When it comes to removing toxins from our bodies, many of us focus on our diets. However, what many may not realize is that’s a small percentage of the toxins we deal with every day. In other words, many of the products we use are full of dangerous toxins and we don’t realize it.
One such toxin that we need to be aware of is from plastics. In many ways, plastics have made our lives easier, but not without consequence. One ingredient in plastics we should be aware of is phthalates (pronounced falates.)
Phthalates are used in plastics to make them more flexible. Science is not clear on what level of exposure is harmful since this chemical is so new.
It could be years before we know the effects of these plastics that we use for our water, what we put our foods in, and so on. With that said, if you want to decrease your use of plastics, here are a few tips:
Use glass for most of your storage. To minimize the big effects of plastic leaching, don’t place hot foods in tupperware containers or plastic bags. Let the food cool down before storing. Fatty and acidic foods should never be stored in plastic containers.
Also, prolonged refrigeration storage in plastic isn’t a good idea. Instead, you’re better off with leaving food on a glass plate or bowl and using saran wrap over it to minimize contact (preferably so that the plastic isn’t touching the food at all).
Another tip is to store your food in mason jars. If you don’t want to purchase these jars, simply clean out emptied glass jars and reuse them for storage. That way you’ll save money on containers and reduce waste.
For water consumption: Invest in a water filtration system and drink filtered water instead of bottled water. Use stainless steel and glass bottles, as these are the two best alternatives for your water. To save money, buy a glass bottle of iced tea (or any other beverage in a good glass bottle) and reuse the bottle for water once emptied.
We are bombarded with toxins every day, and many times we don’t realize it. By knowing what some of those toxins are, we can take one step closer to regaining (and maintaining) our health.
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