Environmental Toxins

Everything from artificial food additives, to pollutants in our water and air, to chemicals in our household cleaning products and furnishings, build up over time in our body. This “body burden” makes us more susceptible to all kinds of illnesses, including dementia.

Tips to Consider

Food

In addition to the nutrition and supplement recommendations, it’s important to:

  • Eliminate artificial flavors, artificial colors/dyes, and artificial sweeteners (Equal, Sweet & Low, Splenda, etc.). Replace with stevia, Nu-stevia (less bitter), or Monkfruit (also known as lo-han).
  • Eliminate cold cuts and meat processed with nitrates and nitrites.
  • Read labels for artificial ingredients and chemicals; avoid these foods.
  • When meat–beef, pork, fish, or poultry—is cooked at high temperatures, it forms heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), shown to cause cancer in mice. PAH’s are also found in cigarette smoke and car-exhaust fumes.
  • Cooking meats with garlic, rosemary, fruit pulp, and vitamin E-rich spice rubs like chili powder and paprika may lower HCA production by as much as 70 percent.
  • If you feel unwell after certain meals, start a food diary and record what food you ate and associated symptoms.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables in season and choose organic when possible. Check http://www.ewg.org for updates of the “Clean 15” (OK to consume) and the “Dirty Dozen” (eat only if organic).
  • Consume only organic or grass-fed meats and dairy products (eggs, milk/cream, ice cream, cheeses, and yogurts).

Air

  • Keep your carbon monoxide and radon detectors up to date.
  • If you have allergies, use an air purifier in your home and change filters regularly.
  • Avoid polluted air whenever possible; do not inhale around idling vehicles, gas pumps, gardening machines, or other polluting devices.
  • Place air-cleaning plants such as spider plants and peace lilies in the home and office.

Water

  • Purify your water by installing a high-quality filter on the kitchen faucet or under the sink.
  • Do not reuse plastic water bottles; carry water in a glass or stainless steel container.

Work and Home Environment

  • Buy household paint only if it is free of toxins.
  • When purchasing carpets and new furniture, ask if their manufacturing includes the use of chemicals such as formaldehyde. Give new items a chance to air out before exposing yourself to them.
  • Use environmentally friendly household cleaners (free of toxins and poisons). Vinegar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide can handle most household cleaning jobs, while natural lemon or orange oils work wonders on woods.
  • Steer clear of anti-bacterial soap products. The frequent use of these products may compromise the health of our gut bacteria and exposes us to unnecessary chemicals.

Electro-Magnetic Frequencies

  • Use earphones with an air tube that keeps cellphone radiation a distance from the brain.
  • Avoid spending too much time in front of the computer (esp. at night) or near power lines. Take frequent breaks.
  • Stop using all electronic devices at least an hour before retiring and leave them outside your room while sleeping.
  • If you need to keep your cellphone in your room, make sure it is at least 10 feet away from the head of the bed when asleep.
  • Frequent-flyers should be aware that large airport body scanning machines and flying itself expose them to significant radiation. Apply for Global Entry where smaller body scanners are used. Whenever possible, opt out and ask for a pat down.