Limiting Environmental Toxin Exposure
Air quality may not be 100% within your control if you live in an industrial city, but there are small steps you can do to limit your exposure to toxins in your environment:
2) Avoid using “air fresheners”, scented candles and perfumes on a daily basis. Instead, rely on clean outdoor air and indoor plants for a pure air environment.
3) Don’t smoke or hang out in second hand smoke. Need I say more?
4) Inspect your cleaning supplies. What chemicals are used? The Environmental Working Group put out a review on many common household cleaners being carcinogenic!
Instead, use organic, non-toxic household cleaners, whenever possible. Plus, you won’t be supporting cleaning businesses that don’t honor nature. I use the Get Clean line by Shaklee, which not only is safe, natural and effective, but also earth-friendly too!
5) What materials does your food come into contact with? Man-made substances, such as plastic and styrofoam, can leech toxic chemicals into your food when heated. I always make a point to store and reheat food in glass containers. I use reusable BPA-free plastic containers and plastic wrap only if I am preparing/storing room temperature or chilled food, not hot.
6) Are your body care products caring for your body? Makeup, lotions, sunscreen, aftershave, deodorant and toothpaste are products we exposure ourselves to regularly. The substances we apply onto our skin and put in our mouth can affect our health, even though we don’t ingest them. Ladies, if you are looking for a natural-based makeup line, I am in love with NYR Organic.
You are in charge of the products you use on a daily basis, which can influence your health as much as what you eat. By including a varied, nutrient-dense diet and limited toxin exposure with a lifestyle that includes physical movement and a positive frame of mind, truly is powerful combo for maximizing cancer prevention!
Brouse, R. Build A Better You, 8th edition. Portland, OR: Bridgetown Printing; 2011.