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10 Interesting Health Benefits of Phosphorus (2 minute read)

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Phosphorous is one of the most abundant minerals in your body, next to calcium. These two minerals work together to building strong bones and teeth. Did you know that 85% of phosphorus is found in your bones and teeth? Phosphorus is a key mineral that helps filter out waste through the kidneys and plays an essential role in how the body uses and stores energy. It is also needed for the production of our genetic building blocks, RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), maintenance, repair and growth of our cells and tissues.

Taking a calcium supplement could interfere with the absorption of phosphorus. So it is important to understand the RDA. According to the Australian Government National Health and Medical Research, the RDA of Phosphorus is:

  • Adults need 1000 milligrams of phosphorus daily
  • Children between the ages of 9 and 18 need 1,250 milligrams per day because bone development and formation is rapid at this stage of life
  • Children ages 4 to 8 need 500 milligrams per day
  • Children ages 1 to 3 need 460 milligrams per day
  • Children ages 7 to 12 months need 275 milligrams per day
  • Infants 0 to 6 months should have 100 milligrams per day

Health Benefits of Phosphorus

  1. Helps the production of bone by helping with phosphorylation, which is a chemical process linked to amino acids signaling proteins which stimulate the growth of bone.
  2. Helps in stimulating glands to balance the hormones.
  3. Filters out waste in your kidneys
  4. Helps with digestion
  5. Is an electrolyte
  6. Maintain, grow and repair tissue and cells
  7. Help with muscle contraction
  8. Helps maintain a regular heartbeat
  9. Urination and excretion
  10. Aids in proper brain functioning and cognitive growth

It is important to speak to a nutritional specialist to find out what foods are high in phosphorus, but here are a few foods rich in phosphorus. Meat, legumes, nuts, peanut butter, tuna, pork, sunflower seeds, rice, white bread, potatoes, peas, broccoli and dairy products are a few foods that are rich in phosphorous.

Health conditions such as diabetes, starvation, and alcoholism can cause levels of phosphorus in the body to fall.

Crohn’s disease and celiac disease make it difficult for the body to absorb nutrients.

Symptoms of phosphorus deficiency include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Anxiety,
  • Bone pain
  • Fragile bones
  • Stiff joints
  • Fatigue
  • Irregular breathing
  • Irritability
  • Numbness
  • Weakness

Studies suggest that too much phosphorus in your body (which is more common), can do more damage than having too little phosphorus in your body. If you don’t consume enough calcium with phosphorus it can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. “There is a very delicate balance between calcium and phosphorus is necessary for proper bone density and prevention of osteoporosis”, according to a study at the University of Maryland Medical Center

 

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2486454/

http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/phosphorus

 

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Want an Organic Soap that Lightens and Moisturizes?

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I’ve been trying lightening soaps for a little over a year now and I was incredibly surprised by Dr. Woods’s Skin Lightening Rose Soap.

Dr. Woods makes a variety of soaps, but I tried the Skin Lightening Rose Bar on my face and I absolutely love it! I was surprised because a little over a year now, I’ve been on the hunt for an organic soap that could help with a darker tint around my cheek area.

I used Dr. Woods Skin Lightening Rose bar for approximately a week and started noticing an incredible difference. My cheeks didn’t look like they already had blush on them and it effectively lightened my overall skin and faded some dark spots under my eyes. It cleaned my face very nicely and to top it off, it is nicely priced and won’t break the bank.

What I really love about this soap, is that it has shea butter and coconut oil to moisturize my skin, apricot powder for exfoliating and green tea extract for its clarifying qualities. This soap is incredibly moisturizing and contains vitamins A and E to combat dryness and restore elasticity to the skin, which helps in aging skin or as a preventative to skin aging.

Dr. Woods is made in the U.S.A. and doesn’t contain any toxins, which makes me very happy.  It is free of gluten, paraben, phthalate, lauryl/laurel sulfate, petroleum derivatives and animal testing. This soap has milk in it so for those who are vegan, I’d like you to know that Dr. Woods carries a variety of soaps that are vegan free.

Ingredients:

Saponified Mass Balance Sustainable Palm Oil, Saponified Coconut Oil, Water, Retained Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Fair Trade Shea Butter, English Rose Fragrance, Apricot Powder, Almond Oil, Natural Mineral Pigment, Green Tea Extract, Aloe Vera Gel, Powdered Milk, Niacinamide, Mulberry Extract, Apple Extract, Rose Hip Oil, Licorice Extract, Vitamin A, Organic Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Gluconate, Rosemary Extract, Sodium Chloride.

