Health

Living a natural and healthy life is important at any age. We realize that chemicals are harmful to our bodies and to our environment so we do our best to keep it natural. That includes putting healthy foods in our body like fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown locally and checking the labels of our beauty products. Peruse our Health category to learn how to treat your body and your environment more friendly.

Easy Almond Milk Recipe

Jar of homemade almond milk

So I have a lactose intolerance issue and have been drinking soy milk for close to 15 years in place of cow’s milk. I recently learned from my doctor that ingesting soy for an extended time period and every day (like I was) could lead to larger health issues, including cancer and other bad things. So in my quest to figure out the best option from both a health and financial perspective, I discovered how easy and affordable it is to make your own almond milk! And with commercial Almond Milk manufacturers now in class action suits about how few almonds yet how many chemicals are in their products, I am further encouraged to make my own. So rather than keeping this as my little secret, I thought I would share this how to make your own almond milk recipe with you…

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Best Meal Delivery Service: Home Chef vs Hello Fresh vs Blue Apron vs Plated vs Sun Basket vs Green Chef

Tired of serving your family out-of-the-box meals every evening? Frozen lasagna and mac ‘n cheese can only go so far before your natives get restless! You want your family to have fresh and healthy meals every night, but are you just too busy to pull it all together? That’s where a booming trend can come to your rescue. Meal delivery services like Blue Apron, Hello Fresh and Plated are popping up everywhere, and for many families they deliver what they promise — fresh, easy-to-prepare, healthy dishes for all kinds of tastes…

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Healthy Snack Box: Love With Food vs Naturebox vs Graze vs Urthbox & More!

Healthy Snack Box Review

Save yourself from the afternoon snack attack with a healthier alternative! You’ve probably heard of these healthy food subscription boxes while listening to Pandora. Or maybe you’ve even received a coupon for a free organic snack box in a recent mail package. I’ve tried a couple of them and have been pleased with my experience. So if you struggle with those 2 pm food cravings and find yourself wandering over to the vending machine or craving snacks on the go, then a monthly healthy snack box may be a good idea for you. You could even have your healthy food subscription box shipped directly to your office. Read on to learn more about our top picks, pros and cons and pricing for each…

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Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits: Your Hormones Will Thank You

Cup of raspberry tea: Raspberry Leaf Tea Benefits

Red raspberry leaf tea, not to be confused with raspberry flavored tea, has long been used for women’s health. In my doula practice, I definitely see a lot of use and get a lot of questions about Red Raspberry leaf tea. I am no doctor, so I always tell clients to check with their doctor before use, but having used it myself and based on all of my research, I do sing its praises. It’s not simply a flavored tea, but it is made from the leaves of the raspberry bush and offers many benefits; however, it is not just for women. The health benefits extend to everyone. It is also quite tasty and can be prepared as iced or hot tea…

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Find the Best Kettle and Teapot for Your Needs

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There’s nothing better than a hot cup of tea, especially on a cold or rainy day. The wide range of flavors and varieties make it easy to switch things up. Tea is also a natural way to get your caffeine fix. Making your own tea is easy and affordable, all you need is a teapot, tea bags or loose leaf tea and water. With so many tea kettles to choose from, how do you know which is the best fit for you? We researched dozens of kettles and picked the best for each category, so there’s something to suit everyone’s needs. We’ll also discuss shopping criteria and how to care for your kettle to ensure it lasts. Which kettle is your cup of tea? Read on to find out…

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Best Blenders for Smoothies: Ninja vs Vitamix

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Kickstart your day the healthy way! By combining a plethora of fruits, vegetables and superfood extras into a quality blender for a few minutes, you will have the energy you need to make it through your workday. Caution, by using one of these high-end blenders you’ll have a well-blended, delicious and nutritious smoothie that will leave you feeling amazingly energetic, ready to take on your day’s activities (even on a Monday!). A quality blender can truly change your life; I know it’s changed mine! Read on to find out more in our picks for best smoothie blender…

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Triclosan Dangers: Does Colgate Cause Cancer?

Toothpaste tube

Toothpaste is one item that has received a lot of publicity lately. Aside from the fact that there are an endless number of variations from whitenings and fluorides to “pro-health” and cavity-fighting, there is one ingredient that has raised some concern for its possible ties to certain types of cancers: triclosan. We decided to look a little deeper at what triclosan is, and whether or not we should be avoiding it all together…

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Is Sodium Fluoride Dangerous? Risks and Benefits Analyzed

Toothbrush

I remember going to the dentist as a kid and dreading the experience. Why? Not that any kid loves going to the dentist, but I was definitely ending up with cavities more often than not. This continued into adulthood unfortunately, and when I asked the dentist what I was doing wrong, he would explain to me that I had “strong gums, but weak teeth.” Great, I thought. “What toothpaste do you recommend I use?” I asked the dentist, thinking that must be the culprit. He would reply with” it doesn’t matter, as long as you have flavor and fluoride.” Sodium fluoride has long been known to be a cavity fighter. And to my knowledge was never really a health concern until recently…

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How Do You Get Mesothelioma Cancer?

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Mesothelioma is a deadly disease that affects millions of Americans. Are you worried that you’re showing signs of mesothelioma and want to know if you are at potential risk of getting it? By understanding more about how you contract mesothelioma, you are more likely to avoid it all together. And the better educated you are about the signs, the faster you can catch it and hopefully prolong life. Read on to learn more about mesothelioma symptoms and causes, treatment options, survival rate and more…

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Best Natural Mosquito Repellent: DEET-Free Spray + 1 DEET Option

Girl spraying mosquito repellant on leg

The sweeter you smell the more likely you are to be bitten — that’s how mosquitoes choose their victims. Scientists have observed mosquitoes and determined that they bite according to your scent. So next time you decide to go camping, you may want to leave your cologne and lotion at home. However, it’s not just sweet smelling specimens that attract these biters. Mosquitoes also love the smell of sweat, if you wear dark clothing and maybe even your blood type. Weird huh!? Fortunately for us, there are ways we can repulse mosquitoes and try to keep them away from us. Find out the best natural mosquito repellent plants, sprays and homemade recipes…

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How to Make Kombucha Tea at Home: Easy & Affordable!

Person making Kombucha

If you’ve been to any health food stores lately you’ve probably seen kombucha tea on the shelf. You’ve heard about this healthful drink, but what exactly does it do and what’s it taste like? We’ll teach you everything you need to know about kombucha tea including what it is, its benefits and risks as well as how to make it yourself…

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