We all know by now that the food we eat directly effects our health but is diet everything? Nope. Diet is a HUGE part of being healthy, but what most people don't realize is that when you put something on your skin, it goes right into your bloodstream! Think about the products you apply to your body every day. What about your kids? The lotions, sunscreens, shampoo, etc... All of those ingredients enter their developing bodies. Many of those ingredients are known carcinogens.
Aside from personal care products, think about the water they are drinking and bathing in. Most cities dump all kinds of stuff into the water in order to make it "safe" when in fact those chemicals are harmful to your health. If you are on a budget like we are, chances are you can't go spend thousands on a fancy filtration system. Instead, here are two things you can do to minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals in city water.
1. Neutralize bath water and add stuff that will be beneficial for the skin to absorb. City water is full of chlorine, and many of us are mineral deficient. An easy solution to both of these problems is to make a bath salt mixture with epsom salts and lots of citrus essential oils. Dump at least a cup in the kids bath and let it sit for a couple minutes before you put them in. Himalayan pink salt, apple cider vinegar, and bentonite clay are also great for your skin and make wonderful additives in a bath. If you can't afford a fancy filtration system, give this a try!
2. Drink properly filtered water. My first choice for drinking water filtration would be a Berkey water filter, but the budget is not allowing that just yet. After lots of research, the best filter I could find, at an affordable cost, was a Tapmaster Jr F2. It filters almost all the chemicals, and about 93% of the fluoride. I got ours on Amazon for $99 and the replacement filters are $29.95 every 3 months.
By following these two guidelines you will eliminate most of the harmful chemicals in the water from entering your children's bodies!
I would love to hear from you! What kind of water filtration systems work best for you?