May 10th, 2013
Yet another great product! I am not usually a fan of peel masks but this one is miraculous! It cleans pores so well and makes them almost invisible – an effect that lasts for almost an entire week!
It is made with NO parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, phthalates, triclosan and GMOs.
What it is made with is Viniferine, a natural compound from the sap of grape vines, brightens, lightens, and evens the complexion. According to Caudalie, it is 62 times more effective than vitamin C.
May 7th, 2013
A recent report by Women’s Voices for the Earth found that allergic reactions and sensitivity to chemicals in fragrances are more common than previously suspected. Released in February, Secret Scents: The Allergens Hiding in Your Scented Products found that fragrance is one of the most frequently identified allergens, with potentially tens of millions of people (including children) in the U.S. allergic to one or more everyday fragrance additives used in common household and personal care products, ranging from laundry detergent to body lotion. Despite the staggering number of people affected, it is almost impossible for these individuals to avoid specific ingredients in fragrances because under current U.S. law, companies are not required to disclose the chemicals that make up a scent. The E.U. requires that the 26 most common fragrance allergens be disclosed in personal care and household product for sale. The list is here.
What kind of allergies and reactions can fragrance ingredients cause? Apart from the most common, “classic” allergic symptoms such as headaches, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes and dizziness, skin reactions (including contact dermatitis and eczema) have become extremely common in the last few decades, especially in children. For some people, including me, some allergies can be so bad that no fragrance can be tolerated. One whiff is enough for me – I will get a headache immediately.
What products contain fragrances? Almost everything! Apart from the obvious perfumes, laundry detergents, soaps, body lotions, candles, magazine inserts – you name it, it may have a fragrance additive to make it more “attractive.”
Can you avoid fragrances in general? Yes. Read the labels of everything you buy and make sure it contains no fragrances at all. For some people, natural-based fragrances derived from essential oils cause no reactions, for others, all fragrances, even natural ones are a no-no.
May 2nd, 2013
Both Healthy Child Healthy World and Dr. Oz have talked about the benefits of taking your shoes off at the door before entering your home. I could not agree more – and here are some of the reasons why:
- We track approximately 85-percent of the dirt in our homes in from the outside
- This dirt we bring in on the soles of our shoes contains a combination of the following: germs, lead dust, pesticides, industrial toxins, animal feces, animal urine, dust mites, allergens, and dangerous chemicals
- A University of Arizona study discovered that the outsides of shoes contain an average of 421,000 bacteria
It is so easy to eliminate these undesirables from your home – simply take off your shoes before you enter your home.
Besides, it’s good for your feet and a good excuse to buy some great socks or slippers. For your toddlers and kids, try non-skid socks from Sticky Socks – now 25% off with Code MAY13.
April 28th, 2013
Kale (or brassica oleracea, part of the acephala group – I think I’ll stick with calling it kale) is a vegetable close to cauliflower, broccoli and other leafy greens within the species. But kale distinguishes itself from the rest of the species by being the best performer among a group of nutrient dense vegetables, thus, offering the the most health benefits. Here are the details:
1. Immune system booster: Kale is an incredible source of immune boosting antioxidants, including carotenoids (both lutein and zeaxantin) and flavanoids, as well as sulforaphane, a potent anti-cancer fighting molecule. Kale also contains indole-3-carbinol, a naturally occurring chemical that is believed to boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.
2. Inflammation fighter: Kale is an effective anti-inflammatory, potentially preventing illnesses such as heart disease.
3. Calcium and iron rich: Although not as great a source of calcium and iron as dairy products or meat if measured by amount or volume consumed, per calorie, kale packs more calcium than milk and more iron than beef. Magnesium and potassium are other minerals in kale.
4. Loaded with fiber: Fiber is a macronutrient needed in our everyday diet. Yet many of us do not consume nearly enough and fiber deficiency is linked to heart disease, digestive disorders, and even cancer. One serving of kale provides about 3 grams of fiber – just over 5% of the daily amount needed.
5. Good source of omega fatty acids: Omega fatty acids are key to our health. A serving of kale contains 121 mg of omega-3 fatty acids (known as alpha-linolenic acid) and 92.4 mg of omega-6 fatty acids (known as linoleic acid).
So go ahead, have some kale! How does it taste best? You can eat it raw as or in salad (baby kale works well too), steam and season with salt and pepper, or saute with garlic and a touch of olive oil! Healthy and yummy!
April 25th, 2013
Back in February, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) filed a citizen’s petition with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in effect asking the FDA to amend the federally mandated “standards of identity” for milk and 17 dairy products. These standards govern what ingredients a food product must contain to be marketed and sold under a certain name.
If the request for this amendment is granted, it would authorize the use of artificial, non-nutritive sweeteners, such as aspartame, in these dairy products without requiring appropriate labeling on the packaging.
A number of citizens and organizations have filed a petition (see it here) with the FDA to keep the current rules in place and allow us as consumers (especially for our children) to make informed decisions about what we consume.
Why don’t I want artificial sweeteners in milk an other dairy products? I am generally opposed to artificial ingredients since there is nothing wrong with the naturally occurring foods we consume. Why add chemicals? Also, by adding sweeteners we risk altering the taste preferences of children who will be expecting to have sweeter milk and other dairy products going forward. Do we not have enough illness related to poor diet and excessive consumption of added sugars?
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