Bev's Health Blog Real information from Me to You Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:22:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mother Nature’s Moringa Oleifera Skin Care Safe for Pregnant Women! Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:22:10 +0000 I just did an article/blog on toxic chemicals in our co […]]]>

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I just did an article/blog on toxic chemicals in our cosmetics and how they harm unborn babies.  I absolutely love Zija’s GenM Skin Care Line and want to share it with you.

Since the skin is the body’s largest organ, and can replenish itself every 45 days, it is important to use the purest, organic products to protect it.  The stem cells are responsible for replenishing the skin and collectively are responsible for generating about 45 billion new cells every day.  The nutrition required for stem cells to expand and replenish our skin is often neglected, especially because they require unique and rare nutrients not found naturally in most diets.  Unfortunately, when our stem cells are deprived of these essential nutrients, it can cause skin to look aged and worn.

Zija’s team of scientists, nutritionists and skin care experts have teamed up with Mother Nature to carefully develop the GenM skin care line.  By utilizing the nutrition of and essential phospholipids found in Moringa Oleifera, GenM products provide the vital nutrients needed for the skin to replenish itself.  In addition to being great for all skin types, GenM also works to improve skin’s condition, which can change daily, weekly and even hormonally.  GenM bridges the generation gap to give people of all ages “Inner Health and Outer Beauty.”

Back to the Basics

Zija uses no paraffins, phthalates, mineral oils or sulfates in any of their GenM products.  Their products are noncomedogenic, meaning they tend not to clog your pores.  They are free of harsh chemical preservatives, artificial colors and artificial fragrances and are cruelty-free.

Everyone wants beautiful skin and Zija’s GenM skin care line has complete anti-aging and all natural products based on nature’s “miracle tree,” Moringa oleifera.  It is known as one of the most nutrient-rich plants on the face of the earth and its beneficial qualities are constantly studied and revered by numerous health organizations and universities world wide.

Why Choose Zija’s Moringa?

Unlike other Moringa-based products on the market today, Zija uses all of the most beneficial parts of the tree — the leaves, fruit and seeds — in its proprietary GenM formulations resulting in a truly valuable line of skin care products that’s cutting-edge while nourishing the skin.

Zija goes above and beyond to deliver the most beneficial Moringa possible.  Their organic growing, harvesting and drying processes are carefully performed in a way that keeps essential nutrients intact.  Since they shade dry the Moringa, the leaves retain the highest percentage of nutrients.

GenM Products

Creamy Face Cleanser - Gently massages away dead skin cells, removes excess dirt and oil, and leaves your skin feeling vibrant and refreshed.  It is a very effective makeup remover and shaving cream.  The non-irritating, sulfate-free formula combines Moringa with Tensolive, plant extracts and Desert Flower Elixir to restore balance, elasticity and tone while replenishing your skin’s natural lipids.

Rehydrating Mist – Is a simple way to invigorate and condition the skin on your face and body throughout the day.  The evaporation-resistant formula is rich in active plant ingredients, which provide a refreshing shot of vitamins, amino acid peptides, and trace minerals.

Daily Moisturizer- Is a silky, light, quick-absorbing formula that protects skin from exposure while allowing it to absorb healthy, natural doses of vitamin D.  Suitable for all skin types and provides a rich dose of antioxidants and guards against free radicals and environmental abuse.

Anti-Aging Night Repair – Turns back the clock to reveal your natural radiance by relaxing fine lines, enhancing collagen production, filling wrinkles and reducing redness.  A Botox-like active called Snowflake relaxes lines and wrinkles.  Peptide complexes promote cell turnover and enhance collagen production.  Phase2 Rx directly reduces erythema to protect skin from sunlight damage, environmental pollutants and oxidative stress.  A Commiphora mukul extract called Redensin fills crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles around the face and neck.

Spa Masque – Is a healthy blend of vitamins, minerals, rich plant extracts and green clay found off the coast of Normandy, France.  It removes impurities, absorbs excess oil, clarifies and tones skin and leaves your face feeling smooth and firm.  Green clay is rich in sea kelp, magnesium, manganese, zinc and other phytominerals needed for balanced skin.  The Spa Masque’s pore refiner also lifts and removes unwanted debris and dead skin cells.

