Kid Friendly Healthy Home Infographic

Kid Friendly Healthy Home Infographic

Overwhelmed by all the potential dangers of indoor chemical and air pollutants? If creating a safe, organic environment for your children seems overwhelming at times, you’ll appreciate this simple infographic approach to eliminating four of the top chemical threats in your home and improving indoor air quality. This cute graphic also gives you clear-cut solutions to eliminate BPA plastics, toxic cleaning products, and unhealthy hand soaps from your home and offers advice on keeping your indoor air fresh.

Many people are not yet aware of the risks associated with plastic. Hard plastics that contain BPA can be a source of brain and behavior issues in infants and young children, among other health issues. The infographic gives clear information about which plastics you need to avoid and what to look for instead. There’s also a clear, concise list of home cleaning chemicals to avoid and some organic alternatives. When it comes to healthy indoor air, it’s better to skip the chemical air fresheners and focus on solutions like replacing your HVAC filters instead. Replace fragrance-laden or antibacterial soaps with simple hand soap and teach your kids to wash for 20 seconds at a time to prevent illness.

As a parent who values organic living, you already know that a chemical-free home will help protect your children from toxins and allergens. But it’s easy to be confused by conflicting advice and complex analyses of household chemicals. That’s why this simple graphic that focuses on easy solutions is such a welcome approach. 

 

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The Dangers of Dental Sealants

The Dangers of Dental Sealants

I just read an article saying that dental sealants are dangerous. This was an eye opener considering I just had sealants put on my sons 6 year molars. After reading the article I called the dentist and asked if they can be removed and told them why. Of course, I was told that they never heard of this. They are supposed to call me back to let me know if they can remove them. Sealants contain BPA. The same chemical that was once in baby bottles and was removed. Recent studies have further detailed the health impact of this substance, reported on at News Inferno:

The latest research, the first large BPA study in humans, published last month by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found a “significant relationship” between exposure to the ubiquitous estrogenic chemical and heart disease, diabetes, and liver problems. Long-standing research points to hormonal disturbances and a variety of cancers and neurological and behavioral problems in adults and children. Also, the National Toxicology Program, part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has raised concerns about BPA. Of particular concern is childhood exposure BPA that leaches from polycarbonate baby bottles and the linings of infant formula cans. The 2003-4 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found detectable levels of BPA in 93 percent of urine samples collected from more than 2,500 adults and children over the age of six. BPA may accelerate puberty and raise a potential risk of cancer and, this month, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives reported that BPA might interfere with chemotherapy treatment.”

I can’t believe that dentists are using a chemical like this in sealants. I know to avoid fluoride but I didn’t know anything about sealants. If you or your child has these sealants I would encourage you to call your dentist to see if they can be removed. I was told that sealants wear off after a while and would need to be put on again. If they wear off that means that your are swallowing the substance. This is scary considering what the effects can be.

 

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BPA information source www.newinferno.com

The Pros And Cons Of Breastfeeding Your Child

The Pros And Cons Of Breastfeeding Your Child

There’s a lot of pressure on pregnant women to decide to breastfeed their newborn. The idea that ‘breast is best’ is pervasive in our society, but it stigmatizes women who either aren’t able or aren’t willing. Women need to be empowered to make a decision that is based on evidence and facts but ultimately is one with which they are happy. There are so many incredible advantages to breastfeeding, but there are some disadvantages too.

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Pros:

It’s natural – your body was created to be the absolutely ideal way for you to pass nutrition to your child. Breastmilk is the absolute best form of nutrition a child can get.

It’s good for you – women who breastfeed their newborn tend to find they recover from childbirth fast than women who don’t.

Night feeds are easier – going downstairs to make a bottle with formula in the middle of the night can be a bit of a nightmare. With breastfeeding, you can get into your comfy nursing den and just let your little one latch on while you catch up on Netflix.

It’s economical – breast milk is basically free, formula isn’t. While you’ll find you’ll probably eat more, breastfeeding can still save you a lot of money.

It’s easy for the baby to digest – breast milk is perfect for the baby’s digestion. While some formula comes close, it’s never quite the same.

It relaxes you – breastfeeding releases oxytocin, which is a feel-good hormone that also helps you bond with your newborn.

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Cons:

You will have less freedom – when bottle feeding, anyone can take the responsibility, not just the mom. With exclusive breastfeeding, it’s only mom that can wake up in the night for feeds, and you can’t get too far from your baby between feeds either.

You have to make healthy lifestyle choices – you’ve spent nine months pregnant, unable to drink caffeine or alcohol, and once the baby is born some women like their freedom back. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are all passed on in breastmilk and can be harmful to your baby. Some foods can also get passed on through breast milk, which the child may not enjoy.

Your partner can’t join in – breastfeeding denies the second parent the opportunity to bond with the baby to the same extent as the feeding mother. Some partners can feel quite left out as a result.

It can be difficult to get going – some babies just won’t latch on, whatever you do to try to coax them. It can be very disheartening for a new mother who can’t feed, who may feel like a failure.