Don’t worry about the word fragrance above in the ingredients, as it comes from 100% natural essential oils.

Give it a try and let me know if it helped you with overall skin lightening, dark spots or if you just love the moisturizing aspect of it.

 

 

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17 Impressive Benefits of Rosemary(2 min read)

matt-montgomery-3790 (2)Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a fragrant perennial evergreen herb with needle-like leaves with white, pink, blue or purple flowers native to the Mediterranean. The name rosemary derives from the Latin ros meaning “dew” and marinus meaning “sea”, “sea dew.” Rosemary is a member of the mint family Lamiaceae, along with many other herbs, such as oregano, thyme, basil, and lavender.  Rosemary is a good source of iron, calcium, and vitamin B-6.

Rosemary has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes along with used in recipes for cooking.

For your hair, rubbing rosemary herb extractions over the scalp to stimulate the hair-bulbs, prevent premature baldness and dandruff.

Rosemary has been tested in clinical studies on the list below and has shown positive feedback from them.

Health Benefits of Rosemary

  • Improve mood
  • Relieve pain
  • Protect the immune system
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Detoxify the body
  • Bacterial infections
  • Premature aging
  • Skin conditions
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Memory and concentration
  • Digestion
  • Neurological
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Macular degeneration
  • Hair

Caution:  The essential oil of rosemary is not to be consumed. You can consume rosemary as we have for thousands of years in culinary aspects, but again, not as an essential oil. Don’t forget rosemary is in the mint family, so if you are allergic, be careful.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3624774/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3736918/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20377818

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3905473/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4227022/

http://www.amd.org/macular-degeneration-research/clinical-trials-for-wet-amd/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133115/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23921795

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25002023

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3569896/

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10 Health Benefits from Potassium

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Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body.  It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function. Potassium is one of the seven essential macro minerals, along with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride, and sulfur.

The Oregon State University recommends an intake of 4700 milligrams per day in adults. They also state that people do not get nearly the recommended amount daily. Humans use to consume a diet high in potassium, until recently with the increasing consumption of processed foods, which potassium is removed from, humans are not receiving the daily recommended amount. If you are eating a lot of processed foods, you may consider supplements, but always ask your doctor first.

Medical News Today says that for individuals with healthy kidneys, excess amounts of potassium are efficiently excreted in urine with no adverse side effects. There have been a small number of reports of potassium toxicity associated with an extremely high intake of potassium supplements. No potassium toxicity has ever been reported related to food consumption. Medical News today also stated that consuming too much potassium can be harmful to those whose kidneys are not fully functional. Some sports supplements and salt substitutes contain high levels of potassium, which have been linked to two cases of cardiac arrest. If your kidneys are unable to remove excess potassium from the blood, it could be fatal due to the effects of potassium on the heart.

A studies conducted at the Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, St George’s, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London, UK., and the Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA., state a diet rich in potassium has shown health benefits in lowering blood pressure in individuals with both raised blood pressure and average population blood pressure, increasing potassium intake reduces cardiovascular disease mortality. The study also stated that a high-potassium diet may also prevent or at least slow the progression of renal disease. Reduced serum potassium increases the risk of lethal ventricular arrhythmias in patients with ischemic heart disease, heart failure and left ventricular hypertrophy, and increasing potassium intake may prevent this. The best way to increase potassium intake is to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Bone Health – Studies on bone health have shown that a diet rich in potassium may play a role in preventing osteoporosis in an elderly woman.  A study showed that an increased potassium intake lowers urinary calcium excretion and plays an important role in the management of hypercalciuria and kidney stones and is likely to decrease the risk of osteoporosis

Hypokalemia – Having low potassium is called Hypokalemia, which includes weakness, lack of energy, muscle cramps, stomach disturbances, an irregular heartbeat, and an abnormal EKG (electrocardiogram, a test that measures heart function). Hypokalemia usually happens when the body loses too much potassium in the urine or intestines.

Heart Disease – There have been studies in heart disease that have shown that people with a higher sodium-potassium ratio have a higher risk of heart disease.

IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease) – People with IBD (Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn Disease) often have trouble absorbing nutrients from their intestines, and may have low levels of potassium and other important nutrients. If are suffering from IBD, your doctor may recommend a supplement after checking your potassium levels.

