Author: Brittany Thomas

Ditching the Nail Polish

Yes, you read that right, I have given up nail polish. I have actually been nail polish free for quite a few months now. Why? The answer is because nail polish is toxic. Just smelling a bottle of nail polish or even walking buy a nail salon will tell you that stuff is not healthy. What is in nail polish? Toluene: a carcinogen and neurotoxin. Effects the nervous system. Formaldehyde: a known carcinogen as well as a nose, throat, and eye irritant. (DBP) Dibutyl Phthalate: a reproductive and developmental toxin and linked to the feminizing of boys. This should definitely not be used while pregnant. Ethyl Acetate: a reproductive and developmental toxin. As well as a neurotoxin. Aluminum Powder: can cause cancer. Also a reproductive and developmental toxin. Yikes! Definitely not a good thing to put in our bodies. Yes, I said in, these chemicals get absorbed into the skin through the nails. The skin is not impenetrable, it absorbs chemicals everyday. It is our largest organ and the one most susceptible of toxins. There are a few companies that are now free of the top three toxins: toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate, however they still contain other toxins. Even if you found one that was decent, you would still have the problem of the nail polish remover. My recommendation is to ditch the nail polish all together. It...

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Pistachio Product: Klean Kanteen

Desiring a healthier alternative to plastic water bottles and plastic sippy cups, my family has switched to Klean Kanteens. These lovely water bottles are stainless steel. There are no worries about BPA at all because all you have is stainless steel. The caps and sippy cup attachments are made out of plastic but they are BPA-Free. Pros: Stainless steel. Recyclable and does not contain BPA.Variety of sizes from 12 – 64 ounces.Will not break.Seems to keep liquid cooler.Liquid tastes as it should; no plastic flavor being absorbed.Lightweight.Many different cap options, including the sippy cup attachment.Sippy cups can be reused as water bottles, after your child is old enough. This is a good thing as paying $20 for a sippy seems crazy but if your child can continue using it for their entire lifetime, it is not a bad investment at all!Cons: More expensive. I won’t lie to you, these bottles cost a bit more then a plastic one. However, they will last forever!If you get a colored one, it will chip. The colors are beautiful but unless handled with extreme care, it will chip. We love our Klean Kanteens! We drink more water now, simply because it is colder and tastes better. My children do great with their sippys and I am looking forward to the day when we can convert them to regular water bottles. I recommend this...

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BPA – What is it and How to Avoid it

Just what is Bisphenol-A? Why do so many people want to avoid it? The FDA is finally changing their opinion on BPA, shouldn’t you know what BPA is? Bisphenol A (BPA) is a hormone-mimicking chemical used in polycarbonate plastic resins, epoxy resins, and other products.BPA mimics estrogen and in studies has shown to prostate cancer, breast cancer, reproductive problems, metabolic disorders, and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Most notably known for being used in baby bottles. However, it is in many other things as well; canned food, soda cans, plastic wrap, the lining or jar lids, baby formula, toys, and many other household plastics. How to avoid BPA Do not microwave anything that is plastic. Do not freeze in anything that is plastic as even freezing can leach BPA. Do not put hot food into plastic containers. If you must use plastic, wait until the food is cool. Throw away any plastic that is scratched or broken as it can release BPA this way. Do not drink out of a plastic bottle, use stainless steel or another alternative. Do not buy canned foods. Eden Organics is one of the few BPA free can foods, however, even their tomatoes are in BPA cans because of no better alternative. If you must use formula (obviously breastfeeding is preferred) then use the powdered formula as it absorbs less BPA then the liquid...

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Going “No-‘Poo”

Ready for an extremely crunchy topic? No ‘poo! No, I am not talking about not going to the bathroom, I am referring to the method of not shamPOOing your hair. Before you start thinking, EWW, gross! Let me explain. No ‘pooing does not mean that you are not washing your hair. Although some die hard crunchies will go that far and only wash with water. It does not begin that way and it does not have to end that way. Most no ‘poo fans stick with using baking soda and vinegar. Yes, the same ingredients that you use to...

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Toxins in Shampoo

For years, I have used shampoos, never thinking about what chemicals were in them. I never thought that what was in them could be toxic. I mean, how could they possibly be able to sell something that could be harmful? Sadly, there is no regulations on personal products. This means that anything can go into a bottle and then onto a shelf. What is in shampoos that should be avoided? Here is a list of some of the commonly used toxins. Mind you this is only some of the toxins, there are still plenty more lurking in shampoo bottles. IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLLCARBAMATE Reproductive system toxicity, inhibits human development, and reduces fertility. LECITHIN Penetration enhancer. RESORCINOL Possible human carcinogen. PARABENS Reproductive system toxicity. Mimics estrogen increasing the risk of breast cancer, hormone imbalances, and infertility. SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE Gastrointestinal toxicity. PROPYLENE GLYCOL Immune toxicity, skin irritant, can cause liver and kidney damage. TOCOPHERYL ACETATE Immune toxicity. FRAGRANCE Immune toxicity. DISODIUM EDTA Penetration enhancer. Now go read the list of ingredients on your shampoo bottle and see if you have any of these toxins in them. What to do if you find out that you do have a toxic shampoo? Thankfully, there are many alternatives. There are quite a few natural shampoos on the market. My best suggestion for finding the good shampoos is to use Skin Deep just look under shampoos...

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