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Against The Grain Wellness  Judy Hunter, M.S.CCC-SLP, Integrative Wellness Educator/Coach~ DC, MD & VA

Love that new carpet smell?? The problem: New carpeting fills your indoor airspace with very harmful chemicals known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) within the first 72 hours after installation.
Now here's the rub! After 72 hours, low levels of this particular toxic brew will continue to emit into your home's airspace for years.๐Ÿ˜ฎ That "new" carpet smell is nothing but a respiratory and central nervous system irritant called styrene and phenyl-cyclo-hexane which make up that latex backing of the carpet. To add insult to injury-the adhesive material used to hold the carpeting in place is filled with benzene and toluene-2 other very carcinogenic toxins. Yeah! Not cool!
So what's the solution? Go against the grain and choose alternative non-toxic sustainable options such as cork, tile, linoleum, hardwood floors or even wool carpet. .
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#healthybody #healthybaby

Chia seeds are one of the most nutritional foods for your brain and body.
First off it's important to note that they are full of zinc, B1, B2, and B3 vitamins! They are also loaded with lots of free-radical fighting antioxidants and full of fiber, protein,and Omega-3s.
Yep! ๐Ÿ˜†
Chia seeds definitely pack a big health punch that will keep you energized all day as it keeps brain fog at bay!
I consider it a "beauty" food because it's so full of fiber that it will keep you eliminating toxins OFTEN! ๐Ÿ˜œCatch my drift? ๐Ÿคฃ A healthy digestive system can help keep your skin clear.
Start your morning with a chia seed pudding or use them in your overnight oats. Simply add them to your favorite nut milk and sweetener, refrigerate it overnight then top it off with some fresh fruit in the morning and voila! You can also have this pudding as a snack or dessert. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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#fruit #healthysnacking #takechargeofyourhealth
#cleaneating #eatclean

As a medical speech-language pathologist I spent the last several years providing rehabilitative services for patients with various communication, cognitive,and swallowing disorders related to brain damage from various types of strokes. The fact is...
No one ever goes to see a medical speech-language pathologist as a preventive measure. The Speech-language Pathology profession lies in the realm of "reactive" healthcare and over the years I've found that many of my patients often wished they had the information about preventive health measures instead of compensatory strategies that I recommend post stroke. While I am very thankful for the opportunity to treat my patients and I am also passionate about providing the public with education about living a lifestyle that cultivates health and wellness. I personally experience these health benefits daily and if I ever deviate from them I feel the difference. There is a movement toward preventive wellness and my passion is ignited daily to encourage as many people as I can reach to go against the grain of what's popular in order to thrive in health throughout their lifespan. Make small changes everyday in how you eat and in your home environment. These small changes will make a huge difference!
#healthylifestyle
#eatclean #healthiswealth #eatyourgreens #fitforlife #plantbased #healthandwellness #wellness #wellbeing #takechargeofyourhealth #goagainstthegrain #detoxlife #nontoxicliving #preventioniskey #prevenรงao #eatmoreplants #whatthehealth #lasaludesloprimero #nochemicals

The benefits of filtered water go beyond just bypassing yucky aluminum and calcium deposit filled hard water.
Of course I didn't like the way my hair and skin felt when I showered. I also didn't like that metal taste in my mouth after drinking tap water and those icky hard water stains in my tub and toilet! Yuck!!! I wouldn't buy plastic water bottles because of the BPA issue. Not to mention it's not good for the environment! ๐Ÿ˜ซBUT here's what I didn't know-According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are over 80 toxic contaminants in the water in my state! ๐Ÿ‘€
If you are thinking "That is CRAZY!" Here comes the rub!-The EWGs Tap Water Database reveals that there are 100 toxic contaminants in the United States tap water and of that 100, 93 are linked to an increased risk of cancer...What the health?! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
Don't fret! Using a water filtration system can help by removing contaminants and leaving behind healthy minerals needed by the human body. There are a variety of filtration systems that range from relatively affordable to more expensive options.
Here are a few helpful sites to get you started!
You can search the EWG's water database to find out which contaminants may be in your tap at:

