The 5 Healthiest Fruit Juices to Drink

Juicing is an easy, delicious way to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. The benefits of juices are many–they’re easy on the stomach, great for digestion, and are packed with vitamins and minerals.

There are the juices everyone thinks about–apple, orange, cranberry. But there are many other foods that aren’t typically enjoyed in juice form, even though they pack a powerful nutritional punch. Here are five of the healthiest fruit juices out there.

Aloe Vera Juice

This one is definitely an acquired taste, but the benefits of drinking it are highly worth the trouble. Traditionally, aloe vera is well-known for its healing properties for the skin and hair. When topically applied, it is used to treat minor wounds, burns, rashes, itches, and other mild issues. It’s also great for replenishing your hair’s moisture. But drinking the juice nourishes your system with folate–which plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair and promotes tissue growth on a cellular level–and vitamins C, B, and E. It can also stop the effects of free radicals in the body, and repair some of the damage done. It’s also great for managing diabetes, as it helps to lower blood sugar levels in the body.

Amla Juice

Also known as the Indian gooseberry, amla has traditionally been used as a treatment for many different maladies. It was typically consumed in the form of jams, curries, pickles, chutneys, or just raw. The trick with amla, like aloe vera, is getting past the off-putting, acerbic taste. Amla juice is a great source of vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system. The juice also helps to lower cholesterol levels, reducing your risk for heart disease, and promotes respiratory health, keeping issues like allergies and asthma in check. It’s great for digestion, can ease constipation, and is packed with antioxidants, keeping your skin and hair healthy. Eating it regularly can also improve eye health and lessen your risk of developing cataracts.

Sea Buckthorn Juice

These bright orange berries are a bit more pleasant to the taste than the two listed above. To give you an idea, its flavor is similar to a cape gooseberry. Sea buckthorn is renowned as one of the best juices for health available. It offers amazing benefits for not just your skin and hair, but for your immune system as well. It is rich in carotene, flavonoids, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and amino acids. Regular consumption supports liver health and reduces inflammation and side effects of chemotherapy. Remember to stick to either the oil or the actual juice–avoid using sea buckthorn powder, as much of the berries benefits are greatly reduced in powder form.

Carrot Juice

Because carrots are full of fiber but low in calories, carrot juice is great if you’re trying to lose weight. And since carrots are at their most beneficial when consumed raw, juicing is a great way to take advantage of all this vegetable has to offer. The high fiber content helps you feel full longer, reducing the likelihood of snacking, and carrot juice also helps to increase bile secretion which helps burn fat.

Cucumber Juice

Cucumbers are high in water content and therefore low in calories, making it another ideal juice for people trying to lose weight. Like carrots, cucumbers are also high in fiber, so one glass of cucumber juice will keep you full longer. For a refreshing summer drink, try squeezing in some lime juice and a couple mint leaves.

 

Try out these 5 juices for good health, and let us know about your experiences!

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How to Heal Your Skin Faster With Sea Buckthorn

Sea buckthorn has been the secret medicine that ancient Tibetan people have used for thousands of years. For any kind of skin ailment, from eczema to deep burns, sea buckthorn’s healing properties have been used in skincare with surprising effectiveness.

One of sea buckthorn’s best benefits is its ability to stimulate tissue regeneration. From deep cuts to lesions to ulcers, the variety of vitamins helps skin heal itself faster. With powerful antioxidants, sea buckthorn helps skin cells regenerate with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and several different kinds of B vitamins. Sea buckthorn also contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and sodium, which are all building blocks of healthy skin.

Healing Burns

Burns are also a major area where sea buckthorn can work is healing properties. Research shows that in studies, skin that had suffered third-degree burns healed much better with sea buckthorn oil was applied to the affected area. Sea buckthorn extract promotes the growth of skin and mucosa epithelial cells that are damaged by burns. When burns are bad enough, skin grafts are required, and sea buckthorn oil also helped the grafts bind with the fascia and make the burned skin heal faster. For decades, the pharmacologists have used silver sulfadiazine to heal burns, but it has side effects. Sea buckthorn has proved just as effective as silver sulfadiazine and has no side effects on burn patients.

