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Common Household Toxins and How to Remove Them

On his blog, Dr. Mark Hyman, MD writes about common toxins found in everyday households. These include those found in food storage, cleaning supplies, and even the home itself. He recommends several ways to detoxify and to eliminate some of the more common chemicals.

Hyman notes that, in today’s society, we are exposed to more hazardous chemicals than we realize. 

Hazardous Toxins to Avoid

  • Bisphenol A:  A chemical in water bottles made of plastic and food cans. Known to be a synthetic hormone similar to estrogen, and can cause reproductive problems and cancer.
  • Glycol Ethers:  Found in common home cleaning products. Also causes reproductive problems as well as asthma and allergy problems.
  • Phthalates:  Another chemical in food containers made from plastic. Also found in  makeup products, especially those with an added fragrance. Causes birth defects, thyroid problems, and cancer.

To avoid these chemicals, make different purchasing choices. Select cleaning supplies made by eco-conscious companies. Use stainless steel or glass containers for water or storing food.  Choose makeup from natural ingredients.

Now, what should you do about the chemicals already in your body?

One idea is to eat foods that have dark colors like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, as well as dark-colored berries. These foods have phytonutrients that help your body detoxify itself.

While focusing on your diet, avoid eating fish that contain mercury. Dr. Hyman suggests cold-water fish such as salmon. He also recommends taking a vitamin supplement, including vitamin C and vitamin B Complex.

For your home, select household cleaners that have more natural ingredients. Consider testing your home for lead paint or other hazardous chemicals. Have them treated by professionals.

Finally, nothing gets chemicals out of the body than a good sweat. An intense workout or spending time in a sauna allows the body to flush out the toxins.

Want to know more about common household toxins and how to remove them?

Read the full article here:  Get These Toxins Out of Your House