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Decreasing Toxins For Healthy Living

Updated on March 14, 2015
Gotta Love Green--Reduce Toxins And Grow Green
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Decrease Toxins In Your Environment

Toxic issues in our lives need to be addressed and should not be ignored. Understanding how those issues can be linked to each other is an important beginning to solving problems.

When we think about what needs to be done to winterize our home each fall we add checking the gutters, caulking cracks, mulching flower beds, reducing clutter, and other energy expending activities to our big checklist so it all gets done.

Decreasing toxins in our home for safer living doesn’t usually make that list, though. No matter what season we are in it is always a good idea to think through what we need to do to accomplish this task.

The more I read, the more I realize that it is a good idea to do some planning towards checking for toxins so we can be ready to take necessary steps toward decreasing them in our home. Whether continuing to live here or sell the home, it's the responsible thing to do.

Wintertime means closing up the house and sealing in the air to conserve energy. Inside air will be recycled rather than exchanged often and there are several reasons to think about the problems that can be generated under those circumstances.

Other seasons that allow the exchange can present their own issues for many people, but the concerns are not only about allergens and germs. Year round contaminants from manufactured products are a bigger issue than some of us realize.

Knowing what questions to ask helps us think through how best to decrease environmental toxins so some research is important. Every aspect of our lives is affected by toxins when they are present and the information is easy to find.

Some reports indicate that the toxins we live with have an effect on all of our body's systems with the potential to aggravate blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels on top of the well-known breathing and skin issues they commonly cause.

Confining ourselves during the winter, whether it is in our homes, cars, or offices, means we need to do some spring cleaning in the fall. Doing what we can to protect from spring and summer allergens may be easier than we think, and more important than we know.

From the products we use to the foods we consume, taking a second look at their labels is a good idea. Learning to read food ingredients is getting easier for the average person since consumers are calling for honesty in labeling.

Taking action for our health begins with knowing what to do about the concerns. Educate yourself half the battle is won.

Making a check-for-toxins checklist to use at the beginning of every season is a good idea to keep in mind!

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A Look At Decreasing Toxins In Our Lives

Here are a few areas to look at so we can add needed changes to a check-list. Asking ourselves some important questions will help us recognize and respond to the needs:

• Are food containers in our homes, stores, and restaurants BPA free?

• Is a water or an air purifier an item that we need because of our location?

• Do we use aluminum free baking powder and aluminum free deodorant?

• Are our home and laundry cleaners toxic or toxic free?

• Do we have a quality carbon monoxide detector for our family?

• Should we check the radon levels in our home?

• Have we asked ourselves the needed questions about our carpet and rugs recently?

• What are the best resources consumers can use to check on common toxins?

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Fewer Toxins = Better Living

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Valuable Reports on Toxins to Help You Research Your Concerns

Stay up to date on the latest findings via easy searches from authoritative sources:

• Consider research on the siting for carbon monoxide detectors when you purchase a new device.

• A practical buyers and sellers guide on radon in homes is useful information for everyone.

• Detailed information on aluminum in products, including packaged foods.

• See an updated report on BPA: Use in Food Contact Application to use for future reference.

• This on home water treatment is a detailed overview for homeowners and includes some bottled water information.

• As we consider toxins it is important to have a resource on common plants that are poisonous to animals.

• Along those same lines, learn about house plants that could create a hazard for animals and people, particularly small children.

• Remember to browse through information on toxic free gardening whether your garden is full of flowers, used for vegetables, or both.

• From Florida to Alaska, safety conscious consumers should be aware of the potential for shellfish poisoning along with its causes, symptoms, and treatments.

A useful list of resources on food toxins that cause illness and disease, including information on parasites, for all consumers.

• Find your poison control call center number and keep it handy for access to education, alerts, information in an emergency and more.

Take a Deep Breath and Think the Issues Through

Some of my regular readers might ask what's going on here since I have several hubs opposing the popular “green theme” rhetoric. Please understand, my position is very far from being careless with our world, our families, our pets or our homes.

We have a mandate from our Creator to be good stewards of all the good things He has given us--including our health, our food sources, and our air. We are supposed to take care of the earth and ourselves.

My main problem with the “green themers” is that for the most part they disregard the truths of history and of the Bible. There is so much to the concept that I am barely mentioning it here, but rest assured, taking care (being a good steward) is definitely a priority for me.

So, as the seasons change, I hope these ideas with some links you can use to begin research to help you think through what applies to your particular home and family will be useful. As a matter of fact, making a check-for-toxins checklist for every season change is a good idea.

Enjoy the satisfaction and peace of mind that comes from doing your best for your loved ones and the world around you with the knowledge and resources that you have, and remember not to let the problems of the life create toxic thinking that worries you to death!

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks much, both for stopping by and for sharing your experience with using baking soda and vinegar as household cleansers. With all the advertising for cleansers I think we need to be frequently reminded that we don't have to buy those products in order to achieve our cleaning goals.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Cool Hub, from now on I will be checking the ingredients in my household cleansers. Recently I've been trying to baking soda, and vinegar as house cleansers. They work just fine, no chemicals or toxins.