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Consumer Safety Guide Updates!

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As all people do, when we purchase for the home (whether it is food, cleaning products, wellness items, etc.), we rely on the company and the government to bring to light any hazardous concerns we should be aware of. However, various findings and court proceedings show the opposite and that consumers themselves are the ones who are exposing the dangers of these products.

To help educate the public, Consumer Safety recently released an updated fact sheet of some commonly used products that are still on the market and not banned by the FDA or EDA.

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Talc in Baby Powder
Dangers​: Talcum powder has been linked to a higher risk of ovarian cancer & lung disease. Additionally, it can contain asbestos fibers, which have been linked with mesothelioma lung cancer.
Findings: ​Industry leader Johnson & Johnson has been at the center of the talc issue. Already, four juries have found in favor of plaintiffs who claimed their ovarian cancer was caused by prolonged use of Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder or Shower-to-Shower Powder. Reparations of up to $110 million have been ordered on behalf of the victims. Johnson & Johnson continues to deny any danger, and their talc-containing products are still available across the nation.
Regulatory Status:​ While the FDA does regulate talc in food products, cosmetic products are not currently required to be reviewed by the FDA. There is no federal ban on the use of talcum powder in cosmetic products, despite bans on the use of the ingredient by the European Union.

Teflon on Nonstick Pans
Dangers​:
Increased risk of kidney and testicular cancers, as well as thyroid disease. Higher levels of exposure have been linked with miscarriage and fertility issues or birth defects.
Findings: ​Teflon (brand name) maker DuPont has been found guilty in several personal injury and wrongful death suits after the chemical was found to have tainted water surrounding the plants where they made their nonstick coating for cookware. A paper released in 2015 called the Madrid Statement was signed by over 200 scientists from 40 countries and presented evidence that Teflon, created in part by chemicals called poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), is carcinogenic. Additionally, these toxins were confirmed both by independent scientists and DuPont’s in-house team to be released by the nonstick pans after just 2-5 minutes of heat on the stove.
Regulatory Status:​ The EPA has ruled that a substance closely lined to PFAS, perfluorinated compounds, is a likely carcinogen. In 2005, the EPA fined DuPont for hiding information on the health hazards associated with PFAS. In 2010, the EPA launched a voluntary program to encourage manufacturers to reduce, and by 2015, eliminate these chemicals in their products. Though the Teflon brand name is no longer used, non-stick coated pans containing PFAS are still widely available in the cookware aisle.

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Glyphosate in Weed Killer
Dangers​:
Both the WHO and, more recently, the State of California, have listed glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. Glyphosate exposure has also been linked with kidney and liver issues. While more pressing danger has been associated with RoundUp Weed Killer, the use of the pesticide in farming has resulted in finds of trace amounts on popular foods, like Quaker Oats and Cheerios.
Findings:​ Current litigation against Monsanto’s RoundUp product is ongoing, with dozens of plaintiffs claiming their cancer was caused by RoundUp usage. However, Monsanto recently lost a battle with the State of California to keep the ingredient off a list of known carcinogens. Monsanto is now required to label their product with warnings accordingly.
Regulatory Status:​ After being called out last year for not including glyphosate in annual testing practices, the FDA began testing the herbicide; however, the testing was shut down soon after. A new testing period has begun recently, likely as a result of increased pressure stemming from these lawsuits. The EPA previously published reports saying that glyphosate was not a likely carcinogen, but with new studies to the contrary, and with California’s recent decision to list glyphosate as a carcinogen, perhaps it is time to take a deeper look into the issue. The EPA sets “tolerances” for residue from pesticides like glyphosate that remain on food products; American standards allow in some cases double the amount of residue than what the European Union considers safe. 

You can also view all of the safety guides here.

We, at LOVE GOODLY, do our part by being transparent when it comes to sharing what is in each product! Using resources and databases such as the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics database and our list of banned ingredients, we thoroughly research each item before we include it inside our bi-monthly boxes or in our online shop.

 

Juicing For Your Health

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We know sometimes it’s hard to eat our fruits and vegetables. Juicing is a delicious way to get them in! Juicing also gives your stomach a break from digesting solid foods while still in taking more essential vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients.

