Plastic Water Bottles Can Make You Fat

Water BottleHydrate! One of the healthiest habits is to consume fresh, pure water throughout the day. But if you haven’t given up your convenient plastic water bottle for the sake of the earth, perhaps you may after you learn the link between plastic and your weight. It seems research from Health Canada is the first to show how the body metabolizes bisphenol-A (BPA) results in fat accumulation.

BPA is a chemical found in polycarbonate plastic. Among its many uses are plastic containers to store food and for beverages like water. But it does not stop there.

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Margy's Favorite Skin Care

Natural skincare with research results! As a protective covering, skin is subject to damage because it is exposed to sun, wind and oxidation. With time, loss of skin collagen causes the skin to "sag", all too obvious when you look in the mirror! Since the skin is your largest organ, what you put on your skin should not be harmful as it will be absorbed. Two big offenders in skin care products are parabens (linked to cancer), and phtlates (potential disruptors of growth and reproductive hormones). While I have been careful to use products without dyes, parabens and the like, being diagnosed celiac meant I had one more ingredient to avoid: gluten. My search led me to DERMA E several years ago and after trying several of their products, I found my favorite!

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Be Courageous! Change is an Action Word

There's something wonderfully comforting about knowing what comes next. The feel of your favorite chair as you relax and unwind. The smell of morning coffee. That familiar smile of a friend. A fresh, tart bite of a Granny Smith apple. Or the soft flow of notes in a sweet song. Touch. Smell. Sight. Taste. Sound. Life according to you. But what happens when, in a single moment or series of moments, life as you know it suddenly changes?

Your first impulse is resistance. Even good change pushes us outside our routine, beyond our "control zone". New can be exhilarating. However, if that something new is negative, it feels more like a roller coaster ride of unexpected twists and turns, chugging to the top and cascading to the bottom.

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Trust & Let Go!

one bare treeMost of our readers know I am not one to make new year's resolutions. I believe you make your life one day at a time, one decision at a time. But the change of a calendar page is as good a starting point as any, whether it is to a new month or a new year.  Season to season. Winter holds secrets it tells only to spring, passing along a ritual of unfolding that marvels the eye. Bare, dark trees to a bloom of leaves. Will it be a promise of apples? Sweet cherry blossoms? Or simply a nest for a grateful family of birds and a haven for squirrels. Like nature, so too the human spirit goes through its season of change, perhaps from the dark to the light. From broken to healing. New growth beyond its present hibernation. Life's mystery lying just beneath the cold and the hidden.

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Sometimes You Lose...

Margy SquiresI have often been accused of wearing rose colored glasses, a bit on the optimistic side and borderline on ignoring reality. That's what dreamers do; walk on the sunny side of the street. Maybe it's because hope is a fragile thing and requires constant reminding that everything is going to be all right. In the real world, it may not be all right. In the real world, if you don't know something, it could hurt you. That's why I am so passionate about knowing all I can about my health and what I can do to change when things need changing. That's why I want to help others do the same. New research, new tests. Newer therapies.

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