Healthy Living

Why should you use organic products?

Why should you use organic products?

The question of whether organic products are necessary or not is a current topic in today’s world. Are the  chemicals in household cleaning supplies, makeup and beauty products really toxic to you and your family’s health?

The Consumer Protection Agency has vastly growing concerns regarding the chemical exposure to the current population. A recent report released by the CPA revealed, “150 chemicals found in the home are connected to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders.” (Source: Consumer Protection Agency)

Additionally, the Environmental Policy and Children’s Health Association states that, “Children have chemical exposures from birth that their parents didn’t have until they were adults. Because children are exposed to toxins at an earlier age than adults, they have more time to develop environmentally triggered diseases, with long latency periods, such as cancer.” (Source: Environmental Policy and Children’s Health, Future of Children, Summer/Fall 1995; 5(2): 34-52)

Knowing this information, it is no wonder why families are searching for natural, organic options to replace the harsh chemicals used in household products. The awareness regarding toxic exposure is an important step towards protecting our health from toxins.

The United States House of Representatives Report in 1989 published some alarming statistics regarding the toxicity that American’s are regularly exposed to. “Of the chemicals found in personal care products: 884 are toxic, 146 cause tumors, 218 cause reproductive complications, 778 cause acute toxicity, 314 cause biological mutations, 376 cause skin and eye irritations.” (Source: United States House of Representatives Report, 1989)

Americans are unknowingly exposed to more toxins in the current day and age than ever before. Perhaps this is why cancer, autoimmune disease and allergic reactions are increasing at an alarming rate?

Chemicals are especially present in products used in our homes such as cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, make-up and even in our foods and beverages. For example, Parabens and phthalates are commonly used chemicals which have been researched to cause cancer and type II diabetes. These two chemicals can be found in shampoo, make-up and various beauty products. Aluminum is also a common additive used in antiperspirants and scented products despite the fact that this toxin has been directly linked to increasing the risks of developing Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer. (Source: Global Healing Center)

To find our best health possible, it is imperative we reduce our exposure to environmental toxins. Despite the alarming statistics of chemical toxicity in the current age, there is good news! You can take control of your chemical exposure!

Hope, Healing, Happy Co is passionate about offering our customers the best organic products to enhance their lives and provide safer alternatives to chemical exposures. We offer an extensive variety of natural products and education if you are searching for ways to reduce chemical exposure!

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Can Binaural beats benefit your health?

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Can Binaural beats benefit your health?

Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, who was a physicist and meteorologist from Prussia, discovered what we know today as binaural beats. His discovery of the concept of high frequency sound localization led to the modern alternative treatments of healing, meditation and sleep induction through sound frequencies.

What are Binaural Beats?

Two sound tones played in each ear at slightly different frequencies, causes your brain to process a beat by differentiating the changes in the frequencies. These are referred to as binaural beats.

What are the health benefits?

Binaural beats are believed to help the brain enter a state much like it would during meditation. Alternative practitioners promote binaural beats to boost mental clarity, reduce anxiety and induce sleep and restfulness.

Binaural beats are categorized into different frequencies used to induce certain moods and brain patterns.

Delta (1 to 4 Hz) Used to induce deep sleep.

Theta (4 to 8 Hz) Used to reduce anxiety, promote meaningful meditation, and boost creativity.

Alpha (8 to 13 Hz) Used to induce relaxation and decrease depressive moods.

Beta (14 to 30 Hz) Used to improve mental alertness, critical thinking, and memory recall.

You should use caution when using binaural beats if you have a heart condition, epilepsy or any condition that impacts brain waves.

How to use Binaural Beats

  • Find a safe, calming place free of interruptions.
  • Get a pair of high-quality headphones.
  • Close your eyes and enter a relaxed state of mind.
  • Listen to the binaural beats for at least 30 minutes
  • Do not listen to binaural beats while driving or operating machinery.

Different frequencies (as listed above) are associated with various effects on the brain, so you can experiment with different frequencies and waves of binaural beats to find out what works best for you.  Binaural beats are considered an alternative therapy and should not be used to treat or cure any condition.

 

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How to Bathe for Better Health

 

Baths have been used for thousands of years to evoke healing benefits and comfort. There are many additives such as essential oils, herbs, flower essences and minerals that can be added to your bath to help you find natural remedies for multiple ailments.

Soak Safely!

Ensure your water temperature is appropriate to avoid burns. Use caution if you have a pre-existing condition that may inhibit your ability to sense burns and discomfort such as nerve damage or diabetic neuropathy.

It is recommended you soak for at least 15 minutes but no longer than 45 minutes per therapeutic bath session.

It is also recommended that you drink at least an 8oz glass of pure water before and after your soak to prevent dehydration.

 

Check Ingredients!

Be sure you are using 100% pure ingredients when you soak in a bath. Impure products can increase the toxins that are absorbed into your body during a soak.

Read the labels of any bath product before you soak in it. If you have any allergies or skin sensitivities, be careful to avoid anything that might trigger issues.

Avoid apparent toxins in bathing or hygiene products such as: Parabens, formaldehyde, methylene glycol and phthalates.

