Family in the Kitchen

Detoxify Your Home to Boost Your Immunity

Safe Havens?

We think of our homes as safe havens, protecting our families. But did you know that there are hundreds of toxic chemicals in your household that can harm your health?

A study by the State of Massachusetts found that 50% of all illness is due to poor indoor air quality.1

Additionally, the National Toxicology Program found that 150 chemicals can be found in the average home.2

You might be surprised about where toxins lurk, but don’t despair – there are easy, natural alternatives!

But first, here are some facts you should know about toxic chemicals and your health3:

  • 75,000 synthetic (man-made) chemicals are registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 250 billion pounds of these chemicals are produced every year.
  • According to the EPA, only a fraction of these have been fully tested for human health concerns.
  • Synthetic chemicals have been found in the blood of children and adults, even in the cord blood of newborns:
    • Analysis of cord blood of newborn babies at Mt Sinai Hospital found more than 200 chemicals already in the blood stream at birth.
    • A recent study on adults found a total of more than 200 synthetic chemicals in their blood -- with an average of 67 different chemicals in each individual.
  • Serious illnesses are increasing among children and adults:
    • Toxic chemicals in the home and household cleaners are associated with allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological or neurological disorders.
    • 90% of poison exposures occur in the home. In fact, women who work at home have a 54% greater death rate from cancer, according to a 15-year study reported at the 1990 Toronto Indoor Air Conference. This study concluded that the increase resulted from increased exposures to toxins in the home.4
    • Women who use dry cleaning may have increased risk of developing breast cancer.5

 

The main culprit for toxic chemicals in your home are air fresheners and household cleaning products, like drain cleaners, liquid dish soap, oven cleaners, all purpose cleaners and furniture polish.

Additionally, building materials, furniture fabrics and new carpeting all add to exposure to toxic chemicals in your home.

Another common household product, Teflon (found in non-stick pans and fabrics), was banned by the Swedish government due to increased risk of breast cancer.6

What the advertisements don’t tell you is that women who use non-stick pans and stain-resistant fabrics risk harming their baby’s health too.

The toxins in Teflon and stain resistant fabrics do NOT break down and instead, accumulate in your body.7 In one study, researchers found toxic chemicals from non-stick pans and stain resistant fabrics in the breast milk of every woman tested.8

(While breast milk is still the healthiest form of nourishment for your newborn, it’s important to know that your exposure to toxic chemicals also affects your baby.)

It may seem like toxins are everywhere…and while they really are a fact of life in today’s world, it’s easy to reduce your toxic load! These days, there are non-toxic alternatives for just about everything you use in your home.

Reduce Toxic Load for Overall Health

So how can reducing exposure to toxic chemicals improve your health?

Our last two articles had several tips for a detoxification diet and breast health, so these tips focus on two easy steps to detoxify your home:

  1. Choose non-toxic alternatives - Look around your home and begin to look for non-toxic alternatives to common toxic household goods.At PureBalance Natural Health Center, Dr. Ingrid Maes and I do extensive research on safe household cleaning and beauty products. Whether you come visit the center and shop our store or purchase products online, here are some that we highly recommend:
    • Ecover– from dish liquid to laundry detergent and household cleaners, Ecover is a truly “green” (chemical free) product that does not test on animals.
    • Le Creuset Cookware– Le Creuset is enamel coated cast-iron, which is a healthy alternative to toxic aluminum or Teflon coated pans. While Le Creuset cannot compete with Teflon for it’s non-stick properties, isn’t your family’s health worth a little extra elbow grease?
    • Non-Toxic (“Green”) Furniture & Paint – Did you know that most furniture today is coated with toxins to make them stain resistant or inflammable? Because of this, many people are choosing to buy antique furniture. If you are looking for beautiful modern designs, consider our favorite find, Green Nest. You can also avoid VOCs with Zero VOC and Low paint from Green Nest! Created by a husband and wife team of green builders, Green Nest many safe, non-toxic products a healthy, toxin-free home!
  2. Clear the air – the air in your home or office can be up to ten times worse than the air outdoors! Protect yourself from toxins in the air like pet dander, mold, pollen, radon, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and more by using an air purifier.

Now that you are thinking differently about the products you use in your home and the air you breathe, the next step would be to begin looking at your personal care products, like soaps, lotions and other beauty products.

Stay tuned for future articles on healthy skin and beauty products, along with more tips to enjoy your best health!

At PureBalance Natural Health Center, we are committed to helping you detoxify your body, your lifestyle AND your home.

 


Sources

1 Bahamas Journal. http://www.jonesbahamas.com/?c=53&a=6400

2 http://www.enviroalternatives.com/nontoxichome.html

3 http://www.excelwithus.com/important_facts_regarding_toxins.htm

4 ibid.

5 Weidenboerner, Katie. Speaker to Educate About Hazardous Wastes in the Home. St. Mary’s Press. October 2006.
http://www.smdailypress.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=54&Itemid=27

6 http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/ask_expert/2005_08/question_11.jsp

7 http://www.breastcancer.org/risk/ask_expert/2005_08/question_11.jsp

8 Gutierrez, David. Nonstick Cookware Chemicals Found in Human Breast Milk. NaturalNews.com, September 2008. http://www.naturalnews.com/024148.html

8 ibid.

 


Veggie Soup

Veggie Soup

Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add diced vegetables and cook until soft. Stirring frequently to prevent burning.

Add water to  just cover the veggies.

Cook on low heat for about 10 min . add 2 bouillon cubes and add desired amount of water.

