Maybe you think you’re eating healthy. Maybe you’re buying the best organic food that you find that hasn’t been treated with toxic pesticides, herbicides, hormones, or other chemicals.
But have you ever stopped to consider that part of the problem with toxins in the food supply is coming directly from you and your kitchen?
All too often we focus entirely on farming practices but there’s a whole other part of the story that has more to do with the many ways that you introduce even more toxins into your food before it ever gets to the table.
So I’ve outlined 5 of the most common mistakes that you are making in your kitchen that is affecting the quality of your food while making your food and you toxic. And any of these can add significant stress and inflammation within your body to prevent you from healing and overcoming Leaky Gut Syndrome.
1. Microwaving Food
If you use a microwave and have never heard of the ill effects of microwaving your food, then this is a very important topic for you.
First of all, microwaves were never developed to be used to heat food. But someone decided there was a good opportunity to make some money without before we had the ability to properly research the negative effects first.
And more and more research is being done these days on microwaves and other high frequency radiation coming from cell phones and other electronics and the research results are not pretty.
Here’s a very short list of just a few of the ill effects that microwave radiation has on your food:
- Destroys and reduced the nutrients in your food necessary to sustain life.
- Alters the chemical structure of food to produce toxins
- Produces carcinogenic compounds that have been shown to lead to cancer
Here are some additional resources if you’re interested in digging further into this subject:
2. Storing Food in Plastic
Plastics are another brainchild of science that are now beginning to be questioned heavily for the toxic chemicals that they contain which can easily leach into your food and water.
Research has been studying plastic for quite some time and they’ve already identified multiple toxic chemicals such as BPA, Phthalates, and other estrogen mimicking compounds.
When entering the body, these chemicals can and will attach to estrogen receptor sites which can and will lead to hormonal imbalances. They’ve also been shown to cause birth defects in babies.
And one larger scale study conducted in 2004 found BPA in nearly all urine samples taken. So there’s no arguing that these chemical are in fact getting into your body one way or another.
But these are just a small subset of the chemicals used. Just think about how many other chemicals are doing the same exact thing but just haven’t been researched as in depth yet. So BPA free plastic is a step in the right direction but definitely not a solution to a much bigger problem.
And when they remove one chemical such as BPA, they have to replace it with something else that likely hasn’t been fully researched and could potentially be worse.
Also stop to consider what other chemicals are being added that aren’t necessarily known ingredients. Think about how much plastic that you use is produced in China which somehow allowed Melamine to get into baby formula which was responsible for the lives of many babies.
What else do you think could be in your plastic?
3. Cleaning with Toxic Cleaners
Cleaning products are a big one that not enough people stop to consider.
Over 99% of home and kitchen cleaners are extremely toxic. And you’re using them to clean the same kitchen counters, utensils, supplies, etc that your food is coming into direct contact with.
And be sure to read your labels carefully because so many products are now being marketed as 98% non-toxic. That’s still toxic!
A general rule of thumb is, if you can’t eat it then you probably shouldn’t be cleaning your kitchen with it either.
4. Teflon or Non-Stick Coated Pots & Pans
Non-stick pots and pans became a big hit since they were more convenient and easy to clean. And I attribute much of this to the whole low fat craze because when you cook your food in healthy fats then sticking isn’t a problem to begin with.
But regardless, the chemicals that are used are extremely toxic. In fact, the EPA has declared Teflon a carcinogen and has only recently asked manufacturers to begin eliminating Perflurooctanoic Acid (PFOA) from their products.
And even when they do, what toxic chemical are they going to use next that hasn’t been studied?
Studies have shown that these non-stick cookware chemicals are being found in 95% of the American population. And what’s even scarier is that this includes most newborns!
And to add insult to injury, when these chemicals are heated they do outgas and release carcinogens and other environmental pollutants.
5. Plastic Utensils & Cutting Boards
I know that many people are beginning to catch on to some of these but this one gets almost everyone.
We’ve already discussed it and you know that plastics are toxic and bad for your health.
And you probably never stop to realize it but plastic cutting boards will actually leave plastic micro-shavings in and on your food as your knife cuts and scrapes across it.
Just because you can’t necessarily see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there or affecting your health.
Then you have plastic utensils that come into contact with your food which under heat will leech even more plastic chemicals into your food.
The Big Picture
So if you consider the number and amount of different toxins that get into your food just while you are making then you can see how ridiculous it really is.
And stop to consider that the average American is putting food on counters cleaned with toxic cleaners, cutting the same food on plastic cutting boards, cooking it in toxic non-stick pots and pans, stirring with plastic utensils, storing their dinner and leftovers in plastic containers, and then reheating it all in the microwave the next day.
How many different chemicals do you think this would expose you to?
Watch these 3 videos below to avoid the common mistakes making your kitchen and food toxic –
Karen Brimeyer is a nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and health consultant. She has helped over a hundred personal clients heal their leaky gut, digestive problems, lose weight, and resolve their chronic symptoms and conditions.
She is the owner of Optimal Self-Healing in Tampa Bay Florida, a private nutrition and health consultation business and author of the Leaky Gut Cure program.
Karen has worked with a wide variety of populations from new moms to athletes overcome their health problems and achieve optimal health.
Karen found her passion for nutrition as a teenager. While striving to achieve optimal health by following the widely accepted diet and nutrition tips of the media and conventional medicine, she found her own health declining rapidly with the development leaky gut which led to digestive problems and chronic fatigue.
Unwilling to accept her situation, she set out to determine the truth about health which led her through her own research as well as studying and working with some of the best holistic doctors and holistic practitioners in the fields of nutrition, functional medicine, and life coaching.
She has since applied her knowledge with herself to overcome her own leaky gut and achieve an unprecedented level of health and wellbeing. Her happy and healthy pregnancy and now two-year old son, TJ, are a testament to the health she has achieved.
To find out more about this program, click on Leaky Gut Cure