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How to be Healthy ~ 4 Health Ideas You Might Not Have Considered

Updated on April 1, 2015
Diet and exercise alone are not enough to be maintain optimal health. Learning to avoid chemical exposures is how to be healthy.
Diet and exercise alone are not enough to be maintain optimal health. Learning to avoid chemical exposures is how to be healthy. | Source

Overall health is more than fitness and counting calories. Over time our society has come away from natural foods and introduced more and more toxic chemicals into products we use everyday. To know how to be healthy is to know how to avoid exposure to unnecessary chemicals such as food dye, fluoride, genetically modified foods, and flame retardants. The rise in cancer, diabetes, learning disabilities, and other health issues has not been attributed to one particular exposure due to the fact that there are now too many variables affecting our health. Minimizing these variables is how to be healthy.

Copyright © 2015 Melis Ann

Avoid Food Coloring

Artificial food coloring is pervasive in our food supply. Many countries have banned the use of artificial food dyes due to the evidence that it is harmful to our health. It is disturbing to know that manufacturers of food products will make their product for one country without the added food coloring, but provide another country the same product with the harmful dyes. Linked to causing numerous diseases and disorders, avoiding food dye is one way to be more healthy. The following resources explain what food dye is made of, what foods and medicine contain dyes and how to make your own natural food coloring.

Artificial food coloring is in many products and linked to negative health effects, especially in children.
Artificial food coloring is in many products and linked to negative health effects, especially in children. | Source
GMOs are a controversial subject with companies that want to sell them (like Monsanto) fighting against consumers who want to know which products are genetically modified.
GMOs are a controversial subject with companies that want to sell them (like Monsanto) fighting against consumers who want to know which products are genetically modified. | Source

Avoid Genetically Modified Food (GMOs)

Crops, such as corn or soy, and therefore food additives like corn syrup, maltodextrin, soy lecithin or soy protein may be genetically modified. The DNA has been altered, or genetically engineered, to be different from the original DNA to help it withstand chemical applications or drought, for example. Safety testing of GMOs has not been proven for inclusion in our food. Recently, the Norwegian School of Veterinary science found that GMOs caused health problems in rats and salmon in the form of increased weight gain and changes in the immune system. Since labelling food that contains genetically modified ingredients is not yet required, avoiding them can feel overwhelming at first. Avoid taking the gamble on GMOs. Following the guidelines below will help.

If fluoride was not added to the public water supply, this industrial by-product would be very expensive to dispose of as it is considered hazardous waste.
If fluoride was not added to the public water supply, this industrial by-product would be very expensive to dispose of as it is considered hazardous waste. | Source

Avoid Fluoride

Originally, fluoride was thought to be needed in the water supply to build strong teeth and avoid cavities. For every study that says this is true, there is another study that says communities that do not have fluoride in their water have less incidence of cavities. Regardless of how effective fluoride is for tooth health, it's more important to know that studies have shown that fluoride is toxic to the brain, affecting brain development and IQ in children. Since the benefit of fluoride is questionable, and the danger seems apparent, avoiding fluoride is another path to follow on how to be healthy.

Disclaimer: Note that this website portrays my opinion. I want to help others consider a new or different view. Any action taken based on these opinions is the responsibility of the reader.

Copyright © 2015 Melis Ann
Original content written by Melis Ann published only on HubPages at the following web address: http://melisann.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-be-Healthy-Health-Ideas-You-Might-Not-Have-Considered

Flame retardant chemicals have changed over the years as one by one they have been found to be hazardous to our health. We inhale them, ingest them and absorb them from everyday products in our lives.
Flame retardant chemicals have changed over the years as one by one they have been found to be hazardous to our health. We inhale them, ingest them and absorb them from everyday products in our lives. | Source

Minimize Exposure to Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are added to many everyday products like upholstered furniture, bedding, and electronics. They exist in 80% of children's products including car seats and mattresses. Studies show that we have been heavily exposed and that fire retardants cause a variety of health effects. Minimizing exposure to fire retardants is to be more healthy overall.

Minimize Exposures

It's important to note that we can't eliminate our exposures completely. Our best health can only be achieved by reducing unnecessary exposures and minimizing chemicals in simple ways. Having the knowledge of the potential health threats like fluoride, GMOs, flame retardants and food coloring, and adopting an action plan to follow is how we can be more healthy.

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      Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Hi Careermommy ~ I'm glad you enjoyed this hub on ideas for how to be healthy. As for fluoride in toothpaste, please find my other articles dealing with the subject as it is a big one!

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Melis Ann, this is a great hub, filled with valuable information. This delves deep into getting healthy and I love that! Just curious about your thoughts and alternatives for fluoride in toothpaste. Thanks.

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thank you for sharing this important information and your input DanaTeresa. It will get easier shopping for healthy foods as you become a pro at looking for keywords on food labels. Imagine how much healthier we can all be if we take this beyond food. Cheers!

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      Melis Ann 5 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

      Thanks ACQHealth - I always love hearing from you!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      This is very good information. Thank you for sharing it!

      I have recently been trying to avoid food dyes and additives. Boy is it tough! I am sure it gets easier once you get used to what to look for...

      My friend knows a woman that has a son with ADD and taking the food additives out of his diet made a huge difference. He is a lot better.

      Voted up and sharing!

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      ACQHealth 5 years ago

      Fabulous & helpful hub, thank you!!