What are Probiotics and why do you need them?

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What are Probiotics and why do you need them?

The short answer:
Your gut is filled with bacteria, good and bad. Good bacteria aids digestion, boosts immunity, and combats a number of gut-related illnesses. Emerging research shows it may also impact weight loss and influence mood. Bad bacteria hampers good bacteria and can make you sick in an assortment of ways, oftentimes involving repeated trips to the bathroom.

The two fight constantly.

Probiotics contain good bacteria. You’ll find them either in supplement form or through real foods like yogurt, tempeh, kimchi, miso, and kombucha. By taking them, you’re fortifying the troops. While they’re generally an excellent idea, they’re particularly important after you’ve had an infection or you’ve taken a round of antibiotics, because these things tend to wipe out the populations in your gut.

The long answer:
The therapeutic use of probiotics is an excellent example of ancient wisdom existing long before Western science could pull its head out. There are references to curdled milk in the Bible (Genesis 18:8 and Isaiah 7:15 if you’re keeping score), but the party really got started around the start of the 20th century when Nobel Prize–winning scientist Dr. Elias Metchnikoff reported that Bulgarian shepherds tended to live almost twice as long as urban Parisians where he was living. He pinned this on the formers’ intake of fermented milk, which he felt contained “good” and “anti-putrefactive” microorganisms.

It’s unclear how Metchnikoff made the connection between these two rather disparate groups, but it gave birth to the modern investigation of probiotics, so let’s not complain. For the last hundred plus years, science continues to discover more and more good things about the bugs living in our intestines.

The 100 trillion (give or take a trillion) bacteria that live in your gut can be divided into over 500 types. Many of the important ones fall into one of two genera, Lactobacillus andBifidobacterium. Under that, there are several species, many of which have specific benefits. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus has been shown to be especially effective in combating lactose intolerance and Montezuma’s Revenge (or “traveler’s diarrhea” if you want to be boring about it). However, unless you have a specific issue that you’re trying to address, you probably don’t need to stress about all the species.

Fun fact one: the bad bacteria you’re working to keep in check include Helicobacter pylori,Escherichia coli (E. coli), and salmonella.

Fun fact two: we’re born without bacteria in our guts, but the populating begins when we pass through the birth canal. Our first gasps of air provide yet more bacteria, as does breast milk, which is especially rich in probiotics.

It’s well-established that probiotic consumption helps with almost any intestinal issue you can think of, including constipation, lactose intolerance, GI infections, gas, diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, IBS, and IBD. It’s been shown to be effective in treating vaginal and urinary tract infections and atopic eczema. There’s also research showing probiotics may reduce the risk of colon cancer.

There are a few theories as to how this all happens. One is that good bacteria simply take up the space in the gut that the bad bacteria would take over. There’s also the fact that some good bacteria stimulate the immune system by promoting the release of various white blood cells that kill pathogens. A third idea is that many bacteria use the same fuel sources. For example, Clostridium difficile, which causes diarrhea and inflames the colon, is dependent on sugar—but so are many good bacteria. It all comes down to balance. If you have plenty of good bacteria in your gut, they’re going to dominate the monosaccharide buffet.

Look beyond GI issues, and current science on gut bacteria and probiotics gets even more amazing. A Washington University study on identical twins—one overweight and one thin—showed that they had entirely different gut microbiota, suggesting certain bacteria in your system promotes weight gain. (A separate UC Berkeley study suggests the evolutionary reason for this is that people in northern climates need more body fat, so their gut bacteria actually shifts to promote weight gain.)

But if you think popping the right probiotics will soon be the key to dropping pounds, don’t get too excited. Yet another study on mice shows that “weight loss bacteria” doesn’t seem to thrive on a high in saturated fat, low-fiber diet. However, they tend to propagate when fed a diet filled with fruits and veggies.

Researchers are also looking seriously into the gut-brain axis. In other words, those little bugs in your belly might actually have a say in your decision-making process. For instance, gut bacteria produce 95% of your serotonin, a powerful “feel-good” neurotransmitter.

And a Texas Tech University study on mice found that feeding mice the bad bacteriumCampylobacter jejuni drove up their anxiety levels.

So, yes, you should consume probiotics. How many depends on your situation. Antibiotics wipe out the microbes in your gut, so a supplement is an excellent idea after a round of those. Beyond that, if you have a gut-related issue, it’s worth researching which probiotic might help and supplement thusly.

