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Practical Nontoxic Living

Practical Nontoxic Living

Author: Sophia Ruan Gushée

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Sophia Ruan Gushée—nontoxic lifestyle expert, author of the critically acclaimed book "A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures," founder of Ruan Living, wife, and mother of three—talks to experts and wellness warriors to unveil tips to optimize your well-being, healing, and life experience.
64 Episodes
This week's podcast features Human Design expert Erin Claire Jones!  Erin and Sophia discuss the basics of Human Design, energy types, unique blueprints in parenting & family life.  HUMAN DESIGN BLUEPRINT: Get 10% off with code RUANLIVING at checkout here DON'T FORGET: 50% off your first month's membership at the D-Tox Academy expires May 31st! Use code SPRINGCLEANING at checkout.  FREE WORKSHOP: Our next free workshop is June 21st at 11am EST. This will address brain health and environmental toxins. Reserve your spot here!  RESOURCES D-Tox Academy Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN 40-Day Home Detox  
This week's episode is an excerpt from our most recent Use the News segment — all about mental health, technology, and toxins!  Don't miss our FREE workshop on mental health & household chemicals, Wednesday, May 24th at 11am EST. Register here.  Remember: through the end of May, get 50% off your first month's memberhsip at the D-Tox Academy! Use code SPRINGCLEANING at checkout.  RESOURCES Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN D-Tox Academy Read: Ruan books
This week's episode is all about sleep & your cirdcadian rhythm! Sophia and Elizabeth discuss melatonin supplements & overdoses, cortisol, if watching the sunset can help you fall asleep at night, and more. Enjoy!   To subscribe to our newsletter, text DETOX to 66866 Right now, get 50% off your first month membership at the D-Tox Academy with code SPRINGCLEANING at checkout.  RESOURCES D-Tox Academy Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN Supplement article discussed in episode
Featuring Andrew Pace! Founder, Green Design Center, healthy home concierge, and host of the Nontoxic Environments Podcast. This week’s episode is an interview between Sophia and Andrew from his podcast, Nontoxic Environments, which was released earlier this year. It’s filled with the basics of setting up a healthy home environment — from free tips, to adjusting your mindset, unexpected ways nontoxic living can actually make your life easier (and save you money). Listen to learn more about Sophia’s background and career prior to researching environmental toxins, and what drives her to help others embrace practical nontoxic living.  RESOURCES D-Tox Academy — get your first month for 50% off with code “SPRINGCLEANING” at checkout Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN Naturepedic Mattresses — use code ruanliving15 at checkout for 15% off your purchase! The above is an affiliate link. Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to our newsletter.    If you enjoyed this episode, don’t forget to rate & review us on your podcast platform, and share the empowerment with a friend!   
This week’s episode is all about protecting your skin from endocrine disruptors — especially from touching receipts (and other thermal paper!) Did you know that using hand sanitizer before touching a receipt can cause your skin to absorb 100X more BPA from that paper?? Listen to learn more background information about BPA & other hormone disrupting chemicals in receipts, and some great tips to avoid your exposure!  This audio is a replay of a presentation given in Fall 2022.  CODE SPRINGCLEANING or SPRINGCLEAN50 for 50% off your first month membership in the D-Tox Academy!    RESOURCES D-Tox Academy Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN Our favorite nontoxic mattress Elizabeth’s favorite nontoxic clothing brand Nontoxic Living Blog Workbooks to Detox Your Home   Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to our weekly newsletter!  Make sure to follow/subscribe to this podcast and rate us 5 stars!  Find us at @ruanliving on Instagram and  
This week's episode is all about MOLD.  Cheryl Ciecko joins Sophia to discuss: How she became interested in mold exposure as an architect Her personal healing journey from toxic mold exposure Top tips in order to avoid mold and dust accumulation in your home Creating “safe spaces” inside your home. Cheryl Ciecko is an architect who specializes in helping homeowners and building professionals avoid mold exposure. Find her online at AvoidingMold or her personal page to learn more or schedule a consultation, or find her @CherylCiecko on Instagram and @CherylCieckoArchitect on YouTube! Enjoy — don’t forget to hit “Follow” and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts!  Send us your questions and comments! or DM on Instagram @ruanliving or @practicalnontoxicliving RESOURCES Subscribe to our weekly newsletter by texting DETOX to 66866 D-Tox Academy Membership (enrolling now!) Shop Amazon — Curated by Ruan
