Healthy Household Cleaning

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 ecofriendly 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 labelled ‘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 spot immediately and let soak before tossing into 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
Spring & Summer Health Talks

Spring & Summer Health Talks

Join us for our FREE Health Talks which are on Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm at the office! Friends & family are welcomed!

For people who have never had a Nutrition Response Testing analysis, those who attend a health talk will receive a discounted exam and consultation for only $49 when that appointment is completed within two weeks. (Limited time offer)

You can always tune in to our Facebook page to watch the talk live by clicking here: https://www.facebook.com/DrLisaGordon

SEATING IS LIMITED – please give us a call at 410-717-6610 to reserve your spot!

April 23rd: Women’s Health & Hormones

May 14th: Digestive Dysfunction

May 28th: Migraines, Headaches & Chronic Pain

June 11th: Prostate & Men’s Health

June 25th: How the Liver Causes Skin Reactions

July 9th: Anxiety & Depression

July 23rd: Chronic Inflammation & Immune Challenges

August 13th: Sleep & Insomnia

August 27th: Women’s Health & Hormones

Is there a topic you would like us to discuss at one of our Health Talks? We love your feedback! Let us know your suggestions by emailing gabrielle@drlisagordon.com.

Muscle Strengthening & Stretching

Muscle Strengthening & Stretching

Whether you’re a chronic sitter, a daily exerciser, or a weekend warrior, you probably know stretching is a critical habit. By sending blood flow to your muscles and helping your joints move through their full range of motion, stretching improves your posture and athletic performance while lowering your risk of pain and injury in everyday life.

If there’s one universal truth about stretching, it’s that we all should do it. Yet few of us actually do. By taking a few minutes in the morning and in the middle of your day to focus on stretching, it can make a world of difference not only with your flexibility but it can also help with mental clarity and anxiety.

In the AM, take 5-10 minutes to do these easy yet effective stretches IN BED!

Full-Body Stretch

On an inhale, reach your arms overhead, clasp your fingers together, flip your palms out toward the wall behind your head, and push your palms away from you. At the same time, reach your toes away from your arms, keeping your knees straight. Hold this fully stretched position for 5 counts, then exhale and release the stretch. Repeat 3 times total. This releases tightness throughout the entire body, which tends to accumulate during sleep. (1)

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Figure-Four Stretch

Cross your right foot over your left knee, making the shape of the number 4. Slowly bend your left knee up toward the ceiling, either keeping the left foot on your mattress or hugging it in toward your chest. Be sure to keep your right knee bent out to the right as you try to maintain this shape. Hold for 5 deep breaths, then switch sides. This stretch helps lubricate the hip joints, thighs, and glutes. (2)

Bed-to-Floor Stretch

Swing your feet over the side of the bed so that they touch the floor. Keeping your knees bent, hang your head and arms down to the floor, rounding your back over your knees. Let your head and arms dangle to the floor; hold for 5 breaths. This helps stretch the back and helps you wake up thanks to a fresh supply of oxygen to the brain. (3)

Supine Twist

From Knees-to-Chest Stretch, release your grip of your shins and let your arms fall out to a “T” shape on either side of your torso. Use your core to guide your legs over to rest on one side, keeping your knees bent and shoulders planted down into your mattress. If it’s easy on your neck, gaze toward the opposite side. Hold for 10 deep breaths, then repeat on the other side. Twists like this one awaken the body by increasing circulation and stretching the spinal muscles. (4)

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Knees-to-Chest

From a supine position, bend your knees until the soles of your feet are on the bed. Use your hands to draw one knee in toward your chest at a time, wrapping your arms around both shins. Relax your head on your pillow and hold this “self-hug” for 10 deep breaths, says Brooke Blocker, a yoga teacher in New York City. This stretch helps you gently wake up the low back and stimulate the mind and body, helping you feel ready to start your day. (5)

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Seated Forward Bend

Begin by lifting your torso upright from a reclined position. Keeping your legs straight, inhale and lengthen through your spine; as you exhale, start to walk your fingertips toward your feet. Keep lengthening your spine with your inhalation and sink a bit deeper into this seated forward fold with your exhalation. When you get to your farthest point, let your neck hang heavy toward your legs, releasing any tension. After 10 rounds of breath, slowly lift your torso back up. This forward bend is especially beneficial after resting all night and before standing or sitting all day, as it stretches the hamstrings, pelvis, and spine. (6)

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In the middle of your day, try these seated stretches!

