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Sunscreen Facts- Friday, June 03, 2016

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

June 3rd, 2016


What you need to know to protect you and your family from the Texas summer sun


With the wide range of sunscreens on the market, Sunflower Shoppe has done the research to help you choose the most comprehensive, quality sunscreen to protect your skin. Here are some buzzwords and what they really mean:


Broad Spectrum -  When a product is labeled “broad spectrum,” it must contain protection from both the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. Here is why that is important:


UVB - remember the “B”  (for burn). These rays are responsible for the burning of the skin as well as the main cause of skin cancer.


UVA - remember the “A” (for aging). The UVA rays penetrate deeper and cause free radicals that contribute to cancer and wrinkling. These rays are not blocked by windows or clouds; we are continually exposed to them.


SPF - Sun Protection Factor. Some people believe that the higher the SPF, the better the product, or that they can bask in the sun longer without having to re-apply.

The truth is:

SPF 15 prevents 93% of the sun's harmful rays to damage the skin

SPF 30 prevents 97%

SPF 50 prevents 98%

98% is about the best protection available. The increase in coverage is negligible after 50.


All sunscreen products should be re-applied after 2 hours, and most people do not use enough to cover the body effectively. The Higher SPF number won’t improve these odds either.


Chemical vs. Physical Mineral -


Chemical sunscreen is designed to soak into the skin. It requires you wait about 15 to 20 minutes to absorb before exposure to sun. It works by creating a chemical reaction and alters the reaction of UV rays to heat and then releases the heat from the skin.


Mineral sunscreen sits on top of the skin and requires no wait time before exposure to sun. It works by reflecting the sun’s rays and scattering them from the skin. Best choice we prefer: non-nano zinc oxide.


Vitamin A (Retinol) - while Vitamin A (Retinol) can offer many benefits for the skin, it is considered dangerous to have it as an ingredient in sunscreen. It can play a part in accelerating the growth of cancerous tumors, when used on skin exposed to sunlight.



http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/report/the-problem-with-vitamin-a/


For more information about sunscreen safety and ingredients - come see us at the Shoppe!




The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

Tags :  sunscreenfactshealthtypesbroad spectrumUVSUVBSPF
Sunflower Shoppe Focus: Veriditas- Friday, February 12, 2016

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

February 12th, 2016

100% Certified Organic Therapeutic Essential Oils from Organic Farm to Home “Farmacy”

Amidst the wide range of essentials oils brands in the marketplace today including multi-level companies, Veriditas Botanticals stands above rest. Melissa Farris, owner, international educator and formulator, leads this small Minnesota based company that works exclusively with independent retailers, such as Sunflower Shoppe.

Here’s are 2 reasons we love Veriditas:

1) Veriditas is serious about organic.
If organic land management and artisanal quality are important to you, Veriditas is a solid choice. If the essential oil is not organic, it does not have the same potency as other conventional brands. Why? Plants with pesticides and herbicides do not produce the same robust essential oils. When an essential oil is labeled “organic,” this certification ensures that the plants were farmed, harvested, distilled and distributed according to organic methods. All essential oils at Veriditas Botanicals are National Organic Program certified (NOP) and Certified Organic through the French certification agency (ECOCERT). Following organic farming methods ensures that oils are free of pesticides, synthetics and adulterants. Furthermore, it supports organic farming, helping to keep our organic farmers in business. Melissa sums up this idea by stating “If customers select quality, we can see a beautiful change in the future.”

2) Veriditas has GRAS designation
Several Veriditas oils hold Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS) designation by the Food and Drug Administration which means the oil is safe to ingest. This makes Veriditas a great option for those who like to cook with essential oils, by adding oils to tea, cooking oils and the like. Along with adding these oils to your bath, mixing with a carrier oil for a homemade lotion, you can safely use some of these oils internally, as well.

Stop in the Shoppe and see for yourself why we are big fans of this product line, available in our extensive Essential Oils & Aromatherapy section.


