Clean Living Resources
Clean Eating Resources
Eliminate 80% of your exposure to pesticides by eating organic for these 12 fruits and veggies
Environmental chemicals concentrate in the fat of animals therefore the chemicals are highest in fatty meats, butter, and cheese. Therefore, eat meat in small portions and load up on veggies and plant-based protein. Reverse the idea that meat is the main dish. Make meat the side dish. Although chemical exposures may be reduced slightly for organic and grass-fed meats, the main benefit is a lower omega-6 and higher omega-3 content which is very important to reduce inflammation. Here is a great source of healthier meats.
Many of you may be daily coffee drinkers. Non-organic coffee has very high pesticide residues and all coffee can be contaminated with mold toxins. If you are an everyday coffee drinker, make sure your coffee isn’t adding to your toxic burden.
Fish and shellfish can be an excellent source of healthy protein and omega-3 fats, which are key components of brain and heart health. However, you have to be selective of your choices to avoid being exposed to heavy metals and other dangerous chemicals from fish intake.
Clean Butter and Cheese
Even organic, grass-fed butter and cheeses may contain high chemical levels simply because animals are exposed to toxins in air, food, water, and soil. These toxins become concentrated in the fat, which is where we get our butter and cheese. Many vegan butter and cheese is highly processed and made with GMO soy or unhealthy oils.
Miyokos plant-based butter and cheeses are the best-tasting and healthiest options.
Clean Household Products
Most household cleaners, soaps, and personal care products contain chemicals that can have adverse health effects, most notoriously for disrupting our hormone systems and linked to thyroid and reproductive hormone imbalances.
The air in our homes can be 100 times more contaminated than outdoor air. There are many sources of indoor air pollution from chemicals that we track in on our shoes; off-gassing from new furniture, carpet, and paint; from household chemicals and air fresheners, and hidden mold toxins. Take your shoes off at the entrance of your house, keep windows open whenever possible, avoid toxic household products, and watch for evidence of mold. Consider getting houseplants that help clean the air such as dragon tree, mother-in-law tongue, or bamboo palm. Consider getting an air filtration device that removes to at least up to 0.1 microns.
Below are some resources where you can find a better air filtration device.
Similar to household products, cosmetics can contain ingredients such as formaldehyde, heavy metals, phthalates, and parabens which are linked to cancers and hormonal disruption.
The biggest impact you can have on your health when it comes to chemical exposure is improving the quality of your water that you use to drink, cook, and bathe. Most of us think about our drinking water but many don’t consider the exposure when brushing teeth, cooking, and exposing skin and lungs when we shower or bathe. I prefer a whole house water filter, either carbon or reverse osmosis. My concern about reverse osmosis however is that RO filters remove minerals that we need and there is some evidence it can increase our risk of osteoporosis. There are many very good carbon filters. This is the one I use.