21 Jun Use This Not That: 5 Natural Must-Haves This Summer
Summer is here! It’s time for active fun in the sun, picnics and of course – the beach. So, what do you need to enjoy this Summer, naturally? Here are the top 5 things you must grab for all of your Summer plans:
1. Bug repellent – Did you know that DEET is a registered pesticide? If you buy organic food to avoid the intake of pesticides but use bug repellent with DEET, 56% of which is absorbed into your bloodstream, your right hand is fighting the left. The most serious concerns about DEET are its effects on the central nervous system.
“Dr. Mohammed Abou-Donia of Duke University studied lab animals’ performance of neuro-behavioural tasks requiring muscle co-ordination. He found that lab animals exposed to the equivalent of average human doses of DEET performed far worse than untreated animals. Abou-Donia also found that combined exposure to DEET and permethrin, a mosquito spray ingredient, can lead to motor deficits and learning and memory dysfunction.”*
So, what should you be using to effectively repel pesky bugs? doTERRA’s TerraShield Outdoor Blend contains powerful essential oils and other plant oils known to provide outdoor protection in a natural, safe way. Their newly updated formula contains a select blend of essential oils including Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae, Nootka, and Vanilla Bean Absolute—all of which possess specific chemical compounds known to protect against environmental annoyances, safely. To get more information, contact TWC Ridgefield member, mother of 2 (and one on the way!) and doTERRA Premier Wellness Advocate Kate Fitzpatrick.
2. Sunscreen – Popular sunscreens have a list of unsavory ingredients, including:
- Oxybenzone – This ingredient is often used in sunscreens to help other chemicals penetrate your skin easier. In addition to being a skin irritant, studies have shown it to be a suspected hormone disruptor, wreaking havoc on your endocrine system.
- Octinoxate – A common ingredient in sunscreens, octinoxate has the same function as oxybenzone. Although not a skin irritant, it is a proven estrogen disruptor which negatively affects both human and wildlife, such as when put in water. Additionally, it creates free radicals which can damage your skin and cause premature aging – something sunscreens are supposed to protect from!
- Retinyl Palmitate – Also present as Vitamin A Palmitate, it is present in sunscreen to prevent sun-induced aging. Except…even FDA studies have shown this ingredient to speed the development of malignant cells and skin tumors when applied to skin before going out in the sun.
Sure, many studies use the words as “may” and “might”, but why take the chance? Instead, make your own so that you are well aware of what goes into it and onto your family’s skin. Nicole Casimir, RN and wellness advocate strongly recommends including Young Living’s Carrot Seed Essential Oil into your homemade sunscreen, which has a natural SPF of 30-40. Contact Nicole for more information on natural sun protection.
3. Replenishing Cream – Especially during the Summer, it is crucial to replenish your skin with all that the outdoor elements – sun, wind, sand, saltwater, chlorinated water – deplete it of! After the beach, pool or a long run, cool off with this refreshing gelee that hydrates for soft, smooth-feeling skin. The formula, with hydrating sea and botanical extracts, helps revitalize, renew and restore skin’s moisture barrier! Contact Susie Daut for more information.
4. Food – If you thought we were going to say watermelon or cucumbers, sorry! Don’t get us wrong – both are great for hydration. However, during the Summer it is just as important to prevent dehydration as it is to hydrate! So, our superfood of choice for this Summer is… wild-caught salmon! You likely already know that it has beneficial components such as Omega-3 fatty acids, which help your skin glow and keep hydrated. What you may not know is that wild-caught salmon also contains a powerful antioxidant that helps boost your immune system, fight cancer and disarm free radicals. This powerhouse of an antioxidant is called astaxanthin. Part of the carotene family, it is produced by algae on which salmon feed and what provides salmon with its color. Unlike beta carotene, astaxanthin can cross the blood-retinal barrier, which brings its antioxidant powers to your central nervous system, as well as your eyes.
Plus, salmon is delicious to grill (on gas, not charcoal) and easy to make.
Photo: Gaia Health Blog
5. Drink – You are probably hoping we give you a healthy Margarita recipe, so we will apologize in advance… Instead, we have a recipe your whole active family can enjoy – natural Gatorade! Gatorade’s claim to fame is that they provide users with necessary electrolytes to keep hydrated and active, which they do. However, Gatorade and other popular sports performance drinks also include a copious amount of sugar in the form of refined sugar syrups – 14 grams in just one serving of Gatorade. Chemical additives such as brominated vegetable oil (BVO) are used to increase fluidity, just as they are in photographic paper films, gasoline and fire-extinguishing materials. This ingredient is banned in over 100 countries, where Gatorade does not use them. Additionally, there are the nasty and unnecessary color additives, some such as Red 40 proven to create hyperactive behavior in children.
Natural Gatorade is easy to make! The combination of citrus and salt create electrolytes. Simply add the juice of 1 large lemon, juice of 1 lime, a pinch of salt and fill the remainder of a 20 oz container with water, or coconut water. There is your lemon lime Gatorade and it tastes exactly like it.
Photo: Daily Burn
Enjoy your Summer and choose natural!