Educating April: Aloe Juice

EdAprilEver since I was a kid, I could eat anything, anytime. Tomatoes are my #1 favorite but they are acidic. Now when I eat tomatoes or anything acidic, I get minor chest pains/ heartburn. Never had that feeling before so it was a little scary but then Olivia, Wellness Department Manager, showed me the Aloe Life Superfruit Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice Concentrate. Oh, it worked like magic, and so fast. You only need a little at a time.
  • Aloe Vera and High AntiOxidant Juices plus Trace Minerals which is good for the tummy
  • Its tangy for sure but it gets the job done so I don’t mind.
  • It took roughly 10-15 mins.Aloe-Life-Whole-Leaf-Aloe-Vera-Juice-Concentrate-Cherry-Berry-795922363615
  • It helps so very well.
I keep mine in the refrigerator at work!
So if you are missing out on your childhood favorite items because of heartburn, come in to Bare Essentials and talk to the Wellness staff.

RealLocal: GreenShield Organic

At Bare Essentials Natural Market we’re committed to local because we are local.

Whether you’re looking for local produce, granola, coffee, wine, herbal supplements, or body care, we have you covered. Learn more about Bare Essentials’ commitment to local products here… And see a full list of our local vendors here…

This month we are highlighting GreenShield Organic, located in Raleigh, NC. GreenShield Organic produces the only line of USDA Certified Organic Cleaners in the country. Here is a little more about GreenShield Organic:


Our Mission is to provide your Family, Friends, Coworkers, Customers, and Future Generations with a clean living environment and good indoor air quality. We do this by providing you with products that are made with the utmost concern and consideration for People, Pets and our precious Planet

We have created an expansive collection of products that are Organically produced; because Organic production demands the highest standards and we require our chemistry team to meet those standards.

Our Goal is to continue to deliver high performance, Human-Safe products that get the job done while eliminating or minimizing negative environmental impacts. We ensure that while we create commerce, it is not done so at the expense of our precious ecology.

Our promise toward maintaining a sustainable environment means that we will, whenever possible, eliminate any risk of ecological erosion. This includes using organically grown ingredients, ensuring biodegradability, using recycled packaging and creating smaller packaging footprints, as often as possible.

All throughout the month of April GreenShield Organic products are on sale! Take advantage of the savings for “Green Cleaning”!

April is about Autism Awareness

UApril is Autism awareness month, so let’s just take a moment to reflect on how widespread disorders falling into this spectrum are.  According to the World Health Organization, “1 in every 160 children has an autism spectrum disorder. Some recent studies have, however, reported rates that are substantially higher.” Who knows what is to blame, it could be any number of things in our environment… toxins, heavy metals? No matter how careful we are, we are all exposed at some level, so what can help us get rid of toxins and heavy metals? Cilantro, zeolite, activated charcoal, and chlorella are just a few things that are safe to use daily.

Do we have enough of the right enzymes to break down the toxins in our internal environment and unlock the nutrients from our food? Enzymes can clean up and process almost anything! In fact, some enzymes are used to clean up oil spills and u1radioactive waste. We need enzymes in our bodies to help us process food that we consume, but the food industry has spent years trying to kill these naturally occurring compounds in our food because killing the enzymes creates a longer shelf life. Unless you are eating active fermented foods, harvesting food from your garden, shopping at the farmers market or a local grocery with locally sourced produce (that has not been irradiated or rinsed in a bleach solution), you are not getting the enzymes you need. Enzymedica is a company that specializes in digestive enzymes and on their website you will find great resources for learning about the role that enzymes play in the autism mystery. Enzymedica has currently contributed more than $300,000 to the Autism Hope Alliance. Ideally, we are all engaged in a symbiotic dance with the bacteria, yeasts, funguses and enzymes, but when one wins over the other we can get out of balance. A diverse spectrum is critical to keeping our microbiome in check, and by switching up probiotics and enzymes, it can be helpful in maintaining a variety and balance in the digestive system.

