Wednesday, July 25, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Don't Be an Island!

Ever wonder why women live longer than men do? 


One major reason: You form tight networks and actually talk about your problems. If you face life's stresses alone, you will make yourself older. #Bankruptcy, for example, causes enough stress to wreak havoc on your body. With another person's love and support, that inner aging can be reduced. Don’t forget to reach out to your friends when you need them.




Wednesday, July 18, 2018

CLEAN EARTH - Star Quality

A green building is a high-performance building. 

Inspired by the efficiency of nature, it makes the most of passive (low-energy) technology to create a pleasant interior environment while reducing its impact on the wider environment. As well as reaping lower costs from energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste minimization, companies also cite significant productivity benefits from healthier, happier staff.

Occupant well being is just as important to rating a green building as calculating its carbon emissions. For more information on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED rating system for commercial office design, construction, and refurbishment, visit www. usgbc.org.




Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Benefit From Bilberry!

Studies are mixed, but some have found that bilberry, a relative of the #blueberry, may improve night vision. 

During World War II, fighter pilots reported better night vision after eating bilberry jam. Take 25 to 50 milligrams of bilberry extract; expect best results within the first few hours.




Wednesday, June 27, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Join a Yoga Class!

Yoga is the most important exercise of my daily routine. 


Being surrounded by beautiful women in spandex should be reason enough for you to join a class, but if you need more #motivation, consider this: #Yoga eases stress, lowers blood pressure, slows heart rates, and increases flexibility. And there's nothing mystical about it.

Loosening your muscles will make them more adaptable, so you may be less likely to injure yourself playing #sports. Sure, some of the poses may look ridiculous, but that's for a reason you'll learn quickly enough. Yoga can reach and work muscles that are ignored during routine sports and daily life. My favorite maneuver is the sun salutation


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: Computers are..Environmentally Damaging!

Computers are, on a weight for weight basis more environmentally damaging to produce the cares. 

Research by the UN University in Tokyo indicates manufacturing of a standard desktop computer 17-inch CRT monitor requires a total of two tons of materials, including at least 528 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 pounds of chemicals, and nearly 400 gallons of water. A good place to start when choosing machines is the Green Electronic Council’s Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, which rates computer companies on their material use and end -of-life-take-back policies. Minimize the need to replace computers so often by choosing models whose life can be extended through upgrades and repair.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Pop a Probiotic!

To keep yeast infections at bay, head for the vitamin aisle.


Supplementing with "good" bacteria (for example, #Lactobacillus or #Bifidobacterium) may help restore the balance the of bacteria living in the female genital tract and inhibit the growth of yeast in women with recurrent infections. Foods such as naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, as well as yogurt with active cultures, also contain these bacteria.



Wednesday, June 6, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: What’s true of pens and paper vs office consumables

What’s true of pens and paper is true of other office consumables, with a wide variety of envelopes, sticky notes, ring binders, notebooks, and other general supplies made from recycled and eco-friendlier materials now available. 


Use a desk caddy to save envelopes, rubber bands, and paper clips for reuse, and ask your office manager to establish an exchange spot for other items such as bubble wrap and padded envelopes. Request designs that support reuse, such as envelopes that have resealable flaps and space for multiple addresses, or adhesive-tape holders that are refillable rather than disposable.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Go Fish!


If you suffer from dry eyes, up your seafood intake. 

Salmon, sardines, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to produce tears, among other things. Research suggests that people who consume higher amounts of these fats are less likely to have dry eyes.







Wednesday, May 23, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: Collective Action!


One of the major obstacles to recycling is the cost-effectiveness of collecting it. 

By collaborating with other companies you can expand the potential for commercially attractive alternatives to landfills. Combine with neighboring businesses to collect quantities sufficient to interest a recycling service.
Also seek out arrangements with other businesses that can use the products left over by your operations. Contact the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a list of international, national, and state-by-state materials exchange organizations at www.epa.gov/jtr/comm/exchange.htm




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Embrace Bitters!


