Hey there nail and beauty enthusiasts!
Today I wanted to share with you an app that i think everyone needs to download and it’s called EWG Healthy Living App from The Environmental Working Group.
What is EWG?
The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.
We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.
For more info about EWG go to their website.
Now, I never would have discovered this app if I hadn’t had a bioprint test taken.
Not to get into details but there were a few things that turned up in my test results. One of which was the detection of High Toxicity Levels, suggesting my beauty, hair & nail products could be a contributing factor.
The following was suggested to aid in reducing these high toxicity levels:
- USE ALL NON GMO PRODUCTS
- Drink out of BPA Free Products -preferably glass or ceramic bottles
- Switch to ALL Paraben Free Products
You might be saying to yourself, I do drink out of BPA free plastic bottles, but after a while the plastic starts to breakdown. So, in case you’ve been trucking around with the same plastic BPA Free water bottle for the past 6 months… THROW IT OUT & buy a new one! That’s exactly what I did when I got home later that evening. In addition to purging all of my plastic shakers that i’ve been using for 6 months or more!
Now, another big red flag that came to Matt Wenning’s mind when discussing the High Toxicity levels with me, was my nail polish! Don’t inhale the polish, he stressed! I immediately thought to myself, not only do i need better ventilation in the room that i paint my nails, but I also need to find an odor free, all natural nail polish remover too!
While i was searching for this all natural nail polish remover online i stubbled upon an amazing article from Fox News Health:
I highly suggest that everyone reads this article! Completely stunned by this and actually wondering whether this would be the end of my nail blogging, I continued to read on which led me to another article from Fox News Health:
This article is what led me to the EWG Healthy Living App formerly called “skin deep” which rates & lists harmful chemicals in hundreds of thousands of cosmetic and food products. This app even has a section for Nail Products with ratings!
I always considered myself living a “healthy lifestyle” but clearly i haven’t been careful enough! So, now i will be taking major steps to remove all harmful products from my life. If this means certain nail polishes… then so be it.
As for now, I’ll be searching for more natural products and if i discover any worthy of using i will keep you posted!
Here’s a few items that i think are worthy of picking up.
BPA-FREE – Glass Water Bottles
I decided to switch over to using glass water bottles opposed to bpa-free plastic bottles. I like to drink between 70 oz- 1 gal. / of water a day. Now that I’ve discovered that carrying around my 1gal. water jug isn’t the healthiest. I switched over to a 22oz. Life Factory Glass Water Bottle. You can pick these up at your local REI, or Bed Bath and Beyond store as well as Amazon online and lifefactory.com . The price ranges from $19 – $27. They also have a variety of colors. I really like this sports bottle because it’s easy to carry around, the water spout is easy to drink out of and the silicone straw is removable and all parts are dishwasher safe!
Purifyou 32oz. Glass water bottle. – Amazon.com $30
The only thing i don’t like about this is the fact that i would have to unscrew the top every time i want to have some water. It’s a little inconvenient, but it does insure the fact that you are drinking straight out of a glass bottle. No plastic parts.
So far these seem to be the two best on the market thus far. Both are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. The glass top opening for both is also large enough to fit ice cubes.
One thing to be aware of is aluminum vs. stainless steel water bottles. Don’t use aluminum products, they have been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
If you choose a stainless steel water bottle make sure that the brand you choose list the material used on the bottle. Look for #304 or 18/8 food grade stainless steel. Skip anything else.
Kleen Kanteen has been known to make quality food grade stainless products in a variety of sizes.
The best way to clean your water bottle is with warm, soapy water and a soft bottle brush as often as needed. You can pick these long bristle brushes from bed bath and beyond or your local grocery store.
Lastly, be aware of non-bpa free plastic containers for storing your food.
I recently threw out all my plastic food containers, including my Chinese take-out food containers. (yes, i was saving them, to use for my weekly food prep)
I replaced all my plastic containers with glass containers. Although it may seem like a hassle or waist of money it’s actually not. At some point you’ll have to throw out those plastic broken down containers… but with glass it’s a lifetime of usage! (provided you don’t drop them… although many companies have lifetime guarantees on their glass products)
I picked up this 24 piece set for $40 from bed bath and beyond and I used my 20% coupon!
Hope a few of these tips help!
If you’re interested in having your bioprint taken contact Matt Wenning at http://www.wenningstrength.com/