A healthy body is not the only area for optimal health. The health of your kitchen is essential. The kitchen is the place where you prepare, create your meals as well as entertain. You can create a positive and healthy environment with the right knowledge and tools to take control of your kitchen health. Take a look around your kitchen and see if you have a healthy kitchen. A great place to start is your cookware.
Are you using healthy cookware free of chemicals? Non-stick cookware contains perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) which is created during the manufacturing process and is bonded with polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). As a result, a nonstick and stain resistant state is created and applied to cookware. At high temperatures the carcinogenic chemical gases off having you and your food exposed. Scratches and particles of lined materials found in cookware can separate from the cookware and can be released into your food. (See picture with lined cookware with scratches.). Use stainless steel, ceramic or cast-iron cookware. These materials are solid and can withstand high heat with no lining of toxic chemicals.
Storage containers also play a part of your kitchen health. Using plastic containers is not the greatest way to store food. Plastic can readily absorb contaminants and can be lined with chemicals. Eating food and drinking from plastic containers are increasing the risk of exposure to chemicals. Reusing plastic to heat and freeze food can also increase the risk of chemical exposure. A healthier alternative is to use solid glass storage containers. Glass storage containers provide easy and an accessible way to serve, clean and store food. You can use the very same container to utilize all these areas as well as moving with ease from the freezer, frig and to the stove. In the long run, glass containers improve your quality of health by reducing chemical exposure, save money and time. Glass containers are sturdy, reliable, have a long shelf life and can be used for years to come.
The use of cleaning products also impacts your health as well as the health of your kitchen. A clean kitchen is a healthy kitchen! Right? Well, what cleaning products are you using? As you prepare your meals, eat and run, you need to clean your kitchen. Like myself you want to disinfect it and keep your family safe from bacteria and viruses! Take a look at your cleaning products, read the label and see for yourself. Are you using toxic chemicals to clean your kitchen? Many cleaning products have ingredients that can cause skin irritation, burns and respiratory irritants.
Home pollution is on the rise with the continuous use of toxic cleaning products containing chemicals. Continuous use and exposure to them can lead to illness and disease. Government agencies and consumer agencies have reported that home pollution is due to hundreds of chemicals found in many cleaning products. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported, chemicals commonly found in homes, 150 have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities.
A recent independent study released in February 2018, spanning 20 years shows the direct link of continuous use of household cleaning products containing toxic chemicals is causing lung damage, leading to respiratory issues and the potential threat to lung cancer.
Over time, chemical exposure using cleaning products containing the following toxins, but not limited to: bleach, chlorine bleach, oxygen bleach, phosphates, ammonia, formaldehyde, triclosan, iso propanol, propane gas, butane gas and Bactroban have been linked to kidney problems, infertility, hormonal imbalances, nerve disorders and other medical conditions.
Creating a healthy kitchen free of toxic chemicals can be done. Transition your home like I did by eliminating cleaning products containing toxic chemicals and create a toxic free pH balanced eco-friendly home. I took an active role in my kitchen and home health by decreasing toxic pollutants entering my home and as a result, decreased the risk of inhaling toxic chemicals, created a safe zone for my family friends to enjoy.