Monthly Archives: August 2011

Nuts Over Coconuts!

17 Aug
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  2 Comments


You may be wondering what’s the deal about this big coconut rave?  Are coconuts and coconut oil really that good for you?  And how can they be healthy when they are high in saturated fat?  Well, I’m here to answer those questions for you and to let you know where you can get organic coconut oil for a great price.

Not too long ago, our society was all about the low-fat, fat-free craze.  Fat was considered the “culprit” to our diets.  Thankfully, people have realized that fat is good for our bodies, and is even necessary for proper absorption of antioxidants and other nutrients.  So let’s talk about coconut oil and why it’s so good for you.  Yes, coconut oil is high in saturated fat, but the fat in coconuts is different & unique from all other fats & contains many health benefiting properties.  In my opinion, coconut oil is a superfood.  The difference is in the fat molecule.  Fats and oils contain fatty acids.  Approximately 98 to 100% of all the fatty acids you consume are long-chain fatty acids (LCFA).  Coconut oil is composed mostly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), also known as medium-chain triglycerides (MCT).  Our bodies metabolize each fatty acid differently, based on its size. MCFT do not have a negative effect on cholesterol like LCFA do, and they help to protect against heart disease.

Here are a few of the MANY benefits of coconuts & coconut oil:

  • Acts as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation form the sun.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Increases metabolism supporting weight loss
  • Great natural skin/hair moisturizer
  • Much more!

Use coconut oil as your cooking oil of choice and/or add it in your favorite smoothies for its health benefits.  Rub it on your skin to help protect against the sun’s UV rays.

Right now Amazon has the Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 15-Ounce Tubs (Pack of 2), priced at $14.98, just $7.49 per jar. And you get free shipping.  Use the “Subscribe and Save” option to get it for this price.  Go nuts over coconuts!

Naturally Yours,
xoxo
Kristen M. Pardue, RD, LDN, CLC

 


How Safe Are Your Cleaning Products?

04 Aug
by Kristen, posted in Blog   |  No Comments

Guest post by Amiee Conner:

During the past several hundred years, human activity has significantly altered our global environment, and the negative effects of this are becoming alarmingly clear. No longer can we ignore the warning signs from nature. This trend can be changed if we all work together and take honest responsibility for our planet. It is a fact; household pollutants have a profound impact on us and our environment. Research and information on the health effects of chemicals has not kept pace with their development and use. Did you know that in the last 50 years more than 80,000 new chemicals have been produced and introduced into the environment? Most of the chemicals that people are exposed to everyday have never been assessed for their impact on human health. Chemicals found in the average home are linked to many serious diseases such as allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities. Many today believe that the extensive use of chemicals indoors contributes to “modern” diseases such as asthma and allergies. Did you also know that most personal care products contain toxins that have been linked to cancer and are known to cause damage to your reproductive system, brain and other organs? Unfortunately, Herbal Essences, Pantene ProV, Secret and Crest are on that list.

The Norwex corporate vision for our products reaches far beyond the limited horizon of just making a profit; we are striving for a better quality of life for present and future generations.  Our deep central theme is reverence for the value and beauty of all life on a healthy planet. Our cleaning system saves time and effort. In today’s busy world, it has been proven that the Norwex cleaning line cuts the time spent cleaning your home by 75% or more. Norwex customers also save money by reducing the use of chemicals and cleaning supplies needed by up to 90%. Did you know that the average household spends $450 – $600 a year on these items?  Plus, you don’t breathe, touch or ingest harmful chemicals. Dirt and dust are removed instead of being spread around. You have a cleaner indoor climate, which reduces allergies. Why Norwex microfiber? Norwex microfiber is a blend of polyester and polyamide. This fiber is 1/100th the size of a strand of human hair. When this high-quality microfiber is combined with the right knitting process, it creates an extremely effective cleaning material. This material can hold up to seven times its weight in matter. Unlike many other types of cloth that smear dirt across the surface you are trying to clean, microfiber cloths remove dirt, germs, bacteria and debris from the surface. Norwex has also developed a unique technology that combines an antibacterial silver-based agent with our microfiber. The antibacterial agent is actually embedded inside the tiny microfiber and inactivates the bacteria that it picks up in its fibers. The antibacterial agent within the microfiber demonstrates its effectiveness against strains of pathogenic bacteria, yeast and viruses, such as:  E.Coli, klebsiella pneumoniae, proteus vulgaris, salmonella typhi, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus faecalis, streptococcus pyogenes, candida albicans, MRSA, SARS coronavirus. Norwex backs its commitment to quality with a 100% satisfaction guarantee and an exceptional warranty of 2 years or 500 washings.

Finally, I chose to start using and selling Norwex after my twins, Caden and Chloe, were born. I would always be overwhelmed at the smells coming from my household cleaners and started wondering what effect they had on not only me and my husband, but my infant twins as well. After getting introduced to the brand, I fell in love with the products! They are so easy to use and really do make cleaning my house a lot easier and more time efficient, which is important when you have two little ones on the go. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. You can also “LIKE” my page Amiee Conner Independent Norwex Consultant on Facebook. Mention you saw my blog on Naturally Free RD and I’ll give you 10% off your first order. Isn’t your health and family worth it?

Naturally Yours,
Amiee Conner
Independent Norwex Consultant

Are your cosmetics full of chemicals too? Check out these posts:
How Your Cosmetics Could Be Damaging Your Health (Part 1)
How Your Cosmetics Could Be Damaging Your Health (Part 2)