Choices and Repurcussions

Ok, have you ever really thought about the impact of choices and decisions you make. On your life. The domino effect, so to speak.
We can choose to look at a circumstance as a victim OR something we chose – even if it is only by 2%. This clearly impacts our life experience.
If we choose to NOT be a victim we will be freed up to own our reaction. This, in turn, free’s us up to CHANGE our reaction which then, in turn, free’s us up to alter the personal impact of the said circumstance. Being a victim only contributes to feelings of powerlessness which can be debilitating and seriously contribute to depression. We cannot, at this time in history, afford to be debilitated for even a moment.
Choose to find humour whenever you can and it’s appropriate. When it’s not appropriate choose to focus on the lessons learned and use these ‘lessons’ to choose to live a better life. Sometimes vicarious lessons are on our cards.
So lets take charge. We are NOT victim to products available and corporations which produce them with chemical and ingredients designed to increase corporate profits. Choose to spend your hard earned $’s on your health! Choose to live by your lessons …..

Emotions and Feelings

I want to talk about Quality of Life and EMOTIONS!
Life = Feelings (Good or Bad) …..
Emotions are instrumental to our Quality of Life on so many levels! Our Quality of Life is tied into our ability to manage all the emotions That we feel every single day. It means we are ALIVE!
Managing our emotions and feelings are a whole other challenge. Our ability to manage feelings will bring out the best or our worst …..
Many people are NOT taught ways to manage their feelings for a whole bunch of reasons – societal expectations, gender, DNA, family history, family expectations, etc. (No judgement).
Here are a few idea’s to start the process of learning to manage feelings:
1. Acknowledge Feelings – we are often taught to suppress feelings. Suppression will inevitably lead to stress and anxiety and, sometimes over reactions. In addition, we cannot create feelings. We are also taught we ‘should’ be feeling something when feelings are not standardized and generalized – they are intensely unique to our life. By acknowledging and admitting to our emotion we are allowing ourself to move on to the next step.

2. Own it – we have 100% ownership of our feelings. They are not CREATED by someone else. NFor example no-one makes us angry. They may behave in a way that triggers a feeling of anger but we are in control of the behaviours that trigger us. Now, this may seem like a foreign concept but really think about it. The bottom line is we OWN our emotion and, logically, own our behaviours associated with these emotions.

3. Empathize (not judge) around feelings of yourself and others. In other words NEVER judge yourself or others. This free’s you from the need to be ‘right’ and allows you to look outside the box. It also prevents you from becoming immobilized when self judgement is overwhelming. It’s OK to feel …. always. It is what we do with the feeling that cause a consequence, good or bad …..

4. Behaviour is always a CHOICE – How you respond to feelings in yourself and others will filter down to your behaviour or, ultimately, what you DO. This is what causes problems in our life. So … give yourself permission to LEARN from what you do. Did it work? How can I handle it differently next time? Did behaviour improve a situation or make it worse? This, again, is our choice!
No matter what steps you take to manage your emotions, if you DON’T do anything you will experience consequences. Typically to HEALTH! If emotions are not managed it will lead to STRESS. Stress leads (and naturally so) to INFLAMMATION through too much fight/flight hormone (Cortisol, Adrenaline, etc.).
Inflammation, in the long term, decreases your ability to be healthy and empowered (feeling like you have control in your life) – to roll with the punches so to speak. Chronic Inflammation will wear your body out – this is associated with most disease in our modern society.
Managing EMOTIONS and FEELINGS is one of the first steps to lowering inflammation.

