You Could Get Banned From Amazon For Doing This Common Thing

Slide 1 of 6: Online shopping is a large part of retail these days, with a NPR/Marist Poll revealing that more than two-thirds of Americans had given into online shopping as of 2018. Still, it can be hard to judge an item before you actually see it in person, which is why the ability to return items is such a necessary feature. But you may want to ease up on your returns if you want to keep shopping online: It turns out, you could actually get banned from Amazon for returning items too often. According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon will ban shoppers from using their site for returning too many items—sometimes without even telling the customer why they're being banned. And for more things that could get you in hot water, You Could Get Sued By Amazon for Doing This Online.Read the original article on Best Life.

Online shopping is a large part of retail these days, with a NPR/Marist Poll revealing that more than two-thirds of Americans had given into online shopping as of 2018. Still, it can be hard to judge an item before you actually see it in person, which is why the ability to return items is such a necessary feature. But you may want to ease up on your returns if you want to keep shopping online: It turns out, you could actually get banned from Amazon for returning items too often. According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon will ban shoppers from using their site for returning too many items—sometimes without even telling the customer why they’re being banned.

Amazon reportedly banned one man in 2018 after just five returns.

The WSJ talked to one consumer, Nir Nissim, who said he had been banned in March 2018 for violating the company’s rules. Nissim received an email that stated he could not “open a new account or use another account to place orders” on Amazon.

Another user was banned after she “reported an unusual number of problems.”

Shira Golan told the WSJ that she spends thousands of dollars on Amazon each year, buying an assortment of products from clothes and shoes to groceries and toiletries. And while she had asked for refunds on some clothing and shoe orders for either damaged or wrong items, she said she “didn’t think it was so significant,” especially considering how much she has bought from the company.

Amazon doesn’t include anything about bans in their return policy.

Amazon says nothing about customers retuning too many items in their return policy. All they say is that “Amazon.com and most sellers on Amazon.com offer returns for items within 30 days of receipt of shipment.” However, in the company’s conditions, it does say that Amazon “reserves the right to refuse service [and] terminate accounts” at its own “sole discretion.”

And an Amazon spokesman said bans only happen on “rare occasions.”

Speaking to the WSJ, an Amazon spokesman said that the company will take action during “rare occasions” in which users abuse the platform. But if anyone thinks they have been mistakenly banned, the spokesman said Amazon encourages them to contact the company.

“We want everyone to be able to use Amazon, but there are rare occasions where someone abuses our service over an extended period of time,” the spokesman said. “We never take these decisions lightly, but with over 300 million customers around the world, we take action when appropriate to protect the experience for all our customers.” 

But former Amazon managers say you can get banned for several things.

According to the WSJ, former Amazon managers said the company terminates accounts for a variety of behaviors. This includes “requesting too many refunds, sending back the wrong items or violating other rules, such as receiving compensation for writing reviews.” Chris McCabe, a former policy enforcement investigator at Amazon and now a consultant at EcommerceChris LLC, said the company usually bans accounts that are “creating a lot of headaches for Amazon.”

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What Happens To Your Body When You Snack All Day

Slide 1 of 7: With more time spent at home over the past year, you may be finding yourself back and forth to the kitchen throughout the day. You may not even realize how frequently you're popping in for that mid-morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up, not to mention, if you're opening up the pantry once again late at night to continue snacking. While enjoying snacks throughout the day may seem harmless (and seems to be feeding your hungry body), having a snack all day actually isn't doing your body any favors.According to Mintel, 94% of Americans are snacking at least once per day, and that number is on the rise. So, when you open your pantry looking for a bag of chips to hold you over until your next meal, know that you're not alone. However, it's essential to understand exactly what is happening to your body when you're constantly snacking all day, instead of simply enjoying a single snack or forming healthy snacking habits.Here are some of the negative effects of snacking all day has on your body, and for more healthy eating tips, be sure to check out our list of 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!

With more time spent at home over the past year, you may be finding yourself back and forth to the kitchen throughout the day. You may not even realize how frequently you’re popping in for that mid-morning snack or afternoon pick-me-up, not to mention, if you’re opening up the pantry once again late at night to continue snacking. While enjoying snacks throughout the day may seem harmless (and seems to be feeding your hungry body), having a snack all day actually isn’t doing your body any favors.

According to Mintel, 94% of Americans are snacking at least once per day, and that number is on the rise. So, when you open your pantry looking for a bag of chips to hold you over until your next meal, know that you’re not alone. However, it’s essential to understand exactly what is happening to your body when you’re constantly snacking all day, instead of simply enjoying a single snack or forming healthy snacking habits.

Here are some of the negative effects of snacking all day has on your body.

