BioGirl Health By Carol Newman http://www.biogirlhealth.com Beautiful Inside and Out Mon, 24 Aug 2015 00:14:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 BioGirlHealth.com Isn't "About Us" ...It’s About You!<br /> <br /> As a woman, you face an enormous number of challenges, in life and in your every day. You work hard to meet the demands of your work and your family and wonder how anyone manages to balance the two, much less enjoy them.<br /> <br /> You know you need to take care of your health, but there’s so much information out there that you barely have time to read it all, much less tell the difference between truth and great advertising.<br /> <br /> You want to feel youthful and beautiful, but what the media defines as beauty seems so out of reach for you. You’re a real woman, not an airbrushed doll with a staff of stylists at your shoulders.<br /> <br /> BioGirlHealth.com is about putting aside all of the media hype and hyperbole and getting down to the true essence of beauty, which grows from the inside out, not the outside in. Real beauty doesn’t come from a brush or a tube or a spray. Real, lasting beauty comes from good health and a loving spirit. It comes from nourishing your body and nurturing your heart.<br /> <br /> By filling your body with pure, organic, natural foods and ingredients, you give it everything it needs to make you shine in a way no cosmetic or airbrushing can. You will also have the energy and vitality you need to fully enjoy your life and all of its possibilities.<br /> <br /> Through how to articles, blog posts and honest, candid reviews, BioGirlHealth.com brings together in one resource all of the most nutritious, most pure and most beneficial nutritional and beauty products available anywhere.<br /> <br /> BioGirlHealth.com is absolutely committed to helping you reach your fullest, most beautiful potential so that you can truly experience life rather than just get through it. When you feel energized, confident, beautiful and strong, you’re able to not only balance your life but love it.<br /> <br /> Every woman deserves that.<br /> <br /> About Carol<br /> <br /> My name is Carol Newman and I truly believe that my life’s calling is to help women realize their full potential, achieve the best possible health and embrace their true beauty.<br /> <br /> I live in the small farming community of Richmond, MI, where I live a life that is close to the land and as natural and organic as I can make it. Living here has been a large part of my lifelong pursuit of natural health and true beauty.<br /> <br /> At the age of sixteen, I was compelled to learn as much as possible about how to be truly healthy. I wanted to know everything I could about natural health, natural healing and the nutrients and products that promote them. This journey of learning continued for years and continues even today.<br /> <br /> Over the years, I've learned so much from natural health professionals such as Dr. Steven Sinatra and Dr. Julian Whitaker as well as other experts in natural health. As I began sharing what I learned with my friends and family, I realized that there is such a great need among women to know how to really take care of themselves and not only feel healthy and strong but beautiful as well. Helping to meet this need has become my mission and I couldn't be more excited.<br /> <br /> I deeply believe that a woman’s true beauty comes from being in the best of health. It comes from having the energy to fully engage in her own life. It comes from a kind spirit and a giving heart. I believe that a woman truly expresses her inner beauty through loving and helping those around her.<br /> <br /> There isn't a cosmetic in the world that can duplicate the glow and radiance of good health, self-confidence and a peaceful mind.<br /> <br /> My goal is to help you find the best products for your health and for natural beauty. I want you to be able to fully enjoy your life and to feel truly beautiful while you do it.<br /> <br /> I hope that your life will be so enriched by finding BioGirlHealth. Carol Newman Carol Newman arlene.martell@jambmedia.com arlene.martell@jambmedia.com (Carol Newman) Copyright © 2014 - BioGirlHealth.com. All rights reserved. BioGirl Health Show by Carol Newman BioGirl Health By Carol Newman http://www.biogirlhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/1400x1400.jpg http://www.biogirlhealth.com Richmond, MI Weekly The Beauty Of The Sun | BioGirl Health Show #072 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/08/beauty-sun-biogirl-health-show-072/ Fri, 01 Aug 2014 18:41:57 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2853 Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […]

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out.

In this episode of the BioGirl Health Show, your host Kimberly Henrie talks with Carol, about the sun. They discuss problems with sunscreen, and some of the benefits you might receive from getting out in the sun every day.

