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  1. Safe-Proof Your House: Avoid These 8 Harmful Household Toxins

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    toxins householdIt’s honestly frightening how many household toxins may be lurking in common, every day products.

    Especially when you’ve taken deliberate steps to make healthier choices and eliminate chemicals and toxins from your home and lifestyle.

    But the truth is that there are still products hiding household toxins so that you probably don’t even realize you’ve brought them into your home.

    And scarier still? Some of them aren’t required to be on any label, so you could go your whole life and never know.

    While a comprehensive list is too long for one article, here are eight of the most harmful household toxins, found in some of the most common products –

    1. BPA. You may remember hearing about this household toxins in the context of plastic bottles, when it was announced that BPAs contribute to cancer and heart disease, among other things. And yes, many manufacturers went BPA-free during that time. But BPA is still used in the lining of cans – like the canned goods you pick up at the grocery store – at which point, they leech into your food.

    2. Cadmium. If you want to do your part for the environment, you may have switched to rechargeable batteries. Normally, we’d applaud an environmentally sound choice like that, except in the case of rechargeable batteries, you’ve brought household toxins home. The cadmium used in them has been linked to higher rates of cancer, making it dangerous, not smart.

    3. Flame retardants. Although flame retardants should make your life safer, they don’t help your health. These “safety” features often include three harmful household toxins: Tris, TCEP, and Penta-BDE. And don’t get complacent because you think fire retardants were made safer years ago. It was just a few years ago that dangerous levels of toxic chemicals were found in the flame retardant materials used in 84% of all couches in California.

    4. Lead. The use of lead paint has been restricted. Lead in the water is constantly monitored. It would be easy to think you were in the clear. But if you wear lipstick, you need to think again. In a recent major study, every single lipstick researched was found to contain significant amounts of lead. Every single one.

    5. PFOA. Also known as perfluorooctanoic acid, PFOA is what helps your food slide off the pan easily when you are cooking. It works wonderfully and makes clean up a breeze when you use nonstick cookware. It’s also a known carcinogen. While there is some debate around how much PFOA gets into your food when you cook, given that there are so many other options, including nonstick alternatives that work just as well, it simply isn’t worth the risk.

    6. Pesticides. Of course you avoid pesticides in your foods! That the whole point of buying and eating organic. But are you also paying attention to the products you’re using on your lawn? Or how you’re keeping your home free of insects and bugs? Some of these pesticides are so dangerous that they are linked to cancers in children whose parents were exposed. Double check the labels on every bug spray, lawn fertilizer, grass seed, and even potting soil to make sure you aren’t causing more damage than good by using household toxins.

    7. Triclosan. If you’re using anything labeled “antibacterial” or “antimicrobial” it’s time to find an alternative. From cutting boards to cleaning products – and so much more – antibacterial and antimicrobial products contain triclosan, which has been linked to higher risks of liver damage, hormone disruption, and cancer.

    8. Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. If you’ve ever painted a room in your house or the shutters around your windows, you know the distinctive smell that comes from the paint. What you may not know is that the odor isn’t the only thing being emitted from the paint. It’s also probably letting off VOCs. Literally thousands of products contain, therefore release, VOCs into the air. Paint, cleaning supplies, paint thinners, building materials…the list is too long to name all of them. Yet VOCs are known to cause cancer both in animals and in humans. While there are some alternatives, marked “low VOC”, they are still outnumbered by the dangerous ones. Look for the “low VOC” label and, when you can’t find an alternative, make sure you paint when you can open the windows and doors to insure proper ventilation.

    The most frightening things about most of these household toxins is that they are found in products you’re choosing to improve your health and well being.

    Instead, you’re achieving the exact opposite. However, now that you recognize the threat, you can make different – safer – choices.

  2. 8 Natural Gingivitis Remedies That Will Bring You Relief Today

    remedies gingivitisPeople focus on overall health…heart health…mental health…but rarely do you hear much about oral health.

    After all, there’s not a lot of mystery to oral health.

    You brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and see the dentist.

    Except that, sometimes, that’s not enough.

    Maybe you’re not brushing well enough or flossing often enough.

    However it happens, sometimes you end up with gingivitis and needing a gingivitis remedy.

    The good news is that you’re not alone.

