3 essentials for summer outdoor adventures!

Summer is here! Here’s a list of 3 essentials for healthy summer outdoor adventures:

1. A glass or stainless steel water bottle.  A re-usable water bottle helps the environment and keeps kids hydrated.  You will also avoid excessive bisphenol A (BPA) exposure from plastic water bottles that are left sitting in the hot sun for too long.  BPA is a hormone disrupter and linked to cancer.  Add some lemon, lime, cucumber or berries to your water to keep it fresh and tasty!

2. A natural sunscreen with zinc oxide as the active ingredient for preventing exposure to harmful UV rays.  Check out the Environmental Working Group’s 2015 Guide to Sunscreens to see where your sunscreen ranks in terms of safety and effectiveness.  Remember to reapply after swimming and don’t forget the ears, hands and feet! Check out my post on the ABC’s of Skin Cancer Prevention.

3. A natural essential oil bug spray.  Bug bites can lead to unpleasant itching and discomfort.  Prevent them with these Essential oils!

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Are your cosmetics harming your health?

I’ve been doing a series of health talks on how to detoxify your body and one of the facts that is most eye-opening to people is the fact that cosmetics contains harmful chemicals.

It is really great if your cosmetics company does not test on animals, is giving back to the environment or supporting a good cause every time you purchase their product.

However, despite their good deeds, the ingredients they are using may be harming your health.

Have you heard of the Environmental Working Group’sDirty Dozen‘ list of foods which contain the highest amount of pesticide residue?

Well, David Suzuki has come out with the ‘Dirty Dozen in Cosmetics‘.

Click on the image below to download his consumer shopping guide.

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If you want to find out what’s in your cosmetics and how hazardous they are to your health, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database!

How dirty are your cosmetics?