NO:05 The O Health Declaration Monthly Newsletter Sep 201817th September 2018
THANK YOU FOR JOINING a growing number of Ovvio Organic / Anthia Koullouros Naturopathic Health Devotees and Enthusiasts committed to improving health as a collective through simple, positive and powerful changes.
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MAY I REMIND YOU – WHAT IS THE O HEALTH DECLARATION?
I choose Health, Every day. Not because I should, but because I Love it and it Feels Good.
I choose what’s Simple, Delicious, Honest and True.
I choose to feel Energetic, Excited, Curious and Educated.
I choose Remedies from Nature and Food as Medicine.
I choose Old-School Wisdom for Modern People.
I choose Non-Toxic Body, Home and Lifestyle Products.
I choose Whole, Organic Ingredients.
I choose Ethical Farming.
I choose to Support Local Producers.
I choose Seasonal Eating.
I choose Cultural Cuisine.
I choose to Sidestep Gimmicks, Dietary and Wellness Fads.
I choose Food Cooked, and Shared, with Love.
These choices Positively Change my Mind & Body, and the World.
I seek to Know the Why of How I Feel and Believe it is Possible to Heal Myself.
I Allow my Joy and Love to come through.
7 Simple, Positive & Powerful Ways To Contribute To Your Health & The Health Of Others This Spring.
Spring is the season for cleansing, decluttering, organising and tidying your inside and outside environment. Here at Ovvio we use Asana to organise work projects and check off to do lists. You can make lists, tasks and projects visible to everyone in your team. You can create private and personal daily to do lists. Once completed, your lists, tasks and projects are archived – nothing gets lost! And it’s a cloud based system so you can access the information on any device. We are not sponsored by Asana but we so love it and had to share it with you. You can find out more or start a free trial here
Spring is the season of flowers. Dormant blooms emerge with the change in temperature and increased exposure to sunlight. It’s a feast to the eyes and a flurry of colour and scent. If you are not allergic, create spring bouquets for your home or workplace by picking pretty blooms and greenery from your garden or plant some beauties. If you don’t have a garden, plant your spring flowers in pots. Check out this guide for the best spring flowers to grow in your location.
HEART & SOUL.
In spring, love is in the air! The reason for this feeling is “dopamine,” says Helen Fischer, a neuroscientist, professor at Rutgers University and author of five books on the science of love. Fisher says dopamine is a naturally occurring chemical your brain uses to make you want things. There are other systems involved in love, but when it comes to new love, dopamine is the main culprit. And with enough of it swirling around your system, you’re prone to fall in love — and fall hard. What does this have to do with spring? Dopamine is triggered by novel experiences. “And there’s so much novelty in the spring,” said Fischer. “There is so much more colour, new smells, people take their clothes off and you can see more of them. And so there is a lot of new stimuli that trigger the brain and drive up dopamine, and make you more susceptible to love.” Ahhhh… l’armour, l’armour…..
MIND & BODY.
Avoid glyphosate by choosing certified organic food. It is a pesticide and weedicide found in our food and in our surroundings, sprayed on weeds by council. It is one of the main ingredients in Round up. It has become a hot topic because back in August, a US Court ordered global chemical giant Monsanto to pay $US289 million to a former school gardener who is dying of cancer, after a jury in California found Roundup (which contains glyphosate) contributed to his illness. Read more about this here Glyphosate has also been found to disrupt the gut biome, contribute to leaky gut syndrome, food intolerances and allergies. Choosing certified organic is the only way to guarantee your food does not contain glyphosate. Read on here
In spring, as the weather warms, we naturally crave cooler, lighter and fresher foods and fluids.
Berries, papayas, artichokes and greens begin to appear in abundance at the green grocers and markets, amongst a bevy of bright and colourful produce. Enjoy more smoothies and juices, fresh herbs and salads, zesty spring broths, gentle sautés and freshly grilled meats, poultry, fish and seafood with plenty of spritely citrus juice and zest.
Avoid unnecessary toxic cleaning products such as air fresheners. They contain secret fragrance mixtures that can trigger allergies and asthma. When used excessively or in a small, unventilated areas, they can release toxic levels of pollutants. This comes from two main chemicals called ethylenebased glycol ethers and terpenes. Instead, open windows, use a fan or use an oil diffuser with natural essential oils.
Another kind of unnecessary toxic cleaning product are oven cleaners. Breathing in oven cleaners or ingesting food that have been cooked immediately after you have used your oven cleaner can cause the following poisoning symptoms: breathing difficulties, throat swelling, severe pain in the throat, severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue, vision loss, abdominal pain, bloody stools, burns and possible holes of the esophagus (food pipe), vomiting, possibly bloody, low blood pressure, burns and irritation. Try one of my favourite products which is made by a german company called Sonnet Scouring Fluid. It is an extremely mild and gentle liquid cleaner that can be used on stainless steel, enamel, plastic, glass and ceramic surfaces and fittings. Calcium carbonate acts as a gentle abrasive whilst coconut oil alcohol sulphate loosens grease and dirt. This cleanser also has a mild anti-bacterial effect due to the organic lavender and lemongrass essential oils. Scouring fluid can be applied directly to the surface. Rub in with a damp cloth, then wipe off or rinse with clean water. I also use it to clean stainless steel pots and pans as well as the bathroom tiles and tub. We are not sponsored by Sonnet but we so love it and had to share it with you.