 

Use Natural Comforts!

There are many natural things you can add to your bath to provide not only a calming experience, but potentially a healing one as well.

Essential oils can provide a relaxing scent and also contain many healing properties. For relaxation, you can consider adding lavender, chamomile and/or clary sage essential oils to your bath.

Other natural products can provide potential healing benefits such as Epson salt for pain relief or baking soda for balancing the body’s PH. You can also add fresh or dried herbs to your bath to soak in various health benefits.

Only use pure Epson salts, herbs and 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils that are not mixed with other ingredients.

Remember to check with your healthcare team before starting any alternative therapy.

 

 

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Benefits of Aloe Vera

Benefits of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years as a natural healing remedy. In ancient Egypt, it was   referred to as the “plant of immortality.” In the current age, people can still find a myriad of benefits from using aloe. Below is a list of great ways you can use aloe in your life!

Hydration

As a naturally hydrating substance, aloe can be taken internally to keep your body hydrated. Drinking a pure, organic aloe juice can be a great natural alternative replacement for Gatorade or Pedialyte. Aloe juice contains very low amounts of sugar, so it is a healthier alternative to these other drinks.

When taking a natural substance internally, it is important to choose a high-quality product. Many aloe juices on the market are not 100% pure and are mixed with other contents. Be sure you are reading the label of the product you are purchasing and do not start any alternative treatment without first checking with your physician. Certain medications may interact with aloe juice, so be sure that you make your healthcare team aware of any medications and supplements you are taking before you begin an aloe juice regiment.

Sunburn Treatment

Aloe is a natural treatment for sunburns and has been clinically proven to reduce the damage from ultraviolent rays and radiation. A natural, aloe vera salve can be applied to sunburned areas to soothe the skin and help prevent UV damage.

Nutritional Boost

Aloe vera contains many nutritional benefits such as calcium, copper, chromium, sodium, selenium, magnesium, potassium, manganese and zinc. It is also one of the only natural, plant-based sources of vitamin b12, which can greatly benefit those who eat a vegan or meatless diet.

Drinking 8oz of aloe juice daily may help you manage electrolytes, vitamins and minerals. Be sure to check with your physician first though!

Gastrointestinal Remedies

Issues like heartburn, constipation and irritable bowels have been successfully treated with aloe. As a naturally fibrous compound, aloe is a great remedy for stomach issues. A study released by the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences revealed that aloe was a safe and effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Aloe has also been successful in treating intestinal diseases such as ulcerative colitis and naturally treating stomach ulcers and acid reflux.

 

Aloe has a large amount of health benefits both internally and topically, but only when using an organic, 100% pure product. Be sure you check with your healthcare team before you start any natural remedy.

 

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Is Laundry Detergent Toxic?

Is Laundry Detergent Toxic?

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Laundry detergent has been a recent news topic due to the shocking and dangerous “Tide Pod Challenge.” In this challenge, people are ingesting the detergent packets. This is extremely hazardous behavior and obviously should never be attempted. But it does beg the question, what does laundry detergent really contain? Do we really know what chemicals we are exposing ourselves to every time we wash and wear our clothes? Are we at risk for toxic exposure even if we don’t ingest the product?

Upon research, we discovered there is no law in the United States that requires products of any kind to list chemicals used in fragrances. However, the University of Washington enacted a study that tested the ingredients of multiple laundry detergent brands. Their study revealed dangerous chemicals such as: Acetone, an active ingredient in paint thinner; chloromethane which was once widely used as a refrigerant but due to its toxicity is no longer used as such. 1,4-dioxane was also discovered. The EPA reports that exposure to 1,4-Dioxane can cause, “Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans…Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water…  Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals. EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.”

Phthalates, which are defined as chemicals used to soften and increase the flexibility of plastic and vinyl, were also found in laundry detergent.

Dr. Anne Steinemann published a study by the journal Environmental Impact Assessment Review. Her report of her research revealed, “Nearly 100 volatile organic compounds were emitted from these six [laundry] products, and none were listed on any product label. Plus, five of the six products emitted one or more carcinogenic ‘hazardous air pollutants,’ which are considered by the Environmental Protection Agency to have no safe exposure level,” {sic}

According to two national surveys published by Dr. Steinemann, 20% of the population reported harmful effects from exposure. She also reported that those studied with respiratory issues such as asthma reported having twice as many issues to exposure to laundry detergents and dryer sheets.

The Food and Drug Administration requires all American food distributers to list all ingredients, and yet there is no law that requires laundry products to list chemicals used in fragrances.

We can’t just wear dirty clothes! What can we do to eliminate toxic chemical exposure due to laundry detergents and dryer sheets?

Before Tide, Pyrex and Gain people have been washing their clothes naturally for thousands of years. Ingredients like baking soda, lye and borax have been used to keep clothes clean and fresh. Making your own laundry detergent or switching to an all-natural brand can help you reduce your toxic exposure.

 

 

(Sources: University of Washington, Tide Corporation, United States Environmental Protection Agency and Dr. Anne Steinemann, The Environmental Impact Assessment Review)