If you’re just starting out on your health journey…
It’s impossible to avoid all toxins. But we can reduce the amount of toxins we eat, breathe, and use on our skin.
Besides adding in more fruits, veggies, water and whole foods to your diet, I’d also swap….
6️⃣Dryer Balls – Many dryer sheets contain toxic chemicals. Not all ingredients have to be listed.
The “Consumer Product Safety Commission doesn’t require manufacturers to disclose the ingredients used in their products on the label. Dryer sheet manufacturers typically list only some of the ingredients on the dryer sheet box, but others don’t list any ingredients at all.” (1)
7️⃣All purpose cleaners – check out my previous posts about how these contribute to the toxins in the air in your home.
8️⃣Organic wheat/oats – glyphosate is the main ingredient in Round Up. Some farms now use glyphosate to dry out their oats/wheat crops 7-10 days before harvest.
PTFE – polytetrafluoroethylene (known as Teflon). The problem is that it can break down with high heat and also release polymer fumes. “PTFE-coated cookware releases various gases and chemicals that present mild to severe toxicity.” (2)
PFOA – Perfluorooactanoic acid. This has a low surface tension which is why it is used to make nonstick surfaces. The Int. Agency for Research on Cancer lists PFOA as “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. Exposure to PFOA is also linked to hormone disruption among other diseases. In May 2019, 180+ countries joined together to ban the production and use of PFOA’s. ???????? Teflon quit using PFOAs in 2013 to make their surfaces. (3,4,5).
PFAS- poly and perfluoroalkyl substances. PFOA is only 1 of more than 3000 of these chemicals used today. So PFAS free is a very important one for me to find on pots and pans. (5).
????Storage containers – BPA is an endocrine disruptor. BPA has been linked to causing reproductive, immunity, and neurological problems, as well as an increased likelihood of Alzheimer’s, childhood asthma, metabolic disease, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.(6)