Helping with Cancer

Perhaps the most impressive benefit of sea buckthorn is how well is helps cancer patients. Consuming sea buckthorn oil reduces illness due to cancer, and even if you have already been diagnosed with cancer, sea buckthorn can help reduce the effects of chemotherapy. The harsh chemicals used in cancer treatments can often affect skin cells and damage collagen production, but sea buckthorn re-stimulates collagen production to help people heal faster from cancer and toxic chemotherapy sessions. Chemo often frequently damages the digestive tract cells too, and since sea buckthorn is great for calming digestive issues, the extract frequently helps patients who have stomach issues after treatment by healing the epithelial cells in the intestines.

Reduces Wrinkles

If you’ve had skin issues in the past, sea buckthorn can still help. Sea buckthorn increases collagen production to reduce wrinkles, and its high Vitamin E and Vitamin C content reduce scarring. This works on both smaller scars, like acne marks, and on larger scars, such as those from traumatic injuries and severe stretch marks. Anti-inflammatory properties are also a prized attribute of sea buckthorn, which can help reduce eczema and rosacea. Sunburn can also discolor scar tissue, and sea buckthorn can even block UV rays to protect skin that is still healing, which is why it’s an ingredient in many sunscreens.

If you suffer from any skin issues from traumatic injuries, lesions, or chemotherapy, sea buckthorn is a natural way to see significant improvements in the appearance of your skin and your overall dermatological health. Sea buckthorn extracts are the best oils for healing a wide variety of skin issues. You can even get sea buckthorn products that are cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free in different amounts for your specific needs.  You’re on your way to health, healing, and beautiful skin!

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Loving the Skin You’re In – Look Good & Feel Good

STOP letting the date on your driver’s license define you! Regardless of your age, there is no better time to embrace your true beauty – from the outside and from the inside. It’s time to love the skin you’re in right now!

As a society, we go through cycles of being “image obsessed” and wanting to stay 29 forever to the other extreme of letting “nature take its course”. No matter the decade you currently reside in, the most important thing you can do is cultivate a positive image of who you are today. Everyday Health  suggests several tips on how we can look our best.

Don’t waste your precious energy or time worrying about how you looked or felt 5 or even 10 years ago. Think about how you look and feel TODAY and what you can do to look and feel your best NOW. After all, look good, feel good and feel good, look good. It goes both ways! Here’s my list of tips for making the best of what you’ve got EVERY DAY.

Feel Good

  • Take a daily sea buckthorn supplement (of course)
    • Sea buckthorn is a super fruit packed with over 190 bioactive compounds including omega fatty acids 3, 6, 7 and 9, over 60 anti-oxidants, vitamins, trace minerals, flavonoids, carotenoids and more.
    • Sea buckthorn is the worlds’ richest source of omega 7 which supports healthy function of many of the key systems of the body including cardiovascular, digestive, urogenital, and metabolic. It is also the key building block for healthy skin, hair and nails from the inside.
    • TRY SIBU’S OMEGA-7 PURE! One ounce a day as a straight shot or blended in to your favorite morning smoothie will boost both health and beauty!Exercise regularly
  • Exercise Regularly 
  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
    • There are 5 food groups and more healthy options than you can possibly count. Get creative and DON’T DEPRIVE YOURSELF! Eat so that when you really want that chocolate chip cookie it doesn’t become a deal breaker. (hint: If your body is getting what it needs from healthy sources, you are less likely to crave that cookie.)
  • Drink plenty of water
    • There is controversy over the actual benefits that drinking a minimum of 64 oz of water/day can have on the skin. This article from the University of Wisconsin Madison explains very well the importance of staying hydrated – and it’s about more than just the skin.
  • Smile!
    • Not only does a smile increase your “face” value, it positively affects everyone around you AND it can boost your health!

