The other night I watched an interesting show on Catalyst all about Environmental Toxins and the impact they are having on our health. I first learn’t about this topic years ago when I was on a mission to detox my body & heal my ovarian cyst naturally. And despite being conscious about the chemical-filled world we live in, it never seizes to amaze me just how profound the problem really is.
We live in a chemical soup.
Everywhere you go, there are plastics & chemicals leaching into our food, our water, the air, our skin, and worst of all, crossing the placenta of un-born babies. I don’t want this article to be just another fear-mongering read, but rather an practical education on how you can start to reduce you & your families chemical exposure…so make sure you keep scrolling down to find my ‘Top 10 tips to reducing your exposure to man-made chemicals’.
“Over the last 70 years, more than 80,000 chemicals have been released into the environment by man. And because of inadequate health and safety laws, more than 85% of these chemicals have never been assessed for possible effects on human health. Although many of them may be harmless, a significant number of those that have been tested are now believed to increase our risk for serious health problems.” (Source)
We are told that the levels of pesticides used on our fruit & vegetables is ‘safe’. That the plastic toys children are playing with and chewing on are ‘safe’. That the clothes we wear and carpet we put in our homes is ‘safe’. That the water we drink is ‘safe’….
But remember there was also a time when smoking was considered ‘safe’!!!!!!
We are in a large uncontrolled human experiment, and don’t really know the full effects of these heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, plastics, and industrial chemicals on us….yet. All we can do is recognise these chemicals may be causing havoc in our bodies, and to reduce our exposure to them as much as possible..
To keep this post practical as promised, I’ve decided to share my top 10 tips on how to reduce your environmental chemical exposure. Please share this message with as many people as possible…the more we are aware, the bigger the impact we can have on our health.
1- Do not drink out of plastic water bottles.
Unfortunately plastic water bottles tend to leech chemicals into the water. Particularly when the bottle is heated (left in the sun or a hot car!). Choose to use stainless steel or glass water bottles instead.
2- Avoid canned food
The lining of many popular canned foods contains plastic…which often means Bisphenol A (BPA) or other hormone disrupting chemicals. Choose fresh food instead!
3- Avoid conventional beauty products and cosmetics
Cosmetics contain a cocktail of toxic man-made chemicals. If you must use cosmetics, then choose brands that avoid nasty chemicals and use natural ingredients instead. You might find your skin improves from not using these products so you don’t need to ‘hide’ behind your makeup!
4-Use green cleaning products
Choose to use vinegar, lemon juice or essential oils in water when cleaning instead of harsh cleaning products that leave remnants of chemicals all through your house. Not to mention you breathing them in while cleaning!
5- Say no to plastic, hot food & microwaves.
This is just asking for trouble. Use glass bowls to store hot food in instead of plastic. And avoid using a microwave, especially with plastic!
6- Avoid using standard supermarket dish-washing detergent and always rinse your dishes.
Enough said. Don’t leave your dishes covered in chemicals.
7- Never use cling-wrap directly against food
Produce suppliers who wrap their products in cling-wrap is a pet hate of mine!! Firstly, avoid buying these plastic-wrapped products…it’s bad for the environment and bad for your health! But if you ‘have’ to, make sure you get that plastic off the food ASAP!!
8- Give your kids plastic-free toys
There is already too much plastic in the world. Find toys made from wood or other natural fibers.
9- Use natural materials for clothing that do not have plastics or flame-retardants in them, especially for children
Choose natural fibers such as organic cotton or bamboo.
10- Wash your vegetables or buy organic produce
Washing your veggies & fruits in water will help wash off a lot of the sprays. Adding a little bit of apple cider vinegar to the water & soaking them for 10 minutes will help get more off!
Thanks for reading and please share this message!