Category Archives: Health

Anything relating to how our environment impacts our health.

THE DANGERS OF FLUORIDE

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Recently at a doctors appointment for my daughter I was told that now would be a good time to start giving her sips of water because the fluoride would be good for her when her teeth start coming in. I honestly didn’t know much about fluoride (except that it must not be great since most toothpastes these days advertise their fluoride free lines) but I did a little bit of research on my own and was absolutely shocked that a doctor would recommend such a thing. Not only is fluoride not good for us, it’s actually toxic. The original reason fluoridation to our water was implemented was to reduce tooth decay. However, today there is no proof that this is necessary or even works. From Fluoride Action Network : “Of all age groups, infants are the most vulnerable to fluoride toxicity. Due to their small size, infants receive up to 400% more fluoride (per pound of body weight) than adults consuming the same level of fluoride in water. Not only do infants receive a larger dose, they have an impaired ability to excrete fluoride through their kidneys. Healthy adults can excrete more than 50% of an ingested fluoride dose; infants, by contrast, can only excrete 15 to 20%. This leads to a greater build-up of fluoride in the body, and may help explain why infants fed formula made with fluoridated water suffer higher rates of dental fluorosis, a discoloration of the teeth caused by excessive fluoride ingestion during childhood.”

There are many, many issues with the fluoridation of our water which you can read about HERE. I also just came across this article which I found very interesting called “Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ.” 

If nothing else, I hope this post informs you and gives you the motivation you need to do a little more research about the dangers of fluoride.

TOP PICKS FOR THE EVERYDAY NATURAL BABY

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Around our house finding safe, natural products for our baby was super important to us. We ourselves do our best to stay away from those yucky chemicals and parabens found in most products so why would we not for our daughter too? And as someone who has extremely sensitive skin myself I am always on the lookout for the most hypo allergenic body products I can find. These four things are by far the most used and my most favorite natural body products for baby. (I actually use the California Baby myself!) What are some of your favorites?

1. California baby shampoo and body wash

2. Seventh Generation Disposable Diapers (when we aren’t using our bum genius cloth)

3. Seventh Generation clean and clear wipes

4. Badger Baby Balm (Clears up skin irritations, diaper rash, etc.)

A SCARY REALIZATION

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The U.S Environmental Protection Agency is now allowing a huge increase of herbicide levels in food. We’ve talked a lot about how scary the food is we eat in today’s society and this sort of thing is the exact reason why. It’s sad that making money is the driving force in how our food is made today. Forget quality, whole, healthy real food to nourish our bodies. Today it’s all about growing foods fast and making a profit. We are definitely seeing a rising trend in farming and gardening our own vegetables and raising chickens and such but for the masses the quick and easiest thing is to run to the store and grab whatever processed, chemically enhanced foods there are. Sadly, I don’t see our foods getting any better any time soon. Do you?

Here is the article detailing the EPA’s decision to allow these herbicides into our food. We are in desperate need of a food revolution. Speaking of which, I am thinking of trying out the Paleo diet. Has anyone done it? It seems like the most holistic, natural, healthy diet us humans can do. Why aren’t we all eating this way?

A FRIDAY FOOD SHARE – TURKEY BURGERS!

Today’s food share recipe comes from the lovely Erika Follansbee blog and yes, it is delicious AND beautiful. Usually when there’s a turkey burger option at a restaurant and I’m in the mood for a burger that’s the one i’ll choose yet I’m always slightly disappointed in the lack of flavor. Erika figured out a way to make these burgers just as flavorful as a burger made of beef. Delicious!

Screen Shot 2013-07-12 at 4.18.24 PM Here is the ingredient list and how to. Seriously, these are so so good! Happy weekend!

THE HONEST LIFE

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Recently I was gifted The Honest Life from The Honest Company’s Jessica Alba and while I was initially skeptical of how practical and useful the information inside would be, I have to say it’s been such a wonderful resource for clean living. I have been using the heck out of the dishonest ingredients guide in the back of the book and cant recommend enough having a look at the guide. I’m going to post a little bit more about some of the chemicals and ingredients found in most household products in the coming weeks. Until then, you should be reading the book!

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PICNIC TIME!

There’s nothing we enjoy more than a good picnic in the park during the summer months. There’s just something so special about throwing some fresh fruit, snacks and drinks in a picnic basket with a good book and blanket and hitting the park with friends or family. We wanted to share with you all our picks for great eco friendly picnic products!

PICNIC BLANKET from sewn natural

WOODEN UTENSILS from max and olivia

ECO DISPOSABLE PLATES from marx foods

ECO COLD CUPS from eco products

REUSABLE TOTE BAG from luulla

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THE GOOD GUIDE

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Have you guys used the Good Guide? I recently came across it as I was looking up the ingredients in some of my baby’s bath products. The Good Guide is this great online resource that rates the best products for baby, home, pets, food, apparel, electronics, appliances and cars based on the health, environmental and social footprint they leave. It’s been so helpful for us in choosing products for our baby and home.

REAL FOOD

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Just today I was having a conversation with a friend about real foods. The conversation started when we got to talking about how we plan to feed our kids as they grow and just how much food has changed in the last 50 years. Our bodies are designed to eat real, natural foods from the earth but today we are almost “forced” to eat an abundance of sugars, salt, preservatives and an array of chemical additives. As much as we try to eat whole, organic, natural foods you still never know if the food your buying deemed “organic” truly is. It’s a scary realization that our society has gone down the path of eating this way. Don’t you wish we all had the time and know how to grow our own food? I know I do. What’s alarming to me is that most people are just okay with the way our food is grown today. Chicken’s pumped with hormones so large they can’t walk, strawberry’s grown double their natural size because of the chemicals used to fertilize them. Scary, isn’t it? So how can we change the way we eat? What are some of the things you and your family do to eat in a more natural way?

POST BABY WORKOUTS

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After I had my baby, I expected to be back at the gym or out in the park exercising just a couple weeks (at most) postpartum.  The unexpected C-Section I had put a bit of a damper on these plans and the first time I stepped out for a walk 3 weeks after Ruthie was born left me short of breath and feeling extremely out of shape. I tired quickly and my belly hurt- I told myself I’d try again in another couple days.  Slowly but surely I began walking regularly and at a decent pace again but almost 3 months later I’ve yet to do much more.  Running (something I used to do in the past) seems impossible given the fact that I’m breastfeeding (ps, are there tips for this? maybe a super supportive sports bra?) and anything super intense like weight training just does not interest me which leaves me with yoga. Oh yoga, the lifesaver of exercise if there ever was one.  I feel amazing during and after practice and feel like I’m finally getting toned- Yay! Hot yoga is especially my favorite. There’s just something about leaving a workout dripping wet, don’t you think? Do you lovely folks have any other wonderful postpartum exercise ideas?

Throughout all of this I’ve learned that not having the perfect post baby body is okay.  I’m happy with how I look and know that my body changed / is changing because I grew a human inside of it. That fact alone is worth any amount of “body imperfections” there are.