decrease chemical exposure

Did you know there are approximately nine million chemicals in the world? Many of these chemicals are in our food, drinks and body care products, and can be avoided. If your goal is to be healthy, then you should try and decrease your chemical exposure since they add to the body’s toxic load. Please do the best you can but don’t get anal about it.

In my opinion the following chemicals are the worst ones to avoid:
• Aspartame – also known as Ace-k, Acesulfame Potassium, NutraSweet, Equal, Neotame, AminoSweet,
• Sucralose/Splenda (these are different types of artificial sweeteners found in over 5000 products),
• High Fructose Corn Syrup,
• Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated Oils,
• Mineral oil/ Petroleum/ Petrolatum (these can clog up your pores),
• Propylene/ Polyethylene/ Ethylene Glycol (this is anti-freeze),
• Carnuba Wax (car and floor wax – can be in cheap vitamins and gummy bear-type candies)
• Aluminum (in antiperspirants, deodorants, baking powder, foil, pots and pans – well linked to Alzheimer’s and senility; not technically a chemical but important to avoid),
• Triclosan (in most hand sanitizers),
• MSG/Monosodium Glutamate – also known as Hydrolyzed Vegetable/Soy/Plant Protein, Autolyzed Yeast, Monopotassium Glutamate, Glutamic Acid,
• Artificial food dyes,
• Air fresheners/ Room deodorizers,
• Perfumes/Colognes/ Fragrances,
• Alcohols,
• Plastics/Phthalates/BPA,
• Sodium/ Ammonium/ Lauryl Laureth Sulfate (SLS), and
• Titanium Dioxide (vitamins, sunscreen, lotions).

The above can be found in products such as gums, candies, cookies, body and hair care products, cheap vitamins, processed foods, Italian ices, sodas, juices and energy drinks. They can cause a variety of symptoms like rash, itchiness, headache, congestion, cough, depression, digestion and sleep issues just to name a few. Become a good label reader if you aren’t already.

My general recommendation is this: If a product has one “bad” ingredient in it, you can still consider using it. If it has two “bad” ingredients, really think about if it’s worth using or consuming. If it has three, forget it. Find a natural alternative. For example, there are sodas available with Stevia instead of High fructose corn syrup, Aspartame, Sucralose or sugar. Because conventional cake mixes have white flour, Propylene Glycol and Partially Hydrogenated Oil, I’ve started making my own cake mixes. I did a web search for gluten free cake recipes. It takes a little more effort on my part but I think of it as honoring, loving, and nurturing my body temple.

I am also a great fan of the Laundry Balls, which is a great way to decrease toxic exposure. Except for using stain remover, no need detergent with the laundry ball! The drying time is cut one third to half with the two dryer balls too. The laundry is soft and smells so clean, like it hung on the line all day. I was very skeptical but after 40 plus loads, I am thoroughly pleased. The laundry ball lasts three years and the dryer balls indefinitely. It truly is incredible to find a product with no chemicals that is eco-friendly, saves money on laundry soap, softeners and electricity. With a little research you can find many chemical free alternatives.

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