HONEY – Raw and Unpasteurized

As with all NATURAL products, uses are intended for issue prevention and maintenance NOT acute care. Nor will any information replace any medical advice.
Honey has been around for about as long as humans. The first recorded drawing of a human harvesting honey is approximately 8,000 years old. Archaeologists have found honeycombs buried with pharaohs in Egypt. In Rome, soldiers used it to heal their wounds. In the Old Testament, Israel was described as the land of flowing milk and honey. Throughout history, honey has been a form of payment or trade.
Liquid gold, as some call it, is no longer considered to be as valuable as in ancient times. Nowadays, we walk into a grocery store and grab a plastic bear filled with honey and feed it to our families.
Pasteurized honey has been heated and valuable nutrients have been removed in the process. This is why many are now looking to purchase raw honey to enjoy its full benefits.
But what can you do with honey besides eating it? Here are some awesome and sometimes slightly strange uses for honey that you should definitely give a try.
Use honey to cure a sore throat Simply mix two tablespoons of honey with a full cup of hot water and the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon. The whole family can enjoy this healthy remedy.
Use it on your chapped lips Honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Plus, it is a great moisturizer. Apply some on your lips and try not to lick it off. A great time to do this is at night after you brush your teeth and you’re on your way to bed. You won’t be as likely to lick your lips then as you be would during the day.
Treat herpes blisters Herpes simplex (also called cold sores) is painful and unsightly. It also seems to take forever to heal. Honey, with its antiviral properties, can help speed up the process. Remember: only the raw stuff will provide full benefits.
Stock it for emergencies When archaeologists found honeycombs in Egypt, they were surprised to discover that the honey was still edible. Raw honey may crystallize, but it will last forever. If you have no access to other sweeteners or healers, you’ll be so glad to have your stash when you need it.
Use it on wounds Honey’s acidity has the ability to increase the release of oxygen from hemoglobin, which creates a good environment for healing a wound. When you apply it, lymph flow increases and the wound can heal faster. Honey also draws liquid from the wound.
Wash your hair with it Shampoos have a tendency to rob hair of its natural oils. As a result, the follicles go into overproduction. With its relative acidity, honey preserves the natural oils and has been found to help with treatment of dandruff, too. Mix one tablespoon with three tablespoons of water and massage into hair when taking a shower. You may have to warm the mixture a little to get it to dissolve in the water.
Use it as a face wash Got any leftovers from that honey shampoo? Use it to wash your face. So many products include honey because of its healing powers and gentle cleansing ability. Why not use honey without all the added chemicals?
Cure that hangover Use honey instead of ibuprofen after a night with a few too many. We couldn’t believe it either, but the fructose in honey speeds up the metabolism, hence the shorter hangover time.
Get rid of parasites Of course, you just may have to see a doctor when there is a real concern for parasites. But you may also try to drink a daily solution of honey, apple cider vinegar and hot water. The acidity of the vinegar combined with honey’s antibacterial properties may do the trick. Sometimes, it simply takes a little extra work and possibly a change in your diet to get rid of parasites.
Soothe dry elbows and feet Apply some honey to your elbowsand feet, leave it on for 30 minutes, then wipe it off. Make sure not touch anything with your elbows or feet while you wait! You may have to repeat this a few times to see lasting success.
Eat it raw from the honeycomb Honey will not be any more raw than when it comes directly from the comb. Also, the honeycomb is said to aid with healthy cholesterol levels, thanks to its long-chain fatty acids. The alcohols contained in the honeycomb are full of antioxidants that help protect the liver as well.
Use it on burns When you apply honey to your burns, the hydrogen peroxide that will be released will clean the wound and ease the inflammation. Plus, you’ll avoid chemicals from other topical creams.
Preserve your fruit with it It’s not too late for preserving fruit. Mix one part honey with ten parts water and pour over your berries to preserve them. The honey actually intensifies the flavor of the berries. You can experiment with different amounts until you reach your own desired sweetness.
Pour it in your bath water Adding just a few tablespoons of honey to your bath water will make it smell sweeter and make the water appear softer. You’ll carry the mild scent of honey around with you all day. Yum!
Increase your energy before a workout Consume some honey before you exercise and the slow, consistent release of glucose will keep you from burning out too quickly. You can also mix honey with some coconut water, which is full of electrolytes to replenish your body during and after a workout.
Make your own body scrub Use it for yourself or gift it to someone else. Mix 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup raw cane sugar and 1/4 cup olive oil to make an excellent scrub. Careful when you use this in the shower — the oil will make the shower floor slippery.
Use it to build up immunity to pollen Though not widely researched, one study suggests that consuming birch pollen honey can be helpful in people with birch pollen allergies. It is not likely that a lot of research will be put into honey as a cure for allergies, so you may end up being your own guinea pig for this one.
Use it as a sweetener in your green tea Green tea is believed to increase metabolism, and so is honey. Plus, honey is known to have a positive effect on blood sugar. The combination of the two may be a great addition to your weight loss program.
Cure halitosis (bad breath) Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon in a cup of warm water. Gargle and swallow, or spit out if you wish. The antibacterial properties of honey can kill the germs that give you bad breath. Plus, cinnamon happens to be an appetite suppressant.
Make your own shaving cream with it Honey mixed with warm water can be used as a shaving cream. It’s soothing and prevents razor burn while moisturizing your skin.
Make toothpaste Mix an equal amount of Honey and Coconut Oil, a bit of Baking Soda (for whitening and freshening) and Calcium Powder (for ermine realizing), and some flavourful and therapeutic essential oil (I use Peppermint and Spearmint but you can add a few drops of whatever you like) or Extract. Not only is this a flavourful, effective toothpaste but it can be used for oil pulling.
AGAIN, as with all NATURAL products, uses are intended for issue prevention and maintenance NOT acute care. Nor will any information replace medical advice.
Remember, raw honey is always the better choice because it has not been stripped of its nutrients. It will be much more beneficial than the pasteurized stuff. Enjoy!

