Beneficial Products for the Great Outdoors

Looking for some products that will make your next outdoor excursion a little easier or better? Check these out.
environmentally friendly sunscreen
Price: $5.99 +
When adventuring outside, number one thing is to have sunscreen on. Rubber Ducky, whose motto is “just like water off of a duck’s back” has been cruelty-free since 1984 and chemical-free since 2013. The sunscreen, which is formulated and made in the USA, is eight hours water resistant—you can actually see the water bead up and not soak in. However, please be careful, as some of it is tinted- I have never used a tinted sunblock, I don’t use makeup, and I didn’t know there was any such thing. The one that says “for faces” is tinted, and is REALLY tinted. It will turn your face, neck, hands, and anything else you touch a bizarre pinkish-brownish color, and it gets all over anything you touch for the rest of the day. Your clothes, bra, bathing suit, car seats- it’s a literal hot mess if you aren’t expecting it. Which I wasn’t. We all went to put it on our faces- and we then spent the rest of the day trying to get it off ourselves. The clothes did come clean after several treatments and washes in the machine, so at least there is that! I am going to read the labels much more carefully from now on- I always look for SPF, sustainability, reef safety, and to make sure it hasn’t been tested on animals- now I will add to read to make sure it ISN’T tinted, LOL. That’s a mistake I hope to only make once! If you like tinted sunblock, there you go. If you don’t, learn from my stupidity, haha- what a disaster.
pirani cup
Price: $24.95
Nothing beats kicking back in the sunshine and enjoying your favorite beverage and Pirani’s insulated reusable tumblers are the perfect vessel to drink out of.  The only reusable cup you’ll need, Pirani is perfect for hot or cold drinks, Pirani is:
Easily Stackable – perfect for storing or packing on the go
Skinny Walled Triple Insulation – Keeps your drinks at a perfect temperature without a sweaty mess!
Leak-proof and indestructible lid (no sand in your drink), premium quality 18/8 stainless steel, powder-coated finish and lifetime warranty
Dishwasher safe and unbreakable. The “dishwasher safe” part is really great- so many of these types of reusable cups can’t go into the dishwasher, which is pretty inconvenient. Small problems overall, but they keep the item from being used as much as you might otherwise because it’s just not as easy as the rest.
Pirani Life strives to maintain this momentum of sustainability moving forward and pledges to design products that will help reduce single-use plastic. Reducing single use anything is so important.
pre packaged vegan food
Price: $3.99 per pouch
Cooking outdoors? Make it easy with BeanVIVO’s ready-to-eat organic beans in convenient pouches. Pre-cooked, you can heat them up on the campfire stove (or if you’re glamping, microwave) and in no time you can have scrumptious black beans, coconut curry chickpeas, three bean vegan chili, or refried pinto beans. High in protein, these beans are rich in healthy macro and micronutrients. They are chock full of fiber, which helps you feel satisfied while you are on-the-go. My husband really loves these- we all liked them, but he loved them and ordered more already.

Focus Focus! Vitamin by KalaVita

I take vitamins and supplements for quite a few different purposes, including one for my hair, skin, and nails (combination vitamin for me). As I get older, and after having kids, your skin and hair and nails can become thin, brittle, easy to damage and hard to heal. Dull. Prone to breaks (hair and nails) and wrinkles, dry and/or oily patches, and just thinner skin in general (which is a main reason why your skin wrinkles).

I just tried these new chews (think gummies) that are also said to improve brain function, as well as improve energy levels. They taste nice- like a gummy bear without the over the top sweetness. I take them as the last supplement, since they can get rid of that weird aftertaste some vitamins leave in your mouth. Sort of like a palate cleanser in a way.

Focus Focus! by KalaVita; delicious vegan gummies powered by nature, with no artificial flavors, sugar-free and gluten-free.

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Focus Focus! Promotes focus & concentration, with ingredients like L-Theanine, an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves, it keeps you calm, regulated, and clear for lift-off, and Neumentix, a clinically proven ingredient from patented spearmint lines to support focus during the day without disrupting sleep at night.

We know that you wouldn’t recommend to your audience something that you haven’t tried or thoroughly researched before. That’s why we’d love to send you some Focus Focus! samples, to you for trying them and include them in one of your future listicles, or stories. We want to connect you and your audience with KalaVita’s value of optimizing their daily health and wellness with innovation, simplicity, and delight.

