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What Are You Doing to Protect Your Eyes?

Monday, March 10, 2014 by Ben H

Aside from an annual vision exam, how often do you really think about the health of your eyes? For most people, they’re probably far down the list of organs and body parts considered on a regular basis. But the question you should be asking yourself is, “Are you doing enough to protect your precious vision?”

Just like you take an essential fatty acid supplement full of omegas to support your heart and overall cardiovascular health, or a multi-mineral supplement to maintain healthy bones, there are supplements available (and some solid supporting research) that are designed to protect your vision by supporting the health of your eyes. Let’s take a look at a few such supplements from Nature’s Way.

Nature's Way Vision supplements

Eyebright HerbEyebright Herb

A native European herb, Eyebright Herb (Euphrasia officinalis) has been used for centuries to promote healthy eyes and sinus function. This unique herb was actually a popular feature in monastery gardens during the middle ages. Historically used for tired eyes, modern herbalists continue to utilize its natural qualities to promote healthy eyes and normal vision.

"I was having many problems with my vision, especially at night. I started taking this product about 5 yrs. ago and when I did it was like night became day. Since that happened I have never stopped taking it and I don't think I will ever do it." ~product review by Chapis


Standardized Bilberry

Bilberry is a natural source of powerful anthocyanins, which have been studied for the potential to support healthy eye function and protect vision. It’s a potent antioxidant that has been used support visual adaptation to light and nighttime vision, improve micro-circulation, promote healthy connective tissues and provide general antioxidant protection to the eyes. This Bilberry extract from Nature’s Way is standardized to 25% anthocyanins.


Ginkgold eyesGinkgold® Eyes

  • Promotes healthy blood flow in the eyes
  • Helps with night vision with targeted retina support
  • Provides antioxidant protection against free radical damage

Ginkgold® Eyes is a clinical strength ginkgo biloba extract supplement formulated specifically to promote healthy eyes by strengthening capillaries and supporting vital connective tissue in the eye. This formula also includes supporting nutrients—lutein and zeaxanthin, two protective carotenoids that have been heavily studied—that help the retina with its adaptation to light and dark conditions.


Vitamin A & D

These two vitamins are great for so many things, but you may not think of them as eye vitamins. While they do promote bone and immune health, vitamin A in particular also helps maintain the integrity of normal cell membrane, as well as vision and reproduction. This combination formula from Nature’s Way really rounds out this complete eye and vision support supplement 4-pack.

"I noticed the good results when taking this Vitamin A 15000IU for my eyesight & skin health. I also learned from Swanson Research the many benefits of D3. I tried other more expensive Vitamin A before. However this combo pack delivers the two in bargain price !" ~product review by quester00


GIVEAWAY—Sponsored by Nature's Way®

Follow the directions below to enter to win this four-pack from Nature’s Way! We’ll draw one winner next Monday at random from all entries received!


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Tired of Blotchy, Red & Irritated Skin? Try Clinically Proven everclēn®

Monday, February 24, 2014 by Ben H

If you’ve got sensitive skin that keeps you on a never-ending search for the right face creams, eye creams, cleansers, toners and lotions, your search can end now!

When your sensitive skin comes into contact with the aggressive detergents, colors and fragrances (almost always artificial) found in store bought cosmetics and beauty products, it gets irritated, red and blotchy.

everclen giveaway


Get Real Results for Sensitive Skin

everclen skin care

The answer for sensitive skin is having the right skincare regimen that’s gentle enough to use every day, clinically proven to be non-irritating and works to leave your skin looking healthy and feeling great. That’s the whole idea behind everclēn® from Home Health™— a complete line of face, hand and body care created specifically for the unique needs of your sensitive skin.


Clean Ingredients

Even the mildest of ingredients can turn your skin “upside down.” everclēn® was developed to make every day a great skincare day. Unlike all of the other skincare products you’ve already tried, they took the known irritants out and left the performance in. So everclēn® gives you all the goodness of natural ingredients enhanced with calming botanicals, conditioning oils, soothing moisturizers, skin-loving vitamins and plant-based nutrients and cleansers. The end result? All of the good and none of the bad… it’s really proven... and it really works!



