Wednesday, November 12, 2014
If you want to rid your produce of fruit fly eggs, you might be wondering how to wash fruits and vegetables effectively. The conventional way of doing it is simply giving it a rinse on the sink, but will water from the tap really be enough? The FDA recommends washing all produce with clean running water before preparing (e.g. slicing, peeling, or cooking) and eating them. Firm fruits and vegetables like cucumbers or watermelons can also be scrubbed with a produce brush. Pre-washed items labelled ready-to-eat can be safe to eat immediately as long as there’s no cross-contamination.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The presence of pesticide in your food can cause a lot of health problems, especially for children. For example, many pesticides have been linked to cancer. Several types of cancer, such as brain and prostate cancer, have been traced to pesticide exposure. An example of this chemical is methyl bromide, which is found to cause prostate cancer. Moreover, infertility has also been traced to pesticide exposure. For example, chlorpyrifos, a popular pesticide for strawberries and peaches, has been linked to lower testosterone levels. With these effects, it should become a habit for you to do a thorough fruit and vegetable wash, whether these products have been labeled organic or not.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Apples aren’t the only fruits laced with chemicals, though. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), other popular fruits like strawberries, peaches, grapes, blueberries, and nectarines are pumped full of pesticides, too. Of course, fruits are key components of a healthy diet, so simply not eating them is certainly out of the question. Peeling fruits prior to consumption can be an alternative, but some, like apples, tend to be more nutritious when eaten with the skin. You can also wash produce, which many people do, but doing so might not remove all of the pesticides present on the rind. Given the dangers pesticides pose to humans, you’re probably wondering how to wash fruits and vegetables properly so that no harmful substances make it to your plate.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Organic food is healthy, and little organic soil is good for us. So, why do we need to wash our produce if the food is pesticide-free, toxin-free, and all-natural? The reality is that even if you have been very careful and diligent to purchase only organic; the outside of the product may not match the purity of the inside. Your produce may still not be as toxic-free or chemical-free as you are hoping.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Many consumers feel that household cleaners containing harsh chemicals are the most effective option. A Purdue University study tested the effectiveness of various natural cleaners such as lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar on both bathroom and kitchen dirt. The results showed natural cleaners as effective as chemical cleaners in disinfecting and reducing bacteria. Doctors are quick to point out that antibacterial products are actually hazardous to your health. Organic cleaning products allow your body to build defenses against bacteria resulting in a healthier immune system. Multipurpose Baking soda can polish plastics and metals and be used as a deodorizer and fabric softener. Vinegar can be used as an organic all purpose cleaner in addition to deodorizing and removing mildew. Lemon juice can be used as a stain remover, glass cleaner and deodorizer. Cornstarch is another natural cleaner of windows and carpets, and makes a great furniture polish. Isopropyl alcohol is an inexpen
Friday, August 29, 2014
Many of us could use a good lesson in breathing. Yes, Breathing! Our autonomic system pumps our blood, has us breath without thought, and moves food through our digestive track. But many of us do not breathe correctly. Deep breathing moves the air deep into your lungs and revitalizes your body. Add fresh air to your deep breathing and you create a self-curing cocktail!
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Sometimes circumstances beyond our control change how we are able function. Everyday activities can become seemingly impossible challenges. Some diseases, ailments, and tragedies, such as a stroke, can happen without any rhyme or reason. All at once it is as if you need to reinvent yourself in ways you never dreamed of before. As difficult as it may seem, this may be the most important time to incorporate a hobby into your life. Hobbies can be more than just something to de-stress: it can be a lifeline to getting your life back into gear.