5 Incredible Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water Everyday


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What healthy beverage is easy to make, has almost zero calories, keeps your skin rejuvenated, aids in digestion, and helps with weight loss?

Cue in: lemon water! Although this simple drink has been around for centuries, lemon water is the newest trend in health and fitness circles. So what’s the truth? Is it a cure-all, or just another fad?

Lemon water is packed with a variety of health benefits and is extremely easy to make, making it a great choice for beginners. Lemon water aids with digestion, and may even help with weight loss.  On top of that, it’s loaded with vitamin C, a beneficial antioxidant.

There are many hidden benefits to lemon water, and we’ll unlock some of the biggest perks of this humble beverage. To start with, if you’re low on your vitamin C, you should work a cup of lemon water into every afternoon.

Why? Because one cup of lemon water packs almost 25% of your daily value of vitamin C into just 8 delicious calories. Lemon water also has good amounts of magnesium, copper and potassium.

Couple this with the fact that lemon water is calorie-free, contains vitamin B6, folate, thiamin, fiber and vitamin E – and you’re really getting a great bang for your buck.

Lemon Water Detoxes and Aids in Digestion

One of the most interesting benefits of lemon water relates to digestion. Because the juice of a lemon is similar in atomic structure to the digestive juices which are found in your stomach, lemon juice can actually trick your liver into producing bile!

Why is this important? Because bile is essential to keeping food moving through your body, as well as your gastrointestinal tract. No bile, and you’ll have big problems. Because of this bile production, lemon water also aids in relieving indigestion, and can help to ease an upset stomach.

Lemon juice mimics digestive juice, and can trick your liver into producing more digestion-easing bile. 

The many different acids found within lemons help signal your body to digest the beneficial nutrients in your foods much slower than it would normally. This is critical for those who suffer with insulin issues, for keeping the levels steadier, and also for allowing you to draw out more nutrients from your foods.

Many with poor digestion also notice that more lemon water leads to much less bloating. Additionally, the enzyme functions in your body are stimulated by lemon water, allowing your liver to work better in flushing out toxins.

And although soda and caffeine lead to increased urination (due to their diuretic properties), lemon water will do the same thing – in a much healthier way. All of this leads to better gut health as well as skin health.

Lemon Water Is a Great Source of Vitamin C

By now, vitamin C is almost completely synonymous with orange juice. But it is also worth noting that lemon water packs a ton of vitamin C as well – and is lower in calories and sugar! Our bodies need exogenous vitamin C, since we do not produce enough on our own.

Without enough vitamin C, we would likely have issues with white blood cell production and a poor immune function. We would also have more free radical damage (i.e., faster aging) and many other problems. Keep these things at bay with a simple glass of lemon water.

Lemon Water Rejuvenates Skin

We all want to look younger, and will spend lots of money to try and make this happen. But the answer may be simpler than you think. The healing properties of lemon water are great, as the vitamin C (and other nutrients) helps your body to produce collagen to keep your skin wrinkle-free.

Lucky for you, a Paleo diet is rich with skin-protecting antioxidants as well. So if you simply add some daily lemon water (which is rich with vitamin C) – your skin will be glowing in no time!

Lemon Water Fights Cravings

You will likely also be encouraged to know that lemons contain a beneficial kind of fiber, known as pectin. Pectin aids in helping you feel full for a longer period of time. This is one of the key tenets of weight loss.

Rounding out a healthy diet with lemon water can help keep you away from the refrigerator late at night and fight off sneaky cravings. In addition, lemon water keeps us hydrated, which can make weight loss much easier. Being properly hydrated also keeps away nasty headaches and sluggishness.

Lemon Water Boosts Energy and Mood

Sick of the caffeine rollercoaster? Try replacing some of your coffee with some lemon water. Don’t believe me? Just examine the atomic structure found within lemons.

They are packed with negative-charged ions, which – upon ingestion – lead to a natural increase in our energy. Who knew! Interestingly, the scent of lemon has been found to help with stress levels and even potentially boost moods.

DIY Lemon Water

If you want to make your own lemon water, the process couldn’t be simpler! To start, simply slice a lemon in half. Next, squeeze the juice of the lemon into a glass of water. The more juice you include, the more nutritional benefits you will get.

If you want to make more than one serving of lemon water, cut a few lemons in half and squeeze the juice into a large pitcher of water. It should be noted that you can also consume the rind itself to get some extra vitamin C and beneficial enzymes.

4 Lemon Water Hacks

In addition to all the benefits of lemon water, you can also use lemons au naturale. There are a variety of ways in which lemons can brighten up and improve your home, but the following are some of my personal favorites.

Try Lemon Essential Oil to Whiten Your Teeth

Want whiter teeth? Try mixing lemon essential oil, coconut oil and baking soda. Once mixed, rub this concoction on your teeth. Try to leave it on for at least two minutes to reap the rewards.

Make Your Own Natural Face Wash

For this one, mix lemon oil, baking soda and honey. This pleasant smelling concoction will leave your skin feeling much fresher than the chemical-based products you can buy at the store.

Use Lemon Oil as a Silver Polisher

This is a little bit obscure, but you can use lemon oil to help clean up your silver – no need for expensive cleaners.

Deodorize Rooms

This is my most frequent use of lemon as a natural product. Peel a lemon and place the peels in a simmering pot of water. Add cinnamon and cloves, and say hello to your new air freshener. Some even use lemon juice in their dishwasher!

How to Choose, Store and Consume Lemon

Here are some helpful tips for your next batch of lemons!

Want to have lemons that last twice as long? Keep them stored in a sealed plastic bag, rather than leaving them out.

Organic is better. While this is nearly always the case, with lemons it really makes a difference. Buy lemons that are all-the-way yellow, not green. Hard lemons, dull lemons, or wrinkly lemons should be avoided as well.

Don’t drink it cold! Cold lemon water can be a little bit of a surprise to your body, so start with lukewarm water. Slowly drip the juice into the water, tasting it until you have your desired flavor.

Did you know there are actually 3 different kinds of lemons available? Eureka and Lisbon lemons are the familiar kind – sour and tart. Meyer lemons, however, are sweeter! They will be a little closer to orange colored, so they’re fairly easy to spot. Mix and match the different varieties until you have your desired flavor.

Want a great way to always have lemon water ready? Juice several lemons, pour into an ice cube tray, and let it freeze. Simply drop a cube or two into a glass the next time you are in the mood for lemon water!

Watch this video – What Happens to Your Body When You Drink Lemon Water

The Bottom Line

Who knew that lemons could be so useful?! Hopefully you are now inspired to spice up your routine with some lemon water, a new air freshener, and maybe even some new skin care ideas.

While lemonade is very popular, it is much too high in sugar to be healthy (and is usually loaded with artificial sugar). Stay healthier and make your own (delicious) lemon water!

Written by Casey Thaler

Author Bio:

Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS is an NASM® certified personal trainer and NASM® certified fitness nutrition specialist. He writes for Paleo Magazine®The Paleo Diet® and Greatist®. He is also an advisor for Kettle and Fire and runs his own nutrition and fitness consulting company, Eat Clean, Train Clean®.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

DIY Serum to Treat Acne and Aging Spots Naturally


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In this recipe, we’ll create a simple DIY serum you can use to spot treat acne scars. However, it’s also great for treating aging spots (and smells delicious!)

There are many amazing benefits of lemon water, and below, we’ll go over some of its best topical uses.

Lemon not only helps fade scars, but can also heal and treat existing acne, exfoliate skin, and remove blackheads. It also helps keep your skin moisturized, treating your acne without over-drying your already irritated skin.

