1. Avoid Canned Tomatoes
This is scary! Many of today’s leading brands of canned foods contain BPA, a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems. According to Consumer Reports’ testing, just a couple of servings of canned food can exceed the safety limits for daily BPA exposure for children.
High acidity, a prominent characteristic of tomatoes, causes BPA to leach into your food. (source)
To avoid this, buy fresh tomatoes or those not in cans.
Pomi tomatoes are naturally grown in Italy WITHOUT pesticides, and they contain NO other additives. They are packaged in tetra packs without BPA-linings.
Bionature is another brand making the switch to glass containers, which is probably the safest material. They are also organic.
I’m partial to the Bionature because I think they taste better, and I get to use the empty containers for my homemade salad dressings…
A very interesting and personal side note…upon trying the Bionature tomatoes, I immediately noticed that I tolerated them better than the canned variety.
2. Argan Oil
I first learned of argan oil through Josie Maran, a former supermodel with a current make-up and skin care line.
This legendary, lightweight oil, grown organically in Morocco, is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it an ideal moisturizer. It is fast-absorbing and used to heal and condition everything from cuticles to split ends.
I love her brand because it is 100% PURE argan oil. Some other companies have this same ingredient, but with myriad other filler ingredients. She creates luxurious products that are pure, gentle, nontoxic, eco-friendly, and sophisticated…a tough find in today’s make-up world.
My favorite ways to use the oil are as an occasional moisturizer and in my hair. After I wash and towel-dry my hair, I apply a quarter-size amount to my damp locks, and it makes them extra soft and shiny!
3. Fecal Transplants
I rarely hear or read something health-related that I’ve never heard before.
I say this in the most humble way possible, and I say it not to come across narcissistic, but rather to indicate just how long I’ve been dealing with my own health issues, seeing ‘specialists’, taking supplements, etc.
The transferring of feces (or as it is more commonly known, sh*t) was completely new to me.
In a recent issue of Alternatives, I came across an article detailing the benefits of and procedure for a fecal transplant.
It is literally what it sounds like. A fecal donor (that is previously tested for pathogens, parasites, and various viruses) issues a fresh stool sample. The stool is blended (can you imagine??) with 200 mL of a saline solution, and inserted into the patient using an enema bag kit. The patient is to retain the solution as long as possible, and defecate when needed.
Why in the world would anyone do this??? Fecal transplants have been shown to almost instantly and universally cure Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and life-threatening C. difficile infections, without the use of antibiotics, steroids, and immune suppressant drugs (Williams, 1-5).
Impressive, huh? I thought so.
4. Oregano Oil Cleaner
I’m super sensitive to the chemicals in many store-bought cleaners, so I’ve had to find more natural ways to clean my home. After years of using a half and half combination of water and white vinegar, it dawned on me to add some oregano oil to the mix.
Oregano oil has ingredients that have antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, making it ideal to use as a household disinfectant.
I take a spray bottle, fill it half with water and half with white vinegar and add about 10 drops of oregano oil to the mix. You can mix it with another essential oil like lemon if you like, but I actually like the smell of the oregano. It reminds me of pizza! 😀
It can also be used internally for immune health, so it’s a great item to keep in the house for multiple reasons.
5. The Slant Board
In 1933, Dr. Bernard Jensen discovered the great health effects of slanting.
While total inversion therapy (aka, hanging upside down) has been used primarily to treat back pain, this less extreme technique can aid with numerous health complaints, including sinus trouble, bad eyes, thinning hair, head eczema, ear conditions and similar troubles. It is also said to help cases of heart trouble, fatigue, dizziness, and poor memory.
Inversion of the body relieves stress and fatigue by taking pressure off the body’s organs and allowing them to shift into a more natural placement. This not only reduces the internal stresses on our bodies, it also increases circulation to the head/brain, the epicenter of our being.
I saw an iridologist as a child who recommended I do this for organ health, and while I don’t remember if it helped or not, the advice has stuck with me over the years, and I still do it at the gym. It makes sense to me that it would help increase circulation to the head/brain, thus helping (in my case) conditions like depression.
If you’re interested in trying it, check out this site for more details.
What are your thoughts on any of the above? Have you ever heard of fecal transplants? Have you ever tried using a slant board?
(Williams, D. 2013, (July). Alternatives. Healthy Directions, LLC “Newsletter.” (Volume 16 No. 7). 1-5.