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Clean Beauty Swaps

It’s no secret that the chemicals we ingest on a daily basis from conventional and processed food are terrible for our bodies. Recently, we have seen more attention on intentionality with what we nourish our bodies with, however, why are we still putting these chemicals on the largest organ we have, our skin?

The personal care industry has almost zero regulation (even less than the food industry!), so it can be hard to know who to trust. For your everyday questions on product safety, suggestions, and more, we turn to the Environmental Working Group, or the EWG http://www.ewg.org/. They even offer a free smartphone app so you can scan any product and feel confident in your purchase at a moment’s notice.

We know that it can be even harder to part ways with your favorite beauty brands. But fear not, because there are fantastic brands that will make you look and feel good without sacrificing your health. One of our favorites is RMS Beauty, whose makeup is moisturizing and offers full and natural looking coverage.

Clean beauty doesn’t stop with makeup, it goes all the way to your teeth. You don’t need to sacrifice white teeth when you toss out those whitening strips. A cheaper and healthier product is activated charcoal. Simply add it to your daily brushing routine and avoid all of those sensitivity pains!

When it comes to taking off your makeup, conventional makeup remover might be doing your skin more harm than good. They can contain formaldehyde releasing chemicals, along with irritants that dry the skin and cause it to break out. The solution is simple; coconut oil. Take a quarter sized, or less, of coconut oil in between your hands and rub it together until it becomes liquid. Then, rub it in a circular motion on your face, and finish by wiping it off with a warm wash cloth. This, not only, removes your makeup, but also moisturizes and conditions your face, leaving you with lasting hydrated and smooth skin.

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Morning & Bedtime Rituals

It’s easy to get caught up in your everyday life, going from task to task, errand to errand. So easy, that we often lose sight of taking care of ourselves. You may think that you just don’t have the time for an hour long hot yoga class. But what if the answer is simpler than that? By adding just a few elements to your morning and nighttime rituals, you can create lasting wellness that brings energy, stress relief, and balance to your life.

Morning Rituals
  1. Drink Water/Hydrate
    Instead of running to the coffee pot when you wake up, start your day with a glass of water and notice the genuine boost of energy that doesn’t come with the side effects of the jitters or a crash. It may seem like a hard feat to drink sixty-four ounces of water a day, but it becomes much easier if every day begins with sixteen ounces. You will not only enjoy the benefits of stable energy, but also mental clarity.

  2. Stretching
    Stretching is another caffeine-free remedy to begin your day with some energy. By stretching in the morning, you release the tension in your muscles, increasing the blood flow to your body and your brain. These few moments in your morning will help stimulate your body and your mind, helping to prepare you for the day and to let go of anything that has followed you from yesterday.

  3. Intentionality
    If you’ve gone to a yoga class, chances are you’ve heard them mention this buzzword. But what if there is actually something to it? In order to combat feeling like we’re just falling through our day, start everyday with an intention or a goal. What do you want to accomplish today? How do you want to feel? By doing this, it opens a door of periodically checking in with ourselves to make sure we are truly addressing our physical and mental needs.

Bedtime Rituals
  1. Meditate/Breathing Exercise
    There is a reason that meditation apps are one of the biggest wellness trends of 2017! By meditating before you sleep, you help your body release mental and physical tension. Use these few minutes everyday to let go of whatever emotions or worry that want to follow you into tomorrow, and set yourself up with a clean slate.

  2. Stretching
    We’re mentioning this twice because your muscles play a critical role in your mental health. Feel happier, healthier, and have more energy by committing just a few minutes a day to your body. Stretching in the evening is just as important as in the morning because throughout the day, our spine compresses, building knots and putting pressure on our nerves. Release the tension from your day to allow your body to get the deepest rest it can during the night.

  3. Bathe
    Making a spa day a regular part of your life can be expensive and time consuming, so why not bring the spa to you? Take a bath with one to two tablespoons of olive oil and a few drops of essential oil - some of our favorites are lavender and peppermint. By taking a hot bath, your body temperature will slightly cool, helping you fall asleep and stay asleep.

