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My muskrat

https://photos.app.goo.gl/SX1yEP4QUUj1sYS3A

I stopped on the bridge to video the mist over the water. Hoping that my camera would capture the mist moving in the sunlight. I haven’t mastered my phone camera, and often with video, it isn’t recording when I think it is. Such was the case. So I restarted the camera and along comes this muskrat!

Laundry detergents

Refresher on why we should care:  http://www.safecosmetics.org/get-the-facts/chemicals-of-concern/14-dioxane/

My goal for this blog post is to verify if what I’ve been paying for laundry detergent with MyGreenFills is out of line. I was worried that maybe the price was high, so I went to look at some other choices. Was it?  No, not in my estimation.  For what I’m getting, it’s a great price:

  • peace of mind that it’s a clean product, free of dioxane
  • it’s a re-fill (less plastic being created)
  • it’s convenient (delivered)
  • MyGreenFills has been able to employ women in Jamaica
  • and I generally like the smell and performance of the products.

All of that at a price that beats Seventh Generation, and several other brands.

My GreenFills. I’m currently a “member” and using their products.
50 ounces of liquid detergent. I use 1 oz. in my HE washer. Plus I use 1 oz of the rinse.
Our natural softening liquid uses citric acid (Vitamin C) to leave your clothes soft and supple. Plus, it aids as a cleaner and static reducer. My Greenfills the cheapest way to go is a 5-item “Big Box” where each item is $9. If that’s too much, you just adjust the frequency or the date of your future shipments. So…
50 loads for $9
18 cents per load
with rinse, you double it to 36 cents per load.

I’ll call out Seventh Generation 4x Concentrated Laundry Detergent. It allows 66 loads in 50 oz. You use about the same amount per load. At Jet.com it’s $18 and at Amazon it’s over $20. I’m having a hard time believing my own math. Am I correct? It’s 30 cents per load.

The regular Seventh Generation liquid laundry detergent is $12 at Walmart, $13 at Target and allows 33 loads in an HE washer. That’s 36 cents per load. That’s still more than MyGreenFills–or if you are using MyGreenFills rinse product, too, the same cost per load.

Seventh generation
66 loads $14 = 21 cents per load
Ultra power plus 54 loads $13.99 = 26 cents per load

https://www.seventhgeneration.com/blog/what-sodium-lauryl-sulfate-and-why-do-we-use-it

Fabric softener
Seventh Generation
32oz.  $4  I have to guess at 32 loads = 13 cents per load

As you can see by the prices below, My Greenfills pricing is well within the range of similar products, and yet I haven’t vetted the ingredients of these other products.  So, with MyGreenfills, I get the convenience and peace of mind that I’m looking for.
 
If you are going to sign up for MyGreenFills, please use this link, as it will support the work of the natural health advocate whose blog is where I learned of this:  Support Magdalena and Purchase MyGreenFills

Other Prices:

The following prices were at my local Natural Grocers.
Fit Organic was the only brand at my local Natural Grocers that I will take a look at and decide if it’s free of the bad chemicals.
150 loads $15 = 10 cents per load
Ecos
170 loads $20
16 cents per load
 
Zum clean
64 loads $18.50 = 29 cents per load

Boulder Clean’s FAQ says:
“Our laundry detergent contains a minute level of 1,4 dioxane. This is a by-product that occurs in the blending or development of SLES and is not an added ingredient. The raw material has a limit of 20 parts per million (think of a shot glass in an Olympic-sized swimming pool). OSHA set a limit of 100 parts 1,4 dioxane per 1 million parts of air (100 ppm) in the workplace. One bottle of our laundry detergent contains 1 ppm in the entire bottle and in dilution or wash is reduced to 4 parts per billion.”

Digestive Enzymes for Gluten

I asked this of Enzymedica.com

"I have been using Enzymes for awhile. But, now I’m more interested in making sure I’m breaking down gluten. I looked at the different enzymes in the Digest Gold vs. the Gluten formula. I see in Gluten formula, it contains DDP-IV and that the Protease blend has a "G2" after it, and these seem to be missing in the general Digest wide spectrum products. First, can you tell me what the DDP-IV and the Protease G2 are? And, why aren’t they in the broad spectrum Digest blends? Do you have one product to fit those of us who want to ensure digestion of gluten, but also want the other enzymes for a broad spectrum as well (also have other food intolerances in addition to gluten. )?"