Look Good

Some of you may have been blessed with amazing genetics and you don’t really have to do anything to have great looking skin. The rest of us however do have to put forth a bit of effort. That effort, if focused in the right areas and combined with all of the above, can really pay off. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

  • WASH YOUR FACE EVERY NIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO BED!

Ok, I’ve gotten that off my chest. Our skin is exposed to so much during the course of our day and it deserves a nice, clean restful state to recover and prepare for what’s up next. A gentle gel cleanser or even a nourishing bar soap like SIBU’s Cleansing Face & Body Bar will remove the dirt, oil and impurities that collect on the skin throughout the day. Lather up before bed and your skin will thank you in the morning!

  • Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective

Maybe you’re in to the 10 step skincare routine – good for you! But maybe you prefer minimalism. It’s ok! The key is to find a routine that you can commit to and that fits in to your lifestyle. Taking care of your skin should be all about self love – cue the bubble bath and candles – and doing something that makes you feel (and look) better.

    • The skincare MINIMUM
      • Cleanse (we’ve already talked about this)
      • Hydrate: A good daytime face cream like SIBU’s Nourishing Face Cream can be used morning and night. This light-weight face lotion does a lot more than leave your skin looking and feeling great. Daily use will strengthen your skins natural ability to retain needed moisture. When the skins’ lipid barrier is strong, the skin stays looking and feeling good all day long.
    • The skincare “I WANT / NEED MORE” – If you are concerned with the signs of age that are creeping in around the corners of your eyes or the dark spots that tell tales of younger days in the sun, you might want to get onboard with adding a few key steps to your routine.  Here are some suggestions:
      • Facial Serum: a serum is a lightweight moisturizer that penetrates deeper to deliver active ingredients to your skin.   SIBU’s Hydrating Face Serum has Hyaluronic acid for that deep hydration and sea buckthorn fruit extract to provide vitamin C to brighten the skin and to help boost collagen production.
      • Night Cream: if your skin is dry and seems to be getting drier as you get a bit older, a night cream is the way to go. Night creams are richer in texture and provide benefits even beyond hydration. Rejuvenating Night Cream enhances your skin’s nightly natural repair process. Infused with cruciferous (plant) ingredients, it stimulates the skins natural cell renewal cycle. The skins ability to retain moisture is strengthened, fine lines and wrinkles appear smoother and visible sun damage is reduced with nightly use. Just like SIBU’s Nourishing Face Cream, the Rejuvenating Night Cream can be used both day and night if your skin needs extra hydration.
      • Eye Cream: The skin around our eyes is thinner and more delicate than they rest of our skin. Applying a specific eye cream to the eye area morning and night can help reduce the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles in this area. SIBU Age Defying Eye Cream has sea berry and pumpkin seed oils to hydrate and firm the skin. Cruciferous (plant) ingredients go to work to lessen the appearance of dark circles and reduce under-eye puffiness. A little goes a long way with eye cream and you want to be sure and always use a gentle touch so as not to over manipulate this more delicate skin.
      • Facial Oils: I saved the best for last! A good, quality facial oil can be a game-changer in the way your skin looks and feels. There are a lot to choose from out there and we suggest you always look for quality, unadulterated ingredients to get the most bang for your buck. Sea Berry Seed Oil has been used for centuries as a beauty and healing oil. Packed with vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids, this golden “miracle oil” helps reduced the signs of visible sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles. Be sure to use facial oils before lotions or creams and after lighter weight serums. I might also suggest alternating am / pm use with your serum.

So there you have it! You need to feel good to look good, and you need to look good to feel good.  It is possible and it’s all about YOU – right now! At the risk of sounding cliché, enjoy the journey, YOUR journey and love every part of it (wrinkles and all)!

