If you have decided to spend a little extra money and buy organic food, then chances are you want to avoid consuming harmful toxins, such as pesticides. You have made a wise choice! But there is more you need to know.
Our cultivation and production methods not only includes potential toxins within our foods but also in our food containers or other household products. Consuming foods that have been placed in harmful containers or inhaling the gases emitted by certain products can do just as much damage to our bodies as eating non organic foods. Let’s identify what these hidden harmful chemicals are and some very common household products they lurk in. Jillian Michaels article, “Banish the Toxins” takes a close look at the top 4 products to avoid, as summarized below:
- Bisphenol A (BPA): found in food or beverage containers such as water bottles and drinking cans. Consuming foods or liquids from such containers may increase your risk of breast and prostate cancers, infertility, lead to type 2 diabetes. You should consume from glass or stainless steel products.
- Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs): chlorinated chemicals found in electrical equipment that have since leaked into our environment and contaminated farmed and some fresh water fish. Check out Monterey Bay Aquarium’s list of safe fish.
- Volatile oranic compounds (VOCs): gasses coming from paints, plastics, cleansers, air fresheners, dryer sheets. You may feel sore throats, headaches, dizziness. Over time, may lead to cancer. Go all natural with your cleaning products such as baking soda, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide.
- Chlorinated products: Is it white? Then is was probably chlorinated. Products include paper towels, paper napkins, white coffee filters, artificial sweeteners. Choose products labeled chlorine-free and avoid these carcinogenics.
I’ll be honest, it is expensive to be healthy. So, it comes down to a choice, spend your money on being healthy or potential medical bills. Health is from the inside out. Create an environment to have the right foods from the right places. Allow your body to grow healthier every day.