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4 Tips to Purify and Bring New Energy To Your Home

The new year is upon us all, as we are reminded to set positive resolutions and change old mindsets and habits that do not serve us to the side lines. What better way to start anew then with these simple 4 steps that will bring better energy and “chi” into your home and living spaces. A nurturing and toxic-free environment is what we should always aim for, but don’t get overwhelmed at trying to make everything perfect. One item at a time, always flowing, and at your own pace.

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10 Ways to Kick Start a Change

Take a positive attitude and try to ingrain some short and simple habits into your daily routine:

1. Buy the ‘healthiest’ foods at the grocery store: I don’t mean buy the most expensive food. Buy the healthiest. Don’t look at the price. You won’t notice at the check-out counter. All the stress happens at the point of decision. Know that your body will feel better in the long run.

2. Try a healthy smoothie for breakfast: Kick the day off right with healthy raw veggies, quality proteins and natural fats. Check out our Ikkuma Smoothie. You won’t die without that coffee. Save your coffee for pre-workout.

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The Importance of Organic Gardening: Plants and Flowers

Aside from Christmas and Chanukah, which yields the most fresh cut flowers and plants for all floral outlets in the United States, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Easter/Passover are the top holidays where people buy and indulge in beautiful arrangements for others or themselves. It is very important to know that the quality (not just how colorful and fragrant the floral arrangements are) of the flowers, how they are grown and treated prior to selling, is very important to the health of the people who receive the flowers (be it yourself, or for the people you care for).

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Top 9 Disease Preventing Herbs and Spices

With the thousands of over the counter miracle-in-a-bottle pill bottles we face at the grocery stores and conventional markets (not to mention tens of thousands more prescription drugs that promise to alleviate symptoms of daily and chronic ailments), how do you know which chemical concoction is the best and most reliable? Remember that every drug (over the counter, generic or name brand) does not carryout in the body and deliver results-whether good or bad-without side effects. In Oriental, Ayurvedic and Eastern Asian medicines, most healing and chronic infection prevention can be found in our modern kitchen cabinet. Make sure you are well versed in the following herbs and spices, for they may just be the ingredient to stave away disease and booster health to optimum levels!

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Excess Estrogen: Natural Ways to Beat Estrogen Dominance

Most people are walking around with an excess of estrogen in the body. That is why, perhaps girls are now reaching puberty at 9 years of age, and there is such a growing problem with fertility and reproduction in our developed countries. Estrogen is a hormone that is produced primarily in the ovaries in women and in the testes in men. For men, it plays an important role in sperm production and bone maintenance.  Estrogen is also produced by other tissues in both men and women, including fat and the brain. People with great amounts of stored fat (especially belly fat) have higher levels of estrogen.

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Toxic Common Household Products That Cause Cancer & Natural Alternatives

There are many toxins lurking about in the most common household items, and many of these toxins, if people are exposed to them long enough, may cause various types of cancers. It is nice to be aware of some of the biggest culprits and minimize risk when there is a choice. Some of the culprits may include simple decorative candles people light or art supplies used with the kids. There are many alternatives to the toxic, synthetic and artificial, many times commercial brands out there. . . and most of the alternatives are the natural, save-you-lots-of-money types. Below are some of the most common household items that bring the toxins into the home and into the body and alternatives to consider.

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The Importance of Using Organic/Natural Skin, Hair and Nail Products

Natural and organic products are increasingly becoming more and more popular. The term ‘natural’ tends to denote products that are free from synthetic compounds and ingredients, though there is no concrete regulation on the definition by any governing party (which is a problem when companies slap this word or similar words on a product label, including foods). Generally, natural shampoos and hair products contain beneficial natural plant and herb extracts that provide a ton of positive results for the hair and scalp, but further investigation into the root of the company and its true operating philosophies is key.

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Bursting Your Bubble. Chewing Gum Dangers

Some experts argue that this is the most toxic substance in the supermarkets today. Most everyone has tried it and many even have an addiction to it. I am referring to chewing gum. And since its commercial sale debut in 1848 by John Curtis in the state of Maine, its popularity has exploded, and with that, the way the chewing gum was manufactured. The ancient Greeks and Mayans chewed resin and sap gums made from trees, which were very natural. Cut to modern day flavors which are made from synthetic materials that are not so great for the mouth, digestive system and body, such as, aspartame, BHT (to maintain freshness and increase shelf life), titanium dioxide, calcium casein peptone-calcium phosphate, plastics, elastics and fillers (which are part of the gum base) and other preservatives and artificial colors/flavors. Let’s learn a few reasons why some may say chewing gum, even the ones “4 out of 5 dentists recommend chewing to prevent cavities,” is not so healthy for the us.

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13 Healthy Trending Food and Household Substitutes

Most of us want to be able to have choices when it comes to eating, our foods and our lifestyles. Nothing gives us more pleasure than knowing we have the power to pick and intentionally choose what we are going to eat, activities to engage in and our immediate living environment  (well, I guess that depends on who you ask). As a huge natural food and healthy lifestyle enthusiast, I feel empowered when I learn about healthy alternatives to traditional food and daily habit go-to’s. Here are the top trending healthy food and lifestyle substitutes that will make you and your family feel better from the inside out.

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Our Toxic World and Best Ways to Detox

We live in a world of chemicals. Air pollutants; pesticides; processed food with preservatives, hormones and colorings; synthetic sugary drinks; cosmetics; carpeting; furniture; electronics and medication leach harmful poisons into our body. These toxins cannot be metabolized, get trapped inside the body and cause serious health damage.

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