This week is another quick one! Sophia and Elizabeth chat about nontoxic living in current headlines — and break down some studies for you! Specifically, they discuss how endocrine-disrupting chemicals have been linked to alterations in male reproductive organs — like lower quality and/or less sperm, smaller anogenital distance, and even smaller genitals! They also give you some quick and easy tips to start implementing today.   This conversation is an excerpt from the new offering for D-Tox Academy members — which is Use the News! We are joining our D-Tox Academy community live every Thursday at 12pm, to share with our community health/wellness trends in current headlines, and break down recent health studies. It’s nontoxic living, simplified for you!    Join our free newsletter! Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe for weekly nontoxic tips, straight to your inbox   RESOURCES Shop Amazon— Curated by Ruan D-Tox Academy Private Consult with Sophia  Books by Ruan Count Down by Dr. Shanna Swann
This week is a quick tips episode! Sophia and Elizabeth discuss recent studies making headlines about forever chemicals in fish. They break down the findings for you, discuss their favorite ways to enjoy seafood mindfully, and some easy solutions for you to implement in your grocery list!    Enjoy!    Follow, rate, and subscribe if you are enjoying this info — or go the extra mile and share it with a friend too!     RESOURCES D-Tox Academy Community — use code SPRINGCLEAN50 for 50% off your first month’s membership (offer only valid through 4/14/23)!  40-Day Home Detox Nontoxic Workbooks Shop Amazon — Curated by Ruan Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to weekly newsletter   RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE Freshwater Fish Contain Harmful Forever Chemicals   EWG Map of Freshwater Fish Contamination in U.S.A.   CNN — Freshwater Fish Contamination  
This week, we are joined by Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of the Environmental Health Trust. The EHT recently won a lawsuit against the FCC for not updating their wireless safety regulations according to current research. (The last time it was updated was 1996!) We discuss the EHT's work to protect our families from the known and unknown effects of wireless exposure, and compare the U.S. standards of technology use to that of other countries. Did you know that in France, cell phones come with a warning not to use against the pregnant or adolescent abdomen??  I hope you enjoy! Feel free to reach out with any questions/comments to or DM us @ruanliving on Instagram. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH TRUST: Join EHT's Campaign to Educate Lawmakers: Sign up for EHT's newsletter!  Read the Science:  Reduce Your Exposure: RUAN LIVING RESOURCES: Feeling empowered by this info on EMFs and want to start reducing your home's exposure? Try small habit tweaks with our FREE Digital Detox here. Or, become a member of our D-Tox Academy for more info and community support. Join our newsletter by texting DETOX to 66866. Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN.
Quick Tips today!  This episode is just Sophia and Elizabeth— they sit down to chat about ways to avoid PFAS/forever chemicals in your daily routine. They talk about which foods might be the most contaminated, how they shop in groceries stores to minimize their exposures, and how to avoid PFAS in other aspects of your daily life — like laundry detergent!  Listen to the end for an update on the regulations on 1,4 Dioxane implemented in 2023! Enjoy!  Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe to our weekly newsletter!  Questions/Comments?  Email: Instagram: @ruanliving @practicalnontoxicliving RESOURCES: Digital Detox Challenge D-Tox Academy Membership 50% off your first month with code SPRINGCLEAN at checkout — limited time offer!!! Shop Amazon — Curated by Ruan    
This is the one allll about energy and EMFs! Sophia and Elizabeth sit down with August Brice, Founder of TechWellness, to discuss EMFs (electromagnetic fields). We talk about what they are, different types of EMFs and frequencies, different ways to protect our bodies while traveling and in our homes, and how amazing and resilient our bodies are! If you're curious about EMFs but don't know where to start, this is the episode for you!  Our Listeners get 20% headphones and Level 1 EMF Protection Pack at TechWellness! Use code "RUAN" at checkout!  Contact or on Instagram @ruanliving or @practicalnontoxicliving with any questions/comments. We look forward to connecting with you!  RESOURCES Digital Detox Challenge D-TOX Academy Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN  
