These healthy living tips for a toxin-free life are natural remedies that protect you from dangerous chemicals, carcinogens and false hormones. If you have children and pets, they need this protection even more than you do!
Toxic chemicals are notorious for causing...
You can’t live on the planet today without getting some exposure to toxic chemicals. And while you can’t control pollution in the outdoor environment, the good news is that you CAN control pollution inside your own home.
Your home is the most crucial place to protect your personal health since it is where you sleep. Sleep is when your body and brain repair themselves.
But if your house is filled with toxins, there’s no time for you to heal from the stresses of the day. Then, one day, you wake up to find that you’re in big health trouble…
You might be thinking, “All these chemicals must be safe for us or how could THEY allow these products to be sold?”
I’m here to tell you, there is no “THEY” watching out for your health.
But there are a lot of companies that would like you to buy their products – whether or not those chemical cocktails really are safe for you. That’s why you need to educate yourself. YOU have to be the one who protects your health and longevity.
If you are looking for natural cancer cures or you’re interested in having a long, healthy life without ending up sick and demented, these healthy living tips are a great place to start.
There’s a lot of information in this article, so don’t feel overwhelmed. Just choose one thing to do. Then, choose another. Every step you take towards better health counts.
Using these healthy living tips is one of the most valuable things you will ever do to protect your own health, your children's health and your pet's health now and for the future. I am NOT exaggerating.
Okay, enough of the doomsday report. Let’s get on to the healthy living tips...
Toxins and carcinogens are in the innocent-looking products you use every day – unless you are already buying natural, unscented, organic products. That’s why so many of us have “indoor allergies.”
I know how well these healthy living tips work because I made all these changes in my own house and life.
What happened? Some surprises!
The person in our house who had asthma stopped needing his puffer. He was actually able to tolerate living with a new kitten, despite cat allergies.
My own improvements were…
That was a couple of decades ago. Since I’m healthier than ever now and don’t take any medications, unlike most women in my age group, I’m certain that the benefits are much greater than the ones I've listed.
Getting older CAN actually mean getting better!
Start with your laundry products because you live with them 24-7.
They’re in your clothes and on your sheets and pillowcases, so they’re almost as close to you as your skin.
It wasn’t always so, but these days you can find natural versions of every type of personal care product.
Look for products that have low or no scent, especially when you’re buying for children.
Children’s immune systems are still developing so they are more vulnerable than adults to the effects of concentrated scents and toxins such as mercury and formaldehyde.
Here’s my number one healthy living tip – even if you are in a health food store, read labels!
Watch out for the word “fragrance” which is code for “petrochemical scent” even when all the rest of the ingredients are organic.
Choose natural and/or unscented…
* Hair dye is one of the most unregulated beauty products. You can buy a natural, non-toxic hair dye at the health food store, take it to your salon and have your stylist apply it, if they don’t have natural hair dyes available.
Never heat or cook with plastic – this is like injecting your food with molecules of petrochemical or eating gasoline (yuck!) Be very wary of non-stick frying pans. If you’re saving plastic shopping bags, put them in a metal or glass container.
Choose products for dishes and dish washer made from natural ingredients, either unscented or organically scented. I like BioVert dishwasher tabs.
Don't put your hands in warm dishwater filled with chemical dish soap because you'll absorb it through your skin.
Avoid antibacterial soaps. There’s no real evidence that these biocides (life-killers) are any better at cleaning than regular soap and water.
Filter your water to remove chemical toxins and heavy metals such as lead. Clean drinking water is a key natural cure for cancer prevention.
Water that contains fluoride, chlorine and other chemicals is very hard on your gastrointestinal and immune systems, irritates your skin, harms your nervous system and causes inflammation - which is a factor in many health problems.
Find out if your city uses chloramine in the water and select a filter that can remove it, because boiling and distilling will not take it out. Chloramine-treated water is toxic to fish, dialysis patients and plants grown hydroponically. Don't use it if you do any home-brewing.
Which household cleaning products do you have in the kitchen or the pantry cupboard? If they’re chemically-based, they will harm your health.
One study found that women who stayed home had much higher rates of cancer than women who went out to work, because the home-makers had more exposure to toxic cleaners.
Natural household cleaners...
In addition to this list, there are plenty of natural cleaners available in the grocery store. We are very lucky in the 21st century to have natural products for every type of cleaning need.
Plastics are everywhere. Unfortunately, they are a prime source of xeno-estrogens – those false hormones I mentioned that cause all kinds of major health problems, including cancer and reproductive issues like infertility. They harm the developing fetus, causing birth defects.
Here are some healthy living tips for dealing with plastics:
Why are you doing this? Because plastic bags, wrap and other soft plastics outgas molecules into your household air and you inhale them. Then they’re inside you doing damage. Ugh.