1. You’ll have a higher caloric intake.

Naturally, by eating more food throughout the day, you’re going to be consuming a higher amount of calories. And by eating more calories than your body actually needs, you’ll likely gain weight.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up snacking for good. In fact, numerous nutritionists actually say it’s good to enjoy a snack during your day—especially during that long stretch between lunch and dinner. It’s important to fuel your body when it’s hungry, instead of mindlessly snacking on empty calories that aren’t actually going to make you feel full. It’s important to make your snack a mini well-balanced meal, given that it’s the Only Way To Snack and Lose Weight, Say Experts.

2. Your body could be in a constantly inflamed state, which negatively affects your immune system.

When’s the last time you’ve thought about your immune system while having a bite of chips and guacamole? It turns out that snacking could actually be giving your immune system a major problem. Now more than ever we have become a snacking culture, eating semi-constantly throughout the day. Smartphone app data shows, not only are we eating on irregular schedules, but we’re spending 16 hours a day in a so-called “fed” state. This state is one that prompts immune system activity, as triggers the production of transient inflammatory response. Even though this is normal and perfectly healthy when eating just three meals a day, if you’re one to snack, you could be putting your body in a near-constant state of inflammation and stress on your immune system.

Instead, choose a time to enjoy one of your favorite snacks during the day—like one of these healthy snacks you can buy—so you feel fed without constantly keeping your body in that “fed” state throughout the day.

3. You’ll probably gain weight.

Even if you think you’re eating smaller meals due to snacking more throughout the day, odds are they’re not small enough to maintain your weight. Higher daily calorie intake, mentioned earlier, quickly turns into more weight gained. Weight gain will happen even faster if the snacks you are consuming are large or packed with protein. Research from BBC News found that the average American is taking in about 600 more calories than they were in the 1970s. That’s a drastic increase that is likely responsible for the widespread obesity throughout the United States.

Instead, the key to having a healthy snack is making sure to incorporate complex carbs, healthy fats, and fiber. This will ensure that your snack for the day is actually a filling meal instead of constantly feeling hungry and reaching into the chip bowl. A few easy examples of snacks that include these three key nutrients include an apple with peanut butter, Greek yogurt with berries, hummus and carrots, or whole-grain crackers with slices of cheese.

4. You could develop tooth decay.

As you could imagine, eating more frequently throughout the day, while sticking to the average teeth brushing schedule of once in the morning and once before bed, leaves plenty of time for bacteria from plaque to begin decaying your teeth. The worst snack food culprits that feed into this damaging bacteria are anything sugary or full of carbohydrates—chips, granola bars, candy, we’re looking at you. The more you snack throughout the day without brushing your teeth directly after, the more likely it is that you’ll have tooth decay.

5. It can prevent overeating at mealtimes.

The one significant positive we’ve found on snacking throughout the day is that it can prevent overeating at mealtimes, especially if your meals typically tend to be more spaced out leaving you feeling ravenous by the time your next meal rolls around. According to Healthline, this feeling could lead to eating more than you typically would and also making more unhealthy choices, which will ultimately result in significant weight gain. Thus, a small snack (or two) throughout the day, especially if they’re healthy snacks, could help to keep your extreme hunger under control.

6. You’ll have an increased risk of heart disease.

If you’re usually going for cookies, candy, chips, or pretzels when snack time rolls around, you could be increasing your risk of heart disease. The reason for that is these processed foods are all incredibly low in nutritional value and are also packed with refined sugars. The conditions that come with consuming these unhealthy snack foods can quickly lead to an increased risk of heart disease, especially, as noted by the American Heart Association, when eaten by an individual who is overweight.

Instead, ditch the processed foods and look for whole, real ingredients to snack on that are full of those nutrients that help you to feel full.

Article written by Rachel Linder for EatThis,NotThat

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Holiday Shopping Tips From a Serial Black Friday Shopper

Slide 1 of 8: There are two types of people in the world -- those that celebrate Thanksgiving, and those that celebrate Black Friday. Waiting in a line that wrapped around the exterior of Best Buy at 2AM, my mom raised me to become a serial Black Friday shopper. In recent years, stores like Target, Walmart and Macy’s have opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day at 5PM. Because of COVID-19, all stores have collectively decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving but some will be opening bright and early Friday morning at 5AM.Black Friday is worth the hype, in person or online. Whether you’re buying gifts for family and friends or splurging on yourself, they really are the best deals of the year from televisions to air fryers. I believe that everyone needs to experience Black Friday at least once. It does get crazy -- I’ve had people literally try to take things out of my hands before I got to checkout. It marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, as sales will be happening from Thanksgiving Day until after Christmas. While it should be much more tame in light of the pandemic, here are some holiday shopping tips that everyone should know...
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There are two types of people in the world — those that celebrate Thanksgiving, and those that celebrate Black Friday. Waiting in a line that wrapped around the exterior of Best Buy at 2AM, my mom raised me to become a serial Black Friday shopper. In recent years, stores like Target, Walmart and Macy’s have opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day at 5PM. Because of COVID-19, all stores have collectively decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving but some will be opening bright and early Friday morning at 5AM.

