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Switch to Organic Laundry Detergents for better health

To live a green and healthy life, there are many changes we need to make in the environment we live in. One simple change you can make, is the choice of laundry detergent you use to wash your clothes. Most people would like to rid their homes of pollutants. But, how often do you think about these toxins thriving in the laundry basket?

Reading the labels on the bottles of laundry detergents that are sold in stores, we usually come across ingredients that mean nothing to us, or find that a detergent has no ingredients listed at all. It seems odd in this day and age that any type of product could be sold without having an ingredient list, but that is exactly what happens with commercial brand laundry detergents in some cases.

When you do see a list, you’ll probably notice surfactants as a common ingredient found in most laundry detergents. This ingredient is a wetting agent that helps water to penetrate the fabric of your clothing. You should know that surfactants is not any particular name of an ingredient. It is simply listed in reference to a number of different chemicals that might be used. When surfactants are used, they release benzene into the environment. Benzene is a toxin that is believed to be responsible for causing cancer and reproductive disorders.

Many of the chemicals that are used in commercially branded laundry detergents have no real purpose in keeping our clothes clean. They are merely added so that our clothes will appear whiter or brighter in our eyes. Over time, exposure to these chemicals can cause allergies to laundry detergents.

What are we, the consumers of household cleaning products, supposed to do? The answer is simple. We can start purchasing an organic laundry detergent. Organic laundry detergent does not contain chlorine, phosphates, or other chemicals that are dangerous to our health. Another positive for any organic laundry detergent is that none of them contain synthetic dyes or perfumes. These ingredients can be extremely harmful to people who have sensitive skin or allergies, yet they are found in most popular brands of laundry detergent. In fact, phosphates are a known water pollutant, and have caused considerable damage within our environment over the past 40 years. The use of phosphates has been hotly debated in recent years, as they are known to kill fish and plants, which throws our entire ecological system out of balance. The toxic chemicals found in laundry detergents present a danger to the environment by way of the water. They can also damage your skin and some give off fumes that you inhale when you breathe in the just dried clothes with their synthetic fragrances.

Organic Laundry Detergent Benefits:

  1. You can try to find many organic liquid detergents at your local grocery store. If you cannot find an organic detergent locally, you can always order it online. Keep in mind that organic detergents are usually more expensive than traditional brands, but the few extra bucks are more than worth it when you consider the harm that commercial brands can cause to our health.

  2. As part of an effort by some manufacturers to go green and protect our environment, many organic laundry detergents are now being sold in smaller, concentrated forms.

  3. This will help our environment by reducing the amount of plastic containers that wind up in landfills. While any effort to help our environment is certainly worthwhile, changing the containers of these detergents does not alter the toxic composition of the actual detergents that are being sold. Our best alternative is to use an organic laundry detergent for all of our clothing. Organic laundry detergents are gentler, healthier and safer for us to use.


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Did you know your brain is 75% water?

Here’s a fun fact; your brain is 75% water. If you’ve been drinking enough of it, you will know that without water, your brain does not function at its optimal level. It provides fuel to your brain and inner health and longevity. In Japan, it is a common practice to drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning, as soon as one has woken up. It is said have the ability to fully cure a number of diseases, including cancer, as well as provide a host of other benefits. Japan has the greatest longevity, and has more than 50,000 living centenarians in their population.

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 Drinking two glasses of water the minute you wake up kickstarts your body in many ways:

  • It refreshes you completely.
  • It fuels your brain.
  • It fires up your metabolism, encouraging weight loss.
  • Prevents and cures diseases like cancer.
  • It relieves constipation and aids digestion.
  • It flushes out all the toxins in the body.

Since it is not an expensive diet or a difficult thing to do, why not try out the “drinking two glasses of water regime” practiced by health conscious people the world over?

 


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The Unpalatable Truth – Pesticides in your food!

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This presents a pretty picture, fruit and vegetables bursting with color and health, ripe and ready for the dining table.

But are you ready for what this apparently healthy platter holds in store for you and your body?

This question is very relevant in today’s marketing-oriented world of mass food production where speed and looks far outweigh natural goodness in the harvest of fruit and vegetables and indeed all food crops.

Look before you EAT!

Most foods that are grown with chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides are bound to have prodigious amounts of residue that invariably find their way into our systems.

