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Living Healthy Tip
Banking for Health
With Halloween candy lurking in your house this month I thought I would share this with you. In our house, we budget sugar by creating our own system of sugar finance. The children are allowed so many “sugar dollars” per day and have learned to use addition and subtraction to decide if they can eat that second cupcake or lollipop. They think about the number of sugary drinks they may have had and they count their servings of fruits and vegetables. They actually treat the whole system like a game and are determined to win everyday by banking their sugar dollars for real money at the end of the week. They are, by the way, 5 years and 4 years of age, respectively. Try implementing a system to help your children keep their sugar consumption in check. For more information on how to keep your child eating healthy click here.
The health impacts of pesticides are vast, including asthma, brain tumors, birth defects, developmental delays, neurocognitive problems, and decreased endurance and coordination. Eating organic and sustainably grown foods can reduce your amount of pesticide intake. The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, even non-organic, outweigh the risk of pesticide exposure. The fruits and vegetables listed in the chart below can help you distinguish what produce to limit in your diet. Find out what your toxic load is here.
Lead in Lipstick
What may be considered a temporary concern becomes a long-term issue when taking into account the number of times lipstick is re-applied daily. Lip products are a particular concern because of the potential for exposure through ingestion. Re-applying your lipstick more than 2 or 3 times a day increases the amount of lead and metal absorption in your body. Lead, in particular, tends to accumulate internally. These metal toxins and chemicals have been associated with reproductive, developmental, and other health effects based on studies. The FDA does not currently regulate the metal content in cosmetics.
The highest concentrations of metals in lip products are found in drugstore brands, such as Covergirl, Revlon, L’Oreal, and Maybelline. The chart below can help you distinguish lip products to avoid due to their high concentrations of lead. Find safe cosmetics here.
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