Are You Being Poisoned? Hidden Toxins in Your Daily Life

You try to take care of yourself by eating right and exercising. But did you know that there are hidden toxins in your daily life that can sabotage all your efforts? Check out these sources of toxins to see if you are susceptible.

Arsenic

Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical that is used in a variety of ways in what is considered safe amounts, according to the FDA. But when quantities of arsenic exceed those safe amounts, it can wreak havoc on your health, including causing hair fallout, cancer, vomiting, diarrhea and even death.

Arsenic can build up in your body, so even if there are “safe” amounts of arsenic in your drinking water, your body will accumulate more arsenic if you get it from other sources. Those levels can reach toxic levels, which can lead to arsenic poisoning symptoms.

Here’s the bad news. A study in 2015 found levels exceeding safe amounts of arsenic in all but one of the five states in the U.S. that produce wine. So the wine that you drink from Washington, California, Oregon and New York has been tested by the Environmental Protection Agency and contains levels of arsenic that are over two timesabove safe levels. A class action lawsuit has been filed, but in the meantime, you might prefer to choose European wines until the mess has been sorted out.

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5 Weird Health Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

Every now and again, you end up with symptoms so weird you think they couldn’t be related to anything other than your vivid imagination. But certain conditions can result in the strangest symptoms. Here are some examples of weird symptoms that could be a sign of something you should have checked out.

Itchy Ears

It’s normal to have the occasional itch in your ear. But if the itching is intense or chronic, it’s time to dig a little deeper to root out the possible cause. According to medical experts, itchy ears combined with other symptoms such as fatigue and headaches could indicate an overgrowth of yeast in the body, which can possibly lead to other problems, such as joint trouble or digestive disorders.

Sparkles and Light Flashes in Field of Vision

Almost everyone sees what are called floaters in the vision at least some of the time. But if you are seeing sparkles or flashes of light, it could be a sign of something else. One of the symptoms of pre-diabetes is seeing sparkles in the field of vision, even if they only last for a few minutes and then go away. Don’t ignore this telltale sign that could mean something more serious is going on.

 

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Why Dieting is Bad For Your Health

Dieting has a multitude of adverse effects that are seldom talked about, including feelings of failure, low self-esteem, physical and emotional discomfort and more. Here are several arguments against dieting that should be carefully considered.

DIETING CAN LEAD TO BINGE EATING

A recent study conducted by Michigan State researchers ascertained a link between gender and a proclivity to binge eat. Women, it seems, are more likely to fall prey to binge eating patterns than men, particularly during a diet. The researchers also looked at the brain’s reward system, where a person seeks out and enjoys rewards, and found that it may be significantly stronger in females versus males. That reward system can feed into the binge eating impulse.

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Natural Cleaning Solutions for Kitchen Countertops

When you finally get your brand new kitchen countertops installed, a sample bottle of commercial cleaning solution is often included for free. This comes across to the consumer as a courtesy, but of course the cleaner manufacturer is hoping you will be so impressed with the clean and shine power of their product that you will become a loyal customer for the life of your countertops. Since many granite countertops come with a 25 year warranty from the installer, the life of your countertops would equal many years of product purchases.

It is hard to resist the allure of the shiny kitchen countertop that these commercial products provide. With the promise of disinfecting, cleaning and polishing, why not use commercial cleaning products? Some homeowners may even be under the belief that these commercial products are unique in some way, or that by not using them, they may damage their countertop. However, there are lots of reasons why you shouldn’t feel compelled to use them.

 

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Making the Change from Bottled Water to Filtered Water

If you have decided to provide healthy drinking water for your family, you may think that bottled water is a good step toward that goal. It would be, except that bottled water is not filtered in the way that it should be.

Bottled water is not the same as filtered water. Bottled water is basically the same as tap water, bottled and sold. There are many arguments against bottled water, including the plastic waste, the plastic that leaches into the water itself, and the huge negative impact on the towns from where the water is sourced. (For more information about why you shouldn’t drink bottled water, watch the documentary, “Bottled Life: Nestle’s Business with Water”.)

Filtered water has been cleansed of the harmful toxins in the water supply. Wherever you live, your town has a water system that attempts to provide clean water for its citizens. Unfortunately, not enough is done to remove all the bad things that make their way into our drinking water. These things can cause all kinds of health problems. In addition, many towns still add fluoride to water in the belief that this helps prevent tooth decay.