Body Oil – is powered by Moringa oleifera and other beneficial oils and extracts – including sweet almond, avocado and argan – in harmony with advantageous fatty acids.  It’s also infused with fresh lavender essential oil, which has natural relaxing properties.  This luxurious blend absorbs quickly and provides pure hydration for your skin.  Use it daily to help fight the appearance of aging while leaving your skin looking and feeling softer, smoother and more radiant.

Eye Serum – Keeps the delicate area around your eyes moisturized while reducing redness, puffiness, dark circles and other signs of aging.  The unique formula moisturizes, soothes, repairs and strengthens skin.  Clinical date shows that just within a few days, wrinkle lines around the eyes are greatly diminished.

Zija Oil – Is packed with natural ingredients to nourish, purify and repair minor cuts, dry spots, cuticles and skin impurities.  It features organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin plant oils highly valued in the cosmetic industry for their unique anti-aging properties.  It is also rich in palmitoleic, oleic and linoleic acids, vitamins A and C and other essential oils.

I absolutely love these products and highly recommend you go to and check them out.  I will be happy to help you.

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Are Your Cosmetics Harming Your Unborn Baby? Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:11:27 +0000 Toxic heavy metals in lipsticks threaten health of wome […]]]>


Toxic heavy metals in lipsticks threaten health of women and unborn babies Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by: PF Louis

I came across this article and feel like it is a very important topic. According to the article, the evidence from independent researchers and lab analysts, the high price of enhancing your beauty with most commercial cosmetics not only is expensive but involves risking one’s health and the health of one’s unborn baby.

We all know there are things you should not do or take while pregnant in order to have a healthy baby. However, toxic chemicals and heavy metal content exists in almost all commercial cosmetic products. You’d have to go to a health food store and purchase the good, clean stuff at a higher price maybe. Still, even there, reading the labels and knowing what to avoid is worth it if you use underarm deodorants, cosmetic potions and lotions, as well as scalp and skin care products.

Aileen Lucero, who is the Acting National Coordinator of the EcoWaste Coalition in Manila, the Philippines, has definitely raised concerns that cosmetic chemical toxins and heavy metals do affect both mother and baby. She thinks this may be part of the reason why umbilical cord blood from birthing mothers contains up to 300 contaminants. To prove her point, EcoWaste had some members go to parts of Manila, buying up cosmetic samples from different manufacturers and bringing them in for heavy metal analysis. EcoWaste discovered that all of them contained traces of heavy metals, but some even exceeded the limits on heavy metals in cosmetics set by ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). Many had levels of mercury, lead, and arsenic too high for ASEAN’s Cosmetic Directive limits. Other heavy metals discovered in many cosmetics were chromium, barium and cadmium. Lucero warned, “Pregnant or lactating women may expose developing fetuses and infants to the risk of toxic metals poisoning when they use these tainted products.” Here in the US, another group has adopted the mission of policing cosmetic products for chemical toxins and heavy metals and gathering that data for consumer protection. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a complete database for rating cosmetic products here ( Below are summaries of their lists.

EWG scientists recommend avoiding products with these ingredients:

*Fragrance and dyes

* DMDM hydantoin and imidazolidinyl urea

* Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone

* Parabens or “-paraben”

* “PEG”

* Chemicals ending in “-eth”

* Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate

* Triclosan and triclocarban

* Triethanolamine (TEA)

EWG’s list of products to avoid:

* Anti-aging creams with lactic, glycolic, AHA and BHA acids

* Hair dyes containing ammonia, peroxide, p-phenylenediamine, diaminobenzene    and all dark, permanent hair dyes.

* Liquid hand soaps with triclosan

* Nail polish and removers with formaldehyde

Formaldehyde may not be listed as an ingredient, because many cosmetic manufacturers are switching to formaldehyde-releasing chemicals that break down slowly under solution to produce formaldehyde. This is a sneaky method of adding the preservative formaldehyde without saying it’s there, because it’s not added initially, but the listed chemical ingredients’ releasing activity brew formaldehyde on and on. If you don’t want a product that contains a formaldehyde-releasing chemical, you have to play detective and scrutinize the product label.

Chemicals in this category include:

* DMDM hydantoin

* Imidazolidinyl urea

* Diazolidinyl urea

* Quaternium-15

* Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol)

* 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane

* Hydroxymethylglycinate

Actually, abstaining from cosmetics during pregnancy may be easier for many than giving up smoking or alcohol completely. Of course, all manner of avoiding heavy metals and chemical toxins should be part of the lifestyle of expectant mothers. Finding up to 300 contaminants in umbilical cord blood indicates that the mother inadvertently passes on these toxins to the fetus. Avoiding as much heavy metal and additive chemical toxins as possible can reward you a safe birth with a healthy baby whose growth continues in health.

