Fall Superfoods That Need to Be On Your Shopping List

Autumn has arrived, showcasing Mother Nature’s many talents, including the beautiful fall colors, a refreshing, a brisk feel to the air and a bounty of fall superfoods. The crisp fruits and root vegetables listed below make the perfect additions to comforting, winter meals. All of these seasonal favorites are loaded with nutrients that can help keep you and your family healthy and address issues like the inflammation and pain that common with rheumatoid arthritis.
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What Cleaners to Avoid if You Have Pets

While keeping your home clean may be at the top of your priority list, what you may not realize is how toxic household cleaners can be for pets, both cats and dogs. Some cleaning products aren’t as dangerous as others, but most can still result in symptoms that include diarrhea and vomiting. If that isn’t bad enough, there are some cleaning products that can cause devastating health issues to pets, like cleaners that include ammonia and bleach.
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Why We Should Avoid Cooking with Non-Stick Cookware

Do you remember when non-stick cookware first came out? Most of us were thrilled and even thought of it as helping improve our health by reducing the need for cooking oil. That and Teflon pots and pans are easy to clean which is a time saver all of us can appreciate. Unfortunately, there are some legitimate health concerns associated with what used to be most household’s favorite cookware.
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End of Summer Watermelon Salad

6 cups of seedless watermelon cut into 1 inch cubes
½ cup of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
6 oz. of feta cheese
Fresh lime juice
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Place watermelon in a large mixing bowl
Squeeze in the lime juice from half a lime
Add freshly ground black pepper to taste
Rinse, pat dry and remove the leaves from mint sprig and finely chop – add to watermelon
Toss all of the above in the mixing bowl.
Transfer everything over to a serving platter and sprinkle with crumbled feta
Serve and enjoy.

How Common Chemicals Endanger Child Brain Development

Chemicals contained in common products that an alarming number of families use every day are raising concerns among researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. These dangerous chemicals can be found in everything from pesticides to food packaging and personal care products. In a recent report published in the Environmental Health Perspectives NIH journal, 47 child health advocates, health practitioners and scientists have made a consensus announcement in Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks). The said announcement highly recommends that renewed attention be given to the escalating evidence that numerous widely available chemicals commonly used in our homes and schools are endangering neurodevelopment in children of all ages, including the fetus stage.
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Healthiest Vegetables to Supercharge Your Health

The following nutrient rich vegetables are considered some of the top choices when it comes to being the healthiest. Each offers a long list of benefits including helping you feel more energetic, fight disease and even lose weight. So – go ahead, fill your plate and supercharge your health. We’re even including a tasty (and easy) recipe or cooking suggestion to try with each vegetable listed.
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Kid Friendly Healthy Green Smoothie

Mothers constantly worry about their children’s diets; they realize how important it is to feed their kids healthy foods, but they’re just not sure if they’re getting enough of what they need. The good news is that there are a lot of quick and easy ways to get your kids to eat healthier foods, including whipping up a yummy smoothie that tastes more like dessert. Here’s a healthy “green” smoothie that your kids (and you) will love!

Ingredients:

1 cup of frozen mixed berries
1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 cup skim or 1% milk
1 cup of fruit juice (your favorite organic mixed fruit juice, V8 Fusion, etc.)
1/4 cup of fresh baby spinach

Directions:

Just toss everything into the blender and blend until smooth.
Enjoy – it’s Delish!

A great way to get your child not to turn up their nose to a “green” smoothie is to let them participate in the preparation, from encouraging them to help pick out ingredients at the grocery store, to tossing everything in the blender and whipping it up. You could make it even more fun by buying some fun straws and adding a little whipped cream (a healthy version) with a fresh strawberry on top. To add even more “green” food to the mix, over time, add in a bit more fresh vegetables. Before you know it, you and the kiddos will be getting a hearty days’ worth of healthy veggies in the shape of a delicious, kid friendly smoothie.

Is That Lovely Scent Toxic?

Are you aware that just about anything that is scented more than likely contains hormone disrupting chemicals called phthalates, unless the products manufacturer specifically states that theirs only contains pure essential oils. As a matter of fact, phthalates, typically used in plastics, are also found is cosmetics, acting as toxin laden lubricators. Unfortunately, you probably won’t see the word “phthalates” listed on the label because they’re usually listed as “parfum” or “fragrance”.

Phthalates have been linked to obesity, autism, birth defect, early puberty and other health related issues. Because of the escalating number of disconcerting studies, phthalates are in the process of being phased out of numerous children’s products, including toys. In the United States, three phthalates, DEHP, DBP, and BBP, were temporarily restricted in any amount higher than 0.1%, in toys that a young child might commonly be place in their mouth. In Europe, the use of Phthalates in toys has been highly restricted since 1999.

Bottom line, it pays to choose a natural option, containing essential oils, when it comes to scented products, including household cleansers and perform due diligence when it comes to products and toys you purchase for your child as well.

Benefits of Taking a Bath with Epsom Salt

Is your arthritis acting up? Did you pull a calf muscle running? Well, the good news is you don’t have to wait to find relief thanks to a natural treatment grandma used to prescribe – taking a bath with Epsom salt. Yes, just a relaxing soak in the tub can help you feel better. This all natural, pure mineral compound has been used to ease all types of aches and pains for hundreds of years. Taking Epsom salt baths actually does much more than relieving pain – it has a long list of remarkable health benefits.

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