Our environment is toxic! Pretty scary when you hear those words, but the reality is we are exposing ourselves and our children to more and more toxicity every day. We should take every opportunity to reduce that exposure. It can cause a myriad of health problems like headaches, irritation to eyes and throat, aggravate asthma, cause respiratory illnesses, and can also cause skin problems like eczema. Studies even show that certain toxins have caused behavioural problems in children. Toxins are in the food we eat, the air we breathe from cleaning and personal care products, and even the electronics we carry with us. So, what’s a person to do? There will always be toxins in the air, but there are steps you can take to lessen your toxic load.
Here are a couple to get you started. Eat a whole foods diet, free of pesticides and chemicals and stay away from processed and refined foods. That means buying organic when you can, and if you can’t, ensuring your fruits and vegetables are washed well. Also, frequent farmers markets to get the freshest fruits and vegetables available, or grow your own! Often, the produce at your grocery store has traveled thousands of miles, has been picked before ripening and sprayed with chemicals to ripen them, before being put on the shelves!
Stay away from commercially raised animal protein from factory farms (watch Food Inc.) and support your local farmer by buying grass fed animals that are humanely raised. If you can do these things, you are off to a really great start!
Another really important move is to get rid of your toxic cleaning products (if not for yourself, then for your children)! This is a very simple and cost effective way to reduce exposure to a lot of chemicals. Walk down the cleaning aisle at the grocery store and breathe in deeply and you get an idea of the “off-gassing” from all the household cleaning and laundry products. Chemical laden products are not necessary and they are expensive! You can clean with baking soda, and also make my Lavender Vinegar Household Cleaner for a wonderful toxic free cleaner to use all around the house. Take a stand for the sake of your children’s health and your own health and say “NO” to chemical laden products.
For more information on what you can do to lessen the toxins in the environment, please contact me! I am happy to share some more tips and suggested products with you.
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