are you poisoning your skin

Is your skin care poisoning you? by Lynne Organics

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body?

We all know and understand the phrase, “You are what you eat?”  Therefore, we’ve become more educated and empowered as consumers to read food labels and demand higher quality food.

Well, consider this,  “You are what you put on your body!”

Every ingredient in your cream, serum, gel, shampoo, soap, etc. gets absorbed into your skin.  The average women puts 10-15 different products on her body every day.  And many ingredients are toxic (carcinogens and endocrine disruptors) and are slowly poisoning you!

are you poisoning your skin

You may think, “that can’t be true!”  How can toxic ingredients be allowed in skin care products?  Well, the skin care industry in the United States is largely unregulated.  The FDA relies on companies to police themselves!  (How do you think that’s working out?)

The FDA has banned only 11 ingredients from beauty products (FDA.gov), compared to over 1,000 banned in the European Union!  (EU Regulation No. 1223/2009)

Simply put, companies can, and do, put anything in their products that prove to be financially beneficial.

Companies in the US put thousands of synthetic chemicals into our personal care products, even if they’re linked to cancer, infertility or birth defects.  It’s no surprise that the rise of these chemicals in our products is in direct correlation to the rise in breast cancer! (BreastCancerFund.org)

And upon further research, we learn that many of these chemicals are routinely used in industrial manufacturing to clean equipment, stabilize pesticides, and grease gears. How those product be the best choice for our skin care?

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So what’s being done by the government? Well – nothing!

H.R. 1385 – Safe Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Act of 2013 (Congress.gov) was introduced in Congress to:

  • Strengthen FDA oversight and regulation of the $50 billion cosmetics industry
  • Phase out ingredients linked to cancer, infertility and developmental problems
  • Create a safety standard that protects workers, babies and other vulnerable populations
  • Require full disclosure of ingredients so consumers can make informed choices
  • Give the FDA authority to recall dangerous products

This legislation has not been acted upon.

What can I do?

Skin Care Tips:

1.  Check your labels!  Do they contain any of the “Dirty Dozen” listed here?

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And that’s just the beginning.

2.  Research all ingredients in your personal care items.  A simple Google search will tell you whether they are considered harmful.

3.  Look for products with natural and organic ingredients – yes they do exist!

Lynne Organics

Our company, Lynne Organics, was started for this exact purpose.  We are a mother/daughter team passionate about putting only the best foods in our bodies. We strive to consume only the highest quality, all natural and organic foods.  Why should we not have that same expectation for our skin care products?

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Our Mission

Lynne Organics strives to deliver to the consumer superior natural and organic skin care products.

We are a tiny business trying to make a big difference!   We hope you will consider our initial offering!  Check it out on Amazon.com

Lynne Organics Black Currant Eye Serum

To our health,

Are You Cooking with Coconut Oil? 4 Reasons Why You Should …

Are you cooking with coconut oil? You should be! Here are the top 4 health benefits of coconut oil:Cooking with Coconut Oil

In recent years, coconut oil has become a mainstream staple in kitchens across America, overcoming it’s “bad boy” image as the worst of the worst kind of oil. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, coconut oil was highly processed and resulted in the most unhealthy partially hydrogenated oil or trans fats.

Today’s unrefined, organic coconut oil has been linked with health benefits such as weight loss, positive effects on Alzheimer’s, reduced heart disease, and increased energy levels.

Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat.  Wait!  Isn’t saturated fat bad?  Doesn’t it increase risk of heart disease?  We use to think so.  But recent findings have suggested that the real f culprits are those partially hydrogenated oils or trans fats found in baked goods, fried foods and processed foods and the health benefits of coconut oil are very interesting.

So what makes cooking with coconut oil so beneficial?

1.  Cooking with coconut oil gives you more energy and helps you burn more fat. Coconut oil contains beneficial Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which means they are treated by the body much differently than other saturated fats.  Most saturated fats are absorbed in the intestines and absorbed into the body as fat.  MCTs are very easy to digest.  They go straight to the liver and are immediately available for energy use.

2.  Another health benefit of coconut oil is that it can help you lose weight.   MCT’s have less calories than long chain triglycerides, they are not stored as fat, and they increase metabolism.  They also can reduce appetite.  Studies have shown that consumption of MCT’s led to an overall decrease in caloric intake. Further studies have shown that an increase in the consumption of coconut oil can lead to a lower BMI (body mass index) and a decrease in waist size.

