After seeing Amy Adams in American Hustle I knew it was time to go red – again. I have some natural red in the genes (Grandpa Tom was a true redhead) but the winter really turns up the mousy-brown in my luscious locks. I brought several bottles of red dye with me to Geneva from NY 3.5 years ago but have no clue what the shelf life is. I began to wonder – is this stuff cancer causing? Which led me to the below article from Good Housekeeping and several purchases on the internet. I am still waiting for them to arrive so I can’t update you on the products yet. But stay tuned ladies. Continue reading
I have been drinking teaspoons of oil before bed for years. Throughout my pregnancy, I kept 6 bottles of oil and a spoon next to my bed. Every night, I religiously took a spoonful of each in order to help the brain development of my baby. It is a common misconception that oil makes us fat. And I cannot tell you how aggravating it is that so many people think in terms of calories and not overall health. We Westerners would do well to adopt a more Eastern approach to our bodies by looking at the whole wellness of the body instead of attacking one area. To deny yourself critical oils because of a diet might make you thinner but your face and skin will likely age more rapidly because (for instance) the integrity of the cell membrane has been compromised. Yes, avocados may be high in calories but you should be exercising and the oil in avocados is one of the best for your body, your immunity, your skin and keeping you young. At 105 pounds while maintaining a diet that includes an avocado a day I can tell you that drinking the right oils will not harm you.
Essential fatty acids are, as they sound, fats that are necessary within the human body. Though you’ve probably often heard the word “fats” and associated it with bad health, there are some essential fatty acids that are necessary for your survival. Without them, you could cause serious damage to different systems within the body. Essential, unoxidized oils speed up fat metabolism. This is a widely misunderstood aspect of human metabolism. Essential oils provide a steady-state source of energy, and prevent sugar-insulin-adrenaline roller coasters. Other clinical benefits of essential oils include their value in the prevention and management of the following disorders: Continue reading
We spend approximately one third of our lives in bed. With such a large proportion of our lives spent in one place, it makes sense that this area is important to our health. However, many people do not take the health implications of a badly maintained sleeping area seriously, and are oblivious to the diseases and conditions that can be caused.
Statistics show that after 10 years, a mattress will double in weight due to dust mites or bed bugs. These creatures will feed off skin cells and produce allergens in the mattress. This in turn leads to respiratory conditions being triggered such as asthma, but also symptoms more commonly associated with hay fever such as runny nose, irritation in the eyes and lungs and sneezing. A survey carried out in the UK found that one in eight people changed their bed sheets less often than once a month and 27 percent were sleeping on mattresses more than 10 years old.
While it’s well-known that an older mattress can be a source of allergies — mostly from dust mites or mold — a new mattress would be worry-free.
Or would it?
Some 30 or more years ago, mattresses were made of untreated, natural materials, but now most come to the store bearing a host of petrochemicals, flame retardants and other additives. Continue reading
Please do not tell me you are still using non-stick cookware! If so, get rid of them ASAP! Non-stick cookware is made using a carcinogenic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Every time you cook, the heat ignites this chemical and it is released into the air and your food. Humans are exposed to the man-made compounds known as perfluoroalkyl acids—including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS)—through drinking water, dust, food packaging, breast milk, microwave popcorn, air, occupational exposure and blod from the umbilical cord. Perfluoroalkyl acids are used during the manufacture of fluoropolymers, which give non-stick heat resistance to cookware and breathable, waterproof properties to fabrics and upholstery. PFOA and PFOS may also result from the breakdown of compounds used as coating for commercial food packaging, factory treatments for fabrics and carpets and manufacturer pretreatment for stain-resistant clothing. Continue reading