Brain Function – UC Davis did a study showing that potassium channels play a key role in maintaining the electrical conductivity of the brain and dramatically affect brain function. And that brain cell activity is diminished when potassium channels are open. Closed channels lead to an increase in neuron excitability.

Electrolytes – Potassium has electrolytes which are great for keeping healthy levels of fluids in the body which is critical for your body to function. Electrolytes help to transmit electrical charges from the nervous system and brain.

Nervous System – Potassium helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit a message from one body part to another.

Metabolism – Potassium helps the metabolic processing of various nutrients like fats and carbohydrates. Which means potassium is great at extracting the energy from the nutrients that are consumed.

Anxiety and Stress – Potassium can help regulate hormones in the body including stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.

Diabetes – Low serum potassium is strongly related to glucose intolerance, and increasing potassium intake may prevent the development of diabetes that occurs with prolonged treatment with thiazide diuretics.

Foods that are rich in potassium

Potato

Sweet potato

Avocado

Cantaloupe

Mushrooms

Beet greens

White beans

Tomatoes

Soybeans

Lima beans

Winter squash

Banana

Spinach

Yogurt, low fat, plain

Pear

Mango

Orange

Pistachio

Raisins

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5 Benefits of Oregano(2minread)

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Oregano is a perineal herb. Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a flowering plant in the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is native to temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. Oregano contains vitamins A, C, E, and K, as well as fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin B6, calcium, and potassium. Oregano is actually more flavorful when dried versus fresh. It has an aromatic, warm and light, bitter taste.

I found it fascinating that this herb has a wealth of health benefits. There are 2 anti-oxidant compounds rosmarinic acid and thymol. Rosmarinic has powerful antioxidant compounds and which help by preventing cell damage from free radicals and also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activities. Thymol has been used as an antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal actions.

Oregano has thymol and carvacrol which are antibacterial properties that help us from getting bacteria(s) which can affect the gut, skin, and other parts of the body.

Cardiovascular health is helped from Oregano because of the natural form of Omega 3’s, which are the good cholesterol helping by balancing your cholesterol levels and reducing inflammation in the cardiovascular system.

Bone health is always a concern, especially when young and when we get up there in years. Oregano contains calcium, iron, and manganese, which are the most crucial minerals for bone health.

You can use Oregano as a detoxifier because it has a high content of calcium, iron, vitamin K, manganese, fiber, and a high level of other organic compounds.

Packed with fiber, Oregano is beneficial for the digestive system by helping food get through easily and in bigger quantities by stimulating peristaltic motion.

An increase in circulation from the iron in oregano increases energy and strength. Oregano also has B vitamins which increase your metabolism.

 

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Surprising Benefits of Cannabis in your Personal Care Products

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Cannabis is everywhere. From the pot shops, beauty products, concentrate, vaping, beverages, sublingual, topical, cannabis capsules and more. It is difficult to know what you will benefit from if your beauty products have cannabis in them.

The good news is you cannot get high from these products or test positive on a drug test which is a good thing. A good example is Hemp lotion. It’s been around for many years and contains Hemp (which is a variety of cannabis sativa plant) and the active compounds from this plant are referred to as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to body symptoms including anorexia and cachexia that were seen in HIV/AIDS patients, neuropathic pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, nausea and vomiting with cancer chemotherapy, anxiety, and inflammation. Pretty remarkable!

There are over 80 different cannabinoids in marijuana, only a handful have been researched and are known to provide positive effects on the human body. THC (Molecule of tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) are 2 of these cannabinoids. The THC is a psychoactive (mind-altering ingredient) and CBD (nonpsychoactive). In the past 4 decades CBD in clinical studies at the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Columbia, have shown promise in:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antioxidant
  • Antidepressant
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-tumoral agent
  • Anti-psychotic
  • Anxiolytic
  • Neuroprotectants

So how does this work with our largest organ (skin) on our bodies? Above, I mentioned about cannabinoids, which have receptors that are the binding locations like THC. THC and CBD are phytocannabinoids and our bodies make versions of these compounds, known as endocannabinoids.

