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Balanced Living » Oct./Sept. ‘12


Cuppow

Our solution for easier drinking from a canning jar…

The canning jar already makes an awesome platform for a travel mug: it’s easy to clean, made of heat-resistant glass, cheap, durable, and when sealed it doesn’t leak. The only problem is that with their large openings, canning jars are not great for spill-free sipping while on the move. So we adapted it — made a new lid that lets us drink like a boss from virtually any wide-mouth canning jar. It’s a simple eco-friendly alternative to poor-performing and messy disposable hot cups and over-built and expensive travel mugs. It’s BPA free and 100% recyclable, dishwasher safe.

www.Cuppow.com, $7.99 each

Go Carless

September 22 is World Car Free Day, making it the perfect time to find carless ways to commute. Try leaving your car at home and walking, biking or taking public transportation on this day. Who knows? You may even prefer your new auto-free routine. If you absolutely must use your car to get to work or other important errands, try carpooling with friends and co-workers to cut back on transportation-related emissions.

Home Remedy Quiz

1. True or False: Can chicken soup help cure a cold? True: Chicken soup helps to reduce the inflammation that causes cold symptoms. The steam also helps to clear stuffy airways.

2. True or False: Can drops of olive oil infused with garlic and gently inserted into the ear canal cure an ear infection? True: Herbalists recommend olive oil and garlic drops to shorten duration and reduce the pain of ear infections. Garlic has potential to prevent or destroy pathogens, so this is a successful treatment option.

3. Is Turmeric Powder a home remedy for a cut or scrape? Correct! Turmeric contains a raw material called curcumin, an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. Curcumin prevents the release of extra chemicals from injured cells, thus reducing damage.

4. Can you treat acid reflux with water and baking soda? True! During acid reflux, acid is burning your stomach, causing indigestion and discomfort. Chemically, the bicarbonate ion present in the baking soda will react to neutralize this acid, effectively treating acid reflux. Mix together and drink three times a day, five days a week for three weeks.

5. What more easily removes a splinter?  Honey, Glue or Mayo? Glue. Apply the glue, let dry and peel the glue off along with the splinter.  (It’s much easier than digging it out with a pair of tweezers.)

6. What will help chapped lips? Sugar and baking soda, Vaseline and salt, or honey and lemon juice? Sugar and baking soda, because the abrasiveness of the sugar helps remove the dead skin while the baking soda helps the mixture to lathe.  Mix a tablespoon each of sugar, water and baking soda. Dip a toothbrush into the mixture and apply to lips. Rinse off with warm water.  Lips will be good as new.

7. Can egg whites give you glowing skin? Correct! Egg whites contain proline, an amino acid that serves as a building block for collagen. Egg whites contain more proline than most foods we eat, making this option a winner.

8. Can plain yogurt, sunflower oil, and lemon juice be a cheap facial and give you flawless skin? Correct! Yogurt has lactic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid that functions as an effective skin exfoliant. Sunflower oil helps seal in your skin’s moisture. Additionally, lemon juice is a natural whitener and inhibits melanin production, which causes age spots.

Five Foods Dr. Weil Says You Should Eat Every Day to Live Longer and Reduce Your Risk of Disease

Cooked Asian Mushrooms: (Serving size: unlimited) Shitake, Maitake, Oyster, and Enoki increase immune function and protect from cancer and viral infections. Never eat any mushrooms raw; always cook them because raw mushrooms are indigestible. They are low in calories and high in protein.

Whole Soy Foods: (Serving size: 1-2 servings a day) We aren’t talking about fake meats or soy supplements; we are talking about edemame, tofu, tempeh, and soy milk. These are great sources of protein and help protect us all against hormone-driven cancers.

Healthy Fats: (5-7 servings a day; 1 serving being equal to 1 teaspoon of oil) Use Olive Oil in cooking. Use Walnut and Coconut Oil but don’t cook with them– use them on salads. Flaxseed and Hemp Seeds need to be cracked or ground so your body can digest them. These have good sources of omega 3 fatty acids and are great for you every day. Whole eggs have good fats in the yoke.

Cruciferous Vegetables: (Serving size: unlimited) Red, Purple, or Nappa Cabbage, Kale,  and Brussels Sprouts. Eat these every day in some form; they have strong cancer fighting properties. The more you can eat the better.

Whole and Cracked Grains: (3-5 servings a day; 1 serving is 1/2 cup cooked) There is a big difference between cracked grains and pulverized grains, the latter of which are used to make most of the whole wheat bread we buy at the supermarket. When grains are ground into flour, they can raise your blood sugar more quickly. So when buying whole grain bread you should be able to see the whole grains in the bread.

Turn Down the Heat Lower temperature cooking is much healthier than the high temperature cooking that we normally eat. There is a lot of research that high temps produce chemical changes in our foods that are dangerous for us. For example, sugar. When heated over a low temperature, the sugar just warms and stays in its original state. At this point, your body knows what to do with sugar when given it. It knows how to process it and use it to the body’s advantage. However, when you heat it at high temps, like using a small blow torch, the sugar molecules change and, when introduced into the body, your body gets confused and doesn’t quite know how to proceed.

So we should cook things at low temps. Steaming is a great method of cooking. Add lemon juice or vinegar because the acid helps slow down the cooking process, making the food healthier and better for you.

Greener Laundry

It’s estimated that there are more than 116 million households in the U.S.  And each of them every year does over 400 loads of laundry. That is 46.6 billion loads of laundry. We are talking a lot of everything. So making some simple and informed choices about your laundry habits can not only help save water and waste but it also keeps your clothes around longer.

The Key is Temperature Control Eighty to ninety percent of the energy used by your washer during a load is to heat up a lot of la agua. So be smart about washing.  Pretreat any stained items immediately to help them wash out better and when possible, use cold water to wash.  According a Green Institute report on cold water washing, if everyone in New York City used cold water to wash for a day, it would save enough energy to light the Empire State building for a month!

Check out Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Liquid Cleanser.  Made from pure fir and spruce essential oils.

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