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In today's society we're inundated with toxins. We're flooded with so much information it's hard to know where to start when trying to create a safer, non-toxic, home.
Did you Know? Within 26 seconds of exposure to chemicals , they can be found in every organ of your body. WOW!
These are 5 easy swaps you can make today that will start to make a difference.
1. Wool Dryer Balls: I want you to go into your laundry room right now and throw out all the dryer sheets you have. I know you may love the scent, but they contain harmful chemicals that adhere to your clothes...and ultimately to you. It's important to remember that our S K I N is our largest organ.
Most dryer sheets contain a chemical called quaternary ammonium compounds(QACS) that can irritate the skin and cause or worsen asthma symptoms.
Wool dryer balls are more cost effective than dryer sheets and are much safer for people with sensitive skin. They naturally soften your clothes without the need of chemicals. My favorite thing to do is add a few drops of Lavender (or your favorite essential oil) to the balls before throwing them in. Mmm...I can smell it now. For a medium load of laundry I'd recommend 2-3 dryer balls. For larger loads I'd recommend 5-6.
2. Coffee: Let's talk about your favorite morning beverage that you never forget to drink (unlike supplements or pills). The problem with regular coffee is that it's common for people to build up a tolerance, meaning they need to consistently drink more cups of coffee to achieve the same buzz of energy.
Before I get ahead of myself here, N O, I am not asking you to stop drinking coffee. I'm simply suggesting that you drink better coffee. Over the past year I've loved the benefits and taste of reishi mushroom coffee (no it doesn't taste like mushrooms, ew). To put it simply, reishi mushrooms are an adaptogen, which means it gives your body what it needs. If you need more energy, it provides more energy. If your body needs better sleep, it helps with sleep...etc.
It does still have caffeine in it, but the reishi mushrooms in the coffee help get rid of the negative side effects that you'd get with regular coffee. People who are caffeine sensitive tend to do well with this coffee.
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3. Deodorant: So many of the beauty/wellness products on the market contain parabens, pthalates, artificial fragrances, aluminum, the list goes on and on. All of these are T O X I C to your body and can create numerous health issues without you even knowing it. The reason I want to particularly focus on deodorant is because of its proximity to major organs, specifically the heart.
Underarm sweat can actually be a good thing because it's your body's way of getting rid of toxins. This doesn't mean that your underarms need to smell like feet to be able to do this. However, if you're using regular drugstore deodorant, chances are that you're clogging your pores, making it impossible for your body to be able to rid itself of toxins. Think of all those toxins just floating around in your body, that's not good.
Bad smelling underarms are also not a direct result of sweating. Body odor comes from when the sweat mixes with the bacteria on your skin. When first switching to natural deodorant, my body naturally went through a detoxifying process, sometimes causing more sweat than I was used to. This is normal y'all. At some point I'll do an entire blog post on this topic alone.
It takes some time for your body to adjust, and finding a natural deodorant isn't always easy. I've tried about every brand on the market and it's all about figuring out what works best for Y O U. My current favorite brand is Kopari, it goes on smoother than every other brand I've tried and the smell is delightful.
4. Glass Storage Containers: Even when using BPA-free plastic containers, chemicals can still leach into your food. This can be especially dangerous when heating up food in the microwave.
Switching to glass containers also helps preserve the natural flavors of the food as chemicals are not being absorbed into it. They also tend to last quite a bit longer (assuming you don't drop them) and don't leave residue after washing.
I suggest upgrading to glass containers a little at a time as it can get pricey if done all at once. But it is definitely worth the investment.
5. Household cleaners: I'm just barely going to scratch the surface on this topic. For most of my life I was taught to use products that you could easily find in the grocery store that contained terrifying ingredients & chemicals. Thankfully, cleaner ingredient products are becoming more and more popular, making them easier to find.
My favorite brand for cleaning is Branch Basics. The kit is around $50 and you get a bottle of concentrate and separate bottles for specific cleaners. Each bottle tells you how much concentrate & water to put in, taking all the guesswork out, I love it!
Here's a $10 off coupon if you decide to purchase their products!
Comments + favorite products/brands are always welcomed! I love supporting & trying out new non-toxic companies!
Happy Health + Healing!