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12 Must-haves for women's health

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Healthy must-haves

Winter have you wiped out? If you are like most women, you're ready to shake off the winter blahs and enjoy the vitality of spring. Shedding heavy clothes (and perhaps weight), glowing with health, and feeling energized are on the top of your spring to-do list. The following 12 must-have products for spring will have you feeling healthy, fit and beautiful - and, let's not forget, sexy.

Cor Skincare

Known for its high-end popular silver soap, Cor is introducing a brand new line of silver-based skincare products to complement the company's signature facial cleanser. Aimed at providing women with hassle-free, one-step solutions for fresh, healthy, youthful skin, Cor products – which include the traditional Cor soap plus a new luxurious moisturizer, wrinkle serum and age-defying eye cream – are made with all natural ingredients, namely silver, which is emerging as the industry's best natural anti-bacterial agents. The Cor line of silver skincare products is formulated to leave your skin soft and glowing.

For more information, visit
Cost: Ranges from $14 to $125

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Relastin Eye Silk

It's high time for facial fitness – particularly around your eyes. This skin-firming, wrinkle smoothing eye gel does double duty as a makeup primer and age-defying eye cream thanks to its anhydrous gel formula. A favorite of celeb makeup artists, Relastin Eye Silk will have your eyes looking their best – for spring and every other season! Made with a proprietary Zinc Firming Complex, this silky gel encourages your skin to produce more elastin, making the delicate skin around your eyes look brighter, firmer and less wrinkled. Elastin is the natural connective protein that makes skin spring back and become smooth again after you laugh or smile – so be happy and don't worry about the lines around your eyes.

Visit to order this and the other Relastin skincare products online.
Cost: $69

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Philip Pelusi's P2 hair care

Healthy hair is a result of a healthy diet and a proper hair care routine. Celebrity hairstylist Phillip Pelusi's P2 hair care line – which is ozone- and animal-friendly as well as biodegradable – is just what the limp locked – eco-conscious – lady needs. As you put away your forgiving winter hats and prepare for the new season, rejuvenate and protect your hair with vitamin-rich P2 Brilliant Hair Anti-Frizz and SunGuard. Guaranteed to put luster and life back in your locks, this hair product is a must-have for hair that has been worked and styled hard.

Available for order online at
Cost: $35.95

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Wallaroo Hat

Another way to protect the health of your hair and skin is by wearing a fun – yet chic – spring hat that blocks 97.5 percent of the sun's rays. The Wallaroos are colorful crushable sun hats are made with fabrics tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and offer an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+ (UPF indicates how well a fabric protects the skin from the sun). With 20 styles – including hats for all occasions and visors – in a bright array of colors, you might find buying only one Wallaroo hat quite a challenge.
Available at fine clothing stores, outdoor sports stores and boutiques, you can locate a retailer or order online at
Cost: $36 for hats and $22 for visors

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Wellness H2.0 Water Bottle

If you are an outdoor adventurist, gym goer or simply know the importance of staying hydrated (with purified "safe" water), the Wellness H2.O Water Bottle is for you. It's not only reusable and eco-friendly, the bottle actually purifies and enhances your drinking water using coconut carbon, Japanse volacnic minerals and reduced negative ions. This handy must-have is non-leaching and can replace the equivalent of more than 1,000 plastic water bottles each year. Don't leave home without it.

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Cost: $49.95 for the bottle, $20 for the replacement cartridge

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Coromega Omega-3s

Turned off by fish or the fishy taste of encapsulated fish oil? Good news: You can still get your daily dose of omega-3s and reap the benefits, which include heart- and brain-health, supple skin, anti-inflammation, and a boost to the immune system with Coromega squeeze supplements. Coromega is a premium fish oil that comes in convenient squeeze packets and is available in three delicious – non-fishy – flavors: orange, orange-chocolate, and lemon-lime. Each packet delivers a fruity-tasting 2,000 milligrams of fish oil, including 650 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, 350 milligrams of EPA and 230 milligrams of DHA (EPA promotes heart health and DHA supports brain health). New Coromega products include Healthy Heart Omega-3 and CoQ10.

