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Tattoos & Your Health.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Tattoos have become widely popular among all age groups as a form of personal artistic expression, but are they safe?

Many people believe that tattoo ink is made from vegetable dye but the truth is that most tattoo pigments are made up of metals, salts and sometimes plastics that is dissolved in a solvent liquid carrier solution that the pigment is suspended in to help move the ink through the needle to the skin.

The carriers (considered safe) can be made from:

  • Ethyl alcohol (ethanol). Nervous system very sensitive to low levels of exposure; kids – lowered IQ, learning and behavioral problems; adults – memory loss, inebriation, liver disease, cancer.
  • Witch hazel.
  • Glycerin.
  • Listerine.
  • Propylene glycol.

They limit infection and prevent contamination.

Carriers may also be made of non-desirable sources:

  • Denatured alcohols. Highly toxic and may be fatal if inhaled, ingested or absorbed through skin.
  • Methyl alcohol. Repeated contact can cause skin cracking and dryness, possible liver damage, headaches, dizziness and even death.
  • Methanol. Can effect the nervous system, but is water soluble so washes out fairly quickly.
  • Isopropyl alcohol. The CDC suggests preventing skin contact. Can cause irritation to skin, eyes, nose, throat, dizziness, headache and dry cracking skin.
  • Ethylene glycol (antifreeze). Not intended for internal or topical use on humans. Can cause acute toxicity by dermal exposure. Also can cause lesions and reproductive issues – it has not yet been classified for cancer risk.
  • Formaldehyde. Some individuals may experience adverse effects such as watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing; wheezing, nausea, and skin irritation. Possible carcinogen. Alcohol increases the absorption through the skin, which results in more chemicals getting in your blood stream.

In the United States, tattoo ink is subject to enforcement though the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the same classification as cosmetics and color additives. But… the FDA has never approved any color or pigment for injection into the skin. It has been pointed out by the FDA and medical professionals that the inks are industrial strength colors suitable for printer ink or automotive paint and not for injection into the human body.

In California, Proposition 65 requires that tattoo artists warn customers that the tattoo ink may contain heavy metals known to cause cancer, birth defects, endocrine disrupters and other reproductive issues. Most other states remain unregulated and potential clients uninformed by the shops and artists.

Ingredients are not required to be listed on inks at all by law and are most often listed simply as proprietary blends. They can contain literally any chemical, including those known to be mutagenic (capable of causing mutations) and carcinogenic (capable of causing cancer). Tattoo artists and tattoo clients, the general public, do not often have any way of knowing for sure what exactly is in the ink.

Any time you inject anything in to your skin you risk infection.

The shop might be spotless, the artist may do everything right, you can still get an infection from contaminated ink.

Tattoo machines puncture the skin 3000 times a minute with each poke leaving a hole 1/64th to 1/16th of an inch in diameter. Tattoo guns work much like a sewing machine piercing the skin over and over again depositing ink to achieve the desired design and effects. The wounds do scab over rather quickly but can still get infected during or after the healing process.

The following are some of the heavy metals in tattoo ink and why some of these metals can be dangerous:

  • Mercury. A neurotoxin, meaning it has detrimental effects on the nervous system. It can damage the brain and lead to physical and emotional disorders.
  • Lead. Interferes with a variety of body processes and is toxic to many of the body’s organs and tissues, including the heart, bones, intestines, kidneys, nervous and reproductive systems. In severe cases, lead poisoning symptoms can include seizures, coma and death. Other symptoms commonly associated with lead exposure include abdominal pain, confusion, headache, anemia and irritability.
  • Beryllium. Listed as a Class A EPA-carcinogen. Exposure can cause chronic beryllium disease, an often-fatal lung disease.
  • Cadmium. A heavy metal that poses severe risks to human health, including kidney, bone, and pulmonary damage.
  • Arsenic. A known carcinogen, and new studies have also found that exposure to higher levels of arsenic leads to genetic damage.
  • Antimony. Exposure can cause irritation of the eyes, skin and lungs. As the exposure continues, more serious problems may occur, such as lung diseases, heart problems, diarrhea, severe vomiting and stomach ulcers.
  • Iron oxide. Also known as “rust”. Minimal if any health risks.
  • Cobalt. In small amounts cobalt can be beneficial to the body. In larger amounts however, it can be dangerous causing nausea, vision issues, heart problems and thyroid damage.
  • Nickel. Small quantities are safe. An uptake of too large quantities of nickel has the following consequences: Higher chances of development of lung cancer, nose cancer, larynx cancer and prostate cancer, Sickness and dizziness after exposure to nickel gas, Birth defects, asthma and chronic bronchitis, allergic reactions such as skin rashes, mainly from jewelry, and even heart disorders.
  • Aluminum. Has been linked directly to Alzheimer’s disease and cancer as well as heavy metal toxicity and sickness.

Although most tattoo ink manufacturers consider their ingredient list proprietary information, some brands do release this information and make an effort to produce only nontoxic inks. Some of the tattoo ink manufacturers with the best policies regarding nontoxic inks, according to How-To-Tattoo.com, include National Tattoo Supply, Eternal, Skin Candy, Dynamic and Kuro Sumi, all of which make significant efforts to ensure safe, as non-toxic as possible tattoo inks.

It is an unsolved topic of debate between medical professionals as well as tattoo artists as to if the metals contained in the inks dissipate over time or keep leaching from the tattoo into the rest of the body over the course of the person’s life. The safety and levels are difficult to study given other environmental exposures as to what is a direct result of tattooing.

If you do have or decide to do a tattoo, consider doing an internal cleanse as well as incorporating eating very healthy greens such as spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass, chlorophyll, parsley and cilantro to detoxify the heavy metals in your body system.

