In today's world, it is near impossible to completely avoid cancer-causing, endocrine-disrupting, skin irritating, brain fogging toxins, and those are just the ones we know about. Think about how long it took for bisphenol A (BPA) to be recognized as cancer-causing, and its use is still widespread. BPA is one of thousands of equally bad toxins found in our food, water, air, cleaning products, personal care products, makeup, textiles, kitchen accessories, beds, pillows, furniture, kids toys and so on.
Most people have no idea of their exposure to these harmful toxins, others could care less, and a small percentage are completely consumed by trying to rid every last one from their lives. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. It is a process, and the more you know, the better able you are to make educated decisions to improve the health of yourself and your family.
Full disclosure. I am by no means an expert on this topic. However, over the past few years, I have gradually researched and made changes in my home to reduce my and my family's exposure to these toxins. Some of these items include various plastics, soaps, detergents, cleaning products, personal care products, kitchen items, textiles, pillows, mattresses, water, and food. This was gradual and really only the tip of the iceberg as far as natural non-toxic living goes. My list will continue to grow as I progressively research new topics and determine which products are the safest for myself and my family.
On the other end of the spectrum, I see people stressing about everything to the point of being unhealthy. Things such as the plastic lining in their washing machine pipes, wearing a hospital bracelet, walking by a smart meter or the plastic in their kid's rainboots. Yes, these things have toxins buried inside, but the actual exposure level is little to none, and minuscule in the grand scheme of things. You can't avoid everything. Even if you live off the land on a deserted island it would be a challenge. It is easy to become so consumed by eliminating every little toxin from your life that your mental health, diet, sleep, and physical activity level suffers. So while I am an advocate for living a less toxic life, I urge you take charge of your health in other areas first (or at least at the same time) and to be careful not to become consumed by it. Making even one change is huge.
WHERE TO START?
Educate yourself so you can make your own informed decisions. I have included links to blog posts about the various changes I have made to reduce the toxins in my home and will continue to add to this list as I research new topics to make my own informed decisions. I encourage you to read LESS TOXIC LIVING: WHY YOU SHOULD CARE and A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO REDUCING EVERYDAY TOXINS to get a better idea of where to start and why and subscribe to my mailing list to stay informed about new posts.