Learn how to reduce toxins in your life to improve your health.
Why is it important to reduce toxins and how can they harm your health? Reducing toxins and supporting your body’s detox processes is crucial for good health. Detoxing can support weight loss, increase energy, and improve digestion. It can clear your skin, balance hormones, benefit overall healing, and so much more.
The truth is, toxins cause or contribute to most health problems. If you’re struggling with your health, then you need to detox. We’ll cover how to do just that. First, you’ll discover what toxins are and how they’re harmful. Then, you’ll learn how to reduce toxins in your life.
Unfortunately, we live in a toxic world. The average person has over 700 environmental chemicals in his/her body today. And newborn babies average over 287 chemicals at birth. These shocking amounts of toxins have a harmful impact on your health. It’s no wonder cancer and disease rates have skyrocketed.
What are toxins?
They’re substances that are poisonous to the body and can be found nearly everywhere. Water, air, food, clothing, and everything else in your environment can contain toxins. Clouds even carry thousands of harmful substances from around the world. The good news is that you can reduce toxins and support your body’s detox processes. The first step to reducing toxins is to increase your awareness of what they are. Common sources…
- BPA — beverage and food storage items
- Cleaning products — bleach, all-purpose cleaners, and more
- Fragrances — perfumes, colognes, room sprays, household products
- Heavy metals — mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic, nickel, cadmium, etc.
- Pesticides & Herbicides — lawn products like Roundup
- Pollution — vehicles, planes, power plants, industrial facilities, etc.
- Others: formaldehyde, VOCs, dioxins, phthalates, triclosan, asbestos, and mold
Toxins Harm Your Health
Toxins contribute to countless health problems. They’re absorbed via…
- Air — such as pollution and fragrances
- Water — such as drinking water, showering or swimming in a pool
- Skin — anything in contact with your skin, such as water, beauty/personal products
- Ingestion — anything ingested such as food, beverages, supplements, medications
Reduce Toxins to Reduce Body Fat
Got body fat that won’t budge? It’s likely due to toxins. Toxins are mainly stored in fat tissues. This includes your butt, belly, and brain. But they can also be stored in muscles, bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, and organs. Most toxins accumulate in the body slowly over time. That’s why you might not have noticeable symptoms. You may also attribute toxicity symptoms to other conditions. Or you might think those symptoms are a normal part of aging.
Are YOU Toxic?
Toxicity symptoms include: stubborn body fat, water retention, fatigue, congested liver, difficulty detoxing, cravings, digestive problems, poor gut health, aches and pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, skin issues, allergies, asthma, and sleep problems. They weaken immunity and increase pathogenic infections. Toxins are linked to hormone imbalances, blood sugar issues, and reproductive issues. They also contribute to brain fog, autism, anxiety, depression, dementia, headaches, and migraines. Lastly, toxins increase your risk of cancer and countless other conditions.
12 Tips to Reduce Toxins
Now that you know the many toxins you’re exposed to daily and the symptoms, it’s time to take action. You’ve probably detoxed your body, but have you ever detoxed your environment? Although detoxing your body is good, it’s difficult to make progress if you don’t eliminate toxins at the source. Unfortunately, most living and work spaces today are FULL of toxins.
Remove as many sources of toxins as possible to reduce your toxic load and help your body cleanse itself.
The goal is to take one step at a time to reduce your exposure and support your body’s ability to detox. Keep in mind that you don’t have to toss everything at once. As you need to replace items, then re-stock with healthier alternatives. Upgrading your environment will improve your health, your family’s health, and even your pet’s health.
1. Eat Clean
Eliminate most processed foods from your diet. This will help reduce your sodium intake to reduce excess fluid that can cause bloating. It can also cut out many refined sugars. Eats lots of refined sugars puts a burden on your liver which makes it difficult to do its detox duties.
2. Read Labels
Always read labels for every item you buy. This includes food, supplements, cleaning agents, and hygiene products. The fewer the ingredients, the better. Skip any items that look like a chemistry experiment. Find healthier products on EWG.org. Download the EWG’s free app to scan products and buy healthier items. Start with the five products you use regularly. This might be your toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and chapstick.
