Mastering Motherhood Podcast

Avoiding Toxins to Keep Mom and Baby Healthy

March 02, 2020 Nicoll Novak Season 1 Episode 14
Mastering Motherhood Podcast
Avoiding Toxins to Keep Mom and Baby Healthy
Show Notes Transcript

Phthalates, parabens and nitrites, oh my! Our food, skincare and other household products are riddled with toxins and we don't even know it!

In this episode, our guest, Cristy, talks all about those unhealthy hormones and toxins and how we can avoid them in order to keep ourselves and our babies healthy.

Learn what ingredients to avoid, how to pack a safe lunch and more!

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spk_0:   0:12
Hi, everybody. This is the mastering motherhood podcast, and I'm your host, Nicole. This show is made by a mom, me four moms covering pregnancy, postpartum and parenthood topics As we go through this motherhood journey together today on the show, we have Christie to talk about toxins, health and hormones. Kristi is a mom of two active boys, wife, 24 7 and nurse practitioner. By day, she's immersed in the joys, reality and struggles of being a working mom and wife in Alaska. Mom life dot com. She writes about women's health, lifestyle and wellness and aims to help mothers stay productive and healthy so that they can focus on self care and family. She's also a health coach in Blue Veil wellness dot com, so she can further help overwhelms Mother's address hormone issues so they can become healthy and thriving again. Welcome to the show, Christie. Thank you very much. Nikki. Um, thanks for having me here

spk_1:   1:18
today. I'm really excited, Teoh, um, to be part of your of your podcasts and disseminate as much information as we can to help Mom stay healthy and help them get their household healthy. I am a firm believer that you should not take everything, anything for granted and then get sick and in panic later. Um, the key is that you should take care of yourself right now, and being a well informed consumer or person is really how you will get ahead in really staying healthy.

spk_0:   1:54
I love that, and this is an important topic for me, too, and I'm excited to learn more about it because I don't know too much. So why don't we start with, like, the effects of toxins and why it's important to eliminate them. So toxins

spk_1:   2:09
are around us, Um, and you, our soil. We'll start with our food supply Our soil with however much chemicals and fertilisers we use affects the state of our food system. Whatever what we put in our mouth, it has the chemicals and the antibiotics or fertilizers that in turn affect our health. So is you're thinking OK, I'm gonna eat a lot of salad, but it really matters the quality of that salad that you're eating because if if it's grown, and if they if the grower has put a lot of fertilizers in it, then you're really just putting that chemicals inside your body and some chemicals. They stay longer in your system than others. Some, if you stay away from them and do a great flush defeat, the right amount of fiber it I mean you'll be successful in getting it out. However, there are certain group of talks since cold endocrine disruptors, and it's really important, and I like to explain to people how how it works is your endocrine or your hormone system. It pretty much works as a two part and into parts. There's your hormone, and then there's the receptor, and I'd like to explain it as a lock and key. There is a key that that attaches to your home hormone receptor to make it work properly in a healthy individual. If you eat the sugar, your insulin plays a part, and then you don't get that high glucose in your system because your insulin is working well. However, if you are late into a toxins, especially these hormone disruptors, they actually mimic that that lock that attaches to the receptor. So what happens is it does not work properly. So just imagine if you're trying to get in your house, you have a key. The rial Ki and the Fiqi, the rial ki will you know it. Just turn the lock and you'll get in a thick. He will fit in will fit in the keyhole. But you know, you try and try to turn it. It's not opening, so that's pretty much what happens with these endocrine disruptors. So if your hormones are not working properly, either get too much or too little, and then it just cascades down to how your your system functions. Some hormones affect how you how you gain weight and how you hold onto fat, even to the size of the fat cells that your body is retaining. And the more fat cells you have, the more toxins that it had houses is pretty much a storage for toxins. Another thing is, some of these toxins are really hard on on. I mean, it's hard on everyone, especially Children. Some of them are really strong, and they actually they contribute to the rice of asthma and eczema. If you wonder why you know, as easy as we have, our life is, we just go to the grocery store and get whatever food. We don't have time to really make anything from scratch. It's really pretty easy, however. There's a lot of chemicals in those foods that we eat. That's really not doing our sister. We're not doing ourselves a favor. And on top of that, how we prepare food and what we use in our kitchen actually contributes to. This is well and how and your body it accumulates. Toxins that has pretty much toxins have a cumulative effect that the more you use of it, and there's so many kind that we expose ourselves to. The more you use it, the more it stays in your system. So the the hope is, the less you use, the less accumulation you'll have, and eventually you'll get your system getting to work the way it's supposed to.

