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TOXIN TOXOUT TOP 10

The top 10 ways to reduce our toxic burden with Dr. Clare Craig

 

1) Use natural personal care products that don’t contain chemicals like phthalates or parabens

  • less is best – limit use; use EWG’s Skin Deep database for information and safety scores for your products
  • whenever possible, avoid products with complicated chemical names on the label (especially products with the label “fragrance” or “parfum”)
  • avoid antibacterial hand soaps and sanitizers, especially ones that list “triclosan” on their labels. Instead, wash your hands regularly and vigorously

 

2) Eat more organic food to avoid pesticides

  • we really are what we eat – an organic diet effectively lowers pesticide levels in young children’s bodies
  • pesticide exposure has been linked to very negative health effects, such as: developmental problems and cognitive deficits in children, endocrine disruption, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, low birth weight, reproductive problems and infertility, asthma, risk of obesity and diabetes
  • check out the dirty dozen and clean 15 lists of worst and best
  • be proud of your chemical-free lawn, yard and neighbourhood

 

3) Drink the water from your tap! And lots of it!

  • better for you, your family, and the environment than using bottled water
  • work to safeguard our drinking water
  • if you wish, install an affordable, effective filter at home (Activated carbon is the best bet, and affordable)

 

4) Use natural fibres and green products like low-VOC paints in your home and avoid products that might off-gas

  • Average person spends over 90% of their life indoors, chemicals like flame retardants and phthalates get into the dust that gathers in our homes and offices, and are linked to some serious health outcomes like asthma and increased allergenicity
  • open your windows and get outside, clean + dust often, use natural/green furniture + building materials

 

5) Eat more vegetables and less meat to avoid toxin-grabbing animal fat

  • many of the worst toxins are lipophilic (fat-loving), so they find themselves into the fat cells of wildlife and move up the food chain into humans
  • reducing your exposure to animal fats reduces your exposure to these toxins

 

6) Sweat more – toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates leave your body through your sweat.

7) Exercise!

  • Exercise breaks down fat cells, releasing stored toxins to be excreted via exhalation or sweat

 

8) Avoid quick-fixes and optimize your body’s natural mechanisms by adopting a detox lifestyle

9) Buy less, buy green

 

10) Support politicians who believe in a greener economy and organizations that work for a cleaner environment

  • You are not just a consumer, you are an active citizen – get involved!

 

 

For more information, check out Slow Death by Rubber Duck and Toxin Toxout by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith

 

 

 

  1. Natural person care products

Concentrations of phthalate metabolites increased with the number of products used

Choosing natural and organic products without parabens and phthalates effectively and quickly lowers these levels

  • less is best – limit use overall
  • check out EWG’s Skin Deep database for information and safety scores for your products
  • whenever possible, avoid products with complicated chemical names on the label (especially products with the label “fragrance” or “parfum”)
  • avoid problem products such as chemical hair straighteners
  • avoid antibacterial hand soaps and sanitizers, especially the ones that list “triclosan” on their labels. Instead, wash your hands regularly and vigorously.

 

  1. Eat more organic food to avoid pesticides

We really are what we eat – an organic diet is effective at lowering levels of pesticides in the bodies of young children

Pesticide exposure has been linked to some very negative health effects, such as:

  • general developmental problems and cognitive deficits in children
  • endocrine disruption
  • non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • low birth weight
  • reproductive problems
  • asthma
  • risk of obesity and diabetes and infertility

 

Here is what you can do to reduce pesticides in your life:

  • eat seasonal local and organic produce whenever you can
  • choose conventional produce that are lowest in pesticides (usually those with thick skins, such as onions, corn, pineapple and avocados)
  • wash your produce well before eating it
  • be proud of your chemical-free lawn, yard and neighbourhood

 

  1. Drink the water from your tap! And lots of it!
  • Water plays a major role in our bodily detox mechanisms
  • Work to safeguard our drinking water.
  • If you wish to do more, install an affordable and effective filter in your home (Activated carbon is the best bet, and affordable)
  • Better for you, your family, and the environment than using bottled water
  • Bottled water is not a solution: 87% of them end up in landfills, adding to the toxic burden, and the plastic contains chemicals best avoided

 

  1. Use natural fibres and green products
  • average person in an industrialized country spends over 90% of their life indoors, including about 5% in enclosed vehicles
  • check out healthy cars to reduce your exposure to off-gassing chemicals in vehicles
  • chemicals like flame retardants and phthalates get into the dust that gathers in our homes and offices, and are linked to some serious health outcomes like asthma and increased allergenicity
  • aim for a carbon-neutral and toxin-free building, LEED-certified

 

What can we do?

  • open your windows and get outside!
  • clean and dust interior surfaces frequently (especially those that come in contact with food) and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • look for furniture and products that are made of natural fibres, free of PBDEs
  • avoid vinyl products
  • use green building materials

 

  1. Eat more veggies and less meat to avoid toxin-grabbing animal fat
  • many of the worst toxins are lipophilic (fat-loving), so they find themselves into the fat cells of wildlife and move up the food chain into humans
  • reducing your exposure to animal fats reduces your exposure to these toxins

 

  1. Sweat more – toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates leave your body through your sweat
  • saunas have been used for hundreds of years for spiritual and therapeutic reasons, one of our most basic natural detox methods

 

  1. Exercise!
  • Exercise breaks down fat cells, releasing stored toxins to be excreted via exhalation or sweat

 

  1. Avoid quick-fix detoxes and optimize your body’s natural detox mechanisms by adopting a detox lifestyle
  • Since chemicals enter our bodies daily, they should also be leaving daily
  • Research found no significant amount of toxic elements released via ionic foot baths

 

  1. Buy less, buy green
  • Make informed choices about every product

 

  1. Support politicians who believe in a greener economy and organizations that work for a cleaner environment
  • You are not just a consumer, you are an active citizen

 


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