Answer:

DPP-IV and Protease G2 are specific, targeted enzyme blends that assist with the breakdown of gluten. DPP-IV in particular breaks down gluten, while protease breaks down the protein components of gluten substances (It also helps with the proteins in dairy/casein).

These enzymes are for people with food intolerance and sensitivity to gluten. They aren’t included in our general digestive blends, however they are included in "Digest Spectrum", which is a formula for MULTIPLE food intolerances as well as general digestion.

Here’s a link to Digest Spectrum, if you’d like to try it out, we’ve created a one time use code for free shipping: FBFREESHIP

https://enzymedica.com/products/digest-spectrum-digestive-enzymes

Digest Spectrum™
Food intolerances are caused by enzyme deficiencies and can lead to digestive discomfort in both children and adults. Supplementing the diet with specialized enzymes for gluten, lactose, phenol and casein digestion may assist in lessening discomforts common to intolerance.*

enzymedica.com

Do you like Thrive Market?

I do! at first I used my sister’s account, but then I decided that it was worth it to buy a membership for myself so that I could have my own Wish List and Shopping Cart. I use the phone app to look at prices when I’m shopping at my local grocery stores. By adding things to my cart, or my Auto-Ship, I’m able to save time. I’ve been checking prices a lot so I can vouch for some of my favorite products.

Here is a reciprocity coupon to try Thrive: http://thrv.me/rachels-FYI

And, I’m posting favorite products within the Telegram app. Telegram is like a message board for small groups. If you install and login to Telegram, let me know! We can get connected.

-Rachel

Good deals on dog food

https://smile.amazon.com/Organix-Castor-Organic-Chicken-Vegetable/dp/B004Y8TWQM/ref=sr_1_10?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1535679266&sr=1-10&keywords=organix&th=1

https://smile.amazon.com/Organix-Butcher-Organic-Carrots-Potatoes/dp/B00CK96JEA/ref=sr_1_7?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1535679266&sr=1-7&keywords=organix

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KJH3542/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These prices on case of 12 are similar in price to those on Chewy.com. Put one in your “Subscribe and Save”

Why and How to care for your Nitric Oxide production

Please start with this 5 minute video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwJCJToQmps

Watch and do. It’s a quick workout with big health benefits!

Now, about that Nitric Oxide:

"Primary functions of the NOS3 gene: The NOS3 gene influences the production of nitric oxide, which is a major factor in heart health, affecting such processes as blood flow and blood vessel formation." -Dr. Ben Lynch

Nitric Oxide is also one of the chemicals that contributes to a healthy gut lining/surface (as in preventing leaky gut). We could also say it helps keep those tight junctions in the epithelial cells of your gut.

Ways to increase Nitric Oxide or help your NOS3 gene work better:

1. Breathe Better – practice breathing exercises
DO Correct these problems, when applicable: sinus troubles, mouth breathing, sleep apnea, snoring, deviated septum (NeuroCranial Restructuring), tongue-tie, smoking (stop), pollution, and stress, depression, mood disorders, estrogen imbalance (as estrogen lowers after menopause, your nitric oxide will go down), slouching

2. Move

2. DO NOT take or eat anything with Folic Acid in it. This is a synthetic form of folate. It "clogs" your genes. Instead, eat lots of green leafy vegetables. Watch out for flour, cereals, and sports drinks that folic acid.

3. Keep your blood sugar steady. First, don’t eat sugars or refined carbs. You probably know a lot of things you could do to keep your blood sugar steady.
DO: do them. Learn more.

4. What to eat:

Get plenty of folate, magnesium and zinc. Know the foods that contain them. Do searches at whfoods.com. Take supplements for these as necessary.

Rotate through the following foods and nutrients.

Arginine, a nutrient needed to make Nitric Oxide:

  • watermelon
  • brown rice (soak that rice. I use rice that indicates it was grown in the Himalayas)
  • turkey breast
  • pork loin
  • chicken
  • pumpkin seeds
  • spirulina (I’ve added this as an almost daily supplement)
  • dairy products like goat’s or sheep’s milk
  • chickpeas/garbanzo beans (hummus)
  • lentils

Naturally occurring Nitrates:

  • arugula
  • bacon
  • beets (a super food!)
  • celery
  • spinach

Calcium
Iron
Riboflavin/ Vitamin B2

Okay, now, breathing and moving are necessary for life. Go back to the beginning of this post. Wash-Rinse-Repeat.

