You may know I do what ever I can to eliminate exposure to chemicals in my everyday life. This may sound odd. You may be thinking “How many chemicals could a girl be subjected to on a daily basis?” Well you’d be surprised how many we are exposed to on a daily basis just by living in the twenty first century.
I live with a very smart man, my lovely husband, who works every day with chemicals most of us will never even encounter. So how do I benefit from this? Well he is highly aware of all chemicals and has taught me to look at everything. Food, cleaners, cosmetics, everything. He has taught me to ask myself “What’s in this?” ”Do I want to put this into my body or into my family’s bodies?” ”Do I want to spray this on my counter, or clean the dish that we eat off of with this?”
Because of what he has taught me, I eat whole foods and on every occasion I avoid interaction with chemicals. Chemicals in our food, cleaners, shampoos, soaps, cosmetics, clothing, bedding, furniture, EVERYTHING.
I’ve put in place some very simple changes in the way I live life which significantly reduces the chemicals my family encounters on a daily basis.
Today I received a blog post from Dr. Mercola; he writes a blog I read daily. There are some posts from Dr. Mercola that I gain insight from and some I do not. Like all blogs I read, I take what I need and leave the rest. Today Dr. Mercola’s blog was something I HAD to share with you!!
In this blog post he talks about
- Limiting Chemical Exposure being Important for Optimal Health
- Three Common Chemicals to Avoid
- The High Price of ‘Convenience’ Products
- A Landmark Study Linking Common Household Chemicals to Human Disease
But what I thought was the best part of the blog post was that he listed
“What You can do to Reduce Unnecessary Chemical Exposure to Your Family.”
And here they are!!!!
Don’t miss these.
Read them and consider doing them. I can tell you I have done all of these. I want to encourage you to do them too. If you have any questions about how I did them, just ask me. I would be happy to tell you what I use and what I replaced.
- As much as possible, buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic foods to reduce your exposure to pesticides and fertilizers.
- Rather than eating conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with a high-quality purified krill oil, or eat fish that is wild-caught and lab tested for purity.
- Eat mostly raw, fresh foods, steering clear of processed, prepackaged foods of all kinds. This way you automatically avoid artificial food additives, including dangerous artificial sweeteners, food coloring and MSG.
- Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic, and avoid using plastic wrap and canned foods (which are often lined with BPA-containing liners).
- Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath).
- Only use natural cleaning products in your home.
- Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group has a great database6 to help you find personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals. I also offer one of the highest quality organic skin care lines, shampoo and conditioner, and body butter that are completely natural and safe.
- Avoid using artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances.
- Replace your non-stick pots and pans with ceramic or glass cookware.
- When redoing your home, look for “green,” toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings.
- Replace your vinyl shower curtain with one made of fabric, or install a glass shower door. Most all flexible plastics, like shower curtains, contain dangerous plasticizers like phthalates.
- Limit your use of drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) as much as possible. Drugs are chemicals too, and they will leave residues and accumulate in your body over time.
- Avoid spraying pesticides around your home or insect repellants that contain DEET on your body. There are safe, effective and natural alternatives out there.
Let me just close this post by saying, when I had weight loss surgery I prayed for a better life, a healthier life. Once I was blessed with this it was so clear to me that I needed to do everything I could to maintain my health. Food was a poison for me. I eliminated the bad food and I was committed to keeping myself healthy no matter what the poison.
Why wouldn’t I?
Please consider leaving me a comment. Do you already do any of these suggestions? Are you aware of household chemicals? Feel free to ask me any questions. This is something I feel very strongly about.
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