  4. Prepare For the Next Day
    Why put it off until tomorrow if you can do it today? We all know the feeling of going to sleep and dreading the list of errands we have to do tomorrow. Take some stress off yourself by lightly preparing for your day tomorrow. This can be as simple as putting away your laundry, wiping down your kitchen counters, planning your outfit, or as big as prepping all of your meals for the week.

  5. Remove Makeup
    For some, this step may seem like an unimportant way to end your day, but taking the time to literally wipe away your day will help you reset for tomorrow. It’s difficult to wake up ready to take on your day when you still have part of yesterday on you. TIP: In order to avoid stripping your face of vital oils, use coconut oil to remove your makeup! Take a quarter sized amount into your hands and rub it together in order to melt it, then rub it in a circular motion on your face and eyes, next rinse with warm water and a towel. You will notice the amazing difference in the hydration and smoothness of your skin immediately.

If adding all of these rituals into your routine is making you feel like you should transform into Gwenyth Paltrow, don’t worry - start slow! Start by choosing one or two of these rituals, and when they become a part of your routine with ease, then start to add more. True wellness does not come overnight, real change takes time, but it also brings real happiness.

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Carrageenan

After making the switch to nut milk lifestyle, most people assume they are making healthier decisions for their body. However, if they are drinking nut milk from the grocery store, they are drinking a long list of ingredients and very little actual nut milk. One of these additives is carrageenan, an emulsifier, used as a thickening agent and to prevent separation.

The controversy around this ingredient stems from its history of being linked to gastrointestinal issues. Carrageenan offers no nutritional value, and is unable to be sufficiently absorbed and used by our body, leaving it to sit in the GI tract. With 70% of our immune system in our gut, it is no surprise that carrageenan has been linked to immune suppression. Along with this, it has potentially been linked to liver cancer, inflammation, ulcerative colitis, and insulin resistance. All of this begs the question, why would you drink something that is undoing all of the benefits that nut milk has to offer?

Because carrageenan is derived from seaweed, it is allowed to be labeled as a natural ingredient, but don’t be fooled by this greenwashing and don’t settle for unnecessary additives.  At Burch Milk, we believe in delivering real food for real health benefits, with no fillers or additives.

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Nut Milk Lifestyle

Making the switch from conventional dairy milk to nut milk can seem intimidating at first. You might start wondering things like, “What can I do with hazelnut milk?” or “Can this replace all my milk products?” The answer to these questions is simple, you can use nut milks in a multitude of recipes that can replace and perfect all of your recipes. Like all lifestyle changes, you should take it in steps, so you aren’t overwhelmed.

A great place to start is finding delicious nut milk recipes that you are excited to make. One of our favorites is this turmeric milk recipe by Nutrition Stripped. We alter this recipe by using our own turmeric hazelnut milk! The powerful anti-inflammatories coupled with the soothing warm milk makes for a perfect way to wind down your day.

Want to give up dairy but love cream in your coffee? Try our macadamia nut milk! Its creamy consistency is the most similar to conventional dairy milk, making it an excellent way to ease yourself into a nut milk lifestyle. Always rushing in the mornings and not giving your body the breakfast it deserves? Try using your favorite nut milk to make overnight oats.

Change is easy when it is fun and healthy. After finding your own favorite recipes, you’ll begin to notice the desire for dairy to subside and see and feel the benefits of drinking nut milk instead!

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Golden Milk

At Burch Milk, we are dedicated to delivering the fresh, whole food products packed with essential vitamins and nutrients to aid in your well-being. That is why we are now whipping up Golden Milk!

What is Golden Milk? It is our handcrafted hazelnut milk that is spiced with turmeric. The benefits of turmeric seem to be never ending.