Vegetable glycerin, another common ingredient in facial serums, acts as a toner and moisturizer. It promotes water retention in your skin while also treating oily spots. (A win-win situation.)

I recommend using darker kitchenware to make this recipe, as the yellow citrus can stain lighter bowls and plates.

Note: As with all topical products, be sure to first test a small spot of skin for adverse reactions.

DIY Serum to Get Rid of Acne Scars Naturally

Recipe by Destiny Lalane

Treat acne and aging spots with this DIY, Paleo-friendly acne serum.

Tools:

  • Small bowl
  • Funnel
  • Roll-on jar or applicator

Ingredients:

  • ¼ t lemon juice
  • 5 drops sweet orange oil essence
  • 2 drops lemon oil essence
  • 1 t castor oil
  • .5 t organic vegetable glycerin (from coconut oil)

Instructions:

  1. Add castor oil and glycerin into a small bowl and mix well.
  • Add sweet orange and lemon oil essence in the bowl and mix.
  • Funnel the mixture into its container and cover.
  • Apply before bed and rinse off in the morning.
  • Store in a cool or room temperature location.
  • Shake well before each use.

Watch this video – DIY | Make Vitamin C Serum And Toner At Home | Dr. Vivek Joshi

Written by Destiny Lalane

Author Bio:

Destiny is a lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur. Her mission is to inspire others to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. When she’s not creating recipes and sharing life hacks on her blog DestinyLalane.com, she enjoys photography, travel, and trying new things.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

How to Naturally Eliminate Acne Scars and Marks?


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While there’s no denying that the aftermath of a breakout can be messy, there are natural remedies that can help accelerate healing time and fade the marks or acne scars that pimples can cause.

The best part about these natural remedies is that they’re gentle on your skin, won’t clog your pores (which prevents future breakouts), and you can purchase most of them at your local health food store for less than $10.

So save your dollars—and your skin—with these five natural remedies to help heal acne scars.

Top 5 Natural Remedies for Acne Scars

1. Rosehip Seed Oil

Meet your new BFF for fresh red marks and dark spots: rosehip seed oil.

Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the rosehip seeds of wild roses in Chile.

This natural oil can improve your skin’s texture and appearance because it contains vitamin C and essential fatty acids, two nutrients that help build healthy skin cells and stimulate collagen production.

Collagen is needed to help reduce hyperpigmentation, fill in deep acne scars and repair the skin’s tissue to fade red spots and dark marks.

But what really makes rosehip seed oil a superfood for your skin is a nutrient it contains, called retinoic acid.

Retinoic acid is a form of vitamin A, an antioxidant vitamin. When applied topically, retinoic acid can help regenerate skin cells, reduce hyperpigmentation and reduce the appearance of dark marks.

Studies suggest that retinoic acid can also help promote collagen formation, especially in those with photodamaged skin. When you apply rosehip oil topically, your skin absorbs it right away and begins regenerating cells.

The cool thing about retinoic acid is that your skin can absorb it and utilize it right away. You see, other forms of vitamin A, such as beta-carotene, must go through a series of processes to be converted to retinoic acid before it can provide benefits to the skin.

Lastly, rosehip oil is non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog pores and won’t contribute to future breakouts. Rosehip seed oil is safe to use on oily skin because it’s a dry oil, which means it’s readily absorbed by your skin and won’t make your skin feel greasy. For this reason, it’s more similar to a skin serum than an oil.

How to Use Rosehip Seed Oil: Rosehip seed oil is best applied at night after cleansing and exfoliating. Although it absorbs well into the skin, it may still feel oily if applied under makeup.

2. Hemp Seed Oil

While there’s a lack of studies done on hemp oil for the skin, many natural skincare sites feature hemp oil as one of the best home remedies for acne sufferers.

Hemp seed oil is one of the richest plant sources of linolenic acid, an omega-3 essential fatty acid that helps build healthy skin cells, which are needed to fade dark marks and scars.

Because they’re a natural anti-inflammatory, omega-3’s, when applied topically, can also help reduce the swelling, irritation and redness that accompany breakouts. Hemp oil is anti-inflammatory, helping to relieve acne swelling and irritation.

Hemp seed oil is non-comedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores or contribute to new breakouts, and is safe for daily use.

Let’s not forget that hemp seed oil is also a whole food that pairs well with recipes—and that healthy skin also stems from your diet. So, drizzle hemp seed oil on your salads and add it to your smoothies!

How to Use Hemp Seed Oil: For improving the skin’s appearance and texture, hemp seed oil is best used as a moisturizer, massaged into the skin after cleansing and exfoliating. For best results, use daily.

Important Note:

Hemp seed oil is a delicate oil that can go rancid quickly when it’s exposed to heat or light. For this reason, hemp seed oil should always be in a dark bottle and refrigerated. When using hemp seed oil in your beauty routine, take out small amounts as needed.

3. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. While it behaves like an oil, jojoba oil is actually a wax ester, which makes it a non-greasy “dry” oil that absorbs into the skin quickly.

Jojoba oil is said to be effective for reducing mild acne scars and redness because it contains vitamin E, which is an antioxidant vitamin that can help regenerate skin cells and improve wound and scar healing.

It’s also included in many anti-acne skin care formulas because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial activity, which can help prevent acne-causing bacteria in the skin’s pores from causing breakouts.

Additionally, jojoba oil is said to be the closest plant substance to human sebum, which may create a “feedback” mechanism by regulating the body’s sebum production.

As you may already know, excess sebum production is the primary cause of acne breakouts. Jojoba oil is antibacterial, contains vitamin E and regulates sebum production: the perfect breakout cure.

While more research is needed to backup this claim, it’s worth giving jojoba oil a shot. As a non-comedogenic oil, jojoba oil won’t clog pores, and may help control future breakouts by regulating oil production and killing bacteria.

While jojoba oil is a safe natural remedy to use for acne, there are a few precautions to consider when it comes to adding it to your skincare routine.

While some people experience only beneficial effects from using jojoba oil, others experience a “purge” phase, where jojoba oil’s antibacterial properties clean out clogged pores and push out pus that’s formed by bacteria.

Initially, this may cause whiteheads or small pimples to form. However, this is simply the cleansing action of jojoba oil at work. After a few weeks of daily continued use, many people credit jojoba oil to a vast reduction in clogged pores.

How to Use Jojoba Oil: Simply add a few drops of jojoba oil to your fingers and massage into your face after cleansing and exfoliating.

Important Notes:

A few drops of jojoba oil go a long way. If overused, it can cause breakouts by attracting more dirt into your pores.

Jojoba oil is considered a dry oil because it absorbs into the skin so quickly.

However, if you find it too oily, some people prefer to mix a few drops of jojoba with aloe vera gel for a moisturizing, soothing anti-acne treatment.

Quality is important when it comes to jojoba oil. Many varieties of jojoba oil are heavily processed, refined and contain other chemicals, which will actually contribute to breakouts.

Non-organic jojoba oil may also contain pesticides, which can further aggravate your skin. For this reason, jojoba oil is the one exception on this list of natural remedies for acne scars that will cost more than $10.

A high quality jojoba oil that’s organic, cold-pressed and unrefined (which is the exact variety that will help your skin) will usually range between $25 and $30.

Typically, a larger-sized bottle of jojoba oil that’s $10 or less indicates that it’s unrefined or non-organic, even if it’s labelled “pure.”

4. Exfoliate with Baking Soda

Baking soda is naturally exfoliating, which may help fade acne scars and hyperpigmentation by removing dead skin and regenerating a layer of new skin cells.

