September 12, 2019

Keeping it Natural: Sweat is Good | Sam's NaturalYour body is already a “clean” machine.

You’d think your sweat was a bad thing. What’s up with all those ads for products that promise a powder-puff future of sweat-free living? Walk into any drugstore, and you see antiperspirants lined up like soldiers ready to go to battle to save us from our own moisture. Personally, I like working up a little perspiration – it’s the sign of a hard day’s work or a great workout.

The fact is sweat is totally natural and surprisingly useful. It’s the way our body not only cools itself but actually gets rid of the bad stuff that really needs to go. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out these sweaty cool benefits according to Medical Daily:

  • Feel the endorphin rush. You exercise; you sweat; you feel good. There’s a reason. Sweat helps release those great endorphins that give you a natural high. Who doesn’t need that?
  • Get rid of the gross stuff. No need to sign on to the latest juice fast craze. Sweating opens up your pores like so many exits and takes unwelcome stuff like alcohol, cholesterol, and excess salt with it. Your body (and skin) will thank you.
  • Say “no” to kidney stones. Kidney stones are no joke. Sweating reduces the amount of salt and calcium in your urine and kidneys that make up those unwelcome interlopers. Plus, people who sweat more drink more water and fluids, another great way to keep excruciatingly painful kidney stones at bay.
  • Defend against germ invaders. Yep. Sweat can be serious protection against lots of potentially harmful viruses, bacteria, and fungi by breaking them down before they can get into our bodies. If you’re into scientific studies, check out this one published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that talks about how our naturally excreted antibiotic substance, dermcidin, is a rock star and potentially more effective in the long term than traditional antibiotics in taking out dangerous bugs.
  • Banish blemishes. Your sweat not only opens up your pores, it helps get rid of any buildup inside them before you’re gifted with unwelcome pimples, bumps, or zits – the quickest way to ruin a weekend.

When you think about it, sweat really is pretty sweet. And, speaking of sweet, sweat itself doesn’t really smell. Any offensive odor is actually created when certain glands concentrated in specific areas (such as your armpits) produce protein-rich sweat which surface bacteria break down, releasing those not-so-good smells. Now, while your sweat serves some great purposes, your body odor -- not so much. That’s why a good, natural deodorant is great for taking care of the smell without interfering with all the great work your hard-working sweat needs to do.

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October 10, 2019

There’s Chemistry Behind Attraction

What’s up with Marc? His stories are legendary, and he gets everyone laughing. He picks up a guitar and pulls it off like he’s Ed Sheeran’s better-looking brother. Marc not only shoots a game of pool like a pro, he volunteers at an animal shelter and dominates in pick-up basketball. The dude just loves life, and he smells good – like, really good. It’s not that in-your-face, try-too-hard cologne smell some guys reek of, but you could swear he just naturally smells like aged leather and cedar. Damn.

September 26, 2019

“Doing good” used to be a concept relegated to nonprofits and volunteers. Companies were proudly in the business of making money. In the 1980s movie Wall Street, Gordon Gekko summed it up this way, “Greed for lack of a better word, is good.”

But nothing exists in a vacuum. If the last few decades have taught us anything, it is that we live in an interconnected and interdependent world. Making money can’t be the only focus. We have to think about how we go about it, especially when it comes to the planet we all share.

August 22, 2019

Are you confused with all the terms marketers are bombarding you with these days on product labels? So are we.  So many labels boast this or that-free, but don’t tell you what’s actually in it. It pays to do your homework. We’re all about truth and transparency, so here’s what we know. It really is pretty simple.