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Do you or someone you love suffer from allergies?

Some are brought on by specific seasons or by just coming into contact with a certain substance. Allergies affect an estimated 37,786,541 people in North America alone! That's a staggering amount. Many people don't completely understand what causes their allergies or what they can do to keep the reactions from recurring.

Allergies are an abnormal immune system response to things that are typically harmless. When you are allergic to something, your immune system mistakenly believes that this substance is harmful to your body.

In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system produces IgE (Immunoglobulin E) antibodies to protect against the allergen. Those antibodies then cause cells in the body to release chemicals into the bloodstream, one of which is histamine.

The histamine then attacks the eyes, nose, throat, lungs, or skin and causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction. Future exposure to that same allergen will trigger this antibody's response again. This means that every time you come into contact with that allergen, you'll have an allergic reaction.

Suede Hills Certified Organic Alfalfa is an all natural choice to combat and even eliminate allergies due to it's amazing detoxifying effects. Alfalfa helps to cleanse the blood, thus ridding your bloodstream of the histamines that are causing the allergic reaction.

Stay Healthy on Vacation

As it becomes colder outside many are thinking of having a vacation somewhere warmer. Before you go you should make sure that you're ready for anything! When you go on a trip you may not be eating as healthily as you usually do which can cause your body to react poorly.

To stay healthy on the road and during your vacation we have a few tips!

  • Try to pack some 'healthy snacks' so that you won't stop and get pre packaged gas station snacks or stop at a fast food restaurant. It's wonderful for your body and your wallet will thank you for it!
  • When you get to your destination watching what you eat is a good idea. Often times when it is vacation time people eat more than usual or eat more junk food because they don't have a kitchen. Be sure to eat vegetables even when you are on vacation. Eating healthy will help keep your body's alkalinity and immune system up to par.

Purchase Suede Hills Healthy Away From Home Package online today!

As September comes to a close we are quite busy at the farm!

We harvested the last of the Alfalfa just a few days ago. We have pretty much finished the Stevia as well, it is sitting in our big greenhouse to dry. It's been fairly warm and sunny but today it's cold and cloudy! We'll have to wait a little longer for more sun so that our leaves can dry!

We will be starting on the Olive Leaf soon but not today it's much too cold, windy, and it seems to be threatening that it may rain.

Key to Longevity

What is pH you ask?

If you've talked to anyone at Suede Hills Organic Farm you know that we're very dedicated to telling absolutely everyone to check their pH.

Let's look at it this way. When you put wood into a fire and you let it burn out you're left with ash. The food you put in your body is the 'wood' and what's left after your stomach acid digests it is the 'ash'. Depending on what foods you eat your body is either acidic (below 7.0) or alkaline (7.35 or above).

ph chart

Why is this important?

Being too far on either side of 7.4 is bad for your body, as causes sickness and disease.

The body works best when it is at the pH 7.4 or higher. Phil keeps his pH at around 8.0 while Cindy has a pH of 7.6 or so. So you like the idea of never getting sick and always having more than enough energy in a day? Here's how you can get your pH up and keep it there. If you are acidic then your body is not working as it should be. For your body to function properly you need to get your body up to 7.4 and keep it there for at least three months. After the three months your body will have repaired everything that was not functioning properly and will no longer be working on your 'back up' of acid.

Ideally, to maintain your pH naturally a raw vegan diet is recommended with a diet made up of of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods. However, if you're not willing to give up your milk, eggs, or meat in general there are several ways you can maintain your pH without giving up your 'comfort food'. Many of our customers and friends do not want to change their diet and decide to take this route. Cutting out processed and boxed foods are a must. If you're eating meat and other acidic foods you need to balance them out with fresh, alkaline foods such as fresh veggies and fruits. Packaged and frozen vegetables and fruits have often been cooked to death and then packaged with nasty chemicals to make them last longer.

Once you have cut out the over processed foods, you need to supplement the minerals that your body is lacking. The body cannot rid itself of acid unless it has minerals. Acid needs a mineral escort to leave the body, so if your body is lacking in minerals the acid can't leave. You can get these minerals from eating a lot of vegetables and fruits along with your regular diet(if you're not raw vegan) or you can take pH Happy Caps to boost your pH to where it should be. Many of our customers use the pH Happy Caps to boost their pH and then they maintain their 7.4 or more with their diet and our Alfalfa Powder which is full of minerals.

If you can't decide what would be best for your body and your lifestyle Phil and Cindy offer Nutritional Life Counseling in which they help you examine your life and decide how you can become alkaline and still have a 'normal' life/social life!

As always if you have any questions please feel free to contact us!

Do You Know What is in Your Personal Care Products?

Chances are that even if you read the ingredients list you wouldn't know much more than you did before! We have chosen two very common personal care products that contain some unsavory chemicals.


Our first personal care product is toothpaste.

The most common chemical in toothpaste is Fluoride. This chemical is a KNOWN poison, that's why the back of your toothpaste says 'If large amount is swallowed call poison control centre'.