 

How To Lose Weight & Get Lean?

by Jeremy Michaels

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I’ve gone from overweight to normal weight to pretty fit in the last decade, and I’m sometimes asked what someone should eat and do if they want to lose weight and get lean.

Though I’m currently in the process to getting even more leaner, I know the dos and don’ts and did my hard research on nutrition and fitness.

Now there are many diets: Atkins, Mediterranean, South Beach, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, and a handful of others. But diets are not realistic because diets don’t work for everyone. Instead you should forget the simple diet plans and just focus on properly eating healthy and properly exercising.

Create your own meal plans as a nutritional list and create your own workout plan for weight loss, getting fit and lean.

I should note that what works for me or someone else might be different than what works for you and others. Everybody has a different metabolism, different body and ultimately different health. So it’s best to experiment what works for you when it comes to certain healthy quality foods and certain workouts.

The easiest thing to do is focus on eating the right quality foods and avoid eating the wrong foods. And focus on doing the right workouts and avoid wasting time on the wrong workouts or spending too much time on the same routines.

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Losing weight = burning more calories than you eat. It might seem simple, but if you’re not educated on food and nutrition, and fitness, you won’t succeed.

There are 3 principles you must know for weight loss:

  • Know the healthy foods that cause accelerating fat burning in your body.
  • Know the unhealthy particular foods that are preventing you from burning fat or making you gain weight.
  • Know how to properly exercise to lose your body fat percentage and build lean muscle.

I will explain in detail how to quickly and effectively lose weight and stay lean for the rest of your life…

1 – Do NOT diet. I repeat, DO NOT DIET! Most diet plans force you to cut calories until you’re practically starving. Diets aren’t realistic for the long term and are just quick fixes that will set you up for binge eating and weight gain in the future. Diets simply don’t work because everybody has a different metabolism rate. It’s NOT about dieting, it’s about the 3 principles above. It’s about the quality of food you have to eat and it’s metabolic enhancing effect on your body. It’s about the metabolic density training workouts you have to do to have your body adjusted to fat burning on it’s own. It’s about adjusting to healthy eating fitness lifestyle.

Focus on eating healthy aka high quality foods. Simply because eating healthy is how to effectively lose weight and get lean. Eating healthy just means eating natural and organic wholesome foods that have the daily vitamins and minerals, amounts of fiber, protein and good fats your body needs.

  • Avoid sugar. Keep your sugar intake extremely low. Completely avoid empty calories such as added sugary foods and drinks. The more intake of sugar, the more your blood sugar spikes, releasing insulin which makes it very difficult for you to lose weight. Sugar = the number one enemy of weight loss. Sugar is also the main ingredient of how you get chronic inflammatory disease.
  • Avoid certain food additives and preservatives. There are chemicals in our food that make it almost impossible for us to lose weight. Things like artificial sweeteners, artificial colorings, artificial flavorings, high fructose corn syrup, MSG, trans fat, aspartame, etc. are all things to look out for. Completely eliminate them all. Eat organic and natural foods.
  • Eliminate white flour and the wrong starchy high carb foods. Starchy foods such as white rice, white pasta and corn will make you gain weight and makes it difficult for you to lose weight. Eat resistant starches that are high on fiber such as beans, peas, oats, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, brown rice, lentils, spelt, rye, millet and bananas, which resists being digested right away, contain fewer calories and help prevent quick blood sugar spikes. These resistant starches have lots of fiber and make you lose weight. Fiber is what makes you full and effectively lose weight. Foods high on fiber are mostly certain vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
  • Avoid processed foods. If you’re cooking food in a microwave or toaster, or it’s in a box or can, it’s most likely processed food that contain the food additives and preservatives explained above. Go back to the old fashioned cooking fresh food. To effectively lose weight and get lean, you must eliminate processed food! More importantly, eliminating processed food decreases your chance of heart disease, diabetes and cancer by 60%.
  • Know the good fats vs. bad fats. An example of good fats are avocado, eggs, butter, nuts, seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, greek yogurt, chicken breast, turkey breast, fish, chia seed, and flaxseed. An example of bad fats is margarine, canola oil, fried foods, mayonnaise, bacon, flour, milk, chocolate and cream.
  • Eat foods that are proven to make you lose weight, that boost and speed up your metabolism, which are mostly high on fiber, low in sugar/carbs, contain healthy fats and are natural organic wholesome foods: Avocados, spinach, broccoli, olives, walnuts, almonds, salmon, chia seeds, flax seeds, oatmeal, red chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, green tea, potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, grapefruit, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, quinoa, brown rice, beans, plain greek yogurt, most other vegetables, most other fruits, most other whole grains, etc.
  • Eat vegetables and fruits daily. Make sure you get your daily vegetables and fruits. Eat 6 servings of vegetables a day. And eat 3 servings of fruit a day. Also juicing/blending vegetables and fruits can be very beneficial to both getting lean, losing weight and for your health. Vegetables and fruits have the vitamins, minerals and fiber you need to lose weight, maintain your lean and make you feel full.
  • Eat breakfast. It’s a proven fact that people who eat breakfast have a better shot at losing and maintaining weight loss. Eat a big breakfast, medium lunch, and a small dinner, with snacks in between.
  • Completely eliminate fast food. Fast foods are genetically modified (GMO) and mostly contain trans fat, MSG, and the food additives and preservatives explained above, that will make it difficult for you to lose weight. Fast foods are also loaded with the bad fats, high sodium, high carbs, added sugars and high cholesterol.
  • Completely eliminate fried foods. You may be used to eating fried foods but the process of frying will make you gain weight. Frying food causes food to absorb more fat and calories. The wrong fat that is. Also the most common frying oils are vegetable oils and canola oils which are a big no-no when it comes to your health and weight loss. Stick to grilling, roasting, braising, steaming, broiling, boiling, simmering, poaching, baking and stewing.
  • Eat protein. Green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, fish, chicken, turkey, eggs, lean beef, pork, milk, greek yogurt, etc. Note that you should always select lean meats. Completely avoid processed meats such as bologna, salami, bacon, sausage, hotdogs, etc. Limit your protein from animal products and dairy to 2-3 times a week, and eat more protein from green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and seeds.
  • Cook with the right herbs, spices and oils. Believe it or not, but using the wrong oils will make you gain weight and cooking with the right oils will help you lose weight and maintain your lean. Use healthy oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, flaxseed oil and hemp oil – instead of vegetable oil, canola oil, peanut oil, corn oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil. Use herbs and spices that are known for many healthy benefits and speed up your metabolism such as garlic, mint, oregano, mustard seeds, dill, parsley, cilantro, poppy seeds, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger and marjoram.
  • Beware of “fat-free” or “low fat” or “reduced fat” or “sugar free” foods as you could be trading good fats for huge amounts of sugar, sodium and chemicals. When it comes to “good fats” always choose whole fat.
  • Avoid pills, supplements, detox cleanses and fasting for weight loss. Most of these so called “weight loss” products will make you lose weight unhealthily and the wrong way and make you gain it all back or more at the end with disease or side effects. These scams are out for your money and don’t care about your health. Don’t fall to their slick advertising tricks, publicity, google searches, marketing and celebrity endorsements. “Detox cleanses” are very good for your body for overall health but it’s not consistent for a weight loss goal. “Fasting” is not good at all because then you’ll be starving yourself which makes your body go into fat storing mode. Supplements are synthetic versions of vitamins and food and it’s proven not to be too effective and consistent for health nor weight loss in the long run. One should adjust to a healthy eating lifestyle and exercise to properly and effectively lose weight and stay lean.
  • Avoid over the counter drugs and pharmaceutical drugs. Drugs are not meant for your body and are highly toxic. Most of them have dangerous side effects including weight gain and disease. Completely stay away from drugs!
  • Lastly, do not count calories, carbs or fat! Ever! There’s no need to count anything when all you have to do is just monitor what you eat by eliminating the bad stuff and focus on eating the good stuff.

