Posts Tagged ‘health’

Problems with aluminum in deodorant?

Do me a favor? 🥱

Go get your deodorant and tell me if aluminum is an ingredient. I’d like to talk about that!

Were you aware that some research suggests that deodorants that contain aluminum, which are applied frequently and left on the skin near the breast, may be absorbed by the skin and have effects on the hormone estrogen?

Estrogen can promote the growth of breast cancer cells and some scientists have said that the aluminum-based compounds in antiperspirants could contribute to the development of breast cancer. In addition, it has been suggested that aluminum may have direct activity in breast tissue.

These studies are interesting!
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16045991/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25233067/

Do you think it’s coincidence that the area in which most women are consistently applying aluminum based deodorants is in the quadrant of the breast that has the highest percentage of cancer growth?

Personally for me, I’d rather just not take the risk, especially when our bodies naturally need to sweat and aluminum blocks that ability – I certainly do not want to be storing toxins in and around my breast tissue, do you?

If you use an aluminum free deodorant do you care to chime in and help the members here to find a good one? What’s your favorite?

This is my favorite.

What is Thermography?

Thermography is a test that uses an infrared camera to detect heat patterns and blood flow in body tissues. It can be used in the detection of breast cancer and it can do so without causing discomfort or pain to the recipient.

Thermography is beneficial to women who may be concerned about developing breast cancer as it doesn’t require a physical tumor to be present in order to detect minute changes in the breast which mammograms and physical exams do.

Thermography will actually detect heat produced by increased blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes associated with a tumor’s genesis and growth. That’s right, it detects the changes in your breast before the tumor has time to grow!

Here Dr. Veronique Desaulniers talks about the difference between Mammography & Thermography.
https://youtu.be/h0hZMZBfSis

It’s important to know that you have options when it comes to detecting breast cancer.

Learn more here:
https://breastthermography.com/breast-thermography/

Before you go, what would you rather: Mammography or Thermography? I’m curious!

🌼🌼 Herb of the week: Dandelion 🌼🌼

Latin name: Taraxacum Officianale Botanical family: Asteracea
Energetics (Chinese medicine): Drying, cooling Properties:

🌼 Diuretic
🌼 Nutritional
🌼 Liver support
🌼 Stimulates appetite
🌼 Supports immune system
🌼 Supports kidney function
🌼 Anti-inflammatory
🌼 Antioxidant-rich

Safety: For all ages. Can be used in pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Safe both internally and externally. Be cautious or do not use if you have an allergy to ragweed.

Most people consider dandelions “weeds,” but they are one of the most beneficial plants around! Ironically, we spend so much time and money trying to kill them using toxic chemicals, while the plants themselves can support our livers and kidneys and promote detox. It’s nearly impossible to kill dandelions, anyway, because their taproot can go up to 30 feet deep, and if there’s any piece of it left, it will regrow.

But why would we want to kill this beautiful plant?! It’s in season around mid-late April in northern climates, although it blooms sporadically during warm months. The flowers are open and yellow (composed of many tiny petals) during the day, and close at night and during cool, wet weather. They turn to white puffballs of seeds after a couple of weeks, and the wind carries them everywhere. Dandelions spread easily!
The whole plant is edible and medicinal. The roots are best harvested in the fall when the stored energy is highest, at or after the second year. They can be used raw in tea or tincture to promote liver health. Roasted, they make a nice coffee substitute.

The leaves are bitter in flavor and rich in several vitamins and minerals. They can be eaten in salads, or made into tea or tincture. They support kidney health and are sometimes called “nature’s multivitamin.”

The flowers have mild pain-relieving properties, and are nice infused in oil to make a salve or cream for sore muscles. They are also edible, and can be tossed in salads, used to make jelly or wine. Some also use them to make cookies, muffins, or fritters.

Enjoy all that dandelions have to offer!

Earthley products containing dandelion are:
🌼 Sun Shield
🌼 All Purpose Salve
🌼 Nourish Her Naturally
🌼 Nourish Me Naturally
🌼 Baby Balm
🌼 Pain Potion
🌼 Sinus Saver
🌼 Cough-B-Gone
🌼 Immune-Biotic
🌼 Natural Balance
🌼 Mama’s Tummy Relief
🌼 UT-Relief

I also love dandelion detox tea. You can find in most grocery stores.

