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Clean up your family's environment

What you purchase matters!

Choosing healthier options has a profound effect on your child’s life. The products you purchase affect what farmers grow. Your choices help determine what products industries make. They also teach your child the type of products to choose in their future, which will limit exposure to harmful toxins for their children as well.

1. Eat Organic!

An organic diet reduces the amount of toxic chemicals, food additives and colorings that we ingest, avoids exposure to GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and increases the amount of beneficial vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids (EFAs), and antioxidants in the body.

2. Use Chlorine Filters

Chlorinated water can destroy polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E in the body while generating toxins capable of free radical damage (oxidation). Chlorinated water destroys intestinal flora, the friendly bacteria that help to digest food and protect the body from harmful pathogens.

3. Use Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

An excellent way to safely disinfect your home is to use hydrogen peroxide and vinegar together. Studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have shown this combination is even more effective than bleach for killing harmful bacteria such as Salmonella and E. Coli.

4. Easy Ways to Detoxify your Home

With the right information, you can make small changes that make a big difference for your child’s health. Review the list of houseplants that help remove toxins from your home.

5. Replace your Aluminum Pots and Pans

Aluminum is a soft metal and will release more molecules into the food than harder metals used in cookware. Use stainless steel, glass or Pyrex instead.

6. Avoid Plastics

Chemical bonds that BPA form in plastic unravel when heated, washed or exposed to acidic food. This prompts the chemicals to contaminate food. Research shows BPA-free plastics can also contribute to unhealthy estrogenic activity and health imbalances in kids. Replace plastic bottles with glass bottles.

Pollution in your area: Go to scorecard.org to get an in-depth report on environmental toxins in your county.

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