Podcast Episode 46 – Top 5 Toxins – Environmental Toxins (Part 3 of 5)

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In podcast episode 46 we discuss specific toxins that are found in our home – where we live and spend most of our time. We will also discuss how we can detox our homes. It’s important to keep our living environments as toxin-free as possible so that our homes can be a safe haven for detoxing and building up our immune systems.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

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SHOW NOTES:

The Article that prompted these discussions about toxins

Spruce.com – explanation of off-gassing 

Spruce.com – best indoor plants for clean air

Natural Weed Killer Recipe: 1 gallon white vinegar, 1 cup salt, 1 TBS liquid dish soap (Add all ingredients into a spray bottle and treat weeds at the sunniest time of day.)

Natural All-Purpose Cleaning Spray (This is the recipe I used at home.)

Here are the air filters that I use in my home: (AMAZON Affiliate Links)

I have one that has an ozone option that works really well for getting rid of odors. But it can also be run as a simple ionizer/air filter. I use it in my car too periodically. Make sure you leave the room/car when using the ozone mode.

EWG’s Tap Water Database (Find out what toxins are in your environment/water)

Browse EWG PRoducts By Category on AMAZON

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] I wrote a little introduction today, so are you ready? There's just so much to talk about. Right. And as far as toxins, but we want to remind our listeners to not get overwhelmed, just take little bitty parts of this and use it where you can , things that stand out to you, perhaps those are just the areas that you may need to touch on and get to the other items later if necessary, right? Yep.
[00:00:26] One day at a time, one day at a time.
[00:00:28] One day at a time, one moment at a time . So, um, today we're going to be talking about environmental toxins, but I want to remind everyone that in our previous podcast, and it was really specifically episode 43 and 45 that we talked about.
[00:00:45] Toxins found in food and water. And so, um some of them such as uh, preservatives and some specific pesticides, you know, are intentionally put into the food, but also there are just toxins that exist in our environment, you know, that are in the air, that are in the soil, and the dirt and the ground and things that we get exposed to in our foods.
[00:01:13] So this is just a reminder that it is important to choose our foods wisely and when we can maybe we want to choose organic when we can, or we want to grow some ourselves. Um, so those are just some options to help avoid toxins, even the toxins that are in our environment.
[00:01:34] Um, and one thing that came to mind when we were discussing earlier that there are other toxins that we breathe such as gas fumes, you brought those up, right? So we don't want to be breathing in our gas fumes when we're pumping gas, you know? And then that led me to think about like my son's a mechanic, you know?
[00:01:52] So when he tells me he breathes in toxins all day from all the different mechanical sprays and lubricants and things and stuff that he has on his job. And I'm sure there are other mechanic type jobs or industrial type jobs, and they are also breathing in many toxins.
[00:02:09] So one thing you know, to do. Be careful of what food and water. You don't want any additional toxins, but get some good food and water to help detox your body, you know? And also, I don't think we've talked about that. Maybe we can talk about this next time when we talk about beauty and personal care, but, you know, did we talk about another way to detox is through the saunas through heat.
[00:02:34] I cannot remember if we've done that, but we may touch on that again next week. We should touch on that. Yeah. So, I just want to remind everyone to check out podcasts 43 and 45 specifically for food and water. But today. We are going to talk about toxins that everyone might be, or may not be exposed to in their daily living.
[00:02:59] But these toxins come to us specifically through our home, you know, where we live and spend most of the time of the day. So, uh, I thank you for putting together this outline today that we are going to be discussing. And if you want to introduce that, we'll just move on right into toxins in our home.
[00:03:21] Yeah, that's, that's a big topic.
[00:03:24] Eh, after I started looking into it, there are so many toxic toxins in our home. And, uh, a lot of people are familiar with, if not the new home smell, like the new car smell and so new home, new car smell, we're like, Ooh, well, those are pretty much toxins that are in the environment that we're getting a whiff of.
[00:03:46] So that just led me to just Google that. And I found out about what's called off-gassing. Okay. And off-gassing is the giving off of chemicals, especially harmful ones in the form of a gas. And, um, there's just so many ways, like I said, like in the new home, when you might get paint done or new carpeting, those are things that often we can smell right away.
[00:04:18] Um, the smells, but that those smells are not. So not really good for us. And another thing that I learned about off-gassing, uh, there was a website and it says, what does it mean to off-gas? And this website, the spruce.com explained it this way off-gassing happens when manufactured items in our homes, such as paint, release, volatile, organic compounds, you commonly hear them referred to as VOCs.
[00:04:49] And these VOCs are chemical compounds that have a high vapor pressure at room temperature, meaning they evaporate high rates inside. So to, to kind of boil that all down, when we're smelling things like from the paint or the fresh flooring, these things are not good for us.
[00:05:08] So we want to discover what other things are in our homes as well, that are off-gassing. And it was interesting to find a list of common household items, um, as well. Uh, we talked about the, the paint, the flooring, and a particle board and plywood. I hadn't even thought about that, but a lot of our furniture I think, is made from those materials.
[00:05:37] Right. Right. That's very common right today. I mean, we hardly find solid wood things. They have some sort of particle board in there. And when you were reading that, it reminded me, you said volatile, these things are highly volatile. That's why we smell them right away. And that what makes them most toxic.
[00:06:01] Because we're smelling them and they're highly volatile, you know, they're, they're the things that we really want to avoid. You know, when we can smell chemical smells, we want to avoid those chemical smells. And so we'll get into how to kind of avoid that and reduce some of that. But yeah.
[00:06:17] Particle wood plywood. Yeah. All that. So, yeah, you listed, uh, cabinets. Furnishings. Our furnishings. Like you said, the cabinets, the tables, the couches and mattresses, and you might be like, what is that about? Well, some of these furnishes have glues. And they have formaldehyde in the coatings. And we know like back from school, when we dissected those animals, that weird smell, that was because they were preserved with formaldehyde, but yet we have them in many of our home furnishings.
[00:06:49] So like you said, Shonda we'll talk a little later about how do we minimize or get rid of some of these or avoid them. But yeah, let's, let's continue with the last bit of it. Um, We have our cleaning items like air fresheners, cleaning sprays, these things also off-gas. And some other culprits would be electronic equipment .
[00:07:14] That's another whole topic because they're referred to not VOCs necessarily, but they're emitting things that are not very helpful to our bodies as well. So all these things just to be aware of that they're off-gassing - is important. And then we can talk about ways to help control off-gassing.
[00:07:37] Yeah. Yeah, that's so true.
