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Dangers of Shampoo & Conditioner

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In washing your hair a Hot Shower Opens Up Pores in Your Skin and May Make it Easier for Toxins To Enter Your Body and when toxins are absorbed through your skin, they bypass your liver and enter your bloodstream and tissues – with absolutely no protection whatsoever.

5 Potentially Toxic Ingredients Found in Most Shampoos and Conditioners to avoid:

Toxic Ingredient #1: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

This is the same ingredient used in car washes and garages as a degreasing agent which is what produces the foam and lather in your shampoo

Toxic Ingredient #2: Dioxane

In the medical journal Cancer’s 2007 review of mammary carcinogens, dioxane was identified as one of the 216 chemicals which was linked to breast cancer in rodents.

Toxic Ingredient #3: Diethanolamine or DEA

Shampoos have the highest concentrations.  This is a big problem because DEA seems to block absorption of the nutrient choline, which is vital to brain development.

Toxic Ingredient #4: MSG

MSG, short for monosodium glutamate, is also more than likely in your shampoo, often secretly hidden and referred to as amino acids, yeast extract, nayad, glutamic acid, or glutamates.  According to the FDA, MSG which is also in a lot of foods has side effects include: numbness, burning sensations, tingling, facial pressure, headaches, nausea, drowsiness and weakness, among other problems.

Toxic Ingredient #5: Propylene Glycol

Found in engine coolants, antifreeze, airplane de-icers, tire sealants, rubber cleaners, polyurethane cushions, paints, adhesives, enamels and varnishes, and in many products as a solvent or surfactant.

Check your product labels for these terms:

•Propylparaben

•Parahydroxybenzoic acid

•Parahydroxybenzoate

•Methylparaben

•Ethylparaben

•Butylparaben

•Benzyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid

•Methyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid

•Ethyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid

•Propyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid

•Butyl-parahydroxybenzoic acid

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Food Pesticides

Pesticides in Produce

foodSooo I think by now we all know that our produce is bombarded with countless pesticides (aka poisons) in order to rid our plentiful fields of those “pesky” insects. Well in spraying those pesticides down it has now become a part of the very food you are eating…it kills the bugs and is now essentially killing your organs…perrrrrffffeeecccttt! So in trying to make our lives healthier and our food better for our bodies here’s what we suggest!!

Buy these Organic (Dirty Dozen- Highest in Pesticides):
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Apples
Bell Peppers
Blueberries
Celery
Cucumbers
Green beans
Grapes
Kale/Greens
Lettuce
Nectarines
Peaches
Potatoes
Strawberries
Spinach

**If you cannot afford to buy organic then spray all produce with 50/50 mix of vinegar & water, let set for 15 minutes or soak in a bucket of vinegar and water then rinse off along with any dirt on produce**

Lowest in Pesticides (Clean Fifteen):

Asparagus
Cabbage
Cantaloupe
Corn
Eggplant
Grapefruit
Mangoes
Mushrooms
Onions
Pineapples
Plums
Sweet Peas
Sweet Potatoes
Watermelon
Winter Squash

**Fruits should be the size of your fist and not much larger. The huge fruits are GMO (genetically modified organisim)

Soon to come….as requested by a good friend, a Grocery List! of essentially the same foods you already buy but without all those harmful chemicals!!! or things you cant pronounce… Yayyyy!

reference:  http://greenplanetethics.com/wordpress/pesticides-in-food-the-dirty-dozen-foods-list-plus-safest-food-to-buy-2012/

DIY- Rid Your Life of all Those Chemicals

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Make Your Own or Buy Natural

Ever look on the back of your household cleaners or detergents at the ingredients and are not able to pronounce a single one? I mean forget even knowing what they are, where it came from, or what its doing to your body.  The scary part is we use multiple products like these on a daily basis… Here are a few natural alternatives…

General Cleaning – Use Vinegar and water mixture (1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water) in spray bottle to clean most things in your house (counter tops, tubs, showers, windows, carpet stains).  The vinegar smell dissipates but if you want you can add a few drops of lemon essential oil for a better smell.

Bathroom/Shower/Toilet – remove stains, add baking soda, spray with vinegar solution and scrub with brush.

Laundry – Can buy natural detergent and use borax powder as a booster cleaner.  Or you can make your own detergent (I tried that but I am still experimenting).

Laundry Rinse Cycle – Add from a ¼ to ½ cup baking soda into the water (not on the clothes so it doesn’t clump) in the rinse cycle and put in the dryer for very soft and cling free clothes (no need for dryer sheets which contain toxic harsh chemicals).  Or you can add vinegar with a few drops of essential oil into the rinse cup of your washer for soft cling free clothes when drying.

Dish soap – use all natural with oils and without chemicals.

