Balanced Living » Sept./Oct. ‘13
Ageless Skin – Beat Wrinkles – COFFEEBERRY
This extract is taken from the coffee fruit or the cherry of the coffee bean. The properties of the coffeeberry were first noticed when coffee bean pickers would have hands that were very smooth, while their faces and arms would get sun burnt and damaged.
This extract contains polyphenois, an antioxidant that protects against environmental damage. Amy Wechsler, a dermatologist and author, says, “Free radicals caused by sun, stress, and pollution break down collagen and damage skin.” In tests, coffeeberry was shown to be better for your skin than green tea or pomegranate, in terms of antioxidants.
By the Numbers
Household energy data varies by geographical location, but the U.S Department of Energy reports national averages that pertain to our sources of fuel and our lifestyle choices:
• 34% of our household energy consumed goes to space heating • 34% goes to lighting and other appliances • 13% goes to heating water • 11% goes to air conditioning • 8% goes to refrigeration
In Organic We Trust DVD
We can no longer stomach our food system. It’s killing more and more Americans and costing billions in healthcare. Seventy-eight percent of Americans eat organic food because they think it’s healthier. But is organic really better for us or just a marketing scam?
When corporations went into the business and “organic” became a brand, everything changed. The philosophy and the label grew apart. Can gummy bears or bananas flown halfway across the world truly be organic?
“In Organic We Trust” is an eye-opening food documentary that looks beyond organic for practical solutions for me and you. Local farmers markets, school gardens, and urban farms are revolutionizing the way we eat. Change is happening from the soil up.
Easy Energy Savers
Merrilee Harrigan, VP of education at Alliance to Save Energy, suggests these everyday decisions to help reduce energy consumption. Bake with ceramic or glass pans instead of metal. They retain heat better so you can cook dinner at 25 degrees lower for the same amount of time. It’s simple and you’ve heard it before, but turn off the light when you leave a room. Harrigan says it’s a myth that turning the light off and on creates an energy surge.
Try a sock filled with organic rice. To soothe arthritis pain, fill a sock with uncooked white rice (not too compactly), tie a knot in the end, and heat it in the microwave for one minute. Place the warm sock directly over painful joints twice a day for fifteen minutes. The reusable heating pad conforms wherever applied. Be sure it is not too hot for your pet.
Health Benefits of Squash
• Helpful in reducing BPH (enlarged prostate) in men
• Colorful varieties are high in beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties
• Folate helps prevent heart attacks, birth defects, and protects colon health
• High in fiber
According to an article in Mothering magazine:
• 18 billion disposable diapers are thrown in landfills each year, taking as many as 500 years to decompose.
• Disposable diapers make up the third largest source of solid waste in landfills, after newspapers and food and beverage containers — a significant fact, considering they are a single product, used by a limited portion of the population.
• It takes upwards of 82,000 tons of plastic and 1.3 million tons of wood pulp, or a quarter-million trees, to manufacture the disposable diapers.
• 90 percent of the babies born in the U.S. use disposable diapers.