Baking soda is also effective for preventing future breakouts because it helps remove the trapped dirt and oil under the skin that causes zits.

Exfoliating with baking soda before applying a natural moisturizer or oil (such as rosehip seed oil or hemp oil) will also help open your pores, enabling the oil to be more efficiently absorbed.

How to Exfoliate with Baking Soda: Add 2 tablespoons of baking soda to 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl, and mix until a paste forms. Massage gently onto your face in a circular motion for a few minutes, focusing on areas that are most affected by dark marks and scars. Rinse off with warm water, and repeat 2-3 times weekly.

Important Notes:

It’s important to choose a non-aluminum baking soda to prevent unnecessary harsh chemicals from coming in contact with your skin.

Avoid exfoliating areas where the skin is broken open, as this can cause more redness and irritation.

5. Lemon Juice

Freshly squeezed lemon juice is commonly used as a natural spot treatment for fading acne scars because it acts as a natural bleaching agent.

Lemon is also rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant vitamin that helps improve the health of skin cells. Lemon juice may also help prevent future breakouts because it’s a natural antimicrobial.

How to Use Lemon Juice: It’s best to apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to affected areas after exfoliating with a Q-tip or cotton ball. You can leave the lemon juice on overnight or rinse off after an hour.

Since lemon juice is highly acidic, it should only be applied to areas affected by dark marks or scars, and kept away from areas where the skin has been broken open.

If you have sensitive skin, diluting lemon juice with water will have a milder effect.

Lastly, lemon juice can be drying, so it’s best to follow up this natural spot treatment by applying a moisturizing oil afterwards, such as hemp seed oil.

Lemon juice can also be combined with baking soda, rosehip seed oil and other natural ingredients to make home recipes for preventing breakouts and treating acne scars.

Important Notes:

Avoid the sun. Lemon juice may increase your skin’s photosensitivity and make you more susceptible to sun damage after being applied.

For this reason, it’s best to avoid the sun entirely on the days you apply lemon juice. If that’s not possible, be sure to wear sunscreen.

Lemon may be too strong of a bleaching agent for darker skin tones.

It’s recommended that you do a spot test to see how your skin reacts before using it as a natural treatment to fade your acne scars.

Getting Rid of Acne Scars Through Your Diet

While these natural home remedies for getting rid of acne scars are effective, this blog post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t emphasize the importance of healing and preventing future breakouts through your diet.

I always say that clear skin is an inside job, which means your internal health has a direct impact on the appearance and texture of your skin. As your largest organ of detoxification, your skin’s appearance is a telling indicator of high levels of toxins in your body (which can manifest as breakouts) or hormonal imbalances.

This is why, in addition to using topical remedies for acne scars, it’s also important to add skin supportive foods to your diet each day.

Collagen peptides can help stimulate collagen production from the inside out, while plant foods such as spirulina, chlorella, leafy greens, fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all rich sources of antioxidant vitamins that help promote healthy skin cells.

Refined sugar also acts as a toxin and damages your skin. This is because when you eat refined sugar, it attaches to proteins in your bloodstream and forms new molecules called AGEs, or advanced glycation end products. AGEs damage the collagen in your skin, preventing your skin from healing quicker and also causing premature wrinkles.

In addition to refined sugar, foods that are known to cause acne breakouts include dairy, white flour, grains and gluten, which is why it’s best to avoid these foods.

As mentioned above, refined sugar contributes to damaged skin by forming AGEs. But sugar also causes rapid spikes in your blood sugar levels, triggering the release of insulin. Fluctuating insulin levels have been shown to increase sebum production.

Excess sebum (oil) can clog your pores when mixed with the bacteria that live on your skin and form pimples. Refined sugar, dairy and gluten are often the cause of acne breakouts. Stick with leafy plant foods!

Dairy and gluten are common (and often hidden) food sensitivities for many people. Repeatedly eating a food your body has difficulty digesting can not only trigger an immune response, but also deplete your healthy gut bacteria. This leads to a health condition called gut dysbiosis.

Since approximately 70% of your immune system is located in your gut, gut dysbiosis can lead to immune dysfunction, which is a primary cause of inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.

Lastly, essential fatty acids are an important nutrient for keeping your skin blemish-free. We require both omega-3’s and omega-6’s from our diets to keep our skin healthy. However, they are needed in a very specific ratio with one another—or else they can have the opposite effect and cause acne.

You see, omega-3 essential fatty acids are an anti-inflammatory nutrient, while omega-6’s cause inflammation when consumed in excess, resulting in inflammatory skin conditions such as acne.

The ideal omega-3 to omega-6 ratio is 1:2 or 1:3 for optimal health. Unfortunately, today’s Western diet is closer to a 1:17 ratio. This means we’re consuming at least 5 times the amount of omega-6’s we should be. This is because omega-6’s is found in high oleic vegetable oils and fats that are included in most packaged foods, fried foods and processed foods.

You can help reduce the inflammation in your skin by adding more omega-3’s to your diet and reducing your amount of omega-6’s. This can be done by eating more omega-3 rich foods at each meal (such as salmonavocado, walnuts, flaxseed, hemp hearts and chia seeds), while avoiding processed, packaged and fast foods that are high in omega-6’s.

Since the Paleo diet recommends eating the skin supportive foods above, and eliminates the most common foods that cause acne, following a Paleo diet may also be an ideal way to improve the appearance and texture of your skin.

Watch this video – How to Naturally Eliminate Acne Scars and Marks?

Written by Brandi Black

Author Bio:

Brandi Black is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of Feel Best Naked, a health blog for women who want to clear up their skin, lose the muffin top and make the bloat disappear. After years of experiencing (and then healing) her own unbalanced hormones, she’s now obsessed with helping other women feel spectacular in their own skin with natural remedies for hormone balance.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

How to Find the Best and Healthiest Coconut Oil?


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From cold-pressed to unrefined, the lingo used to describe coconut oil can get pretty confusing. Here we breakdown what it all means and how to find the healthiest coconut oil for you.

While the recent popularity of coconut oil in the media makes it seem like a “new” health product, coconut oil has been consumed around the world for centuries.

Unfortunately, reaping the natural benefits of coconut oil proves more difficult than you think. There are different extraction methods used to separate coconut oil from its meat, which affects the quality and nutritional value of the oil.

For example, some companies use toxic chemicals to extract coconut oil, while others use all-natural, low-heat methods that preserve all of the coconut oil’s goodness.

Before we get into how to find the best, healthiest coconut oil, let’s take a look at why you want to be consuming this powerful oil in the first place.

The Benefits of Coconut Oil

Most of the benefits found in this tropical fruit oil are derived from its saturated and medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs). These good fats are easily absorbed through your gut, where they’re metabolized by the liver to produce energy and boost absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K.

However, coconut oil’s MCTs also contain several compounds that give it a host of amazing benefits not seen in other oils!

Antibacterial and Antifungal

Coconut oil contains a fatty acid called lauric acid, which has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties. These properties come from lauric acid’s ability to disrupt the cell membranes of bacteria, which leads to their death.

Even in the face of antibiotic-resistant bugs, such as colitis-causing C. difficile, lauric acid has slowed and even stopped proliferation of bacteria in studies. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Other studies show coconut oil to also be effective against Staph infection, acne caused by bacteria, and ear infections.

Improves Brain Health

If you compare your brain cells to mini engines, coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids (MCTs) are their premium fuel source. These MCTs help keep them running optimally, with one study showing MCTs improve recall and memory problems in aging participants.