Not all juices are created equal. The best and most nutritious kinds of juices to buy are those that are organic, cold pressed, and contains no added sugars or other ingredients. Cold pressed juices taste better and are more nutritious than regular juices because during the juicing process, enzymes in the fruits and vegetables are not destroyed. When we are out and about, we like to grab Suja’s organic, cold-pressed juices.

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If juice is something you would like to incorporate into your diet more regularly, it would be beneficial and financially more sound to invest in a juicing machine. There are three types of common juicers:

  • Centrifugal juicers: These machines are the least expensive option. Centrifugal extractors chop and crush the input with a high spinning blade, extracting juices from the pulp using centrifugal force. However, the blades generate a lot of heat, which destroys the enzymes in the input, rendering the juice less nutritious. This is a great blender if you’re looking for something that does the job and not picky about lost nutrients.
  • Masticating juicers: These juicers crush your input and squeezes out as much juice as possible. That being said they extract juice at a much slower rate. Masticating juicers also process nuts so you can make your favorite plant-based milks. They are quitter than centrifugal juicers and more efficient.
  • Triturating juicers: The best of the best, but also the priciest! Triturating juicers have twin gears that crush the input in between, producing the maximum amount of juice and a very dry pulp. There is little to no foam in the juice and it preserves almost all nutrients.
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Many juice bars sell one, three, or five day juice cleanses. Juice cleanses don’t necessarily “detox” or “clean” our bodies nor will they help us lose sustainable weight. In essence, you are simply consuming fruits and vegetables without their fiber for however many days. But done with the right intentions, juice cleanses can be a great tool to resetting your body from previous eating habits. They also give your stomach a break while still being sustained by the nutrients and vitamins of the juice.

Happy Juicing!

Our Favorite Eco Retreats

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Wellness and eco retreats are the vacation spots for those of us looking to be inspired, to stay mentally and psychically fit, or simply to unplug from everyday life. We looked at a few favorite wellness escapes from around the world that are unique and incorporate yoga, spas and all things healing.

Kamalaya Koh Samui – Thailand
A vacation spent at the Kamalaya Koh Samui wellness sanctuary and spa resort on the Koh Samui Island in Thailand means healing and detoxing amongst the lush green forests and baby blue seas. Along with Kamalaya Koh Samui’s wellness, yoga, and recreational facilities, the escape offers a bunch of wellness programs (in areas like healthy lifestyle, detox, stress & burnout), all soothing for the soul.

Xinalani – Mexico
If truly falling off the grid to rejuvenate is your thing, Xinalani is the place to be. This eco-retreat center is only accessible by boat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Surrounded by the healing elements of the earth, Xinalani provides a safe haven for spiritual growth and the restoration of the mind and body. Find yourself in the midst of a yoga session or swimming alongside dolphins. The activities at Xinalani are endless. 

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Floating Leaf – Bali
Floating Leaf Eco- Luxury Retreat in Bali is a favorite because it not only provides yoga and spa programs but also a chance to see the treasures of Bali and learn Balinese traditions. From surfing to photography to Balinese healing, Floating Leaf nurtures both the healer and traveler within us.

The Coast Ridge Retreat – San Francisco, California
If you love fitness or up for a physical challenge, the Coast Ridge Retreat is your perfect getaway. Located between Mt. Tamalpais and the Pacific Ocean, the program is a 4-day retreat that challenges your approach to life. The retreat aims to reboot yourself physically and mentally: realizing purpose, relearning health, nourishing love, play and fitness.

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Two Bunch Palms – Palm Springs, California 
We love Two Bunch Palms for its naturally healing mineral waters. You will not find any more creative offering of classes, including “Discover your power animal”, “Harmonic vibrations sound bath” and “Vino & Van Gogh” to name a few. Of course you still get a luxury 77 acre resort with delicious farm-to-table cuisine, and full spa offering from Shamanic Healing to Reiki and one of our favorites, Thai massage. 

Esalen Institute – Big Sur, California 
If your idea of a blissful vacation is working on your spiritual self, and naked moonlit Jacuzzis over the cliffs near Big Sur, you will love Esalen. Esalen is a spiritual retreat center with a rich bohemian past that welcomes all those who seek beyond wisdom, a higher conscience, what is beyond society. Esalen provides workshops, hot springs, meditation, and most importantly a community with opened arms. *Esalen reopens July 28th 2017

And don’t forget to pack your cruelty free and nontoxic beauty and skincare from LOVE GOODLY! A few of our favorites include the Pas de Rouge with SPF protection from KINDri, Ocean Travel-Sized Cleanser from OSEA, 100% Pure BB Cream with SPF (Luminous, Aglow, Radiance) and Sun Lip Balm with SPF 15 from Hurraw!

Glow from Inside Out! Vegan Foods for Beauty + Recipes

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“A healthy outside starts from the inside” – Robert Urich

Along with using vegan and organic beauty products to bring out our best selves, we must not forget that beauty starts from within and radiates outwards. The foods we choose to eat everyday lay the foundation to the health of our bodies. Although, the key to beauty from within is by fueling our bodies with a variety of whole foods. We can pick and choose to eat foods that are rich in certain micronutrients that can help the growth, repair and nourishment of our skin, hair and nails. Consider incorporating some of these vegan foods into your everyday diet. With LOVE GOODLY and good food, your beauty will radiate from inside and out!

SKIN

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SWEET POTATOES + GARLIC
Sweet potatoes contain antioxidants that are vital to protecting the skin from cell damage caused by free radicals. Sweet potatoes also contain beta-carotene which contributes to a healthy skin tone and skin cell development. They are also high in vitamin C which is needed to heal blemishes and maintain radiant skin. Garlic contains a good amount of zinc which is needed for repairing damaged skin and keeping skin soft. 

Fries can actually be good for you! Here is a vegan oil- free sweet potato fries recipe.

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AVOCADOS + BRAZILIAN NUTS

Don’t shy away from fats! They are essential for beauty. Avocados contain fatty acids which helps the skin stay plump and moisturized. Avocados also contain high amounts of vitamin E. This vitamin plays a role in minimizing cell damage and promoting skin growth. Brazilian Nuts are high in selenium. Selenium, along with vitamin C and E, can prevent age spots, skin cancer and sun damage. Try this vegan Avocado Ranch dressing
to drizzle on top of salads or this vegan guacamole dip.

HAIR

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LEGUMES + LEAFY GREENS
Hair is made out of protein. To keep strong, healthy, shining hair, make sure to include enough protein in your diet. Legumes are one of the highest sources of plant protein. A lack of protein in the diet may cause thinning of the hair, hair loss and dryness.  Dark leafy vegetables like kale, spinach and broccoli are also high in protein.

Make a quick and easy vegan lentil soup to get your protein in or a simple green smoothie to-go.

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DARK CHOCOLATE + FRUIT

Iron is a vital mineral for the hair. A lack of iron in the diet may cause hair loss. Dark chocolate (70-90% Cacao) is a healthy treat high in iron. 

Tip: Consume foods high in vitamin C (such as fruits or try a mykind Organics Vitamin C Spray) with iron because vitamin C helps the body absorb your iron intake.

Create your own vegan dark chocolate treats with this fun and easy recipe.

NAILS

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OATS + B-12
Oats contain an abundance of nutrients such as B-complex vitamins, zinc, and copper. These micronutrients are important for maintaining healthy nails. You can use oats to make these gluten- free banana oat muffins for breakfast.

Vitamin B-12 is also crucial to nail health. A deficiency in B-12 may cause dry and dark nails. There are many ways to get cruelty-free B-12 including the mykind Organics Organic B12  spray.

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FLAX + SUN FLOWER SEEDS

Flax seeds are high in omega- 3 fatty acids which keep nails strong. Sunflower seeds provide a great source of biotin which reduces splitting of the nails and aids to finger nail thickness.

Here is a vegan pancake recipe using flax seeds.

Sources:

Lewin, J. (n.d.). What to eat for healthy hair. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-healthy-hair

Lewin, J. (n.d.). How to eat for great skin – Digestion. Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-eat-great-skin-digestion

Goldschmidt, V. (n.d.). 6 Foods For Amazingly Strong Nails — Are You Eating Them? Retrieved April 21, 2017, from https://saveourbones.com/6-foods-for-amazingly-strong-nails-are-you-eating-them/