Black Friday is worth the hype, in person or online. Whether you’re buying gifts for family and friends or splurging on yourself, they really are the best deals of the year from televisions to air fryers. I believe that everyone needs to experience Black Friday at least once. It does get crazy — I’ve had people literally try to take things out of my hands before I got to checkout. It marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, as sales will be happening from Thanksgiving Day until after Christmas. While it should be much more tame in light of the pandemic, here are some holiday shopping tips that everyone should know…

1) Check the store’s website before you leave the house.

In recent years, mostly everything that you see in the Black Friday ads are also available online. Unless it’s an item in extremely high demand like a special edition Nintendo Switch, you won’t have a problem adding it to your cart. Always act quickly, because things do sell out.

In the past, sometimes I’ve purchased items online before going to the store, just in case. Especially this year, online shopping is definitely the way to go. There’s better deals on Black Friday so don’t wait until Cyber Monday.

2) Get a map of the store.

If you do choose to shop in-store, please wear your mask and remember to stay safe. If crowds are congregating, remove yourself from the situation — I don’t care what products they’re selling, it’s not worth it. When you go Black Friday shopping at stores like Target or Macy’s, they create pop ups of products all around the store.

Because of this, employees will hand out special maps to show where exclusive items are. You can find electronics in the baby aisle, so this small gesture saves time especially when items are flying off the shelves.

3) Don’t shop alone.

The items seen in the advertisements will go sooner than later, and many of the highly coveted products have a purchase limit. Besides Black Friday being an experience to share, it’s much more efficient to shop with a buddy. One is able to hold the spot in line, you’re able to purchase above the limit since there are two of you, and you’re able to split up to cover more ground.

4) The price match guarantee is the secret weapon.

Walmart and Target are really good about honoring the price match guarantee. This usually doesn’t apply to online deals, moreso with Black Friday ads. This means, if Best Buy has a game for a lower price for Black Friday, you can show their circular to the cashier at Target and they will honor the lower price.

5) Bring water…because it can be a long day.

My mom and I always say we’ll just go to one store, but that’s never the case. We’ll get to a store at 5PM and not make it home until after 1AM. With water fountains deemed unsafe, please be prepared and bring water to stay hydrated. There’s nothing worse than shopping with a dry throat. Don’t forget to pack your hand sanitizer too!

6) Go after the doorbuster deals.

Doorbusters are no joke — they’re the champagne of products advertised and for good reason. If you go to a store an hour after it opens, you most likely won’t get your hands on any of the deals.

Remember, people wait in line hours prior to the store opening, mainly because of these special sales. But, as mentioned above, I’ve had success in the past scoring these products online from home at the exact time the physical store opened their doors.

7) If you wait until Saturday, you’ll probably be disappointed.

It might seem like a given, but f you’re planning to go Black Friday shopping…don’t wait until Saturday. The longer you wait, the less options you’ll have. You may walk out of the store empty-handed. Especially with the pandemic still raging on, I’d try to shop as early as possible before hundreds of customers come through snatching up the products.

While some may peg Black Friday as a materialistic cultural event, I don’t see it that way. I’m shopping for those that I love…friends and family…and most of the things that I go to buy on Thanksgiving night before it sells out are not for me. Hopefully with these tips, you’ll be able to purchase everything on your holiday list too. And most importantly, please wear a mask — it’s a sign of respect.

Article written by James Barrett for Redbook©

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Lose These 8 Common Words

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One way confidence is judged is by an individual’s behavior, especially verbal behavior. That’s according to Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Professor Tannen has been researching the influence of linguistic style on conversations and human relationships since 1974. She has also studied how ways of speaking learned in childhood affect judgments of competence and confidence in the workplace for several years.

How we speak, she says, determines who gets heard, who gets credit, and what gets done. Tannen gives the following example: one publishing company executive said, “I’m hiring a new manager. I’m going to put him in charge of my marketing division,” as if he owned the corporation. In stark contrast, women were saying “we” when referring to work they alone had done. One woman explained that it would sound too self-promoting to claim credit in an obvious way by saying, “I did this.” Yet she expected—sometimes vainly—that others would know it was her work and would give her the credit.

You might think that your way of speaking is natural, but the words you use and how you use them can determine how your confidence is judged. While there is no such thing as right or wrong words—results vary depending on the context—some common words we use in conversation really just put us at a disadvantage because they are weak and make us seem less confident.

1. “Um” and “Ah”

Many people throw in an “um” whenever they are temporarily lost for words. But there is a reason you won’t hear these crutch words, as they are known in public speaking, in news bulletins and TV shows. “Um”s and “Ah”s make people seem not only less confident, but also dumb. If you are guilty of this habit, stop it. Instead, take a brief pause when you are temporarily lost for words.