Environmentalworkinggroup.org

You can search water filter options for top rated filters at:
consumerreports.com &
All-about-water-filters.com

Our bodies are 80% water and we need healthy drinking water to live so let's take charge of our health! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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#healthylifestyle #cleanwater #healthiswealth #water #healthychoices #healthandwellness #cleanbeauty #whatsinyourwater #healthy #wellness #waterislife #healthyhairjourney #healthyliving #healthyhabits #wellnesstips

The word of the week is Dioxane.
Dioxane also know as 1,4 Dioxane is a toxic chemical linked to cancer found in certain cosmetics but the trouble with Dioxane is that you WON'T see it on ingredient labels because this particular toxic brew is created when certain common ingredients are mixed together in the manufacturing process. Dioxane may be found the following self-grooming and beauty products such as shampoos, bath wash/bubble bath/liquid soaps and hair relaxers.
Go against the grain by NOT using products with the following ingredients listed in the labeling-Sodium Laureth Sulfate and chemical compounds related to Polyethylene gycols(PEGs) PEGs are typically listed with a number behind their names such as PEG 200.
Don't have time to become a chemist in order to decode possible chemicals in your products?
Don't worry the process has been done for you! Simply download the "Healthy Living" app from the environmental working group!On this app you with can scan or look up your products! ๐Ÿ˜Š Did I mention it was free??? Also visit cosmeticsinfo.org for more info about what's in your beauty products.
Thank goodness we also currently have a good number natural and green cosmetic companies that create top of the line products to suite your needs AND your health! .
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#healthylifestyle #nontoxicliving #choosenontoxic #healthiswealth #saynotocancer #fightingcancer #greenliving #wellness #nontoxicproducts #nontoxiccosmetics #toxicfreeliving #toxicfreebeauty #toxicity #toxicfree #healthiswealth #greenandhealthywellness #fitforlife #healhychoices #cancerawareness #cancereducation #nontoxicskincare

I am genetically predisposed to diabetes and while knew that eating cookies, cakes, and doughnuts were unhealthy, I didn't know that eating processed foods such as tomato sauce and salad dressing contained added sugars.
All the sugar I was consuming through eating processed foods made me feel like I might as well have been eating a bowl of sugar cubes at every meal.
Eliminating processed foods from my diet was a game changer and yielded tremendous health benefits!
Even if you are genetically predisposed to diabetes you can create a lifestyle conducive to healthy blood sugar levels and overall health.
Go against the grain and take charge of your health by eliminating processed foods from your diet. Instead choose whole plant based foods. .
#healthylifestyle #eatclean #saynotoprocessedfood #detoxifyyourbody #healthyliving #healthiswealth #plantbased #goagainstthegrain #makehealthychoices #whatthehealth #greenveggies

Are you looking to diversify your fruit consumption? ๐Ÿ˜€
If so, I would like you to consider the Dragon Fruit!
This exotic looking fruit also called Pitaya..packs an antioxidant punch because of its immune/cardiovascular health boosting and anti-aging effects! Not only is this fruit great for reducing inflammation in the body-it's full of amazing nutrients beneficial in fighting metabolic diseases and amazing for your eye health!
Don't be intimidated by its exotic dragon skin outer layer. On the inside it looks like a custard with tiny vanilla beans and the taste is nothing short of amazing!
Hey! Did I mention that it's a tremendous source of calcium! And its loaded with some awesome B vitamins? Wow! ๐Ÿ˜†
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#healthylifestyle #eatclean #fruit #healthyfood #plantbased #whatthehealth #fruitisfuel #fruitaddict #fruitarian #letfoodbethymedicine #fitness #wellnesswarrior #cleaneating #noprocessedfood #goagainstthegrain #vegan #vegano #wellness #detoxfood #saynotoinflammation #eyehealth

