Did you miss the recent New York Times piece declaring toxic chemicals are everywhere? Don't worry. We'll recap it for you: Toxic chemicals are EVERYWHERE.
It's not an exaggeration. (Although we wish it was. Why can't there be an article that assures us everything is A-okay and we can safely and easily get on with our lives?)
Not this time. Multiple medical organizations have sounded the alarm that we've got unregulated substances in our food, homes, workplaces, and personal products. Of the 80,000 chemicals used in products today, apparently only a teeny-tiny bit have actually been screened for safety.
The others may be contributing to cancer, obesity, diabetes, genital deformities, and infertility.
The NYT opinion piece went so far as to compare today's ubiquitous chemicals to yesterday's cigarettes. Remember how the government took a while to get on board with the idea that smoking was, um, actually quite bad?
So probably no need to wait around for government agencies to finally point fingers and ban substances. We should all start cutting back on chemical exposure, like, yesterday.
"It's time to swap your skincare, makeup, food, cleaning chemicals, and lawn care for organic, pesticide-free options," agrees Alisa Vitti, a functional nutritionist, founder and CEO of FLOLiving.com, a virtual hormone health center for women, and best-selling author of WomanCode. "It's not a 'nice to have,' it's a 'need to have' to protect yourself and your family, future or present."
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Where to even start?
Vitti suggests cutting back on these:
1. Triclosan: An ingredient in many antibacterial products, "it's a known endocrine disruptor," says Vitti.
2. Talc: Sorry, powder lovers. "It's been implicated in ovarian cancer," Vitti notes.
3. Aluminum chloride: It's in so many antiperspirants, you'd assume it's safe, but, says Vitti, "aluminum buildup in the brain is linked to Alzheimer's."
4. All pesticides: We're not talking about JUST your lawn care but your fruits and veggies as well.
"These [four chemicals] are most offensive because they're so much more common," Vitti explains, "and therefore your exposure to these is likely higher."
Will cutting back require lots of changes, some drastic, some costly, some downright inconvenient?
But "take the plunge, make all the switches, and you'll reduce your [chemical] load dramatically," Vitti says. "The longer you give yourself without exposure, the longer you can have the time you need for your body to begin a deeper detoxification process and heal."
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