2. “Like” and “You know”

Some other people can’t go three sentences without appending a “like” to the beginning of a sentence. This is not a good if you want people to take what you say seriously. “Like” and “You know” are close cousins to crutch words. They make you look silly and incompetent when overused.

3. “Just”

Saying things like, “Just wanted to ask a question” or “Just checking in” weakens your statements and waters down your requests. You seem less sure of yourself and less confident than you probably are. Drop the extra word and speak like a boss. Talk like you know what you want.

4. “Kind Of”

The words “kind of” or “sort of” used in conversations make you come across as vague and ambiguous. You look like you have no idea what’s going on or are afraid of committing. Unless you want people to think you are timid or clueless of what’s going on, don’t misuse these words.

5. “Hopefully”

If you are always saying “hopefully” to everything in conversation or that you’ll hopefully get something done, you’re actually telling people that you don’t have control over situations. This can backfire on you because it can communicate that you are weak, powerless or even unreliable.

6. “Actually”

“Actually” has become the new “basically” or “literally.” People use it even where it doesn’t stylistically make sense. For example, the phrase “but actually” is terribly misused. This particular usage is often unnecessary (fluff) and can make you seem uninformed and pitiful.

7. “Sorry”

99% of the times people use the word “sorry” in conversations where no apology is necessary. Saying things like, “Sorry, can you come visit me?” or “Sorry, can I take you out?” can be misinterpreted to mean you’re not confident. Drop the “sorry” and say what you mean confidently. If you want to apologize for something, say sorry like you really mean it.

8. F-bomb

Dropping the occasional f-bomb (curse words) can add emphasis to what you are saying. But, often curse words are unnecessary and plain offensive. They suggest you are insecure about what is being discussed or are simply a rude and brutish individual. Cut curse words from your conversations.

Possible solution for glitches in conversation

Admittedly, getting rid of these communication glitches is not easy. The mistakes creep into your conversations before you realize it. However, a technique you can use to curb these errors (suggested by improvement thinkers like Tim Ferriss and Tony Robbins, and also bloggers like Scott H. Young) is to keep a rubber band around your wrist. Every time you make a communication blunder (say, using um’s and ah’s), switch the rubber band onto your opposite wrist. If you can go seven days with the band staying on the same wrist, you’re making progress.

Source: https://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/8-common-words-conversations-that-make-people-sound-less-confident.html

I Bought 4 Things From Banana Republic, and They’re All I’m Wearing For the Rest of 2020

Slide 1 of 8: BUY NOW$110When it comes to getting dressed every day, 2020 has taught me some valuable fashion lessons. The biggest thing I learned is that I owned too much stuff. I often bought things out of excitement, but wasn't actually thinking about how to wear them. Over the past few months, I've cleaned out my closet more times than I can count and made a commitment to try to only own staples I can mix and match.  That said, it hasn't stopped me from wanting to treat myself to a new thing or two every once in awhile. My vetting process is a lot more thorough now, as I want to make sure I only invest in pieces I can wear more than one way. I set my shopping sites on Banana Republic, because the site's classic picks are ones I know I'll own for years to come. I could spend hours filling up my virtual shopping cart with my top picks, but after narrowing in on what I'll definitely wear this winter, I chose four items. My picks include a fun sweater and a cozy dress, along with a matching sweatsuit, of course. These pieces have gotten more use than I even expected. Keep reading to see all the ways I style these must haves, shop the links, and pick up a thing or two for yourself this season.

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When it comes to getting dressed every day, 2020 has taught me some valuable fashion lessons. The biggest thing I learned is that I owned too much stuff. I often bought things out of excitement, but wasn’t actually thinking about how to wear them. Over the past few months, I’ve cleaned out my closet more times than I can count and made a commitment to try to only own staples I can mix and match.

That said, it hasn’t stopped me from wanting to treat myself to a new thing or two every once in awhile. My vetting process is a lot more thorough now, as I want to make sure I only invest in pieces I can wear more than one way. I set my shopping sites on Banana Republic, because the site’s classic picks are ones I know I’ll own for years to come.

I could spend hours filling up my virtual shopping cart with my top picks, but after narrowing in on what I’ll definitely wear this winter, I chose four items. My picks include a fun sweater and a cozy dress, along with a matching sweatsuit, of course. These pieces have gotten more use than I even expected. Keep reading to see all the ways I style these must haves, shop the links, and pick up a thing or two for yourself this season.

Slide 2 of 8: BUY NOW$110My favorite purchase is the Banana Republic Italian Spacedye Sweater ($110) in pink. The sweater also comes in black and white, which are great for mixing and matching.

A Statement Sweater

My favorite purchase is the Banana Republic Italian Spacedye Sweater ($110) in pink. The sweater also comes in black and white, which are great for mixing and matching.

