I’ve enjoyed a pretty happy and healthy, balanced lifestyle by applying the 80/20 Rule. As for personal care products - my hair is colored, my nails are bio-gel’d, I’ve had botox - but the majority of my makeup, hair-care, face and body creams, as well as my home cleaning products, are chemical-free. I don’t want to subject my system to toxic fragrances and substances that can harm me and I don’t want you to either! (I’ve argued about this with every person I’ve ever hired to clean my house). I know things through my education, and experiences that you may not know, but you should know, and sharing this knowledge may contribute to everyone having a healthier life!
1 - stop using artificial fragrances on and around you!
They act as hormone disruptors (chemicals that mimic hormones, sometimes block them, they can interfere with your endocrine system (which is made up of your glands, which produce your hormones) -can be especially problematic to women pre/menopausal and can be found in air fresheners, laundry detergent, household cleaners, dish and dishwasher soaps, aerosol spray deodorizers. There are a lot of good options out there now for scent-free products
2 - grocery shop using the Dirty Dozen
Look to the Environmental Working Group's list of 12 foods to prioritize buying organic where possible. I’ve lived on both sides of the being- able-to-afford-all-organic, and not being able to, and I truly get the importance of knowing where to save or splurge!
3 - swap out your chemical house cleaners
Most everyday house-cleaning needs don’t need bleach or harsh chemicals!- Basic household staples like vinegar, baking soda and castile soap (I love Dr Bronner’s soaps!) can be used for most cleaning tasks- bonus - you can eat off your countertops without a care in the world.
4 - ditch artificial sweeteners
I don’t wanna sugarcoat this but aspartame, and it’s partners-in-crime Equal, Sweet N Low and Splenda, are fucking terrible for you and do your brain and body a real disservice. Lots of options are available now for drinks and treats naturally sweetened with stevia, monkfruit and xylitol - they’re cleaner with less of a glycemic load. Fun Fact, aspartame has proven to increase cravings and hunger, causing the opposite of the desired effect of diet sodas! Have you tried Zevia? the Cream Soda and Root Beer are delicious!
5 - support your body’s natural detoxification
You can try milk Thistle tea or capsules, I take Usana’s Hepa+ (Detox-Support complex ), drink green tea, eat (more) cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels Sprouts.
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