You’ve probably detoxed your body, but have you ever detoxed your environment?
Although detoxing your body is essential for overall health, it’s difficult to make progress if you don’t identify and address toxins at the source. Unfortunately, most living and work environments today are full of toxins.
10 Tips to Reduce Toxins in Your Life
First, it's helpful to read The Importance of Detoxification. Then, follow these tips for reducing your exposure to toxins. Keep in mind that you don’t have to toss everything at once. As you run out and need to replace items, be sure to re-stock with healthier alternatives. As you upgrade your environment it will help improve your health, your family’s health and even your pet’s health. Did I mention it can accelerate fat loss too?
1. Read Product Labels
Always read labels for every item you buy including food, supplements, cleaning products, hygiene products, etc. The less ingredients or materials, the better. Skip any items that look like a chemistry experiment. Evaluate and search for healthier products on EWG.org and SkinDeep.org. Download the EWG’s free app to scan existing products and to buy healthier items while shopping. Start with the five products you use on a regular basis such as toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, chapstick, etc.
2. Eat Organic & GMO-Free
Eat a nutrient-dense, organic, GMO-free daily diet. Avoid most processed products and the following high-risk crops: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, soy, sugar beets, zucchini, and yellow summer squash. The Dirty Dozen foods to avoid eating non-organic include: apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, sweet bell pepper, potato, blueberries, lettuce, kale, and collards.
3. Go Gluten-Free
Many people benefit from going gluten-free, not just because of the gluten, but because foods that contain gluten often contain high amounts of glyphosate. A weed-killing chemical in the herbicide Roundup, glyphosate is increasingly linked to different health problems, digestive issues, weight gain, and leaky gut. In addition to eating organic, GMO-free foods, going gluten-free can help reduce your toxic load.
4. Pass on Plastics
Pass on plastics, even BPA-free plastics. Plastics contain harmful BPA (Bisphenol A) and phthalates that mimic estrogen in your body and disrupt your hormones. Plastics are everywhere including water and beverage bottles, most canned food and beverages, food storage containers, food wrappers, take-out containers, styrofoam, k-cups, cookware, cups, straws, utensils, grocery bags, shower curtains, pet toys, even clothing (polyester). View healthy plastic alternatives at Life Without Plastic and Mighty Nest.
5. Clean Without Chemicals
Most conventional cleaning products are filled with chemicals that are carcinogenic (cancer-causing), respiratory irritants and allergens. Make smart swaps by cleaning your home regularly with reusable microfiber clothes and mops, a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and non-toxic natural products such as vinegar, baking soda, Bon Ami, hydrogen peroxide, and lemons. Check out the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning and “The Easiest Guide to Safe Household Cleaners You Can Make Yourself.”
6. Upgrade Laundry Products
Ditch the chemical-rich, fragrance-filled conventional laundry products such as detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheets and chlorine bleach. Use EWG’s free app to scan existing products and buy healthier items. EnviroKlenz is perfect for washing new items. Soap nuts and wool dryer balls are two of my favorite laundry products that are healthy and save money.
7. Filter Your Water
Boycott bottled water. Most bottled water is poor quality and the plastic bottles are harmful for your health and the planet. For water on-the-go, get a reusable glass or stainless steel bottle. Filtering your water is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your toxin exposure. Filter your drinking water with a Reverse Osmosis filtration system. Lastly, consider filtering your showers too. Pure Effects has excellent countertop, whole home and even shower filters.
8. Purify Your Air
According to the EPA indoor air contains 2 to 5 times, and potentially as much as 100 times, more contaminants than outdoor air! With the average American spending about 90% of their time indoors, it’s no wonder that indoor air quality has a huge effect on health. Clean your home and office air 24/7 with EnviroKlenz air purifiers and HVAC filters. EnviroKlenz air purifiers and HVAC filters improve indoor air quality by neutralizing and removing toxins, odors and allergens from the air.
9. Ditch Non-Stick Cookware
Choose all of your cookware and kitchen items carefully. Avoid typical nonstick cookware, such as Teflon and T-Fal. They contain harmful fluoride compounds that leach into your food. Le Creuset is ideal for naturally nonstick ceramic cookware, but can be out of budget for many. Another nonstick alternative is SCANPAN, featuring a ceramic titanium coating free from toxic PFOA and PFOS.
10. Kick Off Your Shoes
Enforcing a “no shoe” rule in your house is an easy way to greatly reduce toxins in your home. Leave your shoes at the door to prevent tracking in chemicals from lawn pesticides, coal tar from asphalt roads and even fecal material from public bathrooms. Yuck! Let your footsies frolic freely and your health will benefit.
Wellness Coach, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner,