Healthy Living: Coconut Oil PDF
Pat White's Healthy Living Articles
Written by Pat White of Essential Body Pleasures   

Hello everyone,

My name is Pat White and I am very excited to be writing this column on Healthy Living.  I have been in the healthcare field for over 30 years and have seen so many studies which seem to contradict each other.  A person often does not know what to believe.  I hope to provide my readers with information which is sound and backed by research.  I am currently in my PhD program at Saybrook University studying Mind-Body medicine. One of the first things I realized in my research was the need to assess my sources.  Anyone can write a blog, however, the information may not be correct.  The information I present will also have references where you may refer for further reading.

I am sure you have heard about coconut oil.  It is the all amazing, can do everything oil.  I could write an entire research paper on the fatty acids in coconuts.  Lauric acid is found in the fat of the coconut.  Known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, it is useful in soaps and skin care products. Have you seen fractionated coconut oil and unsure what this meant?  To create fractionated coconut oil, the oil goes through a process of hydrolysis.  It is then passed through steam

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Paleo Living: The Difference between Ingesting and Absorbing Chemicals
Trina Felber's Paleo Living Articles
Written by Trina Felber of Primal Life Organics   

Wow time flies! I have spent the past 22 years as a nurse. Seven years practicing anesthesia as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)- try to say that real fast! My nursing career started in the Burn Intensive Care Unit at St. V's in Toledo, Ohio. That is where I learned how amazing the skin is, how it protects us, the damage chemicals can cause (fire is a chemical reaction- just as most chemicals in commercial skincare are irritants), how it regenerates, and without it – or extensive damage to it – we will die. 

As a practicing CRNA, I understand pathophysiology, the absorption, distribution, breakdown, storage and elimination of chemicals. 

What is the difference between ingesting chemicals (hormones, preservatives) and absorbing them thru the skin? The difference is HUGE – and the reason you NEED to be concerned about WHAT you put on your body! 

When ingested, chemicals are absorbed into the bloodstream and sent straight to the liver to be broken

Whole Living: 10 Ways to Improve Your Skin by Improving Your Gut Health
Shirley Makela's Whole Living Articles
Written by Shirley Makela of Alki Organix   

The health of our gut is critical to our immune system and to healthy skin.  You simply can’t go wrong by taking steps to improve your gut health!  Your overall health will improve and so will your skin!

  1. Drink WATER!  Not only does this help keep your skin hydrated, it also helps keep your gut healthy and your system regular.  Most doctors will recommend at least 8-8oz glasses per day, another method to decide how much is right is use is to take your body weight and divide it half to calculate how many ounces of water you need per day.   Try starting out your day with a big glass of water (I start my day with 16oz every morning with a slice of lemon in it, if it’s hot or if I have been extra active I will even start with more than 16oz.) Keep a glass or bottle of water handy and continue to drink throughout the day!

  2. Reduce sugars and processed foods in your diet. The processed foods on the shelves now are contributing to Americans eating twice as much sugar as we did 30 years ago, this contributes not only to obesity epidemic we are experiencing in the US but also compromises your gut’s health!  A simple way to avoid them is to make the majority of your diet food that doesn’t have labels! Be aware too that sugar will hide on those labels under names like: Corn sweetener, Corn syrup, Barley Malt Syrup, Fructose, Dextrin, Dextrose, Glucose, High-fructose corn,

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