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5 Organic Products You Had No Idea Existed

5 Organic Products You Had No Idea Existed

When you think of “organic,” what first comes to mind? Maybe a farmer’s market full of fresh fruits and vegetables, and stalls of goat cheese and clover honey? If you are fortunate enough to live in a larger metropolitan area, you may even have an organic grocery store to help you in your quest for cleaner living. Even in the larger grocery or big box stores you will find an aisle or two of organic products, or “all natural” bath or cleaning products. But just in case that is not enough, how much farther can you actually go without relocating to your own sustainable farm? What other products might be available to help achieve a completely organic nirvana? Well look no further…

1. Ash and Brans Soap Berries

These little berries are amazing! They are actual berries from actual trees, and they can clean just about anything. They are the fruit of the Sapindus mukorossi tree that grows in Southeast Asia, and is sometimes referred to as a Chinese soapberry or walnut. Most commonly used in the washing machine to replace detergents, with minimal effort on your part (usually just soaking in water and sometimes a little boiling) you can make your own all-purpose household cleaning products. But the fun doesn’t stop there: they can also be used to replace shampoos, hand soaps, and body wash, with the added benefit of clearing up minor skin issues such as eczema. And wait, there’s more; soap berries also act as a totally safe and natural insect repellant that is even safe for use on infants.

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2. Good Earth Cat Litter

Even your kitties can go organic! Eco-friendly cat litters are beginning to make a splash (or maybe a clump) with the new, Good Earth Cat Litter topping the list. 100% US sourced, non GMO grasses are finely chopped and ground, then pressed into absorbent little pellets that clump for easy scooping. Apparently, they are so completely natural that they can actually be eaten. (They reportedly taste like rice puffs in case you’re wondering). Good Earth Cat Litter is a completely dust free, 100% biodegradable, low odor cat litter that is safer for both the environment and your feline friends.

3. Chirps Cricket Chips

Other cultures have been dining on bugs for years; now you can, too! This one may not be for the faint of heart, but yes, you can eat all of these little chips that you want, because they are packed with 3 times the protein and 40% less fat than regular potato chips. Chirps Cricket Chips are made from a bean base and chia seeds using cricket flour, which is exactly what you might guess it to be – highly sustainable ground crickets. Some of the amazing benefits of cricket flour includes being low in calories, fat, and carbs, while high in protein, iron and calcium, and completely gluten free. And for those of you who like to mix things up a little, Chirps Cricket Chips offers 3 tantalizing flavors to tempt your tummy: sea salt, hickory bar-b-que, and aged cheddar.

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4. Delighted By Dessert Hummus

Yes, you read that right: DESSERT HUMMUS. Could it get any better that that? We’ve all been dipping our pita bread and fresh veggies in the popular chick-pea pasta for years; now we can enjoy it for dessert as well. With flavors like brownie batter, snickerdoodle, orange dreamsicle, or vanilla bean you can have your dessert and eat it, too. Even better is the fact that Delighted by Dessert Hummus promises absolutely zero wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs or nuts, so get your dippers ready!

5. Genexa Cold Crush Cold Medicine

The words “medicine” and “organic” are two words that are usually not used together, but Genexa has created a cold medicine (along with several other organic OTCs for both adults and children) that is just that: organic. Their chewable cold tablets are plant based and contain no antibiotics, GMOs, or growth hormones. One might wonder how well they work, but rest assured their reviews are amazing. They have been proven to effectively treat common cold symptoms, including congestion, mucus, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing.

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If you’re still itching to check out more organic products, you can find plenty on organically blissful’s blog, which inspired me to write about this topic. The organic industry is growing rapidly and it’s only a matter of time before almost everything you eat or use is organic.

Featured photo credit: Mercola via mercola.com

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Last Updated on March 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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