8. Avoid tobacco smoke

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

4AFA33FC-C5C8-4ECE-B933-8CA9D801C60B8. Avoid tobacco smoke.

Quit smoking. There are over 4000 chemicals in cigarettes; 40+ of them are known to cause cancer. There are hundreds of reasons to quit smoking but fertility is one of them. Did you know that smokers go through menopause 1.5 years earlier than non-smokers? So quit smoking. Avoid 2nd hand smoke. I also recommend avoiding e-cigarettes altogether because of limited safety data.

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7. Avoid lead

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

7. Avoid lead.

2A258F14-180D-4349-B7CC-E01FF7721F20Did you know that lipstick used to contain lead, because it made the product taste sweeter?! We now know that lead poisoning is associated with intellectual disability, behavioral problems, seizures, and even death may occur. Avoid lead at home by using lead-free materials for home products when updating your home. Talk to an expert if you suspect your older home has lead-containing products like paint. Make sure your lipstick is safe by looking into approved brands through “Safe Cosmetics.”

Picture is me preparing for surgeries this morning. Also, I’m realizing that all my lead free lipsticks are the same shade of pink. Can you tell it’s my favorite color?! 😂

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6. Take your shoes off

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6. Take your shoes off when you get home. It’s another cheap, easy way to minimize how many chemicals you are exposed to at home.

This picture is me in our embryology hallway preparing for a weekend morning of surgeries. ❤️

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5. Don’t use insecticides

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5. Don’t use insecticides.

Don’t use insecticides in or around your home. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, and even birth defect. Household insecticide use has been linked to risk of childhood leukemia. Instead, use healthy tips like keeping your counters clean to minimize pests. Use soap or vinegar to clean your house. Check the label of everything you buy. Make sure it’s free of fragrance, free of triclosan. Don’t use air fresheners, which are full of endocrine disrupting chemicals like phthalates. Consult EWG’s “Guide to Healthy Cleaning” for more tips about how to keep your home clean safely as well as a list of safer products to have around your home.

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4. Wash your hands (seriously)

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For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

4. Wash your hands.

Washing your hands before you touch your mouth or food is the easiest way to minimize your exposure to dangerous chemicals. Use plant-based soaps that do not contain fragrance. Did you know that the average “fragrant” contains about 14 secret chemicals that aren’t listed on the label and 80% of which have never had safety testing in personal care products?! You don’t need this nonsense.

Similarly, avoid anything labeled as “anti-bacterial” which has the chemical triclosan. There is no evidence that washing your body and home with antibacterial products does any good compared to old fashioned soap, water, and scrubbing! Women with higher triclosan exposure take longer to conceive. Triclosan is also associated in lower oocyte yield in couples undergoing IVF. Triclosan has also been associated with disruption of thyroid function.

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3. Avoid flame retardants

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

3E8A95E8-BFC6-49C8-BE76-C207CBA25EC03. Avoid flame retardants

Flame retardants are added to materials in order to slow or prevent the start or growth of fire. For decades, foam furniture, baby products and electronics have been loaded with flame retardants that migrate out of products and into our bodies.These chemicals have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption, as well as deficits in motor skills, attention and IQ in children.

I encourage you to buy flame retardant free products, dispose of damaged cushioning, and always wash hands before eating to minimize exposure to these and other chemicals 

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2. Food storage is important

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

2. Food storage is important.

Plastics have dangerous chemicals like phthalates and BPA. These chemicals have been linked to taking longer to conceive and pregnancy complications. Keep food in glass or stainless steel containers; avoid storing food in plastic. Do NOT heat your food in plastic containers. Heating plastic increases the leaching of chemicals. Use a paper towel or glass lid to food in the microwave.

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