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6 Easy Skin Protectors To Rock This Summer

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It’s important to our health and well being to stay active. Summer is the perfect opportunity to get some serious fun in the sun in too. Swimming, surfing, beach volleyball and other outdoor activities are great options for aerobic exercise. Did you know just 30 minutes of aerobic activity 3-5 times a week can lower your risk of breast cancer by 30 to 50 percent? Even though the sun can be helpful to our bodies, too much of it can be harmful and dangerous. Too much sun and natural or artificial UV ray exposure can lead to skin and damage or sometimes even cancer.

Never fear! Sun safety tips are here and ready to help you keep the sun on your good side. Summer is the time for beaches, pools, outdoor festivals, and concerts. We’ll be on the Vans Warped Tour all summer long, so we came up with 6 easy skin protectors that you can do anytime and anywhere this summer.

1. Wear a hat

Choose a hat with a wider brim to protect your eyes, ears and face. This keeps them safe from direct sunlight throughout the day.

2. Wear Your Sunglasses Outside (And inside if you want)

You can wear them inside too, but your eyes are way too awesome and sensitive to be out in the sun without them. Choose sunglasses that wrap around your face as much as possible and provide 100% UV protection for the best results.

3. Lounge in the Shade During Peak Sun Hours

The sun is strongest during the hours of 10 am and 4 pm so if you’re going to be outside try to find some shade or do the majority of your outside activities before or after that time. Avoiding the sun during this time can lower exposure by up to sixty percent. Also, don’t be tricked by cloudy and overcast weather, UV rays are still getting through those clouds.

4. Wear Lightweight Clothing

When you’re not in the water arm yourself with lightweight and loose-fitting clothing that covers a large area of your skin. Keeping cool, but still protecting yourself from prolonged sun exposure is key.

5. Don’t forget your feet

Be sure to cover all the exposed skin when applying sunscreen, some are easy to forget. Don’t miss your feet, ears, eyelids, hands, nose, lips or the top of your head!

6. Choose the Right Sunscreen

There are a lot of sunscreens to choose from out there and it can be confusing. Check out our guide to protecting your skin with nontoxic options.

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Visit the Non Toxic Revolution on the Vans Warped Tour and stop by for FREE nontoxic sunscreen (and guide) from our friends at Badger and EWG.

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WTF is with Asbestos?! How To Be Aware And Avoid Exposure

WTF Is With Asbestos!?

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was once used in massive amounts to build homes, schools, office buildings, churches, hospitals, and appliances such as old furnaces. Since it hasn’t been used as much since the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ban on it use over 30 years ago, lots of people think they are safe from exposure. You can do your best to make sure you stay safe, but the sad fact is that asbestos still remains all over the world and in places many people frequent daily.

Asbestos In Older Homes

Unless a licensed asbestos abatement professional has confirmed asbestos is in your home, there really isn’t a way to tell how much, if any, your home has. A good rule of thumb is to remember that if you live in a home built prior to the mid or early 1980s, there is a chance that you may be living with asbestos. There is no need to panic and start packing, but you should always take precautions until you’re able to have your home professionally inspected:

1. Don’t do any repairs, whether large or small. It may a simple enough task to clean an old furnace before winter starts or replace old flooring in your kitchen, but regardless of what the task is, you don’t want to risk stirring up asbestos fibers.

2. Stay out of your attic. The Johns Manville Corporation shipped asbestos-containing to an abundance of homes across the nation. Again, if you live in an older home, there is a chance your attic was insulated with asbestos. If you absolutely must go in your attic, be certain to walk on boards or in areas where you won’t touch any insulation.

Asbestos At School

If your school was built anytime prior to the mid to early 1980s, then there is a good chance that there is asbestos in at least some buildings and appliances. The EPA realized long ago that not all schools can be demolished, and therefore established the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). The AHERA mandates that schools follow strict guidelines to ensure all students and staff are as safe as possible. You have the right to stay informed on how your school is handling the situation. Get involved with your school’s administration and ensure that they are following all standards of the AHERA. Schools that fail to comply are in serious violation of federal and state laws.

If you think you’ve been exposed to asbestos at school after safety violations, it’s a good idea to seek legal help to see what your options are.

Why is Asbestos So Bad?

You can’t see asbestos with the naked eye, making its thin fibers easy to swallow or inhale without detection. When asbestos fibers enter the body, it’s impossible to remove them all. Over time, these fibers will attack organs, leading to life-threatening diseases such as Mesothelioma and Asbestosis. For example Mesothelioma is one of the most deadly cancers, with only a 5-10% five-year survival rate, and it affects over 3,000 people in the US each year.