Quality probiotic supplements can be pricey though. For most people, a solid diet filled with probiotic foods should do the trick. (For the record, Shakeology contains Bacillus coagulans, an especially hearty probiotic that can survive at room temperature when many probiotics require refrigeration.)

Yogurt is also a great source. However, it’s important to read the label. The bacteria that make the flavor and texture that Western society considers yogurt can’t survive the voyage through our GI tract, so manufacturers enhance the stuff with other strains, including Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum.

Kombucha, or fermented tea, is another great probiotic food that’s especially trendy right now. It may take a while to learn to appreciate its tangy taste, but it’s worth it. Another benefit of kombucha is that it’s incredibly simple to make.

Beyond that, there are tons of other foods out there that are technically probiotic, including tempeh, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, and various cheeses. Unfortunately, these foods are often heated or pasteurized in such a way that kills the bacteria, so check on the label to verify if the probiotics are still active. Another option is to seek out a boutique producer who deliberately maintains the bacteria in their foods. Or you might want to make them yourself.Sandor Ellix Katz’s The Art of Fermentation is an excellent resource for your bacterial DIY needs.

On a final note, remember that fruit and veggie thing a few paragraphs up? Well, it applies to all the benefits of probiotics. Gut bacteria thrives on certain foods called prebiotics, so it’s crucial to make them part of your diet. Foods especially high in prebiotics include asparagus, onion, leek, garlic, artichokes, oats, and bananas. Yacon root, which you’ll find in Shakeology, also contains prebiotics.

So make prebiotics and probiotics a cornerstone of your diet because if you’re good to all those little bugs in your gut, they’ll return the favor tenfold.

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Microfibers…what are they?

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What is it?

At only 1/200th the size of a strand of human hair, Norwex Microfiber is one of the most innovative products in the cleaning industry today. When combined with the unique Norwex knitting process, Norwex Microfiber becomes a highly effective cleaning agent and can hold up to seven times its weight in matter. Unlike cotton cloths that will simply spread the dirt, grease and other particles around, Norwex BacLock® * Microfiber lifts these particles up into the cloth and away from the surface. Once inside the cloth, the Norwex micro silver in the cloth goes to work with self-purification properties against mold, fungi and bacterial odor within 24 hours, so that it is ready to use again.

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When a traditional cotton cloth is used to wipe your surface, dirt and moisture are pushed around and into the surface crevices, leaving it moist and unclean. Norwex Microfiber attracts dirt, grease, and moisture, leaving the surface clean and dry. Once these particles are inside the wet cloth, the micro silver in the cloth goes to work with the self purification properties against the mold, fungi and bacterial odor within 24 hours, so that is is ready to use again.

How to use it:

Work with eight clean sides

  1. Fold the cloth in half.
  2. Fold it again. You now have a total of eight clean sides to work with. For the Window Cloth and Car Cloth, fold it again and you have 16 sides.
  3. Place your whole hand on the cloth and wipe with even strokes. The cloth should be flat against the surface being cleaned.

Use it Wet to Clean

Dampen your cloth with water to loosen dirt and debris, leaving surface free from everything.  Used wet, the microfibers work together to provide superior cleaning results. Simply wet the cloth, wring, and wipe away dirt and debris from all washable surfaces. For spot cleaning use the Norwex Spray Bottle to apply water to the surface before cleaning.

Use it Dry for Dusting

Use dry to pick up and hold dust.  Used dry, the Norwex Microfiber produces an electrostatic charge that attracts and holds dust particles. The electrostatic effect created enhances the cloths’ ability to attract dirt and dust particles. As you lightly wipe the surface the microfiber attracts and draws up even the smallest particles of dust, trapping them in the fibers until the cloths are rinsed or laundered.

How to take care of it:

    • Wash slightly dirty microfiber cloths with Norwex Dishwashing Liquid under warm, running water. Rinse thoroughly, hang to dry or drop into the dryer.
    • Launder microfiber cloths separately or with other lint-free laundry. Dry completely.
    • Use Norwex Ultra Power Plus Laundry Detergent for best results.
    • For deep, stubborn stains or odors, microfiber can be boiled for 10 minutes to allow fibers to swell and release the debris.
    • Between launderings, use our Rubber Brush to remove dirt from dry Mop Pads and Entry Mat.
    • Do not use bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets when laundering microfiber as these additives coat the fibers and reduce their ability to clean effectively.
    • Do not use microfiber (except Norwex Optic Scarf ) on anti-glare surfaces.

