You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Navigate maze of products wisely

Q: I’m trying my best to get healthier, so I am eating better and exercising. There are so many different products out there that I don’t have any idea whether I’m making the best choices when it comes to the products I choose. Can you help?

A: You aren’t alone. Frustrated with the lack of concise and easy to access information, healthy living advocates Amy Ziff and Adrienne Peres founded, a website dedicated to helping simplify the decision-making process.

Some things to take into consideration, courtesy of Ziff and Peres:

Energy bars: So-called energy bars may provide a quick boost, but this is often because they contain excess sugars or other ingredients that your body doesn’t need. Many energy bars are still packed with processed ingredients, additives and preservatives along with added sugars. To make the wisest decision, choose products that don’t sacrifice nutrition for on-the-go convenience. Look for bars that contain at least 4 grams of protein and raw, plant-derived ingredients, as well as high fiber. Fiber is important because it aids digestion, helps to keep you full and curbs appetite.

Water bottle pollution:

To avoid letting the bottle possibly contaminate your water, choose one made with safe, reusable material, and say goodbye to BPA, plastics, PVC, phthalates and lead. Best: Look for a permanent water bottle expressly designed to be used, cleaned and re-filled. The money you save by not buying disposable plastic bottles will pay for a healthier and higher quality bottle, and will leave less to end up in landfills. Experts recommend stainless steel, aluminum or glass bottles. Look for BPA-free, Phthalate-free and VOC-free products.

Know your deodorant. It seems impossible to find the perfect deodorant that works hard without including aluminum, but it’s worth re-applying over adding chemicals under scrutiny directly onto your sweat glands. Sweaty and stinky are not words we like, but choose deodorants wisely. Look for Mineral Zinc as an active ingredient to absorb odor. Other key words to look for? Castor beans and hops help absorb odor-causing bacteria.

Sunblock. Remember that what we put on our bodies goes into our bodies, so choose sun protection wisely. In today’s health-conscious word, there’s no need to use sunscreen that contains chemicals and nano particles. Choose lightweight moisturizers that are noncomedogenic and include organic ingredients like aloe, beeswax and cocoa butter to sooth and the active Zinc Oxide for protection. You can offer your skin full protection from UVA and UVB rays with products that contain all-natural ingredients.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in

Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney
Ill New Carlisle boy, 4, gets to enjoy Disney

A Special Wish Foundation-Dayton Chapter is the only wish granting organization located in the Dayton region. For more information on how you can be part of granting a local child’s wish, go online to A child’s wish, no matter the age, is incredibly special. Almost all of us have looked into the night sky waiting...
D.L. Stewart: The circus is leaving town … finally
D.L. Stewart: The circus is leaving town … finally

News that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will fold its big top forever this May brought back a flood of happy, smiling memories for me. Ok, maybe not a flood, exactly. More like a droplet. In fact, my ONLY happy, smiling circus memory is from when I took my daughter to see one when she was six or seven years old. As the circus began...
Frostbite danger: Late treatment can lead to permanent damage
Frostbite danger: Late treatment can lead to permanent damage

Red cheeks and tingling fingers shouldn’t be considered a normal part of time spent outside on a frigid, winter day. Instead, these should be thought of as the beginning signs of something potentially dangerous. “Frostbite is a real condition that can be a threat to anyone who spends extended periods of time outdoors in cold weather,&rdquo...
Sleep problems? Try these changes in your routine
Sleep problems? Try these changes in your routine

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system. The network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin. If it has been a while since you slept like a baby, you are not alone. Many adults struggle to spend enough time in dreamland,...
How to make sure you get a better night’s sleep

Chronic lack of sleep is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and can affect mental health. Sleep requirements vary with age, with children needing more than adults. Current recommendations are seven to nine hours for ages 18 to 64, and seven to eight hours for those 65 and older. Many factors can influence sleep cycles, including diet, exercise...
More Stories