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My company, Rachel's Basic Bites, is a small startup in the Kent county area of Rhode Island. I provide handcrafted granola bars, made with high quality organic ingredients.

Simple Ways to Minimize Toxic Substances



I would like to share with you one of the few product lines i love which is Burt’s Bees skin care which is gentle, non-toxic and budget friendly. They really have a great variety of lip and skin care to meet your needs. Gravitating more towards a non-toxic lifestyle can get quite overwhelming and i totally get that.



After numerous years of researching and becoming more enlightened, i realized all ugly harmful chemicals in the marketplace everywhere. Not to mention all the lovely toxic side affects to boot, i was seriously frustrated. For instance, why the heck are we NOT told about this crap and secondly how do we rid our bodies to this excess of toxic substances?! It isn’t right and that’s when my journey began.



I feel it’s important to self educate yourself on any one subject that doesn’t sit right with you. You can’t always believe what is said in the media these days. It’s always a great idea to do your own research. Be your own detective. And knowledge is not power, it’s applied knowledge that brings on empowerment for you and others. In my experience it takes small steps in the beginning moving towards a healthier lifestyle. The unconventional route is not easy, but attainable and well worth your health. Most will not understand this until something arises like illness to bring on positive action in their lives. So, the question i have for you is, how will you empower yourself in moving towards where you would like to be?




Below are are some simple solutions to get you on the right path that won’t leave you insane or exhausted.




BABY STEPS! Most of us may not have the budget or energy to swap out everything all at once. But what you can do is keep it stupid simple and go at your own pace. When you happen to run out of an item switch it out for a non-toxic version. As i say, it’s always important to read the labels. Some may say natural or organic, but just may look really cool.


JOIN A GROUP like mine where you can collaborate with like-minded people to gain insights and accountability. There are many groups available in social media in what you may be looking for.The wisdom, advice and research of others is priceless. It’ll save you time and money.


AIM FOR IMPERFECTION. You may not be able to get rid of all the toxic build up, but as long as you are more aware of the many options that are out there and applying the knowledge you’ll be further than behind. The better you can make healthier choices in consuming less chemicals, the better your overall well-being will be.


LISTEN TO YOUR LIVER! Without a thought or a thank you, livers around the world have been saving lives in removing toxic substances. The more non-toxic you live the better your liver will be in the long run. You don’t need to panic every time you think you are consuming or a harmful chemical wants to jump at us to attack. Just remember to keep chugging along. Most often than not our livers do a wonderful job in eliminating toxins from our bodies.





Below are some helpful signs to consider if you think you may have toxin buildup.



FATIGUE we all get tired at times, but if it’s not resolved by a good nights sleep than you need to look deeper.

ODOR such a foul bad breath, body odor or foul stool.

DIGESTION is a subtle indicator such as constipation, excessive bloating, gas or diarrhea due to an overload in your system.

SKIN PROBLEMS such as psoriasis, eczema, puffy eyes, dark circles around the eyes are a clue.

Any unusual MEMORY LOSS, brain fog, depression, anxiety or unhealthy lack of motivation is another.

HORMONAL IMBALANCES like PMS, endometriosis or a low sperm count can be a factor as well.

Excessive HEADACHES, migraines or sinus issues is a cause.

NO RESULTS from eating right or normal exercise routines.

FOOD and CHEMICAL sensitivity may be an issue.

Lastly JOINT PAIN and muscle aches seem to surface more frequently.



NOW the many ways in combating these issues can be just by cleaning up your nutrition such as reducing the amount of processed foods and eliminating sugar can be a real improvement for wellness. Another way is cleaning the air by using filters, natural cleaners, airing out your home and bringing in certain indoor plants to detoxify. By using safer cookware like stainless steel or cast iron can help reduce these risks as well. Stay away from coated cookware like teflon!








Sodium Lauryl Sulfate


Petroleum or mineral oil

Synthetic fragrances

Phthalates like certain plastics

Unfiltered water


Bisphenol A












Olive oil

Leafy greens


Green tea





Lemon juice






Fatty fish





It’s always best to eat more from the Earth and buy organic when possible. I see more and more markets carrying good quality foods, you just need to look closer. Your mind and body will thank you for it. Always be aware in how you feel either in a notepad or journal. I hope this article helps in raising more awareness for your overall well-being. Any questions or comments please let me know. And please, if you got value from this i would love to hear. Remember when you fuel your body the right way it will take care of you. The human body is an amazing machine and very intelligent.