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5 Reasons Why Pumpkin Everything Is Good For You

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We love fall! The seasons are changing (goodbye heat!), comfort food is back on the menu, and pumpkins become the center of our world. For good reason too, did you know that this special squash and all it’s squash family have crazy nutrients that help your overall health? Specifically some serious anti-cancer superpowers that can help your body fight for it’s right to be in tiptop shape.

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year, but don’t be fooled by the artificial pumpkin flavoring. If you’re going to go all out pumpkin, be sure to add real pumpkin to that pie, and here’s why.

Lots of Antioxidants

Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene, which converts itself into a very helpful antioxidant. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause cancer and other health problems.

Fewer Calories

Pumpkin and squash have a low calories count making them the perfect side dish to fight obesity, a common factor in the development of breast cancer as well as heart disease.

Natural Anti-inflammatory

Pumpkin seeds and winter squash are a good, low-fat, source of omega-3s, making them a good anti-inflammatory food. The combination of this and the antioxidants give winter squash the potential to be a very helpful anticancer food.

High Fiber Awesomeness

Pumpkin is a great source of fiber! High amounts of fiber can bind to estrogen helping eliminate the potentially harmful excess of estrogen that could cause breast cancer and other hormonal issues.

Immune System Booster

Pumpkin is high in vitamin c and beta-carotene (as mentioned above), which creates an immune system power combo for the cold and flu ridden fall and winter season.

Get those pumpkins and squash on your table in a different way and add them to your holiday menu this year, along with all their awesome health benefits.

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7 Important Things You Should Know About Water

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Water is the core of our existence. Every living organism needs it to survive. How much do you really know about the element that keeps us going and all the wonderful things it does for us?

It flows out of our faucets to help us clean our teeth, our dishes and our ourselves. We need it to have fun in the sun and drink it to keep hydrated and healthy, but this precious resource is so much more than we may think.

Only 1% of water is readily available for human use. Crazy, right!?

70% of the world’s surface is covered with water, but 97.5% of that is salt water and the rest of the fresh water is frozen into those big glaciers, leaving us 1% to work with for almost 7 billion people. Our need for water makes it super important for us to be aware of the widespread drought affecting a large amount of the United States. Water is a basic right, but also a precious resource, so conserving it is crucial to our survival.

Here are 7 important things to know when you feel like skipping your water drinking for the day:

Can Help You Lose or Maintain a Healthy Weight

Basically, water makes you full and you eat few calories. This keeps you eating healthy portions and keeps you sufficiently hydrated.

Reduces The Risk of Pimples

Water flushes out toxins in the body that causes skin to inflame which can result in clogged pores and acne.

Can Wake You Up More Than Caffeine

Tiredness and fatigue are two of the most common symptoms of dehydration. If you feel tired try drinking a few cups of water before something high in sugar or caffeine.

Keeps Your Kidneys Going

Our kidneys process over 200 quarts of blood per day. They pull out waste and carry urine to the bladder, but if they don’t get enough fluids they can’t clear away things the body doesn’t need and can lead to infection.

Helps You Finish Your Workout or The Big Game

If you exercise too long without being properly hydrated you get a build-up of chemicals, such as lactic acid, that cause you muscles to tighten up. Drink water before, during and after to prevent muscle cramping and help with soreness.

Is Best From The Tap And Filter

It’s always important to stay hydrated, but crucial during summer. There are more than 2100 contaminants that can be present in tap water, but a well-placed filter can change all of that. Water filters are designed specifically to work with the water coming from your faucet. Go one step further and put a filter on your shower to protect the spongiest organ of all, your skin!

Might Be Worse In A Bottle

Not only is bottled water a waste of plastic, but just like many personal care products it is less regulated than tap water. Tap water is EPA regulated, undergoing tests for things such as e. coli, as well as being required to produce its source and quality testing. Bottled water is not required to meet any of these standards to be distributed.

I would stay and tell you more, but I have to go drink some water! Drink up!

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6 Easy Skin Protectors To Rock This Summer And Reduce Sun Exposure

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It’s important to our health and well being to stay active. Summer is the perfect opportunity to get some serious fun in the sun in too. Swimming, surfing, beach volleyball and other outdoor activities are great options for aerobic exercise. Did you know just 30 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 times a week can lower your risk of breast cancer by 30 to 50 percent? Even though the sun can be helpful to our bodies, too much of it can be harmful and dangerous. Too much sun and natural or artificial UV ray exposure can lead to skin and damage or sometimes even cancer.

Never fear! Sun safety tips are here and ready to help you keep the sun on your good side. Summer is the time for beaches, pools, outdoor festivals, and concerts. We’ll be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long, so we came up with 6 easy skin protectors that you can do anytime and anywhere this summer.

1. Wear a hat

Choose a hat with a wider brim to protect your eyes, ears and face. This keeps them safe from direct sunlight throughout the day.

2. Wear Your Sunglasses Outside (And inside if you want)

You can wear them inside too, but your eyes are way too awesome and sensitive to be out in the sun without them. Choose sunglasses that wrap around your face as much as possible and provide 100% UV protection for the best results.

3. Lounge in the Shade During Peak Sun Hours

The sun is strongest during the hours of 10 am and 4 pm so if you’re going to be outside try to find some shade or do the majority of your outside activities before or after that time. Avoiding the sun during this time can lower exposure by up to sixty percent. Also, don’t be tricked by cloudy and overcast weather, UV rays are still getting through those clouds.

4. Wear Lightweight Clothing

When you’re not in the water arm yourself with lightweight and loose-fitting clothing that covers a large area of your skin. Keeping cool, but still protecting yourself from prolonged sun exposure is key.

5. Don’t forget your feet

Be sure to cover all the exposed skin when applying sunscreen, some are easy to forget. Don’t miss your feet, ears, eyelids, hands, nose, lips or the top of your head!

6. Choose the Right Sunscreen

There are a lot of sunscreens to choose from out there and it can be confusing. Check out our guide to protecting your skin with nontoxic options. We highly recommend Badger Natural and Organic Sunscreen.

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Visit the Non Toxic Revolution on the Vans Warped Tour and stop by for FREE nontoxic sunscreen (and guide) from our friends at Badger and EWG.

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