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Does Taking Fish Oil Offer Benefits for People with Eczema?

Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes blisters, crusting, and scaly skin rashes. Also called atopic dermatitis, eczema affects more than 80 million people worldwide. The skin itches and has thick, dry patches spread over it. Most eczema sufferers have itching that is unbearable. Nutritional and dietary research studies have shown that fish oil with high content of Omega 3 DHA and EPA fatty acids has numerous benefits for people with eczema. Eczema Symptoms Young children typically have skin symptoms on the face, knees, and elbows. Adults have rashes in the same areas plus on the inside surfaces of the knees and elbows. The most common signs and symptoms of eczema include: • Redness and blistering • Dry, itchy skin • Leathery areas either lighter or darker than normal skin tone • Scaling and thickened skin • Oozing and crusting lesions Eczema Causes Skin disorder researchers are still investigating the causes of eczema, but believe that the condition is both hereditary and environmental. While you can’t change your genes, you can avoid certain allergens and skin irritants that make the disorder worse

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Date Set For Our Global Headquarters Opening. You May Be On A Plane Soon!

In December I posted an entry on our blog about the two promotions we’re running to show our appreciation for the incredible support we are receiving from our loyal customers and to celebrate the move into our new Global Headquarters. As you may recall, I mentioned that “we are right on track for an official opening to be held in April 2013″…well, I can now confirm that the project is being successfully completed and that the official opening will be held on Friday, 19th April. Many of you have supported us for many years and will now automatically get dozens of entries into the draw for the grand prize – return flights for two to Christchurch, New Zealand to participate in the Global Headquarters opening ceremony, plus free accommodation in Christchurch for a week. As explained in my previous post, while every customer has a chance to win, our loyal customers will have a higher chance of winning. If this is the first time you’ve heard about the grand prize, here’s a quick explanation of how it’ll work: Any customer who places at least one order while the promotion is running will get one chance to win the prize for each order ever placed…even years before the promotion started. For Loyalty Program orders this will be doubled: two chances to win the prize for each Loyalty Program order ever placed. However, that’s just one of the two promotions…we’re also running a parallel promotion allowing a total of 10 people to win the value of their order back. This promotion runs through until the end of April this year. On behalf of the Xtend-Life team, I would like to personally thank all of our customers for their continued support

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What Skincare Manufacturers Aren’t Telling You About Products Containing Collagen

As we get older we tend to gravitate towards skincare products that nourish and replenish the skin – and let’s face it – help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. One of the first things we’ve been taught to look for in a product is the presence of collagen and elastin. These two very important proteins have enjoyed a well-established reputation as the guardians of youthful skin. However, what many of us haven’t been told is the collagen and elastin proteins used in most skin care products are too large to be absorbed through the skin. What we really need are products that stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin proteins within the dermis, or outer layer of skin. Before we consider the key ingredient required to achieve this regrowth effect, it’s important to note just how important collagen and elastin production is when it comes to the health and appearance of our skin. What Is Collagen? Collagen is one of the most plentiful proteins in the human body and is known as the glue that holds everything together. It connects and supports bodily tissues such as skin, bone, tendons, cartilage and muscle. There are many types of collagen proteins – some responsible for growth, others for repair

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Natural Supplements and Skincare: an Update for Smokers

An article we published some time ago about smoking (http://www.xtend-life.com/Blog/11-09-21/The_Health_Benefits_of_Smoking.aspx) has generated a lot of interest. We continue to get questions about smoking and how our supplements and skincare products could benefit smokers or people who have smoked, so we’ve decided to do an update for you. We know that smoking is the number one cause of preventable diseases and deaths worldwide and that has again been confirmed in the latest studies of the American Lung Association (http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking/about-smoking/health-effects/smoking.html). Smoking is associated with a number of serious health issues in both men and women and harms almost every organ in the human body especially the heart and lungs. Less known health issues caused by smoking include but are not limited to the following: wrinkles, premature aging and even skin deterioration diseases including skin cancer and psoriasis. Some other recent medical studies into the effects and mechanisms of smoking are covered below. Smoking: the Leading Reason for Male Impotence and Sexual Problems Male smokers are susceptible to impotency due to tobacco usage. Smoking has a direct effect on the coronary artery by narrowing the arterial blood and reducing the blood stream to other organs. The causes for impotence (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/tobac-tabac/body-corps/disease-maladie/infertilit-eng.php#a2) may vary, but smoking is considered the major factor leading to sexual problems in men. To add more, it reduces the level of ejaculation and it influences the formation of sperm.

