Welcome to Healthy By Choice

How Much Sun is Enough?
Even though people require 15 minutes of exposure to the sun everyday for an adequate vitamin D supply for healthy bones and teeth, any more than that can be detrimental. Too much sun causes premature ageing via damage to the skin cells. This happens when the sun rays penetrates into the inner layers of the skin, damaging the collagen and elastic fibers, causing wrinkles.  And what causes premature ageing, also causes skin cancer.

Dangers of Chemical Sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens  actually absorb UV rays and neutralize them in the skin tissues but they themselves become carcinogenic.  Many sunscreen agents such as octyl-methoxycinnamate, octyl-dimethyl-pabaabenzophenone-3, homosalate and 4-methyl-benzylidene camphor are known to be endocrine disrupters. The endocrine system controls the levels of hormones in the body and these agents have been shown to disrupt levels of estrogen in the body. Even young children's hormones are being affected as traces of chemical sunscreen have been found in breast milk.  The higher the SPF, the more toxic the sunscreen. Chemical sunscreen rely on the chemical properties and thus need to be reapplying every few hours as the ingredients become inactive.

Benefits of Natural Sunscreens
Natural sunscreens use a physical barrier such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide to block UV rays by sitting on the skin which work immediately and do not need to be reapplied. Titanium when used for sunscreen is coated so that it does not penetrate the skin but rather performs as a shield.  Zinc, as well as its sunscreen benefits, has other benefits such as anti viral and healing properties, which is enormous benefit to the skin. It is anti-inflammatory, making it good for sensitive skin, and anti-bacterial, making it good for acne-prone skin. Many chemical sunscreens clog the pores while natural sunscreens actually soothe, nourish and protect the skin.
Importance of SPF
Be aware that SPF only describes how long the sunscreen is active for.  It is the amount of time it takes for you to burn multiplied by the SPF number.  For example, if it takes you five minutes to burn without sunscreen on, it will take you 75 minutes to burn if you are wearing an SPF 15 sunscreen. A natural sunscreen with an SPF of 30 is more than sufficient for sun protection. It is widely assumed that the higher the SPF gives you a better protection from the sun.  In fact, there are actually very small differences between SPF 15 and 30.  The UV filtration of  SPF 15 sunscreen is 96 percent and the UV filtration of a 30 sunscreen is 98 percent.

At Healthy By Choice, we carry a variety of sunscreens that have been rated as amongst the purest sun screens available. Stop in today!

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Welcome to our store and website. We offer a wide range of healthy and natural products and services for people concerned with managing their health and a clean environment. Our Award Winning Bradford location has been carefully stocked with products proven to us to be beneficial. You will find a treasure of supplements, herbal remedies, personal care & beauty, household cleaners, organic foods, dairy, meat, plus natural gifts, candles, etc.

We are heavily committed to educating our customers. This is done in three ways:
1. FREE seminars with industry experts.
2. Extensive resources at this website including Mary’s Library.
3. Our monthly Healthy By Choice e-newsletter. (Click here and send us a message if you'd like to receive our e-newsletter)

Finally we are also committed to rewarding our “member customers” with specials and discount coupons only available to those who are enrolled in the HBC Customer Rewards Plan. Stop by the store and ask a staff member to sign you up for our Rewards Plan. You'll be glad you did.

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Healthy by Choice Health Tips
Beeswax candles for a clean, slow burn
Before you light the candles for your next romantic dinner, consider what those candles are made of. Most candles are made of paraffin—a petroleum byproduct. Instead, choose 100 percent beeswax candles. They’re naturally scented, contain no additives, and are cheaper to burn than paraffin candles because they burn slower.

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