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Cooking Healthy Is Not Always About the Food

Using the healthiest brands of cookware can sometimes be an afterthought as people tend to put more emphasis on eating healthier foods over what their food is being prepared on.  Brands of cookware that are non-stick or aluminum have the potential to be harmful if chemicals like Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) get into the body. PFOA is used to coat nonstick cookware and has been linked to male infertility, pregnancy difficulties, high cholesterol, thyroid problems, and even certain cancers. Aluminum cookware has also been linked to health issues including Alzheimer’s. The real concern with brands of cookware that are nonstick is in the original manufacturing where PFOA is used to coat the cookware. Although PFOA is burned off during the process, small amounts may be present in the final product and has the potential to be harmful if it gets into the body....

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Are Vegan Makeup Brands Really Better?

The number of Vegan makeup brands are increasing and are readily available to purchase at big stores like Sephora and Macy's. If you're like me, you really want to know why products with labels such as Vegan are actually better/safer. So, I decided to research why vegan makeup brands are truly better than traditional makeup. For those that don't know, "Vegan" refers to a food, clothing or beauty product that does not contain any animal products. "Vegan-friendly" means that some, if not most, ingredients are Vegan. The main difference between Vegan and traditional makeup is the use of animal by-products, which are never used in Vegan cosmetics. And it turns out, just by not using animal ingredients, Vegan products are actually better for your skin especially if you're someone with sensitive or condition-prone skin. Vegan products are often gentler and safer...

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4 Surprising Benefits of Chlorophyll- Other Than Smelling Better

I can’t speak highly enough about the amazing benefits of Chlorophyll. In fact, I wrote a blog last year about how to use Chlorophyll to kill bad breath and body odor naturally. You can read more about this here. However, Chlorophyll has other wonderful benefits along with making you smell less gamey. Here are 4 benefits of drinking Chlorophyll everyday:1. Appetite SuppressantA 2013 study of overweight women found that the women who were given chlorophyll prior to eating had reduced hunger following meals compared to those that did not consume Chlorophyll. The results suggest drinking Chlorophyll at meal times may be a way to manage hunger and promote weight loss. 2. Stimulates whole-body cleansing – Cancer preventionAs you know, pollution from the environment can be detrimental to one’s health. Toxic metal accumulation in particular can cause serious disability and illness. Chlorophyll...

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2 Ways to Keep Pets Safe this Holiday Season - Prevention is Key

 It is supposed to be the most-wonderful-time-of-the-year so don't ruin your holiday with a sick or even worse, dead, 4-legged family member. It’s easy to forget about our furry friends with all the excitement of family gathering together but it is critical to think about your pets safety ahead of time as many dangers can be avoided. A recent study from the East Midlands region of England found that 79 percent of vets said they saw at least one case of animal poisoning during the season last year.  Chocolate poisoning remains the most common cause of toxic ingestion at Christmas for dogs, with 72 percent of vets seeing at least one case. The study also found there was a spike in raisin or sultana poisoning over the past two years, with 52 percent vets reporting treating a case during last...

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Household Dust Contains a Cocktail of Toxic Chemicals

Our homes are supposed to be our safe havens but scientists have found just the opposite. Researchers analyzed 26 peer-reviewed papers, as well as one unpublished dataset, from 1999 onwards to examine the chemical make-up of indoor dust. The studies covered a wide range of indoor environments, from homes to schools and gymnasiums across 14 states. They published their findings in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal and their results were pretty shocking. The researchers highlighted 45 toxic chemicals in indoor dust, 10 of which were present in 90% or more of the dust samples – these included flame retardants, fragrances and phenols.Household dust that contain toxic chemicals have been linked to an increased risk of health problems, from cancer to infertility. Interestingly, researchers found that although very clean homes can cause allergies/asthma in children due to lack of exposure to microbes, there...

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Concern for Baby Products Goes Farther Than Baby Powder

I am pretty sure you have heard about the high-profile lawsuits focused around the possible link between baby powder and cancer. In particular, more than 4,800 women claim that using talcum-based baby powder for a long period of time for hygiene purposes caused them to get ovarian cancer and some have received significant retribution from Johnson and Johnson. Needless to say, researchers have been working hard to understand exactly the magnitude of health risk talcum-based powders may have on humans and since the science remains spotty, consumers are left to their own judgement whether to discontinue use - making the case for buying natural, organic baby products.Talcum powders contain talc, which consist of moisture-absorbing particles of oxygen, magnesium and silicon. Asbestos, a known carcinogen that sometimes appears in natural talc, was stripped from all commercially used talc in the 1970s,...

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Men, Upgrade Your Daily Routine with These Simple Swaps

I have asked the men in my life what are the key things they think about when buying personal products. The five determining factors they identified were: are quick and easy to apply  won’t irritate skin and cause a rash don’t have a overly strong or feminine scent won’t leave unwanted residue have natural, non-toxic ingredients How AWESOME is it that buying natural, non-toxic products is a key decision maker for men?? It looks like my job here is done, right? Hardly the case but we are on the right track.It’s so great that men are becoming more vocal about what they put on their bodies because many men’s products, including products marketed to teenage boys, contain a slew of unsafe chemicals of concern. Phthalates (used in fragrances) have been found in higher levels in men who use products like...

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10 Ways to Keep Hair Healthy During Any Season

For most of my life I switched up my hair care routine and products depending on which season I was in. However, once I changed my routine to include these 10 habits, my hair stayed healthy and manageable all year around! Like the saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”Our hair can be temperamental like the weather but there are many solutions that will help maintain healthy, well-tamed hair. Here are 10 ways to keep hair healthy during any season.1. Eat More Healthy Fats and Protein – Healthy fats are essentially vitamins for our hair. Coconut, avocado, nuts, seeds and oily fish (if you aren’t vegan) are great for providing essential fatty acids to your hair to strengthen it from the inside out. In fact, you can tell if you are deficient in essential fatty acids if your...

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You’re Not 100% Plant-Based if Essential Oils Aren’t Part of Your Routine

'Tis the season for colds and flu, yippee! It is becoming more apparent that shifting your diet to eating more plant-based foods is known to improve overall health, but did you know that using key parts of plants in concentrated levels topically and via air diffusing can maximize these health benefits? Essential oils are great for boosting immunity and disinfecting surfaces and indoor air. Whether you use EO’s directly on your body, in a diffuser, or use them for cleaning you will enjoy the healing effects and natural scents that can improve mood and provide a safer way to deodorize your home. So, what exactly are essential oils? EO’s are concentrated, liquid plant extracts used for aromatic and wellness purposes. They are called “essential” because they contain the essence of a plant. Essential oils come from a variety of plant...

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Lucy, You’ve Got Some 'Splaining to Do!

Ladies, you are fine the way you are. Repeat this E-V-E-R-Y-D-A-Y. I am all for cause marketing but I have a bone to pick with how feminine products are being pushed. As mentioned in an older blog, The FDA regulates feminine deodorizing sprays, powders, washes, non-medicated douches, and most wipes as “cosmetics” and states they “Must not contain any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to users under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling." Read More: What's really in your feminine care and sexual health products? This looks great on paper however, the reality is it is extremely difficult to find an accurate list of ingredients for many of the feminine hygiene products on the market. I wonder why they make it so hard to find? <<insert face palm>> Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) has...

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