10 Tips for Toxic Free Living

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Is toxic free living even possible? Around every nook and cranny toxic chemicals lie in our homes, suspend in our air, inhabit our food and consume the water we drink. It seems the more one knows about the pervasiveness of modern day toxins the harder it is to be completely rid of them.

But all is not lost.

There are so many ways to get around toxins, even if we have to live with several of them. We can limit our exposure in several ways.

Developing a toxic free living strategy just requires some forethought and planning. There are many tools to help you have a toxic free living arrangement if you know where to look.

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What are 10 tips for toxic free living?

Toxic Free Living Tip #1: USE A WATER FILTER

(Pro tip: my favorite is Aqua Gear)

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You may have heard that our water isn’t very clean. Yes, most water in America goes through a purification plant to eliminate bacteria and so forth but there are a “few” extra things that are added and a few components that are pretty hard to filter out.

You probably know that fluoride is added to your drinking water at your local water plant. Did you also know that fluoride is a toxin even in small amounts? It actually had no effect on mitigating cavities per my research. I did extensive research on fluoride in my post about non-toxic dental care you might want to check out. Your water also may contain heavy metals, pharmaceutical drug residue and pesticides.

Aquagear’s water filter pitcher solves this problem for you. It’s amazing and has been my water pitcher of choice now for years. Here’s why:

  • Each filter lasts through 120 gallons of water which is 3x longer than most other comparable brands. They sell replaceable filters, too.
  • It filters out 2000% more contaminants than the leading competitor.
  • What can this thing filter out? Practically all things bad:  lead, chlorine, microplastics, trace pharmaceuticals, PFOA/PFOS, PFAS, and more while leaving helpful nutrients found in water such as calcium and magnesium.
  • Recyclable product
  • When buying Aquagear products, you help support clean water efforts in Tanzania.
  • Your purchase comes with a money back guarantee along with excellent customer service.

Bottom Line? I want you to consider using a quality water filter if you do not already, and Aquagear is a wonderful product that I have been using for years and wholeheartedly recommend to everyone.

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Toxic Free Living Tip #2: USE A HEPA AIR PURIFIER

Air, like water is vital for our survival. Unfortunately, though, you may have toxins hiding in plain sight in the air you breath at home. Air can contain bacteria, dust, allergens, pollen, smoke, mold and various lingering odors. An air purifier is a small device that you can plug in and run in small and large rooms in your home. The benefit is that wherever you are, you can use it to catch the bad stuff and leave fresh, clean air.

I recommend these Germ Guardian room-sized air purifiers for toxic free living. I own one actually and it’s been great and just as advertised. It actually helps your room smell fresher and it catches dust and germs.  True HEPA air filter reduces up to 99.97% of harmful germs, dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, and other allergens as small as .3 microns from the air. UV-C light helps kill airborne viruses such as influenza, staph, rhinovirus, and works with Titanium Dioxide to reduce volatile organic compounds. They remove pet hair, odor and dander.

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toxic free living

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Toxic Free Living Tip #3: WATCH YOUR USAGE OF PLASTICS AND PHTHALATES

In my post about The Best Natural Health Practices for Endometriosis I cover the research and harm behind plastics and phthalates, especially on those with endometriosis already. These are a big no-no for toxic free living.

Plastics used in food containers or any plastic that is heated up and contains something you eat or drink will contain phthalates. These are known endocrine disrupting chemicals and can cause issues even in healthy people. They can keep you stuck if you have hormone imbalance or related issues.

The most likely culprits for these nasty chemicals are usually found in the kitchen. Do you use plastic kitchenware, tupperware to store your food, or use plastic bottles for water and hot beverages? If so, it’s time to do a little overhaul.

For me, this toxic free living process took some time. I switched several things out immediately such as plastic water bottles and plastic cooking spoons with stainless steel or wood.

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toxic free living

Bottom line, making simple switches in your kitchen from plastic cookware and storage to glass and stainless steel will remove those toxins from plastics and increase your ability towards toxic free living.

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Toxic Free Living Tip #4: USE TOXIN FREE HOME PRODUCTS

Imagine, a clean laundry detergent that promotes toxic free living?

Toxin free home products are becoming easier and easier to find. I’m actually saddened by the number of entrepreneurs whose children had an adverse reaction to a chemical laden house cleaner and decided to go on and make their own. Saddened for the situation, but inspired by their interest in wanting to make a difference.

One such entrepreneur started Molly’s Suds. Molly’s Suds has been growing in popularity and for good reason. The non toxic laundry detergent is comprised on only 5 ingredients, has nice scents from essential oils, and seems to be sensitive enough for people with sensitive skin or other related complaints. There are plenty of people raving about this product which instills confidence. Further, the founder of Molly’s Suds is a mom and pediatric nurse who lost her daughter tragically (I’m unclear of the reason) and embarked on clean living research to discover why this happened. I love a good mission like that.

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Toxic Free Living Tip #5: USE CLEAN PERSONAL PRODUCTS

Another toxic free living tip involves the swapping out toxic personal products for less toxic ones or ones without harm. (Ideally, you want to eliminate the toxins completely).

