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What Are The 3 Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors?

Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors

What Are The 3 Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors?

By: Jeremy Markum

The 'Rule Of 3' Meets Pareto's '80/20' And You Get Fit Faster As A Result!

Everybody likes simple lists.

Everybody likes Rules Of Thumb.

And as far as I can tell, everyone wants tighter abs and more energy.

So, naturally, we all look for the "best" diets and the "best" training routines to bring us closer to that six-pack...ideally, in the least amount of time possible.

...Oh yeah--and we don't want to think too hard either!

The Old Way:
Counting calories? Fuh-ged-a-bow-dit!

Getting a bodyfat measurement each week? No way!

Calculating our new "estimated 1-rep max" for 27 different exercises? Puh-leeze.

So what's the solution?
Well, if you don't mind limiting our example to exercise for the moment, I think I have a few things that can help you in your endless search for the most efficient use of your fitness time.

(which is like, what? about 45 minutes a day 3-4 times a week if you're lucky?) ...It's OK--you're human! I do this stuff for a living, and I don't spend much more time than that myself.

Introducing: "The Rule Of 3-80/20 (Principle)"

Any activity of importance (like exercise) can be broken down into three, and only three Critical Success Factors. Furthermore, one of these critical success factors should account for 80% of your efforts. And the other two, on average, just 10% of your time, energy, and effort (that is, of course, if you actually want to get anything done).

Thus sayeth The Fitness Sage (that's me).

And you should listen to me when it comes to getting things done, because I have a Masters Degree *and* ADD (attention deficit disorder). Without principles like the above, I would be hocking blackmarket Pi-Tae-Boga-Lates tapes to out-of-work actors in LA.

Yeah, so I'm ripping off the Pareto Principle and the Rule Of 3, but you'll forgive me real quick when you see how this applies to your exercise routine.

Now that I've circumnavigated my point a few times, here it is real simple, in 3 (surprise, surprise) easy steps:

The Three Critical Exercise Routine Success Factors
1. Consistent Progression: Needs 80% of your time and attention.
2. Sufficient Intensity: Needs 15% of your time and attention.
3. Intelligent Evolution: Needs 5% of your time and attention.

Simple huh?

But maybe you need some clarification, so here goes.

Consistent Progression Explained:
There are really just 3-4 workout parameters that even matter to the average Jane or Joe who wants a good body and excellent health: Rest Period, Load, Reps-Per-Set, and Total Number Of Sets.

So your job is to simply pick one of these, hold all the rest constant, and improve your chosen workout parameter from week-to-week, workout-to-workout until you can no longer do so (just remember to hold everything else constant! especially total workout duration).

When you can't improve on your chosen parameter, pick a different one and repeat.

That's it. It really is that simple. Tools needed: 1 pocket-sized notebook and a stopwatch.

Of course, you might want some proven, superior methods to "improve on your chosen parameter." At the bottom of this article, you'll get your wish! But first...

Sufficient Intensity Explained:
Make sure you're doing resistance training folks. Not aerobics. Not LSD (long slow distance cardio). Or any other fitness fad that makes your lungs burn more than your muscles. If you're consistently getting 20+ reps on all your exercises, then you need to choose more difficult exercises. Period.

Cardio and aerobics have health benefits no doubt, but if you're really looking for "bang-for-your-fitness-buck", and you're short on time, then stick with resistance training. It's the only kind of exercise that builds muscle and boosts your metabolism permanently--not just during your workout.

Shoot for exercises that are so difficult, you can only perform between 1 and 15 reps. This could be weightlifting (if you lack the creativity and sophistication of a "Tao Of Functional Fitness" devotee who relies solely on portable exercise equipment--like Fitness Bands--and their own bodyweight), but it doesn't have to be. If you know how to manipulate leverage, even bodyweight only exercises can be made difficult enough.

Why just 15% of your time worrying about this? Because all you have to do is make sure most of your exercise (excluding a proper warmup of course) falls within this rep range. Not exactly rocket-science. Nuff said.