Slide 3 of 8: BUY NOW$110Here, I dressed up the Italian Spacedye Sweater ($110) with some black trousers and cute booties.

A Statement Sweater Dressed Up

Here, I dressed up the Italian Spacedye Sweater ($110) with some black trousers and cute booties.

Slide 4 of 8: BUY NOW$110For the days I'm seeing friends or running errands, the Italian Spacedye Sweater ($110) is perfect with jeans and sneakers.

A Statement Sweater Dressed Down

For the days I’m seeing friends or running errands, the Italian Spacedye Sweater ($110) is perfect with jeans and sneakers.

Slide 5 of 8: BUY NOW$55The Banana Republic Funnel-Neck Sweatshirt ($55) and matching Cozy Fleece Commuter Joggers ($70) set is my favorite new thing to wear around the house or while working from home.

A Matching Sweatsuit For the House

The Banana Republic Funnel-Neck Sweatshirt ($55) and matching Cozy Fleece Commuter Joggers ($70) set is my favorite new thing to wear around the house or while working from home.

Slide 6 of 8: BUY NOW$55The Funnel-Neck Sweatshirt ($55) and Cozy Fleece Commuter Joggers ($70) set is even great to pair with sneakers and a coat for leaving the house.

A Matching Sweatsuit For Outside the House

The Funnel-Neck Sweatshirt ($55) and Cozy Fleece Commuter Joggers ($70) set is even great to pair with sneakers and a coat for leaving the house.

Slide 7 of 8: BUY NOW$139The Banana Republic Flare-Sleeve Sweater Dress ($139) is the dressed-up piece I bought for winter, but I love that it's still comfy, too. Here I paired it with booties for a more elevated look.

A Versatile Dress With Boots

The Banana Republic Flare-Sleeve Sweater Dress ($139) is the dressed-up piece I bought for winter, but I love that it’s still comfy, too. Here I paired it with booties for a more elevated look.

Slide 8 of 8: BUY NOW$139The Flare-Sleeve Sweater Dress ($139) proves its versatility, because I can easily pair it with sneakers and a leather blazer.

A Versatile Dress With Sneakers

The Flare-Sleeve Sweater Dress ($139) proves its versatility, because I can easily pair it with sneakers and a leather blazer.

Article written by Krista Jones for Popsugar©

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If You See This on Your Shampoo Label, Toss It Immediately

Slide 1 of 5: Washing your hair is important to keep it clean and healthy, but it's also essential to know exactly what you're putting in your hair. And that can be easier said than done, because many shampoo manufacturers load their labels up with ingredients the average person has never heard of. Fortunately, experts say there is one easily comprehensible word on your shampoo label that means you need to toss it out immediately: fragrance. Read on to find out why you don't want this ingredient in your shampoo, and for more things you may need to toss, If Your Disinfectant Makes This Claim, You Should Get Rid of It."The word 'fragrance' on an ingredient list can contain a Pandora's box of synthetic chemicals," explains Jana Blankenship, founder of natural haircare line Captain Blankenship and author of Wild Beauty. "Scents are proprietary and classified as trade secrets in the United States, so personal care and perfume companies do not have to disclose the hundreds or even thousands of unregulated chemicals that comprise their recipes."Jolene Caufield, senior advisor specializing in healthy living, wellness, and healthcare at Healthy Howard MD, says the word "fragrance" typically refers to the brand's use of synthetic smells for popular scents like roses, apples, or lavender."The lovely smell in every bottle is a blend of a variety of toxic ingredients such as phthalates that are linked to reproductive and developmental damage," Caufield warns. "And all in all, synthetic fragrances are known to be carcinogenic and are linked to hormone disruption. In the long run, these can damage the scalp and cause extreme hair fall."Of course, not all fragrances are bad. If they come from a natural source, they're fine in your hair, says Ghanima Abdullah, cosmetologist and hair expert for The Right Hairstyles. However, companies are usually very apparent with natural ingredients."Shampoo companies are very keen to highlight any natural ingredients in their formulas," Abdullah explains. "So if the fragrance comes from a natural essence, it will be listed on the ingredients by its actual name—orange peel oil, for instance. Unless it says 'natural fragrance,' the fragrance is made of one or more chemical compounds."Much of the potential harm from fragrance in your shampoo comes from the fact that companies can use and not disclose numerous chemicals, "some of which could be hazardous to human health," according to Luz Claudio, PhD, professor of environmental medicine and public health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also says that the "scalp has a lot of vascularization," which means these chemicals could potentially absorb into the bloodstream.However, even if they don't, so much is unknown about these chemicals that Claudio and the other experts advise reading shampoo labels very carefully and looking for fragrance-free shampoos. Keep reading for other shampoo ingredients you may want to avoid, and for more ways to take care of your hair, discover How You're Ruining Your Hair Every Time You Shower.Read the original article on Best Life.

