic wines can include trace amounts of sulfites, as sulfites are naturally formed during the fermentation process. In the U.S., organic wines are marked by the USDA seal. However, wines manufactured in foreign countries (the EU, Canada, etc) have different standards for organic certification.

Many wineries try claiming the ‘organic’ title without meeting the standards of a certified organic wine. While these wines are made with organic grapes, non-organic ingredients can be added to them. These wines are not permitted to include the USDA seal on their label.

BIODYNAMIC

Biodynamic wines are rooted in the treatise written by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian philosopher who encouraged a spiritual view of agriculture. The concept of biodynamics holds that a vineyard should be viewed as a single, self-sustaining organism. One of the most important facets of biodynamics is its approach to fertilization techniques and its focus on non-interventionist techniques. Biodynamic wines depend on compost fertilization and reject the use of all chemical fertilizers.

Additionally, biodynamics suggests a connection between agriculture and celestial activity. It ties farming to an astronomical calendar, assigning specific days to the 4 elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water). Biodynamic wines are certified by an organization called Demeter.

REGENERATIVE

The term ‘regenerative’ is used to classify mindful farming techniques that promote healthy, mineral-rich products. Regenerative farming naturally restores soil that has been degraded by the agricultural, industrial system. Not only does regenerative farming boost the quality of the produce, it contributes to the health of the environment. Regenerative farming is all about letting nature enrich a farm.

Regenerative farming practices include:

  •   Integrating Livestock ​—​ animals naturally break up and fertilize the soil
  •   Planting Cover Crops ​—​ planting cover crops protects and enriches soil
  •   No-Till Practices ​—​ regenerative farming takes a non-interventionist approach,
  •   eliminating the use of machines, pesticides, and chemicals.
  •   Crop Div​ersity — cycling different crops through a farm can dramatically increase
  •   soil health.
  •  Rebuilding Topsoil — fostering nutrient-rich topsoil sequesters carbon, which   contributes to the fight against climate change

 

 

 

All wines that are stocked at Erewhon are carefully evaluated and vetted by Elaina, our Wine Director [WSET Diploma Candidate] based on the following principles and standards…

  1. ORGANIC (at a minimum)
    Our wines must be farmed at a minimum organically and ideally, biodynamically, or regeneratively. Note: many are certified organic/biodynamic but there is no official certification for regenerative (yet)…
  2. NO CHEMICALS
    We never stock wine where chemicals (pesticides, herbicides, fungicides) were used in the growing and/or winemaking process.
  3. WINERY RELATIONSHIPS
    We must be able to maintain direct contact with the winery to confirm winemaking and cellaring processes.
  4. NO ADDITIVES
    We will never stock wines that include any additives (gums, coloring, acidifiers, sugar).
  5. MINIMAL SULFITES  (for good reason)
    To adequately preserve a wine, we allow for minimal sulfite addition upon bottling. Total sulfite concentration must be under 70 ppm.
  6. NATIVE or SPONTANEOUS YEAST is a must!
    All of our wines are made via native or spontaneous yeast fermentation.
  7. UNFINED & UNFILTERED
    We prefer for our wines to be unfined and unfiltered. So they retain all of their natural elements)
  8. PEOPLE PRODUCED
    Erewhon wines are made by people, not by machines.

You can trust Erewhon to have done all the 利来app官方下载homework for you, so you can focus on choosing the right wine to compliment your meal, a special occasion or just-because without having to worry about it’s origins or quality.

 

                                                                                             

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