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Healthy Summer Fun!

It may have felt like it would never show up, but Summer is upon us!

What that means for us is long days at the beach, hikes in the mountains, family get-togethers, outdoor parties and plenty of fun and sun. On the other side of that, summer can also mean dehydration, sunburn and bug bites. We, at Nest Organics, want to make sure that you are fully armed with everything that you need to make sure that this summer is the best and most fun summer yet! So, here are some tips:

Fruits & Veggies: The ultimate protectors

Make sure that your nutritional practice is balanced and well-rounded. A good general rule-of-thumb is to make sure that every day you are eating fruits and veggies of every color. ROY G. BIV!

Eating raw fruits and veggies is the healthiest and most fun way to make sure that you and your family are getting all of the vitamins, nutrients, minerals and antioxidants to ensure a fun, illness free summer. Instead of grabbing snack packs of chips at the store for family outings, try chopping up some bell peppers and mixing them in with a handful of cherry tomatoes. Not only will you be getting a a full spectrum of nutritional awesomeness but the water content of these happens to be a bit higher so you are creating less of an opportunity for dehydration to sneak up on you. If you are going to be active and need a little extra protein, try bringing a some delicious spinach or dark leafy greens to nibble. PlanetBox makes awesome carrying containers for a little getaway — and it just so happens that you can get them, or any of our other favorite stainless steel carry boxes on our website or in the store.

A couple more tips on fruits and vegetables:

  • Buy local and seasonal – farmers markets are an excellent option
  • Consider food delivery services that will deliver produce boxes to your house as often as you choose, such as Mother Earth Produce
  • Instead of getting dried, dehydrated foods that are high in sugar, consider frozen fruits as a snack option
  • Know this year’s DIRTY DOZEN and definitely buy these items organic
  • Be familiar with the CLEAN 15 and incorporate them into your nutritional practice

Cool Tips to Keeping Hydrated

Dehydration is no joke and can cause lethargy, headaches, nausea and other primary symptoms. More importantly, it can become life threatening with physical maladies like heat stroke. Make sure to stay hydrated. If you have an active family , make sure that you are getting enough electrolytes. Skip the Gatorade and learn how to make Sole (Soh-lay), which is typically made with a blend of pink Himalayan sea salt and distilled or purified water.

Pink Himalayan sea salt boasts 84 – yes, 84! – essential nutrients and minerals that have a full range of effects, depending on how it is administered. Sole is great for electrolytes, detoxification and actually gives the drinker energy. We love to get ours from Asheville Salt Cave. Sole is easy to make and it’s a fun science experiment to do with the kids.

Now, what to keep all this water in?

Have you joined the stainless steel water bottle revolution yet? The Nest Organics family believes in health and hydration and has been through so many water bottles that never made the cut. If you haven’t tried a stainless steel water bottle, we highly recommend them. We have some single walled (from PanetBox) for your every day needs.

So, some additional tips to stay hydrated:

  • Take your body weight and divide it in half. This number is what most experts currently believe you should be drinking in ounces of water a day. This may be more if you are active, have a high salt diet, or drink caffeine. Do your best and tune in to your body. It will tell you what it needs.
  • ALWAYS have a water bottle with you. In high summer heats, dehydration can happen fast.
  • Avoid plastic water bottles that you buy at the grocery store. They are not refillable as the plastic breaks down over time, especially in the heat, and your body will absorb the petroleum compounds used to make plastic. Plus, they’re bad for the environment!
  • Drink before you feel thirsty. By time you feel thirsty, your body is already missing water. Also, drink water before you eat. Sometimes we mistake hunger for thirst.
  • If you like to work out or do crazy strenuous stuff outdoors, do it earlier in the day or later in the afternoon. 3 PM is the hottest part of the day when the sun is the most intense.

Summer Sun Protection

Most of us have had the experience of sunburn. It’s uncomfortable and, frankly, not too cute. Aside from the fact that consistent, unprotected sun exposure can make your skin wrinkly and accelerate the aging process of your skin, consistent sunburn can have long term effects like sun poisoning and skin cancer. In the short term, aside from the itchiness and pealing skin, sunburn actually keeps a person from being able to sweat properly which leads to things like sun stroke.

If you are going to be out of doors, keep these things in mind:

  • Wear sunscreen! Nest Organics has offers really awesome organic sunscreen lotions for adults, kids and babies. It’s typically best to apply about 20 minutes before you go out into the sun and, if you are active or swimming, reapply any time you wipe your skin with a rag or come out of the water.
  • If you’re going to be in the sun a lot, consider a hat.
  • Remember to protect the kids in your life. Kids tend to be more fair complected and easier to overexpose to sun. Help them get a good start by ensuring that their skin is well-protected.