Microfiber Warranty:

At Norwex we are proud of our unique, high quality microfiber and want you to be as thrilled as we are with the product.  We are happy to assist you with any item that did not meet your expectations. Our two-year microfiber warranty covers any problem you may encounter outside of normal wear and tear. If you are not pleased with how a microfiber product has worn or performed you may contact your Consultant to have the item replaced, at no additional charge, through Norwex Customer Service Returns.

Products with BacLock® 

BacLock regThis graphic is noted throughout the catalog to differentiate those products that contain an antibacterial agent for self-cleansing purposes only. The agent is solely designed to inhibit bacterial odor, mold and/or mildew growth within the product.

 

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Chemicals of Concern Quiz:

 

 

Our Global Challenge:

We realized early on that household pollutants negatively impact our health and our environment. Most of the chemicals in products in our homes have never been assessed for their impact on human health. Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest ranking environmental health problems in America with chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside. Research and information on the health effects of manufactured chemicals has not kept pace with their development and use.

  • In the last 50 years, the global production and use of manufactured chemicals has increased substantially. More than 80,000 new chemicals have been created.
  • Indoor air pollution is one of the top five highest-ranking environmental health problems in America.
  • Evidence shows homes have chemical levels up to 70 times higher than outside.
  • Most of the chemicals that people are exposed to every day have never been assessed for their impact on human health.
  • Parabens utilized in personal care for decades have been shown to have potential harmful effects.

What we do know is the harm chemicals have on humans is extensive. Most concerning are the growing links to chemicals that surround us in everyday life. They are linked to serious diseases such as birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. Many today believe the extensive use of chemicals indoors contributes to many of our ‘modern’ diseases such as allergies and asthma.

Our Mission at Norwex is to improve quality of life by radically reducing chemicals in our homes. In addition, the Norwex products make cleaning faster and more cost effective than traditional cleaning products.

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  • With Norwex Microfiber System, you will not breathe, touch or ingest chemicals – you simply create a cleaner, healthier indoor environment.
  • Naturally Timeless personal care products offer cutting-edge technology coupled with organic and natural ingredients – without harmful parabens or preservatives.
  • SAVE Time – the Norwex Cleaning System decreases cleaning time by 75% or more.
  • SAVE Money – An average household spends $600-$800 a year on chemical cleaning products and supplies. By using Norwex products you can realize up to a 90% savings!
  • Norwex helps make cleaning fast,fun and easy and teaches your family how to improve their health and environment!

At Norwex, our Purpose is simple but powerful: The idea that working together, with trust, integrity and honesty as our Core Values and radically reducing chemicals in our homes as our Mission, we can improve the world around us. The Norwex Purpose touches many facets of life with the end result being the ability to collectively make a powerful and positive difference in the world we live in and the lives we touch.

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April Special on Beachbody!

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Club and Shakeology® Challenge Pack
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For a limited time only, you get Portion Fix® free when you purchase this Challenge Pack – saving you over $75 compared to buying each item separately! That means when you buy Shakeology and a Team Beachbody® Club membership in this Challenge Pack, it’s like getting unlimited streaming access to hundreds of proven Beachbody workouts, plus Portion Fix for just $10.

The Club and Shakeology Challenge Pack gives you 24/7 streaming access to hundreds of workouts, including the chance to tap into Beachbody’s most popular programs, like P90X®, INSANITY®, and 10-Minute Trainer®, from anywhere you have an Internet connection. Take your Beachbody On Demand workouts with you anywhere you go and push play anytime you like, while fueling your body with Shakeology, so you can get the best possible results…even faster.

You get everything you need to get your best results:

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You could spend more than $700 on supplements just to recreate all the healthy ingredients in one bag of Shakeology. But for only about $4 a serving, you can treat your body to the delicious daily superfood protein shake that helps give you energy for your workouts, reduces junk-food cravings, and may help you reach your fitness goals faster. A nutrient-dense combination of antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogens, and many other rare ingredients gives your body nutrients you can’t get from a normal diet. 100% vegan option now available.

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PLUS, Get All the Support You Need to Complete Your Challenge

No matter which workout program you choose, you’ll reach your goals faster with the 24/7 tools and support available to you as a member of the Team Beachbody Club, including:

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How to clean without toxins!

What are some great toxin free cleansers and micro-cloths?

 

Check this out for tips and tools to clean your home and body without the use of harsh, dangerous chemicals.

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MICROFIBER 

Microfiber Variety Pack - NEW!