Toothpaste – make your own and avoid bad chemicals and fluoride in all commercial toothpaste. Use 50/50 mix of baking soda & coconut oil.  Baking soda is a mild abrasive for cleaning and coconut oil which is antibacterial and antifungal and is excellent for your gums.   Can add a few drops of essential oil of spearmint or peppermint.  Keep in glass container with lid.  Coconut oil is liquid above 76 degrees and solid below so mixture can change consistency with weather.

Deodorant – Haven’t tried to make any but try to minimally use a deodorant without aluminum, this gets absorbed right into your sweat glands.

Bar Soaps – use castile all natural soap or Ivory is next best.

Let us know how yours turned out! or other DIYs!

Health Tips

Your Overall Health

Keep your metabolism alkaline and not acidic which causes disease.  You can take a self-test with PH pool strips, put a strip on your tongue and/or urine.  Blue = alkaline, Red = Acidic

Good health starts with your gut – keep cleansed including your kidneys, liver and colon.  Taking probiotics is helpful.

Avoid as many chemicals as possible in all products to include food, drinks, health and beauty products, cleaners, etc.

Our digestive systems cannot filter out chemicals even trace amounts add up.  If you can’t pronounce the ingredients try to avoid use of that product.  Do a detox on your system.  One way is using Diatomaceous Earth (DE) on a daily basis or can try other methods.

The skin is our largest organ and is one of the primary ways toxins get into your body –  soaps, lotions, shampoo, conditioner, makeup, cleaners, environmental pollution, dyes from new clothes, (sunscreen is really bad) etc. absorb into the skin as toxins.  Sweating is a good way to clean your pores and avoid using as many products as possible with chemicals on your skin.

Keep your immune system healthy with correct diet, vitamins, supplements and exercise this is key to good health.

Our digestive enzymes degrease in functionality as we age and the nutrition from the foods we eat do not absorb as well.  Taking digestive enzymes will help when eating hard to digest foods like meats and starches.  Eating raw vegetables are natural enzymes to our systems so eating lots of salads is beneficial.

Drinks

Water – Most water contains chlorine (which is acidic), fluoride, bacteria, pesticides, drugs and cysts. It is very important to only drink purified water.  Better purification systems are carbon filtered and ozinated.  Most bottled water is not good, it usually is just unfiltered tap water.

Add lemon or lime to your water while drinking. Even though this fruit is considered acidic, it will alkalize your water.

Green tea is very beneficial to drink and is high in antioxidants (use stevia to sweeten if needed)

Try to avoid soda’s, Gatorade, and high sugar juices and other sweetened drinks.

Food

Eat fresh organic fruit and vegetables, wild caught (not farm raised) fish, and poultry meats raised range free, no hormones, etc.  Stay away from processed foods as much as possible and read all ingredients.

Eat moderate amounts of beef and pork as it is very hard on the digestive system.

Eat dark chocolate about 3 to 4 squares daily of at least 65% dark cacao for the flavonoids which helps blood circulation and helps for a healthy heart.

Reading Ingredient Labels – They are listed in the order or their proportion, the first 3 ingredients matter the most.  Don’t be fooled by fancy-sounding herbs or other ingredients that appear very far down the list as these are miniscule.

Look for words like “sprouted” or “raw” to indicate higher quality foods.  Don’t be fooled by the word “wheat” only “whole grain and wheat flour” is a healthful form of wheat flour.

Avoid as much sugars as possible in all foods (sucrose, high fructose, corn syrup, brown sugar, dextrose) it contributes to all types of diseases.  Alcoholic drinks are high in sugar.

Sodium Nitrate is a dangerous cancer causing ingredient to avoid.  This is found in lunchmeat, hotdogs, bacon, sausage, etc. (you can find some without nitrates though).  Also try to avoid when possible Gluten, preservatives, red dye, MSG or Yeast Extract (this is a trick word for MSG).

Try to avoid buying and eating foods with ingredients that you cannot pronounce, there are too many bad ingredients to list so the “fewer ingredients the better”.  Watch deceiving labels – Products that claim “All Natural” are not necessarily true.  Companies are allowed to put labels on things that do not hold up.  They do not have to list all chemicals or anything less than 1% in your food.

Suggested Substitutes

Pink Himalayan Salt (contains many minerals your body uses) or Celtic Sea Salt (has to say Celtic) instead of iodized salt (has no nutrition)

Butter instead of margarine or other spreads to avoid chemicals

Olive oil and Coconut oil for cooking and eating

Stevia (not the pure via) instead of sugar and artificial sweeteners which contains aspartame.  If you have to use an artificial sweetener Splenda is a little better of a choice.

Supplements

Be sure to buy and use only good brands that are certified and organic such as NSF Org, USDA Organic, etc.

Only buy from Vitamin Stores, Grocery Stores or Online – buying from drug stores & big box stores like Walmart mainly carry synthetic supplements that your body won’t absorb and many are made by drug companies that are no good.

