Acne Sufferers Actually Age More Slowly

Researchers and skin experts have long noticed that people who’ve had acne actually age more slowly. Now, however, a study has medically proven this observation.


Skin Deep


When you’re young, having acne can be commonplace. But it can also be traumatic. Having pimply skin, especially on your face, can delay growth in self-confidence. But never fear, because years later you’ll be looking a lot younger than your peers who never had acne.


Here’s Why:


A new cellular study shows that people with acne have significantly longer telomeres. What are telomeres? They are protective caps on the end of chromosomes.


As we age, the caps weaken and shrink. They, unfortunately, can’t protect the cells as they once used to. This is how aging occurs—it’s the breakdown of the packages of DNA.


People with longer telomeres age less quickly. Hence, acne sufferers show fewer signs of aging, cellular skin-damage. Signs like thinning skin and wrinkles generally appear much later in life—for anyone with longer telomeres.


Other Factors to Consider


Of course, this scientific finding is only one aspect of why some people appear to age faster than others. Our skin is our largest organ. The degeneration of cellular structure occurs from more than just short or shrinking telomeres.


The Sun


One of the most harmful elements to the health of our skin is, of course, the sun. There really is no way of fully blocking the sun’s rays from our skin (unless you’re indoors, away from a window.) When outdoors, wear long sleeved cotton, sunglasses, and a hat. Suncreens are a must but try to use products made from minerals. Make sure your product of choice protects against both UVA and UVB rays.


Oxybenzone and avobenzone are chemicals often found in sunscreen, which have proven to be hormone and endocrine disrupters. The toxins are absorbed into your bloodstream through the skin. A healthier option is a product with titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which sit on top of the skin and physically block the rays.


The Smoke


Cigarette and even marijuana smoking hampers blood supply to your skin tissue. It prevents rich, oxygenated blood from keeping your cells healthy. Smoking causes premature wrinkles and depletes collagen levels.


The Stress


Stress induces high levels of cortisol throughout the body. Cortisol degenerates collagen, the substance that keeps skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Practicing ways to reduce stress such as: getting proper rest, exercising, enjoying nature, meditating, reading, etc. can help keep your skin looking younger for longer.


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CBD Oil for Pain Relief and Decreased Inflammation

Homeopathy and use of essential oils, including CBD oil, can boost your immune system. The concept is to use small doses of natural substances to stimulate your body’s responses.

Often, homeopathy is often questioned as a valid preventative or healing treatment. Mostly however, in today’s western society, everyone is used to a “quick fix.” Alternately, just because results aren’t immediate, doesn’t mean the method’s not working. Millions of people derive great results from homeopathy and use of essential oils.

Oil’s Well That Ends Well!

Using essential oils thwart imbalances in our body. As a result, we’re able to heal through an organic process. Much of western medicine treats symptoms, but not the root problem. Homeopathy seeks to rebalance. 

Specific oils work similarly on specific ailments. You can use oils in these different ways:

-dab onto an area in pain

-place on reflexology points on your feet

-add into your bath

-place into a diffuser for aromatic air

-ingest by placing several drops under the tongue/ or mix in a cup of water.


Some better-known essential oils are rosemary, clove, oregano, and lemon grass. All in all, there are hundreds of varieties. However, there is another one that may surprise you. In addition, it’s gaining popularity for its unwavering healing effects—CBD Rich Hemp Oil.

The ABC’s of CBD

Cannabidiol Extract (CBD) is a chemical compound in marijuana, but without the THC. THC is psychoactive. CBD oil doesn’t get you high. Most noteworthy is that CBD oil heals without nasty side effects.

Cannabidiol essential oil has an incredibly long list of health benefits. Furthermore, you can avoid unwanted side effects that often come with “medicine”. The primary positive yields from using CBD oil are  decreased pain and inflammation.