spk_0:   6:13
So what you're saying this is crazy is that I could be trying to eat healthy and be eating salads and everything. But if I'm not getting it from like, reliable places, I could potentially be putting talks is into my body. Exactly. Look,

spk_1:   6:29
it's a fiber, but it's a lot of toxins

spk_0:   6:32
that this is shocking to me. I have to say, Oh my gosh, well, what about common household cleaning products? What should we be looking for in those? So part of

spk_1:   6:44
being an informed consumer is I mean, we sure we get used to certain products that we that we buy and we go to the store. And, you know, we don't even bother trying something new because what? We're used to it and it works for us. We stick with it. However, if you start reading the labels, fragrance is actually it's code for toxins. It illegally hides until number of chemicals. So if you see fragrance in the label, then you know you gotta start being You got to start wondering, like, okay, why they put fragrance there And they say, like the most amount of ingredients is at the very top. So fragrances at the very top. Then, um maybe should start looking for different alternative.

spk_0:   7:28
Oh, no. I am a sucker for cleaning products that have a Citrus set or a lavender scent. So this is really shocking information to be as well. I I feel like the scent makes me think that my I'm doing a good job cleaning. Yes, well, actually,

spk_1:   7:44
if it's a Citrus or lavender, that's actually specific, So that's not as bad As you know, just plain old says fragrance.

spk_0:   7:52
Who that's really

spk_1:   7:55
yes, you gotta look for salads. It's spelled P T r p h th a l a T s. It's one of those many chemicals that's legally hidden in the ingredient fragrance and these air linked to birth defects, breast cancer, diabetes, obesity, autism and 80 HD.

spk_0:   8:15
Are you kidding me? And this is a common ingredient in in cleaning products.

spk_1:   8:21
It's It's common. Yes, like another thing to look for us. You know, as parabens, it's parabens or uses preservatives, and they are like a big They're big endocrine disruptors because they mimic estrogen.

spk_0:   8:40
Wow. So what does that mean, then?

spk_1:   8:42
So if you have your estrogen is supposed to do specific things in your body, but then these parabens, they come in and they basically like, tell the estrogens to scoot over because they scoot over. I'm the fake estrogen. So

spk_0:   8:58
then does your body stopped producing estrogen?

spk_1:   9:01
It does not stopped producing estrogen. Sometimes it you just have this estrogen excess. So then you get the effects of excessive estrogen, which are what Either you have that fat around your waist or around your legs. Oh, Wow, actually, yeah, like people can pretty much just google extra estrogen excess. Um, not deficiency. And yeah. So I'm sure a lot of women will relate. You know, if you're having a lot of hot flashes, like headaches and you're sweating a lot, you're moody. It's that estrogen.

spk_0:   9:42
I had no idea. That's crazy. I mean, s surgeon

spk_1:   9:46
is not bad. We need it. We need it for our bones. Um, but the key is not to have too much of it and or too little,

spk_0:   9:57
so just the right amount. So you don't want to be introducing those parabens than it sounds like? Exactly. So you talked a little bit about skin care products, so there are harmful toxins in those as well. I'm assuming. Yes. So what should we be looking for in those? And how can we make sure that we're getting safe skin care products? And I'm thinking, especially not just for me, but also, like for my baby.

spk_1:   10:25
Yeah, actually, yes, for you and your baby. And I just wanted to save real quick that even before your baby is born, um, whatever toxins air products, you use it. You know your baby is affected by it because there's a study where they tested cord blood and they found a lot of toxins.

spk_0:   10:45
Oh, really? So is that Does that start during pregnancy or even before pregnancy?

spk_1:   10:52
I I want to say even before pregnancy, because if it's just hanging around circulating in your body and then you get pregnant and then it kind of, you know, it sets up the stage for for toxins.

spk_0:   11:07
Well, well, that's that's good to know, you know, especially for mothers that air trying to conceive that, that even before you're pregnant, you really need to be careful about what you're using on your body

spk_1:   11:21
Exactly and actually wanted to share because I my husband and I, we tried for three years to get pregnant, and all my tests were normal like no one had. Any idea why we couldn't get pregnant. Eso then I actually had some testing done, and I had a lot of these toxins in my system.

spk_0:   11:42
Oh, how do you think that was the reason that you were having trouble conceiving

spk_1:   11:46
it? Waas I think it was a big part of it because when I started making changes and and I did a lot of changes. A swell, but I actually attribute it. Teoh. Ah, lot of toxins. I changed the lotions that I was using. I quit using lotions that has really strong fragrances and parabens in it, which parabens air strongly linked to infertility. And so, yeah, I started making those changes in three years. I don't remember how long it took me, but I finally we're finally able to get pregnant. And then the second, our second baby was actually a surprise. We weren't even trying.

