Parenting Guide: Reduce Toxin Exposure
One of the biggest challenges that parents face is figuring out how to protect their children and reduce toxin exposure. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a child’s body absorbs more than 60 pounds of chemicals and pesticides. This happens through the consumption of food, water, air, and household products.
While it can be challenging to know what is safe for your child to use or eat, there are some simple steps you can take to reduce toxin exposure and avoid harmful substances. Continue reading to find out ways in which you can reduce your child’s exposure to toxins to make them healthier!
Plastics are everywhere and almost impossible to avoid. They’re in your clothes, furniture, food containers – you name it! Besides, if you are a worker who manufactures plastic molding, studies have shown that such workers are prone to developing mesothelioma. This is a form of cancer resulting from breathing in toxic asbestos. If you did not know about this form of cancer, you can click here to find out more information about it.
If you have a baby in the house, some things can help reduce their exposure to plastic. For instance, you can use glass food containers instead of plastic ones. You may also skip antibacterial wipes and use soap and water or an alcohol hand sanitizer instead.
Use Essential Oils
The best essential oils for reducing your child’s toxicity exposure are those that have a high concentration of linalool. Linalool is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which helps reduce the severity of symptoms from exposure in general and protecting neurological health.
Sandalwood is an excellent choice for this as it contains over 90% of linalool. Lavender is also an option, but you should not apply without diluting the oil to reduce its skin sensitizing potency (it will still work, though). A few drops are all you need for a child from the age of two and up. You can apply it to the temples, neck, or chest for a relaxing sensation.
Filter Your Water
Another good step to reduce your child’s exposure to toxins is filtering the water you use in the house. Tap water can contain lead, copper, and arsenic substances that are unhealthy for your kids. These metals impact cognitive ability and intelligence, so it’s best not to take any chances with this particular toxin.
Filter the water with a reverse osmosis system, which removes up to 99% of these metals. This type of filter is typically installed under your kitchen sink and is in most hardware stores or online retailers. If you don’t want to install one yourself, talk about it with plumbers familiar with how they work.
Toxins impact nearly every aspect of your kids’ lives. They are inescapable, from their diet and the products they use, to where they live and play. The good news is that you can do things to reduce the impact of toxins in your kids’ lives. It’s just about recognizing where toxins come from and what they do. The more informed you are, the easier it will be for you and your kids to live a healthier life.