It can be tempting to choose shampoos based on flashy advertising promises or recommendations from that friend who never seems to have a bad hair day. But however unglamorous it may seem, taking a thorough look at the shampoo ingredients will give you a better idea of what you need. There are a variety of chemicals and other ingredients that can harm your hair, and still others that can potentially threaten your overall health. Take note of a few key offenders, and the next time you're facing dozens of choices in the hair-care aisle, you'll be prepared instead of overwhelmed.

Color-Stripping & Frizz Aggravating Culprits

Sulfates, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Sodium Laureth Sulphate

If you color your hair, either professionally or on your own, you should use a gentle, color-preserving shampoo. The sulfates and harsh chemicals in some anti-dandruff or clarifying formulas can strip away your hard-won hair color. A sulfate is a salt of sulphuric acid, and sodium lauryl sulphate and sodium laureth ...

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The First Whole Food Multivitamin Made from Real, Honest, Nutritious Foods.

 The Live Superfoods crew is proud to offer Kind Organics from Garden of Life. We appreciate vitamins and supplements made from organic, Non-GMO verified whole foods-the best nature has to offer!

Take a peek at this exciting new line, made from real food - over 30 organic fruits, vegetables and herbs - rich in powerful plant-derived phytochemicals and cofactors such as antioxidants, carotenoids, flavanols, isoflavones, catechins, anthocyanins, polyphenols, vitamins and trace minerals.

Featuring patent-pending Clean Tablet Technology: Where many other vitamin “tablets” use unrecognizable things such as magnesium stearate, stearic acid and lac-beetle resin (shellac) to bind and fill the tablet, Kind Organics are uniquely formed using organic whole foods. Certified vegan, gluten-free and NO synthetic binders or fillers.

This comprehensive line includes:

Kind Organics Women's Multi

Perfect support for your demanding dail...

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Natural Remedies For Dandruff

10/22/2014 6:00 AM

If you’ve ever had dandruff, it becomes your top priority to figure out a way to get rid of it. Nobody wants to see white flakes in your hair or on your clothes, especially you! Dandruff is the result of an imbalance on the scalp. There are many causes, including hormonal imbalances, allergic reactions to certain hair products, excess sweat and perspiration that’s allowed to sit on the scalp for too long, and nutrition imbalances. The ultimate goal for all dandruff treatments and shampoos, is to restore the balance on your scalp. 

Treating Dandruff

The most common treatment for dandruff is using specialized shampoos. They may work, and not to diss them, but most contain harsh ingredients, such as parabens and synthetic fragrances and colorings. Your skin will absorb anything you put on it, circulate through your body, and into your organs. It’s scary because some of those harsh chemicals are irritants, linked to cancer, and endocrine disrupters. If you’re chemical-conscious about what yo...

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What is Cacao Powder? 

The Short Answer: Dried cacao beans are ground until the fat, or butter, separates from the rest of the bean. The end result is a finely ground cacao powder on one hand, and cacao butter on the other. 

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A History of Chocolate 

The average American consumes almost 12 pounds of chocolate in a year. You may not know it by looking at it, but that little bar of chocolate has a rich history dating back as early as 600 B.C. The Olmec civilization offers us the first evidence of chocolate consumption, with archeological evidence of a paste made from the dried and ground seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree. This tradition continued to Mayan and Aztec civilizations, who made a frothy, bitter beverage by mixing this paste with water (or wine), and often added chilis, allspice, honey, or vanilla to the brew. This drink, xocolatl, or chocol, was cherished for its magical properties, and played an important role in sacred rituals and celebrations. Aztec King Montezum...

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What is Mesquite?

Also known as Prosopis juliflora, mesquite trees are part of the leguminous (legume) family. Indigenous to dry climates in parts of South America and the southwestern U.S., these draught-tolerant trees have a long taproot to access water from underground sources. For this reason, mesquite is sustainably cultivated because it requires no irrigation, chemicals, or fertilizers.

Mesquite trees produce pods, which are ground whole to make mesquite powder. Also referred to as mesquite flour, mesquite meal or algarroba, these pods (including the protein rich seeds) have high nutritional value. The taste is often described as mild, slightly sweet and nutty with subtle hints of caramel and molasses.

Reaping the benefits of mesquite

Mesquite has the ability to balance blood sugar, making it a great option for diabetics. The sugar present in mesquite is fructose, which does not require insulin for metabolism.This helps maintain a steady blood sugar level for a sustained period of ti...

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Monsanto donates $6.2 million to Colorado and Oregon GMO labeling bills

With November voting a mere month away, biotech and conventional food brands are ramping up campaign spending to prevent Oregon and Colorado from passing GMO labeling laws.

As residents of Colorado and Oregon prepare to vote this November on mandatory GMO labeling bills, opposing campaigns have started to receive donations from companies ranging from conventional food manufacturers to biotech.

But just how much money is fueling the anti-GMO labeling set? According to the Colorado Secretary of State, on Sept. 19 Monsanto contributed a whopping $4.7 million to Colorado’s No on 105 Coalition, whose members include the Colorado Corn Growers Association, Colorado Bioscience Association, U.S. Beet Sugar Association, The Grocery Manufacturer’s Association and more.

Though Monsanto isn't the only company to support the campaign [against GMO-labeling), the well-known GM seed company is the largest benefactor.  Dow AgroSciences,...

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