What are the major sources of toxins and what can YOU do to reduce your exposure right now?
Reduce Your Exposure to Toxins, Step-by-Step
You will feel better by reducing your exposure to toxins as this will reduce the burden on your liver and other organs.
While we are surrounded by toxins, you can improve your health by making better choices in the products you use and don’t forget the thoughts you think can be toxic too!
Although you can easily get overwhelmed by all of the new habits you might want to put in place,
You should take the time to learn about toxins and choose one new habit at a time, step-by-step.
Even small steps will reap big rewards when it comes to your health and well-being!
1. Food – Your food has more toxins than you may think. Processed and packaged foods are full of chemicals and additives, preservatives and pesticides. These toxins can cause cravings, weight gain, digestive problems and food allergies.
Conventional produce is also full of pesticides. In USA over one billion pounds of pesticides are used on food. These pesticides have been linked to many health problems ranging from muscle cramps and heart rate changes to irritability and emotional instability.
To reduce your exposure to food toxins:
Choose whole foods, avoid processed foods and choose organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible.
Organic produce is grown without being sprayed by harmful pesticides and the soil has less chemicals as well as being more mineral rich.
Choosing organically produced whole foods is a great step you can take toward health and wellness.
2. Water. Your body is between 70 – 90% water and the water you drink is critical to hydrating your body at the cellular level. These days, knowing where your water comes from is of the utmost importance. Tap water is teeming with toxins. The Environmental Working Group (USA) found over 140 contaminants in tap water.
Another huge problem is looming! Over the past few years, studies have shown that pharmaceuticals, like prescription and over the counter drugs, are being found in tap water. This includes: antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, seizure medication, cancer treatments, pain killers, tranquilizers and cholesterol-lowering compounds.
Toxins that leach from the plastic bottles in bottled water are another problem.
To reduce your exposure to water toxins:
We highly recommend naturally clean, pure, and mineral-rich water to nourish the body; well water, natural mineral water, bottled natural spring water and bottled natural artesian waters.
By drinking these types of water which contain essential minerals and valuable nutrients, you can increase your levels of magnesium, sodium, and potassium which are required to support almost every function in the body including the adrenals.
Drink 8 to 10 glasses a day of glass bottled well water, natural spring water, artesian or spring waters or natural mineral water.
3. Environment. Outside pollution from manufacturing, cars and second-hand cigarette smoke can be challenging to avoid but you can avoid a lot of the toxins inside and around your home.
Harsh chemical household cleaners containing bleach, ammonia and other toxic chemicals that can cause health problems ranging from nausea to skin destruction, fluid in the lungs and wheezing.
To reduce your exposure to environmental toxins:
Switch your cleaning and washing products at home to those with all-natural ingredients.
Choose “green” or chemical free fabrics for furniture, which often have flame retardant chemicals on them (very toxic) and paint that does not have VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
Choose the non-smoking section of restaurants and public places.
Consider moving to live in rural locations for the clean air and land.
4. Beauty and personal care products – Beauty products like toothpaste, lotion, youth creams, soap, shampoo, conditioner, perfumes and makeup are full of toxic chemicals. The products we use to look our best may actually be the biggest source of aging and other adverse symptoms. Even some beauty and personal care products from health food shops can contain ingredients that can be the cause of harmful symptoms. Some important ingredients to avoid in your beauty and personal care products are:
Mineral oil,petroleum, Diethanolamine DEA, Cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, talc, lanolin and phthalates. Triclosan (found in antibacterial products),sodium laurel sulfate, Parabens such as Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, p-Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, n-Butylparaben and Benzylparaben.
.Anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.
To reduce your exposure to toxins in beauty and personal care products:
Read ingredient labels on your personal care products and avoid anything containing the above ingredients.
5. Stress and negative thinking – The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that up to 90% of all illness and disease is due to stress.
Stress can kill the good bacteria and yeast that live in your intestines. Good bacteria keep your immunity and digestive system healthy strong. When the good bacteria and yeast get killed off,, the bad bacteria and yeast are able to take over. This creates imbalance which can set the stage for illness and dis-ease.
To reduce your exposure to toxins from stress and negative thinking:
Create your own personal set of rituals to renew and restore every day.
Some ideas that you can begin to incorporate into your routine:
Get to bed early.
Take long weekends away somewhere quiet and peaceful.
Spend time relaxing and reading.
Take warm baths, get a massage.
Listen to beautiful relaxing music.
Practice yoga or t’ai chi.
Drink calming tea.
Meditate morning and night.
Use essential oils such as lavender for relaxation.
Turn off electric lights and light candles for a gently soft glow.
Practice deep breathing to help slow your heart rate and reduce anxiety.
Go outside and get some sun and fresh air, even on overcast winter days.
Create your own personal rituals of self-care to renew and restore every day- remember –step by step.