Our new book, The Micronutrient Miracle, is all about teaching you how to drive down your micronutrient depletion by making changes in your diet and lifestyle, in just 28 days. We are so excited to share with you that we are going to be featured monthly on the Your Health Radio Show! This is an opportunity for us to chat with you about living a clean, healthy and micronutrient sufficient lifestyle. Our first show will be airing on Tuesday March 15th, at 11:29am EST – with host Lisa Davis. After that, you can catch us the first Tuesday of the month, every month! Same time, same place (here).
We’d love for you to send in your questions! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your topics, questions, comments etc. and we’ll do our best to answer them all each week. Be sure to listen every month, as we’ll be chatting about something new each time! This week, we had the chance to speak about household toxins, and what you can do to reduce them.
As a reader, we know that it’s likely you already shop using our Rich Food, Poor Food philosophy. Here, we want to give you a preview of how we’re helping you change out your household and beauty products to safer nontoxic ones. In our new book, we’re giving out our top ten tips to reduce your household toxins. Here are three to get you started!
- Find a new fragrance. This goes for your house, your car, and your body. We want you to ditch any product that says “perfume” or “fragrance” on the label. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you have to smell badly. Natural essential oils can be used to recreate perfume, and burning them over an oil burner quickly fills a room with scents ranging from sweet vanilla to spicy cinnamon or woodsy eucalyptus. Safe alternatives include Aura Cacia aromatherapy mists or Mrs. Meyer’s air fresheners. You can also try a lotion like Face Naturals Organic Creamy Coconut and Key Lime Body Butter to keep your skin smelling delicious all day.
- Launder your detergent. You want your clothes to come out clean, not coated with a film of irritants and potential carcinogens, right? Remember, you will likely be wearing these clothes for hours, so anything on them will surely end up in you. Always avoid products with labels that say “warning,” “danger,” or “poison.” Forego fabric softener by adding 2 cups of organic vinegar to the wash. Safe alternatives include detergent by GreenShield Organic, Dr. Bronner’s, Seventh Generation, and Mrs. Meyer’s.
- Ditch the dryer sheets. You just don’t need them, and you’ll never know what is in them anyway. This is because manufacturers aren’t required to tell you. While the box may just list the ingredients as “biodegradable cationic softeners,” you may be coating your clothes with camphor, chloroform, or ethyl acetate, all of which are on the Environmental Protection Agency’s hazardous waste list, or with alpha-terpineol, benzyl alcohol, or linalool, all of which are known to cause nervous system disorders. Safe alternatives include adding essential oils to a wet cloth before starting the dryer, purchasing wool balls, or using Mrs. Meyer’s dryer sheets.
Remember, we want you to make changes at your own pace, you can always add in another great habit tomorrow! Click here to order your copy of The Micronutrient Miracle, and get the full list of our top 10 terrific tricks for removing toxins from your household.