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Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 11/11/2015

Having a baby often makes new parents more aware of the chemicals we are exposed to every day. A natural place to start making your home as eco-friendly as possible is the baby's bedroom; here are a few ways to start creating an organic nursery: Use low- or no-VOC paints One of the first things new parents do is paint the nursery but many paints contain VOCs or volatile organic compounds. VOCs are toxic fumes that off-gas from common household items such as paint or a new vinyl shower curtain. When painting the nursery use low- or no-VOC paints. Don't use carpet Keep the baby's room carpet free. Carpets can trap mold, dust mites, and more. Because carpets need replacing they also add to landfills so they are not a good green option. If carpet is a must choose one made of natural fibers such as wool, cotton, hemp or jute. New synthetic carpets also give off-gas VOCs. Use a green mattress Where baby sleeps can be another place to go green. Many mattresses are treated with chemical fire retardants or polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). That may seems like a good thing but PBDEs have been known to accumulate in our bodies and affect the endocrine and nervous systems. Look for organic cotton or natural wool mattresses. Avoid stain resistant treated products Other items that may end up in a child's nursery that have VOCs are furniture and pressed wood products with resins and glues. Look for furniture made from certified sustainable wood or reclaimed materials. You should also try to avoid plastic as it is made from petroleum. Plastic items also usually end up in a landfill. Go green with diapers Reduce the dioxin pollution by using cloth or chlorine free diapers. Dioxin is a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals this is not something most parents want next to baby's sensitive skin. Choose nontoxic toys Babies put everything in their mouths, so look for toxin free toys. Look for soft organic cotton toys or toys made from wood that comes from FSC-certified forests. Toys made from PVC, contain phthalates, an ingredient in plastic that can affect reproductive and developmental health. Making these small changes for your baby are easy and healthy. It may take a a little more time and effort but you will have peace of mind you are starting your baby's life off the right way.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 8/19/2015

Buying and applying sunscreen has become quite complicated. There are so many rules and numbers to remember. The one thing that you really need to know about sunscreen is that it doesn't matter how high the SPF is, or how "long lasting" the label claims it will be, you need to keep reapplying it. Ironically what breaks down sunscreen is the sunlight that degrades and neutralizes it. Depending on your activity, it may also get washed away with water or sweat. Studies have shown that people do not apply enough sunscreen. So what is the best way to keep away from the sun's harmful rays? The experts recommend fully reapplying over your face and body every two to four hours when you're in the sun. How much should you use? For complete coverage, use one ounce (a shot glass size amount) for the entire body, and a pea size amount for the face. So have fun this summer and stay safe in the sun.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 8/12/2015

Allergens, dust particles and pollutants all add up in your home and over time can lead to serious respiratory problems for its occupants. If you notice you are not breathing as easy as you should  or you just want to improve your indoor air quality there are steps to minimize the potential for dust particles in your home.

  • Clean your home regularly.
  • Use an air purification unit to attract dust particles and return cleaner air throughout the house.
  • Using an air-sealing product such as spray foam insulation to insulate and air-seal the home. This reduces  the amount of particles and allergens that enter the home.
These simple strategies will help significantly reduce the potential for respiratory problems in your home and you will be breathing easier in no time.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 6/24/2015

One may wonder, what does “Eating for good health” mean?  Eating for good health means to consume the right quantities of food, from all the food groups, in order to maintain a healthy and balanced life. A balanced diet is a crucial part of healthy eating. Here are some rules that should not be taken for granted with respect to eating well.

  • Never Skip Breakfast.   Although mornings are usually rushed and chaotic, it is best to take the time to eat a healthy breakfast for many reasons.  Did you know skipping breakfast may be linked to increasing a woman’s risk of diabetes? Eating a healthy breakfast is also connected with a lower incidence of heart disease in men. Eating breakfast helps to keep your metabolism going because your blood sugar levels drop in the morning and your body needs fuel to help keep your energy levels up. Eating breakfast just helps you perform better and helps to keep you from being irritable and grumpy.
  • Eat More Fruits and Vegetables.  People tend to underestimate the benefits that eating more vegetables and fruits can provide for the body. It is recommended that you consume at least five portions of different types of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.  Eating an assortment of vegetables and fruits can help you avert many ailments like high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke and even prevent some types of cancer.
  • Reduce Saturated Fat. Everyone needs to reduce the amount of fat consumed on a daily basis. Fat comes in two forms, saturated and unsaturated. Excess saturated fat can increase the cholesterol levels in the blood leading to an increased risk of heart disease.  Try to cut down on foods like cakes, biscuits, butter, pies and processed foods and increase your intake of vegetables and fruits.
  • Drink Plenty Of Water. Drinking a sufficient amount of water is an essential part of eating healthy. Do not wait until you are thirsty before you drink water. Human’s need to drink about 1.2 liters of water on a daily basis.  Drinking plenty of water helps the kidneys to flush out toxins and can help the body increase energy and relieve fatigue. Did you also know that water is a natural appetite suppressant?  Drinking water before a meal helps to fill you up and raises your metabolism. So drink up, but make sure it’s zero calorie water:  wine, fruit juices and other beverages do not off the same benefits as good old water.
  • Remain Active. In addition to a healthy diet, engaging in daily exercise is beneficial in boosting your metabolism.  Regular physical activity helps the body to function better, reduces the risk of diabetes and heart disease and promotes weight loss.  For individuals that live a sedentary lifestyle, it is important to introduce physical activity gently into their daily routine.  Even engaging in light physical activity can get your muscles working and stimulate healthy blood flow. As always, an individual's physician should be consulted prior to introducing a new exercise routine.
The benefits of a healthy diet are many, even simple changes can produce noticeable results. Embracing a healthy diet will have you feeling great and full of energy in no time.





Posted by Sandi Boucini & Michelle Granger on 5/27/2015

Did you know the average household contains between 3 and 10 gallons of hazardous material at all times? This can be a threat to the health and indoor air quality of the home. How do hazardous materials enter your home?  They can enter in the form of cleaners, bleach, oil, light bulbs, paints, batteries, medicines, mercury-containing materials and other household items loaded with potentially harmful chemicals. So how can you keep your home free from these materials? First, you need to identify the hazardous materials in your home. They come in three forms: Solids (i.e. rat poison), Liquids (bleach, gas, antifreeze, drain cleaners.), Gases (such as natural gas or propane). The most important thing you can do to help make your home safer and avoid the dangers of hazardous materials is to store all hazardous materials properly. Always keep hazardous materials in the original container with the label for future reference. Follow all manufacturer suggestions for storage temperatures. Store flammables away from the home, any sources of flame or heat, and out of direct sunlight. Watch for fumes or other signs that the materials are not behaving properly. If you do detect fumes, wear a face mask, remove the leaking material, and ventilate the storage area properly to rid it of all dangerous toxins. Only purchase what you need when you need it. To further reduce your risk, look for safer alternative products like natural cleaners, mouse traps and paints.