Are Dangerous Chemicals Hiding in Your Personal Products?


3 Dangerous Chemicals to Remove Now
The sad fact is that one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals which are not healthy for our bodies or the environment. It takes a lot of time and energy to research the products listed on the labels and translate that into how it impacts our health.

Learning about the toxins hidden in the products we use every single day can make the difference between health and health issues. 

Unfortunately, these toxins continue to collect in our bodies, and over time, cause a significant BODY BURDEN. We may not understand how many toxins have accumulated and how big that burden is until we find ourselves in a health crisis.  

THEREFORE, IT'S IMPORTANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING ON YOUR BODY IN ADDITION TO WHAT YOU ARE PUTTING IN IT. 

Fact: 
26 seconds is all it takes from the time something touches our skin, until traces of it can be found in every organ of our body. EVERY ORGAN OF OUR BODY. Every organ of our children's bodies.

We can't emphasize this enough.  Everyone's skin is porous and can't block the toxins from entering our bodies.

This is why we encourage you to care about the level of toxins in your daily care products. This is one of the huge reasons we started searching to find alternatives to our store bought goods. 

The Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976 grandfathered in an estimated 65,000–100,000 chemicals currently on the market today. They have had no testing to determine if they're safe.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU? 

Simply put: These chemicals have not had any safety testing and we know very little information about their effects. Of the chemicals tested, toxic labeling is required only if 50% or more of the animals tested with a chemical die. Under the TSCA, manufacturers are protected by trade secret laws that allow them to keep their ingredient lists a secret.

ONE OF MANY REASONS TO AVOID TOXIC CHEMICALS IN THE HOME

There are several things you can do around your house to reduce or prevent your exposure to toxic chemicals. Starting with not allowing the really harmful ones to enter into your home.  

To help you take a small step toward creating a healthy home, we suggest you eliminate the ones on this list: 

1. FRAGRANCES

It's nearly impossible to know the ingredients that actually make up a fragrance because the word 'fragrance' on a label often hides a toxic chemical mixture of multiple ingredients that the manufacturer claims must remain private so no other competitor can steal their 'secret sauce' recipe. In essence, this 'trade secret' is a convenient and sneaky way to hide a cocktail of ingredients, many of which are considered carcinogens.  Unfortunately the fragrance industry is primarily self-regulated, so fragrance cocktails don't even have t be reviewed by regulatory agencies. 

2. PHTHALATES

These hormone disrupting chemicals are typically found in the chemical cocktails of fragrances to help the smell last longer. Just one more reason to avoid anything with fragrance as an ingredient!  Phthalates are a group of chemicals that make plastics more durable. People are exposed to phthalates by breathing phthalate particles in the air, and by eating or drinking foods that have been in contact with products that contain phthalates.  Avoid plastics with the recycling codes 3,6 & 7 and fragrance to avoid a host of health concerns including respiratory problems, reproductive issues and developmental problems in unborn children.

3. SLS AND SLES 

SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) help create that sudsy/foamy experience that we associate with cleaning power. we say...BACK AWAY FROM THE SUDS!!   They are linked to a multitude of health risks including eye irritation, organ toxicity, reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption and ecotoxicology. These chemicals are typically listed on ingredient labels so avoid any product that lists these.

You can make great progress toward a healthy home by avoiding these 3 chemicals.  We encourage any progress toward removing toxic chemicals, no matter how fast or slow.



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Catherine and Elizabeth have been helping people detox their homes and choose to live green for over ten years. We say detoxification is a process, not a destination. New chemicals are constantly being introduced to the market and keeping them out of our homes is something we all must be very diligent about.

Sleep Debt - Are You Sleep Bankrupt?


DO WE ALL HAVE A SLEEP PIGGY BANK?
Recently one of my client's asked me if there was a way to catch up on lost sleep. This is a complicated question because the answer depends upon how long the pattern of not getting good sleep has been playing out.  

If this is a short term sleep loss due of a few days or even a week of not sleeping 7 or 8 hours a night, the chances of catching up on your sleep in a week or two is totally possible. 

If the issue is more chronic and the pattern of short nights with long days has been in effect for months or even years, the sleep bank account will be so much harder to balance.

