I suffered with a hormonal autoimmune issue for years. It was one of the most frustrating experiences of my life. Ultimately, I partnered with a functional medicine doctor who determined my body was reacting to toxic overload. Unbeknownst to us, many products we use in our homes and on our bodies may contain toxic chemicals that make their way into our system. With my doctor’s guidance, I learned there were 3 Healthy Home Swaps I needed to make to live a healthier, non-toxic lifestyle.
Make your health great again.
3 Healthy Home swaps
HOME SWAP #1 | Plastic
BPA is found in plastic water bottles and canned goods. It’s a synthetic hormone that imitates estrogen in the body. Studies link BPA to breast cancer, infertility, obesity, and heart disease. To minimize BPA exposure, stay away from plastic products unless they’re marked ‘BPA free’.
Phthalates are also in plastic food containers and children’s toys. Be especially careful when buying baby teethers or any toy that might end up in a child’s mouth.
HOME SWAP #2 | Artificial Fragrance
Scientists have found that artificial air fresheners release toxic levels of pollutants into our homes. This can cause a plethora of health issues.
If you’re a candle lover like me, please read the labels. It’s important to buy only soy or vegetable wax options — not paraffin. When burned, paraffin wax creates highly toxic benzene and toluene — the same toxins found in diesel fuel. Also consider using essential oil diffusers. I use an oil called Tranquility daily (shown below). It emanates the most calm and peaceful fragrance.
Many makeup products also carry phthalates, so avoid products that contain artificial fragrance. Phthalates wreak hormonal havoc and have been linked to thyroid issues, cancer, and birth defects.
HOME SWAP #3 | COOKWARE
Nonstick pans are another swap to consider. When heated, nonstick coatings release fifteen toxic gases and chemicals, including two carcinogens. These toxins can leach into the food we prepare.
The healthiest choice is to get rid of non-stick cookware with the toxic chemicals: PFOA, PFAS, PFOS, PFBS. If your non-stick cookware is older, chances are it’s coated with these harmful toxins.
Check out the Always Pan on my SHOP page. It’s truly all you’ll need for healthy non-toxic cooking.
Ultimately, optimizing our well-being means we have to take personal responsibility for kicking plastic, artificial fragrance, and nonstick cookware to the curb. The best resource to determine whether or not your household and personal care products include toxic ingredients is the Environmental Working Group. Their database shows thousands of toxic products we should swap-out and the non-toxic products we should swap-in.
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