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Master the art of using these 10 natural & healthy products every day

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Increase your health without getting crazy. Add a few healthy, natural products to your daily habits.

I care about my health, trying to limit stress, move, get good sleep and change my diet for a better one.

BUT I’m not perfect and I don’t try to be. I’m changing my diet. SLOWLY.

It’s impossible to follow every advice on the huge subject of staying healthy. Why impossible? If only because every day has only 24 hours. 24 hours that you’d probably like to use not only for activities connected with keeping a healthy body.

Everyone has to make his own choices. Here I present you tips on the subject of health that I’ve implemented into my everyday life. In most cases, it is as simple as replacing one, default product with a less toxic alternative.

10 natural products you can easily use everyday

1 | Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a fat rich in valuable properties. We find saturated fatty acids (e.g. lauric, palmitic, caprylic) and unsaturated (e.g. oleic, linolenic). It contains vitamin B2, B6, E and C, folic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, and zinc.

It has antiviral and antibacterial effects and contains natural antioxidants – it fights free radicals, thus contributing to delaying skin aging. To some extent, coconut oil also protects the skin from the harmful effects of sunlight.

Coconut oil is my toothpaste for 4+ years, and an ingredient of my simple and natural deodorant (coconut oil and baking soda, 1:1).

I practically don’t put any creams, balms or lotions on my skin, but when I want to feel pampered, I use some coconut oil or shea butter.

When our Boys were babies and got skin problems in the diaper area (very rarely!), I put there coconut oil, too.

I’ve written a whole article about how I use coconut oil.

To enjoy all of the benefits of coconut oil, remember to choose it cold-pressed and unrefined, like this.

2 | Himalayan salt

Sodium chloride, contained in salt, we need in the hematopoietic process and in the production of hydrochloric acid, which is involved in digestion. In addition, it helps maintain an adequate level of hydration. In its deficiency, we lose water from the cells of our body.

If we need salt, it is worth choosing the type of salt that best suits the needs of our body. It is not ordinary, purified rock salt, which in 97.5% consists of sodium chloride, and besides it has little nutritional value.

The Himalayan pink salt is much more beneficial, because of its high content of minerals. It is extracted by hand in the Himalayan Pakistani ranges and is considered the purest salt in the world.

It is commonly said that pink salt contains as many as 84 minerals. In addition to sodium chloride, it also contains: potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, chromium, manganese, zinc, iron, selenium, bromine and iodine.

Due to its composition, pink salt is suitable for both consumption and external use.

It is recommended to add it to the bath if you have any skin problems. It helps especially with atopic dermatitis, eczema, and acne. Baths with the addition of Himalayan salt are also helpful in rheumatism, recurrent infections, and gynecological problems.

I use himalayan salt (and only this type of salt) in my kitchen for more than four years now.

In case of insufficient hydration and to supplement the minerals, I sometimes drink water with a pinch of Himalayan salt.

3 | Vitamins D3+K2

I need to care about my teeth to avoid tooth decay. Here I’ve written more about my natural fight with tooth decay.

Vitamins D3 and K2 are necessary for bones and oral health. K2 is responsible for transporting calcium where it belongs: to bones. In case of K2 deficiency, calcium stays in veins, causing atherosclerosis.

And vitamin D3 also improves our mood.

4 | Omega 3

A huge subject. Our bodies, to stay healthy, need a proper Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio. Most type of diets today provide too much Omega 6.

To keep the balance we need to change diet drastically (probably to carnivore or other animal-based low-carb) or take Omega 3 supplements.

The balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 in our bodies is crucial for our health. Research this subject!

5 | Chlorella

People use it to be sure that they get most of (more than 90%) minerals that our bodies need to get every day. This unusual plant contains, among others, nutrients such as amino acids, chlorophyll, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, magnesium, B vitamins, proteins, vitamin A, iron, and zinc.

And chlorella helps me to detoxicate my body, for example from heavy metals. How? The phenomenon of chlorella is that it wraps around even the most stubborn toxins and prevents them from being reabsorbed. We’re talking about lead, cadmium, mercury, uranium or aluminum. Regular intake of chlorella helps to stop heavy metal buildup in soft tissues and organs, and helps excrete them.

6 | Magnesium

Did you know that magnesium can be very well absorbed by our skin?

I buy magnesium powder and make my homemade magnesium oil spray which I put on the skin on my wrists and under my knees. Works for calming kids, too.

It can be also used internally, dissolved in water, or in pleasant bath.

And as a coffee addict I know, I have shortages of magnesium.

Plus, it improves our mood like vitamin D3.

Coffee Lover Lacking Magnesium? Make a magnesium oil sprawy

7 | Baking soda

It serves me every single day as an ingredient of my natural deodorant (baking soda and coconut oil, 1:1).

Baking soda is a great substitute for most chemical cleaning products.

(I see there is not a single one text on this blog about how I clean my home without chemicals. And I do it for years! I have to make up for it).

Moreover, I use baking soda in the kitchen to wash fruits and vegetables to remove chemicals from them.

8 | Borax

Borax is an ingredient of many home-made laundry powder recipes. I had used it in my laundry powder for some time.

2019 update: It is discussed whether borax is 100% safe or rather risky for our health, so I gave it up and use other ingredients for washing clothes.

9 | Washing soda

Washing soda was an ingredient of my home-made laundry powder.

Then, it was became the only product I used to wash our clothes. See my (then) current laundry routine for tips to simplify the whole process.

2019 update: Now I use washing soda mixed with a store bought laundry powder (1:1) for our laundry.

10 | Marseille soap

Originally, this soap is 100% natural, made just of olive oil, salt, lye and water.

I use Marseille soap to clean my and our Sons’ skin. After years of doing so, I cannot stand store bought soaps’ chemical scent and scum that stays on the skin.

I use soap’s leftovers by adding them to my laundry powder.

I hope this list gave you inspiration to replace some everyday products with simpler, more natural and healthier alternatives.

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