How to cut your ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals

South Waikato News - - Your Health -

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to ask.dr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered. prod­ucts. We are for­tu­nate to live in a time where there are con­scious com­pa­nies creat­ing great qual­ity eco-friendly clean­ing prod­ucts, which are bet­ter for you and the planet. Many are high qual­ity too, so you won’t need to use as much to achieve great re­sults, thereby mak­ing it just as cost ef­fec­tive.

Switch to nat­u­ral body care and makeup where pos­si­ble. If that is over­whelm­ing, try start­ing with lip­stick.

❚Take your shoes off be­fore en­ter­ing the house – our shoes can ac­cu­mu­late syn­thetic chem­i­cals, which are best left off the car­pets and out­side the home.

Use re­us­able BPA free wa­ter bot­tles and BPA free tinned food (if you use tins).

At home, store things in glass rather than plas­tic.

Never heat plas­tic. This means not putting it in the dish­washer, too. Even if you com­mit to im­ple­ment­ing just a few of the above points, it can help re­duce your chem­i­cal load and pos­i­tively im­pact your health in the long run.

This is just a small snap­shot of how syn­thetic chem­i­cals can im­pact our health, but re­mem­ber you are in a position to vote with your wal­let for the type of fu­ture you want.

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FAIRFAX NZ

Cut your ex­po­sure to chem­i­cals by shop­ping at lo­cal farm­ers’ mar­kets where you can pick up spray-free pro­duce.

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