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Q&A With Jessica Alba

The actress and mother talks about living -- and writing -- "The Honest Life."


What would you say are the top three changes parents can make so that their families' lives will be more natural and healthy?

"Read labels. Take your shoes off before you enter your house. Get an organic allergen cover for your mattress. Every mattress is basically a solidified gas tank. They're made out of petroleum. A cover allows you to avoid that exposure to petroleum off-gassing while you sleep."

Was it hard giving up products that you loved to go greener?

"It's actually not that bad! I gave up a bunch of lipsticks that have lead in them, because I don't want to kiss my girls with lead on my lips. I swear I tested every lipstick out there. But it turns out there are great alternatives that you don't have to compromise. I use Youngblood, 100% Pure, and Hourglass."

It seems like you must be the healthiest-living woman on the planet. Do you have any secret health vices or guilty pleasures?

"I am not the healthiest! No, not at all. Honestly, I don't think there are absolute 'shouldn'ts.' Have your Fritos sometimes if you want them. I like an In-n-Out burger once in awhile. And I wear high heels, which is not good for my feet."

What's the best health advice anyone has ever given you?

"Read labels. Know what you're buying and what you're bringing into your home."

When you're choosing a doctor for yourself or the girls, what quality is most important to you?

"Someone who is not patronizing or condescending and who will engage in a conversation with me about things as opposed to just saying, 'This is how it is and how it's done.' I like to know about the process, why something has been done in a certain way, how many studies have been done. Because I was sick so much as a kid, I'm always asking, 'What is this going to do?' I'm in awe of scientists and doctors, but it's good to ask questions."

Of your five senses, which one do you value most and why?

"Sight. I just love looking at my kids!"

Who is your health role model?

"Really, my girls. Even though they do have snotty noses more than I'd want them to, I do look at them for how to live, because they're just so in the moment and they put everything in their mouths. It's a lesson that you don't have to be so sanitized. It's good to have dirt. When the babies at baby class are sharing a chew toy, I'm not freaking out. I figure go ahead, you're going to share saliva with someone at some point in your life."

Where did you get your passion for the environment?

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