I'm a mother, environmental scientist & former Covid contact tracer who does research on a variety of health-related topics.
Overall health is more than fitness and counting calories. Over time our society has come away from natural foods and introduced more and more toxic chemicals into products we use everyday. To know how to be healthy is to know how to avoid exposure to unnecessary chemicals such as food dye, fluoride, genetically modified foods, and flame retardants. The rise in cancer, diabetes, learning disabilities, and other health issues has not been attributed to one particular exposure due to the fact that there are now too many variables affecting our health. Minimizing these variables is how to be healthy.
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Avoid Food Coloring
Artificial food coloring is pervasive in our food supply. Many countries have banned the use of artificial food dyes due to the evidence that it is harmful to our health. It is disturbing to know that manufacturers of food products will make their product for one country without the added food coloring, but provide another country the same product with the harmful dyes. Linked to causing numerous diseases and disorders, avoiding food dye is one way to be more healthy. The following resources explain what food dye is made of, what foods and medicine contain dyes and how to make your own natural food coloring.
- FDA Approved Food Coloring Dyes: What You Are Really Eating
Consumers beware of what artificial food coloring is, where it comes from and why we shouldn't eat it. There are easy ways to avoid poisoning our bodies, especially our children.
- Toxins in Vitamins and Medicine: Artificial Food Dye Dangers in Essential Vitamins and Minerals
Much like our food system, vitamins and medicine in the United States are laced with poisonous substances known as artificial dyes. Here's a practical plan for identifying which products to avoid and stop allowing these toxins into our bodies!
- How To Make Homemade Natural Food Coloring ~ Recipes to Dye Buttercream Frosting, Cake, and Easter E
A comprehensive resource for making homemade food dye from natural sources ~ food! Use natural dyes to add color to cakes, frosting or Easter eggs.
Avoid Genetically Modified Food (GMOs)
Crops, such as corn or soy, and therefore food additives like corn syrup, maltodextrin, soy lecithin or soy protein may be genetically modified. The DNA has been altered, or genetically engineered, to be different from the original DNA to help it withstand chemical applications or drought, for example. Safety testing of GMOs has not been proven for inclusion in our food. Recently, the Norwegian School of Veterinary science found that GMOs caused health problems in rats and salmon in the form of increased weight gain and changes in the immune system. Since labelling food that contains genetically modified ingredients is not yet required, avoiding them can feel overwhelming at first. Avoid taking the gamble on GMOs. Following the guidelines below will help.
- How Do I Avoid Eating GMOs and Genetically Altered Food?
Helpful hints and resources to use when shopping for foods that are free from genetically modified ingredients.
- What Genetically Modified Foods Do to the Body: Say No to GMO Side Effects
Understand what the scientific community is reporting about the effects of eating genetically modified foods.
Originally, fluoride was thought to be needed in the water supply to build strong teeth and avoid cavities. For every study that says this is true, there is another study that says communities that do not have fluoride in their water have less incidence of cavities. Regardless of how effective fluoride is for tooth health, it's more important to know that studies have shown that fluoride is toxic to the brain, affecting brain development and IQ in children. Since the benefit of fluoride is questionable, and the danger seems apparent, avoiding fluoride is another path to follow on how to be healthy.
- Drinking Water Fluoridation and Dental Fluorosis ~ About Fluoride, Health Hazards, Side Effects and
Is fluoride added to your water? Is fluoride healthy? Should babies drink fluoridated water? What are the new recommendations on fluoride?
- Fluoride Content in Black, White, Green, and Oolong Teas ~ Loose Leaf Tea Health Benefits and Tea Da
We should be limiting our total exposure to fluoride from tea, based on the potential dangers associated with fluoride exposure and the high levels present in many types of tea.
Disclaimer: Note that this website portrays my opinion. I want to help others consider a new or different view. Any action taken based on these opinions is the responsibility of the reader.
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Minimize Exposure to Flame Retardants
Flame retardants are added to many everyday products like upholstered furniture, bedding, and electronics. They exist in 80% of children's products including car seats and mattresses. Studies show that we have been heavily exposed and that fire retardants cause a variety of health effects. Minimizing exposure to fire retardants is to be more healthy overall.
- Toxic Fire Retardants Widespread in Everyday Products ~ Minimize Exposure for Your Family
Flame retardants are in products we use everyday even though they have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects and learning issues. Know what products contain fire retardants and how to minimize exposure.
It's important to note that we can't eliminate our exposures completely. Our best health can only be achieved by reducing unnecessary exposures and minimizing chemicals in simple ways. Having the knowledge of the potential health threats like fluoride, GMOs, flame retardants and food coloring, and adopting an action plan to follow is how we can be more healthy.
© 2012 Melis Ann
Melis Ann (author) from Mom On A Health Hunt on April 01, 2013:
Hi Careermommy ~ I'm glad you enjoyed this hub on ideas for how to be healthy. As for fluoride in toothpaste, please find my other articles dealing with the subject as it is a big one!
Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on March 31, 2013:
Melis Ann, this is a great hub, filled with valuable information. This delves deep into getting healthy and I love that! Just curious about your thoughts and alternatives for fluoride in toothpaste. Thanks.
Melis Ann (author) from Mom On A Health Hunt on July 29, 2012:
Thank you for sharing this important information and your input DanaTeresa. It will get easier shopping for healthy foods as you become a pro at looking for keywords on food labels. Imagine how much healthier we can all be if we take this beyond food. Cheers!
Melis Ann (author) from Mom On A Health Hunt on July 29, 2012:
Thanks ACQHealth - I always love hearing from you!
Dana Strang from Ohio on July 29, 2012:
This is very good information. Thank you for sharing it!
I have recently been trying to avoid food dyes and additives. Boy is it tough! I am sure it gets easier once you get used to what to look for...
My friend knows a woman that has a son with ADD and taking the food additives out of his diet made a huge difference. He is a lot better.
Voted up and sharing!
ACQHealth on July 29, 2012:
Fabulous & helpful hub, thank you!!