Instead of looking at all the hazards in life and all the things that undermine our good health, here are some simple ways that we can reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals and their negative effects:
Keep it Simple and Basic! (This can save you money in the long run as well!)
Cook from scratch
- Avoid processed, prepared foods.
- Buy wholesome ingredients and cook meals ahead in bulk with a group of friends and family.
- Use fresh in-season or frozen out-of-season vegetables and fruit rather than canned.
- Buy locally–produced, organic certified food if you can.
- Grow your own vegetables -pesticide free!
- Flavour with herbs and spices rather than ready-made sauces.
Eat lower on the food chain
- Reduce consumption of meat and certain seafood like tuna that are higher on the food chain, where toxins accumulate.
- Use meat as an accent, rather than as the main event.
- Avoid animal fat where toxins can accumulate.
- If possible, choose organic, locally-grown meat.
Use glass, ceramic, steel, or iron to heat food
- Avoid non-stick coatings on cookware, unless they are ceramic.
- Avoid heating food in plastic.
Drink lots of water to help your body flush out toxins
- In the city, filter your water.
- Filter well water if it is high in manganese.
- Get well water tested once/year.
- Drink water rather than soft drinks.
Use basic cleaning products
- Baking soda and vinegar and water can be used for basic cleaning.
- Avoid scented laundry detergent, cleaning products and plug-ins.
Keep the dust down!
- There are many environmental contaminants in household dust from both outside and inside your home.
- Remove outside footwear at the entrance of your home.
- Use a central vac, one that has a Hepa filter, or damp mop and dust.
- Choose bare floors as they are easier to keep clean than carpets.
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Choose natural fibers for clothing and furniture
- Avoid wrinkle and stain-resistant clothing and fabrics.
Build up your resilience by guarding your general mental and physical health:
Get enough sleep
Exercise regularly: Sweat out the toxins!
Enjoy nature for mental and physical health
Free up some time for all of the above
Stay away from recreational chemicals: alcohol, drugs, and tobacco