I'm an avid believer in reducing toxins, and that includes prescription drugs.
I used to survive being stoned on prescription medications, 24/7. Not anymore. I'm now 100% medication free and it changed my life for the better. It was getting off medications that made it possible for me to finally be symptom free.
And for anyone whose talked to me, you know I’m passionate about cleaning up your medicine cabinet. Going back to natural solutions as much as possible supports the health of your liver and keeps overall toxicity down. This is huge when you are suffering from long-term fatigue, a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, obesity, and more.
But it is just as important to reduce toxins from other areas in your life like your skin & hair products and your cleaning closet.
Before I go on, lets understand that there are animal and plant-based toxins out there. Just because it occurs in nature, doesn’t automatically mean it’s safe. And though most man-made chemicals have a downside, there are those that are safe. In addition, our bodies are equipped with fabulous filtering systems to protect us from harmful agents. The problem comes in when we have overtaxed our body’s ability to filter out these toxins. When it can't flush them, it has to store them (usually in fat), but eventually the systems gets clogged up.
To help your body’s natural ability to do its job, it’s a good idea to reduce the toxic load as much as possible. One way is to clean up what you eat. Another, is to pay attention to the environment you live and work in. This includes your kitchen, laundry, cleaning products, the air you’re breathing and even what you use in the yard, especially the vegetable garden.
Your homes contain thousands of chemicals that can accumulate in your body. Most you pay no attention to, because you have lived with them your entire life. And you can’t see or smell them. These chemicals are fine at low to moderate levels, especially if your body is functioning properly. But constant exposure, especially if your body’s filtering system is compromised, can add up to negative effects.
Even the air, especially indoor air, you breathe is polluted. Buildings are insulated to maintain comfortable temperature, but can hinder fresh air circulation. Once a pollutant is introduced, you constantly breathe it in and levels can increase over time. Pollutants can come in the form of trapped dirt, dust, fleas, dust-mites, lead and many cleaning products. Many of the very products used to clean living spaces contain toxic chemicals.
You are also exposed to toxins from skin and beauty products and products you use on your pets.
The pesticides used in the yard are dangerous two-fold. They contain cancer causing and hormone disruption chemicals, and they kill the insects that help your garden thrive.
Thankfully, your body is incredible and does a wonderful job at keeping you healthy, or at least functional. And there are ways to support this natural ability.
10 ways you can help reduce the toxic load:
- Ventilate and clean the air. Keep your windows and doors open as much as possible and have houseplants throughout the house. Clean your vents and air ducts at least once a year. Use air filters/purifiers in rooms with less ventilation, especially the bedrooms.
- Filter your water. It has been shown that there are hundreds of chemicals in your drinking water, even in bottled water. It’s best to filter your tap water.
- Use green cleaning products. Not only does this reduce toxins, it can reduce the hit on your wallet as well. Use plant-based soaps, vinegar in place of bleach and mineral deposits, baking soda to scrub your tiles and to reduce orders, hydrogen peroxide to remove stains, vinegar & tee tree oil for mold. Vinegar and essential oils together also work well as a laundry softener.
- Use natural products for your beauty routine. To moisturize your hair and skin try coconut oil, olive oil, Shea butter, and palm oil. You can add essential oils to most skin and hair conditions to improve smell and provide added benefits. Today there are many alternative options for deodorant, toothpaste, cosmetics, hair products, nail polish and perfumes. Finally, spray perfume on your clothes instead of your skin or switch to essential oils.
- Use more glass and stainless steel. Bisphenol A (BPA) is linked to cancer and Phtalates, which is linked to endocrine and developmental problems. But honestly, research into plastic and what it does to us is new, so avoid plastic when you can. Don't wrap food in plastic. Don't microwave food in plastic containers. Choose water bottles made from glass or stainless steel. Use paper bags.
- Keep house dust to a minimum. Mop and wipe down all surfaces often and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter for your carpets. If possible, reduce the amount of carpet used in the home as well.
- Keep the house dry. Check areas for moisture accumulation or leaks in order to avoid mold and mildew. Regularly clean surfaces where mold usually grows. Pay special attention to showers, tubs and beneath sinks. To reduce toxins, clean with vinegar and tea tree oil or melaleuca oil.
- Use non-toxic pest-control and pet-care products. For instance for termite control you can use boric acid, orange oil or a form of electrifying the wood. Wild orange essential oil works for repealing fleas and ticks on pets. Peppermint oil keeps ants and rodents away.
- Use natural solutions for the yard and garden. A mixture of Epsom salt and vinegar works great on weeds.
- Check carbon monoxide leaks. Have your gas stoves, fireplaces, furnaces and chimneys and water heaters checked annually.
You don’t have to become obsessive to reduce your risk of toxic buildup and chronic illness. Start by taking small simple steps which work with your current lifestyle and go from there. Anything you do, no matter how small, that supports your body’s natural ability is a huge improvement.
Just know that it's is possible to feel better. You can be a more confident, functional you and you don't have to do it alone.
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