Evolved Summer Edition

Summer means more outdoor time and more sun exposure (more beach days!). Enjoy getting that much needed vitamin D but be careful and stay healthy.


  • The Best ‘Natural’ insect repellent - According to Consumer Reports, “five of the six plant-based repellents we tested [only] lasted one hour or less against Aedes mosquitoes, the kind that can spread Zika. Only one mosquito repellent that uses a natural plant oil as its active ingredient worked well: Repel Lemon Eucalyptus. This insect repellent warded off Aedes mosquitoes, Culex mosquitoes (which can spread West Nile), and ticks (which can spread Lyme) for at least 7 hours." We just bought some from Amazon and will be testing it out this Summer.
  • Guide to Sunscreens - Environmental Working Group has an online Guide to Sunscreens with tips to keep in mind before you go outside and their latest sunscreen research. They also put together an annual wallet card, Guide to Safer Sunscreens, with tips on how to read sunscreen labels, how to make smart and healthy choices when shopping for sunscreen, and other valuable information.
  • Eat in-season - Tomatoes are at their best during the summer, and are a great source of lycopene and other carotenoids which protect humans against sun damage. Remember that cooked tomatoes, and tomato products like paste and sauce, offer far more bioavailable lycopene than raw tomatoes.
  • Recipe – Make probiotic-rich water kefir - As the heat rises, you and your family may be looking for a refreshing drink that provides nutritional benefits but won’t break the bank. An inexpensive homemade option is water kefir, a fermented probiotic beverage made using sugar water, juice, or coconut water. It’s delicious, a perfect soda replacement, and an especially good choice for those who have dairy aversions but are looking to incorporate more healthy bacteria into their diet using probiotic foods and beverages. We got this starter culture from Thrive Market.
  • Prevent skin damage from the inside out - I bump up my antioxidant intake, both from fruits and vegetables AND supplements, specifically astaxanthin. This super-antioxidant is found in algae, the organisms that eat it, and the organisms that eat those organisms (like salmon, shrimp, and pink flamingo – the pink/red color gives it away). “In Japan, a study was done in 2002 with women around age 40 who consumed 2mg astaxanthin daily for four weeks. Researchers were surprised that after only 2 weeks, almost every aspect of the women's skin had improved; after 4 weeks, there was even more improvement. Benefits included fewer fine lines, better moisture, increased skin tone and elasticity, smoother surface, fewer freckles, and less under-eye puffiness.”
  • Featured Product: Klean Antioxidant - With 2mg astaxanthin, Vitamin C and a few other potent antioxidants, this is one of the best cocktails for Summer protection, even if you're not an athlete. SHOP NOW


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