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Zija’s GenM skin care line has a complete anti-aging and all natural products based around nature’s “miracle tree,” Moringa oleifera, which are completely safe for pregnant women. Check them out in my store or go to



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You Can Avoid Hypothyroidism By Avoiding The Causes Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:25:29 +0000 In the past, I suffered from hypothyroidism like many m […]]]>

thyroidpic2In the past, I suffered from hypothyroidism like many millions of Americans and was on a prescription drug. However, I stopped taking it six months ago and am doing fine.  I drink my Zija SuperMix daily and Premium tea made of Moringa Oleifera.

There are many ways available for the regulation of the production and conversion of thyroid hormones. However, there are also a lot of opportunities for things to go wrong. A healthy thyroid relies on many factors, such as a healthy endocrine system, stable hormone levels, healthy and balanced gut flora, a healthy liver, properly functioning adrenals, healthy kidneys, and clean, healthy blood.

The National Institutes of Health describes it well: You’re tired, weak, exhausted, weary, worn out, lack of energy and feel distressed. You’re not functioning as well as you should. Fatigue has many causes, and many effects.

For millions of Americans, that sluggish feeling is a direct result of a thyroid gland not functioning at an optimal level.

If you wake up in the morning feeling okay, but start feeling fatigue by lunchtime, you need a nap just to make it through the day, or even mild exercise or activity leaves you feeling wiped out and makes it difficult for you to perform well at work or recreation.

When your mood changes or you are grouchy, you may find it hard to maintain normal family and friend relationships. When fatigue becomes persistent, you should see your doctor for a check-up.

Unfortunately, you can’t trust the results of a commonly used thyroid lab test, which is a test many doctors use that often overlooks sub-optimal thyroid function issues.

The following tips are very important to maintain proper thyroid health:

  1. Minimize your exposure to environmental toxins, The thyroid is quite vulnerable to environmental toxins including, but not limited to, pesticides, herbicides, BPAs, jet fuel, perchlorates, thiocyanates, PCBs, lead, chlorine, fluorine, bromine, and many other chemicals we come in contact with that have been proven to cause hypothyroidism. We are bombarded with these chemicals due to the way we construct buildings, the way we produce products, the way we travel, and the way we grow our food. Our only defense is high quality nutrition and avoiding toxin exposure through diet, chemical exposure in our environment, and absorption through the products we use for personal care.
  2. Avoid heavy metals such as mercury, found in tuna, amalgam dental fillings, certain vaccines, and even some over-the-counter products like contact lens fluid. Mercury can also adversely affect your thyroid. Formaldehyde and heavy metal toxins such as mercury and aluminum are huge contributors to the hypothyroidism epidemic. Many studies have concluded that the ingredients in vaccines harm thyroid function, endocrine system and cause autoimmune issues attacking the thyroid.  Mercury fillings is usually synonymous with a problematic thyroid, which wreaks havoc on the endocrine system, the nervous system, the brain, and the whole body. In order to restore normal, healthy thyroid function, Amalgam fillings should be removed.
  3. Limit your stress level as much as possible. Chronic stress interferes significantly with thyroid function.
  4. Medications contribute to hypothyroidism, including medications for mental health, sleep medications, painkillers, and allergy medications. Other Drugs such as nicotine, caffeine or marijuana will wear out the thyroid and the adrenals. Many people consume a lot of caffeine over a period of time, eventually leading to adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. Marijuana disrupts the entire endocrine system, affecting all glandular hormone production. THC, in particular, lowers the immune system’s ability to fight infection, and can, with heavy use, lower thyroid hormonal output. Also, smoking anything causes the blood to become thick and toxic with free radicals and carcinogens that clog glands and hinder hormone production.
  5. Iodine Deficiency. The thyroid gland converts iodine into thyroid hormones. Iodine is a trace mineral found primarily in seafood, seaweed, plants grown in iodine-rich soil, unrefined sea salt, and iodized table salt. Many people do not get enough iodine, and contrary to popular belief, this includes many people in developed countries. Iodine from iodized salt is poorly absorbed and is not a healthy choice for raising iodine levels in the diet as refined table salt contributes to a host of health problems. Iodine is absolutely necessary for thyroid function, but too much iodine (especially iodine outside of food) can impair thyroid function as well.
  6. Genetically Modified Foods. It is very important to avoid genetically modified foods because it can trigger autoimmune conditions like Graves’ Disease or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis by destroying the gut lining which leads to a host of other problems.
  7. Fluoride. Even small amounts of fluoride lessen the pituitary gland’s ability to function, which in turn slows thyroid production. Larger amounts of fluoride, which most people do consume from tap water, disrupt the whole endocrine system and wreak havoc on hormone production. Fluoride consumption over time essentially slows the whole body down, including the brain.
  8. Stop eating soy, except in fermented forms such as miso or tempeh. Despite marketing efforts, soy is NOT a health food. Unfermented soy is high in chemicals called isoflavones, which may contribute to abnormal function of your thyroid gland and other health concerns.
  9. Make sleep a high priority. A thyroid imbalance may cause or contribute to sleep difficulties. There is no “magic number” to the amount of sleep you need. However, most adults need 7-9 hours per night according to the National Sleep Foundation.
  10. Support your thyroid with optimal levels of thyroid-loving nutrients like vitamins A, D, E, riboflavin, niacin, and minerals such as zinc, selenium, and manganese.
  11. Finally, an effective approach to correcting sub-optimal thyroid function must also provide support for the adrenal glands. Your adrenals may become fatigued when overstimulation of these important glands from physical or emotional stress leaves them unable to supply your body with an adequate amount of their hormones. Weakened adrenal glands lead to the development of thyroid disorders. Adrenal fatigue is often, perhaps usually, the root cause of hypothyroidism.

