Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Most of us have heard that blueberries are great antioxidants, and a very healthy food. In the Summer in California, I can easily buy fresh organic blueberries. Though when Fall hits, fresh organic blueberries get very expensive, if they can be found at all.
So I wonder if I should switch to fresh non-organic, or buy organic frozen blueberries. Fortunately, I recently heard on a Food Revolution Summit broadcast that a study was done with fresh, frozen, and dried blueberries. The results were that the antioxidants are still present after freezing, though not so much after drying. Dried fruit has high concentrations of sugar, so I rarely eat dried fruit anyway.
The more I read about the toxins allowed on our food, the more convinced I am that Organic food is what I want to put in my body. So I will be buying frozen organic blueberries until the fresh organic blueberries arrive again. Check out foodrevolution.org for more tips on healthy eating.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Start Reading Labels on Your Personal Care Products
The bad news is that many common products are full of chemicals you don't want absorbed into your skin, because the skin is the body's biggest respiratory organ.
The good news, from a UC Berkeley study, is that after only three days of using less harmful products, the chemicals in the body dropped significantly.
"A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, demonstrates how even a short break from certain kinds of makeup, shampoos and lotions can lead to a significant drop in levels of hormone-disrupting chemicals in the body.
Researchers provided teen study participants with personal care products labeled free of chemicals such as phthalates, parabens, triclosan and oxybenzone.
Such chemicals are widely used in personal care products, including cosmetics, fragrance, hair products, soaps and sunscreens, and have been shown in animal studies to interfere with the body’s endocrine system.
Analysis of urine samples before and after a three-day trial in which the participants used the lower- chemical products found significant drops in levels of these chemicals in the body.
Metabolites of diethyl phthalate, commonly used in fragrances, decreased 27 percent by the end of the trial period.
Methyl and propyl parabens, used as preservatives in cosmetics, dropped 44 and 45 percent respectively.
Both triclosan, found in antibacterial soaps and some brands of toothpaste, and benzophenone-3 (BP-3), found in some sunscreens under the name oxybenzone, fell 36 percent." Read the full article at: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/03/07/cosmetics-chemicals/?utm_source=100%25+Pure+US&utm_campaign=7132cced39-2017-01-06+Trunk+Sale+Final+-+US&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_52f12ed1e0-7132cced39-296581181&mc_cid=7132cced39&mc_eid=d6fd154b2d
Because I am a sensitive person, I was ahead of my time on this one. I have been replacing my personal care and home cleaning products with less toxic versions for decades. Watch this blog for upcoming articles on chemicals to avoid, my search for alternatives, pitfalls to avoid, and my favorites.