How Safe Are Your Skincare Products? Here’s the EASIEST Way to Find Out.

How Safe Are Your Skincare products? Here’s the EASIEST Way to Find Out.

I’m sure you’ve had to hear by now how toxic most of all skincare products are for us.

The problem with skincare products is that currently there is no regulation on the words “natural” or “organic” when it comes to skincare so you can’t always believe what the labels and packaging claim.

Reading the ingredient list for yourself is your best bet, but this is time consuming and confusing for some people. Here are some of the worst ingredients to avoid:

Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfates, Mineral oil, Phthalates, Oxybenzone, Polyethylene glycols, or PEGs, FD&C Color Pigments, Synthetic Fragrances.

Here watch this video!

 Yes, it’s true that our bodies are great at filtering out these toxic ingredients from our system, that’s how amazing our bodies really are; but the problem is between skin care and other environmental toxins we come into contact with every day and the nasty food we eat, our bodies are overloaded with trying to rid of the junk!  When our bodies are busy trying to get rid of the crap and chemicals we load it up with daily it can’t focus on more important things like fighting off illness and disease.  Let me say this again!

“When our bodies are busy trying to get rid of the chemicals & junk we load it up with daily it can’t focus on more important things like fighting off illness and disease.”

So, I’ve found an easy way to quickly find out how safe a skin care product is for you and it’s with an app called

Skin Deep® by Environmental Working Group, Download it here

This app is SO easy to use.  You start by either searching or scanning the bar code of a product.

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Then is pulls the product information up and gives it a score from 0-10 with 0 being the safest and 10 being the worst!SK3

Use this app and have the power to make better skin care decisions.

Health and love to you,

Stacia

5 Things You Didn’t Know Probiotics Could Help With

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I am a HUGE believer in probiotics, so much so that if I had to pick only one supplement to take, I’d choose probiotics because of their wide range of benefits.

We all know that probiotics are good for our digestive heath and support our immune system, and this is all wonderful and accurate, but how about all the other amazing things probiotics can help with?

I’m not talking about yogurt people; yes yogurt does have small amount of probiotics in it, but not nearly the amount we need on a daily basis.  Most yogurts on the market will have one strain of probiotics in minimal amounts and some are so laden with too much sugar and other artificial ingredients that it just cancels them out anyway.  Try looking for a multi strain probiotic that’s refrigerated best to find these at a health food store.

5 Things you Didn’t Know Probiotics Could Help With

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  1. Acne
  2. Bad Breath
  3. Allergies
  4. Depression
  5. Weight Loss

    Love and health to you all,
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    The views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely and entirely my own. I do not claim to be an expert on a certain topic, product or service.  I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement.  I do not receive compensation for endorsing these products.  I also do not claim to be a health care provider and you should always check with your doctor before starting a health care regimen.

Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Here’s the Reason.

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Ever find yourself asking “why can’t I lose weight?”  Well there is one BIG reason why.. read on.

As many of you may know I am a nutrition nut and eating clean is very, very important to me.  I choose to shop at stores like Whole foods, Earth Fare, and my local co-op because these stores are committed to selling healthy, non-GMO, and organic foods from companies that care about our health and the health of the environment.

Let me tell you what you WON’T find in these stores- items labeled Low fat, reduced fat, diet and fat free.

Isn’t that odd?

This must mean that people who shop at these stores are overweight, right?  I mean how could they possibly be healthy if they are buying full fat foods?

Well, any food item you buy that has the words “low fat”, “reduced fat”, or “fat free” on the label is code for

ADDED SUGAR! Lots and lots of sugar! 

It’s not fat that makes us fat, It’s the sugar!!!

FAT is good for you, we just need to make sure we are eating good fats!

 

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Companies can add as much sugar as they want to a product and technically on the label advertise ‘NO Fat’, but when all this added sugar gets into our bodies the pancreas has to secrete insulin to bring our sugar levels down.

Insulin is the FAT producing hormone.