Turmeric contains large amount of a powerful anti-inflammatory curcumin. This means that it helps prevent chronic inflammation, which can lead to heart-disease, Alzheimer's, cancer, and metabolic syndrome. Along with this, anti-inflammatories are crucial for protecting joint health. The levels of curcumin in turmeric make its anti-inflammatory properties as powerful as prescription drugs, without all of those nasty side-effects!

Other benefits of turmeric are it is high in antioxidants, which help fight free radicals within the body and prevents signs of aging, as well as it helps support and boost brain function.

By integrating turmeric into your regular diet, you are helping prevent the deterioration of your body and promoting overall wellness. Try a bottle of our golden milk today and invest in yourself!

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Ingredients

At Burch Milk, we believe in not only sourcing the highest quality organic ingredients, but also that you deserve to know where these ingredients come from and why they’re good for your health.  Nourishing our body with natural and nutritional food is essential to maintaining good health; after all, everything we eat is either fueling disease or fighting it. So why nut milk? Raw nuts lower elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure to fight metabolic syndrome, and each nut has it’s own arsenal of health benefits!

Almonds

The only way to ensure that your nuts have not been fumigated is to buy them directly from the supplier, that’s why our almonds come directly from Bremner Farms  in California, where 90% of the world’s almonds grow.  The combination of the coastal mountain ranges and the snow in the Sierra Mountains makes the taste of California almonds unbeatable.

Nutrition: Similar to olive oil, almonds are high in Vitamin E and monounsaturated fats, aka healthy fats. These fats are linked to a reduced risk of heart disease. Along with this, almonds lower cholesterol when they replace other protein sources.

Cashews 

Nutrition: Looking for something with a little less fat? Look no further than our cashew milk! Cashews have a lower fat content than many other nuts and 82% of their fat is good-for-you unsaturated fatty acids, and 66% of their unsaturated fatty acids are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats! Cashews contain vitamins E, K, and B6, as well as minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, and iron, which help maintain good body function.

Hazelnuts

Grown in the Lorane Valley of Oregon, Trufflebert Farms never fails to disappoint with their 100% organic and all natural hazelnuts. Oregon has always been known for its superior hazelnuts, earning it the title of the official state nut in 1989. Hazelnuts are unique for many reasons, some being that its trees can produce until they’re over eighty years old, and they bloom and pollinate in the winter.

Nutrition: Hazelnuts’ unique flavor is complimented by the fact that they are rich in unsaturated fats, high magnesium, calcium, and vitamins B and E, making them beneficial to your heart, muscles, skin, joints, and digestive health, and they help to reduce the risk of cancer.

Macadamias 

Did you know that not all nuts are created equally? In fact, due to state laws, big companies are able to import nuts, package them in Hawaii, and still label them as “Hawaiian macadamia nuts.” However, we know that you can taste quality, so our macadamia nuts are 100% Hawaiian grown by Lions Gate Farm.

Nutrition: Macadamia nuts’ delicious taste isn’t the only reason we use them - it’s also their high flavonoid count. Flavonoids are ingested, and then turned into antioxidants in our body, which destroy free radicals, ultimately helping to protect us against disease. Like almonds, macadamias have high monounsaturated fats that help lower cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke. They also contain copper, which assists with the utilization of iron, proper enzymatic reactions, and improve connective tissues. Along with this they contain B1 and magnesium, which aide in creating healthy neurotransmitters that send chemical signals in our brain.

Dates

The Golden State doesn’t just allow for the perfect cultivation of almonds - it is also the ideal environment for growing Medjool dates. Living Tree Community Foods gives us one of our organic, natural sweeteners, the Medjool date.

Nutrition: Dates are one of the best contributors to muscle development. They are rich in fiber and minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, and phosphorous. Eating a date before a meal has long been used to avoid overeating.  Dates are composed of simple sugars, making it an easily digestible sweetener.

