I know it seems like you hear the word detox every time you turn on the computer or television these days. Everyone is trying to jump on the latest detox rules for younger-looking skin or to feel vibrant again.
But detoxing isn’t something that should only be done once or twice a year; no detoxing should be applied to our daily lives.
If you really sat down to think about all the chemicals, pesticides, poisons, cancer-causing products you live with, you just might lose your mind!
Chances are, you know many, and one of them maybe you. Yes, we have to live in the world, but, we can do something about it. Don’t just leave it to chance.
Do you wear makeup, perfume, lotion? How about the products you use in your home? Look at the labels. If they have ingredients you can’t pronounce, chances are they are toxic and carcinogenic, causing all sorts of horrible things to happen as we breathe them in daily and slather them onto our bodies.
What about the food you eat or let’s go a bit farther and say, what you put your food in? Do you cook at home 100% of the time? More than likely your answer is no. We have jobs, families, activities that keep us so busy from the time we wake up until the time our heads hit the pillow. Who has the time to think about any of this, right?
I understand, I’ve been there and that’s why I want to educate you on a few important things that you can get started with today, ridding the toxins from your life and your families once and for all.
But first, let’s talk about a few reasons why we need to detox our lives.
1. Purify the liver
. The liver is where toxins get metabolized. It gets overtaxed by the large amounts of toxins we consume and breathe in daily. Detoxing helps to remove the burden put on the liver by so many chemicals.
2. Decrease inflammation
. This is something we hear often in the news, from our doctors, but what does it really mean? We now know that by decreasing inflammatory responses inside the body, caused by processed food, sugar, chemicals, pesticides, etc., we have the ability to control and even prevent chronic diseases, most of which are associated with inflammation inside the body. Living and eating cleaner is where it begins.
3. Lose weight
. Do you struggle to lose weight? It could be the toxins you are surrounded in… Toxins interfere with your body’s ability to lose fat. Inflammatory bowel diseases related to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are sometimes the end result.
4. Boost your immune system
. By decreasing the number of toxins in your environment, you’ll be better able to fight off even the most common illnesses like flu and cold.
Now that you understand a few reasons why it’s so important to get rid of the toxins around you, let’s talk about how to get started.
I know the task of detoxing your life and surroundings can feel daunting, to say the least. As I stated above, we are living in a toxic chemical-ridden world from our beauty products, food, household cleaners, to the air we breathe and the water we drink.
But you don’t have to feel overwhelmed by all of this. Start with small simple changes. Once you get this underway, then you can move onto other things.
Now let’s see about home detox and other essentials.
5. Household Cleaners
One of the first and one of the easiest things you can do to reduce the toxins in your home immediately, is to remove all of your chemical cleaners and laundry detergents.
My son had suffered from asthma and allergies for years and then my daughter developed eczema. I knew there had to be a connection. So, I made a decision to throw out all of my current products and only use chemical-free products. I have been doing this for several years now and the difference has been amazing.
No more itching burning skin, no more nights suffering from severe congestion. It was a decision I am so proud I made and one I will never look back on.
6. Skin Care Products
This seems to be one of the hardest ones to conquer. There aren’t a lot of natural beauty products in the stores today, although, many are starting to catch on.
But women love their makeup, lipstick, mascara, lotions, and perfumes. And once we have found what we like, it’s hard to make changes.
So where do you start?
Coconut oil!! You can eat it, bathe in it, slather it, you name it! Try switching out your current lotion with natural coconut oil. It makes a great lotion alternative and conditioner for your hair. Buy organic unrefined coconut oil.
7. Food Containers
Did you know the plastics used each day to put your family’s foods in, can disrupt your body’s hormones? They contain something called xenoestrogens, which are endocrine disruptors. When these chemicals outside our bodies, get inside our bodies, they have the ability to mimic our own natural hormones. Pretty scary!
Avoid using plastics when possible. Gradually weed out your plastic bowls and switch to glass or ceramic. I know we live in a plastic world, but don’t get overwhelmed, just remember to use alternatives when you can.
We all lead busy hectic lives. Work, family, and activities seem to keep us on a constant run. But trying to find ways to get healthier foods into your family’s lives is so very important.
Yes, organic is better in many instances, but it’s not always realistic for families. So the best alternatives have to be made. We aren’t always fortunate enough to live by a Whole Foods or Trader Joes. If you’re like me and live pretty rural, you have to make the best of what you do have.
Relying on fresh farmers markets in the summer is a blessing. Knowing I’m supporting families from my area is an added plus.
Cleaning your produce properly before eating is so very important to remove the chemicals and pesticides.
A few drops of lemon essential oil in waterworks great as well as many vegetable washes on the market.
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You won’t be shocked when I tell you, reducing the number of processed foods from your diet can help reduce the toxins in your body, giving you more energy, better sleep, more vibrant skin…. I could go on.
So, start with baby steps. You don’t have to make all of these changes at once. Stick with it and don’t let life get in the way. You’re doing something good for yourself and your family!