Healthy Household Cleaning

The best-known cleaning products are also the ones laced heavily with harsh chemicals. Mr. Clean, Windex, Clorox — all effective, none organic or safe for the body. The problem with switching over to more eco-friendly cleaning products — ones that won’t coat your home with brain-cell-killing fumes — is that lots of brands claim to be “natural” or “organic.” But unlike the USDA-certified-organic stickers you can look for in a grocery store’s produce section, you won’t find any such federal regulation in the housekeeping aisle. (These kinds of companies aren’t even required to list their ingredients, meaning they can sneak in chemicals without mentioning them anywhere on the bottle.)

Some of the most dangerous toxins out there reside in our cleaning products, and we’re putting our health at risk by exposing ourselves to them on a daily basis. Researchers at the University of Washington tested a variety of popular household cleaning products, including air fresheners, all-purpose cleaners, soaps, laundry detergents, dish soap, dryer sheets, and fabric softeners, as well as personal care products like shampoos, deodorants, and lotions.

Volatile organic compounds are gases emitted from solids or liquids. They’re found in many household products, from paints and varnishes to cleaning products and disinfectants. The EPA states that some of the risks associated with VOCs are:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
  • Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
  • Some VOCs can cause cancer in animals, and some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans

In summary, this is what they found:

  • A whopping 133 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the products – even in those labeled ‘green’, ‘natural’ or ‘organic’.
  • On average, 17 VOCs were found in each product, with anywhere from 1-8 of those 17 chemicals being toxic or hazardous.
  • Nearly half of the products contained at least one of 24 carcinogenic air pollutants that have no safe exposure level, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Check out EWG.org or the “ThinkDirty” app to check the toxicity levels of your household cleaning items and beauty products!

“Clean” Cleaning Products

  • Green Works
  • Dr. Bronners Castile Soap
  • Ecos
  • Seventh Generation
  • Method
  • JR Watkins
  • Mrs. Meyers
  • Common Good

Making Your Own Cleaning Products

(use glass bottles if possible, essential oils optional)

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 2c water
  • 2tb castile soap

OR

  • 1c water
  • 1c white distilled vinegar
  • ½ lemon juiced

Deep-Cleaning Bathroom Cleaner

  • 1 2/3c baking soda
  • 1/2c liquid castile soap
  • 1/2c water
  • 2tbs white vinegar
  • 1. Mix baking soda and liquid soap in a bowl. Dilute with water and add the vinegar. Stir the mixture with a fork until any lumps have been dissolved. Pour the liquid into the bottle. Shake well before using.

Carpet Stains

  • 2bs salt dissolved in 1/2c white vinegar
  • Let the solution dry, then vacuum. For larger or darker stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mixture and use in the same way.

Glass & Mirror Cleaner

  • 1/2c rubbing/isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/3c white distilled vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • Add alcohol & vinegar to the bottle, then fill with water.

Laundry Stain & Spot Remover

  • 1 1/2c water
  • 1/4c liquid castile soap
  • 1/4c liquid vegetable glycerin
  • Treat spots immediately and let soak before tossing into the wash

Gnat Trap

Mix 3 parts apple cider vinegar and 1 part water in a shallow bowl. Add 3-4 drops of dish soap. The smell of the vinegar will attract them and the dish soap breaks the surface tension of the vinegar/water. Now when they land they are stuck.

http://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-natural-organic-cleaning-products.html

Anti-Inflammatory Cooking

The anti-inflammatory diet is an eating plan designed to prevent or reduce low-grade chronic inflammation, a key risk factor in a host of health problems and several major diseases. The typical anti-inflammatory diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, protein, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats.

Often resulting from lifestyle factors like stress and a lack of exercise, chronic inflammation results when the immune system releases chemicals meant to combat injury and bacterial and virus infections, even when there are no apparent foreign invaders to fight off. These invaders often hide and can be found and handled through Nutrition Response Testing.

Since our food choices influence the level of inflammation in our bodies, the anti-inflammatory diet is helpful to curb chronic inflammation and help prevent or treat the following conditions: allergies, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, gout, heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), stroke, Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Lisa has found that concentrating on flavors creates delicious dishes. Instead of automatically adding salt, when tasting what you’re cooking, ask yourself “what flavor is missing?” Is it…

  • Salty
  • Sweet
  • Bitter
  • Sour

Here are some suggestions for adding these flavors to your dish:

  • Salty: sea salt, Himalayan pink salt, Herbamare (Dr. Lisa’s favorite)
  • Sour: apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”), lemon, lime
  • Sweet: (In small amounts) onions, garlic, orange, apple, honey
  • Bitter: horseradish, dark leafy greens

General Tips:

  • Aim for a variety
  • Include as much fresh food as possible
  • Minimize your consumption of processed and fast foods
  • Eliminate sugars from your diet, especially artificial sweeteners
  • Eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables in all parts of the color spectrum
  • Choose organic whenever possible
  • Focus on eating lots of dark leafy greens
  • Drink tea instead of coffee (black, green, herbal)
  • Focus on water consumption
  • Eat twice as many vegetables as fruits
  • Meats should be grass-fed
  • Stay away from juices
  • Avoid hydrogenated oils (margarine, peanut, corn, cottonseed, vegetable)
  • Try to include good carbohydrates, fat, and protein at each meal

Foods to Focus on:

  • Berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • Cherries
  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Avocados
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Dark leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, collards)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts)
  • Beans (red beans, pinto beans, black beans)
  • Whole grains (oats and brown rice)
  • Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)

Herbs & Spices & Add-ins

  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Garlic
  • For sweeteners – raw local honey, grade B maple syrup, Sucanat

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Wild-caught oily fish (salmon, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies)
  • Flaxseed
  • Walnuts
  • Eggs

Most Inflammatory Foods to AVOID:

  • Low-quality grains & gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Processed meats
  • Sugar
  • Bad hydrogenated fats

Meal Ideas:

Breakfast foods: breakfast smoothie, chia bowl, oatmeal.

Lunch: salad with quinoa and vegetables, soup, grilled salmon. Use lettuce wraps instead of tortillas.

Snacks: fresh blueberry fruit salad, apples, and nut butter, walnuts, chia seed pudding, guacamole.

Beverages: ginger turmeric tea, golden milk, green juice, green smoothie, herbal tea, turmeric tea, green tea.

If you would like to learn more about how to keep an anti-inflammatory diet, give us a call at 410-717-6610.

Sources:
https://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/anti-inflammatory-diet-pyramid/dr-weils-anti-inflammatory-diet/
https://www.verywellhealth.com/anti-inflammatory-diet-88752