Real vs Fake Xmas Trees

Real or fake Christmas trees

Many people choose fake trees over real ones because they believe that plastic trees are better for the environment, but are they really the more eco-friendly option? Fake trees are convenient and reusable. However, they’re made from PVC plastic, which creates a number of environmental problems. Production of PVC triggers the release of toxic chemicals such as dioxin, vinyl chloride, and ethylene dichloride, and additional chemicals that are used to make plastic trees more pliable have caused damage to the kidneys, livers, brains, and reproductive systems of laboratory animals. Many fake trees contain lead, which can cause brain damage if… read more

Peanut Butter – Healthy?

Peanut butter

Peanuts, often consumed in the form of peanut butter, are not actually nuts; they’re highly nutritious legumes (a group that includes peas, beans, and lentils). Despite its fat and sodium content, peanut butter can be considered a health food for a number of reasons: Peanut butter contains fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients. Peanut butter has a similar ratio of saturated to unsaturated fat as olive oil, which is considered to be among the healthiest foods (saturated fat is fine in moderation; it only becomes a problem when people eat too much of it, which is common with modern… read more

Treat Acne Naturally

Healthy skin treatments

We have all had our fair share of acne and often treat it with toxic medications.  Fortunately, there are natural ways to treat acne and save some money.  These natural remedies have been tested by science and are shown to work for most skin types. Dairy – Science has confirmed that diet can cause acne.  According to the Mayo Clinic, eating dairy foods and carbohydrates can cause acne.  The problem is the rise in blood sugar from eating foods containing refined flour.   If dairy is a part of your everyday diet, try cutting back or replacing your usual dairy products with… read more

Finding Good Food

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We all have to eat, so how do you find the best food? With endless items on the shelves and numerous grocery store chains, how do you even begin to find out where your food really comes from? Though strolling through farmer’s markets and dining at local eateries sounds great, it doesn’t always fit into a busy day. Often, we have to grab and go. There are still a few ways to take charge of your available options and find good food. If you are the designated shopper or are on the move a lot, you may want to look… read more

Top 10 Antioxidant Foods

Blueberries and Cherry Tomatoes, Jennifer Copley

Antioxidants may help to protect against many diseases, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and macular degeneration, by neutralizing the free radicals that damage cells. Research indicates that it’s far better to get these nutrients from whole foods than supplements. Top antioxidant food sources include: Spices: Cinnamon, turmeric, cloves, ginger, and mustard power are particularly high in antioxidants. Nuts: Walnuts, pecans, pistachios, almonds, and hazelnuts are top nut choices for antioxidant content. Herbs: Oregano takes the top spot for antioxidant power, though peppermint, dill, rosemary, thyme, winter savory, and Vietnamese coriander are good as well. Berries: All colorful berries… read more

Clever Citrus

Uses for Citrus

Food is not only something you can eat, but often you can find good reason to play with it, too. For instance, there are many things to do with citrus peels after the fruit has been eaten. Peels can be used as a chemical free cleanser. Citrus rinds, especially those from lemons and limes, are great for scouring. Cut fruit in half, and once you have eaten the insides save the peels. Fill them with baking soda and a bit of vinegar and you have a natural scrubber. Try using to clean your sinks, pots and pans, counters, stovetops, grout… read more

Fake ‘Healthy Food’ Labels

Food labelling

Some food producers have noticed that camouflaging simple snacks with a healthier label will help them sale, particularly producers of processed foods. They have figured out that adding certain healthy sounding or looking labels to their products might make them seem more nutritious than they actually are. Most companies have become so deceptive that the average shopper does not know the difference. Grist.org put together a list of some of the most deceptive labels that might seem like they are advertising a healthy product, but in fact, aren’t. Here are some things to keep an eye out for: Enriched: The… read more

The US To Embrace Biking?

Cycling in the City

As a potential solution to combat the rising dangers and costs associated with climate change, many have advocated for a biking revolution in America, similar to European biking cultures such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen. The benefits are numerous: less traffic on the roads making it easier for public and commercial transportation to get where they need to go; less carbon emissions from vehicles; a healthier population; cheaper fuel costs, etc. There are problems associated with a biking revolution, but most of those are logistical issues such as bike paths and how to incorporate travel via bicycle into the current transportation… read more

Are We All Intolerant?

Cows milk intolerance

As a child, were you ever forced to remain at the kitchen table, charged with the refusal to finish a glass of milk? Science shows that refusal may have also been an inability. Some of you may be thinking, “Of course some people can’t drink milk, they are called lactose intolerant.” The thing is, we all are. Different people will have varied degrees of intolerance, but no human is meant to ingest cow’s milk. This makes enough sense, no where else in nature does a species consume the other’s milk. As the name suggests, cow’s milk not only comes from cows but… read more

Healthy Pet Treats

Healthy Pets

Licks from your pet can be sweet. The accompanying odor, however, can turn things sour. While it isn’t always easy to give your pet’s teeth a good scrub, what is easy is to keep a healthy supply of odor depleting biscuits on hand. They are easy to make yourself and will be appreciated as a tasty treat to your pet – and a relief to your proboscis. To start, there are certain ingredients you should always avoid giving to your pet. This includes grapes, raisins, avocados, mushrooms, and onions. Also never feed your pet chocolate. If for any reason you… read more