Spring is almost over, but there’s still time to clean out potentially one of the most toxic areas in your home…the kitchen. Food is one of the best medicines and the first step is replacing the bad stuff with good stuff and stocking your fridge with better options for you and your family!
First, go through your refrigerator and throw away anything that looks like a science experiment. Notice anything that’s obviously molding, rotting and/or expired? Toss it!
Fun fact: Not all molds are bad. The antibiotic, Penicillin, was discovered by accident. A scientist’s experiment became contaminated with a bacterial mold, which proved to be revolutionary and life saving.
Remove all alcohol from your fridge and re-stock with caution! Increased consumption of alcohol can increase your risk for breast cancer, even more so if you were diagnosed with the early stage disease. Women that don’t drink at all are 15% less likely to heighten their risk than women drinking only 3-4 drinks per week. Try to limit your alcohol intake to 2-3 drinks per week and always drink responsibly.
Next, make sure your refrigerator is free of produce and foods. Even if you are planning on keeping produce make sure you remove everything so you can clean each surface adequately. Wondering what cleaner to use? How about taking a look at our list of the Toxin 10, the top ten toxins found in your home and then making your own non toxic house cleaner? Many toxins such as chlorine, formaldehyde, and volatile organic compounds are commonly found in household cleaning supplies and are known to irritate the skin, eyes, nose, and throat.
So your refrigerator is clean and ready to be stocked again, but wait!
Before you cram all the nasty crap back in there why not replace some of the toxic stuff with epically good stuff? Ya know, get a fresh start? Here are the top five things you should throw away and swap with alternatives.
5 Toxic Kitchen Items You Need To Replace Right Away:
1. SUGARY PROCESSED CONDIMENTS
Sugary processed condiments such as ketchup. YES! Ketchup is doing more harm than good in our bodies, who knew?! Ketchup contains high-fructose corn syrup. In the small amounts found in fruit and antioxidants, fructose can be processed efficiently in the human body. However, in large concentrations, fructose is very difficult for the liver to process.
Annie’s Organic Ketchup - It contains no artificial colors or preservatives; it’s naturally gluten free and is certified organic- So still ketchup just better!
2. PLASTIC CONTAINERS
Plastic containers – Sure, plastic containers are “getting the job done” but at what cost? Take a look at our Plastic Sucks video and learn more about the damage plastic does to our environment.
Glass containers – Phthalates and other compounds in plastic have been linked to serious health issues it is important to be aware of how much plastic touches our food. Glass keeps food fresh and tasting better longer, a win-win for those of us who don’t have time to make it to the grocery store frequently.
3. PHOSPHATES IN DISHWASHING DETERGENTS
Dishwashing Detergent with Phosphates – Ok, I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t keep my dishwashing detergent in the refrigerator.” But most if not all of the cups and plates you use are washed by it! So after you cook that food…you are putting it on those dishes. Dishwashing detergent with phosphates is bad for the environment and bad for our drinking supplies.
Planet’s Ultra Dishwashing Liquid – This alternative offers the same results without the harmful effects. It contains no ammonia or other harsh ingredients and has only the scent of coconut oil!
4. METHYLENE CHLORIDE IN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS
Methylene Chloride (found in artificial sweeteners) – Here’s another one doing us more harm than good, artificial sweeteners! If the word ARTIFICIAL doesn’t scare you than maybe knowing that all artificial sweeteners are chemically made. If you don’t believe me take a look at the list of negative effects of artificial sweeteners by Modern Alternative Health.
Honey! Honey is natural, sweet and one of the oldest natural sweeteners found! It’s found in a variety of colors and flavors. Raw honey also has added vitamins and enzymes helpful to our bodies.
5. MUMMIFIED FROZEN FOOD
‘Mummified’ frozen food – Have you wondered how long frozen foods have been frozen? How they can stay frozen for an eternity!? Guess what? Just like the mummies of ancient Egypt, frozen food is loaded with preservatives, sugars and salt.
The good news – healthy frozen options do exist! Really, who has the time to prepare dinners these days? If ‘mummified’ foods are a staple in your diet then consider reading the labels to find out what exactly is in your food. These days, companies such as Kashi, Healthy Choice, and EVOL do their best to offer options that are low in preservatives, salt, and sugar.
Take a look at the list of produce found on our Eat Your Medicine page. Many foods contain natural anti-carcinogens that reduce the overall risk of developing cancer. If possible choose certified organic produce, which may contain less hormones and dangerous chemicals.
Spring is almost over, but your commitment to lowering your risk of breast cancer has just begun!