Monthly Archives: December 2013

Latest Obsession: Colostrum

I recently spent 2 nights at my family’s house for the holidays. The day before I arrived I found myself getting sick…. cold and sorethroat. My dad, who has become a huge believer in the holistic approach to diet, recommended that I try a colostrum powder he had been taking. All I can say is wow! I was healthy and symptom free in one day!

Colostrum is the “first milk” produced by mammals for their offspring prior to actual milk production. It is loaded with antibodies, immunoglobulins, and other immune-boosting nutrients. It is also known to increase energy levels, protect the intestinal tract, ward off infection, and even reverse aging. (You can also use the powder on your face as a mask)

It is best to take colostrum on an empty stomach with a good amount of water so that it will reach your small intestine without being damaged by saliva and stomach acids. Colostrum is a food more than a supplement, so there are no side effects. Just consume as much as you feel your body needs.

The best way to get colostrum into you is to buy it in powdered or capsule form. Make sure you are buying colostrum from pasture-fed cows that are pesticide and rBST free, and that is processed with very low heat. This is actually one instance where the processed version (although very minimal processing is best) is better for us than the raw version. Raw colostrum needs to be refrigerated and consumed within a reasonably short time. Plus the immune factors of raw colostrum come from just one cow where as processed colostrum comes from a pool of hundreds or thousands of cows and provides a broad spectrum of immune factors. I recommend this one: http://www.surthrival.com/colostrum-kilo.html

 

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This recipe is healthy and delicious:

*Best used in a Vitamix or blender

1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of colostrum powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 large date

 

 

photo cred: motherearthnews.com

Deity Divine Skincare

As always, we like to keep January Labs users up to date on what is going on with us as a company. A lot of that growth stems around new accounts and we are extremely thankful to continue to grow and couldn’t be more delighted than to have a place in the Northwest corner of the U.S., Seattle, Washington!

Deity Skincare opened their full skincare service in 2012 and is run by two women, Heather and Stephanie who hold extensive esthetician experience under their belts. With a passion to provide a space for women to unwind, and “reconnect with themselves and their inner deity,” Heather and Stephanie hope Deity Divine Skincare can be a go-to place for many; a place also to share story and to be treated with a spark, so to speak.

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When we connected with them, we absolutely adored their business mantra and related with them so closely, it was our hope to be a part of their space of wellness and of definite beauty. And not only does this duo believe in looking good, but also in feeling good in the first place—something we at January Labs absolutely aim to communicate through our lifestyle and products.

Deity says it best, “Deity Skincare is a blend of beauty, inspiration, health, and well being. We believe that being good to yourself is good for the soul and spirit. Our goal is to help you feel and look beautiful.” So here’s to our new account and here to hoping we can be a part of making women feel and look beautiful too!

December: Straying from Holiday Stress

Below are some tips on how to conquer a whole day, avoiding the anticipation of stress!

A.M.

Forget the snooze. Wake up when you say you’re going to wake up, and start your morning out with a calm mind. Being rushed will only enhance stress. In addition to avoiding the sleep button, get up and exercise.

Most people tend to put off workouts until the end of the day (and end up skipping them). Don’t leave it up to chance and try to kick off the day with a workout—yoga, a walk, a little joy—anything to get your endorphins running!

Afternoon

It might go without saying, but this time of day can be a rushed one—whether with work or managing the family schedule. Take your time and do one thing at a time. Also try and incorporate laughter in your afternoon (and everyday!).

Laughing soothes tension in your body and relieves any of your stressed-out responses on the spot. The long-term benefits have been proven too to even improve your immune system.

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P.M.

Reflect. Remember, quality time to unwind is not selfish. Try creating a ritual in the evening that is free of technology and allow your body to calm down and rest. To enhance this unwinding, try a cup of hot tea, read few chapters in your book, or a long bath to wind down solo.

Whether it’s understanding these simple efforts in creating a stress-less environment or even a process of rethinking your habits that may not be as healthy, ie: caffeine intake or running on no sleep, it’s important to know a huge difference in our day can be made with intentional effort and prioritizing your health and wellness rather than over stimulating your mind and schedules with distractions! Here’s a living the day better.

 

Photo Cred: Marnie Harris by Piczo Photography (http://picpicpiczo.tumblr.com/)

Skins 6|2 + January Labs

As a cosmetics co. that actively pursues the best in skin care products, we are thrilled to share our collaboration with Skins 6|2! This amazing beauty boutique offers brands known for passion in craftsmanship so we are to say the least, completely flattered and excited to be displayed at this Las Vegas based location (at The Cosmopolitan to be exact)!

As we continue to grow, Skins 6|2 further establishes the prime example of a what a likeminded brand to January Labs looks like. It’s an honor to share with our followers and product users the heart behind Skins 62 and we hope to be able to shed both beauty and skincare knowledge and products for you all.

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So if you’re ever in the neighborhood of Vegas, check them out. A place where you can find specialty skin care, exclusive makeup and even fragrances! And if you aren’t, experience this brand through their active media and indulge in their beautiful feed of their daily doings on Instagram found at @skins62. In addition, be sure to check out their inspirations by viewing their Pinterest!

Here’s to growing our company and growing it through lovely people like Skins 6|2!

 

 

 Photo cred: Skins 6|2 Instagram