During the month of December and before the end of the year, let’s
take this opportunity to appreciate the wonderful things we have in our
life and consider modifying certain personal behaviors that may have
adverse affects on our health. I am presenting you today with ten
practical health-improving strategies for you to consider incorporating
into your home and family life in 2012. Consider using this list as a
home health inventory. Some of these suggestions are items to remove
from your pantry, some are items to
add to your home, and some are to
debunk nutrition myths. I hope that you find these strategies useful,
helpful and above all, promoting health and wellness for you and your
Items to remove from your kitchen / home:
Plastic Bottles and plastic containers: Plastics are known endocrine
disruptors, which means they interact with hormone receptors, possibly
making a person more susceptible to precocious puberty or hormone
related cancers. Food and liquid stored in plastic can absorb plastics
during the heating process, which can occur when they are heated in a
microwave oven or if they become hot in a car or storage container.
Instead, store food and liquids in glass or ceramic containers. If you
must use plastic, choose the ones with recycle numbers – 1, 2, 4 and 5
2. Aluminum or Teflon cookware: Aluminum is a metal that can leach
into food during cooking. Aluminum has been associated with
neurodegenerative conditions. Also, Teflon cookware is made from a
Fluoride containing toxic chemical called polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)
that can leach into food when the surface is scratched. Consider
cooking with cast iron, pyrex or stainless steel instead.
3. Canned Tuna: Tuna is a large predatory fish that is known to
bio-accumulate mercury in its fat. Mercury is a known neurotoxin and
causes autoimmune reactions. Replace tuna or canned tuna with canned
4. Antibacterial soap: The main ingredient in antibacterial soap is
triclosan, an endocrine disruptor and pesticide. Prolonged use of these
soaps has been implicated in causing drug resistant bacteria and adding
to hormone related health problems. Use glycerin or castile soap, both
of which clean our skin very well.
5. Cool Mist humidifier: During the winter, ambient air humidity is
low leading to a variety of irritating health conditions such as dry
skin, dry sinuses and increased susceptibility to colds. Adding humidity
to the air can be very helpful to prevent these conditions. Rather than
using a cool mist humidifier, which is susceptible to mold, and
bacterial growth, instead boil water or use a warm mist humidifier.
Items to add to your home:
Broad Leaf Plants: Plants are natural air purifiers and make attractive
home decorations. Choose plants with the best air filtering affects,
such as: peace lily, rubber plant, Boston fern, and weeping fig.
2. Water Filter: It is well known that New York City has very clean
water at its source. By the time that water gets to your tap it has
picked up sediment and heavy metals from pipes, as well as bacteria and
parasites. Chlorine is added to the city water to kill the bacteria and
parasites. An under sink or counter top water charcoal filter can help
to remove a great deal of this unwanted contaminants.
Debunking nutrition myths:
Beef is bad for you? It is well known in nutritional science that when
cows eat grains, which are not natural in their diet, the beef has very
high levels of the inflammatory chemicals called arachidonic acid, which
can contribute to heart disease. When cows are raised eating only
grass, which is their natural diet, the beef has very low levels of
arachidonic acid and levels of Omega-3 fatty acids that rivals Alaskan
salmon. Grass fed beef can be a healthy part of your diet.
2. Egg Yolks are unhealthy? Chickens that are raised on grains, which
are not in their natural diet, produce egg yolks high in arachidonic
acid, which causes inflammation in our bodies. When chickens eat a diet
that consists of seeds, bugs and even green plants, their eggs yolks are
high in DHA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid and anti-inflammatory. You
can tell a healthy egg yolk by its deep orange color and creamy taste.
3. Milk is essential for strong bones? While it is true that milk
contains a good amount of calcium, about 250mg per cup, some adults and
children are on a milk free diet due to dairy allergy. There are many
other options to get calcium for people looking for non-dairy options.
Some examples include: almonds, about 400mg per cup; Salmon, 360mg per 6
oz; dried figs, about 270mg per 10; and broccoli, about 178 mg per cup.
Milk has been implicated in causing food allergies and rashes in
children, so they do have non-dairy options to get their calcium.
hope you have found this information useful. Please visit visit my
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Jeffrey A. Morrison, M.D. is a practicing
physician, founder of The Morrison Center and The Daily Benefit Program,
an award-winning author of Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind
and a leader in the field of Integrative Medicine. Visit,
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