How Sun Benefits the Human Body

The episode kicks off with an update from the last time Kimberly was on the show. The conversation then turns to the weather, and the dangers of going outside without protecting your skin. During the podcast they discuss the answers to these and other questions:

  • Don’t we need sunshine to get Vitamin D?
  • When is the best time to go outside in the sun?
  • Is it okay to skip sunscreen on cloudy days?
  • and much more!

Then Carol segues into the topic of how some personal habits and traits can affect the amount of Vitamin D you get from the sun. She and Kimberly also share personal examples of how these things impact the benefits they get from the sun.

Which Sunscreens to Avoid

Next the discussion turns sunscreen. Carol explains which ingredients in sunscreens you should avoid and which natural ones are safest, how to choose a sunscreen that offers the most benefits, and where to find a sunscreen that falls into this category.

The episode wraps up with some of Carol’s recommendations for protecting yourself while outside in the sun based on her own habits. And as always, she closes out the edition with a Pearl of Wisdom to encourage listeners.

Listen now to the entire episode and if you know someone else who could benefit from hearing it, then please share it with them!

If you’re interested in learning more about the topics or products discussed in this podcast, then please follow these links:

http://www.healthylivingdepot.com
http://www.livehealthyfood.com

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep y... Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […] Carol Newman 19:01
From Organic Fibers to Cleaner Air – 9 Ways to Make Your Bedroom More Eco-Friendly http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/organic-fibers-cleaner-air-9-ways-make-bedroom-eco-friendly/ http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/organic-fibers-cleaner-air-9-ways-make-bedroom-eco-friendly/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:35:54 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2844 Is the air in your home cleaner and fresher than what you might on a mountaintop, miles and miles from civilization? Do you dress in organic fibers? Does your family consider recycling a mandatory practice? If not, then your health could be in danger. Achieving a healthy indoor environment is more than just a post-Y2K trend. It […]

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Organic FibersIs the air in your home cleaner and fresher than what you might on a mountaintop, miles and miles from civilization? Do you dress in organic fibers? Does your family consider recycling a mandatory practice? If not, then your health could be in danger.

Achieving a healthy indoor environment is more than just a post-Y2K trend. It is vital for our very existence! An eco-friendly indoor environment reduces allergy triggers, and may cut down on respiratory problems like sinus infections. Indoor pollution is such a big problem in homes today that even the remodeling process to make our homes more green has to be handled with kid gloves. And preferably those kid gloves are stitched from organic cotton!

Eco-Friendly Tips for Every Bedroom

Because we spend about 1/3 of our lives in our bedrooms, that is the best place to start when it comes to making our homes more eco-friendly. Your bedroom walls don’t have to be green for you to enjoy sleeping in a green space.

The extra effort and investment that you spend on making your bedroom eco-friendlier will pay off, especially when you wake up after a good night’s sleep of breathing in fresh air and sleeping cocooned in organic fibers.

Eco-friendly materials, cleaner air, and other green interior living practices combine to make your home a safe and nurturing environment. Here are some tips for making your bedroom more eco-friendly.

  • ELIMINATE VOCs – When you walk into the paint section of your local hardware or DIY store and the employee asks what color you like – tell him you’re going green! But not with color; you want to ask for brands of paint that have low to no volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.
  • KISS CARPETING GOODBYE – If you can pull up and toss out your wall-to-wall carpeting, then go for it. Install eco-friendly alternatives like bamboo wood floors or even slate tile. Warm up the space with rugs made from organic hemp, cotton, or jute.
  • UPCYCLED FURNITURE – Why buy a new headboard and nightstands when you can make it yourself? Repurpose small living room tables or cupboards as bedside tables. And if you must buy new, make sure it’s from a renewable resource like cork or bamboo.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY BEDDING – Using bedding from all natural, organic fibers like cotton are not only softer, but they are also free from toxins. And unlike wool they are less likely to trigger allergic or asthmatic reactions in the middle of the night.
  • WINDOW TREATMENTS – Get rid of those heavy curtains that harbor dust and mildew. Whenever possible use energy-efficient windows, and pair them with things like wooden shutters or shades made from bamboo.
  • CLEAN UP THE AIR – Potted plants help purify the air inside your home, especially the bedroom. Letting the sun in kills bacteria in dark spaces. And adding an air purifier not only filters out allergy triggers, but also helps circulate that good air through the entire room.
  • GREEN LIGHTING – Replace those old lights with LED or CFL bulbs. The new bulbs last longer, use less energy, and cost less out of your household budget when compared to incandescent ones.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY STORAGE – Whenever possible use storage containers made from things like bamboo or other types of wood from sustainable forests. Even recycled metal chests can work, as long as you seal them with an organic sealer to make them eco-friendly.
  • ORGANIC CLEANING – Always use eco-friendly laundry detergent to clean your bedroom linens. Eco-friendly detergents keep your bedding and nightclothes chemical-free which helps you sleep easier.