[00:07:39]There are so many chemicals that are used in these products . You know, a new one I heard about was fungicides, you know, being sprayed on different things and, uh, even in clothing and maybe some of the mattresses and the softer things. So yeah, we really have to be careful. When we get things and it has a smell, you know, there are ways that we could eliminate some of those things.
[00:08:06] And, um, so are we going to go there or are we ready to go there and talk about...? Let's go to some ways to eliminate and getting back to what you said earlier though, when you actually start smelling these smells, that's like, wow, that, that tells you we need to avoid it. And it reminds me of when we were kids, the parents always say, don't be trying to smell the gas at the pump.
[00:08:29] You know, I actually used to like that smell, but anyway, that's a clue. And it says highly volatile, you know, we don't play around when were at gas pumps. Well, the same thing at our homes, and we'll just go right into it. For example, mattresses can off-gas. They are stored in warehouses in plastic, and they're made of synthetics.
[00:08:51] And so that combination of wrapping tightly in plastic in a warm area, and then you're going to take that into your house and just unwrap it and sleep on it. So that's not good idea. So that takes us right into one of the things we can do with off-gassing. If you know, you're going to get new flooring or a new mattress or new paint, give it time, let that room air out.
[00:09:17] Like, we are about to receive a mattress, hopefully in the next week. And I've already decided that I'm going to leave it right outside the house. We have a little porch area where I can leave it and let it do the off-gassing out there before we bring it into the home. So time is, uh a factor that we, we can use time, uh, to help us with the off-gas.
[00:09:39] Yeah. Time is a good thing. And that reminds me that I know we may not want to do that with our mattresses, but with our furniture, we may want to shop resell shops, you know, to get some furniture and things. So that would be a good way to avoid, you know, off-gassing, but also when we do resell shops, we sometimes we could probably find a hundred percent wood too, but then there's still, there's still sprays and varnishes and glues and stuff.
[00:10:08] So yeah, we just need to be careful and allow those products time. So like you said, Leave them in an open airspace, maybe open some windows to get some fresh air circulating or use a fan to get, you know, to get the air circulating around there. And you want fresh air. Most of us have some fresh air around. You know, if you have grass outside your home or, or trees and things, they do produce fresh air, you know, they detox environment. Trees and plants that's their purpose.
[00:10:43] Great, great, great tip. Yeah. So opening the window and getting some of that exchange air would be a good idea.
[00:10:52] So. Do you want to talk about some other things? I probably led us into plants, right? Yeah. Yes, you led us into plants is another way, uh, to , clean up the air quality in your house. Because I know some people, depending on the temperature outside and what have you, they're like, oh, I don't want to open my windows.
[00:11:08] And we're not saying don't, we're saying at some point you want to, because it's like a box. We're in a heated box with all these chemicals. So find a way to open your doors and windows and then bring in the plants. Because those are going to help clean up the quality of our air as well. Indoor plants are a big deal.
[00:11:25] So let's embrace the idea of indoor plants. Bringing the outside in is another great idea. And then I thought you touched on a little bit. Well, one article talked about how we can facilitate off-gassing or control it with temperature. Do you want to talk about that?
[00:11:42] Well, when I read it, he talked about temperature as being like the higher the temperature, the more volatile the chemical becomes. So by increasing the temperature we want to do that in a place that we are not and allow that air to circulate out. So increase the temperature, put it in a hot room, put it in a hot, um, a garage or something and just let it off-gas there. Or, you know, maybe open the garage door and let all that out, you know, and I keep it there a few days.
[00:12:16] Um, maybe, and then a fan, you know, just do what you can, as long as you can to eliminate bringing those toxins in the home. Exactly. And thank you for that great description of that. And in Texas, we do have the convenience of hot weather and even that nice furniture that you're bringing in, you can put it, like you said, in the garage and let it off-gas there before bringing it into your home. That's a great idea.
[00:12:44] And then of course, we've already touched on the ventilation. About opening the doors and opening the windows. I know in some states, people do that weekly, if not more, but I know in Texas we're so hesitant. But at the same time, we have to understand that that's going to be better for us.
[00:13:03] It doesn't have to be all day. But even if it's just a half an hour to an hour for that day, once a week. I think even myself, we're going to start doing that more. We do have screens on our windows, so maybe we pay more attention to our screens and make sure they're in good shape so that we can open up those windows and bring in the fresh air.
[00:13:22] And like you said, bring in some plants. Um, look up some good indoor plants. It's always a good thing. Yeah. Oh yeah. I'll, I'll definitely look up a link and list some there.
[00:13:34] So one thing that we, uh, don't want to forget though, are the other things that we're bringing in such as, um, home cleaning products and sprays and room deodorants and things like that.
[00:13:49] You know, the chemicals, the fragrances that are used normally are not natural for one thing. And so they become toxic in our environment. I don't know how far to go with this, but like even burning some candles can create toxicity in your environment, you know, depending on what kind of candle it is or what that candle was made of. What fragrance that was made up. Well, I have two diff types of diffusers, right? There's two that come to my mind. There's the one that, uh, uses the water and you can put the essential oils in. And it'll diffuse into the air. And then the other is like a heating element. Where you could heat oil, you know, like maybe coconut oil or something and put your own essential oils in there. So those are two ways to get a fragrance, and, , and even, like around Christmas time, it just came to mind, like when you boil cinnamon on the stove or something, or maybe even just bowl some lemons and some seasonings on the stove, you know, Thinking of, you know, ways to get, fresher, cleaner smells in the air.
[00:14:56] That's one way to. Do you have any other ideas about air? Essential oils, I think are very good ones to mention and, and diffusers, but, um, also because I used to burn candles and then I graduated to cleaner burning candles and then, uh, but even the air conditioning guy explained to me that.
[00:15:16] Overall any candle burning in the home is not great for our heating, cooling system filtration. So anyway, I just don't burn any more at all. But, um, I do find that you can get, I don't even know what they're called, but air freshers where, uh, It seems like a waxy substance in it. It's mainly, um, like cans or containers and you just lift up the top and they're usually from essential oils that concentration of essential oils... and cedar blocks.
[00:15:50] That's another great thing in the closets and your shoes. These are great ways because I know growing up, I thought, Ooh, an air freshener that's great. And once in a while you can find natural air fresheners. We do have some made from oil of oregano. So just be mindful of when you're buying products that they don't have a lot perfumes or synthetics in them or chemicals in them.
[00:16:12]There are some natural air fresheners may be maybe it's the oil of oregano or other type of even lavender. You can get that essential oil, lavender and co it's concentrated and dilute it and spray it around as well. So there are other ways to freshen up the, smell your house, including opening up your house.