spk_0:   12:23
Oh, my gosh. How crazy is that

spk_1:   12:26
s. So I am a strong believer that what you use and what you put in your mouth. I mean, it's that mean that's a given anyway. But we just get so used Teoh and reliance on the skin care products and cleaning. And you know, I how Maney people say, like leeches. The best cleaner.

spk_0:   12:45
Yeah, I know. In my family, we always use bleach,

spk_1:   12:50
and I agree with me, like for certain, um, microbes. You do need stronger cleaner, but for everyday use, Um, I think we can make better choices.

spk_0:   13:03
Definitely. So are there skin care products that you recommend? I'm thinking about myself specifically makeup.

spk_1:   13:13
Um, I know there are certain mineral makeup that has list is really the preservatives that they makes in with makeup that, um, that's toxic and parabens a big preservative. So if you look for makeup that's made in smaller batches, that gives you an idea that, hey, there's less. There's less preservatives in it.

spk_0:   13:37
That's so interesting. I'm a big Sephora shopper, and so I'll just have to keep that in mind when I'm looking for makeup cause I'm not loyal to any brand or anything like that. Uh, I just like Sephora because they have a lot of options. So the next time I'm shopping there, I'll just have to make sure that I'm a little more cognisant of ah, the ingredients and making sure that I'm getting makeup without the toxins. Yes, and I mean, even if you

spk_1:   14:04
you know, you can still probably use the makeup that you're using right now. But maybe just make some changes to your cleanser or your toner or the moisturizer that you use, because I mean you don't wear makeup a lot. Me. When we go to bed, we strip our face of makeup and pretty much as you know, you wash your face and make sure that you go to bed with a clean face.

spk_0:   14:26
That's true. Let's talk about food. You've mentioned that before that there are toxins in our food, even when we think that we're eating healthy. So what are some steps that we should be taking when we're preparing lunch for ourselves and for our Children? Okay, so when we

spk_1:   14:44
prepare lunch, it's mostly we make sandwiches, correct. So Bread and Delhi, um, nitrites is actually one of those preservatives that I was talking about that is present in in Delhi. Meat like bacon and ham and turkey. Um, again. Because they use it up as a preservative, so the meat can, you know, can stay can keep longer. Um, not make sense. Yes. Eso it. Yeah. And it stops the bacterial bacterial growth. Well, you do want it to stop the bacterial growth. However, you know too much of it. It's too much nitrite. It's actually linked to cancer in humans. Um, so what Once I learned about this, what I've started doing is I would just go to the deli itself where I would, you know, just have him, like, have it, slice it from from the big ham that they have instead of buying the ones that are really sealed and preserved.

spk_0:   15:49
Oh, okay. So that's good advice, Then, to avoid kind of that prepackaged, pre sliced deli meat and just go like directly to the deli themselves and asked them to slice for you

spk_1:   16:00
exactly. Or, if you go to, you know directly to the butcher where they make their own bacon or they make their own deli because chances are they've just made it maybe a few days or last week, and there's not a lot of preservatives that they've put it. And if it's freshly made, um, chances are there's not a lot of my trace that's going to affect you.

spk_0:   16:23
Okay, that's good to know. What about vegetables and stuff like that? So we have a farmer's market in my town. Do you think that a farmer's market is maybe a safer place to buy vegetables than the grocery store?

spk_1:   16:34
Exactly. It's very it's very safe. I am a strong proponent off going to Farmer's Market, and it's actually pretty sad cause, you know, I live in Alaska, Um, and the only have farmer's market in the in the summertime. Oh, yes, In the winter time, we're kind of stuck, would you know whatever we can get? And amazingly, and I've noticed this firsthand, the vegetables that I would buy from the farmers market would last longer in my refrigerator compared to the ones that I would buy from the store.

spk_0:   17:07
No way.

spk_1:   17:09
Yes, Um, I was like cash. Why? Like I would buy vegetables from the store, and sometimes I forget that I had him. And when I'm ready to eat them, their battle ready. But in the summer time that I would go to the farmers market and I'd buy veggies. And

spk_0:   17:29
I have to say I am shocked sometimes that the difference between store bought vegetables and my husband he's a huge gardener. And so hill grow vegetables like cucumbers, for example. And sometimes it it ah shocks me and amazes me and discussed me a little bit because the cucumbers that we grow, they're much smaller, they're shaped differently, and it just kind of makes me feel like, what are they putting in our vegetables that we get the grocery store to make them so big and so perfect looking? That's not natural.

