The real Dangers of Picaridin - Fire Salamander

The real dangers of Picaridin – yet again, Big Pharma tricks consumers into destroying ecosystems.

We’ve been there before: tobacco, lead, DEET and now Picaridin! Big Box stores along with Big Pharma are selling lethal poison to consumers wrapped in sweet and shiny marketing. In recent years awareness of the health and environmental dangers caused by chemical pesticide DEET has increased dramatically and it has led to a dramatic decline in sales of the insect repellents containing the poisonous pollutant. The chemical industry had to synthesize something fresh, new and cheap, so they did: marketed as a “safer alternative to DEET” pesticide Picaridin has become a staple in chemical insect repellents. Turned out, Picaridin not […]

What are postbiotics and why should they be part of your daily routine?

What are postbiotics and why should they be part of your daily routine?

(BPT) – Many of us are looking for ways to be more proactive about our health. One way to accomplish that is by adopting more healthy habits to support our immune systems. “In addition to adequate sleep, exercise, eating a balanced diet and managing stress, it’s also important to support gut health,” said Keri Gans, a registered dietitian, certified yoga teacher and author of “The Small Change Diet.” “Most people don’t realize how gut health influences the immune system,” Gans said. “It may seem like these two things are two unrelated functions in the body. But it just so happens […]

This New Alexa Feature allows Families to Safely Care for Loved Ones at a Distance

This New Alexa Feature allows Families to Safely Care for Loved Ones at a Distance

(BPT) – This year, more Americans are providing ongoing caregiving, with many having started their role as caregiver since the COVID-19 outbreak or providing care specifically because of the pandemic. Caregivers are looking to strike that balance between ensuring their elderly friends and family are safe and healthy while letting them maintain their independence. Yet, the need to limit contact by social distancing or self-quarantining has disrupted the ability to provide the hands-on care our loved ones deserve. For that reason, families are looking for ways to help make remote caregiving easier. There’s now an option for both the family […]

How to help maintain your immune system with fermentation

How to help maintain your immune system with fermentation

No matter what season or time of year, we all know the importance of a healthy immune system and the central role it plays in overall well-being. While sleep, healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle are all essential for a healthy immune system, clinical studies show fermented supplements are an effective approach to supporting good gut and immune health. “Your immune system is an important factor in maintaining health at any age,” says registered dietitian Keri Gans. “Fermentation is getting a lot of attention for its ability to support the gut and the immune system.” Gans answers top questions about […]

Dr. Rebecca Dolgin, MD: Coping With CoVID19, Interview and article by Marcy Horwitz

Dr. Rebecca Dolgin, MD: Coping With CoVID19, Interview and article by Marcy Horwitz

Does quarantine have you on edge? Are you anxious? Depressed? Sleepless? We talked with Rebecca L. Dolgin, M.D., a psychiatrist in Boulder Colorado, about the effects of sheltering-in-place and some things to keep in mind. Q.: What issues are you seeing in your patients these days? Anxiety. For sure. People are, understandably, very anxious about their health, the health of their loved ones, their finances, their future. We are also seeing stress and depression in response to COVID-19, social distancing, and stay at home orders. Q.: What DIY solutions are there for anxiety or stress? So many. Different strategies will […]

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends

Bringing the indoors out: 2020 outdoor living trends

(BPT) – 2020 outdoor living trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease, you expect from your indoor spaces. Today’s outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and exterior, building materials and surroundings. Connecting with nature: Biophilic design Biophilic design is achieved when natural elements are incorporated into space, helping people feel connected to the natural environment. It creates a calm, tranquil space and reduces stress. Biophilia makes sense for indoor […]

The benefits of Natural Hand Sanitizers

The Benefits of using Natural Hand Sanitizers

One of our major concerns in our health and keeping us void of germs and bacterial infection is with the help of hand sanitizer dispensers. With all the deadly diseases and pandemics that we have encountered in the past, it is very important for us to stay protected and maintain the cleanliness of ourselves and our surroundings not just on what our eyes can see, but even those that we cannot. Check out this natural hand sanitizer.   In our daily lives, we should be aware of where the most contamination and spread of the virus is possible. Crowded and […]

Top 4 Ways to Stay Healthy this Flu and Coronavirus Season

Top Four Ways to Stay Healthy this Flu and Coronavirus Season 

Top Four Ways to Stay Healthy this Flu and Coronavirus Season  by Maxwell Alexander, Certified Fitness Trainer  Every year, between 9 and 45 million people get the flu. This nasty virus is one of the biggest causes of distress worldwide since its symptoms can range from a mild case of sweating to a high fever and uncontrollable shaking. This flu season has another surprise – coronavirus that has already spread all over the globe with first cases here in New York and the Hudson Valley. As an airborne virus, the flu and coronavirus transmit from person to person very effectively. […]

Lead by example for a healthier heart

Lead by example for a healthier heart

(BPT) – Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women,i and the total number of deaths from heart disease are rising.ii Cardiovascular risks tends to accumulate over time — the roots of which can often be traced to lifestyle choices made in early adulthood.iii You can help change this trend by prioritizing and role modeling healthy behaviors for yourself and the people around you, including your family and friends. It is important for adults to have an active lifestyle. The American Heart Association recommends being physically active every day.iv However, even if you’re inactive now, […]