How Bedclothes Affect Sleep

Unless you sleep au natural, chances are whatever you sleep in at night is not helping you sleep any better. The chemicals in clothing are as harmful as the ones found in paint, carpets, and non-eco-friendly furniture! That’s why organic cotton is a better choice (www.healthguidance.org).

Sleeping in organic clothing is not only good for the earth, but it is also good for your skin. Clothing made from organic fibers like eco-friendly cotton lacks the pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers used when growing cotton otherwise.

Unlike synthetic fibers or wool that can contain dyes, resins, or formaldehyde, organic fibers are less likely to cause allergic reactions. My favorite organic sleepwear is found on the Green Nest website. Click here to find out how you can sleep easier in organic sleepwear now!

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Nourish This Life-Beauty Of Loving Self | BioGirl Health Show #071 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/nourish-life-beauty-loving-self-biogirl-health-show-071/ Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:12:31 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2848 Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […]

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out.

In this episode of the BioGirl Health Show, your host Carol interviews special guest Amber Romaniuk, founder of Nourish This Life, Calgary, Alberta, and an R.H.N. Holistic Nutritionist graduate from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, about having a more loving relationship with your food and yourself.

Why You Can’t Judge a Person by Their Cover Story

The episode kicks off with Amber telling part of her story, starting with a childhood incident that shaped the adult she would grow into, and how it affected the ups and downs in her life. During the podcast she also talks about the answers to these and other questions:

  • How do non-human relationships affect our everyday lives?
  • Why do people have trouble talking about things like addiction?
  • What are some benefits from sharing my story with others?
  • and much more!

Then Carol segues into a personal experience that demonstrates why you can’t judge people by their physical appearance or how they act. She also shares some of the things some people go through when they’re alone, based on this one specific example.

How to Nourish Your Life with Amber Approved Methods

Next the discussion turns Amber’s book, Amber Approved. She shares some simple, healthy recipes that inspired her to write her own cookbook and describes her path from taking it from an idea to being publishing.

The episode wraps up with some advice from Amber about how to open up whole new worlds from whatever it is that’s holding you back from enjoying life to its fullest. And as always, Carol closes out the edition with a Pearl of Wisdom to encourage listeners.

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If you’re interested in learning more about the topics or products discussed in this podcast, then please follow these links:

Twitter: @AmberApproved
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmberApproved
Amber Approved Website: www.amberapproved.ca
Nourish This Life Website: www.nourishthislife.ca

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Baby Safe Sleeping – Choosing an Organic Baby Crib Mattress http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/organic-baby-crib-mattress/ Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:31:32 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2840 Creating an eco-friendly home can be all encompassing, especially when you find out that you are having a baby. A baby brings with it a lot of responsibility, including keeping them safe from chemicals and toxins that are harmful to their health, as well as to the environment. Finding the right products for your new […]

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Baby Safe Sleeping – Choosing an Organic Baby Crib MattressCreating an eco-friendly home can be all encompassing, especially when you find out that you are having a baby. A baby brings with it a lot of responsibility, including keeping them safe from chemicals and toxins that are harmful to their health, as well as to the environment.

Finding the right products for your new little one, from the organic baby crib mattress to the best baby care products, is very important. That is why you want to be sure that you take the time to learn more about what is available to find the environmentally and baby friendly things that you are looking for.

Where do you need to start in your search?

Doing Your Research

When you are trying to determine what type of baby crib mattress that you want to purchase, you want to consider a couple of different things. One is the material(s) that are used. Mattresses are not all the same and are not made of the same materials. You can choose from innerspring and foam core crib mattresses for babies. The key is to find the ones that are made in the most eco-friendly manner and with the safest of materials. Research on the Internet to find the materials that you are most comfortable with and that you want your baby to sleep on.

