Springtime, a time to connect back to nature after a long winter inside. But let’s be aware of the toxic dangers lurking everywhere so we can enjoy warmer weather with health….

  • Sun screen: In 2014 the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reviewed 2000 sunscreen products and 75% contained toxic chemicals: Oxybenzone ~ OMC~ Avobenzone ~ Homosalate that mimic estrogen and can increase your risk of cancer and other health issues. The EWG reports that Vitamin A found in sunscreen can pose a potential threat to skin health also
  • Sun exposure: Too much sun reverses all the good it can do and creates havoc putting you in danger of heat stroke, sun burn, heat rash, skin cancer and accelerates ageing of skin
  • Eating more fruits: I love, love, love watermelon. But the food combining rules say I shouldn’t eat melons after a hamburger. It will sour and rot in my gut, leaving my digestive system weak and vulnerable to disease
  • Ice cream shops: open up in the spring thru early fall. Besides the sugar, there are mono-diglycerides (a trans-fat not required to be reported on the label), propylene glycol (a.k.a. anti-freeze), Polysorbate 80 (a synthetic compound), calcium sulfate and artificial flavoring. Yikes!!
  • Outside fun: means drinking more carbonated soft drinks. Like artificial coloring in soft drinks isn’t bad enough, the added carbon dioxide pumped in – is the same toxic air we breathe out and that mosquitoes are attracted to! (Coke’s claim to fame is phosphoric acid, a food-grade chemical linked to kidney disease/stones and the rising increase of osteoporosis)
  • Allergies to mold/pollen: mimics a cold with sneezing, wheezing, sore throat and fever if infection occurs. De-congestions, pain killers and anti-histamines are administered without considering the dangerous side effects like depression, nervousness, nosebleeds and headache to name a few!
  • Spiders and ants are coming out: all commercial pesticides are very dangerous to children and pets BUT are considered safe by the FDA; although instructed to not inhale or spay around food!
  • Mosquito repellents: very necessary but are highly dangerous and reported to cause confusion, seizures and even death. Bug repellents’ neurotoxins affect the central nervous system of the bug that comes in contact with it — but with 65% absorption into our skin, DEET affects humans the same way!
  • More outdoor activity: lactic acid creates soreness from muscle exertion, but that doesn’t go away with pain killers

This is the thing… if you want to enjoy summer and feel good, here’s a CHECK LIST of things you can change: 

  • Safer and more effective sunscreens contain zinc oxide ~ titanium dioxide ~ NO vitamin A. When working or playing outdoors, don’t depend on sunscreen alone: wear a hat, long sleeve cotton shirt and sunglasses
  • 20 minutes of sun a day increases our “happy” hormone called serotonin, improves sleep and produces Vitamin D. Sun is essential for health, but sunburn can reverse all health benefits
  • Food Combining: fruit digests in 15 minutes and watermelon only 10 takes minutes; eat fruit/watermelon before eating other foods to assure good digestion
  • Buy store bought ice cream and look for simple ingredients like milk, cream, sugar and guar gum (a starch); find a soft ice cream recipe on line that doesn’t require an ice cream maker
  • Replace carbonated drinks with ice tea or lemon water, sweeten with stevia. Green tea has been associated with weight loss and ginger tea helps digestion. Better uses for cola: Rids ugly calcium/rust ring inside the toilet ~ Removes: rust stains on metal ~ stubborn grease stain on clothing ~ blood off cement
  • Consider homeopathic mold remedy every 20 minutes if allergy attacks hard and then 3x daily; herbal remedies supplementing daily with bromelain, quercetin and local honey. In addition eat fresh pineapple; place essential oils behind ears for quick relief when pollen is high. Visit HealthandNaturalWorld.com essential oils for allergy relief to get great ideas   
  • Keep creepy crawlers outside by spaying tea tree/peppermint oils around windows, vents and doorways. Sprinkle cinnamon around critters’ entry way (and in play sandbox!) to deter them
  • Safe mosquito repellents: citronella/tea tree/peppermint oil combo. Also use on pets. Studies showed lemon/eucalyptus oil combo is just as effective as DEET (1:1 with water). Spay 1 Tbl. Vanilla extract to 1 cup of water on exposed skin to discourage flies/ticks/mosquitos from landing on you. More on rd.com 8 foods to defend against bug bites from Reader’s Digest and www.NaturalLivingIdeas.com 31 natural bug repellents
  • Tight/strained muscles are relieved by: mild stretching; eating protein foods (meats, nuts and seeds); Arnica, a homeopathic; visit EssentialOilSanctuary.com for sore muscles

Gerri Gatto, The nofad Weight Loss coach