As part of a preconception care program, we know it’s important to eliminate toxins from our bodies. But, how often do we think about the hidden nasties in the home? A simple trip to the local supermarket, to buy common household products, can contribute to your exposure without careful planning.
Commercial cleaning products, pesticides, plastic containers, toys and beauty products may contain chemicals called endocrine disruptors. Studies have shown they may prevent hormones from functioning normally, which can lead to fertility problems. The chemicals include BPA, DDT, DES, Dioxin, Phthalates and Phytoestrogens.
So, how do we avoid increased exposure, in order to maintain fertility health?
Let’s take a look.
1. Use a Water Filter
Water treated with fluoride and chlorine, plus other chemicals, can be hazardous to fertility health. Invest in a water filter for drinking water and a shower filter to ensure the chemicals aren’t absorbed through the skin or released into the air. In terms of drinking water, you’ll find that when it’s filtered, it tastes a lot better too!
2. Switch to Natural Home Cleaning Products
While it might appear that surfaces are squeaky clean after wiping them with chemical-filled cleaning products, they’re actually spreading toxins into the air, not to mention on to your skin. You can either buy green, natural cleaning products or have a go at making them yourself. Simple ingredients such as baking soda, lemon peel and vinegar can clean, deodorize, remove mildew and cut through grease.
3. Invest in Safe Cookware
Your choice of cookware can make a difference with regard to toxins, as chemicals contained in them can be released into your food. It’s best to avoid non-stick pans, bakeware and utensils, especially if the coating (such as Teflon) is coming off. Ceramic dishware should be used with caution if it’s cracked, as chemicals in glaze could seep into food. The best options are glass, stainless steel or cast iron for all cookware.
4. Add More Plants
Plants are the most beautiful way to detoxify the air in your home and decorate at the same time! Studies have proven that plants clean the air by removing toxic substances, such as formaldehyde and heavy metals. Some of the most effective options include Aloe Vera, Areca Palm, Peace Lily, Rubber Plant and Mother-in-laws Tongue. Best of all, they’re generally some of the easiest plants to look after.
5. Use Natural Beauty Products
Whether it’s makeup, moisturizer or shaving cream, beauty products are renowned for containing a plethora of chemicals. Before buying anything to put on your skin, thoroughly read the label to determine the chemical content.
There are many natural alternatives with organic ingredients on the market, or you can have fun making your own. For example, organic, unrefined coconut oil is a versatile product you can use as a moisturizer, hair conditioner or make up remover. With a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as lavender or peppermint, it will smell divine too.
6. Be Aware of Dust, Plastics and Moisture
Keeping dust to a minimum is a great way to avoid toxins, by vacuuming with an advanced filter and mopping regularly. Although it’s hard to escape plastics, limit your exposure by using glass bottles and containers, avoiding plastic food bags and packaging and checking items (such as toys) for PVC, or buying those made from natural materials. Excess moisture can encourage the growth of mold and mildew, so check the most common areas, such as beneath sinks and around showers, regularly.
While it may seem like a big task initially, once you’ve covered the basics, detoxifying your home is a simple process, easy to maintain and absolutely certain to benefit your overall fertility health.
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