2 – Workouts for weight loss and to get lean. Strength training, cardiovascular workouts, high intensity workouts, and participating in sports are king to help you lose weight and get lean.

  • Strength training. Strength training helps you lose fat without losing muscle, and makes you gain muscle. It gets you strong and feeling empowered and confident. This is important for both men and women. I recommend starting with bodyweight exercises (calisthenics) like push-ups, squats, jumps, lunges, and pull ups then slowly adjusting your body to weight lifting. Weight lifting with dumbbells, barbells and/or workout machines are great to get leaner and burn fat.
  • Cardio. Cardiovascular workouts such as jogging, biking, power walking, swimming, running on the treadmill, hiking, etc. are good to get your heart healthy and you can burn fat and maintain your lean. However it’s important you pair cardio with strength training/weight lifting for weight loss and to get lean. Cardio alone or too much steady cardio will not make you see the results you want to see.
  • High intensity workouts. Now these are king for weight loss and getting leaner. One should focus on metabolic density training workouts which are high intense short burst workouts that focus on your whole body that send your metabolism sky high. After high intense short burst workouts, your body will burn fat for 36 hours after you exercise. You will see weight loss results immediately and you will adjust your body to burn fat and tone on it’s own when you’re consistent. Your high intense short burst workouts should include overtime push-ups, squats, lunges, jumps, planks, jumping jacks, burpees, leg raises, and different aerobic exercise and body movements that focus on a fast paced total body workout.
  • Conclusion. Exercise is an important weight loss tool and how much you need varies from person to person. If you’re a beginner, start small at 3 days a week and gradually add time and more strength training workouts, cardio and high intense short burst workouts to give your body time to adapt. Any strength training paired with cardio and high intense short burst workout that stresses on total body and an increased heart rate will always help you lose weight quickly and keep it off.

3 – Drink water. You’ll be amazed by how much weight you drop by simply switching to water. Completely eliminate soda! And limit your juice. Water kick starts your metabolism, helps build muscle, moistens your intestines helping dispose waste that would otherwise be stored as fat, is necessary for proper digestion, helps the liver function, washes toxins out of the body and makes you feel full. Don’t confuse thirst with hunger – drink a glass of water when you feel hungry to see if that’s what you’re really craving.

4 – Get enough sleep. Without sleep, it’s harder to plan your meals, to exercise, or to consciously eat healthy. Also when you sleep less, you’ll eat more and crave more since you have more time to eat. When you sleep more, you’ll get the rest and energy your body needs.

5 – Make one change at a time. Don’t cut everything out at once. For example, cut out fried foods. When you’re used to that, cut out fast foods. After you’re used to that cut out soda, then processed foods, then white rice, and so on… Also don’t start doing heavy weights, 5 mile runs and high intensity short burst workouts out of no where. Slowly adjust your body to it and then be consistently consistent.

6 – Don’t EVER starve yourself! Skipping meals can cause your body to go into a fat storing starvation mode, making it harder to burn calories, making it even harder for you to lose weight, making you gain excessive weight. When you skip meals, your body stops breaking down fat and starts breaking down muscle tissue. Muscle tissue burns more calories at rest than other tissues, so you will working against your goals this way. When you’re hungry, your body conserves calories and slows down your metabolic process.

7 – Most importantly, remember to keep your goals in sight and motivate yourself. Motivation is the first step to losing weight.
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Healthy Foods To Eat During Pregnancy.

by Jeremy Michaels

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A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but especially vital if you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Healthy eating keeps you feeling good and gives your baby the essential vitamins and nutrients they need.

