Life

How Budget Jewelry Could Be Messing with Your Health

The problems with cadmium and how you can avoid this cheap filler metal

We've all heard of platinum, gold, and silver used for jewelry, right? Well, how about cadmium? We hate to break it to you, but this is definitely a metal that you'll want to hear more about, but not so you can be ahead of the next jewelry trend. Just the opposite actually. As a pretty cheap metal, it is often either added into jewelry pieces as filler or even used entirely to make pieces of jewelry. This hitchhiker makes jewelry more affordable, but really, shouldn't be used at all! Cadmium has got some pretty yucky health effects, but luckily with some savvy shopping knowledge, you'll be able to avoid this metal and any of its health harms.

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We all have our favorite lipstick. The one that we wear practically every day, is acceptable for work and going out, and that you are always sure to buy extras of, just in case the store runs out. Maybe yours is bright red, a nude pink, or maybe you like to go all out and wear a different shade every week. Regardless of how you get your perfect pout, it might be time to put on your detective hat and take a deeper dive into what makes your lips shine.

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Science

Here’s the Deal with Heavy Metals

… and nope, we aren't talking Metallica, Megadeath or Black Sabbath

While we love a good jam sesh every now and again, over at Because Health when we talk heavy metal, we're getting our periodic tables out, pulling on the lab coats, and talking about elements like arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium. Although these are naturally occurring elements, scientists have learned that they can cause some pretty negative health effects.

Side note, not all metals are bad for humans. In fact, there are even some that we need in order to stay healthy, like iron, zinc, and magnesium. So, just because it sounds like a metal it doesn't mean it's dangerous. You just have to be careful about some of them. But have no fear, we lay out the big names to stay away from here.

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Big Decisions

What to Know about Tattoos Before You Commit

Wear your heart (not toxics) on your sleeve

Tattoos are an ever favorite way for people to wear their heart on their sleeve, literally. No matter what the design, they are a commitment to something that has meaning to you or a way of expressing your unique sense of style. While you've been preparing to get the perfect design, we did some research to help make sure you are staying safe from toxics in your tattoo.

Let's start by recognizing that tattoos have been around throughout a variety of cultures for thousands of years. So, they probably aren't causing immediate harm to people. Trust me, the Mayans of old would have figured out if tattoos were making people so sick it was a problem. So, chances are, in the grand scheme of things, the amount of toxic substances you are absorbing from tattoos (if any) is probably pretty small. The most common negative reaction to tattoos is an allergic skin reaction to the pigment.

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