At GreenNest.com, you will find all different sorts of eco-friendly products, from organic baby crib mattresses to baby bottles to other organic baby products that will allow you to offer your baby the safest of products. A baby is very precious, so you want to be sure that everything that your baby lays on, wears, and puts in their mouth is as safe and healthy as possible.

Think About Your Needs

When you have a baby, you may not know what type of allergies they have or if they are going to develop any at all. That is why it is so important to think about this when you are getting their room ready, as well as buying things that you are going to use to take care of them.

Why choose a crib mattress organic selection? Studies have found that exposure to a toxic chemical can cause a sensitivity. MultipleChemicalSensitivity.org says that “often a single gross exposure or repeated exposures to one toxin which thereafter produces a true allergic reaction on repeated exposure to the same toxin. This is a true allergy otherwise known as “sensitization”.” That is why you want to be careful in exposing your new little one to as few chemicals as possible.

Regular baby mattresses may contain toxic materials that can lead to a plethora of health problems. One study says, “The results of the study demonstrated that some crib mattresses emitted mixtures of chemicals capable of causing respiratory-tract irritation and generating combinations of SI [sensory irritation], PI [pulmonary irritation] and AFL [airflow limitation]… chemicals… involved in the manufacture of the mattress and cover… have toxic properties… to lung, liver, and brain… respiratory tract irritants… carcinogenic and neurotoxic…” . An organic crib mattress can ensure that your baby does not come into contact with these chemicals.

Statistics have found that babies spend anywhere from 50 to 70% of their time on their mattress. This means that they are exposed to and are breathing in whatever materials are in the mattress for a majority of their day. When you think about this, it is clear to see how important the crib mattress that you choose can be. By choosing an organic mattress for baby, you can cut out their long-term exposure to chemicals and toxins, at least from their very first sleeping surface.

The Choices

Just as with baby crib mattresses, an organic baby mattress comes in a couple of different types. The innerspring and the foam core are the two that are offered on GreenNest.com. What are the pros and cons of each one?

  • Natural Rubber Crib Mattress – The Natural Rubber organic mattress for baby features an all-natural rubber core that is surrounded by quilted layers of wool and covered in organic cotton. These materials are environmentally friendly and all-natural to help prevent exposure to any man made chemicals or toxins. The materials are also naturally resistant to moisture and are naturally hypo-allergenic and antibacterial.
  • Innerspring Crib Mattress – Traditional Bonnell style coils are covered with quilted layers of organic cotton and wool. These natural materials are tufted to give the baby a firm organic mattress for baby. In addition, coils are not treated with chemicals or oils, which ensure that it is an all-natural sleeping surface for your baby that will not expose them to harmful toxins or chemicals that may cause issues later in their life.

The pros are the all-natural, environmentally friendly materials that are used in the construction of the organic crib mattresses. Other materials that are found in typical mattresses are manmade materials that are full of toxins and chemicals. That is why you want to choose a crib mattress that is made of natural materials that come from the earth, rather than those that take chemicals to create. GreenNest.com offers you a product you can trust.

No amount of money is too much to spend on keeping your child healthy, but you will see a noticeable difference in the price when you compare the eco-friendly mattress with the typical baby mattresses that you find at your local baby store. An organic mattress will cost you $400 to $500, but when you consider the amount of time that your baby will spend on that mattress, it is well worth it in the additional health benefits.

Buying a Mattress

Ordering online is the easiest way to get your organic baby crib mattress. GreenNest.com has great customer service, as evidenced by the many great reviews. That is something that is truly hard to find in the Internet world, so when you find a site that cares about their customers, it is one that you will want to stick with and order from again. Here are a few reviews from the GreenNest.com site:

  • Bill C. says, “”Thank you very much for your prompt help with this-your customer service has gone a long way in making me permanent customer-thanks again.”
  • John S. says, “WHAT OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE. SO FAST!”

As you can see, they are serious about their customer service.

Home delivery makes getting your mattress easy. You don’t have to worry about whether it will fit into your car or automobile. You just wait on it to be delivered, take it into your home, and put it in the crib. It could not be easier or simpler. Unopened mattresses can be returned to the company, but there will be a 25% restocking fee. If it is damaged or defective, notify their customer service department and they will gladly help you to get another mattress on the way and help you in the return process.

