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News flash: the average adult uses about nine personal care products a day, most of them laden with harmful chemicals known to cause serious health problems. And of the more than 10,500 industrial chemicals hidden in everything from shampoo and deodorant to perfume and cosmetics, about 89 percent have not been evaluated for safety.i Now for the good news: there’s an app for that.
Think Dirty® is a free mobile app for your iPhone® that lets you scan any product in your bathroom vanity or cosmetic case (or at the store, before you add it to your basket) to find out just how “clean” or “dirty” it really is. Just snap a pic of the bar code and the app provides an easy-to-understand readout of the ingredients it contains and their potential health impacts using a rating scale of zero to 10 (zero being the least toxic and 10 indicating a serious threat to your health).
The Think Dirty database includes more than 105,000 products and uses information from international government warning lists, clinical studies, and data provided by non-profit health and science agencies—but what happens if you find a rogue mascara or lotion that’s not on the list? Simply snap a photo and send them some information about the product, and the folks at Think Dirty will investigate and add your product to the list.
Using the app, you can also keep track of the good guys and the bad guys by creating and saving your own “safe” shopping list. How cool is that? Download the app today!
i Watson, B. , Smith, L. (2008). The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps. New York, NY. Free Press, A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Beach weather is calling—now is the time to slim down and shape up for summer. The good news is you don’t need to rely on harmful fad diets or deprive yourself of your favorite foods just to shed those few extra pounds. Here are three simple and healthful ways to slim down and achieve a healthy body weight in time for summer.
- Jumpstart Weight Loss with Cleansing‡: Your body is exposed to harmful toxins every day, and those toxins love to hang out in fat cells—which means the more fat cells you have, the more toxins your body will retain. As you lose weight, those toxins are drawn out and released into the bloodstream where they can impede your weight loss efforts by slowing down metabolism and making it harder to burn fat. ReNew Life offers a full selection of natural herbal cleanses and weight loss support formulas designed to help eliminate toxins and waste, promote the use of stored fat for energy, and increase lean body mass.‡
- Curb Cravings with Fiber‡: We know from Brenda Watson’s The Fiber35 Diet that fiber has unique appetite-suppressing properties; it expands in the stomach, taking up more space, which helps you feel full.‡ It also slows the digestive process to help you stay satisfied longer after eating and triggers the release of a hormone called cholecystokinin, which tells the brain the stomach is full.‡ And just recently, experts at the Imperial College London discovered that the body produces a certain chemical after eating fiber which alters the brain cells that control hunger, prompting us to eat less.‡ Aim for at least 35 grams of fiber daily from non-starchy veggies and low-sugar fruits, along with a natural fiber supplement to help curb appetite.‡
Lose the Excuses and Get Active: A healthy body weight and regular exercise go hand in hand. It’s just that simple. Fortunately, one of the best things about summer is that the warm weather and extra hours of sunlight offer endless possibilities for outdoor activity—which means if going to the gym has gotten a little stale, now is your chance to get out there and get active! Active muscles suck up extra blood sugar, break down fat and increase metabolism, so make it a point to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week. A mix of aerobic activity and resistance training is ideal, with some stretching and/or yoga included.