REVISITED: How to Heal from EMFs with Energy Medicine, with Dr. Jill Blakeway.  This week’s episode features Sophia’s interview with Dr. Jill Blakeway, originally published in 2020. Although so much of our world has changed since then, this episode is full of excellent takeaways to apply into your everyday life! Spring cleaning is more than just your house — time to cleanse your energetic field too!  Dr. Jill Blakeway wrote Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing. She also co-authored Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility, and Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido. Dr. Blakeway is also a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, clinical herbalist, and founder of the Yinova Center in NYC. As a practitioner, she is known for her intuitive approach to Chinese medicine and particularly for her skills as an acupuncturist and energy healer. For more resources, join the D-Tox Academy! Pillar 3 is all about reducing EMFs in your home. Sign up today!  For EMF reducing accessories, our friends at TechWellness have so many options!  Use code “RUAN” at checkout for 20% the Level 1 EMF package, and headphones— the rose gold airtube ones are Elizabeth’s favorite! Join the newsletter for practical tips in your inbox every Tuesday morning! Text DETOX to 66866 to subscribe.   RESOURCES Shop Amazon — Curated by RUAN D-Tox Academy A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Toxic Exposures
Welcome Elizabeth McCormick!  Our newest member of the Ruan Living team sits down with Sophia to discuss how the two are currently applying nontoxic living into their homes and lives. Elizabeth shares her personal journey that led her to nontoxic living, how she and Sophia connected, and what she’s currently working on in her home and habits! Enjoy!!  New York City area: Join us at Souk Yoga Studio on Saturday, March 11 for a Ruan Immersion Detox to help you reduce your exposure to EMFs in your home. Reserve your spot today! To join our newsletter, text DETOX to 66866. RESOURCES by RUAN LIVING Shop Amazon—Curated by Ruan D-TOX Academy   Sources about Parabens linked to breast cancer: Literature Review 2016 Study
This week, Sophia discusses tips to avoid exposure to asbestos from talc & talcum powder! Sophia reviews important takeaways from the many lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson regarding asbestos from talc in their baby powders. This episode is especially important if you are pregnant or have children, but Talc can be found in many different household items, including makeup powders. (think face powder, eye shadow, etc), making this essential listening for everyone!  Text DETOX to 66866 to join our newsletter to stay in touch & receive quick nontoxic tips in your inbox every Tuesday!  Follow us on Instagram @ruanliving RESOURCES by RUAN LIVING D-Tox Academy 40 Day Home Detox Amazon—Curated by Ruan Living
In recent months, too many brands of dry shampoo were recalled due to their cancer risks. In this episode, Sophia tells you what you should know about dry shampoo and how you can find the best "nontoxic" dry shampoo for your preferences. In Ruan Living's D-Tox Academy, Sophia shares her favorite dry shampoo product as well as her other go-to practical nontoxic brands. Learn more here: D-Tox Academy by Ruan Living. SHOW NOTES [00:00] Introduction of the Presentation of Ruan Powwow for the D-Tox Academy [00:35] How to Join the Detox Academy [02:05] Benzene was detected in 34 brands of dry shampoo products [02:47] What is benzene?  A chemical acceptable in drugs at 2 parts per million Benzene level is as high as 340 parts per million in 10 seconds of spray No safe level of exposure to benzene  Detected in 70% of 148 samples from 48 brands [03:37] Aerosol products [04:51] Reading the product ingredients [05:15] Using powder dry shampoo [05:32] Household Repeat Offenders of benzene and aerosol products RESOURCES BY RUAN LIVING D-Tox Academy 40-Day Home Detox Amazon curated by Ruan Living Free Ruan Living's Nontoxic Cleaning Guide FOLLOW RUAN LIVING Join Ruan Living's free email newsletter by texting DETOX to 66866. Instagram @ruanliving
Andrew Pace is a Healthy Home Concierge, host of the Non Toxic Environments Podcast, and founder of The Green Design Center, the oldest healthy building supply company in the United States and a leading resource for homeowners and contractors looking to source products that are healthy. A worldwide expert on green and healthy building products and services, Andrew has become one of the single most helpful and educational experts dealing with the day-to-day concerns of those individuals who suffer from allergies, asthma, and chemical sensitivities. EXAMPLES OF TOPICS DISCUSSED Sophia and Andrew have a great conversation about what will help you identify healthier building materials for your next space redesign, renovation, or if you're building a home. Healthier indoor environments Multiple chemical sensitivity, sick building syndrome Trends in "green," "sustainable," and healthier building materials How to identify practical, nontoxic building materials Household Repeat Offenders: wood, paints, vinyl How helpful is prop 65 when selecting healthier building supplies? Materials for floors and windows How to prioritize your budget For podcast show notes, click here: Ruan Living blog. RELATED PODCASTS Can Your Home Contribute To Your Chronic Symptoms with guest Angela Cummings, who was mentioned in this podcast episode and is author of Organic Lifestyle Made Easy: How To Create A Chemical-Free Household One Step At A Time Make Home A Pillar Of Health with Domonique Silva, who has worked at NASA FOR Environmental & Occupational Health Home Detox Parts 1-3 in episodes 46-48 RESOURCES BY RUAN LIVING D-Tox Academy 40-Day Home Detox Amazon curated by Ruan Living Free Ruan Living's Nontoxic Cleaning Guide FOLLOW GREEN DESIGN CENTER Green Design Center website Non Toxic Environments podcast with Sophia Ruan Gushée, hosted by Andrew Pace FOLLOW RUAN LIVING Join Ruan Living's free email newsletter by texting DETOX to 66866. Instagram @ruanliving  