Coromega is available at health food stores, vitamin retailers, supermarkets, and online – visit for more information and additional omega-3-rich products.
Cost: $21.99 for 30 packets or $39.99 for 90 packets

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Bear Naked Fit All Natural Granola

Since you are readying to bare more skin, making healthy food choices is key in getting you spring-worthy. Bear Naked Fit – a scrumptious granola with 3 grams of sugar and less than 3 grams of fat - is an all natural better-for-you breakfast and snack option that is designed for an active lifestyle (only 110 calories per 1/4 cup!). Not only do the triple berry crunch and vanilla almond crunch flavors come in re-sealable pouches that you can take on-the-go, Bear Naked Fit was also voted "All-star Granola, Lowest in Sugar" by Shape magazine. You can spend your time counting calories or stock up on Bear Naked Fit and spend your calories doing things that count.

Bear Naked Fit – and other Bear Naked products – are available at health food stores and supermarkets nationwide. Visit for more information.
Cost: $4.50 per 12-ounce pouch

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Attune Probiotic Bars

Digestive and immune health are high priority among women and an adequate daily dose of probiotics can help. Attune Probiotic Wellness Bars – available in a delicious array of chocolate and granola varieties – are formulated with all natural ingredients, prebiotics (a form of fiber), and three different certified probiotic strains to deliver more calcium and fiber and five times the live, active cultures of yogurt. The Attune chocolate bars range from 80 to 100 calories while the granola bars come in at about 170 calories. Ideal for packing in your purse or gym bag as you head out the door.

Available at health food stores, supermarkets and other retailers. Visit for more information.
Cost: $1.60 per bar or $37 for a case of 28 bars

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Employee Vita Supplements

Just because you have spring fever doesn't mean you can call in sick to work – at least not every day – and to ensure that you don't actually get sick on those "play days," Employee Vita is a line of supplements that provide at least 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and minerals, increased B-vitamins and antioxidants, along with a special proprietary
blend of herbs specially formulated for different types of jobs, such as teachers, nurses, firefighters and more. The special blends differ for each occupation to specifically help fight job-related issues like stress, joint pain, skin conditions, and immunity. Employee Vita takes the guesswork out of staying healthy so you can spend your spring illness-free.

Available online at
Cost: $24.99 to $44.99 for 60 tablets

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If you do happen to catch a nasty spring cold or suffer from allergies, you can quickly alleviate your sinus pain, congestion and sniffles with SinuCleanse's natural saline solution and neti pot or squeeze bottle. Proven effective to relieve sinus-related symptoms, saline nasal washes can help you manage your cold and hasten your recovery. And even if you don't feel tip-top, SinuCleanse products help you look tip-top because you won't have to rub your nose raw blowing it. For videos on nasal washing and additional information on the benefits, visit

SinuCleanse products are available at pharmacies and other retail locations or for order online.
Cost: $9.99 to $14.99, depending on product

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Natracare Feminine Hygiene Products

While most of the world is focusing on gas guzzlers, plastic shopping bags and light bulbs, Natracare has been tending to another consumable that very few women consider a threat to the environment or their health. Standard feminine hygiene products – in particular sanitary pads or tampons with plastic applicators – are high in plastic and can release toxins into the environment. For women's health as well as the environments, Natracare's products, which include sanitary pads, panty liners, tampons and maternity pads, are made with 100 percent organic cotton, are biodegradable and totally chlorine-free, and made from sustainable and renewable resources.

Natracare products are available at natural food stores and upscale pharmacies and supermarkets (you can also find them online at various eco-product websites). For more information or to find a retailer near you, visit
Cost: Prices vary, check with your local or online retailer

Natracare Feminine Hygiene Products


Sliquid Organics Lubricant

Enjoy being intimate but not enjoying the irritation – or chemicals – from standard sexual lubricants? Sliquid Organics offers women a healthier choice with their glycerine-free and paraben-free water-based lubricants – available in a natural warming formula, natural formula, and a natural formula for women with sensitivities. Even better, Sliquids are blended with certified organic botanical extracts that are believed to heal and support a woman's body. Not only do these personal lubricants deliver a slippery pleasure, they help your body feel the natural sensations of skin to skin contact, heightening your intimate experiences and allowing you to unleash your passions. For every woman who cares about her sexual health, Sliquids are a must to have in your nightstand drawer.

Visit to find a local retailer or web retailer.
Cost: $12.99 for 4.2-ounce bottle or $19.99 for 8.5-ounce bottle

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