How to Reduce Toxins in Your Life
Learn how to reduce toxins in your life to improve your health.
Why is it essential to eliminate 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, you need to detox. We’ll cover how to do just that. First, let’s discuss what toxins are, why they’re harmful, and how to reduce them in your home and 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 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 sources of toxins:
- 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. Most toxins accumulate slowly in fatty tissues, including your butt, belly, and brain. They can also accumulate in muscles, bones, tendons, joints, ligaments, and organs. You might not have noticeable symptoms or attribute your symptoms to other conditions or 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. Ready to reduce toxins in your daily life?
13 Tips to Reduce Toxins
Now that you know the many toxins you’re exposed to daily and the associated symptoms, it’s time to take action eliminating chemicals from your life. 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 home 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. Enjoy a High Vibration diet that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Eating healthier will reduce your sodium intake to reduce the excess fluid that can cause bloating. Including less processed food often results in less refined sugar, which can benefit your liver and allow it to detox 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. Then, look at the five products you use frequently in your home, such as dish soap, dishwasher detergent, and cleaning supplies.
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, eliminate 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. Eliminate gluten and go 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. Eliminate 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, including in water, most canned food, processed beverages, 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
One of the best ways to eliminate toxins in the home is to clean it without using chemicals. Most cleaning products contain carcinogenic chemicals, respiratory irritants, and allergens. Clean 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
Another BIG way to reduce toxins is to upgrade your 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 comes from unfiltered municipal sources and is of poor quality. Plus, plastic is harmful to your health and the planet. Get a reusable glass or stainless steel bottle to add filtered water and hydrate on the go. Filtering your water is one of the most important steps to reduce toxins. Consider filtering your water at home with a Reverse Osmosis filtration system.
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. It’s no wonder 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 reducing toxic chemicals, odors, and allergens.
11. Ditch Non-Stick
Eliminate toxins in your kitchen by choosing your cookware and kitchen items carefully. Avoid typical nonstick cookware, such as Teflon and T-Fal. They contain harmful fluoride compounds that leach into food. Le Creuset is ideal for nonstick ceramic cookware but expensive 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 home 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.
13. Reprogram Your Subconscious
Ok, this tip doesn’t physically reduce toxins, but it can change how you perceive them and reduce toxic thoughts. You operate from your subconscious mind up to 99% of your day, so it’s important that your subconscious programs support the life you want to create. Unfortunately, neuroscientists estimate that over 70% of subconscious beliefs are negative and limiting. Rather than creating the life YOU want, you create your life based on old “toxic” programming. Addressing mental and emotional toxins is crucial as they can do even more harm than physical toxins. Using energy psychology modalities like PSYCH-K, you can reprogram your subconscious with positive beliefs to support your health and well-being.
Hopefully, now you’re more aware of how to eliminate toxins from your home and daily life. 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.