Approximately 17 states across the U.S. have approved this essential oil as a valid, medicinal treatment. The British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology published a 2013 study that showed CBD oil’s benefits are linked to:


  • Reduce nausea and vomiting
  • Reduce risk of seizures
  • Battle psychotic disorders
  • Reduce inflammation and battles against inflammatory diseases
  • Lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia onset
  • Decrease growth of cancer cells
  • Reduce anxiety and depression

Hemp Helps!

CBD oil is obtained from hemp. Hemp is a part of the marijuana plant that has no TCH content. Many countries still ban CBD oil because of its misunderstood reputation as being like “Cannibus oil,” which it is not. Cannibus oil has its own merits. Some of them are:  helping with glaucoma, pain control, and improving appetite.

Yet, CBD oil is different. It’s a worthy, legal, nutrient-rich, essential oil that is safe for use, even by children.

Healing Oils

  • Do you want to relieve stress, pain, and indigestion? Probably, you may find that Rosemary oil may be the answer your looking for. One study found that the use of sachets containing lavender and rosemary oils helped reduce anxiety during test-taking.


  • Do you need to relieve a toothache? Doctor a wound? So, you may consider trying Clove oil. Many people commonly use it as a numbing agent.


  • Do you want to fend off certain types of bacteria or fungi? Seems like you might consider keeping some Lavender and Tea Tree Oils in your medicine cabinet. Parents and doctors recommend Tee tree oil  to ward off or treat lice.


  • Are you sore after working out? Do you need help with pain relief in joints and sore muscles? Maybe you can consider using Lemongrass oil in your drinks, cooking, and baking.


  • Are you looking for an oil that is an antiviral, antifungal, and anti-parasitic?Many of Oregano Oil‘s properties are amazing in these areas. In addition, yeast infections can be treated with oregano essential oil.


Folks around the world (for thousands of years) have been using essential oils to soothe, prevent, treat, and heal. Naturally growing herbs, including hemp, can be medicinal and an organic way of approaching the treatment of ailments. Hopefully your curiosity has been piqued. It’s worth the investment in your health.!





Is Your Fresh Apple Really Fresh?

You’re in the market and the rows of new apples, tomatoes, and potatoes have just been neatly placed in their designated showcase bins. Chances are, they weren’t just picked or dug up. In fact, they may have been chilled, chemically treated, and stored elsewhere, sometimes for up to a year!

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far…

Yes, it does. Some apples fall and are picked from very far away. In the US, on average, our food travels approximately 1,500 miles from where it was grown. Different types of produce are treated in various ways so that by the time they get to the consumer, they still seem fresh.

Apples, for example, are often picked before they’re ripe. Then they are treated with spray preservatives or methycyclopropene and then waxed. (This is after they are tested for malformations, divets, or anything that would make their façade appear unsightly.) The apples are stacked on pallets and placed in low-temperature storage.

They are boxed in cold storage, slowing their respiration rate. They can be, and often are, stored anywhere from a week up until about 12 months. They’ll look good, taste fine, but will have lost their nutritional antioxidant value after three months in that type of setting.

Other Produce Life-Prolonging Practices

How about that easy-to-use cut and bagged lettuce? That’s generally picked, washed, dried by centrifuge, and then treated with a preservative or a chlorine-based compound to ensure longer shelf life. It can rest in a closely moderated low-temperature vault for almost a month. Once it’s packed into its bag, however, it will only be edible (and sellable) for about another 10 days, tops.

Potatoes, believe it or not, can be kept looking bake-worthy for up to a year. That depends on if directly after they’re dug up, they get “cured.” (Curing is a process where the food item is stored in a warm temperature, but with extremely high humidity for about two weeks.) So once the potatoes are cured, they can be sprayed with a “sprout-inhibitor” (a chemical) that will keep them looking like hot potatoes.

Getting a Hold of Truly Fresh Foods

Buying organic and from a local farmer is a surer way to know your produce is fresh. And remember the reason why we want fresh is because it contains the most nutritional value. When a fruit or vegetable has been kept alive under “inorganic” ways, the vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant values diminish.

Check out stores that boast carrying locally produced foods. It’s not just about the genuine quality of the plant or fruit, but we have to take into account all of the handling. Hand-picked will always be better than harvested-by-machine because contamination risks will be lower.

