Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

Wellness Expo Highlights What You Should Know About Indoor Air Quality

The second annual 2019 SXSW Wellness Expo highlighted a number of innovative products designed to make your life happier and, of course, healthier. This two-day event featured a variety of demonstrations, healthy samples, outstanding products, and more than a couple fitness classes in order to promote healthy living in the Austin area.

Few groups stood out more than indoor air quality company, Airthings. This company produces the best-selling digital radon detectors available on the market today, but their new Healthy Building Solution hopes to improve your indoor air quality as a whole through real-time, wireless detection.

Airthings' New Indoor Air Quality Monitors

“Studies have actually proven that optimizing indoor air quality is directly correlated to improved productivity, and in turn, greater revenue generation,” claims Airthings CEO Oyvind Birkenes. “Our goal to introduce management professionals to our IAQ monitors and enable them to check all these boxes: a healthy building, a productive and motivated staff, and an innovative, forward-thinking company model.”

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is determined by a variety of factors, most notably the particulate matter present in your air. While we all know that pollen counts and smog can cause a decrease in air quality both indoors and outdoors, there are countless factors in the home and workplace that can put your health at risk. For example, seemingly innocuous factors like high levels of humidity can play a damaging role in the quality of your indoor air.

If a person is surrounded by harmful air on a regular basis, deteriorating health effects might occur, such as the development of asthma, recurring headaches, or allergies.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

This is why it’s so important to utilize the best ventilation in hazardous work environments, like kitchens and manufacturing plants. In fact, almost 70% of all manufacturers utilize a compressed air system for ventilation and more.

However, the indoor air quality in your home and office is just as necessary. This often-neglected home component is in need of a change, prompting companies like Airthings have taken an active role in developing new IAQ-monitoring products.

Airthings unveiled three energy-efficient, wireless products designed to detect and measure any potential hazards in your air. For example, their new “Wave Plus” sensors measure radon levels, CO2, humidity, TVOCs, temperature, and air pressure in real time. Better yet, this technology also offers suggestions and tips to help improve your air quality and save energy.

Airthings Wave Plus indoor air quality monitor with Radon detection

Airthings also showcased two other wireless products: the “Wave Mini” and the “Airthings Hub” (both featured below). While the “Wave Mini” is perfect for measuring the IAQ of a single room; the “Airthings Hub” relies on multiple devices to be distributed throughout an entire building. This can enable a company to seal off dangerous areas and locate the source of air contamination, assuring the safety of their employees.

Airthings Hub

Improving your work and home environment is essential to reducing turnover rate within your company, improving the health of your family, and leading a happier life. With allergy season right around the corner, it’s more vital than ever to get a head start on improving your indoor air quality. While planting trees and shrubs can help reduce your energy bills by nearly 25%, these very same plants can also make your allergies go haywire. It’s no wonder Americans will contract more than one billion colds each year.

If you’re trying to improve your health through the innovative products featured at the 2019 Wellness Expo, perhaps you should start with your indoor air quality.

Naturcolor Herbal Based Haircolor: The Eco-Friendly Haircolor Gel

Do you want to know the best things about the Natural Products Expo West? Being introduced to natural and organic products from across every industry. This year’s event happened at the beginning of this month and as always, was a treasure trove of eco-friendly, organic, and herbal-based products. One of the standout product we were introduced to was Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor.

This herbal-based, permanent, eco-friendly haircolor gel uses high-quality natural ingredients to cover grey hairs, add radiant highlights, or dramatically change your existing hair color. Available in 31 colors, each Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor can be used alone or blended to create personalized colors. The herbal-based haircolors are handcrafted with the finest Italian pigments derived from botanicals. It can be used repeatedly without damaging your hair, unlike harsh chemical colors. The 31 colors feature five different color series; they include the Natural Series, Copper Series, Golden Series, Mahogany Series, and Ash Series.

The Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor Natural Series was specially formulated with the strongest pigments to “cover” gray. The other color groups are made with lighter pigments. These color with a more transparent effect and are designed to be mixed with the Natural Series for special custom tints or highlights. The Naturcolor Herbal based haircolor range contains no ammonia, resorcinol,  or parabens, and is cruelty-free.

After coloring, we recommend using the Naturcolor After Color Treatment. This very mild shampoo is designed specifically for use after hair coloring. It gently removes any excess hair dye without stripping away the hair color that you just applied.

Other Naturcolor hair products include the Rejuvennis Shampoo, Echinacea Herbacreme Conditioner, and Phytovitamin Tonic. In the age of being more aware of what goes into the product that we use, are you ready to give up the chemicals and go for natural ingredients hair color?

Wünder Creamery Nutrient-rich Superdairy

Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark: The Nutrient-Rich SuperDairy

When you hear the word Quark, you typically think of particles and science; but we promise the Quark we’re writing about today is something much more edible. The Quark we’re talking about is a nutrient-rich, super-dairy made from a special blend of cultures, Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark. And we can tell you, it’s wünderfully delicious!!

Wünder Creamery Nutrient-rich Superdairy

What makes Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark so amazing? Thanks to its unique production process and an exclusively sourced special blend of French cultures, Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark delivers an extraordinary rich taste and creamy texture. Gone are the days of overly tangy and sour yogurts, plus this yogurt boasts up to 16g of protein and less sugar than leading yogurt brands. Wünder is also high in protein, has less than 5% lactose, contains no starches or gum and is powered by probiotics. It’s gluten-free, has no rBHG, and it’s ph levels is higher than regular yogurts, giving you a distinctively better taste (4.4/4.5 vs. Greek/Skyr’s 3.8/3.9). Since Wünder is fermented for twice as long as Greek yogurt (13 hours vs. 6 hours), it also boasts creamier texture.

Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark is available in six varieties: Plain, Coffee, Raspberry, Blueberry, Vanilla & Coconut, and Matcha. After sampling all six flavors, we found ourselves captivated by two, the Vanilla & Coconut, and Matcha. While all six were delicious, these two definitely had us reaching for more. There are so many delicious recipes you can make using the Wünder Creamery Grass Fed Quark flavors. One of our favorites is the Matcha Cheesecake, see the recipe below:

Wünder Creamery Matcha Cheesecake

Cheesecake Filling
3 24-ounce containers Wünder Creamery Plain quark, room temperature
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. matcha powder
2-4 Tbsp. hot water (for creating matcha paste)
2 large eggs, room temperature
Mix matcha powder with hot water to create a paste-like consistency. In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the quark on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and continue beating on medium speed until smooth. Reduce the speed to very low and drop in 1 egg at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated into the batter. Do not overmix.

The Crust
¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
⅛ Tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 350˚. Bring a large pot of water (about 6 cups) to a boil. Lightly spray or butter the bottom and sides of a 6-inch springform pan and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, salt, and melted butter. Pour the crust mixture into the springform pan and use the bottom of a measuring cup to press the mixture down into the base, making sure to create an even, smooth layer. Place on the middle rack of oven and bake for 8 minutes or until golden-brown in color. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool slightly.

Wrap the bottom of the springform pan with aluminum foil, allowing for the foil to reach the top of the sides. Press the foil firmly around the pan to make sure it is fitted well (this protects the pan from absorbing the water). Transfer the pan to a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, and pour the boiling water into the large pan, creating a bain-marie. The water should reach about halfway up the sides of the cheesecake.

Carefully transfer the cheesecake to the oven and bake on the middle rack for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until the sides are set and the middle jiggles very slightly. After baking, remove the cheesecake from the water and set on a wire rack to cool for 2 hours. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-12 hours. Release and remove the side of the springform. Slice with a sharp knife, rinsing the knife with warm water before each slice.

