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  • Toxins in Our Fruits and Vegetables

    by Paula Gallagher | January 31, 2017

    cornfieldIn Dr. Pizzorno's new book, The Toxin Solution, he outs the amount of toxins found in "healthy food." Fruits and vegetables can be riddled with pesticides and other chemicals that we ingest, that further harm us. There are three reasons the majority of our food is now ladled with chemicals.

    Synthetic Fertilizers: When industrial farming was introduced 70 years ago, farmers started to become dependent on synthetic fertilizers, which exhausted soil to maximize profits. Phosphates, a major ingredient in synthetic fertilizers, can release high levels of cadmium, a highly toxic metal, into the soil. Even worse, the fertilizers do not replace the trace minerals we need. Read more

  • Reduce Your Toxic Load

    by Paula Gallagher | December 26, 2016

    water-filterA toxic substance is any compound that has an unhealthy effect on cellular structure or function. We encounter toxic chemicals on a daily basis, often without even knowing it. Exposure may come from the food we eat, the water we drink, the clothes we wear, or how we clean our homes and care for our yards. Toxins are everywhere. Even our own bodies produce toxic substances that need disposal. It is important to become aware of common toxins in your environment, take steps to limit exposure, and to increase your body’s natural defenses.

    Examples of common toxins include mercury from silver fillings, chemicals used to make non-stick cookware, Read more

  • 5 Hidden Home Invaders – How to Monitor & Keep Them Out

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | August 2, 2016

    homeBe aware of many common hidden home invaders, and work to monitor and address them wherever possible.

    1. Dust mites – gone!

    These creepy looking microscopic critters feed on dander from pets and humans and produce proteins that give us allergies. Warm, wet conditions can make them multiply.

    Reduce temperature and humidity to help reduce dust mites. Dust mites love warm, humid conditions above 70F, and the National Institutes of Health recommends that for effective control, you should keep relative humidity below 50%. Read more

  • 5 Plants That Purify Your Air

    by Paula Gallagher | June 7, 2016

    boston-fernAlthough the weather is warmer, many people still spend most of their time indoors for numerous reasons. Some because of work, others to escape the heat. Unfortunately, sometimes your indoor air isn't the best and may benefit from purifying.

    A great way to help detoxify indoor air from pollutants is to have plants in your home. Not only do plants brighten up a room, but certain ones can also help detoxify the air from pollutants. Indoor air pollutants include, but are not limited to, the following.

    Formaldehyde: Found in particleboard, paper, carpets, foam insulation, plywood, grocery bags, waxed paper, fire retardants, natural gas, and cigarette smoke. Formaldehyde is carcinogenic and can irritate our skin, eyes, nose, and throat, causing itchiness, coughing, and nosebleeds.

    Trichloroethylene: Found in varnishes, spot remover, inks, paints, and adhesives. Trichloroethylene is a known carcinogen that, if inhaled, can irritate the nose and throat and harm the nervous system. Symptoms of exposure can include headaches, nausea, drowsiness, and dizziness.

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  • Grandma Knew Best About Creating a Healthy Home

    by Caroline Blazovsky, Healthy Home Expert | May 31, 2016

    healthy-homeGrandmothers certainly had the wisdom to tell us to wash our hands, not wear shoes in the house, and open the windows, but now science has proven them to be right in their ideas about having a healthy home. Ventilation, for example, can help reduce indoor volatile organic compounds or chemicals more quickly. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency advises us that, without sufficient outdoor air, pollutants can sometimes accumulate to levels that can cause health and comfort problems. Reminiscent of grandmother, science suggests a good approach to lowering the concentrations of indoor air pollutants in your home is to increase the amount of outdoor air coming in. To read about ways to get proper ventilation into your home, you can visit EPA's site on indoor air quality for more information. Read more

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