Keeping Your Baby Safe

Your goal is to keep your baby as safe as possible, and, hopefully, help keep them from having chemical sensitivities later in their life. This means that you want to start them off on the healthiest sleeping surface possible. An organic baby crib mattress can give you that peace of mind that you are doing everything possible to give your baby a safe and all-natural sleeping surface. If you are expecting a baby, go to GreenNest.com today and place your order. You will sleep better and so will they.

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RoxoWellness-Beauty Of Strength Training | BioGirl Health Show #070 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/roxowellness-beauty-of-strength-training/ Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:27:33 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2797 Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […]

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out.

In this episode of the BioGirl Health Show, your host Carol interviews special guest Dr. Samantha Graber, founder of ROXO Wellness in Gulf Breeze, Florida about the beauty of strength training.

How Dr. Sam’s Program Benefits Women Over Forty

After a review of Dr. Sam’s credentials and areas of expertise, the discussion kicks off with a chat about strength training for women over forty. Dr. Sam shares the program she uses in her office, which is also in use across the country. During the podcast she also talks about the following:

  • what the Surgeon General system says about strength training
  • how strength training can help prevent effects of osteoporosis
  • what sets Dr. Sam’s program apart from ones like CrossFit
  • and much more!

Then Dr. Sam goes on to describe the different exercises that are used in her program. She defines examples of how these exercises build muscle and strengthen bones in regards to specific areas of the body.

Why Choose an Adaptable Program for Strength Training

Next the discussion turns to biomechanics of Dr. Sam’s program. She also illustrates ways how the program adapts to meet the needs of your body, versus throwing you into a sink-or-swim environment at a gym.

The episode wraps up with a talk about why humans need protein and how it affects strength training. Dr. Sam also shares a tagline that can help you stay focused as you make day-to-day decisions that potentially affect your health.

Listen now to the entire episode and if you know someone else who could benefit from hearing it, then please share it with them!

If you’re interested in learning more about the products discussed in this podcast, then please follow these links:

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep y... Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […] Carol Newman 20:07
How to Choose Green Home Furniture http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/green-home-furniture/ Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:46:12 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2824 What images are conjured up when you hear the phrase “eco-friendly furniture? “ Angular wood furniture? Couch cushions lovingly and magically crafted from newspapers?  Or maybe when you think of green home furniture, you imagine modern looking rubber furniture that almost looks like it’s from the future! The truth is, there are a lot of […]

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Green Home FurnitureWhat images are conjured up when you hear the phrase “eco-friendly furniture? “ Angular wood furniture? Couch cushions lovingly and magically crafted from newspapers?  Or maybe when you think of green home furniture, you imagine modern looking rubber furniture that almost looks like it’s from the future!

The truth is, there are a lot of different types of furniture that you can choose for your home that is green, sustainable, and eco-friendly.

Eco-friendly furniture is furniture and home goods which promote sustainability.  Green home furniture isn’t just limited to organic upholstery or pieces crafted from wood, bamboo, metal and glass – though those are great options.  It also includes reused furniture like vintage pieces and antiques.

Finding eco-friendly furniture isn’t always as cut and dry as checking for the “100% eco-friendly” stamp.  But there are key indicators that will help you to know when you’re found sustainable furniture pieces.

Natural, Sustainable Materials

  • Wood.  Recycled wood pulled from previous project, construction sites and landfills is a good place to start.  When it comes to new wood you want to make sure you’re not contributing to deforestation.  Yes the wood has to come from somewhere, but the goal is to ensure that the ecosystem from which your wood originates hasn’t been permanently disrupted or destroyed altogether and to ensure that the workers, some of them half a world away, responsible for harvesting the wood haven’t been exploited. The Forest Stewardship Council assumes the responsibility of identifying wood that has been sustainably managed.  You can feel confident that wood marked with FSC’s logo is eco-friendly wood.
  • Bamboo.  Bamboo is a strong, fast-growing grass that lends itself nicely to furniture design.  It’s generally grown with little or no pesticides and the rate at which bamboo grow helps to ensure that it is sustainable.
  • Glass.  Glass is a fantastic choice for sustainable furniture.  Of course, millions of tabletops the world over are made from glass.  Glass is a strong, stable material.  It can be recycled without destroying its form and characteristics.  As well, glass can be recut and reshaped for reuse.

