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5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet

Spring is all about metamorphosis, which makes it the perfect time of year to reassess your current plan and embark on a little change. While you’re motivated to clean out your closets and other home spaces, consider cleaning out your refrigerator and eating habits as well. Join Anika as she takes us through 5 ways to spring clean your diet.

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6 Reasons to Detox

Whether you want to jump-start your fat loss or detoxify from an indulgent holiday season, there are many reasons to seek out a safe and effective detoxification program.

Each day we’re exposed to a variety of toxins through the food we eat, the beverages we drink, the air we breathe and the products we use on our skin. How well we fare depends on how well our bodies can keep up with removing these substances.

By supporting our body's own natural processes with a well-balanced detoxification system, we improve our ability to function at our best and to maintain optimal health. Detox benefits are varied and significant. Let's look at the top six advantages detoxification can offer. 


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Clean Living: Are Your Personal Products Putting You at Risk?

How many personal products did you use this morning? If you’re like the average woman in this country, you applied 12 different beauty products to your body, which equals exposure to 120 different chemicals. If you’re an average American man, you used 6 products and unknowingly applied 80 different chemicals. These chemicals dominate seemingly mundane skin and hair products (e.g. lotions, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, etc), cosmetics, and toiletries (e.g. toothpaste, deodorant, mouthwash, etc) - all the basics of the typical American morning routine. Yet, those statistics alone aren’t the scariest part. The fact is, the government doesn’t require safety studies on personal care products. In fact, 89% of the over 10,000 ingredients used in personal products are not evaluated for safety. This means manufacturers can put whatever they want into their products under whatever name they choose. To boot, the law protects “proprietary information,” which allows companies to keep their ingredients “secret.”  If you check your product labels, you will see vague ingredients such as “fragrance,” “parfum,” “natural,” or “emollients.” Why is it so important to know what's in these products? Our bodies inevitably end up inhaling or especially absorbing the toxins when we apply them. Day after day, this can add significantly to our toxin load. The skin, after all, is the body’s largest detox organ. Today, let's explore the most common unhealthy ingredients in personal care products, examine the health impacts of these and share strategies you can use to create a healthier self-care routine.


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Why Use Non-Toxic Cleaners?

We all like the idea of a sparkling clean, germ-free, fresh-smelling home. To that end, we tend to use a sizable array of products: air fresheners, soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, polishes, glass cleaners, oven cleaners, etc. Today, we’ll revisit our Clean Living series to address just that--household cleaners. Knowing that toxins can enter our bodies through inhalation, ingestion, and absorption, do you think about the safety of the cleaners you use on a regular basis? Understanding the health risks can suddenly make that sparkling mirror, shiny countertop, and spotless floor lose a bit of their luster. Today, we’ll look at the health risks associated with common household cleaners, the ingredients to look for and avoid, and some non-toxic alternatives that can preserve your health—and budget. 

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How to Detoxify Your Kitchen

At Life Time, we emphasize the importance of “clean eating,” but it’s ultimately about more than what’s on the menu. Sure, we want to prioritize unprocessed, nutritionally dense food and minimize our exposure to additives, toxins, and pathogens. The eating clean commitment extends beyond the food itself, however. Both where it came from and how we prepare it influence a food’s nutritional profile as well as its toxin content. For instance, we diminish the benefits of purchasing organic, free-range foods if we prepare them in a chemically contaminated kitchen. Let’s take apart the idea of “detoxifying” our kitchen with a focus on the three basics: food, cleaners, and cookware.

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Is Bug Spray Dangerous?

We’re entering bug season – the wet, warm weather that breeds everyone’s favorite pests: mosquitos, ticks, and deer flies. If you live near the woods, like we do, it seems you’re constantly waving your arms around, slamming the fly swatter down, or picking ticks off yourself, family members, or pets! Many of us use bug “protection” in the forms of sprays, lotions, liquids or infused wrist bands. What are the health risks of our choices, however? About one-third of adults and children currently use bug repellent products. Let’s examine the active ingredients in these formulations, their potential health impacts and the overall pros and cons. Finally, let’s look at safety tips for repellent use and healthier alternatives to conventional bug repellent products. 

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