 

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How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

Make your own homemade laundry detergent right in your own kitchen using common cleaning products. Save money, help the environment by reducing product packaging waste, and enjoy the pride of having made something useful all by yourself. Just think of it. From now on you can be free from ever having to buy commercial laundry detergent again.

How Are Commercial Laundry Detergents Formulated?

Commercial laundry detergents are formulated to get your clothes clean with a combination of a surfactant and a builder. The specific surfactants and builders used in commercial laundry detergents vary among manufacturers. Manufacturers choose which ingredients to use in their formulations according to their cost and availability, as well as the purpose for which the detergent is designed. For example, a detergent specifically made for fine cloths such as silk will be very different than a laundry detergent made for all-purpose use.

What Are Surfactants And What Do They Do?

Surfactants act on a molecular level to inhibit water beads from forming by breaking down surface tension in the water molecule. This both improves the fabric’s ability to absorb water, and also enables the surfactant to gain access to oil and dirt in the fabric. The effect of a water molecule’s surface tension can be understood with a simple experiment. If you place a completely dry sponge under running water, the water sits on the surface and simply runs off the top of the sponge. To get the sponge to absorb the water, you have to squeeze it and force the water into the fibers. Sodium tetraborate, sold under the brand name, Borax, is a common example of a surfactant.

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Make Homemade Natural Cleaning Products

Cleaning your house can be one of the most toxic experiences you have in your own home. Commercial cleaning product manufacturers lure you in with promises of a sanitized, sparkling house, but at what cost? According to the U.S. Poison Control center, 10% of all toxic poisoning cases can be traced back to common household cleaning chemicals. With possible effects ranging from respiratory failure, to skin rashes, all the way to chemical burns, these products are dangerous to your health and your family’s health. Get the same or similar results with these natural homemade cleaning products that tackle a wide variety of household cleaning challenges.

 

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Clear and Present Dangers of Household Cleaning Products

Chemical household cleaners are ubiquitous in supermarkets and hardware stores worldwide. It would be rare to find a household that doesn’t have at least one bottle of bleach, ammonia or oven cleaner somewhere in the home. These chemical agents are toxic, hazardous and potentially fatal to humans. Yet, for all the efforts that some families make to maintain health, these chemicals remain a part of the daily lives of those who desire to keep a clean home environment.

Bleach

Bleach is one of the most common and popular household cleaners in use today. It is relied on for everything from cleaning floors to bleaching chopping blocks. It also holds the dubious title of being the number one cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. Bleach is categorized as a corrosive, and it can literally burn a hole through stainless steel. If you’ve ever used too much bleach in your white laundry load and discovered holes in your garments, you’ve seen firsthand the corrosive power of bleach.

Yet, many products containing bleach that are sold on store shelves today are used by homemakers without any personal protection such as gloves or a face mask. Since bleach is inexpensive and available almost everywhere, most people use it without concern over its health risks.

Overexposure to bleach can cause skin burns, respiratory edema and more. In a recent study by a leading scientific journal, passive exposure to bleach in the home was linked to respiratory illness in young children, coupled with lower I.Q. scores. Even unborn infants are susceptible to this dangerous chemical’s effects, when expectant mothers clean with bleach.

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Are You Vitamin D Deficient?

The shelter that protects us from the elements is also the barrier that prevents us from getting the fresh air and sunshine that we need to thrive. Vitamin D occurs naturally in only two foods that we can eat—fish and egg yolks. Thus, the primary way for us to acquire this vital nutrient is through exposure to sunlight.

Vitamin D isn’t technically a vitamin at all. It’s a vital nutrient that occurs as a result of a chemical process; one which creates what we call D3, and a synthetic process that results in what we call D2. When people talk about Vitamin D, they usually are talking about both types interchangeably.

Vitamin D is made by our bodies during a complex chemical process that begins with exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet B energy. These rays convert chemical molecules in your skin into Vitamin D3. D3 is then transported to the liver and kidneys, where it becomes active.

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Is Your Kitchen As Healthy And Safe As It Could Be?

When thinking about your family’s health in the home, there’s no better place to start than the kitchen. According to the EVN, there are over half a million kitchen accidents each year. That alarming statistic doesn’t even include illnesses resulting from poor hygiene or contaminated food. Here are some things to think about to improve the health of your kitchen.

GFCI Outlets

Among the 5 things you’ll learn with a home inspection course is that all kitchen counter outlets have to be GFCI outlets. These are special outlets that have a grounded pin. When appliances are plugged in, users can’t get electrical shock even if water or other liquids commonly found on kitchen countertops comes in contact with the outlet.

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