Eco Friendly Finishing Touches

  • Upholstery.  You can make sure your covered or filled furniture is eco-friendly by looking for natural, organic fabrics.  Go for organic cotton because they are durable and have not been treated with chemicals that could be toxic to your system.  Aim for natural latex foam to fill cushions.
  • Finishes. Make sure that any stains and finishes used to treat your furniture is free of any toxins.  That means your wood stains and paints should not contain formaldehyde and PBDEs.  As tempting as it is to ignore this one, steer clear of stain-resistant fabrics, which often contain Teflon.  Teflon is convenient, but it contains chemicals that are dangerous to humans. According to TreeHugger.com, the chemicals present in Teflon have “been linked to cancer and birth defects in animals and is in the blood of 95 percent of Americans, including pregnant women.”

Where to Start

If you’re excited to start adding eco-friendly furniture to your home, don’t start by throwing away all of your current furniture and going out to buy all new items. That’s not “green” at all! Instead, replace furniture as needed with sustainable options.

You’ll want to consider focusing particularly on those items that your family members are in contact with most often.  For example, we spend a third of our lives sleeping, so it makes sense to have a bed that is as non-toxic as possible. This is especially true for small children and babies, which is why an organic crib mattress is always a wise purchase.

Green home furniture is growing in popularity because of its sustainability and because there are some savvy and artistic furniture designers out there who have perfected a million imaginative things to do with environmentally safe resources like wood, bamboo and cotton, wool.

These days, you can pick up eco-friendly furniture from the catalogs of rising stars in the home décor space, or you can take a trip to your local mall and check out Pottery barn’s latest.  Whatever your choice, trust that eco-friendly furniture provides an excellent alternative to traditional furniture.

 

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The Beauty Of HAES | BioGirl Health Show #069 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/beauty-haes-biogirl-health-show-069/ Mon, 07 Jul 2014 09:31:16 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2830 Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […]

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out.

In this episode of the BioGirl Health Show, roles are reversed as Carol plays host to guest Kimberly Henrie talk as they discuss the HAES movement. While Kimberly doesn’t claim ownership of the concept, she does deeply identify with it.

What Is HAES and How You Can Add It to Your Life

The episode kicks off with a discussion about what HAES means. This is a concept that Kimberly highly recommends to anyone she meets who wants to be more healthy and fit. During the podcast you’ll hear answers to the following questions:

  • Who first developed the concept of HAES?
  • Where can I learn more information about HAES?
  • What are some risks of being overweight or obese?
  • and much more!

Then Kimberly shares a story about a personal experience she had on a social network that revealed some surprising statistics that explore relationships between obesity, overall well-being, and attending church.

How Body Image Affects the Health of Humans

Next the discussion turns to body image, including some things that guests of past episodes of the BioGirl Health Show have shared. Kimberly goes on to share some of the misconceptions about weight and human health.

The episode wraps up with Kimberly sharing some encouraging words as well as some suggestions for where you can learn more about the HAES movement.

Listen now to the entire episode and if you know someone else who could benefit from hearing it, then please share it with them!

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep y... Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […] Carol Newman 16:13
Choosing Eco Friendly Beds – Sleep Safer With Acacia Eastern King Bed http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/eco-friendly-beds/ Thu, 03 Jul 2014 07:00:21 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2807 We spend an average of six to eight hours per day sleeping. This means that for 25-30% of the day we are lying in our bed. If sleeping on a mattress that is not made of organic materials, our bodies are exposed to harmful toxins through close contact with the mattress. If you do the […]

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Eco Friendly BedsWe spend an average of six to eight hours per day sleeping. This means that for 25-30% of the day we are lying in our bed.

If sleeping on a mattress that is not made of organic materials, our bodies are exposed to harmful toxins through close contact with the mattress.

If you do the math, it is quite shocking to think that we spend 2,190 to 2,920 hours per year exposing our bodies to toxins by sleeping on a non-organic mattress. Eco friendly beds are the healthier option for you and your family.

It is scary to think about the types of toxins we are being exposed to with a non-organic mattress. According to www.HealthyChild.com “Most mattresses contain petroleum based chemicals, toxic foams, synthetic fabrics, and are treated with chemical fire retardants. These chemicals can create toxic off-gassing that can expose your family to dangerous levels of chemicals while they sleep.”

