5 Hacks To Prevent Excess Toxic Build Up In Your Beautiful Body
Written By: Vineetha Reddy
The human body is highly complex. What seemingly appears to be a healthy body may in fact be the storehouse for numerous toxins. How often have you heard stories about distant relatives who you believed were hale and hearty, being diagnosed with cancer? It’s a common modern day catastrophe! The harmful impacts of a stressful lifestyle and poor dietary habits may not be immediately evident, but they can slowly lead to a buildup of many toxic compounds, in addition to causing nutrient deficiencies.
The solution isn’t resorting to dubious detoxifying programs that claim to cleanse your body. Instead, adopting a healthy lifestyle to prevent excess build up of bodily toxins in the first place is your first place to start.
Here are 5 hacks to add to your lifestyle to keep your body free of toxins, healthy and strong!
1. Keep Your Home Spick And Span. It’s true when they say that you are what you eat. But have you ever pondered on the fact that you could also be what you breathe? If your house is dusty, you are surely more prone to attracting allergies. The minuscule dust particles are carriers of many toxic chemicals, including lead and pesticides. It is therefore absolutely necessary to thoroughly vacuum your entire house regularly. It is also crucial to ensure that the products that you use for cleaning are safe and non-toxic. A number of regular cleaning supplies are loaded with hazardous chemicals, like ammonia and nonylphenol ethoxylate, which can aggravate breathing problems, such as asthma. Opt for natural and biodegradable cleaners instead.
2. Avoid Drinking Out Of Plastic Bottles. As you sip your favorite beverage from a plastic bottle, there’s more to consider than merely the calories included. You should be aware of the toxic chemical – BPA – found in polycarbonate plastic, which is used in a number of bottles, including packaged drinking water and baby bottles. This chemical is also found in the metal used in many canned foods. According to an article by Medical News Today, BPA is known to have noxious effects on human health. It can trigger conditions like, reproductive disorders, deformity in fetuses, asthma, cardiovascular conditions, type 2 diabetes, cognitive disorders and breast cancer. Keep a look out for bottles labeled BPA-free before buying them. Avoid microwaving foods in plastic containers and stay away from harsh detergents when cleaning your containers.
4. Go Organic. Though there’s a lot of debate whether organic foods are truly as wholesome and beneficial as their advocates claim, a truth that cannot be ignored is that they are free of pesticides. A report by Cornell University reveals that pesticides can harm the human body in a number of ways, including reproductive complications, birth defects, cancers, tumors and damage to the nervous system. However, there are simple ways to tackle them. Though organic foods are slightly more expensive, they are worth the price you’re paying for good health.
4. Ditch Tobacco. There ought to be a reason why smoking is banned at most public places. Not only is it toxic for you, but also for the people who you share space with. Tobacco smoke contains high amounts of carbon monoxide, a toxic gas that gets absorbed into the bloodstream and results in problems like fatigue and dizziness. It also worsens asthmatic and cardiovascular conditions. It is especially dangerous for expectant mothers and their fetuses.
5. Stress Less, Sleep More. Is that big presentation raising your stress levels and giving you sleepless nights? Well, it’s also making your body more toxic! Poor sleep and stressful lifestyles cause an increase in the amount of the stress hormone called cortisol. If the condition becomes chronic, cortisol may lead to problems, like high blood pressure, obesity, appendicitis, diabetes and can even impact your cardiovascular health. A good nights rest is the best way to unwind, as well as flush the toxins out of the brain. The flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases drastically during sleep. This fluid helps wash away harmful waste proteins that collect in between brain cells during the day.
*** Bonus Tip: While you follow the tips shared above to minimize the accumulation of toxins in your body, you must also keep your diet rich in detoxifying foods, like garlic, cruciferous veggies, onions, brussels sprouts, oranges, lentils and oats. These foods improve the detoxification function of the liver, which helps our entire body function more efficiently.
Vineetha Reddy is passionate about nutrition, fitness, health and wellness. She strongly believes that the ingredients you find in your pantry can either be the best medicine, or the worst poison for your body.
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