Anyone freaked out about all the toxins in our environment, food and body products? If your not you may have a bit of reading up to do (I recommend Dr. Pizzorno's book "The Toxin Solution"), but its sadly true. Our bodies have not evolved as fast as our industry and are being exposed to hundreds of thousands of chemicals that have the potential to disrupt our endocrine system (think thyroid and diabetes...), nervous system (Autism, ADHD, parkinsons..) and cells' DNA (cancer). This is not crazy paranoia, this is based on well researched studies going on by our own government and accredited agencies. I personally got a bit overwhelmed when I learned all of this and so I want to share with you 3 things you can do to make a dramatic change in how many chemicals you are ingesting/absorbing in your daily life.
1) Eat as much organic, whole foods as you can and reduce the amount of animal products such as dairy and meat. Animal's fat tends to hold onto more chemicals which then gets passed down to us when we eat them. This doesn't mean become a vegetarian, but sourcing your food wisely from grass fed organic will help. Check out the "Dirty Dozen and Clean 15" Here to help you chose lower pesticide containing produce.
2) Put a water filter on the most used faucet in the house, or the entire house’s water system if it’s in the budget. For me it’s my kitchen sink and we just put a moderately priced under sink (The Cube) unit that filters out bacteria, viruses, chlorine, fluoride, and any other unwanted chemical that can get into our water such as man-made chemicals and pharmaceuticals. That’s right you heard me correct, pharmaceuticals. A 2008 (and that’s old by now) study found trace amounts of dozens of drugs in the drinking water of more than 46 million homes. People argue whether the amount can have an effect on our health, but think about the additive effect and long term exposure…in addition to the interesting finding that small amounts of a toxin can actually have more of a disruption on our endocrine system than larger amounts. Ill just get the filter :) I don’t recommend a reverse osmosis system unless you will be adding back in the beneficial minerals that it takes out.
3) Screen all products you put on your skin (makeup, lotion, sunscreen!), in your mouth, and clean your house with. The best resource for this is EWG (Environmental Working Group). The website is very informative and has consumer guides where you can look up products to see their safety rating, and the App is great because you can scan items in stores to look at safety. Get familiar with safe brands and label reading for certain no-no ingredients (BPA, Parabens, Phthalates, fragrance, SLS, BHA and BHT….) It’s helpful to have these guides as label reading does not always disclose ALL ingredients since this is not a law or regulated by our government.
....OK, I know I said 3 things BUT another very important aspect to keeping your toxin load low is the output...how well are these toxins getting out? Daily elimination through bowels, urination, sweat, and proper breathing, drinking plenty of water and correct nutrient balance for liver and kidney health are what you want to focus on.
So that’s a great start to a much healthier future for you and your family! Of course there is always more to do and the spiral is real, but let’s not add stress into the equation to our health concerns. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or are interested in how to detox your body gently and naturally.