Fluoride can corrode the tooth enamel, when swallowed can lead to Crohn's disease, can cause dental fluorosis, arthritis, and causes allergic reactions. Triclosan is used as an antimicrobial and has been shown to promote the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, interfere with thyroid hormones, and the American Medical Association suggests that consumers should check product ingredients for this chemical under the names Triclosan, tricocarban, quaternary ammonium, and microban.


Shampoo is our second most common personal care product that most people use. A very common chemical for this is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) which is sometimes referred to as 'derived from coconut' but don't be fooled, it is chemically produced!

SLS degenerates cell membranes and can change genetic information in cells(mutagenic) and can damage the immune system. It also causes eye irritation, skin rashes, hair loss, dandruff and allergic reactions. Diethylene Glycol (DEG) is often used in shampoo, these ethylene glycol groups are carcinogenic, toxic, easily absorbed through the skin, and mutagenic. FD &C Blue No. 1&2 which are artificial colouring dyes that are derived from crude oil, and synthesized from petroleum. These dyes can trigger a number of behavioural, comprehension, and health issues. They can also cause severe allergic reactions, asthma, headaches, nausea, fatigue, nervousness, and cancer.


Do you use Deodorant or an Antiperspirant? If you do then these are the chemicals to watch for.  Ethanol, which is on the EPA's Hazardous Waste List, is commonly used in deodorants. This chemical can create fatigue, can be irritating to the eyes and upper respiratory tract even in low concentrations.

Shaving Cream

Shaving Cream is a common personal care product you see in almost everyone's house. This shaving facilitator is filled with chemicals. One common chemical is Isobutane, which is used as a propellant, It is a suspected neurotoxicant and its use is banned in cosmetics by the EU. Another very common chemical in shaving cream is Acetic Acid which is toxic to the skin. Keep an eye out for Butylated Hydroxytoluene as well as it has been been identified as a suspected neurotoxin as well as a skin or sense organ toxin.

Gel / Hair Products

The last most common personal care product is gel/hair products. Hair products often contain Sodium Lauryl Suflate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS): Both of these are cheap, harsh detergents. These sulfates are generally derived from petroleum and often cause eye irritation, scalp irritation and tangled hair. Also watch out for Parabens (methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl): Parabens are added to hair products because they act as preservatives. Unfortunately, parabens are also estrogenic and disruptive of normal hormone function. Exposure to these parabens has been linked to Breast Cancer. Parabens are also known to cause allergic and skin reactions. The last and probably most common to watch for is Synthetic Colors & Dyes: Colors & Dyes are commonly used to make products look pretty. Colors & Dyes are created from coal tar and may deposit toxins onto the skin, which can cause irritation. Research has shown that nearly all synthetic colors and dyes are carcinogenic. Check your label for something that looks like this: FD&C Red No.6 or D&C No.6.

Avoiding these chemicals when you buy your personal care products is a great start on cutting out the unsavory chemicals that are put into our prepackaged products. You may want to look for 100% natural alternatives, as most of the big companies cut costs by using these and other chemicals because they are cheap.

Is our disconnection from the earth endangering our health?

The discovery of the importance of being grounded for the human body maybe one of the most significant of our time. Humans are electrical beings, every function of our body relies on our electrical fields.

When our bodies are connected with the earth's electrical fields it regulates our body's functions by sharing electrons and electrical fields. Studies have proven time and time again that when a person is grounded they not only sleep deeper and more fully, but they have a reducing of chronic pains such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, stiffness in the morning and many other problems.

Want to learn more about being grounded? Call our Toll Free Number 1-877-682-1188

Want to be Healthy? Here's What You Need to Do

Okay, so many people are trying different diets, or are practically starving themselves to lose a couple of pounds. What people don't realize is that these diets are only a short term solution and they usually eventually gain the weight back. If you truly want to be healthy you need to do a few things.

  • kaleTo truly be healthy you must make a few changes to your diet. I know this is cliche but eat your veggies! You mother always said it, and guess what. She was right! The more greens you eat the healthier you will be. Kale, spinach, alfalfa, broccoli, asparagus, whatever it is...green is good for you!
  • The next thing to do on your road to a healthier lifestyle is to not eat so much meat be it red or white. We are raw vegans and eat no meat, yet we are healthy and happy. Want to know how? We eat alfalfa every day, we put two Tablespoons of our Organic Alfalfa into our breakfast every morning (we also eat it for lunch). Alfalfa is really a good source of not only protein but also many minerals and vitamins. You don't need to eat meat at all, but if you're making a small step you will want to cut back on your meat consumption.
  • Finally, if you're looking to live a healthy lifestyle and lose weight because of that you need to cut out all processed foods from your diet. Chips, sodas, frozen meals all have one thing in common. They have been processed to death. Almost literally as most of them have near 0 nutritional value. Not to mention all the preservatives and artificial flavourings and colourings! They're just plain not good for you.

So if you're trying to keep that New Year's Resolution, or you just want to be healthier you should eat more greens, eat less or no meat, and try to not eat so many processed foods.

It's just that simple!

Cancer Prevention Presentation

Listen to Suede Hill Organic Farm's Presentation at the 2011 Cancer Prevention Forum in Abbotsford! Learn how to keep your body healthy, and keep sickness and disease at bay.


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