Environmental Toxin Exposure- How do you reduce the risk?

by September 6, 2019

Everywhere we look, breathe and eat, we are exposed to some element of environmental toxins. In most circumstances, the exposure is inevitable. Inevitable, because let’s face it, we can’t live in a bubble however, we do have control over many aspects of our life, that can make a huge and positive impact on reducing our toxin exposure. We can control our home environment, personal care products and the food and beverages we consume.

The research into the area of environmental toxicity has gained much traction and frankly, it is scary. We all know the main pollutants that can cause issues such as passive smoking, pesticides, herbicides, diesel exposure and the lists goes on however, we don’t realise the other toxins that we’re exposed to on a daily basis, or, what we’re unknowingly including in our daily hygiene and beauty routines.

Did you know that most conventional cosmetics, deodorants, perfumes, beverage bottles, receipts all contain a large quantity of phthalates, heavy metals and endocrine disruptive chemicals?

Most conventional make up, moisturisers, cosmetics, deodorants and perfumes contain a chemical concoction of ingredients that have been found to affect our health, particularly, our endocrine system and hormones as well as our memory, immune system and let’s face it, most of our body. Sure, it may be difficult to completely eliminate some of your favourite perfumes, deodorants or make up brands but there is a lot you can do on a daily basis, to avoid such toxins.

Ways to limit toxin exposure:

  • Switch to Natural deodorants. You may need to rotate a few different brands before you find one that suits however, changing deodorants will reduce your Aluminium exposure. Recommended brands include: Sativa, Black Chicken, Detox-A- Pit and No Pong
  • Avoid the use of plastic containers, plastic bottles and cling wrap. Switch to Pyrex/glass containers or stainless steel lunch boxes and make a switch to reusable coffee mugs and stainless steel drink bottles. For food coverings, look into bees wax covers or, place a plate over your food while refrigerating. This also makes it easy to stack leftovers in your fridge.
  • Make a switch to natural house cleaning products. These products work just as well as conventional products, just without the chemicals. Recommended brands include, EnviroClean, Abode, EcoStore and Cindarella
  • Replace body washes, cleansers, moisturisers and soaps for natural alternatives. Brands include Antipodes, Sativa, Akin, Herbon, Dr Bronner’s and Melrose.
  • Consuming organic food would be ideal however, at times, either not affordable or accessible. With this in mind, at least, consume foods from the clean 15 and avoid the dirty dozen.

Making these simple changes, can greatly reduce your toxic burden and overall toxin load, which in turn, can strongly influence your overall health.

What oil should you use in cooking?

by January 13, 2018

There is so much misinformation in regards to the use of fats and oils and their health benefits. This study proves those who consume extra Virgin olive oil have lower sugar and cholesterol levels.
So what oil should you use in cooking? The best oil is light olive oil. It has a higher heating temperature (takes longer to convert into nasties) and doesn’t have any strong taste. Extra Virgin olive oil is best used for salad dressings and is best not to cook with.
Overall, olive is a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and is part of the reason why the traditional Mediterranean diet is still considered the healthiest!

Here is a great article for some extra reading:

Childhood health and nutrition

by February 4, 2017

Highly recommended viewing. Childhood health and nutrition is a great passion of mine. It is crucial that we are able to educate and empower parents about appropriate nutrition to ensure their own children are provided with the best possible start in life. Lack of knowledge, access and affordability are major concerns that need to be addressed. From conception, parents should be taught about the nutritional needs of the mother and the child. From birth, education should be provided about the varying degrees of nutritional needs from infancy to adolescents. We must make a change to impact the future of our species. After all, prevention is the key to optimal health and longevity. We are a privileged and rich nation yet, we are still facing an obesity epidemic and our rates of disease are still rising. Adequate nutrition is what fuels our biochemistry. Without it, we are unable to function and thrive.

On statins, experiencing muscle and joint pain?

by January 29, 2017

On statins, experiencing muscle and joint pain? There’s something you need to know. Although statin medication is warranted in many circumstances, this cholesterol lowering drug is commonly known to cause myalgia (muscle and joint pain). These side effects are caused by statins blocking an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase (an enzyme which assists with cholesterol production). Not only does inhibiting this enzyme halt cholesterol production, it also blocks the production of coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is crucial for energy production in the body and a depletion leads to muscle and joint pain. Simply supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 while on statins can reduce or relieve your muscle and joint pain.