Detoxification

You are constantly bombarded with toxins from inside and out, and there’s no way to avoid them all. But, you can greatly reduce your exposure, strengthen your defenses and remove accumulated toxins.

 

Air

The air we breathe is hazardous. Chemicals and toxins are pumped into the atmosphere every day from sources that range from your bottle of cleaning spray, to large factories.    

  • Use natural cleaners like lemon juice, vinegar, borax
  • Choose an air filter that removes large and microscopic particles
  • Houseplants remove toxins that air filters cannot
  • Avoid dry cleaning
  • Check for radon in your home
  • Don’t smoke and avoid secondhand smoke

Skin

Did you know that your favorite perfume may contain cancer-causing chemicals that are not listed on the label? Minimizing your use of products such as dryer sheets, artificial scents, antibacterial soaps and more will also minimize your exposure to these dangerous chemicals. For optimal detoxification, consider the products that come in contact with your skin. 

Food

If you are concerned about using plastic water bottles, you should know that the same chemical that makes plastic bottles dangerous is also used in contact with food. Bisphenol A (BPA), which contains carcinogens, is found in the lining of cans used for food.  Choose frozen or dried foods instead of canned.

Avoid ingesting pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, antibiotics, and hormones-- eat organic foods when possible. Of course, organic is not always available or affordable, but be aware of the ‘dirty dozen,’ a list of twelve of the most contaminated foods.

Water

Tap water can contain microbes and bacteria, commercial chemicals, residues from other people’s prescription drugs, viruses, parasites, chlorine… the list is disturbing. What can you do? Filter, filter, filter. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking, and consider installing a filter on your water main so that chlorine does not absorb into your skin in the shower.

Radiation

Electromagnetic radiation comes from satellite transmitters, radios, radar, cell phones, electric razors and more. Take steps to reduce your exposure.

  • Use a Bluetooth earpiece for your cell phone
  • Choose thermography over mammography (Don’t forget to ‘T’alk to your doctor)
  • Replace tube-based screens with flat screens
  • Minimize use of hair dryers and electric shavers

For more information and product recommendations, visit ‘Pollution and your Health’ on our site.