Let me just start off by saying, I know there is always something cleaner and safer than what I'm using. The thoughts and items I'm sharing here are a step in the right direction so I'm excited about them! If you're an expert in this field, feel free to share your recommendations with me!
So I've been working towards cleaner, more natural products for a while now, but recently I read an article that really got me thinking. I was searching how to get detox your body basically, detox of harmful toxins. What I learned is that our bodies are amazing and well-equipped to get rid of toxic stuff. The body's natural detoxification process is complex and does a great job. So when we talk about "detoxing," we're really only trying to enhance what already is being done.
Here's the article that started this journey for me. It lists nine ways to rejuvenate your body - things like, "Focus on sleep" (we're working on that over here - someone needs to inform my 8 month old)!
Other suggested action steps are drinking more water and reducing processed and sugary foods. But then it lists some specific foods that help your body's detoxification processes. These are antioxidant-rich foods, preboitics, and foods that contain sulfur.
It was time for another Walmart grocery pickup order for our family. Using the article I had just read as my guide, I set out to fill this order with foods I'd be happy to bring into our home.
Side note, but if you haven't used Walmart grocery pickup, I think you're missing out. We love it. It's so nice to be able to shop from my home, while checking in the fridge and pantry for what we need. It's also nice to not have to walk around the entire grocery section twice looking for the vanilla extract (just me? probably). One other thing that's so great about it is the substitutions! Every single order I make, I end up getting substitutions. If they run out of something, they do what they can to find a BETTER substitute, and you still pay the same price of the original item. I've paid for a 16oz bag of frozen strawberries and walked away with a 32oz bag of organic frozen strawberries. This last order we got a giant 24 count bag of corn on the cob. I paid for a 6 count bag. And one time they even stuck a whole roast in our order...not sure if that one was a mistake...haha I attribute it to the fact that we had to wait in line a long time. Either way, we always look forward to seeing what substitutions we'll get.
Here are just a few items I added to our order this time keeping in mind the detox article I had read:
Cilantro - taking from the Healthline article, "Cilantro enhances excretion of certain toxins, such as heavy metals like lead, and chemicals, including phthalates and insecticides."
Asparagus - "Eating foods rich in prebiotics can keep your immune and detoxification systems healthy. Good food sources of prebiotics include tomatoes, artichokes, bananas, asparagus, onions, garlic, and oats."
Bananas and potatoes - Foods rich in potassium help counteract salt intake.
I also tried to include fish, chicken, and healthier snacks along with several other fruits and vegetables.
Cleaner Household Products
The article, of course, suggested using natural cleaning products and and body care items. Here are some current products I'm using!
Ivory Gentle Deodorant - I love this stuff.
Hairitage Hair Products - This is a newer company with lots of hair products, and they're all $7.49 from Walmart.
Ivory Gentle Aloe Scent Laundry Detergent - There's a free & clear version of this too.
Ecos Free & Clear Dish Soap - I added a cleaner (but still cheap) dish soap to our line up. I should've done this months ago because I end up soaking baby dishes and pacis quite often.
Dr. Bronner's Pure Castile Soap - I got a bottle of this back in May of last year for our baby shower, and I'm still using it and have lots left. It can be used for so much! I put some in a spray bottle and clean the bath/shower with it. I've used it for hand soap. Basically anything that needs cleaned or washed, this stuff can be used.
Last thing I want to share is a website I came across. If you're like me, you want someone else to do the work for you. I Read Labels for You does just that! ha This blogger has a long list of products she's reviewed and products she uses herself. If you're looking for a body wash, just type it into the search bar, and chances are, she'll have articles written about body washes. And she knows her stuff.
This is all definitely a journey. Little by little though, I'm seeking to make our home a cleaner and safer place.