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We are all searching for ways to improve our health by making better food choices, exercising on a regular basis and finding new ways to relax. But what if there were things that could seriously affect your health that you were carrying around every day?
Although there are many more items (I haven’t even touched on cosmetics) here is my Top Five List of the items which you probably have in your purse that could be putting your health at risk.

1. Thermal cash register receipts


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I talk about this one a lot because it’s important. The shiny surface of thermal receipts contains the endocrine disruptor chemical BPA which is the same chemical found in plastic bottles. BPA affects our hormones, and can cross the placenta during pregnancy affecting the developing baby.

Solution : Decline, Opt for email, or have the checker place it in the bag, keep an envelope or extra baggie in your purse to keep all receipts separate so you only have to touch them once.

2. Plastic water bottles



We are encouraged to drink 64 ounces of fresh water a day and plastic bottles are so convenient, the small ones fit nicely in a purse and we just refill. NO! Remember our endocrine disrupting friend BPA, who loves our hormones so much he pretends to be them? BPA leaches out of plastic 55 times faster when it gets warm and the integrity of the plastic is compromised with any dents or scratches.

Replace : A reusable container, Glass is best. Too heavy? Best alternative is stainless steel, light, durable and long lasting with no leaching of chemicals. There are many to choose from, I like my Klean Kanteen, they are durable and lightweight with a great selection for all ages and activities.

3. Hand Sanitizers


We have all gone sanitizer crazy and the product that was originally meant for use by health care providers has become big business. The industry responded with thousands of purse size sanitizers which we slather on all day long, but beware.
Most contain ingredients such as alcohol, ‘fragrance’ which is a broad term covering up to 1300 chemicals, and the antibacterial Triclosan, classed as a pesticide is a very powerful endocrine disrupter even in low doses. All these are absorbed through your skin with every application!

Replace : When hands are soiled, wash and dry thoroughly, there is nothing that is as effective as good old plain soap and water.
If you just can’t live without your sanitizer, my choice is Sanitiz On-The-Go from my affiliate Go Beyond Natural , it is an alcohol free, 100% toxicfree spray, which is just as effective and totally safe for all the family.

4. Toxic Feminine Products


Believe it or not, because pads and tampons are regulated as “medical devices” and not “personal care products,” companies are not required to disclose any of the ingredients used in these products.
Unfortunately this means that tampons and pads may contain potentially harmful ingredients including pesticides, dyes and dioxin, all contaminants linked to hormone disruption, cancer, birth defects, and infertility.

Replace : Opt for products that have not been bleached with chlorine and those that are unscented or fragrance free and made from 100% organic cotton products. Alternatively, safer reusable options include silicone cups and washable pads.
Natracare has a wide range of products and uses certified organic 100% cotton and sustainably-sourced natural, plant based materials.

5. Lip Balm



Lip balm hangs in there right at the top of the list with hand sanitizers when it comes to repeated application and now with names like raspberry tea and bubblegum, they actually entice us into thinking we are having a meal! But do you know what are you actually putting on your kissers?
Petroleum derivatives, alcohol, silicone, fragrance and our old friend Parabens as preservatives that extend shelf life and can be carcinogenic. With an excellent blood supply and close proximity to our mouth it’s the perfect route for absorption of all those chemicals. Rule of thumb, if you are putting it on your lips, you are eating it.

Replace : Avoid ‘fragrance’ and color, look for toxic free, Organic and Eco cert ingredients and names you can say! Beeswax, cocoa butter, Shea butter and natural oils.



It is estimated that 75% OF WOMEN IN THE US ARE DYING THEIR HAIR.

It is said to be one of the big confidence factors affecting women.

When it comes down to vanity, people will be quite happy with a few wrinkles and accept that as part of the natural aging process but one thing they don’t want is grey hair.

Unfortunately hair coloring is one of the most difficult to produce a totally organic process. I found that even the greenest of beauty queens will make some compromise when it comes to hair color.