Overall aim for a balanced diet with the appropriate blend of all 5 food groups:

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Have a healthy breakfast everyday. Also aim to drink 8 glasses of water a day. You will probably find that you’re more hungry than usual but you don’t need to “eat for two” as they say – even if you’re expecting twins or triplets.

Fruits and Vegetables. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables because these provide lots of vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber. These include kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, avocado, blueberries, raspberries, apples, oranges, cantaloupe, grapes, peppers, etc.

Complex carbs. Starchy foods are an important source of vitamins and fiber, and are satisfying without containing too much calories. This includes bread, sweet potatoes, potatoes, cereal, rice, pasta, noodles, oats, oatmeal, yams and corn meal. These foods should be the main part of every meal and you should aim for about 8 portions a day.

Protein. Foods containing protein help the baby grow. Meat, fish, chicken, eggs, milk, cheese, nuts and beans are all good sources of protein. Eat some protein everyday and always choose lean meat.

Dairy. Dairy foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. are important because not only do they contain protein, they contain calcium and other nutrients that your baby needs. Always choose whole fat and aim for 4 portions a day.

Fats, Sugars and Oils. These foods include butter, oils, salad dressings, cream, chocolate, biscuits, pastries, ice cream, cake, puddings and high sugar drinks such as juice and soda. You should eat only a small portion of these foods and only occasionally. These foods contain too much sugar and too much fat without providing enough nutrients and can contribute to weight gain, obesity, tooth decay and disease.

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The following are foods you should not eat when you’re pregnant because they have a high probability to make you ill and harm your baby. Also they’re very healthy for health in general:

Any fried foods
Processed foods
Processed meat such as deli meat, pepperoni, hotdog, etc.
Raw or undercooked meat
Liver or any liver products
Shark, marlin, swordfish, sushi
Unpasteurized milk
Caffeine: coffee, soda, energy drinks, etc.

How To Have Clear and Healthy Skin?

by Jeremy Michaels

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Skin is the biggest organ in the human body. When your skin is inflamed, it’s an indication that there’s something wrong internally. For years I struggled with my own skin problem: eczema and I discovered how important healthy eating along with safe and gentle detoxification helped my skin heal and start to glow.

You might be asking yourself, “How does the food I eat help my skin?” Here’s how it works: Most often we get skin problems when we have too many toxins in our body. In order to get clear skin, you must focus on eliminating your toxins. These toxins are from the chemicals, preservatives, additives, oils and GMOS in your food. These toxins are not meant for the human body and it is what causes inflammation and disease. And how do you eliminate toxins? By making changes to your diet and lifestyle. Eat healthy = clear and healthy skin. Keep in mind, that some foods are great at fighting toxins and other foods just add more toxins to our body.

Eat These 10 Toxin-Fighting Foods for Clear Skin:

1. Berries: Full of antioxidants that promote healthy, glowing skin and reduce stress on the body.
2. Tomatoes: Rich in Vitamins A and C, nutrients and antioxidants.
3. Lemons: Help balance your body’s acidity and clears your skin.
4. Watercress: This spicy, leafy green is rich in Vitamin C, iron, calcium and sulfur that supports liver and skin health.
5. Fennel: Supports digestion and intestinal health.
6. Beets: High in glutathione for detoxification and liver support.
7. Avocado: This smooth, silky fruit is rich in Vitamin E and amazing for skin health. It also makes a nourishing food face mask.
8. Burdock: Supports the liver and has strong anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties that helps digestive and skin health.
9. Sweet Potato: Contains beta-carotene for intestinal, skin and menstrual cycle health.
10. Pumpkin Seeds: High in Vitamin E, zinc and omega fatty acids.

Avoid These 3 Foods for Healthy Skin:

1. Milk: Just say no! Drink almond milk, coconut milk or hemp milk instead.
2. Fried Food: No surprise here. Fried food will clog your pores.
3. Gluten: Cut gluten out of your diet for 2 weeks. You’ll see a difference.

5 Daily Habits that will Keep your Skin Looking Younger:

1. Drink water: Drink 2 – 3 liters of water everyday. Staying hydrated helps your body flush out skin-damaging toxins.
2. Sleep: It’s called “beauty rest” for a reason. Go to sleep before midnight for 7-8 hours.
3. Relieve stress: When you’re stressed out, your body releases “stress toxins.” These toxins can trigger illness and skin breakouts. Relax with deep breathing, walking or reading.
4. Exercise, Yoga, Mediation: Sweating = healthy. No explanation needed here.
5. Detox. Doing occasional juice cleanses helps remove toxins and heavy metals from your body.

How I Made My Eczema Disappear and What I Do and Use:

1. What I Drink and Don’t Drink. I drink lots and lots of water. I drink 100% juice, beer, liquor, tea and wine only once in a blue. I DO NOT drink milk, soda, energy drinks, high sugar drinks or coffee. 
2. What I Use and Don’t Use. I use raw, natural and organic products only! I specifically use organic raw shea butter, organic raw cocoa butter, organic almond oil, organic raw coconut oil, organic raw aloe vera, organic grapeseed oil, lemons and raw manuka honey. I stay away from chemical food dyes, certain toxic fragrances, methylisothiazolinone, parabens, phtlalates, sulphates and other chemicals that are hidden in soaps, facial cleanses, body washes, and deodorants. 
3. What I Do Daily
: Every morning I drink 2 teaspoons of organic raw unrefined coconut oil. Daily I try to eat 3 servings of green leafy vegetables – kale, spinach, chard, arugula, broccoli and watercress. I also juice greens as my form of detoxification.
4. Exercise. I exercise 3-4 times a week. I do everything from calisthenics, weight lifting and cardio. I mix it up and keep my body guessing. It’s my way to stay lean, live healthy, feel good and have clear skin.