The average person would not intentionally expose themselves to these harmful chemicals. The problem is that most people do not know their mattresses contain such harmful toxins so continue to expose themselves for hours each day while they sleep. Luckily there are safer alternatives when purchasing a bed.

Why Buy an Organic Mattress?

Buying an organic mattress is the only way to know that you are safe from exposure to toxic materials and gasses while you sleep. The Acacia Eastern King Bed is an environmentally friendly choice for those choosing a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. It is made of organic cotton and organic wool to ensure a safe, toxin free sleep.

Organic cotton is used in the Acacia Eastern King Bed and grown in fields free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Non-organic cotton is the most chemically treated crop in the world. This causes pollution that harms the environment and the workers harvesting the crops. Buying a product made of organic cotton is a better choice for you, the environment, and the farmers.

Organic wool is also a natural material used in this company’s eco friendly beds. Organic wool does not have any harmful dyes or chemical treatments which is safer for you and the environment. The wool used is harvested from sheep raised traditionally on land where pesticides are forbidden and guardian dogs are still used to herd the sheep. It is a sustainable, natural fiber that is toxin free.

Purchasing Eco Friendly Beds

The Acacia Eastern King Bed is a natural choice for the environmentally conscious consumer. The wood bed frames are made from sustainably grown Alder from the United States. The beautiful wood legs of the bed are made from reclaimed wood. The wood frame is constructed with steel screws and non-toxic glue.

The mattress itself is made of layers of wool and natural laytex padding. All of the laytex used is sustainably harvested and guaranteed to be petroleum free. Since the average person loses approximately a pint of moisture while sleeping at night, wool naturally absorbs the moisture while you sleep. This helps to create a more comfortable sleeping environment. The Acacia Eastern King Bed is:

  • Toxin free
  • Chemical free
  • Safer for the environment
  • Safer for you and your family

Sustainable Materials

Because we all love to coordinate the eco friendly furniture in our homes to ensure a sense of comfort and connection, the Acacia Eastern King Bed can be customized with a variety of fabrics and color choices. All of the fabrics used are either organic or made without chemical treatments to the base fabric. Any dyes used are natural vegetable dyes or low impact dyes. The dyes used create some lovely colors and natural tones to fit right into your eco-friendly home. Some of the fabric choices you have are

  • Organic Cotton
  • Wool
  • Linen
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo blends
  • Recycled Cotton blends

Eco Friendly BedsSince we spend so many hours per day sleeping on our mattresses, it is easy to see that purchasing an Acacia Eastern King Bed is the only way to rest easier at night knowing you are not being exposed to harmful toxins. Visit the Green Nest website today to make the environmentally responsible choice to purchase a new organic bed so you can sleep safer.

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How To Detox Naturally With Chlorella | BioGirl Health Show #068 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/07/how-to-detox-naturally-with-chlorella/ Thu, 03 Jul 2014 00:20:26 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2793 Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […]

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out.

In this episode of the BioGirl Health Show, Carol and host Kimberly Henrie talk about natural solutions for detoxing, including chlorella, a genus of single-cell freshwater algae. Many people in North America use chlorella as a health supplement.

The Benefits of a Chlorella Detox

The episode kicks off with a discussion about heavy metals in the human body. Carol shares statistics about this subject, from the level found in infants to how the environment and society are contributing to the problem. She also talks about:

  • the benefits of the molecular structure of chlorella
  • effects of heavy metals and other toxins on the body
  • ways that you can add chlorella to our daily meals
  • and much more!

Next Carol talks about some of the benefits chlorella has to human health besides detoxing. She shares a wide array of things that we do on a daily basis that can be improved by using chlorella.

Sources Where You Can Get Chlorella

Then the discussion turns to where you can find chlorella. It’s not always easy to locate reputable products like chlorella, even with local retailers. Carl shares the the trusted source* she uses, and encourages others to check them out as well.

The episode wraps up with Carol sharing a few other options that you can use to help your body detox unnecessary heavy metals before they can have a toxic effect on your health. She also shares a word of caution regarding the type and dosage of chlorella to start with to ensure that you don’t have a sensitivity to the algae.

