Simple, Healthy Switches in the New Year: Here is My List

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Are you looking to make some healthier decisions in the new year?  Simple, healthy switches are important, and if you haven’t started yet, now is the perfect time! The new year gives all of us a chance to start fresh and new. And if I can do this, so can you!

Progress not perfection is my mantra. Making small changes in your house can make a big difference when it comes to how many toxic chemicals are coming into your home.

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Use This, Not That: Toothpaste

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Do you brush your teeth every day?  Do you know what’s in your toothpaste? Are you a Colgate toothpaste user? If you answered yes, then it’s time to make a switch, and here’s why.

In your entire lifetime, you use an average of about 20 gallons of toothpaste, and each time you spit out the paste, there are a few bits that get absorbed into your bloodstream. In fact, your mouth is one of the most absorbent places in your whole body. So as you swish and brush in your mouth, the ingredients from the toothpaste get sucked into your mouth and gums.

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Making Healthy Changes: Toss the Non-Stick Pots and Pans at Home

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Since we recently moved to a new house, I thought it would be a good time for us to re-think what cookware we are using in our kitchen.  I am trying to be more aware of what toxic chemicals are being used in my household.  You’re probably thinking what’s not to love about non-stick cookware? It’s easy to clean and cook on, plus it seems that it doesn’t darken or blacken as fast as other cookware does. But did you know that when pots and pans made with Teflon are heated above 350 ºC (662 ºF), the primary chemical in Teflon, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), “begins to degrade, releasing fine particles and a variety of gaseous compounds that can cause damage to the lungs when inhaled“?

According to recent studies, these toxins are accumulating in human blood dangerously fast, and the problem is that they are leading to chronic disease over time.

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The Power of Probiotics: It’s all about the GUT!

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When I first took my daughter in to see her pediatrician regarding her chronic stomach issues, his very first question was: “Does Blaine take a daily probiotic?” When I told him no, he told me she needs to be, and actually, I should be taking one too. His advice was everyone should be. Interesting, right?

It made sense to me because I had recently heard health plus wellness genius, Dr. Frank Lipman, tell a packed crowd that our health all depends on our gut. “80 percent of your entire immune system is located in your digestive tract! So why should we care about probiotics?

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Moving? Tips to Stay Sane and Organized (I’m still trying to be both…)

How many times in your life have you had to pack your bags, load the cars and trucks, tape the boxes, and move? Some of us have moved more times than others, but the process is always the same—long and tedious—but the end result is so rewarding. New place, new beginnings!

If you’re moving or are planning to move in the near future, here are some moving tips that I believe may help you, as they did me, on your big day.

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Safe Sunscreen Is Your Summer and Life Essential

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Sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen. Yes, I am crazy about sunscreen!

For those who know me probably know that I have skin cancer, so wearing sunscreen is a must for me!  All day, every day—no matter if you’re just out running errands, taking a walk outside, heading to the park with your kids, or going to the pool or the beach. Putting on sunscreen is second nature to me and my children—I don’t leave my house without it!

Now you may be saying to yourself, “I am all for sunscreen, but I just hate how it’s sticky and leaves white residue behind. Plus, it doesn’t work well under makeup.” If that’s your concern, then I have just the solution you’re looking for.

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For Your Little Ones: Baby Daily Protective Balm

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Does your little one have rashes? Dry, sensitive skin or eczema? If so, you might be scrambling around for that cream you use for yourself, right? Well stop there! Did you know your child is more susceptible to the effects of chemicals their bodies absorb than adults? If you’re about to reach for that bottle of Fruits & Passion, Babygantics, or maybe even Johnson & Johnson, then you might want to put it down.

There are many kids products out there made by well-known brands (a few I mentioned above) that unfortunately are made with petroleum-derived petrolatum, which may be contaminated with toxic chemicals like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PHA’s can cause harmful effects on the skin, body fluids, and ability to fight disease after short-term and long-term exposure.

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