Vermont Maple Syrup 

It’s no secret that Vermont has the best maple syrup around, that’s why we sweeten our milk using Hidden Springs’ organic maple syrup. We use maple syrup since it has a lower glycemic index than cane sugar, it is full of antioxidants, and it helps protect skin health. It also contains zinc, manganese, potassium, and calcium! These help to fight illness and boost your immunity.

Pink Himalayan Salt

Our pink Himalayan salt not only helps enhance the flavor of our milk, but also detoxifies the body, balances blood sugar, improves respiratory problems, serves as a natural digestive aid, balances the body’s pH, and improves sleep quality. It contains 84 natural elements and minerals to aide in overall health. With all these benefits it’s no wonder why we will always choose pink Himalayan salt over table salt.

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2017 Wellness Trends

1. Matcha

You’ve probably seen this green drink on your Instagram feed, so what is all the fuss about? Well people are realizing that matcha, a traditional Japanese tea, is loaded with health benefits! Benefits such as boosting your metabolism and burning calories, detoxifying your body, relaxing your mind and body, lowering cholesterol and blood sugar, and it naturally detoxifies your body. With health benefits like this, it’s no wonder that matcha is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing wellness trends of 2017.

2. Meditation Apps

As 2017 has already become a busy year for many, people are searching for ways to remain mindful and relaxed in their daily life. One of the most popular ways has been meditation apps. The benefits (http://liveanddare.com/benefits-of-meditation/) of daily meditation include reduced stress, depression, and anxiety, as well as an increase in social connections, self-esteem, and memory.

Check out the top 5 mediation apps that can help you find peace in your everyday life:

#1 Sattva 

#2 Calm 

#3 Headspace

#4 The Mindfulness App

#5 Buddhify

3. Plant-based Diet

The benefits of a plant-based are no secret. This diet reduces the intake of meat and other animal products and places and emphasis on nuts, legumes, vegetable, whole grains, and fruit. Many people are opting to replace the protein they typically consume from meat with plant-based proteins.

4. Group Classes

Today we can have our groceries delivered to our home in a matter of hours, we can work from home, and stream movies from home. This increased shift toward isolation makes sense that people are looking to build connections and interactions through exercise. From yoga to barre, and weight training, there is a fitness class to help aide your fitness goals with the added benefit of socialization. Group fitness not only helps our body, it also helps our mind with increased motivation through social connections.

5. Essential Oils

The benefits of essential oils seem to be endless, with each oil specializing in different health goals. From healing sore muscles, reducing anxiety, to relieving a stuffy nose, it seems like there is nothing an essential oil can’t do. The rise of in popularity of these natural remedies has led to innovation in their use. They can be applied topically when diluted in a carrier oil, such as olive oil or jojoba oil, added to a bath for topical and aromatherapy benefits, and used in a diffuser.

6. Organic, All-natural Cosmetics

With the shift toward organic and natural foods to put in our bodies, it makes sense that people are now looking for equally beneficial products to put on their body. Our increased awareness of the effects of what we put in and on our body have made companies like RMS beauty redefine the beauty industry with organic, all natural products that nourish the skin, instead of irritate it. Gone are the days where wearing makeup meant dry skin and clogged pores!

7. Fighting Inflammation – Turmeric

Much like matcha, turmeric has taken the world by storm. Known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and high level of antioxidants, turmeric is finding its way into homes and coffee shops alike. Having a diet that is high in anti-inflammatories is vital for aiding the body is fighting foreign invaders, repairing any damage, and preventing diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s.

8. Holistic Health & Renewal

Every January people start with a goal to get back on track with their health, however 2017 has pushed this goal even further, with more people striving to achieve holistic health. This approach to health seeks to align a person’s mind, body, and spirit. By finding a place for these wellness trends in your life, you too can strive for holistic health.In previous years we have seen renewal in the way of crash diets, like juice cleanses, but 2017 has given us the knowledge of simply adding more nutritious and beneficial foods into our diet to naturally detox the body, renew our body, and change our lifestyle.

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