5 Must Have's in Your Kitchen to Eliminate Everyday Toxins
"Of chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities." — Consumer Product Safety Commission.
There are many toxics that the average person encounters day to day through different avenues, and for the next month I will focus on a mini series surrounding the topic of 'Detoxing Your Lifestyle.' This week we will address 5 simple changes you can make to eliminate some of the everyday toxins found in your KITCHEN. These changes are easy and affordable to make, especially if you focus on changing one thing at a time.
1. WATER FILTER. Water is life, literally. It is the life-sustaining fluid essential to health, but if you are drinking tap water it is possible that it has the opposite effect. Tap water usually has chlorine, fluorine compounds, Trihalomethanes, assorted hormones, ammonia, pesticides and even trace amounts of prescription drugs. Our water has usually traveled through miles of pipeline picking the mentioned contaminants above. Though considered safe for drinking, it is definitely not the best. Since 2010, water utilities' testing has found pollutants in Americans' tap water known to be cancer causing. You can search the contaminants found (and their effects) in your water by simply searching your zip code on their website. The best, reasonably price and most pretty water filter I have encountered are Berkey Water Filters. You will love all their options and fall in love with their gorgeous designs fitting any style.
2. HIMALAYAN PINK SALT. Most of us are used to using table salt (also known as iodized salt) in our cooking as it is the cheapest and most commonly sold. Table salt is created by heating natural salt to 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit destroying all its beneficial compounds. It is then also 'fortified' with essential iodine and bleached to devoid of trace elements. Table salt has also been known to contain additives to slow moisture absorption. According to the experts, this highly refined version of salt is responsible for sodium-related health issues. On the other hand, unrefined salts are known to heal the body instead of harming it (when used in moderation). Though natural grocery stores sell many kinds of natural salts, one of the healthiest salts available in the market is Himalayan Pink Salt. Himalayan Pink Salt comes from the ancient seabeds in the Himalayan mountains, and they are pink due to their rick iron content. This salt is known to be rich in minerals which helps balance your body's pH. Himalayan salt can be used to support your respiratory system, purify the air and also help you sleep better.
3. RAW & LOCAL HONEY. I've addressed how to completely cut out white sugar from your home as it is known to have zero nutrients and is only composed of empty calories (seriously pitch all white sugar!!), to read the complete post click here. There are many natural options that will be great alternatives to refined sugar, one of the best one's being honey. Just as vegetables have a higher nutritional value when they are unprocessed, so does honey. Raw honey that has not been heated or pasteurized and contains natural vitamins, enzymes, powerful antioxidants and other nutrients. It is also known to be anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and promote digestive health. Finally, local honey contains local pollen which can strengthen a person's immune system and reduce allergy symptoms.
4. STAINLESS STEEL/CAST IRON COOKWARE. This one may come as a shock to many of you as I realized on one of my most recent blog posts. Most of us are used to cooking with teflon cookware as it is most common and also the most affordable but there is actually much healthier alternatives. Using teflon cookware is not recommended for most foods/cooking and to find out all the reasons why click here. Make sure to invest is some quality stainless steel, cast-iron or ceramic cookware to avoid any extra toxins in your home-cooked foods.
5. GLASS & CERAMIC DISH & CONTAINERS. This is one of my recent discoveries. You have probably heard of plastic water bottles containing chemicals that can be released into your water but I had not thought the same to be true of dishes and food containers. This can be an even more serious problem. The reality is that plastic is made from toxic materials, and it is a known fact that these toxins can leach into whatever they come in contact with. You have heard a lot of plastics that contain BPA a super toxic compound and for this reason consumers have been tricked into thinking that 'BPA-free' plastic is perfectly safe - FALSE. Though your plastics may be labeled 'BPA-free" most of them have replaced it with BPS a close cousin of BPA that is equally as toxic as it also mimics estrogen. The best recommended materials for food storage include glass, ceramic and even stainless steel containers since they can be safely used for hot foods or liquids, these do not leach potentially harmful chemicals when in contact with food.
Happy detoxing friends! Stay tuned for more blogs that will inspire you to 'Detoxify Your Lifestyle.' One step at a time.