Today’s article is compliments of Genevieve White, Environmental Health Coach. Did you know that a few simple swaps in your home could help to reduce your autoimmune symptoms? This is the dirty little secret. Sound crazy? Read on…
Thousands of studies have now shown a connection between autoimmunity and environmental toxins. Yes, part of that is the chemical spills into our waterways and the combustion spewing from factories and automobiles. But, there’s so much more to it.
You Have Control
When thinking about environmental toxins, it can be easy to feel like there’s nothing you can do. It’s out of hands, right? Well, not really.
Here’s the thing: we spend about 90% of our time indoors, most of which is in our homes. And, in most cases, the air quality in our homes is several times worse than what’s outside. What does this mean? It means you have a lot of control over what’s going into your body.
Take Charge to Reduce Your Autoimmune Symptoms
There are three classes of chemicals that can be mostly avoided without too much effort. The three classes of chemicals to avoid are pesticides, phthalates, and BPA.
Not only does focusing on these three areas remove a significant number of chemicals, but the longest half-life is a few days. This means that while we can’t completely remove all of them from our bodies completely, your toxic burden will be reduced significantly within about a week of removing them from your home.
What does this mean for you? It means feeling better. It means that within days you can be experiencing less pain, sleeping better, breathing better, experiencing clearer skin, and so much more.
How to Reduce Your Exposure
#1 – GO ORGANIC
Nearly 1,400 pesticide chemicals have been approved for use in the US. These pesticides have been implicated in not only autoimmune symptoms but cancers, learning disabilities and neurological conditions like Parkinson’s Disease as well.
But, here’s the good news: In recent studies where groups of people have been fed mostly organic diets, the levels of pesticides showing in lab work went down by 90% in just five days.
Your simple swaps:
- Download Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen for a list of produce with the highest pesticide residue. Avoid these foods or only purchase organic options.
- Download EWG’s Clean Fifteen for the foods that can more freely be consumed when grown conventionally.
- Look for “pasture-raised” and “grass-fed” on meat, dairy and egg labels. Pesticides bioaccumulate in animal fat, so whatever was in the animal feed is making its way into your body.
- Find natural remedies for dealing with pests in your house and your yard.
#2 – DITCH THE PLASTIC
BPA, the controversial chemical found in many plastic products that you’ve most likely heard of by now, is suspected of interfering with many of the body’s natural immune signaling processes.
Unfortunately, BPA is just one of many chemicals found in plastics. And BPA-free plastics are not likely to be any safer.
Once you start to notice everything that is made of plastic, and how often they touch our food surfaces, it can be easy to freak out a bit. But, think of it this way: you’ve been exposed to this stuff for a lifetime, so even just removing a few plastic items is a huge improvement.
Your simple swaps:
- Replace your plastic food storage containers with glass. You can buy a set at pretty reasonable prices, or just reuse things like jars.
- Speaking of jars, anytime you have the choice of either glass or plastic, buy the brand that comes in glass. Same goes for canned food – it’s lined with BPA.
- If you’re drinking out of plastic, stop. Glass water bottles have become so easy to find, and they just keep getting more affordable. And always use glass baby bottles.
#3 – GET UNSCENTED
As a culture, we’ve become obsessed with scent. And for our products to hold scent, a class of chemicals called phthalates has been added to the recipe.
Phthalates have been shown to trigger certain autoimmune symptoms, as well as cancers, neurological issues, and developmental problems.
Your simple swaps:
- Get rid of anything you spray or plugin for the sake of aroma. You don’t need air fresheners. You need to open the windows. Air fresheners are one of the worst offenders when it comes to indoor air pollutants. Or you can make your own all-natural version.
- Avoid anything that lists “fragrance” or “parfum” in the ingredients. A product’s fragrance is considered a “trade secret.” They can legally throw almost anything in there, and almost always, part of the secret recipe is phthalates.
- As phthalates are also used to keep certain plastics flexible, swap out the vinyl shower curtain liner for cotton and get rid of the rubber duckies.
Autoimmune disease can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But, often you can manage symptoms with lifestyle changes. Cleaning up the toxins from your home environment should be a central part of that.
If you’d like more tips for getting the toxic chemicals out of your home environment, sign up for my free 6-day Detox Your Kitchen series or contact me for a free consultation. Genevieve White is an Environmental Health Coach, wife, mother, trail explorer, and an active member of her community.
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