Are You Addicted to Negative News?

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The media we consume daily has an impact on our thinking, behavior and emotions. Given the sensational nature of the 24-hour news cycle, most media outlets end up reporting on crises,  disasters or other stories that are likely to shock and draw in readers and viewers. Our brain responds to this stressful or negative news as a threat and our sympathetic nervous system kicks into fight or flight mode, producing stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Recurrent exposure to this stress can impact both our physical and mental health and cause symptoms like headaches, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Negative news […] Read more »

Why You Should Switch to Non-Toxic Deodorant Today

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Did you know one of the most harmful chemicals that both men and women put on their bodies is deodorant? Deodorant is a product that inhibits your body’s natural secretion of toxins. An  antiperspirant and deodorant will clog your skin follicles so that you’re not able to sweat as much as your body requires. On top of inhibiting your body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying process, deodorants and antiperspirants also release tons of harmful chemicals into our bodies. Let’s take a look at the list of chemical ingredients in an average deodorant: Aluminum Compounds- Aluminum is the ingredient in antiperspirants that […] Read more »

Pet Toxins

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Do you know exactly what’s in your pets beds? On average, dogs and cats sleep 12-18 hours per day, it’s important to properly research the materials used to make dog and cat beds. In pet beds, there are a number of harmful chemicals that can be present such as flame retardants, hormone disrupting substances, VOCs, pesticide residues and more. Not only are they cheaply made but most fiber, foam and synthetic pet beds are produced with toxic chemicals like arsenic, formaldehyde, lead and mercury. Due to the significantly lower quality standards in China, the toxic fillers used slowly pollute your […] Read more »

Makeup Toxins

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There is no law in the US that requires the Food and Drug Administration to approve cosmetics. This means that other than color additives, cosmetics can contain a number of dangerous chemicals with no regulation. When a person uses cosmetics, their skin absorbs chemicals, which can then enter the bloodstream. People might also inhale powders or ingest some cosmetics (using lip products etc.) Here is a list of the top chemicals you need to avoid in makeup. Talc can be found in blushes, eye shadows and bronzers. It poses a health risk due to possible contamination with asbestos (a known […] Read more »

Dryer Sheet and Fabric Softener Toxins

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It’s hard to believe that out of all household cleaning products, the chemicals in dryer sheets and fabric softeners are considered to be among the most toxic. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are made up of pernicious chemicals combined with a hefty dose of fragrance. Some of the most harmful ingredients include the following: Benzyl Acetate (linked to pancreatic cancer) Benzyl Alcohol (an upper respiratory tract irritant) Ethanol (linked to central nervous system disorders) Limonene (a known carcinogen) Chloroform (a neurotoxin and carcinogen) The chemicals in dryer sheets get released into the air when they are heated up in the […] Read more »

Wind Down Evening Routine, For Your Health

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Tranquility, peacefulness, relaxation; the state of being free from tension and anxiety is something we all want. Choosing to make healthy decisions in your life can start with baby steps such as an evening routine. The goal with an evening routine is restful sleep, overall health and wellbeing. Bad evening habits will tarnish the quality of your sleep and impair the prosperity of your next day. Remember, each person’s routine is personal and customizable, don’t create a routine that wasn’t meant for you. Here are some examples of what you could incorporate into your daily evening regimen to bring more tranquility into your life. Read more »

Unexpected COVID Consequences

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Has anyone else noticed that one or two things have changed in our daily lives and in our world since the pandemic arrived? If I dig really deep, I can come up with a few things we do differently. Let’s see... social visits, travel plans and driving routines, how and where we work, shopping online, shopping nervously in person, delayed dental and medical visits, postponed weddings and cancelled events, Zoom-everything – from meetings to memorials, how we dress/shave/bathe, how we eat (and how much) and how we drink (and how much!). Read more »

What’s In Your Shower?

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Everyone these days is striving to keep up with cleanliness. We need to remember that what we put on our bodies is absorbed onto our skin and directly into our cells and can affect our health. Overtime, toxic chemicals can build up causing irreparable damage. All this could be happening in your very own shower. It’s time to take a look at shampoo and soap companies dirty little secrets hiding in their ingredients list on the back of their bottles. Many companies rely on our lack of knowledge to this large vocabulary of chemical names. Read more »

Toothpaste

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Many common brands of toothpaste contain known carcinogens like propylene glycol, sodium saccharin, titanium dioxide, and hydrated silica. The problem with toothpaste can be summed up in one, simple, iconic image: a bluish-white glob, dried stuck to your pearly white bathroom sink. If you let commercial toothpaste sit and dry too long, it gets so hard and stuck to the sink that a paper towel or cloth will not get it off easily and you may have to resort to your fingernail or a scrub brush to get it off. Read more »