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Every day we our exposed to a lot of unhealthy things. Our bodies come in contact with a large number of toxins found in the air we breathe, food and water we take in and even the personal care products we use.
5 ways to Green your Home and Detoxify your Life
Have you thought about whether or not you should “green your home”?
I have especially after considering these statistics:
Nearly 33.1 million people in US are injured each year by common household consumer products as reported by the leading medical expert and health advocate Dr. Mercola on his website
According to the British Medical Journal says lifestyle and environmental factors are the key contributor to 75% of cancer and other human diseases.
Here are some helpful tips to reduce your exposure to these common toxins and start to detoxify your life and home.
1. Start in the bedroom.
Spruce up your bedroom and closet with new bedding and shirts. Get rid of things with cancer and asthma causing formaldehyde in them like wrinkle-free shirts and crease free bedding. The chemicals used to keep the cotton fibers smooth often release formaldehyde vapors over time. Instead of using these go for bamboo sheets or pillowcases and organic cotton shirts.
2. Minimize your exposure to chlorine.
Use a shower filter to cut down on exposure to the chlorine added to our public water supply to remove bacteria and pathogens. But it daily exposure to it makes our skin drier and if you have color-treated hair the chlorine strips the color from your beautiful stresses which is not good either. One solution is to filter your water using Pelican shower filters. Not only does it filter the chlorine it softens the water to allow your hair and skin to keep their natural oils and moisture.
3. Don’t use cosmetic products that contain parabens, lead and phthalates.
Phthalates are found in lots of products such as fragrances, shampoo and even deodorant. And, these plasticizers have been linked to reproductive and developmental problems in animals. Many physicians and cancer experts also recommend to reduce your exposure to personal care products with parabens and lead is a known neurotoxin found in some lipsticks. Check the labels of your cosmetics for ingredients for phthalates or parabens and since won’t find lead additives listed there, visit fda.org or safecosmetics.org for a list of products with these additives.
4. Avoid plastic with BPA.
Bisphenol A or BPA is a hormone and endrocrine disruptor that can interfere with the natural human hormones of young children which is why it’s a good idea to avoid microwaving your food in plastic containers or liquids in baby bottles. BPA is found in plastic water bottles as well.
5. Skip carbonated and sugary drinks for fruit-infused water.
Nutritionists and diet experts recommend to get rid of sugar drinks for weight loss purposes but the aspartame you consume in your favorite soft drinks isn’t good either. The chemical additive aspartame accounts for 75% of the adverse reactions found in food additives reported to the Food & Drug Administration. To add a little bubbly to your flavored water start with filtered water. Use a home water filter to remove impurities and have fresh clean tasting water at home anytime. Then add lemon, oranges, strawberries, or pineapple to your water to flavor your 8 glasses a day of H2O.
So are you thinking you’re ready to “green your home” now? I’d love to hear.
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