More Information, via the website

  • Help improve concentration, memory, and cognitive function, without the caffeine jitters or 3 PM slump
  • Formulated with Neumentix™ to improve focus, memory, and cognitive functions; Guarana extract and L-Theanine to sharpen concentration and boost energy level
  • Best 0-sugar caffeine alternative

Try it out and see what you think of it- you might find something you’d like to add to your health and beauty arsenal.

2022 Summit About Using Yoga to Overcome Trauma and Find Peace

Global Wellness Experts Come Together for Virtual IDY 2022 Summit About Using Yoga to Overcome Trauma and Find Peace

Hosted by Souljourn Yoga Foundation,
All Proceeds Donated to Yoga United for Ukraine, an organization helping children and adolescents with cancer affected by war

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WHAT: This International Day of Yoga, join Souljourn Yoga Foundation, the World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows (WAFUNIF), and global yoga and wellness change-makers for a virtual summit featuring a 30-minute meditation and yoga practice followed by an expert-led panel discussion and Q&A about yoga as a vehicle for cultivating peace – within ourselves and in the world around us – all while giving back to the children of Ukraine. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Yoga United for Ukraine.

Presented by Souljourn Yoga Foundation and World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, 9am PDT, 12pm EDT, 5pm GMT

FORMAT: 30-minute virtual yoga and meditation practice led by Jordan Ashley, Founder of Souljourn Yoga Foundation, followed by an expert-led panel discussion and Q&A

 

PANELISTS:

Liliana Bucur Cress: President of WAFUNIF (Moderator)

Jordan Ashley: Founder of Souljourn Yoga Foundation

Leigh Leibel: Yoga Therapist, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Sponsor of Yoga United for Ukraine

Marsha D. Banks-Harold: Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator and Director, PIES Holistic Yoga Therapy Training Program, IAYT Board of Directors

Christine Moghadam: Founder of Corc Yoga

Ashley Deleon: Founder of Ashley DeLeon Pilates

Sarah Naomi Jones: Befriending the Body Program Coordinator, The Center for Trauma and Resilience

TOPICS: Panelists will discuss the challenging times we are living in and how yoga can help us:

  • Impact change within ourselves and the world

  • Find relief from trauma and fear

  • Improve our physical and mental health

  • Experience more joy, happiness, and peace

  • Cultivate a more spiritual community

EVENT INFO: To participate, please sign up here (Eventbrite invitation)

COST: $18

All proceeds will be donated to Yoga United for Ukraine, an organization helping children and adolescents with cancer affected by war.

For a media promo code, or to schedule an interview, please email media@stephaniewolfpr.com

Souljourn Yoga:

Souljourn Yoga Foundation is a US 501(c)3 nonprofit that raises awareness and funds for young women’s education around the world by using yoga as an inclusive vehicle for change. Inspired by seva, the Sanskrit word and yogic principle of selfless service, and ‘sojourn’ which captures the essence of being in a place for a time, we collaborate with local community-based projects and international nonprofits. We endeavor to support sustainable educational pathways for women across the world and believe that all women deserve equal access to education and their own space to breathe, connect, and grow.

WAFUNIF

World Association of Former United Nations Interns and Fellows is the sole United Nations alumni association and the official United Nations Peace Messenger. All WAFUNIF’s activities, including seminars and special reports, are devoted solely to United Nations matters and are implemented in close cooperation with agencies and organizations of the UN system. WAFUNIF promotes the vital role of the UN in educating and training for development and peace, particularly among young people.

Yoga United for Ukraine 

Yoga United for Ukraine is a grassroots fundraiser created on behalf of Ukrainian children and adolescents with cancer whose life-saving treatment has been disrupted by war. This campaign is organized by a team of oncology yoga therapists and yoga teachers in US, Canada, UK, Australia, and India who are long-time colleagues and members of the international Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) Yoga Special Interest Group (Yoga SIG). The mission of Yoga United for Ukraine is simple: to help alleviate suffering. This is the essence of Yoga – to practice selfless acts of kindness without expectation of return, coming from a place of love (Sanskrit: Seva).

