Time to get Serious about Health and Beauty products

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The skin is the biggest organ of the body and absorbs about 60% of what we put on it.The rest is all about the food and water we digest.

Have you ever gone to the doctor to cure a rash, eczema or extremely dry skin and they give you a special steroid cream and some other follow up lotion that never quite cuts it? It’s because of most of the harsh ingredients in the follow up cream don’t work well with our skin.

Most consumers assume or trust that the substances they put on their bodies are safe just because that is what is readily out there. Unfortunately in the United States, the personal care products industry is virtually unregulated, and many toxic chemicals can be found in the most common of makeup, shampoos, lotions and other personal care products. In the US there is no legal requirement for manufacturers of organic beauty products to be certified. Many companies are choosing to become certified because there are so many company’s ‘claiming’ the organic status. If a product is certified it means that the manufacturer must comply with high international standards. The cosmetic industry definition of organic is any compound, which contains carbon. Carbon is found in anything that ever lived. So then it could be said rotting garbage is not toxic.

Chemical-free should be all those that could end up being detrimental to your health such as synthetic chemicals like: Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate, TEA, DEA, MEA, PEGs, Any chemicals that directly cause cancer and that disrupt the endocrine system.In Japan researchers have found that Parabens actually age the skin. This ingredient has also been connected to skin allergies, skin sensitization, cancers and particularly breast cancer in women.

If you have been using products, which contain chemicals, and you switch to non-chemical organic products it is possible that your skin could break out in pumps or spots. Your skin can literally become addicted to the chemicals and suffocate and when you stop you using them your skin will start to cleanse.Unfortunately everyone’s body reacts differently to even natural things because you may unknowingly allergic or sensitive to something.

6 Health & Beauty Product Ingredients to Avoid

  • Petrochemicals
    Examples include petroleum jelly, isopropyl alcohol or isopropanol, methyl alcohol or methanol, butyl alcohol or butanol, ethyl alcohol or ethanol (often used in skin astringents and perfumes or colognes).
  • Sodium laureth/lauryl sulfates and other sulfate-based detergents
    Examples include sodium lauryl ether sulfate; sodium laureth sulphate; sodium lauryl ether sulphate (most commonly used in shampoos, shower gel, bubble bath)
  • Propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol, along with various ingredients formulated with PEGs and PGs
    Examples include ethylene glycol (used in firming lotions) and propylene glycol (found in everything from deodorant, mascara, baby powder, after shave and more).
  • Formaldehyde & paraben preservatives
    Examples include butylparaben, ethylparaben, methylparaben, propylparaben (found in sunscreen, shampoos, shaving gel, toothpaste and more)
  • Synthetic dyes
    Examples include anything with F&DC preceding it, usually followed by a color and a number. (F representing food, D&C representing drugs and cosmetics), other color additives, including caramel, lead acetate, manganese violet, and more.
  • Artificial fragrances
    Avoid most perfumes/colognes, which legally aren’t required to list ingredients to protect their trade mark. Use natural oils 100% purely derived from the flower or plant.

There are many cost effective and easily homemade soaps, lotions and even cosmetic recipes. If you don’t want to make them or don’t have the time there are many reputable online organic/natural Health and beauty sites. I even found organic shampoo called  Shea moisture in Wal-mart.

Read more: Breast Cancer Risk Factors – Natural Cosmetics – How to Prevent Breast Cancer – The Daily Green

http://www.diynatural.com/category/beauty/

What’s Happened to America’s Eating Habits?

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To live a good life we need to get back to the simplicity of real food ingredients. There are just too many processed packaged convenience foods and fast food restaurants. Our I Pads, smartphones, computers and video game obsessions have become more important than exercise or simple friends and family time.

I’m from the mid-west and to me it has one of the highest number of overweight adults, kids and unhealthy places. The how I know is because I have been to other states, had other culturally ethnic friends and eaten many types of healthier cuisine. Because of so many calorie ridden foods many of my friends and family have gotten preventable disease like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.So many people think their medicines or a magic pill might cure what has become an epidemic of bad habits. I  see some of my friends and relatives with serious illnesses that have fallen into the rut of eating fattening foods, processed foods, sugary fruit drinks and sodas. Even when I was a kid I didn’t eat all this synthetic stuff that there is now. More people worked and played hard to burn off calories. It is sad so many people have become lazy about exercise and simple activity like walking a few blocks.
Everyone needs to be more aware of what’s in our food products. If you can’t pronounce it or there are more than 5 ingredients it most likely is very bad for you. Stick to the outside perimeters of your food stores, where there are fresh or frozen fruits, veggies and meats. Use fresh or dried herbs to season recipes. Listen and learn from your bodies cues of too much burping, gas, bloating and skin breakouts.The following are only some of my tips learned throughout the years.