Cortisols

CORTISOL – what is it ?? Why do we need to manage it ??

Cortisol is a hormone we all have. It is connected to our Stress Response. Like Adrenalin it is released during stress. I want to emphasize Cortisols are NORMAL and serve a purpose. But like everything else they need to be managed. We want to be able to keep levels as normal as extremes are not good.

Chronic stress, in general, is damaging and Cortisols released are part of why you may be more challenged when feeling stressed.

High Cortisols
– Counteract Insulin (Diabetes) – Reduces bone formation and collagen (Osteoperosis and wrinkles)
– Increases healing time
– Diuretic (bladder control and hydration)
– Inhibits Sodium Loss (water retention)
– Stimulates Gastric Acid Secretion (heartburn, digestion issues)
– Inhibits Memory Retrieval
– Effect sleep/week cycle (depression, insomnia)

Low Cortisol
– Fatigue
– Headaches
– Muscle Weakness
– Jitters
– Anxiety

MANAGEMENT: Balancing – ideas include Increasing Magnesium levels, Omega 3’ and , Oshwaganda. Try Music, Massage, Dancing and Exercise, Meditation. Stress Management techniques which are highly personal.

We are so busy we often don’t even know how anxious we are. We need to build in management regardless of the feeling of being stressed. It will improve Quality of Life to manage your Cortisols ✌.

Home Cleaning

I want to talk about keeping our home clean.

We all want to keep our Home clean and tidy for ourselves our families our children and our pets. There are many commercials from television and advertisements in stores which will help us to do this .

Cleaning products are as critical to our health is what we eat and what we put on our skin. They are critical in terms of both their effectiveness (do they work?) and their ability to absorb into our skin and our lungs through breathing.

There are many products to choose from and each seem to do a different job implying you need to purchase multiple products to do multiple jobs.

I can tell you based on my experiences and my knowledge that vinegar, baking soda, and a scrub brush are all that you really need to provide an incredibly high level of cleanliness in your home. 2 products to meet all your cleaning needs.

Vinegar is multi-purpose. Vinegar also eliminates 99.9% of germs …. Imagine that. It cleans glass and windows. It is an effective degreaser. It is also a softener and conditioner – it can be used as a fabric softener in your laundry and it can be rinsed through your hair and used as a clarifier and conditioner. If the scent bothers you then add some essential oils or try soaking citrus peels in the vinegar prior to use. These are only a few the possible uses of vinegar.

Baking soda is another common household product that can be used to clean more effectively than many available household cleaners. It is abrasive so it can be used to scrub stains, watermarks or any other substance you want to remove. Baking soda will also whiten and if left open, will absorb all manner of odours.

With both vinegar and baking soda a scrub brush is a tool that will increase the effectiveness.

For those of us who have raised children it is always a concern when a child is putting everything into their mouths. It is good to know the both vinegar and baking soda are edible and are not toxic. In addition, our pets are critically affected by chemical-based cleaning products on so many levels. With vinegar and baking soda your home will be safe.

So try this out. Step outside of the box. Not only will it help your health but it will work better than anything you can purchase . And speaking about purchasing items using vinegar and baking soda will save you a lot of money – you can clean your house for pennies and stay healthy too!

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The truth about Cosmetics ….

I want to talk about cosmetics – The product we put on our skin (mainly by women but often men too) that, over time, absorb into our bodies and are quite toxic ……

Here’s a list of skincare toxins. It’s more important than ever to read labels on your skincare products and cosmetics. If your products don’t have labels it’s fair to assume that the manufacturer has something to hide and these products are best avoided. Here are the toxic chemicals to avoid:

Artificial dyes and coal tar—these numbered dyes have names like yellow dye #5 or red dye #4 and are found in most cosmetics, body care products, and hair dyes. Derived from coal tar, they also sometimes appear on the label as “CI” followed by 5 numbers such as “CI 75000.” They are potentially cancer-causing and contain heavy metals that are toxic to the brain.

Benzoates—Often these chemicals go by the name benzyl- or sodium benzoate.

BHA and BHT—The full name of these chemicals are butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene. Both of these chemicals are suspected carcinogens and hormone disruptors.

DEA, MEA, and TEA—the full names of these chemicals that make products sudsy or creamy are diethanolamine, monoethanolamide, and ethanolamine, these toxic ingredients react to form nitrosamines that are cancer-causing.

Dibutyl phthalate—Found in cosmetics and baby care products phthalates have been linked to ashtha, birth defects, and cancer.

Fragrance—the single ingredient “fragrance” or “parfum” can actually contain up to 500 other ingredients, many of which are petroleum byproducts and have been linked to cancer, asthma, allergies, and nerve damage.

Lead—rarely listed but frequently found in cosmetics, especially lipsticks so be sure yours says “lead-free.” Lead is a serious threat to the brain and nervous system and is difficult to eliminate once it gets absorbed into the body.

Parabens—used to extend the shelf-life of products, these toxins go by many names: butyl-, ethyl-, isobutyl-, methyl-, and propyl- parabens. Parabens have been identified by the European Commission on Endocrine Disruption to be hormone disruptors and a contributing cause of hormonally-linked cancer, reproductive disorders, and other serious health issues.

Petrolatum—found in many products including “petroleum jelly” and you guessed it: it is derived from petroleum products.

Sodium lauryl sulphate—acts as a foaming agent and is frequently found in shampoo, body wash, and soap and may cause cancer.

Stearalkonium chloride—A common allergen found in many conditioners and creams. Often cited as “natural” it is a toxic ingredient that is used because it is cheaper than natural protein ingredients.

Toluene—Found in nail polish toluene is an extremely toxic ingredient that can cause damage to the nervous system, blood, eye, liver, kidney, and respiratory system. It may also affect a developing fetus.

Triclosan—Added to cosmetics and body care products as an antibacterial ingredient, this ingredient is contributing to the development of virulent superbugs that are resistant to our best drugs.

So ….. what do we do? There are ways :). PURE is exploring and researching natural cosmetics which are not toxic and are actually healing to our skin. I am exploring Mica Powders, Iron Oxide, different oils for different uses, I’m very excited! Then, as I’m testing, like all our products, they work better and last longer than anything else I have used.

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Marketing of the products we have taken for granted …..

This is a MUST TEACH on my list of parenting responsibilities.

Sadly, it did not even occur to me that I should be questioning the ads and commercials I was seeing on the television or hearing on the radio or reading in the newspapers or magazines. We are a trusting lot, here in Canada, and not only believe that what we see is truthful but that it is not designed to manipulate us. It just is!

Beware of highly skilled marketing techniques. When you watch a television commercial or hear an ad or look at an advertisement, do not just think you are hearing/seeing reality. Company’s making products bring on skilled individuals, with degree’s who research needs and vulnerabilities of certain pockets of individuals (i.e. young mom’s, seniors, middle aged men, sports enthusiasts, etc.) to introduce their product (this is called branding) but, most potently, encourage purchase of their product by encouraging you to believe that their product does certain things (i.e. if you buy this you will look younger, thinner, be more appealing, your kids will be healthier, be happier, smarter, more fit, etc.) and solve your problems. They will even go so far as to imply that if you don’t follow their lead you are ‘less than’ in whatever hat you are wearing at any given point in time.

