My bathroom cupboard holds an array of partially used natural deodorants. All of them now sit abandoned because they just don’t work well enough. I’ve tried everything – sticks, sprays, roll-on liquid, made by countless different brands -- but by the end of a long day and an intense workout at the gym, there is inevitably a moment when I realize the natural deodorant just isn’t cutting it. So I revert to conventional anti-perspirant, feeling confident that I won’t smell, but uncomfortable with putting myself at risk for breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease (not to mention the host of other toxic chemicals included in conventional anti-perspirant and deodorant). Read more
4. Transportation: take a hike, ride a bike, carpool. One of the leading causes of air pollution and carbon emissions is vehicles. Plan your daily routes carefully, this will help you get the most use from your gas mileage as well as help reduce your vehicle emissions.
5. Save Energy: Go ahead and turn off the lights when you leave a room (chances are the walls won't mind the darkness). Unplug appliances not in use, this will help save energy consumption while saving you a few bucks.
6. Green Products: Buying environmentally friendly cleaning products as well as cosmetics we are supporting the local green economy and keeping our homes and bodies free from harmful toxins.
7. Water: With a limited supply, water can be considered one of the planet's most precious resources. Conserving water helps reduce the strain on our local municipal water treatment plants and ensures there is enough for everyone.
8. Plant a Tree: Planting trees will help replace the millions we lose each year that are used to make paper products. Recycling as well as proper use of paper products will help preserve our forests and help us continue to breath clean air.
9. Protect Marine Life: Everyday millions of sea creations die from ingesting plastic bags and other garbage that has made its way into our oceans and waterways. Help clean up a local beach, park or waterway, sign up for September's Annual International Beach Cleanup.
10. Tell a friend: Go green with your friends, family and coworkers. Introduce them to a local environmental agency and educate them on their environmental impact on the Earth.
Help preserve our planet. By following these easy eco-lifestyle tips, you will be on your way to a greener, cleaner lifestyle.
Coconuts are rich in lauric acid, similar to that found in breast milk. The lauric acid found in coconuts is said to have antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Readily available in the tropics, this fruit has seen a recent resurgence in popularity. Here’s a list of a few uses of this amazing fruit.
1) Skin care
For dry and aging skin relief, a dab of coconut oil will leave your skin feeling refreshed and looking great. The oil helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles without irritating. Coconut oil also works wonders on skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. The oil from the coconut forms a lipid barrier that wards off sun damage and keeps skin moisturized. The oil’s health-promoting nutrients pass readily through the skin, so using it topically brings benefits that go far beyond skin deep.
* As a Daily Moisturizer: use in place of over the counter lotions. In its natural form coconut oil replenhies dry skin and locks in moisture.
* Eye makeup remover: dab a small amount of coconut oil on a cotton swab and wipe your eye makeup off. Cleanse your skin as you would normally
The saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making it a healthy addition to any meal.
3) Hair Care
Coconut oil provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair. Massage a bit of the oil onto your scalp to help keep hair moisturized. It also helps to reduce dandruff. Coconut oil can be found in many over-the-counter hair products. It is one of the most nutritious products you can put on your hair.
Virgin Coconut Oil is the purest form of cooking oil available. Coconut oil is much less vulnerable to heat damage when heated, making it suitable for cooking. And it helps to enhance the caramelized flavor of roasted sweet potatoes.
5) Overall Health
* Help you lose weight, or maintain weight
* Reduce the risk of heart disease
* Lowers cholesterol
* Improve conditions in those with diabetes and chronic fatigue
* Increase metabolism and promotes healthy thyroid function
* Boost your daily energy
These are just a few of the numerous benefits of the coconut. Go crack open a coconut today.
These contain chemicals suspected of causing cancer, reproductive harm and asthma. The main offenders are:
Research suggests that a user can ingest approximately 4 pounds of lipstick in a lifetime. Synthetic dyes derived from aluminum ("Lakes colors") and coal tar can be absorbed into our bodies and stored in our organs and fatty tissues. Be on the lookout for these toxins on your lipstick labels:
Conventional foundations are the third leading cause of contact dermatitis. Foundation made with synthetic ingredients can cause skin problems as it is usually worn on the skin for many hours. Common harmful ingredients are:
With all this information available, it is important that we read labels of our beauty products and stay clear of these toxic components. Multiple internet resources are available to check what you already have ensuring the products are in fact safe.
People believe in beauty at all costs, however, we need to be fully informed about the real cost we pay when we "beautify".