How to live a toxin free life?

I would like to say to you that we can certainly live a toxin-free life but in all honesty this is a very difficult thing to do. There’s toxins in the air, there’s toxins in our soil, and it would  be impossible to live a total 100% toxin free life. That being said we could make some simple changes to help reduce the chemicals in our life. Today I would like to discuss how to live toxin free life.

We can’t change the soil and we can’t change the air but we can change what we put in and on our body.

how to live a toxin free lifeHow to live a toxin free life -Personal care products 

There’re several lines on the market now that are toxin free. If you think about it, most of us use personal care products every day if not multiple times throughout the day. Know the ingredients to avoid,  suggestion is  parabens and propylene glycol. There are safer alternatives on the market. Message Me. I would love to chat!

Nail polish

Have you ever walked into a salon and were overcome with the fumes?  Have you developed headaches from this smell. Headaches are one of the short term effects secondary to chemicals that are in the air . Avoid ingredients such as toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde.

Makeup

Avoid synthetic pigments. Coal tar dyes have been associated with cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute,

“Both coal tar and coal-tar pitch contain many chemical compounds, including carcinogens such as benzene.” and “Occupational exposure to coal tar or coal-tar pitch is associated with an increased risk of skin cancer. Other types of cancer, including lung, bladder, kidney, and digestive tract cancer, have also been linked to occupational exposure to coal tar and coal-tar pitch.”

Lake dyes refers to water insoluble colors. Lake colors can trigger allergic reactions. Studies have shown that lake red  is one of the worst offenders.

Cosmetic makeup derive colors from chromium oxide and aluminum powder. Chromium oxide is  described it as a cancer hazard. Other pigments can cause skin irritation such as aluminum powder.

You can learn more about color additives here on the FDA’s website.

 

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How to live a toxin free life -Avoid air fresheners

Air fresheners are filled with synthetic fragrances. I did a post about synthetic fragrances.

How to live a toxin free life -Plastic BPA

Use glass rather than plastic, plastic contains BPA.  BPA stands for bisphenol A, it is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.

According to the Mayo Clinic,

Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure.”

How to live a toxin free life -Diet

Food coloring

According to Healthline,

“Studies suggest there is a small but significant association between artificial food dyes and hyperactivity in children. Some children seem to be more sensitive to dyes than others.”

Mercury exposure

Avoid eating larger fish more than once a week. The larger fish like tuna have more mercury in them.

According to the World Health Organization,

“Mercury may have toxic effects on the nervous, digestive and immune systems, and on lungs, kidneys, skin and eyes.”

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How to live a toxin free life  -Pesticides

Studies have shown that most vegetables and fruits have multiple pesticides on them. Watch the foods you are eating. Ensure you are washing your fruits and vegetables to help reduce pesticide exposure. I love this vegetable wash from Thieves.

Eat fiber While soluble fiber helps you feel full, insoluble fiber moves food waste through your digestive tract so you can rid your body of the stuff it doesn’t need. Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains. It adds bulk to the stool and appears to help food pass more quickly through the stomach and intestines.

How to live a toxin free life -Drink water

Your body needs to stay hydrated.  Hydration is vital to normal physiologic function. Water is  essential for nutrient absorption and  elimination of waste.

Do you have any recommendations on how to live a toxin free life?

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