How to minimize toxins for your kids

By Anna Esparham 
February 8, 2017

minimize toxins More research is showing that environmental chemicals are disrupting hormones, immunity, and the nervous system in children. Here's how parents can prevent their children from being exposed to these toxins, without going overboard.

Food 

Food Detox
  • Feed your kids foods that are nutrient-dense: vibrant vegetables and fruits, grass-fed and free-range meats, raw nuts and seeds. These foods provide the vitamins and minerals that help the body detox every day. It's that simple.
  • Avoid pre-packaged and processed foods.
  • Buy local and organic when possible.
  • Reduce intake of large predator fish (e.g., swordfish).
Water
  • Avoid plastic containers when possible.
  • Filter water with reverse osmosis. (Many good reverse-osmosis filters can be found in hardware stores, and they can be installed in your kitchen.)
In the kitchen 

Avoid Toxins

  • Avoid chemically treated pans for cooking. Instead, use stainless steel, cast iron, or porcelain (as long as there aren't toxins in the paint on ceramic or porcelain dishes).
  • Use glass storage containers instead of plastic (especially if heated).
Home and garden
  • Of all the tips, this is the most important: Minimize your use of pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and weed killers.
  • Change your furnace filter monthly, if possible.
  • Minimize your use of chemical cleaners on carpet.
  • Keep your home well-ventilated, opening windows if possible (barring no major seasonal allergies).
  • Use ionizers and HEPA air purifiers.
  • Limit your use of cleaning chemicals. Use a DIY vinegar/baking soda cleaner, or use brands that use less chemicals, such as Seventh Generation.
  • Buy low-VOC paints.
Personal care products
  • Minimize your use of lotions, makeup, and haircare products that contain parabens, phthalates, or BPA.
  • Limit your use of fragrance and perfumes.


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