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Identifying and Avoiding Toxins in Your Daily Life

Every day we are exposed to toxins in the food we eat, air we breathe, working and living environments, and products we use. We have organs that detox everything for us, specifically our liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen, but with the amount of things we are exposed to, sometimes our bodies can't keep up. This is when people can develop autoimmune disorders from chronic exposure to toxins, both internally and externally. Think digestive issues, skin abnormalities, difficulty breathing, chronic headaches or migraines, chronic fatigue, joint pain, etc.

Here are the top five toxic culprits you come into contact with everyday that may be exposing you to more toxins than you think and could be the answer to those vague unexplainable symptoms!

1. CLEANING SUPPLIES- not a shocker there! These products are usually full of ingredients that we cant even pronounce, so opt for a natural, fragrance free product or even DYI! Branch Basics, Mrs. Meyers, and Seventh Generation are all quality natural brands of cleaning products that can reduce your toxin exposure. I personally use Grove Collaborative, a subscription based service that only provides you with sustainable, safe and eco-friendly household cleaning, personal care and pet products.


2. LAUNDRY SUPPLIES- These products are usually loaded with phthalates and fragrances (Gain scented beads comes to mind), and while having nice smelling clothes gives you a feel-good moment, it's not the best thing for our bodies. Find products that are fragrance-free, dye-free and non-toxic. We use vinegar in place of fabric softener and dryer balls instead of dryer sheets or anything from Grove!


3. BEDDING- you probably wouldn't even think about this area of your home being toxic but high tech foam pillows and mattresses can contain formaldehyde, benzene, and flame retardants that have all been linked to health issues. Next time you need to invest in some new bedding, look for non-toxic products like natural latex, organic cotton and organic bamboo. And make sure to properly dispose of old bedding and mattresses. Donating or recycling linens is one option (Trashie makes textile recycling easy).


4. KITCHEN SUPPLIES- non-stick is great am I right? but if it's made with a chemical called PFOA then you're basically eating toxic junk with your meals. This chemical has been linked to thyroid disorders, kidney and liver disease, infertility and testicular cancer. So, next time you're looking for new cookware, search for cast iron, stainless steel, ceramic, or stoneware that has non-toxic coatings.


5. FURNITURE- most cheaply made furniture is made from particle board which contains lots of toxic chemicals to bind the pieces together. Some furniture can also contain toxic dyes, flame retardants, polyurethane foam, and adhesives. Search for non-toxic products with petroleum-based polyfill, or cotton filling, next time you're in the market for new furniture. CertiPur foam is a great option as well.


If these swaps are too pricey to make right away then try doing these things first: open the windows frequently to air our your home, buy some fun houseplants to soak up and filter the air like a philodendron or snack plant, and make sure you're replacing your air filters regularly and consider a HEPA air purifier. 


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