Tuesday, August 1, 2017

What's the Buzz? August News

Say hello to Aloe!  Eat Wild with our Paleo picks.  Natural Skin Care Workshop with licensed Cosmetologist, DeAnna.  In-house Henna Artist for Friday Fun.  Change is coming to HH4L!
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Celebrate Honeybees!  National Honeybee Day is Aug. 19.
Bees are incredible creatures on which our food system depends, so let's hear it for the BEES!  Did you know that in order to produce 1 pound of honey, a hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles, visiting 2 million flowers?  You can read more bee facts here
Save 10% on all Honey
Aug. 18-19-20!
Coupon Code: BUZZ
Paleo Power
This trend is on the rise, find out what makes this diet so popular.
"The Paleo Diet" is the brainchild of Loren Cordain, Ph.D., who details in his book of the same name how our Paleolithic ancestors were actually quite healthy with their routine of high activity and calories from wild game and foraged foods.  He argues when society became more agrarian with the introduction of dairy and grains, our health began to suffer from chronic illness like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  
Research indicates Paleo calories were divided into about 35% from fats (with approximately 7.5% from Saturated fats), 35% from carbohydrates, and 30% from protein.  Carbs were from wild (not cultivated) fruits and vegetables, and vitamins, mineral & phytochemical contents of these would have been higher than today.  Additionally, our Paleo ancestors likely had diverse and healthy gut bacteria, based on a modern day hunter-gatherer society.  
As modern humans, we can only approximate that kind of diet by avoiding highly processed foods, grains, dairy, legumes, added salts and sugars.  It is de facto a gluten free way of eating that emphasizes grass-fed meat and organic produce in a 1:1 ratio (so you have to eat much more fruits and veg to equal the calories from steak.)  This is in stark contrast to the Standard American Diet, where sugar, salt, and processed food reign supreme.
While strict adherence to this diet/lifestyle is not for everyone, there are definitely positive pointers to be had.  For those who find themselves feeling better eating grain free with high quality proteins, we have many options to make the transition to Paleo easier!

August 13-26    Save 15% on select Paleo Fare

Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein  $45.99 (Reg. Retail listed)
Artisan Tropic  Plantain Strips w/Cayenne Pepper $3.49

Birch Benders Paleo Pancake Mix  $5.79
HU Dark Chocolate  $4.99 ea.
Let's Do Organic Organic Green Banana Flour $5.99/ 14oz
Otto's  Casava Flour  $13.99/ 32oz
Paleo Prime Cookies $2.19 ea.
Primal Kitchen  Salad Dressings  $6.69
NEW home-made SOAPS   $5.99 ea.
by Sassy-Anne's Soap Box
Bentonite clay, castor oil, organic shea butter and goat milk are among the straight-forward ingredients from this Michigan-based soapmaker. 


Soaking up the summer sun feels wonderful..to a point. Once we begin to feel the burn, aloe has been a go-to remedy for centuries.  It can offer us benefits beyond topical skin applications, so that's why Aloe Vera is August's Plant of the Month!

History and Botany

The earliest records of aloe were written on clay boards of Nippur in Mesopotamia over 4000 years ago, describing a cleansing effect on the intestinal system. The "papyrus Eber" from 1550 BC in Ancient Egypt, reveal aloe was highly regarded for its nourishing juice, used for skin care, and used in the embalming process, presumably due to antibacterial and antifungal properties.  It has maintained a nearly divine reputation in many cultures throughout the centuries as a magnificent healing plant.

Aloe Vera ("true" aloe) is common name for species that includes aloe barbadensis mill.  It is a fleshy perennial plant with triangular-shaped, serrated leaves.  It grows wild in tropical climates worldwide, and is cultivated for medicinal and commercial use.  It makes an excellent potted plant, but be cautious of ingesting an aloe plant unless you are certain it was grown organically or according to pharmaceutical standards.  You can read more about the growing process and all about aloe here.

Uses & Benefts
Aloe vera has more than 75 potentially bioactive compounds including vitamins, minerals, enzymes, anthraquinones, sugars, amino acids, salicylic acids and more!  The short list includes vitamins A,C,E, B12, Folic Acid & Choline, minerals calcium, chromium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.  Eight enzymes including amylase, cellulase and lipase aid digestion of carbs, sugars, and fats; bradykinase enzyme helps soothe inflammation topically.  Anthraquinones a.k.a. laxative compounds aloin and emodin also act as analgesics, antibacterials and antivirals.  Sugars, monosaccharides (glucose and fructose) and polysaccharides like glucomannan are present in the inner gel and outer leaf mucilage layer.  Polysaccharides make up about 6-15% of the solids in aloe vera, but can be destroyed by heat and enzymes during processing.