It is so important to get the proper nutrients and detoxification our body desperately needs to function properly. By taking Zija’s SuperMix and premium tea containing Moringa Oleifera daily, you are providing all the vitamins and nutrients while detoxing the impurities in your body. These products not only support your thyroid but your immune system, which is vital to avoid other serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes and many others.


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Obesity Has Been Associated With The Increased Risk of Fibromyalgia Mon, 09 Mar 2015 18:24:36 +0000 Fibromyalgia is NOT a disease, but a collection of symp […]]]>

Symptoms_of_fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is NOT a disease, but a collection of symptoms; it is not even a “condition” or “disorder” or “syndromes” – three precursor Big Pharma marketing adjectives – to turn something into a “disease,” in order to sell more costly and ineffective reactive drugs.

The symptoms come from inflammation. 

The primary cause for inflammation is lack of real nutrient absorption from caloric intake, in combination with harmful and inflammatory including ingredients, like: MSG, HFCS, modified starches, colorants, fake flavors, soy, corn, wheat, salts, nitrites, nitrates, peanuts, phosphates, etc.

In 2010, researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology found an association between the level of leisure time, physical exercise and a future risk of developing fibromyalgia. The research team also identified BMI as an independent risk factor for fibromyalgia. Details of the study appear in the May issue of Arthritis Care & Research, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American College of Rheumatology. Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by widespread pain lasting more than 3 months, and tender point sites in the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. Associated features often include unexplained fatigue, sleep disturbances, headache, cognitive difficulty, and mood disturbances. The prevalence of FM increases with age and is considerably higher among women than men. Although the etiology of FM is poorly understood, many authors have suggested that a dysfunctional autonomic nervous system involving deficiencies in the hypothalamic–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis and sympathetic nervous system contributes to the development of FM by altering pain perception and endogenous pain inhibition. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, FM has been linked to stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents, repetitive injuries, illness, certain diseases, or FM can occur spontaneously. Some scientists speculate that a gene or genes might be involved in fibromyalgia that could make a person react strongly to things that other people would not find painful. Longitudinal studies have shown that physical exercise is associated with less musculoskeletal pain and stiff or painful joints among aging women. The Norwegian researchers, led by Paul Mork, D.Phil., proposed that first, there is an association between levels of leisure time, physical exercise and future risk of FM and, second, being overweight/obese may represent an independent risk factor for future development of FM. Data for the study was collected from the Nord-Trøndelag Health (HUNT) Study, the first part conducted in 1984 (HUNT 1) and the second in 1995 (HUNT 2). During the 11 years between HUNT 1 and HUNT 2, 380 cases of incident FM were reported among 15,990 women who provided information on relevant variables at both surveys and who reported no FM or physical impairment at HUNT 1. Women who reported exercising four times week had a 29% lower risk of FM compared with inactive women. Similar results were found in the analysis of the summary score combining information on frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise; women with the highest exercise level had a somewhat lower risk than inactive women. The study further showed that a high BMI (i.e., being overweight or obese) is a strong and independent risk factor for future development of FM. Moreover, the higher relative risks for the combined effect of being overweight/obese and inactive, relative to being overweight/obese alone, point to a further disadvantage for overweight women who do not exercise. While the causal relationship between obesity and FM remains unknown, there are some etiologic factors in common. Studies suggest that pro-inflammatory cytokines play a role in FM and the relationship between FM and obesity. Other studies point to dysregulation of the HPA axis, which has been observed in both FM and obesity. Finally, increased sympathetic tonus and reduced sympathetic reactivity, as recorded by heart rate variability, has been observed in patients with FM as well as in overweight and obese subjects. These findings, together with the current study, indicate that regular physical exercise, and improved physical fitness, may serve as a buffer against the perpetuation of musculoskeletal symptoms that eventually lead to the development of FM.

