Get to know the Clean Fifteen & Dirty Dozen!

4DD62057-8127-4612-9A61-6E15B1190419It’s important to clean your gut to avoid autoimmune disorders and if you have autoimmune disease(s) already.

Inflammation is the word for the movements that are all around us now. Eliminate inflammation for optimal health! A great way to start to clean your gut is to shop the dirty dozen and the clean 15 lists when buying fruits and vegetables.
Ultimately, growing our own would be the most healthiest knowing what environment these were grown in but not many of us can live with such a privilege.

Here are the ewg.com (EWG) Environmental Working Group dirty dozen and clean 15 lists to assist in avoiding harmful chemicals in the produce aisles. A good way to think about these choices is the clean 15 have the lowest levels of pesticides used ~ thin skin organic, thick skin non-organic.

 

Note: Green beans and kale are moving up on the most sprayed list.

 

The Importance of Eating Alkaline Foods

What are Alkaline Foods?

An alkaline diet emphasizes alkaline foods such as whole fruits and vegetables and certain whole grains, which are low in caloric density. Healthy Alkaline Diet Foods involve the ideal balance between acidifying and alkalizing foods.

The body includes a number of organ systems that are adept at neutralizing and eliminating excess acid, but there is a limit to how much acid even a healthy body can cope with effectively. The body is capable of maintaining an acid-alkaline balance provided that the organs are functioning properly, that a well-balanced alkaline diet is being consumed, and that other acid-producing factors are avoided.

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Here is a list of high Alkaline Foods: Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach

Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon

Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu

Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt

Here is a link with a list of Alkaline Foods and important information to go along with each one.

Danielle Walker from Against All Grain has three cookbooks, an app, and tons of recipes on her website that are a great balance of alkaline and acidic foods. Majority are alkaline which is why she is having such success with her recipes. The whole30 is another great source for a balance lifestyle. I eat the way these two women cook and eat.

Andrea

Safer for Babies

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Here’s what makes these baby products special and safer:

• The ingredients are simple and purposeful: For example, the brand NEW Diaper Cream contains zinc oxide to create a neutral barrier between a wet diaper and delicate baby skin to help prevent diaper rashes which can turn into infections if not properly cared for. The tapioca starch in the diaper cream is really inventive: it absorbs moisture so baby bums stay nice and dry and decreases the likelihood a rash could occur!

• The products are free of common allergens like soy, gluten and nuts! If we don’t feed these things to our babies, we should also make sure they aren’t being absorbed through our body’s largest organ: the skin!

• They’re transparent: Beautycounter formulates their products to be safer and effective and they don’t hide ingredients from you. They stand by their promise to exclude over 1,500 harmful ingredients from their products…. Ingredients that you’ll find all over your house if you’re not reading labels or calling companies… because these ingredients aren’t illegal in America (even though Europe has banned 1,400 of them based on evidence of toxicity). Many of the ingredients are organic, non-gmo, and plant-derived.

SAFER INGREDIENTS. BETTER BEAUTY.
Our Ingredient Selection Process ensures safer and cleaner products that work beautifully. This rigorous process handpicks the best ingredients. What’s not included? Approximately 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals on our “Never List” that we never use to formulate our products.

Shop Safer Baby, Kids, Skincare and Makeup here 

Comment below or connect with me on IG or FB or email me here; I would LOVE to help you switch to safer products AND see positive changes in your skin!

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Holiday

It’s here and it’s amazing! Check out the 2017 Holiday Sets.

These red boxes will look adorable under the Christmas tree this year!

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Beautycounter has put together “how to” videos of our limited editions cosmetics:

 

 

 

 

SHOP FOR THE HOLIDAYS HERE

Be Your Beautiful!

~Andrea