Mighty Magnesium

Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most prominent mineral in the human body. It is absorbed through the small intestines and excreted through the kidneys. It helps to maintain muscle and nerve function, regulates the heart, boosts the immune system, and keeps bones strong. Magnesium also helps regulate blood sugar levels, promotes normal blood pressure, and is known to be involved in energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Magnesium appears to facilitate calcium absorption and is therefore hugely beneficial to a human being’s diet. There is some speculation that a deficiency in magnesium could lead to all sorts of illnesses, including depression, asthma, diabetes,… read more

Gluten-Free Baking

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Gluten is a protein found in wheat, spelt, rye, triticale, and barley. Those with celiac disease (which causes a severe autoimmune reaction to gluten) must avoid gluten completely. Some people also avoid gluten due to allergies or sensitivities. Many people believe that avoiding gluten means avoiding all grains, but there are gluten-free whole grains. These include amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, rice, sorghum, and teff. Flours made from nuts, beans, peas, and arrowroot are also gluten free. Oats are technically gluten free, but they are often contaminated with wheat at some point while growing or during processing. However, there are companies… read more

Food Justice

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In her book, Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism, Julie Guthman argues that simply buying organic, local, or otherwise environmentally friendly foods is not sufficient to reform the food system. Rather, she suggests that such approaches simply allow the affluent to opt out of the current system. Meanwhile, the vast majority continue to purchase pesticide-laden, hormone-contaminated, environmentally unfriendly food produced by exploited agricultural workers because they cannot afford to do otherwise. Purchasing organic, local foods certainly provides many benefits for buyers, local farmers, and a small percentage of farm workers who will not be exposed to… read more

Battery Recycling

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Batteries can be found in most homes, businesses and schools. While we need these little operators to power up our necessities and gadgets, they can pose a devastating effect on our environment as they contain toxic metal compounds. Recycling keeps them out of landfills and allows extracted metals to be reused. More services are becoming available to make recycling batteries easier as up to now it has been expensive and recycling centers have not been equipped to handle salvaging them. Earth911 provides an overview of various types of batteries. Alkaline manganese batteries are used to power many household items. These… read more

Rice for your Skin?

Rice for your Skin

We know that rice is a healthy addition to a balanced diet. However, it can nourish you externally as well. This is done by applying rice to your skin. Doing so replenishes your skin with vitamins, giving it a luminous glow, while shielding your skin from sun damage. One of the most common ways to apply rice to the skin is in powdered form. Rice powder can be applied in a thin layer beneath foundation or even replace powder foundations altogether. Some beauty supply stores carry rice powder, but you can just as easily make your own. If you have a coffee grinder or food processor handy, use it on… read more

NASA’s Vegan Garden

Photography by NASA

U.S. astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station will receive a newly developed Vegetable Production System. NASA is currently working on VEGGIE, which is an idea to for fast growing vegan farms to be used in space. VEGGIE is set to launch aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule on NASA’s third Commercial Resupply Services mission this year. Imagine that! A vegetable garden in space. “Our hope is that even though VEGGIE is not a highly complex plant growth apparatus, it will allow the crew to rapidly grow vegetables using a fairly simple nutrient and water delivery approach,” said Howard Levine,… read more

Swimming Pool Risks

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Swimming is the second most popular form of exercise in America. Our partiality to swimming can be easily observed in the presence of community pools in the summer, as well as the influence of pools on residential areas, where they are frequent fillers in backyards and serve as a space for congregation in apartment complexes. But all fun and fitness aside, continued contact with the water found in artificial pools, which use a cocktail of toxic chemicals to keep well maintained, poses multiple health risks. Probably the most known chemical used in pool maintenance is chlorine. Chlorine is added to kill… read more

DIY Facial Serum

DIY Facial Serum

Serums can be a moisture drink for most adult skin types but often come with a long ingredient list and a high price tag. With only a few additives you can formulate a personalized serum that will fit your face and wallet. Lightly massaging on serum moisturizers allow active ingredients to soak into the skin’s layers. Use only organic supplies that are safe to use on the skin as food grade ingredients are not regulated in the same way and may have different additives or filtering processes, making them unsuitable for skincare. Skin is normally more tolerant of natural ingredients,… read more

Top Eco Ways to Shop

Shopping economically

Thrift/Discount Stores For many people thrift stores and discount stores are a way to get creative and have fun while you shop.  These types of stores allow for you to buy what you need without breaking the bank.  There is a lot more than just clothes, making the experience worthwhile. Plan Ahead By making a detailed list of the food items that you need before leaving for the store, the quicker you will be in and out of the store without impulsive buying. Also, remember to shop the perimeter of the store.  Most stores are organized with packaged food in… read more

Green Spring Cleaning

Cleaning with natural products

When sunny days beckon the longing to be outdoors more, the opportunity for getting things organized inside begins to present itself. If your home, like many, has forgotten about projects and covert locations where dust has stockpiled, spring cleaning is a productive housekeeping ritual to adopt. The first step to a cleaner home is to inspect the cleaners already on hand. Toxic chemicals may in fact clean, but they can also offer health hazards that aren’t wanted. It isn’t necessary to have a separate product for every household chore, and most of the time money-saving, natural cleaning solutions can be concocted… read more