Toxic Stuff – All You Need to Know, Part 3

How to avoid some of the nasties and reduce the impact of these.

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, I recommend avoiding these as much as possible (that is advice for the ladies and gentlemen)

Some of this is pretty straight forward and some is less intuitive.

When you can smell something bad, ‘chemical’ or artificial, avoid it – plastic smells, petrol fumes, smoke (all types), air fresheners, ‘new car smell’ and so on.

Only take medications when they are necessary.  When you might reach for a painkiller (paracetamol and ibuprofen), try a dose of a good quality magnesium supplement and a big glass of water instead.  Wait half an hour and see if you still need it.

Switch your cleaning and personal care (shampoo, body wash, conditioner, toothpaste, cosmetics, moisturisers etc) products for ‘eco-friendly’ versions.  These tend  plant-based rather than petrochemical products.  (Also, please look for palm-oil free – the orangutans will thank you for it)

Remove or reduce use of plastics with food and drinking water.  I won’t go into detail – that is a whole post on its own.  However, the compounds in plastic leach into food and wreak havoc in a body.  Swap plastic boxes and bottles for glass, silicone and steel.  Bamboo products are good too.  If you want to use food wrap, put a layer of baking paper between the food and the wrap.  Swap ziploc plastic bags for silicone ones.  Buy food oils in glass bottles.

Avoid ‘antibacterials’.  Good old fashioned soap does a great job of killing bacteria.  Vinegar and certain essential oils are lethal to most bacteria as well.

Avoid using fly spray and other pesticides in the house.  Diatomaceous earth is really useful for crawling insects.  Certain plants outside the house can help to repel flies.

Limit your intake of big fish (NZ guidelines are here Mercury in Fish).

Consider buying organic food, especially if that food is eaten unpeeled (like berries).  Always choose organic liver.

If you need to have mercury dental fillings removed, find a dentist who will use dental dams and separate air supply.  There are some very neat supplements that can help with managing any mercury exposure around the time of filling removal.

Think about installing a water filter in your house, or using a good filter jug.  If you are unlucky enough to have a fluoridated water supply, look for a filter that removes that.

If there is a history of high exposures to toxicants, then medical detoxes may be suitable.  These are not the ‘detoxes’ of internet adverts! (Those are generally expensive and not effective).

Working on these things to gradually reduce your exposures is a good way to approach it.  I wouldn’t recommend trying to change everything at once.

Small changes lead to big effects over time.