3. Choose Organic
Eat an organic, GMO-free daily diet. Pass on the following high-risk crops: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton, papaya, soy, sugar beets, zucchini, and yellow summer squash. Also, skip the “Dirty Dozen.” This includes non-organic: apples, blueberries, bell pepper, collards, celery, grapes, kale, lettuce, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, spinach, and strawberries.
4. Go Gluten-Free
Going gluten-free can help reduce your toxic load. Many people benefit from going gluten-free. This isn’t just because of gluten, but because foods that contain gluten often contain high amounts of glyphosate. Glyphosate is a weed-killing chemical in the herbicide Roundup. It’s linked to many health problems. Got digestive issues, weight gain, or leaky gut? Go gluten-free to get rid of glyphosate!
5. Hydrate Properly
Proper hydration is crucial for your body to function, detox, and flush out waste. Choose water as your main beverage. Add freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice for flavor. This helps hydrate your body at a cellular level. Although it should be obvious, limit your alcohol intake. Alcohol places a tremendous burden on your liver, a.k.a. your detox powerhouse. If you want to boost your cleansing abilities, then avoid alcohol completely. This will benefit all areas of your health.
6. Pass on Plastic
Pass on plastics, even BPA-free plastics. Plastics contain harmful BPA (Bisphenol A) and phthalates that mimic estrogen in your body. This disrupts your hormones. Plastics are everywhere! They’re in water, most canned food, and processed beverages. They’re also in water bottles, food storage containers, food wrappers, cookware, cups, straws, and utensils. And they’re even in other common items such as clothing (polyester), pet toys, and shower curtains. View healthy plastic alternatives at Life Without Plastic.
7. Clean Without Chemicals
Most cleaning products are filled with chemicals. They’re often carcinogenic, respiratory irritants, and allergens. Make smart swaps by cleaning with healthier options. This includes reusable microfiber cloths and mops, a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and non-toxic products. Vinegar, baking soda, Bon Ami, hydrogen peroxide, and lemons are great natural products.
8. Upgrade Laundry Products
Ditch the chemical-rich, fragrance-filled laundry products. Re-evaluate your detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, and chlorine bleach. Use EWG’s free app to evaluate items and buy healthier products. Soap nuts and wool dryer balls are healthy options that also save money.
9. Filter Your Water
Boycott bottled water. First, most bottled water is of poor quality. It often comes from unfiltered municipal sources. Plus, the plastic is harmful to your health and the planet. For water on-the-go, get a reusable glass or stainless steel bottle and add filtered water. Filtering your water is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce your toxin exposure. Consider filtering your drinking water with a Reverse Osmosis filtration system. Filter your shower water too.
10. Purify Your Air
According to the EPA, indoor air contains 2 to 100 times, more contaminants than outdoor air! Why is this important? The average American spends about 90% of their time indoors. So, it’s no wonder that indoor air quality has a HUGE effect on health. What’s the solution? Clean your home and office air 24/7 with air purifiers and HVAC filters. These improve indoor air quality by removing toxins, odors and allergens from the air.
11. Ditch Non-Stick
Choose 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 nonstick ceramic cookware but can be out of budget for many people. Another nonstick alternative is SCANPAN. This features a ceramic-titanium coating free from toxic PFOA and PFOS.
12. Kick Off Your Shoes
Enforcing a “no shoe” rule in your house is an easy way to reduce toxins. Simply leave your shoes at the door. This prevents you from bringing in chemicals. You might not realize it, but your shoes are filthy! Your shoes track in lawn pesticides, coal tar, and even feces. Yuck! Let your footsies frolic freely and your health will benefit.
To conclude, hopefully now you have a greater awareness of toxins and how they harm your health. Being more mindful of these issues allows you to make better choices. Reducing toxins sounds simple, but it’s one POWERFUL way to improve your health. So get started making small changes now and you’ll see them pay off BIG time.