Whole plant based foods have different nutritional profiles. Since no ONE food provides EVERY single nutrient your body needs OR some may have certain nutrients that others may not have makes it important to eat a wide variety of real foods.
Don't be afraid to try different legumes, nuts, seeds, spices, and grains! ๐Ÿ˜Š
A great benefit of eating a wide variety of healthy food is that you will have access to a wider variety of micronutrients/minerals and phytonutrients. Variety is the spice of life! ๐Ÿ˜† .
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#eathealthy #eatclean #healthylifestyle #vegan #vegetarian #eatvariety #wellness #healthyeating #herbsandspices #seedsandnuts #seedsandgrains #healthiswealth #noprocessedfood #takechargeofyourhealth

There are many integrative approaches used to create a mindset conducive to wellbeing. Journaling is one way to intentionally cultivate healthy processing of ones emotions. It's a powerful anecdote to manage stress in our daily lives. People who journal can reap both physical and emotional benefits. In fact, journaling facilitates a healthy mindset for problem solving, healing, and conflict resolution. Psychotherapy research studies found that people who document their emotions through expressive writing experienced not only a reduction in anxiety but also a reduction in doctor visits and improved immune function! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ–Š Go against the grain and unplug from life's hustle and bustle to journal 10-15 mins a day!
#wellness

What would happen if everyone went against the grain of standard breakfast staples and instead chose to consume fortifying whole plant based foods every morning? ๐Ÿค”
The benefits include but are certainly not limited to the following: Increased healthy digestion/elimination of toxins and waste, increased energy levels, glowing skin, increased boost in concentration. It's amazing! My personal of account of the life changing benefits include less sickness and brain fog. I am more motivated to exercise. I am more productive and reach my other health/life related goals such as not giving in to crazy cravings for unhealthy foods! No more 3pm slump! I am not dependent on caffeine to get me through my day! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜†It's incredible how that works! A balanced body is a healthy body. I challenge you to go against the norm of typical breakfast foods such as bagels, muffins, and cold cereal in the morning!
Make the change today and reap the benefits every single time! If you made the change already please feel free to comment and testify! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฅ• #preventivehealth #greenfoods #fruit #greensmoothie #juicing #letfoodbethymedicine
#nomoreprocessedfoods
#veggies #fruitdelapassion #fruitsalad
#fightmetabolicdisease
#alkaline #alkalinebody #hownottodie #vegetarian #vegetables #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #healthyeating #healthybreakfast #healthybody

The word of the day: Bisphenol A (BPA). A toxic chemical mass produced for the manufacturing of plastic containers, food/drink packaging and toys. According to the National Institute of Health(NIH), the majority of our exposure to this toxin comes from food and beverage.
The rub: (BPA) has been found in 93% of people tested. Current research reports of exposure to fetuses and newborns. This toxin has even been found in breast milk! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ
Research experts agree that even low level exposure to this toxin can disrupt your hormones and have damaging effects to your health. High level exposure is linked to cancerous tumors,male impotence/erectile dysfunction infertility, developmental disorders,and heart disease.
Go against the grain by:
A. Using glassware, stainless steel or porcelain especially for hot food and beverages.
B. Avoid microwaving or placing plastic containers in the dishwasher.
C. Avoid canned foods unless you KNOW that the company does not use BPA lining.
D. Reduce or eliminate consumption of processed foods. Eat clean!
Need a little more guidance?? Don't fret! The Environmental Working Group (EGW.org) has a database where you can search over 80,000 products in order to make informed choices as consumer. ๐Ÿ˜‰
#saynototoxins #chemicalfree #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #healthylife #healthyeating #saynotocancer #eatclean #detoxify #nomorechemicals #plantbased #wellnessjourney #nontoxicliving #nontoxic #chemicalfree #beinformed #takechargeofyourhealth #makehealthynormal #switchtosafer #goagainstthegrain #agtwellness #pbafree #preventivehealth #nomorebpa #bisphenola #noplastic

