This article is inspired from what i read from a mail forwarded to me from a medical journal. i found it to be quite interesting and i hope that it would be of any help for you.

i guess you have heard the saying GREEN IS THE NEW ME.

well, it is the green concept iam talking to. lets try make the world a greener planet.

its not expensive and as iam myself planning to give it a try, i guess i would love you also to give it a try.

so, how can we cut down the exposure to harmful chemicals and other household risks.

1.Get house dust under control

most of us have some sort of allergy or atleast aversion towards dust.

Dust allergy, is one of the common allergy dealt in clinical pracitice.  It also contains more hazardous chemicals than you might think, including lead, fire retardants, pesticides, and other chemicals.

some of the common solutions include replacing most of the carpets or atleast making sure that they are vaccumed from time to time. They are the largest collectors of dust at any homes. Vacuum frequently — meticulously getting into corners, along the floorboards, and moving furniture to get those dust bunnies.Vacuum at least two times each week. Clean the vacuum bag and filter every time, so dust isn’t spewed back into the air.

2.Throw that nicotine out.

The most prone people for asthma are actually not the cigarette smoker but the children in their family.

childhood is the stage when people develop most of the vulnerable diseases with retarted immunity and most of the asthma patients have a history of being passive smokers.

it saves a lot of money and also at the same time protects the health of an entire family. future expenses on health related problems can also be reduced if you quit smoking.

3. Get your home tested.

This is something we usually dont do.

but it is adviced to get the home tested for the amount of toxic substances inside, which include the amount of lead in the paint or the CFC that your air conditioner or refrigerator is pumping out every minute.

Do get the pollution control test  for your vehicle in time. it helps to clean the entire enviornment as well.

4. Ditch pesticides.

try to avoid the number of pesticides yuo apply to your lawn and garden. Rely mostly on manure and other natural resources. if you keep the dishes clean, prevent any leakages in your pipes and seal any open cracks, to an extend you can control the pests like cockroaches. wash the dishes at time, keep your kitchen organised. make sure you timely evacute the waste materials and also keep your bathroom and toilets clean.

if there are weeds in your garden , try this better thing. remove it manually.

it saves money and also burns that extra on your body.

5. Be careful with plastic bottles and canned foods.

The safety of bisphenol A, a chemical found in polycarbonate plastics, is still being debated. These plastics are used in some water bottles and baby bottles.

Bisphenol A is also used in epoxy resins that line metal products like canned foods. They are found to have effects on the brain, prostate gland, and behavior in fetuses, infants, and children. And one study found that adults with high levels of BPA in their urine were more likely to have a history of heart disease or diabetes, compared to people with low levels of BPA.

What can you do to limit exposure to BPA?

1. Look for safer water or baby bottles — either tempered glass bottles or plastic bottles made of cloudy plastics like polyethelene or polypropylene (recycling symbols 1, 2 or 5) are generally safe. Avoid those marked with a “7” or “PC.”

2.Don’t microwave plastic food containers. Heat can break down plastic fibers.

3.Don’t microwave with cling wraps. Put food in a glass or ceramic dish and then cover with waxed paper or paper towels.

4.Eat fewer canned foods. Use glass and ceramic containers to store or microwave foods.

    6.use filtered water to drink

    when you leave out for a journey, try to take water with you. this is the safest thing you can assure that your water is not contaminated.

    Most of the bottled samples of water are merely purchased because we dont have another option in front of us.

    To an extend use water bottled in recyclable can’s and make sure to deposit back to the trash can.

    7. Temper the Teflon.

    If you’ve got pots and pans with Teflon coating — or other nonstick cookware – make sure you use them wisely. Perfluorinated (PFCs) chemicals are used to make these nonstick coatings, and the chemicals can accumulate in the body. The EPA lists PFOA (one type of PFCs used in Teflon) as a “likely human carcinogen,” although there’s no evidence that Teflon-coated pans cause cancer.

    DuPont and other companies have agreed, in response to government pressure, to eliminate use of PFOA by 2015. In the meantime, you can switch to other cookware now: stainless steel, anodized aluminum, copper-coated pans, cast iron, or enamel-coated iron. Silicone baking molds are also safe to use.

    If you can’t do without your nonstick cookware – or if it’s too expensive to replace right away — then follow safe cooking practices. Don’t preheat pans on high, and use the lowest temperature you can to cook food.

    Two other places you’ll find PFCs – in grease-resistant food packaging and as a stain-protection treatment. Reducing greasy packaged foods and fast foods in your diet (like microwave popcorn, French fries, and pizza) not only lowers your exposure, it’s also good for your heart.

    8.Wash your hands regularly

    if there is anything at your home that your vaccum cleaner dont suck, your toddler will get it!!

    so, make sure that you wash your hands regularly after getting back home from work, before and after food.

    Regular soap wash and also cleaning your back of hands, between fingers and around the nail buds for a suffiecient time regularly.

    Advice the visitors at your house also to do the same.

    9. Use non-toxic cleaning products.

    “If you’ve ever mopped with ammonia, you know how your lungs constrict,”

    The conventional cleaning supplies under your sink — with their “warning” and “poison” labels — contain a potent mix of chemicals.

    Look for “green” cleaners that don’t contain chlorine or ammonia. Choose ones that say “petroleum-free,” “biodegradable,” or “phosphate-free.”  Use vinegar instead of bleach, baking soda to scrub your tiles, and hydrogen peroxide to remove stains. Need a window cleaner? Try diluted lemon juice or vinegar.

    10. Eat organic, eat healthy.

    When you eat organic food, you ingest fewer pesticides. You’re also helping protect the environment.

    More pluses: Research shows that some organic food is more nutritious – organic fruits and vegetables have 25% higher levels of many nutrients than conventional produce.

    However, organic produce can be 20% more expensive than conventional. Organic meats and dairy products might be three times the cost of conventional items.

    Cut the cost of eating organic foods by:

    1.Buying in-season produce, which is plentiful and often cheaper at your local farmer’s market.

    2.Selectively buy the produce that absorbs the most pesticide if not organic — like berries, which soak up more pesticides than other fruit. You don’t really need organic bananas, since they’re protected by a peel.

    3.Buy organic for the foods you eat most often.

      If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, aim for good health in the kitchen. The most important thing to notice while breast feeding are that you are completely aware of the quality of the food you take. because the same thing is to be the suppliment of another life as as well.

      so, i hope this bit and pieces of gathered information was of any help for you. thank you for reading, take care and have a nice day

      God bless

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