Washing your hair is important to keep it clean and healthy, but it’s also essential to know exactly what you’re putting in your hair. And that can be easier said than done, because many shampoo manufacturers load their labels up with ingredients the average person has never heard of. Fortunately, experts say there is one easily comprehensible word on your shampoo label that means you need to toss it out immediately: fragrance. Read on to find out why you don’t want this ingredient in your shampoo.

“The word ‘fragrance’ on an ingredient list can contain a Pandora’s box of synthetic chemicals,” explains Jana Blankenship, founder of natural haircare line Captain Blankenship and author of Wild Beauty. “Scents are proprietary and classified as trade secrets in the United States, so personal care and perfume companies do not have to disclose the hundreds or even thousands of unregulated chemicals that comprise their recipes.”

Jolene Caufield, senior advisor specializing in healthy living, wellness, and healthcare at Healthy Howard MD, says the word “fragrance” typically refers to the brand’s use of synthetic smells for popular scents like roses, apples, or lavender.

“The lovely smell in every bottle is a blend of a variety of toxic ingredients such as phthalates that are linked to reproductive and developmental damage,” Caufield warns. “And all in all, synthetic fragrances are known to be carcinogenic and are linked to hormone disruption. In the long run, these can damage the scalp and cause extreme hair fall.”

Of course, not all fragrances are bad. If they come from a natural source, they’re fine in your hair, says Ghanima Abdullah, cosmetologist and hair expert for The Right Hairstyles. However, companies are usually very apparent with natural ingredients.

“Shampoo companies are very keen to highlight any natural ingredients in their formulas,” Abdullah explains. “So if the fragrance comes from a natural essence, it will be listed on the ingredients by its actual name—orange peel oil, for instance. Unless it says ‘natural fragrance,’ the fragrance is made of one or more chemical compounds.”

So much is unknown about these chemicals that experts advise reading shampoo labels very carefully and looking for fragrance-free shampoos. Keep reading for other shampoo ingredients you may want to avoid.

1. Sulfates

Many hair experts will advocate for sulfate-free shampoos. This is because not everyone reacts well to sulfates, says Iva Teixeira, co-founder of The Good Face Project, a site that analyzes common beauty ingredients for toxicity.

“Shampoo is known for having a soapy, sudsy texture. In some products, sulfates are responsible for this,” she explains. “However, sulfates are extremely harsh on the hair and scalp. They’re also known toxins as they specifically cause irritation.”

2. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives

Caufield cautions consumers against using shampoos with formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. She says that although these preservatives can keep your shampoo intact for some time, they are also designed to kill things like yeast, mold, and bacteria. And while that might seem like a good thing, “human skin can develop irritation” from these ingredients. Caufield says some common preservatives you may see on a shampoo label include quaternium-15, DMDM hydantoin, and imidazolidinyl urea.

3. Parabens

Parabens are also a “commonly used preservative” in shampoos, Teixeira says. However, she warns that parabens are specifically linked to “cancer and hormone disruption.” 

4. Triclosan

Triclosan is an ingredient that can be found in many popular toothpastes, soaps, and shampoos. But Teixeira says she warns against this ingredient because of its “long list of negative effects on health.” According to the May0 Clinic, research has shown that triclosan “alters hormone regulation in animals, might contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant germs, and might be harmful to the immune system.” 

Article by Kali Coleman for Bestlife.

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/if-you-see-this-on-your-shampoo-label-toss-it-immediately/ss-BB1b7ZzJ?ocid=msedgntp#image=5

The 2020 Reader’s Digest Most Trusted Brands in America

By Reader’s Digest Editors

Reader's Digest Trusted Brands
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What are the most trusted brands in America? For the sixth year, Reader’s Digest teamed up with research firm Ipsos Connect to find out. This time, we asked more than 3,500 Americans which brands they rely on in 40 categories of household, pet, health and wellness, and travel-related products. Here are the winners.

sparkling cleaners

Household Cleaning Product: Lysol

Lysol products are distributed by the Reckitt Benckiser Group. They run the gamut from liquids to wipes to sprays—all top sellers.

Why Americans Love It: “I’ve used Lysol Spray and trusted it for as long as I can remember.”

Laundry Detergent: Tide

Tide, manufactured by Procter & Gamble, has been helping Americans (and people worldwide) keep their clothes clean since 1946.

Why Americans Love It: “I’ve always had clothes that smell great after using Tide.”

Disinfectant Wipes: Clorox

The Clorox Company is an American company, based in California. They are committed to complete transparency when it comes to what’s in their products, helping to boost that trust factor.

Why Americans Love It: “It offers different size packages to suit my needs. Clorox also offers a variety of fragrances that I like.”

everyday essentials

Contact Lens Solution: Bausch & Lomb

The company makes two different formulas for soft lenses, another four for gas permeable contacts, and eye drops for both lens types.

