Wow, why being careful about what we bring into our homes is so important! –
Reports of chemical exposures are on the rise, but even in a normal year, household cleaning products pose a health hazard to kids.”Any of the currently available products can be hazardous to children,” Johnson-Arbor said. “Disinfectants generally have similar compositions. They’re generally made up of bleaches, ammonium compounds, alcohols, abrasive agents — all of those things are potentially toxic.
“All-natural cleaning products can pose a risk, too, Johnson-Arbor noted.” Natural cleaning products may not contain the quote-unquote ‘harsh chemicals’ that are present in the traditional products, but they might contain other things,” she said.
“Sometimes natural cleaning products will contain essential oils, for example, and essential oils can be very irritating to the skin, to the eyes and to the gastrointestinal tract.”
Cleaning substances were the No. 2 cause of poisoning for children under the age of 6, accounting for 10.7% of all reported exposures in 2018, according to data from the annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System.
Topping the 2018 list for pediatric exposure were cosmetics and personal care products, which accounted for 12.1% of cases. In the No. 3 spot were analgesics, pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin.
Source: Reported disinfectant poisonings in children on the rise – CNN
Great advice, and some much-needed (as always!) common sense –
No supplement, diet, or lifestyle modification — aside from social distancing and practicing proper hygiene — can protect you from developing COVID-19.
The strategies outlined below may boost your immune health, but they don’t protect specifically against COVID-19.
If you want to boost your immune health, you may wonder how to help your body fight off illnesses.
While bolstering your immunity is easier said than done, several dietary and lifestyle changes may strengthen your body’s natural defenses and help you fight harmful pathogens, or disease-causing organisms.Here are 9 tips to strengthen your immunity naturally.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep and immunity are closely tied.In fact, inadequate or poor quality sleep is linked to a higher susceptibility to sickness.In a study in 164 healthy adults, those who slept fewer than 6 hours each night were more likely to catch a cold than those who slept 6 hours or more each night.
Getting adequate rest may strengthen your natural immunity. Also, you may sleep more when sick to allow your immune system to better fight the illness.
Source: 9 Ways to Boost Your Body’s Natural Defenses – EcoWatch
A very helpful list! –
Animal products like beef, fish, dairy, and eggs contain enough of every one of these essential amino acids. Thus, they’re considered complete proteins.
However, many plant sources of protein are too low in or missing one or more of these essential amino acids. They’re considered incomplete protein sources.
Still, given that plant foods contain varying amounts of amino acids, you can manage to get enough of each essential amino acid throughout the day by eating a varied diet and combining complementary plant proteins.
For example, grains like rice are too low in lysine to be considered a complete source of protein. Yet, by also eating lentils or beans, which are higher in lysine, throughout the day, you can be sure to obtain all nine essential amino acids.
Nevertheless, some people like knowing they’re getting complete proteins in a particular meal.
Fortunately for vegans and vegetarians, several plant-based foods and combos contain adequate amounts of all nine essential amino acids.
Here are 13 nearly complete protein sources for vegetarians and vegans.
Quinoa is an ancient grain that looks similar to couscous but has a crunchy texture and nutty flavor. As it doesn’t grow from grasses like other cereals and grains, it’s technically considered a pseudocereal and naturally gluten-free.
One cup (185 grams) of cooked quinoa provides approximately 8 grams of protein.In addition to being a complete protein, quinoa provides more magnesium, iron, fiber, and zinc than many common grains.
Source: 13 Nearly Complete Protein Sources for Vegetarians and Vegans – EcoWatch
Where our chemicals end up –
FISH A STRIPED bass out of North Carolina’s Cape Fear River, and it’s likely you’ve just hoisted up a swimming vessel for PFAS, a family of long-lasting chemicals found in many consumer products and fire-fighting foams.
Of the fish tested for the chemical in a study recently published in the journal Environment International, all had elevated levels of PFAS. Compared to previous studies in 2015 and 2001, the North Carolina stripers have the highest rates of PFAS documented in North American fish.
A number of environmental issues have made restoring the Cape Fear River’s striped bass population a challenge. Though the river is regularly refilled with fish hatched offsite, scientists are beginning to suspect that PFAS is impeding sustainable reproduction, impacting the quality of the fish’s eggs.
Statewide, North Carolina has some of the most PFAS-contaminated water in the country, thanks to its abundant chemical manufacturing facilities and military bases. Tap water samples regularly show that many of the state’s residents are drinking water that exceeds the EPA’s recommended limit for PFAS.
Once the drinking water problem was identified, “people kept asking: What about fish?” says Scott Belcher, an environmental toxicologist at North Carolina State University and a corresponding author on the study of PFAS in striped bass.
Because PFAS is so ubiquitous in striped bass and found in river sediment, Belcher and his colleagues suspect that other aquatic organism also have the chemicals in their bodies.
Source: Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ flow freely through Cape Fear River—and now its fish
More reasons to love green tea! –
1. Green Tea Contains Healthy Bioactive Compounds
Green tea is more than just a hydrating beverage. The green tea plant contains a range of healthy compounds that make it into the final drink.
Tea is rich in polyphenols, which are natural compounds that have health benefits, such as reducing inflammation and helping to fight cancer.
Green tea contains a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). Catechins are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage and provide other benefits.
These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals play a role in aging and many types of diseases.
EGCG is one of the most powerful compounds in green tea. Research has tested its ability to help treat various diseases. It appears to be one of the main compounds that gives green tea its medicinal properties.
2. Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function
Green tea does more than just keep you alert, it might also help boost brain function.
The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known stimulant. It doesn’t contain as much as coffee, but enough to produce a response without causing the “jittery” effects associated with taking in too much caffeine.
Caffeine affects the brain by blocking an inhibitory neurotransmitter called adenosine. This way, it actually increases the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.
Research has consistently shown that caffeine can improve various aspects of brain function, including mood, vigilance, reaction time, and memory.However, caffeine isn’t the only brain-boosting compound in green tea. It also contains amino acid L-theanine, which is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.
Source: 10 Evidence-Based Benefits of Green Tea – EcoWatch
More reason to stock up on that fruit! –
A follow-up to a University of Alberta study done in 2016 confirms that pregnant women who eat more fruit during pregnancy may be giving their babies’ cognitive development a boost.
“Our research followed up on results from the original CHILD Cohort Study, which found that fruit consumption in pregnant mothers influences infant measures of cognition up to one year after birth,” said U of A post-doctoral researcher in psychology Claire Scavuzzo, the co-lead author of the study.
“Although the findings from the (original) study were exciting, they could not establish that fruit consumption, rather than other factors, caused the improvements on infant cognition.”To determine whether fruit was truly the factor influencing infant cognition, the scientists aimed to replicate the findings from the original study.
Source: Eating fruit during pregnancy boosts babies’ brain development, new study confirms