Living A Low-Tox Autism Life

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When did it become okay to spray the food we eat with toxins? When did it become okay to use so many poisonous chemicals around the home? When did it become okay to pollute the air with synthetic substances detrimental to human health?

Most new-to-nature chemicals have not been through rigorous testing. They are placed on the supermarket shelf and are deemed safe until proven otherwise. The thing is, we haven’t had the time to do the research on these chemicals and how they interact with the human body over a long period of time. There are new toxic products are hitting the shelves every day, and we just can’t keep up.

But what we do know is that our constant exposure to manmade chemicals can play a role in how our genes are expressed. And this isn’t a good thing. This can be destructive to our health and particularly for our children on the spectrum.

While most healthy children have the resiliency to bounce back from a little exposure to household cleaning products, car fumes or pesticides, this can send a child with autism off the edge. We need to remember that a child with autism has less available defence mechanisms. Their brain is irritated and their body is often in overdrive. So even a little exposure to a toxin can cause major stress in the body and can be detrimental to their health and functioning.

If you haven’t considered it already, I strongly urge you to go through your kitchen, bathroom and garage, and throw out all of the nasty products. You know what they are. And if you are unsure, I can almost guarantee it will be a nasty one. Big manufacturing companies are not out there worrying about our health, they are far more concerned about growing their business and driving profit margins.

It’s time to get back to basics and reduce your families exposure to toxins in and around your family home.

Here are 8 simple ways to reduce your exposure to toxins:

  1. Buy fragrance free soaps, shampoos, conditioner, deodorant and cosmetics
  2. Buy fragrance free washing powders
  3. Use natural cleaning products such as bicarb soda and white vinegar
  4. Avoid air fresheners
  5. Drink filtered water
  6. Find an alternative to chlorinated swimming pools
  7. Avoid use of plastic for storing and heating food
  8. Avoid reusable plastic water bottles

I cannot stress the importance of building up your child’s resilience by eliminating all the nasty chemicals in and around your home.

What have you got to lose? More importantly – what have you got to gain?

With love and hope,

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Hi I'm Rhiannon Crispe. I'm an Occupational Therapist, Personal Trainer and GAPS Practitioner. I created Homebase Hope - a place of positivity and possibility for people caring for a child on the spectrum. I'm here to guide you every step of your autism journey with a whole child approach.