It can be difficult in public – if you’re particularly modest, it can be tricky to feed in public places. Nursing covers can really help with this, so it’s something to consider while you’re pregnant and baby prepping.

*Remember, it’s entirely a personal decision as to whether you choose to breastfeed or not. It’s not appropriate for other people to weigh in and act judgmentally about the decision you have made.

Add These To Your Shopping Cart To Ensure Your Child Stays Healthy At Home

Add These To Your Shopping Cart To Ensure Your Child Stays Healthy At Home

As moms, we are the top person who can make a difference to our child’s health. After all, the things we do can affect their health on a long-term basis. Therefore, we need to ensure we are pushing our child in the right direction so that they lead a healthy life. And this starts from when they are at home. To ensure your child stays healthy at home, here are some things you should be adding to your shopping cart!

An array of fruit and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are so important to keep your child healthy. They contain so many vital vitamins and minerals which keep the body working efficiently. Also, having plenty of fruit and vegetables every day is the best way to protect your body against diseases. Therefore, if you want to ensure your child stays in good health, you should be adding plenty of these to your shopping cart. You could also grow your own fruit and vegetables which are a perfect way to encourage your kids to eat more. After all, it’s more exciting if they have helped to grow them!

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A good range of dental supplies

So many children are growing up with bad teeth. And it’s often down to the lack of brushing when they are at home. Therefore, make sure you have good toothbrushes and toothpaste for your child to use when they are at home. If you need help choosing the best brands, you can ask your local dentist about toothpaste ingredients you should be looking out for! You can look online to find a good dentist in your area who can tend to your kid’s teeth every six months to ensure they stay in excellent condition. And remember to get your child a mouthwash and floss that they can use every day. Also, spend time with your child showing them how to take care of their teeth.

A pack of multivitamins

If your child isn’t getting enough vitamins, it can jeopardize their health. Therefore, you could consider getting your kid some multivitamins which can help boost their health. They are great for brain development and to boost their immune system. And if you have a picky eater, it’s an easy way to ensure they are getting their necessary vitamins! Just make sure you read up about them before buying them for your child.

A bottle of flavored water

Kids tend to rush to the fridge to have a glass of soda after school. But as you know, it’s not the healthiest choice of drink. You should be encouraging your child to drink as much water as possible in their daily life. If your kid hates regular water, you ought to consider buying a bottle of flavored water. It will be more appealing to children, so they are more likely to opt for a glass of the drink. And it means they are drinking more water which is key to keeping them healthy.

And remember to get your child plenty of outdoor toys. After all, so many kids are not getting enough exercise in their daily life. Therefore, limit their use of devices and encourage them outside to ensure they stay healthy.

 

This is a collaborative post with Yourorganicchild.com

Flu shots : Can You Really Avoid The Flu Season With Natural Remedies?

Flu shots : Can You Really Avoid The Flu Season With Natural Remedies?

It’s fast approaching that time of year when doctors like to invite you in for a flu jab. Not everyone is keen to resort to pharmaceutical solutions or remedies. But there are some people that feel they are an essential part of staying healthy. Chronic illnesses can certainly be aggravated by the common cold or flu. This could become very dangerous and lead to serious illness or even death in those that are vulnerable. So is it worth the risk in turning down the invite?

There are now about as many natural remedies for the symptoms of cold and flu as there are big brand ones from the pharmacy counters. This might suggest that there are far more people turning to natural and organic ingredients. We don’t want chemicals or drugs in our system that will lead to side effects. Sometimes those side effects can be worse than the cold symptoms! However, some natural remedies may also lead to reactions, so it’s important to research your choices to be sure they’re right for you.

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Flu shots , Natural Remedies , Flu season , avoiding flu shots

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There are plenty of foods that can be used to help prevent colds. Anything with vitamin C is ideal for boosting your immune system. You might choose seasonal citrus fruits like oranges and clementines. And honey and lemon have been used to sooth sore throats for decades. You can choose the organic versions to help you feel even healthier.

 

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Flu shots , Natural Remedies , Flu season , avoiding flu shots

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What if you have a chronic illness that colds can worsen? Many people with allergies or Asthma dread getting a cold or a cough because it makes their condition so much harder to manage. But even those with asthma can turn to natural remedies to ease their symptoms. There are several to choose from, but you can find plenty of Respitrol reviews online to see if it’s right for you. Menthol vapors and hot lemon drinks can help clear your sinus without affecting your asthma or other conditions.

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Flu shots , Natural Remedies , Flu season , avoiding flu shots

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If your young child has a cold, it is impossible to find medicines over the counter that are suitable. Even the pharmaceutical companies know those drugs have too many side effects. They’re too harmful for little ones. Instead, they recommend rubbing in menthol vapors and using cold flannels. That can help to keep their temperature down. You can’t get much more natural than that. And if it’s OK for small kids, then it is OK for everyone. Of course, if you have to get up, go to work, and take care of the household, the common cold becomes much more of a problem.

