Week Three of Women Wellness Month – Breast Cancer Prevention.
Home and Lifestyle.
Written By: Amanda Hunter ND.
The message in all these articles during May Wellness Month is simple:
To greatly lower your risk of developing breast cancer or any other cancer, focus on reducing your daily exposure to the toxic chemicals that can promote the growth of cancer while at the same time increasing your intake of the natural compounds in foods, primarily plants, that can modify the toxicity of these chemicals.
This week I’ll show you some of the things you can do within your home and from a lifestyle perspective that will help you reduce this exposure and boost your defences. Every little thing you do can make a difference.
A nice summary of today’s information is:
Stick with whole foods and natural products around your home. The fewer ingredients a product contains, the better. Try to make sure anything you put on or in your body – or use around your home – contains only ingredients you are familiar with. If you can’t, pronounce it, your probably don’t want it around yourself or your family.
And … go researching. The more you know, the better equipped you are to make the best decisions for yourself and your family.
Follow these helpful tips around the home:
- Buy products that come in glass bottles or jars rather than plastic or canned, since chemicals in the plastic and in the plastic liner of cans can leach out into the food it contains. These are endocrine disrupting compounds, therefore increase your cancer risk.
- Store your food, especially food containing any fats, in glass or pyrex or even your china bowls, and do not cover food with plastic wrap to avoid this same leaching problem. Place the food to be stored in a safe container, cover the top of the bowl with a plate that fits, then if needed, you can safely cover the whole thing with cling wrap. This way, no plastic is in contact with the stored food. This is a really important thing to be doing.
- Avoid pre-packaged and processed foods as even the packaging is a source of chemicals that have links to cancer.
- Replace your non-stick teflon pans with ceramic or glass cookware. I have used NeoFlam ceramic non-stick cookware and its great and safe.
- Use only natural cleaning products in your home or make your own. There are so many good ones to choose from.
- Avoid artificial air fresheners, dryer sheets, fabric softeners or other synthetic fragrances. Look for products that are “fragrance free” not “unscented” as “unscented” can mean another fragrance has been added to mask the odour. One artificial fragrance can contain hundreds, even thousands, of potentially toxic chemicals. Pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are perfect, safe substitutes.
- Look for organic, chemical free brands of tampons and sanitary pads.
- When buying new products such as furniture, mattresses or carpet, ask what type of fire retardant it contains. Be careful of or avoid items containing PBDEs, antimony, formaldehyde and brominated chemicals. As you replace these toxic items around your home, select those that contain naturally less flammable materials, such as leather, wool and cotton.
- Avoid stain and water resistant clothing, furniture and carpets to avoid perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs). You can opt out of these processes when buying new household items.
- Think about getting a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filter to remove contaminated house dust, which is one of the major routes of exposure to flame-retardant chemicals or outside chemicals that have been walked in on people’s shoes.
- Ventilate your home – wherever you can have fresh air flowing through your home. One of nature’s great cleaners.
- Remember, you can’t go wrong if you look for products that are made by companies that are earth-friendly, animal-friendly, green, non-toxic and/or 100% organic. Apply this to everything you bring into your life.
- This way, that reduction in exposure to toxic, cancer causing chemicals is happening.
- Mobile phones: keep them away from your head, use loudspeaker or ear phone function.
- Sleep: there is so much value in getting 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Keep mobiles and any other EMF producers out of where you sleep. If you know you are having interrupted sleep, give your immune system and nervous system extra support with high quality supplements/antioxidants and superfoods.
- Your car: this is a very smart thing to get in the habit of doing. When you are stopped in traffic, switch from outside air to inside recirculated. This stops traffic fumes being sucked into your car. Once going again, you can go back to outside air.
- Your new car: that new car smell is actually very toxic. Keep the windows down more as you are driving, until it goes. You can also use bamboo charcoal packs in the car – they absorb toxins and odours really well – until the car loses its newness.
- Managing stress: ongoing stress, worry and negativity will do you more harm than anything else. While we are designed to cope well with short term stress, it is the long-term, unresolved stress that does great harm over time. If you know this is you, get help with this as soon as you can to bring back a sense of peace, joy and gratitude into your life.
- Social connection: friends, family and a sense of connection and purpose make for a healthier life and tend to help us feel less stressed.