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Top 5 Foods to Feed your Heart and Skin

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Feed your HeartFebruary is a time for matters of the heart – and we don’t just mean Valentine’s Day. It’s officially American Heart Month, so there’s no better time to educate yourself about the components of a heart-healthy lifestyle, including regular checkups with your healthcare provider, an active lifestyle, and healthy diet.

Speaking of diet, here at Actifirm we’re always interested in foods that contribute to skin health and beauty. As with so many things that are good for our health, it turns out that many foods that are great for your heart can also do amazing things for your skin. Here are just five:

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Random Acts of Kindness: 15 Ways to Spread the Love

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Random Acts of KindnessWith Valentine’s Day behind us, why not finish out the week in a spirit of love? As it turns out, there’s an official way to do so – this week, February 12-18, is Random Acts of Kindness Week.

We all know that showing kindness benefits the recipients of our actions, but these selfless acts can also help the person behind the good deed. Research shows that performing acts of kindness can elevate mood and even help us live longer. Plus, kindness is contagious – perform a kind act for a neighbor, and before you know it your entire block will be in on the act!

Need inspiration? Here are 15 ideas for random acts of kindness to get you started: (more…)

Girls’ Night: More Important Than You Think

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Girl's NightNeed a good excuse for a good, old-fashioned girls’ night? Look no further than your health! Having strong bonds with friends and family can not only make your happier, those relationships can also have a positive impact on your health and wellness.

Research shows that people with a solid network of friends live longer, have healthier brains, get less colds, and may even have better survival rates for heart conditions and cancers of the ovary or breast. One study found that over a 10-year period, elderly people with a circle of friends lived 20 percent longer on average.

So what’s a girl to do? We propose a girls’ night! If a wild night on the town isn’t your thing, however, don’t despair. (more…)

Wear Red Day is Friday, February 3

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Wear RedThink only guys need to worry about heart disease? Think again! Heart disease impacts both men and women. In fact, heart disease is the number one killer among females – accountable for 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s why the American Heart Association (AHA) started its Go Red for Women initiative – to raise awareness about heart disease in women, as well as educate women about risk factors and preventative steps they can take.

Friday, February 3 is National Wear Red Day. You can show your support for the cause by dressing in red, and encouraging others to wear red as well. If you’d like to take it a step further, consider fundraising as an individual or group – it’s easy to set up an account here. (more…)

Chinese New Year: 6 Facts

Posted on: January 25th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Chinese New YearGung Hay Fat Choy! That’s Happy Chinese New Year to you. For 2017, Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 28, and is a time to celebrate the hard work of the previous year, relax with family, and hope for a prosperous upcoming year. Here are 6 facts you may not know about China’s biggest holiday celebration of the year:

Chinese New Year isn’t only Chinese. It’s a celebration of the Lunar New Year, which is observed across Asia. In fact, it is a major holiday for 20% of  the world’s population. Countries including China, Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, North Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam have one to four days designated as public holiday.  (more…)

Citrus: 5 Healthy Benefits

Posted on: January 18th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

CitrusIt must be nature’s way of giving us a sunny outlook – with winter in full force, we’re given a bounty of citrus this time of year. These antioxidant-loaded gems are in peak season right now, and with myriad health benefits, there’s no time like the present to indulge in citrus. Consider these 5 benefits of including more citrus in your diet:

Reduced Risk of Stroke. A study published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke followed around 70,000 women for 14 years, tracking their flavanone consumption – a form of antioxidant flavonoids found in oranges, grapefruits, and their juices. Those who consumed the most had a nearly 20% reduced risk of (more…)

Cold Weather Workouts: 4 Tips

Posted on: January 11th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

4 tips for Winter WorkoutsMany parts of the United States have been blasted with cold weather as of late, but that’s no reason to let your New Years exercise resolution fall by the wayside. After all, exercising in the cold offers unique benefits. You’ll burn more calories as your body works to maintain its core temperature, and because the heart works a bit harder in the cold to distribute blood, you’ll boost your cardio benefits. Just follow these tips to stay comfortable and safe as you brave the elements:

Layer smart. A thin, synthetic, base layer that fits close to the skin is a great foundation for your winter workout wear – it will wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you warm. A fleece or wool layer should top this. Next, consider a breathable windbreaker or waterproof layer, depending upon conditions. (more…)

Actifirm Favorites: Celebrate with 10% Savings

Posted on: January 6th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

2016 Favorite ProductsEveryone loves a bestseller! Here at Actifirm, we count among our greatest hits some highly effective (read: age-defying) skincare products. While we’re partial to every product in our lineup, there are a few that our customers reach for again and again on a daily basis – skincare essentials that give proven results year in and year out.

We’re so excited to share our 2016 top 5 bestselling skincare products with you, we’re offering 10% off these Actifirm must-haves from now through Sunday, 11:59 PM CST. Just enter FAV2016 at checkout to enjoy the savings. Without further ado, we highlight our top 5 sellers of 2016:

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Resolutions or Bucket List?

Posted on: January 4th, 2017 by Elysiann Bishop

Bucket List for 2017Happy New Year! Perhaps you’re part of the 45% of Americans who make New Year resolutions. If so, we commend you – may 2017 be a year of great accomplishments! However, if you’re perpetually among the 92% of Americans who do not achieve their resolutions and are looking for an alternative route, have you considered a “bucket list”?

By now, the term bucket list has become mainstream in our culture – a reference to experiences we’d like to check off, typically in a lifetime. Why not make 2017 the year of the bucket list? From simple to grandiose, bucket list items can be modified to fit your interests and lifestyle. While resolutions often focus on kicking bad habits, a bucket list is all about interesting and exciting things you really want to do – (more…)

4 Easy New Years Resolutions

Posted on: December 28th, 2016 by Elysiann Bishop

New Years ResolutionsChristmas Day is behind us, but it’s not quite time to ring in 2017 – a time when many of us reflect on resolutions for the upcoming New Year. On an annual basis, we’re faced with keeping stringent promises involving weight loss, our health and fitness, and the like. But what if this year, your resolutions involved letting go of things that just aren’t working for you? Follow the path of least resistance this New Year, and improve your life and health by giving up the following:

Exercise you can’t stand. Do you run because “it’s good for you”, in spite of hating it every step of the way? Or do you go to yoga class with friends, although it’s never really clicked for you? There are nearly endless possibilities when it comes (more…)