Common household cleaners and cosmetics contain ingredients that are implicated in health problems- maybe even the problems from which you currently suffer. There are thousands of known toxic chemicals in products that we use every day in our homes and on our bodies, yet they continue to be marketed to us, we continue to use them, and we continue to get sick. While we can, and should, participate in detoxification programs regularly, one of the best and most effective way to reduce your risk of health problems is, quite simply, to avoid harmful and toxic chemicals.
Many people think to participate in a yearly detoxification program. This is something is I highly encourage, as we do live in a toxic world, and detoxification is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle. Detoxification, or cleansing, often involves eating a healthy diet and taking specific herbal medicines that mobilize toxins from where they are stored and eliminate them from the body. Detoxification is largely the job of the liver, while elimination occurs from the skin, lungs, kidneys, and large intestines. Therefore, a detoxification program is about helping the liver and supporting the organs of elimination.
When it comes down to it, being careful to limit your exposure to toxic chemicals is essential to maintain healthy liver function, and to reduce your risk of reacting negatively to any chemical you come into contact with.
It all starts at home.
The typical household uses 500- 1,000 chemicals. Many of these chemicals are undetectable to us. We cannot smell, see, or taste them. While some of these chemicals can be tolerated by us in small doses, using them in bigger quantities and combining them with other chemicals (using, say, both a dish soap and a dishwashing detergent), can pose a very real health risk to you and your family. The evidence is mounting that chemicals used in common household products can cause respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, and reproductive illnesses. They can alter the production and function of hormones and disrupt the immune system leading to autoimmune conditions and cancer.
Clean your house.
I don’t mean vacuum and dust, I mean clean out the chemicals in your home. There are effective, safe, chemical-free versions of all of the cleaners, soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, and pesticides you use in and around your home. This is an essential step in protecting your health and the health of your family!
Where to Start:
- Don’t wear shoes in your house. Not only are you bringing dirt inside, but also pesticides and heavy metals such as lead.
- Air out your house. Open windows frequently and use broad leafed green plants to help filter the air.
- If it smells, don’t use it. The scents from cleaning products, “air fresheners”, candles, and cosmetics contain volatile chemicals that may smell good but are highly toxic. Use fresh flowers, herbs, and/or baking soda to neutralize odors instead.
- Find safe alternatives to common house hold cleaners. I prefer the old goodies like baking soda and vinegar.
- Use plastic wisely. In addition to using BPA free plastic, plastic numbers 3, 6, and 7 leach their chemicals so you should look for alternative such as stainless steel and glass. NEVER use plastic containers to heat your food.
- Drink filtered water.
- Get help from me. I will soon be introducing a new service to help you detoxify your house. I will come to your house and we will search out and eliminate all the potentially hazardous chemical you are using. I will help you choose alternative, healthier products, and teach you all the ways that you can have a “clean” house. I am in the process of testing this service, but you can get on my waitlist now. Call 970-328-5678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.