Smiling Sophia Ruan Gushee for part three of this Home Detox Workshop podcast

🎧 Home Detox: Part 1

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Podcast music by Chris Robertson.

Podcast Intro

This week's new podcast is different from the usual format: Usually, I am interviewing a guest. But, in the newest episode, I'm the guest!

In the Spring of 2021, I led a three-part Home Detox workshop series for this wonderful community, Everwell. I will be sharing all three parts with you in the upcoming next three episodes of the Practical Nontoxic Living podcast.

The first episode is an excellent intro and overview of why you should detox your home. It also shares great tips to get started. 

Questions Answered

  • How did I become passionate about studying our toxic exposures and why am I passionate about teaching others about it?
  • Why should we detox our homes?
  • Which health issues have toxic exposures from our homes and consumer products been linked to or associated with?
  • How can we approach detoxing in a simple and inexpensive way?
  • What are some tools for talking with other decision-makers?
  • How can detoxing be a mindfulness practice? 
  • What do you think of BPA-free products?
  • What detergents do you use?
  • What's a simple high-impact tip to reduce EMFs?
  • Do magazine covers contain BPA?
  • Are there brands that claim to be nontoxic but are not?
  • Is there a plastic water bottle that you use?

Podcast Show Notes

[01:52] Sophia’s story

  • BPAs 
  • Healthy Technology Habits/ House Rules 
  • How is having a mom who is obsessed with toxic chemicals?

[10:26] Why did Sophia go down the path of teaching about nontoxic living? 

  • Our children will inherit the decisions we make today

[15:01] How can we approach detoxing in a simple and inexpensive way?

  • Detoxing is a mindfulness practice 
  • Reducing plastic exposure 

[24:39] Tools for talking with other decision-makers

  • Not expecting everyone around you to change and how to handle that 
  • It’s about the conversations you have 

<[27:33] What motivated Sophia to create the Workbook?

  • Elimination diet approach

[34:09] Questions from the audience 

  • Is there a reusable bottle brand that Sophia recommends? 
  • Sophia’s recommendations for baby bottle nipples. 
  • Are BPA water bottles bad? If so, why? 
  • What is best for baking? Parchment Paper or baking mats?
  • Detoxing your hands
  • Are there brands that claim to be safe but aren’t safe? 
  • Sophia’s thoughts on sunscreen 
  • Alternatives to fragrance 

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Ruan Living simplifies a nontoxic lifestyle through its Practical Nontoxic Living podcast, free detox workshops, online D-Tox Academy, and transformative 40-Day Home Detox. It aims to help you avoid toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from what you buy, own, and do— without compromising your joy and convenience. Ruan was founded by Sophia Ruan Gushée, author of the bestselling critically acclaimed book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Toxic Exposures and several detox workbooks. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Business School, Sophia has served on the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Council and Well+Good Council. A popular nontoxic living speaker, consultant, and teacher, Sophia lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her passion for empowering others to enjoy nontoxic living began with the birth of her first daughter in 2007. Everything she creates is a love letter to her children and for the healthiest, brightest future possible. You can learn more here: Sophia’s Impact.


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