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Natural Year Challenge: Month Five
Welcome to Month Five of the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! We hope you're enjoying our 10-step journey to naturally healthy living. Join us this month as we explore the following topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Dairy Ferment. Ever wondered how to make homemade yogurt? What about kefir? It isn't as hard as you may think, and the health benefits are huge. Recipes, step-by-step instructions, and a demonstration video by Andrea will help you take the probiotic plunge! Take our Month Five Food Challenge and start enjoying the many benefits of dairy ferments.
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Clean Your Kitchen. Our natural, chemical-free cleaning moves to that all-important room of the home: the kitchen. How can you have a sparkling kitchen without all the toxic fumes and chemicals? See our Month Five Household Challenge for tips on safely cleaning your oven, cutting board, wood cabinets, dishwasher, sink, and more. Product recipes and video demonstration included!
On our recent edition of Toxic Talk, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry explored the subject of gluten. Is the gluten-free diet just a fad? What's wrong with gluten? We also looked at the unique qualities of modern wheat. If you missed this informative conversation, visit our Radio Interviews page to listen online!
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? The ERMI test analyzes dust samples to identify 36 different species of mold, and is a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. momsAWARE is pleased to offer this laboratory testing through our Online Store. To learn more about the testing process, check out our article on How to Interpret ERMI or HERTSMI-2 Mold Test Results.
Making the Most of Your Natural Soaps
Are you enjoying the benefits of natural, chemical-free soaps, but noticing they don't last as long as you'd like? Truly natural soaps are super-fatted, which means they retain the glycerin and include extra moisturizing oils, making them tend to dissolve more quickly. For three simple ways to extend the life of your soap, check out our article Making the Most of Your Natural Soaps.
Get Ready for the Summer Sun!
What do gelatin and bone broth have to do with your fun in the sun? The connection relates to collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, which helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Learn some delicious ways to supplement this useful protein in our article Get Ready for the Summer Sun: Eat Some Collagen!
The Benefits of Natural Light
Do you suffer from mal-illumination? Is there a difference between natural light and artificial light as far as their effects on our health? See The Benefits of Natural Light to find out how a little outdoor time with access to full-spectrum light can go a long way toward boosting both our mood and our immune system!
They're in our beauty products, shampoos, water bottles, and even our food. These chemicals defy the conventional "the dose makes the poison" premise and are wreaking havoc with our health. Find out more about endocrine disruptors and ways to reduce your exposure to them in Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Explored. If you missed our recent Toxic Talk on this subject, don't miss the Hormones and Environmental Issues program on our Radio Interviews page!
Are We Roundup Ready?
Most of our soy and corn crops are Roundup Ready, but the question is: Are we? Since the introduction of glyphosate into our food supply in the 1970s, it has been assumed that this popular herbicide is harmless to humans. See our article Are We Roundup Ready? to find out why this assumption may be proving wrong, and what steps you can take to protect your family from the increasing contamination of our food and water supplies.
All-Natural Pest Control
Insects and other uninvited pests are a time-consuming nuisance and may even present a risk to your health. The strong chemicals found in most commercial bug-killers and repellents may further compromise the safety of your environment. So how can you win the war against pests and still keep your family safe? See our Bug-Busting Bonanza for the four R's of natural pest control!
Life with Less Plastic
Looking to reduce your use of plastic around the home? You're not alone. Many of us are aware of the increasing concern over endocrine-disrupting chemicals and other hazards associated with plastics. See Life with Less Plastic: 10 Simple Steps for resources to help you become better informed and practical ideas for cutting back on your use of plastics in the home.
"How I Survived Toxic Mold"
Have you experienced a serious toxic mold exposure or know someone who has? These stories will encourage anyone walking through this difficult valley. Read the accounts of several fellow travelers who have made it to the other side in our Mold Survival Stories.
Five Natural Products
Are you one of the many who are trying to use fewer chemicals in your home? The good news is that switching to natural cleaning and personal care products can actually save you money! See our article on Five Cheap, Natural, Accessible Products for Your Home and discover a few common items that will go a long way in your household!
Do you find yourself overwhelmed or confused by the abundance of health information on the Internet? Whether facing a health crisis or just looking for ways to improve your family's lifestyle, sifting through the masses of online data can be a daunting prospect. What's a healthy way to approach your research? How do you know what to believe? momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry draws from her own experience to offer five sanity-saving strategies in Who's Right? Navigating Online Health Information.
Amy tried the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge, but grew discouraged and stopped. Encouraged by Andrea's Toxic Talk tips, she tried again and came up with a great system for making healthy changes in her household! "I am a visual learner and so are my kids. Even though two of them are too young to read, they know if they see a green card, there is a change happening and I can teach them about it." Find out more in Natural Year Challenge: One Mom's Journey.