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How to Reduce Toxins in Your Life

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Learn how to reduce toxins in your life to improve your health.

Why is it essential to reduce toxins, and how can they harm your health? Reducing toxins and supporting your body’s detox processes are crucial for good health. Detoxing benefits weight loss, energy, and digestion; it can clear your skin, balance hormones, and much more.

The truth is that 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 them in your life.

We live in a toxic world. The average person has over 700 environmental chemicals in their body today, and newborn babies have over 287 chemicals at birth! These shocking amounts of toxins harm your health. It’s no wonder cancer, and disease rates have skyrocketed.

What are toxins?

Toxins are poisonous substances and can be found nearly everywhere, including in water, air, food, clothing, and many other things in your environment. 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 them is to increase your awareness of what they are. Common toxic 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. You absorb them 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

Do you have body fat that won’t budge? It’s likely due to toxins, which is why it’s crucial to reduce them. Most toxins accumulate slowly in fatty tissues, including your butt, belly, and brain. But they can also accumulate in muscles, bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, and organs. You might not have noticeable symptoms or, if you do, attribute the symptoms to other conditions or “normal aging.”

Are YOU Toxic?

Toxicity symptoms include stubborn body fat, water retention, fatigue, congested liver, difficulty detoxing, cravings, digestive problems, aches and pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, skin issues, allergies, asthma, and sleep problems. Toxins contribute to gut problems, weakened immunity, hormone imbalances, blood sugar issues, reproductive issues, brain fog, autism, anxiety, depression, dementia, headaches, and migraines. Lastly, toxins increase your risk of cancer and countless other conditions. Are you ready to reduce toxins in your daily life?

12 Tips to Reduce Toxins

Now that you know the many toxins you get 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 challenging to progress if you don’t reduce 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 toxins 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, and your pet’s health.

1. Eat Clean

One of the easiest ways to reduce toxins is to eliminate most processed foods from your diet. Healthier eating will also reduce your sodium intake to reduce the excess fluid that can cause bloating. Less processed food often results in less refined sugar, which can benefit your liver and allow it to complete its detox duties more efficiently.

2. Read Labels

Always read labels for every item you buy, including food, supplements, cleaning agents, and hygiene products. The fewer the ingredients, the better. Skip items that look like a chemistry experiment. Find healthier products on EWG.org. Download EWG’s free app to scan products and buy healthier items. Start with the five products you regularly use, like your toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and chapstick.

3. Choose Organic

Another easy way to reduce toxins is to eat an organic, GMO-free daily diet. Pass on the following high-risk foods: corn, soy, canola, alfalfa, cotton, sugar beets, papaya, yellow summer squash, and zucchini. Also, skip the “Dirty Dozen,” including 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 reduce toxins. Many people benefit from going gluten-free, not just because of gluten, but because foods that contain gluten also contain high amounts of glyphosate. Glyphosate is a weed-killing chemical in the herbicide Roundup. It’s linked to many health problems like digestive issues and weight gain. Go gluten and glyphosate-free!

5. Hydrate Properly

Proper hydration is crucial for your body to function, detox, and flush out waste. Choose water as your primary beverage. Add freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice for flavor and to 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. Avoid all booze to boost your cleansing abilities and 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 and disrupt hormones. Plastics are everywhere! They’re in the water, most canned food, and processed beverages. They’re also in water bottles, food storage containers, wrappers, cookware, cups, straws, and utensils. And they’re even in other everyday items such as clothing (polyester), pet toys, and shower curtains.

7. Clean Without Chemicals

Most cleaning products contain carcinogenic chemicals, respiratory irritants, and allergens. Make smart swaps by cleaning with healthier options, including 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 outstanding natural products.

8. Upgrade Laundry Products

Upgrading laundry products can help you reduce toxins! 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. Get a reusable glass or stainless steel bottle for water on the go and add filtered water. Filtering your water is one of the most important steps to reduce 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 chemicals, odors, and allergens.

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, which 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. Leave your shoes at the door to minimize chemicals inside. You might not realize it, but 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.

Hopefully, you will 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.

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