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Is your mouthwash undermining your gut health?

Our oral cavity is a gateway to our gut microbiome.

 

As I meditated on the fossil fuels in our self-care routines during June's Beauty Detox theme, I spent more time than I expected on mouthwash. Upon further investigation, I realized that our oral healthcare can undermine our gut health!

Aware that triclosan in toothpaste has antibacterial effects (and that we should avoid unnecessary antibacterial products), I had never thought much about mouthwash. I...

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Please do this one thing!

Last night, I recorded a podcast with a superhero you should know: Dr Devra Davis. She has an impressive career as an epidemiologist, author, academic, and pioneer in public and environmental health. For example, President Bill Clinton appointed her to the newly established Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (1949-99); she has counseled leading officials in the US United Nations, European Environment Agency, Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, and World...

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PCOS: Can banishing endocrine disruptors help PCOS symptoms?

I had never heard of PCOS until I was invited to be a guest on The PCOS Revolution Podcast with Farrar Duro, DOM. I Googled "PCOS" and learned that it stands for polycystic ovary syndrome, a common endocrine disorder in women that can affect their fertility.

Since our exposures to endocrine disruptors are chronic and overlooked, I welcomed this opportunity to examine whether reducing our toxic exposures from what we buy and do can help those who live with PCOS and for...

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Insights on eating for gut health by a vegetarian cardiologist

diet gut health Jul 17, 2019

A few years ago, I was searching for a physician who was informed about how nutrition can affect our health. This was surprisingly hard to find. Then a friend recommended her physician, Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, MD, who has also been distinguished by New York magazine as one of the best doctors in New York and by Castle Connolly as one of America's best doctors.

Knowing how confused most people are about how to eat, I sat down with Dr. Yaghoobzadeh to ask him about how he eats and why....

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Home Detox Tips for Self-Care

home detox self-care Jul 09, 2019

Well and Good recently visited my home for its YouTube series Self-Care Nation. As a full-time social entrepreneur with three young kids, my self-care over the past decade has been focused on creating a healthy home.

You can check out my most important home detox tips by watching the video below. If you want to support it, then please click on the thumbs up button and share with a friend.

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Pink Salt: What You Should Know

diet gut health immunity salt Jul 09, 2019

Going into the heart of the mines (Mandra, Pakistan)

 

In our diets, salt can offer us minerals, taste, and help make nutrients more bioavailable. As salt lamps in our space, they are reported to detox air and contribute to relaxation. 

Since my podcast recording with Sandor Katz, author of the bestselling books The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation, I have become fascinated with salt. Sandor recommended using salt of all colors—grey, pink, black,...

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Are Probiotics Worth the Money? Sandor Katz, fermentation guru, comments

Updated July 9, 2019

 

Culturally raised to view bacteria as threatening, in recent years I've been learning about their invaluable benefits: They seem like the best way to nurture our gut health. And eating fermented foods is an easy way to nurture the healthy bacteria in your gut.

There's no better person to learn more about fermented foods than Sandor Katz, author of New York Times bestselling books on the topic. Below are some notes from my podcast recording with...

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Natural Beauty and Self-Care Tips by Clémence von Mueffling, Third Generation Beauty Editor

beauty skin teeth Jun 26, 2019

Clémence von Mueffling. Photo by Pamela Berkovic

 

Men: These natural beauty and self-care tips apply to you as well!

I was so excited to learn the natural beauty and self-care tips that Clémence von Mueffling would reveal. Not only is Clémence a beauty expert, but her mother and grandmother were beauty editors at French Vogue. What natural beauty secrets does Clémence wish more people—men and women—knew? Read on to...

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Clean Beauty Q&A with Danielle Wu, CEO/Founder of More Sunday

beauty skin sleep teeth Jun 19, 2019

Models in the image above are wearing More Sunday pajamas.

Danielle Wu is founder and CEO of More Sunday, which offers eco-friendly pajamas that are beautiful enough to wear outside your home! Made of 100% Real Silk, the pajamas' fabric is free of toxic chemicals that are often found on clothing textiles.

In fact, More Sunday pajamas are made of silk that is OEKO-TEX 100 certified; meaning, they have been tested by a third-party to ensure More Sunday is not...

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Clean Beauty Q&A with Agnieszka Wilson, humanitarian and founder of Urban Witches

I met Agnieszka Wilson this spring when we were fellow panel speakers for the Kota Alliance, an organization that elevates collaboration across borders for women-centered nonprofits, NGOs, social enterprises and entrepreneurs, businesses and startups that share the goal of improving gender equality and supporting women.

After our panel event, Aga gave me a selection of products from her newly launched line of lotions, serums, balms, and more.

I have...

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