This is a topic that the large majority of parents are completely unaware of at all. The sad truth is that we, as parents, have to be proactive about keeping toxins out of our homes, our food, and our surrounding environment. Children are much more sensitive to these vulnerable chemicals then adults. Once you become aware of this issue it becomes somewhat of an outrage – it is unbelievable that so many “normal” everyday products are highly toxic to our families. What's even worse some so-called “safe” and “non-toxic” kids products are exactly the opposite. Parents, we really have our work cut out for us!
You might be thinking, what's so bad about all these chemicals? For starters, toxins block our children's ability to absorb nutrients which can negatively effect their health in many ways. It affects their behavior, their overall health and ability to learn. The organs that these toxins impact the most are the liver, the gastrointestinal tract, the adrenals, the brain, and colon.
Clean, toxin-free living is one of the areas of healthy living that I am most passionate about (along with natural beauty, nutrition, and natural remedies) so if you are new to all of this, stick with me and make sure you get my free updates. I often blog about all of the toxins infiltrating our homes via the products we purchase ourselves and how you can minimize this exposure. My first word of advice on this topic, is try not to get overwhelmed (easier said then done, I know). Once you start reading about all the toxins you might want to throw out every product in your home and replace them. Since that is most likely not financially feasible for most people, pick the one thing that haunts you the most and start there. Continue to make one change at a time to gradually detox your home.
These are some the main things to avoid:
- Conventional mattresses – read this 4 Reasons Your Mattress is Toxic
- Non-stick cookware
- Conventional household cleaners
- Furniture & carpeting with fire retardants
- Children's sleepwear with fire retardants
- Roundup Weed Killer
- Conventional lawn/garden pesticides
- Lawn fertilizers
- Conventional air fresheners
- Synthetic scented candles
- Conventional laundry detergent
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