Then I asked myself, aren’t cannabinoid receptors only good for helping the central nervous system and the brain? Absolutely not! As a matter a fact, they are found in the skin, reproductive organs and the gut. Your skin takes a beating daily in the elements and your skin has specialized immune cells found in various skin layers that are called endocannabinoids and they engage with these immune cells to help control inflammatory response according to a study in Germany at Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Münster.

We know that Cannabis has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits that are amazing for the skin. The skin has its own endocannabinoid system and cannabis as an anti-oxidant that helps to slow down aging and protects against free radicals.

I wanted to bring to your attention that there are many products out there for sale, but you can go online and find many tutorial sites such as the 2 links I listed below and make your own because there is new disturbing data that pesticide residues in legal cannabis products in Washington State have an approx. 84.6% contamination rate including potentially carcinogenic agents and neurotoxic agents.

Links:

Here is a link to inform you so more on organic gardening of cannabis.

http://herb.co/2016/03/21/definitive-guide-to-organic-marijuana/

 

I made my own lotion and lip balm and absolutely love them both.

http://www.the420shack.com/2011/12/super-healing-cannabis-skin-salve.html. http://www.the420shack.com/2016/05/cannabis-infused-lip-balm-recipe.html

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4 DIY Face Masks with Avocado

avocado-1851422_640 (2)Avocados contain healthy fats poly fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids. Poly fatty acids are the ones that help protect your skin from sun damage and help protect sensitive skin and inflammation. Monounsaturated fats keep top layers of your skin moist, which leaves it soft and healthy.

When we are exposed to pollutants every day and our bodies generate free radicals which then causes cellular damage. Antioxidants help against damage from free radicals. Avocados have antioxidants such as Vitamin E which protects the skin from ultraviolet light.  Vitamin C makes collagen for elasticity and firmness. Carotenoids are capable of promoting skin health and beauty according to the Dermato-Endocrinology Study on the link between nutrition and skin aging.

 

Every day we are out in the elements and are bodies are generating free radicals. Avocados are suitable for all skin types and can help by:

  • Treating sensitive, dry or acne prone skin
  • Enhancing skin elasticity
  • Reversing effects of aging

Avocado and Honey

A hydrating face mask for cleaning and moisturizing. Honey is gentle astringent and extremely moisturizing. The combination of avocado and honey in this will refine the pores, tighten the skin, and smooth over wrinkles and reduce aging spots.

Simply mash a ripe avocado and mix it with one tablespoon of honey.

Spread a thin layer on your skin, and leave on for 20 minutes.

Wash it off with lukewarm water and then cold water to close pores and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Yogurt

This mask is beneficial when your skin needs extra moisture due to dry or humid air. This mask is especially ideal in those winter months.  Yogurt has the enzymes which easily exfoliate the facial skin with natural cleansing and bleaching.

Take a teaspoon of organic yogurt and mix it with avocado pulp, spread onto your face and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash off with warm water and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Egg Whites

Great for premature aging. Combine 1 tablespoon of mashed avocado and one egg white. You’ll need to whisk this one for about 30 seconds until it is blended well. Slather a thick layer on your face(avoiding eye and mouth area as this mask stretched can cause fine lines and wrinkles. in a circular motion and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, rinse with cold water and pat dry.

 

Avocado and Oatmeal

Combined with oatmeal, this avocado face mask acts as a gentle and amazing exfoliator for skin. Oatmeal is one of the best natural exfoliators out there and can be used to scour off excess sebum and dead cells from skin.

Mash 1/4 an avocado using the back of a fork until it is smooth and lump free. Stir in the oatmeal to make a paste. Slather the mask onto your already clean face in a gentle circular motion. Massage for at least 2 minutes letting the oatmeal gently exfoliate your skin. Allow the mask to settle for at least 15 minutes wash off with warm water and pat dry.

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Cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet

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Did you know conventional cotton is one of the most toxic crops on the planet? It contains pesticides, fertilizers, and other toxins. More toxins are used on cotton than any other crop in the world.

Cotton is found in numerous daily uses such as beds, clothing, sanitary products, home furnishings, towels, bathrobes, bedding and more.

