Book Club

We hope you will join us this month in reading:

The UnHealthy Truth 

By, Robyn O’Brien with Rachel Kranz

This book is packed full of valuable information.  This book will help us connect with our food as

we take baby steps in learning and implementing healthy eating habits.

We will explore:

*the hidden chemicals and additives in our food 

*why chemicals and additives are allowed in the US 

*the side effects to humanity and the environment

*how to identify these items 

 *what we can do to remedy this problem


Watch Robyn give a TED Talk on The UnHealthy Truth

Our book club starts September 9th

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Is Your Sunscreen Poisoning You?

Antioxidants are helpful in combating oxidative stress in the body.  We use AO and you can order it here.

It is that time of year when we head out to enjoy fun in the sun.  With the increasing amount of time we spend outside during the summer months it is a valid concern to question how much exposure is to much.  There has been a long standing debate on whether slathering sunscreen on our bodies is helpful or harmful to our health.  No matter where you stand in the debate it is good to know both sides and make an educated decision of what is best for you and your family.

One side of the debate states that sunscreen protects us from skin cancer, sun burns and the aging and wrinkling of our skin.  The other side of the debate states that there is no evidence of these claims and that the toxic ingredients in sunscreen is damaging to our bodies.  The fact is that we need adequate sun exposure to ensure our bodies are functioning optimally.

There is no need to fear the sun as it provides essential vitamin D which many of us are not getting enough of.  We can get the vitamin D our bodies need by exposing ourselves to 15 minutes of sun each day.  Vitamin D is not stored in our bodies we must replenish it consistently.  Working to avoid skin cancer could actually be setting yourself up for other health risks such as heart disease and multiple sclerosis.  There are many illness that are contributed to a lack of the sunshine vitamin in our diets.  If your not getting enough vitamin D each day supplement your diet.  You will find a great source of vitamin D here.

Sunscreen comes in many varieties and SPF’s.  Remember that any sunscreen over 30 offers negligible protection. What sunscreen does in a nut shell is put a “protective” block on the surface of the skin which sounds great and we do notice  our skin reddening however, the sun can penetrate the surface of the skin and cause damage to the underlying layers and trap free radicals on the surface of the skin.  Free radical have been proven to age and wrinkle the skin, take this into consideration.

Free radicals bombard us everyday from every direction and antioxidants are what neutralize free radicals and combat premature again. Personally, I never use sunscreen and I have never had a serve burn or adverse reaction to the sun.  I choose to take internal sunscreen in the form of antioxidants found in real food.  We at Our Wellness Revolution consume a multitude of antioxidants which can be found in beans, berries and fruits.  We also supplement our diets with AO which is the high quality food form antioxidant.

If you choose to use sunscreen know what chemicals make up the sunscreen you are putting on your body or make your own so you know exactly what your applying to your skin.  I heard a naturopath once say that we should never put anything on our skin which we cannot eat.  Be wise in that you rub on your skin as it is the biggest organ of the body and has the capacity to uptake beneficial and harmful substances in large quantities.  Here is a DYI recipe for sunscreen.  If you prefer to consume antioxidants order them here or contact us for more information.  It is important to be an informed consumer none of us want to poison ourselves, we want to protect ourselves and have a fun relaxing time this summer.

Natural Homemade Sunscreen Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (natural SPF 4)
  • 1/4 cup beeswax 
  • 2 Tablespoons Zinc Oxide (This is a non-nano version that won’t be absorbed into the skin. Be careful not to inhale the powder). This makes a natural SPF of 20+ or more can be added.)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter (natural SPF 4-5)
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference
  1. Combine ingredients except zinc oxide in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, add the zinc oxide, stir in well and pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (pint size) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Stir a few times as it cools to make sure zinc oxide is incorporated.
  6. Use as you would regular sunscreen. Best if used within six months.

Recipe from:

Proper Food Combining

Contrary to popular belief the human stomach is not equipped to effectively digest any and all possible food combinations that we introduce into it. Proper food combining speaks to the topic that there are enzymatic limitations in the digestive process. Proper food combining will aid in digestion, increase nutrient absorption and promote healthy elimination.

Food is the stuff our body is made up of. We ingest food substances which the body breaks down into usable components. These components are converted into the energy our body uses to fuel itself and maintain life. There are various stages of digestion such as mastication, chemical breakdown in the saliva, gastric juice/stomach breakdown, nutrient absorption and elimination. Each type of food has different enzymes that are required to break the substance down. Starches break down in an alkaline enzyme solution while proteins need an acid to break them down. When we combine these foods in a meal of steak, potatoes and a slice of bread we are introducing into the digestive process foods that are at opposite ends of the pH spectrum and eating them together hinders our digestion. proper food combining

Over eating is seen as eating beyond enzymatic capacity. Fresh fruits and vegetables have enough enzymes in them to break down that one food. The more we eat the more enzymes we need to produce to digest the food. A problem arises when we eat lots of processed, highly refined and denatured foods in our diet. These types of foods have no nutritional value and they do not have the enzymes needed for our bodies to process the food like substance. If we are not getting enough enzymes in the foods we consume then we need to take an enzyme supplement to aid our bodies in the process. The best option is to eat real food and eliminate processed foods. Whole foods are the only items that have natural enzymes in them to promote a healthy digestive track. Here is where we can get a food form enzyme supplement. proper food combining

Drinking with a meal will also hinder the digestive process as the liquid washes the enzymes away. Be sure to thoroughly chew every bite you eat. Try chewing each bite 30 times before swallowing. Consuming the best nutrition possible does not matter if we do not maintain proper digestion. Some would suggest that half of the food we eat is passed through the body undigested. Simple eating results in better digestion. Eating in peace and with out distraction helps in the digestion process. When we constantly eat on the go we are inhibiting the process of digestion, in turn limiting the absorption of vital nutrients and resulting in a weakened body system. When we are properly digesting our food we should be eliminating one to two times a day. Not going for days is not normal. If you are having trouble excreting waste increase your fiber intake by eating more green leafy vegetables. proper food combining

Proper Food Combining

Proper food combining sets the body up for optimal digestion and absorption of the foods we consume. Here are a few points to get you started: proper food combining

*Make fruits a meal. A meal of only fruits is a great way to begin the morning. Eat melons alone. proper food combining

*Protein should be consumed with green vegetables. Avoid eating more than one form of meat at each meal.

*Carbohydrates should be consumed as a separate meal. Completely avoid sugary carbs as they ferment in the gut.

*Avoid milk as is does not combine well with any food group. proper food combining

Those that follow the proper food combining recommendations will experience improved digestion and well being. This diet is far from what the average American eats on a daily basis. It will take time to convert the idea of what meals should look like by current standards, to meals that follow proper food combining recommendations. Making a few adjustments to your meal preparations will have a big impact on your overall health. proper food combining

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