(Note: be sure the dandelions you forage are not sprayed with pesticides or fertilizers.)

Should you take mega doses of supplements?

Supplements are easy enough to come by but unfortunately most of the common vitamins and supplements found at drug stores are synthetic, artificial, dye & sugar filled JUNK.🥴

It’s also unfortunate that the FDA does not review dietary supplements for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed, therefore it’s easy for people to get scammed.

According to the Kresser Institute for Functional and Evolutionary Medicine, “Nearly one-third (31 percent) of the U.S. population is at risk for at least one vitamin deficiency or anemia. 23 percent, 6.3 percent, and 1.7 percent of Americans are at risk of anemia or deficiency of one, two, or three to five vitamins, respectively.”

In-fact a recent study conducted as part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicates that U.S. children and adults have high rates of deficiency of vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, and folate, as well as the mineral iron. 😔 ❌💊

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5537775/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5537775/

https://kresserinstitute.com/well-fed-but-undernourished-an-american-epidemic/

So, what is the solution?

Every vitamin and mineral has an ‘agonist’ and an ‘antagonist’ in the body — usually several. When someone takes a regular mega-dose of one nutrient (such as the synthetic junk we just talked about), it causes the body to have high levels of that nutrient, PLUS all of the agonists. It causes deficiencies in all of the antagonists – meaning it doesn’t help our bodies.

For example, calcium and magnesium compete for absorption in the body. Take way too much calcium and it will lead to a magnesium deficiency.

What we really need is balance. That’s the holistic view. No nutrient is more important than another (generally speaking); we need all of them, in the right amounts, to be healthy.🌿🌿

We trust nature, and our own instincts, for this balance. Healthy foods and herbs have what we need, in the right amounts. Mega-dose pills don’t. (Ever notice that your pee turns bright yellow after taking a supplement? That’s all the vitamins you didn’t absorb.)

Trust in nature, it’s always been there for you.

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin at all; it is a pre-hormone. It helps to regulate many of the hormones in our bodies, as well as the use of other vitamins. There are two major types: D2, or ergocalciferol; and D3, or cholecalciferol. D3 is more natural and much better absorbed. Most fortified foods contain D2, because it is cheaper.

Vitamin D is essential to absorb calcium and promote proper bone health. Children who are not exposed to enough Vitamin D often experience soft, fragile or misshapen bones.

Did you know that between 75-90% of people are said to be deficient in Vitamin D (depending on skin pigment), according to the National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20133466

Making sure you have optimal levels of Vitamin D can decrease your chance of:

❌ Heart Disease
❌ Cancer
❌ Diabetes
❌ Depression
❌ Fatigue
❌ Weakness
❌ Pain
❌ Cardiovascular Disease.

Studies have shown that doses of 800–5,000 international units of Vitamin D per day can improve musculoskeletal health by naturally slowing aging of the skeletal structure and reducing the rate of fractures and falls in older adults that are over 65. Spending just ten minutes per day in the natural sunshine can increase your Vitamin D absorption by up to 10,000 units – yet unfortunately most people do not go outside often enough and most people do not go outside often enough and most occupations require people to work indoors.

Did you know? Increased sunlight exposure and circulating levels of vitamin D are associated with the reduced occurrence and mortality in many types of cancer.

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3355893/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17556697

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0199265

Vitamin D has also been shown to protect against autoimmune disease by protecting cells from inflammation.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15585788

Read more: https://draxe.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-deficiency-symptoms/

There are very few food sources of vitamin D (other than the sun!). Cod liver oil remains the best source but is important to balance it with vitamin A for optimal absorption, which is why a whole-food source like cod liver oil is the best idea.

Do you feel like you get enough Vitamin D? If no, read on….

Lard from pastured pigs is another good source; fish is a minor source (salmon, tuna, mackeral). All plant sources unfortunately only contain only D2, which is not well absorbed.

Vitamin D requires fat to be absorbed, because it is a fat-soluble vitamin. If you are not consuming enough dietary fat, you will not reap the benefits! This is why most food sources are fat like lard or fatty sources like mackeral.

Interestingly, these same fats can protect your skin from the sun so that you do not burn. Consume plenty of saturated fats, and plenty of water while you are in the sun (or when you get sun frequently) to minimize burns and maximize synthesis.

How do you know if you are vitamin d deficient?

According to Mercy Medical Center 42% of Americans are!

“About 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient with some populations having even higher levels of deficiency, including pre-menopausal women, those with poor nutrition habits, people over age 65, Caucasians who avoid even minimal sun exposure, and those who take prescription medication long term for heartburn, acid reflux, and constipation. Studies show people with darker skin, such as African Americans and Latinos, are also at risk for lower vitamin D levels because high amounts of melanin in skin reduce the body’s ability to produce vitamin D from sunlight. In addition, certain chronic conditions—such as celiac disease, bariatric surgery, obesity, and chronic kidney or liver disease—can contribute to deficiency.”
https://www.cantonmercy.org/healthchat/42-percent-of-americans-are-vitamin-d-deficient/

“Of the 4962 participants interviewed in this study by NHANES 2011-2012, 1981 (39.92%) were vitamin D deficient (serum levels less than 50 nmol/L), a proportion that has remained consistent since 2005-2006, when NHANES found 40% of the population to be vitamin D deficient.”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6075634/

Do you experience:

➡️ Frequent Illness
➡️ Fatigue
➡️ Poor quality of sleep
➡️ Hair Loss
➡️ High Blood Sugar
➡️ Depression
➡️ Slow healing wounds
➡️ Muscle Pain
➡️ Obesity
➡️ Anxiety
➡️ Back Pain
➡️ Chronic Inflammation
➡️ Auto Immunity

Earthley’s natural Vitamin D Cream is based on cod liver oil, which contains both vitamins A and D, as well as some vitamin E and K2. The fat-soluble vitamins are balanced so that they can be used by the body in the easiest way possible, allowing it to be the most beneficial.

Contains approximately:
150 IU vitamin D
1500 IU vitamin A
Trace amounts of vitamin E
Trace amounts of vitamin K2
Per 1 tsp.

I have always had low Vitamin D levels despite taking high doses of Vitamin D supplements. I started using Earthley’s vitamin D cream and has bloodwork done about 6 weeks later and for the first time in forever, my levels were normal! And even during winter months! This stuff works! Learn more about this cream here.

Learn more here: https://modernalternativemama.com/2011/4/4/monday-health-wellness-vitamin-d/

How to clean a cast iron pan

Do you have a cast iron pan? 🍳 How do you clean yours?

1. I pour salt into my pan and gently scrub.

2. Then rinse well, scrubbing with salt again if needed.

3. Dry gently and slightly with a towel.

4. Then heat on the stove until completely dry.

5. Next I coat with an oil that has a high smoke point. I leave the pan on low heat for 5-10 minutes.

6. Then turn off the heat, carefully and gently wipe any excess oil with a paper towel and allow to cool.

7. I store my cast iron in the oven, even when I use the oven to bake something else.

When I am diligent, my eggs don’t even stick. But I’ve found the key to food not sticking is to heat the pan well before adding the food. If I do have food that sticks and won’t wipe off, I add a little water and boil on the stove for a couple minutes to loosen the food. Then rinse and add the salt to scrub.

I love using my cast iron, they can just be a pain to clean sometimes, compared to just tossing my stainless cookware into the dishwasher. 😉

What are your cast iron pan tips?

Handmade herbal tinctures

At Earthley we provide a wide variety of herbal remedies and that includes herbal tinctures. 🌿

Some of the herbal remedies we offer are:

🌿 Anti-Inflammatory
This herbal extract helps to calm the body, reduce inflammation, and provide immune support.

🌿 Anxiety Relief
This gentle, yet powerful formula can: Relieve anxious feeling, encourage calm mood, improve mental clarity and focus, improve sleep quality and reduce depression symptoms.

🌿 Calm and Clarity
Helps to promote even mood, better energy, and better mental clarity.

🌿 Candida Cleanse
Fight the overgrowth of Candida and inflammation, and support your liver naturally.

🌿 Cough Be Gone
This tincture can remove extra mucus, soothe sore throats, and promote lung health and detoxification.

🌿 Digest-Ease
Get relief from indigestion, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, and bloating.

🌿 Digest-Support
Promote better nutrient absorption and, as a result, alleviate symptoms like gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea.

🌿 Ease the Ache
Perfect for menstrual cramps, bloating, “heavy” feeling, heavy bleeding, mood swings, postpartum period.