Skin Healing & Protection - The glucomannan and gibberellin (growth hormone within aloe) were found to work together to stimulate collagen synthesis, particularly type III, as well as hyaluronic acid which hastened wound healing in one study where aloe was used both topically and orally. Some studies found a protective effect against UV and gamma radiation.  Although it is not advised to be used instead of sunscreen, it does appear to speed the healing of burns.  Topically, aloe vera has been used to treat psoriasis, even herpes and cold sores.
Polysaccharides help bind water to skin, while zinc acts as an astringent, which improves the tone and texture of skin.  You'll often see aloe vera used in face and body products due to these moisturizing and anti-aging properties.

Anti-Inflammatory & Antioxidants - Aloe vera inhibits the cyclooxygenase (inflammatory) pathway and contains anti-oxidant ACE vitamins, which fight free radical damage.  Some studies found most antioxidant activity in the leaf skin.  Fighting free radicals and managing inflammation are great ways to stay healthy!

Digestion & Constipation - The combination of digestive enzymes, ph balancing effects, and soothing properties make aloe potentially beneficial for GI problems like ulcers and IBS, though more research is needed.  The latex just inside the outer leaf contains anthraquinones with laxative effects: increases water content in intestines, stimulates mucus secretion and increases peristalsis.

Blood Sugar Balancing - Some evidence in human and animals suggest aloe may be effective for diabetics with chronic hyperglycemia to reduce blood glucose and serum triglyceride levels.  A review of studies published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, found that aloe supplements lowered blood sugar levels in both prediabeti and diabetic individuals. The greatest reductions were seen in people with the highest blood-sugar levels.

Anti-Cancer activity - Aloin, an anthraquinone, is a major compound in aloe which has shown to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells.  Additionally, a polysaccharide fraction has shown to prevent the formation of pro-tumor compounds in rats, though more studies are needed.

Quality Assurance
All Lily of the Desert products originate from mature, organically-grown aloe vera plants, which are grown free of chemicals in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and the desert of Mexico. Once harvested, the aloe leaves are placed in refrigerated trailers to ensure no beneficial components are lost, and are then shipped to their state-of-the-art processing facility for precise inspection. Each outgoing batch is scientifically tested to validate quality and product efficacy. Quality is maintained and monitored every step of the way to ensure customers receive the best benefits naturally derived from aloe vera.
Safety & Side Effects:

Topical:  Aloe latex is not well tolerated by some people, it is best to test aloe gel on a small area to see if you react.  May cause redness, burning, or stinging in sensitive individuals.  May also increase absorption of steroid creams.
Oral:  Excessive or long-term use may cause cramps, diarrhea, hepatitis, dependency or worsening of constipation.  Laxative effect may cause electrolyte imbalance (low potassium).  Do not take aloe if you have known allergy to the Liliaceae family (onions, garlic, tulips.)  It may have a blood sugar lowering effect that could be enhanced if taking other medications like insulin. 
*Always consult your healthcare professional before using aloe vera medicinally.  This list of precautions and benefits above is not complete and should not be seen as medical advice.

Try Aloe Vera in August!
Lily of the Desert 99% Gelly only $6.99/8oz  $4.99/ 4oz
Lily of the Desert Aloe Gel (food grade) -  only $6.99
Lily of the Desert Juices (whole leaf/inner filet) -  only $11.99 - $14.99  
Essential Source NOPAVERA -  NOW $18.39  Reg. $22.99
Essential Source NOPAVERA PLUS-  NOW $25.99  Reg. $32.49
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There will be some big changes coming to Healthy Habitz, and a new website is just the beginning!  We'll announce when it goes live, so keep an eye out on social media and your email in the coming weeks.  Expect to see some change of format to these newsletters too - into smaller, more digestible bites :)


Beautiful Henna Designs
Fridays 3-7pm
by Artist Jean Smith
Using crushed red henna mixed with fresh lemon juice, sugar and essential oil to make her designs that can last about 2 weeks with proper care.  
Only $5 - $25 depending on size and complexity.
Skin Care Workshop
with DeAnna Gilbert, Cosmetologist
and owner of Integrity Pure & Natural Products
Thursday Aug. 10th
5:30 - 6:30 pm
You'll discover the most damaging mistakes that women of all ages make when trying to keep their natural glow and youthful appearance.
Did you know that skin cells regenerate every 28 days?
Did you know that the pattern of your blemishes tell a story about your health?
Awaken and energize your body's largest organ with the right with the right skin care regiment.
You'll even create a make-and-take mask, personalized to your facial skin with clean and all-natural ingredients.
Workshop Cost: $5  Save your seat today!
ADELPHA Thermography
Mon.  Aug 14th
Wed. Oct 11th

 by Appointment Only
with Linda Alchin RN

Infrared Thermography has redefined early detection for Breast Cancer by providing the earliest and most sensitive means of screening.
This simple procedure of taking digital computerized pictures with a specialized Thermography camera is safe, non toxic, highly accurate and an inexpensive form of diagnostic imaging used by progressive physicians in the US and Europe since 1952.
Must have a current medical doctor, MD or DO.  To schedule Call LINDA  at 248-797-1191
 Cost $165  Appointments take about 30 minutes.
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*Disclaimer: Statements made on this newsletter, have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.