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      Protect your family from toxic chemicals

      There are so many toxic chemicals lurking in seemingly innocent household foods and things. It’s important to stay aware of these and protect yourself and your family.

      Avoid canned foods

      It’s easy to walk up the supermarket aisle and pick up those easy to use canned foods, but beware, you are picking up poison as well! Bisphenol A, or BPA was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in baby bottles and sippy cups, but this is still being used in the lining of aluminum cans. Tetra Pak – a type of plastic coated cardboard packaging is a better choice.

      Go for gentler home care

      Mop and dust your house often to keep it free of chemicals and toxins. Use non-toxic products to clean your home, for instance vinegar and baking soda are good alternatives to toxic products. Leave your outdoor shoes when you are inside the home as they could carry harmful toxic chemicals. You may not even realize it, but many paints, glues, and flooring materials release toxic chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) even after a project is long complete. Insist on VOC-free and water-based products.

      Toxic cosmetics

      All of us love to dress up and use cosmetics. Some cosmetics use phthalates which are endocrine disrupting chemicals and parabens that are cancer causing. Avoid products with these ingredients on their labels.

      Plastics and the microwave

      Even if plastics are labelled “microwave safe” do not use them in the microwave. The high temperature leads to microscopic leaching of plastics into food.  When using plastic bottles, watch out for 3 which means phthalates, and these are known to create endocrine disturbance. Number 6 on plastic bottles is even worse, it refers to styrene, a known carcinogen. 

      Reduce pesticide exposure

      Go for organic vegetables and fruits as far as possible. If that’s not possible, go for those with minimal pesticide residue and avoid the most contaminated ones.

       

       

       

       

       

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