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So now you know about the foods and habits that can dramatically improve your skin. The next step is putting these changes into action. You will start to notice improvements in your skin after a few days. But keep this in mind: when you get your clear and glowing skin, continue with your healthy eating habits. That’s the best way to make sure your skin stays healthy, anti-aging and beautiful.

How To Detox Properly?

by Jeremy Michaels

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It’s spring and people are ready to rejuvenate, and with this often comes the plans of a “detox”. Although spring is a good time to consider this important practice, many people go at it with reckless abandon that compromises their results. So before you go on a 21-day juice fast, consider these important activities to get the most out of your detox and maintain health.

SUPPORT YOUR LIVER:

Your liver is your largest internal organ, and is responsible for filtering our blood of toxins and removing any that do get into our bloodstream. When its function is compromised we accumulate toxins more quickly due to its inability to manage and dispatch toxins out of the body appropriately.

Therefore, it makes sense to specifically stimulate and detoxify this organ during a detox so it can properly handle its humble but vitally important job of removing toxins from our body. Key foods and herbs that stimulate liver function include:

• Herbs like milk thistle, dandelion, burdock root, artichoke, and turmeric.
• Foods like garlic, grapefruit, avocado, walnuts, and green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, swiss chard and collard greens.
• Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha.

SUPPORT YOUR KIDNEYS:

Even though the kidneys are relatively small, they actually process about 20% of our blood to filter out waste and extra water. The processed blood returns to the body and the eliminated waste is stored in the bladder until it is excreted from the body through the urethra.

When you decide to detox you increase the amount of waste products to remove, and if your kidneys are not up to the challenge, you could create other problems such as bladder and kidney infections. Key foods and herbs that will ensure proper kidney support and function include:

• Herbs like uva ursi, corn silk, juniper berries, golden rod, and horsetail.
• Unsweetened cranberry juice.
• Apple cider vinegar.
• Magnesium: foods high in this mineral are whole grains, tahini, edamame, and nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds and cashews.

PROMOTE BOWEL MOVEMENTS:

Frequent bowel movements are crucial to a proper detoxification process. Failure to move them properly allows toxins to reabsorb into your intestinal wall, which then makes it into your bloodstream and then eventually other areas of your body.

As a result, you need to ensure you are properly moving your bowels through a variety of foods, herbs, and nutrients that stimulate and lubricate the digestive system, including:

• Plenty of water.
• Variety of green leafy vegetables and other produce.
• Aloe vera, garlic, ginger, fennel, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and kefir.
• Bentonite clay, activated charcoal, or diatomaceous earth for toxin binding and removal.
• Magnesium.
• Vitamin C.


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Your largest detoxification organ is your skin. If you find that it is dry, irritated, or blemished, it is a strong signal that toxins are being forced out due to overloads in your other primary detoxifiers like your liver and kidneys.

Opening your pores creates another gateway for toxins to leave your body. There are a few ways to do this, including:

• Dry brushing.
• Exercise.
• Infrared sauna.
• Hot baths. (add magnesium and essential oils for better results)


ENCOURAGE LYMPHATIC FLOW
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Your lymphatic system performs the important function of cleansing the fluid that surrounds your cells in your body by removing waste products. This not only helps protect your body from toxins, but it also allows your cells to perform their best.

Your lymph system doesn’t have a natural pump, so it requires movement in order to stimulate it and keep it from becoming stagnant. Some of your best options to do this include:

• Exercise.
• Massage
• Acupuncture
• Dry brushing

Now go ahead and do your detox more efficiently.

The 10 Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Our Health.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Plants can offer amazing benefits; grown indoors, they’ll easily allow you to experience better health by creating a great healthy atmosphere.

For a long time it has been incredibly easy to grow plants at home. Indoor plants have many benefits. They can relieve tension, reduce stress levels, purify the air and even help with the healing process. So why not get the benefits nature can offer by adopting one, or more of the following plants into your home.

Here Are The Best Plants to Grow Indoors for Our Health:

1 – Aloe. Not only is the aloe plant readily available to soothe sunburns, stings, or cuts, it can also detoxify the body and is great for purifying the air. Aloe can help clear the air of pollutants found in chemical cleaning products. When the amount of harmful chemicals in the air become excessive, the plant’s leaves will display brown spots.

2 – English Ivy. According to NASA, English Ivy is the number one houseplant to grow indoors due to its incredible air filtering abilities. It is the most effective plant when it comes to absorbing “formaldehyde”, and is even easy to grow. An adaptable plant, it can be hung and perched on the floor and prefers moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.

3 – Rubber Tree. This plant easily grows in dim lighting and cooler climates. This low-maintenance plant is a powerful toxin eliminator and air purifier.

4 – Snake Plant. A wonderful corner plant, the snake plant can thrive without much light or water. It’s also efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide and releases oxygen during the night (while most plants do during the day), therefore one in the bedroom may help you in experience better sleep.

5 – Peace Lily. This beautiful flower is a wonderful low-maintenance plant to keep in the home. Peace lilies do well in shade and cooler temperatures, and they can reduce the levels of a number of toxins in the air.

6 – Philodendron. The heart-shaped philodendron is a popular plant choice for indoor areas, as they’re easy to care for and can grow decorative vines. Similar to the English Ivy, they are particularly good at absorbing formaldehyde. If properly cared for, they can last for many years and grow with your family. The philodendron prefers moderate water and some sunlight.

7 – Bamboo Palm. An attractive and soothing plant, the bamboo palm also made NASA’s list of top-ten clean air plants with a purifying score of 8.4. The palm is also quite effective at clearing out benzene and trichloroethylene. Well watered and placed in shade or indirect sunlight, they’ll flourish and intensify the peace in your home.

8 – Spider Plant. Spider plants are easy to grow and are a popular house plant for many. Not only are they decorative, but they’re also on NASA’s list of the best air-purifying plants. Effective at fighting off pollutants (including benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and xylene), they’re a beautiful addition to any home seeking cleaner air.