4 Refreshing Ways to Keep Your Kids Comfortable This Summer

Everyone loves the carefree atmosphere and endless sunshine of the summer, especially your kids. They want to make the most of their time off school and spend as much as possible outdoors, soaking up the sun and running around with friends. But, as fun as summer is, there are also some dangers. The heat can cause problems for your child and make them uncomfortable or even ill. You don’t want this to happen, so here are four refreshing ways to keep your kids comfortable this summer. 

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Keep The House Cool 

A muggy, humid home is no place to be during the summer. However, kids can’t spend all their time outside, especially if it’s too wet or dangerous to play. Even if they are inside, there are plenty of things to do to keep them entertained, but you must make sure the house is cool enough for everyone to feel comfortable. 

Opening the windows allows the air to circulate and will cool down the house, and you can enhance this with fans in the living room or bedroom. It’s also worth looking at AC repair before the summer season begins to make sure it works perfectly so you can flood your house with fresh and cool air. 

Keep Them Safe From the Sun 

When your kids finally get outside, you can expect them to run around without a care in the world. This is all good for helping them burn off energy, but it comes with hazards, too. Too much sun exposure can cause heat exhaustion and sunburn, which is not a pleasant experience no matter how old you are. 

Every parent should have a healthy supply of sunscreen and hats as well as shaded areas in the garden to give the kids some respite from the sun. 

Give Them Plenty to Drink 

You cannot underestimate the power of summer hydration for kids, especially as younger children don’t know their limits. Things can quickly take a turn for the worse if they don’t drink enough water, as they might suffer from headaches and feel lethargic. 

Make sure you supply them (and any other neighborhood kids) with plenty of cold water, popsicles, and a place to dunk their heads if they are going to spend all day outside. 

Avoid Peak Heat Hours 

As tempting as it is to spend all day outside, you can protect your kids and make sure they are comfortable by avoiding peak hours. These hours are the time of the day when the sun is highest and the temperatures are as hot as they are going to be. 

Peak hours and temperatures vary depending on where you live, but many people consider July the hottest time of the year for most places across the country. If you can keep your kids out of the sun at noon and beyond, you can minimize the discomfort they will experience from getting too excited. 

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Everyone deserves to enjoy as much of their summer as possible. If you have kids who love to be outside, whether playing in the neighborhood or on vacation, these tips guarantee a summer full of fun and laughter while still being safe and comfortable. 

Healthy Hair Habits You Need to Know

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Nobody wants to have a bad hair day, ut we’ve all been there, more often than we would like to admit. From thin hair to frizzy hair, there is so much that can go wrong, but you can avoid the worst of it if you focus on making your hair as healthy as possible.

With that in mind, here are some healthy hair habits that you pretty much need to know:

Eat a healthy diet

A big part of what makes your hair, and your beard if you have one, healthy is what you choose to eat. Foods that contain a lot of protein, like fish, eggs, and tofu, are particularly good because protein is the main component of hair, but eating lots of avocados and berries that have tons of vitamins C and E in them will really help to strengthen your hair too.

Brush your hair before washing

If you take the time to detangle your hair before you wash it, it is less likely to break. Water makes hair weaker, so if you brush after washing, you are more likely to see it snap, which is exactly what you do not want to happen.

Add oil

Hair oils and serums that have been fortified with vitamins can help to nourish your hair from the outside and make it shiny and strong, as can oil-based beard products if you know a guy who might be interested. By applying an oil treatment at least once a week – argan and coconut are particularly good – you can expect to see sleeker hair in your immediate future.

Condition correctly

Conditioner can add moisture to your hair and improve its natural sleekness and shininess, but only if you do it right. Use an amount of conditioner no larger than nickel, apply it evenly throughout the length of your hair, leave for 90 seconds and rinse thoroughly for best results. If your hair is very dry, a leave-in conditioner might be more appropriate.

Cut down on heat styling 

You might love the sleekness that comes with straightening your hair or the bounce of heat-styled curls, but high temperatures can damage your hair, causing it to become dry, spilt, and occasionally even break off. Using her as little as possible is, therefore, a really good idea, but if you must, at least use a good heat protectant spray before you do so, oh and maybe wear a hat when you’re out in the hot sun too because that can have a similar effect.