The good news is that like all debt, with some work and time, sleep debt can be repaid.  Be aware that the recovery could take a long time and won't happen in just one weekend of "catching up".

WHAT IS SLEEP DEBT?
Sleep debt is the difference between the number of hours you need each night and the amount you’re actually getting. Sleep debt begins to accumulate every night you skim off a few minutes or hours from your recommended sleep time. 
Our bodies keep track and the reduced sleep ultimately leads to a foggy brain, worsened vision, impaired driving and trouble remembering. Chronic, long-term sleep debt effects include obesity, insulin resistance and heart disease. Many experts believe most Americans suffer from chronic deprivation. 
Using coffee, tea or energy drinks as fuel to get through the extra hours of staying awake takes a big toll on our bodies. 

Many of us mistakenly believe that we’ve trained ourselves to be “short-sleepers,” that we’re accustomed to receiving less than the recommended amount of sleep and function fine without it.
Unfortunately, this is simply untrue: the amount of sleep you need is largely determined by your genes, and therefore cannot be artificially altered — no matter how hard you try. 
Sometimes we experience sleepiness, yet fuel ourselves with coffee, tea, or energy drinks. This may give us a few extra hours of staying awake but takes a toll on our sleep regularity. This course of driving yourself to the end of sleeplessness is not healthy.

Many people boast how little sleep they functioned on in the past week.
A poor sleeping pattern is nothing to boast about. Sleep quality and duration are two factors directly associated with levels of inflammation and illness.

Sleep debt is nothing but the difference between the hours you should be sleeping and the amount of sleep you get.
Now that you’ve realized you’re sleep deprived, let’s see if you can make up for the time lost.
CAN YOU CATCH UP ON YOUR SLEEP?
Research shows that if you sleep for four hours every night for six days, it is normal to experience high blood pressure and cortisol levels. However, this “short-term sleep loss” can be reversed. Remember, this is only for a short-term sleep deficit. But most of us fall under the chronic sleep offender’s category.
If you’ve lost an hour of sleep daily for the past year, you cannot fully recover from it. You're at great risk of encountering the following:
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
But the effects can be minimized by maintaining sleep regularity immediately. Sleeping for at least 8 hours a day is recommended. Also know that you cannot lose an hour of sleep for a few days and sleep on the weekend to make up for it.

THE BENEFITS OF GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP
The drawbacks of getting less sleep are posted everywhere on the internet. But what about the benefits of getting the right hours of sleep?

It may seem like you’re wasting time while sleeping when you could spend that time working. But what most people don’t realize is sleeping is just as important (if not more!) an activity you perform while awake.

Getting enough sleep lets you perform better and improves learning and memory capacity. People who get a full night's sleep are generally better at mental tasks. The more sleep you bank in, the sharper your brain is the next day.

Similarly, sleep is extremely important to keep yourself healthy. Getting more sleep keeps your immune from heart diseases, maintains your blood pressure and glucose levels, and helps you in maintaining a normal appetite. When you’re asleep, the body releases a hormone that helps you grow and repair cells and tissues. Also, getting adequate sleep is a great immunity booster.

SOME TIPS TO MAKE UP FOR LOST SLEEP
Remember, these tips are to make up for a few sleepless nights. Don’t make it a habit.
  • Take a power nap of 20 minutes in the afternoon (between 1 pm to 2 pm).
  • Get more sleep on the weekends. But don't wake up more than two hours past your normal bedtime.
Go to bed a little earlier the next night
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Catherine and Elizabeth have been helping people detox their homes and choose to live green for over ten years. We say detoxification is a process, not a destination. New chemicals are constantly being introduced to the market and keeping them out of our homes is something we all must be very diligent about.

Sleep Talk with Our Healthy Home Podcast



What are the Reasons People Can't Sleep

There are so many causes of sleeplessness, like stress, depression, aging, anxiety, too much stimulation before bedtime, jet lag or a health condition.  Insomnia is unique to each person and the reasons for their inability to fall asleep or stay asleep are to be explored with a sleep professional. 

One of the first things I talk with my clients about is creating a consistent sleep schedule.  Especially getting up at the same time every morning is one of the most important steps to creating a perfect night's sleep.  

