Archive for October, 2011

October 27, 2011

Why Do We All Need To Shop Local?

Shop smarl. Shop local.Why Do We All Need To Shop Local?…

1.  You will keep dollars in our local economy. For every $100 you spend at one of our local businesses, $68 will stay in the community. Shop online and $0.00 stays in the community. Online shopping may save a couple bucks but it can do big damage to the local economy.

2. You create local jobs. Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.

3. You help the environment. Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe, because we stand behind them.

4. You nurture community. We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains. Chains tend to support national organizations.

5. You conserve your tax dollars. Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our community. Also, spending locally instead of online ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong – right here in our community.

6. You create more choice. Merchants pick the items they sell based on what they know you’ll like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because they buy for their own individual market.

7. You take advantage of our expertise. You are our neighbors and friends, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?

8. You invest in entrepreneurship. Creativity and entrepreneurship are what the American economy is founded upon. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.

9. You made us a destination. The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbors, visitors, and guests. This benefits everyone!

10. You embrace what makes us unique. You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in the U.S., so why would you want your community to look that way?

Baums is a proud member of the 3/50 project. Visit their website,, and find other useful information about shopping locally and the huge impact it has on where we live! We’re all in this together so help spread the word!

October 6, 2011

Could Olive Leaf Extract be the answer you were looking for?

Benefits of Olive Leaf Extract

Mediterranean’s for years claimed to have healthier hearts, as well as lower cases of heart disease and cholesterol problems due to their consumption of olive oil. Well, animal studies have backed up their claim, meaning similar to olive oil, olive leaf extract is good for the heart. Put simply, animal studies show that olive leaf extract can lower high blood pressure and reduce high levels of blood cholesterol.

Research also suggests that olive leaf extract is a potent fighter against disease. In fact, the herb is highly prized by many natural medicine experts for its ability to boost a weakened immune system. More specifically, olive leaf extract has the ability to act as a natural pathogens killer, which include bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and others the like.

So, how does olive leaf extract work as a natural pathogens killer?

It can destroy many pathogens (viruses, fungi, bacteria, etc.) by interfering with their ability to replicate, which prevents them from spreading. In addition, some experts claim that olive leaf extract also helps to destroy viruses by stimulating the body’s immune system to produce more disease-fighting cells.  As such, olive leave extract is thought to be effective in helping the body to routinely combat numerous pathogens as well as help restore a flagging immune system.

The benefits of olive leaf extract is commonly used to fight colds and flu as well as to help fight yeast infections, and viral infections such as the hard-to-treat Epstein-Barr disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, shingles and herpes.

In fact, physicians have reported that chronic fatigue and fibromylagia sufferers are often helped by olive leaf extract. People with these conditions have reported that olive leaf extract boosted their energy, lifted their sprits, and provided them with a stronger sense of well-being within one month of taking olive leaf extract supplements.

But wait, there are more benefits of olive leaf extract … This herbal wander also harbors antioxidant properties that help protect the body from the continuous onslaught of free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, which are highly reactive chemical substances that can cause cellular damage within the body if left unchecked.

Olive Leaf Extract Side Effects and Precautions

Sometimes good things do come with a small price. Although the benefits of olive leaf extract are substantial, in some chronic cases, there may be a quick and somewhat adverse reaction often called a detox reaction. This is due to the liver, kidneys, intestines, and skin may become overburdened as the body begins to deal with dead microbes.

If you experience common reactions such as fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle and joint aches, pimples, rashes, and flu-like symptoms the benefits of olive leaf extract is actually working and these reactions are a good sign.

To help reduce reaction symptoms you may want to try drinking at least four cups of water between doses. If the side effects of olive leaf extract persist, reduce dosage or stop taking it all together for a short period of time allowing the body to eliminate the toxins and dead microbes.

Stop in to Baum’s to pick up your Olive Leaf Extract by Solaray. It’s on sale for 30% off this month!

It is important that you consult a qualified health care provider before taking any dietary and/or herbal supplements, especially if you have a health condition and/or are on medications.

As with all herbal supplements, refrain from use if you are pregnant or nursing.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.