Many people spend their health to attain wealth, then spend wealth to regain health. There is too often an over reliance on quick fixes-from prescription drugs to anti-aging beauty creams.
Go against the grain! Make daily deposits into your health by eating a wide variety of real plant based foods, engaging in exercise that you enjoy, and eliminating use of toxic grooming/beauty/cleaning products. Ultimately your body is a reflection of your lifestyle. Make choices that are beneficial to your health and aim to age gracefully! #wellnesstip #greenclean #healthiswealth #healthylifestyle #healthandwellness #healthyliving #healthyfood #excercise #investinyourhealth #investinyourbody #investinwellness #fitnessmotivation #fitnessgoals #eathealthy #preventivehealth #letfoodbeyourmedicine #saynotodrugs #beautyinsideout #wellbeing #lifestylechanges #lifetimefitness #detox #detoxifying #detoxifyyourhome #saynotocancer #fightingobesity #fightdiabetes #fightingcancer

Fact: The total revenue of the pharmaceutical Industry is about 1.05 tillion dollars- That's a quarter of what the United States spent in 2016. Of the 1.05 trillion global revenue about half (515 billion) is generated by the U.S and Canada. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

The Rub- This industry can and will always bet on people being sick and dependent on their drugs. That is how pharmaceutical companies thrive.
Go against the grain by making conscious healthy choices about food, grooming/beauty and cleaning products used daily in your home. Oh! And don't forget to get to move your body! ๐Ÿ˜ŠLet's take charge of our health! #wellnesstip #wellness #greenlife #greenclean #saynotodrugs #saynotobigpharma #healthiswealth #healthylifestyle #healthyfood #healthychoices #healthyliving #loveyourself #integrativehealth #plantbased #exerciseforlife #whatthehealth #plantsgivelife #greenproducts #nontoxicbeauty #nontoxichome #nontoxic #fitness #fitnessmotivation #fitforlife #agebeutifully ##agelikeaboss #agelikefinewine #letfoodbethymedicineandmedicinebethyfood #eatforhealth

Applying an integrative approach to boost our health requires us to pay careful attention to not only to what we are exposed to in our environment but also what we choose to put in our bodies as fuel! The goal is to increase health longevity throughout every season of our lives. Go against the grain and make healthy food choices everyday! #wellnesstip #detoxification #eatgreen #eatforlife #hownottodie #howtolivewell #healthyliving #greenlife #healthylifestyle #healthandwellness #healthiswealth #letfoodbeyourmedicine #detoxify #greenclean #eatclean #eatwell #wellness #plantbased #fruitamin #fruitaddict #eatforvitality #eatgood #eatfoodnottoomuchmostlyplants #eatfresh #freshfruit #freshfood #freshstart #wellbeeing #nontoxicliving

Fact: When you buy shower curtains and can smell that "new plastic" order- YEP! Its Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
PVC is a toxic chemical often listed on packaging as "vinyl" and washing or airing it out will only cause further emission of this toxin into your indoor air space.

The RUB: In a 2008 study, three researchers examined PVC shower curtains found at major retailers and discovered that shower curtains also contain other toxic chemicals know as Volatile Organic Compounds( VOCs) like phthalates and other potentially carcinogenic pollutants that can cause damage to your respiratory and reproductive systems.
The solution: Go against the grain and only purchase PVC free shower curtains...Better yet-look for some organic cotton shower curtains if you want to skip other plastic curtain alternatives altogether.
Whatever you choose...Be a fully informed consumer.
#goagainstthegrain #chemicalfreehome #chemicaldetox #greenproducts #greenliving #saynotochemical #nontoxicliving #nontoxic #toxicfreehome #toxicfreeliving #cancer #chemicaldetox #fragrancefree #fightcancer #takechargeofyourhealth #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #healthychoices #healthiswealth #nomoretoxins #detoxifying #detoxify #detoxification #greenlife #wellness #wellnesstip #wellbeing #detoxyourbody #detoxadvice #switchtosafer

