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Beat The Heat!

July 27th, 2018

OK–so the first day or two of a summer heat wave can be kind of fun–but if you do not have air conditioning, the continued hot days can become brutal. I don’t have AC and have come up with some great ways to keep my home cool.

The first idea does take time–plant some trees that will shade your home. I planted some maple trees that not only offer lovely and cooling shade, but give a spectacular show in the autumn. I will say, I wish I’d thought to have at least one of the trees be a fruit tree (food! and shade πŸ™‚ ).

Laundry is another big factor for me. I put out a clothes line–and I have also fallen in love with my winged drying rack which I can move around (and even use inside in the cool months. I must say I enjoy how hanging the laundry slows me down–plus I get to listen to the birds and squirrels. I have learned that if I use my dryer for just a few minutes on “Air Dry” (i.e., no heat), the stiffness of the dried clothes is greatly diminished!

And then there is the cooking! Oh, how I wish I had an outside kitchen!! But I’ve found I just about can–I move my crock pots and Instant Pot to my back patio. I have even moved my toaster oven outdoors. You may want to set an alarm on your phone so that you remember to check on your meals since they can become “out of sight, out of mind”. And remember about cold dishes, too–chicken or salmon salad, gazpacho, fruit soups, etc.

And to keep cool myself, I love adding Stellaria media tincture (chickweed) to my water. About 15 – 30 drops in a large glass of water provides a cooling effect. Water infused with cucumber slices is also cooling.

Enjoy your summer!!

Reduce Waste in the Kitchen–Here Are Some Tips!!

July 20th, 2018

So, we know that we should be reducing the use of plastics and aluminum foil in contact with our foods. Plastics can transfer dangers plasticizers (PCB for example) and aluminum can leach from foods. I recommend storing food in glass containers (keeping food from touching plastic seals), buying food that comes without wrappings (yes, that includes fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and fish from the butcher, etc.)–and you can use cotton bags for the produce and paper for the meats. This article summarizes some options to break our habits. Protect your health AND the planet!! πŸ™‚

Sugar Smacks–Like We Need Another Reason to Avoid It

July 13th, 2018

Hopefully, no one believes that Sugar Smacks cereal is a healthy way to start the day. But now it is also associated with a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. If you have any of this cereal in your cupboard, please dispose of it. Instead, focus on a healthy breakfast of fruit, vegetables, and egg or healthfully-raised meat or fish. My breakfast today (wish I had taken a photo!): quail eggs sauteed with red cabbage and broccoli. To Your Health!!

New Sunscreen List

June 28th, 2018

EWG has posted new sunscreen products on their recommended lists–check them out by clicking here. And stay safe while having fun out in the sun!!

Higher Vitamin D serum Levels Associated with Lower Risk of Colon Cancer

June 28th, 2018

The title of this post really says it all: Higher serum levels of vitamin D = lower risk of colon cancer. This article suggests a range of 75 – 100 nmol/L. My typical recommendation is 60 – 80, however, 80 – 90 may be a preferred range. But don’t think that you can just start pounding Vitamin D–too much vitamin D may lead to other problems with heart and bone health. And some people “over-convert” to another form of Vitamin D that can contribute to bone loss. Have you Vitamin D levels monitored–even if your insurance won’t cover this test. And get some daily sunshine πŸ™‚

More MD’s are Coordinating Care with ND’s

June 18th, 2018

This is exciting news: more corroboration between MD’s and ND’s means increased holistic care! Check out this article πŸ™‚

Dangers in Our Toiletries

June 11th, 2018

You’ve heard me talk about dangers in perfumes and fragrances. Did you also know that the parabens in other toiletries contribute to health risks? Read this article–and check your lotions, soaps, shampoos, etc., for parabens. There are a lot of healthier options out there! Salves instead of lotions. Coconut oil instead of creams or hair conditioners. Dilute vinegar as a shampoo. To your health!!

Vitamin D and Belly Fat

May 31st, 2018

The association with obesity and vitamin D deficiency has been noted in previous research. This research is confirming–as well as revealing the association with “belly fat”. This does NOT mean you should just start taking high doses of Vitamin D. It DOES mean that you should have your levels checked, and supplement as needed to optimal levels. Also, get out and get some sunshine therapy–about 15 minutes without sunscreen, then get that skin protection on! (Check out Environmental Working Group for some safer sunscreen options; and remember there is now clothing that offers sun protection!). Appropriate Vitamin D levels may reduce your risk of cancer, depression, fatigue, and autoimmune disorders as well.

 

Baking Soda May Reduce Autoimmune Imbalance

May 24th, 2018

How exciting that a common kitchen item may reduce autoimmune inflammation. Baking Soda! So far the studies areΒ  in mice, but hopefully will apply to humans as well. Please be judicious and check with your doctor before supplementing baking soda, though, as it can reduce ability to digest food, is a source of sodium which may impact blood pressure and edema, etc.

Anodized Cookware–Probably best to avoid it

May 19th, 2018

Anodized cookware uses a process to oxidize aluminum creating a non-stick surface. Theorectically this surface should be non-reactive, however, as soon as there is a scratch, the risk of aluminum leaching into your food increases. I recommend avoiding it. I also recommend avoiding copper and those with non-stick coatings. Here is a nice summary on anodized cookware from Dr. Weil. I recommend porcelain-coated cast iron or stainless steel.

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