I’m far from being a hippie. This is a website about natural living for normal folks, after all.
But the older I get, the more I crunch.
Growing up in the middle of backwoods Alabama being “green” wasn’t really on our radar. When I became a mom, I started looking at the world differently though. My son was born in 2008, the year BPA was banned in baby bottles because it is a hormone disruptor. “What does that mean!!??” every new mother in 2008 shouted. Turns out, BPA can mimic estrogen in the body, which is a very bad thing for fetuses, children and teens who are still developing. Then in 2013–that’s five years after the BPA baby bottle ban–a California study showed BPA was present in 100% in the umbilical cords of fetuses that were tested for a study. That suggests there is a “Universal Exposure” to BPA in our country.
And it’s not just found in baby bottles, but also in the lining of canned foods and drinks. Even our grocery store receipts are coated in this stuff. It’s widespread.
It’s not just BPA, though. Lots of plastics and toxic chemicals in our homes have effects on our hormones. Have you heard of GMOs and RoundUp Ready crops? We will cover this further in another post, but the chemical glyphosate in Roundup has been linked to some NASTY side effects, including hormone disruptors.
Since I have struggled with hormonal issues my entire life, I am hyper aware of how to try to prevent these issues for my children. I now have an 8 year old son and a 21 month old baby girl, and I try to give my kids semi-healthy food and try to limit their exposure to toxins if I can help it.
Am I super strict about it? Nope, but I figure everything I do is better than doing nothing.
Over the next few days we are going to look at a few of the common items where toxins are hidden in our homes. You might be very surprised by some of the things you’ll learn, but don’t worry! I’ve got some natural solutions to help ease the shock a little. 🙂
See you back here tomorrow to learn more about how to be a toxin-free family!
Read all of the posts in the series right here: