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Toxin-Free Living & Detoxification (Part 2 of 2) By Dr. Cheryl Cooper, ND

May28-BlogSocial-Toxin-Free2As established in Part 1, it’s impossible to avoid toxins in our lives, but there are many ways to reduce exposure and the impact they have on our health.  The first step is evaluating our environment and making a list of sources of toxins in our daily lives. This requires reading labels on food, cosmetics, body products, cleaning supplies, and gradually eliminating anything with toxic chemicals. As a rule, if you can’t eat something, you should think twice before you use it on your skin or in your environment. Remember that every chemical your put on your skin or come into contact with can be absorbed into your body.

There are certain chemicals that have been established to be pervasive in our homes, they’ve been found in the blood and urine of North Americans[1] and have been identified as being hazardous to our health. These include VOCs (volatile organic compounds), parabens, SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate), PDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), BPA (bisphenol A), PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), acrylamide, mercury, MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether). There are a number of credible websites that provide detailed information on these chemicals as well as tips for reducing exposure.

Some of my favourites include:

http://www.ewg.org/

http://www.breastcancerfund.org/reduce-your-risk/tips/

http://eartheasy.com/live_reducing_indoor_toxins.html

Other ways to help your body to eliminate toxins include eating foods that support the body’s natural detoxification pathways. The foods that can help the body to break down and eliminate toxins include cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts), green leafy vegetables, cilantro, garlic, onions, nuts and seeds, healthy fats (avocado and coconut oil), berries and whole grains.[2] In addition, buying organic food as much as possible, but especially the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables which includes apples, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet peppers, cucumbers, cherries, snap peas, potatoes, hot peppers, kale and collard greens.[3]

For adults, doing a whole body detox at least twice a year to ensure the body’s detoxification organs (liver, kidneys, colon, lungs and skin) are functioning optimally to eliminate toxins and minimize their impact on our health.[4] This can be done in a number of ways and can vary in length from 1 week to 30 days or more depending on the individual and their needs. For more information on how to do a detoxification feel free to send me your questions at dr.cheryl@vitalmed.ca.

Increase Your Natural SPF with Mother Nature

May28-BlogSocial-MotherNatureDid you know that new studies suggest that increasing foods that are high in antioxidants will naturally increase your own sun protection factor? Foods that are vibrant in colour contain an antioxidant called ‘carotenoids’ which help the plant to protect itself against intense and damaging rays from the sun. Filling your diet with these foods means your body can take these benefits in and put them to work for you.

Add tomatoes, green tea, dark leafy greens, carrots and yams to your diet for a start. Even dark chocolate can help boost your skins natural protective abilities.

For you science nerds who are interested in digging into these studies in more detail, check out this link: http://www.nrjournal.com/article/S0271-5317(12)00065-6/abstract

Fresh Juice Recipe for Beautiful Skin

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Fresh Juice Recipe for Beautiful Skin
Nothing is better for giving us that glowing countenance than mother natures most nourishing and delicious fruits and vegetables.
Freshly squeezed juices retain that amazing ‘just picked’ flavour and are more nourishing than their pasteurized and bottled counterparts.
This simple juice recipe is wonderful for the skin. Spinach and parsley are chock full of the vitamins needed to keep skin healthy and bright.
Carrots and apples provide a delicious sweetness as well as vitamins such as C and K that contribute to gorgeous and happy complexion.
You will need
4 carrots
1/2 cup of spinach
1/4 cup of parsley
1 apple

Toxin-Free Living? by Dr. Cheryl Cooper. ND (Part 1)

May25-DetoxTips-BlogSocialToxin-Free Living? (Part 1) by Dr. Cheryl Cooper. ND

Over 50 years ago, in her book, Silent Spring[1], biologist Rachel Carson brought awareness to the chemical contamination of the earth and the impact that many of these chemicals have on human health. Since then, according to a report prepared by Environmental Defense entitled Toxic Nation: A Report on Toxins in Canadians[2], in the last 50 years, the global production and use of chemicals has increased; more than 80 000 new chemicals have been created worldwide.

Many of these chemicals have been determined to impact our health in a variety of ways. Studies demonstrate that chemicals in our environment affect our body’s biochemistry. Toxins are present in our air, water, food, and soil and can be found in our everyday life in cleaning products, cosmetics, body products, clothing, furniture, carpeting, toys, jewelry…the list is endless. Essentially, exposure to toxins is unavoidable.

The fact that toxins surround us seems overwhelming and often leaves us feeling helpless. The reality is that it’s impossible to avoid toxins completely, but the good news is that every little bit that we do to help our families and ourselves does make a difference.

As a first step, start by doing an assessment of toxins in your home and at work. Do this by making a list of all of the potential sources of toxins in your environment[3]. Once this is done, make a commitment to eliminating the toxins one at a time starting with the easy things like cosmetics, body products, cleaning supplies, and processed foods and work towards eliminating as many things as possible over the next 2-3 months.

Part 2 of this article outlines ways to support your body’s detoxification pathways in order to reduce the effect of toxins on your health.

http://eartheasy.com/live_reducing_indoor_toxins.html

Flowers That Heal : Neroli & Rose Geranium

May8-BlogSocialFlowers don’t just grace our planet with their beauty, they also have remarkable aromatherapeutic effects. Sticking your nose in a live blossom will give you an instant lift, but we’ve also been able to retain the benefits of sniffing real flowers by distilling their essential oils. Our limited release scent; Neroli Rose contains two beautiful florals that offer more than just a glorious scent.

Both Neroli and Rose Geranium essential oils have similar properties and are used in aromatherapy as an antidepressants, with Neroli offering the added benefit of aphrodisiac effects. Talk about an uplifting of the senses! They both have a calming and sedative nature, as well as tonic properties for digestive issues. Who knew such delicate and beautiful plants packed such a punch!

Check out our limited edition Neroli Rose line here.

DIY Refreshing Cucumber Facial

April27-Cucumber-BlogSocialThe humble cucumber contains many vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. It’s also marvellously hydrating and overall a great choice to use as a simple but wonderfully effective facial treatment. Here a few cucumber based blends you can whip up in your kitchen:

Win a $250 Gift Card for your MOM!

2015-MothersDayContestMother’s Day is coming up and how much do we love our mimzies! Tell us why your mom is the greatest mother in the whole wide world and you’ll be entered to win a $250 Rocky gift card for her! Submit your story on our Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to the draw. Contest closes on May 10th, 2015 at 11:30pm MST.

Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Apr23-BlogSocial-recipemousseWe recently had a birthday potluck here at the Rocky workshop, and our Production Manager, Rachelle brought an amazing Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse recipe. She had such rave reviews from our staff that we just had to share! Blend it all up, chill it in the fridge, and enjoy!

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Tips for Living an Earth-Friendy Life

Apr22-BlogSocial_EarthDayFirst celebrated in 1970, Earth Day was created to honour the planet and bring awareness to the growing problems of pollution and to promote ecology and care for our global home. If you’d like to make more earth-friendly choices in your life but are overwhelmed by where to start, here is a short list to inspire and encourage you. Big changes happen one small step at a time. Help us care for the planet and our animal friends who share it.

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Mother Nature’s Best Moisturizers

Apr20-BlogSocial_MotherNatureMoistureMother Nature produces some truly amazing ingredients for us to use on our skin, hair and nails. Usually if its amazing for your skin, its also good enough to eat. Here are a few examples of natural moisturizers that will nourish you from the outside and the inside.

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