Modern life involves a tremendous amount of exposure to toxins, which can – in some cases – lead to terrible health conditions like cancer, autoimmune diseases, and difficult to manage food allergies. There are toxins in the air we breathe, the water we drink and bathe in, and we even bring them into our homes. Removing them from your entire life is, therefore, an impossible task. But by making better choices, you can all, at least, clean up your home, make it toxin-free, and ensure that you and your family are as healthy as possible. Let’s take a closer look.
The organic kitchen
First of all, let’s address one of the biggest issues that many of us have to face at home – the fruit, vegetables, and other foodstuffs that we buy from the grocery store. The reality is that many of them are sprayed with pesticides and herbicides. Organic food that is grown naturally is the best way to avoid consuming these poisons, but at the very least you need to make sure you are washing all of your conventional produce.
The bathroom and kitchen are full of cleaning and grooming products that are jam-packed with toxins and chemicals that are harmful to your health. The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives. Natural laundry detergents, unscented laundry soap, and non-toxic household cleaners are a much better option. Always check the labels to ensure you are cleaning your home and yourself with products that contain a minimal amount of chemicals.
How clean is your water? According to one study, there may be more than 300 pollutants in your tap water, depending on where in the country you live in. A high-quality water filter will ensure that you and your family can enjoy clean, safe water from the tap.
Healthy cooking oils
Cooking oils can also produce a lot of toxins. Every oil has a different tolerance to heat, and once it reaches what is known as it’s ‘smoking point,’ there is every chance toxins are being produced. So, you should look for oils that have a higher tolerance, and that can be heated up a lot more without being bad for your health. Consider using coconut oil, rapeseed, or ghee instead.
How much do you know about paint? Cheap paint and decorating materials can often contain PVC, so it’s vital that you check the ingredients every time you plan a home refresh. Look for non-PVC paints instead. Similarly, only choose formaldehyde-free insulation and furnishings, and wherever possible, look for solid wood over pressed wood. Can’t find what a particular rug, couch, or paint is made from? If there is no transparency, the answer is simple – don’t buy it and look for an alternative.
Clean up your air
Finally, there are many pollutants in your home that come in from the outside. There are a couple of things you can do to ensure they don’t linger. First, keep open airways by opening windows and’or doors at opposite ends of the room. Secondly, bring in some fresh household plants to clean the air that you and your family are breathing.