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Fermented Beverages: A Delicious Probiotic Boost
Looking for a healthy alternative to soda and sugar-laden fruit juices? Many are discovering the health benefits of fermented beverages such as kefir, kvass, and kombucha. Our latest Rejuvenating Recipes will help you take the probiotic plunge with homemade kombucha, water kefir, and fermented lemonade—delicious, nutritious alternatives that even your kids will love!
Natural Year Challenge: Month Seven
We hope you're enjoying the momsAWARE Natural Year Challenge! It's never too late to join us on our 10-step journey to healthier, more natural living. Here are this month's topics:
- Natural Year Challenge: Household Edition
Remove Stains Naturally. This month we take on the "sticky" subject of stain removal. For those of us trying to steer clear of harsh chemicals, it can be daunting to tackle stubborn stains and spills. Our Month Seven Household Challenge offers several natural stain-removal tips, along with a helpful chemistry lesson and a pH chart showing the placement of natural products like hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, washing soda, and more. Guidance on treatment for specific stains will round out your stain-fighting arsenal!
- Natural Year Challenge: Food Edition
Make a Vegetable Ferment. This month we offer a tutorial on making a vegetable ferment: specifically, sauerkraut. Don't miss our Month Seven Food Challenge, which includes a recipe, step-by-step instructions, and information on the many health benefits of fermented foods. A demonstration video by Andrea will help you take the probiotic plunge!
Are you curious about the hype over toxic mold? Have you experienced a mold exposure and are unsure of your next step? This valuable resource from momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry is designed to help you navigate your way through mold testing, remediation, exposure symptoms, detox methods, cross-contamination issues, legal recourse, and much more! It's a handy, concise guide offering hope and help for anyone concerned about indoor air quality and its effect on human health. Now available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions: Is Your House Making You Sick? A Beginner's Guide to Toxic Mold.
Healthy Outdoor Fun
With the summer months upon us, it's time to enjoy some healthy fun in the great outdoors with all-natural, chemical-free sunscreen and insect repellent! Check out our helpful articles on Summer Sun Protection and Summer Bug Protection. No need to stay indoors with a myriad of non-toxic outdoor protection options to choose from this summer!
Not sure where to begin when you suspect mold in your home, school, or workplace? ERMI testing analyzes dust samples to identify and quantify the mold species present, and it's a great way to begin an assessment of any indoor environment. momsAWARE is pleased to offer two levels of 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 Mold Test Results.
This is a great time of year to buy seasonal, fresh, and locally harvested food. Find out if there's a farmers market near you and download a list of helpful questions for Making the Most of Your Farmers Market. (Also learn the four questions you'll want to avoid asking your local farmers!) Enjoy the wonderful bounty this season brings by making a trip to your local market!
Tips for House-Hunters
What should you look for when buying or renting a home? How can you avoid hazardous water damage that can lead to serious health issues? See our Guidelines for Buying or Renting a Home for 10 tips to help you find a safe living environment that will benefit your family's health for years to come! To hear a helpful conversation on this topic, visit our Radio Interviews page for our Toxic Talk Tuesday edition on House Hunting.
Toxic Talk Tuesday: Spray It or Else
On our last edition of Toxic Talk, momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry took a look at organic farming and a recent challenge to one of this country's largest organic farms. We met the founder and CEO of Azure Standard, David Stelzer, and heard the story behind the threat to spray pesticides on their Oregon farmland. If you missed the live broadcast, visit our Radio Interviews page to hear the archived conversation!
Can exposure to mold cause health issues? Many mold-exposed individuals are met with skepticism by physicians and even friends and family. See our Mold Illness Studies article for a downloadable listing of over 300 studies linking exposure to toxigenic contaminants found in water-damaged buildings with adverse health outcomes—a valuable resource for those seeking to validate an illness or educate the medical community.
Our Just So Clean Double Detox castile bar is two purifying, all-natural soaps in one! The lighter side utilizes the extraordinary skin cleansing properties of rhassoul clay to provide an ideal deep cleanser for the face. The darker side adds Aalgo seaweed, calcium bentonite clay, charcoal, and rosemary essential oil for effective deep cleansing of the body. Perfect for anyone who desires a gentle yet detoxifying skin treatment. Visit our Online Store to find out more!
When a serious toxic mold exposure compromised his family's health, Ryan Fabry did more than make lemonade from lemons: he made probiotic sauerkraut from red cabbage, sugar-free ice cream from avocados, nourishing broth from bone-in chicken, and gluten-free snack bars from almonds, berries, and dates. As his quest for better health continued, so grew his passion for cooking, eating, and sharing his recipes for healthy, real food. You'll find plenty of inspiration for healthy eating in Ryan's newly released Real Food Recipes for Millennials, available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions!
What Is Building Biology?
How important is the relationship between our health and our indoor environment? Can natural building materials really make a difference in our homes, offices, and schools? Building Biology studies these questions and offers 25 guiding principles for safe, health-supporting building practices. See our article explaining What Is Building Biology? to find out more!
Building Relationships: Toxins in Our Home
momsAWARE's Andrea Fabry joins Dr. Gary Chapman to tell her compelling story of sick children, a sick home, and the radical decisions that affected her marriage, family, and future—and led her down a path toward helping others with the knowledge she gained on the journey. If you missed this inspiring broadcast, listen online to our Building Relationships Interview.
Choosing a Mold Remediator
Tackling a serious mold issue yourself can often make matters worse, as opening up a wall without proper containment can easily exacerbate the problem. But finding a qualified mold remediator who understands the potential hazards of improper remediation can be difficult. See How to Choose a Mold Remediation Company for eight questions to ask before making a hiring decision.
"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.