If you are like me, you are trying to balance a greener living and eating a healthier diet. I want to reduce the toxin load on my body and my family’s which may be directly related to cancers, Alzheimer’s and many other diseases and illnesses. This is sometimes easier said than done. We are a family of 5 and can’t always afford organic in the volume of food we need each week. My trips to the grocery store have become longer as I focus on labels and ingredients and not just buying what we want or like. It also has to be affordable and my kids have to like it which makes buying groceries increasingly complex.
I am sharing a list of five things that are important to me when I buy for my family. More specifically, below are 5 easy ways to reduce toxins and boost nutrition. These are items I rarely compromise on and that are very easy and affordable for everyone. It will help you reduce toxin exposure and give a nutritious boost to your family’s diet.
Common Sources of Toxins in the Foods and Products You Use Daily
Before I dive into my list of 5 easy ways to reduce toxins and boost nutrition, it’s important to go over some of the common sources of toxins in the foods and products that you and your family use on a daily basis. That way, you will know what to look out for, and you can then take steps to avoid those toxins.
When it comes to the foods that you eat, and that you feed to your family, you really do need to be diligent. Reading food labels to look through ingredients lists carefully is necessary if you really want to know what’s in a food, as manufacturers can make misleading claims on the front of the label. A food that’s labeled as “healthy” may not actually be good for you, and the only way that you will know that is by reading the back of the label too.
What are some of the harmful ingredients in foods that you should watch out for? Well, they include the following, as a few examples:
- Artificial flavors and colors
- Partially hydrogenated oils
- Added sugar
The same is true of products that you use around your home and on your body. From personal care products to cleaning products, there are a lot of toxins found in these everyday items that you might assume are totally safe. If you have kids or pets, and if you are concerned about avoiding hazardous ingredients, it’s necessary to read labels and be aware of the misleading claims in this arena as well.
What are some of the harmful ingredients to avoid in everyday products like personal care items and cleaning products? Well, according to CNN, they include:
- Organophosphate pesticides
- Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
- Polychlorinated biphenyls
5 Easy Ways to Reduce Toxins and Boost Nutrition
Choose Soaps, Shampoos and Bubble Bath Very Carefully
This is a very important one, especially for babies who soak in baths for a long time. Their skin will absorb toxins that they are exposed to in the bath water so if possible purchase natural or organic body products. Read the labels though as labels can be very misleading. There are some great products on the market now that are free of toxins and cost less than the most popular (and much more toxic) baby brands. Organic is best but definitely avoid Phthalates Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Parabens and PEGs whenever possible.
Everyone loves Popcorn
Popcorn is popular snack around here. Buy corn kernels in bulk (even better, look for non-gmo or organic) and organic coconut oil for popping it. At first it may seem expensive but both will last a long time and provide many nutritional benefits. Go old school and use a pot on the stove. You really do want to avoid microwave popcorn since many brands contain partially hydrogenated oil which is a source of trans fat and microwaving any food may alter its molecular structure.
Hormone and Antibiotic-Free Meats
Whenever possible purchase more natural GROUND meats especially for tacos or spaghetti sauce. Natural ground meat often is priced similarly to the conventional meat. Be aware that when buying deli meats “natural” can be even higher in sodium and may still contain nitrates even when the label implies that it is free of nitrates. “Cultured celery extract,” a form of sodium nitrate. “People think its natural, but it’s not,” says registered dietitian Shauna Lindzon in an article this year appearing in The Star.
If Your Child Loves It, Buy Organic
Carrots and apples are often the favorite healthy snacks around here so if they are going to eat a lot of them, it’s worth it to spend a bit more on organic and avoid the pesticides. Most big chain grocery stores have organic brands that are priced similarly (and even cheaper sometimes) than conventionally grown produce. This is a very easy choice that has health and environmental benefits.
Nutritional Boosts for the Family
We add flax and/or chia are added to most muffins and smoothies for a boost of omega oils and fiber. Make sure to use ground, not whole flax and chia, as the seed can pass through your system without providing the benefits of omegas if not ground. Try to eat fruits and veggies raw. Just heating natural foods may lessen the nutritional value of the food and it’s much easier to prepare when no cooking is required—that’s right moms, NO COOKING!!! (you’re welcome).
Use These 5 Easy Ways to Reduce Toxins and Boost Nutrition!
Now that you are aware of 5 easy ways to reduce toxins and boost nutrition, you can shop smarter. Once you get the hang of reading labels, you will be able to do so quickly, so you won’t waste any time, and you can rest assured that you are making buying decisions that support honest companies that produce truly natural foods and safe products. Plus, you will be able to rest easy, knowing that you are doing your part to help keep your family healthy and happy.