So what are the solutions? Elderberry is a time-honored remedy for tackling viruses. As colds and flu are viruses, this certainly sounds a better solution than antibiotics. Echinacea, garlic, and ginger are all recommended by homeopaths to tackle the symptoms of colds. It is thought that garlic and hot chillis can clear your sinuses. Ginger is thought to have soothing properties. And echinacea tincture added to warmed water can cut the time it takes for your body to get rid of the virus. Have a healthy winter.

This is a collaborative post with YourOrganicChild.com

How to use dandelions in recipes and the health benefits

How to use dandelions in recipes and the health benefits

How to use dandelions in recipes and the health benefits

I find that sometimes when I buy dandelion at the store someone will ask me how I cook with it and what kind of recipe I am using it in. It’s something that easy to add nearly into any recipe and they have a huge health benefits. Dandelions are more than just pesky weeds that are a nuisance in your backyard and they have way more to offer than just wishes. Dandelion and dandelion roots and leaves can be used as food and herbal medicine. This herb offers a number of health benefits and has been used by many doctors and patients around the world. Dandelion infused in tea is also known to offer many beneficial effects. Dandelion tea can help reduce appetite and curb cravings, thus speeding up your weight loss program. Dandelion, which literally translates to ‘lion’s tooth’, is a rich source of Vitamin A and C.

Nutritional Facts of Dandelions
Dandelions are rich in anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin C, that helps clear the body of harmful toxins
Dandelions are rich in vitamins, such as Vitamin A, K, C and E
Dandelion leaves are low in calories and are a great alternative to salad leaves
Dandelion leaves are high in dietary fiber
Dandelions leaves and flowering plants are rich in potassium, sodium, calcium, iron and boron
Dandelion roots aid in the purification of blood
Also used by naturopaths as a liver cleanser

Health Benefits of Dandelions

Better Bone Health
Believe it or not, dandelions are more than just floral ornaments for your centerpiece. Dandelions are known to be rich in calcium including anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and Luteolin that play a huge role in protecting the bones from age related damage.

Increased Weight Loss
Luckily for you, dandelions are diuretic in nature, which means they promote urination, helping you lose ‘water weight.’ The herbs are also low in calories and can also be used as a healthier alternative to artificially manufactured sweeteners because of their sweet taste, all without packing pounds.

Promotes Better Digestion
Dandelions act as mild laxatives and aid in balancing the good and natural bacteria in the intestines. Dandelions may increase secretion of bile, aiding in the process of digestion, especially in digesting fats as bile emulsifies fat into tiny molecules so they can be absorbed easily.

Skin Care
Apart from its medicinal uses, dandelions can also be used for treating skin diseases that be caused by microbial infection. Dandelion sap is highly alkaline, making it an effective germicide or insecticide. However, one should take caution before applying dandelion sap on their skin. Avoid the areas around the eyes and talk to your doctor about it. Allergy to the sap can be quite severe.

Inflammation
Many harmful diseases are caused as a result of inflammation. Dandelions contain essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants that aid in reducing inflammation throughout the body. Dandelions are used all around the world to help relieve pain and swelling.

Curbs Liver Disorders
Dandelions are rich in anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin C and Luteolin, which help the liver function perfectly. These compounds prevent liver disorders and help prevent hemorrhaging. Dandelions have been known to improve liver functioning by removing toxins. In addition, dandelions help boost hydration and electrolyte balance. Dandelions also aid in increasing the production of bile and maintaining the proper flow of bile. This makes dandelions an excellent cure for jaundice, a liver disease which is caused due to increased production of bile.

Promotes Healthy Immune System
Over the years, dandelions have been found to boost immune function. Dandelion tea contains powerful chemical compounds that clear toxins from the body, enhancing the immune system’s ability to destroy infectious diseases.

How to Use Dandelions
To get the health benefits of dandelions you can add them to your meals. Understand that dandelion flowers, leaves and roots are all edible but they have a slightly bitter taste. The young leaves are comparatively less bitter and are ideal for using in raw salads. In addition, cooking dandelions may help eliminate the bitter taste.

How you can use dandelions in recipes:
When buying them at the grocery store I highly recommend you look for organic leaves.

Salads: The young and tender dandelion leaves and flowers are an excellent choice for salads. The leaves are a unique alternative to spinach and provide a number of health benefits.
Tea: Dandelion roots are commonly used for medicinal purposes but can also be used for making dandelion tea and coffee. This is a healthy alternative to caffeine.
Cooking: In addition to using young dandelion flowers for making salads, dandelion flowers can also be used making fritters and other dishes.
Sauteing them in a pan with a little love oil and garlic along with another green like swiss chard or spinach is actually really good.
Soup Just adding little of the leaves chopped up can be added to any soup along with any other vegetable.

Warning: While use of dandelion as a medicine or for cooking is generally safe, some people may suffer from allergic reactions. People who are allergic to ragweed are mostly allergic to dandelions as well. You should contact your doctor before using herbs for medicinal and weight loss purposes. Pregnant women are generally advised to avoid using medical herbs during pregnancy without consulting their doctor.