Combat a yen for sugar by following a Chinese medicine approach: 

Eat foods such as endive, radicchio, cooked greens, and olives.









Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: Lighting!


In many offices the lights burn long after employees have left the building. 

It might make for a pretty skyline, but combined with all those machines left on standby, it can double your energy bill. Lighting accounts for more than 20 percent of greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings.

That figure could be reduced by as much as 70 percent through simple measures. By eliminating inefficient and unnecessary lighting you’ll also reduce heat, reducing the cost of air conditioning. Ask your building manager to turn lights off at night or to install motion activated sensors. Take the initiative by placing reminders near light switches in the area where you work. And if you’re the last one out flick the switch.






Wednesday, May 2, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Get a Good Pair of Sneakers

Is your energy lagging? 

Though it may be the last thing you feel like doing when you're tired, exercise -- even a brisk walk -- can be more effective than a nap or cup of coffee at fighting fatigue.





Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: Employees!


As in nature, surviving and thriving in business requires the ability to learn and adapt. 

The importance of responding to feedback from customers doesn’t need to be pointed out, but listening to other stakeholders is equally profitable. Employees can be sitting on a gold mine of suggestions for small, cheap, and easy-to-implement changes that can lead to big improvements in results.

Set up a suggestion box, and acknowledge those who contribute, or adopt a more comprehensive strategy like quality circles--teams of workers (and others) who gather to discuss ways to improve processes. Pioneered in Japan in the 1960’s, quality circles have been used to great effect by companies around the world to improve quality, lower costs, and motivate staff.





Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Admire Your Work

Don't be so trigger-happy with the flusher. 

Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you're constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. This happens to me when I travel, so I fiber-load before a trip to avoid getting irritable.



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: Location, Location, Location


Buildings produce carbon emissions during construction, refurbishment, and eventual demolition, from embodied energy in building materials and furnishings to the operational demand of lighting, ventilation, air conditioning, and other systems. 


Bet even before workers walk through the door, they contribute emissions through travel--estimated at an average of 2.2 tons or carbon dioxide from each worker every year. Plan your building to encourage public and alternative transportation. The Lake View Terrace Library in Los Angeles, certified platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides safe access for bicyclists and pedestrians, a bicycle storage area, easy access to public transportation--even a place to charge electric vehicles.






Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Hit the Sack

Conan and Dave are funny, but they're not worth the strain on your system.


Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, but also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory, and reduces cravings for pants-splitting foods. Set a bedtime and stick to it. My target is 10:30 p.m. I record the late shows and then watch them the next day as I pedal a stationary bike.





Wednesday, March 28, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: Let's Calculate Your Footprint...



By aiming to become carbon neutral you make your business stand out from the crowd, mange the risk of being left behind in an area set to become common practice, and position your business to profit from from carbon trading. 

Before you can decide on the most effective way to become carbon neutral you need to measure accurately the greenhouse emissions cause directly by your own operations and indirectly by your suppliers and the use of your products.

An assessment is best done with the help of an experienced carbon consultant and specialized assessor. For information on calculating your carbon footprint visit the website of Greenhouse Gas Protocol and initiative of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.





Wednesday, March 21, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Rub Your Temples

Tame tension headaches...

By rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. 

All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.





Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: From Output to Input

Waste is simply that--a waste both of the world’s resources and those of your business. 



Think about how you can create usable byproducts instead; transform something you would otherwise just throw away into something useful to your business or others. 

Used cooking oil from a fast-food restaurant for instance, can be turned into biodiesel, a low-emission petroleum substitute that also takes care of the problem of how to dispose of oil. 

Heat from machinery can be harnessed to meet hot water heating needs. Consider how you can alter your practices to substitute environmentally unfriendly inputs with recyclable and non toxic ones.




Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Clean Health: Use a Netipot.