6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year

6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year

(BPT) – When setting New Year’s intentions, it’s easy to get caught up in a career or physical health achievements. You strategize to work extra hours or get to the gym a certain number of days per week, but that’s not always the right mindset for success. The key to external success starts within. Learning how to focus on yourself means putting self-care first to properly prepare yourself to take on your goals. Start with these tips as a guide to self-improvement in 2020. 6 ways to focus on yourself in the new year 1. Try new things Each year, […]

New Year’s Resolutions with New Better Meanings

As  I go online to search for the most popular New Year’s resolutions for 2020,  I find it satisfying to see more people focusing on truly important issues: reducing debt, maintaining financial responsibility and stability, self-care, emotional and physical health improvement, education. These are all great. However, I’d like to add one more resolution that would be beneficial to us personally and to the world as a whole. I want 2020 to be not only about us and what we do to improve our own lives, I want people to start thinking beyond and bigger. In the new year, we […]

Exploring Mohonk Mountain Lake and Labyrinth Trail - Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Prepare for the unexpected: Travel tips for peace of mind

Prepare for the unexpected: Travel tips for peace of mind (BPT) – Do you have a case of wanderlust? Traveling is a great way to explore new places and try new activities, going beyond the ordinary to create lifelong memories with family and friends. But travel does come with risks. This is particularly important with the rise in adventure travel, where Americans are incorporating exciting experiences, like cycling and ATV tours, to their itineraries. More risks tend to be associated with these types of activities on trips, including unexpected accidents or injuries. “While the goal is to create happy and […]

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight indoor allergies

The best ways to get your house ready to fight indoor allergies

The 5 best ways to get your house ready to fight indoor allergies (BPT) – Summer is not only a time for renewal around the house, but also for battling pesky allergies. While you can’t stop allergies from happening each summer season, there are easy ways to reduce their effects in your home. Home space expert Egypt Sherrod shares her tips for refreshing your home décor, while also reducing allergens and dust, for a total spring home refresh. 1. Fight back with asthma and allergy-friendly appliances Turning your home into an allergy-fighting fortress is key this spring. Look for LG’s […]

7 smart steps to improve indoor air quality at home

7 smart steps to improve indoor air quality at home (BPT) – Think about how much time you and your family spend inside versus outside. From your home to the car to work and to school, it’s not uncommon that the majority of your day is spent indoors. This modern phenomenon means increased exposure to indoor air pollution. Fortunately, with a few smart, proactive steps, you can help protect yourself and your family. People vastly underestimate the time they spend inside, assuming just four hours, when in actuality they are inside more than 21 hours each day, according to The […]

The best natural tick and mosquito repellent for humans and pets - DA Aromatherapy Collection

The Sun is Out and warm weather is here! Hike Hudson Valley Trails and Stay Protected from ticks and mosquitos!

Enjoying Warm & Sunny Weekend in the Woods? Bugs are now officially out too! Here are a few tips to stay protected while exploring Hudson Valley hiking trails: If hiking or camping in an area known as a tick & mosquito habitat, try to protect yourself, and children in particular, by wearing bright colored, long-sleeved tops and pants, tucking the bottoms of the pant legs into long socks. Apply a generous amount of DA Aromatherapy Collection Natural Insect Repellent Spray, as a deterrent, onto clothing and skin. For best results apply frequently. Inspect the entire body after hiking.

Natural Tick and Mosquito Repellent by DA Aromatherapy

DA Aromatherapy Collection — The spirit of the weekend warrior and the expeditionary alike.

At DA Aromatherapy, our line of natural insect repellents embodies the spirit of the weekend warrior and the expeditionary alike. Maybe you’re training for an Everest Summit or thru-hiking the Continental Divide—as for the rest of us, we will take what we can get with what little time we have. Both ends of the adventurist spectrum share a common center point, and that is to preserve the environment which enables us to do what we love. In many cases that means making a sacrifice, but when it comes to our natural bug repellent with 7 organically sourced essential oils, it […]

Hudson Valley Style Magazine Spring 2018 Preview - Duncan Avenue's Villa 9W

Villa 9W and Five Elements of Feng Shui (Continued)

by Dino Alexander (CEO, Duncan Avenue Group) Building site for Villa 9W was carefully carved into the East side of a hill with glass atrium and direction of the roof almost precisely facing South and the direction of the Hudson River. Looking at Bagua (or Pa Kua) – Feng Shui energy map, we see that Villa 9W is oriented towards Fame and Reputation Life Area (or a better translation “The Light Within You”) and the Feng Shui Element Fire. Furthermore, 2-story-high iron fireplace takes a center stage in the atrium that amplifies connection to the energy of Fire. Interestingly, this […]

Hudson Valley Style Magazine September 2017 - Wellness and Beauty Issue

Bria Tavakoli: Wellness is the New Beauty – Interview for Hudson Valley Style Magazine

This is our wellness issue. What is wellness and beauty to you? How has your definition and understanding of wellness and beauty changed over time? Wellness is health and vitality on all levels: physical, mental, and spiritual. Looking for the root causes of any issues, and going deep, if necessary, to heal. My definition of beauty has deepened over time. For me, it’s almost more of a feeling, an energy. It goes way beyond what we see on TV or in magazines. In fact, I got rid of my TV a few years ago, and have never felt more at […]