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

Tags :  nutritionhealthVerditasorganicessential oils
5 ways to control and maintain your weight.- Friday, January 22, 2016

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

January 22nd, 2016

The new year brings with it new resolves to get healthy and stay that way. We all know that achieving our ideal weight and keeping it there is hard work requiring a healthy diet and exercise program. Here are 5 things you can add to your program to help support your efforts and achieve your goals faster.


1.  Have your vitamin D levels checked, and if you are low, take a D supplement. Vitamin D is responsible for supporting hormones such as insulin, parathyroid and leptin activity in the body which play a role in controlling weight.


2. Protein powders. Protein is an important part of a healthy diet, and it can support weight loss by slowing down digestion which will keep you feeling full longer and reduce cravings for high carb or sweet foods. Including a protein powder is an easy and fast way to increase protein intake.


3. Choose good fats. Replace butter and vegetable oil with high quality coconut oil. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) fats are very easy for the body to breakdown and use for energy. So by replacing other fats with MCTs you will be not only consuming fewer calories, but will have more energy for exercise!


4. Supplement with white kidney bean extract. This extract works on the enzymes that convert carbohydrates into glucose. It inhibits excess carbohydrates from being converted into fat by helping remove carbohydrates before they enter the bloodstream.


5. Don’t forget the fiber. A fiber called glucomannan has been shown to cause weight loss in several studies. This is a type of fiber that absorbs water and “sits” in your gut for a while, making you feel more full and deterring food cravings. 


What do all 5 tips have in common? They have the ability to support stable blood sugar levels and switch your body This means switching your body from a “Sugar Burner” to a “Fat Burner”.  The more sensitive your body is to insulin, the easier it can push the excess glucose from the foods we eat out of the blood to the body cells to be used for energy. The more “resistant” your body is to insulin, the more glucose is stored as fat rather than used for energy. Your body becomes resistant to the hormone insulin by eating diets high in simple carbs and sugars because it taxes the body’s natural process and it will begin to need more and more insulin to do the job. Many experts believe the key to losing unwanted pounds and keeping them off is by stabilizing blood sugar. Exercise and diet can make a big positive impact on your blood sugar levels.


Sunflower Shoppe is here to help support you to reach your goals. Look for upcoming seminars about these topics and come by and see us at the Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!



SOURCES

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/138/12/2309.full

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10641960600798655

http://www.menshealth.com/weight-loss/burn-fat-fast

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00895.x/abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15614200

http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/10/1/10


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

Tags :  weightmaintenancehealthvitaminsnutritiongood fatssupplements
Recent News on Faulty Supplements: Sunflower Shoppe’s Standpoint- Friday, February 06, 2015

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

Posted Friday, February 06, 2015


The quality of the herbal supplements sold at big box retailers retailers came under fire last week. First, let us assure you: Sunflower Shoppe has not sold, nor does sell the supplement brands called into question. Nonetheless, we realize this scrutiny can create doubt and fear for customers trying to improve their health and wellbeing.

We have always believed that all supplements are not created equal. It is too soon to fully respond to these accusations without further investigation into the processes used for manufacturing and testing. We make every effort to ensure that the products we carry are of the highest quality available.

All facilities that manufacture herbal supplements are required by U.S. law to comply with strict current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) requirements enforced by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). These requirements mandate that manufacturers have proper controls in place to ensure: quality, accurate labeling, that they contain unadulterated ingredients, verification of the identity of botanical ingredients and testing for such. The FDA regularly conducts inspections for compliance and takes swift action when standards are not met. Many manufacturers employ third-party testing, and all are required to perform several rigorous, in-house tests before products reach market. In fact, the natural foods and supplement industry has invited this oversight and involvement with FDA to ensure quality, as part of the DSHEA Act of 1994.

We at Sunflower Shoppe carefully and painstakingly select manufacturers who have a high level of commitment to these standards, who go above and beyond the required cGMP standards of the FDA. Our manufacturers’ facilities are certified by the likes of the United States Pharmacopia, the Natural and Non-Prescription Health Products Directorate Health Canada and the Therapeutic Good Administration of Australia. They use state of the art testing methods to assure quality and potency. Many of our staff have been to these facilities and seen these processes first hand. Our manufacturers strive to deliver the highest quality standards in the industry, and we have built trusted relationships with them over the years.

