Non-Toxic Sunscreen For You & Your Family

After a long, seemingly endless winter, the warmer weather is finally upon us in the East coast. I took my daughters to the park for a few hours and found myself realizing I better remember to start packing the sunscreen in my bag! We all know sunscreen is important because it protects us from dangerous UV rays that can cause issues like skin cancer, age spots and more. However, I find that most people are unaware of the dangers lurking in typical mainstream sunscreen brands.

Sunscreen can either be mineral based or chemical based. Knowing that what we apply to our skin is immediately absorbed into our bloodstream in under a minute, I choose to use mineral based, more natural sunscreen products which use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Most of the brand names on the market are chemically based and include a combination of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

If you want to check the safety of your sunscreen, www.ewg.org is a great resource. You can search by brand and the website will tell you how toxic your product rates on a scale, as well as indicate what some of the potential side effects of the ingredients are. Some of my favorite brands include Badger, Poofy Organics, Babyganics and ThinkBaby/ThinkSport.

So before you slather your loved ones up with sunscreen this summer, be sure to check the safety of your products. You can get great protection for your skin without the nasty toxic chemicals!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Spring Cleaning Naturally…Ditch The Toxins!

‘Tis the season for SPRING CLEANING! I love giving my house a fresh start for the season. Airing out the curtains, opening the windows and breathing in the fresh spring air. It’s all so refreshing!

However, there are some seriously toxic ingredients in most of the store bought cleaning products. Filled with chemicals, toxins, fragrances and tons of other unnatural ingredients, these products can put great stress on your body, especially for children, whose systems are just developing.

There are so many children growing up with respiratory issues. Exposing them to these chemicals worsens the symptoms and is dangerous for developing bodies. If you want to check the safety of your products, visit www.ewg.org to learn more about just how toxic your current products are.

That being said, I am going to give you some more natural alternatives that will get your home just as clean without the added toxicity.

All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Dr. Bronner’s soap
  • 4 TBSP white vinegar
  • 400 mL warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

Dusting Spray:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Place ingredients directly into toilet and mix with bowl brush. Let sit 30 minutes before scrubbing

Granite Cleaner

  • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 8 drops Dr. Bronner’s soap
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Combine in a squirt bottle

Glass Cleaner:

  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • 1 TBSP corn starch
  • 2 cups warm water
  • Stir/shake to mix well and use a squirt bottle for application

I hope you enjoy some of these recipes and they can help you “clean up” your spring cleaning. Everyone deserves a clean home free from toxic air!

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Benefits of Intermittent Fasting/Cleansing

Intermittent fasting has been used by many cultures fore centuries as a way to reset the body and brain, release stubborn fat/impurities and improve overall health. In modern society, we have come up with a variety of ways to utilize intermittent fasting, depending on your lifestyle and goals.

Some of the benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • Improves your body’s cellular cleansing system
  • Healthy aging: my help to extend your life expectancy
  • Improves brain health
  • Reduces oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Can reduce insulin resistance, which can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Assists you in losing stubborn weight and belly fat
  • Improves the function of your cells, genes and hormones

Technique #1: Skip A Meal: Sometimes we get into the habit of eating on a schedule, and eating out of habit rather than hunger. For this technique, either plan to skip one scheduled meal a day OR skip a meal if you’re not feeling hungry. Listen to your body and it’s clues.

Technique #2: Shorten Your Eating Time Frame: Condense your time to eat each day into a smaller time frame. Rather than allowing yourself your wake time to eat, fit all of your food into a 4-7 hour stretch during the day. Once your 4-7 hour window has ended, you are officially fasting until the window begins again the next day.

Technique #3: 2 Meals A Day (AM/PM): Condense your meals into 2 meals for the entire day, one in the AM and one in the PM. For instance, you are only eating breakfast and dinner each day.

Technique #4: Full Day Fast: After dinner ends, you fast for the next 24 hours, not eating again until dinner the following evening, or even breakfast the morning after. This can be done on a weekly basis as a way to continually reset the body.

When you’re fasting and utilizing a specific window of time to eat, be sure not to use that time to stuff your face. You should only eat until you feel satiated, and be sure to eat clean, whole food meals. If you fuel your body with junk or processed food after fasting, you are doing your body more harm than good.

Many people have started utilizing Bulletproof coffee as part of their intermittent fasting regimen. It’s a good option to help support the body and keep you feeling satiated while you’re not eating. There are also other teas and programs that incorporate supplements on the market that can support you during a fast.  These can help to make the cleansing process more enjoyable and help you to continue to incorporate fasting as part of an extended lifestyle plan.

DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.

Is Your Hairspray Toxic?

I love looking good. Who doesn’t? We all loving stepping out of the salon or barber shop with our perfectly fresh haircut, our hair styled just the way we like it. Do you know the hidden dangers in that seemingly harmless hairspray can that your stylist is so casually spraying all over your hair and face, as you breathe in the toxic fumes?

Hair sprays can contain nasty chemical products such as like parabens, phthalates, DEA, petrolatum, sulfates, propylene glycol (aka anti-freeze), phenol, fragrance, formaldehyde and heavy metals. If you want to check the safety of your products, you can do so at www.ewg.org by using their skin deep database.

I found a great homemade hair spray recipe on www.wellnessmama.com. It’s a better alternative to the store bought brands that are chock full of chemicals, and hey, it will certainly save you some money in the process. I am posting the recipe below. Enjoy!

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Natural Hair Spray Recipe by www.wellnessmama.com
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups filtered water (boil if you can’t filter)
  • 2 Tablespoons white sugar (darker ones don’t really work here)
  • 1 tablespoon of high proof alcohol like vodka (I actually like spiced rum for the scent)
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil of choice (I like lavender)
Instructions
  1. Boil water and dissolve sugar in it.
  2. Allow to cool to room temp and add alcohol and essential oils.
  3. Store in spray bottle and use as regular hair spray.
Notes
This recipe lasts indefinitely if kept in an air tight container. Adjust the sugar up or down for more or less stiffness/hold (more sugar=stronger hold) but don’t add too much or hair will feel sticky.
 DISCLAIMER:  The information contained on this site is not provided by medical professionals and is provided for informational purposes only.  The information on this site is not meant to substitute consulting with your podiatrist, doctor or other health care professional. The information available on or through this site is in no way intended to diagnose, influence treatment or cure any foot or other health problems nor is it a substitute for the services or advice of a podiatrist, physician, or health professional.  You should always consult a physician licensed in your state in all matters relating to your health.