Our bodies are exposed to many chemicals on a daily basis, and we often don’t question the safety of the products we use.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of chemicals allowed in products in the United States that are
banned in many other well developed countries.
The real concern is exposing ourselves daily/ repeatedly and what the gradual, long term, cumulative effects could be.
"And there is a serious lack of long-term studies on ALL of the chemicals in these products—so we don't really know what the long-term effects are. It's not just repeated exposure to one chemical—it's the combined effect of thousands of little chemical exposures, day in and day out, that is of concern."
"Much of what goes on you, ends up in you" -Mercola
My advice is to ver on the side of caution and limit/ avoid your amount of chemical exposure.
To help you on your journey to live chemical free,
I have compiled a list of brand recommendations, links &
recipes to reduce you and your family's exposure.
*All are SLS FREE and will be noted otherwise*
SLS= SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier. It is used in a vast majority of cosmetic products and cleaners.
According to Mercola.com, other names that SLS goes by include; Sodium dodecyl sulfate, A13-00356, Sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, Akyposal, SDS, Sodium salt sulfuric acid, Aquarex ME, Monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid & Aquarex methyl.
According to Bewell.com, other names include; Sodium caprylic sulfate, Sodium capric sulfate, Sodium oleic sulfate, Sodium stearyl sulfate, Sodium myreth sulfate, Sodium dodecanesulfate, Sodium monododecyl sulfate.
More alternative names can be found at https://www.healingnoni.com/blog/sulfate-names/.
SOME PEOPLE ARE MORE SENSITIVE THAN OTHERS. Those with SEVERE SENSATIVIES ALSO REACT TO
SODIUM COCO SULFATES as well.
These are used in many products that say they are "SLS FREE."
& Pay attention to any reactions!
NUTRITIONAL RECIPES & TIPS
When it comes to nutrition, everyone has their own opinion about what you should eat.
What works the best for one person, is not always the best diet for someone else.
(I mean diet as in what you eat, not a weight loss program).
Some people may need more or less proteins, fats, carbs, veggies and/or fruit,
and the amounts needed are constantly changing throughout our lives.
Come in for an energetic reading to discover the best diet plan for you
while also enjoying a relaxing acupuncture treatment!
So how do you know what the best food choices are for you? Follow these rules:
1. KEEP IT SIMPLE!
"IF IT GROWS, EAT IT, IF IT DOESN'T, DON'T"
If you can't pronounce it or don't recognize it as food, avoid it
2. Keep your diet to an 'organic whole food based diet'. Including one ingredient items such as;
(brown rice, quinoa, all types of potatoes, corn, beans, oats, good quality sprouted wheat),
(fats that stay solid at room temperature; organic grass fed butter, coconut oil & avocados)
Local Animal Meats/ Eggs.
Aim to make organic whole foods 80-100% of your diet.
In order to eat an organic whole food diet, you have to make time to cook, there is no other way.
If choosing organic foods isn't always in your budget, try to still incorporate as many one ingredient items into your diet as possible. Also, prioritize organic animal products over other food groups.
3. READ LABELS
(a majority of whole foods won't have labels, like fruits and veggies)
4. NO PROCESSED FOODS
5. MINIMAL DAIRY & SUGAR
6. SHOP ON THE OUTSIDE PERIMETER OF THE GROCERY STORE- Avoid the center aisles
7. EAT WHAT IS IN SEASON- The more color on your plate the better.
8. MIX IT UP! Don't eat the same thing daily.
9. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER- Half your body weight in ounces & stick to warm &/or room temperature
What is a complete protein and why do we need them? A complete protein contains all of the amino acids that our bodies do not make on their own. When legumes like peanuts, beans and lentils are combined with grains like rice, wheat and corn, a complete protein is formed.