Seated Spinal Twist

This is a great way to release the tension in your back that starts building up almost as soon as you sit down.

Sit on your chair sideways so that your shoulders and back are perpendicular to the back of the chair. Sit up straight, place your feet on the ground and place your hands on the back of the chair. Using your arms, twist, pulling yourself toward the chair. Switch the side of the chair you’re sitting on and repeat. This pose stretches out the spine, chest, and neck. Take approximately 8 to 10 breaths on each side. (1)

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Cat/Cow Stretch

Do you know one of the primary differences between feeling old and feeling young? Spinal flexibility. If you’re starting to move around the office like a rheumatic orangutan, this move can definitely help.

Sit up straight, place your feet flat on the floor, and rest the palms of your hands on top of your knees. Inhale, arch your back and look up, pulling your shoulders back as you do so. This will open up the whole front of the torso and neck. When you exhale, round your spine, pull the shoulders toward each other at the front of the body and drop your head toward your chest. This will stretch and open the back, shoulders, and neck. Do approximately 8 to 10 complete rounds. (2)

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Eagle Arms

This move will help take the burden of being a desk potato off of your shoulders and upper back.

While sitting, reach your arms straight out in front of you, keeping them parallel with your shoulders and shoulder-distance apart. Bend the left arm upward and sweep the right arm under it. Wrap your right arm around the left until you are able to grab the outside edge of the left arm or until you are able to clasp your palms together. Lift the elbows away toward the ceiling and pull your hands away from your face. Turn your head side-to-side. Repeat on the other side. This will stretch the muscles under the shoulder blades, the upper back, shoulders, and neck. Hold each side for approximately 8 to 10 breaths. (3)

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Chest Opener

Another issue with desk jobs is that they tend to cause you to develop pretty tight chest and shoulder muscles. Thankfully, none of our avian friends are invoked for this position—you can stay right in your chair and do it.

Simply interlace your fingers behind you and place your arms on the top of your chair’s backrest. Drop your chin to your chest. Your chest, shoulders, and neck will appreciate it. Hold this pose for 8 to 10 breaths. (4)

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Wrist & Fingers Stretch

Stand, place both hands on your desk, palms faced down, fingertips facing your body. To intensify the stretch, lean forward. Hold the stretch until you feel the tension release. (5)

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Neck Rolls

To give them relief, sit up straight in your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Bring your chin toward your chest and roll the right ear to the right shoulder. To intensify the stretch, place your left hand on top of your right shoulder and place your right hand just above your left ear. Gently apply pressure with the hand on your head hand and breathe through the stretch. Take approximately 8 to 10 breaths, then switch to the other side. (6)

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https://www.healthline.com/health/fitness-exercise-stretching#beginner’s-stretches

https://www.prevention.com/fitness/g20490060/do-these-stretches-before-getting-out-of-bed/

What is Designed Clinical Nutrition?

What is Designed Clinical Nutrition?

What is Designed Clinical Nutrition?

  • Designed: Especially prepared for you, based on a specific plan.
  • Clinical: Pertaining to the results achieved in clinical use on a multitude of patients over many years.
  • Nutrition: Real food, as designed by nature, to enable the body to repair itself and become healthier.

