Did you know that, thanks to some of the modern conveniences that we are accustomed to, we are bombarded with external toxins like car exhaust, spray cleaners, food additives, cosmetics and aerosol room fresheners, etc. without realizing it? I never really thought about it before, but what IS that smell coming off my new shower curtain? Why does the cranberry sauce slide out of the can so easily? And how does my face wash foam up so perfectly? It’s all thanks to toxins- are we doing enough to detoxify?
I have started doing some research on detoxing as a way to take control of my health and lifestyle and have found some really interesting, and frightening, studies.
According to an article I found on Gaiam‘s website, detoxification means cleaning the blood by removing the impurities from the blood in the liver, where toxins are processed for elimination. When the system is compromised, impurities aren’t filtered and every cell in the body is adversely affected. Symptoms like unexplained fatigue, sluggish elimination, irritated skin, allergies or low-grade infections; bags under the eyes; a distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin; menstrual difficulties, or mental confusion can all be signs that it’s time to detox.
There are plenty of detox programs out there—we all heard about Beyonce’s Master Cleanse experience—most of which, to be honest, kind of scare me.
But, I found some easy steps towards beginning to detox your life and environment in Suzanne Somers’ Sexy Forever that I think I can handle—baby steps, if you will.
- Consume fruits and vegetables that are free of pesticides.
- Use safe vegetable washes to remove toxins, chemicals and aflatoxins (a type of fungus that can lead to liver cancer).
- Eat at home more often so you know the exact quality of your food.
- Choose grass-fed beef and lamb.
- Consume organic pork and poultry.
- Avoid farm-raised fish and high-mercury fish.
- Remove any chemicals and toxic household cleaners from your home, or at least limit your exposure to them.
- Substitute natural cleaning products such as distilled white vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemon juice, citrus cleanres, castile soaps and safe commercial products.
- Use certified toxin-free skin and body care products.
- Consider air filters or household plants that can be used as filter to remove pollution from indoors.
- Filter your water and use reverse osmosis filters if you have fluoride in your water system.
I think I can take these first steps to detoxify my life and environment. Can you?
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