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Relevant Summer Posts
Eight Awesome Anti-Aging Tips for Summer
Here are eight awesome anti-aging tips for the summer, ranging from good foods to eat, the importance of staying hydrated, to healthy suggestions for sunblocks and self-tanners. Click here for more!
Do Flipflops = Foot Health?
I confess. I have a pair of flip-flops that I jump into first thing in the morning to go out and water plants. They’re easy and convenient, right?! They offer coolness on these hot days and I think just about everyone I know, owns a pair. Does that make them good for us, our feet, our bodies? Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet – so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems. Click here for more!
The Art of Doing Nothing
Could this period of “social distancing” actually be considered both physical AND mental health gifts during these challenging days and those ahead? While many of us are working from home in our attempts to ease the spread and the risks of contracting this nasty virus, I am going to be bold and present a few of the gifts in this period. Consider reduced stress of transportation to and from a demanding work environment. Consider being able to squeeze in a 20-minute meditation or nap during the day. Click here for more!
Non Toxic Insect Repellents to the Rescue!
Summertime and the living is easy, except when the flies, gnats and mosquitoes join the party. I can’t tell you how many toxic sprays and creams I covered myself with many years ago without knowing the chemical dangers. The most well-known chemical in insect repellents is DEET. Did you know that it melts plastic and fishing line? Of course it’s effective and insects are smart enough to stay away, but do we want to be putting that stuff on our skin? Not me! Click here for more!
Scrumptious Summer Salads!
I love salads! With summer in full swing and having so many choices in fruits and veggies, it’s the best time to be creative and experiment. It’s great fun putting the basics together, then grabbing leftover meat, chicken and fish, blueberries and strawberries, then raiding the pantry for nuts and seeds! I have a few favorite salads I make every summer, but every year I think most of us like trying some new, easy and healthy recipes. Click here for more!
Is Your Car Making You Sick?
I recently learned that the temperature inside a car on a hot July day can be 40 degrees hotter than the temperature outside. So, if it’s 90 degrees outside when I jump in the car, inside it’s a raging 130 degrees! Of course it’s hot and most everyone’s first move is to turn on the A/C to cool down. Not so fast, everyone! We’ve all heard how it’s not healthy to leave a water bottle out in the sun. The plastic, when heated, releases toxins into the water. Well, the same thing is happening when we jump into our steaming, hot cars. Click here for more!
The Super Power of Women’s Hormones!
Did you know that with hormone support we have the ability to minimize the damages done by aging? Did you know that with appropriate hormone support we have the ability to stay at or near our optimal weights, recover from illnesses more quickly, and protect our bones, hearts and brains from deteriorating? Best of all, did you know that with hormone support we can actually age gracefully AND feel great? Click here for more!
Top 15 Healthy Grilling Tips!
Many of us will be enjoying our grills this summer season, whether your food of choice be meat or veggies. No one wants salmonella from uncooked meat, poultry, or seafood, but let’s also make sure we aren’t ingesting toxins from overcooked, burnt food or inhaling carcinogenic smoke either. Click here for more!
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 benefits of wild blueberries, read on! 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. And I was using them on myself as well. 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. Sixteen 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 “AHA” moment came from learning about parabens, which I had been slathering most generously on my body for most of my life! These products smelled wonderful and they made my skin soft, but little did I realize how toxic they were. Click here for more!
Happy Feet: The Health Benefits of Foot Reflexology!
Did you know that the human foot and ankle contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons? The bones in both of your feet added together make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body. Our feet carry an incredible load everyday and yet are typically the least pampered parts of our bodies. Many cultures have practiced foot massages for years as an alternative to medicine in promoting good health and wellness. And WHO doesn’t enjoy a good foot rub? Click here for more!
Highlights From Christy’s Non Toxic Lifestyle
Summer Fruit – How Much Sugar?
It’s Summer time and the fruits and veggies are coming into abundance. Each summer I can hardly wait for those big, ripe, juicy organic cherries and grapes to arrive at the markets. Sadly, but honestly, I admit to gorging on more than a few in any one sitting. It’s healthy fruit, right? Well, while they’re healthy, they do contain natural sugars, so it’s important to be mindful in keeping...
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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