Integrative Medicine Blog

4 Tips to Start Your Summer Off Toxin Free

Emmy Katz PA-BC Sunday, April 09, 2017
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While yes it is still Spring, we know that Summer is just around the corner! In preparation for the Summer months we wanted to share with you some tips to help keep you and your loved ones happy, healthy, and toxin-free.

  • Green Up Your Lawn Practices: Keep your lawn safe to enjoy! Why does it matter? Well, the chemicals in pesticides migrate into groundwater, and even through the air. We can track pesticide particles indoors on our shoes from the particles attached to the soil. Choose natural organic fertilizers, and use sparingly in the early Spring. Weed Manually- it’s a good workout, or even use white vinegar to kill weeds. Spread the word and encourage your neighbors to avoid pesticides and harmful chemicals. In a more rural environment? Get some guinea hens! They are considered one of the most effective exterminators of pests (with a benefit of some free-range eggs).
  • Test Your Water: We are constantly telling patients to drink more water, but the quality is just as important as the quantity. Water can be over chlorinated, contain bacteria, pesticides, lead, or other substances. To ensure you are drinking safe water, gather some data. You can request a Consumer Confidence Report from your water supplier - and consider testing your water at a lab like National Testing Labs.
  • Tips and Toes: Dare to go bare! Or at least avoid the toxic brands of nail polish - most tend to contain dibutyl phthalate, toluene, and formaldehyde. Formaldehyde you say? Yes it’s true this carcinogen is found in many brands. Opt for a safer brand such as Scotch Naturals or Honeybee Gardens. Not sure how safe your polish is? Check out the ratings on Environmental Working Group database.
  • Bugs be Gone: Check out The RAD Soap brand which carries safe and natural insect repellent for you (and your furry friends)! You can buy the products right here at the Stram Center, or order online. The repellent spray contains non-GMO food-grade oils including hemp seed, rosemary and garlic as well as lemongrass and other natural deterrents. Whatever spray you use, please avoid anything containing DEET and always remember to check for bites or ticks after each outing.

We know how important it is to keep you protected so you can do all of the things that you love this Summer and beyond!