In fact, a number of natural foods that we eat have an alarmingly high potential to absorb and retain pesticides, which by default reach your plate at the dining table straightaway.

They include cherry tomatoes, apples, celery, cucumber, grapes, chillies, potatoes, sweet bell peppers, spinach, strawberries, peaches, lettuce, blueberries, milk, fatty meats, coffee, wine and chocolate, believe it or not!

Logically, it’s only fruits and vegetables with thick skins that are removed before eating (melons, avocado, corn, etc.) that tend to have the lowest amounts of pesticide residue.

Here’s a very tragic case of pesticide poisoning that has recently shaken up the general public, not just health-conscious people.

For 26 long years, the government-owned Plantation Corporation of Kerala aerially sprayed Endosulfan over 4,700 acres in Kasaragod. Endosulfan is banned in many parts of the world, as a highly hazardous pesticide. But in Kerala it was sprayed for years in government-owned plantations.

As the plantations are in a mountainous area, the pesticide residues settled on the soil and got washed away when it rained, into drinking water streams below.

Today, villagers who lived close to the plantation are paying the price – battling physical deformities, cancers and disorders of the central nervous system. Many of them got paralyzed or are seriously ill. Many areas in this district of Kerala have become living examples of how the poison in pesticides could be lethal to our health when used excessively and carelessly

The tragedy got media exposure and has raised awareness. But all this, a bit too late for the unfortunate victims. The Kerala government, unable to face up to the media war against endosulfan poisoning in Kasaragod, banned its use for an indefinite period. The effects of that are already showing. The birds are back, there are butterflies flitting around, micro organisms are alive in the eco-system and nature is seemingly bouncing back.

However, Endosulfan is still being used in various parts of India in Punjab, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Assam, in cotton and tea production. But communities are not clear about the danger ahead. A lot of work needs to be done before the danger of not just Endosulfan, but of all pesticide poisoning can be stemmed.

The benefits of eating organic food go straight to the farm, where no pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used to grow the organic produce shipped to grocers. That means workers and farm neighbors aren’t exposed to potentially harmful chemicals, it means less fossil fuel converted into fertilizers and it means healthier soil that should sustain crops for generations to come.

For individuals, organic food has many benefits. Eating organic means avoiding the pesticide residue left on foods, and it may even mean more nutrition.

But organic food can cost more, meaning many families are unwilling to pay more for organic produce. If you want to balance budgets, while investing in only some organic produce, you can also buy fresh produce typically low in pesticide residue, like Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapple, Avocado, Asparagus, Frozen Sweet peas, Mango and Papayas.

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What is Organic?

Understanding “Organic”
Organic farming is a technique that uses renewable resources and conserves water and soil to enhance environmental quality. Organic foods are grown, processed and packaged without the use of any chemicals. This farming method strictly uses organic seeds, fertilizers, compost, root simulators and organic pest control. Food processing practices protect the integrity of the organic product and disallow irradiation, genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) or synthetic preservatives.
The biggest benefits of Organic food consumption include but are not limited to:

Benefits for your family
• Higher nutrient value compared to its non-organic counterparts. Hence you derive more out of your organic food intake than you would from non-organic foods.
• Your body’s immunity increases thereby helping you fight off infection.
• Rich in minerals, vitamins and fibers and also retains its nutrients for a longer period of time.
• Better tasting food instantly.
• Free of toxins and chemicals, therefore a great source of energy.
• It minimizes the risk of several health problems. The phenolic compounds present in certain organic foods provide increased health benefits such as increased anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties helping in cardio-vascular diseases and aids blood flow thereby reducing the risk of cancer.
• Consuming plenty of raw organic food acts as a proper remedy for the general improvement of health and aids improved digestion.

Benefits for the environment
• Organic farming meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations.
• Growing organically supports a biologically diverse, healthy environment.
• Organic farming practices help protect our water resources.
• Organic agriculture increases the land’s productivity.
• Supports small, independent family farms.
• Organic farmers are less reliant on non-renewable fossil fuels.
• Organic products meet stringent USDA standards (USA) or NOCA in India.
• Buying organic is a direct investment in the long-term future of our planet.
• Organic farmers preserve diversity of plant species.