Reduces Inflammation

The antioxidant polyphenols in coconut oil reduce the inflammation that occurs in inflammatory diseases like arthritis. Studies show coconut oil’s anti-inflammatory effects come from its ability to suppress reactive cells, like C-reactive protein, that encourages swelling.

Helps Maintain Strong Bones

Coconut oil helps your body absorb calcium and magnesium – two minerals important for maintaining bone health. One study even showed that supplementing with virgin coconut oil helped improve bone volume after the onset of osteoporosis.

Promotes Weight Loss

Interestingly, the MCTs in coconut oil also have an appetite-reducing effect. This can help reduce overall calorie consumption, leading to fat loss.

One study showed that men who ate the most MCTs from coconut oil, ate an average of 256 fewer calories per day than normal, while another showed those consuming more coconut oil at breakfast also consumed less calories at lunch. Researchers believe this is due to improved insulin sensitivity and fat burning after consuming MCTs.

Ingredients to Avoid

Before you grab the nearest jar of coconut oil, check out the ingredient list so that you can avoid unhealthy toxins that are often added to the oil.

Ingredients to watch out for include added vegetable oils, such as cottonseed and canola oils. These oils are often added to cut down on the fat content of coconut oil (even though this fat is extremely healthy, as we saw from coconut oil’s benefits).

The problem with this is that the fats in these oils oxidize quickly, especially under high heat. Watch out for toxins in your next jar of coconut oil, like cottonseed and canola oils. 

When fats are oxidized, free radicals are formed that can harm and damage our DNA, leading to disease, abnormal cell metabolism, and faster aging.

As a rule, whether your coconut oil is for eating or for your skin or hair, “coconut oil” should be the only ingredient on the list.

Refined vs Unrefined Coconut Oil

Refined

Refined coconut oil is extracted from dried coconut meat using heat and a chemical solvent called hexane. After the oil is extracted, it is then filtered through a bleaching clay and is deodorized. Most coconut oils you see on the shelves are produced this way, unless stated otherwise on the label.

Unfortunately, this method has several limitations. Extracting coconut oil using heat can destroy the delicate nutrients and living enzymes present in coconut oil.

Adding hexane to the process further degrades the oil, as hexane has been shown to cause central nervous system depression, dizziness, nausea, headaches, as well as eye and throat irritations.

Unrefined

Unrefined coconut oil is extracted from fresh coconut meats, as opposed to dried. As such, it has not been filtered, bleached, or deodorized. Unrefined coconut oil is made by mechanically pressing out the oil – without adding any harmful chemicals like hexane.

Terms to Look for: The Bad

Hydrogenated

Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils are produced by adding hydrogen to liquid oil to turn it into a solidified oil, mainly to extend shelf life. However, the side effect of doing this is the creation of trans fats, which have been shown to raise bad cholesterol and lower good cholesterol.

Even the FDA has labelled hydrogenated oils as “generally not recognized as safe” and states that removing these oils from processed foods could, “prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths each year”.

Tip: Always avoid hydrogenated oil.

Terms to Look for: The Average

Expeller-pressed

Expeller-pressed coconut oil is produced using low-temperature and (usually) chemical-free drying methods. An expeller press is a large press that mechanically crushes the coconut meat until the oil runs out.

The reason it’s labelled as an “average” extraction method is because while the expeller press doesn’t apply heat directly to the coconut, high heat can develop due to high pressure and friction in the press. This can potentially damage delicate nutrients and antioxidants, and alter the flavor.

Centrifuge Extraction

Centrifugal oil extraction uses a high-speed centrifuge that separates the coconut oil from the water. While chemicals aren’t used in this method, excessive heat can be generated due to the friction of the centrifuge spin. Of course, some companies may monitor the heat levels while centrifuging, but are unlikely to state this on their labels. Overall, centrifuged coconut oil is a decent option if you’re looking to avoid chemicals and direct heating of your oil.

Terms to Look for: The Good

Virgin

Virgin coconut oil is oil that has not been hydrogenated or extracted using chemical solvents or high-heat methods. It has also not been bleached or deodorized, allowing it to retain its original taste, texture, and nutrients.

Overall, virgin is a term you should always look for when purchasing coconut oil if you’re looking for the best, purest variety.

PS: There is no difference between “Virgin” and “Extra-Virgin” coconut oil. “Extra Virgin” doesn’t mean much as it is really just a marketing trick to get you to pay more. Yikes!

Cold-pressed

Another term to look for when you want the most natural coconut oil is “cold-pressed.” You can think of this method as similar to expeller-pressed coconut oil, but with heat levels monitored to not exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit. This helps preserve the fatty acids, antioxidants, and enzymes.

Plastic vs Glass Jars

Over time, the toxins in plastic can leach into your food and drinks – and coconut oil stored in plastic is no exception. These toxins can be absorbed through skin contact or through the food you eat.

So while buying coconut oil in a plastic container may be cheaper, you’re not only likely to get that icky, plastic taste but you’re also putting your health at risk.

Organic vs Non-Organic Coconut Oil

Like other crops, organic coconuts are grown using chemical-free, sustainable farming methods. This means synthetic pesticides and fertilizers are not used, making virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil truly pure, all the way from seed to oil.

Of course, purchasing organic coconut oil is your best bet not only to avoid chemical additions, but also to support farming methods that preserve healthy soils and environments.

Watch this video – Tips on How to Find the best and Healthiest Coconut Oil

The Bottom Line

The healthiest coconut oil you can buy is organic, cold-pressed, unrefined virgin coconut oil in a glass jar. By scrutinizing your labels, you avoid all poisonous chemicals and retain all of the beneficial enzymes, antioxidants, and fatty acids that have made coconut oil a medicinal treasure around the globe.

Written by Megan Patiry

Author Bio:

Megan is an inquisitive nutrition and wellness writer harboring an editorial love affair with the decadent and the nutritious. She is a dedicated researcher in all areas of ancestral health, a certified specialist in fitness nutrition, personal trainer, and professional almond milk latte addict.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

5 Easy Tips for Staying Healthy at Work


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Cheap, processed food has led to a global obesity pandemic. How did we get into this scenario? Was it a slow change, or a relatively instantaneous shift in our habits?

The answer, it turns out, is a little bit of both. Our jobs mainly consist of a lot of sitting. Unfortunately, sedentary work does not leave a lot of room for play and exercise.

We have slowly changed our habits since the 1950s, though the roots of our ill health go back much further than that. To understand why and how our jobs are unhealthy, we need to review a little bit of history.

Remember When?

As Americans became much more comfortable following World War II (emotionally, physically, mentally and economically) we saw a shift in targeting by the media. Due in large part to heavy advertising, we began to consume more processed foods.

These once novel foodstuffs became a common staple in our modern world.

Back to Reality

But let’s get back to the present, and how this grand-scale shift has trickled down to you and your job. It means lots of sitting, and lots of chronic stress. You likely sit at a computer all day, and then spend all night watching a screen (TV, cellphone, laptop) as well. 

In short, the sedentary nature of the American workplace intensifies the negative effects of poor quality food, and as a result, makes us sicker. There are ways to fight back, though, and all of them involve self-empowerment.

For starters, limit your screen time, and realize the health impact this will have. You will spend less time sitting, snack less, and feel happier. You will also spend more time moving, and lose weight. Pretty good results for such a simple action, no?

1. Read More (and Smarter!)

Educate yourself and be aware of where you’re getting your news from. Don’t believe every tabloid headline, make sure the information you’re reading is coming from legitimate sources, then make a sound opinion.

If there’s a strange ingredient on something you want to buy at the grocery store, look it up and find out what it is.

Know the actual difference between foods that are organic and not organic (and if that actually matters).

