Promoting Your Rewards Code: Share Your Shopping Cart

Promoting Your Rewards Code: Share Your Shopping Cart

iHerb wants to reward you! Check back each Monday for the next few weeks to learn how you can rev up your iHerb Rewards experience to new heights!

Last week, you learned how easy it is to share your Custom Rewards Link either directly to friends and family or through your social media accounts. Another way to promote your Rewards Code is by sharing your Shopping Cart.  Do you know what’s great about being able to share your Shopping Cart?

First, if you have favorite products that you’d love for people to know about, the Shopping Cart allows you to curate those products in one easy link.  Second, you’re further able to customize your Shopping Cart by just promoting specific types of products (e.g. Beauty Products or Gluten Free Foods) if that’s your preference.

In both instances, a link to your Shopping Cart is created that allows you to either send the link through email or private messaging via Facebook or Twitter to family and friends.  You also can post the link to Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and your Blog for anyone to click.  If anyone makes a purchase after clicking these links, you then get Rewards Credit.

Learn how to create your own Shopping Cart link below:

1. To create a Custom Shopping Cart, sign in and then add products to your shopping cart.

2.  While inside the shopping cart (near the top) select “Share Your Cart” button to generate a link that includes your Rewards Code. The video below will illustrate this sharing method.

3. You can also  create a Custom Shopping Cart features products from your Wish List or from a Previous Order. Click here to get more info! 

Now that you’ve learned about how to Share Your Shopping Cart, check back next week on how you can promote your Rewards Code using Social Media.

To learn more now visit: Rewards.iherb.com.

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What Makes a Product Fair Trade

What Makes a Product Fair Trade

There are so many considerations to take into account when purchasing basic food items. Are the fruits and vegetables organic? Do the manufacturers use “green” practices? However, one other increasingly important consideration is whether the product is “fair trade.”

To define it simply, a fair trade product is one for which a fair price is paid to the initial producers. The Fair Trade Labeling Organization normally certifies these products. This certification ensures that the product has been sold for a fair price in order to provide a living wage for the farmer or other tradesman who produced it. This process can help reduce poverty throughout the world and can help farmers reinvest in their businesses.

In addition, these farmers are encouraged to use sustainable farming and production practices. Although there are several emerging fair trade products, such as clothing, spices, fruits and vegetables, those listed below are among the most common.

Coffee

This was the first fair trade certified product and can be found in thousands of stores and cafes today. With over 500 varieties of certified fair trade coffee, gourmands can find almost any type, including newer single-use varieties.

Tea

Many teas, including bags and loose-leaf varieties, are also fair trade certified. Many restaurants offer fair trade teas as well.

Spices

Several brands of spices and herbs are fair trade certified with most familiar options — including cinnamon, cloves, pepper and nutmeg, represented.

Chocolate

With so many varieties of chocolate on the market today, it is important to find fair trade options in order to support and reinvest in farmers. This product can be found in high-end baking bars to chocolate chips.

Sugar

Certified cane sugar is most often found sold separately for baking and home sweetening purposes. However, some companies use this sugar in everything from ice cream to bottled and canned beverages.

Click here to check out iHerb’s Fair Trade Foods! New to iHerb? Use Rewards Code WOW123 to get up to $10 off your first order.

References

What Is Fair Trade?; Green America; accessed October 7, 2014

Shopping Guide; Fair Trade USA; accessed October 7, 2014

What Is Fairtrade?; Fairtrade International; accessed October 7, 2014

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The Top Natural Wrinkle Fighters Revealed

The Top Natural Wrinkle Fighters Revealed

Along with controlling lifestyle factors — such as maintaining healthy eating habits, managing stress levels and avoiding extensive sun exposure and cigarette smoke — the use of safe and effective skincare products can go a long way in helping to reduce and prevent premature wrinkles.