Keith and Sheila from the Our Healthy Home Radio Show talk with Catherine about sleep issues.

Tune in to hear some other helpful tips about how to sleep through the night.



Schedule your FREE sleep strategy call.  
During this call we will discuss your unique sleep issues by gathering more information.  
Then we will decide together how and if we move forward together.





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Catherine and Elizabeth have been helping people detox their homes and choose to live green for over ten years. We say detoxification is a process, not a destination. New chemicals are constantly being introduced to the market and keeping them out of our homes is something we all must be very diligent about.

The Truth about How Much Sleep You Actually Need


EXACTLY HOW MUCH SLEEP DO I NEED?
According to The National Sleep Foundation's guidelines, recommended sleep durations are based on age-specific age ranges.  So their answer is that healthy adults require at least 7 1/2 - 8 hours of sleep per night with teens and seniors needing slightly more. 

But here's the thing: a good night's sleep doesn't happen in just one 7 or 8 hour stretch. Good sleep is actually about letting the  body go through several different phases and cycles three or four times each night.

There are two basic types of sleep: rapid eye movement (REM) and non-REM. Each type of sleep is linked to specific brain waves and neural activity.

THE FOUR CYCLES OF SLEEP
A typical sleep cycle is about 90 minutes long, and it consists of three phases of non-REM and REM sleep. Everyone will cycle through all three stages of non-REM and REM sleep several times during a typical night with increasingly longer, deeper REM periods occurring toward morning. 

Stage 1 non-REM sleep is the changeover from wakefulness to sleep.  During this short period (lasting several minutes) of relatively light sleep, the  heartbeat, breathing, and eye movements slow, and muscles relax with occasional twitches.  Brain waves begin to slow from their daytime wakefulness patterns. 

Stage 2 non-REM sleep is a period of light sleep before entering deeper sleep.  The heartbeat and breathing slow, and muscles relax even further.  Body temperature drops and eye movements stop.  Brain wave activity slows but is marked by brief bursts of electrical activity.  People spend more repeated sleep cycles in stage 2 sleep than in other sleep stages.

Stage 3 non-REM sleep is the period of deep sleep that allows for that refreshed feeling in the morning.  It occurs in longer periods during the first half of the night.  The heartbeat and breathing slow to their lowest levels during sleep.  Muscles are relaxed and it may be difficult to awaken.  Brain waves become even slower. 
REM sleep first occurs about 90 minutes after falling asleep.  The eyes move rapidly from side to side behind closed eyelids.  Mixed frequency brain wave activity becomes closer to that seen in wakefulness.  Breathing becomes faster and irregular, plus heart rate and blood pressure increase to near waking levels.  Most dreaming occurs during REM sleep, although some can also occur in non-REM sleep.  There are different levels of sensory disconnection from the environment and the brain temporarily paralyzes muscles, which prevents people from acting out their dreams.  
During sleep, a person usually progresses through all of the 3 stages of non-REM sleep before entering REM sleep.  This typically happens about 1 to 2 hours after falling asleep.

As people age, they will typically spend less time in REM and more time in non-REM sleep. As infants, about half of the time is spent is each cycle and that slowly changes as they grow.

Ready to find peaceful slumber? Book your sleep breakthrough call and let's talk about how to improve your sleep.  Click on the button below.




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Catherine and Elizabeth have been helping people detox their homes and choose to live green for over ten years. We say detoxification is a process, not a destination. New chemicals are constantly being introduced to the market and keeping them out of our homes is something we all must be very diligent about.

Are Sleeping Pills Safe to Use? The Risks of using OTC and Prescription Sleep Aids

Are Sleeping Pills Safe to Use?  The Risks of using OTC and Prescription Sleep Aids
Although Sleeping Pill prescriptions have been on the rise since 2006, more and more people are exploring non-pharmaceutical and less invasive ways to sleep better. Working with someone who understands your sleep issues and helps you routine is more common now than ever.  Certainly those who take prescriptions can expect to feel short term relief and yet some have decided that the side effect of unnatural sleep, drowsiness hang-overs and possible addiction are starting to outweigh the benefits. 
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