Don’t assume that just because you read something on the internet or your friend told you “all fats are bad for you” that it’s true. (PS: Know the facts about fat.)

It’s also crucial to remember that health is not a “one size fits all” kind of deal. Know your body and find what works for you and what doesn’t.

2. Exercise More

Exercise more, even if this only means walking around your office building at lunch. Daily exercise helps your brain, body and spirit. And it will also help you lose those vanity pounds. You can do it – no matter what bad habits you may have!

Start supporting your local farmers, getting high-quality sleep, and realizing that you can make a difference – no matter how hopeless and depressed you can sometimes feel.

When you are at your office, get up every hour (if not more) and walk around. Stretch. Do some squats. This little bit of exercise at your job can make all the difference.

And more importantly, it will give you a feeling of self-empowerment and improvement. This feeling of confidence, which is so desperately needed when you have poor health, helps you to find the strength to continually make good decisions.

3. Make Healthy Friends

Find a friend or two to start exercising with. Let them motivate you, and in turn, you can motivate them. Sometimes ill health is a result of social isolation – the end product of poor social decisions. When people incorporate regular physical exercise into their lives, nearly everything improves.

You will be a lot more likely to continually go to the gym and keep the weight off (and muscle on!) when you have other people to help you. We are our habits, and finding others with healthy habits can make all the difference in the world.

4. Put It in Writing

It’s best to start by making a journal entry – think about your previous health, how to improve your current situation, and how exactly you got here. Think about the goals you wish to achieve – do you want to run a marathon? Do you want to get off of medication? Do you want to lose weight? Or do you simply want to feel happier?

Health is a delicate balance, and we now live in a culture of extremes. Only the extremes are reported and focused on. But health isn’t an extreme. It is about making smart, rational, everyday choices.

5. Work Less, Sleep More

Okay, this can be a little tougher than the others to pull off, but it is definitely worth the effort. Americans are working long hours, and putting themselves in overdrive when they are supposed to be home and relaxing.

More often than not, we let our jobs take priority over our health – skipping the gym to work overtime, eating fast food for lunch because it’s faster and won’t take as much time as ordering something healthier, etc.

At the end of the day, we want a good career and good health. So re-evaluate the “balance” you have struck. Are you happy with it? If not, take steps to improve it.

Putting It All Together

Staying healthy at work just takes a few, easy changes to your routine. Get up and walk around, stretch, do some squats, walk around the building at lunch – there are so many things you can do!

Stand up to unhealthy workplace policies. Make better food choices. Find a workplace friend to hit the gym with. Start healthy office outings like hikes or group runs on the weekend. Prioritize sleep. Get off your phone and digital devices more. The endless workday can be improved vastly by making healthier decisions. Make a list of all the things you can do – and then act on them.

The big corporations, pharmaceutical industries and television executives all get rich from your unhappiness and ill health. But they don’t get rich from the healthier you! Show your support of health by becoming healthier yourself. Actions speak louder than words – make yours count!

Watch these 2 videos below –

How to Be Healthy at Work: 8 Simple Lifestyle Tips

How To Stay Fit and Healthy Working at a Desk Job — 5 Office Health Tips

Written by Casey Thaler

Author Bio:

Casey Thaler, B.A., NASM-CPT, FNS is an NASM® certified personal trainer and NASM® certified fitness nutrition specialist. He writes for Paleo Magazine®The Paleo Diet® and Greatist®. He is also an advisor for Kettle and Fire and runs his own nutrition and fitness consulting company, Eat Clean, Train Clean®.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

How to Create a Thyroid-Friendly Home Environment?


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How to Make Your Home Thyroid-Friendly?

Advice for boosting thyroid function or reversing thyroid disease tends to focus on diet and supplement factors only.

However, the thyroid is incredibly sensitive to all external factors as well as diet.

Making a home thyroid-friendly can help to reduce stressors that lead to thyroid dysfunction. Why is the thyroid so sensitive?

All endocrine organs rely on messengers to communicate when and how much hormone to produce. These messengers respond to stress – including emotional, mental, physical, or environmental stress – and can over – or under-produce hormones as a result.

The thyroid produces two hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). TSH, or thyroid-stimulating hormone, is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain to instruct the thyroid when more hormones need to be made.

When TSH signals are sent, the thyroid makes T4 (the inactive form of thyroid hormone). T3, the active thyroid hormone, is then produced when cells in the body activate it from the inactive form.

Thyroid dysfunction is a common problem, and 7 out of 8 people who suffer from it are women. The thyroid can either produce too little or too much hormone, resulting in unpleasant symptoms on both ends of the spectrum.

When the immune system becomes involved, the thyroid disorder is an autoimmune disease that responds to the immune production of antibodies aimed at targeting the thyroid.

The thyroid regulates metabolism and energy levels, so when thyroid hormone is low, energy levels are low and weight gain often occurs. When thyroid levels are excessively high, weight loss may occur, along with heart palpitations and bouts of anxiety.

Your thyroid is also sensitive to toxins which are absorbed through dietary, lifestyle, and environmental sources. These toxins can overwhelm the liver and other detox organs, and remain within the body, exerting an influence over hormone production.

Toxins that have this effect within the body are known as endocrine disruptors, and there are several that research has shown interfere with thyroid hormones:

  • Phthalates
  • BPA (bisphenol A)
  • Flame retardants
  • Perfluorinated chemicals

Phthalates are often found in anything with a scent or fragrance, but very often don’t even have to be disclosed on product labels.

BPA is notoriously found in plastic items. Recent awareness has led to a whole slew of products marketed as “BPA-free,” but what isn’t disclosed on labels or as common knowledge is that most of those products contain BPS (bisphenol S), and when BPS enters the body it behaves in much the same way as BPA.

Flame retardants are often found in furniture and carpets, as well as many children’s products like car seats, mattresses, and even pyjamas, and their health impact goes way beyond the thyroid – even to cognitive performance and abilities!

Perfluorinated chemicals can be found anywhere from the public water supply to carpets to food items and even breast milk.

As you can see, toxins seem to be everywhere around us, but in most cases, there are toxin-free alternatives. For the sake of thyroid health, we need to go beyond our diets to improve wellness and hormone production from the outside and the inside.

Bottom line: The thyroid is temperamental and even if food sources are clean, lifestyle factors need to be addressed.

Start with the Kitchen

Cleaning up the home starts with the kitchen. Paleo is thyroid-friendly because it reduces food toxin sources. But let’s take it beyond that. Within our kitchens there can be numerous sources of toxins right under our noses. Plastic mixing bowls or food storage dishes. Non-stick skillets. Single-brew coffee makers.

When plastics get heated, they release toxins. When non-stick pans are heated over high heat, they can release chemicals that can cause flu-like symptoms in some cases.

The dangers of single-brew coffee makers have made the rounds, pointing out the high heat going through cheap plastic cups that contain the coffee or other beverages. Toss your K-Cup: Single-brew coffee makers release toxins!

There are safe alternatives to each of these things. However, I understand that most people can’t throw out all of their plastic ware and non-stick pans. The factors to keep in mind are these:

  • Don’t use the “heated dry” setting on your dishwasher if you put plastic or non-stick pans in there.
  • Don’t preheat non-stick pans on medium-high or high heat.
  • Don’t microwave plastic containers, ever.
  • When replacing plastic items, opt for glass or stainless steel.
  • When replacing non-stick pans, opt for stainless steel or cast iron.
  • Choose a coffee brewing system that avoids use of plastic, such as a single-brew, pour-over option in stainless steel.

