For those families that eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, organic scraps like apple cores, wilted lettuce leaves, or orange peels may end up taking up most of the room in the garbage can. Organic waste contributes to the amount of garbage ending up in landfills, meaning more carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. To reduce the amount of garbage that your family sends to landfills, try composting! Even in an urban setting it is possible to separate organic scraps and recyclables from your garbage to cut down on your waste.
While composting may seem complicated, it is really a simple process. You will need to dedicate some outdoor space to the process, preferably close to your back door, or easily accessible from the kitchen. Next, you will have to decide whether to use an open or closed container. Open bins can be constructed with wood, chicken wire, or recycled plastic. Enclosed containers can either be upright boxes, or rotating drums. While open bins tend to be convenient and easily collect rain water, they will also attract rodents and other scavenger animals. In addition, they can be difficult to stir and can become an eyesore for your neighbors. Closed containers will rarely attract pests and can be easier to turn and manage, however they will require that you add water periodically. You will also need a pitch fork and a shovel to help turn and stir the compost.
The key ingredients for successful compost are water, air, and food. Air...
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You may already know that estrogens are critical elements for maintaining health and balance in the body. But did you know that there are estrogen mimickers in our environment that can lead to hormonal imbalance, weight gain and disease?
Estrogens are hormones, chemical messengers that turn on or off various functions, especially in women. For instance, they are largely responsible for preparing the lining of the uterus in the middle of a woman’s cycle in order for it to be able to receive and nourish a fertilized egg. Fluctuations in estrogen levels are what women experience as hot flashes before and during menopause.
Estrogen produced by the ovaries helps prevent bone loss and works together with calcium, vitamin D and other hormones and minerals to build bones. The lack of estrogen brings on osteoporosis.
But what about estrogen mimickers? These are called xenoestrogens and come from a large group (tens of thousands) of foreign compounds derived from synthetic materials such as pesticides, plastics, body creams, detergents, food supplies and our environment. Xenoestrogens have the ability to disrupt our natural hormonal systems, creating hormonal havoc that can possibly lead to conditions such as prostate enlargement (BPA), prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, breast cancer, perimenopause, PMS and menopause, as well as weight gain – especially in the abdominal area.
Why xenoestrogens lead to weight gain
The problem is that the majority of these xenoestrogens are fat soluble, which means they have a greater potential of becoming lodged within our fat cells, and once there they are very difficult to...