spk_1:   18:03
Exactly. I mean, yes, they're big, but they're they're pretty much just the size. It's there's no nutrients in them. And most likely in instead of the nutrients, there's more chemicals. Because off the fertilizers,

spk_0:   18:19
I would believe that. And they just for whatever reason, don't have the same flavor.

spk_1:   18:27
Like you can tell the difference between, like, fresh farmers market, then store bought.

spk_0:   18:32
Oh, I absolutely agree. And I feel the same about like eggs too, huh? What other advice you have for listeners to make sure that they're eating talks and free diets? Um, I would

spk_1:   18:46
just say, like, you know, a big thing is going to like the farmer's market. And if you do go to the store, you know how they have those prepackaged salads that Hey, it's prewashed, prepackaged. Um, and you're thinking, Wow, it's easy. I'll just do that. I would actually go for the ones like for spinach. I would go for the ones that are in a bundle that you wash yourselves.

spk_0:   19:10
Good to know, because I'm a sucker for those prepackaged salads. Me too. Oh, no. Okay, well, I'm gonna have to start making my own salads, and that's okay.

spk_1:   19:20
I'm not. I'm not making your life easier, but I'm making you

spk_0:   19:23
healthier. That's true. And to be honest with you, you're probably making my grocery shopping a little less expensive because, like the prepackaged salads, while they're good, they're expensive.

spk_1:   19:37
Yes, they are. And they mean they don't last from number one. And, yes, they're expensive. And you just wonder what they coat those leaves with because they just look so

spk_0:   19:46
plump. Yes, Ensign. And if they are wilting at all, I'm like, Oh, I'm not getting that s o probably not the healthiest choice on my part.

spk_1:   19:59
Another thing, too, is apples. Um, I know you know, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but nowadays, the apples have so much pesticides, so I would say go for organic apples because the non organic once they may be bigger. But just think about why they're so shiny because they spray them with chemicals that make them shiny so you can buy them.

spk_0:   20:24
That's true. The organic ones do look a little smaller and a little less attractive, but healthier than that's probably where we should be spending our money instead.

spk_1:   20:34
Exactly. And then I would just recommend for for everyone to go to pwg that or GTA and get a list off the dirty dozen so they have 12 vegetables or fruits that are like that has the highest load of chemicals. And if you do buy organic just by the organic version off thes the dirty 12

spk_0:   21:06
that is good to know. I've never heard of that before, but I'll definitely check that out. And then I'll put links to that website in the show notes. And I'm also going to include in the show notes. The links to you are your two websites.

spk_1:   21:21
Actually, I have a have a short e book. It's like four or five pages, and it actually gives you an outline of what to look for in your kitchen. It's called Eliminate Three Toxins in your Kitchen.

spk_0:   21:35
So I agree.

spk_1:   21:36
Yeah, if you can just start with those three, then that's a good start for you.

spk_0:   21:42
Yes, that sounds like a really good resource, so I'm actually having

spk_1:   21:45
a summit for March. It's March 16 to 20th.

spk_0:   21:51
Yeah, talk a little bit more about that.

spk_1:   21:52
Yes, so it's called a thriving Mom Projects Summit. There's 30 speakers are 30 moms. They're going to talk about A different aspects of motherhood are off mom life, and I think it will be perfect for your audience because it's Monday to Friday and certain days have a different theme like the first day is all about moms, their speakers for self care and putting on makeup faster. Or how to dress yourself Tuesday, maybe about productivity or career in mindset and Wednesday is wellness. Wednesday. Um, so that's when I actually have a presentation about hormones and toxins, and then you can you'll see how the slides are are organized. So, like all these things that I'm talking about, it will actually make sense to you. I mean, I'm sure I hope it makes sense right now, but it'll probably makes, but it will make better sense once you watch that presentation. Yeah, and I think it's just it's gonna be a good resource for Mom. We have another day. That's just parenting. They have speakers that talk about how to make emotional connection with your kids or how to help them navigate in, like in the tech world, and you know, just things like that. But it's a good It's a well rounded summit that's really tailored for for moms and to help them thrive.

spk_0:   23:09
How can listen to sign up for that? I can give you

spk_1:   23:12
a link to that. Um, if they sign up for the V I P wait list right now, it then day definitely will be. Will have first dibs once, once the registration goes live.

spk_0:   23:23
Great. That sounds awesome. And then I'll put that link in the show notes If anybody's interested in that as well. Okay, great. Well, thank you so much for being on the show today. Thank you so much, Nikki. Thanks for listening today. For more on pregnancy postpartum in parenthood, visit mastering motherhood podcast dot com and subscribe to this show wherever you get your podcasts. If you have a topic that you'd like to hear, shoot me an email at Mastering Motherhood podcast at gmail dot com. Thanks