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Just About Greener Living is about living how to incorporate better ways to live a healthier and simpler lifestyle whether you're just starting to realize the importance of saving the planet or you've been living an eco friendly lifestyle for years, you can always learn something new. Also, a blog to find BPA free products and dangers of BPA plastics.
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Getting Healthy with #Plexus

What is Gut Health? “I never knew how unhealthy I was, until I felt healthy.” This is a common reaction from people who started using Plexus Worldwide products, including *myself. I was skeptic, but I am lactose intolerant and gluten-sensitive so many things I eat make me feel bloated or constipated. I thought I’d try … Continue reading "Getting Healthy with...

What is Gut Health?

“I never knew how unhealthy I was, until I felt healthy.” This is a common reaction from people who started using Plexus Worldwide products, including *myself. I was skeptic, but I am lactose intolerant and gluten-sensitive so many things I eat make me feel bloated or constipated. I thought I’d try the supplements.

“Healthy Gut. Healthy Life” is Plexus’ tagline and it’s true. There’s more toxic buildup in your gut than in any other organ. Clean your gut, and you’ll feel more energized, the bloat and full feeling goes away after eating, you may notice other symptoms lessen, and a positive side effect is you’ll lose inches (if needed) and/or experience some weight loss. There’s medical science that our bodies are full of toxins – from food, the environment, etc. Dr. Mark Hyman lists several ailments that are the result of toxins. Do you feel miserable or lack energy or suffer from allergies, stomach cramps, constipation/diarrhea, fibromyalgia or any of the other ailments listed?

It’s important to detox our bodies a few times a year or more, but also to alter our eating and exercise habits in between to keep our guts clear and energy high.

Why Choose Plexus Supplements?

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Why take Plexus products?

  • American company (Scottsdale, AZ), relatively new
  • All the ingredients are listed on every bottle
  • ProBio5 (probiotic) has live active cultures at time of manufacture and I don’t have to refrigerate it
  • BioCleanse is a combination of Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Plexus proprietary blend of fruit/veggies (that’s it!).
  • No ingredient listed is harmful according to FDA guidelines
  • These are health supplements NOT diet pills (not everyone loses weight)
  • Backed by science and thousands of users
  • 60 day Money-back guarantee!
  • Be a customer, consumer, and independent company Ambassador (you can make money with very little investment, but the real value is your health)
  • It worked for me, and I can share my experience with others too! I’m not a skeptic anymore!

I love the results of Plexus supplements.

I was taking magnesium and a probiotic before starting Plexus with some success, but I needed a stronger probiotic that could counteract the lactose and gluten sensitivity I experienced daily. Sometimes it’s not enough to avoid these types of foods or too expensive to buy foods without them. I found relief in Plexus TriPlex (Plexus Slim, BioCleanse, and ProBio5) for awhile and initially lost 6 inches before I ever lost pounds. However, I stopped taking the Slim and now take BioCleanse and ProBio5 on a daily basis to maintain weight loss, energy and keep my gut healthy along with MegaX (Omega 3, 6, and 9), which replaces the Fish Oil (1000 mg) I was taking and occasionally Plexus Block before higher carb meals (it blocks nearly 50% of carb intake).

There are 12 primary supplements that Plexus Worldwide markets in addition to a BreastChek kit and combo packages. They are safe for children and also include Plexus XFactor™ Family Chewables.

 

*I am a consumer and product Ambassador for Plexus Worldwide health supplements, but I have not received any type of compensation for this article.

Disclaimer: Individual results may vary. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



Eco and Green Living

Eco Green Living is refreshed with a new name (this may change too) after a couple months hiatus. I hope to offer more relevant greener living tips, recipes and green life hacks. What do you want to learn?

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Eco Green Living is refreshed with a new name (this may change too) after a couple months hiatus. I hope to offer more relevant greener living tips, recipes and green life hacks.

What do you want to learn?



#BPA Free: What’s the Correlation Between Organic and BPA Free Canned Food?