Intelligent Evolution:
This is just another term for "periodization" or "cyclic training." Basically it means that you need a strategy for changing your exercise routine over the long haul as you get stronger and closer to realizing your goals. Most of the time the Consistent Progression rule takes care of this, hence the paltry 5% of your noggin that's required to intelligently evolve.

But over the long haul, you sometimes need to dramatically change your workout protocol. There's not space here to explore all the ins-and-outs of doing this, but a simplified recommendation would be to cycle between phases where you focus on increasing the Average Load you handle during your workouts, and phases where you're more concerned with the Amount Of Work Per Unit Time you perform (i.e. "Strength" vs. "Density").

Consistent Progression (80%) + Sufficient Intensity (15%) + Intelligent Evolution (5%).

Find an exercise routine that gives you that, and you're on to something!

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Jeremy Markum (The Fitness Sage) is an author and fitness consultant based in San Diego, California. He can help you incinerate fat, & sculpt lean, sexy muscle... *without* going to the gym, and *without* calorie counting or endless cardio! Get your FREE tips about this profound new approach to fitness right now at:

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Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. Recalls Yoma Myanmar Tea Salad Snack Due To Undeclared Peanuts



According to a posting on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. of Allston, Massachusetts has announced that it is voluntarily recalling the Yoma Myanmar brand “Tea Salad Snack” in Regular and Spicy, 7 oz., because the products might contain undeclared peanuts. 

People who are allergic to peanuts risk serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they eat these products.

The “Tea Salad Snacks" comes in a 7 ounce, clear plastic package marked with an expiration date of 6/15/2018 stamped on the bottom.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide in retail stores and via mail orders.

The company said the error was discovered during routine sampling by the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Food Safety and Inspection.

Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. said the recall was initiated "after it was discovered that the peanut-containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of peanuts. Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company's production and packaging processes."

Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. said production of the product has been suspended until they and the FDA are certain the problem has been corrected.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recall.

The company urged consumers who bought the recalled 7 ounce packages of “Tea Salad Snack” in regular and spicy to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can contact Yoma Myanmar Tea Co. at 617-412-6799.


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History of Perfume and Fragrance

History of Perfume and Fragrance

History of Perfume and Fragrance

Perfume is one of those products that may influence our emotions. People`s sense of smell influences behavior and sets different moods. It may even bring up memories of the past. As a marketing tool, perfume is also present in our everyday lives and it can be found in lots of consumer products. Besides the fact that perfume is so popular, have you ever wandered how it came into being what it is today? What`s the history of perfume?

Some anthropologists say that perfume was used by primitive man thru the burning of gums and resins for incense. Eventually from 7000 to 4000 bc, richly scented plants, animal and fatty oils of olive and sesame are thought to have been combined with fragrant plants to create original ointments.

Three thousand years ago in ancient Egypt, historians believe that perfume was first used in rituals, as part of their religious ceremonies, creating a pleasant smell. These scents came from gums, resin trees, oil and from a variety of plants resulting in a perfume unguent that was rubbed into the skin. Hundreds of years later, women of Egypt were using perfume for their cosmetic qualities. It is believed that Egytptian queen Cleopatra had her own exclusive balms and scents used as cosmetics and aphrodisiac, which helped her to conquer Julius Caesar and later Mark Anthony. Also from this same era, it is believed that perfume was used in Mesopotamia for ritual ceremonies. And farther east, in China, aromatic herbs were used for medicine purposes.

Later on as trade routes expanded, perfume became very popular and demand for scent products increased trade among different civilizations. Africa and India started to supply Middle Eastern civilization with spikenard and ginger. Syrians sold fragrant goods to Arabia. Mediterranean civilization began buying cymbopogon and ginger from South Arabia. And so the trade of scent goods kept on, and as it continued to swell, fragrance perfume was eventually introduced thru time to several civilizations such as Hindus, Israelites, Carthaginians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans and finally reintroduced hundreds of years later in Italy and France.

