Sunday, April 6, 2014

Paying attention to your health and the environment

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As this being April and the month of Earth Day, I thought I would a recent post from Dr. Jaimie McManus, Chief of Medical Affairs,  Health Sciences and Education.  

Many of us pay attention to what we eat and our exercise, but are we playing attention to the Environment. 

Once I switched my cleaners to the Get Clean line, I noticed that my husbands allergies went away. My son who would wheeze and get sick often didn't have those issues anymore. I began to learn about the dangers of the chemicals that are in our household cleaners and worked to continue to rid our house of those. 

If you are looking for a place to start, I love the Get Clean Starter Kit. It has all your need to start 'detoxing' your home and using safe and effective green cleaning products. 

Not let's hear what Dr. Jaimie has to say. 
Health and the Environment. 

 You are committed to good health and have daily activities and routines you follow in order to support your health. On most days, you start your morning with a workout or a power walk, then make your high-protein smoothee, and take your supplements, and brush your teeth. Then, throughout the day, you try to make the right decisions about eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, wearing your sunscreen, and putting activity into your day.
All these small steps taken day in and day out lead to a stronger and healthier YOU!
To round out your daily health routine, I want to be sure you aren't missing an important part of the health puzzle by being exposed to chemicals in your environment.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks more than 84,000 chemicals used in commerce.  These chemicals, have worked their way into our everyday lives. Now, no matter how clean you try to live, it is impossible to escape exposure from these chemicals that may put an amazingly heavy burden on our liver and other detoxification pathways in our bodies. Chemicals are found in the food we eat, clothes we wear, personal care products we use, and even the very products that we use to keep our homes clean and safe.
Take a look at the chemicals found in common household cleaners:
NameFound inPotentially harmful effects
PhthalatesSolvents used to make fragrancesEndocrine disrupters: Men with high levels of phthalates in their blood have reduced sperm counts.
Perchloroethylene(PERC)Dry-cleaning solution, spot removers, carpet cleanersThe EPA classifies PERC as a possible carcinogen and has ordered a phase-out of the chemical by 2020.
TriclosanAn antibacterial found in dishwashing detergents and hand soapsLeads to drug-resistant bacteria and is a possible hormone disrupter.
2-ButoxyethanolMostly found in window cleaners, is responsible for the sweet smellGeneral irritant when inhaled, at high levels can damage lungs, liver, and kidneys
AmmoniaFound in many cleaning productsWhen inhaled, it can irritate the lungs and potentially worsen asthma.
ChlorineAnother ubiquitous chemical, found in toilet bowl cleaner, mildew removers, laundry products, and even tap waterChlorine is very reactive and irritates skin and lungs. It may disrupt the thyroid.
While it can be daunting to think that we are surrounded by so many chemicals, the good news is that there are fantastic natural choices that will do the job these chemicals do just as well without exposing you and your family to potentially harmful fumes, solvents, and toxins.
Be sure you only have safe, green cleaners under your sink and in your laundry. Choosing green cleaners means that you are doing the best for your health, the environment, and your family’s well-being!
What is your favorite green cleaning tip?
Be Well!!
We can make a difference. Make small steps towards removing the toxins from your home and you many soon notice the allergies are good, the snoring at night is gone, the itchy skin and eczema is going down. You many not know this but also you are eliminated 108 Pounds of packaging waste from the environment. You are eliminating 248 pounds of green house emissions. You doing enough when you purchase a the Starter kit that it is equivalent to planting 10 trees. 
Its a good thing. 
 Let's all get started today and make this world a better place for the future