Practical Nontoxic Living

Practical Nontoxic Living

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.


May 23, 2023 16 mins

This week's episode is an excerpt from our most recent Use the News segment — all about mental health, technology, and toxins! 

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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!


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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 n...

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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...

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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...

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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 implementin...

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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! 




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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 ...

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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...

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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...

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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! 

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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!! 

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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 e...

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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.


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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 Read more

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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.


Drinking Water

  • Bottled water versus tap water
  • Water filtration


  • Tips to detox your sleep
  • How to prioritize tips to detox your sleep area
  • Intro to electromagnetic fields


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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 int...

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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.

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March 15, 2022 73 mins
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 a...

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Daniel DeBaun is an internationally recognized expert in Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF), co-author of the bestselling book, Radiation Nation, and co-founder & CEO of DefenderShield.  When Daniel last appeared on Practical Nontoxic Living podcast episode 17

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