9 – Golden Pothos. The pothos is a simple yet beautiful plant which also made NASA’s list. It grows best in cool temperatures and in low levels of sunlight. Able to clear formaldehyde from the air, it’s a beneficial plant to have in your living room or as a hanging plant, as the leaves will grow down in cascading vines.

10 – Red-Edged Dracaena. This vibrant plant can grow to be ceiling height (15 foot dracaenas are common), making it a great plant for decorating and filling up space. It’s beneficial for removing toxins, such as xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from the air. It flourishes in sunlight and will be a welcome addition in your home.

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A quick list for those who want to eat and maintain healthy.

DAILY:
– Eat 3 servings of green leafy vegetables.
– Eat 2-3 servings of fruits.
– Eat a handful of nuts.
– Eat a handful of seeds.
– 1 to 2 tsps of unrefined virgin coconut oil.
– Eat an organic apple a day.
– Eat a garlic clove a day.
– Drink a cup of water when you wake up.
– Drink a cup of water before you eat lunch and dinner.
– Drink lots of water throughout the day.

EVERY 2 DAYS:
– 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar.
– Eat an avocado. (or guacamole)

WHEN YOU CAN:
– Drink water with lemon, lime, cucumbers and mint leaves.
– Drink apple cinnamon water.
– Drink 100% pure lemon juice.
– Eat raw honey (or Manuka honey).
– Eat a banana.
– Eat green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, romaine lettuce, broccoli and swiss chard.
– Eat fruits such as berries, pears, mango, orange, grapefruit, kiwi, peaches, grapes, cantaloupe, etc.
– Drink a “homemade” nutritious smoothie.
– Juice and drink green leafy vegetables.
– Drink coconut water/watermelon water/maple water/cucumber water.
– Eat nut butters. (peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, walnut butter, pecan butter, cashew butter, etc.)
– Drink nut milks. (Almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, hemp milk, cashew milk, soy milk, hazelnut milk, quinoa milk, etc.)
– Eat legumes. (beans, lentils)
– Eat whole grains. (quinoa, brown rice, farro, oats, oatmeal, bulgur, barley, amaranth, wild rice, etc.)
– Eat superfoods. (spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, wheatgrass, cacao powder, gojiberries, maca powder, hemp powder, aloe vera, seaweed, royal jelly, acai, etc.)

EAT BUT IN MODERATION:
– Any meat. (chicken, turkey, pork, red meat, etc.)
– Any seafood. (fish, salmon, shrimp, lobster, crab, etc.)
– Greek yogurt.
– Cheese.
– Eggs.
– Dark chocolate.
– Jams.
– Whole wheat pasta.
– Coffee.
– Butter.

AVOID:
– Juice
– Bread.
– Bagels.
– High carb foods.
– Corn.
– Milk chocolate.
– Peanuts

COMPLETELY ELIMINATE/DONT EVER EAT:
– Milk.
– Soda.
– Energy drinks.
– Any juice that’s not 100% juice.
– White rice.
– White pasta.
– White flour.
– Soybean oil, canola oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, peanut oil, safflower oil and sunflower oil.
– Margarine.
– Shortening.
– Cake, cookies, chips, doughnuts, muffins, rolls, cupcakes, etc.
– Any processed foods.
– Any fast foods.
– Any fried foods.
– Any processed meats. (deli meat, hotdogs, sausage, bacon)
– Processed soy.
– Any trans-fat.
– Refined salt.
– Refined sugar.
– Any high sugar or added sugar products.
– Any syrup.
– Low-fat or reduced fat products.
– Sugar-free products.
– Certain food additives and preservatives. (high fructose corn syrup, MSG, aspartame, BHA and BHT, rBGH, sodium nitrate, sodium nitrite, agave nectar, potassium bromate, potassium sorbate, potassium benzoate, soy lecithin, sucralose, carrageenan, food dyes such as yellow#5, yellow#6, red#3, blue#1, blue#2, corn syrup and GMOs)

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Coconut Oil.

by Jeremy Michaels

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Coconut oil is one of the healthiest things on the planet. It’s a nutritious heart-healthy oil that’s high on saturated fat that can be used for many health benefits.

Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which kills harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi. Breast milk is the only other natural source that contains such a high concentration of lauric acid, which could explain the drastic decrease of infections in breast-fed babies.

This tropical oil is also made up of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are metabolized differently than other short chain and long chain fatty acids. They are not absorbed by the body as fat, instead they are converted for the use of energy.

Cooking with coconut oil is great since it has such a high smoke point, or burning point. This means that you can cook at higher temperatures without burning the oil and damaging it’s properties. Consuming burned oils is very bad for your health which is why you also shouldn’t be cooking at high temps with extra virgin olive oil or other healthy oils. (Note: cooking with coconut oil doesn’t make your food taste like coconut, it actually has a nice, butter-like appeal)

Here are 60 of the many amazing benefits and uses of this miraculous super-food, COCONUT OIL:

