How to live a non-toxic life

We have quite some toxins to cover which you are likely exposed to in your environment. We’ll dive into food, water, cooking, personal care & cosmetic products, fragrances, cleaning supplies, laundry detergents, mattresses, supplements, air quality, footwear, and pest control.

Aims for non-toxic life

Non-toxic living aims to minimize toxic chemical exposure in all areas of life. This includes but is not limited to conscious food & water choices, toxin-free cosmetics, personal care products, mattresses, clothing, and footwear. Studies confirm the health benefits of reduced toxic exposure.

Steps to living a non-toxic life

Eat Clean, Non-Toxic Food

When it comes to eliminating toxic chemicals in our homes, it’s a good idea to start with what you put in your mouth. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that organic food, ideally without plastic wrapping (think farmers’ market) is ideal.

Drink Clean, Nutritious Water

Health convince filtered tap water is empty with zero nutrients left, it is not a good choice for drinking water. Tap water itself should not be considered either. People understand the value of clean, nutritious, and chemical-free water.

The majority of your water intake should come from spring water in glass bottles. Water delivery is a convenient way to keep your house stocked with mineral-rich and natural spring water. If you’re out of the house and didn’t take water with you (we recommend stainless steel water bottles), get a bottle of spring water from the store, some stores now offer bottled water in the glass.

Start Cooking At Home

The more you prepare your two important factors to consider when cooking at home, is to use non-toxic appliances & boxes to store food. Almost all coated pans have a non-stick coating that is made of plastic. The problem? At temperatures above 530° F, toxic gases dissolve and ultimately end up in your food. Studies have linked these toxins to infertility, cancer, and even death. That is why we only use stainless steel pots and cast iron pans. Food at home, the more you are in control of what it is made of.

When cooking at home, use non-toxic appliances like stainless pots and cast iron pans as well as spoons made of wood or stainless steel. For storing boxes, opt for glass or stainless steel.

Eliminate Toxic Beauty Products

Our cosmetic & personal care products are heavily loaded with toxic chemicals that can be absorbed through our skin. While the European Union and Canada are very strict regarding what can be put into products, the US has relatively few rules for manufacturers. The ideal approach is to check your current products, find non-toxic alternatives (Resources & EWG Skin Deep), and get rid of the bad stuff in your house.

Look Out For Toxic Fragrances

While you’re in the process of switching your cosmetics & personal care products, watch out for other products in your house that contain fragrances. Look out for room refreshers & plug-ins, candles, carpet refreshers, toys, and crafts, including vinyl products such as backpacks, and plastic notebook binders.

Fragrances and perfumes contain phthalates that disturb our hormones, damage our reproductive system, and can disrupt standard development in children. Non-toxic living allows for essential oils as fragrances as well as safe perfumes.

Renew Your Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies contain harmful toxins. The ideal approach to a non-toxic household is to remove all the bad stuff and stock up on products from trusted brands. If you have someone come to clean your house, make sure their products aren’t packed with toxins.

Check Your Laundry Detergent

Detergent is formulated to keep phthalates on your clothes even after washing – for that extra fresh scent. And we keep inhaling them throughout the day and even at night through our freshly washed bedding. The same goes for fabric softener and dryer sheets. It’s best to get rid of them altogether.

Laundry detergent is formulated to keep toxic fragrances on our clothes after washing. They can do severe harm to our health and are especially toxic for children. Non-toxic living includes using a safe detergent and eliminating fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

Reconsider Your Supplement Intake

Chances are, you’re one of them. Multivitamins, fish oil, vitamin D, vitamin B, calcium, magnesium, probiotics, iron, and vitamin E are some of the most popular ones consumed by 3 out of 4 adults.

We won’t argue with doctors who prescribe these pills, but have you ever considered just getting these vitamins from a balanced organic diet? From smoothies, stir-fries, salads, grilled and steamed veggies, veggie soups, or homemade wraps?

Improve Your Air Quality

The quality of your air at home is important. Generally, you’ll find that most people who are into non-toxic living love to be outdoors. Out in nature, away from all the pollution, that’s where you find the best air quality.

While many of you probably won’t consider moving to an environment with better air quality, you can take steps to improve the air quality in your home.

Open up your windows! Another approach is to increase the quantity of outdoor air entering indoors. If you’re thinking about getting an air cleaning device, be aware that the EPA does not recommend using air cleaners as their effectiveness is undefined. They only incompletely remove the radon decline products and do not reduce the number of pollutants incoming into the home.

Eliminate Pest Control Substances

While we certainly don’t want bugs, insect eggs, ants, and cockroaches in our homes, these sprays contain numerous toxins. Pesticides can enter your body by consuming food that was exposed to a pesticide (aka spraying in your kitchen), having skin contact with pesticides, or inhaling pesticide vapors.

Non-toxic living refrains from the use of indoor pest control. Using preventative methods and keeping your house clean and clutter-free does the trick for most people. If you still struggle with bugs and insects inside, learn about your pest and options to control them in a safe, non-toxic manner. [1]Non-Toxic Living Resources (Dec 2019) (hubspotusercontent30.net) [2]Press Release – NonToxic-Final.pdf (healthandenvironment.org) [3]What Is Non-Toxic Living? Step-By-Step Guide, Studies – Natural Pioneers

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