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The Truth About Nutrient Dense Foods That Nobody Wants to Hear

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Today, most grocery store produce departments are overflowing with displays of plump, colorful fruits and veggies. From bins of red peppers to cartons of sweet blueberries, many of us are fortunate to have a rainbow of produce at our fingertips year-round. However, a recent string of studies has brought the quality of our plant foods into serious question. Crops have shown a shocking decline in nutritional value over past years, leaving nutritionists, food policy advocates and environmentalists scrambling for answers. It may very well be that the recommendation of “five servings of fruits and veggies a day,” is no longer enough.

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Tags: Fuel Your Body, Avoid Toxins

3 Steps to Creating Clean, Safe Water for Your Family

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

What's the first thought that comes to mind when you think of water? For many it evokes a sense of wellness, revitalization and purity.  Having a source of clean, safe, contaminant free water is so important considering just how many ways we use water on a daily basis.  We bathe and shower in it, brush our teeth in it, infuse our stocks and other recipes with it, and rinse our colorful, fresh fruits and vegetables under it.  Not to mention, Americans drink 1 billion glasses of water from their taps alone each day.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Drink Pure Water

DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Reading the labels on household cleaners is just plain scary. “Toxic. May cause severe burns to skin, eyes and mucous membranes. Harmful if swallowed. Can irritate airways. May aggravate asthma and allergies. Wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when using.” Although these phrases are usually typed in an itsy-bitsy font on the very back of the bottle, warnings about the dangers of chemical cleaning products should definitely not be ignored. Consider swapping out store bought cleaners in your home for simpler DIY versions like this all-purpose spray with just 3 ingredients. Homemade cleaners are safer, healthier and way less expensive. Plus, I don’t know about you, but if I can avoid wearing a pair of goggles and a protective suit to keep myself safe every time I scrub the shower, I'm all for it. 

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

Facts about Chlorine and Disinfection Byproducts in Our Water

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

To protect our drinking water from disease-causing organisms, or pathogens, municipal water suppliers add a disinfectant to our water supply.  Chlorine is the most widely used chemical for water disinfection and has significantly reduced the incidences of waterborne diseases in the United States and many other countries worldwide by killing most microorganisms and providing our families with much safer drinking water.  However, new questions have arisen about the health effects from bathing, showering and swimming in chlorinated water and, most importantly, drinking chlorinated water.  

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, Drink Pure Water

Raw Honey Face Wash: Simple and effective cleanser for all skin types

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

Natural skin care is not an easy subject to navigate. Scrolling through dizzyingly long lists of DIY recommendations, it can be difficult to decipher what options will work, and which are just plain useless. Homemade oatmeal masks, sugar scrubs, green tea washes... how are you supposed to know what to try? After all, everyone has a different skin type with varying treatment needs. That's why we love the simple age-old tradition of honey cleansing, a gentle and effective face washing technique that requires just one ingredient and is universally beneficial for all skin types. 

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

Tap Water & Pregnancy: Know the facts

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

The Falmouth, Massachusetts Board of Health recently cautioned pregnant women in their first and second trimesters about a drinking water test result that could affect their babies' birth weights and increase the risk of early deliveries. Water test results showed increased levels of two disinfection byproducts, showing that levels were above the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This is not the first time that a situation like this has occurred. A flurry of such frightful findings throughout the United States has raised serious concerns about the safety and monitoring of public drinking water supplies, bringing up many important questions about additives. What are these disinfection byproducts? Why are they in our drinking water? And, perhaps most importantly, what can we do about it?

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

Sizing a Whole House Water System

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Water usage in your family’s home can be quite variable and is affected by many factors including the number of adults and children living in your home, the age of your children, your home’s size as well as the number of bathrooms.  It is often difficult to measure water usage since the amount of water used for cooking, bathing, showering and cleaning varies in every home and depends on the water fixtures and appliances installed in your home.  For example, we all know that teenagers tend to take longer showers and newborn babies create a lot of laundry!  However, information from a number of reliable sources estimates that a family of four typically uses from about 150 gallons per day all the way up to 400 gallons per day!  Several studies have shown that the average indoor water use in the U.S. is about 50 gallons per person per day.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

DIY Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm

Posted by Kayla Grossmann

I want to let you in on a little secret: lip balms made at home are way better than store bought varieties. And believe it or not, whether you are awe inspiring-ly creative or DIY-leery, you (yes, you) can blend up your very own inexpensive, custom lip treatments in the kitchen in no time at all. This particular recipe combines just 4 whole food ingredients for an enviably smooth and sweet Coconut Oil Vanilla Lip Balm. Do-it-yourself, nutrient dense, lip balm perfection that can be whipped together in 10 minutes? Sounds secret-worthy to me!

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Tags: Avoid Toxins, DIY

Water Filtration vs. Purification – Get the Facts!

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

To create truly pure water in the home setting, water that is physically, chemically and energetically pure, requires just the right set of conditions be brought together in just the right way. At a minimum, these include practical use of filtration and purification technologies along with a scientific understanding of water and how nature intended it to be.

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

8 Reasons to Consider a Whole House Water Filter

Posted by Tom DiGiuseppe, Ph.D.

Our water quality is being severely impacted with each passing day whether we know it or not. Contaminants from a myriad of sources continue to enter into our water supplies at an alarming rate either by accident, incident, runoff or intentional chemical treatment.  Good water is essential for your body’s health.  Remove what’s lurking in your water!  Whole house water treatment systems are an excellent choice for homeowners who want to make their water more suitable for drinking, bathing, laundry and other household uses while attacking the problem at the point of entry to their home. 

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Tags: Avoid Toxins

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