For many people, the new year is a new beginning. It is an opportunity to make changes and have a fresh start.
You may be one of those people that resolve to improve your health this year by exercising and eating better.
You can also improve your health by avoiding some of the many toxins that are common in the environment. Just a few small changes can make a big difference.
You might be surprised at how many poisons you bring into your home on a regular basis.
Things like non-stick cookware, air fresheners and antibacterial soaps all pollute your home with nasty chemicals.
According to Rodale.com, there are safer alternatives that work just as well.
Reduce Poisons in Your Home
For example, regular soap and water is just as effective as antibacterial soap without the dangers of triclosan, the antibacterial chemical that also disrupts thyroid function and changes the sex of aquatic creatures when it gets into the water systems.
When choosing antibacterial products, avoid those with triclosan or triclocarban, both of which are unhealthy.
Synthetic fragrances are also unhealthy for you, because they can cause cancer, disrupt endocrine function and even affect reproductive systems.
You’ll find these in air fresheners as well as household cleaning products and laundry products.
Instead, opt for unscented products, and if you need to freshen up your home, try some natural options. A bowl of vinegar or baking soda can absorb odors quickly, and a simmering pot of water with orange peels, cloves and cinnamon sticks will add a deliciously wonderful fragrance to your home without spaying chemicals into the air.
You may be surprised to learn that the chemicals in non-stick cookware are linked to ADD, thyroid problems and infertility.
Glass and stainless steel are safer options, and don’t forget the benefits of cast iron. A well-seasoned cast iron pan is just as non-stick as those coated pans, without the health hazards.
Poisons Outside Your Home
Pesticides may seem like a great idea to get you that magazine-cover landscape, but at what cost?
Even carefully applied, pesticides still get into the water table and wreck havoc for the creatures that live in our waterways as well as the rest of the environment.
Roundup, the world’s most popular weed killer, is linked to the development of “super weeds,” mutations in amphibians, birth defects and cancer in humans, and many more horrible problems for the environment and the human population.
Consider more organic ways of gardening, and keep in mind that a bug-free, weed-free yard isn’t necessarily a healthy yard. And a yard doused in chemicals isn’t safe for you, your children, your pets or the environment. If the environment is killing all of the bugs, consider what that same environment is doing to you, your children and your pets.
Weeds can be deterred with barriers as well as good, old fashioned hand-weeding or a hoe. Healthy lawns are less likely to have a weed problem.
Insect pests can be repelled with natural products, such as neem, with certain types of plants and with beneficial insects.
Safer Pest Control
Instead of spraying poison all over your home, try using sticky traps.
Fly paper and glue boards are very effective. In fact, if you have a spider problem, glue boards are far more effective than sprays that only work if they are sprayed directly on the spider.
Certain essential oils, such as peppermint oil and eucalyptus, are known to repel rodents. Basil, bay leaves and lavender are known to repel insect pests both indoors and outdoors.
Grow your own and you will not only see fewer pests, but you’ll have some wonderful kitchen herbs to enjoy as well.
Reduce the Danger
You certainly cannot eliminate all of the poisons that you are exposed to on a daily basis because pollution is everywhere.
However, you can make an effort to reduce the pollution in and around your home.
Make it a safe haven, where you can relax and allow your body to recover from the toxic onslaught that it has to fight on a daily basis.
Try making one of your New Year’s resolutions to eliminate one toxin from your home each month, or more often if you’re motivated to do so.
By this time next year, you’ll be proud to look back at all the healthy changes you have made.
Originally published on TopSecretWriters.com
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