Natural ingredients are aimed at supporting the collagen production that slows down with age, forming wrinkles that eventually become more pronounced as collagen-filled tissues are increasingly damaged by time and free radicals.

Vitamin C

One of the most popular ingredients shown to boost healthy collagen levels is vitamin C. While consumption of this nutrient is critical for maintaining overall health, science has demonstrated that using it topically in body care products is approximately 20 times more effective than taking it internally. It is thought to rejuvenate skin by improving collagen synthesis, along with providing protection from free radical damage.

Antioxidants

Other powerful antioxidants such as CoQ10 and green tea have also been touted as valuable components to include in a natural skin care protocol. Along with essential oils of rose and geranium, they rejuvenate the skin, reduce wrinkles and maintain optimal cell health.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids

Botanical sources of alpha-hydroxy acids that encourage the production of hyaluronic acid, a natural tissue plumping agent that aids in maintaining supple skin, are also recommended. One can also use hyaluronic acid topically.

Plant Stem Cells

Along with these popular beauty staples, one of the more recent advances in the field of natural skin care involves using plant-based stem cells to diminish wrinkles and other signs of aging. Active plant stem cells are said to restructure and renew the skin’s epidermis as well as increase protection from environmental stressors.

Many of these stem cells are derived from fruits. For instance, certain species of apples may have the ability to awaken dormant cells, making them act younger by stimulating healthy cell renewal and delaying cell aging. The anthocyanins in grapes could provide similar encouragement of healthy cell behavior along with the added benefit of increasing the skin’s UV tolerance, and argan fruit stem cells appear to accelerate the skin’s natural repair process.

Click here to check out iHerb’s selection of Wrinkle Creams!  New to iHerb? Use Rewards Code WOW123 to get up to $10 off any first time order.

References

Plant-Based Stem Cells: the Future of Anti-aging; Whole Foods Magazine; accessed June 10, 2014

Revitalizing Aging Skin With Topical Vitamin C; Life Extension; accessed June 10, 2014

Silverman, Charles ND; Natural Treatment for Wrinkles; Homemade Medicine; accessed June 10, 2014

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Fall in Love with a Healthier Apple Pie

Fall in Love with a Healthier Apple Pie

Apple pies are often loaded with trans-fats, cholesterol and refined white flour and sugar. Substituting healthier ingredients for the unhealthy can help. Make your favorite pie crust with coconut oil instead of shortening. Substitute whole wheat pastry flour for all-purpose flour. Use fresh apples instead of canned filling. Refined white sugar can be replaced with Sucanat (unrefined whole cane sugar), brown sugar or maple syrup.

Healthier Apple Pie Recipe

Ingredients

Crust

Filling

Instructions

  1. Peel and slice apples. Toss with flour and lemon juice and set aside. In a small pot over low heat, combine syrup, spices and vanilla. Bring the mixture just to a boil. Pour over the apples, coating them well, and let sit for an hour or more.
  2. Prepare the crust. Mix flour and salt in a food processor. Add coconut oil and process until pea-sized lumps form. With the machine running, slowly add the syrup and water until the dough forms a ball. Place dough on a floured surface, divide into two equal parts, and flatten into disks. Wrap each in plastic and refrigerate for twenty minutes.
  3. Once chilled, roll out the dough enough to line a pie plate. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees°F. Pour filling into crust, top with second crust, and slice the top of the dough with little steam vents. Pinch crusts together to seal the edges and brush crust with melted coconut oil.
  4. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes until the top crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. Allow to cool completely before serving.

This healthier apple pie really celebrates autumn’s bounty. Enjoy!

iHerb sells thousands of natural food items, everything from stevia to gluten free flours to much more!  Click here to take a look at our product offerings.  If  you’re new to iHerb, you can use Rewards Code WOW123 to get $10 off your first order with a minimum $40 purchase or $5 off orders less than $40.

