How to Keep Toxins out of Your Family’s Diet

family dietSince the end of the Second World War, it is estimated that 80,000 chemicals have been introduced into your food supply and environment, and these toxins could have a big impact on family wellness. Whether you’re exposed to toxins through your diet or the environment, these chemicals can affect your wellbeing with diseases such as cancer, and so it’s wise to take steps to keep your kids and family completely safe.

However, before you start fearing the worse, it’s also good to note that, as awareness and acknowledgement of this danger increases, more and more action is being taken to lessen your exposure to chemicals from either food and the materials associated with food packaging and storage. Still, there are certain tips you can follow if you want to decrease the amount of toxins and chemicals in your family’s diet.

Firstly, by choosing foods that are raised without use of medications and antibiotics, you can lessen the amount of toxins that you consume. You can research this information online, although most products should be clearly labelled. Likewise, buy milk and milk products without use of the Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH), which must be labelled as such. Also, look for the “Dirty Dozen” on the Environmental Working Group website ( to find out and eliminate the vegetables and fruits that have more pesticide residues on them.

Another food to limit your intake of are genetically modified organisms (GMOs). You’ve probably already heard the controversy about GMOs but this is based on scientific research which shows there are significant health and environmental risks associated with the production and consumption of genetically engineered foods. Similarly, studies have linked mercury and PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, to lower IQ levels so avoid fish that contain high levels of these chemicals, such as swordfish and shark.

Speaking of fish, those caught in the wild, often smaller fish, are safer than those that are farm raised. Salmon and tilapia are two such examples, but you can find more information at When it comes to storing food, use stainless steel and glass containers wherever possible, and always steer clear of plastic products that contain BPA, which has been linked to long term adverse effects related to the brain. Finally, eat foods available from local and/or organic farms.

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