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Robotic Shopping

How many of you do an almost “robotic shop” each week or fortnight, the same shop(s), the same products?

When I started wanting to use the kindest and gentlest products for the environment and health  I did an inventory of the products we normally used under our sink, in our bathroom, and on our dressing table.  I was horrified when we found out about the harsh chemicals that were contained in our regular products, and then we were pleasantly surprised when we checked out the prices of the alternatives and after trying some products we realised that they were probably just as economical as most were concentrated and you needed to use less so they lasted longer.  It really can be false economy buying the cheapest of anything as you end up using two or three times the quantity to get the same results.

I use the naturtint hair dyes and noticed it didn’t have the usual nasty strong smells that others have and afterwards my hair was very shiny and soft but more important to me there was no overpowering smell from the products nor did I have the usual itchy and burning scalp I experienced with other hair dyes I had used.

Its such a good feeling knowing i am cutting down on the harmful chemicals in the house and also helping the environment as well,  and I am so glad I took the time to have a look at our normal robotic shopping and changed it.  Let us help you change by introducing you to healthier alternatives all under one roof.   

The gentle revolution has definitely begun and we are proud to be a part of it , together we could make a massive difference and help this wonderful Planet and make sure its healthy for our children and their children to enjoy.

Dealing with Night Sweats

 

Being a woman of a certain age with a few irritating symptoms I have been researching the subject of the Menopause and thought it may be useful to share some tips with you which I will be trying.

My main symptom is hot flushes and night sweats, not all the time but when it does happen its not particularly pleasant and disturbs my sleeping which then has an effect on other areas of my life.

1. The herbal supplement black cohosh if taken daily is reported to help relieve hot flushes.

2. Yoga and the Alexander technique are also reported to be good at alleviating both night sweats and hot flushes.

3. Vitamin E and also liquorice are good but beware that liquorice may raise your blood pressure.

4. By eating small frequent meals you can decrease the risk of hot flushes as large meals can dilate the blood vessels which can increase the problem of hot flushes and skin reddening.

5. Mushrooms, onions, milk, garlic, eggs, seafood and brazil nuts are good sources of  selenium which is an excellent antioxidant mineral and can help alleviate symptoms associated with Menopause as can Soya. Ladies who eat Soya seem to benefit from less noticeable symptoms and also run a lower risk of bone disease due to the bone strengthening effects of the food.

5. Sage tea is thought to help with symptoms.

I personally have found taking a turmeric supplement seems to really help me and have since found this link which explains why

After doing research it seems that having got to 53 years of age with so few symptoms is actually an achievement in itself as it seems many women start experiencing symptoms much earlier and many are well and truly Menopausal much earlier.

Perimenopause is quite a new term to describe symptoms caused by normal hormonal fluctuations that occur as a woman moves closer to her menopause.

Menopause is when menstruation stops and you are termed as Menopausal when you haven’t had a period for a year.  In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51.

Now to finish on a lighter note a You tube video i came across which made me smile and reminds me if i only have a couple of mild symptoms I am very lucky i have probably more symptoms to look forward to.

I prefer to take a turmeric capsule as the amount you need if used in powdered form would make the food you are using it with unpalatable in my opinion.

Organic Turmeric capsules 

How protecting our Health and the Planet is linked.

Protect our health and Planet
Protect our health and Planet

Protecting our Health and the Planet are linked.

For me it means thinking about how my daily actions affect my own health, that of my family and also the impact it has on the environment.

Many people associate going greener just with the environment but on my journey I have realised that actually a lot of what is having a negative impact on our environment may actually impact our health negatively too.

A lot of the products people buy for cleaning their home, washing their clothes and personal care items such as soaps, shampoos, sprays etc can be damaging to both health and the environment, instead of cleaning your home and making it safe it can make it toxic!

Manufacturers want us to belive that using their heavy duty chemical cleaners will bring harmony and loveliness to your life and make life easier. The fact is that fewer than a 1/4 of 70,000 chemicals used in these products have been fully tested for safety and substances classified as hazardous waste are found in many common cleaning fluids.

60% of any substances directly applied to the skin surface is readily absorbed, so our bodies may take in up to 2KG(4.4lbs) chemicals each year. The above information was taken from the book Organic Home by R. Richardson.

Unfortunately many people wait for either a health issue or health scare or an environment problem close to them until they start to open their eyes and start asking questions WHY?. Why wait when there are fantastic products out there at reasonable prices which are not only better for the health and well being of everyone but which also don’t add to the already horrendous problems faced by the environment?

Journey to a Healthier Life.

Its a Journey
Its a Journey

To live healthily you need to look at various areas of your lifestyle not just one, but focusing on one part at a time is  a good way to start. The areas to look at are

1.  Reduce the chemicals you use in your home, on yourselves and in your local environment.  You want to give your body and the environment the best possible chance of staying healthy in a World where  both are being abused by modern lifestyles.

2.  Eat a healthy diet which gives Your body the nutrients it needs to function properly and aid our immune systems to deal with any problems it has to. So much of our food is lacking nutrients because of the intensive farming methods, poor soil, hormones and antibiotics used in meat production, pesticides used on crops for higher yields, the distance our food travels before we get it on our plates, the storage conditions and preservatives used and then when we finally get the food in our homes it is heated and cooked which also destroys nutrients in most cases. It’s just crazy, add that to all the hidden sugar and salt in processed foods it’s no wonder more and more people are getting illnesses and diseases.

3.  Do regular Exercise, find something that you enjoy and do it regularly. It has so many benefits.

4.  Look after your Mental well-being by doing things that make you feel good, modern life can be so stressful that it can feel like you have no time for you but it is so important to make that time, whether its a hobby you enjoy, a regular pamper session in the bathroom with the door locked, meditation time or time out to reconnect with nature.

5.  Making the best use of any outdoor space you have to grow your own vegetables as well as flowers.  Treat your garden as another room in your house and decorate it accordingly.

6.  Personal development should be a continual process. Every day try to be a bit better in some way to the previous day.  Educate yourself with books, online resources and make sure you learn from mistakes made.  I personally used to hate making mistakes and that would stop me from trying new things but that has all changed. Much better to have tried and failed and learnt than not have tried at all.

7.  Inspiration and motivation  is also important. Find your  favourite authors, gurus who help you through those days when self-doubt pops up or you are lacking oomph,  sometimes it’s also just best to go with the feelings, allow yourself time to feel and then move on again. Some days it’s just best to be kind to yourself.

8.  It’s important to Goal Plan and make a road map of how you are going to achieve your goals . Writing them down is such a  powerful way to reinforce them and also  helps keep you focused.  It gives you stepping stones towards your bigger goals and its always good to reward yourself when you reach a stepping stone. Set your intention and then take Action which leads to Results.

As you can see it’s really a lifestyle change but can be done step by step.