After you receive your analysis, you will get a specifically designed nutrition program, based off the information your body provides. Most programs include dietary suggestions (as well as whole food supplements) to aid your body in healing itself. Concentrated whole food supplements are used. These have been prepared by a unique process that preserves all of the active enzymes and vital components.

How do I know which supplements are right for me?

After we identify the underlying reason your body is creating symptoms, we can isolate and verify the precise whole food supplements (and quantities) your body needs to resolve its problems. Our goal is to have you take as few supplements as possible, with your body being fulling addressed and restored at the same time.

What are “whole foods”?

Whole foods are defined as “food that has undergone very little processing and has been grown or produced without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. A good example is carrots. Carrots are rich in vitamin A complex. A “complex” is something made up of different parts which work together. Synthetic vitamins do not contain the whole complex (as found in nature).

If testing indicated a vitamin A deficiency, we would look for a whole food high in vitamin A complex (carrots would be a likely source). A supplements rich in this complex would then be included in your program. We pride ourselves on only using the highest quality whole food supplements available.

Whole food supplements are entirely derived from specific whole foods, organically grown and prepared in such a way that preserves their vital enzymes and vitamins; making them the optimum vitamin-mineral products. Now in incredibly concentrated form, your body can get complete nutrition from this small tablet! By restoring the nutrition on which your body was founded, it is possible to enable your body to heal itself just as nature intended.

I thought I ate well…

Although deficiencies may be due to illness, it is likely that other factors my be contributing to the problem also, some of which may be contained in the food you eat every day. A few factors of the “food” commercially available in all grocery stores and restaurants:

  • microwaving
  • food coloring
  • flash freezing
  • hormones and antibiotics (in meat, chicken, etc.)
  • produce grown in soil that has been robbed of its nutrients
  • harmful chemicals and metals (such as pcb’s and mercury in some fish)
  • genetic engineering
  • synthetic additives
  • preservatives

If any of these are involved in the creation or processing of your food, then what you are eating is really just “disguised” as food. Not only does this “food” have insufficient nutritional vale, it may also contain toxins which work against your body and your health. In contrast, whole foods that have not been altered or contaminated contain genuine replacement parts as part of nature’s design.

Can’t I just eat better?

There has been a drastic decline in the quality of food over the past 70 years, resulting in a nation of sick people who are dependent on pharmaceutical drugs. Your body’s function is founded on nourishment from the environment (which until recently did not include heavy metals, toxic chemicals and pesticides).

Current food conditions make it next to impossible to get all of the nutritional components your body requires to heal and/or maintain resiliency.

How long will it take for me to start feeling healthy again?

Each case is handled on an individual basis. The majority of patients who adhere to their programs have reported noticing positive changes in the first 4-6 weeks (some longer, and some sooner). Your improvement is directly proportional to the adherence to your program.

Do I have to stay on a Designed Clinical Nutrition regimen forever?

Through the course of your program additional layers will show up. For example, if you have a long term health problem, you may find that your body may (or may not) want to address this first. Your body will dictate its priority each time you are tested. When its priority problem is handled with correct nutrients, your next test may reveal another major issue (which may have been hidden and unhandled).

As this happens, we will adjust your program. Our goal is to have you on as few supplements possible. Good dietary habits will always be encouraged. If you continue poor habits, this will perpetuate ill health and inhibit your body’s natural ability to heal itself. As you feel better and your health improves, you will likely find yourself wanting to maintain a well balanced and healthy diet as your normal routine.

How do I get a Designed Clinical Nutrition Program?

As a Nutrition Response Testing patient, you will receive an individualized program based on the results of your analysis. The program will match the exact needs of your body through diet and nutritional supplementation. The elements in your personal Designed Clinical Nutrition program are nutrients that your body is not currently receiving and/or assimilating.

 

 

NEW Winter Health Talks

NEW Winter Health Talks

After surveying our community, we have decided to switch our FREE Health Talks to TUESDAY nights from 6:30-7:15pm!