Love scented candles to freshen up your home?
The problem: Many popular scented candles use "paraffin" a by product of petroleum refining which produces a highly toxic brew that pollutes the air quality in your home. Paraffin also known as Karosene starts off as a sludgy black oil at the bottom of a barrel undergoes bleaching and a treatment process by carcinogens benzene and toulene but that's not all-there's a final process of mixing in synthetic fragrances and colors for marketability. The final product- a beautiful and harmless looking candle with several documented toxins-2 of which are carcinogenic.
The solution: Go against the grain and use 100% pure beeswax candles. They clean the air when they burn! Make sure you look out for sneaky labeling during your purchase. Make sure your product says 100% pure beeswax.
#detoxifyyourhome #detoxifyyourbody #fragrancefree #nontoxic #nochemicalsinmybeautyproducts #greencleaningproducts #saynotochemical #healthandwellness #nontoxicrevolution #nontoxicliving #nontoxiccandle #healthiswealth #healthychoices #healthyliving #greenliving #greenproducts #greenlife #saynotocancer #wellness #wellnesstip #chemicaldetox #chemicalfreehome #goagainstthegrain #preventivehealth
#detoxiholic

The Facts: There is currently no federal regulation on chemicals found in household products and the average household contains over 62 toxic chemicals.
The rub: We are constantly exposed to synthetic fragrances such as phthalates-linked to cancer, asthma, and reproductive/hormone diseases.
Go against the grain and stop using popular household products that contain toxins such as "fragrance" to lower your toxic load.
Need a little help? Use the "Healthy Living" app from the Environmental Working Group to help you decipher which products have toxins.
#goagainstthegrain #healthychoices #healthyliving #healthiswealth #nontoxic #nochemicalsinmybeautyproducts #toxicfreehome #toxicfreelife #toxicfreeliving #saynotochemical #makeradicalchange #detoxify #detoxifyyourbody #detoxiholic #detoxifyyourhome #detoxification #detoxifying #chemicalfree #chemicalfreehome #chemicaldetox #greenproducts #greenclean #greenliving #greencleaningproducts #beinformed #fragrancefree #nofragrancesoap #healthandwellness
#fightcancer #switchtosafer

The word of the day is paraben.
Definition: A chemical compound derivative used in popular cosmetics/grooming products, and pharmaceuticals.

The RUB: Parabens have been found in breast cancer tumors.
Avoid products with parabens. READ labels and simply make a conscious choice to use non-toxic make-up, hair and body products. Let's take charge of our health!
#goagainstthegrain #makeradicalchange #takechargeofyourhealth
#nontoxic #nontoxicbeauty #breastcancerawareness #healthylifestyle #healthychoices #healthiswealth #healthyliving #healthychoices
#nochemicalsallowed
#nochemicalsinmybeautyproducts
#nontoxicskincareproducts
#nontoxicbeauty
#nontoxichaircare #nontoxicdeodorant
#healtheducation
#breastcancercare
#fightcancer
#cancerawareness
#cancereducation #nontoxicskincare #nontoxichandsoap #toxicfree #toxicfreebeauty
#chemicalfreebeauty #chemicalfreehome
#SpreadWellness
#beconcious
#whatthehealth

A toxin is a substance that causes irritating and harmful effects in your body. Toxins are acquired from our environment by ingesting them or through physical contact. Have you considered how many harmful toxins and chemicals that you may be exposed to in your everyday make-up products? If so, download the Environmental Working Group's "healthy living" app Thanks @environmentalworkinggroup !!! Plug in the name of the product in question and find out! ๐Ÿ˜‰#goagainstthegrain #makeradicalchange #takechargeofyourhealth
#environmentalworkinggroup
#nochemicalsallowed #nochemicalsinmymakeup #healthylifestyle #notoxins #chemicalfreemakeup
#100percentpure
#healthychoices #healthylife
#chemicalfreecosmetics
#nontoxicbeauty #nontoxicskincare
#nontoxic #nontoxicmakeup

Here is a fascinating fact: Certain house plants improve air quality in your home!!!! This plant is called a "snake plant" or "Mother in laws tongue" is an excellent air cleaner and it does not require excessive amounts of water and will grow beautifully without direct sunlight! You don't have to go out and buy an expensive air purifier!! #goagainstthegrain #breathcleanair

Welcome to Against The Grain Wellness everyone! This Instagram account was created to
A) Spread awareness about practical ways that we can create a lifestyle/home environment that is conducive to well being with an integrative approach which encompasses physical, mental, and emotional health.

B) Dispel the bombardment of health/beauty myths and wrong messages that we as consumers encounter on a day to day basis. #goagainstthegrain #makeradicalchange

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