A few weeks ago we established a Healthy Habits Detox Plan exposing toxic dangers and providing ways of detoxifying our homes, workplaces, and communities.
Not only have we provided valuable information to help protect you and your family from life threatening toxins, we’ve also provided healthy habits and better alternatives to everyday household products we use.
Many of you have taken steps toward living more safely around toxins in our environments. In this article we’ll cover more beneficial and life enhancing options for you to consider.
Some of the top contaminated foods are apples, peaches, celery, strawberries, spinach, and imported nectarines.
These fruits and vegetables contain vast amounts of pesticides.
Many children eat apples. But did you know that 98% of conventional apples had pesticides.
Celery is also high-contaminated with around 57 different pesticides.
Every sample of imported nectarines tested positive for pesticides; while apples and imported plums tested about 97%.
In addition, 92% of apples had at least two pesticides. Strawberries and imported grapes contained 13 different pesticides.
Inspecting and cleaning fruits and vegetables before eating are healthy habits we should all consider.
Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fruits and vegetables. Peeling the skin and outer layers of fruits before eating are good preventive measures.
Washing the food over running water and drying them with a clean cloth or paper towel will also help in removing bacteria and pesticides.
Above all, purchase and eat organic produce whenever possible. Organic foods are more natural and have less pesticides.
Personal Care Products Containing Toxins
Governments do not require cosmetic products manufacturers to test their products for safety.
Therefore, these manufacturers are allowed to put any ingredients they want in their products—ingredients that contain toxic chemicals.
Prevent exposure! Check your personal care products for toxins.
Here is a list of personal product ingredients to avoid:
- Words ending in “paraben”
- DMDM hydantoin
- Imidazolidinyl urea
- Triethanolamine or (“TEA”)
Cookware Containing Toxins
Non-stick cookware and metal pans have their advantages; however, when overheated non-stick cookware can emit toxic fumes hazardous to your health.
Teflon non-stick cookware and metal pans (aluminum pans) are coated with a synthetic polymer called polytetrafluoroethylene that can pollute the air in your home, so much so that it has been documented to cause flu-like symptoms for humans and kill pet birds.
In addition, non-stick cookware is linked to causing ADHD, obesity, and thyroid disease.
Non-stick cookware also emits perfluorinated chemicals; also referred to as PFCs.
These types of chemicals are linked to causing smaller birth weight and sizes in newborn babies, liver inflammations, abnormal thyroid hormone levels, weakened immune defense against diseases, and elevated cholesterol.
If your non-stick cookware starts to flake or you start to see scratches of nicks in the finish of the pan you should purchase safer products for cooking.
A healthy habits alternative to cooking is using stainless steel, stoneware, or oven-safe glass when baking.
Cast iron pans are also a great option for cooking.
Additionally, cast iron is extremely durable and can withstand extremely high temperatures.
Protection for Our Pets
Let us not forget our pets!
Research scientists found that dogs and cats have higher levels of toxic chemicals than humans with other comparable levels–there are 43 different chemicals in our pet’s bodies.
What does this mean?
These chemicals are associated with causing cancers, birth defects, thyroid problems, reproductive and developmental problems in humans.
However, dogs show higher rates of cancers than humans.
For instance, dogs show higher rates of bone cancer, skin cancer, breast tumors, and leukemia, and hyperthyroidism is the leading cause of illness in older cats.
The chemicals linked to these illnesses for our pets are from fire retardants chemicals, stain and grease resistant chemicals (like Teflon), and plastic chemicals called phthalates.
Reducing exposure or eliminating products that contain these types of chemicals will help in preventing common illnesses our pets become afflicted with.
For example, most cat litters contain material unhealthy for cats.
A healthy habits alternative is to use recycled paper for your cat’s litter box. You can purchase newspaper litter, or use a less expensive alternative—make your own litter.
Flea collars also contain toxins and are generally ineffective.
A better and healthy habits alternative is to regularly bathe your pet and vacuum often using a HEPA-filtered vacuum.
In addition, in order to minimize chemical exposure to your pet, take your shoes off at the door before entering your house. Your shoes may carry toxins you might have picked up from walking on sidewalks or grass that contains fertilizer containing dangerous pesticides.
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