Natural Topical and Systemic – What to Avoid?

 

What is Natural? This is very difficult to conclusively define and  easy to dissect because of the amount of largely inaccurate information which can be  found within various published sources.  As derived from the US Department of Food and Human Services: “ From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.” “There is also a difference when it comes to ascertaining which market you are making reference to; preceeding which is in reference to foods, and topical skin care, cosmetics, and so forth which is somewhat different.

With that said “natural” foods can still contain a wide range of processed sweeteners, lab-produced “natural” flavours and colours, additives and preservatives. The bottom line is that unless you are growing your own food, making your own soups with broth from chickens that you monitor 100% natural or closest to earth is a difficult accolade to achieve and difficult for companies to guarantee yet often promote.

For topical care, naturally essentially are minimally processed or derived from nature, however” there are no formal laws requiring manufacturers to differentiate between natural sources versus bio-identical laboratory synthesis of natural ingredients. “ This then introduces an entirely different grouping of what is holistic, which are entirely naturally derived, and brings in ayurvedic, and examining the skin and body, as well as internal as a “whole” and can often be referred to as wholistic health or wholistic products.

The objective (whether it be products injested or topically applied) is to aim for the most natural or minimally processed products  for daily use and optimal health.  Most often, and most realistic is a combination of science, altered or synthetically derived ingredients with natural and/or scientifically created.

Irregardless of the labeled or marketed category; organic, natural, holistic, etc. suitability and minimizing potential toxins, known carcinogens, fillers, and artificial colours should be a consideration while maximizing benefit (health) and efficacy . Women and Men can use up to 19 and 12 (respectively) products per day topically, with this said, it is important to try to avoid some commonly known harmful ingredients such as:  Benzoyl peroxide, DEA, MEA, emulsifiers, Urea, PEG, Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Butylene, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Triclosan, and DMDM Hydantoin, GMO or as little as possible.  Again, the message is minimally processed, maximum benefit to health and efficacy, key is education, and as few ingredients as possible to allow maximum organ function.  What is applied to the skin topically does enter the body to varying percentages.

Further information can be obtained and comment by contacting me at christine@maiaglobal.com.

Street Talk – Natural and Effective

Street Talk
“Americans spent more than $300 billion on prescription drugs every year; nearly half of all adults have taken at least one prescription drug in the last month; nearly a third regularly use two or more; and women are more likely than men to use prescription drugs.” Source: CDC.
“Drugs can undoubtedly save lives, but our penchant for prescriptions can sometimes mean treating or masking symptoms—without fixing the root cause of the health issue.” Source CSI News. Can this also be said for topical cares, quick fix diets, and basically any trend that does not create a lifestyle choice, and change?
It is a fact that many common ailments can be treated naturally. Some of the common ailments that can be treated without a prescription, or titrating off a prescription with the correct behavioural changes and choice (always consilt a Dr before quitting a method of treatment) include but are not limited to pain, high blood pressure, hypothyroid, acid reflux, insomnia, depression, diabetes, high cholesterol, infection, impotence, anxiety, obesity, and many in combination with traditional and non-traditional means such as cancer, MS, crohns and colitis, IBS, ulcer; and many are in fact preventable through healthy, natural choice. The US National Library of Medicine services compares traditional v non-traditional treatment regimens, as well as prevention.com. – June 5 2014

Street Talk

For this supporting blog post the list could be endless to support natural, minimally processed, and products that are clean, effective and serve a purpose or facilitate positive change.

The most benefit I can offer you is to provide the best possible source of information for the maximum benefit in an efficient manner.  The reason people buy skin care and choose “healthier” food options is fear.  Fear of wrinkles, aging, deep lines, sagging skin, and fear induced by media, marketing, and social means that advertise harmful ingredients, and what to avoid.  They are seeking education, efficacy, benefit and risk harmful outcomes to replenish, renew, rejuvenate, heal and return to youth, etc, etc, etc.

There is no avoiding foods that have some amount of chemical exposure as we live in one biosphere, by the same token, there is no avoiding some form of genetically modified food, synthetic ingredient or preservative of some type.  Bread is the easiest example I can readily think of as I write….most often it is packaged in plastic, and even if bakery bought would be made with some type of ingredient that has been exposed to some ingredient that has been affected by “science.” (for example..the eggs). This is a bold statement for which I would be pleased to take on any comment with regards to the truth.

I can however (with being exposed to new to market products almost daily) offer some guidance on what to look for in the natural, effective and beneficial realm that will bring some clarity to reducing harmful ingredients and maximizing results.

Currently trending are clean, natural, effective products such as Mineral Hygienics at www.mineralhygienics.com, Skin 2 Skin Care who have won 20 awards for product excellence in various categories www.skin2skincare.com, and for body care, prevention, sulphate free shampoo/conditioner, pain relief the sites I can refer you to are www.sasynsavy.com and www.ynotnatural.ca whose emu oil and omega 3-6-9 products can relieve pain associated with joint and muscle aches, gout, arthritis and sports injury.  I will state that I am biased as I know these products, and you can search the benefits of the ingredients under medline and other reputable sources.