This incredible bundle includes compact versions of our EnviroCloth, Window Cloth and Body Cloth. Keep them around your home or take them on the go—they’re perfect for any kind of cleanup, using just water! Set of three cloths with pouch.
16 cm x 16 cm / 6.3” x 6.3” Item #: 300203 $19.99
(1) Body Cloth – Graphite (1) Window Cloth – Purple (1) EnviroCloth – Teal
set of 3 cloths with pouch

HOME COLLECTION

Air Freshener Bags - NOW MORE SUSTAINABLE!

Now more sustainable than ever, add lasting freshness to your home with our new, easy-to-use Air Freshener Bags. With the ability to replace the inner Freshener Bags, it’s even easier and more economical to keep the air in your home fresh, clean and free of chemicals. It’s also great for the environment! Fast-growing, sustainably harvested Bamboo is the secret in these natural air-freshening bags. The porous Bamboo is turned into charcoal, which quickly and effectively absorbs unpleasant odors plus mold- and mildew-causing moisture. Recharges naturally in daylight. Use the charcoal as a natural fertilizer when finished. 2-year warranty. Includes bag and 1 refill.
Slim Air Freshener Bag – Size: 75g; 6 cm x 16 cm / 2.6 oz.; 2.4″ x 6.3″ Item #: 403702  green $8.99
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Our new and improved Ergonomic Toilet Brush contains an antibacterial agent to help suppress the growth of bacteria and mold to protect the brush.The brush’s ThermoPlastic Rubber bristles are extremely durable and flexible and won’t wear out as quickly over time like with standard nylon brush bristles. It also features an ergonomic handle with non-slip grip and a special extension that reaches under the rim for quick and easy cleaning. 2-year warranty.
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BODY LOTION - NEW FAMILY SIZE!

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Mom gets back on track …

 

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Miranda Jayroe lost 51.1 lbs. in 11 weeks with FOCUS T25 and Shakeology. She entered her results into the Beachbody Challenge, and won the $500 Daily Prize for April 14th!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I’m a mom who gained too much weight during my two back-to-back pregnancies. I was tired of being unhealthy and out of shape!

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?
I really wanted to get rid of this baby weight and tone up!

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program? How did the program and Beachbody help you overcome that challenge?
Getting motivated was definitely a hard thing to overcome! But after a few days of the workouts, it wasn’t as hard to get myself going! I loved that the workouts were only 25 minutes.

What in particular did you like about the program you chose?
I love Shaun! He is so motivational throughout the whole thing. He helps push you to finish. And I love that it’s only 25 minutes!

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Describe the results you achieved with your Beachbody program. Which achievements are you proud of?
I am proud that I was able to stick to it and finish the program! I feel so much stronger.

How has your life changed since completing your Beachbody program?
I feel more energized, and am ready to continue with my new fitness journey!

How did participating in a Challenge Group help you reach your goals? How did your group support you and keep you accountable?
They all helped hold me accountable!

How did your Team Beachbody Coach support you on your journey?
Nicole was very supportive the whole time! She helped me with my biggest struggle: my nutrition!

You can change your life, too. Take the Beachbody Challenge for the tools you need to Decide, Commit, and Succeed! Complete any Beachbody program, and enter your results for a free gift and a chance to win cash and prizes.

Attention deficit and plasticizers?

 

Attention deficit after kids’ critical illness linked to plasticizers in medical tubes

April 1, 2016

Children who are often hospitalized in intensive care units are more likely to have attention deficit disorders later, and new research finds a possible culprit: a high level of plastic-softening chemicals called phthalates circulating in the blood. The researchers, who will present their study results Friday at The Endocrine Society’s 98th annual meeting in Boston, suggest these chemicals, which are added to indwelling medical devices such as plastic tubes and catheters, seep into the child’s bloodstream.

“Phthalates have been banned from children’s toys because of their potential toxic and hormone-disrupting effects, but they are still used to soften ,” said lead researcher Sören Verstraete, MD, a PhD student at KU (Katholieke Universiteit) Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. “We found a clear match between previously hospitalized children’s long-term neurocognitive test results and their individual exposure to the phthalate DEHP during intensive care.”

Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, or DEHP, is the most commonly used plastic softener in medical devices made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Verstraete called the use of medical devices containing this phthalate “potentially harmful” for the brain development and function of critically ill children.

“Development of alternative plastic softeners for use in indwelling medical devices may be urgently indicated,” he said.

