Household Cleaners and Brain Fog (Part 4)

Are the things you are cleaning with causing your brain fog?Like a clean house? Me too – but make sure you know what a “clean” house really is...and what's really causing your brain fog. There are countless toxins we are exposed to in our own homes. We are exposed to enough out in the world, we need our homes to be a safe place - important for us, but even more so for the "littles" in our lives. Some indoor pollutants are evident and avoidable/preventable, others are not so obvious: Mold and pollen Tobacco smoke Household products and pesticides Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide Materials used in the building such as asbestos, formaldehyde and lead...

Stress and Brain Fog - Part Three

How many of us feel stressed out? Stress is running rampant in our society.Somehow in our culture, having an overflowing to do list, multi-tasking, and getting pulled in multiple directions is viewed as being important. In reality stress is killing us. What is often viewed as productive really is the polar opposite. And so many of the things that suck up our time, attention, resources aren’t all that important anyway. Too much stress over time is a huge contributor to brain fog – and it puts us at risk for many other things as well such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Chronic stress has no benefits – it can lead to anxiety, insomnia, memory issues, poor decision making, and...

What causes Brain Fog anyway? Part two

But really, I DO eat a healthy diet, why do I still have Brain Fog?You may be eating a decent diet, but in this day and age, our food just doesn’t pack the nutritional punch it used to. Depleted soils, overuse of fertilizers have left the nutritional value of our food lower than it used to be. Our body needs many different essential nutrients to stay in tip top shape, but some key deficiencies can result in……..brain fog Vitamin D We think about vitamin D as important for building strong bones and keeping your immune system strong. But did you know it’s vitally important for brain health as well? Vitamin D, sometimes called the sunshine vitamin, is best known for building bo...

What causes Brain Fog anyway? Part one

Thinking is important, so is knowing what causes Brain FogBrain Fog wears me out. It’s frustrating and discouraging and quite depressing. I know so many of you all totally get it. You do literally feel like there’s a fog between you and your brain. You just cannot think. It’s more common than you think – but it’s not normal OR healthy. What causes Brain Fog? For me, some of it is brought on by my RA, and some of ...

Luxurious Lotion Bars

Soothe and pamper your skin with these simple lotion barsThese lotion bars are so luxurious - and way simpler to make than I anticipated. I played around with the ingredients to find a good balance. It needed to be soft enough to act like a lotion, but firm enough to not just melt into a puddle of blech. This seems to be a good combo that sets up pretty fast as well. We used some cute silicone cupcake cups from IKEA. Lavender oil is wonderful for all things calming, so thi...

Ditch the disinfectant wipes

Are we helping or hurting when we use disinfectant wipes?I read this article today that reinforced what I already suspected about the disinfectant wipes you can purchase at the store. Author Elizabeth Conway states, "Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) admits that there is no evidence that cleaning with disinfectants is any better at preventing illness than cleaning with regular soap and water." She goes on to say that " Disinfectant chemicals called quaternary ammonium compounds “quats”, commonly found in wipes are especia...