If you’re unsure whether you’ve been exposed to asbestos or not, it’s always recommended to have regular check-ups with a physician. The health effects of asbestos exposure isn’t recognized immediately, so regular health appointments will allow your doctor to keep proactive, just in case.

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5 Toxic Kitchen Items You Need To Replace Right Away

5 Toxic Kitchen Items You Need To Get Replace Right Away

Spring is almost over, but there’s still time to clean out potentially one of the most toxic areas in your home…the kitchen. Food is one of the best medicines and the first step is replacing the bad stuff with good stuff and stocking your fridge with better options for you and your family!

First, go through your refrigerator and throw away anything that looks like a science experiment. Notice anything that’s obviously molding, rotting and/or expired? Toss it!

Fun fact: Not all molds are bad. The antibiotic, Penicillin, was discovered by accident. A scientist’s experiment became contaminated with a bacterial mold, which proved to be revolutionary and life saving. 

Remove all alcohol from your fridge and re-stock with caution! Increased consumption of alcohol can increase your risk for breast cancer, even more so if you were diagnosed with the early stage disease. Women that don’t drink at all are 15% less likely to heighten their risk than women drinking only 3-4 drinks per week. Try to limit your alcohol intake to 2-3 drinks per week and always drink responsibly.

Next, make sure your refrigerator is free of produce and foods. Even if you are planning on keeping produce make sure you remove everything so you can clean each surface adequately. Wondering what cleaner to use? How about taking a look at our list of the Toxin 10, the top ten toxins found in your home and then making your own non toxic house cleaner? Many toxins such as chlorine, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds are commonly found in household cleaning supplies and are known to irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.

So your refrigerator is clean and ready to be stocked again, but wait!

Before you cram all the nasty crap back in there why not replace some of the toxic stuff with epically good stuff? Ya know, get a fresh start? Here are the top five things you should throw away and swap with alternatives.

5 Toxic Kitchen Items You Need To Replace Right Away:

1. SUGARY PROCESSED CONDIMENTS

Sugary processed condiments such as ketchup. YES! Ketchup is doing more harm than good in our bodies, who knew?! Ketchup contains high-fructose corn syrup. In the small amounts found in fruit and antioxidants, fructose can be processed efficiently in the human body. However, in large concentrations, fructose is very difficult for the liver to process.

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Annie’s Organic Ketchup - It contains no artificial colors or preservatives; it’s naturally gluten free and is certified organic- So still ketchup just better!

2. PLASTIC CONTAINERS

Plastic containers – Sure, plastic containers are “getting the job done” but at what cost? Take a look at our Plastic Sucks video and learn more about the damage plastic does to our environment.

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Glass containers – Phthalates and other compounds in plastic have been linked to serious health issues it is important to be aware of how much plastic touches our food. Glass keeps food fresh and tasting better longer, a win-win for those of us who don’t have time to make it to the grocery store frequently.

3. PHOSPHATES IN DISHWASHING DETERGENTS

Dishwashing Detergent with Phosphates – Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t keep my dishwashing detergent in the refrigerator.” But most if not all of the cups and plates you use are washed by it! So after you cook that food…you are putting it on those dishes. Dishwashing detergent with phosphates is bad for the environment and bad for our drinking supplies.

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Planet’s Ultra Dishwashing Liquid – This alternative offers the same results without the harmful effects. It contains no ammonia or other harsh ingredients and has only the scent of coconut oil!

 4. METHYLENE CHLORIDE IN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS

Methylene Chloride (found in artificial sweeteners) – Here’s another one doing us more harm than good, artificial sweeteners! If the word ARTIFICIAL doesn’t scare you than maybe knowing that all artificial sweeteners are chemically made. If you don’t believe me take a look at the list of negative effects of artificial sweeteners by Modern Alternative Health.

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Honey! Honey is natural, sweet and one of the oldest natural sweeteners found! It’s found in a variety of colors and flavors. Raw honey also has added vitamins and enzymes helpful to our bodies.

5. MUMMIFIED FROZEN FOOD

‘Mummified’ frozen food – Have you wondered how long frozen foods have been frozen? How they can stay frozen for an eternity!? Guess what? Just like the mummies of ancient Egypt, frozen food is loaded with preservatives, sugars and salt.

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The good news – healthy frozen options do exist! Really, who has the time to prepare dinners these days? If ‘mummified’ foods are a staple in your diet then consider reading the labels to find out what exactly is in your food. These days, companies such as Kashi, Healthy Choice, and EVOL do their best to offer options that are low in preservatives, salt, and sugar.

Take a look at the list of produce found on our Eat Your Medicine page. Many foods contain natural anti-carcinogens that reduce the overall risk of developing cancer. If possible choose certified organic produce, which may contain less hormones and dangerous chemicals.

Spring is almost over, but your commitment to lowering your risk of breast cancer has just begun!

 

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