Their study included 100 healthy children and 449 children who received treatment in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and underwent neurocognitive testing four years later. Most of the PICU patients were recovering from heart surgery, but some had sustained accidental injuries or had severe infections. The researchers measured blood levels of DEHP metabolites, or byproducts. Initially they performed the blood tests in the healthy children and 228 of the patients while they were in the PICU. Patients had one to 12 medical tubes in the PICU and ranged in age from newborn to 16 years.

The investigators found that DEHP metabolite levels were not detectable in the blood samples of healthy children. However, at admission to the PICU, the critically ill children, already connected to catheters, had levels that Verstraete called “sky-high.” Although the DEHP levels decreased rapidly, they remained 18 times higher until discharge from the PICU compared with those of healthy children, he said.

Then the researchers conducted statistical analyses that adjusted for the patients’ initial risk factors that could influence the neurocognitive outcome as well as length of stay, complications and treatments in the PICU. A high exposure to DEHP during the PICU stay, according to Verstraete, was strongly associated with  found at neurocognitive testing four years after discharge. They validated this finding in a different group of 221 PICU patients.

“This phthalate exposure explained half of the attention deficit in former PICU patients,” he said, adding that other factors may account for the other half.

 

What do you think? Want to live a more toxin-free life? Go here to find products that are natural and safe.

The research received funding from the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) in Brussels; Methusalem program from the Flemish government in Belgium; European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development; and Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology in Flanders (IWT), Brussels. This study appeared in the March issue of the journal Intensive Care Medicine.

 Explore further: Beds in pediatric intensive care unit could be used more efficiently with improved flow

Safe Haven House / Do THIS, not THAT tips

 

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In our ongoing effort to reduce and remove toxic chemicals from our homes and environment, here are four more “Do This, Not That” tips.

The struggle to reduce toxic chemicals in our homes is never-ending, but armed with simple tips and a desire to improve our lives and our health, we can make a difference.


A Very Handy Tool

Conventional spray cleaners are a slurry of toxic chemicals, chemicals never tested for safety in humans—chemicals you end up touching and breathing.

And the results aren’t pretty. Phthalates, triclosan, QUATs, 2-butoxyethanol, synthetic petroleum-based fragrances . . .  these and many more are increasingly being linked to a laundry list of diseases—allergies, asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption, metabolic syndrome, organ damage and neurotoxicity, among others. No single chemical is the sole culprit; it’s the collective, cumulative effect of this mix of toxins that results in unpredictable health consequences.


What To Do: The Norwex Dusting Mitt is all you need to dust your entire home, without harsh chemicals. Dust furniture, windows, blinds, fireplace mantles, counters and more, quickly and easily, with your Dusting Mitt.

 

Why Choose Norwex: The magic’s in the microfiber! How? The ultra-soft and fine microfiber is woven into a higher pile for a more powerful static charge to attract and hold dust and dirt. in And the open spaces in the mitt’s ultra-fine fibers allow it to hold much more. And since you’re not using harsh chemicals or waxes, you also get a longer-lasting clean. Much better than expensive sprays and plain cotton cloths that merely smear the dust and dirt around while depositing a fresh layer of toxic goo on everything.

 
Softer on You and the Environment

As with spray cleaners, fabric softeners and dryer sheets also contain man-made toxins and chemicals such as formaldehyde, a known carcinogen. Yes, we all want soft clothes, but at what cost to our family’s health and our environment?

What To Do: The Norwex Fluff and TumbleDryer Balls naturally soften fabric, reduce static and cut drying time as well, all without adding any harsh, toxic chemicals to your clothes, bedding or other items that come into contact with your skin!


Why Choose Norwex: Made of 100% New Zealand wool, the hand-spun balls tumble gently through the laundry, reducing drying time as they naturally flex the fibers in your clothes, giving them a softer feel with less static and fewer wrinkles.

Gain The Upper Hand


Conventional hand cleaners may seem safe but, here again, they typically contain numerous industrial solvents and other questionable chemicals.

 
What To Do: Instead of harmful, irritating cleaners, try our natural Peppermint Foaming Hand Wash. Non-irritating and non-toxic, it not only cleans hands without chemicals, it also leaves them feeling moisturized and smooth.


Why Norwex Is Better: Our Peppermint Foaming Hand Washcontains no SLS, SLES, triclosan, parabens, synthetic dyes or fragrances, phthalates, PEGs, petroleum-derived ingredients or gluten. Instead, Peppermint, Coconut and Apple extracts combine with Panthenol, Allantoin and Aloe to give your hands a natural clean.


