10 Ways To Go Natural

Feb 19, 2013 No Comments by

1. Sip from salt. Not only are HimalaSalt’s Himalayan Salt Cups beautiful, they also have a naturally high content of essential minerals, which will transfer – along with a subtle salty flavor – to margaritas, olives, condiments or anything you choose to serve in them. Bonus: They’re made using 100 percent wind and solar energy, and 5 percent of profits from sale support environmental causes.

2. Delight in dark chocolate. Cacao-concentrated dark chocolate, packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory flavonoids, can reduce blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, research from San Diego State University finds. So reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease by indulging in an ounce or two daily, making sure it’s at least 70 percent cacao. Or to keep calories in check, try a supplement – we like Reserveage Organics Cocoa Well maximum Potency Organic Cocoa.

 Ways to Go Natural

Ways to Go Natural

3. Wind your time. Make your mornings eco-friendly with a windup alarm clock – they’re mechanical, which means no batteries or electricity necessary, just a few good key turns.

4. Beet it. This earthy root vegetable is a sweet addition to any meal or juice, both literally and figuratively: Research shows that just over a cup of beetroot juice is as effective at lowering blood pressure as some commonly prescribed medications.

5. Wake up with the sun. Early risers, rejoice! A recent study has found that people who get out of bed by 7 a.m., on average, if better in the workplace and have a lower chance of being depressed, stressed and overweight.

6. Clean green. More than 87,000 tons of household, cosmetic and baby wipes end up in dumps every year. Klorane hopes to lessen that load with its Soothing Make-up Remover Wipes with Cornflower, made with biodegradable fibers and laced with witch hazel and vitamin E. Used wipes decompose with no negative effect on our ecosystem.

7. Get nicer rice cereal. Classic Rice Krispies have been given a brown rice makeover, so now they’re a slightly healthier and gluten-free version of the cereal loved by kids of all ages. Use them to make marshmallow treats, or enjoy them with rice milk for a breakfast of champions that’s diary-free, too!

8. Do yoga naked! Steadily gaining popularity in the U.S., nude yoga liberates you from restrictive clothing, promotes a greater sense of freedom and openness during your practice, and gives you an enhanced awareness of (and appreciation for!) your body.

9. Eat to beat diabetes. November is American Diabetes Month, Spread the word and stay healthy with blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries and raspberries, all of which contain anthocyanins, a dietary flavonoid associated with a lower risk of type II diabetes, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

10. Grow sans soil. Germinate one of five varieties of herbs (basil, chives, mint, oregano or parsley) with Potting Shed Creations’ Grow Bottles, which use hydroponics (mineral-rich water but no soil) to produce fresh leaves year-round in space-saving recycled wine bottles.

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