We applaud you for taking necessary steps to regain your health. You may be implementing clean eating, daily meditation, starting with a personal trainer or signing up at a new yoga studio. Maybe you have vowed to be diligent with your multi vitamin or other supplements. All of these things listed are fantastic ways to support health, especially when all done in conjunction. However, there are many simple ways to optimize our health, some with no costs at all.
When we work with patients and start them on individualized detox programs, it’s just as important to know that they are not simultaneously RE-TOXING. If patients are putting in the effort to modify their lifestyles, support their overall health and practice prevention, then we should highlight a handful of things everyone can easily do in their home to minimize toxicity.
1. Take your shoes off in your home. Harmful chemicals are coming in through the front door! We are tracking in pesticides and fertilizers, gasoline and petroleums, as well as bacterias and viruses. By leaving your shoes at the door we are not spreading these harmful chemicals or germs throughout our coziest of spaces we call home!
2. Switch to glass and ditch the plastic. Not only is this better for our planet but we are not ingesting the chemicals that have leached out from the plastics and into our food. The xenoestrogens found in plastics are endocrine disruptors and wreak havoc on our hormones as well as hormone sensitive tissues. Glass is the safer way to go.
3. Get rid of your Teflon pans. Teflon (the “non-stick” coating) releases chemicals that the body was never meant to ingest or inhale. These chemicals are known carcinogens and we should avoid this type of cookware at all times.
4. Be ANTI Antiperspirants. Antiperspirants are filled with varying amounts of aluminum. Aluminum based antiperspirants have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer. It is no coincidence that commonly breast cancer develops in the upper outer part of the breast. This area is closest to the armpit, where antiperspirant is applied.
5. Stop with the perfume. For many of us, this is hard to let go of. We love to wear our favorite smell good scents. Unfortunately, the ingredient “fragrance” is actually like a chemical soup! Since it’s proprietary, fragrance makers do not have to disclose everything that makes up their sweet smelling aroma and many of the ingredients are terrible chemicals. If you just can’t let go off your signature scent, spray it on your clothes instead of your skin.
6. Replace vinyl shower curtains and eliminate the harmful phthalates. Vinyl is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), aka “the plastic poison.” Every time the vinyl heats up, like when you take a hot shower it off-gasses. So stay safe, breathe easy and use a clothe curtain.
7. Switch to safer home cleaning products or make your own. These days there are a number of safe cleaning companies to choose from. If you don’t want to clean your floors with warm water and vinegar, you don’t have to. We have many safe options to choose, ranging from antibacterial sprays to laundry detergents.
8. Stop using deodorizers! Febreze, Lysol, and other air fresheners are all are filled with chemicals that we are breathing in with every use. Each is filled with carcinogens and toxic “fragrance.” Try using a diffuser in the house with your favorite essential oils, it’s a fantastic and relaxing alternative.
9. Look up your personal care products on the EWG.org. The Environmental Working Group has been great at trying to keep this industry regulated and transparent. They have done a lot of the leg work for us, reading each ingredient and evaluating if its safe for humans. Look for lower scoring products which have a less toxic burden on the body when applied. What we put on our skin, our largest organ, only takes 30 seconds to enter the blood stream.