[00:16:32] Again, I can't say that enough. I'm glad you brought that up. That helps bring in fresh air and take out the not so fresh air.
[00:16:41] Yeah. The other thing I thought about, if you do have a natural based. Um, candle, you could sit that candle on a candle warmer and you don't have to burn it so that there's no smoke.
[00:16:53] Okay. Yeah. So that's one choice. And then I'm going to put the link again to EWGs list on Amazon about, uh, chemical free or the green products that are for sale on Amazon. Yeah. So we can do that.
[00:17:11]Um, so I do mostly make my own cleaning products at home. Uh, I use things like baking soda, you know, to scrub sinks to scrub, uh, dishes to scrub bathtubs, just with the regular soap that I use, mix that soap with a little baking soda. So you do not need chemicals. Um, I know a lot of people use, um, and this is not good for the environment they put like draino down their drains.
[00:17:44] If they get, you know, we didn't think about that, but I have this little zipper, you know, to get the hair out and you stick it in there and you twirl it around and pull it out. It is disgusting, but. I mean, you are preserving the pipes at your home by not using those chemicals, those chemicals can destroy your home over time, they do Draino and a bleach is another common (one).
[00:18:12] Yeah. They smell a lot too, but I will say again, you are so good Shonda with the economical and practical way. And I do that a lot too. I do know when we were moving and we were selling our other house. I was tempted to do the Draino way because we had one of the drains acting a little, whatever, but I found some natural, like they're made from enzymes.
[00:18:36] They're pourable. And if you're in a pinch, you can find some that you can buy, uh, to keep up the maintenance of your drains and not be putting more pollutants down there to get rid of our problems. So that's a very good point about the whole Draino thing, because I'm like, where does that eventually go? And then our water quality over years...
[00:18:56] And we think out of sight out of mind, but really it's not. It's not that easy. So we need to be mindful, especially with things like what we put in our drains or even our toilets and all that. So I'm glad you pointed that out.
[00:19:11] And so just came to my mind. Yeah. What, what are we adding to the environment? Right. So I just noticed this week, uh, that we've talked about it in episode 43 about glyphosate. Well that weed killer, Monsanto. That's the same chemical that's in Monsanto's weed killer or Roundup or whatever it's being pulled off the shelves. Oh, wow. It's going to take a while.
[00:19:41] I think they said 2023. Oh, to phase it all out, but it is out there that it's toxic and that it will no longer be on the shelves now. I don't know what they're replacing it with, but at least it gives a message. Right. Good. So yeah, we were talking about, you know, weed killer. What are we using as weed killer?
[00:20:00] You know, there's a, I'll put that link there too . You can do soap, salt and vinegar. You know, it may take a couple extra days, but it works. I've done it, you know, uh, as far as weed killer and just, yeah, what are we contributing to the environment? And all these things are toxic when we use them, we are going to naturally breathe them.
[00:20:21] So it's not healthy for our body. And, um, yeah, I'll, I'll put some links of different cleaning products you may want to try actually that are natural mixtures of things. Like the things that I use. And then maybe you can share some of the things that you found, like the natural enzymes in place of Draino or things that you found.
[00:20:43]And since you mentioned the, um, whole pesticides and so forth, um, just recently got an exterminator and I was just floored at.... Hmm. Well, let me just say, be encouraged that you don't have to go with the first place you call. Because I ended up calling several of them and it wasn't until I found at least two where they even wanted to entertain my questions about what is it that you're spraying on my lawn and, and the fact that I want to keep the pollinators around, like the butterflies and the bees. We want the butterflies. So, um, the place that we ended up using, they actually introduced us to a mosquito, um, treatment where it's not just fogging. Because we know most cities are already fogging somewhat. Okay. We don't even have control in many instances about that.
[00:21:34] But then on top of that, a traditional exterminator might just come in and fog your yard even further. So again, the butterflies and other pollinators, that's not good for them. So they, they told us about, I'll just call it mosquito buckets. I don't know what else to call it, but it's like a natural substance that they put in these buckets that attracts the mosquitoes and what's a mosquito goes in there, then it takes it back to the rest of the mosquitoes and overall it helps reduce the population.
[00:22:00] And so it might take a little longer. Um, but you know what, I think it's definitely worth looking into other ways to exterminate so that we're not negatively impacting our environment. Yeah. And we have to, I guess be careful about how we expose of that bucket, which brings me to the point that I know that when we throw away, um, paint, we're supposed to allow it to harden and then we can throw it away.
[00:22:31] We're not supposed to throw away liquid paint yeah. So that's just another thing that came to my mind while we were talking about this. So yeah, just be mindful that we don't want to contribute to the toxicity out there. We want to take care of our bodies and we definitely don't want these things in our homes.
[00:22:49] So, I hope this podcast helps, someone who's searching for ways to sort of, you know, lighten up on the toxins that are inside their home.
[00:23:01]And be encouraged. Like we said, it's one day at a time, one minute at a time. And, and, um, you know, some of us are more sensitive than others to toxins.
[00:23:11] So also listen to your body. Um, like there are some people they can live their whole life and certain toxins don't really affect them very much. Uh, where other people, they may break out, they may get stomach aches. No I'm just thinking you don't think it's affecting you, but hey, do you have respiratory issues?
[00:23:33]Do you have, like, would you think is like the common cold and you're like, I don't know why I'm sick. Well, did you just use a lot of toxins to clean your bathroom or your kitchen or your floor? You know, That's exactly what I was thinking too, is that, um, oftentimes we're not listening to our bodies, so you may have lived with a condition.
[00:23:53] I mean, you may not have died from it, or you may have not had it as bad as someone else. Um, but even if you get an inkling of like my eyes get watery when I have certain fragrances, even perfumes, I can't use perfumes because my eyes will water up and so forth. So I'm like, well, there are other options out there.
[00:24:11] So, um, listen to our bodies. And like Shonda said, you know, even if you don't think it's affecting you, maybe do a double check. To see, well, have I just gotten accustomed to sneezing every morning or have I gotten accustomed to having runny nose? And I chalk it up to allergies.
[00:24:28]Don't forget that we can always add, uh, air filters to our home to help eliminate some of those toxins too.
[00:24:35]I'm so glad you brought up that we can look into air filters and speaking of air filters, most homes have air filters for our AC systems and those need to be switched out. They need to be changed. It depends on the type of filter you buy. Maybe it's every six months or three months, but whatever it is, please change them because you can see when you take them down dirty.
[00:24:58] That's all the stuff that if you don't change them, that's what you're taking in. So change those air filters.
[00:25:07] So we'll put some links to some common air filters and, um, Go from there. And if you have any questions, please send us your questions and we'll be happy to answer them or try to help you find an answer. Yes.