Conventional cotton contains:

  • Synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to soil
  • Sewage sludge as fertilizer
  • Most synthetic pesticides for pest control
  • Irradiation to preserve food or to eliminate disease or pests
  • Genetic engineering used to improve disease or pest resistance or to improve crop yields

 

Reasons to use organic cotton:

  • Made without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides
  • No bleach
  • No GMO
  • Free of allergens and nasty chemicals
  • Does not cause any allergy or irritation in people with sensitive skin
  • 100% plant-derived
  • Soothing
  • High absorbent properties

The methods used for organic crops are:

  • Crop rotation
  • Cover crops
  • Organic fertilizers
  • Beneficial insects
  • Human labor for weed control
  • Replenish and maintain soil fertility
  • Reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers
  • Build biologically diverse agriculture

By purchasing organic cotton you are lessening the impact on our environment. Organic farming enables us to:

  • Promote a self-sustaining cycle of resources on a farm
  • Enhance soil and water quality
  • Reduce pollution
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9 Non-toxic ways to make your home smell better(1 min read)

The most obvious ways of getting your home to smell better after a cold winter is opening windows and keeping it clean.  However, those one want to go the extra mile and get it smelling like a favorite scent might not always be easy if it’s toxic.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus – I like to put branches in my closet and I use them in pottery as décor and replace when the scent starts to fade. I also like to combine water and Eucalyptus oil and use as a furniture polish. Eucalyptus oil is known to clear congestion in sinuses.

Lemons

Lemons – I cut lemons in half and place them on my dresser in a bowl. Not only is it cheerful, it sure smells good. Putting lemon rinds in your garbage disposal is a great way of getting that smell out of the sink. You can also use lemons mixed with baking soda in the bathroom to clean and disinfect it. Rosemary mixed with lemon oil and water in a mason jar is one of my favorites.  Or you can get more inspirational and mix your own ingredients and see what you come up with.

White Vinegar – Using vinegar in my home to clean a variety of things. IT is safe and non-toxic and I don’t have to worry about any toxins.

Baking Soda – Yes, the stuff we put in our refrigerators works wonders at taking away bad odors and freshening the air in our homes.

Cinnamon Sticks

Cinnamon – Purchase sticks of cinnamon and bring them to a boil on your stove top.

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Flowers – Flowers are cheerful and smell wonderful. A nice way to a fresh smelling room.

Plants – Purchase some air purifying plants.

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Dried Lavender – Lavender not only smells wonderful but the calming effects from the scent are relaxing.

Vanilla – Vanilla has a nice calming smell that can enhance a rooms’ scent beautifully.

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13 tips on choosing safer personal products

 

PoisonThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) as many of you know, is one of my favorite websites.  They say “American families, especially those with young children need to know the chemicals they’re exposed to when they wash their hair, cleanse their skin and fill their tubs with bubble bath.  Did you know federal laws have not changed since 1938 on personal care products? The FDA doesn’t even require manufacturers to prove personal care products are safe before putting them on store shelves.

Children’s products – Look for an ingredient such as BHA, Triclosan, 2 Bromo 2 nitropropane-1,3 Diol, Oxybenzone, DMDM Hydantoin and stay away from according to the EWG. Toxic chemicals should be avoided and more recently, 1,4 dioxide from all personal care products because it is a likely human carcinogen.

Fragrance-free – Diethyl phthalate is a toxic chemical found in fragrance, so stay away from those.

Know what you are purchasing – Read the ingredients that are in your personal care products before purchasing.

Decrease products – On average a woman uses 12 personal care products daily and exposing herself to over 168 ingredients. By decreasing then you are sure to have less chemicals in your body.

Government – The FDA DOES NOT test ingredients for safety or approve products before they are sold. Even if they state “green”, “natural”, “gentle” or “safe”, BUYER BEWARE. Read your labels and know which chemicals are bad.

Anti-Bacterial soap – There is no scientific proof that anti-bacterial soap is any better than regular soap and water. As a matter a fact, some contain Triclosan or triclocarban, which are toxic chemicals.

Hair – Watch out for chemical straighteners and dark permanent hair dyes and the chemicals in them.

Teens – Talk with your teens about harsh chemicals and how they can disrupt hormone disruption.

Nails – Avoid Formaldehyde, Formalin, Toluene and Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) in polish, hardeners or other nail products.

Skin moisturizer – Avoid  Retinyl palmitate, Retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol in daytime products.

Lips – Avoid Retinyl palmitate, Retinyl acetate, retinoic acid and retinol in daytime products.

Toothpaste – Avoid Triclosan

Babies – Please avoid these ingredients Bronopol, DMDM hydantoin, Fragrance, BHA and Boric acid some are found in baby wipes and some are found in diaper cream.