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3 Mistakes We Make When Spring Cleaning

cleaning emf Mar 21, 2017

When cleaning our homes, few people realize how our cleaning approach affects indoor air quality and human health. Often, important considerations are overlooked.

A home that looks clean and smells nice can have poor indoor air quality. So, then, how is indoor air quality when we do deeper cleaning? Studies have found poor indoor air quality to be associated with allergies, asthma, migraines, and other environmentally-induced sicknesses.

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Dietary Supplements: Hottest Trends in 2017

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2017

Keywords: beauty supplements, dietary supplements, green tea extract, mushroom extract, collagen supplments

By Nutritional Supplements, also called dietary supplements, I'm thinking of pills, powders, and liquid supplements that offer your body vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and other resources (like collagen supplements) to boost your health, energy, beauty, and wellness. I don't consider supplements that will help you lose weight or be a quick fix for anything. Instead, I use the terms...

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Greens, Soy, BPA and Epigenetics?

diet Mar 21, 2017

BPA, commonly found in plastics, is a potent hormone disruptor that is increasingly linked to health effects like brain and behavior changes, cancer, and reproductive system damages (Click on Plastics to read more.).  Furthermore, the CDC estimates that right now BPA is in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans, with higher levels in teens than in adults, and higher levels in children than in teens.

"Bisphenol A can easily pass through the placenta, where absorption and distribution in...

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Finding The Healthiest Brands Of Greek Yogurt

diet Mar 21, 2017

cup of yogurtHigh in protein, and low in sugar and carbs, Greek yogurt has quickly become one of America's favorite health foods. But with antibiotics and GMOs so common in our milk supply, along with many companies' reputation of filling their products with additives, how can we be sure that our yogurt is healthy? The answer is to be choosy about the brands we buy, but with so many Greek yogurt options at the grocery store, deciding which are best for health can be overwhelming.

For help while you're...

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Find Out Why Digital Screens May Be Giving You A Terrible Sleep!

sleep Mar 21, 2017

by Ashley Cooke

 

Similar to the lives of so many others, my life is filled with screens. I begin, continue, and end my day by checking my phone for emails, doing professional work on my computer and researching on my tablet.  

I sometimes think of how unique my lifestyle is in comparison to past generations, but beyond that, I have never given much thought to digital screens. Then I had a conversation with Sophia Gushée, who told me how our screen-staring lifestyle...

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Dust Bunnies: An Inside Look at their Arsenal

In case you missed it, there has been a lot of news coverage on cancer-causing arsenic found in rice and products that contain rice as an ingredient (like rice milk, baby rice cereal, or products that contain brown rice syrup).

Another...

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Top Toys That Empower Children, Especially Girls

children parents wellness Mar 21, 2017

Girl-in-Science-Class-FeaturedIn a world that is increasingly driven by technology, skills in the STEM fields (that's science, technology, engineering and math,) are more relevant than ever in our nation's job market. There are many women who have made meaningful contributions to male-dominated industries, but women are still underrepresented in these roles and often face difficult challenges for equality in their careers. To counteract this imbalance in the long-run, many believe that girls should be...

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"The Creativity Crisis"

child development Mar 21, 2017

Fall is here and so is the back-to-school season! I've been looking forward to the routines and structure, investigating which activities to enroll my three-year-old. At the same time, I keep wondering what is the right balance of structured activities and open play. (In Manhattan, many three-year-olds -- and even younger children -- have busy schedules!) Earlier this summer, I reached out to our friend, Ms. Natalie Smith of Wonder and Spark for her input.

 

"... the MOST IMPORTANT gift...

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Parents: Exhausted by your children and just trying to get through the moments? Read this!

parents Mar 21, 2017

Sleep deprived by my 4 week old- and 2.5 year old- daughters, I do often times try to race through the present by focusing on the future, like when we can all go out to a restaurant and enjoy each other's company, or when they can tell me about their school day on our walk home from school, and, more selfishly, when I can get at least 7 consecutive hours of sleep.

 

I recognize that their present age is precious and I always try to savor every moment, as having both a 2.5 year old and a...

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Sanskrit Chanting -- For Kids Too?

parents sleep yoga Mar 21, 2017

A few years ago, I completed a yoga teacher training program. I had been interested enough in yoga that I wanted to pursue this program as an introductory overview of yoga. This program introduced me to the language of Sanskrit, which I don't remember ever even knowing of its existence until this program.

Scientists Say that Sanskrit Has A Unique Mathematical Precision

In one of our required readings for the Sanskrit section, I was fascinated by the below:

"[Sanskrit] has been written up in...

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