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Podcast Episode 45 – Top 5 Toxins – Water (Part 2 of 5)

[00:00:00] Patryce: Good morning, Shonda. [00:00:01] Shonda: Good morning, Patryce. [00:00:02] Welcome back. I understand you guys had a wonderful camping trip. [00:00:07] Yeah. Yeah. It was fun. I was a little tired cause I didn't bring my juice, but you know, um, I learned, so we still have to talk about juicing, but we'll get to it soon. [00:00:19] Patryce: Today we're going to continue from what we provide a snippet about. Right. Um, we've been talking about toxins and first part we talked about food and water and its importance about detoxing because as you always remind us, fiber is excellent and it is a great way to help our bodies to naturally detox. [00:00:44] Right. And then also water is another excellent way to help our bodies to detox naturally. Anyone can go look at the snippet about the details, about how, if we're avoiding water and not getting enough hydration and fiber, um, we're building up toxins in our body. [00:01:06] Shonda: Yeah. And so, yeah, how important water is, if we're getting the right amount of fiber, we need water for the hydration to help the toxins be removed. [00:01:16] And, um, so that's where we're going to start. And you found a definition. I thought that was a really good definition about the importance of water. [00:01:26] Patryce: Oh, the definition for hydration, right? Yeah. Oh, in which basically the process of causing our bodies to absorb water and replace water in the body. [00:01:37] Our bodies require adequate hydration to function properly. When our bodies become dehydrated it means that we are lacking the water levels necessary for optimum function. Yeah. Wow. [00:01:52] Shonda: Yeah. So it's well known that water is important for optimal functioning. Right. Um, and, and it went further to talk about every cell tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly, you know, and it talks about things like maintaining. [00:02:09] It's temperature, lubricating your joints, but the big highlight is removing toxins. Sure. Yeah. So, yeah, let's talk about using water to remove toxins. What are some ways that, um, you know, I mean, it just the process of drinking water. So, um, some may not enjoy drinking water because they're used to drinking other drinks, you know, liquids. But you put some tips there. [00:02:40] Want to tell us about those tips? [00:02:42] Patryce: Yeah, we can get creative by adding lemon is a calling way to, um, enhance our water... tastes of the water. And then also we can infuse it with different flavors, natural flavors. You can put your mint in there. You could even. Uh, lime, if that's what you want or raspberries even. [00:03:07] And there are actual inexpensive infusers to do that. And I've seen videos where people make a whole pitcher of water infused with different berries or different flavors, and they put in the refrigerator to make it a little chilly, whatever is best for them. Uh, we, we drank our it's more room temperature, but the main thing is just drinking more water. [00:03:30] Shonda: Yeah, that's a really good start. Uh, is drinking more water. And then, yeah, I heard that and I do drink room temperature too. That that's best for digestion. And something else that comes to mind is it's best to drink water before you eat at least 15 minutes before, or wait 15 to 30 minutes after, you know, so it doesn't interfere with you know, watering down your stomach acids for best digestion. [00:03:59] Patryce: I've heard that. I've heard that too. I, I am very much about not drinking 20 minutes after I eat for that. Very reason. [00:04:08] Shonda: I know, I get a really strange look when I go to restaurants and they're like, so what will you have to drink? I'm like nothing. For one, I don't know what kind of water they're serving me. [00:04:19] So I have my water in the car, you know, and I'm not drinking with my food, so I don't need water when I go out to eat at a restaurant. [00:04:28] Patryce: Wow. That's a great tip Shonda. That we can bring our own water bottles, um, when we go out to eat, because we don't know, some restaurants are becoming more, uh, conscious of our water. [00:04:41] And I I've been to a couple where they have some wonderful filtered water and that's another thing we can talk about, is that what is the quality of the water we're drinking like and how we can be intentional about different options? Like having the water filter, maybe at our home, or we, we buy filtered water and, or spring water, or even have it delivered to our house. [00:05:08] But I think you've mentioned before everyone should lookwhat their local water supply looks like. We have tap water, but do you know, what's in your tap water? [00:05:21] Shonda: Yeah, I'll definitely put a link there, uh, you can call your local water provider, but also you can get a report through EWG's website. [00:05:32] They have a water report, just put in your zip code, I believe, and out pops everything, and it's all laid out nicely too. You know, you can read it easily. So, um I did that. And I found out we had a lot of arsenic in our water. That was the main one. I was like, okay. But anyway, we had like 27 contaminants that were like outside of the EWG guidelines. [00:05:57] So that's good to know. Um, I do not drink water from home. I only drink spring water. That's my water of choice. And I have an article that I wrote out on the website about water choices, why I choose spring water. So, um, I'll put a link to that. [00:06:19] Patryce: Good, good information. And another thing is we're talking about how to drink water and maybe flavoring it if that makes it more attractive to you, but also we can drink teas. [00:06:31] That's another good way of being it. Staying hydrated. So lots of teas, I would say herbal tea before the caffeinated tea, because caffeination having caffeine too much of it can, um, facilitate becoming dehydrated. [00:06:48] Shonda: All right. One more thing that I like to add with carrying your water around. I did go to the extra effort of buying glass water bottles. I think I have a sample right behind me, actually. They're glass, water bottle. That I carry. And it has a sleeve for cushioning, you know, to protect against, you know, possibly breaking it. [00:07:10] If you drop it. And, uh, this, I don't mind leaving in my car. So you do not want to leave your water in plastic in a hot car because that is a way that toxins from that plastic can leach into your water. So I buy these, um, glass water bottles. And, uh, I leave this in my car. Because I don't mind drinking warm water, you know, it's, it's kinda nice coming out of a cold place and drinking warm water for me. Um, but that's just something to think about. [00:07:48] You know, I know, um, a lot of the plastics now are BPA free, but there's still lots of other toxins in plastics. So we just kinda want to not add to the toxic levels in our water by leaving plastic in our [00:08:03] Patryce: car. That's a