Nanette Makrauer––Say goodbye to an old standby

Say goodbye to an old standbye

By Nanette Makrauer for North Valley Magazine Nanette

I’ve got something simple for you to take away today, that will reduce the toxic load in your home with one simple change…

Get rid of plastic storage containers! Yep… you will substantially reduce your toxic exposure with this tip. Rummage through your drawers, kitchen and refrigerator, and remove and replace them with glass.

You may now be saying. No way, I NEED those!  So let’s talk about why you would want to eliminate plastic storage containers.

Naturally, we are hit with 60,000 plus free radicals every day. Your antioxidants do their job to fight against them, and keep you free from disease and illness. I wanted to make my home a haven for my body to repair itself, a place to recover and regenerate so that it could effectively fight that fight. So I went on a mission to detoxify my home (and therefore body). This can, however, be an overwhelming task. So to make it easy, I suggest you pick one thing per month….

Plastics may have always seemed to be harmless. They offer convenience, are inexpensive, portable. But look closer. They release toxins by off-gassing, contain harmful BPAs that cause cancer, leach into your food and beverages…. Yuck right?!

This year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report co-produced with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The report suggests “a ban on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be needed to protect the health for future generations.”  Double Wow!

Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interfere with the endocrine (or hormone system) in both animals and humans. These disruptions can cause birth defects and developmental disorders, as well as cancerous tumors. The report focuses on several of the most common culprits, including Bisphenol-A (BPA)… which is widely used in the production of plastics…

I say, “They got to go!” And “go” they did. All those matching lids neatly nested. Now I love using my clear glass containers. They go into the dishwasher without worry of the heat exposure. They come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. They can be sanitized! We made the switch and have never looked back. Will you?

In future articles I look forward to sharing additional ways in which to detoxify your body and life! Topics like DIY sunscreen that is free of nasty chemicals, and choosing toxin-free cookware…

About Nanette Makrauer

I am a writer, blogger, marketer, investor and I manage national accounts for a Fortune 500 company as well.

My focus in life is on living strong and healthy into the future with my husband as my best friend and companion. I don’t believe we have to give in to “aging” and I believe that disease and illness are preventable if we branch away from mainstream directions.

I stay healthy by eating whole unprocessed foods for the meals prepared at home (but of course I indulge and dine out just like anybody else).  My husband and I ride our Eliptigo’s for miles on end on the Scottsdale greenbelt path system. This terrific workout offers beautiful scenery and a low-impact joint-healthy cardio workout.

I graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at ASU with a BS degree in Organizational Communications with an emphasis in Journalism and Public Relations.  I am 48 years young  and live in Scottsdale with my husband and two cute rescue pups.

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