Be safe on sunny days

Summer is here, the sun is out and kids love to spend all their time outside at the beach, the pool, the park, you name it. Even though little ones have a blast outdoors in the sun, moms tend to worry about the SUN-exposure and a fun activity becomes more of a concern.

We are so concerned about sun exposure that we cover them with sunscreen, swim-shirts (rash-guards) and hats. I know, I do the same, but let’s get this straight kids (we all do) need to get some sun exposure for vitamin D. It’s a must, specially if you live up-north where the rays of the sun are limited during the cold winter months. To get all the benefits you only need to be in the safe-sun for 10-15 min, 3-5 times a week.  (The best time to get them exposed to the sun without any protection is before 10am and after 5pm, when the rays of the sun are not that strong = safe-sun).

That being said, kids (and all of us) also need to be aware of the damaging effects the sun can have on our skin (early signs or aging, freckles, and skin cancer). The best way to protect oursleves from the sun is to limit sun exposure, which can be hard during this fun summer months.  Always wear a hat when playing outside, try to stay on the share as much as possible and cover your self while on the water with sun-shirts. And please please please, apply sunscreen and re-apply it if they are on the sun or water for longer periods of time. You must be thinking – I already know all this- here comes the tricky part.

Applying sunscreens can be as damaging to your kids as letting them run naked outside during the middle of a sunny day. Sunscreens are filled with chemicals like Oxybenzone, which is a hormone disruptor, or Retinyl Palmitate, a form of vitamin A, that when exposed to the sun can accelerate development of skin tumors (YIKESSSS!)

What to do now? Look for Mineral Sunscreens, made with active ingredients like zinc oxide, avobenzone and Mexoryl SX. My favorites (based on performance and pricing) are Blue Lizard and baby-ganics face stick.




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beware of Fluoride in our water

I had heard about the concerns of the amounts of fluoride in our water. But it wasn’t until I saw this video, that I became aware that it is actually a huge concern. To top that I recently took my older daughter to the dentist. While there I asked the dentist about this little white spots my daughter had in her two new front teeth. Her response shocked me, she said “don’t worry they are due to the high levels of fluoride”. I mentioned I don’t really give her any fluoride (try to use fluoride free toothpaste, and have never used it as a supplement). And she said very matter-of-factly “it is in the water”. I guess now I need to get a water filter that eliminates fluoride.

“Unlike all other water treatment processes, fluoridation does not treat the water itself, but the person consuming it. The Food & Drug Administration accepts that fluoride is a drug, not a nutrient, when used to prevent disease. By definition, therefore, fluoridating water is a form of mass medication. This is why most western European nations have rejected the practice — because, in their view, adding a drug to everyone’s water supply violates the basic medical tenet that each individual has a right to “informed consent.” source

Fluoride has tremendous effects on the human body:

“Fluoride is a class 2 poison, it is extremely biochemically reactive in the body and only marginally less poisonous than arsenic. It also makes bones more brittle and has led to a marked increase in dental fluorosis (fluoride poisoning), affecting up to 48% of people in fluoridated areas. You should look in the mirror. If you have white flecks in your teeth then you could well have fluoride poisoning, and that is a potential health risk. If fluoride poisoning is showing in your teeth, then it is like the tip of a toxic fluoride iceberg in many of your body’s bones and organs.” source

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It seems like this days everyone is talking about raw food. More and more raw products are popping up in stores, and taking the public by surprise. I personally have started to follow a more raw diet. Not a 100% raw, but raw when I can.

I definatly feel a difference in my energy levels, mmi digestion and my skin. Give it a try, make an effort to incorporate more raw foods (veggies, fruits, seeds, nuts, sprouts) into your diet this week. Need more convincing, here are a few good reasons to do it.

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what can curcumin do for you?

Have you heard about Turmeric? If you haven’t heard from it I am sure you have tasted it. It is a spice used regularly in Indian food (is what gives curry its yellowish-orange color). Turmeric has been used for years in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine. It has high anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used to treat conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic. Studies have also found Turmeric can inhibit cancer cell growth and metastases.

New studies have also found that Curcumin a compound found in Turmeric, is effective in stopping the progression of Parkinson’s disease and can even inhibit the accumulation of beta amyloids in the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Adding turmeric to your diet is an easy way to stay healthy and protect your self from inflamation. You can add turmeric powder to your soups, stews and I always add some when I marinate meat. You can also buy turmeric capsules, and take them daily.

Sources here and here

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I saw this collage of empowering quotes, loved it. Think I will print and pin it in my board. Hope it brings tons of inspiration your way.

image here

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Scary facts

One of my good friends lend me a Newsweek article about the Obesity epidemic in our Nation. I think I live in somewhat of a bubble when it comes to eating. Growing up my family was always on the healthier side, my mom has been eating veggies and salads as long as I can remember. We had a family farm that provided us with fresh produce, and dairy products. I was always an environmentalist at heart, so when I started learning more at school about the meat industry and everything that came with it, I stopped eating meat. And now that I have my own family I pay extra-attention to what I feed my girls, and go the extra mile to get the healthiest options available. So I think I have always been on the health wagon, not really paying much attention to what everyone else was eating. But after reading this article I was completely blown away by the truth of what the regular person eats on a regular day.

Here are some stats on that:

  • The Coast Guard now assumes the average boat passenger weighs 185lbs, up from 160lbs in place since 1960.
  • More than a quarter of all Americans age 17-24 are unqualified for military service because of their weight.
  • The university of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital has replaced wall mounter toilets with floor models that can hold at least 250 lbs.
  • About $5 billion more is spent every year in the jet fuel needed to flu Americans, compared with 1960 weights.

Scary, isn’t it. Change your diet, change your life.

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