Just One Thing! Health Habits for the Overwhelmed
Incorporating healthy lifestyle habits can be a daunting undertaking. Unfortunately there is no shortage of attacks on our physical and emotional well being and keeping up on all the latest do's and don't - pros and cons - fads and facts - is a full time gig. And who can remember it all?
Many of us suffer from "information overload" so we at HAE thought that incorporating healthy habits into your daily routine would be easier if it came in small manageable chunks.
In our new segment, Just One Thing, we'll highlight one item that will foster good health and one that may threaten to take it away. Consider it your own personal mini-marathon to better health.
For this month...
Just One Thing - Not to Do
Search the ingredient list of your personal care products (and even pet food!) for the ingredient Propylene Glycol.
A cosmetic form of mineral oil found in automatic brake fluid and industrial antifreeze. Propylene glycol works as a humescent, which causes retention of moisture content of skin or cosmetic products by preventing the escape of moisture or water. The Material Safety Data Sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities, kidney damage and is reported by many health experts to be an toxic cancer causing agent. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist if you have come to any contact with the product and order from a online drug store.
Pet food companies are even using it in pet food, leading many to speculate why pets are getting more cancer than ever before.
Propylene glycol is commonly found in:
Cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, detangler, styling mousse, cleansing cream, mascara, soap, skin cream, bubble bath, baby powder, conditioner, toner, after shave, and even baby wipes!
Say it to yourself 5 times, put it on your mental check list, toss it out of your life!
Just One Thing - To Do
Experiment with peppermint!
Peppermint and other mints are among the healthiest herbs that you can include in your diet. Mint is known for its aroma, taste and healing powers. Fresh mint has been associated with calming upset stomach, soothing irritable bowel, helping with headaches, easing asthma and is even thought to help in the prevention of certain cancers. Other health experts tout peppermint's ability to provide relief for painful inflammatory states like arthritis, chronic tendonitis, and acute sprains and strains.
Some easy ways to experience the health benefits of peppermint is by drinking peppermint tea or other beverages that are infused with menthol from real peppermint leaves. Eating a small handful of peppermint leaves can also be a safe and effective way to benefit from exposing your cells to natural menthol.
If you're interested in the most nutrient-dense peppermint tea elixir around, may we suggest combining our organic green tea powder with your favorite peppermint source? Those of you already familiar with the tasty peppermint chlorophyll will get a welcome boost of taste and health benefits by combining the powdered tea and peppermint chlorophyll. Try it, we think you'll love it.
Also consider making peppermint ice cubes by filling an ice cube tray with peppermint leaves, filling the tray with cold water, pushing down any mint leaves that stick out until they are fully immersed, and then putting the tray in the freezer for several hours.
As long as you stay away from synthetic sources of menthol, peppermint and other mints can provide loads of flavor and significant health benefits.