6. Here is how to replace the commercial cleaning products
You can avoid the wide-spread hazardous chemicals simply by disposing of commercial cleaning products in the dustbin.
Every single one of them can be replaced with a short list of other basic ingredients.
Here’s a simple starter list of what you need to make your own natural cleaning items:
- Baking soda,
- White vinegar
- Lemon juice
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Liquid castile soap
- Organic essential oils (optional). Lavender and tea tree oil have anti-bacterial qualities
- Mixing bowls
- Spray bottles
- Microfiber cloths
7. Personal care products
Since chemicals are very “effectively” absorbed through your largest organ – the skin, cleaning out your bathroom cabinet can go a long way toward reducing the toxic load. This is particularly true for women, who tend to use several different cosmetic products on a daily basis. Makeup is also a frequent source of heavy metals. In the report Heavy Metal Hazard: The Health Risks of Hidden Heavy Metals in Face Makeup, Environmental Defense tested 49 different makeup items, including foundations, concealers, powders, blushes, mascaras, eye liners, eye shadows, lipsticks and lip glosses. Their testing revealed serious heavy metal content in virtually all of the products. This is the result:
- up to 96% contained lead
- up to 90% contained beryllium
- up to 61% contained thallium
- up 51% contained cadmium
- up to 20 % contained arsenic
Women, who use conventional makeup on a daily basis, can absorb almost 5 pounds (2.3 kg) of chemicals into their body each year — and that’s before adding in body lotion, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, and other personal care products!
To end this health-falling cycle, switch to organic brands of toiletries and cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group has a great database to help you find personal care products that are free of potentially dangerous chemicals. Better yet, simplify your routine and make your own products. A vast collection of lotions, potions, hair treatment, etc. can be eliminated with a jar of coconut oil for example, which you can easily scent by adding high quality essential oil of choice.
8. Stale food spices
The Internet is full of articles that describe the health benefits of the huge number of herbs and seasonings. It is perfectly reasonable since herbs are powerhouses of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, and help you increase the nutrient density of your dishes. On a per gram fresh weight basis, herbs rank even higher in their antioxidant activity when compared with vegetables and fruits. Indeed, scientific studies show that most spices tend to have unique medicinal qualities. These 4 spices are particularly effective at “extinguishing” inflammations:
BUT, pay attention! Freshness matters, so if your pantry is filled to the hilt with old spice bottles, it may be time to refresh your store cupboards. Expired, stale spices will not provide you with much flavor. So, if your attempts at spicing up your meals have let you down, it may be due to their staleness.
9. Electronic devices matter as well
The World Health Organization (WHO)/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), on May 31, 2011, issued a report admitting that cell phones might indeed cause cancer, classifying radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” (Class 2B). The classification came in part in response to research showing that wireless phones increase the risk for brain cancer. To reduce exposure, avoid continuously carrying your smart phone on you.
Simply tucking it into your bra or pocket may be convenient, but it’s an open “invitation” for health problems, and this may be more than just a little inconvenient, you’ll agree! It’s important to realize that as long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call. Wearing a cell phone on your hip for 15 hours a day is giving that area of your body nearly continuous radiation exposure. Also consider “unplugging from your smart digital life” from time to time to smell the roses and enjoy life.
10. Get cross with your office chair
Last but not least, mounting research clearly reveals that your chair may actually be one of the most dangerous items to have around for your health. Prolonged sitting hours have repeatedly been shown to be an independent risk factor for chronic diseases and early demise, even if you work out and are committed to be fit. Surely, exercise cannot entirely undo the damage caused by long hours of daily sitting.
Alongside obesity, sitting is the new cigarette damaging replacement, increasing your risk for lung cancer by more 50%. Truly, who would have guessed that sitting is far more dangerous than the “old smoking”?
Sitting has been found to increase your risk of death from virtually all health problems: from type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases to cancer and all-cause mortality.
The less you exercise, the more pronounced the detrimental effects of sitting will be.
What’s the way out?
Stand up as much as possible! A standing desk is one option. Barring that in mind, make sure you stand up at regular intervals during work hours. As a general rule, if you’ve been sitting for an hour, you’ve sat TOO LONG. Simply, avoid sitting for more than 50 minutes out of every hour. If you don’t already have a fitness tracker, it may be time to get one. We recommend aiming at 7,000 to 10,000 steps per day, over and above any exercise regimen you may have.
For many “chair dependents”, simply getting and staying out of their chair is the very first step toward a healthier lifestyle!