Tips to reduce our chemical exposure in day-to-day life
Nicotine Patches, Birth Control Patches and Fake Tan are unquestionable proof that the products we rub on our skin are absorbed by the skin, enter the blood stream and travel throughout the body, even as far as the brain.
Is there a link with the increased rates of Alzheimers, Parkinson, Cancers, ADHD, Autism? The scientific community suspect there is a link and are lobbying globally at top level for change.Their main concern is foetal exposure.
RTE’s Eco Eye televised last night is educating us and asking us to put pressure on produce providers from a consumer level .
- Food & Water – preservatives, additives, pesticides
- Food packaging – plastics, especially when heated
- Household Cleaning Products
- Cosmetics, Fragrances, Deodorants, Shaving creams, Soaps, Shampoos, Nail polish and remover
- Air – from the fuels we burn in homes and cars
- Household products – flame retardants, glues, rubber, paint
Can you reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals?
We cannot avoid these chemicals, they are everywhere BUT we can reduce our exposure by reviewing what we eat, drink and put on our skin.
We can choose less polluted routes to walk and cycle, trying to fit in green spaces as much as possible.
I have listed some product ideas for you below to help you get started, if you are interested.
The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange
TEDX is an organisation set up by Dr Theo Colburn, a chemist and environmental health analyst. to lobby for change. They target the Large Chemical Companies and Global Governments.
Their advice is :
LEARN MORE USE LESS of what we Eat Drink Breath and Put on our Skin.
Following are some of the products I use myself however the small print can be difficult to read, let alone understand, on products and I am never 100% sure I am picking the best product. I aim for low-mid price items
Food & Food packaging
- Buy organic Fruit and Vegetables. Prioritise the thin-skinned items to be organic such as tomatoes, grapes, peppers. On non-organic produce, you can peel away a thicker skin e.g. orange
- Buy FRESH produce. It will typically contain none or less preservatives. Look at the use/by/date
- FILTER your tap water either by inserting a filter at the mains so that drinking and bath are included, or filter under the kitchen sink or buy a filter jug BUT keep it renewed!
- Do not heat any PLASTIC product containing food or water in a microwave or oven. Plastics are unstable at higher temperatures e.g. bottled water in sunny weather. When I buy a ready-meal, I take it out of its packaging and oven heat in a oven-proof ceramic bowl
- Buy brands that consciously are reducing the preservatives and additives e.g. Sarah Russell sausages not using nitrates as she uses fresh meat.
- Think about SOURCE, when buying a MEAT. Intensively reared animals, such as battery chickens, may be given more antibiotics to reduce infection/disease rates in confined spaces in comparison to free-roaming animals such as sheep, who feed on non-sprayed mountainous lands
- TINS have a lining that contains a chemical, needed to stabilise the lead in tin, including the organic companies. I buy tinned beans and sometimes tinned fish. I wash the beans in a sieve under a fast running cold tap and never use the liquid. You could cook your own beans from raw but need time to supervise or you could burn the saucepan. I did, twice!
- Protect your liver. It helps to eliminate these toxins.
- Exercise and sweat out toxins
How were Endocrine Disruptors discovered?
In the Wildlife – In 1992 researchers at Lake Apopka in Florida connected a declining alligator population with a depressed reproduction rate. Many of the male alligators had tiny penises that prevented successful reproduction. These developmental problems were connected to a large organochlorine pesticide spill several years earlier; although the water tested clean, the alligators and their eggs had detectable levels of endocrine disrupting pesticides.
Fish in the Great Lakes, which are heavily contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other organochlorines, have been exhibiting numerous reproductive function problems and swelling of the thyroid gland. Fish-eating birds, such as eagles, terns, and gulls are also showing similar health effects, as are mink, a mammal that also eats fish from the Great Lakes. These findings are consistent with lab studies that indicate that PCBs interfere with thyroid function and with sex hormones.
Together, as a community we can share information, product ideas and tips to help us stay healthy and well so that we can enjoy our later years after putting in the work in the earlier years. Feel free to comment below and share with friends
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