Have you been interested in living a less toxic lifestyle but don’t know where to start? I know how you feel. When I started learning about non-toxic living it seemed overwhelming. I am still not perfect and honestly am still making the switch myself as I learn new things.
One thing that is always on my mind when putting something in or on my body is “is this actually good for me?” I am not talking about that sweet tooth that you occasionally get – if you want that brownie, then eat that brownie (as long as it is in moderation)!
Today, I am going to share some things you can change to gradually start living non-toxic. Don’t be ashamed or afraid to take them one at a time.
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Why Live Non-Toxic?
We live in a time that has the highest percent of chronic health issues, cancer, and reproductive problems. What could be causing this epidemic?
Through recent studies, we have discovered that some chemicals that we are exposed to are linked to these problems. A lot of these chemicals are even FDA approved.
Its practically impossible to avoid all of the toxins that we live with, and by no means am I trying to use fear to convince you. I am only trying to raise awareness and to help those who may be struggling with a health related issue to explore different options.
Even something like chronic migraines, acne, or asthma can be helped by choosing to live a non-toxic lifestyle.
Things to Start With
Avoid Using Plastic
Plastic releases lots of chemicals, especially when heated up.
If you are storing your food in plastic tupperware, consider using plastic free food containers. (These have bamboo lids; a lot of glass containers still have plastic lids).
Mason jars are another good option and are a little more budget friendly.
I just went back to work after having my baby so that means she is drinking breastmilk out of a bottle more. I got these glass bottles. This way I know she is not getting milk with chemicals leaked into it.
Buy Safely Sourced Food
Organically grown food means that the product is grown, harvested and stored without dangerous chemicals used for pesticides and preservatives.
Some of the pesticides that farmers use have been linked to neurological, reproductive, growth and internal health complications.
Preservatives are typically found in processed foods. Some of them are linked to heart disease, GI issues such as colon cancer, and asthma.
Use EWG or ThinkDirty to Search Products
This is a very good way to find products that are clean. Both apps have the ability to scan a product at the store and give you a list of ingredients and the concerns behind them.
I have been using the EWG app whenever I am out of a house cleaning or personal care product and I try to find the best option for me and my family.
You can do this slowly, you do not need to throw out all of the products you have now – just replace them when its time to get more.
Go to ewg.org or thinkdirtyapp.com to download!
Switch to Fluoride Free Toothpaste
I mentioned this in my recent oral care post, go check that out for more info!
The ingestion of fluoride, even in small amounts over time, is linked to cardiovascular problems, acne and skin impurities, reproductive health and infertility, and neurological problems.
See my links below for some recommended brands.
These are some things that you can start doing. There are many more changes that can be made, but these are the ones that I would recommend starting with to not overwhelm yourself.
Remember that none of us are perfect. Its all about trying the best you can to try and reduce your exposure to toxins.
Non Toxic Product Links
Below are some non toxic brands, just click the pic!
All products are fluoride-free
Body Wash/ Moisturizer
Remember – lots of glass containers still have plastic lids
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