August 21, 2014
Your skin is an amazing thing. It protects you, grows with you and can heal without so much of a scar. Your skin tells your story: the times you laughed, the days you spent in the sun or the times you fell down but still managed to get back up (albeit with a scar!) But despite spending so much time inside of it, most of us don’t understand our skin at all.
The first thing I asked when I was doing research for this post was “what IS my skin exactly?” Your skin has three major layers which are constantly reproducing (thankfully for klutzes like me). What is truly interesting, however, is how much your skin actually does for you on a daily basis. While most of us base the merit of our skin on its appearance, it isn’t just about a pretty face. Your skin helps you feel different sensations, maintain your body temperature and even protects you from harmful bacteria.
With the Emmy’s around the corner, we are getting bombarded with photos of beautiful, seemingly flawless celebrities. What we often forget is that underneath those soft camera lenses and professionally applied make-up, they have skin just like the rest of us: imperfect and in need of a little TLC. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve tried every trick in the book for soft and glowing skin and in the end found that simple worked best. So how do I protect my largest organ in a natural and chemical-free way? I give it water! Read More!
August 19, 2014
Hollywood is all about beauty and glamour, so it is not surprising that the alkaline lifestyle has gained popularity with some of Hollywood’s A-listers. However, an alkaline diet does more than just help you lose weight and look good, it prevents diseases and raises your energy levels too!
Lindsey Duncan, a naturopathic doctor with a star-studded list of clients including Demi Moore and Marc Jacobs, says she can spot an acid body across a room. “The hair and the skin are dried out, the skin pores are too large, and everything is starting to age prematurely.” Other signs of being acidic include weight gain, poor digestion, bloating, and tiredness.
An alkaline diet is one that is heavy on fruits and vegetables and light on meat, dairy, sugar, and grains. Our body naturally regulates our blood pH, keeping it at a neutral 7. However, the work that our body does to balance an acidic diet may lead to thinner bones and weaker muscles. So help out your body by switching out processed carbs for fruits and vegetables. Stay away from sugar-laden pop beverages, energy drinks, and instead rehydrate yourself with mineralized alkaline water. Read More!
August 16, 2014
Santevia is heading to the Emmy’s this year. And while I wish that meant you’ll be seeing me on the red carpet, our products will be making an appearance in the stars’ dressing rooms. Our On The Go Products are fit for the stars whether they are running between sets or away from the paparazzi. The Santevia Energy Flask, Tritan Bottle, and Mineral Water Stick are great to take with you wherever you go, even if you’re just going to the grocery store.
So with the Emmy’s on the brain, let’s talk about the one thing all the starlets are focusing on the weeks before the show: getting in to the dress. Read More!
May 26, 2014
Enjoy mineralized, alkaline water at home with the Santevia Alkaline Water Pitcher. This convenient, hand-held pitcher fits in the door of your refrigerator, and restores your tap water to its mineral-rich state–just like nature intended. Using the same elements as nature’s filtration system, Santevia adds calcium, magnesium and other beneficial minerals, and has been independently tested to reduce chlorine taste and odour, heavy metals, industrial chemicals and agricultural contaminants. Each filter lasts up to twice as long as most water pitcher filters.
With a Santevia Alkaline Pitcher, you’ll not only help maintain your body’s healthy pH balance, but you’ll also save money you would have spent on expensive mineral water in stores. It’s a great choice for the environment, too, since one pitcher eliminates over 8,300 single-use plastic bottles every year! Read More!
May 9, 2014
The Domestic Dad takes a long hard look at
The Water We Drink
There’s only one question that matters to me: do I want my family drinking it?
by Sam Stedman
In my mission to endlessly improve the health of my home & family, it has come time to tackle the issue of drinking water. Really, this one should have been higher on the list. Perhaps it’s out of fear that I put it off? Or blind trust in the powers that be? Whatever the reason, my findings have been as expected: generally distressing, but also hopeful.
It’s worth starting our journey with a bit of back story. According to Jennifer Goucher, Water Program Manager at Environmental Defence Canada, the ‘problems’ with drinking water supply in Canada begin with “jurisdictional fragmentation.” We’ve got the feds who handle drinking water on reserves and federal land, and otherwise it’s in the hands of the provinces, which in turn dole out power to the municipalities to execute the provision of clean, safe drinking water to the people.
