Swapping out your toxic products for clean ones can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know what is toxic. And what is “clean” anyway? There is so much marketing for “natural,” “organic,” and “clean” that it is hard to know what is true. For some things organic is not enough. For others it is not even the safest choice.
I have been appalled lately by the sheer amount of devious marketing involving so called “natural” products. It is called “Greenwashing” and it is more common than you think. Finding that my Mrs. Meyer’s soaps, lotions, hand sanitizer and cleaning products have frangrances, which are just as toxic as anything else, scoring an 8 on the EWG.org toxin scale (EWG verified is like zero, the cleanest, and 10 is the worst). It seems that every time I clean out a new space in my house and start scanning I am horrified… especially because I thought I was doing so well! First task: download the EWG healthy living app and save the EWG skindeep database on your bookmarks bar. It is the most helpful tool I have.
This page is dedicated to thoughtfully replacing your toxic (maybe unbeknownst to you) everyday items with clean, EWG verified, and top scoring products. In addition, if you fancy supporting this website and me, please click through the affiliate and other links. Every bit helps! I will follow it up by making this a permanent page on my site and will continue to add to it as needed.
SKINCARE AND BEAUTY: Beautycounter is the leader in clean beauty and is the originator of The Never List. We will never put known harmful ingredients into products and are constantly testing and growing our list. I am very proud to be a consultant and health advocate in this company. If you can’t afford it, please just go buy some responsibly sourced argan oil for your face, and use everyone soap for your family. It’s clean if not luxurious and that is the most important thing. If you’re interested in why I joined Beautycounter, visit my shop page. I also love Primally Pure for their dark locks dry shampoo, their deodorant and their soy free, non-toxic lip balms. They also now have hand sanitizer! I also like Innersence Organic Beauty for clean hair and curl products.
SELF CARE: I use CBD to help manage some of the daily issues of autoimmune disease. CBD supports the endocannabinoid system and helps support homeostasis in the body. If you have issues similar to mine and struggle with exercise induced inflammation, CBD can be extremely helpful for that, but also helps promote healing in the entire body by simply helping the body to function better and do what it was always meant to do. Not all Hemp Oils and CBD’s are created equally. My top pick is from Q Sciences as they have a Full Spectrum Hemp Oil with BioAbsorb nanoparticle technology which allows the body to get what it needs with 85%+ absorption as apposed to most hemp products which only rate at 6% absorption. Despite being full spectrum, any THC from their hemp does not show up in blood tests but only allows for the full entourage effect needed to give the body what it needs. I am also an affiliate for Joy Organics, which has Broad Spectrum (THC free/non-psychoactive) and Full Spectrum (non-psychoactive) CBD products. It is a women owned company that has been featured in Parents Magazine and Forbes. I love their ethos, their methods and that they offer very high quality products and a strong enough sublingual tincture for my needs. Save 15% on ALL Joy Organics premium CBD with the code CULTUREDBITE. Click here to get discount
PROBIOTICS & SUPPLEMENTS: I highly recommend a couple different brands of supplements and probiotics for different needs. My top pick for supplements is Q Sciences because they use nanoparticle technology in their formulations (tiny particles, rather than tiny robots!) and chelated minerals which allows for up to 100% absorption. Q Sciences Flagship Product, a multivitamin called Q Max Premium, has been tested in clinical studies for mental health because the nano nutrients and minerals cross the blood brain barrier. Their children’s formula, Q Kids Core, contains the same formula for brain health and absorption and has added prebiotics and probiotics. I have noticed a distinct improvement in my children’s attention, patience and focus since including this in our daily regimen. A homeschool day now runs from 9am-12:30pm whereas it was previously taking me until 4:30pm and often until dinner to get three children through their work. Most supplements do not absorb well into the body so you are mostly paying for expensive urine. My apologies, but it is sadly the truth. I highly recommend everything from Q Sciences as you can genuinely feel or see a difference in your health in 4-7 days and their Hemp Tincture activates in a matter of minutes. Their Q Biotics is double encapsulated and so survives stomach acid and releases in the intestines. I highly recommend their Q Core + 2oz Q Fuse