Buying liquid supplements over pills is absorbed better into your system.  Or taking Chia Seed (in gel form) helps the absorption of vitamins and supplements.

See spreadsheet on information of supplements and what is considered superfoods such as Chia Seed, Chlorella and Spirulina.

**Top 3 recommended nutritional supplements – Vitamin D-3, Astaxanthin, Fish Oil

NOTE:  I have researched many products and continue to do so as it can be a grueling and confusing process.  No sooner do you find and use something that you think is good and some research comes up saying the opposite.  There are so many deceptive products out there it is hard to know unless you take the time (which most do not have) to research products.

If you would like to know about the brands that we use or certain products, let me know and I will give you any information that I have.  Not to say they are all the perfect choices but I am still working on that.

I buy a lot of items from Vitacost.com they have really good prices but also shop at other places as well.  As I continue to research I may change where I shop.

Alternative Medicine

Think about using alternative ways for healing – Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Pressure Point therapy, Massage Therapy, Holistic Doctor, Naturopathic Doctor

These types of doctors look for the root of the cause of illness and try to cure instead of covering up by prescribing drugs.

There are many types or alternative medical facilities to help cure diabetes, cancer, and other diseases through natural healing processes.

Avoiding treatments that have high ratios of compromising your immune system to prevent your body to heal such as Chemotherapy (derived from mustard gas, it’s true research it), Radiation,  CT Scans, MRI, X-Rays, Mammograms all have high amounts of radiation to our bodies so avoiding as much as possible is helpful.  There are alternative means!

Indoor Air Quality

Try to air out your home as much as possible with windows open instead of recirculated air from a/c and heat.

Using many live plants indoors helps to clean the air but only specific types of plants. There are twelve that were researched by NASA to have the best clean air quality – Spider plants, Peace Lily, Corn Plant, Dracaena plants, English Ivy, Golden Pothos, Bamboo or Reed Palm, Snake Plant to name a few.

Salt Lamps – Himalayan & Persian- helps to eliminate Allergens,  gives off negative ions to restore and neutralize air quality, may help reduce electromagnetic frequency from surrounding things in our home and offices like PC’s, Cell phones, Microwaves, etc.

Other Things to Avoid As Much as Possible

Cookware – do not use Teflon coated pans or aluminum, the chemicals leach into your food in cooking. Instead use stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic, enamel or glass for baking

Microwave cooking is discouraged as it changes the food molecules in the cooking process and food loses most nutritional value, suggested to cook on stove top, in the oven, etc.  If grilling do not char your food as it is carcinogenic.

Do not store or heat foods in Styrofoam or cheap plastic containers with PBA’s  very  dangerous

Avoid products made in China as much as possible – they have low or no standards to adhere to (food, personal hygiene products, cookware, clothes,  furniture that contains formaldehyde)

Taking Your Health into Your Own Hands

It usually isn’t until we become ill that we go to the doctor and have them try and detect what is wrong with us.  We depend on our doctors to give us something to fix our problem and then go on with our lives.  Unfortunately for those of us that develop a disease things get more complicated and life becomes more limited for us.  Again we go to the doctor try to get diagnosed, have them give us some medicine and go on back to our normal lifestyle that we have all come to like and are comfortable with.

Change is very hard for most of us as we become comfortable with the ways we were taught and grew up with.  We in turn teach what we have learned to our children and so on.  While your health is good, life is good.  When your health turns bad, slight suffering can start and even turn into total misery especially if your doctors cannot help you.

We can be treated like experiments, “try some of this drug, if that doesn’t work we have 2 dozen more you can try”. Then after you go through multiple side effects to find the right drug that may help you, this is what you take for long periods of time.  The doctors do not know which drug is right for you anymore then you do because we are each so individualized.  Some doctors give you the newest medicine or the drug of the month being pushed by the pharmaceutical companies.

Our doctors see thousands of patients and only have limited time to try and determine how they can help you quickly so they can get to the next patient.  You wait hours for a 10 minute visit with the doctor if you are so lucky and usually need to return many times for additional testing and follow ups. (back into that waiting room!)

Medical doctors are good in many ways as they are highly educated more than the rest of us but mainly in the medicine aspect of things.  There is no question that there are some really good doctors and benefits for some drugs.  But there are not too many doctors that care to go into any detail or instruction about diet, nutrition and supplements.

If you want to take the path of healing naturally seek out doctors that are Holistic, Naturopathic, Acupuncture or Chiropractor.   These are the doctors that know the different techniques to find the “core of the problem” and heal you from the inside out.  They do not cover up the symptoms with medications like many medical doctors.

I have tried to condense some information on what I have researched that has been recognized to help with our long term health.  We have found that it is pretty hard and very time consuming to try to be so precise on everything and we do the best we can to stick with the better choices.  We do go off track from time to time but just remember that any little bit that you do in making better choices will help to better health.

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