Companies have to replace this fat with sugar; otherwise the product would taste like absolute garbage

Are you following me?

If you are trying to be healthy and lose weight, the first thing you need to do is stop buying this ‘no fat’, ‘low fat’ junk!

 “One third of all women and one quarter of all men in the U.S are on a diet.” –Colorado University

Yet, diabetes, heart disease and obesity are all on the rise like never before… something doesn’t add up here.

There is much more that goes into living a healthy lifestyle of coarse but the first step you can take is eliminating this marketing scheme of ‘Fat Free’ and ‘diet’, because it’s not helping your cause, you are just getting fatter and sicker.

This is the facts.  If you want to learn more there is a great documentary on Netflix called Hungry for Change, it digs into this issue deeply and it’s a great watch!

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Health and Love to you all,
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Did you know probiotics can help you with your weight loss goals? Read more here.

 

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are purely and entirely my own.I do not claim to be an expert on a certain topic, product or service.
I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement.  I do not receive compensation for endorsing these products.  I also do not claim to be a health care provider and you should always check with your doctor before starting a health care regimen.

How to Take a Detox Bath, Kids too!

My little and I were feeling a little under the weather last night (he had a runny nose, my throat was sore), I thought it was a great opportunity to take a DETOX BATH!

Yes, even my 3 year old takes detox baths and let me tell you they are Ahhhhmazing!

A detox bath is a great way to naturally detoxify and flush out toxins!  It’s good to do about once a week and especially when feeling ill.  Here’s how to take a detox bath, kids too!

Here are the 4 ingredients you’ll need:

  • Epsom Salt– When dissolved in warm water, it absorbs through the skin and replenishes our levels of magnesium which helps our body’s de-stress, eases pain, and most importantly eliminate toxins from our body.
  • Baking Soda – It neutralizes the chlorine in the bath water, which is important because your pores will be open and you don’t want to soak that in. It also detoxes and alkalizes your body naturally. I love how it makes the water feel silky, bonus 🙂
  • Essential Oils– Essential oils have many health benefits and the heat of the water helps the oils absorb into your body through the skin and inhalation. Last night I used ‘Peace & Calming’, but Lavender or chamomile would be nice too!
  • Coconut Oil– Because it makes the skin feel ‘oh so soft’ and no need for additional moisturizer when you get out!

Instructions:

  1. Start running the bath water, make it very warm, I like it HOT, but don’t burn yourself (common sense).
  2. Take 1 cup of Epsom salt and add 8 drops of essential oil to the salt (this helps the oil distribute better in the water). Dump in water.
  3. Add ½ cup of baking soda to water.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to water.
  5. Mix around with your hand and get in.
  6. Soak for at least 20 minutes as submerged as possible.
  7. Get out slowly.
  8. *Optional* Rinse off in a cool shower to remove any leftover toxins on the skin.

*IF DOING THIS FOR YOUR CHILD, HALF THE AMOUNTS above!*

Important things to remember:

-Shut the lights off and light a few candles to help you relax!  Bright bathroom lighting doesn’t equal tranquility (common sense when using candles around kids) I put the candles up on the counter when the kids bathe!  Hey, they like to relax too!

-Don’t use any soaps or lotions on your body while in or after the detox bath.

-When rinsing off try to use cool water and no soap is necessary.

-Adjust the amount of essential oils to your liking; 8 drops may be too strong for some.  Remember to ONLY use therapeutic grade oils, like Young Living.  If you don’t have essential oils yet, that’s ok, use the other ingredients!

-Drink a large glass of water during and afterwards (detox baths make you thirsty and can dehydrate you)!

-Rest, you will be sleepy after your bath.

If you have any questions about this, as always, contact me or leave a comment!

Smt9410@Gmail.com

Health and love to you,
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(The information in this blog is not a substitute for professional medical care.  If you suspect you have a condition that could prevent you from taking a detox bath, please consult with your doctor first.)