1. BPAs and plastics
Try storing your food and liquids only in containers labeled as BPA-free. Plastics are marked with a number inside of a triangle which lets you know what chemicals were used to manufacture them. The most likely sources of BPA are from plastics marked 1, 3, 6, and 7.
Never microwave plastics, and avoid putting hot foods in them. Plastics are pretty safe to use, and you can easily manage any risks associated with them.
2. Everyday radiation
There are two basic forms of radiation: ionizing radiation, and non-ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation is the harmful kind associated with nuclear power plants and countless superhero origin stories. Non-ionizing radiation is produced by all sorts of things, and is generally considered safe. Depending on which studies you read, there is debate about potential long-term impacts of the specific type of microwave radiation that comes from cell phones and wifi.
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3. Mercury in your tap water
Tap water is important for women who are TTC as it contains fluoride. Pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing gum disease, which fluoride helps prevent.
But depending on where you live, mercury might be a legitimate concern. You can probably find out the mercury levels in your area by researching the latest municipal water audit…or you can get a simple carbon water filter. These will pull out all of the impurities that might be of concern.
4. Pesticides in your food
While pesticides are evident on the skins of a lot of produce, most studies note that the levels are extremely low. Yet, if you don’t know who is growing your food, you can’t be positive what they’re putting it on it.
You can make a quick produce wash by mixing a tablespoon of lemon juice, two tablespoons of vinegar, and about a cup of water. Spray, then rinse your fruits and veggies while rubbing them — now your food is ready to eat!
5. Male partner’s cell phone
Some recent studies suggest that carrying a cellphone can have a negative effect on sperm count, motility, and morphology. If your partner carries a cellphone in their pocket, they might want to consider carrying it in a satchel, briefcase, or any other bag they regularly take with them.
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