ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

The Fountain of Youth: What is the Secret to Healthy Aging?

Posted by Lisa Powell on May 3, 2016 9:35:00 AM

For centuries, explorers scavenged the earth searching for the fountain of youth… but what exactly were they looking for? And why were they so afraid of growing old?

Most likely, they had fears just like us. The serious stuff: disease, pain, suffering… as well as the vanity items: wrinkles and saggy skin. Many of us associate aging with disease and sickness, since we've seen many people suffer tremendously from illness as they age. After all, since 1910, heart disease has been the leading cause of death every year except 1918–1920, when the influenza epidemic took its disastrous toll. Since 1938, cancer has held the second leading cause of death.

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Topics: holistic health, longevity

Simple Swaps to Eat Healthy When Dining Out

Posted by Paz Etcheverry on Apr 28, 2016 4:51:27 PM

Let’s face it. For many of us, eating out at a restaurant is a wonderful experience. Sharing food with friends and family or simply sitting out at a café with a book and a delicious meal can bring a true sense of joy.

But dining out can have its downfalls—excessive calories, sugar, and simply not knowing how your food is prepared can be a bummer for those of us looking to eat healthier. 

So what can you do to eat better when eating out? One place you can start is by making simple swaps when ordering. Here are some suggestions and manageable adjustments that you can make to make dining out a healthier experience: 

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Topics: nutrition

Real Changes You Can Make this Earth Day

Posted by Lauren Shapiro on Apr 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

It’s almost Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual, global event commemorating the 1970 birth of the modern environmental movement. But it’s also a day dedicated to reviewing the state of our plant and recommitting to do better next year. How? If you’re like so many of us who wonder, “What can I actually do to make the Earth a better place?,” keep reading. 

The answer is: a lot. And it doesn’t take a lot of money. And it doesn’t take a lot of creativity. And heck, it doesn’t even take a lot of time. You can do some crazy simple, crazy amazing small things every day to help keep Mother Earth happy and healthy (and help yourself along the way, too!). 

So, where do we start this Earth Day how-do?

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Topics: Earth Day

How to Use LinkedIn to Fire Up Your Holistic Health Career

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Apr 19, 2016 4:40:18 PM

Looking for a job? Or looking to boost your business? The health and wellness industry continues to boom, and LinkedIn is the place to be for everyone in the industry. According to their website, “LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 400 million members in over 200 countries and territories.” 

There is no doubt that LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network. It started off as sort of an online curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé, but has evolved to be so much more.

It continues to be the gold standard: Creating a strong and professional LinkedIn profile will help jobs find you, will help like-minded individuals find you, and will help you join the right groups to boost your career and your business.

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Topics: social media marketing, best business practices

{DIY} All-Natural Soothing Aftershave Balm for Natural Products Day

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Apr 14, 2016 10:54:02 AM

I hope you caught ACHS President Dorene Petersen and my blog update from this year’s Natural Products Day in Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience, and I’m so proud of our holistic health community! If you missed that blog post, go check it out here, and stay tuned for my next post on our adventures as lobbyists in DC.

But I want to do more! So, here’s my educational contribution (DIY recipe below!) you can use and share to celebrate Natural Products Day and take a stand on the products you choose to buy and use on your body. You’re a limited resource after all! I hope you enjoy this DIY all-natural soothing aftershave balm recipe as an alternative to lots of chemical-laden products on the market. 

Plus, it smells great and makes a perfect Father’s Day gift (it’s coming up!) or special treat for the people in your life. Yes, women can use this luscious balm, too!

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Topics: holistic health and the law, natural products manufacturing

We’re Going to Washington, DC to Become Lobbyists for a Day (or Two)!

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Apr 11, 2016 5:11:38 PM

By Dorene Petersen and Erika Yigzaw

Natural Products Association Natural Products Day 2016 

Every year, members of the natural products industry gather in Washington, DC to celebrate Natural Products Day (April 12 & 13 this year). They gather to support and educate U.S. leaders on the importance of natural products in promoting the health of our society. This year, we’re going in person to help lobby our leaders for increased awareness around the health benefits of using natural products. 

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Topics: natural products manufacturing

Top 5 Tips for Reviving Your Holistic Health Habits

Posted by Amanda Lattin on Mar 25, 2016 2:40:06 PM

Spring season is centered around growth and change. Life has been in its dormant winter season phase, building potential energy. And now is the time to start using it. Did you craft plans and dreams for the new year during the cold months, but now figuring out how to implement those plans and dreams seems difficult and even frustrating? Use the budding changes and energy of spring to fuel you as you try my top five tips to revive your holistic health habits this spring:

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Topics: herbs, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, wellness routine

24 Natural Sleep Aids for Restful, Rejuvenating Sleep

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Mar 21, 2016 2:13:13 PM

Can’t recall when you last slept all night through? Read on, friend; you are not alone. One of the biggest issues facing our fast-paced, technology-driven culture is quality sleep. Did you know that lack of restful sleep could lead to… 

  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Decrease in mental clarity
  • Weight gain
  • Diabetes[1] 

And these are just a few things attributed to lack of sleep.

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How Exotic Rose Can Grace Your Life [+ Recipes!]

Posted by Mindy Green on Mar 8, 2016 12:21:24 PM

"When love came first to earth, the Spring

Spread rose-beds to receive him." – Campbell

Rose is perhaps the most celebrated of all fragrances. She has been called "Queen of the Flowers" and has a decidedly feminine nature—everything from her associations with romantic love to female health.

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Topics: herbal medicine, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

3 Reasons to Love Rose in Your DIY Skin Care

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Feb 29, 2016 11:08:48 AM

Do thou smile like the rose at loss and gain;

For the rose, though its petals be torn asunder,

Still smiles on, and it is never cast down.

– Rumi 

Yes, Rumi was correct… rose wears an eternal smile. But, more than a popular symbol of love, rose Rosa ×damascena (Mill.) also has many therapeutic properties that speak to its loving, happy, and smiling disposition. It can be purifying in DIY skin care, immune enhancing in organic body care formulas, and mood boosting in aromatherapy diffusions.

So, let’s take a moment to stop and smell the roses together. Your body will thank you for a little aromatic R&R! Plus, I’ve included a DIY recipe for a Rose Essential Oil Body Scrub at the end of this post. It’s one of my favorites and simple to make at home.

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Topics: DIY, Rose, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

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