Bottom line: Plastics and non-stick pans should be avoided and replaced when possible, and should not be exposed to high heat or microwaves.

How Lifestyle Toxins Affect Your Thyroid

The thyroid is sensitive to toxins from lifestyle sources which primarily include stressors such as lack of sleep, lack of exercise, over-exercise, insufficient hydration, excessive caffeine intake, and alcohol intake.

But a major factor that is often ignored is the lifestyle products that we willingly smear onto our bodies. Make-up, lotions, and other cosmetics are often the most toxic things that we encounter.

Even when clean, organic eating has become a regular part of our lives, many are unwilling to part with their favorite items, either because organic versions are more expensive or don’t work in the same way.

I’m here to tell you, though, as someone who did make the switch to a completely toxin-free lifestyle, that there are alternative products for every cosmetic convenience that you require. While it does involve that certain discomfort of trying new products, many organic, clean items offer trial or sample sizes, or can be demoed in health food stores.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) also ranks products according to their cleanliness, and can be a good starting point for sourcing new cosmetic products.

Aim for about 8 hours of sleep to help keep your thyroid healthy.

Prioritizing sleep often feels impossible for the overworked, the entrepreneur, the busy parent, the college student, or most other humans, really. But sleep is one of the most important factors that can improve total body wellness. While not everyone needs eight hours of sleep, it’s a good goal to aim for.

If you are waking early for work, make it a point of setting an alarm to remind yourself to go to bed. Even if you don’t naturally fall asleep right away, the process of establishing a bedtime routine can improve sleep habits in and of itself.

Exercise, especially as concerns the thyroid, needs to walk a fine line. Not exercising at all can result in a low metabolism and a thyroid slump. Over-exercising can send the thyroid into an even greater slump, however, and can actually make it harder to lose weight.

The best form of exercise for those who struggle with thyroid problems is something that is challenging but not completely exhausting. Running miles a day, for example, is probably not a restorative option. Short bursts of strength conditioning or cardio can be acceptable. But a true therapeutic exercise option for thyroid issues is yoga.

Bottom line: Makeup and other beauty products can be huge sources of toxins. So try to replace them with cleaner, more natural versions when possible. When it comes to sleep, aim for at least 8 hours per day and while it’s important to exercise regularly, don’t over-exercise, as this can send your thyroid into an ever greater slump.

How Environmental Factors Affect Your Thyroid

The thyroid is exceptionally sensitive, and any form of chemicals can contribute to dysfunction or imbalance. We’ve already discussed chemicals, plastics, and fragrances. Environmental toxins and pollutants, like mold, can also wreak havoc on the metabolism and thyroid hormone output.

Mold can also have a negative impact on the immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, and nervous system. Basically, mold can be a destructive force that, once it has entered your immediate home environment, can lead to a cascade of problems that often won’t resolve until the source of contamination is dealt with.

Other environmental factors can also contribute to thyroid and other hormone problems. Pesticides, plant growth chemicals, and even bleach – which can all commonly be found in many typical homes – can contribute to thyroid dysfunction.

Bottom line: Environmental factors can strongly influence the thyroid and for the best results, should be removed and replaced with clean, toxin-free versions.

Conclusion

Making your home thyroid-friendly involves removing all sources of toxins, and it only starts with food. How in depth you go depends on your health condition and your level of determination to feel better and get “unsick.”

Watch these 2 videos below –

How To Make Your Home Thyroid Friendly – Skinny Recipes

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Written by Aimee McNew

Author Bio:

Aimee McNew is a Certified Nutritionist who specializes in women’s health, thyroid problems, infertility, and digestive wellness. She ate her way back to health using a Paleo diet, lost 80 pounds, and had a healthy baby after numerous miscarriages. She focuses on simple nutrition practices that promote long-lasting results.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

4-Ingredient Natural DIY Foaming Hand Soap to Keep Your Hands Moisturized


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A 4-ingredient, natural foaming hand soap that will keep your hands moisturized and clean.

I’m super particular with everything I use on my skin.

Growing up, my mother used to purchase the most deliciously smelling hand soaps.

It’s safe to say that I was once obsessed. Unfortunately, many hand soaps contain overly processed chemicals and can cause skin irritations. The Food and Drug Administration even put a ban on certain soaps on the market. 

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water.

In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Luckily, it’s easy to cut out harsh chemicals found in store-bought hand soaps by making your own. Thanks to a few of Mother Nature’s ingredients, you can even make your own foaming hand soap that’s safe for regular use.

For this homemade foam hand soap recipe, we’ll be using castile soap, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil.

Natural Ingredients

Castile soap and water are the base of this recipe, creating the foaming sensation.

Jojoba oil is popular for its moisturizing benefits and is commonly used in oil cleansing regimens. Similar to coconut oil, you can use this carrier oil as a natural makeup remover.

Tea tree oil is by far my favorite essential oil due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. I use it in recipes to help extend its shelf life and prevent mold, as well as to clean table tops, electronics, and screens. It’s extremely versatile and acts as a natural cleansing ingredient.

Note: Due to the potency of oil essence, remember to use a glass soap dispenser for this recipe to prevent the plastic from breaking down.

As with all topical products, be sure to first test a small spot of skin for adverse reactions.

Natural DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Recipe by Destiny Lalane

A 4-ingredient, natural foaming soap that will keep your hands moisturized and clean.

Tools:

  • Foaming soap dispenser
  • Funnel
  • Small bowl

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups boiled or distilled water
  • 2 T castile soap
  • 1/2 T jojoba oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil

Instructions:

  1. Boil water and let cool. If you’re using distilled water, simply pour the distilled water into a bowl.
  • Add castile soap, jojoba oil, and tea tree oil into a small bowl.
  • Mix well until a cloudy consistency forms.
  • Funnel the mixture into your soap dispenser of choice.
  • Store in a cool or room temperature location and use within 1 month.

Watch this video – Homemade Creamy Moisturizing Hand Soap

Written by Destiny Lalane

Author Bio:

Destiny is a lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur. Her mission is to inspire others to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. When she’s not creating recipes and sharing life hacks on her blog DestinyLalane.com, she enjoys photography, travel, and trying new things.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

4 Dangers of Household Dust + 4 Natural Ways to Fight It


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It may sound crazy to hear that the dust in your home could be contributing to your health symptoms, but according to research, this statement isn’t far-fetched.

Indoor dust found in the average US household has been shown to contain approximately 45 toxic endocrine disrupting chemicals, including flame retardants and phthalates, which are linked to weight gain, obesity, thyroid issues, cognitive impairment, and cancer.

Since we tend to think of our homes as safe havens, free from unavoidable outdoor pollutants, it may come as a surprise that the seemingly harmless dust bunnies in your living space are a major source of chemicals – which can accumulate in your body, build up in your blood and tissues, and cause a long list of health problems.

The good news is that there are easy and effective ways to begin reducing the number of chemicals that settle into the dust in your home.

How Do Chemicals End Up in Your Household Dust?

According to EWG, “products inside your house ‘shed’ chemicals over time,” including shoes, food and any chemicals released from cookingplastics, stain-resistant furniture, electronics, and flooring materials – as well as fragrances, cosmetics, and any other household items that contain chemicals, such as cleaning products.

The chemicals that accumulate from indoor dust can come from outside, too.

Outdoor pollutants can enter the air in your home when you have your windows open, and get tracked indoors from your shoes and from having an outdoor pet. Car seats even contain fire retardant chemicals that accumulate in dust.

4 Dangers of Household Dust

Before you even consider the addition of chemicals, dust is basically a combination of pollen, microscopic organisms, pet dander, dead skin cells, and/or plant material.