By the 13th century Italy was doing major trades of spices and perfumes with Eastern civilizations. Portugal and Spain were also trying to establish important trades of spices by having exclusive routes to the East. That`s how the new world of America got to be discovered.

As Italian perfume influence swept over neighboring countries, France began expanding the use of perfume by first offering perfumed gloves, which were most often perfumed with neroli or animal scents such as ambergris and civet. From then on, French perfume has become famous worldwide and today sets the standard for excellence.

Also France played a major role in reestablishing the use of perfume for therapeutic purposes in the western world. It has been reported that during Word War II, therapeutic perfume had been used in the treatment of wounds and burns, and later in the treatment of psychiatric problems.

Perfume has brought different people together in the past thru the trade of aromatic scents. It also played a major deal, since its trade meant economical power for the nations. And so the history of modern man has been greatly influenced by this special product, enabling new worlds to be discovered. On a personal level, perfume is capable of influencing people`s behavior and that by itself sets perfume in class by itself. Perhaps that`s what makes it so desirable by all of us.

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What Sugar and Fat Have in Common - And Why You Should Care

What Sugar and Fat Have in Common - And Why You Should Care

Submitted by: Lorraine Matthews Antosiewicz

Holiday indulgences can result in more than gaining a few extra pounds. Fatty sweet cookies, pies, and candy as well as excess calories and alcohol can lead to a spike in your triglycerides. Why should this concern you? It may be putting you at risk for heart disease. Read on and learn how to avoid it.

What are triglycerides?

Triglycerides are a type of fat that come from food, and your body also makes them. They are the most common type of fat found in the body. Triglycerides are continually circulating in the blood ready to be metabolized to provide a source of energy when needed, but their main function is to store energy for later use. When you consume more calories than your body can use, it converts the excess into triglyceride and stores it in fat cells. Fat cells hold the triglyceride molecules until your body needs energy between meals. Hormones signal the fat cells to release the triglycerides for your body to use.

Why do triglycerides matter?

When present in excess, triglycerides can be stored as fat which may lead to obesity and related health conditions over time. Research suggests that high levels of triglycerides in the blood may increase the risk of developing coronary artery disease, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. According to the American Heart Association, young people with high triglyceride levels have a four times greater risk of developing heart disease or having a stroke than young people with normal triglyceride levels.

How are triglycerides measured?

Triglyceride levels in the blood are measured by a simple blood test. Your doctor will usually check for high triglycerides as part of a routine cholesterol screening called a lipid panel or lipid profile. Fasting for nine to 12 hours is required before blood is drawn for an accurate triglyceride measurement.

What is considered a normal triglyceride level?

The American Heart Association guidelines for triglyceride levels are as follows:

• healthy: below 100 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL)

• borderline high: 150 to 199 mg/dL

• high: 200 to 499 mg/dL

• very high: 500 mg/dL and above.

What causes high triglycerides?

Some people have a genetic predisposition to manufacture excessive amounts of triglycerides. Triglycerides can become elevated as a result of having diabetes, hypothyroidism, or kidney disease. Being overweight and inactive can also contribute to abnormal triglycerides. Dietary factors play a role as well.

How does diet affect triglycerides?

Eating too much of the wrong kinds of fats - saturated and trans fats - can raise your blood triglycerides. Triglyceride levels can also rise after drinking alcohol or eating foods that are high in carbohydrates especially sugary and refined carbs. This includes sugar, honey, agave and other sweeteners, soda and other sugary drinks, candy, baked goods, and anything made with white (refined) flour including white bread, cereals, pastries, white pasta, and white rice. Dried fruit and fruit juice contain high amounts of fructose which has a strong impact on raising triglyceride levels.

What is the recommended intake for sugar?

