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How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins – PART 2

hectic lifestylePART 2 of how to reduce exposure to toxins. CLICK HERE for PART 1.

In the Bathroom

  1. Check shampoos, conditioners, shave cream, body wash and any other personal care product or cosmetic you use. Many of these products are filled with parabens and phthalates which all negatively impact your hormones. It is important to even be careful of “natural” products, as they are not regulated and may still contain chemicals that can affect hormones. CLICK HERE for my recommended toxin-free products
  2. Get rid of your plastic shower curtain.  A safer option is to look for a fabric, plastic free curtain instead.
  3. Do you know what is in your regular bathroom cleaners? Many contain toxic chemicals that may be harming you.  Find products that are safe, or you can make simple, inexpensive homemade cleaners that work well.
  4. Throw out those air fresheners. Choose simple air freshening solutions like baking soda or essential oils to freshen the air in the bathroom.

In Your Food

  1. Choose organic produce whenever possible. Pesticides and herbicides commonly sprayed on conventional produce are full of endocrine disruptors. There are some conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that are safer to buy than others, if buying all organic isn’t in your budget.
  2. Skip canned goods unless marked BPA free. Most cans used have been lined with BPA and are not a good option for your health.
  3. Don’t buy beverages in plastic bottles. Instead, make your own homemade teas, juices and sports drinks. You will be able to avoid other unsavory and unhealthy ingredients by making homemade versions as well.
  4. Once you bring food purchases home, remove them from plastic packaging. This way the food doesn’t continue to be exposed to chemicals in the plastic.
  5. Opt for locally raised, grass fed meat and free range poultry and eggs when possible. Choose store bought grass fed and free range meat, poultry and eggs as a second option. Avoid factory farm raised meats and processed chicken products with are often full of antibiotics, steroids and hormones.

 

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