All of these substances are known to cause allergic reactions, including sneezing, watery, itchy eyes, and shortness of breath. In addition to being a known allergen, here are five big dangers of household dust when chemicals are added to the mix.

1. Household Dust May Cause Thyroid Dysfunction

A common household chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) can build up in organs and tissues – and research has shown that one of the main sources of PFOA is household dust.

According to studies, those who have high levels of PFOA in their blood are more likely to develop thyroid problems and other hormonal imbalances than those who haven’t been exposed to this chemical. What’s worse is that once PFOA enters your bloodstream, it’s stable enough to remain in your body for several years.

PFOA is found in carpet, flooring that’s treated with wax, sealants, carpet stain remover, and non-stick cookware.

2. Household Dust Contains Chemicals Linked to Fertility Issues

You’d never think that pulling out the vacuum more often could improve your chance of conceiving, but it’s true: phthalates and PCBs are two other chemicals that accumulate in dust, which can lower sperm count and cause reproductive issues in women.

Phthalates are found in car interiors, vinyl shower curtains, vinyl wall paper, and cosmetics. PCBs are found in oil-based paint, electrical equipment, plastic, and floor finish. You’re more likely to find PCBs in materials in older homes, as the use of PCBs was banned in late 1979.

Similar to PFOA, both of these chemicals take a long time to break down, and can remain in your organs and tissues for a number of years.

3. Household Dust Can Trigger Skin Flare-ups

Bacteria and fungi are among the organisms found in household dust that can produce their own type of chemicals. Although these chemicals are more natural as opposed to man-made (such as phthalates or PCBs), they are still allergens. The chemicals produced by bacteria and fungi have been linked to skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.

4. Chemicals in Household Dust Can Interfere with Cognitive Development

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, a type of flame retardant found on mattresses, computers, car stereos, and couch cushions, are linked to cognitive impairment and neurobehavioral disorders in children. Studies show that a whopping 80% of our exposure to a chemical called PBDE is through household dust.

Although anyone who’s been exposed to toxic chemicals is at risk for developing health problems, infants and toddlers are at an even greater risk when it comes to household dust.

Crawling on the floor, playing with toys that are stored in bins, and frequently putting their hands in their mouths creates an easy pathway for PBDEs in dust to wind up in their bodies.

High levels of PBDEs are also linked to liver dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, behavioral problems and low immunity.

4 Ways to Fight the Dangers of Household Dust

Now that you know the dangers of dust, here’s how to turn your household into a clean, chemical-free environment!

1. Use Organic and Natural Products in Your Home

As mentioned above, cosmetics, personal care products, flammable materials, and chemical-laden household cleaning products are at the top of the list when it comes to toxic exposure in dust. Therefore, swapping household products and cosmetics for natural alternatives is the best place to begin to make your dust less toxic.

Consider using coconut oil as your go-to moisturizer, essential oils instead of fragrances, and a combination of water, lemon juice, white vinegar, and antibacterial essential oils as an all-purpose cleaner around your home.

Better yet, check out this guide on how to make your own natural DIY cleaning products and make everything from your own natural dishwashing soap to a toilet bowl cleaner.

2. Use a HEPA Filter to Vacuum

HEPA stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air, and it’s a special filter you can attach to your vacuum cleaner to trap dust and other pollutants, such as mold, tobacco smoke, and pollen. The benefit of using HEPA filters over regular vacuum filters is that they can trap microscopic particles that regular filters can’t suck up.

3. Regularly Damp Dust Surfaces

Skip the feather duster and opt for a damp cloth, a microfiber duster or an electrostatic cloth. Regular feather dusters tend to spread the dust even further, rather than picking it up. Some major dusty culprits include:

Electronics: Even when your flat screen doesn’t look too dusty, pull out a microfiber cloth and dust it off anyway. Electronics are a major source of the flame retardants linked to hormonal imbalances and impaired cognitive function in babies, and they “release” these chemicals over time into the air in your home.

Dusting your electronics at least once a week is an easy way to keep toxic dust to a minimum. Note: Just make sure to unplug them first!

Baseboards: It’s incredible how dusty these can get without us noticing. Since these are so low to the ground, baseboards are big collectors of toxic dust. Spray them with a natural all-purpose cleaner and wipe with a damp cloth.

Behind microwaves, fridges and stoves: Crumbs, insects (yikes) and spills tend to accumulate behind kitchen appliances, so make sure to regularly give these a good cleaning. For hard-to-reach areas like behind the fridge, use a sponge mop with a long handle.

Ceiling fans, vents, window sills, etc.: Remember, dust can collect almost anywhere, so make sure to clean your home regularly to keep you and your family healthy!

4. Wash Your Hands with Plain, Natural (not Fragranced) Soap and Water Before Eating

Although it may sound simple, washing your hands before every meal is something everyone in your family can start doing right now – especially children, who are at a higher risk for developing health issues from dust, and unfortunately spend the most time playing in areas where dust accumulates.

Washing your hands thoroughly with a chemical-free soap before you eat or prepare a meal is one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of toxins you and your family are exposed to each day.

Watch these 2 videos below –

Dust Where Does it Come From – House Cleaning Secrets

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Written by Brandi Black

Author Bio:

Brandi Black is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of Feel Best Naked, a health blog for women who want to clear up their skin, lose the muffin top and make the bloat disappear. After years of experiencing (and then healing) her own unbalanced hormones, she’s now obsessed with helping other women feel spectacular in their own skin with natural remedies for hormone balance.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

How to Get Rid of Black Mold in Your Home?


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Black Mold – 4 Signs It’s in Your Home & How to Get Rid of It

Finding or suspecting you have a black mold infestation in your home can often leave you with a feeling of panic.

Just how toxic is black mold? Is getting rid of it expensive? Do I need to sell my home? (Yikes!)

All of these thoughts are common, and reasonable. However, keep in mind that most cases of black mold, if caught early, are easily fixable. Keep reading to get an understanding of exactly what black mold is, how you can determine if your home is infected, and how you can get rid of it.

What Is Black Mold?

Black mold, or Stachybotrys chartarum, is one of the most common indoor molds. It grows in damp, humid, and dark areas in homes. Like other molds, it releases spores into the air surrounding it, which can be inhaled by humans or absorbed through your skin, and can also allow it to be transported to other areas of a home.

Why Is Black Mold So Dangerous?

Black mold is commonly referred to as toxic mold, and for good reason. Aside from causing all kinds of respiratory reactions like coughing, sneezing, sore and itchy throats, and watery and itchy eyes, prolonged exposure can have serious health consequences. Black mold is toxic, and prolonged exposure can have serious health consequences.

One study found that exposure to mold during infancy led to asthma at 7 years of age, while others have linked exposure to brain inflammation, behavioral dysfunction, movement disorders, and neurological deterioration.

In short, black mold warrants its reputation as a toxin, and should be treated as soon as it’s discovered. Below are several signs it may be inhabiting your home.

4 Black Mold Signs and Symptoms

1. Musty Smell

Mold has a pungent, earthy, musty, and rather unpleasant smell. Even if you can’t see it, if you notice a weird smell when you enter a certain room, be sure to thoroughly check that room.

If you can’t find anything at first glance, you (or a mold inspector) may have to remove wallpaper, plastering, or tiles, as it could be hiding underneath.

Side note: Some people can become accustomed to the smells in their homes (even if they are bad). It might help to have a friend come over with a “fresh nose”, if you will, to tell you if anything smells off in your home.

