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Most Relevant Posts This Month On Christy's Non Toxic Lifestyle
Heal Yourself – Pain Management that Works!
What would you say if you knew that a pain management program had a remarkably high success rate? And what if the program could treat you without drugs or surgery? What if it’s also simple and involves no heavy equipment? I’d say, “tell me more!” While training for a summer week long bike ride a few months ago, I injured my back. I was in major pain a mere month out from our trip. The fact that I have a childhood scoliosis diagnosis wasn’t helping. Click here for more!
The Perils of Parabens!
It is a fact that 60 percent of whatever we put on our skin goes into our bloodstream. Ten years ago, following nine months of breast cancer treatment, I attended a weekend retreat sponsored by Natural Health Magazine. That began my journey into the “non-toxic” world of new choices and options that I would embrace and share with my friends and anyone who wanted to know. My biggest “A HA” moment came from learning about parabens, which I had been slathering most generously on my body for most of my life! Click here for more!
Dog Companionship is Healthy – it’s a Fact!
People who keep pets experience many wonderful health benefits: especially in terms of companionship, decreased anxiety, lower cholesterol and increased immunity, according to WebMD. For the focus of this article, however, I am only going to address having a dog in your life since I don’t have cats or other pets. I also know several friends who have family members with pet allergies, so this article is not meant to make them feel left out in any way. Click here for more!
Sunscreens: UVA, UVB, SPF – What do they all mean?
I am of the baby boomer generation that didn’t use sunscreen growing up. The “in” thing was slathering baby oil all over our bodies to enhance the tanning effects of the sun. I’ll spare you the details of my sun-spotted arms and hands, but I certainly wish I knew then what I know now! When my kids came along, I thought I was being a diligent parent when it came to applying sunscreen. However, little did I know that those sunscreens, as well as many on the market today are full of toxic chemicals. Click here for more!
Women’s Hormones: A Delicate Balancing Act
Show me a woman who sleeps soundly eight hours every night, has a high libido, hasn’t gained weight in years (with proper diet), is emotionally stable 24/7/365, doesn’t experience bloating or any mild depression and whose brain is as sharp as a tack, and I’ll show you a woman with perfectly balanced hormones. (And, I’ll sell you some swampland in Florida!) Okay, so none of us are emotionally stable all of the time, but seriously, if you think about when we were young, most of us did sleep easily and for long stretches. Click here for more!
Brain Boosting Foods for Kids!
Most of us are around young, developing children in some capacity so I’m really excited to share this book that I recently picked up. It’s written by an award winning nutritionist and provides wonderful, easy recipes and fascinating facts about providing children the right foods and diet for optimal learning, brain boosting and healthy habits. Did you know that a deficiency in good fats like oily fish, eggs, nuts and seeds can cause behavioral problems, learning difficulties, hyperactivity, poor concentration and poor vision in children? Click here for more!
My Updated Research is IN on Non-Toxic Yoga Mats!
Okay yoga friends, I continue to get questions on which yoga mats are the least toxic and healthiest to use. I’ve had some great comments from many of you and I have done more research. I’m happy to report that my latest research shows that a couple of the mats I recommended in my first post are still on the list! I’ve also learned of some others definitely worth checking out. In this post-there are LOTS of articles on “Eco-friendly” “Best Yoga Mat” in terms of traction and “Best Product” reviews, but my focus is on “healthiest” for your/our yoga practices. Click here for more!
My Update to Non Toxic Toes for Spring!
Don’t you love that almost everywhere we women are getting ready to don our favorite sandals and flip flops! Time to really scrub up and get our feet polished up and pretty. Ever notice the chemical odors when applying nail polish? The Environmental Working Group and Women’s Voices for the Earth deem these smells the “toxic trio.” And each of these “toxic trio” chemicals have been classified as the most toxic by the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database that I mentioned in my article on the “Perils of Parabens.”Click here for more!
Managing Life in A Connected World
Technology has provided us this incredible opportunity to reconnect with long ago friends and to stay in touch with those we love from almost anywhere in the world. This is pretty cool. However, I know I’m not alone by any stretch when I share that technology has also created a whole new set of challenges in time management. How many of us walk into our homes daily and head straight to the computer to check email and social media, sometimes only five minutes after looking at our smartphones, and checking for text messages? Click here for more!
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Lemon Balm Wild Blueberry Iced Tea
During these dog days of August, here’s one of my go-to ice teas. Not that they weren’t refreshing last month, but many of us are experiencing temperatures over 90 degrees! I love this recipe because it’s easy, healthy and delicious, especially when paired with lemon balm tea. I can easily make a pitcher a day when the grand-kids are visiting! And if you don’t know much about the health be...
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Quotes That Inspire
To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear–Buddha
The best way to detoxify is to stop putting toxic things into the body and depend upon it's own mechanisms–Andrew Weil
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike–John Muir