In our previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of a holistic approach to health and wellness. As you know, there are many practices you need to adopt in your lifestyle apart from healthy eating and exercising to attain a state of complete wellness. One of them is minimizing your exposure to toxins in the environment. Unfortunately, we live in a sea of toxins today. Everyone is exposed to chemicals even in the most common products or places you come across every day. These can harm your health in ways you wouldn’t imagine. 

One widely found substance, but certainly unseen to the eye, is BPA, or bisphenol A. This is a chemical that we have been warned about in recent years. Following numerous studies, health experts strongly advise that you completely avoid contact and exposure to BPA due to its dangers to health.

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There’s a lot of confusion around this topic. For years, we have been told that oats are not gluten-free and that wheat gluten intolerant people and coeliacs should avoid oats completely. In Australia there are no ‘gluten-free’ oats, however in other countries there are and some recipes call for ‘gluten-free’ oats. Why is this? While it is true that oats do contain gluten, it’s a different type of gluten to the other gluten-containing grains. Let me explain.

What type of gluten is in oats then?

Gluten represents a specific number of proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, and triticale. Spelt is an “heirloom” variety of wheat and should be considered as “wheat” for the purpose of this article. The types of proteins that make up gluten is different from grain to grain. For example, the “gluten” protein in wheat is Gliadin, in barley it’s Hordein, in Rye it’s Secalin, in Triticale (a wheat-rye hybrid) it is both Secalin and Gliadin. In oats, the gluten protein is called Avenin also known as ‘Oat Gluten’.

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Did you know that most household cleaning and personal care products on the market contain toxic chemicals?

Are you aware that many of these products also contain chemicals that haven’t been tested for safety?

Many people without realising it are using chemicals every day in their homes and on their bodies that are harmful to their health and their families. They are also bad for the environment.

Many people recycle their rubbish but don’t realise that the water leaving their house is far more toxic than the water that comes into their home. Why is this? Detergents, soaps, shampoo, cleaning and many other products contain toxic chemicals that get washed down the drain into the waterways and environment, polluting the plants, animals and threatening the entire ecosystem.

Most dishwashing liquids, laundry detergents, shampoos, soaps, moisturisers, toothpaste, makeup and many other self-care products being sold on the shelves today contain toxic chemicals such as fragrance, parabens, PEGs/Ceteareth/Polyethylene compounds, phthalates, triclosan, Vitamin A compounds (retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, retinol) and many others. The following are just some of the common but worst chemicals as they have been proven to cause serious health problems:

Fragrance:

Also called ‘parfum’, can contain dozens of chemicals under the name ‘fragrance’. The law doesn’t require companies to list what chemicals are in their fragrance on the product label. Fragrance is in the top 5 allergens in the world and is linked with allergies, dermatitis and respiratory distress. Commonly found in cleaning products, dishwashing and laundry detergents, shampoo, moisturiser, perfume, cosmetics, grooming products and many others.

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Most of you understand the health benefits of food you’re cooking but what about the pots and pans you’re cooking in? Have you ever thought about how safe your pots and pans are to your health? Studies show that the quality and materials that cookware is made from can have an impact on your health.

Did you know that the following material used in cookware poses known health risks and should be avoided?

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Do you worry that you eat too much sugar? Do you find sugar hard to give up? The sugar-free diet has never been more popular and for good reason. Sugar is harmful to everyone’s health and is a major cause of disease in the Western world today. Sugar is found in so many food products today including cakes, breads, biscuits, cookies, muesli bars, yoghurt, fruit juices and many others. Many foods that are considered ‘healthy’ contain sugar. ‘That Sugar Film’ shows how people who think they’re following a healthy diet can easily be consuming up to forty teaspoons of sugar a day.

Here are 7 reasons to avoid sugar in your diet:

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