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Why Your Makeup is Important

“Not for Internal Use” is a common warning on the outside of…most everything related to skin or hair care.  Makeup, ointments, lotions, and even toothpastes all have this mark, warning us not to ingest these products that we are applying – ironically – to the largest organ of our bodies, the skin. It is well documented that our skin is a living, breathing organ.  It stands to reason then that what you put on your skin is absorbed and distributed systemically.  ...

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What’s in your water?

Raise your hand if you’ve ever left your full water bottle in the car during the day and when you go to drink it later the water tastes like melted plastic and regret? Yeah…gross. Even grosser?  You actually might be ingesting the chemical compounds of the plastic. You can’t hear about plastic anymore without hearing about the concerns of BPA and other harmful chemicals leaching into your food or beverages.  Even baby toys are now being made BPA-free to protect the little  ...

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How to Make Continuous Brew Kombucha at Home

In Liz Wolfe’s book, Skintervention, she suggests eating something fermented every day to improve gut health.  So, in keeping with her “improve gut health and you will improve skin health” philosophy, I have braved the world of fermentables. Why would you eat moldy foods? First off, no, I do not eat moldy foods.  There is a difference between “moldy” and “fermented”.  And thank goodness there are more options than just pickles or sauerkraut. Foods  ...

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7 Easy Ways to Eat Healthy Food on a Small Budget

Has anyone ever told you “it’s too expensive to eat well, you can’t find healthy food to eat on a budget?” I’m here to tell you something big: that’s a myth. It is possible – if not easy – to find (and create!) cheap healthy food to eat on a budget. When I first moved out on my own, my food budget was $27 every two weeks.  This did not include money for milk and eggs purchased from a farmer, but did include everything else.  My grocery budget  ...

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