Please start with this 5 minute video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwJCJToQmps

Looking at Leaky Gut

I tried to learn the helpful actions to be gained from this article about what makes the gut become "leaky."
http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/stomach/gibarrier.html

What I saw were repetition of advice I’ve heard from other trusted sources. We need to take these things to heart, people, and really do them!

Looking at gut health, starting with a query about leaky gut, I discovered that there are very real connections on the molecular level where our gut health is linked with our heart and vascular system. (But, of course, we are starting to hear that almost every branch of medicine is starting to become concerned with the gut.)

more saliva – Could chewing your food more give more epidermal growth factor (EGF) to help stimulate epithelial cell proliferation?

support Nitric Oxide (NO). There are lots of suggestions in Dirty Genes by Dr. Ben Lynch. This will also affect heart health in a big way!
Arginine in the diet
Calcium
Iron
Riboflavin/B2
natural nitrates
Breathing
Support your methylation cycle
avoid pollution and smoking
lower your stress

Breathe–it supports NO production. Dr. Ben Lynch says it is probably the most important way to support NO production and your cardiovascular system. And, correct breathing problems.* Our gut epithelial cells all need oxygen and blood flow….

Address the problems of sleep apnea, mouth breathing, deviated septum [NeuroCranial Restructuring]], sinus congestion, snoring, tongue-tie, shallow breathing (incl slouched posture)–breathing supports NO which supports your gut lining!

Do not take NSAIDs or asprin. If you do, support NO production more actively.

Don’t drink alcohol. If you do, support NO production more actively.

Therefore, exercise and pumping blood around the body. (Relatedly, I’ve seen other articles about the measurement of how exercise impacts the gut flora. Exercise alone improves your microbiome!)

The cells need to be exposed to the types of bacteria that they need to repel, in order to maintain their immune function against those same "bad" bacteria/microbes! Don’t try for a sterile environment!

Don’t take antibiotics unless truly needed. If you do, learn about rebuilding your gut microbiome. (Take sac boulardii during treatment and follow with pre- and pro-biotics. Become a gardener of your gut biome.)

Reduce stress because it tends to restrict blood flow (thereby limited oxygen and nutrients to your cells). Stress associated with impaired gut cell repair.

Address diabetes and obesity
"Prolonged hyperglycemia [high blood sugar] associated with these disorders may be the primary mechanism for such disruption."

"Another group of molecules involved in restitution is the polyamines such as spermine, spermidine and putrescine. These molecules are present in many diets and also synthesized by the gastrointestinal mucosa. Enteral administration of polyamines has been shown in experimental models to accelerate restitution and healing of mucosal lesions."

https://easyhealthoptions.com/forget-fasting-14-foods-turn-back-time/

The FAILSAFE diet is aimed at limiting amines in foods (I learned about this because I have to limit histamine, one of the amines). However, these are the very nutrients that we could need in order to help keep our gut lining from getting leaky! This supports what some have said that we should not be aiming to eliminate them completely–eat them to the degree that we can tolerate them. It may be the key to healing. So, you could look at a failsafe diet and try to eat MORE of those foods, so long as you are not one of the people who is hyper-reacting to those very same foods. In general, we could say, eating a varied diet of whole foods will support the gut lining–really go after true VARIETY.

coconut milk

Here’s my favorite coconut milk.

I just reordered (again) and noticed that prices have fluctuated on Amazon, and it depends on the retailer. So, make sure you check your prices!

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JUB8N3G/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Hunting nutrients

Which foods are high in B12? Click here.

http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=107#foodsources

whfoods.com is one of my favorite sources to find which foods contain which micronutrients. It’s a great source for those seeking a nutrient dense diet, no matter whose "diet" theosophy you follow.

uBiome – test your gut, throat, ears, nose or skin!

According to Ben Lynch, author of Dirty Genes, "uBiome (https://ubiome.com) evaluates the DNA of your microbiome, which is pretty fascinating, given that the genes of your microbiome outnumber your human genes by a factor of 150 to 1 and have an enormous impact on your health. This company can also specifically check the biome of your throat, ears, nose, and skin."


I wanted to have my ears checked, but now that my histamine is lower, I may not need to. If anyone is thinking of having a test done like this, I’d be interested to hear your experience!