Living Roundup: St. Patrick’s Veggies, Ethical Shopping & More

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 14th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Conscious Living News

Every week we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live green, be healthy, and connect with your sense of spirituality. Read our roundup for info that just helps you live better.

Yoga May Help After Breast Cancer

A recent study suggests yoga may ease hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms in breast cancer survivors. (CBS News)

Want to Reap the Luck o’ the Irish? Eat Greens

Forget four-leaf clovers, lucky charms and finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The best way to get the luck o’ the Irish is to eat a well-balanced diet, with plenty of green fruits and vegetables. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a sampling of great green foods available at your local natural and organic food store. (Organic Authority)

Mini Orchards Sprouting In Backyards Across The Country

An increasing number of Americans have turned their yards over to mini orchards, planting them with dwarf and semi-dwarf fruit trees, even in dense urban areas. Suppliers around the country have seen significant increases in fruit tree sales, as more people seek to reduce their dependence on supermarkets. (New York Times)

Are You An Ethical Shopper or A Fashion Victim?

What is the true cost and who is paying the price for our obsession with cheap fashion? Annie Kelly reveals how clothing retailers are able to sell their clothes at rock bottom prices. (BBC Green)

Solve the Diaper Dilemma: gDiapers, the Hybrid Diaper

So what is a gDiaper—and why is it a hybrid? It’s a cloth diaper…no, it’s a disposable…no, wait! It’s both! A gDiaper comprises a pair of waterproof cloth outer pants, plus a disposable insert that can be tossed, flushed (sometimes) and supposedly, even composted. Will this new option will fit your family’s lifestyle, and most importantly your baby’s bottom? (Planet Green)

Skip the Shampoo, Get Cleaner Air

We only wish we were kidding: A new study has discovered that greasy hair may actually reduce the amount of ozone you breathe in. Although ozone in the upper atmosphere protects us from shriveling up under the sun’s UV rays, ground-level concentrations of the gas can cause respiratory distress and even permanent lung damage. (Planet Green)

Green Basics: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

You can’t see them, but they’re all around us. They aren’t listed as ingredients on the objects we bring in our home, but they’re often there. They’re volatile organic compounds (VOCs), a wide range of carbon-based molecules used in a wide range of products that find their way into our homes. (TreeHugger)

Pollution ‘Alters Brain Function’

An hour sniffing exhaust fumes may not just give you a headache – it could even alter the way the brain functions, Dutch researchers have suggested. (BBC News)

Sharing The Full Story: Calling On Friends

When we are going through a difficult time, we may hesitate to call even our best friends because we don’t want to burden them with our troubles. It is important to remember that at times like these, our friends sincerely want to be there for us however they can. (Daily Om)

VIDEO: Putting Back Pain Behind You

Back pain is among the most common medical problems. Todd Sinett, author of “The Truth about Back Pain,” explained the roles of structural factors, nutrition and emotion, and offered tips for keeping backs pain-free. (CBS News)

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