Banish stress

Many people do not realize that your stress levels can affect how much your hair grows, but it can often cause your body to be stressed, which can make your scalp dry, which not only inhibits growth but can also lead to dandruff too, So do some yoga, meditate or find other ways of de-stressing regularly if you want your hair to be healthy.

Putting these healthy hair habits into action, will give you the beautiful, healthy mane you’ve always dreamed of, so what are you waiting for?

Report Indicates Pandemic Accelerated Youth Mental Health Decline Correlated with Smart Phone Use

New data from the Mental Health Million Project across 34 nations confirms that mental health struggles among younger generations not only persist, they have in many instances accelerated. Even with promising new data suggesting a “near normal” summer could be on the way following two years of COVID-related restrictions, other data reveals that nearly half of young adults experienced mental health symptoms during the pandemic’s second year. Sapien Labs’ new rapid report reveals that the pandemic-era decline has accelerated an existing global trend, and led to the widespread disintegration of “social self.”

Sapien Labs’s latest Rapid Report provides data that confirms the continued challenges young adults have faced with their mental wellbeing, which have worsened throughout the pandemic. The data highlights key findings related to global mental wellbeing with a focus on how social self factors into the current state of youth, including:

  • Mental decline in young adults was significantly correlated with the local stringency of lockdown measures associated with the pandemic.
  • Out of 47 elements captured, 16 aspects of mental wellbeing were rated as having a severely negative impact on the ability to function by half or more of those aged 18-24.
  • The constellation of symptoms now dominating the mental profile of young adults do not map to any single disorder as defined by the DSM.
  • The ability to relate to and interact with others (“social self”) has been seriously impaired in over half of young adults across the world.
  • Pandemic-era declines reflect an acceleration of a trend that began in 2010, prior to which younger generations had the best measurable psychological well-being. Prior to the pandemic, this trend was strongly correlated with the growth of smartphone usage.

Dr. Tara Thiagarajan, scientist and Sapien Labs Founder, has compiled information about what the new rapid report reveals about the accelerating global decline of mental well-being in younger generations.

Watermelon Vegan Sleep Solution Launched: CBD+CBN Gummies

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Having trouble sleeping? All natural CBD is a great way to help you get some sleep, and it’s non habit forming as well. Inflamade provides a natural health solution to those in the athletic and abilities communities with ParabenFree CBD Creams that have over 20+ uses, amongst its drug test safe CBD oils.

Their latest product Deep Sleep CBD + CBN Vegan Gummies combines the power of CBD + CBN – and works to put your mind at ease and sleep throughout the night. With 20mg CBD + 5mg CBN, and 3mg Melatonin per watermelon gummy, products are lab tested to ensure 0% THC and 100% Drug Test Safe.

CBD sleep

The compounds CBD and CBN have different impacts on the body, but when combined, they aid in alleviating restless nights and insomnia.

CBD is the most-widely used compound of the two and is found in cannabis and hemp plants. Its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties can be added to everything from beauty products, to food, to tinctures here at Inflamade

CBN is less-widely used and this is due to less research on the compound’s benefits and side effects. In recent years, its popularity has continued to grow due to its potential benefits in aiding sleep and alleviating pain.

These new CBD + CBN gummies are engineered to help with REM sleep. Plus, Melatonin is also good for inducing sleep as well as healing and relieving pain. According to the National Pain Report, melatonin may reduce pain and insomnia in patients suffering from fibromyalgia, a natural hormone that helps the body regulate sleep and wake cycles.

Vegan, gluten free and made with the highest quality CO2 extracted CBD – working naturally with your bodiesInflamade CBD gummies aim to help the body with pain and discomfort, enhancing the healing process to soothe joint and muscle discomfort.

Inflamade.com ships directly to your doorstep, with free shipping in the USA. Retailing at $70 for 30 gummies. 

Check out https://inflamade.com to see the full range of products, and choose the one(s) that are right for you.

8 Ways That Will Help You Have A Healthy And Happy Heart

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Your heart is a crucial organ in your body. It pumps blood to all other areas of your body and keeps you alive and healthy. Sadly, it’s one of the most abused parts of anyone’s body because many people tend not to make their health a priority.

Busy lifestyles and hectic work schedules are just some of the reasons why many people’s health can suffer – and sadly have a negative impact on their hearts.