The American Heart Association recommends no more than 6 teaspoons per day (25 grams) of added sugar for adult women and 9 teaspoons (37.5 grams) for men. While all individuals should limit sugar intake, it is especially important for those with increased triglyceride levels. Consumption of sugary low-quality refined carbs causes a sudden rise in insulin, which may lead to a spike in triglycerides.

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National Breast Cancer Rates Are Decreasing, CDC Reports



The results of a recent US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study show that medical science is making headway in lowering breast cancer mortality rates among women in the US. Although, breast cancer remains the leading cancer among women, this is good news for everyone hoping to put an end to this disease.

The findings which were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) show that during 2010 - 2014, the US underwent a significant decrease in breast cancer mortality rates among white women and while, rates of breast cancer among black women was not shown to be declining as quickly, the disease was taking fewer black lives.

The most noticeable decline is among younger women. In fact, the pace of decreasing breast cancer rates for black and white women under age 50 was the same. Comparing women ≥50 years of age, breast cancer rates declined more rapidly among white women.

Unfortunately, there is a higher incidence of breast cancer among women aged 60 - 79 years of age.

Study author Lisa C. Richardson and her colleagues aren't quite certain about the cause for the increased incidence among older black women, but they believe increased use of mammography may hold part of the answer. Also, there is a relationship between obesity and cancer. Black women tend to be overweight or obese - and people generally store more body fat as they age - all of which could account for the higher incidence.

The authors credit education as playing a very important role in the improving numbers.

"Continued decreases involve accelerating current progress and understanding breast cancer genomics for predicting risk and promoting effective treatment through new initiatives like the Precision Medicine Initiative and Cancer Moonshot." Richardson and her colleagues published in the MMWR.

They point to advanced understanding of breast cancer subtypes has enabled health care professionals to give black women diagnosed with breast cancer appropriate treatment based on their particular subtype. Prior to this, many physicians were unaware that black women tend to be diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, this lack of awareness hampered effective disease treatment.

Richardson and her colleagues recommend that "Public health professionals need to work in tandem with scientists and clinical researchers to monitor the successes of these newly developed therapies by assessing disparities at a population level using trends in incidence and death rates."


Although breast cancer is a very serious disease, there are ways that women may reduce their risk.

According to the CDC, these eight tips may help lower breast cancer risk:

  • Keep a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly (at least four hours a week).
  • Get a good night's sleep. Research shows that lack of nighttime sleep can be a risk factor.
  • Abstain from drinking alcohol, or limit alcoholic drinks to no more than one per day.
  • Avoid exposure to cancer causing agents (carcinogens) and chemicals that interfere with the normal function of the body.

  • If you are presently taking, or have been told by your doctor to take hormone replacement therapy or oral birth control pills, ask your doctor about the risks and if its right for you.
  • If possible, breastfeed any children you may have.

The CDC also said that women with a family history of breast cancer or inherited changes in your BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes maybe at higher risk, these women are advised to talk to their physician about more ways to reduce their breast cancer risk.


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Richardson LC, Henley SJ, Miller JW, Massetti G, & Thomas CC (2016). Patterns and Trends in Age-Specific Black-White Differences in Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality - United States, 1999-2014. MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report, 65 (40), 1093-1098 PMID: 27736827

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How to Cook Your Eggs the Right Way

How to Cook Your Eggs the Right Way

Submitted by: Cedric P Loiselle

Even people who went to cooking school may make mistakes in cooking eggs. These are not terrible mistakes anyway. However, you may try a few suggestions on cooking eggs the better way.

Boiling Eggs

Boiling eggs does not only mean placing eggs in boiling water for ten minutes. You will know the eggs are boiled perfectly when you see a bright yellow yolk. When the yolk has turned pale yellow and its surface turns greenish, it is overcooked.

The best way to boil eggs, use a large pot with space big enough to hold the eggs. Ideally, eggs should not be touching each other. When you fill the pot with water, use just the right amount of water enough to cover all the eggs. To test this, pour water in the pot and place an egg and see that the top of the egg is covered in water. Remove that egg. You will add the eggs when the water boils. Add the eggs gently using a spoon. Don’t drop the eggs carelessly to avoid cracks.

