Avoiding Toxins in Your Every Day Life

It is practically impossible in today’s world to avoid toxins. Toxic substances are in everything from the deodorants we slather under our arms to the fillings in our mouths, to the pots and pans with which we cook our food.

If you haven’t had your old school mercury fillings replaced yet, I’d start there. You need to find a biological dentist. My dentist who replaced my amalgam fillings told me that she is saddened by the American Dental Association and their refusal to admit the danger of these fillings. She should know. She would be the first to tell you that her daughter was born with severe autism and she has had a double mastectomy. She does not think those incidents are coincidental considering her line of work.

I have been slowly taking stock of things around my house that contain known toxins and replacing them. It started with plastic food and drink containers that contain BPA. There is a mid-level concern by the government on the effects of BPA, so I would take that to mean, avoid them like crazy. http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/sya-bpa/
My plastic food and water containers have been replaced with glass. I no longer buy canned foods since the liners contain BPA. The exception is Eden brand canned foods which are beyond organic and the lining of their cans are BPA free. I use their products sparingly for bean related emergencies.

Next on my radar was my moisturizer which was successfully replaced with organic coconut oil. I use it on my face (I still use a sun block under the coconut oil which is mainly titanium dioxide) and my body. I’m not going to lie; I haven’t given up my old eye-cream. Let’s not get crazy (and wrinkled).

Since I replaced my moisturizer I realized that I better get rid of my make-up which no doubt contains chemicals. Our skin is permeable. As a general rule of thumb, if you wouldn’t swallow it, don’t put it on your skin.

I found make-up made from fruit and vegetable pigments. http://www.100percentpure.com/Fruit-Pigmented-Cosmetics-s/12.htm For what it is, it works well. I wasn’t overwhelmed by the mascara because it simply colors your lashes (fine for every day, but will use my toxic mascara for special occasions), but everything else I ordered was great.

cookware  Since I cook every day, I knew I had to replace my non-stick HORRIBLY TOXIC Teflon cookware. It was not cheap. I hate that good health comes at a high premium. It’s definitely not fair. That being said, this is the ceramic cookware that I requested and received for Christmas. I LOVE IT. My sweet husband wanted me to make it clear that I wanted pots and pans for Christmas and he is not a jerk. http://cookware.mercola.com/ceramic-cookware.aspx

This next one is a biggie and I’m not sure I have tackled it. If you have a suggestion, by all means, let me know. It’s my coffee maker. I am not the kind of person who is interested in giving up her one blissful cup of coffee in the morning. Just save whatever judgment, it’s not happening. I realized my coffee maker had a plastic filter component and plastic reservoir even though the pot was stainless steel. Hot water and plastic with BPA don’t mix as in “mid level” concern by the government.

FP boxI decided to use a French press which is fabulous and the coffee is wonderful. However, I still have to heat the water. Sometimes I do this in my ceramic pots, but it is splashy and awkward to pour the water into the French press. I am going to eventually get Dr. Mercola’s ceramic tea set in which I can heat the water, but in the boilmeantime, I opted for this electric kettle. It’s a big hit at the house, but I am bothered by the small rubber seal around the heating element. I will keep you posted on the coffee situation.

Do what you can to eliminate toxins from your everyday life. The little things that you do on a regular basis make a big impact on your overall health.

Author: Lauren

Plant-based educator and speaker

5 thoughts on “Avoiding Toxins in Your Every Day Life”

  1. Hi, Lauren! I find that cold-pressed olive oil makes an excellent make-up remover / night time moisturizer for my “mature,” dry skin. Also, what is your opinion of the DHC cosmetic products?

    1. Not sure if my reply went through. I have never heard of DHC cosmetics, but I will check it out. I use 100% pure and MyChelle. I also use coconut oil the way you probably use olive oil. Thanks for the tips!

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