3.  Benefits of coconut oil – reduce heart disease.  MCT’s have anti-coagulation properties and have been shown to reduce harmful cholesterol.  Countries such as Sri Lanka, where the main source of calories is coconut oil, have the lowest incidence of heart disease.

4.  Cooking with Coconut Oil may aid in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s occurs when the brain is unable to use glucose as an energy source.  When oils, like coconut oil, are absorbed, ketone bodies are produced.  These ketone bodies may be used as an alternative energy source by the brain and relieve symptoms.

So, is all coconut oil created equally?  NO!  Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Partially hydrogenated coconut oil is a trans fat and the most unhealthy kind of oil you can consume.
  2. Refined coconut oil is made from chemically bleached and deodorized coconut.
  3. Organic, virgin coconut oil comes from fresh, unadulterated coconuts and is referred to as “unrefined.”  This is the one you want!

Cooking with coconut oil can be part of an overall clean diet!  Simply replace your regular vegetable oil with virgin coconut oil in any recipe.

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Green Cleaning – Environmentally Friendly Products

Making the move to green cleaning with environmentally friendly products?  This is a great place to start!

Green cleaning is getting rid of unhealthy toxic products and replacing them with more natural cleaning products that protect you and your family, and the earth.

Many household cleaners contain dangerous, even poisonous,  Green Cleaning - Environmentally Friendly Productschemicals.  They may smell like freshly cut flowers, but in reality they are posing a very real threat.

Cleaning ingredients vary in the type of health hazard they pose. Some cause acute, or immediate, hazards such as skin or respiratory irritation, watery eyes, or chemical burns, while others are associated with chronic, or long-term, effects such as cancer.

The most highly toxic chemicals are found in drain cleaners, oven cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners.  They can cause severe burns in the eyes and skin, and even the mouth and esophagus if ingested.  In addition many cleaners contain chlorine bleach or ammonia, and if mixed, can produce a highly toxic chlorine gas.

Those sweet smelling laundry detergents and fabric softeners also contain chemicals that can cause skin and respiratory irritations.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren’t required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing “fragrance.”

Many products are petroleum-based which contributes to the depletion of oil reserves and increases our reliance on foreign oil.

So where do you start with green cleaning?

Green Cleaning - Environmentally Friendly ProductsHomemade cleaning products!

With a few simple, all natural ingredients like baking soda, soap, lemon, borax, vinegar and cornstarch, and some homemade cleaning product recipes, you can make most, if not all, of your own green cleaning products.  You’ll find many Green Cleaning Recipes at EarthEasy.com

If you’re not interested in making your own products, there are certainly plenty of companies providing products that are healthy for you and your family and healthy for the planet.

We recommend Biokleen, one of several environmentally friendly companies, whose mission is:

To produce NATURAL and EFFECTIVE
cleaners with a PASSION for innovation,
DEDICATION to performance
and a guiding COMMITMENT to our
customers and their families,
pets and our planet.

Green Cleaning - Environmentally Friendly Products

At Biokleen, we’ve built our legacy on highly effective cleaning products that don’t use—and don’t need—toxic chemicals. Initially founded to make plant-based, non-caustic cleaners for professional services and janitors, we bring those same powerful formulas to families and homes across America today. As part of that commitment, all Biokleen products are free of phosphates, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, alcohol, butyl, glycol ether, brighteners, artificial colors, artificial fragrance. We believe that a house free of toxins is a home full of love.

You can buy Biokleen green cleaning products online here.

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How to Eat Clean – 6 Steps to Clean Eating

Wondering how to eat clean?  Here’s 6 steps to get you started. How to Eat Clean - 6 Steps to Clean Eating

The very definition of clean food is food in its natural state, the way nature intended it to be.

Here are 6 steps to clean.

#1  Cut Out Sugary Drinks

This may seem obvious but many people eat very healthy food only to sabotage their efforts by drinking soda and other sugar-laden beverages.  One of the main tenants of eating clean is to eliminate added sugar in your diet.  When learning how to eat clean, it’s best to stick with water, herbal tea, or fruit/vegetable juice that you have juiced yourself.

#2  Eat Lots and Lots of Vegetables

Much advice about clean eating is to consume large amounts of “fruits and vegetables” as if they were one food group.  Start your clean eating efforts by eating more vegetables than fruits.  You will get all the vitamins and minerals without the high sugar content.  When possible, choose fresh fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed canned products.  If you can’t get fresh, opt for frozen without added sauces.