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Congratulations to Our January Prize Draw Winners!

We have just done two prize draws. The first draw was for the “Win Your Order Back” promotion for December (all entries also automatically went into the “Win Free Flights to New Zealand” promotion; you can read about both here) . The second draw was for a $100 prize. The entries were selected from our newsletter subscribers who took the survey published in our January newsletter issue. Watch Kane, our Finance Director, and Chris, our IT Manager, do the draw: We congratulate the winners and will contact them shortly. Our next draw will be held in February, with March, April and May draws to follow. Good luck to all!

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FDA Recognizes New Zealand as Having a Comparable Food Safety System

On December 10, 2012 the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the New Zealand Government signed an agreement in which the FDA recognizes New Zealand’s food safety systems to be comparable to its own. The Food Safety Systems Recognition Arrangement was signed at a meeting in Washington DC by delegations from the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and FDA. It covers all foods and animal feeds regulated by the FDA, including nutritional supplements such as those created by Xtend-Life. History was made that day-never before has the FDA recognized the food safety system of a foreign country. On the photo: Ministry for Primary Industries Deputy Director General Standards Carol Barnao (left) and US Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner for Food Michael R. Taylor sign a systems recognition agreement at a meeting in Washington DC. Why is such an agreement so momentous? It’s simply not possible for a country’s border control to scrutinize every food product brought into the country, or to inspect the premises of every foreign manufacturer. So how do countries such as the US and NZ more optimally ensure the safety of imported foods? Answer: By strengthening the global food safety net through closer collaboration with regulators around the world

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Arthrit-Eze Becomes Not Just Joints

Same health benefits, new supplement name. On 21st January 2013 one of our popular supplements, Arthrit-Eze will be changing to a new name: Not Just Joints. Why the need to change? Our supplements are made from our R&D and manufacturing base in Christchurch, New Zealand and are sold to customers right around the world. As you can imagine, every country has different rules and regulations around the way supplements can be sold and the names that can be used. In order to make the names more consistent and acceptable in all markets, we needed to make this change. The new name also reflects that this ‘power-combo’ of specific nutrients is formulated to support the health of your joints as well as muscles, tissues, other organs and systems of your body. Rest assured it’s only the names that is changing. We want to assure you that it’s only the name that is changing.

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Arthrit-Eze Becomes Not Just Joints

Same health benefits, new supplement name. On 21st January 2013 one of our popular supplements, Arthrit-Eze will be changing to a new name: Not Just Joints. Why the need to change? Our supplements are made from our R&D and manufacturing base in Christchurch, New Zealand and are sold to customers right around the world. As you can imagine, every country has different rules and regulations around the way supplements can be sold and the names that can be used. In order to make the names more consistent and acceptable in all markets, we needed to make this change. The new name also reflects that this ‘power-combo’ of specific nutrients is formulated to support the health of your joints as well as muscles, tissues, other organs and systems of your body. Rest assured it’s only the names that is changing. We want to assure you that it’s only the name that is changing.

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Sonic Chat Recap – Holiday Trends with Michelle Phan

Our December 18, 2012 was full of great holiday style and beauty tips from our fans. We had the pleasure of co-hosting with Michelle Phan, a beauty and fashion blogger.

She chatted holiday trends and shared some tips for a healthy, stylish holiday season.

We pulled out some of our favorite tweets to share with you: 

Here are the topics we discussed along with some of your great responses:

Q1: What are your tips to stay cozy but fashionable in the winter?

@Gucchie23: “I love the over sized sweaters with leggings. fashionable and comfortable.”
@labyo2do2do: “Layering clothes, wearing skinny jeans & knee high boots, scarf too.”
@jeevonkay: “comfortable boots and infinity scarf.”

