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11 Ways to Limit Your Exposure to Household Toxins

Perhaps the most dangerous toxins for our health and the health of our children are the many endocrine disruptors in our homes. They can reduce fertility, cause reproductive issues in males and females, can affect the nervous system and immunity, and have been linked to some cancers.

Here are a number of practical techniques you can use to limit your exposure to endocrine disruptors, and other common toxins:

  • As much as possible, buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic foods to reduce your exposure to pesticides and fertilizers.

  • Rather than eating conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCBs and mercury, supplement with a high-quality purified fish or krill oil or a pure Omega 3 fatty acid, or eat fish that is wild-caught and tested for purity.

  • Eat mostly raw, fresh foods, and try to steer clear of processed, prepackaged foods of all kinds. This allows you to automatically avoid artificial food additives, including perservatives, dangerous artificial sweeteners, food coloring and MSG.

  • Store your food and beverages in glass rather than plastic in the pantry and in the refrigerator, and avoid using plastic wrap or heating plastic containers in the microwave.

  • Have your tap water tested and, if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter on all your faucets (even those in your shower or bath).

  • Only use natural cleaning products in your home. Avoid bleach and other strong chemical cleaners. Plant based products can work just as well!

  • Switch over to natural brands of toiletries such as shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants and cosmetics. The view safe personal care products that are free of phthalates and other potentially dangerous chemicals.

  • Avoid using synthetic fragrances which are found in artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other products.

  • Replace your Teflon pots and pans with ceramic, glass or cast iron cook ware.

  • When redoing your home, look for “green,” toxin-free alternatives instead of regular paint and vinyl floor coverings as most contain phthalates.

  • Keep indoor potted plants to remove toxins and improve air quality.

Have you taken any of the above steps for a cleaner home?

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