2. Visible Dark Rings and Spots (Water Damage)

One of the early signs that mold could be lurking in your home is the appearance of dark rings or spots on the ceilings or walls. Even if these spots aren’t mold per se, they may be indicative of water damage or pooling water, which is a recipe for mold growth. Dark rings on your ceiling? It might be an early sign of black mold.

If you see anything like this in your home, it’s best to mop it up as quickly as possible and clean the area using disinfectants. If you can’t access the area, get an inspector to do it for you. Be sure to check other areas as well, since there could be more widespread water damage.

3. Respiratory Irritation

Common early symptoms of black mold exposure can cause itchy skin, sneezing, watery, itchy eyes, headaches, coughing, and skin irritation. If you suspect black mold is growing in an area in your home and you’re experiencing these symptoms, you need to get it checked out and removed quickly.

4. Visible Growths and Odd Colors

You may be able to visibly see a black mold growth in your home. While most black mold is indeed black, it can have a wide range of variations. For instance, you may notice a dark, furry growth or what appears to be a black stain, or there could be white, orange, brown, and even green specks.

A good rule of thumb is no matter what the color, get it treated to avoid damage to your health.

How to Get Rid of Black Mold?

Once you’ve discovered where the black mold is hiding, either by doing a thorough search around your home yourself (checking in dark, damp places, in small cracks, beneath tiles and wallpaper, etc.) or hiring a professional to check for you, it’s time to get rid of it.

1. Kill It Yourself

Below are instructions on how you can kill black mold yourself, but first:

Protect Yourself: Wear a pair of latex gloves, goggles, a dust mask, and clothing that covers your entire body to avoid contact with the toxic mold spores.

Step 1

Close off the area of the mold infestation using duct tape over vents and cracks, and close doors. You can also use a small fan to direct spores out an open window. You need to do this because spores can transport the mold to other areas of your home.

Step 2

Clean the area with a scrub brush and soap and water. Don’t scrape it dry, as this can release it into the air. Bag up and throw away anything that was infested with the growth.

Step 3

Apply a strong disinfectant to the infested area (see below) and, to be safe, a good amount of the area around it.

Step 4

Ventilate the area and keep it dry.

Disinfectants That Banish Black Mold

The following disinfectants are antifungals that can be used to kill and prevent mold growth.

Grapefruit Seed Extract: Combine 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract with 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Spray on the affected area and let dry.

Tea Tree Oil: Combine 1 teaspoon with 1 cup water in a spray bottle, spray on the affected area, and let dry.

White Vinegar: Pour undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray directly on the area and let dry.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Spray a 3 percent concentration on the area. Leave for 15 minutes, then rinse.

Note: Bleach will also work as a disinfectant, but it is not recommended. Bleach can burn human tissue and has been known to cause respiratory problems (while also irritating the mouth and eyes).

2. Professional Treatment

While it can be a little more costly to have your home professionally treated to remove black mold, it is a good option if the infection is widespread or in an area you can’t clean thoroughly. Professional removers will also ensure that the spores don’t spread by using air cleaners, so if you want total peace of mind that spores aren’t spreading, this may be your option.

How to Prevent Black Mold?

Once you get rid of black mold, there are several steps you can take to keep it from returning.

Reduce Humidity

Mold thrives in humid, damp conditions. Regularly check areas in your home that accumulate dampness, like in your bathroom or around heating and cooling systems.

To take it a step further, invest in a dehumidifier to keep moisture levels in your home low.

Watch for Leaks

Be on the lookout for leaks around your appliances and ventilation ducts, as this moisture can accumulate and encourage growth.

Improve Ventilation

If you don’t have access to a dehumidifier, make sure your home stays well-ventilated. This is important not just for preventing mold growth but also for removing spores from the air.

Professional Testing

You might be wondering if you should test for black mold specifically if you do find it. This isn’t entirely necessary, since testing can only be done under a microscope and can be pretty costly. A good perspective to have is that “any mold is a bad mold,” and to get rid of it accordingly.

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Written by Destiny Lalane

Author Bio:

Megan is an inquisitive nutrition and wellness writer harboring an editorial love affair with the decadent and the nutritious. She is a dedicated researcher in all areas of ancestral health, a certified specialist in fitness nutrition, personal trainer, and professional almond milk latte addict.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

How to Make Peppermint Lip Gloss with Coconut Oil?


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Something I love about the Paleo lifestyle is that once you start purging toxic chemicals out of your food and beauty regime, the easier it becomes and the more inspired you are to do it. The same holds true for this homemade peppermint lip gloss!

I recently started using spearmint in my daily beauty routine to help prevent dry scalp, and I even use it to make my own mouthwash. It’s not only tasty (just don’t eat it!), but it also helps me feel awake and energized in the morning.

Although I’ve said goodbye to my makeup kit and anything unnatural in it, I started to miss my favorite minty lip gloss. I wanted something to dress up my daily beauty look.

This peppermint lip gloss recipe is my natural replacement to my coveted mint gloss. I apply it in the morning on my lips and even on my forehead, temples, and wrists when I’m feeling unusually stressed or if I feel a migraine coming.

It’s really easy to make this peppermint lip gloss. Just remember to keep it stored in a cool or room temperature location. I recommend making a new batch of gloss every 1-2 months or as needed.

The Benefits of Using Natural Ingredients

Tea tree oil is one of my favorite essential oils. Its powerful antifungal properties make it a natural remedy for fungus and blemishes, and its rise in popularity has made it a go-to active ingredient in a number of cosmetic and household products.

Peppermint oil is great for easing indigestion and, thanks to its minty smell, also acts as a refresher to help wake you up.

Coconut oil will act as a carrier oil in this recipe, and adds both shine and moisture to your lips.

If you’re a peppermint fanatic like me, feel free to add an extra drop or two of peppermint oil to your gloss. If you’re sensitive to mint or smells, reduce the amount of peppermint you add to your gloss.

Regarding the coconut oil, you MUST use fractionated coconut oil in this recipe. The difference between fractionated coconut oil and your typical coconut oil?

Fractionated coconut oil maintains its liquid form regardless of temperature. Regular coconut oil hardens when stored in cool rooms.

Peppermint Lip Gloss with Coconut Oil

Recipe by: Destiny Lalane

This natural mint lip gloss adds shine and moisture, while also helping to reduce stress and headaches!

Tools:

  • Small bowl
  • Strainer, cheesecloth, or nut milk bag
  • Funnel
  • 15ml roll-on applicator

Ingredients:

  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop tea tree essential oil
  • 1 T fractionated coconut oil
  • 1 loose mint leaf

Instructions:

  1. Pour coconut oil, mint, and tea tree oil into a bowl. Mix well.
  • Add mint leaves to the mixture and let sit for 20-30 minutes in your refrigerator.
  • Strain the lip gloss, removing any remaining mint leaves from the gloss.
  • Funnel the gloss into a roll-on applicator.
  • Store in cool or room temperature location.

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Written by Destiny Lalane

Author Bio:

Destiny is a lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur. Her mission is to inspire others to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. When she’s not creating recipes and sharing life hacks on her blog DestinyLalane.com, she enjoys photography, travel, and trying new things.

A lot of people have gotten results from the Keto diet, and enjoyed the foods that it has to offer. However, many of the people who are following this diet have a hard time finding the recipes that they need, especially ones that are quick and easy to complete.

Fortunately, Kelsey Ale, noticed this problem, and decided to do something about it. She’s found that making recipes in a slow cooker gives you meals which are not only delicious, but also take very little time to make. Mostly you just put a few simple ingredients in the slow cooker, and let it do the rest.

To find out more, click on – Keto Slow Cooker Cookbook

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