Usually, 8 minutes is enough to cook the eggs right. After 8 minutes, turn off the heat and remove the eggs and place them in cold water. Peel off the shell and serve the eggs.

Your Perfect Omelet

Omelets are not difficult to cook. You can cook an omelet in a small pan. Put a small amount of butter on the surface of the pan. The heat should be moderate so as not to overcook the egg omelet. While waiting for the butter to melt in the pan, crack the eggs and mix them in a bowl with some salt and pepper. When the melted butter starts to hiss, empty the egg mix into the pan. Stir the omelet using a soft spatula and make sure no curds form. Soon the egg becomes semisolid. This time, lift the pan and move it around. Wait until the omelet dries, but do not wait until it becomes brown. Turn off the heat and fold the omelet. Serve it immediately on a platter. To make this omelet more interesting, sprinkle chives.

French Scrambled Egg

There are a few ways to scramble eggs. You might have heard of the French style and the English style and all the other styles people learn in their own kitchens. You may want to try the French scrambled egg this time. It is preferred by many people for its moist consistency.

Put about 30 grams of butter in a large pot. Turn the heat on low setting and allow the butter to melt. Mix about 2-4 eggs in a bowl with ground pepper and salt. Empty the egg mix into the pot and stir it until it thickens. You will notice curds to start appearing. These curds are the cooked parts of the egg mix. Continue to stir it gently until much of the mix turns semisolid. Then, turn off the heat and add a bit more butter and 4 tablespoons of cream. Sprinkle some salt and parsley. Serving it with hot buttered toast would be nice.

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Getting Help for Troubled Teens: When and Where to Go

Getting Help for Troubled Teens

Getting Help for Troubled Teens: When and Where to Go

By: Heather Peters

When your teenager starts to get out of hand you have to ask yourself some hard questions. The first step is to honestly evaluate how you think you're doing when communicating with your teen. Do you feel you are sharing valuable information and time? Or do you feel there is a communication gap and he's hiding something?

Look for these warning signs:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Out of touch with reality
  • Sudden personality changes and mood swings
  • Violent behavior
  • Drop in grades and school performance
  • Self destructive actions or language (suicide threats or extreme diet & exercise)
  • Reclusive tendencies
  • Debilitating fears

Any of those behaviors done on a frequent basis can indicate a problem. At this point you should seek outside assistance. Don't be too proud to ask for help.

If you feel your efforts aren't working (or aren't good enough) first enlist the assistance of your extended circle of friends and family. Get everyone involved to bolster the spirits of your teen. Show him that he has a support system in place that he can count in. Work on building back trust in your relationship. If your child opens up to another family member better than you, keep your resentment inside, the focus should be on helping your teen.

Sometimes you need to bring in professionals. Don't wait too long on this step if your child is getting out of control. A delay can be costly. But where should you turn next? Consider these options:

School guidance counselor
This person deals with teenagers (especially troubled ones) on a daily basis, they are an excellent resource for insight into what might be happening among the social scenes at school. They also have quick easy access to your child during the day.

Outside counselors and psychologists
These professionals have degrees in counseling and therapy. Some specialize in therapy while others focus on testing. Its best to find someone who deals with teenagers a lot, they usually relate better to the younger generation.

Social workers
These individuals are often called in to work with families as a group and are quite familiar with emotional problems in a social setting. They can help identify issues related to family dynamics. This can be helpful if there are frequent conflicts at home.

These are medical doctors (yes, they went to medical school) who are allowed to prescribe medication and can hospitalize patients. Generally you would reserve this professional for a later step as licensed counselors are often a less expensive and personal approach to teen troubles.

Therapy can become expensive so check with your insurance plan to see which services are covered. Some companies impose limits on the type of services available and/or the frequency of visits. If cost is an issue don't forget that school counselors are typically free. You could also contact a local university or college, free clinics, counseling training programs, and state run offices. Some offices offer sliding scale pricing for lower income families. It's important not to let money stop you from seeking help. The wellbeing of your child and your family depend on it.


