10 Practical Tips for Protecting Your Family from Toxic Chemicals

We are surrounded by toxic chemicals. Our modern life is mostly convenient, but often we do not take sufficient care of what is behind all this. Gradually, we are discovering how toxic some chemicals really are to us and nobody can comment on the effects the chemical cocktail we have within. Did you know that our bodies contain between 30,000 and 50,000 chemicals and the unborn baby is already exposed to hundreds of harmful chemicals in the womb?

It is quite common to hear about the dangers associated with exposure to Bisphenol A, phthalates, pesticides and other synthetic estrogens and unhealthy substances that have disastrous effects in little bodies. Babies and small children are completely undefended against all the substances that enter their little bodies and might have a long-term effect.

So, how can you protect your children and the whole family against harmful substances?

  1. Have a NO SHOES policy at home. You bring into your home lots of harmful toxins on the soles of your shoes, especially pesticides. Your toddler, crawling and playing on the floor is exposed to those chemicals. You can easily avoid this exposure by taking your shoes off at the entrance.

  2. It is confirmed that even plastics without Bisphenol A leach synthetic estrogens. Take action and buy glass bottles for your baby and a stainless steel sippy cup to be on the safe side.

  3. Try to buy only organic textiles for your children, especially for your baby (at least underwear).

  4. If you cannot buy organic textiles, at least buy natural fibers and wash all clothes several times before wearing. Some toxins are water-soluble and can be removed by washing.

  5. Buy second-hand clothes for your kids or try to get hand-me-downs from friends, family and neighbors. These clothes have been washed several times and contain less harmful chemicals than newly bought items.

  6. Use glass containers or chinaware to heat food in the microwave as heating in plastic containers frees petroleum-derivatives into your food.

  7. Avoid lotions and creams with parabens and other petroleum-based substances. Use only organic oils, like olive, argan or almond oil for the delicate skin of your baby and for all family members.

  8. Use baby wipes that are organic. Even better, use baby wipes only when you are away from home. At home you can just hold your baby over the sink and wash his/her little bottom with clean water. Start potty training early.

  9. Buy local organic food for your family whenever you can. Have a look at EWG's Dirty Dozen list to know which produce is most contaminated and should always be bought organic.

  10. Cook your food mostly yourself, so you know what is inside. Prepared food contains tons of preservatives, unhealthy fats, artificial coloring, etc.

These measures will help to shield your family from exposure to harmful substances and at the same prevent waste and save money. Most of the time, less is more!

Think about it: Often, only the parent's awareness stands between chemicals and our vulnerable families.

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Gbear07, posted on October 28, 2014

Don't forget about perfumes, deodorants, soaps, shampoos, makeup, cleaning products, prescription drugs, OTC drugs, pads and pantiliners, disposable diapers, clothes detergent, dishwasher detergent, particle board furniture and carpet just to name a few of the toxins in most American homes.

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