Bisphenol-A aka BPA is a synthetic hormone (a component of epoxy resin – eww! reminds me of glue) found in many food grade plastics, canned goods, and paper (like bank receipts), which  has been linked to illnesses such as cancer, developmental disabilities, heart disease, and more. Several studies have been conducted to determine levels in … Continue reading "#BPA Free: What’s the Correlation Between Organic and BPA Free Canned...

Bisphenol-A aka BPA is a synthetic hormone (a component of epoxy resin – eww! reminds me of glue) found in many food grade plastics, canned goods, and paper (like bank receipts), which  has been linked to illnesses such as cancer, developmental disabilities, heart disease, and more. Several studies have been conducted to determine levels in our bodies and conclusive evidence suggests that almost all people surveyed had some level of BPA in their system.

But what does the U. S. government consider a “safe level“? And how do we know what our level is?

From touching your ATM bank receipt to drinking from plastic water bottles and eating canned goods, you are exposing you and your family to this toxic chemical. Canned goods with a white lining or resin code 7 (inside the triangle) are suspect to BPA.

White can linings are likely to have Bisphenol-A, a resin that has been linked to numerous illnesses.

After reading more about BPA lined canned goods, I wondered if there is a correlation between government labeled “organic” brands and BPA free canned goods.

Some of my research findings below:

1. Don’t judge or trust a can by its label! Even though a canned food states it’s “BPA free” it is not always true – even organic brands.

2. Type of canned food, not always brand specific, contain inner linings with BPA. An organic or non-organic brand produces several types of food products, but only selected canned food products may or may not contain the toxic chemical.

3. Safe levels are outdated and inconclusive. One study in 2008 suggested that “0.0024 micrograms per kilogram of body weight” was a safe level for humans (study was done on lab animals), but that study’s results were tossed with the wind in 2009 since it probably contained skewed data from the plastics industry. (Concern over canned foods, Consumer Reports, 2009.)

4. Highest levels of BPA (parts per billion – ppb) were found in green beans and soup according to a Consumer Reports study. And Con-Agra (not by far organic!) was the worst offender for BPA levels.

5. Some, not all, organic brands use BPA free metal cans. Some brands include

  • Eden Foods (BPA free since 1997)
  • Muir Glen tomatoes
  • Amy’s (since 2012)
  • Some Trader Joe products
  • Whole Foods 365 canned goods (only 27% are BPA free)
  • Farmer’s Market Foods (canned pumpkin, pie fillings)
  • Annie’s
  • Earth’s Best Organic
  • Imagine

Download and print a free BPA Free Canned Food Pocket Guide from BPA Free Canned Good blog.

Alternatives to canned foods are fresh, frozen or dried varieties. Although plastic packaging for frozen foods are not always BPA free, the levels are likely much lower than those found in metal cans. Plastic containers that are “safe for the microwave use” likely have higher levels of BPA as well.

Best bet? Buy fresh and can food yourself in BPA free glass jars or freeze for future use. DO NOT heat reusable plastic food containers or those plastic microwave meals! You are more likely to get a higher dose of BPA in your food than using glass containers. And remove those plastic lids from glass containers before reheating too!

Did I miss a brand or health issue related to BPA? Please comment below, I’m always looking for more insight.



Pope Francis Pushes for Environmental Climate Change to Save the Poor

Pope Francis sets to transform climate change, wealth and poverty in light of environmental issues Thursday, June 18.

Pope Francis will address climate change and its effects on the world’s poverty.

Halleujah! Pope Francis, dare I say, “endorses” protecting the environment for the poor and the world for all of mankind this week.

Peter Turkson, the president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and close to the Pope, said in a recent speech, “I think a question that we are not asking ourselves is: isn’t humanity committing suicide with this indiscriminate and tyrannical use of nature? Safeguard creation because, if we destroy it, it will destroy us. Never forget this.”

The Pope’s letter will address much more than environmental issues, but also important matters to all of humanity. This is a letter that will speak volumes not only to Catholics but all of mankind. Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Peru, one of the Pope’s advisors was quoted:

It will address the issue of inequality in the distribution of resources and topics such as the wasting of food and the irresponsible exploitation of nature and the consequences for people’s life and health.

The Pope’s letter comes at an opportune time, since he’ll be meeting with U. S. President Obama in September before his address to the US Congress and the UN general assembly concerning emissions among other controversial topics.

