10 Easy Ways to Minimize Your OVERLOAD

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There are some simple steps anyone can take to minimize their body burden. What’s important to remember – because ANY change can be hard – is that you can do this over time. You don’t have to dump out all of your cleaners and products right this minute. Use what you have and as your run out, slowly replace them with new, less toxic versions. It’s important to remember that it’s about progress, not perfection when it comes to making choices.

Here are my top 10 ways I keep my exposure to a lot of unnecessary chemicals as low as possible.

  1. Use personal care products rated 4 and under.
  2. Use household cleaners rated C or above.
    • Use one of the resources on our toolkit page – like EWG’s Healthy Cleaning database – to find alternatives!
      • If you choose low rated products 80% of the time, you will make a BIG dent in your exposure!
  3. Buy organic versions of the Dirty Dozen.
    • You don’t have to buy every food organic! That’s how I keep my food bills lower and can feel good about what I serve my daughter.
  4. Eliminate bottled water & minimize single-use plastics.
    • Grab a reusable water bottle and some Pyrex instead. Utilize FREE tap water because it’s what most of that bottled water you pay for is anyway!
  5. Avoid/replace nonstick cookware.
    • Use silicone baking molds and ceramic or stainless pots and pans.
  6. Minimizing/avoiding artificial fragrance.
    • Use essential oils instead!
  7. Avoid receipt paper/BPA lined cans.
    • Just say no to receipts or ask your big box store to switch over to BPA-free receipts. They exist – Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods both use BPA-free receipt paper so why can’t everyone?
  8. Avoid styrofoam. Not only is it largely not recyclable, but it when hot food it out in it, it leaches right into that food you can’t wait to crush for a midnight snack.
  9. Exercise and/or sauna 2-3 times per week. Sweating out the toxins you are exposed to is a big help to moving them out of your body. I love a good sauna sweat sesh 20-30 minutes, 3 times a week.
  10. Eat phytonutrients and take supplements that enable your body’s natural detoxification abilities. Think about the colors of the foods you eat – try to get as much green, blue and purple in there to help your body’s chelation (conversion of metals and chems into an excretable form) with their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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