Steve Mister, president and CEO of Center for Responsible Nutrition, echoes our viewpoint  in a recent statement issued this week: "Responsible manufacturers and retailers take careful measures to ensure their consumers can purchase high-quality botanical supplements that contain what is on the label."  

At Sunflower Shoppe we share your commitment to good health. Despite the big retailers getting the big headlines this week, we appreciate your continued trust to provide you with high quality and effective ingredients in the supplements on our shelves.



http://vitaminretailer.com/ny-attorney-general-says-major-retailers-selling-fraudulent-supplements-npa-crn-respond/

http://www.npainfo.org/NPA/NewsRoom/News_Releases_2015/NPA_CEO_Responds_to_New_York_Attorney_General_Request_to_Stop_Herbal_Supplement_Sales.aspx

http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements



The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

Tags :  supplementshealthsafetyquality
GMOs: The latest news you need to know.- Friday, May 30, 2014

By Bryan Bradford, Chief Nutrition Officer of Sunflower Shoppe Natural Foods

May 30th, 2014

Big news in Vermont gives consumers the ability to see what the foods they eat are made of, allowing them to make choices.

On May 9, 2014 lawmakers in Vermont passed a bill requiring foods sold on their grocery store shelves must list information on the package stating whether the product has been genetically modified or if any included ingredients have been genetically modified. They believe it is the consumers right to know.

This legislation could eventually impact not only food labeling practices in Vermont, but have an impact in every state across the country.


So, what are GMO’s?

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.


Crops are currently modified to survive herbicide treatment, produce their own pesticides and resist certain diseases. Here is a list of the most genetically modified foods currently in the market.

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

Most people in the United States don't realize that they've been eating genetically engineered foods since the mid 90s. 

In 1994, genetically modified Flavr Savr tomatoes became the first commercially produced GMOs. They were brought out of production just a few years later, in 1997, due to problems with flavor and ability to hold up in shipping. The modification was designed to allow the tomato to delay ripening after picking. Currently there are no genetically engineered tomatoes on the market. As you can see, the trend is heading toward more, not less of this activity, so it is important to educate ourselves in order that we can make informed decisions on whether or not to include them in our diet. There is still much debate on the safety of genetically modified foods and human testing has not yet proven them safe (or unsafe). So here are some pros and cons to consider:

Pros:

  • It secures the livelihood of farmers, and can make more food available to feed more people.
  • It can enhance the quality and flavor of food.
  • GMOs can resist deadly viruses, insect infestations, weed killer and be more drought tolerant, thereby surviving conditions that could reduce or wipe out crops altogether.

Cons:

  • No research to prove safety for human consumption.
  • Creation of "super" weeds and other environmental risks.
  • Introducing allergens and toxins to food.


More to consider:

GMO ingredients are found in 80% of packaged foods in the US. Currently, the U.S. has no restrictions on these ingredients, yet in 40 other countries there are significant restrictions or outright bans on foods containing GMOs.

It’s important to know what’s in the food we eat, and there are organizations that can help. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices. Look for products stamped with the Non-GMO verified label. They believe that everyone deserves an informed choice about whether or not to consume genetically modified organisms.

We here at Sunflower Shoppe couldn’t agree more.
For more information about GMOs or other health topics, come see us at Sunflower Shoppe, where great health is just a way of life!


SOURCES:

http://www.nongmoproject.org/

http://www.monsanto.com/newsviews/pages/food-safety.aspx

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/issues/311/ge-foods/about-ge-foods#

http://healthresearchfunding.org/pros-cons-genetically-modified-foods/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/24/vermont-lawmakers-pass-gmo-labeling-bill_n_5203569.html


The content and opinions expressed in this “Shoppe Talk” blog are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or to provide medical advice. We are not medical doctors and we do not prescribe medication. If you have any questions about the relationship between nutrition and supplements, we recommend that you seek the advice of a qualified and licensed health practitioner. Our opinions are based on the literature and data from a variety of medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians, biochemists and other professional researchers. You are encouraged to make your health care decisions based on your own research and the advice of a qualified health care professional.

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