A common question I get is: “You talk about removing toxins, but where do I begin?“ Well the short answer is in the area most important to you to have toxinfree, which could be any number of places depending on your lifestyle and personal values. However, the top 4 places I find easiest and most beneficial to start when removing toxins are as follows:
- Removing Toxins From Your Body Using Diet – This really is a simple place to start because just a few quick changes can make all the difference. There’s several ways to do this, but the most obvious is to add water. However, lets think about where your water is coming from. If you’re purchasing it, then likely it’s coming IN plastic! Personally, I try to avoid plastic as much as possible. However, I prefer highly filtered and distilled water. Presently we’re in the process of acquiring and installing a new water filter, so I tend to opt toward leaving the tap water sit out for a night then refrigerating it. I don’t purchase distilled from the store because it’s always in plastic, which means the soluble water has now become a BPA solution and BPA is something we all know should be avoided. If you’re on the road and you’re looking for drinking water VOSS makes one in glass containers (Although recently I do believe I have seen some of theirs in plastic). Check out the benefits of drinking distilled water or reverse osmosis water when deciding what you want to get for your home. Ultimately you’d like to have reverse osmosis water or a distillation system in your kitchen. I store our water in a glass container in the refrigerator often with lemon or cucumber/rosemary in it. This way it’s “on tap” for the family at any time.
- Removing Toxic Cleaning Chemicals – There was a study that shows our cleaning supplies are equivalently damaging to our lungs as smoking a pack of cigarettes! I know I have always been sensitive to cleaners because they affected my breathing, but I always thought it was just me. There are several companies out there that provide non toxic cleaning supplies, I of course have my favorites. If you’re a DIYer you can also make your own there are some amazing recipes here with my favorite mom blogger: If you are planning to make any products yourself two of my go-to products are right on Amazon, Dr. Bronners Castile Soap and Dr. Bronners Sal’s Suds (I’ll provide Links below). Although, for overall cleaning I don’t feel like all the DIY solutions are acceptable, but I’m a little pickier since I have a background as a Med Tech I think microbials all the time. Check out the Lung study at: Newsweek Lung Study.
- Reducing EMF In Your Life – Now you’ll see I have a post talking about EMF and my progress on reducing this toxin in my household. It’s a HUGE project so it is important to take it one step at a time. I started with Shungite from my local wellness store because I wanted to have it ASAP. However there are many other ways you can accomplish reducing EMF in small ways without purchasing anything. I’ll provide some links to products online you can purchase to help below and other websites with info. However, simply turning your phone on airplane mode when you aren’t using it or expecting a call helps, stop sleeping with your phone especially if it’s NOT on Airplane mode, turn off wireless routers at night, and even shut the breakers down to the bedrooms at bedtime. EMF’s can come from your bedside lamp to the wiring in your walls. Don’t be overwhelmed and just start on one small manageable area. For me that was Shungite stones on the kids and myself as well as Biozen stickers on some daily devices.
- Reducing BLUE Light in your house – This is an area I’m still learning about because it is fairly complex, but the effects of too much blue light can affect your circadian cycle (in short it’ll mess up your sleep). Most of the newer standard bulbs emit a surprising amount of this blue light so we’re always on blue light overload. Now to replace every bulb in your house today would be an expense. Two ways to approach this is to begin replacing bulbs as they burn out OR select rooms in your home to key in on for initial replacement. For me, the first room I chose was the bedrooms.
You can go into depth on all of these areas, but simply starting at one point and developing a habit to do better in drinking the right kind and amount of water each day, for instance, is the first step in cleaning up your body and your household. I find myself getting overwhelmed when I look at the BIG picture, but I find narrowing in on one spot under each of the categories to really help me continue progressing toward a healthier environment. I always try to make the first step the one that will be the easiest to accomplish and have more immediate results so I don’t become frustrated and quit.
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