|view from top of Mt. Willey, NH|
- There are 74 billion lbs of chemicals that exist, 745 million were introduced in 2012 alone.
- Over 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year.
- Bisphenol A, or BPA was created in a lab in 1891. By 1930 BPA was primarily used as a synthetic estrogen to fatten up livestock.
- These synthetic estrogens, or xenoestrogens are so potent, that they are actually stronger than the natural estrogen our bodies produce.
- Studies show that hundreds of chemicals are being found in cord blood of unborn babies.
- The average westerner generates 4.4 lbs of garbage daily.
- Plastic NEVER biodegrades.
That's terrible, but how is all this affecting me?
So what can I do to reduce my toxin exposure?
- Go for a hike in nature or walk in a park.
- Eat foods your great grandparents would recognize. Think fresh foods, seasonal and local when possible, and definitely organic. This alone reduces your BPA exposure by 66% (Malterre, 2015).
- Eat and drink from glass, ceramic or stainless steel glassware and dishes. Same goes for storing leftovers. I love using ball jars for fruit or herb infused water and tea. You can also reuse glass jars for storing leftovers.
- Bring your own to-go cup for coffee or tea.
- Ask for no straw when you order a drink
- Take epsom salt/magnesium flake baths. Magnesium helps detox the body.
- Sweat! Working out is a great way to detox.
- Blue-green algae and wheatgrass are super detoxifying. You can easily add them to a juice or smoothie.
- Sulfer-rich vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and brussels sprouts bind to toxins in the body to rev-up detoxing. Incorporating more of these foods into your diet will help you shed excess weight and improve your memory.
- Be a conscious consumer. Look at the label next time you go shopping, think about all the factors that brought that product into your hands. Was it made locally or internationally? Is it a socially responsible company? Are you buying new or second hand? It's not about right or wrong, but rather just to become more aware.
- If it smells like cancer (chemicals) it's probably harmful. Think paints, ink, exhaust, fragrances, soaps, candles, car fresheners, detergents, fabrics, lotions, cleaning supplies, nail polish, makeup.
- It's hard to hear, but your beauty routine could be making you sick. Try making your own lotions infused with essential oils or buy them from your favorite local herbalist. At the bottom, I've included a list of some of my favorite natural products and where you can buy them.
- You can bring your own canvas tote bags to the grocery store, or any store for that matter. I always keep extras in my car.
- Avoid canned goods, most of them are lined with BPA or other phthalates.
- Bring your own produce bags, canvas bags, or jars to the bulk section of the grocery store to save money and reduce waste. Some stores even offer bulk teas and spices!
- Replace paper towels and napkins with old cloths or rags. (check second-hand stores too!)
photography by Mike Plassmann