In reality, according to Goucher, there are no legally binding national drinking water standards. Instead, there are “voluntary guidelines” which provinces can adopt at their discretion. Provincially, a patchwork of laws are in place. In Ontario, for instance, the now infamous Walkerton incident of 2000, which claimed 7 lives, culminated in the Safe Drinking Water Act being passed into law by the provincial government, solidifying provincial requirements and guidelines for drinking water. Prior to this, the binding legislation in that province was quite loose and fragmented. Read More!
February 3, 2014
Being in the health and wellness industry, it can sometimes take a lot to really WOW us here in the Santevia office. Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well without Dieting by Joy McCarthy impressed all of us! Within 24 hours of receiving some copies for the office (which you can currently by at amazon.ca for half price!), employees were ordering multiples for themselves, their mothers, friends, you name it. Not only is it filled with tons of great recipes, it explains WHY eating these types of foods are important to your body and overall health. It really is a guide to eating and living well, while still eating delicious foods. Read More!
January 16, 2014
1. Eat Green – Fresh fruit, vegetables, roots, nuts, and legumes are alkalizing to the body – particularly dark or green vegetables such as beetroot, avocado, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, beans and cucumber. Aim to have some at every meal, and make vegetables the focus rather than meat or grains.
2. Reduce acidic foods – While you don’t have to ban them from your diet, try and limit your intake of meats, eggs, refined sugars, white flour and dairy.
3. Limit alcohol consumption – Alcoholic beverages tend to have a high sugar content and are highly acidic. You don’t have to cut them out altogether, but be aware of what you are drinking.
4. Drink alkaline water – Hydrate yourself with 8-10 large glasses of alkaline water per day. Most tap water has a pH of approximately 6.5-7 while good quality alkaline water has a pH of 8-9, making it a great aid to help rebalance the acid-alkaline levels in your body. Also, alkaline water molecules are smaller than those of tap water, making them better able to permeate throughout your body and leave you more hydrated than regular water.
5. Choose natural energy boost drinks – Forget sugar and caffeine laden energy drinks. Instead choose natural, alkalizing energy drinks such as peppermint herbal tea, yerba maté tea, lemon water or a green powder supplement drink that can cleanse the digestive system, stimulate your metabolism and buffer excess acids.
6. Break a sweat – Exercise for at least 30 minutes three to five times a week. Among its many benefits, exercise helps counteract acidity in our bodies and sweat gives acid another pathway out of the body. Plus, it helps to oxygenate and alkalize your blood.
7. Seek balance – Stress contributes toward acid build-up so find ways to de-stress. Meditation, yoga, deep breathing and long walks are all great ways to de-stress and reduce acid levels.
December 13, 2013
Winter skin doesn’t have to be dull and flaky. Get Natasha Turner’s tips for healing your winter skin the healthiest way.
Get dewy, glowing skin this holiday season to look refreshed on Christmas morning. Read More!
November 1, 2013
by Dr. Rich Snyder, DO
November is Diabetes Awareness Month. As an internist and kidney specialist, I am all “too aware” of the ravages of diabetes. I am all “too aware” of good people losing their eyesight, of limbs being lost and of people starting dialysis.
I don’t want you to be “aware” of diabetes. I don’t want you to “control” your diabetes. I want your goal to be to “eliminate” and “eradicate” diabetes. If you have ever watched Dr.’s Robert O. Young, Mark Hyman or Dr. Joel Furhman on television, visited their websites or read their books, they are doing just that. They are eliminating diabetes. They are reversing heart disease.
They are doing what many other health professionals have said are impossible. The words “eliminate” and “eradicate” have replaced “control” and “regulate.” Read More!
October 28, 2013
by Natasha Turner, ND
Tired? Overweight? Go back to chemistry class — paying attention to your body’s pH can help you stay slim.
If you think back to chemistry class, you may recall comparing an acid versus a base, or the importance of pH balance. pH is the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a substance. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14 — a lower number means a higher level of acidity (and generally less oxygen) is present, and higher number indicates higher level of alkalinity. A solution is considered neutral, neither acid nor alkaline, when it has a pH of 7.
The stomach should contain plenty of acid in order to do its job effectively, but otherwise a slightly alkaline environment allows the body’s metabolic, enzymatic, immunologic and repair mechanisms to function at their best. Our bodies continually strive to maintain a normal pH balance of about 7.0-7.4. When the pH of our bodily fluids, digestive system and tissues is pushed out of that comfortable neutral zone, health problems can be the result. Read More!