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Wear RED (and Think Sea Berry ORANGE) for Heart Health

Tuesday, February 2, 2018 is National Wear Red Day.  Fifteen years ago nearly 500,000 lives of American women were being claimed by heart disease.  This frightening statistic prompted the American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood institute to take action creating the first National Wear Red Day in February, 2005.  Now, each year on the first Friday in February we raise awareness of heart disease and stroke in women by wearing RED, the color of our hearts.

SIBU takes special interest in heart health as we are THE “Sea Buckthorn Company”.  No, sea buckthorn isn’t red, but in our world, “ORANGE is the new red”!  Our mission at SIBU is to provide whole body health and beauty through the power of sea buckthorn via nutritional supplements and natural skincare products; and this includes heart health!

In an article released by Nutra Ingredients – USA, on Jan. 31, 2018, they discuss a recent study regarding the anti-oxidant and cardiovascular benefits of sea buckthorn berries.  The berry contains over 190 bioactive compounds including omega fatty acids 3, 6, 9, and Omega 7, more than 60 anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids and more.

Also noteworthy is a study by Dr. Yan Jun Xu, where he sights sea buckthorn as a “promising plant for reducing cardiovascular disease risk”.

SIBU provides Omega 7 Sea Buckthorn supplements in juice and soft gel form to provide you with all of the benefits of sea buckthorn.  Educate yourself on the power of sea buckthorn and Omega 7 and all it has to offer you.  Wear RED and think ORANGE and you’ll be well on your way to better cardiovascular health!

 

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Omega 7 for Dogs

Written by Guest Blogger, Vanessa Chung with SimpleWag

We all know that omega fatty acids are essential to our health. But did you know our pups need these fatty acids as well?

Fish oil for dogs is a great way to incorporate many essential fatty acids into our pup’s diet since it does provide omega-3s and omega-6s. However, there is one omega that doesn’t get the credit it deserves: omega-7. While fish oil isn’t a great source of omega-7, there is a plant-based oil that is a great multivitamin and has a high level of omega-7s and other EFAs: sea buckthorn oil!

What Is Sea Buckthorn Oil?

Sea buckthorn may sound like a type of seaweed or species of sea cucumber, but it’s actually just a plant with a cool name!

Sea buckthorns are bushes that grow in the mountainous and coastal regions of Eurasia. The oil is extracted from the berries and seeds cultivated from the shrubs, and have been used for centuries by civilizations as a natural medicine for both skin and general health.

In addition to being abundant in omega 7 (also known as palmitoleic acid), sea buckthorn oil has a number of other fatty acids and vitamins including omegas 3 and 6 and vitamins A, B, C, and E!

Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil for Dogs

Sea buckthorn oil is a great way to give your dog an EFA and vitamin-packed health boost, naturally! Here are some of the ways they can benefit from the healing properties of this ancient medicine:

  • Skincare and Haircare. The omega-7 fatty acid in sea buckthorn oil helps to keep your dog’s skin hydrated, while vitamins C and E help to keep their coats shiny and healthy!
  • Heart Health. Omega-7 is a polyunsaturated fat that helps to keep the artery passages clear and make it easier for blood to flow through the cardiovascular system.
  • Allergies. In addition to being high in antioxidants, sea buckthorn oil also contains omega-3, which can help your pup fight the inflammatory response to allergens!
  • Brain Health. Rich in all the important omega and vitamins, sea buckthorn oil can help support the health and function of your pup’s brain!

Be sure to visit SeaBuck 7 at www.seabuck.com, SIBU’s sister company with a focus on sea buckthorn benefits for our animal friends! Get your Omega 7 Oil and Sea Buckthorn Balm for your dog today!

 

Conclusion

While this supplement may not be available at your local big-name pet or grocery stores, there are many brands online that offer sea buckthorn products specifically for animals. Like any supplement, it is best to consult your pet’s veterinarian and assess their health needs before administering a new component to their lifestyle. Overall, sea buckthorn oil is a perfect all-natural, multi-functional supplement for your dog (and for you!) that is plant-based and sustainable!