This article tells you all the ways you can store produce without plastic.
Don’t use them. Especially don’t heat them!
Be creative about storing your food, clothing and other items. Until the second half of the 20th century, there were no plastic storage containers. You have many other options.
For storage, use...
People actually survived for thousands of years without plastic – and still did until not so long ago.
My grandmother used to store leftovers in the fridge by putting them in a bowl with a plate on top for a lid. My other grandmother would bring sandwiches to picnics wrapped in a lightly dampened clean tea towel to keep them from drying out.
Instead of plastic drawers or bags, people used to store out-of-season clothes in cedar chests with sprigs or sachets of herbs laid between the layers of folded clothing to protect them from moths.
Moth-proof herbs include:
As you might guess, the powerful chemicals in modern mothballs - typically naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene - are incredibly toxic.
Men, these healthy living tips are not just for women!
If you want to have healthy children – or have kids at all, since chemicals are linked to infertility – and avoid prostate cancer, you need these tips, too.
1. Clear out any product made with chemical ingredients including chemical-source scents, whether you're male or female.
Those bottles of perfume, cream, lotion, aftershave, or men’s cologne on your dresser and bathroom counter are causing trouble for you – unless they are all natural-source.
Even if the bottles, jars and tubes are closed, they still leak molecules into your bedroom air. You’d actually have to vacuum seal the bottles every time you closed them to prevent them from out-gassing.
If you like to have candles in your bedroom, choose natural 100% beeswax with fabric or paper wicks. Scented and paraffin candles fill your bedroom air with petrochemical fumes. It's a bit like having car exhaust in your bedroom.
One client with disabling PMS took all the scents, chemical products and candles out of her bedroom and was astonished the next time her period arrived because it was completely pain-free.
She had no warning from her usual cramps, nausea and headaches and could hardly believe the difference a chemical-free bedroom made to her body's comfort level. She slept better, too!
3. Renovation materials, fix-it items and other toxins...
By this point, you’ve probably figured out that it’s a really bad idea to store cans of oil, turpentine, paint, glues, solvents - including nail polish remover, pesticides, bug sprays or other chemicals in your bedroom!
4. Don’t keep dry-cleaned clothes in your bedroom.
Better yet, don’t wear clothes that have to be dry-cleaned. But if you must…
Tetrachlorethylene, Perchloroethylene or “perc” is the chemical most commonly used for dry cleaning. It does evaporate into the air, but you don’t want it in your home air as it increases your chance of getting cancer.
5. Shun chemical room deodorizers.
Once you get all the scents, plastics and other toxins out of your room, you’ll be amazed at how much fresher the air will smell.
Air fresheners contain formaldehyde – which is used to preserve dead bodies. In living ones, like you, the American Cancer Society says that formaldehyde has been linked to upper throat cancer, nasal sinus cancer and leukemia.
It also causes:
6. Natural air fresheners:
If possible, rip it out. New synthetic broadloom outgases toxic chemicals, formaldehyde, pesticides and flame retardants.
Older broadloom is full of mold, fungus, and dust mites which can’t be cleaned out successfully even by professionals. One study found 10 million micro-organisms per square foot in broadloom!
Area rugs made of wool, cotton, hemp or sisal are fine.
The healthiest floors are...
Deadly plywood contains formaldehyde
When you decide to rip out broadloom and the floor under it turns out to be plywood, coat it with Safecoat Safe Seal to seal in the formaldehyde - a carcinogen.
If it's not in your budget to cover the sealed plywood floor with one of the materials on the list above, you can paint it with a colour or pattern, if you like, and use area rugs.
Beware of fireproofed fabrics. Flame retardants are highly toxic, cause cancer, and only slow down burning time by a few minutes.
For upholstered furniture in the US, look for the “TB 117-2013” tag and ask if the furniture has been treated with flame retardants.
If there is particle board or plywood in your furniture, it will outgas formaldehyde. The solution is to seal it with a wood sealer that blocks formaldehyde emissions such as Safecoat Safe Seal.
This is especially important for baby cribs where the particle board may be the floor of the crib. Also check the back of dressers and the underside of drawers.
One of the most important healthy living tips is:
Never put chemical insect repellent on a child, animal, or your own skin. DEET is known to kill brain cells, cause neurological problems, and irritate your skin and eyes. It's toxic to birds, fish and other wildlife – and it’s in 75% of U.S. water.
Instead, use natural bug repellent like...
Diatomaceous earth is a white powder made from the fossils of diatoms – ancient algae. It works by cutting through the insect’s carapace or outer shell, so the bugs die. Do not use the kind for swimming pools.
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