12 Dangerous And Hidden Food Ingredients In Seemingly Healthy Foods

Many foods that are considered “healthy” and labeled as “natural” contain many harmful chemicals used as food preservatives and flavor enhancers – and these chemicals are often disguised under unrecognizable names.

BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene): this common additive used to prevent oxidation in a wide variety of foods and cosmetics is listed by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in 2005 as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” on the basis of experimental findings in animals. It is also used in jet fuels, rubber petroleum products, transformer oil and embalming fluid. As if this were not enough, the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) warns that BHT should not be allowed to enter the environment, can cause liver damage, and is harmful to aquatic organisms.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Loaded with “unbound” fructose and glucose molecules, studies have shown that the reactive carbonyl molecules can cause tissue damage that may lead to obesity, diabetes, and also heart disease. So much for this “Strong Heart Antioxidants” cereal recipe! HFCS is made from genetically modified corn and processed with genetically modified enzymes. To make matters worse, studies have recently revealed that nearly half of tested samples of HFCS contained mercury.

Yellow #5: Almost all colorants approved for use in food are derived from coal tar and may contain up tp 10ppm of lead and arsenic. Also, and not surprisingly, most coal tar colors could potentially cause cancer.

Soybean oil: More than half of all soybeans crops grown in the US are genetically-modified (GMO) representing a meteoric rise since 1996, when only 7% were GMO soybeans. Genetically modified crops not only pose environmental dangers. There is a growing concern (and mounting scientific evidence) that genetic engineering of food plant seeds may have an unexpected and negative impact on human health.

Propylene glycol alginate (E405): this food thickener, stabilizer, and emulsifier is derived from alginic acid esterified and combined with propylene glycol. Bear in mind that even though propylene glycol is used as a food additive, it has many industrial uses including automotive antifreezes and airport runway de-icers.

Polysorbate 60: short for polyoxyethylene-(20)- sorbitan monostearate this emulsifier is widely used in the food industry. Made of made of corn, palm oil and petroleum, this gooey mix can’t spoil, so it often replaces dairy products in baked goods and other liquid products.

Enriched flour: these pretzels are made with enriched flour. But don’t let the attractive description mislead you: like most highly processed foods, enriched flour is devoid of nutrients and more often than not it is also bleached. Since the wheat germ and bran are removed from this type of flour, the body treats it as a refined starch.

Textured soy protein concentrate, carrageenan, maltodextrin, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, modified cornstarch: All of these are basically different names to hide ingredients that either contain Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or form MSG during processing.

  • bleached, refined and enriched foods means they have replaced the good nutrients
  • no artificial dyes
  • any type of margarine is all synthetic and very bad
  • Eat nothing that says hydrogenated
  • no artificial sweeteners like High fructose corn syrup, sucralose, aspartame, etc..( Use honey, stevia or natural sugar to sweeten things)
  • cut back on all the fried goodies ( fish, fries, and newest is fried desserts) our bodies can’t handle all that grease
  • If an ingredient isn’t something you can use to bake or make it from scratch, then don’t eat it.

Carma’s Crohn’s and Colitis Chronicles

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Both my mother’s parent’s relatives have some form of IBS, Crohn’s or Colitis. For 27 Years I have been an experiment and had many experiences with my Crohn’s Disease Battle. I’m a mom of three kids with a wonderful supportive husband which keep me striving for a better life. It is an enlightening and frustrating journey of many things learned throughout the years that I hope to share with patients and their families.

First of all never fully just go by what the Hospital doctors tell you. Yes they can heal some things for the short term while in the hospital, but it is all on you to stay well when released. You must use some of today’s technology along with other old fashioned remedies to remain well.

Throughout the coming weeks I will share recipes and all over home care to keep you on the path to wellness. Many of my tips and tools to wellness are meant to get the whole family to a back to basics way of life. In Today’s of ever changing technology many of us have forgotten to slow down and take a look at the little things which impact our life. Like putting away the new age devices and having simple family fun times. Eating homemade family meals with natural ingredients that get everyone involved in being healthy. Using Naturally derived and unmodified earth and human friendly home products. The crazy thing is that many of these things don’t really take much more time from our day than all the fast convenience things we’ve been commercially brainwashed to buy and do.

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