A recent statistics from St. Jude Children’s Hospital said that 175,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year and 1 in 5 of those children will not survive. I don’t know about you but as a mother that is a scary statistic.
We all want the best for our children and making sure the environment they grow up in is so important. I want to do everything I can to check carcinogens at the front door and out of my home. We can’t control everything in their environment but I feel empowered to control what is within my reach.
Here are some of my top recommendations to keep your little ones safe and healthy
- Feed your family whole foods – real foods. Foods should not come from a box or a can. Fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, grass fed beef, grass fed milk (or hormone and antibiotic free is a good second choice), nuts, seeds, beans, rice… There are so many options. Frozen veggies are typically frozen right after picking and are a great alternative to fresh (sometimes even better than fresh in the winter).
- Take a probiotic and Vitamin D. Healthy gut bacteria is so important to your health and your immune system. Vitamin D also is great at keeping your immune system strong.
- Make your own cleaners – most commercial cleaners have ingredients lurking that are known carcinogens. I know my kids put their mouths on just about everything!
- Make your baby care items. Some of these are so easy and just one ingredient. You can use coconut oil as lotion. Or check out this super simple way to cure cradle cap!
- Wash their hands regularly. The first thing we do when we come in the door from school or the store is wash our hands. Wash hands before eating as well.
- Essential oils are awesome at keeping illness at bay and for treating illness (unfortunately all kids get sick – good news is every cold is making their immune system stronger).
- Check your shoes at the front door – everything on the ground outdoors get tramped in on the bottom of your shoes. Think about your neighbors lawn that the kids just ran through after it was fertilized with chemicals two days earlier. Or the antifreeze that you accidentally walked though in the parking lot. A great side effect is your floors stay cleaner.