In fact when preparing for this interview, I did reach out to some of the biggest names in the green beauty industry for their input. They agreed that any product that states it is ‘permanent’ is not going to be free of all harmful chemicals. However, there are some products that are safer than most, here is an option.

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Let’s talk GREENS.

Top 10 (mostly) green detoxers!

Artichoke, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cilantro and Parsley, Chlorella, Green tea, Kale, Wheatgrass, Beets, Lemons.

Perfect green smoothie for the morning

Reduce inflammation of the digestive system, and alkalize your body with this refreshing, cleansing juice! Packed with greens to detoxify, hydrate and nourish your cells. It’s the perfect pick me up or healthy morning kickstart.

Why it’s so good for you:

Celery provides protection against inflammation of the digestive tract, with just one cup meeting more than ⅓ of your daily needs for Vitamin K necessary for bone health and blood clotting.


1 cup filtered water add,

(use organic ingredients where possible)

1 small cucumber

2-3 celery stalks

2 kale leaves

1 small lemon or lime, peeled

1 pear or apple

**optional one scoop plant based protein


Blend all ingredients except the Green protein powder.

Stir in the Greens powder just before serving.

Greens Protein: plant based green protein, Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Vanilla.

Smoothies from greenblender.com Ginger Cranberry Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces baby kale
  • 1 persian cucumber – chopped
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 2 oranges – peeled
  • 1/2 inch ginger – peeled
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Ginger wheatgrass Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 handfuls green romaine
  • 1 pear
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 1/8 ounce wheatgrass
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Maple glazed sweet potato’s smoothie (immune buster) Ingredients

  • 4 oz sweet potato (cooked)
  • 1 banana – peeled
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Sweet Potato pie smoothie with banana from wholeyum.com Ingredients

  • 1 Baked Sweet Potato
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Plain Almond Milk


   1    After baking the sweet potato and letting it cool for 30+ minutes remove the skin, blend all ingredients and enjoy!

Beet/Avacado smoothie from wearenotmartha.com INGREDIENTS

2 small beets

1 cup vanilla soy milk (I used Silk Light)

3/4 cup frozen mixed berries

1/2 avocado

1 cup baby spinach

1 scoop chia seeds

The 10 day Green Smoothie Cleanse also has great recipes for

healthy smoothies to start off your day. Add a scoop of Manitoba Hemp vanilla protein powder for a little more energy.


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Let’s talk TURMERIC!

Over 40 recognized studies showed that turmeric helps in the treatment of cancer. Derived from Curcumin it acts like an over the counter anti-inflammatory without the side effects. Adding an inch of raw Turmeric and an inch of raw ginger to a smoothie in the morning, definitely adds the benefits and a kick to the flavor!

14 benefits of Turmeric

Detoxifies the liver, aids in breakdown of toxins. Shown to be beneficial in prevention of Cancer, T cell leukemia, prostate, colon and breast. Relieves arthritis, anti inflammatory. Controls diabetes, moderates insulin levels. Reduces cholesterol. Boosts Immunity, acts as anti bacterial, viral and fungal. Heals wounds, antiseptic. Weight management, help with breakdown of fat. Shown to help in prevention of Alzheimers, removes plaque from the brain. Improves digestion, in raw form relieves gas and bloating. Helps with Insomnia, warm turmeric milk help with sleep. Skin conditions, apply turmeric milk on a cotton ball apply to affected area. Blood thinner, helps by cleansing the lymphatic system. Respiratory infections, relieves congestion, asthma and bronchitis.

Turmeric Tea

Turmeric Powder 3 tsp

Ground Cloves 1 tsp

Cardamon 2 tsp

Cinnamon 2 tsp

Ground Ginger 1 tsp Add 1.5L (3 pints) filtered water Bring to the boil, simmer for 10 minutes Strain into cup. Add Almond milk and organic raw honey to taste.

Turmeric and Ginger Milk

In a blender

1/2 inch of raw Turmeric and raw Ginger

1/2 cup of Almond milk

pinch black pepper

Warm 1/2 cup Almond milk add to blended mixture and

add tbsp raw honey (to taste)

Great for sore throats, upset tummies and overall immune health.