#3  Eliminate Processed Food

A good rule of thumb, “If it’s a plant, eat it!  If it’s made in a plant, don’t!”  In other words, eat real food the way nature intended.  If man made it, it is most likely processed with chemicals and contains additives and preservatives that may be harmful to your health.

#4  Eat Lean Organic, Grass-Fed Meat

Remember the old adage, “You are what you eat?”  Well, now we need to consider, “You are what you eat eats!” Know where you meat comes from and how it gets to you.  If it’s not labeled, “organic, pastured, grass-fed, etc.” it most likely contains pesticides and hormones.

#5  Eat the Good Fats

Contrary to popular belief, not all fat is bad for you.  Completely eliminate trans fats, which can be found in processed foods.  Reduce the amount of saturated fat by choosing lean meats.  Get healthy  fats from cold water fatty fish, nuts and seeds.  Replace cooking oils with heart health coconut or olive oil.

#6 Eat 100% Whole Grains

If it doesn’t specifically say “100%” then it’s not.  Read the label.  True whole grains contain all the edible parts of the plant – bran, germ and endosperm.  These grains have not been stripped of their nutrients, contain healthy amounts of fiber, and have been minimally processed.  Opt for quinoa, brown rice, bulgur, triticale, etc.  Here’s a great list from WebMD.com.

When changing/improving your eating plan, it’s ok to take baby steps.  Implement one or two of the above steps this week.  Your body will thank you!

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What Does It Mean To Eat Clean? – Clean Eating 101

How to Start Eating Clean – Clean Eating List of Foods

The Gracious Pantry:  Clean Eating 101

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Black Tea Benefits – English Breakfast Tea

English Breakfast Tea made by Sentosa Tea is quickly becoming a favorite here at Eating Clean Magazine.Black Tea Benefits - English Breakfast Tea

English Breakfast Tea History

According to mrbreakfast.com, English Breakfast Tea was actually invented in Edinburgh, Scotland. A tea master by the name of Drysdale came up with the idea of marketing his blend as “Breakfast Tea”. The concept soon spread to England where tea had become enormously popular. … the English of the 19th Century were crazy for anything even remotely Chinese, where tea in it’s most purest form originated.* Tea houses in London began adding “English” to the name, and the tea became and remains one of the most popular teas in England.

English Breakfast Teas Today

Originally black tea from China, today’s tea can include Assam, Ceylon, Kenyan and Keemun teas.  Rich, bold and full-bodied, combined with milk and sugar, breakfast tea can be a perfect start to your day.

Several Benefits of Black Tea

  • It’s a good morning “pick-me-up.” There is caffeine in English Breakfast tea, as well as a stimulant called theophylline, both of which cause an increase in heart rate and alertness.
  • It contains Polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that help neutralize cancer-causing free radicals.
  • In addition to the Polyphenols, black tea also contains catechins, which may help reduce some cancers, like lung and ovarian cancer.

According to WebMD.com, Black tea may reduce your risk of

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Kidney stones
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Osteoporosis

In addition, Black Tea can

  • reduce your risk of arthritis
  • aid in flu prevention
  • reduce your risk of Parkinson’s Disease
  • prevent cavities by reducing placque buildup and controlling damaging bacteria.

Other Black Tea Benefits include

  • reduced risk of stroke
  • reduced risk of Diabetes
  • reduction of stress due to the amino acie L-theanine
  • increased immune system due to alkylamine antigens
  • improved digestive track due to tannins

And it makes you happy!  There’s nothing like a good cup of tea!

There are many English Breakfast Tea blends, but here at Eating Clean Magazine, we think the Best Breakfast Tea comes from Sentosa Tea.Black Tea Benefits - English Breakfast Tea

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Clean Eating for Beginners – Eat Clean Food List

Clean Eating for Beginners – Eat Clean Food List

When you first get start eating clean, the most overwhelming part will be how to do your grocery shopping.  You’ve been shopping for years and you automatically go to certain aisles looking for specific products and all that’s about to change.Clean Eating for Beginners - Eating Clean Food List

Shop the Perimeter!

To some extent, the old adage still rings true, “Shop the Perimeter.”  You’ll notice that in most grocery stores this includes fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh baked breads, meat/poultry/fish counters, and dairy.

Avoid the Inner Aisles!