Why Americans Love It: “I have tried other cheaper brands and they have not been as effective as Bausch & Lomb.”

Eye Care: Visine

Called Vispring in some countries including Greece and Spain, their drops remove redness by shrinking blood vessels on the eye.

Why Americans Love It: “My eyes felt instant relief after just one drop.”

Footcare: Dr. Scholl’s

The company now offers custom, 3D-printed inserts made from foot scans users can take themselves with their cellphones.

Why Americans Love It: “Dr. Scholl’s has a wide variety of foot care needs and I can always find what I need to care for my feet.”

Sun Protection: Coppertone

There are no excuses to skip sunscreen, especially now that Coppertone offers one with a built-in shimmer and a lotion designed to help you tan safely.

Why Americans Love It: “Coppertone has been around a long time and works well.”

Lip Care: Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees is a personal care products company. A subsidiary company of Clorox, they describe themselves as “Earth friendly” and take pride in creating products without harsh chemicals to nourish your skin as naturally as possible.

Why Americans Love It: “I love Burt’s Bee because it’s natural, and it has a good fragrance.”

Soap and Bodywash: Dove

The company has partnered with the Girl Scouts on their Self Esteem Project, which aims to help young people build body confidence.

Why Americans Love It: “Dove is very moisturizing and great for people with sensitive skin. It lathers very well. It is affordable and can be found everywhere.”

Anti-aging Skincare: Olay

Retinol—commonly known as Vitamin A—is the main ingredient in the latest iteration of the Olay Regenerist moisturizer, one of the company’s top sellers since debuting in 2003.

Why Americans Love It: “I am almost 51, and have been using Olay since I was 16. I literally do not look over 35. I tell everyone to use their products.”

Body Lotion: Aveeno

Aveeno is known for its oat-based skin care, and continues to produce new products with the hero ingredient oat to nourish and soothe skin.

Why Americans Love It: “Aveeno is cleanly made and it works well.”

Sleep Aid: NyQuil

NyQuil is part of the Vicks family of brands, a trusted brand that has been helping people feel better, sleep better, and find relief from the common cold and other ailments since the late 1800s.

Why Americans Love It: “Nyquil helps me feel better, faster.”

feel-better fixes

Allergy Relief: Claritin

The company also offers a free service called Blue Sky Living that sends members personalized allergy forecasts.

Why Americans Love It: “Claritin is an old, well-known, and reputable brand. I’ve taken this on and off through the years. I know I can depend on this for relief.”

Cold + Flu Remedy: NyQuil

Manufactured by Vicks, maker of vapor rubs, Nyquil Severe with Vicks VapoCOOL is liquid medicine with the added effect of soothing vapors.

Why Americans Love It: “Nyquil and Dayquil are critical to optimal functioning while I’m sick.”

Headache/Pain Reliever: Tylenol

With redesigned packaging, the bottle caps are now easier to open while also generating minimal plastic waste.Why Americans Love It: “I trust Tylenol. It takes care of my family.”

Cough Remedy: Robitussin

The honey in their Honey Cough and Chest Congestion is certified as ethically sourced.  They also offer a sugar-free variety specially formulated for diabetics.

Why Americans Love It: “There is a Robitussin for every kind of cough.”

Heartburn Antiacid: Tums

Some women experience heartburn for the first time during pregnancy. Tums is the #1 OB/GYN recommended brand of antacid.

Why Americans Love It: “Tums is my most trusted heartburn antacid because it does the job right and fast and gets rid of the heart burn for two days.”

National Pharmacy/Drugstore: CVS Pharmacy

Through their “Pharmacists Teach” addiction-prevention program, CVS has provided 300,000 teens with free information about drug abuse.

Why Americans Love It: “CVS always has what I’m looking for and at great prices.”

For more winners, such as travel services, pet care and health must-have’s, click on the link below.

Source: https://www.rd.com/article/2020-readers-digest-most-trusted-brands/

What Happens To Your Body When You Go Keto

Slide 1 of 8: These days, it seems like at least someone in your life has 'gone keto' and experienced amazing results. Whether it was a weight loss transformation, an improvement in their diabetes, or renewed energy, many people rave about the keto diet lifestyle. There are various levels of strictness but generally speaking, when you go keto you switch your body from getting energy from carbohydrates to sourcing energy from fat. In return, you lose weight and release fat stores. Registered dietitian and author Bonnie Taub-Dix describes the ideal keto diet macronutrient breakdown as 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs.As with any diet shift, putting your body through a keto regimen has pros and cons. Here's what you need to know about what happens to your body when you go keto, and for more healthy eating tips, be sure to steer clear of these 100 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet.Read the original article on Eat This, Not That!
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These days, it seems like at least someone in your life has ‘gone keto’ and experienced amazing results. Whether it was a weight loss transformation, an improvement in their diabetes, or renewed energy, many people rave about the keto diet lifestyle. There are various levels of strictness but generally speaking, when you go keto you switch your body from getting energy from carbohydrates to sourcing energy from fat. In return, you lose weight and release fat stores. Registered dietitian and author Bonnie Taub-Dix describes the ideal keto diet macronutrient breakdown as 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs.

