Green Eggs & Hair

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What can I say? These things just pop into my head. This one did because I wanted to write about some green, healthy refreshers early in the New Year. Buying/eating organic eggs and what we put on our bodies came immediately to mind – thus green eggs & hair.

Hen with eggsRe: green eggs. This is one area where everyone would benefit by making the switch. If you are a long fact finder and want to blow your bright green socks off, Google “benefits of organic eggs” or any combination thereof and read all the reasons why this should be one green choice you commit to in 2012. Are they more expensive? Yup! Are they worth the money? Yup! Trade out a latte or a glass of wine but please – green your egg buying. Your body will thank you, the abused little chicks will thank you, and so will I.

Here’s a link to and excerpt from one of the best cases to be made for buying organic eggs:

Not All Eggs are Created Equal

“Eggs are also an incredible source of high-quality protein and fat – nutrients that many are deficient in. And I believe eggs are a nearly ideal fuel source for most of us.

However, there are two caveats:

  1. Free-range or “pastured” organic eggs are far superior when it comes to nutrient content, and
  2. Cooking destroys many of these nutrients, so ideally, you’ll want to consume your eggs raw (but ONLY if they’re pastured organic, as conventionally-raised eggs are far more likely to be contaminated with disease-causing bacteria such as salmonella)

An egg is considered organic if the chicken was only fed organic food, which means it will not have accumulated high levels of pesticides from the grains (mostly GM corn) fed to typical chickens.

Additionally, testing has confirmed that true free-range eggs are far more nutritious than commercially raised eggs. In a 2007 egg-testing project, Mother Earth News compared the official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs with eggs from hens raised on pasture and found that the latter typically contains:

* 1/3 less cholesterol

* 1/4 less saturated fat

* 2/3 more vitamin A

* 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids

* 3 times more vitamin E

* 7 times more beta carotene

The dramatically superior nutrient levels are most likely the result of the differences in diet between free ranging, pastured hens and commercially farmed hens.”

hairRe: green hair. Do you think of your skin as your biggest organ? (Please keep all thoughts pure) Well, until I began my journey as Mrs. Green, I did not. I think ALL scientists agree that what you put on your skin goes in. So your shampoo, conditioner and hair dye are all absorbed into your scalp – usually within 6 seconds. So does your dry skin cream, your foundation, your after-shave, your soap and body wash, your lip balm – you get the picture.

Please ask yourself the question: how green are your products? I admit to being a self-professed Aveda nut. I haven’t been in anything but a VerVe Aveda Lifestyle salon in over three years but there are reasons for that. Are they the purest of them all? Nope. Am I convinced the products they sell are purer than the majority of products commercially available? Yup. Do I believe they are leaders in the industry in terms of removing harmful ingredients (like parabens) from all their products? Absolutely! Why? Because they pulled all their products, including some of their top sellers that contained even trace amounts of known carcinogens, and have re-introduced them as they adjust their formulas. This is from their website: “Our standards have made us a pioneer in the green cosmetics world: now more than 90% of our essential oils and 89% of our raw herbal ingredients* are certified organic.” I’ll take 89%.

I will also take and praise Aveda’s active interest in clean water projects, breast cancer research and their stand on animal testing all day long. I love that they recycle bottle caps. I love that they sell huge containers of products like shampoo so that I can cut down on waste too. I also love that they have totally stream-lined their packaging process to minimize their carbon footprint on that front as well. Again, from their website but I invite you to research this on your own: “Responsible Packaging. We are proud to be the first beauty company with 100% postconsumer recycled PET for skin care and hair styling. With every package we develop, we’re mindful of our environmental footprint and work to minimize our packaging and maximize our use of recyclable and post-consumer recycled materials.”

Remember – I don’t want to tell you what to think, I just want you to. So think about your green eggs and hair and make a couple of greener choices with your health in mind – because I care!