Are you considering transitioning into a non-toxic lifestyle?
Toxins can be found in just about everything we come into contact with, from the air we breathe to the food we consume. It’s no secret that these substances can negatively impact our health and well-being – from making us more susceptible to illness to limiting our physical abilities.
Despite the prevalence of toxins in our everyday lives, many people remain unaware of just how prevalent these contaminants are. Not only do they lurk within some products which may appear innocuous on first glance; but they can also permeate even those that seem as though they would pose no risk whatsoever.
When it comes to household cleaning and personal hygiene products, some of the most common choices are highly toxic. Don’t let that lull you into a false sense of security – their prevalence in our daily lives has led to these substances being found in alarming amounts within waterways and soil.
To avoid ingesting toxins while cleaning or grooming your space, we recommend switching out conventional products with non-toxic alternatives. Below are just a few items worth considering swapping out for more eco-friendly options:
• Household cleaners such as vinegar or baking soda can be used liberally in lieu of traditional chemical cleansers;
• Harsh soaps and antibacterial can be your enemy when it comes to keeping your home safe from chemicals; they often contain dyes and other additives which may accumulate within your system over time; instead consider using natural detergents like castile soap without any colorings or fragrances added – this should prove quite effective.
When you make the decision to go all-out with your health and lifestyle, it’s important that you maintain a diet free of conventional pesticides (such as Roundup) and other synthetic chemical food additives.
You needn’t abandon convenience foods altogether; however, opting for staples such as rice and beans can be an advantageous choice when considering their comparatively low cost but also high nutritional value.
To avoid becoming entangled in a costly predicament, consider purchasing groceries in bulk. This can result in significant savings – as well as allow you greater flexibility in eating out or preparing meals at home.
Whether you’re planning a household cookout or simply looking to stock up on healthy snacks, buying large quantities at once can help keep costs down while still achieving maximum bang for buck.
When it comes to personal grooming and beauty products, there are plenty of options that are less likely to contain harmful chemicals. These alternatives may not be as effective as those containing synthetic compounds – but they’re certainly better than having no product at all.
Recently, hair relaxers have been called out for causing a variety of health issues, including cancer and fibroids. This has led to a number of lawsuits being filed against companies that produce these products. In particular, the chemicals present in the relaxers have been linked to an increased risk of endometrial cancer and fibroids.
There is a wealth of natural shampoos and conditioners are now available on the market; thus providing suitable alternatives for those who wish to avoid using chemical-based products on their bodies. You can find out more about these relative newcomers in our article about shampoo alternatives here.
If you prefer to prepare your meals in cast iron cookware, there are a few things to be mindful of when choosing.
Don’t despair if your choice occurs to be clad only with tin plating – this type of cookware is more susceptible to lead contamination than other materials, so it’s still advisable to avoid using this kind of material at all costs. Ideally speaking, invest in iron-free varieties instead.
If you’re purchasing new cookware at a kitchen store or on the internet, make sure that you haven’t come across any harmful metals like cadmium or chromium. Don’t forget that similar types of cookware may contain other toxins too; for example, enameled cast iron can leach lead into food during preparation which could prove detrimental over time. As such it’s always prudent to seek out an enamel-free option when possible.
Are you a fan of perfume? Well, if so, then it’s time to take stock. The industry uses more than 26,000 different ingredients in its products; however, not all fragrances are created equal – and some may be laced with potentially harmful synthetic compounds.
Fortunately, there are several fragrance-free options available to choose from these days. You can opt for an unscented option.
If you happen to be using plastic-lined containers for frozen or refrigerated foods, replace them with glass and metal varieties if possible. Those materials yield a healthier alternative that is free of toxins.
Plastic has become synonymous with convenience when it comes to food storage and transportation; however, this material releases chemicals into our surroundings when it’s discarded. As a result, food may contact the exterior of these items – which could be detrimental. Instead of opting for plastics in their entirety, consider investing in more eco-friendly alternatives such as glassware and stainless steel bowls instead.
The key to successfully transitioning into a non-toxic lifestyle is awareness. Be sure to familiarize yourself with all of the options available so that you can make an informed decision regarding any potential changes in your day-to-day routine.