Let’s face it. We live in a toxic soup. Our bodies are exposed to a toxic load they were never meant to handle. Newborn babies are born everyday with 287 known toxins in their umbilical cord blood. It’s simply overwhelming. So, do we throw our hands in the air and say what’s the difference; we’re all going to die of cancer anyway? Nope. We do the best we can.
1. Food and Water
This one is pretty obvious. The cleaner the food we put in our bodies, the less toxins we end up ingesting. So. Buy. Organic. Organic fruits, organic veggies, organic dairy, organic meat. Stay away from farmed salmon and other fish. Drink green tea and avoid diet soft drinks like the plague. Yes, you will pay more for your food, but rather than question why organic is so expensive, you might want to question how they can sell regular eggs for 59¢ a dozen. Buying organic helps you avoid the most toxic pesticides and herbicides and GMOs.
Choose organic fruits and veggies high in antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. Supplement your diet with Organic Fiber Blend – Cleanse and Super Antioxidant Boost. Become a regular at your local farmer’s market, or better yet, grow some of your own veggies and fruit.
Filter your water. Fluoride and chlorine are in most municipal water systems and are known toxins. It can’t be good for tiny babies to be ingesting unknown quantities of toxins. Get the best filter you can, and use a stainless steel or non-BPA reusable water bottle.
2. Personal Care Products
What you apply to your body, ends up in your bloodstream. It only makes sense to use the safest products possible, especially on your children. It’s especially important to find the safest products for babies and pregnant women. Sunscreens, because of the large areas of skin involved are of particular concern. Avoid sunscreens with oxybenzone and nano-particles. Stay away from anti-bacterial soap and chemical hand sanitizers, and consider an essential oil-based alternative. Choose aluminum-free deodorants. Don’t forget about your face and lips.
3. Air in Your Home
The air in your home can be worse than the air outside. Use a quality air filter on your furnace and air conditioner and change it often. House plants can improve air quality. Avoid air fresheners with synthetic fragrance and candles with lead wicks. Fragrance your home with quality essential oils and a diffuser, but use caution around small children and pregnant women.
4. Food Preparation and Storage
Reduce the use of plastics when it comes to storing your food. Food can be stored in glass canning jars and Pyrex type containers. Switch out your non-stick cookware for iron and steel pans. An iron dutch oven makes the best pot roast and stew! Have you tried the Instant Pot?
5. Reducing Your Toxic Load In the Home
One of the easiest things you can do, is take off your shoes indoors. Use vinegar and baking soda and Norwex cloths for cleaning whenever you can. Vacuum with a good filter. Not enough is known about the effects of electromagnetic fields, so turning off your wifi at night seems prudent. Get the kids out in the fresh air and limit their exposure to electronic devices. Exercise.
Experts have no clue what the combination of all these toxins have on the human body. All we can do is avoid as much as we can, and not feel guilty when we grab the fast food on a busy day, or when the budget doesn’t stretch far enough to buy the organic meats and veggies.
What are you doing to reduce your family’s toxic load? Feel free to comment your suggestions below, or continue the conversation over on Facebook.
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