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Toxics Hide-N-Seek: Exposing Secret Ingredients in Kids’ Food


Toxics Hide-N-Seek:  Exposing Secret Ingredients in Kids’ Food
Most of us know the importance of a healthy diets. Yet, much of our food in highly processed or tainted by growth hormones, antibiotics, and even toxic chemicals.  During this workshop, we’ll explore toxic chemicals in our food system and their health effects.  We’ll provide tips on how to reduce exposure and you’ll leave with fun, easy, and delicious recipes.

LocalMotionGreen at the Ecology Center presents:


Children’s Activities Available


Event DetailsDate: Monday, February 9

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am

Location: Jungle Juice Bar

14929 Charlevoix
Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230

RSVP or More information: ~ 313.881.2263

Melissa Cooper Sargent, Environmental Health Educator
Michigan Network for Children’s Environmental Health


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How a juice cleanse can kick-start healthy habits

More than a third of Americans struggle with obesity so it’s no wonder that losing weight or getting IMG_1261fit is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. However, many people seeking to make a change in their eating and exercise habits often fail before they’ve even started, primarily because they overwhelm themselves by trying to change all of their habits at the same time.

Juice cleanses are a good way to get your health back on track, according to Woodson Merrell, M.D. Think small step, short-term change, and you begin to see how committing to a three or five-day cleanse is more manageable than the cold turkey approach. Juice cleanses offer a variety of benefits, both physical and psychological, Merrell says.

  • It breaks the cycle of habitual unhealthy eating and provides an opportunity for intentional eating and increased awareness about how the body responds to hunger and food/fuel.
  • Consuming raw, natural (or organic) juices requires less processing by the body’s digestive system.
  • Whole, raw (unprocessed) juices introduce less toxins into the body and are less taxing on the liver, the body’s primary detoxifying organ.
  • The volume provided by drinking juices is filling so people don’t have to battle hunger.
  • While relatively simple and unstructured, following a juice cleanse for a few days eliminates making decisions about what and how much to eat.
  • Juice cleanses provide an opportunity to remove potentially harmful and/or unhealthy foods from the diet (alcohol, caffeine, dairy, wheat, sugar and gluten). Avoiding foods that may trigger headaches, bloating, rashes or other unpleasant responses can help identify which foods are the root of problems.
  • Juice cleanses “power up” bodies with vitamins, minerals and other beneficial nutrients, especially in people who don’t routinely eat enough fruits and vegetables.
  • Eliminating junk food helps most people feel better and have more energy, as does the weight loss that usually accompanies juice cleanses.

Juice cleanses are considered safe for most people, although individuals with any significant health condition should consult their physician first. The wholesome goodness and simplicity of cleanses are an effective way to break old habits and start on a path toward lifelong wellness.

The Jungle Juice Bar CLEANSE WITHIN offers 1, 3 or 5 day juice cleanse packages. The juices are raw and unpasteurized. These primarily vegetable-based juices are designed to help rehydrate with natural electrolytes. CLEANSE WITHIN packages can serve as snacks or meal replacements. For information on pricing and ordering, contact JJB at 313.571.3075.

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Change Your Water, Change Your Life

FREE WORKSHOP June 18 from 7-8 p.m. at Jungle Juice Bar on the health benefits of Kangen water, featuring Michael Cartwright, co-founder of Nation4Hydration.

Water is the most commonly consumed beverage in the world, including here in the U.S. Yet despite rigorous safety standards mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency, reports of impurities and toxins in drinking water abound. Many consumers believe they are avoiding exposure to these substances by drinking bottled water, but a recent German study highlighted by found more than 24,500 chemicals in commercially packaged water.

Our bodies need water to function, but the quality of the water you consume can have a direct impact on how you look and feel. The health benefits to drinking ionized ,alkaline, antioxidant water have been well-documented, but many people lack accessibility. Michael Cartwright, co-founder of Nation4Hydration, offers a simple solution to this problem: Kangen Water.

Based on a health-related water technology originating in Japan that has been widely used for nearly half a century, Kangen Water is produced via a small device attached to any home or business tap. This process, known as electrolysis, removes the chemicals and impurities while preserving the minerals in water. The end product is medical-grade purified, alkaline, antioxidant, super-hydrating water.

Why do these qualities matter? Cartwright explains: We tend to lead acidic lifestyles because of the foods we eat and stressful lifestyles. The alkalinity in Kangen Water aids in maintaining a healthy pH balance (optimum 7.35 pH) and eliminating acidic wastes. The antioxidants combat free radicals which negatively impact cells and prompt aging effects. The purity decreases exposure to toxins and other dangerous substances, and, because your body isn’t expending energy to combat free radicals and a pH imbalance, biological functioning is improved.

“Think of the immune system as a computer CPU,” Cartwright says. “The more tasks being performed, the slower the computer will run and the core programs will lag. Similarly, when the immune system is constantly fighting this influx of toxins and chemicals, the white blood cells can’t expend their time and energy on the primary diseases of the body. This antioxidant water assists the immune system allowing the body to do what it does best, that is heal itself. Combined with the waters ability to easily travel anywhere in the body and permeate any cell, this water is the ultimate antioxidant.”

Our goal is to launch a worldwide movement, Cartwright says, starting here in our local community.

For more information, visit or contact Michael Cartwright at


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Get Ready for Summer

The first day of summer is marked by the Summer Solstice, the day the sun is furthest north. For 2014, that day is June 21. Although summer is still more than three weeks away, don’t wait until the last minute to take advantage of these warm, bright days. Here are five things you can do today to be ready when summer officially arrives.

  • Map out local farmers markets so you know where to find locally grown produce.
  • Clean out your closet. Donate unused clothing to a local charity, and assess your summer wardrobe. Maybe treat yourself to a new swimsuit or running shoes.
  • Move your workout outdoors a few times a week. Research shows outdoor exercises significantly boosts mood and has a positive affect on mental health.
  • Block out vacation time on the calendar now. If you can’t afford to take off two weeks straight, work in some long weekends.
  • Invest in some yard work to create a relaxing haven or inviting space to entertain friends and family.

Summer will be here before you know it so get started today for a sunny, fun-filled summertime.