When it comes to our health and wellness, diet and exercise are often the primary focus, however, learning how to create a healthier home is equally important. Our homes are our sanctuary and where we spend a great amount of time so ensuring they support our wellness is key.
The products we use every day in our home can have a significant influence on our health and appearance. An accumulation of toxins in the body can accelerate the biological aging process and contribute to our toxic load.
What is Toxic Load?
Toxic load refers to the accumulation of toxins in our body from lifestyle influences. The products and foods we use every day can contribute many toxins and over time they can negatively influence our health and appearance.
To get a better picture of how toxic load plays a role in our health, I like to imagine a glass of water.
The glass represents the body, and the water is the toxins from our everyday products. Over time with repeated exposure to toxins the glass can overflow, resulting in adverse health conditions. The goal is to keep the water in the glass at the lowest possible level to protect our health.
Learning how to reduce your daily exposure to toxins found in the home is a powerful method of reducing your toxic load and protecting your health.
Let's take a look at some ways to create a healthy home that supports your wellness.
How To Create a Healthier Home
Switch to Natural Beauty Products
It is estimated that the average woman uses 168 toxins in her daily routine. Many conventional beauty products such as skin care, makeup, haircare, body products, and dental care can contain toxins that cause health issues when used regularly.
The skin is the body’s largest organ and what is applied to it can be absorbed or penetrated. Just because a beauty product is on the shelf does not mean the ingredients are healthy. The beauty industry is not regulated, and it is up to you to be your own health advocate. It is essential to investigate all the ingredients in your daily beauty routine to understand how they play a role in your health.
There are so many organic beauty products on the market that work well. Long gone are the days of women having to compromise their health in the name of beauty.
Beauty products are a significant area that many people overlook when trying to live a healthier lifestyle. Switching to natural beauty products is a great way to reduce your toxin exposure for better health and glowing beauty.
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Switch to Nontoxic Cookware
What we cook our food in is just as important as what we eat. Many conventional cookware brands on the market can be a source of daily toxin exposure. Cookware made from Teflon, nonstick, aluminum, ceramic coated cookware, plastic cutting boards, and plastic utensils can add to the body's toxic load. Many of us cook multiple times every day, making it especially important to find healthier options.
Healthier Cookware Options
Pure ceramic is a great non toxic cookware option that does not contain harmful chemicals such as those found in nonstick Look for cookware made from 100% pure ceramic.
Pro Tip: Avoid brands that use a ceramic coating instead of being "pure ceramic" because, over time, it can chip off and end up in your food. Plus many of them are made with a base of aluminum which can also be unhealthy.
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Cast iron is a great non toxic cookware option that can endure high cooking temperatures.
Great option but make sure to choose high quality stainless steel otherwise it can leech nickel into your food.
A great option that is nonreactive and is not coated with harmful chemicals. Pyrex is a great option.
Wooden Cooking Utensils
Wood is a much healthier option than using plastic while cooking because the plastic can leech into food when exposed to heat. Microplastics are known for being endocrine disruptors and adding to the body's toxic load.
Pro Tip: Look for pure wood cooking utensils that have no coating.
Glass Tupperware is a great way to store food and heat leftovers. Plastic Tupperware can leech into food when exposed to heat.
A healthy alternative to aluminum that can be used for many different cooking methods, especially baking.
Use a Shower Filter
Did you know the same toxins found in your sink water are also in your shower water? The skin is the body’s largest organ, and harmful chemicals can be absorbed or penetrated from the water in your daily shower. Steam can concentrate the chlorine found in most tap water and contribute to skin and health issues such as asthma. Replacing your shower head with a filter is relatively easy and affordable. Besides reducing the number of toxins, you are exposed to in your daily shower, a filter also encourages healthier hair and skin.