10 ways to reduce your exposure to everyday toxins

In light of Environmental Awareness Day, Naturopath Amanda Harasym has pulled together a few simple tips that are not only good for your health, as they reduce your exposure to everyday toxins, but they help to keep the environment happy too!

Potentially toxic substances may be hiding in your home. Unbeknownst to many people, household cleaning products, personal care products, food, and drinking water may be a source of toxic exposure. The Environmental Working Group (2018) has given us a few simple ways we can all reduce our exposure to toxic substances:

  1. Filter your water
  2. Stop using plastic bottles
  3. Get a vacuum with a HEPA filter
  4. Wash your hands before eating
  5. Create a simple, natural household cleaning product (see recipe below)
  6. Take shoes off in the house
  7. Avoid using foam cups and take away containers
  8. Eat organic when possible, especially flesh-based animal foods
  9. Choose organic and mineral based cosmetic products
  10. Buy fragrance-free products

Here’s a simple natural all-purpose, lavender scented household cleaner recipe you should start using today!

  • One part white vinegar
  • One part water 
  • Essential oil of your choice (e.g. Lavender) 

Method: Combine the above ingredients together; use 2-3 drops of the essential oil. Pour into a spray bottle and shake. Other great essential oils include rosemary, lemon, orange, and eucalyptus.

Reference: Environmental Working Group (2018). 5 ways to reduce toxic exposure in your home. Available at www.ewg.org

 

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