We breathe a handful of carcinogens every day. In cities, it’s almost close to smoking a few cigarettes a day. Right from the air we breathe, the food we eat clothes we wear and the cosmetics we apply on our skin and hair- chemicals are lurking everywhere. We have innumerable cases of persistent cold and coughs, asthma, bronchitis, cancer, hormonal imbalance, autoimmunity, upset guts, headaches, migraines, memory loss, skin allergies, all of which speak volumes to the extent of chemical exposure we face.
We have 6 ways to cut chemicals-
Reduce dry cleaning- Most dry cleaners use a solvent containing a chemical called perchloroethylene. This is a probable human carcinogen that leads to cancer as per the WHO. If you dry clean your clothes , once you get them back from the cleaner, air them out for at least 24 hours before wearing them. Keep them out of the plastic covering they come in.
Safer utensils- No matter how BPA- free and superior the quality of plastic is, it still has a tendency to leach out chemicals into food. Aluminium foils are not safe either. Always choose glass, clay pots and pans over anything else. Copper and silver tumblers are good for drinking water, not food. The good old cast iron is safe to cook in.
Pick natural fabrics- skin is the largest eliminatory organ. Avoid synthetic fabrics like polymer, nylon. Not only do they restrict skin from breathing, they also contains chemicals like azo dyes, chlorinated phenols ,formaldehyde, extractable heavy metals, residual pesticides, allergenic dyes, making them a potential health hazard. All natural fabrics like cotton, wool and linen are safest.
Choose safer food- it’s a well known fact that fruits and vegetables are pumped with hormones (like oxytocin), and sprayed with pesticides and antibiotics. We have bigger, shinier, juicer and all the year round available fresh produce. It gets even worse in case of meat and fish. Buy fruits and vegetables directly from trustworthy organic farms. Even better if one could grow their own food.
Get natural cosmetics- from your toothpaste to your perfumes, it can be laden with chemicals. Some of the most dangerous chemicals are found in shampoos, hair dyes, perfumes and deodorants. They can quite easily seep into the pores and interfere with our hormones and lymphatic systems. Pick essential oils, herbal shampoos and henna instead. Apple cider vinegar works like a natural deodorant and castor oil is fabulous mascara.