Toxins are harmful on your body’s biochemistry and over health and they’re harmful on the environment. Removing toxins and processed food from your diet can help but you should also take steps to remove toxins from the environment in your home. There are several ways you can do that. By doing so, you’ll reduce your risk for getting sick and you’ll feel better.
Get your family on board and take these steps one at a time. You’ll all feel great by creating a home environment with fewer toxins. Here are some great suggestions for making your home healthier:
Get Rid of Toxic Plastics
Most plastics leach potential carcinogens and other dangerous chemicals that can screw up your endocrine system. The worst offenders are polyvinyl chloride (V or PVC), polystyrene (PS, a.k.a. Styrofoam, when extruded), and polycarbonate (PC). Steer clear of these in cooking-oil bottles, cling wrap, microwaveable ovenware, Styrofoam containers, hard-plastic drinking bottles, and in the plastic liners of almost all food and soft-drink cans. Avoid them by opting for glass or cardboard packaging, storing your food in glass or ceramic containers, seeking out cardboard to-go packaging, rinsing all canned food thoroughly, and switching to stainless steel drinking bottles and non-plastic microwaveable containers. NEVER microwave food in plastic.
Stop Using Bleached Products
Check this out, people: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that chlorine byproducts (known as dioxins) are 300,000 more times as carcinogenic as the scary chemical pesticide DDT. If you think about that statistic, cutting out bleached products like chlorinated paper towels, toilet paper, and bleached coffee filters is a no-brainer. Look for chlorine-free (or PCF) paper products, including toilet paper, as well as oxygen-bleached coffee filters, as they are bleached with chlorine dioxide (and don’t create nasty dioxin residues).
Put Your Personal Care Products to the Test
Most women just assume that their cosmetics and personal care products are safe to use (especially if you’re dishing out big bucks for a .15-ounce tube of lipstick). GUESS AGAIN. Beauty products are a MAJOR source of chemical ingredients and endocrine disruptors that the FDA doesn’t even regulate. It’s up to you to do your homework and weed out products that contain dangerous ingredients like mercury, lead, toluene, formaldehyde, parabens, placenta, pthalates, and triclosan (yes, the same nasty ingredient found in antibacterial soap). Instead, look for natural cosmetics and personal-care products, but do yourself a favor and DOUBLE-CHECK the ingredients list on these, too!
Cut Out Chemical Home Cleaners
If you use chemical-based cleaners around your home, you are exposing yourself to UNNECESSARY poisons. The MOST toxic offenders are drain, oven, and toilet bowl cleaners or products that contain chlorine or ammonia. (In fact, mixing chlorine with ammonia creates chloramine, a toxic gas that was used as a weapon during World War I. Sick, right?) Start cleaning with 100 percent NATURAL products like white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, baking soda, lemon juice, and just plain water. Otherwise, look for cleaning products made by environmentally responsible companies, like Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyer’s, Dr. Bronner’s, Ecover, and Method.
Give Up Antibacterial Soaps
“Antibacterial” may seem like a good choice for a hand or dish soap, but triclosan (the antibacterial component) can cause big problems. First, it kills all bacteria — the bad and the good. It can also create antibiotic resistance, meaning that certain bacteria can grow immune to it over time. And when triclosans mixed with chlorinated tap water, the combination can create chloroform, a carcinogenic gas. The good news? You can avoid these poison problems by using only natural hand and dish soaps that are formulated WITHOUT triclosan, chlorine, or phosphates. Switch to Seventh Generation, Ecover, or Mrs. Meyer’s.
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Source: Everyday Health
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