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Vitamin C: Why You Can’t Assume You’re Getting Enough

Vitamin C: Why You Can’t Assume You’re Getting Enough

Submitted by: Steve P Smith

Many benefits of vitamin C have been identified since the consumption of citrus fruit was first recognised as the immediately effective cure and preventative for the scurvy which so dreadfully afflicted the long distance sailors of a few centuries ago.

Numerous studies have recognised the vitamin as a possible protector against coronary heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, hypertension and cancer, to name but a few, and it is possible that all of these effects stem ultimately from vitamin C’s acknowledged role as a powerful anti-oxidant, active in preventing the free radical damage which is a known cause of premature ageing and many chronic degenerative diseases.

So the absence of acute deficiency diseases such as scurvy in modern affluent societies should not be taken as implying that the typical Western diet contains an adequate intake of vitamin C for optimum long-term health.

The United States Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 90 mg per day for a healthy, non-smoking man and 75 mg for a woman. But these suggested requirements are increased to 125mg and 110 mg respectively in the case of smokers, a tacit acknowledgement of the increased requirement for this vitamin which increased toxic stress places on the body. But these RDAs nevertheless appear to be set at a level sufficient only to avoid outright deficiency disease.

To be sure of obtaining all the optimum benefits of vitamin C, the authoritative Linus Pauling Institute has recommended a daily minimum intake of at least 400 mg. This amount has been shown to achieve saturation levels of the vitamin within the body’s tissues in healthy young adults who are non-smokers. To get this in perspective, even the consumption of the recommended five daily servings of fruits and vegetables may provide just 200 mg of vitamin C, whilst even commercial multi-vitamin supplements typically provide only around 60 mg.

But the real story’s actually even worse than this, not only because all too few people actually manage to consume the recommended quantities of fruit and vegetables, but because the nutritional quality of those that we do consume is poor, and getting worse.

As long ago as 1936, Senate Document 264 noted that the poor quality of American farm soils was leading to widespread nutritional deficiencies, and the 1992 Earth Summit reported that mineral concentrations in US farm soils were 85% lower than those of a hundred years ago.

Nor does the problem lie just in the soil. The modern Western diet’s preference for highly refined grains, and the treatment of fruits and vegetables with preservatives, dyes, pesticides and even radiation is a proven disaster for vitamin and mineral retention, as well as a significant toxic assault on the body.

Indeed, the problem for us in the twenty-first century is that our environment seems as though it might have been expressly designed for ill-health. Daily we’re exposed to a kind of toxic soup of pollutants such as industrial emissions, car exhausts, pesticides, herbicides, dyes and all kinds of everyday household chemicals. But as the liver works ever harder in an increasingly desperate struggle to detoxify the body, an unwelcome side effect is that it produces enormous quantities of the free radicals which are amongst the chief contributors to premature ageing and degenerative disease.

In these adverse circumstances it can only make sense to ensure that the body is as lavishly provided as possible with the top quality anti-oxidants of which vitamin C is certainly one of the most important.

Fortunately, high dosages of vitamin C are readily available as supplements and fortunately, too, it seems that the manufactured kind of l-ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is chemically identical to that obtained naturally. This is not in any way to deny the importance of healthy eating, or to suggest that it doesn’t make sense to try and eat the recommended five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, because these contain a myriad of trace nutrients which operate synergistically within the body, and which all need to be present for optimum health.

It does suggest, however, that to rely on diet alone, however apparently healthy, may well be to risk missing out on the vital anti-oxidant properties of vitamin C which may in time be reflected in chronic, degenerative, if not acute, disease. It should be noted as well, that as a water-soluble compound, any excess vitamin C is harmlessly excreted by the body. So with all the health benefits of vitamin C at stake, it surely makes sense to err on the side of taking in too much rather than too little.

