So I'm cutting right to the chase here, which is interesting because I've never chased anything in my life. I'm winded just thinking about it. I get the overwhelming task of figuring out HOW to start cleaning up your life. We all know diet is a big part of that, but there are TONS of ways we are inundated with toxins on a daily basis. I'm going to help you get started by prioritizing a few areas that will make a HUGE impact on your overall toxic burden.
1. Eliminate products with synthetic "fragrance" or "parfum." Trust me, this pains me as much as you. For starters, 95% of the chemicals in synthetic fragrance are derived from petrochemicals. If you're unsure how bad those are, please check out the details here in this article. The FDA doesn't regulate the chemicals in fragrance, therefore, a product containing fragrance could contain any combination of up to 3,100 chemicals. For further reading on the damage that this can cause to various body systems please read this Dr. Mercola article.
Unfortunately, when you start doing some label reading, you'll soon find out that almost every body, hygiene, and hair product has fragrance. Start with the easy stuff like cologne, perfume, and lotions. Then get pickier as you go! I remember, when I really, truly started to get serious about my health and healing, I went through my bathroom and threw away all of my lotions, creams, shampoos, body sprays, etc and it was a rough day.
Yea, it was like throwing money out the window, but I have sadly realized the cost of poor health is much, much higher. Not only is fragrance dangerous when absorbed through skin, but also when breathed in. The liver has to detox all of it.
Some great alternatives to check out are Pacifica natural perfumes, Inkling, LaVanilla, Good Chemistry, or Prim Botanicals.
2. Get a HEPA air filter and vacuum. It's a known fact that the air inside your home is by far the most contaminated of anywhere you go. The only instance where this might not be the case is if you work in a coal mine. So why HEPA? Because in order to gain this classification, the filter needs to be able to remove over 99.97 % of the airborne contaminants in a size of as tiny as 0.3 microns. That's alot, mmk?
These filters can remove pollutants including: dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, mold spores, pet dander, bacterium, viruses and others. By removing the pollutants and allergens, the purifiers will protect you from breathing disease and contagious disease like allergy, asthma, flu, etc. After alot of research, I purchased this air filter (which has UV, HEPA, + charcoal) for our bedroom and keep it running day and night—since you want that air to be super pure.
Other ways to help your air quality:
Indoor plants. And if you think you can't possibly keep them alive, I feel you. There are tons of varieties that you can't possibly kill such as Apothos, pictured above. Literally this sits in the dark and I hardly water it. (Beware: it is toxic to pets!) English Ivy is another great one.
Ditch air fresheners and candles - opt for essential oil diffusers instead
Stop using hairsprays and other things that are extremely toxic and get into your air.
3. Buy organic where it counts most: animal products and dirty dozen items. Every year the USDA tests produce samples for concentration of pesticides. Based on that data, the dirty dozen are the 12 most contaminated produce items as classified by the Environmental Working Group - you can check out the current list here. These are items that should be bought organic to reduce the amount of toxins and chemicals the liver has to filter. These pesticides are neurotoxins, xeno-estrogens, obesogens, and have many harmful affects on the body, weight, and energy. Not to mention that accumulation of toxins over time leads to disease and much more dangerous problems.
Organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation.
Animal products and by-products including dairy, broths, eggs, etc. are extremely important to buy organic. The animals are fed a non-gmo diet and not given growth hormones, antibiotics, or other harmful things.
4. Ditch your toxic lip products. Although the jury is still out on how many POUNDS of lipstick women eat throughout their lives, does it really matter? We eat it. And that's disturbing, MMK? Especially considering there's lead in a lot of brands. If you can't afford to switch over all of your cosmetics to natural, at LEAST deal with your lip products. Small change, big impact. For starters, get some natural lip balms. I get mine on Vitacost - I love Avalon Organics, EOS, and the Agave lip balm from Bite Beauty.
Some natural lip products I LOVE:
Bite Beauty products (can get at Sephora)
Nu Evolution lipsticks and glosses as I reviewed in my best of green beauty 2018 post
Au Naturale matte lip stains, which I reviewed in the same post
So get on that and don't be toxic. Your liver will thank you.
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