How To Make Your Kitchen Toxic-Free (with Brooke Glew)
We are exposed to over 200 industrial pollutants every
single day, and a recent study showed that women spritz and rub an average of
126 chemicals on them before they leave the house in the morning. These stats
are shocking, but they’re also overwhelming for many. Most people know that
they’re exposed to toxins in the products they use and the food they eat, but
they just don’t know where to start to reduce, and what alternatives are on the
market. The good news is there are incredible brands out there, making beautiful natural products that work and have health benefits. If you’re reading this article,
you’re probably aware, or at least interested in becoming aware, of the
chemicals you’re exposed to and how to reduce them. I want to congratulate you
for taking the step to not only change the way you look and feel, but also for
your contribution to changing the generations to come. The more we are educated
and demand products that are not toxic, the more we encourage healthy people
throughout our country and our world.
Get to the Kitchen Brooke!
Ok, ok, intro (rant) over. The Kitchen is a very important,
if not the most important room in your house. Every person, every family
member, every loved one will be in your kitchen. Any products that you use in
this important room, end up being ingested through food and drinks. Cleaning
products will be absorbed into your food, cooking equipment and food storage
will leach into your food, and the food itself will end up in your blood
stream. So let’s break it down.
The Pantry And The
This is where all of our food is stored, this area of
your kitchen is all about working your way through the food that you’re feeding
yourself and your family, and start to opt for healthier options, wholefood
options. The chemicals hiding in our food are many, but once we start to
recognize them and realize that there’s a simple alternative to what we’re
eating, the lifestyle shift becomes second nature. Some general rules in your pantry and fridge are:
1. Avoid the Numbers. Numbers are indicative of chemicals.
Ones like 621 (Monosodium Glutamate), 951 (Aspartame), 202 (Sulphite);
plus many, many more.
2. Go for small ingredient lists, the less ingredients
3. If there’s an ingredient that you don’t know what it
is, don’t buy it.
4. Choose foods that are close to their natural state.
As I mentioned above, what we cook in, can leach into our
food and then we eat it. Some cooking equipment, specifically pots and pans and
oven ware are made with toxic chemicals. When you’re choosing your cooking
equipment, opt for glass, stainless steel, enamel or check out the fabulous
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With food storage the major problem is plastics. Other
than being terrible for our environment, many plastics are made with chemicals
that have harsh effects on our body. It’s as simple as going back to glass!
Often we are buying products in a glass jar and then, shock horror, throwing
them away! These are perfect for food storage. My kitchen pantry and storage
cupboard is full of different sized jars that provide us with most of our food
Cleaning products that you use in your kitchen will
somehow be absorbed into your food and drink. Dish-washing detergent residue is
left on your dishes, oven cleaner remains in your oven, bench top cleaners stay
on the bench, etc. All of these products have harmful chemicals in them that
add to your toxic load, and can affect your short and long term health. A
Australia’s EnviroCare Earth is a great place to start. This
fabulous brand offers a natural product for everything you need in your home.
They work, they’re sustainable, ethical, healthy for you and the environment,
and run by two generations of a beautiful family in Western Australia. In
summary making your kitchen toxin free is not going to happen overnight, but it
will happen. Ha, I feel like I’ve heard that somewhere before. Take one step at a time.
When you run out of a food, drink, cleaning product or anything in your
kitchen, choose a natural option instead of your usual. You will
begin to lower your toxic load, and help your body function optimally.
For more tips on how to make your kitchen cleaner & greener, check out Health Coach Army’s Detox Your Home eCourse