As the toxins build up in our bodies because we do not have the microbes and enzymes to deal with them, our bodies try to fight back with inflammation. The area is flooded with white blood cells, a natural immune response, but it doesn’t really help get rid of the toxins. As you can imagine, when swelling happens in the brain it can cause all sorts of mental and physical reactions. Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect on the brain. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information “the human brain is nearly 60 percent fat…fatty acids are among the most crucial molecules that determine your brains ability to perform.”  Just be careful where you get your fatty acids- it won’t help if they are tainted with heavy metals and toxins! Anti-inflammatory herbs like turmeric, ginger, boswellia (frankincense) can also help with symptoms caused by swelling. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet includes foods like fatty fish, dark leafy greens, fresh grated turmeric root and ginger, beets, garlic, olive oil, raspberries and dark cherries….YUM! If you have questions or would like to know more, please stop by Bare Essentials Natural Market and our Wellness Consultants can help you find a product most suited to your needs!
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

Just Label It – The Dark Act

Dear Friends,

Should we the people have the right to know what’s in our food? And should our
state, if it so chooses, have the right to require labeling so that the public knows
what they’re eating? Unfortunately, there are some in government and the food
industry who don’t want us to know.

In March I went to Washington, DC as part of a lobbying effort on behalf of the
Natural Products Association. That same week, Representative Mike Pompeo (R-
Kansas) introduced H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.

H.R. 1599 has been dubbed the Dark Act by those who support a consumer’s right to
know what’s in their food. This bill would not only block ALL states from labeling
genetically engineered foods, but would make it much harder for the federal
government to ever mandate national labeling—despite the fact that over 90
percent of Americans support it.

Pompeo’s bill has heavy support from large industrial agricultural, chemical and
genetic engineering companies such as Monsanto, from grocery manufacturers and
from large agricultural conglomerates, for good reason. Here’s what Pompeo’s press
release says about GMOs:

“GMOs are safe and have a number of important benefits for people and our planet GMO crops use less water and fewer pesticides and … help us feed a global population of 7 billion …, especially providing assistance to those who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Contrary to claims by activists, there is no scientific evidence that suggests foods that contain GMOs are anything but safe.”

In expressing my concerns to our new Senator Thom Tillis, I received the following

“In the course of considering these proposals, it will be my goal to balance consumer protection and transparency with the need to avoid stifling American business owners with more unworkable regulations. “

Hopefully, in a democracy, what’s good for the people will triumph over what’s good
for big business. But the people who oppose the right to know have deep, deep
pockets, and they will be spreading their money around Washington.

It’s not an overstatement to say that your right and ability to know what’s in the
food you buy is in jeopardy. In order for this dangerous bill to be defeated, we must
voice our opinions. Please contact Representative Virginia Foxx by going to

There is something else you can do: stay tuned. When and if a companion bill is
introduced in the Senate, you’ll read about it here and on our blog,

Natren: Unique and Powerful Probiotics

UntitledBy now, we all know how important probiotics are to maintaining digestive and immune system balance, but what many don’t know is how these bacterial cultures came to be so popular in the United States. In the 1940’s, the Trenevs were living in Yugoslavia, where the family patriarch acted as the Official Court Supplier of Cultured dairy products for King Peter II. After the Second World War, they moved to the United States and in the 1960’s became the first family to introduce Bulgarian style yogurt to the American health food industry. Up until then, probiotic supplements didn’t exist, but in the 1970’s, Natasha Trenev saw an opportunity and became the first person to arrange refrigerated sections in health food stores in order to sell her family’s yogurt and liquid acidophilus.
In  the early 1980’s, Natasha originally brought the term “probiotic” (meaning “for life”) into the health food industry and eventually into mainstream culture. Fast forward and we have Natren, a company founded by Natasha Trenev, with the goal of producing the highest quality probiotic supplements. Natren is not only passionate about producing probiotics, but they are also dedicated to emphasizing the importance of daily supplementation through education and awareness. Natasha has been committed to formulation for over 30 years and has written 3 books about the power of probiotics for health and healing.

Untitled1Natren is Good Manufacturing Practices certified, and never uses Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in their supplements. The bacteria used have been chosen
based on studies showing safety and efficacy of the strains, and potency is verified by several independent agencies, so you can trust you are getting what the label says. Natren is dedicated to providing consumers with the cleanest and most effective probiotics available. Through the month of April, please enjoy 25% off of all Natren probiotics, including Healthy Trinity, Gastro-pH, and probiotics for animals! If you have questions or would like to know more, please stop by Bare Essentials Natural Market and let our Wellness Consultants help you find a product most suited to your needs!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.