References

Author unknown; History of Pies; American Pie Council; accessed October 7, 2014

Alderson, Ella; Apple Pie (Without Refined Sugar); Naturally Ella; accessed October 7, 2014

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Recommended Supplements for Vegetarians

Recommended Supplements for Vegetarians

Vegetarian eaters have a variety of delicious foods that they consume, with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables and grains. However, the exact foods vegetarians eat depend on the type of vegetarian. All types stay away from meat, most forgo seafood, while some also abstain from dairy products and eggs. Vegans steer clear of any product or ingredient produced by animals.

In order for vegetarians to consume a diet that is rich in all of the nutrients they need, they must think through their food choices carefully. One key nutrient they must take care to find from non-animal sources is protein. However, they may miss out on other vitamins and minerals from food sources as well and may need to consider taking some, or all, of the following supplements.

Calcium

Often found in dairy products, vegetarians who do not eat dairy products may need to take calcium in supplement form. Women, in particular, need to ensure that they are receiving enough calcium for bone health.

Iron

Iron is most readily found in red meat. Women in their childbearing years need plenty of iron. Although iron can be found in non-animal sources, such as dried fruits and lentils, some may need to take it in supplement form along with vitamin C for proper absorption.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

These fatty acids are found in fish and fish oil supplements, however, vegetarians who do not eat fish may not be receiving enough. A fine supplement choice without fish is flaxseed oil.

Vitamin B-12

This vitamin, often found in meat, is important for red blood cell production. Most multivitamins or vitamin B-complex supplements contain B-12.

Zinc

Although the mineral zinc can be found in plant sources, a supplement may be necessary because zinc from plants is difficult to absorb.

Click here to check out our selection of Vitamins! New to iHerb? Use WOW123 to get up to $10 off your first order.

References

Enhancing a Vegetarian Diet with Supplements; FitDay; accessed October 7, 2014

Haan, Sarah and Becky Hand with Nicole Nichols; 7 Key Nutrients Vegetarians Need to Watch; SparkPeople; accessed October 7, 2014

Vegetarian Diet: How to Get the Best Nutrition; Mayo Clinic; accessed October 7, 2014

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6 Sustainable Seafood Picks

6 Sustainable Seafood Picks

Fish and other seafood is a healthy option because it offers lean protein and has an excellent supply of omega fatty acids, which are important for heart and brain health. For health, fish may be eaten at least once or twice a week, which can eliminate some of the fattier red meats from the diet. However, making smart seafood choices may not be as easy as simply heading out to a local restaurant and ordering a seafood dish.

Seafood that is raised and harvested through sustainable practices is healthy both for one’s body and for the environment. Some types are overharvested, harvested using practices that harm the ocean floor or shipped far away from their original locale using energy-heavy transportation methods. For example, some non-sustainable seafood choices that are best to avoid include bass types, such as grouper, shark, orange roughy, caviar and red snapper.

The following six choices are much better for the environment.

Oysters

Diners should choose farmed oysters rather than wild-caught oysters.

Salmon

A delicious source of fatty acids, salmon are a great dining choice when they are farmed in closed rather than open pens.

Farmed Clams

An amazing addition to soups, stews and chowders, farmed clams are an extremely sustainable choice around the world. Another good choice in the United States is hand-raked clams.

Albacore Tuna

Equally delicious on sandwiches as it is as a fillet in a gourmet dish, albacore tuna caught by pole or troll is a safe choice for the environment, although bluefin and yellowfin tuna, generally, are not.

Sardines

Delicious from a can in flavored oils, sardines are a sustainable choice when they are purse seine caught rather than when they are caught by trawling.

Sablefish

Not as familiar as some other fishes, Alaskan sablefish are a rich, tender and a sustainable choice.

iHerb sells thousands of natural food items, everything from stevia to gluten free flours to much more!  Click here to take a look at our product offerings.  If  you’re new to iHerb, you can use Coupon Code WOW123 to get $10 off your first order with a minimum $40 purchase or $5 off orders less than $40.