Where There’s a Will, There’s a Green Way

If you’re lucky enough to have some property to grow your own food garden, then most of your healthy produce concerns can be alleviated. Even a small, raised bed can fit on a patio if you lack a large yard. Of course, you’ll have to learn about feeding soil, direct vs. indirect sunlight, and gauging water provisions. But if you have a green thumb and/or the passion to discover what’s needed to grow your own veggies and herbs, it will be well worth it.

On the other hand, you may live in an apartment. Or, you may not understand how or have the time or inclination to supervise an entire garden. Enter: products and ideas for organic, personal, food growing in small spaces or for “garden dummies.”

For example, Click & Grow created The Smart Garden, which is basically a no-brainer, countertop party for growing your own veggies. Growing your own organic produce with their patented “smart soil” may be a preferable option to buying fake ”new” food. The green-friendly company will soon be launching their latest DIY garden aide that will hold, grow, and nourish up to 9 different lettuces, herbs, greens, or small fruits. You can actually watch your food growing in a box right on your kitchen table or counter. And it costs very little compared to grocery store expenses for old produce or doctor bills from ill health.

There are many resources available if you seek to shop wisely or grow your own produce. If those options don’t work for your lifestyle, then just be discriminatory about the products you purchase. If you’re able to buy organic, that’s the superior health choice. And if you’re interested in reading about other potential healthy-life choices, check out some more reports on Thrive!


Poisonous Toxins in Your Home?

Toxins are Everywhere

At the risk of sounding like a complete downer, it’s an unfortunate fact that our air is polluted. What many of us don’t realize is that common household products emit toxins. Everything from our furniture, carpeting, paint, candles, hair gel, cosmetics, and more, contain dangerous pollutants. Fortunately, there are ways to combat the toxicity—which also includes collecting indoor plants.

What’s in the Air?

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services added formaldehyde to our list of known carcinogens. Believe it or not, this toxin is used a variety of products. Formaldehyde is used to treat wood flooring, particle board, and some furniture. It’s also found in carpet, paint, and building glue. The smoke from cigarettes emits the chemical’s fumes. Even in some fabrics, formaldehyde is used to make “wrinkle-free” clothing. And let’s add nail polish to this as well.

So, although there are known carcinogens, somehow they are still allowed in products we consume daily. And unfortunately, we’re not always aware of an item’s true ingredients. Hence, in order to combat potential health risks, here are some tips to help keep your family toxic-free.

What to Do

If you smoke cigarettes, quit now. Nothing good health-wise can come to you or anyone else from the emissions. Speaking of emissions, your clothes dryer can infiltrate your home with dangerous pollutants. Avoid fabric softener and dryer sheets. They contain “fragrance” with includes toxic chemicals. Try plant-based detergents or even hang clothes to dry.

Mood lighting is lovely, but scented candles can be poisonous. Synthetic candles emit benzene, which is another known carcinogen. Opt for pure beeswax if you love candles. For a nice scent, try organic essential oils for aromatherapy.

Ventilation is key in your home. Fresh air can help dispel toxins coming off your furniture, walls, and even from your shower. Our water is full of chlorine, which is essentially toxic in large amounts. Get a filter for your showerhead to reduce airborne gases from spreading through your home. Additionally, that will reduce chlorine from entering your body through your skin.

Green is Good

Recently NASA made some incredible discoveries about indoor plants. They’ve been studying plants’ effect on air quality for about two decades now. As it turns out, many of these common household plants remove formaldehyde, benzene, and other dangerous pollutants from the indoor air. Here is a list of 20:

Aloe Vera, areca palm, elephant ear philodendron, lady palm, bamboo, rubber plant, dracaena, English ivy, dwarf date palm, ficus, Boston fern, peace lily (dangerous to cats), golden pothos, Kimberely Queen fern, chrysanthemums, Gerbera daisy, dragon tree, red emerald philodendron, parlor palm, and the spider plant.

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