Here at My Healthy Family we advocate the use of natural products instead of toxic chemicals. While Triclosan, BPA, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Parabens all get a lot of exposure in the media and online, there are still a plethora of chemicals in and around your home that can harm you and your family.
Dioxins in plastics, carcinogens in cleaning and gardening products, formaldehyde and benzenes in carpets, and fluoride in toothpaste and our tap water are just a few of them. Today we’d just like to offer a few quick tips of how you can make your home a safer place to habitate for you and you family.
Filter your tap water. Almost all of Australian tap water contains chemicals like chlorine and fluoride. While these toxins may have a purpose, but they’re definitely not safe for ingestion and we highly recommend doing whatever you can to remove them from your drinking water supply.
I won’t go into detail about the controversial issue of the toxic sodium fluoride that is is put into our tap water, but I certainly don’t advocate forced medication and do whatever I can to avoid drinking it. Purchase a reverse osmosis water filter to remove these contaminants. Some people also purchase filters for their shower so they don’t expose their skin to these toxins either.
Reduce the use of cleaning chemicals around your home. Instead of using store bought cleaning products why not use some natural and more affordable alternatives? Sodium Bicarbonate, Borax or Boron, Vinegar etc. The list of healthy cleaning options goes on. Whatever your needs, do a simple search online e.g. “Natural ways to remove carpet stains” or “Chemical free shampoo ideas” to find out how you can make your own cleaning products for you and your family.
I personally use a mix of sodium bicarbonate and boron decahydrate (borax) for soap and shampoo, and because this mix is also antibacterial, it also doubles as a deodorant. The mix is also good for replacing washing detergent and laundry liquid, and for stain removal. You’ll be amazed at what some of the simple and cheap products already around in your own home can do.
Minimize the use of poisonous sprays around your home. Bug sprays, toilet sprays, deodorants and gardening poisons can all be toxic to your health. If poisons made for pest control can kill cockroaches and spiders, what effect do you think they have your own health when you breathe them in or they come into contact with your skin. Poisons in the garden have been linked to cancer, especially Monsanto’s RoundUp, so use natural options wherever possible.
If you have a pest control problem we suggest getting in contact with a local pest controller who specializes in organic pest control. While natural or organic solutions may not always be possible depending on the extent of the problem, if you talk with your provider before having them spray around your home, you may be able to find a solution that fits your needs. Here is a link to a specialist in natural pest control that we recommend for anyone on the north side of Brisbane.
Reduce your consumption of processed foods. While most people think about external factors when it comes to reducing their exposure to toxins, many of us consume potentially deadly preservatives and food additives every day. GMOs are so pervasive that unless you completely avoid any products that contain Canola (rapeseed) Oil, Corn or Derivatives of Corn such as Corn Starch and High-Fructose Corn Syrup, or Soy and any of it’s Derivatives, you’re almost definitely consuming them.
One way to avoid this is to buy organic, which can be expensive; or focus on a more natural, plant-based diet. Start stocking your pantry with organic condiments or ones that contain limited on no chemicals, GMOs or preservatives and start buying and eating more fresh fruit and vegetables. Processed foods and the DNA damage they can cause are the number 1 reason why so many people these days are obese and/or having health issues and probably why so many people have allergies to food.
Follow the above tips and you’ll be well on your way to dramatically reducing your family’s exposure to toxins. We’ll have more great tips like this to come in the near future, so check back in regularly or follow us on Facebook for regular updates!