It's not until something drastic happens in our lives do we feel the need to make a change. I've found patterns in my own life that have made me realize that I fall into this category too often and I think it's time to change for good.
Having my Dad being extremely chemical sensitive, he has done a lot of research throughout the years and has often told me over and over again about certain things to look out for in the foods I eat and the products I buy on a day-to-day basis. Although I have a pretty good idea about products to stay away from, I slip up from time to time, and it's not until something bad happens that I revert back to the "SMART" me.
When I say "bad" what I really mean is failure to my health. Whether that means headaches, aches and pains or just plain out sick with a runny nose. I always try and boost my immune system to beat whatever it is that my body is fighting, but it's usually too late.
I am only 26 and should be feeling GREAT, but... I had been experiencing a sharp pain in my lower right shoulder and it just would not go away. I ignored it until it started to get so bad that I found myself in the worse mood and couldn't stop moving around when talking to people because it ached so bad and it was always on my mind. In the summer I went to a homeopathic doctor where I found out that my liver was in danger, talk about a wake-up call. After having 3 kids so close together and not giving my body the necessary supplements and rest period in-between my pregnancies, I was depleting my body of vital nutrients. And on top of everything I get stressed out easily… not good. So over all, my body hurt and I was tired ALL the time. I blamed it on my kids, but I knew deep down that there was another reason.
Going to my homeopathic doctor really opened my eyes to the improvements I needed to make with the foods I ate and supplements to take to get my body back on track. Although this was a start, I wasn't finished. I knew there were other changes I needed to make in order to feel better, but I didn't know where to begin.
I did a little searching online and came across Super Natural Home, a book about improving your health and home, one room at a time. Bingo!
About Super Natural Home:
"Beth Greer had been living what she considered a healthy lifestyle when a medical crisis prompted her to reevaluate everything—from the food she ate to the personal-care products she used and the environment she lived in. Now, in Super Natural Home, she shows the alarming extent of the dangerous chemicals we unwittingly expose ourselves to every day. As she did in her own life, she invites readers to put their lives under a microscope—to scrutinize what Americans put in and on their bodies and bring into their homes—and to make personal choices that will enable them to “live clean” in a toxic world."
I received Super Natural Home to review and am now the founder of the I (heart) Beth Greer club and am so very grateful for her. "Beth eliminated a tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery by making small shifts in her diet, and the products she uses in her home."
Super Natural Home has taught me so much and has made me realize that is it possible to make my home free of toxins. What I really love about her book is the pattern to it. Beth bluntly tells the truth about what is really in the products we buy (which scares me to pieces!) and then guides you on what to replace them with!
It can be very overwhelming, which is why I think I was reluctant to make shifts in my life, but I've simply been doing one thing at time and it has been amazing.
A couple of things that I have done already are:
1. Replaced my toxic cleaning supplies. I now use the "Must-Haves" hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and vinegar. Their cheap and work great! "A straight 5% solution of vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of viruses." Don't worry that your home will smell like vinegar, the smell disappears when it dries.
2. Switched my Laundry Detergents. I now make my own with 3 ingredients: borax, washing soda and organic soap bars. I use 3% hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach for whites and vinegar for darks. Baking soda as a fabric softener.
3. Removed the vinyl mattress protector on my babies crib mattress. Similar to new plastic shower curtain liners, that bad smell comes from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), airborne chemicals or gases (formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene) that can cause headaches, insomnia and respiratory problems. "Those with weakened immune systems, chemical sensitivities, or asthma, as well as young children and the elderly, are particularly susceptible to the effects of breathing in VOCs."
My next goals:
1. Replacing my make-up with natural, chemical free products.
2. Find drinking water alternatives.
3. Find air filtration devices and filters
There are so many great tips in the Super Natural Home, I am excited to continue to make healthy, smart choices with the products that I bring into my home.
A BIG THANKS to Beth Greer for providing me with a copy of this book, and for providing one as a giveaway for one of our readers. These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.