Chemicals to Avoid in Personal Care Products
More and more research is being done and slowly consumers are beginning to be more aware about the ingredients they are putting on their skin and their children’s skin. Not all products that claim to be natural really are. They may still have harmful chemicals in them or may have herbal ingredients along with toxic chemicals. Regulations on the labeling of natural products have many loopholes that marketers take advantage of. Understanding what chemicals to avoid in your personal care products is the only certain way you can be sure what you put on your skin is safe.
Most personal care products contain one or many chemical ingredients that should be avoided. Personal care products included, but not limited to:
- Shampoo, conditioner, hair styling products, hair dyes
- Bubble bath, shower gel, body wash, soaps
- Cosmetics and perfumes
- Lotions, creams, firming masks
- Toothpaste, mouthwashes
Other products you may use on a regular basis that often contain harmful chemicals include: Continue Reading… Chemicals to Avoid in Personal Care Products: Baby, Kids & Adults
Herbal and Natural Supplements
The World Health Organization estimates that more than four billion people across the globe use herbal medicine as part of their health care treatments. For centuries, herbal and natural vitamin supplements have been used to treat various medical conditions.
Herbal supplements, also called “botanicals,” have had medicinal uses for thousands of years, reports the Mayo Clinic. Used to treat illnesses or disease and symptoms, these supplements have also been used to assist weight loss, boost energy, increase mental well being and increase longevity.
Types of Herbs and Herbalism
Herbalism is the practice of using herbs for healing purposes. It dates back to the time of prehistoric man. Today, Herbalism consists of three main types: Continue Reading…Herbal and Natural Vitamin Supplements: Medicinal Uses and Forms
Alkaline and Acid Diets: pH Levels
Your body has an internal scale that measures acidity of the internal fluids. This scale is the power of hydrogen, or pH, for short. If your pH is out of balance, it will be detrimental to the normal functioning of your cells, according to EveryDiet.org, an online information site on diets. The pH scale ranges from 0 – 14.
7.0 is the neutral pH level. It is neither alkaline nor acidic. To keep your body functioning at an optimum level for fighting illnesses, Peter Shepherd, author of Transforming the Mind, recommends keeping your body slightly alkaline. To keep your body slightly alkaline, aim for your pH levels to be between 7.35 and 7.45. If your body goes over 7.8 pH, cells stop functioning and your body begins to die. Continue Reading…Alkaline and Acidic Diets: How pH Levels Affect Body and Health
Pills for Diet and Weight Loss
Every year, millions of people look for ways to lose weight. There are hundreds of promised “miracle” pills and natural ways to lose weight, though many of them have not been tested or proven to be safe or effective methods for weight loss. These dietary supplements may potentially cause adverse health effects and you should always research any products you are thinking of taking for weight loss. Obesity is a growing problem in society and leads to many health conditions such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, some drugs and pills can assist you with your weight loss goals. They are not recommended for everyone, but your doctor may recommend weight loss pills if you have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 or if your BMI is greater than 27 and you have medical conditions like with obesity, like diabetes or high blood pressure.
These drugs work with a low-calorie diet and exercise to help you lose anywhere from five to 10 percent of your total body weight in a year. Once these medications are stopped, you are likely to regain much of the weight you lost. Continue Reading… How to Lose Weight: Pills for Weight Loss, Diet and Exercise