IF DURING YOUR TREATMENT I SUGGESTED TO CUT OUT OR MINIMIZE ANIMAL MEATS, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING ENOUGH PLANT-BASED COMPLETE PROTEINS
2. BEANS & RICE
3. HUMMUS & PITA
4. PENUT BUTTER SANDWICH
6. BARLEY & LENTILS
7. SPIRULINA when combined with grains, oats, nuts, or seeds.
9. CHIA SEED
12. EZEKIEL BREAD
Examples of "Meat-less Animal Complete Proteins:
3. GREEK YOGURT
Check out this website for more information on complete proteins:
DAIRY FREE OPTIONS:
- Dairy Free Cheese: Brand: Lisanatti's: Jalapeno Jack Style (Almond MIlk Cheese)
- Try using avocado to replace sour cream.
- Cashews make a great dairy free alternative. They can be used for creamy sauces and you can make a cashew cheese or milk with them.
- There are plenty of dairy free milks available; almond, cashew, hemp, rice, etc.
Please still READ LABELS!
Here is a website with many alternative ideas: https://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes
CHECK OUT these websites for other nutritional recipes that are healthy and delicious!
-My wonderful mentor, colleague and friend, Paul Lee has amazing recipes on his website at: https://www.paulleeacupuncture.com/recipes
https://www.thugkitchen.com/recipes (*Foul Language advised)
Acupressure for Labor and Delivery:
Acupressure for common Pediatric Health Issues:
Acupressure for Neck and Low Back Pain:
Acupressure points for Common Health Complains:
Gua Sha Technique:
All Purpose Cleaner:
-1/2 tsp washing soda (can be found at most grocery stores/ super stores)
-1 tsp. castile soap
-About 20 drops of essential oils (Blend or just one type.)
I suggest an anti microbial oils: Doterr's On Gaurd, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree Oil, Bergamot, Basil, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon & Clove.
-Bottle for storage
Add borax and washing soda together in bottle, add warm water so the powder is dissolved, fill up water to almost fill the remaining bottle, then add castile soap and essential oils at the end (otherwise the soap will add too much suds). Shake again and then it is ready to use.
LIVING CHEMICAL FREE
Here is a link to the recipe: http://www.dwellinginhappiness.com/chemical-free-liquid-laundry-detergent/
-When I make this at home, I don't use a glass jar. I prepare the detergent in a gallon jug then transfer half of it to an old laundry soap container so it already has the lid on it to measure the amount. I also use more detergent depending on the load.
-I also add borax and/or vinegar to loads of laundry that need deep cleaning (i.e. a dog blanket, camping gear, etc.).
-In my personal laundry, I have replaced bleach with hydrogen peroxide to further reduce my exposure to harsh chemicals. It doesn't keep those whites as bright though.
Other Cleaning Product Options:
HARD WOOD FLOOR CLEANER:
I rotate using a 50/50 mix of Vinegar and Water solution and the all purpose cleaner recipe above.
USE BAKING SODA FOR A CARPET POWDER
Use baking soda to effectively clean your carpets.
You can also use the room spray recipe below on your carpet to add extra freshness.
ROOM SPRAY OR FURNITURE SPRAY:
Use a spray bottle with about 20-30 drops of your choice of essential oil with 4 oz of water. I again suggest anti microbial essential oils.
REPLACE A SCRUBBING CLEANSER (i.e. Comet) FOR BAKING SODA
LOW CHEMICAL BRANDS:
ECOS Earth Friendly Products:
-All Purpose Cleaner
BETTER LIFE: *Not SLS FREE*
I have yet to find an SLS free dish soap that feels like it is doing a thorough job, so protect your skin by wearing rubber gloves!
Dr. Browner's Castile Soap with 1/2 water.
Or they make a body wash option
Shampoo & Conditioner:
Norwex Face Cloth (Be sure to exfoliate softly at first)
Eye Makeup Remover:
Use any oil (Coconut, Apricot, Grape seed, etc.)
Cover Up: Pacifico
Others: Juice Beauty
My Magic Mud
Use arrowroot powder and apply with a makeup brush.
Dr. Bronner's Hair Creme
PURE LIFE Soap CO