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Part 1: In Your Kitchen

1. Avoid canned food to limit your exposure to BPA. Try cooking dried beans instead (which are much more economical and taste better), or choose brands of canned food that have BPA-free liners such as Eden Organic, Amy’s, Muir Glen, Native Forest, and Raincoat Trading. Whenever possible, choose food (especially tomato products) in jars.

2. Skip the plastics (storage containers, plastic wrap, water bottles, large five-gallon water bottles used in water coolers). Choose stainless steel or glass as an alternative whenever possible. For occasions where you do have to use plastic, check the recycling number and avoid using #6, and reusing #1, 3, and 7. Unfortunately, most coffee lids are made from #6. Consider bringing your own to-go mug, or skip the plastic lid all together.

3. Never microwave food in plastic containers.

4. Trade your nonstick pans or cookware for stainless steel or cast-iron.

5. Drink filtered water. For more information on choosing the right filtration system for your water and budget, check out EWG’s Water Filter Buying Guide.

6. Choose organic food whenever possible. To learn which foods have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticides, check out EWG’s Dirty Dozen, Clean 15 Food Lists.

Take Charge Bonus Tip: Our body is constantly neutralizing, eliminating and detoxifying through our liver, kidneys, skin and lymphatic system. Support your body’s natural detoxification process by including the following in your diet: lemon water, cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower), green tea, parsley, cilantro, garlic, onions, turmeric and adequate protein.