References

Suzuki’s Top 10 Sustainable Seafood Picks; David Suzuki Foundation; accessed October 7, 2014

Sustainable Seafood Guide; Natural Resources Defense Council; accessed October 7, 2014

Sustainable Seafood; Eartheasy; accessed October 7, 2014

Fish and Seafood Glossary; The Nibble; accessed October 7, 2014

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Promoting Your Rewards Code: Share Your Custom Rewards Link

Promoting Your Rewards Code: Share Your Custom Rewards Link

iHerb wants to reward you! Check back each Monday for the next few weeks to learn how you can rev up your iHerb Rewards experience to new heights!

For the past few Mondays, we’ve been introducing all of you to our New Rewards Schedule that allows our Rewards customers to earn more credit than ever before.  We also shared the importance of continually promoting your Rewards Code and/or your Custom Rewards Links so that you can increase the number of referrals under you.  After all, more referrals mean more credit for you.

There are many ways that you can promote your Rewards Code. Today, we’ll talk specifically about creating and sharing Custom Rewards Links.

Create and Share A Custom Rewards Link

iHerb has created a tool that allows you to share any page on iHerb that includes your Rewards Code without logging into iHerb. Click here to use that tool.

Rewards Link Tool

Use the form to append your Rewards Code to any page on iHerb. Simply copy and paste a web page from iHerb and place it in the form. Type your Rewards Code in the Referral Code box and click the “Create URL” button.

Examples of Custom Rewards Links:

  1. iHerb Home Page: http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=wow123
  2.  iHerb Category Page: http://www.iherb.com/supplements?rcode=wow123
  3. iHerb Product Page: http://www.iherb.com/jarrow-formulas-jarro-dophilus-eps-120-capsules/7006?rcode=wow123

If the link is too long, you can easily shorten the link using any of the free online shortening services such as bit.ly or goo.gl.

These services not only reduce the length of long links, but also offer a basic click counter to see how often your links are clicked.

Your Custom Rewards Links can be shared directly with people you know via email or through direct messaging using Facebook or Twitter. You can also post your Custom Rewards Links to your social media accounts (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or your Blog) for anyone to click.

Now that you’ve learned about creating and sharing your Custom Rewards Links, check back next week on how you can promote your Rewards Code via sharing your Shopping Cart!

To learn more now visit: Rewards.iherb.com.

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Helpful Home Care for Shin Splints

Helpful Home Care for Shin Splints

Shin splints are not only extremely painful, but they can also limit activity. While using a brace can be helpful for those suffering from this condition, there are also several other things one can do to promote healing and prevent further injury. Home care for shin splints is relatively easy and is considered safe for the majority of individuals.

Resting the Leg

One of the most important things an individual can do is rest the affected leg. This gives the body time to heal without adding additional stress or strain to the injury. Activity may need to be eliminated or significantly reduced during this time, especially for runners and those who perform high-intensity workouts on a routine basis. Even with the use of a brace, further injury can occur if the leg is over-used.

Management of Pain and Swelling

One of the biggest issues for those with splints is the pain and swelling associated with this condition. Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen, or herbal pain remedies such as white willow, can be helpful for pain management. It is important to check with a primary care provider before forming a pain management plan.

Other measures include applying an ice pack to the shin, alternating between 20 minutes on and off the affected area. This can help alleviate pain and decrease the swelling.

The Benefit of Gentle Exercising

While high-impact activities should be avoided, there are some exercises that can assist with healing while decreasing pain. Gentle range-of-motion exercises can be used to maintain conditioning and flexibility. Light stretches may also be helpful. In some cases, it may be recommended to perform these activities in warm water or with a brace to promote comfort.

Click here to check out iHerb’s products for Shin Splint Pain Relief! New to iHerb? Use Rewards Code WOW123 to get up to $10 off your first order.

