Try New Things
Plant a Tree
Trees provide the very necessities of life itself. They clean our air, protect our drinking water, create healthy communities, and feed the human soul. But these life necessities are threatened around the globe. Last July, our little town of Basalt was hit hard by a fire that reeked havoc on our trees and our community.
The Community Tree Recovery program was created out of the great need for trees in the wake of natural disasters. Through this program, residents who lost trees in major disasters caused by wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and insects can receive free trees to plant in their yards. This work is critical for re-establishing neighborhood trees...as well as a sense of community.
Did You Know
Beware of Biosolids
Do you know where things you flush down the toilet go?
Do you know where your soil comes from? Would you believe that things that you flush down your toilet now become products of fertilizer that grows your food? The use of sewage sludge as fertilizer for your food, renamed "biosolids" by slick industry PR firms, is a growing and under-publicized threat to human health. Sewage sludge is the residue generated during the treatment of domestic waste and contains a cocktail of hazardous substances from industry, hospitals and humans - anything that is discharged into the sewage system.
The safety of sewage sludge, "biosolids," widely spread as fertilizer onto U.S. agricultural lands, parklands, golf courses, lawns and cemeteries, was recently questioned by the U.S. Inspector General's office. Biosolids may contain PCBs, dioxins, pharmaceuticals, hormones, surfactants, heavy metals, plastics and disease-causing pathogens. Agricultural use of biosolids is economically desirable for municipalities, waste haulers and farmers who receive cheap fertilizer, but a growing number of communities are resisting the application of biosolids in their neighborhoods. Scientific studies confirm the persistence of many toxins in treated soil and their presence in many edible crops, yet high-profile PR companies, some funded by the EPA itself, spin biosolids as environmentally friendly and a form of recycling.
Detox for Spring
Spring cleaning isn't just a time to go
on your house and throw away (or hopefully donate) everything you don't use anymore. (If you haven't heard of this method, it is highly recommended during this season as well). But spring is also a great time to cleanse your liver and flush out the toxins that have built up over the winter (and most likely over the years).
Your liver, after all, is your body's major detoxifier and key to life. When your liver is sluggish, more than four hundred bodily processes are affected.
If you are experiencing any of these seasonal symptoms, your liver may need some extra TLC:
* Rib cage sensitivity, particularly under the right ribs
* Chronic tension in the neck and across the shoulders
* Feeling tired and sleepy after eating
* Waking up between 1:00 and 3:00 am
* Nausea, especially after eating fatty foods
* Light-colored stools
* Hormonal imbalances from perimenopause to menopause with hot flashes
* PMS irritability, bloating
A liver clogged with poisons or excess fats cannot perform its fat-burning and other essential duties, including maintaining blood sugar levels, storing glycogen, synthesizing and normalizing blood proteins, and helping to keep your body in hormonal balance. A poorly functioning liver results in stagnation.
Lightening your liver's load may be the single most important step you ever take in improving your overall health and achieving your weight loss goals permanently.