    The better news is that gingivitis remedies are easy to find, and even easier to do.

    Once you know it’s time to step up your oral hygiene routine…

    What is Gingivitis?

    You’ve heard about gingivitis, of course. You can’t get through a night of television without a commercial telling you about gingivitis remedies. But what is gingivitis?

    In some ways gingivitis is very simple – it’s gum disease. That’s all. But in other ways, it’s not simple at all.

    Gingivitis can cause redness, swelling, and even bleeding of the gums. Or, it can be practically symptom-less, so you never even realize you have it.

    Either way, if left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious gum diseases, and eventually to tooth loss.

    That’s what makes finding the gingivitis remedies that work for you so important. Because you can have it and not even know it until it’s too late.

    Finding the Gingivitis Remedy That Works for YOU

    Since dealing with gingivitis includes having to taste the ingredients, some people prefer certain remedies over others. Any and all of these should give you relief.

    1. Aloe vera. The same balm that can help with a sunburn can be a gingivitis treatment! Rub fresh aloe vera or 100% pure aloe vera gel onto your gums, focusing on the gumline. Leave for ten minutes, then rinse with cold water. Not only will this help remedy gingivitis, it may help prevent the bacteria buildup that can cause gingivitis in the first place.

    2. Baking soda. Have you noticed some toothpastes have baking soda as an active ingredient? That’s because baking soda is a well-respected gingivitis remedy! It can help prevent tooth decay, infections, and gum disease. Mix ¼ t of baking soda with a bit of warm water to form a paste. Spread it along your gums, and leave it on for one to two minutes. Rinse with warm water. Repeat two or three times per week.

    3. Lemon juice. Not only can lemon juice help treat oral infections, it can help prevent them, as well, thanks to lemons’ concentration of vitamin C. You can either rinse with a lemon water combination after you brush, or you can make a paste using lemon juice and salt. Leave the paste on for two to three minutes, then rinse with warm water. Repeat four or five times a day for best results.

    4. Oil pulling. This gingivitis remedy originated centuries ago in ancient Indian medicine, but has recently gained traction in the West. You’ll need a tablespoon of sesame, coconut, or sunflower oil. Hold that in your mouth, swishing it around, paying close attention to any irritated or infected areas, for fifteen to twenty minutes. Rinse with warm water immediately, and THEN brush your teeth. DO NOT swallow the oil.

    5. Peppermint. More than just a flavoring in your toothpaste, pure peppermint can help reduce inflammation and bacteria levels. Crush peppermint leaves into warm water and let steep for 30 minutes. Once cool, rinse your mouth with the peppermint water two to three times per day.

    6. Sage. Another ancient gingivitis remedy, you can use sage directly on your gums. Chop fresh sage – or dried will do in a pinch – and rub it on your gums. You can also pack it onto areas that are particularly irritated or inflamed. Leave it in place for two to three minutes, then rinse.

    7. Salt water rinse. Salt is an effective gingivitis remedy because of its natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The easiest rinse available is a simple saline solution. Dissolve ½ t to 1 T of sea salt (although other salts work just as well) into one cup of warm water. The water should be warm enough to dissolve the salt quickly, but not hot enough to burn your mouth. Rinse your mouth for one to two minutes with the solution, twice a day. DO NOT swallow the salt water. Spit it out, instead.

    8. Turmeric paste. This delicious Indian spice does more than just flavor a meal. Because of the curcumin in turmeric, it’s one of the most well-respected gingivitis remedies in Ayurvedic medicine. Combine ½ t turmeric with water, or vitamin E oil, to make a paste. Rub the paste onto your gums and leave for ten minutes. Rinse well with warm water. Repeat at least once a day until you start seeing results.

    You take your health seriously. Why should your oral health be any different? Don’t wait until it’s too late.

    Be proactive about keeping your mouth, gums, and teeth healthy NOW, with these gingivitis remedies!