Reference

Brennan, K. Ephraim; Shin Splints; Web MD; Accessed July 24, 2014

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Pom-tastic! Homemade Grenadine

Pom-tastic! Homemade Grenadine

As the signature fruity flavor in many cocktails and beverages, grenadine is a necessary item in any well-stocked kitchen. If you don’t have any on hand, you can make your own from simple ingredients. Real grenadine is delicious and made from real fruit. Best of all, it’s very simple to make, so you can do it whether you’re a beginner cook or an experienced professional.

Once you’ve made your own grenadine, you’ll discover that it tastes even better than the brands available in the store.

Grenadine is basically just simple syrup that’s made using pomegranate juice instead of water. You’ll make it over the stove and dissolve some sugar into the juice. To make your own grenadine at home, you’ll need pomegranate juice, lemon juice and sugar. When selecting your pomegranate and lemon juices, be careful to select some that have no added sugar since you’ll be adding your own while you’re cooking the grenadine.

To begin, heat one cup of pomegranate juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Watch the juice carefully, and once it starts to bubble around the edge of the pan, reduce the heat to low.

Next, add one cup of sugar to the pomegranate juice. Stir the sugar into the juice and continue to cook and stir over low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. This should take about five minutes.

After the sugar has dissolved, stir in the lemon juice to taste and remove the mixture from the heat. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. When the mixture is cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and place it in your refrigerator.

This homemade grenadine can be stored in your refrigerator for up to one month.

iHerb sells thousands of natural food items, everything from stevia to gluten free flours to much more!  Click here to take a look at our product offerings.  If  you’re new to iHerb, you can use Rewards Code WOW123 to get $10 off your first order with a minimum $40 purchase or $5 off orders less than $40.

References

Brown, Alton; Pomegranate Syrup or Molasses; Food Network; accessed December 27, 2013

Wisniewski, Amy; Homemade Grenadine Recipe; Chow; accessed December 27, 2013

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Best Supplements if You Have a Cold

Best Supplements if You Have a Cold

Although head colds may seem like an inevitable part of the winter, taking certain supplements during the season can help colds resolve more quickly and sometimes prevent this common disease by boosting the immune system.

Some of these herbs and vitamins are found in multivitamins, others can be purchased separately and still others are sold as combination supplements such as echinacea and astragalus. As an added benefit, many of these supplements many help prevent influenza and other viral infections.

Echinacea

This herb is a good choice for those who are just coming down with a cold. When taken at the beginning of the cold, it can shorten the duration of the infection by up to 30 percent and improve symptoms.

Zinc

Zinc has been extensively studied for its use in shortening the duration of a cold; it can decrease colds by up to three days. It is often sold in lozenge form.

Elderberry

Another option is elderberry, which is great for reducing fevers; this makes it a good choice for colds and influenza.

Vitamin D

Often thought of as the “sunshine vitamin” and frequently used to improve mood, this inexpensive vitamin can lower the risk of getting a cold.

Astragalus

A lesser-known herb, astragalus is known for potentially fighting against many viral infections, which includes head colds as well as influenza.

Garlic

Garlic is often found in cooked foods but can also be taken as a supplement. It boosts the immune system, helps in the creation of more immune cells and fights against viruses and other infections.

Vitamin C

It’s tried and true: Possibly one of the most well-known supplements for a cold, high dosages of vitamin C improve the functioning of the immune system and can even decrease the length of a cold by up to three days.

Click here to check out iHerb’s selection of Cold and Flu Products. New to iHerb? Use Rewards Code WOW123 to get up to $10 off your first order.

References

Griffin, R. Morgan; Natural Cold and Flu Remedies; WebMD; September 23, 2014

Top Ten Cold and Flu Protection Supplements; The Better Health Store; September 23, 2014

Cooperman, Tod, M.D.; 3 Top Supplements for Colds and Flu; The Dr. Oz Show; September 23, 2014

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