Brooke Thomas is a Shaklee Master Coordinator and the founder of 360° Your Life. As a certified nutritional consultant and corporate wellness speaker, Brooke has helped thousands of people understand how to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
I just got back from an incredibly spectacular trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. “Incredibly spectacular” is not an exaggeration. I was so excited that my whole family could join me on this Shaklee earned trip.
The resort was world-class with beachside workouts in the morning. The food was beautiful and delicious. Most of all, the people on the trip with us made me realize one of the best decisions I ever made was to partner with Shaklee. It was “incredibly spectacular.” Truly.
Not only do I get to help others live a healthier life, but the more I help my team, the more we are all rewarded. Bringing in extra revenue for my family is only one of the advantages. I get to see and experience the world with like-minded individuals who serve the same mission I so wholeheartedly believe in. These trips remind me that we can’t experience life to the fullest without our health.
I am still counting my blessings that I was able to go. I am also glad to be back home. Whenever I get back from traveling, I love crawling into my own bed with my girls tucked snugly in their own bedrooms down the hall. Whoever said “Home is where the heart is” was right. It is where the people I love most in this world live. It is where family I treasure gathers. It is where my friends closest to my heart visit.
So, it is important to me that my home be a place of nourishment for all those people in more ways than one. If my cancer diagnosis taught me anything, it is that you can’t take chances with your health, anywhere. Now as we prepare to mark another Earth Day on April 22, it is the perfect time to give your home a closer look and make some necessary changes.
The first Earth Day was in 1970. It started as an environmental awareness campaign. It has grown into a global effort of education and celebration of planet Earth.
When it comes to cleaning, what you don’t see can hurt you. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air can be more polluted than outdoor air. One of the biggest offenders is formaldehyde. This colorless, strong-smelling, common chemical is in pressed-wood furniture, building supplies, hair care products, plastic grocery bags, nail polish, and cleaning products, just to name a few. One way to limit your exposure is to open the windows of your home from time to time and let in some fresh air. It’s a good idea to keep the temperature cooler in your house, too, as formaldehyde emissions increase with temperature and humidity.
The second leading cause of home injury death is poisoning. It leads to nearly five thousand fatalities each year. Statistics show almost 80 percent of cases were exposed unintentionally. Respiratory irritation, watery eyes, and chemical burns are all associated with cleaning products.
Long-term exposure to chemicals inside our home may be harmful to us and our families. In fact, common household cleaners and appliances give off fumes that can potentially increase the risk of children developing asthma.
Take a good look at the cleaners you currently use:
Chlorine bleach is one of the main troublemakers in store-bought products. It’s often in toilet cleaners, disinfectants, and wipes. People tolerate the smell but continue to use it in their bathroom because it works. I think that’s crazy! Consider this. When chlorine bleach mixes with ammonia, it creates a potentially deadly gas, and often these two products are stored in the same closet, which could potentially create an issue. Why take a chance?
Other harmful ingredients include sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, and butyl cellosolve™ (a skin irritant).
You don’t have to worry that it will cause respiratory problems. The best part is, I can wholeheartedly recommend it because it works!
Next, take a good look around your kitchen. Time to clean out any plastic containers that may contain BPA. Glass is the best option for safely storing and reheating food.
Get rid of traditional air fresheners. Many of them contain formaldehyde. A better option is to light a natural beeswax or soy candle if you want to get rid of that garlic or fish smell after dinner. Beeswax and soy candles don’t burn petroleum by-products like regular paraffin candles. You can even boil a little water with cinnamon and nutmeg or ginger in it!
If your garbage disposal smells, just toss in a few lemon peels and turn it on.
Water is another potential problem. Drinking water can be a source of lead exposure. The Get Clean® Water Pitcher can reduce up to 99% of lead. Each filter filters up to 80 gallons, which is more than 1,280 eight-ounce glasses of water.
The Get Clean® Starter Kit is a great way to give all of the products a try.
From the food you eat to the house you live in, are you making the healthiest choices you can? If not, I encourage you to start today!
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