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Simple Lifestyle Changes to Avoid Toxins

Posted by John on September 24th, 2008

Nurse Diane Waddell has been studying environmental health and holistic care for 30 years, and she recently told St. Joseph News that simple lifestyle changes can lead to great gains in overall health.

Toxins are everywhere in our modern world – in the air, water, food, and even in cleaning products that claim to clean up toxins. Waddell offers the following tips to avoid toxins:

Toxins in Food

Buy foods that are low in carbohydrates and fats, and eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Buy organic whenever possible, especially when in comes to peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, lettuce, grapes, pears, spinach, and potatoes; these foods have been show to have high pesticide loads.

Toxins in Water

It’s important to filter your water. Water says that reverse osmosis filters are the best. Avoid beverages in plastic bottles because the plastic can leach toxins.

Toxins in Care Products

Most of the 10,000 chemicals in personal care products have not been studied are proven to be safe. Cosmetic manufacturers don’t have to back up safety claims, and they’re not regulated by any kind of governmental body.

“A lot of chemicals in our skin care products are toxic and cancer causing,” says Waddell. “The more chemicals there are, the more they interact.”

She recommends buying care products with as few ingredients as possible – the simpler, the better. Avoid items with fragrances, dyes, and preservatives. Other dangerous chemicals to avoid include alpha and beta hydroxyl acids (AHA, BHA, lactic acid, and glycolic acid), parabens (methylparabe and propylparaben), triethanolamine, lodopropynyl butylcarbamate, and triclosan. Learn more about triclosan here: Antibacterial Soap with Triclosan – Health or Unhealthy?

Toxins in Cleaners

dry steam cleanersThey may get rid of dirt, but many household cleaners leave behind toxic chemical residues. Baking soda and vinegar provides a safe cleaning alternative. Dry steam cleaners are also chemical-free and more effective at killing germs.

Toxins in Air

air cleanersAccording to the EPA, indoor air can be up to 10 times more polluted than outdoor air! Place an air cleaner in your home to filter allergens, germs, chemicals, and other toxins.

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