Straightening Up: The Rise Of Invisible Braces For Improved Smiles

People have been looking to improve their smile for ages, and in recent years, one option has risen dramatically in popularity as a solution for crooked teeth: invisible braces. These plastic trays have seen incredible success as a popular cosmetic dentistry option in recent years, and the market’s only projected to grow in the coming years. So what’s behind this trend? What has made invisible braces such a popular choice for people looking to improve their teeth?

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Invisible Adjustments

Obviously, the most notable difference between invisible aligners and their more well-known alternative, traditional metal braces, is that they’re invisible. Because the aligner trays are made of clear plastic, they can’t be seen unless you’re looking closely. This makes them an incredibly popular option among people who are worried about their appearance while undergoing treatment – even some celebrities are opting to use the trays to maintain their image while straightening their teeth.

Lower Costs

Invisible aligners are made of plastic, which is what allows them to be unnoticeable. However, this also creates an additional benefit: reduced cost. Today the world makes and consumes about 600 billion pounds of plastic yearly, and one of the reasons for this is because items made from plastic tend to be cheaper. This is just as true for aligners, which are often a fraction of the price of traditional braces.

Combine that with the fact that aligners can often be managed at home, and you’re looking at a much cheaper path to straighter teeth. The median annual wage for dental hygienists was $74,070 in 2017, and orthodontists earn higher wages than that. For many people, the cost of a visit to an orthodontist for braces-related concerns pushes them into seeking out invisible aligners, as they can be managed with fewer expensive in-person visits.

Easier Maintenance

Not only are invisible aligners less noticeable and cheaper; they’re easier to maintain. Invisible aligners can be removed when eating or to brush your teeth, making them cleaner and often healthier. Meanwhile, traditional braces can get in the way and require special care for cleaning. This makes invisible aligners preferable to people who don’t have the time to take special care of traditional braces.

It’s clear that invisible aligners have a certain set of advantages that make them a better choice for some when it comes to straightening their smile. And considering almost 32% of people report being concerned with the look of their teeth, this is proving to be a viable solution. With how these unique cosmetic dental appliances are trending, it’s likely that they’re here to stay for at least a while. Would you ever consider using invisible aligners over metal braces?

How New CBD Products Are Affecting The US Patent Office

As more states continue to legalize cannabis, the variety of cannabinoid and hemp products available is expanding at a rapid rate. “Infusions” are making their way into a near-limitless number of CBD products — olive oil, coffee, beauty supplies, lotions, and even pet foods have added cannabidiol to their list of ingredients. Now that there are fewer legal restrictions placed on the drug, small businesses and entrepreneurs are eager to throw their hat in the ring; the result has been a significant rise in intellectual patent filings.

Protecting Your Pot Product

The whole of the cannabis industry is founded on intellectual property, from the manipulation of plant genetics to the cannabinoid extraction processes. So if you’re one of the 78% of millennials who want to learn something new on their travels, study up on cannabinoids. Everything that comes from the cannabis plant (which includes the vast number of food, drink, and non-edible CBD products) is, in some sense, intellectual property; therefore, it must be safeguarded in order to secure a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark office receives over 500,000 patent applications each year, and — thanks to an industry that is expected to reach $23 billion in sales by 2025 — that number is growing. In 2012, only 144 simple patent families (which means patents were taken out in more than one country) were filed for cannabis food and drink; in 2015, 244 patent families were filed.

Surprisingly, no major food and beverage companies were among the top 10 applicants, which could lead to serious legal disputes down the road considering increases in demand. Approximately 66% of survey respondents are interested in “craft” and “artisan” spirits in restaurants, and cannabis is starting to corner that market.

Taking The World By Storm

Natural and organic products are as popular, if not more, as hemp and CBD products; by merging the two together, many businesses have found ways to increase their profit margin and expand their options; all while delivering quality natural products to their customers.

Cannabinoid-rich Colorado Hemp Honey

Take the success of Colorado Hemp Honey: two of the company’s products — Double-Strength Raw Relief hemp honey Colorado Hemp Honey Sticks (available in Raw Relief, Tangerine Tranquility, Lemon Stress Less and Ginger Soothe) — have been nominated as finalists for NEXTY awards. The NEXTY Awards recognize the most progressive, innovative, inspiring, and trustworthy products in the natural products industry during the world’s largest natural products trade show in Anaheim, CA.

