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Thursday, April 12, 2018

NAILING IT!

Are you poisoning your pinkies with standard issue salon  polish?
All of the toxic ingredients commonly found in polish, removers, and nail adhesives  -- including acetone, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DPB), xylene and parabens-- can cause everything from headaches, dizziness and lung irritation to liver and kidney damage and reproductive harm, says the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
There are healthier, prettier, and more cost effective ways to nail it these days.
Whole Foods type markets sell a range of safe nail products for DIY care (or take them to your salon).
And what good deed can you do your teeth and bones you're probably not doing now? Invest in a bottle of the vitamin E family supplement,  tocotrienals. The most popular form of vitamin E , alpha tocopherol, doesn't appear to  do the trick. 430 to 860 mg a day helped to improve bone and dental health in recent studies.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

HEALTHIER NOT HEAVIER


  • Start 2018 with a few clear- conscience snacks -- and a spicy drink to have in front of that  wintry night fireplace!
  •  Skip that fatty butter on your morning bagel. Spread with blender whipped yogurt and berries.
  • After lunch munch-- Toss spears of English cucumbers  with Maldron (or Himalayan) salt, pepper and fresh lemon juice. Beats chips and salted  nuts 
  • Innovative imbibing at Happy Hour?  Have a Sriracha-Lada! Combine 1 ounce of lime juice, 2 tsps of sriracha sauce, and a dash of worchestershire sauce, pour over crushed ice in a salt-rimmed beer glass and top with a good Mexican lager  To cut down on foam, pour in beer over the back of a spoon). Hey, beer is rich in minerals like selenium and magnesium plus B Complex:)


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

SPRINKLE AND STRETCH

Tightness even a few Spine Stretch Forwards doesn't fix ? Take a hint and knock back some Hintonia Latiflora.  Sometimes called "vegetable insulin" this herb native to Columbia and Mexico contains a neoflavinoid  that lowers blood glucose levels, blood fats and even blood pressure, in addition to relaixing muscles. Beyond Hintonia, two herbs mentioned in the Yoga Sutras that improve flexibility in the muscles and joints are at our fingertips-- turmeric and cinnamon bark. Both make great holiday teas!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

FORMALDEHYDE IN THE FLAME?

What's more sensual than a scented candle?  But nothing may be more dangerous at the same time. Heavily perfumed candles emit the chemical limonene that can react with ozone in the atmosphere to create the carcinogen formaldehyde. 100% beeswax candles may be pricer, but they are also safer to sniff!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

THE SAD DIET GETS SADDER

The Standard American Diet (SAD) isn't called that for nothing. Fewer than half of all Americans say they cook at an intermediate level and 16% of men between the ages of 20 and 39 admit they eat pizza every day! Our top sources of calories (besides pizza) s are baked goods, sugary drinks, chicken and alcohol, says the USDA. Go from sad to glad with a plate of steamed kale, dressed with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and a little crushed garlic. Kale has more calcium than 6 ounces of milk and more fiber than 3 slices of whole wheat bread. Tasty tomorrow  as a leftover stirred into cooked rice.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

HALF A PLANTAIN FOR LOWER LDL

Besides that daily clove of garlic (delicious roasted with some heart healthy olive oil) , there are 5 more daily eats that can ease your high LDL cholesterol numbers down:

* Two or three apples (try a different variety every day. Had a Pink Lady or an Autumn Gold?)
* Three medium carrots (puree for a smoothie with kale and kefir, or lightly steam  carrot sticks and dip in fresh pesto)
*Half a whole green plantain (these tropical non-dessert fruits look like plus-size bananas  and need to be pan-fried or oven-roasted. Drizzle a little agave syrup on top),
*two cups of yogurt (dairy or nondairy) Tasty with that plantain above.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

HERBAL ALTERNATIVES TO STATINS

Heal with herbs. Did you know you  can lower your LDL cholesterol non-toxically with both lavender oil  and olive leaf extract ? Take the latter orally via tincture , and apply the former  (combining a few delightfully scented drops with a quarter cup of coconut oil) )  massaging into hands, arms and legs and feet where it also helps normalize blood pressure and circulation. No fear of liver damage or overdosing.