Inner aisles, you’ll notice, are filled with chips, cookies, soda, canned/jarred foods, etc. – anything with a long shelf life.  We don’t want these items on our Clean Eating Food List.  They are all processed foods to some degree.  They are foods that are no longer in their natural state.  In fact, some of them don’t even have a natural state!

Read the Labels!

Above all, always read food labels.  You will be amazed at what you once thought was healthy.  If you don’t recognize an ingredient, don’t eat it.  If it sounds like something from your 7th grade chemistry class, don’t eat it.  If it has added salt, sugar, or artificial anything, don’t eat it.

Here is a general breakdown:

Fruits & Vegetables – Lots and Lots of Vegetables and some fruit!

Opt for locally grown produce.  It’s fresher and hasn’t left an ugly carbon footprint on it’s way to your table.  Organic is the next best choice but not always necessary.  The basic rule is that if it has thin skin, like tomatoes, buy organic.  If it has a thick skin, like butternut squash, organic isn’t necessary.  Although, once you start eating clean, you will probably want all organic.  Focus on huge amount of veggies at every meal and save the fruit for dessert.

Check out this list of high pesticide produce from Environmental Working Group.

Protein – Include at Every Meal

Opt for lean cuts of pastured, grass fed beef, farm-raised chicken, and wild caught fish from sustainable fisheries.  Get local eggs if you can.  (Don’t you ever wonder how they get all those eggs to be exactly the same shape, size and color?)

Dairy

Be careful of products labeled “low fat” or “non fat.”  Oftentimes there are other ingredients added during processing.   When possible, buy organic Almond or Soy milk, plain Greek yogurt, and real cheese.

Grains

Make sure the label doesn’t say anything other than the actual grain and make sure it is the whole grain, ie 100% Whole.  When buying bread, opt for sprouted, multi-grain such as Ezekiel (found in the freezer section).

Legumes

Buy dry legumes in the bags, not the stuff in the cans.  They’re a little more work to cook but it’s well worth it.  You won’t end up with some soggy mess! And make sure the label has only one ingredient, ie Black Beans.

Nuts/Seeds

Your clean eating shopping list should include some nuts and seeds. Again, you want nuts to have only one ingredient – the nut!  At several grocery stores you can bag your own raw nuts.  Almonds and Walnuts are great choices.  And seeds like sunflower, pumpkin and chia are great in salads.

Here’s a great printable Eating Clean Food List by Blogilates.com to get you started in the right direction.

Here’s another Clean Eating Grocery List from The Gracious Pantry.

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How to Start Eating Clean – Clean Eating List of Foods

Wondering how to start eating clean?  Start with a clean eating list of foods.

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Write it Down!

When you start eating clean, you should have a goal in mind.  Whether it’s to keep you and your family healthy, to lose weight, to rid your body of poisonous chemicals, or all of the above, write it down!  This will allow you to focus on your goals and will lead to long tern success rather than short term failure.

Eliminate Refined Sugar!

Start reading ingredient labels.  Avoid products will added sugar.  Refined sugar has no health benefits and could be secretly derailing your efforts.  Also, by eliminating refined sugar, your body will naturally diminish it’s craving for sweets.

Start with H2O!

Begin your day with a large glass of water.  Do this before anything else.  Hydrating your body first thing in the morning will set a positive tone for the day.  You will have already done something wonderful.  Squeeze in some fresh lemon and you will have done your body a even bigger favor by improving your digestion and boosting your immunity.  Remember to drink water throughout the day

Eat A Great Breakfast!

Breakfast should include healthy, whole grain carbohydrates along with lean protein and healthy fats.   Try a bowl of steel cut oatmeal with an egg fried in organic coconut oil.  This combination will give you the energy boost you need to start your day and keep you feeling full until your next meal.

Start a Clean Eating List of Foods!

In general, a clean eating list of foods should include organic produce, pastured grass-fed meats, wild caught fish, and whole organic grains.  You should avoid processed foods (basically, anything with an ingredient label).

Check out this Clean Eating Food List from LiveLifeActive.com.

Eat Frequently!

You’ll want to eat 3 meals plus 1-2 snacks per day,  eating every 2-3 hours.  This will keep your metabolism and your blood sugar at steady levels throughout the day.  Also, you will not be starving between meals.

Related articles:  What Does it Mean to Eat Clean? and Clean Eating for Beginners

Get started eating clean today!

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