Mind blowing facts about our environment. ๐Ÿ’ง

My dear friends,

As I sit down to reconnect with you all, I’m filled with reflections from my recent trip to Japan. The fall there is a symphony of color, so vivid and so variedย ๐Ÿ it’s a stark reminder of the beauty we have in our world โ€“ and how different it is from our sunny California landscapes ๐ŸŒ….

One unexpected nostalgia I experienced on my trip was for our office’s Kangen water ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ’ง. Even as I traveled through Hokkaido, where water springs from the purest snow, the water bottled in plastic I sipped could not compare. I missed our office’s fresh, hydrogen-rich elixir that’s become such an integral part of our daily wellness routine. It was an eye-opener to the little things we take for granted โ€“ like the quality of water we consume each day. ๐Ÿฉท

This revelation led me to a deeper concern: the alarming climb in chronic illnesses and cancers, not just at home but globally ๐ŸŒ. The health of our pets, often a reflection of our own, is telling a similar story. It’s increasingly evident that the environment we live in, the water we drink, and the food we eat significantly impact our health, far more than genetics alone.

Here are two valuable resources that can help us gain more knowledge in the environment that we are exposed to every day – take a moment to do this as it can be very eye-opening ๐ŸŒŸ:

1. EWG’s Tap Water Database:ย https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/ย Enter your zip code for a full report on whatโ€™s in your tap water ๐Ÿ’ฆ.

2. EPA’s MyEnvironment Tool:ย https://enviro.epa.gov/myenvironment/ย Discover various environmental factors affecting your health by simply inputting your zip code ๐Ÿก.

But what can we do about it? Here are some gentle, yet powerful steps we can take:

1. Eat With Color and Consciousness: Nourish your body with vibrant, organic foods ๐Ÿฅ— โ€“ they’re nature’s way of helping us detoxify and heal.

2. Cherish Every Sip: Choose clean, fresh mineral waterย – it’s essential for our vitality ๐Ÿ’ง. Avoid plastic bottled water.

3. Home Harmony: Creating a toxin-free home environment using natural cleaners and air-purifying plants can make a world of difference ๐ŸŒฑ.

4. Movement and Meditation: Embrace practices that promote a clear mind and a detoxified body, such as meditation, yoga, or simply a daily walk ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ.

5. Choose with Care: Support companies that respect our environment and are transparent with their resources and policies ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’š.

The simplest daily choices can have the most profound impacts on our health. Let’s cherish and protect the health of our loved ones, two-legged or four, by starting with the fundamentals of life โ€“ our nourishment and our environment.

With heartfelt care and optimism for our collective wellness journey,

Dr. Lily Chen ๐ŸŒธ

Starlight Stories

Hi Unicorns!

The weather’s changing which means we all should be paying attention to our immune health! And just a big FYI – pre and probiotics play a crucial role in strengthening the immune system.

A well-balanced gut microbiome is essential for proper immune function since it aids in the production of antibodies, promotes immune cell communication, and helps regulate inflammation. Also, about 70% of the body’s immune cells reside in the gut-associated lymphoid tissue.

*Prebiotics are non-digestible compounds found in certain foods (like fiber) that serve as nourishment for beneficial gut bacteria.
*Probiotics are live beneficial bacteria or yeast cultures that can replenish and enhance the gut microbiome.ย 

There’s a significant relationship between gut health and the immune system showing how they work together to take care of the body.ย Bothย prebiotics and probiotics support the gut’s integrity, which is integral to overall immune health.
We have a bunch of really great species-specificย pre&probioticsย here in the Unicorn Store! Come talk to us to figure out which one would be best for your furry friend(s)!

Love,
Starlight ๐ŸŒŸ