NuLeaf Naturals, one of the country’s top pioneering hemp companies, has also gained a reputation for offering the highest grade CBD products — which are all-natural, lab-tested, and organic — on the market. Their organic CBD oils and extracts are now sold in more than 1,600 retail locations.

CBD Beauty Oil

Undefined Beauty‘s Indigo Rose Glow Elixir and Indigo Rose Glow Gelée boasts phytocannabinoid rich hemp extract (CBD) to hydrate and revitalize your face, to your hair to your body. The CBD Oil in these products is said to controls oil production, detox and restore the skin.

White Cedar Naturals is bringing wholesome, potent, and pure hemp extract products in a new delicious way. They offer high-quality nutritional food and supplements in the form of Hemp Extract Oils, Organic & Vegan Hemp Extract Gummies and Raw Hemp Extract Chocolate.

This overwhelming push toward all-natural and organic is reflected in the number of patents being filed. It is necessary in order to stand against the corporate giants that are inevitably going to enter the CBD scene.

Glo Skin Beauty Products To Get Your Skin Ready For Spring

As we look outside our windows at more snow, the promise of an early spring is looking more an more like a wish than reality. It looks like the brutal cold and skin-drying winter weather may be with us for a while, are you prepared? Of course, if we do get an early spring, we have other dilemmas to deal with. There are the effects of seasonal transitions on the skin and of course losing an hour of beauty sleep because of Daylight Savings Time. To combat these issues, we present the following Glo Skin Beauty products to get your skin ready for spring.

Glo Skin Beauty Eye Restore, $44.00

This antioxidant-rich formula is infused with skin-strengthening peptides and nourishing vitamins to hydrate and revive the look of delicate tissue around the eyes. Eye Restore helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness.

Glo Skin Beauty Hydra Radiance Moisturizer, $78.00

Hydra-Radiance Moisturizer targets a brighter, smoother and even looking complexion. All thanks to a concentrated blend of botanical brighteners, Vitamin C and gentle smoothing agents. It’s lightweight hydration and subtle illumination help promote and restore your skin’s natural radiance, making it ideal for those with hyperpigmentation concerns

Glo Skin Beauty Phyto-Active Light Moisture, $72.00

Phyto-Active Light Moisture is the daily moisturizer you’ve been searching for. Featuring plant cell technology to support skin’s natural defense, this weightless moisturizer glides on like silk. It also absorbs quickly for instant balance and radiance. Thanks to its Phyto-Active formulas that feature plant stem cell technology to harness nature’s regenerative properties. The age-defying actives found in this moisturizer delivers firming, reparative and antioxidant benefits to promote healthy skin cells and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Glo Skin Beauty Hydrating Gel Cleanser, $34.00 

Formulated with ingredients to cleanse, hydrate and brighten the skin with light foaming action. This gentle yet effective formula helps maintain combination skin’s delicate moisture balance while providing multiple benefits; thoroughly cleanses, nourishes the skin and encourages light exfoliation for a softer, radiant complexion.

To get your skin ready for spring, purchase these wonderful products on www.gloskinbeauty.com and www.amazon.com.

3 Tropical Destinations To Beat A Long and Harsh Winter

After a long winter, it can be great to get away for a bit to a tropical, warmer destination. You might think you need to look outside the United States for a vacation spot warm enough, but believe it or not, you have plenty of options to choose from within the country. In fact, U.S. domestic travel increased by almost 2% in 2017.

There are over 19,000 airports, heliports, seaplane bases, and other landing facilities in the United States and its territories; with all of these options, one of them is sure to have your next vacation destination. Even without a passport and without leaving the United States, you’ll be able to plan a fun tropical vacation the entire family will enjoy. Check out these 3 tropical destinations for a fun vacation to beat the winter blues.