How Is Your Heart?

You’re probably reading this today because you worry that your heart isn’t in perfect health as it should be. One of the great things about the human body is that it usually gives you warning signs when things are wrong, especially with your heart’s health.

For example, regular chest pains can be a sign that something isn’t right, such as pericarditis (an inflamed pericardium – a fluid-filled sac that protects the heart). In such cases, seeing a pericarditis doctor can help you confirm such a diagnosis and get treatment for the condition.

If you feel that something isn’t quite right with your heart, it’s worth seeing your doctor urgently.

8 Ways To Improve Your Heart’s Health

Having taken on board the above information, what steps can you take to ensure that your heart is as healthy as possible? Here are 10 examples to inspire you:

1. Improve Your Diet

The first thing you need to do is look at the types of food you consume each day and determine whether they are good for you or not. The chances are high that you consume food that might be high in calories, cholestoral, and fat.

You might think that you have to give up all the things that are bad for you. However, you could instead enjoy the delicious dishes you regularly eat – but just opt for low-calorie or “lighter” alternatives to specific ingredients.

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2. Exercise Regularly

Once you’ve sorted out a healthy eating plan, you should pay some attention to your exercise regime. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, or you don’t exercise as much as you should, look at ways of keeping active that you’re happy to follow each day.

The last thing you want to do is organize a daily exercise plan and then fail to stick with it. Do exercises that fit in well with your lifestyle and daily routines.

3. Get Regular Health Checkups

It makes sense to have regular health checkups, such as bi-annually or annually, with your doctor for several reasons. Firstly, it’s an excellent way to learn about any potential health problems that you’re at risk of developing.

Secondly, it’s the perfect way to monitor things like your vitamin and nutrient levels, and it allows you to act on any deficiencies. Lastly, regular checkups give you an opportunity to discuss any health concerns you may have.

4. Give Up Smoking

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a casual smoker or something that smokes 30+ cigarettes a day. Smoking is bad for your health in numerous ways and your habit can even impact those closest to you, such as your immediate family members.

Smoking significantly increases your risk of developing heart other and circulatory diseases, so it makes sense to quit the habit in a bid to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Not only will your heart feel healthier once you quit smoking, but so too will your other vital organs, such as your lungs.

5. Avoid Drinking Alcohol

Did you know that regular alcohol consumption can also be detrimental to your heart’s health? There’s lots of conflicting advice about whether alcohol can be good or bad for your heart, but the reality is that excessive alcohol consumption can lead to heart failure.

There is one form of heart failure directly attributed to drinking excessive amounts of alcohol: alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM). It affects people who drink several cans of beer or glasses of wine or other spirits each day without fail.

6. Reduce Your Stress

Stress is something that everyone experiences in their lives, and often each day. As you probably know, stress can cause all kinds of health problems in people that experience significant amounts of it.

If you’re always anxious about things and get stressed out about lots of stuff every day, it can increase inflammation in your body and impact your heart’s health.

Look at ways of reducing stress in your life, such as meditating or practicing yoga, changing your career, or even moving out of a busy city and into a quieter, rural location.

7. Increase Your Sleep

Sleep is something that everyone needs each day, but the sad truth is that many people aren’t getting enough of it. You might think that sleep deprivation (insomnia) will only make you feel tired and probably grumpy when you wake, but the effects are far-reaching.

For example, having less than seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep each night will mean your body can’t lower your heart rate and blood pressure, ultimately leading to developing cardiovascular diseases.

8. Find Ways To Be Happy In Life

It should come as no surprise that being happy means you are leading a healthy and positive life. When you’re happy, your body will release dopamine and serotonin, two types of brain neurotransmitters.

Moreover, being happy also means your metabolism stabilizes and results in the efficient operation of organs like your heart.

Something else that happens when you’re happy is that your stress and anxiety levels drop, reducing the risk of eventually developing heart-related diseases.

Conclusion

There’s no denying that your heart is undeniably one of the most essential organs in your body. It does a lot of work, and when it’s in peak physical condition, it will operate efficiently and without fail.

Sadly, people often abuse their bodies through eating the wrong things, consuming too much alcohol, or leading a sedentary lifestyle, and those things will negatively impact the heart. By following the tips on this blog post, you will have a healthier, happier heart.