Homemade Laundry Detergent

My new homemade laundry detergent.

As you may have figured out by now, I’m a pretty frugal person.  If I can make a product at home and save money while not including any strange chemicals, I’m all about it.  I make my own lotion, lip balm, shampoo, hand soap, and body scrub, but one thing that had so far evaded me was laundry detergent.   Continue reading

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What Causes Autoimmunity?

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My last post listed some of the more common autoimmune diseases and the three main factors that are thought to contribute to autoimmune disease: genetic predisposition, triggering factors, and a leaky gut.  Today I’d like to talk more in depth about these contributing factors and how they lead to misdirection of the immune system and the development of disease. Continue reading

What is Autoimmunity?

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These days, it seems like more and more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases.  Whether its multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or Hashimoto’s disease, these autoimmune conditions are becoming more common.  Why is that?  How are all these seemingly unrelated diseases all occurring with increasing frequency, and what can we do to stop this alarming trend? Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up: Environmental Aspects

Ok, now that we’ve covered the basics of looking inward at our emotional health, we’ll move on to something a little less intimidating: looking outward at our environment.  There are tons of different ways that our environment influences our health, so take a look at your own life and see what applies to you.  The last thing you want to do is sabotage your own efforts to eat healthier and be more active by unknowingly exposing yourself to negative influences in the environment. Continue reading