There are so many swaps you could make in the personal products category that it will be its own post one of these days. Here are a few tips to lessen your toxic load in the personal products category:

Stop UsingSwap With
Perfumes with chemicalsEssential Oil Blend
Nail PolishAu Natural Manicure
Toxin Laden MoisturizerClean moisturizer
Toxic Feminine Care ProductsChlorine-Free Feminine Pads
Toxic ToothpasteDIY Non-Toxic Toothpaste

Tip #6: CONSUME ORGANIC FOODS

Most commercially grown foods have been sprayed with pesticides unless they are marked as organic. These pesticides can cause the body to not perform it’s best, such as with chronic illness or endometriosis.

At the bare minimum, you ought to know about the research on the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. These are products recommendations for avoiding toxins as best you can when you buy non-organic fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen products contain the highest amounts of pesticides in conventionally grown foods. The Clean Fifteen are conventionally grown foods with the least amount of pesticide toxins present.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) analyzes the USDA data each year to rank which fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide residue after testing. For toxic free living you’ll want to keep an eye on this when you purchase your fruits and vegetables.

Dirty Dozen (2022)Clean Fifteen (2022)
1. Strawberries1. Avocados
2. Spinach2. Sweet corn
3. Kale, collard & mustard greens3. Pineapple
4. Nectarines4. Onions
5. Apples5. Papaya
6. Grapes6. Sweet peas (frozen)
7. Bell & Hot Peppers7. Asparagus
8. Cherries8. Honeydew melon
9. Peaches9. Kiwi
10. Pears10. Cabbage
11. Celery11. Mushrooms
12. Tomatoes12. Cantaloupe
13. Mangoes
14. Watermelon
15. Sweet potatoes
EWG ( 2022 data, https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/)

Tip #7: DITCH THE RECEIPT PAPER

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Remember when you used to buy something at the store and you’d get a receipt? Nowadays, you may just have the receipt sent to your email or trash it if you do get one. That paper actually has chemicals that can seep into your skin and disrupt your hormone balance. The chemical is called Bisphenol A (BPA) and a tremendous amount of research has been done on this suite of chemicals and none of the research had good conclusions for human health. Nice, huh?

If you’re like me and sometimes want that paper receipt for price comparing or budgeting, what do you do? I guess you could wear gloves. Chalk it up to the toxic free living you are trying to do and ignore the stares as you keep your hands free of toxins.

I struggle with this one as well, but I know the less that this receipt paper is handled the better my toxic free living goes.

Tip #8: DON’T USE LAWN AND GARDEN PESTICIDES/BUG SPRAYS

Pesticide exposure is correlated with:

If you use pesticides, bug spray or repellant, weed killer or certain fertilizers, please consider making a change for yourself and also for the environment which impacts so many others. Toxic free living includes watching what you bring into your home on your shoes.

Tip #9: USE A GROUNDING SHEET TO AVOID EMF TOXICITY

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Electromagnetic fields from your electronic devices can cause a host of problems including triggering oxidative stress, fatigue, headaches, decreased learning ability, and cognitive impairment. Just think about how much you use your cell phone, laptop and are exposed to these devices. Your exposure time adds up and can cause toxicity to your body. Toxic free living includes reducing your over-exposure to emf and the harmful.

One way to reduce and even neutralize your emf toxicity is by using a grounding sheet. You can sleep on this mat (which is more like a blanket) and it provides for you the electronic frequency the earth naturally exudes which reduces inflammation. This frequency helps your body heal from the damage of emf which disrupts the natural electronic frequency of earth (that our bodies need).

I use on and can attest to feeling less stiff and achy since using it.

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Tip #10: AVOID DRY CLEANING PRODUCTS

The process of dry cleaning clothing creates toxic-laden clothing brought into your home. This isn’t great, is it. If you work in a professional environment where you still need to suit up everyday then this may be the easiest way to clean your clothing that requires dry cleaning.

But, it could be making you sick. One study found that those who worked in the dry cleaning industry were more likely (statistically significantly, too) to die prematurely from several types of cancers. Other studies found that the chemicals used in dry cleaning were statistically significant enough to cause premenstrual syndrome, period pain and irregular periods, infertility, birth defects and impaired sperm.

Ladies, just don’t.

My only recommendation if you can’t avoid dry clean only type clothing is to get some non toxic hand wash detergent and hand wash your delicates. You may only need to spot clean areas such as under the arms or stains after use instead of the whole piece.

Conclusion

This toxic free living list is certainly not exhaustive, it’s just the tip of the iceberg in a very important topic. When you have chronic health issues, your body is trying to tell you that it needs help. It needs help eliminating toxins, healing and repairing. Make it your job to eliminate and replace all of the areas in your life that toxins exist and know you are doing your part to feel better.

Author’s Note: Thanks for reading! I personally use and support the products featured above. Occasionally, I recommend products I genuinely love and will earn commissions if you decide to make a purchase through the links links. Posts like these allow me to keep A Pain in the Endo’s content free.

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