10 Things to Limit Your Toxic Exposure
- Drink filtered water.
The EWG’s Tap Water Database lets you search specifically for drinking water where you live so you can get specific information about contaminants that may be coming out of your tap. https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/
The results are not great and it’s why we opted for a Berkey a few years ago. It will save you a lot of money over bottled water as well! Buy it on Amazon here.
- Eat organic
Among their countless additional dangers, pesticides often contain heavy metals such as cadmium, lead, and arsenic.
Pesticides are heavily used on most foods that aren’t organic, and can be particularly high in breads and processed foods. To avoid them, buy organic whenever possible.
- Beauty Products
Cosmetics or beauty products are also often contaminated with toxic heavy metals. This includes products like lipstick, eyeliner, eye shadow, blush, moisturizers, hair dye, and even sunscreens.
Whether it is lead in lipstick or aluminum in deodorant, these products are used daily and can be a significant source of heavy metal exposure.
But you don’t have to completely avoid beauty products to protect your health. Instead, take the time to read the ingredients list before using or buying any beauty products.
You can check your personal care products in two ways. One is the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and the other is EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetics database where you can check the safety of all ingredients. There’s also an app called Think Dirty.
- Cleaning products
Don’t look to the government for help on this one. The government only requires companies to list “chemicals of known concern” on their labels. The key word here is “known.” The fact is that the government has no idea whether most of the chemicals used in everyday cleaning products are safe because it doesn’t test them, and it doesn’t require manufacturers to test them either.
Be careful of green washing
What is greenwashing??? To me it’s wayyyyy worse than people slinging toxins at us coz we think it’s a “superior product”. Greenwashing means that a company markets their products as natural, pure, safe, clean, but they still contain harmful chemicals. Did you know that Mrs. Meyers was NOT founded by a sweet little old lady named Mrs. Meyers? Nope! In fact, it was founded by a woman named Monica Nassif, a corporate marketing consultant and executive founder of the Caldrea Company. She named the brand after her own mother, who raised 9 children on a farm in Iowa.
Mrs. Meyers brand is actually owned by SC Johnson. Dangerous Chemicals in Mrs Meyers Clean Day Products:
❌ PEG-2 Cocomonium Chloride
❌ Methylisothiazoline (linked to nerve damage by the NIH)
❌ Fragrance – undisclosed concoctions of chemicals.
- Heavy metals in the kitchen
- Found in cooking pans, cookware and added to processed foods
- Older aluminum pots leach more of the metal into foods when cooking
- Found in dog treats, calcium pills and herbal supplements, flatware, tap water, cooking spices, tea bags, rice protein
- Found in cocoa and coffee
- Found in rice grain, rice breakfast cereals, brown and white rice
- Some recent studies have found levels in apple and grape juices
- Found in fish, shellfish and fluorescent lights
DuPont poisoning the world: https://www.organicconsumers.org/blog/devil-we-know-how-dupont-poisoned-world-teflon
- Put electronic devices on airplane mode
Cell phones and “cellular networks” are named very appropriately. Every transmission disrupts your cells directly. Human beings are bioelectrical systems. Our hearts and brains are regulated by internal bioelectrical signals. Environmental exposures to artificial EMFs can interact with fundamental biological processes in the human body.
I highly recommend EMF protectors. We like these.
- Dental Fillings
You know those silver-colored dental fillings? They’re called amalgam dental fillings. And these bad boys are up to 50% mercury by weight and this gets released into the body!
The problem is, amalgam dental fillings don’t just sit there in your teeth. They break down over time, slowly releasing mercury into your body. And if there’s any tooth decay near the fillings, even more mercury is released.
If you want to get rid of them, however, use extreme care because the extraction process can cause the mercury to vaporize and enter your body. Holistic dentists are trained in methods to safely remove these fillings.
Furniture is one of those things that nobody expects to be a common source of heavy metals. However, furniture contains fire retardants, protective finishes, and fabrics that contain heavy metals such as antimony and cadmium.
This includes mattresses, automobile seat covers, couches, and much more. The best way to avoid exposure is to support brands that offer products free of flame retardants. Other than that, it’s difficult to avoid this one.
- Some Pharmaceutical Drugs
Some prescription drugs contain heavy metals as binding agents. Over-the-counter antacids are also a significant source of aluminum.
Additionally, some vaccines also have heavy metals. The multi-dose flu vaccine still has the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in every dose.
While the FDA considers these agents to be “safe” because they are present in low amounts, it fails to account for the accumulated exposure people experience with heavy metals from so many other sources.
- Get some plants in your house
While great plants add unmistakable beauty with foliage and flowers to your house, indoor plants have been shown to hold stress-reducing properties. More here.