In this final session of the three-part Home Detox Workshop series that Sophia, Sophia shares simple tips to detox your drinking water and sleep quality. TOPICS DISCUSSED Drinking Water Bottled water versus tap water Water filtration Sleep Tips to detox your sleep How to prioritize tips to detox your sleep area Intro to electromagnetic fields RESOURCES DISCUSSED: A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures. Home Detox Workbook: Checklists to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals Watch & learn the Home Detox Workshop presentation that Sophia discusses in episodes 46-48. Practical Nontoxic Living podcast fans can enjoy 50% off with coupon code RuanDetoxWarrior. It expires Sep 15, 2022 11:59PM. Visit here to learn more. Subscribe to the Ruan Living newsletter to become notified of when this is available. Join by text: text DETOX to 66866. FOLLOW RUAN LIVING Instagram @ruanliving Website at LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVERWELL Website at Instagram @theeverwell
Part 2: Simple Tips to Detox Your Indoor Air and Dust. In Part 2 of this three-part series, Sophia led for the Everwell Community in the Spring of 2021, learn impactful, budget-friendly ways to detox your indoor air, dust, and hands. Sophia shares important concepts about toxic exposures from products you use in your home. These concepts should motivate you to keep integrating detox tweaks into your life and remind you that small changes can transform! QUESTIONS ANSWERED: What are some inexpensive but effective ways to detox indoor air?  What is 'fragrance' and why is it harmful? How to look out for products with 'fragrance'? How can brands misrepresent the safety of their products?  Can one exposure make you more vulnerable to another?  Why is ventilating important?  Do you use essential oils? Do you use plants for air purification? Why can small detox tweaks transform? RESOURCES DISCUSSED: A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures. PNL #18 with Dr. Esther Sternberg: Essential Features of a Healing Home Practical Nontoxic Living podcast #24 with Dr. Devra Davis: Protect Your Brain and Body from 5G and Other EMFs Sophia’s air purifier Watch the Home Detox Workshop series with Sophia’s presentation materials. Subscribe to the Ruan Living newsletter to become notified of when this is available. Join by text: text DETOX to 66866. FOLLOW RUAN LIVING Instagram @ruanliving Website at LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVERWELL Website at Instagram @theeverwell
Why Detoxing Your Home Is As Important As Healthy Eating and Regular Exercise What are the benefits to detoxing your home? Listen to Sophia explain why any small detox tweak can help. In this episode, Sophia is interviewed by the wonderful Abby Knott, co-founder of Everwell, for a three-part Home Detox Workshop series. QUESTIONS ADDRESSED: How did Sophia become passionate about studying toxic chemicals / heavy metals / EMFs from our consumer products? Why is Sophia still passionate about teaching others about practical nontoxic living? Why should you detox your home? Which health issues have been linked to or associated with toxic exposures from our homes and consumer products? How can you approach detoxing in a simple and inexpensive way? How to pursue healthy changes when others that you live with are on a different journey? How can detoxing be a mindfulness practice?  What does Sophia think of BPA-free products? What detergents does Sophia 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 Sophia uses? FOLLOW RUAN LIVING Instagram @ruanliving Website at LEARN MORE ABOUT THE EVERWELL Website at Instagram @theeverwell
A California native and Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Domonique Silva started her career at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center and has been in the field of Environmental & Occupational Health for over 10 years. In this podcast, Domonique and Sophia talk about the changes that Dominique made with her diet, products, and home that improved her allergies, eczema, psoriasis, bloating, fatigue, and depression. The combination of her work and personal experiences has emphasized to Domonique that the connections between human health and the environment are endless. Dominique discusses healthy living, and environmental and public health in her podcast Healthy Home Habits. It can be found on Spotify, Apple, and all other major podcast platforms.  You can follow Domonique: Instagram: @domo_explores Facebook: @domoexplores And her website: For podcast show notes, visit the Ruan Living blog at   FOLLOW RUAN LIVING Website: Instagram @ruanliving @practicalnontoxicliving Facebook @ruanliving Interested in a fertility detox? Click here for more: Fertility Detox. PODCAST MUSIC Chris Robertson @c.c.robertson
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