Q2: What are you looking for in your dream holiday party look?

@MichellePhan: “Lace! I love how lace gives your entire look a romantic classy touch.”
@MardelD03: “Shimmer and glow!”
@amyl12: “A flattering style, probably navy blue, and some sequin and sheer material.”

Q3: What beauty products must you have in your purse during the winter?

@kygurl62689: “Nivea A Kiss of Shimmer Lip Balm and a moisturizing lotion/hand cream.”
@etfani: “Red Plump lipstick.”
@amyl12: “A really good lip balm and hand lotion, also some loose face powder.”

Q4: What are you asking Santa for this year?

@LSAS1: “For a healthy and happy family. We are blessed.”
@mcgraw14me: “Would love to have some new jeans, boots and a @Clarisonic Mia!!”
@MardelD03: “Patience and makeup!”

Q5: What is the best gift you’ve ever given or received?

@momUNblogger: “Best gift I ever received was my barbie corvette back when I was little. It was so, so exciting.”
@PaulinaChills: “A pair of diamond earrings I wear them all the time.”
@idontlooksick: “Engagement ring designed by my husband w/ stone from his great-grandparents. he gave it 2me 1 yr ago yesterday.”

With 198 participants, a twitter reach of over 27 million people, and trending nationwide, this was our best #SonicChat yet. Join us on January 22 to try and make the next one even better!

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How to Stay Warm, Cozy, and Stylish

It’s that time of year when the trees are bare, there is a chill in the air, and staying warm is an essential part of your wardrobe.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style this winter. It’s easy to stay fashionable during the winter months if you follow these tips to help you look fabulous and feel great this winter:

Invest in a fabulous coat – A great coat that provides warmth and style the moment you put it on is a must. This is the item that will get the most visibility in the colder months so choose a quality piece that will last for several seasons and works with your signature style and daily routines. Try a pea coat in a neutral color such as beige, black, or navy.

Layer It – Layering lets you keep warm without adding too much bulk and prevents you from getting too hot when you go inside. Bring back some of your favorite summer shirts and tanks layered under cozy cashmere, angora, and mohair sweaters.

Cover your legs – It might be cold out, but that does not mean you have to wear pants every day until spring. If you love wearing skirts and dresses but want to protect your legs from freezing temperatures, consider investing in a few pairs of leggings and tights. In our recent #SonicChat, Michelle Phan recommended doubling up on tights. “It keeps the heat in but still looks cute. No frumps!” There are so many choices to try: thermal, patterned, or sheer, in any color. Classic black or nude is always chic, but colors can be fun to play with, too!

Wrap it up – Scarves keep your neck warm and make a great addition to any outfit. Michelle Phan shared: “my favorite thing to wear that always looks fashionable but keeps me warm is a giant black circle scarf!” Choose cashmere, wool or even silk scarves that work well with your wardrobe to ensure you stay warm and look fabulous.

Say yes to hats – Keeping warm and cozy during cold weather is easy if you’re sporting the right winter hat. And why not – there are lots of amazing, trendy hats to opt for this winter! If you’re not a hat person, consider trying out headbands and ear warmers.

Boot up – No one likes cold or wet feet, so high-quality boots paired with warm socks are a must. To keep your toes toasty this season, consider investing in knee high boots – they keep your legs warm, your feet dry, and are stylish to boot. If you’re facing a wet winter this year, a pair of rain boots may serve you better than leather.

Gloves – Pick a pair of gloves that suit your personality and lifestyle. Knit gloves are a fun and inexpensive option to keep your hands warm for walking or driving, or you may want to splurge on a pair of leather gloves if you are outside regularly and wearing your favorite winter coat. Either way, opt for a colorful pair to add a pop of color to your outfit.

We hope these tips inspire you to refresh your cold weather wardrobe and stay stylish through the winter. If you’re in the midst of fighting the winter blues, be sure to check out our  Staying Sunny with Shorter Days post to learn how to improve your mood during winter’s shorter days.

Share your tips for putting together a perfect warm and fashionable outfit!

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