Hawaii

Always a classic for an island getaway, Hawaii has a few different islands perfect for vacationing depending on what you’re looking for. For a more nature-oriented vacation in Hawaii’s tropical forests, try visiting Kauai; a variety of movies are filmed on this island due to its picturesque landscape. If you’re looking for more of a traditional vacation experience, the Big Island could be right for you; with plenty of hotels and luxury vacation activities to choose from.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has tons to offer while still being close to home. Check out the wide variety of wildlife on this island while not being too far away from the mainland. If you’re looking for a slightly more secluded getaway, try one of the smaller islands off the coast of Puerto Rico; many of these islands haven’t had as many tourists, making them a bit quieter and off the beaten path. Don’t forget to check out all the ocean activities the islands have to offer; 19.6% of Millennials participate in water sports, and you’ll find plenty to get involved with there.

Catalina Islands

While you may have heard of the last two tropical destinations, these lesser-known islands are sure to help you beat back the winter blues. These islands are less than 50 miles off the coast of California but are the perfect tropical getaway. Look for all your summertime and tropical favorites, including zip lining, hiking, beaches, and more.

Even without a passport, you can make the most of these tropical destinations to help get over a long winter. Which of these travel spots can you see you and your family vacationing to?

 

A Breakdown Of Common Myths Surrounding The HPV Vaccine

You’ve heard of it on the news, seen commercials about it on cable television, and spotted the posters in your doctor’s office. It seems like ads about Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the HPV Vaccine are everywhere, but what exactly is it?

HPV is a term for a family of common viruses that people can pass to one another during sex. These viruses are so common that most people will contract an HPV infection at some point in their lives, but it usually clears up on its own. The danger comes when an ongoing HPV infection causes abnormal changes in the lining of a woman’s cervix. When these changes are not treated, they can lead to cervical cancer.

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About 39.6% of men and women will receive a diagnosis of cancer at some point during their lives. Although HPV is most commonly associated with cervical cancer, it has also been strongly linked to other cancers in both men and women, including cancers in the mouth and throat, penis, anus, vagina, and vulva.

Luckily, there is a vaccine that helps the immune system fight and clear the HPV infection before it causes cancer. As with most vaccines, there are many common myths about the HPV vaccine that tend to circulate. Let’s break down some of these misconceptions and find the truth about this helpful vaccine.

Myth #1: The HPV vaccine is not safe or effective

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Advisory Committee for Vaccine Safety (GACVS) has continuously reviewed the safety of Gardasil, the common HPV vaccine. WHO reported as recently as July 2017 that the vaccine has an excellent safety profile. As with all vaccines, some people experience effects after the injection such as redness, swelling, mild nausea, or a headache. However, these effects tend to pass quickly and are minimal when compared to the protection from cancer the vaccine provides.

Myth #2: Only women need the HPV vaccine

As both men and women can get HPV, anyone of any gender should get the vaccine for optimal protection. The HPV vaccine protects against approximately 90% of cervical cancers, but it also offers protection against many of the other cancers mentioned above to which HPV has been linked. It will provide protection against most genital cancers in men caused by HPV and against 90% of genital warts in both men and women.

Myth #3: You can only get the vaccine as an adolescent

While it is recommended that you receive the HPV vaccine when you are younger, anyone up to the age of 26 can get the vaccine. Doctors tend to advise getting the vaccine when you are younger because it works best if given before you are exposed to HPV through sexual activity. Research has also shown that young people create more antibodies to the vaccine than those in their late teens or early twenties, making it more effective in the younger crowd. While patients aged 14 and under need just two doses of the vaccine, patients over 14 years old will need an additional third dose.

Getting the HPV vaccine is just as important for your health as doing seven or more hours of physical activity per week, which has been shown to extend the life expectancy of adults. Make sure that you and your loved ones are doing everything you can to protect your health by getting the HPV vaccine and spreading these myth-busting facts to others. To find out more information about HPV, you can visit www.hpvalliance.ie.