18 September 2018

Finding Organic Alternatives for the Home

Finding Organic Alternatives for the Home

Many health-conscious individuals have opted to incorporate organic foods into their diet in a time where ingredients and transparency are becoming more in demand. What some may not realize is that there are also plenty of options out there when it comes to organic items for the home. The following are 3 areas you may have never considered to buy organic.

Household Cleaners


Not only do many of the name brand household cleaners out there cause sensitivity for many people, they also usually contain hazardous chemicals that have been questioned for their long term effects on us.  While some may feel that organic cleaners just don’t get the job done, this simply isn’t true! Using organic household cleaners are just as effective at fighting grime as many mainstream products. Consider switching to organic household cleaners or find some mixture recipes online to make your own at a fraction of the cost!

Feminine Products


With the amount of waste and concerns for health associated with feminine products, many are turning to alternatives. Some alternatives to consider would be reusable pads, menstrual cups, or organic tampons. Using feminine product alternatives help to minimize waste and they are usually going to save you a pretty penny in the long run.

Pet Food


As our own diets move towards organics, let’s not forget about our furry companions! Organic pet food sales are on the rise as more people are becoming aware of the importance of quality ingredients in their pet’s food. Remember to introduce new foods slowly to help your pet get used to it. Your veterinarian is also a good resource for knowledge on organic pet foods they may recommend.

5 Ways to Help a New Hire Get Comfortable with Your Culture

5 Ways to Help a New Hire Get Comfortable with Your Culture

With the prevalence of Glassdoor and other websites that allow past and current employees to provide feedback on workplace culture, it is not surprising that many companies have increased focus on employee wellness. After all, a healthy, happy employee is a productive employee. Healthy, happy employees will enjoy their jobs. A healthy, happy employee will encourage others with a similar mindset to apply for jobs at your company.

How do you create this positive environment for your employees? Perhaps your company cannot afford to hire a wellness expert. What can your managers do to create a great place to work?

Talk about your work environment during the interview.

Ask those you interview about previous workplaces. If during your conversation, you discover the applicant has negativity oozing from his or her pores, consider offering the job to someone else. Talk about the positive workplace initiatives you have enacted at your office. See how they respond to this discussion. If he or she seems excited, the candidate may be a great addition to your staff.

What about those employees you did not hire? How do you encourage positivity from them, especially if the previous management did not pay attention to workplace wellness?

Offer healthy food options for your employees.

Instead of throwing a box of donuts in the break room every Friday and ordering pizzas for work nights, stock your workplace refrigerator with Greek yogurt and string cheese. Purchase fruit and keep it in an area convenient for all. This may seem like an expense that may deplete your petty cash account, but in the long run, you may reap the rewards of having more productive employees who are out sick less than before.

Who doesn’t like a little competition between departments?

Offer weight-loss challenges between staffs. Worried you will offend some of the heavier employees? How about purchasing inexpensive step counters and giving prizes to the department who can record the most steps within a week. The more managers participate and promote these challenges within their departments, the more buy-in the employees will feel.

Offer a free gym membership to your employees.

One of my friends works for an area orthodontist. When the doctor heard about how some of his employees were starting a weight-loss challenge, he went to Planet Fitness and purchased a basic membership for all of his employees. My friend and her co-workers were over-the-roof impressed with this gesture. In fact, my friend shared her experience on Facebook. A basic gym membership can be purchased relatively inexpensively.

Give your employees an outlet to share their gratitude for each other.

Create forms that allow an employee to compliment a co-worker. Cleverly display the forms. Purchase a copy of How Full is Your Bucket for each of your employees. The premise of this book is that we either fill each other’s buckets by being positive with each other or we deplete other’s buckets with negative comments. Use that terminology when dealing with conflict.

Remember positive energy is catching! Bring a little sunshine to your office every day.

5 Steps for Healthy Aging

While there is no actual “fountain of youth” your lifestyle can make a significant difference when it comes to health and wellness as you age. Those birthdays are going to come every year whether you like it or not, but, growing older doesn’t have to mean becoming ill and feeble. Following these five steps for healthy aging is a great way to increase the odds of enjoying a higher quality, happier and healthier life while reducing the risk of chronic disease.

Drink Lots of Water

Staying hydrated is a must for keeping your body’s organs and various systems functioning as they should, and it also helps your skin stay younger looking too. When you’re dehydrated, it appears dull and older as a result, reflecting what’s going on inside. All our organs require a significant amount of water to function properly. When it’s lacking, every cell, organ and system throughout the body is forced to work harder, which means we age faster. Drinking enough water, therefore, keeps us looking and feeling younger longer on the inside and out.

Aim to drink at least at least 64 ounces of water each day, and limit your consumption of alcohol and caffeinated beverages, substances that are dehydrating.

Limit or Avoid the ‘Junk’ and Feed Your Body with Nutritious Foods

Processed foods, fast foods, soda, and similar “junk” are some of the worst things you can put into your body. They’re typically filled with many different types of potentially harmful ingredients like preservatives, artificial colors and sweeteners that our body doesn’t recognize. That leads to excess inflammation and a weaker immune system as you age. Inflammation is the root cause of a host of chronic disease, and it can also cause fatigue and a general lack of energy as well as other age-related issues. Soda, regular as well as diet, contains a substance known as phosphoric acid which adds flavor and makes the beverages remain shelf stable for longer periods of time, but it can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Over time, bone health suffers, and osteoporosis may even set in. 

Aim to eat a diet filled with healthy, whole foods, including plenty of fresh produce to slow aging and keep your body functioning at its best.

Don’t Skimp on Sleep

Skimping on sleep has a multitude of negative effects on the body and the mind. It impacts memory, cognitive performance, and it can even cause the skin to age faster. Most experts suggest getting seven to eight hours of shut-eye each night. Studies have found a lack of sleep raises blood pressure and reduces glucose tolerance, both of which raises the risk of artery damage. Heart attacks and strokes are twice as common among those who regularly sleep less than five hours per day, compared to those who get seven hours of sleep. 

Protect Your Vision

Don’t forget to protect your vision – eyesight is important for a high quality of life at any age. Wearing sunglasses is essential for keeping ultraviolet light out of your eyes and away from the lids and the skin around them. Too much UV exposure over time can lead to all sorts of serious eye issues, including age-related macular degeneration, one of the most common causes of vision loss in people that are aged 50 and older. It can develop over time due to the breakdown of cells that are light sensitive in the retina.

Consuming saffron for macular degeneration regularly is a great way to decrease your risk of developing it as well. Multiple studies have revealed that it contains important compounds like crocin, crocetin and carotenoids that are known to help protect the eye from those damaging, devastating effects.

Get Regular Exercise

It’s well-known that getting regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for both body and mind. It reduces the risk of developing depression, chronic disease, and helps to prevent cognitive decline. By staying fit throughout your life, you’ll not only be able to continue normal daily tasks well into old age, but to continue to enjoy many of your favorite activities too.