I know, I’ve needed to prioritize my branding as well …. to think about my ‘target’ market, my potential customer base. I’ve had to make some tough choices but I am prioritizing integrity. When a potential ‘store’ makes a comment that they don’t care about product effectiveness – just the use of pretty packaging because people pay for this pretty packaging. Think about this ….. we, as consumers, have sustained this value. Hmmmmm? Now that I am aware of this ALL of my decisions center around NOT sustaining this value. And, despite understanding that the bottom line will be impacted I will NOT have my product name associated with this value.

Then ….. look at how a company prioritizes their $’s. How much does it cost for the ads, the actors/celebrities promoting the products. Then think about the decision making behind these priorities. Does it mean the companies are prioritizing the ‘healthiness’ of their products? Does it mean the companies are even caring about the CLEAR research behind the ingredients they put in their products and the dangers of these ingredients? There is no question it costs to prioritize health.

But, in my opinion, it is short term pain for long term gain on so many levels – the top of the list is ethics.

Be a critical thinker. It’s a challenge to NOT be susceptible. The most important thing is to be aware and discerning. In other words don’t just BELIEVE what you see/hear – check it out. Make informed decisions about where you put your hard earned money! EVERY dollar you spend does a job! But most importantly what you put either on your body or in your body. Once you are aware it is impossible to become unaware, lol.

It could mean the difference between experiencing quality of life as you proceed with your personal life adventure …. or not.

Body Care and Chemicals

Everything in our world is chemical in nature. What I am speaking about is the intentional break down of mother natures concoctions (which our bodies are typically designed – at least most of us – to cope with) then taking these bits and pieces, and remixing them to produce a desired effect. It’s the remixes that, in some ways have altered our world for good and bad, it seems. Sometimes these remixes are good as in the case of many medications. Some of these remixes may cause problems because, for some of us, our bodies do not seem to be able to tolerate them. It appears that sometimes the desired effect, over the long term, is not so good.

There is compelling, valid research strongly linking the chemicals in the world we live in and the explosion of autoimmune disorders everywhere. Not only do the chemicals come in through our food but also through the pores of our skin. This would include soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotions, creams, make-up, deodorant, perfumes, body sprays, laundry products, cleaners, etc.

Keep in mind that while there is a huge focus (and so there should be) on our food, our stomach does have a basic filter (as long as we don’t stress it out too much) – our LIVER. What we put on our skin goes directly into our body via our pores then into our bloodstream. Our skin – which is our largest organ – has NO FILTER. All the poisons and chemicals go directly into our body. This is why, through PURE Wisdom ‘4’ Life, PURE Body Care, we began with our skin care habits.

It sounds overwhelming doesn’t it? I can tell you that there are many simple cost-effective ways to produce and use all of these necessary self care items WITHOUT chemical additives. Many of the ingredients come straight from your kitchen and most WORK BETTER than commercial products.

I have struggled looking for commercial products that are non chemical – many are called ‘natural’ or ‘organic’. What I have found is that some producers of these ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ products charge large amounts of money for the privilege of claiming (and we all believe of course) their products are ‘healthy’ but they may not be without chemical additives. On the Internet there are many sites which provide recipes. They are usually quick, inexpensive recipe’s and work better than the pre-packaged, chemical infused marketed products. I have developed my own, adjusting other recipes to improve quality and composition – as I see fit.

A cautionary note, however, is that these home made products may not have properties you are accustomed to. For instance they may not have the same texture (creamy vs powdery), they may be heat sensitive (they may soften/liquify when warm or solidify when cooled), they may separate and need to be shaken, stirred or refrigerated, and they always need to be monitored for integrity – they may not last as long without preservatives.

The word ‘easy’ comes into play, along with ‘time management’. It is not always ‘easy’ to pay attention to the warmth or coolness of your products. It is not always easy to pay attention to expiry dates. It may not be what you have come to expect. It may take a bit more time to walk to the fridge, if necessary. It does take time to make your own products from scratch – this may not be either convenient or a priority. However, is it worth the time and effort? For PURE Body Care the answer is a BIG, RESOUNDING YES!!

PURE Body Care has done the research and production. It is not 100% ‘easy’ but it works better AND it is more cost effective than purchasing commercial chemical concoctions. The commercial market IS catching on, though, and there are more choices available. Check out our Products. Go PURE!