great heads up. And not only being overheated plastic becomes not good for you, but also it had been popular for people to freeze their water bottles the night before and then take them out and use it throughout the day. But the same situation can happen there where unbeknownst, there are toxins, additional toxins as a result of the plastic in the freezing process. So good. Heads-up. [00:08:29] Shonda: Yeah, that's very true. [00:08:31] Okay. And let's not forget about cooking. What water are we using to cook with? Right. Because especially like for making something like a soup, we don't want to ingest a lot of toxins in our vegetable soups, and you know, in our nutritious soup. So that's just another thought that something that, you know, we should consider. [00:08:54] Patryce: That is a big deal because at one point, just even boiling noodles and then rinsing them after you boiled them, I could taste or smell that tap water smell. Versus when I don't use my tap water. And it may seem like a waste to some people, but again, it goes back to what you were just sharing with us about any toxins being heated up. [00:09:18] Essentially that can make it even worse for us. So here we are boiling toxic water and then boiling our food at it. So, anyway, I love that you brought that up. It's important to just keep in mind that, uh, where possible, uh, be intentional about the water we're cooking with as well. [00:09:41] Shonda: So If I am making a soup, I will use spring water to make soup. [00:09:45] If I'm cooking something smaller I do have a filter on my tap water. It filters out quite a bit. And so I do use that for some cooking a little bit, but yeah, if I'm making a big pot of like just soup, I just go ahead and make sure I have some spring water available. [00:10:06] Patryce: Super cool. [00:10:07] Shonda: Okay. Um, so I guess you can lead us into bathing. [00:10:14] Patryce: Oh, yes, the bathing, um, which hopefully we're doing on a regular basis. But just to keep in mind that whether it's a shower or a bath in the tub, it's get getting a lot of water into our bodies. So especially with the showers you can now get showerheads that filter your water that is going on your body. So that's something to keep in mind and then regarding bathing, um, I found some links even to different recipes for detoxing, your bath water, and one of them is using charcoal. And I think you've used charcoal internally, but you can actually make a concoction with your charcoal, is it Bentonite, what is it called? [00:11:06] Shonda: Uh, there's Terramin clay and then there's charcoal and they're totally different in the way they... [00:11:11] Patryce: Oh, I'm sorry. Backup Patryce. I was, I meant to say clay, you can make a clay mixture that you put into your water, uh, when you're bathing to help detox that. And then there's other, um, ways that you can, uh, do salt, detox, baths. [00:11:31] There are couple of different recipes, homemade recipes for detoxing your bath water, which I thought was super interesting. Especially if you have younger kids, because that's mainly what we do when our kids are little. They're in the bathtub, soaking it up. And so that's just to be mindful of maybe looking at some of these homemade recipes for, for detoxing the water or helping your child to get detox, but also to also be mindful. [00:11:57] And I know this is going ahead, but just not to put a lot added stuff. I know there's some name brands of like, let's pour this in for bubbles and I'm not trying to take the fun out of bathing, but at the same time, you went to be healthy as well as, as a fun experience, if that makes. [00:12:16] Shonda: Yeah, we get just buy castile soap as a liquid and put it in there and there would be bubbles, you know, so something that we can consider. [00:12:26] So I wanted to distinguish a difference between detoxing the water and taking a detoxing bath. So yeah, they're, they're two different things really. Right? So the whole house filter or filter on the shower head. And you know, like you said, there's also the option once you get that bath water filtered, you can take a detox bath that will help your body detox from things by adding the Epson salts and um, the clay detox. So there's two different things there, but you want to start with clean water source. [00:13:03] Patryce: So true. I'm glad you spelled that out for us. [00:13:06] There is a difference on filtering the water itself and then actually making an intentional bath that helps to detox you. So good point. Yeah. [00:13:17] Well, Shonda, I, this is a lot of great information, and I learned a lot myself as I was researching about, um, just having clean water. [00:13:26] And that's what we really want to make the point is just to do your due diligence, do research about what is the water source that you're already depending on. And if it's not ideal, what steps can you take? And it can be step-by-step. To make sure you get more quality water for drinking, for bathing and all the different things we've talked about. Including the very good tips you brought up about the water that we're drinking from maybe plastic bottles, making a new habit of getting some glass recylable bottles. And then drinking the water from there. And I do like how you brought up about the water filters on our showers, uh, because you can Google and find different priced ones. And so hopefully you can find one for your, your budget. [00:14:14] Shonda: So yeah, that, that is really all good information. And I just want to impress upon our listeners, that water is so important, you know, that we are taking in enough. And it's so important about the quality of water. So soon we'll be talking about the environment and then we may touch on water again a little bit. [00:14:35] And food again. So that's coming up. So stay tuned for that. Um, I want to put a plug in, I'm going to try and remember in each one that, uh, EWG now has some sort of label on Amazon now for their approved products. [00:14:53] Wow. Yeah. I don't remember the name, but I'll find it and I'll link it below. [00:14:59] Patryce: Wow. That sounds like super good information. And now that you mentioned that one other thing I forgot about, so I mentioned the other day that they're using a water app. So there are apps you can download to your phone because you know you're not drinking enough water and these apps will throughout the day, remind you to drink your water. [00:15:20] It sounds kind of silly, but I know at least one person it's been life changing. [00:15:25] Shonda: Yeah, it is drinking enough water will change your life. So I guess that's all we have for y'all today and thanks for joining us. [00:15:35] Yeah. So next week we'll be talking about the environment and toxins in our environment and how to avoid them and all the different things. And remember, it's just step-by-step but this information would be here for you to come back to as you need it, as you implement these different things. So take your time and, um, be healthy. [00:15:54] Stay well.

