I’ve Gone Shampoo-Free and I’ll Never Go Back!


August 7 No Shampoo Experiment

 

A few days ago I started a ‘no shampoo’ experiment…for a few reasons.

 

First, I didn’t like spending a lot of money on shampoo. Second, cheap shampoos stripped my hair so badly and made it dry and frizzy, then I’d have to finish with conditioner or creme rinse or detangler so that I could run a brush through it when I was finished. Third, I wasn’t pleased with all the chemicals that were going on my hair, my body, and into the septic/drain field. So, I started washing my scalp with a mixture of baking soda and water (1 part baking soda to 4 parts water). I didn’t worry about the rest of my hair, because when rinsing, the solution would have covered it anyway. I do a quick scalp massage, then rinse. Next, I do a rinse with organic apple cider vinegar (1 part vinegar to 4 parts water). And then the finishing touch: a cool water rinse.

 

All I can say is, WOW! My hair feels softer, more supple, and I do NOT need conditioner or detangler afterward. The natural oils keep it moisturized. My hair feels healthier, stronger, and more supple (which is great for me, since I’ve long hair and plan on growing it longer)! If you have gone shampoo free, or plan on trying it, please let me know your results. If you want, send a photo and I’ll post it in a follow up blog!

 

Namasté

 

Afterthought: If you are concerned about smelling like a freshly made salad vinaigrette, don’t worry! The faint vinegar scent dissipates in a few minutes and then all you are left with is hair that smells clean and fresh!

 

 

GMOs … In Prescription Drugs, Vitamins and Supplements?


 

After I posted today’s blog article, a reader was kind enough to point out and educate me about GMOs being present in vitamins and supplements. This is what she said:

Prescription drug binders are notorious for toxicity. Research the negative effects that chemical binders have on common widely-accessible OTC vitamins too. Though the label says natural or organic, the wheat, soy, or milk binders in them are fully GM’d. It’s definitely a time to take chemicals out of the equation. This is a well-known echinacea capsule from GNC. http://www.gnc.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2133940. The vegetable cellulose capsule ingredients are legally allowed to be made from FDA approved GMO’s. The DiCalcium phosphate in the Echinacea is a full-on chemical. http://www.miraorgchem.com/industrial-chemical.html.

Many of us do try to avoid GMO products and foods, but this was the first time I thought about GMOs in medications and vitamins.

Here is what I found out from my research this afternoon:

Genetically modified organisms are being used to produce flavors, binders, enzymes, food additives and vitamins. Genetic engineers identify an organism that produces a particular additive, then they genetically alter it. It is then placed in an incubator of sorts, where the organism grows and multiplies. After it has reached maximum growth, the vitamin is isolated and extracted.

GM microorganisms are used to make vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), xanthan (a thickener), citric acid, and enzymes used in cheeses, breads and baked goods, alcoholic beverages, and juice.

While proponents say production of GM microorganisms is safe, there has been one major catastrophe. In 1989, an L-tryptophan food supplement, produced using a genetically engineered microorganism, was responsible for the deaths of 37 people and disabling of several thousand more in the United States.” (organicconsumers.org)

The softgel capsules are often non-GMO as well, and non-vegan. There are some vitamin and supplement companies, however, that use vegan/non-gmo/kosher softgel capsules.

A growing number of vitamins are using GMO organisms. However, in light of this, there are some vitamin companies that ARE organic AND GMO free. Here is a list of proclaimed non-GMO vitamin and supplement companies: http://nongmoshoppingguide.com/brands/vitamins-and-supplements.html

HeathForce Nutritionals products, for example, are organic, or what they call ‘Truganic’, GMO free, pesticide, herbicide, and insecticide free, and irradiation free. I have some of their products in my Amazon store, you can see them here.

Again, you will want to do your research, but if you purchase generic, or regular name-brand vitamins and supplements from your grocery store shelf, it is fairly safe to say that you could be purchasing GMO products.

Hemp and ADHD ~ Addendum With Article From NPR News


I recently wrote a post about treating ADHD with hemp, and how insufficient intake of Omega fatty acids may contribute to ADHD. Today I came across an article on NPR News that again states that a diet high in protein with sufficient Omega fatty acids may help children with ADHD.

“…experts don’t deny the importance of diet. Far from it.

[Diet’s] main role in my clinical practice is as a complementary treatment,” Benjamin Prince, a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital tells us. That means kids with ADHD usually need medicine and good diets.

But what makes a good diet? Here are three tips for kids on the ADHD spectrum from the experts:

Eat a protein-rich breakfast. Kids with ADHD tend to burn lots of calories and can often be too overstimulated to sit down to eat. In addition, medication often suppresses their appetites. Put all of these factors together, and kids with ADHD are prone to feeling “hangry,” Prince says. (The term — a cross between angry and hungry — was coined by Prince’s friend.) The solution? Keep the calories coming. Complex carbohydrates, like whole grains, and foods rich in protein can help kids feel full longer.

We think there’s some link between having low amounts of long-chain, polyunsaturated fatty acids and ADD.”

This article speaks of ingesting Omega 3s from fish oil, but for those who do not eat fish or are vegan/vegetarian, eating hempseed and hempseed oil are excellent ways to get the Omega fatty acids.

As an example : Hemp Pulse, a product that has hemp, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, and dried fruits is a beautiful combination of healthy carbs, fiber, and protein. Made with clean/organic, whole, raw foods, it is a healthy, nutritious way to incorporate the needed nutrients with no added chemicals, sugars, or preservatives.

There may be some instances where medication must be used, but for those who would like to go the nutrition route, hemp would be a healthy addition to the diet.

*I am not a physician and do not recommend stopping any medications. This information is from my research only. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your primary care provider.