combo for $200 (4 High Impact products: Q Max Premium, Q Biotics, Q Align & Q Fuse Water Soluble Hemp Tincture). I also highly recommend doTERRA’s nutritionals as an option because both their adult and children’s probiotics are also double encapsulated. I have also used Plexus because their products are microbiome focused and their pink drink, slim, has chelating agents for aiding the system to detox heavy metals, toxins and bad bacteria. I have used their multivitamin, X Factor, the VitalBiome and ProBio5 probiotics. Their probiotics both contain S. Boulardii which I recommend if you are dealing with Hashimoto’s and suspect a gut infection. This beneficial yeast is antagonistic to B. Hominis, which is quite common with Hashimoto’s, occurring in up to 60% of patients. Their “Ease” product is also excellent in place of NSAIDS, which are destructive to the gut and out perform most Omega Fish Oils. You can shop them here and request samples here. I also cannot recommend enough My Allstar Nutrition’s BioHeal Powder supplement for children especially if you suspect an infection of B. Hominis. I have also used the adult supplement in capsules as well. S. Boulardii is a hyper-vigilant beneficial yeast that helps heal the gut as well as overtake bad bacteria in the gut and both these brands use it in their formulations. I have experienced a decrease in many of my symptoms since incorporating these into my regimen, as well as seen my children thrive on a day to day basis. Their anxiety is lessened, their attention and focus are better and they are generally healthier. I have a NEW addition to my supplement shop as a thank you for following me! Now that I have finished my Nutrition Coach Certification I have my own Wellevate Supplement Dispensary here. Many of these items are discounted cheaper than amazon and you can set up autoship and as a practitioner I can make recommendations for wellness. Quinton Isotonic, Quinton Hypertonic and Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein are some of my favorite staples.
CLEANING PRODUCTS: Replace your toxic household Lysol and Mrs. Meyers (yes, Mrs. Meyers has toxic fragrances!) with doTERRA’s Healthy Home Kit and OnGuard Laundry Detergent or with Branch Basics. I became a Norwex consultant after following Dr. Annie’s Experiments on YouTube. Norwex wins out on antibacterial cleaning OVER Bleach, Lysol and store bought methods. Message me for recommendations and to place an order, I offer discounts for locals but I have to process this through my back office and take Venmo for payments. The mop, envirocloth, body cloths, dust mitt, veggie scrubber, window cloth, and cleaning paste are some of my must haves! I also use e-cloth from Amazon. They are cheaper and perform as well as very old and used norwex products. I also like this generic cloth. I also use a solution of 1/4 cup vodka, 1/4 cup distilled vinegar, 1 cup distilled water and my favorite essential oils in a Sally’s Organics bottle for cleaning and disinfecting at home. *Update: since Covid-19 I have moved to a solution of 1/2 cup 190 Proof alcohol or lab grade ethanol to 1/4 cup distilled distilled water and about 45 drops of kid safe essential oils.
PERFUME AND FRANGRANCES: I don’t use them! They are toxic! A single scent may contain anywhere from 50 to 300 distinct chemicals, which by anyone’s standards, stinks! My top pick for essential oils is doTERRA because they now do heavy metal testing and have QR codes on each bottle so you can see the lab tests. Just as importantly they do the polar opposite of what most companies do when they search out their sources. They pay a fair wage and give back into the communities where they source their oils. I never planned to do direct sales with essential oils but their stories both broke and won my ex-missionary’s heart. For perfume replacement doTERRA has created their first clean Perfume Spray, Kintana, and I love these roll ons as Vanilla and Neroli are favorites of mine. This doTERRA Family Essentials Kit is a great place to start as well as this Kid Safe Set! I also like Plant Therapy‘s vanilla and they are tested and affordable, though do not have the potency of doTERRA. If you prefer Young Living, my lovely friend Anita sells it and is very knowledgeable.
WATER: I do NOT drink out of cans any longer because of the BPA. I use glass ball canning jars that I fill up at home (we have a well) and I drink sparkling water in glass bottles only when I am out and about as well as Whole Foods 365 brand sparkling water as it is BPA free. If you do need a good brand reverse osmosis filter (no other will take out the toxins in the tap water) then Berkey is a good brand, as is the Multi-Pure AquaVersa and my first pick, the AquaTru Reverse Osmosis Water Filter. It is important to remineralize if you use a Reverse Osmosis system. I recommend Quintin Isotonic and Quintin Hypertonic minerals as well as CT Minerals from Cell Core.