To survive our bodies depend on water. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, water helps our bodies maintain their temperature, lubricate our joints, and remove waste (toxins).

Today we also look at the importance of our water source and how to avoid toxins in our water, plus other ways to use water for removing toxins from our bodies.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

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The Article that prompted these discussions about toxins

EWG’s Tap Water Database

More information about bottled water

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The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Patryce: Good morning, Shonda.
[00:00:01] Shonda: Good morning, Patryce.
[00:00:02] Welcome back. I understand you guys had a wonderful camping trip.
[00:00:07] Yeah. Yeah. It was fun. I was a little tired cause I didn't bring my juice, but you know, um, I learned, so we still have to talk about juicing, but we'll get to it soon.
[00:00:19] Patryce: Today we're going to continue from what we provide a snippet about. Right. Um, we've been talking about toxins and first part we talked about food and water and its importance about detoxing because as you always remind us, fiber is excellent and it is a great way to help our bodies to naturally detox.
[00:00:44] Right. And then also water is another excellent way to help our bodies to detox naturally. Anyone can go look at the snippet about the details, about how, if we're avoiding water and not getting enough hydration and fiber, um, we're building up toxins in our body.
[00:01:06] Shonda: Yeah. And so, yeah, how important water is, if we're getting the right amount of fiber, we need water for the hydration to help the toxins be removed.
[00:01:16] And, um, so that's where we're going to start. And you found a definition. I thought that was a really good definition about the importance of water.
[00:01:26] Patryce: Oh, the definition for hydration, right? Yeah. Oh, in which basically the process of causing our bodies to absorb water and replace water in the body.
[00:01:37] Our bodies require adequate hydration to function properly. When our bodies become dehydrated it means that we are lacking the water levels necessary for optimum function. Yeah. Wow.
[00:01:52] Shonda: Yeah. So it's well known that water is important for optimal functioning. Right. Um, and, and it went further to talk about every cell tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly, you know, and it talks about things like maintaining.
[00:02:09] It's temperature, lubricating your joints, but the big highlight is removing toxins. Sure. Yeah. So, yeah, let's talk about using water to remove toxins. What are some ways that, um, you know, I mean, it just the process of drinking water. So, um, some may not enjoy drinking water because they're used to drinking other drinks, you know, liquids. But you put some tips there.
[00:02:40] Want to tell us about those tips?
[00:02:42] Patryce: Yeah, we can get creative by adding lemon is a calling way to, um, enhance our water... tastes of the water. And then also we can infuse it with different flavors, natural flavors. You can put your mint in there. You could even. Uh, lime, if that's what you want or raspberries even.
[00:03:07] And there are actual inexpensive infusers to do that. And I've seen videos where people make a whole pitcher of water infused with different berries or different flavors, and they put in the refrigerator to make it a little chilly, whatever is best for them. Uh, we, we drank our it's more room temperature, but the main thing is just drinking more water.
[00:03:30] Shonda: Yeah, that's a really good start. Uh, is drinking more water. And then, yeah, I heard that and I do drink room temperature too. That that's best for digestion. And something else that comes to mind is it's best to drink water before you eat at least 15 minutes before, or wait 15 to 30 minutes after, you know, so it doesn't interfere with you know, watering down your stomach acids for best digestion.
[00:03:59] Patryce: I've heard that. I've heard that too. I, I am very much about not drinking 20 minutes after I eat for that. Very reason.
[00:04:08] Shonda: I know, I get a really strange look when I go to restaurants and they're like, so what will you have to drink? I'm like nothing. For one, I don't know what kind of water they're serving me.
[00:04:19] So I have my water in the car, you know, and I'm not drinking with my food, so I don't need water when I go out to eat at a restaurant.
[00:04:28] Patryce: Wow. That's a great tip Shonda. That we can bring our own water bottles, um, when we go out to eat, because we don't know, some restaurants are becoming more, uh, conscious of our water.
[00:04:41] And I I've been to a couple where they have some wonderful filtered water and that's another thing we can talk about, is that what is the quality of the water we're drinking like and how we can be intentional about different options? Like having the water filter, maybe at our home, or we, we buy filtered water and, or spring water, or even have it delivered to our house.
[00:05:08] But I think you've mentioned before everyone should lookwhat their local water supply looks like. We have tap water, but do you know, what's in your tap water?
[00:05:21] Shonda: Yeah, I'll definitely put a link there, uh, you can call your local water provider, but also you can get a report through EWG's website.
[00:05:32] They have a water report, just put in your zip code, I believe, and out pops everything, and it's all laid out nicely too. You know, you can read it easily. So, um I did that. And I found out we had a lot of arsenic in our water. That was the main one. I was like, okay. But anyway, we had like 27 contaminants that were like outside of the EWG guidelines.
[00:05:57] So that's good to know. Um, I do not drink water from home. I only drink spring water. That's my water of choice. And I have an article that I wrote out on the website about water choices, why I choose spring water. So, um, I'll put a link to that.
[00:06:19] Patryce: Good, good information. And another thing is we're talking about how to drink water and maybe flavoring it if that makes it more attractive to you, but also we can drink teas.
[00:06:31] That's another good way of being it. Staying hydrated. So lots of teas, I would say herbal tea before the caffeinated tea, because caffeination having caffeine too much of it can, um, facilitate becoming dehydrated.
[00:06:48] Shonda: All right. One more thing that I like to add with carrying your water around. I did go to the extra effort of buying glass water bottles. I think I have a sample right behind me, actually. They're glass, water bottle. That I carry. And it has a sleeve for cushioning, you know, to protect against, you know, possibly breaking it.
[00:07:10] If you drop it. And, uh, this, I don't mind leaving in my car. So you do not want to leave your water in plastic in a hot car because that is a way that toxins from that plastic can leach into your water. So I buy these, um, glass water bottles. And, uh, I leave this in my car. Because I don't mind drinking warm water, you know, it's, it's kinda nice coming out of a cold place and drinking warm water for me. Um, but that's just something to think about.