For a thicker soup less water , a thinner soup more water. Cook on low heat for an hour add 2 cloves of chopped up garlic at the end.

Puree soup , and enjoy!


Grilled Salmon

Grilled Salmon

Salmon Preparation
1. Turn oven on to 500°
2. Leave the skin on the fish; rinse and pat dry with paper towel
3. Place fish skin side down on a metal baking sheet
4. Rub fillets liberally with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt
5. Once oven temperature has reached 500°, reduce to 275°, then immediately put sheet with salmon on lowest rack
6. Roast salmon 8 to 13 minutes

Enjoy!


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Discover Two Simple, Yet Powerful Steps For Lasting Health!

Key Points
Your Body At A Glance - Your body is made up of cells that band together to create tissues. Tissues group together to make organs and glands, and organs and glands group together to make up the systems of the body!
Root Cause of Illness – Inflammation and poor digestion are culprits behind many unwanted symptoms, illness and aging. The good news is, you can heal both!
Balance is Critical - For overall health, Rejuvenating your body is just as important as Detoxification.
The PureBalance Method for Health & Healing helps nourish, restore, balance and detoxify your body right down to the cellular level.

Want to know how to achieve your best health, so you can feel fabulous again?

The PureBalance Method (PBM) is a complete system for healing that goes beyond physical detoxification. We help you create balance through two simple, yet critical steps: (1) targeted detoxification that rids your body of toxins (2) system restoration that rejuvenates your organs and glands, bringing the systems of your body into balance.

Discover PureBalance's Two Simple, Yet Powerful Steps For Lasting Health:

1) Targeted Detoxification Therapy (TDT)

PureBalance focuses on detoxification at the mind, body and spirit level. To find out why this is so important and why it sets PureBalance above other detoxification programs, read: Scientific Evidence: The Mind, Body, Spirit Connection & Your Health.

Focus: Detoxify Your Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Levels For True Well Being

  • Open Your Body’s Detoxification Pathways– Many people are exposed to toxins from their food, air and water. Your body’s detoxification pathways are the highways through which the toxins move out of your body.  The 5 major detox pathways are: your skin, lungs, liver, kidneys and intestines.
  • Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Detoxification– Often during detoxification the body will release stored emotion. Have you ever felt angry or depressed 2-3 days after you eliminate unhealthy foods from your diet completely? Have you ever experienced or observed in a friend or colleague the emotional release on day 3 of quitting coffee? Chinese medicine teaches us that our organs and glands not only become congested with physical waste, but also our repressed emotions. The release of these emotional toxins is a natural part of the cleansing process. However, most detox programs do not support you in allowing this holistic process to take place effectively. At PureBalance, our protocol is designed to help you heal on all levels – mind, body and spirit -- for lasting health and well-being.

PureBalance Detoxification Protocol:

Bottom Line: Your body cannot heal if your detoxification pathways are blocked. Furthermore, your emotional and spiritual health play a key role in your physical health. Detoxifying at the mind, body and spirit level can help create lasting health.

2) System Restoration Program (SRP)

The missing link in most detoxification programs, this is the component that nourishes your organs, glands, tissues and cells, so that your body can regenerate and heal. Most detox programs fall short in that they only assist in the elimination of waste.  System restoration occurs when the organs and glands are built back up after the sludge has been eliminated.  This requires whole food nutrition and a supplement program that alkalizes your body, corrects all digestive weaknesses, and controls inflammation, thereby bringing system balance.

Focus: Heal the Root Cause of All Illness
  • Heal Your Digestion -Your body needs nutrients to work effectively.
    • The first step in PureBalance’s Health Restoration program is to reintroduce your body to real food. 
    • A whole foods diet reintroduces your body to superior nutrition that nourishes every cell. But in order to take advantage of the nutrients your body needs for health, you must be able to digest them.
    • Research shows that over 62% of people suffer from some type of digestive illness and a higher percentage suffer from poor digestive health. [1]

Symptoms of poor digestive health can include:

  • Heartburn and GERD
  • IBS
  • Abdominal pain
  • Addiction
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Autism and ADD
  • Auto-immune diseases
  • Bad breath
  • Candida
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chron’s disease and colitis
  • Constipation
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Eating disorders
  • Hepatitis
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • MS
  • Migraines
  • Mood problems
  • Poor immunity
  • Thyroid problems
  • Ulcers
  • Weight gain and obesity


Are You Digestively Challenged?

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  • Reduce Inflammation – Most experts agree that inflammation is at the root of all disease. Evidence already shows that heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, early aging and arthritis are linked to chronic inflammation. [2] Every symptom you are experiencing has inflammation at its root.
  • Hormone Balance – Since hormones play a role in almost every function of your body, an imbalance in your hormones can cause a wide range of symptoms. Hormone balance is critical if you want to feel good, look good and have great energy.

Bottom Line: If you want to feel your best, stay healthy and look young, you must heal heal your digestion, reduce inflammation and balance your hormones.

PureBalance System Restoration Program Protocols: PureBalance provides assessments, support, healthy eating nutritional plan and the best natural health products to give your body the extra support it needs to build and restore optimal health.


What You Can Do Now to Help Your Body Heal and Detoxify:

 


[1] UC Berkeley Welleness Letter. January 2008.
[2] Lipski, Elizabeth, Digestive Wellness (Joel, link to amazon affiliate: http://www.amazon.com/Digestive-Wellness-Elizabeth-Lipski/dp/0879839848#reader_0879839848)