1 – Lowers cholesterol.
2 – Improves immune function and the body’s resistance to both viruses and bacteria.
3 – Can be used in cooking since it has a high smoke point and will not burn like other cooking oils such as olive oil or butter. Great for sautéing, baking and stir-frys.
4 – Can help with weight loss if taken daily, since it isn’t stored as fat and may boost your metabolism. (Results have been seen with 2 tablespoons a day.
5 – 
A natural skin SPF sunscreen. Helps increase sun tolerance and avoid burning.
6 – Can be used as a healthy creamer substitute for coffee.
7 – Can boost metabolism so you burn more calories naturally.
8 – Can be used on the skin as a moisturizer.
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Can be used on hair as a natural deep conditioner.
10 – On cuticles to help nails grow. Also apply to your nails as a cuticle softener.
11 – Rub on lips for natural effective chap stick.
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Soothe a sunburn or any other type of burn.
13 – Hydrate dry, cracked skin (especially feet and hands)
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Can be used as a soothing eye make-up remover.
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Soothes and helps psoriasis and eczema skin conditions.
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Take orally to kill intestinal parasites and yeast overgrowth.
17 – Can be used for minor scrapes and skin rashes as a natural antibacterial ointment.
18 – Can soothe bug bites and reduce the itch.
19 – Supports healthy thyroid function.
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Can be used as a scalp treatment for dandruff.
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Can stimulate hair growth.
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Can smooth frizzy hair.
23 – Mix with epsom salts for a detoxifying body scrub.
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Mix with baking soda for a whitening toothpaste.
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Can improve digestion if taken before meals.
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Can be used as a natural baby lotion and diaper rash cream.
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Fight signs of aging as a natural facial and body oil.
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Heals cold sores naturally when applied topically.
29 – When taken daily, can help with allergies.
30 – When taken daily, can improve sleep and mood.
31 – Can improve insulin levels for diabetics.
32 – Can remove bacteria and plaque from the mouth with oil pulling.
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Use as a tropical massage oil.
34 – May help you to shed “difficult to lose” abdominal fat by taking daily doses of 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil.
35 – 
Can be therapeutic and cure brain disorders such as epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease.
36 – 
Reduce appetite with regular consumption.
37 – 
Reduce hot flashes through coconut oil’s ability to regulate hormones.
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Absorb fat-soluble vitamins better (like vitamins A, D, E & K).
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Can be used for shaving. It doesn’t wash off and it will moisturize your skin as you shave!
40 – Can be made into a homemade deodorant.
41 – Rub on a pregnant belly to prevent stretch marks.
42 – Take supplementally for daily energy.
43 – Natural treatment for lice.
44 – Fights athlete’s foot or fungus infections.
45 – Add to smoothies to create filling nutritious energy boosting smoothies.
46 – Mix with a tablespoon of chia seeds for an all-day energy boost.
47 – Can help the appearance of varicose veins.
48 – Natural personal lubricant that won’t disturb vaginal flora.
49 – Can get rid of cellulite.
50 – It’s anti-inflammatory properties can help lessen arthritis.
51 – Treats yeast infections. Soak a tampon with it and insert the tampon for a few hours.
52 – Put a drop in ear to help speed up ear infection healing.
53 – Can help resolve acne when used regularly.
54 – A tablespoon of it with tea can help relieve sore throat instantly.
55 – Beneficial fats in it can help with depression and anxiety.
56 – Beneficial fats in it can also help with autism.
57 – When taken regularly, it can help fight candida.
58 – When taken regularly, it can help boost hormone production.
59 – Take during pregnancy to help provide baby necessary fats for development.
60 – Ingesting daily can increase mental alertness. 

Now, what are you waiting for? This is life-changing stuff. Get your hands on some coconut oil right now! Make sure you choose organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil for the most benefits.

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Top 10 Negative Effects of Using Cosmetics and Make-up Daily.

by Jeremy Michaels

Foundation, toner, bronzer, kaajal, eyeliner, eyebrow pencil, eye-shadow, blusher, lipstick, lip-gloss, powder, fragrances, deodorant, nail polish, hairspray, shampoo, etc. If you are in the habit of putting on these every single day, you are definitely an obsessive cosmetics user!

Of course, they make you look pretty, make you smell good, make you feel good, make you look younger, but not forever. Too much of a good thing can turn very nasty in the long run.

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Cosmetics today contain a wide range of harmful chemicals which, if used in excess, slowly damage our skin and body until it is too late to mend.

The average woman exposes her skin to over 100 different chemicals everyday in the form of make-up and beautification products. Dangerous chemicals like sodium sulphates, phthalates, parabens, triclosan and various reactive acids present in most popular cosmetic products today are absorbed by the skin into the bloodstream and lead to numerous lingering side effects, some of which are known to have serious repercussions for the user’s general health.

The following are the top 10 negative effects of using cosmetics and make-up daily:

1 – Increases the chance of getting cancer. If nothing else can make you control the use of cosmetics, this definitely will.The most deadly reason to minimize the use of cosmetics is to protect yourself from cancer risks, in other words, almost certain death. A majority of chemical cosmetics available in the  market today contain toxic ingredients that can cause multiple kinds of cancer – breast cancer, skin cancer and blood cancer. Fragrances containing phthalates, synthetic shampoos and deodorant sprays and nail polish contaminated with benzene in particular can be the causes of the worst kinds of cancer. And the worst part is, since companies try their best to make these products look as innocent as possible, and because of the lack of consumer awareness regarding their toxicity, people hardly suspect them to be the cause of their health troubles, until it is too late.

2 – Breathing Disorders. Chemically reactive beauty products not only ruin your physical appearance and cause painful allergies, they can go so far as to interfere with your respiratory system, causing serious breathing disorders. For example, salicylates and lead-containing lipsticks can lead to breathing difficulties that are similar to asthmatic attacks. Even the harmless bubble bath you buy can be a potential cause of respiratory disorders, especially if it contains the foaming agent “alkylarylsulphonate”. What is the use of beautification if it can result in us being unable to breathe properly? So it only makes sense to be extremely careful while choosing the cosmetics we purchase and limiting their use altogether!

3 – Damage To Our Reproductive Systems. The allergy-causing parabens present in cosmetics have been proven by medical research to be toxic to the reproductive cells. Butyl paraben in particular was linked to DNA damage in men’s sperm, according to a study that compared the levels of this compound to several reproductive measures in men. If the DNA of reproductive cells are damaged, it can lead to a terribly adverse impact on reproduction processes and reproductive hormones. Since women are the dominant consumers of cosmetics, these toxic chemicals tend to put them at even greater risk. Skincare products and deodorants have been linked to some very complicated reproductive irregularities, which could even lead to infertility and I am sure you don’t want that to happen to yourself. So stop wondering and just be careful. Don’t overdo your make-up. And again, most importantly don’t use make-up and beauty products everyday!

