Tag Archives: Ingredients

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. 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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Best Green Superfood Powder: Orgain vs Vega One vs Green Vibrance vs Amazing Grass & More

Scoop of green superfood powder (caption: Best Green Superfood Powder)

Increasing your intake of nutrients is as easy as pouring a glass of water, adding a scoop of powder and stirring it. These powders claim to boost your energy, improve digestion, balance out your moods and more. Just because they all call themselves green superfood powder doesn’t mean they’re all equal. Some powders have higher nutritional value, and others have side effects you’ll want to avoid…

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Oxybenzone: The Cancer Of Sunscreen?

Sunscreen on back on the beach

What exactly is oxybenzone? It is an organic compound used in sunscreens because of its ability to absorb UVB and short UVA rays. As a chemical ingredient, it is also helpful in maintaining the qualities of other ingredients and therefore you will also find it used in conjunction with other chemical ingredients in other personal care products such as lotions, lipstick and nail polish. As an ingredient in products, it may be referred to as Benzophenone-3.

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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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Canola Oil vs Olive Oil vs Vegetable Oil vs Coconut Oil vs Almond Oil

Olive oil being poured

Wonder if I you can substitute one oil for another in a recipe? Not only can we cook with oils but we can also use them for cosmetic purposes. Find out the number of things you can use oils for and the difference between them all. We’ll even get into the nitty-gritty of types of oils in more detail, including our top picks for each as well as some of the basic terminologies…

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How to Make Drool-worthy Natural Baby Food Recipes

Baby eating spoon full of food: Baby Food Recipes

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your baby’s food or even tasted it? Many parents say it tastes disgusting and includes extra ingredients. Making your own baby food isn’t as hard as it sounds. For the most part, you just purchase the ingredients and puree them. Another bonus, you can make extra servings and freeze the left overs. Similar to meal prep days for your work lunches, you can have baby food prep days…

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Aluminum Free Deodorant: 3 That Truly Work

Woman applying deodorant

So you’re thinking about switching to natural deodorant. Aluminum free deodorant seem to be a sure-fire way to return to basics and reduce the increasing health concerns associated with aluminum and parabens in relation to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, respiratory and brain disorders. Yikes! We are right there with you – read our research on which aluminum free deodorants work best when it comes to smelling fresh while reducing your health risks associated with this sometimes sticky (and smelly!) situation…

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Gluten Free Diet Benefits for your Gut and your Mind

Gluten Free Diet Benefits for

Have you ever stopped to notice how you might feel after eating a piece of birthday cake? A sandwich? A bowl of pasta? Pizza? Most of us don’t always take our time to mindfully ingest our food, and to notice how we feel while we are consuming it and also after we are finished. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to eating a piece of birthday cake, a giant chocolate chip cookie, a few slices of pizza, or a bowl of pasta, I tend to feel rather heavy and lethargic. Sometimes I even find I need to stop whatever social situation I am in, instantly, and lay down to take a nap, only to wake up with a somewhat unsettled stomach. There have even been a few times when I discovered that my skin started to take on less clarity and more blemishes. But, first things first: what is gluten, anyway?

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