It is so important to stay active as we get older and eat healthier.  Zija’s SuperMix containing moringa oleifera will definitely help you get all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to avoid many serious health problems.

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Chemical Exposures Cause Earlier Menopause Sun, 08 Mar 2015 18:10:23 +0000 I came across this article and found it very interestin […]]]>

outdoorindoorI came across this article and found it very interesting and want to share it.  According to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, women whose bodies have high levels of chemicals found in every day use of plastics, personal-care products, common household items and the environment experience menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower levels of these chemicals have been linked to an early decline in ovarian function. The findings are reported online Jan. 28 in the journal PLOS ONE.

Researchers looked at levels in blood and urine of 111 chemicals that are suspected of interfering with the natural production and distribution of hormones in the body. While several smaller studies have examined the link between so-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals and menopause, the new research is the first to broadly explore the association between menopause and individual chemicals on a large scale, using a nationally representative sample of patients across the United States.

“Chemicals linked to earlier menopause may lead to an early decline in ovarian function, and our results suggest we as a society should be concerned,” said senior author Amber Cooper, MD, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

When there is a decline in ovarian function, it not only can adversely affect fertility but can lead to earlier development of heart disease, osteoporosis and other health problems which are already linked to the chemicals including certain cancers, metabolic syndrome and, in younger females, early puberty.

Many of these chemical exposures are beyond our control because they are in the soil, water and air.  It is very important to educate ourselves about our day-to-day chemical exposures and become more aware of the plastics and other household products we use.

To better protect ourselves, it is recommended that people microwave food in glass or paper containers instead of in plastic and styrofoam cups and other products.  We also need to learn more about the ingredients contained in cosmetics, personal-care products and food packaging we use every day.

Although many of the chemicals included in the study have been banned from U.S. production because of their negative health effects, they still are produced globally and are damaging to the environment.

In the study, data was taken from 31,575 people, including 1,442 menopausal women who had been tested for levels of endocrine-disrupting chemicals. It is important to know that the average age of these women was 61.  None were using estrogen-replacement therapies or had had surgery to remove their ovaries.

This survey was designed so that the women who had undergone chemical testing would represent a population of almost 9 million menopausal women.  The women’s blood and urine samples were analyzed for exposures to 111 mostly man-made chemicals, which included known reproductive toxins and/or those that take more than a year to break down. Chemicals from the following categories were analyzed in the survey: dioxins/furans (industrial combustion byproducts); phthalates (found in plastics, common household items, pharmaceuticals and personal-care products including lotions, perfumes, makeup, nail polish, liquid soap and hair spray); phytoestrogens (plant-derived estrogens); polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs, coolants); phenolic derivatives (phenols, industrial pollutants); organophosphate pesticides; surfactants; and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (combustion products).

The researchers identified 15 chemicals — nine PCBs, three pesticides, two phthalates and a furan (a toxic chemical) — that warrant closer evaluation because they were significantly associated with earlier ages of menopause and potentially have detrimental effects on ovarian function.

Earlier menopause can alter the quality of a woman’s life and has profound implications for fertility, health and our society.  Understanding how the environment affects health is complex.  Even though this study doesn’t prove causation, the associations do raise a red flag and supports the need for future research.

We need to do all we can to improve our products and prevent women suffering from actually using the toxic products on the market.

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