FOOD & BEVERAGE: I find a lot of my organics at Costco, Azure Market (which is like mass drop for Organic Foods), Basics Market (local to Portland, OR) and the Farmers Market. Amazon Subscribe and Save and Amazon Prime Pantry are available for anyone and I do use them on occasion. I also get organics on Amazon Prime: Whole Foods Market delivery. For my fellow Autoimmune Protocol readers, I highly recommend Shop AIP. They are the first 100% compliant online shop and have a lot of great products. Use code SHOP to get 20% off your first purchase. If you are a cured meats fan, I highly recommend Carnivore Club for their Keto Box! I don’t really snack much but I’ve always enjoyed a charcuterie board and I approve their Keto options for my husband’s snacking enjoyment! I am Thrive Market Affiliate and get quite a few of our staples from this shop. If you didn’t know, they support families in need all over the US. One brewed beverage I am especially fond of and excited about is RASA, which is a small, responsible, woman owned business that creates some incredible adaptogenic brews (like tea & coffee) to energize your life without the big caffeine hit. What a lovely way to enjoy ayurveda… click through for a discount on your first order and use code “CULTUREDBITE”. For extremely well formulated superfoods to boost your health, I recommend YourSuper Superfoods. My current favorites are the Magic Mushroom, Moon Balance and Forever Beautiful. Use code “CULTUREDBITE” for 10% off. They even have a whole detox system for starting off strong, which I highly recommend. It is important to focus on Grass Fed/Pasture Raised Meats and avoid GMO soy products. My body can’t tolerate even organic chicken because there is soy in the feed so I get my poultry from Basics Market. They also have a real in house butcher so I often order custom sausages without nightshades. There are other pasture raised options in the US though and Thrive Market carries pastured chicken.
COFFEE: Coffee is one of the most toxic things you can consume if it is not organic. Decaf is worse because the process often uses formaldehyde and other chemicals to extract the caffeine. I recommend Co2 or Swiss Water Processed Organic Coffee for Decaf and high quality organic coffee so you are not just drinking pesticides that can wreak havoc on your immune system. Bulletproof and Lifeboost both make Swiss Water Decaf. You can also find these at your local Winco.
WINE: I know this should be part of food and beverage but I feel it needs a category by itself! One thing that has changed drastically since developing autoimmune disease is my wine consumption, both in quantity and quality. It has taken me some time but I am now far enough along in my healing journey that I can enjoy very high quality wines from time to time, but it has been an interesting time trying to figure out which ones will kick me out of ketosis or cause an inflammatory response and which are okay. Not anymore! I am a Dry Farm Wines Affiliate because they are organic, biodynamic, clean and TEST EVERY BOTTLE for glyphosate, sugars and sulfites! You can visit in the shop tab or here: www.dryfarmwines.com/BrennaMay and they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Also! You can get an additional bottle for a penny on your first order!
CANDLES: I have been seeing soy candles everywhere! But with Hashimoto’s I have to avoid soy products so I lean toward beeswax or coconut oil candles. Edens Garden’s candles and Pure
Plant Home coconut wax candles are good choices. Stay tuned for beeswax essential oil candles by Eva in our Etsy Shop. A diffuser and clean, responsibly sourced, heavy metal tested essential oil setup is also a fantastic swap choice and has many health benefits.
HOUSEHOLD & KITCHEN: It’s time to ditch those plastic water bottles & kitchen utensils, analon and teflon pots and pans because those things are putting PFAS Chemicals (toxins) in your body every time you use them! I recommend cooking with cast iron mainly and stainless steel when necessary. Cast iron gives you a healthy source of iron in your food and does not leach any unwanted toxins into your body. For utensils, move to wood, bamboo and silicone. We use Corkcicle, YETI, and Klean Kanteen for our kids water bottles as well as Ball Mason‘s for drinking and for fermenting and food storage. I use these stainless steel rings to prevent rust when fermenting. We use silicone lids for the kids drinking with stainless steel straws. as well as these bamboo lids with straws for wide mouth and regular mouth masons. This is my favorite home coffee cup from YETI and our favorite to go tumblers.
If you have any questions or suggestions, message me on Instagram and I’ll do my best to research and update this list. If you want to contact me about Beautycounter, Q Sciences, doTERRA or any of my affiliate programs you can message me as well on my @brennamaywellness Instagram, Facebook, Gab & MeWe accounts.
With love and eyes wide open,
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