Friends and family are always welcomed, give us a call to reserve your spot @ 410-717-6610.

 

Check out our upcoming schedule:

December 17th: Anxiety & Depression

January 7th: Skin Health – eczema, psoriasis, acne, rashes

January 22nd: Stress Relief & Mindfulness Techniques

February 12th: Is sugar sabotaging your health?

February 26th: Spring detox

March 12th: Anti-inflammatory cooking tips

March 26th: Stretching & muscle strengthening

April 9th: Healthy household cleaning

April 23rd: Women’s health

May 14th: Digestive dysfunction

Cholesterol: Myths & Truths

Cholesterol: Myths & Truths

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all the cells in your body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. Cholesterol is also found in foods from animal sources, such as egg yolks, meat, and cheese. If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can combine with other substances in the blood to form plaque which sticks to the walls of your arteries.

In our bodies, cholesterol serves three main purposes:

  • It aids in the production of sex hormones.
  • It’s a building block for human tissues.
  • It assists in bile production in the liver.

 

 

Myth: Cholesterol is BAD

Truth: Cholesterol is Necessary

There are two types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol to and from cells—low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

  • HDL stands for high-density lipoprotein. It is called the “good” cholesterol because it carries cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Your liver then removes the cholesterol from your body. Your liver then removes the excess cholesterol from your body.
  • LDL stands for low-density lipoprotein. It is called the “bad” cholesterol because a high LDL level can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries. There are two types of LDL cholesterol; fluffy and dense. Dense LDL is actually the one that is more harmful.

 

What causes high cholesterol?

The most common causes of high cholesterol are your genetics and living an unhealthy lifestyle. This can include:

  • Unhealthy eating habits, such as eating lots of bad fats and sugar. Trans fat is in some fried and processed foods. Eating these fats can raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
  • Lack of physical activity, with lots of sitting and little exercise. This lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Smoking lowers HDL cholesterol, especially in women. It also raises your LDL cholesterol.
  • Genetics play a bigger role in your cholesterol than your diet does, as your genetics impact how effectively your liver regulates cholesterol to a healthy level.

 

 

Myth: You Should Eat as Little Cholesterol as Possible

Truth: You Should Eat Good Quality Saturated Fats

Healthy, cholesterol-rich foods are actually good for your body. Good quality saturated fat is healthful, it can be found in some meats, fish, eggs & dairy products. Most of your cholesterol is produced from within the body, so foods with cholesterol aren’t likely to transform your body’s cholesterol levels. Therefore, eating cholesterol-rich foods may not affect the cholesterol that’s already in your bloodstream.

 

Focus on eating foods with good fats, and avoid foods with high levels of trans fats, which raise your LDL cholesterol and lower your HDL cholesterol. Foods with high levels of trans fats include:

  • Sweet pastries, such as cake, donuts and cookies
  • Sugar
  • Fried food
  • Margarine
  • Processed & packaged foods
  • Fast foods

These foods may contribute to obesity, which can increase your risk of heart disease and other health conditions.

Foods with healthy fats that can lower LDL and raise your HDL cholesterol include:

  • Olive oil
  • Legumes and beans
  • Nuts
  • Fatty fish
  • Whole grains
  • Avocado
  • Grass fed meats
  • Eggs

 

Myth: High Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease & Heart Attacks

Truth: Inflammation Causes Heart Disease & Heart Attacks

Multiple studies show that people with heart disease or those who experience heart attacks often have normal cholesterol levels. Rather, your triglycerides to HDL cholesterol ratio may play a role in increasing or decreasing your risk for heart disease.

More so than cholesterol, inflammation plays a bigger role in causing heart disease. When the lining of your arteries is injured, it becomes inflamed. With repeated injury, LDL cholesterol can get trapped, creating a dangerous buildup that can turn into plaque. Inflammation is caused by sugar, poor diets, lack of exercise, lack of nutrients, & a stressful lifestyle.