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The hormone / PCOS connection

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition that affects approximately 5 million women in the US alone, and is a leading cause of infertility. Most women who suffer from PCOS have an underlying imbalance of reproductive hormones that triggers the growth of cysts on the ovaries and seriously disrupts the normal development and release of an egg (ovulation) during the menstrual cycle. Among the most frequent and frustrating symptoms women with PCOS experience are: irregular/heavy pe…

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Non Toxic Product Swap of the Week: Australian Gold Botanical Natural Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 for Supergoop Glow Stick SPF 50

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Did you know the FDA recently reported that only 2 of the 16 commonly used ingredients in over-the-counter sunscreens are considered safe? 

This is a HUGE problem, considering these are products we are lathering on ourselves and our family all summer long, seeping into the skin of our children (whose health we should be protecting from a young age)!

That’s why this week we’re swapping out the Australian Gold Botanical Natural Sunscreen Spray, SPF 50 for a safe and effective sunscreen: Supergoo…

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DID YOU KNOW: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) suffer from higher incidences of chronic disease linked to toxic chemical exposure?

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DID YOU KNOW: Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) suffer from higher incidences of chronic disease linked to toxic chemical exposure?

CASE STUDIES THAT SUPPORT THIS FACT:

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG)'s Skin Deep scoring system which lists hazard ratings for nearly 70,000 products and 9,000 ingredients on the market, 1 in 12 products marketed to Black women ranked highly hazardous. The U.S. government doesn't review the toxicity of products before they're sold and c…

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Non Toxic Product Swap of the Week: Armani Foundation for Araza Beauty Coconut Cream Foundation

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Did you know that many makeup products are filled with harmful toxins that can actually inflame and irritate your skin? That’s why it’s important to do your research and find alternatives with clean ingredients that nourish your skin from the inside out! And if you’re not sure where to start, we will be helping you out with our weekly product swaps!

This week, we’re swapping out this Armani Luminous Silk Foundation for our favorite all-natural, non toxic product: Araza Beauty Coconut Cream Foun…

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What is the Gut Microbiome? How Can I Best Support it?

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The gut microbiome is a vast ecosystem of trillions of bacteria and fungi that live within your gastrointestinal tract and have huge influence on your hormones, metabolism, body weight, immune system, appetite & mood! 

The health of our digestive system greatly impacts the health of our entire body and these gut bugs regulate many of our bodily functions including creating vitamins & boosting brain function! (There's a reason our gut is referred to as the "second brain!”).  And what's so fascin…

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Hormone Balancing Product Swap Out: Canola Oil for REAL Olive Oil (PLUS: Tips for finding REAL Olive Oil)

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Did you know that Canola oil is highly processed and requires synthetic antioxidants to prevent it from going rancid too quickly?

It is also high in Omega 6 (pro-inflammatory) fats, which can throw off the ratio of healthy fats we are consuming and trigger chronic inflammation (leading to cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s). 

Instead, we prefer REAL Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is high in antioxidants & anti-inflammatory …

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