Nine Simple Ways to Detox Your Environment

by ~ShiningSoulYoga~

From shampoo and household cleaners to additives in food and car exhaust, toxins have become an unavoidable evil in modern life. Read too much about it, and it will send you packing for the hills to live in a shack in the middle of no-where, convinced that cancer and disease is inevitable due to our environments. On the other hand, it is good to be informed. While you can’t always change many toxic evils, like the air quality of your town or the person walking in front of you on the sidewalk who just exhaled a lung full of cigarette smoke directly in your face (yuck,) there are definitely a few things you can do to make your environment a little less toxic without obsessing over it.
 
Here are nine things I swear by to reduce the toxins around me. 
 
Eliminate your microwave – Removing the microwave from our home was a super simple change we made a few years ago, and quite honestly, I don’t think I have missed it once. If you want to heat up leftovers, do it stove top or in the oven. Make popcorn? Do it stove top. Eat a Lean Cuisine? Well, don’t. Those meals come loaded with chemicals and additives to keep them fresh, so unless you are stuck in a serious bind, they should be avoided. 
 
Eat whole, unprocessed foods – Backing up my point about Lean Cuisines, anything that comes in a box, pre-made, is bound to have a ton of chemicals in it meant to keep the product tasting fresh. Instead, opt for fresh foods: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and lean protein. Shop the perimeter of the supermarket and avoid anything that has a shelf life of longer than a week. 
 
Use all-natural cleaners – If you use a harsh chemical to clean your kitchen countertops, it is going to find its way into your food. There are a lot of more natural options out there, which use gentle ingredients that are harmless for you and your pets. If you feel like it, you can even make your own cleaning products using diluted lemon juice and vinegar. Same goes for dishwasher detergent and all other household cleaners. Familiarize yourself with the ingredients of each and shop smart. 
 
Buy organic when it counts – I know organic can very easily mean expensive. However, there are some instances where it counts, and others where it doesn’t matter. the Environmental Working Group has come up with a list of “dirty dozen,” which are the products you should try to ALWAYS buy organic, if possible. These 12 are the most contaminated fruits out there: Apples, Celery, Strawberries, Peaches, Spinach, Nectarines, Grapes, Sweet Bell Peppers, Potatoes, Blueberries, Lettuce, and Kale/Collard Greens. 
 
Be aware of your meat source – Buy cheap meat, and you are getting what you pay for. Cheap means drugs and antibiotics pumped into the animal’s systems (and therefore into your meat,) to make sure they can survive the horrible conditions they have to deal with. If the emotional aspect of that doesn’t already get you, then the idea of buying meat that is literally pumped with hormones and drugs meant to sustain a tortured animal may. Those same hormones and drugs go directly into your system, so when you do buy meat, make sure it comes from a good source and is antibiotic and hormone free. 
 
Use all-natural beauty/body products – How many times a day do you lick your lips? Well, if you use a chapstick (or lipstick) made of chemicals, you are directly ingesting them. Same goes with moisturizers. All of the ingredients are going directly into your pores. Same with shampoo, body cleaner, perfume… the list could go on and on. These days you can find natural products that are comparable, if not even better, than chemical products, so why not give them a whirl and save yourself some toxin exposure.
 
Own some plants – We all learned in grade school that plans take in carbon dioxide and pollutants from the air and give out fresh oxygen. So, why not buy yourself some plants to put around your home and office? Bonus, they look pretty! 
 
Drink lots of filtered water– Besides keeping you hydrated, water literally serves as a flush for your body, swooping out all those toxins from organs like your liver that would otherwise just sit there and take forever to move through and out of your system, causing disease. The general rule is to strive to drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water per day. And no, soda and other beverages will not replace water, in fact, they do exactly the opposite! 
 
Avoid anything low-fat or fat-free – I would rather eat half a cup of full-fat, organic ice-cream than a full tub of fat-free ice-cream. Why? Because fat-free translates into added chemicals meant to make the food taste as rich as possible. All of those foods are loaded with unnatural junk, so avoid at all cost!

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2 Comments to “Nine Simple Ways to Detox Your Environment”

  1. Thank you. That comment about fat-free foods was especially “News to me”.

  2. I really like your writing style, excellent information, regards for posting : D.

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