  3. The Ultimate On-the-Go Anti-Inflammatory Cookbook

    Inflammation doesn’t just affect your joints. Inflammation is one of the leading causes of systemic, physical problems. In other words, you should be thinking about anti-inflammatory foods and recipes even if your joints don’t hurt! Which is why we’ve designed an anti-inflammatory cookbook, with some general guidelines and very specific recipes for every meal of the day. Use the recipes as they are, tweak them to suit your tastes, or just draw from the general section and create your own anti-inflammatory cookbook! The choice is yours. Continue reading →
  4. The Ultimate Guide to Great Summer Health

    health summerThere’s really no time like summer. The sun is warm, the food is fresh, people are happy – and it’s easy to maintain GREAT summer health. It just takes a little bit of planning. Because you want to be able to embrace and enjoy every day of summer! Continue reading →
  5. 8 Hidden Food Toxins You're Probably Eating

    toxins foodYou do your best to eat clean, stay all-natural, and live as healthy a life as possible. Unfortunately, there are some food toxins hiding in plain site that may be sabotaging even your best efforts! Continue reading →
  6. The Mysterious Link Between Processed Foods and Cancer

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    cancer and processed foodsWe’ve known heavily processed foods are less healthy than raw foods for decades, but how much physical damage they can cause is only now truly beginning to be understood. It’s not just that they’re full of fat, sodium, and preservatives – as it turns out, heavily processed foods are directly linked to cancer. Even the so-called “healthy” alternatives in your frozen food or baking aisle aren’t really healthy. In fact, it doesn’t matter which aisle you’re in. If you’re buying a heavily processed food, it can be linked to cancer. Continue reading →
  7. 7 Hidden Food Intolerances You Might Have

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    intolerances foodYou’ve heard about food intolerances – to gluten, yeast, and more – but you aren’t sure if that’s what’s going on with you. Well, we’re about to help you figure it out! Continue reading →
  8. Listen to Your Gut: The Complete Guide of Good and Bad Gut Bacteria

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    Nothing is more important than your health – but if don’t know how to listen to your gut, you aren’t taking care of your health the way you think you are. Don’t get us wrong, eating right, getting enough sleep, and exercising are essential steps to maintaining your health and we’re not arguing that. But listening to your gut is the piece you may be missing. We’ve been taught that bacteria is bad, and when it’s on your kitchen counter or in a scrape on your knee, it is. Bad when it’s in your gut, it’s the cornerstone of health. Continue reading →
  9. 6 Quick and Fun Exercises to Improve Your Spinal Health

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    health spinalHow often do you think about spinal health? Never, right? That’s probably your answer – but it may not be entirely true. Because if you think about posture, you’re thinking about spinal health, if you realize it or not! Keeping your spine long, straight, strong, and flexible – in other words, maintaining good posture – really is the same thing as taking care of spinal health. Standing tall and sitting up straight are perfect first steps to proper posture, but if you aren’t doing exercises as well then you aren’t doing everything you can to take care of your spinal health. Which is why we’ve come up with these six exercises to help improve spinal health. Continue reading →
  10. 7 Reasons Why You Should Eliminate Sugar For Good

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    sugar eliminateFor many people trying to lose weight, a good first step is to reduce or eliminate sugar from their diets. But what if you aren’t trying to lose weight? What if you’re just trying to live the healthiest life you can live? The answer is simple – it’s STILL time to eliminate sugar from your diet! Because sugar contributes to so many more health problems than just obesity. Continue reading →
  11. Avoiding Sunlight Could Hurt Your Health: 7 Benefits of Sunlight

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    Maybe you’ve wised up over the years. Or maybe it only took one good sunburn to teach you a lesson. Either way, you’re probably spending little to no time at all in the sun any longer. Because the benefits of sunlight just don’t outweigh the dangers. Except…  what if that’s not completely true? What if there are benefits of sunlight that you’re missing by staying out of the sun so religiously? Because that’s what we’re here to discuss today. The ways you’re actually harming yourself, not helping, by avoiding the sun completely – and just what you can do about it! Continue reading →
  12. Can Sitting All Day Shorten Your Life?