Veggies.

Water.

Sun Protection.

 

You got this!

Have a great summer and let us know how we can help!

Nest Organics

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Cosmetics and Your Health

Why this matters – Cosmetics and Your Health

By: The Environmental Working Group

Article Source: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/2011/04/12/why-this-matters/

How many personal care products do you use in a day? According to our survey of 2300 people, on average, respondents use nine products daily. These contain 126 unique ingredients. One man in 100 and fully 25 percent of women surveyed apply 15 or more products each day.

Your grooming ritual probably includes shampoo, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hair conditioner, lip balm, sunscreen, body lotion, shaving products if you’re a man, and makeup if you are a woman.

And what about your children? Sunscreen, diaper cream, shampoo and lotion are common kids’ products.

Most people use cosmetics and other personal care items without a second thought, believing that the government oversees their safety. Not so. No health studies or pre-market testing are required for these products.

Americans’ frequent exposures to cosmetics and personal care products raise questions about the potential health risks from the myriad of unassessed ingredients in them. These ingredients migrate into the bodies of nearly every American.

For instance, in August 2005, scientists from the University of Rochester reported that prenatal exposure to phthalates — chemicals found in personal care products and other consumer products — could cause the reproductive organs of male infants to develop abnormally (Swan 2005).

Studies have shown again and again that hormone systems of wildlife are thrown in disarray by chemicals from personal care products that rinse down drains and into rivers (NIEHS 2010).

At the Environmental Working Group (they) have researched and advocated personal care product safety for eight years and consider this issue an integral part of (their) work to strengthen the system of public health protections from industrial chemicals. Here’s why:

Personal care products are manufactured with 10,500 unique chemical ingredients, some of which are known or suspected carcinogens, toxic to the reproductive system or known to disrupt the endocrine system. Though some companies make products that are safe to eat, others choose to use dangerous ingredients like coal tar and formaldehyde, both human carcinogens, and lead acetate, a developmental toxin.

No premarket safety testing is required for the industrial chemicals that go into personal care products or the chemical industry as a whole. According to the Office of Cosmetics and Colors at the federal Food and Drug Administration, “…a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA.” (FDA 2012) The FDA does no systematic reviews of safety, instead authorizing the cosmetics industry to self-police ingredient safety through its Cosmetics Ingredient Review panel. Over its 36 years, this industry panel has rejected only 11 ingredients as unsafe in cosmetics (CIR 2012). By contrast, the European Union has banned hundreds of chemicals in cosmetics (European Commission 2012).

When risky chemicals are used in cosmetics, the stakes are high. These are not trace contaminants that may be measured in parts-per-million or even parts-per-billion in food or water. They are substantial components of the product, just as flour is a primary ingredient in bread.

Cosmetic ingredients do not remain on the surface of the skin. They are designed to penetrate, and they do. Scientists have found many common cosmetic ingredients in human tissues, including phthalates in urine, preservatives called parabens in breast tumor tissue and persistent fragrance components in human fat. Do the concentrations at which they are typically found pose risks? For the most part, those studies have not been done. But a small but growing number of studies serve as scientific red flags (Swan 2005, Sathyanarayana 2008, Swan 2010).

We carry 100% Pure natural & organic makeup here at Nest Organics!

To learn about the safety of ingredients in personal care products, EWG has compiled an electronic database of ingredient labels for body care products and cross-linked these ingredients with large databases describing chemical toxicity and government determinations. The database also contains information about cosmetics ingredient restrictions in Canada, Japan and the European Union.

We consider the prevalence of possibly dangerous chemicals in personal care products cause for concern, and action! Much study remains to be done on exposure levels and health risks. But what we do know shows that such study — and direct consumer action to avoid known toxic ingredients — is essential.

What are the limits of EWG’s Skin Deep? Skin Deep’s product ratings are based on the known hazards associated with ingredients listed on labels. These ratings represent EWG’s best effort to present solid information on cosmetic safety. But the answers are not as clear as we would like. Due to the weakness of the FDA’s cosmetics rules, many products with “green” ratings contain ingredients that have not been tested. These products appear to be free of ingredients that we know or suspect to present health hazards. But absence of evidence is not proof of safety. There may be chemical hazards that scientists have yet to identify. In cases where data are lacking, a “limited data” or “no data” rating is shown alongside the green hazard score. 

To read the complete article or to access the EWG’s Skin Deep database, click belowhttp://www.ewg.org/skindeep/2011/04/12/why-this-matters/

We are happy to provide natural, organic bath and body products as well as 100% Pure brand makeup, all of which is cruelty-free, free of harmful chemicals, additives, preservatives, & toxins!

– Nest Organics

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