 In the systemic or category of food, there are many ways to go natural, or organic if that is preference as well as ayurvedic especially in the now warmer summer months forthcoming.  My suggestion is to seek farmers markets, seasonal fruits and vegetables, simple, clean foods.  Opt for beneficial proven ingredients that can be added to smoothies, salads, or cooked foods such as Turmeric, bean sprouts, coconut oil, milk, water, avocado oil, olive oil, and opt for a banana, apple or high anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory food with every meal or between meals. Upon waking and going to bed water with a squirt of lemon or fresh lemon sliced.

To prevention, well-being and,  your “whole” or entire good health.

Best -Christine Pemberton  

Natural Topical and Systemic – What to Avoid?

What is Natural? This is very difficult to conclusively define and  easy to dissect because of the amount of largely inaccurate information which can be  found within various published sources.  As derived from the US Department of Food and Human Services: “ From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”“There is also a difference when it comes to ascertaining which market you are making reference to; preceeding which is in reference to foods, and topical skin care, cosmetics, and so forth which is somewhat different.

With that said “natural” foods can still contain a wide range of processed sweeteners, lab-produced “natural” flavours and colours, additives and preservatives. The bottom line is that unless you are growing your own food, making your own soups with broth from chickens that you monitor 100% natural or closest to earth is a difficult accolade to achieve and difficult for companies to guarantee yet often promote.

For topical care, naturally essentially are minimally processed or derived from nature, however” there are no formal laws requiring manufacturers to differentiate between natural sources versus bio-identical laboratory synthesis of natural ingredients. “ This then introduces an entirely different grouping of what is holistic, which are entirely naturally derived, and brings in ayurvedic, and examining the skin and body, as well as internal as a “whole” and can often be referred to as wholistic health or wholistic products.

The objective (whether it be products injested or topically applied) is to aim for the most natural or minimally processed products  for daily use and optimal health.  Most often, and most realistic is a combination of science, altered or synthetically derived ingredients with natural and/or scientifically created.

Irregardless of the labeled or marketed category; organic, natural, holistic, etc. suitability and minimizing potential toxins, known carcinogens, fillers, and artificial colours should be a consideration while maximizing benefit (health) and efficacy . Women and Men can use up to 19 and 12 (respectively) products per day topically, with this said, it is important to try to avoid some commonly known harmful ingredients such as:  Benzoyl peroxide, DEA, MEA, emulsifiers, Urea, PEG, Parabens, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol, Butylene, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Triclosan, and DMDM Hydantoin, GMO or as little as possible.  Again, the message is minimally processed, maximum benefit to health and efficacy, key is education, and as few ingredients as possible to allow maximum organ function.  What is applied to the skin topically does enter the body to varying percentages.

Further information can be obtained and comment by contacting me at christine@maiaglobal.com.

The Premise of Natural Comments – Welcome

This “blog” site is intended to challenge conventional thought, educate, provide insight, and raise awareness of various trends, topics, and talks as related and streaming within the wellness area. Similar, to the concept of what is natural?, the answer to what is wellness? will vary for me, you, your neighbour, family members, friends or even strangers.

Natural, by definition, is “minimally processed” or closest to nature. Wellness, can include or not include one or all of the 7 facets of wellness that have been readily defined: those being spiritual, mental, physical, social, environmental and systemic which may or may not directly involve formal “natural” ingredients but all have natural facets or implications. The definition of what is wellness will vary from one individual to another and may simply be; physical/exercise/fitness and systemic/food based whilst others expand to pursuits such as meditation, yoga, or chakra balancing and stones or crystals. So, natural and wellness are intertwined.

The market  for personal care alone within the natural and organic market exceeds $5 billion in the US (a wellness industry), with the CAGR for natural increasing over organic which is simply an agricultural accolade. The Global Beauty Market is USD 382.3 billion in 2010- 2011 with skin care the dominant force. So natural wellness, or wellness has a significant impact on industry and audience.

Welcome to the Natural Comments blog site, the voice of Maia International Inc., and alliance partners. We will be posting at least weekly information on industry trends, topics, and talk surrounding both the benefits of natural, news on natural, efficacy and importance of natural elements. Also, noted and published will be “street talk” providing insight of what’s happening or streaming in the industry that may affect your business, audience or you, and comments/insight of alliance partners or from our team.

We will often feature products of excellence or note worthy to help your company understand “new to market” and demand generation as well as alternatives, and for you products or offerings that are well balanced and either enhance natural benefits or facilitate positive change naturally.

Natural Comments is a “formal” forum of ethical, evidenced based information and expert opinion as driven through science and medical or clinical data combined with knowledge to provide dissemination of honest and trustworthy insight. We welcome comments and contribution within “street talk” and at times will feature noteworthy products, and guidance with clarity.

Best

Christine Pemberton

christine@maiaglobal.com