HOW To Begin Buying Natural & Organic Products

By none on July 01, 2008

HOW To Begin Buying Natural & Organic Products: Naturally Savvy

Here are some quick and easy tips on how to begin integrating natural and organic products into your life. Remember - we believe in taking “baby steps” when deciding to make any big changes. Even if you change one thing - just one - then you are already making a big difference in your life and your family’s life.

Begin by choosing one or two items that you consume a large quantity of on a regular basis, such as milk or eggs, and switch to a natural or organic brand.

Produce: Wash your fruits and vegetables, organic or not, with “veggie wash” instead of plain water. This non-toxic soap helps to remove dirt, pesticides, insecticides, wax, bacteria and any other pollutants that may lurk on the skin’s surface. Fruit and veggie wash is tasteless and odorless. Look for a brand that is all-natural and environmentally safe.

Plastic: Avoid freezing, microwaving and placing heated food and liquids into plastic containers. Whether or not plastic can leach bisphenol A (BPA) into the food and liquids at high temperatures has been debated for years. In 1998, a professor at the University of Missouri said the amount of BPA a person is exposed to throughout your life can have a direct impact on breast cancer (there are over one hundred published studies confirming his findings). However, The American Plastics Council disagrees. We recommend living on the side of caution. So what can you do?

  • Choose plastics that are not known to leach such as: 5PP, 4HDPE and 2HDPE - look for these symbols on the bottom of the containers (in a triangle).
  • Store left over food in glass containers.
  • For moms with babies/infants try using glass bottles instead of plastic. They are available at most baby stores (I bought mine at Toys R Us). Word of caution: Once your kids are old enough to throw their bottles, change to sippy cups (or interim plastic bottles) because they are very messy when they break - I (Andrea) know because my husband and I cleaned up many messes of our own).
  • Use silicone nipples instead of the rubber (yellow) ones for both the glass bottles (sold separately) and pacifiers.
  • For breastfeeding moms, freeze your milk in sterilized glass baby jars or glass bottles instead of plastic (pumping) bags.

If you are using plastic bottles, warm up the milk in a glass jar/container and then transfer it once it is cooled down. Although tedious, at least you aren't heating it in plastic (where it may leach).

If the plastic bottle you're using doesn't have a number at the bottom of it, email or call the manufacturer to ask them. The company should be able to tell you they type of plastic used to make the bottle. Chances are, if it doesn't have a number, it probably isn't #2, #4 or #5. We emailed a baby bottle company ourselves and the manufacturer didn't give us a direct answer, so we avoided that brand entirely.

If you are using plastic bottles, change them often as the older they are (and the more scratches they have), the more likely they may leach into the liquid.

Baking: Next time you're preparing to bake your favorite homemade cookies, try lining your baking sheet with parchment paper instead of aluminum foil. Aluminum foil may be absorbed into your food when heated. Although the link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease remains unclear, use the less controversial alternative until the results are in.

Cleaning: When you run out of a regular cleaning product, switch to a natural alternative. There are a variety of cleaning products available today that work as well as their chemical-laden counterparts, without the toxic (and stinky) fumes. In the meantime, minimize the amount of chemicals you inhale in your home by increasing your air circulation. Place green plants around your house and open up your windows for at least fifteen minutes a day to circulate the air.

Candles:
Trade in your paraffin candles for soot and lead free varieties. These healthier, more natural alternatives, made from soy, palm oil and beeswax burn 25% longer than regular candles, and emit much less chemicals into your home and the environment.

Cookware:
Replace your Teflon pots and pans with stainless steel, cast-iron, glass or ceramic cookware. Teflon contains a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, that releases toxic fumes when heated to high temperatures. Because PFOA is continually present in the bloodstream of the general U.S. population and the environment, the EPA has launched an investigation into whether or not it is carcinogenic in humans.

Health Shows: Take the time to visit a Health & Wellness show, expo or festival. There you can learn more about natural products and services by speaking directly to the people offering them. Consumer shows are a great place to ask questions, sample products and services and purchase items you may have never heard of or tried before.

Nutritionist:
Consider consulting with a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN). Their philosophy embraces a holistic approach to food, nutrition and health. A CCN can teach you how to make long-lasting lifestyle changes by providing you with all-natural nutritional alternatives. Their governing body, The International & American Associations of Clinical Nutritionists can help you locate a Nutritionist in your area. Visit: www.iaacn.org for more information.

References:

1. Frederick vom Saal, Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri, reported in a 1998 interview.


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