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Herbal Skin Care

Herbal Skin Care

Herbal Skin Care

By: Ellen Biddle

Skin care is not a topic of recent times; it has been in practice since ancient times, when herbal skin care was probably the only way to take care of skin. However, skin care has transformed in a big way. Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic/chemical-based skin care routines. The herbal skin care recipes which once used to be common place are not so popular today (and even unknown to a large population). This transformation from herbal skin care to synthetic, can probably be attributed to two things - our laziness (or just the fast pace of lives) and the commercialisation of skin care. Even herbal skin care products have been commercialised. These commercial herbal skin care products have to be mixed with preservatives in order to increase their shelf-life, hence making them less effective than the fresh ones made at home. However, it seems that things are changing fast and more people are now opting for natural and herbal skin care routines. But still, none want to make them at home and hence the commercial market of herbal skin care products is on the rise.

So what are these herbs or herbal skin care mechanisms?

Aloe vera, which is an extract from Aloe plant, is one of the best examples of herbal skin care product. Freshly extracted aloe vera is a natural hydrant that helps in soothing skin. It also helps in healing cuts and treating sun burns.

A number of herbs are known to possess cleansing properties. Dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary herbs, are a few examples of such cleansers. Their herbal skin care properties get invoked when they are combined with other herbs like tea.

Antiseptics are another important part of Herbal skin care. Lavender, marigold, thyme and fennel are good examples of herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties. Lavender water and rose water also form good toners.

Tea plays an important part in herbal skin care. Tea extracts are used for treatment of skin that has been damaged by UV radiation.

Oils prepared from herbal extracts present another means of herbal skin care. Tea tree oil, Lavender oil, borage oil and primrose oil are some popular oils used in herbal skin care. Some fruit oils (e.g. extracts from fruits like banana, apple and melon) find use in shower gels (as a hydrating mix)

Homeopathic treatments and aromatherapies also come under the umbrella of herbal skin care remedies.

Herbal skin care is good not only for the routine nourishing of skin but also for treatment of skin disorders like eczema and psorasis. Most herbal skin care products don't have any side effects (the most important reason for preferring them over synthetic products) Moreover, herbal skin care products can be easily made at home, hence making them even more attractive. So, herbal skin care is the way to go. However, this does not mean that you totally discard the synthetic products. Some people go to the extent of debating with their dermatologist, if he/she suggests a synthetic product. You should accept the fact that some skin orders might need usage of clinically proven non-herbal skin care products.

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Kraft Heinz Recalls Ready-To-Eat Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers Product Because Of Undeclared Allergens And Misbranding



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Kraft Heinz Company, an establishment in Fullerton, California is recalling approximately 959 pounds of ready-to-eat “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” packaged lunch products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens. The product contains wheat and soy, known allergens, which are undeclared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

According to the USDA, the ready-to-eat meat and cheese packaged lunch items were produced on September 21, 2016.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 3.4-oz. boxes containing four-compartment plastic trays of “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers,” with a “USE BY” date of 25 DEC 2016 and production times ranging from 9:13 to 10:00 stamped on the side of the plastic container.

The recalled ready-to-eat “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” packaged lunch products bear establishment number “EST. 537K” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

These items were shipped to retail locations in California and Utah.

The USDA said the problem was discovered when the firm received a complaint from a customer. No illnesses are associated with the complaint.

Kraft Heinz determined that the “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” products were incorrectly labeled with the back label for a “Nacho Lunchable” product. 

"The back label contains the product ingredient statements and as such, the “Lunchables Ham and American Cracker Stackers” products that were mislabeled do not declare wheat and soy on the label." the USDA posted online.

There have been no adverse reactions due to eating the recalled product. The USDA said that people with concerns about injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

The USDA urged consumers not to eat the recalled product, instead they should discard the product or return it to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Kraft Heinz Consumer Relations Center, at 1-800-573-3877.



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Article Reference

USDA News Release

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