As with any diet shift, putting your body through a keto regimen has pros and cons. Here’s what you need to know about what happens to your body when you go keto.

1. You may experience the keto flu.

The first week of your keto diet probably won’t feel great since you’re teaching your body to swap out its energy source. Dr. Ryan Lowery, CEO of Ketogenic.com, explains that when you first start lowering your carbohydrates, most people go through a keto-adaptation period or the ‘keto flu.’

“During this time, your body is switching from primarily relying on carbohydrates to now trying to ramp up production of ketones from fat breakdown to supply the main energy,” Lowery says.

You may have brain fog, trouble concentrating, feeling overly tired or lethargic, and sometimes experiencing headaches. It usually only takes a few days to pass, but you can speed up the process by trying intermittent fasting, staying active with exercise to help deplete carbohydrate stores faster, and incorporate coconut oil into your foods to ramp up ketone levels faster to aide in the transition, he recommends.

2. You may experience the ‘whoosh.’

Once you get through the transition period, you may experience what many call the ‘whoosh’, according to Rami Abrams, author and co-founder of Tasteaholics and the Total Keto Diet App. This is when you lose a surprisingly large amount of weight in the first two weeks. It’s important to remember this isn’t fat loss, but rather water weight.

“Many people get discouraged when this miraculous weight loss rate doesn’t continue—but you should know that rapid fat loss is not healthy,” says Abrams. “Keto allows you to lose pounds in a healthy, steady way that won’t negatively impact your health.”

3. You may lose weight easily.

Once you get past the initial dramatic water weight, you will start to burn fat, since ultimately, that’s the goal of keto. As Melissa Rifkin, MS, RD, CDN explains, you will likely drop pounds when you increase your utilization of body fat stores for energy. And with a low-carb diet, your body releases more insulin into your bloodstream.

“While insulin is necessary for the absorption and utilization of carb, a high amount of circulating insulin can make weight loss more challenging,” says Rifkin. “Therefore, a very low carb diet will require less insulin, which may make weight loss easier.”

4. You won’t get ‘hangry’ anymore.

When you go too long in between meals, you start to feel shaky, easily irritated and overall, blah. This results in a state of ‘hanger’ that requires you to eat something ASAP. This symptom is a sign of poor metabolic health and can be helped by adopting a keto diet, according to Tara Garrison, a ketogenic diet specialist and personal trainer.

“When you go through a phase of the ketogenic diet, you train your body how to easily tap into its own fat stores for fuel when incoming food supply is short. That way, your body doesn’t hit the panic button when blood sugar starts to drop,” says Garrison. “It just easily transitions into a state of nutritional ketosis and doesn’t negatively impact your mood. This also significantly increases your ability to make good food choices when you are hungry.”

5. You’ll decrease inflammation.

According to Garrison, when your body metabolizes fat for fuel, it doesn’t release free radicals, or oxidative stress, in the body, which happens when we eat inflammatory carbohydrates. In addition to that, ketone bodies themselves block something called the NLRP3 inflammasome, an immune system receptor linked to inflammation. So, you could feel less bloated and thinner throughout the keto process.

6. You could experience hydration or kidney issues.

Losing weight? No more ‘hanger’ vibes? It all sounds rosy, but there are some drawbacks. One of the biggest is staying hydrated and supporting our kidney function. Because of keto’s limited diet, people tend to eat a mostly protein and fat-rich diet, explains Maria Sorbara Mora, RD, author, and executive director of Integrated Eating Dietetics Practice.

“This demands your kidneys to work harder, which means changes in hydration levels. Cutting carbohydrates means letting go of massive amounts of crucial water in the body,” says Sorbara Mora.

When this is happening, you may experience constipation, nausea, headache, fatigue, irritability and cramps. Also, high protein diets increase your risk of kidney stones and gout. In fact, those with kidney disease are told to steer clear of keto-based eating for this reason.

7. You may have gut issues.

Another drawback, according to Sorbara Mora, is gut distress. This is largely due to cutting out major food groups, which in return, don’t provide our gut with the variety of bacteria it needs to be balanced and healthy. Plus, when you’re on a keto diet, you decrease foods high in fiber such as fruits, grains, and legumes.

“Fiber is essential for gut health as these foods contain inulin that is prebiotic food for microorganisms,” she says. “GI issues such as colitis, Crohn’s, or IBS are more likely to occur without associated bacterias.”

Article by Lindsay Tigar for EatThis,NotThat

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/nutrition/what-happens-to-your-body-when-you-go-keto/ss-BB1b5Q5M?ocid=msedgntp#image=8