Read the entire article from The Guardian.



Planting an Eclectic Organic #Garden

I do not have a “green thumb” and all my organic gardening attempts have been experiments. This is my 3rd year of experimenting with growing veggies, herbs and flowers in a small space and without use of pesticides. If nothing dies, I feel successful. A couple ideas I have incorporated into my organic garden experience … Continue reading "Planting an Eclectic Organic...

I do not have a “green thumb” and all my organic gardening attempts have been experiments. This is my 3rd year of experimenting with growing veggies, herbs and flowers in a small space and without use of pesticides. If nothing dies, I feel successful.

A couple ideas I have incorporated into my organic garden experience this year began at the end of last season. First, I wrote down a simple list of plants and how well they did. Second, I wrote down what I wanted to plant again the following year. Third, I collected seeds from local farm produce I bought throughout the summer to plant the following summer. And finally, I read, Pinned, and read more about gardening ideas throughout the winter and spring months.

This year, I didn’t plant as much. However, what I did plant will be abundant – bell peppers and herbs. I didn’t plant any flowers last year, but my next door neighbor did. I wanted my front space to look equally as appealing and under the old mulch was an abundance of hard working earthworms. Why let good soil be covered by mulch again?

I planted spinach, cucumber, red bell pepper and cantaloupe with the seeds I collected last summer. The cucumber seeds have sprouted already! And I built a simple vertical herb garden with 2 steel buckets I found at various flea markets last year. (My favorite part of the garden this year.) Also, found a couple used window boxes and ceramic drainage sections to use.

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Vertical Herb garden with 2 stainless steel buckets and organic soil.

One failed attempt last year was use of pallets, but I’m reusing them this year as a trellis for the viney plants. Another idea was to plant onions that had already started to sprout in my cupboard. Celery can also be started in water, then transferred to the ground.

It’s my eclectic garden this year. Some new ideas, a few old ideas, but all an experiment in a little space.

What have you tried with success or failed attempts to grow?



5 Reasons to Invest in a CSA Share from Riehm Farms

How would you like to have a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy while also supporting a local business and farm? I had never heard of CSA until I attended a health fair last October where I work. The Riehm Farms representatives were there and I was excited to learn about a Community … Continue reading "5 Reasons to Invest in a CSA Share from Riehm...

How would you like to have a bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy while also supporting a local business and farm?

I had never heard of CSA until I attended a health fair last October where I work. The Riehm Farms representatives were there and I was excited to learn about a Community Supported Agriculture, CSA, and what they offered. After learning about the local farm and benefits of participating in a CSA, took a pamphlet to to discuss the option with my husband. Since he grew up as a local farm boy, he loved the idea.

Here are 5 Reasons You Should Invest in a CSA

  1. Who is Growing Your Food?
    This is Riehm Farms’ motto, and wouldn’t it stand to reason that you might want to know who is growing your food since it’s providing nourishment to your family’s growing bodies and minds?
  2. No synthetic pesticides are used or artificial fertilizer; ground water pollution and toxic residues are avoided. Riehm Farms prefers to use organic farming practices. Not only are you avoiding many of the toxins on your foods from factory farms, but your product will be better tasting than that which is in a grocery store chain
  3.  Buy healthy local food.
    You spend money on food every week.  The best way to get the most value for your dollar is buying food that is healthy and nutritious from a local farm, instead of produce that is picked before it’s ready and shipped hundreds of miles.
  4. They seek to put extra quality care into the soil and daily procedures.
    This means they  test the mineral content of the produce you’ll receive to ensure the best quality produce.
  5. Not just produce, Riehm Farms not only sells vegetable shares, but also fruit, eggs, and beef.
    Imagine eggs that have bright yellow yolks that stand up when you crack them! Fruit picked at their peak of freshness because it doesn’t have as far to travel.  Local beef, raised in humane conditions at a family farm instead of a factory farm!

If you want more information about Riehm Farms, contact them: Riehm Farms, 7244 North State Route 53, Tiffin, Ohio 44883 or 419-992-4392.  Ask about signing up for a CSA and a tour of the farm!



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