Cleaning With Vinegar

White vinegar cleans naturally

Cleaning is not the most fun thing to do, especially in the bathroom.  But, at the end of the day it still has to get done. Allow me to help you clean your place up a little with a simple eco-friendly, budget-friendly solution – white vinegar. Vinegar is a natural organic bi-product of fruits, vegetables and grains.  That makes it a safe and natural cleaning product.  It doesn’t contain any harmful toxic chemicals and takes a life time to go bad.  Vinegar’s acidic properties make it a great household cleaner.  Vinegar has been used for generations as a stain remover,… read more

Free Range Eggs Are Best

Benefits of free range eggs

In addition to being a great source of protein, eggs contain antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and other health-promoting substances. However, recent studies have shown that not all eggs are created equal. There are many types of eggs available, including organic, free range, free run, and regular eggs with no special classification. Free range hens are not kept in cages and they have outdoor access at least part of the time. Eggs labeled “organic” are also free range because to obtain the organic label, the hens that produce them must be allowed to go outdoors. However, there are much stricter guidelines… read more

Meat vs Plant Diets

Animal based diet vs plant based diet

Increasing amounts of meat are consumed annually across the globe. The consumption of meat is associated with higher obesity rates, bad cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. Animal protein is one of the main risk factors for cancer and 23 percent of global water usage is used to raise livestock.  This includes 80 percent of freshwater in the U.S. These numbers can be overwhelming and you may wonder where you fit within all these statistics, but there is great deal that can be achieved by one person. It can start with a change in diet. First we must realize that vegan and… read more

Produce and Pesticides

Pesticides residual on fruit

The knowledge that pesticide residues are found in some of our foods and store in our systems no doubt lends to some extra scrubbing and rinsing when it comes to the produce department. If what is on your salad plate is of concern to you, then it is likely you have heard of the dirty dozen produce list, which showcases apples as the pesticide winner. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has currently added to this list, now reinstating it as the Dirty Dozen Plus in order to accommodate new categories of green beans and leafy green produce that contain high… read more

Not Just A Caffeine Hit

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Since its discovery, coffee has been thought of as a miracle drink. With origins in Ethiopia and domestication in Arabia, coffee is now consumed and produced globally. Many consider coffee a household staple and it is easy to see why. It’s a delicious way to start each morning and provides a necessary jolt any time throughout your day. Drinking coffee daily is shown to have desirable health effects. Including a higher metabolism, improved memory, and a longer lifespan. But did you know coffee’s value surpasses its use as a stimulating beverage? Due to its level of acidity, coffee is proficient… read more

Whole Grain Benefits

Whole Grain Health Benefits

Antioxidants protect against the oxidative cell damage that can cause a variety of deadly diseases. Many people are aware that fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants, but few know that whole grains are also rich sources of these beneficial substances. Modern diets are abundant in refined grains such as white flour and white rice, which have been stripped of much of their nutritional value during processing. Whole grains contain the plant’s embryo (germ) and food for that embryo (endosperm), as well as a protective covering (bran). These parts of the grain contain many health-promoting ingredients including antioxidants, dietary fiber, and omega-3… read more

Hair Care Naturally

Natural hair care

Today there are many options when it comes to hair care, from styles to colors, you can customize your locks as much as you desire. Many products are out there to help achieve this. However, you must be careful not to use chemicals that damage your hair and environment. Luckily you can alter your hair without sending toxins through the roof or atmosphere. Let’s start with hair enhancement. Enhancing your hair and keeping it healthy elevates your natural beauty. To add shine to your hair you can add apple cider vinegar to your shampoo or conditioner. If you are a… read more

The Hamburger Issue

Issues with the meat industry

The food industry is a notorious contributor to global warming. The process for many mainstream meat suppliers can be a system diluted with inefficiencies. For example, genetically modified crops fed to animals which are often also genetically modified to grow and mature faster, and are given large doses of antibiotics which are never naturally present in their biological systems. Sometimes the animals are kept in deplorable conditions (as seen in the popular documentary “Food, Inc.”, which the author highly recommends for further information, as it was one of the main sources for this article.).  In the documentary, cows were seen… read more

Vegetable Composting

Vegetable composting

Vegetable composting is a vital to reduce wasting at our landfills. It is just that simple. Why send it off to a landfill when it can be planted in the front yard for composting. When cooking, use an additional bowl to collect food waste such as vegetable and fruit tops, peels, and ends. Coffee grounds, tea leaves, and egg shells are likewise useful in composting.  It is best not to use meats or greasy food as it can attract animals and cause a bad odor. Simply blend your compost into the garden about 12 inches deep. One method is to… read more

Hidden Toxins in our Homes

Houseplants reduce toxins in the home

Home. As popular comedian George Carlin once said, “Home is just a place for your stuff.” This is true in a sense. But home is also, as the common saying goes “a person’s castle”. A place to eat, sleep, and dance about looking ridiculous. If home is a castle, and a place for our stuff, it should be safe and comfortable. And while locks on the doors might make it feel safe, most of us don’t know that inside our castles the air is most likely to contain four to five times the legal limit for outdoor pollutants and toxic… read more