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Ways to Move Towards a Non-Toxic Home

Ways to Move Towards a Non-Toxic Home

Did you know that indoor air quality can be worse than outdoor? The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reports that Americans are spending majority of their time at home, school, work “where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations”.

The EPA lists potential sources:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Paints
  • Insecticides
  • Building materials
    • Degrading materials (e.g., asbestos fibers released from building insulation)
    • New materials (e.g., chemical off-gassing from pressed wood products)
  • Pet dander
  • Radon
  • Mold

We are exposed to chemicals in the air constantly in our personal environments. Many of these compounds can disrupt your endocrine system (produces hormones) by mimicking hormones once inside your body and activating the cellular receptors for them. They are known as endocrine disruptors. For example, BPA (bisphenol A) used commonly in food packaging and water bottles seems to mimic the female sex hormone estrogen. Genius Foods author, Max Lugavere writes “food and beverages stored in plastic are able to leach this estrogenic compound”.

Here are some quick tips on moving towards a non-toxic home:

  1. Invest in pure ceramic cookware (E.g. Xtrema)
    1. Nonstick, metal and ceramic-coated cookware can leach metals and toxic chemicals into your food!
  2. Do not reheat or microwave food in plastic.
    1. Heat accelerates the leaching of BPA.
  3. Switch from plastic Tupperware to glass containers.
  4. Throw away old containers as plastic degrades over time.
  5. Eat at home more often. Studies have shown that you are at a much higher risk for being exposed to bisphenols at restaurants and fast food due to food prep and storage.
  6. Pass on the receipt. Heat sensitive store register receipts are commonly coated in BPA which is then able to enter our bodies via skin or hand-to-mouth.
  7. Minimize canned food and beverage consumption. Canned items are often lined with BPA. Highly acidic items (e.g. tomatoes) are especially likely to lead to leaching.
  8. Avoid stain-resistant carpets, rugs, and furniture. These products are laden with chemicals known as PFAS (perfluorinated alkylated substances) that repel oil and water. They have been identified as endocrine disruptors and potentially carcinogenic.
  9. Avoid waterproof products. Water resistant is a better option as they are less likely to be treated with PFAS.
  10. Choose flame retardant-free furniture. Most of the larger manufacturers (e.g. Ashely Furniture, Crate and Barrel) have or are working on removing these toxic chemicals from the products.

Genius Foods – Max Lugavere

I highly suggest reading Genius Life by Max Lugavere if you are looking for ways to move towards a non toxic home, for meal plans, how to achieve a healthier brain, workouts, meal prep tips, and much more.

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Remember, it is very challenging (if not impossible) to completely eliminate exposure to these compounds in our society today. Chronically stressing about it does not help your health. Reducing your exposure however is possible so try out the tips above.