4 Ways to Kick Out Toxins from Your Kitchen
There are a wide variety of healthy foods that can help detoxify our bodies. But what happens when these healthy dishes are prepared in a kitchen full of toxins? The answer is simple – the health benefits associated with detox foods will be negated by the harmful toxins present in the kitchen!
It’s time to take corrective measures to prevent your kitchen’s toxins from entering a family member’s body through touch or consumption. Here are some tips to ensure your kitchen is detoxified in time!
1. Switch to non-toxic kitchen cleaning liquids
Not many people know that conventional kitchen cleaning liquids have harmful chemicals such as ammonia, chlorine, and 2-Butoxyethanol! Apart from causing various cancers, these liquids can trigger allergies, asthma, and dermatitis. Instead, opt for a home-made cleaning solution. You can mix vinegar, baking soda, water and an essential oil (for example, peppermint oil), to clean kitchen surfaces.
To clean kitchen vessels, mix lime juice (3 lemons), ⅔ cup salt, ½ cup white vinegar and 1 cup water and blend these all until well mixed. Heat for 15 minutes, pour the mixture into a bowl, let cool and store in the refrigerator.
Also, pesticides are poisonous and using them in the kitchen on a regular basis can lead to serious health ailments such as asthma, reproductive issues, and learning disabilities. So, avoid using pesticides to control pests. Rely on quality sanitation and block all possible entry points that allow pests into your kitchen!
2. Shift to a “safe” cookware
Did you know that there are harmful chemicals present in non-stick Teflon-coated cookware? Non-stick cookware comes in many forms like granite, stone, enameled cast iron but they are all the same Teflon-coated cookware. These cookware such as frypans and saucepans are coated with a material called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Now to make this coating, another fluorinated compound – PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid) is used. When a Teflon cookware is heated to an elevated temperature, residual PFOA could migrate into the food that interferes with hormonal imbalance, reproduction, and fetal development.
3. Bin your plastic containers
Plastic-based products like air-tight containers and bags contain harmful chemicals such as BPA and phthalates. While BPA mimics estrogen and affects the endocrine system. These chemicals tend to get worse on exposure to heat and daily wear-and-tear. It’s important to replace all plastic containers with steel or glass to ensure food is stored safely in your kitchen.
The drinking water that is available through your tap contains chlorine or fluoride. It is a disinfectant that can have a serious impact on your family’s health. Buy a good quality filter that can serve your drinking water requirement with ease for years! It’s a better alternative to plastic bottled water that is hard to dispose of after use.
4. Discard Aluminum wraps
Almost every second home in India uses Aluminum foil for either wrapping food or cooking in it -roasting or grilling veggies and baking fish or meat- this may just be doing more harm to you than you know. Studies reveal that the aluminum foil used leaches into the food, it is more likely to leach in food solutions that contain lemon, tomato juice and when spices are added to the food. This intake of aluminum may be harmful to some patients with bone diseases or renal impairment. High levels of dietary aluminum may also contribute to the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Instead, opt for a more natural wrap – like try out this DIY wrap. Take a cotton cloth and apply a layer of melted beeswax + pine rosin over it. Hang it up to cool down and you have a great cling wrap cloth!
Do you have any kitchen detox stories to share?
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