Clinically Proven for Sensitive Skin

“Clinically proven” is not something every skin and beauty product can claim. everclēn® can because it has been clinically and dermatologically tested and evaluated by panels of women with sensitive skin—women just like you. Every formula was tested for dermal irritation and sensitization, and is proven to be non-irritating, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores). With everclēn® you get the best of both worlds – soft, nourished and naturally radiant skin that looks as good as it feels.

Solgar No. 7: Improved Joint Comfort within 7 Days

Monday, February 10, 2014 by Ben H

I’m about to turn 31 later this month. Mentally, I don’t feel 31 (closer to 21). Physically, though, I definitely feel 31. In fact, over the past couple of years, I’ve started to notice that I grunt and groan a lot more than I used to.

Climbing a ladder... groan. Hauling firewood from my garage down to the basement... grunt. Lifting my bike up to the wall rack... double groan. Getting out of the car. Getting into the car!

I’m not really slowing down, but I seem to be vocalizing the aging process at all time. And of course it’s all my fault. I don’t eat right all the time, I’m probably not as active as I should be and I definitely don’t spend nearly enough time in the gym.

But aside from getting down on myself, this “getting older” business really makes me think of my parents (pictured below...and you can tell this is a real picture because my sister can never figure out how to turn off the automatic date stamp feature on her camera!) ... and how lucky they are to still be so active and involved with work, friends and their community. Outwardly, they’ve really showed no signs of slowing down, but when it’s just us at home or at the lake cabin, I definitely catch the glimpses and hear the comments that tell me flat out that they are indeed feeling their age... and feeling it more than I’m feeling my 31 years. 

Ben and his parents

Nutrition, Longevity, Mobility... Lifestyle

I’ve come to realize that my parents' good fortune has more to do with their lifestyle than it does with luck. They’re grew up eating real, whole foods, playing outside until dark and staying connected with friends, family and community. So it’s no accident that they are still active. They ate right, lived right and continue to do so.

But just as an athlete goes above and beyond an average workout to achieve peak physical conditioning, sometimes it’s important to consider going above and beyond a typical “healthy diet” if you wish to maintain an active lifestyle as you age. For my parents, they want to keep golfing and water skiing in the summers, snowmobiling in the winters and keep up with the grandkids all year long. To maintain that active lifestyle... That’s where supplemental nutrition comes into play.


Walk, Run, Climb, Play with Solgar No. 7

Solgar No. 7My dad likes to use the phrase “the next generation” when referring to his kids and grandkids. To him, we’re the next step, the next advancement, the latest and greatest. Similarly, Solgar No. 7 represents “the next generation” in supplemental nutrition... designed for any generation and anyone that has the desire to keep walking, running, climbing and playing regardless of their age.

Solgar No. 7 is the next generation in joint comfort, mobility, flexibility and range of motion. It brings together bio-active nutrients that work to create a fast-acting approach for occasional joint stresses brought on by exercise, sports or day-to-day physical activity... you know, the activity that makes life worth living, as they say.


"Very noticeable improvement. Worth the price."
~Reviewed by Geoff

This revolutionary formula works differently than ordinary glucosamine/chondroitin formulas that focus primarily on cartilage support. Solgar No. 7 targets multiple pathways to balance the release of joint enzymes, structurally support collagen building blocks and sensitive joint cartilage, while also supporting your body’s natural range of motion and joint flexibility.

For the first time, natural science at Solgar combines the advanced and naturally sourced bio-activity of 5-Loxin Advanced AKBA, UC-II undenatured Collagen and Ester-C, with a complex of traditional pepper spices and botanicals. These advanced bioactives target both structure and function of natural joint motion to help balance out joint stresses, daily wear and tear, and the “overworking” of an active lifestyle.

Solgar No. 7 can show improvement in joint comfort in as few as seven days. I might have to add it to my next employee order... one for me and two for my parents. Do you want to give it a try? Enter the giveaway below!


GIVEAWAY—Sponsored by Solgar®

Want to win this joint health package? Simply follow the directions below to enter! I'll draw three winners at random from all entries received!





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Win the Christie Rampone "Soccer Swag Set" from EpiCor!

Thursday, February 6, 2014 by Ben H

"I started taking EpiCor before the 2013 Algarve Cup, which is always a tough tournament due to the tough winter weather, demanding travel and fierce competition. This year, I felt great — so much better than during prior Algarve Cups — and the only difference to my regimen this time was taking EpiCor. That's what made me a true believer in EpiCor."