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    all day sittingYou’ve heard the back and forth – one side says sitting all day is the modern equivalent of smoking. The other side says it’s not that bad, and anyway, standing has its own drawbacks. What’s the truth? Just how bad is sitting all day? What can you do to counteract its effects? In this article, we’re going to take a hard, honest look at what sitting all day really does to your body, and what it means to you. Continue reading →
  13. 7 Food and Drug Interactions to Steer Clear Of

    Drug and food interactions Before you start taking any new medication or supplement, you ask your doctor about it. And that’s a smart move. But do you ask your doctor about the foods you eat? Probably not. Unfortunately, you could be missing food and drug interactions that are making your medications less effective – or even dangerous! Check out these seven food and drug interactions to make sure you’re as healthy as you think you are! Continue reading →
  14. What’s My Healthy Sodium Intake? [Quiz]

    Intake healthy sodium You know you should limit sugar…and saturated fats…and yes, salt, too. But you’re not 100% sure what a healthy sodium intake really is. Or even if your sodium intake is healthy or way off the charts. Let’s be honest – it’s not so easy to maintain a healthy sodium intake every day if you’re not sure what that means. So, take this quiz and find out more about healthy levels of sodium and just how much you should be eating every day. Continue reading →
  15. Flu Vaccines: Pros, Cons, Myths, and Realities

    vaccines fluEven though flu season is almost over, it isn’t completely over. And you’ve still got questions about flu vaccines. There’s a lot of information out there about flu vaccines. Some people say they’re safe. Some people say they aren’t. What are you supposed to believe? While we can’t answer that question for you, we can tell you what we believe. We believe you have the right to make your own, fully formed, well-educated decision. So, in this article, we’re going to ask some of the most common questions and answer them as fully and objectively as possible. Continue reading →
  16. The Six Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking That Could Save Your Sex Life

    quitting smoking health benefitsYou know the health benefits of quitting smoking. You do. And yet it hasn’t quite happened so far. As it turns out, quitting smoking may be one of the greatest challenges of your life. You’ve heard the statistic: smoking is as addictive – and as hard to quit – as alcohol, heroin, or cocaine. And if you’re a smoker, trying to quit, you’ve lived out that statistic more often than you probably want to admit. But you’re not alone. In fact, 70% of all smokers wish they could stop. And the average smoker tries to quit between eight and eleven times before it finally sticks. Luckily, the more often a person tries to quit, the better their chances of success become. Since motivation is a key component of successfully quitting smoking, here’s one more health benefit you might not have thought of – quitting smoking can improve your sex life! Check out these six new health benefits of quitting smoking and stay motivated - Continue reading →
  17. What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

    virus zikaGlobal health concern. Travel warnings. Spreading throughout the United States. The Zika virus is everywhere these days. On the news, in the papers, all over online resources. First, it was spread through mosquito bites. Now, it’s showing up in bodily fluids like urine and semen. Some people are even discouraging kissing. With headlines about “public health emergencies,” new cases showing up in our borders, and even fears about athletes attending the Olympics, it’s easy to panic about this new disease and what it might mean for you. But panic doesn’t serve you or your health. So, we’re going to cut through the sensationalism and the soundbites and look at the facts about the Zika virus. What is the Zika virus? How is it transmitted? What are the symptoms? How can you avoid catching it? And how concerned should you really be? Continue reading →
  18. Is Your Nighttime Routine Helping or Hurting You?

    Routine nighttimeYou’re tired every day. You’re stressed every night. You toss and turn, unable to turn off your brain long enough to get to sleep. Or you wake up in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep. If any of these sound familiar, maybe the problem isn’t you – maybe the problem is your nighttime routine. After all, we know a healthy morning routine can make or break your day. Once you think about it, it makes sense that a nightly routine can be just as important. These suggestions can help make up a nighttime routine that will have you sleeping like a baby in no time. Not all of them may work for you, but feel free to pick and choose the ones that do. Continue reading →
  19. The REAL Truth About Ergonomic Desk Chairs

    desk chairs ergonomicalHave you heard the hype about ergonomic desk chairs and standing desks? Because they are all the rage. But what’s the truth and what’s just marketing? We decided to look closer and report back. So here’s the real truth about ergonomic chairs, standing desks, and alternative work spaces. Continue reading →
  20. Reduce Joint Swelling in Under 30 Minutes

    swelling jointBy the time you need to reduce joint swelling, you’re not looking for long-term solutions. You’re looking for relief from the swelling and discomfort and you’re looking for it right now. I get that. But it’s important that you treat the cause of your swollen joints properly in order to not make it worse. Continue reading →

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