4 – Disruption of Thyroid Systems. Damaging chemicals in cosmetics over a long period of time, can wreak havoc with your endocrine system, particularly the thyroid gland. A example is Triclosan, which is a chemical used to keep many of your skin care products germ free. It is commonly found in deodorant sprays, make-up, and acne-removing scrubs. Absorption and accumulation of triclosan and compounds within your body due to daily cosmetic application has an extremely detrimental effect on the thyroid gland, leading to severe after-effects of the thyroid hormone. Sudden headaches, shivering bouts, depression and weight gain are some of the consequences resulting from the inflammation of the thyroid gland.

5 – Allergic Reactions. A large percentage of health problems from cosmetics involve allergies. Commonly used chemicals contained in make-up products can produce allergic reactions in the skin, eyes and hair, especially if used in excessive amounts. Parabens, (examples – ethyl-paraben, butyl-paraben, isopropyl-paraben etc.) which are chemicals used as preservatives to prevent bacterial growth in cosmetics, have been reported to cause allergic reactions including various kinds of skin irritation, blotches and blemishes on the skin. A lasting infection caused by the use of certain fragrances is photosensitization, in which the perfume reacts with sunlight to create brown patches on the skin. Salicylate sensitivity is another reason for increased allergic reactions including the outbreak of painful rashes or hives among sensitive users to products containing the chemical as one of the ingredient. Sadly, very few cosmetics in the market are completely free of salycilates.

6 – Itching and Skin Disorders. A number of oil-based skin foundations clog pores on your facial skin, leading to scary acne outbreaks and skin disorders. Blushers and bronzers contain ingredients which can lead to pimples, lead patches and long term skin irritation all over the affected areas. Salicylates found in a number of pain relief lotions and skin care creams can lead to severe itching especially among those who are sensitive to the chemical. And the next time you think about buying that new anti-aging cream, remember to collect thorough information about the ingredients, quality and side-effects as a number of poor quality skin care products contain chemicals which temporarily may present you with a youthful glow, but in the long run lead to premature aging of your skin. Sodium lauryl sulphate, a popular ingredient used by most of the modern cosmetic brands, is known to reduce the protective barrier of the skin by at least 10%, increasing the skin’s susceptibility to irritation by a host of chemicals. Heavy metals and ammonia in hair dyes can lead to abrasions in the skin and scalp, follicle damage and hair loss.

7 – Skin Discoloration. A number of cosmetics, like creams, skin toners, sunscreens and blushers can have bleaching and/or darkening effects on the skin, especially if the products are of inferior quality. Poor quality cosmetics when used without regulation can lead to marked discoloration of skin, including patches, redness, brown to gray pigmentation, blotches and unevenness. You surely don’t want your face to become dotted with brown, flecked with grey and look as red as if you’ve been pinched all over, then you would do well to use these synthetic skin care products as little as possible. Also it’s extremely important to use these products only while they are well within their date of expiry. 

8 – Potential Eye Infections. Use of excessive make-up on and around the eyes can lead to serious infections, accompanied by redness, watery eyes and stinging sensations. Applying too many coats of eye shadow creates considerable damage as the glittery dust which makes your eyes shine also slips through the corners and ends of the eyelids to cause redness and itching. Too much mascara can lead to the stopping of eyelash growth or falling of eyelashes. Mascara also attracts bacteria for breeding, as a result causing severe eye irritation. Same goes for too much kaajal and eyeliner. Our eyes are one of the most important and sensitive organs of our body and it would be a shame if we damage them in our attempts to beautify them.

9 – Depression. Numerous of studies link cosmetic use with depression and mood swings. They claim that women who tend to wear heavy make-up including foundations, toners, lipstick, blushers and dark mascaras tend to feel more gloomy and depressed more often than those who use minimal or no make-up. Triclosan, parabens and other damaging chemicals in skincare products and perfumes disrupt and lead to hormonal imbalances. Such negative feelings leads to loss of concentration, determination and optimistic outlook, which can have adverse effects on one’s professional, social and personal lives. So if you want to be happy, throw out those countless tubes of creams, wrinkle lifts and hair colors that make your appearance and happiness temporary.

10 – Headaches. There is a scientifically proven relationship between the chemicals in your beauty products and headaches. Thick coats of make-up, especially on the face and forehead increases the chance of migraine attacks which may even lead to dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Harsh chemicals interfere with the skin and underlying muscles, triggering headaches, weakness and fatigue. So if you are getting headaches at odd hours for which you haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause, then ask yourself how much make-up and perfume you’ve been wearing lately, and try going through a week without them. You’ll definitely find your headaches reduced or gone.

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So now that you’re informed, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Make-up, cosmetics, grooming products, beautification and body products can be little devils in disguise.

Here is a list of alternatives I strongly suggest:

  • Go natural more often!
  • Switch to natural remedies like preparing pastes from fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water.
  • Get your body products, make-up and cosmetics natural and organic free from the harmful chemicals explained. Remember that all these products are synthetic and not natural. Stay away from most of these big corporation brands.
  • In all your products, beware and look for the following chemicals: parabens, sodium sulphates, phthalates, sodium benzoate, triclosan, methylisothiazolinone, acrylates, salicylates, butlene glycol, zirconium, tartrazine, nickel sulphate, potassium bromate, coloring dyes such as red#40, yellow #20, etc, aluminum, nitrosamines, octinoxate, propylene glycol, oxybenzone, etc.