🌿 Elderberry
This blend of immune-boosting herbs is like a one-two punch for colds, coughs, sore throats, and more, in a shelf-stable elderberry drops tincture.

🌿 Energy Plus
Herbal iron supplement is made from herbs that are rich in natural iron, vitamin C, and B-complex.

🌿 Feel Better Fast
Knock out coughs, sniffles, upset tummies, keep fevers in a safe range, and get you and your kiddos back on their feet.

🌿 Fertili-Boost
To help women prepare for a healthy pregnancy, and promote healthy fertility!

🌿 Immune-Biotic
Uses immune-supporting herbs to give your body a jump start to fight off germs. Take for three to seven days and kick that cold or flu to the curb.

🌿 Liver Love
Supports liver function and detox.

🌿 Mama’s Magic Milk Boost
Natural ways to increase breast milk, you have found the best lactation supplement on the market.

A tincture is a super-concentrated herbal solution.

This is how we make herbal tinctures:

Dry herbs are weighed out into a measuring cup to get a precise amount, and then poured into 1-gallon glass jars. Once all the herbs are added, we add alcohol or glycerin (diluted to the proper ratios). The jars then head to the shelf to sit for 4 weeks, before they’re strained and bottled.

Hearty Vegetable Soup recipe

When I need something easy to make, vegetable soup is always a nice go to, as long as I have everything on hand of course. But the great thing about vegetable soup is you can improvise and use the vegetables you have on hand. I made this last night and it was a hit, so jotting it down here so I can repeat it in the future. This will give us about 4 meals (I froze 1 meals worth, then we will have 1 lunch and 1 dinner ready for this week. Woohoo!)

I used:
2 onions, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 box vegetable stock (organic)
2 bay leaves
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp basil
1 box Pomi chopped tomatoes
4 cups of water (use more as needed)
4 cups organic mixed frozen vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, edemame)
1 1/2 cups frozen black eyed peas
8 oz pasta (optional, but you’ll want to add a little more water if you do)
4 medium potatoes, diced

In a large stock pot, heat 2 tbls oil. Sauté onions until tender, during last minute, add the garlic. Then add vegetable stock and other ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 hour (or longer to let all the flavors blend together more). Next time I am going to try fresh celery (and eliminate the celery seed), and sauté with the onions. Either way, this soup was yummy!

Today’s healthy lunch box: do it yourself lunchable

Lunchables are a fairly popular item for quick lunch boxes, but contain ingredients I don’t care to offer my kids, not to mention you can make these a lot cheaper on your own! Men’s Health listed the turkey lunchable meal the kids meal with the most sugar and a group of dietitians for the non profit Cancer Project reviewed 60 pre packaged kids lunches and listed the 5 worst here. Bottom line is that pre packaged, processed foods are convenient, but not good for you.

Making your own lunchable with healthier options of real, minimally processed cheese, no hormone and nitrate-free meat (organic is possible), and whole wheat crackers make a better option. Certainly, a lunchable style lunch is a little more fun too.

It’s actually easy and not as time consuming as you would think. My DIY lunchable was Canadian bacon (ham) cut into triangles, cheese slices and whole wheat crackers. I also included yogurt, granola, strawberries, grapes and an organic “Oreo” for our special treat. Our drink was a treat too, took a break from our usual water and offered raspberry lemonade.

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My son had the same, no granola, but I gave him a little popcorn.

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Today’s bento lunch box: ham in pita pocket

There is nothing wrong with a sandwich now and then, but I like to keep it interesting and not use too much bread. So today was a ham pita pocket. Normally, I would add romaine, tomatoes and mayo, but my daughter is slightly picky at certain things and just wants ham and mustard, much like her mommy at that age! 🙂

With her pita pocket, I included grapes, a gingerbread man shaped watermelon slice, some fresh green beans and marinates asparagus. Our treat was a bit of pumpkin pie. She LOVES the asparagus. You can easily cut the asparagus into 1 inch sections and marinate in Garlic Expression dressing, however, I didn’t have time to go get this, so I created my own knock off version. I used roughly 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tbls olive oil (canola may be better), 1 large minced garlic clove, salt, pepper, onion powder and celery seed to taste. I whisked it all together and let the asparagus marinate until we were ready to eat. She loves it!!

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