Plagued with sinus problems? 

Rinse your nasal passages twice a day to flush out pollen and other irritants. Put saline solution (a 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 cup warm water) in a plastic squirt bottle or a nasal irrigator, a spouted container that allows you to pour water directly into your nose. The solution should fill your nasal cavity and spill out the other nostril. Gently blow your nose afterward.



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: OFFICE: Office Machines




Energy efficient office machines not only cut the cost and carbon emissions associated with their own operation but, through producing less heat. 

They can reduce emissions from air conditioning by as much as 30 percent. Most energy in photocopiers and printers is used to heat the components that fuse the toner to paper, so a machine that powers down rather than keeping those components hot while idle can slash energy use. 

Ensure your procurement policy favors Energy Star- compliant and enabled equipment. Choose models that allow double-sided printing and copying, since ultimately the greatest source of carbon emissions from office machines is the embedded energy of consumables like paper and ink.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Eat Bananas!

People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.





Wednesday, February 14, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Be a Smart Patient!

Your doctor can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion before undergoing any procedure, because 30 percent of the time, that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written medical history, and educate yourself about any family problems, even if that means calling your creepy uncle.
You might even consider signing onto Microsoft HealthVault or Google Health, so your files are accessible in case you find yourself in trouble away from home.










Wednesday, February 7, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Love Lavender!

To ease stress and prepare for bed, soak in a hot bath spiked with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Play soothing music while you bathe to unwind further.










Wednesday, January 31, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Avoid Fad Diet!

The secret to weight loss is not to avoid carbs, fats, yellow foods, solid foods, or foods that start with the letter G. The real trick is to lower your daily intake by about 100 calories. You'll hardly notice, but it'll add up to a loss of about 10 pounds in a year.
Calorie restriction has been shown to lengthen life (in rats and monkeys). I cut back once a year to reset my appetite and tastebuds. Healthy food tastes great afterward. Frankly, any food would.









Wednesday, January 24, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Sniff Rosemary

According to some research, catching a whiff of this aromatic herb may increase alertness and improve memory. 

To stay sharp, try smelling fresh rosemary or inhaling the scent of rosemary essential oil before a test or meeting.



#rosemary #aromatic #alertness #memory #herbs #oils #cleanhealth #sustainablehealth #createdbyearth



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: AT YOUR DESK: Stop The Paper!

Paper is up to 70 percent of a typical office’s waste, so simple measures to reduce unnecessary use can significantly lower your organization’s waste removal expenses--not to mention purchasing costs.


Use both sides. Keep a tray on your desk to collect any single-side printed scrap paper that comes your way and use it for note paper, or in the photocopier or fax machine. Format documents to avoid printing unnecessary pages and proofread carefully on screen to avoid printing multiple copies. Keep a paper recycling box next to your desk and encourage colleagues to separate paper from organic waste and recyclable containers.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

CLEAN EARTH- Get Your Coffee Fix?

Small things can make a big difference. Consider your humble cup of coffee, the world’s second-most valuable legal commodity after oil, with environmental and social impacts to match.


Stir up some positive change by asking your barista and/or office manager to switch to organic and Fair Trade-labeled brands. Then do your bit to reduce the energy and waste involved in producing transporting, and disposing of more than 1.9 million tons of paper and plastic cups and plates thrown away in the U.S. each year: use your own mug. You need to wash it, sure, but life cycle analysis shows that over its life of about 3,000 uses a mug is associated with 30 times less solid waste and 60 times less air pollution than the equivalent drinks in a disposable paper or foam cups.

#coffeefix #organic #mug #lifecycle #waste #disposable #foam #cleanearth #sustainability






Wednesday, January 3, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: ROTF, LMAO

Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. 

So bring some humor into your life, whether it's through friends or even a new TV show (preferably mine).

#laughing #stress #bloodpressure #bonding #humor #cleanhealth #sustainablehealth