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Vanessa Chung is a senior at Cal State Fullerton studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entertainment and Hospitality Management. In addition to writing for SimpleWag, she loves to photograph everything from plants to food. You can follow her food adventures on Instagram @adventurouseats and her daily life adventures @nessiequik

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SIBU Among First to Replace Carrageenan in Vegetarian Soft Gel

Natural Products Insider published a press release regarding SIBU’s use of new soft gel technology in the Omega-7 Support Soft Gels.

Tapioca starch – StarchGelTM – replaces the use of Carrageenan in the SIBU soft gel, maintaining its vegan certification and broadening its customer appeal. The use of tapioca starch resolves the issues of gastrointestinal distress and inflammation that have been linked to the use of carrageenan.  Tapioca Starch is naturally derived from the Cassava Root.

Omega 7 Support continues to provide all of the benefits of sea berry oils and Omega 7 for whole body health, including healthier skin, hair and nails.  Dusty McMullin, Chief Operations and Manufacturing Officer at SIBU explains why this change has been made.  “SIBU is excited to be one of the very first companies to adopt a tapioca-based vegetarian soft gel capsule for it’s Omega 7 Support nutritional supplement.  We are always looking for ways to improve and enhance our products and feel like this will be a positive change due to the growing concerns surrounding carrageenan in the market place.”

Read the complete release via the link above.

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Reduce the Premature Signs of Age


Aging is inevitable. The goal should be to look and feel as good as possible regardless of what birthday you’ll celebrate next. I’ve always looked forward to getting older (and wiser hopefully) but I don’t necessarily welcome the extra aches and pains or the “smile” lines I’m noticing around my eyes and mouth. So what can we do to minimize the signs of age that we see in the mirror or feel every morning when we get out of bed? Many of us will sit back and just let it happen. Others will take action!

Reduce Premature Skin Aging

The visible signs of age show up mainly on our skin. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and we do in fact take it for granted much of the time. The damage that we do physically to our skin can cause it to age prematurely. This type of aging due to external forces is called extrinsic aging. This includes, but is not limited to, good ole Mr. Sunshine and all those years we spent basking in its rays as teenagers. Take a look at this great article from the American Academy of Dermatology. It recognizes right off the bat that a large part of HOW & WHY our skin ages is genetic. They call this type of aging intrinsic aging. The article lists 11 ways you can REDUCE premature skin aging. Be sure to note that a few of the items on the list will ALSO help with those morning aches and pains.  Treat your skin like the rock star it is.  Protect it!  Pamper it!  Give it the love you deserve!

Don’t take this whole aging thing lying down.  Break out the sunscreen, commit to eating healthier and take the stairs more often.  We are all going to age. Let’s just do everything we can to look and feel our best while we do it!  Until next time, stay beautiful!

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Why Omega-7 Fatty Acids Are Good for Mucous Membrane Health

Omega 7

Omega-7 fatty acid has gained notoriety in the past few years because of the numerous health benefits for the body. But, what many people don’t realize is that many of the Omega 7 benefits are attributed to mucous membrane health. If you’re like many people, you may not know what the significance of the mucous membranes are in the body. Fortunately, this article can help you learn everything you need to know about Omega-7 fatty acids and the body’s mucous membranes.

What Are Mucous Membranes?

The mucous membranes are an important part of many of the body’s systems. They line the surface of the digestive system, urogenital tracts, and the respiratory tract as well. Mucous membranes are also important in protecting the surface of the eyes. They also act as a natural shield between the body and the environment. Clearly, healthy mucous membranes can be very beneficial to the body’s overall well-being.

How do Omega-7 Fatty Acids Help?