Listen now to the entire episode and if you know someone else who could benefit from hearing it, then please share it with them!

*If you’re interested in learning more about the products discussed in this podcast, then please follow this link: www.livehealthyfood.com

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Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep y... Carol Newman is the driving force behind www.biogirlhealth.com, a website designed to help you get the most out of life while getting the energy and vitality needed to enjoy all life has to offer. Each week the BioGirl Health Show teaches how to keep your body healthy inside and out. In this episode of the […] Carol Newman 16:46
How to Reduce Trash in Your Home http://www.biogirlhealth.com/2014/06/reduce-trash-home/ Sat, 28 Jun 2014 07:14:50 +0000 http://www.biogirlhealth.com/?p=2804 Paper towels, coffee filters, plastic water bottles… when you stop to think about it there are a lot of items in the average person’s routine that simply get thrown away after one use. This seems to be especially true for those who are often on the go. If you want to lower your carbon footprint, […]

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Reduce TrashPaper towels, coffee filters, plastic water bottles… when you stop to think about it there are a lot of items in the average person’s routine that simply get thrown away after one use. This seems to be especially true for those who are often on the go. If you want to lower your carbon footprint, one way to do so is to reduce trash output in your home.

Most families use several disposable items each day. These throw-away items might be convenient, but the sad truth is that they end up in landfills and cause us to literally “throw our money away.” Did you know that over half of the trash we generate ends up in landfills? This alarming fact is due to both the way that producers make goods and the way we as consumers use (and dispose of) them.

So, instead of adding even more waste to our already at-capacity landfills, try to use fewer disposable products. Save your hard earned cash and reduce the waste in your household by ditching these common disposable products in favour of more earth- and budget-friendly options.

Reusable Kitchen Items

The kitchen is one place I find myself throwing away way too much! Between cooking, cleaning, and food packaging, it’s hard not to. There are a few ways to reduce trash in your kitchen, fortunately:

  • Paper Towels. According to HowStuffWorks.com, 3000 tons of paper towels are added to landfills each and every day. Insanity! Instead, do your cleaning with old rags or cleaning cloths. Old newspapers are also really effective for cleaning windows.
  • Plastic sandwich and food storage bags. These just end up being thrown away – instead, tote your sandwich in an eco-friendly reusable bag or any other kind of food storage container. Freezer bags are no exception. You can easily freeze food in plastic or glass storage containers as well.
  • Paper plates and plastic utensils. Paper plates and other disposable dishes often make their appearance at barbecues and parties when the convenience of less cleanup is hard to resist. Unfortunately, the waste factor is hard to ignore! Invest instead in easy-to-clean dishes for your barbecues and picnics. You can even consider encouraging guests to briefly rinse off their dishes before placing by the sink for later cleanup.

If you commute to work each day, consider packing your own lunch using reuseable containers. The issues with fast food could fill another blog post, but the environmental impact of the packaging alone is reason enough to make the switch.

Replacing Disposable Baby Items

Babies (and kids in general) seem to generate a lot of garbage, too. I’ve learned it doesn’t have to be that way. By tackling the main culprits, you can significantly lower your children’s ecological footprint from the very beginning.

  • Diapers. Most families spend around $3000 per child on disposable diapers. Considering the average cloth diaper stash runs about $500 dollars (and can be reused for more than one child!) the savings are remarkable and incredibly beneficial for the environment. Cloth diapering is also healthier for babies, since they are then not exposed to the chemicals found in most disposables.
  • Baby wipes. On the same note, disposable baby wipes can be replaced with more eco-friendly cloth counterparts. You can use wash cloths, cut up receiving blankets or repurposed flat diapers. Use your fabric wipes with a gentle soap and water solution. Wash them right along with your cloth diapers.

Ditching Disposables – Not As Hard As It Seems!

If this seems like a huge change that’s going to be difficult for your family to implement, don’t fret! Remember, even small steps toward a lessened environmental impact are better than nothing! Just take it one step at a time: try replacing one disposable item that you and your family use regularly. As you get the hang of things, you can add more without it being such a huge change.

Yes, eliminating these disposable items in your home will certainly add to your laundry and dish washing load. By doing so, however, you’re sure to reduce trash, and the cost benefit and environmental impact is absolutely worth it.

 

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