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Natural Fermenting

Natural fermenting (or lacto-fermenting) has been included in diets of every traditional society around the world throughout time. Europeans fermented dairy, sauerkraut, herbs, grape leaves, root vegetables; Alaskan Inuit fermented fish and sea mammals; Latin Americans fermented cortido; Asians fermented vegetables, sauces, kimchi; Africans fermented porridges made from soured grains. Natural fermenting contains probiotics beneficial to human health. Harvard health  writes that supermarket pickling that uses vinegar (not the natural fermentation process) means they do not contain probiotics and that naturally fermenting at home is safe and easy. BBC Health lists that some of the health benefits include improved digestion, absorption of nutrients, immune function, mood & behavior (serotonin – a neurotransmitter involved in mood – is made in the...

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Phthalates

"Phthalates are plasticizers that help to make plastics and vinyl flexible. They also help to make products more durable and have a longer shelf life. Phthalates are almost always formulated to produce synthetic scents and fragrances.  The thing about these toxins is that they are considered endocrine disruptors, meaning that they mimic hormones, leading to infertility, thyroid dysfunction, and breast cancer. Studies have also shown that phthalates lead to long-term kidney damage. A study in the Environmental Health Perspectives, found that high levels of phthalates can even cause DNA damage in human sperm.  Phthlates are commonly found in laundry detergent, deodorant, cosmetics, vinyl, carpet and anything with a fragrance or perfume. Cleaning products, plastic bottles, plastic wrap, and plastic food...

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Minnesota Basswood Honey

From our single-source Minnesota honey farm: The Basswood trees that produce our famous Basswood Honey are mostly immune to current low moisture conditions, since they have deep tap roots and the blossoms are already set, hanging like little berries in clusters of 20-30. Basswood bloom dates for the large leaf native species around this region are near July 1st. Two large 60 foot tall native big leaf Basswood trees can produce as much honey as 20 acres of clover!  #localhoney #supportingsmallfarms #loveyou #single-sourcebasswoodhoney

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The Perfect Steak

1. Find 100% grassfed beef steak  2. Place in a toxin-free vessel 3. Organic sea salt all sides of the steak 4. Cover steaks in generous amounts of the highest quality olive oil & massage the oil into the steak 5. (optional) cover the steak in garden-grown, chemical-free fresh herbs 6. Keep refrigerated for 1 hour - 2 days 7. Remove from refrigerator and set on countertop until steak reaches room temperature 8. Heat highest quality fats (beef, lamb, pork, bison, water buffalo, coconut oil, butter, &/or a combination of all) in a toxin-free vessel over medium low heat until a splash of water sizzles 9. Add the room temperature steak to the sizzling oil and do not touch or...

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Toxin-Free Masks

So grateful for this company! So grateful for toxin-free masks! Who knew about the chemical fabric softeners and optical brighteners that even organic apparel uses?!?! #colorgrowncotton #toxinfreemasks #hello!happiness   From the tag: Sustain is dedicated to creating apparel that is 100% natural by using organic fabrics, threads, labels and natural dyes. Sustain's clothing contains no synthetic fibers or toxic dyes.  This piece is made with undyed organic fabric, sewing thread and labels. Health Benefits: A relief for sensitive skin, this piece is made without the use of dyes, optical brighteners and chemical fabric softeners commonly used by both conventional and other organic apparel. It's just pure, clean cotton. Sustainability: By using organic fibers, and not using dyes and other chemicals, Sustain...

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