[00:07:48] You know, I know, um, a lot of the plastics now are BPA free, but there's still lots of other toxins in plastics. So we just kinda want to not add to the toxic levels in our water by leaving plastic in our
[00:08:03] Patryce: car. That's a great heads up. And not only being overheated plastic becomes not good for you, but also it had been popular for people to freeze their water bottles the night before and then take them out and use it throughout the day. But the same situation can happen there where unbeknownst, there are toxins, additional toxins as a result of the plastic in the freezing process. So good. Heads-up.
[00:08:29] Shonda: Yeah, that's very true.
[00:08:31] Okay. And let's not forget about cooking. What water are we using to cook with? Right. Because especially like for making something like a soup, we don't want to ingest a lot of toxins in our vegetable soups, and you know, in our nutritious soup. So that's just another thought that something that, you know, we should consider.
[00:08:54] Patryce: That is a big deal because at one point, just even boiling noodles and then rinsing them after you boiled them, I could taste or smell that tap water smell. Versus when I don't use my tap water. And it may seem like a waste to some people, but again, it goes back to what you were just sharing with us about any toxins being heated up.
[00:09:18] Essentially that can make it even worse for us. So here we are boiling toxic water and then boiling our food at it. So, anyway, I love that you brought that up. It's important to just keep in mind that, uh, where possible, uh, be intentional about the water we're cooking with as well.
[00:09:41] Shonda: So If I am making a soup, I will use spring water to make soup.
[00:09:45] If I'm cooking something smaller I do have a filter on my tap water. It filters out quite a bit. And so I do use that for some cooking a little bit, but yeah, if I'm making a big pot of like just soup, I just go ahead and make sure I have some spring water available.
[00:10:06] Patryce: Super cool.
[00:10:07] Shonda: Okay. Um, so I guess you can lead us into bathing.
[00:10:14] Patryce: Oh, yes, the bathing, um, which hopefully we're doing on a regular basis. But just to keep in mind that whether it's a shower or a bath in the tub, it's get getting a lot of water into our bodies. So especially with the showers you can now get showerheads that filter your water that is going on your body. So that's something to keep in mind and then regarding bathing, um, I found some links even to different recipes for detoxing, your bath water, and one of them is using charcoal. And I think you've used charcoal internally, but you can actually make a concoction with your charcoal, is it Bentonite, what is it called?
[00:11:06] Shonda: Uh, there's Terramin clay and then there's charcoal and they're totally different in the way they...
[00:11:11] Patryce: Oh, I'm sorry. Backup Patryce. I was, I meant to say clay, you can make a clay mixture that you put into your water, uh, when you're bathing to help detox that. And then there's other, um, ways that you can, uh, do salt, detox, baths.
[00:11:31] There are couple of different recipes, homemade recipes for detoxing your bath water, which I thought was super interesting. Especially if you have younger kids, because that's mainly what we do when our kids are little. They're in the bathtub, soaking it up. And so that's just to be mindful of maybe looking at some of these homemade recipes for, for detoxing the water or helping your child to get detox, but also to also be mindful.
[00:11:57] And I know this is going ahead, but just not to put a lot added stuff. I know there's some name brands of like, let's pour this in for bubbles and I'm not trying to take the fun out of bathing, but at the same time, you went to be healthy as well as, as a fun experience, if that makes.
[00:12:16] Shonda: Yeah, we get just buy castile soap as a liquid and put it in there and there would be bubbles, you know, so something that we can consider.
[00:12:26] So I wanted to distinguish a difference between detoxing the water and taking a detoxing bath. So yeah, they're, they're two different things really. Right? So the whole house filter or filter on the shower head. And you know, like you said, there's also the option once you get that bath water filtered, you can take a detox bath that will help your body detox from things by adding the Epson salts and um, the clay detox. So there's two different things there, but you want to start with clean water source.
[00:13:03] Patryce: So true. I'm glad you spelled that out for us.
[00:13:06] There is a difference on filtering the water itself and then actually making an intentional bath that helps to detox you. So good point. Yeah.
[00:13:17] Well, Shonda, I, this is a lot of great information, and I learned a lot myself as I was researching about, um, just having clean water.
[00:13:26] And that's what we really want to make the point is just to do your due diligence, do research about what is the water source that you're already depending on. And if it's not ideal, what steps can you take? And it can be step-by-step. To make sure you get more quality water for drinking, for bathing and all the different things we've talked about. Including the very good tips you brought up about the water that we're drinking from maybe plastic bottles, making a new habit of getting some glass recylable bottles. And then drinking the water from there. And I do like how you brought up about the water filters on our showers, uh, because you can Google and find different priced ones. And so hopefully you can find one for your, your budget.
[00:14:14] Shonda: So yeah, that, that is really all good information. And I just want to impress upon our listeners, that water is so important, you know, that we are taking in enough. And it's so important about the quality of water. So soon we'll be talking about the environment and then we may touch on water again a little bit.
[00:14:35] And food again. So that's coming up. So stay tuned for that. Um, I want to put a plug in, I'm going to try and remember in each one that, uh, EWG now has some sort of label on Amazon now for their approved products.
[00:14:53] Wow. Yeah. I don't remember the name, but I'll find it and I'll link it below.
[00:14:59] Patryce: Wow. That sounds like super good information. And now that you mentioned that one other thing I forgot about, so I mentioned the other day that they're using a water app. So there are apps you can download to your phone because you know you're not drinking enough water and these apps will throughout the day, remind you to drink your water.
[00:15:20] It sounds kind of silly, but I know at least one person it's been life changing.
[00:15:25] Shonda: Yeah, it is drinking enough water will change your life. So I guess that's all we have for y'all today and thanks for joining us.
[00:15:35] Yeah. So next week we'll be talking about the environment and toxins in our environment and how to avoid them and all the different things. And remember, it's just step-by-step but this information would be here for you to come back to as you need it, as you implement these different things. So take your time and, um, be healthy.
[00:15:54] Stay well.

