Tips for a Healthier Environment

I’m not taking credit for these suggestions. You can read EWG’s original article – 10 Everyday Pollution Solutions. I just wanted to list them here with some thoughts of my own.

  1. Use cast iron pans instead of nonstick. I have always hated the idea of Teflon. Even before knowing about the toxic, bird-killing gases. The fact is that the stuff comes off the pan. So you know you’re eating it. I recently bought some commercial grade muffin pans. They were all I could find that were not non-stick. Do you know that they actually clean up better than the non-stick variety?
  2. To avoid chemicals leaching into food, go easy on processed, canned or fast foods and never microwave plastic. Follow this link to read up on Bisphenol-A.
  3. Buy organic, or eat vegetables and fruit from the “Cleanest 12” list. You can see a rating of 43 fruits and veggies at The 3 most commonly purchased in our house – apples, strawberries and spinach – are in the “worst 12” grouping.
  4. Use iodized salt to combat chemical interference from the thyroid. Read more about rocket fuel contamination.
  5. Seal outdoor wooden structures.Is there arsenic in your backyard?
  6. Leave your shoes at the door. This cuts down on dust-bound pollutants in the home.
  7. Avoid perfume, cologne and products with added fragrance. What a great idea. Check the cosmetics database for safer products.
  8. Buy products with natural fibers, like cotton and wool, that are naturally fire resistant. Find products that are PBDE free.
  9. Eat low-mercury fish like tilapia & pollock, rather than high-mercury choices like tuna & swordfish. Check the Safe Fish List.
  10. Filter your water for drinking and cooking. What’s in your water?
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  1. re #4, even better is to use natural, unprocessed salt available from a health food store. Commercial salt is bleached, has naturally-occurring trace minerals stripped from it, including iodine, undergoes a process that forces the sodium and chloride into their ionized crystal shape, and can have preservatives added to it. This form of salt is not handled well by the body which is why it causes the problems we all have heard about. Himalayan salt or Redman’s Real Salt (which I use) are 2 forms of natural salt.

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