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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Difference between All Natural and Organic Pet Foods

You may see some cat and dog foods advertised as "organic" and others as "all natural pet foods." The most important thing for me when it comes to my pet's food is that there are no chemicals, by-products, and preservatives, but I thought you might be interested to know the difference between the two.

All natural means the food items are not chemically altered or synthesized in any way, and they come from plants and animals. There currently is no standard required to be labeled "all natural," so read the ingredients carefully.

Organic means the food has been produced, manufactured and handled using organic means. If a product is labeled "organic" it has to meet standards set for organic food.

An organic food is not necessarily all natural, and all natural foods are not necessarily organic.

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  • Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Artificial sweeteners make you look fat

    I've posted previously about the dangers of artificial sweeteners in our diet, but did you know that they can also make you appear fat?

    When exposed to the chemicals in the artificial sweeteners, our bodies fight against it by retaining water, which makes you appear to weigh more than you do. And it also causes ugly cellulite to form.

    Kim Klaver at "Inside Whole Food Nation" has more details on this phenomena. To read her post, CLICK HERE.

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  • Sunday, January 26, 2014

    More uses for hydrogen peroxide

    Hydrogen peroxide is often used as an antiseptic on cuts and scrapes, as mouthwash, and to whiten teeth. But there are many other uses for this inexpensive germ killer around your home and outside as well. Here are some suggestions:

    Personal hygiene: good for acne, as a gargle, and to soak your toothbrush.

    Bathroom: to disinfect cleaning sponges, countertops and to clean jewelry. Also spray the shower to kill viruses, mold and mildew.

    Kitchen: to disinfect countertops, cleaning sponges, and cutting boards. Also mix 1/4 peroxide with some salt in a sink full of cold water to kill salmonella and viruses on fruits and vegetables.

    Laundry: removes blood, wine, mildew, and grass stains, and is a good alternative to bleach. Just remember it may lighten a colored fabric.

    Pet accessories: good for cleaning litterboxes, small animal cages, fish tanks, bird baths, and bird feeders.

    When using hydrogen peroxide, never swallow it, don't use it on metal surfaces, and keep it in it's dark container until you use it, as it will lose it's strength if exposed to light.

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