The Last Straw

Did you know that about 500 million plastic straws are used every day?  Or that these plastic straws contain numerous harmful, endocrine-disrupting chemicals, toxins that can make their way down into the water table and wreak havoc on nature? What’s worse, plastic straws are one of the top 10 debris items ingested by sea life.


What To Do: Our Stainless Steel Drinking Straws do the trick without any environmental shocks.


Why Choose Norwex: Our set of four drinking straws are made from eco-friendly stainless steel. They’re very durable and reusable and large enough to handle shakes and smoothies, too. Best of all, our Stainless Steel Drinking Straws mean less waste and fewer toxins in your body.


Chemicals come in all types of pretty packages, but the results are often not so desirable. With Norwex by your side, you can make sure your home is a safe haven, one radically free of the countless toxic chemicals that burden our lives and our environment. Check back here often for more tips on how to make your home a safer haven.

 

http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/07/22-facts-plastic-pollution-10-things-can-do-about-it/

 

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5 Reasons You Don’t Work Out

5 Reasons You Don't Work Out | BeachbodyBlog.com

Reasons You Don’t Work Out |

You’re tired. You’re busy. You’re watching the kids. You’re on the road, and unfamiliar with the area. We hear you, and we know what you’re thinking: Skipping just one workout can’t hurt, can it? Unfortunately, it can: Missing even a single workout can initiate a downward spiral, increasing the likelihood that you’ll skip another one by 61 percent, according to British researchers.

So what’s a successful, time-crunched, modern day road-warrior like yourself to do? Exercise anyway. Even if you’ve skipped a whole month (or two) of workouts, you can regain most of what you lost in as little as 6 weeks, according to a study by Swedish researchers. Follow the tips below to bust five of the most common excuses and get your workouts back on track.

 

Excuse: You’re too tired at the end of the day.
The Fix: First, fuel up smarter in the afternoon. Swap out your high-carb, energy-spiking granola bar or yogurt snack for an energy-sustaining protein shake, or a handful of nuts or sesame seeds. Next, enlist some social support. “Find a fun, motivating group fitness class, or a workout buddy with the same qualities,” says Rachel Vaziralli, M.S., a master trainer at Equinox Fitness in New York. Science agrees: Exercising with a new workout partner can make it easer to stick a workout schedule, according to a recent study by Swiss researchers.

 

Excuse: You don’t have an hour to work out. Ever.
The Fix: Who says your workout has to take an hour—or even 30 minutes? Less than 10 minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT) performed within a workout lasting less than 30 minutes can improve aerobic capacity and exercise tolerance (i.e., stamina) in just a few weeks, according to a recent study at McMaster University. Now imagine how fit you can get if every minute in your workout revolved around HIIT? Stop wondering and start benefiting by signing up for Beachbody On Demand.

 

Excuse: The workout seems too hard.
The Fix: Now’s the time to listen to your body. You should feel energized after your workout, not defeated. “When you push and you’re not ready for it, you end up not performing the exercises properly, making them less effective and increasing your risk of injury,” says Vaziralli. Dial back the difficulty on your current workout by lowering the weight, reducing reps, or increasing the rest between sets. Many exercises can also be modified (e.g., elevating your hands on a box during pushup, or doing a quarter squat instead of a full squat), allowing you to work the same muscles without compromising your form.

 

Excuse: You don’t know the area.
The Fix: If you’re on the road in an unfamiliar city and want to break free of the gym, see if your hotel has an in-house fitness concierge. Westin hotels, for example, will not only hook you up with workout clothes and a fresh pair of running shoes for just $5, but will also take you on a group run if you’re interested. Rather head out on your own? Search MapMyRun,RunKeeper, and USA Track and Field for local, user-rated running routes.

 

Excuse: You can’t exercise and watch your kids at the same time.
The Fix: If your kids are young enough to require constant supervision (and you have a supportive spouse), you’ll likely need to transition to AM workouts while the little ones are asleep. “It’s going to be a grind the first couple days, but once you adjust, your body will be primed for morning workouts,” says Dr. John Rusin, D.P.T., C.S.C.S., owner of John Rusin Fitness Systems and the father of two young children. Older kids might allow you to carve out some exercise time in another room, but you’ll still need to be home. That’s where streaming services (like Beachbody On Demand) can be a lifesaver.

Here’s a great place to get started!

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