Free radicals in the body can cause the mucous membranes to disintegrate, causing inflammation and discomfort. Omega-7 is a primary constituent of the actual cell membranes that make up these mucous membranes. Omega-7s also contain powerful antioxidants. These combined properties keep the membranes hydrated and healthy by promoting tissue regeneration and reducing inflammation of the mucosa and the skin. The antioxidant properties remove free radicals before they’re able to degrade the membranes.

What Are Omega-7 Sources?

Omega-7 fatty acids are less commonly known than other Omega fatty acids simply because they aren’t found in as many foods that are commonly eaten. The main dietary sources of Omega-7 are macadamia nuts and tropical oils like palm kernel and coconut oil. However, sea buckthorn berry is a type of hardy bush rich in Omega-7. Sea buckthorn oil is derived from this plant and also includes Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids.

What Benefits Will I See?

One of the most significant benefits people taking sea buckthorn berry oil supplements notice is improved gut health. Gastric ulcers and other gastrointestinal condition symptoms are improved when the mucous membranes are better able to protect the system. The condition of the skin is also improved and many people notice improvements of dry eye symptoms.

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23 Health Benefits of Sea Buckthorn

With aisles and aisles of supplements to choose from in your local health food store, how do you know what you need? Turns out, you may be able to up your health and beauty routine with only one supplement…Sea Buckthorn!

Sea Buckthorn (also called Sea Berry) comes from the Spiti Valley in the Himalayan Mountains where the fierce conditions of high altitude, strong ultraviolet radiation, reflected light, severe cold, and dry soil combines to create an extremely hardy and resilient superfruit.

Sea Buckthorn contains:

  • The full range of Omegas (3,6,9, and even the rare Omega-7 complete)
  • Protein-building amino acids
  • Vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, and E
  • Folic acid
  • Over 60 antioxidants
  • At least 20 minerals
  • Carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavonoids

Because of all these amazing qualities contained within each little Sea Berry, it’s considered a complete food that can support many different systems in the body, including benefits to the skin.

SIBU is the Sea Berry (Sea Buckthorn) company. In addition to our full line of topical skin care products, we offer a choice of three Sea Berry products that supplement whole body health.

Click the link below to see all 23 Sea Buckthorn Health Benefits from Natural Society:

http://naturalsociety.com/23-health-benefits-of-sea-buckthorn-miracle-berry/

 

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Nourish Your Skin with Omega-7 Supplements

Healthy skin

Are you interested in having skin that glows from the inside? Do you want naturally healthy skin that can withstand the pollutants and abuse thrown at it each day? Are you seeking skin that is hydrated, clear, and smooth? For many people, the quest for great skin is never-ending and expensive. For people in the know, the smarter path doesn’t involve trying every new lotion and potion on the market. Healthy skin starts on the inside, and, combined with a healthful diet, Omega-7 supplements will nourish your skin from the inside out. Read on to learn more about healthy skin, a solid skin care routine, and why you should buy Omega-7 supplements and add them to your diet.

What’s All the Hype about Omegas?

If you’ve ever cracked a health magazine or stumbled upon a healthy living blog, you’ve probably heard about the importance of getting your Omegas. What does this mean, exactly? Omegas are fatty acids that are essential for important body functions like fighting against disease and brain functions. There are different types of Omegas, and they perform different roles in the body. Omega-3s are necessary for human cell membranes, heart health, and mental health. Omega-6s are used primarily as an energy source. Omega-9s reduce “bad” cholesterol. These 3 types of Omegas are regularly found in supplements, but they don’t represent the whole picture.

Nourish Your Skin

To take your skin care game to the next level, the industry is now looking to Omega-7s. These fatty acids serve as an important fuel source that can help to relieve ulcers, increase and nourish collagen, promote healthy skin, and repair damage. There are few plant-based sources of Omega-7, but sea berries provide the fatty acids that are usually reserved for animal-based products. Supplements containing these kinds of Omegas add an extra level of nourishment and protection for your skin, and they help to create truly clear skin that starts on the inside.