TOXINS, TOXINS, EVERYWHERE!
Constant exposure to the vast array of chemicals and pesticides in our environment can add an additional burden of stress onto our bodies, forcing our organs and tissues into a state of inflammation, thereby increasing the likelihood of developing chronic health problems. Follow these simple tips to reduce your daily Toxic Body Burden. Your liver (and body!) will love you!
- Shift your food purchases and consumption to organic when possible. It is most important to use organic dairy products. Free-range meats and eggs are also desirable to purchase as organic.
- Minimize the use of large fish (swordfish, tuna, etc.) as they are higher in mercury. Use Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guide (www.montereybayaquarium.org) to make safe choices for your area.
- Purchase organic strawberries and apples, and refer to the Environmental Working Group (www.ewg.org) to stay current about which fruits and veggies are most important to eat organic.
- Coffee, peanuts, and chocolate are highly sprayed with pesticides and best to choose organic. For those with mold allergies, it is best to AVOID peanuts all together.
- Purchase the most natural cleaning and other household products you can find. Certified Green Products are the best.
- Try making your own cleaning products using baking soda, vinegar, and castile soap. Find simple cleaning recipes at www.eartheasy.com or www.greenlivingideas.com
HAIR CARE PRODUCTS (including shampoo and colors)
- Avoid alcohol, sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalate or other petrochemicals.
- Avoid using hair sprays.
- Avoid perfumes or other skin or hair care products that use synthetic fragrances.
SKIN CARE & MAKEUP
- Use low-toxin make-up and skin creams/lotions (avoid products with: phthalates, parabens, propylene glycol, alcohols and fragrances). Check out www.ewg.org/skindeep Cosmetics DataBase to determine how safe your beauty and personal products are, and to find safe alternatives.
- Consider using antioxidant creams on your skin: low solvent products with CoQ10, Vitamin C, DMAE and botanical squalene
- Avoid aluminum-containing antiperspirants
Water can contain many toxins and thus regular consumption of unfiltered water can significantly contribute to the toxic load of your body.
Water quality will vary from city to city. In general, it is better to filter tap water with a multi-stage carbon filter or reverse osmosis filter. Check www.ewg.org/bottled-water-2011-tips-drinking-water for information about your local water source and for tips in finding the best filter.
Have approximately 6-8 glasses of water or healthy liquids each day. Use glass or ceramic when possible.
- Try to avoid bottled water in soft plastic containers as the plastics often leach into the water. Minimize the use of plastic water bottles that have been in a hot car.
- Minimize the use of camel-back type plastic water containers.
- Filter shower water in order to limit your exposure to chlorinated hydrocarbons.
PLASTICS (Plastics can disrupt hormones in your body)
- Avoid plastic bottles and containers with the numbers 3, 6 and 7 on the bottom. These are most likely to leach plastics into the food, juice or water that they contain.
- Buy juices and water in glass containers when possible.
- NEVER microwave food in plastic containers. Freeze leftovers in glass containers.
- Minimize washing plastic containers in the dishwasher under high heat.
- Minimize the use of cling wraps; try to use paper wraps.
Pick a dentist who is aware of healthy choices for the mouth—perhaps a more holistic or biologically oriented dentist who does not place new mercury fillings.
- Avoid mercury amalgam fillings. Avoid if possible having 2 different metals in adjacent teeth.
- Get second opinions on root canals.
- Minimize the amount of regular carpet in your home; Choose non-laminate hardwood floors (Avoid Pergo).
- Avoid furniture with particle board or buy used furniture that has had a chance to “off gas.”
- Use only green and low VOC products (paint, carpets) in a remodel or a new home.
- Avoid urea formaldehyde in building products.
- Use an air filter (such as a HEPA filter with a charcoal filter) to clean the debris in the air.
- Change the filter on your furnace every 3 months, using the best allergy furnace filter you can find.
- Take off shoes at the door to decrease indoor chemicals and pesticides.
- Avoid using pesticides in your house or spraying herbicides.
- Let a new car off gas by keeping the windows open.
For patients with headaches or regional pain, decrease exposure to low-level electromagnetic fields:
- Minimize cell phone use. www.ewg.org/cellphone-radiation has great tips for Safe Cell Phone Use.
- Minimize your use of portable phones at home and shift to corded phones.
- Take the clock radio away from your head and bed.
- Get the fields measured in a potential new car before you buy it.