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Podcast Episode 44 – The Roles of Food and Water for Removing Toxins

Lemon Water

Last week Patryce and I talked about the toxins that may be in our food and how to avoid those toxins. But just as important, in this episode, we want to remind you that the right food and water help to detox our bodies.

Here is the list of the top 5 toxins:

We want to come alongside you, as well, as we all continue moving toward a positive direction to support our healthy lifestyles. If there are any specific ways that we can be of assistance, please contact us through our contact form or send a verbal message through Speakpipe.

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The Article that prompted this discussion

The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen:

The Dirty Dozen
The Clean Fifteen

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Transcript:

[00:00:00] Hello last week Patryce and I talked about the toxins that may be in our food and how to avoid those toxins. But just as important, we want to remind you that the right food and water helps to detox our bodies. So you don't want to miss next week when our discussion will be about the many toxins found in water and how to avoid them.
[00:00:24] But for now, here's a little snippet of our conversation about the important roles of food and water.
[00:00:43] Hi, and hello. Welcome to the real food and drinks lifestyle podcast. We're building a community to talk about nutrition, lifestyle choices, and just feeling better. This is Shonda and this is Patryce. Let's just be real.
[00:01:09] Here's our disclaimer, we do not professionally practice in any of the various subjects that we discuss. We are only sharing our personal experiences with you to a healthier lifestyle. Please do your own research before taking part in any of these practices.
[00:01:28] Another way of naturally detoxing is to drink water.
[00:01:33] And I guess I'm just reminded of that because my, I have to remind myself to stay hydrated. Like, you think, like a cup of water or two is enough for the whole day. No, for most people that is not enough water, but you need to be drinking enough water because it is naturally, uh, helping us to eliminate toxins from our body.
[00:01:55] Exactly. And we're going to be talking about water next week. Right? Yeah. More about water. So that's good. And fiber helps eliminate toxins too. So eating a whole food diet, including lots of fiber, which naturally includes a lot of fiber, helps with the detox process too. Yeah. Yeah. So we should just talk about, we don't want to be constipated. You know, that's keeping toxins in. We've got to keep that food moving out on out to get rid of toxins.
[00:02:32] Yes, you're right. Shonda. And I heard a pediatrician recently describe it well. She was just trying to break it down for everyone because she sees these little kids younger and younger kids who are just constipated.
[00:02:46] It could lead to serious problems, but she said it's similar. She described it to the child and the parent. It's like having a trash can. In the beginning, you put a couple items with the trash in there. It's okay. You don't even really smell it. But if that trash can continues to be dirty. Things keep being put in the trash can and you don't empty the trash can. You start smelling the trash. It's not a nice smell. It's unpleasant, but she described that as what's going on in our insides. When we do not regularly use the bathroom and there are kids and adults who don't even go every day, once a day. Let alone that if you should eat, you know, you eat three meals, you should probably go for every meal, but at least once a day. If you're not eliminating that way, having BMS, then there's trash [Putrefying]. It's just collecting in our bodies and it's getting nasty. Yeah, I know you like that illustration and that is a good one. That is a really good one. Uh, so yeah, take note everyone. Um, that is something to be concerned about. If you know, we are constipated and we, we need to address that for sure, because we want to get the toxins out.
[00:04:04] Yes, we do.
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