What is organic living? Organic living can be incorporated into your daily life. It can be anything from farming, gardening, buying organic foods, clothing, or home care products. Simple, healthful and close to nature is our definition of organic living.
Organic living is something you need to ease into. It takes research and a passion for healthy living. Sometimes it’s hard to change, certain lifestyle choices have become engrained in our daily routines. But if you just try changing one habit, maybe start with organic dairy and when you are ready, move to grass fed meats. Start cleaning with less toxic products around the house then move to healthier cosmetics. By purchasing organic food products we can reduce our exposure to the pesticides, hormones, additives, and chemicals commonly found in conventionally grown and produced food. Some studies have shown organic produce contains more cancer-fighting anti-oxidants and vitamins. By eating organically we can reduce our exposure to the bad stuff and increase our intake of the good stuff all at once!
BPA is an industrial chemical that is used in certain plastics and resins. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers which are made with this chemical. Start looking for canned goods that say BPA FREE, or start limiting your reliance on canned soups, veggies or beans and go for the real deal fresh alternatives. Make a pot of soup and freeze it in small portions for easy use later. But don't stop here, look for BPA FREE in your plastics and many other products.
Learn more about BPA here at Breast Cancer Fund.
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The chemicals contained in many of the popular cleaning products are highly toxic and are not safe for long term use. They are breathed into the lungs and absorbed into the skin. Try a combination of vinegar and baking soda and you might be amazed at how clean your floors become. Check out these DIY recipes by Women’s Voice For The Earth.
Try for more natural ways to rid your yard and gardens of weeds and bugs. Pesticides wash into nearby yards and water ways. They are tracked into your home by little (and big) feet and can get on clothing and skin when playing outside. It’s difficult to protect yourself and family from pesticides used on yards and parks, but you can always start with your own yard and gardens and work towards changing nearby parks. Tell your neighbors your success of using nontoxic methods for ridding your yards and gardens of toxins and they might also get on the band wagon. Most of the alternatives are cheaper than the hard stuff so you get the added bonus of some money saves.
Check out more ways to reduce your exposure to chemicals at Breast Cancer Fund.
Start transitioning your cosmetic products (makeup, hair products, lotions, toothpaste, polishes etc.) to a less toxic alternative. We have a great list of companies who are providing great alternatives to the brands we know and up until recently loved but that contain parabens, phthalates and other questionable chemicals. Start with one product you use the most often and then when you find a brand you love, start trying some of the other products they offer.