10 Ways To Reduce Your Toxic Load
Written by: Cindy Santa Ana
There are more than 80,000 chemicals that surround us daily in the food we eat, the water we drink and in the air we breathe. Over 85% of them have not been tested for safety – in fact, the EPA has only taken action on 5 of them.
There’s convincing evidence showing that prenatal exposure to certain industrial chemicals may lead to abnormal fetal development, diminished intelligence, behavior problems, infertility, abnormal sexual maturation, metabolic dysfunction and cancer.
These cumulative doses of chemicals are putting an extreme amount of burden on our body’s detoxification systems. Children are especially vulnerable, but as adults, we need to be aware of the cocktail of chemicals we are exposed to in medicines, personal care products, PFOA from non-stick cookware, BPA in plastics and even chemicals in our drinking water.
This may sound alarming and it should set off some internal alarms, but you can mitigate the effects of those toxins by incorporating a few simple daily habits to help your body release them.
These are simple tips that can have a big impact when incorporated all together:
1. Use foods and herbs that support your detox organs – liver, kidney and colon. E.g. parsley, beets and dandelion.
2. Encourage elimination through the skin, your largest organ for elimination. E.g. sweating through exercise or sauna and dry skin brushing.
3. Buy and eat organic food as much as possible – learn about the “Dirty Dozen” list and try to shop organic for this produce.
4. Reduce processed and packaged foods, which are loaded with chemicals. Check every single label – even those “healthy” and “gluten-free” snacks for preservatives, artificial colors and sugars.
5. Replace personal products (that contain chemicals) with those made with natural ingredients. No parabens, sulfates and “fragrance” that can disrupt your delicate endocrine system.
6. Filter your water with a carbon filter or whole house filtration system.
7. Replace household cleaning products with natural “green” products or just use vinegar and water and a few drops of essential oils like thyme, grapefruit and oregano that are naturally cleansing.
8. Buy grass-fed meats or if you can’t find them, look for hormone-free, organic and/or antibiotic-free meats. This is a great resource to find a farm near you.
9. Use a chlorine filter for your shower and bathtubs.
10. Swap out your plastic food storage and drinking bottles for glass and stainless steel. Even those marked “BPA-free” may contain BPS or BPF that are equally as endocrine-disrupting as BPA.
For more tips and action steps, pick up a copy of Unprocessed Living and learn how to clean up your family’s diet and discover more ways to detox your home from dangerous chemicals.
Cindy Santa Ana is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach specializing in weight loss, clean eating transformations and thyroid disease. She works with clients to help them reach their ideal weight, increase their energy, and live a healthy balanced lifestyle, while juggling their career and personal life.
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