Coconut Water Chronicles: Day 2

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Is silicone safe?

Im selling Menstrual Cups now!  And they are made out of silicone. Many people have asked me if silicone is really safe. I never really thought about it…it just seemed that if you give it to your baby for feeding (bottle nipples), bake cupcakes in it, and for those who enhance their bodies by inserting silicone in various shapes into their bodies (breast and butt implants) then inserting a menstrual cup into your vagina should be cool…right?

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Not good enough Skai…so, it made me do some Research (Google) on what this substance is:

It is a man-made polymer, but instead of a carbon backbone like plastic, it has a backbone of silicon and oxygen. (Note that I’m using two different words here: silicone is the polymer and silicon, spelled without the “e” on the end, is an ingredient in silicone.) Silicon is an element found in silica, i.e., sand, one of the most common materials on earth. However, to make silicone, silicon is extracted from silica (it rarely exists by itself in nature) and passed through hydrocarbons to create a new polymer with an inorganic silicon-oxygen backbone and carbon-based side groups. What that means is that while the silicon might come from a relatively benign and plentiful resource like sand, the hydrocarbons in silicone come from fossil sources like petroleum and natural gas. So silicone is a kind of hybrid material.” (Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, p. 277)

Studies have found that small amounts of siloxane, compounds found in silicone, migrate into foods baked in silicone bake ware. The amounts involved were dependent on fat content—the more fat a food had, the more siloxanes were transferred. For the most part, these amounts were well within regulatory limits (60 milligrams per kilogram of food). Bottle nipples that are made of silicone are considered inert and non-toxic because while using them they are not put under extreme heat as in baking 300+ degrees.

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Menstrual cups are made of medical grade silicone are silicones tested for biocompatibility and are appropriate to be used for medical applications. They are considered safe,non-toxic and inert. Implants are less safe because they have been known to leach into the system.

I hope this bit of information helps!

Peace and Love Skai

Caribbean Carnival

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Experience a Caribbean Carnival with a local!  Join Skai Juice and friends on an amazing cultural affair on the beautiful island of St Croix, her home this December for Festival 2015. A small intimate group will be shuttled to all the local events and you will get to learn also the history of her precious island.  Book your travel experience today!  Deadline for the first deposit is Sept 15th. http://www.skaijuice.com/#!crucian-festival/c16mk

MY LOVE CUP

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Menstruation is one of the most significant public health issues in the world and the single largest obstacle to female empowerment, and yet, it is an issue that is shockingly under-addressed, under-funded, and under-discussed. It is the last taboo in both industrialized and developing societies.

Let me explain.

In Kenya, a girl will miss an average of three days of school each month because of her period. This is because she is unable to purchase appropriate supplies to manage her body, or because she is taught to be ashamed of this natural aspect of her femininity, or because she is scared of being teased and mocked by her classmates. This increased absenteeism leads to increased drop-out rates, and fewer girls having the opportunity to excel academically and attend secondary or post-secondary school.

When a girl is unable to purchase sanitary pads, she resorts to alternatives such as rags, mud, newspapers, bits of her mattress, leaves, and even used sanitary pads she might find in the garbage. Needless to say, these methods are not only ineffective but also put her health at risk, potentially causing a variety of infections and disease.

Source: femmeinternational.org

I wanted to share this because I think it is very important for women folks from around the world to connect on global issues such as this.  I have created my own menstrual cup business with the hopes of one day being able to afford to bring menstrual cups to women in developing countries.  For now, I will sell them to women in the western areas until this vision is actualized!  #womenempowerment

ORDER YOURS TODAY!  http://www.mylovecup.com

Caribbean Carnival

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Experience a Caribbean Carnival with a local!  Join Skai Juice and friends on an amazing cultural affair on the beautiful island of St Croix, her home this December for Festival 2015. A small intimate group will be shuttled to all the local events and you will get to learn also the history of her precious island.  Book your travel experience today!  Deadline for the first deposit is Sept 15th. http://www.skaijuice.com/#!crucian-festival/c16mk

Caribbean Carnival

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Experience a Caribbean Carnival with a local!  Join Skai Juice and friends on an amazing cultural affair on the beautiful island of St Croix, her home this December for Festival 2015. A small intimate group will be shuttled to all the local events and you will get to learn also the history of her precious island.  Book your travel experience today!  Deadline for the first deposit is Sept 15th. http://www.skaijuice.com/#!crucian-festival/c16mk

Caribbean Carnival

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Experience a Caribbean Carnival with a local!  Join Skai Juice and friends on an amazing cultural affair on the beautiful island of St Croix, her home this December for Festival 2015. A small intimate group will be shuttled to all the local events and you will get to learn also the history of her precious island.  Book your travel experience today!  Deadline for the first deposit is Sept 15th. http://www.skaijuice.com/#!crucian-festival/c16mk

MY LOVE CUP

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A 2011 randomized controlled trial in Canada investigated whether menstrual cups are a viable alternative to tampons and found that approximately 91% of women in the menstrual cup group said they would continue to use the cup and recommend it to others.

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Advantages of menstrual cups include:

  • Lower costs and less landfill waste. Some cups are designed for long-term use – even years – providing a significant cost savings over tampons and pads. Since you can reuse them, there’s less waste to clog up our landfills and fewer trees sacrificed to make the paper-based alternatives. Keep in mind that some cups are designed to be disposable. Make sure you read the box label carefully before buying if you want a reusable one.
  • Less embarrassing odor. You won’t have to worry about embarrassing menstrual odor wafting out at the most inopportune times, since the fluid doesn’t get exposed to air as it does with pads and tampons.
  • Vaginal pH and beneficial bacteria stay in place. Tampons absorb all your vaginal fluid along with the blood, which may disturb the delicate pH and bacterial balance in your vagina.
  • Fewer visits to the pharmacy. Even if you replace your cup once a year, you’ll still make 11 fewer trips to the pharmacy than you would if you used the disposable paper-based methods.
  • More time between changes. You need to change tampons every four to eight hours, depending on flow. You can go up to 12 hours with a menstrual cup before emptying.
  • Easy to use. Anyone who has used tampons, especially the kind without applicators, should have little trouble learning how to insert a menstrual cup. If you’ve ever used a diaphragm for birth control, you’ll have even less trouble learning how to use your new cup. Simply fold it so it looks like a tampon, aim it toward the back of the vagina and give a little push. It should actually draw itself up. When inserted properly, you shouldn’t feel its presence at all.

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