Have you ever visited a landfill or local dump? If you are like me, you completely shiver at the sight of it.
There are so many things in our environment that we get exposed to on a daily basis that many of us are walking-breathing landfills.
Our bodies are full of toxins that are damaging our brains and declining our quality of health.
Now before you run out and get the latest and NOT so greatest detox, let’s discuss how these toxins get into our bodies and what we can safely do to limit the exposure and properly detoxify our body.
We get exposed to toxins from our environment regarding what we eat, drink, breathe in from the air, and what we apply to our body.
We get exposed to harmful pesticides and contaminated soils from how conventional food is grown.
We get exposed to heavy metals such as mercury and lead along with chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride in our water supply.
We get exposed to harmful fumes and heavy metals from the air we breathe in.
We get exposed to harmful chemicals and heavy metals from the products we use to clean with or apply to our body.
Harmful exposure day after day causes toxins to build up in our body which, damages our brain, throws our hormones out of balance, destroys our gut flora and then from there our health declines immensely.
When thinking about all the toxins we get exposed to on a daily basis, it may feel overwhelming and impossible to protect ourselves.
You are right, some things we don’t have control over such as what is in the air we breathe.
But the solution is to change what is in our control so that our system doesn’t build up toxins and it can efficiently detoxify on its own.
Food and Drinks
- Remove as much processed foods as possible
- Buy organic foods when you can
- Read labels and look for preservatives & additives (high fructose corn syrup, MSG, BHA & BHT, nitrates), artificial dyes, and sweeteners, transfats – vegetable oils
- Switch to glass storage containers instead of plastic
- Drink from glass bottles instead of plastic
- Reduce the number of drinks you have from a can or foods that are stored in a can, look for BPA free
- Reduce the amount of Tuna, Mackerel, Orange Roughy and Swordfish you eat due to high Mercury content
Our cookware is terrible when it comes to heavy metals and toxins! The most toxic cookware is non-stick coatings, aluminum, speckled metal, ceramic non-stick aluminum, enamel cast iron and copper pans. Every time we cook with this type of cookware we are introducing heavy metals and toxins into our body.
Instead use stainless steel, cast iron with no coating, and glass cookware.
There is a company called Greenlife that provides a non-toxic ceramic coating that has excellent reviews. It’s known as an alternative to non-stick cookware.
Cleaning and Laundry
If the smell is harsh or super strong, you can guarantee it has a ton of chemicals, and this is toxic to your brain and will disrupt your hormones!
Look for products free of the following:
- Sodium hydroxide
Just be aware of labels stating Natural, Biodegradable and Green, you still want to turn the product over and read the ingredients.
You may not always be able to find products that are free of “fragrance” just do your best to limit use.
Also, another option is to Google natural cleaning products; I know that lemons, baking soda, vinegar and olive oil (polishing furniture and stainless steel) are great cleaners!
Our local municipalities are supposed to be delivering “drinkable water” via our taps. But to be honest, they just cannot be trusted. Recently, I receive a letter from the city in which I live in stating oops, we didn’t test the water correctly in accordance to the state standards, but we do feel the water is safe to drink and we are retesting the water.
Did your eyes just get big as mine did?? 😳
Tap water often tastes and smells like chlorine and can be a source of lead, mercury, unwanted antibiotics, fluoride and so much more! All which are toxic to our body.
Do yourself a favor and either get a reverse osmosis system for your home or use the water machines at the grocery store.
But here’s the thing with reverse osmosis, it wipes everything out, and we lose the structure of beneficial minerals. So you if you choose reverse osmosis, consider adding back in the structure with some trace mineral drops.
You can also consider a purchasing a shower head filter that helps remove chlorine from the water.
And if you have the financial means to do so, a whole house water filtration system would be the way to go.
Skin and Hair Care
Our skin is like a sponge, and it absorbs over 60% of products that we apply to it, which then goes directly into our bloodstream. If there’s one thing, I would suggest that you start making changes to right away it’s your skincare.
Many chemicals that are in our daily skin and beauty routines are estrogen mimickers, hormone disruptors, cancer-causing carcinogens, neurotoxins, and gut disruptors.
Consider cleaning up your bath soaps, body washes, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, body lotions, facial products, feminine products and makeup.
Make sure your products are free of the following:
- Sodium Laurel Sulfate
- FD&C Color Pigments
- BHT & BHA
Here’s a great resource to check if a product has a low or high toxic rating via Environmental Working Group’s website. Click on the Skin Deep section, and you can check out all the top rated non-toxic skin and beauty products.
As you can see we get exposed in every direction we turn, but there are companies who recognize how these products impact our health and provide much better, cleaner alternatives.
Being exposed here and there is one thing, but the reality is we are constantly exposed.
Protect your mind and body by working to weed out any toxic products in your home!
If you feel you possibly have heavy metal toxicity, have your doctor run a heavy metal test for you.
Many heavy metals show up in the hair, and a simple hair test can be performed, but for a more extensive analysis, ask for a comprehensive stool test.
Here are some potential symptoms from Everywell’s website of being exposed to heavy metals:
- Fatigue or Feeling Tired
- Weight Loss
- Sleep Disturbance
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Skin Issues
- Headaches or Migraines
- Abdominal Pain
- Hair Loss
Now as I mentioned in the beginning, don’t run out and try a “detox” that is being sold by a network marketer or at your local health store. Many of these products do more harm than good and completely wipe out your gut flora.
Choose binders that the heavy metals and toxins will bind to and then safely flush out of your system.
Here are a few suggestions, but please be sure to discuss these and any other options with your doctor first.
- Activated Charcoal
Making changes to your health and lifestyle can feel hard and very overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!
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